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Friday, January 24, 2014

Venus Dialogues | Miles Into the Future with Emjae


From east to west, Emjae is circumnavigating the globe bringing his art to fans worldwide. His passion for the craft inspires him to travel miles and miles, and to work with other likeminded artists to make #YDream a reality.

AbsoluteVenus: What inspires you to create music?
Emjae: Pretty much anything inspires me to create music. This world is so full of surprises it’s impossible to run out of inspiration. It could be something little as looking out your window or something big like a world event or issue. If you could connect and tap into what the world gives you, you’ll find inspiration and the result for me is creating music.
AbsoluteVenus: What projects are you currently working on?
Emjae: Right now I’m currently working on a few projects. One of them I recently completed where I collaborated with this new female R&B artist name Kizzy Amos I believe you’ll be hearing her name alot. The connection for that came out of Canada. I’m working on my own mixtape for the USA and overseas. I recently released an EP but, it was exclusively for my fans in Japan. I’m doing a lot right now for my team, making sure I help them with what they need and continue to be the leader for them. We all have something going on and I want to make sure they are successful with their goals so I’m there for them and always working. I also revamped the look for my website. It was released on Jan. 10th as well as the team website.


AbsoluteVenus: Are there any collabos (lyricists, producers, etc.) that you would like to mention?
Emjae: I just mentioned one artist Kizzy Amos R&B artist, the project I worked on with her is called “Feels Good” and it’s a very well put together song and that girl can sing! I’ll be looking forward to working with producer/Artist Dayy, Prestige, and MeccaGodzilla. Of course I’ll reach out to more of my peers so, hopefully I’ll be able to work with them at some point this year.
AbsoluteVenus: Where can hip hop heads hear/buy your music? What formats (i.e. MP3, CD, vinyl)?
Emjae: Right now my music is free and you can find my music on Emjae.net, there you can get to my music and even contact me for any special request. It’ll be in MP3 form.
AbsoluteVenus: Any upcoming concerts/performances?
Emjae: I have a good start to the year with performances. That’s pretty much where I gross the most is on my live shows. I started off with the Web release party in Milford on Jan 10th. I’ll be back overseas in February. I’ll be in South Korea on February 6th and I’ll be back in Japan on February 14th and still booking on the year so I’m happy with the progress and I’m even happier the people come out to see me perform, it really has been surreal but I’ve been very grateful.
AbsoluteVenus: Are there other projects that you are working on that you would like to mention?
Emjae: Yes, MeccaGodzilla and I are working hard every day to make our team #YDream as strong as possible. We are currently setting up Tours in Japan, Asia, and Europe. We are also working on tours in the USA as well. Hard work and determination with a good heart can get you to where you want to be. Peace and Love.
AbsoluteVenus: What are your official web/social media site(s)?
Website: EMJAE.net 
Facebook: facebook.com/emjae.music 
Twitter: @Emjaeonline 
Instagram: Emjaeonline

Monday, May 13, 2013

Venus Dialogues | The Prolific Scientific Large Professor

Extra P remains one of my top fave producers of all time. With a career spanning more than two decades, his works are intrinsic to hip hop culture. I had the fortunate opportunity to connect with Large Pro to discover what creations he has in the making.
Absolute Venus: Let the people know about the projects that you are currently working on.
Large Professor: I'm currently completing a full project with Cormega called "MegaPhilosophy", along with a new batch of songs for myself.  And as always, a gazillion other independent productions.
Absolute Venus: Are there any collabos with other artists (lyricists, producers, etc.) that you would like to mention?
Large Professor: Yes, I currently have a song with N.O.R.E called "Built Pyramids" that developed nicely.  Just got up with a new kid named Kaysito from the Bronx that's kind of ill.  


