After 15 years together as the group of Capone-N-Noreaga came together in 1996, and 4 albums released with the most recent The War Report 2 that released last year, Noreaga has announced that he and partner Capone will be going their separate ways and the legendary New York group will no longer be.
Earlier today naked pictures of socialite Amber Rose was released via the internet. Amber Rose admits to crying for two days over the incident and expresses her embrassment. She also explains that a company no longer wants to work with her over these linked pictures.
Amber Rose’s Statement
“I was gonna wait until my radio show to address this but I want to say this now. I trusted someone that worked 4 me & allowed them to use my laptop a million times, I caught this person sending my pics to themselves and I fired this person immediately Wiz & I & both of our families have known about this for 2 months now.
Tonight the Live In The Cipher crew brings you a couple of up and coming MC's. We are rating and reviewing MC N1S mixtape release Empty Space. Join us tonight and as we get back to what made BKS1 Radio known around the industry. We bring you another Best Kept Secret. Also we have MC Beyond Belief tonight on the Live In The Cipher Show.
Guest: MC N1S:
A lot of people have been saying "Hip Hop/Rap Is Dead". I find that hard to believe. There's a great number of talent out there, especially in the heart of Jersey and N1S is one of them.
Born and raised in the streets of Newark/Elizabeth, Erik Britt, also known as N1S or ‘The Prince of the City‘, would be the first to let you know that where you're from doesn't determine your level of success. It's your talent that's going to take you to where you need to be. And I must admit his talent is going to take him to places beyond Jersey.
"It's not where you come from or what your buzz is, it's about your talent level."
N1S has been practicing his craft for over 16 years. He first began rapping when he was in the 4th. Grade. To be more precise it was September 1994. It all began in a lunch room in Plainfield, New Jersey. As he stood in line and heard the group of guys freestyling behind him. Being caught off guard N1S was approached by one of the boys and was put on blast to spit a freestyle. Unaware of his talents, due to the fact that he believed he could sing, he spit the first line that came to mind.
“I see Tupac coming around the corner with a boom box”
The line may seem like nothing to others but to him it was a door-opener. Once he said that line and heard how the rest of the kids reacted he went home and wrote his first rap called “The Realest Mack”. According to N1S, that was probably the last day he did homework. He dropped his books to pick up a pen and write rhymes just as some his influences: Naughty-by-Nature, Redman, Kriss Kross, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Biggie Smalls and Tupac. The list doesn’t stop there, those are just a few that he shared.
“Anybody who took this seriously and wrote their own rhymes and could perform was an inspiration to me”
With the help of his mother, he created his rap name from a nickname she gave him. She would always tell him he was the “Number 1 Son. So he took that concept and began to think of different ways to make it sound good. Once he originated his unique name he then gave it a unique meaning.
“The main meaning for N1S is: No one says what I says. No one sees what I sees. That’s why no one that sounds just like me. Then I can say no one’s seeing cause there‘s no one out there that‘s rocking on a track like I do. Then I can say I‘m the nicest one still cause at the end of the day that‘s what I am. Then I can sit up here and say I‘m no one special but I‘m good at what I do. It has a lot of meanings to it”
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the music that N1S creates is a picture that tells a story you will never forget. Rap may have been his first love, but over time he evolved and branched out to writing R&B. His music has been inspired by his own life experiences or the experiences of those around him. To N1S the best part of this business is the reaction from the fans. To be able to grasp their attention by either the lyrics or the beat of the song is a fulfillment for him. The worst part of this business for N1S is not being signed. To have people approach him and tell him how much they enjoy his music, tell him how good he is at what he does and to bluntly tell him oppose to other underground artist getting signed he should have a deal is not just a compliment; it’s also an indirect reminder that even with him taking two steps forward the worst rapper getting a deal sends him four steps back. As a result of this being humble is something N1S admits he needs to work on. According to him, why should he be humble when he knows he’s better then his competition.
Me: If you could be signed where would you go? N1S: At first I said I wanted to go to Young Money but then someone made me think about it, if you go to Young Money you’ll be sitting on the shelf for a while. So I would say something like Interscope, Universal. I wanted to go to Grand Hustle because I’m a big T.I. fan so I would love to go to Grand Hustle. Or Ludacris’ label. And that would probably be it.
