Only adults are admitted. Nobody younger than 18 can hire or listen to Psykhomantus in the club or your speakers with this rating. The DJ under this category do not have limitation on the bad language that is used. Hard Beats are generally allowed, and strong Scratchin/Beat Juggling along with Body Tricks activity is also allowed. Scenes of strong real sex may be permitted if justified by a fly groupie.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

NuDekade "One Love" Music Video & K.E.V Q & A

K.E.V and RyanNicole of Nu Dekades just put out their first music video One Love. Here's a quick Q & A from K.E.V.

NuDekade "One Love" Music Video

Psykhomantus: Okay, so first question. When did you know you had it in you to grab a microphone and drop jewels?

K.E.V: Well, its interesting, my uncles, older brothers, & older cousins were all into hip hop, late 80's all through the 90's. & my mother & aunts were all into dancehall & R&B & afro beat, some rap, all through the 80's & 90's. So I grew in it, knowing the songs at 5, watching videos after cartoons and because I had so much of an older influence around me I was always trying to act older than my age lol. I was also a loud talkative kid, so it was always in me. However, by 12, 13, 14, definitely, I was a dedicated hardcore hip hop head, fuck everything but the underground, & at that time in between 96-2000 the underground was poplin cause bullshit started to hit rap city & all, tagging on weekend nights, walkman playing all day kind of kid, that & basketball, so naturally with my personality I was rhyming & it just matched naturally with who I was and am, it was like a spark I just did it, heads were shocked & surprised and that was it... Rap also was way for me to communicate my frustration as a youth, at that time, I was a kid, so communicating a point across wasn't that easy for me, but I could easily do it free styling & people would hear, I felt that even in my spirit but I just didn't know what that was so yea..

P: How did you and RyanNicole meet and when did you both form the group Nu Dekades?

K: RyanNicole & I met around 2005 through another mutual friend who was originally the other member of Nu Dekades, at the that we all hung around the same collective of artist & friends, & had the same ideas. Ryan was doing a lot acting as she still does & spoken word, & I was a hype man for T-Kash, running with Guerrilla Funk records ran by Paris, & of course doing hella ciphers & working as a solo artist. So originally a couple artist, including Ryan and I, came up with this collective called outspoken dialect, where we were working on a kind of hip hop theater thing that addressed economic & social issues in the community etc.. However, it didn't work out & I had went on tour with T-Kash & the Coup, & Ryan was doing this play in the bay that took up sometime. So around fall of 06, I wanted to do a mix tape with me, Ryan, & the former member Midnight Sun, we organized, in January of 07 gathered up hella beats from producers we were friends with & we were in the studio like every night till like 2-3am & I would leave sleep for an hour or two then get ready & go to school cause at the time I was at SF State. However, the mix tape was centered around black history, specifically the decades of the 60's, 70's, & 80's, and each section was going have the historical sounds & references of those particular decades, we were gonna have skits from those years, interviews from Bobby Seale, which we did, topics from Malcom, Panthers, Vietnam, James Brown (60s) to hip hop and the horrors of the crack epidemic (70s & 80s). But, eventually people were giving us shows simultaneous while doing the mix tape & we needed a name for our crew so we called ourselves Nu Dekades, which is the new generation, time, sound, & youth of the black diaspora, consciousness, & experience from & influenced by those previous decades, like the show A different World but in 2000 or Boondocks, David Chappelle show, In living Color etc.. lol, especially since its kind of lacking nowadays.

P: Both you and RyanNicole are very political aware of the system in the U.S. Do you both study the News?

