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#NewMovie – Kung Fu Bum featuring K. Gaines

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So I love what I do. I love most people. I love music.
But I love when it all comes together.
Last Sunday on my show Sex & Politics which airs Sunday nights on
WWW.LFBTV.COM
I had guest K. Gaines and Deep from 2HungryBros to talk about
Rumspringa: The Wildman Chronicles and the new indie movie
KUNG FU BUM
and boy was the interview interesting.
We talked about everything from being independent to K. Gaines journey from the group Sleepwalkas to now and played some dope music videos in the process.

The people with the most creativity are the ones that society looks at as a little crazy or “off” but it’s those that intrigue me the most.  K. Gaines is grounded, genuine and fun… which is a great combo and hard to find amongst todays artists. Most as some say are paper thin but not in this case.  Others say HIPHOP is dead but real fans know it is not, especially if you frequent this site.
When I first put his latest project in my computer to give it a good listen one song grabbed me and ended up on replay for a couple days. “Kung Fu Chaos” (produced by 2HungryBros) is high energy, motivating and pure so we debuted this video and couldn’t help but laugh at the storyline.
It’s real Hiphop, it’s real fun but with a message.

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deep grfDeep of 2HungryBros shot in LFBTV.com Studios

My exclusive interview with @iLLAwtf now available on HYPE MAG

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He went from Illaj to iLLA and just like his name his music has developed, evolved one might say. “Cranberry Vodka” was just a glimpse of what is inside this artist and with this latest project which is the follow up to ‘Dope’ Vol. 1 it’s a little different this time around. You may have caught him on the hundreds of mixtapes he was featured on, in The Source Unsigned Hype column or on your local radio station but this next phase of life he says that his focus is of a different energy. The past crept up on him just when he was in negotiation with EMI for a possible distribution deal. Currently locked up in Oregon, iLLA knew his fate and went hard working on music with those closest around him to make sure that his fans had something new to listen to while he was away. One guy he teamed up with was Grammy-nominated Baby Paul aka BPZY.  We have seen his single “Team Friendship” featuring Kendrick Lamar spread like wildfire on the net since it dropped last week. There is talks of an EP coming towards the end of summer beginning of fall from Team iLLA but I caught up with him via email to ask him a couple questions regarding his latest work and circumstances. Let’s see just what he had to say…
 
How did this music come about on Everything Gucci and how did the name/title come about?
 
iLLA: Well the music came about from about a year span of recording a bunch of new music. I worked with several different producers getting different sounds and ideas together. I was sending BPZY tracks the whole time so he could ‘capture the moment in real time. I had been going to pre-trial for the past 2.5 years so I had a lot of emotions and feelings about the matter that was coming out in my music. It’s hard to explain really but a lot of frustrations and anger towards the situation I had gotten myself involved in ya know. But the title arose out of the positive things that came in my darkest hour. Despite all the BS I was going through legally, and still going through I guess, I still had great people around me that encouraging me to keep going. They heard the growth in my music and mental, encouraged me to keep recording and to not let this situation get the best of me. A simple stumbling block thats gonna show my character if anything. So at the end of selecting the music this song came about that Bpzy and co-producer BeatFanatik produced called ‘Everything Gucci.‘ It’s a showboat party song, but in the grander scheme of things that’s really how I’m feelin. Yes, Gucci is a clothing brand, but around my way we like “it’s gucci” like everything is good ya know? So that’s what I’m on, doin my time, dealt with my case, my son is doing great, my team feels better and stronger than ever, my people are behind me, so I’m feeling good. I’m see all yall soon, very soon, so I ain’t trippin, we gucci, but I do appreciate the love and support 100%!
 
You released Team Friendship featuring Kendrick Lamar that seems to be doing well virally, what was the motivation behind it and how much was from personal experience?
 
iLLA:  Yeah, first off I wanna say that was such a random pick up. I jacked the hook, but once I heard it I was like yeah! That’s really how I’m feelin, need this in the catalogue even if it will only be a mixtape track. Personal experience lol… shit all of it was from personal experience! Like I said the pre-trial was a bitch. All the cats/friends that was their in the limelight when shit was goin well seemed to fade like mist you feel me. Shit i thought I was trippin like damn… seemed like you a good friend just a week ago. But shit, thats how the game go. Everybody wanna be part of the upswing, like I know that nigga, and we been down forever. Then when reality hits and the times get tough ain’t nobody there to really help a nigga through. Thank God for family and REAL friends ya know. That fake shit can miss me 1000 times! Time tells all and I’m def gonna remember who was there and who wasn’t, I’m thankful for the experience though, cause you never really know until the shit happens to you.
 
