Sunday, October 10, 2010

Knowledge.Over.Nonsense Session

“You put out a project, and you don’t know how people are going to react to it. And then to know that so many people loved and enjoyed it, it motivates me to finish the mixtape. Like oh they like my music, I have to give them more.” - KON

Dark tones, shelved records, a microphone and stereo equipment decorated his bedroom. Hip Hop artist, Kon, called it his studio. He poured a shot of wine for each one of his close friends there and toasted to their success. They sat down and began reminiscing the time they first met Kon. They laughed and joked about how he couldn’t finish one song for one reason or another. He spoke about first joining rap group “Unstoppable Unity” back in 99, who asked him if he was purposely trying to sabotage the sessions. "He would have us repeat the recordings, almost eight hours into one song," described Silent Knight a fellow group member. Clearly heard in his music, Kon was what his friends knew him as…the perfectionist.

Through cadence and flow, word pattern and rhyme scheme Kon has discovered his format of writing, making it easier for the listening human brain to latch on and remember. “Syllabliminal” is his term for it. Music on the Internet, especially free music, has also given accessibility for people to hear it right away, making it much more on demand. “Definitely guerilla style now; you have to pound in the door, and be multitalented in the industry,” he said. Rappers need to be well rounded and know how to make their own beats, their own recordings, their own promoting, and that’s when he decided to further his “knowledge.over.nonsense” and get his degree in music engineering. Learning how to make his own beats and record his own sessions, he didn’t need to rely on the industry to make his music.

Recently releasing his EP “Above the Clouds” he described his release party’s success as a result of word of mouth. His plan of action included exposing it for download so the public can freely taste his music, and then invading the streets and local open mic shows with his style. He worked hard to achieve a goal and succeeded with a wall-to-wall packed release party at Public Assembly in Brooklyn, NY. “I was still on a super high when I got off stage. It was unreal, hard to describe.” Kon spoke about his EP release party. “Family, friends, old group members, fans, supporters people that just heard the music, put together like that...they’re not even shouting my name, and I feel proud, like that’s my boy!” commented Silent Knight.

The EP included a track he wrote for his mother “Pretty Lights” where he illustrated his mother as a star above the clouds. In the song he describes her as a strong, hard working, single mother encouraging her son with his musical aspiration. Where on the other hand he had a song for his father “Forgiven” which explained how he had come to terms with not having a father around. “I tried to write that song maybe 4 or 5 times and it brought me to tears it brought me to anger and I’ve never been able to finish it, but after speaking to my sister I realized I had come to terms with it, where I could write this song more maturely. I have to pay homage to my parents they are what I am.”

Now, close to finishing his mixtape “Like It or Love It” (because you can’t hate it) and sitting in the front seat of underground music, Kon continues to challenge himself daily by consistently writing new music. Fans and fellow Hip Hop artists believe in him, and his future outcome in mainstream Hip Hop. “It’s about what you feel inside, if it’s catchy it’s catchy if it went platinum and it’s pop it’s popular and I’m fine with that. I hate “rules” in Hip Hop.”

Painting a true picture through his music, Kon continues to work on both his upcoming mixtape and upcoming album “My Glorious Imperfection.” With slick word play, poetic rhymes, catchy hooks and feel good instrumentals, Kon is striving to set a trend in lyrical Hip Hop. “It just comes to me and it’s not like something that I sometimes consciously think of; it just manifests itself…it’s that beauty I think I admire the most. It’s spontaneous and how it comes…it’s just beautiful…Hip Hop.”

-Carla Keyz

Kon's Performance at Public Assembly


Monday, October 4, 2010

Kon EP Release Party

Brooklyn, NY (PUBLIC ASSEMBLY) – “K-O-N! K-O-N! K-O-N!” the cult like crowd chanted, as their patience grew thin for KON to hit the stage. Performing tracks off his latest EP “Above the Clouds”, along with artists such as, Silent Knight, Maintain, Broadway, Raw Nature (who was also releasing their album) and others, opening for KON, the fans repeatedly made aware who they were there to see. Knowledge.Over.Nonsense Management equipped the “public assembly” with vintage plastic glasses, similar to the ones worn by KON, including family members of KON, such as “Momma KON”, his sister, niece and other relatives.

The soul Hip Hop artist was joined by band FUSE bringing live instrumental music, two turntables, and a mic, not to mention the poetic lyrics written and performed by the numerous artists that night. The enormous feel from the mass there to support KON and all the other artists was inexplicable. The hype this unsigned artist earned was one only seen for artists such as Wu Tang & Jay-Z, and to see it from an underground artist kicking his way through the doors of mainstream bringing Hip Hop back to its roots is beyond inspirational/motivational/stimulational/fortificational and all other ational’s in webster’s dictionary!!

Check out the video below for KON performance at Public Assembly, in Brooklyn, NY.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

BLOGSPOT!!! I'm baaaaaaaaaaack!

