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.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

VisionBombing, Season 3, Episode 8 (28)

VisionBombing, season 3, episode 8 (28), featuring dope music videos from A-F-R-O, Big Cakes, Jadakiss, Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz, The Cornel West Theory, UHURU (Cyclonious & Tha 4orce), Vursatyl & Xolisa. Plus guest appearances from DJ Mega Stress.

VISIONBOMBING SEASON 3 : EPISODE 28 from VisionBombing on Vimeo.

VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 28
1. Theme
2. Intro- MadFlow*
3. Expect The Unexpected - UHURU (Cyclonious & Tha 4orce)
4. Don't Watch Man feat feat Durrty Goodz- Joker Starr
5. Mic Checka - TNT (Tek & Timbo King)
6. One Thing - Big Cakes
7. Skit- DJ Mega Stress*
8. Talk My Sh*t- Latasha Alcindor aka L.A.
9. OBey Me (Shash' U Remix) *Unreleased Track*- Ol' Dirty Bastard
10. No Biggie- Chris Spencer (Chris Crack X Vic Spencer)
11. Code #826- A-F-R-O
12. Skit- MadFlow*
13. You Don't Eat- Jadakiss
14. Careful - Locksmith
15. 300Z - Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz
16. I Got It - Vursatyl
17. Skit- Rapsody*
18. Stop Play Rewind feat Rapsody- Add 2
19. Me To We- Public Enemy
20. The Fallen- Xolisa
21. Christopher Martin (Three For Preem)- The Cornel West Theory
22. Outro- MadFlow*
23. Fin: Queen Knockingstein- Georgia Anne Muldrow
Hosted by MadFlow
Music videos mixed by Psykhomantus & Mr Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by MadFlow
Image Design by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Next Movement radio featuring Dr Diggles (Dope D.O.D.'s tour DJ) and a interview with DJ Psykhomantus

What's up World? It's been a long time coming, but Dr Diggles (Dope D.O.D.'s tour DJ) finally came through to the studio. We had a chance to talk about how the whole Dope D.O.D. adventure started, world wide travels, tour stories, weed and more. Deejay Irie made a small Dope D.O.D. medley for all you fans out there.
Not to forget we also interviewed DJ Psykhomantus out of the UK. This man is the founder of VisionBombing an online Hip Hop Videomix webseries. He also does Hip Hop theater and had some very interesting things to say about both the subjects.
Next Movement Radio is a mixshow/podcast brought to you every week by Deon Cooper (owner of radio For The World) and DMC Visual DJ World Champion Deejay Irie. We got weekly interviews from known and unknown artists trhrough out the world such as DJ Woody, DJ Vekked, Fred hanba (A&R Tommy Boy Records). We focus on independent artists.
The shows are broadcasted live every Monday at 9 PM CET on (audio and video) and (audio only)

Saturday, 21 November 2015

VisionBombing Season 3 Episode 7 (Hip Hop History Month Edition)


VisionBombing Season 3 Episode 7

(Hip Hop History Month Edition)

1. Theme
 2. Intro- MadFlow*
3. Every Ghetto feat Rapsody- Talib Kweli X 9th Wonder
4. Jason feat Swizz Beatz- Jadakiss
5. Confess- Fashawn
6. Breakfast At Banksy's- SEMI HENDRIX (Rass Kass & Jack Splash)
7. Skit- Mr. Dex*
8. Brain Cells- Villain Park
9. Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby- Hoozay
10. Rise Up feat Skyzoo- OCKZ
11. Ski Mask feat Rapsody- Bad Lucc
12. Skit- MadFlow*
13. New Train Ole Route- Large Pro
14. Young Jesus feat Big Lendo- Logic
15. Don't Smoke The K2- Denmark Vessey
16. Free N***a- Logic & Amy True
17. Skit- DJ Psykhomantus*
18. Bengal- Shirt
19. Barzini feat Sean Price & Rim P of Da Villins- DJ Hart
20. Dopeman- Redman
21. Fine Line- God's Illa
22. Outro- MadFlow*
23. Fin: Crazy Raw feat DJ IQ, Richie Ruftone, & DJ Vazee- DJ QBert
Hosted by MadFlow
Music videos mixed by Psykhomantus & Mr Dex
Edited, graded and mastered by MadFlow
Image Design by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015

Sunday, 8 November 2015


#HISTORYOFFRESH from VISUAL MARVELRY on Vimeo. We are parable launch and screening of fresh dressed. After party featuring a live fashion show with VisionBombing. Filmed by Visual Marvelry

Saturday, 24 October 2015

VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 6 (Black Lives Matter Edition)


VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 6
(Black Lives Matter Edition)
1. Theme
2. Intro- MadFlow*
3. Clutch feat Method Man & Redman- Erick Sermon
4. The Candle (Remix) ft. Big Cakes and Phoenix Da Icefire - AKD & Deepstar
5. The Meaning - JuneLyfe
6. Whole Life Ahead Of Me - K.I.N.E.T.I.K.
7. Skit- Jeru The Damaja*
8. Illa Vibes- 4i
9. Anything In Life- Marcus Joseph
10. Da Call Out- Carolina Dirty, Dominique, MyVerse & Monie Love
11. Practice What I Peach- Kingpin
12. Skit- MadFlow*
13. Black Body ft. Shi Wisdom - Spek Won
14. K.I.N.G. ft. Bishop Nehru - Stro
15. Black Chrome - Rosewood 2055
16. 100 Bars - Fashawn
17. Skit- SureShot*
18. ACAB feat Unknown Mizery- Lord Lhus
19. Nothin' Move- Quelle Chris
20. Main St- White Boiz (Krondon & Shafiq Husayn)
21. Children Of The Ghetto- Tynee
22. Outro- MadFlow*
23. Fin: "BPATTER- DJ Premier & The BADDER
Hosted by MadFlow
Music videos mixed by Psykhomantus & Mr Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepherd Manyika
Image Design by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Fresh Dressed, Fresh In The 90s and Fresh In The 80s mixed by DJ Psykhomantus

We Are Parable present: “The History of Fresh” – A celebration of streetwear in the UK and US Featuring: Fresh Dressed preview film screening and panel discussion an immersive night of Fashion and Music at London Fields Brewery. With a fashion presentation and a Audio Visual set performance by VisionBombing's DJ Psykhomantus & Mr. Dex playing classic Hip Hop music videos from the 80's, the 90's and some of the featured artists from the movie "Fresh Dressed".
Video Mix Link:
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Movie at Rio Cinema Saturday 24th October 2015.

