hiphop

Lime Green MOZE Under Maihama Bridge

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Lime Green MOZE Tag, Under Maihama Bridge

I can never get enough MOZE for my collection.  This writer’s work keeps popping up in my neighborhood, and I came across a relatively recent one under the Maihama Bridge on the Tokyo side.  The tag just grabbed me.  MOZE first tagged in black, and then went over the tag in a lime green paint that just made it POP.  Like I said I can never get enough MOZE.

I really wonder who is MOZE?  Where is he from?  Who is the KDC crew that MOZE represents.  Maybe not knowing is part of the allure of hunting for those MOZE tags, and throw ups.  Keep on representing the 03, Edogawa Ku, Kasai!

One Love

 

Going on a MOZE Hunt

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

MOZE at the Sushi Shop

Yesterday I went on a MOZE hunt in my neighborhood.  I’m not exactly sure why I go hunting for MOZE tags and throw ups.  It is kind of like photographic documenting version of collecting.

I don’t photograph graffiti very often in my work.  I feel that the art of graffiti is art and should more or less be left at that; however, I find MOZE to be a bit of an obsession.  First of all MOZE is very active in my own neighborhood of Kasai.  I see his tags, sticker slaps, and throw ups in my daily life.  MOZE’s work is part of my neighborhood.  I feel I need to document my interactions with MOZE even though we communicate via spray paint and my camera.

MOZE is a bit of a mystery that I am trying to solve.  Who is this writer?  Is MOZE Japanese or a foreigner?  I have ben seeing his tags for years now, and I am just compelled to go hunting for his work about once a year.  I am compelled to interact with MOZE.  Throw the photographic endeavors we engage in a distant form of communication.  On one of MOZE’s pieces he painted “Who Are You? by MOZE”  He is searching for the identity of another graffiti writer who’s work MOZE in unfamiliar with.

Big time respect for the mad bomber of Kasai, MOZE.

MOZE, Tags Under the Bridges

 

MOZE, Fat Cap

 

MOZE, Throw Up Under Kasai Bridge

 

MOZE, Who Are You by Moze

Sekajipo and the Jungle in Coconut Grove

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Sekajipo and the Jungle, Coconut Grove

I got some time to spend with hiphopper extraordinaire Sekajipo in Coconut Grove the other day.  Sekajipo is an amazing musician on the hiphop scene in Miami.

He easily moves between ethnically diverse communities of Miami hitting the mic, slinging a guitar, and laying down tracks.  I caught up with Sekajipo on the move down in Coconut Grove for a photo shoot in the jungle meets lucid communication.

Coconut Grove has changed a lot since I was a youth growing up in Miami, but one thing still rings true of the Grove being one of the freshest neighborhoods out in Miami.  There is a gumbo mix of people that make the Grove their home and Sekajipo is at home walking the streets here or just chilling on his yellow and green patio watching the palm trees sway in the breeze.

We hit a few spots in the neighborhood and we had a great time reasoning on all things.  We talked about what he is up to at Catalyst and the news of the day the shooting of Trayvon.

I love working with such amazing people like Sekajipo!  Sekajipo and his music shows me that there are many good people out there in the 305 dropping beats that make one pause and think for a minute.  Well, in reality, they can change the way you view the world.

I look forward to more music from Sekajipo and more ninja style photo shoots too.

If you haven’t already check out Sekajipo’s homepage.

You can add him on Facebook too.

Of course the conscious party doest stop on twitter.

Check out some videos of Sekajipo on Youtube. and more videos here too

His latest one Revolutionary Love is the Jam.

As always, there is more 2 come.

 

PATH’s Hiphop Workshop at The Haven Boys Group Home

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

PATH, Sekajipo Rocking Hardtimes at Haven

PATH visited The Haven “Home to Our Boys” in Boca Raton Florida on Monday evening.  PATH is an organization founded by Brimstone127 that teaches about Hiphop culture.  PATH stands for Preserving, Archiving, and Teaching Hiphop.  The Haven is a nationally accredited group home for boys,who have been removed from abusive and neglectful homes and placed in protective care by the state of Florida, ages 9-17,that  is dedicated to providing a safe, loving and stable environment that fosters the development of self-esteem and independence while empowering each young man to reach his full potential.

