WE MADE IT!!
2013 is here, A New Year, A New Beginnings
I am on SoundCloud check out my music and the great community of DJs, Artist and Tastemakers. There will be exclusive tracks and mixes from myself , DJ Oaiam aka Oa. The best is yet to come.
click on the SoundCloud below to link to Oa’s stream.
#Oa # Occupy All
& Happy New Year to All!!!
* The Native Dream* I never stop dreaming, I never stop striving. Salt & Light! Up & Up!
CMJ was awesome this year. I got to see some dope artist. I started the week off at Zirzamin, a nice intimate Greenwich Village music parlor where Deanna Brown & her band performed, Click Here to check her music out. Next night was Roxy Cottontail Presents Wild Wild Wednesdays CMJ Edition at Westway. Everyone was there and the lineup was crazy. I ended my CMJ in the best way, performing with my producer, Johnny Voltik, at CPP Marketing & Promotions 7th Annual Showcase. The event was hosted by the legendary Ralph McDaniels and the line up featured some real Hip Hop. It was a great night for music Click Here for Impose Magazine article and pics of the show. Special shout out to the amazing Dan Shores of CPP Marketing & Johnny Voltik for having me rock the stage with him.
Up & UP!
23 days until the EP Rise of The Native drops. I am too excited
This past labor day I got the honor to be a special guest on Tweak Central Radio in Chicago S/O to DJ Karma Sutra aka Drunken Monkeee, Angele Anise and all the good people at Que4. Click on the link below to listen if you missed it.
RISE OF THE NATIVE, comes out Thanksgiving Day.
Let the countdown begin!
S/O to my Producer and Artist Extraordinaire, Johnny Voltik. Higher’er BABAY!!!!!!
1 OF MY FAVORITE HIP HOP VERSES
So my love for music runs very deep, for my mom is a musician and I fell in love with music before I could speak. Though I love a variety of music, nothing does me quite like Hip Hop. One of my favorite Hip Hop verses of all time is below, off of Jay-z’s This Can’t Be Life . I can remember the very moment I first heard this song, it’s not hardcore or lyrically crazy which is the very reason it ranks so high on my list. It’s real, simply, raw and from the heart, not to meantion Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel did their thing too. The track was produced by Kanye West with the lovely sample of 1972’s I Miss You by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. In just one verse Scarface tells a story that evokes emotion, truth and depth, that is why this is one of my favorite verses, this is why I love Hip Hop, the very reason why I am an Emcee. Much respect goes out to Houston’s finest, Thank you for the inspiration Scarface!
Now as I walk into the studio, to do this with Jig’
I got a phone call from one of my nigs
Said my homeboy Reek, he just lost one of his kids
And when I heard that I just broke into tears
And seein’ it second hand; you don’t really know how this is
But when it hits that close to home you feel the pain at the crib
So I called mine, and saddened my wife with the bad news
Now we both depressed, countin our blessings cause Brad’s two
Prayin for young souls that laugh at life through the stars
Lovin your kids just like you was ours
And I’m hurtin for you dog; but ain’t nobody pain is like yours
I just know that heaven’ll open these doors
And ain’t no bright side to losin life; but you can view it like this
God’s got open hands homey, he in the midst.. of good company
Who loves all and hates not one
And one day you gon’ be wit your son
I could’ve rapped about my hard times on this song
But heaven knows I woulda been wrong
I wouldn’ta been right, it wouldn’ta been love
It wouldn’ta been life, it wouldn’ta been us
This can’t be life
You must give respect where respect is due. For MC Lyte my respect runs deep. One of the first solo female rappers to release a full album with 1988’s Lyte as a Rock . She was just 17 and oh so dope. As a female rapper, this project and her works are an inspiration. Thank You MC Lyte for blazing the trail!