Rebel Noiz

Rebel Noiz

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Favorite Unsigned Artists- Final Outlaw

Final Outlaw is more than an MC, when artists of today focus on flooding the radios with catchy and flashy tunes, he chooses to bring you music that opens your mind to the past, present, and future. His metaphors are rich with symbolism that most couldn't even fathom wrapping their heads around, but he does it for you. So take a listen to his wide range of videos in the form of cyphers...


MULA Cypher Courtesy of Team Backpack

Live Cypher at ART NY  from the JFK to LAX Cypher Series courtesy of Team Backpack

The Cypher courtesy of Team Backpack

2012 NY Cypher On The Deck courtesy of BET

Thanks for visiting Rebel Noiz and be on the lookout for new music from Final Outlaw...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Supraliminal aka Supra- Above the Threshold of Consciousness

Supraliminal grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Somerville, Massachusetts. His Hip Hop musical journey started in high school; where he provided beatbox instrumentals to those that wanted to spit their flava out on the school parking lot. This sparked his interest in Hip Hop (ultimately) and has kept the fire burning, so to speak. He understood cadence and wordplay as soon as he hit the mic, which caused those that heard him to respect what he was bringing to the table. Now he is on tracks with the likes of Tragedy Khadafi, Joell Ortiz, Raekwon, Styles P, Havoc, and other respected kats in this Hip Hop industry (all but Joell Ortiz appear on his latest effort, Supra Cum Laude).

Supra Cum Laude is an album worth listening too, it has east coast flavors that use synth sounds that bring a sense of well-thought-out originality. His choruses are always on point (sniper status) with verses that are spit hard like titanium. Many MCs would be a bit humbled by being on tracks with such legends (as the line up on this album), but Supraliminal holds his own side by side with the legends. His veteran poweress take you on a ride that is both lyrical and interesting at the same time, not once will you want to press pause or stop when listening to this gem (this is promised). There is enough tricks for the ears to perk up and the topics are vast enough to evoke intelligence. 

We've named the artists on the album, now it wouldn't be right if this article continued without naming the producers (quite a diverse line up); A-Rayz, Beats For Food, Boonie Mayfield, Cool FDHavoc, J-Bux, JL Beatz, Mike Irish, and Poobs. I'll leave you with this video... 

Supraliminal- Smooth Operator 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

New Hip Hop Music Videos

Big Sean-"One Man Can Change The World"

This song was originally written for President Obama...cause "One Man Can Change The World" (a new Hip Hop music video), even if for that one moment when they proclaimed him as president. Big Sean was for cetain, inspired by this moment and wrote this song. It is an inspiring song with the narrative of self awareness. It also points out that we live in a struggle, we are all one within this cycle of struggle. 

I think this particualr scenerio opens us in a uniting emotional response. The production behind it is very simplistic but supports the lyrical content well. In Hip Hop standards, this could be considered lyrical. As a music video Hip Hop, it has a very strong vision towards showing the struggles of Big Sean's life and also the triumphs he demonstrates being thankful for.

Big Sean, you can tell, credits his grandmother for a lot of his successes. In this Hip Hop music video, along with the wordplay, he paints a big picture about life on canvas. Along for the ride is Kanye West (one of his mentors) and the always dynamite artist, John Legend. Being alive is not easy, but at least we have plenty to give thanks to...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Interview #15 With ER aka Da Transporter

                                   ER aka Da Transporter

ER aka Da Transporter is an artist out of Oakland, CA. No matter where he goes, he does his thang and that is putting his heart and soul into his music. He is always on the grind, he has recorded 24 free mixtapes (that can be downloaded on, for the most part) and is currently working on his 25th Hip Hop mixtape. 

His flow comes from the West and it is laced with hardcore, true, and real life observations and experiences that he shares on each track. His eyes have seen a lot and his creative mind isn't afraid to speak what he feels and he bleeds this type of imprint all over his tracks. He's fearless in the realm of Hip Hop and is not afraid of getting dirty tackling every style that Hip Hop has to offer. There are not many artists in the game today, that work as hard as this man does. His creativity is endless and keeps on giving every step he takes. 

The Questions...

What was it like growing up? Where did you grow up? How did it influence your music?