We arrived at dinner time to watch them feast on a well balanced meal of fried chicken, potatoes, bread, rice and peas, salad and vegetables.  While they were eating a gentleman from The Haven gave out cash bonuses for the youths that achieved improving grade point averages.  Some of the youth had 4.0 averages.  It was amazing to see all the boys clap and support each other’s achievements.

It was so fresh to watch the boys of  The Haven open up to the PATH mentors.  Each PATH mentor taught one of the four elements of Hip hop:  emceeing, deejaying, urban art, and b-boying.

Brimstone taught two mini workshops on deejaying.  It was beautiful to see the youth smile as they got to play with the equipment.  A few of the youth tried to challenge him to see how large his music library was, but he was able to pull up any artist that they threw at him, thus gaining their respect.

Sekajipo taught emceeing.  He got all of the boys to group around him in a cypher (rapper’s circle) and proceeded to get them to try kicking some rhymes.  Again, it was so fresh to see the youth light up by having Sekajipo teach them some of the tricks of writing and kicking rhymes.

Sicks, taught the ways of urban art, got the boys to work on a small piece using their name as the foundation. She told each group “You can do whatever you want!  There are no rules in art!”  I loved that.  There are no rules!  Only getting to expressive yourself through the medium of your choice.

NewCre taught of b-boying (Hiphop dancing).  He got their bodies moving, and even some of The Haven staff joined .

It was a great day to be out with the PATH team.  They got to share their passion for Hiphop with the youth, the future of Hiphop.  To see The Haven boys sitting around and focusing their energies into a positive direction was beautiful.  One of The Haven staff commented that the Boys never stay focused for more than a few minutes, but today PATH had their full attention.

I feel so fortunate to be a part of the PATH team.  At the end of the workshop Brimstone answered questions from the Haven boys and staff.

The PATH workshop concluded with all the youth and staff gathering around Sekajipo as he rocked Hardtimes.  A song the youth could relate too.  In fact I was so moved listening to the song, and the youth chanting the chorus “hard times” that It brought a tear to my eye.

Pure emotion.  Pure love from all the PATH workshop teachers for the boys of The Haven.

Hiphop!  Ya don’t Stop.

For more information about The Haven please visit their website.

To check out more about PATH check www.pathtohiphop.org

One note about the pictures.  I needed to protect the identities of the youth; therefore, sometimes faces have been blurred and framing done to intentionally keep their identities.  I wish I could have shown their smiling faces!

PATH, Sekajip Teaching Through Mceeing at Haven

 

PATH, Brimstone Teaching art of Dejaying at Haven

 

PATH, Teaching art of B-boying at Haven

 

PATH, Sicks Teaching Urban Arts at Haven

 

PATH, Sekajip Teaching Emceeing at Haven

 

PATH, Haven Youth Reciting a Ryhme at Haven

PATH, Haven Youth Mceeing at Haven

 

PATH with Haven Staff

 

PATH Team at Haven

Sekajipo and the Jungle: The Making of the Revolution of the Mind-State Album

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

In this post I will change the focus for a minute back to some images I took last spring in Miami.  These are from some studio sessions for Sekajipo and the Jungle’s debut album The Revolution of the Mind-State.  I was so grateful to meet the ultra talented and down to earth brother Sekajipo.  He is truly a Hip Hop force that is a summation of his experiences that manifest in tight banging lyrics, tinged with reggae chats, and one drop beats.  So without further introductions.  I’ll let Sekajipo introduce himself and the players that make up the Jungle.

Check the website http://sekajipoandthejungle.com/

and you can check sekajipo on facebook

And now Sekajipo

My name is Sekajipo Genes of the Reggae Hop ensemble Sekajipo & The Jungle. These photos were taken at 19 ONE studios in Miami, Fl, during one of the final recording sessions of my debut album the RMS (Revolution of The Mind-State). The artists in these shots have all been leaders in a movement of conscious music, art, and humanitarian work not only in South Florida, but throughout the country and world. It was an honor to be counted as one amongst this collaboration and to be embraced as new comer to the local music scene in Miami, Fl. Much love, respect, and God’s blessings to you all. Keep it Revolutionary – Sekajipo Genes

Sekajipo on the MIC, Making of RMS Album 2010

Sekajipo “…If I die aint no need to write me an obituary just ray the music’ll resurrect me from the cemetery.”  When the Lions in the booth, the Jungle comes alive! Nuff Said! “This is a Revolution, We Are the Demonstration Welcome To The Movement, Here’s Your Invitation!”

