30 December 2009
28 December 2009
Sooooooooooooooooooo what a day, what a day, what a day! Well got the first (well not really) video shoot of my very own (again not really that was cloud city) with the hilarious Mr. Wes Goodlife under my belt. It was crazy, frustrating, funny,enlightining and i learned a lot. I wanna thank everyone who was involved. Of course Wes Goodlife of KissKissGoodnight prod. Kitty wu (my manager) Mel Carne who flew up from the bay and played down brown leah, Ryan and B-flat for jumpin me and lettin Mel and I beat them up. the City of Seattle (ID, Seattle Center and the north end). Much love and i aint takin my shirt off for NOBODY!!
26 December 2009
Shot on a HV30 and edited with Final Cut Pro, for Kiss Kiss GoodNight Films
Cold Hearted in Cloud City
Dir: Wes Goodlife
23 December 2009
22 December 2009
kitty wu got one so now so do I!! see it's a compatition hahaha!!!
This is my article off of eldiablito.com. re-copyed in it's entirety. Shout out to the homie Senyor Cullera for writing an article that makes me sound interesting. much appreciated!! Best christmas ever. haha. NOW READ!
From the Maroon Colony to solo debut Mi Vida Negra through his contributions through Absynnian Creole (nee Ab-Knights), on to his latest opus, From Slaveships to Spaceships; the Dominicano/Haitian rapper, Khingz has been pushing forward with artistry and intelligence to places rarely breached by people with such talent and delivery.
While many people would agree with the cause and beliefs of Khingz, formerly Khalil Crisis (Born Khalil Equiano), the majority of those rappers/singers/activists which take up the social causes which Khingz espouses are not nearly as talented; nor do they have an interesting a story. Whether it was when his ancestors were brought over as human chattel to work on the island of Hispaniola or when his family came to the United States, struggle has never been something to set them back. Khingz still fights back against the effect of colonization and slavery. Although not physically in chains, the battle is now in mind and spirit.
As Khingz explains it, the challenge is now to overcome the mentality brought about as the Europeans “taught us we where in no way equal to those who oppressed us.” Just as the people in Mexico are proud to represent La Raza, Khingz is quick to represent his culture proudly, teaching his fellows that theirs is just as valuable and vibrant as any other.
Bespectacled, and polite with a smile, Equiano does not carry himself with the stereotypical angry revolutionary ways. Instead he is focused on empowerment along with finding ways to overcome “the legacy of poverty and disempowerment that comes with having the resources of your people taken away.” Such has not always been a positive effort, when Khalil had not yet earned his crown.
“As a youth my self hate was aimed outward to other folks (who looked just like me but wore a different color or lived on the other side of town) and in some ways violence against them was violence against myself which didn't bother me because I hated my self.”
As he grew in time, Equiano realized that behaving in such ways was counter-productive. He formed the hip-hop crew Maroon Colony and turned his rage in other ways. He became one of the most accomplished and recognized battle MCs this side of Alpha P. Facing down nationwide competition in the Brainstorm Battle, Khalil was the first champion of the esteemed event.
Through forming Absynnian Creole with Ethiopian-American spoken word artist/hip-hop poet Gabriel Teodros, Khingz was able to round out his game. Being able to meld well with the South Seattle neighborhoods of his upbringing, the Latin roots and power and soul of his African ancestry has turned Khingz into a dynamo. While some artists would be proud to be classified as being similar to another pop radio entity, Khingz proudly displays who he is; an original.
To borrow a turn-of-phrase from collaborator Teodros, Khingz is a “cultural chameleon” who can be successful in many different arenas of urban music because he is authentic while still not allowing himself to settle for the status quo. Indeed, we have seen him (and his people) grow up from Slaveships to Spaceships; Khingz is headed to another level of invention that Gene Roddenberry never imagined.
Por Lo Senyor Cullera
Go see Khingz this Christmas Night as he rocks the party with Santa Claus at Seattle Hip-Hop monthly, The Corner.
