Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Join The ST Family @ S.O.B.'s April 1st for Eric Roberson's "The Box" Tour

The ST Family is starting our Anniversary Season Celebrating on April Fool's Day. It's a hump-day Wednesday, but if you're in the NYC area, The ST Family would like you to join us at S.O.B.'s in The Village for Eric Roberson, as he brings his The Box Tour to his Home-Turf stage at S.O.B.'s. Get tickets (here).

Ironic that Erro is performing in NYC during ST's Anniversary. Erro and I go back to '07 during the Houston stop of his Left Album Tour. I was freelancing at the time and I had just finished my interview with Anthony David. After my interview with Anthony David, I was leaving the backstage area for the musicians on my way out to the general area to enjoy the evening's performance. Erro sees me and jokingly asks, "What? You don't want to interview me? I'm not big enough or something?"

I laughed and said, "Hell Na Bruh! You got time to 'chop it up with me for a few'?" Erro says, "Yeah Man. I'm trying to get this TV to work. I want to see The Giants' last pre-season game." I tell him I'm a Big Giants fan as well and that I went to school with Michael Strahan at Texas Southern University. Erro told me how cool that was and shared a HBCU joke with me. During the small talk, we both tried, but we never got the television to work on the 'special' channel the game was on. We gave up on trying to watch the game, sat down, and 'Chopped It Up'. I tell Erro about how I sing, Pretty Girl to my daughter when we're in the car and his response is something I'll never forget. A true gift, because this was an interview I never asked for. Heaven sent. #TrueStory

Ed Cheebz w/Erro Eric circa '09
Music Fan First Tour Houston 
I caught up with Erro later on again in Houston when he was in town with his Music Fan First Tour. I wasn't able to 'chop it up' w/Erro this go round, but we were able to share some small convo. During the convo I tell Erro, "I think I was the inspiration behind your song title for this album". I tell him about the past interview and of course, he doesn't remember. He is interviewed all the time. Erro then says to me, "Bruh, you probably were. I get inspiration from everywhere, but I do remember you telling me you went to school with Strahan." We laughed and grabbed a quick pic. I promised Erro one day I'll share the interview notes with him one day so he'll know why I say this.

Well several years and albums later, I came across the recorded interview notes, downloaded it from the 'back-in-the-day' mini-cassette recorder, and here it is. Just two Dudes, "Chopping It Up".


Friday, March 13, 2015

LeRoy McCarthy Set To Organize Mural Painting for Biggie Smalls

DJ Clark Kent and Leroy McCarthy 

ST's Contributor, LeRoy McCarthy along with Street Artist Danielle Mastrion will organize a mural painting of Biggie Smalls at the Key Food Grocery Store he once work at as a child. Mr. McCarthy is the brainchild behind the efforts of renaming the St. James Place and Fulton Street corner to #ChristopherWallaceWay.

Mr. McCarthy and Danielle Mastrion previously worked together on  a mural for The Beastie Boys at the infamous Paul's Boutique (no longer Paul's Boutique) on the Lower East Side last summer.

The mural of BIG will be on the sidewall of the store and is expected to take place near the end of the month when the weather warms. The mural is expected to have Biggie as a child of the community just bagging groceries. Mr. McCarthy said, "The mural is a way to honor Biggie who proudly represented the neighborhood." Looking forward to this as the weather warms. Brooklyn loves BIG as he in return loved Brooklyn. In the words of Biggie Smalls, #SpreadLoveIsTheBrooklynWay . Read more (here). 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Jeff Bradshaw w/Black Thought and Friends Live- Philly March 31st Celebrating "Home" Album Release

Philadelphia, South Jersey, Delaware here's a #GrownFolksHipHop Show that you may not want to miss. Philadelphia's own, Jeff Bradshaw will be performing at the Theater of Living Arts on March 31st celebrating the release of his forthcoming CD, Home. Celebrating Jeff's album release with him on stage will be Eric Roberson, Kenny Lattimore, and Jeff's Philly Bredren, Black Thought of The Legendary Roots Crew. Ticket info (here). If you missed Jeff's visual for his lead single, "All Time Love" check it out (here).

Monday, March 9, 2015

Eric Roberson's New Visual - "I'm Not Trying To Keep Score No More"

When I first heard Eric Roberson's song, "I'm Not Trying To keep Score No More" from his album, The Box, I had to play it again. When Erro intros the song with, "This might be the most important song I ever wrote". As a person who adores words and respect Erro's Wordplay, I knew I knew the second go around listening to this song, my ears will have to pay close attention. After the 2nd listen, I can now see why Erro gave that intro, because -"Love is not a football game" . Gotta love all the Soul faces cameos in the video and The 'Battle of the Sexes' underlay in the visual. Great direction work by Digibees. Shouts out to DJ Frances of The NeoSoul Cafe App with her cameo appearance as The Referee. You can grab Erro's The Box (here). 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Join The ST Family At This Year's SOUL LIFE Music Fest in ATL

If you're a fan of Good Soul Music from such artists like Chrisette Michele, Dwele, Conya Doss, Kindred The Family Soul, Eric Roberson, then this Memorial Day Weekend Atlanta is the spot for you for The ATL SOUL LIFE Music Fest.

Along with the above mentioned, also in the house will be Avery Sunshine, Anthony David, Lyfe Jennings, and The Foreign Exchange. You can purchase for a day or you can purchase for both days. This is an official ST event. ST and folks will be on the lawn for both days with our own food and our own drinks. Choice is yours, but for the price and the lineup, I think its a no brainer. VIP Tables are also inexpensive. Tickets will be going fast for this one. More info and Ticket purchase (here). Hopefully, we'll see you there. If hotel is needed, I suggest you do your searching around the 'Wolf Creek', Airport, or Cumberland areas.