Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mad Marlon - Exclusive Interview

CHH: What was it like growing up in Wyandotte County? What rappers did you grow up listening to? Were there any KCK rappers to emulate?

MM: Growing up in Wyandotte was like any other small city town; your basic African-American things: gangs, school, and rap music. I spent lots of time in and out of youth centers and boys homes. With no father present, I turned to the local neighborhood gang for support and guidance. Growing up in the Midwest in the 90's, me and my friends was listening to mostly westcoast music with some eastcoast and downsouth sprinkled in there. You had NWA, Too $hort, E40, Ice T, Geto Boys, EPMD, Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, The D.O.C. As far as local hip hop, Richard Baker AKA Ric-Hard, my older cousin is who I looked up to. But there were other local rappers like The Heavyweights.

CHH: What caused your group, the Weirdos, demise?

MM: The Weirdoes never came to a demise ever. It was a mature parting of the ways, change of location for us. My best friend and rap partner moved to Dallas, TX and I remained in Kansas City. From there on it was just obvious that our solo careers were next. No demise my dude, no break outs. we just mutated into solo artists.

CHH: Who do you think has the KCK hip hop crown? What up and coming local rappers are you excited about?

MM: KCK, just look at the history, consistence, track record, look at who made it cool to say I'm from Kansas. When I put out my first album there was no one in KCK reppin KCK, screaming KCK, sayin KCK on record. I feel me and my group, The Weirdoes are solely responsible for making it cool to say I'm from KCK, Crimedotte, Rhymedotte, 913. These are all terms we popularized. You can check the history books of KCK music. What local artists I'm excited about is Dem Dotte Boyz.

What projects do you have out now? Where can you get them?

MM: Right now I'm promoting my new experiment or album S.P.A.C.E.S.H.I.P.S and my mixtape trilology: Mixtape Gods Vol. 1, 2, and 3 all available on my website. Spaceships will be on record shelves this New Year along with a DVD.

CHH: Why did you choose the rap name Mad Marlon?

MM: I didn't choose the name Mad Marlon. It chose me. My moms was so mean and angry when I was in her womb, that that angry passed down to me leaving me with my world famous frownface. Growing up teachers always asked me why I looked so mad. It only made sense for m3 to become Mad Marlon.

Ron Ron, Mon EG, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, & Yo Gotti - Bang Yo City (Remix)

Andre Nickatina & The Jacka - My Middle Name Is Crime (Video)

Album in stores December 14.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stik Figa & D/Will - Alive & Well Album Review

Alive & Well is a more upbeat but blander sequel to Stik Figa & D/Will's first LP. Although the album fails to overpass hellogoodbye it offers a few notable cuts such as Alive, The Down, and Well..., a jazz influenced track. The best moment of the album comes when IZMORE, who appears on Rich the Factor's new mixtape, rips the record's standout song, Pressure. The most lacking element of Alive & Well is D/Will's production which hasn't differed from last year's project. Hopefully Stik's upcoming project with Washington DC emcee/producer, Oddisee will pack a bigger punch.

Mistah FAB - F*ck The World (Video)

One of the best FAB songs in recent history.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

RIP JP (Tha Mex)

Via The Pitch: Local rapper JP (Tha Mex) died on Sunday morning. JP -- whose real name was John P. Garcia -- was shot and killed on Cesar Chavez and Mercier, around 4AM. According to Fox 4 KC, witnesses said that following the gunshots, the suspect vehicle raced down a dead end street and ripped through a nearby fence to escape. Police are looking for a white Ford Crown Victoria with Kansas plates, and front end damage.
Garcia had just cut a music video for a track from his debut album, In My City, with Rich the Factor and Lil Scrappy last week. Watch it after the jump.


Young Boss - Do Da Fool (Video)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Laroo & Kafani - Take a Shot (Video)

Live by Night out now.

Mega Ran (Random) - Exclusive Interview & MP3s

Dream Master MP3

The Rock MP3

Robot City MP3

What was you're upbringing like in Philly?

MR: I wasn't raised on a bad block, but round here dope fiends would snatch your lawn chairs if you didnt have em padlocked...haha, that's from an old song. I was raised by my mom in a part of town called West Oak Lane, on the Northwest side. It used to be considered the nice part of the city, but with time, things got a little rough out there. I saw a lot, from drugs to crime, even murder. But the block gave me a lot of the strength and perseverance I needed to apply to the music business. I'm always Philly, no matter where I go.

CHH: Why did you choose to move to Arizona? And in your opinion how do the two rap scenes compare?

