Had to share this video of one of my favorite emcees at the moment, MyVerse, going HAM on Ill V in a battle. I’m sorry, there really was no competition. Much love to VoiceBox Battles.
Just peeped a review of Homeboy Sandman’s latest release and checked out this video too. I admit that I have to make myself more familiar with his music but this song is dope. I like the staccato feel of it and how Homeboy owns his unorthodox flow. It’s a good look all around!
Here’s another video from Hip Hop duo Passalacqua out of Detroit, MI. They were the recipients of funding from the Kresge institute in Detroit and are going to be part of this five-day multidisciplinary celebration in the city celebrating visual, performance and literary artists among many others. Check out the video of Brent and Brian giving a peek into their musical world and all they’re trying to accomplish in Detroit in the video just below.
I’ve commented on Fuze the MC before very, very briefly, but I wanted to post a video in support of him because I think his story is pretty intriguing. After reading the bio that he has posted on his website and getting a bit more information of how he used his computer programming/graphic design skills to get his foot in the door industry-wise, I was impressed and I’m looking to hear much more from this dude in the future. He’s already built up a hell of a following for himself and made the right connections so far, and if he keeps on this path there’s no telling what he can do. Love the sample on the song, by the way!
Every now and then you get taken back to your own personal heyday of when you really got into Hip Hop. That’s what’s just happened with me from Brooklyn artist Yung Menace and his latest mixtape Reality Of It. Menace has lots of samples on here that take it back to the ’90s on some Hip Hop ish, giving a very gritty and pounding feel, unlike much of today’s Hip Hop that’s either leans towards the sides electro-pop or trap rap. Nothing against it, but sometimes you want and NEED to be taken back. Much love to Yung Menace, CollegeDJ.net, MY Publicity and the MCMedia Group. Be sure to check it out and support indie Hip Hop.
Check out this cool little video of a journey all the way from Detroit, MI to Austin, TX with a band of courageous, intrepid indie artists and some of their supporters/friends as they head to SXSW 2013. I got the chance to meet them and they’re really good folks. Although that’s not a surprise since they’re from my hometown. Only bad part is that I missed one of the pop up shows that some of the artists did down in Austin, as well as a house party, but hey, you can’t make it to everything at SXSW. Regardless, get a peek and do your research on the likes of COLD MEN YOUNG, PASSALACQUA, JAMAICA QUEENS and many more doing their thing up in the D.
One thing I think that’s needed in Hip Hop is dissenting voices: those that try to go beyond just what we see on an everyday scale. There are so many different messages out in the world when it comes to Hip Hop music and we don’t always have to hear just what we’re given. When we search for voices that are saying something a little different, we are able to grow. And one of my goals with this blog is to help give exposure to those voices. Here’s one: Tef Poe. I like this video because he’s bold in his beliefs and his statements. Check out what Tef is saying and gain your own perspective.
Ran into these guys at SXSW as well. Had actually had a few phone call and email conversations with them before, but it’s always better to meet in person. And the most impressive part is that they are making some extremely inventive and original Hip Hop coming out of my Hometown of Detroit. Real Talk. Check out the video below if you don’t believe me:
Think I might have posted this one already, but I was able to meet Deniro Farrar at this year’s SXSW and caught his performance at the Viceland stage. Here’s a video for one of my favorites from him, “Days Go By”.
Wanna show love to WHUTUPDOE.COM for putting head up on this show that’s gonna happen at SXSW on March 14. Looking like it’ll be an amazing line up including Skyzoo, Torae, DJ House Shoes, Boldy James, Willie B of TDE, Ro Spit, Black Spade, Red Pill & Hir-O, Jahshua Smith, Scolla and a whole lot more. Check out the official flyer: