SureShot Fotografie': Blog http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog en-us (C) SureShot Fotografie' leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:56:00 GMT Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:56:00 GMT A Year in the life of SureShot Fotografie http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2014/5/sureshot-2013-a-photo-transcript Hello everyone,

 

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.

 

Please share, like and comment.

Thank you for your ongoing support

 

Here goes:

Crooked I performing at Nectar in Seattle.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 Reno red closing concert at Nectar. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Reno RedReno Red closing the show for Crooked I. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquino 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 Gohstface Killah concert Seattle. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rdz opening for Ghostface Killah.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 Fearce VillSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Fearce VillFearce Vill opening for Rakim Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rakim hip hop concertSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - RakimThe God Rakim. Behold one of the architects of hip hop.Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com DJ B-Mello 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grynch opening up for Rakim.SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Grynch Grynch opening up for Rakim. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

Rakim concert Seattle at Neumos. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Rakim 2This man invented an entire style of rapping. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leezy Soprano performing at Neumos. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Leezy SopranoLeezy Soprano opens up for Method Man Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Neema and crowd participation/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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Method Man screw face. SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Method ManIt's getting real in the battlefield! Tical!!! Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Tope of T&E opens for Vinnie PazSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - TopeTope opening up for Vinnie Paz Portland, OR Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epp of T&E opening up for Vinnie Paz and ILL BillSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - EppEpp opening up for Vinnie Paz Portland, ORClick the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

Vinnie Paz and ILL Bill concert in Portland, ORSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Vinnie Paz 2Vinnie Paz "mean mugging" Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinnie Paz and ILL Bill concert in Portland, ORSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - ILL BillILL Bill doing his thing in Portland. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Vinnie Paz and ILL Bill concert in Portland, ORSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Vinnie Paz 3Vinnie and Bill hittin' the stage. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 JFK Ninjaface opening act SureShotFoto - Year End Recap - JFK Ninjaface JFK Ninjaface opening for Aesop Rock Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com Busdriver concertSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - BusdriverBusdriver performing. Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A$AP Rocky after partySureShotFoto - Year End Recap - A$AP RockyA$AP Rocky after Party at club Sur Seattle, WA Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

Aesop Rock concert SeattleSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Aesop RockAesop Rock sold out concert Seattle, WA Neumos Click the photo the see the entire post © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Kamachi took the stage with "The society of Invisibles"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 Chief Kamachi in Costa Mesa, CASureShotFoto - 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquino of Sneakerwarz.net performing.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 Bushwick Bill of The Geto Boys with female fansSureShotFoto - 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

Aesop Rock pairs with Kimya Dawson to make up the rock group "The Uncluded"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 Kimya Dawson singing solo at Seattle's Neumos concert venue. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancehall Reggae star Michael Rose concert in Seattle at Neumos.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 Sir Mix-A-Lot performing some of his classics at Neumos in Seattle.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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluesman Ayron Jones making his guitar wailSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Ayron Jones 1Ayron Jones has a bright future ahead of him, and I can't wait to see him again. Click on the photo to see the whole blog post. photo © sureshotfoto.com

Ayron Jones performed an acoustic version of Georgia on my mind. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASAP Ferg concert at Neumos in Seattle. Pictures by sureshotfoto.comSureShotFoto - 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 RA Scion resting before his concert. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystikal performing in Seattle after being released from jail. photo by sureshotfoto.comSureShotFoto - 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 Neema MCing in Seattle at Neumos. Shot by SureShotfoto.comSureShotFoto - 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GU performing while being photographed by sureshotfoto photographer Leon CarterSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - GUOur guy GU in effect. photo © SureShotfoto.com

Feezable the germ performing. He was photographed by Leon Carter of SureShotfoto.comSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - Feez the Germ"Feez the Germ" taking a quick break from rockin' the mic. Click on the photo to see the entire post. photo © sureshotfoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No we don't just shoot music.....

 

 

BONUS PHOTO:

Shay Bella modeling for sureshotfoto in seattleSureShotFoto - Year End Recap - ShaybellaHere we have the very talented and beautiful Ms. Shay Bella. Click on her photo to go to her Youtube page photo © SureShotfoto.com

 

Have a very safe and Happy New Year from SureShot Fotografie' 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') 3rdz Aquino Asap Ferg Ayron Jones Chief Kamachi Fearce vill Ghostface Killah Hip Hop Hiphop Ill Bill Joe Candidt Method Man Neema RA Scion Rakim Seattle Seattle photography Sir Mix-a-lot Sneaker Warz Sonny Bonoho SureShot Foto Sureshot Fotografie aesop rock aquino asap rocky bushwick bill concert crooked i dj b-mello geto boys grynch hip hip-hop kimya dawson leez soprano michael red mystikal photography portland rap reno red rock seattle sneaker warz vinnie paz http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2014/5/sureshot-2013-a-photo-transcript Wed, 07 May 2014 01:00:00 GMT
Melinda of Heffner Agency Test Shoot http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2014/4/melinda-of-heffner-agency-test-shoot Melinda by sureshotfoto.comMany looks of Melinda

 

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

Lighting gear: Profoto B1 500 AirTTL  Equipment Rentals: Glazers Camera

Photographer: Leon Carter of SureShot Fotografie'
 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') Sureshot Fotografie fashion photography seattle http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2014/4/melinda-of-heffner-agency-test-shoot Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:37:03 GMT
RA Scion releases soon to be classic "The Sickle and the Sword" http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/12/ra-scion-the-sickle-and-the-sword 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. Whaa verse!!!

 

I told you the man has skills!!!

 

In this photo by sureshotfoto RA Scion prepares to take the stage at Neumos in SeattleSureShotfoto.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   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') Hiphop RA Scion SureShot Foto hip hip-hop hop rap seattle http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/12/ra-scion-the-sickle-and-the-sword Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:49:10 GMT
Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg sold out Seattle concert recap http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/12/asap-ferg-seattle-concert- This is not the first time A$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.

 

ASAP Ferg performing at Neumos in Seattle 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!!!

 

 

Check out some of our previous posts

Sir Mix-A-lot

A$AP Rocky

The Geto Boys

Chief Kamachi

Ghostface Killah

Method Man

Rakim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') ASAP Concert Ferg Foto Fotografie Hiphop Seattle Seattle photography SureShot Foto Sureshot Fotografie concert hip hip-hop hiphop hop neumos photography rap http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/12/asap-ferg-seattle-concert- Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:25:04 GMT
Seattle hip hop star Sir Mix-A-Lot, unveils local Phenom Ayron Jones http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/12/seattle-sir-mix-a-lot-ayron-jones Sir Mix-A-Lot performing hip hop classic Posse on BroadwaySureShotFoto.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.  

 

Hip hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot performing at Neumos in Seattle.SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot Concert 2Hip hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot going hard -photo © SureShotFoto.com Sir Mix-A-Lot doing his thing off stage at Neumos in Seattle.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."

 

Sir Mix-A-Lot posing for a photo after his hip hop set.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.

 

 

Ayron Jones and the way entire band performing at Neumos in Seattle.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.  

 

Ayron Jones illuminated by the spotlight while he makes his guitar wail. 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

In this SureShotfoto.com photo Ayron Jones performs his ballad "My Love Remains" at Neumos in Seattle.SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 3Ayron switching gears on us with his very soulful ballad "My Love Remains." -photo © SureShotFoto.com In this picture taken by SureShotFoto.com we have the full band of Ayron Jones and the Way.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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this image shot by Leon Carter of SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones successfully stage dives. SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 5Stage Dive!!! -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

---DISCLAIMER 

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.

