If the spirit of Mo’ Betta Soul had a photographer, Chris Charles would be it. Creative Silence is one of the most exciting photographer/designing entities of its kind. Combining great shooting with hip-hop sensibilities makes CS the next place I plan to go to when working on a shoot for my next album. Here’s some reasons why.
Music and art are inevitable hybrids. It’s wonderful when they gel so effortlessly. Musician and bad ass graphics designer and illustrator Steve Barrett heads Mental Floss Designs. You need to know about him. Thank me later.
Sanford Greene is a busy man. The 38-year-old Charleston, S.C., native has been one of Columbia’s best kept secrets in the comic world.
I am always happy to discover new artists, especially when they have views on the world and music similar to mine and when they are very passionate about their art. I am therefore quite thankful to my friend Preach Jacobs for putting me on his very talented singer Fayth Hope. Fayth is now signed to Preach’s brand-new Sounds Familiar Records and is also part of his really innovative venture Mo’ Betta Soul (initially anonline magazine). But I will now let the lady explain all this and more. Here is Fayth Hope, in her own words…
words by Preach Jacobs
It’s been a regular practice for independent hip-hop artists to ignore radio play. Feeling as if the odds are stacked against them (in some they are), indie musicians have to find another way to get heard. Fortunately for the independent MC and singer, Morpheus Soul exist. The London based radio show (that is also broadcasted online) carries the torch of radio shows and DJs like Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito, The Wake-Up and DJ Eclipse and gang with Halftime Radio. Introducing Morpheus Soul.
words by Preach Jacobs
Hip-hop ain’t dead. And lyricism is still alive. Both of these sentiments are proven by Homeboy Sandman. The towering 6-foot-plus emcee from New York’s latest release “Good Sun” is filled with thought provoking lyrics, in depth production and actual songwriting. If you don’t have his newest album, jump off a bridge. Introducing Homeboy Sandman.
Interview: Infamous Jean Claude
words and photography by Preach Jacobs
When it comes to being a visual artist, you have to envision everything in your mind before you can put it on the canvas. It can be a difficult thing to do separating it from people doing it as a hobby and people that are….doing it. Meet someone that’s doing the latter: Infamous Jean Claude has work that has graced the pages of your favorite magazines, made shirts that’s worn by your favorite artists and a determination that trumps anyone else who claims they’re “an artist.” Enjoy.
He’s been holding it down for a while now being the person you go to if you need a monster 16-bar verse. But now, it’s time for him to shine on his own. We talk to Joe Scudda about his new project, the car accident and why Bumpy Knuckles deserves his name.
If you have been checking out my blog regularly, you know that Erik Rico is one of my favorites artists, and that I truly appreciate his music and his message. I am extremely honored and glad to present to you this interview, and I hope you will enjoy his really interesting answers as much as I did. If you were not familiar with him or his music yet, this should convince you! Big thank you to Mr. Rico for taking time to answer my questions.
If you have been checking out my blog regularly, you know that Erik Rico is one of my favorites artists, and that I truly appreciate his music and his message. I am extremely honored and glad to present to you this interview, and I hope you will enjoy his really interesting answers as much as I did. If you were not familiar with him or his music yet, this should convince you!
Big thank you to Mr. Rico for taking time to answer my questions.
What I wanted to achieve with this blog was to share my passion for music and hopefully encourage people to be as curious as I am about new artists and music, presenting them my favourite discoveries. Apparently it’s working well, and I am truly grateful for that! I recently discovered a rapper I have never heard of thanks to Twitter and I would like to introduce him and his music to you. He’s quite young but seems to be really mature for his age and has an interesting approach on life, society and music. It is my pleasure to present to you G5 Clive, and I want to thank him for taking time to answer my questions, as well as his manager Twist for making the connection. Enjoy!
When it comes to the realm of soul music, the subject matter may seem played out. How many times can you hear a song about a broken heart or wanting to have some chick wear the stripper heels while making whoopee? Fortunately, even if the subjects of love, lust and heartbreak happens often, then the way that it’s done is what makes the music fresh and new. Introducing Dezaray Dawn.
words by Preach Jacobs
Within the realms of hip-hop, there’s tons of beat makers, rappers and flat out illiterate sounding assholes, but you rarely hear about musicianship. That’s why it was a surprising pleasure to find out about B.O.B (born Bobby Ray Simmons), an Atlanta based rapper-musician-producer that’s just been inked to Grand Hustle.
Brief Q&A with Res-words by Preach Jacobs
Today’s post millennium music world is different not only for the people that buy (and illegal download) the music but also for the dedicated people that continue to make music. Songstress Res came out the early part of the decade and created an album that infused soul, funk, rock and everything else with an ease reminiscent of Lebron James on the hardwood.