Jocky Bay – OG Jocky (Track, Video, and Artist Spotlight)

Florida Platinum Dynasty Gang representative Jocky Bay has been involved in music since age 7. Initially singing in his mother’s church choir, he learned how to play 5 instruments by the time he was 12 years old.

Struggle often pushes us into creative outlets, and Jocky suffered early on in his life. His dad ended up going to jail when he turned 13, and writing poetry kept him sane. As time went on, the poems turned into raps, and by the time Jocky was 20 he decided to pursue a music career.

He’s been working relentlessly on his upcoming project Florida Boi Blues, which is set to drop on Father’s Day. This is a very significant day for him, and a perfect time to release his debut.

I am pretty strict on our submission rules as I like to keep content fresh and timely. Although the official music video and SoundCloud stream of OG Jocky was released some time ago, his story moved me and I decided to make a rare exception.

The actual music and video are entertaining, but contain some somber lyrics. One sticks out in particular “Damn I miss my Daddy.” While sonically it may sound like a bouncy down south anthem, there is much more to it.

Get ready for Florida Boi Blues dropping on the 7th of June by following him on SoundCloud.

 

Law Tha Dragon drops his best visual yet in ‘Free Spirit’ (New Video + Artist Spotlight)

Taking time off from a buzzing music career is few and far between. East side of Chicago rapper Law Tha Dragon knows this first hand. He’s been pursuing music since 2011, and dropped his first mixtape in 2012.

Fresh Start wasn’t a drop in the pan release, as he teamed up with Chicago legend DJ Honorz via LiveMixtapes. Law wasn’t satisfied with his sound, so he took a break to re-brand it. It all came together with the release of his independent album Sleepless Nights, which hit all major streaming sites in June of 2015.

The development paid off, as his aggressive approach to hip hop sounded more polished and passionate. It is best shown with the title track off his recent project, Free Spirit. Today we’ve been blessed with the visual treatment shot by Rickee Arts. Every bar is fueled with a confident camera presence, as we find Law on top of buildings, speaking on his soon to be takeover of the Chicago hip hop world.

Stream Free Spirit below.

Boogey Robinson Drops Another Dope Visual – Learn More About Him (Artist Spotlight)

Back in 2012 Chicago’s Boogey Robinson announced that he would teach himself how to rap. The self made producer started a rap group known as GRINDorDIE, with his cousin Yessir. Just a year later, the group broke up due to creative differences. With a fresh start, Boogey dropped a few tapes, videos, and songs and amassed a cult like following. He gained over 900 followers on SoundCloud and almost 2K on Twitter based off his consistency in his music and content.

His strongest project, The Producer Who Wanted To Be A Rapper, dropped just last year to great fanfare. The opening cut, FASN, was a highlight not just on the tape, but in his entire discography. Luckily, the official music video hit YouTube just a few days ago. Although it’s just under 2 minutes, it continues to show Boogey’s commitment to artistry at a high level.

I highly recommend you stream his EP’s which you can find below. His newest is burgers., with a more laid back and abstract delivery. The beats stay abrasive with help from Stimp C, Young Forever, and more.

He dropped another notable and political video at the end of last year that is brief, but still packs a punch. You can peep below.

Watch out for Bipolar 2 dropping soon by following him on Twitter and SoundCloud. Also peep his official website.

flowsfordays presents: P David – Artist Spotlight

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P. David is the best emcee you don’t know yet. He is a well established indie artist with over 13K followers on IG, and SoundCloud. His Twitter page boasts over 1K. He gets likes and retweets by the dozens based off his incredible fan base and his talent as an artist. I respect what this guy is doing and the hard work he puts into his social media presence and music.

He just dropped one of my favorite songs of the week in So Long. Many rappers claim they “drop knowledge” or “are real” in their raps, but few can do it with complete honesty and conviction. This Chicago spitter executes with incredible story telling, a smooth beat and compelling flow. He even does his own hook.

P reflects on old friends and his high school days with nostalgia, but also expresses a lot of anger for how he used to be treated. There are twists and turns throughout this 2 and a half minute track that will give you a taste of David’s music.

He brings the same intensity to all of his records. There are freestyles, original and well composed songs, and straight up lyrical heat. He dropped a more than solid EP just last year that is below. The production is incredible from a host of different producers, proving P can flow any over beat and work with the best of the best. 

