Music Blogger, Ms. Street Cred gives an in-depth critique of the world of music directly from her own observation. Ear 2 The Streets is open to any genre of music and appreciates true artistry and originality. Ms. Street Cred supplies music lovers with a dose of culture,trends, and opinionated takes on the current and up and coming music artist.
With the first month in the new year nearly over I had to review my most played list on iTunes and see what exactly I've been on lately and apparently there is an array of things that have peaked my interest. A lot of it is old while a few songs are within the last few months. Check out my Top 25 and my Top 5 mixtapes below. Yes!! I said Top 25, these are my most played songs between my iTunes and when I plug my iPhone up to iTunes. Check out the number of plays and some of my genre names. Enjoy the list! And Check out the mixtapes on http://www.livemixtapes.com/main.php --MSC TOP 25 MOST PLAYED
If it isn't apparent I love 90's R&B. I personally just feel like the realest feelings and memories stem from the authenticity of that time era. The 90's we're literally "All That" and I am proud today to say that I am 80's made but 90's raised. Brian McKnight crooning through the radio speakers during those rare cool summer nights or the angelic voice of the late Aaliyah really let me know that love and heartbreak were both real and could happen to anyone. It doesn't matter what year it is, when classic 90's R&B comes on everybody is singing along and having nostalgic memories of when that particular song dropped. I have also thought good and hard about a few albums that were hot back then as well. With all that being said. It's 10 Throw Backs that I'm sure will have you searching to hear them again, a Top 5 that will have you like I remember where I was when this album dropped, and a few videos below that will assist in flooding your brain with the heart and soul of 90's R&B. Please enjoy my compilation and please refrain from calling any exes or side chicks after reviewing the list. --MSC
With everyone now
a days’ thinking they are the next big thing, there is no doubt in my mind that
Orlando, Florida native Prince Greg will be big. His intricate lyrics
and real world experience, reflects everything that a young black male thinks about or wants out of life. His intriguing titled mixtapes give the listeners just a preview of
what type of person he truly is. Prince Greg states his claim as Rap's next
king with his EP Release of "More Than a Man" And if I
can remain true to myself and be frank he has various songs that will draw the
listeners in and really make you check for the next song, and the next song.
So from a Prince he shall be King from what I have sampled and listened to.After releasing
his last mixtape "Eagle Wings"
earlier last year in March and landing on HotNewHipHop.com's Heatseekers
[Edition 11], Prince Greg keeps the ball rolling with his "More Than a Man" EP “More
Than a Man” serves as a lead up to Prince Greg's upcoming mixtape “Less
Than a God 2” and his newest EP release. The EP is
straight to the point showcasing his aberrant & lucid lyricism, in his own
words, Leave it to him to tell you why this upcoming EP is going to be worth
the hear Prince Greg said "it shows why I'm up next." On "More Than a Man" Prince Greg
mostly carry's the rapping torch by himself, but brings along his compadre’s
Big Trin & BoGODY to take turns trading verses on the infectious tracks "Way
Too Young" & the luxuriant "Real
Nigga Party". His Production finds itself ranging from EDM-Rap infused
sounds to sample driven hip hop gems with credit toDJ Mustard, Cardiak, 1500 Or Nothin, The
Futuristiks, @firehotbeats, Blood Diamonds, Bink & Yung Berg. Prince
Greg shows immense drive and with continuous grind I wouldn’t be surprised if
in the next few months his career just takes off like a jumbo jet. Below I
dig deep into who the artist known as Prince Greg is and I find out what really inspires his music, why
he named his mixtape MTAM and his process of picking songs for his mixtapes. I
hope you guys enjoy the Q & A
Q & A WITH PRINCE GREG: 1.WHAT INSPIRES YOUR MUSIC?
Prince Greg : "What inspires my music is my life, my thoughts, the people I care for and everything I've been through for the most part. But also my desire to be great inspires me because at the end of the day when I'm in that grave my accomplishments will determine the imprint I made on the world."
2. WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO RAP?
Prince Greg : "I would always freestyle and play around with rapping from the age of 4 years old but I'd say about 6-7 years ago it grew from just a hobby to what I live for. Also just being influenced by the music and the artist of that era like Dipset, Lil Wayne & Lloyd Banks gave me a different perspective on rap from what I was use to in Florida's music scene and helped me cultivate my style."
3.HOW LONG DOES IT TYPICALLY TAKE YOU TO FIND THE RIGHT SONGS FOR YOUR MIXTAPES'?
Prince Greg : "On average I'd say it takes me 2-3 months to find the right songs for my projects. Writing and creating for me is a never ending routine but my projects usually spawn out of 4 or 5 tracks that I feel strongly about and then I build on-top of that. Along with that finding the right production for the feel and vibe of the project I'm creating plays a key & essential part in the process."
4. WHY DID YOU PICK MTAM AS A NAME FOR YOUR MIXTAPE? DID YOU HAVE OTHER CHOICES?
Prince Greg : "More Than A Man was chosen as the title because it's where I feel I am skillfully at amongst the music I hear in today's music climate. It also coincides with another mantra I love which is also a mixtape series of mine called 'Less Than A God'. I feel that when it comes down to bars & the quality of music being created I am ahead of the pack so I am "More Than A Man", but I've yet to receive the accolades to match the skill I possess so that makes me still 'Less Than A God'. But best believe I'll reach that God status, just watch me."
himself, “One of the hottest rappers on Earth.” You can’t really tell the Confident
St. Petersburg, Florida native rapper King Phy he ain’t the Sugar Honey Ice Tea.
He considers himself a rapper from a city that has no major support but he
continues to put on for his city regardless of the skeptics. He has performed numerous
shows throughout the U.S. with mainstream stars like Trick Daddy, Triple C’s,
B.G. and Twista to name a few. He has also performed with local as well as
indie artists. Being an 80’s baby had its’ perks and because music was so
diverse back then he grew up listening to all types of music but Hip- Hop was
just that genre he was naturally attracted to. He recalls being in his first
group at the age of 6 and is ½ of the group “Da Real Loud Pack Mafia” ( who
have been featured on worldcomeup.com) He gushes about being a great father to
his sons and says Run-ins with the law and stints in jail and prison caused
many setbacks in his music career but King Phy is back and ready to continue to
show the world why he is King. He is anticipating the release of his latest Street
Album sometime this year, “Trapping Outta Space”, which has all original
production and a great balance of street life and sultry street anthems for the
ladies. He comes across as a very well accepted rapper in his home town as well
as in surrounding cities and states.But don't call him a rapper he prefers being called a "Clean Artist" He is also a business man and looks at himself as a mogul.He is the CEO of BUTCHA Block Muzik. I see nothing but good for this artist as
he brings Trap music a refreshing reboot with singles like “Street Dreams” and
Sh*tted Again Haterz” I wish nothing but continued success to King Phy as he
kicks off the new year with new music and another chance to soar in his
artistry. Below are a couple links to his songs on soundcloud and official artwork for #TrappinOuttaSpace. There are also videos from a few years back that you can check out. As you guys should know I do a Q & A with the spotlight artist check out the dope responses from King Phy below. Q & A with King Phy [MSC]: What artist influenced you to even start making music? [KING PHY]:2 Pac, Pimp C Rakeim, and Master P [MSC]:What are your aspirations for your city and the future of music there? [KING PHY]: To make the industry look here (St. Petersburg). There's a lot of talent but no major artist have come from here. Also starting a Youth Foundation to give back to the kids, more jobs in the inner city, more business and an all around better community. [MSC]:When is TOS dropping? [KING PHY]: No date yet, but Soon! [MSC]: What sets you apart from other rappers? [KING PHY]: Even though I do put my music online to be downloaded and viewed I am still old school with hitting the streets with music and selling it right out the back of my trunk.
