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 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 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.
It is rare to find an artist who has both age and wisdom on his side. At just 24 years-old, Big K.R.I.T. possesses the musical intuition of an old soul. Hailing from Meridian, Mississippi, K.R.I.T. (born Justin Scott) grew up listening to early rhythm and blues records in his Grandmother’s house and later went on to discover songs by revered soul artists like Curtis Mayfield, Willie Hutch and Bobby Womack. It’s easy to detect these artists and rap legends who have influenced the young MC like 8Ball & MJG, UGK, Scarface and OutKast in K.R.I.T.’s own music which masterfully resurrects the rich heritage of Southern hip-hop in the 1990’s.
“I’m reintroducing a type of sound from the South that a lot of the newer generation doesn’t know about and reminding the older generation of what Southern hip-hop used to sound like,” explains K.R.I.T., whose stage name is an acronym for King Remembered In Time. “I was influenced by the third coast as far as Texas, Tennessee, and Atlanta so I was really trying to put all those sounds that I grew up listening to together to make a sound for myself.”
Special Guest: Founder/Editor In Chief Egypt Audrey-Blanc
Egypt is no novice to the entertainment industry. Early in her career she was signed to A&M Records as a rap artist, writer, composer and arranger. She is known and respected throughout the industry as a gifted lyricist with a work ethic that is contagious. She’s worked with some of the world’s most prolific talents. Her work history, stage performances and collaborations looks something like this, Jay-Z, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Wyclef jean, Faith Evans, Monica, Usher, The Wu Tang Clan, Naughty by Nature, Aaron Neville, DMC of RUN DMC and the list goes on and is still growing.
Egypt is the “Editor in Chief” of the newly acclaimed, Internet, software and paper back publication, “The Movement Magazine.” She’s also the President of “Etched in Stone Publications.” A publication firm that is designed to launch the careers of up and coming inspiring authors, offering them distribution and network opportunities, log onto www.etchedinstonepublications.com.
“The Movement Magazine” is not just news, it’s an experience. Egypt is the founder and visionary behind this fast growing national media outlet. Her vision is to present information and stories that will inspire, encourage, heal, and enlighten the consciousness of its reader. “The Movement Magazine” was launched with a mission to fill the void of substance, illuminate the mind of society. Egypt feels passionate about giving her audience more than JUST another celebrity story.” The Movement Magazine” will give you life changing information, thought provoking ideas that will empower its audience to make better life decisions, getting its readers on The MOVE to a greater destiny. “The Movement Magazine” has a web page www.themovementmagazine.net, a face book and Twitter page, YouTube and a DVD attached to the printed version to meet the reading and visual preference of its national audience. Egypt has established key relationships throughout the media print world as well as television. “The Movement Magazine” will be launching a television production company “Movement Television Networks.” Movement Television Networks, produces, edits and distributes the Internet version of the magazine, along with the DVD attachment for paperback.
“The Movement Magazine and Movement Television Networks” will be featured at the 2012 BET award show and red carpet, Black Girls Rock, (A nationally televised show) and Circle of Sisters (a women’s expo) held at New York’s Javit Center. “The Movement Magazine” has already interviewed A list celebrities such Puffy aka Shawn Combs (of Bad Boy Entertainment), Kelly Roland (formally of Destiny’s Child), Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Houston (formally of the New York Knicks), Dr. Cornell West, Mayor Corey Booker (Newark, NJ), Christopher Williams, (National R&B recording artist) Genuine, Foxy Brown, Wacka Flocka, T.I. & Tiny, authors, activist, entrepreneurs and everyday people who desire to share an inspiring story that could save a life…..“The Movement Magazine” It’s Not Just Literature!
Egypt is a passionate soul. Her spirit is contagious. She will inspire you; drive you to the greatest part of yourself. She’s giving, caring thoughtful and transparent.
