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: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments » 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: , , , , , | No 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: , | No Comments » 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