LaGuardia, Making of RMS Album 2010

Welcome to LaGuardia World. Fellow Hip Hop Educator, rocked many shows with this brother, One of the dopiest emcees I know, from the stage to the booth. This brother took the energy to another level on the TMVMT track. The Street Fighter Line was classic!

Omayra La Gitana Writing Verses, Making of RMS Album 2010

Omayra La Gitana, a sistren full of spirit and excitement brought her gypsy reggae style vocals to the One World collab track.

Kavayah on the 5 String Bass, Making of RMS Album 2010

Kavayah came through adding some sick bass lines for the TMVMT (The Movement) track.

Kavayah, Making of RMS Album 2010

The “one man band” Kavayah again on acoustic guitar, laying down some solo cuts for One World.

Livin in Amerika, Making of RMS Album 2010

This is THE notebook containing all the RMS lyrics, surviving 5 years of wear and tear its now safely stored away as an accomplished work of art. Ran out of space inside so I started writing the chorus to reggae hop jam “Livin In Amerika” on the back. Every inch of free space counts!

Rhumba King, Making of RMS Album 2010

Urban Artist, Painter and Bboy, Junior aka The Rumba King, the man of many trades,  bringing live percussion to the TMVMT and One World Collaboration.

Vocal Power, Making of RMS Album 2010

Activist, Poet, Author, and good friend in heart, mind, and soul. Maeva the Artist was the inspiration behind One World, she was during her 1st sermon in church and all I could hear was Angels singing “One World, One Love”. Jammed out at a Starbucks, I took a chance singing the chorus and she did the same on her verse. The rest is history!

Soulflower, Making of RMS Album 2010

Sista Soulflower wrote her verse for TMVMT on the spot in the studio and Raize it UP!. 1 time for the female emcees, favorite line from her “Stay Strapped, Bus Back with L.O.V.E.”

Acoustic Drums II, Making of RMS Album 2010

Sean Delaine on drums doin damage to the set! met this brother at a screening on the PATH documentary in Ft. Lauderdale and had to bring him on for this project. Showing love to the future generation of musicians.

Last Minute with Sekajipo, Making of RMS Album 2010

Last minute adjustments to my verse for One World. Striving for perfection even until the last minute! “In this battle to see every last one of us unite, music is the one weapon that we bringing to the fight.”

Final Second with Headphones, Making of RMS Album 2010

Musician, Emcee, and Engineer Final Second in the booth puttin in work as co-producer and featured artist on TMVMT. “The Youth Is The Movement!” Final is also the talent behind the people’s anthem “Hard Times”, which was later chosen as the first single off the RMS album and used for my first ever music video, with an Original Cut and Haiti Re-Cut available on Youtube.

Sekajipo Acoustic Stylings, Making of RMS Album 2010

Me preparing to strum some rhythm guitar on the One World track. 2 years of teaching myself how to play the guitar, never thought it would get to this level. Never be afraid to try something new, you just may be a natural at it! “Im just a man with a guitar and 1 mic, strumming melodies and making the best out of 1 life”

Brimstone127, Making of RMS Album 2010

The man with the master plan DJ Brimstone127! My big brother, friend, mentor, and co producer of the TMVMT track takes on the mantle of engineer for this session as well as the majority of the RMS studio recordings. Couldnt have accomplished this project without you bro!

The Jungle, Making of RMS Album 2010

Soaking it all with some of the artists of The One World/TMVMT collboration at 19 ONE studios. Featuring (from right to left) the one man band Kavayah Amyn (on bass, acoustic guitar, percussion) LaGuardia (vocals) Empress of Hip Hop Soulflower Amyn (vocals) DJ Brimstone127 (engineering, vocals) MaevatheArtist (vocals) Love Revolutionary Sekajipo Genes (vocals), Drea Andrea Sylvester (chilling in the studio providing the irie vibes) and Omayra La Gintana Boriqua (vocals) All in the name of 1 Love.


