The following freestyles represent pretty much represent the majority of styles that one could emulate in Rap. Mastering or at least being aware of each of these is the beginning of being the best as a lyricist.
Freestyles by Nas, Erule, Biggie, Tupac, Big L, Redman, Shyheim, Missy, Busta, Rapsody, The Fugees, Jean Grae, Kurupt, Eminem, Jay Z, Jaz O + more.
Happy Belated Birthday Phonte from The Brooklyn Word. Tigallo has been in my top 5’s for quite sometime now. He’s a beast with the wordplay, clever and quick wit it and can do his own background singing in between. Fuxk outta here telling me any different…
A couple of years ago, I pitched a collaborative social media concept to Fusicology and OkayPlayer for the purpose of gaining interest for Foreign Exchange 2013 Brooklyn stop of the tour. It included contest and email signups and yada yada yada.
For whatever reason, Okay Player fell through so I kicked it off with Fusicology + my long standing collaborative partners at Brooklyn Radio. The idea was to create a show around an interview.
Personally, I enjoy hearing interviews because I learn various sides to the business, performing, producing and such. The hard part is that I also have to be the bad guy and cut out sounds that don’t work or don’t work as well. Only way it would work is if I built the show and the conversation and thats what I did. I didn’t want to cut out shxt, after all, they are one of my favorite groups to listen to.
So there it is, hit Phonte up on the gram or twitter and salute the brother!
Dj Gibril Kuyateh and his show The GKXRS is coming to an end. It always had a way of popping up with banging tracks from all genres and disappearing leaving mouths watering for more, but never did it end completely. The out of the box creative direction is what made it so appealing. Gibril (aka GiKu’s) smooth blending and connection to music impresses the ear naturally.
Whether it’s hearing him express his self in that honest and blunt way that Brooklyn natives do or hitting us in the head with original production, remixing an entire hour+ show or playing instruments with his mixes… each show was an ‘experience’ in itself.
Learn more about his next creative audio and visual project “The Brooklyn Word TV/RADIO“, coming to Brooklyn Radio soon!
In the mix: Mobb Deep, Tracy Lee, Phonte, Chris Crack and the New Deal Crew, MC Tree, Jigmastas, Joey Badass, Jainene Veda, Busta Rhymes, Cru, Monica Blaire, Offering Recordings, Biggie and many more…
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…
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.
And world, i’m telling you now that the secret… Tree 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.