Posts Tagged ‘ DJ Storm ’

Garrion Black – Clarity Remix.


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The ‘Dark Ice Cream’ EP peaked in success around 2.2 million downloads a few weeks ago, and Jeff Phantom, Rich Lyfestyle, Joe Major, Clayton William and myself couldn’t have been more pleased.  But with the success of the 5 track production, now comes the first remix of our remix.  The ‘Clarity’ remix, a track conceptualized by DJ Jeff Phantom and Rich Lyfestyle, had recently had some hip-hop pumped into its veins by Garrison Black, and the artwork conceptualized by ForrDesign demonstrates the new life of the song.  The multifaceted artist added his piece to the trap remix in spectacular fashion, and even cleverly shouted out every track on ‘Dark Ice Cream’ showing lyrical skill other emcees should be jealous of.  Click the pic above to download the new version via SoundCloud.

Ciara – Body Party (DJ Storm & Joe Major Remix).


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The concept of a “Body Party” wasn’t a prevalent one until Ciara’s newest hit single.  The vibe and essence of the track was one that I was infatuated with, and that with a slow, sensual, but memorable track, it was only right that Joe Major and myself put our spin on it.    After only one day in the lab, we came up with a remix that kept all best parts of the original, but had our own essence to it.  Click the pic above to download the mix.

Dark Ice Cream.


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In today’s music industry, production is crucial to having a career that pays the bills.  When I was growing up, production equipment was expensive or under-developed, and East Coast beats were relatively simple.  I always considered it a disadvantage that I never learned to produce when I was younger, and with a co-DJ (Jeff Phantom) who hadn’t make a deep trek into the production realm, I didn’t think we’d be able to pull off our own music without years of practice.  Luckily veteran producers Joe Major, Rich Lyfestyle, and Clayton William put themselves at our disposal to help DJ Jeff Phantom and myself come up with a project that let us flex our production wings.

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The 5 track EP features original remixes of songs from Zedd, Lil Wayne, Katya, Outkast, and even a take on classical music.  Trap as a genre is something that’s growing, weather it’s a fad or not remains to be seen, but what Jeff Phantom and I wanted to do was put a trap twist on some classic, new classic, and classical tracks.  Both Phantom and I teamed up with different producers to get the sounds we wanted in the tracks that we chose, and to take a listen, click or scan the photo below to download.

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Katya’s ‘Set Me Free’ Artwork.


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Any self respecting artist knows that taking creative control over every aspect of the product you put out into the world is crucial.  Even the cover of a track has to be treated like a big deal when you know you’ll reach countless people across the globe, so when singer/songwriter Katya needed a cover for her single ‘Set Me Free’, it was a task.  With an amazing song in the bag, Katya needed a cover that personified her and the themes of the song perfectly.  After working with producer Clayton William and yours truly at Hendrix Studios, Katya stepped into the photo studio with Lindsay Amanda and her photography team for a magnificent photo shoot.  Between the production of the song, and Katya’s mastery in front of the camera, it wasn’t hard to meld music and visuals for what will be a full package when released.  After the shoot the photos were sent over to Forr Design for the graphic spread, and the result one that fans will come to recognize the world over.  Take a look below at some of the work it took to produce the official cover for ‘Set Me Free’.

Jay-Z – Open Letter (Produced By Timaland & Swizz Beatz).


jay-z Jay-Z addresses the controversy over his trip to Cuba, the Brooklyn Nets and more in his new track “Open Letter”. Produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, this new track is both a far departure and a welcome addition to Hova’s music. Take a listen below.

Jeff Phantom x DJ Storm – The 15/20 Experience.


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Recently DJ Jeff Phantom came to me with another brilliant idea concerning the new Justin Timberlake album ‘The 20/20 Experience’.  So 48 hours later, we had a 16 minute mix of our favorite tracks from the record breaking album, all remixed the way we wanted them.  Click the pic above to download the mix.

