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Who Was Sean Price & Why He Was One of the Dopest Spitters/Emcee out of Brooklyn

Sean Price
Rest In Lo
2LL’s Up Tribute by The Brooklyn Word         

This past weekend, Hip Hop lost a soldier.  I was caught off guard because Sean Price (aka Ruck/ Ruckus, Mic Tyson…) is on of my top 10 spitters.

  • Brooklyn Vocab: Spitter – different from an emcee, in that they go hard consistently with bars that take time to understand.  You often have to stop, rewind to get the gist of whats going on.  Or you laugh at the wordplay and how it was constructed.  Typically a spitters bars is witty, intellectual and tells a story of who that person is and what they are capable of doing lyrically.  They are dope at freestyling off the dome (off the top of the head) and handle their own, respected by their hip hop peers… (eg. KRS-1, Black Thought, Eminem, Buckshot, Mos Def, Red Man, Ras Kass, Chino XL, Kurupt to name a few)

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Flashback: I was going to Murry Bertraum when Duck Down started, catching the crew on Video Music Box. I bounced to Hampton, Va. a few years later and copped The Heltah Skeltah album in 95‘ adding it to my strong collection of CDs (lol, i still have em.  almost every dope and underground east/west coast hip hop cd from 90-95’). Been a supporter of his and Rock since then.

I’d often throw his tracks on our Radio Show (The GiKu Experience Radioshow in Brooklyn/ GKXRS) and was planning on reaching out to Duck Down for an interview with one of Brownsville’s funniest and realest spitters.

Outside of supporting his music since the early release of Heltah Skeltah with his partner in crime Rock

(cont)… we both shared a love for vintage Polo.  Now for yall thats not from BK, the Polo culture was started by the Lo-Lifes (LL) general Thirsting Howl:

  • an early 90’s NYC posse/gang that mostly wore high end Ralph Lauren, which was boosted in large groups (20 – 40 heads) from dept. stores around the east coast.  They were the pretty boy thugs, in that they dressed the best (i’m bias), but they also shaped the fashion in hip hop and globally.  Many Lo-Lifes back in the day were also Decepts (another posse/gang that ran the streets of Brooklyn)

I’m not sure if he was a LL (will ask my peeps to confirm), but I know he had mad peeps that were.  And over time, he definitely fuxked with the LL’s and rocked with Thirstin, being that they were from the same hood.  All that to say, I’m a bit bias favoring those that understand collecting vintage pieces like myself.

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That for some BK street reason, adds a bit more credibility to your character.  As you kinda gotta be a G, to rock the real authentic shxt.

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Gaining more prop points the further you go back with the art.  I been dipped since 93′ but back to the topic at hand.

  • Dipped: Lo slang for rocking “no horsey” but strong vintage and exclusive polo pieces on the daily) 

So we know he was a Decept, rocked Lo, is a spitter that was apart of the Golden Age of hip hop (the early 90’s).  But outside of the brutish personality that will punch ya jaw off, who is he?

  • Big up to my man and fellow Lo Head @TTK for the dope Angelic Decept artwork of Sean P.  He also provided the photo on the main page capturing @Meresone dedication piece to SP.

While there are many writers and unexpected music properties covering him because its trending, we are covering it because he is a brother of The Brooklyn Word. What he represented is exactly who we are, an unapologetic medium of cultural truth.  The under dogs of commercial appeal, but champions in our own rights who give the finger to the blind and unawakened.

Well, I compiled some of my favorite clips of Sean Price aka Mic Tyson. Enjoy, listen to the sounds, laugh at his crazy ass and experience a deeper side of Sean Price…. #mrkuyateh

Who Is The Real Sean Price?

Candid interview where you get an idea of who he really is.  “I can relate because we grew up watching the same thing.  It’s a Brooklyn/NYC thing, we all did… #mrkuyateh”

His funny side…

Sean Price as “Seanwuar vs Pharoahe Monch”

Sean Price plays tennis with Dru Ha…

Sean Price as Sean Ross “The Joy Of Painting”

Sean Price as Tyrese singing on the bus.

Food shopping with Sean P.

The time he punched a guy through the pizza shop window lol.

Freestyles…

Freestyle on Tony Touch’s Shade 45 with Black Thought (The Roots), Sean Price (Heltah Skeletal), M1 (DeadPrez), Illa Gee, A.G.(D.I.T.C), Lil Fame (MOP)

 This joint is a classic, SP goes off with Rock..

Spitting on some funny, I don’t give a fuxk shxt…

Is Adrian Younge The Next Questlove?

Adrian Younge is a beast and the industry is taking notice!  Is he the next Questlove?  Time will tell.  If you asked, he’d probably say that he just want to be Adrian Younge.

One thing is for sure, his movements are very similar in terms of industry respect that spans past the music industry, they both are conceptual creators (which is why I get em, being that i’m a branding/marketing guy), they both are very structured and dedicated to sound excellence.  There are a few others but to better understand where I’m going with this, one would have to understand who he is.

