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RUNning Rebel (Acoustic) featuring Joey Spina

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Khary WAE Frazier featuring Joey Spina. The gumbo of Blues & Hip-hop represented well on this record officially featured on the ‘Preaching to the Choir’ 20008 release by Frazier. This was previously unreleased and a special feature for you!

Running Rebel Lyrics:

Chorus
The Rebels are running and coming and coming
The rebels are running and coming
I’m a Rebel


Verse One

By any means necessary so my mind military
As I carry out the visions of the visionary
To the cemetery/ and it vary how I carry what I carry
Got weapons from the streets and weapons from the library
So it’s no telling what’s up in my mind
And it’s no telling what’s off on my side
Reparations ain’t nothing but a riot away
a moltov cocktail in the president’s face
Burn the Whitehouse down for Katrina’s sake
Take some land for ourselves the American way
They not red in the face they red in neck
A savage respect when he faced with his death
Fuck a ballot initiative you see what we living in
Nigguz ain’t got nothing and we ain’t getting shit
But I got a plan for the Brooks Brothers gentleman
For today’s slave master a Nat Turner of this millennium
Pitch forks and hoes now gats and Girbauds
Timberlands and shanks that’s razors to the throats
Living out the actions of Huey Newton quotes
Fueled by the fire of what Chuck D spoke
My peoples army study Marcus Garvey, Nikki Giovanni,
Peter Tosh, and Bob Marley, Muhammed Ali
Cause the teachings of the system doing nothing for me
Revolution on the institution what we need
Verse Two
I have an American Dream but reality ghetto
Public school education got me stuck in the middle
No money no job no food no hospital
Its like no way out opportunity ain’t a little
And it’s so hard for us to survive
Cancer diabetes and Black on Black crime
And the HIV got us dropping like flies
This is the way that we live out our lives
The constitution need some resolutions
Started by the revolution
I’ll do it I’ll prove it If I have to start the movement
We’ll sit down and talk it out or we’ll keep fighting through it
Black power on them bitch ass cowards to turn em’ sour
Take it up with anybody if they got a fucking problem
Whether cop or civilian it may take a million
But the rebels with me rebels and they rebels that’s killing

Detroit is Different Podcast: Jocelyn Rainey & Mike Willingham

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Jocelyn Rainey and Mike Willingham blessed Detroit is Different for April 2015 as my Visual Artist features. In Detroit is Different style today we close April with a Podcast interview. I talked Detroit and their families history in Detroit. Jocelyn and I talked about her love for House Music and travel. Also she gave great insight into ways to begin an art collection. Mike Willingham and I discussed the impact of hip-hop on his artistry. We also talked about one of my supporters in hip-hop RIP MC Breed.

Listen to the Detroit is Different Podcast today.

Jocelyn Rainey on Detroit is Different with Khary WAE Frazier

Mike Willingham on Detroit is Different with Khary WAE Frazier

Detroit is Different Podcast: Yusef ‘Bunchy’ Shakur

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Saturday February 21, 2015 Detroit is Different collaborated with Author and Freedom Fight Yusef ‘Bunchy’ Shakur to deliver a dynamic event. Yusef delivered a speech, and artists delivered performance. Detroit is Different’s February feature Yusef Shakur was the guest for the ‘7 O’Clock Saturday Stories’ live podcasting. For the evening Yusef delivered his ‘State of Black Detroit Address.’ Yusef’s address was anchored by performances from poet Raina Baker, spoken word artist KULTURE Ivory, hip-hop artist G Mac, guitarist Jabari Reynolds, and myself.

Detroit is Different Podcast Interview with Yusef ‘Bunchy’ Shakur


Yusef ‘Bunchy’ Shakur’s 2015 State of Black Detroit Address

This all took place at Nandi’s Knowledge Café in Highland Park. An audience of approximately 50 guests attended this event. I opened a dialogue between Yusef and guests seeking to gather his perspective on the current status of Detroit. This is a rich experience, event, and interview. I hope you appreciate the content. Click Play below to listen to the ‘Detroit is Different Podcast Interview’ and/or ‘State of Black Detroit Address.’

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KULTURE & Raina Baker, Yusef ‘Bunchy’ Shakur, Guests at Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe for the State of Black Detroit & Detroit is Different Music and Podcasting LIVE

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Detroit is Different Podcast with Sharon McPhail

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I welcomed an open discussion with the Honorable Sharon McPhail for the Detroit is Different podcast’s November 2014 Politics theme. We discussed a mix of topics regarding her commitment to family, Detroit, and advocacy. Her journey from Massachusetts, to leading the Wolverine Bar Association, to working with Mayor Coleman Young are all covered.

