Having been in the rock n’roll business, I still love the life of music, the artists, the dances, and the lifestyle.
With that in mind, this morning, I was queried and asked if I could get this story onto my blog ASAP. I don’t usually do this so quickly, but we’re headed into the weekend, and this will be entertaining for the over-the-weekend readers, so here goes…
I was asked to promote musical artist Candyman 187’s new video. I watched it, at 7:00 a.m., you have to watch it to know what a fun first-thing-in-the-morning adventure it was. I loved it… I was moved by it, and I knew that I’d be happy to return – for a moment – to my musical roots for him.
I told Weston Lemons of Virool LLC, the person who queried me, the following:
You just made my morning; not because of your request, but because of the video that you’re promoting, for several reasons:
- I was living in Lewiston, Maine, during the time of the Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston Fight. I was about 18 at the time, and I remember going to Poland Spring to catch a glimpse of Sonny Liston, who was training there at the time. The arena where they fought was where I grew up ice skating, and where I watched more hockey games than you could count. My first husband was in the minor leagues, as it turned out, and continued to play hockey in that arena for many years… Most games I went to. ~ It was amazing to see the clips of Clay and Liston in Candyman 187’s video. (I also love his music… It’s really good!)
- I also had a real candy man when I was a child. His name was John Davis, a wonderful old man who worked in his brother’s smoke shop. He loaded his pockets with lollipops, and would walk home, living just a few houses up the street from me (we lived on a hill). His home was on the opposite side of the street from me, which was why he always walked on the other side. Somewhere we learned his name, and one day, when he was walking home, I called to him, “Hi, John Davis.” He came across the street, put his hand in his pocket and pulled out a bouquet of lollipops, giving us all one. It didn’t take long to realize that any “Hi, John Davis” brought lollipops to us all. When I married my first husband, the hockey player, John Davis gave a sterling silver candy dish to me. I still have it, and he’s still in my heart – from the 50s and 60s. In the 70s, I used to visit him in the nursing home where he was living during his twilight years.
- Jose, my second/present husband, and I were in FM radio during the 70s and 80s, in Portland, Maine. We got to hang with all the record company people and lived with backstage passes. I was WBLM’s staff photographer, and submitted images of Jose (backstage) with rockers who were performing at the Cumberland County Civic Center, to Billboard, Cash Box, Radio & Records, Friday Morning Quarterback, etc.
Here’s the video I watched that was so moving, first thing in the morning.
You can read this promotional info about Candyman 187, while I’m off to open another bottle of Beaujolais… It’s a 2009 Joseph Drouhin Brouilly. Seems like a great wine to sip over the weekend, listening to my new Candyman (187)
A little bit about the Music Video and Candyman 187
Nothing about West Coast rap is new, but the revival of it is in its prime right now. Born and raised in Los Angeles, rapper Candyman 187 (named by 2pac) is all too familiar with the game. Growing up and involved with the [rip] Row family, like Pac and the Outlawz, Candyman 187 is now on the forefront of reviving the West Coast sound of his past.
His first street single “Show Em All” (produced by Candyman 187 & The Havenotz and Skip Saylor), tells the story of the struggle and hustle he has been through to get where he is today. From street life to the music industry hardships, “Show Em All” is the first song off his upcoming project, due Fall 2011.
About Candyman 187
“I live hard, fight hard, love hard, and can’t give up,” are words hip-hop star Candyman 187 lives by. Born in the 80s, Candyman was raised in Los Angeles with frequent trips to visit family in New York and D.C. A leading music industry influencer, Candyman 187’s music exudes the perfect blend of West Coast bravado and East Coast lyricism.
As a hot-tempered youth, Candyman reevaluated his life and refocused his energy into becoming a revolutionary musician whose goal was to make an impact on anyone who would listen. With no boundaries in his lyrics, Candyman has an ability to bring different types of people together whether it is by race, religion, secksual orientation or political affiliation. His lyrics bring a duality to Hip-Hop that goes unrivaled
During his early years, Candyman 187 was mentored by the legendary Tupac Shakur and Yaki Kadafi of the Outlawz. A strong bond developed amongst the trio, who then went on to form the group The Havenotz.
Candyman 187’s music reflects his experience as a child raised amongst the chaos of “hood” politics. Starting his career at such a young age, the time he spent in studios and around industry moguls was instrumental in shaping his career. He was doubted as an aspiring artist, but whether through song or conversation, you can’t help but be drawn to his charisma and message. A truly versatile artist, he is always working to find new sounds to reach his fans.
Candyman 187 is equal parts street poet, gangster rapper and sinner on his way to Hip Hop sainthood. He has taken in the dreamers, hustlers and talents that society labels black sheep, the degenerates and the hopeless. He has been able to stay ahead of the artistic curve of an ever-changing pop culture by being true to himself. With a team of artists, musicians and producers behind him by the name of The Havenotz, which believes in loyalty, family, and changing the world, Candyman 187 is set to bring a new era to Hip-Hop. The group has taken L.A by storm with shows that rival most big name tours; they have show-goers amazed and coming back for more. Not your typical MC and DJ setup, Candyman 187 outshined national headliners with a 13 piece live band making sure that every last sound was heard and felt. He proves to be an unstoppable force even before his first major release. Having won Album of the Year and Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards, the Havenotz prove that old school Hip-Hop still has a strong force in the Hip-Hop industry.