Archive for August, 2012


Real Hip Hop

Before you go trying to create your “own” hip hop or mimic someone else’s, you should think back to what really put hip hop in our ears. It wasn’t 2Chainz, it wasn’t Lil’ Wayne, it was way before them. In the 80’s baby. Shoot, and even before that, in the 70’s is when it all began. I’m just wanting to provide you with a different outlook on hip hop right now. You sometimes think about 2Pac or Biggie being the beginning of hip hop, but do your research.

Today’s hip hop isn’t real unless it’s an independent artist or underground and that doesn’t mean that just because someone is independent or underground that they’re actually good. But that’s where the best music is these days. In Run DMC’s day, the story was completely different. Now, that mainstream shit is for the birds. I vibe to it, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t write about that noise. Run DMC is now in the Rock Hall of Fame. These guys were so good at the craft that they were honored in a category that some of the most legendary musicians like Elvis and Johnny Cash were in. What an accomplishment to be included in something that ultimately seemed to have nothing to do with hip hop.

http://www.last.fm/music/Run-D.M.C./+wiki

LPK

@mrsavvyhimself

I stumbled upon LPK through Twitter. Imagine that. His manager Mo hit me up after checking out my blog and reached out to me about networking. That’s the beauty of networking–I live in Indianapolis and they live in South Carolina. I checked out their Savvy products and knew right then they were creating a movement people would respect. I’m writing about LPK because as an independent artist, he deserves more attention outside of SC. He may not want to be signed, but that gives us even more reason to listen to him. His music is fun, laid back, and relatable to hip hop lovers. You can chill and listen to it or put it in the car for some ridin’ music. “Cool, calm, and collected” as he says in “Take Your Time,” one of the songs off “The Rehearsal.”

LPK is currently in the middle of making hits, staying true to himself and just enjoying the moves he’s making. I respect his hustle because he has a vision that some artists can’t tap into. He said he’s focused with “becoming one with & owning into it [his music]. In the interview, he said,” I never planned on doing this but always had a thing and an ear for music. So when the opportunity presented itself I said hey, I can put words together w/ a lil twist.. Let me try it! Go to YouTube & type in Hamm Camm or go to LOUDPACKKUNTRY.com & it should speak for itself.”

Mixtape Motivation

LPK has a different outlook on his projects and how they relate to each other. He doesn’t really know where the theme of the mixtape came from, but the fact is, it came to him and now he’s sharing it with the rest of us. LPK said, “It just came to me.. It was like what I wanted to do was going to be my introduction to the world. Or like a big show in the sense, as to be in the show you have to have “The Audition” and if they like it they call you back for “The Rehearsal” and the album would be the big show.. Get it? But in between the Big Show and “The Rehearsal” you would have pt3. “The Smoke Break” Coming Soon!!! I say we compiled about 4-5 projects into a 6-8 months span, but only released the 2 so far.”

Listen to “The Rehearsal” on Datpiff now

http://www.datpiff.com/Lpk-Ssp2-the-Rehearsal-mixtape.328279.html

Music With a Message

Some people rap with a message, others just rap to say shit that don’t mean anything. They just do it for fun. Whatever your reason is, the fact is you’re still making music. Usually people make music to express themselves–In whatever way that might mean to them. LPK says his music definitely has a message to it. “Indeed it does have a message. The details of a laid back individual who’s just trying to introduce the world to this Savvy and Lo Kuntry shit. We are branding & promoting ourselves by indulging in numerous activities such as event planning, photography, visual aids, CD duplication, flyer design and print, Savvy Way Apparel, Savvy Way Models, T-shirt Screen printing, websites, ect.”

Musical Influences

Musical influences inspire us to love music, first of all. The music we’ve grown up listening to will always stick with us but when it comes to creating a new kind of music, we are on our own. LPK said, “I would have to say some of my influences have been Outkast, Pimp C, UGK, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Angela Winbush, and Kilo.” Even though he’s been inspired by some legendary people, he has compiled his own creation that’s  definitely worth listening to. You’ll be hooked to the swag, sound, and flow of the tape. Let me know what you think.

Capital Dubz

@CapitalDubz

Coming to you all the way from Virginia, Capital Dubz is in the middle of completing his first mixtape “Capitalizing Opportunity.” He has a different outlook on life than a lot of people and it comes out in his music. You wouldn’t even think he was as young as he is until he tells you. He’s been through hell and back like a few of us. Others’ stories have inspired him to do better and make a name for himself. Dubz has an interesting perspective on money and what it does and can do for him. He says it best himself…

“I’ve lost too many youngins’ in this world, and the other half are on probation. I just feel obligated to prove that Capital can be obtained in several ways. I am currently putting together a team, and am working on producing “Capital” t-shirts, money runs my world! So stay tuned and stay posted.”

