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S to the P Soul P

Posted: January 21, 2009 in Music
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Soul P “Back At It Again”
Soul music has been an integral part of pop culture since the very first record hit the turntable. From Elvis Presley to Jay-Z, everybody needs a bit of flavor to be successful. These days, it goes unsaid that there is a constant stream of new hip-hop and R&B artists trying to make their voices heard. And the more soul you have, the better the chance that you’ll get noticed.

Portland is fast becoming a leader in the hip-hop movement, and Soul P. is one of the best emcees that Portland has to offer. This man is destined to change the way you view the art form of hip-hop. Born and raised in Seattle, Soul P. has been through the struggle and is ready to share his musical vision with the world. Growing up in The Yesler Terrace neighborhood, Soul P. came face-to-face with the harsh realities of the streets at an early age. Even though he was surrounded by crack cocaine and gang warfare, Soul P. persevered. These early experiences influence his music, giving Soul P.’s lyrics and rhyming an authentic flavor that is rarely found in today’s sea of commercialism.

Soul P. is an emcee with an extremely solid resume. He began his solo career by independently releasing two critically acclaimed albums, Simpy Soul and The Soul Affect. Both albums are noted for their gritty street-influenced production and meaningful lyrical content. These records established Soul P. as a serious contender in the underground music scene. With his explosive combination of intelligence and strength, Soul’s independent material gave him a solid platform on which to build his music.

In the summer of 2005, Soul P. took the opportunity to record the street banger “5 Fingers” for a prominent underground mixtape series helmed by DJ Morphiziz. This project led to a close working relationship with Beatmart Recordings, a young Nashville-based hip-hop collective. Soul P. continued to build and work with Beatmart Recordings and over the following months and talks eventually led to an official record deal. As soon as material was ready, Soul P. and Beatmart released Soul’s label debut, The Premiere.

The Premiere gave us a look into both sides of Soul P.’s persona. Soul is without a doubt a hip-hop afficianado with his roots on the streets. On the other hand, this man keeps a deep personal faith in God. In his own words, Soul P. explains. “My relationship with God is one of the main messages that I wanted to get across with The Premiere. I want people to understand that after everything I’ve been through, that album was like my movie premiere. Up to that point I had been through so much and dealt with so much garbage. Now I’m here to give a message of hope to those who’ve dealt with their own struggles. I can equate this to Allen Iverson finally getting the chance to play pro ball. To those who are going through something, keep believing ’cause you will have a premiere.”

The following year, Soul P. and Beatmart parted ways on friendly terms. Once again looking for a label home, Soul P. tried searching in his own neck of the woods. His relentless work ethic and intense flavor grabbed the attention of Liquid Assets Recordz, a local Portland label with a taste for street appeal. Within months of inking a deal with Liquid Assets, Soul P. was hard at work on a mixtape, once again grinding it out in the studio. During this time, Soul also started his own music group called King’s Empire.

After focusing on his faith with The Premiere, Soul P. is ready to focus on his hip-hop. His work with Liquid Assets has already spawned a number of solid west coast jams, including “West Coast Blues” and “Money Money Money.” His lyrics cut to the chase; Soul P. is not an emcee who pulls any punches. Over pounding rhythms, Soul waxes poetic about life on the streets of the Northwest. You won’t find any sugercoated hip-hop around here. As listeners clamor for more, Soul P. and Liquid Assets are already preparing Soul’s debut for the Liquid Assets Empire.

In the vein of any good leader, Soul P. is equipped with a battle plan. He is convinced that he has to hit the market where it’s at. “I hope that the market will continue to open up their eyes to hip-hop,” Soul P. comments. “There is a huge need for creativity in the genre right now. I want to help change the idea of how it should be done. Liquid Assets and I are here to make hot, hot music. I want the world to know that you can’t put hip-hop into one little box.”

How do you represent a dynamic individual like Soul P. with just words? Forget the outside hype and let him talk for himself: “I’ve been through a lot,” declares Soul P. “Now I’ve got to go for the top. Liquid Assets and I are going to work hard together and reach our ultimate goals. It’s going to be tight.
Leah Hunter
Black Sheep Publicity


Wisdom was born into a family of musicians and poets. He was first exposed to hip hop culture at the Ernest Ingold Boys Club in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, after moving there with his mother at age 6.

Wisdom found refuge in writing and performing his first songs at an early age. Rooted in life experience, his diverse style incorporates lyrics that are streetwise with a political edge. He explains: “world issues and human suffering were common topics of discussion in our household, as well as exposure to many types of music and cultures. My music is a natural extension of this.”

After launching a successful clothing line called Wisdom Creations, he was invited to perform with Cyber Octave/Virgin Records recording artists Medicine Drum on their 2002album release “Original Face” and toured the world with them for two years. Returning from tour, Wisdom felt that his lyrical content was evolving to reflect his hopes of inspiring social change on a global level. In his words, “if we believe, we can achieve anything. It’s all possible.”