He has also mastered the art of the music video. Last year he dropped 2 quality visuals with Relssig FilmsBars being his first ever. I highly encourage you to subscribe as I’m sure more is coming up for him.

Chicago Streetwear Spotlight : DXSTRXCT 7

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I’m really excited about this interview with rising Chicago clothing brand DXSTRXCT 7. I’m especially excited because I know for a fact the team will grow in the coming months and will ultimately become a staple in the city. I caught them early and I couldn’t be happier!

They don’t know this, but I want to work with them to make some flowsfordays hats. Rashard…if you’re reading this; know I’ll hit you up soon 🙂

In all seriousness, Rashard is the founder of DXSTRXCT 7 and a true visionary. Throughout this interview you’ll read about his passion and history with design, details on the brand, and his desire to promote positivity throughout Chicago. I can’t wait for you guys to learn more about him, his business, and DXSTRXCT 7’s ultimate rise in the industry.

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Hey Rashard! Thanks for speaking with us. Can you introduce yourself?

Hey how’s it going? thank you for the opportunity it’s a blessing. My name is Rashard Feggins but I go by Leader Lockwood. I am an individual who appreciates everything thing art and that alone has me dabbling in a couple different art forms. I am recording artist, producer, designer, and entrepreneur that’s trying to change the world by simply living out dreams and inspiring others to do so as well.

This interview is a brand spotlight – so can you give us an introduction to your brand?

DXSTRXCT 7 is my streetwear brand that I started about a year ago, it is the traditional streetwear brand and we pride ourselves on dropping the dopest designs, giving back to the community, and providing accessibility to affordable clothing.

On Twitter you describe Dxstrxt 7 as a  “Chicago based clothing and accessories brand keeping the neighborhood cultivated through fashion, music, and art.” Can you elaborate on this mission statement? What do you hope to accomplish with the brand?

The mission statement is really meant to show our involvement in the streetwear culture and our efforts to give back. DXSTRXCT 7 is not only a brand, it’s a family. We value community involvement as it inspires others to get out and do great things, my neighborhood wasn’t the best so I’m using the brand to help build it and surrounding neighborhoods. Not only are we a family, but we are also a platform that helps artists develop no matter the art form is. If artists can’t go anywhere else in the city and gain spotlight they can look to us to help put them on.

How would you describe your clothing?

I knowing I’m saying streetwear a lot but that’s exactly what it is!

How long have you been active? When did you decide to start DXSTRXCT 7?

I’ve been active for about a year and I started DXSTRXCT 7 when I dropped out of college to pursue my dreams. My parents initially hated my decision but they came around and decided to invest in me and help get the ball rolling. I also was in a fashion program called PROjectus at YOUmedia in the Harold Washington Library, I won a thousand dollars to start and I put that into the business as well.

Why did you decide to call the company DXSTRXCT 7?

My favorite number is 7 and is the number of completion, I’ve always felt like whatever I put my mind to I can do and I have done some amazing things but I realize that my supporters helped me to do those things and I refer to those people as my as my district, hence came DXSTRXCT 7.  I changed the I’s to X’s cause it’s much cooler. DXSTRXCT 7 is just the representation of a group of people completing things and putting on for their neighborhood.

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Have you always been into fashion? What is your history with designing?

I’ve been into fashion for most of my life, I remember as a kid just always being fascinated with how clothes were made. In school when I was younger, my mom would dress me like my grandad in things like khaki pants, cardigans, and penny loafers. The other kids would talk about me and I would feel bad but around the time when Kanye West was really popping I didn’t feel bad anymore. I would wear my polos tucked in but Kanye wore his out with jeans and retro Jordan’s; so I would beg my mom to buy me clothes I had seen Kanye wear. In the eighth  grade, I was really into The Cool Kids and the way they dressed with all the vintage clothing and I started thrifting. I guess hip hop drove my love for fashion as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to look to my fashion inspirations and put my own twist on it.

Have you always lived in Chicago? 

Yep! I grew up on the west side of Chicago on Adams and Lockwood and it’s where I got my alias Leader Lockwood from. I think my first meal was Uncle Remus!

Who is on your team?

A bunch of people! It’s family by blood and relation. My mom is my partner in the business my set that I do music with HUEY GANG, which by the way is the coldest music group ever, acts as brand ambassadors and sales reps. My dad runs the non for profit sector, I have an assistant and I’ve bought in a few designers this year, I oversee everything.

What products do you have available and is there more coming up? When will that be released?

