A place where separation may be better than integration
The current state of hip hop, Is it dead? Morphed into a new version, or Is it alive and kicking? Many say its dead, as well as a well noted Hip Hop Artist, and there are the masses that say it’s not dead but it evolved with the times and it’s catering to what the kids of today want.
A hamburger and meatball are made from the same meat, Beef. Do you say I am having spaghetti and hamburger or spaghetti n meatballs? Or do you got say I want a meatball with cheese on a bun or I want a hamburger with cheese on a bun. My point being the foundation is the same, but the form and structure are different so its categorized differently.
Tonight the Live In the Cipher Team pays tribute to Big L. 13 years ago today the hip hop world lost a legendary MC who was taken from us way to early. Big L known for his word play and delivery was tragically gunned down on February 15, 1999, shot 9 times in the face and chest.
Big L gave us countless underground hits and commercial hits. From Put it on, M.V.P, Da Graveyard to Ebonics. L was well known around the game and ready to take it to another level. Unfortunately for his fans and fans of hip hop he was taken from us before we were able to witness his full potential.
So tonight you will hear some of his well known songs along with some freestyles that L released during his time. Join us in paying tribute to one of the best to do it while he was around.
The Team along with you will review Up and Coming MC Kaydensz tonight on the Live In The Cipher Show. Here is what Kaydensz has to say about himself. Taken from Kaydensz site:
What is music? To some, it is simply just a way to gain fame and fortune. To others, it is an entertainment outlet that you can utilize with the simple press of a button. To Kaydensz, however, music is much more. Born Chance McIntosh in Newark (Da Bricks) and raised in East Orange (Illtown), he was brought into a world full of confusion and anguish. Growing up, Chance was a very good student, consistently receiving high grades throughout his youth. Although his mother worked very hard to provide a good life for him, his environment as well as the relationship with his father, caused him to be quick-tempered and confrontational.
His love for music started to surface when he was 11, when he began turning his unfocused energy into poetry. When he was 14 however, his uphill progress suddenly took a turn for the worse when his father suddenly passed away after years of alcohol and drug addiction. That equipped with the pressures of dealing with a new environment (he attended boarding school), caused Chance to fall into a deep depression and also caused his intrinsic personality. Feeling like no one understood him, he began writing poetry again to release his pain. Influenced by the likes of Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, as well as his oldest brother Ali Armz, Chance started writing raps when he was 15, initially as a means of fun for him and his friends. Chance kept writing, and his skills drastically improved, but it wasn’t until tragedy struck again that Chance fully connected with his music and everything became real. His uncle, who stepped in as a father figure after Chance’s father had died, passed away after a severe battle with cancer.
This devastated Chance, and not only caused him to fall into an even deeper depression but also plunged him to an alcohol and prescription pill binge. Some good did come from this, however, because during this time Chance began writing very introspective and intrinsic lyrics. By writing about his individual pains and personal pressures, he was able to realize that his story was not unique, and that it was his responsibility to tell not only his but the stories of others as well to the world, whether it be good or bad. After cleaning himself up, Chance set his goal on being the best and began writing even more profusely in order to master his craft. Soon after, Kaydensz Tha Savage was born. Kaydensz brings honesty, reality, diversity and respect to the game, with his style emphasizing wit, flow, cleverness, poetic structure, and wordplay. Producer/DJ Ja-Hi noticed his grind and talent and the two began making music together. With his help, Kaydensz will be releasing his first piece of work entitled The Twisted Soul EP, which released March 1st 2011!!!!!!!
So you ask, what is music to Kaydensz? It is a way to show the world the painting him and his peers call reality. Music is life.
Live In The Cipher brings you another up and coming MC from NYC. Join us as we introduce you to Fokis as we rate and review his latest release A Vintage State of Mind. Here is more about Fokis in his own words from www.fokeezy.com.
An innovative force, Fokis continues to forge his path towards success through the frontier of a technologically advanced world. Born William Heredia to Dominican parents, Fokis was raised on New York City’s Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was during these formative years that Fokis developed a love for music and a work ethic that placed him amongst hip hop’s hardest working entrepreneurs. Fokis began rhyming at an early age and later began to produce beats of his own. Seeking to enhance his career, Fokis pursued formal training as a recording engineer later opening his own recording studio Krystal Clear Recordings. There, Fokis has recorded and mixed records for many artists including Kool G Rap, Trife Diesel, Mic Geranimo, Bubba Sparxx and Rahsaan Patterson.
