Since ’95, Brooklyn, New York’s Talib Kweli has been developing a musical vehicle to launch social awareness into the minds of the masses. He recently said a few words about music past and the recent release of his fifth studio album, Prisoner of Conscious. Read the rest of this entry
We all have a purpose for being here. Those of us whose talents are discovered much earlier than others are often referred to as prodigies. For others, the true nature of our calling can come from over-looked sources at the most unexpected of times. Brentwood, Long Island’s Erick Sermon, one half of the pioneer group EPMD, had plenty going well for him. With a successful group and solo recording career, a long list of accolades and a steady schedule of music projects to complete, the future appeared to be headed right where anyone would expect. It all changed one day in November of 2011. Erick had suffered a heart attack that caught many of his family, friends and fans by surprise. We recently caught up with The Green-Eyed Bandit at his home studio and talked about his new view on life, his medical scare and the need for variety in the culture we all know and love called Hip Hop. Read the rest of this entry
Off of the City Of God mixtape Fred takes the story from the pavement to the oceans.
Scram and Smokestack link up to create this latest visual. Read our exclusive interview with Scram Here.
Words by Drew Spence
attended the New Jersey Golden State Film Festival for the premier of I Want My Name Back, a documentary by Roger Paradiso profiling the early years and recent history of The Sugarhill Gang. This is a film you need to see because it gives us the back-story to what may be the most important song in the history of Rap music. “Rapper’s Delight” gave us the single lyric that every person has at least said once. Read the rest of this entry
Scram and Swigga get busy with the flow over Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”. Read our exclusive interview with Scram Here.
From Season 2
In the Terminator films, Jon Connor was the leader of the human resistance group whose mission was to terminate the self-aware, artificially intelligent machines. As Hip-Hop enthusiasts, we constantly find ourselves in a battle to preserve and promote authentic culture and music. All Varsity Entertainment’s artist is here for similar reasons. We chopped it up with the young homie who’s been consistently buzzing on the mixtape circuit and preparing to drop more of what his fans have been waiting for. It”s Jon Connor, “The People’s Rapper”.
Words by Will Loiseau
Can you remember the first rhyme you wrote that impressed your friends?
I had friends who used to battle every day on the bus in elementary school. They would pass it over to me and I told them I couldn’t rap. I remember I went home and wrote two bars and made up my mind that I would spit them the next day. The following day, on schedule they passed a turn over to me and when I spit my bars the whole bus went crazy. I was like eleven or twelve and from then on it was on. I liked being able to make people feel some type of way with words. From that point the kids started waiting for me to get on the bus and hear what I had to say in the cypher. There’s no better feeling than that. Read the rest of this entry
Man of Many Hats
New Rochelle, NY’s Scram Jones has made music for more than a few familiar names in the music industry. On the flip side, he’s also shared the microphone with some legendary rhyme slingers you might have heard of. What many don’t know is that this noble student of Hip Hop’s periodic table honed his skills through DJ battles. Bitten by the bug he didn’t stop there continuing on a journey to create a one man band. Degrees in audio engineering and sociology help him to study his audience and provide sonic solutions. We talked with the versatile record spinner/producer/emcee and asked him, what’s next?
Words by T. Smokestack
Tell me about the first time you performed live as a rapper. Where was it? What was the crowd reaction? Did you have a record out at the time?
Scram Jones: First time I performed live as a rapper was at a show at Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) – I had my boys on stage and basically rapped to them- lol – I wasn’t ready yet to face the crowd – and I think I screamed my lyrics-lol! Later, I learned to connect with the crowd, command my voice and use breath control. I had some records on Napster out at the time and a demo floating around but no big records. It still was cool cuz I had a band on stage with me and turntables so I made up for it by scratching with band…this was 99! Read the rest of this entry
The keys to better health are in your hands! Get up and ride out.
Words by Soundoff
Writing, recording, performing, shooting videos, interviews and enduring a rigorous tour schedule. Sound exhausting? Well, being a rapper these days is sort of like playing a sport. In order to excite fans at a show or last any decent amount of time as an artist in show-business, health must become a focus. Read the rest of this entry