OneMike, Owner and Founder of Black Hoody Enterprizes and Hip Hop artist, releases his latest single “I’m Bout It”. The video is directed by Natrix Dreams and produced by NOX.
Originally from Massachusetts, OneMike is now a cultivating Hip Hop artist and entrepreneur residing in Nashville. He is a testament to being “bout it” and is burning down any disbelief and misconceptions with his ignited lyrics and street survival storytelling. Scott La Rock Jr., son to legendary Scott La Rock, has caught wind to the wildfire and is now manager for OneMike under SLR Music Group. “Everybody a rapper, everybody a hustler, motherf*ckers 93% of ya’ll are customers…” -OneMike
New School Inc. presents “How We Like It” (The Take Off!) produced by Mr. Adassa (Tha PartyCrasha), engineered and mixed by Jonathan “Mudnoc” Carter.
Dinco D and C “Boogie” Brown of Leaders of the New School team up for a classic record that revives the sounds and elements of Hip Hop. “How We Like It” brings a mixture of old school beats, bass, with a bantam of techno. Only bona fide and creditable emcees can deliver Empire State lyrics execution style!
MJ here your favorite Hip Hop blogger! Tonight it is more than a pleasure, it is an honor to interview Pennsylvania’s and East Coast’s own Mercy Gang! Mercy Gang embodies the definition, lifestyle, and culture of Hip Hop. Album after album the group conveys unity, brotherhood, and Hip Hop in it’s true form.
Their latest album “M.E.R.C.Y.” is an imperishable work of art created with blended talent and a mastery of lyricism, beats, and straight bars! This album is in tribute to the group’s fallen soldier Hefty Metal…
MJ: Let me begin by thanking you for taking the time to chop it up with MJ. Its an honor, you’re an amazing journalist, and poet. Let’s jump right in and talk about the new album M.E.R.C.Y. You have some of my favorite emcees on the album as features such as Chris Rivers and Ren Thomas. Give everyone the who, what, where, when, why, and how of M.E.R.C.Y. What does the acronym stand for? Talk about the production. Talk about the cover art. Talk about the meaning behind it. How was it creating music and an album without the core member Hefty (RIP)? MG: The acronym M.E.R.C.Y. stands for Murder Every Rapper Coming at You. It was an honor to work with some of the nicest lyricists in the game. Ren Thomas is like family, we have done plenty of shows with him and our brothers over at Sensi Starr so it was bound to happen. Our fellow Bax War brother Pryme Prolifik did the production on that record. As for Chris Rivers we chopped it up on the phone with him, sent him the track and he murdered it. We also have U.G from the legendary Cella Dwellas. He has been like a big brother and mentor to us since we went on tour with him, and Adlib in 2013. We wanted to work with some producers we didn’t get a chance to work with on our first album, but still keep that in your face sound that our fans were used to. We had some of the usual suspects like JL Studios, Level 13, U.G, Chris Fields, Nysom, and a couple of new producers like Holla da Schollar, Will Sully, and Pryme Prolifik. The artwork was done by the Soloist. We wanted to let Hefty know how much we miss him and that we know he is watching over us. This was a long and emotional 2 years; a lot of tears were shed working on this album without him. He was very creative and had such a powerful voice that was a big part of our sound. We appreciate the amazing poem you wrote for Hefty on this album; it really meant the world to us and his family. MJ: What do you want fans to embrace most from this album? Tell us what three words would Hefty use to describe the album. MG: We want the fans to truly appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears we put into this album. The three words Hefty would use would be amazing, compelling, and honored.