She is the “editor and chief of the new acclaimed, Internet, software and paper back magazine "The MOVEMENT Magazine"
Special Musical Guest:Rhymageddon
Rhymageddon is the voice shaking up the entire Hip-Hop world one listerner at a time. Fans from the Netherlands to Japan right back to his home state of New Jersey are largely to thank for his 40,000 + song listens and downloads via Rhymageddon.com DJs are beggining to recognize Rhyamgeddon’s use incisive lyrics to penetrate the minds of true Hip-Hop fans everywhere. For example Real Rap he said “I’m from a land where they lynched men just for whistling” and the 2nd verse where he rhymes from the perspective of a mourner at hip-hop’s funeral; while sitting next to DJ Kool Herc at that!! Judging by the comments left on iTunes, it could be Rhymageddon’s matter of fact honestly as heard on All My Friends (recently cracked 3000 views) that proves his humbleness and team player approach to creating change with his music. On “Illest Bars” he proves beyond the shadow of a doubt he’s grown tired of rappers who only rhyme about the materialistic world. Bottom line is Rhymageddon’s approach to emceeing makes both trap rappers and conscious rappers equally nervous of their skill set.
Rhymageddon began penning rhymes while attending Myrtle Ave Jr.high in Irvington, NJ but found it difficult to truly develop because his Nigerian father denounced Rap music in the household. Struggle and passion for what he believed in started there. Rhymageddon was forced to secretly record pioneering Hip Hop radio D.J.’s such as Red Alert and Mr. Magic while his parents slept. The genre should be proud of the way he observed and respected the art form from afar until he went onto college. It was while at Morgan State University that Rhym aka the Spit Sergeant finally gained the time and freedom to hone his talents and merciless vocabulary at open mic sessions, street corner ciphers, talents shows and college radiostations. In 1994, Rhym recorded his first demo and subsequently returned to N.J. to sharpen his sword even further. Bear witness to Rhymageddon, "The sultan of insulting blocks of mental munchkins” a line from his street banger “Rip a MuhFuckah Night." off of his 2009 solo EP "HORSEPOWER PLUS HANDLING" available now on Rhymageddon.Bandcamp.com. The success of his debut EP independent project led to numerous #SpitSergeantShows all over NJ, NY and PA. The next step was branching out to the MidWest and the West coast with his new project (M.A.S.H.) May Actually Save Hip-Hop produced entirely by DJ Ment Plus (AkaiPros & BoomSkwad) and DivineDrummah from Trenton NJ. This project continues to be heavily spun on internet radio shows and throughout the blogsophere. Rhymageddon felt that workign on a solo EP seemed selfish, so while recording and mixing his own sessions he reached out to fellow NJ artists to work on the full-legnth project "Sergeant of Spit". SOS is filled with cameos galore from the #NJHipHop family again showcasing his collaborative ability along with desire to put on upcoming Jersey artists on the map.
Rhymageddon continues to push the envelop of lyricism and headnod music with the digital release of "SuckaClip" produced by Edobeci. On it, the Sergeant of Spit takes aim at the bloggers who claim to support good music that rarely sees the light of day. The hook purposely pokes fun at those who revert back to the trivial music already popular on the radio to achieve higher viewership of their prospective blogs. "The Rap Games crazy and it trendy to rhyme like you were dropped onyour head as a baby" The video, shot by LifeIronic focuses on the grittier side of Rhym's music and his brooding presence that can be caught at his live shows.
Special Musical Guest: B-Naz
B-Naz 3G is quickly making a name for himself in the world of Hip Hop. The breakout artist has rolled out one of the biggest hit records of the year with his crew sizzling single, “I Will Never Stop.” The song is a critical success and it is receiving a great amount of attention from notable mixshows and websites such as Yo Raps.com.
“I Will Never Stop” explodes with unadulterated candor. The track features him and his crews trademark lyrical dexterity and riveting street flair. “The song ‘I Will Never Stop’ is a revealing record. It’s head nodding Hip-hop at it’s best,” raves Urban Buzz Factor.com.
The stellar production on ‘I Will Never Stop’ coupled with his poignant cadence, delivery and flow results into a dynamic song that is sure to be a nationwide hit” according to Respect The Grind.Net.
