Thank Me Later vs. So Far Gone

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

After selling 462,989 units in its first week Drake’s debut LP can be safely considered a commercial success. The real question is how will   Drizzy’s latest project stack up against his ground-breaking mixtape “So Far Gone?”

Below I took the time to evaluate the lyrics, features, production and R&B featured on the two projects.

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Siryss Da King & Pries

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

Within the ever-changing game of hip-hop it’s important to remain one step ahead of your peers and diversify your hustle. 50 Cent and Jay-Z are known for their business acumen as well as their classic albums. And artists like Lil’ Wayne and Drake are known for their love for touring and unparalleled work ethic.

Pries may still be in college but he’s busy teaching his peers how to hustle. When he’s not in the booth Pries can be found on the boards making beats, doing graphics design work, or even hosting parties. But as quick as Pries is to set a stage he’s more apt at tearing one down. The college kid has already performed multiple times and is quickly building a skill set essential to up and coming rappers.

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You’re probably wondering? How difficult is it to maintain a full-time job, release new music every week and get a feature on this blog? The young emcee from Chicago is heavy on Youtube, has over 1.5 million views on Myspace and is busy with his burgeoning rap career, despite the rigors of a nine to five. Whether its hopping on and destroying the next and newest internet cipher or answering some hilarious Q&A’s, Siryss is sure to keep the masses entertained. And peep that exclusive freestyle only on As Siryss would say, “Yezzzzir!”

Need more of your two new favorite rappers? Click here for a time-line including Pries’ next show, Siryss’ newest cipher and of course the next episode of “You Prolly Wonderin.”

Nikki’s Next Up

Posted in Hip-hop, K-Lo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

Which new artist will experience the most success (sales and critical acclaim) in 2010? According to a recent poll, of about 80 people,  fans decided that Nicki Minaj would be the must successful artist this year. Other artists on the ballot included second place finisher Sam Adams, third place finisher B.O.B. and fourth ranked J. Cole.

Nicki finished in first place after accumulating 26 votes, 32.9 percent of the votes. The Young Money queen is aligned with two of the games biggest stars, Drake and Weezy, and has already made high profile appearances on records with heavy hitters such as Mariah Carey, Robin Thicke, and Ludacris, despite not yet dropping her debut LP. Her newest single, “Massive Attack,” has just been released. She’s also recently signed a deal with P. Diddy who will co-manage her career and there are rumors the bi-sexual rapper will tour with Lady GaGa in the near future.

Boston Boy Sam Adams finished in second place with 17 votes, accounting for 21.5 percent of the ballot. His EP, Boston’s Boy, was released on March 4, 2010 by 1st Round Records and was number 1 on iTunes albums chart for the week. It’s possible the poll’s demographic may have weighed in the favor for the only rapper from the Northeast on the ballot but there’s no question the kids got a cult-like following. He’s currently on a 6 city tour around the Northeast called Stoolapalooza and has sold out every club/bar thus far.

Third ranked rapper B.O.B. finished with 13 votes, good for 16.5 percent of the vote. B.O.B. is set to release his debut album “B.o.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray”, on April 27, 2010. His single “Nothin’ on You”, currently rests atop the Billboard 1oo in the #1 spot. The album includes features from Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Playboy Tre, Hayley Williams (of Paramore), Rivers Coumo (of Weezer), Janelle Monae, Eminem and Giggs

The ballot also featured Kanye’s protege Big Sean (2 votes), Pittsburgh’s very own Wiz Khalifa (my personal favorite, 8 votes), former Young Money signee Curren$y (1 vote), the West Coast’s own Nipsey Hussle (0 votes), exhibitionist Jay Electronica (1 vote), gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and XXL 2010 freshman Fashawn (combined total of 0 votes). Up and coming Youtube rapper A.Lo also received four written votes via the “Other” vote option (write in ballot) .

Child’s Play: C. Khid Soundslide

Posted in Hip-hop, K-Lo, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

While other rappers are quick to flaunt the fake money, rented cars and video hoes in their videos, C. Khid stresses the importance of reality in his music. “I feel like I’m one of today’s most talented music artist as far as coming up with concepts and keeping my reality tight.”

He stresses that the music one produces must accurately reflect one’s lifestyle. “If you haven’t experinced or lived the lifestyle your writing about people will never latch on completely to that.”

One of his Youtube subscribers jdkidd23, is quick to identify with his refreshing brand of realism. “Ayy i remember when you used to come to my neighborhood. You one of us Meadowood boyz that made it. I like that. Keep it up. Do it for us.”

With lyrical content ranging from emotional and monetary lows to unprecedented highs (his “I Want This World” song on Youtube reached over 200,000 views) C. Khid has no qualms with letting listeners know who he truly is, which at times could be a narcissist or a proud promoter of the truth.

This what u been waitin for ain’t it: Wax Q&A

Posted in Drake, EOM, Hip-hop, K-Lo, Uncategorized, Wax with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

Q & A: WAX

KLO: You’re based in Los Angeles, California. Are there any artists in that region that have influenced your music? What other artists have helped influence your musical stylings?

WAX: I am not from Los Angeles but I definitely listened to a lot of Los Angeles artists growing up.  NWA, The Pharcyde, Cypress Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers just to name a few.  I probably listened to just as much west coast music as east coast music growing up in Maryland.  Tons of artsists from many musical genres have influenced me it would be impossible to name them all.

KLO: The internet’s impact on the industry is undeniable. You’re heavy on Youtube and MySpace, explain how that’s helped to further your career.

WAX: Well youtube has been really big for me.  It still is crazy to me that you can record something at your house then make it available to the whole world instantly. It’s a great outlet for creative people.  In my case a good amount of people now are entertained by the stuff I put on there and every day new people discover it for the first time.  My manager, who is currently making some really good things happen for me, found me on youtube randomly.

