Fruition

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Fruition

when dreams materialize! It has been a long time goal of mine to have music on vinyl which is high honor. Owning masters, distributing quality music are one thing but to have your voice, words, music etc etched in time via vinyl is held in high regard. Much love and respect to @culturepower45 for being to conduit for us to release these projects!! GO GET YOUR COPY NOW before you miss out on a really great project "Fruition". www.culturepower45.com ▪️I am grateful to have been part and shared musical space with every artist featured. The only woman involved and part of this team of great brothers that actually makes really DOPE music! We are giving birth to quality sounds! Don't be a lame and miss out! ▪️Many thanks to @heyrain for providing the photogenesis!!! ❤️ #Fruition #culturepower45 #culturepower45vinyl #vinyl #music #defiantoraclerecordings #oraclesound #flyshitonly #goodmusic #hiphop #international #vibrations #sounds #ascap #bmi #materializingdreams Next up: A solo project on vinyl soon come!!!!!! 

 

 

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Against All Odds

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Against All Odds

"Against all odds, up in the studio, gettin' blowed
To the truest shit I ever spoke, against all odds
Hopin' my true motherfuckers know
This be the realest shit I ever wrote "            
-Makaveli / Tupac Shakur

Honors to the Pac reference, this song is right on time and in sync! 

Set backs, road blocks and more than enough disappointments where the outcome hasn't been favorable yet we stay striving to make our dreams a reality. This will be one of the more personal blogs i've written on this site since it's birth! I wanted to keep the focus on the music and music related events, ideas, tutorials and more. Who says things shouldn't get a little personal sometimes? Separation from the thing that frees us during times of struggle, grind season, working a 9/5, etc. can create a void that can only be filled with those things. 

Since being away from music I've experienced failed relationships, investments. business ventures that all have taken my attention away from one of the most important things in my life. Having your foundation shaken because of what may have seemed like a simple situation or choice at the time, turned out to be a mistake of dire consequences. Patterns show up in everything and everywhere. We can not escape them we can only master the information provided within patterns to bring order. A new way of looking at life and a better way to manifest the life you desire. None of this can happen while entertaining situations, thought processes, and ideas which do not seek to serve our highest potential. 

Fear allows us to feel trapped within our immediate reality. It provides such extreme weight it often burdens its carrier into a point of submission, so much so, we forget our soul's purpose is to create. Create at high levels both conscious and sub-consciously. Create in order to prevent blockages that can manifest into negative energy. All of my downfalls I take full responsibility because I made the decisions whether good & bad. I am also accountable for allowing myself and others to impede my personal progress when it comes to whats important. I've allowed bullshit situations and people into my life which caused me to get off track and it has taken time to rid those energies. Funny how once you get rid of certain things/people, energy really starts to flow in the right direction.  Only until we truly purge do we innerstand.  

Each day we have an opportunity to create the space we'd like to have in this universe. I've since put behind me anything that isn't in the best interest of my family and myself. Music has never left me and I doubt she ever will. I'm more inspired now than I've ever been. Peep the "God Samurai" beat when you get a chance! Let me know what you think! More quality opportunities than I can keep up with are coming my direction these days and I am truly thankful. I'm more confident in my sound, ear and the textures I provide within my music. Creating soundscapes to escape to! I'm honored to be able to continuously share my gift with the world. This is about letting go of the obvious and on to the newness that's waiting for each of us. 

Let's stay focused and creating that magic! 

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About July: The Experience at #FridaysatOMCA

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About July: The Experience at #FridaysatOMCA

The Experience

A short summary about my experience this past July as the resident DJ/Sound Selector for OMCA's(Oakland Museum of CaliforniaFridays at OMCA events. I want to thank Niva Flor, Anne Blair Daum, Preston (MC each friday night) and all of the wonderful sound folk that were always there to assist if needed! This was by far the most organized venture i've been part of and i thoroughly enjoyed not having to wait around on anything. Everyone I came in contact with were really easy to work with, ask of questions and willing to provide help if needed. Thank you again for allowing me to bring in my brand of vibe to Oakland

I've attended many events and those that have had the unfortunate luck of going out with me to clubs or parties know the one thing I will complain about is the musical selections, of which i personally hold ALL DJ's responsible. As a DJ, you are responsible for moving the crowd and that can consist of various movements, the responsibility of breaking new music from new/old/indie artists from around the globe, coupled with the responsibility of changing up BPM's throughout your set. We all can enjoy a great Trap set however, when that set runs all night it appears as if we have been hearing the same damn song with various artists on it! The switch needs to happen and this is the method to my madness.

