Friday, February 14, 2014

Request Line # 6: Common- Go! (Honor Flow Productions Remix)

I have been sitting on this remix for a cool minute now. What better day to give it to the masses than a day dedicated to love... or lust... however you see it, haha! One of my favorite jams from one of my Top 5 favorite MCs.

I can write an essay and them some about my memories and influence from the album "BE," where you will find the original produced by Kanye. Ye' produced the entire album for the exception of two tracks, "Love Is..." and "It's Your World." Those were produced by the frequent Com Sense collaborator, the late, great J. Dilla.

And the music video tho? No lie, on some "Taxicab Confession"-ish, is how my brain somewhat operates.... keeping it 100 like Wilt Chamberlain *Shrugs* haha! Alright, before I get caught up, enough "foreplay."

"On the count of three, everybody run back to your fantasy."

All Instrumentation & Programming By DJ Chuck "thE oLd SouL" For Honor Flow Productions

"thE oLd SouL" Spinning @ The MojaMoja Pre-Grammy Afterparty + Flicks

Photography By Sheldon Botler Photography

For the past 5 Grammy Awards weekends, I have had the distinct honor and pleasure of working behind the scenes for the MojaMoja Pre-Grammy Brunch and Benefit Concert. I have watched the event grow from the lobby of The O Hotel in Downtown LA in 2009 to selling out the Avalon in Hollywood this year. I have gained a wealth of industry knowledge, stories, and friendships that has made this something I look forward to each and every year.

This year however, was the most special. 2014 is the first year we had an after party after the concert and for the first time, I was asked to contribute to the function as an artist. DJing in between another line-up at Bardot, which including the leader of my favorite band and one of my musical heroes, ?uestlove of The Roots. I have to be honest. Looking at the picture above, I still can not believe it's not Photoshopped, haha! Absolutely unreal and I am incredibly humbled to have had this opportunity.

Click below to peep out flicks from both the Concert and The After Party. We would love to see you their next year!

Concert Flicks: Photography By Wendy Le
After Party Flicks: Photography By Sheldon Botler

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Photography By Tyler Ann Nunley For Genevieve Munroe co.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"thE oLd SouL" on Soul 7 Days Of Funk Review + Ricky Lawson + Black Milk & SuCh Q&As

Over the last month, lots of goodness from my brain for "The Railroad That Don Cornelius Build..."
Q&A: SuCh-Miss Independent 
My 1 on 1 with the multi-talented SuCh. An absolute pleasure to talk to, and personally inspirational for myself, SuCh’s and my conversation covered her upbringing as a preacher’s daughter, her “light bulb” moment, early Grammy/American Idol experiences, and navigating through uncharted territory in this new age of music business independence. My fellow indie artists, you may wanna sit down and read this one.

Q&A: Black Milk- The Art of Storytelling
My sit down with one of my favorite Producer/MCs, Detroit's own, Black Milk. During the west coast tour run for the album, Black talked with me about the creation of his latest LP No Poison, No Paradise, his new creative house under the banner Computer Ugly, and his work with Jack White and Don Cheadle.

Album Review: Snoop Dogg & Dam-Funk- 7 Days Of Funk
My review of the long awaited, much anticipated calibration album from two of the West Coast's finest: Snoop Dogg and Dam-Funk. Off to the mothership... and allow this album to be your passport to come aboard. “May the funk be with you… as we toast to the boogie.”

In Remembrance and Respect: Ricky Lawson
Last but not least, my thoughts and stories on the late, great Mr. Ricky Lawson. I had the honor and pleasure of knowing and rocking with Ricky. This is my utmost "Soul Claps And Salutes" to "The Drummer For The Stars."