Statik Selektah and Termanology join together to form the group titled 1982. Together they bring the hip hop world another project titled 2012. Join the live in the cipher team as we rate and review this project from this talented duo. 2012 will mark the 3rd collaborative effort from Statik Selektah and Termanology, each of the previous efforts receiving acclaim from true hip hop heads. Lets see if they can continue to deliver the quality sounds that they are known to bring.
Tonight the Live In The Cipher team brings you a double artist review. First we have up and coming New Jersey bred MC P. Genz with his The Preparative EP release. Then followed by the Legendary 50 Cent latest release 5 Murder By Numbers. Join our interactive review process where your opinion counts.
Artist Review: P. Genz
New Jersey representative P. Genz has taken an affinity for verbal expression. P. Genz began rapping at the age of 6 and began writing at the age of 12. He claims, " I used to write some off the wall stuff and I've always had a sense of flow when it came to rhyming". P. Genz and his undeniable talent has been deemed "ahead of his time." Surrounded by his musically inclined older brothers, P. Genz had absorbed lyrical styles of some of the greats, such as, Eric B. & Rakim, Kool G Rap, Nas, Jay Z, Redman and Wu-Tang Clan.
Now, at the more mature age of 24, P. Genz has been working harder than ever to alert the world that his music has such lyrical and stylistic quality worth taking notice and listening to in his home state of New Jersey and around the world. He has established his company, "Essence Gold Music", completed 4 solo albums, one collaboration EP with German Producer, JayBeats, and a accumulation of guest appearances. Staying focused on music and maintaining artistry, P.Genz isn't looking at anything other than onward movement to ensure that his music and the essence of his musical expression is not lost in the struggles of his past. He has come a long way and his path to success is only getting brighter.
Artist Review: 50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent (often pronounced "fitty cent"), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, record producer, and actor. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) and The Massacre (2005). His album Get Rich or Die Tryin' has been certified eight times platinum by the RIAA.
Born in the South Jamaica of Queens, New York City, Jackson began drug dealing at the age of twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. After leaving drug dealing to pursue a rap career, he was shot at and struck by nine bullets during an incident in 2000. After releasing his album Guess Who's Back? in 2002, Jackson was discovered by rapper Eminem and signed to Interscope Records. With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his first major commercial successes, Jackson became one of the world's highest selling rappers. In 2003, he founded the record label G-Unit Records, which signed several successful rappers such as Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo.
Live In The Cipher team brings you a legend in the hip hop game. Arguably one of the top 5 MC's ever to grab the Mic Nasir Jones aka Nas delivers Life Is Good project for the hip hop world. Tune in and see if Nas can continue to deliver the quality hip hop that he is known to produce. Over 20 years in hip hop Life Is Good is Nas' 10th solo release.
Artist Review: Nas
Heralded instantly as one of New York's leading rap voices, Nas expressed an outspoken, self-empowered swagger that rallied the streets of his city and elsewhere. Whether proclaiming himself "Nasty Nas" or "Nas Escobar" or "Nastradamus" or "God's Son," the self-appointed King of New York battled numerous adversaries for his position atop the epicenter of East Coast rap, none more noteworthy than Jay-Z, who vied with Nas for the vacated throne left in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 assassination.
Such headline-worthy drama informed Nas' provocative rhymes, which he delivered with both a masterful flow and a wise perspective over breathtaking beats by amazing producers: legends like DJ Premier, Large Professor, and Pete Rock; hitmakers like Trackmasters, Timbaland, and Dr. Dre; street favorites like Swizz Beatz, Megahertz, and the Alchemist; and personal favorites of his own like L.E.S., Salaam Remi, and Chucky Thompson. Nas likewise collaborated with some of the industry's leading video directors like Hype Williams and Chris Robinson, presenting singles like "Hate Me Now," "One Mic," and "I Can" with dramatic flair. Throughout all the ups (the acclaim, popularity, and success) and all the downs (the pressure, adversaries, and over-reaching), Nas continually matured as an artist, evolving from a young street disciple to a vain all-knowing sage to a humbled godly teacher. Such growth made every album release an event and prolonged his increasingly storied career to epic proportions.
D Strong aka InvincibleSons All (Last Kind, Third Rail), started rhyming in 1985 during the early days of the Golden Era. At first it was just for the thrill of battle over high school lunch table drums, then it became more, writing songs coming up with hooks and eventually recording in the studio.
D Strong found an outlet for music through a local radio station KDAY and their performing arts program. He did shows at local parks and rec centers through out L.A. and it helped him become familiar with stage presents and vocal delivery.
As the years went on and the music changed he never forgot where it started and has tried to stick to the same format that has always felt comfortable...dope beats and rhyme concepts.
D Strong is one fifth of the L.A. based underground crew "the Last Kind". He is also a member of the triple threat emcee group "Third Rail" ( D Strong, Aarophat, Wildelux). With the introduction of the internet to the industry his dream of having his music heard by the world has become a reality.
