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Please let me thank you for joining us on what may be our very last blog post for SureShot of 2013. This has been a very busy year for us. The idea behind this particular post is not to get into a wordy overly descriptive almanac but to let the photos speak for themselves. This is but a fraction of the events we covered this past year.
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SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Crooked ICrooked I showing love for Seattle and our once failed attempt to bring the NBA back to town. The fight's not over yet. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Reno RedReno Red closing the show for Crooked I. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - AquinoThere was no mistaking who Aquino was pulling for in last years Super Bowl. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Ghostface KillahGhostface Killah dropping his newest album "12 reasons to die" Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Sonny Bonoho & Joe CandidtThe 3rdz opening Wu Tang frontman "Ghostface Killa" Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Fearce VillFearce Vill opening for Rakim Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - RakimThe God Rakim. Behold one of the architects of hip hop.Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - DJ B-MelloRemember kids, hip hop starts with the DJ and in DJ B-Mello you have one of the very best. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Leezy SopranoLeezy Soprano opens up for Method Man Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - NeemaAs Neema and the crowd can plainly see WU-Tang Clan ain't nuthin' ta fuck wit Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Method ManIt's getting real in the battlefield! Tical!!! Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - TopeTope opening up for Vinnie Paz Portland, OR Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - ILL BillILL Bill doing his thing in Portland. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Vinnie Paz 3Vinnie and Bill hittin' the stage. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - JFK Ninjaface JFK Ninjaface opening for Aesop Rock Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - BusdriverBusdriver performing. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Chief Kamachi & The society of Invisibles. Chief Kamachi took the stage with "The society of Invisibles" and killed it. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Chief Kamachi 2Chief Kamachi gettin' it in on his first visit to the west coast 0f 2013 in Costa Mesa, CA Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Aquino of Sneaker WarzOur old friend and comrade Aquino rocking the house while opening for "The Geto Boys." Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - "Bushwick Bill" of "The Geto Boys"This could be a little disturbing.... Ok I'm just hating on "Bushwick." Do your thing Bill!!! Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - The Geto Boys videoThe Geto Boys perform their hit song "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - The Uncluded 1Kimya Dawson partner's with Aesop Rock the make up the Rock group "The Uncluded." Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - The Uncluded 2Kimya Dawson partner's with Aesop Rock the make up the Rock group "The Uncluded." Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Michael Rose w/ Sly & RobbieMichael Rose brought his special brand of reggae and the entire crowd was felling it. © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Mix-a-lotSir Mix-a-lot introducing us to Seattle's next Rock star Ayron Jones. Click the photo to see the full post . photo © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Ayron Jones 2Ayron Jones treated us to an acoustic version of the Ray Charles classic "Georgia on my mind." Click the photo to see the full post. photo © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - A$AP FergA$AP tore the house down when he and his A$AP Mob rolled in. Click on the photo to see the entire post. photo © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - RA Scion One of Seattle's most skilled rhyme sayers is "RA Scion" no doubt about it. Here he's chillin' out before the show and actually being tolerant of me getting my paparazzi on. Click the photo to see the post in it's entirety. photo © sureshotfoto.com
SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - MystikalDanger!!! Mystikal is back, louder and more hype than ever. Click on the photo to see the full blog post from the event. photo © sureshotfoto.com SureShotFoto - Year End Recap -NeemaOne of Seattle's hardest working MC's. Click on the photo to see Neema with an all star cast in their latest video "Lex Luther." photo © sureshotfoto.com
No we don't just shoot music.....
Have a very safe and Happy New Year from SureShot Fotografie'
Last weekend we had the pleasure of working with a group of Seattle's elite professionals in various disciplines surrounding the fashion industry and the following are some of the shots we were able to get in near record time.
Finally, I'd like to say thank you to all of the dedicated professionals that worked on this shoot to make it happen.
Model: Melinda of Heffner Management
Hair: Lily Talamaivao of LilyTHair
Production Team: Carlos Imani & Keja Flyette of The Elite Collective
Makeup Artist: Jessica Muai
Post Production: SureShot Image & Retouching Services
Photographer: Leon Carter of SureShot Fotografie'
RA Scion is without a doubt one of Seattle's best emcees. From his smooth flow, relevant content and skillful delivery. He really stands out amongst his peers.
