SULLEE J: Spear (new album submission)

Baltimore rapper Sullee J has dropped his latest album, previously announced exclusively at HEM News Agency, this past weekend (1 February 2019) after a short hiatus and working on some new material. The new collection of his hits, titled simply ‘Spear’ is now available for listening and purchase.

The hip-hop musician, who has had a very prolific 2018, releasing several tracks and collaborations with artists from as far as Iran, has kindly shared with you his experience and feelings behind the Spear project, his motivations and the drive that made this stunning new album a reality.

 

Find beat. Record. Release. For years, this routine has been on repeat. Moving from state to state, job to job, and in the midst trying to complete one of the greatest projects, it’s been like a love-hate relationship. I’ve felt like quitting every time I’d turn on the radio. Then I’d get messages from fans across the world telling me how I’ve changed their lives and my inspiration would spark again. I’ve recorded over a 100 songs and at one point all of them were tracks I considered perfect. I had to listen to each one multiple times, and finally came down to a select few. The funny thing is, I’ve never went back and changed a song after I had it mixed and mastered. SPEAR is a very special project, from the cover to every song. The cover was purposely made abstract, giving it a variation of perspective. Every song contains a piece of my spirit. Whether I speak on relationships, friendships, politics, God, and just different scenarios, it’s all me. Every song holds a truth about me. I don’t fabricate my music like most artists you listen to nowadays, because music to me is about originality. It is my gravity. Spear is my reality. The album has features from artists such as Shady Records, KXNG Crooked, and Beast 1333.

Engineers: Matt Bittman and Michael Seger

Producers: Dansonn Beats, J-Wiz, Jordan Moseley, Anno Domini Beats, Raffaele Merighi, Lezter, MannyMade, Tozu Productions, Boyfifty, Chris Wheeler, RedhookNoodles, Jurrivh, Syndrome

Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/album/4lpPnO3P9VSL2k59x3VBO9?si=Fdxiua_1TZisWGPtkZtd5w

Bandcamphttps://sulleej.bandcamp.com/album/spear

iTuneshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/id1450531757?ls=1&app=itunes

SOURCE:

Sullee Justice.

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SULLEE J: Comical (Lyric Video)

Acclaimed Baltimore hip-hop star Sullee J has released a fresh new single this past week in preparation for his upcoming release of the album SPEAR, soon to drop early this year.

The song, ‘Comical’ which touches on the current atmosphere of the industry, is a diss track aimed squarely at the relatively new mumble rap genre, which has become all the rage on the scene these past couple of years. It is also a commentary on the current state of affairs, both in Sullee J’s home nation, the United States, and across the world. The track comes with a neat set of lyrics customary of Sullee, that will hit your consciousness like a punch to the throat. Stay woke!

To promote the new single, which was produced by Lytton Scott, also known as L Beats, the artist has released a lyric video on YouTube and has also distributed it on Spotify. You can check out the track below.

 

#TeamJustice
@SulleeJustice 
SOURCES:
Team Justice/Sullee J Management.

SULLEE J: Solo

Baltimore’s finest underground rapper Sullee J has just released his autobiographical album, entitled SOLO, that tells the story of his musical journey. The mixtape is guaranteed to be a treat for fans of the upcoming musician, it being packed full of phenomenal bars and wisdom for every listener, with a story behind every track.

To make the launch of SOLO, Sullee J has also released a special music video on YouTube, produced by BCHILL Music and directed by Michael ‘G-Nut’ Flores. It was filmed on the streets of Chicago and features contemporary footage of recent events since the shock election of Donald Trump as the American president this past 8th November, revealing the stark intimidation people face under a new order. Sullee J delivers hard-hitting poetic justice over a gentle Nineties beat, asking where do we all go?

 

 

Sullee J also used the album launch to reveal his latest thoughtful slogan “Let’s Keep America Awake” – a direct reinterpretation of the election slogan of the Trump campaign “Make America Great Again”.

The artist was recently picked up by indie record label Bogish Brand Ent. owned by King Ca$his, who was himself previously signed as an artist to Shady Records. His latest single with his group TRIPL3 Threat was just released last week on iTunes, Apple Music & other locations, featuring Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9. 

