Cape’a’Donna Interview

10 Nov

I recently caught up with Cape’a’donna himself and asked him to share a little something about himself for all our blog readers. He has been working really hard in the studio for his next) mix tape (currently untitled)

Q: So who is CapeaDonna ?

A: CapeaDonna, I think is a troubled artist. I see myself as more of a story a rapper. Yes, a poet at large and definitely a perfectionist .

 

Q: What is your drive?

A: I am a pure artist who is not concerned about fame and money but just the respect. I adore the priceless feeling of reaching a person. . . .anybody who’s been in a dark place before.

 

Q: Who is your Idol?

A: Definitely Eminem. Marshall Mathers is the greatest story teller and writer of our time -, I really pay respect to him.

He grabbed my attention when I was growing up and is part of the inspiration behind what you hear today. I still stick to my own unique style & relevance but we possess the same love for words… Yea we make love to them.

 

Q: Describe your life?

A Cape”a”donna has had a really hard life – but it has made him strong – and fierce spiritually and will keep flameing from the mouth till they love it and hate it – at the end of the day – he does not give a poes

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EMINEM leads with 5 nominations for American Music Awards

13 Oct

This year’s American Music Awards will air on Nov. 21 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The award committee announced the nominees on Tuesday, with a list covering popular artists in each music genre.

Favorite Male Artist (Pop or Rock)
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Usher

Favorite Female Artist (Pop or Rock)
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo, or Group (Pop or Rock)
The Black Eyed Peas
Lady Antebellum
Train

Favorite Album (Pop or Rock)
Justin Bieber/My World 2.0
Eminem/Recovery
Katy Perry/Teenage Dream

Favorite Male Artist (Rap/Hip Hop)

B.o.B.
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album (Rap/Hip Hop)

B.o.B./ The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Drake/Thank Me Later
Eminem/Recovery

Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B)

Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher

Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B)
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Sade

Favorite Album (Soul/R&B)

Alicia Keys/The Element of Freedom
Sade/Soldier of Love
Usher/Raymond v. Raymond

Artist of the Year
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

 

Favorite Male Artist (Pop or Rock)
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Usher

Favorite Female Artist (Pop or Rock)
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo, or Group (Pop or Rock)
The Black Eyed Peas
Lady Antebellum
Train

Favorite Album (Pop or Rock)
Justin Bieber/My World 2.0
Eminem/Recovery
Katy Perry/Teenage Dream

Favorite Male Artist (Rap/Hip Hop)

B.o.B.
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album (Rap/Hip Hop)

B.o.B./ The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Drake/Thank Me Later
Eminem/Recovery

Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B)

Chris Brown
Trey Songz
Usher

Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B)
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Sade

Favorite Album (Soul/R&B)

Alicia Keys/The Element of Freedom
Sade/Soldier of Love
Usher/Raymond v. Raymond

Artist of the Year
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

DJ Premier in South Africa

9 Oct

DJ Premier is here in Cape Town folks, right under our noses hovering like a towering  Juggernaut over “The Assembly” in Cape Town where he will teaming up with DJ Kenzhero, DJ Ahzul and Illetrate -Skills.

this is undoubtedly going to be an awesome night, for those who follow Kenzhero’s “Party People” would know how big of a crown he attracts alone, now picture an army of hardcore Hip Hop followers who worship this phenomenon called DJ PREMIER?

DJ Premier and Nick Javas meeting up with legendary ex South African president and Nobel Peace winnner Nelson Mandela during their 2 towns tour in Africa. Props to Phat Gary for the picture.

Not Convinced:

Christopher Edward Martin (born March 21, 1966[1] in Houston, Texas), better known by his stage name DJ Premier (also known as Preem, Premo, or Primo for short), is an American record producer and DJ, and was the instrumental half of the hip hop duo Gang Starr, together with the late MC Guru. Born and raised in Houston, he has lived in Brooklyn, New York, for much of his professional career. Rolling Stone magazine identified Premier as arguably Hip Hop’s greatest producer of all time.[2]

The Source magazine named DJ Premier one of the five greatest producers in hip-hop history, while editors from About.com ranked him as #1 in its Top-50 Hip-Hop Producers list.[3]

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[edit] Productions

Premier is known for producing the majority of Gang Starr’s songs as well as many of the Gang Starr Foundation‘s songs as well. Premier has collaborated with MC Jeru the Damaja, and the album The Sun Rises in the East, released in 1994, as well as the 1996 follow-up, Wrath of the Math.[1] Also from the Gang Starr Foundation, Premier produced and supervised Group Home‘s Livin’ Proof; although overlooked at the time of its 1995 release, the album has since come to find similar acclaim.[clarification needed][1] Among others in that are closely tied to the Gang Starr Foundation who have worked with DJ Premier include Afu Ra, Krumb Snatcha, Big Shug, Smiley the Ghetto Child, and NYGz.

