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.

SOLIHULL REMEMBERS: Special exhibition on town’s World War soldiers launched

Solihull – VIJAY SHAH via DAVID IRWIN and BirminghamLive

The central England town of Solihull, which lies close to the major city of Birmingham, has launched a World War I historical exhibition to commemorate the locals who gave their lives and who fought gallantly in the ‘Great War’, which saw its centenary last year. The exhibition will feature tales of an underage soldier, a recipient of the Victoria Cross, and two soldier siblings who perished within two hours of each other on the gloomy battlefields of continental Europe.

 

As reported by city paper the Birmingham Mail and featured on its BirminghamLive news portal, the exhibition, entitled ‘Solihull Remembers 1914-1918’ is being held at the The Core’s Heritage Gallery. The Core is a council-owned community building based in the city’s Touchwood district. The event will run until 2nd of February, 2019, organisers say.

The exhibition will feature detailed displays and imagery of the time, as well as telling the stories of Solihull residents who answered the call for their country. It is the result of four years of painstaking research by the heritage and local studies service of Solihull Council, who uncovered the accounts of 800 Solihullians who died in World War I. In addition to telling stories from the front line, the exhibition will also show the public the contributions of women who joined auxiliary staff who assisted the war effort, often facing grave dangers themselves.

Tracey Williams, a council heritage and local studies librarian who was leader of the research team at the council that researched the material for the exhibits, told the Birmingham Mail: “At the latest count we have 811 casualties … the challenge has been to bring their stories to life, so it isn’t just a list of names.

“Unfortunately there are still some people we have not been able to identify, which when you consider what they went through is quite upsetting.”

Local councillor Joe Tildesley, who is cabinet member for leisure, tourism and sport and himself a descendant of a World War I soldier, praised the ‘tremendous work’ that went into organising the exhibition. He said: “It’s important that we remember all those who were killed in action,”. Solihull’s mayor, Flo Nash, who officially opened the exhibition, added: “This helps you appreciate what people lost all those years ago,”

“So many young people lost their lives and so many families lost loved ones.”

SOURCES:

interactive storytelling, ICIDS, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/icids/lists/interactive-storytelling

Solihull Updates, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/SolihullUpdates

“Visiting Solihull’s First World War exhibition” – David Irwin, BirminghamLive/Reach plc. (4 January 2019) https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/visiting-solihulls-first-world-war-15626975

SULLEE J: Word to the Wise ft. Gin

This December has proved to be a bumper month for Pakistani-American rapper and musician Sullee J (Sullee Justice) as he unleashes a wave of new songs and collabs before the New Year kicks in. Fresh from the release of R&B flavoured serenade “On Repeat” a week ago, the Baltimore-based artiste has now unveiled his latest song “Word to the Wise” – a grand piece of what the young things of America like to call ‘dope music’.

Word to the Wise is a collaboration that extends across the breadth of hip-hip’s homeland, with the newest voice from the East Coast, Sullee J, bringing in another upcoming star from the West Coast, California’s Gin. Far from the often lethal rivalry between the Coasts that racked the commercial rap scene of the Nineties, here two rising stars of the 2010s scene have come together in musical camaraderie perfectly complimenting each other in their deliverance of a valuable life message we all need to hear. 

Described as a ‘solid track’, that is a treat for the ears with its ‘brilliance and positive vibes’, the new single is all about pushing aside the negatives and rising to the sky. There are wise words aplenty and self-belief is something that is at the heart of this track’s lyrics. One of the main messages to take away from this positive ode to life is not to let negative people clip your wings and hold you back from your full potential.

Word to the Wise was released as a teaser for Sullee J’s upcoming Spiritual Bars Album and is also been made available for public viewing on YouTube on Gin’s channel The Real Gin. Check out this dope track on the video below.

 

SOURCE:

Team Justice/Sullee J.

VIDEO CREDIT:

“Gin – Word To The Wise feat. Sullee J” – The Real Gin, YouTube (12 December 2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzaP56Pag_g

SULLEE J: New Music Submission – All I Know ft. Marka

Acclaimed Baltimore, US, rapper and lyrical master Sullee J has released a brand new single this past week, as the prolific artiste continues his rise to the forefront of modern East Coast rap. He released his latest track, “All I Know” featuring fellow rapper Marka on the 5th November. The song was produced by Anno Domini Beats.

All I Know speaks on the various scenarios which occurred on the come up of Sullee J, a story shared with many others of his genre. There is a distinctively retro feel both in the official video of the song plus the Eighties style hooks of the track’s beat. While lyrics flash up on the screen of an old TV set like we all had in our parents’ living room as children, Sullee J rhymes emphatically about the struggles, dealing with the haters, fake associates and hypocrites, while reaching for the top. Especially, it is a lesson for everyone not to let the two-faced bring them down and to chart their own success, and to understand who their true friends and supports are.

