JFKrateZ is a hip hop artist (rapper/producer) from the DMV.
I am part of a group of 6 main members from various locations in the DMV called Cypha360z. I’m an experimental hip hop artist who likes to sample videogames/anime and role play the characters for substance. Here is a new 1080p HD video for a song by me called “Moves” (Shot by Telepathy) which is the first release from my up and coming mixtape S.L.A.N.G.
Rachel Marie, a 22 year old singer/songwriter from the DC area has released a new track by the name of “High” featuring John Lass. The old school, 90s neo-soul vibe of the track compliments Rachel’s smooth vocals in a way that will relax your soul. The song makes parallels between the feelings of first love and the feelings of being on a drug. As they say, love is indeed a drug that takes you high!
Rapper Jet 2 vents about the difficulties of earning recognition amongst his peers and explains that you’re capable of accomplishing anything that you set your mind to. This track cuts deep and If you’ve been living under a rock it’s about time to wake up and check it out.
ROTSC frontman @MaxBeKillinIt releases his first single “Crack” from his highly anticipated mixtape “Fatal Attraction” which is set to drop later this year. Max links up with DC’s #1 Fat Fool and Slutty Boyz frontman, Fat Trel, to create a powerful record that will have everyone in the DMV from Telegraph to Benning Road wanting more.
“Flight 89 stems from me wanting to buy a pair of Retro Jordan 4′s one day and they were sold out. So I caught the Flight 89′s instead because they have the same bottoms and look similar. However, upon purchasing these sneakers I ended up going through many obstacles while walking in my Flights, everyday I wanted to elevate out of these situations I was forced into so I started to gain more knowledge to counteract adversity; and that’s my meaning of being FLY. So in order to attain Flight you must be FLY: THE NEW COOL.” – BLIZZ MCFLY
“The title originated from one of my best friends who is an avid CoD player and watches FaZe Clan videos on YouTube religiously. He said to me one day in a conversation about my music and performing, “D, you’ve gotta kill ‘em like FaZe Clan.” That’s where the recurring line in the song comes from. After playing the track for several people, they all began calling it “FaZe Clan” and the title just stuck. Honestly, this song is just about being yourself, being confident in who you are and not caring what other people think. I love coffee—so what? If I replaced the word ‘espresso’ with ‘bottle’ in the chorus in reference to alcohol, no one would say anything about it. It would be normal. But that’s not me. Be yourself and don’t be afraid to be different. That’s the real motto.”
Queens soulful MC/singer Erica Kane’s sophmore project “BAD DAUGHTER “is an 11-track mixtape telling a very self-inspired story through creative hip-hop, Rap,and R&B/Soul sounds. With songs like “Got Tha Free” and “Mom’s Home”, Erica Kane uses her raw life experiences, flow, soulful lyrics, and melodic voice to reflect her story about her experiences while acting as a voice of the youth,bringing attention to a very raw perspective of the young females of this generation. “BAD DAUGHTER” spreads a message that you can find the most beautiful things in life by accepting, loving, and learning from yourself. This project is for anyone who loves being who they are, good or bad.
Trap’s fatest rising stars and twerk/bounce/100bpm ambassadors, TWRK are back with another banger entitled “WORK” featuring the Canadian duo 4Korners. This is a another uptempo and highpaced masterpiece with the reworking familiar sounds and samples and taking them into the future and creating something all brand new.
Look for TWRK’s first hour long BBC Radio 1 mix and mixtape “Volume One” in less than two weeks and look forward to a long summer of remixes and original material and collabos with everyone from DJ Snake to Travis Porter! All the while hitting the road on a full North American tour in July & Augu, studying for the bar exam, and and running their family’s pub.
DJ’s here we go again with another Project Pat street banger. This record is called “Gas” and is off the upcoming Cheez-N-Dope 2 mixtape that is dropping soon hosted by DJ Scream. The track is produced by Lil Awree and this is the premiere of this new joint so you can get it exclusively right now. Jump on it before the next DJ does and get credit for breaking it in your city. Let’s get to work!!!
