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
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.
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
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
The original version of “Over” (see above video), is one of those delicious tracks that I could listen to all day.
It was featured on her Album “Godchild” in 2009 and had quite a few bangers. Salute Daz-I-Kue (Bugz in the Attic) for assisting in her musical growth. His musical spirit and attention to sound details is a tribute the fine musicians that were apart of the albums inception.
Now that I think about it, when I saw her at SOB’s awhile back she was with Daz and I believe Mark de Clive Lowe. That same night I fell in love with the ease in which notes fluttered from out of her.
I voice stalked for awhile aka checked other material and followed on Facebook/Twitter. My love of beautiful voices often leaves me in this predicament. I know that out of respect for the art and knowing that i’ll be supporting in the future some how, the trail is like a mental Stickie.
Now let’s get back to “Over”. The approach to process her voice was brilliant. The Daft Punk filter/tuning effect, whether her’s or producer decision, enhanced the potency and story effect of the words.
I know her live voice first hand. Of course the processing wasn’t needed to improve her vocals like other musicians that need that “musical crutch“. It was an experiential improvement. That end result is a beautiful piece of sound that will be eternally vibrating in Universal Space.
Joy Jones’s voice reminds me of a soulful Disney experience, wtf right. It makes sense though think a jazzier Minnie Ripperton, down one register and there you have it.
I swear I feel like I see butterflies and shxt. It’s just so sweet and composed of good energy, I guess that’s what happens when one’s internal spirit is projected sonically.
With that I say, enjoy my remix/edit which is a sexy in the club rhythm. I wanted to keep the vocals in front and have a subtle thump to enhance Joy’s words. The build is smooth and not over powering. Dancing to it can get real sexy when with a partner. If solo, it’s a dope track to get in a zone to… trust this dancer!
It was around 9am and I peep a story about a young woman named Korryn Gaines who was killed in Baltimore by a SWAT team. Her son was also hit in the chest and all this as a result of a warrant for unpaid tickets.
What was extremely compelling about the situation was that she was live streaming (or recording) the SWAT raid. After she was killed, her public posting of the videos and her social media accounts were deleted. It’s highly suspected that the Baltimore Police dept. did that to keep the national spotlight away from them.
The entire story is not only compelling but touched me deeply. A black child and young woman were shot for ticket infractions. Her confrontational and militant attitude reminds me of me when confronted by the Police. I might be a little smoother than her, but I can recall actions that if I did now, is likely to get me shot.
Korryn Gaine’s remind me of sisters/cousins/friends, she’s feisty and has a low tolerance for the brutality of our people, particularly Police. I get it, as many in the real hood (aka home) would. Today it’s still on the news, tomorrow, it’s in our homes and the following day us on the ground.
Think about that for a minute….
I couldn’t get it out of my head and as i’m reading about her, the “Over” remix is playing. Ironically, the words were almost playing out to the video I was watching. At that moment, I knew what I would do… create a promo video to create awareness of Korryn’s death.
Well all I can do is use my creative voice to take responsibility for social issue that effect my culture. I know that if left up to the few media outlets that control the airwaves, our cultures message would be lost in confusing truths and interpretations. Facts would be left out, things would be altered and the overall history be deleted like a Facebook post or Tweet.
We are living in a new age, the awakening is here… with that I made this video and plan on extending it. Archiving my own truths to teach without outside influence.
Bless up my peoples and keep that 3rd open! Salute
Rest in Love Korryn | Soldier
– Mr. Kuyateh | Always African
Proud Freetown, Sierra Leone Mandingo Man
After a session with my man SnowBklyn and the Groove Room , I came home to rock on the my personal decks. I had a few technical difficulties that were light but it’s my fault. I should have gotten to Snow’s spot earlier to test his deck and see what’s up.
With that, I had to come home and rock with what I’m comfortable with. I didnt have the CDJ’s connected yet but that will come in due time. For now I’m rocking on the Pioneer DDJ-SX, my second favorite choice of rocking… I love CDJ’s.
Enjoy the first set as I test sound out and the whole FB Live process…
Press play, let that shxt rock and enjoy the session… It’s not much to watch for an hour, it’s more listening and vibing. So do that! – Mr. Kuyateh
P. S. for the heads I had to rock a classic Lo-Piece… u already Lo!!
Around 5am I couldn’t sleep, fuxking Monster drinks are my life. It’s not until I start thinking, “shouldn’t I be tired, oh yea I head an energy drink”… smh
I was thinking about OG Prance-Lo’s Birthday party on Sunday (later in the day). I know I want to bring the camera, but I’m feeling a remix. Prance-Lo is an original Lo-Life’s member, dancer, father and official street soul that’s respected everywhere he goes. His dedication to the art of the culture cannot be tested.
Prance-Lo has represented and more not only in the states but Worldwide. In particular, his impact and image has been embraced by the Japanese culture with open arms. It’s Prance’s personality and loyalty that single’s out this Flatbush native.
I first hand have seen and experienced the heart of this enigmatic soul.
Every year around this time, I think about how he inspired me to grow my Locs, rock Lo (POLO) and kick up my dancing skills. For that, I’ll be eternally grateful.
With that I hope you enjoy this light remix, I didn’t have the time to go all deep and really get creative but the light subtleties were just as time consuming in creation. Bless up !! – Mr. Kuyateh 2L’s 4Life