My first time hearing RA was earlier this year when he did a cameo while opening up for hip hop legend Rakim and then the very next night when he did a full set while opening up for Wu Tang Clan chieftain Method man. (Check out those posts here and here) Upon hearing RA Scion the first time I remember saying to multiple people "Yo, where is this guy from?" I got some "I don't know's" and some "oh he's from here." I didn't believe it at first but the prospect of such a talent being a local product was inspiring.
Check out the video below to see what I mean. What a verse!!!
I told you the man has skills!!!
SureShotfoto.com RA Scion Concert 1"RA Scion" moments before getting ready to do his thing
Various moods of RA Scion -photos ©SureShotfoto.com
RA Scion's newest album is somewhat of a departure from what I've heard of his previously but I mean this in a good way. He seems to have broadened his horizons. It's very evident that this is a heartfelt and very deep project. His lyrics force you to think and reflect. Some of the songs even border on an almost allegorical nature. However hidden the meanings are he never forgets that he's also here to entertain, and entertain he does.
Unfortunately, RA and Rodney Hazard had some disagreements over business matters which forced his new album "The Sickle & the Sword" to no longer be available for sale. But, RA being the guy that he is decided rather than squabble over rights, credits or money, he'd rather give it away for free. Check out his latest video below:
Download the album here for free
This is not the first time A$AP mob has come to Seattle. This time front man A$AP Rocky may have been AWOL but the Trap Lord's throngs of fans didn't seem fazed. The show was completely sold out. I may not know everyone in or associated with the A$AP mob, but I can tell you they roll deep. When they arrived I counted roughly ten soldiers on stage.
SureShotFoto.com A$AP Ferg concert 1 A$AP Ferg gettin' it in
These artists definitely know how to entertain. Mix in theatrics, raw lyrics, hard beats and some stage diving for good measure. I guess you've got a winner.
Unfortunately, Ferg's people only allowed us to shoot for a limited number of songs (I'll never understand why some artists do that) but all and all what we got to see of the show was pretty good, and the fans had a great time which in the end is what it's really about.
-Post Script- I will say that the young woman that had her two or three year old son at the concert right at the stage, sitting in front of the speaker..... Epic parent fail!!!
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SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert 1Mix-A-Lot proving that classics never die -photo © SureShotfoto.com
Yes you heard it right Sir-Mix-A-Lot!!! Sir Mix-A-Lot aka Anthony Ray, has been away from the spotlight for quite some time. No he's not back. Well, not yet and not as you might expect. Our homegrown hip hop Hall of Famer now is at home behind the production board. No, his next project isn't the next in a line of new up and comers looking to make their name in the rap game either. The project that consumes most of his time is a Seattle based rock group called "Ayron Jones and The Way."
--Insert two Paragraphs of Rambling Below
As my loyal readers now I'm a big fan of hip hop music, with that said in the week leading up to the concert I thought to myself that I'll just get there late to shoot "Mix-A-Lot" for my upcoming book that will be published in 2015 (insert gratuitous self promotion here) and then jet out. When I looked at the poster I was a bit puzzled that Ayron Jones name was above "Sir-Mix-A-Lot's." How could this be? It must be a mistake or something. Mix-A-Lot is a certified legend, he has the distinction of saying that his video was the first rap video ever played on MTV, why would he not be the headliner? Upon doing some further investigating I found out that the concert was in fact Ayron's release show for their first album entitled "Dream." Ok in that case I thought I could come early shoot "Mix", leave early and maybe get some of the early stages of editing done. Sweet sounds like a plan or not.....
The day before the show I stopped at a friends pizza shop, and we briefly chatted about what's going on with each of us and I mentioned the show. She says to me, "oh yeah that guy's awesome!" I'm thinking to myself of course he's awesome, has any other local hip hop artist even come close to what he's done? She continues to tell me that she borrowed a CD from a friend and it lived in her single disc CD player the entire time she had it (her friend had to ask for it back by the way). It quickly became evident that she wasn't talking about Sir Mix-A-Lot. The perplexed look on my face must have betrayed my ignorance because her endorsements of Mr. Jones quite vocal and frequent. So, me never wanting to be uninformed decided to do some digging, and I'm really glad I did.
