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Salute To 90’s Hip Hop Culture and The OG Artists | Producers

Track: produced by Mr Kuyateh

Im back in Brooklyn with new energy after having a relaxing week with the family enjoying nature to it’s fullest.  I worked on this my last night away and added vocals last night.

The adding vocals is always a random thing, as I want to hear others on it but that’s a challenge in itself.

In the meantime, i’m filling the void and particular type of sound that’s flavorful to my ear.  Hopefully my added vocals will allow others to hear that there is structure and definition to the sound.

The only trick is being dexterous enough to catch the rhythm of the offbeat jazzy riffs.  I get it, but others i’ve learned takes time understanding that type of thing.  All good though, i’m enjoying exploring this release as it’s breaking me out of a shell.  So not my intentions to rhyme professionally, i’ll write/produce though.

Earlier this week… (updating shortly)

I caught this post from Pete Rock earlier this week, I had mix feelings that evolved those few allotted minutes.  Check the clip of Lil Yachty on Hot97 Ebro in the Morning.  He is XXL Class of 2016 and is labeled as one of the hottest rapper’s in the scene… (don’t laugh, it’s rather sad but the construct is what it is)

😕👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾💩💩💩

A video posted by Pete Rock (@agentcbw7) on

Now if you love anything about 90’s Hip Hop or the Hip Hop culture in general, your probably already listening and watching like “WTF is going on here?” baffled at today’s standard of the best.

Aged heads and culture purveyor’s measured and still uphold to the best Emcee’s being based on ability to flow, how dexterous they were verbally, street credibility, their production and so on.

One could argue that hits/sales were just as important, yes.  But to those who wanted to freshest and best, we all knew the radio was a few steps behind what the hood was pushing and that was off of lyrical notoriety.

Today’s standards are the polar opposite.  What would be corny by 90’s standards and true hip hop heads is the popular sound.  WTF?

Here are the top 5 things that people based a corny rapper on:

  1. Ability to freestyle
  2. Confidence/swag on the mic/Crowd control
  3. Delivery/Punch lines/Metaphors
  4. Subject matter
  5. Flow with the rhythm/production choice

Now to be fair to the culture, these are some pretty damn logical qualities that one would want to have as a professional artist.  But along with aged standards, come the responsibility to put in the work for it….

Many young musicians aren’t trying to hear that.  They like “fuxk it!  I’ll just put a track on ShxtCloud and bypass the real emcees that wouldn’t fuxk with me on their waste day.  Get mad love from people that just enjoy the music but not really about that life and be good without a label deal.”

That shxt actually worked.

The new culture of artist have developed a social media ecosystem that support every whimsical and serious endeavor.  Enough for labels, media and corporate sponsors to take em seriously.

So even if the all the hip hop heads never purchased one album or track, they’ll continue to eat since that fan base is not their main demographic support system.

Where does that leave lyrically gifted emcee’s and boom bap producers?

Exactly where they need to be, so they can rise up and take hip hop back.  Hip Hop needs a lyrical shake up to cause that shift.  I may be over zealous and sure it may be wishful thinking under this current construct.

Who knows, in the next few years, NYC could produce a lyrically dominant force that kicks the games bars up.

Until then, glad the OG’s and new 90’s culture heads are doing it.

Keep fighting the good fight, the war wounds only add character… salute – Mr Kuyateh

 

 

 

 

BROOKLYN LET’S MOVE – free SUMMER PARK JAM + Live Painting + Live Dance Music + Dope Dj’s Cary Grant + SnowBklyn + Mr Kuyateh + FREE AFTER PARTY IN BEDSTUY

This Saturday August 20, 2016… Dj’s SnowBklyn, Cary Grant & Mr. Kuyateh are coming together on behalf of Brooklyn Let’s Move to bring you a global soundscape of sonic sounds.

We are calling all dancers (bboys, bgirls, house dancers, african dancers, breakers, reggae dancers, modern)…. to get it in.

Music includes Afrobeat, Afro House, Latin, World, Eclectic, Funk, Soulful House, Deep House, RnB Flips, Hip Hop, Jazz, Breakbeats, Rare exclusive cuts, on the spot remixes and more with creative trio.

