Pittsburgh, PA is the home of an artist with something to tell you, with a distinctive voice and the writing skills to make you want to listen. Ethan Bence is a business student at Carnegie Mellon University and his latest offering from is upcoming project Outspoken Introvert EP, “I’ll Tell Ya” will have your head bobbing almost instantly. The Nu Vintage Beat opens with a jazz sample that sets the overall feel of the record on a dope note. The boom-bap style beat and tempo complements Ethan Bence’s skills when it comes to crafting flows with witty lyricism. While the hooks may be what gets stuck in your head, the verses will keep you listening each time you put your headphones on. Ethan knows that he doesn’t embody the typical rap image and he plans to address that throughout Outspoken Introvert EP which was released on July 12th. You can also watch his visual for his single I’ll Tell Ya:
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[PITTSBURGH] New ZephLand is a new style of artist arising from Pennsylvania. Releasing the visual to his single DALE COOK. I wasn’t really sure what this song was going to be about, but as soon as I pressed play… I fell in love with this track. New ZephLand embraces that good feel music. As his producer Saint Empire is able to generate that sound of music. Zeph, simply wants people to feel music again. In the press release it’s stated that New ZephLand “but more importantly Zeph hopes to evoke emotion”. I sure did with this track.
Love the chemistry between Zeph and the female character in the visual (Model Jasmine Nicole). Especially the way they’re dressed. Really captures a 60’s 70’s style. Did you catch at the end that chopped and screw remix.. then all of sudden it goes backwards.. super trippy, but dope though. DALE COOK is an ode to Sam Cooke who was the original inventors of soul music. It’s like he’s reaching out to his forefathers for help to bring back love to our souls. Be on the look out for more released from New ZephLand by following his links: || INSTAGRAM || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER || TUMBLR ||
What I Call It single has obtained the Hip Hop industry’s’ attention for the Pittsburg rapper, Lua’Proc. The official music video was directed by ANTUK and released on February 1st. The What I Call It music video can be compared in many ways to the “Lean” music video. For one, Lua’Proc’s energetic delivery that captivates his viewers’ attention. But I really like the What I Call It for the dynamic look with the ladies in-between the lights and I also thought that song was dope with that trap sense to it.
The LEAN music video was released on January 29th as an explicit rendition featuring Simmie Green and directed by The HD Boys; both rappers expresses themselves fluently and vividly. The back to back releases made a huge impact on Lua’Proc’s career; considering the rapid growth of his fan base and the tremendous feedback on his Youtube channel.
Things are definitely looking up for the ambitious, Pittsburg rapper. He has been featured on some of the most relevant Hip Hop Magazines, Blogs and Websites such as: YoRaps.com, Inflexwetrust.com, Getyourbuzzup.com, Coast2CoastMixtapes.com, TheHypeMagazine.com, UrbanBuzzFactor.com, Soul2SoulMusicVibe.com, and now NikkiSiixx.com.
Ray Dawn is back with the visual for “Lately” off of his latest release En Plane Air. The song was produced by frequent collabator Ohini Jonez. Ray partnered with TrillHD for the release of the visual. Dawn is scheduled to be at attendence for the A3C festival in Atlanta, GA this week. Check out the video below and if you have yet to hear the rest of En Plane Air the link is also featured below.
Pittsburgh’s Ray Dawn decided to flex his freestyle muscles on episode 1 of his summer freestyle series The Bar Exam. On this episode he raps his way through Pusha T’s “Numbers On The Board”, Action Bronson’s “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” and Mac Miller’s “S.D.S”. beats. He does a great job on keeping a steady flow throughout the beat progressions. His delivery was impressive especially on “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” when he starts off by saying “Bronson couldn’t say it but this is strictly for my niggas”. DJ Nugget did a great job blending the tracks on the tracks together. I’m looking forward to hearing the next installments of The Bar Exam.
Worth Whyle of Pittsburgh, PA video for “Forever True” is superb. The track already starts out catching your attention by sampling some of the greatest hip-hop artists known from Common to Nas. In the video a numark turntable is shown to capture that true hip-hop feel. Marly spits some ill lyric that show his love for this art form as he goes through his city. Hubbs does the same and actually is the reason I found out the production was done by well known Taylor Gang affiliate Big Jerm. Worth Whyle chose the perfect position as the anchor on his song. He brought the track full circle like Usain Bolt on a track with his story telling skills and solid ending. This song and video were so good that I downloaded and added it to my iTunes. Check out the video below.
The underground hip-hop world is a network of starving artists waiting for their big moment to shine. Often times, many of us are traveling to music festivals all over the country in order to network with industry personnel, and other artists. Pimps Up is the direct result of Ray Dawn from Pittsburgh and Chicago’s The 2 of Diamonds linking after they rocked the Leaders of the New Cool x Amalgam Digital invite-only showcase at this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX. I’m sure this isn’t the last time we hear these fellas link. Shouts to The Jake on the production.
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Ohini Jonez is here after a rather long hiatus, he’s linked with a few people and is ready to get back to work. His first project since 2010 is on the way. “The Prelude” is set to drop on his Any Given Sunday, tomorrow. August 26th via our great friends at KevinNottingham.com
Here’s Any Given Sunday to get your chops wet.
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