SOLO’s headliner track is available on YouTube and SoundCloud, and you can stream the full album at Sullee J’s Bandcamp page below.

 

 

BANDCAMP https://sulleej.bandcamp.com/album/solo-by-sullee-j

officialsulleej.com

 

SOURCE/IMAGE & VIDEO CREDITS:
Sullee J Management/Team Justice.

A LEAFLETTER’S PHOTO ALBUM: Photography special – Part 3

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By Vijay Shah

Yet another great weekend here at Planet HalfEatenMind. It’s warm, sunny and Team GB are already third placed in the medal tally for the Olympics. I spent yesterday evening with family, celebrating the occasion of Raksha Bandhan (a Hindu festival where brothers and sisters celebrate their special bond; the sister tying a special coloured thread, or rakhi around her brother’s wrist) and my right wrist looks very blinging :). Today I am writing the third and final part of the Leafletter’s Album from my sister’s flat in East Ham, and my niece is trying her extreme best to distract me. Not even a Flintstones film is sufficient to keep her occupied…..

The last part of this special feature is of my working trip to the Docklands area of east London as my tenure at ABI Leaflet Distribution drew to a close. I had already made a couple of leaflet delivery stints in the Tower Hamlets borough. This area is famous for its massive council housing estates. These were good for us simply because all the flats were compacted together, so less leaflets at the end of the day. The downsides were lifts that were either broken down or stank of some drunkard’s urine, weirdos/crackheads/bored gang members and it was often a bad day for anyone who had vertigo or a deep fear of heights. There were times where I would be at the topmost floor of a tower block, look over the edge and feel my heart drop faster than a fall to a blood-splattered death on the concrete below. But, hey, such fleeting fear puts hairs on the chest!!

The Docklands were once one of the reasons why London became one of the world’s most prominent trading capitals. Hundred of ships plying  imports from the far-flung corners of the British Empire brought their wares through the river Thames and uploaded in the docks of the Isle of Dogs and Silvertown. By the 1970’s however the area went into a downward spiral of decline as bigger vessels and a larger port at Tilbury in Essex killed off the local docking industry. Regeneration gathered pace in the Eighties and have seen new transport links, shopping centres, high-rise buildings etc. pop up the length and breadth of the Docklands.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: Cubitt Town, Isle of Dogs

DATE: 27 April 2007

My first picture here was taken from a block of flats looking out towards the Greenwich peninsula, with the great Thames working its way in the background. The dome in the distance is the O2. Once a white elephant known as the Millennium Dome, it is now a formidable location for shopping, eating out and entertainment.  Right in front are a collection of blocks of new-build riverside properties built to accommodate the ceaseless influx of young professionals purchasing their first luxury pad. Personally I could see this picture forming the centrepiece image for a brochure for such modern apartments that local estate agents are always so keen to offer their more moneyed clientele.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: Leyland House in Hale Street, Poplar

DATE:  27 April 2007

I found this rough, but still very imposing mural painted onto the outer walls of part of Leyland House, a housing block not far from the A13 road and Polar Recreation Ground. The House forms part of the Will Crooks public housing estate which was built on the site of former slums that used to characterise the area in Victorian times. The foundations were laid in around 1937-1939 by the firm J. Simms, Sons and Cooke of Nottingham. Leyland House escaped with only minor damage during the Blitz a few years after the first residents moved in. Together with the nearby Devitt and Willis Houses, this section of the estate has over 150 residential units. The mural might have been painted by local schoolchildren as part of the community programmes that happen a lot in east London, sadly it is clearly suffering from exposure to the elements.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: Leyland House in Hale Street, Poplar

DATE:  27 April 2007

This is the other half of the world flags painting at Leyland House. London speaks more than 270 languages and often living here does feel like the whole world encapsulated into one city.

(c) 2007 V. Shah
(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: Isle of Dogs

DATE:  27 April 2007

These are what I could say are almost postcard quality images of part of the Docklands skyline. The red train in front is the property of the Docklands Light Railway, an automated metro train service that connects the Docklands and neighbouring areas. The DLR carries around 60 million passengers a year and is comparatively cleaner and more pleasant to travel on compared with the antiquated Tube network. A snapshot of how the Docklands have been modernised and upgraded in recent years…and the process is still continuing.

SOURCES: British History Online, Wikipedia.