The most memorable experience while being resident DJ was watching the children take so well to the music. There were no biases on the children's behalf it was purely about how sound resonated with their being. I watched in amazement at some of the same children each week come up to the area where I was to say hello or just make their presence known. Secretly, the children gave me life and a purpose to play responsible music whether that be Jazz, Afro Beat, Afro Cuban, Acid Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop or Soul, from well known artists to the most obscure. Each week I measured my weight against the response of all the children present and I didn't lose while the babies never missed a beat! Lol no, seriously they did NOT. Quite a few people came up to politely ask; "who was that?" or "that was the best piece of music i've heard in a while" and my personal favorite, "I didn't hear one Top 40 song and people are still dancing!" Yes & no, we did Whip that Nae Nae. I've attached a few pics from each week below feel free to look & comment. I also have a few videos from each week as well as mixes I will be posting soon. The first week I was unsure what to expect, so each week there are more pictures as the momentum was gained. Engaged in musical ritual I was able to forge some new relationships & potential future endeavors. Stay up for that!

 Music is a powerful tool and should be used wisely! A huge thanks to Khalifia Khaled & Taylor of StarrPRG for helping me through 5 weeks of travel, photography, videos, set lists, me being too stubborn to set practice time, my nervousness, me staying out all night Uber'n in SF instead of putting playlists together! Your help means so much more to me than I can put into funny words. We have so much more work to do. Thank you so much!

Catch me again in Oakland at October's Art Murmur spinning at Heraldry Leather Co. event as well as my own monthly events in Los Angeles. Stay up & in tune to what's next by Joining my email list now! 

With Love, 

Nekaybaaw 

FridaysatOMCA Week 5

FridaysatOMCA Week 4

FridaysatOMCA Week 3

FridaysatOMCA Week 2

FridaysatOMCA Week 1

All photos except where noted were provided by: StarrPRG 

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Professor Panther

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Professor Panther

What good is your art if it isn't really saying anything? What is the message your music sends out to the masses? What are you using your voice for? These are all questions that I ask myself daily when it comes to my music. It is my personal belief that we should be saying a lot more than what we are. The times should be reflected in our art forms and should be recognizable when in view by those wanting a glimpse into our artistic worlds. 

DeFiant Oracles are taking their place and taking mics back in order to implant messages of love, peace, resilience, revolution, our struggles etc. There must be a restored balance to our music as it is terribly over saturated with negative messages. It is time for all Oracles to stand up and let their voices be heard! 

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Reason #99 Why I Get Dame Dash!

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Reason #99 Why I Get Dame Dash!

This morning we had a legend in the building. Dame Dash. Formerly Jay-Z's manager and business partner at Roc-a-Fella Records, heavy-hitter entrepreneur and fearless businessman. Before joining us in-studio, Dame Dash told Sway "ask me anything you're curious about."

You can always count on Dame Dash to issue a nice brand of realness each time he gives an interview. This is by far one of the best I've seen this year. Not very few people in the spotlight are this candid and honest. I am definitely on the same page with a lot of what he has to share. Check out the latest and greatest of what Dame has to say! So many gems here for those that are administering their own affairs whether in business or personal. Respect! 

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PANDORA: "OUR $0.001 PER STREAM PAYOUT IS ‘VERY FAIR’ ON ARTISTS."

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PANDORA: "OUR $0.001 PER STREAM PAYOUT IS ‘VERY FAIR’ ON ARTISTS."

FEBRUARY 22, 2015 BY TIM INGHAM
Pandora founder Tim Westergren has claimed that the company is paying out “very fair” sums to artists, despite its per-stream royalty weighing in at just one sixth of Spotify’s.

The digital personalised radio platform has previously gone on-record as saying that it pays music rights-holders around US $0.0014 for each play of their tracks: Westergren blogged in 2013 that Pandora pays ‘around $1,370 for a million spins’.

That’s around a sixth of what Spotify pays out per stream on its service, which is officially somewhere between $0.006 and $0.0084. (This can really add up if you have a smash hit: just ask Mark Ronson.)

Interestingly, Westergren (pictured) and his executive team are currently battling SoundExchange  to try to bring down Pandora’s permitted per-stream royalty rate, to $0.0011. The US Copyright Board will confirm whether Pandora is successful later this year.

