Last night, my timeline was filled with sad news. Dominican Jay, Smackola and Tee Double all posted right around the same time about the passing of MC Overlord, who’d been in and out of the hospital for the better part of 2018. In this loss, Austin is losing a legend, a diplomat and a true enthusiast for its hip-hop scene. As a member of .::liquidstereoproject in the early 2000’s, Overlord was one of the acts that embraced us and gave us opportunities to open for his projects, which certainly helped us build a crowd. His impact and influence are unmatched in this town. In memory of this influence and his kind spirit, I’m sharing two videos courtesy of the Austin History Center to give you an idea of what MC Overlord was all about when he was at a creative and career peak. He will be remembered and honored for years to come, I am sure.
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Tagged .::liquidstereoproject, austin, austin history center, chief, dominican jay, hip hop, mc overlord, rest in peace, smackola, tee double, the doomsday device
Lit Up AV recently welcomed Austin MC and move-maker JSoulja to their studio for a live impromptu performance of his latest single, Talk About It. The clip is short but powerful, as JSoulja raps and sings about the hurdles one most overcome when hyperfocused on being real with yourself and dedicate to your rise. His confidence beams through his calm and calculated performance, and his words have impact, as evidenced by the head nods in the adjacent room that are caught on camera. I’ve heard the name JSoulja on the scene recently, and this little snippet of the talent definitely has me interested in digging deeper… perhaps you should do the same. Don’t forget to drop a like and a comment on the video, share it if you know others who might dig it too, and always support your local creatives.
The Austin hip-hop scene, since day one, has been a diverse one. For every backpack lyricists or abstract thinker’s rapper, you’ll find a street-wise, school of hard knocks rapper counterpart. Recently, the homie Dominican Jay posted a video for Nevermind from Austin-based T$0, and it definitely caught my attention in terms of that street vibe. The prolific Eric Dingus provides the production assist for the onslaught of bars, and the always on point team at Grind Life Films dropped a heavy dose of dope aesthetic touches on straightforward performance and candid footage. There’s no need for extra flare or thrills on this one… this is hard hitting product for heads that can deal with the real. You know the drill… likes, comments, shares and support are always welcome to our local creatives.
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Tagged austin, chief, dominican jay, eric dingus, grind life films, hip hop, nevermind, T$O, the doomsday device
The Austin Hip Hop Awards 2018 took place recently, and with that comes the traditional set of cypher videos. Each video is meant to highlight notables from the awards while giving these artists a chance to showcase their talents and introduce new viewers to what they’re all about. The 2018 editions, curated by Austin mainstay George VonDoom, definitely stand up to the test when it comes to giving a solid cross section of Austin talent. There are definitely artists I personally would have loved to see involved, but I give much props and respect to all of those involved, as these cyphers proved that these spots were earned.
Part one took place at the Metropolitan apartment complex, home to many hip-hop shows and events over the years. This cypher took on a more hardcore edge, featuring Tone Brigante, Spefy, Loose Cannon, and strong closeout verses from Geezy Goin Ham and 245 Nixout.
Part two was the more ominous, 1990’s-esque aesthetic edition. Raps in the kitchen, no frills, just straight talk and straight lyrical prowess. Mista D and George VonDoom set things off proper, with Foolish Karlito closing things out in immaculate style.
Part three, set in front of an impressive mural, was more straight talk from a diverse group of MCs. Sixxx kicked the door down, Kannkasso and D.R.O.I.D. lit things up with wordplay and high energy flows, and GA Daniel cleaned up with a heartfelt flow.
Here’s to those showcased in the Austin Hip Hop Awards 2018 cyphers, and props to the Austin Hip Hop Awards for taking the time each year to put this level of recognition together. Not everyone makes music for validation on this level, but you can best believe that receiving this kind of validation encourages artists to keep moving forward and to better themselves.
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Tagged 245 nixout, austin, austin hip hop awards, austin hip hop awards 2018 cypher, chief, d.r.o.i.d., foolish karlito, ga daniel, geezy goin ham, george vondoom, hip hop, kannkasso, loose cannon, mista d, sixxx, spefy, the doomsday device, tone brigante
Clemits is setting himself up to reap the rewards from loads of hard work he’s been putting in the last few years. His latest project, the hypnotic beat tape A Cult Classic, not only entertains, but has been rolled out by the likes of Hip Hop DX, among other tastemaker blogs currently helping to define the hip-hop culture. The tape covers a variety of feelings and moods within a tight 14 tracks, with clear influences to jazz, film scores and even hints of electronic music all emerging from the boom bap foundation Clemits provides.
On top of what will surely be a successful album release, Clemits is also nearly a full season deep into The Clemits Show, a podcast designed to showcase fellow creatives, discuss creative methods and inspiration, and hopefully help those looking for creative motivation to move forward with their ideas. Click the pic below for access to the podcast via Apple :
Hopefully, Clemits continues his current trajectory, as he seems to be headed for good things in the near future. Make sure to support him and other local creatives, simply because it’s the right thing to do.
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Tagged a cult classic, apple, austin, chief, clemits, hip hop, hip hop dx, the clemits show, the doomsday device
There seems to be no denying the fact that Cha’keeta B is a forced to be reckoned with, be it the Austin hip-hop scene or otherwise. Her confidence in herself is nearly unmatched, and her lyrical skill level continues to be consistent and impressive, with her bars managing to be self-affirming and motivating in equal measure on Flex. The main message of the track is up-front and simple : there’s nothing wrong with celebrating winning, especially if that victory is due to your motivation, efforts and hard work. The value of earning your status on your own terms cannot be undermined, and Cha’keeta B manages to put some shine on the concept with a sleek looking and impressive video. This one is racking up impressive numbers already, but go ahead and help keep that momentum going by giving it a like, comment and/or share (if not all three), and remember to keep supporting artists like Cha’keeta B in their efforts.