Secret Society Recordz Unique as ra da sunlord ,After this album with in a three year period of time to come out with the best for the best and different styles and types of sound for many different listeners .I also have been in five different states and many of studios to try to come out right and to tell the truth I'm still not happy but I also listen to the feed back that other people around me give me negative or possitive either way it comes I try to make it balance out right .Also special guest appearances by the Rza,12o'clock,and prodical sun.Rza also did the production of too tracks off the album (beatz out the basement)and (move da hitz) Ra da sunlord is the executive producer of the (sharp lika sword) album unique as Ra da sunlord aggressive style of rapping was only to show his mc,mic abilities down below is more articles about Secret Society shows we have donor RAPPERS TO BE AT FAIR JUST FOR HEALTH OF IT JEFF MCGAW PATRIOT NEWS THEY SOUND LIKE PUBLIC ENEMY- THEY SING BOUT PUBLIC HEALTH. THEY ARE Idriys Muhammad (Ee-driss),OR AS HE PREFERS,"RA -DA SUNLORD," AND TAJI ABDULLAH, ALSO KNOWN AS "ORON DA WICKED WARRIOR"-TWO HALVES OF THE HARRISBURG-BASED RAP DUO KNOWN AS SECRET SOCIETY-AND THEY ARE COMING TO A PUBLIC HEALTH FAIR NEAR YOU. THE DUO AGES 19 AND 20, RESPECTIVELY, ALONG WITH MUHAMMAD'S BROTHER AND PRODUCER, ISHMAEL "APOCALYPSE" MUHAMMAD, 17, WILL PERFORM THEIR LATEST WORK, "GET YOUR SHOTS," AT THE BE WISE IMMUNIZE HEALTH FAIR," BEING HELD FROM 3 TO 7pm TODAY AT ROWLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL, AT 842 DERRY ST. THE HOPE IS THAT THESE BUDDING RAPPERS, THROUGH THE MUSIC THAT THEY HOPE WILL MAKE THEM AS WELL KNOWN AS THE RAP GROUP PUBLIC ENEMY WILL CONVEY THE IMPORTANCE OF VACCINES IN PROTECTING AGAINST A HOST OF POTENTIALLY DAMAGING DISEASES FROM MEASLES AND MUMPS TO INFLUENZA AND HEPATITIS B. THEY'LL ATTEMPT TO DO IT WITH A THUMPING BACK BEAT, AND LYRICS INSPIRED BY A WEB SITE ABOUT VACCINES AND VARIOUS FORMS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE. " GET ALL YOUR SHOTS FROM A TO Z / NEPHEW FELL OFF THE BIKE AND SCRAPED HIS KNEE/ CHICKEN POX SPREAD EASY/ SNEEZE AND COUGHING CONTAMINATED/ LIVER DAMAGE THREE SHOTS TO PREVENT IT/ BE WISE AND IMMUNIZE SO YOU WOULDN'T GET IT IF SECRET SOCIETY SAID IT..." OF THE ROUGHLY 8,200 STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, SAID WILLIE BREEZE, HEALTH COORDINATOR FOR THE HARRISBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT, AT LEAST 1,000 OR MORE PROBABLY NEED ALL OF THOSE SHOTS." ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SECOND DOSE OF THE MEASLES , MUMPS, AND RUBELLA VACCINE," SHE SAID, AND HEPATITIS B SHOTS WILL BE REQUIRED NEXT YEAR. HIRING THE RAPPERS WAS A SHOT WORTH TAKING, BREEZE SAID," I REALLY WANT TO GET THE MESSAGE TO THE CHILDREN THAT THEY REALLY NEED TO GET THEIR SHOTS. BREEZE HOPES THE FAIR'S THREE ON THREE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT AND OTHER EVENTS WILL ALSO HELP DRAW STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS. THOUGH NOT A HUGE RAP FAN , BREEZE ADMITTED THAT IN A PREVIEW PERFORMANCE HELD AT JOHN HARRIS HIGHSCHOOL LAST WEEK, RA-DA SUNLORD AND ORON DA WICKED WARRIOR CONNECTED WITH STUDENTS ON A LEVEL THAT GUYS WITH BOW TIES AND MEDICAL SCHOOL DEGREES MIGHT NOT CONCIEVE. "THEY HELD THEIR ATTENTION ," BREEZE SAID. THE STUDENTS"LIKED THE BEAT AND IT DREW THEM INTO WHERE WE WERE SO THAT WE COULD TALK TO THEM, SO FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE IT WAS SUCCESSFUL." THE HEALTH FAIR WILL NOT BE THE GROUPS FIRST FORAY INTO HEALTH AND MEDICINE RAP-OR WHAT OTHERWISE MIGHT BE DESCRIBED AS CHICKEN-SOUP HIP-HOP. LAST SEPTEMBER , AT AN AIDS CONFERENCE AT HARRISBURG AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SECRET SOCIETY PERFORMED TWO ORIGINAL SONGS - "BOBBY RICHARDSON" AND " RESPECT YOURSELF" - THAT DELVE INTO THE PERILS OF UNPROTECTED SEX, AND THE RESULTING HORROR OF AIDS. ON JULY 28,1999 , THE DUO PERFORMED AN