Category: CT Hip-Hop

EightSixty Custom Skate Shop: Grand Opening

29Jun

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So me and the sidekick headed over to the Eightsixty Custom Skate Shop to celebrate their grand opening. And I will be honest…it was an event. Not only is this place a skate shop, but it always has an indoor skate park. Dope right? So the first half of the day you got to see skaters of all skill levels do their thing on the ramps. The second part of the day that set up a stage and had some of the amazing local music talent grace the mic. Everyone from Maia CC to MC/Host Joey Batts. They even had a impromptu freestyle session just to keep the feeling going. Which, of course I jumped in on. Food and drinks outside and a little stand for my homie, Dewey’s “Hartford” line of gear.

Even though the rain came down, people came out to support. And that meant alot. You see the Skater crowd has always been seen as slackers who can never really do anything. Hoodlums who run around with no respect for anything. Almost exactly what they say about the Hip Hop crowd. But this…this among many others showed that both crowds could come together to accomplish something. Some may see this as just another skate shop, but I’m not that foolish.

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I see EightSixty Custom for what it really is. A symbol as a local business. A sign that the kids you thought were lost, really know where they are and where they are going.

This skate shop is the sign that when not given the avenue or venue, we have what it takes to create it for ourselves.

Thank you EightSixty Custom. not for eventing me to an event, but for making me apart of a movement.

For more pictures from the event check out the link below…..

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Henny Hendrix – Die Or Get Rich

10Mar

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Former CT artist (now residing in Florida) Henny Hendrix dropped his first official video. Its for his song “Die Or Get Rich”. The visuals were handled by BRILLiant Mindz media. Check this one out!

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Third Wurld Cuntree & Influence – S.O.S. Cypher

10Mar

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The boys in Third Wurld Cuntree teamed up with Influence to spit some bars together. BRILLiant Mindz Media handled the official visuals. Here it is:

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CTHipHop.net to host daily blog from Duece Bug’s #GiveTheDrummerSomeTour

24Feb

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CTHipHop.net to host daily blog from Duece Bug’s #GiveTheDrummerSomeTour

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Peace!  I’m happy to announce that I will be writing a daily tour blog from the #GiveTheDrummerSomeTour – Feb 26 thru March 8,  I will be blogging every day regarding all the ins and outs of tour life; from the road to the shows to the innerworkings to the craziness… Ill let it all out.  Hope you tune in and follow whats sure to be a great run!

-Duece

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Influence – Humble (official music video)

5Jan

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The official music video for Trumbull emcee Influence’s track “Humble”. The song is on his ep “Mission To The Unknown”. Check both out below

Video production by BRILLiant Mindz Media

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Sicarii vs. Celebrity Cell – My perspective

19Nov

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Sicarii vs. Celebrity Cell – My perspective

As I write this, I have to say one thing, just to be clear – I am not shitting on Celebrity Cell. That’s not my goal. I just want to express my disappointment. Also, for the rest of the people reading this, just know – I have insight into where Cell was. I talked to him beforehand. I battled in the same room. I joked with him. I also have a unique perspective, because I‘ve also battled, and lost to now the champion (although Dirt told me on the phone he thought I got it… which still it crazy to me) – I had a shitty night that night as well – I had just gotten back into the ring after a 9 month hiatus, and did not live up to my own expectations. But I didn’t give anything up. I didn’t quit rap. I didn’t back down, and now I have the drive back to prove myself to people again. I didn’t decide to move on or give up anything because I didn’t live up to my own expectations, though I can tell you, it is a hard pill to swallow. I decided to move forward and grow from the negative experience and use it to grow. I wish Cell had spit what he had for his third… or at least done what he could to fill his time, and taken the lumps during that round so that he would have the fire in his heart for a comeback.

I often find that when I feel disappointed, it is because I interacted with the truth. I had an idea of what I thought the truth was, and then it showed me what it really was, and now I have to deal with whatever it is. When I met Cell in 2012, I didn’t know he was dope. All I knew is he was supposed to battle and it wasn’t happening. The reason behind why isn’t really interesting, but then the situation happened again and he was ducked a second time. aLiterate stepped up and stood in the spot of whoever was supposed to be there, and Cell’s performance blew me away. People weren’t sure if he was the truth at that point though, as a lot of the bars he spit were for someone else… but I mean, I saw it. It was dope. The footage doesn’t capture the energy in the room. I instantly recognized the skill.

Fast forward two years. Cell’s battle with DNA happens. I thought Cell absolutely killed it. He impressed me. Sicarii went on to win every battle he had… (Except Dirt. And that’s a heavy debatable…) and then, one day early this year, the idea was tossed around of the chain being a thing. So here we are.

While I was prepping for the event, my mind wasn’t right. I had a lot of crazy things going on in my personal life. But as a fan, I was looking forward to my battle being over and just taking this in as a fan.

Sicarii is a top notch writer and performer. He deserves to be the champ, without a doubt. Cell is an out of the box thinker, and I saw him as a potential for the chain, but I knew he’d have to work really, really, REALLY fucking hard for it.  I was looking forward to a classic bar fest. And that third… it just didn’t happen. And I’m disappointed as fuck.

Cell should not have booked the battle if he did not want the chain.