Equally important, B-Naz recently shot an exciting music video for the song that features a catchy dance. The music video is fun, exhilarating and edited with perfection.
B-Naz and his crews lyrical and whimsical tales about life growing up in Jersey City, 3G have built a national following via the Internet. B-Naz is currently in the studio recording songs for his upcoming debut album, which will be released in the 4th quarter of 2011. “My LP is going to be bananas! Expect a lot of diversity. Our tracks are so different from each other. We got joints for the streets, the ladies and the clubs”, proclaims B-Naz.
B-Naz music inspirations include Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Lloyd Banks, Notorious B.I.G, Fabolous, Tupac, Jadakiss and Joe Budden. Their production is handled by Charles Roberson and Jeffery Moore.The rapper describes his music as authentic Hip Hop. He put his heart and soul into his music. "My Fans respect the fact that I'm raw and authentic. I want them to feel the power of my movement”.
B-Naz is a true entertainer in every sense of the word! He's exploding on the underground rap scene and have developed a solid fan base in their hometown of NJ. Moreover, he has performed at various venues throughout NJ and NYC. His performances are filled with lots of energy.
“My movement is crazy, because my work ethic is incredible. While you’re sleeping, i'm working and churning out hit songs,” proclaims B-Naz.
“I want to be a legendary Artist. Follow me through my trials and tribulations as I embark on my journey to greatness. I do this for the love of the music, the culture and my fans,” according to B-Naz. Support quality Hip Hop! Support 3G! And be sure to catch me performing live in upcoming shows in such cities as NYC, Atlanta and LA. For booking and Press email
Live In The Cipher show artist review Reks. Join the cipher team as we review Reks Rebelutionary release. Known for his lyrical ability and his underground roots, Reks has release multiple mixtapes and studio albums. Tune in and see if Reks can continue to bring the heat.
Corey Isiah Christie (born August 24, 1977), better known as Reks, is an American rapper. Reks emerged from Lawrence, Massachusetts' underground rap scene. His debut album Along Came The Chosen was released in 2001 released under Brick Records. Reks has released four additional albums and has appeared on numerous other albums and mixtapes. He is closely associated with Statik Selektah who has produced on every album he has released.
Hailing from the city of Plainfield, New Jersey Tahwaa Boyd aka Flamz life journey has developed his unique style. As a kid Flamz grew up in Elmwood garden projectz (New Projectz). Most of his time was spent getting into to trouble and being in and out of juvenile correctional facilities. Through his father he was exposed to music at a very young age. He learned to appreciate everything from the early hip hop greats to the artist of his era. Flamz was first enticed to the scene by such great artist as Big L Jay-z and Notorious BIG.
An interest in writing poetry soon evolved into flowing. Even though he had this gift he was still not focused and as a result he landed in prison as an adult doing a 4 year sentence. Upon his release in 2010 he found out that he had a 5 year old daughter that he knew nothing about. Once the paternity test came back that she was his that’s when he told himself that he was done with the streets for good and he would follow his dream through hip hop. On July 30th 2012 Flamz released his long awaiting mixtape titled The Calm And Storm which he feels is the beginning of something epic with many and bigger projects to follow.
The Calm And The Storm can be found on www.datpiff.com it’s the hottest mixtape on the street so make sure u go download it. Some of his other work can be found on www.soundcloud.com/flamzdbe
He knows that now is the time and he won`t stop sharing his gift with the world. He`s putting in all the long nights and days until he puts his town state and team (Drop Boyz ENT.) on the map where they need to be
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Live in the cipher team brings you the much anticipated release of 2 Chainz Based On A T.R.U Story. Join our interactive rate and review process where your opinion counts. From 2 Chainz initial beginnings in the group Playaz Circle with their hit single Duffle Bag Boy featuring Lil Wayne to being featured on Nicki Minaj hit single Beez In Da Trap, 2 Chainz has built a strong street buzz and following. Lets see if he can continue to deliver the kind of music his fans expect.
