Sean Price Tribute with DJ Eclipse, DJ Premier, Torae, Tek, 9th Wonder, Rockness, Ruste Juxx, & more no comments
Just a few days after the unfortunate and untimely passing of Sean Price, DJ Eclipse dedicated an entire 3-hour RIOC show to the legacy P. As a member of Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik, Random Axe, and the Duck Down Music family, Sean was one of the most original and unique individuals in the hip hop community. He was also many great artists’ favorite rapper. In this episode, some of Sean’s closest friends and collaborators called into the show to pay their respects and share memorable stories about the emcee, father, husband, and friend. The callers were Sadat X, Mr. Walt, Tek, Ruste Juxx, DJ Deadeye, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, and Rockness. Please donate here to Sean Price’s family.
After the Rock Steady Anniversary show in Central Park, DJ Eclipse brought some talented DJs to RIOC for a fun medley of breaks and cuts. With four turntables set up in the studio, pairs of two were formed where one DJ would spin breaks for an entire music set and the other DJ would provide cuts as overlays. This turned into a great session of improv DJing. The first group was DJ Evil Dee on the breaks and DJ Eclipse on the cuts, followed by DJ JS-1 on the breaks and DJ DV One on the cuts. Check it out!
Ea$y Money of ST. Da Squad has released his official debut album, The M.O.N.E.Y. (The Motive Of Nearly Everything, Yo). As a childhood friend of Termanology, the Haverhill, MA emcee shows his versatility with battle rhymes and introspective songs about life experiences. Executive produced by the great Statik Selektah, features include D-Stroy, Termanology, Lil Fame, Chauncy Sherod, Action Bronson, Rob White, Wais P, Joey Bada$$, Sincere, and Jared Evan. The album includes production from DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, 9th Wonder, and Buckwild. Purchase The M.O.N.E.Y. here.
Haverhill, MA emcee Ea$y Money and New York emcee Koncept (Brown Bag AllStars) visited the RIOC show to discuss their upcoming projects with DJ Eclipse. Ea$y Money’s album The M.O.N.E.Y. is available now on iTunes and Koncept & J57’s album The Fuel EP will release later in 2015. At the end of the show, the two took turns in this freestyle session. Check it out!
Florida hip hopper MyVerse performed a set at the 38th Rock Steady Anniversary show and visited RIOC to recap the events as well as discuss her upcoming projects. With two mixtapes under her belt, MyVerse recently released her official debut album, State Of The Art. Already having three music videos available to watch online, she calls the sound “Evolutionary, experimental, feel-good beats”. MyVerse is also releasing a self-titled group project called Heresy, alongside Monie Love, Carolina Dirty, and Dominique LaRue. The production is handled by J. Rawls and Mista Lawnge (Black Sheep) and will be available on August 14, 2015. In addition to music, MyVerse is a fierce competitor in the rap battle community with a current undefeated record of 5-0. Her next match is set for URL’s Summer Madness event against C3 in September 2015. Purchase State Of The Art here.
Orlando emcee and Rock Steady Crew member MyVerse appeared on Rap Is Outta Control after performing a set at the RSC 38th Anniversary show in Central Park, NYC. The emcee/poet/b-girl spit some rhymes over a break beat provided by DJ JS-1. Check out her freestyle and share it!
Long-time friend of DJ Eclipse from the Wild Pitch Records days, MC Serch of 3rd Bass visited the crew at RIOC just to hang out. He spoke a little bit on a House record called “On My Game” that he recorded with DJ Mighty Mi (The High & Mighty) and the “Hellraisers” song from DMC (Run DMC) that he was featured on. Also, Serch spent a week in NYC to plan much of the behind the scenes work with Shawn Prez for the Global Spin Awards. Check out the interview!
New York artists Mic Handz and Innocent? were up on RIOC recently to talk about many of their upcoming projects. Handz will be releasing his first official LP and is very excited to have a finished product after several years working hard through many obstacles. MC Serch asks if it’s worth doing an album with the way fans digest music nowadays and Handz responded that it is a personal fulfillment goal of his. Handz is also the writer and assistant director for a web series that will be releasing any day with N.O.R.E., Tragedy Khadafi, Hanz On, Rockness, Innocent?, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and more. He’ll also be on the road with Smif-N-Wessun for their 20th anniversary tour.
Legendary producer Easy Mo Bee and long-time Brooklyn emcee Emskee were on the RIOC recently with DJ Eclipse. The three had a passionate discussion about authentic Hip Hop and making music from the heart. Easy Mo Bee explained that he’s being free with his craft and making the sound that he wants to make. He feels that many people make a certain sound that they think will sell and are afraid to fail if they make the type of music that they genuinely love. “Stop being afraid and come from the heart” is what he says, along with “that’s that it takes to keep this culture alive.” Emskee recalls hearing the BET Awards playing five nominated songs from a specific category that all sounded identical. There are countless variations and different sounds in the genre of Hip Hop and mainstream outlets no longer play a balance of different types of artists. For a refreshing sound of music made from the heart, check out Easy Mo Bee and Emskee’s album Two For One here.
DJ Illegal from the Snowgoons expressed his appreciation for Easy Mo Bee as a production influence as they were in the same room on RIOC. “Easy Mo Bee is basically one of the reasons that the Snowgoons exist” explains Illegal. As a kid in Germany who grew up listening to American Hip Hop, Illegal would look on the back of records to find out who the DJs and producers were on each song. The three most significant names to him were DJ Premier, Marley Marl, and Easy Mo Bee. Hear how far Illegal and his group have come by checking out their latest album with N.B.S. called Trapped In America.