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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

SEAN STRANGE: The story behind my name is pretty simple. Years back when I first started writing and producing, A friend gave me the name “Doctor Strange”. Later on down the line I saw other artists using that name and it didn’t sit right with me. Plus I wanted my name to reflect me personally. So I kept the “Strange” in the name and replaced “Doctor” with my real name “Sean”. Sometimes I will call myself “Sean Michael” as an alias which is my first and middle name together.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

SEAN STRANGE: I am from Queens, New York. These days I honestly can not tell you what the scene is like in Queens. But I can tell you that there are many people residing in Queens & all over New York that make music and are on the grind. That never changes. But I spent many years in the New York scene on the come up. I have performed at hundreds of clubs, venues and festivals in New York over the years. But I also in the last few years focused on covering other ground outside of NYC like: Europe, Canada and the rest of the USA. I do still go hard as I can on New York radio stations like Shade 45 & the college circuit.

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

SEAN STRANGE: I think the number one inspiration for me is life and experience. I use that as my number one driving force to create and work hard. The thought of not having or not pushing hypes me up and pushes me to earn. And create something with real substance & family. As far as the musical inspiration I am inspired by so many artists from so many genres. My playlist’s are filled with everything from: Jay Z to Portishead to Van Morrison to The Roots to Eminem to Gil Scott Heron. I love all types of music. Also something that has inspired me since a child is the Rocky films and scores from them. when I am working on a new album or project, Sometimes I will watch the whole Rocky saga in constant rotation in the background while I write. It sounds crazy but it pushes me to be great. . .

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

SEAN STRANGE: If I had to pick one word that describes my style I would say “Honest”. I wouldn’t even sit here and give some crazy definition of my style. I say what’s on my mind, I am who I am and I take the craft and art of being an emcee and producer extremely serious. And I have nothing in common with those who don’t.

Mistajay: In 2010 you released your debut solo album “Street Urchin” to critical acclaim & In 2013 you released a full length album with hip hop legend and pioneer PMD of the world famous rap group EPMD titled “Welcome To The Goondox” and made time to release two free album releases in 2012 and 2014 titled “Truth Serum” and “Subliminal Facebook Comments” What is your best song/project recorded to date and why?

SEAN STRANGE: It would be very hard for me to pick a best project or song. I think each one is special in it’s own way and shows a different side of what I can do. The other projects were solo so they were different from “Goondox” And in the case of that is was a group with PMD & Snowgoons and I enjoyed it cause we all adjusted to each other styles in some way. I really navigated that album from start to finish. Something I am proud of. I put the 2 others out for Free to thank the fans for supporting the store releases and to also create more buzz around my name and fans.

Mistajay: You have recently been on tour with Chris Rivers how has the tour been received? If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

SEAN STRANGE: The tour was a success and next we head to Canada in June for 15 shows and then will follow up with another Europe tour in the Fall. As for the second half of the question, I have opened up and actually shared sets with many legends and artists I grew up listening too like: Nas, Wu Tang Clan, D12, The Roots, Redman, Onyx & More. I actually during the Goondox times was asked to join the Hit Squad Reunion with EPMD, Redman, Das Efx, K Solo, Dj Scratch & Keith Murray as part of the crew set at Rock The Bells and other states as well in 2012/2013 and it was an honor.

Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

SEAN STRANGE: Learning the business, what to do and not do is essential. I have been learning since day one and even took college courses in music theory, music business, independent record production and more. Plus I step by step taught myself to book tour all over the world, obtain my own distribution deal, radio placement and to run an independent company. Every situation presents a new lesson. Even with the knowledge things can get tricky when it comes to collecting royalties but if you stay alert and on track you can protect yourself.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2016? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

SEAN STRANGE: Honestly, I don’t even care anymore. This year is strictly bout having my label step up one or two levels above where we are now. I am dropping a brand new album this year, Something my fans will go crazy over and many other treats. In Hip Hop of this generation, Nothing surprises me. There is no boundaries, So I just focus on mine.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

SEAN STRANGE: I have many great things coming this year. Big features, New album, Another world tour and much more. Stay Tuned. The next project up is the label Compilation titled “Everything Is Nah Bro”

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

SEAN STRANGE: Thanks to everyone reading this and thanks to underground experience. If yall want further information check me out on Facebook

And on You Tube.

Search: Sean Strange


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prince R.I.P. PRINCE

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop.

