Daily Archives: March 12, 2017

Matt Martians Makes A Beat For Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette

Matt Martians goes into the studio for Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette and shares his beat methodology. After choosing three random records from Good Records NYC, the end result is something that could be on the next album from The Internet.

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Cab Cabernet Uses Chico y Rita For His A Love Sublime Video

New York rapper Cab Cabernet used Chico y Rita for his “A Love Sublime” video. The animated love story from 2010 is chopped up to illustrate the relationship between Cabernet’s grandparents. “A Love Sublime” is from his new album, Krushed Grapes: Harlem Vintage. The enterprising rapper, who was Hanif-Jamiyl in the Massachusetts rap group Maspkye, has also released The Maduro a cigar lifestyle sneaker.

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Music Review: Greg Grease-Astralbeat Theories 3

by Uther Blakwhel

Listening to the new EP, Astralbeat Theories 3 by Minneapolis-based M.C./Producer Greg Grease gave me the feeling that this M.C. was interviewing and narrating to the listener simultaneously.

Greg Grease greets me and the other passengers before our journey begins with soulful and subtle jazz trumpets that soar through the air as a prelude for something special to come, on “Soul Intro“Let me smoke something while I waste my time. Let me roll something just to ease my mind. Just breathe. Expand your vision to relax recline, we free.” As I get to my seat and settle in “Everybody Cool” comes over the speakers. The journey begins with Greg Grease as the navigator. He poses a question to all passengers, “Everybody wanna be cool. Why nobody wanna be free?” The song opens up with a cool jazz piano riff that affirms, supports and guides the song with the same boldness as any firm and strong bassline would. Laced with just the right amount of percussion to make you forget that there is no bass on “Everybody Cool” and that the song is so mesmerizing that it’s not needed.

Everyone is relaxed and slightly contemplative after hearing “Everybody Cool.” I can see heads bobbing slowly down the aisle as mine joins in when “Frequencies (featuring MMYYKK)” comes on. The slow and steady pulsing drumbeat and driving bass line puts everyone in sync. The iniquity of the American criminal justice system for young black males is felt on “Frequencies.” MMYYKK sings, “Stop waiting on the frequencies to change” which basically means that you can’t wait for change to come you have to make it happen yourself.

I recline in my seat to further enjoy the trip I’m on. The cosmic highway is cool. Greg Grease comes over the speakers and talks about “LFDO.” He proclaims over the speakers that “We just wanna live free and die old.” The verse is so simple and profound at the same time! Piano keys and bass that give a less is more jazz soul feel that would make Marvin Gaye proud. I look to my left and right and see that I’m not the only one singing “Live Free, Die Old.” The cosmic ride is almost over.

A church organ starts with a slow but steady drumbeat. The organ gets replaced by funky keys. Greg Grease has started church service speaking about that “Riverlife” Greg Grease goes from navigator to preacher with MMYYKK singing as his choir.”Dirty spokes from roadways that’s unpaid. See how I’m rollin’, livin’ that Riverlife.” Franz Diego comes in “O.G.’S teach keep the peace don’t blow up the spot and don’t invite your homeboys who get fucked up alot.” “Riverlife” is about just wanting to have a peaceful chill time with no drama. The cosmic ride has come to an end. All the passengers exit and feel better about the end of the day. Soulful, reflective, hip-hop jazz laced music that calms and intrigues at the same time, is the best way to describe M.C./Producer Greg Grease’s Astralbeat Theories 3 EP. This emcee delivered a philosophical, inquisitive hip-hop jazz and soul record with a less is more jazz feel that truly delivers!

 

 

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Throwback: Sekou Sundiata-Come On And Bring On The Reparations On Def Poetry Jam

Sekou Sundiata was a poet, professor and Grammy-nominated performer from Harlem. Sundiata’s work deals with identity, politics, rhythm and slavery. “Come On And Bring On The Reparations” examines compensation for the descendants of ex-slaves for past labor and ongoing cultural contributions that are never truly acknowledged by society. Sundiata appeared on the first episode of Def Jam Poetry Jam’s 2003 season two. It was one of two times that Sundiata read his poetry on the show. “Bring On The Reparations” was one of many works where Sundiata questioned the value of Blackness. In addition to being a poet, he was an activist and educator becoming the first Writer- in- Residence at The New School. His 1997 debut album The Blue Oneness Of Dreams was nominated for a Grammy. Ten years later Sundiata passed after suffering a heart attack. In 2013, MAPP International produced Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited a seven-month retrospective in NYC in partnership with 17 cultural organizations and educational institutions.

 

 

 

 

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R.I.P. Joni Sledge

Joni Sledge of the family singing group Sister Sledge has passed at age 60. Sledge was found dead at her home in Arizona on Friday. Sister Sledge became popular upon the release of their breakthrough album We Are Family in 1979. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic wrote and produced all of the music on that album which held their two biggest songs “We Are Family” and “He’s The Greatest Dancer.” Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kathy and Kim formed Sister Sledge in 1971 but did not become famous until the disco era. They released eight albums and performed for the Clinton Administration’s White House, the Glastonbury Music Festival, Oprah’s Women Who Rock episode and a charity show for Pope Francis. The group last performed together in October of last year.

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