Instead of verses I see fireballs and instead of punchlines, I hear karate chops. I’m talking about RVA local emcee Whop Da Squire of Broad Street Elite.
Last week I introduced you to a special series for this month titled “The Women Of RVA.” There are just so many phenomenal women in RVA that deserve so much attention for their contributions to the community.
This is an interesting and unique event--presented by Route Runna, I'm So 804 is an all-day event happening at the National tomorrow. I'm So 804 will mix seminars, networking events, and hip hop music showcases together in one place, under one roof, and allow local hip hop artists to mingle with industry representatives on an equal footing. Plus there'll be plenty of music to check out!
ITSNitti a very commercially talented local emcee, and even though his new mixtape, My Time, is only 8 tracks long, it's got a lot of radio appeal, and you can definitely hear it getting played around RVA.
For ages we have heard about the men of historical importance who have paved the way for many of our traditions and cultures--the hip hop scene is no different. And yet, there are many women hard at work here in RVA that you might not even realize are having an impact in the local hip hop/urban culture.
Vices are sort of a funny thing. It’s kind of an ambiguous term--meaning anything from a box of chocolates to get through the work day to the hardest of drugs. Yes, they’re considered a flaw, but a natural one nonetheless. And if it’s true that everyone’s got one, then it’s not really having one we’re concerned about, but rather what they say about someone’s story.
One thing you have to give Kitty Pryde (who is actually just going by Kitty now, out of respect to the X-Men fans of the world) is that she knows what the fuck she's doing. Since her sudden rise to fame on the strength of her video for "Okay Cupid," which went viral last spring, the 19 year old redheaded rapper from Daytona Beach, Florida, has been called a lot of things--but one accusation no one can make stick is that she's not self-aware.
Fan Ran of Divine Profitz has just released a new solo track, "Train Wreck," and it is hot! With Ran doing all the rhymes and the production on the track, it's a true one-man effort, driven by a funky bass-and-percussion loop and featuring a sample that I'm pretty sure is Richard Pryor yelling "Goddamn!"
2013 is still young, I'll admit, but there's no denying that this is the biggest news to hit the RVA hip hop scene so far this year. You may not immediately recognize the name of The New Juice Crew, but surely if you follow Richmond music at all, you've picked up on the existence of its most high-profile member, Black Liquid. And while Black may be the hardest-working man in RVA hip hop, he's hardly a lone wolf.
This is the era of the hip hop weirdo. As high-speed internet became ubiquitous over the last decade or so, and websites like Datpiff and Bandcamp started allowing anyone who could record on their laptop to upload free mixtapes and distribute them far and wide online, we've seen an explosion of rappers and would-be rappers who just do not fit the traditional idea of what a rapper is like. From extremely prolific, occasionally incoherent California rapper Lil B to pop-culture nerds/hip hop grad students Das Racist to Daytona Beach's redheaded teenage sensation Kitty Pryde, it seems like some bizarre new manifestation of hip hop culture's expanding boundaries throws us for a loop every other month. But even in these strangest of times, there is no hip hop MC capable of out-weirding Riff Raff.
To provide context for this album, I made up a history involving a paranoid UPS third-shift worker, Prince with a stethoscope, a Clinton-era dorm dweller with Beck’s Odelay on repeat, a child giving a rapper a concussion while attempting a “Hong Kong Phooey” jumpkick, getting booted from KMD for thinking PM Dawn is “kinda ill,” rum, pineapple juice, Christmas decorations, paisley, and an explosion that lodges a demo tape in a birdhouse for a decade and a half.
As part of our continuing series of compilations featuring local music curated by local bloggers, today RVA Magazine presents RVA Hot Sauce: The Mixtape, Vol. 1, compiled by The Cheats Movement. Featuring cover art by Hamilton Glass (as seen above), the mixtape also features contributions by 11 different RVA hip hop artists, all of whom had a big impact on the local hip hop scene during 2012.
There is no doubt that Kingdom has become one of the leading venues for hip hop in Richond over the last few months. I credit this to the hard work of Broad Street Elite captain So !lla, who has been putting in work all over Richmond in 2012. Last Friday, I took the Cheats Movement camera to Winterfest 2012 to catch a strong collection on local hip hop in one place.
No matter what you may have heard, the one man band did not break up. It's impossible to summarize the musical endeavors of someone that has crossed musical genres as much as Ceschi (pronounced "chess-key"), from lo-fi synth pop to hardcore metal to something he calls "sex-core crunk/hyphy". His record label, Fake Four, is chock full of indie hip-hop heroes like Busdriver, Myka 9, Awol One, and Sole.
A couple weeks ago I made my way to The National for the very anticipated Long.Live.A$AP tour featuring Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, and the A$AP Mob.
RVA Mag is proud to present the world premiere of the new video by Rose & Vines, "Hey! Loose Lips." A collaboration between Virginia Beach rapper Lloyd Vines and VA Beach-born, LA-based guitarist/producer Landen Rose, Rose & Vines released their self-titled first album last year. "Hey! Loose Lips" is the first video released from that album--and it's a blast!
Prez is a local MC who has just hit the scene, but he caught my attention in a big way with the video for his first single, "Free Me." Featuring Naomi Rose singing a melodic hook and Prez dropping solid rhymes on the verses, with a heart-tugging string/piano sample riding a nice boom-bap beat, this song had everything necessary to win me over.
All the RVA hip hop heads are gonna want to represent for this one. For the second time this year, ASAP Rocky and the rest of his ASAP Mob crew will be rolling into town to take the stage at The National, and if you weren't able to get there last time, you better make sure you're in the building this time.
Here are some brand new videos from the local RVA hip-hop scene, with commentary from Roger Tyler, aka RT of The New Juice Crew. You can check out his work HERE, or catch him on WDCE 90.1 FM, Mondays At 11pm-1am, or WRIR 97.3 FM, 1am to 3 am on Saturday, along with Black Liquid and plenty of other local MCs.