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#Interview: RoQy TyRaiD in ‘PLYNwcha’

RoQy TyRaiD drops a brand-new single “PLYNwcha” produced by NYC’s Motif Alumni with a psychedelic backbeat over hypnotic chants that…

RoQy TyRaiD drops a brand-new single “PLYNwcha” produced by NYC’s Motif Alumni with a psychedelic backbeat over hypnotic chants that groove. With an edgy prose, RoQy TyRaiD takes Hip Hop to the next level and Above Average Hip Hop wanted to know more. What can be said about his subject matter personifies the culture that raised him. Coming up in the game can be a struggle, but for RoQy, it’s all about keeping it real. “I don’t have to play by the rules. I’m going to do what I want, and I’m going to find my success regardless,” says RoQyTyRaiD.   

I get placed on this green planet for a finite amount of time and I don’t feel like I’m surrendering any of that to people who are championing consistencies and stratification and all of that nonsense. – RoQy TyRaiD

However, there are different modes of success, and whether it equates to monetizing your product or artistically expressing and further developing your brand, the rapper RoQy TyRaiD stays true to his values in the culture that brought him his new single “PLYNwcha.”

Tell me about RoQy TyRaiD. Who are you and where are you from?   

I reside in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m originally from southern California, born and raised. I’m just here to advance my artistic pursuits and find myself deeper in the culture that inspired me and gave me a live soundtrack. I feel that artists, at the end of the day, are just glorified fans. I’m finding my way further in the culture that inspired me, and this is why I’m here.

Some would describe you as a socially conscious rapper. How would you describe your subject matter?

I mean, people have classified me like that. I’m just more aware to life. I mean, it happens to fall in it in terms of just discerning your surroundings. Unfortunately, and fortunately as opposed to politics and things related, social climate plays a role. So, I could say, you know, they’re right. I’m just a normal dude.  I mean sometimes the content touches on political topics.

What is your most recent single?

It’s called “PLYNwcha.” It’s me flexing my capabilities lyrically, providing some hype music. I’m breaking away from the direction that I was sent down artistically and just getting back to making music that makes you want to throw a merch table across the venue. I detail instances where I was just being delivered pipe dreams just waiting for this nonexistent idea of success or mythical ideas and just really being fed up with it. I guess I deliver it in a more aggressive energy forward manner. But what it is — I have no time.

I’m not like a 21-year-old dude who can play trial and error. I get placed on this green planet for a finite amount of time and I don’t feel like I’m surrendering any of that to people who are championing consistencies and stratification and all of that nonsense. We’re with the advent of social media, Internet, and advancing technology. I don’t have to play by your rules. I’m going to do what I want and I’m going to find my success regardless. I guess it’s realizing that feeling and you know, taking the gloves off.

It sounds like you have a different set of values on what constitutes success. Would you say that is accurate?

Absolutely, my role is looked at differently from the next man or woman. Even describing the adversities and the games and you know, standards you have to abide by. For example, I have two sold-out dates in the UK, another one lined up press and individuals waiting to get the piece of this new music and you know, I think that reflects taking your destiny by your own hands as opposed to abiding by what you’re told to do.

My name is David Morales. I have a background as a writer, blogger, drummer, and in human services. I love music and I love writing about it! I am passionate about helping others, learning and have a deep empathy for the creative process. You can check me out on twitter @dcypherstudios. I have no pets.
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J French Tells His Story In New Album “OGB 1.5”

Jamal French works his ass off. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, and producer better known as J…

Jamal French works his ass off. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, and producer better known as J French has completed what seems like a lifetime’s music industry experience. Since writing his first rhyme to Devin The Dude’s “Don’t Wait” at the age of 12, he has started his own publishing company, he has worked with several rappers in Oklahoma-Texas scene and Los Angeles scene including RC & The Gritz, Erykah Badu’s official band, and members of TDE. Despite it all, J French is as level-headed as can be. He strictly adheres to a self-imposed requirement to make music from the soul. “I’m so determined to be heard,” says French. “[Music] is so spiritual, it’s connected with our soul and I want people to feel good. I’m going to share with the world what God gave me.”

J French Tells His Story In New Album "OGB 1.5"

This year, French proved he’s diligently working on his musical growth. Earlier this year in January, he released his self-produced sophomore album, OGB (Only Gets Better). Earlier this month, he dropped OGB 1.5, a complete overhaul of the original opus, with brand new previously unreleased songs, and remixes of fan favorites. Recently, I got the chance to speak with the rapper about everything he has done musically, his new album, and how having a speech impediment began his career.

Growing up in Oklahoma City, music played a big part in his life. Being that his father, Brother Num, is a two-time Grammy Award-winning musician, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. French started playing instruments at an early age and wasn’t until the age of 12 he discovered his God-given talent. He had a bad speech impediment where he couldn’t say a sentence without stuttering. In speech therapy classes, he wrote rhymes/poetry to remember it word by word. In school he started reciting the rhymes.

“I did it in school and didn’t stutter through the whole thing not once,” notes French. “I just didn’t want to stop doing it because it cured my stuttering problem. One day I said, ‘I can rap.’ By the age of 15 it was attached to me.” Rapping became apart of his everyday life.

French is known to be a one-man-show with his music. He raps, produces, and engineers a countless number of records. One of the records he co-produced on OGB 1.5 is, “A Song For Kanye” featuring Los The Greatest. “This is a song defending Kanye,” notes French. “Society beats people up for being different. It’s almost like the weakest people are becoming the bullies to the strongest people. They don’t care why he wore it [MAGA hat], they just look at the fact he wore it.” French touches on many things in the new project including writing a letter to the late rapper, Tupac, on “God Given” to sharing his testimony on the album’s intro, “Only Gets Better”. “I shed tears writing the intro,” says French. “I talk about the stuff I went through and piecing the puzzle together.”

