The journey began for Eddy Lamarre, the lyricist who would become Precise. Chicago native Precise developed his skills from his experiences as a child attending his father’s band rehearsals. His father was guitarist and saxophonist in a local band. “Growing up in a Haitian household, music was always prevalent,” Precise recalls.
He started off as a DJ but always knew he wanted to rap. After competing in a talent show at Olive Harvey College in Chicago, the judges Producer/DJ Terry Hunter and Armando gave him great feedback. These comments gave Precise the encouragement and confidence to pursue his dream. Upon meeting aspiring artists Chris Rice a.k.a. “Ideal” and Victor Moore a.k.a. "Creole", they formed the group Nubearth. As a group, Nubearth toured in Chicago and regionally. They had the opportunity and memorable experience of opening for Common at Northern Illinois University.
This preparation was building Precise the ability to express himself musically, lyrically and command the stage. The stage is a natural setting for him to entertain and perform, the messages through all of these experiences. Precise’s influences range from hip-hop legends KRS-One, Rakim, Slick Rick, Black thought of The Roots, Guru of Gangstar and Mos Def were instrumental in shaping Precise’s style as a lyricist. “I would describe my rap style lyrical substance drawing from the original blueprint of the hip-hop culture,” Precise states.
Besides, hip-hop Precise also attributes musical greats as Sting, George Benson, U2 and Gangstar. Precise selected his name from Gangstar's single “Precisely The Right Rhyme”.
After being featured on a children’s educational CD “Mind Games”. He completed his first solo project titled My Life. The lead single “It’s On Me” off of the upcoming release of the same name, has an uptempo old-school feel that has become popular among DJ’s domestically and internationally.
“My belief in God and knowing that he has given me a gift to share with the world has helped to overcome that doubt. I have no fear.” - Precise
According to multiple news sources the rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine whose real name is Daniel Hernandez has been released from prison. The now infamous rapper’s lawyers put in a request to be released due to the fact he has asthma and how it relates to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. Judge Engelmayer signed off on his request. He has been granted a compassionate release effective immediately.
Tekashi will complete his sentence under house arrest. He will wear a GPS monitor for the first four months. His release will be supervised and he can only leave his home for medical reasons or to see his lawyer. The rapper was originally set for release in August of this year.
Tekashi is famous for being a troll and is infamous for snitching on his friends who provided the support he received to become famous. He was arrested and convicted on racketeering charges. His sentence was lessened because he agreed to cooperate with the federal investigation and testified against his friends The Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
Considering the entire world in under a shelter-in-place order Tekashi’s life wont seem too different from anyone else. You know twitter is running with this news.
Did Tekashi deserve to be released? Will he be safe? Do you think there is new music coming? Share in the comments below.
The phrase there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav rings louder today than ever before. At the top of March Public Enemy aligned themselves with politician and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for a rally. Flavor did not agree and had his attorney Matthew Friedman issue a cease and desist order.
“While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy,” the letter states. “The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav”
“Flav … has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle. … The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading,” Friedman added in the letter. “It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such iconoclastic figures in American culture.”
This cease and desist prompted Chuck D of Public Enemy to essentially kick Flavor out of the group.“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the hip-hop legends said in a brief statement Sunday. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”
Today April 1, 2020 the biggest April Fool’s joke has surfaced. Not only is Flavor Flav not kicked out of the group, Flav and Chuck are working on a new project entitled The Enemy Radio with a song called “Food as a Machine Gun” Chuck D made this announcement on The People’s Party podcast with Talib Kweli “Im not saying it’s a hoax, Im saying that the original intention is to get your attention.” said Chuck D
Public Enemy is still intact and you know what, there is no Public Enemy with out Chuck D and Flavor Flav. Do you feel played? Are you relieved Public enemy is still a group with Flavor Flav?
Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Commons fourth studio release Like Water for Chocolate.
Like Water for Chocolate is the introduction of the production team Soulquarians. It consisted of Dilla, ?uestlove, D’Angelo, James Poyser and Pino Palladino. This collective created a canvas for Common to showcase his skill and his soul.
“Funky for You” one of my favorite songs seeps into your spirit. Dilla’s drums are all over it. Bilal and Jill Scott’s voices ring like a mantra singing “As long as it’s funky alright, ok” Common floats over the production and that South Side Chicago sensibility blesses the rhythm.
Like Water for Chocolate ushered in a new sound and created a lane for Common as the consciousness of Hip Hop.The biggest hit and single from the album is “The Light” and the video featuring Erykah Badu helped to launch Common into a different space as he proved that rap can also be romantic and loving. I remember being so moved by that song that it inspired me to propose to my now ex-wife.
The best projects teach you something. Because of this album I know who Fela Kuti is “Time Travelin’ (A Tribute to Fela)” and “A Song for Assata” made me take a real look at freedom and what people have sacrificed for my freedom and theirs.
