Cappadonna is an American rapper, friend and affiliate of the Wu-Tang Clan, and has appeared on many of their albums, as well as having a successful solo career.
Cappadonna came to record with the group after a chance visit to RZA's Staten Island apartment-recording studio during the recording of Raekwon's album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (see 1995 in music). Cappadonna visited the studio during the recording of the song "Ice Cream," and joked to RZA about him contributing a verse on it; however, RZA decided to take him seriously and allowed him to feature on the track. After appearing on "Ice Cream," he went on to appear on another Cuban Linx track, "Ice Water," and became a close affiliate of the Clan with several appearances on (and a co-starring credit on the front cover of) Ghostface Killah's Ironman album as well as several prominent appearances on the group's second album Wu-Tang Forever in 1997, most notably on the stand-out lead single "Triumph."
Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), better known by her stage name Erykah Badu is an American soul singer and songwriter, whose work encompasses elements of R&B, hip hop and jazz. She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, and for her eccentric, cerebral musical stylings and sense of fashion.
Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for wearing very large and colorful headwraps. For her musical sensibilities, she has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She was a core member of the Soulquarians, and is also an actress having appeared in a number of films playing a range of supporting roles in movies such as Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules, and House of D.
Erykah Badu was born Erica Wright in South Dallas, Texas, in 1971. Her mother raised her and her brother and sister alone, since their father, William Wright, Jr., had left the family early in their lives. To provide for her family, the children's grandmother often helped in looking after them while Erykah's mother, Kollen Maria Gipson (Wright), performed as an actress in theatrical productions. Influenced by her mother, Erykah had her first taste of show business at the age of 4, singing and dancing with her mother at the Dallas Theatre Centre. By the age of 14, Erykah was free-styling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove. In her early youth, she decided to change the spelling of her name from Erica to Erykah, as she firmly believed her original name to be her 'slave' name. The term 'kah' signifies the inner self, which, when translated from Arabic, means 'can do no wrong'. Badu is also an African name for the 10th born child used for the Ashanti people in Ghana. Additionally in a letter written to Erykah from her father, "Badu in Arabic means truth and light...good choice kid." Erykah Badu currently resides in NYC.
Damn, why is Warren Buffett such a pimp?!? He's makin' it rain like mad on Wall Street. With $5 Billion, he's making them fools drop it like it's hot. And he's pickin' up the pieces as he bitch slaps a ho's!
The Cool Kids is a hip hop duo from Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of Antoine "Mikey Rocks" Reed (originally from Matteson, Illinois) and Evan "Chuck Inglish" Ingersoll (originally from Mount Clemens, Michigan). The Cool Kids' music has been released primarily via their MySpace page, but have been signed to the independent Chocolate Industries via their own label C.A.K.E Recordings. Reed and Ingersoll have collaborated with several other musical artists and made appearances in numerous media.
The members of The Cool Kids met in 2005 when Reed found a beat on the Internet that Ingersoll had produced. The two met to discuss terms of the beat's sale, and eventually ended up recording for two hours. They were inspired by golden age hip hop and artists like Eric B. & Rakim. Ingersoll began promoting the new duo's material, and it was eventually booked by Josh Young of Flosstradamus for a DJ performance. At this performance (in a venue called Town Hall Pub), the duo met the DJ Diplo who offered to release a mixtape of their unreleased tracks titled Totally Flossed Out on his label Mad Decent, though it was eventually released on C.A.K.E. Recordings. They also received an offer from the DJ A-Trak to sign to his Fool's Gold label, which they did, but only for one single.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual three-day music and art festival in Austin, Texas's Zilker Park. The Festival brings together more than 130 bands on eight stages, including rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae, and bluegrass, and attracts a crowd of about 65,000 visitors each day. The festival is produced by C3 Presents, who also co-produce the Lollapalooza and Big State festivals.
In a very short time the Austin City Limits Music Festival joined Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Coachella as the United States’ premier rock festivals.
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AHHS recently got a change to sit down with Mr. Bavu Blakes to talk about life, love and playing with teddy bears! Thanks Bavu!
AHHS: Is it me or are you too old to be rapping in public?
Bavu Blakes: I'm twice some of my fans' age and it really shows man. At my last gig I lost all feeling in my left arm.
AHHS: When you performed and only saw a sea of old white men, how did you tell Mayor Will Wynn to stop rollin' up with his crew?
Bavu Blakes: I jumped into "Smiley Faces" a capella and they got the point. No "Bavu Blakes Day" for me!
AHHS: Is it only when grannies start asking you to sign their titties, will you realize it's time to stop rapping?
Bavu Blakes: Well alot of grannies look like Stacey Dash these days, but I do see your point. I'm gonna start singing instead of rapping any second now... I'm actually covering Credence Clearwater Revival at ACL to speak directly to the fogeys noam talmbot.