I’ve officially sold out of season one drops but I am gearing up to release some new gear and it will be out ASAP! I have some merch being created as we speak.

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Do you have any inspirations when you design your products? 

Inspiration comes from everywhere for me. I could be eating a hotdog Maxwell street stand and come up with designs that are inspired by it. I also spent some time hitting up local boutiques in the city and watching them become staples in the city and put their twist on the fashion game always has inspired me and the reason I am now leaving my mark in the Chicago streetwear scene.

Your website is currently under construction. When can we expect it to be up and what can we expect on the actual site?

Yeah, I’m currently making changes to the site to make it easier to navigate and change up the design a bit but it should be up ASAP. You should expect some really cool interactions when you enter the site and also some really cool clothing.

Are you working with anyone at the moment?

I’ve been working closely with some dope music artists to drop exclusive collections. Individuals like Ali and Luke G of New Kingz, my collective HUEY Gang, Cassius Tae, Dj Mike P, and a list of other are who I’ve worked with or plan to work with. I’ve been trying to expand to other markets as well, my high school math teacher Dave Helem who is now a comedian, I got some dope ideas I’ve shared with him and it’s going to be crazy.

Do you feel any connection to the hip hop world with your products and collaborations? 

Hip Hop is why I have a brand! I remember reading complex magazines and seeing my favorite rappers in LRG and Roc-A-Wear ads, even their own brands and I thought that was so cool to see that. I want to my clothing line and the hottest music to be topics of conversation and a staples in the hip hop culture.

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What music do you listen to?

I listen to a lot of Hip Hop honestly but I’m very diverse. All the classic hip hop records I know or my uncles played it around me. I like some duties as well, Al Green is my dude! I love Fallout Boy, my brother put me on. I like a little country every now and then too!

What can we expect from DXSTRXCT 7 this year?

Expect pure dopeness! You can expect more exclusive gear, commercials, more collaborations, concerts, and community events. I’m dropping a physical magazine in the months to come. The magazine is going to be a combination of look books, artist spotlights, and ads from other brands; I’m bringing that nostalgic feel to life this year.

Any last thoughts?

It was amazing talking to you guys, I had so much fun. I just want to say thank you to the supporters and you guys have made everything possible! Be on the lookout for HUEY Gang, we got some crazy music dropping this year and also shoutout King Ron The Poet and Militia Entertainment, some really great things happening over there. Last but not least, I gotta thank God for al the blessings and opportunities.

Photographer Spotlight: Cia Gambino

Since the inception of flowsfordays, we’ve been interested in covering artists outside of music. It’s taken some time to make it happen, but we’ve started off right with Cia Gambino. Through my always informative Twitter feed, I was introduced to Cia. Dope Chicago rapper Squeakpivot (if I remember correctly) retweeted a 4 picture collage of Cia’s coverage of an Urban Outfitters 2pac Forever Collection launch party in Chicago. Cia is also from Chicago. They stood out right away. After clicking her profile and going through her work, I knew I had to learn more about her and her story.

Cia is an artist, but a photographer at heart, which is why this interview is focused on her work. There are photos throughout the interview, which were sent to us exclusively. Most of them cover Adot (who is one of my favorite upcoming artists.) We want to thank Cia for being so open and willing to share her work. Peep the convo + photos below.

You can follow Cia on Twitter HERE to keep up with her output.

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Hey Cia. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. How are you today?

Hello, & I’m good thank you for asking.

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So introduce yourself a bit…in any way you’d like.

My full name is Cia Moranne Gambino. I was born in Las Vegas Nevada but moved to Oswego Illinois when I was about 5 years old. I enjoy photography and graphic design.

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We initially saw some recent photos you took of Squeakpivot. What event was that?

Yes, the most recent event I went too & took shots of was at the Urban Outfitters 2pac forever collection launch party in Chicago.

Dope. What Chicago artists were there?

The two performances were by Saba & Jarrid Valentine.

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Was it a good show? Additionally what type of music do you listen to?

Yes it was a very good show, and I like a wide variety of music but mostly I listen to more underground rap & alternative

Got it. So talk about how you got into photography and graphic design? Are you doing any work currently?

I’ve been in a graphic design program for almost 2 years, my teacher really pushed me to try & use my own images so I researched cameras for awhile before inventing in my own. I bought a fujifilm X-A2 and instantly fell in love with how it worked. I’m currently working on an out of bonds image project.