Live Painting will be done by Brooklyn Artist KITO

The free AFTER PARTY will be at 622 Marcy Ave, BKLYN from 11pm – till @ Cary’s Grants beautiful Bedstuy home. Come through peacefully and with good vibes.

The park is located across the street from the Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art on Washington and Eastern Parkway.

Powered by The Brooklyn Word, SnowBklyn & All True Men Org

Flier Artwork by Mr Kuyateh

Video Reviews: Young Paris ft. Ben Bronfman & Sadat X ft R.A. The Rugged Man

RnB meets Afro melanin vibes…

Young Paris Feat. Ben Bronfman – Best of Me

For those not familiar with Young Paris, he’s the Congolese Brother whose following is growing in NYC and Worldwide.  His proud demeanor might be taken as cocky to some, but very typical for an African man.

That paired with the commercial flair of Ben Bronfman, leads to this downtempo lounge banger.  Ben is an activist/entrepreneur whose Billionaire family is rooted in entertainment.  Being a child of the former CEO of Warner Music has it’s privileges.

I see that Roc Nation is attached to the project, that would have to be off of Ben’s network. If Roc Nation took on Young Paris, his branding would be kicked up more than what I’ve seen.  That’s coming though as he continues to mesmerize crowds with an exhilarating performance. (update… I’d like to correct myself, Young Paris is officially signed to Roc Nation

I’m a little surprised that the video is under budgeted given the tone of the track.  It lacked the feminine energy and playa vibe that it was creating.  Surely some fly shorties would have stepped this video up, something both individuals are no strangers to.

Regardless, i’m curious to see the direction that Young P takes as he continues developing as an African artist.

Ben is on some Pharrel/Kanye type vibes.  I actually didn’t know that he was an artist, I know he has his hands in mad entertainment projects but this was interesting nonetheless.  Not mad at him for embracing African energy as this opening let’s many more follow in the footsteps.

I’m thinking about remixing it what an Afrobeat vibe, maybe get creative and add melanin females in the visuals….


 

Classic Hip Hop vibes…

Sadat X – Industry Outcast’s (feat. R.A. the Rugged Man & Thirstin Howl III)

Salute Sadat X (Brand Nubians), I miss hearing his iconic voice.  He teamed up with R.A. the Rugged Man and Thirstin Howl III for rapid fire, lyrically induced track filled with Polo aka Lo’ analogies, mental gems and an energy I haven’t heard in awhile.  Mainly because tracks like this don’t get the commercial air play it deserves.

It’s reminiscent of the underground tracks they’d play back in the day on the Stretch and Bobbito show here in NYC, but in 2016.  I haven’t seen R.A. the Rugged Man in a minute but I know he’s very active in music and working with that kid A.F.R.O who spits/rhymes like an alphabetic beast.

Vibe out and let us know what you think.  I never really thought of Sadat X and R.A. being Industry Outcast but thinking about what they could mean, I guess I get it.  The challenge of releasing solo projects minus the team (Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, Alamo) is always there, but they’ve been doing it for years.  Some of the albums worked others didn’t do as expected but they are still here.

To Hip Hop lovers, they’ll always be embraced.  To hear Sadat X go in even deeper, check out his recent album Agua with production from Pete Rock, Diamond D, DJ Scratch and more.


 

 

Archived Promo Vids ft. Dj’s Premiere, Just Blaze, Natasha Diggs/DProsper and Young Paris Filmed/Edited by Mr. Kuyateh

 

Dj Premiere  was scheduled to spin at Soul In The Horn (Fridays Night Hottest NYC Party). I wanted to do something special but I didn’t have any prior film since I never shot Premiere.

I don’t like bothering folks, not my M.O., so I didn’t discuss a direction with DProsper and just wen off on my own creatively.

