Posts Tagged ‘Jedi Mind Tricks’

What a great show. Just what Asbury Park needed. Given it was a Wednesday night and an early start time(6:30 pm), people still came through and supported.  I arrived around 5:30 for sound check, figuring most rappers are late anyways. To my surprise, Jedi Mind Tricks and company had arrived by 4:30 and had already begun there soundtrack. After I finished setting up, I got to dip back stage and meet everyone. My bad for assuming that there was going to be some wild shit going. These guys were just laid back and chill, cool as a cucumber. Everyone was friendly, and showed mad love to me. Its weird for me. You follow these guys on twitter and facebook and when you finally meet them they’re just regular dudes. No gaudy chains, champagne, fights, and nasty groupies. Its real refreshing to see artists not be stereo types. There was some drinking going on, but for the most part they were about business. Anyways, great performance by Jedi Mind Tricks, Reef The Lost Cauze, and Solo For Dolo. I also wanted to note, a great stage performance by Greg C., Solo For Dolo’s new hype man. They had some real good chemistry going on. Here’s a few photos I took at the show. I have my fingers crossed and hope this paves the way for future indie hip hop acts to come through to Asbury.

Solo For Dolo w/ Greg C.

Jus Allah

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Thanks everyone for your support!

re-kon

ps. Congrats to Reef on his new born baby

 

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Though this would be the best episode of the MTV show, this is for a landmark moment for Hip Hop Heads in the Jersey Shore area. Oct.27th at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park New Jersey, Jedi Mind Tricks and Reef The Lost Cauze make their debut appearances. Though The Stony Pony brings more mainstream hip hop acts, like Snoop Dog, Cypress Hill, and Redman and Method Man, it’s never brought an indie group has big as J.M.T. to the Jersey shore.  Why is this a big deal?  Asbury Park as little to no indie hip hop scene/following. This could mean more future shows like this and more support. Also, it could just open a few eyes and ears of people who only know hip hop that is played on the radio. Yes, I do have personal invested interest in this show. I will be djing throughout the night and rocking a set with Solo For Dolo. When the show was initially booked, I noticed there wasn’t a local act opening for Jedi Mind. So I poked my nose around, found the right contact, and boom! Myself and Solo got booked. I’ve seen these guys play and handful of times and now to have the honor to share the same stage is pretty exciting. Anyways,  I just wanted to throw something up real quick. I will be posting photos and hopefully video of the show. Maybe even an interview with J.M.T. if they are up to it. SO STAY TUNED!

I also wanted to give a quick shout out to my home girl Angie who hooked the show up for myself and Solo For Dolo.

Thank you and much love!

pre-sale tickets are available HERE

 

Doors open at 6pm and myself and Solo For Dolo will be rocking at 6:30. Space is limited so get there early.

peace,

re-kon

 

no money, no honey

As like most, I am very passionate about hip hop and hip hop culture. As I listened to Self Scientific’s “The Return” it got me to think. Damn, these cats were rapping about how hip hop was getting out of control back in 1997 and here we are, and it still is out of control. Now my question is, do you “keep it real” and stay passionate about your craft wether it be producing, mc’ing, dj’ing and even art. Do you “sell out” and make that auto tune track or have that latest popular m.c. feature or stay true to yourself? Remember when Hot 97 would break records? Wu-Tang Clan, Souls Of Mischief, and Blackmoon were on regular rotation? Radio has become a “pay to play” situation. I’m not judging you if you get down with mainstream music. I had my dirty south phase, but for the most part what “they” play on the radio is not for me.  Now mind you, I’d never charge an artist for a review or feature on my blog. If I’m feeling your music I will post it.  For the most part, who the hell am I and why would you want to listen to me anyways? I’m not here to disrespect anyone or their art form. My soul purpose of The Wunderground is to inform people and let them know hip hop is not dead(I hate that statement) and it never was. Nowadays its up to you to decide what is “Hip Hop” and what is not. So artists, I ask you, do you stay the indie route or make something for the radio and or mainstream? Me? I’ll stay broke if it means me keeping my self-respect. Honestly, my soul ain’t for sale. I don’t need to be rich and famous. I love hip hop! As long as I can pay my bills and spoil my girl once in a while I’m good. I look at artist/record labels like Jedi Mind Tricks, Duckdown Records’ and Stones Throw and I say to myself, “damn they stay true to themselves and their music.” The one thing mainstream hip hop will never have over indie hip hop is loyal fans. I find with mainstream hip hop is your only as hot as your last record. Also, mainstream hip hop fans are fair weather fans like most New York Jets fans.Anyone heard the new M.I.M.S. or Ying Yang Twins record ? No, because they are irrelevant in the hip hop world now. What the hell happened to Tru Life? Just another pawn in the record industry. Dude was nice so I hope he makes it back. Either record companies are blind or just don’t they just don’t care, is that quality hip hop was once “Mainstream.” Artist were able to be true to their craft and still have “mass appeal.” Biggie, Big Pun, Ghostface Killah, and Outkast all had mainstream appeal, so records, and still were respected as “real” m.c.’s. That is not the case anymore. The indie route seems to be catching on.  Look how successful Freeway and especially Slaughterhouse did when they went the indie route? My point, loyal fans and quality hip hop. I guess the decision lies within in you. Money or respect? I just also wanted to take a minute to thank Dart Adams over at Www.Bloggerhouse.net for the inspiration, Solo For Dolo, and whoever reads this. Thank you so much. Your support is much appreciated.

peace, love and dope beats,

re-kon