Last year I got the opportunity to attend Street Etiquettes “Sartorial Sounds” live. I posted photos of the grand de jour on the site but recently I was digging in my archives and found video of the event so I want to share with you some moving stills of that moment. Enjoy and stay tuned for more. Life Of Kings More Than Music It’s Life.
Song of The Week number two is a tune from one of my favorite soulful artist Meshell Ndegeocello [ pronounced Mee-shell N-deh-gay-o-chel-o] titled ” Love You Down” which happens to be a cover originally by “Ready For The World”. Press play and enjoy.
Life Of Kings gets back to the music and I’m proud to introduce “song Of The Week” ; a series where I’ll be posting songs that are in my playlist. So to kick it off here is a tune by Smoove & Turrell titled Gabriel. Press play and enjoy.
It’s been a while and I’m actually fiending to post all the pictures I took so far on my journey but it will have to wait, so I leave you with this shot I took of Kanye while in New Orleans at the music festival. I have so much more to share stay tuned for all the beauty to come. Life Of Kings. More Than Music It’s Life.
Sorry I’ve been busy flying here and there for business and pleasure, I’ve got some great photos of Essence Music festival that I will be sharing as soon as I get home. Right now I’m over seas in Sri Lanka making sure the collection we worked so hard to create comes out as we vision. Being away means neglecting not only my blog but also my bubba, speaking of bubba I finally saw the video she’s in for a hot second watching it made me smile. The video I speak of is King B’s new song “Best I never had” take a look and Radhika is at the end portion, go Bubba!!!! Oh how can I forget they labeled the genius behind Life Of Kings(blush) “Eye Candy” (laughs) on Essence Magazine website check it here.
This past saturday I had the pleasure of attending a great night of good music well dressed people and cool vibes. The guys from the exquisite fashion blog Street Etiquette hosted a show @ 92Y Tribeca and introduced to the audiance “Sartorial Sounds” Live. Joshua and Travis Introduced artist such as Jesse Boykins III, Mara Hruby, Joekenneth Museau, Joshua Bennett, Melo-x, Theo Martins and Rinaldy Alvarez.
The show started off with great performances and ended with all the artist on stage singing ” Take Off Your Cool” a cover by Andre 3000 from Outcast. Now I can go in about every artist who performed that night but I’d rather let the short video I took while snapping photos of that night speak for it self. All I know is I enjoyed every last one of them. Mara Hruby who expressed her first performance in New York stole the crowds hearts with her beautiful tone and romantic music. Melo-X killed it with a live remix he did of Maxwells Bad Habits when the beat dropped all I saw were heads nodding back and forth. Theo Martins from Rhode Island also worked the stage well and put his home town on the map. The poets Joshua and Joekenneth were moving, intelligent and extremely entertaining and how can I forget about Mr. Boykins who with his animated performance rocked the crowd like the star that he is. The only regret I have is not being pushy enough to capture Mr. Alvarez who was shying in the back ground and I just couldn’t get that perfect shot, But I did manage to get him tapping in the video so watch out for that soon.
In closing Joshua and Travis have impeccable taste and style the duo brought together great talent and shared them with the rest of us. I saw Dr. Woo filming so I’m sure the footage will be nothing less than exuberant.
I took some photos of that night hope you enjoy. Life Of Kings More Than Music, It’s life. Click on the artist name and check out there music.
I know when I visit Bklyn Bishop of SoundProof Music it’s usually going to be an inspiring day for me. So I geared up the equipment and headed to his sound lab to catch up on music and talk about up and coming projects. I personally think this kid is one of the most profound producers period. I’ve been following his music for a while now and when he played his beats I couldn’t stop thinking, wow, I have to step my game up (laughs). His production is definitely complete now, you know how some up and coming producers play you there tracks and it always seem like there’s something missing? Well, this feeling doesn’t occur when you here something from SoundProof Music, he covers all type’s of genres so if you’re an aspiring singer or writer I suggest you hit this guy up because Bishop has an endless archive of Big Hits just waiting to reach the ears of the masses. Press play below and here what the artist/producer/engineer/director has to say. Life Of Kings is on a beautiful journey. Download ” The Breaks” Mix Tape here.
I discovered D.A. one day while surfing the blogs I normally look at as my daily routine. The minute I saw the video to ” Take A Look” I was immediately drawn in by the conviction of his gestures and facial expressions he made while rapping his lyrics. It reminded me of a poet on the street corner telling the world his story and making you feel his energy as he spoke his words. The way the video was shot, simple yet effective, the suit with bow tie transcended me to an era when Malcolm X walked the streets of Harlem awakening the minds of lost souls. Then came the lyrics, ” Take a look into the future, heart stone like you looking at Medusa, the island can’t seem to make it up that latter, well suppose I’m the booster”. After hearing that opening line, I wanted to here more. So like what we do nowadays I googled him and found his website, where his music lies waiting to be listened to by all who discover this diamond in the ruff. After hearing more I told myself “yeah this kid can spit”. It’s not easy finding young artist who give a s**t about lyrics these days, with all the stop, drop and roll rhymes nowadays it’s really disheartening when I think about it But and thats a big (But) I do get hype when stop, drop and roll is played in the club. ( If your a** is on fire!!! Stop, Drop and roll, stop drop and roll, stop, drop and roll haha, whats crazy, that can really be a hook, smh).
So I contacted his management to set up an interview, to my surprise they were happy to meet. The location, a recording studio in East New York ran by a young Dominican by the name of Miguel Hernandez, who welcomed me in as I waited for D.A. who was running late. D.A. arrives, greetings and apologies and we talk a little to feel each other out. I like to engage into some sort of conversation when I’m interviewing people, kind of like to warm them up, make them feel comfortable so I can get the rawest emotions from them. Upon talking to D.A. I discovered that this young man is hungry to make his dream a reality. A young charismatic individual who’s determined and focused. I mean after the interview, which finished like at 11:00 pm they were going some where to shoot a video, how dedicated is that? I don’t have to say much more because you can see for yourself. Hit the play button. If D.A. is any inclination on how our youth are facing the world today, I think it’s safe to say the kids are all right. Enjoy.