Nov 30, 2009
with this drawin' stuff
definately not no picasso
but i would say also no sloucho :)
(just had to put that in there for added cornyness value)
but youknow just havin fun an expressin myself
and now i would like to share it with you
esteemed reader of this joint..
first pic is inspired by a pic of pac in a mag
how that sound?! :)
sound like chinese ping pong right
a pic of pac in a mag!! :)
no offense to other tupac fans or to any chinese people
just being corny again..
rest in peace pac
thank god for you..
the next one inspired by a friend of mine and my love for the motherland
listen to the sound born upin the ghetto
lookin for a way to grow and to let go
at night in your room lookin at the moon
the ghetto burnin like these young minds yearnin to consume
the world don wanna teach them stay wanna keep them
blind to the fax and the world don really see them
as equal its just another sequal
we know the truth still they fukin with the people
its undastood its a modern day slavery
at the same time you keep on lyin about our legacy
you aint really tryina help niggaz in the hood
but why you stressin em when they try to do good?!
i been aroun enuff seen plenty scenarios
kids cant afford milk pourin water on they cheerios
say we livin like roaches in bedsprings
our lives is like a price fight up in the ring
the rat race is like a rat maze
the streets is like a beehive cats wanna keep high
strugglin to survive fightin oppression
doin what we can to keep that fat bitch from singin'
one breath into the micro
inhale let the stress go
cause she listens better than anyone i know
geneva to berlin paris to brooklyn
keep spreadin the truth keep puttin your work in
one breath into the micro
exhale let the stress go
cause she listens better than anyone i know
geneva to berlin paris to brooklyn
keep spreadin the truth keep puttin your work in
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 28, 2009
we did two songs in total for his critically aclaimed project 'humming jazz'
the first song is called 'from time to time'
a pretty low-key and in the cut type a song of what it means to me to do my thing away from the hype and for the love of music..
I cant tell you what to do
Jus like these niggaz couldn’t tell me who to be how to my thing
Cats come across confident spittin ignorant
Headz wise usually speak softly
Got no reason to hide behind bravado
That’s why you wont see my face when I hit the lotto
Jus keep it movin full throttle
Bless where I manifest let the wisdom settle
Pedal to the medal to the grotto
Where me and my baby boo batgirl stay
The mission in my rhymes is to find a way
To make the night time a better place to play
People hear me when I say
Soul music is here to stay
Don’t let nobody hold you down
You gotta do your best to turn your frowns
Opinions everybody got one
You gotta keep lookin out for number one
Tomorrows not promised to anyone
In between your worries try to have some fun
From the stress take a time out feel blessed
Let your soul roam give your thoughts a rest
you aint servin nobody with stressin
the issues you got stress manifests them
Most people tend to deal in ego
In reality you know they’d rather be happy
And you may find when you look closely
Those you consider friends envy
Try to hold you down while you try to grow
Keep your dreams close to god he knows
Surround yourself with those who want the best for you
Keep your eyes on the prize stay true
Aint tryina sound like im preachin
But from time to time words like these we all need them
the second song is called 'life is a deck of hearts' in which i was inspired by french rapper mc Solaar's song Caroline.. he describes a scene in the park with children playing.. i do the same or similar, most respectfully..
The middle of the day got me thinkin on past times
A park bench children play your name mentioned
Got my mind drunk like memories that steal time
And still your smile one out of a million
Feelins I used to have at time I still feel em
Eatin me up inside but I know I cant kill em
Never thought I’d live with em so physically
Its like you livin inside the deepest part of me
The sadness of you is all I have so it feels
Double to set you free..