Will.I.Am & Britney Spears ft. Authentic – Scream & Shout (Bruno’s Remix)


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One of the Bay Area’s premiere top 40’s radio stations, Wild 94.9 has a very specific version of “2 Reasons” from Trey Songz.  In the 94.9 version, Trey shouts out the entire bay and the radio station, giving him and the station a unique form of credibility.  I personally loved this concept, (and his flow on the altered version of the song) and decided to take a crack at the concept myself.  Authentic the #Rocksta and I have been working together for a few months, and I knew his flow would be a perfect addition to the monster hit from Will.I.Am and Britney Spears.  Check the method below.

Bruno’s, the San Francisco nightclub that Authentic shouts out in the track has hosted me for about half a year now.  The club itself is a wonderful spot with an incredible amount of diversity in the music and with its crowd.  Bruno’s is located on 2389 Mission Street in the city, and features 3 rooms on 2 floors all with different brands of music.  If you ever come to the club on a night when ‘DJ Storm’ is posted on the billboard outside, you’ll be sure to hear Authentic’s version of the track.

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DJ Storm & DJ Sarah Togah – Call Me Maybe Remix.


 

Its always good to get together with friends in the same profession as you to exchange ideas, and get a fresh perspective on your craft.  With my good friend DJ Sarah Togah, we don’t do any of that, we just sit around and talk about ignorant and/or unnecessary mashups that would make us laugh.  During a long phone conversation, we came up with the idea of mixing the two styles of music that we get stereotyped against the most, and what came out was one of the funniest remixes to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” in existence. Check the method below.

DJ Storm Presents: The List.


Every person I know loves to have some form of music while getting ready in the morning.  Be it in the shower, brushing their teeth, or getting dressed, the morning routine is always energized by a little bit of music.  Having music to listen to in the background at the office, getting ready, or just being in need of a good playlist is the general concept behind ‘The List’.  Everyone likes to be kept in the loop when it comes to the newest emerging music. ‘The List’ is a 20 track playlist that is updated once a week with the both new and classic music in Hip Hop, Top 40’s, Electro. In addition to the traditional selection, there are also exclusive remixes from DJ’s around the world that can only be found on ‘The List’.  Click the pic to take a listen.  (Flash is required).

Ethos’s Ruby Skye Commercial: Behind The Scenes.


From ‘The List‘ to a new spot at Bruno’s in San Francisco, to working on brand new shows artists from New York to Los Angeles, my plate has been filled with some interesting new opportunities.  The most recent of which was a gig hooked up by one of my best friends DJ Jeff Phantom.  The upstairs room of Ruby Skye, San Francisco’s most infamous night club got a make over, and the Ethos Tech Production team was there to create the film magic.

Special Thanks: to Jeff Pham, Thabo D’Anjou, Alexandra C., and Ashley F.  Footage provided by Steve Forbes, and additional clips by Michael Bacca.  On set crew – Aaron Collins, Paul Pascale, Spencer Moore, and Matthew Robinson.  Models – Elizabeth A. Hendrix, Kimberly Rucker, Mira Gitoff, and Rachel Kadish.  Music by Funky Notes and Asher Roth.  Editing by Storm McDonald.  Filmed at Ruby Skye San Francisco. 

San Francisco’s EOQ Party, Hosted By Fabolous.


The EOQ Party is the Bay Area’s official end of quarter celebration for young professionals and entrepreneurs. This quarterly party brings together world-class entertainment with San Francisco’s finest venues and the Bay Areas freshest young industry movers and shakers. This quarter, we are bringing out one of the the Bay’s most sought-after DJs, DJ D-Sharp, to keep the bottles popping and the people moving. Calling all Googlers, Facebookers, Genentechers, New Grads, Old Grads and everybody in between – here’s a toast to success, and another fiscal quarter closer towards promotion.

  •  Two Full Bars
  • Go-Go Dancers
  •  Nathan Kwok Photography
  • VIP Exclusive Upstairs Lounge Bottle Service
  • $10 before 11:00PM with guest-list – RSVP here
  • Special Guests Appearances

 

Jumping On The Brand Wagon.