--DISCLAIMER OVER

 

This is a favorite photograph from the Ayron Jones concert. It looks kinda lonely with the negative space. 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. 

 

What is a Rock concert without a guitar smash? Ayron did a great job in this Sequence by SureShotFoto.comSureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 7Ayron Jones' guitar smash sequence. Awesome!!! -photo ©SureShotFoto.com

 

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.

 

Ayron Jones smashed guitar.SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 8The discarded remnants of Ayron's axe. -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

Here is my list of stand out tracks on this album: 

 

  • "On Two Feet I Stand" - This one is more rock influenced than most anything else on the album. This one screams Seattle to me. Here Ayron displays his six string dexterity. 

 

  • "Feedin' from the Devil's Hands" - This is the lead single from "Dream" and the first official video. Here is where this group really excels and quite possibly may make their greatest mark. This sound is genuine and one that they can call their very own. 

 

  • "My Love Remains" - On this track they show that they have range. This is a rock love ballad with splash of soul. 

 

  • "When Will I Learn?" - This Blues inspired rock ballad show's yet another dimension. 

 

  • "Baptized in Muddy Waters" - Borrowing the monicker from the late great blues man the brought us classics like Mannish Boy Mr. "Muddy Waters" you can feel a bit of the influence in this tribute. 

 

Support Independent Artists by clicking on the image and ordering the album below:

 

 

Check out some of our previous posts

The Uncluded

The Geto Boys

Chief Kamachi

Ghostface Killah

Method Man

Rakim

 

 

Bonus Photos:

Ayron Jones switched to an acoustic guitar for his version of the Ray Charles classic Georgia on my mind.SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 9Ayron's touching rendition of "Georgia on my mind." -photo © SureShotFoto.com

Some lucky and grateful fans pose with the broken neck from Ayron Jones guitar after he smashed it. SureShotFoto.com Ayron Jones and the Way Concert 10Some lucky fans scored some great souvenirs after Ayron's guitar smashing exhibition. He even signed it for them. -photo © SureShotFoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image from SureShotFoto.com depicts Ayron Jones dancing. 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

 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') 206 Ayron Jones Ayron Jones and the Way Foto Fotografie Hiphop Seattle Seattle concert photos Seattle photography Sir SureShot Foto Sureshot Fotografie a concert dream hip hip-hop hiphop hop lot mix photography rap rock http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/12/seattle-sir-mix-a-lot-ayron-jones Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:59:41 GMT
SureShotfoto.com | Reggae legends Michael Rose w Sly & Robbie http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/10/sureshotfoto-com-reggae-legends-michael-rose-w-sly-robbie Welcome everyone!!! That's exactly how I felt inside when I went to this concert. It was an eye opening experience. I really hadn't thought about it until I started writing this post but after many years of being a reggae fan this would actually be my first actual live reggae concert. Seattle isn't exactly what you'd call a hotbed for reggae unfortunately. Maybe times are changing. Let's hope so. 

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Upon walking in I saw one of the openers who I was unfamiliar with but this crooner's smooth yet passionate vocals were as good as any these ears had ever heard. He was introduced by one of the absolute legends of Jamaican music Robbie (Robert Shakespeare) of Sly & Robbie fame. The honey voiced singer was Fenton Wardle of the Oakland, CA based "Reggae Angels".  Sureshotfoto.com-Michael RoseSureshotfoto.com-Michael RoseFenton Wardle of the Reggae Angels photo by SureShotfoto.com

After Fenton was done with his rather exhilarating set Sly & Robbie came out and did a music only set with both Sly & Robbie soloing on drums and bass respectively. 

 

 

The man himself, the on again off again member of reggae super group "Black Uhuru" Michael Rose (sometime spelled Mykal Rose or Mykal Roze). Michael was a great entertainer, the crowd loved him, and he even had fun with the camera man ie me. This was a wonderful, wonderful show. Neumos has done it again. It's no wonder why they're one of the best concert venues in Seattle.

 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') Foto Fotografie Michael Rose Robbie Seattle Seattle photography Sly SureShot Foto Sureshot Fotografie photography reggae http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/10/sureshotfoto-com-reggae-legends-michael-rose-w-sly-robbie Wed, 02 Oct 2013 03:52:33 GMT
Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock are The Uncluded: Seattle concert http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/8/kimya-dawson-and-aesop-rock-are-the-uncluded-seattle-concert What's up everyone? That's right "The Uncluded." You thought we only shot hip hop. No, we've got a lot more range than that. Even though Aesop is considered hip hop this collaboration is definitely "Rock."

 

Aesop Rock as part of "The Uncluded" photo by SureShotfoto.comThe Uncluded Aesop Rock as part of "The Uncluded" photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

We covered the Aesop concert a couple months back, and I said it before and I'll say it again that Aesop's brand of hip hop is not my brand, but he does have a loyal tribe so I really can't hate on his hustle.

 

Kimya Dawson is one part of "The Uncluded" photo by SureShotfoto.comThe Uncluded Kimya Dawson is one part of "The Uncluded" photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

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Kimya Dawson however is a different story. I am most definitely a fan. I can't front and say that I'm old school, and I've been into her forever but I can say that ever since I saw the movie "Juno" I've been intoxicated by her art. She also has a very, very loyal tribe. I'm sure that some people can and do hate on her. She may not be the best singer or have the best voice, but I don't believe that's what her tribe needs from her. Her tribe is more interested in the gifts that she provides us with. To Kimya's credit I believe the root of her art is her humanity and her intent when giving these gifts. 

 

"The Uncluded" in Seattle photo by SureShotfoto.comThe Uncluded

"The Uncluded" in Seattle, WA @ Neumos

 

Needless to say, the concert was fabulous. I can't wait to see Kimya on the next go round.....

 

  

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Geto Boys reunion tour hits Seattle http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/7/geto-boys-seattle If you're not sure who the Geto boys are let me explain. The Geto boys are a trio of emcees hailing from the 5th Ward area of Houston Texas. They are "Willie D", "Scarface" and one time backup dancer to the group "Bushwick Bill." These three have cemented their names in the annals of hip hop history by single handily putting southern or "Dirty South" (although Texas can be and is considered Southwest) hip hop on the map.

 

A little known fact is that the current iteration of the Geto Boys is not the original or even the second version of the group. The original members were Raheem, The Slim Jukebox, and Sir Rap-A-Lot. After Raheem and Rap-A-Lot left, DJ Ready Red, Prince Johnny C and Bushwick (at the time he was known as Little Billy and he was a dancer) were installed. This crew met with very little success and soon broke up. Then two up and coming solo artists were inserted to fill the void in "Willie D" and "Scarface." As they say, the rest is history. 

 

 

 

As you see by the video above if you've seen the movie "Office Space" you've been privy to the Geto Boys music. Actually, they provided most of the soundtrack to this cult classic. 

 

First up was our old friend "Aquino" not only is he an emcee but he's the CEO and founder of Sneaker Warz apparel. This is our first time photographing him performing live, and he was phenomenal. He is definitely doing Seattle proud . Keep it up fam.

 

"Aquino" opening up for "The Geto Boys" in Seattle                                       Aquino gettin' it in - photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

 

                                      "Aquino" and "Reno Red" - All my Life -video by SureShotfoto.com

 

 

Unfortunately, the second group that performed I wasn't able to catch their names, but I'll tell you that they were good. The addition of a guitarist was a fantastic touch. The guy on the axe was dope! Much love.  

