Live in the cipher team brings you 9th Wonder and Buckshot latest project The Solution. Join the cipher team for our interactive rate and review process where your opinion counts. Legendary Hip Hop group Camp Lo will be special guests tonight on the Cipher show, discussing their new projects and work. Special in studio guest New Jersey up and coming MC Robbie Maxx.
Artist Review: 9th Wonder and Buckshot
Hagel (born Kenyatta Blake in Brooklyn New York) is a legendary underground rapper known as leader of the Hip Hop supergroup Boot Camp Clik and the group Black Moon, he has released a solo album two with producer 9th Wonder three albums with Black Moon and three albums with the Boot Camp Clik
9th Wonder is a hip hop producer from Raleigh North Carolina United States ... He began his career as the main producer of hip-hop group Little Brother, and has also worked with artists like Mary J Blige, Jay-Z Murs and Destiny's Child, as part of Little Brother he gained widespread recognition and critical acclaim he has left Little Brother 9th Wonder stated that as long as both Phonte and Big Pooh welcomed a reunion somewhere down the line he would be fully openfor a tank
The duo released two albums, the first chemistry in 2005 and the second album entitled The Formula 2008
Initially signed with Profile Records, Camp Lo made their first appearance in 1996 on The Great White Hype soundtrack, with their single, "Coolie High". The smooth party song was a minor hit, peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. Their first major exposure came with the release of their second single, the upbeat, horn driven "Luchini", otherwise known as "This Is It". The song became a crossover hit in 1997, breaking into the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching the top 5 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. The track peaked at #74 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1997. The duo released their debut album Uptown Saturday Night in January 1997. The effort was widely acclaimed, praised for its accessible content and smooth, funk and jazz inspired production.
The majority of the album was produced by Ski, famous for his work with Jay-Z. Guest appearances were provided by De La Soul's Trugoy and Digable Planets' Butterfly. The album's 1970s styled content was influential on a number of artists within the next few years after its release, like Will Smith, who enlisted Camp Lo for an appearance on his top- selling Big Willie Style album. Also in 1997, they appeared on Oran "Juice" Jones' single "Poppin' That Fly". They collaborated with De La Soul in 2000, on the song "So Good" fromthe Hip Hop 101 Compilation.
They finally returned with another album in 2002, titled Let's Do It Again. This effort was not nearly as well-received as their debut, and was met with mediocre reviews and sales. Shortly after the album's release, Aesop Rock enlisted the duo to appear on his album Bazooka Tooth, exposing them to fans of the underground Definitive Jux label. In 2007, the duo returned with Black Hollywood after a five year hiatus from their previous release.
In April 2008, Camp Lo signed with SRC/ Universal Records. They changed their name to The Lo, on the recommendation from DJ Mr.Cee. The duo released a new single titled "Lumdi", produced by Korleon. 2011 they released a collaboration mixtape with Pete Rock,
also named after their new group “80 Blocks from Tiffanys”
From State Championships to college recruit, From a College student/athlete to College dropout, Robbie Maxx has revamped his past into an unexpected Musical/Lyrical/Personable artist through determination, patience, and that same 'Never Back Down' mentality that has traveled with him through his competitive past.. Finally Robbie Maxx and Airplay Entertainment proudly introduce to you an 'Industry Beast' ready to tackle what too many take for granted, LIFE!
A young athlete, Robbie has dabbled with music since freshman year in college where he began with simply putting up a myspace. After friends began to catch on and see some talent, he began running into producers and others working hard like him looking for a come up. In his third year in college, Robbie met Airplay Entertainment by chance at Montclair State University. He soon found his way to their studio in Bloomfield, NJ called 'The Booga Basement' where legendary artists such as The Fugees, City High, and Akon made their come up! After dropping the "The Universal Milkyway" mixtape and doing shows at SOB's, Don Hills and more, in a trio group with Keith "Lil Wonda" Duplessis and B. Madison, Robbie soon found himself revamping his solo career after the group parted ways.
A year and a half later Robbe Maxx dropped his debut solo mixtape "Industry Beast Volume 1: The Alter Ego" which got great reviews and had some classic visuals and anthems! He is now ready to embark in his second project which comes out 12.21.12 and is called "A Different World". Robbie considers this project "the start of his career" and "a maturity unheard of in less than a year". The world needs to prepare themselves for one of the most cool, unique, and lyrically talented up and coming artists New Jersey has seen in a while! Robbie Maxx is on a mission to prove that hip hop can come from anywhere, and it's those who keep it real that succeed! Enjoy and Embrace a new look and face of Music and Art! Robbie Maxx is here to FUG SH*T UP! #bxxbSwaggerific
In the mid-'90s, Sean Price, known then as Ruck, and partner Rock dropped their debut album, Nocturnal, as the rap outfit Heltah Skeltah during a time when East Coast hip-hop was delivering mainstream and underground classics left and right. Heltah Skeltah and the rest of their collective, the Boot Camp Clik, never enjoyed the popular success of East Coast acts Wu-Tang Clan or Mobb Deep, but they did receive that same critical acclaim. Source magazine nominated them for Best New Group of 1996. Price, however, was always cast as the sidekick half of the group on account of Rock's gritty and baritone voice despite the fact that they were both masterful lyricists.
