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Vintage Video: O.D.B + Busta Rhymes’ Impromptu Public Cypher

April 26, 2014

By the looks of things, specifically Busta Rhymes’ slender build, and the Tommy Hilfiger and Helly Hansen jackets scattered about the audience, I’d say this video is about 20 years old, from 1994-95…  If so, BR unveils a verse that would become part of his famous, hit debut single “Got You All in Check” and continues to freestyle after it’s over.  The vintage nature of the shoot is also evident in the fact that Old Dirty Bastard appears in “Brooklyn Zoo” form, dropping punchlines during his heyday, before going overboard with aliases.. and crack cocaine.

The owner of the video labels it a “battle” when it’s clearly not… but it’s nonetheless rare footage of two now-legendary hip-hop icons still on the rise, entertaining the public at a time when they were hiphop’s next generation…

 

[press:] @RAEKWON (wu-tang) Live – 2.28.13 @TheBlockley Philadelphia

February 22, 2013

So, the Public Axis “kill-some-shit-with-live-shows” department is back open for business, partnering with dd Productions on a series of live hip-hop events at The Blockley, which was voted 2012’s Best Live Music Venue by PHL17 television.

Below the poster is the press release I wrote for the first installment with Chef Raekwon…

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In the ongoing conversation of the current state of hip-hop, to evoke the mid-90’s “golden era” is to recount an initiation of albums whose level of originality, many older fans feel, could never be rivaled by most contemporary fan favorites.  ‘When they reminisce over’ these tales of ultimate hip-hop-ness, it often falls on deaf ears with young crowds, many of whom had barely learned to walk before the seemingly-ancient, 20th Century trendsetters had been overshadowed by the pop culture influence ushered in Jay Z, Swizz Beats and others…

Now, 20 years since the golden era’s utopian existence, very- very- few of its legendary originators still remain tangible to subsequent generations of fans.  Even fewer have managed to evolve with the ever-morphing trends such that their appeal is as widespread as ever… RAEKWON the Chef, founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, is one of them.

Arguably the driving force behind the Wu’s enduring prevalence, everybody loves Rae.  While his subject matter as an emcee isolates thugs and black-market entrepreneurs rather specifically, his vivid lyricism and persona attract listeners from all walks of life.  Raekwon’s storytelling ability is hailed by critics; his poetic technique is admired by intellectuals, and his psychedelic references engage hipsters and coeds everywhere…

With extensive experience touring the world, as Raekwon’s audience continues to expand so does his eccentric kingpin aura…  Manifesting in the physical dimension for one night only in Philly- Thursday February 28th @ The Blockley– don’t miss this chance to ‘witness the God’.

#FridayFix: 5-Year Memorial … [Part 1]

January 8, 2013

Like most people, I’m prone to fits of nostalgia at the turn of a new year and, more personally, day dreams about how my life might be different (for better or worse) without the occurrence of certain events and milestones… Searching the seedy back-alleys of Google Images during “Christmas break”, I coincidentally managed to unearth a gallery of fliers from Public Axis’ founding endeavor, “The Friday Fix” at Medusa Lounge- the small, stageless, aesthetically-perfect venue’s first and only live hip-hop showcase- which ended abruptly a little more than five years ago after a solid 24-month run.

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Here and there, the event played host to traveling independent acts like Qwel, Substantial, Cymarshall Law and Flex Mathews, but The Friday Fix trademark was its dedication to (and in some cases, introduction of) top shelf, Philadelphia-based underground emcees.  It was also marked by emphasis on quality over quantity, mixing and matching 2-3, diversely talented artists on each month’s bill in an attempt to continually weld respective fan bases into a cohesive “scene”.  At its pinnacle, rosters were booked five months in advance, and the potential for disappointment rested not on unheard-of performers (now a contemporary plague, see: too many rappers), but on Medusa’s moody speaker system.  Ironically, the only potential for disappointment in the eyes of the bar’s owner was the high-likelihood of well liquor, blunt smoke, and spectator-emcees galvanizing unplanned cyphers and improvised sets that scared away all Spankrock fans among her hipster regulars (which my regulars loved).