*JARV DEE (W/B.A.Y.B. & CLOUDNICE)
2322 2ND AVE(BELLTOWN)
21+ $5 10P
21 December 2009
just relized i spent half this clip jumpin around in the crowd.
15 December 2009
Kitty, Kitty Wu!!! Who are you?
Written by Senyor Cullera
Judi Rafaela “Kitty Wu” Martínez, the bubbly and cute-as-a-button face of the Coolout Network will be turning 21 this coming week (we tease, but it would be wrong to reveal a lady’s age), so we decided to get to know the hija de Zacatecas a little bit more. As of late she, along with Coolout collaborator and fellow NW luminary Georgio Brown, has been focusing on a documentary film of 30 years of NW area Hip-Hop music and culture. She’s no one-trick-pony though. She can strut and chew gum at the same time; while also running things in the leadership of the 206 Zulu and Managing Accounts with Devastator Management. As told to Lo Senyor:
What was your “oh shit! Welcome to the industry” moment?
[D]riving up to Bellingham to hear Chuck D speak at the college up there and out of the blue there is a blizzard and our VJ cancels. Georgio looks at me and says, ‘You gotta do it.’ I am looking at him like he is crazy. This is Chuck D of Public Enemy, you know? I was terrified. I remember shaking my head and just repeating no when Chuck D comes over all calm and says something to the affect of ‘it's gonna be good, we'll get through it,’ and of course we did (no thanks to my great interviewing skills). I learned real quick that in this medium it is all about the eye and the edit.
How did you fall in love with Hip-Hop?
When I fell in love with Hip-Hop I had no idea it was Hip-Hop. To me it was dance music. My girlfriends and I would sneak out and drive….to this club in the U District called the Underground. Donald Glaude and Randy Schlager would be spinning things like "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, "I'll House You" by the Jungle Brothers and "Paid in Full" by Eric B & Rakim, that type of thing.
And Seattle Rap?
My besty Michelle had a tape that our guy Todd Krake had made. The last song on the tape was "Squaredance Rap" with that crazy voice that Mix was using on that
track. I think we must have rewound and listened to that song 10x before we got out of the car. I just remember thinking...who is THIS guy...this sounds like nothing I have ever heard in my life.
What is it like for your children to grow up with a ‘Cool Mom?’
Good question. Mi hijos have differing views on whether or not their mom is cool. My oldest child and my middle child both work with me for our all-ages programming for 206 Zulu. They have grown up immersed in a love for the culture. Now, my youngest is very much into rock. The only time I am cool to him is during Bumbershoot. This year one of his favorite groups, Modest Mouse was performing on my stage. The look on his face that day after seeing them is one of my favorite memories. One weekend a year I get
to be cool in his book, other than that I am just Mom.
If (INSERT SONG TITLE HERE) is not played at my birthday party at Nectar, my night will not be complete!!!
"Blaq Han Solo" by Khingz!!!
Kitty’s Birthday Party will be a lovely, lovely event. Please feel free to buy her favorite drink, a Champurrado, for her and enjoy the jams as everyone parties with the most talented DJs the NW has to offer.
Sunday Dec 20th FREE @ 8pm
412 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
For Coolout’s Coverage of the history of 206 Zulu, please don’t neglect yourself; visit:
http://vimeo.com/4664125 (part 1)
http://vimeo.com/4649381 (part 2)
Devastator Management Group
khingz.com & shabazzpalaces.com
14 December 2009
quicc lil wsup after we finished the shoot for the video for Cloud City the intro to my last ep.