By the time of their second release in 1998, Magnum Force, none of this mattered. The album did poorly as was the Boot Camp's record label, Duck Down Records. Priority Records dropped Duck Down from its distribution deal in 2000. Rock left Duck Down to pursue a solo career with DJ Lethal (of House of Pain and Limp Bizkit fame) and his new label, Lethal Dose Records; however, that project folded. Price found himself either in jail or back on the streets of Brooklyn, NY, hustling and selling crack in order to survive. After a few years of hard times, a serious girlfriend, and children, he began appearing on various mixtapes and other albums as a solo artist using his birth name, Sean Price. A notable guest appearance during this period was on "Rising to the Top," a duo with Dipset affiliate Agallah that was featured in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto III.
Kendrick Lamar likes to compare himself to Tupac Shakur. But Tupac wasn’t from Los Angeles and didn’t know his father growing up. By the time Tupac was 23, he had already been shot multiple times and begun serving a prison sentence. Lamar, on the other hand, was born and raised in Compton. His parents are still married. He’s 23, and so far he has dodged the almost inescapable bullets that dart through what he calls his “mad city.” Enjoying this Kendrick Lamar Biography? Keep reading!
Even so, Lamar seems to share Tupac’s soul; better still, he seems an evolution of it. The line between “Pac the Playboy” and “Tupac the Tortured Poet” was drawn with an indelible marker, but the sides of Lamar’s personality bleed into one another. The chorus of “P&P” (an ode to “Pussy and Patron” punctuated by a girl pouting, “Hey, what’s up, daddy”), for example, is cookie-cutter braggadocio. Its first verse, however, stacks a precarious tower of thoughts almost tipped over into rage by an incident at a gas station — and leaves him searching through his phone for a comfort he admits is temporary.
Candid vulnerability and a voice that sounds as though he’s just inhaled great mouthfuls of smoke (even though he abstains from weed) are why Lamar is on everybody’s lips. Last November, Dr. Dre (who was led to Lamar by Eminem’s manager) said out of the blue on Power 106′s popular morning show Big Boy’s Neighborhood that he wanted to work with the rapper.
By now, Lamar has not only worked with Snoop Dogg and Dre, he was snapped, paparazzi-style, sitting courtside at a Lakers game with the legendary producer. His buzz has ratcheted to such a roar that he’s considered a shoo-in for XXL magazine’s “Freshman 2011″ cover.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary describes a Trilogy: as a series of three dramas or literary or musical compositions that are closely related and develop one theme. We feel that this is the only way to describe these three multi talented individuals who have transcended lifes obstacles to unite and create a level of musical genius that the world has been longing for.
When you experience life’s hardships, disappointments and struggles, you have a tendency to depend on elements you believe are truly important as an individual. Three elements which have been key in the lives of these three extraordinary individuals are Love, Life and Loyalty.
Kira Bishop is not just another pretty face. She is the epitome of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Always trying to outdo her last performance, Kira is the embodiment of a true professional. With her drop dead good looks and her powerful yet sultry voice she is sure to tantalize her audience and leave them yearning for more.
Kira Bishop is Love.
OxPro, a true student to hip-hop and music as a whole, is constantly studying the art in an effort to enhance and perfect his craft. This emcee utilizes his life’s experiences and disappointments in a positive light by incorporating them into his lyrics. In an industry where art is supposed to imitate life, OxPro takes his real life experiences and translates them into true poetry.
OxPro is Life.
Jay-Will is the consummate artist. Always raising the bar with his musical performances, be it his hard-hitting production, his energetic rap vocals or his soulful singing. Jay-Will intertwines his real life experiences with his never ending love for music by always putting all of his heart and soul behind every performance giving his all for the listener.
Jay-Will is “Loyalty”
When you unite Love, Life and Loyalty the result is three unique stories which comprise this phenomenal Hip-Hop/Pop/ R & B juggernaut. Starr Media Group is proud to present to you TRILLOGY. The next level of music.