MJ: Will there be a M.E.R.C.Y sophomore album or trilogy? MG: Yes, we’re constantly working on new material. Maine has a project with suspect from Marmel coming soon, and DJ Merc is working on a mixtape. MJ: I have to share that Mercy Gang is in my top 5 of favorite Indie Hip Hop groups for many reasons! To begin each of you share the same core belief that Mercy Gang is a reflection of a family and true brotherhood. To further, the group has an incredible know-how and skill to combine individual unique talents into fused perfection! So often you hear of groups that break up or call it quits after a few hits or an album. 2017 Mercy Gang is still thriving. Share the secret of a successful group. Also what would you say are some challenges? MG: Thanks MJ! That’s means a lot coming from you, being the Hip Hop head you are. We trust each other’s creativity and respect each other’s point of view as it comes to beats, rhymes, and life. We argue and bump heads like most groups do, but the love and respect that we have for each other and for our Mercy Gang Brand is stronger than our pride or any egos. MJ: Listening to M.E.R.C.Y talk about how the group has progressed musically from previous albums. How would you like to further progress as a group? MG: Just continuing to make the music from our hearts, and daring to be different. We’re not afraid to take risks, always giving our all on every song, verse, or hook. We don’t sit around trying to make a hit. We just let the music bring the best out of us organically. MJ: Mercy Gang has shared the studio and stages with several major artists! Talk about a memorable time in your career that still stands out to you. Also, who would you like to add to that list of collaborations? MG: We have had a few but the performances that stick out the most were the Staten Island shows where Method Man came on stage and started rocking to our song. We have also had the honor of rocking the stage with both Sean Price and Prodigy who sadly are no longer with us. May they both rest in peace. Our bucket list of artists we would love to work with, for Maine would be Redman and Nas. Paulie would like to collaborate with Eminem and Tech N9ne. We would also love to work with Philly’s own the 30 and Over League. MJ: As we move into the new year give us some inside scoop on upcoming shows or other projects you will be working on. MG: We’re working on some dates for a couple of mini tours in Canada with Marmel and with universal entities from MA, VA, and NC. We are working on another Mercy Gang album. Maine and Suspect are working on a project titled “Cross Boarder Connections Vol 2”. DJ Merc has a mixtape coming out, and we have a couple of surprises under our sleeve as well, so stayed tuned! MJ: Let’s talk about support! I find it amazing how incredibly supportive and encouraging you are to other artists. I remember one show, our first time meeting in person, you arrived early, supported every single performance and performer, and even stayed afterwards to network. Why is that so important to you? How does that help you as artists? MG: Well first and foremost I’m a fan of the culture so I love to see other dope artists, and we are always down to do build for collaborations. Networking is extremely important when you’re an artist, dj, promoter, manager, or even just a fan. So many doors can open up through networking. We’ve met some great people who share the same love and passion as we do. MJ: I get called an ol’ head quite frequently because I debate and critique music that so many are quick to categorize or label as Hip Hop. When I think of Hip Hop I think lyrics, boom bap, knowledge, delivering a message, instruments, poetry, art, etc. I think of a 4-minute track with a hook. I think of catchy intro’s and outro’s. I think of longevity; I can go on forever. Tell me in your own words how do you define Hip Hop? Do you see Mercy Gang ever conforming to fads or trends? MG: We will never conform to fads or trends, that’s just not us. Hip hop is a way of life for us! we eat, sleep, and shit Hip Hop…Hip Hop is a feeling, Hip Hop is competitive, Hip Hop is beats, rhymes, originality. It’s being true to yourself, and not trying to fit in. MJ: I’m curious, how did everyone link up and create Mercy Gang? If it wasn’t for music where would you be right now in life? MG: Maine did a record with Sway one of our earlier members, and Hefty came to the session and the three of them hit it off instantly. I was part of a group called Unstable Minds when Hefty reached out to me about joining the group. The original group consisted of Hefty, Maine, Ace, Sway, myself, Paulie, and Bagz. Our name was “The Mercenaries,” but Maine wasn’t feeling it so he started saying Mercy Gang and it stuck. We met DJ Merc at a show we did in Jersey and he was dope. So three months later Hefty approached him about being in the group and the rest is history. We still try to keep the essence of the original group by putting the former members on a lot of our projects. If I weren’t doing music I would probably be pursuing my interest in writing scripts for movies (Maine). MJ: Play along with the quick 3…. Name three places you would like to tour. Name three artists in your playlist regardless of genre. Name 3 people who have influenced you both personally and musically. Describe in three words a Mercy Gang performance. MG: We would love to tour overseas like Europe, Japan, and definitely the United States. My playlist right now has Redman, John Mayer, and Conway. Paulie’s playlist right now has Twiztid, Wu Tang, and Benny from Griselda. My three influences would be my cousin Sudan who I learned how to rap from. My mom who made me the person I am today and I would have to say the culture of Hip Hop. Three words to describe a Mercy Gang show without a doubt would be energetic, raw, and amazing. MJ: Each member of the group has their own personal lives, where does the balance come in? How do you balance career and family? Sometimes in this industry to be successful in both is extremely difficult. MG: It’s a thin line, because one is going to effect the other. For Paulie and myself we both have wives and kids, and both of our wives are nurses and their schedules are crazy. So when it comes to touring we have to work around our family’s schedule. But the thing that makes it work is the love and support our family shows us when it comes to our music, they know how much it means to us. MJ: As we wrap up, is there anything else you would like the world to know about Mercy Gang? MG: We would want the world to know that we love what we do, and we try our best to give our all on every track we do. We love Hip Hop! We love our fans, and we love making music. MJ: I wish Mercy Gang a future filled with success and extraordinary accomplishments! Thank you for being true to Hip Hop, salute! MG: Same to you MJ. We want to thank you for being our voice for Hip Hop. Continue to hold it down for us independent and underground artists. We salute you and it was an honor to do this interview with you. M.E.R.C.Y. The Album Facebook
“I got kicked out in the cold but still weathered the storm…” -Alonzo Fury
Alonzo Fury, Hip Hop artist from the Bronx, is durably climbing out of the underground into prime light gaining dominance from his self-produced debut album “The Art of Survival”.
