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Sweet Nancy from Shaolin DC Listening Party

We’re happy to announce that, in celebration of our upcoming Sweet Nancy from Shaolin music project, we’ll be conducting two listening parties (DC and NYC), the first of which will be in DC on Weds. May 2nd at Diet Starts Monday (located in the historic 14th & U street corridor), 7PM – 10PM, No Cover.  For additional info and to RSVP click here.

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Waitin’ for Firewater

Today, we’re pleased to announce the drop of Waitin’ for Firewater, the second single from our forthcoming full length SHAOLIN JAZZ music project – Sweet Nancy from Shaolin where we fuse vocals and instrumentals from jazz great Nancy Wilson with acappellas from legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan.

In Waitin’ for Firewater we fuse the rap genius of legendary Wu-Tang member Raekwon the Chef with the wordplay wizardry of groundbreaking Bronx MC Big Pun (RIP).   To listen click here.

Stay tuned for the full length project which drops 5.8.18.

CAN I KICK IT? back at Freedom Plaza / Summer 2018

We’re excited to announce that we and the DowntownDC Bid are back this summer to conduct CAN I KICK IT? at Freedom Plaza, June – August 2018.  More details soon…

SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / Barry Bishop

In our next our Studio Visit we check out our SOUND PATTERNS featured artist Barry Bishop. Check out his and the other artists work on exhibit at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 30th.  Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.  For info click here.

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SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / Noble Dre Ali

In our next our Studio Visit we check out our SOUND PATTERNS featured artist Noble Dre Ali. Check out his and the other artists work on exhibit this week at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 17th.  Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.  For info click here.

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Large Professor / WHAT’S GOOD(?)

For those in the know, Large Professor’s name rings bells.  He’s the producer responsible for introducing Nas to the world, has had a hand in countless classics, including Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em by Eric B. & Rakim, Mecca & The Soul Brother from Pete Rock & CL Smooth, & Illmatic.

In this exclusive interview with SHAOLIN JAZZ (conducted by Myk Blauuw), he talks about his creative process, what it takes for a young artist to catch his attention, unreleased Nas demos, and a secret super producer group chat he’s in with other legends like Questlove.

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SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / Ja’Mon Jackson

Check out our Studio Visit with SOUND PATTERNS featured artist: Ja’Mon Jackson.  Check out his and the other artists work on exhibit this week at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 17th.  Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.

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SOUND PATTERNS / Bowie State University / Recap

The opening of our latest SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, despite the rain, couldn’t have gone better and these exhibitions have a ton of moving parts.  Over ten artists, over thirty pieces of art (from 16″ to 3′, paintings, photography, graphic design), two TVs featuring video packages, one video projection, a makers station, numerous production visits, and two layout changes.

We’ve conducted quite a few SOUND PATTERNS exhibitions and with this one being our biggest, to date, it was extremely gratifying to see our vision com-to-life in addition to seeing people truly enjoy and experience that vision.  It was also gratifying to see that number of works on display and how different yet cohesive the works exist, as the theme of our exhibitions is to highlight art that’s consistent with the themes of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Martial Arts – the DNA of SHAOLIN JAZZ.  Make no mistake, this is one of the best exhibitions featuring works consistent with those themes.

As apart of the opening reception we also conducted an interactive artist talk where we walked to each artist’s (those who were present) sections and had them discuss their inspirations, processes, as well as shared stories about their development as an artist and their works.

Thank you to Tewodross Melchishua, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of  Bowie State University’s Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts (VCDMA), for reaching out to us, Latasha Banks, the director of the Bowie State University Art Gallery and her team, everyone who attended, Maishah for holding down the makers station, and salute to all of the talented artists.

In case you missed the opening we certainly encourage people to check out the exhibition as it will be on display through March 17th and the gallery hours are: Mon. 10-6 pm, Tues. 10-5 pm, Wed. 9-7 pm, Thurs. 10-5 pm, Fri. 9-5 pm, and Sat. 12-6 pm.

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Ru AREYOU / WHAT’S GOOD(?) / 1.15.18

In our next edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) we talk to Ru AREYOU, an emerging Los Angeles based creative who’s talents include heading a creative label, producing hip-hop tracks for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist who won the 2001 US Open open forms competition.

Check back for Ru AREYOU’s edition which drops 1.15.18.