The term “Sisters are doing it for themselves” definitely comes into play for this Brooklynite.
Dama Nilz is her name and hip hop is her game. She was raised by a Jazz musician and actress in a Russian household. Despite all of her growing pains and personal struggles after her father’s death in 2003, the Brighton Beach bombshell maintained her dream of becoming a successful musician. Making noise since 2007, has been earning her stripes by tearing up the NY Hip-Hop scene for quite some time. Dama has toured with Ghostface and Sheek Louchz, and traveling internationally. She has even made noise on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. But, even with road shows and international stages under her belt, Dama is ready to be acknowledged as the powerhouse she is with her personal anthem, “All Hail Dama”, whose video and lyrics embosses every ounce of girl power, representing #DamaNation as well as every lady of hip hop to make sure they are heard.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American was gunned down on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri by Darren Wilson, a Caucasian Ferguson police officer who is now retired from the force shortly after no charges were filed against him, sparking not only protests and civil unrest throughout the northern suburb, but nationwide attention between African Americans and law enforcement, giving more awareness to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Grammy Award winning artist, producer and songwriter Courtney Orlando lives within the city and was moved to send a message to his fellow Black men. With the press overrun with stories of unarmed black men killed by police and with the Michael Brown tragedy, the best way to survive these dangerous times, is together, thus his track, “Brother Song”, which captures the solidarity of #BlackLivesMatter.
Siimba Liives Long is an emcee from Brooklyn who grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and he made waves with his “Cocaine Bimbee” video a few months ago. A fact that I personally find interesting about him is that he eats fire let along spits it. No guys, really. He does eat fire.
He returns with his second single off the his Siimba Liives Long Sonic Series, Zemenays Gemiinii called “W.I.A.”. Produced by MF Love, the track speaks of the music game over a laid back hip hop beat that deems it to be a dope future classic. You can hear more of Siimba Liives Long on Soundcloud.
Featuring the Next Generation of Hip-Hop and R&B, Rap and R&B Soul Superstars
Music Choice, the #1 music provider on television, is celebrating Black History Month with a month-long campaign entitled “The New Classics” that will feature the next generation of Hip-Hop and R&B superstars, and the music that inspired them to greatness. This February, stay connected to the leaders of Hip-Hop and R&B, Rap and R&B Soul as they set the pace and raise the game. Plus, see exclusive video content from your favorite artists.
A top level folder entitled “The New Classics” will be available On Demand starting Monday, February 1 until Sunday, February 28, 2016. Music videos from the hottest Hip-Hop and R&B superstars including Drake, Fetty Wap, Rihanna, The Weeknd and many more will be featured all month long! Exclusive: 30 exclusive content clips will also appear post roll from artists like Tinashe, Jadakiss, Christina Milian and more in a feature called “Stay Connected.” The shorts will appear On Demand, the Music Choice App and social media and will feature artists talking about their music and culture. On the go music and videos will be featured on the Music Choice App including exclusive digital content on the Hip-Hop and R&B Video Channel.
Music Choice is also partnering with the 11th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival for the third consecutive year. This year’s music festival will take place March 18-20, 2016, at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.
From the borough of the Boogie, comes a young man by the name of Derek Ward (also known to the world as emcee dotDemo) a hip hop prodigy who made himself highly buzzworthy in 2014 with his debut mixtape, Delta Theory: File 1. Through his rapping, networking and philanthropic ideas, Demo has created what he describes as a “regime” that includes himself and several other new and upcoming artists that all share the same vision.
Not all of the youth from this generation learned much about their hip hop history, but the 22-year-old emcee became heavily influenced by artists such as Black Moon, J Dilla and Camp Lo. dotDemo happened to use that very same influence for his critically acclaimed, Golden-Era laced visual to “Indigenous Man”, the first single off of his upcoming project, S.I.N. (Somewhere In Nirvana) which was directed by Nick Von Gremp. Dot describes his style as a “melodic flow that uses verbal acrobatics to create colorful imagery for his audience to bring ‘the 90’s in the thousands’”. Stay tuned for more from this Bronx Bomber as he continues to shock the music world with his next single, “Sinister“.
It’s the mixtape all of you boom bap heads were waiting for. The good people at Bucktown USA Entertainment finally release their most anticipated Volume 1 mixtape featuring brand new music from BTU Alumni General Steele paired on tracks with Tek, Umi (Dead Prez), Jakk Frost, Freeway, Illaghee, Ocee, Reef The Lost Cauze, Joneszilla, Sticman (Dead Prez).
Also on the mixtape are more hard hitting head nodders from the Bucktown home team: Vvs Verbal, Coke, Louie Skaggs, Brooklyn Bixby, The THEM Recordings crew: Mic Handz alongside Innocent? and many more including the Tupac Shakur ode “Let It Go” with General Steele, Marr’z Atomz, Arminta Moon, Vvs Verbal, and Nicole Michelle.
Spotlighting artists on blogs and radio shows are always an awesome thing. But personally, it’s the producers who are the silent heroes, the real driving force behind some of the music that is candy to your ears, so it would not be fair not to give them any light.
First up at bat is a talented producer by the name of ES-K (short for Essential Knowledge) the Holland born, Kansas City raised beatmaker who is responsible for most music of BucktownUSA. He sits down with the Producers Gear’s On The Spot Sessions as he produces 2 upcoming singles on the spot with cameos from Smif N Wessun’s General Steele and the rest of the BucktownUSA elite: Mic Handz, VVS Verbal & Louie Skaggs…along with ES-K’s handy little friends called the Ableton Push 2 and Boonie Tunes. This session was engineered by Nastee at Pro Era Studios, NYC.