Friday, February 27, 2009
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
My man is back!! After his hiatus, Killa is back to his old self with the new heat he's been dropping!! Camrons' new album, Crime Pays, coming soon!! Shout out to Miss Info for this!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Somebody is really listening to me about this red shoe thing. The Skytop, Strapped and Trinity get a nice look of luxury thanks to stunning burgundy leather that features tastefully perforated sections. Available now!!
Coming from DC, a city that has been overlooked by the music industry for so long, it makes me feel really good to see the industry put some focus in to the area. By now you've heard about Wale, Tabi Bonney, and Raheem Devaughn which in my opinion has shown the rest of the industry not to sleep on artists like the one that you may or may not have heard of but will be familiar with by the end of this post. With a buzz that is growing daily, DMV rapper, Lyriciss, has dropped a mixtape today, The Day Job, which will definitely help that buzz grow even more. Lyriciss took some time out of his heavy grind to sit down with Too Hood 4 Hollywood and fill us in on his current project, his future, and the state of hip hop!!
What's good Lyriciss?? You dropped a new mixtape, The Day Job, today and you've got to feel pretty good about it. Tell us what we can expect from it?
Expect some great hip-hop, man. A lot of the new dope hip-hop is very experimental and has a lot of different sounds...genre fusion, singing, etc. Well...I can't sing. (laughs) So I based this tape to be very HEAVY in what I feel is that pure hip-hop feel, the music I was raised on. That way, I could still hold my own in contention with the rest of the new artists, because you can't deny good music at the end of the day.
What are some of the stand out tracks that we should be checking for on "The Day Job"?
"Welcome To Me" stands out for the personal content I put in there...I talked about some truly personal situations on that song. Then you have a track like "Wild" that stands out because of the lyrical exercise put into it. Then there's "Put Ya Hands Up", which stands out for the different type of sound people are hearing from me. Everyone will have a track on the tape that will stand out to them for different reasons though...I think this mixtape is versatile enough where there's enough for everybody to get something out of it.
Who did you work with on "The Day Job"? Did you keep it DC or did you reach out to some other producers and artist?
For the most part, it's very DMV-based. I got features from X.O., Pro'Verb, Cayan, NandoMcFlyy., Deron, RAtheMC, and Mouse aka The Waldorf Posterboy. Got production from my team, Equinox Professionals, in addition to J-$crilla (of Guns-N-Butter/Inner Loop Records), Arafat Yates (of M1 Platoon), David E. Beats, and Cap City. Don't get it twisted, though, I got a little out-of-town love on the tape though. The homie Theo from Rhode Island made a guest appearance on a track, and the homie G-Way from Boston produced a track on there too. I'm always up for working with dope hungry artists...where you're from doesn't matter, as long as you're dope and you love hip-hop like I do. Or rather, you love your art like I do.
Tell me how the whole rapping thing started for you and who are some of your influences.
I started rapping when I was like...9 years old, joe. I started off by just taking other peoples' songs and putting my own words in there. Then I started freestyling at school, hopping into ciphers and battles. From there, I just kept at it and started growing as an artist. I started recording officially when I was 16 years old. So I've been at this for a little minute now. I've always loved hip-hop, ever since a baby. Moms seriously raised me on it. Her CD collection is actually deeper than mine, and she got certified classics...Wu-Tang, Biggie, Jay-Z, all of that. I got in trouble for stealing her CDs when I was younger. (laughs) As far as influences....Big L, Rakim, AZ, Joe Budden, Wale, Kid Cudi...they all play influences into my style.
On one track on "The Day Job", you went in on Lil Wayne's "Misunderstood" and you touched on rappers selling their soul to get in the game. With the rap game being full of auto-tune and so called "ringtone" rap, how do you feel about the current state of rap music right now?
I'm not happy with the mainstream rap game right now...that's just being honest. If I was young with the mindstate I had and the radio was playing what they're playing now, I wouldn't want to be a rapper, more than likely. The mainstream hip-hop scene is very weak...there's no strength or soul in the music anymore. You can't turn on the radio and hear a "Slippin" by DMX. You can't hear a "Juicy" type track anymore. The art has kind of sold itself out for the sake of the dollar, and I don't respect that. At the same time though, I love the newer underground artists and I love my DMV hip-hop scene. I feel like we're the heart of the hip-hop scene...we're keeping the heart beating in hip-hop's chest, you know? That's why I love the blogs so much...they're the new A&Rs. They're the new ears of what's hot, and they give you the option to take it or leave it.
Do you think that the music industry overlooks artists in the DMV? If so why and how do you think that can change?
