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Urban Voices Collective
Alameda County Juvenile Hall
November 18, 2008
Host: Carolyn Gauthier
Essence Story by Carolyn Gauthier
Bread & Roses was fortunate to be able to
collaborate with Urban Voices Collective for
this show at Alameda County Juvenile Hall. Urban Voices
Collective or UVC is a non-profit corporation
that was founded to have professional hip hop
and spoken word artists share their craft with
people in San Francisco Bay Area
communities—particularly youth in disadvantaged
communities. Through UVC, a diverse group of
artists give free performances and interactive
workshops to inspire, uplift, educate, and edify
community residents. It is a natural match with
what Bread & Roses does, bringing the healing
power of live entertainment to those most in
There were ten performers, two female and eight
male, who came to share their talents and their
message with fifty-five teens. Big Dan began
with a poem exploring the question “What is
peace?” Audience members responded afterwards
with their answers: “Be yourself,” “Let it
shine,” “Take care of family.” Dan shared that
he had been in juvenile hall six times growing
up, and now he has his own band, a group of
Chicano artists called Brown Buffalo or BRWN
BFLO who tour across the country and beyond.
Next up was D. Labrie the EOG (East Oakland’s
Greatest), a recording artist and member of
S.O.U.L.S. He told how his art has taken him to
Japan, a long way from his "hood". After
performing, he encouraged all the kids by
saying, “express your inner voice.” The message
he left them with was that searching inside to
find your true self can lead to great creativity
Bill Jackson, owner of True Vibe Records led a Q
and A and introduced Sounds of Urban Life
Soldiers. He advised the kids, “Don’t get
suckered into negative thinking. You can control
Keldamuzik, Sandy Tili, Keith
Thompson, Lingo Starr, and D-Brock,
performed “On the Street,” a song
about the reality of life in most these kids’
neighborhoods and their anti-violence anthem
“Squash it!” True Vibe Records
uses its powerful
performance artists to influence troubled youth
to pursue more productive and wholesome lives.
It was indeed a Bread & Roses show which made a
Bread & Roses
"Hope and Healing Through Live Music"
Camp Wilmont Sweeney
June 18, 2008
Host: Carolyn Gauthier
Report by: Carolyn Gauthier:
Eight representatives from Sounds of Urban Life
Soldiers brought their powerful messages to
seventy young men serving out detention
sentences at Camp Wilmont Sweeney. The songs and
spoken word pieces told stories about the
challenges of living in today's world as a black
person, a woman, a child in a broken family, a
teenager on the streets, a person trying to stay
clean and sober, a peacemaker in a violent
The positive response form the audience was
overwhelming. Several young men came up towards
the end of the performance and did their own
spoken word or "flow." They were rewarded with
CD's from the group and rousing applause and
shouts from their peers. This was a great
opportunity for them to express their creativity
and be a part of a professional performance.
Thank you S.O.U.L.S for sharing your Jazz Funk
Hip Hop Poetry and shining your light where it
is needed most.
Bread & Roses
"Hope and Healing Through Live Music"
S.O.U.L.S. at New Bridge
Date: June 15, 2008
Host: Kurt Huget
Report by Kurt Huget:
Seven voices, hip-hop rhythms, and a positive
message. That is what "Sounds
Of Urban Life Soldiers" presented at their debut
performance for Bread &Roses. These
fine voices blended together harmoniously in
spreading their music and
message to a very appreciative audience. The
themes covered overcoming
addiction, taking responsibility, and fatherhood
(fitting for this Father's
Day show), among others. They performed with
heart and soul, and were justly
rewarded with an exuberant response.
Bread & Roses
"Hope and Healing Through Live Music"
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On "Paradise Presents Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry",
Paradise shows that they can mix many styles of
music into a collaboration of beautiful sound.
Paradise does an excellent job of incorporating
spoken word lyrics and hip hop with jazz and
funk music. The lyrics are presented with an
intelligent sense of spirit and life. On the track "Ain't Yo Mama Black", the group puts a
witty positive twist on "yo mama" jokes using
spoken word, and beatnik sounding drums. If you
like spoken word, jazz and hip hop then you will
love Paradise. Get your copy today!
