Common recently released his latest project “Black America Again” check out the visual directed by Ava Duvernay.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be 86 years old today, had he not been assassinated in April 4,1968. Dr. Kings life has been examined and studied extensively by academics, scholars, politicians and social activists around the world. The world speaks highly of Dr. King and his accomplishments. Today we celebrate his birth and his work on a nationally recognized holiday.
As I write this blog, my mother calls me and informs me that my uncle Victor Benoit has just been appointed as minister of Social Affairs and Labor in Haiti’s political cabinet. I am so very proud of him. He has worked hard for the Haitian people all of his life and this appointment is well deserved. This news immediately causes me to draw parallels.
There is a certain type of boldness and audacity that would allow someone to believe that the work that they do can affect change. Everyone does not have this type of courage; however when one does have this type of courage they can change the world.
I just watched Selma recently and what I appreciate most about the film is the human perspective that was given. From the time I was a child up until my adult years Dr. King always had this iconic persona that almost made him seem infallible. The director of the film Ava DuVernay showed Dr. King as a human being, someone who had faults and fears and doubts. Take a moment and think about what it took to challenge the status quo in the sixties. His life and the lives of others who were associated with him in any way were always in danger, but they stayed the course. The issue at hand at that time and even now is our FREEDOM. The ability to be who we are without any apologies.
Socially we are at a tipping point in the world. Uprisings worldwide have challenged political norms and changed lives. The United States is currently in the midst of this kind of change. Let us channel the spirit of Dr. King and others who had the courage to fight and bring about the necessary shift in our reality.
Congratulations Uncle Victor!!
Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King and Thank You!
How do you feel about Dr. King and our world today. Let me know in the comments.
It’s been an interesting year in music. If you have been paying attention you can see the shift has all but solidified itself with respect to how music is consumed. Streaming and mobile consumption has taken over. The amount of times a release has been streamed is now included in the 1st week album sales. The landscape is truly different.
As a result of such a different industry the idea of a full project almost seems foreign. We are in a single driven world. Artists are given multi million dollar deals based off of one song. It is because of this that everything in my humble opinion has been watered down.
The full release or complete album is now an anomaly. I heard my share of music in 2014 some was great and some was not so great.
Here is my list of the Top 3 Albums of 2014
3. Flying Lotus “You’re Dead”
I first caught wind of this project about a month ago. I never really considered myself a fan of Flying Lotus. I have always known who he is and his pedigree, however I never really plugged in. When I saw the video for “Never Catch Me” with Kendrick Lamar I was intrigued. I needed to hear more.
“You’re Dead” is like an palate of sounds used to paint a beautiful picture. It brings to mind a Herbie Hancock sort of vibe. The Hip Hop influence is there and so are traces of Trance, R&B, EDM and Soul. With that being the case it still manages to be it’s own thing. If you are looking to get lost in a tapestry of sound then this is the album for you.
2. D’Angelo and The Vanguard “Black Messiah”
Let me start this out by saying FINALLY!!! After 14 years of will he or won’t he, flipped cars, drug arrests and Questlove statuses, D’Angelo finally returns with “Black Messiah”
Autotune has been the standard for the past few years and at this point it’s almost unimaginable to hear an artist not use it. It becomes tiresome and repetitive. Hearing D’Angelos voice is nostalgic. It reminds us that people are still making music and it’s ok if people don’t know what you are saying if the groove is funky. “Really Love” is one of the stand out tracks. It feels so good to hear that groove. The way the internet blew up when this album dropped proves I am not the only one who finds some satisfaction that D’Angelo decided to comeback.
1. Precise “Ladies Love Mixtapes”
If you are wondering if I am making this my number one pick because it is my release , then I would say you are 50% right. The other 50% is that I delivered the world a concept driven album. The production on this project if amazing. Tye Hill and D.J Thunder deliver amazing lush soulful music that is complimented extremely well by Precise (thats me). The stand out tracks are “Im Dreaming” and “Take Our Time”.
If you truly want to experience what I call Adult Hip Hop this is the release for you. I am not ashamed to say I am proud of this album and I cant wait to deliver more classics to you in 2015.
Those are my favorites. What are yours? Let me know below. Leave a comment!!
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In 2014 the thought of being “out of touch” is kind of strange. Think about it, everyone is a Facebook, Twitter, Google+ status update or text away from the latest and greatest news or breaking story. If you happened to miss the event there just might be audio or video of it. I guess from one perspective that can be viewed as progressive, however, I can think of a few reasons that life was better without cell phones. I have 10 reasons below. POW!
10. People had conversations at dinner parties.
How many times have you been out at a dinner party or even out for a bite with a friend and every time you look up from your phone they are hypnotized by theirs.
9. You didn’t have to worry about the “context” of your message
It seems like we are at the mercy of autocomplete and spell check these days. How many times have you been confused by a text, or even pissed off by a message you received just to be informed that it was “taken out of context”? Back in the “good ole days” you would pick up a phone and actually say what you mean.
8. Concerts were much better.
I have to say I have been guilty of snapping a few pics during a concert or two. Plus its easier holding your cell phone up when the lights go down in the stadium, and it doesn’t burn your hand like a lighter. However watching a show I paid $50 dollars for through the screen of the person in front of me is not my idea of a good time. Plus, all the mystery of the show is gone when you can see the footage of the show an hour later on your latest blog.
7. You could miss calls without the guilt.
These days you can block numbers, reroute calls, send them to voicemail or just flat out ignore the call. We are all free to choose. Sometimes our phones run out of juice and calls go straight to voicemail and on more than one occasion I have felt guilty for missing a call. I shouldn’t feel guilty because you know what? Sometimes I am busy! Some people are so attached to their phones that they feel slighted when you don’t answer yours every single time. The days when the phone rang indefinitely were classic.
