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.
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.
A Photographer is an art form. An art form that has been mastered by a single person with one single camera. Leon Dash Ladies and Gentlemen is a pure photographer at heart, but the way he releases his pictures to the world of Instagram and his personal website is art. Leon Dash is a 23 year old professional photographer based out of NYC.
His primary focus is fashion with a twist of beauty and glamour. If you don't think he's talented, well one of his pictures was placed in the Vogue Magazine. If you take a look at his website you will see what we're talking about. Here are a few pictures from Leon Dash website and Instagram page.
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.
Hip-Hop/Rap is a musical art that is reflective of the artist's life and their experiences. We are fortunate enough to enjoy different styles of music through someone else's ears, so to speak. And once in while there comes along an artist who dares to be original...
KYLE KNIGHT is a lyricist, rapper and producer. His latest project iaptly named, "THE TRUTH", contains three tracks, "Hey Sister", "Addiction" and "The Truth". The lead single, "Hey Sister" deals with the issues women face in society. "Hey Sister" happens to be my favorite track because of the message in it. I feel like I've been writing this song all my life, incorporating different thoughts, experiences and situations women I know have gone through like tough break-ups, domestic abuse and promiscuity into the lyrics of the song. I want this song to impact women in a positive way and remind them that they are respected and loved.", KYLE says. "Addiction" deals with the epidemic of prescription drug abuse among our youth today and "The Truth" speaks about exactly that, the truth about the troubles we face in our communities. He prides himself on using his music to spread knowledge.
KYLE has been around music his entire life. Growing up the son of a music producer, he spent a lot of time in his father's studio. During this time he developed a wonderful ear for music and a passion to create his own. He learned many things about writing, creating and producing music as he watched his father remix and produce tracks for big names in music like Q-TIP, SWV and Public Enemy. By the age of six years old KYLE was already writing lyrics to songs and learning to produce tracks!
All of KYLE's music is original and contains no musical samples or features from other artists. He co-produced all tracks with the help of his father and The Rich Source production team. He draws inspiration for his sound from a broad genre of musical influences including NAS, Michael Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Adele, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Bruno Mars. He describes his music as, "Original, conscious, very lyrical and a lot of fun! My songs are easy to relax and vibe to with a surprise twist...you'll receive a positive message. I enjoy making fun records without offending anyone."
His new, authentic sound is an exciting breath of fresh air! Catch KYLE KNIGHT performingthese songs live at New York City's HARLEM WEEK FESTIVAL on Thursday, August 24, 2017.