A LEAFLETTER’S PHOTO ALBUM: Photography special – Part 2

By Vijay Shah

Another weekend here in sunny Stratford relaxing at home….the 30th Olympiad has now officially been opened, amid much fanfare, fireworks and foreign visitors. Yesterday also was one of my good friend’s/work colleague’s last day at our office, and we celebrated with an informal get-together at a nearby pub before setting off for Trafalgar Square to watch the Opening Ceremony on a big screen. Unfortunately said big screen was a no-show, so our party ended up at the Slug & Lettuce in nearby Chinatown where surprisingly we were able to get in and get seats despite it being at the last minute and not all of us having ID. The atmosphere was electric, the screen was (reasonably) big and Union Flags were fluttering amongst the ciders and beers. It made me feel very proud to be a Londoner, to bear witness to the third time that my city has hosted the Olympics and Paralympics…and it was a wonderful sending-off  for her no doubt….All the best Prerna!!

Meanwhile here in the WordPress blogosphere, Half-Eaten Mind brings you the second part to my special photography feature run. For those Brainiacs who missed the first instalment, I am sharing some photos which I took as a sideline hobby while working as a leaflet distributor six-odd years ago. In my three months as a blogger, I have noticed keenly that photography blogs are a significant crowd-pleaser. Part 1 of the Leafletter’s Photo Album received seven likes from fellow bloggers, for which I am very, very grateful and thankful. I certainly enjoyed writing from a personal angle and sharing a little of my own creativity with all of you wonderful people out there. So with much enthusiasm and ‘joie de la jour’…..here cometh Part Two….

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: All Saints Tower, Leyton

DATE: 13 April 2007

As a leaflet distributor, or junk mail peddlar, as some residents might have been wont to call me, my job took me to various neighbourhoods, ranging from quiet leafy suburbs to tower blocks and dingy council housing estates (housing projects in Yankee language). We would often cover apartment blocks as part of our remit, and we loved them, as it meant we could rid of our leaflet stock in half the time. Whereas before, we would wait for someone to leave the block before gaining entry, our boss Mr. Miller later supplied our teams with a special key that could be used to let ourselves in through the ‘fireman’s entrance’, an inbuilt feature in the buzzers of many tower blocks. Normally these keys are used by emergency services like the fire brigade to gain entry to such places without having to ring someone’s doorbell and pray that they were still at home.

One such tower I found myself in was the lofty All Saints Tower complex in Leyton, east London. Part of the Beaumont Road Estate, All Saints and its sibling edifices were approved for construction during the building boom of the 1960’s. All Saints itself was erected in 1963, and consisted of 120 separate residences spread over 21 storeys. That meant a lot of lifts and walking for me. The estate is the last high-rise estate of its kind in Leyton and the largest in the borough of Waltham Forest (background information courtesy of Wikipedia). Not surprisingly, All Saints offered anyone on the top floors unparalleled views of the surrounding hinterland, and as bored as I was with the mundane banality of life at ground level, I captured this bird’s-eye view of the area near the High Road. Here you can see the Tesco Express supermarket and its adjacent customers’ car park, plus the rows of Victorian-era housing, typical fare for much of inner London. The detail of the scenery is picked out satisfactorily by the fact that it was a day with good weather conditions, but the wire mesh on the window I took this picture out of has admittedly ruined the shot a little. Unfortunately window removal is not a skill I was blessed with, and my feet were aching from running up and down several hundred feet’s worth of corridors. Plus it smelt a little funny in there.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: All Saints Tower, Leyton

DATE: 13 April 2007

This is the second photo in the Leyton series and this is a view looking out towards the rail line which services London Overground trains between Walthamstow and Leyton Midland Road stations and is part of the main network that links up areas such as Hackney and Barking. In the background you can see the other tower blocks that make up the estate. Apparently since this photo was taken, much of the estate has been demolished to regenerate and beautify the area and make it a more pleasant, community-led place to live in. I have not had much reason to visit the area again so cannot say what the new site looks like. As far as the photo-taking experience was concerned, I did remember having an almost childlike ecstasy at seeing Leyton in a way that is normally closed to everyone except pigeons and police helicopters. Unless I end up living in an apartment block myself…or can afford a light aircraft pilot’s training course, it may be a long time before I can take photos like these again.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: All Saints Tower, Leyton

