On Thin Ice Records presents Boston emcee Boycott Blues' music video for "iNEED", the new single from iMERICAN BOY: The Hungrrr Games Vol. 1. The song features fellow Massachusetts representative Reks, was produced by NYC beatsmith Potent George, and was shot by Think Forward Media. Blues dropped the Clinton Sparks-hosted R.I.P. City Mixtape in 2009, following up the same year with his solo debut album Irony featuring contributions from Consequence and Insight. iMERICAN BOY marks Blues' third release this year, alongside the DeeJay Nestle Quick-hosted Duck My Sick Mixtape and the Discipline EP. iMERICAN BOY features Edo G, Qupid The Sticky Mama, EzDread, Lucky Dice and Beantown Bricks. Blues describes "iNEED" as "a social commentary on the vices that influence the urban community and the culture of Hip Hop."
Welcome to the new week everyone. Last week really strange for me as it was filled with some incredible highs and lows that happened in quick succession. On Thursday night Kevin Pereira, who I've interviewed and have a great deal of respect for, left G4 and his position as host of Attack of the Show. I wish him nothing but the best, but turning my TV on at 7pm will never be the same. On the flipside, Johan Santana pitched the Mets' first no hitter in team history on Friday night, and it truly doesn't get much better than that.
Hopefully you'll consider everything I have for you in this week's update as a Johan Santana-esque high. I have three interviews for your reading pleasure starting w/ my Q&A w/ former Antigone Rising lead singer Cassidy, who now goes by the stage name Bohème. I also have a fun interview with Cobi Mike of the Boston based band Gentlemen Hall, and a discussion about party oriented rap music with Miami's FYAH. Pop Shots is all new and especially snarky, and this week's Vid Pick is something very Christian Slater oriented from Bubble Geese.
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Bohème’s Got A Brand New Bag - Soulful Pop Singer Blazes Her Own Path
What’s in a name? For Bohème (pronounced bo-em), a heck of a lot.
The former lead singer for the band Antigone Rising can’t go by her real name, Cassidy, because a certain “I’m a Hustla” rapper has already made it famous, so when she decided to leave her band in 2008 she had to come up with something new. It’s actually kind of appropriate being that she entered a new stage in her career, has a new soulful musical vision, and a fresh outlook on life.
So Bohème it was, and still is, and big things are happening for her. The video for her new single, “Blind Spot,” hit VH1.com, and throughout June she has a Tuesday night residency at The Mint in LA. Before she hit the stage there, however, she sat down with me and revealed some of the craziness sharing her name with a rapper brought on, how her solo effort, Follow The Freedom, differs from the music she made as a member of Antigone Rising, and the unique aspect of old school rock n roll she misses the most.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from the plethora of American Idol news that includes happenings involving their new winner, two old winners, a judge, and two former contestants, to an attempt at a unique musical milestone, to an artist that totally wants to get you into bed, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
Partying is universal. Everyone likes to do it, even if we don’t all define “party” in the same way. The Miami duo FYAH recognized this, and when they released their single “Party,” the video for it became an instant hit, racking up over 200,000 views on YouTube.
FYAH consists of lifelong friends B-Wick and Krispy Keem (pictured Left to Right), and over the Memorial Day weekend they were all over Miami helping people have fun, performing at numerous clubs, a car show, and as a part of a large radio station event at Sun Life Stadium. Currently, FYAH are prepping their next mixtape, as well as an official album, and they’re booking shows for a trip to Canada. Somehow, in the midst of this busy schedule of performing and recording, B-Wick and Krispy Keem found the time to sit down with me to discuss their decision to embrace a more pop oriented version of hip-hop rather than one of hip-hop’s other subgenres, how a contest radically altered their career, and what the nightlife in Miami is like in even the most unassuming of bars.
Guitars, synths, and even a flute all play a part in the unique sound of the Boston based band Gentlemen Hall. Armed with two lead vocalists, the group has the ability to keep a crowd energized for hours, which is exactly what they did on their recent US tour. In the midst of that tour, I caught up with one of the group’s lead singers/guitarists, Cobi Mike, to find out more about the band, why they loved rocking MIT frat parties, and how they continue to find new ways to incorporate so many instruments and sounds into each of their songs. Cobi also filled me in on what people can expect from their latest effort, the six song EP When We All Disappear, and why people should rush to their site to download it for free.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #176 is New Ish I Like (Commercial Free Show). Host Steve 'Flash' Juon kicks off the summer season with a commercial free episode PACKED with music from V!rtu, Kool Keith, Illmaculate, J.Rhodes and more! Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or @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.
Video: @ChazRaps on Eyedea, Jersey Shore, Hangar 18 & More!
Acclaimed hip-hop artist and "Freestyle Friday" guru Chaz Kangas joined us for an interview to promote his album "A Personal Reference" (free at http://chazkangas.bandcamp.com/ to download) and talk about various topics including (but not limited to) how influential Eyedea was as an artist, how Eyedea's career paralleled Eminem's, working with artists like Hangar 18, Mac Lethal and Homeboy Sandman on "A Personal Reference," and the unique tie to Jersey Shore his album has!
Video: Big Krit, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier & More Define a Freestyle
http://VladTV.com - Some of hip-hop's most influential performers, including Big Krit, 9th Wonder, Phonte, David Banner and DJ Premier attended the Red Bull's "Emsee Freestyle Battle," where they revealed their definition of a freestyle.
ILLUS is currently recording a new album and you can pre-order your copy exclusively through Kickstarter at http://kck.st/pFSO66
This video features a live mural painting by ILLUS in his son's room and features the title track- Family First which is produced by and features ILL BILL. The song was also co-produced by the legendary DJ Johnny Juice from Public Enemy, who also supplies all of the cuts on the album.
Artist: Rising Sun Quest, Produced by Dirt E. Dutch Song: I'll Rhyme Now Album: "Audiowear" by Elasticbrand Directed by: Arjen Noordeman, Elasticbrand DP: Steve Dassas Mastered by Eric Bassriel of Little Ax Media