As part of the FEx Events’ new LIVE series, we played host to soul music legend Clarence Reid, aka Blowfly; at Reggies Rock Room.
Also in attendance were The Velcro Lewis Group playing a raucous Rock/Blues set, and Chicago Freestyle Killer The Dirty MF with his band The Smoking Sextion.
During Blowfly’s performance of Rap Dirty it was a must that dirty and I jumped on stage. It was pretty much at my insistence… I admit it. But it was a direct connect to my childhood. Things like that don’t happen everyday
Controversial Reggae vocalist MC ZULU made his mark combining futuristic dance music with social commentary, often displaying a biting wit. His latest single “Love Machine” is a mischievous glimpse into the suggestive nature of Electro Reggae, a sound he has championed throughout the world.
Although his voice has been celebrated globally, MC Zulu’s greatest gift is his ability with words. He effortlessly conveys a seductive message without crossing the threshold into the obscene. The conversational tone of “Love Machine” playfully details the misadventures related to virtual romance.
Love Machine was produced by one of Tel Aviv’s most recognized DJ luminaries SaBBo Ronen, from the Israeli Hip-Hop collective “Soulico”. SaBBo has also worked with Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Turbulence, Rye Rye, Ghostface Killah and others. He is also a frequent contributor to the Mad Decent and Generation Bass blogs.
Track 14 On the “Electro Track Therapy” album… It’s really weird, but it makes crowds go BANANAS. There really is no genre that it can be classified within, especially related to Reggae; and that’s JUST the aesthetic I am always going for.
This song was remixed by Top Billin records with tracks from Australia’s Mat Cant, Chrissy Murderbot, and Sir Nenis from Top Billin. The remixes have been released as a collective E.P.
Time again for some bashment vibes, you know how we do! This newest offering from the Top Billin camp comes produced Top Billin studio masters Sir Nenis and JM with vocals by the rudeboy himself, MC Zulu.
With banging drums and deep basses and Zulu’s aggressive and always catchy vocals makes this a must have if you play that dancehall/bashment vibe.
While many of his Dancehall contemporaries, finding themselves in unfamiliar musical territory, adhere to a more classic Reggae songwriting style, Zulu enthusiastically breaks rules. He routinely channels a variety of artists which have nothing to do with Dancehall to create his intriguing sound. Remixes come from Scattemusic Australia front man Mat Cant and the ghetto track master Chrissy Murderbot (name says it all).
Time to check that frequency! Pack also includes instrumental versions.
This poor guy above just tires himself out with all that RAMBLING.. He needs a nap..lol
I think I can take it from here:
Talk about a VAST conspiracy! It seems these days EVERYBODY is Illuminati; You never can tell. Even your mother may be an agent. I mean YOU have no idea what she was doing all that time when you were in school! So I put together this quick survival guide to help you better identify the members of this nefarious organization.
Everybody knows when the Devil was kicked out of Heaven, he splashed down in the “DEVIL’S Triangle”. Right?! Why else would they call it that? I have therefore reached the natural conclusion that ALL triangles are from The Devil… Even something as seemingly innocent as triangular earrings! Devil worship! Remember…, GOD Loves Straight Lines! You can’t make a cross with a Triangle.
Look deep into Elmo’s eyes and tell me you don’t feel the urge to worship The Devil.. That little bastard is indoctrinating our children with his RED fur and hugs. Those are Red DEVIL Hugs! Only Devil hugging, Triangle T-shirt wearing fanatics would have ELMO in their home. If you did, at least ONE of your parents was Illuminati.
3) The MAIN Indicator: SUCCESS!!!
This is a Sure-Fire Sign Of Illuminati-ism. Anyone doing well, SUSPECT THEM!
Had you joined the secret society, your marijuana dispensary license would have been approved a LONG time ago. You would have WON the lotto if only you knew the secret handshake when buying your ticket.
In fact, If you’ve ever failed at ANYTHING you can now rest easy. It wasn’t YOUR fault! You are simply not part of the elite.. The Illuminati!
Those of us who live in a righteous manner may be surviving on a steady diet of Ramen noodles and/or moving back in with our parents, but at least our souls are saved.
Anyone ELSE out there, actually DARING to do SUCCEED in life… Well let’s just say you’ve got some explaining to do.
