What’s in a name? Well, if the name happens to include a reference to a musical genre, it could mean a whole lot. Jazmine Sullivan’s mother remembers having a sense that the child she was carrying twenty-one years ago was born to sing and as a lover of jazz, she named her daughter accordingly.
Blaq Poet, a Queensbridge, NY native, first made a name for himself in 1987, entering his name into the legendary battle of Queens vs. The Bronx with his song "Beat You Down", a scathing attack on KRS-One. Later, honoring a dead friend and namesake, he formed the hardcore rap group Screwball, comprised of other QB spitters Hostyle, Solo, and Poet’s cousin KL.
Jazmine Sullivan (born April 9, 1987) is an American R&B and soul music singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the protégé of rapper Missy Elliott. Her debut single "Need U Bad" reached number one on Billboard's Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs chart, while her second single, "Bust Your Windows" peaked at number four.
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I am from the green hills where the birds chatter and the old people are a force to reckon with. The local co-op is the hangout and a toot is the only way to stay sane in a place you love to hate. Without this rural experience I don’t think I could make the music I do, as I love to make hip-hop in the most un hip-hop of settings.
Born in the early 1800's Baron Von Alias began his journey in the North of England. Armed with a family heirloom Baron Von Alias was granted a gift so rare; the powers required for time travel. Having been ridiculed for his passionate affair with the spoken word, the Baron was hailed a follower of witchcraft.
Born and raised in Brooklyn New York Tah Mac began his career in the mid 90’s as a co-producer, educating himself on how to program drums on a song, and later accomplishing the mastery of learning to finish a record. He expressed his talent and experience in production as early as age 15, working with a team of well-known hiphop leaders of our time, and learned to create his own signature sound.
Tash aka Catashtraphe, the Godchild of legendary R&B crooner Al Green, has had music pumping through his veins since he was in diapers. For the last eighteen years Tash has consistently made internationally revered Hip Hop music as a solo artist, and as a member of super Rap trio Tha Alkaholiks.
Snoop Dogg may have coined the phrase, "Went solo on that ass but it's still the same", but fellow Cali rapper B-Real has perfected it. After nearly two decades as part of the groundbreaking trio Cypress Hill (the first Latino hip-hop group to go platinum), B-Real has broken out on his own but still maintains his allegiance to rhyme partners Sen Dog and DJ Muggs.
The Egyptian Lover has been bringing you that sound you have enjoyed for over 25 years. Some call it Electro, some call it Hip Hop, some call it Old School, some call it Rap, but he calls it "Dance Music". Egyptian Lover makes music to make you dance.
Yes, that’s right! It’s coming around to that time of year again; Everyone is freezing cold, had enough of the shite English weather and wondering what they can possibly organise so that their lives have, at least, one event to look forward to in the near future.
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Klone is one of Tel Aviv’s most prolific street artists whose recent work involving his iconic “predator” characters, painted and wheat pasted throughout Tel Aviv help under gird the city’s status as Israel’s capital of culture.
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Kool Moe Dee, born August 8th 1962, is an American old-school rapper who arrived to the scene in the eighties. Before pursuing a solo career, Kool Moe Dee was a member of influential hiphop group The Treacherous Three alongside fellow high school freinds Special K and L.A. Sunshine. With this group he scored hits with ‘Whip It’ and ‘Feel the Heartbeat’ before the group disbanded in 1985.