Hip-Hop Week MKE is Almost Here!

Hip-Hop Week MKE is right around the corner, and we want to make sure you have all the opportunities to get in on the action. Below you will find the official schedule of the events covering all the elements of Hip-Hop, including some unexpected attributes that are critical to making our community thrive. Make sure you tag us in on your social media fun for a chance to make it into our review of Hip-Hop Week.

Check out https://www.hiphopweekmke.com/ , for more details.

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Saint Miguel - SNAKE (Video Submission)

“I really want to highlight the highly underrated side of Milwaukee music. While the (insert MKE rapper name here)  and (insert another MKE rapper name here) have their place, I believe Milwaukee has so much more to offer. . . ” - Saint Miguel

PAUSE.

This is shade my friends. . . But as we like to say when fugazi has its moment of relevancy, “ I’ll allow it.”

Why? Because that's why we have a blog at /CW, to challenge the norm and push multiple perspectives of Urban culture & talents.

But anyways, confident in his “more to offer” Saint Miguel has popped up with a video submission for his track ‘SNAKE’ of his recently released project 0730. Young, clever, with those purposefully underwhelming dramatics (that's definitely a thing in 2018, don't fight us on this), this visual is what Saint Miguel wants us to see as his first reach out to our audience.

Clap for’em!

Even if you did low-key downplay what is “representational” to poppin’ music coming out of Milwaukee, the shots fired got you noticed, so there is the #Win.

Word of advice, next time, leave the names out. The work will speak for its self.

Watch the video here, and let us know if you want to hear more from Saint Miguel.

/CW

Taiyamo Denku - Still Waiting (ft. Benny The Butcher)

What are we waiting for?

Definitely not consistency Lol.

Taiyamo Denku is back, AGAIN. With his track ‘Still Waiting’ featuring Benny The Butcher. Emcees have been at societies head since we can remember and this track is no exception. With a smooth piano sample and some shots fired at the lack thereof active progressive change, the track pushes the comfort limits of hesitation on the subject. With the classic Denku, original hip-hop sound, this track whether you like it or not is making some valid points, we all might need to address.

Drop your thoughts below, let's start the conversation.

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Lili K - Best Friend

Lili K is back!

Out here killing the game this, MKE native (who last time we checked was living in Chicago),  has been stepping into industry territory for quite some time now, and we have been watching to see what she really has up her sleeve.

From her project  ‘Planet of Flowers’ slated to release this fall, she has dropped a new single titled ‘Best Friend’. A soulful acoustic construct of good vibes, times that are missed, and longing realities. Touching close to home, this song about friendship creates a moment to just pause and take in where we are in life and where we are headed.

Her scatting, her delivery and of course her voice quality is a dream, as always. We can't wait to hear more.

So check out ‘Best Friend’ and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Chloé - AirPlane Mode (Video Submission)

“I’m unforgiving” - Okay! Tell us how you really feel! Lol

Today’s submission is coming straight out of the Chi, from R&B artist Chloé.

The video ‘AirPlane Mode’ captures what happens when you leave your phone unattended around Bae.

Bloop! No good ever comes from that! Chloé, however, seems to be dealing with her heartbreak just fine, ignoring Derick as we speak!

So check out this video and make sure you don’t get put on 'AirPlane Mode'.

Leave a comment below.

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Jayne Joyce - Jayne (EP)

Ohhh Jayne! We have been waiting for you!

A breath of fresh air coming straight out of the “Dynasty” (insider) from the House of Renji. Jayne Joyce has released her debut EP, self-titled ‘Jayne”. This four-song project reflects a voice we have yet conquered in the 414 with, strategic collaborations, a feature at Summerfest during Genesis Renji’s set and a smooth execution she will be heard. Her soulful push between jazzy melodies, R&B textures and a spoken word like lyricism, ‘Jayne’ is “introspective”.

Our favorite track: ‘Knives’ because baby girl is cutting those undertones!

Go ahead and give a listen and let us know what you think.

We will say it now. . .We definitely want more Jayne Joyce!

(Available on all streaming platforms)

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Joe Quinto - Rehab

“Sike I’ll see your ass in hell”

Ha! Well, tell us how you really feel. Joe Quinto a long time “fan and follower of CopyWrite” (Thank you Joe) has dropped a new song that is giving us nostalgic Gym Class Heroes vibes and witty formulation of destructive traits. His song titled ‘ Rehab’ is “a juxtaposed track that ties a correlation between being in a toxic relationship and the effects of addiction”.

Unlike Amy, Joe is begging to go to Rehab, to get a real fix. With a more upbeat tempo, it takes what could be a sobby scenario and turns it into a POP structured reality.

With a little bit of addiction in all of us, this might just be the tune for you.

