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ABYSS DA DARK

You guys know that I’m all about my underground artists. This guy right here is no stranger to the underground scene or my blog. I got him to give me an exclusive interview for audioEMIT. Abyss Da Dark is hard at work on his new EP, which he gives me a bit of info on…

How about I just give you guys the scope. Here’s my interview w/ Abyss.

Brooklyn, NY MC. Raised off that NY boom bap rap. Fell in love with the lyrical, story telling aspect of it. Now I create whatever comes to my heart.”

Read more on Abyss Da Dark… »»

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ASHLEY FREEZE

facebook_-1058474292I met this charming young woman in 2009, both of us working for what seems like the most insane, image driven company of this era. I wouldn’t call her quiet, but once she became focused, her concentration was hard to break.. Who would’ve thought 5 years later, that focus would become infallible determination & she would be telling her story on AEMNYC. And though her story is just beginning, her list of accomplishments is extensive. I’ll give you a few to drool over & then I’ll let her words speak for themselves.

- Attended SUNY Oswego. Recently graduated on May 17th, 2014 as a McNair Scholar with a Bachelors of Arts in History & the ultimate goal of becoming an Africana Psychologist.

- Founded the mentoring program Higher Horizons, which pairs college students w/ youth in detention centers.

- Founding member of the Oswego chapters of the NAACP, ABPsi & NABSE, holding executive office for each.

If you didn’t get the picture yet, she is a woman with a young, vibrant fire. She has passion for what she studies & the work she does. She is determined. She has the know how to exploit her opportunities. She is a young black woman with power, in a position of power, at the age of 22.

She is…

Powerhouse. Young Womanhood. Ashley Freeze

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THE BKBOYEEZ

Big Up to my Brooklynites in this one…

These are your average Brooklyn natives that just so happen to rap, have a blog and … own their own bow tie company. Wasn’t expecting that one, huh? The company is called brueklen., it’s run by a group called the BKBOYEEZ and the ties are awesome. I actually wouldn’t have thought to put a bow tie in my fashion arsenal until I seen a couple of their pieces in the collection. I’m kinda upset my favorite one is sold out (-__-) LOL. But anyway, the latest installment of Tell Your Story w/ the BKBOYEEZ…

“All we wanna do is create. Create dope ideals, break barriers, meet like-minded enthusiasts, cyph & create some more! I mean c’mon- we got fashion. We write music. We love art. We cultured and We REP BROOKLYN! ..Crazy isn’t it?” – BKBOYEEZ

Read more on the BKBOYEEZ and brueklen. … »»

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BLURUM13

Today we’re interviewing James Sobers, better known as BluRum13. He’s a Maryland grown artist (by way of NYC) who is completely versatile, with past influences greatly shaping his “Unversal” rap flow. His rap flow has traveled the globe, granting him high praise and exposure to knowledge from some of the greats.

The Funginears… KRS1, The Fugees, Cool Herc
Public Enemy, DJ Grandtheft… Luke Vibert
DJ Vadim…

How did it feel working with them?

Collectively, it’s amazing to be grouped with any kind of talent that you admire or respect. Individually, they’re just that. Those who I shared studio time with, we tend to have a deeper creative understanding of each other. From those I shared the stage with, I got wisdom and advice, which is something you get if you’re lucky. People like Vadim and Koala I was in bands for years with and did many creative projects with. When you can work through an entire project with someone, the chemistry is such…

Read more on BluRum13… »»

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CRYSTAL WATERS

Dance music was huge in the 90s, but kind of slipped off in the early 2000s. It’s recently made a huge resurgence and 90s Dance came with it… well, a very important part of it, anyway.

For my 80s babies, and some from the 90s, this woman needs no introduction. I mentioned to a few people who I was doing a post on and they immediately started singing her songs. I had the awesome opportunity to interview a great in the 90s Dance music world, and you know I love me some 90s music, Ms. Crystal Waters.