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Generally I'm not one to be negative about people's art but besides the two opening acts that I've featured here there were two more acts that I can't even call hip hop. Guys if you're actually going to "perform" in front of people that have actually paid money, please, please be dedicated to your craft and make sure that it's actually up to an acceptable standard. If not tighten up your game or do something else. Thank you.

 

 

Now it was time for what we all came for. We are all waiting to see, hear and feel what if architects of southern hip hop have lost anything over the years. Approximately 10 seconds into their set this question was answered many times over. 

 

"Bushwick Bill" playing it up -photo by SureShotfoto.com

  "Bushwick Bill" starting out that night in character -photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

This photo above is how the night started out. "Bushwick" answered the question that was on a lot of people's minds, "Will Bushwick make the concert?" Here was your answer! Later on in the night someone asked Bill about the stigma of him being unprofessional and missing shows, his response, "Man, I don't miss shows, shows miss me." I can tell you this Bushwick certainly adds something to the group. The Geto Boys just aren't the Geto Boys without him.

 

"Scarface" up close and personal -photo by SureShotfoto.com                                       "Scarface" up close and personal -photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

This would be my second time photographing the legend "Scarface." The first time was about 18 years ago when he was in town for a meet and greet and a radio interview. The years have not taken a toll on "Face" one bit.

 

"Scarface" pays homage to two Seattle legends -photo by SureShotfoto.com                                       "Scarface" paying homage to two Seattle legends -photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

That's right "Scarface" plays guitar too. He started out playing the classic ballad "Hey Joe" by one of the most famous Seattleites of all time Jimi Hendrix and then he finished off with a rendition of one of Pearl Jam's signature songs "Jeremy." As an avid music lover I'll tell you that he's not switching over to rock any time soon based on being a guitar prodigy, but with that said, he wasn't bad.

 

"Geto Boys" performing their classic "Mind playing tricks on me" - video by SureShotfoto.com

 

We absolutely can't forget about our guy "Willie D." After spending a little bit of time in jail he's back looking stronger and yelling louder that ever.

 

"Willie D" Goin

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All in all this was as great a concert as I've ever seen. It really, really gives me hope for the future of hip hop. Just a reminder people, what you hear on the radio isn't hip hop.

 

"Bushwick" posing for flick -photo by SureShotfoto.com

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Chief Kamachi & TSOI occupy Costa Mesa, CA http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/7/chief-kamachi-occupies-costa-mesa  

I was first introduced to his music through Pandora nearly 10 years ago. He came up on a "Jedi Mind Tricks" station that I created. From that day on I was an instant fan. I immediately I went out to buy any CDs that I could find.  At the time "Black Candles" and "Cult Status" were the major releases that were available. I can attest that you cannot wear out a CD from excessive use. I'm of course talking about Philly hip hop legend Chief Kamachi.

 

Chief Kamachi spittinChief Kamachi & TSOI concert Costa Mesa, CA Chief Kamachi spittin' fiyahhh!!! - photo by sureshotfoto.com
 
 
On a Friday evening this past June in Costa Mesa, CA I had the extreme pleasure of meeting, photographing and hanging with my favorite emcee, Chief Kamachi. He was able to make an all too infrequent journey to the west coast. I actually think this may have be his first performance in the west. This infrequency leaves me wondering about the current state and future of our beloved hip hop music. -SMH-
 
 
 
 
                                    Lamar D Sol doin' his thing - video courtesy of lamardsol.com
 
I enjoy being exposed to new and talented artists, and this trip had them in spades. For instance, I had the honor of meeting actor, comedian, screenwriter, and Philly transplant Lamar D Sol. Lamar now lives in LA. He drove up to hang out with his old friend and watch him perform. It was a pleasure talking to this talented young man. He's going to do big things. He shared one of his animated projects called "The Slaves." I really enjoyed his vision. I'd say that it could be characterized as  Dave Chapelle meets the "The Boondocks" As Dave Chapelle once said. "People are gonna say that I set our people back with a comedy sketch, (shrugs shoulders) sorry.....
 
Check out the video above to see one of his stand up comedy routines.
 
 
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 TSOI gettin' it in -photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
 
The Second new artist(s) that I was introduced to was an extremely large hip hop group hailing from Phoenix, Arizona called "The Society of Invisibles." Actually, they are a collective of groups. I'd call it more of a movement. Formerly there were label mates with Vinnie Paz and "Jedi Mind Tricks" over at Babygrande Records. These guys are entertainers!!! Nothing but energy!!! Check out the iPhone video below to see what I mean.
 
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See I told you! With the great many members this group definitely has no shortage of diversity, and I mean that in only the best way. This was another group that I am now a fan of (download their music here).
 
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TSOI hyping the crowd for the headliner Chief Kamachi - photo by sureshotfoto.com
 
 
This is for my broke brothers that's leakin', the have nots, and the heathens that work hard and hustle just to spend it all on the weekend.....
 
- Chief Kamachi - Holy Rollers from the album Concrete Gospel 
 
 
Chief Kamachi is one of the most prolific underground hip hop artists while still retaining a remarkably high quality ratio. I can say as someone who is clinically ADD I haven't heard one single album that I can't listen to all the way through. Of course, there are certain songs that resonate more than others but each and every song has a message that it needs to declare.  
 

Chief Kamachi doinChief Kamachi & TSOI concert Costa Mesa, CA

 
When I sat with Kamachi we talked about his music and his inspiration, and he informed me that everything that he talks about is based on real life experiences. Perhaps that's why he's not a multi platinum selling artist. Perhaps it's because these days popular hip hop is leaning toward much more fluff rather than substance. I guess it's back to the old philosophy of giving the people what they want or at least what they think they want. That is exactly the reason why artists like Chief Kamachi are important. He doesn't pander to anyone, and I think his audience appreciates it. I know I do! 
 
Revolt Seven ft Johnny Popcorn from the upcoming album "Radio Raheem"
 
 
DonChief Kamachi & TSOI concert Costa Mesa, CA  Mach feeling it - photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
 
 
 
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Kamachi and The Society of the Invisibles - photo by sureshotfoto.com 

 

I'd like to say thank you to all involved in putting this show together Tiki Bar and Carlos of Out Da House ProductionsSupport indie artists by visiting the links below.

 

Chief Kamachi's gear:

Hat - Revolt Seven Camo by Merch Gorilla

Shirt - Big Brother by Sneaker Warz

 

Kamachi Itunes store here

 

The Society Of Invisibles 

The Society of Invisibles music and gear here

 

Lamar D Sol

YouTube Channel here

 

Mach taking a quick break between songs - photo by sureshotfoto.comChief Kamachi & TSOI concert Costa Mesa, CA

 

 

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Aesop Rock, Grayskul, Busdriver sold out concert recap http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/5/aesop-rock-busdriver-and-grayskul-sold-out-seattle-concert-recap The concert venue Neumos has really stepped up this year providing us with some of the best hip hop concerts ever. In the first quarter alone they brought in some real hip hop heavyweights such as Rakim, Method Man, Mystikal, Ghostface Killah and more. Would this be another epic show? The sold out sign on the poster may be indicative.....

The first group of the night was one that I had heard great reviews of it's one of Seattle's local hip hop gems in "Grayskul." As I said I was unfamiliar with "Grayskul" but as soon as I saw our guy "JFK" aka "Ninjaface" on stage I truly new that this was going to be a treat to behold. 

