Q – Reminisce

Real Hip-Hop… That’s the first thought that comes to mind as “Reminisce” begins to play.  Hip-Hop artist “Q” and  producer WMS THE SULTAN prove that Hip-Hop still lives within a perfect verse over a tight beat.   “Reminisce” recounts situations of death and incarceration.  Situations that are far too common within urban communities.  “Q” distinguishes himself while  projecting emotions of pain, sorrow and respect with a mixture of storytelling and  flashbacks.  This element of Hip-Hop, extrudes thoughts from anyone who’s ever lost someone close to them to the point of, “why didn’t I write this?”. As long as the reality of a harsh world exist, the reality of Hip-Hop artists such as “Q”, will be forced to cultivate the body of thought for his community through his rhymes.  This is Hip-Hop.

 This is a street single from Boston artist Q from his upcoming album titled “Bosstown” coming this year on Brainstorm Entertainment.  This project will feature heavy production from WMS The Sultan (Joe Budden, DJ Kayslay, MC Lyte).   Q currently has a mixtape out called Body Language Vol. 1.  CLICK HERE to get it.  Also check out more of WMS The Sultan at www.sultanbeats.com.

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Producer’s Spotlight – Jeepz

Jeepz is a Hip-Hop producer from Canada’s Capital, Ottawa. Inspired by the sounds of Dilla, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Exile and Premier. Jeepz brings his own flavour that has that old-school vibe with a new-school twist, rocking with a turntable and the NI Maschine.  Jeepz also does Photography and Videos, all of which is released along with his music on his website http://www.jeepzondabeatz.com
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ILL GREEN – THE GASMASK TORTURES


ILL GREEN hails from PR as a one man militia making all his own beats and rhymes.  His style is that dusty boom bap type of hip hop that will keep your head nodding.  CLICK HERE to download.

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Hip-Hops Dead?!?!?  If so, it must of been buried in the pet cemetery because rap artist”Dondada” is one hell of a Zombie making his way around the streets of Greenville telling a different story.  “You can catch me sitting sideways, in something pretty wit the ratchet on me”, is all I needed to hear before giving Dondadas freestyle video my full attention.  
Behind a raspy southern twang mix between Scarface and DMX, you can experience Dondada as he illustrates his story of street pharmaceuticals and the daily grind of Greenville streets.   
Blessed with a smooth delivery and the art to verbally manifest vivid images by witty verses, partnered with the ability to sing hooks with a voice comparable to Lyfe Jennings, Dondada will capture head bops and lip syncs from anyone close enough to lend an attentive ear. Dondada..coming to a speaker near you.  This is Hip-Hop.  

Generation X

Nostalgic chants of “Eenie Meeni Mieni Mo… My mother said to pick this one and you are not it” instantly take many back to the days of their youth.  When the only thing you had to say to be included in any activity was “Can I Play?”   For some, these memories are as vivid as they were yesterday.    Even while reading the first line of this Blog, began to say their own rendition of the same.  Generation X, 80s babies, Reagan era kids. Whatever you may call them, they will be known as the generation that played and grew up in the streets simultaneously with Hip-Hop.

Generation X grew up in a time where Hip-Hop itself was still “young” and in the early stages of asserting itself as a legitimate art form and culture.  The 80s will always be known as the era where Hip-Hop began to diversify as the styles developed and became more complex unknowingly to the X Generation.  We were always just a little to young to stay up late nights and go to the block parties.  A little too young, to understand the political message by Public Enemy.  A little too young to get in the first Hip-Hop clubs.  We were, on the other hand, old enough to listen to our older brothers or sisters talk about the parties, rap lyrics and the clubs.  We were a generation waiting to get older so we too can enjoy this new phenomenon called Hip-Hop.

With Hip-Hop anonymously growing around us, we would spend hours in the street or fields playing games.  Hot peas and Butter, Monkey in the Middle, Scatter, Kick ball, Hide and seek, Dodge ball and the list goes on.

Other generations will say that they too played games, but none can say they were able to hear RUN-D.M.C blasting from a boom box, or Slick Rick playing on HOT 97 in the corner store.   Whether we drank from the water hose or chugged the sweetest red Kool-Aid until we stopped just long enough to gasp for air, the latest Hip-Hop album could be heard.

As we got older and grew into society, so did Hip-Hop.  We went from playing in the streets, to lip syncing every major artist’s latest song (when I’m alone in my room, sometimes I stare at the wall…), learning the newest dance steps, and trying to imitate the fashion.  We were able to stay up a little bit longer and see the street battles, go to the block parties and stand outside the club to see the action.
Skip a few years and we are now old enough to play the lyrics for our children.  Old enough to throw block parties.  Old enough to own the clubs.  We are old enough to remember when this all started.

We grew up with Hip-Hop.  We grew up IN Hip-Hop.  We supported Hip-Hop from day one as in turn, Hip-Hop supported a new culture that our generation helped to create, maintain and spread around the world.  We’ve seen trends come, go and now come back.   We are not considered the pioneers of Hip-Hop, but we are the ones who took the spark of the originators of the 70s, and ignited the idea bright enough for the world to see.  Am I prejudiced towards this? Yes! Am I speaking off of emotions? Maybe.. do I care? NO! I am a member of Generation X and this is Hip-Hop.