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29.1.11

Termanology interview



I was able to catch up with the homie, Termanology. I'm stupid late on posting this but he's dope, the CD's dope, and he's on tour in Japan promoting this now so why not, right?



Essince: How’re you doing, man? Everything good?

Termanology: Chillin’, man. Everything’s cool, man.

Essince: What were some of your expectations for your project with Statik, “1982”.

Termanology: I just wanted people to like it and see what people would think about a CD that sounds like that in 2010. The feedback’s been really good so I feel like we accomplished what we’re trying to do.

Essince: Yea, I saw you got an “XL” rating in XXL.

Termanology: Yea, yea. I was quite happy about that.

Ess: Why did you guys decide to do a project together?

Term: We were working together a lot. Especially in like, ’07. ’06-’08 and the fans were pretty much asking for it so we figured, a’ight. We were all chillin’ together every day anyway, in the studio. Why don’t we just whip up an album and see what it sounds like.  

E: How did you guys meet?

T: I met Stat when we were 16, doin’ house parties in Lawrence, MA, that’s where I’m from and he was throwing shows in New Hampshire. You know what I’m sayin’? Then he moved on to Hot97 in Boston and then eventually moved to New York.  And you know I just followed him and the rest is history, man. We’re family.  

E: What’s the scene like in Boston? I knew some Boston rappers coming up, but unfortunately it’s not always remembered when people think of eastern hip hop cities.

T: Yea, Boston is crazy, man. Like, it went through different scenes. I remember when I was coming up Boston had one of the most vibrant independent scenes; Army of the Pharaohs, Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, Esoteric, you know Benzino was still doing his thing, Edo G and the bulldogs, Krumb Snatcha, there was a big scene. A lot of cats popping but I feel like that scene was [gone] away with the new cats that came in, you know? I ain’t sayin’ that them cats ain’t doin’ their thing, I’m sure they are, but I’m talking like when you drop a 12” vinyl and you would sell like 10,000-20,000 copies on the single and those days are gone, you know what I’m saying? That’s the era I came up on. And it’s so funny because now it’s like, “Oh…we’re dropping a new song. Yo, we’re leaking it to the internet Tuesday. I can’t wait.” It used to be like, “yo, we’re dropping a new single. We gotta take it to the vinyl plant so we can press it. We’ll have it back in 2 months then we can sell it. Let’s see how many copies we can sell.” You know what I’m sayin’? Those days are gone.

E: I notice you’ve also been getting a lot of love overseas. I was able to go on tour in Asia this past summer. How’s the response been for your stuff overseas?

T: Oh, they love us, man. You know, especially me being down with [DJ] Premier. They love our shit and Premier out there. When I dropped I gained a lot of fans in Europe and they love that shit. And Stat’s really doing his thing and with ’82 coming out I can’t wait to go over there and see what the response it like off this album.

E: I know both you and Statik get a lot of comparisons of your style to other artists, how do you feel about being compared to other people?

T: Well, it’s usually an honor because it’s usually Gangstarr. And people say, ”oh you guys sound like Gangstarr.” And that’s on honor to us. To me, I mean, Gangstarr is like the most pure hiphop group of all time, if not the dopest hiphop group of all time. You know what I mean? I never wanna say that we are the Gangstarr or none of that crazy shit. I can say that, with music the way it is now and the way it sounds, we are the closest thing to Gangstarr. With me being an MC from Boston, moved to New York and Statik making the boom-bap beats and scratches. Preemo being like a big brother to both of us. I’m happy we can keep that alive.

E: I got one last question for you, if you and Statik could work with any two artists, if you could have a day in the studio and have Statik produce and you work with any artist, any genre alive or dead, who are two people you’d like to work with?

T: Wow. Well, I can’t answer for Statik, but I’d wanna work with Big Pun [R.I.P.] if I could work with anybody. That’s just me, dude. I wanna work with him. But there are so many others, man, you know? I mean, shit. I’d wanna work with Biggie, too [R.I.P.]. I’d wanna work with Michael Jackson [R.I.P.]. There like millions of ‘em, you know? James Brown [R.I.P.]. So many ill people.  I’d just say Pun for me, though, because I’m Puerto Rican. You know Pun’s the god.