I remember your eyes talk like whispers
and I wished to get withya paint cleare the pictures
I was feelin keep you from leavin
But my angels turned to demons imprisoned by my freedom
And im thinkin of you feelin nothing but pain
Life’s a deck of cards im fucked up in the game
Lifes a check
And when its cashed its all in
Aint no skippin steps gods sees everything
The good the bad the bitter the sweet
Times you in sin
Times you on your knees
I try to listen to old timers when they talk
I was raised that way they paved the ways I walk
Like my moms and pops words of wisdom and advice
Be the light that guides my feet keep me flyin right
I seen some dark nights and I seen some bright mornings
God saved my life thankful to be yawning
But I cant undastand how come we not together
Though I thought I knew it all I guess life knew better
She came between us like birds that flew together
Divided by winds of change that turned never
The night stole my days and its pale sunrays
The midst of which I in vain called your name
Thought of how you and how you became
Lifes a deck of hearts covered in shame
we just wrapped up recording another song
sort of like a remix of the song daydreams
i like to call it 'tokyo dreamin'
imma share it with you soon as it comes out..
Nov 27, 2009
heard you a daddy now and it takes some imagining
no we dont see eachother like we used to
but i make it a point to come thru around your way
moms said she felt it felt a little like a child of hers
like the way your moms took me in and made me all hers
you knew me from my first notes first rhymes
smiles still fill my mind when i think of those summa times
all of us after dark in the park smokin spark
jus runnin round clownin even runnin from narcs
don nothin compare those times live in my heart
those the things that carry me thru when times get hard
i rememeber sharin forthy's and blunds upon the highway
wind blowin thru our hair while hearin' big and pac play
this is for my peoples all over the place who's
love an support has been my saving grace
it may not have always been clear to see but
each one of you mean the world to me
i rememember feelin lost walkin round dolo
so much on my mind not sure if i would live no
everyday i shed tears not sure to live or die
at times felt so much pain couldnt even cry
you supported me with hugs n doe when i was low
you would smile n i thought of you when i did my first show
remember when we bought beers and chilled upon the bridge
special to me was that day on diamond head
so much laughter reward for so much blues
cryin inside when you told me what you went thru
your moms sadness your pops crazy abuse
my childhood wasnt easy but i wouldnt trade shoes
not many people live to see the things you went thru
but god said the sun shines for everyone so you
stay strong and pray, i know you do
gave you so much he expects a lot from you
Nov 26, 2009
think about it..im just sayin..
500 Nations - The lost history of the Native Peoples
all this to say
to jus remember whats really what
the trend might have you forget
Nov 25, 2009
this is where i started off dreaming
playing in the hallway for privacy and beautiful acoustics
thats where kids would teach me how to play
they would hear the sound and grown curious
they would come up to see where it was coming from
and to checkout what i was doing
after starin' at me intently for a while
following my fingers goin' up and down the fretboard
they would ask me if i knew how to play the tunes hot at that moment
i did my best man and learned a lot man..
yo it made happy to see their joy whenever i got it right yo!!
nothing gave me more joy and satisfaction sharing music and happiness with them..
a feeling born there
thank you Brooklyn..
that same feeling stayed whenever and wherever i've played so far..
live at yaam inside stage in berlin w/audiopharmacy
and with plan b at club element and the vault nyc
with tasha and band at
Stichting Nowhere in amsterdam
soulsessions with the chosen bowery poetry club nyc
With big T. AP's Toronto canada
photo compliments of Hxfour
good loox man..
with audiopharmacy at Yaam Berlin outside stage
with Kenichiro Nichihara and crew at club the Loop in Tokyo Japan
with apostles and crew lion's den/sullivan hall nyc
in maastricht holland
w/pops and audiopharmacy
with sotu/pops/dj jay-p/tasha@Bitterzoet amsterdam
daydreams cd release/apple tree records opening/
amsterdam dance event performance
with chosen bambu band of the year competition nyc
joe's pub nyc
at luftbad vienna austria
in innsbruck austria w/audiopharmacy
back to cellar door brooklyn ny
i did this ep with my dawgg mr. baris akardere
aka sotu the traveller
or if you want
soul tu the traveller
cause he's that nice
f'real my man got one of the smooves sounds aroun'
an' already an impressive and extensive track record
of songs and collabo's
for having just jumped on the scene
and still being at the tender age of
somewhere in his early twennies..
