Monday, May 28, 2012

Scotty Soul, Seoul's Best Beats

Scotty Soul rhyming~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     Ignorance is a consistent weakness that infects everyone. It's the greatest "boss" in every game level. Whether leaking from you or from those around you...it's there. 
     When it came to hiphop and rhyming I was very much ignorant, and admittedly may still be (I've got more to learn). I judged hiphop off of the scene and mainstream "rappers" who are honeslty shit...scrape the side of a week old bowl and try to judge the dish, does not work, there is no justice, and your basing opinion and thought on something ridden with mold; fungus lacking a lot of originality and quality. 
     My introduction to hiphop came about a bit late and throughout the brief (hahah barely) infatuation with a guy in highschool, he liked 50 Cent therefor I started to "like" 50, and I mean "Many Men" gets me feeling slightly badass but it's really not quality, articulate, intellectual music. Shake your hips, puff up your chest, snarl them teeth. Eventually, I discovered the likes of Brother Ali, Neneh Cherry, Lauren Hill...intellectual vocal artists.        
     Allowing my ears to further enter hiphop I connected to the vocals, the lyrics were where all the talent was, at least I thought so. I used to believe that the beats were stolen sounds from other, more intricate and talent-ridden songs, so I cast aside hiphop music as a cheating creation. Here is more about how moving to Seoul has opened my heart up. Hearing the like of Black Ilumin, Jake Pains (Wisecrue) and being influenced by a community of hiphop enthusiasts, I have discovered that aside from the quick and intellectual rhymes, the beats are a complex creative system. 
     One of the most novel, and humble beatmakers here happens to also be a brilliant human being. He has created deeply eccentric and soulful beats for artists such as Black Ilumin, Jake Pains, Wisecrue, Childish aka 13 Stepz, DA Green, done collaborations with DJ Fenner, and countless others. I'm talking none other than Scotty Soul. 
     Scotty Soul is a music producer (and beat maker) from Durban, South Africa where a genuine love for music, open heart and mind, and a natural relationship with composition, rhythm, and melody have inspired a varied collection of beats that "speak" for themselves. The following is taken directly from his Soundcloud page:

     Scotty Soul is a music producer from Durban, South Africa. His interest in music started early, stemming from a family well-versed in many musical genres. His shift from being a mere listener to an active participant began with a foray into musical production after high school. A sharp ear for melody and composition quickly gained him a legion of admirers in the Durban underground hip hop scene. This prompted collaborations that would see him feature on Durban’s classic ‘Terminally Ill’ releases. Crafting a sound that paid homage to tradition whilst still pushing boundaries; his work spread beyond the Durban hip hop scene, with tracks featuring on Quiksilver Board Riders TV and Session Skateboarding DVD releases. Yet, it was placing first in the production category of Durban’s only nationally recognised hip hop competition, the Life Check All Elements Battle, that cemented his reputation as one of South Africa’s rising musical talents. Proving this was no fluke, he returned to claim second place (debatable) in the same competition, in 2010. He has worked with some of South Africa’s leading hip hop artists, including Black Moss, Jet Wentworth, Iain ‘Ewok’ Robinson, and Niche Fam amongst others. His inventive production on Ewok’s ‘Higher Flyer for Hire’ was widely acclaimed and the Scotty Soul produced Niche Fam single ‘And the beat goes’ reached the top three of the Yfm unsigned chart. Not one to be confined by borders, his work has caught the attention of international acts leading to tracks with groups/artists like Black Illumin (USA/Korea), Benny Fax (USA/Korea), Childish aka 13 Stepz (USA/Korea), DA Green (USA/Korea), Dzick (Poland), Enterprise (Greece), Jake Pains (UK), SARS (Canada), and Lost Children of Babylon (LCOB) founder Rasul Allah (USA). He has released two solo beat tapes ‘The Soul that Soared’ and ‘Seoul Searching’ as free digital downloads from his SoundCloud home page. He currently works and resides in South Korea, where he has performed at various events and received airplay on numerous radio stations. This year sees him working on the next installment in his beat tape series as well as continuing to push out the rousing, soulful sound that has earned near-unanimous appreciation wherever it’s heard. Keep your ears to the street for his next beat tape “Soulstice”.