I found a video that paid proper respect to Gang Starr, chopped it up in Final Cut, found some audio of Preem (fixed it in Logic Pro), brought it over to Final Cut, and chopped/merged as necessary to the beat adding subtle effects…

Just Blaze rocked the Soul In The Horn party this particular night.  It was especially dope because he kinda stopped the party vibe to shout out the dope ass Polo Intarsian Eagle sweater I had on.  It was new and not many had it especially going for almost $500 at the time I got.  That was a special moment and then he invited me to come through to his Bday Party and we even exchanged Polo gifts.  I gifted him with a 2 Tone Lo-Sport Spellout and pocket Silk Lo Handkerchief, he blessed me with a dope Sportsman button down for the winter…. that was our first meeting, dope right!  There was more, secret shit in the works shhhh!

Regardless, I did something similar to the Premiere video.  Found some video of Charlamagne tha God talking about Blaze, extracted the audio, cleaned it up in Logic Pro, this time I had some stuff I shot of him.

Just came back, and I caught him doing exhibiting turntabilism with a rarely known “scratching at that specific point blend” for a multi-layered on the spot remix.  Seeing many Dj’s come through and filming all of them, I gotta say that I enjoy Just Blaze’s ability to relax and have fun.

Everyone does the damn thing, but he is comfortable, has fun and doesnt play it safe… he’s quite creative and nice on the decks.  It’s fun to watch.   Shout out to my Brother in Lo in the back, catching every bit of the show.

Young Paris was having a jump off at The Brooklyn Museum.  I got the message from DProsper and to come through film for it and the after Party in Williamsburg.  Now I didn’t have video that I shot personally and found one of his vids online which had the right promotion feel.  I chopped it up, added some text about his upcoming performances and after party and boom…. i like this, because I started getting better with keeping things cleans visually.

Thats it for now… i have so much video and dope material to show.  It just takes a long time to edit and upload that stuff.  People have no idea of the time and effort even for quick promo’s.  If you have someone that does a good job and it’s affordable, keep em… As the work that we put in is often under appreciated.  Support your local creatives and respect them by paying them…. simple!

Besides… my rates are going up, things have changed. – Mr. Kuyateh

Sean Price Mural Gathering w/ Duck Down & Family | Crown Heights, Brooklyn Aug. 2016

Click on image below to go to the full gallery… Sean P | Duck Down Memorial Crown Heights Aug 2016

Last week Crown Heights welcomed the Duck Down family as they paid tribute to the late Brownsville emcee Sean Price aka Ruck / Sean P / Mic Tyson.  Meres One did his thing with capturing the essence of “P”.  Respect to him and his grounded spirit.  Check em out as he has a few projects coming up and currently going on.

Throughout the day, heads rolled through to pay respects by the car load.  Brownsville was heavy in the building along with Lo-Lifes, Decepts, respected Rappers and those closet to the loved lyricist.

I love the vibe and support of fans of Duck Down.  It’s always mad love and chill, their ability to interact with the crowd is an example of why they have maintained a presence in the musical landscape.  They’ve done more than adapt, that i’d have to say is not giving them the necessary props.

Duck Down has always been ahead of the curve and sound in marketing strategies.  It is what it is, give it up.  It was only catapulted once  Sean was entrusted with the ability to just be him.  His naturally charismatic persona and super funny wit, reinvigorated the soul and movement.

Give it up to Dru Ha and his business savvy implementations.  He’s one of those in the cut dudes that’s just street loyal and about that betterment of his whole unit.  Salute to that and thats The Brooklyn Word.

Now back to the dope day where Ruck blasted through the bluetooth speakers and all had personal memories beyond what the person next to them may have.

I know it’s not an easy thing for those that are family.  All this is still a fresh energetically, smiles and such require more energy than what one may be willing to give.  But Ruck’s supporters are loyal and troopers.  They are governed by the Old Brooklyn ways and that’s shown as you witness how all just chill and reflect.  You just fill it in the air…

At one point, things got very emotional.  Old Brooklyn energy and the moment caused emotional tension to flair.  It resulted in a Brother punching a hole through the building.

Pause….

I said it cause a Brother to punch a hole through the building.  Never have I witnessed some awesomeness.  Because it was oddly just that.

