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.
Live In The Cipher brings you another Legend in the hip hop world. Joining us tonight the legendary, Rock and Roll & Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Scorpio from Grandmaster Flash and The Furious 5 fame. We are being blessed by a legend in the hip hop world, here to give us knowledge of the hip hop game and what current projects he is involved.
We also rate and review Reks Straight No Chaser release. Join our interactive review process where your opinion counts. Let's see what this talented MC has to offer.
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.
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Special Guest: Scorpio
Rock and Roll and Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee "Scorpio" from Grandmaster Flash and The Furious 5 is a hard working hip hop artist who is all about The Furious 5 Brand. Scorpio is determined to use The Furious 5's accomplishments as leverage to get to the next level. In recent years Scorpio has been instrumental in The Brand being involved in major product Ads. Some of the more memorable Ads, to name a few were, DJ Hero Video Game System, The Lacoste Brand's new Fragrance line and a Kia Motors Ad. These ads and the game system are still in circulation now, and doing well.
Scorpio is now involved in a project to do what he can to show support for Our President through a song that he wrote for President Obama's campaign... The song is unofficial but the message is a serious one. Scorpio is a winner!!!
Follow Scorpio on twitter: @ScorpioFurious5
Check out Scorpio's Unofficial Song for President Obama campaign:
Live In The Cipher show brings you Curren$y latest release Stoned Immaculate for your rating and review. Join us to see if Curren$y continues to bring us the bangers he is known. From the great city of New Orleans Curren$y has delivered a couple critically acclaimed albums Pilot I and Pilot II. Join the BKS1 Radio experience. MC's call in 646-233-1302 and spit your hot 16. Follow us on twitter: @Liveinthecipher and like our facebook fan page: Live In The Cipher Show
Live In The Cipher show brings you another legend in the hip hop game Masta Ace. Ace has a new release in collaboration with MF Doom titled MA_Doom: Son Of Yvonne. Join the cipher team as we see if Masta Ace can continue to deliver the masterful rhymes that he is known to deliver over MF Doom beats.
Artist Review: Masta Ace
Masta Ace has always managed to remain current and totally classic in the exact same breath. I know it sounds impossible, but the truth must be told. As one of the most imaginative, narrative and prolific lyricists ever to emerge from the mean streets of Brooklyn USA, his albums are like mini-movies. As a matter of fact, the man has been born, and re born, and born yet again. In his 1988 lyrical debut, he took a stand along side Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap and Craig G on hip hop's most important posse cut, ‘The Symphony’. His first full length album, the Marley Marl produced Take A Look Around (1990), established the rookie emcee as a sophisticated voice from the ghetto.
Slaughtahouse (1993) was an ingenious conversation with hip hop, as Ace and his incorporated crew took on the entire gangsta rap genre. In 1995, his Sittin' On Chrome LP unified American car culture as a celebration of rims and rides and rap music. Then after a 6 year hiatus, Ace caught the world off guard with the epic Disposable Arts (2001). This classic theme album, complete with plot, main characters and score, played like a feature film on wax. A Long Hot Summer, (2004), was the prequel to Disposable Arts. These two “flicks”, were connected, and although Ace was the only actual recurring character, the storylines blended together in a well thought out arrangement. "Coming off of Disposable, I knew I wanted to do another theme album," Ace admits. "I watched ‘Thunderbolt and Lightfoot’ with Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges. The whole side-kick movie thing was the original inspiration for that album.” In 2004 he announced that “…Summer” would be his fifth and final solo album. It seems that he was planning a unique and different way to continue making contributions to Hip Hop.
Ace has teamed up with Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin to form the new group EMC. All three were featured heavily on his last two releases and the chemistry that resulted was undeniable. Ace mentions, “After touring together for the last 6 years, the group album became the natural evolution of our friendship.” The album will be released this summer on M3 Records, an upstart independent label formed by Ace and his partners “Filthy Rich” and “DJ Rob”. "I'm hoping that M3 thing is gonna be the next cool hip hop label," he says. "When you see the logo you're gonna expect quality music. Like back in the days when people saw the Cold Chillin' label they bought the record because they knew it was gonna be something hot. I hope to establish M3 with this new album.”
