Psycho Les released his latest project, Dank God Vol. 1, a series of songs and collaborations produced by himself. He spoke with DJ Eclipse about some of the features, including Inspectah Deck, Jeru The Damaja, Sean Price, Vinnie Paz, R.A. The Rugged Man, and more. The series was separated into different volumes because of the amount of features. Les also has some collaborations in the stash with Positive K, Jean Grae, Tony Yayo, and LL Cool J. Purchase Dank God Vol. 1.
DJ Eclipse hosted a packed house of Queens artists in this recent RIOC episode. Original Onyx producer Chyskillz was in attendance, along with The Beatnuts member Psycho Les and 3rd Bass frontman MC Serch. Now living in Florida, Serch was in town for the Global Spin DJ Expo that he organized. DJ Eclipse puts his long-time friend up to the lyrical test in this off-the-head freestyle over a MentPlus instrumental. Check out the freestyle and share it!
The Bronx was represented heavy on this recent episode of Rap Is Outta Control. Special guests D_Dave, G. Fisher, and Axel Leon spoke with DJ Eclipse about their latest music ventures and upcoming projects. TheBeeShine was out of town, but cell phone video was provided by Dii Lewis and Carla Keyz. Check out this freestyle and share it!
Queens emcee Ali Vegas brought some friends up to RIOC to chat with DJ Eclipse about his latest album, Just Let Me Rhyme. Mentored at a young age by rap veterans Onyx, Vegas signed to Columbia Records in the 2000s and dropped his first single “Theme of NY”. He’s worked with Trackmasters and Kanye West, among many other greats. In 2005, Vegas partnered with childhood friend Lamar Odom and founded Rich Soil Entertainment. Vegas’ album Just Let Me Rhyme, includes production from Snowgoons and Audible Doctor, along with guest features from Saigon, Fredro Starr (Onyx), and more. Check out this freestyle with Reek Da Villian, A.Dash, Prince Omar, and Ali Vegas.
Legendary emcee Reef The Lost Cauze drove up from Philadelphia with producer Bear-One to talk about their latest project, Furious Styles. Joined by Demorne Warren from Queens who has been promoting his album Excelsior, the two emcees ended the show nicely with an impressive freestyle. Check out the video and purchase Furious Styles by Reef The Lost Cauze & Bear-One and Excelsior by Demorne Warren.
Los Angeles emcee Blu stopped by Rap Is Outta Control to tell DJ Eclipse about his latest body of work, In The Flesh EP. DJ Eclipse remembers first hearing about Blu from the 2007 collaborative Blu & Exile album, From The Heavens, and how it sold out in Fat Beats NYC. The latest project in 2016 is produced entirely by platinum-producer Nottz. Blu describes how he was introduced to Nottz through Matt Diamond of Diamond Media and the immediate mutual interest in working together. In The Flesh EP includes vocal appearances from Nottz himself, Exile, Bishop Lamont, Torae, Skyzoo, TriState, Mickey Factz, and more. Purchase Titans In The Flesh EP and stream it below.
DJ JS-1 and Tonedeff were the personalities on this episode of Rap Is Outta Control. With a new album Polymer, Tonedeff spoke about the elements of composing this album from writing to producing, to engineering, and more. As one of the more unique emcees in the world of music, Tonedeff was accompanied by long-time friend and collaborator DJ JS-1 for a live, in-studio performance of the single “Competitive Nature” from Polymer. Check it out!
DJ JS-1 took over Rap Is Outta Control and played a dope mix of new Hip Hop songs. He was joined by special guest Tonedeff who spoke on his latest album, Polymer. Tone approaches Hip Hop music as a singer/songwriter would approach songs, by being genuine to himself. He raps about “what everyone goes through, but no one wants to talk about” because rappers portray lavish lifestyles that are beyond the means of their livelihood. Some of the topics Tone covers on Polymer are dealing with child abuse, sex addiction, and divorce. One of the more notable songs on the project is “Five Sisters”. The song is about each of Tonedeff’s five sisters and how they individually represent a unique element of their mother. With Polymer being a combination of four previous EPs combined into a full-length with remixes and new songs, the entire project was written, produced, mixed, and engineered by Tonedeff himself. Purchase Polymer and stream it below.
It has been 20 years since BIG K.O. launched Tru Criminal Records with projects from F.T., Street Smartz, AK Skillz, and more. After the label ran its course, K.O. linked up with the late Proof (D12) and recorded five songs together. He’s since produced for Obie Trice, Busta Rhymes, and 50 Cent for the Get Rich Or Die Trying Soundtrack. Most recently, K.O. has been working with DMC (Run-DMC). DJ Eclipse and K.O. discuss the 2015 song “Hellraisers” they put together with some legendary artists such as DMC, Chuck D, MC Serch, and Terminator X. Check out the music video below.
Nolan The Ninja and DJ Soko appeared on DJ Eclipse’s show to talk about Nolan’s latest album, he[art]. With over a year in the making, Nolan describes he[art]. as being a reflection of his growth and progress from the past few years. He’s learned a lot and has been increasingly recognized by his elders that have influenced him. Producers on he[art]. include MoSS, Nick Speed, Def Dee, and more. Emcee appearances include Guilty Simpson, Red Pill, Phat Kat, Finale, and Noveliss. Purchase he[art]. at FatBeats.com.