The Godfathers, Kool G Rap and Necro, have collided universes to bring an unexpected, yet incredibly dope collaboration album. Necro has successfully operated his independent label, Psycho+Logical-Records, for over 15 years, known for “death rap” and his most popular song, “I Need Drugs”. Kool G Rap is one of the greatest influences for emcees of all-time, since The Juice Crew’s single “The Symphony” and being the first mafioso, gangsta rapper since 1989. The Godfather’s album, Once Upon A Crime, includes 16-tracks, entirely produced by Necro himself. Fans can expect to hear the raw, New York street sound that they’ve grown to love from both artists. Check out this video where they discuss how the relationship formed and the collaboration project came to fruition. Purchase Once Upon A Crime here.
Adil Omar is an emcee and singer from Islamabad, Pakistan. He began writing lyrics at age 9 and recorded his first song at age 14. At 17, he left school to pursue a music career. Releasing songs on social media outlets generated a following, and in 2008, Adil was invited by B-Real of Cypress Hill to record a collaboration song in Los Angeles. In 2009, Adil collaborated with Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) and DJ Solo (Soul Assassins) on a protest song, “Spookshow”. In 2013, Adil released his debut album, The Mushroom Cloud Effect. Production was handled by Fredwreck, DJ Lethal, DJ Solo, Apathy, and more, along with features from Xzibit, B-Real, Everlast, Kool G Rap, Sick Jacken, and Greydon Square.
The Arcitype is a producer and engineer from Boston, MA. Born in NYC, his father enrolled him in music school at a young age. His family moved to western Massachussetts where he began playing the piano, and the guitar soon after. Arcitype played lead guitar in a blues/funk band and toured the east coast between 1998-2000. In 2002, he had set up a home studio and focused on producing hip hop music for the blues samples that he grew up on. He moved to Boston to pursue an audio production degree at Emerson College. Arcitype built relationships with the local talent and established a studio in Cambridge called The Bridge Sound & Stage. He runs the record label AR Classic Records and has collaborated with many great artists including Craig G, Kool G Rap , Scarface, Smif-N-Wessun, Termanology, Vinnie Paz, and many others. In 2012, Arcitype teamed up with Ruste Juxx of Boot Camp Clikk to joint-release the album V.I.C. with Duck Down Music.
DJ Cool V from the Juice Crew talks about his cousin, Biz Markie. As a New Jersey native, Cool V was taken to Queens, NY to visit Marley Marl. He remembers the respect that New York showed him and the words of Biz from early on.
Will is a hip hop producer, originally from Philadelphia and now residing in Minnesota. He is a member of the hip hop production duo, LEVEL 13, along with his brother Steve. They have produced for great artists such as Ras Kass, Chino XL, Jakk Frost, Kool G Rap, Jus Allah (Jedi Mind Tricks), Baby Black, and many others.
Scram Jones is an emcee, DJ, and Grammy-nominated producer from New Rochelle, NY. Upon hearing the Fat Boys and Run DMC in elementary school, he began breakdancing and learning the turntables. After years of teaching himself to scratch, mix, and blend, Scram’s turntabling skills allowed him to win second place in the 2003 east coast finals of Guitar Center’s DJ Battles. He received three consecutive nominations for Best Mixtape Producer at the Justo Mixtape Awards. Scram’s production debut was on Tragedy Khadafi’s album Still Reporting, and later produced singles for Jae Millz, Terror Squad, Black Rob, and Remy Ma. In 1999, Scram released his first record, Liquid Heat. In 2000, he helped start the End Of The Weak, which became New York’s longest running hip hop open mic in history. In 2001, Scram won first place in Tommy Hilfiger’s National Demo Contest, which led to a feature in The Source’s Unsigned Hype section. Scram has toured the world DJing for Raekwon, Kool G Rap, N.O.R.E., and Saigon. He was nominated for a Grammy for producting the record “Your Girl” from Mariah Carey’s multi-platinum album, The Emancipation of Mimi. In 2013, Scram entirely produced Styles P’s latest album, Float.
Steve is a hip hop producer from Philadelphia, PA. Together with his brother Will who lives in Minnesota, they are the production duo LEVEL 13. The two have provided production for Kool G Rap, Ras Kass, Cashis, Chino XL, Rampage, Jakk Frost, Jus Allah (Jedi Mind Tricks), Baby Black, and many other artists.
