SUSU MUSIC: RAPPER'S RHYTHM
"Bars, Beats & Creativity from artists known and unknown"
"If it's for Black people, I'm down"-Mick Jenkins
This was Mick's response to SUSU back in 2015, at that point SUSU was just a thought. I asked him if he would be interested in supporting the SUSU Movement by creating a song about it. It was all reciprocal love from the jump.
"Isaiah Rashad’s music is reminiscent of the time when Carmelo Anthony scored 50 points on the Miami Heat by making exclusively three-pointers and mid-range jumpers. Few of the individual moments were breathtaking, but the overall body of work was truly profound. Such is the case with Rashad as an MC; he doesn’t try to drop your jaw with technical precision or Ph.D. wordplay, yet track after track on The Sun’s Tiradeshine with hard-earned wisdom and quiet intelligence." -Pop Matters
The “Classic Man” record celebrates the neighborhood gentleman that everyone knows and respects. He is the man that steps up to care for that which is not his own. He is the street elegant old-fashioned man, the urban sophisticate. He is a man that every man wants to be and every woman wants to be with. To both his lovers and his enemies, his charm is a necessary evil. Under fire, the Classic Man remains cool as Nat King Cole. He sons immature men without them knowing they’ve just been sonned. He can pull the wool or be a bull while being polite. A Classic Man never rants in public; he delivers speeches with passion and conviction.-Jidenna Official Website
Genesis The Greykid
"While serving as poet & artist of the Manhattan based media label Creative Control TV, Genesis moved back to his southern roots where he has found a new voice running creative/poetry workshops out of various studio spaces for the community. In these workshops, Genesis would get artist to think differently about the creative self, their writing, and collectively explore the pathway to that “hidden wholeness” inside of us, through his Words In Grey sessions."-Genesis The Greykid Official Website
Merc the Big Body Benz
Undeniably good. "Queens native Merc The Big Body Benz, is a socially conscious, lyrically monstrous emcee! Uplifting and educating the people is the goal!"-Merc the Big Body Benz on Facebook
"Homeboy Sandman, a 34-year-old rapper from Queens, New York, is an Ivy League-educated vegan who has written for Gawker and the Huffington Post, and an artist who disparages the term “conscious hip-hop”, despite writing verses that brim with social critique. He’s admired for sharp insights delivered via an unhurried, almost drowsy flow."-The Guardian
Architecture. "There’s a lot to love, but I hate that some of the street shit gets thrown under the hip hop umbrella. The Pac/Big deaths was street shit, they didn’t die while rapping. R&B singers get called rappers when they get arrested and that’s bullshit – that has nothing to do with hip hop. I don’t like when people do lazy shit and say “that’s hip hop!” Nah, you just didn’t hone your skills. I don’t like how certain rappers won’t be considered a part of hip hop because of their skill level or perceived intelligence level. There’s good shit and bad shit, but it’s all a part of hip hop to me. If only good rappers are MCs then who are the “wack MCs” we keep rapping about? Sometimes, as fans, we all get too snobby. Either that, or we do the ironic thing where we ONLY listen to “ignorant” shit. I love the expression of art from us poor kids though. At the base that’s what it is for me, the kids that didn’t have much, but made a way, through their own ways of art and sound collages. It’s that forever for me."-Rapverbiage.com
"Noname is a messenger here to remind us to be more aware — of what we’re going through personally, and of outside factors like oppression and racism that are constantly, subtly at work. She moves at her own pace, and that carefulness is audible in her songs. “My purpose isn’t to just churn out a bunch of music,” she explained to me over FaceTime last week, after a three-date stint opening up for Ms. Lauryn Hill. “I’m trying to make music that people can live with and be with forever. That takes time.”-The Fader