Manifesto by Joey Green


Manifesto is a 12-track mixtape composed of witty wordplay and carefully crafted lyrics all conveniently laid over simple, yet pleasant beats. By going with a beat selection that highlights his lyricism rather than masks it with booming bass and snares, Joey Green exposes his artistic genius. Joey Green teams up with a multitude of producers including Davola, Jax, FVCKSOCI3TY, Subdaio, Milky Fella, and Thelonius Martin. These producers all contribute their talents to produce a classic boom bap sound often accompanied by piano keys and saxophones apparent throughout the entire project. To some, this could be a bad thing because most of the tracks seem to blend together. There simply isn’t much that separates one song from another as far as production goes. That’s not to say that there’s no talent here on the producers’ parts, but it’s pretty difficult to differentiate one song from another based on the beats alone.

Although Green blesses this mixtape with effortless lyricism, Backflips is arguably the most lyrical. Green’s meticulously written lyrics utilize an internal rhyme scheme and alliteration that is occasionally reminiscent of the great Marshall Mathers. When Joey Green manifests (pun intended) that he’s the “velociraptor of rap and the master of causing raptures” it makes you want to believe him. With features from artists such as Chanel, Surp God, K.eYe.D., and Beau Young Prince, Joey Green surrounds himself with talented help. All of these artists compliment Green well on these laid back tracks. In closure, if you have 40 minutes to spare, Manifesto is definitely worth the time. “Blastoise VS Charizard, nigga!”

Manifesto by Joey Green

Manifesto is a 12-track mixtape composed of witty wordplay and carefully crafted lyrics all conveniently laid over simple, yet pleasant beats. By going with a beat selection that highlights his lyricism rather than masks it with booming bass and snares, Joey Green exposes his artistic genius. Joey Green teams up with a multitude of producers including Davola, Jax, FVCKSOCI3TY, Subdaio, Milky Fella, and Thelonius Martin. These producers all contribute their talents to produce a classic boom bap sound often accompanied by piano keys and saxophones apparent throughout the entire project. To some, this could be a bad thing because most of the tracks seem to blend together. There simply isn’t much that separates one song from another as far as production goes. That’s not to say that there’s no talent here on the producers’ parts, but it’s pretty difficult to differentiate one song from another based on the beats alone.

Although Green blesses this mixtape with effortless lyricism, Backflips is arguably the most lyrical. Green’s meticulously written lyrics utilize an internal rhyme scheme and alliteration that is occasionally reminiscent of the great Marshall Mathers. When Joey Green manifests (pun intended) that he’s the “velociraptor of rap and the master of causing raptures” it makes you want to believe him. With features from artists such as Chanel, Surp God, K.eYe.D., and Beau Young Prince, Joey Green surrounds himself with talented help. All of these artists compliment Green well on these laid back tracks. In closure, if you have 40 minutes to spare, Manifesto is definitely worth the time. “Blastoise VS Charizard, nigga!”

Strong by Philosopha

Chicago rapper Philosopha is back with the 3rd single off his forthcoming Too Dope album. The new single “Strong” is a trap banger that offers up another round of new-age hip hop. A laid back track in which Philosopha conveys his certainty of becoming the next biggest artist out of Chicago, “Strong” also hints at certain aspects of his lifestyle. 

Strong by Philosopha

Chicago rapper Philosopha is back with the 3rd single off his forthcoming Too Dope album. The new single “Strong” is a trap banger that offers up another round of new-age hip hop. A laid back track in which Philosopha conveys his certainty of becoming the next biggest artist out of Chicago, “Strong” also hints at certain aspects of his lifestyle. 