Pt 1: Fresh In The 80's
1. Sucker MC's (Live on Graffiti Rock)- Run DMC
2. Roxanne Roxanne- UTFO
3. Tramp- Salt N' Pepa
4. Ain't No Half Steppin'- Big Daddy Kane
5. Vapors- Biz Markie
6. TV Spot: Fashion By Borough
7. I Can't Live Without My Radio- LL Cool J
8. I Ain't No Joke- Eric B & Rakim
9. Paper Thin- MC Lyte
10. Self Destruction- Boogie Down Productions (KRS One, D-Nice & Ms. Melodie), Stetsasonic (Dlite, Daddy-O & Frukwan), Kool Mo Dee, MC Lyte, Doug E Fresh, Justice, Heavy D, Public Enemy.
11. Gettin' Funky- Kid N' Play
12. Trailer

1. Run's House/Down With The Kings featuring Pete Rock & CL Smooth- Run DMC
2. it's On- Naughty By Nature
3. Scenario featuring Leaders Of The New School- A Tribe Called Quest
4. Cross Over- EPMD
5. Ruffneck- MC Lyte
6. TV Spot: The World Is Yours
7. The World Is Yours- Nas
8. Ice Cream featuring Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Cappadonna- Reakwon
9. Check It Out featuring Mary J Blige- Grand Puba
10. Da Ladies In The House featuring Bahamadia, Precise, Uneek and Lauryn Hill- Big Kap
11. Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) featuring The Notorious B.I.G, Rampage, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes- Craig Mack
12. Trailer

19 Shots Of Kaytranada Remixes

This is a tribute mixtape of Kaytranada's remixes. "19 Shots Of Kaytranada Remixes" features 19 non stop remixed joints and jams. This mix features remixed killer tunes of A Tribe Called Quest, AlunaGeorge, Amerie, BADBADNOTGOOD, Busta Rhymes, Common, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, JMSN, Lucy Pearl, MNEK, Robert Glasper Experiment, Teedra Moses, Tuxedo and more.
So if you've enjoyed my mixes of "Dem Nah Ready 4 2000Black", "Electric Relaxation Vol 1 & 2" or "Bruk Out: For The Love Of The Game. Nike+ iMix" then you'll enjoy this.
Support Kaytranada and check out his music on
Twitter: @Psykhomantus

Friday, 25 September 2015

VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 5

VISIONBOMBING SEASON 3: EPISODE 5 from VisionBombing on Vimeo.

VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 5
1. Theme
2. Intro- MadFlow*
3. Angry Birds Friends: Here Comes The Birds feat Dres- Sidney Max
4. Spittin' The Racket- Ocean Wisdom
5. Who U? Feat Slick Rick- Dyna & Tony Galvin
6. Straight Gutta feat Redman, Hanz On & Streetlife- Method Man
7. Skit- Tin Mantis (B.Better)*
8. What'd I Do - The Mouse Outfit & Bam (Jungle Brothers)
9. Dark Streets feat R.A. The Rugged Man and Amalie Bruun - Malik B and Mr. Green
10. Maiden Harlem - Cab Cabernet
11. Hard To Choose - Rapsody
12. Skit- MadFlow*
13. Ending Beginning feat XP, Ragin, Junia-T & Grimace Love- SepTo
14. This Iz Tha Time- First Division
15. Mothership Intro- Krondon & Shafiq Husayn are White Boiz
16. Figure More feat Illa Ghee- Sean Price
17. Skit- Sam Stealth*
18. Tourists - Bobby Stone & Gran Fortune
19. Be Sure- James D Brown 3rd
20. Fishscale - Fly Anakin & Koncept Jack$on
21. Original - Big Cakes
22. Outro- MadFlow*
23. Fin: Knxwledge- Flyinglizds
Hosted by MadFlow
Music videos mixed by Psykhomantus & Mr Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shephard Manyika
Image Design by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015

Saturday, 22 August 2015


VISIONBOMBING: SEASON 3 | EPISODE 4 from VisionBombing on Vimeo.

VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 4
1. Theme
2. Intro- MadFlow*
3. Bill Cosby - John Jigg$
4. Somebody Got Robbed - Redman
5. Bring It To A Halt - Vursatyl
6. 1 900 Hip-Hop - Scott King
7. Skit- Silas Zephania*
8. Ageless Man- Phase One
9. Miracle Man- SepTo
10. Sorta Way feat Rexs- EdO. G
11. Sorta Way (DJ Shean Remix) feat Rexs- EdO. G
12. (Astroduction) Freestyle- General DV
13. Skit- MadFlow*
14. Claire - Clear Soul Forces
15. The Impeccable, The Amazing - Iron Braydz
16. Life I Love - Camp Lo
17. Topless - Rosewood 2055
18. Skit- Joker Starr*
19. For Free? (Interlude)- Kendrick Lamar
20. Soul Root- Manage
21. Cursive feat Apani B, Lili K and The Ruby Horns- Coin Banks
22. BC- MadFlow
 23. Outro- Psykhomantus*
24. Fin- STFU Part 2- Sean Price
Hosted by MadFlow
Music videos mixed by Psykhomantus & Mr Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepherd Manyika
Image Design by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Yo!…This Is The Remix (E-mix)

Check out the audio sampler to the live 45 minute performance of "Yo! This Is The Remix" showcase of classic 90's rap remixes that were in heavy rotation in it's time. See some of your favourite music video remix versions by DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, 45 King, Buckwild and more.
Date: Thursday 27th August
Venue: Silver Bullet, 5 Station Place, Finsbury Park, London N4 2DH
Time: 9pm-3am
Admission: FREE B4 10pm, £3 B4 11pm, £5 thereafter
Live performances from
▲ 4649 Worldwide Streetwear on sale on the night
VJs: DJ Psykhomantus & Mr. Dex
Host: MadFlow

Intro: Psykhomantus
1. Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)- House Of Pain
2. What's Next (Extra P Remix)- Leaders Of The New School
3. On Tempo (94 Lick)- Krispy 3
4. Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings (Easy Mo Bee Remix)- LL Cool J
5. Rock On (Buckwild Remix)- Funkdoobiest
6. Jussumen (Pete Rock Remix) - Das Efx
7. Check It (Remix) - L.O.T.U
8. The Platform (Erick Sermon Remix) - Dilated Peoples
9. Mad Izm ft. KRS-One (Buckwild Remix) - Channel Live
10. Mona Lisa (Nappy Heads Remix) - The Fugees
Skit: Mr. Dex
11. Oh My God (Remix)- A Tribe Called Quest
12. What Can I Do (East Coast Remix)- Ice Cube
13. Rusurrection (Extra P Remix)- Common
14. Freaky Flow (DJ Premier Remix)- Special Ed
15. Passin' Me By (Fly As Pie Remix)- The Pharcyde
16. Crooklyn Dodgers (Remix)- Crooklyn Dodgers
17. Get Down (Q-Tip Rimix) - Craig Mack
18. Fades Em All (Pete Rock Remix) - Jamal
19. One Love ft. Sadat X (One L Main Mix) - Nas
20. Throw Your Hands ft. Erick Sermon, Redman & MC Eiht - Cypress Hill
Outro: Psykhomantus