MR: I moved to AZ in 2006 after a really bad winter in Philly. I can't really credit it to anything else. It was a really impulsive move. I didn't expect to stay here this long, but things just worked out really well professionally, personally and musically. It seemed to be a good fit.
It's hard to make a comparison, but the scenes are almost day and night. Both scenes are very competitive, but Philly is so much more stuck in its ways. They aren't as receptive to something that's different. Phoenix's scene is still in it's infancy, and everyone here is from somewhere else, so there is no real AZ sound. That makes people more likely to pay attention and give props to an artist who has the heart to do something different.

CHH: Do you consider yourself a Nerdcore artist?

MR: Yes and no. I made Mega Ran before I knew what Nerdcore was. Prior to that, I made what people called conscious rap. Prior to that, not a lot of people know but I made gospel rap. So when I make a song or album with that theme, people will classify me there. It just so happened that making rap music with nerdy themes is what made me somewhat famous so now I'm Nerdcore. That's cool. I can't control what labels people throw on me, but I'd rather just be considered an artist.. because then it won't be so surprising when I make my country western album, haha. But really, I have a lot of great friends and fans in the Nerdcore community and I appreciate that. I'm where I could never get to be in high school: I can hang with the cool kids and the nerds of the music business and fit in on both levels.

CHH: Were you the first to Rap over video game inspired beats? How did that idea come about?

MR: No way! People had done it before but the first person I heard to do this over a whole album was YTCracker he made an album called Nerdrap Entertainment System using Nintendo beats. I thought it was a cool concept and it inspired me to use my favorite game, Mega Man for a whole album. This worked out well and Capcom contacted me and gave me their blessing to continue making music with their samples. Since then I've traveled to Comic Con, and other video game conventions all over the place performing. It's a pretty amazing story.

CHH: What video games gave you inspiration growing up?

MR: I really loved the Super Mario games, the color and the imagination that went into them. Mega Man of course. Zelda, Final Fantasy, and so on.

CHH: How did you make so many connections in the video game industry as a rapper?

MR: Well, being a rapper and gamer I always wanted to travel to these gaming events and in the midst of that I've been fortunate enough to meet a lot of gaming insiders. The Capcom arrangement has been key to that. It's really strange how it happened. I didn't think there were many fans of gaming who liked Hip Hop as well but it's worked out pretty good for me so far.

CHH: Do you rap full time? Weren't you previously a teacher?

: I do, I recently started teaching again. Long story but I do believe that I put a full time effort into both. I don't know how long I can do both but I love the fans and I love the kids so I don't want to let either of them down.
CHH: You have a great talent for freestyling? Is there a secret to it?

MR: Freestyle
is just like any other skill. You have to practice it. I mean rapping in the shower, on the bus, in the car, whenever you can. Then eventually it comes naturally. It comes from being around really talented rappers coming up in Philly; RAHM Nation label mates, Ohene, Storyville, G, and I would freestyle and battle for fun. And if you weren't good you just got embarrassed so there wasn't much choice but to get better.

CHH: What do you have out now and what are you currently working on?

MR: Right now myself and K-Murdock have an album out called Forever Famicom. It's been getting some great reviews. You can stream the whole album or cop a physical CD or download for as low as $8 at Bandcamp.
I have several solo records out now, each with a different mood:
The 8th Day - those are all on iTunes.

The future is even more busy. Working on about 3 different projects at once. I'm working on a project with a Phoenix emcee/producer named Span Phly, and another videogame themed project based on one of my favorite games of all time, I won't spoil the surprise yet. Then sometime late next year I'll release my next solo record called Language Arts. Right now the present is looking great so I don't even want to think past that and miss out. 2010 has been awesome. Get that Forever Famicom album!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Rush Borda - It's Bananas To A G'Rilla Album Review

After Sliccs Gotcha's passing in February It seems like Major Factor Records has been working harder than ever. Rich the Factor alone has had over half a dozen releases in 2010. And Rushin Roolet is no exception. This is his second solo of the year and the album evokes his best work. On songs such as "Dirty Money" and "King Kong & Godzilla Time" you can clearly hear old school influence from his first EP; 1997's, A New Vet. Boy Big makes memorable appearances on "Dirty Money" and "Love Dont Live Here", a tribute to Sliccs and other fallen soldiers. It's Bananas To A G'Rilla and Fatboy Chubb's F*ck The World, I'm Larger Than Life will perfectly serve as summer soundtracks to grittas across the world.

Me at the Midwest DJ Meet & Greet With Berner

With appearances from C-Heff, Money Right Ent, Fatboy Chubb, & J-Diggs.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fatboy Chubb, C-Heff, & Lil Joe - Money Gettin Ni**az (Video)

Mostel & Mistah FAB - Ridin By


Boy Big - The Birth of Dank Sinatra Album Review

Dank Sinatra begins with, "Keisha", an ode to marijuana with a verse from Rich the Factor. As seen on the album artwork this is a large part of Boy Big's subject matter although the album has many gems. "Believe In Me" with KCK's Calico perfectly highlights music in car stereos in Kansas City. The R&B singer also has many songs of pain, despair, and loneliness. In "Mother", Boy Big sings about his troubled upbringing and his mother's inspiration in his life. It is one of the album's best tracks. The album ends well with "Time For A Change", a cheesy but good Stevie Wonder-like song.

