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  1. 1. Baker K identity| web | publications | advertisements | packaging independent contractor DESIGN still images WEB interactivity NEW MEDIA audio / video PUBLICATIONS text k. baker | independent contractor |interactive publication - click through
  2. 2. simple | Style Skills: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs Office management skills le | Style Effective oral communication skills Working knowledge of most video post production software including Final Cut Familiar with analog video post production equipment Capable of writing radio commercials and video treatments Experience on both MAC and PC systems Familiar with Photoshop, Corel Draw, InDesign and most Design programs kills Basic web working knowledge of Dreamweaver and Front Page k. baker | independent contractor |interactive publication - click through
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  5. 5. RSS indesign | photoshop | illustrator Bahamas Business Solutions | Nassau, Bahamas Graphic Artist Designed and created graphics to meet specific commercial/ promotional needs Prepared computer-generated illustrations of material according to instructions outlined by client or supervisor Communicated client ideas via print in a visual presentation Photographed objects for graphic manipulation Consulted with clients regarding layout design Reviewed client produced layouts and suggested improvements as needed Assisted in the copy center Assisted with the preparation of presentation finishing k. baker | independent contractor |interactive publication - click through
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  9. 9. I believe holistically in the concept “that image is everything.” As an artist my interpretation of life is based on research and experience, be it my own or others around me. When relaying information through creative channels I attempt to balance product integrity with cultural influence and diversity. On Site Advertising Solutions Sandy Springs, GA Lead Graphic Artist Used computer software to generate new images Reviewed final layouts and suggested improvements as needed. Conferred with clients to determine layout design. Developed graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, presentations and websites. Prepared illustrations or rough sketches of material (storyboards), discussed them with clients and/or supervisors and making necessary changes. Wrote video and or design treatments. Managed a team of two Staples Lithonia, GA Copy Center Associate Operated high speed copiers Provided basic desktop publishing solutions for corporate and small business clients (i.e. fliers, business cards, brochures, etc.) Assisted with the production and finishing of presentation material for corporate and small business clients Reviewed client produced design layouts and suggested style improvements as needed Urban Marketing Fliers. Ads. Poster. Ecards k. baker | independent contractor |interactive publication - click through
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  14. 14. publications Word? Africa Allah begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_ skype_highlighting is the Truth? Forget the additional “BS” you read in those other magazines. I need not call names. See, I spit flames that blaze tracks and my pen blazes facts. This month is packed with sex appeal. We are going to taste the seductive sound of R. Kelly’s Chocolate Factory and see what treats await us in the demo box. Before I put the lighter in the air and blaze this one for my people, I must say that journalism is in danger. Have you read the March issue of the Source - the self proclaimed voice of this generation? I don’t know about you, but the Source stopped representing me a few years back. The writing lacks creativity and style and the pictures are damn near pornographic. Not to say that only the Source is exploiting our women, but come on. If you are going to make a statement that Hip Hop is in danger you need to look at your own house and ask why. How can you question the state of Hip Hop when you create the mood? You (the Source) plaster images of what Hip Hop is across the world and then get upset when people embrace that concept. Think about it. The words we write, the images we use and the ads that fund us are setting the tone of Hip Hop. Further more, why is Hip Hop in danger? Is it because a white guy with the soul of black folk is talented or is it because someone within the establishment can’t sell an album if he was giving it away? While I agree that there are some things we need to address in Hip Hop I feel that the motive behind the March issue of the Source was suspect. We cannot address the issues of the art whose without addressing the images, environments and stereotypes music transcends “BS.” While we may not agree with the artist or we as consumers feed into. At the end of the day we (the media) understand his motivations, we still manage to become seduced by his are to blame. We dictate what is hot and reinforce the destructive flair for music. stereotypes. Do you think that the rise in homosexuality amongst women in the last 8 years is coincidental? Think about all the ad Chocolate Factory is no TP2; however I predict at least five hot singles campaigns with women embracing their womanhood. including two remixes and a crossover dancehall track. Chocolate Factory is a musical aphrodisiac perfect for those romantic encounters Damn, “y’all” killing my high! Let me light this red cinnamon candle, and baby making nights. turn down the lights and cuddle up in front of the speakers. It’s about time we fall into to a slumber of lyrical ecstasy. Placement is key in the success of any album an obviously R. Kelly acknowledges this as well. The last two tracks “ Snake“ & “Who’s That” on Chocolate Factory fall short of R. Kelly’s capabilities. “Snake“ which R Kelly plays like a bootleg reggae rhythm has the potential to be the next “Gimme da light”, but is spoiled by the whack lyrics of BET’s Rap City Chocolate Factory Da Basement host, Big Tigger who undoubtedly freaks the flow. I feel a mid summer remix release for this song with guest appearance by Jive Records some prominent Dance Hall artist and Hip Hop’s Dancehall