Bowery Bowels...

employees... wash your hands... oh forget it!

Late Night Mischief...

Photo taken by Thinker. What's better then going out in the weehours to take random fotos in this grand city of Neo York... And why not in the process stop and take a ride... Bike riding is very healthy.


Afternoon flicks...

Casiotone 405

I took my lil sister to school this morning and on the way back home I saw one of these propped up on the side of one of those dumpster. you the big ones that you see anywhere there's serious construction going on. Anyway, there was a dude over in the dumpster pullin stuff out. He pulled out a second one and said there was third in there. The school threw out a bunch of old stuff from the music department. He was like take one. (I'm not assuming anything about the guy. I could've said I saw a crackhead rummaging through the dumpster.) I was gonna anyway but I was like no doubt. Of course I have a spare power plug right in my closet. I cleaned it off a bit and plugged it up and sure enough it's in perfect working order. All I need is some nice replacement nobs. Only question now is , do I keep it or do I take this thing all cleaned up to the pawn shop and get some cash for it. Get a ticket and go back for it in a couple weeks?

Funny thing is a couple weeks ago I went in the Salvation Army to humor myself and saw a Casiotone 1000 sitting up on a shelf. It worked put the speaker situation was a lil bad. A speaker can be replaced wasn't that much of an issue. The real issue was my pockets weren't lookin right. All in all I discovered another piece of musical antiquity and I didn't have to spend a cent.


Village Voice Best of 2005

Before I serve up my dissertation on Debt Consolidation, I'd like to inform you about yet another wonderful piece of press to add to my artist resume.

I'm proud to say that I had the privilege of being a part of a video that made it into this year's Village Voice Best Of 2005.

If you've been paying any attention at all you'd know that I act and do improv. Well earlier in the year I did a cameo in NYC's hiphop group The Blue Room's video 'Show Me The Money'.

Best One-Camera, Low-Budget Video Shot on the Subway - SHOW ME THE MONEY

In the post—­9-11 terror-alert-orange Big Brother-searching-our-bags era, this one-camera underground gem, shot on the subway in the wee hours of the morn, may be the last of its kind. SHOW ME THE MONEY is a fun, tongue-in-cheek premise. Jor-El as hobo-rapper (complete with raggedy boarding school T-shirt) deliciously captures the essence of kids selling candy—not for no basketball team or nothing, just for themselves. "You do it for the love?" "Nah, show me the money!" True indeed. -Patrice Evans

Check out the video on the Conscious Podcasting Systems video page.

Neo Retro Spectro Graphiks Vol.1 Soon Come !

You know, sometimes I have to ponder for a while before I come up with new promotional schemes to make the world aware of projects that I have available. Where some artists run through new releases often because for some reason they seem to create music that is I suppose disposable, while I on the other hand, (mind you I'm not trying to boast) have no problem with letting listeners hear older material. You never stop selling an album. I don't believe in what I commonly hear from a large number of emcees, the statement of this is 'old material'. 'Dated' perhaps? I think there's a difference if you perhaps had music that you didn't think was as well put together or didn't really suit the personna you currently exist in. Otherwise, I really don't see the point of you recording a song this year and you feeling your own music is played out the next year and you cease to pushing it. If this is the case, perhaps you need to reconsider the music that you do. And why you are doin it.

Anyway, where am I going with this rant? What's the point? Well the point is, I'm releasing the Neo Retro Spectro Graphiks Vol.1 mixtape consisting of 4 years worth of music from various albums I have released during that time period as well as unreleased music and tracks from forth coming projects... Make any sense to you ? Well it makes an awful amount of sense to me. First off, if you've made some good music it's meant to be heard, doesn't matter when it was recorded. There are miliions that have not heard it. You never stop promoting an album. Micheal Jackson will never stop selling records.

If you've never heard The Hidden Diaries Of Sonny Carson Mixtape, Journal: An Eklektik Journey, Pagan: 1st Movement 1968 or Vinyl Destination, you can get a taste of what you've missed and proceed to get yourself up to date. On NRSG Vol.1 you'll get a sample of tracks from the forth coming album Co-Conspirators and an assortment of unreleased tracks from albums that were stopped short and mixtape songs that never left the studio.

I'm looking at men's diamond watches seeing as in my born date is just around the corner. This mixtape being completed and released to the masses is almost like a birthday gift to me within it's self.

On a totally unrelated note... Actutane lawsuits are just another serious issue in the midst of the million and one that exist in our unbalanced and chaotic society.

"Accutane has been linked to 240 suicides worldwide and has continued to be a controversial subject since Accutane was first FDA approved in 1982. Accutane manufacturer, Hoffmann-La Roche is now facing legal battles as mainly survivors of Accutane suicide deaths have filed suit. Lawsuits allege that Accutane manufacturers failed to warn of the deadly Accutane side effects that can occur and instead, focused on more mild Accutane side effects such as dry skin.

Accutane patients and Accutane survivors are trying to uncover what Hoffmann-La Roche knew about Accutane side effects while failing to fully disclose the dangers to the FDA, physicians, and patients. In addition to a link between Accutane and psychiatric disorders, Accutane causes severe birth defects and even fetal death. The FDA concluded that Hoffmann-La Roche did not adequately communicate the dangers to women using Accutane. Now, Accutane is even linked to an increased occurrence of inflammatory bowel disease and lupus."

