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Deadwate CD Dinnertime is a ground breaking 17 Track hip hop / rap spectacular
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   CD $9.99 (2003, 62 min.)

Winner 2004
Syracuse Area Music Awards, SAMMYS, Best Hip Hop / Rap Release. 
Recorded and mixed by Sal Chisari of  RBR Media Studios.
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Hip Hop Back In The Day: Documentary Celebrates Peace, Love and Fun Behind Hip-Hop
Sunday, April 29, 2007
By Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post Standard

The opening scene from the DVD documentary "Hip Hop Legends" rolls across the screen. City streets. City projects. City basketball courts.

And a hip-hop band from our city provides the soundtrack. The RuffBeat Records group Deadwate intones, "Black America, we love you. White America, we love you. Hip-hop America, we love you. Native America, we love you. Latin America, we love you. ..."


It's a great start for the straight-to-DVD documentary that features the reflections of hip-hop pioneers DMC, Afrika Bambaataa, Melle Mele, Busy Bee and more, telling what it was like back in the day.

"In the beginning," intones a very serious narrator, "(hip-hop) was a way to express yourself through music and art. ... To the founding fathers, hip-hop was an entire way of life. From the time they woke up in the morning to the time they went to bed at night, they lived and breathed the lifestyle."

It proved to be an illuminating watch for those who automatically attach thoughts of drugs, violence and sex to the message of rap music.

Lesson: Hip-hop started as a combination of graffiti, break dancing and rapping.

Lesson: Hip-hop started in the South Bronx as a way to celebrate life and overcome poverty. It's official birth date is Nov. 12, 1973, when Bambaataa started the Zulu Nation. It was about peace, love and having fun. Rival gangs showed up and poured their energies into figuring out how to beat the others with new break-dance moves or the most innovative rap.

DMC says: "It's easy to take out a gun and shoot somebody, but it's not easy how to figure out how to beat somebody by picking up a microphone."

The pioneers saw the culture changing. MTV got involved, and the most popular videos depicted some very nasty ways, they say. And they're not happy about it.

"Hip-hop was a positive way of life. What the hell were these guys doing bringing this nonsense into it?" DMC says.

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Hip Hop America song by Deadwate in Hip Hop Legends documentary

Monday, March 26, 2007
By Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post Standard

Michael Childs first talked about the rap music put out by his Syracuse label with Los Angeles movie production executive Mark Lance 21/2 years ago.

Lance asked Childs to send him music in his catalog.

Childs sent work from Taj Mahal, whom he considered to be Red Brick Records' prime Syracuse rapper. He also threw in the CD "Dinner Time" from Childs' own hip-hop trio, Deadwate.

When Lance called back, he had a nice surprise. He had chosen Deadwate's song "Hip Hop America" for the soundtrack of the documentary "Hip Hop Legends."

Childs sent his best master of the song out to Los Angeles and practically forgot about it.

Then Lance called two months ago with the news that Polychrome Pictures was releasing the film straight to DVD. It hits the streets Tuesday. "Hip Hop America," performed by Childs, Louis Courcy and Sal Chesari under the stage names of Our Reality, Mister Louiee and DJ Tes T.S., is the opening song in a documentary that features hip-hop veterans Melle Mel, Afrika Bambatta and the Zulu Nation and others.

Polychrome's Web site describes the film as "the story of how it all started, told by those who were there." Warner Bros. Records is distributing the film.

"It's not big money," Childs says. "But it's on the movie with a lot of cool cats. Those are the cats we looked up to."

Childs used the hook of the film to contact media about Deadwate and Red Brick. He's rereleasing "Dinner Time," for one. Childs says he was interviewed by a New York City radio station DJ. And, he says Lance was impressed by his promotional skills.

"Now I'm in charge of promoting the movie on the East Coast," Childs says.

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Friends keep the beat alive at Red Brick Records
Monday, April 11, 2005
By Emily Kulkus, Staff Writer Syracuse Post Standard Newspaper
From the sound of Michael Childs' contagious belly laugh, you'd think the history of his baby - Red Brick Records - had been nothing but peachy.

Childs, founded the company with friend and fellow music guru Sal Chisari, in 1996. For nearly a decade the two have tried to make a distinguishable dent in the Syracuse music scene. Musicians themselves, the two joined forces and created Red Brick Records as a label, selling and promoting local hip-hop artists.

In 2003 the duo turned their attention from promotion to production, a move that is proving to be the wise choice for the future of Red Brick Records.

Red Brick's studio is understated and overcrowded. The 650-square-foot space, tucked off North Salina Street at the intersection with Catawba Street, is marked by a bright red door, matching the fire-engine-red walls inside. The front room is plastered with posters and stickers from artists and concerts.

