Brooklyn, Queens, and Pittsburgh connected on this RIOC episode with DJ Eclipse. Emcees Skyzoo (BK) and HUBBS (PA) spit some very impressive freestyles while DJ Rob Swift of The X-Ecutioners cut the instrumental. HUBBS is preparing to release his mixtape Modern Vintage 3 and Skyzoo has just released his best project to date, Music For My Friends (purchase here) and DJ Rob Swift is promoting his kickstarter campaign for X-Files: Lost & Deleted. This will be Rob’s first album in six years, which includes a collection of rare, remixed, and reinterpreted songs for both young and old hip hop fans to appreciate. Watch this freestyle video and check out Rob’s Kickstarter campaign here.
Apocalypse stopped by RIOC to talk about his new album, The Wake Up Call. After his debut appearance on two Masta Ace albums (Disposable Arts and A Long Hot Summer), Apocalypse finally recorded his own project, executive produced by Domingo and only two features (Screwmanew and Novah Xcel). Purchase The Wake Up Call here.
Brooklyn emcees Apocalypse and Screwmanew were featured in another freestyle session on Sirius XM’s RIOC with the legendary DJ Eclipse. Apocalypse made his debut on Masta Ace’s album, Disposable Arts, and later, A Long Hot Summer. He’s returned with an album of his own, The Wake Up Call, executive produced by Domingo. Check out this freestyle video and purchase The Wake Up Call here.
Special guest Large Professor joined the RIOC crew recently in an episode to discuss his newest album, Re:Living. In this interview, Extra P discusses his Nas tribute song, “In The Scrolls”, and how he had to seek out Queensbridge native G-Wiz on foot to be a part of the album. After moving back to the QB area, the title Re:Living was adopted after a flood of old memories came back from P’s early days. P also explains his production style and how it fluctuates from time to time with new approaches and equipment. On this project, guests include Inspectah Deck, Cormega, Roc Marciano, and Lord Jamar, with production from J-Love and Marco Polo. Purchase Re:Living here.
Bronx legend Kool Keith swings by @RapIsOuttaCntrl as a special guest to talk about random topics and watch DJ Eclipse on the turntables. In this one-of-a-kind interview, Keith talks about producing on his own and recording about 7,000 tracks per week. He claims to have pioneered gift-giving at shows, such as passing out chicken wings and Capri Sun’s to audience members. Also, Keith drops a hint of his recent meeting in San Francisco with Dan The Automator and a possible project in the works.
Pioneering emcee Kool Keith from Ultramagnetic MCs was a special guest on @RapIsOuttaCntrl recently. DJ Eclipse dug up an archived freestyle from 1989 where Keith performed on Marley Marl’s “In Control” show on WBLS. The performance was uncanny and entertaining to say the least, and this video brings you Keith’s reaction and response 26 years later.
After 20 years since becoming a group, Non Phixion is reuniting for a three-date tour on the east coast. The city of brotherly love, Beantown, and Gotham City are in for a special treat this August, 2015. It’s been over 10 years since the group has performed in their hometown of NYC. Do not miss these shows.
August 14 (Friday) – Middle East – Boston, MA
August 15 (Saturday) – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
Baltimore hip hop duo Raf Almighty and Snook Da Crook make up the group Dirt Platoon. The two biological brothers just released their third official album, Bare Face Robbery, with the help of the Effiscienz imprint. The album includes production from Fel Sweetenberg, Tom Delay Beats, DJ Low Cut, Mil, Venom, DJ Brans, and Macabeats. Purchase Bare Face Robbery here.
Newark emcee William Cooper released his latest album, God’s Will, produced entirely by BP. The album is 26 tracks of raw, grimy hip hop that true hip hop lovers can always appreciate. Guest features include Rah Digga, ILL BILL, Pacewon, Planet Asia, Diabolic, Big Noyd, Sticky Fingaz, Sean Price, Timbo King, and more. Purchase God’s Will here.
Baltimore, MD group Dirt Platoon and Newark, NJ emcee William Cooper stopped by RIOC to discuss their upcoming albums, Bare Face Robbery and God’s Will. Both projects were heavily cosigned by DJ Eclipse after mentioning that he rarely promotes music from outside of his immediate circle. Check out this freestyle video from the end of the show and leave a comment!