U.G. from the classic 90s group Cella Dwellas has released his movie-like album Portals on Creative Juices Music. Entirely produced by IDE, Portals is a cinematic journey that channels the inner-kid within U.G. Features on Portals include Mista Sinista, DJ White Shadow, Celph Titled, L.I.F.E. Long, and Necro. Orders come with an instrumental album of four bonus tracks, only available from creativejuicesmusic.com.
New York was represented heavily with the guest emcees in a recent RIOC episode. U.G. from the classic 90s group Cella Dwellas was joined by Queens emcees Nutso and Tony Born. U.G. has released the album Portals on Creative Juices Music, Nutso has released his REDSunday album produced by Domingo, and Tony Born has some new music on the way. Check out the freestyle!
Mikey D’Struction was a rapper from Queens in the 80s, known for his fierce battling ability. He was supposed to battle LL Cool J one day, who was formerly known as J-Ski, and instead the two became friendly and compared notes upon meeting. Mikey and LL were known around Queens for having similar voices and aggressive delivery. Mikey admits his priorities at the time were to hang around his neighborhood with his friends instead of pursue a serious career in music. However, in 2016, Mikey has returned to release his latest solo album, Day Of D’Struction. Fully produced by Ligalize from Russia, the album includes features from Chris Rivers, Canibus, R.A. The Rugged Man, Grandmaster Caz (Cold Crush Brothers), and more. Purchase Day Of D’Struction.
Mikey D’Struction has a long history in Hip Hop since the 1980s, from being a member of Clientele Brothers to crossing paths with LL Cool J and writing for Doug E. Fresh to releasing a single “Dawn” with Rahzel’s first recorded beatbox appearance and becoming frontman of L.A. Posse and Main Source. In 2016, Mikey has returned to release a solo album, Day Of D’Struction. The full-length project was inspired by Russian producer/rapper Ligalize, who produced the majority of the album. Guest appearances include Canibus, Chris Rivers, Craig G, R.A. The Rugged Man, Grandmaster Caz (Cold Crush Brothers), Lega-C, Mellow Man Ace, Devastating Tito (Fearless 4), and more. Purchase Day Of D’Struction and check out the music video for the single “All Alone”.
Bronx native Mickey Factz releases his first official album after 8 years of recording mixtapes. Backed by Soulspazm and W.A.R. Media and fully produced by Nottz, the album is a culmination of all of Mickey’s experiences in life and music, from gaining the attention of Pharrell and signing with Jive Records to featuring on XXL’s Freshmen Class of ’09. Features include Showtyme, Blu, Phonte, Smoke DZA, Mack Wilds, Curren$y, Styles P, and Mela Machinko. Purchase The Achievement: circa ’82.
Queens Hip Hop legend Mikey D’Struction and Bronx native Mickey Factz have joined DJ Eclipse on Rap Is Outta Control to discuss their latest respective bodies of work. Mikey D’Struction has released Day Of D’Struction and Mickey Factz has released The Achievement: circa ’82. Check out this freestyle that closed the show.
Kool Keith releases his 935th album, Feature Magnetic, and calls it “…one of the best masterpieces” due to the fact he’s personally produced 78% of the beats. Additional producers include Ocean Ave Records, Ol Man 80zz & Futurewave, and Giz for Crazy 100. With many emcees featured on this project, the Ultramagnetic MC frontman wanted to showcase his versatility on a wide range of topics and sounds. Features include Godfather Don, Craig G, MF DOOM, B.a.R.S Murre, Dirt Nasty, Psycho Les, Necro, Mac Mall, Edo.G, Bumpy Knuckles, Slug (Atmosphere), Sadat X, and Ras Kass. Keith has played this album every night for five months, in preparation for its release. In addition to Feature Magnetic, Keith talks about how he got the nickname MC Voltron in the 80s. He expresses interest in speaking with Tyler Perry about a creating documentary on Ultramagnetic MCs and Boogie Down Productions. He also seeks to collaborate with both Gucci Mane and Drake for music and other business ventures. Finally, he discusses an upcoming movie with Leonardo DiCaprio and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles called Pissy Scars. Purchase Feature Magnetic and stream it below.
Skyzoo just released his album The Easy Truth with Detroit producer Apollo Brown. He explains the ironic title of the album, being that so many current events are difficult to digest and mostly glanced over. The album concept came about after Skyzoo was listening to the instrumentals that Apollo Brown sent him. He adds that he and Apollo pushed each other creatively and tried new approaches together. The two spent a full week together in Detroit to write and record the entire album in just 6 days. Features include Westside Gunn, Conway, Stalley, Joell Ortiz, and Patty Crash (The Roots). Purchase The Easy Truth.
Brooklyn meets Pennsylvania in this episode of Rap Is Outta Control. Skyzoo just released his album The Easy Truth with Detroit producer Apollo Brown and King Magnetic & GQ are finishing up some projects for 2017. Check out this freestyle video as all three emceees get down, and purchase The Easy Truth.
Kye Brewin and Mark Scott are the Hip Hop duo known as The Higher Up. Kye is the son of emcee Breeze Brewin of the influential Hip Hop group Juggaknots. In this interview with DJ Eclipse, Kye and Mark talk about how they met and started making music together. Eclipse transitions into Breeze’s background with the Juggaknots, their 1994 introduction to the music scene, and the group’s history with various record labels. The Higher Up released their debut, self-titled album, which can be streamed below. Fetures include Breeze Brewin (Juggaknots), Wordsworth, Marcos Crespo Jr., and Jannel McLean.