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The Jacksons To Collaborate with David Guetta?

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The Jacksons want to collaborate with David Guetta.

The pop group – consisting Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, siblings of the late Michael Jackson – are keen to team up with the DJ-and-music producer in the near future to work on some new songs after meeting him in June.

Speaking to the New York Post newspaper, Jackie said: ”We hope we can do something in the future [with Guetta].”

Read full story via The Jacksons to collaborate with David Guetta? – TV3 Xposé Entertainment.

Video: DJ Mister Cee On Sexual Freedom And AIDS Awareness

Do You ‘Cee’ What I See?: An Ahistorical Collision Between Hip-Hop,”Manhood,” Silence and Sexuality

  By Cleo Manago, CEO and founder of the Black Men’s Xchange (BMX) 

By now you may have heard about the recent scandal surrounding Mister Cee, a well-known hip-hop DJ in New York City. Mister Cee was “caught” on tape soliciting a cross-dressing male posing as a prostitute.  Upon Mister Cee’s recognition that the conversation was made public, he quickly resigned from his prized DJ post. Soon after, he rescinded his resignation, and tearfully confessed his essentially homosexual desires.

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Mister Cee

The entire incident causes me to ask, “Are we preventing or promoting the emergence of other “DJ Mister Cees” in society to “come in” to self-acceptance? And who is more detrimental? A hip hop homosexual on the down low or one that is out and openly vicious? And how does any of this improve issues concerning sexuality within our community?”

In short, as it stands, Mister Cee is a Black male who while attempting to discreetly fulfill his desires, was strategically ambushed and set-up by a self-appointed, backbiting homosexual. Was anybody victimized during this incident?  No.  DJ Mister Cee was minding his own business along with a consenting adult.  Yet, there are social constructs and paradigms that transform what DJ Mister Cee likely assumed was a private matter, into prey for the consumption of ironically voracious reputation predators.

That this is a scandal at all, one created by a gay-identifying Black male, is a consequence of intra-community disdain and misdirected rage – driven by a [White gay] blueprint on how homosexuals/bisexuals should act and identify. Same-gender-loving (SGL) or bisexual Black males who do not buy into this identity paradigm and/or don an “I identify as gay” T-shirt (so to speak), can be subject to brutal treatment; especially by homosexual Black males who do take on “gay identity culture” as their own.

A now widely viewed YouTube video on Bimbo Winehouse TV provides a case-in-point.  The video displays a Black male, clearly gay identified, who seems to relish in his disdain and ridicule of DJ Mister Cee.  Seemingly, with gleeful satisfaction, Bimbo Winehouse sways and sings while he taunts with words that include “Shout out to all you ‘down-low’ men out there. Shout out to all you ‘down-low’ celebrities. You hiding in that closet of who you truly are. Honey! You running from who you are.  You gay.”

A reasonable question posed to Bimbo Winehouse might be, “And how will your antics and ridicule resolve the so-called “down-low” issue?” Yet, problem-solving rarely appears atop of the agenda.  Instead, the mentality tends to be: Either you are with us as an ally or against us as an enemy.

Bimbo Winehouse demonstrates a cut-throat viciousness and peer-insensitivity rampant in Black gay identified sub-cultures. It is driven by oppression and pain resulting from a community having yet to find its way in culturally resonant healing or historically informed ways. These days, with homosexuality being so prominently displayed, one might think that homosexuality has lost its controversy.

Yet, this is not necessarily the case within the Black, desperate-to-be-seen as “masculine” and “hard” dominated sub-cultures like Hip Hop.  While the White gay community tends to set the pace for perceptions of what homosexuality is and is not, Black culture, history, experience and context has not. The now 500-year story and reality behind Black male identity anxiety around self-concept, culture, and homosexual expression – remains clandestine.

The lack of understanding and engagement of this experience and journey leads to a perpetual state of confusion and disorientation about and among SGL Black males.  This institutionalized invisibility also contributes to this population’s unique and perpetual inability to manage and resolve its still disproportionate HIV incidence problem.