ORIGINAL SONG ABOUT THE DANGERS OF LEAD PAINT AT A CITY SPONSORED FUNCTION HELD IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL LEAD AWARENESS WEEK . A FOLDER STUFFED WITH NEWSPAPER CLIPS AND PICTURES CONTAINS THE LETTER OF THANKS THEY RECEIVED FROM HARRISBURG MAYOR STEPHEN R. REED. "THE MAYOR IS DELIGHTED TO HEAR OF THEIR SUCCESS," SAID REED'S SPOKESMAN, RANDY KING. " THE MAYOR FELT UPON HEARING THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT THEY HAD GREAT POTENTIAL FOR SUCCESS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY." WE TRY TO STAY ON THE POSITIVE OF THINGS," MUHAMMAD SAID. "WERE TRYING TO SEND OUT MESSAGES. KEEP POSITIVE. STAY OFF THE STREET. WATCH THE NEGATIVE. DON'T BE OUT HERE HAVING WILD, CRAZY SEX. WATCH YOUR CHILDREN. The mission is awareness. not just knowing or being informed, but really making people aware - understanding the potential impact, realizing the personal affect, connection, or danger - that's the level of awareness HAPS (Harrisburg AIDS Prevent Society) is shooting for. As a matter of fact, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up when you hear it, That is the intention! ' I don't know what to do! I'm trying everything I can to reach ya'll! But ya'll don't wanna hear me! You must think this is a game. This is No game! This is No game! That's the bottom line and final call in a song called 'The Plague', contributed by local rap group Gravel Group to the upcoming HIV/AIDS awareness initiative CD, slated to be released in late June/ early July. HAPS, a cooperative group comprised of members of local groups Gravel Ground and Secret Society, welcomed the opportunity to team up with Ngozi inc. and Metro Arts to hit Harrisburg's 10 to 16 - year-old Hip Hop fans right where it counts- between the ears- with rap lyrics, appealing chorus verses, and head bobbing beats. Each group came to the table with their own creations to be approved, performed, and recorded for distribution their target audience. The young men involved, all between the ages of 17 and 21, are prime candidates to serve as role models to their peers, as well as the youth of Harrisburg. The City of Harrisburg's AIDS/HIV statistics show that, particularly in the African American community, many young men aren't living beyond the age of 25. 'We don't need a focus group, we need a group that is focused' said one person at the early drawing board of the project. Along the progress of the project, HAPS members have proven that they are not only focused on the CD project, but also on the long term commitment to raise this kind of AIDS/HIV awareness. Bob Welsh of Metro Arts, for one ,was impressed with the engagement of the group - How they talked about all aspects of the terrifying statistics, and how they hoped they could influence people to be more responsible. The seriousness of HApS group is evident by the inclusion of so many hard facts and statistics in the lyrics. They had to attend a workshop and do some home work to have the proper back ground info for this project. As Secret Society's Taji Abdullah(a.k.a Oron the Wicked Warrior) learned, the accuracy of those hard-core facts was critical, as reviewers from the Greater Harrisburg Foundation inspected inspired by the statistic that reports that one out of five African American males in the city of Harrisburg is infected with an STD or STI, sexually Transmitted Disease or Sexually transmitted Infectious Disease. ' There's a message in the chorus, a message in the lyrics...' says Idriys.' It's straight, clean, to the point...no cursing' ' He says. Obviously confident with the project and their skills, members of Secret Society bring their own unique strengths to the table. Abdullah says he's surrounded by kids, which helps him stay young at heart and young in spirit, gives him the edge to 'know what kids like' Idriys calls this a 'unity project ' as he worked with his cousin, Rza of Wu Tang Clan, to create the beats. The group's Ishmael