HipHop & Rap
by Shu Banga Bloggs / 17 ViewsMeet JP Cali Smoov master lyricist and aspiring actor from Los Angeles, California.JP has been making music his entire life and is now ready to take his well-deserved place in the industry.“Music runs in my family. My mom, dad, aunts and uncles were all involved in music whether it was producing, singing, dancing or working in a night club. So I’ve been making music since I started talking.” (Laughing)As a teen JP would burn cd’s of his music on his homie’s computer then take the bus to Venice Beach and sell them for whatever he could get. Talk about dedication.Fast-forward to 2018…he has a catalogue of over 15 mixtapes available for download and is putting the final touches on his upcoming EP, which is set to drop in the winter of 2019.“I work hard and I believe in myself. I don’t have a gimmick. I refuse to succumb to using gimmicks to gain exposure and popularity. I value myself and my music too much for that.”JP’s unique style is a combination of slick word play and clever metaphors mixed with his aggressive, yet inspiring, messages.“My reason for making music has always been to create change and affect the world in a positive way. I always try to teach and incorporate emotional and financial literacy in my songs. I have plenty of records that make you can dance and vibe to, but overall my aim is to make music that touches your soul.”He is touching souls with his music and touching lives in his spare time. JP recently started the “100 Slice Challenge” on his Instagram page @jpcalismoov. He bought 100 slices of pizza from Little Caesar’s and handed them out to the homeless people of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. “I am so grateful for all that I have and I want to do my part to give back to the less fortunate, especially during the holiday season. I encourage other artists to get on board and post their own 100 Slice Challenge.”JP’s musical influences include the legendary PRINCE, Maroon 5 and Sublime, who are his favorite artists along with Snoop Dogg, Mike Posner and Nipsey Hussle.“I feel like my musical swag is a cross between legends like Snoop Dogg and NAS. I like to drop jewels and entertain at the same time. I believe my influence will fill the current void in Hip-Hop.”JP Cali Smoov is a Hip-Hop renaissance man. He writes music, reminiscent of the 90’s when you had to have bars to succeed, has authored a book of poetry titled, “Untold, Unheard, Unwritten“, which is available for purchase on Amazon.com and he is also working on a series of short films while pursuing an acting career.Check out JP Cali Smoov’s latest video, “3 AM“, on the YouTube channel. It’s a great indicator of what to expect from this impressive, young emcee.“My goal is to continue living my dreams and to last in the industry. When you have a gimmick your career fades with the trend, when you rely on your music and natural talent you will have longevity.” Spoken like a true future legend.Twitter/Instagram: @jpcalismoovJP CALI SMOOV YouTube channel:JP CALI SMOOV “3 AM“:JP CALI SMOOV “HBK“:
by Shu Banga Bloggs / 107 Views
Meet new artist Loose Skrewz from Bayshore, Long Island. His style of emcee'ing is reminiscent of the Golden Era of Hip-Hop when emcees actually had to spit bars...not so much these days.
Skrewz is inspired to rhyme by dope beats and thrives off of the constant encouragement from his friends and family. "I want to win for my family, they inspire me. And a good base beat definitely puts me in the mood to write music. Being brought up around different cultures and listening to a wide genre of music heavily influenced my unique style and gave me the courage to express my thoughts through rapping when I had no other outlet."
He prides himself on keeping genuine lyricism alive through his music. "It is my position to make music that Wu Tang, Mobb Deep, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, GangStarr, Redman and EPMD would be proud of. Listening to these great emcees really puts me in the zone and makes me work harder."
Loose Skrewz released his very first EP "White Rhino" with producer/rapper Retrospec last week to rave reviews. It boasts 21 minutes of raw, underground tracks filled with hard bars that have Hip-Hop heads bopping non-stop. He even dropped science in the title of his project...
Historically, this rare mammal, the white rhino, experienced a steady decline in its population caused by uncontrolled hunting. To date there are only 3 white rhinos in existence, they are almost extinct. Is this what's happening to real emcee'ing in Hip-Hop???
