“No Limit” (iTunes)
**Editors Note: Kia Rap Princess has been a staple of the site since the very beginning. She helped me get my bearings in the Milwaukee music scene by introducing me to a lot of the people currently in my network and she’s never hesitated to shout out the site when she has the forum to do so. Not to mention she’s given me a ton of great advice and snapped me out of my foolishness when I needed it. I should probably go back even further though. Having worked with her via the previous publications I wrote for, I was able to build a relationship with the Blaqlizt Music Entertainment team. They in turn took me in and helped me create The Illixer. So we share a bond beyond just typical networking. If all of that wasn’t enough, I am a genuine fan of her as an artist. She is extremely multi-talented. Everyone knows her for her ability to spit but she also: writes, engineers, sings, and dabbles in producing. She lives in the studio and releases so much content that sometimes I can’t even keep up with her. Her work ethic is unmatched. And her skills as a performer are off the chain. I’ve seen her rock a room with literally a handful of people in it like it was a sold out show in Madison Square Garden. There is so much more I could say but you get the picture. She’s pegged as a Milwaukee artist that’s destined to blow up for a reason. Right now she is currently in the midst of her No Limit movement. At the moment, she is just pushing the single and video but she has a lot of dope plans on the horizon for 2014. So make sure you keep up with her via those provided links. With all of her royal achievements so far and more to come, it was only right that she be chosen to host the two year anniversary celebration. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the special night. Lots of laughs, love, and ill Hip-Hop will be present this Friday (12/13) at Y-Not III. So be there! -MinM
The Journey To Peach Moon web series by singer Bobby V has reached it’s tenth installment and it’s dubbed “Maturity.” The episode goes back to the sit down between the crooner and videographer Ben Brown. He gives an in-depth explanation of why he took the road less traveled with his upcoming EP. Where as a lot of artists make music to fit into the mainstream standard of things, Bobby decided he wanted to focus on a bigger picture. He wants his music to be considered timeless and an asset to those who hear it as opposed to it just being more mindless drivel with a short shelf life. So he took the steps to ensure that fans will find Peach Moon to be inspirational and of a high quality. Next, songwriter & vocal arranger Jeff B speaks on his personal opinion of Bobby’s growth as an artist over the years. He basically gives his blessing on the singer’s new direction. The clip winds down with a shot of Bobby getting ready for a session with his band. Overall, this was a solid segment.
ATL singer Bobby V is coasting right along through his new web series, Journey To Peach Moon. Let’s dig in and catch up on the past few installments. Episode eight is labeled “Jam Session.” It opens with a very intriguing tidbit about the origin of the words in the title. From there, award winning engineer Ralph Cacciurri shares his favorite record from the Peach Moon EP. The track he chose is called “Never Give Up.” As he goes to play a snippet of it, the camera transitions to Bobby V and his band going in on a live version of the song. The piano, drums, and guitar all sound amazing. Ralph speaks a little bit more before the viewer gets to witness Bobby V doing some solo work on the keys. He throws in a few a-capella vocals as well. And that’s pretty much the episode in a nutshell. Overall, this was a lovely watch.
Nak Musick Presents: Louie – Z (preview)
**Editors Note: The Illixer has been rocking with South-side talent Louie Z for just over a year or so now. His laid back demeanor and polished rhymes make him a pretty favorable artist. He has always shown love and never hesitates to hit us up when he drops a new track, video, mixtape, etc. And the same can be said for the rest of his team in the Nak Musick family. Which is why the site is a proud supporter of the crew. Louie Z recently kicked things up a notch with the release of his official debut album, Nak Musick Presents: Louie – Z. It consists of 17 tracks with production by the likes of: Big Curse, Joey D, Tha Crown, and more. There are also guest appearances by fellow 414 contenders such as $killz, Floozy, Loud, and a few others. If that wasn’t enough, just a few days ago Louie dropped a brand new video. The visuals are for the song “Blasting Off” and were put together by the one and only Sergio Soprano (EsGee Films). So the young emcee is on one hell of a roll right now. Thus it only makes sense that he is a part of the anniversary event going down next week Friday at Y-Not III. So be sure to come through and check him out. He’ll most likely have a copy of the new project on deck for those who want it too. Don’t sleep on this kid. -MinM
“Back In The Day” (listen/download)
