Sunday, June 28, 2009
I know it's been a few days since Mike's passing, but I hadn't put anything up right away because I was really hurt about the news. Although the Jackson 5 and the beginning of MJ's solo career took place slightly before my generation, I was still fortunate enough to have been introduced to his music at a young age. I know Michael Jackson's music has effected so many people's lives in a positive way, but I can without a doubt say that if it weren't for him, I wouldn't have wanted to pursue a music career. Before hip-hop, I was a big MJ fan and always studied his dance moves and watched all his videos, as well as listened to all his albums. The first time I ever performed in front of an audience was in third grade at my school's halloween party where I performed Billie Jean at the lip sync contest (check my bio). I still have the pics and the video of that day. Maybe one day when I have the courage, I will post it lol. I ended up winning the contest. From that point on, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. Eventually I found Hip-Hop.
Here are the links to some of my favorite MJ videos including Beat It, Billie Jean, Leave Me Alone, Thriller, and Rock With You
R.I.P Michael Jackson...forever the King of Pop
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Last night, I attended Marc Ecko's Sweat Equity Showcase at Marc Ecko Enterprises. It was a great event which showcased the work of young designers. I had a great time and was happy to meet a lot of great people. I was even more fortunate to meet Marc Ecko himself who was, in my opinion, a cool down to earth guy. New up and coming Reggae artist, Bruck Up, performed as well. He got some fire coming so be on the look out for him! Here are some pictures from the night:
Monday, June 15, 2009
While cleaning my room, I found my old Sega Genesis!! I'm not a real videogame head but I know I have something legendary on my hands lol. I haven't played it since I was like 8. I still have mad games like Street Fighter, Sonic, and Vectorman to name a few. I even have NBA Live 97!! Wow. I used to play with the Bulls. That was back when Michael Jordan was never in the videogames but they had Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman haha. Anyway, the only thing is I'm missing an S Cable to plug into the tv. At least I think it's called an S Cable. If anyone knows what kind of cable it is or where I can find it, let me know. Gladly appreciate it.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This is my favorite movie of all time. I felt a certain connection with the film, being of mixed race. I appreciated how the movie depicted different races united through Hip-Hop. Not to mention the main character's name is Zack and is Jewish like me lol. In my opinion, this film is not acknowledged the way it should be. If you ask me, it's a classic and a must see. May I add, Nas' first single "Halftime" was featured on the Zebrahead Soundtrack!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Today is my 20th birthday. The big 2-0 lol I spent most of the day with my girl. We had a fun, eventful day. The night before she took me to a jazz club called Smoke which is located between 104th and 105th Street and Broadway. The club provided a small, intimate setting. We both had an Alaskan Salmon dish which was great and the band we saw peform was even better. Major props to the band, especially the drummer Johnathon Blake. Dude was nasty on the drums. I'm trying to take drum lessons with him. Today, me and my girl chilled around the city and hung out in Lincoln Square. Overall, I had a lot of fun and a great birthday.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
I met my cousin, Donald Hunt, for the first time yesterday at the Jazz Standard Club in Manhattan. He performed there with the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, the Sirius String Quartet, and saxophonist Steve Wilson. The Jazz Standard provides an opportunity for young musicians to play every Sunday helping spread jazz to the youth(I played for the JSYO for two years). It was nice to meet a relative that is heading in a positive direction, especially a relative around my age. He's 18 and will be studying Jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He plays cello and along with music is a talented basketball player. Be on the look out for my cousin!
-Zach (Team Blackout)