Monday, 17 August 2015

The P is Free: A Tribute To Sean Price by DJ Psykhomantus

The P is Free: A Tribute To Sean Price
1. Intro- Mr. Dex, Roc 1, DCrime, Dr3matic, Mega Stress, Wordsworth, Miss C Brown & Deejay Irie
2. Skit
3. STFU Part 2- Sean Price
4. Shut The Fuck Up- Sean Price
5. Figure Four- Sean Price
6. Da God- Sean Price
7. Boom Bye Yeah- Sean Price
8. King Kong- Sean Price
9. That's Hard- Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun
10. The Matrix- Black Milk
11. Hold Up- Marco Polo & Torea
12. Uzuri- Catalyst*
13. Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka- Fab 5
14. Operation Lockdown- Heltah Skeltah
15. Heat Rock- Red Light Boogie
16. Hook Heavy- 7evenThirty
17. Everything Is Heltah Skeltah- Heltah Skeltah
18. Pyrex- Sean Price
19. Bam Bam- Sister Nancy*
20. Jamaican- Sean Price
21. Slum Shady (Skit)- Sean Price
22. I Love You (Bitch)- Sean Price
23. Seanwuar Vs. Pharoahe Monch (Skit)
24. BBQ Sauce- Sean Price
25. Onion Head- Sean Price
26. Random Call- Random Axe
27. Bang Exclusive (Da Beatminerz Remix)- Kid Tsunami
28. Scum- Black Milk
29. One- Sean Price
30. P-Body- Sean Price
31. Chewbacca- Random Axe
32. Pork Chops and Apple Sauce- Sean Price
33. I See- Sean Price
34. Peep My Words- Sean Price
35. Peter Tosh (Skit)*
36. Haraam- Sean Price
37. Genesis Of The Omega- Sean Price
38. Brokest Rapper You Know- Sean Price
39. Our Love Has Got To Come Together- Independents*
40. Heartburn- Sean Price
41. Bar Barian- Sean Price
42. Murdah Type Thinkin (Small Professor Remix)- Sean Price
43. All In Together- Sean Price
44. The Hex- Random Axe
45. How Sean Price Stole Christmas- Sean Price
46. Sean Price on Sway In The Morning (Skit)
47. Planet Apes- Sean Price

The P Is Free: A Tribute To Sean Price mixed by DJ Psykhomantus.
Rest In Peace to one of the illest EmCee's to blaze a microphone. Sean Price was the greatest entertainer in this rap game. He will be missed. Rest In Peace "P".

To Help support Sean Price's Family, please make a donation to

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Breakin' Convention's Freestyle Funk Forum at Camp Bestival 2015

DJ Psykhomantus, Dancers Natasha Gooden, Frank Wilson, B-Boy Reckless Lee and Dickson Mbi, human beatboxer Marv Radio and host Soweto Kinch entertain the  crowd at Camp Bestival 2015!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

VisionBombing Season 3: Episode 3 (Summer Madness Edition)

VisionBombing Season 3: Episode 3 (Summer Madness Edition) from VisionBombing on Vimeo.

1. Theme
2. Intro- MadFlow*
3. Make It Funky- Cory Gunz
4. This Is My Life- Cali Agents
5. Arkansas- Georgia Anne Muldrow
6. Fifty Shades Of NO! feat Minx- FRSHEZ
7. Skit- Union Blak*
8. Cry feat Rock, Torae & Quelle Chris- Sim-E
9. Classic - Frank Nitt
10. Paper Trail$ - Joey Bada$$
11. Luxury feat Westside Gunn- Skyzoo
12. Skit- MadFlow*
13. Superb- Ayoo Angie
14. Mmm feat Zygote- Harleghblu
15. Expressive feat BJ the Chicago Kid, Illa J & Rosewood 2055- Slum Village
16. Signtology- eMC
17. Skit- FRSHEZ*
18. Story & Her- Black Milk
19. Love Is Gone- Hezekiah
20. Good Morning- Loui D
21. In Progress- Dayne Jordan
22. Outro- MadFlow*
23. Fin- Cans Up
Hosted by MadFlow
Music videos mixed by Psykhomantus & Mr Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepard Manyika
Image Design by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015

Friday, 26 June 2015

VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 2

VB SEASON 3: EPISODE 2 from VisionBombing on Vimeo.

VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 2
1. Theme
2. Intro- MadFlow*
3. ForestReal- God's'Illa
4. Street English- Union Blk
5. Pump Ya Brakes ft. Rapsody, Boog Brown & Stacy Epps- Diamond D
6. I'm All About Everything- Joker Starr
7. Skit- Isabella Red*
8. Ice Cold- The Know
9. P's & Q's- Mick Jenkins
10. Chillin'- King RA & Bunty Beats
11. Bring It feat The Lox- The Rapfest
12. Skit- MadFlow*
13. Sidewalk Show- Curren$y
14. The Monologue- eMC
15. Nobody's Safe ft. Jarren Benton & Madchild- Demrick & DJ Hoppa
16. Rice Tourture- The Four Owls
17. Skit- Oracy & Xidus Pain*
18. Mango Juice- Juga-Naut
19. Will Power- Venomous2000
20. Imma Smokah- Lord Digga
21. Copycat feat Fashawn- 20syl
22. Outro- MadFlow*
23. Fin- Watch The Sound: DJ Manwell
Hosted by MadFlow
Music videos mixed by Psykhomantus & Mr Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepard Manyika
Image Design by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015

Diggin' In The Crep's Mixtape

This mixtape was for an event called Diggin' In The Crep's Can't Stop Won't Stop (Nottingham's heavyweight Hip Hop promoters) The event was an afternoon of Hip Hop, Trainers & Vibes. Showcasing some of their young artists and providing a platform for trainer lovers. This event is inspiring for any young person interested in a career within the music industry and all the levels within it.
DJ sets was from DJ Fever, DJ Psykhomantus, Raf, Rick Smith, Snowy, Beatgeek & Garton. BBQ by Juga-Naut

Twitter: @Psykhomantus
Instagram: @Psykhomantus

Electric Relaxation Vol 2

A special mix called called Electrix Relaxation Extra was premiered on on 22nd May 2015. It featured Electric Relaxation Vol 1 and Vol 2. Here is Vol 2 with a bonus track which was not on the radio show.
Twitter: @Psykhomantus
Instagram: @Psykhomantus

Dem Nah Ready 4 2000Black (A Tribute to 2000Black)

This is a tribute mixtape of Dego's label 2000Black. The joints on this mix are from various album's which you can buy from their Bandcamp page
Their are many killer tunes from this label which are not on their bandcamp page but it's a start for those that don't know and for you to find out.
Support Dego and check out his new album "The More Things Stay The Same"
Twitter: @Psykhomantus
Instagram: @Psykhomantus

Sunday, 24 May 2015

VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 1

VB SEASON 3: EPISODE 1 from VisionBombing on Vimeo.

VisionBombing Season 3 | Episode 1

1. Theme
2. Intro- MadFlow*
3. E(ART)H- feat Silent Jay- Spek Won
4. First Aid Kit- Vic Spencer
5. Mark Ruffalo- KNife & Miggs Son Daddy
6. Coldest Winter Ever- 330
7. Skit- Xolisa*
8. Automatically - Hit-Boy
9. At They Heads - Strangers Of Necessity
10. Terrible Thing To Waste - MC Melodee
11. You Should Know feat Dwele- PRhyme
12. Skit- MadFlow*
13. Kaboom- Clear Soul Forces
14. Great Blacks- Georgina Muldrow
15. Mans Diary- Mystro
16. Epiphany Of Emcees feat M.E.D- KriswontwoMad
17. Skit- PiKaHsSo*
18. Ain't That Season - Kingpin
19. Minerals & Gems - Jonwayne
20. Streetwise - Termanology
21. Live @ Bonanza- Sonnyjim
22. Outro- MadFlow*
23. Fin- Cosmic Slop- Pete Rock

Hosted by MadFlow
Music videos mixed by Psykhomantus & Mr Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepard Manyika
Image Design by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015

Monday, 30 March 2015

Transmitting Live From Home: Nike Dunk PRM DLS Set

Welcome to the first series of live recording. Transmitting Live From Home will feature live DJ sets from home where I mostly make my mixtapes, turntablism routines and my pre set playlist for some of the gigs that I've DJed in. Some of these recorded sets will feature on YouTube so look out for that in the near future.
As this is the first series for many to come, I like to present you the "Nike DUNK PRM DLS Set" which was DJ Set made for Birmingham's Sneaks & Peaks sneakers and street wear festival at Boxxed Warehouse. The venue had no turntables so this set didn't get no light which was a shame. I had my De La kicks ready, my 3 Feet High & Rising Tee and a few De La vinyls to show off on the day. I didn't want to let this set not get heard so here it is, 45 minutes of De La Soul featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Dres from Black Sheep, Jungle Brothers, Mos Def and many more. If you know my style then you know I will add a few original samples and remixes. Enjoy.