K: Ryan & I are very politically aware of the situation & the system because we live it & in it. We've always been aware because growing up, in a way, you have to, brothers is getting locked up in mass numbers, cops killin us, F'd up housing, & F'd up schools & education, violence, & we grew up as kids seeing the crack epidemic & experiencing these problem one way or another. So we knew something's not right, especially when you're effected by it, & that alone made us want to know the truth & our history, which essentially made us political. I think also being in Oakland, California plays a big role in that because of Oakland's black history, home of the black panthers etc. For me, because I'm Nigerian, I looked at everything from a global diaspora perspective, like how is chevron, shell here, or the U.S. foreign policy effecting my people back home, I was thinking that since 13, you know by 12 I was Mr. black panther, Malcom X'd out lol, & hip hop had a lot to do with that too, certain rap songs we listened to raised awareness, like you can't listen to BDP, Melle Mel, Public Enemy, Paris, 2pacalypse, Dead Prez etc.. & not be aware lol. My brother when I was young at 14 was also giving me a lot of books to read from the idea of you'll be a better emcee if you read these books, by 16 I already read, Malcom X autobiography, Wretched of the Earth, Black skin White mask, autobiography of Marcus Garvey, listening to Fela, protesting against prop 21 at the time. So that paved the way for activism, working with youth etc... I stay checkin all forms of news to separate the lies from the truth lol.

P: We met at Jonzi D's Open Art Surgery and I must say, I was relieved to hear an MC that could step up and flow on any beat as I felt here in the UK the MC's are becoming a dying breed. How often do you practice your lyrical fitness?

K: I practice lyrical fitness by ciphering, you know, a lot of emcees nowadays thing is, "get on", "blow up", "make it" it's coo but somewhat irrelevant to me in a way, my thing is more build your skills, my mother always said whatever you do just be the best at. Thus, before I feel I should be "on" I need to be the best or hella dope, cats now say its hella old school but whatever... Studying, reading, battles, ciphers, listening to hella other different music & styles, rhythms, patterns, its like science & math to me, especially when free styling, that's how I do lyrical fitness lol.

P: Is their a performance that you've done and said to yourself that you could of done that better?

K: Oh yes! Many shows where we've performed & we were eh, it could've been better, whether it's on our part or the venues part (sound system), it's good to critique one's self a lot so that you can elevate or improve, if I want an A on the test what do I gotta do within myself to get that A. One thing a lot of people stop doing in Hip Hop is be critical, it's good to be critical of art and so forth so that when bullshit comes out we don't easily accept it. So I've had amazing shows & eh shows... But the crowd usually loves it, but whatever...

P: So tell me 5 artists you feel or look up too?

K: Five artist that I would say influenced me, wow, um, Melle Mel definitely, Krs-1, Bounty Killer, Fela, & Black thought, there's so much more though lol, i'll throw a 6th one in there, (Talib) Kweli

P: After when we did the Open Art Surgery, I was planning to do a Mixtape with another artist but it didn't work out but when I asked you, you was straight to the point. How did you feel listening back to back to your stuff?

K: How do I feel? Man, that mix tape is dope, I like the title, the image you used, the mixing, the sound, & the work ethic behind it, you got it done quickly and efficiently, that I respect.

P: As your no stranger to the UK, where else have you been?

K: Well, I toured pre much all over the U.S. & in Australia with T-Kash, I spend some time in Sydney Australia teaching a freestyle workshop at street Uni in 2010, & just doing music & hanging out with some amazing cool ass friends lol, of course i've been to Nigeria enough. I was in Toronto for a short period, 2 days on accidents, I didn't do shit though, I don't know if that counts lol.

P: What's do you class as the golden era for Rap music. Late 80s or Early 90s?

K: I classify the golden era of rap the late 80's because thats when styles were developing, stuff was always new, cats were really forming they're own styles. There was a consciousness & awareness that was happening regarding the violence in the black community, west coast & east coast. And it was a tough time to be in the hood in 80's, the crack epidemic was no joke, brothas was getting knocked down left & right, in LA, the gang stuff was out of control, cops was crazy brutal, as they still are lol, & Reagan & Bush Sr. was the presidents of the 80's and we already know the stories of Reagan & Bush Sr., so it was definitely a tough time. But, hip hop was really doing its part to keep the communities aware & positive, it was definitely with the people at that time.

P: Last question. What will we be expecting in the future from you?

K: Well, Ryan & I are releasing a mix tape called Nexus stemmed & inspired from the Dela Robert Glasper Beat tape, it's free of course lol. We got some videos coming soon too, everything is spontaneous lol. Hey somebody get me a permanent residency in U.K. cause I'm trying to get up out of the states lmao, hopefully thats in the future. But check for Nu Dekades we always got something new, Nu get it lol.

