Sunday, April 6, 2014

Live With Prince Po #AnimalSerum

If you are a true HipHop head, like myself, you know who "Organized Konfusion" is... 
Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch (Queens, NY repping) made up the 2 man group, that was one of the most respected and highly acclaimed underground groups of the late 1990's. Originally called "Simply II Positive MCs", later changing their name to "Organized Konfusion" on the advice of Def Jam's Russell Simmons, had a slow start in their early career. Eventually signing a deal with the label "Hollywood BASIC", Organized Konfusion released their first full-length self-titled album in 1991. The single "Walk Into The Sun" peaked at #15 on the Hot Rap Singles charts. Their 2nd album "Stress: The Extinction Agenda" released in 1994, featuring childhood friend, O.C. and Tribe Called Quest's "Q-Tip", was more widely acclaimed, with the stand-out single "Stray Bullet".  After several years of featuring on other projects, Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch released their 3rd album, "The Equinox", in 1997. The concept-based album received less critical acclaim, yet charted higher on the Billboard than the previous 2 albums. 

Wanting to preserve the name built for their group, the duo parted in the late 90's. Prince Po focused on his own company of artists and Pharoahe Monch branched out as a solo artist. Since then, both MCs have released solo albums, the most current for Prince Po being "Animal Serum" with features from Monch, O.C., Sadat X and Production by Oh No (Stones Throw Records, credits Gangrene, The Alchemist, MadLib, Mos Def). The album reached #1 on National College Radio charts and has received high reviews from HipHop based blogsites and reviewers. A definite must have for us true "hiphopheads"! 

Check out the "just released" video from Animal Serum..."SMASH" featuring O.C. and Pharoahe Monch...

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@Princepo (Twitter)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kaze "Young Jordan" Feat. Fluent & Ease

Since I'm asked on the regular "What's Kaze up to?" let me give you all an update. After moving to the West Coast last year and leaving his mark, Kaze came back to North Carolina to handle some business. He is currently set up at Bull City Sound Studio in Durham working on new music, scheduled for a Summer 2014 release, and building his SOTC (Sound Of The Culture) Independent label with fellow emcee Fluent. Fluent recently released "Hustle Till I'm Ballin" featuring Nipsey Hussle and has tracks with Joe Budden and Action Bronson on deck. 

Some of you may have been seeing Kaze appearing on "My Carolina Today" (NBC17) with Valonda Calloway. Kaze has been invited to be the guest host twice a month for their "On The Map" segment, focusing on Arts & Entertainment events going on in the area. 

Kaze is keeping all lanes open for the future with plans to continue connecting with other music and entertainment markets, focusing on L.A., New York and Atlanta. Stay tuned for this Summer's new sounds from the meantime, Press Play on this new "Young Jordan" track, featuring Chapel Hill artists Fluent and Ease...

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@BlackKennedy (Twitter)
@kaze4letters (IG)

Lil Bob "120"

Daniel "Lil Bob" Thompson is a D.C. native currently residing in Durham, North Carolina. As a member of the local Realer Music Group, Lil Bob has been lighting stages up both with the collective and as a solo artist. You can't just "be" in the crowd when Lil Bob is rocking, he draws you in and encourages your crowd participation! 

"120" is the 1st single from his upcoming project "FYAH" (Forever Young Ambitious & Humble). There's an electronic sound lacing this track with BARS!! 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wreck-N-Crew: "Vanity" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

For as long as I've been hearing and watching Durham, North Carolina duo, Wreck-N-Crew (Freshman & Trie), I've never been disappointed! 2AM: Alcohol & Music 2 sets us fans up for another wave of creative visuals, dope lyricism and instrumentally soul-laced production. This visual for "Vanity" features dancer Dominque Perry who captivates us with graceful moves, then hits us with a lil twerk action. Production credit goes to in-house producer Groove for this track. The full project consists of production by emcee/producer Trie Cartier, The C.O.M.Posers, Ty B. Rude and Laphelle. Freshman and Trie bring a refreshing flow with every track on this project. This is a great representation of the talent among North Carolina HipHop. 

Visuals for "Vanity" by Devon Jackson...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Descendent (The MC)

It's always an honor to watch an emcee grow and embrace his/her talent. Ira "Descendent" Bond is one of those emcee's from the Raleigh/Durham area that has continually grown into his craft. He has used advice from mentor's such as Chaundon (Justus League) to find himself in his music and has set personal goals to use his words to inspire those who listen, especially the generations coming up behind him, to believe in their own dreams and to use the tools that God gave them to accomplish whatever they set their minds on. 

