Soul Flows


Intalek x TheCMag.com Presents…”While I Was Gone: The Mixtape”
October 5, 2009, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Music

Most of my posts are interviews…as they will be 95% of the time. But this is special. For those who don’t know who Intalek is…this must be your first time to SoulFlows because there’s an interview/feature on him on this site [Intalekual Stimulation 7/20/2009]. I, PS, am the BIGGEST Intalek fan. And I just couldn’t resist putting up a post about this mixtape he’s dropped today. “While I Was Gone: The Mixtape” presented by Connoisseur Magazine.

MUST HEAR:: “Tequila”, “Rolling Like a Big Shot!”, “The Blast ’09 featuring Lola Maxwell [also another SoulFlows feature: Femme Fatale 7/20/2009]”, matter fact THE WHOLE TAPE!

click the pic below to get your copy!

While I Was Gone - Intalek

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Settle for a Draw.
September 14, 2009, 3:57 pm
Filed under: Art, Interviews | Tags: , , ,

SoulFlows first art feature, someone whose work I admire, illustrator, Richie Pope. His work is phenomonal, with features on numerous sites and magazines. Richie’s work draw from pop culture, music, politics, and more. His work is more than something to look at, it’s both conceptual and conversational. Capturing the essence of his subjects, and the emotions of the characters he presents, SoulFlows takes you into the mind and sketchbook of Richie Pope.

Be Happy Mr. West“Be Happy, Mr. West”

2009 NY Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition

KING

“KING”Missing Things by Richie Pope“The Missing Things”

CMYK Magazine, Vol. 44

Thomas Lynch by Richie Pope“Thomas Lynch”

for UTNE Reader

If you had to describe yourself with one song lyric/verse, what would it be?

This isn’t a song lyric, but it’s a beautiful quote from one of my favorite films, American Beauty:    “…it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…and then I remember to relax…and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain…and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.”

Who is Richie Pope?

Richie Pope is a freelance illustrator/creative thinker based in Richmond, VA.

Your medium is…

Pen, digital, pencil, acrylic all mixed in with some collage elements.

You would describe your style as…

Realism, street art and expressionism filtered through the mind of a surrealist.

What themes are you pursuing in your work?

I’ve always focused a lot on conceptual themes, but recently I’ve been trying to take this conceptual process into a more surreal realm visually.

What artists influenced you, and how?

A few artists out of German Expressionism influenced me, like Gustav Klimt and Ego Schiele. Klimt had a really amazing way of using shapes to define the figure, especially the female figure. He also made me a lover of patterns. Schiele’s drawings were more rough and “crude” but the distortion of his human figures brings out the inherent flaws and imperfections of people. It makes them more human to me. Sterling Hundley, one of my former professors and mentors is also an influence, in terms of thinking conceptually, capturing value and creating an interesting composition in a piece. Tin Salamunic, another one of my former professors and really good friends really made me appreciate drawing in a sketchbook and working really hard to get where you want to go.

What inspires you?

My own life experiences inspire me the most, although other people’s experiences are also very interesting. Comic books, cartoons and movies inspire the way I tell stories, the way I see ideas and narratives in my head, and just the way I see day-to-day things. My mother’s strength and kindness also inspires me.

What’s on your playlist?

Blueprint 3, Kid Cudi and the new album “Humbug” from Arctic Monkeys.

What do you want viewers to walk away with with your art?

The piece I did about Michael Jackson, entitled “King,” made this girl almost cry. That sums it up right there. When my work has hit somebody in some way emotionally, it makes everything I do worth it.

What do you have on the come up?

I’m working on a mixtape cover for this rapper named Nique called “Framed and Unfocused.” It’s a more surreal conceptual cover, which I don’t really see done too often with mixtapes, so it should be something new and interesting for people to be exposed to. I’m also going to be putting together a lot of my sketches for a book called “Scribbles and Bits Vol. 1,” which should be out by the end of the year. Other than that, I’m just drawing, drawing, promoting and promoting.

So to wrap it up, tell everybody how they can get in contact w/you and where they can see more of your work.

You can go to my website at http://richiepope.com or my illustration blog at http://richiepope.blogspot.com to see my more personal in-depth process. You can also email directly at richiepope.ill@gmail.com.

Anything else you want to say before we close out?

Do whatever makes you truly happy in life. Don’t let anyone tell you that your dreams don’t have their own worth. Always be willing to learn, no matter how much you feel you already have learned. No matter how many times doors may shut in your face, never give up on your passion.

**BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE ART PAGE FOR MORE RICHIE POPE LINKS**



Take a Reign Cheque
September 14, 2009, 3:56 pm
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G-Five Clive - photo credit Avanti Fernandez

SoulFlows comes back this time, bringing to the stage, G5 Clive. With a flow similar to that of a storyteller and verses that are beyond relatable, G5 Clive makes us reminisce, remember, and imagine each line. G5 is an artist creating works that separately are like entries in a journal, and together are like a movie. His lyrics are full of imagery, his flow is conversational, his style is all his own. It’s hard to describe his work or compare him to other emcees, because there’s easily no comparison. His music is full of experimental, hip-hop, new school, old school, and jazz influences. G5 Clive is the definition of a generator. The mixtapes have been on repeat since SoulFlows was introduced to G5. “Neva Can Say Goodbye featuring TeeThree” is my ultimate favorite [from The Social Class mixtape], and contains a sample of the Jackson 5 classic, “Never Can Say Goodbye”. Another must listen is “Sex Ed: Like Water”, also off The Social Class mixtape; the song has an interesting subject, but what I love about this joint in particular is the delivery. With the release of his single “Vice City” off his next mixtape, Reign Cheque [dropping September 30], getting major reviews, SoulFlows brings to the stage… G5 Clive, the Style Generator.

If you had to describe yourself with one song lyric/verse, what would it be?

Hmm…There’s so many but I’d have to go with this song I did called “James Bond.” It was on my Social Class mixtape and it pretty much chronicled my life before music up till now. James Bond was always the smooth character that gave you his last name first, which it pretty parallel to me. G5 being an abbreviation of my last name (GRANT= 5 Letters), as well as a metaphor for my style.

In your own words introduce G5 Clive to the stage.

Umm…Simply put, I’m no different than you…but being that I’m not you I’m me…you know? But really I’m DC…I’m Dragon Ball Z and Pokémon fused together…I’m Negril…I’m BOMB weed…I’m real rap… I’m that silly dude Clive…I’m a thinker of extreme sorts. Extreme.

You would describe your style as…

Breezy. If that makes sense lol…It’s just chill. Someone once described my style as ‘Complex Simplicity,’ and I tend to agree with that. It’s everything but nothing… but it’s something. It’s actually a whole lot. I’d say my style is ‘Progressive.’

G5 Clive, the Style Generator. How’d that come about, because I see you styling.

Haha… That came from Uptown DC. And my parents… cause they kinda traumatized me with mad styles they had going on LOL… So it’s like embedded in me to be flavorful… refreshing. Some people take note, others don’t.

So going through your mixtapes, the I notice that each tape offers mad varieties as far as subject matter, beats, even lyricism. Hard to believe an emcee could be that versatile. How do you think your music is different from the old G5 and other emcees?

We as humans are an ever-evolving species. And I’m no different… even though I’m a Beast! Haha. But seriously, just as I evolve as a person, my art does. I go through different things on a daily basis, which warrants a different mind state, which ultimately drives me to make different music. I’m not a person of the past too much so each project will seem like the first one I’ve ever done. Not skills wise, but feeling wise. The difference between me and other emcees is that I do soul music. Not “Hip-Hop,” SOUL music.

So, your music seems to be influenced a lot by the 80s and early 90s. You did the joint “I Still Love H.E.R.” on your A Bathing tApe, sort of like Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”, about the love for hip hop. What do you think of the state hip hop is in? And how do you plan on changing [or adding to] that?

I believe Hip-Hop is a beautiful thing that will never die, just evolve. I think today, Hip-Hop is looking for its new face. I don’t want to say “saviour” but I kinda do. It’s stagnant, repetitive, and content. But it should be progressive, edgy and informative. I plan to go for the throat of the game, keep making progressive hip-hop with that soul feel to restore its essence and add to its repertoire. Hip-Hop needs more repertoires.

Now I have been rocking The Social Class and a Bathing tApe mixtapes, what other projects do you have on the menu? And what can we expect from them?

Well I’m currently working on another mixtape/album called “Reign Cheque’ which should be out early September. It’s crazy! That G500 Sound.

Describe to us what your dream song would be. [Who would make the beat? What would it be about? Who would it feature? What would it sound like?]

Hmm… Good one. I’d have to have either Dr. Dre or Vaughn Kerns on the beat. It would be about my [our] great lineage. It would feature Doug E Fresh & Diddy on background vocals LOL and probably Chuck Brown on the hook. It would sound LEGENDARY. Let’s see who tries to steal that idea lol.

What’s one thing you want your listeners to walk away with?

An open mind. Period.

So to wrap it up, tell everybody where they can hear more from you.