Now that he's in the spotlight the Prince is shinning brighter then ever. His mixtape ‘Rise And Fall Of An Empire” dropped on August 26, 2010. He described the process of putting it together as being fun but stressful. For seven years N1S was a part of a group but felt that their big break was taking too long to come. He decided to take his talent and become a solo artist. Even though he wasn’t used to being a one man band, he’s loving his time in the lime light.
Now that his creative control was in his own hands N1S was able to say what he wanted to say on any beat of his choice. The creative process for his latest mixtape took a year to complete. His release date was significant because his mixtape was released on the anniversary which he left the group. This album was an expression of everything that was on his mind and everything that he was feeling during that entire year. So you can say his first solo mixtape was a “musical diary”.
The mixtape consist of 13 tracks which included artist such as, Kortini and Su. Out of the 13 tracks N1S chose “I’m The Shhhh” as his favorite song. The song portrays him as his fans see him. When you hear him on the track you would say he’s “stuck-up”, “cocky” or “conceited” but he hasn’t been able to see that in himself.
“People always tell me, you’re so arrogant with your rap, you’re so arrogant with your attitude but if you really knew me I’m the shyest person in the world. I‘m a very shy person but people tell me when I do music I‘m cocky as hell”
He’s currently in the studio working on his next mixtape which is called “Top Floor” which is scheduled to drop February 2011. The concept of the mixtape is a metaphor of what it takes to succeed. For N1S, his goal is to make it in the music business but for others this could be applied to any and every aspect of succeeding. Everyone has to start at the bottom in order to make it to the top.
N1S is creating one mixtape with three sections. The first section of the mix tap is going to be the “Lobby Section”. It will consist of upbeat songs which shows that he’s ‘starving’, ‘hungry’ and ready for success. Then there’s “Elevator Music” which geared more towards his female fans. This is going to be his collaboration section. The songs will have a mellow vide which gives you the impression that success is a slow process. No one makes it over night. Next you have the “Penthouse Suite” which is the “I’ve made it, I’m successful, they know me, I’m here” music. You could consider this section of the mixtape the party tracks. The first song off the mixtape is called “Talk Dirty” which features Savoy and let’s just say it’s a track that can’t be described, it can only be felt.
Although the road to success seemed lonely, which is why N1S referred to himself as a “one man gang”, he wasn’t walking the road alone. As the saying goes, “behind every great man there is a strong woman pushing him to succeed” for N1S that woman was his mother. Just as she gave him life, N1S received an opportunity to return the favor. On July 28, 2011, he underwent surgery and gave his mother a kidney. The transplant was a success and the road to recovery was what inspired his newest project “Empty Space”. The first single off his mixtape, "The Recovery" ft. TeNeil Nicole, shows you the growth of N1S. Not only as a person but also as an artist.
Since the surgery N1S has pushed himself to exceed beyond his own expectations. Not only has he dropped one of the hottest mixtapes, but he's also taken the crown as the "Remix King". He's remixed songs from artist such as Usher, Rhianna, Big Sean and Ella Varner.
Special Guest: Beyond Belief:
It all started back in 1994, when Beyond Belief first got his hands on Biggie’s debut album Ready to Die. After hearing the record, he was immediately hooked, and began writing rhymes in the basement of his parents’ Rockaway Park home.
Later influenced by artists such as Kool G Rap, Big Pun, Nas and Run DMC, it was through a high school classmate that the Rockaway emcee met rapper-turned-producer Kwame, who he credits for teaching him the art of songwriting.
Kwame, who is most notably known for starting the polka-dot trend in hip hop in the late 80s, as well as his production on the number one records “Switch” (Will Smith) and “On Fire” (Lloyd Banks), saw Beyond Belief‘s potential, and quickly signed him to his boutique production company, Make Noise.
While completing a full-time bachelor’s degree program at the University of Miami, Beyond Belief still managed to release two mixtapes (Bobby J From Rockaway and Beyond Your Reach), as well as a full-length album (What About BOB?) under the Make Noise imprint, and is currently working on his second full-length project, the bulk of which will be produced by Kwame.
