Tuesday, April 28, 2009

METAL NINJA

These galactic shinobi brethrens just myspaced me with their new EPK...I'm really feeling the cinematic sound and the samurain-ninja theme of course. Apparently, the music was inspired by "a crazy unreleased ninja movie" (hence the name) which first came out in 1981. Check out the Paris-based producer duo, METAL NINJA here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

WHERETHEPARTYAT::tomorrow:: SIMBAD & Muhsinah at RAW FUSION, APT

It's time for another dope Raw Fusion NYC a pastpresentfuture-soul dance party
fresh off tour opening for Common...
they bring you a special live performance by:
Muhsinah
and special guest selector (hyping up the dancefloor, as usual):
Simbad (Raw Fusion/UK)
plus raw fusion residents:
OP!, Scribe and Amon on live percussion

monthly at
APT 419 w 13th street 212 414 4245
10pm-4am
$10 (free b4 11pm)
*$5 with individual rsvp (full names please) to rawfusionnyc@gmail.com
21+

Thursday, April 23, 2009

PHOTO OF THE DAY :: queen

#inspiration   Monica Bellucci by Helmut Newton


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ART/MONEY : Interview with CRIS PROLIFIC

Brussels-based producer CRIS PROLIFIC likes to think outside the box. One of the hardest working men in the game, Cris has released several solo hip-hop projects, collaborated with international heavyhitters such as TA'RAACH, jazz legend-activist KAHIL EL ZABAR (ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO), folk-soul singer AYO, world-renown Cabo Verden legend CESARIA EVORA and has done remixes for THE ROOTS, RZA, ERYKAH BADU and PHAROAHE MONCH & MR. COMPLEX among others. Cris recently finished his first international full length hip-hop album ART/MONEY (a word-play on 'Harmony'), a multidisciplinary project involving art exhibitions featuring the work of painters JEROME LAGARRIGUE, TIM OKAMURA, and American writer/poet TROY GILBERT. While paying homage to the jazzy beat-driven sound of masters such as J. Dilla, Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth, just like Cris' previous projects, ART/MONEY is a raw and fresh take on hip-hop incorporating Cris' various influences from afrobeat to soul and psychedelic rock. This album is wicked (flow, flow, flow & crazy beats!) and I'm super excited to be the first to give it some love. Stay tuned for the release coming up in June 2009 and for Cris' US tour dates.
L: I pick up in your music many influences, hip-hop, of course (Dilla lives!), afro-beat, funk, and psychedelic rock and a whole slew of others. Did you grow up around music? Tell me about your roots…how do they reflect in your work?
I think music has always been part of my life. Growing up, my parents were always playing some vinyl '7 inches' at the time and they really opened me up to different genres. The Afro-Caribbean music was also part of their roots so they were playing some from different horizons as well, whether it was African, Cuban, Dominican, Haitian and others...so I think they're all part of my influences. My roots are Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante and also Capo-Verde from my great-great parents. I don't know how they reflects on me but I feel them deeply. I think there is an interaction between my roots and my music. The more I know about my roots the more it affects my compositions. There are a lot of things I'm still learning about my roots and I need to explore them as much as possible because music is to me a sanctuary which reflects my identity.


I wanted to play an instrument and my first idea was the violin but I have finally got into playing the piano (classic) for 6 years. So while I was into the piano lessons, my brother was at another level playing the bass and got me interested in his influences. So quickly he steered me into other music styles especially jazz-rock (70's) and that was a new beginning for me and simultaneously he made me discover HIP-HOP and all the representative forms which are part of the culture. I became a dancer and practiced all the moves my brother showed me whether it was in smurf, breakdancing, poppin or freestlyle.. it was huge to me.. Dance still has a serious role in my music because I think each of the tones is a step or a move to me..I mean this is the way I always felt and still feel. So making music to me is almost like dancing and when I do a beat I always apply a move to it! Like Charlie Parker used to say 'What we did not live, we cannot play it'
L: What & who were your main influences in your musical evolution?
I think my influences are still quite the same not that I'm square or stuck with them but they still influence me today. So in no particular order I would say : Africa, my family, nature, life, dreams and nightmares, places, people, arts, sports, books, movies..