"Well growin' up in West Oakland California was rough as hell! I grew up without a father present, so that made it tough right there and I was always around drugs and killin'. I had to walk home from school everyday, so I saw a lot of shit when I did. But some how I made it out that bitch. It influenced all this music shit in my career because of all the stuff that I saw and lived through, that gave me something to talk about and plus Cousin Mike. He was the one dat got me started doin' dis music shit. I was playin' baseball and I was looking for that to be my career, but them streets and my Cuz Mike was my influence for the music shit."

What drew you to Hip Hop?

"What drew me to Hip Hop was when I was around 10 years old, I was watchin' Yo MTV Raps and I would always stand in front of the TV wit my sista' and we'd be rappin' to all the old school shit that I still knock today like; Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, E-40, 2pac, etc. etc. But what started me rappin' was my Cousin Mike, cause he was in a group called Lower District with him and my homie Q.U Da Scientist and I was always goin' with him to the studio to listen to they music they were makin'. So that's what drew me in."

What are some of the project you have been a part of and what have they meant to you?

"Well I am workin' on my 25th mixtape. It's hosted by Cuz_Hiro from Japan, it's called, "Not Sad @ All". It's an EP that's about to come out very soon and this mixtape means a lot jus' like all my otha' ones I did cause they're all independently owned! Plus I get to work with different people on my mixtapes, it means a lot. So be on the look out for my 25th mixtape on Soundcloud and Datpiff!"

Who are some of the people you like to work with?

"Plan and simple, I'll work with anyone that's about gettin' money and not a bullshitter. Straight up! Their work ethic's gotta match somewhere near mines to even work with me. So anybody for real, that's on those two levels!"

Artistically, who are some of your influences and why?

"I got a few but I'ma jus' name one and that's Tupac Amaru Shakur. I love what he was all about and what he stands for! And that's what I think is missin' in music today, is real life. Street shit! Not that watered down rap that your hearin' nowadays."

If there was any artist past or present that you would like to work with?

"Well you already know the answer to that, Pac all day! He was the one I was listenin' to the most growin' up. So I can say Pac, for real."

What are the things in life that influence your music on a song to song basis?

"Just my personal life struggles. And people that have been around me, there life struggles too. That's basically it, for real."

Can you elaborate more on what got you started in music?

"Well like I said in the first two questions, when I was 14 years old, I started making music with my Cousin Mike. I didn't take it seriously at first 'cause I was focused on playin' baseball at the time and I wanted a future in that. I went back and forth between the two until music became the focus. But yeah, I blame it on my Cousin Mike, thanks bruh!"

What do you want people to get out of your music, what is your mission in your music?

"I want people that listen to my music to leave with a understandin' of real street music. My motivation, hard work, and dedication; and know that anything is possible as long as you work hard for what you want. That is my mission when I spit on the mic. Just keep it real! And they will respect it more."

What keeps you getting into the booth time after time?

"My struggles, my kids, and this is the shit that I love to do. I record all my music on my own, so I can just wake up right outta the bed, put on a track and go to work. So that's what keeps me makin' hits."

What are some of the projects that you are coming out with?

"Well I just dropped my 24th mixtape, "I B Smokn" on and, and you can go download that right now. Plus I am droppin' my 25th mixtape, "Not Sad @ All". That's an EP you can find very soon on those two links I just gave ya'll. The story behind my 24th mixtape, "I B Smokn" is that I just wanted to make a mixtape for the summer so that everybody would have somethin' to ride to when they're smokin'. My 25th mixtape was really an unexpected mixtape I'm makin' with Cuz-Hiro from Japan 'cause we did like 3 songs already together so I just told him we should just do an EP. He was with that, so I said cool. So I named it "Not Sad @ All" because I did a track with him called that already. I wanted to tell people that there can be two sides of being not sad at all, that is why the cover of the mixtape has a happy mask and a sad mask. It can be for the haters that hate on you and the bitches that are not loyal to you, so at the end of the day if I get a hater or two or If I do get an unloyal chick, then I am not gonna be sad at all. You feel me?! 

Where to find ER aka Da Transporter...


Monday, July 14, 2014

Feature: Is Hip Hop Dead?


                                        Is Hip Hop Dead?

Many say that Hip Hop is dead, some of the current artists out there would disagree (I'm sure). It seems that Hip Hop has gone where a lot of music goes to get beaten up, left half dead, and then put on life support, the meat grinder known as the Mainstream (pop music scene). Once greed gets a hold of a genre of music, it changes forever. Ideas to pump out as much money from it like the utters of a cow, are put into place. Artists band together (the top earners) to make music not with an idea for a song, but to form a collaboration that will make the most money for the album (give it more notoriety, share fans and what not). 