Digging into Pandora’s recent financials tells us why it’s on this mission: its model is clearly hurting.

The firm’s total payments to labels and publishers in FY 2014 stood at $446.4m – close to half of its total revenues of $920m.

WE’RE PROJECTING OVER A BILLION DOLLARS OF REVENUE NEXT YEAR… AND WE’RE SHARING THAT REVENUE VERY FAIRLY WITH ARTISTS.”

TIM WESTERGREN, PANDORA
Last week, Westergren unveiled a new feature on Pandora that will allow artists to record short audio messages that can then be played directly to their fans as part of their personalised listening experience. Lenny Kravtiz is one of the performers taking advantage of the pilot.

This feature will form part of Pandora’s AMP toolbox, which provides artists and their managers with ‘data-driven insights’ about how their particular fan-base is behaving on the platform.

Westergren explained at Re/Code’s Code Media conference in California: “AMP allows artists to login and have access to all the data around their music. Artist Messaging is the next chapter.

“Imagine this: you’re in a band and you decide, let’s stop in Portland and play a show, impromptu. You login to your smartphone, open your Pandora AMP account, zoom in and look at your audience there, then record a 15-second piece of audio that says: ‘Hi this is John from such-and-such… We’re playing tomorrow, see you there.”

It’s not shown in Re/Code’s video below, but apparently that’s not all he said. According to Bloomberg, Westergren added that because the Artist Messaging could drive merch and ticket sales, “the revenue it will generate per artist will dwarf royalties”.

Back to what you can see with your own eyes below: Westergren also directly answered the question about the level of royalty payouts that Pandora takes on.

He said: “We have an enormous royalty burden – we pay north of 50% of our topline revenue in royalties, and we’re really creating a new category in advertising… this is a company that’s building a product that consumers love, with 80million-plus [users] a month.

“We’re working tremendously hard to build a business behind that. We’re projecting over a billion dollars of revenue next year… and we’re sharing that revenue very fairly with the artist community.”

Pandora posted a $30.4m net loss in 2014, despite seeing user growth of 7% to 81.5 million people.

 

What do you think?

http://recode.net/video/pandora-to-let-music-artists-like-lenny-kravitz-send-audio-messages-to-fans/guid-B4CO4QDQWdSeZFaeVuZk3K1li5cOvN2q/

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Legacy / Love / Legend

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Legacy / Love / Legend

"One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain."

Robert Nesta Bob Marley 2/6/45 - 5/11/81

One of the most thought provoking statements ever made by one of the most prolific beings to ever walk planet earth! If I honor anyone it will always be Bob Marley as he is an integral part of my musical life. I consider him to be a mentor to me in spirit and with my music in various ways. The messages of love, living and understanding have resonated with me ever since I heard the first song by him as a child. There was meaning and a method to his genius as per getting his point across in a global fashion. 

It has been more than 30 years since the untimely demise aka death of a legend. I won't share my somewhat conspiratorial view on the death of Bob Marley because that isn't what this is about. I want to recognize, respect, uplift the name of a warrior God that has actually lived among us and so graciously given us a wealth of knowledge, love & tolerance via the teachings buried within his music/lyrics. 

Here are a few of my personal favorite video footage of Bob Marley. Artists should take notes from this man in regards to what a live performance should look and feel like! He was the master at harnessing his energy and allowing the world to feed off of it. Anyone that truly knows me understands the importance of this man to me.

Bob Marley is a true hero in my book. How many folk do you know that are shot at, wounded and still get up that same night and perform the best show of his life!!! Get your shit together artists, the world is missing out on your genuine divine potential!! 

Enjoy! 

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Bob Marley and the Wailers - Full Concert Recorded Live: 11/30/1979 - Oakland Auditorium (Oakland, CA) More Bob Marley and the Wailers at Music Vault: http://www.musicvault.com Subscribe to Music Vault: http://goo.gl/DUzpUF Setlist: 0:00:00 - Positive Vibration 0:05:33 - Wake Up and Live 0:11:01 - Concrete Jungle 0:16:06 - Them Belly

Greatest Hits Bob Marley: http://bit.ly/1rXKkMJ

Thanks mwatson89! Now, I stylized this low quality video. Changed colors to red striped, improved the distorted audio best I could. Sorry, all of the zooming in and out is part of the original footage. chrisgraydeep.com

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Fun with FlyClips

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Fun with FlyClips

"Everything ain't gotta be deep!"
Although it is and can be extremely deep we are able to swim above surface. Keep our heads above water in order to preserve life! What we do is but an extension of the who we are and will become. Remember to smile, laugh, cry etc. as this is the true emotional seat aka your control center. 

