Only adults are admitted. Nobody younger than 18 can hire or listen to Psykhomantus in the club or your speakers with this rating. The DJ under this category do not have limitation on the bad language that is used. Hard Beats are generally allowed, and strong Scratchin/Beat Juggling along with Body Tricks activity is also allowed. Scenes of strong real sex may be permitted if justified by a fly groupie.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

On The Q&A Tip with Xolisa

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Psykhomantus: Welcome to the Q&A tip, where I try to pick your brian and drive you insane, but before I hit you off with ten Question's, just for the readers. Can you tell us who is who you are and what do you do?
Xolisa: Who am I? I am a 25 year old, Toronto born, Toronto raised woman- born to proud Trinidadian parents, writing and producing my own music full-time, offering my own contribution and approach to Hip Hop- who happens to be pretty dope at what she does and works hard for. I am an emcee. I am a producer. I'm a lover of music - period.
Psykhomantus: As Sanaa Lathan would say in the movie "Brown Sugar", When did you fall in love with Hip Hop?
Xolisa: I fell in love with Hip Hop when I first heard Tribe's, "Electric Relaxation". Then when I first heard Camp Lo's, "Luchini" and "Coolie High"...and "Park Joint". It was when I heard Lauryn's, “Lost Ones" and Tribe's, "Bonita Applebum", “1nce Again” and “Mind Power”; MF Doom's, "Money Folder", "Bada Bing"...I can't go on with Doom, he's just on a level of his own… When I heard Scanz', "Travellin", ODB's' "Brooklyn Zoo", when I heard Kendrick's entire Good Kid album, when I first absorbed Black Star...It consciously began with A Tribe Called Quest, but the love was there before and after them. I feel like I fall in love with Hip Hop over and over again as I hear new music, revisit old music and create my own music.
Everyone has that one track that solidified their tie with Hip Hop, that one track that they’ll always hold close and I've never thought about it till answering this question, but I guess I've always been searching for new music (whether it's actually a new song, or an old song that I’m hearing for the first time) that'll allow me to feel that feeling again- that feeling of falling in love with Hip Hop. I guess that's what allows me to make the songs I do, because each of them in ways different from each other, has made me fall in love with Hip Hop again. Man, that's probably the driving force of why certain songs of mine don't make it to the public.
This is very interesting because I was thinking about this the other day. I was wondering what it was within me that gives that green light to invest in completing a song. The creation process is just that, a process. I usually know within the first few minutes of creating a beat, whether it's something I want to commit to, write to and eventually share, or not. Thank you for asking this question, I feel like a room of light bulbs just went off simultaneously.
Like an addict seeking their next high, I create in order to seek that feeling of falling in love with Hip Hop- or I guess music period, which is a high in itself and it's recreated in new ways, every time.
Psykhomantus: What inspires you to write your rhymes?
Xolisa: The inspiration for the rhymes I write varies. I feel like as I evolve as an artist, the inspiration will in-turn continue to vary. With this current EP, "Rhyme Until My Spirit Needs No Words To Fly", what inspired me was my own personal growth and understanding of my self during the EP’s creation. As I learnt knew things about me emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally- I wanted to write about it. It's a very self-reflective project, the songs were written about my observations on myself. I'll probably always write about myself in some capacity- I’m introspective by nature.
What also inspires my rhymes are situations and interactions with people.
I like trying to put the situations or emotions that aren't the easiest to sum up, into words. It's easy to say, "I'm happy" or, "me and my boyfriend just broke up"- that's simple. You ever feel that feeling of being on your way to being happy? That in-between grey space of being in the tunnel where you can see the light, but you aren't quite there yet? That healing process? Or what about that space when you and your boyfriend (or girl) are on the way to being over- when nothing’s been admitted to one another or to yourself even, when outwardly things seem to be the same but the energy shared between you two is just screaming that things are off - but no one's saying a word.
That's a part of our human experience as well, those in-between moments that can't be neatly folded, fit and compartmentalized into a category. I like the challenge of trying to capture those moments in words and in sound- I mean those are transition moments, how can they really be summed up in words that describe a feeling, or a combination of feelings that leave you very uncomfortable. It's difficult, but it's real.
Psykhomantus: I see that you also produce your own songs, what are your main tools when your making a beat. What do you use?
Xolisa: I sure do. My tool of choice is Logic. I produce, record and mix in there. The very first program I put my hands on was Cubase, it was during a high school course I was in, appropriately titled, "Music and Computers". Since then I’ve dabbled a bit in Pro Tools, Reason, FL- but yeah man, I'm at home with Logic.
Every self-produced track of mine was made in Logic and it amazes me because there is still so much to learn with that program. I've seen windows and screens pulled up in Logic I never even knew existed! Which is why I choose to continue with it, to understand it further as my music evolves. When coming to making beats, I usually start off with whatever sound is the inspiration in that moment, or whatever is "haunting" me as I call it lol. Then, things build around that.
Psykhomantus: How long did it take to make the EP "Rhyme Until My Spirt Needs No Words To Fly"?
Xolisa: I begun making "Rhyme Until..." in about March/April of 2014. Although, at that time I didn't know I was building the foundations of an EP. I began writing the verse of "Arrivals/Departures" first and left it alone for quite sometime before a very rough version of what the beat has turned into, was created. The lyrics and production for "Dig Me"- again, a very bare bones sounding version of it compared to how it turned out, came about in May or early June. At the time I started writing "Dig Me", which wasn't even titled, "Dig Me" at that time (it had no title), I knew I wanted to begin working on a second project. I didn't exactly know how it would sound, or if those two songs would even be on it, but I applied for a grant with CUE Art Projects (cueartprojects.ca) (which also happens to be the very first grant I’ve ever applied for and received) and I got through! This brings us to late June. Once I got the green light with CUE for partial funding of the project, that's when I consciously began mapping out the music for the EP.
