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I had the amazing opportunity to interview Young Guru live on stage as part of the Insiders Sessions for Heineken Green Room. Hype Fresh Mag caught some of the info I unearthed as well as their own interview w/ YG. The Full audio of my portion will be avail soon. I will post once it’s up!

Dave East - Black Rose

 

Earlier today (7/14/14) I got a text from Dave East inviting me to the listening session for his new project Black Rose at Electric Lady Studios. Dave is one of the artists I’m keeping a close eye on and have extended myself to help and support in any way I can. So I decided to brave the elements on this rainy summer night and go check out what he’s been working on. 

 

The crowed was a good mix of industry folks and people involved with Dave East’s new project. After a slice of pizza and catching up with some old friends the session began. 

 

From the intro a tone of real hip hop artistry is set. You hear a lively and aggressive Dave East rapping a couple bars and then seemingly disapproving of the direction the verse is heading, he scraps it and starts spitting another. Now maybe I’m reading into this a little too deep or he is illustrating just how much time, energy and thought went into this tape from jump. A few more records play and you start to see some versatility. There’s some melodic flows and trapy beats. Then you get to The Town, a track produced by production duo Sean C & LV. That song got a nice reaction from the crowed and dialed everyone’s focus in even deeper. Tracks like Hang Over, Free Charlie and Hermes stand out on the 13 track project and it’s all killer and no filler.

 

As the project unfolds we hit a few skits. Yeah skits! The interludes help makes this project more than a mixtape but a well produced, well flushed out project. The skits frame certain songs and help tell the stories Dave experienced while making Black Rose. Some funny others more to set or shift the mood but each play an important role in the cohesion of the work.

 

Honesty, Passion, Talent and Promise were a few words that spring to mind while listening to Black Rose. So on 7/22 I will be sure to download it and enjoy listening to it again, which is rare now a days. How many mixtapes do you listen to and then dismiss?

I directed this clip for the new Art of MBB x SprayGround Giveaway! As a brand ambassador for SprayGround, a huge art fan and an even bigger sports fan it’s cool that i get to put great people and great brands together in a cool way!

To win the bag go to twitter and follow SprayGround & BBSketch and RT the Giveaway Tweet. Monday a winner will be selected at random! Good Luck!

One of my favorite things to do between shoots and performances at bonnaroo is to try to spot the rarest throwbacks. So this year I decided to take pictures and rank them. Here’s my list and mind you this is only day 1.

1. Bill Murry Space Jam
2. Mookie Blaylock Hawks
3. Dennis Rodman Spurs
4. Glenn Robinson Bucks
5. Alonzo Morning Charlotte
6. Shawn Kemp Sonics
7. Penny Hardaway Orlando
8. Charles Barkley Suns
9. Patrick Ewing Knicks
10. Allen Iverson Sixers

Heres the Pre-Cap/Re-Cap video from the art event I curated which featured the visual art of Naturel and the music of !llMind. Check it out!

Me, My Queen & My Favorite Rapper at #audiovision last night at @reedspace

Me, My Queen & My Favorite Rapper at #audiovision last night at @reedspace

Me and the OG @datwon at #audiovision last night at @reedspace shot by the amazing @philvnyc S/O to @staplepigeon & @heineken_us for helping to make it happen!!!

Me and the OG @datwon at #audiovision last night at @reedspace shot by the amazing @philvnyc S/O to @staplepigeon & @heineken_us for helping to make it happen!!!