AHHS: What do you tell your wife when you are out late at shows pimpin' ho's?
Bavu Blakes: I tell her I'm out doin' the Lord's work and I put some G's in the jar when I get home, plair.
AHHS: Does the wifey think you have a big dick or is that just the readers of The Screw Shop?
Bavu Blakes: We've actually considered changing the name "Bavu Blakes & The Extra Plairs" to a more simple, straight ahead name like "Dick Armey".
AHHS: In a Statesman interview, to the question, "What's the one thing you can't live without on your tour bus/van?", you answered, "Cocaine and strippers, mainly." Why does Element7D prefer to be called a stripper than a ho and what is it like sticking your face between his man boobs? By the way, pixie sticks are NOT considered cocaine.
Bavu Blakes: Alright, Element7D does not have man boobs and he would probably beat you up for that one. God bless you, potna! But you're right I've never done coke.
AHHS: When you interviewed Erykah Badu for ME Tv, at what point did you think to yourself, "Why doesn't she just shut up already and just suck my dick?" Was it at the beginning, middle or end of the interview? And how is she?
Bavu Blakes: I hope you don't get arrested for some of these questions. She's real cool and mysterious, but way more regular than she gets credit for. She's not as witty as you though, hmm... when I interviewed Common at ACL '07, he got kinda sweet on her and it threw me off. The lady has nice lips but I honestly never thought that because she doesn't even know me.
AHHS: You're rapping with a live band. How is that not totally riding the Roots nuts?
Bavu Blakes: We're trying to copy cat the Gym Class Heroes instead, plain as day. Nah, but seriously Stetsasonic did it before the Roots. And black people play instruments.
AHHS: When ACL called you to perform, did you initially reply, "Real rappers don't do ACL!". Then you realized you weren't a real rapper.
Bavu Blakes: Yes, I suppose cats like Common and I are just affirmative action rappers strategically positioned to offset white guilt while somehow fulfilling white privilege.
AHHS: What gimmicks and shenanigans might you pull to impress an ACL audience that doesn't know or care about you?
Bavu Blakes: Katy Perry's coming out during my set. And like I told you earlier, I'm doing a Fogerty cover and... my guitar player is white. Gary Clark Jr. plays on the last few songs. Oh, and we open with a very famous rock song by black folks.
AHHS: When you rap with other artists do you think "Why does this guy suck so much?"
Bavu Blakes: On a lot of the paid features I do, yes. But not all the time. Chalie Boy has embarrassed me on some tracks, and so have some others I'll leave nameless because they live in town. Hahaaaa!
AHHS: Do you ever think to yourself, "When is MC Overlord going to shut the fuck up about his 9 time Austin Hip Hop artist of the year?"
Bavu Blakes: Maybe once I thought that... but that's my boy though. For the record, damn near everybody is my boy.
AHHS: Why do you secretly hate Romeo of BBoy City for being the only real hip hop act in town?
Bavu Blakes: That's not why I secretly hate him. It's because he grew dreads a couple times. But that's my boy. Romeo is my boy.
AHHS: Are you really black or are you Obama black?
Bavu Blakes: I'm the last pure African. I'm Kanye West black.
AHHS: Would you pay to watch McCain do Palin in the Oval Office?
Bavu Blakes: Yes if I could tape it and own it.
AHHS: Why are you doing this interview, is it because only a shitty, 10 hits a day, wanna-be Austin Hip-Hop Scene blog would have you?
Bavu Blakes: I dunno. For some strange reason I appreciate the approach. It's a fresh angle, like being on Colbert or sumpn. Oh, and the Onion never called, plair...
Need some advice, so being Asian almost invariably means that you are lactose intolerant. It's tied to why we get red when we drink. I'll explain more another day, look it up. The question at hand is what do you do when you are in a meeting with the farts? I mean I had a single Tex from Texpresso today and it comes with milk. Now I'm sitting in the meeting and gas starts building up. I see I have a few options: 1) Sit around, let the gas build up and wait for the end of the meeting. Resulting in a stomach ache. 2) Maneuver my ass cheeks to where I can let the gas out silently. Which most certainly will cause an evacuation of the meeting. or 3) Try to clinch my ass cheeks as tight as I can and get up and go to the restroom. This is risky because any slight movement could cause a weakening of the asshole muscles resulting in a loud fart. What's your best option?
Strange Fruit Project is an underground hip hop group from Waco, Texas, which consists of producer and emcee Symbolyc One (also known as S1), emcee Myth (short for Mythological) and emcee Myone (pronouned "My Own", originally from Indiana). The group's DJ is DJ Whiz T. The trio officially debuted in 2004, with a pair of underground releases, Soul Travelin' and From Divine. Their biggest exposure came with the release of their acclaimed 2006 album The Healing. The group's name is derived from the Billie Holiday civil rights song "Strange Fruit".
