I miss the EAST COAST!
Originally posted on News One:
New York has always been a haven of creativity, as Hip-Hop culture and street art helped to define the undeniable lure of the city in that regard. Dancing is a part of that expression, too, and a new dance craze bolstered by a smash song from a Dominican-American rapper called the “Bronx Whine” is taking over the city.
The DJ: Qbert
MC : URL(Ultimate Rap League)
Short and Sweet…Stay tuned!
Tell’em , Uncle L!
Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:
After praising newcomers such as Kid Ink, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar on their recent efforts, the man Arsenio considers the Greatest of All Time had some critical comments about Kanye West’s recent rants and interviews. On his first appearance on the show in 25 years, LL said he liked Kanye West, “when he’s not complaining.” Then later remarking, “I love man, but stop complaining.”
The DJ: DJ J Roc
I’ve known this brother for a long time. This guy would team up with DJ Chance and rock The Legion (Bridgeport, CT). The Legion was actually a hall that was/is in the downtown area of Bridgeport, CT near a section called , by the locals, Cardboard City (The CC). Chance would do most spinning while J Roc would give shouts, talk shit to party goers, basically MC ( move the Crowd).What made him known was not only his MCing AND his DJing, but the shit he would talk when the party’s over. He was the first person I ever heard say, ” You ain’t gotta go home, but you got to get the hell out of here!” The duo are legendary.
Fast forward through several parties in different locales and we land on a time I got to be a part of the clan he was rolling with – Rally ‘Round the Flag Productions.You may have heard of them from my post on J Wils. Anyway, he was a DJ and MC in the crew.He was one of the pretty boys, I was with grimy sect of the clan (in terms of look and dress).we rolled deep to clubs and gained fame and notoriety all at the same time in good ol’ BPT (big shout to E.S., tattoo artist who repped BPT in Inkmasters Season 3).
After a while of rolling with them , I went and started UdF( the Undadog Family).J Roc also started to branch out and make a bigger name for himself.To date he rocks clubs throughout Connecticut and remains one of the “go to ” DJs in CT.
I caught up with him, and this is what he had to say:
The MC: Ashon
I came across this brother on YouTube looking for content to share with you.
The amazing shit to me was he was working on a full album in ONE DAY! He was video recording the experience. I thought that was something to talk about! I reached out and got a lot more than I bargained for! Here we go:
UDHH: What got you rapping?
Ashon: Couple of answers to that. Real shit I could give 3 different reasons, and i don’t know which is the best to give. The first reason, actually my mother used to buy me vinyl singles when I was around six years years old. The first vinyl she bought me was Doug E fresh and Slick Rick “the show”. And I don’t even know why , cuz I was too young too even know to ask for them but that’s what had first exposed me to hip hop.
Its crazy cuz than when I was 9 there was a girl I used like from class, I had wanted to go with her an shit. She had said no, straight rejected me and I figured the best way to get her back was to write a rap about her. So I wrote a rap to get back at her, like a diss rap. I never spit it to her or nothing but it just made me feel better that I played her.
From there, It was like every time I was outside I would see the drug dealer niggaz and they was always dressing like the rappers from tv and shit and I always felt like they was imitating these dudes so I always felt like instead of trying to be like the drug dealers I would try to be like the dudes they was looking up to. That’s what got me into into rapping.
UDHH: Why did you join the big game (Rap)?
Ashon: That’s kinda like the same answer. I love music and I was trying to get money. And that’s real, I love this music shit but of course we all tryna get this money.
UDHH: What’s the scene like in CT?
Ashon: This shit hell. But at the same time we do got some good shit out here, it ain’t all bad. Its just saturated with envy. Crabs in a bucket. but lately a scene is forming that seems like it has potential to go somewhere. Starting to feel like we next in line. I am for the first time in years starting to feel like we as a state are creating a sound. And that’s wassup.
UDHH: Who do you look up to in Life? Rap?
Ashon: Who do I look up to in life? you know , i cant really say i look up to anyone in life. There’s certain people out here that I look up to their success or what they accomplished in life.
Rap? i don’t feel like i look up to anybody in rap. That kinda like the same way I feel about the first part, i appreciate they accomplishments and what certain people brought to the game.
