New Jersey Lyricist Releases Latest Installment Of Weekly Series
AGC’s Apollo The Great has had a pretty busy year so far as he’s kept the streets fed with multiple freestyles and hard-hitting jams like his “Rio De Janeiro (Remix)“, a dye-in-the-wool street banger featuring D-Block frontman Jadakiss. But just because he’s a streetwise spitter with an acid tongue doesn’t mean Apollo can’t speak to the ladies.
On this week’s edition of #THOROThursdays, the Jersey-based emcee’s weekly music series, Apollo bares his soul and speaks to his special lady like never before with the emotional “Wish I Could Sing”. While rappers use intricate wordplay on a daily basis to paint their vivid depictions, even they know that nothing tugs on the heartstrings quite like a sweet serenade.
In an unexpected but effective turn of events, Apollo goes against type on the DJ Cooley-produced track and sings the hook himself: channeling the crooning spirit of soulful soloists like Jon B, Ginuwine, and Tank as well as legendary R&B groups like 112, Jodeci, and Boyz II Men.
Listen to “Wish I Could Sing” below and be on the lookout for Apollo’s next full length project, New Jersey Joe, in the upcoming months.
AubGreen Collective And D-Block Connect For Remix Vid
With the Fifa World Cup storming the shores of Brazil this month all eyes are on the country’s second largest city for all the right reasons as the city plays host to the World Cup finals; with the sports spotlight shining on the more recreational aspects of Rio De Janeiro, it’s the beautiful city’s dark underbelly that serves as inspiration for Apollo The Great‘s single “Rio De Janeiro”.
With the single making waves on radio and his recent video releases consistently premiering on MTV Jams , Apollo follows up the momentum with the “Rio (Remix)”, a trunk-rattling reprise featuring D-Block frontman Jadakiss.
In the striking visual the two emcees trade bars in the middle of the hood as interspersing news clips detail the striking similarities between Rio’s gully side and the crime ridden streets of Apollo’s native Camden, NJ.
Check out the video below, download “Rio De Janiero” and the #RioRemix on iTunes, and watch Apollo blaze the #HotSeat won Philly’s Hot 107.9 here
Philly Femme Fatales Collaborate Over Classic Instrumental
F. Gary Gray’s classic late-nineties thriller, Set It Off, told the story of four young women from the inner city who decided to stop playing by the rules and take matters into their own hands. Today, a new generation of women from the inner city is ready to follow in the footsteps of legendary femcee Queen Latifah and her co-stars Jada Pinkett-Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise.
Four of Philly’s premiere lady lyricists, Lee Mazin, Ms. Jade, Tiani Victoria, and Leen Bean, have joined forces over Marly Marl’s classic “The Symphony”, another epic posse cut which featured some of the 90’s most revered rhymers including Masta Ace, Craig G., Kool G. Rap, & Big Daddy Kane, to deliver a hard-hitting collab that’s sure to get the summer off to a hot start.
In a recent sit down with HipHopSince1987, Lee Mazin laid down the gauntlet to all femcees in her city, challenging them to put aside any petty differences and unite. Her call to arms resulted in “Set It Off”, wherein each spitter brings their own unique flavor to the track making for smorgasbord of memorable bars. The song even gets a classic intro from the legendary Mad Rapper.
Our Nation’s Capital, most famous musically as the home of Go-go, is increasingly becoming a premier Hip-Hop breeding ground since the national success of its first significant rap artist, Wale. The Double-M Genius has broken down the doors for the District of Columbia and now a new wave of emcee is pouring forth, ready to grab the baton and spread the city’s culture and sound to the masses.
Among them is Shy Glizzy, a Southeast D.C.-native, with a viscid, melodic flow which acts as a disarming conduit for his graphic subject matter. Make no mistake about it: Shy Glizzy represents the gritty streets of his hometown and he endeavors to represent them correctly.
His latest mixtape offering, Young Jefe, has taken on a life of its own, elevating his notoriety and continuing to push the 21-year old rapper to the brink of breakout success.
With the new video for one of the tape’s standout tracks, “Awwsome”, Glizzy looks to capitalize on his momentum and exchange the street lights and projects for palm trees and mansions.
Download Young Jefehere and have a gander at the video above.
**Bonus: For a more in-depth look at Shy Glizzy, check out his interview with Karen Civil TV
Chicago Emcee Breaks Down Mixtape’s Concept, Friendship With Chance The Rapper
As always, there’s a lot of fuss being made about Hip-Hop’s freshman class this time of year, and Mick Jenkins is an artist whose steady stream of good tunes and consistently cultivated word-of-mouth following is set to put him in that conversation.
Mick had another conversation, this time with Erika Martinez of Billboard Magazine’s The Juice column. They chopped it up about his new mixtape, The Water[s], his bond with fellow Chicagoan Chance The Rapper, and debuted his mixtape’s first single “Who Else”.
