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Album Review: Covenant - Psalm AKA Lyricidal

Posted by Underground On Top on March 7, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)


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This 22 track Inspirational/gospel album will fill you with faith! Even the non-believers won't be able to deny such skill and precision on the mic. Not one soul that listens to this album will go unmoved or uninspired! Psalm aka Lyricidal is putting underground gospel hip hop on the map! Not only that but he is making it cool and he is making it dope. The music is real and relatable even for those who do not practice any religion. And no true hip hop head can deny realness on the mic. It's a great album, we will tell you that now! Psalm lives up to his nickname, “lyricidal”, the man is a lyrical genius!

 

Each track on “Covenant” will bring some new form of inspiration to your life and leave you reflecting on the past, future, and present. But you will do so with ease. If you really take the time to listen to this album, you will make a strong connection to it. Even if it's only one song, you will feel some kind of connection. The true power of music, that's what “Covenant” brings to the table! The power to move people and uplift them and help them understand life in general, a little better.

 

The album starts off with, “If Life is a Contest”, which basically brings all the bad things in the world to light. Everyone goes through hardships and will face horrible things in their life. But it also reminds us that life is about how we choose to live and what we decide to do with it. “If life is a contest we are all losing because of all the nonsense we're all choosing” - Psalms

This track will put some things in perspective for you, might make you question some of the decisions you have made in the past or that you are about to make. Nonetheless it will grab your attention and leave you wanting to continue the album. Another notable track is “Before I Move”, can we just take a second to appreciate the delivery & flow on this one!? I know we keep talking about being inspired and reflecting on life and what not (which this track has plenty of). But we meant what we said when we mentioned Psalms I'd a lyrical genius. The man can rap his ass off and praise God at the same time and some how it goes hard! The overall production on this track, “Before I Move”, is insane! Turn it up! And “I Knew A Girl”, sampled from the hit song, “Daughters”, by John Mayer, is one track that anyone, no matter who you are, will be able to appreciate and truly understand. A song about life, it really is beautiful. Psalms completely makes this John Mayer song his own, the passion is strong, we could hear it being played all over the radio waves!

 

“Covenant” had a few solid features but for the most part you are getting Lyricidal! If this is your first time listening to his music than perfect! This album had everything you need to show off his abilities and talents as an artist. We also must mention the vocalists picked for this album were outstanding! So we urge all hip hop fans to take the time to enjoy this album today! Hit play with an open mind and you might just become a big fan!

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ALBUM OUT NOW!!!


Listen to the FULL album when you visit www.ministrymuzik.com

Full Review: The "Hello, Nice To Meet You" EP - By Diverge

Posted by Underground On Top on August 22, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)


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Generic Freestyle Intro: "Hello, Nice To Meet You" starts out exacty like it says, with a generic freestyle! But this one was actually entertaining! Diverge starts the EP off giving listeners a taste of bars. The beat choice will also catch your ear giving multiple things to enjoy.

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Trunk Muzik Ft. E'The Rapper: Starts out with a banger beat. Something that hip hop heads can really turn up to.

The track features underground artist E'The Rapper, who takes the track in a whole different direction with his double time, really taking control of the song.

 

Overall the track was catchy & fun. Something worth checking out.

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Smoke & Fly: This isn't your regular "smoking weed anthem". This one actually comes with a position message with a stance against drinking and driving.

 

Creative track that we can really appreciate. Chill out with this one! Just the feel good vibe you need.

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Don't Care No More: Starts out with amazing vocals that turn into the first verse from Diverge.

 

This is one that most everybody can relate to. Any one who has lost friends & loved ones etc. for what ever reason should give it a listen!

 

Diverge does a solid job riding the beat. The harmonizing will keep you drawn in.

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Voices: The EP closes out with "Voices". This one has an interesting approach to it. One that you will really want to pay close attention to, word for word.

 

The build up to the hook was on point. Overall the track finishes the EP on a strong note with a feature that compliments Diverge nicely.

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The new EP is available now: 

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hello-nice-to-meet-you-ep/id1130426845

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Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Diverge_Hello_Nice_to_Meet_You?id=Blu2ziayf4i6ik6lsf7kfejoojy

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Amazon - https://amzn.com/B01HTGWKWI

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Exclusive: CrimZn Talks New Album, New Group, New Deal, And More!

Posted by Underground On Top on July 25, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)



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Give us a little background for the new listeners. How long have you been making music, where are you from? etc.