UDHH: Name projects you’ve been involved with (Past, Present, Future)
Ashon: First shit I was ever on was the Caught on Tape album. Since than I been doing the solo thing, I dropped Center Stage in the hood in 09. And dropped two official albums this year. The “Death by stereo Lp” in April, and Liquid: The Diamond Dream in September. Both of those available for sale online right now. Far as the future we working on a third album right now we tryna drop by new years.
UDHH: Who would you like to work with?
Ashon: Wow. Its a couple people out here in the industry I would def like to make big records with. Shit, Kendrick and Nas the first names that come to mind. Those is dudes I would like to see how my skills match up with.
UDHH: Who do you rep?
Ashon: I rep myself.
UDHH: What do you rep?
Ashon: I’m from New Haven. I rep that.
UDHH: Who does your beats?
Ashon: Athagod 888.
UDHH: What do you like to Rap about?
Ashon: I like to rap about life. I like to rap about what I see forthcoming in my life in the future, than my past life situations and things I seen for myself and through other people.
UDHH: What do you like about the Rap game?
Ashon: What I do like about the rap game is its going back in the direction of actually rapping and spitting bars and shit. We starting to bring creativity again.
UDHH: What don’t you like about the Rap game?
Ashon: What i don’t like about the rap game? its almost like a contradiction cuz as much as i like the creativity and spitting bars that’s going on right now its allot of music out there that’s soulless, plastic shit.
I love documentaries! I’m sure that you Graf heads will enjoy this one:
That’s it for this week…See you next Wednesday!
- Interview with DJ Kool Keith (undadoghiphop.com)
- Interview with J Wils (undadoghiphop.com)
- Legendary DJ Mister Cee Grapples with Homophobia in Hip-Hop (colorlines.com)
- Interview with DJ Mix-He-Can (undadoghiphop.com)
- The LOX – Pound Cake Freestyle (dajaz1.com)
Hip Hop Production:Garf Richards
This is a brother out in the UK that I met on Twitter.Good dude.His production skills are bananas! I wanted to give him some love on this because, he’s kinda the reason I put Hip Hop production in as a feature..At the time of writing this he’s working on a beat for me. he has my mouth watering because he’s not giving up any clues, ideas on what he’s doing for me. Dammit!! I want you to check out his site:
Now, check out his skills:
MC: Rowlan Music
This is another cat I met on Twitter..(hmmm..I’m noticing a trend here…hmmm..wheels are spinning).This guy’s from good ol’ Massachusetts (NorthEast represent!) and his goal is to take his music and make a change in the world.Here are some stand outs:
- Starting in his own backyard, he has the legendary Termanology featured on the track, Gun Loaded! It has epic strings and horns.Reminds me of that ol’ G Unit sound.Gangster grooves!
- All Alone has an epic anthem sound to it.This is a big song that I can see as a radio single.
- Oh, God (in that Big Sean ad lib voice, boyee)! The song My God sounds as if he’s being attacked by the beat. I will say , vocally he’s holding his ground while he encourages YOU to chase your dreams.
- How The World Turn takes me back to the hay days Rocafella/Dipset (when Dipset was rolling with the Roc!! ).A rock sounding soundscape with Rowlan bouncing through it.It even breaks down with Rowlan giving a quick Public Service Announcement! it’s like he’s taking a quick moment outside the beat, to speak truth to us, then he jumps back in! The guest vocals by Mickey Wallace are up to par, too.He comes through with jewels directed at you – then he disappears.
- Hey Dad is a song to a father who’s missing out on the greatness of his son. seems like an ode to a mother who did her best raising that son.The strings and music at the end is fantastic!
- Love Me starts with melodic strings and turns into another big sound. Rowlan questions the love of fake friends and family.Very emotional.I can see a video to this.
His music is insightful and packed with styles.
Give it a listen to see what I’m saying.
I love Hip Hop music in most forms, but I also listen to other forms of music. All it has to have is a good beat..and I’m good! That is the explanation I’m gonna give for having this DJ in this article/ post. He was the one to put me on to Trap music and artists like UZ. As a matter of fact he put me on to Flux Pavilion…So, I figured let me give him shine. This guy has Dj’ed out here in various parts of San Diego , as well as, Las Vegas!
Without further ado, I introduce to you:
The DJ: Mix-He-Can
UDHH : How long have you been DJing?
MHC: I’ve been spinning fo the last year an half
UDHH: When do you DJ? Where?
