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7 Questions With: Kaytradamus Celestic

Recently, I posted a remix for one of my favorite Janet Jackson jams of all time that was, in my opinion, quite fresh. Upon doing my research on the producer I was interested to find a young, unsigned, talent currently residing in Montreal. For Kevin Celestin aka Kaytradamus Celestic aka DJ KC, music has always been a major facet of life and now his skill and passion for making beats is gaining him a growing fanbase and plenty respect. I made contact and asked for permission to pick his brain. He agreed and what follows is the result of my curiousity and his willingness to share. So take a second and get to know Kaytradamus……….

HBBNG: You credit your father with being the catalyst for your pursuit of music, what kind of musician was your pops and in what way did he make the biggest impact on your musical philosophy?

 KC: He used to make Haitian music which I wasn’t interested back then…but I remember my dad was always playing some Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and many more on tapes, CD’s and Vinyls (my favorites) during my childhood. But it was kind a different when he was playing Bob Marley. This is an artist that I was so attached [to] he was my idol back at 5 years old. I wish I had more time with my dad, to just relax, chill and play music.

HBBNG: What’s the mission of your art, what do you hope to accomplish with your craft?

 KC: I hope that it’s exactly like I wish it was. I wish I could not only make music, but make dope photography & album covers. The world needs my creativity and enjoy it.

 HBBNG: In your interview with Fashion Life Crew you mentioned that hearing Dilla’s handy work on the Tribe classic Find A Way was a turning point for you in the way you approached beat making. What was it about that particular beat that struck you and further more what was it about J Dilla’s music that connected you so strongly to it?

 KC: Back then when I didn’t know Dilla, it was rare for me to listen to some dope ass beats like his. ‘Find A Way’ made me discover how dope he was. I had to do  research , I didn’t know he was the one that made beats [for] the illest rappers and singers between the late-90’s and the 2000’s.

 HBBNG: Please finish the sentence: When I was driving home I saw the lights of the Goodyear blimp and it said Kaytradamus ?

KC: highly anticipated album is in stores now! Cop That SHIT! XD

 HBBNG: What’s the underground scene in Montreal like right about now?

KC: Well the underground scene in Montreal is for the French rappers and I don’t listen to French rap (in Montreal). I gotta admit that lyrics matter over here but im not really paying attention to the underground in Montreal. It’s hard to find somebody that listens to the same artists like me.

 HBBNG: I know that you’re currently unsigned. Would you rather be scooped up by a label or do you want to continue grinding independently? Given the impact of the internet in promoting and marketing music do you feel that being signed to a label is still necessary for substantial success?

 KC: I just wish I could get signed one day, it is one of my biggest dreams but if I get signed and I want  substantial success like you said,  you have to do a catchy song that a lot of people would like & I don’t know  if promoting will help.

 HBBNG: What’s next for you and your crew God Monsters/Celestics? Where are you trying to take your sound in 2010 and beyond?

 KC: We’re gonna try to drop a mixtape this year, if everything goes as planned. My brother (Louie P.) is recording tracks. We’re gonna release singles from the mixtape on our youtube account (youtube.com/gmcelestics) and yeah…be on the lookout for the mixtape.

some remixes from his youtube channel

check for Kaytradamus on myspace, facebook, and twitter



Beats by Kaytradamus Celestic

Kaytradamus Celestic aka DJ KC is a hip hop/elctro/soul producer currently residing in Canada. Dude makes crazy beats and is currently not signed to any labels, indie or major. This remix for one of my favorite jams of all time is terminal. Certified dancefloor jumpoff……………