Before we get into his latest project 12 Ways To Die featuring Ghostface, lets play a guessing game.

TRIVIA:

  1. Guess who did the composed the original score for the rerelease of Black Dynamite in 2008 and composed the soundtrack for the Black Dynamite cartoon on Adult Swim?
  2. Guess who also edited the film?

Yup, Adrian Younge!  If you didn’t know, now ya know.  Here is the official video of “Rise Of The Ghostface Killer” off the first album Adrian Younge presents 12 Reasons to Die.

Also catch the 2 part cartoon series that was created for the original album after you finish reading this post (placed at the bottom).

It will prepare you for the energy of Adrian.It will prepare you for the energy of Adrian and his multi-dimensional artistic mind. 

On July 10, 2015 the New York Times showcased his latest review in their Press Play section,

Listen to press play allowing the stream to play as you read (not sure how long they keep it up, but if link becomes inactive, make a comment and i’ll update).

Linear Labs (LA based label headed by Adrian Younge) handled their business during this albums construction.  I’m very impressed with the attention to sound detail and live instrumentation.  Fuxk what anyone says, it gets 2 thumbs up!

In 2015, you don’t find producers that go as deep with the production process.  That dedication is a hip hop rarity, when everything is so digital and disconnected from roots of sounds.

I’m going to follow this up with another article that will go deeper on the topic but this brothers head is definitely in tuned to the greater musical force.  The type of force that makes classics and push the art of production forward.

I’d also like to thank Andrew Lojero at Linear Labs for sending over the promo package of sound, dope shxt #salute.

So let’s get to this joint!  You should head nodding right about now, if my earlier instruction to press play were taken…

Powerful One: Intro is banging hard, sounds like it was inspired from a track of one of my favorite 90’s groups, Portishead “Mysterons”. Similar structure, thats only noticable for a couple of measures.  That’s just my opinion, being that I haven’t spoken with Adrian to see what inspired the process.  If that’s the case, it’s definitely a head nod of respect towards them and not anything else.  The mainstream is unaware of Portishead, music heads knows what.

Check for yourselves…

The video for “Sour Times” has the same energy as the Rise Of The Ghostface official video.  Once again, nothing wrong with it as the essence is paying homage to the late 60’s early 70’s psychadelic hippie erotica/spy/suspense type films.  Kudos again, as the sound is identical to the energy that RZA often used… brilliant.

Return Of The Savage ft. Raekwon + RZA:   I’m enjoying the story telling flow of both Rae & Ghost.  It’s the return of the savage, so listen to the flow in context to the concept of the project.  Damn, would have been dope if RZA hopped on, but i guess it would have been too expensive… he’s hollywood priced for a branded rea$on.

King Of New York: This is a beautifully sounding piece that continues with Adrian on the bass leading the sound. Those tight snares are sweet especially with the track switch up.  Once again, they flow works with the concept.

Rise Up ft. Scarab: The high energy of this track is in my opinion consistently moving.  Its pushing the sound, pushing the speed and intensity of the artist.  Scarab freaked it appropriately.

Daily News: This joint is one of those offbeat/rhythms that I love hearing.  The off timing works for a dancers mind.  My footwork would be crazy to this, while rocking vintage polo and dancing kicks. Offbeat rhythms are always a good thing as they challenge the mind, It’s like musical math. Often heard in jazz (the swingbeat…) it makes sense that this track made the cut, letting the real music heads know that he takes this art to the heart.

(listening to it some more) Oh ok, its more of an interlude in spoken word reported like the news.  Creatively dope.

Get The Money ft. Vince Staples: The drums and that bass is just heavy and nasty, digging it.  It’s hard to find these when digging, so props when it’s replicated with a modern twist.  Vince handled the beat, he should rock more stuff like this.  Ghost sounds a different than usual, but every artist does depending on where they are at in their lives.  I would have like to hear my bragadaccio from Ghost with that strong delivery.  Lets see how the rest goes…

Death’s Invitation Interlude: I like the story and the music coinciding accordingly

Death’s Invitation ft. Scarub, Lyrics Born & Chino XL:   Excited to hear Chino, haven’t heard him spit in years.  He was a lyricist and often spoken when names like Ras Kass popped up.  intellectual spitter that would have ya mind spinning.

The speed of it all is dope, i like the dark and uncommon flow.  The shit is trippy, i’m ready to pop some shrooms and shit.  Love it though, hip hop in the 70’s sound is working.

Let The Record Spin Interlude: I keep thinking RZA about to spit, damn he could have hooked Younge up.

Let The Record Spin ft Raekwon: The church organ and that tight drum kit is hitting.  Shit needs to be played loudly.  You all have to remember this is live music and it sounds so good.  It reminds me of the this track by MC Tree Gee… I gotta listen more closely for further analysis.  Not saying it was appropriated, Tree used a sample, Adrian is playing live.

