Today, IMPOSE published a review written by Andre G about a Washington, DC-based emcee called J Scienide. The journalist wrote about “The Actual Heat LP” saying that the artist “embodies the essence throughout the project, dropping straightforward cipher-stoppers. He takes aim at ‘no talent rappers’ who are on a ‘slave ship’ over ‘Open Letter’s’ smooth bassline, but has enough regard to implore us to ‘be free wit’ ya’ life.’” Read the full story.
“It’s no secret that many feel the electronic music industry is a boys club, so to find an incredibly talented woman of color out here showering us with an output of abstract and intelligently designed beats is not only refreshing but sorely needed,” says Camille Cushman. Read the full story.
— NEST HQ (@NESTHQ) May 25, 2017
Tonight, Okayplayer premiered Hodgie’s new “Caution” video featuring his labelmate Lil Bizzy. On the same day, the Lima, OH-native artist released his latest project, Street Lights. Watch the Khil Datta-directed video on the premiere site.
— Richardine Bartee (@THEYAMS) April 28, 2017
After the release of his latest album, Brooklyn-native rapper ScienZe reached out to me to help with press for the album, “Kind of Dessert.” First to bat is esteemed journalist Andre G’s assessment of the album. Read the full story.
Dessert and Scienze… this is something we can all get behind. https://t.co/BCEbQzZoyD
— Impose Magazine (@ImposeMagazine) April 28, 2017
Today, REVOLT shared the latest CymcoLé record titled, “Gunplay” featuring Rich Homie Quan. Stream the record on the website.
On Thursday around lunchtime, I did a walkthrough with a new singer named Alexis Ayaana at Complex in New York City. During the visit, the Atlanta-based artist talked to the Music Editor. Then, she played music for him; Gave a little background. Currently, Ayaana has a song out with Quavo (Migos) called, “Bad Enough” from her debut EP (Twenty One). We’re all in anticipation of the music video. Stream the song now on SoundCloud.
Today, BEWARE added, “Bizzy’s In The House” to his BEWARE’s Block music column. In his article, the journalist says that Bone Thug member Bizzy Bone’s son is “carrying the torch quite well” and that the clip “should have Cleveland residents pretty pumped for the somewhat surprise emergence of Lil Bizzy.” Read the full story.
At night, Troy Ave hosted a private #SaluteToTheDJs event in New York City at Platinum Sound Recording Studios. Ahead of the release of the controversial street album #Nupac, we invited select media outlets and DJs to hear the album. Read the recap article.
Last night, Troy Ave hosted his #SaluteToTheDJs Appreciation Event in New York City. Huge thanks to all of the media, DJs, and guests who came through by way of my late night/early night text messages. We appreciate you all. #Nupac out today. Check out more photos by @deonvisuals exclusively on @djenuff's @thatsenuff. #PurfekStorm #BSBRecords #TroyAve #Rappers #NewMusic #DopeBoyTroy #Brooklyn
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
In a round-up of February releases, Complex Canada listed Toronto’s own ShaqIsDope’s “King Push” to their list. Journalist Josephine Cruz counts the rapper’s disappointments and hardships as the fuel behind the great track. Read the full story.
— Complex CA (@complex_CA) March 1, 2017