Essince: Oh, yea, man. Pun’s the reason I really got focused on my stuff, too. Pun is like my favorite ever.

Termanology: Word up, yea. Then you already know.




23.1.11

DJ Licca "Shake!"




This video came out in September. DJ Licca is from Osaka, Japan and is doing her thing right now. I found this video for SHAKE! featuring VETTY & URALi on Youtube.

I'm loving it.

22.1.11

Malcolm & Martin

MALCOM & MARTIN


I received an email the other day about the debut album of a group called, Malcolm and Martin. With a name like that you don't have much wiggle room to not be dope. Well, this DJ Revolution backed duo does not disappoint. Their debut LP, "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" will be releaed 2/1/11 on SoulSpazm records.

I was able to hear the project and let me tell you, it's fire. I'll give you a few quick comments from well knowns then let you decide for yourselves.

"Original and respectful beats and rhymes for the culture of Hip-Hop...Its dope they named the group after two of our most fearless leaders." - DJ Premier, DJ/Producer/Gang Starr

"These kids are FIRE!  Hip Hop is alive and well. I'm co-signin' 'em." - Masta Ace


"Malcolm and Martin represents the sound of Hip-Hop you came up loving and listening to. Relevant today with the throwback vibe. DOPE! - Dawaun Parker, Grammy Award winning producer for Aftermath Music


"This sh*t has Quality written all over it. Two of the Illest Cali Emcees who feed off each other with every line. Backed by The Sharpest Muthaf*#ka I know...DJ Revolution" - Evidence, Producer/Artist



Check out the first single, “Movement Music” (produced by Marco Polo) from DJ Revolution Presents Malcolm and Martin "Life Doesn't Frighten Me’. (download here).



Malcolm & Martin.com
Twitter/malcolmnmartin
Facebook

21.1.11

What Is Cool


INFLUENCERS In-depth Series features Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO of Translation, a brand management firm that arranges strategic partnerships between Pop Culture icons (Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, Lebron James, Justin Timberlake, etc.) and Fortune 500 companies.

In this episode, Steve Stoute discusses the concept of cool, how new cultural codes are redefining traditional corporation communication. He also talks about creating successful collaborations between Artists and Brands.






This is a great/informative/well produced interview with one of today's top entertainment executives, Steve Stoute.

Essence "Unorthodox"



I've honestly never heard a woman do a track with this subject. I love it.

Balancing careers and personal lives are never easy (trust me...I've been there). And Essence does her thing.

18.1.11

DJ Blaqstone (japan) "Curious"


One of Japan's best DJs, DJ Blaqstone reppin' Kobe, Japan, brings you his newest mixtape, Curious with DJ Faith.

Download here.
Follow him on Twitter @djblaqstone

Track List



1. Hot Tottie / Usher
2. Teach Me How To Dougie / Cali Swag District
3. Love The Way You Lie (dj blaqstone blend mix) / Eminem ft. Rihanna
4. Replay (dj blaqstone blend mix) / Lyaz
5. Sexy Can I to_Riding solo / LNP (CEO & Vinyl Richy)
6. Kush / Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg & Akon
7. Rocketeer / Far East Movement
8. Airplanes / B.o.B feat.Hayley Williams
9. Lil Jon Drops It Low Trans Tool / Mash Up Mafia
10. Billionair Transition / Travie McCoy
11. Nothing On You / B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
12. Dj Got Us Fallin In Love / ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS 
13. Break Your Heart / Taio Cruz
14. Dynamite Remix / Taio Cruz feat. Jennifer Lopez
15. Everybody speaks no Americano / Yolanda be Cool & DCUP vs. Backstreet Boys vs. Phantom of the Opera vs. Bob Sinclair vs. Benny Benassi
16. One Scoop / Anthem Kingz
17. Firework (Bombs Away Electro Dubstep Remix) / Katy Perry
18. The Time (The Dirty Bit) / Black Eyed Peas
19. Watcha Say Rock-It! Scientists Club Remix / Jason Derulo
20. Yeah 3X / Chris Brown

14.1.11

Chiney Marie

Wow. I got to interview TWO blasian beauties this week? (What's up, Nikki?). It must be my birthday.