BRND WGN is an innovative branding agency that brings together experienced & creative thinkers to implement marketing, advertising, PR and design projects in a unique and profitable way. We have a fierce commitment to creating the most innovative and effective solutions to meet our clients’ marketing objectives and vision and we strive on getting things done right first time on time.  Click here to learn a little more, and jump on the brand wagon.

Jeff Phantom & DJ Storm – Swerve.


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On an average of about once a month, DJ Jeff Phantom and I got together since February to put out some podcast mixes that started with Project X, and are now culminating in the 30 minute mix session titled ‘Swerve’.  With it being half Hip Hop, and half Electro/House/Dubstep, tons of ideas, mashups, and remixed were thrown around during the early phase of putting things together, but in the end we felt it was just best to just rock live on the turn tables for about 15 minutes each.  Click the player below to listen, and we hope you enjoy.

Throwback Video: Tweet – Oops Oh My.


Tweet’s video for her first single “Oops (Oh My),” featuring Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott. Nothing wrong with a little self love. “Oh my…”

The Stylish Blog Of Ms. Nicoletta Gauci.


Working as closely as models as I do now a days, I’ve become well aware of the fact that it takes quite a bit of work before guys see the photos they fawn over.  Having a photographer is an obvious must, but his/her assistants, background artists, wardrobe coordinators, and stylists are all just as crucial to making a photo shoot work as having a skilled model is.  I was on the hunt over the last few days to find a stylist for an upcoming shoot, and came across an incredible stylist from Los Angeles, CA.

The bio on her professional site reads:

Nicoletta Gauci is a unique blend of Los Angeles native with European flair. She received formal artistic training first from the Academy of Art University where the very different worlds of art principle, application, and business would first collide. Thanks to a strong line of fundamental training, most notably from the Paul Mitchell School, and a continual thirst for education and experience, she has been able to achieve great heights early in her career. This now even-stronger combined foundation outlined a path that would take her to new depths as a hair stylist.

Nicoletta has styled hair for numerous editorial and beauty shoots as well as for celebrity personalities and marketing campaigns. Her work has also taken her into the world of art direction for magazine submissions as well as education for both future and current hairstylists. Currently Nicoletta is based outside of Milan, Italy and splits her time between being lead colorist at Italys premiere Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, collaborating as part of Paul Mitchell Italias Artistic Team, and shooting Internationally. Her days are spent traveling with a smile on her face, brush in her hand and desire to share her bliss with the world.

Now, aside from her body of professional work, she runs a blog that would make even the most seasoned stylist feel a tad bashful.  On NicolettaGauci.WordPress.com there are a staggering amount of interesting concepts, ideas, styles, pictures videos and content by which virtually any reader could become hooked.  I don’t normally site too many other blog sites through my own, but this one is site to take a look at.  Click the photos either above or below to see Nicoleta Gauci’s blog.

Rob Scott – Rigamortis (Freestyle).


The other day I was driving between meetings with my assistant, and Rob Scott’s ‘If I Die Young’ was playing in the car.  Before the end of the song came along, Ash would restart it, just to hear it from the top.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of that track, and Rob’s work in general, but after about the 5th time, I just decided to call Rob on the phone, and put her on blast about it, so she’d get it out of her system and let me get on with the rest of my music selection.  Today however, I got a listen to the new freestyle ‘Rigamortis’ by Mr. Scott, and I can guarantee I’ll for sure have that track on repeat, and no matter how many times anyone makes a phone call to whoever, it probably won’t get me to stop playing this track.  Check the official video below.

The Phantom Storm Movement – Infinite Climb.


