It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Today's show will leave you On the Verge of An Ass Whippin thanks to new music by Son of Bazerk, Mega Ran, Homeboy Sandman, Blueprint and more! Send feedback to @RapReviews on this episode! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode. This show is co-sponsored by BlackTreeMusic.com and can be found there every Thursday.
* Son of Bazerk - On the Verge of An Ass Whippin
* Blueprint f/ Angelica Lee - Never Grow Old
* Scheme - Grown Man Smoke
* Random (Mega Ran) f/ Homeboy Sandman - Faculty Lounge
* Nick Nemesis - Young N Gettin It
* Famoso f/ Shabaam Sahdeeq, Whosane - Me Myself & Music (Remix)
* Slice - Hands Up
[Editor's note: For those who were unaware, I was nominated for the second year in a row in the Best Photographer category. I didn't win, but perhaps I'll be lucky enough to make the ballot again next year]
Last Sunday, the 7th annual Ohio Hip Hop Awards & Music Conference wrapped up an entire weekend filled with entertainment and pertinent information for those wishing to take their careers in the music industry to the next level with their main event award show at the Aladdin Shrine Center.
Although all the nominees are Ohio-based, attendees traveled from places as far away as Florida and New York to attend the show honoring the biggest and brightest in Ohio hip hop and entertainment.
Each year, the pomp and circumstance associated with the event seems to grow larger and larger. This time around was no different. Every single inch of the Aladdin Shrine Center's 24,024 square foot ballroom was put to good use. Vendor and sponsor booths lined the walls, selling their goods and distributing promotional materials to any and all interested parties in attendance.
Just outside the doors of the ballroom, the red carpet experience was in full effect as several nominees and their guests made their way inside of the venue. From the more outlandish outfits like sparkling dog collars and chains to the more traditional black suit and tie, it seemed as if everyone was out to make some sort of statement.
Inside, the show began promptly as Headkrack of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show read the winners of the Red Carpet Awards. This included awards for Best B-Boy and Best Photographer among others. Due to a scheduling conflict, Headkrack had to leave prematurely in order to make a flight, but Cuntry stepped in to fill the void, joining Power 107.5's Misty Jordan to host the remainder of the show.
Rap/rock hybrid, Audio Engine kicked the show off in high octane fashion before turning the stage over to the founders of the Ohio Hip Hop Awards & Music Conference. Although Garbs Infinite was missing in action, D. Lorand Jackson, Derrick McKenzie and Quincy Taylor welcomed the audience to the show, thanking them for their attendance and support throughout the entire weekend of events.
Performances from the likes of Pay Per Flave and Lolah Brown were certainly highlights of the show's first half, as Flave came equipped with his own entourage of spirited backup dancers and Brown owned every inch of the stage. In a display of just how far the show has come since its inception seven years ago, some winners made acceptance speeches via video, as was the case with Kim Joyce and Fly Union, who took home the hardware for Best Female Vocalist and Best Group respectively.
As DJ Steph Floss accepted his award for Best Club DJ, the King of Clubs was flanked by supporters and stepped up to the microphone to deliver a message to all of his fellow DJs which was to stop allowing promoters to pay DJs less than they are worth (if they pay at all).
The trio of Bloodshot kept the energy of the show going with their performance and the plethora of models on stage provided just the right backdrop for Frank Benji's "D*mn She Bad."
After performances by Bedroc and JayMel, Columbus' own Qnemisis exploded onto the stage with just about every Columbus-based artist in attendance right by his side. The sign of solidarity amongst Columbus emcees would repeat itself once more during a performance by Rikk Reighn and Raindrop.
The show began to wind down as Ray Jr. rocked the stage and had a few choice words for the rule about keeping the performances squeaky clean before going through a medley of his hits including the winner for Best Video, "Sloppy."
As with every year thus far, the majority of the awards handed out at this year's Ohio Hip Hop Awards ceremony are based on a public vote. However, a handful of awards are decided by the OHHA Board. This year, Lifetime Achievement Award winners were J. Rawls and Joe Little of the Rude Boys. The Business and Music Executives of the Year were Alonzo Mitchell III and Daniel Ivans respectively. Chris Powell was the recipient of the Daymon Mumford Hip Hop Humanitarian Award for his S.T.A.R.S. Program.
There are plenty of good people working both behind the scenes and on the front lines to ensure that each year the Ohio Hip Hop Awards & Music Conference is the best that it can be. The Ohio-shaped plaques are nice, but the weekend is about more than that. Education and enlightenment are points that are stressed almost to the point of ad nauseum, but they are important to note.
