Sunday, December 27, 2009

Top 43 Kansas City Hip Hop Albums of 2009

1. Steddy P - Style Like Mind

2. Mac Lethal - Love Potion 5

3. Krizz Kaliko - Genius

4. Ron Ron - Skitzo-Frinik

5. Stik Figa & D/Will - Hello, Goodbye

6. LA France - Track Season

7. Rondoe - Coonin

8. Bayno - Living On a Dream

9. Wonkachild - Urkel

10. Skiem Hiem & Killa Tay - Money & Muscle: From Cali to KC V. 1

11. YV Da BG - Young And Gett'n It: The Album

12. Fatboy Chubb - The Streets Talk: MixDisc Vol. 3

13. Royce Diamond - Aficionado

14. Big Scoob - Monsterifik

15. Chop It Up Presents 90 & Rivlocc

16. Big Ben - Poison

17. Rich The Factor - Bucks Over Fame 2

18. Black Walt - Exclusive

19. Milkdrop - Falling Back to Earth

20. D-Locc Da Chopp & Cash Image - Red Rags & Blue Flags

21. K-Oz - Crimedotte Stories

22. thePhantom* - Destroy & Rebuild

23. Greg Enemy - The Protocol

24. Louie V - Pronounced 5

25. True Spittaz Click - Spit Starz

26. 2 Gunn Kevi - The Legend Himself

27. Young Devi - Yall Can't C Me

28. Craig Smith - The Introduction

29. Babie Keesh - Been In It Since The 80's

20. Jae Casino - Hollywood Status

31. Boy Big - Real Life: Hustle & Flow

32. Rush - Rush Borda

33. Snug Brim - Hood Gospel

34. Donta Slusha - Roundtopp Finest

35. Bird - 10MM

36. Irv Da Phenom - Tire Shops And Night Clubs

37. Young Fate - Cracc Raps Vol. 1

38. Legion - The Feature Vol. 1

39. Moe Cheeze - The Power of Cheeze

40. K-Town: United We Stand Compilation

41. Da Klown Gang - Let It Be Known

42. Reece L.O.C. - Reflections of The Beast

43. Mo Money Records - Midwest Rydaz

thePhantom* Interview with Pyramid West

Part 1

Part 2

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Soul Providers Christmas Pictures


Young Storm!


Head Fella, DJ & MC

Dutch Newman going dumb!

Bandleader, Les Izmore


Performer of the night, Show

The Jacka & Freeway - They don't Know (Video)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Snype - Exclusive Interview & MP3s

What's good? This ya boy Snype. Born and raised in East Oakland, Ca. I moved all around the Bay Area but that's my native home. Currently in Vallejo, Ca.

What do you think of the modern Hyphy movement?

My thoughts on the movement is that it's an interesting time for the bay and the perfect time for new talent to show what they have. Ya know Hyphy has been in the bay since Keak Da Sneak and 3X Krazy, Too $hort and the many artists that paved the way for us new artists. Now since the sound changed from Mobb music to Hyphy, it's a more expansive business to get into. I do think it's playing out fast, but at least we had a time when the radio actually listened and played Bay music.

What did you listen to growing up?

I listened and grew up to that real Mobb music, that first bay sound. From Keak, Brotha Lynch, Mess, Black N Brown, Rappin 4-Tay and Spice 1. Also to Tupac, Suga Free, and of course Snoop and Dre. I listened to different genres too like Freestyle and Smooth Jazz just to keep the mind clear and open to different sound.

How did you get into music?

Mainly I wanted to just figure out how to do production. Around the 10th grade we had a Midi class. There I met up wit my boy Young Vicious and we just started workin on some music. I went to the military for a lil bit, got some bread to get my real studio time, and we just been workin on this music ever since. I also do graphic design.

How many albums do you have?

Myself I have 1 solo out, "Shiesty Takeover" and a group with Young Vicious called "Crunchtime." As a label we all have 6 releases out right now. Pushin to the limit!

What are you working on now?

Right now I am currently working on promoting and pushing my 2nd solo release for the beginning of 2010, "Million Dollar Hut". I've just been networking in the streets and the net cause I feel this might be the album that makes us known. This CD is real music for real people. Put my all into it too. Also I'm closing up my third album in December, "Gangsta Matik" coming mid 2010. got alotta features. Dont wanna name them yet but it's official like a ref wit a whistle!

Where can we get your music?

All my albums: "Shiesty Takeover" & "Crunchtime" are available everywhere.!! CDBaby, Itunes, Napster, Amazon, Rasputin's, Rapbay, Frisco Street Show. If ya local store doesn't have it...they can order it. And if they can't you can get it from me! | |

Who do you hope to work with in the future?