[edit] Samples

DJ Premier’s style of production epitomizes the New York sound of his earlier peers. He is known for sampling jazz, funk, and soul artists, as well as sampling an artist’s past work when creating a new track for that same artist. In addition, his encyclopedic memory of hip-hop lyrics allows him to distinctively speak with his hands by scratching in lyrics from several different songs to construct new phrases.[4] Premier’s beats are known for his oft-imitated combinations of short vocal samples, often from multiple artists, to create a chorus. For example, in the chorus of Mos Def’s “Mathematics,” Premier cuts the following in quick succession:

“The Mighty Mos Def” (from Mos Def‘s “Body Rock”),
“It’s simple mathematics” (Fat Joe from Big Pun‘s “John Blaze”),
“Check it out” (Lady of Rage from Snoop Dogg‘s “For All My Niggaz & Bitches”),
“I revolve around science” (from Ghostface Killah‘s verse on Raekwon‘s “Criminology”),
“What are we talking about here” (from the movie Ghostbusters Said by William Atherton’s Character),
“Do your math” (from Erykah Badu‘s “On & On”), and
“One, two, three, four” (from James Brown‘s “Funky Drummer“)

Note, however, that Premier has experimented extensively with atonal samples that are not confined to soul, jazz, and funk. For example, he sampled chopped up seminal electro-acoustic music from the 1960s on the track “Mental Stamina” by Jeru the Damaja.

[edit] Influences

In an interview with XXL Magazine, DJ Premier was asked how his sound evolved, to which he replied, “Marley Marl is my number one inspiration. Jam Master Jay, Mixmaster Ice and UTFO. Grandmaster D and Whodini. DJ Cheese, Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa. Jazzy Jay, even Cut Creator. Seeing them do what they do. It’s black music, it’s black culture, it comes from the ghetto. How can you not relate to ghetto people when that’s the rawest form of blackness? Even though it’s not a good place in regards to the economy and how bad people have it in the neighborhood, the realism’s there, and that’s what we were born out of. So I very much pay respect by doing the same type of music in return.” DJ Premier attended Prairie View A & M University of Texas and may have been influenced by the musical atmosphere at the university.[5]

[edit] Relationships with artists

The early line-up of the Gang Starr Foundation in the mid-’90s included Jeru The Damaja, Group Home, Big Shug and Gang Starr. DJ Premier was fully responsible for the production of Jeru the Damaja‘s first two albums, The Sun Rises in the East and Wrath of the Math. Jeru released three albums since then, with Premier having nothing to do with any of them.[1]

As far as Group Home was concerned, Premier commented, “They don’t respect what fed them,” in a 2003 interview, going on to say that the only reason he produced a track on their second album was because Guru said he would rhyme on it.[6]

Besides the Gang Starr Foundation, Premier is closely affiliated with M.O.P., which he names as one of his all-time favorite groups. The relationship started with the remix of Rugged Neva Smoove in 1994, a single from the group’s first album, which also included the exclusive B-side Downtown Swinga. From then, Premier produced about 1/3 of the songs from each album as well as overseeing and mixing the projects. On M.O.P.’s 2009 released Foundation album, DJ Premier provided only one track, called “What I Wanna B.”

Drake Wants a Romantic ‘Connection’ on ‘I Get Lonely Too’

9 Oct

Remember when Cleveland from “Family Guy” spin-off cartoon “The Cleveland Show” said his wife wanted him to come home and “be tender with her”? Well, that’s what we thought when we heard Drake describe the motivation behind his single “I Get Lonely Too.”

“I’m envious of friends of mine that have great committed relationships,” he told Sway. “When people call home to check on their girl or they say, ‘I’m not going to go out tonight. I’m just going to spend the night with my girl.’ That hits me, man. I just don’t have that.”

