D Prosper Is Raining Down On Ya Mental With His New Track

Tweets from D Prosper is never a bad thing.  Been rocking with him for awhile, his sound is powerful and insightful.  He’s that lyricist that when you listen to him spit those lyrics, you get lost at first clear… there’s this call to action thats involuntary.  A undefinable side is thinking “hold the fu*k up, whats going on here.  what am i hearing, its not like the rest, it sound like i’ll learn some sh*t, wait a minute, is this stuff true, where’s wiki, where’s the bible, lemme google..”

D Prosper

Yea, he’s that dude.  I know music and everything I enjoy listening to are jewels whether you know now or later #facts.  D Prosper is also in my top 5 dopest emcee’s list.

He can spit over any type of beat and flame it.

Ok, I could say more but no fun in that.  Do ya homework and educate ya minds young Jedi’s, thats the art of finding sound naturally.

Peep this new track RAIN, another dope example of how to effectively rip sound.  Notice I said sound, not track.  This isn’t a track, it’s not a beat, its a short loop of what sounds like a classic love story Film with a few sound effects.  When I have more personal info on this dope track, i’ll update…

The effectiveness of his flow is apparent when the voice and lyrical content raises above the very energetic melody of the strings and keys.

To be clearer, try writing 4 bars to this and keep the content interesting and natural to where it doesn’t sound force but rather one like an instrument sitting right there in the room recording.  Now multiply that by what a buck, buck 20 bars and then pause… and salute the artistic talent that can.

Be inspired by dopeness and you’ll be composed of dopeness! @mrkuyateh_brooklyn

RAIN – D Prosper


This is the beautiful piece by Ryuichi SakamotoRain” that it was sampled from.  To understand and respect the art of sound, one must respect the essence.  Also, one must respect the artist ability to create a hip hop vision (tricky wording but makes sense).

Lastly, the artist Ryuichi Sakamoto performing it live.  Another way to connect and respect both artist work.  Just doing this research, now i’m a fan of this Japanese pianist/composer. What they did were no different, they each chose different musical paths and took in different musical energies to create.  Respect all art and you’ll be blessed with a beautiful mind.

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto

“We’re Back”… Stakes Not High Enough For De La Soul

So this morning I wake up to find a message in the inbox from De La Soul.

What could it be” I thought, “maybe they want me to rhyme on a track or go on tour with them through Africa.  Its gonna be tough with my daughter and all, not sure if the schedule would allow.  But perhaps…“, the fantasy continued until I clicked open.

*scroll to the bottom to read it*

Oh cooool“!  No, it wasn’t an invitation to be Plug 4, rather news about a new album.  As I continued reading, a smile appeared.  I love how artists are becoming more involved with their brand and its direction.  Which was always controlled by the labels.  If you didn’t play by the rules, you don’t get the dollars for touring, advertising, marketing, pressing.

The Rules: We are your image, and we will do what the fu*k we want with it.  It will primarily be based off of popular culture and our financial supporters.  You make them happy by complying and you’ll continue to get that bread.  And don’t even think about being smart and try to own your masters and such, matter of fact, we’ll handle everything… u just sing like a good little artist ho.  Its ya pimp speaking.

*Note: this is an exaggeration that’s not an exaggeration*

They are no longer banking on dollars of support from the Majors aka Record Companies aka Soul Suckers…  It’s no a secret that they’ve been known to stifle creativity by pushing their own agenda of influence through sound and popular artist.

Its also not a secret that artist have become smarter and better at using social tools for promotion, marketing and now one of the hottest methods of crowdfunding.

Wiki says:

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. One early-stage equity expert described it as “the practice of raising funds from two or more people over the internet towards a common Service, Project, Product, Investment, Cause, and Experience, or SPPICE.”

The crowdfunding model is fueled by three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea and/or project to be funded; individuals or groups who support the idea; and a moderating organization (the “platform”) that brings the parties together to launch the idea.

De La Soul opted to generate funding through KickStarter and tons of fans throughout the world showed the industry a few more lessons:

  1. Hip Hop veterans are still relevant
  2. They have a solid base of listeners that wants to hear them and see them succeed
  3. The age is diverse and not 30-50yr olds
  4. A few dollars from a lot of people can mean a lot of dollars
  5. People want what they want and influencing is no longer as effective

If you only listened to the radio, tv/film, its easy to think that no one really listens to classic/vintage/golden age hip hop.  Let alone that they are still alive doing it.  That narrow and controlled youth driven perspective that the media show, is less artistically motivated but rather financially, politically, and spiritually.

But we won’t go there right now, I say that to say… their hold and suffocation (so to speak) of creativity has spawned an artistic rebellion.  It has also spawned an influx of creativity (good and bad).

