Archive for May, 2008

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May 28, 2008

Martin Lawrence

LOL…

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May 26, 2008

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Yes…another The Real World: Hollywood- related .gif..lol. Joey was one of the most entertaining/interesting people this season.

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May 22, 2008

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Hilarious. The way she’s crying reminds me of people whose children died, or lost their home to fire.

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May 20, 2008

New Nas! N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave & The Master)…FREE Download!

May 20, 2008

This song is better than the other track that leaked, “Be A Nigger Too.” Looking forward to the album…

http://www.zshare.net/download/122917737b6c5c93/

Barack Obama gives speech to a crowd, the size of a CITY…

May 19, 2008

Obama Rally

Record Obama Crowd, the Size of a City

By Matthew Mosk
PORTLAND, Ore. — Sen. Barack Obama has seen his share of large crowds over the last 15 months, but his campaign said they have not approached the numbers gathered along the waterfront here right now.

The campaign, citing figures from Duane Bray, battalion chief of Portland Fire & Rescue, estimated that 75,000 people are watching him speak.

The scene suggests this is not an exaggeration. The sea of heads stretches for half a mile along the grassy embankment, while others watch from kayaks and power boats bobbing on the Willamette River. More hug the rails of the steel bridge that stretches across the water and crowds are even watching from jetties on the opposite shore.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/05/18/record_obama_crowd_the_size_of.html

One Reason to get the new Bun-B Album:

May 14, 2008

Bun-B ft. Lupe-Fiasco – Swang on ’em
http://www.zshare.net/audio/11981627b8eb7d40/

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May 14, 2008

Barack Obama

Interview w/So. Cal. Rapper, Speak

May 11, 2008

Speak

myspace.com/octopusluck 

image.in.: Why the name Speak?

Speak: First off, let me say I was getting nervous about the interview. I am relieved that I’m being asked questions that will boast my ego as opposed to the pressing issues. Ya know? I thought I was going to be asked about the exit strategy in Iraq or my thoughts Martin Lousteau’s resignation as Argentina’s chief economic officer!

I guess the name is one that fits. My mom will tell you that I am talker, always have been, always will be. In my last life I was more then likely a middle-aged used cars salesman with a wicked comb over! I wish I could provide a more fascinating response that would build the allure of my persona. If I had my notebooks from high school, I’m pretty sure I could dig up some deep poetic origin of my name to tickle your ear with, but I just can’t find them. I am what I am; a loudmouth, very vocal, opinionated, vaudevillian esq. heckler who’s never at a loss of words. I’m the guy at the grocery store who will strike up a conversation with you in line, based on your interesting selection of frozen peas.

 

image.in.: Tell me about the Apple Bird Music Foundation.

Speak: The Apple Bird Music Foundation was kind of like a puppet record label. After being turned down by any and every indie hip hop label in the country, my lovely fiancé Jen decided to create a logo to stick on tapes (yes we still use cassettes), and promo cdrs. It was just going to be a means of putting out my own music, nothing serious. Little did I realize that Jen’s logo was so official-looking, we started getting emails from artists and demos (our mailing address was on the back of each promo tape) from people who wanted to be signed and all the wildness. It was kind of funny. We decided to run with the idea and use it as the home of my music.

Apple bird in itself has become our baby. Jen and I both work wild 9-5 jobs in order to supply the funds and start up revenue for artist that we enjoy. Being from a punk rock background (Jen use to run her own record distribution), we are taking the diy ethics and approach that punk kids have taken since the 70’s and applying it to our music. Each of our releases is home recorded, with hand made art work, and shipped by us. We do our own advertising, book our own shows, and run the operation out of our master bedroom in Orange County. We are also reaching out to kids who are interested in hiphop music, as I will begin teaching a rap class this summer at the boys and girls club.

image.in: What’s the first rap song you ever heard?

Speak: The first rap song I heard was the Chicago Bear’s “Super Bowl Shuffle”…I remember thinking to myself bloody hell I can do this for a living!

 

image.in.: If your style was a food, what would it be, and why?

Speak: HAHAHAH I love it! That’s an easy one! I would definitely be Rice Pilaf! I’m sort of brown, but not really. I’m strange to look at, yet I taste delicious with a jug of Sangria.

 

image.in.: You’re an unorthodox rapper…what would you say is your most unorthodox influence concerning your music?

Speak: The most unorthodox influences in my music would be Yanni and classic pop sensibilities that today’s popular music lacks. First off, Yanni is not the most interesting musician alive, but everything the man does is done with the up most showmanship and on such a grandiose scale!! I mean, we think of superstar status here in the states and think of selling out the Staples Center like Kanye West or Jay-Z right? Well I don’t see any of these cats, selling out the lost city of Atlantis, the Roman coliseum or the Acropolis!! The pure theatrics of it all is so mind blowing.