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Well if they don't know already the names CrimZn. I've been making music for a hot ass min. Since back in 97' I was in a accident that flatlined me and kept me comatosed for about a month after that. But I literally started my first musical project straight out of a coma. I sang in hardcore bands. I always wrote poetry and lyrics and came up listening to hiphop like early Wu Tang, Mobb Deep, Nas, & early Outkast, shit like dat, too many influences to list. But yea technically I been making music for 19 years and been making hiphop for about 17. I'm from NEPA. Scranton PA ta be exact but I lived in Birmingham AL for a few years "whaddup 205", and spent mad years in south philly which I'll always consider a second home and where I really crafted my skills writing, I really just came back ta the NEPA scene about 4 or so years ago but its where I was born and I got a family here now so its where I be at!

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What can we expect from this new album?

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This album is just straight lyrical, some deep shit, some witty shit, some punchlines here and there a lot of boombap style beats, there are deff some dope features (Judah Priest, Solomon Child's, PaceWon way more too name) and its all original, beat production all original, shout out and credits ta my fam in Philly Odin Smith my dude BlesstBeats outta Jersey also got a beat on their produced by the jersey homie rich mahogany and a lot of the trax got my brotha from anotha Gov L on em and yawl will kinda see the transformation into Evolution. I'll get more into that later..

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Tell us about this publishing administration deal you just signed?

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Yea I did sign a publishing administration deal I can't really explain it more than just saying its dope its international and over like a 100 countries or something like that. I don't keep exactly 100% of my sales but at least I know I got someone working for me to collect all possible revenue and also pitch my music to people like for tv or commercials or whatever yamean, it's a step in the right direction.

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How long did it take you to record the new album?

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I guess it took me a couple years not that it took me years to record it but its been a transformitive process. Like it was never ready in my head, until one day I was like fuck it I'm just droppin it, prob like 2 years from when I dropped the earliest recorded track on it till I actually finished it, and most of it was already done just waited on some finishing touches and some verses to come in.

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Do you have a favorite track off of it? Which was the most fun to record?

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I dont know I guess my fav track on it is Hard-Hard feat PaceWon and Gov L it's just got that early 90's vibe to it that I came up to. It was fun recording all the tracks, well maybe except for one track we recorded at this one studio where the engineer went bananas and started wilden out at his gear, like gettin mad irate with his equiptment like I thought he was gonna start punchin the shit outta the speakers and computer screen, but he ended up blessin us with that session on the love so its all good hahaa..

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Tell us about Evolution?

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Yea Evolution is a group that came together from Vicious Fam meeting me and also at the same time kinda falling apart and then putting itself back together. The fam lost some fam and gained me and if anybody who truly knows me to the core they'll let you know loyalty is just bred in my blood. So after I linked up with Vicious Fam it was basically just me and Gov L rockin shows and doin tracks and shit, and we linked up with Misled Youth, Thats my boy Juke Drastik and Raptor Romanello. I always fucked wit Juke since years back and always knew Raptor, well I knew him as Bird back then but whatever same diff.and was always cool wit them, so Gov was like yo Juke and them down wit the Fam now I was like Ight, haha you know I was thinkin thats whats good they my people anyways lets do this, so we did some shows kinda nameless for a while just being Vicious Fam, and we decided to go with the name Evolution because we came together in an evolutional way. I dont think thats a word but whatever you get the idea, so now the group Evolution its Gov L, CrimZn, Juke Drastik and Raptor Romanello, BOOM!!! and we were only together 2 or so months and dropped a full mixtape, yawl can check us out at reverbnation.com/evolution570 <---

And we got mixtapes at all shows! So we have only been together for a young min. and we already dropped the mixtape and also signed with a Management company, I'm not gonna say the name cause I dont know if im really supposed to be talkin bout that but they lookin out for us now with the booking shows, gettin paid for shows, and all that etc....

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CrimZn is up for hiphop act of the year for the Steamtown Music Awards. How does that feel? How's the competition?

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I feel mad love from it and and I got respect for the people who put the conference on each year for the last 4 years. It's really brought a new level to the scene up here, there was never anything like this until they started doin this, so in regard to the steamtown Music Awards and the Electric City Music Conference all I wanna say is keep doin it and keep makin it better each year and if I win I win, the true supporters will stay true and the hataz gonna hate

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Tell us about your latest music video. Can we expect another one off the album?

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Yea this music video is pistol whippen pumpin and its off the album its featuring none other than my dude Gov L, we dropped this track and dropped the video almost simultaneously and the track aint about beatin nobody down with guns its just a lyrical metaphor, if you a hiphop head and listen to the hook yawl will get it without me breakin it down, and as for the next video, we gonna drop a video for FukAhook which the beat is produced by Nate Williams. Also got him on the track and Gov L and myself and its just straight bars so we gonna do a video for that, which hopefully will be out very shortly. And yo we deff gonna have some Evolution Videos on their way trust that.