The White Shadow Of Norway is a hip hop producer and DJ from Norway. In 1988 and 1989, he won two DMC Norwegian mixing championships, and then moved to New York to DJ at many popular clubs. As an extended member of Boogie Down Productions, Shadow landed cuts and co-production on Jamalski’s song “Hangin’ Tree”, which was used on the soundtrack for the film Last Action Hero. Moving back to Norway in the mid 90s, Shadow had begun collaborating with Craig G, The Roots, Kool G Rap, Army Of The Pharaohs, Supastition, Tash (Tha Alkaholiks), Easy Mo Bee, and many more. In 2004, he won the award for Best Turntablist at the Norwegian Hip Hop Awards. Shadow runs his own label, Uncut Productions, with releases from Mark Deez, Next Universe, The Pizdamen, and himself. Check out his latest album 666, with features from KRS One, Raekwon, Celph Titled, Immortal Technique, King Magnetic, Outerspace, Cappadonna, Copywrite, Crooked I, and more.
The White Shadow Albums
The White Shadow – 666 (2012)
The White Shadow – Savage (2011)
The White Shadow – Instrumentals 2 (2011)
The White Shadow – Destiny (2010)
The White Shadow – Victory (2009)
The White Shadow – Instrumentals (2008)
The White Shadow – Untouchable (2007)
The White Shadow – Renegades (2005)
The White Shadow – Back To The True School (2003)
Veterano is a multi-genre producer from northern California’s Bay Area. He has produced for Joe Budden, Kam Moye, Kool G Rap, Nino Bless, Planet Asia, Ras Kass, Royce Da 5’9″, Skillz, Slaughterhouse, and many more. Veterano recently signed to the label 3sixty5 Records for a three album deal. The first project, Good Form, being a conceptual and experimental album, along with filming three music videos.
“Naturally Born” is a single from the upcoming Coalmine Records compilation, Unearthed. This track features Juice Crew legend Kool G Rap, Main Source frontman Large Professor, and Mobb Deep affiliate Big Noyd. Veteran producer Ayatollah from Queens laces the beat. Additional appearances from Unearthed include Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, The Artifacts, Apathy, Rah Digga, Fashawn, Billy Danze, Torae, and more.
Bumpy Knuckles, aka Freddie Foxxx, is an emcee from Long Island, NY. At age 10, he recorded his 1986 debut as Freddie C on a 12″ by Surpeme Force. In 1989, he released the album Freddie Foxxx Is Here, produced entirely by Eric B. After appearances on records with Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Boogie Down Productions, and Naughty By Nature, Bumpy recorded Crazy Like A Foxxx in 1994. He later collaborated with Gang Starr and M.O.P. before starting his own label, Kjac, and receiving distribution in 2000 for his second official album, Industry Shakedown. With production from DJ Premier, Diamond D, and Pete Rock, the album was a success, leading into Bumpy’s third official album in 2003, The Konexion. In 2012, Bumpy has released collaboration albums with DJ Premier and Statik Selektah.
The Brownsville Mash Out Posse performs their world famous hit “Ante Up” for a packed crowd in New York City. Check out Lil Fame’s interview with TheBeeShine.
Meyhem Lauren is an emcee from Queens, NY. His style is reminiscent of 90s hip hop. Meyhem’s debut appearance was on DJ J-Love’s 2004 mixtape, King Of What I Do Pt. 6. He’s been featured on countless mixtapes, DVDs, and consistent rotation on radio shows such as The Halftime Show, Squeeze Radio, Industry Shakedown Radio, and more. After working closely with J-Love for a few years, they collaborated on an album in 2010, Acknowledge Greatness with features from Ghostface Killah, Kool G Rap, M.O.P., Cormega, Large Professor, AZ, Cappadonna, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Roc Marciano, Thirstin Howl The 3rd, and more. In 2011, Meyhem released the two-disc album, Self-Induced Illness, which is a collection of unreleased songs with Just Blaze, Action Bronson, Raekwon, PF Cuttin, and more. In 2012, Meyhem released a highly praised mixtape, Respect The Fly Shit.
