In a special episode of @RapIsOuttaCntrl, west coast spitters Planet Asia and TriState from Durag Dynasty stopped by, along with Trife Diesel and his TMF crew from Staten Island. While promoting their new projects, hosts DJ Eclipse and D-Stroy keep the conversation interesting with stimulating questions. In this video, Planet Asia and Trife Diesel discuss what continues to drive them to create music, what type of music their kids listen to, and many other random topics.
California veterans Planet Asia and TriState of Durag Dynasty stopped by RIOC while making their rounds on the east coast. Also in the studio was the Staten Island squad T.M.F. (Trife Diesel, Tommy Whispers, & Kryme Life) promoting their new mixtape, The Missing T.M.F. Files Vol. 1. At the end of the show, we filmed this five-man cypher to finish the night on a great note. Check out the video and share it!
Brooklyn emcee Cortez was a recent guest on @RapIsOuttaCntrl alongside D.Chamberz, Mighty Fuzz Young, and Sean Strange. In this video, D-Stroy interviews Cortez about his success as a battle rapper, the high booking prices that he’s offered, and his appearance in Eminem’s TV show Road To Slaughter. Cortez explains how he translates millions of YouTube views into business opportunities and how battles are booked similar to boxing matches. He explains that “Hip hop lost its form of bars” and due to the decline of mixtapes in the streets, battle rap has grown and inherited the weight of writing strong lyrics and punchlines for friendly competition. As a lesser known fact, Cortez has had record label offers and publishing deals for writing lyrics years before his battle rap career gave him international exposure. Cortez is preparing to release another album in 2015 with some major features.
After 15 years of friendship, producer Mighty Fuzz Young and emcee Sean Strange finally collaborated on the album that they’ve wanted to create for the past six years. Fuzz speaks on their good chemistry working together and how they made time to work together. The album is called Return From Rejection and will be Sean’s 14th project. It is fully produced by Fuzz as Sean wanted to progress creatively and create a different sound than his previous work. Look out for Return From Rejection in early 2015.
Last Sunday was a full house with New York emcees Sean Strange from Queens, D.Chamberz from Coney Island, and Cortez from Brooklyn. All three artists have individual projects they’re promoting as well as Cortez providing us with insight into the business of the battle rap world. Check out this freestyle video as DJ Eclipse provides the beats and each emcee spits two rounds of rhymes.
Maryland producer Kev Brown and upstate New York emcee Hassaan Mackey discuss their latest album That Grit and how they first met at a hip hop festival in Rochester, NY. Most of the album was recorded in the studio together as Hassaan would take bus trips to Maryland and hang out with the rest of the Low Budget crew. That Grit is produced entirely by Kev Brown and includes features from Grap Luva, yU, Toine, Asheru, Kaimbr, Eye-Q, and Kenn Starr. Formats are available in cassette, CD, vinyl, and digital copy. Purchase That Grit here.
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Rochester emcee Hassaan Mackey and Washington DC producer Kev Brown recorded their collaboration album That Grit after over a decade of friendship. With Kev Brown producing every track, Hassaan brought in some guest features including yU, Toine, Kaimbr, Eye-Q, Kenn Starr, Asheru, and Grap Luva. Check out this freestyle video of Hassaan Mackey and purchase That Grit here.
Grand Daddy I.U. explains his passion for music and shares a disastrous magic trick story no comments
Long Island emcee Grand Daddy I.U. showed up to Rap Is Outta Control with Diamond D to promote The Diam Piece album. I.U. talks about his passion to make music regardless of any accolades and mentions some unreleased songs that Cold Chillin’ Records failed to release since the label folded. I.U. also shares a hilarious story about performing a magic trick that he saw on television. Check out the video and share it!
DJ Eclipse compliments Diamond D on his latest project, The Diam Piece. Eclipse was impressed at the various layers that went into producing this album, from east coast and west coast artists, male and female artists, guest DJs, and a variety of sounds. Diamond comments on the positive feedback that he has received thus far and his eagerness to work with Grand Daddy I.U. on the song “The Game”. Entirely produced by Diamond D, The Diam Piece includes guest features from Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Skyzoo, Fat Joe, Chi Ali, Freddie Foxxx, Pete Rock, The Pharcyde, Scram Jones, Rapsody, Boog Brown, Stacy Epps, Black Rob, Kurupt, Tha Alkaholiks, Hi-Tek, A.G., Chino XL, Nottz, Alchemist, Evidence, Grand Daddy I.U., Kev Brown, Masta Ace, Guilty Simpson, Ras Kass, and DJ Scratch. Purchase The Diam Piece here.