Mr. Wise ( aka Zechariah Wise), is best known for his work behind the scenes as President of the production crew, Team Demo. While his earlier work as an artist in groups like the Lower Life Forms and Team Demolition provide trivia for underground hip hop collectors, Wise continues to periodically release compelling solo material. His new single, “I Can’t Figure You Out,” is a taste of the hip hop, funk and blue-eyed soul fusion from his fourth-coming EP, “The Way of the Doh Doh“
Beginning as a self produced recording artist in the mid 90s, Mister Wise simultaneously built an independent record label and recording studio facility where his skills as a record producer and recording/ mixing engineer made him a fixture in the growing DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) urban music scene.
Wise’s list of credits includes such artists as 50 Cent, Wale, Kool G Rapp, Big Daddy Kane, Chris Brown, Obie Trice, Tabi Bonney, Phil Ade, Sean Price, Illa Ghee, Kingpen Slim, Styles P, Nikki Jean, Midian, Sauce Money, DJ Premier, Wais P, Gods Illa, Black Cobain, Lord Digga, Raekwon, Boobe, Juicy J, Pastor Troy and Joie 13 just to name a few.
While widely regarded as one of the forefathers of the DMV hip hop scene, it’s all just music to Wise. “I stopped thinking about genres a long time ago. I came up in hip hop so I’m most known for that, but I work on everything. There are only two kinds of music in my world: the stuff I worked on and the stuff I didn’t.”
Download “I Cant Figure You Out“
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, inside of a deep dark cave for the last few years, we have a very important piece of information to share with you…IT’S LOLLAPALOOZA WEEKEND IN CHICAGO!
The number of celebs, industry execs, tastemakers, influencers, and any other cool title you can think of are in the city in celebration of one of the largest music festivals in the states. Insane? Yes. But hey, that’s the incredible power of the Lolla.
As can be expected, some really good will be happening and we just got our VIP invite to all of them
Our friends over at LFB Media gave us a summary of what’s happening at the Hard Rock Hotel. Look to us over the weekend to bring you coverage from these events on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter with a weekend recap back here on The Sevenology.
CK ONE MUSIC LOUNGE
The ck one color cosmetics brand will present the “ck one Music Lounge” – an exclusive VIP artist lounge and acoustic performance venue – this year at Lollapalooza 2013. The annual music event, created by BMF Media Group, will take place August 2 – 4 at the popular downtown Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.
Artists, bands, tastemakers, industry executives, and media will be invited to the “ck one Music Lounge” to take part in the ultimate music experience. There they will enjoy private performances by some of today’s coolest artists, including Eve, Rosco Bandana, Brick+Mortar, Stalley, The Mowgli’s, Blondfire, Héloïse and The Savior Faire, among others to be announced.
Guests will enjoy makeovers from the official CK One color cosmetics global celebrity makeup artists – Jodie Boland and Hung Vanngo – as well as an exclusive ck one color cosmetics manicure bar. In addition, attendees can challenge bandmates to a game of ping pong or foosball in the lounge.
Date: Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
IT’S SO MIAMI LOUNGE
This year, The BMF Media Group returns to Chicago during the Lollapalooza Music Festival to present the It’s So Miami Lounge, a highly-anticipated three-day oasis at the coveted Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. From Aug. 2 - 4, the VIP and artist retreat will provide the ultimate music experience for attending media, talent, artists, industry executives, and tastemakers alike.
The It’s So Miami Lounge is presented by The Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Clearasil®, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Starbucks® Iced Coffee, Herbal Essences, Polaroid Sunglasses, District®, Heineken Light, smartwater®, vitaminwater®, Belvedere, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Blue Microphones, VH1, Code of Conduct, and Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.
DJs: DJ sets by MR. BEST, Franco V, Mike Nouveau, Jeffrey Tonnesen, DJ Cobra, and more to be announced.
Date: Friday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
#ASOSRocks VIP AFTER-PARTY SERIES
Chicago. From Aug. 2 – 4, the #ASOSRocks after-parties will feature exclusive musical performances and custom brand experiences for attending media, talent, artists, industry executives, and tastemakers alike.
#ASOSRocks will offer guests access to a number of exciting ASOS experiences, including a showcase of the brand’s new collections, a digital tablet wall displaying exclusive content, and contests offering the chance to win a $6,000 shopping spree, as well as $1,000 gift cards, to asos.com. Festival-goers will also be gifted with ASOS festival survivor kits and $50 gift vouchers to asos.com.
On Aug. 2, VH1 will kick off the first #ASOSRocks VIP after-party – “#ASOSRocks + VH1 Rules” – with exclusive live performances and surprise guest appearances. VH1 will also be capturing footage and artist interviews for its Top 20 Video Countdown and news programs.
#ASOSRocks is presented by ASOS, VH1, Belvedere, and Heineken Light.
