Their current position and push into the masses is the product of five years of steady grinding. Since the release of their acclaimed Buy This LP in 2005, M.E.D. has spent time building their reputation across Michigan. They've opened up for Twista, D12, Paul Wall, One Be Lo, and Brand Nubian, and promote all of their shows heavily, wearing the leather off their Jordans, as Anagram likes to say. But its their unique backgrounds that ultimately create the groups bond, initially forged in high school. Levelheaded and driven, Anagram is a product of vocally-trained parents; for L-C.I.D., his mothers love of Motown and his fathers jazz collection provided him the foundation for a completely unique style of rhyming. Mic Smiths own journey went from literature to poetry to finally hip-hop, but hed been a fan since 4 years old, and hes captures why exactly M.E.D. is the right group at the right time for a hip-hop culture in search of balance:The group is known for their wildly eclectic visual tastes, turning out videos like the tongue-in-cheek anthem Charlie Brown to the poppy and hook-driven Money which has garnered them close to 800,000 plays on YouTube and a spot on Oklahoma Citys New Years Eve party stage in 2006.
They’ve flirted with the idea of releasing a video mixtape in 2010 to introduce themselves to the world officially, but as of July 2010, are concentrating on pushing their single Where Did The Night Go (produced by Thaddiuos Dixon) locally to radio and on the web. With support from J-Rocc at Mobb North and their new relationship with April Shaharah Woodard at Focal Point Media, theyre looking to reach the same audiences as Detroits other big independent names: Royce Da 59, Slum Village, Danny Brown and Black Milk, to name a few, and still stand on their own two.Armed with a unique sound and a fully supportive team in place, M.E.D. is ready to arrive on the big stage and know full well what it'll take to get there. In turn, they only ask one thing of their supporters, and its delivered with a little humor but loud on conviction: Do You!
Out of Toronto, Canada comes The Works. A mash up of vinyl purism and culinary experimentation, the group cement their ideals with the release of their new track “Crate Bugz Anthem.” Emcee G Roc explains “This song is dedicated to record collectors everywhere as well as our crew, who are called The Crate Bugz.” The song is a preview of their debut album “Prep Time” which will drop March 29th - available at http://theworkshiphop.tumblr.com/ - and is made up of sampled beats purely taken from vinyl sources.
G Roc who established his name with his former project Golden Disciples, made waves with their Full-length 2008’s “Discipline Hearts” (which guested U.S. emcees Insight (Y Society), Oddisee of Low Budget, Braille and Dagha). Of the album Alternative Press said “Discipline hearts is reminiscent of 90s underground hip hop, it’s gritty and raw but quite catchy at the same time.” RapReviews.com echoed the sentiment saying the album was “a union of unconventional hip hop and powerful lyricism to show what Canadian hip hop is capable of.”
Picking up where Golden Disciples left off G Roc has teamed up with Producer Richie Betz as well as DJ Mikey Smalls as The Works. The group initially formed when Betz engineered a session for Golden Disciples at a recording studio And Roc and Betz discovered their shared love of classic breaks and culinary experimentation.
What can you expect from the Prep Time album? Listeners will be immersed in the tastes and smells of G Roc’s “kitchen”. Crate Bugz will create images of a 3-course meal; seasoned with G Rocs refreshingly ripe lyricism and a plethora of classic boom bap beats courtesy of Richie Betz that will make this meal Zagat rated.
Here are two new ones from Jackie-O off her forthcoming tape.
Jackie-O will be releasing her "Strait From The Underground" Mixtape this Monday alongside DJ Bobby Black. This time around, Miami's #1 Diva represents for the ladies on "Make It Rain", the remix to the hit record of the same title by Travis Porter. I''ve also included Jackie-O's remake to "Black & Yellow" alongside Wiz Khalifa & T-Pain.
"Make It Rain (Ladies Remix)" (with Travis Porter)