Makeba Mooncycle

Makeba Mooncycle

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I nicknamed my music "Life Music" I feel that people are more intune when they can relate to your passion and have some understanding of who you are. I am just a regular person who loves to express herself through song.


From her beginnings in dance to her recent entries into the worlds of music, television, publishing, and multimedia, Makeba Mooncycle continues to break the boundaries of conventional wisdom and further solidify her role as the navigator of the hip hop culture.

Her artistic journey began while she was a teenager working as a house dancer for clubs such as the Sound Factory and the Underground. “I was dancing at the Soundfactory one night, Linque came up to me and she introduced me to X-Clan and the rest is history.”

In 1990, the Hip Hop generation was introduced to a new era of music with rap group X-Clan. Known for its Afrocentrism, the sound of funk, culture and Brooklyn-style lyrics, X-Clan gained fame for the controversy its music aroused, rubbing against the grain of negative lyrics and ego tripping poetics. Makeba recorded background vocals on the group’s debut album To the East Blackwards, released in 1990 on Island Records. The album peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Charts in the United States.

Since then, Makeba’s performed on tours overseas, featured on hit singles, put out three solo albums, and written and recorded songs for herself and a host of other artists. In 1993 she was featured on the first leg of Janet Jackson’s Janet Tour. That same year she performed with MC Lyte on rap duo Kriss Kross’ Missed the Bus Tour, followed by the FESTAM Tour of West Africa in Dakar, Senegal in 1998. In addition to the Blackwatch Tour of the early 90s, Makeba has done several spot dates and venues all over the United States. Armed only with a distribution deal from Orpheus/EMI, Makeba quickly built a loyal fanbase and saw a string of releases throughout the 90s and early in the new millennium. She is currently writing a book based on her experiences on the road.

Makeba’s catalogue of music includes the singles Lunchroom Classics, a duet with Talib Kweli from the compilation album Tags of the Time, Food For Thought with Lone Catalyst, Crazy Love, a European release with Nona Hendryx, and Fire, a posse cut with Royal Fam and Timbo King off of Wu Tang Records. In 2002, Makeba dropped her solo album, Bare Essentials, an independent release that sold over 7,000 copies on the streets, and quickly followed that up with the album Earth Power Balance and the Internet release Throw Back Classics.

Born Pamela Wilder in Atlanta, Georgia, Makeba started her own management company, Must Maintain Entertainment in 1994, and served as a consultant for various artists such as Common Sense, Talib Kweli, AZ, Channel Live, P Funk, and The Rose Family. Before founding Must Maintain Entertainment, Makeba ran Duke da Moon management, a joint venture with MC Lyte in 1993. She’s since lent her voice to television, doing voice-overs for an Italian Adidas commercial that featured artist Johnny Kemp and the late Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, and two Sugar Golden Crisps commercials. Makeba also recorded and performed the theme song for BET Comic View’s 10th anniversary show, and appeared on the PBS television series Between the Lions.

Makeba never resting is presently involved with a wide variety of personal ventures. One being her rock band Moonstruck. Secondly, her alter ego, comic book inspired artist Mistress Doom is set to debut at the comic book convention this year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Whether it's LPs, EPs, verses, or beats, Makeba Mooncycle is poised to deliver what the people desire most - products that are trend-defining, engaging, and blazing hot. She resides in Brooklyn, New York City.


My Way

Written By: Pamela Wilder

I'm Blinded slipping into darkness wanting to know where your heart is
This is the godess all for protection putting answers to your questions
Feeling my way is just an expression of me
Just like my son Just like my seed
Taking whats mine is this a form of greed
Or is it just a form of my neccesity
I'm fearsome with a little scandalism
And I can careless about the criticisim
I'm more constructive rotate and reflect
The future will bring the destruction of the projects
Feeling my way will make you other than yourself
Still insecure with your status and your wealth
Opinions set me free
I dont have to front I can just be me
How many times must I right to be nice
And how many times must my heart pay the price
not the one too be soft spoken
I'm already broken
Not the one to be awe struck
Your shit out of luck
Might be known for chin checking
I might wreckin
You have thoughts of platnium I have thoughts of souls
Reaching within so whats your ultimate goal
To be the petistool or the statue
To be the one who stares or the one who gets at you
I'm Just!