the way we met was thru a mutual acquaintance
(dont worry i spell checked it
im not naturally that nice with the spelling.. :)
one who i was writin with at the time
so we hit it off
him being a producer and musician
i read him a lil something that i had written youknow
something along with a beat in the back ground
and he was like yo i dig it
so thats how it came about to do a song
since the one poem was kinda extensive
baris came up with the idea of sprerading it out into three seperate pieces
like visual artists back in the day sometimes would make like one piece
and divide it in three
thats how it came to be
i loved that idea
we first recorded like a draft take at baris' house in Haarlem
and the went to his man 'Double AA's house AA is slang for hAArlem,
so i think we recorded the three songs in one day and we bugged out some at the end of the session
for baris to use later wherever suitable youknow..
it was nice though man
looking out over beautiful Haarlem at night
in the presence of some real kool peoples man
yo its one of my fondest memories yet..
soon after we mixed and mastered the joints and pops did his thing at a different studio in the area
big ups to the double A posse yo..
and youknow we did that for fun
had tasha a dutch singer friend rock on it
had my pops on trumpet add to the cipher
had marc zwazi
ultra nice bass player for dope dutch groups
postmen and trackaddicts feature on it
and thijs v/d klugt on it on guitar
(to this day i still havent met him
my man's dope though..)
yo thijs if you readin this..
good looking on that solo on the track yo
you did the thing man..
so youknow thats how it came together
pops rocked on the second joint called 'bridges n raps'
the title definately Nasir influenced
sotu called me and was like we need titles for these thre songs
i was like yo jus call it 'jazz thing I, II and III'
he was like yo we cant do that
im like aaight
and thought of these three titles like almost on the spot
some say i sound like the great Nas,
well if i made his money and got his props cool..
but im not Nas
i mean its a great compliment
its also superficial
what IS funny though is the fact that his pops is from the south and is a trumpet player and that they get along and do work together
its a beautiful thing
the picture was takin in maastricht at a show we did there with Audiopharmacy
shout to maastricht nr.1 rap group Flexxfitt
who opened for us that day..
the third song would be called 'global corner conversation'
basically just talkin bout how i came up and my perspective on two of the worlds i came up in and am still part of
youknow i mean
we tryina do this shit universally
doin' it from new york
caifornia san fransisco
i got squads
back to fuckin..
yo, let it be known
im from maastricht aaight?!
when i rock in dutch
i rock with the zachte g je weet toch?! (youknow?!)
give me a buzz on sunday mornin'
we'll build some more on what it means to be free
have our own church ceremony
and create a history not build on currency
but for now let's enjoy the laughter and the silence
as the sun is dawning from this balcony
and feel what it must feel like to be free
as we freely breath in the wind from a world overseas
that appreciates us for our beauty and our blackness
our dignity and our royalty
yet also praises us for our wackness
disloyalty and disrespect
where the growth of our form of art
has turned into, cut the check..
without a message given to reflect upon
it's like living life without the one begotten son
with no respect
and giving him back the crown of thorns
true kings and queens care
put our fists in the air to protect our way of being
and resist against our adopted ways
and their societies way of seeing
though it's seemin' in paris they love us
in holland we ride the front of the bus
and in england they don't enslave us
it is money that they gave us
they even asked (our)their god to save their queen
or was it
god save their cream?..
but who am i to judge knowin'
it's a bit the same everywhere
it's a bit a shame everywhere
cause it's a jazz thing
and wether here or there
love remains in the beholder's stare
so jazz was born where?
never are we off from this godly proffession
we workin like slaves just to be manifestin'
cause it's our life love and truest confssion
our way to the light shinin' thru the depression
coming from way down in the underground
building our universe with a sound profound
expand it to the stars with rehearsel and verse
with our voices and fists we make it felt and heard
after that we did the live show,
the ep release as part of the opening for the label that put the record out,
we did two shows which as part of the amsterdam dance event in amsterdam holland
this a pic from the first show
in this pic im good
dont get it twisted though
i was nervous as shit before the show..
