The Deens Office Album by SpeaK no E.


So finally!!  After about 3 years of work on The Deens Office the official word is that all recording on SpeaK no E’s first solo album was completed yesterday, October 30, 2008.  The album features guest appearances by QB, 5th Letter of The Empire, Jay Spitta, Perrelli P, and the CEO of Livin Lavish Entertainment, JQ.  Contributing producers are Vintage, Prince Imperial of The Empire, Mic Will and Speak himself.  With a few more tweaks, added samples and a few mixing modifications, the first final copies of The Deens Office will begin circulating on Monday Nov 3.  Until then, a small batch of 50 rough copies of The Deens Office will be released and passed out for free tonight at the Halloween Masquerade Party taking place at the Bliss Wine Cafe in Bel Camp Maryland.  Typically a Jazz venue with a very elegant and classy interior, the Bliss Wine Cafe is more than suited for entertaining the grown and sexy All Hallows Eve goers.  Guess who will also be the DJ for the party?  That’s right…SpeaK no E. himself.  Happy Halloween to everyone.

~SpeaK no E.~      a.k.a. Travis Duanway

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What Next !?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!??!!?!!


Nah nothing crazy just trying to finish up these tracks for everyone’s  solo.  I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised about what is coming from my team. For all that have gotten to know us over the last few years just more classic Hip-Hop.  Just now getting ready to put some finishing touches on some of those on that Mista Jay EP. Didn’t know it was coming did ya. Well look at it like this the next 6 months looks to be a very busy  season for The Empire.  Oh and don’t think that there won’t be a new group so be patient. I think that Speak no Evil album should be dropping sooner than you think.

One - Prince Imperial

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Working…………In the lab


Today is just one of those days sitting in the lab trying  to put these beats together. Some what frustrating. Yeah I love it but it can be tedious. Producing a track is akin to putting together a puzzle. Yeah you get irritated during the process but, you love the end result. Yeah I got  alot of upcoming  projects I’m working on so hopefully they’ll be ready without much delay. I’m trying to give ya’ll that unadulterated Hip-hop.

One - Prince Imperial

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The Reason for the name………..


I guess I should explain the Dark Ages or shall I say the reason the album is called the Dark Ages. At this juncture in Hip-Hop Music a lot of people have been making a lot of noise why hip-hop is dying, dead, etc. I have said it in previous posts about looking beneath the surface. We decided to name the album the Dark Ages because of the state of Hip-Hop and where we were creatively. Also with the inclusion of how things were and are going here in the States. So we felt the album title fit with what was going on individually, as a unit, in addition to what was going on in the world.

One - Prince Imperial

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Hip Hop Saved My Life (c) Lupe Fiasco


I’ll tell y’all what…. this music is really, truly probably the only reason I’m still here today.  All the kinds of things I used to be into…. craziness… but this hip hop music gave me an avenue to vent my frustration and, in turn, got me out of the situations I was into…. I most likely wouldn’t have made it to 18 if I hadn’t had my music to keep me sane, and out of trouble, and that’s real…. And I’m not the only person that can say that, I know…. it’s an interesting feeling to find that some of your people went to jail the night before, or something like that, and you weren’t there because you were cooped up in the house trying to craft your next lyrical masterpiece….. like I said once before…. “Since the music kept me goin guess I owe it the same….” Yeah I stayed out of alot of ish due to making this music….which is why I am 100% certain that HIP-HOP SAVED MY LIFE!!!!!!

Peace.

E

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Great Hip-Hop #1


Today I guess I’ll keep it light I’m gonna give you a list of  very  important Hip-Hop Albums that you should cop or at least listen to once in your lifetime.

1.) Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown

2.) Main Source - Breaking Atoms

3.) Brand New Heavies -  Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol.1( If you don’t know why find it and then you’ll understand)

4.) Showbiz & A.G. - Runaway Slave

5.) King Tee - IV Life

Check those out they’ll change your life seriously

One - Prince Imperial

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Underground Hip-Hop


Today is one of the days I’m proud to be called underground. I feel my crew and I are in the company of some of the greatest to ever do it and still do it well. I feel my team put in a solid effort despite being apart to put together a great product. Today more than ever you see legions of great emcess toiling away beneath the surface. Mostly competing for lyrical dominance and not record sales. That is what breeds great Hip-hop. Putting your struggle and life experience  down on wax or shall I say in mp3 and wav format nowadays.

There are great men and women putting down great music that is rarely heard. If you truly want to support real Hip-Hop support the underground. That’s where it started and had to go back to. As I said in my previous article Hip-Hop just lost its soul. So in turn it had to go through hell to get it back. Which I feel its really reclaiming. If you want real Hip-Hop you have to put the pressure on majors to support real artists and creativity.

Yeah there is a problem when you say Lil Wayne is the best rapper alive when it comes to the fact that Andre from Outkast is beasting pretty much everyone now days and has people fiending for more product like cooked coke. There are emcees trolling the underground right now that are tearing 16’s, 32’s, what have you to threads. Hip-hop regardless how you want to put it actually I do. In the movie “the Show” Melle Mel put it the best,” to get on the microphone and crush whoever is in front of you.”  That is the essence of an emcee the hunger which most overground emcees lack.

I appreciate the underground because most emcee’s emcees that call the labyrinth of the underground home do it for the love. They want more no doubt that’s what all emcees want but they make Hip-hop for Hip-Hop heads. Those who will appreciate great music break out the flashlight to find it. That’s what I challenge everyone to do search for Hip-hop on your own terms not what is fed to you. If you don’t like what you hear invent it.

One- Prince Imperial

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Introductions……………..????


I’ll start out introducing myself Prince Imperial 1/4 of the Empire. I’m an emcee/ producer for my crew understand that first. Now that we have initial pleasantries out the way. Basically if you’ve been to the site you know our history so I won’t get long winded and rehash all that. My writing is going to  hopefully enlighten the readers somewhat about Hip-hop, bring you some good music from My crew and others.

Hip-Hop is my life and my love. It provided the soundtrack to my life. Yeah everyone says hip-hop is dead but, naw it just lost its way. The people that brought me up in this culture were innovators and first and foremost they were fans. They enjoyed listening to other artists. There was an innate level of respect. They may have beefed at times but most respected the perspective of their peers and what they brought to Hip-hop’s ever growing table. Today I can’t fathom the fact of anyone really listening to each others music. Especially with  the lack of quality collabs. I don’t think most artists know what they’re getting from another artist until they hear it released. I remember when collabs were like a christmas gift reserved for crew first’ another artist you respect second, and third usually not at all. The late-ninties ushered in what I like to call the compilation era. Most artist inundated their albums with so many people from their crew and who was hot at the time it made most albums intolerable to listen to from beginning to end. Plus you never really got to know the artists. Now if you don’t have the hot person you won’t get any play at all.

As I have told many others in this bleak time in music in general.  Look underground just beneath the surface in all genres of music its burning white hot. Very rarely now in music are the majors going to let you create a project that has musical purity. The days of Hip-hop being the ear to street has been long removed from mainstream Hip-hop. This is Hip-Hop’s dark period. So as it’s been said before welcome to The Dark Ages.

One -  Prince Imperial

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So as it stands right now…


I am b/s’in too much on gettin my album done…. apologies to those waitin to hear…… but it WILL be done on December 15th as I said…  In the meantime… “Bring It Back” will be finished this weekend….. much thanks to all y’all who have more patience w/ me than I have w/ myself…. Here I come!!!!!!!

Peace.

E

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