Friday, November 6, 2009

Oktayne's Checkpoint

I got the most love for Hijos Del Sol and Jose "Sin-X" Alonzo for helping me on my first gigs. There was a time where I was never getting any type of love on the gig getting process but slowly things change. With that begin said I hooked up with a PR from Sacramento, Ca. She made my bio more professional, and basically told me things about marketing that I would of never knew if we never connected. Anyways I got more promotion going on with the net, and other aspects of promo. I'm at a point where I can't give up on my music at all. I live and breathe this music so NO ONE can tell me different and that's that. I got love for all the venues that said no, and all the venues that said yes. I got that drive to keep going and that's it. I got some footage of my Halloween gig coming up in my next entry.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

33 Revolutions El Cerrito, Calfornia

So recently after my second time performing at the Paddys Coffee House in Union City, California. I decided to ask Dave about setting a show at his 33 Revolutions spot in El Cerrito, Calfornia. As I went in the spot, I noticed Nas Nigger album on vinyl. I don't say Nas or Untitled because I'm a real Nas fan. Anyways Dave gave me a flyer, his email address as he told me to send any links to check out. So I sent three or four hip-hop acts including myself. I also included some very good bands I know. The people I sent for him to check out were Oktayne, a rap group called The Realists, Yun Doe, Alvin And The Pussycats, Explicit 4, Zephyr Riot and TrainFace. I send him so much information and also included a set list of each act that was there was no way he could of wait until a month later to contact me. I called the store for the first time then a girl answered and took a message, and yet I didn't get call back. I called again I got the voice mail, I was starting to get pissed off. I waited at least a week, then I called him again on my way to school. He answered and we talked about the gig setting, then he told me that his spot doesn't do hip-hop. The spot is a mellow and chill joint. Dude I performed at Paddys Coffee House and it just the fucken same. It's like a relaxing spot, and the vibe of my music didn't change that They just not as big as your spot in size nor are they a record shop.

First off, Dave must not realize he's in a middle of a urban area. What do urban areas tend to listen to, umm yea my point exactly. Secondly, you do not decline hip-hop artists for gigs and sell hip-hop artist material in your record shop. ie. NaS. And third, if I can't perform what about Alvin and The Pussycats, TrainFace, and Zephyr Riot, so realistically I'm not selfish. I care about other indies, who are good, or trying to be good. You either get better or worse with practice, and that's real talk for your ass. So Dave I know a lot of people who chill in your spot and they tell me they need hip-hop in there. So if you don't change up your act, then you eventually lose some customers. You got to be fair to everyone.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wildy's World Album Review Self-Explanations

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Review: Oktayne – Self Explanations

Oktayne – Self Explanations
2008, Chozen Swag Entertainment

Rodeo, California’s Oktayne has a plan. Not one for simply thriving on a dance beat, Oktayne raps and rhymes about whatever is on his mind, whether it’s dreams of being a rap star, social issues, having fun and partying or even bringing a little Barry White smooth to his rhymes. Born in 1987, Oktayne has deep respect for the history of hip-hop, with influences including Ice-T, 2PAC, Jay-Z and Nas. Oktayne’s debut album, Self-Explanations, was released in 2008, and continues a slow-but-steady build in internet buzz.

Self-Explanations opens with What I Am, a declaration of self in song that's fairly stereotypical for Hip-Hop/Rap. The rhymes here are strong but Oktayne doesn't really offer much that's new or interesting. Hat Game is a bit perplexing. I had a hard time figuring out whether Oktayne is praising the trend of wearing/collecting different team hats or making fun of it. On one hand there's a fair amount of sports knowledge and love expressed by the song, but there's also a tendency in the song to change teams like the wind depending on whose winning. I Am Tayne is a much better intro song that the opening track. Oktayne gives you a look at who he is and why. Unlike a lot of popular rap artists who might decry the world for their own betterment, Oktayne gives the impression that he lives for the music itself.

