Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Alive and Well in Accra:Take 2

Arrgh. I was using Picasa's BlogThis! feature to post an update on our time in Accra. Having lost approximately 300 words, I'm going to redo this in a concise manner. This is a picture of us before eating at the Continental at La Palm Hotel in Accra. We went with Aisha's aunt Gloria and uncle Mensa and their son, Worlanyo. The buffet was decent, but not spectacular. Worla passed out in the car after the meal due to jetlag, while we walked through the Ghanian Village, a restaurant designed to look like a northern Ghanian village. We then drove home through the Teshie/Nungua neighborhood, which vividly reminded us that Ghana's more than gated communities with private pools. More later.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Still Long Time; Off to Ghana

Hey all,

I'm headed to Accra in Ghana for 12 days. Rest, relaxation, recovery and rediscovery. Should be a hell of a time to reflect on a hell of a year (most of which is not reflected in this blog whatsoever, so if you want an entertaining tale of trial and tribulation, send me an email). I'm really looking forward to this as well as being recharged for 2007. Happy Holidays and Merry New Year! to anyone I didn't get in touch with. Peace.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Long Time; "Read a Book!"

Hey all,

It's been a long time since I wrote anything in here. The truth is, between my new company, school, my engagement (yup, I'm getting married), there's been a lot going on. Much too much to handle at times. Hopefully this'll be the beginning of a comeback.

I just wanted to take a second to point people at this parody crunk song called "Read A Book!". You know how Lil' Jon and the Ying Yang Twins scream all sorts of nonsense over a beat? This is like that, but the lyrics are a bit different. Here are some examples.

"Read a book, read a book, read a motherfucking book!"

"your body needs water so drink that shit!"

"raise your kids, raise your kids, raise your goddam kids!"

Read A Book is available here. I'm trying to get it added to my playlist at Forever True School.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

New blog URL or uptownsound

I've created a separate blog for the uptownsound streaming hip-hop station. You can check out news, updated playlists at

Friday, June 23, 2006

Catch Ernie Paniccioli's Graffiti Gallery Show in Brooklyn!

Ernie Paniccioli is a legendary gifted hip-hop photographer who has compiled over thirty years of classic memories into a book called "Who Shot Ya?"

He's part of a Graffiti show in Brooklyn called Propaganda. The exhibit will be up until July 29th, and the opening iss June 25th. here's the press release:

      A R T S   F O U N D A T I O N    

                                    Press Contact:  Danny Simmons



PROPAGANDA:  The Dissemination of Ideas 

Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery located at, 334 Grand Avenue, Clinton Hill Brooklyn, is pleased to present Propaganda: The Dissemination of Ideas, a group exhibition of legendary graffiti artists and graffiti documentarians DUROCIA, SLANG TYRUE,
ERNIE PANICCIOLI, PETER SUTHERLAND, and JAMESTOP.  The opening reception will be held Sunday June 25 from 3-7pm and will feature DJ Dundee spinning classic 80's records in homage of the graffiti genre.  There will also be live performances by Keswa and a b-boy circle hosted by WESTROK.  The exhibition will be on view through July 29.

Propaganda examines contemporary political and social issues through the lens of contemporary graffiti artists and graffiti documentarians.  Graffiti has existed since the days of ancient civilization and many will attest to its prehistoric origins. The evolution of the art form can be traced back to cave painting, believed to be the work of elders and shaman.
Propaganda presents graffiti's progression and social pertinence, exhibiting exciting imagery that challenges the imagery of the status quo. 

DUROCIA, legend and forefather of graffiti, draws inspiration from biblical themes and classic graffiti writing.  Duro is critically acclaimed in both graffiti and art communities.  Included in the exhibition are paintings depicting iconographic Christian imagery in vibrant pop colors as well as painted model trains referencing the New York City golden years of subway painting.  The work evokes at once nostalgia and innovation.

SLANG TYRUE, renowned Chicago graffiti artist, blends traditional graffiti lines and arrows with figure drawing and cubism.     Slang refers to his carefully designed and expressive style as "slangism".  On display will be large-scale paintings that address how Americans are unwitting slaves to mass consumption.

Famed Hip-Hop photographer ERNIE PANICCIOLI, will showcase 15 photographs of graffiti and graffiti artist taken over a span of 30 years in various locations ranging from New York's five boroughs, the American South and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The series is a vivid documentation of graffiti's history and development.

