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Young Doe – The Few The Proud The Elite

Young Doe – The Few The Proud The Elite

Posted on 27 April 2011 by breez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Joe Thunder

I’m over here Chopping it up with one of Co finest in the game Young Doe. What’s good G?

Whats the biz…

Let us know a little about yourself, what do you do?

I’m an artist, producer and author among other things.

What part of the city do you hail from and what crew do you get down with?

CAC- A mentor to A-Town

I’m a denver native. Grew up in Montbello. Elite Entertainment group is the crew. One love to Boozilla, Innerstate Ike, Hawkman, Analiza Slim, Jimathez and R.I.P. Colfax CAC

Now I know you’re always on your grind, let the people know what new project you have in the works?

I’m workin on a album with J. Stalin from The Bay Area set to drop in June. I’m working on my next solo “Rolling Stone”, I haven’t set a date yet. I also re-wrote my first book, “Welcome To The Maze” in third person to make the story stronger which is out now.

Not only do you rap but you also produce, how did you get started making beats?

I was like 12 when I first started producing. I got into the beats because I was always making beats with my mouth. I knew what I wanted and got off into producing and haven’t looked back since.

If you could only choose one, would you rather rap or produce (and explain)?

I would rather rap because it’s a way to vent and say what I gotta say to get it off my chest in more ways than one.

Who are some of your musical influences?

While growing up and seeing dudes like Run DMC, Tupac, Jay-Z, E-40, C-Bo and others making it seem easy and focusing on making good music. I began to feel like I can do it too because it was INSPIRING.

What kind of advice can you give to these young cats trying to make it in the Rap game?

Don’t get into the music business if you are not willing to make sacrifices. Focus on making good music and follow your heart about it. You gotta travel and network. Keep promo material and always be ready to learn.

What do they need to look out for?

No handouts. Be independent!

Finally how do people get a hold of you for, cd’s, beats, verses, ect?

There’s different ways to get my music. I’m in most record stores, on itunes, mintunderground.com. for beats etc, you can just hit me up on twitter.com/young_doe for booking contact 916-949-1244

Any last word?

Check out my videos on youtube.com. Type in Young Doe Denver and try to feel me

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Anxious Baby- Rocket Science

Anxious Baby- Rocket Science

Posted on 26 April 2011 by admin

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DEF CH!LD

DEF CH!LD

Posted on 16 April 2011 by breez

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Gamer Life Music sparqcode

Gamer Life / Mista Poedic

Posted on 16 April 2011 by breez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Colorado Casuals Car Club

Posted on 16 April 2011 by breez

 

The CasualS originated back in 1966 when 4 primos and one close homie formed what began as a band. The Original CasualS were Gary Howell, Adolph and Mack Jaramillo, and Manuel and David Apodaca. Their love for music went hand in hand with their love for cars. David Apodaca, the original President, started their annual cruise called “the Annual Manuel” (named after his brother) to reflect both the love of cruising and more importantly, the love of Family. This is known today as CasualS Love! Sadly, on 9/14/03 David Apodaca passed away but he instilled in all that he knew, that CasualS love is the most important thing to carry with you no matter what you are doing. Today the CasualS are run by David’s son-in-law and President Robert “OldSkool” Gonzales, and Vice President Isaac “Smiley” Cabrera. Today OldSkool is trying to carry on the tradition that David started back in day: The CasualS can not be categorized in any one class, they have members from all over the car culture as well as members who don’t even own a car, but carry that unique personality that is required of all Crew Members.

In 2010 crew members range from band members, rap artists, music producers, dancers, community activist, moms, dads, sons, and daughters. Over the years the Colorado CasualS have had multiple performances, everywhere from Arvada to Downtown Denver. Their latest performance was on Saturday June 12th at the 1st annual CasualS car show “Dreaming on Chrome.” Despite the rain and gloomy weather the show was still a success. All the CasualS were out in full force including those from other local car clubs.   Everyone involved was impressed with the show and the turn out (especially considering the weather) and earned the label of “ Die Hards” as they have proven that what they do is their lifestyle and not just a hobby. The plan is to have this show be an annual event, held at the same place and weekend for years to come. So next year The Colorado CasualS “Dreaming on Chrome” car show promises to be bigger and better, so mark your calendar…  “We are not only a Crew ~ We are Family”  The Colorado CasualS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mile High Madness Volume 2

Mile High Madness

Posted on 16 April 2011 by breez

Freestyle DVD

If you’ve been anywhere in the streets of Denver, you’ve no doubt run into Joe Thunder.  This considerable and extremely recognizable man can be seen at almost every Hip Hop event, usually with his humble camera in hand to document it all. Joe is the proprietor of popular blog BoxStateMusic.com, but he always has many projects going on at a given time.  His latest baby, Mile High Madness is a DVD series that highlights all the elements of Hip Hop and how they’re celebrated in Denver, and Colorado, in general.

