Sadat X was our special guest on @RapIsOuttaCntrl. We had co-hosts DJ Eclipse and Chris Rivers run the show alongside J57 and Carla Keyz. Eclipse started off with discussing Sadat’s longevity as an artist who arrived on the scene in 1989. The group discussed how hip hop needs to be embraced as a long-term genre like classical music that still gets praised after hundreds of years. Sadat talked about his latest album, Never Left, and the single “Your Best Friend’s Girl” which is one of Eclipse’s favorites. The album is executive produced by Fokis and features Black Rob, King T, Cormega, Lanelle Tyler, Stryfe, Nachy Bless, Chi Ali, Fokis, Maverick, Dres, Craig G, Skyzoo, and Tony Mays. Purchase the album here.
Chris Rivers co-hosted Rap Is Outta Control recently with DJ Eclipse, along with Brand Nubian member Sadat X as a special guest. Being introduced into the music industry in 1989, Sadat X possesses much knowledge and history of hip hop culture. A younger Chris Rivers asked Sadat to name his top 5 rappers of all-time to see which rappers the older generation respects. Sadat named the first four before we took a break into playing more music. Can you guess which artists were mentioned? Leave a comment below and share the video.
Sadat X from Brand Nubian just released his latest album, Never Left, in 2015. He stopped by @RapIsOuttaCntrl to promote and talk with co-hosts DJ Eclipse and Chris Rivers. Purchase Never Left here and check out this freestyle from Sadat and Chris to close out the show this Sunday.
In a special episode of @RapIsOuttaCntrl, west coast spitters Planet Asia and TriState from Durag Dynasty stopped by, along with Trife Diesel and his TMF crew from Staten Island. While promoting their new projects, hosts DJ Eclipse and D-Stroy keep the conversation interesting with stimulating questions. In this video, Planet Asia and Trife Diesel discuss what continues to drive them to create music, what type of music their kids listen to, and many other random topics.
California veterans Planet Asia and TriState of Durag Dynasty stopped by RIOC while making their rounds on the east coast. Also in the studio was the Staten Island squad T.M.F. (Trife Diesel, Tommy Whispers, & Kryme Life) promoting their new mixtape, The Missing T.M.F. Files Vol. 1. At the end of the show, we filmed this five-man cypher to finish the night on a great note. Check out the video and share it!
Brooklyn emcee Cortez was a recent guest on @RapIsOuttaCntrl alongside D.Chamberz, Mighty Fuzz Young, and Sean Strange. In this video, D-Stroy interviews Cortez about his success as a battle rapper, the high booking prices that he’s offered, and his appearance in Eminem’s TV show Road To Slaughter. Cortez explains how he translates millions of YouTube views into business opportunities and how battles are booked similar to boxing matches. He explains that “Hip hop lost its form of bars” and due to the decline of mixtapes in the streets, battle rap has grown and inherited the weight of writing strong lyrics and punchlines for friendly competition. As a lesser known fact, Cortez has had record label offers and publishing deals for writing lyrics years before his battle rap career gave him international exposure. Cortez is preparing to release another album in 2015 with some major features.
After 15 years of friendship, producer Mighty Fuzz Young and emcee Sean Strange finally collaborated on the album that they’ve wanted to create for the past six years. Fuzz speaks on their good chemistry working together and how they made time to work together. The album is called Return From Rejection and will be Sean’s 14th project. It is fully produced by Fuzz as Sean wanted to progress creatively and create a different sound than his previous work. Look out for Return From Rejection in early 2015.
Last Sunday was a full house with New York emcees Sean Strange from Queens, D.Chamberz from Coney Island, and Cortez from Brooklyn. All three artists have individual projects they’re promoting as well as Cortez providing us with insight into the business of the battle rap world. Check out this freestyle video as DJ Eclipse provides the beats and each emcee spits two rounds of rhymes.
Maryland producer Kev Brown and upstate New York emcee Hassaan Mackey discuss their latest album That Grit and how they first met at a hip hop festival in Rochester, NY. Most of the album was recorded in the studio together as Hassaan would take bus trips to Maryland and hang out with the rest of the Low Budget crew. That Grit is produced entirely by Kev Brown and includes features from Grap Luva, yU, Toine, Asheru, Kaimbr, Eye-Q, and Kenn Starr. Formats are available in cassette, CD, vinyl, and digital copy. Purchase That Grit here.
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