Tag: New Haven

ILL – “The Mist” Video is KILLER!



Goddamn did this video come out crazy.

ILL disappeared for a while, but came back stronger than ever. He looks like he’s ready to tear someone’s throat out the entire video, and really makes a case for being one of the most energetic performers I’ve ever seen. He’s gotten older, but never old, and certainly sharper over time. Full Aim also produced a ridiculous banger here. It’s a hard and heavy beat, but doesn’t come up short in terms of supplying an atmosphere that brings to mind a lot of late 80’s horror film soundtracks.

Of course, we can’t forget that Shane McLellan killed the game with his ability to edit together great footage, and really match the work of any artist he touches. Gotta love the fun cameo by fellow New-Havenite Mister, too.

All-in-all, A+. Good job, fellas.

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Directed , Shot and edited by http://twitter.com/pdigi
Produced by http://twitter.com/DamnBvndits

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Phenom – Out My Mind (ft. Tha Red Baron) (prod. by EMesi)



Phenom is an up and coming emcee from New Haven. His second album “The Tag Sale LP” is slated for a March release. He posted a song from the upcoming LP called “Out My Mind” with a feature from yours truly.

The Cover for The Tag Sale LP

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New Mister Video, Also By Shane McLellan!



So, I promised that new Mister video, and I’m delivering. It’s called “Sticky.”

I was talking to Shane about this video, and I’m totally impressed by it. Some of the shots are wild. It’s not special-effects-ridden, but a very “organic” feel. I think most of you will dig this.

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Shane McLellan directs dope video by Mister



Shane McLellan directs dope video by Mister

There’s not enough smooth hip-hop coming out in CT. This is the kind of stuff I really dig, so I was happy to hear about it. Hope you guys dig it.

The direction is done by Shane McLellan. He’s been making a big name for himself, having done videos for other artists, such as Political Animals and Righteousness Gone. The first one he did on here was the Crunch House video “W,” which was really well-done, and not over-done, so to speak. I think hip hop fans in CT will love his work, the more of it comes out.

I’m watching a sneak preview of the next Mister video right now, and it’s super dope. It’ll be out in about a week, I’ll post that then.

Stay tuned!


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Anonymous/Zak G CD Release TONIGHT IN NEW HAVEN



I’m sure a few of you guys have heard of Anonymous…if not, you should. I’ve known this cat since he was 14, and he’s always been pretty good, but when he turned 18, he seriously hit a peak. The kid is dropping his first album tomorrow, courtesy of Madecipha’s Spider Bite Records, just in time for Christmas(looking to stuff stockings, anyone?).

This is a sample of what he can do, and the song is on the mixtape he did prior to this album:

The other cat on this release is Zak G, who also did the artwork for Anonymous’s album:

Anonymous album cover by Zak G

Zak G is a super unorthadox cat, from what I’ve heard so far. I don’t know a lot of his music, but I’ll let you decide how you feel about this one:

The rest of the bill is Madecipha, ILL, Mister, and Jonny Empire. I’ve got an article about Mister coming soon.

The show is at Crunch House in West Haven. It’s $5 entry, all ages, opens at 9 PM, and you can BYOB. A few posts down, I put a video showing how to get there.

Stay tuned! Check it out!

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Jonny Empire – I Love Beats music video



I guess this video fell between the cracks of submissions to cthiphop but this one is truly a dope cut. Jonny Empire is an emcee from New Haven and his mixtape is called “Change for the Better”. DJ Mo Nikls supplied the cuts for this song and Mike Squires did the video. Sounds like somethin from the 90s, in the best way.

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iBattle Presents: Tapedeck vs. Stainless



I’m sort of surprised battles like this don’t get more attention. A few of you may not have heard, but iBattle almost went into a situation where it would have had to shut down. This is NOT GOOD. iBattle is one of the few good leagues left, and they put CT on in a big way. If you’re not showing support to what they’re doing, you’re not doing it right.


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An Interview With Old Self



Editor’s Note: I really slacked off on getting this out when I should have. I sort of just noticed that I had the responses in my inbox from a while back. Old Self is honestly one of my favorite MC’s in the area, so I feel kind of dumb for not having dedicated more effort to this. Without further nonsense from me, I present to you an interview with the man himself:

DJ: Tell everyone who you are and where you’re from….

OS: Rap name Old Self, aka The Master Of Miscellaneous, aka Rap Game Robert Pollard, I’m from Milford, Connecticut, where everyone’s on cigarettes.

DJ: What’s going on with any groups you’re in? I remember hearing a lot of noise about the Crunch House group, but haven’t heard anything lately. Where you guys at?