After producing a new studio album, Wisdom’s natural next step was to assemble a group of musicians, which was soon dubbed the Wisdom Creations Band, and now includes bass prodigy and son of Tito Garcia (former lead singer of Santana), Luis Garcia; keyboardist Matt Berkeley; award winning gospel drummer Thomas McCree; world-renowned percussionist Mingo Lewis, Jr.; Chicago underground lyricist and spoken word artist Seasunz, and the newest edition, DJ Cocheze from KRS-One’s Temple of Hip Hop.

Wisdom’s unique blend of conscious lyrics with live hip-hop and reggae continues to gain attention nationwide. He won the category of “Best Hip Hop/Rap” in both the 2005 and 2006 North Bay Music Awards and was labeled “one of Nor Cal’s favorites” by URB Magazine (Massv Global Get down, Dec 2004). He also appeared in the 2006 documentary film “The Indigo Evolution” alongside philosophical greats Ram Dass and Don Miguel Ruiz sharing his views on the potential of gifted children to change the world. Chris Deckker, founder of EarthDance International Festival (, affirmed that Wisdom is “one of the most progressive and conscious bands to emerge from the hip-hop culture. “Truly an electrifying performance!”, said Carol Bruno, lead producer of the legendary Reggae on the River festival (, agreed. She beamed: “Wisdom is conscious and a lyrical, cutting edge hip-hop laced with reggae dancehall beats… Look out for these guys!”

His music can be sampled and purchased at In 2006, the band released the highly anticipated album, “Growth and Elevation,” which was recorded both in Prairie Sun Studios in Northern California and Moodswing Records in Hollywood, CA. It features Jamaica’s own VP recording artist Warrior King as well as female vocalists Jemini and Nasambu, and was produced in part by former engineer for Baby Face, BigChris Flores. As a result of an artistic transformation which followed the recent deaths of both his mother and grandmother, the new album transcends any previous musical production Wisdom has released.

An updated list of Wisdom’s upcoming tour dates and Wisdom Creations music and clothing can be found at For booking, email For publicity information, email

Wisdom won the category of “Best Hip Hop/Rap” in the 2005 North Bay Music Awards

Labeled “one of Nor Cal’s favorites” by
Urb Magazine (Massv Global Get down, Dec 2004).

“Wisdom was the closest thing to a dancehall artist on the Ragga Muffins bill”
Eric K. Arnold, San Francsico Chronicle February, 2007

“I have been waiting 20 years for a group like Wisdom to emerge from Hip Hop culture”. “Wisdom is the future of Hip Hop”.

Wisdom was featured in the documentary film
The Indigo Evolution
Also Featured were philosophical greats
Ram Dass & Don Miguel Ruiz

Growth and Elevation
Features Jamaica’s own VP recording artist Warrior King
Produced in part by former engineer for Baby Face, Big Chris Flores.

Reggae Rising Performed and hosted 2007-2008 (15,000+ attendees) EarthDance 2007-2008 Performed (5,000 + attendees) Reggae on the River Performed 2004-06 Hosted in 2005 & 2006(8,000+ attendees)
Earth Dance International Festival 2003-06 Headlined (7,000+ attendees)
Cow Palace 2004 (10,000+ attendies)

Cleverly disguised as a literacy teacher by day, A.P.O.S.T.L.E. transforms into a lyrical superhero for justice by night. His super powers include, a dynamic wordplay and vocabulary which he uses to masterfully conquer social issues, mass media, corrupt politicians, and sucka emcees all in a single bound. By joining forces with fellow superhero DJ Quest, this dynamic duo’s live performance is easily the most powerful Hip Hop stage show in the universe.
The new Album, Lyrical Activism features DJ Quest (Bulletproof Space Travelers), Viveca Hawkins, and fellow Heavyweight Dub Champion member Stero Lion. Lyrical Activism features beats by Etheric Double (Resident Anti-Hero), and was co produced by legendary producer Mark Pistel (Meat Beat Manifesto, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Consolidated, MC 900 ft Jesus). The electro-dub-hop sound-scape is the perfect surface for A.P.O.S.T.L.E.’s intensity. He’s created a lyrical force field where materialism, misogyny and nonsense rhymes cannot penetrate. By contrast to the norm, listeners become engaged, informed and inspired. This leaves A.P.O.S.T.L.E. as the last man stand in above a sea of mediocrity in a dying genre.