If you're talking about personalities : James Brown, Jay Dilla (RIP), Ease Mo Bee, Wheather Reports, John Coltrane, Diamond D, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Shawn J Period, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Mohammed, Mile Davis, Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Afrikaa Bambataa, Burning Spear, Ray Charles, Thelonius Monk, Eroll Gardner, Nina Simone, Harry Leahey, Shirley Bassey, Jacque Brel, Léo Férré, Gilberto Gill, Jorge Ben, Erykah Badu, Manu Dibango, Gladiators, Bob Marley. [artwork by:TIM OKAMURA ]

L: Hip-hop, a Bronx-bred cultural movement has by now grown into a global phenomenon. Like many other music genres (jazz, blues, funk, soul) that originated in the African-American life experience, hip-hop has become a universal language able to express a certain type of life experience outside of the US as well. Why do you think it appeals to so many people around the world? What is the main power of hip-hop for you?
Hip-hop appeals to people because it's about You and your life and life is real and so as HIP-HOP. This movement has been able to evolve in different art disciplines such as djing, graffiti, b-boying-b-girlng, MCing. There's not a lot of movement that I know of that can pretend to have that many crossroads, so I think that is why HIP-HOP has built up a lot of interest as well worldwide. Concerning its popularity I think the underground radios really contributed to its expansion. If I recall on my experience because they were supporting the cause, so it became worldwide quickly but the official medias were trying to play it like it was some corny fashion movement that they tried to suppress or suffocate (as you wish !o!) but it was stronger than them. And the fact that you didn't have to pay for anything if you wanted to be part of this, was already a sign of unity, it's just about YOU and your skills, even the skills to be around, I mean there are some people who never really expressed themselves through the different disciplines but were like into it and still part of it..so it's a wide range of individuals who feel part of this movement. [artwork by:TIM OKAMURA ]

To me its power is that it touches people because it requires that you challenge yourself to be better in what you do and improve your abilities no matter what skills you have and it's open to everybody in the widest sense of the term. Also there are various branches in the disciplines thus that gives it a wider impact. And lastly it keeps evolving.

L: Where do you see the future of hip-hop?
I see it growing with its inner crisis but still holding to its roots searching to innovate in different spheres.


[artwork by:TIM OKAMURA ]
L: You have done a lot of dope remixes such as THE ROOTS 'YOU GOT ME' with ERYKAH BADU and EVE, the track 'CAN YOU DEAL WITH THAT?' of I-CUBE with RZA, and MR.COMPLEX & PHAROAHE MONCH for the track 'SCREAMS AND SHOUTS'. Do you have new remixes planned for the future?

Yes I've recently remixed a track for the band called MADE IN JAPAN (BELGIUM) 'BABYSPACE' feat. VINYLIC & GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW which is already released on CITYWURL Records. They came to me because we're friends and they wanted to reach out to three producers to rework their version so I helped them out to get in contact with the right ones: GEORGIA ANNE MUDLROW and DJ MITSU. Check it Out !! word up !!

L: You seem to have many musical journeys under your belt…You have worked on music in Paris, Brussels, Montreal, and in the US with artists from a wide range of musical genres and traditions, such as TA'RAACH aka LACKS, jazz legend activist KAHIL EL ZABAR (ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO), folk-soul singer AYO from Germany, and world-renown singer from Cabo Verde, CESARIA EVORA. How does traveling and working with musicians from other countries help you grow as a musician?
I like challenging myself and I love traveling, so having the opportunity to meet different artists is a chance to evolve with other perspectives. It is a good process to exchange our differences and continue in a common or unknown direction..actually I like unknown directions because they can bring the best or the strangest out of you, but still it's YOU..the one you never knew!
It is also interesting to work with artists from different horizons because the language gives a different rhythm to the music and also gives you a different way to listen to it. Traveling to me is more than necessary in order to interact with a new environment..you're able to listen, watch, compare, think differently, adapt perhaps and to be inspire. It makes me use my senses from a different approach which is meaningful for any art forms. I think that all the places where I've been have a tone in my music and I think they merged with my afro-roots.


[artwork by: JEROME LAGARRIGUE]


L: As a visual artist, one of the things that got me very intrigued about your music is that you integrate other art forms into your musical projects. Your new album, ART/ MONEY (harmony) is associated with exhibitions and is a multidisciplinary project involving many painters and a poet, right? Could you tell me more about the album?
Yes it is..to make it short and clear I wanted to be able to work with my bests friends from Brooklyn, painters JEROME LAGARRIGUE & TIM OKAMURA who used to be graf-writers way back and TROY GILBERT who is a poet from Washington DC. So the idea that I had when I was in Brooklyn was to illustrate their paintings with my music in order to combine our art forms into a thematic journey. It was an idea and now it's becoming real and we're still working on putting together the exhibition & show so that it will see the light in proper conditions soon. The album with all the directions that I took, it is totally me. This album is hardcore, raw, crispy, smooth, jazzy, semi-experimental in a rough way.
L: When and where can people buy the new album?
I don't have the date yet but it's coming really really soon and it will be available worldwide.

