New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain (Mr Kuyateh 90’s Brooklyn Remix)

 

I’m an 80’s baby at heart and 90’s Slow Jams representative.  Haven’t had much time to create and had to vent through music recently.

With all the talk about the New Edition BET Movie, I figured it was time to flip an oldschool classic.  I had this on plenty slow jam tapes back in the day.  If ya know what I mean, just smile and continue reading.

This flip was subtle and maintained it general smooth flow, but with a driven Hip Hop vibe.  I have a version with lyrics spitting over em, but for now enjoy this.

“Make lots of freaky and uninhibited love, not war… – Mr Kuyateh | Brooklyn African

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

 

Video: Alicia Keys – In Common (GIBRIL REMIX) + FREE DL

So I been in my creative feelings this week and just finished creating this video for the remix… enjoy! – Gibril

Alicia Keys – In Common | Brooklyn Deep House Remix

2015 Essence Street Style Block Party | THE BROOKLYN WORD TV

Little Red Corvette Remix by Gibril | Day 1 of 14 Days (Limited Free Download)

 

New Video:”Psalms” ft. Loren Oden by Adrian Younge

So, I was up on Adrian then I fell off (got distracted and forgot to check his album out). Then I wanted to shoot him while he was NYC performing at some event (forget what it was) but was denied when I reached out his label Linear Labs  who put me in contact with their publicist Yash Zadeh at BIZ3 (I apparently wasn’t big enough lol, pricks get on my nerves, but that’s the business no hate).

Ironically, he was spinning at our Soul In The Horn party (hottest Friday night party in NYC) the following night and I was able to film him in my home.  Gotta love serendipity…

My intentions are always good and I’m about the artist, but regardless, some people prefer fucking wit the big boy media music sites (even though I’ve written for them and stopped to be more independently free with my no filtered mouth, they are blood suckers and so not real lol, more on that lata).

Now today, I got an email from Linear Labs with links to the new video.  I was hoping a promo was up in there, but nah.  I was about to delete it when something said, just check it out.  I mean I’m still in my writing mood, it may be dope.

Glad I did, the sound immediately was a banger.  You could hear elements/sounds and rhythmic patterns that has a similar energy to his most successful sampled placement on Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby“.  It gritty, funky soul that resonates with any hip hop head immediately.

Every time the tracks gets quiet and Loren Oden comes in, it’s like the heavenly moment where angels appear and light transcends from above, so dope.  He does everything right as always, I haven’t heard everything yet but I also haven’t heard a track that I couldn’t fuck with.  They are not necessarily club/party bangers unless they are music enthusiast and understand the non-traditional (by todays standards) sound flow.  But it’s a must for those that love dope rhythms, live musicians, real musicianship and a beautifully constructed orchestration.

Loren’s voice is mad dope, I need to look more into this brother.

It was sampled from “Sirens” produced by Adrian Younge

Peep “Sirens II” ft. Bilal and Adrian performing at Brownswood with one of my heroes Gilles Peterson (super respected music tastemaker and influencer).  Ali Shaheed Muhammad is missing though he produced it with Adrian.

You can never go wrong with Bilal, his mental is super natural.  That’s all I can say, one of the dopest musicians out there.  Keep vibrating B.

With that, you can check the album out here which I’m doing, but I do want a physical copy for the collection of not just this, but all his albums.  His multi-instrumental abilities and ear for the subtlties are quite beautiful and a rare skill.  You also got to give him props on the videos and artwork direction.  I’m not sure how much credit to give him or if it’s a separate that does it.  Either way he approves everything, plus i’m sure he is mad hands with art direction, given Adrian’s meticulous nature with production/arrangement/musicians/composing.

Peep the full album…

 

He seems like he’s a chill dude and we both have an affinity for vintage and classy Polo/Ralph Lauren (BK Polohead here since 93).  Another reason to support, real Lo Heads stick together, even though he’s not about that Lo-Life Loyalty, he’s about that Lo life.

Props to this dope brother again, you’ll catch a review soon… Maybe once I get the albums. Salute! – written by Gibril Kuyateh Instagram

DANCING WITH MY DAUGHTER…

 

One night, my daughter and I were chilling.  When the perfect idea came up!

Let’s have a “Just Dance Challenge”.  Now I’m not gonna front, i’m an old man in the dancing game.  I just don’t move like I used to, it is what it is, regardless this little challenge was actually inspiring.

It was pretty dope to see my daughter naturally pick up the love for dance.  Now as a parents, we hint and make it extremely accessible to her (since she was born), yet allowed her to explore it on her own.  I’m proud to say that she loves to dance and is self motivated.

I already knew it would happen, when was the answer that I didn’t know.  Now that I see her little body absorbing movement like a sponge, I will dance more around her and teach her my philosophical beliefs on movement.

I want her to understand the limitless possibilities of expression with the body.  How to push past her boundaries and develop a sense of self with her movements.  This is gonna be fun and something that I’ve always dreamed of.  I didn’t have a son to teach it to, but she’s more than enough and way tougher.  She’s perfect and will know the secret art of The Kuyateh dance!

So FYI, i’m seeing these dances for the first time and they show up mad quick.  No excuses either way, she beat me.

2015 Essence Street Style Block Party | THE BROOKLYN WORD TV

The Summer of 2015 was ‘Poppin’ in Brooklyn.  Concerts, parties, performances and so much more was jumping off practically everyday.  The last big event that occurred, was the Essence Street Style Block Party.  It was a beautiful day of fashion forward rooted spirits and families enjoying city life, music and ethnic culture.

