If I could describe 2016 in the entertainment world, I would quote Charles Dickens in The Tale of Two Cities “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” We lost Prince, Maurice White of EWF, Natalie Cole, David Bowie and The Greatest himself Muhammad Ali among countless others. This country also witnessed another “hot summer” of more senseless murders by law enforcement, even touching my city of Columbus Ohio (RIP Tyree King). Not to mention America has selected another “actor” to run the White House for four years. One would only clutch their bible and pray for the best.
But underneath the muck and mire all was not lost. Hip Hop heads started to notice something bubbling underneath the surface of redundant radio playlist selected by robotic programmers. It was something reviving…something refreshing. Hip Hop artist from the 80’s and 90’s were starting to tour the country like politicians to “make music great again” (pun intended), and their audience welcomed them back with open arms and tickets sales. The return of LPs from groups we know and love like De La Soul, Common & A Tribe Called Quest were an oasis in a very dry desert.
Toward the end of the summer, I’m scrolling through my Facebook pages, and I stumble upon 90’s veteran Positive K’s page, and he has a song with Greg Nice called “Make It Happen!” So I push play, and not 5 seconds in…the beat snatched me followed by the rhythmic flow. I scratched my head in disbelief. Could it be? The Hip Hop that inspired me once upon a time, that compelled me to go buy a complete project, peel off the wrapper, and dissect every track song-by-song all day is back?
I immediately shared his record on the Uptown Weekly Facebook page and gave it big props. A few minutes later, the humble rapper sends me a message to say “Thank You”. We instantly start politickin. I let him know what I do, he then tells me to get in touch with his manager Angela to set up the interview.
In our interview, Positive K is very open about his experiences in the Hip Hop industry and has a happy-go-lucky approach to life in general, which is why I’m sure his fans never abandoned him throughout the years. Positive goes on to explain why his comeback was so necessary. He is currently touring the nation spreading that good music he’s always put out. Big Ups to this gentleman and Uptown hopes he continues to Make It Happen.
Check out the interview below on Soundcloud and please go to iTunes to purchase his latest single “Make It Happen” Remix with Greg Nice & Mr. Cheeks. You’ll learn some things about the artist that you’ve probably never heard before. Also, follow Positive K on IG & Twitter at @Positive_K_ as well as @PositiveKBranding .
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Signed, America’s Favorite Hip Hop Blogger
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