JFK gettinSureshot Foto Aesop Rock Concert Seattle "JFK" aka "Ninjaface"  gettin' it in - Photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Grayskul representing Seattle hip hop - photo by sureshotfoto.comSureshot Foto Aesop Rock Concert Seattle

"Grayskul" representing Seattle hip hop - photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Well, about 10 seconds into the first song I knew I was right. These guys are the truth. I've said it before, and I'll say it again Seattle has some talent!!! 

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Seattle hip hop at it's finest - Photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Next up was LA based emcee and producer "Busdriver." This was my first opportunity to see him in person. Although, personally not an artist that I've ever gone out of my way to listen to or see, this guy is talented. He controls and applies tweeks to his own beats in real time while rapping. I can tell you, not an easy task.

 

"Busdriver" in technicolor - Photo by sureshotfoto.comSureshot Foto Aesop Rock Concert Seattle "Busdriver" in technicolor - Photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

"Busdriver" getting the crowd ready for "Aesop Rock" - photo by sureshotfoto.comSureshot Foto Aesop Rock Concert Seattle "Busdriver" getting the crowd ready for "Aesop Rock" - photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Now it was time for the headliner "Aesop Rock." I'd never heard him before I took this assignment but upon doing research he came up as one of the leading underground artists. Hmmmm, well I don't know about that. I personally consider myself an underground hip hop snob and in talking with industry insiders Aesop's name had never ever come up. This is quite possibly because I'm usually talking to east coast artists or people in the international scene. 

 

"Aesop Rock" (background) and "Rob Sonic" (foreground) performing their brand of hip hop - photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

The first thing that was evident upon hearing "Aesop" was that he's intelligent. His brand of hip hop might be considered alternative. How many underground emcees cut designs in an audience members hair during the show? I'm not knocking his hustle one bit. He's done a great job of shipping his art, finding an audience, and giving them what they want. It's just not the kind of stuff that typically lives on my devices. When I think of the leading underground artist's I think of "Immortal technique", "Jedi Mind Tricks", "Chief Kamachi" and artists like that.

 

"Aesop" at Neumos in Seattle - photo by sureshotfoto.comSureshot Foto Aesop Rock Concert Seattle                                                     "Aesop" at Neumos in Seattle - photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

I will say this, his DJ (DJ Big Wiz) is a turntablist of the first order. So much so that he did one of the sickest, longest turntable solos that I've ever seen. As all true artists do he made it look easy. 

 

"DJ Big Wiz" - photo by sureshotfoto.com Sureshot Foto Aesop Rock Concert Seattle

                                                    "DJ Big Wiz" - photo by sureshotfoto.com 

 

"Busdriver" and "Aesop Rock" Seattle - photo by sureshotfoto.comSureshot Foto Aesop Rock Concert Seattle "Busdriver" and "Aesop Rock" Seattle - photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

All in all it was a good show. "Grayskul" stole it though. Seeing them would have been worth the price of admission alone. Northwest hip hop is making strides each and every single day. 

Stay tuned for upcoming releases:

Grayskul's "Zenith" drops September 17th

Th3rdz "this, that, & Th3rdz" drops June 18th

 

Check out some of our previous posts:

Ghostface Killah

Vinnie Paz

Method Man

Rakim

Mystikal

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Ghostface Killah does Seattle Wu Tang style!!! http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/4/ghostface Last week I had the pleasure of attending and photographing Wu Tang Clan producer "Ghostface Killah". Yesterday I had the pleasure of hearing the album "Twelve Reasons to Die", that the tour was built around and let me tell you I am drunk on that Wu ish as much as I was the first time I heard C.R.E.A.M.

The Wu Tang members have been putting in much work lately as I also photographed Method Man a month ago. I speculate that they're going to do something big for their 20 year anniversary. 

I got to the concert venue Neumos, early as usual as I almost always grab a quick bite at the restaurant next door Moe bar. This time I had the fish & chips and again I was extremely happy with the quality. I'd put their "fish supper" up against any "chipper" in the UK, and that's saying a lot. 

 

I looked at the line up, and I noticed that there was only one opening group. I thought that was weird. Then I saw that Ghostface was going to do a rather long set. Score!!! Then, I noticed that the entire stage was covered with instruments. Was Ghostface going to do a complete set with live instruments? It certainly looked like it especially since after the opening act was done they started unplugging the turntables and mixers. Score again!!! This was going to be a truly epic show. 

The 3rd -photo by sureshotfoto.com Seattle Hip Hop group "The 3rdz" - photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

First up was a group that I was unfamiliar with called "The 3rdz." Unfortunately, I was only able to catch two songs but I was very impressed and I'd very much like to catch these guys again and see a full show. 

Sonny Bonoho performing "Concubine Juicy" -photo by sureshotfoto.com                                         Sonny Bonoho performing "Concubine Juicy" -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

I did notice that they called my guy "Sonny Bonoho" up on stage. I was excited to see him perform as I've met him under other circumstances and I knew that he made some moves with another local artist that I work with a lot named "Aquino." Sonny got on stage and proceeded to murder it with his single "Concubine Juicy."  Now I wouldn't say that this song is the kind of thing that usually lives on my iPod or other play lists, but I'm all about Sonny's craziness and antics. See for yourself. I filmed it with my Iphone

 

Sonny Bonoho performing "Concubine Juicy" Seattle @ Neumos -video by sureshotfoto.com

See? Told you he's a little crazy but in a good way right? 

"The 3rd" photo by sureshotfoto.com "The 3rdz" -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Next up was Ghostface right? Not exactly. It was his band "Adrian Younges' Venice Dawn." This group looked to be a disparate collection of artists but maybe that's what they were going for. I don't know. What I do know is that about 5 seconds into the first song I could tell that this "disparate" group is so because each and every member is an all star. Their music and the songs on this album are quintessentially Ghostface and Wu but at the same time they're fresh, new and sometimes risky. More on the album later.

 Adrian Younges  "Adrian Younges' Venice Dawn" setting up for "Ghostface Killah" -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Ghostface "Ghostface's" band "Adrian Younges' Venice Dawn" gettin' it in -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

 

Adrian Younge himself -photo by sureshotfoto.com Adrian Younge himself -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Once Adrian and his crew had the crowd sufficiently warmed up then came "Pretty Tony" aka "Iron Man" aka "Tony Starks" aka "Ghostface Killah!" The crowd went absolutely nuts. Being born and raised in Seattle I love to see our hometown really give it up to an artist especially a real hip hop god like "Ghostface." 

 

Ghostface Killah is in the house!!! photo by sureshotfoto.com                                         "Ghostface Killah" is in the house!!! -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

"Ghost's" set was a mixture of old and new. He performed some of the Wu classics, and he did some of his new stuff of course. The combination of the band with Killah's rapier sharp lyrics were undoubtedly the concoction of an evil hip hop genius. That's the only way I can describe it. 

 

Ghostface Killah spittin Ghostface Killah spittin' fire -photos by sureshotfoto.com

 

Ghostface being a main member of one of the most important hip hop groups ever knows that good enough is never enough. So, not only did he bring in a complete band with vocalists he brought with him another of the illest emcees out there in "Killah Priest." What the what!? In the middle of the set, in the middle of a song "Priest" burst's on the stage start's spittin' some of the coldest verses ever. 

 

Ghostface Killah background, Killah Priest foreground. Two Killahs no waiting -photo by sureshotfoto.com "Ghostface Killah" background, "Killah Priest" foreground. Two "Killahs" no waiting -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

This was turning into one of those nights that you never wanted to end but, unfortunately it had to. Ghostface and Killah Priest ended the night with some classic Wu Joints. Ghostface hung around and talked to fans, signed autographs and took pictures and then he was ghost....