The second room, just beyond the first, is home to a bank of editing and sound mixing equipment and their latest project - a new video-editing suite. On any given day, the space is crowded with people, founders included, trying to make their dream a reality.

Childs: The studio keeps everything alive, it helps get the bills paid. We book about 15 to 25 hours a week. We're pretty well known. There are other studios in Syracuse, but for the hip-hop and R and B scene in Syracuse they come and see us. We have a good mix of musicians here. We don't just do hip-hop.

 I want them to come in here and work in the studio, and walk away happy. Not only are you coming to a record studio, but you get some insider information.

The conglomerate media unit is our big dream. A nicer, bigger place would be my dream, to become a world class recording operation. I mean look at James Hurtado. He's our guy, but we don't have the kinds of funds we want to promote him how we want. He's got it. He's the next big Latin dude.

I've got something inside of me that says it can happen here. We just haven't opened the right door yet.

Chisari: A lot of people call me and ask for a record deal. But they don't always understand that music is a business. That's why we try to teach people when they come here that they have to know what they want, and they have to be willing to work.

We tell them to meet other musicians, go hear music. We tell them to make a demo to bring around and be the best that you can be that way. You have to focus in on what you want to do. Most people, they want to be on MTV. It seems like no one wants to be too original, no one wants to become a Syracuse sound.

You have to invest in yourself. You have to have strong confidence in yourself. If you don't have confidence in yourself no one's going to pay attention to you.

Reviews -
This Hip Hop trio from upstate New York known as Deadwate is a group that's heavy in the game.  The back cover has the three guys chowing down Fat Boys style with a three foot hoagie that doesn't stand a chance against these talented cats. I met these cats at the Wonder Twinz Networking Party, and they asked me to give an honest review of their album, "Dinner Time." So I told them I would, and here it is.

The album gets started off with the high energy "The Whole World Wates," which has the trio spitting in-your-face lyrics that get "Dinner Time" started off on the right foot. "Hip Hop America" has Deadwate going through all the different types of people out there while rhyming about their love for Hip Hop. Check the lyrics "I put my heart on the street, with two turntables and a fat-ass beat, now my life's complete, you hear my story on wax, I push this shit to the max."
"Stomp" is one of my favorite tracks on the album. The energy on this track is incredible. It's one of the best party-tracks I've heard in a while. If I had this on wax, I'd be spinning this at every party. The banging beat by DJ Tes blends perfectly with the hook and lyrics. Deadwate has great energy on the mic, and that's my favorite quality about them.

There's more to these guys than just high energy, as they prove on tracks like "Master of the Microphone." Mister Louie kills it on this track. "Playa Playa" slows things down, and it picks up where "Stomp" left off on "Spit That Shit."
The title track has a grimy DJ Tes beat. These are some high energy lyrics, with lines like "we robbing the rich, and paying the poor, so the real MC's can eat some more!" This is a really tight track. "Jim Johnson" is a good story track that shows these guys can kick stories as well. "I Got the Rhymes" is a real personal track that has the crew giving a really good commentary on what's going on in their lives. "Getcha Hustle On" is a track that has a couple parts to it. The first half I'm not feeling, but the second part is dope where DJ Tes gets to cut up. These guys definitely have a sense of humor as they play a message where some cat is just making fat jokes before "Understand That" comes on. This is a really tight track, and these guys are at their strongest here because they are spitting straight raw lyrics.
The chemistry in this group is great, they really sound great together. This is honestly an album that is worth hearing, it's an interesting, high-energy album that showcases the range of abilities in the Deadwate crew.

Brian Kayser
Hip Hop Game web site


Sammys 7 - Syracuse musicians pack in an outdoor party

By Nathan Turk and John Otis, Syracuse New Times
"That Syracuse knows food reflected well on Deadwate, whose salacious disc Dinnertime won Best Hip-Hop / Rap honors, edging out formidable fellow nominees The Most Talented and Outlivin'."
2004 Sammys Winners Best Hip-Hop/Rap CD - Deadwate, Dinnertime

Singing for Their Supper

Syracuse rap trio Deadwate weighs in with Dinnertime

By Nathan Turk, Syracuse New Times

Syracuse has spawned its fair share of hip-hop celebrities over the years: DJ Red Alert, DJ Fuze of Digital Underground, Rich Nice, Miss Jones and the rising Seth Marcel (see cover story on page XX). But this ain't exactly Miami or the Motor City, and the members of Deadwate know it.

