Pro Era Expansion

Their sound lifts me up, creates space in my cluttered mind – And I’ve been on them for a minute now, but recently I’ve been especially obsessed.

I spend ~3 hrs taking transit/day during the work week, so like a lotta people I cover my ears with speakers and bump some good feels. Lately, it’s been all about Pro Era.

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From Brooklyn, New York, these guys make Hip Hop that somehow suavely braids old with the new – with class, with ease, with a natural vibe & respect in their artistry. Their sound pays homage, while also bringing you something completely different. The group consists of Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight, Dessy Hinds, Dirty Sanchez, Capital STEEZ (formerly, RIP) and a few others – a nuclear combination.

Favourite mixtape: P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse (2012)

Favourite track: “Sorry Bonita” – Joey Bada$$ ft. Pro Era (2013 – off ‘Summer Knights’)

Burn & Listen Y’all, it’s been a while:

Sorry Bonita – Joey Bada$$ ft. Pro Era

Yours Musically,

Music Ingrnts.

Nitty in the Cities

Nitty’s back in the gritty, workin’ cities on her off duties, just for you and your fine tunies, so fine tune-it, your playlist that is and add this fine ass track to it.

Her latest video out ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ kicks the shitty rap nostalgia from radio bullcrap lingering in my mind and takes me back to a place where rhymes dine on beats. Not where beats dine on rhymes. Trust me I appreciate a fuckin’ beat. But there’s gotta be equal power – the fresh ass beat AND complimentary lyricism – somethin’ which is hard to hear in so-called ‘hip hop’ these days. Hip Hop is a way of life, a philosophy, a world view… not something you shit on.

The video shoots her travelling around London and Oslo, with cute little snippets of her chillin’, icing that tooth, sleepily cursin’ and being Nitty in the big cities.

So thank you, once again Nitty Scott MC., doctor of the emcee philosophy.

Nitty rock rockin' it

Burn that doobie and turn on your listening ears.

Yours confidently,

Music Ingrnts.

So Nasty

What is it about Nas that keeps us grounded throughout the 21st century? Despite all the beliebers (not capitalizing that shit cus it ain’t real), the hyped up yet dumb’d down lyrical content and silicon musical valleys upon which these catastrophes lay, how does Nasir Jones keep it real, literally? How has this MC, exploding in ’94 with his world renown album Illmatic, continued to grasp me and millions of other loyal listeners over the past  two decades? While other artists drift into consumer-driven, commercialized territories, losing the faith and respect of Heads all over the world?

These are an overwhelming # of important questions, but if you’ve always been a fan, you know EXACTLY why album Life Is Good, released in July this year, reflects the solid yet creative history of Nasty Nas. As a progressive artist with an old school palette, he somehow meshes together the two worlds of Old and New, leaving the listener salivating like a nostalgic eater. Am I crazy?? Or was that rhyme delicious enough to eat over and over again??

Nas.. you create necessary chaos within this possessed contemporary music industry. You keep me hopeful that one day, maybe just one day, a zombie apocalypse will unleash on today’s popular culture bubble, leaving behind only those fittest to survive….aka real artists.

I’m trying not to judge the leopard-print pants on that so-called “rapper” but it’s real fricking hard when processed rap is referred to as Hip Hop, GAAAHHHH!!! I could blab on and on..  those around me are frequently reminded of this viewpoint, to their great annoyance.

Life Is Good is packed with legendary files, don’t miss out!

Here’s one of my favorites: 

Yours truly,

Music Ingrnts.

Nitty Gritty

She gon HOP right out at you with her zest. Just like my blog, she’s undeniably fresh. Nitty Scott, MC, a young Michigan-born lyrical master doin’ her thang, unsigned. Unsigned people! She passionately refuses to let some big corporation control her sound. And that’s what she does, gettin’ to the nitty-gritty without any distracting egotistical […]