The Brass King’s Stash

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Brimstone127 and I went over to hook up with the Brass King at Above Ground Music Studio for a rehearsal for an upcoming gig in two weeks or so.  It was fab to hook up with the Brass King and chill in a studio surrounded by all things hip hop including wall to wall vinyl.  Good word sound vibrations for all.

The Brass King and Brimstone127, Miami 2010

A Picture of a Picture of Brimstone127 and The Brass King, Miami 2010

Brimstone on the Mic the Brass King on the Cut, Miami 2010

I Got Vinly if You Want Some, Miami 2010

Wintery Chills and Positive Vibes at Raize it Up Live

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Got to see some good vibes being dropped on the Wheels of Fire by Brimstone127, and hosted by the first lady of Miami Culture, Soulflower.  We had a fire pit going keeping us all warm until the vibes lifted up our collective temperatures.

Brimstone127 on the Wheels of Fire , Miami 2010

Kavayah Heartbeat , Miami 2010

Fire Circle, Miami 2010

Under the Glow of the Halides with LaGuardia and Brimstone127

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

This little impromptu session after LaGuardia on the mic, and Brimstone on the 1’s and 2’s rocked the house in the Design district in Down Town Miami.  Out into the rare dry cool night we stumbled into this homey that straight up preforming for us, stripping off his shirt and wanting to be captured in pixels.

 

 

It was one of those only in miami happenings.

Miami Under the Halide Sun 01

Miami Under the Halide Sun 02, feat LaGuardia

Miami Under the Halide Sun 03

Miami Under the Halide Sun 05

Miami Under the Halide Sun 04

OURSTORY: Maseo aka DJ Vinny Merlot and Brimstone127 aka Dj Wheatgrass

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The Dela Soul Dugout is up and running.  Nightly DJ sessions over of ustream.tv. For those of you who don’t know ustream yet, over on Dela Soul Dugout   you can catch Bumpy Knuckles aka Freddy Foxx,  and Brimstone127.   Maseo popped over the secret broadcasting location of Brimstone127 aka DJ Wheatgrass, and I was able to snap a little piece of OURSTORY.  

the dugout is where its happening!!  Real organic, true school, HIPHOP.

Maseo and Brimstone127

 

DELASOUL’s Dugout is where its happening!!  Real organic, true school, HIPHOP.

the shot that almost ended my camera’s career

Monday, April 6th, 2009

This b-girl, PrettySick,  could really kick it at the Hot Wheels Jam down in Miami.  She literally almost kicked my camera out of my hands.  If it wasn’t for my brother Brimstone127, that would have been all she wrote for my SLR.  But the image is worth it.  Big ups to the Street Master Crew and PrettySick!

 

B-Girl, Miami 2009

The Brass Prince: The Future of Real Hiphop

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

The Brass Prince son of the Brass King loves to pose, break, and getting on the wheels of steel just like his pop.  I caught up with the youths at Youth Expressions Bboy battle and jam down at the rock bottom in Miami, Florida.  If we teach the youth in what is real Hiphop culture the future will be HipHop.  His little brother follows and will get there someday too.

 

The Brass Prince Strikes a Pose

 

Youth Expressions Motion

 

He Will Get There

 

The Brass Prince

 

The Brass Prince will catch you all on the flip side.

Breakin’ at Hot Wheels

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Well, when I was a youth the skating rink was called Hot Wheels.  I am not even sure what the exact name of the place is anymore, just about everyone I know still calls it hot wheels.  I was down to catch an old school breaking jam.  Fab breakers including the Street Masters Crew, Triple Seven out to just grab the floor and spur each other on.

 

motion, movement and light.

 

Triple 777, live at Hot Wheels

 

Breaking, Happiness

 

Sole of the Lens

Battle of the Century: Rara vs Jeremiah

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Down in Miami I was able to bear witness to an amazing break dance battle,  These youth had skills.  They challenged each other in a heated exchanges, looks, poses.  Then again looking at the bloodlines of these two youth, the rhythm is running thought there heart and souls.  

THE REAL HIP HOP is right HERE.

 

Jeremiah's Floor Work

Rara Kics, Jeremiah Poses

Jeremiah's Pops it!

 

Motion on Rara

Rara Hits the Floor

Pose

Kick it Off

Brimstone127, and the art of Posing

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