What’s good family? Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Adam but just call me Sun Zulu.
I am a Creative Director, Multimedia Artist and Hip Hop Emcee from Baltimore, Maryland. Jamesia gave us a platform through Unapologetic and Pure & so, moving forward, we invite you all to join my brother, Bishop Tha DJ, and I for the #trueOGseries – a raw look at urban America through the lens of Hip Hop.
Think of it as a “Podcast like a Mixtape”. Bishop and I filter the relevant issues from today’s news for you and break it down for all young entrepreneurs to over stand. Picture working out, commuting, (or quarantining), to the best Hip Hop lyrics, beats & blends while you’re at it, too.
In addition, I’ll also highlight an independent producer and emcee that you all should add to your rotation. Get used to the format because moving forward we’re just going to dive right in
Santana Fox – Witch House
Santana Fox implores the world to save the children after sharing secrets from the “Witch House”. The emotional wounds adults often carry around with them are deep stemming from childhood. With a commanding voice and flow reminiscent of her legendary father, (the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep), the 21 year old Santana addresses her own wounds; eviscerating a family member who betrayed her trust as a young child.
The vulnerable exploration of Santana’s childhood trauma contrasts with the innocence of Yutst’s haunting & ethereal production. This is how “Witch House” captures listeners – hard drums harkening back to the “boom bap” sound of rap become interwoven with Santana’s effortless flow. Maybe it’s this raw look at hidden wounds that shatters the innocence of that golden era – in turn, creating new trust between Santana Fox and her listeners.
Let’s see where this young phenom is headed.
KILROYWASH3R3 – Rough Cuts, Vol. 2
KILROYWASH3R3 (Pronounced Kilroy Was Here) is an 18 year old production genius! I originally discovered his music because, being an artist myself, I am always on the hunt for new music. The past 3-4 years there has been a huge divide in the Hip Hop community over the term “Lofi Hip Hop” and the potential implications of its usage.
Many feel that “lofi” is appropriating the styles that legendary producers such as J Dilla, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, DJ Premier, RZA, Marley Marl, Prince Paul, Mark the 45 King and countless others pioneered with the rise of the second and third generations of Hip Hop. This is how I found Kilroy – searching through the appropriators to find the real gems.
Kilroy continues the legacy of Hip Hop by channeling the same vibe that made albums such as Madvillainy by Madlib & MF DOOM classic. He seems inspired by do-it-yourself artists like Flying Lotus and is adamant on creating his own path as a beatmaker. With a warmth and vibrancy that can be respected, future generation will know that KILROYWASH3R3.
That’s all for this week but be on the lookout for future installments of ‘Friday Phonk’ from the #trueOGseries. Peace!