The group's musical director S1 began playing musical instruments, including the piano, keyboards, and the drums, at a young age. His musical inspirations included legendary producers like Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock and J Dilla. He and his cousin Myth began writing rhymes after hearing Run-D.M.C.'s classic 1986 album Raising Hell. In 1996, the cousins formed a duo named Symbolyc Elementz, and in May of that year, the duo was featured in The Source's "Unsigned Hype" column. S1 met Myone, at the time still a High School student, while working on a day job in 1998. Between 1999 and 2000, the three began recording together, and decided to officially form a group, under the name Strange Fruit Project. The trio met DJ Whiz T, a Louisiana native, in 2001, and enlisted him as the group's DJ. SFP released their first group single, "All the Way" b/w "Maintain", in 2003.
Here's a thought, if we were guaranteed that McCain would take Palin on the President's desk in the Oval Office, would you be more apt to vote for the McPalin ticket?!? I think I would! Maybe that was the fantasy of all Americans after the RNC, then reality set in that at McCain's age he might have ED. So then McCain pole, err poll, lead shrank like taking a cold shower!
Gnarls Barkley is an American musical collaboration between multi-instrumentalist and producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) from New York, and rapper/vocalist Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), from Atlanta. Their first album, St. Elsewhere, was released in 2006; it and their first hit, "Crazy", were major commercial successes, and were noted for their large sales by download. The duo released their second album, The Odd Couple, in March of 2008.
Gnarls Barkley is a two-person musical group. Prior to their collaboration, both had their own lengthy careers. Cee-Lo first entered the music scene as part of the Atlanta hip hop group Goodie Mob which had a large hand in the Dirty South Movement of the 1990s. Cee-Lo left the group after their third album in 1999 and started his solo career. He released two solo albums, one in 2002, and one in 2004. Danger Mouse has produced for a number of hip-hop artists, and he produced Gorillaz' Grammy winning album Demon Days. He received national attention for his mash-up Grey Album, which blended samples from Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' White Album.
They first met in 2003 when Cee-Lo was on a tour for which Danger Mouse happened to be the DJ. They began working together on the songs that would become the St. Elsewhere album; prior to the release of that album they collaborated on the songs "What You Sittin' On?" for Lex Records in 2004, and "Benzie Box" from the Dangerdoom album The Mouse and the Mask in 2005. They took the name Gnarls Barkley for their project as a duo. Burton explains the collaboration's name came from friends, "making up fictional celebrity names like Prince Gnarls and Bob Gnarley." When Heavens' Josiah Steinbrick came up with Gnarls Barkley, Burton wrote it down.
Man, something's amiss when 100+ year old companies are dropping like flies. Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bear Sterns... someone done fucked up. I'm just saying, if this were the streets, someone would be bending down for the soap with all the money that's been "lost".
Dubb, doesn't the blow up doll deserve to be listed?!?
Man, Ike came and bitch slapped Houston like he does Tina! My family lives in Clear Lake and they are still out of power, luckily water came on yesterday. Everyone is well, however, the roof is torn up, the rain gutter flew away and the complete fence around the house fell over. Houston is like a third world country at the moment!
Inquiring minds want to know, well I want to anyways. How come eating certain foods give your stomach an immediate reaction? I mean the diarrhea that's coming out is food you ate 8+ hrs ago, but that food was good. It's the food you just ate the was bad. Perplexed. Not saying I had diarrhea today. :)
Rome, you think we can get Ernesto out for this one!?!
Had the most insane headache last night, kinda still have one now. After a nap and 3 Advil's last night, I still had a headache that made me feel like slitting my wrist. Then on top of that I had a case of the farts! At least they didn't stink! ;)
Reginald "Reggie" Noble (born April 17, 1970), better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper and actor. He came to fame in the early 1990s as an artist on the Def Jam label. He is also well known for his collaborations with Method Man, including their starring roles in films and sitcoms. He is of African American and Korean origin.
Redman was born in Newark, New Jersey. Newark is also known as Brick City New Jersey, where he lived in Waterside Gardens and attended Brick High. In 1992 Redman released his debut album, Whut? Thee Album, which Allmusic noted for blending "reggae and funk influences" with a "terse, though fluid rap style". The album peaked at number forty-nine on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold. He was named "Rap Artist of the Year" by The Source. Redman followed up with his 1994 album, Dare Iz a Darkside. The first single, "Rockafella," samples Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" and George Clinton's "Flashlight," two of the most sampled songs in hip hop.