His influence is undeniable and in his final days he lived his life doing what he loved many of us wish we could do that……..Mistajay


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R.I.P. Phife Dawg

phife dawg R.I.P. Phife Dawg

Malik Izaak Taylor[1] (November 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016), better known by his stage name Phife Dawg (or simply Phife), was an American rapper and a member of the group A Tribe Called Quest with high school classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (and for a short time Jarobi White). He was also known as the “Five Foot Assassin” and “The Five Footer”, because he stood at 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m). Phife Dawg initially formed A Tribe Called Quest, then simply named Quest, with his high school classmate Q-Tip in 1985; the group was later expanded with the addition of Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A Tribe Called Quest were closely associated with fellow hip-hop acts De La Soul and Jungle Brothers, with the groups being collectively known as the Native Tongues.[2] A Tribe Called Quest were initially offered a demo deal by Geffen Records in 1989, but signed to Jive Records to release their 1990 début People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.[2]

Your influence and music will last forever and that’s all anyone can ask Rest in Power……… Mistajay


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R.I.P. Bobbi Kristina Brown

Bobbi Kristina Brown (March 4, 1993 – July 26, 2015) was an American reality television and media personality, singer, and heiress. She was the daughter of singers Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, and her parents’ fame kept Bobbi Kristina in the public eye, including her appearances on the reality show Being Bobby Brown. Brown was 14 when her parents divorced and Houston gained custody.[1] When Houston died in February 2012, Brown was named as the sole beneficiary of her mother’s estate.

bobbi kristina b 768 R.I.P. Bobbi Kristina Brown

That October, Brown caused controversy within both of her parents’ families when she announced her engagement to Nick Gordon, a man she previously considered her “big brother”. When the couple announced they were married, Bobby Brown’s lawyer released a statement disputing the report.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub on January 31, 2015; she was kept in a medically induced coma for approximately six months. She died on July 26, 2015, at age 22.

This a very tragic end to an already sad story at least the one thing we can take away from his is that she now rests in her mothers arms…….Mistajay


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R.I.P. B.B. King

bb king in 2009 R.I.P. B.B. King

Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known by his stage name , was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Rolling Stone ranked King number 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked number 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list). He was ranked No. 17 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. According to Edward M. Komara, King “introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.” King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of the Blues”, and one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert King and Freddie King). King was also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s In 1956, he reportedly appeared at 342 shows.

In 1990, King was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George H.W. Bush. In 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush He is widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, inspiring countless other electric blues and blues rock guitarists.



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WITH this being 59 years to the day since the death of Emmett Till and the current state of affairs being so fresh in our mind with death of MIKE Brown we must turn this moment into a movement!!!!!

220px emmett till FROM A MOMENT TO A MOVEMENT

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam went to Till’s great-uncle’s house. They took Till away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound (32 kg) cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Three days later, Till’s body was discovered and retrieved from the river.

Every 28 hours according to the MXGM study, a black person is killed by law enforcement, vigilantes or security …”

Amadou Diallo. Manuel Loggins Jr. Ronald Madison. Sean Bell. Eric Garner. Oscar Grant. And now, Michael Brown. They are a handful of such cases since 1999, when Diallo, an unarmed man standing in a New York City doorway, was gunned down by cops who erroneously thought he had a gun. Amadou Diallo was an immigrant from the west African nation of Guinea when he was hit with 19 bullets fired by four New York City police officers. It was before dawn on Feb. 4, 1999.

Manuel Loggins Jr. was a 31-year-old Marine sergeant and a father of three when he was killed by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy on Feb. 7, 2012. The deputy approached Loggins after Loggins crashed through a gate of San Clemente High School about 4:40 a.m., with two of his daughters inside his SUV.

Ronald Madison was one of two victims of a New Orleans police shooting on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina caused flooding across the city. Madison, 40, was mentally disabled. He was unarmed when he was shot in the back on Sept. 4, 2005. Madison and a 17-year-old named James Brissette were killed; four other people, all members of the same family, were wounded.

Sean Bell was due to be married the morning after his fatal encounter with New York City police officers on Nov. 25, 2006. Bell, 23, was behind the wheel of a car outside a Queens strip club where his bachelor party had been held. Police, including plainclothes officers who had been in the club, said they approached Bell amid concerns that someone in his party had a gun.

Ramarley Graham was 18 when police entered his Bronx apartment without a warrant and shot him inside a bathroom on Feb. 2, 2012. Surveillance videos from the police pursuit showed Graham walking into the building, then police officers going to the building’s door and kicking it in.

Eric Garner, 43, died on July 17, 2014, after a police officer in Staten Island placed him in an illegal chokehold during an encounter on the sidewalk, where police said Garner was selling illegal cigarettes. A bystander shot video showing Garner’s final moments, and it quickly fueled major protests and demands that the officers involved face criminal charges.

Oscar Grant III was fatally shot by BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, United States, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009. Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco,[3] BART Police officers detained Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station. Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and allegedly resisting arrest.Officer Mehserle stood and, according to his attorney, said: “Get back, I’m gonna Tase him.” Then Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. During his court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, “You shot me!” Grant was unarmed; he was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland.



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R.I.P. MAYA Angelou

maya angelou R.I.P. MAYA Angelou

Maya Angelou (/ˈm.ə ˈænəl/;[1][2] born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, cast-member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. Since 1982, she taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Since the 1990s she made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.

With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson of black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture. Although attempts have been made to ban her books from some US libraries, her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide. Angelou’s major works have been labeled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics have characterized them as autobiographies. She made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel. Angelou is best known for her autobiographies, but she is also an established poet, although her poems have received mixed reviews.

Your person you passion your poetry is undeniable your wisdom your wit and your worth is irreplaceable and in your passing still you rise…..



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