NYC’s Yellowtail teams up Chicago-based ragga vocalist MC Zulu to deliver “Make It Happen”, a fierce ragga-bruk anthem designed to light the floor on fiyah. The release includes top-notch remixes by heavyweight artists like SoulParlor, Phuture Motion and Silverback, who take the original track into various directions all with their signature production footprint. Refuge rounds up the release to keep the momentum going with its deep and rugged riddimz.
Hello 2012!! )
I am very thankful for another year lived well, and I would like to show you some of the highlights.
#10 Burning Man
I always say my faith in humanity is renewed when I go there. There is always something to be said for beautiful naked ladies giving hugs and saying they love you, but it is deeper than that. It is a gathering in the desert devoted to the PARTY… and although attendees seem to push their OWN limits they remain very respectful of everyone else’s.
#09 Timeless With Liquid Stranger
I am hoping that one day people will start reading lyrics. This is a song that I feel speaks to what I am about. I know the dance music market is fickle, I know promises don’t mean a thing… yet I endure. When they’re done right, the vibes and the words are timeless. Liquid Stranger – Timeless feat Mc Zulu by interchill
#8 Club Popozuda In London
This is a party in the same area that gave rise to Dubstep’s top producers, but it’s devoted to Brazilian music Club Popozuda is becoming a global brand run by The Bumps, Joao Brazil and James Hurrell.. Just watch the video to see why it made the top ten.
#7 The FreakEasy..! Our Chicago Party Collective With DJ Radiohiro
Radiohiro and his Heathen delegation is comprised of all colors, races, religions, walks of life… and YES sexual orientations; and there are NO PROBLEMS. This is a Chicago party collective that has run close to a decade without major drama. It’s also the only party where many genres of music are accepted. Freakeasy started in a loft (Radiohiro’s house), and the authorities required that we move it to a proper venue because of how it grew. This is why I wrote the song “Outlaw Speakerbox”.
#5 BadMan Bounce with FSTZ
Something about people in Kansas City… They do their THING and forget the rest of the world. The results are usually stunning, and leave you wondering how the HELL they did it. Tech9ne and Mac Lethal are two such examples. Well FSTZ is another. Dubstep did not just ‘happen’ in the USA like some think. It was due in part to independent DJ / Promoters pushing the sound. FSTZ’s “Kablammo” parties were THE Midwest launching pad for every Dubstep act that came from the UK during the late 2000′s. He’s not too shoddy of a producer either. He created a hybrid of Dubstep/Dance and named it “BadMan Bounce”… after the guy who he got to do the vocals for it. (who?? BadMan Zulu, Dammit) FSTZ is a BadMan as well. Bigup.
#4 No Freedom with J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science and Afrolicious
J Boogie invited me to do his radio show in 2006, when I was REALLY REALLY underground. I guess he was that forward thinking, even back then… or maybe just considerate. Either way I did not forget and when he asked me to guest on his album I jumped at the chance. So I got this Afrobeat sounding track from Afrilocious, and had to research The Man himself… FELA. That was a musical journey in its own right which has opened my eyes to things far beyond Dancehall, Reggae and Pop influences. I have to thank J-Boog for that. I noticed tho, that the distribution is limited in the USA (as of this writing). Maybe it has to do with the message. No Freedom f. Afrolicious And MC ZULU by mczulu
#3 Higher Velocity with BIONIK for PUMA Fass / Usain Bolt Commercial
Was this song written specifically for PUMA?… I’ll never tell, but anyone who has worked with me knows I am no longer in the business of selling songs outright. Anyway Bionik has done all this work with artists like Sting, R Kelly, John Martin, Aceyalona, Far East Movement, etc. Every so often he comes thru with a great opportunity for yours truly. It usually requires me to stop what I’m doing and come up with something on the spot. So this song was written in about 10 hrs, then verses were cut out to make space for Aceyalone. There is also a version with Jah Orah. ..Soundgun Crew Bizzness…!
#2 Pitchfork Festival With Chrissy Murderbot / Impromptu Appearance Of My Youngest Kid
Here I was, minding my own business, screaming to a crowd of people and wondering if they understood anything. All of a sudden this kid comes up… Actually I don’t like going for the “cuteness factor”. Working kids into the act when they don’t belong there is kinda cheap..lol but I had my two youngest involved, throwing Murderbot’s crazy azz party favors to the crowd (so I wouldn’t have to do it.) When the 9 yr old was done, he started telling me.. only problem.. I’m workin’ here!….. Actually, this made my summer. I’d love to do a thousand more shows like this.
