Chicago spitter Kami de Chukwu is one of the more consistent up-and-coming artists out right now. The SaveMoney representative consistently releases captivating content. He has found his voice and style which is no more evident on his latest release "EAT." You can hear the emotion as Chukwu effortlessly flows through the entire two minutes.
Tis the season. With December comes "the most wonderful time of the year." A sense of togetherness and overall cheer descends upon the world, even here in the capitalistic United States where it is now "offensive" to say "Merry Christmas" so we settle for "Happy Holidays." Well, Diplo and his Mad Decent friends would like to wish everyone A Very Decent Christmas. The label drops off and eight-track offering in which they re-imagine some Christmas classics. Ranging from Frosty to Jingle Bells they tackle some of the best Christmas songs created, all while throwing in their distinct dance sound. Be prepared to bounce and feel the beautiful nostalgia that comes with Christmas all in one cohesive effort.
I have had the opportunity to interact with Baltimore's Black Zheep DZ on numerous occasions now. The laid back nature of his music is apparent when interacting with him in person. His selection of production is second to none, and his lyrical content lives up to his ear for beats. I recently got to talk to him about growing up in Baltimore, his forthcoming project Refugee, and more
Who are you?
I am 20 year-old musician, rap & hip hop recording artist, Black Zheep (pronounced Sheep) DZ. From Baltimore, MD.
How has growing up in Baltimore shaped you as an artist?
Growing up in Baltimore taught me plenty of life lessons. It helped me mature a lot faster, mentally. It's kind of a gift & a curse. You learn from the good & bad.
I know it's one of your older tracks but I think "Maggie Simpson" is my personal favorite. What is your favorite record to date?
It's hard to pick a favorite. I would say something from my newest album, Refugee, the song titled "Elements of Soul". It's well put together, the concept is great & it's a vibe that I like a lot, You gotta hear it. But currently my favorite song that is out is "Catch My Drift".
I saw you linked up with street wear brand Mishka to release your forthcoming project Refugee. How did this relationship come about?
When I released the video for "Whachu Sayin'", one of the writers from Mishka Bloglin put the creative director, Ray, down with my stuff. He hit me through email & we got the ball rolling from there. Shoutout to Mishka.
What has it been like working closely with Mishka on this release?
It's been tight. It's honestly a dream come true, something on my checklist. I've been a big fan of Mishka since my earlier high school years. But just cause I say that, don't think I'm not gonna exceed & go a lot further. This is just another step closer to where I'm headed & a glimpse to show that I'm serious about what I do.
What was the most memorable aspect of working on Refugee? Any special features or production you are excited about?
The most memorable aspect of working on it was writing & recording it. The project is special itself, the only features I have are In house. I don't think the names make the project any better, to me it's more about the sound. I'm excited for this project as a whole, it's a good introduction for those who aren't familiar with me & all the producers I have on it are very talented.
Your latest release "How It Go" with HI$TO is a banger. Is this the first time you two have worked together? How did this collaboration come about?
Appreciate that, yeah this is our first time working together. Me & Hi$to have seen each other around town a few times around the art area/MICA area. We met & exchanged emails & all I can say is he's got the heat.
Philadelphia up-and-comer GrandeMarshall continues to impress with his brash, in-your-face style of music. The Fool's Gold artist recently dropped a synth-laden, ominous new record entitled "Time." The self-produced offering serves as the first release off Grande's forthcoming project My Brother's Keeper My Son's Teacher.
In honor of Danny Brown and Sleigh Bells recent show Terminal 5 in New York City, fellow Fool's Gold artist Nick Catchdubs combined the two artists for two epic records. "Dippin Demons" mashes Brown's "Dip" with Diplo's remix of Sleigh Bells "Demons" while "Grown Up Rivals" combines the offerings of Brown's "Grown Up" with Sleigh Bells upbeat "Bitter Rivals."
Project Pat takes it back to his 2001 release Mista Don't Play, which he will be rereleasing with a slew of new songs, for his latest visual "Gorilla Pimp." The video is interrupted midway to discuss cars with Young Buck. Press play and allow nostalgia to take over, Project Pat is back and better than ever.
Lee Bannon continues to impress with his unique style of production. He uses pitchy vocals, sporadic drum patterns, and piercing snares that hurry his latest record "VALUE 10" along for the entire two minutes. This will be featured on Bannon's forthcoming Ninja Tune debut Alternate/endings due out Jan. 13.
It's a Baltimore connection as Black Zheep DZ and HI$TO come together for an ominous new record entitled "How It Go." This serves as the second single off Zheep's forthcoming Mishka-sponsored project Refugee. Play this one at high volumes, and while you are at it, also check out the first single "Hundreds of Centuries."