Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Enigma Sept Hour w/ Kim D 03.28.2010


I decided to end this month with a female emcee in light of Ludacris' "Battle of the Sexes" LP and the fact that March is Women's History Month. I was able to have my girl Kim D reppin' Tallahassee. 

It's way easier to interview someone that you actually know, especially if they are a fellow Libra! Again, there was not enough time to discuss everything I wanted to cover. We did learn more about  Kim D's sneaker lifestyle and how she got put into the rap game. Check out her track "Love for Hip Hop" and realize that she's serious about this.

The WTH moment went to the Yukmouth/Suge Knight fiasco. The real WTH moment is that these fools are still recognized (I kid!), but check out my thoughts on this foolishness.

Billboard's top HipHop/R&B album and song charts saw some new faces. Shouts out to Marvin Sapp for having the highest placing gospel album on Billboard's Top 200, landing at No. 2. Some people bemoaned that this only happened because of low record sales across the board. I think its a blessing nevertheless. 

Anyway, check out this week's episode and let me know what you think! Also spread the word and let people know about the broadcast. Props to my aunt Robbie and my little bro Reggie for calling into the show too.

Next week's featured guest: Chevy B Jesika Jaymes

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Club Episodes 03.22.2010

The big homie, Rico, along with Big Stacks Promotions, has been giving local rap acts a place to hone their skills here in Tallahassee every Monday for the past few months. They hold a talent showcase/open mic event at Club Episodes on Pensacola Street. I've stopped by a few times to show love and get more local acts on the Enigma Sept Hour. Last Monday, I decided to throw my hat in the ring.

I was nervous. More than I wanted to be. After nearly two years of the Enigma Sept Hour I still get butterflies, but this was a lot more. It was my second performance without Raven October (other than some freestyle battles. Shouts out to the old Beta Bar). Rico called me to the stage and called me an "850 vet". I felt a level of respect despite not putting in as much work as some other acts in the city.

I was nervous until the beat drop. It's like an out-of-body experience. That person who couldn't keep his right hand from shaking disappears. You are a machine who's sole purpose is to rock the party...or club..or whatever. I envisioned myself rocking at a MTV Spring Break concert. That explains why I'm hopping around everywhere. Don't judge me.

After the performance, I felt like I won the first game of the season. I believe I was nervous because it had been two years since the last time I performed. It was like riding a bike.

Shouts out to my boy Dermo for playing Spliff Star and burning a copy of the song on the CD (Dell sucks!). Thanks to the one Noweezy for showing the kid some support. Last, but not least, much respect to all the artists that came out that night and every night. It takes a lot of determination to make it in this game on any level.

You can check me and Dermo rockin' the crowd at the 12-minute mark.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Enigma Sept Hour w/ Stess the Emcee 3.21.2010


Spring is finally here!

So I sprung into action by inviting the homie Stess the Emcee (pictured above) as a guest on this week's Enigma Sept Hour. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to talk about as much as I would have liked, but we did have a interesting conversation on our favorite emcee, The Notorious B.I.G. Check out his monstrous track "Rippin' Emcee" halfway through the interview.

The WTH moment of the week went to a former NBA player who says he got more playing time off the court....a lot more playing time. LOL

Of course, I gave a rundown of the top 10 hits and albums of the Hip Hop and R&B world. Make sure, you check that out and stay on the know. Shouts out to Billboard.com

So take a listen to the broadcast and let me know what you think in the comments section.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Enigma Sept Hour w/ DVSwun 03.14.10


First, thanks to all the listeners for making this broadcast the most successful this year so far.

The WTH moment of the week went to Aswad Ayinde and his hideous crimes. This is not an understatement. Check out what I had to say about the award-winning director of the Fugees' 'Killin' Me Softly' video......

Speaking of killin' me softly, Sade is still killin' the Hip Hop/R&B album charts for the fifth straight week as Robyn Thicke keeps the panties wet with 'Sex Therapy' sitting atop of the singles chart. Make sure to check out the two new debuts on the albums chart.....

Last but not least, check out the interview of the big homie DVSwun as we hold a discussion about the importance of lyrics (or lackof), the difference between studio songs and live performances, and his sizzlin' track, 'American Dream'......