Catch me on Myspace.com/g5clive and Facebook.com/g5clive

I’ll also be performing at various spots throughout the rest of the summer and this year.

Anything else you want to say before we close out?

Let’s Get Free. & Thank You.

Check out & D/L G5 Clive’s 2nd single off Reign Cheque, “So Many Girls” featuring Choppa Block…

http://divshare.com/download/8582707-6a6

:: photo credit :: Avanti Fernandez ::

If you had to describe yourself with one song lyric/verse, what would it be? [Lyric, Song Name, Artist]

Hmm.. Theres so many but I’d have to go with this song I did called ‘James Bond.’ It was on my Social Class mixtape and it pretty much chronicled my life before music up til now. James Bond was always the smooth character that gave you his last name first, which it pretty parallel to me. G5 being an abreviation of my last name (GRANT= 5 Letters), as well as a metaphor for my style.

In your own words introduce G5 Clive to the stage.

Umm… Simply put, Im no different than you.. but being that Im not you Im me.. you know? lol But really I’m DC.. I’m Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon fused together.. I’m Negril.. Im BOMB weed.. I’m real rap.. I’m that silly dude Clive.. I’m a thinker of extreme sorts. Extreme.

You would describe your style as…

Breezy. If that makes sense lol Its just chill. Someone once described my style as ‘Complex Simplicity,’ and I tend to agree with that. Its everything but nothing… but its something. Its actually a whole lot. I’d say my style is ‘Progressive.’

G5 Clive, the Style Generator. How’d that come about, because I see you styling.

Haha.. That came from Uptown DC. And my parents.. cuz they kinda tramautized me with mad styles they had going on LOL.. So its like embredded in me to be flavorful.. refreshing. Some people take note, others dont.

So going through your mixtapes, the I notice that each tape offers mad varieties as far as subject matter, beats, even lyricism. Hard to believe an emcee could be that versatile. How do you think your music is different from the old G5 and other emcees?

We as humans are a ever-evolving species. And I’m no different.. even though Im a Beast! haha. But seriously, just as I evolve as a person, my art does. I go through different things on a daily basis, which warrants a different mindstate, which ultimately drives me to make different music. Im not a person of the past too much so each project will seem like the first one Ive ever done. Not skills wise, but feeling wise. The difference between me and other emcees is that I do soul music. Not “Hip-Hop,” SOUL music.

So, your music seems to be influenced a lot by the 80s and early 90s. You did the joint “I Still Love H.E.R.” on your A Bathing tApe, sort of like Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”, about the love for hip hop. What do you think of the state hip hop is in? And how do you plan on changing [or adding to] that?

I believe Hip-Hop is a beautiful thing that will never die, just evolve. I think today, Hip-Hop is looking for its new face. I dont want to say “saviour” but I kinda do. Its stagnant, repetitive, content. But it should be progressive, edgy and informative. I plan to go for the throat of the game. Keep making progressive Hip-Hop with that Soul Feel ta restore its essence and add to its repertoire. Hip-Hop needs more repertoire.

Now I have been rocking The Social Class and A Bathing tApe mixtapes, what other projects do you have on the menu? And what can we expect from them?

Well I’m currently working on another mixtape/album called “Reign Cheque’ which should be out early September. Its crazy! That G500 Sound.

Describe to us what your dream song would be. [Who would make the beat? What would it be about? Who would it feature? What would it sound like?]

Hmm.. Good one. I’d have to have either Dr. Dre or Vaughn Kerns on the beat. It would be about my [our] great lineage. It would feature Doug E Fresh & Diddy on backround vocals LOL and probably Chuck Brown on the hook. It would sound LEGENDARY. Lets see who tries to steal that idea lol

What’s one thing you want your listeners to walk away with?

An open mind. Period.

So to wrap it up, tell everybody where they can hear more from you.

Catch me on Myspace.com/g5clive and Facebook.com/g5clive

Ill also be performing at various spots throughout the rest of the summer and this year.

Anything else you want to say before we close out?

Lets Get Free. & Thank You.



SoulStar
September 14, 2009, 3:51 pm
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Blair Perkins

Coming to the stage is a musician for both the young and old, 17 year old R&B/soul singer Blair Perkins. Even at such a ripe age his music is beyond his years, and his voice is like pure perfection from a ripe talent. On top of singing, Blair is a producer, songwriter, model, actor, and dancer, making him a pure renaissance man. During a generation where the music has become so focused on making hits rather than having longevity, Blair Perkins shows both hard work and dedication to the craft at hand to preserve the essence of music. He even has music on his MySpace from the age of 9 years old, singing “I’ll Be There.” Just like his influences Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, his talents were discovered early ;and he has promise for the future. 3 days away from making that transition of a teenager to a young man [Sept. 17], SoulFlows brings the youthful, soulful sounds of Blair Perkins.

