Our first two lineup announcements have featured a range of great hip hop artists from around the country. Listen to some highlights below.
BLACK MILK (Detroit MI)
Young vet Black Milk has been in the the hip hop game for over 10 years, first popping onto the scene with Slum Village in 2002.
His latest release, If There’s a Hell Below, combines the sonic richness and lyrical simplicity that have come to define his solo efforts. Like Dilla, he is no doubt a musician first and a rapper second, but he makes it work just fine.
RIYL: Slum Village, J Dilla, 9th Wonder
SADAT X (New Rochelle NY)
One third of the New York’s legendary Brand Nubian (with Lord Jamar and Grand Pubah), Sadat X has been dropping gems since 1989.
Despite his already long and successful career, Sadat shows no sign of slowing down. He has a new solo album due in January and plans to drop some knowledge at SXSW in March. To top it off, Sadat X has extended his talents into another new realm - winemaking. Check out episodes of his ‘True Wine Connoisseurs’ show, along with info on Sadat’s own wine here.
RIYL: Brand Nubian, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, KRS-One
DOUGHBEEZY (Houston TX)
Part of a new guard of Houston rappers, Doughbeezy, is hustling hard to bring Texas back onto the global scene.
In addition to collaborations with big Houston names - Slim Thug, Bun B, etc., Doughbeezy is carving out a unique space and sound for himself. He spits verses on candy paint, wood grain and Texas pride with a distinctive flow that is much quicker than the classic leaned out, H-Town drawl. With recent nods from Noisey, Complex and more, he’s sure to get some national shine soon.
RIYL: DeLorean, Propain, Killa Kyleon
RODDY (New Orleans LA)
New Orleans based Young Roddy is the latest of Curren$y’s Jet Life crew to pop. His latest mixtapes, Route The Ruler and Legal Dealing, bring a street smart edge to Jet Life’s laid-back, weed-soaked sound.
Watch this space!
RIYL: Curren$y, Smoke Dza, Trademark Da Skydiver
Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.
Black Milk photo courtesy of the artist
Sadat X photo by Jeff Otero
Doughbeezy photo courtesy of the artist
Roddy photo courtesy of the artist