Yes, we definitely get slept on. There's this misconception that the DMV is strictly go-go, and that's just not true. I feel like the DC hip-hop cats are truer to the spirit of hip-hop than any other region right now, honestly. Artists like Kokayi, Oddisee, Asheru, Enoch, etc., they been doing it forever and they make dope music. So now we have artists like Wale, Tabi Bonney, Marky, Buggsy Malone, Don Juan, RAtheMC...and they're stamping this area as a hip-hop mainstay. So it's on us as artists to join in and keep making quality music to be heard. If you hit the people with nothing but quality, what else can be said?
We both know there is so much talent here in the DMV. If you could make the perfect DMV anthem who would be featured on that track with you and why?
That'd be a long-ass song, joe! (laughs) I can't leave people out, and everybody knows I'm cool with a lot of of the DMV artists, and they're all nice in their own respect. We'd have to do it like Busta did "Touch It" and have a million different remixes to it.
With that said who in the whole music industry would be featured with you on your "dream" song??
I don't know if it'd be one track, but I'm definitely looking to do tracks with AZ, Joe Budden, Skyzoo, Oddisee, Kenn Starr, and Eminem. Oh, and before I die, I need some production from DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, Alchemist, and Pete Rock.
On a personal note, tell me something about Lyriciss that wouldn't necessarily be revealed through your music.
Hmm...what couldn't be shown through my music...um...I'm a very shy dude. Like, super shy. I definitely don't initiate many conversations with people I don't know. I think I definitely sound more confident in my actual songs than I really am.
What do you like to do when you're not making music??
Spend time with my daughter. It hurts, because I don't get to see her as much as I want to because of this career path I'm taking, but I'm doing it for her, so I'm hoping it'll all pay off soon enough. I really need more sleep, but I just don't get the chance to. I like to read. A lot of reading and surfing the net. Or I'm up on the XBOX 360, but that's just as rare as my sleep. Other than that, you might catch me on U St. or in Adams Morgan, chilling. I don't really want to do too much other than that nowadays, because it's too crazy out here.
What does Lyriciss have in store for the future?
More music, man. More music, more success, and bringing as much spotlight to the DMV as possible. Maybe some other ventures in writing, whether it be songwriting or screenplays. Might dabble in radio, since I'm actually certified to do so. I'm a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, so from TV to radio, I'm certified to work in it all. Kids, don't bank on sports and entertainment...none of this shit is guaranteed. Always have a backup plan!
Being an artist on the grind to come up, what would you tell the other young dudes that are either contemplating the rap game or that are rapping and want to start building their buzz??
Learn the business first. The music business is 10% music, 90% business. Learn it YOURSELF. Don't rely on nobody else to do what you're supposed to do, because they'll cheat you out of your bread and won't care. Very rarely is there a friend in this game...learn where to separate friendship and business. Finally...make music that's real to you. Don't let the industry dictate what you need to make. Put your heart into the music you make. If you just want to rap to make money, you might as well stop right now. It's not 1993 anymore...the rap game is now a long-time grind sport...you're not going to be financially stable off of this music in a year or less. Face that. Do this for the love of it or don't do it all.
Good looking my dude on taking some time out to chop it up with us, tell the people how to get in touch with you for shows, features, more songs, etc.
Definitely, man. For any booking or press, get at my publicist, Candice Nicole, at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact me for any reason, my email is email@example.com
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You can download Lyriciss new Mixtape "The Day Job" here!!
I said a while ago that I wasn't going to follow suit and post about it, but I must say Twitter is the best networking site on the net in my personal opinion. But I'm not here to give you the rundown on Twitter but more so to share with you what Twitter has done for me. I've connected with so many interesting people from all walks of life. One of those people is the homie DP, who runs Fashion With A Side of Life. This is where it gets good!! DP thought my outlook on fashion, well in this case sneakers was interesting enough to feature on his site!! This is my 1st feature and it's prepping you for what's to come in the near future!! It's about to get major. Until then check out the "Fashion Spotlight-Eezy-E of 2Hood4Hollywood".
Make sure you continue to check his site out after my feature. He's putting people up on game!! Thanks again DP
Make sure you continue to check his site out after my feature. He's putting people up on game!! Thanks again DP
DeLorean Music Group, Equinox Professionals, & Aplomb Clothing Present...Lyriciss - The Day Job (Mixed By Qaptain Kwess)
Washington, DC (Feb. 20, 2009) – Today marks a new day in the DC/MD/VA music scene. The DMV will be graced by the new mixtape by Lyriciss. It's titled "The Day Job" and has already received rave reviews. The 22 track power packed mixtape which is presented by DeLorean Music Group, Equinox Professionals, & Aplomb Clothing features production by David E. Beats, J.Scrilla, AB The Producer, Equinox Professionals and more. As far as the features, he is joined by RaTheMC, Pro'Verb, Theo, X.O., Cayan, Nando McFlyy, Mouse aka The Waldorf Poster Boy and more.