Enjoy the video mix, photos and more clips will be uploaded over the weekend.

 ‘We Are Family’ (Brooklyn Remix | Gibril Kuyateh)

Soundcloud: @gikumusic

THE TRAGIC FREDRO STARR VS KEITH MURRAY BATTLE FINALLY WENT DOWN

The past Sunday at Milk River (coincidentally in my hood) the much talked about battle between FREDRO STARR & KEITH MURRAY went down.

I been hearing about this joint for a minute but thought it was just talk.  You know, get people hyped for nothing. Off the strength, I figured Keith would win if he stuck to his style. I peeped a few recent sounds to see what the flow was sounding like.

Though it was different from what it used to be, with the battle as a focus and studio time to practice, his lyrical content and dexterity was bound to win right???

Don’t get me wrong, I always liked Onyx and Fredro’s grit. He wasn’t lyrically gifted in terms of spitting shit that made you think “he got bars”, you fucked with Fredro and crew because they got you hyped and ready for war.

But it’s been a minute and I haven’t heard much on the underground scene that popped like that, so who know’s.

Let’s get to this battle.

Round 1 goes to Fredro:

Keith started off shaky taking the mic instead of allowing a coin toss, if i had cake on this I’d be mad. He was showing signs of recklessness. Was he drinking, smoking, something deeper. Shit I don’t, but he wasn’t at his ‘Most Beautifullest’. The delivery, mess ups, repeats… I felt bad for him.

He seemed like he needed help, the awkward transition of him putting on a deadlock wig and rhyming like KRS was difficult to watch.  I pressed pause for a minute to think, do I want to finish and diminish my childhood memories of one of the flyest sounding emcee’s…

I continued and it didn’t get better… sad day for hip hop fans.

Fredro on the other hand, came out with the energy that he’s known for easily and instantly creating the first crucial blows of the evening.  His bars were ok but not on the level of most average battle rappers.  I get that they do that everyday, practice/battle so I’m not holding it against him, just pointing out the obvious.

If Keith was on point or at least somewhat sober, he could have easily won that round.  Another awkward moment was the adding a beat to the match.  Thats cool if it just flows according to the DJ’s discretion, but it was starting and stopping.  The first beat was mad wack and that didn’t help one bit.  Regardless, Fredro caught that body in the first round.

Round 2 goes to Fredro:

Things got lightly heated, some pushing, a few refs getting caught in the action.  Keith, went back at Fredro with a little too much passion which didn’t translate well over the mic.  The rhymes were not well thought out and rudimentary.  He had a few light jabs but that was it.

Fredro pretty much won this pretty clean, getting on him being a dust head.  Damn, is that what’s going on?  Shit, I don’t know but damn… Keith could have had a new career if he was on point.  Even if he loss, but that’s not what happened.

Keith’s lyrics is sounding a little clearer though, a little bit more decipherable.  It’s like he’s slowly realizing that he’s being bodied and has to start fighting.  He takes the mic from Fredro and the ref’s have to ease things down a bit.

Fredro points out that Keith Murray is lying when he said he beat Tupac’s ass (and I thought it was a closeted truth). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DdR2UBYnFY But now that I think about it, that slur filled interview did seem a little suspect hmmm.  More crackhead jabs drop from Mr Starr followed by Keith forgetting lyrics or something even Fredro trying to tell him to come on, say some shit but in a helpful way.

This is the point where you never want to be.  I know it took some of the steam out of Fredro, cause you want to hate the person your battling.  But when they don’t seem all there, you feel bad which weakens ya shit quite a bit, in regards to the intensity.

Round 3 goes to Fredro:

Keith at this point is sounding at his best for the night.  This is how he should have started, well sorta.  The old flow was sorta there, but the bars was out dated and sloppily delivered.

Fredro returned with a well delivered flow upper cutting Keith for the knockout when he had the but silenced.  This is exactly what should have happened since the beginning, no beat battle.    Keith returned with a follow up that was even more like his older style.  Not having a beat allowed him to get the verses out at his pace, though it was to late….

Congratulations for both artist for actually doing it.  It wasn’t some overhyped celebrity match, it was mad hoodie and organic.  I wish the best for both and congrats to Fredro.

We are the THE BROOKLYN WORD… unfiltered authentic realness, if we not connected to it, then we speak it!

UPDATE: Of course after it all went down, the hip hop community expressed their opinions on the battle.  They pretty much didn’t hold back, pretty much calling Keith ‘washed up’.  Now, if you read my recap I kept that shxt 100 and true to the core.

I personally thought Keith was on drugs and just didn’t care enough to handle the battle seriously.  When I think of Keith Murray, I think of one of the flyest emcees on the mic that was a real spitter.  I never heard him do wrong for the most part, so I was mad disappointed when having to witness Keith (an emcee that I thought would demolish most of these new artist and battle rappers) actually appearing sub par.  It was a mind fuxk and tough to come to grips with.

Vladtv did a few pieces following up with Keith Murray and Murder Mook.  Check for yourself and share your thoughts.  I appreciated Keith for standing up and owning his fault.  He said it was prescription drugs/medicine plus alcohol that contributed to his loss.  Who knows what happened, I was just glad to see him more level headed and he expressed his self well.  That gave me hope that maybe there will be a come back, it sounds like it. Team Murray all the way, but trust mad respect to Fredro and his accomplishments which are admirable, good dude right there.