Friday, Aug. 2
Saturday, Aug. 3
Sunday, Aug. 4
The Dolls: Mia Moretti & Margot
DJ SETS BY:
DJ Mom Jeans
Date: Friday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Time: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
HARD ROCK HOTEL CHICAGO LOBBY TAKEOVER
This year, The BMF Media Group returns to Chicago during the Lollapalooza Music Festival to bring back the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Lobby Takeover. On Aug. 2 – Aug. 3, the hotel lobby will feature gifting, and other exciting experiences for attending media, talent, artists, industry executives, and tastemakers alike. Courtesy of RadioShack, guests can try out an impressive showcase of SOL REPUBLIC new products including Tracks headphones, Sound Track headbands and a brand new product.
Attendees can also pop into a photo booth to create fun animated GIFs to post and share. In addition to a variety of giveaways, Polaroid Sunglasses will be offering pedicabs to and from the festival, while guests looking to cool down can pick up ice cream and shaved ice from the ASOS cart.
The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Lobby Takeover is presented by the RadioShack Experience with SOL REPUBLIC, Polaroid Sunglasses and ASOS.
DJs: Appearance by Steve Aoki on Friday, August 2 and more to be announced.
Date: Friday, Aug. 2 – Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013
Time: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where the Hell did Nylo come from? I mean, I guess I know where she came from, she grew up in Chicago. But, how does a pop star just fall out of the sky like this? How is “Fool Me Once” not flooding the airwaves 15 times a day next to Adele and Nickelback?
Somehow, quite unfortunately the songstress’s 2012 release, “Memories Speak” EP, slipped right under my radar but “Indigo Summer” won’t likely be missed by many. With pop music today incorporating more and more elements of EDM and hip hop, catering toward fusion artists like Lana Del Rey, and producers like Emile Haynie, I’m anticipating Nylo’s rise to be rapid and right around the corner. What’s more? Nylo works. I mean, really works. The sequel to “Indigo Summer” and her second full length release this year, “Indigo Rose” drops this Fall.
After a series of secret teasers of Rita Ora and Cara Delevigne that have been invading the internet since January, and after much commentary, we are now finally able to reveal, together with Hunger TV, the exclusive video Rita & Cara: Facemelt – The Remix.
Directed by Rankin, Hunger’s editor-in-chief, the video sees the top model Cara Delevigne dance, sing and dress just like her best friend Rita Ora, who appears beside her.
This is what Rita has to say about Cara, regarding the appropriation of her dirty video: “Cara is taking over my video and my life, and is basically taking over me – it’s quite impressive. She’s crazy like I am, so it makes sense. Having the most beautiful woman in the world in your video can’t be bad.“
“Facemelt” is part of a series of dirty videos from Hunger TV, along with other dirty videos including Iggy Azalea (Slo), Azealia Bank (Liquirizia Chick) and Cheryl Cole (Ghetto Baby). “Facemelt” is taken from Rita Ora’s first album “ORA”.
Creating terrifically human-like voices from finely calibrated vocoders, calling upon contemporaries like Pharrell Williams, Panda Bear and Julian Casablancas to contribute, and enlisting some of the 70s and 80s finest session players was the winning formula, a 4 year journey.
Apparently Williams and Daft Punk shared a moment of synchronicity – both citing Nile Rodgers (of disco band Chic) as inspiration for their work on the album, which Rodgers collaborated on as well. From the tidbits heard, it blends classic Disco and funk grooves with the French duo’s signature electro.
Until the full album is released on May 21, enjoy the first official release, “Get Lucky”.
DAFT PUNK – RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES TRACKLIST
1. “Give Life Back to Music” (featuring Nile Rodgers)
2. “The Game of Love”
3. “Giorgio by Moroder” (featuring Giorgio Moroder)
4. “Within” (featuring Chilly Gonzales)
5. “Instant Crush” (featuring Julian Casablancas)
6. “Lose Yourself to Dance” (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
7. “Touch” (featuring Paul Williams)
8. “Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
11. “Fragments of Time” (featuring Todd Edwards)
12. “Doin’ It Right” (featuring Panda Bear)
13. “Contact” (featuring DJ Falcon)
Available now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/GetLucky
Review by: Ned Hepburn
“Overgrown” reminds me, on my fourth listen now in as many hours, of the inevitable passing of time.
Yeah, I know, usually I open up these kinds of reviews with a yuk-yuk joke or a ha-ha, but “Overgrown” is a mature-ass album. This album is so mature it is knowledgeable about wine. This album is so mature it moved in with it’s significant other and they are getting a dog. This album is so mature that it recently took a cooking class and knows how to make a good chicken stock (I swear, people always forget the backbone). This album is quietly, sexily confident, and totally (in)secure with itself.