Muhammad (a.k.a Apocalipz) brings his perspective of 'there are different styles of Hip Hop', - an important consideration, since the HAPS project target the young HIP HOP fans of the city. As an artist Ishmael sees this particular projects as a way to show the public that we (Secret Society) can do more - expand [in collaboration with other artist.] ' He also credits his mother Rafiyqa Muhammad of Ngozi inc. - with getting them though this point ( in the recording studio.) ' We put secret Society in her hands far a minute' he says, ' With out her, we probably wouldn't be here'. Bringing a slightly different perspective to the project, poet Gina Edwards was called on to contribute to HAPS CD. Edwards material is hard hitting, especially when she speaks in the voice of AIDS, threating, ' If I don't get you on the first try, I'll get you on the next.' Obviously, HAPS, as a group, has pulled out all the stops and removed the candy flavoring from the facts for this critical lesson. As a mother of two children , Edwards says, ' with children, we tend to sugar-coat things. We tell them, if you do it, OK if you don't, OK - your young'. But in this case , it's a matter of life or death, which calls for a more direct approach, Edwards, for one , intends to use HAPS CD as a teaching tool for her own children. Even though her position in the HAPS circle is unique, Edwards didn't want to come into the project as the older person. she sat back, watched with respect for the younger men's rap and musical skills, and waited for them to ask her opinion - an opinion she knows they appreciate. being invited to join the project was ' an honor to me ' she says. Of course, the most critical aspect of the HAPS project is the impact to the target audience. The truest measurement will be future AIDS/HIV statistics, but on a more immediate basis.... Mode Magazine An article by: Lisa Hummel June, 1999 If you attend the 9th annual African Family Festival, you'll have the opportunity to catch Secret Society in action. Secret Society is Harrisburg's answer to the rap industry, a genre that's been making an impact on the music scene since acts like the Sugar hill Gang ,and Grandmaster Flash, and the Furious Five began recording in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Together for two years, Ra Sunlord and Oron the Wicked Warrior joined forces after spending time in numerous other groups in the Harrisburg area. Although they grew up 'right around the corner' from eachother, it never occur to the duo to perform together until they heard each other's work ,reevaluated their exsisting situations and, according to Ra, decided they were ' better off collaborating ourselves.' Only 19 and already rapping for 10 years, Ra and his partner, Oron, have spent 2 years positioning themselves as newcomers in the rap industry. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, the two have found themselves working hands- on with one of rap music biggest and most influential acts, the Wu Tang Clan. The Wu tang Clan, formed by 10 artists who perform and act as heads of their own record label, Razor sharp Records, has been a part of the music industry since their break through album was released in 1993, and , as luck would have it, one of the most prominent members of the group, the Rza, is Ra's cousin - a connection that serves as a doorway from the Harrisburg scene to the rap world at large. Ra, who has had the privoilege of touring with the Wu Tang Clan for the past five years, has taken the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the rap industry. Acting as a sort of jack-of -all-trades, Ra has been The Clan's body guard and assistant, among other titles. Although he's sure to emphasize that working on tour takes a lot of time and energy and is not 'all fun', he has met enough people and music insiders during those experiences to know that a recording career is the one for him. According to him rapping has become such a passion for