Vallejo Emcee Moe Green Puts New Spin On Favorite From Nostalgia, Ultra
Critical Praise for Moe Green:
"With a prize like Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match under his belt, be prepared to see Green go the distance." - PopMatters.com
Selected as a member of 106 KMEL's (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.
With the Lion Heart EP nearing completion and the full length LP To Whom It May Concern slotted for release later this year, to say the Vallejo, CA representative Moe Green is keeping busy is an understatement. More fittingly, Green is swimming in a sea of ambition trying to keep his head above water. Hence the reason the young emcee felt the urge to remix “Swim Good,” a song from Frank Ocean’s recently released Nostalgia, Ultra album. “Man, the original was so powerful because to me it sounded like he was facing some problems that he wasn’t ready to handle” say’s Green on why he picked the track to remix. “I been through that and am still in that position in life.”
Flipping the track, Moe keeps the original beat and chorus in tact for "Swim Great," crafting his own similarly-themed and introspective verses, matching Ocean's turbulent crooning in an ode to endurance for those in need of encouragement. Reflecting on turmoil as he makes progress and faces setbacks in music and life, Moe raps, "To be honest, the man in the mirror scaring me/ Can't say my parents did a bad job preparing me... Real life struck to hard, I couldn't even blink/ Felt I had no other choice but to sink in ink/ Describe my life minus the pride, ni**a, this is me."
The rap game is overflowing with aspiring new MCs, all crammed into a single ring fighting for that lone heavyweight title. One particular competitor who has fully dedicated himself to the good fight is 22-year old Moe Green from Vallejo, California. His forthcoming debut album, Rocky Maivia: Non Title Match, is titled after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's first professional ring name and perfectly embodies Moe place in today's hip-hop circuit - the newcomer who is one day going to hold the championship belt. Like any fighter, years of training, dedication, and discipline are required to claim the top spot. Moe has been training for this his entire life. Having competed in speech and poetry meets growing up, Moe found himself genuinely attracted to the creative freedom music imparts early in his life, even writing rhymes in kindergarten with his childhood best friend and E-40's son, Droop-E. Listeners of Rocky Maiva can expect to hear tales from a young man from a hard hit city trying to find his way in the world the best he can. On growing from Rocky Maivia to one day standing amongst the greats, Moe says, "I need to win a couple belts first. I have to prove that I have the skill to do that and this album is like my wrestling debut." And so, the journey begins.
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Moke & Tone, the two man hip-hop consortium consisting of the Cali-born, Bronx-bred Mokeout of Hardtimes Records and the MA-based Tone of The Problemaddicts, get set to release their debut lp Shot Heard Round The World next Tuesday (4.12) through their Mystika Music imprint. In promotion of next week's release, the duo is pleased to present the album's second single, "Destiny", produced by !llmind.
Long Beach, CA - To watch Monsta's latest video, "Wesperado's ft. Yukmouth and Ganxsta Ridd" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAiwLeQmQy4&feature=related (41, 859 plays on YouTube) is to be transported back to the West Coast's rap hay days of the 90's - and it's a wild trip. Truth be told, Monsta has been rhyming with Yuk and fellow Regime members since the early 2000's - just watch Yuk tell it in this introduction video clip - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3SGT2M4iNY&feature=channel_video_title - but that is not his only Hip Hop legacy; he is also nephew to the infamous Boo Yaa Tribe. Anyone unfamiliar should pick up his recently released EP "Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself" which features some of his best material with Yukmouth and Techn9ne from back in their Rap-A-Lot days.
If you are thinking, "why all the re-hashing?", well, Monsta will be releasing his debut solo album, "Pacific Coast Highway" on April 12th on Dawn Raid/SMC Recordings/Fontana with brand new material featuring Jacka, Huslah, Masspike Miles, Hell Rell and of course, Yukmouth and Boo Yaa Tribe.
Gangsta, right? Well, Monsta does have a softer side too, believe it or not. Just watch this ode to his Mother, "This Is Love ft. J Boog", a single that was recently certified RIANZ Gold, if you don't believe me - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTCqNRcIxQE&feature=relmfu (227, 624 plays on YouTube)
"Pacific Coast Highway" is anything but a rehash. It is the culmination of the past 10 years on Monsta's musical journey beginning as a Mexican/Samoan child growing up in the church, to growing up as a teenager in the violent streets of Carson City and Long Beach, CA.
Take a roadtrip with Monsta along the Pacific Coast Highway - April 12th, 2011!
This is the first single off the Ritchie Valens project titled "La Bamba: The Ritchie Valens EP" comin out May 13th. Project is produced entirely by Mute out of Phoenix, AZ and the name of this song is "Ritchie's View". Here is the bandcamp link for it man! http://mrmiranda.bandcamp.com/
Rhyming over industry beats is too easy for Gees Extortion so he decided to take it back a little and take a flow not many emcees can duplicate. That said, check out his freestyle over Eric B. & Rakim's "Know the Ledge" from the cult classic movie Juice.
Cyclonious comes with another heavyweight video from his latest release 'The Warrior & The BlackSmith'. Cyclonious returns with his second installment of 2011, 'The Warrior & the Blacksmith', that is set to continue the fire that 'Escape to Reality' ignited. Cyclonious is a very focused and talented songwriter and performer and over the last couple of years he has cemented himself in the UK scene by releasing quality product on a frequent basis. Here Cyclonious teams up with the internationally acclaimed French Producer '42nd Chamber - Shaolin Beatmaker'. Here the duo have cleverly cut & crafted a hard hitting, intense, ear drum bursting, thunderous nine track EP that is destined to get the recognition that it deserves.
In January 2011 seasoned Boston based emcee CYCLONE released a mixtape titled "Life Behind Bars Vol.1". Hosted by Wally Sparks it featured the single "Authentic" (which had artists Chilla Jones, Germ Ghee, and J.C.I.T.Y.) as well as "Pushing/Shoving" (featured Scoe & Magnum and Wally Sparks). To help continue building a buzz around the mixtape, CYCLONE returns with another single "Ain't In U" featuring his protege Dezzy Bird & Smyly and produced by MaggBeatz.
East St. Louis freshman Nic Paper's rocking debut video "Cash It Or Plastic" cracks incredible 200,000 views on YouTube.
"Cash It Or Plastic" is the stunning title track from the East St. Louis youngster's street album of the same name, hosted by turntable heavyweight DJ Teknikz, which is now available at www.nicpaper.com and www.livemixtapes.com, via Atlanta-based production company Chartcontrol.
The critically acclaimed debut effort is a musically-rich work that showcases Nic Paper’s originalist style while breaking new sonic ground with his “pretty boy thug” appeal, rebellious nature, and special magnetic charm.