Transmitting Live From Home: Nike Dunk PRM DLS Set by Psykhomantus (Visionbombing) on Mixcloud

Saturday, 28 March 2015

VisionBombing Season 2 Episode 10

So the time has come to bring season 2 to a close. VisionBombing episode is now live online for you're viewing pleasure and for our season finale we bring you visual dopeness from Clear Soul Forces, Kenn Starr, CJ Fly & T'Nah Apex, Akua Naru, Juga-Naut and AKD & Deepstar. Plus special guest appearances by Cormega and K9.

 VB SEASON 2: EPISODE 10 from VisionBombing on Vimeo.

VisionBombing Season 2 Episode 10

1. Theme
2. Intro: MadFlow*
3. Kno The Sound - Sparkz
4. Heard - Akua Naru
5. Time TSO - Sonny Cheeba
6. BPSWR (BackPackerSubWooferRap)- Clear Soul Forces
7. Skit: K9 & Psykhomantus*
8. Dead Lives feat Cyclonious- AKD & Deepstar
9. Off Rip feat Termanology & Singapore Kane- Big Shug
10. House Of Ravens- Yugen Blakrok
11. The Statement feat Whispers- Chris Rivers
12. Skit: MadFlow*
13. Make Music - EdO G
14. Say Goodbye- Kenn Starr
15. Rips In The Paper - Malik B. & Mr. Green
16. Power Moves feat Raggo Zulu Rebel- Jonas McCloud
17. Skit: Cormega*
18. Go feat CJ Fly & T'Nah Apex- Chelsea Reject
19. Blicky feat Brittani Gravely- The Last American B-Boy
20. Apple Juice- Juga-Naut
21. Slick feat Ladybug Mecca- The Hue
22. Outro: MadFlow*
23. Fin: DJ Rob Swift
Hosted by MadFlow
Mixed by DJ Psykhomantus & Mr. Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepard Manyika
VisionBombing 2015

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Interview: On The Q&A Tip with Signif

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Psykhomantus: Before we start. Can you tell us who you are, and what you do?

Signif: Hello, I’m Signif and I’m an emcee from Milwaukee but I’ve been in New York for a good minute now.

Psykhomantus: When and how did you fall in love with Hip Hop?

Signif: As a young girl watching my cousin and my brothers partake in emceeing made me want to participate.

Psykhomantus: What inspires you to write your rhymes?

Signif: When I started it was about cracking jokes, having fun, cyphering and a lot of other things that don’t matter to me as much anymore. I’m inspired by my surroundings, family, friends and being socially aware of what’s going on beyond my block.

Psykhomantus: You have a few albums on Bandcamp, can you explain who you've worked with (producers and rappers) from your first album to your latest project?

Signif: I’ve worked with so many people through the years! I usually work with artists and producers that I can vibe with genuinely. I’ve passed up working with certain producers or artists to work with people I resonate well with rather than oh this person is “on” so let me just go that route. The last album I collaborated with Elzhi, Sadat X, Aldrick, and Genesis Renji. The new album features Blu and some other fresh artists so be on the lookout for the new.

Psykhomantus: Can you name 5 rappers you rate and why

Signif: 1.) Mos Def because he’s one of the GOATs.
2.) Masta Ace because he’s one of the best to do it.
3.) eLZHI because he’s one of my favorites.
4.) Akua Naru because she’s a dope emcee and her live show is killing yours.
5.) Oddisee because he figured it out and does it well.

Psykhomantus: Can you name one song you wish you written by another artist?
Signif: Black Star - Thieves in the night

Psykhomantus: What’s been your most memorable performances & why?

Signif: Performing in Paris, FR was probably my most memorable performance. I didn’t know what to expect but the energy was great and I love playing with a band, I need more of that in my life! Traveling to different a different country to play was definitely the most memorable performance and the best time.

Psykhomantus: If you had a world tour, which two other artists would you take with you?

Signif: I would take Mos Def and Oddisee.

Psykhomantus: My favorite question. Is there a Rapper you feel that should just give it up?

Signif: I don’t think any rapper, emcee, or person should every give up on anything they feel passionate about no matter what. On the flip if you’re rapping because it’s the cool thing to do right now a quick tap out is cool with me, the inter-webs been on super saturate with everyone wanting to be seen and heard. 

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

Signif: Future wise there will be a new album early next year. Late May you can expect to hear something from the album, I’m excited about the new body of work. I’m also featured on eMC’s new album The Tonight Show due out May 5th, Away from Love is the track that I’m featured on. My sis Pumpkin & Vin’S da Cuero has a new album coming this Spring which I’m featured on as well. I’m also cooking up tracks with DJ Alex J for his next project so you’ll hear me emceeing on tracks with a different sound. I’m busy with my new album and working on collaborations with a few artists. 

Thank you

Signif: Thanks for having me, I look forward to coming to London getting busy for you guys!

Check out Signif's music video "The L Word"

Interview: On The Q&A Tip with Bootha Vandross

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Psykhomantus: Before we start. Can you tell us who you are and what you do?

Bootha Vandross: First off, I just want to say that truly appreciate you given me this opportunity & for all of the support.  I’m Bootha Vandross, former group member of a Dallas, TX based Hip Hop group Loose Cannons turned solo artist.  Outside of being an MC, I’m also a beat maker & dabble in audio engineering.

Psykhomantus: When and how did you get into this art form call Hip Hop?

Bootha Vandross:  Well, being an avid lover of music…I’ve been a Hip Hop head since the first time I heard “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang.  I officially started rhyming in 1992 after joining a group called P.O.E. (Productz Of da Environment).  In 1997 I & a close friend became the Hip Hop duo Loose Cannons.  We were a group for 16 yrs., until we split & I became a solo artist back in 2013.

Psykhomantus: What inspires you to write your rhymes?

Bootha Vandross: Being that I’m a socially conscious individual, my writing usually is inspired by life events that effect my people & anyone else who suffers from the injustices that plague us on a daily whether it’s physical, mental, or on a spiritual level.  I also think of how Hip Hop used to carry a message & it sorely lacks that today…so that’s something else that inspires my writing as well.

