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.
Breeze Brewin of the legendary New York Hip Hop crew Juggaknots appeared on this episode of Rap Is Outta Control with DJ Eclipse. Alongside him was the group The Higher Up, co-founded by Breeze’s son Kye Brewin and Mark Scott. All three emcees showcased their rhyming skills at the end of the show with this freestyle session. Be sure to stream The Higher Up album.
Producer maticulous and former Fat Beats staff member has released his fourth album, The Chrome Tape. This is an instrumental album in cassette form. Side B includes instrumental versions of the The Manual EP by Audimatic (The Audible Doctor & maticulous). The Chrome Tape was entirely produced, mixed, and composed by maticulous himself. With a track record of producing songs for Rah Digga, MF Doom, Masta Ace, R.A. The Rugged Man, Fame (M.O.P.), and many others, Hip Hop fans are sure to dig this one. Purchase The Chrome Tape and stream it below.
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.