You turn on the radio,
and what do you hear? Crap.
You switch the station,
and what do you hear? Crap.
Aren't you tired of modern music that's passed off as "hip hop" just being a constant disappointment?
Well my friends, the key, like in any genre, is to dig deeper, until you find the good stuff. The gold.
Like Black Paulie.
Tunage was turned onto Paulie by one of our designers,
and what a gem she found.
Tunage has finally dug up so good, true hip hop, with heart and soul.
Tunage: What artists are your major influences?
Paulie: I have a crazy long list, bear with me. Im a fan of all genres but my transformers would be Outcast, for their musical superior ability to push the envelop, Nas, for storytelling and his lyrical content, Coldplay, for making epic tunes, and conveying emotion through sound, and, of course, Jay Z, for translating music into a lifestyle and later entrepreneurship. Those guys together would be like Optomus Prime.
T: How old were you when you decided you wanted to get into making music?
P: I've always dabbled with instruments, turntables and poetry. I would say around 19 I took hip hop serious.
T: When you start to write lyrics do you have messages in mind you try to stick to or do you just let the words sorta spill out onto paper?
P: I do both. I've got messages for the most part, I usually write with an agenda or topic in mind. I freestyle write a lot too. See in hip hop, it's common to put out a 16 to 24 bar verse of thoughts or ideas just for listening purposes.
Have you ever come across one of those nights when you just can't decide what show to go to? You've got a punk, psychobilly, and metal show on your plate and they all start at the same time. As much as you wish you could be in three places at once you've yet to realize that dream, so you know what you gotta do? Go see Pain! They've got all you need, all in one! I've seen these guys dozens of times and if there's one thing I can say, it's that they have the perfect mixture of all the best kinds of rock and roll, and they always put on an impressive show. The line up for this badass five-piece is drummer, Nekro Pain, lead guitarist, Johnny Pain, Rever End Pain on rythym, Baron Von Pain on bass, and of course Timmy Pain on the mic. I finally got the chance to interview these guys after our bands played an all ages show in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
Tunage: How did Pain get its start?
Timmy: Ah, well, Pain got started because So Damn Thirsty (Timmy's former band) broke up and I was putting a rumor out that we were going to do like a metal-ish style band and Nekro Pain, Baron Von Pain, and Johnny Pain were all doing a metal-ish band-
T: That's right, Nekropalypse. They came to me and said, "Hey we heard you want to do a metal band, you can call it Pain of you want." And we started jamming and then we said if we're going to do this then we'll need a rythym guitarist and another guy from their old band-
Johnny, Nekro, Timmy: DEAD ON IMPACT!
T: That played out for a while and then we started to morph into kind of a punk, metal-ish, horror-metal-punk band kind of thing and Maxxx Pain, that was the other guitarist, he left-
N: That has three Xs.