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Producer's Bag: ARP OMNI BASS SYNTH

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Producer's Bag: ARP OMNI BASS SYNTH

From Samples From Mars

A Little Known 70s Analog Synth with Killer Bass

The Arp Omni synthesizer is a beast of an analog VCO synthesizer, yet not many people know it. The bass on this synth is a cutting, deep and powerful tone capable of everything from 70s funky disco to 90s Techno. Sort of like a Yamaha DX-100 sound but on steroids. And, when sampled and played polyphonically, it can create gorgeous, warm chords and friendly leads. 

Compatible with: Ableton Live 8 / 9, Kontakt 5, and Reason NN-XT.

ARP OMNI BASS SYNTH $12.00

ARP OMNI BASS SYNTH

$12.00


Ableton Pack Includes

  • 9 Multi-Sampled Arp Omni Instruments with fully mapped Macros
  • Racks include filters, sidechain compression for extra grit, reverb & more
  • Compatible with Ableton Live 8 and Live 9
  • 7 folders of 24bit WAV multi samples labeled by note name

Kontakt Includes

  • 7 multi-sampled Kontakt 5 Instruments
  • (145) 24 bit Wav samples labeled by note name

Reason NN-XT Includes

  • 7 multi-sampled Reason NN-XT Sampler Instruments
  • (145) 24 bit Wav samples labeled by note name
http://samplesfrommars.com/products/arp-omni-synth

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Producer's Bag: Lounge Lizard 4

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Producer's Bag: Lounge Lizard 4

Don't ever say I didn't put you up on nothing! Lol. Seriously, there's nothing new about Applied Acoustic's Lounge Lizard. One of my favorite piano plugins, I've been using since version 2, was recently upgraded. Lounge Lizard happens to be one the best sounding piano vst's out there and there are quite a few around. I really like the warm feeling it gives right out of the box regardless of it being a digital plugin. This plugin has been used in countless tracks I've created over the years. A must have in the arsenal if you don't already own it! 


Lounge Lizard EP-4 ships with a new streamlined interface, a new equalizer and compressor module, a new multi-effect processor, brings native 64-bit operation on Mac OS X and more. The factory library has been redesigned with more than 200 presets boasting the sought-after classic electric pianos as well as a great selection of custom pianos taking full advantage of the effects. 

What's new in EP-4? 

We took the most versatile electric piano plug-in to another level – it's our best sounding release to date. 
NEW Factory library 
NEW Compressor and Equalizer 
NEW Character control 
NEW Limiter 
NEW Streamlined interface 
NEW Bank and program manager 
UPDATED Overhauled effects 
NEW Native 64-bit Audio Units (AU) and VST plug-ins 

 

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Seeing Sounds

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Seeing Sounds

It's rare that I make videos during the process of creating a track, mainly because I never think to record when i'm in the moment. My moments are spent wrapped up in the process of creation and that's more than OK! There are occasions when I remember to hit record and this is nothing more than a test to make sure ScreenFlow was working properly. I've had some issues in the past with screenflow not recording my screen and sound properly but as you can see that is no longer the case! More videos to come and will most likely be nothing like this one. 

A look and listen to one of the tracks from my upcoming EP currently untitled. A slight glimpse into some of the effects and instruments I use. No biters though create your own sounds!

I hope you all enjoy! 

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The Oracle Sound x Night Oil from Nekaybaaw on Vimeo.

some screen flow action.

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Eulogy 4 Black: 3/5 Amazin

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Eulogy 4 Black: 3/5 Amazin

never com-promise! EVER!
#WeAreMoor #MoorLivesMatter
"Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons."
Article I, Section 2, Clause 3

Eulogy 4 Black: 3/5 Amazin Fiscal Year in Review

Whew! I'm extremely glad to see 2014's fiscal year come to a close. What exactly did we learn this past year?? Nothing new really, more of the same things we've always known but were too bitch to create the necessary dialogue around topics not easily digested. Like most things as the old adage says: What we won't do someone else will. That is exactly what has happened in the mass amounts of media coverage given to the deaths and demise of the #Autochtonous man and woman! Specifically these attacks have been geared towards the melanated man aka the Black (misnomer) man. Unless you're living under a rock we are more than aware of the countless amounts of people of color throughout our nation that have been persecuted, beat up by police on the side of highways, jailed for unjust reasons, murdered by police etc. 

