The Artist Lens blog experience is curated by Molina Speaks, dedicated to Poetry, Image, Muse, Open Letters, and Profiles of artists and their work. If the digital age is to be all encompassing, let it be artful.
Live Mixtape Show w/ DJ Icewater Vol 1 – Nov 15, 2014: Molina Speaks birthday party at Dryer Plug Studios. Molina Speaks and DJ Icewater performed the forthcoming Sex Money Ego album live in full for the first time. They were joined onstage by artists Ill Se7en, Bianca Mikahn, Mike Wird, Pablo Kee, Laron Anon Coleman, musicians Randy Runyan, Zay Rios, and Lannie Shelton, and vocalist Miss Tanya.
I never sold out a show, or my soul
They say never say never but low and behold
Ever isn’t ever so forever I’m a glow
Dough or no dough my endeavors are a GO - Mike Wird
Billboard vs. masterpiece up on the streets
Big money studios vs. home-cooked beats
Sex sells vs. b-girl skill
Studio thugs ballin’ vs. real souls rottin’ in jail - Pablo Kee
The Soul Pros present a conundrum: Selling out vs. being Soul’d Out. OG emcees Mike Wird and Pablo Kee lace DJ A-L’s soulful beats with down-to-earth flows and clever word play. Classic hip-hop samples and audio snippets from old business seminars provide context.
When’s the last time your soul smiled at hip-hop?
This isn’t an album review and I’m not a music critic. I’m an artist, often frustrated with the shady business aspects of this work I love. At a moment I thought I needed a break from the game, $OUL’D OUT reminds me why we create. I’m ready for more work.
Blessed to contribute to this project and add it to the cannon. Soulful. Professional. Get it.