The Project X podcast series was an amazing idea, sparked by an amazing movie, shut down by an amazingly stupid group of kids from Texas.  After a shooting at a party inspired by the movie, advice was taken to change the name to decrease association with an incident neither myself nor Jeff Phantom were involved with.  However, we’re still making podcasts, filled with new music for the people.  After a 3 week hiatus, I returned to the podcast tables and got back with Jeff to help produce “Infinite Climb”.  Chocked full of House, Electro, Mashups, ‘Infinite Climb’ is for sure a recording to replay.  And please don’t mind the Kelly Clarkson in the intro, we were just having fun with the fact that I’d been gone for three weeks.  Check the method.

A Swagged Out Weekend.


3 video shoots in 4 days is enough to tire any working model out, especially over St. Patrick’s day weekend when everyone is partying.  From ATNT, to Nate ‘BeatStreets’ Haden, to Jay Cee and R.O.D., Sarah Jane Swag will be popping up in all sorts of music videos and short films in the near future, all of which were shot this past weekend.  As her manager, I had the pleasure of accompanying Ms. Swag to all the shoots, and chilling with the various crews behind the scenes as she worked.  The professional photos in the set are courtesy of Geoff Taylor, and a special thanks goes out to Mark Kozen, Quincy Gohlar, and my assistant Ashley F.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson – We Stopped Dreaming.


During an interesting conversation with my close friend and emcee A.Mo about his thoughts on human never actually making it to the moon, he told me his theory was reinforced by the fact that humans never went back to the moon.  (That’s right, a rapper and a DJ having an intellectual conversation about topics other than music.)  But I saw a documentary recently that re-sparked my interest in the matter.  Astrophysicist Neil DeGraase Tyson delves into why exactly it is that people began the space race.  The original space race was fueled by fear. What will jump start the next one (space race 2.0)?

The point here seems to be inspiration. How do we do things better? Is it through more rules and laws? Will more and better standardized testing make education better? No, I don’t think so. What will make education is that moment when people (in general) strive for better education. When people want to learn things so that they can do things. When people dream.  I can’t even think of anything else to add to this speech by Neil deGraase Tyson. It was just that good.

Joseph Kony & ‘Kony 2012’.


It’s very crucial that if you chose to watch this video, you watch it in its entirety.

(For those who watched the movie)

“The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?” – Bob Marley.  Unfortunately most people are only familiar with that quote because of the Will Smith movie ‘I Am Legend’, but no matter where you heard it, or IF you’ve heard it, its a statement from one man that reflects an unyielding desire to make a positive difference.  Jason Russel, the spear head of the “Kony 2012” movement seems to have that same desire, and the same passion to make a positive difference, and the world is just starting to find that out.  In the video, Russel makes the point that when someone is invisible, they’re crimes may go un-noticed, and that shedding light on Joseph Kony and his actions are the best first step in getting something done.  So please do what you can to spread the word about this movement, share this link – http://wp.me/pHo18-5sB with anyone that you can, or any other link in reference to the video above, and lets help make a difference to someone.

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(For those of you who chose not to watch the video.)

The man in the photo above is Joseph Kony.  An African tyrant that is not a dictator, freedom fighter, or political menace.  He is a man who simply will do whatever it takes to keep the power he has gained.  One of my staff members was unable to finish watching the video because some of the images and emotions discussed can be quite intense, and I understand that not everyone has 30 minutes of their undivided attention to devote to the film above RIGHT this second.  This hopefully however doesn’t mean that you’re not willing to help out.

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.  Joseph Rao Kony, born 1961 in Odek, Uganda is a guerrilla group leader, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a group engaged in a violent campaign to establish theocratic government based on the Ten Commandments throughout Uganda.  The LRA say that God has sent spirits to communicate this mission directly to Kony.

Directed by Kony, the LRA has earned a reputation for its actions against the people of several countries, including northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Sudan. It has abducted and forced an estimated 66,000 children to fight for them, and has also forced the internal displacement of over 2,000,000 people since its rebellion began in 1986.  As a result, in 2005 Kony was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court at the Hague, but has succeeded in evading capture since.”  If you have it in your power, ask someone if they know about the crimes of Joseph Kony, or if you’re already familiar with the issue, take the time and tell someone else.

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(For everyone.)

