The Path

NONE of the greats felt like they knew everything. I’m sure most would tell you they knew nothing. Thats the thing with the arts, if you see a path to follow and a way to DO it you are probably going the wrong way. This means you are doing whats already been done. You stand today in the jungle with only a machete in your hand and the desire to forge your own path. FORGE that path. Stop worrying and make your own way. Tell your own story. 

JFD's TOP 10 Summer Jam Moments.

ALLABOUTSOUL Approved.

1. Hot 97 :)

2. These 2 people in the front grabbed my attention with their energy.

3. They gave me a show as I walked by and I respected their Jam Session.

4.SALUTE. Out of an arena of 60,000 this one guy caught my eye literally.

5. I caught fabolous right before he jumped on stage. This moment to me is priceless.

6. This reminds me of Chris Brown’s redemption. He killed it.

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8. I love capturing moments when people are just being people. Perfect timing.

9. I appreciate this shot because right at this second weezy knew it was for me. lol

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10. I love shooting a Drake performance, who’s passion is undeniable.

It was a tough decision since I love all of the shots but these are my top Ten (In no specific order) just generally images that define what ALLABOUTSOUL is. Enjoy :)

Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (photo recap)

I spent the entire day in BK yesterday, enjoying some great people and most importantly awesome music. With the likes of Random Axe, Rah Digga, Q-tip and surprise guests Black Thought, KANYE, and BUSTA! I found myself side/stagebound in what formed into a mini-mosh-pit when Kanye came out, needless to say once the “award tour” beat started any concern went out the window as I became one with my inner mosh and sang along as well as jumped with some much taller people, lol. This was my first time at BHHF and it was memorable, the energy was so live and the vibe was amazing. Q-tip is by far the livest dude on this earth, wow! That man can put on a show!

NOTE: I hardly do photos in black and white but I felt the vibe captured would be complimented in B&W. :)


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JFD :)


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Jesse Boykins& Mel D. Cole

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rah digga


Sean price


Kendrick Lamar


chillen


homeboy sandman


qtip



Busta


kanye

Satorial Sounds.
Thanks to Paul Cantor for allowing me to come capture Satorial Sounds! Being present at such an amazing event was truly a blessing. The soul behind each and every one of these artists is incredible. Visuals By Jenfreakindiaz

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Please watch for more on Satorial Sounds. Download Sartorial Sounds – Take Off Your Cool. Watch.

Street Etiquette-Sartorial Sounds from LightUp Film on Vimeo.

Live at the Loft. EP 16.
There is no better feeling than seeing hard work pay off! Welcome Kentucky’s own, Nemo Achida, who made his way to Episode #16. With his instrumental counterparts bringing the soul and the loft getting ready for the goodness, the night is a hit. His released EP, Goodbye Brooklyn is a movielike indication of his New York state-of-mind experience. His most recent mixtape, Nemotional, is also a great listen. Celebrations were in order as 88 Keys announced his newest Locksmith Music signee. See it for yourself. This is Live At The Loft

Nemo Achida “Nemotional” from LIVE AT THE LOFT on Vimeo.

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97 seconds :)
DJ Enuff #inspiring

Dela's Sophomore album Transition Lost

What started as a simple beat grew into Transition Lost. The sophomore release from Dela, the Paris/Montreal-based producer put the album together in just a few weeks time. He collaborated with Drink Water Music on this, the followup to 2009’s Changes of Atmosphere. Most of the beats were taken from unreleased side projects. Composed in Montreal during 2009 and 2010, Dela got inspiration from visiting record stores and searching through vinyl. The vibe came alive through sampling of jazz, funk, as well as his love for melodies, chords, and drums which he believes to be “the most important instrument in hip-hop music.”

The album features samples from Dela’s favorite movies. It develops a sense of nostalgia and hope. The album is half instrumental and features Reach, Kansas based MC, Blu a regular guest on Dela’s mixtapes and album, Sowlie, a French artist lending vocals, and lastly Long Island-bred MC Kemizt. The introduction for the album is led by Aliya, a friend of Dela.

Lost in Translation is about love stories gone wrong, about two people who don’t understand each other anymore. Whether heartbroken or not, this album is great for a rainy day. Listen and enjoy.

