Bishop Lamont is a west coast juggernaut emcee that was once on Dr. Dre’s label Aftermath. After 11 years of creating his perfect album in a situation that allows for complete creative freedom, Lamont is finally ready to release The Reformation in the beginning of 2016. In this RIOC interview with DJ Eclipse, Lamont mentions that he’s the first artist on Xzibit’s label Open Bar Entertainment. He expresses his excited with working alongside west coast Hip Hop legends that he once dreamed of meeting. The D.O.C. has assisted with vocal coaching on The Reformation and Lamont has been recording in Dr. Dre’s studio, Record One. Lamont shares some advice that being successful takes “…patience, preparation, persistence, and staying true to what you do”. Stay updated on the release date of The Reformation here.
Veteran music producer MoSS is credited for his work with many great artists such as Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Eternia, Joell Ortiz, Slum Village, and many others. He also produced Obie Trice’s first studio single. Now in 2015, MoSS releases his latest album Music To The Sound Of My Own Drum. Not only did MoSS produce the entire album, but he also mixed, mastered, designed the artwork, cleared the samples, pressed the albums, and shrink-wrapped them all on his own. Fans may find that certain physical copies will include bonus albums of musicians from around the world. MoSS has even established the label Strawberry Rain that re-releases music from the 1970s. Marching To The Sound Of My Own Drum includes features from AZ, DJ Premier, Havoc, ILL BILL, Inspectah Deck, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Jon Connor, Onyx, Peedi Crakk, Sean Price, Slaine, Slum Village, Supastition, Termanology, and more. Purchase your physical copy here and digital copy here.
Carson, CA emcee Bishop Lamont dropped by RIOC during his visit in NYC with Dave New York. After years and years of his next album in the making, The Reformation is finally on the horizon. Check out this freestyle and look out for The Reformation in early 2016.
Friends and tour mates El Gant and Ras Kass stepped up to the mic for a dope freestyle on RIOC. Ras Kass was also in town to promote his album Breakfast At Banksy’s with producer Jack Splash. Check out this freestyle and purchase Breakfast At Banksy’s here.
Ras Kass is back at RIOC with another album to promote. This time it’s a collaboration effort with Grammy-winning producer Jack Splash. The two released this 18-track project under the name Semi Hendrix. Ras describes how he met Jack Splash while Jack was in the studio recording with mutual friend Dirt Nasty. Ras and Jack talked about working on a song together and it turned into the full-length album. Ras also mentions how he still has fun being an artist and is grateful to love what he does. Purchase Breakfast At Banksy’s here.
Queens emcee Prince from the group PoweRule is putting the final touches on his untitled solo album. With the group’s 1989 debut single “Smooth”, Prince explains how they landed on Interscope Records as the only hip hop act aside from 2Pac. He also comments on the challenges in the earlier years of hip hop, finding an audience to market themselves as Spanish rappers that only rhymed in English. Prince’s upcoming album includes features from Lord Finesse, Large Professor, The Beatnuts, Operator Emz, and Ayatollah.
Lone Catalysts emcee J. Sands is joined by Brooklyn emcee Amani Fela and Allentown, PA emcee King Magnetic for a display of creative lyricism. J. Sands’ most recent album Dankovic EP is available now, as well as King Magnetic’s album Timing Is Everything. Check out this freestyle and share it!
Lone Catalysts emcee and producer J. Sands appeared on RIOC recently with DJ Eclipse and King Magnetic to talk about his upcoming projects. In this interview on Sirius XM, Sands has a lot of material in the works. His recent 4/20 album, Dankovic EP, has been out since April 2015 and caters to the weed smokers. Sands and J. Rawls have discussed recording a Lone Catalysts reunion album. Sands is also working with some new artists Strawberry Kap and Amani Fela. Check out this interview and listen to Dankovic EP below:
Allentown, PA emcee King Magnetic appeared on RIOC with DJ Eclipse, J57, and Carla Keyz to talk about his official debut album, Timing Is Everything. Fully recorded at 9th Wonder’s studio in North Carolina, Magnetic shares the experience of creating this album that was over five years in the making. DJ Eclipse notes that the majority of songs on this album are heavy hitters (especially “Status” produced by DJ Premier), whereas many albums might only have two or three good songs. 9th Wonder produced three tracks on Timing Is Everything and additional additional production is provided by AMP, Astronote, Khrysis, DJ Low Cut, and more. Guest features include Rapsody, GQ, Reef The Lost Cauze, Smif-N-Wessun, Block McCloud, Big Shug, Jadakiss, and Sid Wilson. Purchase Timing Is Everything here.
Pittsburgh emcee Bazooka Joe, New Jersey emcee Bugsy Da God, and Staten Island emcee Dom Pachino from the Wu-Tang-affiliated group Killarmy have joined forces on this track at Rap Is Outta Control for a dope freestyle. The three artists spoke about their careers an upcoming projects on the show and decided to give the fans a taste of what to expect in the future. Check out this freestyle video and share it!