Listen and comment below and let us know if ‘Rehab’ is really the place for Joe Quinto to be.

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TrashMan Shunny - CULTURESHOCK (EP)

Seattle’s TrashMan Shunny, the newest member of the Hiii Tribe collective, is stepping in the ring these ways with his new EP ‘CULTURESHOCK’.

His team claims, “Throughout ‘CULTURESHOCK,’ you will find many catchy and charismatic phrases along with TrashMan Shunny's trademark use of Similes”.

 The playful, new era vibes of rap are lingering here. Life is not that serious and neither is this EP. The challenge is the movement of content, can you catch the vibe, do you hear the subtle undertones? Its something there. . . We are not usual ones to compare but we hear some unrefined Mac Miller in this style. Hmmmmm Okay.

Our favorite track: Everyday (Prod. Younng Poet)

 Check out ‘CULTURESHOCK’ and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Introducing "Rap, Rhyme, Reason" Vol. 1 on COPYWRITEMAG.COM

Taking a stab at local insight on industry music & all the buzz that comes with it, Jose´ “King Kalumet” Robinson, has asked to take his very popular Facebook banter and bring it into the realm of CW's music blog. So go ahead and comment! Troll him if you must, but lets keep the conversation going and Hip-hop alive. 

What's New Music Heads?

What's new yall? I have a rollercoaster ride for ya! First things first on May 30th TDE’s Trailblazer, SZA, took to twitter shortly after leaving the TDE: Championship Tour stating “My Voice Is Permanently Injured”. Then later returning to say “I’m not sick my voice won't fucking work. This didn't happen overnight”. This undoubtedly lead to TDE’s CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith to pull SZA from the tour indefinitely. This turn of events left SZA’s fans on edge for nearly a month! Concerned about her career and her overall health. On June 17th SZA announced that she has been working with multiple doctors “I’m blessed to say my voice is not permanently damaged and i've been working daily to get back”. After this announcement she had surprisingly performed in a few shows were fans were concerned about how her voice sounded but could tell it was recovering. We at RR&R (for /CW) hope the recovery continues and we wish SZA the best of luck!

         Image by:   @ItsTheRealLogic  (https://twitter.com/sza/status/1008453209889878016)

        Image by: @ItsTheRealLogic (https://twitter.com/sza/status/1008453209889878016)

The Crossroads…

If you haven't heard the news we lost problematic Rapper, Writer, and Songwriter, XXXTentacion (Jahseh Onfory)  on June 18th, 2018 in Boward Co. Florida. The troubled performer was noted to be putting forth effort into changing his ways and attempting to rectify his past before he met his untimely demise. X was awaiting trial for a Domestic Violence case, involving his pregnant girlfriend, witness tampering, and about a dozen other charges. X was recently taken off house arrest, on judges order, so he could tour.

On the day of his death, Tentacion, 20 years old, was visiting a motorcycle dealership, as he was leaving one (or more) gunmen abruptly approached his vehicle, shooting into the Black BMW where he was sitting. Leaving him critically injured, and also snatching his Louis Vuitton bag upon escape. TMZ was the first break the news with videos and audio from witnesses and even dispatch. Here is their timeline of events…   

1:48 PM PT -- According to dispatch audio -- the incident was a possible drive-by -- dispatchers named a black Dodge Journey as the possible getaway.
1:57 PM PT -- Additional dispatch audio has revealed XXX was transported as a "Level 1" trauma patient ... dispatchers described him as comatose.
2:14 PM PT -- Witnesses told cops a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from XXX's vehicle.
2:40 PM PT -- Broward Co. Sheriff's Dept. says XXXTentacion has been pronounced dead.
According to the dispatch call the suspects were described as two black males wearing hoodies, and the shooter was wearing a red mask. The car has been confirmed as a black Dodge Journey, with dark tint and black wheels.
4:07 PM PT -- The Sheriff's Dept. just released a statement saying XXX was approached by two armed suspects as he left the dealership. They say at least one of the suspects fired their gun, striking XXX. Cops say they believe the incident was a possible robbery.
6:00 PM PT -- The Broward Co. Sheriff's Dept. tweeted it's offering a reward up to $3,000 for anyone who might have a tip that leads to an arrest in the XXX shooting.

Since then Boward Co.’s Police department announced that they have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of XXXTentacion. After witnessing suspect "visually observed Defendant Williams unlawfully operate" a 2004 Silver Honda Accord. Dedrick D. Willams, 22 years old, has been charged with first-degree murder, probation violation, and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a license.

J. Cole, Diplo, La La, and Kanye West were among the many celebrities to send their condolences on Twitter and Instagram.

