Category Archives: Hip-Hop Music

Kush Powers raps One More Shot

The thing I like about hip-hop music is that it allows people to express themselves in a very real way. Hip-hop can be direct to the point where you know exactly what the rapper is trying to say to you, right?

Kush Powers

There’s an artist named Kush Powers who has his act together. One listen to his song “One More Shot” and I think you’ll agree he’s good at what he does.

“I’ve always known that I’ve wanted to be a rapper since the age of six,” he tells the Mark Weber Music Blog. “I grew up in a crazy broken home. In my opinion that only made me stronger.”

Most rappers, at least these days, are focused on drugs, sex and violence, so I was quite surprised to find out Kush Powers is “the proud father of two twin boys and I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart.”

Thank God for family. Meanwhile, though, Kush will be the first to tell you he still has to deal with “addictive personalities in everyday situations.”

Listening to his music, I’m intrigued. I literally want to know more about his background. So I asked him…

“I was raised by my father and my stepmom. My father would constantly work so that just left me to do whatever I wanted to do because my stepmom did not care in the slightest. That obviously lead to bad decisions. I was arrested at the age of 16 after a monstrous party– drinking, drugs, sex and all that jazz,” he recalls.

After the party which lead to the arrest, Kush was sent to live with his mother, only to discover she was an addict and an alcoholic. Obviously, life was challenging to say the least.

Thankfully, though, Kush is at a point in his life, now, where he says he always wants to “be there for my sons.” He works a full-time job while pursuing his music career. He considers himself a full-time father and husband, which is something you don’t normally hear rappers saying– that makes me want to root for him.

Finally, even though some of his songs have words in them I don’t personally like promoting to my audience, I think Kush Powers is, like all of us, a work in progress, and he seems headed in a positive and good direction. He tells me, “I believe that the hottest fire creates the strongest steel. That’s so true– through everything that I’ve gone through it only made me better.”

Kush Powers’ message to people is that things get better. He was able to escape a horrible situation and he wants others to know that they can too. For that reason, I’m glad to tell others about him. –Mark Weber

Souleye is the rapper Alanis Morissette married

Souleye has earned rave reviews and a passionate following for his rousing and unique style that challenges paradigms and incorporates Hip-Hop, EDM, R&B, and Funk. Touted as “a modern day hip hop warrior,” Souleye’s next highly anticipated full-length album, Wild Man, is set for a mid-spring release. Souleye announces the second single off of his new record entitled “Snow Angel,” featuring Alanis Morissette– his WIFE.

Produced by Crush Effect, the single showcases Souleye’s inimitable musical approach by offering listeners provocative raps and innovative electronic melodies. On the new track, Souleye explores a relationship that continues to torturously twist and turn as each partner attempts to take a break from the other – only to return. The song unfolds when Morissette belts the breathtaking bridge, “You’re my Snow Angel, you spread open wide as we go back and forth.” Laced with seamless loops and electronic glitches, “Snow Angel” is a liberating collaboration between the couple.

Souleye“I have always found my most potent version of service and expression through rap and freestyling,” says Souleye. “I let go and the words course through me in a way that I feel ups my own personal ante.”

In support of the new single, the accompanying music video takes place in a fantasy ice world with an enchanting wintry backdrop. Morissette is shimmering as she wears all white with a silver rose head piece to complete her breathtaking look of a literal snow angel. With complementary masculine power, Souleye is dressed as dark knight with a black iced crown and at times surrounded by the featured contemporary dancers. The choreographed dancers vividly portray the song’s meaning with their subtle storytelling facial and body expressions and movements. Directed by Kyrian Bobeerian, the visual snowy scenescapes create an ethereal and swirling otherworldliness.

“When I first met Souleye, I was a fan. I was captivated by his stream of consciousness brilliance, bravery, imagery and his ability to articulate in such generous and prolific ways. His music touched me on multiple levels,” says Alanis Morissette. “Souleye has a voice like no other and I was a fan who had the great fortune of winning his heart.”

Souleye

With stratospheric instrumental hooks and uplifting consciousness-raising lyrics, Souleye continues to expand what is available for rap-loving audiences who have a strong distaste for misogyny and patriarchy and yearn for more. The one-of-a-kind artist’s melodic brand of hip-hop and velvet-like vocals pays homage to the genre’s past while blazing a new trail into the future.