 

Ghostface taking a minute to show some love to his fans -photo by sureshotfoto.com Ghostface showing love to fans after the show -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Now the album..... 

I was able to get my hands on it yesterday, and all I can say is this is one of the must have hip hop albums of the year no doubt. This takes me back to the good old Wu days but with a bit of newschool/oldschool experimental feel. Everyone know's that Ghostface is gonna bring it but what about the relative newcomer in his collaborator and band leader Adrian Younge. As I said earlier this guy and his crew are solid with a capital solid! I got the deluxe edition of the album which include instrumental tracks in addition to the songs. 

 

In my humble opinion the stand out tracks are the first single "Blood On the Cobblestones", "Enemies All Around Me", "I Declare War", and of course "The Sure Shot." Honestly, there are no weak tracks on this album. This is definitely an album that can be played through from A to Z. 

 

This album is available via Spotify now but you really should support our guy and buy it on iTunes here.

 

Ghostface in Seattle -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Check out some of our previous posts:

Method Man

Mystikal 

Rakim

A$AP Rocky

Vinnie Paz

 

 

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Ghost Face Killah hits Seattle sneak peak http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/4/ghost-face-killah-sneak-peeks Happy Friday everyone! Check out the  HDR image from last nights show with the gods Killah priest and "Tony Starks" aka "Ghost Deini" aka "Iron Man" aka the one and only Wu super producer "Ghost Face Killah." Be sure to check back early next week for more photos, editorial and a review of the upcoming album "12 reasons to die." 

Check out some of our other posts in the meantime and be sure to "like" our post:

Mystikal

Rakim

Method Man

Chief Kamachi

Vinnie Paz & ILL Bill

 

Ghost Face Killah rockin "Pretty Tony" aka "Ghost Face Killah" bringing the house down on his most recent visit to Seattle. photo by sureshotfoto.com  

 

-Lenz777 out

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') Foto Fotografie Hiphop Seattle Seattle photography SureShot Foto Sureshot Fotografie West clan coast ghostface ghostface killah hip hip-hop hiphop hop killah photography rap tang wu wu tang clan http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/4/ghost-face-killah-sneak-peeks Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:21:55 GMT
Chief Kamachi comes out with another banger! Check out Revolt Seven http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/4/chief-kamachi-revolt-seven  

Well he did it again!!! He who you ask? He is one of the most prolific underground hip hop emcees. He is "Chief Kamachi." I have to say that I'm a little biased as Kamachi is tops on my list of hip hop artists. His no nonsense verses and straight forward delivery are just what this audiophile enjoys most.

 

Mach is a bit of a throwback as he doesn't skimp on anything. His lyrical content and his production compliment each other precisely and his devotion to putting out a quality product is second to none. 

 

Check out his new video and see for yourself. Please comment and check some of our other posts.

 

-777

 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') chief chief kamachi hip hip hop hop kamachi philly revolt revolt seven seven http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/4/chief-kamachi-revolt-seven Sun, 07 Apr 2013 11:12:28 GMT
Underground hip hop dons Vinnie Paz and ILL Bill invade Portland, Ore http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/3/vinnie_paz-dantes-portland-ore Let me start by saying that this had already been a whirlwind week of hiphop and photography for your humble narrator. Monday we photographed the legend "Rakim" at Neumos in Seattle, Tuesday we shot "Method Man" at the same place. Now it's Friday and I'm driving to Sea-tac airport to catch a flight  to Portland, Oregon to capture images a couple of the most well known and well loved underground hip hop emcees in Vinnie Paz and ILL Bill.

 

I thought briefly about just driving to Portland but from Seattle it's about three hours each way and I knew that I'd be extremely tired, I had important meetings on Friday close to Seattle, I had a shoot and a wedding consultation on Saturday (gotta eat right). So it appears that flying was in order this time. 

 

The flight from Seattle to PDX is a mere 30 - 36 minutes. A mere pittance compared to trying to leave Seattle during rush hour. To that I say no thank you! I only carried on my camera gear so score! 

 

I've never really hung out in Portland. In fact, I've only ever been in the general vicinity three times in my entire life and never for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time. On the taxi ride from the airport the driver informed me that Portland has more strip clubs per capita than any other place in the USA. Hmmm, I find that a little hard to believe but , I had been getting a lot of facebook friend requests by hot girls from Portland so maybe there's something to this. Anyhow, I wasn't going to find out this trip.

 

I arrived early at the concert venue Dante's. A friend of mine in Seattle DJ Kiprawk, advised me that the setup was a little unusual. The shape of the stage and the configuration of the stairs to access it would prove to be a challenge in getting a nice shot from either stage right or stage left owing combination of  the stages shape jutting out and the position of the stairs being well behind the arc. I quickly surmised that I'd only get at best a 1/4 view of the artists and some of the crowd from this position so I had to find another vantage point to shoot from.

Dante

I saw that they had some raised platforms in a couple spots. Those could be interesting as I wouldn't have to deal with the crowd and it could be an unusual angle. Check 2 spots  Turns out that they're for go-go dancers that they have on their club nights when I found that out I was a little worried. Let me tell you I'm not a little guy and the posts and ladders started to look smaller and flimsier the more I looked at them. Needless to say I tested them out during the show and the construction was first rate.

 

Ok now I'd chosen a few different vantage points now what? There was an hour or so until show time so I decided to explore downtown Portland just a bit. Dante's is situated just a stones throw from the world famous "Voodoo Doughnut." The last time I was here a friend and I came to town for dinner and the line had to be about 300 people. Now, I've seen "VD" on Food Network shows before but I had to see what all the hype was for myself. I was lucky that it was early in the evening so the line was only maybe 20 people or so. No biggie, I've got nothing but time. It took no time at all (probably because while waiting I was either photographing tourists acting like well, tourists or chatting up a cute coeds.) I asked some of the people who where in line with me if they had any recommendations and what stuck out to me was the "Memphis Mafia." Behind the glass this looked like a slightly larger chocolate covered apple fritter. Up close and personal this thing looked like a fried version of Mt St. Helens before the eruption. I thought to myself there's no way that I'm going to eat this whole thing for a number or reasons.... So after eating about an eighth of this monstrosity it was time for the first act to go on.

As I'm not a Portland my knowledge of the local hip hop scene was subpar. The first to go on was a member of the "Sandpeople" by the name of "Onlyone" I've come to find out that "Onlyone" routinely competes in MC battles and does quite well. 

"Onlyone" from Portland"Onlyone" of the "Sand People"

"Onlyone" from Portland's own "Sand People" -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Next up was Portland's dynamic duo TxE (pronounced T&E). The group is composed of a couple emcees in "Tope", "Epp" and producer "G-Force." I'm very, very happy I had the pleasure of hearing these guys do their thing. I'd compare them to a mash up of De la Soul and A Tribe called quest with a new school twist. Listening to these guys brought me back to 7th grade watching "Yo-MTV raps" They even paid homage to A tribe called Quest by reworking the beat from the classic "Luck of Lucien" (one of my fav ATCQ songs btw)

Tope of TxE -photo by sureshotfoto.comTope of the hip hop duo TxE (T&E) Epp of Txe -photo by sureshotfoto.comEpp, half of the Portland hip hop duo TxE (T&E)


Now it was time. I spoke with one of the crew that traveled with Paz and Bill and I was informed that they were going to go on at 11. I could feel myself getting nervous as Vinnie is one of my two favorite emcees (the other is from Philly as well and I'll be photographing him next month). I started out stage left as that would be where the artists would enter. Luckily Vinnie and Bill came up early to watch and show some support to the local emcees so I was able to chat with him and grab a couple shots as he waited to go on stage. In speaking with Vin he seemed very nice, cordial and even accommodating.

