by Shu Banga Bloggs / 163 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
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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":
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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."
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Introducing new artist Imaproblem from Queens, N.Y.
Imaproblem always loved Hip-Hop music. He began rapping at age 13, free-styling with his friends in the neighborhood. When he stepped into a battle his name said it all...the competition knew he was going to be a problem.
He is a passionate artist who makes music from the soul. "I'm inspired by the vibes and whatever I'm feeling at the moment so my music has substance." He describes his sound as an harmonic, yet gritty New York sound. "My music is a perfect blend of melodies and hard bars. I've created my own space with this sound."
When he's not in the studio creating new music with his team, DOPE GANG, he vibes out to fellow artists Travis Scott, Tory Lanez, Future and Meek Mill.
Imaproblem is currently working on his upcoming EP, not yet titled. Earlier this summer he dropped his self-titled mixtape "Imaproblem". 13 tracks of raw rap blended with trap beats and melodic hooks. It is available for listening and download on Dat Piff.
The video for his new single, "Blame it on me" ft. Banga debuted on YouTube on August 2nd and it already has over 5,000 views! "I want to make an impact with my music. The market is saturated but I will stand out and become a household name."
Look out for new music from Imaproblem this fall.
Official video for "Blame it on me" ft. Banga:
Official video for "POPPIN'":
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We expect nothing less than greatness when legends collaborate on a track and that's exactly what happens when Queens meets Long Beach on "STARTENDER" by supreme producer DAZ DILLINGER and legendary emcee KI CAPONE.
Oddly enough, DAZ and CAPONE started out as enemies on wax back in 1996 when Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound and the late Nate Dogg dropped the song "N.Y., N.Y." then C-N-N and Tragedy Khadafi fired back with "L.A.,L.A.". Both songs are a part of the historic East Coast/West Coast feud.
It turns out that CAPONE and DAZ have much more in common than a diss record. Each artist was 1/2 of a game-changing rap group (CAPONE of C-N-N and DAZ of Tha Dogg Pound) and both have released solo projects outside of their groups and played multiple roles in their respective camps.
CAPONE served as a primary artist, feature artist, producer, executive producer, engineer and even A&R on over 50 tracks for C-N-N, N.O.R.E., NAS, DragOn, Genius and DJ Clue.
DAZ has rapped on, produced and written many of your favorite hits from 2PAC, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, not to mention stepping in to run Death Row Records when Suge Knight went to jail.
Similarities aside, their differences are what make them a dynamic duo. "STARTENDER", the lead single off of their upcoming collabo album "WANTED", is a bonafide banger!
CAPONE, still the wordsmith, blazes the track with his husky vocals while DAZ' Cali-style bars and the melodic hook smooth out the explosive track produced by Merc Beatz.
"STARTENDER" is now available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms. Go cop that asap!