DATE: 13 April 2007

Here is the third photo in my Leyton collection, taken from what I reckon is the middle floors of All Saints. Thankfully it is a clearer view minus the mesh and you can definitely get a clear impression of what an average residential neighbourhood around there looks like. In my honest opinion, the highlights of this picture would have to be the general detail and clarity. Notice the different hues of red, brown, grey et cetera on the roofs of the terraced houses in the foreground and the way the trees in the background subtlely disintegrate and blur the skyline. A reasonable juxtaposition of natural and man-made, fusing together.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: All Saints Tower, Leyton

DATE: 13 April 2007

Now for Photo No. 4…a similar thematic to the photo mentioned previously. The road running diagonally from top to bottom is Belmont Park Road, one of the main thoroughfares for the Beaumont Road estate.  The wider heavily marked road snaking its way through the right half of the picture is Leyton Green Road (a.k.a the B159 route) and between them is the Belmont Park school and the ‘Old Factory’ which despite its name, is an assortment of pricey flats.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: Unknown

DATE: 12 March 2007

For our last photo in today’s feature, we leave Leyton and get completely lost. Unfortunately, I have no recollection of where exactly I took this picture, but it was somewhere in east London. It is a random subject matter, but one that stemmed from a childhood interest in automobiles and particularly registration plates (which we call ‘number plates’ colloquially here in the U.K.). Vehicles with American-style plates are rarely encountered on the streets of London, probably as they would fall foul of the registration rules of the DVLA/Department of Transport or whichever governmental body deals with these sorts of matters. Interestingly enough, substantial quantities of cars are imported (mainly from Japan; less so from the States) which have bumpers or spaces designed for US or Japanese plates. These plates are short and squat compared with the longer-length plates that are in use here and in continental Europe. The vehicle registration authority in Britain allow motorists with such bumpers to purchase plates that have smaller lettering squeezed into the appropriate format to fit their bumpers. It would make more sense than expecting the proud owner of a shiny new Nissan, Mitsubishi or Jujitsu (lulz) to have to shell out cash for compatible bodywork.

The ‘licence plate’ in the above pic is strange because while it looks just like an average United States registration, the numbers and letters follow the same methodology as used to be the case in the UK up until 2001. The first letter D means that this auto was originally registered between August 1986 and July 1987. Yet the plate states ‘CALIFORNIA – SANTA BARBARA’…..very confusing! I can only assume that this was a legal vanity plate. The car may have been an American-built Cadillac so the owner maybe wanted to keep the Americana theme consistent, but at the same time did not want to get pulled over by the police and fall foul of the law.

I hope you enjoyed reading/viewing and please stay tuned for part 3….for our final instalment of the Leafletter’s Photo Album, our pictorial journey will take us to the Docklands of London…that’s all I will say for now, I’m not one to hand out spoilers 🙂

A LEAFLETTER’S PHOTO ALBUM: Photography special – Part 1

By Vijay Shah

Fresh out of university, I found myself moving back to my parents’ house in Plaistow, and was in desperate need for a job. I was finding it near impossible to get into my chosen career of journalism, and my stepfather was giving me a lot of headache and pressure to get employed ASAP. This meant many trips to the local Jobcentre Pluses and hours in front of library computers searching and applying for job after job, without much success. Then in December 2006, I found a vacancy for door-to-door leafletters from a company called ABI Leaflet Distribution, based in the Blackhorse Road area of Leyton, London. In need of a wage of any sort and fast, I duly sent my CV (resume) via email to the named contact, and was accepted for an interview. The job was simply just being issued with a thousand leaflets and then sent to a different part of London or surrounding area with a map. The hurriedly photocopied maps denoted the area where I was expected to place the leaflets through people’s doors. The clients I and my colleagues delivered for ranged from estate agents to concerns offering tuition classes for children. The disadvantages about the work were that it was arduous, with heavy bags to lug and many miles to walk. The pay was crap, as we were paid per leaflet delivered, which in order to make income worth surviving on at all meant working full-time hours. This was meant to be a part-time thing. We had to work in all weathers, come rain or shine. It was safe to say that I didn’t enjoy leafletting very much. But I always try to see the bright side of life. Apart from travelling over much of central and east London (we had to pay for our travel out of our own pocket 😦 ), I and my fellow co-workers also travelled to locations beyond the M25 motorway. I was so good at the job that I was soon promoted to team leader – responsible for training/supervising new employees, but I quit a month or so later. I worked at ABI Leaflet Distribution from January to April of 2007.

