Luck-One – King Of The North West II: Curse Of The Pharaoh

Having maximized what the Northwest had to offer as far as opportunity and accomplishments Luck-One moved to New York to further his career as an artist. It seems to be moving in a positive direction as he has seen more opportunity come his way in all forms. Luck-One is coming with that Richard Sherman bravado and he has no qualms about telling you he is the King of The Northwest. He says he is one of the hardest working artists and he just continues to back those words. It has been one of the longer stretches for Luck-One as far as new music but 2014 brings “King Of The North West II: Curse Of The Pharaoh”. Geographically things have changed but Luck still reps for the home crowd and continues to make his own brand of music. It has pretty much been like that since day one when he dropped his first album which was a local favorite. First thing people try to do is throw comparisons and Luck might have similarities but in whole he is still fresh in consideration to what is currently out. Substance rules and Luck-One does not refrain from talking about relatable issues on this release. That might be his strength in the ability to stay lyrical but add that musical addition and not go over a listeners head. No shortage of music here as you have twenty tracks to enjoy. Noted that the project was said to be slimmed down from a hundred songs which means no worries of upcoming music from Luck-One. No shortage of producers on the project either with beats from Shenequa, Mike Mo, Dekk, Reignstate, Trox, Dead Giveaway Beats, King Form, Tmak, Stewart Villain, Produktive, Soul Chef, Goodwill, Samarei, Dupre, and ODC.

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Carey Stacks – Where Im Goin

Carey Stacks is a born and raised Seattle original. Stacks is a direct product of roots Hip Hop having been raised around his older brother Reese (Shadow Company Recording artist.) and a diverse cast of creative and musical personalities. Although young in years, Carey has been drilling and honing his craft from an early age. Motivated by his love for family, hustle and the pursuit of happiness. His goal through music is to broadcast the themes that are most commonly associated with the daily struggles of a man trying to make sense of life while dodging the never ending trappings of the streets. If you are looking for an artist that’s relevant and translates to a generation that has seen struggle but has no intention on staying down, cop any material by Stacks and you will see why there’s nowhere to go but up!

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Yo!-X – #24th7th

With a catchy voice and wide range of music styles, Yo!-X is bound to be the face of Portland Oregon and carry this new age sound of hip hop. After being looked over on the Portland music scene for years, now at the age of 23 Yo!-X is now taking the town by storm. With his great use of words that demonstrate his everyday hipster style and attitude. X is knocking right at the music industry door. Making music that is compared to artist such as Big Sean, Wale, Wiz Khalifa, U-N-I and the Cool kids. His music almost sounds out of place with the older street style hip hop artist in his home town. Yo!-X has now planted his foot as an up and coming artist from the northwest area. With catchy hooks and a Smooth one of a kind flow, He now is one of the most booked artists on the Oregon gig scene. Now by building a strong camp of artist, Djs, krump dancers and a producer by the name of Bravo Domo. They perform and host shows plus parties by the company name of Dope Swagg Entertainment. This young group of talent lead by Yo!-X will soon be the face of Portland Oregon. With his everyday saying “I’m great at what I do and soon the world we see it.” Yo!-X is one of the only artists with the complete package of street smarts and music skill. He targets to be a big success in the music world for years to come.

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Byrdie – N Flight

While preparing for takeoff of N Flight the album, leave all notions of typical hip hop behind. The norm for hip hop albums has been to touch on only a few subjects, mostly revolving around money, cars, crime and girls. N Flight takes off into a whole new realm of music with an array of songs and topics that hit the listener from every angle. Hailing from the great Northwest, Byrdie has soared into the game on the wings of creativity and innovation, embracing the musical art form and his love of songwriting in his new project, N Flight. Byrdie, an emcee in every sense of the word, is known for his flare and smooth energy. On each song he brings out a different aspect of his personality and unmatched charisma. With incredible harmonizing skills, he makes a point of spending just as much time on writing catchy hooks as he does with his verses – and it most definitely shows. Having been a hip hop fan since a young age, Byrdie incorporates the original battle rhyme aspect of hip hop in his repertoire, with metaphors that can stun the listener and delivery that is always on point. He has the mark of a true lyricist. From romantic love songs to songs that make you laugh, cry, or reminisce about the past, Byrdie creates an album that ignites your thoughts and emotions. N Flight is not only about hip hop – it’s about taking off with a new, refreshing, timeless blend of music. Featured guest artists are Darrius Willrich, Reggie Watts (Maktub), Onry Ozzborn (Oldominion), Vitamin D, Candidt, Choklate, Sekken Thautz, Silent Knight, Charlie Bernardo, and Citizen Caine.

