Staten Island producer Git Beats and Pittsburgh emcee Hubbs discuss how they met and began collaborating together. Git heard of Hubbs from a feature in Genesis Magazine about the top five artists in Pittsburgh and Git instantly became hooked on the music. Hubbs was familiar with Git’s production from local Pittsburgh artists previously working with Git. Hubbs mentions that his rhymes reflect his life journey and goes on to say that he’s “trying to expand my mind beyond the local mind frame.” Purchase their collaborative album, Piece Of Mind, here.
After Rock Steady Crew’s 37th anniversary show, Brooklyn emcees Smoothe Da Hustler, Trigger Tha Gambler, and General D.V. stopped by the Rap Is Outta Control studio. Along with DJ Eclipse and co-host Q-Unique, they discussed early career history and the success of the song “Broken Language”. Check out this freestyle from the three emcees that will go down in history.
Pittsburgh emcee Hubbs joins the Ultramagnetic pioneer Kool Keith for a freestyle cypher on Rap Is Outta Control. Check out Hubbs’ album Piece Of Mind with Git Beats and Kool Keith’s double disc project, Demolition Crash.
Brooklyn emcee Illa Ghee breaks down the meaning of his new album Social Graffiti and how graffiti is not seen as an art to the untrained eye (or untrained ear in the case of music). Illa goes on to say how he felt his previous work was “dumbed down” and he is now writing lyrics the way he feels comfortable. Features on Social Graffiti include Lil Fame, Sean Price, JuJu, Guilty Simpson, Royal Flush, General Steele, O.C., and more. Production is handled by Ayatollah, Large Professor, DJ Skizz, Crummie Beats, Amazing SB, and more.
Queens duo Timeless Truth talks about their new EP, Dominican Diner. Being used to the old fashioned method of recording in a professional studio, the two brothers Oprime39 and Solace talk about adjusting their recording process to allow for more creative expression. Dominican Diner is produced entirely by Fafu and includes features from Maffew Ragazino and Eliki.
On Sunday, July 27, 2014, the Rock Steady Crew is hosting their 37th anniversary show at NYC’s Summer Stage Central Park. This annual free concert serves to celebrate and preserve the history and evolution of hip hop culture, as well as honor RSC and hip hop community members that have passed away. This year’s lineup includes Slick Rick, Das EFX, M.O.P, Smoothe Da Hustler, Trigger Tha Gambler, Thirstin Howl The 3rd, Chris Rivers, and many more performances. Also, be sure to check out the b-boy/b-girl battles on Saturday, July 26.
Brooklyn emcee Illa Ghee and Queens duo Timeless Truth came to show and prove at Rap Is Outta Control with a freestyle over the new Dilated Peoples beat. Check out Timeless Truth’s album, Dominican Diner and Illa Ghee’s album, Social Graffiti.
Legendary emcee and producer from the D.I.T.C. crew, Diamond D, joins the RIOC crew to discuss his first producer compilation project. The album is called The Diam Piece and will release in August, 2014. Features include Stacy Epps, Pharoahe Monch, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, Elzhi, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Alchemist, and more.
Staten Island emcee Kool Kim of The UMC’s visits DJ Eclipse at Rap Is Outta Control to discuss the return of the group, alongside producer Haas G. Check out this freestyle by Kim as he shows why The UMC’s are ready to make noise again.
Emcee John Robinson and instrumentalist PVD have teamed up to bring you an organic music experience. One of the few hip hop albums with instruments layered in a fashion to sound like samples, PVD produced the entire project. John Robinson is joined by guests Melinda Camille, El Da Sensei, Sadat X, and more. In this video, JR and PVD speak with DJ Eclipse and Q-Unique about the recording process and studio experience. Purchase Modern Vintage here.