04 December 2009
Look strait up, I don't like how mudede writes and that's the truth (to much self aggrandizement and not enough focus on the actual music). Though I must admit I agree with more of this article then any other he has ever written. My guys from HellaDope are just that and I'm happy they got a positive write up it's been long over do. so with out further delay direct from the pages of a blog you could read yourself(the stranger ) HellaDope by charles Mudede
Rocket Science Diction Seattle Hiphoppers Helladope's Space Race to Planet Rock
If I were to rate the 20 best local hiphop albums of all time, 25 to 30 percent of the music on that list would come from 2009 alone. Since Dyme Def opened the year with the Panic EP, there has been a deluge of remarkable recordings by a wild variety of rappers and producers. Indeed, there is so much good music coming out that it's hard to keep up with it. These days, it goes like this for Seattle hiphop fans: While enjoying and trying to fully absorb a new recording by some young cat or established veteran, a newer and equally interesting recording drops. For example, on the day before Thanksgiving, I received THEESatisfaction's latest, "Icing," a gem of a tune produced by OC Notes in his Pioneer Square studio. But the day before receiving "Icing," I was listening to Helladope's Return to Planet Rock and trying to come to terms with yet another contender for the best local hiphop recording of the year. When it rains, it pours.
Helladope are a rapper/producer duo from Blue Scholars' land, Beacon Hill. Consisting of 29-year-old rapper Jerm and 22-year-old producer/MC Tay Sean, Helladope are part of a larger entity that came into existence in 2007, Cloud Nice. This collective includes acts such as THEESatisfaction, Jus Moni, Thaddeus, and Mowglii. The collective's reason for existence is to promote and consolidate the "culturally diverse Beacon Hill community." Helladope are also part of what I call, and will continue to call, the third wave of local hiphop, whose leading figures are They Live!, Mad Rad, Champagne Champagne, and GMK. Third wave, which also includes albums like OOF! by the Blue Scholars and From Slaveships to Spaceships by Khingz, is defined by a robust eclecticism, producing albums around themes, and a postracial attitude to fashion and fusion of cultural elements. (Indeed, the Go! Machine shows at the Crocodile can be seen as a celebration of this new movement in local hiphop.)
With Helladope's Return to Planet Rock, the theme is space travel, rocket science fiction, distant galaxies, stars, and moons. On this album, a rapper is not human but an alien who happens to be in the form of a human. We also hear a race of rappers declare: "This is my planet!" But we do not know on which planet they dwell. There is also a chill "Cosmic Voyage" with THEESatisfaction on a pimped-out spaceship. And on "We Come in Peace," dark energy makes an appearance and throws down a rap to a disco beat: "We are the energy causing your planet to rotate." Musically, Helladope keep it low-tech, with cheap-sounding synths, old-school drum-machine rolls, and electro-funk beats. Theirs is not the future as we see it today (which is a biotech future), but as it was seen in the past, in the '70s and '80s (man-machines, space suits, radio transmissions). This is the future of yesterday; this is a return to Planet Rock.
Let's go back to the early '80s and think for a moment about two groundbreaking tracks—"Clear" by Cybotron and "Computer Age (Push the Button)" by Newcleus. Both tracks, which the theorist Kodwo Eshun would call works of "sonic fiction" (the black form of science fiction), are very serious. "Clear" is about an army of machines that is clearing, erasing everything to create space for a new tomorrow. "Computer Age (Push the Button)" fears the eradication of the human past by machines. With Helladope's sonic fiction, all of the anxieties and nihilistic drives are removed, and what we have instead is a future that's all about play. "You boys and girls get on the floor and show me something new," raps the cheerful and encouraging robot on "The Soul Electric." The age of "Pro Tools, and YouTube, and MySpace, and Google" does not fear the power of machines.
One more point about Return to Planet Rock, and also THEESatisfation's Snow Motion (these two locally produced albums interlock). The father of this dusty, low-tech, science-fiction funk is veteran producer/rapper Specs One. Back in the late '90s and early '00s, he released a series of CDs (which are now very hard to find) that contained beats and raps that sounded as if they were transmitted from another world. Helladope have, of course, a much cleaner sound than Specs's early recordings, but the space mode/cosmic mood is one and the same. The "original space neighbor" now has a lot of company on his far-out street
01 December 2009
aye at the end of the video on the cover, whose the 5th guy? is that jesus? is jesus in souls of mischief? i could believe that.