king, Busta Rating: 4 Rhymes, that’s just my perdition. “Who’s That” with Terror Squad ruler Fat Joe is an attempt to capture the same kind success that their 2002 summer hit “Thuggin” did, however the chemistry didn’t follow across the board. “Who’s That” is weak an I’m quite sure it’s because they are trying This has been one of the toughest too hard or Fat Joe feels pressured to produce a hit. In any event these albums I have ever had to review two songs amongst other things are the reasons that I gave Chocolate because of the standards that Factory a 4. R. Kelly has created for himself. R. Kelly is an amazing artist with reminisces of the classic Motown sound, 80’s soul and his own If it’s any consolation, this is an album you need to have in your R&B thug style. Even in the midst of his legal battles, his last collection. There is no two ways about it - Chocolate Factory possesses album “The Best of Both Worlds” with Roc–a-fella / Island Def Jam new millennium classics. Group artist Jay-Z managed to go platinum after promotions were dropped. No matter how you look at it, R. Kelly is a talented artist k. baker | independent contractor |interactive publication - click through
  15. 15. DEMO BOX Xcalibar (Nassau, Bahamas) For a culture that is in danger there seems to be millions of young people around the world that believe these streets will emancipate them from their perspective hood lives. This months demo has tracked through white sands from the island of New Providence, in the capital of Nassau, Bahamas. The 18-year-old native of the tropical paradise goes by the name Xcalibar. Using the discipline of martial arts and the creativeness of painting Xcalibar’s objective in Hip hop is to paint a picture of the world as seen by his mutant eyes. Xclibar’s island reality is based on street tales rather than our spring break fantasies. For him the island life is just as real as any USG. His vision of this reality stems from the mere fact that crime is present in any country. There is no exemption from crime for the tropics. Luckily for Xcalibar, his discipline helped him access the streets and use it’s tale as framework for his verbal art. “Every crime has a true motive, more so than any of it’s usually poverty, difference in opinions or the need for superiority amongst peers,” states Xcalibar. His biography tells the story of a passionate young man who only vision is to educate the streets through his music. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING Unfortunately, I must have missed the lesson. The demo starts off with a song called the introduction. The track plays like a mellow Nirvana groove. The air is filled with dampness and a darkness of life. Eagerly, you await the accompanying vocals only to be disappointed. Xcalibar mounts the track like a virgin on experience “coochie”. Suddenly you are struggling to appreciate the rhythm that follows underneath the verbal mistreatment. Finally the chorus jumps in and saves the day bringing you up back up to speed with the message. By this time you are just going through the motion hoping that the melodiousness of the tempo will supply you with that final nut. In short the entire demo lacked lyrical poise. There was not any real delivery, just recited lines. Lyric wise Xcalibar had a few good moments that were over shadowed by his Tupac obsession. Rap is like a marriage of the souls. The beat and the rhymes intertwine is a voyeuristic primitive mating sequence exhibited on wax, cd’s and cassettes. Xcaliber’s demo was more like a marriage in search of passion. The beat played like a vibrant erotic bride begging to be fondled; while, he on the other hand masturbated to the beat in his head ignoring the call of the wild. There is some promise, however. Xcalibar has an ear for sound. I must say that his production excites the erogener zone simulating ones desire for more. If he can generate the same type of eroticism with his flow he’ll be all right. I give him a year in this prostitution ring we call Hip Hop. Trust me, in a year or so he’ll be wearing out the track like Ludacris on Vigara k. baker | independent contractor |interactive publication - click through
  16. 16. Fifty Cent Get Rich or Die Trying Shady Aftermath 3 There is a lot of hype in the streets. Everywhere you turn it’s Fifty this and Fifty that. Damn, can he breath? Get off the N-U-T-Z. I mean, is he really sizzling or is he just luke warm with a tremendous buildup behind him? The way I see it his older stuff was more impressive than his debut signals. Do not get me wrong they are hot if you want to be gangster in the club. To analyze Fifty Cent’s music we must first take away the drama, the beef, the propaganda and the media hype. What separates him from the rest? Nothing really! He has a dis- tinctive delivery and at times attempts to appeal to diverse regional markets. It takes more than a unique flow and a sassy click to separate the rapper from the hype. Disappointingly enough I have heard hotter shit from Fifty Cent on mix tapes. Not to say that “Get Rich or Die Trying” is not worth listening to, it just falls short of its expectations. I am certain it will sell units just on the hype alone. People may even force themselves to believe for the moment that Fifty Cent is the hottest producer on the block. The reality is our percep- tions of Fifty have been dictated. Long after the buzz is gone maybe one out of his four potential singles will remain fresh in your mind. Then there is the redundancy of the production. Fifty is from up top. Why are there no gritty NYC beats on this album that are reflective of who he is? Instead Dr. Dre saturates “Get Rich or Die Trying” with production, like the album was titled “Another Dre Day.” In fact there is nothing prolific about the rhymes. It is just some regular street shit. His rhymes don’t evoke emotion or cause you to pause, stop and rewind the tape. Trust me, in five years no successful rapper will credit Fifty as their inspira- tion to rhyme. In short “Get Rich or Die Trying” generated a lot of excitement feeding on the industry’s cry for new energy and escalated drama. Unfortunately, the bite that we felt on the mix tapes did not funnel into the project. Maybe Fifty was detracted by the drama? Maybe he felt he didn’t have to fight to prove himself anymore or maybe just maybe he became the sing song studio duplicated gangsta that lives out his dreams of felonies on wax. I can’t call it, but whatever the case, Fifty Cent's going to “Die Trying to Get Rich” if this is all he has to offer. Do not take my word for it - peep the CD or wait for the aftermath. k. baker | independent contractor |interactive publication - click through