like for two days at least :)
it was my first marque-date
god seen me thru though youknow..
the crowd was dope and i have to give my man Robin a shout out for really gettin everyone to come that day
i told him about it a month earlier when i met him on tour with Audiopharmacy
i mean EVERYONE was there
except for maybe my parents in law
and my main man Sibren who was on vacation in Brazil ithink
but i know he was there in spirit
it was nice and it was fun and i think it was the first time me and my pops got together on stage, nice
i remember right before the show
as we were getting introduced
standing under the lights
turning to my pops and saying
your moms is here right?!
youknow how they say when two or more believers are gathered togethered god is there in the midst of them
i believe god was there
and i also believe miss Josephine Green was there
right there from heaven watching over her son and grandson doing their thing together and
hopefully enjoying the showing..
we have since then rocked in Maastricht as part of an Audiopharmacy tour and in N.Y. at the Nyorican poetry cafe
this is a pic taken at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam at the release
yours truly seems to in deep relaxation muzin' on the vibes of both tash and pops..
and this is a review of the daydreams ep from one of holland's
frontline hip hop writers and journalists Saul van Stapele
the piece translated in english.. for you mono-linguals :)
"Forget your worries: close your eyes and sway your hips.
For 21 year old Haarlem-based Dutch producer Sotu the Traveller and his musical compagnons, daydreaming is a serious business. They create their warm, relaxed music not for the everyday rush, but with their heads up in the clouds. Listen how NY rapper Gregg Green unfolds these jazzed up daydreams on the first 3 tracks of this EP with his laidback ’spoken word’ and whispering singing and forget your worries by closing your eyes and slowly swaying your hips. Green’s Afrocentric raps are completed by the soul of Dutch vocaliste Tasha and the relaxed moquette of consonances composed by the producer who forms the centre of this EP.
Sotu the Traveller makes jazzy hiphop in tradition of the Native Tongue-movement from New York that (except for a small textual referance) doesn´t remind of Dutch hiphop for one sec. We travel from skyscrapers with money-hungry recordlabels to dark, smokey jazzclubs where around midnight improvisation sets in. With warm basslines, a drizzling trumpet, a velvet guitarsolo, cracking vinyl and chrystal clear pianotunes, Sotu the Traveller makes loving hiphop-soul music, breathing and full of live, inviting you to snap shut your agenda, close your eyes and wobble along on a jazzy dreamtrip." - Saul van Stapele/ NRC Handelsblad
And the love is felt from Alex van der Hulst writer for a magazine translated is called "Ear" aka "Oor"
sometimes these thoughts popup in my head
and i start to muzin' about them,
youknow it don really matter where you born raised or live
it seems like the moment you part of a society
like we all are
each and everyone gets categorized by various little boxes sections frameworx etc.
all across the board too
i guess its all part of the human condition but damn youknow
some feel safe
cause the feeling can bring safety
to be part of something
to feel like you belong
but the question is
how safe is that safety
cause once you step out of the confines of that safety
will the zone in which you found that saffety now perceive you as different?
same when it comes to being yourself and defining yourself
seem to be living and walking along the lines of standards of what they somehow know is accepted
therefore giving their power to others
i mean obeying laws of society or universal laws or social rules
is all a part of personal growth
the only constant over which you have control is your soul
so what you look like letting others define it for you?!
and what you look like when you do
and now they change their minds..
just some thoughts
not no fax..
