Article by Trevor Leard
Article by Trevor Leard
Article by Trevor Leard (@trev412burgh)
After eight years of releasing project after project, Gerald Walker is taking the year off- not to rest, but to put together his debut album entitled “TARGET,” which stand for To Achieve Respect Grind Elevate. The new project is set to drop in 2014 and is to be accompanied by a book, according to Gerald.
Article by Tip Hicks (@tipp_h)
Typically not awake before 10 am, Chancellor Warhol began his day filling me in on his forthcoming atmospheric album, Paris is Burning. You can hear the excitement in his voice as he gives the rundown on his private listening party held at the Sudekum Planetarium in Nashville, Tennessee. “No other rapper has done this in Tennessee,” Chance explains. Nashville is known for its notable country sound; which is also where Chance has collected sounds of various genres to create what he calls “artistic rap.”
Interview by Trevor Leard (@trev412pgh)
Toronto-based rapper Tasha The Amazon brings to the table more than just her voice on tracks, she also lays down the beats with her friend Danthrax. The two make up the production team Bass & Bakery. Producing every track off her newest mixtape Tasha is ready to take the game by storm. Being her first solo project, Tasha told us how she got to this point and gave us more insight on how the music she makes came about.
Claiming the crown as King of Pool Party’s, Spodie, paid homage to the Summer and all of the advantages it brings with his mixtape The Summer Going Up (#TSGU). Hailing from Inglewood, CA, the 24 year old rapper teamed up with producer Nick Banga to bring back the original Cali party music. JENESIS Magazine caught up with Spodie to talk about crazy pool parties, West Coast influences, and #TSGU2.
My goal in hip hop is…
To bring back the vibes that I seen in early Snoop and Dr. Dre videos. I just want to have fun and make money with my brothers.
Favorite 2013 album.
Drake’s album is dope but I have to say that #TSGU is the greatest album of all times. [with my Kanye schwag]
I like classic shit; Reasonable Doubt, Doggy Style, The Chronic. Jay Z inspired me to switch up the flow.
Craziest pool party story.
You won’t believe it but a f*ckin’ deerbra showed up! Haha no for real, the mansion pool party was pretty crazy. It got shut down early; millions of police showed up, helicopters, horses and some more stuff. I guess the turn up was too real for the hills.
Who came up with the idea to promote The Summer Going Up with various pool parties?
The initial idea was by Nick’s cousin, Joe; he had the pool so I reached out to some of my brothers and we made it an event. We got “I’m On” video from that. After the buzz grew, we knew pool parties were the way to go.
Describe working with Nick Banga:
Nick is dope. We make what we like to listen to. It’s simple; we do it for the bros and the hoes.
I’m going to be the next:
Spodie! That’s my vow to myself, no matter what, I am going to stay true to myself and stick to my script.
I’m dropping a visual to “So Real” featuring XO. The bigger picture, Nick and I are plotting on #TSGU2 and other collaborations.
#shoutout MEMBERZ ONLY & FUEGO. Nick you ugly as fuck. Cali Cam you need a bath. And I’m out!
Stream – The Summer Going Up
Article by Tip Hicks (@_arealtip)
Coming off of the release of their long awaited debut album, #LeagueShit!, League of Extraordinary G’z (LOEG’z), are more than a reality rap crew, but a set of seven lyrical brothers.
Three mixtapes deep and tons of experience performing, the Austin, TX “super group” bear components similar to Wu-Tang Clan with their diversity, fearless context and extraordinary personalities; this clique will catch you by surprise!
Reggie Coby, Tuk Da Gat, Lowkey, S. Dot, DoWrong, Lil J, and Greezo gained momentum prior to their album release at A3C music festival opening for the trill OG, Bun B, and performing at the Best in Texas show. All you got to do is give LOEG’z the green light and they’ll light the stage on fire with their high-energy stage presence. The Houston Press has described the group as “a goddamn typhoon onstage.”
JENESIS: With so many group members, how do you organize your performances?