Psykhomantus: I can't remember how I came across your music video "Barry Bonds" feat Robi Nickoli which was featured in one of our episodes but I do remember I could not find it on you tube, and the Vimeo file was too big so we had to make the right as I was not going to do that episode without putting it on. I loved the message and the beat was a perfect match. What made you write the song Barry Bonds and who produced the beat?

Bootha Vandross:  Appreciate that you were diggin’ this joint bro & put it on that episode.  The song was inspired from the Malcolm X speech that plays at the beginning of the song.  I was trying to apply what Malcolm was speaking on at that time (1962) to what’s going on presently.  I rapped it over a 9th Wonder instrumental & I titled it Barry Bonds because in many ways I compare him to Malcolm X in that he was a commanding & menacing figure to some.  Every time Bonds stepped up to the plate he wasn’t trying to hit a single, double, or a triple…he was trying to hit a homerun which was the very thing that got the fans excited.  So with that being said, every time I spit on the mic I’m lyrically trying to hit a homerun that will arouse the listener & get them in a frenzy mentally, physically, & spiritually.

Psykhomantus: Can you break it down for us, with who & what projects you’ve got going on at the moment?

Bootha Vandross:  Right now, I’m collaborating on a ep w/a producer from Rimini, Italy who goes by Aniki Beats.  We’ve titled it ‘A Classic Revival’.  It’s a project that will take the listener back to that Boom Bap sound from the Golden Era of Hip Hop.  The single that we’re promoting now is titled “Police Brutality” & it’s the next video that I’ll be shooting.  You can check it out here

Psykhomantus: Can you name 5 rappers you rate and why?

Bootha Vandross:  Damn, this is always tough because I always think I’m omitting someone; but here we go:  Tupac…not because he was the most lyrically gifted, but because he wasn’t afraid to stand for what he believed in no matter the consequences.  I consider him the Malcolm X/Huey P. Newton of Hip Hop.  Nas…I consider him to be the most lyrically gifted MC I’ve ever heard & he became the shining prince of NY at the age of 17 years old.  Rakim…he’s in my opinion the God of lyricism (including the next MC on my list) & one of the reasons Hip Hop has a Nas.  Rakim took rhyming to another plateau with flow patterns & rhyme schemes.  At the same time he was wowing us with his prowess on the mic…he was droppin’ jewels all in the same breath.  Big Daddy Kane…not only took rhyming to another level for much of the same reasons I mentioned regarding Rakim, but he was the ultimate definition of SWAG!  He was the smoothest & most rugged rhyme spitter all at the same time & that style has been imitated, but never duplicated.  Ice Cube…although NWA pretty much were the ones held responsible for giving us gangsta rap it was Ice Cube who was the backbone of that group.  He was not only penning his own rhymes, but he was also ghost writing for Eazy E & Dr. Dre.  And after he broke away from the group he reigned as the King of the West Coast for a nice period of time.  And after all of that…he molded himself into a movie mogul.

Psykhomantus: Can you name one song you wish you written by another artist?

Bootha Vandross:  “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash.  To this day I haven’t heard a Hip Hop song that was more socially conscious than that one.  From the very 1st bars that Melle Mel breathes he paints the picture “Broken glass everywhere/people pissing on the stairs you know they just don’t care.  I can’t take the smell, can’t take the noise/got no money to move out I guess I got no choice!”  That’s heavy man!!  That song will be relevant FOREVER!

Psykhomantus: What’s been your most memorable performances & why?

Bootha Vandross: Probably the last performance that I did as part of Loose Cannons when we opened up for Souls of Mischief during the ’93 Til Infinity 20th Anniversary Tour here in Dallas, TX.  I say that because unknown to me at that time it would be our last performance as a group.  I’ve never seen a more hyped up crowd & we definitely had them ready before Souls took the stage.

Psykhomantus: My favourite question. Is there a Rapper you feel that should just give it up?

Bootha Vandross:  One specific rapper…no, but for anyone out there who’s trying to be a rapper with the thought they will become an overnight sensation…to those I say…give it up lol!

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

Bootha Vandross:  As I stated earlier, be on the lookout for the ep with my homie Aniki Beats ‘A Classic Revival’ (no release date as of yet).  I’ll be featured on some upcoming mixtapes from some MCs who I’ve collaborated with from different states; and looking to work with more artists here & abroad.  I’ll be doing a Conversation Piece Pt. 2…same concept but with a different person (keeping the lid on who that is right now).  And the continuation of building my Be Vocal brand.  And trying to get to London when you boys start putting on those shows!
Once again sincerest thanks for this opportunity & I love what you guys are building with Visionbombing & I will continue to help spread the word!

Check out the music video's "Barry Bonds" and "Shine" by Bootha Vandross.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Interview: On The Q&A Tip With... Yumi (4649 Worldwide Streetwear)

Psykhomantus: Okay, so first question. Just for the readers to know who you are, can you tells us where you are from and what you do for a living?
Yumi: I gave birth to & raise StreetWear brand 4649 WorldWide; we spread peace & love with comfy garms, WorldWide.
On professional note I am a freelance visual designer with 10+yrs experience.

Psykhomantus: How long have you been living in the UK for?
Yumi: Came to UK straight from Japan in 2001 to go to art colleges - got my first job here so I stayed on.

Psykhomantus: When did you get into or Known of this culture called Hip Hop?
Yumi: My mum was a hiphop dance teacher so I was familiar with it, though actually hooked was after I came to UK - living in South London opened up my interests in black culture and history. Started with going through the catalogues of golden era, then I fell in love with Tupac which led me to study Black Panthers, civil rights movement and so on.

Psykhomantus: What made you want to take part of the fashion industry with your street wear 4649 clothing, what inspires you?
Yumi: After spending years designing in computer screen, I was missing that tangible thing; something you can feel and touch. Then I saw 'RockSmith presents Ab-Soul's Black Lip Bastard' video - I love the way RockSmith pushed their brand (and young artists) through music videos, very subtly too. How their logo hit me was like I've found my space in this culture I love.  My portrait illustrations of rappers were pretty popular online so the initial plan was to print them onto tshirts, but I've faced with copyright issues so decided to kickoff with original designs. It was 2011.

Psykhomantus: Can you name 5 other Hip Hop clothing wear you rate and why?
RockSmith NYC - main inspiration for what I do.
LDRS 1354 -  love their store in Chicago.
Enstrumental - amazing graphic tees, spot on my type.
Santastic Tokyo - the great marriage between manga and hiphop.
Grind London - big fan of the brand, supa chill and cool.

Psykhomantus: On Your website you have a video page called "Spot The 4649" which freatures some artists sporting your wear. Can you tell us some of the name of the artists that are wearing your gear and how did you link up with them?
Yumi: People wear my garms out of love in most of the videos - when they surprise me like that, it makes all the grind & sacrifice worthwhile. So thank you to all <3 p="">All started from MysDiggi however, who was the first one to support my garms in public. I wrote to him after seeing his 'Cockadoodledoo' video, which opened my eyes to UK Hiphop scene, saying how much his music supported my grind. He showed me back genuine love & support since then. Another person who showed me mad love early is Phoenix Da IceFire; we met at the video shoot for Midas Touch and he welcomed me like a family ever since, connecting me with a lot of people too.