With this next offering, as with his previous projects, Beyond Belief strives to bridge the gap between the conflicting worlds of commercial music and underground hip hop, proving that it’s possible to make commercially accepted tracks, while still maintaining artistic integrity, and upholding the roots of hip hop: true lyricismand self expression.
Having completed a certificate program at the New York Film Academy, Beyond Belief not only writes and records his own music, but also shoots, directs, and edits all of his own videos.
Be sure to check out his new music video series, Breaking Beyond, which airs every Wednesday on his website: www.beyondbeliefonline.com.
Live in the cipher team brings you a legendary hip hop group for your review. New York's own De La Soul delivers another hip hop project for the masses to enjoy. First Serve is De La's 8 th studio release, lets see if they can continue to deliver the same hip hop they have been known.
De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 on Long Island, New York. The band is best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres. The members are Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur and Vincent Mason, known under a variety of nicknames. The three formed the group in high school and caught the attention of producer Prince Paul with a demo tape of the song "Plug Tunin'".
With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, the band's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, is considered a hip hop masterpiece. It is the band's biggest commercial success to date, with their subsequent albums selling progressively less, despite receiving high praise from critics. A measure of 3 Feet High and Rising's cross-over appeal was the fact that it was voted Album of the Year by NME, a title better known for its taste in guitar-based music. De La Soul have influenced numerous other hip hop artists such as Camp Lo, The Black Eyed Peas, and Digable Planets. They were influential in the early stages of rapper/actor Mos Def's career, and are a core part of the Spitkicker collective. They are the second longest standing Native Tongues Posse group, after the Jungle Brothers.
In 2006, the group won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on the single "Feel Good Inc."
Live In The Cipher team reviews Future's new release Pluto. Future has been making some noise in the hip hop world with his hit single Tony Montana and he followed that up with another successful release of Magic ft T.I.. Join us tonight as we see if he can continue the roll of his previous successful releases. Take part in our interactive rating and review process, Your opinion counts on BKS1 Radio! Join the experience.
Artist Review: Future
Future (born Navyvadius Cash), is an African-American rapper from Decatur, Georgia.He was given the moniker "The Future of Rap" by his local crew, the famous Atanta hip hop collective, Dungeon Family. His cousin, producer Rico Wade of Dungeon Family, encouraged him to sharpen his writing skills and pursue music. From 2010 to early 2011, Future released a series of mixtapes including 1000, Dirty Sprite and True Story. The latter included the single "Tony Montana", on which he raps under the influence of codeine and promethazine syrup with a fake Cuban accent in an attempt to approximate the voice of the main character from the Scarface film. During this time, Future also partnered with Gucci Mane on the Free Bricks collaborative album and was the featured artist on YC's single "Racks".
Future signed a major label deal with Epic Label Group in September 2011, days before the release of his next mixtape, Streetz Calling. The mixtape was described by XXL magazine as ranging from "simple and soundly executed boasts" to "futuristic drinking and drugging jams" to "tales of the grind." Jordan Sargent of Pitchfork Media remarked that on the mixtape, Future comes "as close as anyone to perfecting this thread of ringtone pop, where singing and rapping are practically the same thing, and conversing 100% through Auto-Tune doesn't mean you still can't talk about how you used to sell drugs. It would almost feel antiquated if Future weren't amassing hits, or if he weren't bringing some subtle new dimensions to the micro-genre."
Though Future had told MTV that Streetz Calling would be his final mixtape prior to the release of his debut studio album, another mixtape, Astronaut Status, was released in January 2012. Before his album being released in April 2012. XXL's Troy Mathews wrote, "While Astronaut Status is up and down and never really hits the highs like 'Racks', 'Tony Montana', and 'Magic' that fans have come to expect from Future, it’s apparent that he’s poised to continue the buzz of 2011 humming right along into 2012."
Future was selected to the annual XXL Freshmen list in early 2012. His debut album Pluto, originally planned for January, is scheduled to be released on April 17. It will include remixes of "Tony Montana" featuring Drake and "Magic" featuring T.I.. According to Future, "'Magic' was the first record T.I. jumped on when he came outta jail. Like, he was out of jail a day and he jumped straight on the 'Magic' record without me even knowing about it." The track became Future's first single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other collaborators on the album include R Kelly, Snoop Dogg and Trae Tha Truth.
