It has been quite a while anything new got released from the stables of yours humbly. I have been on a brief creative hiatus, but it certainly doesn't mean I haven't been working on new material, it just means I've been working on making sure the new material is up to standard with what I expect of myself and what I intend to deliver to you, the faithful listeners.
Nonetheless, there are new performances coming up, preceding the release of the album, starting with March 31st at Gothenburg's Musikens Hus, headlined by Patoranking and Lani Mo. You will definitely be kept aware of the details of the album when they're available and of new happenings. Until then, Live free and love freely!
The extended EP is officially out featuring productions from a host of talent including Dakey, Quik D, InspektahMorze , Johan Tull and GB among others. The 19 track release is set to be as diverse and yet engaging. This could be the sound of the unseen summer.hah! Without much talk , here are spotify and bandcamp links as well as coverart, designed as always by William Takor ,and track list. For free downloadclick here
So, after weeks or even months of uncertainty, postponing and the unconventional style hard work, the music video to the song ''celebrate'' which was released on Wednesday, September 25th, almost a year ago was finally put out. Working on this project with director Freddie Hagman(www.fmhagman.com) was certainly a most delightful experience. Shot on an awesomely warm day in the summer, it must have been June, or July , the only plan we had for this shoot was 'improvise'. We were originally going to shoot for ''Mr. Feel Good'' first, but a split second, last minute decision took us another way - which we dont regret, atleast not yet . Calling in the music family from Jönköping , we all met up at Gothenburg's Brunnsparken fountain - yes, the same one in the video, and from there, we took it the Chabe's. Then to the Slottskogen park. Then back to the fountain, meeting so many pleasant characters along the way, it was a typical day in the life of type video, as we did all the things we'd normally do on a warm summer day. The unpredicted randomness of the shoot, and the fiery diversity of the characters was an experience never to forget- and we wont. From the gorgeous Cloud-sized afro haired Mico, to the pretty Hijab-clad Aisha, to punk band members Erik and Fredrik ,among many others who cameoed, shooting the scenes at dreadlocked Isabel's crib was all too pleasant ! Atleast we all had a blast -I know Mehari and Dakey did! And that skateboard mishap about two minutes into the video can totally be explained - I could not handle it, yup, you read right, I couldn not skate to save my life, and that wouldn't be the first the board made me bite some dust. In effect, we tried to tell a simple story, one that anyone could relate to - it doesn't take too much to be happy, and appreciating the seemingly meaningless moments breeds timeless memories. Considering that Mehari, whom I have worked with for almost three years, or more, just moved to South Africa for a long while the day the video was released, and that Dakey who hates participating in anything outside the music studio went of his way, I think we indeed made the best of the moment - immortalized a story too long to tell. Well when it was all done, after 6 or more hours of shooting, we took it home, dropped of the equipment, took it to the Kings Head pub, grabbed a couple drinks and ended at a rave in the middle of some forest - a day of epic Randomness.
Awesome hair day! Erik, Mico, Fredrik (L to R)
So, This is officially my first blog update of the year! I guess the year really did start for me two days ago on my birthday! No need to say I'm taking on a new, more enthusiastic start and no matter the odds, I choose to stay 'Feeling Good'. Reason why I decided to release this song, though it is not an official release. Call it my little reminder to you - This earth cycle is what you make it. Click to listen and leave comments! Read More Below!
UNEXPECTED SURPRISE.. shh! its a secret!
Well, I initially did not plan to, since it was already available on Itunes, Spotify and a host of other online distribution media, but the last album/mixtape: 'Rider on The Red Horse: Illuminus' is available for free download under the music section of our site! It's a quiet release for those who wanted to have it, and read from us regularly. Others will find it where ever they wan it! yup!. The linked page might look awkward, but it is Mediafire, so trust it. Just ignore the commercials and find the download button!
PROJECTS - benzene creative , Detroit, Mi
Finally, closing our little news bulletin, I started working on new projects for great artistically executed videos with my new partners, led by my childhood friend from Detroit , Michigan the Motor city, MT Muna, Benzene Creative. You can visit their web page and check out their work. For a young company, their artistic talent is undeniable. Colors are vivid, images crisp, and technology cutting edge! We may be seeing the first fruit of this union --yes , I said that, by the closing of this month, April. Until then, stay following our work, read from us, get updates on our musical journey, check us out on spotify and Itunes, share the music and love and in the words of the gorvernator -'Hasta la vista, Baby!!'.
Check out this Dre P video directed by benzene creative!
That new song to remind us to savor every moment in life, even the bad ones , is finally here! Less talking, More listening! Hit the Play button! Download song at the bottom of the page!! If that does not work, download from the music section of this website, from SoundCloud! Its free!! and don't you forget to share! spread the love and let's celebrate life!
celebrate - juwon simmons, mehari , dakey
Well guys , I will not bore you with much writing, I'll let your screen do the talking! ENJOY!
So here we go, the mixtape just got done - well , it got done a while ago, but my 'team' and I took some time out to shoot a few videos to our favorites, so we can hit you with a double 'music' , 'video' combo!! - you get it? Music Video--? well, bad sense of humor, I guess! So in effect I would like to say a hearty -Amen! to every one who aided on this project, my producers Quik Ivanov D and Dakey, FM, Gbeatz And Canvas Demaret, the talented UK cat who produced -The Free featuring Anna Norlin, which is a personal favorite! My video directors Alex Cleveland and The Amazing Suzan Arslan, A.S.A! whom we named after the amazing spiderman, yes - she's earned the right to be called a bro - and not because she let me sleep with her friends, --well, she wouldn't , not even if I asked nicely....maybe this was uncalled for! a thought to my team mates Mehari, who by a stroke of ill-luck and a hungry producer(dakey) couldn't appear on the mixtape...the word up crew...deli basis, graniit , zing and isyankar!
The videos are done and are coming at you ASAP! so stay posted like flags!
making faces with the Amazing Spider---sorry , Suzan Arslan! Heroine and activist, nah...she spretty evil!
video shoot for - THE FREE with Anna Norlin
video to -- THE MESAGE directed by Alex Cleveland
Team mates...Mehari in the Back and Dakey in the fore ground!
What it do old world?? i kno huh, classic hiphop slang that probably dont make sense to alot o' yall! well fair enough, as long as you catch the drIft and it dont hurt nobody, then it works. The new site is up and running and so is the blog to accompany it, to fill you in on what we go through on a daily basis tryna make good music for your ears! Bear in mind, this is bigger than hiphop, this is education! so be prepared to learn! and if you thought this was a non-intellectual getaway, well you are right!...and Wrong! Shout out to The TOTAL PRIDE Record label, the Dirty Rap Scholars, The Word Up Crew, Deli Basis, the homeboys and producers Quik D and Dakey, the beasts on the boards, Mehari, Zing and my partner Kaloriz and every other friend, reader and fan out there from San Francisco, California through London,UK all the way to Nagoya,Japan! and like Lupe says it ''shed no tear when we're not here and keep your faith as we chase The Cool''
Done and Out!!
Music is our common language and like numbers , it is spoken by all. We are nothing more than free spirits with a desire to make the World resonate to the frequencies of Mother earth's heartbeat and sway frantically in the glow of the moonlight.