A Tribute, “To Merry”

As a tribute to my parents on their anniversary, I present “To Merry”, a video accompanying the love song off There Goes the Sun.

I started filming around Christmas 2017, and wrapped up all the editing in April; while I planned on an earlier release, I was (1) dissatisfied with the direction of the video and (2) swamped by my education workload (full time gig, online course design, online tutoring on the side, etc). However, the more I messed with effects and the more shots I took, the more it all came together.

The video centers around the plain nature of my writing: sitting at my desk, under the moonlight with a lamp to illuminate my notebook. The viewer sees shots of my notebook: lines that are scratched out; lines that are rapped. The first verse shows me rapping, but still in writing mode, with eyes not directly facing the camera. The second verse gives full eye contact.

There are also shots outside and shots of my writing room window and curtains, many of which have been changed with a threshold effect (like what’s seen in the thumbnail above). Like the video for “There Goes the Sun”, I play the keys on a few occasions.

If you’re interested, there’s a shot toward the end of the first verse that shows several pictures of deceased relatives from both my family and my spouse’s (it’s probably less than one second long). The line and shot is an attempt to honor their lives and commitment to their own relationships (some whom got ripped off in that area more than others), and remind myself that I know nothing more than they did in that realm of my life. You can spot the shot, pause it and check it out.

What do you think of the video? Leave your comments below.

Show Reflection: Real Deal’s Mount Oliver Project Album Release Party

I’m a little delayed in letting yal know about the show last Saturday. It was a decent turnout, but the crowd’s energy was dope and very appreciated. I had a blast performing, and I managed to play the keys without screwing up royally. Jesse Mader performed after me. Jesse is a supremely talented artist whose performance has the kind of dynamics that all hip hop artists should live up to. He performs with a guitarist, and Jesse dabbles with some pad instrument (the name eludes me) that added some dope bass vibes. He’s a catchy ass MC too…”she still gets jealous of the headphone”.

The headliner was, of course, the one and only Real Deal. It was refreshing to see him perform his songs, and only his songs. What I mean is, as a legendary battle MC, it’s expected for him to do some freestyle/crowd participation/give me a topic segment. He did not, and honestly, as much as I like the crowd participation bridge to his performances, his songwriting is sadly underrated, so it was great to hear a slew of his jams. His catalog only gets better as time passes. His new album The Mount Oliver Project, the focal point of Saturday night, is no exception.

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With one of my inspirations in this whole shits Proseed

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Real Deal’s The Mount Oliver Project, Release Party, Saturday!

If you’re into the international battle scene, you’ve got to know about Real Deal. A Pittsburgh native, Real Deal has been growing his audience one cut throat line at a time for well over a decade. We got to know each other in the early 2000s when MySpace was king, and the contemporary Pittsburgh hip hop scene was developing in a hookah bar called The Hkan. We collab’ed on a song in 2008 called “Rush that Boy”, and have shared the stage at different venues throughout the years.

This Saturday at the Smiling Moose in the South Side of Pittsburgh, don’t miss the release party for Real Deal’s The Mount Oliver Project. I’ll be there to perform in support, as well as Jesse Mader. DJ BMW will be holding it down the entire night, with doors open at 9 PM. Must be 21 or older to enter. $10 at the door. See the event page for more information by clicking the flier below.

Another Investigation

First came the investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign, now there are demands for an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the allegations against President Obama. The things Congress spends our tax dollars on point to the corrupt core of American democracy. This is the result of a two-party system which operates under the misguided belief that money is speech.

For the Kids, 7/22/17

I’ll be performing in Erie this Saturday as part of a fundraising event for  none other than the local kiddos.

Looking forward to this one. It’s early: 12-6 PM. I’m thinking I should stop at the dollar store to grab some pencils and notebooks to handout or turn in. We’ll see.

Chris Hedges’ Speech About Trump in Vancouver

Chris Hedges is one of the most thought provoking socio-political American writers in modern times. His social criticisms are what I think are missing in church sermons. His father was a minister, and it’s obvious his father’s delivery has had an effect, let alone the impact of his higher moral compass.

In this keynote speech delivered this past March in Vancouver, British Columbia, after an event titled “After Trump and Pussy Cats”, Hedges predicts the outcome of the Trump presidency, and the continued decay of American society as a result of the hollowed-out core of American democracy.

Sherlock’s in Erie, PA June 2, 2017

Traveled to Erie, PA Friday night with my homie Noetik. This was the second show I’ve done with Jon Box who is a super cool promoter who used to live out in Cali til he relocated to the 5th largest city in Pennsylvania and basically took over the hip hop scene there. The scene definitely keeps up with the times, so a lot of trap music , yet I definitely dug how folks rolled onto the floor when I grabbed the mic. It’s also a good experience to see and hear the reactions of an audience that might not always hear a style oriented to traditional hip hop. The one major downside to the show was the fact that I was under the weather and my lungs felt like they were performing at 70% capacity.

Best part of the night was the performance from a stylish dope band called Muziquarium. See video below and be sure to check out my instagram page for more.

Side note: I drank a few Labatt Blue’s on tap. That was the probably the first time in about a decade. Also noticed some other “special” or “premium” light beer from the brewery that’s not the regular light, and nothing I’ve ever seen in southwestern Pennsylvania. Didn’t try it though.

Musiquarium live at Sherlocks.

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Proseed @ Smiling Moose, Thursday Night

Folks,

The last time I performed was July 2014 when I opened for Blueprint. It was a very dope show at Belevedere’s in Lawrenceville. Now I’m back in the Pittsburgh area and doing my first show since at the Smiling Moose in the South Side.  The show is this Thursday, May 25th at 10 PM.

See the Facebook event page here for more info, and if you make it to the show, say “hi”.

Proseed at Smiling Moose, May 25, 2017

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Episode 2, “Web 1.0”

On this episode of Feel the Void, host and musician Proseed gets nostalgic about the early days of the internet, often referred to as “Web 1.0.” The larger question for this episode: how has Web 2.0 and the demands of social networks helped or hurt indie artists?