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What's next? What do the fans have to look forward to?

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Fans, if yawl fans of mine and yawl real fans yawl will know I always stay grindin makin music whether im workin full time on my 9 ta 5 or on the run. the constant variable is that there are trax always droppin steady. Without music there would be no reality for me so there will always be some type of musicaly creation comin from CrimZn, I'm gonna stay doin shows as CrimZn once in a while and bring my hype girl Talia wit me rockin out as usual, but we gonna be doin alot of Evolution shows too so keep an eye out on Evolution, remember thats reverbnation.com/evolution570 <---

And yawl can get the new album anywhere online just go to whatever yawl fav place to download music is and search for the album "The Blasphemous Prime Files by CrimZn" and thats about it fam... much love for takin the time to ask me these questions, hopefully it will let people know whats good and they need ta get down wit that CrimZn and they need ta get down wit that Evolution, shout out ta yawl for lookin out as usual, and ta my wifey Talia and my fam eveybody knows whos who, peace n love.


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Twitter @CrimZn

IG @therealcrimzn

Facebook.com/crimzn570

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The Blasphemous Prime Files: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/CrimZn_The_Blasphemous_Prime_Files?id=Bc3ee5tpj2f3wifi6ardv3s4aoa ;

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Album Review: Juggernauts by RE: Verse (Massaka & Ayok)

Posted by Underground On Top on February 15, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)




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"Juggernauts" is a well rounded album that UOT highly recommends checking out. If you are into bars and punchlines this is the right album for you. However the album is not limited to just bars. Throughout it you will come across solid story telling tracks such as, "Lost & Found" & "Nightmares", as well as tracks like, "Adrenaline", where the artists are just going in showing off their lyrical talent. 
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Was the album perfect? No, of course not. Not many are these days but this album shows the potential of two artists who are surely on their way. "Juggernauts" is diverse, it makes you think, and it has a little bit of something for all types of hip hop fans. Key features really helped shape it into a solid project with appearances from the Grind Mode affliates and artists like Ree Dot Ma who blew us away. UOT rates this one an 8 out of 10! Make sure to pick it up!

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Juggernauts -  The rap duo wastes no time getting things jumping with the intro track to the album, "Juggernauts".  This track really set the pace for the album. If you are a hip hop head like ourselves, who loves bars, methophors, punchlines, and all that clever goodness. This is definitely an album you want to continue listening to. 

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Fight Back - We really enjoyed the aggression on this track. Both Massaka & AYOK bring the bars as they go back and forth on the beat. The hook has a strong build up, it really pulls you in and connects you to the song itself.  It will leave you with a new sense of motivation. 

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Champion Ft. Ms Nita - "Champion" started out a little slow for us at first. The first verse was solid but was lacking something and just didn't grab our attention right away. It is one of those verses that you have to listen to a few times to fully appreciate. It's importance to the track is only seen after the track has completed. 

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But then the second verse comes in and really pulls this song together and makes you nod your head. The hook was great, it really connects the dots on this one and gives you a strong feeling of what this album is about. 

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Spotlight - "SpotLight" is a key track on the, "Juggernauts" album. This one give you different style  from the first 3 that you just listened too. A real chill beat that allows for the two artists to really go in on it and switch up the flow. Well delivered from beginning to end with a killer hook that will stay stuck in your head long after you have finished listening to the album. 

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Questions - This one will refresh your memory and hip hop history knowledge. The title of the song says it all, "Questions". All the "what if's" that you can think of are noted on this track. It is asking what would it be like if some of the great moments in hip hop never happend such as Travis investing in Tech or DMX never getting hooked on crack. Things that have really affected the community whether it be bad or good. 

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We highly recommend listening to this one. The concept of the track alone is intriquing and we think a lot of the fans more into the underground and independent scene will enjoy it. Props to Re: Verse! It was refreshing hearing something different that really makes you think and appreciate Hip Hop. 

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Legends Never Die  ft. Passionate MC & Andrea Leclaire - Bars! From the beginning to the end of this track they are coming hard with bars and more bars! Andrea Leclaire killed it with her graceful and uplifting sound!

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The track also featured Passionate MC. If you are a fan of Passionate MC you will appreciate his verse on this one. He didn't hold nothing back and gives one of the most memorable verses on the album. 

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Lost & Found ft. Flawless Real Talk - If you are into songs that paint a picture, this is the one for you. Each artist did their own think to add something valueable to the track and keep the story going. This was well put together with great clarity. 