Descendent learned from his father and uncle's to really pay attention to the lyrics in songs because there's a story behind every artist that can be heard in their rhymes. He feeds off that knowledge when he writes his own verses and you can hear his story through every line he spits. He is currently working on a new project titled "Road To Greatness: Journey Of A Lost Soul" due to release end of April 2014. Watch for it! "I just want to make good music for the people to spread the truth. Hear my heart, feel my pain! Hopefully you will like what you hear and continue to support me." Descendent

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@descendentMC (Twitter)
@descendentmc (Instagram)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

King F.A.M.E. "Jay Bilas...Gotta Go To Work" Release Party

King F.A.M.E. has been in steady work mode for the past...well, forever! With new music being created and a powerful team backing him, the future looks nothing but bright for this up and coming Durham, North Carolina based Artist. His newest single titled "Jay Bilas (Gotta Go To Work)" is set to release on April 7th, 2014, with a preview Release Party being held at Flashback's in Raleigh this coming Sunday, March 30th, 2014. Official release to DJ's and media will be on April 7th. The song's title refers to former Duke star player and current ESPN analyst, Jay Bilas, who begins each day with a post on his Twitter quoting a Young Jeezy lyric and hashtagging #GottaGoToWork These tweets are a daily motivator for F.A.M.E.

The Release Party will be the 1st stop on King F.A.M.E.'s "Gotta Go To Work Tour" scheduled this year, ending in September 2014. To keep posted on future dates and locations on the tour, follow King F.A.M.E. on Twitter, Instagram and his official website 

"Jay Bilas" will be included on King F.A.M.E.'s full length project "Crown Ruler" (no release date set as of yet). 

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@iamkingfame (Twitter/IG)

Friday, March 21, 2014

"Hardcore" by The Jake feat. Sonyae & Jordan

Okay, so I'm a few days late on's hard to catch everything, but this is something I definitely had to share! I'm very familiar with The Jake from his work with one of my North Carolina favorites, J.Gunn. Jacob Hirata was raised in a military family, whose travels introduced him to a variety of music genre's. What he noticed was music all shared one common element that stuck with The Jake, "Good music makes you feel something" and that's what the goal behind his music make you "feel" something, whether good or bad, through his music. 

Sonyae is an instant favorite to anyone that hears her. Still a newcomer to the scene, but she hasn't wasted any time showing what talent she has to offer to HipHop. Also laying bars on this track is Ohio emcee Jordan. "Hardcore" is the 1st single from The Jake's upcoming Mixtape titled "The Black Hibiscus Tape".

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Seven Da Pantha "Showtime" Feat. Britney Nicole

Seven Da Pantha, one half of the HipHop group "Fallen Anghellz" is a Winston-Salem, North Carolina native. "If the revolution had a voice and expressed itself over dope beats, it would be Seven Da Pantha" Even though his music career has evolved through different names, the flow and lyrical knowledge he shares on the mic is undeniable. Seven has hit the stage with KRS ONE, The Roots, De La Soul and Queen Latifah. Also check out his latest release "Halo Graphik" on Bandcamp...

Video shot at Freedom Expression Tunnel on NC State University campus. Cypher held there every Monday night, 11pm, rain, shine, snow, emcees fill the spot!

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@pantha_politix (IG)
Organeyezd Grind  (Management)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ghostdog "Ghost Recon" EP

Ghostdog aka Derek Thomas, a staple in the Hip Hop scene and community of the RDU area of North Carolina, dropped his "Ghost Recon EP" in my email a few days ago. After sitting down and listening to the project, I have to say it had me wanting more...Even though some of the tracks were too short, the bars are there and if your a gamer, you will appreciate the skits throughout the project! Production credits go to Sampai (from a crew called Nouveau Souflee' out of France), Doc Verbz, Manifest Beats, Crafsmen and Cap (outta Florida). 

Ghostdog carries the flow of Old School emcee's and stays true to the HipHop Culture in every sense. This EP is available for free download at 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fluent ft. Nipsey Hussle "Hustle Till I'm Ballin"

Fluent drops another banger without much of a build up, but like his most recent project release, "Retro Future", it worked!! This time he's pulled in Independent rapper, Nipsey Hussle, most recently known for his "Crenshaw" Mixtape release and tour. Production on this track is credited to notable Producer J. Cardim (extensive work history with artists Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Akon, Joe Budden, Cassidy, Wale, Talib Kweli and Dr Dre, as well as many others). 

After deciding against signing to a major label last year, due to wanting creative freedom of his music, Nipsey Hussle has been busy re-releasing his previous music and touring to promote both his "Crenshaw" Mixtape and his upcoming release of "Victory Lap". 

Fluent is an Ohio native, Chapel Hill, North Carolina resident. He has worked with Royce 5'9, SpaceGhost Purrp, North Carolina artists Kaze and Jozeemo. Fluent has a gift of rocking on beats that compliment his style and flow. Definitely add this to your playlist...

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@retro_flu (Instagram)