Interesting fact: although "Arrivals/Departures" was the first song I technically began working on, it was the very last song to be recorded and almost didn't make it on the project.
Psykhomantus: Can you name one song by another artist you wish you written?
Xolisa: Hmmm, that's a good one. So many songs flash through my mind…the one I’m going to go with is a song by the alternative rock group, Incubus (my favourite band). They have a song called “Dig” which I believe was written by the bands front man, Brandon Boyd. That song was one of the sources of inspiration for my song, “Dig Me”- but his lyricism is so real. He’s explaining to whoever he wrote the song for; his significant other, best friend- whoever, that when sadness, depression and negativity overall overtake me- which it will, and I put up my walls and shut you and the rest of the world out- which I will, please don’t give up on me. Remember these words, I need you to dig me out of this and not turn away. Those lyrics hit a major chord for me because I know that feeling way too well. I practiced it a lot as a teen lol- shutting the world out, treating those around me coldly and putting up massive guards around myself, but secretly not wanting the ones closest to me to stop trying (without me having to tell them of course, I just expected that they'd know). It wasn’t a test or anything either. I just knew I needed to be alone to cope and sort through my own pain and was firm about needing that space, but didn’t want my loved ones to give up on loving me.
Psykhomantus: Is there been a performance that you've done and said to yourself that you could of done that better?
Xolisa: Yes, there are many. And I know I can be pretty hard on myself after performances and this question probably doesn't help matters lol, but the first one that comes to mind is the "Rhyme Until..." EP release party show. The thing about it though, when I look back at my performances, there is always something I can say I learnt from any given show. I believe they go the way they do for a reason and those reasons have helped to shape a stronger performer.
That night sticks out in my mind though. I remember I was sick very early that morning and was completely, physically out of it. I had basically pulled an all nighter online with my engineer, finishing up some last minute details with the EP and I was just hit with a serious stomachache. By the time the show came around that evening, my energy wasn't at its highest and I was still shaky from a full morning and afternoon of nausea and all that follows as a result of nausea. I know it was an enjoyable show but I have seen how I throw down when I’m at full energy- so have my listeners. It's still a show I wish was stronger. I want to be able to give my 100% at live shows so knowing that I didn't give it- but gave what I could at that moment… it’s a bittersweet kind of show experience that remains in my mind.
Psykhomantus: If you did a world tour, which other two artists would you bring with you and why?
Xolisa: If I did a world tour, it would be me along side my DJ, DJ Afroditee right off the bat- so that doesn't count as one of my choices. I would bring fellow Toronto emcee’s, Theo Process and Dynesti Williams (who is also a singer) and I'm going to go ahead and throw in a 3rd- Erik Flow and a 4th- Progress. Although there are so many artists to choose from, I would choose these 4 because they each are so incredibly different- yet live and breathe the same breath of Hip Hop. I respect each of them as individuals first and foremost as well as their grind for their art and their music. I've worked with each of them already on some capacity- so there's already a foundation set and I think we’d contrast and compliment each other very well.
Psykhomantus: My favourite question (as i am known to be a trouble maker) Is there an Rapper you feel that should just put the mic down?
Xolisa: You’re definitely a troublemaker. I’ll say this: I hold a lot of respect and admiration for rappers who’ve started at an early age and can maintain the essence of their fire, that raw energy, their flow and most importantly- that hunger that they began their career with. We age, times change, fads and trends come and go and you sit and watch artists try to maintain relevancy- it’s hard to watch at times, and I’m sure it’s hard to do. Some switch up their styles completely so that they are making music that’s popular today and that’s mainstream. Some stick to what they’ve always done and been known for. While others try to find creative ways with their team, to stick to their sound- but also be relevant to the times as well. I get that the hunger you start off with, especially if you entered this arena at a young age, it wanes as you get older and as you gain money and success. The things you use to be rapping about at 18 or 19, by the age of 30- you’ve probably outgrown, achieved and overcome- that’s part of what drives that hunger. But there are rappers who although they may have received a lot of success, and may not be in the same frame of mind as they were when they begun, I can listen to their music and still feel that grit, that fire.
Take Kendrick for example, fast forward 5 or 10 years in the future to the music he’s making. I may look at him and say “damn…where’s that rapper who when he’d spit, I could literally feel the saliva spray off of his syllables? The rapper who I would be so intrigued by the multiple personalities and freedom he’d allow to enter and be a part of his tracks?” or, maybe I won’t have to question it. Maybe those elements that he’s become known for, will still exist in his music but will have just evolved. Who knows?
Psykhomantus: Last question. What will we be expecting in the future from you?
Xolisa: In the long run, I have no idea- all I can say is that it will be dope and it will be made with 100% love behind it. I take my steps following my gut, or at least trying my best to. Sometimes my choices are impulsive, other times more calculated. I realize that once I’ve completed working on one thing, there’s always a creative spark to begin working on something else and that’s how I’ve been moving thus far, letting the creativity as well as the drive in what I want to accomplish, guide me. Looking out on a short-term span, I will be continuing to create music videos for the “Rhyme Until…” EP. It's a 6 part visual journey the director, Mr. Asante and I are creating. The first is already out, for the first song on the EP, entitled, "Dig Me". And the rest will follow. This year I'll also be focusing heavily on taking my music out on the road, performing in and out of Toronto and growing my circle of listeners.
Performing live brings an element that pressing play on a cd, or online cannot deliver and I'm incredibly excited to see how the music is received as I continue to hit up new venues, new cities and play around with my live sets.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

