Friday, April 11, 2014

Indie Review welcomes Maxx Hassell !

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MAXX HASSELL

Respected entertainment journalist and blogger Maxx Hassell has come a long way since he was the ferocious teen who turned the Chicago industry business model upside down.  Willing to take advantage of most every opportunity that came his way, the artist turned industry every man got away from the music that made him a Chicago legend as Em Dot.  But like all cycles, Maxx Hassell has come full circle and is preparing his new EP Suite, The Wood Grain Diaries for an SS14 release. 
The Wood Grain Diaries was birthed in content by the state of today’s social media.  An R&B re-working of Nas classic “One Mic” that Maxx titled “One Night” was created solely to engage his online family for Throwback Thursday.  But the response has been overwhelming.  UK publication Niji Magazine posted the SoundCloud link to the song along with an accompanying article and that was met with over 200 Facebook “likes” and “shares”, moving the “Introduction” feature past the traffic of all of the sites front page stories.  This is attributed to Maxx’s small yet loyal fan base who have enjoyed his writing and celebrity interviews, but have been eager for him to find his way back to the studio.  Though Maxx had been making a small buzz as the new kid in Atlanta, performing his last single “Take A Lil Back” with his dancers Serita and Pytron, he wanted this new song to fit within a proper context and before long, the concept for The Wood Grain Diaries came to fruition. 
The EP Suite will include six or seven songs, all remakes of hood car classics, and two original songs, including the Nard & B produced “Take A Lil Back”.  Maxx hopes this project will be as impactful as the Dot project that made him a viable part of the Chicago conversation.  It will include the same raw energy and the same “Fresh Prince of the Hood” swag that Maxx is known for.  Having learned plenty hands on behind the scenes, The Wood Grain Diaries is in fact Maxx’s thesis.  Unlike any other project, Maxx will be sharing writing duties with childhood class mate, Randy McCray, and having his brother, producer Red Head, assist with A&Ring the opus.  Maxx is not calling in any favors on this one either.  He has no plans of cracking open his contacts to pull any energy.  He is standing solely on the strength of his teaching. 
The Wood Grain Diaries will be available to the public by late May/early June; just in time to be the soundtrack for the summer.  If all goes well, The Wood Grain Diaries will re-establish Maxx Hassell’s presence on the music scene, and showcase a more mature and still willing artist ready to win.  The once eager student has become an apt and more than capable player in the game.  And with The Wood Grain Diaries, Maxx Hassell is undoubtedly moving into the fast lane of success.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Indie Review welcomes PEZE !

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PEZE

Representing the Bellair section of Clearwater, Florida Peze (pronounced Peezy) is as raw as they come with a level of passion is rarely seen.  Since the age of 8 the young rapper was determined to share his story with the world. As a by-product of the streets Peze was born to drug-addict parents. He never had the opportunity to meet his mother, whose life succumbed to drugs before he reached his 1st birthday. Writing was his expression the music; his language. Because he has been doing it for so long, it is no wonder that people connected to his pain, his experience, his struggles as well as his blessings. Today Peze is recognized as many things, talented being at the top of the list. Hot off the presses is his highly anticipated mixtape, “Pain For Glory”. His single “John Doe” has gotten love from many radio stations around the country. This collaborative project is hosted by DJ Smallz, one of the hottest DJs in the Florida. Finally, a culmination his passions, struggles, lessons, mistakes…his life! Told like no other, Peze’s project is sure to give us all an inside glimpse of what makes his story so intriguing, his struggle so relatable, his music so addictive and why he is the one to watch.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Indie Review welcomes Narubi Selah !

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NARUBI SELAH

Spoken word artist, vocalist, actress, and educator.  This one woman show swept through most of the east coast between 2000-and 2008 with her lyrical ability, claiming the much deserved title “Slam Queen”.   Prior to her 2008 debut on Russell Simmon’s Peabody Award Winning HBO Def Poetry Jam,  she has performed with such notable artists as Mos Def (Yassin Bey), KRS One, Lauryn Hill, Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, and Styles P, just to name a few.  Narubi released her debut album “IAM LivingMath in 2010, and her sophomore album The Architect in 2012.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Indie Review welcomes Cybel Martin !