L: Any plans to do shows in the US?
No doubt !! Coming to the US soon.

L: Dream project for 2009?
ART/MONEY !! traveling !! new music !! 45 SCIENTIFIC rise !! Word Up *

L: Love, creativity, unity?
LOVE : Love for music
CREATIVITY : Endless inspiration
UNITY : An unaccomplished dream..

L: Shout outs?
To You Licsi and thanks for your kind words. To 45 SCIENTIFIC, my family, my cousins, my best friends and friends in Paris, Belgium, United States and all over the world and of course all the artists who collaborated to this album in order to make it possible. Thank YOU ALL!
[artwork by:TIM OKAMURA ]

We're All One !'


Art Money Lps snippet.mp3 - Cris Prolific
(note:there is a chance that the widget is not playing on every browser, in that case just follow the link to Cris's imeem page.)

success is...

::: everyone's birthright :::

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

NEW WORK ::: behind the scenes of BLING THY INNER WEALTH

::: my sanctuary :::
the alchemical process begins
"Manifesting Gold" Lichiban & Livingroom Johnston 24"x48"

"Bust It Out!" Lichiban x Upendo collabo (detail) 24"x48"

"Bust It Out!" Lichiban x Upendo collabo. Pen is dope! This one is really funny, every time I look at it, it makes me crack up...it has a sense of a breakthrough and victory.

"Manifesting Gold" Lichiban & Livingroom Johnston 24"x48"
this one has a whole alchemical meaning...a topic we've been both exploring, so we were able to communicate concepts through the language of making inner gold

These ones are solo pieces, part of a Scorpio Vision series
Clockwise from top left :
"I Win" Lichiban 12"x24" :: " Scorpio Bite Revelation" Lichiban 12"x24" :: "Love Rules" Lichiban 12"x24" Gimme the fire! Lichiban 12"x24" ::
STAY TUNED PRINTS ARE COMING!!

Quan Luv, Paridee & Upendo

"Manifesting Gold" Lichiban & Livingroom Johnston (detail) ::: "Heartattack" Lichiban 12"x24"

"Scorpio Brings Light" Lichiban x Paridee Kositchiranant 12"x24" ::: "Chains" Lichiban x Paridee K. 12"x24"
working with Paridee was amazing in so many ways..we connected not only as artists, but also as fellow humanitarians. Spending the day with her painting was sharing on many levels.

"Living Proof" Lichiban x Quan Luv 24"x48"
this was a second times for me to do a collabo with Quan (the piece on the wall in the background is our first collabo). He is not only an amazing artist and good friend, but he also understands the creative spiritual power of the artist. Both of us had sketched this piece in our own way, way before this manifested..in a way we manifested ourselves collabing through them.


"Re:Define" Lichiban x Rodney White "12"x24" (right)
Rodney's piece on the left side is so ill...his textures and typography are super slick. My power animal, the leopard, represents among else new beginning and guidance for me, which is why I put it on Rodney's piece that is part of his re: series signifying rebirth.


I realize that I love collabos and have done quite a number of them already with my friends -- Jelsen Jargon, Concep, Diamond Girl, Livingroom Johnston, Upendo, Quan Luv, Paridee, Fly Lady Di, Ibrahim Yaqut, Rodney White, Pesu, Riz22-- all amazing talents. I love the challenge of inhabiting someone elses' visionary world with my characters in a way that is still recognizably my work, yet still working with the other's vision harmoniously. I've been working hard and don't have much time to hang these days, so getting together and painting allows me to catch up with them and share on a deeper level. Each piece has its own existence and sometimes we paint a story we already figured out, sometimes we paint the future. Doing art with other artists who are willing to share is one of the most rewarding experience for me. More on the way!

i'm feeling...Mike Baker :: The Chase

Mike Baker's new video I found on Freshselects...check the link for two free tracks here.