VisionBombing Season 2 | Episode 8

VB SEASON 2: EPISODE 8 from VisionBombing on Vimeo.


What's up peeps?

Back bombing your vision and banging on ear drums its MadFlow, DJ Psykhomantus and Mr. Dex with episode 8 of VisionBombing. This month we bring you music videos from Hip-Hop heavy hitters including Amy True, Axel F., Gee Bag, Joey Bada$, Mystro, and Your Old Droog. Plus special guest appearances by DJ Devastate and DJ Chux (OthaSoul).

1. Theme
2. Intro: MadFlow*
3. Incredible MC- Kamanchi Sly
4. Motivate- Jack Jones
5. Nutty Bars- Your Old Droog
6. No. 99- Joey Bada$
7. Skit: DJ Devastate*
8. Move- Whosane
9. 8 Minutes- J Live
10. Bring Apocalypse feat Blacastan- ChumZilla
11. Time- PRhyme (DJ Premier & Royce 5'9)
12. Skit: MadFlow*
13. Superman (remix) feat Pok and Strong Arm Steady- Axel F (J.Rocc & M.E.D.)
14. Rock On- Gee Bag
15. Follow- Dayne Jordan
16. Without A Clue- The 1978ers
17. Skit: DJ Chux (from OthaSoul)*
18. Shine- Bootha Vandross
19. Bodygold- The Mouse Outfit & Mattic
20. Suttin' To Feel- Amy True
21. Lambs Bread- Mystro
22. Outro: MadFlow*
23. Fin: The Road Less Traveled- Redux
Hosted by MadFlow
Mixed by DJ Psykhomantus & Mr. Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepard Manyika
Image Graphics by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2015

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Video: Verbadelyck Presents The #Virtuoso Video #MiXTAPE By Psykhomantus

Verbadelyck Presents The #Virtuoso Video #MiXTAPE By Psykhomantus





Psykhomantus took the time out of his busy schedules to drop this video mixtape made of nothing but #PiKaHsSo ViDEOS & projects PiKaHsSo featured in.