Plug by Niko Khalé

Washington, D.C.’s Niko Khalé recently underwent a name change. Formerly known as ACE Primo, Khalé states: “I’m just in a different place now. I’ll always be Primo in the streets but Niko Khalé is who I am. That’s my birth given. I want the world to know me for me, not an alis.”
 Boldly spoken, Niko has rebranded not only himself but his music. His newest single, “The Plug” is a collaboration with producer BraveStarr– who has produced for Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle, Freddie Gibbs and more.
The single boasts a heavy bass that’s backed up by futuristic sounds that BraveStarr effortlessly put together. As for Niko’s flow and delivery, it’s uniquely his own. His voice stands out from the clutter and resonates well with the style of Hip Hop he creates.

Plug by Niko Khalé

Washington, D.C.’s Niko Khalé recently underwent a name change. Formerly known as ACE Primo, Khalé states: “I’m just in a different place now. I’ll always be Primo in the streets but Niko Khalé is who I am. That’s my birth given. I want the world to know me for me, not an alis.”

 Boldly spoken, Niko has rebranded not only himself but his music. His newest single, “The Plug” is a collaboration with producer BraveStarr– who has produced for Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle, Freddie Gibbs and more.

The single boasts a heavy bass that’s backed up by futuristic sounds that BraveStarr effortlessly put together. As for Niko’s flow and delivery, it’s uniquely his own. His voice stands out from the clutter and resonates well with the style of Hip Hop he creates.

Choices by Babah Fly


Babah Fly has been a staple in the Denver Hip-Hop scene since 1998. With his uncanny ability to speak the TRUTH and drop knowledge over his uniquely crafted beats, he started making a name for himself performing in underground graffiti art venues around Denver.His music has been featured on numerous official GoPro skateboard videos receiving tens of thousands of views in national and international markets. He recently teamed up with DJ Skip Rip (2010 DMC World Finalist) lighting up the stage at multiple festivals and venues. He was also nominated “Best MC” in Denver by the Westword Magazine in 2014.


The Emcee/Producer has put out multiple projects under such names as: The High-Tops, BabahWird, The Denver Avengerz, Bugaboo and FLY4WIRD. He has shared the stage with a number of Hip-Hop’s pioneers including: KRS-One, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Kool Keith, Living Legends Crew, Zion I and many more.
His latest single “Choices” has a psychedelic funked out beat that kicks knowledge, and will serve as the second single off his soon come October LP release “Mingling of Oceans”.

Choices by Babah Fly

Babah Fly has been a staple in the Denver Hip-Hop scene since 1998. With his uncanny ability to speak the TRUTH and drop knowledge over his uniquely crafted beats, he started making a name for himself performing in underground graffiti art venues around Denver.His music has been featured on numerous official GoPro skateboard videos receiving tens of thousands of views in national and international markets. He recently teamed up with DJ Skip Rip (2010 DMC World Finalist) lighting up the stage at multiple festivals and venues. He was also nominated “Best MC” in Denver by the Westword Magazine in 2014.

The Emcee/Producer has put out multiple projects under such names as: The High-Tops, BabahWird, The Denver Avengerz, Bugaboo and FLY4WIRD. He has shared the stage with a number of Hip-Hop’s pioneers including: KRS-One, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Kool Keith, Living Legends Crew, Zion I and many more.

His latest single “Choices” has a psychedelic funked out beat that kicks knowledge, and will serve as the second single off his soon come October LP release “Mingling of Oceans”.

You/Stay by Joey Green


Soothing. Relaxing. Enticing. Mellow. These are just a few words that can describe “You/Stay” by Joey Green (formerly Sophisticated) featuring Chanel. I’m definitely adding this to my Roast Up playlist (music I listen to when I’m stoned).  Joey Green’s deep voice provides the perfect antithesis to the smooth, easygoing beat produced by FVCKSOCI3TY and Subdaio. These two do a hell of a job on the track, kudos to those guys. The beat breakdown at 1:43 is super effective in transition and serves as a gateway into the more mellow, laid back portion of the song. Immediately you’re absorbed into another dimension of mellowness and wonder; Chanel serves as your seductive intergalactic tour guide with her soothing vocals.
Once your trippy spaceship lands, Joey Green picks up where Chanel left off and gives us his spiel of romantic rhymes and he does a great job as not coming off as mushy and oversensitive. I enjoyed having “You/Stay” on repeat while my fingers punched the keys of the letters composing this here review.