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That’s really exciting. Where is the graphic design program? Will we be able to see the out of bonds image project at some point or is more of a class project?

The program is through my school in Oswego, & it’s more of a class project but if I’m very pleased with it I may share it on my social media accounts.

How old were you when you first started getting into art? Can you tell the story behind it?

I was 15 when I first took a real interest into art and such, i can’t tell you what really influenced me I just have always had a keen eye.

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So how did you develop those relationships with guys like squeak. Are you friends with any other artists out of Chicago?

I met Adot a Chicago artist from a mutual friend who does photography and editing as well. Adot invited me to the Chicago sleepers art and clothing pop up event to take some shots of him and that’s where I listened to & saw Squeak perform. I haven’t really stayed out of the city so I don’t know other artists from out of town but I hope to continue and meet more when I move back out to Vegas in January to attend the art institute.

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Wow the Art Institute. What do you plan on doing there?

I plan on really focusing with more studio & fashion photography.

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Did you ever think about going to Columbia College? I got my degree there.

Yes, Columbia was one of my top choices, but I have family that stay out there and ultimately it would be a lot cheaper. But Chicago will always be my favorite city.

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Well The Art Institute is a huge opportunity; we are so glad you are pursuing it. What inspires you to create? Do you have a purpose or mission statement behind it?

Many things inspire me, my surroundings, my emotions, the beauty of others. I want my images to have a greater purpose one day.

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Well we really appreciate your time, it was great getting to know you. Do you have anything else to add?

Thank you so much, I really appreciate you taking an interest in my work.

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Hefna Gwap – Get Right (New Track + Artist Spotlight)

Hefna Gwap has been buzzing around Cali for awhile now with his the success of his past tapes The Influence Vol. 2 and Illustrious Goons. He relocated to Brooklyn and hit the national scene by performing at SoundCloud’s SXSW stage + The Smokers Club Tour. He upped his ante last year with his DJ Scream hosted Elegany Caviar : Dezigna Scalez mixtape. It was 18 tracks deep with tons of production from super producer TM88. Since then he’s worked with notable producers such as Lex Luger.

Today he can add Honorable Cnote to the list. Get Right is my favorite offering thus far from the East Palo Alto native and is his first offering from his popular #westblockWednesdays series. Expect a new track every Wednesday. It’ll be hard to top Get Right which packs tons of passion + energy into a 3 minute track. Keep up with his drops by following him on SoundCloud.

flowsfordays Presents: Highest Basement Collective

In the last few years there has been a surge of popularity in hip hop collectives. It’s well deserved and great to see. There are blurred lines (The Social Experiment) and more concrete examples (Pro Era, A$AP Mob.) Throughout my blogging career I’ve noticed many “underground” collectives not getting the spotlight they deserve. Some are coming out of the woodwork; but more attention is needed.

Here is the backstory on this piece:

Through my own research I discovered artist named Moses Mosima. He came to my attention when he dropped his Babies EP. It was featured on some of my favorite hip hop sites such as The SourceHip Hop DX and MTV UK. I was so interested in the EP that we hosted an exclusive interview with him. I learned he was a part of a Philly group called Highest Basement Collective. I reached out to their manager, Riley, and we continued to stay in contact (he’s an awesome guy by the way.) He told me how deep the collective was; sent me links, and I was amazed at each member’s talent.

I wanted to learn more about each member’s role, story, and humble beginnings so I decided to ask them some questions. As you’ll see below, these guys are a family. They are loyal to one another and are each other’s biggest critics AND supporters. I’m so excited to share their story with you. Links to their music and pictures are directly above the artist’s answer in the interview.

Can you introduce yourself? What’s your name, how old are you, and where are you from?

IHATEYOUSHEED: My name is IHATEYOUSHEED, I’m 21 years old and I’m from Philly.

B. Clarke: I’m Brandon Clarke, you can call me B. I just turned 23 this past summer, I was born in Maryland and raised in Philadelphia.

Lord Trippy: I go by Lord Trippy, Quise Trill, Ratchet Ass Quise etc. I’m 21 and I’m from Philly.

Moses: I’m Moses Mosima; I’m 21 and from Philadelphia.

Tawobi: I’m Tawobi I’m 21 and I’m from Mt.Airy which is like uptown North West Philly I was born around DC, I got family there but I’ve stayed in Philly my whole life, thats home. 

Riley: I’m Riley, 21, and I’m from PA right outside of Philadelphia.

Jeff: Jeff, 22, from Flourtown, PA.