“Waters is almost a prequel to Trees,” Jenkins said of the relationship his new project has to his last mixtape offering, Trees & Truths. “Water is synonymous with the truth; You need it to wake up, progress and get the most out of life and find the true quality of happiness. Me [and] people in general have false ideas of what makes you happy and what it means to be successful. To say water is synonymous with the truth is really broad and I take advantage of that. I talk about a lot of different things, but I try to stay centered with coined phrases [of] water. I use all the double meanings of water and expand on them.”
Mick went on to detail his friendship with Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, both of whom have made a big splash nationwide in recent months. “I go to them for advice and I learn from their progression,” he disclosed about the duo who he has collaborated with before, on a joint entitled “Crossroads.”
With The Water[s] set to make impact on June 24th, Mick made sure to premiere the mixtape’s first offering “Who Else”: an aggressive, bombastic record displaying a brash delivery that is sure to grab even more attention.
VA Native Signs Joint Venture With Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Ent.
Almost every artist dreams of platinum albums, sold out tours and making chart topping hits that the world loves to sing. Historically, those dreams begin to truly manifest when a musician signs a major label recording contract. Even in today’s highly indie-minded music business landscape, landing a major label deal is still the apex of many young artists search for legitimacy and proper dissemination of their art.
Young Money Yawn has cut his teeth on Rap’s independent circuit, grinding from the bottom to perfect his craft, gain his fan base, and make his mark in his native Virginia and around the country. It seems as if all his hard work has paid off as it has been announced that Y$Y is official a signee of Kemosabe/RCA Records.
The imprint is headed by Dr. Luke, a renowned hitmaker known for his work with the likes of B.o.B, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, Rihanna, Shakira and Katy Perry.
Y$Y looks to add his unique blend of streetwise content, like his take on Jay Z’s “Imaginary Player”, to the label’s stable of artists.
Congrats to Young Money Yawn and we look forward to the great music this partnership will birth. Watch Yawn announce his decision to sign with Kemosabe/RCA below.
Philadelphia is known as the “Land of the Spitters”, an apropos moniker considering the city’s knack of producing emcees proficient in the art of rhyme. The gritty, blue-collar backdrop of America’s 5th most populous principality serves as a reliable breeding ground for lyrically-inclined rappers.
Kur (pronounced “core”) is the latest in this rich and storied legacy and his brutally honest and technically sound delivery has begun to garner attention within the city’s arduous Hip-Hop scene.
The last spitter to grab Philly’s collective imagination like this was Meek Mill, and although Meek is now a major label artist with a nationwide following, it’s clear that he still has his ear to what’s hot in his hometown. The MMG lieutenant has taken to Twitter recently to quote Kur’s infectious “33 Shots” and announce his desire to get a copy of the Uptown native’s latest body of work.
With his city continuing to rally around him, Kur releases his latest track “Everything I Wasn’t”. The soulful single continues his penchant for reality rap as the 20 year old displays an honest and introspective aptitude beyond his years.
Queens-Based Femcee Leaves No Witnesses In Latest Visual
They say it’s not what you know, but who you know and if you don’t know Kiyanne now is the time to get familiar. Kiyanee, an acid-tongued spitter from the County of Queens, is known for jacking your favorite beats and ripping ‘em and in her latest video she continues to live up to her notorious reputation.
Not only does she take Meek Mill’s “Know No Better” instrumental hostage in the Shatek-directed visual, she also takes battle rap legend Goodz hostage; a prime example of how the thirst can go terribly wrong.
Be on the lookout for Kiyanee’s as-of-yet-untitled mixtape, set to drop this summer, and check out the vid below.
Crooner Set To Release Self-Titled Mixtape On May 21st
Spring is upon us and that means the end of cuffing season and the beginning of nature’s fresh blooming for 2014. JusPaul, a soulful singer from Washington, D.C.-native with a penchant for seductive songwriting, is making his contribution to the longer days and warmer weather with “Cherry Blossom”, the lusty, second offering from his forthcoming, self-titled, 7-song EP.
After releasing the single and video for “Red Cups”, his ode to the weekend party life, JusPaul slows things down with “Cherry Blossom”, giving the ladies something special to listen to while they enjoy the improved forecast.
Satellite Radio Station Celebrates Hippie Holiday With New Compilation
The date might be 4/21 but true stoners know that everyday is 4/20. In honor of the hippie holiday, the good people at Sirius XM’s Shade 45 have put together a compilation mixtape of songs dedicated to helping you properly indulge in your greenery.
The tape includes appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Kurupt, Vinny Cha$e, Fred The Godson, SBOE, and more, and it’s hosted by DJ Caesar and Coach PR of the #WeekendWork Morning Show as well as the host of Whoolywood Shuffle, DJ Whoo Kid.