It is refreshing to listen to an album that whole heartily delivers lyricism and storytelling in it’s true form from beginning to end. From intro to outro, without skipping one track, Alonzo Fury delivers a timeless and classic album that will exceed longevity in the music industry!
“This pain enhances my penmanship…” -Alonzo Fury
It is evident with tracks titled “Pains of My Past”, “That’s The Way Life Goes”, and “Stay Strong” that this is an album of motivational inspiration, coming up, being real, respecting empty pockets, striving to be better, and change! This is an album about a man who became “tired of being tired” and selflessly stared into the mirror to devise a blueprint of change; “to correct what was staring back at him”. Alonzo Fury has succeeded!
MXNXPXLY FAMILY presents John Jigg$ x Rockwelz x M.O.U.F “MXNXPXLY MAYHEM” The Mixtape, available now for download on all digital music outlets.
The mixtape holds justice to its name and is rousing mayhem across all New York boroughs, and gaining full speed momentum on the east coast. The trio that makes up the family are New York emcees and producers John Jigg$, Rockwelz, and M.O.U.F. Each artist exhibits extensive world-wide accolades and solo success in both the Hip Hop scene and music industry. The trio has a history of collaborating with major artists and Hip Hop legends from EPMD to Wu, so naturally it was only a matter of time before these talented artists, business partners, and friends joined forces to manifest a movement like no other!
Although Jigg$, Rockwelz, and M.O.U.F are notorious for their New York gritty bars and lyrics, they have stepped out of their comfort zone to create a mixtape that all walks of life will collectively take in, relish, and instantly become fans of. Don’t be mistaken, the trio undeniably comes strong on the album with their gritty trademark, but also has a unique and impressive approach of “the streets meet the clubs”!
Rap artist Flame Da Darkchild from Religh, North Carolina releases his official video for the hit single “Money” off his latest EP “Light From The Darkside”. The EP is available on all digital music platforms and is also on CD.
“Money” blazes a catchy and inviting hook that is a sure win for a club banger. Although flashing loot, Flame isn’t rhyming about expensive cars, a night filled of groupies, or immoral behavior Rather, he is rhyming about money as his motivation and his destination both personally and in his career. Every penny and dollar earned through persistence, travail, and authenticity of his musical talent and skills!
Residing in Albany, New York is up and coming local artist by the name of Clear Mind. With a large grass root fan base, he is on his way to claim fame outside of the Tri-State area as evidenced by mass media footage, live events, showcases, and radio airplay. I was shockingly impressed when I caught wind to his newly released mixtape “Swords, Metaphors, & Pressure Points”, which is predominately self-produced by Clear Mind. I was also astonished by his level of excellence and execution with lyricism, versatility, and beat selection. Not one track is repetitive in flow, rhyme, sound, or message. He gives listeners something real to grasp, embrace and relate to especially with tracks “Fire at my Feet”, “Legend”, “Walk with Me” and the most heartfelt track “Freestylin’ Under Influence”. This mixtape also illuminates a fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul, and personal scriptures which define Clear Mind as artist and man, from struggles to confidence, and with the certainty of becoming a legend in his own right. Clear Mind has the ability and conviction to create timeless and extraordinary music.
