Brooklyn emcee and Bankai Fam co-founder Skanks The Rap Martyr showed up at RIOC with Big D and Easy Mo Bee. Skanks was touring with MC Lyte at age 13 and has been making music ever since. He’s featured on Big D’s upcoming album, This Is My Life. Skanks ended the show with a freestyle while DJ Eclipse provided the music. Check it out!
Long-time emcee Nine from the Bronx showed up to RIOC to speak with DJ Eclipse about the music he’s been working on. Famed for his 1995 hits “Whutcha Want?” and “Any Emcee”, Nine just released a mixtape, No Country For Old Men, in preparation of his upcoming full-length album that is recorded and completed. In this interview, Nine also dives into some of his history when he went by the name Ricochet in the group Deuces Wild, alongside Centipede and Funkmaster Flex in the 1980s. Check out the interview and stream his mixtape here:
Jakk Frost reminisces with DJ Eclipse the days when he was signed to a major record label, Columbia Records under Sony. Jakk describes it as his college education because he learned the business of the music industry, from working with DJs to getting budgets for music videos. He became more hands-on with promoting his own music when the record label was too slow to take action. Jakk’s most recent mixtape is called The Beard Awakens, mixed by DJ Skizz. Stream the mixtape here:
Bronx emcee Nine and Philly emcee Jakk Frost are both influential Hip Hop artists in their respective regions. Nine has made a return to the scene since his famed “Whutcha Want” single in the 90s and Jakk Frost has been consistently releasing quality music, this time a mixtape with DJ Skizz. Check out this freestyle from Nine and Jakk Frost and share the video!
West coast artists Lyric Jones and Planet Asia visited DJ Eclipse on RIOC to talk about their latest music projects. Originally from the east coast, Lyric talks about moving to LA without knowing the Hip Hop community until Rah Digga added her to a show to meet good company like TriState and Planet Asia. She is currently recording a new album as a follow up to GEMS From The Cubicle EP from Fall 2015. Planet Asia talks a little bit of his history, working at Amoeba Records and saving money to press his vinyl records, as well as some of his first singles on Stones Throw Records. His latest project is an EP with DJ Concept called 79. Check out GEMS From The Cubicle EP below, as well as Lyrics Jone’s music video with DirtyDiggs called “Double Life”. Also, purchase the album 79 by Planet Asia & DJ Concept and stream it below.
Queens duo Timeless Truth has released its sophomore album, Cold Wave, following up the 2012 debut, Rock-It Science. OPRIME39 and SOLACE keep their integrity and the traditional classic Hip Hop sound with hard drums and catchy samples. Guest features include Sean Price, ILL BILL, and Your Old Droog. Featured producers include Marco Polo, Roc Marciano, Large Professor, El RTNC, DJ Skizz, Arch Druids, and DJ Woof. Purchase Cold Wave after streaming it below. Also check out the music videos for “Wavelength” and the title track “Cold Wave”.
G5 ELZ is the son of legendary Hip Hop producer Larry Smith, who crafted the sound for Run DMC, Whodini, and Kurtis Blow, among others. In an interview with DJ Eclipse on Rap Is Outta Control, ELZ mentions his recent albums as an emcee (NY Times mixtape, Bread & Butter NY Rules, and 2nd Coming EP) as well as three upcoming projects. ELZ also talks with Eclipse about his father’s legacy and watching him in the studio before tragically passing in 2014. Check out ELZ’s EP 2nd Coming and stream Bread & Butter NY Rules below.
In an exclusive interview with Beneficence on Rap Is Outta Control with DJ Eclipse, Beneficence talks about his latest album, Basement Chemistry. Native NJ resident, he was mentored by El Da Sensei on the music business and was given his first recorded guest appearance by The Artifacts member. Highly praised by DJ Eclipse, Basement Chemistry includes guest appearances from MC Eiht, Masta Ace, Inspectah Deck, MindsOne, A.G., Chubb Rock, Black Sheep Dres, Estee Nack, and The Legion. In this interview, El Da Sensei also speaks on his upcoming album XL with Sadat X. They have locked in features from A.G., Bumpy Knuckles, R.A. The Rugged Man, and Sa-Roc, with production from J. Rawls and Divine Drummer. Purchase Basement Chemistry and stream it below.
In 2001, producer J. Rawls released his debut album The Essence Of… He later became known from producing songs for Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Beastie Boys, Casual, Aloe Blacc, and many others. 15 years later, Rawls re-released his classic album on vinyl only with previously unreleased songs. The album’s re-issue includes features from J-Live, Talib Kweli, Dose One, Wordsworth, Makeba Mooncycle, J. Sands, Grap Luva, Mass Influence, Apani B Fly, Mr.Complex, Unspoken Heard, Rubix, Capital D, and legendary Columbus group S.P.I.R.I.T. The exclusive vinyl has sold out, but you can follow J. Rawls on Twitter.
DJ 7L & DJ Braun Draper discuss Get On Down vinyl reissues of Hip Hop classics | Interview no comments
Get On Down is an online boutique in Boston that offers a variety of special reissues on cassette, vinyl, and CD, as well as clothing, box sets, and artifacts. Representatives DJ Braun Draper and DJ 7L (from 7L & Esoteric and CZARFACE) joined us at RIOC to promote some of the new releases. A few titles mentioned were Non Phixion, Ghostface Killah, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, and Jungle Brothers. Visit www.getondown.com and check out some of the classic reissues.