My advice to same-gender-loving (SGL), bisexual and experimenting Black males is to focus on healing and compassion for each other and organizing and building a more functional and constructive community.  Concretely, there is very little space provided in America, even in Black communities, which compels Black males in particular, including DJ Mister Cee, to feel safe presenting all that they personally are to society.

My advice to society at-large, especially the Black community, is to affirm creation of breathing room for the diversity that has always existed among humanity. This must include room for the spectrum of gender expression that has always been with us, that is often contorted and abusively contained within desperately patriarchal social mind prisons.

We can do better than we have; and we must if we are ever to acquire a just and constructively free society that, among other things, discontinues the creation of DJ Mister Cee-like scandals. The real scandal is not Mister Cee’s public outing, but the overall public perception of the diversity around Black male sexuality issues. Do you ‘Cee’ what I see? I’m hoping that one day we will see more compassion, understanding and decency from all parties involved.

Cleo Manago is founder and CEO of the Black Men’s Xchange (BMX) (bmxnational.org/), the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to promoting healthy self-concept and behavior among diverse males of African-descent.

 

Have You Been To A Silent Disco Yet? It’s The Quietest Fun You’ll Ever Have!

If you’ve not been to a silent disco yet then it’s about time you changed that! Popular at festivals and nightclubs alike, silent discos are a relatively new craze that more and more people are getting into. It’s like nothing you have ever experienced before! So if you love music, you love dancing, and you love trying out new things, then it’s about time you boogied on up to your first silent disco – you won’t look back!

So, What Exactly IS a Silent Disco?

A silent disco is just that – silent – to everybody expect you! You go along to a venue or a tent, and you get given a set of quality headphones on your way in. These have a control on them where you can tune into different frequencies. Then, you enter the disco, and flick through the music that is on offer until you find something you’d like to dance to. The music comes up really loud in your ears, giving you the impression that everybody else is listening to it too. But they’re not! They are busy dancing away to their own soundtrack that could be the same as yours, or it could not! The end result is a room full of people with headphones on, all dancing to different rhythms and sounds. It’s bonkers – but it always goes down a storm!

What are the Benefits

Well, firstly it’s definitely got the novelty factor! So, if you and your friends are feeling like doing something a little different, then this will tick all the boxes. Because it is silent, it is very neighbour-friendly, so it attracts very few complaints, if any, from anybody nearby. Festivals often hold silent discos at night when younger kids are sleeping – the adults can still have their fun without waking them up! DJs love it because it gives them a chance to compete with each other – they see how many people are dancing to their tracks compared to other DJs’ tracks.

What’s the History Behind it

Although silent discos were happening in some form or another, years ago, they only came to prominence in 2005 when the famous Glastonbury festival in England held a huge one; using wireless headsets. Now it’s popular for corporate parties, festivals, venues and even at village halls. Everybody is getting on board!

What Else Can I Do With Headphones On?!

The silent disco has given people loads of ideas for other ways to have silent parties. Bands have held ‘silent’ gigs, crowds gather in busy shopping centers with their headphones to ‘flash mob’ in the streets by dancing en masse. In 2008, a venue in London held a ‘battle of the bands’ which was completely silent, putting two bands on at the same time at either end of the room and letting the audience choose their favourite via their headphones.

Silent discos are going to grow in popularity – there’s no doubt. With ever-improving technology, headphones are getting better and better, so it’s only a matter of time before every single festival in the land offers this option! Shh!

Today’s feature writer, Jenny Wadlow, is a freelance blogger who writes about various topics that interest her. She is a fan of electronic music and suggests getting the best headset so that you can feel their deep bass. She is an outgoing person and likes to be with friends.

 

Warning: These Dances Are No Longer Cool

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If there is one thing you should know about dancing it is this; not all dances are created equally. The following dances are the kind of moves you should avoid and head straight back to your seats or the bar when the music comes on.

