Artist Spotlight – Viktor Rasiia

Artist Spotlight – Viktor Rasiia

rasiia.com | Twitter [@vis4viktor] | Facebook | Twitter [@cartierjones21] | Baltimore rapper Viktor Rasiia presents “36 Chamberz”, featuring Hartford, CT rapper Gov Mag and produced by Chicago producer Cartier Jones. “Chamberz” will appear on Lightning Flashes Thunder Crashes, Viktor’s forthcoming album also featuring his sister, vocalist Evon Rasiia. His previous full-lengths include The Viktor Rasiia Show (listen) and The Legend of Natty Bohnz (listen). “I wrote ’36 Chamberz’ as a tribute to my biggest musical influence,The Wu-Tang Clan,” says Viktor. “I was blessed enough to spend a substantial amount of time around them and in particular Inspectah Deck, Who gave me jewel after jewel of Wu wisdom. No matter how many questions I had he always had an insightful answer. I remember when I got my first beat machine, it was an ASR-X – the black and purple one. He got up from in front of his and showed me step by step how to work it, then left me with it for two days! I now know how rare it is for a kid to get the opportunity to sit at the feet of masters and learn. ’36 Chamberz’ is my small way of saying much appreciated, your words didn’t fall on deaf ears.” How are you adjusting musically and personally since the release of LFTC? Musically nothing’s changed much, just one more brick in the house I’m building. I’ve got a bunch of hooks and concepts written down, but no serious studio work since the project came out. Personally. I’ve been spending a lot more time with my family, my babies appreciate daddy taking a brief break...
Artist Spotlight – Haze

Artist Spotlight – Haze

Twitter [@haze_az] | Facebook | Instagram Arizona emcee and saxophonist Haze presents his debut EP Smooth Ascension. Playing saxophone by age six and performing live at Phoenix venues by age eight, Haze resolved to take his music seriously after his mother committed suicide when he was 17, honing his combination of rhymes and saxophone. A video for Smooth Ascension single “Nothing In Return” has already been released (watch). “Smooth Ascension is my initiation into Hip Hop music and culture,”he says. Every song is a little piece of my soul. This is my creation, my baby, my offering to the world. With “Smooth Ascension” I am literally ascending to a higher position, and taking my first real step as an artist. I like to think that listeners are also able to achieve a certain level of ascension just by listening. I have a lot to say. But some things I just can’t put into words… so that’s when I let my saxophone do the talking.” What do you think is the perception of rappers in the musician world? Man, that’s a tough question just because everyone has their own unique perception. And perception is what creates our reality, so everyone experiences things differently – ESPECIALLY MUSIC. I feel like most of the people I’ve talked to in the Hip Hop community, specifically rappers, are very intrigued when they find out that I’m not only rapping but also incorporating my saxophone into the mix. But like I said, everyone perceives things differently so there may be some rappers out there who don’t like the fact that I’m trying something new. To...
Artist Spotlight – Tony Moreaux

Artist Spotlight – Tony Moreaux

On the outskirts of Boston, Massachusetts, coming from the east side of a small city going by the name of Lynn, born on February 20th, 1991 is Tony Moreaux. A fair amount of culture runs through Tony’s blood especially with him being part French Canadian and part African American. Tony comes off as a lyrical cat with a twist of generation Y with his catchy and infectious hooks. Tony is also a producer who has not only produced for himself, but worked with a variety of artists from his city. Aggressive bars, witty punchlines and always real is what makes Tony such a special artist. He is speaking about things that appeal to a wider audience but most of all things people can relate to. Tony can go from putting together a gritty boom bap track to switching flows on an ignorant trap record and always holding his own on any featured slot that is thrown his way. As an artist, Tony is giving you his take on life from the “regular guy” perspective without being “regular” or typical. His creativity allows him to keep his product as raw and fresh as ever. Just like anyone else, the man has a story and he gives you just that without any...
Self Help Spotlight – Ash Cash

Self Help Spotlight – Ash Cash

Welcome to another edition of Po Politickin. In this episode, we politick with personal finance expert, business consultant and motivational speaker Ash Cash. The author of two Amazon.com bestselling books, Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom, as well as What the FICO: 12 Steps to Repairing Your Credit, Ash Cash travels the world helping everyday people get their lives back in order, whether they need financial advice or a little motivation via his special way of conveying life lessons. As a banking professional for more than 10 years, he has led and managed branches for some of the largest financial institutions in the world, controlling over $400 million dollars in deposits throughout his...
Artist Spotlight – RoQy TyRaiD

Artist Spotlight – RoQy TyRaiD

Video embed code: Phoenix, Arizona rapper RoQy TyRaiD presents the self-directed music video for “Nonpareil”, another single dropping in anticipation of The Dichotomy Of RoQy TyRaiD, his forthcoming album set to feature Mega Ran, Mr Miranda, Big Penny, and Mystic Blu as well as production from Oddisee, Hezekiah, Slopfunkdust, M Slago, Jimmy Flight, Nameless, Nabeyin, Ill Maestro, Phoenix’s Arza, and Tunesmith. Since the release of his debut album The New Millennium Man, RoQy has sold thousands of CDs hand to hand, appeared on AllHipHop’s Top Artists Of The Year list four years straight, has appeared on The Wake Up Show and has performed at SXSW, DIllaDayLA, A3C and has toured nationally. “The video can best described as a snuff film meets a lost footage flick,” RoQy says about the new record. “Menacing, aggressive, demanding visual interpretation of the song’s creative lethality. In the video, I stalk and kill my only form of competition, then bury it in the mud, There Will Be Blood style.” What’s your perspective on Obama’s time as president? It really brought out the worst in America in ways we haven’t seen in a long time, and that’s saying a lot. Not because of his policies, but because of the uninhibited flow of prejudiced BS from government officials, lobbyists, and news sources. They cite political reasons for their attacks on Obama, but let’s face it, no president was saintly. George “Kanye Saying I’m Racist Is The Worst Thing To Happen In My Presidential Tenure” W. Bush wasn’t. The patron saint of the GOP, Ronald “Contra” Reagan wasn’t, with the laundry list of disgusting atrocities connected to...
Artist Spotlight – Lamon Manuel

Artist Spotlight – Lamon Manuel

Video embed code: Chicago emcee Lamon Manuel and Houston producer Analog(ue) Tape Dispenser present the Samantha Wakefield-directed music video for “S–t. Everything We Have Together Is Falling Apart”. Manuel is a member of Chicago collective Tomorrow Kings (Bandcamp). Lamon describes the new single as “a song about watching everything that matters most fall apart and not being sure what to try to save first, wondering if anything is worth saving or if there’s any hope in trying. I had no definitive answers on that when I was writing the song. I don’t really have any now. The woman I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with left me and I just wanted to feel nothing most of the time. I spent a lot of time drinking too much, getting sad literature tattoos and wandering back and forth between the north and south side of Chicago, thinking about the time I had lost investing myself in caring for someone else and now having to figure out who I was and what I wanted without her, if I wanted anything at all. I didn’t have many songs to listen to to probably score what I was experiencing so I ended up writing some. And all of this happened while I was being Black.” What do you think is the most misunderstood thing about you as an artist? I think the most misunderstood thing about me as an artist is also the most misunderstood thing about me as a person. People think I hate everything. Which I don’t. I just have complicated push and pull relationships with many things and...