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Suave x Prospek Release “Pictures With Words,” The First Single From Their Forthcoming Album, Politics of Life & Love
Succeeding their debut album, Day 2 Day Soul (2012) – a project both highly praised by independent music critics like The Indie Mine and Nerdy Boi Media and nominated for Album of the Year at the New Orleans Hip Hop Awards – this sophomore offering builds on the natural connection and complementary worldviews Nate “Suave” Cameron and Jonathan “Prospek” Bailey share. While the two currently reside in different parts of the United States, with Suave a recent transplant to The Bay Area and Prospek currently calling Cincinnati home, their ability to weave together seamlessly their creative expression has not been lost. If “Pictures With Words” is any indication, this album will continue a recent but potent legacy of soulful, expressive lyrics, inventive production, and provocative socially-relevant themes.
The single artwork for “Pictures with Words” features an image captured by New Orleans-based photographer Larry Everage of the South Rose Window of Notre Dame Cathedral. It was in these chambers that Moorish academics shared with European dignitaries (later the founders of Oxford and Notre Dame of Paris) the knowledge that would eventually influence The Renaissance that brought the Middle Ages to an end. Much like this historic view, Politics of Life & Love is a window into how unseen and often unrecognized forces shape the realities we stake our lives, loves, and identities to. – K.O.C.
The University of Notre Dame in Paris and the University of Oxford, England are esteemed globally as two of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. But what if the story of how they started was just as widespread? In the 10th and 11th centuries, when the library at Cordova housed thousands of manuscripts and the Moors in Spain boasted more than 70 public libraries, even the nobles of European society were largely illiterate with little access to or desire for book learning. It wasn’t until the Moors visited the cathedral at Notre Dame and shared their system of education that the seeds of intellectual advancement that brought Europe out of the Dark Ages were sown. The cover art for Suave x Prospek’s latest single, Pictures with Words, features an image shot by photographer Larry Everage of the South Rose window of Notre Dame Cathedral. It was in these chambers that Moorish academics shared with Parisian dignitaries the knowledge that would eventually influence The Renaissance that brought the Middle Ages to an end. #MoorHistory #PicsWithWords | http://j.mp/GPNYC-pcswthwrds | 15 Things Your Didn’t Know About the Moors of Spain
The new podcast Musician Middle Class, created and hosted by veteran professional musicians Nate “Suave” Cameron and Kevin Seal, is focused on supporting working class musicians who are opposed to the outdated “feast-or-famine” model of the music business. This monthly show caters to artists who are looking for ways to network with other like-minded musicians, support themselves financially, and feed their families rather than pining for some elusive pie-in-the-sky major label advance. The podcast also features newly-discovered music from working-class artists all over the world.
The first episode, titled “Who, What, When, Why”, introduces listeners to the show’s concept by delving deeper into the purpose behind it. By hearing some of the hosts’ original musical creations, listeners will learn more about the show’s creators, and why creative independence is imperative to them. Suave and Seal will also share their perspectives on the independent rock music scene of the show’s home base, Berkeley, CA.
This episode features the first of a segment called, “N.A.N” (or “New And Nice”) that showcases a 30-second snippet of three to five songs on a newly released album from any genre…
Tunes from this episode:
- Unify – Suave ft. Lyrikill, Mike X, & L’Daialogue (Prod. By Prospek)
- We Wait For The Crown – 20 Minute Loop
- For My People – Suave x Prospek
N.A.N. Album of The Month:
- To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
Independence, interdependence, solidarity, building communities, building a sustainable economy for working musicians.
All Work No Play’s versatile duo of Brando and Burn&Loot team up with long time musical collaborators and friends Suave and Prospek of The Guerilla Publishing Company. During a recent getaway to the Midwest, AWNP found themselves in Cincinnati, Ohio at New Fidelity Studios organically creating music with Suave and Prospek as they had countless times before back in New Orleans at various studios. Music was produced, lyrics were scribed, instruments were played, vocals were tracked, frequencies were tweaked, and the cameras were rolling the entire session.
“Keep My Rhythm” is an anthem of sorts that was created in the spirit of encouraging people of all walks of life and all different hustles to want to continue grinding harder when progress is made and success is within reach. Suave provides the soulful yet driving hook & first verse and is accompanied lyrically by Brando’s unique marriage of cadence, authenticity, and flow. Production was laid down and engineered by Burn&Loot with assistance from Prospek on the live percussion and instrumentation. Both duos have been nominees and recipients of various New Orleans Hip Hop Awards in multiple categories and look to excel to the next level in 2015 with a couple of huge things in the works and their upcoming albums. Brando’s “Bambino” (Coming Soon) & Suave x Prospek’s “Politics Of Life and Love” (Coming March 2015)
The video, directed, shot, and edited by AWNP is the raw and organic session that took place in Cincinnati, Ohio that cold October weekend these four versatile hip hop artists and connoisseurs linked back up after not doing so for over a year.
The mission of T.R.I.S.I.N.G. (Teen Recording & Instructional Studios to Inspire the Next Generation) studios is to create a safe and positive environment for local youth of Fresno, CA to cultivate their passion for music. Through the fulfillment of our mission T.R.I.S.I.N.G. envisions the development of a community that celebrates and encourages positive music and where our youth can flourish as passionate musicians and artist.
One of their leaders, brother Marcel Woodruff, years ago heard a song I wrote and performed quite frequently back during my weekly hosting/house band performance duties of “Liberation Lounge” on Sundays at Blackstar Caffe & Books back home in New Orleans. The song, “Pain B4 Progress,” from my debut album, speaks from the POV of a kids wanting to escape the wilds of their surroundings all while not wanting to be judges for coming from that environment.
Marcell and his student s choose “Pain B4 Progress” as a song they wanted to remix and add their own personal experience and flavor to. The video and song are being used to show the program’s and the students’ endorsement for the “Lifeline to Healing Campaign”, a national effort of the Faith In Community (FIC) National Network that aims to address the root causes of violence in cities.
I loved the vibe and expression that these young artists brought to my composition. I’m honored to have been selected by them. Check out these young gifted artists and their music, and this awesome program providing a much needed platform in the Arts for our kids.
T.R.I.S.I.N.G. Studios Faith In Community Lifelines to Healing Endorsement
Written & composed by Nate: Suave – www.suaveishere.com
Edited by: T.R.I.S.I.N.G. Studios
Artist: Jenuin & Halo
Produced by Fokus
“T.R.I.S.I.N.G supports Faith in Community’s LIFELINES TO HEALING campaign which aims to end the issue of mass incarceration in America and inner city violence.”