"My goal is to leave a staple in Hip-Hop culture and to be known as a genuine emcee who stayed true to the craft." Stay tuned for singles and visuals from the project, "White Rhino", which is currently available on all digital music platforms for your listening pleasure.
Official Link to the EP "White Rhino" Loose Skrewz + Retrospec on iTunes:
by Shu Banga Bloggs / 72 ViewsROX, formerly known as ROX aka Mr. Young Richie Rich, is ready to release the beast. He hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., the home of rap Gods like Jay Z and Fabolous, so you know he’s got some real heat!ROX’s infatuation with music began with his sister, who was a singer. He always admired her talent and wished he was able to belt out notes the way she did. “My momma always told me, ‘You gotta find your passion, singing is hers.’” He took her advice and soon discovered he enjoyed writing music as much as he did listening to his sister sing it.He began to write music whenever he had spare time, first for his sister and then for himself. Becoming an emcee was a natural progression.ROX’s musical palate ranges from classic R&B to Hip-Hop to Rock to Jazz and Alternative. His interest in different genres of music makes him an exceptional song-writer and a great emcee. “I’ve studied the art of writing music for years and I come from a very musical family. Everyone either plays and instrument, sings or raps. I write songs and rap about subjects that people from all walks of life can relate to.”He describes his sound as universal. “My sound is very unique. It will intrigue you and make you want to hear more! My music is very artistic and paints the picture of my struggle. It reflects what I go through.” He greatly admires Swizz Beats, Dr. Dre, Timbaland and Jazzy Pha. “I think I’m growing into more of a producer than a rapper. I truly enjoy making music for other artists and creating their sounds. I’ve been through so much in the industry already. I was signed to Universal Records a few years back and I used to get frustrated when the world didn’t get to hear the music I worked so hard on. It’s cool to be on the other side of the booth.”ROX dropped the "a.k.a. Mr. Richie Rich” off of his name after life forced him to mature. He suffered a devastating blow when his mother lost a three-year battle with cancer. With the support of his wife and family he slowly began the healing process and picked up his pen. “I wrote my entire EP in about one week. I had so much pain and so many things to talk about after my mother passed away.”A former XXL magazine unsigned hype, ROX is anything but a rookie. He’s written over 5,000 songs for himself and other artists. “I plan to do a universal Hip-Hop album and then a Christian album with Gospel/Hip-Hop. I want to give back to GOD because he gave me this talent. HE blessed me with a way to escape bad circumstances and a very rough life.”His ultimate goal is to become a super-producer and business mogul with interests in the fragrance and clothing industries.ROX’s new EP “The Rhythms of My Struggle” is available for streaming on all digital music platforms.Instagram: @RoxIsBrooklyn
by Shu Banga Bloggs / 161 Views
M up-and-coming Queensbridge rapper, JAY ROZAY. For some new artists it takes many years to catch fire in the streets, but not this guy. In less than 2 years his collection of videos on YouTube have amassed more than 400,000 views!
JAY has always loved music, especially Hip-Hop. He started spitting rhymes at only 13 years old and recorded his first song at a studio across the water on Roosevelt Island in 2013.
When asked to describe his exclusive sound, JAY replied, "My sound is hyper, it's immaculate." After watching the videos for tracks like "Blood Money" and "NH2" featuring Kev Dollaz, Paparattzi and Ace Numba Five, I strongly agree. His energy is amazing!
"My music sets itself apart simply because everyone is trying to be like somebody else...I'm just being me. I have my own vision and my own story to tell, a story that will touch the people who listen to me."
Akin to Hip-Hop God and fellow QueensBridge rapper, NAS, he is a young man with exceptional bars and wisdom well beyond his years.
JAY's lyrics express the joy, passion and pains of life and how he perseveres. His ability to bring stories to life with his pen is a welcome change from the redundancy we often hear.
"I'm in a different position, so I can provide a different type of motivation to the youth, you feel me? Kids who are in the same situation as me, kids who don't think they can make it...I will be the one to show them that they can achieve great things." (No wonder Meek Mill is his favorite emcee.)
