Interview with Montreal mc CeasRock #LiveHangout #ZeroGravity
I had the pleasure to chat with Montreal hip hop artist and mc CeasRock. You may remember we recently featured CeasRock's EP "Zero Gravity", which is part 1 of a 2 part release (part 2 "FrequenCeas" currently in the works). On the EP Ceas really demonstrates his versatility, blending conscious lyrics over hard-hitting beats but not taking himself too serious and remembering to have fun.
LoDo's #LiveHangout interview with CeasRock
Ceas and I discuss the challenges faced with attempting to be a versatile mc and refusing to fit into any predefined box. While typecasting is part of the artistic world, it is not something that CeasRock has any interest in happening to him. We also discuss how tracks like his "M.O.E. (Money Over Everything)" help to bridge the gap between the "conscious" rap fans and the "masses". Surprisingly, Ceas found that the masses were more supportive of his "M.O.E." as he found many "conscious" fans were quick to "judge the book by its cover"; "The people who were the 'masses' were the people who accepted the song for the music.....the 'hip hop heads', wouldn't even accept it". I admitted to Ceas that I myself have been guilty of jumping to conclusions from a small snippet on one track and assuming I know everything about that artist. Hell, I slept on Kendrick for a while (even though I had been a big fan of Ab Soul) because I heard a few featured verses and thought I knew everything about who he was as an artist. Moral of the story? Let's stop segmenting this hip hop world, to each his own....if you don't like it you don't like it, on to the next.
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[Listen] MiKHAL - Live at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (12/21/13 Downtempo Mix)
Check out the mix of the day from MiKHAL. This Downtempo mix was performed live on 12/21/13, aka the Winter Solstice, at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Check the link here to listen to MiKHAL's dope mix (headphones on/subs up)!
Today's Mix of the Day brought to you c/o our new Electronica contributor Brian Baer, follow him at soundcloud.com/brian-baer!
Healing With Music - a playlist to remember Smitty
It's hard to believe it's already been 2 months since my cousin passed. No matter the capacity that you knew Chris Smith, you probably know of the love he had for music. I've promised many of you that I would send out copies of the memorial playlist, and thanks to some good music and a look through old pictures, I found some motivation to get out of my "writer's block". Take a look/listen and enjoy memories of Chris, you are deeply loved and missed cousin. Forever Young...
LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5 - Creating Solutions
We've finally reached part 5 of LoDo's "Women and Hip Hop" series! In part 5, LoDo chats with Nadia Piet, owner and founder of The TIKA, and Mark Patton of Amplifiher Media and #TheListening. There's enough complaining in the world, it's time to be a solution. We discuss creating solutions to problems that female artists and fans have faced in the hip hop world and ways we can continue to expand on the positivity and empowerment that is embodied in hip hop!
In light of the rape accusation against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston that has become public knowledge (details of the case which are still unclear) we've seen another wave of "victim blaming". With the various recent public rape cases including the Steubenville Ohio incident in 2012, we are missing an opportunity to have a serious about rape, victims, and our justice system.
LoDo returns with part 4 of her "Women and Hip Hop" series. LoDo chats with pHoenix Pagliacci and discusses the fallout of the crew, and how the lack of family bond has negatively impacted female artists. pHoenix shares some recent collaborations as well as who she's listening to and which dope females are keeping her on her toes.