If you had to describe yourself with one song lyric, what would it be?

Out of all the songs that I love and admire, the one line that touches me the most and gets to me every time is, “I was a little different……I didn’t do what the bad boys do” (Solange/ I Decided).

Definitely that line.

You would describe your style as…

My style is very different, whatever I feel like doing, I’ll do, I feel an artist should never try to live up to someone’s expectations. My style is 60’s inspired, yet still up to date with the world.

You’re a young dude, with a sound that’s different from other artists of your generation. What do you feel separates you from other musicians, both young and old?

What separates me from other artists is that I don’t try to fit in with what’s “hot, in, or sells”, I just try to stay original at all times because when you listen to those classic records the music isn’t reused, its “original” and thats exactly how I want my future albums to be.. “original”.

Your music is way beyond your years. How do you continue to maintain the foundation of music?

Well.. I listen to every genre of music… I feel in order to be an artist you must be able to be versatile. I feel the more you expand your musical library, the more depth you will have in your music.

My favorite song has to be “False Direction”, from your Message from a Virgo EP, what was the inspiration behind that song and what can people expect from your EP?

False Direction started as a freestyle; the actual recording is the original freestyle (of course remastered).. and its basically about someone giving you negative vibes.. It could be your lover, friends, family etc..People can expect a slower driven EP from me this time around. Take 5 is the only up-tempo song on the EP. The title (Message From a Virgo)basically tells the story of the music… this EP is really the premiere of my new soulful sound..its probably the most honest self explaining project i’ve ever done! …. I’ve done every genre from popcorn disney to straight up gangstafied hood r&b LOL.. but I really found myself this time.. SOUL is MY SOUND hahaha..

I see you’ve been singing for a very long time, even being as young as you are. I’ve also seen that you’ve done a lot of covers of Michael Jackson’s songs. How has his music, along with your other inspirations, touched you and what you do?

Michael Jackson is the reason I’m here today.. Before I fell in love with Beyonce, Usher, and many other artist.. Michael was the first entertainer that could actually make me at four years old get up and copy every move and memorize every song possible!!! I loved and always will love
Michael.. I actually have a tribute EP for him set to release August 1st; you can check out some of the songs on it on my MySpace (myspace.com/blairperkinsmusic)

Describe to us what your dream song would be. [Who would make the beat? What would it be about? Who would it feature? What would it sound like?]

To be honest…. I can’t even answer that question, b/c what I have playing in my head is undefined.. but I can tell you I would love to work with Pharrell Williams, Cee-lo, Jack Splash, and Solange just to name a few.

What’s one thing you want your listeners to walk away with?

Inspiration, as an artist I feel that if a listener is not inspired.. then you have nothing.. so yeah.. definitely inspiration.

So to wrap it up, tell everybody where they can hear more from you.

www.myspace.com/blairperkinsmusic
www.twitter.com/BlairPerkins
www.youtube.com/blairperkinstv
www.youtube.com/blairperkins1
www.imeem.com/blairperkins

Anything else you want to say before we close out?

Download my Message From A Virgo EP Free!!!!
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=f7a8620736c2113
f6b21be4093fab7ace04e75f6e8ebb871



Femme Fatale
July 20, 2009, 11:52 pm
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MissJillz

SoulFlows has next up, DMV’s own, femcee Lola Maxwell. In a time and place where it seems females in rap&hip-hop are only to be seen and not heard, Lola Maxwell presents lines, rhymes, and flows to bring respect for women back to the forefront. Her lines shy away from sexual references and the focus most hip-hop artists put on clothes and money. Instead, her lines resurrect the love for life, style, relaxation, and how to be a classy woman. A couple must hears from Miss Maxwell are “Lucky Star featuring Demi & Charlei” (a SoulFlows personal favorite) and “Parlayin” both off Studio 1206. Enjoy the electric relaxation created from speakers meet Lola Maxwell’s flow.

If you had to describe yourself with one song lyric/verse, what would it be?

