In honor of the long awaited fifth season of Samurai Jack, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE and his brother Nye cooked up a video that puts SEE MORE in the Samurai Jack universe...where he seems to be right at home as the titular character of their forthcoming EP, ‘SEE MORE EYE JACK’. Exploring future wastelands and cityscapes full of “watch bots”, sci-fi updated “chupacabras”, and “chainsaw-handed, fire-eyed peace droids”, SEE MORE draws biting parallels between our world and the world of Samurai Jack, where the shape shifting master of darkness, Aku’s “evil is law”.
Coming off their last release SEXTAPE (Or My Response to Our Morbidly Underdeveloped Sex Education), this EP finds this producer/MC duo of Nye and SMP in top form, sharpening each other's talents with an array of sounds, styles, and storytelling. After creating a purple make-over of SEXTAPE, in honor of Prince, SEE MORE was honored with a Cedar Commission with cellist Eric Silva Brenneman. With that project, they blended elements of classical, hip hop, spoken word poetry, new mythologies and social allegories. It seems that some of those themes have followed SEE to this new project, where the action and sci-fi get turned up to epic, Samurai-Jack-like proportions.
The story behind the album: When Prince passed, I knew immediately that I’d need to create something to honor him. Not a cover, or a series of remixes, but something built off of his work somehow. In the days following his death, the rain came down as we all mourned, danced, and went digging into our memories and record collections. Along with the sun that followed, that rain brought purple flowers almost everywhere I went, even in the most random and unkempt places. On one occasion, as I pondered the poetry of the coincidence, driving away from a place where I had just seen such a patch of flowers, a friend and I needed to find a restroom. Where did we end up by pure chance and convenience? Prince Street. I had never even given the name of that street any attention, much less a second thought. Sure, these were innocent instances free of meaning other than what I was creating in my mourning.
The next day, on a beautiful sunny day that we all swore was the true beginning of spring, I went to pick up some records from storage. I haphazardly grabbed a stack of 45’s to bring back to the studio and I casually looked them over, having no idea what was in this particular stack, accumulated years ago. Among other things, I found the single for ‘When Doves Cry’, the first single released to promote the coming of ‘Purple Rain’ in 1984. Moved, I turned to my sister to show her what I had found with a frowny face. She asked me what the B-side was and I responded, “17 Days”, a song I was never familiar with (in fact, I had never even listened to this record, it was just one of the many cool records I found that patiently waited to find it’s time again)…that’s when she said, “Prince has been gone seventeen days”. I brought the record home, admittedly a little in my feelings, and dropped the needle on it, first thing. The chorus? “Let the rain come down, let the rain come down, let the rain come down, now”…the beginning of the second verse? “You’ve been gone seventeen days and seventeen long nights”, *as the gorgeous spring day* outside was transformed into a torrential downpour outside my window. That’s when I knew I had to create this album; a tribute to Prince, a collaboration with The Artist, a collection of remixes exploring themes of sexuality, media, art, and message; all set to the sounds of this great musician.
I should note just how vital sampling is to Hip Hop history, music, and culture. Not just as a means to create without access to more traditional instruments, but as a way to remake our selves, to add-to and retell our stories, and to build upon and pay homage to the work of those that came before us. In this way, art and artist are reborn again and again. This offering skews the context of its inspiration, allowing us to see it in a new light.
So here you have it, ‘Sex Tape in Purple’, in honor-of, admiration-for, and tribute-to our beloved, fallen artist. Listen for the conversation between the ideas, sounds and feelings of his work and my last album. Imagine a young boy dancing to those songs, and using them as a sort of trampoline to leap from and land at his album, ‘Sex Tape’, so many years later. In producing, recording, and writing (in the case of the bonus track), this really felt like collaboration. While I knew right away that I wanted to sample his work (and interviews), there were a few moments when I wasn't sure if this project was the right thing. I didn’t want to come off as opportunistic…and how could I possibly pay tribute to an artist of such a unique and singular caliber? As I embarked on the creation of this project, there were signs along the way that made me feel like this was actually...well, I’ll just say it all fell into place. I hope you enjoy it.
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Just in time for Episode 7, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE presents “Land of the Sandpeople”
While there’s no shortage of reference-dropping sci-fi-oriented rap out there, few MCs have been able to bridge an authentic love for geek culture with an authentic love for hip hop like SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE does on “Land of the Sandpeople.” Produced by Nye and featuring a guest verse from fellow hip hop vet Guante, the track samples the iconic music associated with the Tusken Raiders, creating a bone-snappingly percussive backdrop for See More and Guante to trade punchlines that would be venomous with or without the Star Wars references.
HUGE shout out to my brother Daniel Rangel aka, "Nye" for producing the music and the video!
Having just arrived through a vibrational lens in an undiscovered Mayan temple, Juan Cholo and The New Millennium offer a blinding array of multiversal boom bap. They bring light for the ears, sound for the touch, and flavor for the spirit. This lyrical death blossom of funk-driven, electro-fused, and battle tested hip hop is here to jump start the infinite potential of your heartbeat. With an established core of artists who've worked with the likes of Rhymesayers, Guante, Dessa, and their brothers from another universe; Moors Blackmon, these cats bring the best out of each other to create the crystal for the lightsaber of your sound system. Featuring Kahlil Brewington on drums, Ganzobean on sampling/synth duties, and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE on vocals, this powerhouse trio builds a laser-sharp-something larger than the sum of its parts to take your listening experience to light speed. Hold on to something.
I put the band together (thanks to encouragement from Kevin Haebeom Vollmers), and even I didn't know what to expect, or how this group would click. All I can say is...YO. Come see us.
Catch our first performance December 19th at The Cedar for Rock4Love Battle of the Bands.
This two night event was smoother, better, and full of more love and energy than I could have even hoped for. Everyone brought their A-game, and both nights were so full of passion and talent, that it was amazing how fast it all went by. How could that much dope art be so succinct?? We performed to beautiful and generous crowds both nights in packed houses. I even got a standing ovation! I was obviously doing all new material and I was so heartened when I was encouraged to rock the pieces I was holding back on, and felt the love when I missed a beat on one I was still grappling with. All in all, it felt great and I couldn't have asked for a more fitting experience to usher in the new album. If you haven't, please check it out at the SEE-Site
I can not possibly offer enough thanks to the artists who made such a double event possible. Huge shouts to:
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And of course so much Love to Mike Curran, Brave Crow, Sara Jo Lehrer, and Scott Artley at Patrick's Cabaret for helping things run so smoothley, and for always looking out for the crew and I.
Last but not least, a million thanks to Nicholas Shafer for snappin' pics Friday night! Check them out below. Much Love.
It's finally here! After teasing out the smallest bit of information about my latest "Top Secret Project" the last few months (and several years in the making), it is finally available for your aural pleasure!
I’m so thrilled to be revealing the brand new 'SEX TAPE', RIGHT NOW! I seriously can’t tell you how proud I am of this album; The beats, the guests, it’s just too much. I COULD HARDLY STAND KEEPING IT A SECRET FOR SO LONG. If you’ve ever loved me, if you’ve ever cared; or even if you’ve ever hated me, and never cared, give it a listen. If you like it, buy it. If you love it, share the link, and buy it for your loved ones. If you hate it, buy it for your enemies, and send the link to people you have zero respect or tolerance for. Either way, it’s definitely some of my best work yet, and I believe it deserves a shot at your ears, your mind, your spirit, and your imagination. Truly.