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

VisionBombing Season 2 Episode 7



Seasons Greetings.
We at VisionBombing wish you all a Happy Hoilday and hope you enjoy this episode as its our gift to you. In this episode, MadFlow, DJ Psykhomantus and Mr. Dex 6 features music videos from Apollo Brown & Ras Kass, Big Rec, Chris Rivers, Confucius MC, Dillon Cooper, EdO.G, FRESHerz, Havoc, Le$, PRhyme, Skyzoo & Torae, Swiss, and not forgetting the ladies G.L.A.M, MC Melodee, Rapsody and Rocky Rivera. Special appearance by OneNess Sankara and Torae.

See you in 2015

VisionBombing Season 2 Episode 7
1. Theme
2. Intro: MadFlow*
3. The Dumb Out feat R.A. The Rugged Man
4. N***er?- Swiss
5. Lenton (PMix)- FRESHerz
6. Pay Per View- EdO G
7. Skit: OneNess Sankara*
8. Courtesy - PRhyme
9. How To Kill God - Apollo Brown & Ras Kass
10. Uncut Raw feat Prodigy- Havoc
11. Original - Confucius MC
12. Skit: MadFlow*
13. Disco Dip- MC Melodee
14. Roll Up- G.L.A.M.
15. Drama- Rapsody
16. Pussy Kills- Rocky Rivera
17. Skit: Torae*
18. Memorabilia - Skyzoo & Torae
19. Knuckle Up - Dillon Cooper
20. Ain't Hard To Tell - Chris Rivers
21. Come Up - Le$ ft. Curren$y
22. Outro: MadFlow*
23. Fin: DJ IFTW at The Ave
Mixed by DJ Psykhomantus & Mr. Dex
*Additional music productions by Adam Rock of Jazz Re:freshed
Edited, graded and mastered by Shepard Manyika
Image Graphics by Glen Stone
VisionBombing 2014

VisionBombing Exclusive Interview Junia T



VisionBombing Exclusive Interview Junia T 
Interviewed by Mr. Dex Camera, 
Edited and Mastered by Shepherd Manyika 
Special thanks to Rough Trade East 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Interview: On The Q&A Tip with... Dr3Matic




Psykhomantus: Welcome to On The Q&A Tip. Can you tells us who you are and what it is you do?
Dr3matic: Well from the intergalactic planet of funky manoeuvres I go by the name of Dr3matic pronounced Draymatic.. I dig for ill crates, being on the turntables since 87, studied sound engineering in 95, being on the beats since 94...and I aim to destroy the beast that goes by the title of WACK...

Psykhomantus: How did you get to be introduced to this art called Hip Hop?

Dr3matic: Nobody had the courtesy to tell my black ass... A nigga had to just absorb that shit like secondary blunt smoke..Music was always around the crib man. My roots on my father side is carribbean, on my mother side African and American roots. So I absorbed everything from the Everly Brothers to Burning Spear, and back to Bootsy Collins... I always loved music and was a heavy radio head so whatever was on in the late 70s and early 80s was latched onto. Hip hop came via the early memories of Sugar Hill. I was aware of all of that when it dropped, the movies and then instructional vids from cats like Turbo and Ozone, bet cats aint even seen shit like that... But for me it was all about the music as long as it was dope. A lot of heads always have this idyllic moment when they fell in love with hip hop... Bull shit.. its so fuckin corny... If that was your intro to music, i pity the limited fool. If anything the love and gravitation to hip hop is more of a process rather than a moment. And that kinda happens the more I started djing, the love for music was always there, I was always writing songs, raps before but when I got a chance to start scratching or to more define it, destroy my brothers records, there was more of a need for those types of records..So mid 80s to 90s my taste for that east coast boom bap went into overdrive. My wider love for music in general can clearly be reflected in the sets I now play, spanning many genres, but most of the time I pretend I'm not into hip hop lol... Its that special to me, fuck the fake fuckers who infiltrate, death to y'all..

Psykhomantus: You had a Record Store called The BeatHut in London in the mid 2000, tell us a little history about setting that up?