One Love is on from the Ne Dekades album "ERAgance" and is also on the mixtape "Psykhomantus & Ne Dekades presents Only Built For Revolutionary N***as feat RyanNicole"

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Psykhomantus presents Flyyzilla. Mixtape and Interview

It's amazing who you meet on the internet (when it works). God know's how we came across each other but it was between Face Book and Instagram. When we did meet each other (in the real world) it was at a club in Birmingham, I was too busy looking at some breasts and the next thing you know, little sweet Fyza was next to a big pair. I say no more. Anyway, We kept in contact by FaceBook and viewing our crazy photos on Instagram, later on as time went by I wanted to get back on my mixtape collaboration and get back to showing my homegrown friends skills and Fyza is one I wanted to push out. With productions by zed bias, George Eyo,  Byron the Aquarius, mark de Clive Lowe, Phil Asher and chalice, I had to go in. So people, enjoy this soulful mixtape of Fyza aka Flyyzilla.

Psykhomantus presents Flyyzilla

"Intro" by produced Psykhomantus
Contains a sample from the motion picture "Boomerang" 

"Complicated" produced by zed bias,  written by Fyza, leed and BVs Fyza 

"Keep On Pushin" produced by zed bias  written by Fyza, lead and BVs Fyza 

"One Night" produced by George Eyo and chalice written by Fyza lead and BVs. Fyza with additional BVs by chalice 

"One Night (Remix)" produced by Byron the Aquarius  additional vocals by Byron the Aquarius 

"Get It Together" produced by zed bias written by Fyza lead and BVs Fyza 

"Fly Away" produced by mark de Clive Lowe written by Fyza lead and BVs by Fyza 

"Take Me Away" produced by Phil Asher written by Fyza lead and BVs by Fyza 

"Skit" produced by Psykhomantus 

Contains a sample from the motion picture "Love Jones"

"Angel" produced by chalice written by Fyza lead and BVs Fyza additional vocals chalice 

"Fallin" produced by chalice written by Fyza lead and BVs Fyza additional vocals chalice 

"Loneliness" produced by zed bias written by Fyza lead and BVs Fyza 

"Chemistry" produced by chalice written by Fyza lead and BVs Fyza additional vocals chalice 

"Ride Or Die" produced by zed bias written by Fyza  and jesse givens featuring magestik legend  lead vocals and BVs excluding rap section Fyza 

"Look At What We're Done" produced by Phil Asher written by Fyza lead and BVs Fyza

Limited Download Link:

Bonus: Interview with Fyza

Psykhomantus: Okay, so first question. When did you know you have the gift to use your voice to become a singer?

Fyza: I knew from around 5 yrs old that I have a gift to sing and create melodies but I didn't take it serious till I hit 12/13. I taught myself how to sing by playing Michael jacksons 'off the wall' album on repeat and I learnt how to create harmonies by listening to both him and Stevie wonder. 

P: What gets you in the mood to write your songs?

F: I can write on the spot and often write when I get to the studio but I also love to write when I'm in love.., that feeling can bring out so many of your emotions.. A beautiful sunrise or sunset can provoke emotion and inspiration, a beautiful Beach or snow capped mountains..  I'm very effected by the elements and I love to draw from many things, I'm inspired by life, living.. 

P: Have you ever have anyone written songs for you?

F: yes, a long time ago!!! I had always written my own stuff and songs as early as 'poetical love' and "you belong to me" we're some of my first releases in the UK, all written by myself. In around 1998 I signed a deal and during my first studio session I pulled out my paper and pen to start writing and the producer just looked at me and said "the songs are written already, your going to sing these songs!!" And that's how it was for a long while..  I was frustrated as a songwriter during this time and I didn't feel good about most of the material.. It caused a lot of friction! I eventually came out of that deal and began working on my own stuff again after that. 

P: I remember reading one of your posts on FaceBook that you find it frustrating from where you are based to get studio time. Is it still like that now and how do you work round it?

