Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Home Sweet Home!!!

Whats Hoood!!!

I just got back from a much needed visit to my beloved New Jersey. It was the best of times - its was the worst of times - it was the realist time. I am strong believer in knowing where you are from and never forgetting the place that made you who you are. That's probably why I go home so much. Atlanta is a great place to live. However, for most of us, it serves as an escape (if you will) from our often harsh roots. The bricks (and the Oranges & Irvington by extension) aren't all bad. In fact, its all good. Had it not been for that beautiful realism of these places - Adrift wouldn't be Adrift.

Gotta shout out my kinfolk who always have a room ready/car for me drive when I come home - The Abrams family (Jahfee, Kattina, Quadir, Quamel, Gotti & Gorgeous). I love yall to pieces. I'm sending a carton of stoges soon!

This journey has taught me alot (I mean the whole journey). One thing I've learned is that you have to surround yourself with those that celebrate you. So that you can have the confidence, love and support to go out and do what you are called to do. With that, I would like to extend my love and thanks to my brother by another mother Bill$, his girl Danelle, and both their families. Bill$ and I have been friends for over a decade and from day one he has been the big brother I never wanted..hahaha...just kidding. He's a nag - its only cause he loves me. Friends are the family you chose for yourself. #Trustory

Big shout to Keisha for the awesome road trip!! You da best homie!! I think we both needed that!!

Peace to Aunt Lois, Tahirah, Jhanene, Mona, Boogs, Reg, Rell, Tronya, Rabihah and everybody else I chilled with (or spoke to) this past weekend. Yall dont know - every time I see yall my batteries are re-charged & I feel fortified. I love and appreciate each of you. Be Blessed - Be Brave - Be Great!!!!!

Here are some pictures taken by my bum berry!!

Thats right!! Thats a big ass pink bus that reads "KNUCKLE BUS"... #OIN (Only in Newark)

On our way into Newark (downtown) we found the last pay phones in the country...being used by Poppy... Please note, how Poppy is chillin' like that's his personal phone...#handsanitizer

Cook out prep...Danelle and her twin nephews...I think they were trying to do an on going taste test and she wasn't having it.. #Goodtimes

Bill$ making his secret BBQ sauce..I told him I'm getting him a chef hat for this B-day...he was so sincere about this bbq

My contribution to the festivities was assisting in making the best macaroni salad EVER...i chopped 46 tomatoes, 27 onions, 16 bell peppers, & 32 red peppers...How did they get me to do this you ask...they kept playing my favorite club hits...ok I didn't chop that many vegetables- it felt like it though...

Notice the elders to the the shade..across from the liquor and away from the sun...these queens had me dying ...they got up and did they two step and everything...#iluvrealppl

Meet Shareef Solider world...Shareef Solider meet the world... Whats a cookout without a pitbull laying around...he's beautiful...wanted to take him home w/ me
Bill$ had grills on deck...the middle one are the ribs..nobody eats pork back home... Me and Danelle do...YUMM!! #Dontjudgeme

Yeah, I eat a lot at the cook out. I wasn't leaving home without having an Italian Cheeseburger...Beleeeeeeee Dat!!! Peace to Sandwiches Unlimited..if you are ever in Orange, NJ - Check em out..right off Main Street.

That's all folks!!! Its time to get back to work...I got a lot of people pulling for me back home...And, that feels amazing!!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Yall ready!!! Legggoooo!!!!


First single from my forthcoming EP - DNA ( DRUGS N ADRIFT ~ A Tribute to East Coast Hip Hop) - which was produced exclusively by D.R.U.G.S. (Dope Real Undaground Sh*t).
DNA is scheduled to be released Summer 2011.
More (Extended Version) by Adrift Da Belle

Word to Rick Foy!!! DVID Films!!! Leggoo!!!

The video is going to be ri-dunk-u-lous!!!!

'HA- HA - HA' (In Fort Knox's Voice)

(Photos courtesy of SheDriven Photography &

"So there was a White man, Black man and a Chinese man...."
Fort Knox, Damu (Mr. Saythatthen) of DMG, and Rick Foy (Director)

Whats so funny Pinky & Yas! Big Shout to the homies for their support!!!

I love this dude!!! MORE FIRRREEEE!!!!!
Fort Knox

"So what kinda camera are you gonna get next - i don't know what kinda camera are you gonna get next"
Rick Foy of DVID Films & Eljay Williams of The New Content

Look out for the official Behind the Scenes special on THE NEW CONTENT Channel on!!!!

