Scholarich Music Group and Lyfestyle Clothing held their 2nd annual Toy and Book Drive on Dec 12 at Santos Party House in New York City. The event fulfilled a dual purpose – to promote a great cause and celebrate talented artists alike. 600 books and 50 toys were collected over the course of the evening, all of which were donated to a Brooklyn-based Help USA shelter.
Scholarich’s CEO Kamau “Moose” Harper and Australian media personality Simone “Boss Lady” Amelia did the honors of hosting us, and KillerHipHop’s DJ Eric Kidd provided the tunes. This year, Scholarich enlisted a slew of acts to entertain all in attendance, including SMG artists themselves – SongBird, Von Rich, Money Meech and Chewy Garcia – along with songstress Lydia Caesar, G4SHI, Skyzoo, Slim Dollars, SheIsRyan and Grammy nominee Mack Wilds to headline the festivities.
Behind the scenes, KillerHipHop’s Alana had the opportunity to chop it up with the artists who graced the stage. Take a look at our exclusives with the incredibly talented lineup of performers above, and hit the jump for a video recap of Scholarich and Lyfestyle’s successful event.
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Son-Ray is the lyrical embodiment of perseverance and ambition. With running his own business in GID Radio & entertainment, Son-Ray still finds the time to rock the studio to deliver this KILLER project, Face Value EP. This 6-track EP includes great production from Black Tearz, S. Dot, P. Dot, Mo Good, Lil Miff & J. Bonez. The EP includes as well, two features by SkyZoo & Babieqirl. My favorite track has to be Nows The Movement, this instrumental filled with nothing but soul gives the audience a clear port to what Son-Ray is about.
Download Son-Ray’s Face Value EP after the jump
Hope and Skyzoo double team the beat (metaphorically speaking) with dope cadence and lyricism, while Kay Cola accents the track with her jazzy vocals.
Take a listen to the threesome’s “Rough Sex” below and tell us what you think.
By: Alana Johnson
NY rapper Skyzoo teams up with Talib Kweli to pay tribute to Spike Lee. Off Skyzoo’s album “A Dream Deferred”. Watch out for the cameo at the end.
With a song title like “Spike Lee Was My Hero”, it’s only right that Skyzoo was able to pull off a cameo appearance by Spike Lee. Zoo in addition explains how Talib Kweli contributed and how the concept of the song came about.
by Eric Kidd
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The 8th annual AC3 Music Festival – aka the biggest hip hop festival in the southeast region of the US – went down from Oct 11-13 in Atlanta, Georgia. AC3 is not just a platform to unite hip hop nerds with their favorite – and soon-to-be new favorite – emcees. It’s also an opportunity for artists, DJs, and producers to get together and make ill music. They link up at the legendary Stankonia Studios to crank out some heat that gets packaged into a collaborative album. Here we have the first leak off of the Stankonia Sessions: 2012 AC3 Edition. Spitters Skyzoo, Thurz, and Los drop bars over a real relaxing beat courtesy of SMKA and The Flush. The trio fuses “The Sparks” suave production together with solid lyricism, providing us with a pretty dope listening experience. Check it out after the jump.
BK spitter Skyzoo resurrects Chi-Ali on this one. Sky released the original version of his 9th Wonder-produced single “Jansport Strings” a little while back; for the remix to the track on which he pays homage to Chi-Ali, the master wordsmith really tied it all together by inviting the legendary emcee to the booth to do himself some justice on the cut. The verse was the first that Chi recorded since being released from prison after serving a 12-year stint for second-degree murder. He states that he’s:
Back from the dead like it’s Easter and I’m Christ and I’m, here for them checks like the sneakers and them Nikes
Chi-Ali is wastin no time on a resurgence. “Jansport Strings” lives on Skyzoo’s highly anticipated LP A Dream Deferred, which will come to fruition tomorrow Oct 2. Take a listen below, and check out the official “Jansport Strings” video, plus some behind the scenes footage of the two lyricists in the lab as a bonus after the jump.