**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
Da Bizness (listen/download)
DJ Cell did a nice job of introducing readers to Milwaukee based rapper Bizal McLoud of Bird Flu Ent back in October. So much so that figured it seemed only right to follow up with a review of the Da BIZness mixtape for readers. The tape consists of a total of 14 tracks. It also includes guest appearances by a wide collective of artists such as: Metro, Awol, Inferno, and more. Discover what tracks The Illixer found most appealing after the break.
**Editors Note: Everyone knows that I love discovering new artists and sharing them with my readers. I especially like to look out for my fellow females in the Hip-Hop world. So meet Marilyn McBandz. She’s a young up-and-coming artist here in the 414. I was turned on to her music by the site’s own Pooh Bailey. Her invigorating presentation and savvy lyrics made a great first impression on me. So I figured why not invite her to come out and rock the mic at the anniversary event. She’s even agreed to be in the opening part of the show. That takes a lot of guts but I’m sure she can handle it. Two of her tracks can be heard above and she is currently working on her debut mixtape, Starvin2Stuntin. For booking and or features, interested parties can hit up firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy my commentary on the rising diva and be sure to share her music to help spread the word if you like it. Also, the official flyer & event page for the anniversary celebration are up and running. Readers can check out both here. Thanks for tuning in to another commentary. See you all on the 13th at Y-Not III! -MinM
“Don’t Trip” F/ Rude Boy Pook (listen/download)
Keeqs is an artist in his early twenties on the come up from Fresno, California. He got his footing in the world of Hip-Hop at the age 16 as part of a local group by the name of C.O.D. Since that time he has stepped out on the solo tip and developed an original one of a kind polished style all his own. His music is known for being relative and a genuine hit amongst the people. Currently, he is working on a new project entitled TNOS (The New Old School). To gain interest, he has released a banging new single dubbed “Don’t Trip.” It includes a guest appearance by another Fresno native Rude Boy Pook and was produced by Aaron Jay.
“Wanna Talk” F/ Faray (listen/download)
Ay-Rock is an up-and-coming talent who was born in Austin, Texas. He dived into the creative world very young via poetry. His poetry transitioned into lyrics and his musical endeavors began from there. He took the time to develop his style & flow and then went on to run his own studio out of his bedroom by the time he hit his teens. During this period, he also realized his passion for producing and engineering. It allowed him to come to appreciate other genres in addition to Hip-Hop like: Rock, R&B, Pop, etc. He learned to mix and master his own music as well. Eventually, he even earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The Art Institute Of Washington in Audio Production. This landed him in a coveted position as a studio engineer in the DMV area where he got to work with major names such as: Wale, B.o.B, Maino, and more. He markets all of his talents under a brand/company called Ready To Go. Likewise, this happens to be the name of his pending mixtape.
**Editors Note: Tiki Da Poet is no stranger to the site. She has been sharing her wonderful pieces of poetry since May 2012. Her humble creative spirit has made her a true joy to work with. Her writings come from a very personal place and you can really tell she puts her all in every word she pens. It has also been a pleasure having her do spoken word at the site’s various events these past couple of years. She is always great about opening the show and the artists seem to really vibe with her. Plus, she sticks around as long as she can and returns all of the love/support to her fellow performers. That is not too common to see here in the 414. So for all of her loyalty to the site and to honor all of her new accomplishments, I felt it was time to let her rock the mic again for old times’ sake. So she will be doing a bit of spoken word on December 13th and she mentioned that she might have a little something special in store just for the big night. I personally can not wait to see her do her thing. If you want to catch her as well, the celebration goes down on December 13th at Y-Not III. Doors open at 9pm and there will be a $5 cover. Hope to see you there! -MinM
**Editors Note: The first commentary of the countdown goes out to DJ Bangaboy Kritakal. I truly believe that behind any successful event is a top notch DJ. They determine what music is worthy of spinning, set the tone for the night, and are responsible for keeping the crowd engaged. I believe Kritakal does an excellent job in all three areas. I’ve been working with Kal for most of my time running the site and it has been a real pleasure. He is a genuine down to earth guy who has repeatedly demonstrated his loyalty & support for The Illixer. So hit that play button and learn a little bit more about Kal’s journey with the 414′s premiere Hip-Hop blog. Much love to my brothers Kewl & Brew City King for linking me up with Kal last year. And don’t forget the two year anniversary celebration is going down on the 13th at Y-Not III. Doors open at 9pm, show starts at 10:30pm, and there is a $5 cover. The line up is an assortment of old & new faces and we are working on getting some hookah in the mix too. So don’t miss out. OOOOOOOOOOOOOH BABY! -MinM