It's not too often that you're fortunate enough to come across an artist with the precision and drive of a Ninja. Especially when it's an artist actually namedNolan the Ninja who happens to be in your own backyard.
I found about about Nolan when I stumbled across his song "That's When Ya Lost" (using the Souls of Mischief beat) on Kevin Nottingham a few weeks back. When I heard him start rapping, I found myself checking the date of the post. The kid sounded like he was straight out of 1995 by way of Doc Brown's DeLorean. So being a complete slappy for the golden era, I immediately pulled the track and used it in mini-episode #202 of the HoodHype show. Then came the bonus: he's from Detroit.
So of course we had to have him on the show, and of course we had to ask him to drop some bars with our in-house rap genius, MOLA1.
Our first live Episode of 2013! A great time we had MOLA1 back in the basement, we discussed our favorite albums and news in 2012 and T.I.'s Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head album was up for Blend It or Bump It!
I've been to some independent hip-hop events over the years and experienced quite a few performances. After your first few, you start to realize how tough it is for an artist to be heard let alone move a crowd of people who are there to see the headlining act, which a lot of times, is also independent.
As a fan of the music, it's easy to get burnt out. Between the rappers devoid of emotion who pace the stage with a blank stare and so-called "artists" who open for label acts but seem to lack any sort of passion, it is very easy to get burnt out and never visit an indie show again. Read the rest of this entry »
This week we had a special guest in the basement, Mola1 of The Definition talking and spittin some verses. The finale of HoodHype's Hip-Hop Fight Club (Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die vs. Outkast's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik) went down and it was a tough one. We also reviewed Killer Mike'sR.A.P. Music with a surprise call-in from Killer Mike to debate the album.
So after the Shady 2.0 show, I guess we missed an bunch of freestyle cyphers going on in the lobby and out in front of the venue that night. Just by chance on the way out we caught up with this dude MOLA1 who's definitely got some bars. What do you think?
I think this dude was goin in, but whoever the disrespectful loud chick on the phone was needed to step around the corner when dudes were spittin. I wish I knew why people acted like that.... What is it with artists trying to freestyle in a setting like this and people being obnoxious as hell on their phone or talking loud trying to compete with whoever is spitting? Killin me...