In the near future, Sullee J plans to release his new album, Spear, by the end of the year.

All I Know is available for free downloads and viewing via his YouTube channel, xxsulleexx, and through SoundCloud.

Youtube Video Link: https://youtu.be/h5J5bw0BF28

 

 

 

 

SOURCE:

Team Justice/Sullee J.

 

LOVE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE: Rural matchmaking programme returns to British television

London – VIJAY SHAH via BBC

While city dwellers have many means and places at their disposal to find their special someone, it is more of a challenge for their country cousins. With smaller villages and fewer places to meet up, not to mention the toughness of rural life, people in the country have to work that little bit harder to couple up.

 

The United Kingdom’s public service broadcaster, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been a helping hand to lonely countryside hearts lately, with a difference. They will be meeting their other half via the concrete jungle, with the programme showing how people from the city try to settle down with their rural sweetheart in a world very different from their own. Their hit programme, Love in the Countryside, which helps country singletons find love, is now returning to its channel BBC Two for a second series, reports the BBC’s news division.

Love in the Countryside is presented by Sara Cox, who herself grew up on a farm, returning to the fields to help those who rely on the land for their livelihoods find love with like-minded people. The show has even helped cross boundaries, getting urban people desperate to leave the rat race of city life for a more serene marriage and relationship out in the provinces. The show follows the new couples as they adjust to very different settings and lifestyles. The programme is produced for the BBC by Boundless, an agency owned by international media producer Fremantle.

Speaking with the BBC, Cox said: “I’m so excited about dusting off my wellies and heading back out into beautiful British countryside to help find love for more rural romantics.”

The programme’s controller, Patrick Holland, commented: “Love in the Countryside brought a fresh tone and joy to BBC Two’s evening schedule and with Sara Cox at the helm, we are excited to see how the series can grow and develop.”

The BBC is currently on the lookout for rural singletons looking to bring back an urban significant other, or city types searching for a more tranquil setting for their love story. Interested people can apply via the BBC at http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/takepart/love_countryside or email: LoveInTheCountryside@boundlessproductions.tv

SOURCES:

HEM Journalism Portal, HEM News Agency, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-journalism-portal

media.info UK tv, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/minfoUKtv

BBC Press Office, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/bbcpress

“Love in the Countryside returns to BBC Two for a second series to help more country singletons find love” – BBC Media Centre/BBC (7 October 2018) https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/love-in-the-countryside

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Free stock photo of countryside, couple, field” – Scott Webb, Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-couple-love-people-136395/

SULLEE J: Inception II

Globally acclaimed artist Sullee J, from the U.S. city of Baltimore, has released a new single and music video this past week. Titled ‘Inception II’, the artist’s latest release takes listeners back to Sullee’s characteristic flow and signature lyricism. There is a strong message about doing good in life and fighting against the bad, about the struggle and making it through.

The video and music were produced by Jurrivh x Syndrome, with direction by Get Fresh Studios and visuals by Get Fresh Visuals. Mixing and mastering was done by Michael Seger and the single and video was released by Global Faction on YouTube on the 14th September.

” Step into the spotlight with Sullee J’s reflective video. Destined for greatness, the Pakistani rapper walks us through from the booth to outdoor settings before walking into the light. Final stop. “

 

 

officialsulleej.com

 

SOURCES:

Sullee J Management & GlobalFaction/YouTube

FANFAN: Pioneering Mauritian musician passes away

Pamplemousses – VIJAY SHAH via Mo Ti News

Louis Gabriel Joseph, one of the pioneers of the national music of Mauritius, has passed away aged 88 yesterday, local news site Mo Ti News reports. Known among his peers and generations of listeners as ‘Fanfan’, Joseph passed on from age-related issues at the Hospice Saint Jean de Dieu in the town of Pamplemousses, in the island’s north.

 

Fanfan was widely revered as one of the signature personalities behind the development of sega music as a popular genre from the 1940s until fairly recently. Sega is a musical style peculiar to Mauritius, sung in Mauritian Creole (Kreol, or simply Mauritian) to the beat of drums, triangles and more recently, keyboards and synthesizers. It was developed by people of mixed African and French origins, most descendants of slaves who used their heritage of African music to get over the drudgery of their lives and enjoy what little spare time they could get.

Joseph was a stalwart and proponent of ‘sega tipik’ (typical or traditional sega), which was in vogue until around the 1980s before it was usurped by other genres, many from outside the island.

During his career, which began after the Second World War, Joseph recorded fifty songs. He cut his first record, titled “Ma Bolema”, in 1949, and released his last production, “Kito Lev Néné”, fifty years later under the Ballerina Music label. Joseph considered himself a guardian of the traditional form of sega, a dying art now, and with contemporaries such as Serge Lebrasse and Ti Frère, tried to actively promote the cultural values of his country.

