Chicago emcee and poet Real T@lk has delivered one of the best day in the life series I've seen in recent memory as we catch up with him in the all-new third episode of "Memoirs of a Modern-Day Griot". This documentary-style look at the events leading up to Real T@lk's headlining performance at Navy Pier is a sweet mix of the little things that an artist has to prep for on the day of a performance with, you guessed it!, the actual performance itself. I was at that performance myself and Real T@lk had the whole crowd engaged with a polished band headed by Authentik Made behind him.
What leads up to the performance is fascinating as well: Real T@lk gets the fresh lineup, irons his own clothes (that's right, rappers iron their own clothes! We have something in common, after all), picks up Mama Real T@lk at work, teaches some upcoming high school producers and students ("golden age Lupe" lyrics get some RapGenius research), and of course, helps fellow Chicagoans find parking. I forgot to mention perhaps the best part of the episode: Real T@lk starting a freestyle cypher with random tourists leaving Navy Pier. Ha, that can be its own episode and I'd tune in.
Check it out above and catch up on the latest Real T@lk releases below. He's in the studio in Stankonia country this week so best believe that he'll have even bigger releases on the way!
Real T@lk in the studio with Ray Murray of Organized Noise Productions
The aptly titled freestyle goes over "King Push" and is a nice illustration of Chicago solidarity as Real T@lk shouts out Chicago emcees who have taken the leap these past few months: close peers The Boy Illinois & Add-2 and two rappers Real T@lk hasn't met personally: Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa. Great to hear and it's these endearing mentions alone that will keep me coming back to this one beyond Thanksgiving. Keep a close ear to the rest of Real T@lk's raps as well.
Start off your Monday with this new gem from Real T@lk who vents about Chicago's lack of bigtime labels and leaving the city to take that next step. Hey, I agree. The city's industry is growing, but we're still behind other markets and don't have that traditional big-name label headquartered in the city. We're adapting digitally though and think we'll be catching up faster in the near future. All that said, Real T@lk really does his thing over this vintage No I.D. beat. A natural mix — I only hope they cross paths somewhere down the line after this hearing this one.
Love this concept. Real T@lk and A.D. Carson flexed some slick raps on each other's Facebook wall and then put it on wax. If you love that back and forth rap, this one's for you (*raises hand*).
Follow along as Real T@lk provided the lyrics as well:
Real T@lk: AD the great, he dont take heed the rate/ at which below average hagglers make things to spake/, he'd rather keep speakin elite reasons for these heathens to cease breathin while he stay eatin away...
A.D. : Speak, and he say, "Real T@lk!," and they off wielding the cross/ Wit hard lines thats killin' 'em soft./ Now they livin' a lost existence cuz sentences, not to mention the venom injected in 'em, got lyricists steerin' clear of him...
Real T@lk: we 2 emcees u hearin and fearin em/ it's seemin frightening and eerie or/ scarier because their vary of writing's inferior/ our shit is like an imperial/ spirit of nice rhymes in the right side of ya stereo
A.D. : Clearly, they wipe eyes from night cries--there's really no/ explanation, or room for debatin', the auditorium's/ dead silent--but who said rhymin' here wasn't violent?/ Staged the proper environment; playin' just for the rhyme of it./ Pray he's makin' a night of it,/ speaking sleepy and virulent...
Real T@lk : we keep speakin that fire and-back/ burnin them liars in fact/ they confuse my verbals with Leviathan rap/ and AD.. they say he/'s a dilligent menace and militant / iller than any killer in the city or nearer than Millikin/ you can find him in a computer chair sittin and pivoting/ wit a pencil or pen wit him spittin words for dividends!
A.D. : A lead based fresh taste, served wit' a neck brace/ Jewels enough to make your neck-lace cave in your breast plate./ And this is when I'm spittin' just for the thrill:/ I just scratched the surface--imagine when I'm itchin' to kill...
Real T@lk : but then again still/ you got these dummies that's just in it for money/ but i'mma keep coming whether my pockets skinny or chubby/ i wont quit til' my enemies love me/ and any dudes that make garbage ass music will resemble a mummy..
A.D. : Cuz I put cellophane packages over wrappers/ and stack 'em up on the shelf til' I'm mad or I need a snack or/ some practice beatin' an average Joe flow wit more than/ enough discussion to leave em concussed and wondering "what the...?"
Real T@lk : "...f**k is in/ these dudes craniums? they be trippin much with luggage and/ crazy and in a couple of years i might could f**k with them/ maybe if i quit bein lazy and stepped up my structuring"/ but i just tell em save ur inner thoughts, ruckus and hope cause luck is in no man's hand/so yo mans and you will just be suckas then...
