Archive for July, 2011
The single for Blak Laz’s Tha Madman Memoirs is here!!! For the past year Blak Laz, JQ Lamaj, and I have been working diligently to bring you quality music. The album is set to be released on September 11, 2011. I must say, it truly has been an experience. This is the first project that I am producing and I’ve learned a lot of things along the way that will definitely help me in the future. I feel like my knowledge and experience as a producer is growing rapidly. I’m definitely not where I want to be as a producer, however, the journey getting there has been fun so far. One major thing that this project has taught me is to stop talking, and start doing. I know it sounds cliche, but it has never made that much sense to me like it does now. Nike’s slogan “Just Do It” makes so much sense! I’ve noticed a flaw most people have is that they do not have the courage to start/execute an idea because of the potential failure that is waiting, or not knowing what to do. Either that, or they’re just lazy. I engraved it in my head that failing is inevitable. It is going to happen! The Lakers lose a few games in the season and post-season, but they come out victorious at the end. I’m mad this past NBA season they didn’t, but I digress. The point is, they are going to come in this season and TRY again. A person that talks about doing something, and doesn’t try, has already given up. When I started this project, I didn’t know where, or how far, it would go. I just knew that I wanted to produce an album and put out quality music. Since then, we’ve recored dozens of songs, had photoshoots, videoshoots, been in a legit studio to get the album mix and mastered, met a few well known people along the way, and more. All that stemmed from trying. So, stop talking all that jive and start doing!!! Adjust along the way, and learn on the fly! With that, I’ll leave you the download link to the single of Tha Madman Memoirs. Later days…
Ps. Music Video coming very soon!
Contrary to popular belief, Car-mageddon was a blessing. The freeways were wide open, which made it a breeze to get from one side of town to another! On Saturday, I went to go see “Beats, Rhymes, and Life” at the Arclight in Hollywood. This was a documentary, by Michael Rapaport, about one of the most influential Hip Hop groups of all time. It was about Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed, Phife, and Jarobi, otherwise known as, A Tribe Called Quest. The documentary was very informative and well organized. Michael Rapaport did a great job of showing all aspects of the group. From how the group first met each other, to the formation of Quest, to the success and differences in the group. Everything was covered, and all members from ATCQ was able to share their point of view, which is what I really appreciated. Nothing about the documentary was dull, or one-sided. For everyone that appreciates music, I strongly recommend watching “Beats, Rhymes, and Life”. The Arclight slightly charges more than a regular theater, but the experience is pretty cool. When you buy your tickets from the electronic kiosk, you’re able to pick an assigned seat. They sell alcohol in the theater. Also, before the movie starts, an employee personally introduces the film, which adds to the intimate setting of the Arclight. Anyways, go see the documentary! I guarantee its worth the $13.50. Here’s a few pics:
Artwork throughout the theater
Aside from getting super sunburned this past Holiday weekend, the music video for Blak Laz’s “My City” was finally shot! June gloom was gone and the sun was shining bright. It was a beautiful weekend in Long Beach, California. “My City” is a song Blak Laz wrote to speak about where he was born and raised, and how it has affected him. It’s definitely a song you need to bump in the whip, while you drive with the windows down (no a/c, it feels better that way!). It is guaranteed to keep your head noddin! As soon as the chorus hits, I know ya’ll will be hooked! This single is from Blak Laz’s debut album, Tha Madman Memoirs. This track was produced by JQ Lamaj and myself. The video was directed, shot, and edited by the super talented Erin G. Wesley. Please be on the look out for the single that will be dropping soon. Of course, the visual will come right behind it. In the meantime, here are a few pics from the shoot. Stay thirsty my friends!