Absolute Venus: When you’re creating art, what inspires you?
Large Professor: EVERYTHING.  From how the sun shines, to the cleanliness of a room, to memories.  
Absolute Venus: In what ways (if any) has the rise of digital music/technologies transformed your creative process?
Large Professor: The digital age made archiving and storage a lot easier.  Where before you would have a 2" reel with 3 songs that took up a lot of space, you can now have a hard drive that can have hundreds of thousands of songs that can fit in your back pocket.  The ease of having everything in a laptop makes a lot of hard tasks from the past so much easier.
Absolute Venus: Who are your favorite artists out right now (in any genre)?
Large Professor: I like Lee Fields, the Truth and Soul Band and all of the artists that are keeping that "Soul" alive. 
Absolute Venus: Where can real heads find your music? What formats (i.e. MP3, CD, vinyl)?
Large Professor: Real heads can always find my music online, and if they dig, they can hit up vinyl record hip hop stores. 
Absolute Venus: Are you currently touring or doing shows?
Large Professor: Definitely.  Always doing sporadic shows and DJ gigs wherever the love is.
Absolute Venus: Outside of music do your have other creative/professional endeavors that you would like to mention?
Large Professor: Everything I do professionally is within musical parameters, from DJ'ng, Producing, A&R etc.  I knew early in my life I would be in the music industry.
Absolute Venus: What's your official web/social media site(s)?
Twitter: @PLargePro
Facebook: Large Pro

Love & Light,
Absolute Venus

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Venus Dialogues | The Metamorphosis of MeccaGodZilla




























Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an eternal beat junkie and am constantly in search of great music. I recently became aquainted with MeccaGodZilla's music by coincidence when blipping some of my hip hop faves on Twitter, he sent me a link to his PERFECT 天 album. Impressed with his beat-making, rhyming and graphic artist abilities, wanted to know more about what inspires him and how his style has transformed throughout his career. 

AbsoluteVenus: Let the people know about the projects that you are currently working on.
MeccaGodZilla: I just released a brand new t-shirt, inspired by Chun Li of Street Fighter.  I am also prepping to release albums for two (2) artists I work with on my label. God willing, this summer, I’ll drop a five (5) song EP called “Muteki.”

AbsoluteVenus: Are there any collabos with other artists (lyricists, producers, etc.) that you would like to mention?
MeccaGodZilla: Yes.  I am working with Mio Soul and Sim-E right now, in addition to a team from Long Island that consists of RichSonz Music, NMG and The King Indeed.   I have to finish up some work with Budamunky, Loupo and Masia One as well.

AbsoluteVenus: When you’re creating art, what inspires you?
MeccaGodZilla: When creating, many times it may take me a few hours or even days to clear my mind and jump in and start getting the energy out.  I’m inspired by life itself and all folks bringing forth positive energy and negative doubtful energy.  Both extremes really fuel the beats I make and the lyrics I write.

AbsoluteVenus: Tell us about your alter egos (Ryu Black and Ravage) and how they came to be.
MeccaGodZilla: RYU BLACK was inspired by my buddy, Random.  He made a tribute album for Capcom’s video game called Mega Man under the moniker Megaran.  I thought the idea and music were really dope.  Ryu Black came about because personally I spent years in the dojo, loved Street Fighter and felt a personal connection to the story of Ryu from the video game.  It was only right to ask MegaRan if I could create an identity both he and Ryu helped inspire.  At the time, I was taking a one (1) year hiatus.  I just left a really unfortunate and life changing music experience.  My mind couldn’t even think to write hardcore stuff as RAVAGE/MeccaGodZilla.  That style is really raw.  I wanted to make something serious but fun.  I also didn’t want to copy and bite the idea of being a rapping “video game character” without getting an okay since Random really made something remarkable with MegaRan.  Long story short, MegaRan was like “man go ahead, do it, do it!” So we collaborated on the first Ryu Black song ever called “Chun Li” which features Masia One and the rest is history. 



