It’s been a while! Sorry for the wait on this side of things, but I’ve been pretty active on a lot of fronts.
Wanna be sure to catch you up on many many things, and lot of changes happening. But I especially want you to peep The Jam podcasts I’ve had going with my friends Kim & Chris at BlackIsOnline.
Episode 3 is dedicated to the one and only James Yancey aka J Dilla.
I dunno when or why I started following Quelle Chris on Twitter, but it was a good time before Danny Brown became my new favorite emcee. I had been following him for a good while I’m sure of it, because the day he messaged me in this following little story, I had recognized his pic long enough but not his name.
At one point I had Guitar Solo off Danny Brown’s The Hybrid on repeat. It was the most mesmerizing beat I had heard in a long time. Part of it felt like a sample, and part of it didn’t. The way it looped sounded like a sample, but it was done so smoothly I wasn’t totally sure.
One day I go on Twitter and ask “What’s the sample on Guitar Solo by Danny Brown?” A few people hit me back telling me it was Stanley Clark. Then I get an @ from Quelle on Twitter asking “Damn is anybody gonna ask the actual producer? lol”
I have no idea when Fusicology started becoming my website of choice when it came to finding out about events. It might have been sometime around ’04. I was so happy to find an entire website dedicated to the music and culture that wasn’t “Hollywood”. It was centered around the people who really cared about having a good time and not being pretentious.
All the things I could ask for!
Well little known to me I would soon meet the founder and owner of Fusicology, Asya Shein. It was probably around ’05 when I first met her. I was at a wedding reception party and we were having dinner. I remember it distinctly because I believe Rhettmatic and J Rocc was spinning that night and Asya told me she was going to be heading there. I was slightly jealous because J Dilla and Slum Village were supposed to be there. Anyway, we chopped it up briefly. She was real cool. She talked about how much she loves music, especially House. About another year later I saw her at an event and someone said “Oh yeah that’s Asya, she owns Fusicology.” I was like “What?!” Anytime I ran into her thereafter I would remind her about that brief talk we had at the wedding reception. She seemed to vaguely remember, but in any case she would still strike up conversation and engage me anyway. She’s not one of those industry types that looks you up and down before she decides if you’re cool or important enough to talk to. It means a lot to find someone down to earth like that in LA, trust me.
After a few more encounters and starting the site, I asked her if she’d be down for an interview. Someone as knowledgeable and connected in music as her, I knew she had a great story.
How she started Fusicology
How she fell in love with music
The positive music market
Hurdles and haters
How to find her
Words of advice
Subscribe and check out Fusicology and what’s goin down in your city!
Most of my musings may be criticisms. They are an analysis of things going on. Problems I see. But I want to take some time to show appreciation for some great artists and great music out there.
One of the things I love to do is watch YouTube videos and read people’s comments. It really helps share the wonder of the music. Here are some great songs and some comments I ran across, that I think illustrate the timelessness of them and put some of the things in words I couldn’t express.
Redman- Time 4 some Aksion
Boogers4dinner- “I know this sounds crazy but me and my friends went to the basketball court years back when this rap came out, and I just seen the video seconds before I left the house. I was in a zone when I went to the basketball court. I was on fire. That song was in my head the whole time! They said they never seen me play that well before. This song was in my head the whole time! I was in a zone for real! LOL I didn’t miss a shot that day.”
Superjigga2004- “What gets me all the time is when the song is about to close and suddenly he goes into another lyrical burst. Almost 20 yrs later and I still keep falling for it!”
SOS Band- No One’s Gonna Love you-
trackmanllm09- i luv this group im nineteen and my generation is terrible in music our music is not sincere its just whateva looks cool this is the type of song that you leave on repeat when your at home
J-Davey- Mr. Mister
madhatter536- my hormones ache just looking at her. I have a pool.
WilliamLevi09- Im so irritated that J*DaVeY isn’t as big as they should be! Ive been listening to them for year now and I cant stop singing their music. They need to seriously blow up in the industry asap. I want to see them on tv more often! C’mon J*DaVeY please come out with a new cd and tell BET, MTV, MTV2, VH1, etc. and radio stations all over to play your music! I freakin love you guys! I love all your music, ALL of it!
Rhaegar1- BET, MTV, MTV2, VH1, etc. and radio stations dont play good music thats why J*Davey not on there
Brittany Bosco- Blues for Blue/ Black & White
risas323- Dis is WHaT i CaLl MuZik
Cocomo08- Me too! Love this chick! I need to get this EP again because my computer crashed and away went my music. So sad.
Common- I Used to Love H.E.R.
Fetcha200- Wow I don’t even like Hip-Hop/Rap.
I’m more of a hard rock/blues/acoustic type of guy
but this shit surprised me.
Mad respect for this artist/song
and I mean it.
Yasenifah- my english university prof used this song in teaching us about a form of poetry… deep shit common
JawbolingWoW- it took me awhile to understand this video.. and now i understand it.. i thought he was talking about a girl but it turns it he was talking about Hip-Hop.. this song really makes me sad thats why i love it.
calm1like- LOL i learned this song in english class last year for grade 12 in the poetry unit… just goes to show how amazing this song is
MisterDynamite- I just got this CD yesterday and I must say that this was one of the best purchases I ever made. Most CDs usually have one or two good songs, but on this CD, every song is great.
LVipez- he has an aura wen he sings
kinda like dilla on his production
J Dilla- La La La
FRESHCOOLAIDE- This song sounds like love, and freedom.
Phlexxon- Feels like the sky looks right now in Compton – fresh and alive
joecrow24- do you know where it can be purchased?
Jayedoubleneye – Where can i buy this ?!?!
Miles Davis- So What
2424reservoirdog – I am a fan of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, but i love Miles Davis. Any fan of any musical genre should be able to appreciate his greatness.
JazznBlues85 – Kind of Blue is a true masterpiece. So full of melody, not a single note is out of place, it is what every album of any genre should aspire to be. These guys sing with their instruments, they talk also. Long live music!
alisesay- this is the first time n this real jazz song n artist ive ever listened to, nuff respect to the blues n jazz that started the foundation for soul funk n hip hop RIP MILES DAVIS sorry it took so long for man like me to discover your music
TheBee38- Classic class. You know he had a rare condition where he saw colours and shapes when he heard music. Colour to sounds, amazing eh? Wish I suffered this, i’d take it as a blessing.
StormZephyr – My God. I didn’t even know about Miles Davis until last week. It was like stepping out a familiar door into empty space, losing your footing and going into free-float in endless void.
BrzNinja – I’ve been just recently listening to Jazz, but this kind of music made me think in a way I never have. I closed my eyes and got into a deep trance. I forgot all my problems, and by the end of the song, I finally said… “So what?”