When you hear the name Crystal Waters, you immediately think of a woman whose talent and brand has sustained her 20-year career, yet the breadth of her work continues to engage new fans and please her enormous base…

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DAVID E. BEATS

He is a man of few words until he has a mic in hand, David E. Beats rather let his lyrical repertoire do the talking for him. Short and sweet, but here it is. Tell Your Story w/ the lone member of WHB, David E. Beats.

“I am the lone member because no one can express me except me. … My style of music is dopesauceness and fresh. I mix all genres, and play what comes from my heart.

I listen to alot of rock, like Muse, Mastadon, and rappers like Kanye and TI. I try to keep it diverse as well. Throwing in some Beirut, etc.”

Read more on David E. Beats… »»

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DUMI RIGHT

Traveling and collaboration is part of the job when you’re an artist and this man is no exception. His world travels and world collaborations do little to describe his lyrics and overall outlook on hip hop culture. ANOTHER dope artist from Ariel Publicity for your reading pleasure.

Dumi RIGHT’s latest album, Connect The Dots, is his first solo project and features emcees from across Africa – including Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. The album is a metaphor for unity across the continent; it connects each unique part of the continent through the collective creation of the hip hop record.

Read more on DUMI Right… »»

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EZRA LETRA (FORMERLY AL BASICS)

I’m here, reppin’ for the underground artists once again. This time, I have an article on an poet/emcee who is a Queens, NY native, implanted into Tucson, AZ. He only looked back to NY once, ultimately deciding it was best for him out in the Southwest. His poetry will grab you. His lyrics will excite you. His interesting style will make you want more.

Poets, Underground and Mainstream music fans alike… Get into Al Basics…

“Life is my biggest inspiration. I’ve been blessed with the gift of perception and I see poetry everywhere. Musically: Nirvana, Tupac Shakur, Lupe Fiasco, Joe Budden, Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Joy Division, and Aesop Rock would be my short list. My third biggest inspiration is Literature and the short list is:Cormac McCarthy, Saul Williams, Ezra Pound, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Jorge Luis Borges, and Edgar Allan Poe.”

Read more on AL BASICS… »»

Read our latest interview with AL BASICS… »»

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JACLYN ROSE

A few nights ago, I attended The Rose Garden Debut Show, featuring the lovely Jaclyn Rose, who I met while working the CMJ Music Marathon last year. She was very entertaining and engaging, singing an impromptu happy birthday to 2 women in the crowd and putting on a great show with her live band. I got a chance to catch up with Jaclyn after the show…

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a show where singers are vocally GOOD! … Her music felt vibrant, eclectic and cultural all at once. The way she engaged the audience makes me rate her 10 for a great performance. I can’t wait to see her perform again. I’ll be waaaaaaay in front this time. – Omari Atiba, aEM

Read more on Jaclyn Rose… »»

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JENSEN REED

This guy is pretty dope, to say the least… and we get to tell you all about him in this edition of Tell Your Story. We’ve got everything for you to get into this guy and his music. First page brings you his bio, the second brings music/video/picture content and the third, an exclusive interview for aEM.

Jensen Reed figured out his future in one of those split-second moments that sounds like it fell out of a movie script. He was in high school when a friend from Spanish class said he needed a duet partner for a school talent show. Reed volunteered. They covered the Beastie Boys’ “Pass the Mic.” The crowd went nuts.

“Once I hit that stage, there was no going back,” Reed says. “I knew it was what I wanted to do.”

Read more on Jensen Reed… »»

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MALIK WORK

The lyrical versatility is something to be heard, if you haven’t heard it already. Another dope artist w/ another full work up here to grace the pages of aEM. Malik Work is a proud New York Native and definitely let’s you know w/ his song “New York City”. Check him out…

MC/Actor/Writer Malik Work is one of New York City’s lyrical giants. Work built his reputation on co-founding the seminal live hip-hop crew, The Real Live Show, with a decade of residencies and performances at venues all over the U.S. and Europe. The group’s sophisticated musicianship— and the literate rhymes of Malik, a.k.a. Dionysos, and his co-MC, Stimulus—garnered The Real Live Show critical acclaim. The Village Voice enthused: “If ever a group lived up to their name, it’s The Real Live Show. With a distinguished palette of players backing them, New York City purebred MCs Stimulus and Dionysos paint a pitch-perfect portrait of hip – hop’s spirit.” The Real Live Show also has the distinction of being the first hip-hop band ever to play the Greenwich Village’s esteemed Blue Note Club.

