Posts tagged “freestyle

What Inspires Stretch Armstrong

Stretch Armstrong is producer and DJ from New York City. He earned a reputation for spinning at many of New York’s downtown clubs and in 1990, landed a show on Columbia University’s WKCR station with Bobbito Garcia. On the four-hour show, Stretch played new music, breakbeats, early classics, and allowed many guests to freestyle. The show became an important figure in the hip hop community, with The Source Magazine naming the Stretch & Bobbito “the best hip hop mix show of all-time”. Many then-unknown artists went on to become some of the most successful icons in the music industry, including The Notorious BIG, Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, Mobb Deep, Big L, The Wu-Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, and more. Stretch has produced records for Lil Kim, Capone-N-Noreaga, Mobb Deep, Eminem, 50 Cent, and more. He continues to DJ in clubs in New York and around the world.


What Inspires Craig G

Craig G is an emcee from Queens, NY. At age 12, he recorded the single “Shout” with Marley Marl and was featured with The Juice Crew on the hit song “The Symphony” in 1988. Craig signed with Atlantic Records and released two albums, The Kingpin (1989) and Now, That’s More Like It (1991). His third album, This Is Now, was released in 2003, featuring DJ Premier, Marley Marl, and Da Beatminerz. Craig is also known for defeating Supernatural in a freestyle battle in 1997. In the early 2000s, Craig wrote the battle verses for Eminem’s film, 8 Mile. The following year, he wrote lyrics for 50 Cent’s film, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. In 2012, Craig released his latest album, Ramblings Of An Angry Old Man.


What Inspires Crooked I

Crooked I is an emcee from Long Beach, CA. He first appeared on 19th Street LBC Compilation and Straight Outta Cali from Big C-Style’s record label. At age 17, he started an independent record company with NFL players Chuckie Miller and Leonard Russell. Crooked was featured on the soundtracks Ride and Caught Up, collaborating with Luniz, Snoop Dogg, and Tha Eastsidaz. He later signed to Death Row Records and recorded two unreleased albums, along with a mixtape, Westcoasanostra Vol. 1, that was released in 2003. In 2004, Crooked left Death Row and released the mixtape, Young Boss Vol. 1. In 2005, he released another mixtape, Boss Music, and recorded two songs with produer and original member of The Roots, Scott Storch. In 2006, Crooked released the mixtape, Young Boss Vol. 2, and a DVD, Life After Death Row. In 2008, Crooked linked up with Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Nino Bless to record “Slaughterhouse” on Budden’s album, Halfway House. Four of them formed the group named after the song and they released several songs in 2009 as well as a full-length, self-titled album. Crooked continues to balance his solo career and group responsibilities on Shady Records. His latest album in 2013, Apex Predator, features Tech N9ne and producers Mr. Porter, StreetRunner, Cardo, and more.


What Inspires Joell Ortiz

Joell Ortiz is an emcee from Brooklyn, NY. He built a following with his series of “125 Grams” songs and later met with Dr. Dre in California to sign with Aftermath. In 2007, Joell released his debut album, The Brick: Bodega Chronicles, on Koch Records. The album includes production from Alchemist, Showbiz, Domingo, Lil Fame, Moss, and more. Guest features include Akon, Big Daddy Kane, Big Noyd, Styles P, M.O.P, Immortal Technique, and more. In 2008, Joell recorded a verse for Joe Budden’s album, Halfway House. The song also featured Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9″, and Nino Bless, titled “Slaughterhouse”. Four of them decided to form a group and named it after their first song together. They released a self-titled album in 2009 with production from Alchemist, DJ Khalil, Mr. Porter, and more. In 2010, the group signed to Shady Records and released Slaughterhouse EP in 2011. Also in 2011, Joell released his second official album, Free Agent. In 2012, Slaughterhouse released their second official album, Welcome To: Our House, and Joell is finishing his next solo album, Yaowa.


What Inspires Chaz Kangas

Chaz Kangas is an emcee and freelance journalist, originally from Minneapolis, MN. Now living in NYC, Chaz covers music, film, and pop culture in his editorials. His contributions are featured in the New York Times, Village Voice, LA Weekly, Citypages, Complex, and many others. He also teaches an after-school music program in New York for high school students. Chaz is currently co-authoring an autobiography for R.A. The Rugged Man. His official album, A Personal Reference, was released in 2011 with features from J57, Mac Lethal, Homeboy Sandman, and Alaska (Hangar 18).