Daniel Dumile (pronounced /ˈduːmɨleɪ/ DOO-mə-lay; born 9 January 1971) is a hip hop artist who has taken on several stage names in his career, most notably MF Doom, often stylized as MF DOOM, now known as simply DOOM. He has appeared in several collaborative projects such as Danger Doom (with Danger Mouse) and Madvillain (with Madlib).
Dumile was born in 1971, in London, England, the son of a Trinidadian mother and a Rhodesian father. He moved with his family to New York and was raised in Long Beach, New York. As Zev Love X, he formed the group KMD in 1988 with his younger brother DJ Subroc and another MC called Rodan. When Rodan left the group, Zev found another MC to replace Rodan named Onyx the Birthstone Kid. A&R rep Dante Ross learned of KMD through the hip hop group 3rd Bass, and signed the group to Elektra Records. Dumile and KMD's recorded debut came on 3rd Bass's song "The Gas Face" from The Cactus Album, followed in 1991 with KMD's album Mr. Hood, which became a minor hit through its singles "Peachfuzz", "Who Me?" and heavy video play on cable TV's Yo! MTV Raps and Rap City.
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., (born May 20, 1972), better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the alias Busta Rhymes after NFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes. Early in his career, he was known for his wild style and fashion, and today is best known for his intricate rapping technique, which involves rapping at a fast rate with lots of internal rhyme and half rhyme, and to date has received eleven Grammy nominations for his musical work.
About.com included him on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007),while Steve Huey of Allmusic called him one of the best and most prolific rappers of the '90s. In 2012, The Source placed him on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.MTV has called him "one of hip-hop's greatest visual artists." He was both a member of Leaders of the New School and a founding member of the label and group Flipmode AKA the Conglomerate.
“Music to me is a powerful art of expression.” Capturing the potency of a musical legacy which extends far further than her arrival to the USA, JOI ROCKS has successfully formulated her striking sound, taking her unique position in Hip Hop, a genre which has loaned platform to Joi’s distinctive floetic rhyming.
Effortless versatility as an emcee is JOI ROCKS vocal flagship. Switching up rap with chanting, singing and toasting with seamless guise, Joi simply enjoys expressing herself and allowing others to relate.
“I’m intrigued by the emotional energy, passion and creative process of music; its beautiful ability to move masses is what makes music my life. When I’m recording a song, or performing, my connection and love for the audience brings inner joy and contentment in a way that’s indescribably fulfilling.”
Relocating to the USA, Joi’s journey as an artist started 'back home' in Zimbabwe. Proficient in piano at 6 years, Joi soon began writing rhymes and rapping by age 12. While an East Coast stamp dominates her sound, Joi Rocks celebrates her African inheritance by switching a Philly-chic/New York vernacular to spitting her exotic mother tongue (Shona) with grace and urban reinvention. Representing Hip Hop’s blessed global appeal, Joi’s unique rhyming ability is a truly necessary addition to this genre.
Penning all her material is fundamental to the JOI ROCKS experience, with real life matters stylishly embodied in her songwriting. Joi’s rhymes encompass her experiences of socio-economic and political hardship, as well as the realities of being a strong, sensual woman in a male dominated industry.
Joi’s key life principles to live by include “Think it, believe it, receive it” and “Never ever give up.” Coming from humble beginnings, she was born and raised in a small town in Southern Africa. This artist did not allow the environment she grew up in to set any limitations or boundaries to how far she can go in the music industry and in the world as whole.
A graduate Management Information Systems (MIS) degree is the only true contender to her sometimes explicit and always clever rhymes, making Joi a true ambassador to all aspects of her music empire. Writer, performer and strategist, JOI ROCKS has used her business tenacity to deliver live shows, and achieve radio play throughout her hometown Philadelphia and extending internationally to Zimbabwe, UK and South Africa.
In January 2011 Joi Rocks teamed up with Violator Management under A. B Butler and David Lighty’s supervision and she relocated from Pennsylvania to Queens, NY.