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A more dark and psychological type song with shock value that will keep you listening wanting to know what happens. Flawless Real Talk contributed a dope verse to  close out, "Lost & Found". A song that you will want to listen to more than once!

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My Road ft. Ree Dot Ma - The very second this one starts to play it will pull you right in. Ree Dot Ma has a voice that will make you want to sit down and pay attention. The hook is catchy & radio ready! 

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"My Road' is relatable to anyone that has had a dream and worked hard to get to where they want to be and where they are. Everyone has their own path and their own plans of getting their. Re: Verse did great getting the point across and reminding us that, "The road to success, is always under construction."

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Kind of Funny Ft. Marc Murphy & Rippz - Grind Mode afliates, (Past & Present) Marc Murphy & Rippz, join Re: Verse on, "Kind Of Funny". A more up beat style track that brings to light the haters and fakes that will talk about you behind your back but act like they love you to your face. 

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The chemistry on this track is what gives it replay value. Each artist and verse matched the energy to the previous. A solid one all the way around. #GME

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Sick & Tired Ft. Big G's - This is one of our least favorite tracks on the album. Not to take anything away from the verses & artists we just were not feeling the beat. And it made it hard to fully capture our attention. 

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Re: Verse however did enough on the beat to keep us listening and Big G's will leave a lasting impression on the listeners whether you agree with us about the beat or not. Either way we do recommend that you listen, everybodies ear is different. 

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Adrenaline - On to the next one, "Adrenaline", is one of our favorite tracks on the whole album. This was a great piece, the hook/bridge helped build this track up. And it will definitely get your "Adrenaline" rushing as you listen. The switch ups and transitions between flows were genuis. Great work! 

Nightmares Ft. O - As you might of figured from the title, "Nightmares", has more of a horrorcore vibe going on compared to what you have already listened to. But it is not just your typical horrocore track talking about killing and murding people. 

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The track tells a dark story of someone who may be suffering from a dramatic experience from their past. Someone who struggles with the fear of what comes when you sleep. Metaphorically this one is on another level. Listen to it closely a few times and you will come away with something different each time. 

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We're Here - This is another one where we didn't care much for the beat but this time it didn't even matter. Re: Verse goes off on the track. The lyrical content on this one is enough to keep it a top track on the album.

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The hook was simple on this one but easy to remember and very catchy. Overall we ended up liking this track a lot. Even if we didn't agree with the beat. 

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We in Grind Mode Ft. Lingo - We are starting to sound like a broken record but another key hook on the album! We loved the upbeat energy on this one. Lingo joins the track and makes it his own with his unique sound.

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This track was fun and we really enjoyed it. It kept us entertained throughout the whole song and when it ended we wanted more. Great replay value on this one. Must Listen. 

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Grind Mode Cypher LA Vol. 3 - Re: Verse were joined by Ty Banks, Jon Dubb, Curt Sharp, & Johnny Conceptz when they jumped on Vol. 3 of the LA edition of the Grind Mode Cypher. This is the perfect ending to a dope album. AYOK & Massaka stole the show on this cypher. Coming out with a hot start and strong finish to cap it off.

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Make sure to following the links below to stream and pick the album up for yourself! 


Available On iTunes:  http://https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1055794053?ls=1&app=itunes

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Available On Spotify: http://https://play.spotify.com/album/2gy1L3DOsr0RuOHXN5zYTi

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Exclusive: Big K Talks Inspirations, Producers, And More!

Posted by Underground On Top on October 1, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)




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What/who inspires you to do music? How old were you when you started?

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Life, Love & Happiness but at the same time depression & sorrow can inspire all the best music! I knew from the age of 2 I was going to do Music my Mother said I would never put down the guitar and from there learning lyrics of whole songs by the age of 4 progressing through all of my life with some great involvement of music to Choirs to band to guitar and theater classes and more!


Who do you want to work with? (Artist wise)

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I would really love to work with a handful of artists if the opportunity presented itself from ranging of the obvious of Eminem to Hopsin Tech9 Rittz Jcole Matt PFV Big Sean B.O.B. Adrea 3000 Dizzy Wright MGK (Slim Jesus JK.....)


What are you currently working on right now? New music, collabs, videos, etc.

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Everything! I Produce and do most the work for my label so we have many thing in the works, such as; multiple albums, Mixtapes, Videos, Singles, Shows, Ect...


What is your most accomplished piece of work? track, albums, mixtapes, etc.?

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The Label itself and the Name "Lost Hope?" Has grown bigger in the last year and a half then id ever imagined doing so so fast! I am Proud to call my people my Team!


Which producers would you want to work with the most?