You/Stay by Joey Green

Soothing. Relaxing. Enticing. Mellow. These are just a few words that can describe “You/Stay” by Joey Green (formerly Sophisticated) featuring Chanel. I’m definitely adding this to my Roast Up playlist (music I listen to when I’m stoned).  Joey Green’s deep voice provides the perfect antithesis to the smooth, easygoing beat produced by FVCKSOCI3TY and Subdaio. These two do a hell of a job on the track, kudos to those guys. The beat breakdown at 1:43 is super effective in transition and serves as a gateway into the more mellow, laid back portion of the song. Immediately you’re absorbed into another dimension of mellowness and wonder; Chanel serves as your seductive intergalactic tour guide with her soothing vocals.

Once your trippy spaceship lands, Joey Green picks up where Chanel left off and gives us his spiel of romantic rhymes and he does a great job as not coming off as mushy and oversensitive. I enjoyed having “You/Stay” on repeat while my fingers punched the keys of the letters composing this here review.

 LOST IN THE GIRL (EP) by Kwamie Liv



I don’t post too many R&B projects, but I fell for her voice and couldn’t pass this one up. Copenhagen, Denmark vocalist Kwamie Liv is fast proving herself to be an exciting voice in music today, a voice imbued with experience having lived between Denmark, Zambia, Turkey, Sweden, South Africa, Kenya, Ireland and Bangladesh.
 
Kwamie’s down-tempo and intimate trip-hop/R&B early offerings 'Follow You' and ’5AM’ set her out as one to watch. Yet it was the shrapnel-sharp ‘comin THRU’ which caught the attention of Zane Lowe, who made it his Next Hype record.
 
 ‘Lost in the Girl’ Kwamie’s debut EP further proves her flair for experimentation and determination to exceed expectations. ‘Lost in the Girl’ was created from nothing, freely and in the very heart of Christiania in Copenhagen. 
 LOST IN THE GIRL (EP) by Kwamie Liv

I don’t post too many R&B projects, but I fell for her voice and couldn’t pass this one up. Copenhagen, Denmark vocalist Kwamie Liv is fast proving herself to be an exciting voice in music today, a voice imbued with experience having lived between Denmark, Zambia, Turkey, Sweden, South Africa, Kenya, Ireland and Bangladesh.
 
Kwamie’s down-tempo and intimate trip-hop/R&B early offerings 'Follow You' and ’5AM set her out as one to watch. Yet it was the shrapnel-sharp ‘comin THRU’ which caught the attention of Zane Lowe, who made it his Next Hype record.
 
 ‘Lost in the Girl’ Kwamie’s debut EP further proves her flair for experimentation and determination to exceed expectations. ‘Lost in the Girl’ was created from nothing, freely and in the very heart of Christiania in Copenhagen. 

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Never Make It by Ciscero (feat. Sir EU)

Ciscero has been dropping some gems lately. ‘Never make it’ is another offering from Cis featuring SIR E.U of the notorious Kool Klux Klan. They both body this track, I have heard a few more cuts from Ciscero that he has in the stash, your gonna way keep your ears and eyes open for those. Also if you didnt get a chance to listen to ‘Oh Aight’ wit Cal Rips peep it here

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Zooted by JoeyG

Straight Outta Brooklyn. JoeyG. of the Hip-Hop Collective, TheHumanauts, releases the visual for his latest single “Zooted”. The hazy, trancing video illustrates his reunion celebration with a familiar friend. Take a cinematic look into the first chapter of his upcoming mixtape, NOSPACE. 


The video captures the raw and trippy emotion of a day in the life of this Brooklyn emcee making the perfect picture storyline come to life. NOSPACE is expected to drop this October. 

