Emcee Joey Knuckles and producer King Cole make up the duo Suicide Kings, and they recently dropped the music video for their song Shotcallaz which features Apathy and Celph Titled. Shotcallaz will appear on the Suicide Kings‘ upcoming release Crown of Thorns, which will drop sometime in August. Crown of Thorns will also feature M.O.P., Saigon, Cancer, and Aztek the Barfly.
I like Action Bronson. He exemplifies how a caucasian artist can amalgamate and thrive in a racially stratified genre of music. Wait, what, Marshall Mathers? Okay, well I like Action Bronson because he hurdles societal predispositions that burden celebrity artists not fitting a molded aesthetic identity. Huh? Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun? Fine, I like Action Bronson because he is a New York City native emcee with a husky dialect that dexterously moves over syllables with quickness. Oh? Ghostface Killah? Well, I think I like Action Bronson because his historical narrative depicts an above average guy from Flushing, Queens working in the service industry being able to combine the ingredients of time, energy and charisma with a bit of networking luck in order to create a rap suffle’ of sorts. Although bland at times, the right presentation is crisp and has moments of temporary sweetness. I am left satisfied, but I don’t necessarily crave more until it is put right in front of me again.
More than anything I think I like the idea of Action Bronson. Whether it is the obscure super hero-meets-even more obscure wrestler nomenclature, the highly charged and vulgar social media presence he updates at a dangerous rate, or the inexplicable way he has been able to maneuver through the rap game unchecked by flipping his flaws into pivotal aspects of his character. Yes, I feel comfortable calling Arian’s hip-hop alter ego a character. Anyone that effectively exploits lyrical gimmicks like relentless food references and abhorrent sexual acts with questionable validity, and survives the objective reasoning of internet critics, is not a real person. There is some sort of deep seated sociological blocker that Bronson has intelligently tapped into. Anyone that tried pulling that off for real would be ignored until they were important enough to brutally scrutinize.
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As a Louisiana native, I’ve always hesitated to rep the Hip Hop coming from home. Between Boosie and Hurricane Chris, you can only imagine where I’m coming from. However, besides the obvious Curren$y and Jay Electronica out of New Orleans, there is Joe Cool out of Leesville, who brings hope for the Pelican State…and he’s definitely someone I confidently cosign. With his sharp punchlines, varied flow patterns, and meaningful lyrics, Joe Cool gives us clear evidence that the “South Still Got Sumn To Say”, which just so happens to be the title of a track off of his most recent mixtape entitled Driver’s Ed. You can peep the visuals for said track below. Also, check out his local movement, which seems to be budding very nicely, called NWLA.
Chi-Town’s Add-2 brought us one of the best tapes that dropped this year: More Missed Calls. More recently, he has released visuals for one of the more lyrically profound tracks called “Leave A Message”. Add-2 is one to keep an eye on in the rap game. He is truly something special. The music speaks for itself.
A few days ago, we posted some newness from her. Now check out Boog Brown’s latest set of visuals, for “In Tune”, her new single. Enjoy!
In the past generations, and even still today, young people with prescription eyeglasses have not been accepted as “cool” or “hip” in society or, even worse, the schoolyard. With that said, one can only imagine how difficult it would be to fit into the Rap Game with eyeglasses. Well, oddly enough, many rappers have been able to do it, and do it BIG. We are not going as far as to say that Hip Hop single-handedly made glasses cool or more accepted, but it certainly has helped. And for that, we salute the rappers who helped for this cause. In order to formulate a proper piece for the site to honor these rappers, members of the Golden Underground team and I took time to discuss some of the most important MC’s who wore prescription frames, and we narrowed it down to a Top 10 from our perspective.
Use the page numbers below to navigate the list…And enjoy!