Thursday, January 28, 2010
Following in the tradition of Pittsburgh pop voyagers such as Girl Talk, Wiz Khalifa, and Pittsburgh Slim, The BNVz (formerly known as the Beats N' Verbz) are quickly becoming one of the city's top crossover artists. Organized by vibrant MC/DJ/producer, MH the Verb, the group has developed a novel sound and individual style incorporating electronic production with live instrumentation. Bridging the rhythmic foundation of blues with the new age sounds and themes of electro-pop and Hip Hop, they have taken a progressive musical approach while still maintaining strong compositional elements. However, the group’s messages are delivered directly through their lyricism. The unique combination of poetic anecdotes, imaginative rhyme schemes, and catchy hooks address key generational issues while sustaining popular appeal.
As the Beats N' Verbz, originally an organic Hip Hop fusion band comprising of University of Pittsburgh music students, the group began building a name for themselves after winning Pitt's Annual Battle of the Bands. The band received critical acclaim after opening up for Lifehouse at Pitt's fall festival, and later with the release of their 2005 debut CD titled, "We Blowin' Up". After being voted "the Best Band in Pittsburgh", the Beats N' Verbz started off 2007 with significant radio play and strong performances, opening up for national acts and touring.
However, creative differences led to the evolution of the BNVz in late 2007. Changing the focus (and the name) of their project, MH and remaining keyboardist, Ben Bromfield decided to dissolve the original band and focus on expanding their musical vision through electronic production. Dedicated to the idea of having an eclectic musical group, consisting of various artists and musicians, the duo began writing for their aptly titled, "-ism" series. (The "-ism" series, is a collection of concept albums featuring lyrical storytelling through popular music, with undertones of socially conscience messages and progressive ideas.) Soon after, the BNVz hooked up with Machine Age Studios, and immediately began work with producer, Preslav Lefterov, on their first project, "Narcissism". By early 2009, the group had released their first singles, "Turn Off the Lights" and "Money Can't Save U".
Looking to capture the essence of their studio sound through live performances, MH and Bromfield formed a new band of musicians. Featuring a diverse array of talent, they’ve assembled a rotating group of artists, vocalists, and musicians fusing their pop production with organic instrumentation. While Bromfield continues to focus on the studio side, MH the Verb continues to spearhead the movement in post-production as the group’s true constant. Other musicians such as; keyboardist, GR Stone; vocalist, Peace Ike; percussionist, Dennis the Menace; and DJ B-Tips bring energy as the BNVz have continued to impress with their outrageous and entertaining live performances. Armed with a supporting cast of gifted musicians, a strong organizational sense of identity, and a distinct musical style, the BNVz are ready to stake their claim as the best the 'Burgh has to offer.
“pre-Narcissism: the 2009 Preview Demo”
(2009 – Verbal Theory Music/ Machine Age Records)
1) Turn Off the Lights
2) Money Can’t Save U
3) My Generation (f/ Charon Don)
4) the A*Team (with DeadBeats Writers Lab)
“We Blowin Up”
(2005 – Independent)
[then known as, the Beats N Verbz]
1) FUNky intro
2) the Kid's Comin Back
3) Thin Air
4) J.Pitts WPTS-92.1
5) Two Miracles Late
7) Interview with Kinase
8) I got No...
9) Not at Home
10) Emphasis (We Blowin Up)
11) City Lights
12) Dennis got Happy
13) Scream! - LIVE
14) I got No... - LIVE
15) Emphasis - LIVE
16) Shout Outz
MH the Verb : MC/ producer
GR Stone : band director/ keys/ synthesizers
Dennis the Menace : drums
DJ B-Tips : DJ/ turntablist/ sampler
With additional support by:
Ben Bromfield : co-producer/ keys/ synthesizers
J Bird : DJ/ turntablist
Hey Arnold! : saxophone
Ben Padlock : drums/ percussion
Peace Ike : backup vocals
Thomas Anthony : backup vocals
Photos, Videos & Images
Home site is currently under construction but can download a few singles when back and running.