Nov 22, 2009
i love hispanic culture
i just love it
the attitudes and mannerisms
the feelin of walkin around the streets and feeling the love yo
its just dope
so much love
man sometimes i wish i spoke spanish
i mean i understand it a little
and many people told me i should learn
so maybe i should pick it up right?!
what im tryin to say is
whereever i go in the city
theres a few names
that always seem to pop up
with love admiration and passion affection
like the ones speaking of them actually knows them
and many times they do
the true meaning of a folk hero
to be one of the people
coming from the people
doing great things for the people
and always wanted loved and honored by the people
one of these remarkable people..
miss CELIA CRUZ..
and now youknow why.. :)
love you miss cruz
Nov 21, 2009
imagine me under street lights in the spirit connected to god
i pray before him before givin him my offererin
home is where the love is the drama and peoples i miss
the bullshit i can do without the guilttrips i dissmiss
rather place a kiss on the cheex of forgiveness
still im human and believe in karma, my life is this
many addicted to drama i choose gods body armor
a sinner in this life at times feelin like a beginner
when again we strife our egos fight to be right
in the night i reflect by a candle on my inner light
and shine that light bright onto what im into
sheddin a ray of life onto cold dead winters
i remember the screams the fights the arguin every night
the fear of love similar to stagefright
my inner child is like two children that need to unite
my cries to god in the dark send my prayers like a kite
its impossible to turn back the hands of time
memories live on deep in my heart and mind
i look into your soul as i pray for understanding
a deeper understanding
i know times been ruff barely had enuff
hopin that one day they wouldnt call our bluff
i know for sure that my moma cried tears
left em on my shoulder they still here
the emptiness grows deeper the more i grow older
wishin i could hold her
in my heart its still easy to recall
the echoes of the screams still bounce off the walls
inside my tears hang around like leaves in fall
i got fear pain and anger yet love for all
under dimmed lights i reflect on black holes
that darken the spaces love could have filled with so much soul
and breathe in the summer breeze knowin i still sin
life is yang and ying turnin strangers to lovers to friends
back to strangers again and the sun ain shine since,
sadness and me been close like first cousins
tears that spill forth within once again
slowly become the river my soul now swims in
takin memories back to the beginnin
lovedones words be a lifevest im rememberin,
a moment of realization life is a test
a reminder that struggles come before progress
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
especially the ones in europe ask me
yo what happened
we ain seen you this time around
either tourin with the pharm audiopharmacy that is
or just visiting peoples
or doing gigs for dolo
well i wanna say thanx for the love
im feelin it
and what i did with my summer?
well, let me share it..
the objective for these sessions was
to have have live musicians jam out and have all instruments recorded seperately
so that we could use em later to use em however we wanted to
youknow like producers take samples
now takin em from the samples
we ourselves makin'
without any typa vocals or overdubs
these are the raw uncut beginning stages
of what will be known as
THE INNERCITY SOUL SESSIONS
recorded live at
CITY COLLEGE HARLEM NYC
or something like that :)
its gonna be dope
the first video is that of my man freddy with his pops and fam comin thru to bless the situation with positive vibrationz
peace to cyrus and fred's mom an' lil sis
also in the mixx..
my pops on trumpet
my main dude paul on keys an i was doing this thing in harlem city college
by grace of my dogg artem the engineer
here goes part 1 yo
we had another jam
here it goes..
jam 2 part 1
jam 2 part 2
and another one..
NOW YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE..
nuff respect to the legendary larry mcdonald
while you at
please check his bio and new first ever solo album
and here he is
rockin' with us..
shout to big.T
isaac and mitch as well..
spun the recardin' noww.. :)
PART 2: ARTEM IN HIS NATURAL ELEMENT
my dads all about the money yo
straight up.. :)
funny dude man, funny dude..
youknow he love kfc..
got some more
'what i did my summer'
segments for y'all
please stay tuned..
