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The Crew is Back! Trifecta – The New Name

Friday, March 30th, 2012

That’s right.. Doc L, MooN ShynE and K-Maculate, rippin mics like old times! Watch out for the album, “The Game Plan”… coming later this year. =]

More coming your way, very soon!

-mnshyn

Welcoming Doc L Back to Music

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

This here is a personal post, so there really isn’t much you might get out of this, aside from some advice I guess if you have a group and are suffering from that “creative differences” bug that groups tend to get that cause them to split. Read on if you’re on that boat, or if you just want to know more about me. =]

Back in 2000, right before I finished high school, I figured out how to make beats. I always wanted to rhyme, and two of my best friends, Doc and K, wanted in. And so, the group D.i.c.K. (lol at that name, horrible choice, and that was mostly my fault) was born. The name was an acronym built on our rap pseudonyms, Doc L, iLL cHrome (MooN ShynE), and K-Dogg (K-Maculate).

After two years of that, we disbanded over creative differences, or more specifically, I was just too dicator-like. After a few years, I understood that, and it was only then I started to really value what a true collaboration was like. I did collaborate with them a few times, but on separate projects and never together like before.

Years later, after some time apart (though we never truly lost touch, just weren’t seeing each other nearly as often), we all ended up hanging out again and staying connected. Eventually, K and I started Black and Blue Ink. with two albums recorded so far, and now Doc is back.

To say that I’m happy he’s back is an understatement. I feel now that my musical life is complete again because I have my two original brothers with me. The only thing to truly seal the deal is for us to record a track again. Three solid verses from three solid emcees on a beat. If we record an album, I’d be ecstatic, and this time we’d all enjoy it, and we’d all get as creative as possible. It’d be amazing, I’m sure. The BBI albums were great projects, and I’m sure these next projects with Doc will be just as awesome.

The one thing I appreciate about being a solo artist is that you have no boundaries. Since I have the freedom to be both in a group and a solo artist at the same time, I can just divide up my ideas between my solo self or group self, whichever is more appropriate. When I’m in group mode, we make the best of the sum of our parts. Any ideas that I don’t use with the group I can use on my own, and I wouldn’t have any reservations about that.

My goal now is to see how creative my boys can get. I want to see Doc rhyme the breaks off a beat like I know he can do, K hit the track off with some off the wall stuff, and I want to get a couple of moments where we all listen to a mix and go crazy because the illness we are listening to was a product of all of our ideas. High-fives, pounds, and cheering all around. That kind of experience. I’ve been there with everyone I’ve worked with, except the two of them at the same time, at least recently.

Here’s hoping to that! =] And here’s the first track we’ve done in 10 years, called “Our Times.” Hopefully, it’ll be the first of many. =]

More to come from us. 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for MsP, after a fairly quiet 2011. =]

-mnshyn

The Bomb Squad – A Producer’s Challenge

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Since I went solo back in 2002, I’ve (MooN ShynE) been structuring my albums similarly. I personally like consistency when it comes to art, as it gives everything a rhyme and reason. I guess it’s the logical yang to my creative yin.

On each of my two previously recorded albums, there were similarities between parallel tracks. For example, track 15 on each are the strongest (in terms of power lyricism).  “I OWN YOU” on “Phase 1 – Neolyrical,” and “Same” on “Phase 2 – Lyrics to an Identity” had the hardest delivery and the most physically strong lines.  This follows suit on the upcoming “Phase 3 – L.Y.R.I.C.A.L. Without Fear,” with the song “Devastator” (now listenable on My Facebook Page.. be a fan!)

On track 9, is the crew track.  On Phase 1 it was “We Roll” featuring Flight (who we may finally get back in touch with! more on that later) and Harmony Speaks (formerly tRe’ sTeeLo), and on Phase 2 it was “Go Crazy” featuring Boy Gnyus, Less and Harmony Speaks.

This brings us to “The Bomb Squad.”  “We Roll” had three minds together, and “Go Crazy” had four.  “The Bomb Squad” was at one point supposed to be “Style Klepto,” which had Destiny Soprano, Brian Bullion and our cousins from GNP.  It was difficult to get everyone together and record something cohesively because we were scattered all over the place.  Klepto was going to be one of the premier songs to be used for Bergenfield ’07, but that fell through.

Eventually, that collab fell through the cracks (though now I’m thinking of reviving it because TaKeWuN did record his verse and I’m not one to waste verses, maybe as a B-Side for a single?).  I made the beat for the “Bomb Squad,” and the collaboration changed to GNP, Brian Bullion, K-Maculate.  This hit a snag with Boy Gnyus withdrew from rapping and concentrated on R&B production, and Vincent (f.k.a. Jvee) and I couldn’t get away from scheduling conflicts.  (Vincent would later collab with Black and Blue Ink. [MooN ShynE and K-Maculate] on Spear for The Black and Blue Ink. EP, and Boy Gnyus would supply the beat and vocals for the MsP GNP OMG remix of Spear [also listenable on My Facebook Page) which will be track 4 for Phase 3]).

At this point, the collab changes to an all MsP affair.  MsP at the time this song will be completed will have 10 active members.  Six members so far have supplied their verses, five of which are final recordings (Cocoa, K-Maculate, Less, FoRcE oNe and Brian Bullion; Destiny Soprano needs to re-record).  Each have similarities in terms of concepts with their own individualities.  Originally, when we first started the project, we had a unified idea.  Now, we have a singular concept with different ideas.  All of the members who recorded (aside from Brian Bullion and FoRcE oNe since they are siblings who live in the same house) did so separately, which if anything, has proven to me that when you do a collaboration with a specific unified idea, it is best off to do it all together with everyone in the same room rather than at separate times with different people at a time unless you are specifically spearheading the whole thing with everyone just following your orders.

So here’s the challenge.  I’m going to be unifying 9 different spins on a particular idea and make them all completely unified, and I’m slowly getting to that eventual “Eureka!” as more pieces come in.

This may sound like a bunch of negatives, but it really isn’t.  Actually, I embrace the challenge.

I firmly believe that the role of a producer is how well he or she can take different ideas and bring them together in the best way possible without sacrificing the vision of the overall project.

For this particular project, it has taken a unique character.

Imagine having an idea for a plot for a movie with no script as of yet.   Every plot or movie has characters in it.  Quentin Tarantino (my favorite director) has a back story on every character, sometimes enough for the writer to make a prequel for each character based on their back stories alone….

Eureka. =]

-mnshyn

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