Thursday, 30 December 2010

I Gave Him Boss Status... Actually, He Took It

Whilst in New York I went on a date with a talented fela 

Nigerian Multi-Instrumentalist Musician and Composer, pioneer of Afrobeat Music, Human Rights Activist,
and Political Maverick.

So, yes, you are right to assume I had a great time :)

"The secret of life is to have no fear"

The inspiration
The legend
The artist 
The picture

Fela Kuti

Portia x

'Fashion is more about feel than science.'

'I start a picture and I finish it.'
Jean Michel Basquiat 

' Beauty visible to the eye is a picture, when finished joins the mind.'
Portuia Douglas

Dedicated to all creative minds

Portia x

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

'N.o one E.ver R.eally D.ies'

“Music is the Voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows”

Napoleon Bonaparte

I've been thinking for the past couple of days about how to write a worthy tribute to a Queen of the Soul/Funk Monarch. 
Then I realized, it's best to just let the music speak for itself. 

Mary Christine Brockert, better known as Teena Marie

Born March 5th 1956, passed away December 26th 2010

Singer, Songwrighter, Musician,                              Record Producer, Legend

A Queen of Soul

R.I.P but your music loves on...




Eternal Homage, iL.

'Tis the Season... That Needs no Reason

"Whatever you may believe about this day, whether you celebrate it or not, whatever it's origins may be....
The winter calls for a family feast, where families meet from west to east.
Besides, what is a cause that binds loved ones together, if not anything but beautiful and necessary?"

A friend told me that the Christmas spirit in the eyes of a child, is the only true joy of the Christmas Season.

My reply? 

The joy in the eyes, 


laughs and hearts 

of family and friends, old and young, through the gift of love and entertainment,

is more real than the joy felt within one person. 

It is the lifeblood that orbits around the Earth, 

and makes every bad experience, struggle, pain, act of retribution, forgiveness and gesture of trust,  


all worth it.

So make your own whys and hows of how and why you celebrate every season & occasion of life, a precious memory, by celebrating with those close to you, in memory of those close to you, and in hope for a beautiful tomorrow.

Merry Christmas, Jolly Chrimbo, Happy New Year
and Seasons Greetings

From iL.

Friday, 24 December 2010

This December Love weighs more than Gold

'Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.'

So Smile :)


Yes, You are an Angel

Stand tall and let the world see you in all your colours

Most important of all Believe
'Whatever the Mind of man can Conceive and Believe it can Achieve.'

Xx Merry Christmas All xX

Portia x

Saturday, 18 December 2010

When it all falls down

 'Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.'


Taking the previous quote into account, no laughing please!

If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat - in other words, turn you into an adult, lol.
I shall put it down

 Still a kid at heart

'As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.'

Sorry about that, went off a bit... Just a tad... Maybe a mile... Ooops
Enjoy the snow!

Seasons greetings from ybl
Love and peace 
Portia x

Monday, 13 December 2010

Visions of Transcendental Terrene

Whilst we're on the topic of Art, don't you just love when an image is so tangible...

That you get lost in it's Lines...

Drown in it's Reflection...

Travel through it's Colours...

Soar into it's History...

Fall into it's Fissures

Freeze in it's mists...

Become Entangled in it's Curves...

Or Meshed between it's Metal?

...Maybe it's just me then.

I think Nujabes was on the same page. R.I.P

Art by the Adroit Artist Mr Daniel Dociu

More information and enlarged images at

Sayonara, iL.

This is HipHop Log 4: Pepstar

Passion & Talent.
I won't bore you with how the media & many of the public, deliberately overlooks positive lyricism and raw, passionate, hardworking talent, for the 'Rinky Dink', shock affect, hollow, negative music. 
Nah I won't do that :D
Instead, here's an example of Rap & Beat Engineering in one of it's most effortless forms. 

My bruddah, Music Magnate

(Been on the keys & MPC from a young age, believe me I saw it first hand! Pay attention.)
*Big up & mad respect to SB.TV for the support he shows, and the exposure he gives to upcoming UK talent... Support the cause at and*  

Walk with him.

According to Wikipedia 
"Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging symbolic elements in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect."

but for me

"Art is the message, from the heart & spirit, spoken through the body."

Are you HipHop?

Peace, iL.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

This is HipHop Log 3: Sway

Timeless & Powerful.
I won't bore you with how the media still tries to refer to pop/r'nb music as Rap simply because of a rhyme, chain or presence of  a black face, confusing the true origins & hindering progress.
Nah I won't do that :)
Instead, here's an example of Rap in one of it's most creative forms. 

The UK's Flow Orator Derek 'Sway' Safo

(Lyrical genius and an example of a craft studied & executed, with complex simplicity & originality.)

Walk with him

1Archaic: science, learning, or scholarship.
2. Skill in conducting any human activity. 

but if you ask me

"Art is appreciation of life, and telling stories of the experience from past to present and in some cases, the future."

Do you truly know HipHop?

Peace, iL.

This is HipHop Log 2: Rapsody

Culture & Music 
I won't bore you with how the media still tries to highlight & glamourise the miniscule, notorious & negative remnants of Rap, thereby fueling the fire of the repetitive cycle of ignorance, which stems to knowledge of process, execution & reception... 
Nah I won't do that :)
Instead, here's an example of Rap in one of it's most expressive forms. 

The Dohemian Queen of Lyrics, Rapsody 'Rap Diddy'

(Listen to her spit, then look up the Dohemians)
(Produced & Supported by 9th Wonder)

Walk with Her.

1. the principles or methods governing any craft or branch of learning
2. skilled workmanship, execution, or agency, as distinguished from nature.

but if you ask me

"Art is the voice of every culture, captured with the tangible & bodiless instruments of the generations; past & present."
Do you appreciate HipHop?

Peace, iL.

This is HipHop Log 1: Pikahsso Allen Poe

Rhythm & Poetry. 
I won't bore you with how the media still tries to pass it off as one of the 'hot topics' of now, insinuating that it holds no longevity, and will pass like all 'Fads'... Nah I won't do that :)
Instead, here's an example of Rap in one of it's most artistic forms. 

The Cubist Painter 'Pikahsso'

(Rightly named as his flow chops up words & worlds, analyzing shape in vivid colours)

Check the homage to the shell toes, salute!

Walk with him.

Art -Noun

"The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing or of more than ordinary significance."

 but if you ask me

"Art is metaphysical expression, given life through the five senses, for the six senses." 

Do you understand HipHop?

Peace, iL.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

The Woman, The Myth, The Legend

I need not say much about a Queen, a friend, a sister, when she's simply just the SH*T 
(forgive the profanities, but she is)! 
Our little Rasta/Cockney/Nu'wabian ray of harsh honesty, hard work & sunshine vocals on the team;
 the glue that holds us together.


You are currently on hiatus, sprinkling your flyness over Brooklyn NYC

But just know the family & team in LDN are with you in spirit,

Celebrating your birthday with finesse & grandeur!!!

Whatever you're doing, just do it how you do and know
that when you come back to LDN, LXM, GNN, WG

we got you!! <3

Mha Quwah from iL.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Fluorescent Pigments in the Melodies

Here at YBL we love music. Why you ask?
Because the song reached our hearts.

Our ears loved the sweet melody

Like the notes were arranged for you & me

The voice guides us together as we bathe in the noise

May the music reach your souls :)

Peace, iL.