Reggie Coby: Whoever is rapping is the focal point and everyone else kind of falls back. I personally enjoy watching my group members.
Tuk Da Gat: There’s been a lot of trial and error too. [laughs] We’ve done a lot of shows and a lot of them have not been that great. Like Reggie said, we watch each other; you can see what works and you go to rehearsal to talk about what doesn’t work.
Reggie Coby: We can have an honest conversation. Of course, we have our moments, but it’s respect at the end of the day.
#LeagueShit was heavily produced by the multi-talented group member, Reggie Coby, and complete with tracks that cover an extensive range of sound. There’s a touch of class throughout the album when you hear the voice of the group’s late member Esbe Da Bully. In addition, the album includes appearances from Dead Prez, Slim Gravy of A.Dd+ and more.
JENESIS: You stepped away after losing Esbe, how did the group regain their creative flow? Tell me what listeners can expect from #LeagueShit!
Tuk Da Gat: We basically took a year off of doing music because our brother, Esbe, passed away. It shook us up as people.
Greezo: To be honest, it’s just life. Life goes on, as fucked up as it sounds. He has children; they will need cars when they turn 16 and they got to go to college. This is what he left them…us! We don’t have the luxury to sulk and feel sorry for ourselves; so we worked on this album. We spent time to get it right and now it’s go time! We’re hitting the road to promote #LeagueShit! to continue to spread our word.
Reggie Coby: You’re going to hear a lot of different things. We’ve been working on this for 3-4 years.
Greezo: It’s crazy because this project has songs that were made years ago and also songs made four months ago. It has timeless elements.
Tuk Da Gat: There’s some off the wall shit like ‘Space Kush.’
Reggie Coby: We’re a large group, so we rarely agree on one thing. The songs on #LeagueShit! vary on some trap shit, also something melodic.
Greezo: We got a song with Dead Prez. There are hustle tracks and a few about relationships.
LOEG’z put the ladies on blast and speaks on having a relationship while pushing their music and paper chasing in “Maybe She’s Right.” In their mind, they are grinding to make a better life for themselves and their ladies. But from the female perspective, they are angry because the guys are never there, don’t call when they say and never answers when she calls. The females think the groupies, music and lifestyle come before her…and maybe they are right.
JENESIS journalist Trevor, gave the group a listen. Of their music he said, “They are a lot better than I expected. I’m not usually a group fan, but they all flow together better than most groups I’ve heard. I really like how they are diverse with their lyrics; having serious songs, but still have tracks like “Party at My House” where you can just vibe. I’m big on lyrics, so my favorite track was “Smile,” it had some deep lyrics that make you think.”
“Space Kush” tells a visual story of an alien avoiding the police while riding dirty; he tosses his astronomic strand out, which lands in the hands of Esbe and Tuk. The duo made a killing on the streets with $1,000 grams and can only score a re-up if they trade for Reggie Coby beats. Even with the most off the wall storyline, I enjoyed conversational rap between the two emcees.
Interview by Trevor Leard (@trev412burgh)
The California born, ‘90’s-inspired rapper, Nicky D’s, latest project is titled The Grey Area. It may be just the start to what this lifelong rap fan needs to propel him further in the game. Bringing lyrics to the left coast Nicky D’s took the time to talk about his favorite rappers, goals and more with JENESIS.
Who was your first rap inspiration?
Nicky D’s: Nas, Illmatic did it for me. I even got to meet him after a show I went to.
When did you know you wanted to take rap seriously?
At the age of eight, I knew this is what I wanted to really do. I would see Bow Wow so young doing it and when I saw 8 mile it really inspired me more to do it.
What are some struggles you’ve come across being an artist?
Just trying not to be the same old, over-saturated artist; you have to separate yourself from everyone else. People are sleeping too, but once they hear the music they see.
What makes you different from all of the other rappers on the come up right now?
I’m just trying to keep it organic; everything I say is something I’ve been through or seen. I also try to bring a higher standard on lyrics; the last year has been some of the best lyrical music yet.