6. You could remember phone numbers.
I have about 4000 contacts on my amazing iPhone 4s (don’t laugh at me, I’m upgrading soon). Anyway, the other day all the names disappeared from my contacts so I was only left with the numbers and I could only recognize a few of them. The only way I’ve been able to associate a name with a number is by reviewing old text messages. Years ago I could rattle off the numbers of my closest friends with no problem at all.
5. Getting a “number” was an accomplishment.
This one might be just for the fellas. I remember going to school dances with the intention of getting phone numbers from girls and at the end of the night we would have a tally of how many numbers we got…HA!! I know its childish, but I was a teenager. The excitement was calling the number the next day to determine if you got the right number and having a conversation with someone new. These days you might get the number just to be ignored when you call cause you have been named “thirsty” or “weirdo” when the call comes through on their phone….HA!!
4. Party Lines
Party lines were so much fun!! You could call an 800 number and talk all night with a group of people you knew or didn’t know. The only drawback was the ridiculous charges to your phone bill. The plus side was when you were done with the group you could just hang up the phone. These days when you become part of a group message its eternal whether you like it or not.
3. Meeting people face to face
Phones have become an extension of our lives. Sometimes we can carry on relationships via text messaging and video chats, however nothing beats the human touch.
2. We had privacy.
I’ve had my share of embarrassing moments. I’ve even had some fights where I didnt fare so well. NONE of those made it to World Star.These days if you hear the word “World Staaaaaaaaaaaaar” rest assured it will be shown to millions over the world wide web because someone is recording it via their cell phone. As of late, I understand that the NSA has been tracking the cell phone usage of American citizens providing the type of insight that was not involved before the advent of cell phones. MIND YOUR BUSINESS, YO!!!
1. WE HAD FUN IN THE MOMENT!!
There is something about being tethered to a phone. Taking pictures updating statuses, sharing news all take away from enjoying our time in the moment of what we are experiencing. Be present! Have Fun! PUT THE PHONES DOWN!!
What do you think? Was life better before cell phones or not? Leave a comment and share.
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I visited Indianapolis for a show and met up with Taj Longino of TWTTV (http://talkwithtaj.com/) We discussed everything from the violence in Chicago, its musical legacy, the importance of good health and the music industry. Please Leave comments and share. http://precise.bandcamp.com/
I have been involved in the music industry over a decade, consistently pursuing my dream and most recently understanding what my purpose is as an artist. I am here to uplift the mass and be a reminder of the greatness that all of us possess. I do this through my gift of music.
I am extremely encouraged in recent times because of how the face of the music industry is changing. It allows access to areas that may not have been accessible ten years ago. The advent of blogs and social media has enabled me to provide insight into who I am as an artist and a person to the entire world. I am grateful for that.
This is a different time. It is easier to maneuver through some areas, however other areas remain a mystery. Most times the information needed to gain access to these areas will not be available on-line. Nothing substitutes the relationship.
Last week 5-15-2013 courtesy of Pave Settings Entertainment I took part in a Teleconference called Breaking into the Music Industry Ft Malik Yusef of Good Music. Malik’s resume is loaded with experience in the industry that is invaluable. His accolades range from Tony Awards to Grammys. The relationships he has fostered are golden.
During my time in this industry I have spent A LOT of money for situations that I assumed would help me along my road to success. I have paid to perform at conferences. I have sold tickets for shows. I have spent money for promotions. Sometimes I would benefit. Sometimes I did not benefit. I always chalked it up to paying my dues.
My experiences in terms of the money I have shelled out paying my dues were valuable, however the 2 hours we spent on the phone with Malik during the teleconference was eye opening. There were tips that were given that I moved on right away and garnered immediate results. This teleconference was definitely worth the money and I am recommending it to ALL of my friends and peers in this industry.
Explaining what I learned during the teleconference in this blog would not do it any justice. I am inviting you as my personal guest to take part in the teleconference portion of this event on May 22, 2013. As a result of joining last weeks call I have been given this ability to invite those of you who I know will find value in this conversation.
There will also be a Live Group Session with Malik on the Chicago leg of the tour on June 8th. If you are truly serious about your career in this industry I should see you there. Click The links below.
Link to Teleconference for May 22, 2013 Click Here
Link for Live Group Session June 8, 2013 Click Here
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Buy/Listen to The Hit Single “Take Our Time (Right Away)” produced by Tye Hill from the soon to be released Ep “Ladies Love Mixtapes”
Precise, Ideal, Creole
If you have ever had the chance to read my bio you would see that I started off as a solo rapper but then formed a group called Nubearth. The group consisted of myself, Creole the Individual and Ideal the Mad Sandpiper (R.I.P)
We made some amazing music. My brother Creole just posted a few videos with a couple of our joints.
The first joint Im sharing with you is called “For The Pickens” S/O to Big Rub on the production. We did this song in one room, with one mic and an Sp1200. WOW!!! Rumor has it that the SP1200 that we used was passed all around Chicago and people like Kanye, No Id and I know for a fact Extreme used it. We did this song in one take.
The next joint is called “Clouds Of Smoke” The back story to this one is actually pretty deep. If you listen to Creoles verse he touches on it. I was a bit more taken back by the situation and created the hook that you hear and my tone in the verse is kinda agitated. S/O to Big Rub for producing this.
It was so much fun making music then just because of the process. We would go to the studio with samples and come out with great songs. Check out “Clouds of Smoke” below.
I continue to make music because of these brothers. There is still so much to accomplish and I continue to hold the torch for Nubearth. This is my family.