His passion and commitment to success literally placed him on the “Road to the Riches.” Early in his career, Fokis developed and produced an online reality show based on his own experience as an independent hip hop artist seeking to secure a record deal within a year’s time. Consistent with reality, the “Road to the Riches” did not result in Fokis signing a record deal. Not deterred, Fokis went on to release several albums collaborating with various established artists such as Joe Budden, Olu Dara (Nas' father), Deemi, Joell Ortiz and various producers such as Focus...(Aftermath Ent.) Charlemagne and Dahoud Darien. Through his persistence, Fokis independently distributed over twenty thousand compact discs and digital downloads combined. Projects like the “20/20” EP exclusively produced by Focus of Aftermath and “The Appetizer” LP with Punchline of eMC were well received by his fans.
Fokis has toured the United States, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic and performed as an opening act for Common, Busta Rhymes, M.O.P. the Beatnuts and many more. Through his experiences, Fokis has developed a relevant broad appealing style and sound that remains true to the core foundational elements of Hip Hop with a commercial appeal. Though achieving success distributing his own music, Fokis realized in this era it would take more than pursuing a career as a recording artist to rise to the level of success he sought to achieve. As his experience with the business side of the industry grew, Fokis seized upon the marketing facet of the industry and opened his digital media company Loyalty Digital Corp. Through Loyalty Digital Corp, Fokis has worked with various artists to develop, record and mix musical compositions and successfully market them online. In no time Fokis managed to develop a strong and diverse client base for Loyalty Digital Corp.
Working with that network, Loyalty Digital Corp. successfully produced and released two installations of “A Walk Through MySpace,” a musical collaborative effort of worldwide independent artists banding together to create a stronger market for their careers. Loyalty Digital’s success with its marketing campaigns resulted in multi platinum producer Ty Fyffe reaching out and together they developed an online competition called “Raw N Uncut” which enlisted hundreds of entrants. Fokis and Loyalty Digital’s many achievements have been recognized by not only many established industry members but also featured on various industry websites such as HipHopDX, NahRight, 2DopeBoyz, DubCNN and HipHopGame. In his own words Fokis states that he is “a dreamer, a visionary, and a grinder with a capital G.”
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 on the Live In The Cipher show we give you another Up and Coming MC 22 McGraw. McGraw is no stranger to the BKS1 Radio family having blessed the Cipher show with his verbal talents on another occasion with Chad B and Aitch. Join us tonight as we review his latest Mixtape release UpDere: Northern Lights Edition.
Tonight's Guest: 22 McGraw
If you are a hard core Hip Hop fan with concern about the lack of good lyrical content in today’s music, you need not look any further. Fortunately for you, there’s a new kid in town. And he goes by the name of 22 McGraw.
The HardRoc Records recording artist was born and raised in the Baxter Terrace Housing Projects in Newark, NJ. Growing up, he always had a passion for music and was heavily influenced by the styles of Bootsy Collins, 2Pac, Nas, Redman, Snoop Dogg and Max B. With big dreams, a pen and his pad, McGraw began writing lyrics at the age of 12. But there was one small obstacle he had to overcome, stage fright. After a few performances, he kicked his fear of the stage and since then he has been focused on sharing his story with the world.
In a interview with BKS1 Radio, McGraw explained, “I was raised in a middle class home. The things I talk about in my rhymes aren’t all things I have necessarily done. But everything that I talk about is real or something that I have witnessed first hand. When I rap, I speak for those who don’t have the ability to tell their story. Through me, we will all be heard.”
The self-proclaimed “hooktician’s” latest contribution to Hip Hop, “Up Dere: The Northern Lights Edition”, appropriately released on 4/20/2011, is an ode to one of his favorite past times. Songs like “Bali Run” and “We Have Fun” featuring Chad B are up tempo classics with bass knocking beats. While tracks like “Background Boy”, “So Smart” and “Let’s Get Right” featuring Skeemz take listeners on a mellow “futuristic” journey. 22 has also been featured on “Nov. 24th”, a mix-tape in which he collaborated on with friend and fellow label mate, Chad B.
Humble, hungry and ready to take the industry by storm, 22 McGraw is well on his way. Fans and potential fans, stay tuned. He’s on the come up.
For music and more information on 22 McGraw, please log-on to http://www.hardrocrecords.com or follow him on Twitter @22_McGraw.
Get ready for another freestyle Friday...Halloween edition!!! The ladies of OWWHH will shock you this October when we represent our favorite male influences and expose our alter egos. Tonight's theme!..."Only Men Wear Timberlands," and to compliment our little twist we are going to get into a few things like "Why It’s Important For A Man To Wear The Pants In The Relationship!" talking - men being controlled by their woman, women being too authoritative ruins relationships, young ladies dressing in mens attire thinking "its appealing or sexy," and much more!
