Soul Flows


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
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