Thanks a lot Marcus!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Just wanted to share a pic with me and one of my favorite artists Cage. This was taken from a live show at Diesel Night Club in the Southside of Pittsburgh. Was the first time I was able to see him live after being a fan for so many years, I was very excited when I heard he was playing and left very pleased. His life as well as his career has taken a big turn and I can understand that things must change. I was lucky enough to chat with him for a bit after his soundcheck and discussed some issues he had with his album, Movies For the Blind and the transition from Hell's Winter to Depart From Me. I will be posting a mix from him as soon as I can sit down with my music i have on another computer.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Here is a mix of some of my favorite original music samples used by modern hip hop groups and mc's. I think you'll thoroughly enjoy this mix. Here is the link...
1. Galt Macdermot - Space
2. Bobby Caldwell - Open Your Eyes
3. Isley Brothers - Footsteps In The Dark
4. Quincy Jones - Summer In The City
5. Kool and the Gang - Summer Maddness
6. Stan Getz - Saudade Vem Correndo
7. Brenda Russell - A Little Bit Of Love
8. Ahmad Jamal - I Love Music
9. The Charmels - As Long As I've Got You
10.Aretha Franklin- One Step Ahead
11.Honey Drippers- Impeach the President
12.Loose Ends- You Can't Stop the Rain
13.New Birth- Honey Bee
14.Screaming Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell On You
15.Sly & The Family Stone - Sing A Simple Song
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Dj 2 Kool Tony is down with A.C. the PD so he's down with me! Tony Allen is from a small town in the north of England called Hebden Bridge, and has been dj'n for 13-14 years all over the world. He plays alot of different shit, mostly hip hop slept on 90s stuff, b sides, lots of rare cuts, but drop new shit every now n then if its dope. Tony will also dip into disco,boogie type stuff too. He travels all over the world djing and has been to the USA every summer for the last few years stayin with othjer guys from the REAL DJS crew who have become like familiy.....Props to Splifkin ,Bazooka Joe, A.C. the PD and King P Pete. He runs an evening event in England called "Depthcutz" with 42 blooz,Vamos,Xedaw and loads of other peeps from up north. Its the longest running hip hop DnB night in Yorkshire. Has done loads of guest spots with A.C. on Hip Hop Philosophy Radio and shortly gonna start running a show from UK.. ( thats some exclusive shit). Tony lists some of his biggest influences as: ......PF Cuttin,Godfather Don,Necro,45 King,A.C. the PD,Peanut Butter Wolf, Dj Riz,DITC, Scaramanga, Primo, Kool Keith and Paul Nice to name a few.
Check out Tony Allen on facebook.
His DJ Page
His Blog with his Mixes
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Get to know this artist if you haven't been familiar with him. R.A. The Rugged Man has been doing his thing since 1992. Has been everywhere from major label distribution to independant. Has lit a fire in the new york underground for quite sometime and is still going strong. Many people are familiar with his legendary verse on the classic single Uncommon Valor with Jedi Mind Tricks. What many people don't realize is that it is a true story about his father Staff Sgt. John A. Thorburn and the results on his family from his contraction of Agent Orange. R.A.'s brother Maxx was born handicapped and blind, eventually dying at the age of 10, while his sister Dee Ann couldn’t walk or speak. Die Rugged Man Die was released in November, 2004 and is definitely worth a look. Here is the link.
Check R.A. out on facebook as he runs his own page.
Friday, January 8, 2010
New mix from DJ B-Tips titled "Learner's Permit". This new mix will be guaranteed to get you off your seat and unfortunately will make you put your drink down so you can go boogie on the dance floor. Good solid mashups including Chis Isaac (yeah you read that right, Chris F'n Isaac) and some brand spakin' new tunes. Here is the link, go get it.
And show him some love on facebook
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Gotta show Kurious some love here and enjoy this funky jam. 1992 release on Columbia Records from the classic album Constipated Monkey. Enjoy and hit Kurious up on facebook as he runs that page personally.