Saturday, September 10, 2011

Boom Bap Project - Dealing with all of this (feat. peegee 13)

This song came out years ago, back when Boom Bap Project was releasing their second album/third release.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

50 Cent's "Street King" Movement

I really understand and empathize with 50 Cent here. Here in Guam, people aren't really starving but they're doing something really close - dying of Diabetes. Good health doesn't come cheap and much of the world isn't enjoying it.

South Central and Gary Numan - Crawl

Gary Numan has been prepping up his album Dead Son Rising and in so doing has been doing duets and guest appearances with artists throughout the industrial/darkwave/whatever dark, dreary music is called these days. The band South Central (sounds kind of hip-hop) has him on a song called "Crawl."

"Crawl" is intense and a bit Skinny Puppy in its sound, so be forewarned. I really enjoy it, actually, but it's certainly not for the layman.

If you listen to more of South Central, they go for a sound alot like The Prodigy. Here is their title track "Society of the Spectacle:"

Gary Numan, ‘Dead Sun Rising'

Gary Numan - Dead Sun Rising by theQuietus

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Carl Roe: The Interview

Carl Roe is easily talented enough to become one of hip-hop's next big stars. Given that, he hasn't done alot of interviews yet. His star is just beginning to rise and the press hasn't caught up with him significantly. Blood Is One, the first blog to reach out to this phenom, is proud to present a short Q&A with this up and comer. Here it is:

With your military past being a big part of your identity as a rapper, do you plan to keep this part of your "schtick" for the long haul?
The military will always be a part of my life. Any soldier will tell you that once you cross over from being a civilian, you never truly return to your former self. I have no motivation to make the military my muse or gimmick. The Army is something I did that was bigger than myself. I can't represent the Army doing what I'm doing... but i definately can represent soldiers. It's a hard life, but a soldier makes it work under the harshest conditions. I'd say my "schtick" is standing by the people that share my values of respect, honor and loyalty. Those three things can get you anywhere.
You've been working with Kenan Bell quite a bit, for Blood Is One projects as well as with him on a solo basis. Kenan's material and yours are quite different, to be honest. What is it about him that you find to be so synergetic?
First off, I would like to really recognize Kenan Bell as a "free artist." By that, I mean he is free from cliches. I really feel he caters to a large audience that has been suffering from the "same 'ol, same'ol" for years. The fact that Kenan's material is so different from mine is what really draws people to either side. At this time I am not too certain where I fall in terms of categorizing my material. I say what I think and feel at the time in hopes that listeners tie in my experiences with theirs. Kenan does the same thing. I think we are both very sincere in how we convey messages. I really enjoy his clean approach, oddly enough. I really get grimey about the lyrics sometimes, but it all ties into my story. Kenan tells HIS story and nobody else's. This fact alone has built an enormous amount of trust in ME as a listener. I'm not hearing a bunch of "empty" fuck-you messages and curse words..... I'm hearing HIM. That is a feat that he is conquering right now.
You've received a great reception from alot of hip-hop websites, including mine, Refined Hype and others. What do you think of this? Are you surprised or were you expecting it?
I didn't know what to expect. I just picked up my passion again after honorably discharging from service and now here I am. I am at the stage in my life where a soldier is attempting to reassimilate into civilian culture, and it's very difficult. Every day is a challenge, and my music reflects certain aspects of this phase. My upcoming EP, The Broken Time Machine, really touches on this subject. About the website recognition, I haven't begun to tap the many excellent resources out there, but they are in my sights. This EP needs to be everywhere and people need to hear the story of "Joe." Bloggers, writers.... I welcome them all and hopefully they connect with the music the way some have already. It's been a long time coming and I have had several road-blocks but I pushed through them. Refined Hype's blog post about the track We Own The Night was actually the first time I realized people might like this stuff......... a lot. So I plan on it being a ride.... get off one ride and hop on the other. One of my best buddies, and marketing partners, told me a year ago, "You're already famous. People just don't know it yet." We will see.

NEW MUSIC: Kenan Bell - Like This

Buy the song for only 89 cents as a Blood Is One affiliate!

An Open Letter To Mog Music Network And Its Affiliates

A couple months ago, checks were swimming in due to my approval by Mog Music Network. We were doing great.

Suddenly, the fine folks at Mog tell us that we are no longer welcome with their enterprise. The reasoning?

Your has been audited and does not meet the content guidelines we've set forth as part of our affiliate agreement and in previous emails sent in the last week.

This is not a judgment on the quality of your site, but in order to continue serving ads to all of our publishers we need to make sure these requirements are met.

If in the future you feel your site fulfills the requirements of the network, you are able to re-apply at any time at Until that time, we have to remove your site from the network.

We have 762 followers on Twitter (at last check) and the affiliation of many talented rappers from all over the world - Game Brothas, Kenan Bell, Carl Roe, Shimon, CaLii, Simply Simone and others. I am confident that our readers will help support us and that we also will receive new advertisers.

What is really annoying here is that Mog would drop us like this for such a superfluous reason and with little explanation behind it. If you look through our history, you will find that the majority of our content is full fledged, often very lengthy articles like this one. We don't just post music willy-nilly. The music we did post was in order to promote all of the content we were being sent on Twitter. Often enough of a description was needed just to put in the header and not necessary to put at the very top of the page.

Now, your boy is doing quite a bit of adapting. I am currently in the small island of Guam. While my uncle has lived here ten years and my aunt got married and had her daughter here, there is still alot of cultural and environmental adaptation that one has to take under in a place like this. To get gipped by Mog in a situation like that was certainly very insulting and certainly not done at the right moment. There was no warning or anything and when my ads were dropped, I had to call and send out e-mails to find out why. That's not professional at all.

I don't really seek restitution here but I do hope to warn everyone who is affiliating themselves with Mog. These guys obviously don't think much of their clients. When you sign up with them, keep that in mind.

More Reason We Need Your Help: Help Protect Carl Roe

This is for real. Complete with a black and white kaffiya, chants of "Allahu Akbar" and links to "We Are The Night," a website has a picture of Carl Roe up.

This is mighty strange. Is Al Qaeda after Carl Roe? I think that's a rap beef that may tower over any one previous.

Blood Is One Needs Your Financial Help

Blood Is One has just been dropped by one of its major advertisers - Mog Music Network. The justification by the people at Mog was that Blood Is One had posted far too many videos that didn't adhere to their standards - too many postings of music with one line or just titles explaining what they were.

I can see why they would be concerned about this but I am nevertheless a bit offended by the whole thing. Blood Is One never stopped providing full fledged articles. We only posted new music to keep people posted in between our producing new work. Blood Is One cannot operate without anyone's support. This isn't a free ride - the writing, the coverage, the interviews, this is hard work.

Since we've started, Blood Is One has worked tirelessly to promote artists that will be the future of hip-hop. I like to think that we've had a healthy role in helping the careers of Carl Roe, Kenan Bell, CaLii, Shimon and Game Brothas.

I will be staking out new advertisers as needed, however, we're going to need your help in the meantime. I am starting up a pledge drive for support for our website. Donate whatever you see fit - $1 or $100. Thank you.

Fundraising widgets will be up shortly, allowing you to donate as much as you want and help insure that this unique voice in hip-hop maintains.