Zooted by JoeyG

Straight Outta Brooklyn. JoeyG. of the Hip-Hop Collective, TheHumanauts, releases the visual for his latest single “Zooted”. The hazy, trancing video illustrates his reunion celebration with a familiar friend. Take a cinematic look into the first chapter of his upcoming mixtape, NOSPACE

The video captures the raw and trippy emotion of a day in the life of this Brooklyn emcee making the perfect picture storyline come to life. NOSPACE is expected to drop this October. 

NEW MUSIC: Rob Regal - The Patriot Act (Interlude) [prod. Buzz] 

"I recorded an interlude for my album, The Balance, 3 years ago. It didn’t make the final cut of the album that finally dropped last year, but in light of everything going on right now, I feel like I want to drop this right now. Not for attention. Not for publicity. Just because the song is relevant to how I feel with the Ferguson situation and more. Sometimes, you have to drop music simply because it’s right. I don’t know if it’ll make its way onto any of my projects, so fuck it. Sad to say that since I recorded this in 2011, not much has changed here in 2014.”

Dedicated to Barack Obama, Mike Brown, the events in Ferguson, and the Black experience in America in general.

Weightin’ On by Lucki Eck$ (ft. Danny Brown)


Chicago’s Lucki Eck$ has teamed up with fellow midwest rapper Danny Brown for his latest single "Weightin’ On". This track fuses Lucki’s nonchalant and laid back method with Brown’s unpretentious hip hop style with a ghettotech tinge. The collaboration was born out of the two having both performed at Red Bull Sound Select’s: 4 Days in Austin this past March, at which Lucki opened for Danny as part of Sound Select’s effort to pair emerging artists with headlining acts. The track was released exclusively through Red Bull Sound Select.

Weightin’ On by Lucki Eck$ (ft. Danny Brown)

Chicago’s Lucki Eck$ has teamed up with fellow midwest rapper Danny Brown for his latest single "Weightin’ On". This track fuses Lucki’s nonchalant and laid back method with Brown’s unpretentious hip hop style with a ghettotech tinge. The collaboration was born out of the two having both performed at Red Bull Sound Select’s: 4 Days in Austin this past March, at which Lucki opened for Danny as part of Sound Select’s effort to pair emerging artists with headlining acts. The track was released exclusively through Red Bull Sound Select.

Public Enemy by Alkebulan



It’s a powerful thing when artists are able to channel their passion into music. I could feel the energy from Atlanta, GA’s Alkebulan who has obviously had enough of the bad news stemming from the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO. His newest single Public Enemy is a banger, produced by Curtis Williams, Sonny Digital and Reckless Dex. The messages are short and simple, yet powerful;
Unity over everything. No time like the present. Protect your energy.
This track is a reminder that we must take control over whats going on, or we could be next. Since the media is being controlled, the revolution won’t be televised. I encourage everybody to follow and utilize the following hashtags to keep everyone informed.
 #PrayForFerguson 
#JusticeForMikeBrown 
#HandsUpDontShoot

Public Enemy by Alkebulan

It’s a powerful thing when artists are able to channel their passion into music. I could feel the energy from Atlanta, GA’s Alkebulan who has obviously had enough of the bad news stemming from the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO. His newest single Public Enemy is a banger, produced by Curtis Williams, Sonny Digital and Reckless Dex. The messages are short and simple, yet powerful;

Unity over everything. No time like the present. Protect your energy.

This track is a reminder that we must take control over whats going on, or we could be next. Since the media is being controlled, the revolution won’t be televised. I encourage everybody to follow and utilize the following hashtags to keep everyone informed.