The ‘Invisible Children’ organization is responsible for the Kony 2012 film, and the actions taken to get government officials to respond to the acts of crime in Uganda.  Their project however is not without a bit of public backlash, especially in reference to what happens after Kony is removed from power.  Steven Van Damme, the protection and policy adviser for the whole of eastern Congo is currently based in Goma. Van Damme said his organization is concerned about potentially violent consequences for the local Ugandan population from the Kony 2012 campaign.

“In general, we’re concerned [about] the catastrophic consequences for the local population,” Van Damme said. “We’ve seen in the past, over and over again, how there’s been a lot of retaliation by the LRA, the burning of villages, maiming people, a lot of killings, with little military success.”

According to Van Damme, military operations targeting Kony would present a host of risks. “They should take into account the protection of those people living in the areas where those military operations would take place, and at the same time [we’re] concerned about the fact that Kony has surrounded himself with a lot of civilians around.

“The LRA is able to operate in that part of DRC because it is a remote area, because it’s cut off, because it’s isolated. There is very limited infrastructure, very limited amount of roads, schools, hospitals, very limited communications. The state authority is very weak and is absent. … There’s a lack of political acknowledgment of the presence of the LRA in the area.”

Van Damme said the challenge of helping people impacted by Joseph Kony and his LRA forces requires focus on issues that are bigger than one man.

“What we want to highlight is the lack of development in the area that we’re talking about, where people have a lot of concerns – including the lack of access to hospitals, roads and schools – with this impacting massively on these people,” Van Damme said. “And so, any solution has to look at wider development in the area, and that seems to be where there’s a lot less attention and a lot less funding and political support.

“The LRA problem goes way beyond a purely military solution and has to tackle all of these matters that basically boil down to a very underdeveloped region.”

Aside from the potential consequences of removing Kony from power, ‘Invisible Children’ has also come under fire about some of its techniques.  There is no question that Joesph Kony is ruthless, brutal and quite possibly the embodiment of pure evil, but some of the ways ‘Invisible Children’ have gone about their campaign are under scrutiny.  A blog on Tumblr titled, “Visible Children,” offers a critical review of the organization.  There are several potential issues that would be backers and donors should be aware of prior to parting with hard earned funds or assisting in spreading their message.

Here are a couple of the allegations levied against Invisible Children:

  • Last year the organization raised $8,676,614 and only 32% of these funds went to direct services. It appears that a large majority of their funding went to pay staff salaries, transportation expenses and film production. Charity Navigator rates their accountability and transparency 2 out of 4 stars. This is due to the fact that the organization has not undergone an external audit of their funds.
  • Invisible Children supports direct military intervention, and their funding is said to support the Ugandan government and other military forces. The Ugandan army has been accused of rape and looting, but they are still defended by Invisible Children.

So weather you chose to take action in this digital war to find and stop Joseph Kony, or your opinions differ from the general consensus, just remember to do what you can to keep yourself as informed as possible about this issue and others.

The Project X PartyCast 2.


The most epic party movie in recent memory has cashed in over $26,971,731 at the theaters as of this morning.  For those of you who have seen the movie, are probably aware of the impressive soundtrack that plays throughout the film, and it was that same soundtrack that inspired the Project X PartyCasts.  DJ Jeff Phantom and I have been getting together since before the films release to put together and hour or so of some of the newest potential party songs on the market.  The second release dropped 2 days ago on SoundCloud, but incase it was too hard to find, we figured we would put up on this blog for the world to see.  Both the first and the second pod casts feature Hip Hop, Electro, Moombahthon, House, and a slew of different artists putting out music for the masses.  Take a listen to either the first (below) or the second (above) by just clicking play.

The Project X Podcast.