If I had to describe myself with one song lyric or verse it would have to be the first joint from Biggie’s “Juicy”:

“It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up magazine
Salt’n’Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin’ pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
I let my tape rock ’til my tape popped
Smokin’ weed and bamboo, sippin’ on private stock
Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack
With the hat to match
Remember Rappin’ Duke, duh-ha, duh-ha
You never thought that hip hop would take it this far
Now I’m in the limelight ’cause I rhyme tight
Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade
Born sinner, the opposite of a winner
Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner
Peace to Ron G, Brucey B, Kid Capri
Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starsky
I’m blowin’ up like you thought I would
Call the crib, same number same hood
It’s all good… “

I swear I wake up singing that song EVERYDAY! Hahaha.. now I didn’t particularly go through the same hardships as Biggie did nor am I hustling drugs or any of that. BUT! These lyrics remind me so much of what I used to do when I was younger. I would come home after school, prop myself up on this one stool we had in the kitchen by the counter. When we didn’t have a computer to look up lyrics or whatever I would play all of my favorite CDs on the lil boombox I had and constantly press stop, rewind, and play to make sure I got every line on point. I most definitely did that to most of Em’s (Eminem) jams because dude has crazy world play. I also used to take all these hip hop related magazines and tear the big fold out posters they would have of my favorite artists at the time and plaster them on my wall with some duck tape or stick pins. My mom would get after me about that, but I pretty much didn’t give a damn. It was MY room anyway. Just repeating these lyrics daily reminds me of how I got so much into music, mainly hip hop, and it just motivates me to keep going so I can finally say “Now I’m in the limelight ’cause I rhyme tight, Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade!”

In your own words introduce Lola Maxwell to the stage.

*Ahem* (This is me on stage) “Wassup Ya’ll my name is Lola Maxwell hailing from the DMV, DC to be exact. For those of you who have heard of me you know how I flow, and to those of you who don’t prepare to be amazed. Hahaha.. no but seriously I got a good show for you guys. I’m not just another female rapper so PLEASE get that mindset out of your head right now. You’re definitely gonna enjoy yourself. Oh yeah and you guys can hit me up on myspace.com/missjillz, twitter.com/lolamaxwell.. let’s go!”

You would describe your style as…

My style is more chill and feel good than anything. I like to groove to my music, not necessariy mine but whatever or whoever I may be listening to. I like a lot of word play in my lyrics. Just like how you have many instruments accenting the other, that’s what my lyrics do for each word after the word.  I’m not so much about punch lines as much as making you think and expanding your vocabulary. There are so many main stream artists out here where I can guess their next word, you know, like boy rhymes with toy… simple shit (excuse my language) like that annoys me. When I first started jammin to Lupe and Nas it was like a breath of fresh air. Their songs made my mind wonder. That’s what I’m yearning to do for my listeners.

Not only lyrically, but your music as a whole is like no other female emcee. How do you continue to make that separation from you and other emcees?

I was politc’n with my homie Vaughn of M1 Platoon the other day on facebook chat, just talking about music and such. And he was tellin me how a lot of the dudes he roll with really like my sound because it sounds so hip hop. That made me extra happy because that meant I was going in the right direction.  In order to keep that separation from myself and other emcees is to keep doing what I’ve been doing this whole time and not getting swayed by what “Hollywood” is dishing out. My man Vaughn was like ‘keep reppin DC and reppin Jillz’. So that’s what I’m gonna keep doing. Music motivates and influences me, not all music though. Since hip hop nowadays isn’t as hot as it was a decade or two ago I mainly listen to what was played in the past. That’s when real hip hop truly existed. It made you “feel” and that’s all I’m tryna do.

What differs Miss Jillz from Lola Maxwell?

Pablo of the Connoisseur Magazine persuaded me to change my name, actually. And I like that he did that because it set me even more apart from other femcees. Just like with male rappers you have “Lil this” or “Lil that”, with female rappers you have “Miss this” and “Miss that”. So, I just wanted to do a total 360. I initially just started changing my name on Facebook, like everybody else does, to something with a fashion designer’s name in It like Vera Cavalli. That name was pretty cute actually haha. I got the name Lola from some Afrocentric website I was on. I just sat there and thought “that’s a pretty name, I like that”. So, I changed my name to Lola-something on Facebook. And then I switched to Lola Davenport. I got the Davenport from one of my favorite movies Idlewild. I then asked my best friends which they liked more; Davenport or Maxwell, and Maxwell won the vote so I stuck to that. And that/this name is more likely to stay in people’s mouths over Miss-whatever.

On Studio 1206, you have a joint “Parlayin”, sort of like speaking for all the femmes, a “kill them wack lines” type joint. How do you feel about the respect women get in the music industry? And how do you plan to change that?

