Nametag grew up in Detroit’s east, west, and north sides, constantly being shuffled around with his mother to avoid repercussions of his father’s drug addiction. He dealt with the familial struggles and nomadic lifestyle by burying himself into his notebook, penning lyrics about his experiences and drawing inspiration from legends like Rakim. He quickly became the latest member of a family chockfull of R&B and gospel vocalists, rhyming with his friends and relatives such as his cousins, Black Milk and Black Beethoven and he got involved in Detroit’s hip-hop history early, and in a big way: his first placement was on Slum Village’s ‘Dirty District Vol. 1’ compilation.
Swollen Members Revisit Their Early Days In "Almost Famous"
"Our concept for 'Almost Famous' was really quite simple yet very effective. We shot at my favorite local neighborhood pub with each of us playing a role in the restaurant. We show the early days when we were struggling to solidify our music career while still grinding through a 9-5," said Prevail. "I'm really proud of the concept and the final product looks like a short film."
Audio: Punchline f/ Fokis & The 17th "Dream Chasing"
Punchline blesses us with a fresh new cut entitled "Dream Chasing" which features Fokis & The 17th with additional vocals by Asha & the amazing Niyah on the hook. “Dream Chasing” was produced by D. Slaps and Recorded & Mixed by Fokeezy @ Krystal Clear Recordings.
In honor of Chief Keef's release from jail, A$AP Ferg tore down the South By Nice Kicks stage performing his new single "Work" in his "Free Sosa" tee from Hood By Air in Austin during SXSW. The energy was crazy! Press play to check it out above, America.
Just wanted to hit you up with the latest video from CR-Blacks' "Reality Through My Words" mixtape which dropped via SB.TV back in January. This is one of my favourites from the tape and got a great set of visuals shot by Stay Hungry (who has previously done stuff for Piff Gang, Catch'Em and ItsNate) which received a premiere from WeAreSME earlier this week.
Queen's (New York) own Verse Essential returns with the follow up to his well received 'Ingenious' album, his latest offering, 'Freedom Is Mine' is a project for the purist. Having previously worked with underground mainstays such as Access Immortal, Jukstapose, Sadat X, Godilla, as well as sharing stages with Naughty By Nature, Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill. Verse Essential is bringing heads some of that authentic, nonconformist Hip-Hop, something the genre has been severely lacking of late.
Hope you've all had a great week! Last month I hit you guys with the official video for the 1st single off of Medicine Filled Candy titled "Icons" which was my 1st solo video ever. At midnight I just released my 2nd video ever titled "Bad To The Bone", which is the 2nd single off of MFC. The track is produced by Qu'ality. He also shot & edited the video while I directed it myself. The video was world premiered by the good folks at The Tapedeck. "Icons" was your medicine. "Bad To The Bone" is your candy!
Hexs and Miranda aka Hexsagon and Mr. Miranda are back and richer than ever since they are now pushing a Benz, well, not really haha take a listen to this pretend story of the 2 of them living the life in a luxury vehicle for 1 day! This is their sophomore single to their upcoming project" The H & M EP" set to release this summer!!
Track number 15 on ...one rifle per family. was produced by Karman, a high school youth who honed his skills as a student of Sessions LA - a youth and student workshop series that DJ Phatrick helped develop in the Historic Filipinotown district of Los Angeles. Karman has since found his own voice as an experimental Hip Hop producer with a very unique sound.