How many MC's can you name that have came out of D.C. in the past 5 years? With the exception of Wale, the nation's capital has lacked in rap superstars poised for greatness.
In November of 2012, 20 year old rap artist Keim LeMarc released his debut project, an EP of 10 songs entitled Young & Wreckless, to a well received audience.
Detroit Rapper 20 Twen Drops Debut Mixtape "No Feelings"
Courtesy Yo! PR.
East Detroit rap prodigy 20 Twen starts the new year with his banging and blazing debut mixtape, "No Feelings", with stellar production by super producer 9th Wonder, Kajmir Royale (DMX, Bow Wow, De La Soul), and Johnny Juliano (Wiz Khalifa, T-Pain, Rick Ross), among others.
Spearheaded by 20 Twen's catchy and electrifying lead single, "Ice Cold", showcases why this 28 year old aspiring and much talented rapper, growing up next to J Dilla, and his debut project are a breath of fresh air in the oversaturated urban music market.
"The concept and the title of my freshman mixtape are both built around the idea of 'Don't take it personally'. There are a lot of people that I simply can't deal with on the same level that I once could. The mixtape is also my warning shot to them!" explained Detroit rapper 20 Twen.
Chock full of amazing beats and lyrics, 20 Twen's "No Feelings" is a 19-tracks deep mixtape that refreshes the spirits of Hip-Hop in a way rarely seen lately. Offering something for everyone and every mood, "No Feelings" is the perfect soundtrack to your life. From the beginning to the end, this is more than music!
1. Northern Lights (Intro)
2. Take It Slow
3. About That Life
4. All The Way Live
5. What Happened to you
6. Like Jada Said
7. Soul On Fire
8. No Feelings
9. Gotta Love It
10. Never Be A Better
11. No Rest 4 The Wicked
12. Star Of The Show
13. Grippin Grain
14. Remember Yesterday
15. Dolla Circulate
16. Wake The Dead
17. So Extraordinary
18. Ice Cold
19. Vampire Hourz
Back in 2000 you reviewed an album called Esau: The Debut Album...The Farewell Tour.
You gave it a great review and inspired me to track it down. At the time I had just started writing lyrics and coming from New Zealand and with my own background no one had the slightest interest in what I had to say.
However after hearing Esau I reached out and shared my lyrics he responded with an in-depth email about not only what I had sent him but his thoughts on art and advice on how I should approach it.
This email meant a lot and I stuck to his advice about only making art that I could truly stand behind. Due to my own confidence issues I could not make the leap from writing to performing , I then traveled abroad for 5 years , wrote articles , short stories had a play produced and forgot about hip hop.
Until a year so ago when I knew that a part of me had never left it and I needed to go back it all guns blazing. I have now finished my debut EP.
Below is a verse from another song that is a good representation of what I am about:
"Wind moves dirt , hits shirt wiped off , hands revert clasped before a cross outside bells chime sound lost rain pelts whole city is awash overhead time stops women winds watch with a smart phone goggling world time clock ,. Multi lingual signals in the ether intermingle not a single second out of sight planet watched day and night by a cavalcade of satellites and we all move in flight round our sole source of life burning bright with its brethren infinity of the heavens alpha , omega in natures expression no further in this message any more Id be guessing , So I take a last look then return attention to the here, now , pen to paper as the beat sounds once the inks down cut it to a key in case I get to thinking life begins and ends with me."
After releasing his first single last week, Rockboy K9 drops the first video "Team Dope" off his upcoming project "#EPICJANUARY" which is dropping next week on Valentine's Day. Coming out of Chicago, the rapper/singer/songwriter/producer/engineer seriously does it all himself as he's not only the artist on #EPICJANUARY, but he also produced most of the project and engineered all of it himself. #EPICJANUARY which will also feature fellow Chicago artists Freddie Gibbs, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more.
