With approximately eight days before showtime, Richardine acquired an official SXSW music showcase. Before that moment, Richardine reached out to many recording artists to play the show, once led by her and her partners. She was in charge of handling publicity for the company and artist outreach for the event. Richardine’s showcase will serve as the tenth year anniversary of GrungeCake, her media company. Dailymotion is also a presenter.
Ahead of his first (official) SXSW performance, Lil Bizzy released the video for his standout track, “Bizzy’s in the House.” In an email to Lakin Starling, he expressed:
“When I was listening to ‘Thuggish Ruggish Bone’ by my dad and his band, Tasha (Shatasha Williams), who sung the hook, thoroughly inspired me to put on for my city,” Bizzy explained to The FADER. “I know the world has heard it, but it’s a big song in Cleveland. It took me back to the 90s. That’s what inspired me.”
“As far as the video goes, I told my producer Rashad ‘I wanna keep it simple, but creative.’ We shot it in Cleveland. When you listen to it, you have to think about Cleveland.”
— The FADER (@thefader) March 7, 2017
During his successful press run in New York City, ShaqIsDope visited Beats 1 to sit and play music for Karlie Hustle. Hustle critiqued the rising star’s unreleased project. ShaqIsDope also visited BET, XXL, REVOLT, and more. There will be more to come from that sitting. In the meantime, stream the latest by the Toronto musician on his SoundCloud.
“Shamelessly self-assured, the eager emcee puts in work while rapping about the tough-minded approach he took to success. Although he emulates Pusha T’s infamous grunt — and even drops a notable album title in his punchline — ShaqIsDope holds his own: over woozy production, his nimble flow sounds captivatingly effortless.” — Lakin Starling
In February, The FADER premiered “King Push” for Toronto-native rapper ShaqIsDope.
In an email to Lakin Starling, Shaq stated he is “a big fan of Pusha T.” In the summertime, the two were booked to play the same festival, but [the promoters] canceled. “I wanted to pay homage to him through a record.”
— The FADER (@thefader) February 7, 2017
Back in July, Shawn Setaro published his interview with !llmind in an episode of The Cipher Show. It is the first interview where the legendary producer breaks down his creative process, revisits his past, and talks about what’s to come for himself and his creative hub, Roseville Music Group. Visit The Cipher Show’s website to hear the full episode.
Over the weekend, Forbes published an article with !llmind which details how he helps aspiring artists in the producer community, the importance of networking, running multiple businesses and more. Be on the lookout for another !llmind interview with Shawn Setaro for The Cipher Show podcast. Available on July 25. Visit the Forbes website to read the full story.
“I don’t want nobody near me with no type of drama. The only drama I want is Naomi Campbell.” — Russell Simmons
On Thursday morning, HipHopDX published an exclusive interview with the legendary former radio personality, Cipha Sounds about what he’s been up to since his departure from New York City’s Hot97, in which he talks about his involvement with a new teenage Latin collective of rappers called “Dem Boyz From The Wood”. In addition, Cipha sheds light on his stand up comedy career, he details his deal with Roc Nation and more. Kindly visit the prestigious entertainment website for the full story and watch an exclusive video, which documents the group’s road to success featuring their mentors (Cipha Sounds & DJ Drewski of The Mvmnt).