the duo not only because of their love for the industry, but also because it is - first and for most - 'their hobby' Right now, Secret Society is hard at work developing a video, recording tracks for a Greater Harrisburg Foundation CD and honing their skills by performing as much as they can. The performance at the Festival will be the groups second and, from all accounts, is expected to be a successful one. Last year, the duo performed in front of 17,000 people and with an approving audience base in the area such as that and a connection to the rap industry, it might not be long before we can catch Secret Society traveling the world on a tour of their own. One on one Interview with Unique as Ra Da Sunlord about Secret Society future plans Daisha Daiwu Hunter I GOT A CHANCE TO RELAX A SATURDAY IN THE BURG WITH IDRIYS ALLAH MUHAMMAD. UNIQUE OR RA- THE SUN LORD ARE HIS OTHER TITLES. 'BACK IN SCHOOL I WAS ALWAYS BEING TAUGHT ABOUT EGYPTIANS,LIKE PEOPLE WHO WAS HERE BEFORE US,PEOPLE WHO WERE HERE BEFORE CHRIST. 'UNIQUE,' THAT WAS JUST A METHOD I GOT LIKE FIVE YEARS AGO. IT WAS A STYLE I GOT FOR MYSELF. MY WHOLE DIFFERENT PERSONALITY AND APPROACH IS SOMETHING AMAZING,' SHINES RA-SUN ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THE NAMES HE'S CHOSEN. HE IS 50% OF SECRET SOCIETY, A LOCAL RAP GROUP, ALONG WITH ORON DA WICKED WARRIOR. 'ORON AND RA COLLABORATIONS- WHEN WE COLLABORATE ON A TRACK, DAT SHIT IS DEADLY. WE ARE LIKE SILENT NINJAS EVERYTHING IS ON LOW /LOW. RA-SUN EXPLAINS,' SECRET SOCIETY BASICALLY CAME FROM MIND MATTERS,LIKE THEY SAY 'TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE' SO IT'S LIKE THIS WASN'T A ONE MAN THOUGHT. IT DIDN'T COME OVER NIGHT IT TOOK A WHILE FOR THIS TO COME TOGETHER. FIRST WE HAD TO GET US TOGETHER, NAH MEAN? WE COULDN'T JUST COME OUT LIKE EVERYBODY WHO WANTED TO RAP,JUST TO RAP. JUST TO BE PUT OUT THERE THAN BEFORE YOU KNOW 'WHERE THEY AT? IT'S LIKE SECRET SOCIETY, WE BASICALLY LIKE TO KEEP THINGS A SECRET. IT'S LIKE A SOCIETY BECAUSE WE ROLE AS A SOCIETY CLICK.' RA-SUN, NOW 19 YEARS OLD, IS THE SECOND OLDEST SON, BUT THE FIFTH OF TEN CHILDREN. HE IS A CLOSE RELATIVE OF THE WU-TANG CLAN-(RZA, GHOSTFACE,KILLARMY,AND OL'DIRTY BASTARD). HIS AUNT ALWAYS TOLD HIM,'YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A RAP GROUP OUT THAT ARE YOUR COUSINS.HE DIDN'T KNOW THEM AS BIG ARTISTS, HE JUST KNEW THEM AS FAMILY. RA STATES ' I KNEW MY COUSINS, BUT WHEN THEY ACTUALLY CAME OUT AS WU-TANG THE GROUP, I DIDN'T HAVE ANY IDEA THAT THEY WERE MY SAME RELATIVES,UNTIL I ACTUALLY LOOKED AT A POSTER AND WAS LIKE 'OH SHIT,THESE ARE MY COUSINS!' A LOT OF HIS GUIDANCE COMES FROM RZA AND FAMILY ON DIFFERENT BUSINESS ISSUES. BROOKLYN,NY WAS HIS BIRTHPLACE BUT HBG,PA IS WHERE RA-SUN WAS RAISED.' I TRAVELED STATE TO STATE,LAND TO LAND,CLAN TO CLAN , MET PEOPLE. I STARTED GETTING ON THE ROAD WHEN I WAS FOURTEEN, SO THAT WAS REALLY LIKE A YOUNG AGE.' HE WAS NINE YEARS OLD WHEN HE FIRST STARTED RAPPING AND FIRST RECORDED A SONG WITH HIS YOUNGER BROTHER CALLED 'THE CHIEF'. FUTURE PLANS FOR UNIQUE ARE TO START A LOCAL RECORD LABEL, 'ORON AND RA COLLABORATIONS'. RA-SUN WANTS TO COME OUT WITH HIS ALBUM OF 22 TRACKS FEATURING ARTISTS LIKE METHOD MAN,DMX,RZA,AND OL' DIRTY BASTARD ETC.-'HE'S A CRAZY CAT IN PERSON.' SECRET SOCIETY ISN'T ABOUT THE VIOLENCE EITHER NO DRUGS AND NOT A LOT OF PROFANITY AT THE SAME TIME WERE HITTIN YA'LL WIT KNOWLEDGE AND ENTERTAINMENT,'RA SAYS. 'BASICALLY , I WANT TO SEE EVERYTHING. I ONLY LIVE ONE LIFE SO IT'S LIKE WHY NOT ENJOY IT? DO WHAT I CAN DO SEE WHAT I CAN SEE, LEARN WHAT I CAN LEARN AND MEET LOTS OF PEOPLE,' RA PLANS TO ACHIEVE MANY GOALS FROM HIS FUTURE TRAVELS. WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT SECRET SOCIETY IN THE NEAR FUTURE. RA SHINES, 'COME SEE US JUNE 27,1999 AT THE AFRICAN FESTIVAL,RESERVOIR PARK-HARRISBURG,PA.' WRITTEN BY DAISHA 'DAIWU'HUNTER PEACE TO ALL....$$ to contact us you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.