Hey Macarena

The Spanish band Los Del Rio released their hit song The Macarena in 1994 and it became an international cult hit between 1995 and 1996, when the music video featuring The Macarena dance exploded on to TV screens worldwide. Anyone who ever went to a nightclub, wedding or any other social event involving music in the 90s will have at one point participated in a group Macarena. There is no doubting that this was an enjoyable experience, but it is now time to let The Macarena rest in peace.

Slide to the Left

Where do we begin with The Cha Cha Slide? This dance phenomenon truly did take over the world. The 2000s would not have been the same without DJ Casper’s Cha Cha Slide. The song was masterful in part as its lyrics were simply dance instructions. This enabled everybody who understood the English language to participate, even if they had never heard the song before. Thankfully nowadays however The Cha Cha Slide has fallen well down the pecking order for DJs, apart from Casper obviously!

Reach for the Stars

There used to be two things I would reach for when this song came on, one would be the remote control if I were in charge of the music selection and, failing that, the other would be a drink. S Club 7 had a number 2 hit with Reach in 2000, however if you thought the music was the worst thing about this song then you clearly haven’t seen the dance routine that goes along with it. Thankfully the success was short lived, but it can still creep up on you at a party if you let your guard down.

Was it Really Fun to Stay at the YMCA?

The Village People released this hit song in 1978 and people have been eagerly copying the dance routine ever since. The song was a UK number 1 in 1979 and more than 30 years on it is still considered a classic by many music thought leaders. However, if you catch yourself cornered in a dance floor and YMCA comes on, I’d suggest making a quick dash for the toilet to escape. By the time you return the world will have returned to normality.

This list is by no means complete, there are many more dance routines that have been kick started by one hit wonders, films or kids messing about on YouTube nowadays. However these four are the ones which I try my hardest to avoid in social settings these days, despite previously being a willing participant.

Our guest author is Mark Fitzgerald, who, despite having strong opinions about less than cool dancing, isn’t exactly Mr. Cool either! He’s a freelance writer from the UK, contributing today on behalf of Dancewearcentral.co.uk

Album Review: DJ Shadow “The Less You Know The Better”

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Joshua Paul Davis, better known by his stage name DJ Shadow, is an American DJ and music producer. Released by Verve Records on September 27th , 2011, ‘The Less You Know the Better’ is the fourth studio album by the American DJ.

Talking about the title of his album, DJ Shadow stated, “Any good album title has multiple meanings. I like choosing titles where I find myself repeating it, almost like a mantra. But this one is partly about being stuck overnight at some airport terminal in Dallas and having news channels blasting my brain out for no apparent reason. I always sit there and say, who asked for this!?”

The album showcases sixteen songs including two singles. ‘Def surrounds us-I’ve been trying’ was released in 2010 as the first single of the album. First copies of the single were distributed in vinyl format. In May 2011, the American DJ released an extended play (EP), ‘I Gotta Rock’ showcasing the track of the same title and some remixes from the album ‘The Less You Know the Better’.

Later on in June 2011, ‘I Gotta Rock’ was released as the second single of the album. The following month in July 2011, he released a second Extended Play (EP), ‘I am Excited’. The extended play was promoted as showcasing stuff from ‘The Less You Know the Better’. The extended play’s title track was later on released as a single in August 2011, but eventually withdrawn from the album due to copyright issues.

DJ Shadow has also collaborated with other artists in the recording of this album. The third song of the album ‘Stay the Course’ features Talib Kweli and Posdnuos, the sixth track of the album features a collaboration with Tom Vek and the fourteenth track of the album ‘Scale It Back’ features Little Dragon.

The album received positive reviews from music critics. From energetic upbeat tracks to slow paced piano numbers, DJ Shadow has experimented many production styles and genres in this music album. ‘The Less You Know the Better’ surely is a treat for Shadow’s fans and a must have.