Artist Review: 2 Chainz
2 Chainz, is an American rapper from College Park, Georgia. He was first known for being one-half of southern hip hop duo, Playaz Circle. They're recognized for being signed to Ludacris' record label Disturbing tha Peace and their debut single "Duffle Bag Boy". He is currently signed to Def Jam Records, an imprint of Universal Music Group
What do you get when you take an enormously witty, attention commanding Emcee and pair him up with a profound, truth-biting, heart-wrenching lyricist? I'll tell you what you get...The best of both worlds AKA Upper Echelon. Coming off a 20+ date NACA affiliated College Tour, UE's ability to entertain the listener without sacrificing substance in their music is parallel to none.
They have found that fine line balance between having Commercial Viability and Artistic Integrity. Their love for other genres of music enables them to pull in fans that do not traditionally listen to Hip Hop music while maintaining the hearts of core Hip Hop fans. Currently, UE is working on a Creative Mixtape called "We Own the Sky." Their remake of Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love" is already receiving international attention and will be featured on "We own the Sky".
BEANIE SIGEL understands pressure. Hailing from South Philadelphia's rough and tumble 21st and Sigel streets, "Beans" emerged as one of the game's most revered rappers and even while facing the type of hardships that would break most artists, the Broad Street Bully has always excelled in the studio.
On August 28, 2012, just weeks before he is scheduled to turn himself in for a two-year prison bid, Beanie Sigel will release THIS TIME, his Ruffhouse Records debut and fifth official solo LP overall.
"Pressure busts pipes, but it could also make a diamond," says Sigel about his process of creating this new album under duress."It could either make you or break you."
With his mounting legal troubles, the former Roc-A-Fella star only had a few weeks to record his latest work, but THIS TIME is filled with the same street-inspired jewels that have made Beans so beloved throughout his career. On the title track, "Sig" stands triumphant as he reflects on the ups and downs in his life.
Eric aka Adonis was born to Elaine Lee & Eric LaSure Sr. He was raised in Newark New Jersey in the South Ward Weequahic section. He began writing and rapping at the age of 12. He was inspired to rap by Tupac Shakur and his cousin Damon aka Rav. While watching videos and witnessing the glamour and fast money that the streets of Newark portrayed. Adonis realized that he wanted to make money as well. Adonis had a very close relationship with his uncle Khalif who nicknamed him Naeem.
After Khalif was murdered in the streets of Newark Adonis was determined to make something out of his self. He kept himself focused while in high school by playing football and working. Adonis was raised in a single parent home with a mother who was very involved in Adonis and his siblings Greg & Aniya academics and social welfare. Adonis mom is a poet and had several Drama presentations with Newark public school children. His mom is known for her A Cry for Help productions. As Adonis watched his mother and brother put on shows he realized the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Adonis and his mother and siblings preformed on Madam Butterfly a cable station on channel 19. Adonis then realized that he found his calling "Rapping". Adonis formed a rap group called Iced Out/Newark Natives. He later joined the Wolf Pac with his cousin Damon aka Rav. The year 2006 was his first mix tape released called "Get Your Paper". In April 2012 he released his first video on You tube called estacey. Be on the lookout for Adonis because there is more to come.
Artist Review: Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
On the next Live In The Cipher show, Wed. 9/19/12 at 9 pm est, the cipher team brings you G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer. Take part in our interactive rating and review process, where your opinion counts.
G.O.O.D. Music is an American record label founded by rapper and producer Kanye West in 2004. "GOOD" is an acronym for "Getting Out Our Dreams". G.O.O.D. Music artist roster includes the likes of John Legend, Common, Malik Yusef, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Mr. Hudson, Cyhi the Prynce, Mos Def, Pusha T, D’banj, and Teyana Taylor. (Read more G.O.O.D. Music bio: www.wikipedia.org/GOOD_Music)
Cruel Summer is the first compilation album release by G.O.O.D. Music, after individual projects by many of the artists. Cruel Summer has songs that feature the entire camp, as well as featured appearances by Jay Z, R. Kelly, 2 Chainz, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Marsha Ambrosius, Jadakiss, Chief Keef, DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, Cocaine 80’s and Mase.
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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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