Joey T recently got the ball rolling by releasing the first two installments of Mile High Madness at a release party last month. Volume One features many live performances by Colorado favorites such as F.O.E., Karma, Big Wheel , Haven, Fresh Breath Committee and Diamond Boiz (just to name a few).

Volume Two has a slightly different format than the pilot, but showcases the same caliber of talent.  Performances by The ReMINDers, Turner Jackson and many more keep the energy high, while interviews with Jher, Mr. Midas, and Lazy Eyez inform the viewer that there’s intelligence and pride in this community.

Beyond highlighting the musicians, both volumes embrace the other aspects of the culture as well. Mile High Madness features many of Colorado’s Kings of graffiti too.  With nearly impossible footage of cats getting up all city, from trains to billboards to unfathomable ledges; all the way to the  massive two block or more productions, we get a look at the art being created.  All footage is mindful to keep identities under wraps to respect and protect all the artists involved.

Joe has a knack for making people feel at home; it could be his laid back personality, or the free-flowing chronic, but regardless of the reason, Joe always has the exclusive performances, interviews and tracks that no one else has heard.  This can be found in MHM in the footage of a TKO cat bombing all of Denver in the cover of night, to blunt rolling lessons with F.O.E. or Turner Jackson acting a fool.  Joe flexes his filming skills in an unforgettable scene from behind the turntables with DJ Cysko Rokwel, where the viewer gets an almost forbidden look at life on the other side of the tables. Though not edited in any professional manner, or with expensive equipment, the outcome is honest and downright, fucking beautiful.

Mile High Madness series is an insider’s perspective to all the talent, grime and drama that makes the Colorado Hip Hop Community what it is, and who can’t respect that?

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The Roots – How I Got Over

The Roots- How I Got Over

Posted on 16 April 2011 by breez

by Rachel Chesbrough

The Roots have accomplished what few (if any) other groups have over their tenure on the music scene. They have successfully blended authentic hip hop with countless outside genres, crossed cultural barriers with ease, and maintained an unarguably impressive level of quality while doing so. I mean damn, they’re even the house-band for a late night talk show. They do just about everything but conform. Their much anticipated latest album “How I Got Over” not only won’t disappoint, it will, I swear, exceed your already high expectations. The album is seamless. There are no song breaks, only a constant flow of one or many instruments, and you probably won’t even notice the skip from one track to the next. It’s a musical stream of consciousness. They leave behind the more hard-hitting beats and frenzied rhymes of their last album in favor of a jazz, funk, and soul-infused flava and mellow verbal flow. Black Thought’s lyricism and wordplay is impressive at worst, epic at best. The content is still rooted in urban struggle and elevated consciousness, but it has an optimism that their recent work was lacking. He’s still one of the most underrated emcees in the game. Period. The band is at their best, headed, as always, by the unstoppable ?uestlove. At times the raps will take a back seat to the fullness of the instrumentals, and then the band will tone it down to support the lyricism. It’s a flawless harmony. 5 points, 5 mics, 5 blunts, I BOSS IT!, HIGO gets all of it. This is the album of the year, EASY. It’s how hip hop was meant to evolve.

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Big Lou – Fly

Big Lou – Fly

Posted on 15 April 2011 by breez

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Planet Asia – Black Frost (Retro Mackin)

Planet Asia – Black Frost (Retro Mackin)

Posted on 13 April 2011 by breez

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Trina: The Nicest Side of the Baddest Bitch (Entire Interview)

Trina: The Nicest Side of the Baddest Bitch (Entire Interview)

Posted on 13 April 2011 by admin

Trina: The Nicest Side of the Baddest Bitch
by Rachel Chesbrough

Unda$treaM recently got to sit down with the (in)famous, the sexy, the confident, the self-proclaimed Baddest Bitch; Ms. Trina. Eight years after the output of her sophomore album “Diamond Princess” May 2010 saw the release of Trina’s latest cd, “Amazin.” If you listen to Trina’s past and present music, it’s easy to assume that she would be an abrasive, take-no-shit, get-to-the-point-or-keep-it-pushin type bitch. You can practically hear her lip curl when she spits a verse, and she never seems scared of much, least of all some raunchy lyrics in songs like “Dang a Lang” and “Look Back At Me.”Her hooks alone are bolder and dirtier than what most rappers (rappers, yall, not just female rappers) dare to pepper their verses with. Ahem, “Tounge Song” for example? “I like it when you niggaz go duh duh duh/Baby make my pussy go duh duh duh/I know ya wanna hit it slow duh duh duh/Work that tongue tongue tongue.” Yeah, the chick ain’t shy.