Tonight the Live In The Cipher crew brings you an up and coming MC. We are rating and reviewing MC Chuuwee mixtape release Crown Me King. Join us tonight and as we get back to what made BKS1 Radio known around the industry. We bring you another Best Kept Secret.
Born in San Antonio,Texas, Chuuwee has been rapping for eight years. Influenced by his mother and many great mc's like Jay-z, Outkast, UGK, and more Chuuwee blends the borders of underground, back pack hip hop and mainstream rap. During the first years of his career people tried discouraging him by saying music wasn't for him. Negativity hasn't slowed him a bit, doing shows opening for Mistah Fab, Rakim and Rymefest in Los Angeles, California if only fueling his fire. Chuuwee is becoming a well-known talent throughout Northern California. Between his love of writing, recording and releasing music, Chuuwee also enjoys to sharing his thoughts and seeing how people react to his ideas. He also likes performing and was told, If your live performance isn't any good then your music wont matter at all.
Tonight the Cipher team brings you another up and coming MC. Back to the foundation that BKS1 Radio was built on, bringing you the best kept secrets in the entertainment industry. The up and coming artists have that hunger and drive that many of the established artists has lost. Wanting to show the masses that hip hop isn't dead in any shape form or fashion, they go hard to bring witty lyrics, strong punch lines and catchy hooks. Lets see if Jaecyn can continue with this formula that the past best kept secrets have delivered here on the Cipher show.
Featured Artist: Jaecyn Bayne
Born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1982 Terrell Porter better known as Jaecyn Bayne spent his childhood infatuated with Hip-Hop. From the sounds of Rakim, Jay-Z, Lauren Hill and more, as a teenager Bayne had no idea how the sounds of his favorite artists would provide the passion he holds so dear today in the design and craft of his own music.
Moving to Indianapolis, IN at the age of 15 Bayne continued to build his repertoire of musical favorites while truly embracing everything Hip-Hop culture had to offer. It wasn’t until several years later where Terrell Porter decided to embrace his love for the music and culture and become the artist the world now knows as Jaecyn Bayne.
Fast forward to the year 2012 where Jaecyn Bayne has risen through the ranks of local new guy to famed and herald nationally known emcee. Bayne’s talent on the mic was easily apparent to all the right people who lent their assistance along the way which led to Bayne uniting with a team of producers and emcee’s known as Concrete Beats. Even as a new head on the scene recording his first tunes, Bayne’s prowess was strong enough to command stages alongside the likes of Too-Short, Mobb Deep, Lil Jon, Raekwon + Ghostface, Wiz Khalifa, Planet Asia, and more as Bayne’s buzz for his live stage show and vivid wordplay quickly became a hot topic of discussion in Indianapolis.
In 2008, Jaecyn’s music and presence in the city caught the attention of another Artist and A&R known as M-Eighty who had recently moved back to Indianapolis from the Bay Area. Jaecyn and M-Eighty instantly clicked and M-Eighty was very anxious to add Jaecyn’s talents to his A&R roster consisting of Wu-Tang, Canibus, Redman, Keith Murray, Planet Asia, and more. Jaecyn got his 1st big national break in 2009 appearing on Canibus’ “Melatonin Magik” album which debuted at #94 on the Billboard Hip-Hop & R&B Top 200 charts.
That appearance would also earn Bayne a spot of Canibus’ 25 city 2009 United States tour where Jaecyn would finally have the opportunity to display his talents to a much broader and critical audience. Audiences throughout the United States accepted Bayne as one of Hip-Hop’s burgeoning new talents and praised him for his lyricism, storytelling abilities, and humble personality. Critics have compared him to such emerging talents as Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y, Fashawn, and Phonte (Little Brother / Foreign Exchange) as Bayne continues to navigate his own lane in Hip-Hop. In 2010, Bayne hooked up with a famed Jazz group “The Headhunters” of former Herbie Hancock fame and was personally selected to appear on the group’s first single titled “Funk Wit Us (D-Funk)” featuring Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, & Killah Priest (Wu-Tang). Impressed by Bayne’s content, delivery and charisma, The Headhunters featured Jaecyn prominently on their album “Platinum”.
