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  • Shooting Stars in Boston

    By. CheckThisArtist.com staff

    The Boston music scene lost yet another local artist this month, a casualty to hip-hop jealousy.

    Close to 1 A.M. on Wednesday, February 17, Dedham, Mass. Native Scott “Prettyboii Shankz” Drake was gunned down following his performance at City Limits nightclub on Main Street in downtown Randolph. In the hours following his murder, the 23-year old emerging rapper was lauded on social media by friends and fans alike for both his work ethic and professionalism in the hip-hop game.

    A friend, who would like to remain anonymous, said “[Drake] was a great person at heart, always making people laugh.” A suspect in the killing was apprehended later Wednesday morning and was arraigned in Quincy Court the following day. The Norfolk County District Attorney’s office stated the shooting is believed to be a “contained incident”. Today, in his honor, CheckThisArtist.com we’ll shed some light on his musical legacy left behind. R.I.P. PrettyBoii Shankz.

     

     

    Hip-Hop Lives On 

    Since the shooting death of area rapper Jamie Lee, A.K.A. Roc Dukati, on March, 2, 2011 following his performance at Underbar on Tremont street in downtown Boston, the hip-hop community and scene has grown rapidly for local rappers, but with their rise comes the increase of those looking to hamper their plans.

    It’s this type of person that gunned down Roc Dukati several years ago and Shankz this past week. And rather than let the haters dull their shine, CheckThisArtist.com would like to remember both for who they are and the artistry they put into their craft. So follow along as we represent their legacy and let their music speak for them. 

     

     

     

     

    Shankz "YOUNG SIMBA" FT. DJ SLAYER, MR.KEYZ

     

    Roc Dukati "HOW YA LIVING"

     

     

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  • Antonio Breez - The Convocation of Antonio Breez

    Now Available!

    iTunes • Amazon • Google Play • Spotify • Tidal

     

     

    Preview The Convocation of Antonio Breez Album

    The Convocation of Antonio Breez' is the culmination of years of hard work and passion from the Boston wordsmith, Antonio Breez. A proper debut album, it touches on a number of topics while bringing the listener into the world of an artist you won’t soon forget.

    The up-and-coming spitter spends the 16 tracks on here chronicling every facet of his life, from the shoulder-brushing bars of “Welcome Ceremony,” to the late-night hustler raps of “Can’t Sleep,” and the pure technical display of “Wet,” and its well played Redman sample. But his lyrical autobiography goes beyond insight, touching upon both his work ethic and artistic rise. He also slows things down with sharply written lover-man rhymes on other highlights, especially the album-closer, “She Don’t Want” and “Next To Me” (with the latter paying homage to Common’s classic, “The Light”).

    The majority of the album is handled by producer Kazi Beatz, whose instrumentals range from bouncy, piano-forward R&B (“Successful”) to more modern soundscapes (“My Time”). Elsewhere, Official Stichel delivers sample-based slappers (“Can’t Sleep”), while Magic On The Beats flips nods to J Dilla (“School Love”). Other contributors include Skinny Manolo, DBrown, QuietKept, and Chris Prythm, with Breez pulling it altogether with his shapeshifting flow and confident lyrics.

    For Breez, it all boils down to putting everything out there for whoever’s willing to listen. As he says on the opening track, “Today I stand before Hip-Hop and I walk the ceremony knowing that no semester is guaranteed.” He then humbly recognizes that his potential for success and failure is equal, though those who hear 'The Convocation' will realize there’s no chance for the latter.

    'The Convocation of Antonio Breez' is now available online wherever music is available for stream and download, through Gittuff Entertainment. 90% of all proceeds will be donated towards Team Jade’s Be The Match donation fundraiser, in her fight against leukemia. *Click here If you’d like to contribute directly: bit.ly/20f6SHV

     

     
     
     
    Video: “You Ain’t Hot”/“Exodus"
     
     
    In promotion of Breez's debut effort, the Bostonian worsdsmith delivers a fresh new video for both "You Ain't Hot" and "Exodus." The slick visuals center on the young rapper’s lyrics and style as he puts on for his city by repping the Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics, he spits clever lines like “Your Taco Bell flow got you n*as way past gas,” along with a series of tongue-twisting, double-time rhymes.

