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‘Friday Phonk’ from the #trueOGseries

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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.

Featuring music from Griselda, Mobb Deep, Freddie Gibbs, Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross, Run The Jewels, Skyzoo, Mozzy, The LOX & more. With discussions on the Breonna Taylor non-decision, Tory Lanez & Dave Chappelle’s Emmy victory.

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.

Benny The Butcher Freestyle
Prodigy of Mobb Deep – Shook Ones (Blend w/ Jeru The Damaja – Come Clean)
Rockness Monsta – Figure 44
Conway – ’94 Ghost Shit
Freddie Gibbs ft Benny The Butcher – Frank Lucas
Guard U Now
Westside Gunn – Shawn Vs Flair
Anderson .Paak ft Rick Ross – Cut Em In
Run The Jewels – Ooh La LA
38 Spesh ft Cormega & Kool G Rap – Dead Or Alive
Statik Selektah & Termanology ft. Grafh & Haile Supreme – This Too Shall Pass
Skyzoo & Dumb Station – We (Used To) Live In Brooklyn Baby
Willie The Kid – Egregious
Conway Ft Method Man – Lemon
Mozzy – Never Lackin
Illa Ghee & Pete Rock – Malvo
OC – Times Up
The LOX – Think Of The LOX

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!

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