Xzibit is a name familiar to millions across the world. It belongs to a man who is as comfortable inside a recording studio booth as he is behind a television camera. He is a performer as likely to be seen on-stage thrilling listeners in Germany as he is on cinema screens in blockbuster franchise entries like XXX 2, The X Files: I Want to Believe and the upcoming 2013 film Code Name: Geronimo. Let him tell it and Xzibit is simply “a self made man from poverty.” A platinum recording artist first and foremost, “X to the Z” is also a superstar with a loyal worldwide fan base only a Hip-Hop icon could garner.
X first came to the attention of attentive Hip-Hop listeners as a member of the revered rap collective, The Likwit Crew. Founder and West Coast Hip-Hop veteran King Tee enlisted raucous group Tha Alkaholiks and newcomer Xzibit into the clique as original Likwit representatives. From there, the ferocious X unleashed his 1996 debut, At The Speed Of Life. Considered by many to be an underground rap classic, it spawned a definitive West Coast Hip-Hop classic, the cautionary “Paparazzi.” “That song still elicits a crazy reception from my fans,” says its creator. “It first blew up overseas, but ended up traveling everywhere. It’s a timeless record.”
With enlightened Hip-Hop lovers swarming to offer their approval, he swiftly followed the release with another Hip-Hop staple. His sophomore project, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz was lauded by critics and fans alike, and its lead single “What U See Is What U Get” spent an astonishing six weeks atop the charts on BET’s Rap City.
X’s mainstream breakthrough came courtesy of one of Hip-Hop’s most memorable guest verses. Appearing on Snoop Dogg’s atmospheric “B Please,” his brash aggression was a perfect partner to Snoop’s laid-back drawl. With an integral assist from X, the single became one of Snoop’s most successful in years. The X-Man’s talents clearly impressed the track’s producer, the legendary Dr. Dre. He soon offered X a spot on his epic Up in Smoke Tour. Joining a bill that included the aforementioned Dre and Snoop, Ice Cube, and the controversial Eminem, a captivating, show-stealing X was introduced to thousands of thrilled concertgoers night after night. “That tour was a turning point in my career,” acknowledges X. “I was rocking capacity crowds in arenas across the country, and everyone was feeling what I brought to the table.”
Some refer to Jersey City, NJ as "Wall Street West" because of its industrial areas. To Nina Foxx its simply home. Born Felicia Pryer, Nina Foxx grew up on the harder side of JC. Being an only child can be pleasurable for some, but for a young Felicia it had its flaws, the biggest being not having anyone to share life's ups and downs. For therapy, she started to amass her thoughts and daily life activities in a journal. This played a major role in what would later make her the H.B.I.C.
At the young age of 11 years old, Felicia relocated to Florida forcing her to start over leaving Jersey City a distant memory...for now. Unaware that she was about to uncover one of the biggest pieces to her life’s puzzle, Nina adapted to her surroundings swiftly. At 13 years of age, not only did she learn to play various instruments but also how to read music, another crucial piece to her puzzle. This would teach her how to transform her daily entries in her journal into a melodic flow.
For Nina Foxx, High school was where she could showcase her talent. Instead of eating food at lunch time, Nina would get full off of the energy of her classmates who would double as her audience. It was in the cafeteria that she and a few friends would spit bars back and forth, entertaining the crowd until the bell sounded off. Her love for music also influenced her to join the varsity marching band for the Dillard High School Panthers as well. As thing were going good, December 1997 would find Nina and her family back in Jersey City. This would open her eyes to a whole new world. The daily entries in her journal would become more candid and vivid. By age 15 the streets would become Nina’s new BFF, labeling her not only a bona fide hustler but also a Gangstress.
Now in her twenties Nina Foxx has accumulated knowledge from both the streets and the industry. She has taken what she’s learned from both to overcome many obstacles. Graduating at the top of her class for Audio Engineering and Production, she not only has the biggest buzz from a female artist in Jersey City which is rapidly spreading across the tri-state, but she continues to make herself relevant through not only her own music but through the music of those she mentors.
Nina Foxx released her long awaited mix tape, NewBreed Of Female: 16 Bars and Hooks!, which is now available on itunes.com and datpiff.com. She has been featured in the 13th issue of Grindahz Magazine www.Grindahz.com and is featured as the only female rap artist on Big 7, one of Jersey’s Elite exec’s, mixtape titled Time2Grind hosted by DJ Kay Slay, which was released in March 2011. Tune in every Wednesday, on BKS1radio.com where Nina Foxx was a co-host of the Hip Hop segment, Live in the Cipher, reviewing the latest hip hop releases as well as covering hip-hop news and related topics. She has since moved on to promote her solo career but still remains part of the bks1 family. For bookings, features, media, music links and audio engineering contact
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