Bronx trio The Legion made an appearance on RIOC to discuss its latest album The Lost Tapes since the group’s debut in 1993. Originally signed to Dres’ (Black Sheep) imprint, The Legion became popular from their first single “Jingle Jangle”. Check out this freestyle video and leave a comment!
Chicago emcee Add-2 releases his album Prey For The Poor and stops by RIOC for a quick discussion. In this video interview, he describes the album as reporting what it going on in the world, black culture, and other social issues. He quotes Nina Simone saying “You can’t be an artist and not reflect the times.” Most of Prey For The Poor’s production is handled by Khrysis. Additional tracks are provided by Nottz, 9th Wonder, AMP, Kash, and FC The Future. Guest features include Rapsody, Jamila Woods, Sam Trump, Raheem DeVaughn, Heather Victoria, and Johndavid Provitt. Purchase Prey For The Poor here.
Queens emcee Neek The Exotic released his latest album, Premium Grade. Known for his feature on Main Source’s hit song “Fakin’ The Funk”, Neek talks about connecting with new producers and the process of working with them from overseas. Entirely produced by N95 with one track from Audible Doctor, the album features DJ Premier, Mic Handz, Satchel Page, and MacMotion. Neek sums up the motivation behind his work ethic as “In this industry there’s a lot more downs than ups. If you can get through all that, you can make do for yourself.” Purchase Premium Grade here.
Brooklyn producer by way of Detroit, DJ Soko, has released his latest solo album, Domino Effect. In this interview with DJ Eclipse on Sirius XM’s Rap Is Outta Control, Soko speaks on his vision to create a Detroit version of the classic nostalgic hip hop compilation albums Rawkus’ Soundbombing 2, DJ Babu’s Duck Season, and Tony Touch’s The Piecemaker. With all cuts performed by DJ Soko himself, featured producers include Def Dee, Apollo Brown, Slimkat78, and more. Guest emcees featured on Domino Effect are Red Pill, Guilty Simpson, Hassaan Mackey, Marvwon, Journalist 103, Rasheed Chappell, and more. Purchase Domino Effect here.
Chicago emcee Add-2 from 9th Wonder’s crew Jamla has stopped by RIOC to promote his new album, Prey For The Poor. With his laid back cadence and heavy lyrical ability, Add-2 shows off a spectacular freestyle over this Audible Doctor instrumental. Check out the video and purchase Prey For The Poor here.
Boston hip hop group N.B.S. was interviewed on RIOC about their latest album, Trapped In America, produced by Snowgoons. Other special guests 050 Boyz and Treach (Naughty By Nature) were in attendance as well. In this video, N.B.S. remembers when they first put in ground work as artists and were not supported by their home city. The two cousins discuss being independent artists and achieving accomplishments on their own. E’Flash mentions “we’re never going to stop living our dream, regardless of what anybody says, and that’s why we took the independent route”. They also mention Treach as a huge musical influence on them, as one of the first popular artists to shout out Boston on a mainstream level. Treach adds that the hip hop is about unity and bringing people together. He says “if you invest in yourself, other people around you will want to invest in you”. Purchase the N.B.S. and Snowgoons album Trapped In America here.
New Jersey group 050 Boyz (Riq Da Kid, Prince AK, and Tru Trilla) were special guests on RIOC recently. They brought another special guest to the show, Treach from the legendary group Naughty By Nature. Treach and DJ Eclipse both commented on how they respect the 050 Boyz for their hunger and strong work ethic. Treach also shared some advice on working as a team and stated “a family that stays together, gets paid together”. The 050 Boyz just released their debut album, 050 Everything, which can be purchased here.
Boston group N.B.S. (Natural Born Spitters) and New Jersey crew 050 Boyz came together in this RIOC episode with one of the highest energy freestyle sessions that we’ve seen up here. N.B.S. is promoting their album with Snowgoons called Trapped In America and 050 Boyz have released their debut album, Everything 050. Check out this video and share it!
DJ/producer DJ Skizz and emcee Problemz from Brooklyn showed up to RIOC to talk about their collaboration EP called R.A.W. (Right Amount of Wrong). DJ Eclipse was reminiscing with Problemz about his early crew Smoked Out Productions aka Missin’ Linx with Black Attack and Al Tariq in 1993 and having the vinyl record for sale in the early days of Fat Beats. DJ Skizz is working on some upcoming projects with Milano Constantine, Jakk Frost, and additional placements. Purchase R.A.W. here.
Two legendary east coast hip hop crews will be touring Europe this October in 2015. New York’s own Non Phixion and Philadelphia’s own Jedi Mind Tricks will be hitting 7 cities in Europe and giving their long-time fans the energy and performance that they’ve loved for 20+ years. Purchase tickets here.