From #Ferguson to #TamirRice to #MikeBrown and a very many others that I won't name but we have not forgotten and we never will! We have been reminded with a many slaps to the face of how incorrect our status as a people truly is. There comes a time when we must put down the things that haven't helped to serve our communities in the best of ways. There comes a moment when we realize that what we have been doing hasn't worked! It has come to my attention and beliefs that what we title/label ourselves matters most when interfacing these corporate seas. We require well made boats that will stand the test of time over rocky waters instead of paper canoes without paddles hustling to get upstream all while lacking power! 

What have we learned from our dear ancestor #DredScott? Little to nothing. Some of us are probably scratching our heads asking who or googling just who in the hell is Dred Scott. Either way find out why Dred Scott was unable to obtain true freedom while holding on to the status of Negro/Black/Colored/Afro-American. He was considered then 3/5 a person and so are you as you hold down those unneeded titles of slavery and oppression. We can march, boycott till our hearts bleed, until we remove the veil from our eyes regarding nationality and status those protests mean nothing which is an unfortunate reality. You are and will continue to be 3/5 a person in the eyes of the corporate rapist machine especially holding on to colorable tern such as Black!

THE MUSIC: I wrote this song as a simple FCUK You to the cultural appropriators and also to the white supremacist construct that rules most everything around us. This is a synth heavy production where in my mind it is a Eulogy 4 Black as it being related to my skin complexion. The backwards synth, bass heavy funky tune is in homage to the most amazing people on planet earth. The original Matter- in Darkness and everything in between. Galactic Black!

Welcome forward a new fiscal year! Let's trust that in this new period we will stay aware of the taxation people of color around the world are facing. It is our duty to put in the necessary work to protect the interest of how our transmuting utilities(energy) are used. We are in a spiritual war for you souls and minds, it's up to you to stay ready and on point!

Keep it Amazin! 5/5!

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Audio Break: Black Messiah

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Audio Break: Black Messiah

As most music lovers are, I'm sitting with this today! I'm certainly not ready to give a review in full of this album because I'd like to listen many more times to truly digest all that it is. I am truly ecstatic we've been gifted with such quality music over this 24 hour period. You should see my face right now. I can't even focus on my own music and this has definitely lifted the bar for me!

For those who have been asleep, D'Angelo's long awaited return has finally happened and for many of us we are extremely happy about it! Scowering #Okayplayer and I find this little gem: 

Black Messiah has arrived. Enigmatic soul legend D’Angelo unveils the influences and inspirations behind his new album. 

On the first time he heard Prince :

“I was five years old. “I Wanna Be Your Lover” had come out, and it was a big hit. When that album came out, it was just huge. He really, literally, was the talk of the town. Everybody was wondering, “Who is this guy? Is he a guy? Is it a girl?” No one really knew who it was. I remember we had the album, and my brothers were just enamored by this guy. They told me, “He plays everything, he writes everything, he’s singing everything”, so I was hooked from then on. I learned how to play every song on that album, note for note, at five years old.”
On Joni Mitchell’s influence :

“I got hip to Joni Mitchell through Prince. I found out that Prince was a huge Joni Mitchell fan, so I listened to some of her work. My favorite Joni Mitchell album is Blue. Her lyrics, her purity as an artist… she’s very significant.”
On the most essential Sly Stone selections :

“I would say that it’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).” For him to be as big and influential as he was – and then turn around and do that? I mean, he had already put his flag in the ground commercially. If he never wrote another song ever again in his life, he nailed it with that one. And, there’s Larry Graham’s bassline. A whole genre of music was created off of that.”
— http://www.okayplayer.com/news/dangelo-speaks-on-black-messiah-audio.html#



http://www.rbmaradio.com/shows/d-angelo-headphone-highlights

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E.S.A.

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E.S.A.

ESA(epic shit alert):

We had the wonderful opportunity to hear #Joi, YEP that Joi! DJ a live set in my studio! I’m tawn bout dat #funk, fire classic shit!! It was truly an honor and a pleasure to be in sync with someone I truly admire and love!!! 
 

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