"It's hard to get gigs around here," laments emcee Michael Childs a.k.a. Our Reality. "The connotation {of hip-hop} is violent. It's kind of how it was in the beginning, when people had to fight to get heard. "
Childs and his bandmates, emcee Louis Courcy a.k.a. Mister Louiee and deejay Salvatore Chisari a.k.a. DJ Tes, released their debut album Dinnertime (Red Brick Records) in May. The CD is a booming hybrid of vintage and modern rap sounds, of new-school crunch and old-school outlook. It's been a long time coming, considering Deadwate began back in the day: 1997, to be exact.

Then again, they haven't had the luxury of major-label support or huge cash advances. Originally a studio project, the plan was to record material at Chisari's own Ruffbeat Studios, located on North Salina Street in Syracuse. The material would then be released through Red Brick, the imprint started by Childs and Courcy in 1996.

Along the way the label racked up a healthy roster of fellow hip-hoppers, including Childs' own pre-Deadwate group Mad Pack. "If you talk about Syracuse hip-hop and you don't talk about Red Brick, you don't really know the scene," Courcy, 33, says. "We helped start the careers of a lot of these rappers: Seth Marcel, Just One, Taj Mahal."

Today it houses Doowittle and James Hurtado, and releases works by Chisari's instrumental outlet, Tes the Sicilian. "A lot of rap music today is shoved so far underground, nobody knows it's there," Childs, 34, says, explaining Red Brick's devotion to helping local acts.

Last year Deadwate became serious about seeing their own musical agenda materialize, the results being the 16-track, 73-minute monster Dinnertime. "We backed off of everything to dedicate ourselves to just making music," Courcy remembers. He even quit his job as a chef at To The Moon, formerly at 305 Burnet Ave., to free up more creative time.

The disc's influences are diverse, reflecting the members' proclivities for New York City underground hip-hop, 1984-'88-era rap and modern rhythm'n'blues. The robotic synth lines and bold delivery of "Hip-Hop America" recall Mr. Lif, for example, while "Playa Playa" suggests a more boastful Black Starr and "Jim Johnson" rides a similar dancehall/rap vibe ala Shabba Ranks. The poignant lyrics and coruscating keyboard line of "Stress" bring to mind Sage Francis or Aesop Rock.

"The beats are very strong, but at the same time very catchy," Childs points out. "We're not all thugged out. Mostly, artists today are just doing the same thing."

"Just rapping over a CD," Chisari, 31, agrees. "There's nothing original."

Rebelling against the mainstream paradigm was their m.o. in creating the disc's music, which is all-organic, meaning no samples are used. "Everything's played," Chisari says. "Some of the drumbeats are taken from a drum machine, but there's no loops. We didn't even replicate old stuff. It's hard to get the same sound as most commercial CDs today; you really have to mix it well."

But Chisari pulled it off, playing keyboards while Rob Boogie, a Syracuse musician and friend of the group, laid down bass, keyboards, guitar and vocals. James Hurtado contributed Latin guitar, and wrote the melody eventually used in "Understand That." Chisari then worked his studio wizardry, cutting and pasting segments of melodies into driving, beat-oriented music that sounds deceptively like the work of sampling.

The lyrical realm the group mines is feel-good and largely positive, just like Jurassic Five or Blackalicous. "If you just look at the songs, a lot of them are about what we named them," Childs says. "In 'Stomp' and 'Turn it Up,' for example, we're just trying to uplift the kids, get people off their feet."

Most of Childs' raps on the disc are freestyle, which is where a lot of their power comes from. "Usually I just lay on the floor, and let the music go through my head," he says. "It's very spontaneous. If the raps don't come, they just don't come. I have to capture what's there."

Courcy's case is the opposite, as he often broods for an hour on a single verse. It's his reverence for hip-hop ("When I was a teen-ager, I'd buy $150 in records a week," he recalls, "I had to be the first one to get what's hot.") that compels him to be such a craftsman. "The music is an escape for me," Courcy says. "When I get too many calls, when there's too many people bothering me, I can just put the music on and escape."

Right now Dinnertime's trajectory seems upward-bound, with stores throughout the Salt City selling the CD. A distribution deal with Nation Jam will soon bring the disc to the chain stores FYE, Coconuts and Strawberries. Deadwate also inked a deal with BPM Promotions, which will be hawking the group's tunes to commercial-radio stations across the country in the coming months.

A video for the disc's third track, "Masters of the Microphone," made its debut May 30 on Buffalo PBS station WNED-Channel 20's program Late Night Noise. Videos for "Hustle On" and "Stomp" are also in the works. "I'm truly happy with {the disc}. If we don't sell another record, I'll still be happy," Childs says. "I've lived my hip-hop dream."

The group's Red Brick label has helped along the dreams of other rappers as well. "We're not saying we're everything," Childs explains. "But we've put a lot of cats at the dinner table over the years. Now it's our turn to sit down, our turn to come and eat."

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