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Dr. Dre, Skrillex, Lex Lugar or Mustard!


Explain how you came about your "rap" name?

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It came to me! My buddy was freestyling and Called me Big K one day so either way if I get Fat Or built Im always gonna be Big K! LMAO


About how much time do you dedicate to your music each week?

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Every Waking Moment the only Time i am not is if I am Sleeping Which in this game doesn't happen that much! #GRIND #TheMovement


Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? What is your goal in music?

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Being Established as a well Known Independent Producer/Artist Singing Raw Talent from all over the World! LHP304!


Do you have a personal favorite track of your own? If so which one and why?

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I would have to say Inspiration due to the fact that there is a lot going on in the world with Religion and Hate these day and it speaks on these issues with a non stop fast paced flow that catches your mind and put you in the state you need to be aware of!


How often do you sit down to write new material

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When I am not Producing Recording or working on something else music related then I am writing my Own Tracks.

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I just wanna say thank you for this opportunity and most of all thank you to all the people that take the time to listen you are the true heroes with out any of you we would have no reason!

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Exclusive: Exoticz Talks Producers, Recent Album, And More!

Posted by Underground On Top on September 23, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

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What/who inspires you to do music? How old were you when you started?

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I've been involved in music all my life. Started off in choir when I was in kindergarden. I started writing my own songs and lyrics by the time I was 12. Ever since, my love for music itself has done nothing but grown

 

Who do you want to work with? (Artist wise)

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I love working with all artists, but if I were to pick a local city artist to work with, it'd probably be Syracuse's own Tall Bucks. But my dream collab would definitely be J. Cole, that man is too ill!

 

What are you currently working on right now? New music, collabs, videos, etc.

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I've been pushing my album R.E.A.L. as hard as I can lately and really wanna focus on getting it to as many ears as I can. But I've been working recently on a free downloadable REMIXTAPE where I remix a buncha songs from the late 90's/early 00's. It's coming together splendidly

 

What is your most accomplished piece of work? track, albums, mixtapes, etc.?

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 I would definitely say my recent album (Reevaluating Everything About Life) has been my crown work. Although I may have a few singles that have been more popular, with the right push and enough time I feel like this album can really help people and give them a different perspective on the life we all live

Which producers would you want to work with the most?

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I've always had a music crush on Big Germ (one of Mac Miller's early producers), I feel like his brain is wired so creatively; anything the man touches is gold. But I also have always wanted to work with Timbaland, Ryan Lewis, and Swizz Beats.

 

Explain how you came about your "rap" name?

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I've always felt like there's was an introverted and extroverted side to myself; each come with their traits. When I'm quiet, thoughtful, spreading love, or humorous, that's Xavier. When I'm loud, creative, ignorant, whitty, or social, I'm Exoticz. Some of the name kinda came to me from my love of Mary Jane, but I like to think it's because I'm not like the majority of people, I'm Exotic.

 

About how much time do you dedicate to your music each week?

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Every Day. About 4 hours a day. I have some music rituals I do daily to make sure I stay musically on-point, but I tend to not work on projects till they're all at least written out and rough drafted (which takes some time with me)

 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? What is your goal in music?

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I see myself making a difference to the people wise enough to follow and support me. I preach off inner-strength, spreading love, good vibes, and positive mindsets; I feel as though with the right amount of backing, I would really create a positive wave to help counter the negative outlines, violence, and taboos society supports and idealizes

 

Do you have a personal favorite track of your own? If so which one and why?

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I would say that "This One's For You" off my album is my favorite piece. The way it builds, the dialog I use, the flow as well as my voice, the vibes that come about the track, all of it really. I was really happy with the way it come out all around.

 

How often do you sit down to write new material

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I try to write at least 16 bars a day minimum. Some may not make it to actual songs and some become whole verses when I put projects together, but I make sure I have throw-away bars at the ready. To be the greatest, you have to be willing to make music not only your hobby, but your lifestyle.

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Exclusive: LB The Emcee Talks Inspirations, Future Projects, And More!

Posted by Underground On Top on September 21, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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What/who inspires you to do music? How old were you when you started?

 

I would say my primary influence from music comes from my love of story telling and poetry. Ever since I was younger and I'm talking grade school I had a passion for writing and portraying stories rather fact or fiction. It was around early high school years that I started learning more and taking an interest in hip hop. I'd say the first song I wrote would have to be around 15 or 16 years old and I started off by just writing remixes to mainstream songs at the time. As cliche as it may sound my primary influence in hip hop would be Eminem whom I started listening to after his collaboration with Kid Rock on the album Devil Without a Cause. Other inspirations come from nu metal bands such as Limp Bizkit (their old stuff I'm talking Significant Other and before) as well as Alternative bands such as Nirvana.

