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Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Cook Thomas: Cook Thomas is a rap artist who makes the food the people need. Rap music in my opinion has been boring in the past 5 years, so I’m just bringing some good classic honest music to the table.
Mr. Bess: When did you start rapping?
Mr. Bess: Did you have a good life or a bad life growing up? How has that influenced your music?
Cook Thomas: I can’t really complain about my life growing up. Even though I only had my mom around and the conditions of living weren’t the best, she worked hard so we didn’t suffer. I always had food and a roof over my head so I can’t complain.
Mr. Bess: Who are some of musical influences?
Cook Thomas: some of my musical influences are Notorious B.I.G, Nas, Lenny Kravitz, and Jay-Z
Mr. Bess: What set’s you apart from other rappers trying to make name in the game?
Cook Thomas: What sets me apart from 85 % of these guys is that I’m actually trying to talk about honest things in everyday life. When I write, I try and bring a message, a concept and something refreshing. Every time I hear a new song its “swag this swag that”, “I Got Money”, “I wear Louis, Gucci”, “I Got Hoes”. Don’t get me wrong I love all those things and have fun with them myself, but when all your songs are about the same shit, it gets boring for all of us, and that’s what seems to be the problem to me right now. Shit is real generic.
Mr. Bess: Is there an album or mixtape in the works?
Cook Thomas: I have a mixtape in the works currently titled Forever & Ever.
Mr. Bess: When is the release date for the mixtape and what can we expect from it?
Cook Thomas: I’m looking to drop around Christmas time, but I record on a daily basis and leak songs on a weekly basis, so you can check YouTube at CTHOMASTV and www.Myspace.com/cookthomasmusic for my music.
Mr. Bess: So you sing and rap?
Cook Thomas: I’m more of a shower singer LOL! I usually have problems with singers taking too long to record a hook, so I just do it myself. I’m not trying to be a singer or trying to get better in that field, sometimes it just helps portray the story of the track better or the beat might have a certain feel to where I’ll sing something on it. For example I sing on a song I have called ’96 Chicago bulls. I’m singing low because I can’t hit high notes. I am NO singer.
Mr. Bess: The west coast has been dominate, the east coast has been dominate, and the south. What will it take for the north to have that same kind of dominance?
Cook Thomas: In order for the north to dominate, we’ll need to come together and support each other. Here its like producers want to charge an arm and a leg for a beat to an up and coming young rapper, then you have a circle of people who make a little noise in the city, but they don’t want to help anyone else, because they feel bigger than they really are. Also I feel we don’t have enough talented people at the front reppin’ us. The north has a lot of talented people and it’s just the politics are bullshit so the world gets to see bullshit artists…so we look corny. If we can change those things, we can definitely take over.
Mr. Bess: What is the Canadian hip hop scene like?
Cook Thomas: The Canadian hip hop scene is very underground. Like I said before, there’s a lot of talent here, we’re just working for our dominance.
Mr. Bess: Out of the Dominate mainstream artist who have made it out of Canada such as Drake, K-OS, Kardinal Offishall, and Swollen Members. Who do you see yourself working with?
Cook Thomas: I would say K-OS because he has a sound that is so unique. He switches from hip hop to rock to pop, so I feel like that would be an interesting collaboration.
Mr. Bess: Everyone gets asked this question, but name 5 albums everyone should own?
Cook Thomas: Jay-Z – The Blueprint / Lil Wayne – Tha Carter 2 / Nas – Illmatic / Michael Jackson – Thriller / Notorious B.I.G – Ready To Die
Mr. Bess: What is your music making process?
Cook Thomas: I usually just listen to some beats, then write based off the feeling and vibe I get from the beat. Anything I write about is usually real rap, so the process is usually real easy.
Mr. Bess: What can we expect from Cook Thomas in the future?
Cook Thomas: My message is basically my life story. I’m just being true to myself and the world.
Monday, October 12, 2009
"This Video was shot in the Apple Store to reveal the songs relevance to our pop culture. We live in a world of fast media that gives little thought to how it’s message will effect the world. We conceived, recorded and edited the video all in less than 24 hours due to our lack of time and money. This video represents all that BASICALI is about, making way out of nothing by using creative thought."
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Monday, October 5, 2009
The Lytics: Damn Skippy, boy was crusty, and you know how nicknames go, it's usually the ones you don't like that stick…Hahahaha!
Mr. Bess: Mainstream stars such as Drake, Kardinal Offishall, K-OS, Swollen Members, have all emerged to become breakthrough artist from Canada. Where do the Lytics fit in?
The Lytics: Hopefully right alongside, with the right work ethic, and the right ears hearing us anything is possible.
Mr. Bess: What is the Canadian Hip Hop scene like?
The Lytics: Well you named some of them already, but I would say it's emerging. I believe we're about to make some noise soon, and if it is Gods will we'll be part of it.
Mr. Bess: Who are some of your musical influences?
The Lytics: They come from all over the place, from Tribe to Souls of Mischief, Slick Rick, Nas, Etc.
Mr. Bess: Who do you hope to work with in the future?
The Lytics: Umm, there are a lot, and our doors will always be open.
Mr. Bess: What is the message you want people to know through your music?
The Lytics: That the industry is changing, and people will have to start putting out good music to stay up.
Mr. Bess: What is the inspiration behind your debut album?
The Lytics: Just trying to put out good music, love, hard work, and fun. You know, just the kind of things that will get you through every day, and make tomorrow worth living.
Mr. Bess: What is the music making process like?
The Lytics: Well B-flat comes up with the beats and then emcee's and producer find a suitable hook. From there we get the verses straight (who's writing what etc.) and then we hit the booth and put it down. Mixings all done in house then we hit up our mastering guy Jay Malloy, and call it a track.
Mr. Bess: Name 5 albums everyone should own?
The Lytics: 1.) Illmatic - Nas, 2.) The Tipping Point- The Roots, 3.) Medians Relief- Median, 4.) Wolfgang Amadeus- Phoenix, 5.) Below the Heavens- Blu & Exile.
Mr. Bess: I couldn’t agree more with you on the album choices
Mr. Bess: What is Life like outside the Studio?
The Lytics: School, Work, Girls, I don’t know, that sort of thing….hahaha!
Mr. Bess: What does it take to be successful in the music industry?
The Lytics: Hard work, good music, and a little faith.
Mr. Bess: What do you think about President Obama calling Kanye West a, "Jackass?"
The Lytics: I don't know him personally so I wouldn't call him a jackass, but it definitely wasn't cool what he did.
Mr. Bess: At the end of your album you guys play around with Auto Tune. What is your dislike toward auto tune?
The Lytics: None what so ever. We found a plug in for it so we just started playing with it. We thought it was funny so we just tossed it on the record.