The name MeccaGodZilla came from my run with an old friend and mentor Rodan.  We were around a lot of great artists that worked with DOOM and Rhymesayers.  While I was recovering from a severely terrible health scare...Rodan started calling me G Mecca - a flip of the MeccaGodZilla name.  Thus, the name I go by mostly today, haha.

RAVAGE means to destroy - it is another alias of mine.  Convention at times gets folks caught up and keeps them from evolving.  So, I kept the name to remind myself to get and stay outta the box if conventional folks, people and ideas tried to box me in. I’m known still in NYC as RAVAGE moreso than MeccaGodZilla.

RAVAGE means to Restore Artistic Vision And Growth Everywhere after destroying conventional ideas.  I started identify with this name at the Hip Hop Advocates club shortly because building a Hip Hop Union with Wale and five (5) other students called G.A.M.E.

AbsoluteVenus: Who are your favorite artists out right now (in any genre/art form)?
MeccaGodZilla: Below is a list that consists of about 1/3 of the artists I constantly check for outside of my favorite MCs in Wu-Tang. Outside of myself...hmmmm…Oh, and let me just say the last Killah Priest album “PWOWR” was just incredible.

Visual Artists
Ronald Wimberly, KEO, Aerosyn Lex, Aja, Damion Scott, Coby Kennedy, Marthalicia, Eric Orr, Nelson Caban, Gigi Bio, Pesu

Musicians / Poets
Budamunky, £ENA aka Lady L, Down North Camp, J. Stylez, Emeli Sande, Mariannie, Raye 6, SYAR, TRACKmKH, JaySage, and Conscious. 

AbsoluteVenus: Where can real heads find your music? What formats (i.e. MP3, CD, vinyl)?
MeccaGodZilla: To find my music on CD, please visit here: http://manafestvision.storenvy.com/
You can get my RYU BLACK musical on iTunes here: http://manafestvision.com/2012/06/13/perfect-heaven-ryu-black/

You can also hit up iTunes and search for MeccaGodZilla, Ryu Black and Mio Soul to find more music from the artists featured on my record label. Vinyl will be late this year, early 2014.

AbsoluteVenus: Are you currently touring or doing shows?
MeccaGodZilla: My next scheduled show is June 21st with Make Music NY & LaRue of The B.U.R.N. Movement.  I may visit Japan this summer once again and tour a lil bit.  I have to see. 

AbsoluteVenus: Outside of music, do you have other creative/professional endeavors that you would like to mention?
MeccaGodZilla: Yes indeed.  I own the record label MANAFEST VISION MEDIA LLC.  I also do quite a bit of graphic design, management of artists, consultation and quite a bit more that I wish I could talk about here, haha.  Folks always tell me to just do one thing.  “Just Rap...just make beats…just...” I wish my brain worked like that. 

AbsoluteVenus: What are your official web/social media sites?
Twitter: @MeccaGodZilla
Instagram: MeccaGodZilla

Peace and Blessings

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Venus Dialogues | Master of Macabre - Ricardo Islas

Director Ricardo Islas on the set of his latest release - Frankenstein.

I had the pleasure of working with film director, Ricardo Islas, early in my acting career. In fact, my film debut was in his indie horror Night Fangs. My sincerest thank you to Ricardo for the opportunity.  Since Night Fangs, Ricardo has created various other bone-chilling films and I was able to talk with him to find out what ghoulish creation he has dreamed up for his next production.