As always we will touch on a little bit of everything staying true to the tradition of "O.W.W.H.H" freestyle Fridays!!! So make sure you tune to find out who gets knocked off, and what special guests we have in the building this week! The women of "only women wear high heels" turn into the men of "Only Men Wear Timberlands!" this Friday Only! Keeping it real as always! Call in 646-233-1302 or join the Halloween festivities in the chatroom! Tonight 11pm - 1am est. only on BKS1RADIO.COM
Special Guest: Avarex
Jersey's newest break out artist Avarex is back with his new mixtape A-Jersey-Conglomerate featuring songs like " Mistaken Me", "Official (freestlye) off Drakes-Uptown", and "Respect My Grind" . CHECK OUT THE NEWEST VIDEO "LOOK IN MY EYES".
Avarex has been dropping songs and videos all year. He has been doing a lot of (non-profit shows) in the Tri-State area to build a growing buzz and fanbase as well. Ava has most recently opened up for acts such as Lil Cease (Jr. Mafia) and Tierra Mari also more to come.
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Special Guest: J'Maine Jones
Special Guest: J’Maine Jones
J'MAINE JONES was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. At a late age, J'MAINE JONES learned that he was adopted. He never knew or met his biological father until age 18. The hole time the man he had been calling "father" his entire life was really his "stepfather". At that point J'MAINE was only half of who he thought he knew he was and left with feelings of abandonment and unworthy of love J'MAINE has been in search to learn all of who he is and his purpose for being born. The only clue or direction J'MAINE had was his vocal talent and ability to sing.
Shortly after, J'MAINE used his only clue (his talent) and auditioned for the 2nd season of the hit television series CANADIAN IDOL just to see how far it would take him and quickly became apart of the top 20 finalists in this nation wide competition. This was his first appearance on national television.
J'MAINE then decided to go on a tour across Asia for 2 years performing in clubs and 5 star hotels in which he gained the majority of his performance experience. He's performed in Bangkok, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, and Indonesia to name a few.
Gaining fans from these countries, when J'MAINE returned to North America from his tour overseas, he was encouraged to audition for the Amateur Night competition at the legendary Apollo theater in NYC and won the competition 3 consecutive times. Since then, he's joined Universal Records recording artist Ryan Leslie assisting in background vocals.
J'MAINE JONES has shared the stage with some of music's legendary artists including Mariah Carey, Earth Wind & Fire, P Diddy, Ryan Leslie, Corey Gunz, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Yolanda Adams to name a few. He's worked with very successful producers in the industry such as Rodney Jerkins (Dark Child), Rockwilder, and etc. He's currently working on his first mixtape and EP due to be released in late 2012.
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 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.
This Week on the OWWHH show we have a very special guest joining us on the panel for Free Style Friday: College Edition! The Legendary Rah Digga and the lovely ladies of Only Women Wear High Heels will be bringing you the best Freestyle Friday this year as we get into the best of everything.
Join us as we represent our favorite College or University talking about our experiences, your experiences, what it means to be a college student today. We are going to talk about and heat from some sororities and fraternities, get into tuition and diplomas, the parties, "frienemies," relationships, and much more. Represent your University or College OR check in and show Rah Digga and the ladies of OWWHH love! Call in (646)-233-1302!
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Special Guest Co-Host: Rah Digga
Rah Digga is an American rapper. Well known as a longtime member of the Flipmode Squad, a hip hop group led by Busta Rhymes, she parted ways amicably with the group in 2007. She has been called "one of rap's most prominent women MCs" by Allmusic and "one of hip-hop's most skilled female MCs" in the book How to Rap. Rah Digga is a resident of Newark, New Jersey.
Rah Digga was born in New Jersey and went to study electrical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She learned how to rap by studying the raps of KRS-One, Rakim, and Kool G Rap of the Juice Crew.
She starred in the movie Thirteen Ghosts, and she worked with hip-hop group Twice the Flavor before joining the Outsidaz, leading to a feature on the track "Cowboys" from the Fugees album The Score. Being seen by Q-Tip at the Lyricist Lounge lead to her meeting with Busta Rhymes, and joining his Flipmode Squad, later appearing on "numerous Busta Rhymes albums". Her debut solo, Dirty Harriet, was released in 2000 featuring Busta Rhymes and Eve. She also worked with Bahamadia on the track "Be Ok" from Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 1.
Her second album Everything Is A Story was due to be released on J Records in 2004, but for unknown reasons was not released. Many songs from the album had leaked to the internet in an unofficial 23-track album of unreleased material, and in 2010 Rah Digga released her own version of the album, featuring unheard tracks from the album not present on the leaked version. Rah Digga released a new album, Classic, on September 14, 2010. Production was handled by Nottz, and a promo single was released entitled "This Ain't No Lil Kid Rap". Rah Digga is currently working on a demo that will be released in 2013.
Rah Digga was cast in the film Thirteen Ghosts in 2001. The same year, Rah Digga also appeared alongside Beyoncé and Joy Bryant in MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera.
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