Oktayne takes some time to praise the fairer sex on I Wanna Be High. Barry White smiles benevolently on this song as someone finally figures out how to bring the slow jam vibe to a rap song and does it right. Oktayne is a student of Hip-Hop as well as a performer, and pays tribute to its Soul and Funk roots on California Soul. Oktayne distinguishes himself in the Rap world with Neva; a gooey love song that says all the right things about love, commitment and family. It's a positive image that is often left aside in popular rap. Sexademic, however, could have been written by Luke Campbell himself. Fans of old 2 Live Crew material will love it.

Juicii shares mic time on Till The Sun Up; an entertaining if highly charged song about sex. I guess it's no good being a rap star if you can't brag about your prowess a little. Sosa The Champ sits in on Hold It Down, a great danceable song with real commercial possibilities. Sex appeal and dancing come together on Fast To The Ground, where it's all about the booty. This should score big for Oktayne on the club scene. There's real potential here. The dance-oriented material continues on Leaving With Me, although this tune is a bit more bland. Oktayne gives listeners a tour inside his mind with The Dreamer, a song about striving for what you want; growing up and taking responsibility for your own destiny. It's a hungry song; a positive message from someone who perhaps hasn't gotten where he wants to be yet but is certainly on the right path.

Oktayne scores major points on See You Again, a touching tribute to his aunt and uncle. See You Again is extremely well written, having a strong narrative that illuminates his loved ones quite well; it's very apparent how strongly he feels and yet done without sounding cliché. Oktayne closes out Self-Explanations by calling his own generation out for their lack of direction and seriousness on Focus. He reaffirms his own drive to succeed and calls on others to take their lives in their hands. This is one of the more energetic performances Oktayne gives on the CD and is my personal favorite.

Oktayne scores big with Self-Explanations. I thought the dance/club material was the weakest on the disc and yet still scores decent marks for quality while providing some of the most marketable songs on the disc. Oktayne is profane at times, but poetically say; he's got a lot to say. While the delivery might not always sit well with all listeners, there's always a dash of good humor in Oktayne's voice that makes even the most difficult of messages go down easier. Self-Explanations has flashes of the poetry of 2PAC, a pop sensibility that Kanye would be proud of, an occasional killer lyrical instinct in the vein of Ice-T and a whole lot of Will Smith's good guy machismo all wrapped up together. Oktayne has a great start here, and he's only going to get better.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Oktayne at or You can purchase Self-Explanations digitally via iTunes.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Not A Video But Peep Mike-Dash-E Single Get Up On It Ft. Matt Blaque (This Is Smallzville)

Young Winn In The Street Video

Micheal Jackson

NEW YORK, NY - June 25, 2009 - Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.
Commenting on his passing, Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation, said: "Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work. The entire Sony family extends our deepest condolences to his family and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him."
Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, said: "Michael Jackson's unsurpassed artistry and beloved music brought joy to every corner of the world. We join today with his millions of fans in expressing our profound sadness and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. It was a true privilege for all of us in the Sony Music family to work with one of the most talented superstars in the history of music. We will miss him greatly."
Martin Bandier, Chairman & CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said: "Michael was the kind of amazing talent that comes along once in a lifetime. He was an incredible recording artist, an insightful businessman, an unmatched performer, and a true icon. To all of us at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, he was also a trusted and passionate partner, who was very proud of our accomplishments. He will be dearly missed. We wish his children and entire family our deepest condolences."

Five of Jackson's solo albums - "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HIStory," all with Epic Records, a Sony Music label - are among the top-sellers of all time. During his extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award.
Michael Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. In the early 1980s, he defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the epic "Thriller." Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.