The Drive Artwork

 Listen to The Drive ft The Weekend

He’s only 17 but has the mindset of a 30 year old. He’s been recording for a while and has been writing even longer. Taking the time to develop his brand so that one day we can see him on T.V. Dubz said, “I have been writing since I was 8… But honestly, I’ve been recording since the age of 13. I aspire to be the first everything. In the next five years you will see me on the television! On my life.”

When I write lyrics for some reason, I just write the words. I never write to a beat, I never say them out loud, I just write. That’s obviously because my blog comes first and so do the artists I write about and represent. I write lyrics because I have a writing background and it helps me better understand the art. Capital Dubz on the other hand is first inspired by a beat before he writes. Since he is a true rapper, hearing the beat first creates gives him a better idea of how he should write. He said, “When I write I always pick the beat first, and the beat speaks to me so I always tend to write based off of pure emotion.”

 

Dubz says just starting off, “I currently have no form of management whatsoever but I am always open to new ideas and offers.” As he develops more projects, videos and photo shoots, there will be people intersted in representing him. He is always working–whether that be at his part-time job or his hip hop grind. Up early everyday ready to live life and get to work.

Be on the lookout for Capital Dubz’ new projects! Check out his soundcloud, too!

 http://soundcloud.com/CapitalDubz

Amani Tre Niner’s Tattoo Muzik Hosted by DJ Holiday

Click the photo or the link below to catch the drop of Tattoo Muzik by Amani Tre Niner! But if you want a copy of it now, I have enough to pass around. But Amani, his crew, and myself would appreciate if you help us promote the mixtape, not just take a CD to look at. DJ Holiday hosted the mixtape so s/0 @Djholiday and @Hot963. Call/tweet Hot 96.3  to request “In Da Summa” by Amani Tre Niner… NOW!

http://www.datpiff.com/Amani-Tre-Niner-Tattoo-Muzik-mixtape.378149.html

The Trio Troubled Youth

@Zakk_lo @Piff_God @SpaidDaDon

Humble but confident about their abilities. Local but their music has a national appeal. Those two qualities in themselves will take them farther than most. That’s not even mentioning the representation they have backing them. Dre Wills is the owner of Immaculate 2020 which is a record label based in Atlanta, Georgia. Be on the lookout for the article about Wills himself sometime next week. You’d think Troubled Youth just started spittin’, but it’s the opposite actually.

“We’ve been rapping since our freshman year of high school, but we formed the group in 2009 after making the song “Naptown Music” over some random beat we found on the net. In 5 years, I plan to be making a steady income off of making music, whether underground or mainstream who knows,” said Zakk Lo.

Zakk Lo and Don Piff

Troubled Youth has a huge advantage over a lot of local talent because they are not even 21 yet, but straight killin’ it. Zakk Lo said,“We are trying to make a name for ourselves by not just making songs for Indianapolis but trying to make songs that will have national or global appeal.” As part of Team Spittage, they are coming up with a distinct sound.  Their complex but simple bars will have you stunned. “We aren’t trying to get stuck in the box of ‘wack’ Indianapolis rappers, we are trying to stand out as something different,” said Zakk Lo.

http://soundcloud.com/troubled_youth/give-me-something

Between the three of them, Dre Wills, and Ajene tha.God who you’ll hear on some tracks, these guys are blowin’ up. The beats they inherit along with their way of blessing the beat, the talent can’t be denied. These old souls won’t be local too long, though. Watch and see. Humble Don Piff said, “As long as one person likes what I put out and actually appreciates it for what it is, then I’m satisfied. In five years I hope to be alive, because tomorrow isn’t promised, but I wanna make a way with my music. 

http://soundcloud.com/troubled_youth

youtube.com/immaculate2020

youtube.com/troubledyouthtv

They capture the life of this generation of young people so well in the bars of every song. You can’t help but bob your head to the beat with them. “Sometimes we’ll be in the studio and Dre sends a beat and we come up with a concept and bless the beat,” Zakk Lo said. “Other times we might be just chillin listening to other music and an idea will spark and we’ll jot it down.”

According to Zakk Lo, “We decided to pursue this dream after hearing classic albums like Illmatic, It was Written, Ready to Die, Reasonable Doubt, the Infamous, etc. We wanted to make our own classics. Dre Wills provided us with a blueprint of how to record and write and we just ran with it.”