While we were working our backsides off and avoiding canine and human occupants with anger-management issues (and ubiquitous  “no junk mail” signs), we fitted in some sightseeing, met many interesting people and saw many interesting things.

One of the conditions of employment was that we had to carry our mobile phones on our person at all times. This was so that our boss, Mr. Miller and his secretarial support team could keep in contact with us, but also because we were kept tabs on through mobile signal tracking. Very Orwellian you must be thinking, but we had to accept the status quo; slackers/skivers weren’t tolerated one bit. At that time I had this Sony Ericsson K610i which had a reasonable 2 mega-pixel camera built into it. I was, and sort of still am, a bit of a photography buff and enjoyed capturing individual still images of any sights or places that attracted or spoke something to me, and my short stint as a ‘pamphlet distribution agent’ gave me plenty of perfect opportunities.

Before writing today’s piece, I had a dig-around for my trusty Busbi USB memory drive and found a selection of snapshots from back then that I’d thought I’d share with my Brainiacs. Over six years later, the memories are still as fresh as they were then, and it was an interesting phase of my life.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: Epping Forest, near Wanstead Flats.

DATE: 25 January 2007

Even though the sun was out, it was a chilly winter’s afternoon. I took this picture because the scenery felt tranquil, a little rural. The fluffy and sparse clouds in the sky have a relaxing sensation about them, and I like the contrast between the blue sky and green field here. The area around the Forest was a notorious leafletter’s nightmare, with its palatial homes and massive driveways, but seeing a place like this after a hard day’s lugging around brochures was a reward in itself.

LOCATION: Lettsom Walk, Plaistow

DATE: 16 February 2007

The more observant Brainiacs will note that this is the picture used on the Half-Eaten Mind blog’s “about” page. The tower blocks here are located in the Plaistow district and were built in the 1960’s as council (local government) housing for low-income families. I would call this image an example of ‘urban beauty’ because while apartment blocks from that era are ugly and grotty, both inside and out, there is a good contrast of shade and colour between the buildings still shrouded in darkness and the sunset-drenched clouds above. I took this one as I was on my way to the tube station for the job. I assume it was around 6:30 – 7:00 am. By the way these tower blocks have names: Willett and Scott Houses.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: Near Cheshunt, Hertfordshire

DATE: 24 March 2007

This smokey feline with the alluring beige eyes took a liking  to me while I was leafletting in the borough of Broxbourne in the greater Epping valley, north of London. Cats that encountered me on my rounds usually did one of 2 things: they either sprinted away as fast as their four legs could carry them, or they sashayed up by my side for a quick chin-scratch and stroke. As far as pets were concerned, like our postal worker cousins, it was the dogs we most worried about. Many times I would feel a canine’s cold moist nose brush against my fingers as I gingerly placed a leaflet through someone’s letterbox. Some of the more ‘boisterous’ mutts would even yank the leaflet completely out of your hands. More mental ones would run and  body-slam the door, accompanied with crazed barking perfectedly suited for The Hound of The Baskervilles. Not surprisingly, we were warned against placing our fingers right inside such doors.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: Beckton, south Newham

DATE:  12 April 2007

Again on the subject of animals, I snapped this friendly horse tethered near the Beckton Park. Most likely he/she belonged to a member of the Traveller community, a nomadic people found all over Britain who trade and rely heavily on their steeds. Our photo subject could not really tell me who it’s owner was, but it was more than happy to pose!. I think by now you might have gauged that I am an animal lover.

(c) 2007 V. Shah

LOCATION: Beckton Green Road, Beckton

DATE: 12 April 2007

On the same day as I clicked the Beckton Horse, I also took this one as I waited for the bus to take me back to base. The quiet lane and even more quiet bus stop reflected the loneliness that was at times an inescapable part of this job, and also my relief at finally finishing for the day.

Part 2 of A Leafletter’s Photo Album coming soon….