Driftee and my baby!!!! Mello Dyme Stylist extraordinaire!!!

Thats me - and a fellow NJ Native - What up BIG HOMIE!!!!!

My HOMIEEEEE!!! Ras Goldie...kept me em!!!!!

FACE OFFF!!!!!!!


(He speaks Rickanese)

Kwame Waters -
bka -
(And fellow tri state native - LOVE HIM!!!)

PS - Check out my facebook page for more behind the scenes photos

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This is how I vibe!!!!

I am always asked ...who's music are you digging right now Adrift...

Here's what I'm digging....



CyHi Da Prynce "NEW GIRL"

King Mez ft. Skyzoo "THE REBIRTH"

Jadakiss "LIL BRUH"

Jadakiss "BY YOUR SIDE"

Jadakiss "WE GON MAKE IT"

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rap vs. Hip Hop

On Thursday, June 2, 2011, Summer of Sum Tour rolled into Charlotte, NC . This show's bill had both rap and hip hop acts respectively. All seemed well until that night when Rap appeared to be a little frazzled by the organic swag of Hip Hop.

Personally, I don't know what the big deal was. I grew up in an era where there was diversity in hip hop. If I wanted to hear gangsta music I would put on Dre & Snoop Dog. If I wanted to hear hip hop I could get ready to party to - I would throw on some Missy Elliot or Biggie. If I wanted to reflect on the more important things in life - I'd throw on one of Jay-Z or Tupac's more introspective, and honest records. Today all that seems to be at a lost. Today, music seems to be one size fits all. It aint a salad. Its a nasty ass Fondu and everybody is double dipping.

Back to the matter at hand though. Let me tell you what happened in Charlotte. So, after countless performances, the crowd begin to dwindle down. Three of the featured artist had yet to perform so this was a problem. Before gracing the stage, "Hip Hop" (that's what we are going to call this artist - hip hop - stay with me) went outside and rallied the crowd. Hip Hop charmingly told them that the best was yet to come - and that if they left at that moment they would miss it. The crowd goes back in and "Hip Hop" is formally introduced.

Hip Hop's set is flawless. By the end of the set the crowd was chanting Hip Hop's last signature song. Let's backtrack, the crowd seems to be extremely urban and mainstream. The only backpackers in the room were the ones that came with the tour. So for the crowd to accept and participate in Hip Hop's set the way they did was a big deal. It proved that my personal mantra is true - MUSIC IS UNIVERSAL.

Fast forward, Hip Hop gets off stage and Rap (Yup, that's what we are going to call this artist - Rap) is introduced. Rap gets a warm reception from the crowd. After all, Rap is a more "established" artist than Hip Hop. Rap begins doing his thing amidst cheers, cameras flashing and the like. Towards the middle of his set - Rap says
" See yall talking about this Real Hip Hop but this right here is Real Nigga Shit...we talking day to day shit".
Rap went on to remind the crowd of his many street hits via well orchestrated DJ breaks then went in for the 'kill' by saying
"...see I'm gonna teach yall lil rappers something...yall too hard for these bitches...they done got all done up in these nice ass dresses...they wanna dance...they want something they can dance too...they cant dance to all that..yall lil rappers too hard".
Rap then called all the "done bitches" to the front of the stage. Where he serenaded them with his hoodtastic lullaby. I don't remember the song. I just remember watching it happen.

So here's the thing. The comments didn't offend me. The rhetoric and underlying disrespect for woman didn't offend me. What I found interesting was who the antagonist was in this situation. Rap would appear to be doing way better than Hip Hop. So why would Rap take time out of his set to address Hip Hip (outwardly or subliminally). I mean is it me or is that wack. Then the "real nigga shit" comment. I hear that term used a lot these days. And, nine times out of ten it isn't being used by a "real nigga".

Here's something I've learned in my XX years of living. Security never screams I'm secure - it doesn't have to. Real never screams I'm real - it doesn't have to. These things are unmistakable when seen by the naked eye. Perhaps I'm the last of dying breed - we don't talk about it. We live it. We don't covet yours we get our own. And, when its time for us to show up - we show up and show out. That's GP (General Principle). Far as rap vs. hip hop. I think it's quickly turning around and the days I remember will live again. Its time for us to make a salad cause this fondu is NASTY!

Disclaimer: I am not a writer. These are my thoughts. That's why people blog. If you spent more time correcting my spelling, grammar, etc than reading, You missed it.