So yes, I am now a card carrying fan of "Ayron Jones and the Way."
Anyway, I didn't come here to tell you any of that.
-On to the Show
I arrived just before Sir-Mix-A-Lot was to go on. Unfortunately, I missed another one of the acts that he manages, Miss Tomeka Williams. I've heard very good things about her. I'll definitely have to make it a point to catch one of her performances in the future.
After all of these years this was to be my first time seeing him perform live. I've seen him around town and even been to one of the video shoots from the "Swass" album, but this would be my first experience to see the artist who actually put Seattle on the hip hop map perform.
SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert 2Hip hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot going hard -photo © SureShotFoto.com SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert 3Sir Mix-A-Lot interacting with the crowd and doing his thing. Thanks for the photobomb lady. -photo © SureShotFoto.com
Sir Mix-A-Lot performed his well known classics and whipped the sold out crowd into a frenzy for his relative new comer. Upon exiting the stage, Mix-A-lot one again confirmed that the night did not belong to him. "This is Ayron's night" he exclaimed. In his final sign off for the evening he declared that "Ayron Jones is the King of Seattle." "Wow" I thought, "That's a lot of pressure. Let's see how he handles it."
SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert 4Mix was kind enough to give us a second for a photo after his set. -photo © SureShotFoto.com
Now it was time to see if Ayron could indeed live up to the praise given him by his producer. In short order Mr. Jones made it clear that he was in no way looking to make Mix-A-Lot a liar.
SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 1Ayron Jones and the Way -photo © SureShotFoto.com
Ayron's brand of rock is somewhat tough to nail down to a specific "style." It is easy to see he's influenced by a lot of artists from a lot of genres. There are undoubtedly going to be comparisons to Jimi Hendrix for several reasons, but I see additional possible influences from the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn to Muddy Waters to Son House to Huddie Leadbetter. Now being mentioned in the same breath as any of these legends is already a great honor, not to mention on the release of your first album. That's downright impressive! Don't get me wrong he's not being enshrined in the Hall of Fame just yet. He posses a lot of raw energy, what bluesmen like to call "lightnin." This can only get you so far though. As he matures and gets more "mileage" he'll only get better. This young man definitely has his best days in front of him. I can't wait to see how he progresses.
SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 2One of Ayron's gifts is being able communicate the range of human emotions with his guitar. -photo © SureShotFoto.com
SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 3Ayron switching gears on us with his very soulful ballad "My Love Remains." -photo © SureShotFoto.com SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 4The whole band profiled here. Deandre Enrico is the evil genius on Bass, Kai Van DePitte an absolute monster on drums and of course on guitar and vocals, the newly anointed "King of Seattle" - Ayron Jones -photo © SureShotFoto.com
SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 5Stage Dive!!! -photo © SureShotFoto.com
I'm going to review, rate and give my comments and opinions on some kind of media, instrument or device. What people must understand, is that critics that universalize their reviews as gospel are always wrong 100 percent of the time. What the populace likes or dislikes is extremely subjective. There is no right or wrong answers as to if some piece of art is good or not. There just isn't. With that said critics are always wrong. What they should in fact say is something like, "If you're like me then...." or "If you have similar tastes to me then....." So I'll use either of the previous quotations and begin my review.
SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 6This looks to be a solemn moment in the show. -photo © SureShotFoto.com
This particular night was again, "Ayron Jones and the Way's" album release party for the new album "Dream." It was a coming out party of sorts and come out he truly did. I downloaded the album as soon as I was able to. I remember thinking to myself, "Where did this kid get these blues chops? Wow!" This young bluesman sings and plays with such substance and the soul of much older more experienced artist.
At only 8 tracks, at first glance the album could seem infinitesimal, especially by today's mass consumption standards. Let me tell you, nothing could be farther from the truth. This is an album that you can listen to from front to back easily. This can't be said for a great many of the albums released these days. Of course some of the tracks resonate more than other but overall this is an extremely solid opening salvo for this young artist.
Here is my list of stand out tracks on this album:
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SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 11You ain't know??? Our guy Ayron's more that just a musician. it was evident that Ayron enjoyed every minute of being on stage. -photo © SureShotFoto.com