Milwaukee emcee/producer/musician Klassik presents the Xavier Ruffin-directed music video for “Forever Whatever”, the second single from his album In The Making. Two years after his father inspired him to pick up the saxophone, a young Klassik was being mentored by sax legend Berkley Fudge. By high school he was touring Europe as a professional jazz musician and experimenting with beat production programs like Fruity Loops. A couple of years later he dropped out of the University of Wisconsin to pursue music. Since releasing In The Making, Klassik has won “Solo Artist of the Year” 2012 for the 88.9 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards, “Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year” for the 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards, Milwaukee Magazine named the first single “Anything” (watch video here) as the “Catchiest Song Of The Year”, and the album spent 15 weeks on CMJ’s Top 40 hip-hop charts. “Life is about rolling with the punches and finding the silver lining in everything,” says Klassik about the song. “Staying positive is how I stay afloat in the midst of the darkness, so all the negative, at the end of the day, is forever whatever.” Klassik is slated to open for Talib Kweli at this year’s Summerfest.
Zone Out is the new single from Imperial and features talented UK rapper, K.I.N.E.T.I.K. Imperial’s soulful yet gritty production draws you into the mind of K.I.N.E.T.I.K. as he tackles issues of self-esteem, social networking and some of bigger philosophical questions of life. This is the first all UK release from Illect Recordings.
Imperial: K.I.N.E.T.I.K. and I hooked up about 9 months ago and have been plotting and scheming ever since. We decided to work on some original music after I remixed a song of his called Memory Lane. We share a similar music taste, and the beat for ‘Zone Out’ came about fairly swiftly fitting both of our styles. The main sample used in the song has been flipped a few times before (Hip Hop heads will know!), but I wanted to put my own stamp and twist on it bringing it to life once again. Another studio session is already booked so don’t be surprised to hear more music from us in the future… but for now, I hope you enjoy Zone Out!
K.I.N.E.T.I.K.: A few years ago when I first heard the Below The Heavens album by Blu & Exile, there was one line in particular that really stood out to me. On the track Show Me The Good Life, Blu says “I learn more when I ride the bus”. I can relate to that lyric a lot because since I live in London; I use public transport almost every day and it’s during these times when I think deeply about a lot of things. Once Imperial sent me the beat; I wrote the verses over the next couple of weeks in my head while actually on the bus and train, because I wanted the song to be as true to the concept as possible. The verses do have quite a bit of depth to them, but they may not be totally cohesive as I wanted to highlight the fact that my thoughts can sometimes be random, erratic or just all over the place. Some lines may make the listener feel uncomfortable or even shocked at first, but this was done intentionally because I wanted to talk about things that many of us think about but hardly ever say.
When it came to finally hooking up with Imperial, the whole working process was really easy. Before he even turned the microphone, we sat and just talked about everything from music, to jobs, to kids and even my love of Victoria Sponge cake. I remember seeing a vinyl copy of The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest in the corner of the room and thinking to myself “yeah I’m safe here, I’m in good hands”. During the actual recording, everything went very smoothly. We threw ideas back and forth, made changes, added little tweaks and it was a good laugh. I can’t wait to get back in the studio and see what else we can come up with.
“Indian Gold” by Daniel Stone, KJ Hines & Buck Lovett is a track that combines Daniel Stone’s Shamanic channeling of an Indian guide with the spiritual cool of KJ HInes and the authentically creative vocals of Buck Lovett. Daniel Stone is a musician / artist / Shamanic healer whose art is for sale online. During a Medicine Wheel Ceremony he teamed up with KJ Hines and Buck Lovett to create the unique shamanic sounding record you have before you. Daniel Stone tells a spiritual story over the Indian inspired beat. KJ Hines compliments Daniel with his cunning use of lyricism in his verses and Buck provides catchy vocals on the chorus making for something both new and entertaining to the ear when all is said and done.
Jay I.D.K (Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge), a new rap artist born in London, England, and raised in the DMV (D.C, Maryland, Virginia) delivers his new music video “In My Life” directed by 1st Impressions Studio. “In My Life” can be found on Jay IDK’s upcoming debut project available Summer 2013.
The Procussions have just released a full album of instrumentals.
You may know in 2006, The Procussions released their album, “5 Sparrows for 2 Cents” on Rawkus Records, as the first group signed to their reemergence. This album featured two major singles, “Miss January” feat. Talib Kweli and “Little People”- which just recently got re-popular following it’s airing on Spike TV’s, “Blue Mountain State”. Yes, 6 years later “Little People” is just now getting major shine- with almost 600K youtube listens in the last year.