When he's not in the studio working on new music, you can catch JAY listening to underground rappers KEV DOLLAZ, MALACHI GMN, KeddyStackin and KyHound or more popular acts such as Dave East and NBA YoungBoy.
JAY ROZAY is the new wave! This talented young emcee is quickly raising the standard in this highly competitive rap game.
As he continues to grind out hits and build up his YouTube catalogue, the world (lovers and haters alike) eagerly await his upcoming EP "Who Is You", slated to drop in early 2019.
I can't wait to hear this album! Queens, we got another one.
Official Video for Jay Rozay's "Blood Money":
Official Video for Jay Rozay's "Oochie Wally" remix:
Official Video for Kev Dollaz x Jay Rozay x Paparattzi x Ace Numba Five "NH2":
Official Video Jay Rozay "Bounce Out With That":
by Shu Banga Bloggs / 214 Views
Queens, N.Y. is known for breeding deft lyricists, intelligent hoodlums and prolific narrators...
Introducing new group FISH + BREAD = comprised of UnOrthaDox and Saint Deed.
UnOrthaDox's moniker describes his unconventional style of rap which sets him apart from other emcees. Saint Deed's represents his pure desire to do the good deed of spreading messages through his music.
The name "FISH + BREAD =" aptly references Bible verse Matthew 14:13-21 when Jesus feeds the masses with only five loaves of bread and two pieces of fish.
"Our music is the food that feeds the people. We strive to be the ones who enlighten the masses and change the game. We want to make a way and open doors for everyone."
DEED and ORTHA are childhood friends whose longtime bond has made them family. Both artists were inspired to make music by their older siblings' and cousins' strong ties to 80's Hip-Hop culture.
DEED's older brother was a breakdancer who appeared in the classic film, "Beat Street" and his cousins were graffiti artists and B-boys. "My brother had a denim jacket with 'Beat Street' in graffiti on the back of it from the movie set. It was so dope! I would sneak in his room when he wasn't around and try it on. (laughing)"
ORTHA had three older brothers who DJ'd, rapped and loved Hip-Hop music. One of his brothers, Sekou, even formed a rap group with his friends. "My house was like the studio. They were always at the crib practicing and writing rhymes. They heavily influenced me to make music."
FISH + BREAD = is exactly what the game needs right now...a fresh, authentic sound. "Our music is different. We are unpredictable and original. We don't follow trends. Our music is created from the heart and we don't hide who we are. We want our audience to identify with us as individuals and genuinely enjoy our music."
ORTHA and DEED are inspired by many different genres of music. Some of their favorites include NAS, 2 PAC, Fela Kuti, The Rolling Stones, Curtis Mayfield, SmokeyRobinson and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their diverse taste in music is evident in their sound.
Completely dedicated to their craft, these emcees put their blood, sweat and tears into every track. "We collectively compose, mix, and master our own tracks. We critique each other and send each track through a series of checks before we decide to drop it. We're involved in every aspect of our music from beat selection to production."
FISH + BREAD = recently released their new project "F1CM" (FromOne Came Many). The 7 track EP signifies the "FISH+ BREAD =" mantra and perfectly introduces fans to their dope sound.
FISH + BREAD = are currently touring the metropolitan area promoting "F1CM". You can catch them on the Music Makes Me High Tour tonite Friday, September 14th at SOB's alongside Hip-Hop legends Mr. Cheeks, Royal Flush, Main Source, Positive K, Rah Digga, Brand Nubian, ED OG, Artifacts and Lords of the Underground.
UnOrthaDox and Saint Deed aren't just here to make you dance and bop your head, it goes deeper...
"We are fans of Hip-Hop first. We don't take the legends in the game for granted. We pay homage to those who came before us and emulate their prototype for success. Studying the greats keeps us sharp. Also, we encourage the youth to value themselves. Know that you already possess everything you need to succeed. Believe in yourself and find your purpose...no excuses."