Star studded event, for more pictures from the event - click here.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Soulfiesta x Maduming Kwarto
"We will not feel the same way about this album, but that's the point." I released an instrumental album with the knowledge that it will be shared to emcee's -- and as a creative to another, these beats were made to invoke feelings to anyone doing anything creative. Whether you paint, rap, write, sculpt, design shirts, working out, working on school stuff -- this release was for you. So to Pino G, Seth and the rest of DRP -- thank you. I appreciate this pleasant surprise.
There are different stories behind each beat, and there are reasons behind the titles. If you ever want to find out, just ask -- for Gratitude -- it was sometime in 2005 or 2006 - the finality on which year escapes me so please forgive me. I was in Taiwan with my brother Ryan when we were diggin' in a local record store. My brother actually picked up this CD, which I won't tell you what it was, hehehe -- but introduced me to works by Eric Roberson and Jaguar Wright. This sample was the last track in the album. I heard it when my brother played it in the store and already sort of had the sample chopped in my head. So soon as we came home, I messed around with it and stashed it. Scratches came from a DJ Jazzy Jeff record, and put the sound of people cheering behind the hook part.
Gratitude was made for Crecon, a hiphop group that consists of Arkane, Psylent and me. Gratitude was actually entitled "Thank You" - and was made to give thanks to everyone who -- well you get the point. Same reason it was last in the album, to signify a giving of thanks that the flight has now landed safely. The song never materialized. This beat also made it to Jin The MC's playlist -- and was also used by Kase for a video of him and his crew painting their entry for Wall Lords 2011.
Thank you once again, to everyone who downloaded the album.
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 1:14 AM
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Download "This Is Your Captain Speaking" HERE.
Today, I turn 30. There are a few things I wanted to accomplish before this day. A good part of it I've already managed to attain -- and well, yeah -- here's a gift from me to all our day one fans, and friends. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to change some lives, some perspectives and some situations. This release, is an instrumental album -- more than a beat CD. This isn't about technical skill, the beats were made to breath a little. Allowing each listener some room to think and feel.
Alongside these 2 minute instrumentals, there is a PDF file -- which contains 3 great things. An amazing piece by Dominic Nuesa; an incredible feature article by Miao Olivar and beautiful pictures taken by my brother, Ryan Andres.
Once again, thank you for the well wishes and may you enjoy this album the way I enjoyed making it. This album is brought to you by We Legendary, Wipcaps, Gourmet Footwear, SneakPeek, Locker Room Legends, Stndrds Manila, ILL K & Purveyr.
DOWNLOAD THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING HERE.
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 10:53 AM
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
It's stoopid how I'm in the poster, much love though.
FROM PINOYTUNER: Music is inspiration. And for many, it is life itself. With this, we are spreading the word about the newest event that is quickly gaining the support of industry fans and common people alike. Literally, the day it began, this event started changing careers and lives. Witness with your own eyes as music industry history unfolds with this first-of-its-kind show, which has never before been seen in the Philippines. We would like you join us when we crown the very first “King of the Beats.”
READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 10:15 PM
"Over My Dead Body" by Alex Gnoah. Download "Fingertips" here.
I've been a fan of Drake since Comeback Season -- and his musicality has always been overlooked. I understand it, and it being overlooked might just be the worlds way to balance things out with everything he's receiving. But nonetheless, I can't deny the hard work behind the grind from being relatively unknown to being hiphop's poster boy and now turning into a man in front of the world.
Must be me aging -- but for the people who really know me, I've always been inclined to the piano - I was classically trained when I was younger, and although those days are long gone and I've forgotten my Bachs, Schumann and Sonatas, I understand it. Drake's and 40's music, regardless if its Drake singing, writing or 40 producing the beats -- speaks more when its stripped down, both of them have always been inclined to the keys. So Far Gone and Take Care's direction showcased this -- we hear samples of keys, concert piano's all throughout that release, from start to finish. Much of that same love for piano's are available for everyone to hear in his most personal of songs. There was also a time when Drake and the OVO blog was promoting an entire album by pianist, Gonzales back in 2009.
Over a month ago, I bumped into this idea of compiling peoples instrumental rendition of Drake songs -- and to my surprise, there are a lot and the way people interpreted these songs are unbelievable. This is my way of showing people the depth of these songs. Its almost like hearing what a painting should sound like, you hear shadows, you feel the lighting and even its composition -- I appreciate the renditions in a more personal note. This shows how universal hiphop has become and how intricate the feelings in the songs are -- and the way it means to the people who interpret them.
This release is blessed with great renditions by Alex Gnoah, The Theorist, Angelo Sayo, Johnny Loh, Aldy Santos, MSF Beats, Navarone Boo, Yekno Music, Jay Doodle, David Gray, Stevie! and even David Hoffman. There are tons more available online, but these are the ones that really move me. I put them together for you guys to enjoy Drake's/40's music in a different light.
I would like to inform my readers, this is an unauthorized compilation -- the artists own the rights to their renditions and compositions, and I am crediting each one of them in hopes that you visit and research about them respectively and carry on being fans of their work through their Drake renditions.
This album is not for everyone.
But there is something beautiful here. When you find it, its yours.
But there is something beautiful here. When you find it, its yours.
DOWNLOAD FINGERTIPS HERE.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Directed by Labjaxx and edited by Ill Primitivo.
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 5:11 AM
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 6:44 PM
More Bambu "Rent Money" news in a bit.
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 5:41 PM
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
"I can feel your energy from 2 minutes away."
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 8:03 AM
That Team Sunday love.
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 12:10 AM
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Artwork created by Afor Samurai illustrator, Eric Calderon.
Posted by SOULFIESTA at 6:43 PM