AT ANY PRICE, KEEP MY POCKETS RIGHT……

I was cruising Hip Hop DX this evening when I spotted a story about west coast legend Ras Kass that gave me reason to pause and suspend myself in rigorous contemplation. You can read it for yourself here, but if you’re too lazy to click and just want the annotated version, Kass is hoping  to raise the funds to produce his next CD. $ 3,800 to be exact and he would like to do that in the 60 days. Hmmmmm, very interesting. Essentially, Rass Kass is asking his fans for the monetary support which cover the manufacturing costs of his next album. A couple of spectators have been calling fouls but to be fair, this is a pretty clever concept.  Donator’s recieve special incentives depending on the amount of purchase, like a hard copy of the album once it’s completed, or free admission into any Ras Kass concert for the rest of 2010. I didn’t know this until recently but his last album was able to reach listeners by these very same methods so I guess his fans don’t mind giving up a couple of bills for their favorite rapper. Now I can’t say this doesn’t make me want to SMH just a little bit, but my disagreeance is tempered by the fact that it’s a dirty game out there and you’ve got to get it how you live. There is apparently an entire movement dedicated to ” …the plight of the endangered lyricist…” That’s really real. It’s a sad truth that  the ones who won’t sell out to the almighty dollar, the ones who see comprising their artistic integrity for profit as a no-no, and the ones with exceptional talent are all too often left out of the blinding lights of pop culture fame and fortune. However, these are exactly the same ones who are among the richest of us all, dollars and cents not withstanding. Fans have already pledged $896 dollars, about 24%, and it’s only the first day. Now that’s love….until something new drops, enjoy a throwback on me……..

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Tat game proper: Fahrani Empel

Beautiful model. Serious tats.

Photos jacked from Rebeldnce (they got dope clothes too). Props to Lichiban for turning me on to the site.



Photog Love: Nia Mora

It is no surprise that Nia Mora, the grandaughter of Francisco and Elizabeth Calett Mora , is talented. Artistry runs freely and generously through the whole of her family tree. Her father and mother are accomplished musicians and her sisters include Sweetie front woman Ife and model/actress/singer and identical twin Naima,former winner of America’s Next Top Model.  In this series of photographs Nia states that her focus is “….to explore the inner workings of the human imagination, the subconcious, and dreaming states of mind……I had an overwhelming sense in my own life that reality is not what it seems to be and everybody percieves it differently.” Given the fact that she is an identical twin, its not farreaching to assume that her perception of reality is uncommon, her situation is rare. Only one third of twins born in the United States are monozygotic, identical. Having an identical twin could be likened in some ways to an out of body experience. Twins have the unique of observing their physical likeness in ways that most people will never, unless they are having an out of body experience by which they can survey themselves as an impartial observer. With that being said Mora’s perception of reality is tinged with a certain disorientation, a subtle hallmark in the images presented in this set. It is her unique sense of perception and her manipulation of the perception of  her audience that is the most striking thing about her work. Each image jarrs the senses with the conflict between the imagination of the artist and limits of the viewer adding  a layer of tense excitement to the viewing experience. The narrative becomes loose and pliable like the dreaming state of mind Nia refers to in her mission statement. Each frame registers as provocative and unsettling. There is something not quite not right about her imagery yet there is something within it that compels the viewer to look deeper and make peace with the fact that they could get lost.  Double images are an expected component in most of her imagery and there is a strong sense of visual and emotional juxtaposition that lends to the sense of disorientation that confronts the viewer. For example there is an eroticism in the bathtub image that sharply contrasts with the fact that the image is of sisters, or is a digital manipulation of one woman. The image of the woman in blue with her head sticking out of what appears to be a plastic sheet is both morbid and calming as blue is the color of  tranquility and is oddly enough the color of flesh that is derived of oxygen. She looks at once like a drowning victim or some etherel creature poking her head out of a portal to another dimension.  Just like in our dreams, Mora has presented us with images that blur the edges that seperate fantasy from reality and invites her viewer to define those boundaries for themselves.



DAAAAAAMN WALE!
January 25, 2010, 1:07 am
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I absolutely love, love, LOVE the blogs Wale posts for Honey Magazine. I know beneath their hard exteriors and playboy attitudes most men mask hearts of gold , but I am completely blown away by the depth, honesty, and eloquence with which Wale reflects on love, sex, and everything in between. I tip my hat brotha. And I quote……

“Women, how many men have you met who surround themselves around so many women, they wouldn’t be able to distinguish “the one” if she were right under his nose? I propose the same question to the dudes: Have you ever courted someone and did everything in your power to make her “open her eyes” (Bobby Caldwell x Common)? Yet she still wants to be in the club every other day or she tells you she doesn’t want commitment. That is her trying not to be vulnerable. That is the proverbial wall that can’t be penetrated because even the briefest daydream of #thatthing will send her into shock. #thatthing has the staring role in life’s movie. A nigga may have never experienced #thatthing, but his mother/father/sister/brother/teammates’ experiences may have been enough to instill the fear………”

The hip hop Dr. Ruth perhaps, or maybe the male Alexyss Taylor?