At some point those with tempers know that punching a wall hurts when u care even just a lil bit.  If you straight gone, it’s whatever and u feel it later.  But this went beyond that…

An entire hole was created by the blows of a very emotional being.  That’s no joke!

I considered filming it, but outside of struck with awe and frozen like a deer in headlights trying to process if I was seeing what I was actually witnessing, I felt it wasn’t right.  It wounldn’t have done anything but perpetuate an energy that doesn’t need to be perpetuated.  That shit would have made WorldStar though… lmao… nah, i’m more centered than that fortunately.  Bless up to that Brother, hope he finds peace.

Moving on…  i’m seeing familiar faces in the crowd and photos like General Steele, Tek, Rock, Bernadette (wife), his daughter and fam, VVS Verbals, Sadat X, Torae, Skyzoo, Illa Ghee, Elbee Thrie (PhonyPPL) and more…

The flow is so Brooklyn and the epitome of a respectful gathering.  Mad Lo is everywhere, Decept shirts and paraphernalia, Sean P tribute shirt/caps and the tone is reflective.  Not turnt up or wild, rather light and reflective.

I bask in it, dipped in vintage Lo that only a day one head would rock.  My respect is also a connection, as Crown Heights is my hood.

Things got interesting when I caught VVS chillin wit crew across the street and the freestyle session started.  Verbals is a beast on his own, but his crew and those that hopped in off the strength was all Brooklyn.

I miss that energy and was more than happy so capture it in it’s purest form.  Will take me awhile to edit but once I do, it will be up.

With that I say, enjoy the flicks…. the direct link is at the top (click pic) and a few photos are below.  Bless up and thats #TheBrooklynWord! – Mr. Kuyateh 

Here are some snapshots from the day

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D’Angelo – Aint That Easy Remix by Mr. Kuyateh

Listen to full track of  “Aint That Easy” – MR. KUYATEH edit.

This is a funky joint, thats just nasty and sweaty… If you are having problems with the above audio, lemme know. Below is a snippet.

I’m an old soul and D’Angelo is a respected classic in my home.  I know it took alot for the brother to get back into the spotlight, being that he’s a more reclusive soul, but his last album was Fiyah!!!

In an age where digital programmers are revered as new age musical gods, the release of Black Messiah was a dagger in the soul commercial sounds.  The musicality alone surpassed the mass radio blast.  His sonic soul reverberated through the musical spectrum and imprinted it’s own legacy that will be embraced for future generations.

My edit is intended to embody the dance floor energy, to this all ready funky as hell track. The NabaKuFunk sound, which is in all of the production that’s created, was a good blend. The dancer in me was able to get in a nice little dance zone, so i know it’s club ready.

Enjoy the experience!

To that I say, dance to my soul my peoples… – Mr. Kuyateh | dat Brooklyn African

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Bryson Tiller – Dont (Mr Kuyateh Edit)

Listen to “Don’t” – MR. KUYATEH edit

I’ve been feeling real musical lately and edits/remixes have been flowing out at an accelerated.  Don’t by Tiller is one of those new tracks that I fux wit.  His flow and demeanor is very chill and low key yet powerfully stated.

I wanted to rock with the already sexy vibe and create a track for the dancers that like to move a lil quicker.  The AfroTrap Edit is a mixture of my original NabaKuFunk sound, latin vibes and the original Trap Soul foundation.

Merging it all was not intended as I never really know what direction it’s going to go in. Originally I had a more latin/brazilian vibe going but it didn’t seem as natural to my spirit though it sounded dope.

Then I did a more minimalistic version thats just sexy, subtle and quiet.  It was dope but I still wanted to do something a bit more special and unique to my abilities.  That version was something that could be easily replicated, but me going a bit deeper in the production created a new and different experience that’s reflective of my internal spirit.

This is the version that I want the public to hear, the others can be heard if i’m spinning or once all my edits are introduced on The Brooklyn Word Radio 2016.  I’m working on that, it’s on the back burner as bigger things are happening behind the scenes.

To that I say, dance to my soul my peoples… – Mr. Kuyateh | dat Brooklyn African