MJ here with ArtMuzo Live. On the scene tonight joining me hailing form Camden, NJ is Artist and Entertainer Mont Polk aka Big Dummy. Big Dummy reigns as current Supreme BARs Philly champion. Before we jump right in to the music and history, please let everyone know about the name “Big Dummy”. I’m sure there are many readers out there who are just as curios. Was it a childhood name? Was it a name created specifically for your career? Big Dummy: Mont Mont was my child hood name. The name came from Rico, the Vice President of GO Dummy music group. I was the CEO and one day he called me the BIG DUMMY and it just stuck because it made so much sense. My name was Lamont and it described my comedic personality. MJ: Give everyone a little bit of history. You grew up in Camden, NJ which happens to be one of the roughest areas to be raised in. I discover in many interviews with artists that music saved their lives from past trauma, estranged relationships, difficult survival environments, etc. Is that the case for Big Dummy as well? Big Dummy: I was born and raised in East New York, Brownsville, New York. I migrated there in my teen years. I was in high school and my dad died so I moved to Brownsville with my grandmother. That’s where I was introduced to the bloods, the drugs, and most importantly the music. I came to Camden, New Jersey as an adult trying to raise my children and become a solo rapper. I was in a rap group during my years in NEW YORK. MJ: Tell us about “little” Dummy. How were you introduced to music? What was it about music that pulled you in? At what point in our life did that love and passion turn into pursuing a career? Big Dummy: My best friend who I consider my twin took me to my first studio session. I was actually good at poetry and ended up converting that night to a rapper. The fact was that I could make people laugh with music. My first rhymes were almost battles to the general public and my boys but it was hilarious. Well it was a dream in New York something we never paid for people paid for us so when I starting coming out of pocket is when it became a career. My brother Snake ran away from home and I began smoking weed and cutting school and hanging with musicians and other rappers from Brownsville, NY projects. We began rapping in elevators and staircases as well as karaoke and making mix tapes. When I moved to NJ I was no longer a part of a group and had to fend for myself to become a solo artist. MJ: Let’s talk about your style of music. I consider you both artist and entertainer for several reasons. One of those being your sense of versatility, another being your stage performance. Your catalog of music consists of boom bap Hip Hop, R&B, and to date club bangers with catchy beats. Not everyone can pull off musically what you have accomplished thus far in your career. Talk about that. Big Dummy: Well like I said my music started off comical but later I wanted to create real music and tell stories but I was always told you have to be versatile. Almighty and other influential artists always had unique styles, and I felt as if I had many unique styles and didn’t want to limit myself to only one style of music. My goal is to be able to turn anything into my type of music on any genre or creative instrumental. MJ: For all the fans, followers, and supporters out there talk about recent projects that are out now and what can be expected from Big Dummy in the upcoming new year. Big Dummy: “Educated Fool” is my upcoming album sometime in January of next year or maybe even Aprils Fools Day and probably will work alongside Trazsh Man to do my artwork and music videos. I am also pursuing modeling and standup comedy. Also my upcoming group album “MDG” (Million Dollar Gang) will be coming out this year at the end December around the Christmas holiday. MJ: For those that might not be familiar, you also have a savvy sense of style! Is that another career you are pursuing? Big Dummy: Yes, modeling and fashion. MJ: You are also part of a group. Tell everyone a little bit about your group and what’s hot right now with the group. Share some of the challenges being part of a group. Do you have a preference of performing solo or as a group? Big Dummy: Schedules. Life and personalities are the biggest challenge with being in a group. However, I prefer the group because it feels better to be on stage with a million people opposed to performing alone. It shows “strength in numbers”. MJ: Describe your stage performance using three words. What would you say is one thing fans leave with from a Big Dummy performance? Big Dummy: Story line with intensity and humor. MJ: You have shared the stage with some major artists. What artists would you like to add that growing list? Big Dummy: Jada Kiss, Future, Uncle Murda , The Game, Smiff-n-Wesson, and Peedie Crack to name a few. MJ:Is there anything else you want the world to know about Big Dummy? Big Dummy: I am looking to pursue comedy, cooking shows, movie appearances, and the likes. I want to show my diversification in the industry to not only be a music artist but to show my flexibility with other industrial arts. https://www.facebook.com/iambigdummy https://www.instagram.com/iambigdummy/ https://www.youtube.com/user/twinburna https://www.reverbnation.com/bigdummy4
Up and coming artist Conflikt from Bronx, NY is paving the streets and creating his own lane when it comes to music. Steering away from the club banger and popping bottle hits, “Stay Up” produced by Gummy Beats and DJ Pain 1 delivers a clear message. Even in the darkness, in the self doubt and in the pain, it’s vital to point your head to the sky. “Higher than your word, I’m like an apostrophe.”
Conflikt delivers unequivocal and vivid punchlines with each lyric. Even with the realization that “Life is a gamble, a knife with no handle” he declares to live life with no limitations, and has proven this much. Conflikt continues to buildup his fan base and recognition with Coast 2 Coast competitions and showcases, Team Backpack tours, live performances across the East Coast, and for representing real Hip Hop! https://twitter.com/ConFlikT718 https://www.instagram.com/conflikt718/ https://www.facebook.com/conflikt718/