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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Rochester emcee Hassaan Mackey and Washington DC producer Kev Brown recorded their collaboration album That Grit after over a decade of friendship. With Kev Brown producing every track, Hassaan brought in some guest features including yU, Toine, Kaimbr, Eye-Q, Kenn Starr, Asheru, and Grap Luva. Check out this freestyle video of Hassaan Mackey and purchase That Grit here.
Grand Daddy I.U. explains his passion for music and shares a disastrous magic trick story no comments
Long Island emcee Grand Daddy I.U. showed up to Rap Is Outta Control with Diamond D to promote The Diam Piece album. I.U. talks about his passion to make music regardless of any accolades and mentions some unreleased songs that Cold Chillin’ Records failed to release since the label folded. I.U. also shares a hilarious story about performing a magic trick that he saw on television. Check out the video and share it!
DJ Eclipse compliments Diamond D on his latest project, The Diam Piece. Eclipse was impressed at the various layers that went into producing this album, from east coast and west coast artists, male and female artists, guest DJs, and a variety of sounds. Diamond comments on the positive feedback that he has received thus far and his eagerness to work with Grand Daddy I.U. on the song “The Game”. Entirely produced by Diamond D, The Diam Piece includes guest features from Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Skyzoo, Fat Joe, Chi Ali, Freddie Foxxx, Pete Rock, The Pharcyde, Scram Jones, Rapsody, Boog Brown, Stacy Epps, Black Rob, Kurupt, Tha Alkaholiks, Hi-Tek, A.G., Chino XL, Nottz, Alchemist, Evidence, Grand Daddy I.U., Kev Brown, Masta Ace, Guilty Simpson, Ras Kass, and DJ Scratch. Purchase The Diam Piece here.
Rozewood and Illastrate teamed up as the traditional emcee/producer duo to release the album The Beautiful Type. Actually, the album came to fruition after hanging out and making songs in the studio simply for fun. All the beats were made by Illastrate and this will be Rozewood’s 5th project release of 2014. Expect The Beautiful Type to release in a few weeks here.
New York emcees Rozewood and SmooVth stopped by Rap Is Outta Control to talk about their upcoming projects. Rozewood’s album The Beautiful Type is produced entirely by Illastrate, and SmooVth’s album Portrait Of A Pimp is produced by Giallo Point. Watch this video of Roze and SmooVth freestyle at the end of the show!
Apollo Brown and Ras Kass visited NYC to promote their collaboration album Blasphemy and host an album release party for the east coast. In this Rap Is Outta Control interview, Apollo expresses how much he loves producing a full album from front to back and the importance of working in the studio together. Ras Kass mentions some of the various conceptual tracks that he’s known for and how he’s always been a philosopher. Fully produced by Apollo brown, the album features Pharoahe Monch, Rakaa, Royce Da 5’9″, Xzibit, Bishop Lamont, 4 Rax, Larina, Slaine, Sick Jacken, and Sean Price. Purchase Blasphemy here.