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.


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.

Lucky gettin’ busy

Actually, Luckyiam of The Mystik Journeymen, Living Legends, The CMA, and The Underbosses  never stopped gettin’ busy.

Abstract in his approach to creating classic sounds of Hip Hop and open to the direction it takes him, Lucky gracefully does and says whatever the f*ck he wants without sounding crude and offensive. There is evidence of constant change and progression in every step of his music career and he fears not the lands and people that have yet to be exposed to underground styles. In 2004, Lucky was one of the 1st underground artists to ever perform in Peru, and has traveled the world to spread his artistic insight.

Luckyiam: An emcee of versatility and inclusion in this globalizing world with ever-expanding potentialities. So it didn’t come as a surprise when I found his new project, Luck&Lana – rappin’ with a white girl? 

Yes, yes, y’all. But this is no V nasty crappy, born into a musical household, Lana Shea displays primo vibes, groovin’ with a natural funk. And she gets it, without the wannabe-esque fatalities that usually linger in ‘white girl’ lyricism.

So drop the race restraints and start listening.

Yours progressively,

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.

MA Doom in the spot

For all the Heads reading this, y’all probably know the sweetness MA Doom brings oooooh weeeee….

Legendary to Hip Hop, Masta Ace & MF Doom combine expertise to bring the world their album ‘Son of Yvonne’, available for purchase July 17th, 2012. Now you got no excuse, this is a heads up, go to the damn store or online, or however kids these days get music. Spend your money on an album worth paying for, its got sounds of a classic album.

Myyy goodness….my oh my oh my.. this collaboration always moves with smoothness, but they’ve finally now produced ripe fruit for the masses.

Hand me that juicer, I’m ready to drink.