A note from: C. Cirocco Jones (
I am still in shock from the news of Michael's death. I pray that his children & family will be strong with this tragic and untimely passing.
Many of you already know that I worked on a project for Michael Jackson (for the SEGA Game Corp's Sonic muisc under the name "Scirocco") many years ago - and I had NEVER been challenged to take my own production skills & ability up to "that level" of expected excellence, as I did while I worked on that project. He was a true genius creating music, and creating beats, melodies, and ideas right from his voice; making all of the instrument sounds and arrangements the way he would "hear it" in his head with his mouth - It was amazing.
Now, a day has passed after the news of his death, and I am still very, very sad, and actually - all of this is incredibly surreal to me, and I am still in disbelief.
"RIP Michael - You will be missed by the entire world, but your amazing talent and music will live on forever."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Oktayne On Hyphy Rockstar

Born Albert Devon Tatmon, in Berkeley, California on the 15th of December 1987, Okatyne is a millennium artist who recorded several mixtapes. He has a small buzz from his song “Brim Low” The song was a cut from the 1st Ignition mixtape. Ignition was a series of two mixtapes created for fan support, and improvement. Unfortunately he changed his squad’s name so that series is considered as unreleased material. Oktayne is also known around his peers, with his smooth tempting voice. He can use that tempting voice to rap well as well as to turn women on. He attended John Swett High School in Crockett, CA. There he took a Voice Class, and a Comtemporary Music Class. Oktayne second love was R&B but fell in love with Hip Hop before Tupac died. He used to stay in the hood while living in the city of Oakland but was too young to understand it. His family moved out of Oakland because of academic reasons. Oktayne grew up in Smallzville, CA (Rodeo) from 1994 until present. Oktayne first picked up the microphone to record in the 8th grade. During that year two students went to Oktayne’s house and used his Dad’s DJ equipment to record demo tapes. Around that time it was the era of the cassette tapes. The cassette tapes were popular until LP cds were the only type of album in the marketplace. In result the popularity of LP cds were slowly rising. Everybody knew things were about to change sooner or later. Due to those technology advances Oktayne’s progress wasn’t working properly. He eventually decided to be a solo artist. br>
Oktayne is growing into an image of young Hip Hop supporters. He maturely realizes that Hip Hop has no more substance. He wants to bring the substance back to game while sticking to his mainstream roots. He was dreaming about this since 1999 influenced by one of his brother’s friends who was starting a record label. So you can see he is growing into an image of young Hip Hop supporters. Oktayne’s era is known as the 80’s babies era or the late 80’s babies era. Oktayne’s album Self-Explanations is currently out digitally at i tunes, napster and rhapsody. The music produced by Beat Catererz, Kajmir Royale, G-Funk, and Sap Da Beat Man. The artwork was done by Slaugther Graphics with the sign “Welcome To Smallzville” in the background. The message of the cover is that he is an artist from that small town, and the small town is on the verge of being put on the map. The album is an organized album, and it is a debut that will identify to you why Oktayne is a good artist. The quest for greatness has begun for Oktayne, and it’s a difficult journey for him. The constant struggle of getting known since he is not from a big city that thrives on the hip-hop music scene. As long as he’s keeps the faith in his belief in God, then Oktayne will achieve many things. The mission for him is to make sure he’s able to do what he can to make him stable. Just enough to do what he loves and support a family in the process. A process that will take time as he grows as an artist. If you somebody that supports or may support his music then you will see that he grew so much through out the album.

Artist / Group Name:Oktayne

Name of song you are sending: Neva Thought Ft. Mardell Maxwell

Artist / Group Website:
Where is the artist located: Rodeo aka Smallzville, CA

How did you get started with your music? I had this old keyboard with drum loops, and i would put on the drum loops and spit to them, that was in 1999. I also put in Jay-z’s Hard Knock Life Album, and Dr. Dre’s Chronic 2001 which made me want to rap.

What are you currently working on? Right now I got an album out digital only called Self-Explanations. At the moment I’m working on a music video for my single Neva Thought. I’m also working on getting physical copies for that, so I can send out for reviews. I’m also working on this mixtape series called Self-Explanatory.