Vinnie Paz and Promoter Anthony Sanchez prior to to the show -photo by sureshotfoto.comVinnie Paz Concert photos (Above photo) Vinnie Paz and Promoter Anthony Sanchez prior to to the show -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

It was nearing time for Vinnie to go on so I took my first position which was in front toward stage right. Not too bad I got some good shots but the stage was a little high and I'm a little short to get the kind of shots that I like to get. I switched to a few other places including both gogo platforms but I finally settled on my first position front row stage right until....

ILL Bill started talking about one of his uncles that was very much an inspiration for a lot of his music. Yes I'm talking about "Uncle Howie." If you're a fan of Bill then you know about him. "Uncle Howie" unfortunately is no longer with us but Bill pays tribute to him whenever he can. I know how much Bill's fans have embraced Howie and what would happen if and when they performed the song "My Uncle."

Let me tell you, expensive camera equipment and mosh pits are not an ideal combination. Luckily, my camera didn't get damaged and I was able to escape with only a couple bruised ribs but I did get some decent shots. 

ILL Bill performing the song "My Uncle." -photo by sureshotfoto.comILL Bill (Above photo) ILL Bill performing the song "My Uncle." -photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Vinnie Paz Portland, Ore -Photo by sureshotfoto.comVinnie Paz Concert photos

(Above photo) Vinnie Paz Portland, Ore -Photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

ILL Bill Portland, Ore -Photo by sureshotfoto.comILL Bill

(Above photo) ILL Bill Portland, Ore -Photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

DJ Eclipse Portland, Ore -Photo by sureshotfoto.comDJ Eclipse

 (Above photo) DJ Eclipse Portland, Ore -Photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

Vinnie Paz Portland, Ore -Photo by sureshotfoto.comVinnie Paz Concert photos

(Above photo) Vinnie Paz Portland, Ore -Photo by sureshotfoto.com

 

All in all it was a fast, frantic and fabulous trip. I was able to photograph and meet some artists that I've listened to and followed from afar for a long time. I was also introduced to some new artists and some true hip hop fans. I'd like to say thank you to Dante's and Runaway productions Anthony Sanchez.

 

If you like this post check out some of our previous posts:

 Method Man 

Rakim

Crooked I

Mystikal http://bit.ly/ZmRVnc 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') DJ Eclipse Dantes Epp Foto Fotografie Hiphop Ill Bill Northwest Portland Runaway Productions SureShot Foto Sureshot Fotografie Tope TxE Vinnie Paz hip-hop photography rap underground http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/3/vinnie_paz-dantes-portland-ore Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:10:15 GMT
20 years later and Wu-Tang still ain't nothing to f*&^% wit!!! http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/3/Methodman/Neumos/sureshotfoto  February 26 was a night I'll remember for a long, long time. Actually, that entire week I was on hip hop overload (in a good way of course). This was to be my second shoot of a truly iconic figure in hip hop in two days. By week's end it would be the second of three major shows but the 3rd show is another post. 

 

The previous night I had the pleasure of photographing one of if not the original lyricist Rakim (formerly of Eric B & Rakim). That show was awesome with a capital awesome!!! check out the post here.

 

 This one also had the makings to be a truly epic event, I was sure of it.

 

 The previous night the doorman told me to come early so I didn't have to deal with the lines as I did with the Rakim show so I obliged. I arrived at about 8pm (the doors where supposed to open a 9pm) and I was surprised to see that there was no line, none at all. I was told that the show was sold out. How could this be? Did the rainy, cold, Seattle weather in February dissolve people's love for hip hop in this town? Wow!!! So I proceeded to speak with the doorman that I met the previous night as well as some of the other security.

 

 I then decided to grab a bite at the mostly seafood restaurant next door called Moebar. When I walked in I recognized a few familiar faces. It was the "Sneaker Warz" crew Aquino, Neema (the MC of the night), Alize' and Adrianna. All true hip hop heads. I looked over the menu and decided on the field roasted sausage sandwich (totally vegan fare) and I was quite satisfied. To be honest when I ordered I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I'd definitely have it again. I know I digress. Anyone who has read my posts for any length of time know's this is a constant trend (People at work hate my emails btw).

 Anyway back to the concert.

 

 The first act that I was able to catch was my man "Leezy Soprano." I've shot Leezy at a couple events before and this guy just keeps stepping his game up. He would have to be one of the artists from the Northwest to keep an eye on. Check out the official video for "Burial" here

 

 The second opener was our old friend "Ra Scion" as I said in the previous post he performed a couple songs the night before. This time we had the pleasure of hearing him do a full set and of course we weren't disappointed.

 

 With "Leezy" and "Ra" on board these guys alone would have been well worth the price of admission. Check out "Ra Scions" 3 song EP short film BEGXBORROWXSTEAL here.

 

 Finally, it was time to see the man, "Method Man" that is. One of the front men for one of the most beloved hip hop groups of all time "Wu Tang Clan."

 

 By this time I had started to see the venue not only fill in a bit but it actually started to get downright crowded. So much so that I surmised that it would be easier and faster to exit through the side door, go around the building, through the front door and through the barricade on the opposite side of the stage than to try to make my way through the crowd just to go 100 or so feet from my current position. I'd do this several times by the end of the evening.  

 

 When it was time for the headliner "Mef" still kept us waiting, in a good way though. Other Wu members swarmed the stage and got the crowd even more hype. Among these hip hop giants were "Hannibal the Great", "Cartlton Fisk" and last but not least "Streetlife" 

 

This show was like few hip hop performances that I've seen in Seattle. With mosh pits and crowd surfing this show reminded me of one of the "Beastie Boys" first concerts (aging myself I know). The crowd was electric and it was evident that the performers fed off of it. So much so that Mef eve n closed the show and once half of the people were gone he basically said "Syke" and started back up. Honestly he could have played for three more hours if not days and the energy would have been the same. 

 

I have this to say, Method man is a great performer and a brilliant showman. Thank you to Neumos for hosting another fabulous event.