But anyway, I was able to speak with the lovely, Miss Chiney Marie and girl has a lot going on. You can interpret that how you will. They're all true.



Measurements: 34-24-36
Height: 5'3''
Bust: 34
Cup: B
Weight: 120
Shoe: 7
Dress: 4

Essince: First off, Chiney I wanted to say thanks for taking your time out to do this interview with me.

Chiney Marie: I'm very honoured and pleased to be interviewed so thank you for the opportunity!

Essince: Second, I'm digging your name. I assumed it meant you had some Asian in you. My homegirl is Jamaican and I've heard the term before.

Chiney Marie: Thank you in regards to my name! Many people always ask where that name came from, what it means, etc. You are correct it is of Jamaican inheritance.  Basically it means you are of Asian and Jamaican decent. Which is me all the way. :)

Essince: I assume someone as beautiful as you had a lot of guys use "Do you model?" as a pick up line. What made you want to get into modeling?

Chiney Marie: Yes, I do get that quite often and I would think that my portfolio would speak for itself, but then again there are those out here who love to take photos for fun so it's understandable. That never works as a pickup line for me though!  ;) ***[Editor’s note: I need some new lines ASAP]

I started modeling due to an industry friend, who is a prestigious rap artist, encouraging me to do so.  I've always wanted to and I had attended modeling conventions but never really pursued it.  I started doing shoots, did a commercial,  some things in NYC and loved it. I always considered it a hobby seeing as I had priorities such as school, work, etc. As of recently I've gotten my feet completely soaked in this industry and am still able to manage all those things plus family. The opportunities have presented themselves more often so of course I'm going to take them!  ;)




Essince: What are some of your goals with modeling?

Chiney Marie: One of my many goals of modeling and the most important one for me is to be able to assist those interested or aspiring to be in this industry.  If I have the knowledge I share it with others.  One thing that myself and my partner Adam Sweet are working on is providing models, artists, etc with services to boost their presence in the industry.  I want to eventually move from in front of the camera to behind.


Ess: What are some of your goals in general? Life goals.

CM: My life goals....I am a humanitarian at heart. I love helping, giving, caring, etc.  If I have it to give, I do.  One thing I know I can give is my time and I love to volunteer.  I don't get to volunteer as often so one of my life goals is to do that more often, to help where needed..either in the States or in a Third World Country





Ess: Is it true you speak American Sign Language? I used to sign when I was a kid. I lost a lot of it but I can still do the basics.

CM: Wow you did your research! Yes I do know American Sign Language...I took the language for about 6 years.  I was a little nerd...I was the one doing theatre, creative writing, violin for 6 years lol.  I still know the language to this day. It's a great benefit to have!


Ess: I know this makes me seem like an ignorant American but I tried to use some sign language to some mute kids in Thailand I did some work with....they had no idea what I signed. lol. I learned some Thai sign, though.

CM: LOL! No you don't sound ignorant. .you're too funny.  They probably had no idea what you were saying  because you didn't know what you were saying (lol joking with you) . Honestly,  there are different languages of Sign Language so like you said they probably know only Thai Sign.  :)


Ess: That makes sense….considering it’s called AMERICAN Sign Language. Haha. Just from our conversations you seem like a pretty intelligent, how important is education to you?

CM: Aww thank you! Education is key and should be key to everyone! It helps you in presentation of self, in the business, in the industry, in everyday living!  A lot of people judge my outer appearance - not measuring my intelligence up to my beauty UNTIL they speak with me.  So I always get the wow I didn't know you were so intelligent spiel lol...it's cool though as long as they recognize it!  ;)



Essince: What can we expect from Chiney Marie in 2011? I know you have a secret singing talent, too?

Chiney Marie: One thing I can say for certain...expect to see MORE of me...if you hated it before it's only going to be more of it so just embrace it!  2011 was looking good from the end of 2010 for me..I can't lead you on to much..that gives room for people to ruin your plans but just keep a look out!  ;)

Ahhh yea a secret singing talent...now it's not so secret, eh? lol...well when I get over this little shyness of singing and get the time to get back in the studio..music will be made! I'm doing it all. ;)


Essince: Any finals shout outs? Where can people find you online?