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Good timing was at the root of the project’s success.  Along with the inception of 215HipHop.com, “Hip-Hop Lives” on first-Fridays, various !llvibe Collective monthlies, the activities Karma Response Unit Records, and wherever Reef the Lost Cauze was performing, FF played its part in creating an underground subculture outside the red tape of Clear Channel events and the influence of commercial radio-endorsed “crack-rap” that already laid claim as the “Philly hip-hop scene”.

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Most importantly, and back to my original point, each flier triggers its own collection of memories that, in retrospect, carved my niche in the Philadelphia music scene and still today embody my company’s business model.  If it weren’t for this event and the relationships made through it, it’s very possible that I’d be a different person, living in a different city with a different career.  Without caring what “different” could mean, I’m thankful for Jim Redz, John Kahn, Young Harrison, Nex Millen, Portia (I still want to marry you), everyone that rocked without a promise of compensation, THOR Takeover, and the former members of Beat Garden Entertainment for helping to perpetuate this every month for two years…

Over the next few weeks, there will be more posts to come on the most notable installments of The Friday Fix…

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[PRESS] The Symphony Wins 1st @ BOTB w/ !llmind, Rook & S-1

December 25, 2012

Below the video and links to the official competition set on Soundcloud is the press release I drafted to celebrate my friend, Samik’s victory at iStandard Producers’ Beast of the Beats championship competition in NYC… You can also catch plenty of The Symphony’s latest music through The #BOARDROOM Living Compilation Album.

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THE SYMPHONY on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/#bau-symphony

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Saturday, December 1st:  a five-minute contagion of scrunch-face saturated Rebel nightclub during “Beast of the Beats VI” in NYC as Philadelphia-based producer, The Symphony, showcased an epic, 3-track set of music before a Grammy-winning panel of judges including S-1 (Kanye West’s “Power”), !llmind (50 Cent), and Rook from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.  When the smoke cleared, The Symphony won first place out of 70 reputed beatsmiths, each of whose resume, at minimum, boasts a first or second place score in one of the many regional iStandard Producer Showcases across the United States.  Aside from generous supplements to his repertoire of production tools and personal supply of Monster Energy Drinks, he was also awarded the opportunity to spend a couple days in the studio with G.O.O.D. Music recording artist, Cyhi the Prynce, in Atlanta.

With the potential of some non-disclosed, A-list collaborations on the horizon, The Symphony anticipates the of release many bigger records in time, trying his hand not only in hip-hop but dub-step and house as well.  Never one to shy from challenging his own musical aesthetic or customs of the industry, he has also been a major contributor to The Boardroom, a “living album” project online that remodels itself in accordance with fan feedback.  Check it out to hear his latest single, “Everywhere”, alongside his Business As Usual Entertainment colleagues PT, DS and 2ew Gunn Ciz, plus plenty of other new music…

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Some of My Favorite Show Fliers

January 5, 2009

This first is a crazy flier from ASK? in celebration of Reef the Lost Cauze and Nico the Beast’s dual CD release party in April 08.   I challenge anyone to make a rap show promotion that looks more like United States currency………..

Side note:  this is the first time I’ve ever been bribed for a performance slot on a show.  This Patra look-alike approached me at the entrance (I hate working the door at my own shows) with a $20 bill that looked like it had been used everywhere besides someone’s ass.  When I resisted, she upped the ante with another $20.  I told her she couldn’t pay me $400 for a spot and she started crying.  Al Mighty swooped in like he was Camden’s Dr. Phil and somehow appeased the situation without any sexual advances…  Nothing but class over here.

After 12+ months of scowering the darkest corners of the Google Images database for backdrop photos to use on FRIDAY FIX fliers, this one was too great to pass on any longer.   I’ll never forget the look on the Staples clerk’s face when I submitted this one for print.

One of DJ Akshun’s best designs to date.   The concept’s self-explanatory, unless you’re more obvlivious to pro-basketball than I am.   College hoops is much better viewing, but fuck it.  I doubt eveyone would have recognized plays on the St John’s, Villanova and Georgetown logos.

All the way back in July of 2006 when I was still living a free man (which actually makes it seem like 5 years ago).  First and only live  hiphop show at the Bubble House, with the exception of Innermission 215’s spoken word series.  Props to Lauren Lopez on the design- I think this was her first and only flier not done for a hippy music show.


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