**Editors Note: Joey Dee & RA have been long time allies of the site. They’ve had music featured, performed at events, and lent their respective talents beyond the musical realm. Joey Dee (Block Rockers Music Group / Team Red Eye) is not only gifted musically but handles a camera like a serious pro. His videos and photos are among some of the best in the city. And recently he came together with a group of his peers to create Alpha Studios. It is quickly becoming one of the premier entertainment business spots in the 414. The crew provides a multitude of services for artists including everything from engineering to putting together visuals. Their prices are very reasonable and everything that comes out of the establishment is golden. RA has an impressive resume under his belt as well. Not only is he a dope emcee & noteworthy live performer but he dabbles in the artistic world too. His graphic portfolio includes a wide range of projects and he is currently working on taking his tattooing career to new heights. He is a part of Aztec Ink Tattoo Shop and his work is phenomenal. With all of their individual successes, it is no wonder that people are excited that the two have decided to work together. There is no question that Joey Dee Vs. RA is going to be one the hottest collaboration projects to ever hit the scene. I feel extremely lucky to have worked with both of these gentlemen over the past couple of years. It has been a real treat. You can catch them live next Friday (12/13) at the site’s two year anniversary celebration at Y-Not III. -MinM
Time for some Hip-Hop from overseas. Meet Parallax. He’s a rapper/producer from London. He’s a fan of the ‘Golden Era” of the Hip-Hop culture and is looking to do his part to help revive it via substantial lyrics and the use of the infamous boom bap sound. Coupled with his knack for bringing passion and energy to his work, it is believed that the London spitter will set a whole new standard in the world of Hip-Hop.
**Editors Note: J.D The Chief & Mista Marcus are no strangers to the site. I’ve been a big fan of both from the moment we linked up. And they have always returned the love to The Illixer whenever possible. From featuring their music to having them at events to chopping it up with them for ideas & knowledge; it has been nothing but a great experience. Both shine bright as individuals as well as together. J.D. is super gifted with limitless potential. He never fails to make a very strong impression on those who hear him spit. Marcus is an uber talented vet who has been in the game for a while now. He operates A.M.I.L. Entertainment and his resume spans from here to overseas. His authentic laid back demeanor makes him a real pleasure to be around. And together they bring an one of a kind package to the table full of non-stop energy and dope eclectic Hip-Hop sounds. It has been great getting to be a part of it all and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the years ahead. See what else I had to say about the dynamic duo via the latest commentary above. Also, I have to give a major shout out to Marcus’s mom, Connie Alston. She goes hard for the site on a regular basis and not just when it’s relevant or beneficial to her son. Her displays of support are truly touching. On that note, thanks for checking out another countdown piece. The place to be next Friday (12/13) is Y-Not III. The anniversary celebration will be an event for the books. Doors open at 9, there is a $5 cover, and I will see you there! - MinM
“Who Is That???” (listen/download)
RueThePoet is an artist making his way through the ranks here in Milwaukee. He’s had a passion for music for as long as he can remember. His influences in his career are the artists who are considered to be a little out of the box. So think along the lines of: Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Daley, etc. The inspiration behind his content stems from his everyday life. Using life as a source for him allows him to express who he is while at the same time connecting to rest the of the world/universe. His ultimate goal is for his work to develop into an original brand of soulful style Hip-Hop and to be mentioned amongst the best to ever grace the mic.
“Bring That Beat Back” (original version preview)
**Editors Note: Rockz Solid (Brewed Fresh Records, LL) is a well known & respected name here within the Milwaukee Hip-Hop scene. She has been doing her thing for a while now and has established quite the resume for herself. She makes music of course, does songwriting, runs her own label & studio, manages a small collective of artists, hosts, puts together elite events, and those are just her entertainment based endeavors. Through it all and in the course of The Illixer‘s two years of being active, she has been a faithful & loyal supporter of the site. Be it a mention in her music, reading & commenting on articles, or just helping to spread the word, she goes above and beyond to show love. So I am always happy to return the favor. Thus I knew without a doubt that she had to be a part of this year’s anniversary event. Check out what I had to say about the energetic Hip-Hop talent via the above commentary. Also if you don’t visit any other link, be sure to visit A Female Perspective. It’s Rockz’s new blog-site. She tackles issues in Hip-Hop, shares personal sentiments, reviews music, posts videos, and more all from the point of view of a woman immersed in the culture. It’s a pretty dope read. Additionally, she is hosting a mixtape release party with DJ Sham coined #BackToGoldCity on the 22nd at Bamboo Lounge Milwaukee. The Illixer is a proud VIP sponsor of the affair. Peep the details here. And of course the two year anniversary celebration is right around the corner. So see you all next Friday (12/13)! -MinM