Walking into the lounge I was with my homies. We had met up with some of the set performers. I sat and chat with the people around the venue. My homie interrupted my conversation with a full glass of beer, telling us about how well treated the artist here are. I walked around scoping the place as Black Moon Child played her set. The place was very elegant, showing an up-scale lifestyle. Nothing of the average is seen here. People that we’re bosses and artist that has a style of experimentation. I had to go and get me a drink myself. Before getting myself a drink, I had caught a quick conversation with Nuntheless.
His mission is to bring out anybody that has not played a live set that embraces a totally unique style. He said the scene here in Detroit can kind of get cliquish, isolating artist from not having their time to shine. He started out being a producer then evolving into a DJ. It all started when Omar was out of town, that is when his ideas started brewing like the cold refreshing beer in this lounge. He exclaimed networking is a big element to have in Detroit and he utilize that for an advantage. Having a venue with all the talent he knew, infused within the elegant style that Detroit embraces. Nuntheless is a; producer, DJ, drummer, and even a pianist. You can check out some of the highlights below.
A negative mind can keep a person in the rut. As someone as myself, when I experience negative thinking, I experience negative self. Which creates a will for not being able to do. Have you ever been so down, you begin to question what you got going on. It affects your personal growth heavy. Why mess up the hustle you got going on when you have everything you need right in front of you. When thinking on what we do not have. It creates a lot of whys? When we need to create an now. A now on what we have. As cliche as it sounds, respect what you have and are. Then the things that you have will respect you more.
The rumination I have on my past. Sitting back looking at people around me have their own way. Me, still feeling stagnate on what I could have more of. Sometimes people say, switch what you do if it originally does not work for you. Which in some cases can be true. I believe, it is all in taking advantage for a growth. A growth that is so powerful only you and god are going to witness this personal evolution. Then that is when new gates of opportunity will open. New respect on a new found vision because you seen were you been at in the past.
Darkseid was created by Jack Kirby for his New Gods series that aired in 1970. Darkseid is a god in Apokolips, controlling people eliminating the power of free will. Darkseid strength was able to go against Super-Man and The Holy Genesis. Darkseid rules with an iron fist over Apokolips. Even after being brutally beaten by Super-man and tossed down to his nation. The people mobbed around him looking like they we’re ready to attack. Instead Super-man exclaims, Darkseid is finish, you may do your will to him. Instead, they pick him up then carried him off into his kingdom. Only to halt his people, so he can tell Super-man that he is a god to his people. Darkseid has eyes that are melting to the flesh. No literally, he can stare at you and melt any human who stands in his way. Super-Man was almost killed because of Darkseid power. Instead, Super-man grabbed gravel off the ground then shoved it into Darkseid’s face until the room imploded from the two opposing power-forces.
Darkseid would be comparable to Madara. Both have special eye gifts that grant them unnatural abilities in their universes. Both characters have a will to control all of man kind. Believing that their control will make all of humanity better. The confidence inside of both characters come from many of hard battles. Darkseid battled against The New Genesis, waging war until a truce was finally called. Making alliance’s by exchanging their first born within their family heir. Madara has the same kind of method. Fight a bloody war until the last one victors out on top. The difference between the two, Madara’s intentions are completely passionate. With the loss of his little brother, Izuna , he lost all sanity. Both sides suffered causalities losing a family member of their own. Darkseid was purely ego, he wanted to rule all of the universes with his will. Darkseid is considered the God Of Evil in the DC Universe.
I first discovered Terra Lightfoot from the single, No Hurry. I was quite impressed by the songs up-beat tempo and vocals I find unique. The song has no consequences when you enjoy the powerful vocals passionately exclaiming there is No Hurry. The song lyrics remind you of a love ballad. Showing us a very troubled affair that can’t escape from your mind. The song claims that they have an eternity to spend together so it is no hurry. Enjoy the time that is spent with each other even though there are troubles on the path.
Their latest album “New Mistakes”, Terra Lightfoot release a video for their song, “Ruthless”. This single compared to No Hurry has more of a slowed tempo with elements of country. The lead singer hits a falsetto as she sings about her hard-core love she have for someone. The visuals for this song has her in a room by herself strumming a guitar. Walking through a snow-storm. The video shows her band members absent and she sits down as memories of them play on a dated B&W television. Could this song be expressing the love she has for her band members and them not being there.
Afro Samurai is the cartoon that I recall being the first Anime that had rap culture in it. Afro Samurai embraced rap music, staring Samuel L Jackson as one of the main characters. Having a black samurai raise his blade against other opponent just to fight the character Justice. An antagonist who killed his father so he can obtain the number one headband. Rza had production credit for this Anime as well.
Hip-hop culture also appeared in Manga’s like Naruto and Samurai Champaloo. Naurto had Killer Bee, a Jinchuriki that raps any chance he gets. Samurai Champaloo having Dj scratches as apart of their show stylistics. Anime started to hold cultural structure in our genre of music. The two cultures started dancing with hip-hop for sometime, creating a new breed of rap artistry.
People that we’re infatuated with hip-hop culture and Anime started making AMVS. A short collage of fight scenes with a hip-hop music bed. The most popular AMV currently is Naruto Vs Sasuke final fight, Suicide Boys plays as the two collide. AMVS are used for cool promotional visuals for songs. The anime world has a lot of story-lines revolving around; drama, romance, family ties and vengeance. Why not have a genre that has the street struggle and glory: embrace these type of story lines.