Towards the end of our conversation, we started talking about the state of hip-hop and how talent is one of the main keys to survive in this game for the long run. “Talent is something you can’t knockoff,” he says. “The way to separate yourself from others is being talented and working hard.” French knows he has the talent, drive, and knowledge on the music business to make a change in the rap game. “I am apart of the growing age of hip-hop. People who are above average hip-hop are winning because they’re authentic and everything they do means something [impacts the world].”

“Any last words?” I asked. “OGB 1.5 is the best album of this year that was done by one person,” he says with assertiveness. “I say my only competition this year is J.Cole.” After finishing this interview, one thing I learned for sure is that J French has confidence and pure talent. Make sure you check out OGB 1.5 and let us know what you think.

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Kaiju Returns With A Dope New Anime Crossover “Glasscase”

He’s back at it!

Kaiju The Unconquerable is back; one of the best-kept secrets on AAHH continues with his string of high-quality visuals with his latest Anime crossover concept, “Ep.9: Glasscase.” This time around, he plays the role of Sie — a transporter finds himself in a tight situation when he runs into a kidnapping of a gorgeous girl by the name of
Tomi.

Relevant: Check Out Previous Kaiju Coverage

After rescuing the gorgeous woman — whom two crooked police officers were paid by the mafia to steal the organs from — their escape becomes a low-key hilarious attempt at getting the digits. As always, the quality is high, and while interspersed with cartoonish overlays to give it a comic feel, there are actual quick cuts to fully animated Anime sequences, adding to the overall visual complexity of the treatment.

I’ve brought this up pretty much every time I share this guys shit, but the songs are always standalone even without the visual treatment. Subtract the video, and the track itself is fun as hell, filled with his usual brand of nerdery, intertwined with a plethora of penis punchlines and puns, like how she calls his D “ridiculous,” or how he’s not British but has a “BBC.”

The tone itself, aside from the more humorous tone, is more in line with a joint like “Ultraman,”
In contrast to the more aggressive aura of his last installment, “Got II.” There has yet to be a collective body of work, but it’s definitely going to be an absolute banger.

All in all, this guy remains a gem secret worth discovering. In the words of Pusha T, “If you know, you know.”

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Vast Aire & COSMIQ Tease Upcoming EP With New Single

The free EP drops on Thanksgiving Day

Vast Aire (Cannibal Ox) and producer COSMIQ dropped a brand new single called “Shadow Dancer” on Halloween day — in advance of the Thanksgiving release of their long-awaited EP Live From The Aireport FreEP. Sponsored by UndergroundHipHopBlog, the critically acclaimed MC is dropping a handful of additional singles leading up to the release. “Blessings to my true fans,” Vast wrote via the new single’s YouTube.

RELEVANT: Check Out Our Interview With The Duo Here

In an interview earlier this year, Vast and COSMIQ told AAHH about the upcoming EP. “I would look at it as Live From The Aireport FreEP is just a series of dope new records from [my crew] IGC, and all the people connected to IGC,” COSMIQ said. “Just giving fans a window into what we’ve been working on.”

Vast added “The EP is on a similar wavelength [as the upcoming album], but it’s not all COSMIQ … [he] will be on it, and he’ll be helping to guide it, but it’s not gonna be all him. I’m gonna have guest producers, and there’s gonna be more interaction with different MCs.”

The duo promise the impending album, Aireplane, will be cinematic in nature, with multiple layers of complex rhyming sure to make real heads — and longtime fans — swoon. That is set to dro this winter (though no exact date is confirmed). For now, we can look forward to Live From The Aireport FreEP this Thanksgiving.

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El Da Sensei Talks Longevity & “XL” LP With Sadat X

He also reveals four albums on deck.

When it comes to career longevity without selling out the original vision — and ultimately the core integrity — of your brand, no OG rappers have managed to continue rocking shit the way that way Sadat X (a third of Brand Nubian) and El Da Sensei of The Artifacts have. Longtime fixtures on the European scene, the two have been peers for years, but it wasn’t until three years ago that the two decided to bless longtime fans and deep-rooted Hip Hop heads with a joint LP titled XL.

 
“I’ve known X since the 90s and been a fan since day one,” El Da Sensei tells AAHH. “We have mutual friends as well … they all said ‘hey why don’t Y’all do an LP together that would be crazy.’ We agreed.“

With well over two decades in the game, El explains it’s his love of the sport of Hip Hop that keeps him dedicated to his craft. “I think we show longevity working with new producers and keeping a fresh sound; we’re not compromising to fit in,” he says of this collaboration. “We try to set trends rather than follow,” he adds.

“That keeps the fans inspired. We still love it and its also a job….gotta love what you do right?”

Their love is evident. A peruse of either of the rappers Instagram illustrates them living their best lives; from wine to merch, they’ve been able to endure through countless eras and trends since first rising to prominence with their respective crews.

 
“You have to love the craft and be a participant cant sit on the sidelines warming the bench,” he explains. “We have merch out there, continuous releases … you have to be working even more than before. There are so many outlets to use now. We can sell ourselves more than ever.”

“You have to be yourself … nobody can be me and X. So we push that still!”

When it came the delayed (but worth the wait) LP, El notes that every verse they laid made the cut. “Every song made it except for the one we leaked, ‘We Must Stand’ prod by 9th Wonder. We have a song on deck ready for the next single as a bonus, but everything made the final version,” he says.

Fans who have come expect feverish release schedules from the duo (individually) have lots to look forward to — in addition to a tour of the USA and one in Europe kicking off March 2019. “We definitely working on the next XL project immediately,” El says with a laugh. “I have about 4 albums ready to go on deck for the next 2 years … I’ve been busy.”

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