Maaann, they be sleepin on the females! For real, it’s a lot of dope talent out here (and not just referring to myself haha) and I just feel like it’s not recognized enough as much as it should be. Half of these females I hear sound better than 50% of these males. As far as me changing that? Any chance I get to go on stage, even for like a quick sixteen, I’m gonna show what 80% of hip hop fans is missing out on. Female rappers are easily associated with either being sexy or trying to sound like a dude (take it how you want). I’m neither of those two and a most of those people that have heard any of my music realize that, so hopefully they’re spreading the word!!!

Now Studio 1206 was one of the illest mixtapes I’ve heard, I’d even say your lyricism is better than a lot of things some of these rappers and emcees put on their albums. &I know you had a joint before 1206, what are you bringing on Check the Rhyme?

“Check The Rhyme” is actually just something slight for the summer time… bangin out 12 tracks that the listeners are guaranteed to enjoy. I really want people to focus on my lyricism hence the name “check the rhyme”, which I coined from none other than A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check The Rhime”, because I try to get better and show my progression with every tape I put out. I don’t want give out the concept behind the tape because it’s stated on one of the tracks. So don’t forget to download it reader!! YES IM TALKING TO YOU!! Oh yeah and “From the Planet of the Greats…” mixtape is slated to drop SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 so look out for that as well!!

Describe to us what your dream song would be. [Who would make the beat? What would it be about? Who would it feature? What would it sound like?]

Oh my goodness I hate questions like this!!! Aaaahhhhh!! Hmmm… (thinking) my dream song would have the Apple Juice Kid on the beat (you can check out some of his joints on my Studio 1206 Mixtape), probably be about Hip Hop (like that joint Ludacris did with Nas & Jay Z) featuring some ill ass artists that I bang with, aaannndd it would sound like one of the greatest jams hip hop ever produced! Hahaha.. . you feel me?

What’s one thing you want your listeners to walk away with?

Lola Maxwell is NOT just another female mc. She is pure, real talent and these people need to wake up and realize that if not already done.

So to wrap it up, tell everybody where they can hear more from you.

Check it out! To all the readers you guys can check out my music/videos on myspace.com/missjillz, imeem.com/missjillz, vimeo.com/lolamaxwell, and reverbnation.com/lolamaxwell. To stay connected with me you can either hit me through twitter.com/lolamaxwell or lolamackswell@gmail.com. And most definitely check out my blog when you get a chance: lolamackswell.blogspot.com. I feature updates with my music as well as other artists that I am affiliated with. Aiigh? Cool!

Anything else you want to say before we close out?

Ay shouts out to my girl Princess for continuing to do her thing! Shouts to Bri Bri of MATunes.com, Rob of No Limitations, DJ Vic Mase, DJ Eskada, Intalek, Banquo, Charlei, Drique London, Carnage45, AKZionz, Yams of GrungeCake.com, The Connoisseur Magazine, my best friends Dari, Jai, and Bee, my favorite big sister Candilicious of Sweetness, and EVERYBODY I bang with… yall know who yall are.. PEACE!

:: photo credit :: PStheArtist ::


Intalekual Stimulation
July 20, 2009, 11:38 pm
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IntalekSoulFlows is proud to bring that brand new flavor for your ears, courtesy of Virginia Beach emcee, Intalek. With jazz filled instrumentation and poetic flows, Intalek continues to show the benefits of making music with inspirations that shy away from the love of money and focus on the art that is raw lyricism birthed from everyday situations Rather than present to you a situation in music, Intalek guides your imagination through the scenario at hand. I will never forget the song that made me the Intalek fan that I am today, “Band in My Mind” [and if you ask him, he will let you know that’s my favorite joint].  With words lessened, I bring you Sir I.N.T., better known as Intalek. Bless the stage…

In your own words, introduce Intalek to the stage.

The one and only…Intalek! Period.

If you had to describe yourself with one song lyric/verse, what would it be?

Good question. I would have to say “Dear Music” off of my ‘Square One’ mixtape. I can’t necessarily pin-point a direct verse from the song because the ENTIRE track encompasses me and describes me and my journey into what made me jump into music. I’d be lying to myself if I had to choose one of the three verses from the song.

You would describe your style as…

…lyrical and visionary. I’m for the listeners. I place more emphasis in what I say and what’s being broadcasted rather than hard beats and easily remembered hooks. So it’s more lyrical, more thoughtful, more defined.

I know we’ve talked about the different sides to Intalek, what are these different sides and how do they come together to make you the artist you are?