Psykhomantus: Can you name 5 Hip Hop DJs you rate and why?
GrandMasterFlash - grandma still rocks the floor.
J Rocc - what an entertainer.
Mr. Thing - national treasure.
DJ Green Lantern - I've bumped Rap Phenomenon 2 mixtape until CD worn out.
VisionBombing DJs - Phykhomantus & Mr Dex have mad chemistry together and I trust & respect two dearly. #Crewlove

Psykhomantus: Nike or Adidas?
Yumi: Grew up with Adidas. But I have super soft spot for triple black Nike's.

Psykhomantus: My favourite question (as i am known to be a trouble maker) Is there a Rapper you feel that should just put the mic down (don't hold back now)?
Yumi: Jigga

Psykhomantus: Last question, what will we expect from you in the future?
Yumi: More loving and caring. To the world.

Best Regards,
- - - - - ✍
Yumi Sakaki - Chief / Creative Director @ 4649 Worldwide

VisionBombing Season 2 Episode 9

Back again with another episode from VisionBombing. Episode 9 by Psykhomantus, MadFlow and Mr.Dex. 

VB SEASON 2: EPISODE 9 from VisionBombing on Vimeo.

VisionBombing Season 2 Episode 9
1. Theme
2. Intro: MadFlow*
3. America Is Beautiful- Homeboy Sandman
4. Godzilla- Rapsody
5. Long Winded Road feat Adam Bomb- Tona Tencreddi
6. Think Twice- The Four Owls
7. Skit: Junia T*
8. React - Mega Ran & Storyville
9. Ray Gun feat MF Doom- BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah
10. Escapism - Hellsent & Batsauce
11. Bars feat Lot A Nerve- Mic Check
12. Skit: MadFlow*
13. Oh My Darling (Don't Cry)- Run The Jewels
14. Vida Linda- MyVerse
15. Foot 'N Good- Phase One 4
16. Best In The World- Kurious Jorge
17. Skit: Skyzoo*
18. Without Warning feat Elzhi & Phat Kat - Flip
19. Deep Cover '14 - Hex One & 5th Element
20. The Lesson feat Jehst, Zygote & Jyager- Jazz T
21. Rolacks feat Skyzoo- WestSideGunn
22. Outro: MadFlow*
23. Fin: Ain't Nobody Fresher- The Freshersthans (DJ Brace and Vekked)
Hosted by MadFlow
Mixed by DJ Psykhomantus & Mr. Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepard Manyika
VisionBombing 2015

Monday, 9 February 2015

On the Q&A Tip with K9

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On The Q&A Tip with... K9

Psykhomantus: Welcome to the Q&A tip. Before I hit you off with ten Question's, just for the readers. Can you tell us who is who you are and what do you do,?

K9: Greetings my name is King 9 and I am a Producer/Rapper/Engineer and I create music that reflects real life and attempts to uplift people. My main genres I produce are hip-hop and reggae

Psykhomantus: As Sanaa Lathan would say in the movie "Brown Sugar", When did you fall in love with Hip Hop?

K9: When I heard Fat Boys and LL Cool J waaaaaay back in the day!

Psykhomantus: What inspires you to write your rhymes?

K9: A good friend of mine by the artistic name of Mike Dark. I met him working in Homebase and he was a rapper at the time I was just a fan. He encouraged me to start rapping

Psykhomantus: If you did a world tour, which other two artists would you bring with you?

K9: Jr Gong (Damian Marley) and Sean Price (Ruckas -Boot Camp Click)

Psykhomantus: Can you tell us which one of your shows has been your favourite?

K9: I had a launch for an E.P. I released called 'The Emancipation of King 9' in Camden, the vibes was crazy, like a dancehall stage show in Jamaica!

Psykhomantus: Is there been a performance that you've done and said to yourself that you could of done that better?

K9: Too may to pick out one. I am my worst critic and I am always looking to improve so it's hard for me to be satisfied

Psykhomantus: Can you name one song by another artist you wish you written?

K9: Not really, I pride myself on being an original individual so I just aim to be the best version of me!

Psykhomantus: How long did it take to make the album "The Re-Education of King 9"?

K9: Too long! It was an on and off project which lasted about 2 years. During that time I created two albums with my group Frenglish Connexion and my E.P. and being a Dad takes up a lot of my time.

Psykhomantus: My favourite question (as i am known to be a trouble maker) Is there an Rapper you feel that should just put the mic down?

K9: Too many! Most of the rappers out today but that is just my opinion. If you can utter some words out of your mouth and get people to buy into it then do your thing.

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

K9: Musically I struggle to commit to doing things because I can only work when I'm inspired which is hard to be in todays musical climate. I don't deal too well with social media, it's all fake to me so the future musically isn't looking to promising! I still record tracks but releasing them is a whole other animal that is best left in the cage.........

tIME 2 tEaSe yOuR taSTeBudz with the official K9 album sampler. The Critically acclaimed, internationally acknowledged and locally beloved project explores 'The Re-Education of King 9', where he conceptually takes you through 15 tracks of life, knowledge and entertainment through passion. Featured in this sampler in order is 'Escape from Babylon', 'No Joke', 'Warr', 'Phantom Gods', 'King 9', 'Trod Wid I', 'Behold Wonderful Woman', 'Fatherhood', 'Vintage'. The album is available for purchase online from 19th July from all good stores such as iTunes, Amazon etc.

Check the music video "Escape from Babylon" which was featured in VisionBombing Season 2, Episode 2.

Follow K9
Twitter @K9London
Facebook: Knine General
Soundcloud: K9London

Monday, 2 February 2015

Interview: On The Q&A Tip with OthaSoul

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Psykhomantus: Welcome to the Q&A tip. Before I hit you off with ten Question's. Can you tell us who is OthaSoul and where you are all from from?

Jungle: OthaSoul is the remedy. Queens Cresent originally but I reckon Dozer's from Mars. DMobbs, daym, probably some extra steller exoplanet.

Psykhomantus: As Sanaa Lathan would say in the movie "Brown Sugar", When did you fall in love with Hip Hop?

Dozer: Real late. I was a proper nerdy kid. Just kicked ball and watched Wrestling. The only rap I listened to was Grime until my boy showed me Enter The Wu-Tang when I was 13. That’s like 2004-05!

Jungle: Man the first hip hop album I ever got given was Illmatic for my 10th birthday by my cuz, and I think the first one I bought was Quality by Kweli in the same year so that was when I really "fell in love". But because my mum always played it, I'd grown up with hip hop; De La Soul, Arrested Development, a bit of Tribe etc (as well as funk, jazz and soul) was always playing in the house.

Psykhomantus: What inspires you as a group to write your rhymes?

Dozer: To be honest, it’s incredibly different to writing as a solo artist. As much as I am inspired by the world around me, I have to bounce off what Jungle is thinking and feeling to create something meaningful. But in general, it’s a world of haves and have not’s and I tend to think about that before I start writing.

Jungle: I'm usually inspired by the music; for me that always comes first. But what's going on in the world, I read a lot, from newspapers and magazines to books, I guess that's what makes me really think.

Psykhomantus: Can you break it down to us and tell us who makes the beats for the group?

