Paragone has released his latest compilation LP record, "Eastern Society." The album showcases performances by a bevy of artists including Bronze Nazareth, Timbo King, William Cooper, 9th Prince, Leech, Pone-Op, Purpose, Str8 Bizz, Shannon Sharp, Sume, Pistola, Salute, and additionally features Blue Raspberry, Solomon Childs, StoneFace, Majesty, Napoleon, Dexter Wiggle, and Shaka Amazulu the 7th. Many of them are are affiliates of the Wu-Tang Clan. It has been proudly published on the Black Stone of Mecca independent record label.
Aggressive, creative, clever and blending old-school qualities with a contemporary edge, "Eastern Society" is a towering example of what Paragone and Black Stone of Mecca can do for the underground hip hop scene.
We asked Paragone who were some of his artistic influences and he mentioned NWA, Ice-T, Public Enemy, Easy-E, Rakin, Guru, Tupac Shakur, the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dog, and Cypress Hill to name a few.
"Hip-Hop music has always been a part of my life ever since I was young," writes Paragone. "After going to several different studios with some of the homies back in the days, I just knew it was something I wanted to get into and be a part of."
While "Eastern Society" is nearly an hour long with 14 different tracks, it's a work of non-fiction. Paragone describes the LP as a kind of window into the life we live on a day to day.
"It basically depicts our lives and what we see and go through on a daily basis," Paragone writes. "Nothing is fabricated or exaggerated, we just spit about reality and circumstances we deal with on the daily."
Paragone is the founder of PremiereHipHop.com along with Kevlaar7 RIP. Kevlaar7 is blood brothers with Bronze Nazareth and Kev tragically passed a few years ago. Basically they wanted to create an outlet that would showcase artists with real lyrical skills who don't conform with the mainstream media trash!
PremiereHipHop.com's bio page says: "Along with [Paragone's] partner, Sunez, contributing his hip hop element as executive editor, PremiereHipHop.com has become the most progressive online hip hop music publication. PremiereHipHop.com has now connected with Classic Storm Radio and DJ Toshi to interview artists on their podcast featuring exclusive news and music, launching and promoting different concerts and artist showcases all around the New York City area." You could see some of these interviews on Premiere's Youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/premierehiphopdotcom
Paragone also mentioned that he has recently teamed up with Mr. Ceza from 1WorldMagazine to design their physical magazine and there currently working on issue #3. 1World is a hip hop publication that focuses on artists from all around the world and brings you indept interviews, news and album reviews. Paragone also developed there website which can be seen at http://1worldmag.com 1World recently signed a magazine distribution deal which will put them on store shelves all around the world!
“Eastern Society” by Paragone and Black Stone of Mecca is available online worldwide from over 700 quality music stores now. A limited edition CD of the album (only 200 copies available) can be bought directly from https://celestialproductions.bandcamp.com/releases.
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