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June 22nd, 2014
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Last week Detroit's own Nolan the Ninja came through and blessed us with a few bars with his boy Semmi.  Make check the freestyle, and watch for the full episode over at the show site LIVE! From the Basement!

Follow Nolan The Ninja on Twitter: @NolanTheNinja

And purchase his album "The Ill Sh-t" over at his BandCamp page: http://nolantheninja.bandcamp.com/

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October 17th, 2011
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Our first night at A3C Hip-Hop Festival, we caught up with a local cat Jon Connor for an interview to talk about his current project, his upcoming project and MC Breed resolution.  On a side note, I'd like to add that Jon Connor and his entire team are some of the most hard working, energetic, humble cats we've ever spoken to.  Even his manager Mateen Cleaves, former NBA player and college b-ball star, was extremely cool and down to earth.  So big shouts to the entire Blue City Club for being a humble crew out here workin' hard and showing us all what real dedication is all about.

 

Next: HoodHype Interview w/ Jon Conner @ A3C Pt. 2

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September 30th, 2010


MC, singer, writer, producer and video director, Erk Tha Jerk is an independent powerhouse who is about to get a LOT of attention. On his recent street album release The Prelude, Erk almost effortlessly goes from street track to something you'd expect to hear at the local night club, to something a little more inspirational.  Erk Tha Jerk's versatility is probably the single most important asset of his that's going to lead to many more years of success for him and great music for us.  There's absolutely no question why I picked Erk for this latest Independent Spotlight.

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August 16th, 2010
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Not what you would expect to hear from one of today's Bay Area artists, Moe Green has a sound unlike the majority of his West Coast counterparts.  And that's definitely not a bad thing.   Part of what I feel to be the return of West to Hip-Hop, Moe Green will definitely not disappoint.

Personally, I was shocked to hear a sound like this come out of California.   Alot of times you expect to hear that West Coast twang along with tracks laced with Troutman'esque sounds, which isn't the case with Moe.

Coming out swinging with his debut effort Rocky Maivia: Non Title Match, I definitely have high hopes for Moe Green. Hopefully some of the artists out there on the west coast can take a few notes from this guy.

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May 13th, 2010


With a sound unlike what you'd expect from A-Town, Sean Falyon may be new to alot of people, but the game has been familiar with Sean for quite some time now.  Working with everyone from the infamous Playboy Tre to Lloyd, Freddie Gibbs, the homies over at KonsoleKingz.com and BoneCrusher Sean Falyon's work ethic is most definitely reflected truthfully by the name of his most recent free album Sean Falyon Be Everywhere.

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December 9th, 2009
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Donny Goines' job is easy.  I mean c'mon releasing seven albums (6 of which are free), countless singles, several independent music videos, running a blog and staying current on all his other sites (twitter, myspace etc),  appearing on several radio shows, magazines, countless blogs (including ours), television shows and rocking stages throughout New York all within the last four years can't be that tough.  

Much respect to one of the hardest working MC's in NYC. 

Donny Goines - "Dream Awake"
[audio:http://www.hoodhype.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/donny_goines-dream_awake.mp3]

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://donnygoines.blogspot.com

MYSPACE PAGE: http://www.myspace.com/donnygoines (get all Donny's free albums)

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September 11th, 2009
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Johnny Spanish
Hip-Hop is so damn niche in the music industry that few are actually creative enough to separate themselves from the pack.  That is, unless you're a dope Louisville, KY artist named Johnny Spanish.  Now you may find yourself making assumptions about another white boy in hip-hop, but once you listen to Johnny's featured song "My Way" you'll quickly hear that he's not like anything you were expecting.  Chances are that the second you hear Spanish's signature "Yeah I do dis here...." you'll listen to the track all the way through and then go back and  listen again because the lyrics and the hook are just about as infectious as the simply constructed beat that they lace.  Originality, lyrical ability and an overall interesting song is EXACTLY why Johnny Spanish was selected for the indie spotlight from episode #95 of the HoodHype Show.

I defy you to keep this song out of your head for the rest of the day.

Johnny Spanish - "My Way"
[audio:http://www.mickings.com/hood_blog/indie/johnnyspanish-myway.mp3]

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.louisvillesgreatest.blogspot.com/

MYSPACE PAGE: http://www.myspace.com/johnnyspanish88

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July 1st, 2009

Hopsin & SwizZz
As fans of hip-hop continue to get more calloused and used to the mainstream, we tend to start looking for someone to deliver a different sound than what we are used to.  Enter Hopsin & SwizZz.  With Hopsin's interesting voice, SwizZz's tight lyrics and an eerie yet effective production style, these cats are definitely bringing "different" to the table.  Peep out the interview with Hopsin & Swizz on Episode #92 of the HoodHype show.

Hopsin & SwizZz - "Funk Volume"
[audio:http://www.mickings.com/hood_blog/indie/hopsin_n_swizzz-funk_volume.mp3]

Website Links / Official Bio after the jump

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June 12th, 2009
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Ghagged
Although her name was cause for great debate on Episode #87 it doesn't excuse the fact that Ghagged (pronounced "Jagged") is one of the dopest emcees we've spun on the show.  Not only one of the most humble and down-to-earth artists we've spoken to but also extremely talented.  In a genre where most female emcees spit lyrics about sex and commercialism, Ghagged delivers music with thought provoking words most female emcees wouldn't dare touch.  She's truly an artist motivated by the love of the music. Make sure you check out Ghagged's interview with us on Episode #89 of HoodHype Show, she was definitely the highlight of the episode.

Ghagged - "Before It's Over"
[audio:http://www.mickings.com/hood_blog/indie/ghagged-before_its_over.mp3]

Website Links / Official Bio after the jump

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May 29th, 2009
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Street Justice
In an era of hip-hop where groups are few and far between, Street Justice is a very welcome change to the game.  With a unique sound and lyrical flow backed by phenomenal production, it's no question why Street Justice took the listener vote for the favorite track of Episode #88 of the HoodHype show.

And on a personal note, now that voting is over, I can I've been bumpin' "High Life" at least once a day since they first submitted it for the show so it's no doubt that I'm gonna be coppin that "DJ DDT & Street Justice Go To White Castle" album they will be dropping soon.  Peep their winning track below and check out our interview with Street Justice on Episode #90. (Big shouts to DetroitRap.com)

Street Justice ft. Nation - "High Life"
[audio:http://www.mickings.com/hood_blog/indie/street_justice_ft_nation-high_life.mp3]

Website Links / Official Bio after the jump

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