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PM Dawn is truly a family affair. You may not know that the original members, Prince Be and DJ Minutemix, are brothers. When DJ Minutemix departed from the duo in 2005 to try his hand at a solo career, Prince Be didn’t have to look far at all to find a replacement. Enter Doc G aka Doc of the Dawn. Doc G, who is the first cousin of the brothers and away in the Navy when PM Dawn debuted in 1992, brought an edginess… might I add a certain rawness… that complimented Prince Be quite well if you ask me.
Doc G keeps it real in his music and he kept it real during our interview as well. We talked about alot. His time with PM Dawn, his solo endeavors, the meaning behind the mask, or harness as he terms it, and so much more. Because of editing restraints I wasn’t able to give you guys the entire thing, but I’m sure you will enjoy it nonetheless. Click here to check it out.
As I mentioned, Doc G does have solo projects that he has out and is currently working on. The Purr-Scrip-Shun, released last month, is meant to be the medicine to treat the disease that is rap today. That is my opinion though. You check it out for yourself and make you own conclusions.
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Do me a favor. Think to yourself about Hawaii. Say aloud the first thing that comes to mind. While I’m sure there are many, many things that you may end up saying, I bet soul music isn’t one of them. Well that’s about to change. Meet Maryanne Ito. This classically trained young lady has released an EP entitled “Waking Up” and if you ask me, it’s appropriately titled. But you be the judge. You can thank me later. You can take a listen to selected tracks on her Soundcloud page. If you want a copy for yourself, which you do, you’re gonna have to reach out to her. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.
This month’s feature is “How One Generation: Was Single-Handedly Able To Kill The Music Industry” along w/Soulhead of the Month DeWayne Alston of Soul City Radio (B’More NSC Radio Member) along w/Soul Supporter Matthew Daniels of Butterfly Jazz Records (from the UK) Mixology feature “DJ Bryn’s Aquarian Soul” aka “Scientific Monkey”, What’s In Rotation (the new upcoming or music that you didn’t know was available) & much, much more…..
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I speak from personal experience when I say that you never know when you will come to hear that which is your calling, but when you do hear it you’ll know. Such is the story of Ida Divine. Her story, while not all that different from the stories of many independent artists, is definitely her own.
The first thing I noticed when I started talking with Ida is a natural ability to portray emotion when she speaks. This same ability easily transitions over to her music. She’s a smart and savvy artist that truly knows what she wants from her life and career. She is also more than willing and able to go make it happen too.
Her story begins in Staten Island, NY where she grew up seeing the members of Wu-Tang Clan rise from just being cats from around the way to internationally known hip hop legends. Seeing this is what inspired her to make something of herself. Funny thing is, even then she didn’t know what that something would be.
She came to find her something while on a carnival cruise, of all place. One night she decided to get up on stage and sing at Karaoke. The love she received that night stayed with her and thus began a journey of discovery and affirmation, struggle and determination.
It is this journey which led her to work with world renown producer Herb Middleton (Mary J. Blige, SWV, Sounds of Blackness, Kelly Price, and Nas) on her newest release, IG My Shoe Game. You can check out her brand new video on YouTube. This delightful tune pays homage to women’s shoes. I’m pretty certain that this will be a summer anthem for the ladies.
All jokes aside, this is just one of many examples of her versatility in her music. Not one to be boxed in, she sings about what she knows and feels. Not only can she sing, but she has a band which goes by the name of The Garvey Collective. And guess what? She can spit a hot 16 too! Regardless of the genre she chooses to perform one thing is for certain. Good music is the end result. Follow Ida Divine on Twitter and Facebook. Click here to check out the conversation I had with her.