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The movie ‘Project X’ has had a profound effect on a few of my colleagues and I.  Aside from attempts to re-create the mythic party in the movie, one of the big things I’ve thought about was what music people would really play at a party that epic.  A week or two after getting a sneak peek at the movie, my good friend DJ Jeff Phantom and I decided to create a podcast series in honor party music, no matter the genre.  The ‘Project X Podcasts’ will feature new music in a vast multitude of genres from Hip Hop, to Dubstep, to Top 40’s, to Electro, Dutch House, House, and anything else modern man would need to get a party rocking.  Jeff Phantom and I took some time, and just went straight through with a 100% live 70 minute long podcast that showcases 20 or so tracks, and wanted to put it up for your consideration.  Keep in mind, this is the first time either of us have done this, so we just let it fly.  But click the pic above, and take a listen.

DJ Storm vs. Tumbrl.


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Lots of folks tend to stick to one blog site.  WordPress has served me well for over two years now, and with tens of thousands of views a week, its hard to see why anyone would feel the need to start posting on a different forum.  But with the simplicity of Tumblr and its direct connection to my twitter (@YoungStark) I found a new way to put things up that wouldn’t necessarily work on this beloved WordPress.  Single pictures without descriptions, and things of a more uh… far more raunchy nature than are found on this blog are easy for me to throw up onto Tumblr without upsetting any of my generous sponsors, or deviating from this sites general aesthetic.  So if your interested in an entirely different side of things that I find interesting, feel free to follow me on Tumbrl as well.

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An Interview With Wu-Tang’s Killah Priest.


I’ve personally worked with multiple members of the Wu-Tang clan, and by far my most interesting experience was with Killah Priest.  He’s quite a personality, and after working together for the first time at VooDoo in San Jose, I’ve been following his career pretty closely.  Recently I stumbled across an interview conducted by Brian Kayser where Priest discusses touring with Ghostface, his solo album and being independent.   Check the interview below.

You’ve been on the road a lot with R.A. the Rugged Man and Ghostface Killah. How’s the road treating you?

The road is a great experience. It’s therapy for me and it should be for any artist, I think, that’s on the road, man. It’s just therapy.

Have any plans for music developed with R.A. and Ghost?

Yeah, man. Me and Ghost have been brainstorming heavy. We’ve been talking about this and that and just tactics on how to do this album and how to attack the industry and how to get music out that people will appreciate and get it heard to where people who appreciate real hip-hop music, and what I mean by that is unsaturated, unadulterated, not compromised music and how to get it to the people where they can hear it. Ghostface being the artist that he is, he has a name that can help with the movement so I’m grateful fort that and this is a brother that is a spiritual cat also.

I would imagine there’s some good conversations there.

Definitely. Definitely, man. We go all the way from the Bible to the Koran. We just build on all tactics from the galaxy to whatever. He asks that question “why is the water wet?” and “why is the sky blue?” We’ve been building. That’s my brother.

When you talk about the album, the album you’re talking about is your solo album, The Psychic World or Walter Reed, right?

Definitely, man. It’s done. There’s nothing I will add to it. I never rushed this album, even when I had the release date of January 30th. I couldn’t rush the album now. I gave them a date and I don’t want to rush it, even if it means holding it back for a little while more. I can’t rush it out like that. I wasn’t ready and I felt like it wasn’t ready but it’s ready now. It’s ready to come in. It’s got its suit on and everything and I’m very happy with the project.

You were putting out albums at a steady rate since The Offering, and some of them got criticized for the beat selection. Did you ever feel like that criticism was fair?

Nah. All criticism is good. With The Offering, people were talking about how I had them. It’s just that predicament. When you have something like The Offering, which everybody is claiming is a classic, you’re trying to get what’s next because everybody wants to know what’s next. But I went a whole different angle. It was just crazy timing. When I did Behind the Stained Glass, which was next, I felt people might not think of it as dope as The Offering or a real follow-up to The Offering, but it was something. It was a real emotional time. I had just moved out to Cali and it was my first time working with DJ Woool like that. We just knocked tracks out and what was I going to do with tracks? We put them out. Some people liked it. Some people didn’t take it as well because they were expecting The Offering but I got that. The Offering came from a deep part but I got more deep parts. It was just The Offering. Then we went back in and I gave them a free album, The Untold Stories of Walter Reed, and that was all a download for free and it’s still available. And when we did that, DJ Woool had leftover tracks that we had done and he put out The Exorcist. Those were tracks that I didn’t want to use for Untold Stories because I didn’t think they were ready but he liked them. And then there were some tracks I recorded during The Offering, which Ryan (Man Bites Dog) put out. There was a lot of stuff and it was a lot of material. At least everybody knows I haven’t been sitting back, sleeping. But I’ve been having The Psychic World of Walter Reed as my next album and I’ve been working at it for a long time and some of it slipped out but, you know, that’s what it’s for.