Supreme - Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry
(Jazz/Funk/Spiritually Elevating Hip Hop/Spoken
Word/Like It Was Supposed To Be
In some ways there isn't much to write about
this new release called Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry by
west coast artist Paradise Freejahlove Supreme, In
most every way the title
of this album speaks for itself. However, I'm
not going to stop there, because I
believe that this album will ultimately be of
historic importance, so therefore it's
important to connect a few dots from the past as
we look towards the future. It is indeed one of the most
compelling pieces of music that I have heard in the
year 2006. You owe it to yourselves and your
children to have a copy of it in your home.
of you who are above a certain age will recall an
album from the early 1970's entitled "Hustlers
Convention" by spoken word artist "Lightning Rod"
(of the Last Poets). "Hustlers Convention" the 1959
cautionary tale ("one" dies and "the other" does a
10 year stretch) of two hustlers named "Sport" and
Spoon" which features jazz/funk background music
from the pre disco Kool & the Gang, is one of the
most effective and creative pieces of artistry that
I have ever heard laid down on wax. "Hustlers
Convention" is the very definition of what KRS-One
called "edutainment", and is truly a soundtrack
begging for a movie. As such "Hustlers
Convention" the model for what hip hop should have
become, but never attained.
Fast Forward to
2006, Paradise Freejahlove Supreme, surely must have
been exposed to "Hustlers Convention" because the
album "Jazz-Funk-Hip-HoPoetry" contains many of the
same elements. It's got a STANK NASTY Jazz/Funk
(much like Kool & the Gang) "background" that will
have you tapping your toes & bobbing your head the
entire time you are listening. Now here is where it
differs from "Hustlers Convention". Instead of
telling us a fictional spoken word tale, Paradise Freejahlove Supreme delivers instead a series of
essays, using the poetic form in a powerful way that
compels you as a listener to pay attention. He
manages to be "hardcore" without uttering a single
profanity in delivering what is essentially a state
of the union address on the world that we live in
today. Paradise Freejahlove Supreme not only
outlines the problems facing us, but also suggests
positive action that can be taken on both an
individual and collective basis to make life better.
And because the music is so damn good, Paradise Freejahlove Supreme ends up taking you to school and you might not even realize it till he's done. If
"Hustlers Convention" belongs in the movies, than
"Jazz-Funk-Hip HoPoetry" belongs on CNN.
past about owning a copy of this album is that I can
listen to it with my 13 year old daughter or any
other younger person. It's got a "hard core" edge
that sucks you into focusing on its positive and
progressive message, not unlike a Trojan Horse. If
any of this sounds like it might be of interest to
you, I strongly urge you to get your copy as soon
as possible. I doubt that the US Government is going
to allow anything that entertains and educates
younger people this much to remain available for
|1. How to Be a Black Man
in America (Extended Remix)
|2. Equal Opportunity
|3. Keepers of the Flame
|4. Cocoa Venus
|5. It's OK to Be a Black Girl
|6. Ain't Yo' Mama Black
"A king wears his bling on the inside!"
THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT "Jazz
Funk Hip HoPoetry:"
"Love it! Fabulous!"
VJ---WCRX, Chicago Underground
"I'm just glad something like this exists."
Bob Davis---Soul Patrol
As an old school R&B fan, this 47
year old can count the number of rap albums he's
bought on two hands. Ditto the number of rap shows
attended. And one or two I even walked out on. Now I
love and admire a Public Enemy, De La Soul, KRS-One
and those rare few who truly have "something to
say." But all in all, it's a genre that's more often
than not disappointed me with its now crass
commercialization and messages that this educator
often disagrees with.
So it was a pleasant surprise when,
out of nowhere, Oakland indie
Records forwarded me "Paradise Presents"
Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry," at this gem reminded me of
the best of Gil Scott Heron and Oscar Brown, Jr.
On How to Be a Black Man in America, we learn that
"A king wears his bling on the inside." It's just
one of the many insights that composer/musician Bill
Jackson in collaboration with poetry icon Paradise
share on this hybrid of spoken word/rap. I
recommend this to anyone who appreciates quality
music, intelligent lyrics, and positive messages.