#PrayForFerguson

#JusticeForMikeBrown

#HandsUpDontShoot

"Get It Off Your Chest" by Scottie Flippen
<a href=”http://scottieflippen.bandcamp.com/track/get-it-off-ya-chest” data-mce-href=”http://scottieflippen.bandcamp.com/track/get-it-off-ya-chest”>Get It Off Ya Chest by SCOTTIE FLIPPEN</a>

After 14 seconds, I was almost positive that Kid Cudi was going to make his presence felt and absorb me into his drug filled, lonely world. Fortunately it wasn’t the Cleveland stoner, but rather Scottie Flippen, an up-and-coming rapper from Cullowhee, North Carolina. “Get it Off Your Chest”, produced by Mike Machete, has a unique gloomy sound not often found in the hip hop genre. Flippen even addresses this by stating that it “Sounds like the blues.”  Yes, Scottie Flippen. Yes it does sound like the blues. “Get it Off Your Chest” is Scottie Flippen’s attempt at relating to his audience and their woes and sorrows. As a listener, it is quite refreshing to hear a rapper pretty much tell me “hey man. I know you’re going through some things, but keep your head up. We’re all fighting our own unique battles.” Thank you, Mr. Flippen.
In closure, “Get it Off Your Chest” is worth a listen if you’re looking for something a little more powerful and motivating than the materialism and lust being forced down our throats by mainstream music. Even if you find that it’s not your cup of tea, you could just “blame it on Obama still.”

"Get It Off Your Chest" by Scottie Flippen

After 14 seconds, I was almost positive that Kid Cudi was going to make his presence felt and absorb me into his drug filled, lonely world. Fortunately it wasn’t the Cleveland stoner, but rather Scottie Flippen, an up-and-coming rapper from Cullowhee, North Carolina. “Get it Off Your Chest”, produced by Mike Machete, has a unique gloomy sound not often found in the hip hop genre. Flippen even addresses this by stating that it “Sounds like the blues.”  Yes, Scottie Flippen. Yes it does sound like the blues. “Get it Off Your Chest” is Scottie Flippen’s attempt at relating to his audience and their woes and sorrows. As a listener, it is quite refreshing to hear a rapper pretty much tell me “hey man. I know you’re going through some things, but keep your head up. We’re all fighting our own unique battles.” Thank you, Mr. Flippen.

In closure, “Get it Off Your Chest” is worth a listen if you’re looking for something a little more powerful and motivating than the materialism and lust being forced down our throats by mainstream music. Even if you find that it’s not your cup of tea, you could just “blame it on Obama still.”

The Reflection by Rob Regal

Formerly known as Lyriciss, Rob Regal proves that he’s every bit of lyricist he was when we mentioned him last. The DMV representative eloquently chronicles his efforts to get his money up, while sticking to his artistic integrity. Director Matt Sugawara offers official visuals over a flute-laced beat by The Antydote and Chris Calor. Check out The Reflection EP coming this September. 

Nostalgia: Flight 222 by G-Scott

It’s been a year and a half since now 23 year old Los Angeles based; Gary, IN made rapper and producer released a full body of work. Nostalgia: Flight 222 truly was a spontaneous creation in the midst of trying to find himself on the West Coast. A lot of trials and tribulations come when you get up one day and say “I’m going to make this work”, quit your job and move across the country to pursue a dream. With this in mind, he was at a creative stand still just trying to adjust. After relocating to Long Beach due to housing issues in LA, he started experimenting with sounds from my his ever project “The Flight Plan,” advancing it in efforts to progress into the sound of his next full length “Another Weekend In Los Vegas.”  The project tells a lot of what was going on in his head the past 3 months in Cali.  Enjoy Flight: 222 as a segue into the future.

Nostalgia: Flight 222 by G-Scott

It’s been a year and a half since now 23 year old Los Angeles based; Gary, IN made rapper and producer released a full body of work. Nostalgia: Flight 222 truly was a spontaneous creation in the midst of trying to find himself on the West Coast. A lot of trials and tribulations come when you get up one day and say “I’m going to make this work”, quit your job and move across the country to pursue a dream. With this in mind, he was at a creative stand still just trying to adjust. After relocating to Long Beach due to housing issues in LA, he started experimenting with sounds from my his ever project “The Flight Plan,” advancing it in efforts to progress into the sound of his next full length “Another Weekend In Los Vegas.”  The project tells a lot of what was going on in his head the past 3 months in Cali.  Enjoy Flight: 222 as a segue into the future.