Hopefully Messy Marv, Berner, the Jacka, Mitchy Slick, and a lot more artists that are already out doin they thang.

What are you currently listening to?

I'm always listening to my CDs but I like that new Balance and Big Rich that came out called "Good As Money". I love real music. The Jacka's "Tear Gas" is raw too.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sleep Close Death - Exclusive Interview & MP3

Michael Vick MP3

Where do you come from?

I'm from Buffalo. Buffalove. Its kind of the inspiration for the next album cause that relates to people living in the same spot their whole lives; you know the whole born and raised mentality. I'm guilty myself so it's gonna examine why you become a homebody. Plus there will be cat references but no more Michael Vick jokes cause I think I got those out of the way.

What inspired the title Shopping Mall Zombie Music?

My producer For Beat's Sake had this beat by the same name because the vibe reminded him of Night of the Living Dead/Dawn of The Dead. I originally was coming at it from like a serious zombie theme but that didn't feel right so I got more satirical with it. I mean if you really think about the title it's a double meaning in itself and wraps up the overall theme of the album pretty well.

What previous albums have you put out?

I released a free EP called The Sleep Close Death Ray still available on my Myspace for a limited time. Shopping Mall Zombie Music is my first full length legit album. My next album is already in development and is tentatively titled Homebodies. I'm also planning another free EP called The Sleep Close Death Trap.

How did the collaboration with Mac Lethal come about?

That song was one of the first things recorded for this album and went through many different phases before I decided on just using the original beat. I got a hold of Mac online before he released his debut 11:11 on Rhymesayers. We met in person I think a year or so later. The year after that we were slated to do a show together but the promoter f****d us both over by telling Mac there was no show but still putting the show on and taking the ticket money from me and the other acts. I'm not gonna name names but you know who you are.

Felt - She Sonnet

She Sonnet MP3 Album in stores November 17th

Stik Figa & D/Will - Knowwhere

Knowwhere MP3 hellogoodbye available for free download December 1st.

Rondoe - Coonin Now Available at and &

Chief WaKiL - Hack This (Mixtape)


Friday, October 16, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bayno: Exclusive Interview

Have Mercy MP3

Yall Know Me MP3

KCruisin MP3

Kansas City resident Bayno represents the 50s, home of many rappers, but also of many notorious street gangs and drug dealers. With his debut EP, Living On A Dream and his forthcoming mixtape, Y'all Know Me: Vol. 4 he hopes to take another step beyond the block.

What part of the 50s do you represent and what was it like growing up in the 50s?

I grew up on 55th and Agnes. My grandparents live on 49th and Bellefountaine. As we all know, in between those two locations, is the stomping grounds for one of Kansas City's most notorious street gangs: the 51st Street Crips. Was I affiliated? No. My uncles grew up with the OGs from the area, so I always had a pass amongst the older generation of FOGs (Five-One Gangsters). I went to school with a majority of the offspring, plus my grandparents lived two houses down from their grandparents. Its true I have an infatuation with the color blue, not because I'm a Crip, but because that's what I grew up around. I saw a lot and did a lot (no details), but most of all I learned a lot. Growing up gangster leads to one of two places; sometimes both: dead or in jail. I didn't want that lifestyle, so I kept my distance. I don't knock anybody involved in the street life; hell, its the lifestyle I wanted for a long time, but I saw bigger and better things.

How did the collaboration with XV happen?

The collaboration with XV was a joined effort involving my manager (@mrkey2thecity on Twitter) and me. My manager discovered XV through a mixtape given to him at Imperial Skate Shop in Overland Park, KS. My manager quickly developed a strong like for XVs music and insisted that I work on getting XV to collaborate with me on a track. Neither of us had contact information for XV, other than what was given on his MySpace ( and his blogsite (, so I sent XV a MySpace message inquiring about doing music. For about a month or two I got no response. After a few updates to my music profile, I received a comment from Vizzy. That put my foot in the door. After that I messaged him everyday about collaborating on a track. Finally he told me he had a mixtape project (40 Days/40 Nights) coming up and he'd love for me to bless it. I was ecstatic. He sent the track, I recorded my vocals and sent it back. That's how the track known as 'Midwest Girls' came to be.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

I have two upcoming projects. One is my debut EP Living On A Dream (scheduled to release in December), and fourth mixtape (Y'all Know Me: Vol. 4, but the name is destined to change). I'm working on a commercial to promote the album, and I'd like to shoot a video for a single, or two.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Local Rapper Toxic

I first came across Toxic while on's Youtube channel.

Here is in the Middle of the Map interview.

Here he is with "Tha Boss of the Bay" Jay Diggs.

And the video and Behind the Scenes for his song, Woomp Woomp Woomp