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July 3, 2009

HsH Artist Spotlight - Funkghost + Vintage Futuristic [VIDEO]

Grand Extravagant Entertainment
Funkghost "Vintage Futuristic"

(taken from the forthcoming LP Dirty But Sophisticated.)

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Shrouded in mystery. Artist / Producer / Arranger / Songwriter / Actor / Business man known as Funkghost has remained somewhat of an enigma. A bonafide Tampa street legend, This Artist's body of work has influenced a generation of dj's / producers/rappers/singers from his region, as well help lay the foundation of Central Florida hip-hop. In 2000, he dropped his Classic Debut LP entitled "Ultra-Boogie Highlife". Due to shady dealings and investments from Colombian underworld connects, The album never reached it''s full selling potential. It remains a cult classic and hard to find gem ( only 20,000 Units were circulated). BEWARE!!!! The "Morris Day of Rap" is back!!! with his second full length Lp entitled Due to be released in March 2009 on his own imprint Grand Extravagant Entertainment. The Official 1st Single off the Lp " The Way I Rock My Clothes " was released On Feburary 17th 2009 and will be available for download thru Itunes mid March 2009. The Video for the song was shot Jan 23rd, 24th and 25th in Tampa Fl. and is bieng somewhat described as a mini movie. According to Funk, he describes it as a " Crime action melodramatic comedy"



What Can I say? FunkGhost is a Hero to me, An Inspiration , someone whom I have an enormous amount of Respect for. I began emceeing (Freestyling and writing) at the age of 14. My 1st worldwide release on Vinyl was at age 17. It was the years between 14 and 17 that really count. I would listen to 88.5 w/ MADLINX, D-Money and my man Little Lue and when I heard Tap Ghost and phobia, The HipHop Dickheads, Prime and Black Lungs and Shredded wheat, DJ SANDMAN, DJ FADER, DJ KRAMTRONIX..... Those where the local legends I looked up to whom all become very good friends......Funkghost was the mentor of BeatFanatic H.N.I.C. SLOPFUNKDUST (T. The beat Specialist) , and Slop was my mentor on the beat-tip or at least was the only cat I would try to impress....

Over the years, I surpassed all my local legends and released multiple world wide released and thought that all the cats I looked up to gave up..... and to my surpise the homie FUNKGHOST got A second wind, and A Alias (DINO VELVET) and once again, He is pushing the envelope and Inspiring me once again..... Plus if you are a long time reader and/or Dutchmassive fan... You know that "Vintage Futuristic" is the word I have always used to describe my beats =) "HI-TEK HISS AND SURROUND SOUND STATIC, VINTAGE FUTURISITC BOOM-BAP DUSTY WEEDED NEWAGE NATIVE TONGUE - The Track below is A joint I did that Funkghost produced. The Reality of it is that I Recorded the song to the Beat without his knowledge, mixed it down, called him, played it and then he gave it to me, It was on this BEAT CD He gave me, his DINO VELVET BEAT CD - Which has one of my favorite beats of all times (not sure what its called but its got a guitar in it and theres a voice saying "so sexy" I asked for it years ago but he said his man Marcus Vance was using it....Here we are almost 4 years later and that beat still hasnt surfaced =( He should of let me rip it lovely. In fact. Im Ultra suprised Ghost hasnt hit me up to jump on his Classic "Dirty but sophisticated" LP.

In 1999 Ghost released his debut Classic "Ultra-Boogie Highlife" nearly every song was suburb so it was hard for me to pick a joint from it to showcase as my favorite. Between "Flavor Splash" - "Live and Direct" and "Instructions".... I chose Instructions but Live and Direct is not only my fav joint of the album, but one of my favorite joints of all time. Enjoy




"Ultra-Boogie High Life" - URBANSMARTS.COM review

There are two things that come with this CD, that will cause you to be all prejudiced about it. The first thing is the self printed cover, that is then explained as necessary, due to some copyright hassle. And the second, the one regular pic you get, shows the Funkghost, chilling on a tiger fur, and looking like Big Daddy Kane during his most macking days. Then again we don't even know who Funkghost is. And there are a bunch of different emcees rhyming, and they are not credited on the one print out paper we got (but we probably should have asked, huh?). So these things will let you be suspicious when it comes to putting the record in and checking it out. But the pleasant surprise is only the bigger, once the album starts to play, and you are asked to "surrender your ears, surrender your ears to the supremely exotic sounds, and pulsating beats", and after only a few minutes, you as if willingness, do so.

