Blue Magic, Wine, and Chinatown
I had the chance to spend some time with famed music director Rik Cordero and his wife Nancy during our East Coast Tour. For those of you that don't know who he is, he’s known for his work making music videos for some of the biggest names in hip hop such as Jay-Z, Nas, the Roots, and Ghostface Killah. His work with underground artists gave him a reputation, which eventually lead to mainstream artists. For all you directors and producers, he gave me some solid advice and I think that we could all benefit from. Rik Cordero suggests that you finish your projects, don’t be afraid of failures, and make your self valuable. Don’t be afraid to do things for free to build up your brand and reputation. When you’ve developed a style, you’ll get people interested.
In his latest film “Inside A Change,” he takes renegade filmmaking to a new level without the need for a large budget.
He’s also got a lot of projects including music videos, the Deranged Fan series and the Sprite commercial that you're probably seeing everywhere. Keep up to date on his projects at Three21 Media.
I also had a chance to sit down with Triangle Offense in SoHo. Props to Edwin Blanco for hooking me up with these guys, because they are some pretty cool people to hang with. I learned how these guys got together to form the Triangle Offense (like in basketball). Although I only had Sci and Finesse for the interview, I still learned about their dance infused hip hop music (listen to Thank God I’m Fresh and Kapowski In My Audi).
The third member Adonis is out in the Philippines, but the group is still utilizing technology to produce music. On Monday, April 26, 2010, they will be releasing The Courting Mixtape. Look for it soon.
I ended the night hanging with the bad boys of Chinatown NYC, The Notorious MSG. I ended up meeting them in a pub somewhere in the alleys of Chinatown. If you haven't heard of these guys, then you've definitely been missing out on a lot. They fuse rock/hip-hop/comedy together to give you a dose of intense Chinatown flavor! Out of character, these guys are the most down-to-earth dudes you could ever know. We ended the night eating some great Chinese food and liquor. Ended up taking the D line all the way back up and capped the night with some Madden 2K10.