MHC: I’ve been taking a small break since I’m working on an EP
UDHH: Who do you rep?
MHC: I represent all the PLUR family and EDM lovers all over the world.
UDHH: What’s a typical day like for you?
MHC: Wake up around 5:00am daily. That gives me a good hour to work on music before I head out to my day
job. After work is done I’m in the studio from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, definitely looking to get my first EP
UDHH: Do you make mix tapes? What are some that you did? Where can you
MHC: Absolutely!! I have a bunch of mix tapes out; you can find them on my sound cloud account.
UDHH: What do you like about DJing?
MHC: I really enjoy being the life of the party, as a DJ and artist you control the crowed!! I love seeing fans go
crazy while you are mixing your favorite tunes and its an amazing feeling seeing the crowed react to the
UDHH: What do you dislike about DJing?
MHC: People tend to think you are just pressing play and don’t recognize the hard work that goes behind
mixing. Most DJ’s are extremely talented and I think we deserve a spot to be labeled as true artist/
UDHH: What’s hot right now to YOUR fans?
MHC: TRAP, ELECTRO, AND MY SIGNATURE TUNE MOOMBAHTON….PLAY THEM ALL TOGETHER IN ONE MIX
AND THE CROWD GOES WILD.
UDHH: Being a DJ, what are your opinions on the current state of Hip Hop ?
MHC: Hip hop has definitely taken a fall in the music industry but hip-hop will never loose their fan base. As
an artist your job is to please your audience and you also have to factor in the “new trend” which in
this case for hip-hop fans is TRAP. Artist like myself and many upcoming DJ’s/producers are trying to
incorporate the roots of hip-hop into a new sound all in the name of our fans. Nothing will ever be able
to replace hip-hop unfortunately.
UDHH: Who are YOUR inspirations as a DJ?
MHC: I have a long list of DJ/Producers who I admire and who inspire me but the one who really influenced me
into becoming a DJ is Diplo.
UDHH: Any shout outs?
MHC: Moombahton lovers!!!!!
UDHH: Do you do anything else with your time? Any other endeavors?
MHC: No, In the past year I’ve spent almost all of my free time in learning new software for my music
production and also into getting better with my DJ’ing skills.
I really need to get at some BBoys..Y’all know any? Lemme know!In the meantime, I’m gonna keep finding fly BBoy battles and crews until then. This week, with the movie Battle of the Year making noise, here’s some REAL battle of the year footage:
I’ll let the art speak for itself:
- Interview with J Wils (undadoghiphop.com)
- Interview with DJ Kool Keith (undadoghiphop.com)
- Legendary DJ Mister Cee sits down for his first interview since last week’s announcement (blockjams.com)
- A DJ School for Babies in Brooklyn (newsfeed.time.com)
What is going on with ol’ boy?
Originally posted on The Urban Daily:
TMZ is reporting that police in Chicago are on the look out for 17-year-old rapper Chief Keef for failing to attend a child support hearing. Keef was ordered to appear in court on September 5th to explain why he hasn’t paid upwards of $20k in child support payments to his baby mama.
Before founding/developing Undadog Family (UdF) , out in Bridgeport, CT in the 90′s, I ran with a few crews as a dancer ( Shit, my skills were tight, that’s how I got my Wife!). One crew I ran with was Rally Round The Flag Productions. A crew of MC’s, Security, and a DJ.The were a well-known clique of pretty boys and grimy cats. It was great!
The DJ is today’s interview.A little back story on my “mans” and ‘em….
” As a young child growing up in his native country of West Africa, Liberia, J. Wils aka LaSmouve, born Johantz Wilson, dreamed of being a DJ, Engineer and a Music Producer.
He started on the road to his American dream when he traveled at the age of twelve to pursue his education and became influenced by the hip hop culture. He had a love of music in his heart. While in the U.S. his late father, Charles H. Wilson sent him $1,000.00 for support. Johantz used all of the money to buy his first pair of techniques 1200 DJ turntables and that was the beginning of his American Dream!
Known as a super producer J. Wils, aka, Johantz “LaSmouve” Wilson, of Fat Joe and Terror Squad fame, produced, wrote, arranged and performed the record with it being mastered by veteran producer, Edwin Ramos Jr., whose credits include artists like Mary J. Blige, soundtracks for motion pictures such as Ali starring Will smith, and even daytime TV. With this type of star power, J. Wils’ “American Dream” is one hot record you should add to your playlist; one among many music hits in the album.