SOURCES:

Mo Ti News, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/motinews/

“[Vidéo] Musique locale : Fanfan s’éteint à 88 ans” – Mo Ti News (18 August 2018) https://moti.news/video/video-musique-locale-fanfan-seteint-a-88-ans

“The Recording Industry in Mauritius” – Sabrina Quirin and In-House DRC, Music in Africa (30 September 2016) https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/recording-industry-mauritius

VIDEO CREDIT:

“Fanfan: «Mo dimann Dieu le Père ramass mwa»” – l’express, YouTube (via Mo Ti News) (28 July 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxMoPmS_dmI

SULLEE J: Steady ft. Chino XL, Tabesh and Sayras

If you are a keen listener of authentic, straight-from-the-source Baltimore rap, then you have probably heard of Sullee J, a.k.a. Sullee Justice. Here at HEM News Agency, I have covered many of this rising music star’s releases, and now he has come out with a brand-new collaboration to tantalise your eardrums.

Released this past Saturday (21st July 2018), the latest single, “Steady”, is the product of a jam with New York’s Chino XL (Derek Keith Barbosa), who has been well-received in hip-hop circles for his technically accomplished style consisting of self-consciously over-the-top punchlines, which has led some to dub him the ‘Lyrical Messiah’.

Featuring alongside Sullee and Chino is Tabesh and Sayras, two underground Persian rappers, bringing the conscious Farsi lyricism to a worldwide audience. The track was produced by Sayrus productions with artwork by Reza Aghaei.

Steady is hip-hop at its rawest with powerful and intense Farsi and English lyrics, true East meets West unified on a style from the projects of America’s cities. Dark and steady, this one takes the genre back to its roots.

You can listen to the new single on YouTube and Spotify and download it at iTunes.

 

 

officialsulleej.com

SOURCE:

Sullee Justice.

SUPPORTING ENGLAND DESPITE THE HATERS: Shop manager stands up against football racists

Ilford – VIJAY SHAH via ELLENA CRUSE and Ilford Recorder

A shop owner of Indian heritage, who was allegedly abused by racists and warned off his show of support by a fellow Indian after adorning his business with the flag of St. George in support of the England World Cup football team has vowed to fight back against the prejudice he suffered by increasing the number of flags flying at his shop, the Ilford Recorder newspaper reported today.

The unnamed owner of GMS Heating & Plumbing Spares, Ilford Lane, in the London-Essex town of Ilford, a Sikh Punjabi, declared his backing of the ‘Three Lions’ team by placing the distinctive red-and-white cross of England around the outside of his store, as well as a string of smaller flags of all the national teams in the World Cup across the shopfront.

 

The decorations riled some locals, who did not understand why a person of Indian origin was supporting England, even though he had lived in the country for forty years and had been supporting the national team for twenty years. Staff at GMS began receiving hate mail and letters criticising their manager’s allegiances. One handwritten missive accused the manager of forgetting his heritage and disavowing his culture and skin colour. The rambling letter went on to say that if National Front racists had seen the flags, the shop owner would have been ” [kicked] back to Indian with out (sic) your trousers on and give you flower (sic) to take”

The note, written anonymously and addressing the GMS owner as ‘Uncle’, annoyed the man and he has vowed to now add more England flags to his football display. 

The manager told the Recorder that the letters would not stop him supporting his favourite side, but that it had cast a shadow over the store’s World Cup celebrations.

“It is shocking how backward minded people think that by supporting the country you live in you will be dishonouring our religion or insulting India,” he added.

“These are the wrong people, not the ones who enjoy being part of the English culture.”

David Landau, a senior caseworker at the local people relations charity Redbridge Equalities and Community Council, said abuse in any form should not be tolerated and needs to be reported.

“This is a rather unusual situation but abuse is abuse and if someone is abused for putting up England flags this is wrong,” he said.

“It shouldn’t be happening and racism needs to be condemned.”

Another South Asian-owned business on the same Ilford road, which runs through the far west of the town along the border with Newham, also reported receiving similar letters after they also flew English flags outside their premises.

SOURCES:

Ilford Recorder, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/IlfordRecorder/

“Abusive letters won’t stop Ilford Sikh shopkeeper from displaying England flags during the Football World Cup” – Ellena Cruse, Ilford Recorder/Archant Community Media Ltd (24 June 2018) http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/ilford-manager-will-put-up-more-england-flags-after-abusive-letters-1-5574492

IMAGE CREDIT: 

“SO7192 : Old Castle pub in Bridgnorth” – Jaggery, geograph (2 July 2014) https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4099318

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