Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
CHH: What part of KC do you come from? What was it like growing up there?
Neko: Hailing from 27th & Cleveland, Eastside. Growing up ova there wasn't too hard, just because everybody on that street treated everybody like family: big homies and little ni**as alike. It's when I moved out the city when life got difficult. First we moved out south to Grandview for a min but I still went to school in the city. Just had to be used to overwhelming solitude out there cause back then I was so young that I didn't know anybody but who I went to school with. Then, we moved to a little into Kansas; and out there I had to get used to cops harassing me and the locals wanting to get me under the influence...lol...but it was coo out there for a year. Then we moved furthur out south to get away from a lot which is where I now reside, and it made me into the righteous bastard I am today!
CHH: Who or what influences your music?
Neko: Besides my family and my basic likes and dislikes, I would say the raw inspiration of life. Almost anything can happen where I would have to open my notebook and start writing a new verse or get a topic for a song or ideas for future project titles.
CHH: What local rappers do you like? What else are you listening to?
Neko: When I hear this question iIgotta think about do I know these individuals, cuz you can put out good music but that don't mean I like you. But off top, few of 3 gotta be Gee Watts, Dom Chronicles, and Stik Figa. And pretty much whatever I stuff on my 160GB iPod but currently I just been bumpin locals foreel, but I throw some Curren$y, K.R.I.T, Kendrick Lamar in there, but then The White Stripes or The Beatles will come on and I'll spend a whole day playing them on repeat.
CHH: What producers have you worked with? What rappers and producers do you want to work with in the future?
Neko: On With Love From KC, I worked with a lot of artists and producers alike. Producers like JayK, Industry Rejects, Nsane Eems, Booda, & Louis G out ATL. And I would like to work with some bigger names locally in the future. I feel like I can match anybody's level, even the vets.
CHH: What projects do you have out now? What are you working on now?
Neko: Right now I have a mixtape titled: With Love From KC. That's hosted by DJ E-V of Cleveland, and I'm currently working on a EP that I will be releasing in Nov. entitled O(verdue) G(rams) .....OGEP
CHH: How did you come up with the rap name Neko?
Neko: All my life that's what I've been called, so for the sake of not being cliche and taggin young or lil in front of my stage name, you can say I dug into the geek part of my brain, and that's how I came up with iRneKo.
CHH: What separates you from other KC rappers?
Neko: Well, I was the geek in school; defendin myself because my different taste in music, cartoons, and just simple things like that, but I still was in hood affairs n almost living that life, so it's like I look gangster-ish and talk hood, but if you really listen and pay attention, you can hear an intelligent individual ready to push positive energy through this art form.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Lost In Darkness MP3
CHH: What do you think of Jazz's current state, when did you start playing trumpet?
HM: I think jazz in a musical sense is in a great place. There are many
great creative artists everywhere pushing the music forward. The main
thing I would say is hurting jazz right now is that the music is so
widespread, its harder to categorize it. Unless they're a jazzhead,
you can't expect a person who enjoys listening to West African jazz
guitarist Lionel Loueke to also enjoy listening to pianist Brad
Mehldau or Roy Hargrove's RH Factor. They all sound so different, and
the average listener tends to rely on general preconceptions and
labels when dealing with new music. And I started playing trumpet in the band program at my middle school when I was about 13 years old.
CHH: How did you meet Bobby Watson and choose to go to UMKC?
HM: I listened to Bobby Watson on Art Blakey recordings before I ever met him. After I auditioned at UMKC's jazz program, I received a call from him telling me that he really wanted me to go to school there. I was star struck... it was an obvious choice to go to UMKC after that
point. It was definitely the right choice for me and my career.
CHH: Did you listen to Jazz at an early age? Were you a Hip Hop fan?
HM: I didn't listen to jazz seriously until early high school. At that point, I stopped listening to all other kinds of music. Before that I listened to a lot of popular music: Top 40, etc. My favorite artist as a kid, and still is now, was Michael Jackson. I remember asking my parents to buy me MJ cassettes. The only hip hop I listened to at that point were the guys making hits: Jay-Z, Busta, Eminem, Coolio, Dr. Dre, OutKast, etc.