Complete track listing of the album:

  1. ‘Back To Front’ (Circular Logic)
  2. ‘Border Crossing’
  3. ‘Stay the Course’ feat. Talib Kweli and Posdnuos
  4. ‘I’ve been Trying’
  5. ‘Sad and Lonely’
  6. ‘Warning Call’ feat Tom Vek
  7. ‘Tedium’
  8. ‘Enemy Lines’
  9. ‘Going Nowhere’
  10. ‘Redeemed’
  11. ‘Run for Your Life’
  12. ‘Give me back the Nights’
  13. ‘I Gotta Rokk’
  14. ‘Scale It Back’ feat Little Dragon
  15. ‘Circular Logic’ (Front to Back)
  16. ‘(Not So) Sad and Lonely’

Enjoy!

Author Byline: Larry D. is a music critic writing for DJoystick.com , your one stop shop for EDM Music, Events, and DJs world-wide.

Top Story: Meet Graffiti Queen Stef 1

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Graffiti is an important part of the five elements of hip hop culture. Many times it is often looked at as a male dominated art form. But of course there are plenty of females representing and doing a great job.  

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Chicago graffiti queen better known as, STEF 1.

On an international level this lady has gone beyond in regards to what is “expected” out of a graffiti artist.

Not only is she a teacher, painter, DJ, spiritualist, and hip hop enthusiast, she is real with no pretensions or  hating on other artists.

She’s about pure support (just ask the many artists from all over the world that have slept on this woman’s couch from the “locals” to others from abroad ).

She’s art and love in the female form.

So, ladies and gentlemen of the world I am pleased to introduce the one, the only STEF 1 – CHI-TOWN GRAFFITI QUEEN.


BLUUWISE:

When did you first discover graffiti?

STEF 1:

The first time I ever wrote graffiti on a wall I was 14 and it was for a party crew in Florida called LJC around 1986.

BLUUWISE:

Who are some of your favorite graffiti artists from Chicago?

STEF 1:

My favorite graffiti writers in Chicago are Trixter, Sivel, and Temper, strictly for style and ups.

BLUUWISE:

What are some of your favorite colors to work with?

STEF 1:

My current favorite colors are Smurf blue for bombin’ because it really vibrates against the ugly buff brown all over the city. I also love this Orlando orange I just used recently. I love Montana Cherokee and I love Belton anything. The old school colors I liked were krylon jungle green, terra cotta, and i used to love American accents summer squash.

BLUUWISE:

Do you have any preferences in regards to where and what to paint?

STEF 1:

I prefer to paint on trains, freights, trucks, billboards, rooftops, roll down gates, street spots, highway spots or nice organized permission walls with free paint. I also like good food, music, swag bags, and no drama. None of these situations happen nearly as often as I’d like them to.

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BLUUWISE:

What are some of your favorite memories?

STEF 1:

My favorite memories painting were on the streets of Chicago, mostly by myself. Freights are nice and chill evenings where you can soak in the atmosphere and kinda bond with whoever you’re painting with. The most beautiful chill wall I ever painted on was in Puerto Rico in La Perla with nothing on my back but the ocean and also in the Bronx with Cope and Lucha. Costa Rica was also nice because I have a spot on the local wall of fame.

BLUUWISE:

Any scary moments that you can recall?

STEF 1:

Scariest moment painting is being chased by a dog on the metra tracks and laying in a puddle of water on a rooftop in the middle of winter for about 2 hours till it was safe to come down. I almost got hit by a train and had to dive and roll in the rocks on the side of the tracks. Just dealing with the authorities in general is never fun.

BLUUWISE:

Any complaints or issues that you would like to address in regards to the Chicago Graffiti Scene?

STEF 1:

I can’t stand the bitchiness that comes with graff “competition”. I think we are all in a big family against the world and need to realize that graff is a spiritual path. What would Jesus do if he wrote graff? That’s what all these bitch ass dudes need to ask themselves.

BLUUWISE:

What are you working on at the moment?

STEF 1 :

I’m working on more of a legit web presence as an artist and traveling to Art Basel in Miami to paint, network, and just have fun.  I am also organizing a block party for women in hip-hop in the summer in Chicago.

BLUUWISE:

I know you gave me a few of you favorite artists from the Chi , but overall who are some of your favorites?

STEF 1:

My favorite graffiti artists in the world are really other women that I want to paint with like Rosy, Musa, Nina, Spice and Lady Pink.