De La Souls decision to rock with KickStarter was more than a smart move, it was a huge shot to the “dome piece” (a blow to their strength and positioning).  They managed to exceed their $110,000 goal, which is presently $241,899 as of 1:26am.  Guess they can say, “the stakes are not high enough” cause did a remarkable job.

How did they do this?  Well, the answer is simple… They make good music that connects that is universal.  De La Soul’s sound is more than the facades of success but the enjoyments of living as an everyday person thinking everyday things.  They pay respect to the greats by sampling dope stuff and continuing that energy of greatness.  A recipe that can’t be artificially controlled. Its heart inspired, not mind inspired.

I’ll continue to share artistic info. that is casually written but also educates.  I want to empower you to be the best that you can be as an independent creative artist.

Try crowdfunding for your next project.  

With that, I say… continue the support of dope music and art.  It’s the fabric of our lives! – @mrkuyateh_brooklyn

Mase, Pos, Dave
Greetings, family. This is Mase, Pos, and Dave, here.  We’re sending out this email, first of all, to thank you for sticking with De La over so many years. We never take any of you for granted, and because of this, we’ve got some big news for you that we want you to have first. It’s the biggest news we’ve had in about 11 years.
This FALL…we’re releasing A BRAND, NEW ALBUM entitled “and the Anonymous Nobody” our first studio release since *The Grind Date* in 2004.
The Anonymous Nobody: that everyday individual who one day, when least expected, stands up and faces the challenger. He/she refuses to accept… They defy in the hopes of rebirth, growth, and change. They’re the ones who smirk at accolades and take the blow in exchange for the comfort of others. We are those nobodies. We want change from our industries past… labels and lawyers, shackles that kept us bound, at times unable to express our total creative voice. So we stand… bravely trying something new, facing that challenge, fighting for change, fighting against the sample police and fighting for our (and hopefully yours too) continued freedom.
We’ve been in the studio, at the mixing boards, working with incredible musicians, producers, and GUEST ARTISTS, making an amazing album. Even more, we’ve been using an incredible new process to do it: one that’s even blown our OWN minds!
To say that we’re amped and excited would be an understatement: We. Cannot. Wait. to share this album with you.SO, HERE’S THE PLAN, AND WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO…**TODAY**:

The album is available, RIGHT NOW, for pre-sale at $15 (digital) and $25 (CD copy) on Kickstarter.

If you don’t know, Kickstarter is an online platform that helps people to raise funds for creative projects. In return for donations, people get cool stuff!

We need you to go to Kickstarter TODAY and create a stampede. We need you to be among the first to pre-order the album, and to pledge support. We’ve got great gifts as rewards when you do this, so check ’em out and pledge!

Here’s how it goes:

If you want the album in vinyl, CD, or digital, when it comes out this fall, click on the link below to go to our Kickstarter page and find out about our project


If you’ve never used Kickstarter, or never registered for it—don’t worry: it just takes a second to sign up and order.

Pre-buy the album TODAY!



Love, Peace, & Soul,

Interview w/ MC Tree for Brooklyn Radio | Chicago | GKXRS #002

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Whats good my people’s.  Good look for checking out the site and welcome to The Brooklyn Sound Xchange.  An artistic extension of GiKu Music.

It’s been a minute, yes indeedy a minute.  Was in a very deep place with the music process and have resurfaced with a more mature creative mind.  Be on the look out for weekly releases.

With all that, let me get into the goods.  Recently I vibed wit Chicago’s MC Tree G (aka Tree) for Brooklyn Radio and yo, I love finding dope music naturally.

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Even though he’s been out for a minute, I had no idea how diverse his sound was and where he stood as an artist.

After hearing maybe 16 secs of his verse on the Ghostface and BadBadNotGood track “Street Knowledge”, I knew dude was gonna be ill.  I couldn’t wait to have an xchange and learn more.

It’s like this… every artist is different in that they are motivated and inspired by different shxt. For many its money, fame, sex and other obvious materialistic perks.  While others agendas vary.

It may be socially motivated, politically, racially whateva… there’s always something that would make a good talking point.  What this his story will be, was yet to be known.

After speaking, it became clear that once more ears caught wind to his production skills and dexterity on the mic, the industry hidden secret will be out the bag.  With the new release of the album Trap Genius, it’s surely his time to shine even brighter.

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MC Tree Trap Genius | GKXRS Brooklyn

And world, i’m telling you now that the secretTree could be the next best thing to come out of Chicago since Kanye.  Time will tell if my foresight is correct, but many would agree.

Peep our Xchange on the first installment on Brooklyn Radio, I don’t want to spoil the fun.

Listen:  http://brooklynradio.com/gkxrs-002-dj-gibril-kuyateh/


ig: @mrkuyateh_brooklyn