DJ JS-1 is a turntablist and producer from Queens, NY. Starting out in the late 80s, he is one of the few remaining hip hop DJs that produces his own albums, tours the globe, releases quality mixes, and maintains a high level of integrity. As a member of the Rock Steady Crew and partner with Rahzel, the world’s most famous beatboxer, JS-1 has toured the globe performing over 1,200 shows in over 40 countries. He has additionally toured with KRS-One and has appeared on television in multiple countries, known for scratching with his foot. JS-1’s Ground Original album series includes songs from hip hop pioneers and underground lyricists as “all-star lineup” collaborations over his production. Check out his mixes on Blogspot and performance videos here. In 2011, JS released the album, No One Cares: Ground Original 3, and is finishing his upcoming album, It Is What It Isn’t.
Masta Ace is an emcee from Brooklyn, NY. In 1988, he joined The Juice Crew, alongside Marley Marl, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, and Craig G on hip hop’s most important posse cut, “The Symphony”. Ace’s first full length album was produced by Marley Marl in 1990, titled Take A Look Around. In 1993, he released the classic album Slaughtahouse. In 1994, Ace became a member of the Crooklyn Dodgers, formed for the release of Spike Lee’s movie, Crooklyn, along with Special Ed and Buckshot. The group recorded the title track of the album soundtrack. In 1995, Ace released another classic album, Sittin’ On Chrome. After releasing two more albums that were connected by storylines, Disposable Arts (2001) and A Long Hot Summer (2004), Ace teamed up with Wordsworth, Punchline, and Stricklin to form the group eMC. The group released an album called The Show in 2008. In 2009, Masta Ace joined forces with Boston rapper Edo G to release Arts & Entertainment. In 2012, Masta Ace released MA Doom: Son Of Yvonne, produced entirely by MF Doom. In addition, a 10th anniversary release of Disposable Arts will be released, featuring new recordings of songs from the album with a live band.
From Queens, NY, Large Professor is an emcee and producer, best known as a founding member of the pioneering hip hop group Main Source. As a teenager, Professor made pause tapes, in which he paused a beat and blended it with other sequences. He eventually owned a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard to make beats at home and became a protege of the late Paul C, a record producer and musician. While Paul C was producing for Eric B. & Rakim and Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud, Professor was given the opportunity to program beats for Eric B. & Rakim’s 1990 album Let The Rhythm Hit Em. Professor soon discovered Nas, who received a management deal with MC Serch’s label Serchlite Publishing and produced three tracks on Nas’ 1994 debut album Illmatic, arguably one of the best hip hop albums ever recorded. Professor then contributed to Kool G Rap & DJ Polo’s 1990 album Dead Or Alive, producing the lead single “Streets Of New York”. Main Source released their debut album in 1991, Breaking Atoms. The album included “Live At The Barbeque”, which was Nas’ first appearance on a track. In 1992, Main Source recorded the single “Fakin’ The Funk” for the White Men Can’t Jump Soundtrack. Large Professor produced for many other influential artists in the 90s including Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Busta Rhymes, Masta Ace, The X-Ecutioners, Tragedy Khadafi, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, and more. Professor released two instrumental albums, a number of solo albums, and most recently teamed up with Neek The Exotic to release the 2011 album Still On The Hustle.
The Grammy-nominated emcee and producer releases a dope music video for the single off his street album The Hat Trick. Download it here.
From Paterson, NJ, Just Blaze is one of the most popular producers in the entertainment industry. Introduced to EPMD’s music by his older cousin, Just Blaze became interested in production, and later left college after three years to pursue a production career. Whle producing for well known artists in the late 1990s, he was earned a spot on Jay-Z’s album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. Just Blaze soon became an in-house producer for Roc-A-Fella alongside Kanye West. In 2002, Just Blaze became a household name for the production of Cam’ron’s popular single “Oh Boy”. He went on to produce for Snoop Dogg, Usher, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Buckshot, Ras Kass, Prodigy, Erick Sermon, Diddy, Jay Electronica, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Saigon, Beanie Sigel, The Game, DMX, T.I., Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah, Fabolous, Freeway, Joe Budden, MF Doom, Kool G Rap, and more. After Jay-Z’s retirement in 2004, Just Blaze created his own label Fort Knocks Entertainment with the help of Atlantic Records and signed New York emcee Saigon.