  17. 17. Crossing Over Every month I hit you off with the truth as told by Africa Allah. This month, along with your usual critical break down, I have managed to get an exclusive interview with Reggae artist, Wayne Marshall. Born, raised and living in Kingston, Jamaica, 23 year old Wayne Mitchell aka Wayne Mar- shall refuses to trade in his dance hall roots for American fame. It is late afternoon in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead district. A producer for 400 South, Changez International and Jason Skywalker, a local Atlanta Radio personality and relative of Wayne Marshall accompany me in the Marriott hotel room. It is a little after 4 PM, Wayne Marshal is just polishing off a box of Chinese take out dressed in a red T-shirt with his face plastered across the front, black Iceberg jeans and a pair of red and white Air Force 1’s - we are briefly re- acquainted by Mr. Skywalker. His attention, however, is focused on the television. Vh1 is doing a segment on the late Jamaican / Brooklyn Hip –Hop artist Christopher Wal- lace aka Notorious BIG. there. It's just a song of encouragement. How convenient, the program on VH1 has already set the mood for my interview with Wayne. It just so happens that our interview AA: What inspired you to become a performer? revolves around the influence of the American music culture on Jamaican Dancehall and it's mainstream success. Looking around WM: When I was a youth I used to like to show off in class and make the small luxury hotel room it obvious the American play some role in my friend ‘dem laugh. I liked to sing. I never got picked first or second this artist career. The question is how much? but I’d be picked. I was comfortable on stage and I loved the vibe I’d get from the people. My knowledge of Dancehall stems from the birth of it's American off spring Hip – Hop. So I compiled a list of questions that would appeal to Caribbean people in and around the United States that have been AA: How do you feel about reggae artist that leave Jamaica in an at- exposed to the Hip – Hop culture. tempt to make it big in the States? - Hide quoted text - WM: it all depends. You have some that make and some that don’t. You have some the get a real push and ‘dem don’t have what it takes AA: When did Wayne Marshall break onto the reggae mainstream? to be a success. I respect anyone who gets their name in an interna- tional circle. If that’s the road they choose that’s good for them. Maybe, WM: I’ll say the break came when I did “When the Smoke Clears” that’s what they feel they have to do. If it works I’m happy. with Bounty (Killa). I wrote the whole ah’ ‘dat song. I wrote his part and I wrote my part. It smashed them in Jamaica and when we went on tour he’d bring up on stage and it would be crazy tight. There AA: Do you feel that American success hampers the creativity of reg- I knew I had broken into the mainstream. It allowed people to see gae artist and what compromises do Reggae artist have to make? what I was doing. WM: To an extend American success can hamper the success of Reg- gae artist. It all depends on what that artist has in him. I don’t feel that AA: What do you feel has been you biggest tune thus far? a good artist can be vulnerable when it comes to compromise. They just have to know how to alter their style to still stay true to themselves WM: On a solo vibe “Overcome”. Yeah, that’s the first thing that and their music. The more success you get the more experience you comes to mind. I would say because of the positive message and get. With success you get confidence and leeway. It’s just a matter what it represents, a better day a better tomorrow. Just overcoming of proving yourself. I don’t really think there are many compromises trials and tribulations, which is 95% of what, Jamaicans face. You because whatever take you to a level where the world can notice you, I know, t’ings not so stable. The crime rate is big and money is not feel like, it’s just the realness what you come with from in dance is what k. baker | independent contractor |interactive publication - click through
  18. 18. you have to stick with on the mainstream. Yeah, you may have to clean it up but you must do you. AA: What are your views on major record labels controlling the production and development of reggae artist? WM: I think it not really the artists that have caused the prob- lem. It is probably the labels ignorance to what reggae is and how it should be brought across. Big companies don’t go after the real raw talent. They go after the buzz. AA: Do you feel that it is necessary to attempt some level to American mainstream notoriety in order to be a successful reggae artist? WM: a career comes in stages and you can stay on the same level forever. If you’re doing your thing and you impress your AFRICA ALLAH people eventually you will be seen. AA: Do you feel that in trying to reach the hip- hop market you are in some way selling out your culture? WM: Just knowing that hip –hop is an offspring of Dancehall I feel like can just do my t’ing and be successful. If I am called to do track with a Jay-z or someone ‘dem ‘nawh call me fee’ do hip –hop them want Wayne Marshall to do dancehall. I’m gone do dancehall ‘cause that’s what I do, dancehall. AA: What make and artist good vs. successful? WM: you can be a good artist and not successful. Good art- ists make music that people feel. Their music comes form the heart. A successful artist many just be a buzz artist. I good artist has longevity. DOWNLOAD HERE AA: As a Caribbean artist how do you stay true to your art and culture while at the same time capturing a world audience? WM: Just do you. Whatever is real to you do it. Do what you feel is right to succeed. k. baker | independent contractor |interactive publication - click through
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