Currently Sharon McPhail is a superintendent of a K – 12 school. We discuss the roles families and fathers play in the lives of children. Also the impact hip-hop has. This is an interview rich with content and history. Please enjoy and listen in.

DETROIT is DIFFERENT LIVE: NOVEMBER EVENTS

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Detroit is full of talented and skillful artists. As a rapper I’ve been blessed to work with and meet many. The collection of artists I most love, and am inspired by, are the musicians. I think all too often Detroit artists feel taken unappreciated here. So as an artist and fan I’m glad to embrace, support, and appreciate the talent before me when I can.

For over a decade as a hip-hop artist and band leader I’ve performed with some of the best performers across the world. Witnessing the artistry of nationally recognized artists like Danny Brown, Derrick May, and Big Sean create has been humbling. Though these acts provide only a glimpse into the dynamic and eclectic world of Detroit music that I’ve fell in love with.

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Thanksgiving Night I’m performing live at the Jam Handy in Detroit’s New Center District (2900 E Grand BLVD Detroit MI @ 8PM), I’d like for you to join me. This performance is an event I’m producing with Handsome Sam (Sam Spurill). It’s a featured event for the ‘Mind Fusion Series.’ This show will fuse Jazz and Hip-hop live performance.

“The idea is to have people come out and join us for great music live after spending a day with your family,” Handsome Sam.

The Jazz band is Alex White and the Family. Led by Alex White on drums, the band will feature Michael Jellick on Piano, Ben Rolstan on Bass, and Rafael Statin on Saxophone. The Mind Fusion series is a mix of hip-hop and other music genres Sam and I will feature quarterly. This Fall for Thanksgiving we’re mixing great Jazz players and Hip-hop.

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DETROIT IS DIFFERENT: NOVEMBER DETROIT EVENTS

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Wednesday November 19, 2014 Urban Organic & Soulasis Music Group Present: XII the Brandon Williams Album Release Event

At the Detroit Public Library Main Branch 5201 Woodward Detroit MI, Free Event 6PM -9PM Performance at 7PM *I’m going to perform with Brandon and the Band too, JOIN US!

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Friday November 21, 2014 Nadir’s Electric Lounge

At the Next Wave Media Lab 950 Stephenson Highway Troy MI, Free Event 7PM Doors & 8PM Show Performing along with Nadir will be Steffanie Christi’an and Michael Turner Live Funk, Rock & Soul

Saturday November 22, 2014 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories with Sharon McPhail

At Motor City Art Center 4468 Third Street Detroit MI 48201, Free Event at 7PM, Join me as I interview Sharon McPhail and discuss her experience, ideas, and visions about Detroit

WAE Music: I Oh My featuring Shiron Denise

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I oh My

Performed by Khary WAE Frazier & Shiron Denise
Notes of an Artist/Activist album released in 2009
Produced by Ian Sherman
Written by K. Frazier & I. Sherman
Hip-hop Vocalist Khary WAE Frazier
Soul Vocalist Shiron Denise

Verse One
Peace and blessings how I finish off letter
Cousin second tour of Iraq got him stressing
While I try to get better
People in the streets carrying concealed weapons
And moms getting older
And Detroit city push her blood pressure over
Feel like that but a whole lot younger
Praying for each other just to keep on going
While my brother on his knuckles
blew his bail out now he looking for a hustle
100K in a year get spent like nuthin
we grew up we just use to the struggle
and my hood stay changing
seniors passing on grandkids is my neighbors
so my block stay alive like Vegas
my man got strong armed over small paper
on his front porch face to face with a banger
since then I ain’t had a next door neighbor
. . . as we lose hope
politicians get indicted so how can I vote
. . . and my phone been tapped
best friend facing fed time caught up in a trap
and he just had a son so we talk about that
and avoid conversations bout what newspapers said
. . . as I listen to the music
I don’t even get the same feeling when I do it
More I know the business I wish I was I was clueless
Bout to be 30 so it feel like it’s useless
. . . but I hear the rhythm and see the reality of grandma sanging

Bronx NY @ Smart Monkii Studios with Cortland Hawkins
Bronx NY @ Smart Monkii Studios with Cortland Hawkins

Chorus
I Oh My Wondering Why
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Verse Two
asking god for less while thanking god for more
reality’s the same couple bucks away from poor
more that I get more I got to pay for
ask me for help situation like yours
I ain’t never had nuthin
I’m afraid of success that’s a different thing to stomach
:put my heart in a art that nobody respect
when I tell you I’m a rapper then you see me for less
own family think I’m wasting time I don’t got left
so I think about survival and I dream success
. . . as I script out lyrics
while searching for the god in the next man spirit
planning for my God Son that’s still an infant
born on my birthday his life gone be different
looking to the future with dreams of fulfillment
while I’m getting use to just living how I’m living