After you listen to the broadcast, please leave me some feedback on the comments section...the good....the bad...and the ugly! It's definitely appreciated.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Long Live The King

Biggie Smalls Pictures, Images and Photos

"Your face my feet they meet in stompin'/I'm rippin' emcees from Tallahassee to Compton...." - Notorious B.I.G.

That rhyme still baffles me. Why would a up-and-coming rapper from Brooklyn use my hometown in any of his lines. Supposedly Biggie had visited Florida A&M University for homecoming and Florida State University's football program was coming of age, winning its first national championship in 1993. Yet, in the hip hop world, Tallahassee was non-existent. There was no "Hip Hop" from dead prez and T-Pain was running around Oak Ridge Elementary. Yet my city was on the mind of one of the greatest rapper of all time, Christopher George Letore Wallace.

I feel obliged to make a post about Biggie on the anniversary of his last day on earth. My story is that I was inspired to become a rapper when I saw the "Juicy" video on Rap City. When I saw this dark-skin, fat, cock-eyed dude I thought to myself, "I can do this!" I realized that it was about skill and not what image you portrayed. I didn't have to be LL Cool J with all the lip licking. Biggie's success taught me that all I had to do was strive to be the best.

I discovered Biggie's wizardry years later. Before the "Juicy" epiphany, I hadn't paid much attention to rap in terms of lyrics, metaphors, flow, song structure, etc. Being the nerd I am, I began to study different emcess such as Biggie, Keith Murray, Busta Rhymes and Lauryn Hill. I had an East Coast bias. I copped most of their CDs through Columbia's "10 albums for the price of 1" deal from ads placed in newspapers back then. Obviously, Biggie's 'Ready to Die' was my favorite and I would listen to it constantly. My favorite song was "Warning". The beat was hard and Biggie's voice was menacing. I've always been a sucker for story-telling rhymes i.e. Slick Rick's "Children's Story", so "Warning" was my cup of tea. I listened to how he flowed to the beat, the different characters he voiced, and his use of his Jamaican accent all came together perfectly for me. It's still my most favorite song of all time.

I'll admit that I wasn't completely shocked over Biggie's death. No disrespect, but I thought Tupac had the craziest fans. Tupac had an ability to touch people's souls. When he was killed, I thought it was a matter of time before someone sought revenge on Big even though he had nothing to do with it. Lo and behold, on March 9, 1997, Biggie was shot and killed in L.A. When I learned that he died, I shook my head and said, "I knew it". When I learned he was in L.A., I thought, "What that hell was he doing out there?!" The man was on a mission to heal the pain that his beef with Tupac caused and unfortunately that's how he was compensated.

I believe Puffy deserves a lot of respect. I don't agree with a lot of the things he's done lately (Kill the "Last Trip to Paris" project!!), but he almost single-handedly bought hip hop out of a cloud of darkness after 'Pac and Biggie's deaths. Instead of sulking about the death of his best friend, Sean Combs went sample-crazy and made some of the most succulent hip hop song ever. In my opinion, it was needed.

So let's celebrate Biggie's work and his life! I want you guys to tell me what are your favorite Biggie memories and/or songs? Let me know by leaving comments....baby-baaaaaaab-bay!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Enigma Sept Hour w/ special guest Tony Kash

Just Kash'd in another Enigma Sept Hour for the masses. Another home run!

First, I don't care about the Oscars. It's boring! So you should have been listening to the live broadcast. Yet, shouts out to Mo'Nique for that win.

The WTH moment of the week came at the last moment with the arrest of R&B singer D'Angelo for soliciting an undercover cop. Yea, check out what I had to say about THAT!

As usual, I gave a rundown of the the top Hip Hop and R&B standings according to Billboard.com. There was a change in the top Hip Hop/R&B songs spot. Check out who's the new No. 1.

Of course, my dude Tony Kash made an appearance as we chopped it up about some of his favorite rappers, the origin of his name, and why rappers shouldn't use incarceration as a publicity stunt. Also check out his track, "In Jail" that was played midway through the interview.

In the end, I felt that it was a good show. Let me know what you think. Comments are always appreciated.

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