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ShoreShot Freestyle on TheBeeShine

Brick, NJ emcee ShoreShot shares his thoughts in a freestyle for TheBeeShine. Check out his single “Sho Love”, a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims. All proceeds from iTunes purchases are donated to Holy Family St. Vincent de Paul in Union Beach, NJ.


Dizaster explains his method of freestyling

Battle rap phenomenon Dizaster details how he learned to continuously freestyle and “black out” without taking a break.

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Dizaster comments on fans naming him the best battle rapper

Dizaster talks about his mindset as a battle rapper and an inside perspective from what the fans are discussing online.

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What Inspires poRICH

poRICH is an emcee from Whitby, Ontario. He made a name for himself by competing in the 2007 JumpOff World Rap Championships with partner Kid Twist. They displayed a grueling effort of hours upon hours of freestyle battling and went to the finals in NYC to compete against Illmaculate and The Saurus. poRICH has gained notoriety for competing in King Of The Dot, Canada’s premier battle league, and has faced off against some of the top competitors in North America after winning the championship chain.

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Dizaster on the current state of battle rap & mainstream appeal

One of the world’s most popular battle rappers Dizaster talks about battle rap being recognized in the mainstream and it’s growth potential.

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Dizaster talks upcoming URL battle against T-Rex

Dizaster, one of today’s most popular battle rappers in the world, comments on his upcoming battle against another top competitor, T-Rex. See what he says about preparing for the match-up and his thoughts on a potential loss.

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Dizaster explains why Canibus pulled out the notebook

Dizaster speaks on his historical battle against Canibus, and the reason behind the devastating and unforgettable moment in battle rap.

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What Inspires Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship

Myka 9 is an emcee and producer from Los Angeles, CA. He is a founding member of Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D’Etat, and Magic Heart Genies. In 1987, he ghost-wrote two tracks on N.W.A.’s debut album, N.W.A. & The Posse. Known for rapid-fire, jazz-influenced, melodic rapping, Myka was instrumental in the hip hop scene at the Good Life Cafe in the early 90s. In 1993, Freestyle Fellowship released their second album, Innercity Griots, which became a landmark of Los Angeles hip hop. In the late 90s, Myka joined emcees Aceyalone and Abstract Rude to form Haiku D’Etat. Myka is featured in the hip hop documentary Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme, as well as the award-winning documentary, This Is the Life, chronicling the music movement that was birthed at The Good Life Cafe in South Central, Los Angeles.


Oakland Cypher with Animal Planet & Rollin’ Rockers

Bay Area veterans Pass, Apes, Lush One, and Plex Rock link up with TheBeeShine in Oakland, CA for an exclusive freestyle cypher.

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Rollin’ Rockers “So Everywhere” live in Oakland

Lush One and Plex Rock perform their single “So Everywhere” exclusively for TheBeeShine, from the project BANGBANG! EP. The project was produced by Phillip Drummond and released on Chinese Man Records.

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What Inspires CF (Constant Flow)

CF is an emcee from Jersey City, NJ. With a rough upbringing from the absence of his father, the murder of his friend, and abandonment of others, CF has battled his way through life. He worked at making his freestyle replicate written rhyme schemes, so he wouldn’t need to write verses. CF has won several battles, including End Of The Weak, Bragging Rites, MC War East, Fight Club, and many others. In 2011, he released an album with Creative Juices Music, Storm Mode, followed up by the 2012 album, The Road.


What Inspires Hommy Hom

Hommy Hom is an emcee from Irvington, NJ. He has become well-known for his freestyle ability and competing heavily in the battle rap circuit. In 2006 and 2007, he teamed up with Piff James to compete in JumpOff’s 2-On-2 World Rap Championships. There are countless battles on YouTube, and Hom’s most popular solo battles are against Syanide in 2007 and Prestige in 2008. Hom has signed recording deals with Dante Ross, Loud Records, and Columbia Records, all which never met fruition. He won first place in The Source’s Sound Lab contest and appeared in Eminem’s film 8 Mile. Check out Hom’s music video for “Relax N Go” and support quality hip hop by downloading his mixtapes listed below.

