Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Janelle Monae


Free print for anyone that can guess the actual size of this piece

(except for Neem's Miss Niema Jordan over at Twenty Something Renaissance cause she's only person that has seen it in real life)

Los Rakas!

Video:Shot By Amanda Lopez & shot and edited by Trevor Traynor
Song: "Soy Raka" Produced by Iamani

LOS RAKAS SmokeOut Festival 10/10 from Trevor Traynor on Vimeo.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Album Review Nicki Minaj

(originally posted on tumblr with a repost of Rocky RIvera's review)

I have a love and hate relationship with this girls music. I have been listening to her since Coco Peila played me her music introducing her as “my wifey rite here”. I love her song autobiography, and I listen to her songs and let them get stuck in my head but I'm not sure if I'd say I'm a fan. It hurt my soul a lil but when the middle school girls in my music workshop new more of her lyrics then a Lauryn Hill song, but also made sense and made me feel old. So the ALBUM: Despite the title on the first track “I am the best” it’s not the I eat mc’s for breakfast cocky Minaj, (well a little bit but also some vulnerability). “I remember when i couldn’t by my mother a couch…now i bought my mother a house you could never understand why i grind like i do…cuz even when my daddy was on crack i was crack now the whole album crack you ain’t gotta skip a track.” I has the characterish feeling some love and others love to hate that makes her voice sound slightly like a chip munk on her raps, as well as a I am who i am vibe and describing the feeling of viewing from the top and reminiscing when you didn’t have like that. My favorite line of the song “I’m fighting for the girls that never thought they could win cause before they could begin you told em it was the end.” This make me think she going to continue to evolve as an artist and that she has already seen how her lyrics are impacting middle school aged girl, and therefore throw in some uplifting lyrics here and there.

You guessed it ‘Romans revenge’ ain’t my favorite at all (how’d you know?). For one I don’t like the Eminem that talks about beating his girl calling her a slut and lighting her on fire, but that’s what they asked for. But besides the lyrical ludeness some of the punch lines sound like a lazy word game “cunt I’ll kick that hoe, punt, force trauma, blunt” So I wouldn’t bump it but i get it, its a crazy collaboration and it get’s your attention, (but in my opinion) it ain’t quality Hip Hop.

“Did it on em” i like the beat. I can’t help but think of Lil Kim with the line “if I had a dick I would pull it out and piss on em” (((member Just Like me “if i had a penis I’d be heartless foreal tho n***a’s start shit i’d just flash out my dildo.” The only reason i bring that up is because I usually think when people compare it’s to start beef or its just lazy. But maybe both MC’s just happen to be obsessed with pink and different color hair, playing barbie, and they have penis envy. ha! or not…”Right Thru Me” You already know. It’s catchy (too catchy?) it adds to her multi talented repertoire. And again it shows her vulnerability with paired with being a fierce emcee “who eat bitches so why even try” seems to be key. I like that Rihanna and Nikki Minaj collaborated on ‘Fly.’ “i am not a girl that could ever be defined, i am not fly, i am levitation, i represent an entire generation, i hear the criticism loud and clear, that is how is i know the time is near” She came to win on this.”Save me” has been my favorite since it leaked on Youtube. And I agree and its dope that the girl given the crown for best female emcee can make an all r&b song this good.”Moment for Life” is Fresh! Makes me wanna put it on a mix with all the music my friends make about appreciating the Here and Now, each and every moment..Drake brought it too.”Check it Out” featuring Will I.AM: Catchy as two hip hop artists that also get labeled pop would be. “Blazin” loving the spit’n “had the power to be the best be in the league yeah never to bleed but could it be lil me you was heckling me now whispering not it need now irregularly.” Kanye’s verse on there is cool too..’Here I am’ first thought is i love the beat and (paired with her vocals) it sounds like something hella familiar (ill think of it later). But solid record. Before I heard the song i like the concept of “dear old Nikki” and i thought it might disappoint, but i like the first verse, after that it a lil fillerish. “Your Love” has been out for so long and a lil played out but fits in just fine on the album. “Last Chance” is that classic girls just wanna have fun vibe, and kinda classic Nikki that even people that hate on her can’t help but shake their head to and laugh at the punch lines. So it’s only right to follow it with “Super Bass” which has that same vibe and make me want to bump it in my ride immediately. I like the beat but “Blow ya mind” doesn’t blow my mind. ”Muny” is the hip hop i gets money type record that allows her to get compared to any other emcee (despite people think lady spitters aren’t on the same level) And she’s said from the beginning she’s bout the dollar bills so its only right. “Girls fall like Dominoes” punch lines and plays with words and claims she’ll steal Drake n Lil Wayne’s girls. I might wish that Melina Jones, Jean Grae, Rocky Rivera, and hella other emcees that are women are getting as much shine as her, because of the substance in there lyrics. But I like Nikki Minaj’s ability to be completely free with her rimes, the i don’t care what the fuck im talking bout mentality it rimes and i wanna say it works for Lil Wayne and it works for her with random shit like “she might be filipino sipping palegrino.”

Left me wanting more but its might just be cuz i didn't love the last track. This album has me thinking what's next for her, which is a good thing. Regardless if i would love more substance in Hip Hop she's gonna make records and get plays, so I think my part is to organize whats in my control. I know some talented Lady Spittas and I plan to promote them to the fullest. If your a fresh lady spitta and I don't know you holler at a wrenagade...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Art of Dreaming

after a great sho on saturday i been bumping Sandmans first solo album the ART OF DREAMING I had a minute of free time the other day n got to sketch'n in my sketchbook and drew this...



Here's video captured by the wonderful Mzima...such a beautiful night!





yes amani i AM MANY did have a peacock feather in his hair
xoxo
-W

Monday, November 15, 2010

Goapele taken the stage with Drake

I have been a huge fan of Goapele since forever. Very proud that she comes from Oakland, fellow OYC-er and just awed by her beautiful voice and always wanting to see her make moves and get her just due. So I am smiling that she's performing with artists like Drake because it means more exposure for this east Oaklander.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Flowers for the Dead

haven't been posting anything on this site for a while but I couldn't resist sharing this...TheMeMusic project presents this beautiful song with iamani and big dan. It captures that universal thirst for the world healing seeing weeping laughing them. Honored to have a couple of my old paintings scattered through the slide show (note to self get organized with illustrations and create more for theme music)

For all those that have lost someone, at times lost themselves, for believers, for celebrators of dia de los muertos, for the ancestors wishlist, listen to this: