Video: Mike Zombie, “Cash Money”

Posted: February 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Articles, Independent, Producers, Videos | Tags: , | No Comments » Rapper/Producer Mike Zombie releases the first music video off his debut album, Rebel Without A Cause. The videos ambiance is the perfect background for an artist with great potential, check it out. Read more

Kahli, “La La”

Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles, Independent | Tags: , | No Comments » Kahli is a rapper and producer from Camden, NJ that recently dropped a self-produced cut with plenty of bass entitled “La La.” The song is filled with care-free energy as Kahli alternates between spitting and crooning with the help of a female vocalist. Kahli finds a balance between his own sound with a touch of mainstream influence on “La La.” All in all, this song is definitely worth adding to your on the way to the club playlist. Expect the official music video to this song, as well as Read more

Kenny, Live at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia

Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles, Events, Independent | Tags: | No Comments » Photos by: Yinka Soda This past Friday, Kenneth “Kenny” Sullivan, renowned Philadelphia rapper, producer, and performer extraordinaire, officially released his self-titled mixtape, KENNY, a 14-track project that takes listeners on a nostalgic journey through his ascent toward greatness. This well-composed artist, raised just outside of Philly, in Cheltenham, has used the studio and the stage to bring an unmatched influence to the City of Brotherly Love and other artists, through his music. Read more

Lil Boosie: The Unlikely Hero

Posted: March 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles | Tags: | No Comments » On March 5 Torrence Hatcher, aka Lil’ Boosie was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he had been serving an eight-year sentence on drug charges. The announcement created a social media spectacle. Fans, artists, and industry shot-callers rejoiced. Many provided words of encouragement, while others simply relayed the great news. The celebration struck a nerve with me. “Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty, Boosie is free at last #LilBoosie,” tweeted Read more

A Thru Z: A Beginner’s Guide to Jersey Shore Hip-Hop

Posted: January 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles | Tags: | No Comments » For decades, hip-hop music and culture had a place at the Jersey Shore. For me, it began in 1997 on the streets of Asbury Park, where the now-infamous “Greek Fest” was held. It would later evolve to the Eatontown Roller Rink; a venue forever immortalized for its “Teen Night” parties. It was a place where black youth (now in their early-mid 20’s) would rejoice to whatever was popping in rap at that time. As years progressed, the Jersey Shore became increasingly uninterested in appealing Read more

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

Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles, Independent | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment » For 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 Read more

Five New Jersey Rappers You Should Be Listening To Right Now

Posted: December 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Articles | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments » For decades, New Jersey rappers have observed the ongoing success attained by many New York City-based artists. Throughout the early-mid 1990’s, New Jersey and its cross-town rival were parallel within the hip-hop community.  Anchored by artists like Redman, Notorious B.I.G., Naughty by Nature and the Wu-Tang Clan both regions were tri-state powerhouses. Redman and Method Man exemplified this on their 1999 Grammy award winning single, “Da Rockwilder”. However, as the new millennium approached, Read more

New Jersey Live At Fly Standards

Posted: October 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Articles | Tags: , | 1 Comment » On September 28, Garden State Hip-Hop held its second hip-hop concert ever. Friends, family, and random rap enthusiast filled the Fly Standards clothing store anxious for the night’s festivities to begin. Most spectators eased their anticipation by engaging in casual conversations while gripping red plastic cups filled with beer.  As more new and familiar faces walked into the venue, the show was set to begin. Absolute Carnegie Recording Company artist Dane the Beautiful Monster took the Read more

Gone Solo: A Conversation with Jay Solo

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Articles, Independent | Tags: , | No Comments » Gone Solo Story by: Shah A. (@ThaShah) The past year and a half has proven to be a groundbreaking time for independent R&B artist Jay Solo. The up and coming Jersey singing/songwriting sensation has introduced his listeners to several live performances of records off his latest projects. Club Dolce in Elizabeth, New Jersey and Webster Hall in NYC both awaited the unveiling of what Jay would deem to be one of his biggest performances yet! Performing on the same platform where numerous Read more

Who’s The Boss?: Getting Familiar With Canadian Rapper Francesca The Boss

Posted: March 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Articles, Independent, Interviews | Tags: | No Comments » By: Shah A. (@ThaShah) A few years ago, a rapper by the name of Drake took the game and the mix tape scene by storm. Releasing classic projects such as Room for Improvement, Comeback Season, and So Far Gone. Though other artists such as Kardinal Official have brought attention to Canada, Drizzy has done more than carry the torch for his country and has put on for his city like Jeezy and Yeezy by shouting out Toronto every chance he gets. Not only has October's own popped it off for Canada, but the Read more