I’ve been in hiphop doing my thing for a long time now. Not as long as the golden giants, obviously, but I’ve met a lot of emcees. I’ve seen greatness and failures in basically all of them. And in battle rap, I’ve seen cherry picker types, the ones that only book battles they think they can win… I’ve seen the types that can’t admit their failures in order to analyze and move past them – blaming others for their downfall… I’ve seen people get served hard and disappear… And for the first time, I’ve seen an emcee that I thought, to a certain extent, was above all of them, fall hard. Not because you were losing, but because you didn’t follow through. You wanted to prove yourself as the champion, and you didn’t. If I’m feeling this bad about it, I can’t imagine how he must feel.

I’ve lost battles. I’ve won them, too. Wins and losses are not what define your worth in hiphop, but your ability to press on, move forward, and train yourself to do better, THAT is what will do it. A lot of emcees think because they win a battle, they’re getting somewhere, or that if they lose, something is being taken from them. I thought with how great Cell’s performances were, he was going to do what he could to get that chain. Him laying down in the third was just awful… worse that having an off round. You can survive any failure.

Cell, I’m writing this now, hoping you are reading it – come back. The story of my entire career in music is surviving failure. Before I struck out as a solo artist, I kept getting into groups/bands that would kick me out or fall apart, and none of them are shit. I rely on myself. You can come back into this and be one of the most feared emcees on the east coast. I’m disappointed, but I believe in you. If you truly are ending your journey here, looking back on this 10, 20 years from now, you’re not going to be happy with yourself. I don’t want that for any of my friends.

Get your ass back in the ring.

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Steady B – Streetz Keep Watchin ft Lava330 & The Mortician (official music video)

13Nov

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Steady B dropped the video for the first single “Streetz Keep Watchin” off of his mixtape “Streetz Iz Watchin vol. 1″ featuring Lava330 aka “Worlds Worst Hypeman” and The Mortician

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Manic – Free Your Mind (music video)

2Sep

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Bristol emcee Manic, dropped a video for his track “Free Your Mind”. Directed by BRILLiant Mindz.

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D Lector – Americas Worst Nightmare

2Sep

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CT emcee D Lector dropped his new tape “Americas Worst Nightmare. Check the description; Just when you thought it was safe… Here it is! The new project from D. Lector. Features include: Jarren Benton, Chris Webby, Futuristic, Playboy The Beast, Tantrum, Googie Go Hard, & Megan Aviles.
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The Pilotz – The/rapists mixtape

2Sep

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CT Hip Hop duo The Pilotz (Tha Red Baron and Young Cubscout) dropped their first full length mixtape “The/rapists”. It is a collection of 17 songs, with guest appearances from; DFL, Danimal Lector, DUB, Louis Cheese, and Kid Karma.

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DFL – The Prologue

2Sep

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Stratford Emcee DFL dropped his new video for “The Prologue”. It was directed and edited by BRILLiant Mindz. Peep it below

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Cityy Towers – The Red Cup Kid (mixtape)

23Aug

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iBattle emcee Cityy Towers dropped his new mixtape “The Red Cup Kid”. Peep it below

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Open Mike Eagle in West Haven Friday August 15th

12Aug

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Open Mike Eagle is an Los Angeles Based art rap human who has been a part of Project Blowed, Swimteam, and now Hellfyre Club alongside the likes of Milo, Nocando, Bus Driver etc.  Open Mike Eagle seems to be on an internet approval hot streak lately.  In 2013 he was the first rapper to appear on Mark Marron’s WTF podcast, was a guest on the Eric Andre live show, and Hellfyre Club their mixtape “Dorner Vs Tookie” to critical acclaim from the pitchforks and The Needle Drops.  In 2014 Open Mike Eagle shows no signs of slowing down, his latest LP “Dark Comedy” has blown more wind beneath the Eagle’s wings again achieving critical acclaim from people on the internet that have opinions (The Needle Drop, Pitchfork).  BUT the quality of the rest Open Mike Eagle’s catalog should be enough to draw you to the show.

Open Mike Ealge – “Qualifiers”

Open Mike Eagle – “Nightmares”

Open Mike Eagle lands at Crunch House Friday August 15th alongside local favorites Chef the Chef, Mister, Cam Nichols & T. Sawyer.  The show is being co-promoted by Sloppy Seconds Presents and The Needle Drop.  Crunch House is a dope spot for hip hop shows that has hosted acts such as Armand Hammer, GDP, Milo, Party Supplies and the like.  Presale tickets are available here and RSVP to the facebook event if you are into that.  The show is all ages and it’s BYOB if you are of age.  This is guaranteed to be the most intimate show of this tour, click here for instructions to get to Crunch House because it’s tricky if you have not been there before, but the address is 14 Gilbert St.  West Haven, CT.

Open Mike Eagle 8/15 Flyer

 

 

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iBattle Worldwide Presents: E. Farrell Vs Bliss Creed

10Aug

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iBattle Worldwide Presents: Gods Of The Arena 3
E. Farrell Vs Bliss Creed
Hosted By godAWFUL & Lady Law
Filmed By Sean Michael’s Photography

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iBattle Worldwide Presents: Sicarii Vs Dego Diavolo

9Aug

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iBattle Worldwide Presents: Gods Of The Arena 3
Sicarii Vs Dego Diavolo
Hosted By Tapedeck & Lady Law
Filmed By Sean Michael’s Photography
http://seanmichaelsphotography.com

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