Thursday, July 30, 2009

D.O.V.N. (Death of V-Neck)

My creativity was caught in sleeper hold, and is now no where to be found. Can someone help me find my ART? Random introduction for today’s blog but I’ve been struggling with my innovative side lately. I don’t know if it is just me or the 115 degree weather. I may need like 50cc’s of creative juice injected or something. Well this is my page of random thoughts so the introduction fits I guess…..Let’s get into today’s topic!

Well I’m definitely no fashion guru, but the death of V-Necks is near! You can thank all the extra buff people and super skinny people for this blog. Before I get completely into this topic I would like to say that I do own a couple of V-Neck T-shirts that are one solid color and I occasionally wear them around the house.

Raise your hand if you are tired of seeing buff ass people with no neck in your six year old brothers Ed Hardy medieval edition V-Neck. They knew the shirt was too small when they bought it. Is it me or do all the buff ass people wear V-necks with rhinestones, crosses, lions, and cursive logos. If you see one of these buff ass people in the club with a V-Neck, they usually think they are the shit. The funny part is, they are always the one to wear sandals to the club….hahahaha!

NEWS FLASH: Hey Buff Guy in the toddler size V-neck & Sandals! You are just as cool as skinny little me…….Now go find some shoes and a shirt that fits!

Skinny People, Lean People, Thin People………(Pause)………(Sigh)………..Why must you wear the extended V-neck shirts that extend down to the tip of your belly button? You know you doing wrong when you walk out of your home with that shirt on. I’m ashamed to be skinny when I see that. You have actually left me speechless and thoughtless, and I cannot write anymore!

I don’t know if I am by myself, but I would like to see the Death of V-Neck!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Wake Up Mr. Bess Update

It has been a long while and I am finally back! I would like to do something a little different today. I gave mainstream radio Hip Hop a chance again. That was probably one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in a while. The worst Hip Hop lyrics of the month, goes to Southern Rapper Dorrough and his verse on the Ice Cream Paint Job Remix. He states, “Mama black, daddy black, uncle black, granny black, catch me in a Cadillac.” Can someone please let him know he needs to step his game up or will it hurt the image?

So lately Mr. Bess has been M.I.A. Trying to find me is like trying to find the clothes pin in an ISPY book. We definitely have a lot of things to catch up on. I now live in one of the four corner states. It is also known to be the home of John McCain, The Grand Canyon, and the Cactus Wren (State Bird). Yes I am talking about hot ass Arizona. When you wake up in the morning it is 108 degrees, and when you go to sleep it is 108 degrees. Since I’ve been here, the hottest day was 115 degrees. That is crazy hot and unnecessary indeed! I went to my first club in Phoenix last night. The club was called Stoudemires in Downtown Phoenix. The place was decent and had a really nice set up, but they did not believe in Air Conditioning. You literally had a two song minimum and then you have to change clothes. Despite the triple digit heat in within the club, people still had the nerve to wear leather jackets and fur boots. It’s crazy how people look for love in clubs which I witnessed last night and it was the first time I saw parking pimp’n work. Niggas never fail to amaze me.

A big part of my agenda is to get these artist interviews up and rolling again. I’m really backed up with a lot of request, but I’m going knock them all out the way. Speaking of good hip hop music, everyone should check out the The Lytics ( Coming all the way from Manitoba, Canada, The Lytics are helping Hip Hop Stay alive and I hope to feature them on my blog!

A new life, new adventures, new experiences, and a new chapter to add to my life story. A lot of great things to come, and I want to take everyone along for the journey!