There will always be detractors as far as the Awards are concerned. There are often gripes about who was nominated and who wasn't, but its a hard job to try and whittle down so many deserving artists into a group of ten nominees. Some have even gone as far to insinuate that some people have paid for their awards in advance. Others feel that it's nothing more than a mere popularity contest and that there should be a panel of some sort assembled to select the winners.
It doesn't look like that will be on the horizon anytime soon, but the Board has already begun discussing their plans for next year and focusing on how to make next year's conference weekend even bigger and brighter than this one.
Once just youngers in the grime scene, RASCALS (formerly know as Lil’ Rascals) have come a long way down the music road. The group, made up of MCs Shizz, Tempz, Merkz and singer, Kay Willz, are now signed to EMI and are on a new leg of their adventure. A few weeks back, they had us all going Ape Shit, now RASCALS have dropped What's Going Down, the second track off the new mixtape, The Launch Volume 2 which will be available for free download via SB.TV (Oct 4th 2012). Support has already been flooding in from the likes of Max (Choice FM), DJ Target, Cameo, Mistajam (1Xtra), Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe.
Once just youngers in the grime scene, RASCALS (formerly know as Lil’ Rascals) have come a long way down the music road. The group, made up of MCs Shizz, Tempz, Merkz and singer, Kay Willz, are now signed to EMI and are on a new leg of their adventure. A few weeks back, they had us all going Ape Shit, now RASCALS have dropped What's Going Down, the second track off the new mixtape, The Launch Volume 2 which will be available for free download via SB.TV (Oct 4th 2012). Support has already been flooding in from the likes of Max (Choice FM), DJ Target, Cameo, Mistajam (1Xtra), Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe
Kai Joseph Williams, better known to listeners as KAi Sky Walker, is a Canadian vocalist born on September 30th 1989. KAi originates from the Burnaby area of Vancouver, British Columbia. He began recording music at the age of 16, and in 2008, at 18, he released his first mixtape, entitled A Day in the Life. A 21 track, self-engineered project, surprising listeners with his crafty word play and versatility; Moving 1500 units out of his backpack in a few months, KAi began to carve his own niche locally.
Scheme continues releasing music before his upcoming project with DJ Scend. The project is titled Pesos Turn to Dollars and it will be a mixture of both English and Spanish songs from Scheme. For now enjoy Grown Man Smoke which is a song Scheme recorded recently over production by SRNC's own The Analyst. Expect more music and visuals in the upcoming weeks. Videos for La Clika, The Dive, Stay (Remake) and more are underway. Pesos Turn To Dollars - Coming Soon.
Rich. E Rheu Announces 10-11-12 Release of "Yellow Tape" + US and Canadian Tour Dates
Baltimore, MD – October 1 , 2012 – Cash Community has announced an official release date of October 11, 2012 for headliner Rich.E Rheu’s sixth offering to the masses, “Yellow Tape,” in addition to fall tour dates in the US and Canada.
Rich.E Rheu’s interesting metaphors, picture-painting lyrics and vivid references to his hometown of Baltimore have resulted in the rapper’s acclaim in his native city, where he has experienced a series of successful performances. From his performances at Memphis on Main Street, Sonar, and Club Reality in Baltimore, he has spread his lyrics to clubs in Washington DC and New York – culminating as the opening act for R&B singer Miguel at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania to a crowd of over 1000.
“Yellow Tape” will be available via datpiff.com, as well as select blogs. Cash Community and Rheu, with the release of “Yellow Tape,” will be taking the performer’s music and brand to the next level with the announcement of tour dates along the eastern US and ending in Toronto, Canada:
• Atlanta October 11-13
• North Carolina October 20
• Virginia November 3
• Tampa, Florida November 9-11
• Toronto, Canada December 7-9
Rheu’s music has been featured on livemixtapes.com (where he experienced 20,000 to 100,000 views), datpiff.com and DMVJams.com (where he was the DMV Artist of the Day in February 2011). Over 40 different blogs and websites ranging from patisdope.com to streetscrack.com and thaproducesection.com have featured Rheu’s work to date.
Rheu’s music videos, trailers and interviews can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/cashtv100 - of note is the video for “Count It Up,” from the album Black Card, which garnered over 11,000 views, and the trailer for “Yellow Tape,” which features appearances by D Boi, Freck Billionaire, Starrz and Tru Rast.
From South Central, California, Vortx Of Distorsun present their debut Children Of The Sun. A pretty mysterious release. I was passed a copy of it by a friend not long ago with nothing else but a solid recommendation. Not much information is found on the back cover, and it seems not much opinion of it exists online either.