Redhead drops his second video for my song “Talk White” featuring me and Bobby

Against my better wishes, The homie Redhead was hungry to release the follow-up visual to his lead off video from his instant classic, The Schemata. Straight from a renegade shoot that we did back on one cool day in November/December, his second video is actually the first video off part 2 of my project slated to drop later this year. The song “Talk White” is somewhat of a fabled track in the Malik-16 timeline. Produced by my P.N.C. Khalil a.k.a K.Lio – who just went thru another name change to Jim Nastic, the track laid dusty for 2 years before I took a liking to it and made this concept song that became a favorite among my brief management. My disillusioned would-be handlers thought this song was big enough to be my “P.S.A.” (not likely). But I did like it enough to keep it on the tracklisting. And the homie Bobby from my Gemstars fam loved it, so I decided to spruce it up for a remix and call up  him and Redhead to expound on the paradox of rapping with a less than threatening voice and good enunciation. Red decided to put it on his album as well and so now you can hear 2 different versions of the song. His version features an alternate verse from me and 2 different verses from him. Mine features Bobby and 2 different verses from me. Here’s the video that gives you the best of both worlds…Directed by Redhead and I and edited by Redhead for dolo.

The talent is immense…

5 Days until we drop that New Aaliyah-inspired mixtape for V-Day!!

I’ve made you wait long enough.

It’s been a minute since I released any new “rappity rap” as my homegirl TDJ would say. I agree. Approximately, 4 months and counting.

And counting is exactly what we’re doing. All month long I’ve been counting down via your favorite social networking sites, the days before the release of Blue Valentine – The Aaliyah Mixtape. This time around, I’m bringing in the fellow members of my group, The Have-Knotz; Komp’L & Bobby. If you remember from my last tape, the 2 were featured heavily, so naturally this is a full effort from us as a group in preparation for our original music debut, coming this summer.

Inspired by the title of the Oscar-Buzz-worthy movie that just came out this winter, this project is a loosely conceptual one, surrounding the good bad and ugly of male-female relationships. And we figured that there’s not a more appropriate backdrop for these themes than the emotion-invoking sounds from the late Aaliyah‘s catalogue.

Not too many groups out there are getting topical, so we came to fill in the void. Plus, V-Day is one of the few holidays that I actually acknowledge. The timing is impeccable!

Speaking of timing, see us here in 5 days when the project drops and download it for free. Consider it a gift.

Now Blow!

*New MALIK-16 mixtape!!* – Refinedhype.com x 16’s Candles Present – SHIT YOU DIDN’T THINK WAS DOPE TO RAP OVER UNTIL I DID IT!

Just Like I told you,

Today is THEE DAY.

It all started as a dare.

The good folks at Refinedhype.com and DjBooth.net were posting up a song by Eminem and Lil Wayne entitled “No Love” which borrows from the classic 90’s dance hit by Haddaway. They were sharing their views all day on whether or not this sampling of an otherwise infamously corny song actually made their song itself corny by default. They asked their readers for their thoughts, and being that we all follow each other on the great Twitter landscape, this soon turned into a short debate between myself and the 2 editors of each site. The whole thing ended with me declaring to make a really ill track over something randomly cheesy from the 90’s that could rival that of the Haddaway song, and them having to post it on their respective sites if I killed it.  I wound up throwing out the song “She Drives Me Crazy” by The 1-Hit-Wonder group Fine Young Cannibals, and they accepted. I returned 3 weeks later with not only a Punchline riddled verse over a loop of said song, which I called “F.Y.C.” but as an added bonus, I brought in my boy Bobby from our group, The Have-Knotz, to make a hip-hop rendition of Semi-Sonic‘s 1 hit, “Closing Time”. For some reason, DJBooth, which was the most vocal about the challenge, hesitated, and Refinedhype went full speed ahead, even suggesting that we keep it going. I brought up the idea of making it into a whole series and then we decided on turning it into a mixtape at the end of the series. It’s been 8 weeks, delivering different tracks on Refinedhype.com each week, usually as the songs were just recorded, and that’s brought us here. For all you who haven’t been following, this is catch up time. You get the pleasure of hearing this as a whole project…An homage to the 90’s…The result of a couple mad scientists experimenting and just playing around turned into something blog-worthy. In other words, me and Refinedhype are smarter than the average rapper/hip-hop site team-up. Get familiar!

You should know that the concept for this project was borrowed from the other member of our Have-Knotz group, Komp’L. He and I discussed a mixtape he was planning consisting of nothing but rhymes over 90’s 1-Hit-Wonder songs. When the challenge came up, I thought it’d be the perfect oppurtunity to put that concept to good use. With his permission, I ran with it, but he’s all over the tape, as well as Bobby. So consider this the introduction to us in preparation for our debut project coming this Fall. Don’t say you weren’t told!

CLICK ON THE PIC above or below to go to Refinedhype.com and download the mixtape today!

Bobby challenges Esso to rap faster!

By now, you should know of my GemStars fam and my Group, The Have-Knotz. If not, you will after the summer. Well, the trio consists of me, and my boys Bobby and Komp’L, 2 young Spitters reppin’ Uptown making their own way.

So Last night, we’re doing some of the last bit of writing for our debut project and Esso slides thru to lay a couple of Verses. Now, I’ve known E for a minute but there’s shit I haven’t heard him do yet musically. So as the night winds down and we’re talking industry shit and rap blah blah blah, I ask him if he’s ever rhymed faster than his normal pace in what the people call “Double-time” style. He says yes, but then Bobby swats that down with a disbelieving “I can’t see it“. To this, Esso responds almost immediately as if slapped across the face with a glove and challenged to a duel. He asks my boy Marv xx to throw on the Gucci Mane “Lemonade” instrumental and then stands up to set the record straight. I couldn’t miss this moment, so I break out the iPod and start filming. Then Komp’L steps up and digs through some of his rhymes to end the whole experience with a flurry of bars.

It’s moments like this, when I appreciate being around rappers. otherwise…

GemStars present; Bobby & Komp’L x Dj Furious Stylez – CHANNEL SURFING Mixtape

As mentioned in my previous post when I debuted the “Ransom” freestyle video by the homey Komp’L (See here – http://wp.me/pFRgn-aa),The new Mixtape from the other 2 thirds of my group, The Have-Knotz is dropping!

The Ransom track is featured on there and the tape is hosted by Dj Furious Stylez.

Click either picture of the Cover to download the mixtape

The Boys Bobby and Komp’L go track for track dropping bars over the current crop of hip-hop joints flooding the airwaves and blogosphere right now, as well as some classics. My Personal Favorites are “Great idea“, “Gun harmonizer“, “Help Is Coming“, “Speak French“, “Oh Shit” & “Get Silly“.

This is just the first Volume in a series primed to whett your appetites for the solo projects from Pel and Bobby respectively, Titled Mr. Brooks, and Komp’L has the experimental Sneakers & Cardigans Project coming this summer. All this sets the stage for the premiere of our group Project as the Have-Knotz. Don’t forget to check out the latest and gr8-S on the GemStars blog, http://www.gemstarsllc.com/

Stay tuned!