BlackOut ft Raekwon:  

Resurrection Morning ft Raekwon and Bilal:  This is #1 of my top 3 tracks up here.  Bilal can’t go wrong with adding him.  He does abstract without boundary vocals better than anyone.  Raekwon is maintaining his classic flow.  Aight Adrian, I hear what you doing brotha… this is a true jewel right here.  Ghost levels are recorded a little low or something, cause his energy isn’t matching Rae in the last few tracks I heard.

Life’s A Rebirth ft. RZA: I like the unpredictable sound direction, its like a melodic sound explosion.  Breaking it down is like doing a so-du-ko puzzle, possible when you take your time.  Impossible when you rush and overlook subtle tones and switches.  Aww, RZA still narrating and not rhyming.  But he got a dope voice for it…

Conclusion:  I like it, respect the energy and effort that went into the conception.  The creativity and embracing the late 60’s/70’s sound is admirable.  We don’t see enough of this level of musicianship anymore.  I think he’s a new breed of producers who are multi-disciplined (like myself).  They produce, are into films, play instruments, a true renaissance men and I can’t wait to see what’s cooking up next.

Oh yea, I co-sign!

More coming cause Linear Labs is bringing straight flavor!  Did y’all peep that Delfonics video they did #Dopeness… #mrkuyateh #brooklynLoHead #staydipped

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Michael Jackson Tribute Mix by dj Gibril Kuyateh | Listen + Free Download

This Mix is a blank canvas and at the bottom it says We Love You Michael Jackson. Press play and hear how the canvas comes to life creating an Afro Cinematic visual for your ears.

This show was created for my bi-weekly show The GiKu Experience Radio Show (now the GKXRS in Brooklyn)  which debuted on GiantStep in 2005 (i believe).  When the King of Pops passed in 2009, I created this around his Aug. 29 bday to pay respect to his sound legacy.

Wasn’t until I started digging deeper that the gravity of the situation weighed in. Michael is only with us through archived soul and memories! Got a bit painful there and thats when the mix starts getting serious.

The Re-Experienced sound design created and mixed by Dj Gibril Kuyateh & brings to life duets that never happened Stevie Wonder & Michael (With A Childs Heart). The Floetry & Michael (Butterfly) duet is a PERFECT blend of vocal goodness that can brings a tear to my eye… just one tear out my left eye, dries up before anyone notices.

Top and obscure tunes from the Jackson 5, The Wiz, Martin Bashir interview mix and more…

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Debut of “THE BROOKLYN WORD”

My radioshow the GKXRS (formerly The GiKu Xperience Radio Show in Brooklyn… long right, i know smh) is a different experience from the individual singles available.  The show is mixed to tell and enhance the story of the conception of The Brooklyn word.

Experience both today, download and share your thoughts.

i’d like to know how it moves you… bless up – gk

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Tracklist | The Brooklyn Word

The Brooklyn Word is composed of:  

  • 9 Hip Hop + 2 Eclectic & Soulful + 1 Funk + 5 AfroBeat & House + Bonus beats (won’t be available for download) + 1 Exclusive Tree Spoken Word sound design concept + originality and old school flavor

GKXRS Intro ft. Maimouna Youssef

Interlude: : American Hero theme

Thee Amazng – Raize ya glasses

Gibril – Hands Of The Divine ft GRA$E

Interlude: : Professor X and Magneto…by any means necessary

Beam, Gra$e, Gibril – Young Magneto

Sanada Maitreya – As Yet Untitled Gibril Remix

Interlude: Vlad & Maino “Is There A New York Sound…”

Biggie ft. Gra$e – Who Shot Ya Gibril Remix

Interlude: The Warriors

The Chase Gibril beat

Kompleshun & Gra$e – 99 Problems But A Mitch Get None Off The Dome Freestyle

Gra$e – Rolling On Dubs

Interlude: Breakfast Club smoking scene

Gra$e – Sara Og (written flow to untouched Flying Lotus Beat)

Snowy Day In Brooklyn In (Beat)

Interlude: Richard Pryor on love & women

Columbia Nights – Wait A While (Gibril’s Cool Out Remix)

Columbia Nights – Wait A While (Gibril’s Freetown Remix)

Interlude: Richard Pryor on women & love

LaTasha Lee – Can’t Keep From Falling In Love (Gibril Heartbeat Remix)

Casandra Wilson – You Move Me (Gibril’s Freetown Remix)

Gra$e – My Life

Gra$e, Justo Ontario – The Brooklyn Word

Interlude: I’m Gonna Get You Sucka… I’sha want one rib

Harold Alexander – Mama Soul “Gibril Gemini Edit”

Interlude: Spike Lee as Pratt on the gentrification in Brooklyn

The World Hurts beat

The Mandingo Is Coming beat

Interlude: Black Pepper

MC Tree – Untitled Spoken Word sound design concept