On a musical tip however, I totally geek out on 60’s and 70’s pop-rock. There is nothing in the world like heartfelt simple lyrics and a beautiful guitar melody. Top that with a catchy hook and I’m in musical heaven. The Beatles, The Kinks, T-rex, The Zombies, Elvis Costello, and David Bowie- I mean my god! It does not get any better for me. These are the guys I want to be like! These are the guys I listen to. That’s what I think is the realness! I tend to gravitate towards the musically simple and honest.

image.in.: I remember you posted a blog about your mother enjoying your music. What’s it like having music that even your parents can enjoy listening to (While most other rappers cannot say the same thing)?

Speak: YES! My mom is all about it these days! It feels good knowing that my mom is completely behind me, supporting my music. It’s funny though, she wasn’t all for it while I lived at home. Both of my parents are from Mexico, so I think they really couldn’t wrap their head around the noise and music I made in my bedroom. They would always ask me “Antonio why you going to rap battles to make fun of people, por que?” I am almost driven to tears when I get a call from mom telling me how she was cleaning the house and dancing around the kitchen to “Ohh Stylish”.

 

image.in: What are your goals for the future?

Speak: My goals are simple for the most part. I want to see the world and I feel at this point in my young life, music is my way to do it. I have a few loose ends to take care of like finishing my degree in English (I have a year left) and of course marrying Ms. Jen. The prospect of spending the rest of my life with the woman I love and making music totally illuminates the future.

 

image.in.: What the music scene like in Cali nowadays? There seems to be alot of talent…Pac Div, Blu, you, etc.

Speak: Cali is thriving! The state has, and always will be a melting pot for the most unique sounds in the country. This is the only place where you can see Murs playing a gig and walk down the street and dance your ass off to shitty electro mash ups, it’s a beautiful thing. Hip Hop-wise I know a lot of attention is being placed on Pac Div, Blu, and U-N-I and I am all for it. I feel like an outsider though. I’m nowhere near as lyrically talented as Blu and my sneaker collection is limited to a pair of vintage pony kicks, flip flops, and some pink crocs, so appealing to the same crowd that U-N-I appeals to is completely out of the question. It definitely makes my heart smile to know that some of my “peers” (I use that term loosely) are making it and finding success.

image.in: Why do you use the term, “peers” loosely?

Speak: I used the term loosely because other than closeness in age, location and genre of music, we have nothing else in common artistically. I think it’s easy to say, Pac Div, Blu and U-N-I have found their sound and are working their angles. They make great music that’s finding a home amongst listeners. I on the other hand, don’t dress, act, walk, or sound anything like them. I feel like the odd man out in the whole new wave of cali hip-hop. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just the facts. It has nothing to do with marketing and promotion. It’s about image, appearance, sound and direction. It’s fairly easy to group those fellows into the “next big things”. I don’t fit that mold. Perhaps if I bought some limited edition, one-of-a-kind air max 95s and upped the rest of my wardrobe I could get some gigs at the dunk exchange, I’m not really sure. I don’t think I’m going to, I’m happy being the snarky art kid.

 

image.in.: Do you think that some people write you off at times because you’re a white rapper

Speak: Do I think people write me off because I am white rapper? Heavens no! I think they write me off because I am a Mexican rapper who has a very huge nose! What a site to see, haha.

image.in.: Oops! Do some other people make that mistake of assuming you’re another race?

Speak: All the time, but it doesn’t bother me at all. They say never judge a book by its cover right? Well, if the book says “Karma Sutra” on the cover your safe bet is to assume there are pictures on the inside with people humping each other and putting things in holes I didn’t even know we had! I like to play the part when people ask me what my background is. When people ask if I’m Persian or Italian, I like to make up a story and watch their face light up because they guessed my ethnicity. All the while I’m laughing to myself because egging people on is really funny to me. It’s partially my fault for not making it painstakingly obvious for people. My next show, I’m going to come out in some tight wrangler jeans with paint chips on the legs, some sandals, and a Raiders jersey. That’ll show them!!!

 

image.in.: Why & When did you decide to pursue rapping? What were people’s reactions when you told them of your decision?

Speak: When I was 15, I knew I was destined to be the 34th best rapper on the planet. I was totally dedicated to my craft and focused on making music. I knew that I would also attend college in the meanwhile and work towards something non-musical, but it would definitely be secondary to what my heart was set on. My parents reaction was classic! They kicked me out of the house at 18 haha.

image.in.: Wow. So they kicked you out because you told them that crafting music would come first in your life? What’d you do after that?

Speak: Well Clyde, I did what any other self respecting aspiring rapper would do. I took the advice of my childhood hero Young Jeezy and hit the trap. I hit the trap hard. In these times of economic and artist struggles there are only two choices…Trap or die. However, I’m pretty sure I ended up moving to Orange County getting a full time job and going to college haha.

image.in.: Describe your first time in the booth.

Speak: My first time in the booth was much like my first attempt at sex. It was awkward and lasted approximately 3 minutes. I had no idea what I was doing or where to stick it! It was a rather bland an uneventful experience that resulted in me questioning my abilities and eventually crying myself to sleep. I think on both occasions my voice cracked as well.

