Pittsburgh emcee HUBBS visited NYC to watch the Steelers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs by 2 points as well as promote his latest album, Black Privilege. Check out his freestyle with DJ Eclipse from the end of the show and purchase Black Privilege.
New York emcees John Jigg$ and Sean Strange talk with DJ Eclipse about maintaining a career as independent Hip Hop artists. Sean goes into detail about the many years he’s had to pay dues in order to see the benefits of a fan base, as well as working hard to record new music even during a family tragedy. Sean also goes on to mention his own imprint, Nah Bro, which includes himself, Corey Joseph, Scott G, and Switzerland singer Salomé. The label released their first compilation, Sean Strange Presents: Everything Is Nah Bro. Sean is now working on his next solo release, Street Urchin 2. Be sure to look out for an album by John Jigg$ due out in March 2017 entitled Sorry, Not Sorry.
DJ Eclipse hosted a packed house this past Sunday with a bunch of talented New York emcees. John Jigg$ from Long Island was in the place promoting his upcoming album Sorry, Not Sorry scheduled to release in March. Queens emcee and label owner Sean Strange brought a few of his friends to the show to talk about the compilation album, Sean Strange Presents: Everything Is Nah Bro. Check out the freestyle from the four emcees John Jigg$, Sean Strange, Corey Joseph, and Scott G.
Hempstead, NY emcee SmooVth has returned to RIOC once again with a bunch of new music for his fans. In September 2016, he released the solo album SS96J: Smoothest Since 96 J with features from Rozewood, Sage Infinite, Planet Asia, Big Twins, Constantine, and more. In November 2016, SmooVth and Hus Kingpin released their collaborative album H.N.I.C.: Hempstead Niggas In Charge with guest appearances from Rasheed Chappell, Montage One, Twiz The Beat Pro, Recognize Ali, and more. In this video interview with DJ Eclipse, SmooVth talks about his goals for making music and how these recent albums came to fruition. Check out the interview and purchase SS96J: Smoothest Since 96 J and H.N.I.C.: Hempstead Niggas In Charge.
DJ Eclipse completed another successful show for the books recently. He was joined by Atlanta emcees Tha God Fahim and Heem Stogied, as well as Rap Is Outta Control alumnus SmooVth from Long Island, NY. SmooVth is a member of the group The Winners and came by to promote his album SS96J: Smoothest Since 96 J. Tha God Fahim has been putting in a lot of legwork over the last few years and released his most recent album TGIF. Check out the freestyle from the end of the show!
Q-Unique and Audible Doctor showed up to RIOC to talk about the BlaQ Coffee album by Q-Unique & The Brown Bag AllStars. With no guest features, the project was produced by J57, Deejay Element, and Audible Doctor. Originally planned as a single record and later expanded into an EP, Q explains that it was Audible Doctor’s idea to move forward with a full album. Q states “(Brown Bag AllStars) took me totally away from the people that are used to hearing me…” and describes the experience of a completely new approach of writing and recording an album. Check out the interview and purchase BlaQ Coffee.
Sucio Smash brings the talented DJ/producer MentPlus to RIOC after releasing records together on Sucio’s label, High Water Music. MentPlus released an instrumental project, A Spoonful EP, following his full-length project earlier in 2016 called Stormy Nights LP. In this interview with DJ Eclipse, MentPlus talks about the production equipment has used when he first started making music and the production equipment he currently uses. Releases on High Water Music are available from DJ Spinna, Homeboy Sandman, John Robinson & MF Doom, Willie Evans Jr., Fresh Daily, and more. Purchase the MentPlus albums Stormy Nights LP and A Spoonful EP.
Long-time NYC emcee Q-Unique of The Arsonists fame has released his latest solo album with Brown Bag AllStars called BlaQ Coffee. BBAS member Audible Doctor has joined Q to chat with DJ Eclipse about the project and how unique the process has been for Q in his 20+ years of making music. Eclipse was also joined by DJ/producer MentPlus who released his latest instrumental project, A Spoonful EP. To end the show on a high note, MentPlus played a live instrumental while Q-Unique and Audible Doctor rhymed. Check it out and purchase both BlaQ Coffee and A Spoonful.
Producer Ray West and owner of Red Apples 45 has finally collaborated with the Bronx veteran emcee D Flow. The two speak with DJ Eclipse on how they met through A.G. of D.I.T.C. and recorded the project Three Sides To Every Coin EP. D Flow goes deeper into his history with Party Arty and adventures in battling in different neighborhoods. Purchase Three Sides To Every Coin EP and the vinyl from Fat Beats.
To end another successful year of Rap Is Outta Control, it was only right that our final guests of 2016 were the pioneers of Hip Hop fashion, the mighty Shirt Kings. DJ Eclipse speaks with Nike and Tybo about the history of the infamous brand that launched in 1986 at the New York Coliseum. Nas is quoted saying “(Shirt Kings) would change your whole look into a super star”, but the first influential figures to help Shirt Kings get noticed for their graffiti-cartoon style clothing were Biz Markie and LL Cool, shortly followed by Salt-N-Pepa, Kool G Rap, and others. Check out this interview as the Shirt Kings run through their full history of the brand and its influence on iconic brands like FUBU, Coogie, Roc-A-Wear, and Ecko. Also, visit mightyshirtkings.com.