What is your favorite part of working with Baby Paul and how long have you worked with him?
 
iLLA:  Man Baby Paul (aka BPZY) is my NIGGA! I know he doesn’t like that word for various reasons, but I mean that in the best way. I’ve been working with him off and on for shit… like 5 years or so. We originally met in his studio in NY. I was out there with my old management bangin out some shows and livin large… . We connected in the studio, this freakin guy had platinum and gold plaques just chillin like an old pic of the fam or somethin lol. I was like holy shit… what did I just step into lol. But he sucha cool easy going dude you would never even expect it. Anyway, we connected immediately and just stayed up on each other ever since working closer and closer as the years went on. The past couple of years have been magic though. He’s been feeding me STUPID HOT beats and making my job very easy. Once I hit this case though is when his true colors came out. It was a f’d up time in my life and out of all the people who proclaimed to be so down for me and what I was doing Bpzy shined like the North Star for me. It really helped guide and mold my process during this time and help me see through the thick fog that was surrounding me. Needless to say a true blessing to have this man in my life, NO HOMO lol. Anyway good dude, stand up dude, and my favorite part of working with Bpzy is his enthusiasm and perseverance. Nothing like it in the world as far as I can tell.

illa-BP

 

REPOST: A3C Hiphop Festival 2012

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My flight was nice…cool, calm with no screaming babies even though
I missed the first flight due to extreme partying the night before as I had judged the
Radio Killah Showcase in NJ with the homey Apex of T.I.A.  S/O to Nina Foxx who won!

But needless to say I finessed my way onto the next flight after the next since the first one was full but you get the idea… so the first night in ATL I linked with one of my favorite singer/songwriters
JUNE SUMMERS
who was in a writing session with a fellow writer for a Top 10 artist
(won’t mention names until it gets placed)

a3c bAnd as real friends do we shared in some spirits as my granny would call em and the night was a success as they laid reference to the track and we caught up on old times as well as talked a little business in between the  super spirits of Svedka and Redbull…
GREAT FIRST NIGHT IN THE A! a3c cNext day was Registration for A3C and I had to link up with Tom to finally meet face to face after  a month of back and forth emails and phonecalls. The lines were a little long but they kept the folks moving as the vendors set up and everyone got their weekend passes to one of the larger Hiphop Music Festivals in the city of Atlanta.
Masquerade was the host and main hub of the Festival which included The Guitar Center Stage, Jakprints Stage, iHiphop Stage, Creative Loafing Stage and the A3C Style and Merch Tables with a few food carts in between.
The first day we took in some panels, shows and ran into Dj Crazy Ass Bazarro and Dj Wayneski  who rocked in the RedBull truck and they definitely brought their A-game! a3c d

SwurvRadio was there in full effect with camera and cards in hand as we introduced ourselves to those willing to listen and pause for a station id drop or interview…

Later on we went to check out our homey Dj Majestic aka Skenny Kravitz at Cloud IX which was a cool spot on Peters St. with great drinks and welcoming staff.

a3c eNext day I caught up with the ladies on the Lipgloss & Sneakers Panel brought to you by StupidDope which included A’fra Butt of MTV, Adrift Da Belle, Monie Love, Nikkiya, Ayara Pommells, Tiffany Hardin and Dj Tyger Lilly. They discussed the challenges and strategies of women in music as well as took some questions. It was a great conversation about where we are in the current state as well as what we can do to help change and continue the legacy of our music contributions professionally and personally.  a3c fI always love going to ATL and having once lived there I have built some great friendships and found some favorite spots including the Busy Bee Cafe which I shared with a new friend who flew down from NJ. Atlanta, GA doesn’t have the buzz it once had but there are still some movers and shakers who aren’t afraid to have a good time and maybe even make a little money in the process. a3c g

There is SOOOO much more but a post can only hold so much, right?

Well I can’t tell you everything but lets just say SwurvRadio was there, Missy B partied, took pics, exchanged business cards and has major plans for next year!!

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The list of artists who came through the A3C Festival is endless but to mention a few…
Rich Kidz, Sha Stimuli, Skyzoo, Big Boi, Dutch Rebelle, Illastrate, Wordsmith, Boog Brown, Frenchie, Fred the Godson, Nipsey Hussle, Snow the Product, Trae the Truth, Vado, Killer Mike, Just Blaze, Nappy Roots, Chino XL, Freeway, Raekwon, Rabbit, Gza, Slum Village, Jus Nice, Yelawolf, Tech N9ne, Lyric Jones, Devin the Dude (who killed it), Mikkey Halsted, King Louie, Twista, Odisee, Speakerfoxx, Apollo Brown, Rapsody & Hopsin!!

HIPHOP
UNITED