A.D. : So yo mans and you will just have to give it up/ and exit the seat like your tenure's up/ The card house is fallin'--y'all foldin' and bendin' up/ while we totalin' winnin's up,/ and though knowing it's been enough/ we still quotin' and pennin' stuff/ while we holdin' The Winners' Cup...
Real T@lk's back with a new track on the heels of his fantastic new video for "Trill Flow Pt. 2", and he's here really to remind us he's got bars. T@lk takes on Salaam Remi's "Praguenosis" (i.e. Nas - "The Black Bond") to create some visuals with words and drop some really clever double meanings along the way. Best of all, it comes off effortless. An instant *Tibs Fav. and just an appetizer for more new music to come. Catch the Chicago artist out in ATL this month!
Real T@lk "Trill Flow Pt. 2" f/ L.A. Van Gogh & Lili K (dir. Dartise)
I've been looking really forward to the final product after the teaser dropped on Monday, and just as I expected, Real T@lk delievers with a fresh concept and captivating new video that stands out amongst the rest of the sea of new videos that drop everyday.
Real T@lk and featured guests, fellow Chicago artists L.A. Van Gogh and Lili K, are figures on display in a museum... except they rhyme and sing in place. The effect is very dope, reminding me of that Ben Stiller movie A NIght At The Museum where all the exhibits come to life.
Throughout the side-scrolling video (this presentation makes it even more engaging to follow), museum patrons walk up to each artist and take photos like they were trying to document a painting or sculpture that you would normally find at a museum. The musicians also join an interpretive dancer and painter Janeen as other exhibits in the museum. Plus, the song and video go hand in hand as the soulful production and contemplative, thought-provoking raps (both emcees have some slick lines and flows, naturally) that are brought to life with a minimalist look at the artists performing them.
Download this *Tibs Fav. off Real T@lk's The Talented Tenth 8.0 (one of my favorite mixtapes in the past year so download it all) and shoutout to Real T@lk and Emmy-award winning director Dartise for executing such a unique concept and delivering a video that'll certainly grab the attention of the casual listener. Proud to kick off the day of fresh Blogs with this #GWHHPremiere — check it out!
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July 13th, 2013 was a day filled with appreciation of art, poetry and music. The amazingly talented painter Janeen held an art and instrumental event in downtown Chicago. This event was not only to show off different skills of art but, also an appreciation for those with breast cancer. This was definitely an eye opener for those that love art and for those that are interested in the culture of art.
When entering the venue, nothing but love and support filled the room. Beautiful smiles along with bold introductions were given as a generous amount of soulful food was placed in your hand (In a plate) to feed the mind, body and soul before the show started. Also with the food came tasteful desserts such as milk, cookies, cotton candy, chocolate sticks and pie to fill your sweet tooth.
After filling the stomach with such great food, it was time for the show to begin. As the crowd took their seats, Janeen guided the show away. The first artist that stepped to the mic was the urban culture poet Ebonee. This woman had words that could really speak to one's mind. The emotion filled in each word was full of passion, as she continued speaking in each piece she gave. Ebonee spoke each piece of poetry as if she was the only person in the room, but she surely connected to each heart that was in the area.
Next stepping to the mic was the homie Real T@lk. The name speaks for itself. Using bold metaphors and mindful stories, he gain the attention and support of the crowd. Real T@lk did more than just rap, he created a visual picture for our eyes to see and did justice to the genre we all know as Hip-Hop. As the beats from the music had your body bouncing, the skill and flow that Real T@lk presented had hands waving in the air and the crowd chanting his words. I for one chanted a few times, esspecially..."DYNAMITE, DYNAMITE"!! As Janeen stated "He's Dope", I easily agreed after his performance. #DOPExHYPExFRESH performance Bruh.
After the poetry and music was complete, the crowd went crazy with excitement because the talented Janeen was about to give a live show of how she creates her artwork. With this piece of work being dedicated to her mother (A breast cancer survivor), everyone know that this work of art was going to be a wonder to see. As the smooth tunes filled the room, with Janeen's mother in front row, she lets all emotion and creativity bleed into each brush stroke. As Janeen grooved to the tunes, the picture became clearer. Beautiful shapes, bold and bright colored with a piece of mind certainly described her appreciation and views of her mother. Once the piece was complete, a loud standing ovation was given with tears of joy and a rosey blush from her mother was given. This piece opened our eyes and warmed our heart. This piece has to be one of my favorites.
Before the night ended, Janeen's mother took the stage and gave each and everyone of us some words of encouragement. Speaking from the mind and heart, this Holy woman touched each of our hearts. After hearing some wise words of wisdom given from such an amazing woman, it was time for the event to come to an end. Although the event came to an end, we all left with a blessed mind.
Thank you to Janeen for such an amazing experience. And thank you for giving us the chance to see your wonderful artwork. We here at GWHH look forward to seeing more of your work soon.