7 questions with: The Emcee Al N. York

 

It’s been a minute since I’ve been on my blogging. I apologize for the intermission but a girl’s gotta pay the bills you know? The first inteview I did on this site was with a young lyricist out of Florida who goes by the name of Al N. York. He dropped another mixtape the beginning of this month and hit me up with the hopes that I’d post it. I obliged, of course, because the kid’s got talent. He can spit, but he’s also got something to say. It is the balance of lyrical prowess, musical intelligence, substance,and relatability that is most alluring about Mr. York and will endear him to those who love hip hop and respect it as an artform not just a way to get “on”. His new mixtape “The Commercial” does not dissapoint. From the melodic title track in which he lays claim to 2010 being his year to break the glass ceiling to the infectious bounce-worthy “Limelight” which loops a young Biggie proclaiming “…now I’m in the limelight ’cause I rhyme tight” flawlessly into the hook York brings you into his world , the world of a young rapper who is hungry, ambitious and ready. There are a few slight bumps in the road as York slightly dims when in attack mode. Chest puffed and trash talking York still shines, yet his lyricism takes a back seat to his machismo. In my opinion York is at his glowing best when he allows his poetic soul to merge with his sharp tongue, trading quick jabs for round house kicks, allowing his skill to become his greatest force. The verdict: a nice addition to your mixtape collection, plus when he blows up you’ll be able to say “I don’t know bout yall but I been up on him since he dropped……”

HBBNG:  Since we last spoke have there been any big developments that have taken place concerning your music? Have you found yourself garnering more attention in your city since the release of your last mixtape Homeless Millionaire? Have you found more people associated with the entertainment industry checking for you?

AL N YORK: Yes, I have been making a transition from the underground to being known to a lot of the major players in the city. I actually saw one of the biggest promoters in the state who is based in Orlando named Mercedes Streets, she was in a Ace Hood Promo van, I pretty much stalked her.. had her pull over, and handed her the mixtape. Later that week she expressed how much she enjoyed the mixtape. A lot of similar stories, and I feel w/ the release of this new project.. It will elevate a new level.

HBBNG:  How have you matured as an artist in the past 9 months?

AL N YORK: As an artist I always wanna mature. I know for a fact Homeless Millionaire wasn’t for everyone, you’ ll see now the songs are more [well] rounded, and lyrically I always feel I have to improve, plus with me working on more original material I have to perfect my song making abilities, and always strive to improve.

HBBNG: What’s the signifigance of the title The Commercial?

 AL N YORK: The significance is tha length, a commercial is just an interlude or a prequel to the actual show. The commcercial  is only 9 songs, and just like something midway thru my underground career. I think that though its short, its my best project to date. So the commercial is kinda like, ok this is just an interlude in my career, but a strong one.

HBBNG: Artistically, what was your frame of mind with this new EP? What were some of the main influences and inspirations, whether they be situations, emotions etc, behind the creation this new project?

 AL N YORK: Well, urgency.. I dropped ‘Homeless millionaire’ in Jan 2009, it did what it was supposed to do, plus as an artist I knew the sound quality had to be improved cause the people who are in a bigger position to help me, are not gonna accept half ass recording and mixing. So about the beginning of  December I said ‘its time for something new’ started writing the project the 1st week of  December,  finished in 3 weeks, and im super happy [about] the outcome. My mindset, was to just get back out there, new energy for the new year, im still here, and im better than ever.

HBBNG: Who are some artists you’re feeling right now that reinforce your love for hip hop?

AL N YORK: Im surprised I loved Kid Cuddi’s album so much, it was incredible. Wale’s album was dope. 50 cent still being hungry after being so succesfull financially, even though the album didn’t sell, the art was there. Lupe’s new mixtape is amazing. J cole, who wasn’t big when we first spoke, that mixtape is very homeless millionaireish, we have the same steelo.  And a lot of people from my city doin it big are inspiring me not to fall in the back of the pack..

HBBNG:  Let’s say you have a magic Blackberry which has the contact information for everyone in the entertainment industry from rappers to singers to producers to record execs but you can only make one call. Who would it be and why?

AL N YORK: Im making that call to Jay-Z, from that call, you would be able to get in contact with anyone else. Knowin Jay gives an automatic buzz and people will listen off the strength of that co sign.

HBBNG: Finish the sentence: 2010 is my year to?

AL N YORK: My year to quit these 9-5s and make money doin what I love

Download The Commercial

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