San Quinn - Over Throw

Free, 2010 & Quinn Coming Soon.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Krizz Kaliko - Shock Treatment Coming 9-14-10

Nesto The Owner - Career Killer 2 Album Review

When I first heard Nesto The Owner I didn't believe the hype. Whenever I hear a local rapper I have never heard of do a song with Tech N9ne I am skeptical. I looked into Nesto's music but never really caught on until I heard the first Career Killer which dropped this year on New Year's day. The album was promoted by a temporary beef with Jae Casino. Now with Career Killer 2, the Owner continues his assault on radio play in his town. On "Say My Name" he blames Messy Marv and Rich the Factor copycats for his lack of popularity. Although neither Rich or any Bay-area rappers get radio play in Kansas City. The album is full of aggression and proves to be Nesto's best work. I may still not completely think Nesto The Owner lives up to his ego, but Career Killer 2 is one of the premier Kansas City rap albums of 2010.

Berner - Well Connected (Video)

Off of Blow, Blocks & Boat Docks.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Steddy P & DJ Mahf - While You Were Sleeping Album Review

Steddy P delighted me with last year's Style Like Mind. I love the album but for awhile now I've been dying to hear some new material from Steddy. This project satisfies that craving. It has two sections; Side A, an EP of brand new material, and Side B, a compilation of remixes. Both parts are equally satisfying. DJ Mahf selects many classic Hip Hop beats in the mixtape segment and they are a perfect match for Steddy's rhymes. In "WindOverHead" P raps "I'd be goddam*ed if I had Mac and Tech have all the fun." If Steddy P plays his cards right he may soon surpass them. While You Were Sleeping will be availible July 13 on the Indyground website.

Messy Marv & Berner - Blow, Blocks & Boat Docks Tracklist

1. Well Connected - Berner, Produced By Cozmo
2. Dollas - Messy Marv, Shoboat, Berner, Produced by Cozmo
3. Blow - Messy Marv, Berner, Joe Blow, Produced by Maxwell Smart
4. Picture Me - Brisco, Messy Marv, Berner, & Cozmo, Produced by Cozmo & D Wells
5. Blow Money - Messy Marv, Berner, Killa Keise, Freeze, Produced by Maxwell Smart
6. Warrior - Messy Marv, Berner, San Quinn, Ampichino, Produced by Maxwell Smart
7. Heard About Me - Messy Marv, Berner, B-Legit, The Jacka, & Rocka Boy, Produced by Cozmo
8. I Get It - Messy Marv, Berner, Yumouth, Lee Majors, Produced by Maxwell Smart & Cozmo
9. City Sh*t - Messy Marv, Killa Keise, Baldhead Rick, Berner, Shag Nasty, Buchanan, Produced by Genneesse
10. Whip Cream - Messy Marv, Berner, Freeze, Smiggs, Produced by Cozmo
11. High Speed - Messy Marv, Berner, Ampichino, Produced by Pak Slap
12. Everything Is Wrong - Messy Marv, Berner, Equipto, Produced by Cozmo
13. How I Ride - Messy Marv, Berner, San Quinn, Matt Blaque, Produced by Cozmo
14. Gold Club - Messy Marv, Berner, J-Stalin, Goldtoes, Produced by Sean T
15. V4 - Messy Marv, Berner, Freeze, Maserati Rick, Produced by Maxwell Smart
16. Vision - Messy Marv, Berner, J-Stalin, Produced by Cozmo

PSD, Keak Da Sneak, & Messy Marv - Bruh Bruh


Toki Wright - More Fiyah (Video)

A Different Mirror out now.

July 12th: Midwest DJ Meet & Greet With The Jacka, Berner, & Lee Majors

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Homewrecka - Ice Cream


Snype & Young Vicious - No Sacrafice, No Victory Coming Soon

The Hoodstarz - Saggy Jean Era/I'm Speedin (Video)

Dutch Newman, Les Izmore, & Godimus of CES Cru - Jedi Knight


Tech N9ne & Jay Rock - Paper

Free The Gates Mixed Plate Coming 7/27/10.

LA France - Ooh La La Album Review

I first heard of LA France when I found his CD, Track Season in a pile of fliers at 7th Heaven for the Taste of Troost festival just a year ago. The mixtape was fantastic and I featured it on my top KC Rap albums that year. With this mixtape, Ooh La La I realize that KC may finally have a mainstream artist. LA shows his clear star potential on tracks such as LA France Vs. The World, Party & BS, & Eff With Us featuring Dutch Newman. France may soon give Kid Cudi a run for his money.