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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Elevaters Interview (Answers provided by David Noily)

No homo intended but if The Roots and Maroon 5 produced a musical baby, they would give birth to a sensational group called The Elevaters. This diverse super group consists of six talented musicians with extraordinary gifts. Sam (Vocals/Keyboard), Miles (Vocals/Shakers), Ben (Vocals/Percussion), Itai (Bass/Guitar), Andre (Drums), David (Guitar/Bass). The Elevaters have shared the stage with groups such as The Roots, KRS-One, De La Soul, & Medusa just to name a few artists. They met as students at UCLA while studying different aspects of music. Andre joined the group after seeing them perform live at coffee shop before they had someone on the drums. Their performances have been known to be lively, ingenious, immense, and even divine. The Elevaters debut album “Rising” is a must have. It doesn’t matter if you like pop, jazz, blues, r&b, hip hop, funk, because the album has it all. Some of my favorite tracks on the album are, “Patience”, “Walken”, “L.A. Zoo”, & “Follow Me”. The album is currently on ITunes and available for purchase so you would be doing yourself a huge favor by picking up the album ASAP!

Mr. Bess: Who are the Elevaters?
The Elevaters: Six men, musicians, visionaries, groove-makers, urban planners.
Mr. Bess: How did the Elevaters come together?
The Elevaters: UCLA Theater students making poetry and music performances.
Mr. Bess: How did you guys come up with the group name, and what does is mean?
The Elevaters: In an Elevator. We changed the "O" to an "E" to imply that we have raised our game, and in turn our music lifts your mood, makes you think, move, and we hope it has an elevated intelligence above contemporary pop and hip-hop music.
Mr. Bess: Do you feel there is an advantage of having a diverse group?
The Elevaters: Diversity is a byproduct of living in a city as colorful as LA. We didn't plan it, nor do we think about it much. Our diversity, has helped us with our audience, we feel like we're looking in a mirror when we look out from the stage, you see Black, White, Persian, Hispanic, Asian, Haitian, Mongolian, Djiboutian, the whole spectra of race is in all our faces. The music brought that to us.
Mr. Bess: Where does the Funk, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Elevaters sound come from?
The Elevaters: Take a pinch of Chic, add a dash of Prince, churn in some Zeppelin, knead in some Earth, Wind, and Fire, And then smother it in Outkast, The Roots, and our own very special, top-secret ingredient. Let it rise overnight in the philosophies of John Lennon and Groucho Marx. Bake at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for a one-hour live set and it shall serve millions.
Mr. Bess: Do you guys have a special process for making songs?
The Elevaters: I write everything (David Noily).
Mr. Bess: I’m not trying to cause any trouble, but who would win in a freestyle rap battle between Sam, Miles, and Ben?
The Elevaters: For fun, Sammy. For blood, Benny.
Mr. Bess: If you could go on tour with any 3 groups/artist right now, who would you choose?
The Elevaters: Lady Gaga for the exposure
The Roots for the challenge
Daft Punk for the addiction
Mr. Bess: Name 6 albums everyone should own?
The Elevaters:Beatles- Revolver
Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffiti
Daft Punk- Discovery
Nick Drake- Pink Moon
The Clash- London Calling
James Brown- No one album, but he's got to be in the mix...
Mr. Bess: Your last album was released May 5, 2007. When is the next Elevaters album dropping and what can we expect from it?
The Elevaters: Better, Faster, Stronger, Harder, Sexier, Tighter, Deeper!
Mr. Bess: What is the best part about performing on stage together?
The Elevaters: There are moments where we're not in control, we are playing our parts- not missing a beat, but we've given the song control of the steering wheel. The music between us has arrested and is moving us. That's when the audience is most akin to putty, because we are too.
Mr. Bess: What is the message you have for the world through your music?
The Elevaters: Elevaters are the soundtrack to this new activated generation that we saw wake from their sleep Nov. 4th, 2009. A hot, fresh, and fun generation that is choosing a new direction of smart, green, responsible, and hard choices to make up for the excesses and shallowness of those that have come before us. We make this revolution sound good!
Mr. Bess: Who is going to win the NBA finals: ORLANDO MAGIC or LA LAKERS?
The Elevaters: LAKE SHOW in 6!!

Be sure to checkout The Elevaters Upcoming shows
Jul 18 2009
Private Showcase
Studio City, California

EPK from Elevaters on Vimeo.