So it comes as something of a shock when this quiet, laid back, borderline child-like voice gets on the phone. From jump we got to see a different side of Trina than the shit that’s constantly marketed to the general public. She gave Unda$tream an exclusive peak into the side of her life that includes her motivation, her charity, and yes Denverites, her rarely confirmed relationship with one of our favorite local athletes.

Since her appearance on Trick Daddy’s “Nann Nigga” in ’98, Trina has been hustlin her flawless ass off in this rap game. She puts out an average of one album every 2 years, has been featured on tracks with some of mainstream’s heavy-hitters (Ludacris, Gucci, Pitbull, Dawn Rachards, etc.), and has been nominated for what seems like countless titles at the AMA’s, The Source Awards, BET Awards, MTV VMA’s, and Soul Train Awards. So what keeps her motivated? When asked what the best piece of advice she’s ever received is, she answers without hesitation, “Failure is not an option.” She certainly seems to have lived her professional career by that motto, but if she could do it all over again, what would she change or do differently? “You know what? Just focus, focus, focus. I think that’s the key to everything is just to be focused, you know? When you’ve been through all I’ve been through, and seen so much and done so much you could sit back and think if you could do it all over again, you know, a whole different route, I would definitely say just focus.”

It’s hard to imagine Trina much more focused than we see her now, as she continues to thrive in a male-dominated industry, contending with several other females who are also getting some serious shine, for those coveted few spots that females are allowed. “I think they could be stronger,” Trina says confidently about these other female emcees. But don’t call her a hater. “I think it’s impacting a lot more, you got more females that’s comin out and more girls that are putting out music, and I think that’s great. So I definitely think the impact…it’s gonna continue to grow.” That’s not just talk. Instead of forcing a feud for publicity’s sake, Trina collabs with her “competition” like Nikki Minaj and Eve to create chart toppers like “My Chick Bad” (ok, so Luda helped out too). Beyond that she never fails to put out those tracks like “My Bitches” and “Single Again” that the ladies love, and the fellas love to hate…publicly, anyway.

And while we’re talkin about fellas, Trina, all of us here in Denver are wondering about that song “Capricorn.” Does that particular Caricorn happen to have a December 30th birthday? “Yes,” she says before giggling. That song, clearly about Kenyon Martin of the Nuggets, is the most personal track for Trina on the new album. “It was just this record and it was one of them records that I was just really not rappin- basically I was talkin and it was a lil poetic and I was basically explaining what a Capricorn means to me, and it was just a beautiful moment in a beautiful record.” The couple have kept us guessing about their relationship, but Trina has this to say about how men should treat women, “I think that even though we have strength and we put on a hard front, women are very emotional and vulnerable.” She adds that the one thing women need to remember is to “just to know yourself. Definitely. More than anything. Just to have that trust. That trust factor takes you a long way I’d say definitely.” Trina obviously trusts herself, musically at least. When asked who her influences are she says “I would say definitely Beyonce, Christina Aguilara, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey. Those are like my favorite, favorite.” She references no other rappers, male or female, only strong, hugely successful women. She adds that she listened to Salt N Peppa, MC Lyte, and Missy, but clearly she doesn’t mold herself after anyone. She doesn’t try to be anyone but her damn self.

So what could Trina possibly be squeezing in to the already packed schedule of an album release? Plenty. Her charity, Diamond Doll Foundation (aimed at building confidence in inner city girls) is gearing up for the new school year. “I just think this time it’s gonna be a little different, we’re gonna get the kids a lot more active due to the fact I did the cosmetic line, which will be amazing. Cosmetics and lipwear; lipgloss and lipwear for girls. We’re gonna try to get that involved with it as well to make it a little fun and make it more creative and you know, they do like a questionnaire and it’s like a seminar.” She also has a VH1 reality show in the works called “The Baddest Chick” which she says will be great, and really, who wouldn’t rather stare at Trina for an hour than Brett Michaels?

Trina’s star continues to rise, and the title to her newest album can easily refer to her drive, passion, career, and/or general mentality. When asked to elaborate on the title, and what it is about herself that made her chose that, she says “Hard work and determination, the person I’ve grown to become and just basically starting with nothing and turning it into something…that’s pretty amazing.”It’s hard to argue with confidence like that. So go ‘head and give her whatever label you want: bitch, hustla, philanthropist, sex symbol, emcee, etc…just do not count her out any time soon.

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