Mike Baker the Bike Maker - The Chase from Honor Roll on Vimeo.
video directed & edited by Whiz Ward, completely out of scenes from the movie, The Professional - Golgo 13, dir. Osamu Dezaki

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

BROOKLYN DIARIES :: BLING THY INNER WEALTH :: my show opening

Here are finally some of the photos from my recent show opening, BLING THY INNER WEALTH. Most of these folks are artists themselves--painters, fashion designers, musicians, film makers, writers, designers, educators, djs, producers, or activists and the freshest looking cats around...This is the core of my Brooklyn fam: some of New York City's finest renaissance visionaries I feel blessed to be around them, have their support and love and to be able to circulate inspiration and my creative energy with them. I sometimes realize that I take BK for granted until I go out of town and suddenly start to feel the difference...

Between trying to talk to everybody and sipping on a few lychee martinis specially made for the night (which was btw a big success, I heard Red Bamboo might put it on their menu), I tried to capture everyone, but inevidebly some peeps didn't make it onto my camera:( [Amir Ebrahimi, Carla & Mike Schreiber, Gigi Bio, Marthalicia, See1, Dynasty & Soul, Herve, Kim...I saw u!!] I'll try to link everyone so you can peep their work.
Raye 6 & Li :: cat power! to have a taste of the Raye 6 experience, download her free mixtape here.

My beautiful friend Suzy, founder of VONY and Bilal ::: w one of my collabo partners-in-crime/ Livingroom Johnston, the living manifestation of gold!

BlackFruitPunch of the Ahficionados aka my man, Deffrei was manning the wheels...As always killer set. ::: Livingroom & Daoud Abeid of Coup d'Etat BK and Sunshowah films

w/ Deffrei and the lovely Betta Broad, who organized the exhibit and is the person to go to about sales inquiries ::: my galaxy rider fam, Bentley, MEGA of Audio Aesthetic & curatedbymega and my collaborator Quan Luv...ill talents

The one and only Sarah White (also my blog partner on WRONGLIPS) and Cecilia Stalin (visiting the US from Sweden). ::: Iza (Sarah's daughter), i love her so much.

Concep mad painting/designer/dancer skills (who also tuned into the adidas theme) and Nacinimod (he hand-made that dope jacket! check the crop) ::: the one and only Jelsen Jargon graphic designer extraordinaire & Rodney White, ill painter & my collaborator at the show.

the ladies of YOUNITY:: these beautiful mamas are phenomenal artists. Stephanie Land, L, Diana McClure, Toofly & Alice Mizrahi..we are going to be doing big things this year

Two of my favorites: Nikki Ntu, super talented MC/writer and my multitalented collaborator, the lovely Paridee Kositchiranant.

My homie, drummer/producer/dj Don Cuco, expert in latin flava, with daughter Iza :: Cuco, Sarah White and LaMae Lamazing, amazing dancer and first lady of Taste.

My homie DJ/producer Dhundee (Brooklyn Bounce, Sugarcuts Inc) w/ Sima :: singer Eric Rico im the house! [right]

My lovely art pimp, Betta :: and super talented photographer/painter Alexandra Cespedes

my sexy divas! Raye 6, Suzy-O & Laura Dee!! yes yes all my girlfriends are HOT!

Two of the illest Brooklyn bloggers, Al of Minority Report and Chuck of NeverLeaveBrooklyn. If you want to be in the know, make sure to follow their sites. :: w/ the sexy Ashley! i love this girl.

Simi and Nikki ::: that's my man, Claude! (Melo's manager)

Nikki Ntu & Soul...Dynasty Fresh, one of my fav clothing designers is there in spirit (thanks for the love!) ::: my collaborators-in-crime, super dope painter/designer Upendo (Leroy Jenkins), Quan Luv (A.L.I.E.N) and Bentley

Movers and shakers, Clarence Jay Foster, Cee the photographer (Boys and Clothes), Rasu of Coup D'etat BK
::: Nikki and King Texas (!). check her new photo site..freakin amazing!

Betta and activist/ film producer Joel Mejia of Dare To Dream ::: Leah and my girl, dope painter Gabrielle Wattson

Raye :: Rasu and Mike July, dope BK photographer



Stephanie & Sima ::: Mama DuttyGeisha, the lovely Sakir (DJ and jewelry designer) repping adidas as well!

Fellow artist Richard "Earthman" Laurent...thanks for the convo ::: dopest finale!

thank you!!