Recent hype includes:
THISIS50's "Stop the Violence Tour", Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Long Island
New York (Ha Comedy Club, Club Marfa, Iguanas, Madison Square Garden)
Baltimore (Courtesy of Spitters' Club)
Harare, Zimbabwe (Celebration Center)
London, UK (Martins Lounge)
JOI ROCKS tenacious 15 track album Joi Vol. 1 is available on Itunes, Rhapsody, Napster, Amazon, E-music, and many more digital stores with hottest updates on forthcoming singles live at www.joirocks.com, www.facebook.com/joirocksmusic, and www.twitter.com/joirocksmusic.
Volume 2 “All or Nothing” featuring 15 tracks will be released in September 2012.
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.
Tonight on the live in the cipher show we bring you the long anticipated collaboration between Wu-Tang and D-Block. Veteran MC’s Raekwon, Ghostface, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P have blessed the hip hop world with numerous hip hop hits.
Special Guest: Big Pepp aka Rotten Peppers
Big Pepp aka Rotten Peppers, From Allover, New Jersey, Pepp has been in the game for a minute. With a deep respect for the Underground Hip Hop Movement, he would never consider himself a commercial artist. With ties to artists from Young Z to CL Smooth, Pepp has earned his respect on the underground scene. Born and raised in Orange, NJ, Pepp has made his rounds through New York to Atlanta and still conquering. He’s 1 man, but he doesn’t do it alone.
With the support of a strong team including, DJ Wally, The Burner Bros., StarkLove, Dirty Elegance and RPGeezus, success is inevitable. You could hear Big Pepp on his latest project with Leesa Dean performing the theme song for the web series ChilltownTV
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Hopsin, is an American rapper and record producer from Los Angeles, California. In 2007, he was signed to Ruthless Records, and has since founded his own record label, Funk Volume, in 2009. Hopsin has released three studio albums, Gazing At the Moonlight through Ruthless Records, Raw and his latest album Knock Madness along with the mixtape Haywire (with SwizZz) through Funk Volume.
He is due to release a collaboration extended play with Travis Barker. He is well known for his use of white colored eye contacts in music videos, performances, and interviews
“There are people still in the hood—I understand their struggles and what they are going through because I lived it,” says Leonard Grant, also known as Uncle Murda, “…the voice of those trying to survive in the hood and those trying to make it out of the hood.” With a promising rap career that spawned from the guttered streets of Brooklyn, New York, Uncle Murda is the embodiment of the rags to riches dream. Known as the voice of the streets due to his hardcore lyrics about his real life experiences, Uncle Murda is living out his mandate as one of the most powerful authoritative voices of Hip Hop, painting a detailed mural of his past life in the streets relating to the everyday struggles of those in the hood.
Uncle Murda and his longtime manager/producer, Cooch (Tuneheadz), secured his first record deal with Ruff Ryders in 2002. After some initial success with the label, Uncle Murda and Cooch were ready to stake a bigger claim in the music industry, joining forces with the late great Chris Lighty of Primary Violator in 2006. The relentless MC went on to garner mainstream attention in the underground rap scene in New York and beyond with the release of his two widely successful singles, “Bullet Bullet,” and “Run the City,” produced by Tuneheadz - the single that ultimately caught the attention of Jay Z. The Brooklyn bred rapper/CEO signed Uncle Murda to his label, Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella Records in 2007 and immediately, Uncle Murda went to work, landing a coveted spot on his label mate, Fabolous’ song,
“Brooklyn,” (From Nothin To Somethin) alongside Jay Z. The hit song, along with the success of his trailblazing mix tapes, evolved Uncle Murda from the underground music scene to achieve more commercial appeal. “Unfortunately, the record deal didn’t work out when Jay left the label,” the MC reveals. “Jay and I are cool, he’s still that dude. I appreciated the opportunity, and know that everything happens for a reason.”
Following the success of his two hit singles, Uncle Murda turned the streets up once again with three popular mix-tapes (Hard to Kill, Back On my Bullshit, Summer Time Shoot Out) later followed by New York’s underground street anthem, “Warning.” Uncle Murda’s resilient hustle continued under the tutelage of Lighty--ultimately landing a record deal with Epic Records under music mogul, LA Reid, at the end of 2011. “I knew that if I continued to beat up the streets up with my music,” Uncle Murda says, “Chris would go get that deal, and that’s exactly what happened.”