It was originally supposed to be a double disc, too.

Exactly. You had “Brillionaire” that leaked out there and “Listen to Me.” I shot a video for all of those joints that leaked out because I never got to shoot any videos for The Offering. I might go back and shoot “Salvation” or “Essential” because people request those. “Uprising” did real good. Somebody put that together and that did real good.

Yeah, originally that was a double album. I don’t know if I’m still going that same route but I got three or four albums that’s ready.

You’re going the independent route here too, right?

Yeah. I gave everybody a chance with my material. That’s what happened with The Offering too. When you’re doing it independently and you have a distributor, sometimes they just get caught up and they don’t look at the passion behind it. I had Nas and Immortal Technique on there and people received it well but there wasn’t enough material there for it to get in everybody’s hands. I feel sorry for cats that missed that. If you missed it, go back and get it in your hands. It’s the same with Black August. Albums that I put my heart into, people don’t understand it but I’m always on the road and with this album, if I’m not there, it’s not coming out. If I don’t have hands on it, it’s not coming out. We had to do Black August: Revisited and with The Offering, there was a lot of complaints that it wasn’t in enough stores. The material was dope but with this one, I would rather do it myself like, “Here, you’re getting this from me.”

That approach takes more time than handing the album over to a company.

Yeah, but I got good help this time. It takes more time and it takes more concentration. It’s not just releasing it. I had another mixtape with Woool that was coming out called Castle Hop that we had to put our brakes on because I can’t just drop that right now. I can’t drop that before dropping The Psychic World.

Are you liking the independence so far?

Yeah. It’s way better. It’s hands-on and you get to really feel what’s going on. You control your own destiny. You have to come up with a certain amount and you know you get to see all the paperwork and you’re controlling it, man. From there, it’s up to the ears of the people and that’s what we work so hard for – to get to the ears of the people and to make sure that you get it to as many people as you can get it to. If you don’t like it, maybe it’s not for you, but there’s blood and sweat in this.

Where does The Psychic World stand in your discography?

Some people that heard it said I might have outdone myself. I heard a lot of different things. For me, I just think it sounds like nothing out there and it sounds like nothing I’ve heard before. There’s different elements and there’s a different mood. There’s things that’s changing and it’s me talking about different subjects. The subject matter and concepts, it sounds different. It sounds different. I would have to put The Psychic World of Walter Reed right up there with the greats.

When can we expect the album?

March. March and I plan on touring and performing those songs and doing some classics, taking it back. I just did the Rock the Bells and that gave me great inspiration for performing Heavy Mental in its entirety and just doing different tours and doing different stuff. That’s what I’m doing. It’s definitely The Psychic World of Walter Reed.

Tokyo 24 On 99.7.


Click the pic to vote, and hear 'Taste Of Love' below.

Tokyo 24 has been one of my favorite groups to work with for quite some time now.  Their unique style, a-typical beats, and non generic lyrics have always kept my interested as a listener.  Recently, their music found its way right up to the top of the ‘Bay Area Sound Check’ contest held by 99.7 Now in the Bay.  As if the musical prowess of Tokyo 24 wasn’t enough to get my vote, NhT’s own A.Mo is also featured on the track.  ‘Taste Of Love’ is fresh off the EP “Aeonian Complex” released in the last quarter of 2011.  You can hear the track above, and click the pic to cast your vote for Tokyo 24.