Chiney Marie: Yes, special shout outs and recognition to my business partner Adam T. Sweet and the rest of my amazing team.  It's such a blessing to be able to meet people with talents and the same hunger and ambition as you and be able to successfully bring together a team of people to create something great! 
Look and connect with me online at:



Thank you so much for a great opportunity to interview with you! I'm deeply humbled and appreciative! Love Live Life darlings! xxoo






DNA vs T-Rex

MAAAAAAaaannnnn! DNA is NICE!

This dude can spit! Watch him go at NY battle rapper, T-Rex.

Shout out to Andy Milonakis for posting this link on twitter. HAD to post it.


13.1.11

Nikki

NIKKI



Ethnicity: Black, Filipino, and Puerto Rican
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Weight: 118 lbs
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Measurements: 32-27-35
Shoe: 7





ESSINCE: Hey, what's up, Nikki? Thanks for doing this interview with me.
Tell me a little about this contest you're in for OYE Magazine.

Nikki: It's a competition for the cover. 32 models from all over the US were chosen to be in issue 51. Of those 32 models, whoever has the most online votes wins the competition and is featured on the cover of issue 52. 


ESSINCE: How long've you been modeling?

Nikki: I've been modelling off and on since I was I a kid.


ESSINCE: Aside from both of us having some Latin blood in us, we also share the lovely city of St. Louis. Tell me, food-wise, what is your favorite thing from STL you can't get anywhere else? I'm going with Toasted Ravioli.

Nikki: Sub Zero Vodka and Sushi Bar in the Central West End has the best humus I've ever EVER had. Hands Down. 



ESSINCE: I feel like I have to ask you the traditional model interview question of your turn-ons/offs. (I'm taking good notes).

Nikki: LMAO! Uggggh Can't I just use my same answers as the other interview?! Weeeeelll... Turn-ons...on a man right? lol physically, I love strong arms and a sexy back....oh! and sexy calves too....outside of the physical, I love a man that has an interest in different kinds of music. I'm an eclectic being. So I need a man who's the same, especially when it comes to music. I'm a little bit of an enthusiast :)

Turn-offs....wow...where do I begin...huge ego's...cheesy pick-up lines...small dicks...myopic views on life.....short attention spans....chauvinism (please don't call me sweetie or darling)...poor hygiene...boring conversations...octopus hands...kissing and telling...i seriously can go on for hours


ESSINCE: What would be a dream career for you? I know you mentioned something about fashion to me before.

Nikki: dream career? hmmmm...well i would loooove to be a fashion buyer for let's say neiman marcus....or saks 


ESSINCE: Any final shout-outs or phone numbers you wanna give me?

Nikki: ummmmm shout out to my brother....coolest kid that i know...as far as phone numbers, i'll keep those to myself... I don't have a death wish lol


Gracias/Salamat/Thanks!

 




11.1.11

Thankful


"THANKFUL" the first single off of my forthcoming album, "Mind of a HipHop Journalist".

Download the song here.

BIG ZAM x BIG RON (japan)

This video came out a few months ago but I really wanted to take some time to feature some Japanese MCs who are really doing their thing in the land of the rising sun. 


Check out "Life is Puzzle" by Big Zam featuring Big Ron on the hooks.



ヒップホップは国際的です!!
(Hip hop is international!!)

4.1.11

French Connection




French producer, 7even Sun, dropped a dope collaboration album with Poughkeepsie, New York emcee (Cans).

This project also features guest appearences by the Tree City Partners crew members M.Wettah, D.Johns, Jayles of Poor Rich Kids, & Justice and Multi:The Chozen.


3.1.11

Goodwood: 2011 Jesus Piece




After the incredible success of their last model, Goodwood updated it's famous Jesus Piece with this, which I think is more aesthetically pleasing.

Check out Goodwood and cop it here.

1.1.11

Eminem "Cocaine" ft Jazmine Sullivan