Kev Choice Is An Artist You Should Follow

The bay area (Cali) is on the top of the world right now. I mean Golden State just won the NBA title, and of course they export the dopest Hip Hop music in the country. There’s so many to name: MC Hammer, E-40, and The Coup are just a few. Most recently I came across an artist I’m really hooked on right now.

Kev Choice represents Oakland, and he’s getting some traction right now on the CMJ charts. He, along with other CMJ chart-toppers like Chris LaBella, works with a band when performing. It’s really nice, every now and then, when you have artists appreciate real instruments in the background.

But what makes is even better is that Kev switches things up with his tracks. There’s no track I’ve heard where the melody, beat, or lyrics are predictable. Go to his Youtube, when you get the chance, and first hear “I don’t walk, I fly”. The flow and beat are smooth. If you’re really into the conscious element, definitely check out “Gone Too Far”. The lyrics of that songs reflects the current events happening in our country today.

Kev Choice is someone worth following. There’s no question he’s continuing to make the bay area one of the top Hip Hop cities in America.

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The one half of the group “Run The Jewels” went on Twitter to express his views, saying that “what happened in Charleston is an act of terror committed by a terrorist. Simple & plain. I wish those folks in that church had been armed”.

After some of his followers disagreed with his tweet, Killer Mike then tweeted “I know no one attacks NRA meetings. Wonder why?”

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Capeech Cappuccino Is An Artist You Need To Follow!

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I’m a fan of boom bap. I think it’s the most underrated sub-genre of Hip Hop today, and it should be embraced more. If you’re a 90’s kid, like me, you probably love and understand boom bap like I do.

For those who don’t know, “boom bap” is an onomatopoeia for the drum sounds that are used in the production. It well describes the sound hip-hop producers make when they’re using drum loops and breaks. It was a big trend, used in the early 90’s (now you know why 90’s kids love this).

Some examples of producers that were part of this genre were Large Professor, Prince Paul, Pete Rock, and most certainly DJ Premier. But I’m not writing about this to give you a history lesson. I’m writing this to tell you of an artist that’s bringing back the boom bap.

His name is Capeech Cappuccino, and he’s repping the T DOT (yes folks, there’s more to Canada than just Drake). I came across him, because he’s been making ground on the CMJ Hip Hop Charts. When I got to listen to him, my ears were very pleased.

First of all, check out his bandcamp website. You’ll hear a couple tracks from his Galacticstar Hip Hop Album. If you want to go back in time to the 90’s, you MUST check out “Money Never Po”. It takes me back when I saw some hip hop shows at the CMJ fest in NYC. Same thing goes with his “Beats, Rhymes” track. It’s not just about the drum sounds, Capeech mixes it up with some piano melody in “Something”.

If you’re waiting for someone to bring that 90’s hip hop back. Capeech is your guy. Check out his bandcamp page right now, and download his album. You WON’T be disappointed.

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This sucks….

It hurts to see a great MC go at such a young age. The man had such a great career and worked with huge acts like Immortal Technique and Talib Kweli. Not to mention that his biggest album, “Orange Moon Over Brooklyn”, was produced by Marco Polo.

I’ll never forget getting this guy’s album, and charting him on CMJ. However, I REALLY REALLY wish I had the chance to interview and meet this guy.

I’m gonna post a cut from the album I got from him back in the day.

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Pumpkinhead Passes Away at 39

Veteran rapper Robert Alan Diaz, also known as Pumpkinhead, passed away yesterday.

The New York City Hip Hop M.C. had passed away in a Somerville N.J. hospital. The cause of his death is unknown. Pumpkinhead had a long career in hip hop, and made well known albums such as “Orange Moon Over Brooklyn”.

Pumpkinhead was 39 years old. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Chris LaBella Is An Artist You Need to Follow!

I always like to keep a close eye on the CMJ Hip Hop charts to see what college stations are playing. I trust the chart a lot, being that I was a music director for UC’s radio station. So I was looking at some past charts, and I came across Chris LaBella.

LaBella is exactly the kind of artist I look for when playing music on my radio show: different. He gives you something that you would never hear on commercial radio. It makes a lot of sense: he’s a song writer, producer, and can rock the guitar like he did for Subterraneruption. LaBella’s a man of many talents, which you don’t see often with Hip Hop.

After I listened to Subterraneruption, I checked out Flyaway and Livin’ on Dreams. After listening to all three, one common theme came to my mind. This is perfect music to listen to when you’re chilling by the pool this summer. You get a real laid-back vibe when you listen to Chris’s flow. His lyrics are very thoughtful though, and you don’t want to overlook them. My advice is to listen to one of his songs once, then replay it. That way you can appreciate the lyricism he brings. You definitely don’t want to sleep on that, or Chris LaBella in general.

Do yourself a favor, and check out his website 😉

Hip Hop’s Finest Convene to Help Chicago Youth

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An a-list of hip hop stars met together at a Chicago school to talk to a large audience about their music careers and the music industry.

Big KRIT, Rhymefest, and Lupe Fiasco spoke at Northeastern Illinois University for an event called “Behind the Mic”. The event was to give artists, producers, and students,the opportunity “to have an intimate conversation with cultural icons that have shaped the many ways music is both expressed and consumed”.

The event was a collaboration between Donda’s House, a non-profit that transform youth’s lives by providing access to premium arts instruction, and M.U.R.A.L. which is Lupe Fiasco’s foundation.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the company will charge at $10 a month subscription service where users have unlimited access to Apple’s music library.

Apple will still continue offering it Beats music-subscription app, despite it being released weeks ago.

There’s one question I gotta ask? Will Jay-Z start panicking about his Tidal service?

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Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab have started a PledgeMusic page, where fans can pre-order the album. It’s only $25, and fans will receive a signed copy with their purchase.

The two are within 20% of meeting their goal. They just need 35 fans to chip in. Will you be one of them?

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