Skitzo Scoe – Str8 Jacket

Alaska? You mean where it snows all the time? Typical response indeed and to pinpoint how rap music from Alaska sounds you would not even know where to start. Skitzo Scoe is part of one of the more formidable crews (UNDB) from Anchorage. They got some hits in their catalog with Skitzo being behind several including “Super Big” which was buzzing a few years back. Due to certain reason the artists seem to be more on a solo mission these days with releases. Hearing Skitzo’s music your first words would probably be these guys don’t sound like they are from Alaska? In reality it should not matter as we are on the search for good music not what Alaskais suppose to sound like right? It’s safe to say that “Str8 Jacket” is Skitzo’s first major solo release which plays fair to that national street sound. From clubs to bedrooms to the traps Skitzo has it covered throughout nineteen songs.
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Baydilla – Welcome To Alaska (The Test Run)

Word association when it comes to Alaska would bring many things to mind but rap would probably be a lotto chance if asked. A barren scene in comparison to the rest of the mega markets it has never stopped Baydilla from striving for success. As part of UNDB aka the Up North D Boyz the label Out Da Cutt Records pretty much took over the local scene. With a combination of reality meets street faired records that could compare to everything else that was currently out. It made it easy for a unexpected place to fit in and has since allowed Baydilla at least to be heard outside of his native state. Mixtape grind has been the basis of Baydilla’s success working with many prominent names on stage and in the studio. Baydillas debut album “Welcome To Alaska” honors the code of giving the people what the want with hit songs but also plays personal surrender to storied street anecdotes. Features come from Rawbeatzz, Phill, E-40, Gorilla Zoe, and Young Dro.
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Minus 20 – Its Goin Down Up Here

Not much is known about Alaska besides the simple facts like it was one of the last inducted states, its cold, and it snows. No matter what anyone says it goes down anywhere and due to population the rap scene may not be as rampant in Alaska as other regions but the few who are pro-active seem to make solid music. Minus 20 is one of the first artists releasing a album on Frostbite Records based out of Anchorage. The albums title “It’s Goin Down Up Here” seems like a call out to those who probably say they got rappers in Alaska? As menial as most perceive a good majority of the music coming from Alaska is street based which could be primarily due to the major drug scene which many may not know about firsthand unless you’ve been there. Minus 20 like many other Alaska based artists does not have a signature sound to call his own but jumbles a variety of the better current influences. Some would call it Alaska’s own form of trap music with its own instances of street stories and swagger.

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Mannish Da Jula – A.O.N. (All Or Nothing)

Sure its debatable is Alaska part of the Northwest or not? Being the northern most point on the west coast it could easily be labeled the pinnacle of the Northwest. Rap wise most remember BET uncut hero Joker the Bailbondsman who is sort of a cult video phenomenon but the wonder had to be is there any other artists coming from the frigid state? Laughable to most taking on the challenge and representing with nothing but pride Mannish Da Jula is intent on making a name for himself. While the thought may be its nothing but snow and wildlife in Alaska it definitely has its own griminess which many might not repute unless you experience it first hand. After a couple of mixtapes Mannish is presenting his first official real project “A.O.N. (All Or Nothing)” a compilation of tracks that will serve as a teaser until he releases his debut solo album. What is becoming a steady rise of artists from smaller markets Mannish’s strongest ability is his voice which is multifaceted and could easily blend in any market. Like much of the Northwest there is no set sound as of yet but like his style Mannish shows how developed he is while doing a good job of spreading the wealth as you hear southern, west, and east coast influences. While in the right hands his music does its justice Mannish’s ability not to founder on the business side of things has helped solidify some solid press. You can already see interviews with Murder Dog, Coast 2 Coast Magazine, and catch his music on various internet outlets. Serving up a unfamiliar trend Mannish keeps consistency working with only a few producers which include Rawbeatzz, K-Salaam/Beatnick, and Auditory. The album is available for purchase on I-Tunes.
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DJ T Rex Presents Young Champ – The Beginning Of The End

Young Champ is an up and coming artist, producer, song writer, visionary, founder and Co CEO of North Hood Entertainment who is from Anchorage, Alaska. Young Champ was born in St Petersburg, Florida. He has comleted mixing an mastering his first complete rap hip hop album called “Big Bizzness” and “The Beginning Of The End” mixtape hosted by DJ T Rex. Young Champs motto in life is “If the sky is the limit then there is no limit” which means that we only have limits because we limit ourselves. He Believes you can do anything you put your mind to if you really believe what you say you do. Young Champ is perfectionist when it comes to producing tracks because he wants the world to know him through his music.
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Localstar & Parkay – 20/20

Localstar is sort of a embodiment of the west coast as he started his career in the upper most part of the Northwest in Alaska and has since had stints in Washington but now calls the heart of the west California home. While Localstar is transfer himself the state of California brings dreamers of all sorts which allowed a chance meeting with an artist by the name of Parkay who came from North Carolina. Chopping game the two would find similar ideals in their vision for music and after three years of working together they release their first project “20/20”. Feeding off each others creativity the albums title is a reference to the clarity of vision which they feel is finally without blur. Keeping movements cutting edge what was the Coofresh movement a year ago now gets cohesive with the Audii 5 movement which still includes artists Vamp and new artist M-Eighty who have a project dropping shortly. With hit songs like “Audii 5 Thing”, “Hot Comodity”, and “Super Soaked” which all have their own appeal towards potential this street album will amplify the fanbase for the upcoming “Audii 5” group album.
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Tha Northwest Street – Volume 1

Rap has always identified itself at a street level and though the degrees of it vary a lot of it originates from the bottom before it rises to the top. The Northwest at one time was full of hardcore hip hop and what many label as gangsta rap but over the years it has kind of weaned itself off to a moderate level due to the success of pop rap. Even though the tables have turned there is still a considerable amount of artists releasing music that many would not deem radio worthy. Not a worry because many artists who never receive radio play still have a solid fanbase due to newer outlets and forms of promotion. Tha Northwest Street Volume 1 is the first of many upcoming volumes that will feature artists with a street edge to their music. We are currently taking submissions for Volume 2 which will be released in the very near future, you can email submissions to thanorthwest@gmail.com along with information about the song.
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Tha Northwest Radio – Volume 2

Tha Northwest Radio Volume 1 was a good start in helping acknowledge artists who can compete with artists from other regions with the ability to make radio ready music. The basic concept of making artists and fans aware of what is going on in their region is of the utmost importance. With a good reception to the first volume, solid download numbers, and the amount of submissions available it was apparent Volume 2 was not far behind. Compiling talent once again from all over The Northwest we have put together what we feel is another solid mixture of songs with potential. Just in time for the big weekend this release should give fans some new music for their playlists and we are currently taking submissions for Volume 3 which will  be released in the near future. You can email all submissions to thanorthwest@gmail.com please include what release the song is from and proper contact information.
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Tha Northwest Radio – Volume 1

The Northwest is a region that has yet to see its constant breakout success when it comes to having artists recognized beyond the region. Even though the talent level is high it remains confined and local support from radio to fanfare is often few and far between. In an effort to shed light on artists with potential for radio play comes “Tha Northwest Radio Volume 1” which plans to compile quality songs from artists from all over The Northwest. The first entry in the series features artists from Alaska all the way to Oregon with club bangers, slow R&B jams, and just plain feel good music. We are currently taking submissions for Volume 2 which can be sent to thanorthwest@gmail.com
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