J. Cole

"This got me f***** up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans." (Twitter)

Kanye West

“Rest in peace. I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.” (Twitter)

Diplo

"This kid was a genius. true artist. He made his own rules. He has his faults and we was willing to pay for his sins.. but he was young and he worked so hard on his own self. He wanted to be better. He loves everyone so much. He lived for every kid out here. He had the biggest imagination. He texted me this weekend it was one of his goals to get me & Skrillex to finish his next album. I Invited him to L.A. this week. I was wondering if he was gonna come. He used every second of his life to create. He repped Florida to his core... I love this kid. He was gonna do so much more he promised me."  (IG)

La La

"Kiyan asked me to delete my Instagram post bcuz of all the negative comments people were saying about a kids death! He was 20 yrs old! This world is a sad place. Social media is a sad place. So much hate. It’s sad. Praying for his family, friends, & fans. RIP XXXTENTACION." (Twitter) x (IG)
Travis Barker
"I’m at a loss for words... speechless #RIPXXXTentacion. Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist, one of the most f***** talented of our time."  (Twitter)

Skai Jackson

"I can’t believe this.. My heart hurts. You were one of the most humble, and genuine people I have ever met. You were becoming a positive person and trying to better yourself as a person. Thank you for encouraging words. You will truly be missed Jahseh."(IG)

DJ Pauly D

"Damn. Too Young #RIPXXXTENTACION #XXXTENTACION."  (Twitter)

Tyga

"My prayers go out to XXXTentacion and his family." (Twitter)

Logan Paul

"XXX... heartbreaking. The world has been stripped of a true great. So young and so much potential. Rest easy brother." (Twitter)

Source: https://twitter.com/browardsheriff?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodmorningamerica.com%2Fculture%2Fstory%2Fsuspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900*

  Investigators collecting evidence on the scene where rapper XXXTentacion was shot, June 18, 2018, in Deerfield Beach, FL.  (https://goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/suspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900)

Investigators collecting evidence on the scene where rapper XXXTentacion was shot, June 18, 2018, in Deerfield Beach, FL. (https://goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/suspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900)

  XXXTentacion on his first and last press run for his album “?”, live on 103.5 The Beat.  ( https://goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/suspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900 )

XXXTentacion on his first and last press run for his album “?”, live on 103.5 The Beat. (https://goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/suspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900)

Kalumets Artists Of The Week!

L U D A C R I S    X  K I D C U D I

This week I asked fans what was their Favorite songs from Ludacris and Kid Cudi! The most mentioned from Luda was “Blueberry YumYum” from the 2004 studio album The Red Light District. Released though Disturbing tha Peace and Def Jam Recordings. The album charted number 1 on both the US Billboard 200, US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and the US Billboard Top Rap Albums. Alongside Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Usher’s Confessions, and Jay-Z / Linkin Park Collision Course.

Check it out!

Fans Fav Lines:

“grab a lighter, roll a sticky lets get higher” #mood4lifeDa
”Thank God for the man who put it in my hooooooood, It's got me singin’ melodies I never thought I woooooould”

The most mentioned from Cudi was actually a three-way tie between Mr. Rodger, King Wizard, & Rose Golden, but because people felt so generally connected to the studio album The Man on The Moon set!. We are going to highlight Mr. Rodger, From the studio album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rage. Released in 2010 though GOOD Music and Universal Motown Records. The album charted number 3 on the US Billboard 200, number 1 on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and number 18 US Billboard Top Rap Albums. Alongside Eminem’s Recovery, The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D, Drake's Thank Me Later, Sade Soldier of Love, Lil Wayne’s Rebirth, & Rihanna’s Rated R.

Check it out!

“Mr. Ranger Tell me where you're going, tell us where you're headed. I'm off on the adventure, Mr. Ranger. Tell me some of your stories, tell us of your travels”
Knocked down, round for round
You're feeling like you're shot down on the ground
When will the fantasy end? When will the heaven begin?

“I'm on my way to heaven, Mr. Rager
Can we tag along? Can we take the journey?”

 

Jewels & Gems

When is the last time you listened to….

Avia Chaos - Sunshine Ft Tru West (Video Submission)

Avia Chaos would like to share a reflection of understanding that is so deeply embedded into cultivating our future, that we just had to let you guys here it for your self.

His concepting for 'Sunshine' featuring Tru West, on the burdens of a child through neglect from parents and their responsibilities, has lead him to understand the importance of being a father. As this Milwaukee native tries to make his name buzz in the 414 he is not forgetting the things that affected him and many of us growing up.

Though the video is "raw" footage, and a little less structured then we like to see, its storyline is a win.

We hope this brings you clarity. As we like to say here at CopyWrite: Do Better!

/CW