Marvin Gaye – “Save The Children” Sample Beat (NYC Boom Bap prod by Mr Kuyateh)

With all the political fuckery and bigotry going on, I felt like this would be a perfect opportunity to step back in the studio as it’s been awhile.  (to be continued) – Mr Kuyateh

Rest In Love to all the social activists worldwide that have passed fight for the cause…

R.I.P. Dick Gregory!

 

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What is ART… if Not a Means of Unfiltered Self Expression?

What is ART?

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What is POLITICAL SATIRE?

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Does Donald Trump Understand the Difference?

Sure does sound like he know the difference here.  Look at him throwing shade disguised as jokes at Hilary Clinton during this charity of all things lmao…

Now check the tweet below and you would still think he was cool and shxt.

#TrumpVlog #TheInterviewMovie A sad day for freedom of speech-

A post shared by President Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on

Did you notice he called Sony cowards for not releasing the film “The Interview“.  It’s a ridiculous comedy starring Seth Rogan & James Franco.  Their satirical approach which plays on assassinating the President of North Korea Kim Jong Un, caused a political and technological wrath of attacks.

Those attacks were brought on by North Korea as retaliation.  They allegedly (confirmed) hacked Sony servers and released some pretty damaging info. on the company and it’s executives (read this Times article for more hack details after reading this post of course).

The point here is that he called Sony gutless for not sticking by their First Amendment right for Freedom of Expression and Association.

Think about it, he’s basically calling them ‘Suckers‘ for giving in.  An interesting and hypocritical standpoint for the Republican… #factsonly

Snoop Dogg’s New Track with Clown Faced Trump

I’m digging the video personally, we don’t see musicians taking aggressive political stances publicly.

It was a bold move for Snoop given his celebrity stature.  The clown faces is not racist as some blogs might inaccurately say, it’s the movements of the politicians which are clown like.  The alternative facts and spin that they weave our minds into which the directors creatively envision as clown faces (not completely unheard of as clowns and politicians have a long history).

It’s the pseudo face that they (politicians) wear when they speak to the citizens and the recognition or awakening of the motives.  The Harley Quinn feature in my mind can symbolize anarchy or that which could result from the constant mistruths from all levels of government and media.

Another salute to Jesse Wellens and James Defina for the vision and guts to go ahead with it.  The other tricky part is Snoop can’t (or can i’m not sure as it can be alternative facts used to incriminate him) be legally held accountable being that it could have been apart of a script and that the blame would fall on the video’s director/producer but i’m not over here snitching on nada my bruh’dah.

I can say it’s one the best songs that I heard from the Dog Father in a minute, salute to that.

The Godfather – One of Trumps Favorite Movies

Does it make since that a person who loves a movie as violent and politically corrupt as The Godfather, would openly chastise an entertainer (Snoop Dogg) about freedom of expression, when it’s a position he’s supported and used himself on many occasions.

Just makes you go hmmm…

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Well, it would seem that he’s all in his feelings when a popular entertainer has anything bad to say because it deflects attention from his false flagged agendas.

And that’s pretty sad, because he used to be able to talk a joke like a champ.  What happened to that tough skin Don?

Well we are sure there are more things for a President to focus on during their first 100 Days in office then a Snoop Dogg single.

Now if that was Doggystyle 2, it would have made more sense, but nah B, it was just a dope single that now will probably make him at least a million of the free promotion and tweet… Checkmate Uncle Snoop, Biatch!

It could have been worse though, then the concern over his life would have been validated. Remember CNN did that piece on if Trump was assassinated.  It wasn’t as visual as D.O. double Gee holding a toy gun to the President in clown face but it was just as cynical if the government really looked at it… check it out now:

They practically subliminally embedded light thoughts in the minds of hundred’s of thousands if not millions that there is a chance for Obama’s influence to remain at the helm.

Now some may be like your reaching, well not really, and if I was did he also reach by bringing attention to what could have been an easy blow off.

Share ya thoughts… the track though is banging! – Mr Kuyateh 

Migos – Bad and Boujee ft. Lil Uzi Vert (Mr Kuyateh Brooklyn Remix)

 

Happy New Year my peoples, I wish each and everyone of you a prosperous and reflective 2017.  May it be more progressive and filled with wisdom… – Mr Kuyateh

 

Welcome to The Brooklyn Word, the hiatus has been incredibly uplifting so check back from time to time to see and hear the growth.

We got some new music in the house…

Migos – Bad and Boujee The Remix Story

I’m chilling a few days ago, thinking I wanna do something different.  That antsy feeling that develops with a producer in between releasing projects started bubbling.

Now i fux wit Migos, remember in 2014, I did the “Freak No More”Remix.

I appreciate their musical soul and ability to work cohesively as a team.  Also their flow, which is in a lane they own.  The New York side of me that is built on lyricism and wordplay is halted, enjoying simply their execution of Southern soul.

What if I flip a trap type production/flow, making it sound like something that I’d rock in the 90’s? What if I twist it up a bit, to something New York heads would bang on the radio back in the day… Brooklyn style?

That idea was persistent enough to where I fired the computer up, late late night as usual.

Imported the acapella and I wasn’t really sure what was gonna happen next.   Typically i’d build a beat from scratch but this Jay Z instrumental (This Life Forever) that I flipped happened to be up.  Well not happened to be up, it was the last project I worked on.

The beat is banging, let me test something out.  So I chopped up the “Bad and Boujee” joint as a sample layer.  Then created another sample layer chops and just kinda played around till something formed.

I’m kinda a one take type of producer, like 75% of the time.  Working with what’s at hand improving and correcting.  To me the first take is the most instinctive and natural, anything after is merely a correction of past mistakes (or so called mistakes, as mistakes are beautiful in production).

What I learned in about 20minutes, is that I didn’t have to do much time stretching of Migos/Lil Uzi Vert vocals.  Their natural rhythmic pattern worked for the timing that I had.  I’m thinking, oh snap, it more than works… it sounds dope and they sound like an early Outkast.

Then BOOM!  I realized that the energy is the same with a twist.  If their exposure to Brooklyn sounds was increased and they started feeling east coast type boom bap or melodic type productions, then they’re flows would adjust and meld itself to fit that musical form.

The Remix

The production flowed quickly after that.  I was able to make a few versions with the Jay-Z beat.  Each of them spitting had it’s own vibe, like some old Wu-Tang “Protect Ya Neck” type shxt.  Figured I’d play this bass on the keys and not make it too busy in the center spectrum.

With that, I hope you enjoy the sound vibes and check back soon ya hear!  Salute  – GK | TBW

 

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 post shared by Pete Rock (@realpeterock) 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.