Absolute Venus: What projects are you currently working on?
Ricardo Islas: I'm developing the script for a featured titled PANDEMONIUM to start shooting late Summer. The story will revolve around a group of people dealing with the consequences of worshiping the devil in their youth. That's as much as I can reveal at this early stage.
Absolute Venus: Are there any artists (actors, producers, directors etc.) that you are currently working with who you would like to mention? 
Ricardo Islas: Since the project is in a such an early stage, there are no roles assigned to any actors yet. I like to work with actors that I know, so most likely you will see some familiar faces, (that is if you have seen my previous movies); and of course, there is always room for new faces as well.
From the set of Islas' Frankenstein.
Absolute Venus: Are there any artists that you would like to work that that you have not gotten the chance to work with yet?
Ricardo Islas: I suppose you mean famous artists? Sure, I would love to work with actors whose work I admire. Thing is, when I'm writing a movie, I think of my characters as if they were real people, and even when movie stars are real people, they are not who I think of as I write. I often think of real people that I know in my daily life. That's an exercise that results in (hopefully) more realistic characters instead of cliches.
Absolute Venus: When you’re creating art, what inspires you?
Ricardo Islas: Usually music. I like atonal music from the turn of the 20th century: Scriabin, Alban Berg, Bartok, Penderecki. I listen to their music and scenes flow. But then, there's also everyday situations, landscapes, and more recently, I find a lot of inspiration in online picture galleries. I spend hours browsing through images.
Absolute Venus: Who are your artistic influences?
Ricardo Islas: Fellini, Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Truffaut, Kubrick. It's a long list. Polanski, of course. In America: William Friedkin, some Scorsese, some Coppola.
Absolute Venus: Who are your favorite filmmakers of all time?
Ricardo Islas: That will be Federico Fellini. But it's also a long list.
Absolute Venus: Where can horror fans find your films?
Ricardo Islas: Probably at my youtube channel, just look for newalphastudios in youtube and you'll get to see some of them. Other than that, type [my film] titles and goddess Internet will provide.
Absolute Venus: What are your official web/social media sites?
Ricardo Islas: on Facebook look for my name, on youtube look for newalphastudios or visit www.alphaflicks.com

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Venus Dialogues | The Lyrical Journey of Phil G.

It's been a pleasure to be able to see the creative process at times and hear the music of Chicago's own Phil G. throughout his career. Steady rocking crowds and creating passionate rhymes for the people...just quintessentially good music. Blessings to you fam. Hale Street for life!

Absolute Venus: Let the people know about the projects that you are currently working on.
Phil G.: Currrently, I'm working on my new project entitled "No Way [Mixtape]" hosted by Jay iL aka Jay iLLa. I'm also assisting my co-d DJ Jeff da illest with his compilation album entitled "Late Night Experience". Both of which are scheduled to come out this Spring.

Absolute Venus: Are there any collabos with other artists (lyricists, producers, etc.) that you would like to mention?
Phil G.: I have a very monumental collaboration transmitting throughout the globe with two legendary hip hop figures. I worked with SADAT X of Brand Nubian on his lead single "This Is Our Thing" from his new album "Love, Hell or Right". The song also features the supreme lyricist Pharoahe Monch! That video was recently released.



Absolute Venus: When you’re creating art, what inspires you?
Phil G.: My inspiration usually comes from classic material and those artist that came before me and made favorable impressions on me as well as the culture. I am also heavily inspired by beautiful women and my imagination.

Absolute Venus: Who are your musical influences?
Phil G.: I'm influenced musically by classic soul singers and performers as well as writers. I am also influenced by the stories of my forefathers in black music and how they arrived and also how they continue to do what God intended them to do eventhough they may not be mainstream. Every black artist regardless of the genre that lives their purpose fully, I'm influenced by because I want to embody the same thing.

Absolute Venus: What are your favorite artists out right now?
Phil G.: Nas and 2Chainz.

Absolute Venus: Where can real heads find your music?
Phil G.: Well my music is on my website www.iPhilGooDMusic.com it is also on many blogs on the internet and I also have an album "Refined Swagger" on iTunes. But, they can go right to my site and get my music.

Absolute Venus: Are you currently touring or doing shows?
Phil G.: No, I'm not touring but, I am available for shows. All inquries should e-mail jc@coalminemusic.com.

Absolute Venus: What are your official web/social media sites?

Website: www.iPhilGooDMusic.com
Twitter: Twitter.com/philg119
Facebook: Facebook.com/philg119
Instgram: @philg119