Funk says this quote on "Introduction", an opening cut, complete with jazzy organs, and other peoples voices, who you wonder who that is, and wish there'd be a proper cover to let you know. But there's not much time to ponder such thoughts, as we are already entering "Ultra-Boogie Highlife". You will hear that Funk is actually not about macking, as this is on some good old bragging and boasting vibe, that is spit in a rather quick flow, over a not totally pleasing whistle and hopping beat. Much better is "The Fabulous...", that is actually returning to velvet like sound structures, and opens with a collage of nifty voice samples. Rather quickly the track changes though, still remaining in soft clusters, as we enter some Tampa (where he is from) night travel. The beat is definitely cool on this track, and lyrically we remain in the same ballpark as the track before.

Living up to his name, well, more the first than the last part, Funk hooks up a guitar for "U Can Get Down", with guests lending their voice to the track, that is rather interrupted than completed with the chorus. And so we continue to "Melodic Nectar", that takes us into darker atmospheres, that sound familiar, without us having heard 'em before, but with it settling in on us so comfortable. With more reflective lyrics, the track is once more a big extra to what we feared this album would be limited to. And the incredibly silky production, that is as smooth as the slickest hustler outta the funkiest Blacksploitation movie, is further continued on "Soul Emporium Suite", that consists of a host of people giving props to the man behind the boards.

On , and it gets rather unneeded to actually mention it, the beat once more is very nice, with a lot of voice elements, being added, scratches and the jazzyness giving this track again our full approval. The voice Funk does his braggadocios rhymes is just as smooth and he keeps the flow accessible, still leaping a little behind though, if we'd had to say what he does better, beats or rhymes. You can hear how easy it must be for him to sex ladies up, when he goes into the talked "Mic Flam's Midnight Moodiness". The production on "Instructions 'S.F.D.P. Anthem'" once more is miraculous, magical with the female singing, the ease it has. This is the chilling on sofas track, and being content with accomplishments. And that's actually the vibe it gives you, being content, pleased with oneself. People that are always running after the what they don't have and neglecting the what they have don't make music like this.

With all the praise that we pour down over the record, maybe there's one thing that we could mention, that's on the other side of the spectrum of things to say: once "Flavor Splash!" comes on, you might be wondering if Funkghost has a completely different style in him too. Things do sound somewhat similar, or very much of the same family, throughout the album. Putting a female emcee on this track, does give you a new rock though, to continue to building of your pile. Maybe "3am Drive" is as switched up as this gets, with the pace picking up, and us getting a party track, that will get you moving, and not just lounging. Lyrically the content is definitely fitting the vibe the track gives you, and so we got another success story. And just like always, once you try to conclude something, you are proven wrong, as "Tampa International" is not as silky and velvet like, as the other tracks, it still being smooth though
. Funkghost is not keeping that up for long though, as he goes back to the guitar, the good time emotions of "Live And Direct 'From The Casbah'", that is just one example of the incredibility the tracks have, here with all the voices, heck even the seagull at the end. The production is so complete and totally rounded out, it deserves the name of compositions, what is much more than just a beat. And once more the vibe is fitting the content confidentially. We are then only being left with "Starshine", that does more of the elaborated styles of before, without losing a step though.

So what now? Are you stuck in a place where the sun don't shine, and where the gritty concrete of the streets you walk on, prevent you from even thinking of better days, of warm glistening sunbeams tickling your skin, that have you chill back, have your sprits be heated up and lay your head on the smooth surface of a blanket that good moods give to you to find a moment of true relaxation? Man, rid yourself of these shackles and board the Funkghost ship that will carry you into the sunset.

review: tadah the byk



- produced by S1 of Strange Fruit Project