!llmind is a hip hop producer from Bloomfield, NJ. He first appeared on the scene in 2001 at Beat Society, one of the first ever live producer events, where he showcased with Kanye West and Just Blaze. Illmind made a name for himself by producing for Little Brother, Boot Camp Clik, Akrobatik, El Da Sensei, Diamond D, KRS-One, and more. In 2005, !llmind released an album with Symbolyc One called The Art Of OneMind, which features Ghostface Killah and many other emcees. In 2006, Sha Money XL signed Illmind and helped him produce for artists such as Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Lloyd Banks, Prodigy, Kool G Rap, Redman, Scarface, LL Cool J, and more. Since then, !llmind has released several albums, one with Skyzoo called Live From The Tape Deck. !llmind’s own full-length instrumental album is called Beh!nd The Curta!n. He also plays executive producer for three separate groups; Fortilive, SunZoo, and Smokey Robotic. !llmind taught Music Production Business courses from 2007-2009 at one of NYC’s largest non-profit organizations, Harlem Children’s Zone. Recently, he was hired at the Clive Davis Department Of Recorded Music at NYU as a Technical Music Instructor for a program called Future Music Moguls. Even further, he’s established a bi-weekly producer showcase in NYC called B.L.A.P. (Beats, Love, Alcohol, & Party), which allows upcoming and established producers to showcase music in a club atmosphere.
From Long Island, NY, Bernadette Giacomazzo is the associate editor of LatinTrends Magazine, the news editor for GO Magazine, a freelance writer, and a professional photographer represented by Splash News and PR Photos. Bernadette is also the head of publicity for the G-Unit Riderz, and is involved with many initiatives for the G-Unit brand. In the past, she worked as a publicist for hip hop legend Kool G Rap, where her efforts lead to countless interviews, placements, and magazine reviews in The Source. Bernadette has worked as a promoter, marketer, publicist, music supervisor, and musician’s advocate as the owner of Akasha Multimedia. She co-wrote a book with Melissa Deskovic, titled Swimming With Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide To Success (and Failure) In The Business Of Music. As a full-time editor, photographer, and writer, Bernadette continues to work with A-list clientele in the increasingly competitive entertainment industry. She has begun work on her second book, titled Mr. Faded Glory: A Daughter’s Journey Through Her Father’s Alzheimer’s Disease. It was announced that Bernadette would be hosting a mixtape by artist RedJak, presented by ThisIs50.com and co-hosted by Young Jack Thriller and Shawty Lo.
From New York, NY, VICEVERSAH is an emcee that began performing in open mics at age 15. Influenced by Guns N Roses, Nirvana, The Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine, Doc Cheatham, The Notorious B.I.G., and Led Zeppelin, VICE linked up with producer The Arcitype in 2003 and dropped out of NYU. In 2006, his debut album was released, titled “Career Suicide”. VICE was selected as one of URB Magazine’s Next 100 Artists. In 2008, he released an album titled “James & The Giant Beats”, with features from hip hop legends Kool G Rap, Edo G, and Killa Sha. In 2011, VICE released his latest album, titled “Shine Not Burn”. Support quality hip hop by buying VICEVERSAH’s music, and be sure to watch his music video for the single “League Of The Pros”. Also, keep an eye out for AR Classic Records and watch the music video collaboration for the song “We Came To Rock”.
From Brooklyn, NY, Domingo is a veteran hip hop producer with a huge career influence by the legendary Marley Marl. Since 1992, Domingo made a name for himself by producing for Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Big Punisher, Kool G Rap, KRS-One, Angie Martinez, Chubb Rock, Craig Mack, Das EFX, Dilated Peoples, Fat Joe, Hurricane G, Immortal Technique, Joell Ortiz, Masta Ace, and more. His compilation albums also include many of these pioneering hip hop artists. Domingo’s production style varies, from New York grit to unique soul to Latin. Domingo has even produced score music for movies such as Carlito’s Way, One Tough Cop, and Bones. Domingo is the founder of Deranged Music Inc and Beats4Tunes.com, where artists can purchase affordable beats for their projects, as well as marketing services.
From Washington, DC, Napoleon Da Legend is an emcee that many reviewers have compared to 90′s hip hop legends such as Kool G Rap, Rakim, Nas, and Prodigy. Napoleon has collaborated with artists around the country and even Europe, and his episode of “Spittin’ In Da Wip” was aired on BET. In 2010, Napoleon released his debut album, The Myth Or The Legend, critically acclaimed by the hip hop publications and blogosphere as a “must-have” for true hip hop fans.