Written by Satori Ananda Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:21
** Editor's Note **
The Breakdown is a new section of the Poor Vida website, written by our friend Satori, who is a promoter & activist in Dallas. You probably know her, and if you don't, you probably should. This new section will feature Satori speaking on a variety of topics - album reviews, video breakdowns, social commentary, etc. Basically, Satori will be speaking her mind. Knowing that her razor sharp focus may not always cast some subjects in the kindest of light, we asked her to kick off this series by turning the spotlight on our own most recent project, the Poor Vida Affiliated Mixtape. So grab a copy (posted at the end of the article), and check out what she has to say.
When I got my copy of Poor Vida Affiliated SXSW2012 I didn't listen to it for a couple of weeks. I kept seeing it in my car but for whatever reason I didn't make the commitment to open the plastic. I walked in one afternoon at SamUiLL and Pihon's crib and heard a rockish beat being played with a catchy hook and background being sung by a female I didn't recognize (it ended up being track 5 by A.S.A.P). I looked on the table and saw the Poor Vida Affiliated sleeve and was rewarded with my 1st of many listens.
So straight up I expected to see some familiar names on any Poor Vida production. I knew it would definitely have a Drama the King track, a Neva Dug Disco crew joint, and probably some Mozez tha Great. I wasn't disappointed and the strong opening by Art-of-Fact & Molekular was definitely the welcome mat I was looking for. "One Mo Gain" and a couple other joints from the project made their way into my personal rotation. When Art of Fact said "didn't have to chase my dreams / music chased me in em" it kinda set the tone for me.
I was probably the most surprised with Hunter on "Sickness". As an avid Dallas underground hip hop scene faithful, I see Hunter everywhere. I hear her sing. I've heard her rhyme but I didn't know Hunter could RAP. She does her thang on this track though the production fell off a little. It came in quieter that the previous track and had that far away sound but fortunately her lyrics kept me interested and she even sang a note or two, like Hunter do! (oh yes I will infuse my review with unclever and obnoxious rhymes just to fit in. Deal with it lol).
Poor Vida Affiliated is a big deal to me since I associate Poor Vida with all things Underground in Dallas. Getting a 21 track goodie from them for FREE was like we were dating or something now. (I even wrote Satori & Poor Vida 4ever on notebook paper to see how our names went together.) But yeah, since I do associate them with awesomeness, I knew I would hear 7even:Thirty's eclectic, effin weird and totally bad ass alien flow. " Getup!!!" is my personal favorite on the cd but getting to track 14 wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.
Maybe because for instance D-Risha's Houston version of Ebonics (a Big L classic) wasn't really all that it could have been. I was mildly entertained with it but if that was my first time hearing D-Risha it would have been my last. (In fact it kinda made me feel like me and Poor Vida should break up since the next track wasn't coming with it either). I was feeling like cheating on my Poor Vida mixtape after hearing track 9 and thought about skipping ahead to Alsace but I did what I am supposed to do and stayed through the bad times in our 21 track relationship. Okay, let me say this in a nice way. I hated track 10.
Alsace Carcione. Thank you. You saved us. Poor Vida Affiliated SXSW2012 and I wouldn't have made it through that rough 12 minutes if it wasn't for you. I owe you a drink at the next Poor Vida Sunday Sessions (oh but it has to be one of those 2.75 specials.) "On my Grind" isn't just femcee'ing. Alsace should have alot of dudes checkin in with their feminine side. She doesn't remind me of anyone but Alsace. I like that. ( Check for her on the DFW Cypher as well).
What was cool about listening to Worldwide was the homie Pat from NasaGang ( shout to one of Dallas's sexiest promo/marketing dudes) had just told me about this cat. So I was kinda intrigued about what I was about to hear. Content was basic but he had flow, and I liked the production. One of those gettin ready for the club type joints. Track 15 by League of Extraordinary Gz is somebody somewhere's flavor, they may even be a favorite for those of you who are into that crack cookin' and pimpin' type content. They delivered all that in a very southern dialect and I might have been able to enjoy their skill a little more if I wasn't worried about someone catching me listening to it.
Poor Vida Affiliated was true love for me with stellar hip hop tracks by The Co-Op, A.Dd+ (produced by Black Milk), Playdough, Drama tha King, A.S.A.P., Black Chamber Movement and the Goat. Listening to them over and over made me realize Poor Vida Affiliated SXSW 2012 kinda has me boo'ed up for a minute. Hosting by a DJ and some legitimate scratching would have turned this love story into a fairytale for me.
|Poor Vida Affiliated - SXSW 2012|
Round 2 is here! With the second annual installment of the Poor Vida Affiliated mixtape, Poor Vida builds on the success of last year's mixtape by upping the ante & printing up 1000 copies for free distribution at SXSW, as well as creating a showcase on 6th street in Austin to show off these artists' live performances. With heavy hitters from Dallas, Austin, Houston & San Antonio, Poor Vida Affiliated has made itself into an annual project that you don't want to miss.
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Satori Ananda is executive assistant to label and multimedia CEO Guy Routte, W.A.R Media,LLC and personal assistant to Pharoahe Monch. In addition to community activism and social justice organizing Satori has worked with names like Brand Nubian, dead prez, Erykah Badu, Wutang Killer Bee's, Homeboy Sandman, J-Live and more. Currently managing international artists SamUiLL, Pihon and 7Knuckles of Black Chamber Movement keeps her involved in the world hiphop scene as well.