Dr3matic: Word opening a store was key to getting out that dope(not crack)...cuz most stores were fucking up for real... Mostly I just wanted a spot where I could cut records up any time I felt like it, and tell my wife I was really at work.. tee he he

Psykhomantus: You now have a record label Called 7 Series Music, How did that come about?

Dr3matic: Once again, it seems that the music industry in the UK got nigga-itis, so they don't wanna give a nigga a job, so I'm like suck my balls suckaz, heres my own label, while shouting out a hip hop slogan of 'how u like me now'... lol real talk, its about creating my own lane to showcase how dope I am, its the same hip hop battle concept of I'm better than that next sucker at this...So I'm doing all the beats and cuts and recording and negotiating, artwork, and making the cups of coffee laced with Jack Daniels... Gotta stay cosy in this cold world yo.

Psykhomantus: Vinyl and Tapes are making a little come back as some artists are going out their way in making them part of their product like Souls Of Mischief and Cormega did with their new album, as most Artists today are just happy to have their product on MP3 and CD. Do you think that all Rap artist should re think about how they put their product out as vinyl is still an important part of this culture?

Dr3matic: Yo, heads, INCLUDING the younger generation are looking for value and something they can cherish again.. We had such a long period of this tech that allowed people to make music really easily and as a consequence we got all this disposable music that over time people felt like, well I don't need to buy this....We had so long with that, that people are now just by nature ready for something more meaningful. Which is great and we can see that creeping in now with the increase in vinyl sales.. Ok some people think its chic or whatever, but people want that product thats special to them again. It is important to invest in yourself.. These cats putting out mp3 mix tapes for free??? wheres the value in that, where is your risk, oh theres no risk so I don't have to put any effort into the creative aspect of the music.. If you had put your money up like you had to in the 90s for your crate digging, travel, your studio time etc, and you were pressing on vinyl, you made damn sure that your shit was as dope as you could get it. So now as a consequence, we're gonna start to get more dope music coming in slow but sure...

Psykhomantus: How long have you been living in the UK for?

Dr3matic: Fam I travel the cosmos in n out, where I come from we don't have a concept of time... I think these niggas work for immigration yo lol.. Being here 20 of your earth yrs....

Psykhomantus: Can you name 5 producers you rate and why?

Dr3matic: Premier-Master of the chop. To truly appreciate, you have to listen to some of the originals of some of his beats, then you realise that he has a different way of listening, almost dismissive of linear timing. when you dismiss the timing of the original crate you can create in a really ill manner

Diamond D-This guy along with Showbiz is the teacher when it comes to digging for drums, and drum textures

Pete Rock- This guy is the master of layering, and using different loops together and making them sound seamless.

Large Professor-A fonky nigga, who always has all the right complimentary elements in the track.. nothing is ever out of place, and he always has the bounce to his shit... a drum master as well

QTip-Another dude that if you listen to some of his originals, you can only wonder how they got the beats to sound like that, the layering the boosting the eq, is just superior, might have to add props note.. Skeff Anslem, he gets props too(With my engineering hat on) Of course the engineers can be the difference between a track being dope or not.

Psykhomantus: Can you name one song you wish you produced by another artist?

Dr3matic: Gangstarr-Next time, wish I did the cuts too at the end of the song....

Psykhomantus: My favourite question. Is there a Producer or DJ you feel that should just give it up?

Dr3matic: Oh you just being an antagonist. No one in particular springs to mind on the beat side, but this Dilla impression beat shit has to stop.. niggas just looping some shit and dropping that snare at random like Stevie Wonder , tho Stevie is dope on drums as well so thats unfair. On the dj tip, theres a whole bunch of cats, ..Im doing a Skills track where the names are redacted, then Ima release it in a few yrs...

Psykhomantus: Last question. What will we be expecting in the future from you?

Dr3matic: I am now assembling a crew of magnetic warriors who sabotage the hard drives of haters and wack beat niggas




This is the video for Pay Per View by legendary hip hop artist Edo G and produced by Dr3matic. This song is a 7 inch vinyl

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Video: Psykhomantus "60 Minutes Of Def Jam Classics" Trailer




"60 Minutes Of Def Jam Classics" is a audio visual music video showcase set tribute to the record label Def Jam Recording. A Hip Hop journey of groundbreaking hits from the likes of LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy to EPMD, Nice & Smooth, Onyx, Method Mad & Redman, to Jay-Z, The Roots and more.

Available for a limited time psykhomantus@visionbombing.com

Twitter: @Psykhomantus
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