#1 Millenium Park Performance With DJ Radiohiro & My Daughter On Stage
The big difference between this and the previous entry is that my daughter was performing in a professional capacity. She has studied classical Indian dance for years (Under Hema Rajagopalan). Radiohiro mentioned how he would love to have someone dance during our sets, so I gave that suggestion. Chicago’s Millenium park crowds are dispersed and random, sitting on the grass, walking around the bean sculpture and not at all intimidating. Perfect place for a 13 yr old to make a professional, solo debut. It was a dream come true for me…
Great, kid. Now go be a doctor, lawyer or engineer dammit )
2011 was a great year for music. I am hoping that in 2012 I can reach out to more of you and we can make even bigger things happen together.
Most notably I see WorldChristian.org has also fallen victim to this. That’s pretty funny. Actually this whole thing is a big joke. Google stock $600/share..? The biggest joke of all.
They hold the cards, make all the money, but rely on non-affiliated contributors for their quality control?
Anyway, I have been getting some PRETTY INTERESTING search traffic since this started. First of all, it has tripled my blog activity (silver lining?) but the SEARCH TERMS that you HEATHENS are entering..!?!?!… Let’s just say there is NO HOPE for many of you.
wait. I DON’T JUDGE, I don’t judg….YES I DO!!! You are ALL going STRAIGHT To HELL…lol
I appreciate everyone’s reassurances, as I was almost beside myself when this first happened. But I now realize, no need to get excited. I am the victim of some BS that is way out of my control. This Too Shall Pass
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** 11-15-2011
Dancehall Singer Chants Hindu Mantra, Channels Fela And Experimental Soul
Chicago based Dancehall-fusion artist MC Zulu has built a reputation on the experimental nature of his music. Since the 2005 release of Ransom The Senator, an EP which merged his gruff, SingJay style with an early form of Grime-infused Dubstep, he has been a leading voice on the worldwide EDM scene.
Punctuating MC Zulu’s unique take on the genre is the full length “Electro Track Therapy”. The ambitious project touches on many of the itinerant, offshoot genres which comprise Global Bass Music, with Zulu’s almost Protean vocals serving as a common denominator. Offerings from MC Zulu are generally well received, as they routinely spend time being among the Top 100 Reggae sellers for many distribution outlets. This one was no different.
Aiding the success of MC Zulu’s album are several spinoffs from the project, which have taken on a life of their own. Chicago producers Searchl1te and Radiohiro have recently released EPs related to their contributions. Kush Arora’s “Gunshot Riddim” also features Trinidadian Juakali and Dancehall legend Mega Banton. Additionally for the end of the year, MC Zulu has lent his voice to a number of experimental World Music projects. They fall within the realm of fusion, but their origins are far beyond the influence of Reggae.
Genre: Afro Pop
J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science f. Afrolicious and MC Zulu
No Freedom – http://bit.ly/seUqa9
Genre: Yoga / Mantra / Glitch
Ant Ten Nae Presents: Knight Riderz f. MC Zulu
Om Shanti – http://bit.ly/w1CmeR
Genre: Experimental Soul Fusion
101VOiD f. Process Rebel and MC Zulu
Solid Gold – http://bit.ly/sD9Slq
MC Zulu pushes the post-Dancehall envelope even further. The album “Electro Track Therapy” marries his innovative, Reggae influenced delivery with a crosscut of the entire dance music spectrum.
Production credits read like a who’s-who of the wildly influential “Global Bass Community”. It is well known amongst industry circles that this cadre of artists and producers has established and set trends, which are being relentlessly followed by mainstream music, to this day.
Electro Track Therapy explores the idea that music can spread healing, but it’s also a wild ride that never lets up. It is essentially a party hosted by one of the most in-demand vocalists on the Bass Music scene. Reggae fans who experience MC Zulu’s music immediately recognize that he is part of the evolution of the artform.
Released by: Perception2020 Recordings
Release/catalogue number: PR20D-003
Release date: Oct 11, 2011