Ray: I’m Ray, I’m 20, and i’m from Newark, New Jersey.

G: Im Anthony Gomez, but everyone just calls me G or Glomez.

What’s your role in the Highest Basement Collective?

IHATEYOUSHEED: I’m an artist and producer for HBC.  

B. Clarke: My current role in the collective is mainly production, but hopefully that’ll expand soon.

Lord Trippy:  Artist/ Visionary.  

Moses: I’m a solo artist as well as a collaborator. A producer or songwriter other times. I wear a few different hats.

Tawobi: I’m the fuckin’ weirdo, the writer (thats what I do the most) and one of the founders of the group.

Riley: Jack of all trades haha. Manager, booking agent, videographer, graphic design, photographer, and attempting to be a publicist.

Jeff: I like to do a little of everything, but I play guitar.

Ray: I take pictures, talk shit, and DJ on occasion.

G: Currently i am trying to finish some merch that i have in the works, clothes are my thing, but i try to bring energy to the team as well. We all do.

What are your humble beginnings with the group? How did you initially link up with them?

IHATEYOUSHEED:  We started the group back when me Riley Moses and Tawobi all thought of it in high school. We all just linked up around our Sophomore year and just started making music I know Moses and Taylor wanted to start a collective and so did me Riley so fate just had it we all came together and made this HBC shit. 

B. ClarkeSo, I was basically on my own, learning production and defining a sound up until about a year or so ago when I bumped into Riley around our neighborhood. If I can remember correctly, he had just gotten back from Cali and invited me to the studio the collective had setup downtown. That was the first time I met Tawobi. Riley, Sheed, and I also went to the same high school, so, with them it was more so about catching up. Before that there was one instance where Sheed reached out about an instrumental I posted on SoundCloud but otherwise, I was dropped into the mix roughly two summers ago.

Lord Trippy: When I came into HBC they were already on an upswing of momentum and I just added another sound to that movement and with that I also help in the finesses we make as a collective and as artists.

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Moses: We all linked in high school and discovered something bigger than us worth pursuing. I met everyone else through Tawobi and we all just tapped into some great energy creating together.

Tawobi: I met Moses Mosima back in Jr. high and we worked on music and recorded together. We were always trying to form a collective but whenever we did find possible members they would flake out. That was until I changed schools durring my junior year of high school and met Riley Sheed and Gomez at Springfield Township High. Riley and Sheed were trying to set up a studio and collective when I arrived at the school and things kind of fell into place. I remember the 2nd time I ever met Sheed, we shared a math class and on the first day I walk in and bull looks at me and just says off rip “yo you rap? You look like you rap” the rest is history. 

Riley: It was the summer going into 11th grade, 2011, and Watch the Throne had just come out. Sheed and myself were inspired to try and make something incredible for our future. We set out to set up a home recording studio and I would make beats and he would rap. I was terrible and didn’t enjoy production so I took on the behind the scenes work. And right as we began the process Tawobi transferred from another school to ours and he instantly became a part of the group. He brought Moses and over the years the rest of them members jumped on board.

Jeff: I met them in middle school and high-school.

Ray: Quise is the one who brought me in, we were cool in high school and once i graduated and started getting into photography we just started linking up for shoots more and more and eventually all the other guys got jealous of how good i was making him look and they cornered me and begged me to join. it was pretty desperate to be honest.

G: We met through friends, Riley is my best friend, and he introduced me to Taylor, then i met mo, and so on. The majority of us all went to the same high school, and just clicked, The kind of people you meet and feel like you have always known them. And we really did start out in a basement.

What do you think is unique about your collective? Why do you think people should take notice or continue to support the movement?

IHATEYOUSHEED: We’re just bringing a fresh sound and a fresh energy to music. Everybody that sees us perform or hear us perform have said they never heard or experienced something like it and we take that to heart and really appreciate that. We enjoy being original.

B. Clarke: I think the most unique thing about the collective at the moment is how many places we can appeal to audiences musically. I still play Moses’ EP ‘Babies’ and I heard it almost a year before it was released; Tawobi’s sound is unlike anything I’ve ever heard and every time I put a beat on his flow comes automatically and it’s hypnotic; Sheed can switch it up from a song like GWDY to a hard hitting trap song and he’s constantly developing what he can bring to the table; Quise is brand new to the collective but he’s got an immense amount of energy, so the moment I play him some of my catalogue or I’m working on something new, he’s instantly ready to record, so I like having that around. All of the artists can thrive individually and together we just make each other better. 