     Hearing his collaborations with artists and observing how some of the productions are made, I am genuinely and fully impressed and thankful. Beat making isn't the simple building that I once believed it to be. Beat making is a clear art form, riddled with complexities, and intricate ideas being weaved together. There are subtle messages low-lighted expressions and linking stories that deserve several listenings. My mind has been opened, my ears teased with a grander musical world, and I've learned to appreciate beats and hiphop on a larger scale. Scotty Soul's work is well worth an ear pleasin', allow some inspiration to come your way!

As far as VeganBeats~ I'm not done learning^ㅊ^*. 
photo taken by VeganBeats
Here are some of Scotty Soul'd Digital Downloads:
Scotty Soul – The Soul that Soared
Scotty Soul – A Seoul Story 


Check out his page on soundcloud
Contact Scotty Soul, if you want something stellar to lay your voice on~


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Focus on the positive swing...a list~

eye will focus~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     The upswing is drastically more enjoyable and motivating then any fall. When I scrape my knees and bleed, I (now am) trying to ignore and avoid the obvious disappointments. The hindering physical blows that cause me to falter. But, with enough chosen ignorance, disassociation from the negative, it explodes, or needles it's way through a smaller and lesser means of acceptance. It's as if a town will flood from the tear drop hole in a dam.
     I've been on a positive hike for a while, today some blows came at my face, but it's been building throughout this week. I haven't been preparing myself. My mornings have started to grow harder, my self worth growing more bruised with each passing minute. Yes this is an emotional vent of sorts, but...so is life. I'm putting in the ardent effort to focus and concentrate on the positive silverlinings in my life, as it is currently. I think maybe I've been milking the great stuff and not attending to the things that do trouble/burden me. This shushing has rumbled and it's hungry for attention. I've slipped a bit and need to re grip my shoes.
     I may have slipped, things may be pointing towards a "bad day" but these are the silverlinings I will direct my attention to, acknowledge the shit, but don't sit staring at it....flush it down.

