Issue 49 - March

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HIP HOP / RNB 31 7 Issue 49 / 2013 artist of the month: JOEY BADA$$ 18 year old New York rapper poised for big things this 2013... Joey Bada$$, born JoVaughn Virginie Scott, is a rapper of only eighteen, hailing from New York who is destined for big things. He is a member of hip hop collective, Pro Era, a band that was made with Bada$$ and his childhood friends. He has recently released two solo mixtapes, 1991 in June 2012, which was met with critical acclaim. He then released Rejex in September 2012. After that he featured on A$AP Rocky���s huge track, 1 Train, which boasted just about every rapper of the moment. This just about sums up the potential of Joey Bada$$. He brings back that old school New York mellow sound. So much for a Badass rapper. It���s hard to see why this young star is still unsigned but rumours had circulated he would be signing with Jay-Z���s Roc Nation label until he dispelled them saying he would rather stay independent. Bada$$ is currently working on his first solo debut album set to drop sometime this year but in the meantime has released a new free single, Unorthodox, produced by DJ premier. ALBUM OF THE MONTh PRODIGY & ALCHEMIST guestlist recommends: BLACK HIPPY Black Hippy, have we got the new N.W.A on our hands? Black Hippy is an American hip hop supergroup that you probably haven���t even heard of but they are destined for great things. Hailing from South Central Los Angeles and signed to Top Dawg, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, the group consists of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. Interested now? They may not have even released a full length project yet but the members of the group are all now acclaimed solo artists in their own right which brings a credibility to the band that we haven���t seen in a long time. I don���t want to get carried away but could we have a group that could get compared to anything like a new NWA? Well, the comparisons have already been made by some but it���s too early to tell. However these guys, whatever happens will not head down the same forlorn route that NWA did because they have done things the other way round. Although the group formed in 2009, each member has solidified their solo career before taking on this project (which is sure to explode). Kendrick Lamar has said that it is because of this reason that the group will never split and it makes a whole load of sense. That and the simple reason these guys are such tight mates. They are all frequent collaborators on each other���s solo work and bounce off each other perfectly in the material. They are so comfortable OUR PLAYLIST... with one another that a lot of the time don���t even bother with a featuring credit. All this hype isn���t blind either. They have released a number of tunes which give a taste of things to come like Zip that Chop That, Say Wassup and On Some Other Shit. Listen and see what I mean. We can���t wait for big things to come from Black Hippy and hope they come very soon. Find them on Facebook. com/BlackHippyMusic. A fresh start to the new year and we already have rappers dropping mixtapes trying to get their foot in the door early. Early bird catches the worm right? And with that being said, in no particular order, here are 4 mixtapes to look out for this month. Two of the biggest names in hip hop team up to deliver one of the most exciting releases of the year so far. Last month we mentioned that Prodigy and Alchemist were cooking up a little project and we got excited to say the least. Well now it has arrived and we���re going to give you another little, no hefty, reminder to get yourself into gear and get this album. I mean the album title alone, Albert Einstein, is intriguing enough to make you want to give it a shot and see if there really is the genius behind the album that the name implies. I can confirm it���s there; Prodigy and Alchemist are two hip hop heavyweights who never disappoint. When it comes to Prodigy, check out Mobb Deep���s near perfect collection and you���ll see what I mean, and Alchemist is coming off the back of a huge 2012. The first single from the hotly anticipated album is called ���Give Em Hell��� and that���s exactly what these two are doing, with Prodigy declaring ���Nobody can stop me I���m the illest rapper probably on this earth,��� and Alchemist���s beats perfectly match his tight flow and lyrical prowess. 1. Drake Ovo2013 2. Trinidad James All Gold Everything 3. Rockie Fresh Electric Highway 4. Juelz Santana God Willin

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