if you didn’t know I’m in a band called Quie http://quiemusic.com/ and we released our second EP called “Ya Mama Like It” a couple months ago. This is our first video of the EP.
Nicole Mayers from Morgantown West Virginia is the featured vocalist on the song, and also the song writer. Nicole knew Ryan Dunkerly, the bass player for Quie, from doing local open mic’s in Morgantown WV together, and had expressed to each other that they should collaborate on some music. Nicole came to one of our rehearsal’s, and this song is what we came up with. Nicole has been performing shows with us for the last couple of years, performing “Royalty” and some covers. We shot the video at the WVU arboretum, and it was freezing outside, nicole was a pure trooper dealing with that weather that day. Garrett Yurisko was doing the filming, and we had to take warm your hands break it was so cold, then after that we went to The Rocktop, which is connected to the Chestnut hotel, and shot another scene on their rooftop which looks over downtown Morgantown, it was a cool, and cold video shoot, but truly worth it.
Yo Mama Like it is Quie’s second EP, the first being “QuieProQuo” also available at http://quiemusic.com/
Every once in awhile I get stuck when making a beat, like I need to hear the vocal part before I move on, or it just sounds done, doesn’t need anything else but a vocal, but sometimes MC’s cant see that vision, it might feel like it’s not finished. This beat was like that, it was getting passed on by a couple of artist and I knew how “flow friendly” beat this was, but no one was biting, until Thack heard it, and rode that beat like a old rodeo hand (not sure if that is a actual term or not). Beats like this need a lot of punch lines, why i thought my brother 6’6 240 was perfect for it, but so was Thack. Thack went so hard with the punch lines that we tried to cater the video around his verses (hard to do with limited video budget, meaning none), not sure how successful we were, but it sure was fun! The video got really good feedback from the minute we released it.
Its a very fun track, which is reflection of me and Thacks writing and recording sessions, they are fun. We really slay this song when performing it live, the crowd really gets into it, the beat has a natural bounce that is infectious blaring through BIG live PA speakers. Not sure why we called it BunnyHop, I’m sure its the bounce in the beat I was just speaking of, but this song was a example of my simplistic theory (later confirmed by Kanye West in the Rolling Stone article about when he met Rick rubin )My brother (6’6 240) later agreed he slept on the beat and concept once he heard BunnyHop. – by Monstalung
#juneizsoundvizion Day 26 “WV Clap” 6’6 240, Ace Beanz, DJ Sean Nice
R.I.P Lacy Neff. WV Clap is the 2nd most successful music release we have ever had at Soundvizion, and it was Lacy Neff (DJ at 102 FM-Radio WVAQ) that believed in the song, and played it on prime time on WVAQ, which then became a gameday anthem, thanks Lacy for believing in our music.
My dear freind DJ Sean Nice, who produced the track, was also at that time doing a DJ Show on WVAQ and would play the song on his show, between Lacy playing it prime-time, and Sean playing it in the evening, that song took off out the gate, next thing 98.7 the beat in Charleston started spinning it, we started booking more paid performances, it was a good time.
And the boys did their thing on that dope Sean Nice beat, Ace Beanz, and 6’6 240 has tag team a lot of beats over the years on almost all our projects, but this one was special, and I remember the vocal recording session going extremely fast, but very efficient.
Most producers when they submit beats for our artist I get a CD with maybe 10-20 beats. Not with Sean Nice, uh uh.
1. He aint submitting nothing, you going to see him.
2. You might leave with 3 beats, and you will have to beg for them, but no more than 3.
3. Everything he plays is bangers, so you really have to listen to everything and make some hard decisions.
Sean Nice is one of the most talented people i have met in my lifetime, period, master level execution in multiple aspects in the performing arts. Hopefully one day he will release some music to the public, because homie can do it all, and makes incredible music.
Our biggest music release ever is the “Gold and Blue” (West Virginia University football anthem), and “WV Clap” was the follow up off the 6’6 240 album “Hard Work and Dedication”, and it took off, and it opened up a lot of doors for us, none of that happens, without Lacy Neff believing in our song. Forever thankful Lacy.-by Monstalung
First off Happy Birthday to our Soundvizion brother Jathara, whose birthday was this past weekend (June 26), told ya #juneizsoundvizion. Jathara produced this track, and wrote the hook and concept for this song also. Since me and my brother (6’6 240) are HUGE Cleveland CAVS & Browns fan, this could of been our anthem for the NBA playoffs. It was extremely cold shooting this video, this video was supposed to have a second part too it featuring the song “WV Clap”, we shot the footage, but the guy who shot and edited the video never finished it. This was off the “Handwork & Dedication” album from 6’6 240, which was our first retail distribution deal with FYI record stores in WV, this release was some of Soundvizions best work, and sadly, 6’6 240’s last project for us. In hindsight, we were just getting started, but this is when we hit the independent wall, after 10 years of doing music, but not reaching our objectives, it took a toll on us, that we never really recovered from. I’m hoping my team get their second wind, I know I have, because we make great music together, and whats better than making something great with your friends? -by Monstalung.
6’6 240 got booked for a show at Fairmont State college with Trina and Bubba Sparxxx, we were openers, and like we always do we brought a bunch of CDs and business cards to pass around backstage. We saw Bubba and his crew checking us out when we performed, so I knew I had to get them a CD, and I did. Bubba was extremely cool, said he liked the show, and would check out the CD.
Jump up to 4 months later, I get a call from a Georgia area code ( I know the area code because I use to live in Atlanta, and my brother Gandhi lives there still). I did not believe it was Bubba at first, but to make a long story short, he said he had been pumping the CD while on tour, and he wanted us to come down to Atlanta and vibe out.
Me and my brother (6’6 240) met at the Cheesecake Factory in Lennox Mall in Atlanta with Bubba and his manager Bobby Stamps, i ordered calamari and some drinks (remember this point), and we just vibed out, talked about the state of music at the time, and how similar our styles and personal backgrounds were, we were all on that proud country, trailer park, us against the world, hip hop music. Then they said something that caught me and my brother off guard, they said lets go to the studio, and we were like Hell Yeah! Then they said, yeah we gonna go by my boy Rico’s studio, which I followed with “you mean Rico Wade of Organized Noise?” and they said yes, me and my brother played it cool, but once we got in the car we started geeking out. We were both HUGE Organized Noise fans, and we were walking into the Dungeon Family Recording studios. We get there, and meet Rico, and and the team. They played a beat and Bubba and my brother started writing, I’m in full groupie mode looking at plaques on the wall, all the equipment I’ve only seen in order books, then my stomach started to rumble. That calamari was not sitting right, and maybe the moment was intensifying it but it was getting uncontrollable, so I go to the famous Dungeon family Studios bathroom, and puke my brains out. I kept saying to myself “dont F this up, dont F this up”, I scrubbed that bathroom like a first generation slave trying to cover it up. Once I went back out in the studio, I could tell Bubba and my brother was connecting on a personal level. We went on to become affiliates of New South Music (Bubba & Bobby’s brand) and have been performing, and working together ever since, we are as not as active as we use to be, but we do talk to each other a few times through out the year.
Me and Bobby Stamps became real close, I consider him a mentor, and a friend, and to have a guide for your dreams, someone who has done what your trying to do is invaluable, and I will always be New South, and always grateful for checking out the 2 brothers from West Virginia. – by Monstalung