 

Who do you want to work with? (Artist wise)

 

Artist wise I'm really open to working with anyone as long as our styles match and the end product is good. I'm really not picky when it comes to collaborations and often am willing to work with anyone (as long as a certain product standard is established and met).

 

What are you currently working on right now? New music, collabs, videos, etc.

 

Marketing plans. About a six months ago prior to my recent move I've finalized my first album coming soon called 914's Most Doubted. I've taken a break from really working on anything new and trying to establish an effective way of getting the project heard through blogs, online radio and various other outlets. Until I am a bit more situation in re-setting up my recording situation (the space I'm in now is not as flexible as was before) I've taken a break on recording anything new. I may start writing again shortly once I get some things on this end finalized.

 

What is your most accomplished piece of work? track, albums, mixtapes, etc.?

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The most accomplished piece of work I currently have has yet to be released but will be shared with your shortly as I am planning for its free release to take place early on in quarter 4 of this year. The project is called "914's Most Doubted", 914 being the area code I reside in. It depicts struggles I've had in a story telling format I've had developing as an artist. It also portrays various internal conflicts I've dealt and coped with over the past few years. The recent release "Screams Inside" I shared with you is the first single off the project. It will be available in the beginning only on my website and I plan to distribute it through various mixtape forums and blogs shortly after. It has an alternative hip hop vibe to it and I really look forward to releasing the work. You can check out more about the project at www.LBTheEmcee.com

 

 

 Which producers would you want to work with the most?

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Producer wise once again I'm open to pretty much working with anyone as long as a certain quality standard is met. I do prefer however those who incorporate more styles of alternative/rock in their hip hop productions. I am very pleased with the current list I work with which include primarily but not limited to Atomic Beats, VTZ, Epistra, The Jee Juh team, Diamond Style and a few others.

 

 

Explain how you came about your "rap" name?

 

 

LB was a nicke name I was given many years ago. However it was about a year or two ago I decided when building my web page and working on SEO ideas that leaving LB itself wasn't going to very effective (Google LB by itself and you will see what I mean). I didnt want to go changing my stage name completely as most of my work as well as my local following knew me as LB. Therefore I attached The Emcee to it in order to secure a unique web presence and have something if ever searched I knew would pop up in search engine rankings for my work.

 

About how much time do you dedicate to your music each week?

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In the past I tried to set aside an hour or two a day. Since my recent move its proven more difficult as I am working full time and do not have much free time on my plate. My main goal would be to effectively get an hour a day in in some retrospect of working on my music. Whether it be writing, promotion, etc.

 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? What is your goal in music?

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In 10 years from now honestly I'll be pushing 37. I hope to at that point ideally be running the current company I work for as I was brought in on ground floor working right under the owner. In regards to music I know its very difficult to obtain sustainable income especially for non established acts. My goal in music is not on a route most might consider. Yes I would love to put out a project that blows, hell I'll even be happy if my upcoming album gets over 500 downloads. My main goals however are to secure licensing deals or sync opportunities with established firms in regards to films, commercials, etc. The main work I plan to promote to these opportunities is all licensed with the appropriate parties and has paperwork in order. I feel these outlets are oftne overlooked by independent artists and provide great chances of providing revenue streams.

 

 

How often do you sit down to write new material

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A few months ago it was honestly everyday I would be working on something new. However since my recent move and changes in working conditions that the time I can allocate focusing on music has greatly decreased. I try to get in a few hours a week if possible. Day to day however I do find time squeeze in a little time for other factors involving my work such as mixing, mastering or marketing research/promotions.

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Exclusive: Hoops Talks Future, Rap Name, And More!

Posted by Underground On Top on September 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (1)



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What/who inspires you to do music? How old were you when you started?

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What really inspires me to make music is my crew, Street Cred Crew, I only started back in 2013 coz I was hangin' with those boys all the time and they are some talented artists. I had always been a huge fan of hip hop and those boys gave me the push I needed to do it for my self.


 

 

 

Who do you want to work with? (Artist wise)

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Oh man, so many. I'm not interested in working with the most popular or famous rappers, just wanna work with dope underground talent, no matter how big their fan base is as long as they got the talent. But, if it come down to it I would love to work with Yelawolf. Even if we didn't end up working together I'd just be honoured to sit down and crack a bottle of Jack Daniels with him, haha.


 

 

What are you currently working on right now? New music, collabs, videos, etc.