Lord Trippy: We aren’t just a rap group, we are musicians, photographers, producers, engineers, DJs, management. We are an actual collective of art and talent. #HBC

Moses: We’re presenting quality music with an unmatched aesthetic to match. 

Tawobi: I think everybody has a unique and diverse point of view which always makes the music original. No one is here to sound like anybody else we’re all figuring out how to completely put ourselves on record as individuals. That individuality and personal story that everybody puts out there can connect to somebody, maybe because we talk about things they’ve been through as well, maybe they’re from the same place, they live a similar lifestyle or maybe they don’t in which case we provide a window into our personal lives, our psyche and into this part of the world, one they’ve never experienced. 

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Riley: I think it is unique that even though we are a “group” everybody functions as an individual. We are probably the most critical people you could ever meet and over analyze everything to ensure perfection. We all play off of each other to help push each other and the overall brand. Everybody keeps each other in line, if somebody even tweets something unprofessional you’re going to get calls from everybody. I think people should take notice because we really do care about the craft. We take months/years to craft material before we let it out into the world. At the end of the day we are all fans of music and as fans want to present the best way to experience our music possible. We really do care.

Jeff: Our collective makes everything from rock music to r&b. I feel like there is a lot about us that people can relate to.

Ray: these are some of the most talented kids i’ve ever worked with, everyone’s different, and no one sounds like anything i’ve ever heard before and it’s great. we’re all in love with our craft and we all gonna make it so you might as well jump on the wave before it takes off.

G: the sounds coming from us is not your “typical” Philly sound. Don’t get me started on these guys work ethics,  its work work work with them. No days off.

What drew you to the collective? Why do you continue to ride for them?

IHATEYOUSHEED: These are my brothers, we make each other better, and we just all want the same goal. I don’t know where I’d be without them. 

B. Clarke: I think what initially drew me to the collective was not having any artists to work with and a bunch of beats that I wasn’t going to write to. There was also this instrumental Moses put on SoundCloud one summer that I listened to literally everyday and I wanted to work with him and Sheed to see where it could go. I continue to ride for them because I believe in what we can accomplish when we’re all focused, and we can still have fun. 

Lord Trippy: Sheed is my mans like my right hand and I would chill with him and the crew and we just grew tight. Once I joined up it was like we was all family. We create this art together but more than that we all helping each other get further in the journey. 

Moses: Fate drew me to the collective. Love keeps me here.

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Tawobi: They’re all honest, talented and outsiders. Really they’re my best friends. They’re some of the only people in my life not related to me by blood that have stuck with me this far and vice versa. I’ve lost a good amount of friends but this is family.

Riley: These are my brothers. I helped create HBC and I will be on board until it totally dissipates. This is all I/we have. This is my family.

Jeff: These dudes have been around for my high moments and my low moments. Everyone shares a similar passion for the arts.

Ray: again, everyone here is original. everyone is their own person. and everyone is as dedicated to the crew as they are to their individual craft. It’s inspiring to be around. This is a family and if/when it comes to it I’m riding for each and every one of them.

What’s coming up with you specifically with the group?

G: It’s hard to find genuine people who want to not only succeed but have their friends succeed with them. They would ride for me, so I would ride for them.

What’s coming up with you specifically with the group?

IHATEYOUSHEED: Me myself I got an album I’m trying to get finished and out. And then get cracking on the second one just to keep the music flowing and coming steadily.

B. Clarke: I just produced a track for Quise that has a lot of energy to it and in addition to all the beats I cooked over the past year, I’m writing ideas for film and looking to get into film scoring. An album might come out next year, we’ll see. 

Lord Trippy: I have a single dropping soon called FnF produced by Bclarke and it’s going to really show my sound and what type of crowd I’m going to be bringing. B has some amazing sounds in the production and Jeff engineered a lot of it and heaven in stereo mastered the record so a lot of work goes into all our record as you can see. 

Moses: I have a song called Dark Shades that just dropped and a few more surprises to come soon.

Tawobi:  I’ve been writing, producing and recording an album over the past year and some change as well as a solid amount of loosies along with some features here and there. I’ve been pretty quite if not silent sense April so I’m excited for people to hear this new material, its not like any of the shit I got out right now.

Riley: A lot of behind the scenes work and marketing.

Jeff: I’m dropping a couple metal songs soon as well as some production for our artists.