BLUUWISE:

I can’t let you go without letting the world know which crews you represent

STEF 1:

The crews I represent are THC, TME, ESP, K.A.O.S Inc., and XMEN worldwide boyeeeeeeeeeeee!

Dangerous Lee Interviews DJ Soko

What’s behind the name “Soko”?

Nickname I got in high school. So=South Ko=Korea. I’m originally from South Korea. 

What took you fromDetroit to Brooklyn?

First and foremost, lemme start off by saying that I love Detroit. But, I left to be happy esentially. I wanted to do more with music in whatever city it was that I was living in, and Detroit wasn’t really offering that for me. I already have a lot of relationships with a lot of people in NYC and I have family here as well…..New York has always been like a second home to me so the transition was natural. Although, I was originally thinking LA but I ended up going with New York for various reasons.

Is there anything that you refuse to spin?

Yes and no. I only refuse to play shit that’s wack. That’s all. Good music is good music regardless of genre.

Have you had any interesting celebrity encounters sicne living in New York?

I don’t exactly how you would define it but I have had a lot of moments of becoming friends with some of my heroes. 

What do you love most about spinnin’ beats and music?

The freedom. I don’t have to follow any set format, I can do me. Nothing like it in this world.  

How long have you been a DJ?

About 9 years, 2 years professionally. 

Is being a DJ all play and no work?

Honestly, all of it is work. It just happens to be fun.

Was there a DJ that influenced you?

Many DJs have influenced me over the years. Honestly too many to name. 

Check out DJ Soko’s work -

Week 3: The Dangerous Lee Diaries

1/16/12 – Had an interview on the Flint Underground podcast, picked up the finished video promo for The Dangerous Lee Experiment, and received the logo for Danger Babies. Great day!

1/17/12 – Made lots of important phone calls and spoke with a few people I hadn’t spoken to in quite some time, including DJ Swift.

1/18/12 – I don’t recall that anything worth mentioning happened on this day. It was a laid back, chill day…for the most part.

1/19/12 – My daughter, Senia, had a recital at school where she sang and played a recorder. Footage is coming soon via her You Tube show, Simply Senia. I also had the displeasure of sitting next to someone that had the B.O. of someone who sleeps in garbage. Not hot!

1/20/12 – Saw the film Red Tails and spent some quality time with my mother and daughter.

1/21/12 – Got my taxes done and had dinner and good conversation with Jennie Moench and Nic Custer from Flint Underground, and hung out with more good friends at The Studio. Another great day!

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Contact them for any of your tax and financial needs. and tell ‘em Dangerous Lee sent ya! No, I DO NOT receive kick backs.

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Didn’t rely on the sleeping pills as much this week. I am discovering that they make me sleep way too late into the day. At the time this was written DangerousLee.Biz had a global traffic rank of 279,222 and a U.S. traffic rank of 30,829. Yay!

 

Vanilli Moving on Without Milli

Rob Morvan (right), the surviving member of Milli Vanilli, is making a comeback by working with hip hop DJ, The Alchemist. I still jam to their lip-synched hits! Click image for more details.

Erykah Badu Live – A Review

After being introduced, Erykah didn’t hit the stage until almost 20 minutes after her band played one of the longest intros in history to a song that I’m not sure I have ever heard before. I am a fan, but the Erykah Badu section of my music collection is lacking. Among the songs I did recognize were On and On, Next Lifetime, and Bag Lady. However, she did not perform her latest hit, Window Seat :(

The acoustics at Chene Park of Detroit are horrible. Most of the time I was not sure of exactly what Erykah was saying or singing, but she did manage to sound great!  She plays with the audience and even gave her hat to a fan that she seemed to recognize. In return she was given a hat by another fan which she wore until the end of the show but she did manage to return the hat to the fan.

There are no special effects, dancers, or an elaborate stage show during an Erykah Badu concert; it’s simply Erykah, the band, and the audience making funky music together.

Erykah received several roses from fans. Watch as she returns the favor!

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