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I'm working on a lot right now. I have a cypher coming out with a few dope Artist in California, the "Gold Coast to California Cypher part 2" I have a few tracks with U.K artist Switch Blade Stiletto in the works. Plus I am always making more records with my team. I'm getting started on my next E.P now and expect to see me on a few Mixtapes coming out this year as well.


What is your most accomplished piece of work? track, albums, mixtapes, etc.?

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My latest release "Chained to the Floor" would have to be it. I worked the hardest on it and spent the most time on it. The self titled video single is up on you tube if you wanna check it out. Or jump over on my website www.yaboyhoops.com All my music is up for free download there.


 

 

 

Which producers would you want to work with the most?

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My producer Christian James is one of the most talented producers I have ever met. He can sit down there with me and tailor make a beat for exactly what I need. So yeah, I definitely wanna keep working with him. But there are a lot of other dope producers out there. If any are reading this and wanna do a project with me, hit me up on facebook or email and we can work it out.


 

 

Explain how you came about your "rap" name?

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Haha, way back in high school it kinda came about. Everybody used call me Hoops. Matter of fact I think more people know me by that than they do my birth name now. So it kinda stuck.


 

 

 

 

 

About how much time do you dedicate to your music each week?

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Its when ever it happens you know. I spend a fair bit of time on my own just writing. But I catch up with my crew to record, do photo shoots, video shoots, mixing and mastering a few times a week. So there will be a lot of new music coming out real soon.


 

 

 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? What is your goal in music?

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Man, I aint got no delusions of being the greatest in the world, you know, not every white boy gonna get that Eminem status. But I am damn good at what I do. I'm always gonna be in music, I just wanna make enough money so the bills are paid and keep that Old no.7 pouring haha.


 

 

 

Do you have a personal favourite track of your own? If so which one and why?

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I would have to say "Day to Day"of the "Chained to the Floor" E.P. I like to make a lot of my music about my experiences, and this track highlights the struggle an independent artist has to deal with.


 

 

 

How often do you sit down to write new material

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Man like I said, It's when ever it comes. sometimes I might not write for a few weeks, but in that time I'l still be sitting down going over tracks making sure its all ready to be released. But when your hot your hot, you don't put that pen down.

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Exclusive: Chavez Talks State Of Hip Hop, Projects, And More!

Posted by Underground On Top on September 2, 2015 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)



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What are you currently working on? What is the next project we can expect from Chavez?

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Most recently I've just been working hard on individual songs and seeing what they shape into. My original Idea for what I wanted my next project to be has been evolving like crazy, the only thing I know for sure is that I want it to be diverse and show off my different styles I can do, both lyrically, and instrumentally. As for what you can expect, something special, cause I don't just bang out subpar mixtapes like many "artists" my age try to do, it has to be special.

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Being a younger artist, is it hard/stressful to balance your music life with school, family, etc. things like that?


 

Yeah, it is, it was so much easier when I was an underclassmen of the high school set I found myself with more free time. Now with graduation right around the corner, college, and inevitable pressure to begin to find my way in the world, it's become much more difficult to find time to record and become inspired. I pay very close attention to my takes when recording, it has to be perfect, or I scrap it and start over, and since I get so little time to record, I have to be nearly on point every time to keep up with the release schedule I want to have, which is to have something out every month.


Are there any new collabs in the works? Who are some artists you would like to work with?

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There are a few at the moment yes, one with 5 other MCs that should be out very soon, a fun throwback track, I'll hold back on who's on that one until it's released. One that I'm also excited for is a short film/music video with a good friend of mine named Dmise, it's a fun west coast anthem with some different themes on it that'll appeal to a few different crowds. When it comes to artists I'd want to work with in the future, the list is crazy diverse cause I feel I could make great sounds with them. They all have elements I love and as I grow and escalate I hope to reach out to them one day in the future to really make something deep or fun, but to name a few: Hopsin, Stat Quo, Tech N9ne, Cashis, Snow Tha Product, Slaughterhouse, Chris rene, Lloyd banks, T-Pain, Ron Pope, Childish Gambino, Hyperaptive, Sage the Gemini and Skee-Lo (to name a few).


What is the local music scene like where you live? Is there a lot of support for independent artists on the come up?

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The music scene where I'm at is an interesting topic to say the least. Many of what I've seen are the typical carbon copies that do it for a quick buck that give us all a bad name, usually little to no mixing or mastering involved in their music, alright beats with bad delivery, typical content etc. For this reason, and especially in the high school environment, there isn't a lot of initial support for the average independent artist. Usually once I get them to listen they have a great attitude and its all good from there, you can get fans and possible resources from there, but I think because of the negative stigma towards young rappers it's a bit more difficult to come by, but it's all how you come off and differentiate you self from the rest with how you present yourself.