I'd even go so far as to tell parents to pick it up
for their hip-hop loving kids. It's that good.
DJ Fan Talk
Live-New York City
presents Jazz Funk Hip Hopoetry
Jazz Funk Hip
Hopoetry pronounced (pronounced
jazz-funk-hip-hop-a-tree) is an
interesting release. Cut #1 (How To Be A
Black Man) clearly got our attention.
Paradise rapping behind a thumping bass groove sets
the tone for this eclectic release. Folks the
title accurately captures the feel of this disc.
This is a funky CD that draws you in.
between Paradise and Bill Jackson is credited for
this monster mix of Ol’ School, new school, jazz,
R&B and Hip-Hop. The lyrics are informative
and easy to understand and the music is consistently
upbeat and energetic. When you put this in a
bag and shake it all together, you really do get a
mix of Jazz Funk Hip HoPoetry.
President of Black Men in America,
Washington, D.C. at
1. How to Be a Black Man in
2. Equal Opportunity Lover
3. Keepers of the Flame
4. Cocoa Venus
5. It's OK to Be
a Black Girl
6. Ain't Yo' Mama Black
7. Two-minute Warning
8.How to Be a Black Man in American-Single Edit
You can learn more about Paradise
and Bill Jackson at
You can buy this disc at:
It was once said that hip hop was the
communities CNN. But it seems that hip-hop has lost its
way. Paradise has brought hip hop to where it needs to be. Not
only is this album musical (there
are more than hooks and beats)
but it has a message; never preachy so you can really jam to it.
Paradise took the next logical step with hip hop, backed by a live
band that played original melodies; this hip-hop album transcends
its genre. 7 tracks with all hits and no misses, Paradise spits
lyrics that will make any hardcore hip-hop sit up and take notice.
This is not your children's hip hop but it should be. This album
with titles like 'How to Be a Black Man in America', "Cocoa Venus",
"Its OK to be a Black Girl" and "Ain't Yo Mama Black" this is an
album deep in both thought and groove. Paradise is a mature
step out of a genre is now about the bling and the booty. High
production and artistry make this JazzFunkHipHopoetry a most
AyeJay (Da' Muzik Hunta') Spraggins
Brooklyn, New York
There are a number of
reviews out there now on this album,
including reviews from many of yall.
This one from Soul-Patroller Chuck Woo of Earwax
Records in Atlanta, in his weekly E-zine
"In Your Ear Weekly" is particularly significant because Chuck
not only has the "ears" (pun intended....lol) of the hip hop
community not only in Atlanta, but nationwide!!!!
is gone and as a musical entity can't be replaced. However
wouldn't be a wonderful thing for our current generation if 100
or maybe 1000 young artists like Paradise could rise from the
ashes of "The Godfatha"?
It's one thing for an "old fart" like me to dig this.
It's a whole nother thing for younger folks to be into it
Imagine the difference that it could make, our younger people
need this... Listen to the album, if you haven't heard it yet at
the following link:
Spoken Word & More: The new CD from artist Paradise defies standard
genres, thus it is appropriately titled "JazzFunkHipHoPoetry" (which is
pronounced jazz-funk-hip-hop-a-tree). I was intrigued from the beginning
as the lead track is called 'How to Be a Black Man in America' and they
did not let me down as they took 6 ½ minutes to weave their way through
varying images of most Black men's existences from 'little man' stages
Throughout the disc, the message of Black strength and love
is the overarching theme and they provide a perfect counterpoint to the
aforementioned track with 'It's OK to Be a Black Girl'. I love this
song, as it teaches young Black women that it's OK to be themselves
without all of the superficial accoutrements that society suggests will
help them live up to a severely skewed standard of beauty. I also really
enjoyed how they twisted 'the dozens' on 'Ain't Yo' Mama Black' and
pointed out all of the good done by the Black mothers of civilization.
They end the CD on a very powerful note with 'Two-Minute Warning' and I
swear it sounds as if The Last Poets got back together and made a new
song. Add to all of this some great music (composed by Bill Jackson) and
you have something that will make you think as well as nod your head.
Don't sleep on this joint; it's definitely worth a listen. Available at
Chuck Woo Atlanta, GA
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