Using it mostly for school now, I figured I take advantage and put my feature articles on here. Stay tuned for all the latest information on indie artists, their music and their struggle in the industry. Hear about their aspirations, their personal goals, and everything else in between.

Stay tuned for my first article coming soon!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

so many emotions...

I'm excited, overwhelmed, frustrated, ahhhhhhhhhh just so much is over taking me.

so from the beginning: i'm so excited! i went to see this amazing adviser at school and found out i have 9 classes left to graduate!!!! there were sooo many options running through my head, ie: do i want to stay longer and get my teacher's certificate? it sucks because i am so ready to be done with school and my anxiousness is keeping me from staying longer. i'm going back to talk to the chairmen of the college of education and see what my options are, but i'm leaning toward finishing now and coming back as an alternate route. imagine me - looking like these kids, trying to discipline & teach these kids ?? i figured after i graduate i'll look for an editing position somewhere; i'm secure til then, anyway. so that's that.

i have been sooooo sick and tired of my waitressing job. it's been killing me comepletely. with all the gossip: you have to worry about how you say things and who you say it around and then you have the table shark! IT'S FRUSTRATING!!!! it's an unfair treatment kinda job all this favoritism...DRAMA! i swear MTV should consider making it a reality show. it's the job i work the least amount of hours at, but acquired the most amount of stress from. i honestly can't say i know how much longer i am going to be there. soooo....

i spoke to a past manager and he said when i'm ready he'd take me back on as long as he had the business for it. GREAT! it's closer to home, a new start, somewhere a bit more organized. BUT do i want to continue with waitressing? i'm kinda tired of it. i know i want to go back to school and soon! i want to hurry up and finish what i started. i need to be somewhere i know i'll be able to have time to concentrate on school work.

THEN: i was offered a personal assistant position. nothing big to no one big, just someone with a lot on their plate and little time to do it all. it would just be a couple of times a week which is's a consideration.

then i get to thinkin: omG! all these bills ugh! i just want to be rid of them already!

but i'm trying to be positive. i'm seeing the glass half full. i'm trying to be healthy and sane this year. no stress, exercise, eat healthy. i try to go to the gym as much as possible, and eating healthy has been a difficult thing to commit to being that my life is on the go. then stress comes from this damn job that's been driving me insane! it's hard trying to squeeze total health into my schedule. i tell you, i can't wait til june, when my life could go back to normal.

WELL: i came across this drink called monavie. it's a fruit blend in a juice or gel form that you take twice daily. the crown jewel of this juice is the number one superfruit - acai berry. i'm still learning and researching this drink while taking it myself, and i must say - it most definitely gives me a natural energy boost to keep up with my congested life. the instant i take it i begin to feel it rush through my body and uplift me. meanwhile it's giving me the vitamins and nutrients i need daily. and i'm maintaining the correct number of servings of fruit required, according to the food pyramid. it's also high in antioxidants which help fight free radicals & diseases. long story short: it's claimed to be a miracle juice. i recommend it to all. soon i will have my website up and running, with all the details on my research, and how to purchase this miracle in a bottle.

see how my mind's been soaring...?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

mommy i just want u to know

"I'm in love with you so. if you wasn't here id be in love w ur soul"

saying I'm proud of mommy is an understatement. she's proved to be the strongest person I've ever feasted my eyes upon. you should've seen all the wows, oohs and ahhs she was getting from the nurses & doctors. she's up and moving mostly on her own, shoot the docs even said they see her walkin again (w/out a walker) in less than a month. can u imagine that?? recovering from major surgery in a month!

well she's at rehab now and will be there for 2 weeks - then its back home. she's doing super extremely well and I know its through the power and faith in God. without him NOTHING would be possible.

as for me, I've been MIA with all these crazy hours I'm working. I've kept in touch w the music world and there's sooooo much goin on (ie - rihanna getting beat up by chris brown - there goes another great career down the tubes) the 50 cent & ross battle still continues on (what beef of his doesn't? - he'll never have ANYTHING on the L.O.X) and mr mark curry (for those that don't remember him, his character is played in the biggie movie. a scene he was in, was in the car when biggie shared with him about his mother's breast cancer, and he responded that both his parents died when he was young. he also featured on songs such as "bad boy for life" by diddy featuring black rob) has released a tell-all book entitled "dancing with the devil". this book is going to reveal deep dark secrets of bad boy in particular exposing diddy (being the devil). I heard him on an interview (wendy williams of course) didn't sound too bright but wendy praised the book, said it was a must read. HOP ON IT! if u read it before me, pleasssse don't spoil it :)

& I'm OUT!

praise God!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

50 Cent & Officer Ricky Cartoon

the video speaks for itself.

told you i'd find it!

doesn't rick ross sound mad as hell? lol miss info couldn't say anything through out the whole interview she just kept laughing. he sounded ridiculous in my opinion. he know's he was tight when he saw that video of fif buyin her AND her friend: furs, ahem GUCCI - shoes, bags, & shades. talkin bout he was givin her comfort...lmao. what kind of comfort level do you think they left it at ross?