Read more on Malik Work… »»

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NINA B

If you heard of her, you REMEMBER her. IF you haven’t, you’re going to REMEMBER her. Nina B has been in the game for a while now. She reps NYC all day. She has entirely too many songs to name them all. She’s what the record labels want and can’t get a hold of. She’s a CRAZY, DOPE lyricist.

She’s basically everything underground artists aspire to be. So get into the interview. Learn a lil something. Here’s my interview w/ the extremely talented, Nina B.

“WELL, WHEN I USED TO STAND IN THE STREETS AND SELL MY MIXTAPES HAND TO HAND, I MET  ALOT OF PEOPLE AND EVEN TODAY EVERYWHERE I GO, I MEET LOTS OF PEOPLE… UPON SEEING THESE MUH FUCKAS AGAIN THEY WOULD ALWAYS ASK ME BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IF I REMEMBERED THEM!”

Read more on Nina B… »»

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RSNY

PR for an artist we featured here (David E. Beats x the White House Band), Olivia Dikambi has brought me another group of artist that go by RSNY. Want to know what that means? Read the article below. The only thing I’ll say, which is a dead giveaway anyway, is that they’re from New York.

They’ve got something for the party people, something for the stoners, good quality music for this era of music we live in. They’ve got over 1mil Youtube views! Check out Tell Your Story w/ RSNY…

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SKITTLES

Young Woman. New Age of Hip Hop. Serious Grind. All these things give you an idea of what this young hip hop artist is all about. Long awaited by her, myself and our collective fans/readers… here is Tell Your Story w/ Skittles.

“The background of Skittles, hmm… well I was born in Brooklyn, New York. I loved where I grew up (Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights). I’ve seen a lot of things in my day and being able to live in Brooklyn made me very open minded about a bunch of things including style, music and life itself. My catchphrases would be “Alright then” “WHAT?” and “S-K-I double” lol. My slogan would be “Take what you have and make it your own.” I live by that.”

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T. HOBBS

Big up to females in the underground. Special interview here with a young woman I’ve become associated with on Twitter, who constantly tells me I need to make my way out to Cali so we can twirl… (YESSSS! I plan on it! TRUST!) She’s deeply into music, mainly because of her musical roots and has a hand and foot in the fashion realm. Google her. You won’t be disappointed…

Get Into Spiffy T. Hobbs…

“I love R&B.. 70s-late 90s is my favorite. Jazz. Reggae. Soca. Standards. 90s hip-hop. Some new stuff. But I usually go back to the stuff from my adolescence. The O’Jays, Slum V, Sade, Luther, Stevie, Little Brother, MJ/Janet/Prince, BIG, classic Bad Boy artists, classic aFAM, my boy Fresh, shit, the Temps, Dramatics, Chi-Lights… man..there are too many to name..”

Read more on T. Hobbs… »»

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TRE ISAACS

Below is an artist by the name of Tre Isaacs. Good friends with Abyss Da Dark, another artists who has graced the pages of aEM. Tre is another Brooklyn native, shout out to BK, who uses his pen skills as an outlet for his feelings. He has good flow, knows how to ride a beat. Lyrics are on point.

Just another underground artist who doesn’t disappoint. Here’s Tre Isaacs on Tell Your Story…

Music tends to be very therapeutic to the mind, body, and soul, especially if played in the right mood. I think I can fit all moods or alter them to make the listener literally feel what I’m saying or going threw at that moment. They listen to the song with hopes [that] they can relate to what they hear.”

Read more on Tre Isaacs… »»

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