Here are links to some of the videos from the night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vi6-sXxoWA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb-5heS8S90

 

 
Leezy Soprano photo by SureShotfoto.com "Leezy Soprano" taking a well deserved break. photo by SureShotfoto.com 
 
Ra Scion Neumos Seattle Ra Scion performs at Neumos Seattle "Ra Scion" gettin' it in during his set opening for Method Man. - photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
"Hannibal the Great" photo by SureShotfoto.comHannibal the Great in Seattle Wu member "Hannibal the Great" moments before Method Man takes the stage. photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
"Carlton Fisk" of Wu Tang clan. photo by SureShotfoto.com Wu member "Carlton Fisk" moments before Method Man takes the stage. photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
"Carlton Fisk" foreground and "Hannibal the Great" background. photo by SureShotfoto.comCartlton Fisk and Hannibal the Great perform at Neumos in Seattle "Carlton Fisk" foreground and "Hannibal the Great" background before "Mef." photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
The one and only "Method Man" photo by SureShotfoto.comMethod Man concert Seattle, WA The one, the only Wu Tang Clan frontman "Method Man." photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
Method man aka Hot Nikkels. photo by SureShotfoto.comMethod Man concert Seattle, WA Method Man aka Hot Nikkels aka Tical doin' his thing in Seattle at Neumos. photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
Tical!!! photo by SureShotfoto.com Method Man concert Seattle, WA Tical!!! photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
"Method Man" foreground and "Streetlife" background. photo by SureShotfoto.comMethod Man concert Seattle, WA "Method Man" foreground and "Streetlife" background. photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
Method Man concert Seattle, WA
Method Man throwin' down at Neumos in Seattle. photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
Method Man concert Seattle, WA Wu Style crowd participation. Yeah Boy!!! photo by SureShotfoto.com
 
If you like this post check some of our others:
 
Rakim http://bit.ly/YDFfJe
Mystikalhttp://bit.ly/11BjHSt
A$AP ROCKY- http://bit.ly/RGS94U
Crooked I - http://bit.ly/11IHyQ2
 
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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') Foto Fotografie Hiphop Method Man Seattle Seattle photography SureShot Foto Sureshot Fotografie Wu Tang Clan hip-hop photography rap http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/3/Methodman/Neumos/sureshotfoto Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:32:34 GMT
Rakim comes to Neumos in Seattle & proves he's still no joke http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/3/rakim/neumos  

It was a cold, windy and rainy night in Seattle on February 25. I know, I know Seattle cold and rainy in February? Who'd have thunk it right?  Well speaking as someone born and raised in Seattle it was an unusually miserable night but one thing was for sure I was going to photograph and finally end up meeting a legend of hip hop.

 

As soon as I walked in I saw a familiar face in DJ B-Mello on stage hyping the crowd getting them ready for what would be a memorable night in Seattle and the start of a monster week of shooting for your humble narrator. 

 

First up was "Fearce Vill" from one of the most well known groups to ever come out of Seattle, "Dyme Def." I've said it before and I'll say it again I've been a fan of Dyme Def since the first time I heard "Let it be" and in this case with but one-third of the trio the crowd was indeed treated to a first class show as always. 

 

Next up was Ballard native "Grynch."  I wasn't too familiar with this artist but almost immediately any skepticism was vanquished. This kid can rap!  Ballard, Washington may not be a hip hop hotbed but they city really produced a talented artist in this case.

Next up was a performer that wasn't even on the bill. He was supposed to perform tomorrow at the "Method man" show. I'm talking about "Ra Scion." He's another local artist that I hadn't heard much about but I did do some research and I found his site with his 3 song EP short movie for BEGXBORROWXSTEAL and I was instantly a fan. What struck me as somewhat of a surprise was how smooth his flow is. I didn't much get a sense of this from his video but I saw it with my own eyes. I was in such disbelief that I had to ask someone if he was from Seattle. I glad to say he is a local product.

 

This was already an incredible show and in a few minutes we were going to have to pleasure of seeing "Rakim" the original lyricist of hip hop perform in person. I remember personally wrecking three paid in full tapes from playing them so much. "Eric B & Rakim" were one of the main groups that shaped the way I'd see hip hop to day even. Eric B with his solid never overly complex production (he got away from that with "Chinese Arithmetic" though) and Rakim with his usually monotone lyrical delivery was a match made in heaven. So much so that about.com named them the "number 3 greatest rap duo of all time." I can't say that I totally agree with this list, but I'm happy to see that Eric B & Rakim are recognized as the pioneers that they are.  

 

It's about that time. The lights go down and I position myself on the side that performers enter from so I can get a good look at Rak as he enters. I see he come up the stairs, he looks at me and my gear, we lock eyes and nod to each other... In my head I heard Michael Buffer's trademark phrase and so it began.

 

 Rak has not lost a step. Not only can he rip it on the mic, but he even did a set where he got behind the turntables and did a little cuttin' and scrathin'. I never knew Rak had those kind of skills. I heard that the reason that Rak and Eric B are no longer together is quite simple. Eric wanted to explore other business ventures and Rak wanted to continue to do music. I hope Rak continues for a long, long time. I think the younger artists could learn a lot from him..... 

 

This was to be the start of an extremely long, tiring and wonderful week as a maverick hip hop photographer. 

Stay tuned for our next installment featuring "Method Man".....

-Lenz777 out

 

I'd like to give a shout out to Neumos for working with us. Thank you very, very much and we look forward to more projects together. 

Please check out the article and photos that I tag teamed with my editor Mac at WOHM. http://bit.ly/16b3WB5

 

More SureShot hip hop installments

Mystikal - http://bit.ly/11BjHSt

A$AP ROCKY- http://bit.ly/RGS94U

Crooked I - http://bit.ly/11IHyQ2

B-Mello, DJ, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, RakimRakim Concert Seattle, WA DJ B-Mello doing what he does best, gettin' the crowd hype!!! photo by SureShotfoto.com

Dyme Def, Fearce Vill, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, RakimRakim Concert Seattle, WA "Fearce Vill" and "CG" of "Dyme Def" starting things off with a bang. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Grynch, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, RakimRakim Concert Seattle, WA Ballard native "Grynch" reppin' hard - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Ra Scion, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, NeumosRakim Concert Seattle, WA Yeah we got hip hop in Seattle. Ra Scion showin' his stuff. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, NeumosRakim Concert Seattle, WA Rakim rockin' the mic. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, NeumosRakim Concert Seattle, WA Rakim doing one of my favorites "Lyrics if fury" - photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

Rakim, DJ, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, NeumosRakim Concert Seattle, WA What!?!? You didn't know Rakim could get down on the ones and twos? Me neither but he did it well. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, NeumosRakim Concert Seattle, WA A solemn moment in the show. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, NeumosRakim Concert Seattle, WA Rak taking a minute to thank the almighty. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, NeumosRakim Concert Seattle, WA Who loves Rakim? Seattle came out in droves and answered that question. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

Rakim, SureShotfoto.com, hiphop, Seattle, photography, concert, Rakim, NeumosRakim Concert Seattle, WA Rakim says goodbye to Seattle for now but I'm sure it won't be forever. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

 

 

  If you liked this post check out some of our previous posts:

 

Mystikal - http://bit.ly/11BjHSt

A$AP ROCKY- http://bit.ly/RGS94U

Crooked I - http://bit.ly/11IHyQ2

 

 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') & B Eric Foto Fotografie Hiphop Neumos Rakim Seattle Seattle photography SureShot Foto Sureshot Fotografie concert dyme def hip-hop photography rap http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/3/rakim/neumos Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:55:58 GMT
Crooked I concert and Superbowl party at Nectar in Seattle http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/2/crooked-I-seattle Well Superbowl Sunday is now done and gone but what a game! Everything you can expect out of a championship game and a few more things. Really the stadium has a power outage? I call shenanigans. Yeah I said it! Shenanigans! Did you see how the momentum swung after the outage? Wow!!! What a game and not a bad showing for a rookie quarterback.  After the outage that is.

Aside from the exciting game during the day. It was to be an exciting night as well. Scheduled to perform was the one and only "Crooked I" from "Slaughterhouse."

If you didn't know around the year 2002 "Crooked I" used to roll with Suge Knight's "Death Row Records" before teaming up with Slaughterhouse and his new label While at Death Row he appears on several artists tracks but was unable to release his own albums. Apparently, a couple albums were shelved for political reasons. However, he was able to release a mixtape under the "Death Row" flag.

