Is anyone out there? Whoever is, hear this: by the time the barometer hits 75, Konstant Kontact will be completely revived. The old posts will be fixed, and there will be a steady flow of new ones. In the spirit of staying fresh, I will be giving KK a facelift, but before I decide what to do visually, I wanted to reach out to any of you that are skilled in the design department. If you or someone you know would want to make KK look as good as it sounds, let me know. There is no money being made off of KK, but when the posts are regular, there is serious traffic, and your work will be seen by many.
I've enlisted the homeboy Oskar Mann of East Village Radio's NEVER NOT WORKING internet radio show (Friday nights at midnight) to help me with the immense task of digitizing cassettes, labeling files and reviving the blog. Thanks to him, we will be on point soon. If any of you have spoken to me at any time over the last year about contributing recordings to the cause, you will probably hear from Oskar in the near future. Incidentally, I was a guest on NEVER NOT WORKING this last Friday, and I had a great time on air with Dasez, whom I have known since 1990 (!). We chopped it up for a while, covering everything from Jay-Z's sandals to Russell Simmons' shaggy rug, and I really enjoyed being on the radio. It has been a while for me- the last time being Bobbito's farewell show on WKCR which was at least seven years ago.
There was quite a buzz about the Stretch & Bobbito reunion concert and I think we both regret mentioning it without it being 100%. When we set out to organize it, we were both quite amped. By the end of the ordeal, we learned that rappers are still divas. We had a very respectable budget and despite offering very fair fees to the artists - in fact, Bobbito and I were going to get the least - we just couldn't please 'em. It was majorly disappointing, but it also made me look back on the KCR days, thankful that we never made money a part of the equation.
Still, Bobbito and I are talking about doing a multi-city reunion tour, hitting Asia, Europe and the USA. If any of you know of any promoters or clubs that you think would be right for this, let me know. No diva rappers!
I can't forget to mention Eclipse and Premier's 1 Year Anniversary party at APT two Mondays ago. They asked DJ Riz and me to play. I played a rather inspired 45 minutes that had Primo punching the wall, calling me an asshole (the highest compliment from him) and yelling at the crowd on the mic. It was an awesome night, all the more because some of my best dj friends (Riz, Eli Escobar, DJ AM) were there and we were all bugging hard off the music. Riz got on after me and utterly destroyed it. Whereas I got on and winged it, Riz showed up with a thought-out set that was really one of the smartest, most enjoyable and illuminating sets I have heard, ever. yes, like that. The next day, Eclipse, AM, Eli, Primo, Riz and I were emailing each other all day, still gassed over the night before. Science.