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Give Psalm One Some Props

  • November 10, 2017
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When you talk about female emcees. No one is bringing it harder nowadays besides Psalm One. She recently just finished touring with ICP and R.A. the Rugged Man. The Rhymesayers artist is slept on and could very well be the best lyricist on the Indie Label’s roster, definitely the best female. I caught up with the DJ, graffiti artist, and emcee for a short interview with the Audio Fuzz team.
What is the origin of your artist name Psalm One?
There’s a dual meaning: the obvious is the actual verse from the bible, and the other is more rooted in hip hop. The latter meaning was to let everyone know in the neighborhood that I was the first Psalm to (lyrically) tag around there. My graffiti artists can relate to that one.
What was it like growing up in Chicago and how did that influence you as an artist?
Chicago is a rich city, in terms of musical influences and genres. We all know how many great rappers have come from here, but from rock to blues we have a hotbed of talent. It keeps artists sharp, but sometimes there are so few opportunities that some artists get bitter. Through it all though, artists who are from Chicago and who live in Chicago get to rub shoulders with some of the very best alive.
What are your thoughts on the Chicago music scene?
This question is a little too general for me to answer fully. It could take all day! Let’s just say I pray for the scene and have fond memories of being part of it.
Do you feel as a female emcee its more difficult to be taken serious as your male counterparts?
Sometimes.
How has the experience been being on tour with R.A the Rugged Man and the Juggalos?
ICP is a wild rap band with an actual posse and crazy fanbase. For people who aren’t in the know, sometimes Juggalos can get a bad reputation. But overwhelmingly the clowns and the Juggalos showed me nothing but love. I did have to saran wrap my DJ gear every night though. So much Faygo and water being thrown on and off the stage!
How did you end up being R.A’s DJ on the tour, I know you guys had the song “Open Relationship” prior?
RA and I have been rap buddies since we did that song together, and the tour was a last minute opportunity I couldn’t say no to. RA was offered the tour by ICP, and his regular DJ couldn’t do it. I’ve been DJing my own gigs for about a year now, and I’ve often throughout my career been my own DJ. So I know what to do. I made it work and I’m glad I did!
In the news its been a lot of talk about sexual harassment, what has been your experience with that subject In hip hop?
Any experience I’ve had with sexual harassment in my career has been negative. I’ll just put it like that.
Congratulations, I understand you made the Grammy ballot this year?
Thanks! Yes, it’s for a song called “Sunshine” by Naki the Beatman featuring Mickey Facts,  J Lyn and my group the Rapperchicks. I’m very excited about it. It just lets me know that the maneuvers I’m making count, and to keep it up.
Whats next for Psalm One?
In the next year or so you’ll see a lot of my work behind the scenes for different artists. I’m in a phase of being more part of all-around production, from music to projects to events.

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. ChrisRyanNYC.com won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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