When asked about his feelings on the mixtape that means a lot to him, Lyriciss says that "This is some of the most honest music you will hear in my career". In addition to Lyriciss' thoughts on his own craft, after listening to an advance copy of "The Day Job", Grammy nominated producer Kokayi stated that this was "Good work, a solid project".
In addition to releasing "The Day Job" on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Lyriciss is now a part of the distinct group of URB's Next 1000. Lyriciss also has a campaign going on to be nominated for the DMV Entertainment Music Awards in the categories of "Best Male Artist" and "Most Likely to Succeed". To vote, please visit www.dmvemas.com. Voting will end on February 20th. For more information on Lyriciss, and to download "The Day Job" please visit his MySpace page at www.myspace.com/lyriciss202.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Dark mauve suede high-top trainers with charcoal calf leather heel, toe cap and contrast trim. Dusty pink satin tongue and padded pink satin above the ankle. Semi-opaque pink rubber runs up the front of the shoe with grey laces and metal eyelets and contrast pink stitching. Thick white rubber sole.
These are some seriously stylish trainers by Lanvin.
Gucci isn't the only designer Nike is gaining inspiration from. Let's take a look at this dope Nike Pucci Pack. Obviously the geometrical pattern comes from Emilio Pucci. The pack includes a Nike Vandal low and a Court Force High both in easter like colors. Guys you'll have to get 2 sizes up cause these are a Woman's pack. More pics inside.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Angel aka Lola Monroe is set to drop her debut mixtape really soon!! Here is just a sample of what you can expect on it. Lola came through and laid a tight verse down on Keri Hilson's hot single "Turnin Me Off"! Uptown stand up!!
I've been saying that I wanted to cop some all red kicks for a minute now! I didn't cop the Supra Skytops when they 1st dropped, or the Big Gulp SB's but my choices are opening up for the Spring 09. Now what will be added to the collection?? We've already seen the red Kanye LV's, the Clae Russells, or these Diet Butchers?? hmmm
Drizzy Drake has been the talk of the internet since the "So Far Gone" mixtape has dropped. Here's a bonus track for you and he continues to up the ante for the new rappers. If you haven't downloaded the mixtape yet, you can do so here!!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Check out the visuals for one of my favorite songs off of T.I.'s Paper Trail. I know people have a lot of different opinions on T.I.'s situation and I refuse to speak on it because I don't know what the real story is. You can't believe what the media says. But what I can say is that I love the moves he's making at this point in his career and managed to stay on top of things when a lot of folks thought he was down for the count!! Got to salute him for that!! Paper Trail in stores now!!
This piece was done by Above in Portugal. They did 250 prints of this pic which sold out almost ASAP and gave 100% of the profits to homeless shelters. I think its dope!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I'm going to keep this short and sweet!! Well my first thought is that it is February 14th. That's about where it stops!! I think that Valentine's Day is the most over rated day of the calender year!! I don't think this because I am lonely or bitter. I think it because when you have that special person in your life, everyday should be a so called "valentines day". How can my romantic dinner today top the one I gave you yesterday or how can our trip to NY for the weekend be more special than the last 12 trips we took!! This day is just another scheme to make the Hallmark family rich!! LMAO I say this to say make everyday a special, romantic one with the one you love!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
If you are into sneakers and not hip to Grand High, I think its about time you get familiar. These dudes are doing some dope work!
Grand High is a DC area based company that produces high quality custom sneakers, t-shirts, skateboard decks, as well as album cover art and inserts. Known for using detailed application of paints, fabric and animal skin to our custom sneaker creations, Grand High custom sneakers are one of a kind originals for true sneaker enthusiast and collectors.
Looking to add their flair and creativity to different products and events, Grand High has collaborated with several leading corporations including K-Swiss (Limited Edition Grand High shoe, K-Spray International Stencil Art Tour), Sneaker Pimps (live sneaker customizations at Sneaker Pimps events in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York) Adidas, Heineken, Scion and Yaris. Grand High has also created exclusive custom designs for some of your favorite celebrities including Lil Wayne, Bow Wow, ?uestlove and Kamal(The Roots), NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas, Fat Joe and Dave Chappelle.
They launched http://www.grandhighonline.com/ on 1/1/09. The website launched with several of their past custom creations and a limited edtion crewneck, seen above.
Check inside to see how dope their work is and make sure you holla them when you ready for them 1 of 1's!!