The Underground...

After the Mainstream has "their way" with it, it goes back to a smaller cult following (or shall I say the underground). That is where Hip Hop can once again flourish, in my opinion. It will give Hip Hop a chance to re-find itself again (because now, Hip Hop influenced pop music sounds the same as most of the other electronically driven pop songs).  By going back to the Underground, Hip Hop can go back to being the movement that it once was; where only the artists (and MCs) that truly deserve an audience, they can find one through their hard work and skillful and meaningful lyrical play. Hip Hop used to form movements through the reality that was painted through words over a sampled beat or 808 beat. These words opened up the eyes of the world and flashed a spotlight on to the struggling urban areas and helped facilitate the strengthening of the urban infrastructure (which still struggles to find balance today). It was the platform that continued on Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality.

Cultural Impact...

Currently, it is not just Black Americans that enjoy some success in the music genre, whites and Latinos do as well. In this way, you might say that Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream has succeeded through music. Every country in the world is now buying into the Hip Hop culture with their own version of it. In Europe, there is quite a sizable movement (I personally credit it to missing the Hip Hop movement because of the Electronica movement that swept through the region).

Hip Hop Still Exists...

It's hard not to fall in love with what Hip Hop has to offer, the earthy lyrics about our society and it's often use of samples that reflect where it got it's bearings (samples of songs from the past, especially in the beginning). The realism of the lyrics is what has drawn so many people to Hip Hop (and the ability to congregate and dance to the music through heavy tribal bass sounds). Though Hip Hop doesn't appear to be what it used to be (mostly because of the digital technology that has been developed during it's lifespan and the molding of other popular styles with it's own; to create a more mainstream sound), you can still find it on such applications like Soundcloud where creativity stays attached to it's roots (along with the still relevant artists that stay under it's umbrella to stay dry from the wet manipulation that is the major labels and media outlets). There are artists like; Rakim, Common, Mos Def, RA the Rugged Man, and KRS-One (to name a few), that still uphold the laws of old. There are also artists like Tech N9ne that refuse to give into the Mainstream to stay in complete control over their music.

So is Hip Hop Dead?

I don't think so, Hip Hop has had such an influence on our culture that it will never die. It has gone where it belongs, in the Underground, where no one has any control over it other than the artists themselves. If you think the club sounding Electronica influenced Hip Hop (I call it hip pop) is real Hip Hop, then you don't know what you are talking about. My guess is that you have never heard songs from it's grassroots. Go listen to some real Hip Hop people, expand your horizons. The Mainstream aims to keep us in a box where everything sounds the same and they do a great job at accomplishing their goal. Hip Hop is the mastery of lyrical rhythmatics that maximizes the spaces between the beat with words spoken with techniques that are unmatched by any style or genre of music. Go pick up a KRS-One or Big Daddy Kane or a Tragedy Khadafi CD and see what it is all about...

Monday, November 4, 2013

Feature: Review of the Bubble In Crew's-"It's All Grimy EP"

It's All Grimy EP, is a great musical effort from the Bubble In Crew. This EP showcases the talents of many, especially from the UK, G Tank, Meenz, Infamous, Sbeatz, Clixx, PanikBeatz, and Lolingo(all producers from the UK). It also has the talents given by Massifbeatz from Belgium.  LvStong and Laupi D also both lend their creativity to the production of this 14 song EP.

Overall, I think it is a great album, because of its use of Hip Hop and Grimy elements, it is very original and pleasant to listen to. They use a bunch of other artists as well to complete this EP, Dare, DonDeBaron, Kenny Oost, Loiston Lapper, and FritteDeFritta whom all give great contributions to the album's creativity in a lyrical and rhythmatic sense.

Even if you don't speak Dutch, I think you can appreciate this EP because it is very creative and the sounds and layers that they choose to surround each song with (that includes the voices and effects and sonic sounds) are really first rate. Lend them your ear, they worked hard to deserve this attention and made a piece worth listening to.

The link to listen to the EP:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Interview #13 With Meccah Maloh

Meccah Maloh is a Hip Hop artist out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He's been rapping since the young age of 12. Since then he has built his music around his skill and dedication. He has released and featured on many different albums and mixtapes. The newest one to come out is called, Devil on my Shoulder.