Dozer: All 3 of us. We have slightly different styles which is beneficial. Beats set the mood, so if I’m looking for some uplifting funky shit I’ll look through my Jungle VIP playlist. If I want some of that classic Dilla sounding smoothness I’ll check DMobbs. If I’m feeling like a moody little bitch I’ll wheel some of my own dark shit. We rarely do production features but when we do they’re only the best... (ShiftK3y, Tom Misch)

Psykhomantus: Can you tell us which one of your shows has been your favourite?

Jungle: Bestival last summer was sick. The atmosphere of a festival is a proper wave, not only was the actual set good but you get to chill with some of musicians that inspire you. James Blake is a propa cool bruda, and MNEK too. Anyway, the whole thing was a confirmation that we're doing something right.

Dozer: And of course VisionBombing!

Psykhomantus: Is there been a performance that you've done and said to yourself that you could of done that better?

Dozer: New Years Eve 2013/14. Had a bit too much Henny before the gig. Say no more.

Psykhomantus: Can you name one song you wish you written?

Dozer: I wish I had written ‘Nightbreed’ – Kyza, Klashnekoff & Jehst. That beat makes me shiver and the lyrics talk to my inner Londoner. I actually threw up immediately after listening to it once. Usually that would be a bad sign but I think it’s the biggest compliment my body could have paid it.

Psykhomantus: How long did it take to make the EP "Real Talks"?

Jungle: A hot summer in my mums kitchen, cooled down with Appleton and some E&J.

Psykhomantus: My favourite question (as i am known to be a trouble maker) Is there an Rapper you feel that should just put the mic down?

Dozer: I think 2 Chainz is wack, but as a person he makes me crease. That ‘Mean Tweets’ thing and the marijuana news debate with that lunatic woman had me rolling around on the floor n shit. So if he could drop the mic and jump on a TV show I’d be happy with that.

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

Jungle: A full length album early this year, and we're also making a push on our production side to be working with some big names so look out in the production credits.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