Well, this is something new to me as well! After making more and more music, I realized my approach to tracks varied. So I have three approaches: Intalek, I.N.T., and Theo-nious Monk. “ Intalek” is the thought-provoking emcee, who places more emphasis on lyrics and painting literary pictures. “Intalek” is the foundation for my music. “I.N.T.” or “Intelligence Named Theo” is the wittier, wordplay-ridden, punchline driven, grittier style of mines. It more represents my battle and hustler era and my rapper approach, like freestyles are coming from “I.N.T.” And lastly, “Theo-nious Monk” is the smooth, jazz lyricist. Tracks like “The Band In My Mind” and “Shining” are more of this approach. It’s kind of like an in-my-pocket flow.

Most musicians get compared to other musicians, whether it is lyrically, in presentation, or even how you speak. What musicians do you get compared to the most? And what sets Intalek apart from those musicians?

It’s crazy…I get compared to Lupe Fiasco, mostly because my lyricism can go a bit deep like Lupe’s. I see no comparison because Lupe’s mindframe is deeper and crazier. I mean…I see it sometimes…it takes many listeners some time to decipher what I’m exactly trying to convey which is normally done with a Lupe track. I’ve heard other comparisons like Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and Common. But I more see myself in my own lane and doing my own thing. Sure there’s an influence, but I take what’s around me and create this Intalek monster. The comparisons to others are cool, but I want my listeners to be like “Yeah, that’s Intalek. He does his own type thing.”

In the song “Close” off the Square One mixtape, there’s a line where you say “spoken word what is dear to me”. What part has spoken word and poetry played in Intalek?

Man I had been writing poems as far back as grade school! I never jumped into hip hop at that time. It was more poetry and stories I was into. Robert Frost, Henry Thoreau, E.E. Cummings,Shakespeare, Langston Hughes.  I really wanted to be an author or journalist when I was young, but that was just a phase. But spoken word and poetry always kept my interest. Music is poetry over instrumentation. Same science…different medium. Poetry and spoken word plays a huge part in me and my music. That’s why I place more effort in lyricism and the art of words.

Now you got a few mixtapes, Square One, HelloSpaceWorld, and of course the one you have dropping now, Believe the Hype: The Best of Intalek. If you had to pick one joint from each mixtape to show your growth, what would they be and why?

Sweet question. From “Square One” I’d have to say ‘Rhythm of Rhythm’ because it showcased what kind of artist I was. From “HelloSpaceWorld” I’d say ‘Internal Growth’ because if you really listen the three verses in it are all constructed differently, which showcased I.N.T. on the first verse, Theo-nious Monk on the second, and Intalek on the third, all the while telling the story of how I won’t quit making music. It’s deep! And from “Believe The Hype” I’d say the bonus track ‘Dead.’ It’s just a crazysong! You got to hear it…basically about hip hop can’t leave me until I’m respected enough to be a great.

Describe to us what your dream song would be. [Who would make the beat? What would it be about? Who would it feature? What would it sound like?]

I don’t think I actually have a dream song. I’m down to work with any producer and any artist as long as it doesn’t jeopardize my integrity and every artist is on the same page with what we have in mind to convey. Dream producers…J. Dilla, Kanye, Mad-Lib, Andre 3000, 9th Wonder, Danger Mouse. Dream artists…Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac, Lupe, Outkast, Lauren Hill, Busta Rhymes, Common, Kanye, and every artist that respects hip hop and is helping to push it forward. The sound would be beastly!

What’s one thing you want your listeners to walk away with?

I want my listeners to understand that I do what I do for the love of music. I’m not one for the big fancy cars and homes. I just want to enjoy making this good music, travel the world, meet new people, and support my fashion fetish! But I want listeners to genuinely take what they can from the music I make and place it in their lives. Whether it makes you think, write, talk, provoke, recreational activities, whatever…as long as it’s legal!

So to wrap it up, tell everybody where they can hear more from you.

Aww man…here we go:

http://www.myspace.com/intalek5

http://www.facebook.com/intalek

http://www.rbj-mag.com

http://www.thecmag.com

http://www.myxer.com/intalek

Or you can just simply Google me. I’ve been surprised by the results myself from just searching ‘Intalek’ online. Guess I am making a little bit of noise so far!

Anything else you want to say before we close out?

Shouts out to Princess for the interview. Virginia Beach all day. Hip hop for life. Money Hungry Ent. Code of Conduct. 6 Wild. Live Laugh and Love. D/L and listen to the tapes! The DMV is full of talent so watch out world…we on our way. Peace…

DOWNLOAD Intalek’s “Believe the Hype: Best of Intalek” mixtape here –> http://www.zshare.net/download/6290415215e6c6aa

:: photo credit :: PStheArtist ::


Premiere
July 20, 2009, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Interviews, Poetry, Spoken Word | Tags: , , ,

Sabrina Gilbert

SoulFlows is proud to premiere with spoken word poet Sabrina Gilbert. Sabrina helped start Lyric Ave., Richmond’s own poetry and performance based variety show. Her lyrics are inventive, different, original, and full of variety. With a newly released spoken word CD out, “Sticky”, Sabrina continues to bring verbal stimulation to the ears of the intellectuals. Coming first to the stage, SoulFlows brings you Sabrina Gilbert…

If you had to describe yourself with one song or lyric, not by you, what would it be?

