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.
Detroit emcee Nolan The Ninja has earned his stripes over the years as an increasingly talented recording artist. From working with some of his city’s most talented artists, to appearing on the legendary Halftime Show, Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesday show, and TheBeeShine Cypher, Nolan is picking up more steam along the way. Check out his freestyle on Rap Is Outta Control and purchase his latest album, the he[art]. vinyl LP at Fat Beats.
Constant Deviants members DJ Cutt and M.I. released their latest project Omertà and reminisced on their longevity of 16 years as a group. Omertà was released on June 28, 2016 and refers to the Mafia’s code of silence. The duo talks about how they met over a decade ago, with DJ Cutt living in Brooklyn and M.I. living in Baltimore. Purchase Omertà and stream it below.
DJ Eclipse hosted another great mix show of dope Hip Hop, this time with guests Constant Deviants (M.I. & DJ Cutt) and Bronx emcee Akbar. Constant Deviants released their latest project Omertà. Akbar has been getting some serious radio spins with his song “MC Serch” and is preparing a full project. Check out this freestyle session with Baltimore emcee M.I. (Constant Deviants) and Akbar.
Craig G reminisces about the mid-80s when he was 12 years old, recording with Marley Marl. He distinctly remembers how people were excited simply to have made records, regardless of any success. In 1989, he was signed to Atlantic Records and saw the political motives in the music industry at an early stage. Craig left the label and took a 5-year hiatus until the independent Hip Hop scene emerged in the 90s with the success of 12″ singles and boutique record companies. His latest album in 2016 is called I Rap And Go Home, produced by Big Earth of VaporWorldz. Purchase I Rap And Go Home, with features from Kool Keith, Buckshot, Ras Kass, Rockness, Jarobi (A Tribe Called Quest), and Canibus.
Craig G recorded his first single in 1985 and has just released his latest album in 2016. The title is I Rap And Go Home and it represents “the people that live a normal life”. Craig expressed his interest in working with a single producer on a project, as they can naturally hang out, barbecue, and make music together. Features include Kool Keith, Buckshot, Ras Kass, Rockness, Jarobi (A Tribe Called Quest), and Canibus. Purchase I Rap And Go Home, produced entirely by Big Earth of VaporWorldz.
It’s been 31 years since Craig G made his emcee debut in 1985 with the 12″ single “Shout Rap” on Pop Art Records. As a master of his craft, he remains consistent and relevant as ever, touring the world with his 2016 album, I Rap & Go Home. Check out this freestyle video on DJ Eclipse’s show, Rap Is Outta Control.
Prince Be (Attrell Cordes) from the R&B group PM Dawn recently passed away on June 17, 2016 at age 46 from complications with diabetes. The group’s breakout single “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” debuted on the Billboard charts in 1991, eventually reaching #1 that year. PM Dawn released many other hits, including “Paper Doll”, “I’d Die Without You”, and “Looking Through Patient Eyes”. DJ Eclipse remembers Prince Be as a heavy vinyl digger and record collector in the local New York Hip Hop scene. Prince Be would make weekly visits into Fat Beats and purchase new records. He also produced songs for The Mood Swingers in the 90s. R.I.P. Prince Be.
DJ and producer Mr. Green joined us at Rap Is Outta Control with up-and-coming emcee A-F-R-O from California. Green and A-F-R-O have been touring together and Green has been continuing his Live From The Streets series. He recently filmed six episodes of Live From The Streets, presented by Mountain Dew’s Courtside Collection. The most recent episode (video below) includes Green in Atlanta, sampling sounds from basketball courts and barbecues, only to turn it into an instrumental for artist Nick Grant to rap over. A-F-R-O is preparing to release his first official project, an EP with producer Marco Polo called A-F-R-O Polo. Check out the first single below, entitled “Long Time Coming”.