This is the official, unofficial release of the shelved "Beats N Tetas" - if any of that makes any sense. Peace to the homey Mike Black (www.twitter.com/MikeBlack_), produced the project in its entirety. This got that gritty 90's east coast vibe through out, a must-listen to hip hop heads all over! Why the title "Beats N Tittys" - definitely no disrespect to women, but it's the 2 things I love in life - music and women. Its kind of hard to sugarcoat that but its a raw album for the raw consciousness, no party concepts or molly/lean references included. Please be on the lookout as well next month, 3/15: LoadedPencilzEP
Audio: Endemic f/ Bugsy Da God - The Arrival Freestyle
Courtesy Tom @ No Cure.
Endemic [Duckdown / Money Maker / EMI / No Cure ] brings us a dope new freestyle featuring Bugsy Da God [Napalm Recordings] which is forthcoming on his brand new mixtape "Quarantine". The mixtape features Tragedy Khadafi, Ruste Juxx, Afu Ra, Ill Bill, Bugsy Da God, Hell Razah, Sha Stimuli & many more and is mixed & Cut in style by DJ Furious P.
LOS ANGELES, CA – The independent music collective Knocksteady and rapper Spliff Hemingway have joined together to release the music video for “Mr. Hemingway” the single off of Hemingway’s upcoming collaborative project with producer Duke Westlake entitled “Water the LP”. The video, Hemingway’s first as a solo artist, marks the culmination of over a year of work on the project with Westlake. Westlake and Knocksteady, two well respected names in the Los Angeles music and independent hip hop scene as a whole, are joined by classic scratches from another LA hip hop mainstay, DJ Limegreen. The track strongly represents Hemingway’s smooth delivery and introspective lyrics as well as Westlake’s classic West Coast-style boom bap sound. The video is directed by Knocksteady in-house director Grady Shon.
Casey Veggies (né Casey Jones) may be young but he definitely knows the value of prioritizing. Although this ’90s baby (born July 18, 1993) entered high school with hoop dreams, playing shooting guard for the varsity squad of Inglewood High School’s Sentinels, the Los Angeles native’s interest in rapping soon eclipsed his passion for basketball.
Back in ninth grade, the young MC had been recording songs and posting them on his MySpace page just for fun. But after receiving positive feedback on a few of his early tracks, Casey Veggies began to re-evaluate his relationship with music. “I was just writing and writing but then when I began recording things just started to fall into place,” says the emerging breakout star. “The response I got made me take it more seriously.”
While Casey Veggies originally started out as one of the founding members of the hip-hop supergroup Odd Future (OFWGKTA), he decided to strike out on his own following the release of his first mixtape, 2007’s Customized Greatly Vol. 1, which he dropped at the age of 14. “I just had a different vision for my own rap career,” Veggies says, explaining his decision to go solo. “I wanted to do my own thing.”
With the release of 2009’s Customized Greatly Vol. 2, Veggies not only proved that he had the potential to be more than just another MySpace star, but he also began to work closely with friends Joshton Peas and Anwar Carrots to establish a merchandise and artist management company called PNCINTL, better known as Peas & Carrots International. In an interview with The Madbury Club, the remarkably entrepreneurial teenager demonstrated a strong head for business as he discussed how “strategic sponsorships, limited merchandise, organic partnerships, social presence and influence ability have proved fundamental in the success of Peas & Carrots and thus, Casey Veggies.”
Shortly after graduating high school in the spring of 2011, Casey Veggies joined Mac Miller as an opening act on his Blue Slide Park tour. Since then, he has performed with West Coast heavy hitters such as Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, Kendrick Lamar, and Hodgy Beats of MellowHype, as well as his friends from Odd Future, Tyler, the Creator and Domo Genesis, plus pop star Rita Ora, in addition to collaborating with artists such as YG, Rich Hil, Chip Tha Ripper and Raheem Devaughn.
In 2011, Delicious Vinyl helped with digital distribution of Casey Veggies’ independently released full-length debut album, Sleeping In Class, which he followed up a year later with his latest mixtape, Customized Greatly Vol. 3, released on April 9, 2012. Next, the prolific young rapper who supported Big K.R.I.T. on summer 2012’s Live From the Underground Tour has a new mixtape called Life Changes in the works. “I’m moving a little away from the volumes,” says Veggies. “I want to prove to people that I can put together a full package.” As with all of his releases, Veggies’ forthcoming projects are sure to be ripened to perfection.
Veggies are good for you and so is his music. Live and grow.