Just some interesting information that you probably didn't know about. And it won't stop , won't quit!


Interview with Live Mic Society dot Com

1. First of all tell us a little bit about yourself. How old are you and where are you from?

Where do we begin? You can call me the 'everything' man. I've been working on various ways to express ideas and share them with folks for the last few years on a larger scale, though I've been an artist all of my life. I'll be 27 in October. I'm originally, from Long Beach, Cali. I've spent the majority of my life between The Bronx and Harlem though, actually, looking to leaving the states to find a new home.

2. When did you start rapping?

I started rhyming professionally in about 2001. It came directly behind me making my first appearances in New York's (Poetry Circuit).

3. Who do you think have been your main influences/inspirations?

As far as making my first step towards performing, it would have to be a very close friend of mine that influenced me the most. A very powerful writer/ performance artist & playwright, she basically was amazing on stage and made me feel a lil bit ashamed for being a grown capable man, afraid to speak the words that I wrote. Around the same time I began to post poetry online on a few sites and became apart of one very important site (Fireseek) that actually spawned a lot of the now flourishing poetry boards that exist today. I also wrote a lot about police brutality and the abuse of power by so called authorities in lower income communities. I received a lot of feedback letters and responses to the majority of what I wrote, mainly from those people that experienced events similar to those I spoke of in my pieces. I realized the importance. And decided that I'd continue by taking advantage of every venue I could speak in. Soon I had become a host of a number of open mics where people could do poetry, emcee or express their selves in whatever fashion they felt comfortable. I've performed in the federal prison system, in churches, colleges, various venues throughout the tri-state area and most importantly for children. I took some time off from it though, to see where I was going. I took some time to rest. One can become overly immersed in what they do. Hiatus from things at times is the best solution.

4. What was the main massages and vibe that you put in to your first album?

Journal: And Eklektik Journey
was the first real record I released. I was doing a whole lot of poetry back then. Holding down at least two weekly venues and slamming often. I decided to gather some of my journal entries and just record them. I compiled my poetry with my rhymes and tossed them together as I saw fit. Back then I did an open mic in Harlem where my main focus was to get people to stop being on either side of the emcee - poet divide. So much energy had been and still is going towards trynah separate the two when the two are apart of each other. I figured I'd give both sides something to appreciate and basically open closed minds enough so they could discover on their own what was great about the two. It seemed to work. Same idea came with that album. I didn't wanna do the same lame poetry cd that alot of the people I shared stages with put out. And I wasn't going to do another so called 'Hiphop' album. I did what I do naturally. I did me.

5. What differences can we except in your next release, if any?

Every album I've done thus far has been totally different from it's predecessor. 'Co-Conspirators', the next album set be released on the 'Eklektic Gardens' label will be the first album where I collaborate with other artist on the majority of tracks. I produced the entire album with a less is more vibe, very relaxed and easy flow. Something for those that wanna hear dope emcees spittin rhymes that don't sound like they're trynah be nice on the mic. We have some veteran wordsmiths accompanying the soundscapes. This isn't a party record. And it's not a put you in a coffin EP either. What it is, is some good ol reliable, won't do you no wrong Hip Hop.

6. Are there any artists that you wish to work with in the future and do you have any aspirations to experiment with different genres of music?

I've been producing unconventional Hiphop tracks and some alternative soul / rock tracks. I've always done more then what people deem real ' Hiphop' music. I have an album entitled 'Pulse 2.0' that's in the works. Honestly, most of the album is written and the tracks have been produced. Just need to get the vocals recorded. That's a process. Whole nother state of mind. There's also a 7 track Rock EP I plan on working on in the near future that basically takes a trip through the immense genre that is Rock & Roll. Honestly, I feel at times anything I do will be Hiphop. It's in my blood. And it will only be classified by I the creator of it. When the artist does not have the say in what it is that he/she creates, then the problem begins.

7. Do you regard yourself as an underground or commercial artist?

I'm an independent artist. The moment you sell a record you become a commercial artist. So I am both. People often confuse commercial with mainstream.

8. Who is your main target audience?

Anyone that will listen. Since I'm playing with different genres and making music in general. I have something to offer to a vast demographic that encompasses more then the so-called 'Hood' or cult following pigeon holed 'Indies'. Though there's nothing wrong with those divisions. I just choose not to be apart of the separation game. I have already interacted on stages with wide ranging eclectic audiences. Young and old. Wealthy and broke. There's no limit to amount of persons one can reach. I make music for anyone that can hear it.

9. Seeing that you are 27 years of age do you think that helps in terms of maturity when dropping logic on the mic and has this had any bearing on the choice of your name 'Conscious'?

Nope. Maturity comes with experience not age. The name came from the original poetry pen name Stream of Conscious. I dropped that a few years back. The way I approach art in general, is in a stream of conscious method. Whether it be in the form of a rhyme of a painting. Free flowing and uncontrived. When it's done it's done. No deliberation.