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 16, 2009
you might not
but for real
this dude is one of my all time favorite
and in my opinion truly influencial peoples artists walkin' moma earth bare footed
what a beautiful spirit..
i learned about him the same time i learned about gangstarr
thru tapes that a friend of my older sis made for her
do it mike..DO IT!!.. :)
Nov 13, 2009
so a while ago
like early nineties to mid-nineties i would say
i was into this song alot yo
like was really feelin' the vibe
and up to that point had never really heard german rap sound this smooth
or heard german rap outside of these dudes really
at the time i remember friends of my sisters bringing 'round
real cool folx
a woman and man
the lady spoke spanish
and the guy was british or of british ancestry
he was a model turned photographer
lotta good times with them
he took me along to model on some of his projects
for like school boox an' such
and i remember asking him to pay me
by getting me the die fantastischen vier album
an album well worth it
this i discovered later
after my sister took it
and made it hers :)
see i only listened to that one track
and another, maybe,
until she hipped me to the whole thing
so yo for this reason
ein tag am meer
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
i was sleep
happy to see her
confused a little
she was excited
i was confused
but excited too
she had something she wanted to share with me
she had been gone for a while
living in aix-en provence
close to marseille in the south of france
she did something that was about to chage my life
she got my boombox
i think it mighta been a cd portable hooked up
to a box
nah youknow what
it was a cassette tape
i played that mutha forever yo
like i mean every song every note
i knew that shit inside out
an my sis never saw that tape again
i claimt it
lived with it
loved with it
that was it!!
so when she played me the tape
she wanted me to hear one particular song especially
it was a hit in france over the summer
and she shared it with me
shit was dope to me
here it is for you..
bouge de la
so she translated it for me cause
naturally i was curious to know what he said in the lyrics youknow
that was it
i had to learn french
and i learned a lot thru listening to this album and mc solaar in general
i lost my mind when i finally heard the first song on the album
it was so fuckin' crazy to me
this niggaz' flow
i was like
who is this dude?!
at the same time im like
im lovin this dude man
i mean the groove sounded like a jimi smith song to me
and the flow was jus some ultra smooth shit
so youknow what more could i want really?!
and then this happened
my uncontested nr. 1 hip hop love song of all time
together with lovesick by gangstarr
n you decide
sh.. youknow im right
yeah i know what you thinkin'
youre all i need
that one too
them three songs..
aaight checkit right
im goin' thru the songs and thru the credits
yo i hear a guest rapper
and im like
this niggaz voice is crazy..
like yo what the f****
its like a verbal baritone saxophone
"soon e mc
aaight so checkitout
now i find
my favorite rapper/mc guru
he already knowing
and already put this man on
im like aaight then
readit in the credits
so what you think?!
do a song ?!
you think it would be hot?
judge for yourself babay..
aaight so i went on holidays with my peoples
destination south of france
sade (thanx to my sis tash she introduced me..yes again..)
massilia sound system..by serge..j'espere que cavabien?!
he introduced me to this group
so here's for you
massilia sound system..
so i moved to france
and this is what was hot
at that time
so as you know
i was doin' my thing as well
learnin' to do some earnin'
so this a dedication..
thru that process
met a songstress
here she ess
dans la nuit
this aint for everybody
but i love it..
Nov 9, 2009
Nov 7, 2009
Nov 6, 2009
and i sat anxiously watchin' the final game of the yankees and the phillies
look at him
full of confidence
never once doubted that his yankees were gonna win
i didn't have many doubts but wasn't as assured as my man there
wow look at him..
the score is 4 to 1 for the yankees already..
hold onto it yankees..
all the way to the 9th inning
we can smell it..
TIME TO CELEBRATE!!
Nov 3, 2009
hope you had a nice halloween
as i shared with you
we had freddy fuego's album release party gig
in harlem on halloween
at the shrine
comining up:freddy's album cover..
wait for it...
props to fred's cousin..
my man's definately nice widit..
to say the least
love the concept..
this was a side note
back to the story..
and i would say
it was a success
many people showed
and that made our collective efforts all the more worthwhile
i wanna give a shout to fred and the family
proud of you fred..
you made it happen man
glad to have been a part of it
shout to all the beautiful musicians and family down for the cause fo sho'