*“I’ve been at it for a minute. I started as a drummer,” said Latin Rapper Wilson Sandoval, known on stage as InnocentMind, about his new studio self-titled album.
When asked about his unique Latin sound that combines all genres of music with Latin Hip-Hop InnocentMind said:
“I spent five years with a band, then a solo artist. When I was with a band I was surrounded by that type of music Classic, Rock…like The Beatles…Led Zeplin. I try to network with difference people, built my experiences. I am working on increasing my fan base.”
All anyone has to do is listen to his music. I met InnocentMind at the 98Cent Store selling his CD. I love supporting aspiring artists and I respect their struggle, so I brought one. I was immediately impressed that he had a business card to go with it, and decided then that I would give it a listen and not just “shelve it.” I was so pleased that I did. “InnocentMind” has high quality instrumental playing, high quality production and high quality vocals. His flow as a rapper is as diverse has is Hip-Hop styles of music.
“I do study on my own and work with people that know more than me,” InnocentMind admitted. “Like this engineer that’s with me. He’s from Texas. I’m collaborating with him.”
The self-titled project from InnocentMind offers 10 selections.
“When ‘I’ say Hip-Hop I mean like KRS- One. Real Hip-Hop…with scratching and the beats, it’s the sound that motivates me more,” he pointed out. “I merge with Latino things I like – my type of Latino has lots of Hip-Hop. Though there are Latinos like Bad Bunny (Trap and Reggaeton singer),,,mine comes from Central America and Mexico. I was born in Los Angeles.”
Though the album is mostly in Spanish and I speak “poquito” (little) I was able to make out a few words that I will use to identify my favorite cuts on the “InnocentMind” album.
The CD does have at least two selections that are mostly in English. My favorites include #1, which I titled “Listen” cause he says that at the beginning and the phase “Let’s Go” at the end, because it starts off almost sounding like a lullaby and ends with an Latin Urban beat that is so simple.
I like #2, which I titled “First” because it says “primero” a lot. It has a nice Latin/Hip-Hop feel that I like and I hear in Spanish “Mexican beautiful lady” so it has to be hot lyrically. I like #3, which I titled “You” because he kept saying it in Spanish – “ustedes” and I love the horn and piano keys that were flying which gives it a Latin/Jazz feel. I like #7, which I titled “What Pretty Is” because he says that throughout – “que bonita es.” I like it because of the Salvador feel, which he says, along with “good morning” so instantly it became a favorite because that what I say Social Media each day – morning! I also like #8, which I titled “Life” because I heard a couple times “vita.” I like it because it has a nice Latin feel that I love to dance to, in fact at one point he said “loco tango” (crazy dance). I also like #9, which I titled “Momma Said There’ll Be Days Like This,” because that is a hook from a cover song and its said in English by a R&B vocalist. It has a Rap hook that is in both English and Spanish making it very unique and relatable. This is one of two songs that combine English and Spanish, mixing the two cultures. Last, and as you can see I like practically the entire album, I like #10, which I titled “Tomorrow Friend” because it says it a couple of times in Spanish “manana” “amigo.”
I like the rap flow, which was in both English and Spanish, because it is reminiscent of the flow of Rapper Busta Rhyms “hard and fast.” And the lyrics on “Tomorrow Friend” are very deep and I am so glad it was in English too, because it is a prime example of what Wilson aka InnocentMind is all about.
InnocentMind raps on “Tomorrow Friend” repeatedly saying “I break my back for the U.S. but it wont let us claim it” and “I know you feel me cause I’m just like you.”
Meeting InnocentMind and listening to his music, tells me without a doubt he will make his mark on the Hip-Hop culture in a big way, very soon. www.Youtube.com/InnocentMind
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference annually in Baltimore (Saturday April 20, 2019) in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times and Los Angeles (October/TBD). Offering Entertainment Business panel and a talent showcase and competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes. www.UpliftingMinds2.com www.GoFundMe.com/Uplifting-Minds-II-Entertainment-Conference
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!
Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All Fears, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.
Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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