10. Thanks for talking with us! Is there anything else you wish for people to know about Conscious or any messages you want to send out (shout outs etc)?

Just look out for the re-release of the Journal via Violent Art Records. Of course the forth come EP Co-Conspirators on Eklektic Gardens (guest appearances by, Dyalekt, Crooked Scallah, Members of The Black Horde, Dirty Harry, Thinker, Tah Phrum Dah Bush (Filthy Clean Records), Frankie Devualle , Sense, Kaleal Crooks (Silver Pharaoh ) and some other folks who shall remain nameless. Definite shout out to Inner Circle Entertainment, my partner Jigsaw from for constant encouragement to do what I'm doing. And a certain new media guru down south that I can't seem to ever get along with that has opened my eyes to what else I'm capable of doing with all this new fangled digital technology. Oh and yeah can't forget Adam Bernard super journalist and host of the In Da Mixx radio show at Fairfield College on Tuesday nights. Check out Adam's blog

This Is How I Felt Yesterday...


Are i Truman ?

Aside from multiple hidden cameras all about the small town that Ed Harris's character created to watch Truman; Did he ever use any type of gps system?

There was a word going around earlier this year that certain manufacturers of Suv's would by standard have gps automatically installed in their vehicles. The theory was that since rappers seem to make Sports Utility Vehicles their choice of transport, that obviously making these modifications in cars bought by them would aide the 'Hiphop Police' in keeping track of them, along with monitoring their conversations. I wonder though where are this hiphop police stuff is and where it's actually going. I thought that it was all started to for the most part keep tabs on those individuals that use their freedom of speech to motivate the masses to think and free themselves from the wrong doings of the magistrate. I thought it was cointelproesque. Now what I'm hearing more of is complaints by individuals that don't have the masses best interest at heart. Who's messages are rather vulgar and frivilous. Those who actually have a track record for being involved in much more then making music. I don't question them being harrassed and being wrongfully infected by these providers of oppression. I just want to know ultimately what the real agenda is of this 'Hiphop Police' group. Who in fact they target? What their true purpose is? & Where the leak is? Who told to begin with that there was a special section of the police. I also wonder that if perhaps there's a differance between the Hiphop Police and the monitoring that has been done and the haraasment of those not so mainstream artist that speak more so about affect governmental change.

It's all rather confusing to me.


The Assimilated Negro: Blue Notes -- Museum of the Assimilated Negro: Exhibit B (audio)

Check out this guy. As well as The Blue Room making noise in the city.


Chewing gum in church.

I remember when I was a kid going to church on Sundays, and one thing that stands out in my memory as an adult (other then being afraid on the first sunday of every month, because the communion wafers and grape juice containers where underneath a white sheet in the front of the church looked like a dead body covered up) are the items that you could and could not ingest during service. There was a unwritten rule of some sort. That rule was simple. You couldn't eat anything in the 'House of The Lord'. But you could suck on a mint. Tic Tacs. Little peppermints. Big Peppermints. The one's you had to crack on the floor. Or on the side of the church. Charms hard candies where better then Lifesavers. But as the candy became less minty and increasingly sweet a line had to be drawn. Also you weren't supossed to chew gum. And if you did. Perhaps Trident. Chicklets were pushing it. And by no means were you ever to chew bubble gum!

As a child though there were times that you'd chew gum or eat mints that kids normally would rebuke if offered. But anything was good when you were sitting in church. For instance. Violets in no way would be the candy of choice for a small child. Honestly, they weren't all that great and if you asked me then I would have said that they probably really had violets ground up in them. There were also an assortment of chewing gums that were likened to adults such as Clorets, Freedent (The only gum I know of that boasted of not sticking to teeth. Dental work. Old people. Kids aren't worried bout that.) and that sugarless gum.(Tasted diet. While it's on my mind. If you happen upon a restaurant that serves Tab. Don't order. Get out of there. And don't be fooled, some of those Fresca's are the old ones that you shouldn't drink).

All this talk about when I was younger reminds me now of two things I did not like.

Pepsodent. Why? Just why? The worst toothpaste that ever existed.

Davey And Goliath. Scared me. Talking claymation, puppets or what have you just didn't do it for me. Nevermind you're talkin bout a children's show that came on before the sun even rose. It was dark out when it came on. Dark out and weird scary show. Not a good mix. Similar to Zoobilee Zoo and don't let me get started on the friggin Letter People on PBS... yikes..!


Can You Dig It !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Movie trailors at times can make or break a film depending on who your veiwing audience is. I must say that even though I've seen The Warriors quite a few times the new director's cut trailor was interesting enough to make me want to see it again. They're talking about the film having footage that we've never seen. The new dvd is suppossed to be a representation of the director's original vision for the film. I wonder how true that is. I look forward to finding out. Wonder if the Lizzy's had any digital enhancement done for this version. And who could forget the softess of the soft Warriors popin out the bathroom stall with the spray can. Gang members that tote purses are not gangster. It's a long way to Coney Island from the Bronx.


Picture Day In The Bronx ?




Wylde & Black front the gold door. Pon the courthouse step.

The one and only L-Star...


Introducing: Wylde