His music usually touches upon his life experiences and perspectives on certain situations that he has gone through. He is not about rapping on the glamour and money, because he doesn't have any of that. He used to aspire towards reaching superstardom but lately he's happy with independent success. He puts a lot of time into his lyric writing and I think you will see that once you listen to his music. He's doing what he can to get his name out there, he has local, national, and international fans looking out for the things that he is putting out.

The Interview...

What was that moment in your life (that you can recall) when you were like, I want to do music?

"Umm…well I’ve always been involved in music. I come from a music background. My stepfather played the blues in the house when I was growing up. He had guitars and other stuff. So when I was in school I just took a liking to doing music. I enjoyed music class and that’s where I learned how to play the drums. I been a music head since I came out the womb. My family on my dad's side was real heavy in playing music in church. I guess it's just in my genes."

What made you pick Hip Hop as your expressive outlet?

"I think the first time I heard 2Pac. Just how he was able to capture my mind at a young age with his music. I believe the first song I heard from Pac was “Brenda’s Got A Baby” then I heard “Dear Mama”. Those songs made me wanna rap so bad!"

What does music specifically do for your life that nothing else does, or can?

"Music allows me to just relax, man. I can be having a bad day or whatever, and I can just put on some music and bury myself in it. It doesn’t even have to be rap! I can throw on some Earth, Wind & Fire or some Al Green and just escape."

How is your music a direct reflection on what you have done, do, and stand for in your life?

"I’m not a “Turn-up” rapper. I don’t do the whole “TrapMusic” thing. What I say in my rhymes…I put a lot of thought in my lyrics. I'm responsible for what I say in my songs. Even if I'm just in the booth having fun, you get that! If Im hurt, you get that! If I'm happy, sad, mad, whatever, you get that!"

How do you stay real in your music?

"Simply by not trying to do what everybody else is doing and giving you ME! Even if I rap about somebody else, I’m giving you my perspective on that particular situation. I don’t own a Maybach. I don’t have mad chains around my neck. I rarely even go to clubs. I don’t sell mad coke in these streets. Why rap about it? Because that’s what everyone else is rapping about? Naw, man…not me."

How did you improve your craft (and still do) lyrically and rhythmically that really make your bars stand out and be called your style?

"I try to pick the right beats. I try to pick the right concepts. Most of that just comes from years of doing this, man, experience. Plus, I freestyle and I battle often. That’s how I keep my mind sharp."

Who are your biggest influences as an MC?

"Most def 2Pac. Nas is a major influence as well. As of lately I been liking what Ive been seeing locally from Sypherskillz, Prophetic and Yo-Dot. They keep me on my toes."

Since you have a hand in producing, who are your biggest influences in that realm?

"Alchemist, Kanye West, Timbaland…not really sure. A good beat is a good beat."

What makes you choose to be a lyrical artist over being a full time producer? Why do you like being an artist more?

"I can express more when I rhyme. With beats, you're kinda limited in what you can get across. That’s why I fell back from production because I don’t really like rapping over my own beats. Maybe one day in the future I will, but right now I enjoy making songs."

What are some of the places you have performed at and are there any upcoming shows we can come check you out at?

"Timbuktu, The Uptowner, The Rave, Stonefly, Quarters, Nostalgias…the list goes on, man. I've performed in Ohio, Chicago, and Madison as well. I'm working on a little tour for the DEVIL ON MY SHOULDER album. I will be giving ya'll updates on that soon. Just check out for info on that in the near future."

What are some of the projects you have worked on in the past and who was involved?

"Man, (Laughs) That’s a long list! I’ve done work with Ad-Lib…a LOT of work! I got plenty mixtapes, singles…"Hater’s Capital", "Beyond Belief", "Suicide Bomber", The Bronzville joint when I was in UMG, I worked with Roundtable Ent., We will be here all day discussing my track record."

What are some of the studios where you have a good relationship with?

"Tito from A. State Productions. He knows me pretty well…very easy to work with him. Ad-Lib is like a brother to me, but he’s mad busy with projects so whenever I can get in with him I do so."

What can we expect from you project-wise in the future? What is coming out soon?

DEVIL ON MY SHOULDER will be out soon, man. We lookin at a December release. It’s gonna be an E.P. produced entirely by 40MIL. Other than that, Im droppin exclusive songs until the release on my website

What is the goal you are trying to reach through the devices of the music industry for your own personal life?

I use to want a record deal…but I'm over that now. If I can reach the people independently, I'm good. 

Here are his links...