OS: Yeah, so Crunch House (the rap group) played a couple shows and wrote like 50 songs, maybe 3 of them actually featured me, most of em are just sitting on a busted ass computer. The rap group Crunch House was born out of the studio named Crunch House in West Haven, CT. Crunch House still exists as a studio/rehearsal space/ venue, but things have sort of fell apart with the group, we’re onto some new shit now though, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to let that cat out of the bag yet.

DJ: Are you recording anything right now?

OS: I just wrapped up recording my new mixtape Motif Boutique right now you can stream or download it for free on my bandcamp page, the download includes four bonus tracks. I got some dope features on it, some Crunch House heads like Nyce, Jules Baxter, Hairy Diamond, Eli Hazel singing on some shit, you can even hear S Dot in the background of one of the skits, and then there’s even more features on the bonus tracks. Just Go With It! Records is releasing my mixtape on cassette that should be available in a few weeks…. I’m going to start working on a couple new projects come September. I have some really awesome people flowing me beats that I need to speak over, and it’s time to pick things up again with Young Uncles, that’s a punk band I’m in, you should hear something from us sooner or later.

DJ: Are there any videos you’d like to promo?

OS: no music videos but here’s a bonus track from Motif Boutique

DJ: Now for a weird question…what’s your favorite beer? Any particular styles you’re into?

OS: Is this like the shout out part of the interview, but I shout out beers instead of rappers you never heard of? Peace to Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Lagunitas Daytime, 668 by New England Brewing Co, and I don’t see nothing wrong with a little Miller High Life.

DJ: Do you ever plan a return to battling?

OS: Not in the foreseeable future. It’s just not what I’m trying to do, I don’t see it doing anything for me creatively. It’s a bummer that battle event we did in Dohzzi’s garage never made it to the internet that was a good time and I’m happy we did that. As much as I don’t care about battling I still follow you and Dego.

DJ: Which artists in CT are you really feeling right now? Battlers, live shows, new discs, whatever… even non-hip-hop stuff..

OS: Non hip hop, I’m really digging the new Ovlov record. Erik Lamb has a dope album that just came out called “Guns Talk Money Whispers”. Political Animals always put on a dope live show, and I’ve been lucky enough to hear some of their new demo tracks, I’m really looking forward to their new album.

DJ: What influences you to write new content?

OS: New music. When I hear something that’s new or at least new to me, and it sticks with me right away or something I’ve heard before sticks with me for the first time it inspires me. I also end up writing a lot while I’m driving which can be dangerous, watch out for me on the road (Mentioned here). If I’m feeling uninspired, or I’m in a rut with my writing I listen to mainstream rap, or what some people might consider mainstream, I put on like A$AP Rocky Pandora or something cuz I don’t really rap like that, so it opens my brain up to different ways of thinking. My friends, my girlfriend, everyone in my life influences me, the short answer I usually give when someone asks me who my influences are I say The Beastie Boys, De La Soul, and Sean Price.

DJ: Any last words?

OS: Nah.

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iBattle: Daylyt vs Cityy Towers



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Madecipha + 5:AM CD release tonight!



These guys make good, wholesome music that your whole family can enjoy.

Madecipha + 5:AM CD release!

Please don’t take it seriously that I said that your family can enjoy it. It’s honestly as disrespectful as the name of the album implies. These guys already were told they couldn’t have a show at Elm Bar, which I’m pretty sure has had bands with more vulgar names than Anal Cunt play. *facts*


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Madecipha’s Easter Sunday Slaughter!



This is a regular fixture for New Haven, and never a letdown. Anyone who’s interested should get on this! Righteousness Gone album comes out with it, too, and I’ll have a review for you guys tomorrow PM!

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Q Da General’s New Mixtape



Q is a decent well-known cat in the battles, and I gotta say, I’m not at all disappointed with his mixtape. It’s a very relaxed album, as far as I’m concerned. The bars can get heavy, but the beats stay very chill. I’ve listened through a few times, and it’s served as damn good reading and drawing background music.

Suspense is on it, too. Suspense is dope.

P.S. Dope Joker reference.

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Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?



Some of the most classic verses in CT hip-hop history. I was given knowledge of this video’s existence a while back, and it’s finally done. Shit is fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiire.

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CT Hip-Hop About CT…Meta what?



What’s up everybody? I’m coming back from being totally bogged down with finals, finally about to drop my album, lots of battles coming up, but I can’t forget about this website for too long.

Madecipha decided to drop some crazy knowledge about CT itself in a song, because, really…how many people are talking about the history of CT and where we’re all coming from? This is an important thing..a CT anthem, if you will.

Peep that, enjoy it. Get your knowledge game up.

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