Hailing from Newark New Jersey GQ Drew is a lyrical powerhouse who uses his raw punchlines to assert his dominance over the rap game. Gq was first introduced to Hip-Hop and rapping by his two older brothers and began writing himself when he was 15 years old.
Apart of the up and coming group Unified Forever On (U.F.O.) His hunger and passion can be felt when he attacks microphones. His biggest influences are: Biggie, Snoop Dogg, Joe Budden, Nas, and Jay-Z.
Inspectah Deck, is an American rapper, producer, and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Although he has not gained the same level of mainstream success in his solo career as some of his Wu-Tang counterparts like Method Man, he has acquired critical praise for his intricate lyricism, and for his verses on many of the group's most revered songs. He has grown to become a producer in his own right, taking up tracks for fellow clansmen and his own projects.
Inspectah Deck's debut album Uncontrolled Substance was initially set for a late 1997 release, however, this experienced several delays due to a flood in producer RZA's basement studio, which destroyed over one hundred beats, including those made for the album. Wu-Tang affiliate Cilvaringz stated in a 2010 interview "Recently Deck pulled out some disks from the flood and they worked again and he used one for his upcoming album on Koch.
In September 1999, Uncontrolled Substance was released, and featured more of Deck's own production, and appearances from several lesser known affiliates. The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics, but failed to garner the reception attained by earlier Wu-Tang solo projects. Shortly after this release, Deck returned to the Wu-Tang fold for the group albums The W (2000), and Iron Flag (2001).
In 2003, Inspectah Deck released his second studio album, The Movement (for which he would later state did not live up to his expectations) and in 2006, he released The Resident Patient, intended as a precursor to The Movement. In 2007, the rapper reconvened with the Wu-Tang Clan to record the group album 8 Diagrams. Along with Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck partook in the controversy, sparked when several group members disparaged RZA's tight artistic control of the album, championing Ghost's album The Big Doe Rehab.
Around this time the rapper announced two projects: a collaborative album called Czarface with Boston's 7L & Esoteric featuring the legendary DJ Premier and his up-coming solo album The Rebellion, confirming production from RZA and the Wu-Elements; it is now set to come after The Resident Patient II, and will reportedly be his final album as a solo artist
Tonight on the Live In The Cipher Show we rate and review Ed O.G. new release Ignorance & Intelligence. Special guest Murphy Lee, member of the St Lunatics. In studio guests J-Sass and Crisis. Join the bks1 radio experience, where your opinion counts. Chat live or call in 646-233-1302. MC’s don’t be scared to call and spit your hot 16.
Artist Review: Ed O.G.
Boston hip-hop legend Edo G has nothing left to prove. With his pair of debut singles “I Gotta Have It” and “Be a Father to Your Child” in 1991, Edo introduced himself to the world as a unique MC, one able to deliver both sharp social commentary and reality-based raps with slick rhymes and wit to spare. Having collaborated with legends like DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Masta Ace over a two-decade career, his status in the game is undisputed.
But on A Face in the Crowd, Edo returns to mark the 20-year anniversary of his first album with a hunger to bring real hip-hop back to the forefront. Led by the single “ I Was There” His Boston-based Special Teamz crew of Jaysaun (Kreators) and Slaine (La Coka Nostra), the album features guest appearances from Bishop Lamont, Chali 2Na, and M1 (dead prez), with production from DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, Explizit One, M Phases, The Breaks, Young Cee and others.
Whether you call him Murph Derrty, The School Boy, Mr. Winter Time, or Grandpa Game Tight; Tohri “Murphy Lee” Harper has been wowing audiences all over the world for over a decade with his flirtatious flows and manipulative metaphors. As the youngest member of the multi-Platinum selling group, St. Lunatics, Murphy Lee exploded on the scene holding his own with some of the heavy hitters in the game. In Jermaine Dupri’s “Welcome to Atlanta” remix, which also featured Snoop Dogg, and P. Diddy; Murphy Lee stood out as a shinnying star, representing St. Louis as a city with major talent.
He partnered again with P. Diddy and Nelly on his first single “Shake a Tailfeather”—which was also featured on the Bad Boys II soundtrack. It soared to the top of the charts to become a number 1 hit, selling over 2 million copies and winning a Grammy. He continued to light up the charts with hits like “Wat The Hook Gone Be” and “Luv Me Baby”—produced by beat bangers Jermaine Dupri and Jazzy Pha respectively—both landing on the Top 40 charts from his first platinum solo album Murphy’s Law.