On The Q&A Tip with Xolisa

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Psykhomantus: Welcome to the Q&A tip, where I try to pick your brian and drive you insane, but before I hit you off with ten Question's, just for the readers. Can you tell us who is who you are and what do you do?
Xolisa: Who am I? I am a 25 year old, Toronto born, Toronto raised woman- born to proud Trinidadian parents, writing and producing my own music full-time, offering my own contribution and approach to Hip Hop- who happens to be pretty dope at what she does and works hard for. I am an emcee. I am a producer. I'm a lover of music - period.
Psykhomantus: As Sanaa Lathan would say in the movie "Brown Sugar", When did you fall in love with Hip Hop?
Xolisa: I fell in love with Hip Hop when I first heard Tribe's, "Electric Relaxation". Then when I first heard Camp Lo's, "Luchini" and "Coolie High"...and "Park Joint". It was when I heard Lauryn's, “Lost Ones" and Tribe's, "Bonita Applebum", “1nce Again” and “Mind Power”; MF Doom's, "Money Folder", "Bada Bing"...I can't go on with Doom, he's just on a level of his own… When I heard Scanz', "Travellin", ODB's' "Brooklyn Zoo", when I heard Kendrick's entire Good Kid album, when I first absorbed Black Star...It consciously began with A Tribe Called Quest, but the love was there before and after them. I feel like I fall in love with Hip Hop over and over again as I hear new music, revisit old music and create my own music.
Everyone has that one track that solidified their tie with Hip Hop, that one track that they’ll always hold close and I've never thought about it till answering this question, but I guess I've always been searching for new music (whether it's actually a new song, or an old song that I’m hearing for the first time) that'll allow me to feel that feeling again- that feeling of falling in love with Hip Hop. I guess that's what allows me to make the songs I do, because each of them in ways different from each other, has made me fall in love with Hip Hop again. Man, that's probably the driving force of why certain songs of mine don't make it to the public.
This is very interesting because I was thinking about this the other day. I was wondering what it was within me that gives that green light to invest in completing a song. The creation process is just that, a process. I usually know within the first few minutes of creating a beat, whether it's something I want to commit to, write to and eventually share, or not. Thank you for asking this question, I feel like a room of light bulbs just went off simultaneously.
Like an addict seeking their next high, I create in order to seek that feeling of falling in love with Hip Hop- or I guess music period, which is a high in itself and it's recreated in new ways, every time.
Psykhomantus: What inspires you to write your rhymes?
Xolisa: The inspiration for the rhymes I write varies. I feel like as I evolve as an artist, the inspiration will in-turn continue to vary. With this current EP, "Rhyme Until My Spirit Needs No Words To Fly", what inspired me was my own personal growth and understanding of my self during the EP’s creation. As I learnt knew things about me emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally- I wanted to write about it. It's a very self-reflective project, the songs were written about my observations on myself. I'll probably always write about myself in some capacity- I’m introspective by nature.
What also inspires my rhymes are situations and interactions with people.
I like trying to put the situations or emotions that aren't the easiest to sum up, into words. It's easy to say, "I'm happy" or, "me and my boyfriend just broke up"- that's simple. You ever feel that feeling of being on your way to being happy? That in-between grey space of being in the tunnel where you can see the light, but you aren't quite there yet? That healing process? Or what about that space when you and your boyfriend (or girl) are on the way to being over- when nothing’s been admitted to one another or to yourself even, when outwardly things seem to be the same but the energy shared between you two is just screaming that things are off - but no one's saying a word.
That's a part of our human experience as well, those in-between moments that can't be neatly folded, fit and compartmentalized into a category. I like the challenge of trying to capture those moments in words and in sound- I mean those are transition moments, how can they really be summed up in words that describe a feeling, or a combination of feelings that leave you very uncomfortable. It's difficult, but it's real.
Psykhomantus: I see that you also produce your own songs, what are your main tools when your making a beat. What do you use?
Xolisa: I sure do. My tool of choice is Logic. I produce, record and mix in there. The very first program I put my hands on was Cubase, it was during a high school course I was in, appropriately titled, "Music and Computers". Since then I’ve dabbled a bit in Pro Tools, Reason, FL- but yeah man, I'm at home with Logic.
Every self-produced track of mine was made in Logic and it amazes me because there is still so much to learn with that program. I've seen windows and screens pulled up in Logic I never even knew existed! Which is why I choose to continue with it, to understand it further as my music evolves. When coming to making beats, I usually start off with whatever sound is the inspiration in that moment, or whatever is "haunting" me as I call it lol. Then, things build around that.
Psykhomantus: How long did it take to make the EP "Rhyme Until My Spirt Needs No Words To Fly"?
Xolisa: I begun making "Rhyme Until..." in about March/April of 2014. Although, at that time I didn't know I was building the foundations of an EP. I began writing the verse of "Arrivals/Departures" first and left it alone for quite sometime before a very rough version of what the beat has turned into, was created. The lyrics and production for "Dig Me"- again, a very bare bones sounding version of it compared to how it turned out, came about in May or early June. At the time I started writing "Dig Me", which wasn't even titled, "Dig Me" at that time (it had no title), I knew I wanted to begin working on a second project. I didn't exactly know how it would sound, or if those two songs would even be on it, but I applied for a grant with CUE Art Projects ( (which also happens to be the very first grant I’ve ever applied for and received) and I got through! This brings us to late June. Once I got the green light with CUE for partial funding of the project, that's when I consciously began mapping out the music for the EP.
Interesting fact: although "Arrivals/Departures" was the first song I technically began working on, it was the very last song to be recorded and almost didn't make it on the project.
Psykhomantus: Can you name one song by another artist you wish you written?
Xolisa: Hmmm, that's a good one. So many songs flash through my mind…the one I’m going to go with is a song by the alternative rock group, Incubus (my favourite band). They have a song called “Dig” which I believe was written by the bands front man, Brandon Boyd. That song was one of the sources of inspiration for my song, “Dig Me”- but his lyricism is so real. He’s explaining to whoever he wrote the song for; his significant other, best friend- whoever, that when sadness, depression and negativity overall overtake me- which it will, and I put up my walls and shut you and the rest of the world out- which I will, please don’t give up on me. Remember these words, I need you to dig me out of this and not turn away. Those lyrics hit a major chord for me because I know that feeling way too well. I practiced it a lot as a teen lol- shutting the world out, treating those around me coldly and putting up massive guards around myself, but secretly not wanting the ones closest to me to stop trying (without me having to tell them of course, I just expected that they'd know). It wasn’t a test or anything either. I just knew I needed to be alone to cope and sort through my own pain and was firm about needing that space, but didn’t want my loved ones to give up on loving me.
Psykhomantus: Is there been a performance that you've done and said to yourself that you could of done that better?
Xolisa: Yes, there are many. And I know I can be pretty hard on myself after performances and this question probably doesn't help matters lol, but the first one that comes to mind is the "Rhyme Until..." EP release party show. The thing about it though, when I look back at my performances, there is always something I can say I learnt from any given show. I believe they go the way they do for a reason and those reasons have helped to shape a stronger performer.
That night sticks out in my mind though. I remember I was sick very early that morning and was completely, physically out of it. I had basically pulled an all nighter online with my engineer, finishing up some last minute details with the EP and I was just hit with a serious stomachache. By the time the show came around that evening, my energy wasn't at its highest and I was still shaky from a full morning and afternoon of nausea and all that follows as a result of nausea. I know it was an enjoyable show but I have seen how I throw down when I’m at full energy- so have my listeners. It's still a show I wish was stronger. I want to be able to give my 100% at live shows so knowing that I didn't give it- but gave what I could at that moment… it’s a bittersweet kind of show experience that remains in my mind.
Psykhomantus: If you did a world tour, which other two artists would you bring with you and why?
Xolisa: If I did a world tour, it would be me along side my DJ, DJ Afroditee right off the bat- so that doesn't count as one of my choices. I would bring fellow Toronto emcee’s, Theo Process and Dynesti Williams (who is also a singer) and I'm going to go ahead and throw in a 3rd- Erik Flow and a 4th- Progress. Although there are so many artists to choose from, I would choose these 4 because they each are so incredibly different- yet live and breathe the same breath of Hip Hop. I respect each of them as individuals first and foremost as well as their grind for their art and their music. I've worked with each of them already on some capacity- so there's already a foundation set and I think we’d contrast and compliment each other very well.
Psykhomantus: My favourite question (as i am known to be a trouble maker) Is there an Rapper you feel that should just put the mic down?
Xolisa: You’re definitely a troublemaker. I’ll say this: I hold a lot of respect and admiration for rappers who’ve started at an early age and can maintain the essence of their fire, that raw energy, their flow and most importantly- that hunger that they began their career with. We age, times change, fads and trends come and go and you sit and watch artists try to maintain relevancy- it’s hard to watch at times, and I’m sure it’s hard to do. Some switch up their styles completely so that they are making music that’s popular today and that’s mainstream. Some stick to what they’ve always done and been known for. While others try to find creative ways with their team, to stick to their sound- but also be relevant to the times as well. I get that the hunger you start off with, especially if you entered this arena at a young age, it wanes as you get older and as you gain money and success. The things you use to be rapping about at 18 or 19, by the age of 30- you’ve probably outgrown, achieved and overcome- that’s part of what drives that hunger. But there are rappers who although they may have received a lot of success, and may not be in the same frame of mind as they were when they begun, I can listen to their music and still feel that grit, that fire.
Take Kendrick for example, fast forward 5 or 10 years in the future to the music he’s making. I may look at him and say “damn…where’s that rapper who when he’d spit, I could literally feel the saliva spray off of his syllables? The rapper who I would be so intrigued by the multiple personalities and freedom he’d allow to enter and be a part of his tracks?” or, maybe I won’t have to question it. Maybe those elements that he’s become known for, will still exist in his music but will have just evolved. Who knows?
Psykhomantus: Last question. What will we be expecting in the future from you?
Xolisa: In the long run, I have no idea- all I can say is that it will be dope and it will be made with 100% love behind it. I take my steps following my gut, or at least trying my best to. Sometimes my choices are impulsive, other times more calculated. I realize that once I’ve completed working on one thing, there’s always a creative spark to begin working on something else and that’s how I’ve been moving thus far, letting the creativity as well as the drive in what I want to accomplish, guide me. Looking out on a short-term span, I will be continuing to create music videos for the “Rhyme Until…” EP. It's a 6 part visual journey the director, Mr. Asante and I are creating. The first is already out, for the first song on the EP, entitled, "Dig Me". And the rest will follow. This year I'll also be focusing heavily on taking my music out on the road, performing in and out of Toronto and growing my circle of listeners.
Performing live brings an element that pressing play on a cd, or online cannot deliver and I'm incredibly excited to see how the music is received as I continue to hit up new venues, new cities and play around with my live sets.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

VisionBombing Season 2 | Episode 8

VB SEASON 2: EPISODE 8 from VisionBombing on Vimeo.

What's up peeps?

Back bombing your vision and banging on ear drums its MadFlow, DJ Psykhomantus and Mr. Dex with episode 8 of VisionBombing. This month we bring you music videos from Hip-Hop heavy hitters including Amy True, Axel F., Gee Bag, Joey Bada$, Mystro, and Your Old Droog. Plus special guest appearances by DJ Devastate and DJ Chux (OthaSoul).

1. Theme
2. Intro: MadFlow*
3. Incredible MC- Kamanchi Sly
4. Motivate- Jack Jones
5. Nutty Bars- Your Old Droog
6. No. 99- Joey Bada$
7. Skit: DJ Devastate*
8. Move- Whosane
9. 8 Minutes- J Live
10. Bring Apocalypse feat Blacastan- ChumZilla
11. Time- PRhyme (DJ Premier & Royce 5'9)
12. Skit: MadFlow*
13. Superman (remix) feat Pok and Strong Arm Steady- Axel F (J.Rocc & M.E.D.)
14. Rock On- Gee Bag
15. Follow- Dayne Jordan
16. Without A Clue- The 1978ers
17. Skit: DJ Chux (from OthaSoul)*
18. Shine- Bootha Vandross
19. Bodygold- The Mouse Outfit & Mattic
20. Suttin' To Feel- Amy True
21. Lambs Bread- Mystro
22. Outro: MadFlow*
23. Fin: The Road Less Traveled- Redux
Hosted by MadFlow
Mixed by DJ Psykhomantus & Mr. Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepard Manyika
Image Graphics by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015