DJ EFN drops a CrazyHood.com exclusive, strictly for the Internets. Miami’s Mixtape King enlists producer Hazardis Soundz for the flip of the classic EPMD “Head Banger” beat, while Fashawn and Wrekonize (of ¡Mayday!) come with the lyrical beatdown. DJ EFN offers up an ode to Mixtape Freestyles, in anticipation of a full length album currently in the works. Continue Reading
Words & Interview By Jake Paine
If you listen to Joell Ortiz’s early solo recordings, you know of the uphill climb. The Brooklyn, New Yorker had devotedly pursued a career in Hip-Hop since before he was Jo-Ell Quickman, in the last great wave of Rawkus Records-distributed 12” singles. Entering the 2000s with a buzz in tow, Ortiz transmitted lyrics with an MC’s flare and a hustler’s conviction, making him a poised voice for the Hip-Hop genre’s increased interest in street-rap by 2005. In the years that followed, everybody from Dr. Dre to Eminem, Kool G Rap to Showbiz heard this skill, uniqueness and honesty, and wanted in.
But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Continue Reading
Our subject for today is EPMD, the immortal two-man crew who were nicely characterized as “rap music’s own version of Starsky & Hutch” on the hiphopelements.com website in 2003.
Like a lot of hip-hop’s hall of famers – including Run-DMC, Slick Rick, and Eric B & Rakim — EPMD debuted with a smash hit single on an independent label. Written, rapped, and paid for by Erick Sermon (the “E” in EPMD) and Parrish Smith (the “P” in EPMD), the single was “It’s My Thing/You’re a Customer.” It was released in the summer of 1987 on the Fresh label, a subsidiary of Sleeping Bag – Mr. Will Socolov, founder and proprietor. Continue Reading
Good Belt Gang’s City Boy Dee and Jadakiss link for this new release from the upcoming Good Belt Gang project. Continue Reading
With a new album on the way, Dilated drop this new Jake One produced heater. Continue Reading
You can’t f*ck with some of the dope gems found on Youtube. This is one of them. Back when tapes were tapes….
Mass Appeal had a contest to find someone to direct the “Represent” video. Here’s what won.
Devin The Dude having his own web show is just what the internets needed. Dope convo with Bun B and we dig that Devin is wearing a Slick Rick shirt….
Our homies Ketchy Shuby drop some throwback style visuals for their joint “Hardships.” Funk!
Produced by Adrian Younge from their upcoming concept album, There is Only Now (“The entire album is based on a violent near-death experience they actually encountered in San Francisco in 1994.”) Continue Reading
Today we came across a Miami New Times article featuring some upcoming artist from our very own stomping grounds of Kendall. For those not from Miami, Kendall is a large suburban area outside the metropolitan Miami area. Kendall has become infamous by films such as “Cocaine Cowboys” but those of us that have lived and breathed in Kendall can tell you Kendall is no stereotypical American suburb. For good or for bad Kendall has its own character. Crazy Hood is one of the first if not the first hip hop crew to proudly rep Kendall and this all started with DJ EFN’s mixtapes. Continue Reading
Hazardis Soundz handling the production, Reks on the mic. Eyes Watching God is a concept album showcasing the contrast between good and evil. Peep it. Continue Reading