As he continued to grow from a 16 year old school boy to a business man, he quickly adapted to the ever changing music industry and decided to take destiny into his own hands. He left his record label as an individual artist, still signed as a St. Lunatic, and decided to become a student of the business and his own boss. In 2008, Murphy Lee started his own record label, UCME Entertainment, while also opening a restaurant and a clothing store in St. Louis.
His hunger for success and love for music grew even deeper as he has since released over 10 independent projects including over 40 videos and features which can be viewed at www.murphyleeucme.com. Today Murphy Lee has his own wine “Freaky Muscato” www.drinkfreaky.com and serves as part owner of “Air Play,” oil fragrance www.airplayfresh.com. Murphy Lee continues to pursue his love for music and entertainment while performing around the world with the St. Lunatics.
With a history of being a part of over 30 million albums sold, a Grammy, and countless top 40 hits, the humble, hungry and ambitious Murphy Lee continues to work with the drive of a rookie and the experience of a hall of famer.
Special Guests: J-Sass and Crisis
To be successful in the music industry, the talent must be innovative, gifted, and have a consistent and ever evolving work flow. Hip- Hop rap trio The HEAT has these qualifications in spades.
Birthed in 1998, three talented individuals, all born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Crisis, Monroe, and Panic discovered they all shared similar backgrounds. Yet, through their distinct and different personalities, perceived and could express real life situations and topics in a cohesive yet individualized and unique flow. Crisis's conscience and amusing flow along with Monroe's style of street swag and distinguishment, mixed perfectly with Panic's raw no nonsense lyrical approach, were the perfect ingredients to create the elixir know as The Heat.
Creating an immediate buzz for their realness to their city and unique approach of relaying life's harsh realities enabled The Heat to work with top notch counterparts early off. Starting off with Grammy Award winning producer Easy Moe Beats, one of the lead producers on Notorious BIG's Classic "Ready to Die"(2007) album. Even with professional beats, The Heat struggled with breaking through on a major level. This struggle inspired them to take the route of independence starting their own label 81 Illatainment. 81 Illatainment spawned two celebrated albums, "Jersey Journal" and "H2".
Their command of the streets caught the attention of Robert "Screw" Montanez, CEO of Block Royal Records, responsible for the careers of industry greats Akon and Joel Ortiz. In this time, The Heat opened up for several Hip-Hop artists such as, Lloyd Banks, Pitbull, Akon, D-Block, and Remy Martin. Unfortunately, with "Screw's" sudden passing and a change in management, The Heat decided to continue on independently.
While working on their third album "Fever" The Heat joined forces with local artist/film maker "Maine Gotti" and his company Conglomerot Enterprises. Through this merger they composed, pressed, and distributed over 15,000 units of the trio's exalted albums, "Fever", Through the Fire" and "Deal or No Deal".
By 2006, The Heat having a solid fan base and viewed as leaders in their community, took a stand on the overwhelming violence going on around them and in the African American community in general. They took this stand of course with music, bringing together local artist to recreate KRS One's legendary stop the violence anthem "Self Destruction". (1989) Since it's release in 2007, The Heat's remake of Self Destruction has received rave reviews, over 100,000 and counting YouTube views, has been performed at numerous stop the violence rallies, and occupied over a year of rotation on Video Music Box.
Inspired by the success of Self Destruction, the boys decided to up the ante by contriving the "New Jersey Xperience", an album, documentary, and short film paying homage to legendary Hip-Hop artist from New Jersey and their experience's being from the Garden state. The making of the "NJX" package sparked a still present camaraderie and respect between The Heat and Grammy and American music award winning rap group Naughty by Nature.
Over the past fourteen years, Crisis, Monroe, and Panic have not only made great music; they have become an inspiration to their peers and fans by displaying unprecedented perseverance, dedication, selflessness and growth. Their catalog of community service, acting roles and all around creativity is the proof. After years of training and seven albums under their belts, The Heat has perfected their craft and is at the top of their game. The trio is consistently cranking out industry style music and visuals, simultaneously helping to create and maintain a platform for Jersey City's underground and overlooked talent; 201 The Movement.
Currently, Crisis, Monroe, and Panic have their hands in everything from independent films to clothing lines. Coming off a successful release of 201 The Movement's street acclaimed Classic compilation album entitled "The Movement and Me" (2012) The Heat is right back at it, creating what is anticipating to be one of the hottest and most creative albums for the dynamic trio. For this album they will be combining their original style of Hip-Hop with a highly talented up and coming Pop singer/songwriter out of Jersey. (Album to be released early 2013.) Fourteen years of longevity proves that The Heat flames are infinite.
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