  1. art is back
  2. I'm in Korea, in a foreign country full of opportunity
  3. I am alive and breathing
  4. I have two lovely animals as companions, friends, and snugglers
  5. I have a roof over my head
  6. I have enough money to provide for myself and the kids
  7. I am employed
  8. I can do yoga, run, stretch, be active
  9. I can write and read
  10. I have access to internet, a computer, luxuries in my life
  11. I have a lot of beautiful Souls and friends around me
  12. I am surrounded by inspiration and supportive people
  13. I smile, and it's not forced
  14. I have a beautiful family
  15. I have a visa
  16. I will have more time to devote to my passions
  17. I am a survivor and strong womyn
  18. my vocabulary is always growing
  19. I am learning something new everyday
  20. I have the luxuries and ability to choose vegan as a lifestyle
  21. I have clean clothes
  22. I have a shower
  23. I have heat
  24. I have air conditioning
  25. I am not sick with a life-threatening disease
  26. I get to teach the youth and be inspired by their child-like joy
  27. I have a wonderful partner who is inspiring
  28. I have a younger brother full of life and is also very inspiring
  29. I am going to DJ fest this weekend
  30. My friends are talented musicians and entrepreneurs 
  31. I have a lot of music I love
  32. My father has showed me so much in life
  33. My mother has showed me so much in life
  34. I have family in Korea
  35. My family all has big supportive hearts
  36. My cousin is having a boy
  37. My other cousin just got married and is so happy
  38. My friend's restaurant is doing so well, and he is chasing  his dream...he is inspiring
  39. nearly 7 years ago, yoga was introduced to me
  40. I get to do taebo
  41. I can run and walk
  42. I have an awesome camera
  43. I am learning photography
  44. I have been in love before
  45. I have some girlfriends that are my sisters
  46. My bestest and oldest friend is getting married later this year
  47. I will be in America in December to celebrate with her
  48. I have a big heart
  49. I get to have a full day
  50. I have this blog
  51. I have access to endless opportunity
  52. I will discover and learn more today,tomorrow, next week, etc. 
  53. I have people that believe in me
  54. My friends are all over the place
  55. I get to hear stories all the time
  56. I keep meeting new and inventive individuals
  57. I am 25 years old
  58. The weather is lovely
  59. The sun is shining
  60. I have a big ol'bed that I get to snuggle into later
  61. I will get to travel around Seoul today
  62. I will share time with learners today
  63. I get to ride the greatest subway system around today
  64. I have an iphone
  65. I can easily call any of my friends or family today
  66. I have many relationships that mean the world to me
  67. I have a lot of paper
  68. I have a lot of pencils and pens
  69. I get to draw today, and sketch, and design
  70. I have a creative mind
  71. I am living
  72. I am a contributing part of society
  73. I can connect and communicate
  74. I can speak some Korean
  75. I am learning Korean
  76. I am studying French
  77. I have read over two-hundred or three-hundred books
  78. I love
  79. I care
  80. I empathize
  81. I have become a stronger and more assertive womyn
  82. I am a survivor and fighter
  83. I know my way around a kitchen
  84. I am skilled with baking
  85. I understand food elements
  86. I have drank delicious wine
  87. I have traveled to several countries
  88. I have lived in several countries and plan on doing that more often
  89. I have a vacation coming up
  90. I will be able to rest
  91. I am not colorblind
  92. I was raised in a loving (and challenging) household
  93. I am independent
  94. I have a wall full of completed artwork
  95. I am going to surprise someone I love with hopeful inspiration
  96. I love to dance
  97. I like my hair-color, though fake, I love it 
  98. I have High Fidelity AND Detroit Rock City on my computer
  99. I have the freedom to watch them later
  100. I have seen so many wonderful musicians live
the list can go on...ahhh

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Random Vegan Eats spamming...(and a guestimate recipe!)

     Not the spam that you sweep up after you mold up those hot dogs...it's been a while and this blog has been all about music, talent, photography, and kicking it...there's still some vegan nomming that happens! And there def some kitchen playing...Here's some stuff from the past week, two weeks, month?!? eiighhhh
carrot and zuke noodles~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     My genuine dislike for pasta has been solved...zucchini noodles are where it's at! Gluten free, versatile, high in fiber, high in deliciousness! I made zuke and carrot noodles and plated it up with a semi-raw cherry tomato, wine, garlic, black pepper, and balsamic redux~
     I met with a friend and slurped a morning hangover away with a wine sorbet...make sense, meh, tasty~ yes!
wine sorbet~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     One day I got all sorts of ideas in my head and wanted to make a spicy, highly flavorful, but stripped of any fat possible, tofu-based dish. I wanted crunch, heat, and variety...result~ this plate of "stir-fried" tofu, zukes, mushrooms, onion, and kale in a soy garlic and gochujang redux! 
in it's reduced glory~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     I wish I had a recipe to provide...it was a kitchen craze of octopus style hand-ingredient throwing!
Here's a guess:
What you need:
  1. tofu, slice it any way you want, and drain!
  2. 1/2 an onion sliced...I'm all about half moons!
  3. 1 small zuke, slice it the way you want!
  4. enoke mushrooms...go with what you're wanting!
  5. shitake mushrooms...see above!
  6. 3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed. 
  7. as much kale as your heart desires. 
  8. low-sodium soy sauce
  9. 1 T gochujang
What to do:
  1. maybe 1 tsp of oil heated in a pan, throw int he tofu when it's hot
  2. throw in the onions and zukes when the tofu is browned
  3. throw in everything but the kale, garlic, soy sauce, and gochujang after maybe 6 minutes.
  4. add the kale, soy sauce, and garlic...mix
  5. add the gochujang sauce....if too thick, add splashes of water...
  6. cook down til it's as thick/thin as you want!
  7. plate, sprinkle sesame seeds, eat, smile!
Grand apologies for not being able to provide more directed details!!