    Stylistically, the video goes beyond what Breez is wearing on screen. The first half, “You Ain't Hot,” which recently debuted on Shade 45, is shot to mimic like you're watching an old-school rap video on VHS. That is, of course, before it switches to shots of Breez posted up in front of an all-black SUV.

     

    Antonio Breez Online: 
    • Twitter: twitter.com/AntonioBreez
    • Facebook: www.facebook.com/antoniobreez 
    • Website: www.gittuff.com
    • YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/AntonioBreezVEVO           
    • SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/antoniobreez

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    Jordel Sanchez (Chance)

    317.289.2413

    IG: iamchance617
    IG: Gittuffent
    Twt: Gittuffent

    WWW.GITTUFF.COM

    GITTUFF MANAGEMENT
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  • The Haitian Legend Singer and Rapper Jamecy "Black Alex" Pierre Dies At 39.

    On Friday November 13th 2015 at 9:00am, the Haitian famous rapper and singer aka Black Alex was pronounce dead in Haiti. Alex was born on October 16 1976 and passed away at 39 years old from tuberculosis. He was a former member of the well known group called King Posse and later branch out to his own as a solo artist and in the past has done features on songs with many well known artist such as elephant man.

    Haiti lost another great individual. Black was loved by so many for his contribution in society and in the Haitian music industry. Former group members and fans all over the world pays tribute today to remember Black Alex. Please spread the love and share this beautiful tribute to Black. 

    Black we love and you will never be forgotten R.I.P

    Black Alex when he was with King Posse

     

     

    Black Alex when he went Solo

     

     

    "Drug" was a song Black Alex's wrote on how he would never touch drugs again. He left that lifestyle and wanted to share this tribute to encourage others to follow and change to a healthier lifestyle. For those who didn't know Black accepted God as his lord and savior. He changed his life around and become a believer. 

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Joyner the new school artist with old school features

    First I would like to Thank Joyner Lucas for making my first interview casual and enjoyable. By the end of the interview I felt like I actually knew him. He was down to earth, funny, and definitely charismatic. I can’t lie though, before the interview even started I was extremely nervous. I hadn’t really heard Joyner speak much and he was on his phone majority of the time. I didn’t really get to feel him out beforehand *PAUSE*. But once the interview started he wiped the crust out of his eyes and began to open up.

    But Joyner was a pleasant surprise. Its always nice to meet an artist who is just as comfortbale within themselves as they appear to be online.  Joyner is passionate about his music. I would definitely describe him as a triple threat. He does it all, the acting, directing, the music. He's definitely an artist that shouldn't be slept on. Joyner takes his business extremely serious and he demands to be apart of the creative process. He's not afraid of a challenge and he wont wait on anyone to go out and get what he wants, he will go out and take it himself.

    -@justaskloulou

    Stay tuned for my interview exclusives on checkthisartist.com.

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  • Who is Joyner Lucas?

    Who is Joyner Lucas? 
     
    The Worcester, Massachusetts native, who by the looks of it has every hip-hop fan in The Bay State talking about him, became the first Mass. artist to spit at the B.E.T Awards cypher last night. 
     
    He more than represented for his city. His flow put a stamp on the B.E.T cypher in front of 12 million TV viewers. The talent he's offering has a future in the hip-hop world. It's a long time coming for Mass. to get some play in the game and Joyner Lucas has got the ball in his court. His latest cd release titled "Along Came Joyner" is available to buy off of his website
     
    Share this article if you think Joyner Lucas did better then the other cypher candidates.
     
     
     
    We're glad to see a unsigned artist progress. 

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