Ray: I just dropped my first mix ‘metro boomin mix’ on SoundCloud and my next mix ‘cxffing szn’ will be available soon. as far as photography i’m always working and always looking for new people and brands to collab with.

G: right now things are in the works for me, but within the next month or so I should have merch and a look book coming soon. I feel as though timing is everything.

If you could describe Highest Basement in one sentence, what would it be?

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IHATEYOUSHEED: I don’t know about a sentence but… A word I would use… Is legendary.

B. Clarke: You can sleep on us if you want but soon we’ll flip your head upside down. 

Lord Trippy: The niggas who knew they were gonna make it. 

Moses: One word? Legendary.

Tawobi: High, I’m boutta spark a backwood right now.

Riley: A dysfunctional family.

Jeff: We were a bunch of kids that didn’t know our place, we found solace in art.

Ray: Young legends.

G: WE ARE A FAMILY.

Any last thoughts? 

IHATEYOUSHEED: Go listen to Babies by Moses Mosima, be on the look out for Tawobi’s Album, BClarke’s album, Jefe’s album and Trippy Szn by Lord Trippy. 

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Lord Trippy: Go get babies on Apple Music and SoundCloud right now check out #HBCSUMMER on YouTube and peep highestbasement.com Thanks.

Tawobi: Peace and love from you’re Friendly Neighborhood Struggle Rapper, I appreciate you.

Riley: Than you for having us.

Ray: Stay tuned and pay very close attention. whether you’ve been riding with me or my team for a year or a day i appreciate you beyond belief.

G: I just wanna say that you to everyone who has supported, it means the work.. your gunna see our names. 

Check out the collectives summer recap below:

Follow each member on Twitter (in order of answers in interview):

@IHATEYOUSHEED

@bclarkehbc

@lxrdtrippy

@moses_i_suppose

@Tawobi

@rileyofhbc

@ayjefeholmes

@drxgzilla

@truhblesome

Lordapex – Smoke Sessions Vol. 1 (New EP + Artist Spotlight)

UK artist Lordapex has been making outstanding music since his 2015 EP EP Hyōkō Meisō. His output is insane…in the last year alone he’s given us 9 projects. Each one has a concept at the forefront, everything from the Cosmos to sampled vinyl to “smoked out music.” Smoke Sessions Vol. 1 hit the web a 2 weeks ago and has been making steady noise. It’s a delightful blend of dense rhymes and atmospheric beats.

Producers Skl, ATLS., and Nxstalgic are responsible for these rough and tough instrumentals. How these guys linked up is unknown to me as their hometowns span different countries.

SSV1 is an easily digestible EP as most tracks are just a minute or two. You’ll notice there are 3 cuts with Side A, Side B, and Side C which gives me hope that vinyl copies might be pressed up. All of his projects are available as “name your price” on BandCamp, so if you enjoy be sure to spare a few bucks.

Footage of the the smoked out sessions will be coming soon so follow Lordapex on Twitter + SoundCloud for updates.

https://twitter.com/SENSEIAPEX/status/797979777642758144

Also follow Skl, ATLS. and Nxstalgic on SoundCloud as they have made a plethora of other cuts in their discography.

Photo edit: @kay.ibrahim

L.A. VanGogh – ‘No Service’ (New Track + Artist Spotlight)

This post made my head spin. Illinois native L.A. VanGogh is, to put it lightly, heavily involved in the midwest hip hop scene. He presented a hell of a debut with 2015’s The Vinyl, is 1/2 of duo safeNsound with DJ Ambi and also produces. He’s released two complex remix EP’s in the last 2 months,#shftape vol. 1 +  #shftape vol. 2, dropped off a great project tilted L.A. VanGogh as safeNsound, and now, the single No Service, which is above. (phew). 

DJ Ambi (producer of the song) and VanGogh created a middle eastern style banger full of intricate wordplay, calling out the artists that aren’t rapping on his level and bluntly letting them know they aren’t and will never be on his level.

If you go through his entire discography (which you can partially do below) you will notice he’s not just a rapper, but a true artist; singing, creating electronic antics using his voice as the medium, and using the rare artistic ability to bring just the right people in to collaborate on a project or track (Yomi, Saba, Nosidam, Sherren Olivia to name a few.) He’s a little elusive, at least in his music and how he decides to create songs (case in point feels: exhibit J He’s keeping us all guessing, and hot damn it’s working.