Young Jeezy, is an American rapper. He is a member of the hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America (USDA) and a former member of BMF (Black Mafia Family). He began his career in 2001 under an independent label and joined Boyz 'N Da Hood in 2005, the same year his solo major label debut Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 was released. Its single "Soul Survivor", which featured Akon, became a top-ten hit in the US.
The Inspiration followed in 2006, and The Recession followed in 2008; both albums yielded chart-topping singles. Jeezy has also appeared on numerous other rap and R&B singles such as "Say I" by Christina Milian, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, "Hard" by Rihanna, and "Love in This Club" by Usher, the latter being a number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2008.
Tonight on the Live In The Cipher show we welcome back Nina Foxx, former co host of the Cipher show, she is delivering us her latest hip hop release Who Is Nina Foxx? If her past work is any indication this will be another banger for your ears. Also tonight we have the legendary Vita, formerly of Murder Inc, she is making her way back into the hip hop world after taking time to act in feature movies, Belly, and handle the business side of the industry. Tune in and hear what this legendary female rapper has to say about the industry and how things have changed since she was part of the rise of Murder Inc.. We also have Danteze our unsigned shine artist for the night. Its going to be a jam packed show full of the real hip hop the world has been waiting for so join us!
Artist Review: Nina Foxx
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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Special Guest: Vita
Vita introduced to the hip hop world as the first lady of Murda Inc Record Label. As she grew as an artist Vita moved on from Murda Inc, and got into acting and refocusing her career. Vita is back with her own thing now VitaBaby Inc. Check out her site www.vitababyinc.com, follow her on twitter @officialvita.
Here is a video of one of Vita hit songs Vita, Vita, Vita.
Unsigned Shine Artist: Danteze
At the vibrant age of 18, the New Jersey artist known as Donteze is turning his dreams to reality. Plainfield born, Piscataway raised, Donteze is currently New Jersey's newest big deal. With influence from his older brother who's a hip hop enthusiast, and popular rap artists like Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Gangstarr, and The Loxx Donteze was quickly exposed to the richness of hip hop music and culture.
By elementary school, he had written and executed his first poem. Poetry soon became a major part of his life and by the end of his high school career,his mixtape "50 Cent Sodas" was released. His fan base instantly expanded throughout his hometown, as he was frequently able to perform.
As a freshman student at Kean University, Union NJ Donteze is climbing new heights. Recently releasing a new mixtape entitled "The Opposite", he is expanding his network, and creating new ways to capitalize on his passion for making good music. Most recently, the single from the mixtape "Goodnight" was featured on 90.3FM and UndeniableTV. Also, Donteze performs locally at popular venues such as The Brownstone in Newark,NJ.
A brand new mixtape, "Martin Little" is underway and will soon be released, which includes a concepts of the late MLK and Malcolm X. Critics compare his style and lyricism to rappers such as Wale, Kanye West, Drake, and Big Sean, however Donteze never fails to keep it fresh and original.
Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter proclaimed that stars are born. Many recording executives feel that stars are created and curated. So what happens when a prodigy is born with celebrity DNA, but grooms themselves with such artistic passion and determination that their lineage becomes an afterthought? Answer: Daniel “Diggy” Simmons meets his destiny as the champion of rap’s new millennium generation. A boy genius with the pen, the 16-year-old son of Hip-Hop royalty Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and nephew of Russell Simmons, has already written himself a two-year career that’s surpassed much of his rookie class.
Having inked a deal with Atlantic Records in March 2010 (post a several-label courting), the Queens, NY native has since headlined his very own tour with Winter 2012’s The Life Of The Jetsetter Tour and co-headlined two previous runs––2011’s 106th & Park Presents: The Closer To My Dreams Tour and The Scream Tour: The Next Generation. As decorated as he is lyrically gifted, Diggy has been bestowed a plethora of kudos from premium brands in media (Billboard’s “Artists To Watch 2011,” XXL’s 2011 annual Freshman list and cover), television (2011 BET Awards “Rookie of The Year” and “Young Star Award” nominee) and culture (2012 NAACP Image Award winner for “Outstanding New Artist.”). Possessing a maturity and polished poise years beyond his ‘90’s baby status,’ Diggy’s comfort in his new fame is just as advanced. “I love making music,” says Diggy. “So because I get attention and praise off of my music rather than anything else, I’m happy.”
The best case made for the embryonic genius of this Hip-Hop Prince can be heard on his debut album Unexpected Arrival. An amazing showcase of what new generation superstar power sounds like; it could easily be labeled a cultural soundtrack for the worldly minds of today’s youth. Offering listeners a smorgasbord of subject matter, the young Jetsetter proves his album title dead-on by mixing motivational speech on cuts like the celebratory “Hello World” and triumphant “Glow In The Dark” with unflinchingly conscious dialogue as heard on “Unforgivable Blackness.” Clearly Diggy’s aim was for his fans to conclude his album better for having listened. “I want to be known as a person who inspired people to become what they aspire to be,” he says. “I wanted to make music that was relatable, that helped people that had an impact on society and culture.”
As inspirational as Unexpected Arrival will prove to be, above all, the album is unequivocally grade-A rap. Diggy possesses an amazingly seasoned delivery pillared by precision, imagination and education. A non-fictional wisdom can be heard on the Jadakiss-featured homage to Hip-Hop’s golden year, “88” (“You know my uncle taught Diddy, who turned around and taught Biggie,” while a Top 5 MC future can be heard on the b-boy treasure that is “Two Up.” Already a successive BET’s 106th & Park countdown champion, Diggy has begun his ascendance on Billboard charts with singles “Copy, Paste,” the Jeremih-featured “Do It Like You,” whose video boasts over 3 million YouTube views, and the most recent love letter to his female base “4-Letter Word.” The rhyme rookie’s effortless ability to simultaneously satisfy rap purists and the opposite sex in the same breath speaks for why he’s already platinum in the sphere of social network (Over 1.2 followers for @diggy_simmons; over 1.1 million Facebook friends). “My fans mean the world to me,” says Diggy. “Since I’m so thankful for them, I tweet them every day. The music is a part of them and they’re a part of me so I can’t wait for them to have this next phase that we’re going into. This is our journey together.”