Feeling my way through the jungle of the streets
Feeling my way through thoughts reality
Feeling my way its just a matter of time
Feeling my way through the rhythm and the rhyme

Feeling my way is just an opportune time for me to chill
Sit around in a cypher with my people and just build
Complete with emotion mad affection
Not knowing where it will stop and what direction
some get mad at this emaculate conception
And some get happy with my ultimate perfection
I stay humble and say I still climbing
But on my way there I'm still shining
Like the brightest star exposing the truth
To a corrupt child at the prime of his youth
Yo Makeba Mooncycle a self potrait
Of love surrounded by hate in a peach orchard
No understanding of me and my plot
But I'm a give homage some might say salot
Oh I forgot to say you must keep it real
Hiding behind a fake face with no deal
Never about sex always about the text
I confess I never sleep or take a rest
Get the message I perfess to be the best
While yawl remain clones of the unnatural
I keep it my way which makes me the factual
I structure my rhymes which make me the tactacul
Not caught up at all Im still practical
While you sit and plot on how to take me down
Wondering why and should we still hate her now
I speak the truth my way my roots
I close my eyes no open poof
Be Gone!


Makeba Mooncycle
Song Name Album Name Performed With Label Year It Was Released

Hard Copy Ain't No Other MC Lyte Atlantic 1994/1995
Blue J Blur Out 12 in" Lin Que Ruffhouse Records 1994/1995
This Is It 12 in" Lin Que Ruffhouse Records 1994/1995
Desert Storm Remix Fat Beats and BraStraps Rhino Records 1998
We Can't Be Touched Five Deadly Venom Mixtape Sunz of Man/Tony Touch Ray Rolls 1998
Lunchroom Classics Tags of the Time 4.0 featuring Talib Kweli Mary Joy Recordings 1999
Ahhh cassette single featuring Coins Friendly Fee Music
Judgement Day The Gibbous featuring Holy Smokes BUKA Entertainment 2000
Food For Thought The Gibbous featuring J Sands BUKA Entertainment 2000
High Plains Drifter The Gibbous BUKA Entertainment 2000
Fire Fire/The Legacy 12" Royal Fam/Timbo King Wu Tang Records 2001
BET Comic View 10th Anniversary Theme song Cash BET 2001
Doin Ya Thang Saviors Day Sunz of Man Rivera Entertainment 2002
Crazy Love N/A Nona Hendryx N/A
Bare Essentials Street Album Release 7,000 sold on streets Godz Inc./Must Maintain Ent./Music Freedom Alliance 2002
Earth Power Street & Internet E.P. 3,000 sold in streets Amuru Records 2004
Balance Street & Internet Album 1,500 on streets Godz Inc/Must Maintain Ent./Music Freedom Alliance 2004/rerelease 2006
Throw Back Classics Internet Release Various Artists Godz Inc/Must Maintain Ent./Music Freedom Alliance 2005
What Yawl All Should Know! Produced by M Dot
Released on Compilation La Familia Vol. #1 2006
POINTS Produced by DJ Scratch
Released on Compilation La Familia Vol. #1 2006
Wheremy People At! featuring NLZ produced by Jon Abrams for NLZ & NPLAYZ N-Destrucktable
Live It featuring Big Kev & Makeba Mooncycle for the album The Black Box artist NLZ
Add On NLZ ft Venomous, Drupe & Makeba Mooncycle off of the album Black Box
The Conqueror NLZ ft. Dox, S.I. & Makeba Mooncycle
Analyze This NLZ ft Buddah Monk & Makeba Mooncycle
For Real ft NLZ ft Vintage & Makeba Mooncycle
Whut's Real Remix NLZ ft. Vintage & Makeba Mooncycle

Set List

I like to build up and research the audience and age group.
I then put together about 5 - 7 songs some full length some about 2 min. I also like to ask in the middle if anyone has any request.
No covers.