#MIDWESTBEST “Used To Be Bobby & Darrick”

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#MIDWESTBEST in the maaahhh fuggginnn’ building! It’s your girl, MidWest Melly. I would like to introduce you to yet another Chi-Rock Nation collaboration. The “Used To Be Bobby & Darrick” album has been released August 12th and artists: Jah Ora (Bobby) and KD Assassin (Darrick) are putting St. Louis on the “Street Hop” map! Their infectious blend of Hip Hop mixed with soul, reggae and classic boom bap is something the game not only wants… it requires! It is the first collaborative effort from KD Assasssin and Jah Orah which also features MC923. While Stephen Instumental King (from Systematic Muzick), 44 Degreez, Josef Leimberg, Pop dDub, Tony Baines, Baby Paul, Akili and DJ Reminise produce plenty of magic… Jah and KD lyrically lay down the tricks, track for track.

Used To Be Bobby and Darrick

Stop What U Doing, every track on this album is a BANGER-BANGER. Self titled track, “Used To Be“, will give you a taste of the head knockin’ experience. Be prepared to press play and then repeat on “BruisHer” featuring Tef Poe. The song and video for “It’s Not The Same” have a serious West coast vibe and are an anthem to everybody and anything that used to be important in each of our lives. “No Way” has a rebellious reggae flow. Check the bonus track for the beat on “Troubled Mindz – Skinny Gorillaz” featuring MC923 as it is so, so, so serious. There are plenty more notable features including artists such as: Bo Dean, Aceyalone, Black Spade and Dharma Jean.

This is not your average production. This is not your average mainstream music. This is a reminder to everything REAL HIP HOP Used To Be and then some. Make sure ya’ll cop and rock this entire download. MidWest Melly, signing off! Shout out to my CRN4 family. ONE LOVE.

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“Used To Be Bobby & Darrick” is available on iTunes. Listen to and download this album at Audiomack!

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#MIDWESTBEST Interviews: “Timing Is Everything” with Kid Vishis

kid vishisDetroit artist and younger brother of Royce da 5’9″, Kid Vishis, has a lot to prove in the rap game. Good thing it’s a challenge he is more than willing to accept. He not only has real talent on his side, but he also has his brother’s full support. He was a guest appearance on Royce’s M.I.C. mixtape, the “Bar Exam” mixtapes,“Street Hop” and “Success is Certain”.   Vishis doesn’t plan on gaining success through his family ties alone.  This artist knows the value of hard work, consistency and timing. He released the first of his own “Sick Em” mixtape series, “Vishis Is Me”, in 2007. He joined the D12 tour in the Spring of 2009, released a second mixtape “Sick Em Vol 2 – Bar 4 Bar” in 2011, which was then followed by the 2013 mixtape “Vol 3 – I’m Alive”.

On July 22nd, Kid Vishis drops his first album, “Timing is Everything”, under Label: Seven 13 Entertainment. Although bigger brother, Royce da 5’9″, is featured on the song “Coward”, the rest of this album is ALL VISHIS… and it’s ALL GOOD too. Kid Vishis has selected producers that have a history of working with hip hop royalty such as Mr Porter of D12 / Shady, Chase Moore of Hippie Sabotage who has produced for Raekwon, Rock (Heltah Skeltah), Mistah FAB and Papoose, Nemisis (Tony Touch, Copywrite, Outerspace, Emilio Rojas) and Nick Zervos. Track for track, Kid Vishis, proves to be a competitor that is ready to claim his own championship belt.

I had the opportunity of linking up with Kid Vishis to discuss his new album, important lessons he has learned from Royce about the music industry, as well as what is next for this up and coming heavy weight in the hip hop game.

How has living in the Midwest, specifically Detroit, shaped your taste in music or contributed to your sound?

Detroit is really a pretty diverse city musically. I think the city has built me into a more diverse artist. Detroit keeps my hunger up because everybody is in competition for the money so I have to make sure I work hard so I can get my slice of the pie. That mentality came from Detroit. I have a little bit of all the O.G.’s styles mixed in with my own style so I definitely give that hardcore, hungry Detroit feel with my own lyrical twist.

Your new album is titled “Timing is Everything”. What does this title symbolize or represent to you?

The time is now for me to come like a thief in the night and kick ass and take names. July 22 is just a release date (for the album) but this is my year and that’s how it’s gonna be from now on. I’ve worked very hard on my craft and it’s time for the world to know it. Timing and patience is a virtue to me.  I feel like with the time I’ve put into my craft and the patience I’ve displayed through the years, it has worked itself into a great storyline for me to put out through records. It’s time for hip hop to hear it.