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[Read] Frank Discussions: Moruf

Courtesy of Frank151, Jen Diaz & Moruf.

Meet Moruf, Rapper/Musician out of NJ. This energetic MC intends to spread his Garden State of Mind for those ready to listen. The multi-driven, college-bound artist catches your attention with his infectious energy, his lyrics and his crew, Jersey Klan. Read on…

My name is… Moruf pronounced (Mo-roof). If you’re wondering, yes I’m African. Nigeria Stand Up! BONG!

And you might know me because... I put words together over beats. Check out my projects including The Prelude, Garden State of Mind, Ready2Live, SwC, JerseyKlan.

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Photo: Texas

The best thing about what I do is… There are no limits with music. You can do just about anything you want to do and say just about anything you want to say. Mix genres. If i wanted to rap over a Celine Dion song I could. Who said I cant? Ghostface raps over straight oldies. The vocals and all, haha. The beauty in that is awesome.

And the worst part is… People will easily put you in a box as a rapper and look at you as just that. People love to label. There is more to me than just that and people understand that when they listen to my music.

The most addictive thing in my life right now is… Hahaha hmm… I’m not even going say some wild ish moms may read. But my new addiction is now “TempleRun” on iPhone. I’m addicted. The crazy thing about it is, I don’t even have an iPhone so I just hold people’s iPhones I know for hostage and burn their battery as I attempt to reach one million points haha.

More people should know that... I love music, not just hiphop or rap but music. Anita, Marvin, Sampa, Bobby Hutherson, Thundercat, Roy Ayers, Fela Kuti, Little Dragon, Jesse Boykins, Toro y Moi, Zhane, to name a few. I am a fan of good sounds not just one genre. I’m shook to watch MJ’s Thriller dolo… Don’t judge me. #Thuglife. I can cook my ass off. Breakfast/lunch/dinner I does this! Growing up with three sisters I had no choice. Holla at me, I make a killer pasta alfredo, cheaa! Come to my next show I’ll bring a dish, haha.

I always notice when… To leave a situation alone. When the energy ain’t right, I’m not meant to be in the equation any longer. Good vibes keep me going.

It’ll always be in style to… To wash yo ass. That never gets old brotha!

But never... To not wash your ass. Being clean is important to me, ha.

Someone from the past who will never forget me is… My ex lovers. That seems like such the cool thing to say.

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Something I will never understand is… Why they raise the toll up to 50 cent. Come on Jersey, haha.

The best thing about where I live is… Umm everything is right next to each other: My school, job, and the train station to the city. Makes life so much easier. Burnetts sells the ill catfish dish. Waavy! Haha.

And when you come here, you should check out… Hing Hing Chinese store on Chancellor Ave. Chicken wings legendary. As well as QBG babershop on the same block. I’ve been going there for about 20 years.They always kept me lined up. Got my first job there sweeping hair, rapping for customers, haha.

You haven’t lived until... You Harlem shaked in Harlem.

If … I would be in Med School becoming a doctor, miserably everything would be different..

The best frank advice I ever got was… Always have fun. Enjoy what you do. Don’t depend on anyone but yourself. Your life is in your hands. Do you. Don’t wait on ninjas to give hand outs. Wake up every morning thankful. Keep yourself around positive people. Good energy keeps the world spinning… Oh and eat broccoli! Cheea!

Friends & Fireworks.

Happy 4th of July. I hope everyone enjoyed the day and crashed a million bbq’s, lol. I was in BK with my PNC Radio fam, enjoying great music, food, and fireworks! Not to mention an amazing view. What a great way to start the week.

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Sista.

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thoughts. (mitch)

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chillen.

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pretty :)

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night-time.

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Yari & I

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Produced by Chris Dave, 1st Single w/ Bilal & Renee Neufville

A nice track for your evening courtesy of the always dope, @_noree_.

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Drummer Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave and DJ/emcee Stimulus have joined forces for their first collaborative Mix-tape 3rd 1st Impression. The project will be self-released via free download on September 12th. The Mix-tape is produced entirely by Chris Dave and features Stimulus on the mic, Chris Dave on the drums, and features from Bilal, Renee Neufville, Stokley (of Mint Condition), Casey Benjamin and Screechy Dan.

Listen and enjoy.

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Full Crate & Mar, Live at the Loft :)

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