Noted filmmaker and photographer PETER SUTHERLAND presents work from his published book Autograf a series of obscure portraits of New York City's graffiti artists.  Sutherland artfully documents graffiti as a cultural phenomenon, "capturing all the gritty glory and glamour" of graffiti artists,
a.k.a. anonymous outlaws.

JAMESTOP, a legend and a leader in the graffiti community, presents a montage of self portraits embellished with multi media-collage. Though polished in presentation this work retains much of its authentic street flair. James calls to mind imagery from the Black Panther movement of the 60s -- with its stylized depiction of the strong African-American males.

Please join us for this compelling exhibition, which allows the viewer to take a deeper look at the political and social heart of contemporary graffiti and the artists who make it!

Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery, 334 Grand Avenue (between Greene and Gates Avenues) in Brooklyn is a community-based gallery serving Brooklyn residents and artists, with a primary focus on artists and audience development.
Founded and run by artist Danny Simmons, this community resource presents five exhibitions each year with frequent public programs.  Corridor Gallery serves as the base for the Education Programs of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
. Gallery hours are Saturday noon to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment 718-638-8416.

Located on the Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery is easily accessible by public transportation. It is a short walk from the G train to Classon Avenue or the C train to Clinton/Washington Station.

Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery is a project of The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation which is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to underrepresented artists and artists of color.  A 501(C)3 organization, Rush Philanthropic fulfills its mission through three core programs: community grants, exhibitions and education programs.  The organization was founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons.  For more information please visit us at

"The government you have elected is inoperative..." Gil Scott Heron -h2O Blues

work for peace..........


Have you bought your copy of
"Who Shot Ya?" yet?

Stop this illegal war-Now!

Friday, June 16, 2006

uptownsound off to a good start


uptownsound has been up for almost two weeks. I've been updating playlists every day, going through the vault and finding gems to add. I still have a lot more heavy hitting tracks that haven't made

One of the great things about internet radio is the amount of information available to broadcasters. Since the radio station launched, over 125 hours of streaming music has been downloaded to computers around the world (but mostly in NY and CA). "My Uzi Weighs A Ton" is the highest rated song out of all, and "Fire In Which You Burn" was the one song that made people stop listening the quickest (I've since removed it from the playlist).

I've gotten a few requests, but more feedback is always good. If you hear a new song on the station, or have some suggestions, hit me up either on this blog or at uptownsound[at]

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Uptownsound radio is online!

Hey all,

After several months spent in the land of Grad School Hell, I've come back with some good news. First, the People Under the Stairs album, Stepfather is absolutely fantastic. There are 20 tracks with no filler material, including the second installment in their summer hangout song series, named "Jamboree Part 1" and "Jamboree Part Two".

After seeing PUTS perform at SOBs in May, I can truly say these guys are one of my favorite groups out there. The dedication and energy that they put into their show alone provides a satisfying time. I rounded up 8 or 9 of my good friends and we left the place all smiles. If they're on tour anywhere near you, go check them out.

If People Under The Stairs isn't touring near you, and you don't want to get the whole album, you can listen to "Jabmoree Part 1" on a new radio station, available at
Forever True School. It's in beta status now, with some nice tracks from the 80s to today.

Why a streaming radio station? Over many years, I've been asked "Is there any good hip-hop left? Where can I find good hip-hop songs and artists?". This station will provide an outlet for you. I've also gotten behind on Mix CDs I've promised to quite a few people over the years. Finally, unlike this blog, the station playlists will be updated frequently. We'll also have theme shows full of songs you might not hear anywhere else. So bookmark Forever True School, and tell your friends.

Finally, I have a cousin Yvonne Prescott who's raising money for the Community Hospice, a place that helps people with terminally ill diseases live in comfort and dignity. All contributions are tax deductible, so if you feel so inclined, drop by Yvonne's page and help her out. Thanks.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Change 'Gon Come; in the meantime, some great music news

The whole new's been held up, but I should have something coming for you real soon. In the meantime, I just wanted to drop some info for you hip-hop heads looking for a good album to cop. This tidbit just came in from The People Under The Stairs are coming out with a new album in May, called Stepfather.

For those I've introduced to the group, you know what this means; more ridiculous beats and laid back, rhymes. It looks like they're switching labels, but Thes One has also started his own label, called Tres Records. you can check out music from Thes, Giant Panda and Bloquera.

That's it for now....stay tuned!