Fast forward about 7 years (and many releases) to the Slaughterhouse era. Teaming up with Royce da 5'9 and Joe Budden and a few others together they formed the hip-hop version of the Superfriends. 

Now as he mentioned on stage Eminem is currently his boss since being signed to Shady/Aftermath records. Could you have it any better I say not but that's just me.

History lesson over - back to the present. I expected the artist to come on stage do a couple tracks then vamos. Nope, nada, no way. Our guy was not having it. He got on stage talked to the crowd performed some of his more well known cuts, freestyed for about a half hour, did some of his lesser known stuff, freestyled for about 20 minutes then did some of his newest stuff. He even performed a song that not only is unreleased but he had never performed it before. It seemed the longer he performed the stronger he got.

Can't forget about our guy "Reno Red." He closed the show with his signature style and smooth flow.

 

It was amazing.....

Thank you to the Sponsor "Sneaker Warz", "Crooked I" and all of "COB"  

If you like this post check these out:

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Wait for it.... waiting, waiting, waiting. I Wait for it.... waiting, waiting, waiting. I've come to the conclusion that I'm against blackouts during SuperBowls - photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

There is absolutely no mistaking who "Aquino" is rooting for. Wait for it.... waiting, waiting, waiting. I There is absolutely no mistaking who "Aquino" is rooting for. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

"Reno Red" closing the show doing what he does best. - photo by SureShotfoto.com

"Reno Red" closing the show doing what he does best. - photo by SureShotfoto.com  

"Crooked I" giving love to the Sonics. Thanks bro. - photo by SureShotfoto.com "Crooked I" giving love to the Sonics. Thanks bro. - photo by SureShotfoto.com 

 

"Crooked I" giving to Seattle - photo by SureShotfoto.com "Crooked I" giving it up to Seattle - photo by SureShotfoto.com

"Crooked I" giving it up to Seattle - photo by SureShotfoto.com "Crooked I" giving it up to Seattle - photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

"Crooked I" getting stronger as the night wears on. -photo by SureShotfoto.com

"Crooked I" getting stronger as the night wears on. -photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

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leon@sureshotfoto.com (SureShot Fotografie') Aftermath Aquino Crooked Elite Status Foto Fotografie Hiphop I Red Reno Seattle Seattle photography Shady Slim Sneaker Warz SureShot Foto Sureshot Fotografie West coast hip-hop hiphop photography rap http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/2/crooked-I-seattle Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:54:09 GMT
Shake ya azz!!! Mystikal comes to Seattle and kills it http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2013/2/mystikal  January ended with a bang. Mystikal (formerly of No Limit records) has been away for a long time. He was ummmm, detained. Lterally. We all know about Mystikal's unfortunate run ins with the law as well as his lengthy prison sentence. But this post is about him as a musician so enough about that.

  As it turned out this was to be a banner night for hip-hop in Seattle for not only Mystikal as the headliner but the opening acts were exceptional. Starting the night was a local artist named Jay-Key. At first glance he was quite unassuming but on stage it's a different story. He's another one of our local boys to keep an eye out for in the future.

 Second up was a performer from the east side of the mountains in Washington State "G-U." I wasn't familiar with him before but I was impressed at not only his lyrics but his flow/delivery.

 Third up was another artist that didn't know but I have to say that I really should have, "Feez the Germ." This young man is certainly going to make noise not only locally but nation wide as he definitely has all the tools.

 Next was probably the best known hip-hop group out of Seattle ever, "Dyme Def." Now I've been a fan of these guys for a long, long time. I've seen them around the town but until now I hadn't had the pleasure of seeing them perform live. It was well worth the wait as the intimate setting of the venue was a perfect compliment. 

 And finally, the man himself Mystikal. Let me start out by saying I haven't been the biggest fan of Mystikal, even in my younger days when I was buying everything that No Limit Records released (and let me tell you it was a lot back then). Something changed when I saw him perform though. I gained a much higher level of respect for him as an artist. Anyone that was there could see that he loved what he was doing and he truly appreciated the fans that supported him. There wasn't a fan in the house that wanted to meet him or wanted a picture with him that was left wanting. I know for me that goes along way. 

"Neema" the MC for the nights event -photo by SureShotFoto.com

above "Neema" the MC for the nights event -photo by SureShotFoto.comJay-Key doin above J-Key doin' his thing -photo by SureShotFoto.com

G-U spittin

above G-U spittin'-photo by SureShotFoto.com

"Feez the Germ" between verses -photo by SureShotFoto.com

above "Feez the Germ" takes a break between verses -photo by SureShotFoto.com

"Feez the Germ" looking stoic -photo by SureShotFoto.com above "Feez the Germ" looking stoic -photo by SureShotFoto.com

"Dyme Def" Seattle hip-hop supergroup rippin above "Fearce Vill" of "Dyme Def," Seattle's hip-hop supergroup rippin' at Nuemos -photo by SureShotFoto.com

"Dyme Def" Seattle hip-hop supergroup rippin

above S.E.V. from "Dyme Def" Rockin' Neumos in Seattle as one of the opening acts for "Mystikal" - photo by SureShotfoto.com

"Mystikal" @ Nuemos in Seattle -photo by SureShotFoto.com  (I love this photo btw) above and below "Mystikal" @ Nuemos in Seattle -photo by SureShotFoto.com  (I love the photo above btw)

"Mystikal" @ Nuemos in Seattle -photo by SureShotFoto.com

"Mystikal" doing his tribute to Michael Jackson above "Mystikal" doing his tribute to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"  @ Nuemos in Seattle -photo by SureShotFoto.com

"Mystikal" @ Nuemos in Seattle -photo by SureShotFoto.com above and below "Mystikal" @ Nuemos in Seattle -photo by SureShotFoto.com

"Mystikal" @ Nuemos in Seattle -photo by SureShotFoto.com Seattle

above Seattle's own Aquino with a legend of hip-hop and pretty much one of the inventors of southern hip-hop KLC -photo by SureShotFoto.com

Sponsor of the show, Seattle

Sponsor of the show, Seattle's own Aquino with "Mystikal" showing off one of the newest additions to the "Sneaker Warz" clothing line. -photo by SureShotfoto.com

 

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The bad girls of "Bad Girls Club" Reality show hit Seattle http://www.sureshotfoto.com/blog/2012/10/the-bad-girls-of-bad-girls-club-reality-show-hit-seattle Last night stars of the "Reality TV" show "Bad Girls Club" came to town. I actually had never heard of the show before but apparently the show is in it's 10th season and there have been a number of spin off's (according to Wikipedia). We welcomed a total of three of the girls but one wasn't feeling well so we had the pleasure of hanging out with Rima (season 9) and Erica (Season 8).

I have to report that the night went off without a hitch... mostly.

There were two simultaneous parties going on for the bad girls at club Glo in Kirkland, an affluent suburb of Seattle. Downstairs there was an under 21 party and upstairs the adults.

Downstairs with the kids was a madhouse in a good way actually. The kids were so into the girls and the girls seemed genuinely appreciative of the love they were getting. Rima was in such a giving mood that she gave a Madonnaesque PG-13 lap dance to an on duty bouncer. Needless to say they loved it and so did the bouncer.

No major drama contrary to most of our predictions. )-:

 

Erica of "Bad girls club" spinning? Yes she can! photo by SureShotfoto.com Rima of "Bad Girls club" getting a little freaky. photo by SureShotfoto.com Xavier and the "Way too loud" girls photo by SureShotfoto.com Rima and friends. photo by SureShotfoto.com Aquino and Rima reppin

  

 

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