There’s a difference between this album and, say, 99.9999999% of all the other albums released this year: this album will be remembered twenty years from now. Much like a good, classic suit or Ray Bans Wayfarers, this is just minimal enough, with enough clean lines, to last for a long, long time. Like all good albums, it somehow sounds futuristic without ever leaving it’s time period. Somehow James keeps his spaceship sound grounded and we’re left all the better for it – ”Retrograde” alone is one of the catchiest songs of the year – ”Voyeur” attempts (and succeeds!) at a wild new kind of dance music that is closer to an Issac Hayes ballad than it cares to admit – the whole album is dripping with originality.
It’s a work of art. This album is as good as Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”, to which it shares at least some musical lineage. Whereas one might not think to make the lyrics any good while making such forward thinking music, James turns in some of the best, most honest and simple poetry this side of… well, anything.
“Overgrown” is hands down a fantastic album and sets electronic music forward light years. I’m floored by this whole thing. It’s staggeringly, dogfuckingly good, and highly, highly recommended.
MS MR rules. I don’t know what they’re doing in their videos half the time, but I do know this: the shit is visually appealing. There’s so much going on with these guys all the time, lush sounds, beautiful people (mostly just Lizzie and Max), bright colors; what more could you ask for?
The featured song, “Hurricane”, is the sugar of the group’s EP “Candy Bar Creepshow”. The duo’s full length “Second Hand Rapture” is out May 14th.
…Now you have no excuse.
This past winter your friends circled up and asked each other what your 2013 resolutions were.
Obviously your girlfriends applauded you for such ‘wildly’ optimistic goals (and contributed hopes of ‘cutting processed foods’ from their diets and ‘making more time to practice meditation’).
You pledged to “get back in shape”, and “feel the best you can” and “shoot for the moon” and other promises that look nice on motivational posters in the gym. I pledged the same thing, so I know all about this resolution-keeping struggle.
Now it’s finally Spring and with the summer months rapidly approaching, it’s time to stop stretching the boundaries of what “working out 3-5 days a week” really means (turns out, walking to and fro between your house and the mailbox isn’t cardio) and get down to it! I went ahead and compiled a list of songs that are great to workout to.
I know that early 2000′s P!nk jams and Nelly Furtado party anthems don’t SOUND like the best treadmill tunes but some mindless pop can do you wonders, kid.
Die Young- Ke$ha
Beautiful Liar- Beyonce & Shakira
Truth- Chiddy Bang
What You Wanted- OneRepublic
Strip Me- Natasha Bedingfield
Hello- Martin Solveig & Dragonette
Fighter- Christina Aguilera
Anything Could Happen- Ellie Goulding
Teeth- Lady GaGa
Off to the Races- Lana Del Ray
Electric Feel (Justice Remix)- MGMT
Titanium (feat. Sia)- David Guetta
Shake That- Eminem
Top Of The Pops 2011- Mashup-Germany
Bad Girls- M.I.A.
Maneater- Nelly Furtado
‘Till I collapse- Eminem and Nate Dogg
God is a DJ- P!nk
Fight Music- D12
Promiscuous- Nelly Furtado
Domino- Jessie J
Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix preferably)- Kid Cudi
Love and Memories- O.A.R
Chillin’- Wale & Lady GaGa
Sweet Religion- Imogen Heap
Thrift shop- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
North American Scum- LCD Soundsystem
Temperature- Sean Paul
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites- Skrillex
Neon Lights- Natasha Bedingfield
Waking up in Vegas- Katy Perry
The Golden Age- The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Paper Planes- M.I.A.
Move Along- The All-American Rejects
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich- Lady GaGa
Good luck friends! And remember, watching Jillian Michaels scold people on The Biggest Loser doesn’t qualify as “exercise”.
By now, I’m sure that most of you have heard the newest track by Kanye West, “Way Too Cold”. (Changed from the title “Theraflu” after the Theraflu brand didn’t take to kindly to wild child Mr. West using their likeness.) Well this video, directed by @Ash_Innovator, is all kinds of awesome! There is no word indicting that this is the official video, but nonetheless, it is quite enjoyable. Is it possible to see this video and not crack a smile at this adorable little child going hard “rapping” Kanye lyrics (I tried and failed )? It may be semi-inappropriate but it’s all in good fun.
Nice? Photo via The Fashion Bomb
The European pop group Kazaky is not your average “boy band.” With their dance-ready beats and fashion feats in razor-sharp stilettos, the fearless foursome is carving out a niche all their own.
There was a time when Kazaky was just a ukrainian group that only the gays knew about. But my how things have changed. In just a few years, the boys have gone from being a group of unknown dudes in heels to being featured in this month’s upcoming V magazine. Along with being madonna’s eye candy in her ‘Girls Gone Wild’ video, they can now add Nicola Formichetti and famed photographers Inez & Vinoodh to their ever growing list of celebrity followers.
Bravo boys! can’t wait to see guys make middle america choke on your high heels & barely there ensembles