With an extensive tour history around the US in festivals and clubs with his former band Heavyweight Dub Champion, this soldier has earned his stripes as a live show veteran. He has additionally cultivated undeniable name recognition in his hometown of Denver CO. for his work as a grassroots community activist, performance poet, ghostwriter, and performer. Recently A.P.O.S.T.L.E. relocated to the Bay Area to combine    all of these efforts into one project. Lyrical Activism is his definitive work that will definitely   be an underground classic.

A superhero’s work is never done. There will always be crowds to rock, microphones to rip and injustice to address. Whether it is the clubs, parties, festivals, lecture halls, classrooms or street corners A.P.O.S.T.L.E. will be there. He has stepped up to answer the call of the masses of Hip Hop fans that are eager for change. We have waited long enough, the time has now come.

Black Sheep Publicity

Leah Hunter

Golden Dreams
Is it possible that the atomic frequency patterns created by the orbiting electrons of certain elements can entrain the brain to harmonic rhythms correlated clinically with increased dream lucidity?

Is it possible that certain elements play a crucial role in the bodies ability to produce neuro-peptide brain chemistries associated with greater cognition and awareness for both the waking state and the dreaming mind as well?

These are important questions given that as humans we spend a great deal of our life sleeping and dreaming. Eating for peak athletic performance is common among those in competitive sports. Eating or supplementing for peak mental performance, cognition and clarity is now a strong component of some of the most powerful eating trends of our modern era including the living food and superfood movements that we see are quickly becoming revolutions in alternative health circles.

Those who value their dreams and the dreaming mind are discovering that it is also possible to use their understanding of nutrition to spice up their dream life with more lucidity than ever before. We all have the capacity for lucid dreaming, lucid living, and expanded states of consciousness. Often though, the achievement of theses states is a challenge for the biology of the practitioner. A demineralized body might require 20 years meditating in silence in a dark cave to have an enlightenment experience while still embodied. It’s like a minnow swimming up stream. It can be done but it takes more time effort and energy expenditure. A fully mineralized and detoxified body though, is like a crystal tuner and able to receive and transmit on a full bandwidth of frequencies provided by the presence of all the elemental building blocks that we call minerals. This theory is supported scientifically at the biological level when we see that every emotion and very state of mind correlates precisely with a specific neuro-bio-chemistry profile.
These neuro-peptides and the endocrine glands that produce them all depend extensively on specific mineral and elemental building blocks being present. According to the geological record many of these of these minerals have been missing or depleted from the soil systems for thousands of years.

One of the rarest of these elements that can positively affect our brains capacity for increased cognition and lucidity weather dreaming or awake, is gold. That’s right good old fashion GOLD …the stuff they used to make coins out of! Gold has been used by many cultures from around the world in an edible form since the beginning of recorded history! The ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Aurvedic herbal traditions have been using gold for increased mental emotional clarity and increased dream lucidity for over 4000 years! Ancient “alchemists” used certain dietary practices including the use of gold tonics for physical rejuvenation and inner transformation. They spoke of transmuting lead into gold. Most researchers agree “lead” and “gold” referred to mental and emotional states of being. These cultures used the elements to “tune the mind and body” to the qualities of the elements. The Element of gold was considered to posses the qualities of the sun, the light of consciousness, awakeness, mental clarity and full spectrum emotional balance. Philosophers of Greece, Egypt and India used gold the way a piano tuner uses a tuning fork. Just as a tuning fork has a characteristic tone that defines it, likewise, each element was thought to have its own sub-atomic tone or frequency (produced by the orbiting electrons around the nucleus of an atom). Many now believe that this characteristic sub-atomic tone can have a very noticeable effect on mood and attitude, just like the tones of music, can uplift or make sad, or even move you to dance. The tone or vibration of 24 karat Gold is reputed to increase light hearted-ness, mental clarity and an optimistic attitude. We make no claims but we have been using it ourselves for years… and Love it! Although gold does not yet have an FDA established recommended daily allowance, a growing body of research indicates that gold may indeed play a significant role as an element supporting a broad spectrum of mental and physical processes. One scientific theory is that gold increases the efficiency of the nervous system by creating conductive pathways in the fluid between the cells so your brains electrical signals can be transmitted with less resistance. This theory may be proven or disproven with future research. We do know however, that the body needs a full-spectrum of trace elements and nutrients to experience the true human potential for mental clarity, physical energy, and emotional well-being. Mineral depletion of the soil is prevalent and humans now have far less of many of the rare trace elements once found in the food chain. What will effect will bio-available gold have on you? That depends on your current state of mineralization and personal bio-chemistry. Many have confirmed that within days or weeks of cell saturation dreams do indeed become brighter, more vivid and more memorable. Some have claimed ability to lucid dream for the first time ever and generally more productive and valuable dream experiences, as well as a wide range of emotional and cognitive enhancing benefits to the waking state. For a full list of benefits research and personal experiences visit

By: Chad Ashley Vandenberg
Visionary Founder: Elements for Life