 

image.in.: Describe your first time on stage.

Speak: My first experience on stage was in my schools 3rd grade production of “Going Buggy.” It was a play about insects marching to Washington D.C to fight for their rights. It had very overt political overtones.

My first rap experience on stage was in 5,000 dollar rap battle. I had practiced for months and didn’t take the stage until I knew I was good. I got to the semi finals and battled a cholo named M-1. He had a very in-your-face and aggressive style, and even pushed me a couple of times. In the rebuttal round I called him a latin hot head and threw a cup of ice water on him. The crowd went absolutely WILD. At the end of the battle though, he approached me and said “Eh holmes! If I catch you in da parking lot I’m straight up gonna’ kick your azz ehhhh”. It was brilliant.

image.in.: So…I’m guessing you won that rap battle, right?

Speak: Oh yes, and the hearts of cholos around the world. I’m kind of the new LiL Rob if you didn’t know.

 

image.in.: What’s your most difficult challenge musically?

Speak: I truly believe that my biggest challenge musically is working the boards, and the technical aspects of recording and engineering. I know the basics of 4-track recording, but I am lost in the labyrinth on some David Bowie madness when it comes to figuring out how to make the tracks sound like the music I hear in my head. I really struggle with it, and it may be the reason it takes me years to record and release anything. I mean, my God I’ve been battling, writing and on the Southern California scene since I was 15, but have nothing really to show for it. It’s hard, but it is coming along and I am proud of the progress I’ve made. I mean it’s the total anti-rapper thing to do, but I have no problem sitting here and letting you know that I hate the sound of my own voice and really don’t think that my music is any good. I’m just goofy kid who loves all sorts of music and wants to create. I don’t care if it’s any good, relevant or inspirational at this point. I just want to create.

 

image.in.: What do you think alot of rappers are afraid to admit?

Speak: First off, rappers are liars! They are afraid to admit and fess up to the fact that no matter how much they deny it, they cater to a particular audience. From the poetic, abstract, political, and hardcore underground rappers all the way down to the golden-era throwbacks, crunk club rats, over-emotional and weight-pushing emcees. It’s all about finding your place in the crowded rap universe and staying closest to shore. Well goddamn it, I have been and always will be the kid that’s out to sea! I want to take risk, make mistakes and grow. A lot of artists are not willing to do the same. They may claim they want to, but when it comes to sacrificing the love and admiration of your fan base they aren’t going to do it. Records don’t sell anymore, so anytime some bratty kid comes up to you and says “What the fuck happened to your music? Your old shit was better,” it’s going to hurt either your pride, pocket book, ego or something.

 

image.in.: What do you believe to be your best body of work so far, and why?

Speak: My best body of work probably consists of tapes that I’ve made using my childhood Fisher Price tape recorder. I just put the microphone between me and a speaker and record to stock piles and piles of Afta-1 beats. I may have about 80 songs recorded on various cassettes. I record these numbers in one take and never really share them with people. I’ve given a few away as gifts to friends but never ever really intend for anyone else to hear them.

image.in.: Why don’t you intend for other people to listen to them? Planning on releasing a “Lost Tapes: Fisher Price Edition,” someday?

Speak: For me, the tapes represent the emotion, idea, or being I was in at that exact moment of the day at that exact moment of my life. They are recorded at the first instance the idea sparks, where as most artist will write and re-write the idea or song to get it closest to perfection as possible. I guess they’ll never see the light of day because they aren’t conventional hiphop songs. Often times there is no structure, very seldom is their hook and they would never appeal to listeners who want all that. They are more like a spontaneous eruption of thought. They are wild outbursts from the kid who had turrets in your high school science class. Ya’ know, the one who wore a helmet and always had Hot Cheeto residue on his fingertips?

 

image.in.: What can people expect from your upcoming album, octopus luck?

Speak: Irony, humor, angst, and truth haha. It’s a collection of songs inspired by the possibility of a beautiful future. One I hope to share with my love, my friends, and my listeners. The production is divided between the brilliant Afta-1, and engineering savant DJ Nevie Nev. The sounds are not just lush, they are a story within themselves and they completely compliment and bring out the beauty in the words. People are telling me the songs are better than anything the Beatles ever recorded, but I’ll humble myself and say its definitely better than anything Kriss-Kross did with the exception of “Jump,” hahaha.

 

image.in.: Better than the Beatles, eh? When will people be able to judge for themselves (AKA release date)?

Speak: HA, I kid, I kid. I love The Beatles. To me, they will always mean more to anything rap music has put out. It may seem like a slap in the face, but I can only speak what my heart tells me to. I would take “Revolver” over “Ready to Die” any day…that’s just the way it is.

No set release date yet. Octopus Luck is done and ready to go. Jen and I are just fielding some distro offers and trying to make sure everything is right. One of my 4-track EPs has leaked and is available online to download. “The Kyte Flyr” ep is for download now and there is a link on my page . Lo-fi goodness to hold you over until the record drops.

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May 7, 2008