What do you think your biggest improvement has been since you started making music?

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Definitely conveying my emotions through more complex lyrics, I started initially with music trying to learn how to better express myself, and of course then I was terrible at it. Since then I've done extensive research and observation of my craft and those who have come before me and been successful too see what I can learn, and after coming to conclusion of what I want to personally achieve with my music, I've gotten better. I always wanted to stand out as something different, my way of doing it was being able to handle and juggle many different styles that I personally enjoy making that can appeal to many groups of people to brig them in, with all having great lyricism in common.


What is something you are working on as an artist, to better yourself?

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Trying to make everything I write about a different topic. Too many of us get caught up in a subject or idea and tend to make multiple songs with the same general feel and we go stagnant, diversity will definitely help set you apart. Many of the topics we speak on have been spoken on before, but when it comes to that, it's all about HOW you say it that can capture someone's attention.


How do you feel about the current state of Hip Hop? What are some positives? What are the negatives?

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I'd say the state of popular hip hop today is still stuck in the same cycle of shit that it was a few years ago. Granted there are some diamonds in the rough (Childish Gambino, Tyler the Creator, Iggy Azalea, & Chance the rapper) many are still stuck as becoming carbon copies that still sound nearly identical. People also look up to Kendrick Lamar a lot, at the moment he isn't particularly my thing but he has a few songs here and there that are dope. It's funny when you say that cause once you do people immediately jump on you with the "WTF?" And the "this kid doesn't know real hip hop" comments, and the "what is real hip hop" conversation can go on forever. As for the state underground it's in a great place! Funk volume stays putting out dope music, Tech N9ne on his 24/7 grind as always, up and comers like Denace, King Lil' G are dope as well. Id say the underground is still the best place to be, too many names to name but it's an ever changing and diverse place.


What makes you different from everyone else who wants to be a rapper?

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What makes me different from everyone else who wants to be a rapper? I'd say just a different attitude and way of going about things, I can't say my style is something totally different and out there like a death grips or something, but at the same time I'd say my talent is something to be reckoned with. What I look to do is heal the world with this rap shit, with hip hop. So many rappers rap about what they have, it's all about "getting theirs", but never consider using what they have to help someone else. I believe I can make music for people to dance to, vibe to, listen to when they need encouragement, when they want to get hyped, etc. Sounds for all emotions. So many rappers are stuck on one sound or wanting to push one image, where as I said, I wanna push strong diversity. As well as use part of the money (assuming I get as huge as I'd like) to help world hunger and many other causes that mean a great deal to me.

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Exclusive: KidTheKing Talks New EP, Inspiration, And More!

Posted by Underground On Top on August 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


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What/who inspires you to do music? How old were you when you started?

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The things that happen around me help me make the song I create. The first person that inspired me to do music was Lil Wayne & then followed by D-Pryde (PRYDE) // I was 12 when I started writing & recording in my basement.


 

Who do you want to work with? (Artist wise)

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I really want to work with Dizzy Wright & Machine Gun Kelly. Dizzy wright because I feel he is one of the realest around in today's hip-hop culture.


 

What are you currently working on right now? New music, collabs, videos, etc.

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I just released a new EP August 21st - Vll Days ep (Just working on more songs to be released.)


 

What is your most accomplished piece of work? track, albums, mixtapes, etc.?

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7Days EP (Vll) (Available right now on Soundcloud)


Which producers would you want to work with the most?

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I would love to work with KAYTRANADA & DEVONTEE. Kaytranada would be cool to work with because I listen to quite a few songs produced by him. Devontee would be great to work with as well because he's a local artist/ producer. I enjoy his music myself.


 

Explain how you came about your "rap" name?

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Well, This is my 3rd & final name, but I started recording music at the age of 12. I feel everybody wanted to be in the position of a king or queen.


 

About how much time do you dedicate to your music each week?

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I write music whenever I feel the need to. Like, if something were to happen that'd be one of the easiest ways of expressing myself. So really often to be honest. New things are happening everyday so I write just about everyday.


 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? What is your goal in music?

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10 years from now I see myself doing music of some sort. Either rapping, producing, video production. Anything involved with music. My goal is to help the people surrounding me. the closest friends & family. Enough to pay the bills & travel the world.


 

Do you have a personal favorite track of your own? If so which one and why?

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It's so hard to choose one but if I had to it'd most likely be my most recent song "IYI" Off Vll Days EP. It's more like a poem & I got a lot off my mind recording that.


 

How often do you sit down to write new material

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Just like I was saying above, I write just about every single day. anything something comes to mind or something comes up that is a bother.

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