Precise has done it again with “The Cure” produced by Dj Tekwun. Precise’s smooth delivery and Tekwun’s hard hitting production is just what the doctor ordered. Take a listen, as a matter of fact listen to it 100 times and see me in the morning.
I am so excited to join all of you as a host of Bantu Fest on July 28, 2019.
Bantu Fest is a summer festival in Chicago that includes food, music and all this African. The festival runs from July 27th to July 28th on the campus of the University of Chicago.
The African diaspora is represented with countries from all over the globe. You can grab some Haitian grio and a roti from Trinidad all in the same day. Prepare for the culture.
I look forward to seeing you for this 2 day festival.
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It’s been a while since Ive posted anything here. So much has been going on. 2019 is officially 3 months in. Jussie Smollett may or may not have lied about an assault and R. Kelly has finally been charged for allegedly pied pipering all of these little girls over the years. Needless to say 2019 has not been uneventful. When it comes to what Precise has going on it’s a bit less dramatic but a whole lot more dope.
I’ve partnered up with super producer Rkitech from NY and created a group called R.A.P (Rkitech and Precise). Our project Album of the Year is coming soon. In the mean time we released A side and B side singles. “Keep it Going” and “Get to The Bag” are streaming on all services for your listening pleasure.
Let us know what you think! Check out the singles below.
Chicago Artist United the brainchild of Mbombock “Lambe” Songo came together to produce this inspiring and motivational project called “I Dream. I Manifest!” The song features Precise, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, John The Author, Black Ice, Asielah, B1 Black Swagga, Limitless Soundz, Bambaye, Toiné, Bakar, and Lambe.
The message of the video is to bring your dreams to life. The music video/documentary speaks to creating this reality. Check it out below.
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On top of being a dope MC, Precise is also into acting. Tune in Friday night for a special Friday Night Mixtape as we have him on the show. We go live at 8pm Eastern. Download the DJ Kawon App and tune in.
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This year was great for the culture of hip-hop via rap music. We witnessed the emergence of women who rap, an increase in social commentary and an all-out assault on depression with an emphasis on living your best life. The five projects that made the top 5 best rap album list for 2017 encompass all of that and more. Check out the list. Let me know what you think.
1. Jay-Z – 4:44
Jay-Z continues to hold the torch and consistently moves into space where it can be argued that he is the best to ever do this rap thing. 4:44 is viewed by many as Jay’s response to his wife Beyoncé’s telling release Lemonade. Jay mentioned in an interview with Elliot Wilson on Tidal that they were working on both projects at the same time and Beyoncé’s took precedent. Regardless of how it happened, 4:44, in this writer’s humble opinion, is Jay-Z’s best work. He speaks clearly to his peers. He challenges his own sensibilities and is as vulnerable as a bragging rapper can be. The production provided by Chicago native NO ID provides a bed of lush samples and rhythms that pull the listener into the insightful bars. The most ingenious aspect of the project was the rollout. Every week a new visual was attached to one of the songs on the album tackling racism “The Story of Oj” and Black men’s mental health witnessed in the title track “4:44.”
2. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Rapsody is nobody’s female rapper. She an emcee’s emcee and her project Laila’s Wisdom forces you to take notice. The 9th Wonder produced project is a Golden Age nod with a millennial vision. Her project has been nominated for “Best Rap Album Of The Year” at the 2018 Grammys and she has a legitimate chance at winning. Rapsody does everything right. She can be miss rappity rap, give you a love song and a complete story filled with irony and metaphors. Her song “Ridin” featuring GQ feels like a ride through your nearest hood on a beautiful day. As the song rides along, Busta Rhymes comes out of nowhere to continue with the feel-good vibe. The Jamla artist has been prevalent in recent years on many of her peers’ releases and she always represents solidly. Her wordplay and the way she can stretch out a metaphor is uncanny.
3. Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy
Odd Future impresario Tyler the Creator delivered a project in Flower Boy that is sonically above his peers and musically continues to stretch the boundaries. This is not new to Tyler; however, this project feels like a culmination into what could possibly be his magnum opus. The gritty song “Pothole” featuring Jaden Smith on the chorus harkens back to the original odd futuresque style that is irreverent and bold. The song “Boredom” that was featured on Issa Rae’s hit show Insecure opened a door into Tyler’s production skill. The track takes its time and allows Tyler’s gravely deep voice to live between the sounds. The song itself is inspirational in that it compels the listener to get off their ass and get busy doing something. Live your life.
4. Kendrick Lamar – Damn
Kendrick followed up his undeniable revolutionary classic with an introspective, honest and highly personal release in Damn. He has firmly held his ground as the thought leader of his generation. He boldly tells his peers to be humble and gives insight into his deepest thoughts when it comes to religion and love. “Element” stands out as a song where he just let’s loose and makes it clear who he is and where he comes from. “DUCKWORTH” is the most telling song on the project, as it basically tells the story of Kendrick’s life before his conception. It speaks to how life can conspire in your favor when you pay attention.
5. Big Sean – I Decided
Big Sean has been able to deliver witty bars since his emergence in rap. His project I Decided is a spiritual experience. The album starts off with an elderly man lamenting on his life and feeling like he should have taken another direction in his life. Big Sean open on “The Light” saying, “I spent my whole life trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel / I should have realized that it was inside.” Chicago crooner Jeremih fills up the space of the sparse track with a falsetto soul reminding all that no one can stop your shine. Out of all the projects that made this list, this is probably the one (with the exception of 4:44) that spoke to me the most. The Metro Boomin produced “Bounce Back” is a reminder to keep pushing even after taking a loss. Big Sean is about shining that light and spreading that positivity, and that’s what’s up.
That’s my list. It’s dope, right? What are your top 5 for 2017? Share in the comments
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This is me, Precise rocking the mic at an Olive Harvey talent show 25 years ago. This show is the day I decided I could do this rap thing and consequently was the same day I met one of my best friends and producer Chris Rice, May he Rest In Peace. As I watched the video I felt myself being reenergized as if I was being reminded that it is time to claim my spot and do what I was sent here to do, Live in My Purpose.
What does it mean for one to “Live in their purpose?” How does that benefit the individual and the universe as a whole? All of us have been given tools and talents that are provided to us to open up doors and add value to this world. When we neglect these talents our growth is stagnated and we never fully realize why we are here and what we are here for.
We waste time in fear and doubt. It is a disservice to the creator when we don’t honor our gifts.
We find ourselves at the time of the year when we take an assessment of our lives and look to catapult ourselves into a better circumstance. We must understand that the better circumstance is waiting for us.
I recently received word from two people very close to me that they have accepted their purpose and hearing that from them paired with the surfacing of this video is a message that I hear loud and clear. GO FOR IT! God got you and you will not be forsaken.
Let this message serve as a reminder not to bury your talents. Allow these talents to grow to make a way for you and live in the fullness of your purpose.
God is Awesome and so are YOU!
Now what you gonna do?
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Yasiin Bey performs “The Boogie Man Song” at Concord Music Hall in Chicago during his retirement tour.
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Wow! I’m here for another year! I would write something all deep and insightful but mostly I am so grateful to be alive.
Today is my birthday, my new year and as I reflect on the greatness that that I was blessed to experience in 2016 I am even more focused on what is with me in this moment. I have some goals and expectations for 2017 and they will be achieved. This year is different because
I am overcome with a sense of urgency. The passage of time is not lost on me. Even though I understand that there is not an expiration date on what we can accomplish, I feel more determined and inspires to break down any boundaries and make greatness happen now.
I’ve struggled with my weight this year. I’ve had issues with romance, I’m not fulfilled in my career and I’m not making the money that I should be making. This all changes now. I made some great accomplishments last year and will continue to move deliberately with purpose this year to accomplish even more. I will add value to the lives of others and be more of a giver.
I am grateful to the creator. I am filled with love for my family and friends and I look forward to see all of the AWESOME that happens this year.
Stay Focused, Positive and Productive
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I’m thinking the video has a lot to do with this. If you haven’t seen it check it out below.
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