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CYBEL MARTIN

Singled out for her expressive and stylized work, Cybel Martin is the first and only African American woman to receive an MFA in Cinematography from New York University. Perhaps because she was named after 1962 Oscar winning film, “Sundays and Cybele”, this native New Yorker has set her sights on her own golden statue. She served as the Cinematographer for Dee Rees’ “Orange Bow” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and for “Sangam” which was recognized for its deeply moody and textured palette and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her feature work has included “Flora’s Garment Bursting into Bloom”, winner of the Showtime “No Limits” Award at the New Festival, additional photography for the Slamdance Grand Jury Winner “On The Outs” and the edgy criminal dramas “Dregs of Society” and “No Problem.” She has also been fortunate to team up with notable performance artists, most recently shooting “Forget Me Not” for artist Zach Fabri, commissioned by the Studio Museum of Harlem. She received considerable recognition for her work on “The Gilded Six Bits”. This 1920′s period piece set in the rural south and based on a Zora Neale Hurston story, won the Hollywood Black Film Festival Jury Award and special screenings at The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian and Museum of Natural History. The film featured Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”, “Treme”) and Chad Coleman (“The Walking Dead”).  Cybel has contributed to numerous documentaries, notably Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel”, “Inside: The New Black Panther Party” for National Geographic, ”11 Days” directed by Dan Metcalf and produced by Mark Burnett and the Tribeca Film Festival “All Access Award” winner, “Dressed Like Kings”. Her commercial clients include L’Oreal, Hewlett Packard, Timberland, Calvin Klein, Nike, Sony Music and PBS. Inspired to share her knowledge and career experiences, Cybel has participated in several film panels and lecture series. Her favorites include guest lecturer at the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University and Cinematography instructor for the Film Academy in Nigeria. Cybel has been featured in American Cinematographer Magazine, Fader Magazine and writes about cinematography for Indiewire.com.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Indie Review Radio Playlist - March 15, 2014

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12 pm to 1:30 pm
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SONG                   ARTIST
Gone Melanie Durrant
Be there Jaz O
Love is the answer Aloe Blacc
Interlude Lili K
Here we go Jaz O
Mama's boy Bridget Carrington, Life Dutchee
Pieces of me Ledisi
Can't deny Illvibe Collective, Ishe, Dave Ghetto
Secret Johnny Popcorn
Be careful Collette
Love and Sex Pt 2 JOE, Kelly Rowland
Dorothy dandridge eyes Janelle Monae, Esperanza Spalding
Way of life Joya Mooi
 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Indie Review welcomes JAZ-O !

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JAZ-O
Jaz-O is an emcee and record producer active in the late 1980s through the 1990s, best known for being the mentor of Jay-Z. Jaz is also known as the Originator and had a song called "The Originators" that featured a young Jay-Z in 1990. As The Jaz, he had success with his 1989 single "Hawaiian Sophie" from his debut album Word to the Jaz. He has been featured on some of Jay-Z's songs, (such as "Bring it On" from Reasonable Doubt), "Ain't No Ni**a", and the single "Ni**a What, Ni**a Who (Originator 99)" from Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life, where he was credited as Big Jaz. He also produced the single "Ain't No Ni**a" from Reasonable Doubt and the song "Rap Game/Crack Game" from In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The album "Kingz Kounty (2002) - with The Immobilarie Present" marked the last time Jay-Z and mentor Jaz-O would ever collaborate. Besides being an emcee, he has produced songs for several hip hop artists other than Jay-Z, such as Group Home, M.O.P, Ras Kass, Rakim, Kool G Rap and others. The long standing feud between him and Jay-Z started when Jay-Z started Roc-A-Fella Records and he tried to convince Jaz-O and fellow rapper Sauce Money to sign with the label. They both refused. It is rumored that they didn't trust Roc-A-Fella records CEOs Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. In addition, they weren't satisfied with what they were to be receiving had they signed the contract, 300,000 dollars in Jaz-O's case.
 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Indie Review Radio Playlist - March 1, 2014


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12 pm to 1:30 pm

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SONG ARTIST
Gone Melanie Durrant
Latch remix Disclosure ft Sam Smith
Love is the answer Aloe Blacc
Interlude Lili K
Get away Terrace Martin
Do it again Rebirth Brass Band
Just a taste Tinashe
Follow me Rochelle Jordan
Live good Sanura
Battle cry Range Da Messenger
Love and Sex part 2 JOE, Kelly Rowland
Dorothy dandridge eyes Janelle Monae,
Esperanza Spalding
Cocoa Butter India Arie
Way of life Joya Mooi
Touch Jennifer Holliday
You can say Hi Soia Hagen