Souleye’s musical journey began when he was a teenager in rural Massachusetts, freestyling around a campfire to entertain his friends. His first album, Soul Sessions, released in 2002. Since then, Souleye has released eight studio albums and numerous singles. Souleye has toured extensively with Bassnectar, BLVD and his wife, Alanis Morissette, with whom he has two children.

Meet Mimi: rapper, singer and producer from Texas

As a rapper, singer and producer, Mimi, aka Mimxi Goff, is 21-years-old and passionate about music. Since the age of 18 or so, she got serious about making beats as well as freestyling over them.

MimiInfluenced by a variety of hip-hop artists, like Biggie, 2Pac, Nas, and Dr. Dre, Mimi also counts Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and even Frank Sinatra among her musical influences. She’s eclectic– and that’s a good thing.

At the age of 6, Mimi played the violin. Since then, she has been interested in music and art, and even took up playing the piano and drums to see what she was capable of…

Having lived in the Dallas, Texas, region all her life– calling Allen, Texas home– Mimi (born Mimoza Leshawn Goff) is currently working on her mix tape, entitled Ear Candy, right now. Though there isn’t a release date set just yet, know this: she sings and raps on all of her tracks.

Interestingly, Mimi tells the Mark Weber Music Blog that she’s “obsessed with the concept of human perception– for example individuality vs. society and objective reality vs. subjective perception.” That’s pretty heady stuff for a young mind and a young music maker to be thinking about, but that’s exactly why Mimi is someone to pay attention to, especially in an era when so much music is disposable with no real meaning.

Mimi reminds me of Oprah Winfrey, who said that the main thing she learned in all those years of doing her talk show was this: “You are responsible for you!” Indeed, Mimi takes that idea and runs with it, saying, “I want to be able to create music in a way that wakes people up and makes them more aware that anything is possible and the only person who has control over your life is you. I feel as though this definitely means that I will myself have to step out of my comfort zone but that’s okay because I welcome it all. I’ve learned in life the more you seek the uncomfortable the more comfortable you’ll be.” Very well said, wouldn’t you agree ? Pretty wise for someone who is only 21!

For now, keep track of Mimi’s music via her Facebook and Twitter accounts, and look forward to hearing Ear Candy when it’s released.

KZehRah the thinking man’s rapper

KZehRah intrigues me. He describes himself as a “secular rapper and producer turned Christian” who at one time “could be found assisting the engineer of Wu-Tang’s cult-classic album 36 Chambers.” Of course I had to know more, so I asked some questions and got some answers.

KZehRah

What did assisting the engineer entail?

“As a client at Firehouse Studios in NYC, I basically became an intern to Yoram Vazan and I got to sit in on many of the tracking sessions of Ethan Ryman as he engineered the first Wu-Tang album,” says KZehRah.

After that, he spent time producing unknown emcees and singers in East New York (Brooklyn). It proved to be both an educational and emotional time for him. He dealt with all sorts of egos, endured some unprofessional experiences, saw a lot of talent, and, ultimately, would have “liked to see more fruit from all the seeds planted.”

What did KZehRah learn about the music business back then, that’s still relevant today? He learned that it’s not so much about being the all-time best (greatest) rapper or singer or producer. Rather, “You had to be great at networking,” he says. “I picked that up a little late.”

Over the years the better late than never music maker has worn many hats. He has been a DJ, emcee, producer, songwriter, audio engineer, graphic designer and photographer. At one time he went by the moniker Vultcha, but today he’s KZehRah. The name comes from the first letter of his given first name, Keith, followed by what he calls a ‘hood’ way to say “Sera,” like the old saying “Que Sera Sera.” Put that all together and you get “Keith will be what he will be.” Clever.

KZehRah makes thinking man’s music. The kind that can lead people to change their mind or heart after hearing his lyrics. He uses music as a platform for whatever’s on his heart. KZehRah counts EPMD, Rakim, Marley Marl (and the whole Juice Crew), Jungle Brothers and De La Soul among his early influences.

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