The boldness and spirit of this album is why it has stood the test of time. The tile of the album is inspired by the novel of the same name. Common explains in an interview why he chose it. “Actually the album is named after a movie of the same title. In the movie the main character was a really good cook. She would always be cooking for people. Whenever she would cook, she would really put a lot of emotion into it. So when people would eat her cooking, they were able to feel the same emotions she felt while cooking it. You feel me? So this is the same thing. I put all my heart, my mind and my rawness into these tracks. So I hope that people can feel that when they listen to the album” he said
Congratulations Common for this milestone. Thank you for repping the South Side of Chicago and the culture of Hip Hop the way that you do.
Houston rap legend Scarface has shared that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The co-founder of the historic rap group The Geto Boys shared this news during Willie D’s livestream on Youtube. Willie D, Scarface and the late Bushwick Bill make up the Geto Boys.
Scarface whose real name is Brad Jordan said he felt an itch in his throat a few weeks ago. That itch developed into a fever. He was treated at the emergency room and after not feeling any better he went back and was tested for coronavirus. Jordan was suprised considering he was taking precautions. “I ain’t been nowhere, I ain’t been on no planes, I ain’t been to no restaurants, you know how I get down Will.” said Jordan
Scarface is back home is is currently under quarantine with his family. After mentioning how he regurgitated what felt like hot sauce he feels like he’s on the mend. “I’m thinking I may be on the back end of it, because I’ve probably had it for so long. It’s been to the point where I’d be laying down and I couldn’t get comfortable because it was like an elephant sitting on my chest, bro. I could not breathe, I couldn’t sit up.”
Jordan’s news comes a day after his fellow Houston rapper Slim Thug also said he tested positive for coronavirus. When asked about people claiming celebrities were being paid to say they have the virus or that it was fake “Let me save your life man, Don’t play no games wit it.” said Jordan
How are you protecting yourself? What are your feelings in this pandemic? Share in the comments below.
Da Brat was filled with emotion after receiving a brand new car from her girlfriend Jesseca “Judy” Dupart founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products. The Bentley is a early birthday present for the Brat whose birthday is April 14th.
The record breaking recording star posted her feelings and a video to her instagram during the reveal. “I’ve always been a kind of private person until I met my heart’s match who handles some things differently than I do. Thank you baby @darealbbjudy for far more than this incredible birthday gift. I have never experienced this feeling. It’s so overwhelming that often I find myself in a daze hoping to never get pinched to see if it’s real so I can live in this dream forever.” she posted
Jesseca and Da Brat are reportedly engaged. Dupart made the relationship public via Instagram “I’ve never been SOOOO happy and honestly think that it’s not only because of our connection but also because we really been to ourselves. But then all these videos keep popping up like we hiding But WE BE IN PUBLIC why is y’all hiding to get footage. My better half , my forever , my twin flame @sosobrat HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY BABY BIRTHDAY.” posted Dupart
Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Erykah Badu opened up her bedroom to the world during her ‘Quarantine Concert Series’ on March 24, 2020. Many artists and creators have been crippled by this coronavirus pandemic. Tours have been postponed and public gatherings have been wiped out as a result of social distancing. This new normal has created a new landscape for creatives. Many have taken to social media as a creative outlet and an opportunity to reach their fans directly.
Erykah Badu picked up where DJ D-Nice left off with his set. Badu performed a live show with her band via a livestream. It was an interactive experience that cost one dollar and allowed her supporters to choose the songs she would sing. She went through her catalogue of hits, answered a few questions and provided some background on few of those songs. During the livestream she premiered a new song written by her music director RC Williams called ‘”Vibrate On” Check it out below.
*Correction* – Song is not new, was featured on the show Girlfriends.
What do you think about these shows on social media? Would you pay? Share in the comments below.
DJ D-Nice showed us whats possible in the midst of adversity. This pandemic currently has everyone locked down in their homes trying to flatten the curve. Artists from around the globe have taken this as an opportunity to entertain via social media. DJ D-Nice took it one step further and attracted over 100k people to his Instagram Live to party! Michelle Obama, Usher, Oprah and even Joe Biden stopped thru for the party. Check out the moment he hit 100k below.
The Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker is expected to issue a shelter-in -place order during a 3 pm press conference today with Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot by his side, according to a report by the Sun Times.
This order is coming after weeks of the coronavirus spreading across the world and essentially crippling businesses and the economy.
The reaction in the United States has been slow. The Saint Patrick’s Day festivities were canceled in Chicago but the bars were still full. These large gatherings are hindering progress when it comes to stopping the spread of the virus.
This order appears to be a response to this. The numbers of those infected has been growing exponentially. This stay at home order is a way to get a handle on the pandemic. Social distancing is more than a phrase. It’s the way of the world.
Grocery stores, hospitals and gas stations and other essential businesses will stay open according to sources.
Will you stay in your home? How are you protecting yourself? Share in the comments.
The rap wars are back on. Joe Budden a former rapper and and consistent agitator has taken to his new role as a “journalist” like a fish to water. He gave his official hot take on Jay Electronica’s album A Written Testimony and it was not all favorable.
“I hate this album. Fuck y’all talking bout. I hate it.” Budden continues “As a rapper I’m telling you he got smacked around” (by Jay Z) he said
As you know, it doesn’t become a beef until it his twitter. It did and the sparks flew. A fan of Electronica mentioned that Budden had never dropped a classic and that’s where it started.