F: yes!!! It's crazy that I have to travel across the UK or further to record!!!  It's frustrating because there's so many studios in Manchester but people don't work together enough here. It's very segregated in that way, sad but true. Ill have my own studio this year hopefully. 

P: You've seem to have worked with a few producers, can you name the ones that you have worked with?

F: so many!!!  Zed bias, mark de Clive Lowe, Phil Asher, DJ spinna, DJ Kawasaki of Kyoto jazz massive, the black opera to name but few. 

P: So tell me which 5 artist do you rate or look up too?

F: Michael Jackson, Stevie wonder, Dilla, Kam Moye aka supastition, Dwele.  There are so many more but you asked for only 5!!! Haha 

P: What are your views on X-Factor?

F:  I think it's a crock of shit! But that's just me!!' I think it's good for pop artists, if you have any substance at all as an artist, a show like that will strip it away! 

P: Is their a performance that you've done and said to yourself that you could of done that better?

F: I think that after every performance, I'm a perfectionist and I always want to improve as an artist. 

P: I enjoyed putting your mix tape "Psykhomantus presents Flyyzilla" together as your the second female to my Mixtape collaboration. How did you feel listening to your tracks back to back?

F: it was dope because I pretty much packed those tracks away!!! They seem like a million years ago but it was great hearing them again in the order you put them..  

P: Last question. What will we be expecting in the future from you? 

F: some hotness!!! I've spent most of the past 5/6 years writing for other artists so its finally nice to take some time out for me!!! I'm hoping to do some more stuff with the black opera and zed bias..  But I'm also gonna be knocking on jazzy jeffs door because we almost worked together a few years back and we couldn't manage to be in the same place at the same time so it never happened! I'd love to work with Pete rock and slum village!!  All I can say is expect my heart and soul cause I have a lot to say and share. 

Thank you for taking out the time to put my mix tape together. Much love. Xx

Check Fyza Here:
Twitter: @flyyzilla
Facebook: Fyza Maria Saleh 
Instagram: @flyyzilla

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Business Class (Best Of EPMD)

EPMD: Business Class

Last mouth their was a documentary on Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith as the world knows them as the rap group EPMD. It was one of the most talked about document on the net as we wanted to hear some unsure things about the group, the break up, rumours about Erick Sermon gay rumours, label switch, the hook up with DJ Scratch, the Hit squad ect, ect, ect. It was a enjoyable document to watch the raise of EPMD as it brought back some memory's when I first heard em (I Shot The Shirffee  was on a various artist cassette that you use to play on my boom box at school and the album Business As Usual was a gift from a late friend of mine) to playing their joints at some of my early gigs. Soon as I got some free time I went in by collecting some of the classic EPMD joints from their first album Strictly Business to Out Of Business (We Mean Business didn't make it as that's the only EPMD album that I am not furmilour with). Adding to my best of collections (Slum Village, Public Enemy, Nas, Mos Def) you'll find some of EPMDs best work added with a few original samples. I Enjoyed making this so I hope you enjoy what you hear as you reminisce where you first heard their classic joints on this Mixtape I call Business Class (Best Of EPMD).

Rampage Feat LL Cool J (No Sync Mix) 
Hot Music- Soho* 
I'm Mad (DJ Scratch Jazz Mix) 
Baby Here I Come- James Brown* 
The Big Payback 
So Whatcha Sayin'  
Brothers On My Jock feat Redman 
Nautilus- Bob James* 
Duck Down (Juggle)- Boogie Down Productions* 
Scratch Bring It Back (Part 2 Mic Doc) 
Headbanger feat K-Solo & Redman 
You Should Be Mine- Roger Troutman* 
More Bounce- Zapp*  
You Got To Chill 
K.I.M. Feat Redman & Keith Murray 
Symphony feat M.O.P., Redman, Method Man & Lady Luck 
Riding Hide- Faze*
Please Listen To My Demo 
Never Seen Before (No Sync Mix)
Person To Person- Average White Band* 
Richter Scale 
It's My Thing 
Strictly Business 
I Shot The Sheriff- Eric Clapton* 
Gold Digger 
Look At U feat EPMD- DJ Honda & PMD 
Da Joint