This morning, the MC-cum-singer released “I Get Lonely Too,” the first single from his forthcoming R&B mixtape It’s Never Enough slated to drop later this year. At the ripe age of 23, Drake said that he’s had his fun. He’s experienced the rush of nightclubs and strip clubs, but they have become bland.

“And also, I’m not going to be the one to drag my own name through the dirt, so to be with a different woman every night is a terrible decision,” he said, explaining why he resists the temptation to sow his wild oats.

“If I can find a connection with somebody that can understand what goes on in this life — and when I say somebody who understands, I don’t mean a girl that understands that I’m going to be with other girls; I mean just a girl that’s supportive and makes it easy to exist and laugh,” he said. “Laughing is a big thing. Conversation’s got to flow. We got to laugh at the same things.”

Chris Brown from Douche to Deuces

9 Oct

Thank you Chris Brizzy, finally a song that the fellaz can relax to. I personally have had it with all these female artist whining about men and how they don’t need us.

There hasn’t been any songs release by male artist that we could use as our very own anthem. Ironically we have taken an ugly beating from Rihanna and sausage campaign, while I admit that Chris Brown has made his mistakes and was terribly castrated by the media he sure shows some growth in the track.

While Rihanna has diverted her attention to gallivanting with  French female lovers on her very own hit “Te Amo” which sounds very similar to Chris Browns “Deuces”.

Personally I am very excited as there hasn’t been anything I could put on my break up CD’s since Sporty Thievz  ” No Pigeons” the critically acclaimed hit that blew up in the faces of trio TLC , scrub that off  hahaha!

Chris Brown promises fans Deuces will have much more remixes, it already features the likes of Tyga,Drake, Rick Ross, T.I, Andrew 3000,Kanye West, Fabolous

Brizzy announced that the remix to his chart-topping hit “Deuces,” now off his upcoming album “F.A.M.E.,” an accompanying video for the remix will be shot as well and that he is considering including the “Deuces” remix on the album as a bonus track.

 Brown also gave fans a listen to his much-buzzed about song “Calypso,” which may also appear on the forthcoming album. “I feel like it’s a great album. It’s going to show a lot more growth and a lot more fun in music,” he said of the set. “It isn’t going to be as depressing, so to speak.”

MMMH?? Interesting  I hope Capeadonna is going to do his own remix to this track CPT style

Yep!! I even have the free download link for the “Deuce” remix , check out the Video.

Download Drake, Kanye, Rick Ross, Fabo,T.I. Andre 3000 Remix

NAS Checks DEF JAM Bosses!!!

7 Oct

Nas has apparently blasted his major label DEF JAM in a candid letter. We have an exclisive copy of the E-mail which seems to be floating around the internet casuing an uproar amongst Hip Hop devoted followers. Well, I don’t think many of us saw this one coming. Music industry blogger Bob Lefsetz , has released an alleged email that Nas sent to Def Jam execs over their mishandling of his Lost Tapes 2 project. In the email, Nas (supposedly) claims that Def Jam will not count the album of unreleased material in his multi-album recording contract, offered him a mere $200k to promote the album, and trashes their abilities. Nas has not yet confirmed that he wrote the email. (Props to NAS)

“From: Nas
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Subject: PUT MY SHIT OUT!

Peace to all,

With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.

I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation”

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10th Annual StreetCred Exibition

7 Oct

So it was the 10th Annual  Street Cred event in Cape Town on 24 September and it was SICK!

Yes, the air show had nothing on Bboys and Skaters tossing their bodies in the air with colourful display of modern and retro footwair.

We had a couple of local artist on the perfomance line up however I preffered the street battles ,being lured by a wonderful dispay of body movement, I found myself amoungst the likes of South Africa Mutai Champ Reyaan Van der West, Bboy champ ” The Curse”, Graffitti Legends Falko & Mac one and other notible names suck as Ready D, Ill skills and  the Channel O crew.

This event definately went down as one of my top ten events this year, once again the Mother City proved to be the frontline of movement keeping our beloved Hip Hop Culture alive.I managed to witness the developement of the culture and it’s widespread breaking and crossing boundaries.

A big shout out to the people who were involved in making this event happen and to Mitchelle Plain for taking the innitiative to teach their youth the values of Hip Hop and making a tremendous effect to keep them off the streets.

Enjoy the PICS!!!!

Photographer:  Gamiem Jones

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