D Strong has been busy putting out four albums in the last two years.
"the Burden" Nov. 2011
"Rise and Shoot" March 2012
"Unfold" July 2012
"Sacrifice" April 2013
Through out the yrs D Strong has performed with: Ole Dirty Bastard, Eric Sermon, Prince Po, Sadat X, Supernatural, the Beatnuts, the Alcoholics, Chino XL, Poor Righteous Teachers, Ice Cube, Crayz Walls, Planet Asia, DJ Qbert, the Scratch Pickles, the Beat Junkies, Apani Bfly, John Robinson, Copywrite, and Mainflow. Performed live at the CMJ Music Festival and the world famous “Wake Up Show”.
Special Guest: Jameel Mason
Jameel Mason was born on June 24, in East Orange, New Jersey and raised throughout Central Jersey in a single parent household with his three siblings. He got his start rapping at the age of fifteen, though he admittedly began to take a more serious approach after he began college.
Jameel grew up listening to and was inspired by the blues, jazz, but mostly hip hop artist's such as Biggie, Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas, Big L, Emenim and 50 Cent. Living by the acronym D4G (Destined 4 Greatness) his music reflects overcoming the harsh reality of growing up in poverty. Despite the dark lyrical themes, Jameel combines captivating lyrics and witty punch lines with a smooth and charismatic delivery to allure his audience.
Since his first initial foray into the rap game, he has been captivating crowds at many venues and universities throughout New Jersey and New York. Spectators at universities such as Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson, Drew University, and Seton Hall, as well as at popular venues such as Club Pyramid and Club Rebel S.O.B's etc... Have all had the opportunity to witness this talented young rapper perform. And his talent has not gone unrecognized-- early in 2012 he competed in the New Jersey Performing of Arts event held at colleges and universities throughout the state and placed second overall amongst other rappers, musicians, artists, poets, and almost everything creative in-between. As an all- American athlete, he graduated from Drew University in 2012. Now with school completed, Jameel looks to shift his focus more heavily on his career as a rapper.
Look for music from Jameel Mason in the iTunes store worldwide and on all other major distributors.
Bun B, is an American rapper and was one half of the southern rap duo UGK (UnderGround Kingz). He is also a guest lecturer at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas. He released his third official solo album, Trill OG, on August 3, 2010, which received a 5 Mic "Classic" rating in The Source magazine - the first album in over five years to receive the honor.
The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. His travels around the globe as one of rap’s most in-demand performers combined with his conversations with political activists and his genre-straddling work with Idle Warship and others caused Kweli to realize that he was limited in a sense, a prisoner of sorts of his own success as one of the world’s best rappers with something significant to say.
“My music has been associated with those types of causes, with positivity, spirituality, intelligence and being thought-provoking and such,” he says. “I think sometimes people get caught up in that part of me as an artist and don’t necessarily understand the musicality or fully appreciate the music and the entertainment value behind what I do. I tried to stretch my wings a little bit and bring something that was less beholden to the world of hip-hop and more existing in the world in general.”
The result of this artistic growth and exploration arrives with Kweli’s dynamic Prisoner Of Conscious AKA P.O.C., an artistic tour de force that signals the start of the next chapter of Kweli’s remarkable career. The BK MC spent more time working on Prisoner Of Conscious than any of his other albums, a three-year journey that found him exploring new vibes, joining in some unlikely collaborations and taking him to foreign lands.
Produced by Symbolyc One (Kanye West, Ghostface), the title track’s alternatively rap and rock-based beat provides a distinctive platform for Kweli to deliver rhymes that detail his artistic awakening, while producers Sean C & LV (Jay-Z, Raekwon) created a Marvin Gaye-esque vibe for “Come,” a cut featuring Miguel that showcases Kweli trying to convince a series of women to do things his way.
Lord Steppington is the collaborative debut studio album by California-based hip hop duo Step Brothers (rapper/producers The Alchemist and Evidence). The album was released on January 21, 2014 by Rhymesayers Entertainment.The record was produced entirely by Alchemist and Evidence, and includes guest appearances from Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Blu, Fashawn, Rakaa Iriscience, Oh No, Styles P, Domo Genesis and The Whooliganz – Alchemist's old group which included Hollywood actor Scott Caan.
Anticipation for the collaborative project between Dilated Peoples emcee Evidence and Shady Records producer The Alchemist has been building since they have announced they would be joining forces as Step Brothers in 2009. With time passing, both artists have been preparing their joint album while balancing other projects separately. Given that they are friends since childhood, the two have worked together regularly in the past.
Their collective catalog includes songs like "The Far Left," "The Red Carpet" and Dilated Peoples' "Worst Comes to Worst."But this is the first album the two will conceive together entirely. The duo announced their album title on January 1, 2013."Lord Steppington" was chosen as the name for their record after a line Alchemist said on Gangrene's "Dark Shades."