In December 1996, Redman released Muddy Waters. Rolling Stone wrote that he provides "choppy, offbeat verses and memorable call-and-response choruses" with a "stripped down but tight" production from producer Erick Sermon. Allmusic noted that lyrically, Redman is "as strong as ever" with his "clever metaphors and loose, elastic rhyme flows". The album solidified his reputation as one of the most consistent rappers of the 1990s.
I'm watching "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch on PBS right now. I hate how PBS cuts out to ask people for donations. I know they need support to provide great TV like this, but there's gotta be a better way to ask for money. I mean don't interrupt great shows!
Three 6 Mafia (formerly Triple 6 Mafia) is an Oscar-Award winning American rap group originating from Memphis, Tennessee. Formed in 1991 by DJ Paul, Lord Infamous, and Juicy J, they shortly thereafter recruited fellow Memphian rappers Koopsta Knicca, Gangsta Boo, and Crunchy Black. The group also frequently collaborates with Project Pat (the brother of Juicy J) to the extent that he is often considered a group member. Their 2005 song, "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp", won Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards.
The group released their horrorcore debut underground album Smoked Out, Loced Out in 1994 through Prophet Entertainment, a record label they created but have since relinquished control over. Their musical style—which initially featured dark, menacing beats with equally gritty lyrics—has since moved to a more mainstream sound. Nonetheless, they have cultivated a sizeable and diverse cult following that has only increased since their Oscar win. They have recently released their ninth studio album Last 2 Walk, which hit shelves June 24, 2008.
Bavu Blakes does some posing in some nice threads for the Austin American Statesman. Lookin' nice boi! You gotta hand it to the Statesman for the quote, "Most people think of hip-hop as a young person's game." ;)
From the walk this way department... Thanks to Elliot for the heads up! Z-Ro @ Spiros tonight, Sept. 5th.
Just read this article on how sexologists can determine a woman's vaginal orgasm by the way she walks! I mean for real?!? I can tell if you're a screamer just by the way you walk! I'm going to have all kinds of thoughts watching hot girls walk by! ;) Here the article...
"Complimentary champagne for anyone in a school girl outfit!"... hot!... I like how they think! How about Palin look-alikes?!? ;)
Wow, this is a blast from the past! I used to watch the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air all the time. Who knew that years later Will Smith would be the July 4th Scientologist mega superstar that he is. I just saw "The Ladies Man" so I know Hilary Banks is still hot! I just saw on Wikipedia that little Ashley Banks was on "Girls Gone Wild"... whoa! They need to do a VH-1 Where are they now? Fresh Prince of Bel-Air edition.
Jeffrey A. Townes (born January 22, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), also known as DJ Jazzy Jeff, is an American hip hop and R&B record producer and turntablist. He is best known for his early career with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. DJ Jazzy Jeff graduated from John Bartram High School in Philadelphia where he is enshrined in the school's "Wall of Fame".
DJ Jazzy Jeff is not to be confused with Jeffrey Myree from the earlier hip hop group Funky Four Plus One, which in fact filed and won a lawsuit over the name Jazzy Jeff against Jeff Townes and Jive records when they signed DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.
Townes got a job as a newspaper boy at age seven to support his family. Once he grew up, he developed a reputation and following as a school and block party DJ, Jazzy Jeff was the feature of the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
Gary Grice, better known as GZA ([ˈdʒɪzʌ]), or The Genius, (born August 22, 1966 in Staten Island, New York) is an American hip hop artist. He is best known as a founding member of the seminal hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to appearing on all the Wu-Tang Clan albums he has released five solo albums and has appeared on many other Clanmates' solo releases.
Grice developed an interest in hip-hop alongside his cousins Robert Diggs and Russell Jones. They performed together as a group called All In Together Now with Grice going under the alias The Genius; Diggs and Jones performed as The Scientist and The Professor respectively (It should be noted these names weren't meant to be permanent according to RZA, e.g. Jones was also known as the Genius for a time). After gaining some notoriety in the underground Grice and Diggs were signed as solo artists. Grice managed to ink a deal with legendary hip-hop label Cold Chillin' Records. In 1990 Grice released his debut album under the moniker - The Genius with Words from the Genius.
The album was produced by Easy Mo Bee and was heavily influenced by the style of Cold Chillin at the time. The corporate heads of that label wanted to make Grice a commercially viable artist like Big Daddy Kane. However critical reception for the album was lukewarm at best, and sales were disappointing. Eventually Grice directed his new personal managers James Garfield and Geoffrey L. Garfield to get him released from his contract and left the label. Grice's experience with Cold Chillin was shared with Diggs' experience at Tommy Boy Records, who had only managed to put out an EP under the alias Prince Rakeem.