Bad by Michael Jackson – ‘You know I’m Bad/I’m Bad/You know it’

In your own words, introduce to the stage:
Coming next to the stage is a multi talented young lady. She is the CEO of BurrowsInk and is one of the hardest working poets I know, please put your hands together for Ms. Sabrina Gilbert!!!

How would you describe your style?

My style is extremely versatile; I straddle the literary side of poetry and the spoken word side of poetry very well. I have some pieces that are full of alliterations, rhymes, and similes and other poems that are full of imagery & Metaphors and are more on the intellectual/educational side of things.  I also perform well with live bands and dancers.

How/When did you get into poetry and spoken word?

I’ve been writing my whole life. I attended an elementary school that encouraged creative writing and would have us enter work in short story contests and essay contests and when I would win I was very shy so I’d get one of my classmates to read the winning piece for me. LOL. In High School I was the editor for the School’s Literary Magazine in my Junior and Senior year but I didn’t get the courage to perform my own work until my freshman year of college in 2001. After that day I just couldn’t stay away from the stage.

What do you think is the best/worst about the slam/spoken word poetry community?

The best thing about slam is that it teaches you to be able to connect to any and communicate effectively to any audience no matter what age, race, or gender they might be.  The worst thing about slam is that it can give new artist a false illusion about their writing skills (since the judges are not always poets and writers) so you have to be careful not to use slam to validate yourself as a writer. The best thing about the poetry community is that it’s growing exponentially but on the flip side of that the bad thing is that there’s not enough poets who are willing to invest in themselves to become the best poets they can be in all areas of the culture such as performance, writing and recording. We have to constantly remind ourselves that we are always growing and we always have room for improvement (including myself  : ) ) If your work could have any impact on someone, what would you want it to be and why? A lot of my writing is an examination of myself and things that I want to do better for myself, for my community and for the world. I hope that my work inspires people to challenge themselves to be the best person they could possibly be in both their personal life and their careers.

Who/What inspires you?

As far as people that inspire me I’d have to say Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson (I play ‘Bad’ for myself every time I’m getting ready for a feature. It’s my theme song) and Quentin Tarantino because they are people who weren’t /aren’t afraid to take all the knowledge they have about their craft and push the craft in a new direction and that’s something I aspire to do with my work as a poet. As far as what inspires me to write my poems it’s my personal life experiences and life experiences of my close friends and loved ones.

Who were some of the influences for what you do and why?

One of the first people I ever saw making a career from poetry were Talaam Acey, Lamar Hill and Komplex (Kom). So when I started to make the transition from performing poetry as a hobby to choosing poetry as a career I looked to Talaam and Kom  for guidance. Talaam gave me performance tips, Kom gave me a lot of business insight and asked me the questions that would lead me in the right direction and then he took it a step further and even helped me connect with other artist from around the country who were and had been doing this for a living for years. My current mentor (who has been my mentor for the last 2 years) is Mr. Ainsley Burrows who I met in Baltimore.  Ainsley by far is one of the best, if not the best, who’s ever done it and he’s taught me more than I could have ever imagined about writing, about running a spoken word company (I’m the CEO of the company he founded, BurrowsInk) and about performance and slam.  Each of the above people have contributed to the way I choose to market myself, my tour schedule, have aided in my finding what things set me apart from others in the industry and helped me understand how to maintain longevity in this industry as well. They are also why I continue to push to uphold and surpass the legacy they’ve created so that those after me can hopefully be inspired to do the same for the betterment of the culture as a whole.

Any upcoming projects?

I just released my sophomore album, ‘Sticky’ , in April which is an all love/erotic poetry CD. It’s doing very well right now and getting some great reviews. I’m in the process of shooting a video for one of the tracks from the album, I’m in rehearsal for a play that goes up in the Long Island Theater Festival this fall and I’m working on my first book to be released this winter.

Any additional comments?

I was the first Female Grand Slam Champion for Slam Richmond’s 2008 team. I helped to start Lyric Ave which is the biggest poetry show in the South East seating over 800 people per show.  I’ve performed in a spoken word commercial for BET that is scheduled to air next month.