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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.

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 

Free Download: Donny Hathaway – A Song For You Remix prod by Mr Kuyateh

 

Valentines Day is 3 Days Away

Donny was on my mind after I did the Jay Z flip (*see below*)…

 

I was thinking this would be a dope dance track, lol, my usual thought.  But what direction and how it would go was completely up to fate.  At first I arranged the whole track and then chopped it up into pieces to rock with.

There were a few different versions that were ok, but the final was it yet it was missing something.  It did’t tell the story of Love and it’s struggles, it was simply a dope lil dance flip.

So as luck would prevail, I played the whole track which was already on a layer but not vocally stretched to match the beat.  “That’s official!”, I thought.  “lemme just stretch the track out manually (aka mad time consuming smh) and see what I have or if it end’s up being too much work for the moment.

I tried my best to just zone out and enjoy the slow flow.  Thinking about it is counter productive and make any production task mad tedious and annoying.

Fast Forward a few hours and a few days of mixing it up properly for public listening and you have the track above.

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Soundcloud be tripping and shxt but I think they enabled the ability to download my tracks now.  Try it out and see if ya can, if not lemme know… bless up!  – Mr Kuyateh | Brooklyn

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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)

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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.