Wax killin’ it:

KLO: The internet actually introduced you to EOM the producer of your album “Liquid Courage.” Will the two of you continue to work on future projects together?

WAX: Yep.  We’re working on a new album right now (slowly).  I’m really swamped with shit right now and I’m really focusing hard on my youtube page and some collaborations and such, but yeah we’re working on an album.  No matter where my career goes EOM will be a large part of it.  That’s my dude!

KLO: You’ve also worked with producers such as Nottz (Busta Rhymes, Snoop, The Game). Describe the experience working with someone with a resume as extensive as Nottz’s

WAX: Nottz is a cool humble dude who happens to be a musical genius.  He’s laid back and his studio in Norfolk, VA has a very friendly atmosphere to it.  I got there and we listened to some of my music, then some of his.  The beats he played for me were all incredible and I felt like a kid in a candy store.  We knocked out a few tracks and I’m still not exactly sure when they will be released.

Wax in the booth or in the car same shit:

KLO: Trying to become a rap star at this day in age is very difficult because of the state of the music industry, economy, and Internet. What were some of the struggles you experienced early on in your career?

WAX: I still struggle.  I am late on all my bills and I can never afford to do anything.  I am broke as fuck.

KLO: What are your thoughts on the industry right now? What would you recommend to aspiring artists shopping for a deal?

WAX: The industry is changing.  Don’t rely on the big companies you have absolutely no choice but to build up your own thing.  Even if your goal is a major label record deal, in most cases they don’t give a fuck unless you’re already doing your thing.  They want to take a slice of the pie you’ve already baked.  They are not looking to take risks with unproven artists.  The best thing to do is not to worry too much about deals and shit.  Perfect your craft and use all these tools.  The internet is powerful as shit.

KLO: You’ve also collaborated with artists such as Dumbfounded and Prince EA. Are there any other collaborations we should be checking for in the near future? And who are some of the other young artists you’re feeling in the game today?

WAX: I don’t really have any collaborations like that lined up right now, most of the collaborations I’m gonna be doing are with producers.  I ain’t gonna say shit about them until they actually happen haha.  I don’t get much of a chance to check out new music like I used to….I spend most of my free time working on my own shit.  I love Wale’s album though and I’ve heard some hot shit by Jay Electronica.  I think Drake is tight too.

Where Dey At?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

It’s extremely difficult to keep track of new and popular artists. It’s even harder to follow a new artist early on in his/her career when he/she is not in your region. While one may be preoccupied with the latest and greatest in their particular setting there maybe another artist they could potentially like who’s just a state away. In recent weeks I’ve found myself growing tired of hearing the same records played over and over again on local stations like Hot97, Power 105.1 and Hot 93.7. Currently I’ve been listening to rappers from Pittsburgh (Wiz Khalifa), New Orleans (Curren$y), Detroit (Big Sean) and am awaiting releases from Atlanta’s B.O.B. and Toronto’s own Drizzy Drake.

While growing up in a particular region may influence a rappers sound there is still an outlet for outside influences. Rapper Wax cites, “NWA, The Pharcyde, Cypress Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers,” as some of his inspirations and claims, “I probably listened to just as much west coast music as east coast music growing up in Maryland.”

While fellow artists are keen to the work of their peers some fans operate under a more biased prospective. Jordan Brickman, a long time fan of hip-hop  describes his love for local talent. “I have always gravitated more to rappers in the tri-state, because I feel closer to the things that they are speaking about. For example, if I hear my favorite rapper talking about Harlem, I know that Harlem is not far from where I live, so I gravitate closer to that type of music, as opposed to southern music which speaks more about dancing and drinking.” Although he is a huge fan of NY hip-hop he lists J. Cole (Fayetteville, North Carolina) and Drake (Toronto, Canada) as two of his favorite emcees.

The come-up: Wax & Sighklone

Posted in breaking, c-walk, clown, crown, dancing, EOM, Hip-hop, jerking, K-Lo, popping, Uncategorized, Wax with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

(Image provided by Sighklone)

Hip-hop heads know the game’s moving faster then ever. With the emergence of the Internet artists are constantly producing content to maintain their relevance. Much like dancing, every move must be carefully calculated and executed to produce the right results. Check out two of the net’s newest stars Wax and Jeff “Sighklone” Chan.

Growing up in Maryland, Wax, cites several different musical influences in his life. He mentions artists such as NWA, The Pharcyde, and Red Hot Chili Peppers but insists it’d be impossible to name all of his musical muses. Fans of the rap narrative “The Adventures of Larry and Tina,” have taken to MySpace to post their own acoustic version of the song, displaying the versatility of Wax’s words and flow.

Joints like Wax’s “Music and Liquor” display a more serious Wax as he confronts the implications of boozing every night and chasing the dream of being a successful rapper.  “I still struggle. I am late on all my bills and I can never afford to do anything. I am broke as fuck.”

Despite his struggles Wax has been busy in the studio with legendary producer Nottz with whom he’s, “knocked out a few tracks” but is “still not exactly sure when they will be released.” Wax’s also promises more dope collaborations with EOM, the producer of his latest offering “Liquid Courage”.

The most important element of hip-hop music is it’s means of self-expression. But hip-hop music isn’t the only emotional outlet available. Jeff Chan, a.k.a. Sighklone, has been breaking since 2008 and insists dancing is, “the easiest way to express himself.” From C-walking in the rain, to jerkin’ in Chinatown, to sponsorships with Phantasm, the young boy went from learning how to dance via Youtube to having over 10,000 views in just his third Youtube video.