Truly one of Brooklyn’ s finest, aspiring musician Rob Scott was born in April of 1990. There is no question that Scott, with his eclectic style of music, is destined for greatness. Not restricting himself to just one genre of music, Scott possesses versatility and a unique and creative sound. His lifelong dream has always been to expose the world to his rare talent, so that listeners can not only enjoy it, but live vicariously through his lyrics.
Growing up Rob was heavily influenced by music. Whether it was his mother’s daily routine of playing tunes around the house, or singing sweet harmonies with his family members, music has always surrounded him. Singing was Scott’s first love, but at the age of 14 Scott was introduced to the rap arena as well. He didn’t begin to polish his lyrical gift until the age of 18, but always had a way with words. Music had become his great escape, the best way he could find to express his emotions and it all began with a pen and a pad. Never limiting himself, Scott has created everything from soulful R&B to up-tempo club bangers. Drawing from legends Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson, Scott strives to be poetic in his music as well as deliver punch lines you can’t forget. Scott is determined to be innovative and not just another artist, but an entertainer whose music means something to people.
Determined to set the standard, Scott is working hard to continuously progress at his craft. Having performed with entrepreneur Will Smith during the 1998 Grammy’s, Scott is more than ready to take the spotlight. Scott has also been recognized for his talents elsewhere. He was the winner of The Dream Big Hustle Hard Showcase. He has done voice over’s for the Nickelodeon shows Dora the Explorer and Little Bear, and made appearances on hit shows such as, As The World Turns and Saturday Night Live.
It all started with a dream that Scott risked everything to pursue, now determined to make his dreams a reality, he is hitting the scene with unstoppable force. Undoubtedly, Rob Scott’s journey has just begun and there is no question that in the blink of an eye, he will be at the top.
Tonight the Live In The Cipher team pays tribute to the Legendary Adam "MCA" Yauch of the hip hop super group Beastie Boys. Signed to Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin's Def Jam Recordings, the Beastie Boys took the hip hop world and music industry by storm with their first release License to ILL. Selling upwards of 40 million copies worldwide License To ILL showed the world what the Beastie Boys had to offer.
The trio delivered to the hip hop world hit after hit for many years to come. Adam "MCA" Yauch was so much more than just a hip hop artist though. He was a philanthropist, activist and supporter for human rights, role model. An iconic figure who transcended cultural lines to bring people together for positive causes. Tonight we pay tribute to the musician, the man and his music. Rest In Peace Adam "MCA" Yauch the world will miss his contributions in more ways than one.
Artist Review: Reks
Corey Isiah Christie (born August 24, 1977), better known as Reks, is an American rapper. Reks emerged from Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he took the underground rap scene by storm with the release of his debut album, entitled Along Came The Chosen, in 2001 released under Brick Records. Since then, 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 everyone of his album, and entirely produced his 2012 album, Straight, No Chaser.
Jay Z and Kanye drop the video for No Church In The Wild, a song that has been a hot topic of conversation. What are you thoughts on the video and song in general? Comments will be read and discussed on next weeks Live In The Cipher Show Wed June 6th 9 pm est.
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Artist Review: Jay Z
Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City and, in turn, a major-label executive following his short-lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions upon millions with each release, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television.
He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever rivals attempted to oust him from atop the rap game, sparring most memorably with Nas. Jay-Z and his Roc-a-Fella associates greatly influenced the industry and established many of the trends that pervaded during the late '90s and early 2000s. He consistently worked with the hottest producers of the day (Clark Kent, DJ Premier, Teddy Riley, Trackmasters, Erick Sermon, Timbaland,Swizz Beatz), and if they weren't hot at the time, they likely would be afterward (the Neptunes, Kanye West, Just Blaze, 9th Wonder).
He similarly collaborated with the hottest rappers in the industry, everyone from East Coast contemporaries like the Notorious B.I.G. ("Brooklyn's Finest") and DMX ("Cash, Money, Hoes"), to the best rappers from the South (Ludacris, Missy Elliott) and the West Coast (Snoop Dogg, Too Short). After his self-declared retirement from rapping in 2003, he assumed the presidency of the seminal rap label Def Jam and, as an industry executive, embarked on another phase in his illustrious career.
Born in 1969 and raised in the rough Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, NY, Jay-Z underwent some tough times after his father left his mother before the young rapper was even a teen. Without a man in the house, he became a self-supportive youth, turning to the streets, where he soon made a name for himself as a fledging rapper. Known as "Jazzy" in his neighborhood, he soon shortened his nickname to Jay-Zand did all he could to break into the rap game. As he vividly discusses in his lyrics, Jay-Z also became a street hustler around this time, doing what needed to be done to make money.
For a while, he ran around with Jaz-O, aka Big Jaz, a small-time New York rapper with a record deal but few sales. From Jaz he learned how to navigate through the rap industry and what moves to make. He also participated in the group Original Flavor for a short time. Jay-Z subsequently decided to make an untraditional decision and start his own label rather than sign with an established label like Jaz had done. Together with friends Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke, he created Roc-a-Fella Records, a risky strategy for cutting out the middleman and making money for himself. Once he found a reputable distributor, Priority Records (and then later Def Jam), Jay-Z finally had everything in place, including a debut album, Reasonable Doubt (1996).