What kind of music do you listen to and how does it influence your music? It’s varies from hip-hop to punk. I am very experimental at times, but I’m mostly rap on the microphone. All my music I listen to is on my ipod. I got songs on there that influence my style, swagger, lifestyle and my emotional state of mind. So basically I have all kinds of music on my ipod.

What’s your opinion on mainstream music today? It is not as good as it used to be.

Who do you admire? Nas because he is still the most talented emcee in a long time to me.

Why would people want to listen to your music over someone else’s? It’s more than being marketable, my music can entertain you, and amaze you all in one whole project. You will not get a one dimensional artist out of Oktayne.

Who have you worked with and how have they affected your work? I worked with a Smallzville native Circus *TK and well I learn how to show my swagger more from his music. I also worked with a singer by the name of Mardell Maxwell who is from the state of Kansas, his hook affected me so much that I bought his album from ITunes. I also worked with an artist named Sosa Da Champ from St. Louis, and honestly he was the one that shined on our track, because the beat was up his alley. I wasn’t too far behind tho. I am currently planning to work on some music with this Utah singer named Bre, details about that will be revealed in the fall or winter.

What is your local music scene like? It’s not a spot popular in hip-hop so we have to rely on the big cities like Oakland and San Francisco. We have a few artist from Smallzville, who are currently buzzing. They are currently Circus *TK, Young Winn, Mike-Dash-E who are buzzing. The Smallzville movement is taken very seriously because there is even a label by that name. There will be more including myself Oktayne.

What suggestions do you have for other artists in the music industry? Stay true to yourself no matter the cause. Don’t cheat yourself by being something you are not. The reason is lies have a tendency of coming to the light. You don’t want your fan base to turn on you because you are not being yourself.

Where do you see yourself in a year from now? With my second album out called “Rubix Cube,” as well as my ep promo album called Geek Eye View to promote Rubix Cube.

Any additional information you would like us to know? People can contact me by email and you can also buy the album on, on,,

What are your views about the HYPHY movement? The bay area stations played the music out, but it was hot while it lasted. The reason is because it made us different from everybody else. I wish we didn’t over do it so people from the outside would have a better impression about it.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Neva Thought Ft. Mardell Maxwell

The song by Myself and Mardell Maxwell is out and it has leaked according to google. It will soon be available online to buy individually and seperate from the album Self-Explanations. I am so glad to have been selling some downloads online since my only music visibility is online. Buy The album if you haven't already.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

QSJ Radio Top 25 of 2008 Countdown

QSJ Radio Top 25 of 2008 Countdown
Current mood: blessed

QSJ Radio Top 25 of 2008 Countdown

1.Frankie Wainwright-Bodies Everywhere-

2.Shmack-I Want You-

3.Trigga-Do It Like Trig-


5.Cash Dniro-Mad At Me-://


7.3one6 Pro-Borak Dan CastaFari-

8.TrafficLight-This Is My Life (VTZ Contest) -

9.Bruce Black-2 Da' House-

10.Tigah-Shawty-Why You Lied -

11.Chainz-Brand Nu Style-

12.Wordsmith Feat. Skyzoo, Unlearn, Donny Goines & RATheMC-Game Set Point-

13.Junie June-I'm At The Door

14.Oktayne-Neva Thought Ft. Mardell Maxwell-

15.Breaking News-2 Sexy

16.Karizmatik01-Juvenile Delinquent

17.Young Sleep-Dear_Mr._DJ mp3


19.JoeDirt ft.BlakCivil-Who ReallyWant It (Prod. By Wide)

20.Mista Perez- Slow Dance

21.Potent The RockStar-Under The Impression

22.Krasie Bone ft EJay-dem boyz (preview)

23.Thriz Nasty-Love That I Found

24.Rover-Make it Pop

25.Triple R- Mic Check

Congratulations on Being Selected for the QSJ Radio Top 25 Underground Artist of 2008. We wish you success in 2009.