Use to Be: Song Background

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In 2009 I was a business partner in the ‘1440 Collective Studios.’ The ‘1440 Collective Studios’ was a creative space located at 1440 Gratiot Detroit MI 48207 in Downtown Detroit. Conceptually the ‘1440’ could be compared to the maker space initiatives launched throughout Detroit today. The ‘1440’ mixed the creativity of public relations, music recording, music production, DJing, live band (music) rehearsals, and video production. It was innovative. The collective was founded by Nadir Omowale, Habiba Adams, Eric Campbell, DJ Major, DJ Man Power, and myself, in 2008. By 2009, Joey Spina and Davey G partnered. A host of artists, people, and tastemakers visited, supported, and conducted business at the ‘1440.’ In 2011 the ‘1440 Collective’ closed. Today it’s remembered for the parties, (musician) jam sessions, and music recordings.

the 1440 Collective, Joey Spina
the 1440 Collective, Joey Spina

In the Spring of 2009 ‘1440 Collective’ business partner, Joey Spina, purchased a Pro Tools recording module (Pro Tools is a music recording computer software and hardware brand). The day he bought the recording module he brought it to the ‘1440.’ Spina told me how excited he was about the purchase (I’ve always called Joey Spina ‘Spina’). I told him emphatically, “I’m going to be the first person to record on it!” We laughed about it. He agreed in one week we do a recording session.

Before that conversation with Spina, I had yet to record (music) in months. I spent the close of 2008, and start of 2009 performing, and promoting my first album ‘Preaching to the Choir.’ In that process I lost the drive to write, and record music. In a week of preparation I gathered my notebooks, and began writing.

Generally I write rap songs in three styles: premise, story, or slick. Premise is a style in which I brainstorm ideas to write the song. The brainstorming process is as important as the content.

In example: If I were to brainstorm the topic of Detroit Pistons, Isiah Thomas immediately comes to mind. Bringing more color to a reference, I would recall Terry Duerod. ‘In Detroit we on guard/ like the one that came town that kicked out Terry Duerod’ – example lyric unused. So for Piston fans (especially at my barbershop, Hawk’s off Schoolcraft and Southfield, what up Mike D!) it’s special. Isiah Thomas took Terry Duerod’s place on the Pistons. That fact makes the lyric clever. Duerod is one of the best U of D Titan basketball players ever. Mentioning him is symbolic to Detroit.

The story style engages the listener in a conversation as though we know one another. Finally the slick style is a culmination of lines that I wind together in rhyme schemes, patterns, consonant placement, and alliteration to give a rap character.

‘Use to Be,’ blends the style of premise and story. The recording session also featured two vocalists; Fee Graffiti, and Polka Dot. Fee Graffiti is a singer I knew for years. We met through her boyfriend Doug Greenwood who produced music for me. She graduated from MSU with a degree in communications. She was looking for vocal and studio experience. Polka Dot is a business partner to my friend Kaunn. We met upon Kaunn insisting that we should record together. When the opportunity opened up to record music, I called.

Fee Graffiti, Kaunn, Polka Dot
Fee Graffiti, Kaunn, Polka Dot

Recording was fun. Spina had the studio set up with three open microphones. The only headphones for the sessions were used by Joey Spina. I rapped short segments of songs. Spina played along finding chords to match. When we agreed upon matching chords, I’d arrange a hook with Fee Graffiti, or Polka Dot. In two hours we recorded seven songs. The most notable songs of the seven were ‘Teddy Bears Tied Up to Trees,” and “Use to Be.”

After the session was wrapped up we shared shots of Bourbon (Spina always drank Bourbon). Two weeks later Spina gave me the sessions. I placed the ‘Use to Be’ on my ‘Notes of an Artist and Activist I’ album.

The recording is very special to me. ‘Use to Be,’ has a blues feel and I LOVE BLUES. The characters, personal relationships, and essence of Keb Mo, John Lee Hooker, and a host of others capture my imagination. I’ve always felt the hip-hop experience is as interpersonal to me as Blues. I also appreciate the manner and style it changes dependent upon the mood of the artist. “I can’t stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain’t music, it’s close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music,” Billie Holiday. That’s one of my favorite quotes from one of the most powerful voices to be recorded. RIP Lady Day.

Song Performed by Khary WAE Frazier
Music Played, Composed, Arranged and Produced by Joey Spina
Lyrics by Khary WAE Frazier
Song featured on the Notes of an Artist/ Activist I Album 2008
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