Living on the west coast your sound seems to sound heavily east coast influenced, where does that come from?
Yeah, I actually had a friend [who lived] down the street growing up, from Queens, NY. He always had Big L and Jay-Z playing, so that’s why I sound like that. They were my inspirations growing up.
What are your future plans? Would you liked to be signed by a major label?
It really just comes down to what feels right, I want the people who will market me the best. We’ve had some offers, but that’s not the real focus right now, I want to stay independent. My main focus is to better my content and try to raise the bar.
Who’s your current inspiration in the game right now?
Drake; he’s out the killing it. He’s the most lyrical out there right now and biggest doing it. I also like Mac Miller, he’s pushed some real out.
Watch the video for “From The Sole” below:
Article by Tip Hicks (@datz_trizzy)
Fresh Moss has been working hard over the years in collaboration with Neako and the LVLYSL team. You may have heard him on The Number 23. You may have heard him on These Are The Times by Neako also. Earlier in September he released The Martyr EP which was a look into his full length project to come, Skinny Fresco. Here we quickly talked to him about a few of his favorite things and at the end you can stream The Martyr EP.
Interview by Thomas Agnew (@Thomas_JENESIS)
Earlier this year we reached out through our website and social network giving artists a chance at a quick break to have a beat from WoodysProduce, the track premiered on DJBooth.net, and an interview with us. After a bit of time, Crystal Seth reigned supreme and was named the victor of the contest. In this interview with Seth, we talk about his project District XXIII, being able to also work as an engineer in a studio, having to prove himself as an artist, and other interesting topics. Get to know our Under The Radar contest winner, Crystal Seth.
Article by Tip Hicks (@datz_trizzy)
Never settling as another in the crowd, the tall and lanky Columbus poet urges all underground fads to “gitdafunkup” out of his seat and make way for his young hip hop soul.
P Blackk started writing at a young age, and got hooked into making music after hearing Nas’ Stillmatic. Now several compositions in, he explains the difference in his latest mix tape Contemporary Nostalgia, “This project really shows a distinct growth from other mix tapes. I stepped it up lyrically and focused less on myself; Contemporary Nostalgia has personal moments but there’s more of a balance and better rhyming.” The project is the perfect combination of P’s contemporary concepts mixed with hometown producer J. Rawls’ nostalgic production. Continue reading as P. Blackk reveals music from his personal library, shares knowledge he’s learned along the way, and sets goals for 2013.
Name 3 artists in your music library that people would be surprised you listened to?
P BLACKK: “Pronounced” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, that might come as a surprise. Soulja Boy’s “Juice” mix tape; I really like the Zan joint…& the remix. Lol Metallica’s third album is REALLY dope, “Master of Puppets.”
You’ve been rapping since age 8. What do you enjoy most about the art?
P BLACKK: I really enjoy the reaction and energy I get rapping in front of a crowd. It’s beautiful.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned and who taught it to you?
P BLACKK: The most important thing I’ve learned about music is to be you, flaws and all. Your fans will gravitate toward your music because of you not for your clothes, jewelry, or whatever
else folks idolize these niggas for nowadays. But I learned that low key from my moms. She found my “I hustle/kill people/fuck bitches” raps when I was in 8th grade and ever since then I just stayed true.
Tell me one goal you’ve set for your music in 2013:
P BLACKK: I think the fans that follow me are in for a treat, and the people who don’t know me are in for a bomb ass introduction. One goal is to release a few self-produced EP’s. The first project is complete, just mixing it & all that stuff rappers say. Lol JENESIS Magazine will have all the new music!
If you could change one thing in music today, what would it be and what would you replace it with?
P BLACKK: If I could change one thing in music it would be just to have some variety in the mainstream spins. I like all types of music and all types of rappers[Video] “Coming of Age”
Download “Contemporary Nostalgia” here: http://pblackk.bandcamp.com/album/contemporary-nostalgia