New group the Jordan Clan (Lionel “6’6 240” Jordan, and Eric “Monstalung” Jordan”) release music video “Leaving Remix” from upcoming EP “#jordanclan Neo Griots.
Neo Griots is a poem Norman Jordan (their father) wrote about them, you can get his book of poetry at https://www.amazon.com/Sing-Me-Different-Norman-Jordan/dp/0976743027
Johnny Harmonic “Leavin” #juneizsoundvizion Day22 [VIDEO]
Depending who you talk too, either Johnny Harmonic, or 6’6 240, they both will say the other one stole this beat. I made the beat and here is how it went down. I been wanting to sample a few things of the Robin Thicke album Evolution, Willz P was chilling with me while I was working in the studio, and Johnny was on his way by just to kick it. I had my brother 6’6 240 in mind for the beat, and explained that to Johnny (who swears he does not remember me saying that), it did not matter, because once Johnny is motivated creatively he cant turn it off. I see him over there writing, soon I hear a melody come out, and Willz P and Johnny over there brainstorming and writing, i couldn’t get to caught up with what Johnny and Willz P was doing because I was concentrating on this dope beat that I’m currently working on at that time. By the time i got done with the beat, Johnny had half the song done, and it was SUPERDOPE, so now I’m caught in the middle and had to make a executive decision, give the beat to Johnny, or save it for my brother (who thinks he deserves everything anyway, artist egos man). Its too hard as a producer / songwriter to come up with great song, and johnny’s song was looking me dead in the face, and I knew it was dope, just had to man up to my brother. My brother was so mad, he recorded a remix of the song anyway (which i have, but has never been released). Johnny and my brother use to be roommates, and they were competitive all the time, in a best friends kind of way, so we at Soundvizion was use to it. They both give me a hard time when you talk about this song, and beat, but I think unconsciously i was the mastermind behind the whole thing, I got 2 songs for the price of one beat. -by Monstalung
This picture is from 2008, I’m pretty sure that’s when we started doing our annual reunion show. Who are we? We are a hip hop collective (artist, producers, djs) out of Morgantown WV and we go by the name of SOUNDVIZION.
I came up with the name Soundvizion back in 1998, whenever I made a beat I like alot I would see images, like a video storyboard, that’s how i knew something I created was hot in my standard, so when I started my indie label in 1999, that’s what I went with.
Me and artist Ace Beanz birthdays are one day apart in June, so back around 2006 we started having Birthday Bash events at BUCKS (R.I.P BUCKS), which was fun for us, not sure how the performances was, because we would always be pretty drunk by the time we got on stage. In 2008 it morphed in to the reunion show, June is a good time where people can get time off from work to come back in town to visit.
This year I decided to create a social media campaign around the event (at least I think so, still figuring this social media stuff out), “30 Days of Soundvizion Content and posting” via social media (website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr). Like most things I didn’t think it all the way out, I just jumped in (bad habit of mine), and did not realize the commitment I was making. This time it was a blessing in disguise, this campaign has turned into a documented walk through memory lane, these 30 days (15 so far) will be forever on my website, and I will be able to read through it like a book, each day like a chapter, that was not the objective of the campaign, but it should of been, this has been an emotional, and therapeutic process. It’s also a gift to the family of Soundvizion, because they have been able to enjoy this also.
the initial objective for #juneizsoundvizion was to promote the show this Thursday June 16, 2016 at 123 Pleasant St, but it’s truly bigger than that, this is about a group of creative friends who had dreams, and worked together to pursue them, which made each of their bonds stronger outside of the music, simply #juneizsoundvizion means family. -by Monstalung
They come from 2 totally different environments, but Beanz and Johnny have a real bond.
Ace Beanz knows the poverty side of Morgantown, something you wont see in a WVU brochure, all college towns have that side of town, and Ace Beanz knows it very well.
Johnny Harmonic comes from a more of a family based community of Summersville WV, which has it’s sides of towns too which Johnny had to maneuver his way around, but a little different than Beanz.
I have known Ace Beanz since he was a small, I went to school with his uncles, Beanz and my baby brother (6’6 240) was best friends, but our family was connected way before they met.
I was introduced to Johnny by a mutual friend, Aaron Cruthers, he knew johnny through the theater department at WVU, I knew Cruthers because he was a bad ass musician who played for a couple of bad ass bands (The Emergency, LBC, and Big Ass Manatee) locally in Morgantown, he knew Soundvizion very well, and he thought Johnny would work good with us, and he was right.
When I introduced Johnny to the crew, he naturally gravitated to Beanz, and Beanz took him under his wing like a little brother. They balance each other out very well, Beanz is real laid back, while Johnny is always hyped and ready to get the party started. They both like to stay fresh with the clothes, and they truly enjoy each others company. Whenever we collaborate on a song and I know they are both going to be on it, i know the session is going to be fun, we all just really clique. You can hear it in this song, it represents how the 3 of us can “make the doughnuts” when we get together. -by Monstalung
“SupaCat” [VIDEO] ft @1abreezy @66240 @acebeanzjeff @johnnyharmonic1 @monstalung #juneizsoundvizion Day10
The making of this video was very emotional, we did this a couple years after everyone had relocated, and this was the first of our reunion show, and we coordinated this video shoot around everyone returning to Morgantown for the get together show. Johnny had been in LA for a couple years now, A Breezy just moved to LA also, in fact her and Johnny were roommates in Los Angeles, 6’6 240 moved to Cleveland, leaving me and Ace Beanz here in Morgantown. We recorded the song a year before, so I was just waiting on a time I could get everyone together to release it. So as you see in the video we did a 2 location shoot, one at the reunion show at 123 pleasant st (we call it home), and the other one was the next day in my backyard, and made a picnic out of it. The show was awesome, it was during the summer, and the small college town of Morgantown is kind of slow during that time, but it was a blessing in disguise because it made it more local with family and friends coming out to re-connect with old friends. Other member of Soundvizion where also there, such as Phyr Squad, B-Hyphen, Adam Payne, 808 Circus, Willz P, and we had a ball performing together. The next day we met up for the video shoot, and one thing about my squad, they can party, you get 6’6 240, Ace Beanz, A-Breezy, and Johnny Harmonic together, there is gonna be some drinking going on, which makes for a great picnic, but a dysfunctional video shoot, but it was way worth it, as much as I love this video, it doesn’t give justice to how much love and fun those 2 days were. We are doing our reunion show this coming Friday at 123 pleasant St June 16, 2016, everyone is trying to make it so it should be good. I wish i could get Paycheck Game, Marcus D’tray, DJ Bearcat, & Big Chief of 304 Reconz more involved with these shows, there is no Soundvizion without 304 Reconz, that is something we can work on in the future, because these reunion shows are not stopping anytime soon. It started as way to celebrate the music we made together, but in all honesty, its just a family Reunion with the loved ones, artist who build relationships with music and West Virginia as the common bond, but now its just about being with my best friends. -by Monstalung
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