CHH: How did you meet French pianist, Tony Tixier? What's the Jazz culture like in Paris as compared to the United States?
HM: I met Tony Tixier while on tour in Paris back in November of 2010. We ended up playing a performance together through a mutual friend during my stay. The jazz culture in Paris is very European. It has its own style. I liken it to this: There are many American musicians who play salsa music, reggae music, sambas, etc. The samba is a Brazilian style. An American will play it one way, a native Brazilian will play it in another way. Jazz is an American style of music.
CHH: Why did you start doing music tributes especially with Hip Hop?
HM: The group I play with called Diverse started doing tributes for a few reasons. It is our goal to play music that a lot of people can relate, especially younger audiences. We are called a jazz band, so when we play jazz we like to use other modern genres as influences for our original music and choices of covers. There's no better way to be influenced by another style of music than by learning it and playing it. Another reason we started doing tributes is to collaborate and
build relationships with other musicians, singers and emcees. Also, playing these tributes helps us build an audience and makes people aware of us.
CHH: Were you aware of Kansas City rappers such as Reach before you started collaborating with them?
HM: I was only aware of a few rappers in Kansas City when I started venturing into the local hip hop scene. Diallo French, who used to work at Streetside Records, hipped me to Reach. I went out and started watching him perform as much as I could. Since then we've performed together on a regular basis, are good friends and are starting projects together.
CHH: How did Diverse form?
HM: Diverse started as a quartet at UMKC, as an independent group that ventured out and took initiatives on its own. We started with a vision and had goals with the type of music we wanted to do, and still continue to pursue our mission to this day. Diverse still has a jazz project of original music that we are moving along, but we have also started a big project of original music with some great artists from around Kansas City.
CHH: How did you meet Les Izmore?
HM: I met Les Izmore at Mark Lowrey's first "Mark Lowrey Vs. Hip Hop" show in early 2010. I was blown away by his musicality as an emcee, and immediately had the idea of collaborating with him. I remember asking him that night if he liked Common; I had been listening to Like Water for Chocolate for weeks nonstop. he replied that Common was one of his favorite emcees. In March of 2010 we ended up doing our first tribute show to Like Water For Chocolate.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Ready Para El Mundo coming soon.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
2. Ron Ron - Ron DMC
3. Mac Lethal - North Korean BBQ
4. JKR70 Presents Clay Hughes - The Whether Machine
5. KO Streetz - Armageddon
6. The Popper - For Tha Mo
7. Steddy P - What Happened Tomorrow
8. Rondoe - Mobbin
9. Middle of Map - Kush Groove Compilation
10. Rich the Factor & Boy Big - Boss Music
Dinero Fazil - Mi Vida Escrita En Papeles
Yung Scar - The Heartland Hustler
Nesto the Owner - Manimal
KANSAS CITY (KCTV) -
Late Thursday night, a jury found Dandrae "Birds" Jones, a KC rap artist, guilty of conspiring to distribute massive quantities of cocaine.
Jones represented local hip hop artists and owns the company Block Life Entertainment.
He allegedly worked with a Mexican drug cartel to distribute hundreds of kilos and millions of dollars worth of cocaine in Kansas City.
After all evidence was presented, the jury deliberated for close to eight hours before returning the guilty verdict and ending a trial that began Monday.
If convicted, Jones faces 10 years to life in federal prison without parole.
Sentencing hearings will be scheduled at a later date.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Follow Me Home coming July 26.
Jay Rock's interview with KC's own Brooklyn Martino.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Directed by DJ Loon. From the Still Breathin mixtape.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The Popper, Tech N9ne, Ron Ron, Donta Slusha, & Bobb'e J Thomspon - For Tha MO (Live at the Midland)
For Tha Mo out now.
Growing Pains coming soon. Directed by DJ Loon.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Filmed by DJ Loon.