The album was given top honors by Jazz and Progressive music enthusiasts alike as one of the finest contemporary releases of 2011. Bayne’s vocal appearances alongside Canibus and the Headhunters coupled with his new found love for the open road and live showmanship and the growing popularity of a free weekly freestyle series Bayne started in the name “Audio Therapy” all played a part in his 2011 signing to Owl Studios / Allegro Distribution. After a year of more press, more shows, and non-stop album construction, Jaecyn Bayne’s National Debut “Audio Therapy: The Album” is slated for a May 8, 2012 release. The album boasts an all-star line-up of features and producers including Styles P, Fred the Godson, Canibus, Street Runner, Bronze Nazareth, MIZBEATS, J. French, and more.
Live in the cipher team brings you a special night. We bring you B.O.B's new release Strange Clouds. After the commercial and critically acclaimed The Adventures of Bobby Ray, B.O.B is back hoping to build on the success of his debut album. Lets see if he is able to deliver the banging tracks that he is known along with the witty word play. Join us for our interactive review process where your opinion counts.
Brooklyn born MC Lyte burst onto the hip hop scene with her debut album Lyte As A Rock. The release of Lyte's classic debut containing multiple hits, Lyte As A Rock, Paper thin, 10% Diss, and I Cram To Understand U, let the hip hop world know they had a talented MC ready to face all challenges presented.
Following up her debut release MC Lyte released her sophomore album Eyes On This, which had multiple hits as well lead by Cha Cha Cha reaching #1 on the Hot Rap Singles Charts. Releasing a total of 7 Studio albums, featured on various albums and compilations MC Lyte has been a force in the Hip hop world for a long time.
Expanding her talents beyond the hip hop world, Lyte has went on to do movies, television and voice over work. Read More about MC Lyte at www.officialmclyte.com
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Live In The Cipher team brings you a collaboration from NYC MC Punchline and DJ Soulclap from Germany. Release titled Underground Superstar. With a powerful title Underground Superstar, lets see if this dynamic duo can deliver the kind of hip hop that the airwaves has been missing.
Punchline molded by the streets of NYC Lower East Side, Punchline has been in the hip hop game for a while and has traveled all over the globe. His talents has lead to him performing in London, Germany, and all over the United States. Having written for various artists, Punchline has shown that he is a talented artist from working on a children's cartoon called Kids Block, in association with the Trackmasters & Steve Rifkin, has Co-wrote and appeared on MTV's The Lyricist Lounge Show, was featured on A Tribe Called Quest last group album The Love Movement, to name a few of his accolades.
Also a member of super group called E.M.C. that consist of himself, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, and the album is called "The Show" Read more about Punchline and his group EMC: Here
“This is how we take the old to the new!“ This quote from an old Nice & Smooth song is what best describes DJ SoulClap’s production. Born in Braunschweig, Germany and embedded in the Hip Hop culture since the late 90’s he has been making his way from creating mixtapes for his friends to producing songs for the whole world to hear. SoulClap started DJ’ing in 2001. When he saw Masta Ace and Edo.G on stage in 2004, he decided to dive deeper into the music. “I had a good friend who had been making music for years with his group called Soultecniques. He showed me how to make beats with Cool Edit and Fruity Loops, I’m still sticking to these programs till today.”
DJ SoulClap made his first international contacts on mastaace.com. His first productions were songs for B.L.O from the Bronx and Lex from Queens. With the time passing by he made a lot of contacts on myspace and released his first Promo EP in the end of 2007. It featured artists such as Superstar Quamallah, Tony Tigerstyle, Brown Co., Bru Lei, Stranger Day and Shaoo Zulu. After getting a lot of good feedback from all around the world he quickly put out the follower, which was a remix of Jay-Z’s American Gangster album. He remixed the whole album on one weekend to be one of the first to put it out, followed by more than 100 other producers who also remixed it. It was featured on blogs and websites all over the internet and two of the tracks got honored by being featured on each of Kevin Nottingham’s “American Gangster: Best of the Remixes” albums on kevinnottingham.com.