Best of the Rest: 10 New Jersey Rappers To Watch In 2014

Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles, Independent | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

What The Game Is Missing ArtworkFor the past four years I have publicized what I believe to be some of the best unheard rappers in New Jersey. The lack of attention these artists receive is beyond frustrating. Recently, I took time to celebrate five emcees leading New Jersey’s new wave of hip hop talent. As we begin the ninth day of the new year I decided to compile another list of more New Jersey-based rappers you should know about. These 10 unsung lyricist can rap their asses off, enjoy.

1. Apollo The Great (Camden, NJ): Apollo’s quick, razor sharp delivery has MTV and major hip hop blogs such as 2 Dope Boyz buzzing. His last album Hennessey Diaries did well on the iTunes charts, and his latest single entitled, “Rio de Janeiro” will likely have a similar result. Listen to “This Is Life”

2. MoShadee (Newark, NJ): When he’s not touring in France, he’s home in New Jersey recording great hip-hop or spinning records from his extensive vinyl collection. His album Perfect Hand Off with producer Creestal saw international success in 2013. Listen to “D A L U V”

3. Solo For Dolo (Asbury Park, NJ): New Jersey hip hop veteran Solo For Dolo released his Back to Basics EP on Christmas day. The EP is the beginning of better things to come, especially with Action Bronson’s producing pal, Don Producci in his back pocket. Listen to “Golden”

4. Vasco (Hackensack, NJ): Following his unbelievable performance at the 2013 Garden State Hip Hop Cypher and June release of his Tentacles mixtape, Vasco went completely under the radar. Since then, he’s inked a deal with Dead Poets Society and plans to drop new music soon. Listen to “Love/Hate”

5. Ja Money (Asbury Park, NJ): Normally, when you hear “Greetings from Asbury Park” most people think of the boardwalk with an ocean view. However, emerging rapper Ja Money speaks for the side of town that is not so endearing. His album Throne Life is quality street music that had people throughout the shore in a frenzy. We should expect more of the same output this year. Listen to “Dead Presidents”

6. LoveMovie1080p (Long Branch, NJ): After nearly winning a competition to appear on a BET reality show, LoveMovie1080p has high expectations for 2014. He’s trimmed his signature dreadlocks, but the power was not in his hair, because he is still rapping his ass off. With more steadfast management and a new deal with an Atlanta-based booking agency, LoveMovie’s brand has potential to reach a greater audience. Listen to “Fast Life”

7. New Jersey Rebels (Krash Battle, The Kusher, Nah Marley) (Rahway, NJ): Collectively, these guys are not to be fucked with. But in 2013, both Krash Battle and The Kusher released solo projects. Although both releases were quietly successful, a new full-length New Jersey Rebels album would be dope. Listen to “Jrugs Rock N Roll”

8. Joe College (Neptune, NJ): Arm, leg, leg, arm, head Joe College is god bodied, especially on the microphone. His cool and calm demeanor, coupled with, a rhyming style reminiscent to 90’s hip-hop makes him a prospect with real potential. Listen to “My Life”

9. ADH (North Brunswick, NJ): This smooth, vibrant soul makes infectious rap songs appealing to the male and female hip-hop fan. His 2LV (live, laugh, vibe) philosophy makes him an easy rapper to root for. Listen to “The New Woman”

10. SiRMOORE (Paterson, NJ): With a blend of conscious hip-hop and alternative R&B, some would say SiRMOORE is the birth child of Common and Erykah Badu. In an era when the moral compass is becoming extinct, MOORE’s uplifting lyrics are a blessing to the hip-hop community. Listen to “selfLOVE”




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