To the joy of their fans, and the apparent dismay of their detractors, Da Korum has come out of hiding to release their latest and most ambitious Mormon Hip-Hop offering to date: What I$ Reality?: Da Concept Album. Instead of being discouraged by the Philistines who lack the high level of cognitive abstraction necessary to understand their work, Da Korum has stuck a metaphorical stick in those eyes and ears by creating a complex, deep concept album worthy to sit between your copies of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and its sister album Ringo the 4th.
Even more astonishing than the brilliant depths that this album has uncovered for the first time in all musical history is the fact that masterminds Valiant B and MC Hot Drankz were willing to sit down with me (for the second time) and talk about this momentous album and its inevitable future impact on the music industry.
(special note – the editor has kindly cleaned up the worst spelling and grammar errors found throughout this article) Continue Reading →
Most of you know that Simeon Lawrence (AKA Young Sim) is a good friend of mine from our missions, and we’ve stayed good friends ever since. So it is with an acknowledgement of complete and utter bias that I present to you the following video. I’m not sure if anyone who doesn’t know us will appreciate the full meaning here, so I realize perhaps I’m breaking some sort of journalistic code by posting this, but Young Sim, founder of Feel Good Music, is engaged to be married. Life is good.
I’m posing with my newest toy – I’ve worked at a guitar shop since 2006 but have only now been able to take home a beautiful, prized possession: a Martin SWDGT with a Fishman pickup that I installed. I’m standing next to a painting that I did recently that was inspired by a song by John Wesley (the one who plays for Porcupine Tree) that I have decided to put on the cover of the album I’m currently recording.
I am scheduling this post to go up on June 28th, 2011, which is exactly three years and a day after the very first post of Linescratchers went up. I have told a little bit of my story to my contributors, and one of them mentioned that it might be interesting and useful to tell the story so far to our readership. Some of you have only recently discovered Linescratchers. Just a few of you – and you know who you are – have been with me since the very beginning. Our contributor Charles has eloquently explained why keeping records is important, so in that spirit, I’d like to tell you the story of Linescratchers from the beginning, complete with the controversial and the embarrassing details that make these things bearable to read. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what Linescratchers is for, why I started it, and where I want it to go in the future. Please forgive the long exposition on myself, but it should give you some context. Continue Reading →
Linescratchers has a long history with Young Sim. He was one of our first interviews way back in 2008. A year later, I did a podcast interviewing him about his childhood, and I later wrote an in-depth account, from Sim’s own words, of his family’s escape from the murderous Samuel Doe, dictator of Liberia. You could say that Sim has been one of our strongest and most ardent supporters since the very beginning. Now, Sim’s Feel Good Music Coalition has been expanding by leaps and bounds; “Teach Me How To Jimmer,” a less-than-serious rap about Jimmer Fredette written by Sim and his colleagues, has a million views on YouTube; and Sim has just now released a new album called Audio Diary. In this interview, Sim talks about his recent successes, his inspirations, and his plans for a grand takeover of the future of music. Continue Reading →
Young Sim sent this to me two days ago and put it up on YouTube yesterday. Within a day it’s gotten tens of thousands of views. I give you “Teach Me How To Jimmer” by the Feel Good Music Coalition, featuring Quinn, Kai, Kalin, Definit and Young Sim, and edited by Nic Goodfellow.
With her strong & soulful voice, Brianna Nicole is making a splash both in and out of the LDS music scene. She was involved with the 2010 EFY CD, is featured on an upcoming album from Young Sim, and is also working on a solo album project being produced by Young Sim. I took a few minutes to get to know this talented young singer/songwriter.
The great Young Sim, founder of the Feel Good Music Coalition promotions organization, has created a website for all musicians affiliated with his organization. I flatter myself to say that I’m on there too. At this website, you will find promotional flyers for upcoming shows (usually hip hop and usually in the Salt Lake area), information about Sim’s life and vision, news, music videos, and a store where you can purchase merchandise and good music. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if anyone can change the future of music in Salt Lake, and amongst the youth of the Church (and elsewhere), it’s Young Sim.
You can check it out, and get more of Sim’s vision for the future of good music HERE.