“American Dream” is one of many new records from J. Wils’ new album “The Muzik Iz In Me”, slated for release in summer 2013. The track has a melodic hip-hop feel to it, a hook that grabs you and remains with you as you go through your day. It is so catchy that it is already playing on Hot 93.7 FM radio station by DJ BILLY BUSCH , and soon to be added to other top hip-hop radio stations, rap music playlists, and other music channels. With this latest release, J. Wils sets himself apart from the competition. His musical style is different from Kanye West, Wiz khalifa, Chris Brown, Drake, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and others with his mix of rap, R&B, and hip-hop his music is not restricted to any particular style.
Asked about where is he expecting the single and the album to lead, J. Wils responded: “I expect to see The Muzik Iz In Me or American Dream in the Radio Top 100 playlist, top music downloads, top music mixtapes, top hip-hop songs, top music review sites and top music video sharing sites. Right now American Dream is on YouTube, share this hot new music on Facebook and Twitter!”
Now he wants to give back by offering $1,000.00 to one lucky person to start their American Dream by letting him know what they will do with $1,000.00 to start their American dream! You can be that lucky person by purchasing his brand new album titled “TheMuzik Iz In Me“on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital media.”
UDHH: How long you been rappin’?
J Wils: 1 year and a half seriously!
UDHH: How long you been DJing/ Producing?
J Wils: 25 years or more
UDHH: I’ve known you for over 10 years and you’ve gone through a number of changes. Why go from DJ to Rapper?
J Wils: It’s a chance to get your talent across verbally
UDHH: Name some of your past projects.
UDHH: What are you working on now?
J Wils: MY NEW ALBUM: THE MUZIK IZ IN ME NEW SINGLE AMERICAN DREAM NOW ON ITUNES, AMAZON, SPOTIFY, GOOGLE PLAY
UDHH: Who are your top five favorite MCs?
J Wils: RAKIM, NAZ, JAY-Z, KRS-1, JADAKISS
UDHH: Who do you rep?
J Wils: J WILS, CT
UDHH: What do you rep?
J Wils: LASMOUVE RECORDS
UDHH: What do you like about MCing?
J Wils: EXPRESSING MY INNER FEELINGS TO THE WORLD AND SEE THE REACTION
UDHH: What do you dislike about MCing?
J Wils: TOO MANY MC’S BUT I LIKE THE CHALLENGE
UDHH: We’ve noticed you doing major things with the community. What are you working with, now?
J Wils: I WROTE AND PRODUCE A SONG FOR LEAD PREVENTION FOR THE CITY OF BRIDGEPORT/ MY NEW VIDEO FOR MY AMERICAN DREAM SINGLE/ RADIO INTERVIEWING AND TOURING
UDHH: Most artists in Hip Hop go through several name changes. How about you? What are some of your past names in this game?
J Wils: I WENT FROM DJ LASMOOTH TO LASMOUVE TO J WILS
UDHH: Any shout outs?
J Wils: INKY MAN, MIKE MARSHALL, ALL CT ARTIST..ALL MY SUPPORTERS, FOLLOWERS AND MY LABEL TEAM
UDHH : Any mentors?
J Wils: GOD!!
Happy(Belated) Birthday, Big Daddy Kane!!
So my man DShabba posted up in Facebook a picture of Big Daddy Kane, yesterday, and said, ” Happy Birthday à Big Daddy Kane…légende !!”..I don’t think I need to translate that..do I?
That brother is 45!
Growing up in this Hip Hop shit, I’d always thought WE would never grow old…Well, at least we don’t look it!
Hip Hop News: Did you see this?
..and did you hear THIS? Oooweee!!
Wait a minute! Click the caption below :
Hip Hop Production:
I can’t remember how I found this cat..but Damn! I like how Orion put the lyrics in at an off time.It made the rhyme seem different..Great stuff.
I Favorited a lot of Orion’s Music. Felt I should give him some love!
I have NO WORDS for this…
Sneaker Review with Dolla DP :
#2nd Childhood Shaq Attack
A lesson for beginners…Enjoy!
- Friday Nite Spotlite Ft. J. Wils (hot937.cbslocal.com)
- Happy Burfday! Big Daddy Kane (waitwaitwhut.com)