Ahhh and another picture to throw in your face!
     Man joked about breakfast that past weekend, and I threw together everything in my fridge and made a heaping amount of 전, what was in all of this?
전party~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     Beansprouts, kimchi, scallions, zukes, kale, spinach, mushrooms, and loads of love! I made a bit too much...but hey, parties can't be too much right....right?

Anyways...promises on more food posts~ 

Veg-on!    
    

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pass me that Pen~

     Inspiration to get things done and fulfill my insecure-ridden talents has been on the forefront. I've been meeting these amazingly talented, driven, supportive, and open-minded people that are chasing their dreams, fulfilling them, and exerting energy into their passions. Seeing this drive has got me grabbing pens and camera and whipping them together. I have been doing sketches now and again and it feels so...comforting. I used to create all the time, my mind constantly working and winding out something intricate, complex, and complete. After challenges and too many obstacles to keep me feeling whole, I neglected creating, I put a lot of it to the side. My creative juices and sources of inspiration dwindled. I still had my wonderful crew, friends, and loved ones...but anything more than that would have left me far more broken than functional.
     I started this new job(s) where I'm now cruising the subway system for at least three hours a day...leaving me with ample time to read, listen to music, waste time on games, etc. I finished three books, grew bored of my games and one day started sketching. This all paralleled a very positive upswing that's been contributing to my life...a lot of different things are correlating and all this joy is brimming over. Art is entering my life again, and it feels like an old friend. There are no debates, awkward exchanges, or forced reconnections...we both missed one another...
     Here are some quick subway sketches~
gnome~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
chuckle~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
whai~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
knows~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
lion~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
yawn~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
J dilla~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
beta~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
quick grump~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
apples~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
melon~ (sketch done by VeganBeats)
      And I'm not releasing anything definite (though fingers are tied swirly super-crossed) there are some brilliant potential projects on the way!~

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hip Hop Invasion (Attack on Busan): Post show, continuation of inspiration

photo taken by VeganBeats
Dj Knuckles and DA green~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Fusion~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Abby Krause and Fusion~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Black Ilumin, DA Green, and Jake Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Black Ilumin~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Jake Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Jake Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Fusion and Jake Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Black Ilumin~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Black Ilumin~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Black Ilumin~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Black Ilumin~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
photo taken by VeganBeats
Jake Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
DA Green~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Scotty Soul and Jake Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
photo taken by VeganBeats
Scotty Soul, Wisecrue, and Fusion~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Scotty Soul and Black Ilumin (Jake Pains is peaking!)~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Fusion and my ghostly self~ photo taken by Scotty Soul
Scotty Soul and Jake Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Scotty Soul and Jake Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)

Hip Hop Invasion (Attack on Busan): Wisecrue

     Wisecrue (Jkea Pains aka Jake Pains and Black Ilumin) are hands down the most talented rhymers around...they're inspiring~ CHECK THEM OUT!! 
Black Ilumin, Scotty Soul, and Jake Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Jkea Pains and DJ Knuckles~(photo taken by VeganBeats
Black Ilumin~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Black Ilumin~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Black Ilumin and Jkea Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Jkea Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Jkea Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Jkea Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
photo taken by VeganBeats
Jkea Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Wisecrue~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Jkea Pains~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Wisecrue~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Wisecrue~ (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Scotty Soul soundcloud ~he makes beats and is hella talented...make sure to contact him if you want some SICK jams to rhyme to~