Brydie recently passed away after a battle with cancer but his music will always live on through his fans.
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Steezie Nasa – Lucky 7

Moor Gang is that click right now and since they are so deep you never have to wait too long for a new release. Steezie Nasa drops his latest project “Lucky 7” with seven brand new tracks with only one feature coming from UDF’s Caz Green. Steezie was one of the initial gunners for the Moor’s which has now grown heavy in support and has many saying they are up next. Steezie always offered a cocky brashness to himself musically which is what a lot of young artists have. Exemplifying a newer Seattle and being able to back it up skillfully. Instead of a crew sounding the same they have a movement with everyone just doing them but being unified at the end of the day.

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T Soprano Aka Spoon – Class Is In Session

T soprano a.k.a. Spoon was born Anthony Malone in Portland Oregon on October 8, 1983. At a young age he would listen to artists such as Mac Dre, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, The Dog Pound, UGK, The Hot Boyz and the Luniz to name a few. At age 12 he began writing raps. Around that time he was performing in school talent shows and rapping and freestyling with friends and family. He moved back and forth from Portland Oregon to Seattle Washington throughout his junior high years and also through high school. He attended Rainier Beach high school in Seattle but ended up graduating from US Grant high school in Portland Oregon. Throughout those years he would always write music but never really took it serious. One year after graduating high school when Anthony was 19 he was shot twice once in the arm and once on his side. This was a life changing experience for Anthony he realized being in the street life could end up being fatal. After he got out of the hospital and finished rehabilitation he began taking music more serious. He linked up with neighborhood and childhood friend Syko, a producer, who had worked with Mac Dre, Brotha Lynch Hung, and a list of west coast artists and begin to work on projects.
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Ms Chevy – Triple Threat

It has not been too many female artists who have stuck around for longevity in the Northwest. Might be for obvious reasons but some have been able to make successful strides. Ms Chevy is a new artist trying to make a name for herself and she brings her debut EP “Triple Threat”. Not quite sure where the triple part comes in but Ms Chevy can rap and sing which x’s out two of the three. She showcases both throughout eight tracks with some songs simple showcasing vocals and others featuring a mix of the two. Her advantage is the project is produced solely by Mike Wingo who has produced a lot of classic northwest albums as well as many nationally known artists. He recently started his own production company called Heater Hands Productions with this being one of the first releases.

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Jon OBOI Belz – PURPLx EP

“OBOI” Jon Belz releases his first project of 2014, The “PURPLx EP”. The long awaited introduction to his reinvented and re?ned sound is ready to ?ood the speakers of music lovers everywhere. The four track EP produced by Red Velvets Beats showcases a sizable portion of the vast range Belz possess as a Song writer/MC. While he has been known as one of the top tier spitters for quite some time among artists on the upper left coast, Jon is now out to give his dedication and story to Hip-Hop fans across the net and back to his home in the Paci?c Northwest. Follow Jon Belz on twitter ( @OBOI357 ) and be sure to check out previous/future releases at the links below.
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Dough – Suicide City

You can say money so many ways but to name yourself after it as a rap alias is already brow raising. Some may hold the artist known as “Dough” to a sigma but essentially it is about the music. Dough’s been around for a while and his Royal Family Records has put out a few projects. As part of a group called Royal Family and also part of the I-5 Connect he has done the group and solo thing many times over. The latest release is “Suicide City” which is the follow-up to his last solo “Who’s Dough”.  This release picks up where he left off in the sense that he follows the formula that has worked for him since day one. Dough’s flow is west coast standard but has that Seattle zing to it as well, definitely grimy with energy. Few big features but over half the album is Dough on a solo tip which makes it less of a feature fest.

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iLL Chris – iLL Chris Project

Over the years you start to grow as an artist so with time comes change. We have all come to know the artist that runs by Logics and then the more google friendly AyeLogics due to his relentless music hustle. He stays busy with projects, shows, promotions, clothing, and just about anything in hand that involves the business of making his brand stronger. Recently stating that Logics is no more and now in comes iLL Chris which is the new moniker in which he feels better represents who he is as an artist today. No longer wanting to be held in the box and paying ode to when ILL was in he brings his latest album the “iLL Chris Project”. In truth as a rapper iLL Chris is not an artist who would correlate to what Jordan was to the NBA. In reality not many are because that means you would be once in a lifetime. Not something we see often but what we do see is a lot of artists working hard to legitimatize themselves at that next level. Any artist can be one song away and iLL Chris is no different. This latest effort continues to show how he stays with the times and has the ability to make some good songs no matter the trend. Production wise this is his best effort in that the beats really fit his style versus just being good beats to rap on. No matter what anyone actually thinks in the end iLL Chris will be further ahead than most simply due to his work ethic. You can get the project as a freebie or support it on I-Tunes. Production is courtesy of Bravo Domo, The Awesome Sound, Mike Weed, Stewart Villian, DJ El Grande, Romelle Green, Carl D, Dupree, Like Of Pac Div, and J. Purganans.

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