As you all should know I often put out APB's on artist that would like to be featured in my blog and I often get submissions from all types of genres and people within the music community. I had the pleasure of receiving a submission from a South Carolina native who resides in Colombia, SC currently. The artist goes but the name Raymo. I would say his genre of music is quite diverse and invokes thought. He has songs that everyone can relate too. Raymo is an American Hip-Hop artist born on August 30,1991 in Walterboro, South Carolina. His moniker is the root name for Raymond David Lamar Bennett. Raymo prides himself on being original while also allowing his style of music to correlate with the rapid-changing musical trends. He is a graduate of Colleton High School in Walterboro, SC and shortly after graduating, he served our country in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. It was there that Raymo began to develop his artistry and passion for making music. Present day, we witness someone who is definitely one to watch. Get to know the Individual uniqueness of Raymo, as he shares below what sets him apart from the pack, his biggest accomplishments and what inspires his music.
--Q and A with Raymo-- [MSC] What prompted your interest in music?
[RAYMO] My mother was a dancer and my father, a DJ, so naturally I was given the gift of rhythm. I first took up music class in elementary school playing the recorder, learning basic music notes and rhythms. In middle school I entered the beginner's band program playing the trombone. I learned a lot from my instructor Mr. Meshach and going into High School, I received the opportunity to play in the Colleton County High School Band of Blue Marching Band under band director Tom Finigan; the baritone was my instrument at the time. Studying the different chords and clefs, time changes and tempos increased my knowledge in music and allowed me to develop myself as a musician. Shortly thereafter, I picked up a pen and began my artistry.
[MSC] What about your artistry makes you different from others in your area or rappers in general? [RAYMO] I am a musician first; not a performer, not a rapper, none of those things. I do aim to be more inclined in my musical mind so I meditate on music that some people may think is weird or abnormal for me to listen to being that I happen to rap. I love orchaestras, symphonies, classical music; basically anything that has alot of instruments and rhythms I instantly gravitate to. With my backgroud in music and me listening to music on a different plane that others, I feel as if I can make a more complete composition than what people hear in today's music when my time comes.
[MSC] What is your biggest accomplishment to date since starting on this journey?
[RAYMO] Generally speaking, I have not had enough experience in the industry to say that I've accomplished anything yet. Overall, I'm grateful that I have this opportunity to be heard and out my stamp on music, reaching out and touching billions across the world.
[MSC] What inspires your music?
[RAYMO] God first; without him, nothing is possible. I would just say that I love genuine music that expresses all of a person's emotions.
SO ITS A NEW YEAR AND WITH EVERYBODY AND THEY GRANDMA YELLING NEW YEAR, NEW ME. MS. STREET CRED REMAINS THE SAME AND THE MUSIC IS THE ONLY THING NEW! WITH THAT BEING SAID I HAVE BEEN TELLING MYSELF TO SET UP A SCHEDULE SO I CAN KEEP DELIVERING DOPE POST ABOUT THE MUSIC I AM FOLLOWING AND THE ARTIST THAT I HAVE COME TO LOVE. PEOPLE THINK I AM AN ARTIST, AND EVEN THOUGH I AM A WRITER AND FEEL CONFIDENT THAT I COULD, I AM SIMPLY A LOVER OF MUSIC AND ENJOY ESCAPING THE WOES OF THE DAILY STRUGGLE THROUGH MUSIC. I THANK EVERY ARTIST THAT PUTS THEIR BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS INTO EVERY SONG, ALBUM AND MIXTAPE. THEY REALLY DO SPEAK TO ME AND MAKES MY DAY BETTER. I IMAGINE THAT THE PROCESS IS A TEDIOUS ONE BUT THE FINISH PRODUCTS SHOW HOW MUCH TIME HAS BEEN INVESTED. I DECIDED TO START THE NEW YEAR OFF WITH TEN ON TOP AND 5 BELOW SINCE A FEW DOPE THINGS HAVE DROPPED IN THE LAST WEEK. I HOPE THOSE WHO CHECK ME OUT ENJOY THE COMPILATION AND FIND A NEW ARTIST TO CHECK OUT IN THE PROCESS.