On Track 5, “Big Brothers”, you speak about your personal story in regards to blood being thicker than water. On track 11 “Coward”, your brother Royce da 5’9″ is featured. What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned from Royce da 5’9″ about friends, family and the music industry?

Well, all I have are my brothers as far as friends go. Guys in the industry are associates that know Kid Vishis and will never know Marcus Montgomery and I’m perfectly fine with that. I keep a very close circle of people around me that I trust and that believe in me as a person and as an artist. Royce just tells me to carry myself as a man of respect and a gentleman; and try not to compromise that as much as possible. Stay on top of your own business!

You lyrically have “The Juice” on Track 7 produced by Mr Porter of D12, who has also done some amazing work with Slaughterhouse. Tell us about the process and importance behind the selection of producers for this album.

I had to go with the guys who I have history with and who I knew I could depend on for dope beats for my album. I have eleven songs on the album and used 4 producers: Mr Porter, Chase Moore, Nemisis, and Nick Zervos.  We already had a chemistry going in to the album making process. Chase Moore blacked out and sent me just heat rock after heat rock so he ended up on most of the album. Nemisis sent a batch with some undeniable bangers and Nick Zervos sent a batch with that intro record (T.I.E.) in it… and I had to kill it! Mr Porter dropped two bombs on me and I went crazy on my notebook (laughs)!

What’s next for Kid Vishis?

I have some tours in the works right now in the UK, Europe and Canada. I hope they work out because I want the world to see me live. Also be on the lookout for another full length album this year with Seven13 Music and SickEM Entertainment. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @KidVishis for further updates on all Kid Vishis related endeavors! Thank you guys for having me.

“Timing Is Everything” will be available worldwide on digital & physical CD formats.  Autographed copies can be ordered from the label at www.seven13ent.com .
TWITTER: @KidVishis & @Seven13Music

#MIDWESTBEST Crystal La’Juene “Like This”


CHI TOWN STAND UP!!! It’s your girl MidWest Melly serving up your biweekly dose of dopeness with #MIDWESTBEST. This time we do it real big for the Ladies with a very skillfull Southside female artist: Crystal La’Juene. Her sound has been compared to many legendary queens of hip hop such as: Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Salt N Pepa. What makes Crystal stand out is the way she expresses herself through music as an intelligent and strong woman. You have to respect a female who is as pretty as she is gritty; she truly represents a real Chicago woman!

Crystal La’Juene is a master at selecting talented producers as I’ve heard from her previous work with homie DJ Herc on tracks like “What’s Happening”. Grant Parks is no exception to the rule. Grant Parks has already worked with Hip Hop Heavyweights such as: Malik Yusef, Rhymefest, Sadat X and Grand Puba (Brand Nubian) and Pharoahe Monch to name a few. It’s without a doubt a dynamic producer/emcee pairing.

Like This” is a track included on a Grant Parks project with Vudu Spellz cleverly named “Hip Hop – The Rebirth (Real MCs Real Skillz)” mixtape. The track speaks on Crystal’s ability to lyrically “flex” on the competition.

“On the mental, killing the instrumentals, style be influential, simple but complex. Study long as you want, however don’t wan’ test. High frequency penetrating your vortex.” – Crystal La’Juene

I really dig the video which highlights the simplicity of the notebook paper background in contrast to Crystal’s complex lyrical breakdown. It helps the message to really resonate with the viewer and makes her wordplay the main focus. I wouldn’t call it a #MIDWESTBEST if I didn’t “Like This”, but press play and find out for yourself!

Crystal Lajuene-Like This (Official Music Video) from Nosaki on Vimeo.

Crystal La’Juene has opened up for shows that featured Teedra Moses, Dwele, Lady of Rage, Special Ed, and Big Daddy Kane. She has been featured on Blog Talk Radio, WHPK University of Chicago Radio, Writer’s Block Club Magazine’s “Top 25 Chicago Artist You Should Know” list, H.A.S. Magazine, and the list goes on. In addition to being a talented singer, songwriter and rapper, Crystal also is a barber/braid/loc stylist and makes jewelry, crochets and is the owner of Looks & Style located at: 332 E. 75th Street in Chicago, IL.

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Download Grant Parks & Vudu Spellz “Hip Hop – The Rebirth (Real MCs Real Skillz)” HERE!