Jay Royale Does Justice To Big L's classic Ebonics. Just Press Play.
When you think of Virginia Hip Hop usually the artists who come to mind are Pusha T, Timbaland, Magoo, Pharrell, and Teddy Riley. But one emcee from Norfolk, Virginia, also known as Shark City, wants to change the dynamic of that and reside on that list as well. His name is Yung D' The Pilot. He's teamed up with Virginia Beach native producer MANHE on a composition of 8 tracks, whom Pilot shares motivational, bar heavy lyrics that compliments MANHE's signature boom bap sound. At first listen, Pilot feels like he has a point to prove amongst the infestation of rappers as MANHE laces a haunting, exhilarating melody on "Recognition". Pilot rhymes passionately, touching on topics such as working a dead end job on top of grinding, and doing shows. He clearly has his foot on their neck. Gliding to the perfect segway of "Hard Work", this record could easily be considered stadium anthem music, making a statement for others on their grind, whatever career of their choosing. Get out and get yours.With guest appearances from Logic Marselis, London Boii, and Illien Rosewell, this EP is granted to give any listener the rewind factor and replay value. PILOT x MANHE is available now via Soundcloud, Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music. Yung D' The Pilot wants to stamp his face on the Mount Rushmore of Hip Hop.
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When it comes to North Carolina hip hop, a few artists comes to mind such as Little Brother, Rapsody, Kooley High and King Mez just to name a few. KING jvmes and J.R aim to keep that North Carolina tradition alive with their latest offering "The Outliers." Released through the MGNTK imprint these two artists chef up a delicious appetizer for loyal and new fans alike anticipating their next course. The six track EP features production from Logic Marselis, Illien Rosewell, LexSoDope, and Mars McKinns. The drum heavy boom bap driven "Sams Theme" starts off with a movie clip from the cult classic "Fresh", followed by KING jvmes who weaves through the soundscapes with a polished verse comparing life as a game of chess, weaved in with how he feels at his age feeling stuck while all of his peers have moved on. KING jvmes feels like his dreams have been deferred, but that doesn't stop him from rapping. J.R follows with an intricate rhyme structure and complex multi-schemes closing his verse with "balancing his dreams so they won't become a casualty." "2nd Round of Beer" will make any hip hop purist salivate as LexSoDope flips MF DOOM's "One Beer" beautifully. Both artists effortlessly do the track justice, flexing their lyrical skills as if the productions canvas is Muscle Beach. The two also touch on modern day issues in the world from the current president to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. J.R and KING jvmes are a perfect match with a Red Pill and Verbal Kent vibe. Expect more from these two in the future, but for the time being keep "The Outliers" on repeat for your listening pleasure.
A month after Valentine's Day, Norfolk, Virginia producer/emcee Illien Rosewell has released his forthcoming effort " A Different H-Art". This project is sonically and melodically different from his nostalgic sample based boom bap production that his fans are so familiar with. Rosewell takes listeners on a journey through love, heartbreak, and mixture of emotions that the average person equally male and female can relate to. On "Ain't Like That", you'll find the Norfolk native striving to stay focused on his grind while trying to convince his significant partner that he's not cheating, all in the same time, trying not to fly off the handle when one is seeking attention. It is a perfect segway into the short but sweet "Here We Go Again." All of the production done by Rosewell blends well with his vocals bringing out the emotion and clarity in his voice. Clocking in at 15 tracks, he also brings listeners into his personal life with voicemails that are sprinkled in before and after the songs which adds a extra touch and personality to the project. "A Different Motivation" is a spacey bounce driven keynote track that would make Gary Vee proud, seemingly stating that he's the best out as far as his artistry is concerned. "Queen" feat. Young Money Yawn is seeded with details of Rosewell looking for that special one that can "hold the kingdom down". With the features to just a minimum, Rosewell confidently shows that he can bring true emotion to this tapestry of work handling both production and vocals -- a true musician purist will appreciate "A Different H-Art". If your going through a relationship that's complicated, or even a break-up, this album is definitely for you. "A Different H-Art" is available on all platforms such as iTunes, Spotify and Tidal. There is know doubt that this album will be talked about for years to come.
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Ullnevano Drops Off A New Visual For Confidence Is Everything 2 Shot by Cam Cam TV. This Project Produced Entirely By Illien Rosewell Is Still Available For Purchase In The Shop And Also Available To Stream On Bandcamp.
New Orleans emcee, Leon the God and Virginia producer Logic Marselis sonically merged their worlds for the creation of the "NOVA EP". A Hybrid of the artists' respective home bases, this collectives of artwork challenges the current state of hip-hop representing the truth, and substance that should be.
NOVA EP is also streaming on Spotify, Tidal and other streaming outlets.
The Good Brothers At The Where's Buffy Podcast Interview UllNevano and Logic Marselis about MGNTK, how they met, future projects and a lot of other things. Check out this episode and others on their website at wheresbuffy.com
MANHE released this project a few months ago, but we have been working so much lately that we never posted it. On _PLAY, MANHE continues to bring us a fresh new sound with a rare boom bap feel . Play this music at night.
Every December 1, we come together for World AIDS Day to reflect on HIV/AIDS and how it continues to impact our lives and communities. The HIV virus and the condition of multiple opportunistic infections, AIDS, are now a 35-year global phenomenon.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are almost 45,000 new cases of HIV each year in the US. Beyond the statistics, there are numerous families, and communities forever changed by this disease—and in some ways, still haunted. Yet things are much better than they once were. There are at least 25 HIV medications on the market, and combination antiretroviral therapy has made the virus a manageable, chronic condition.
Twenty years ago, things were different. AIDS was a specter people were still beginning to understand, a death sentence for the person diagnosed. Furthermore, public knowledge was still scarce, especially in black communities.
"It was pretty frightening," says Pharoahe Monch, one-half of the duo Organized Konfusion, about the the climate of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City during the mid-90s. "We were becoming aware of what it exactly was, but also there was not a lot of awareness."
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UllNevaNo Teams Up Again With producer [w] to drop an exclusive single called #NEVAFORSWAY. Neva Drops Heavy Bars, Displaying His Rhyming Ability Over Two Styles Of Instrumentals. Check It Out Above And Hit Up Sway And Let Him Know He Needs To Give This Joint A Few Spins.