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Entries in Hip Hop / Rap (23)
The concept of fusing real Chicago Blues with Rap/Hip-‐Hop had been brewing in his head for a few years. He met Eve on the set of the movie, “Barber Shop.’’ She offered to get involved in the project, but a fateful meeting with Aerosmith, Kid Rock and Run-‐DMC on September 14th at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in 2002 changed everything. “Jam Master Jay took the idea seriously,” says Brooks. “He liked the idea so much he wanted me to come to New York to work on it. That’s when I knew I was onto something big.”
Ever since he started rapping back in ‘05, MesAyah has focused on the listeners and provided them with something new. He wants to evoke feelings and thoughts both on a personal and collective level, and let the audience get more out of the lyrics when giving them another listen. MesAyah has an artistic approach, allowing the listener to interpret his music in their own way rather than adopting his beliefs.
Husain Abdullah Karim professionally known as H.A.K is a man of many talents. Before he ever laid down a song the California born emcee was knocking down quarterbacks on the gridiron. Karim earned academic and athletic all-conference honors from the Atlantic-10 (University of New Hampshire) as a linebacker. Though he received several looks from NFL Scouts he decided to follow his heart and turn all his energy to his true love— music.
21-year-old Antione “Shye” Pearson has always had a way with words but it wasn’t until 2009 that he decided to turn his rap dreams into reality.
Raised in the South Suburbs of Chicago, Shye first made noise in February of 2010 with his first official mixtape, Shutup Rollup & Ride. The tape hosted by DJ Ill Will and DJ Rampage (Omarion’s official DJ) has amassed 40,000+ digital downloads and counting. The effort was featured on various popular websites including www.hotnewhiphop.com, www.datpiff.com, www.livemixtapes.com, and www.mixtapetorrent.com.
Most listeners have never heard or seen anything quite like the Buddy Love Project. The California native mixes hip-hop, pop, rock and dance music into a special fusion he calls Future Disco.
Brian Eno once said “It’s not the destination that matters. It’s the change of scene.” Toronto transplants The Movement Fam never had to hear the message; they live it every day. The Melbourne natives sold practically everything they owned last year and moved themselves to Toronto in search of the dream of sharing their “Soul Hop” music with the world.
Diggs’ straight forward, crystal clear delivery is a throwback to when hip-hop was more authentic but is still relevant to today’s landscape. When you listen to a Traum Diggs song you get humor, pain, social commentary and real raw lyricism all wrapped up in one package. “I’m an autobiographical emcee,” says Diggs. “My raps are my life.”
There is something refreshingly honest about emcee’s that choose to forego stage monikers and use their given names instead. Artists like Tupac, Andre (3000), Kanye West and Nas(ir) Jones have all bared their soles through music and that is exactly what 26-year-old emcee Michael Trudell Miller aims to do with his craft.
Rap Star 50 Cent took notice after hearing P-Wonda go hard on the classic “Stick You if You Stunt” record. 50 tried to sign the talented young lyricist, but P-Wonda stayed loyal to his independent label and family Othaz Records. Now free and clear of all legal woes, Othaz Records and P-Wonda’s management company Monalis360 are eager to get his music to the masses and introduce the world to the “Middle East” movement; the rap scene that’s making noise in The Carolinas, Virginias and surrounding regions.
Goldishack Guerrillas is a band on a mission: In a country where a culture of war has become business as usual, the Guerrillas fight back with a raucous mix of hip hop, guitars and political will to bring a message louder than any television.
Young Baltimore native John Regan has spent the past twenty-four months collaborating with musical talents Marsha Ambrosius, Joell Ortiz, Nottz, Needlz, 88-Keys and others to record his solo debut album “Sorry I’m Late”. John is looking to combine his knowledge of new media with old-school attention to quality and detail. He uses the twelve track project to discuss his often-rocky marriage, his aspirations, the close people he’s lost, and dealing with his daughter’s life-threatening seizures.
Gangstagrass, was just nominated for an Emmy for the theme song of the hit FX series: Justified. The show stars award winning actor Timothy Olyphant and features the song “Long Hard Times to Come”, written exclusively for the show by Gangstagrass!
Sometimes you just know what has to be done and you can’t put it off any longer. History has to be made and there is no other way to do it than to just jump in the deep end and start swimming.
“Everything But the Girl,” [was] released as a single last year, garnering radio airplay from nearly a dozen Quebec outlets. That remains his greatest bid for potential mainstream success, with a robust, upfront rap, retro New York freestyle production, swirling harmonies and a keen message that “A lot of things I already got—except a girl who I love, and is really hot.”
- Cortney Harding, Billboard Discoveries
(Written & Produced by Mistuh)
Debut track off the upcoming mixtape “The Return Of The Real” due out late August 2010.
It may have seemed like a lofty goal for an independent rapper to get Lil Scrappy and Iam of Soul Mafia on his first single. Not for Mike Petrone, whose breakthrough record “Crank It” is heating up the streets of his native Atlanta on the strength of spitfire verses and an insanely catchy hook.
Unknown or as he is simply called ”Un” has been dedicated to music since his youth.Today,Unknown the Universal Element is looking to expand his music worldwide. He does not censor his music or alter his sound for anyone;it is all about integrity.
Not one-dimensional in the least, Un is an artist that doesn’t limit himself to boundaries or specific topics. He comes from the heart when he enters the vocal booth.
This is the part where Trishna spills her life story! Nah just playin, but really, it all started when she was 7, when she started singing and performing. The first song she technically ever sang was “Day-Oh (The Banana Boat Song)” by Harry Belafonte when she was 2, but no one wants to count their first step towards stardom in diapers and a plastic guitar. Since her childhood, singing songs and expressing herself on stage was Trishna’s way of “writing in a journal and telling stories and parts of myself in every song I sang”. She also started writing poems and songs at a very young age, weaving her thoughts into stories that could one day be put to melodies. She has branched out since then, performing in front of many different crowds. “From the beginning I have been inspired by a range of genres and challenged myself to learn innovative and new styles of singing.” Now Trishna sings all types of music, from hip-hop and pop to classical and modern Hindi music to rock, R&B and the list goes on. She has been trained in Western classical and Hindustani classical music. Trishna can also speak English, Spanish,Hindi, and Tulu, and she can sing in those languages, as well as German, Italian, and Irish.