One of the many emcees that I know which always brings a certain level of knowledge to his music, Ohini Jonez shares his thoughts of race and how it feels to be on the spotlight while trying to maintain what's deemed as normal. Love this track and the beat... a lush slow-moving heavy heap of soul that caresses the ears. The dude is dope and there's no denying he knows what he speaks about.
There's a good amount of things that I hold high when it comes to positive moves and betterment within society, giving kids the gift of music and a place where they can explore something good taking them off the streets is definitely one of them. Rah Digga is starting something great and needs our help, she has recently acquired the lease to an abandoned property and is transforming it into the NJ Dance Network, a dance facility for the kids of Newark. The place will be completely renovated in 30 days so she needs all the help she can get, there will be an EP titled 'Hood House: So Jersey' for it as well. Rah is planning on having the kids and adults involved eventually create a production ala Breakin' which is a terrific idea, it helps uplift the community and gets locals involved in ways that can benefit their spirits. There is a Kickstarter video for the project below, please consider pledging for this as it can be extremely important and has the ability to change kids lives for the better. The NJ Dance Network project will go on with or without the Kickstarter but all help is welcomed to make it better! NJ Dance Network Kickstarter page
Recently released Black-Tokyo's 'The Electric Paradigm EP' brings an old school intergalactic anime interlude feel at the start and continues to vibe out with soulful sounding dusty pianos. The Experiment in sound is strong with this one, no emperor can stop him.
I ask this every time I see an artists submission email so it comes up quite often, sometimes it peaks my interest and sometimes I forcefully try to not roll my eyes. More importantly what's your reaction to a name if it use symbols ($,▲, †, etc.) as a substitution to a letter for stylized purposes? Ma$e is probably the first one I noticed years ago, I've always disliked the blatant focus of money in an artists vision and this didn't help. Nowadays you see all sorts of symbols, Wingdings and such on profiles to spell out their names, it ends up looking like a kid got to a symbol spelling kit and went nuts. Probably the importance in a name isn't as important as it was before and Prince changed certain things when it comes to symbols as names. The dollar sign is overhyped and overused in certain subcategories of Hip-Hop but now with artists not even spelling letters out, does it diminish the importance of the artists name? I believe it narrows the consumers perspective of the artist and pigeonholes them into a certain type of attitude or look. Never-mind the 2-3 worded names for indie rock bands, that I can stand if the music is good enough and usually have nothing to do with what the music actually sounds like. Those with the '$' symbols in their name however have puffs of cash signs billowing out of their music as it plays. Now you can see my reaction to a submission that has those kinds of names in BOLD capped red/green/whatever crazy font downloaded off 1001 Free Fonts.
I believe in presentation and vision greatly and when I see these symbols in music I tend to think this is a makeshift issue to gain popularity with 'the kids' or you just can't/didn't see beyond that. I would say to those wanting to have wordplay, think a bit more about the overall picture than a cash sign to encompass who you are as an artist, it comes off very unprofessional or amateur if the first thing you think of substituting an 'S' with is the '$' sign. Amirite or amiwrong?
If you've been following the Dewey Decibel appreciation here then you know this dude is about that art, well him and his friends got some art drank in and now engulfed in visions. See what happens when they take to the streets 'High on Art'. This track is off the 'Son of a Beach' album and continues to show how much he works on his craft both lyrically and visually. Dope indeed.