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Ras Kass Talks Blasphemy LP, Working with Apollo Brown and Longevity in Rap

The idea of having one producer and one MC handle their respective duties on a project is not a new concept in Hip Hop. Quite frankly, that was the blueprint before the album-by-committee became the more accepted norm. This one-on-one formula has been making its way back into the culture with some efforts coming off forced, or contrived, and others finding the participants’ strengths melding into a cohesive offering, giving fans a project worthy of anticipation. Apollo Brown and Ras Kass’ latest effort falls into the latter category: a project that packs edgy beats with rewind-worthy rhymes. It’s what you’d expect from two artists that continue to build their careers on consistency, forgoing the trappings of commerce and dedicating themselves to the culture. This achievement becomes even more noteworthy because they don’t self-congratulate and provide excessive commentary about the struggle; they just get in and get busy throughout their new album Blasphemy. Aside from the headliners holding it down, the guest artists are well-placed and provide just the right compliment to the thematic feel of each record. In other words, Apollo and Ras supply the listener with a well-crafted album that harkens back to the Golden Era while remaining firmly rooted in the present. Ras Kass took the time to shed some light on his recording process and how he and Apollo crafted this latest project on Mello Music Group. You sound so at ease with this latest project. Explain how this comfort factor was developed working with Apollo Brown. ... Read More »

D.S. Interview At 90.5 FM [Video]

D.S. made a trip past The Voice 90.5 in Tallahassee where he had some time to give an exclusive interview. While there the New York MC talks about how he ended up in Florida, new mixtape First Take, style of his music and much more. Read More »

Artist Spotlight: RF3RD

Today’s artist spotlight is a little different, as we feature neither an emcee nor a producer. We all know that there are 5 elements to hip hop: MCing, DJing, B-Boying, Graffiti, and Knowledge. Well today, we put the spotlight on graffiti artist RF3RD. From Brooklyn, by way of Detroit, RF3RD has been working with HiPNOTT Records for a bit now and the main graphic designer for The Regiment. His latest work can be seen at the top of each month in his S.O.U.L. project series with The Regiment and HiPNOTT Records. Check the spotlight below… Read More »

Otis Brown III Talks The Thought of You, Jazz & Hip Hop’s Symbiosis and Donald Byrd

Jazz and Hip Hop could arguably go down as the two quintessentially American art forms, musical by-products of the myriad of experiences found in the land between the Atlantic and Pacific. Both have heavy degrees of improvisation, and allow morphing and absorption in a cross-genre manner rarely seen in music. This appropriation, a symbiosis of sorts, of Jazz and Hip Hop became commonplace in the early ‘90s. Horn riffs and upright basslines became the basis for many Hip Hop records that have gone down as cherished compositions in a most revered canon of music. It wasn’t only Hip Hop that borrowed from Jazz. Esteemed Jazz musicians and labels started partnering with Hip Hop producers and emcees to create an ever-growing and expanding sound. Each genre fed off the other, consuming the necessary ingredients to keep the respective music moving forward. Otis Brown III is one such musician who incorporates those influences that were instrumental in his development. Like many of us, he grew up and understood that the worlds of Hip Hop and Jazz didn’t have to be mutually exclusive. In other words, hard drums could fit perfectly within the traditional structure of Jazz, especially if a genuine appreciation of music exists. The drummer’s latest album, The Thought of You, on Blue Note exemplifies this. Where could you find a Shania Twain cover and a Bilal song on the same album? Otis Brown III is an artist who finds beauty in all music and can manifest that diversity into emotive ... Read More »

Confidence Recalls ‘The Element Of Suprise’ and Signing To HiPNOTT Records

Lyrically Fit interviewed the newest producer to HiPNOTT, Confidence, recently. They talked about his album The Element of Surprise with Rashad, Confidence’s favorite producers, and his recent signing to HiPNOTT. Props to to Dread Solo on the interview. Check it out… Read Full Interview Read More »

P.SO The Earthtone King Talks New Album, HiPNOTT Records & Emceeing vs. Producing

The good people over at Lyrically Fit recently interviewed emcee/producer P.SO the Earthtone King. If you’re a fan of P.SO, this is a good read. If you’re new, definitely check out his latest release, Gateway to Greatness / Constellations. Shout out to Dread Solo! Read Full Interview Read More »

Artist Spotlight: Carolina Dirty

Remember rapper Mr. Malik from Illegal?  Of course we do! But when asked about his sidekick, people instantly think of Jamal (“Fades ’em All”). What most don’t know is that the rapper honed his skills working with a young female emcee, Carolina Dirty, who ripped through the State of South Carolina as a kid. Rumor has it that over the years Carolina Dirty rose to fame with potential deals with Left Eye (TLC) and a very close signing with Mr.Malik via Death Row Records. Now, Carolina Dirty reenters the game with the help of the Dynamic Duo, Spectac & Amiri. Dirty brings a raw edge to the music with rhymes that go straight for the juggular. Her new album, StillAtIt, was released today for free download on HiPNOTT Records. While you’re downloading the album, read below to learn more about Carolina Dirty! Read More »

ACCESS: Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples

Conshus of OURShow in Orlando grabs Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated People for his proverbial Google Hangout show ACCESS. Also on the show are the founders of the Google+ community Hip Hop Is Bled. Read More »

My-My Interviews Archie Bang [Part 2]

In part two of this two part video interview, My-My recently sat down with the “East Coast’s best kept secret,” as he likes to call himself. Archie bang is an emerging Hip hop artist hailing from Flatbush Brooklyn. With the new wave of artists coming out of NYC, Archie is looking to join the movement. Making some buzz after the release of his “Never Say Die” Mixtape, he is gearing to release a slew of new material. Discussing his roots, past projects, new collaborations, and more, watch this J Hart directed video for the inside scoop. Read More »

Kid Vishis Discusses Debut Album, Sibling Bond with Royce Da 5’9″ and Detroit’s Scene

Coming into the game as the younger sibling of a successful rapper can often be tricky. Just ask Jungle or 9th Prince. Constantly being faced with comparisons and repetitive questions about your brother’s work and your current relationship can be frustrating. It requires somebody with a lot of confidence to prevent the seeds of doubt from being planted by naysaying onlookers. Kid Vishis, younger brother of Royce Da 5’9”, has been prepared for the critics for a long time. The Detroit native recently released his debut album Timing is Everything and we caught up Kid Vishis to find out whether he worries about being in his brother’s shadow and what he see’s for the future of Detroit Hip Hop.  So your album dropped today; congratulations! How does it feel? Oh man, I feel on top of the world right now man. It’s amazing because I’m get a lot of different looks. Looks from pretty big websites and names and things like that so everything is just like on the up right now. Some people say it takes your whole life to make your first album. What were you trying to say on this project? It is what it is man. It takes the time that it takes for people to feel like they’re ready to do an album. My whole focus wasn’t even making albums or songs, my focus at first was just kicking people’s ass on verses. If I do a feature with them or stuff like that. I ... Read More »

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