I can name a bunch of rappers that used Anime as apart of there music and image. One of the most popular I can remember is Lupe Fiasco. By nature being a skateboarder, he became etched into the fabrics of nerd core hip-hop. Lupe has always been known as a fan of street-fighter. Rapper Rob Bank$ heavily embraces Anime and rap culture. His lyricism centers around Anime references. Comparing himself to cracking seals like the Akatsuki, the way one would crack seals on promethazine.
Growing up in a predominate black school getting reduced lunch as a young kid. We all use to trade Yu-Gi-Oh cards and talk about Dragon Ball Z. I remember fights use to break out over Yu-Gi-Oh and we played that game like we was playing at the gambling house. I had homies that use to hustle out Yu-Gi-Oh cards during morning time. It got real over that game, we all use to meet up just to play during breakfast and lunch. I remember when our cards had got confiscated, we use to creep in the teachers room when she was not there. Just to steal all are sh*t back that got taken away from us. I always thought the confiscation rule was a load of bullSh*t. In my opinion it was another form of stealing. Fast forward down the line, we all grew into our now early twenties and are still going hard for Anime world.
Max Payne is a video game franchise that blew up so big it had to be turned into a movie. Imagine a man running around New York city. Finding the people who killed his family. An Ex-copped turned into a gun-slinging vigilante, on a con-quest with two dessert eagles in a New York underworld. This being the side effect of the street drug Valkyrie. This drug has took the streets by storm. The test subjects that were sent to kill his family we’re users of this drug. The person that manufactured the drug sent them in to annihilate his family. Max Payne’s wife, Michelle Payne found out entitles that helped pushed this street drug.
Max Payne’s world is a noir romantic inspired video game with dramatic elements. The game has undertones of a twisted dark society New York does not know about, that involves a very dark life. This world spirals a man on the hunt, blowing bosses, occultist and even restaurant owners heads off. Max Payne has been face to face with contract killers. One of which is Mona Sax, only for her to turn around and fall deeply in love with him. Preventing him from being murdered.
He always is known as a person that saves the damsel in distresses. Max has been known to ruminate on his past surrounding Mona Sax. The two always meet up together, guns blazing through New York. One has an affiliation tie to no one. Mona Sax motive is strictly business. Max Payne, is a person that is all personal. His mission in this video game are personal infused with no money put into his pocket. Just vengeance for the pain he felt for the loss of his family.
I was impressed behind the cinematic story-line this game has always portrayed. The game was so successful it had became a movie. Grossing at-least 85 million world wide. The movie embraces the same noir style elements the game did. Showing Max in a world we’re Valkyrie is a drug used to enhance super-soldiers. Max answers the call of a vigilante by killing those that are involved on his discovery for who is responsible. The movie was such a success it has grossed 85 million dollars world wide. I myself enjoyed the movie a lot.
The person that went into making such a kick-a** video game is Sam Lake. We commend you Sam Lake for penning such an amazing game. It has resonated so deeply with us as an audience we wanted it as an a movie. In my opinion, the origins of Max Payne reminds you of someone like, Punisher. A marvel super-hero. Same concept of a vigilante roaming the streets in order to protect the morals that they stand for. Either way it goes. This video game will be a classic that will every one will remember.
Detroit emcee Noveliss held a ceremony for his album Cerebral Apex. Gathering everybody that has a deep appreciation for him as an artist. He had a very chill demeanor as he greeted those walking into his release party. Noveliss shared his thoughts on entertainment and how he has a great appreciation for Avatar The Last Air Bender as a cartoon. He thought the movie was trash though. He also curated the movie Split directed by M. Night Shyamalan. He moved around the room, having short conversations with people. He had a look that was wise and discerning as he dawned a Kakashi-Sensei shirt. Noveliss is an ideas man, he always exchanges a couple with those around him. The emcee was thinking about innovative ways he can rap his flows in the booth.
We caught a quick conversation with Nolan The Ninja and he said that Noveliss is his brother and he came to support: regardless if he was on the album or not. Nolan said that he been knowing Noveliss since Clear Soul Force. We also asked Nolan The Ninja some questions and he shared some secrets to finding success as an independent artist. Having a partnership can also help boost your success in the music game. I was not surprised seeing Nolan The Ninja at a Noveliss party. Nolan The Ninja came out with a strong underground break-out called He(art). The album caught so much attention it got picked up for review by Dead End Hip-Hop. Receiving mostly positive reviews from seasoned hip-hop listeners.
We even caught conversation with rising hip-hop artist from the east side of Detroit, Crimson Alchemist. Crimson Alchemist has been keeping up to date with his catalog of artistry for a minute. Going way back to when he was spitting laser sharp lyricism on his song, “Get No Better” with the Clear Soul Force posse. Laying down the foundation of back-pack rap catching attention over-seas. Showing that his energy has always been bigger than a confined space. His flow is infinite past the stars.
As Noveliss premiered his album, I was amazed by the intricate flow pattern he delivers. His rhyme schemes are always well put together. He is the definition of a person that will be your rappers favorite rapper. Noveliss is a person that has a die hard-fan base. His listeners will appreciate this album because it shows Noveliss as a person. How much he has matured with his audience. Cerebral Apex discusses him now as a family man, still balancing out his fascination for Anime and hip-hop. He also talked about his depression slightly, wanting to drift away from the outside world into his own. Still through-out his journey in Cerebral Apex. He came out to deliver a swift, clear cut album infused with a manga he created for his fans.