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Hommy Hom Mixtapes

Hommy Hom – Unreleased 2 (2010)
Hommy Hom – Unreleased (2010)
Hommy Hom – Hom Vol. 2 N Change (2010)
Hommy Hom – Hom Vol. 2 (2010)
Hommy Hom – Hom Vol. 1 1/2 (2010)


What Inspires D-Stroy

D-Stroy is an emcee, DJ, producer, actor, and event host from Brooklyn, NY. He won a talent show in 7th grade by rhyming, and met DJ Tony Touch in 9th grade while working at a record store. The two formed a group called Touch & D-Stroy. At age 17, D-Stroy toured the east coast with Run-DMC and Naughty By Nature. He later created a group called The Arsonists with friends Jise, Freestyle, Q-Unique, and Swel. The group landed a contract with Bobbito’s Fondle Em Records and released two underground classic singles called “The Session” (1996) and “Blaze” (1998). In 1999, the group’s debut album released, As The World Burns, followed by Date Of Birth in 2001. Later that year, D-Stroy’s solo single, “Roll Out”, was released and he went on to tour with The X-Ecutioners. D-Stroy contributed vocal work to artists such as Atari Teenage Riot and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). He’s hosted events, modeling for sponsors, and appearing in film, radio, and video games. In 2011, D-Stroy released the mixtape, More Than Beats & Rhymes. He is currently promoting a romantic comedy feature film with Mr. Complex called The Funny Thing About Making Sex and appears in the original web series, East Willy B.


What Inspires Wordsworth

Wordsworth is an emcee from Brooklyn, NY. As graduate of SUNY College at Old Westbury, he met rhyming partner Punchline and recorded the Punch N Words EP in 2000. Together they appeared on A Tribe Called Quest’s album, The Love Movement, and on Mos Def & Talib Kweli’s self-titled Black Star album. In addition, Wordsworth starred in the MTV comedy sketch series Lyricist Lounge, which he co-created and scripted. In 2004, he released his solo debut album, Mirror Music. Over the years, Wordsworth has gained notoriety by performing on radio shows with Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito, and The Wake Up Show with Sway & Tech. Wordsworth is also a member of the group eMC, alongside Masta Ace, Punchline, and Stricklin. Wordsworth appears in the Kevin Fitzgerald film Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme among other film and television career ventures. In 2012, Wordsworth released his highly anticipated album The Photo Album.


Exclusive Tricky P Freestyle

Toronto emcee Tricky P drops an exclusive freestyle for TheBeeShine. Tricky is one of the more popular artists in Canada, known mostly for his battles in King Of The Dot and slowly building a loyal fan base to his music.


What Inspires Voss

Voss is an emcee from Philadelphia, PA. He freestyles, he battles, and makes genuine music from the heart. He has competed in the Red Bull Emsee Challenge, Grind Time Now, and has shared stages with Method Man, Redman, Talib Kweli, Bun B, Joell Ortiz, Schoolly D, The Coup, and more. Check out Voss’ music videos for “V-Otis” and “Wasted Talent”.


What Inspires Drect

Drect is an emcee, videographer, manager, and founder of the world’s largest rap battle league Grind Time Now. From Houston, TX, Drect competed in JumpOff’s 2007 World Rap Championships in the Atlanta division with freestyle partner Hemisphere. Soon after, Drect began seeking talent to organize and film battles in a pre-written format which became Grind Time Now. He has even competed against ZM and the first 2-on-2 male/female battle with himself & Young Gattas against Swave Sevah & QB. Currently Drect is managing Philly Swain, Brixx Belvedere, and Young Gattas. He has moved on from Grind Time Now and is organizing a new movement called Rap Grid.


Dumbfoundead – “Cool & Calm” (Official Music Video)

International hip hop artist Dumbfoundead from Los Angeles’ Koreatown releases another dope music video. This single is from the album DFD, available on iTunes. Check out Dumbfoundead’s interview on TheBeeShine!


Big Lou – “Voices” (Official Music Video)

Camden, NJ representer Big Lou teams up with Camden’s greatest emcees to bring you the music video from this heavy posse cut. Guest features include Geraldo Rivera, T. Sabotage, Point Black, Mr.Fickle, Ayo, Hamillionz, Porta Rich, & Shakil.