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Sh*t Really Getting Different Now: Important Things That Happened In 757 Music This Summer

This summer was a pretty big deal when it came to the music scene in the 757. From releases to events to tours to festivals, the 757 was buzzing with excitement and productivity all summer 2018. Here is a list of some of the most game changing events that took place in music in the Hampton Roads area this summer.

  1. EDL Fest

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Niyah Nel, curator and owner of Everyday Dope Life, has for the second time put together what is probably the biggest event in 757 music culture for the second time in a row. EDL Fest is a 1 day music festival that is held at Oconnors Brewing Co. in Norfolk VA. The event featured an informative panel consisting of many successful creatives from the 757 area such as Xavious (owner of Pacers) and Sulay (Visual artist of AWGE). The event also featured a cypher featuring local artists such as JBDaPilot and Fishskale Rabble. The event also had several games for guests to enjoy as well as local food and clothing vendors that guests could purchase from as well. The day ended with a show featuring performances by Hot Gumbo Brass Band, Al Doms, Doeski, Alondo Jackson, Treez Lowkey and KEY! as the headliner. Check out our vlog from the event here!

 

2.  Young Crazy Is On Tour

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Young Crazy is making his transition from a hometown favorite to a nationally respected recording artist and in the 757 we all get the pleasure of  watching it happen first hand. In addition to dropping joint project “This A Crazy Era”  earlier this summer with Era Hardaway, this summer Young Crazy has been on tour with Ski Mask The Slump God and Bandhunta Izzy on the Ski Meets World Tour. He also dropped the visual for “Different Now” the first song off of the collaboration project with Era (check it out here ) Lastly, the artist got to perform at Rolling Loud and in doing so got to meet one of the artists he looks up to most, Gucci Mane.

 

3.  Glasxx TVs “Best Of Summer 2018 List”IMG-6854

If there was an award for most controversial VA blog, it would definitely belong to Glasxx TV (@glasxx.tv on Instagram). Glasxx, owner and main curator for the blog, is no stranger to participating in antics that shake the table. This summer the blogger decided to put out a list of artists who he felt was the best in VA at the time and by doing that he caused quite the uproar. Just by taking a glance at the comment section you can see that the public had a lot to say about the list. Some stated that the list was biased, others felt that the list was simply a joke, there were some artists such as YSN Capo who simply didn’t care about the list at all.

 

When asked about the list, Glasxx stated that once he put the list out, it inspired change in the music scene. He felt that everyone who was upset about not making the list started working harder. Making the list, no matter how accurate or inaccurate, was his way of pushing the culture.

 

4.  G.O.D.S. Music Group Proves They Are A Force To Be Reckoned WithIMG-6859

If there was ever a time to pay attention to G.O.D.S. Music Group (@godsmusicgroupp on instagram), its now. This diverse collective is taking tremendous strides toward showing that they are the on the way to becoming VA greats. For a long time this group has been putting in the work when it comes to music, however it wasn’t until recently when they put together their “Apollo” showcase at Shakas this summer that people really started paying attention and seeing this collective as the dope creatives that they are. The showcase was in celebration of the release of their project “Apollo” which does a beautiful job of combining lyricism and talent with relevancy resulting in a one of a kind sound. In addition to doing there thing as a group, the members all have been making noise as individuals as well. Earlier this summer group member R. Locko released his highly anticipated project “Star Of Lion” and KJ The Gawd released “Going Against The Worlds Demons” which we covered here. G.O.D.S. Music Group utilized this summer to make believers out of all of us and with that being said, we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

5. Shows Shows and More Shows

From our “Off The Wall” Showcase to IIIDAZEs “To The Grave” the 757 music scene had plenty of showcases going on all summer long. Events from more established brands such as Traptastics “Higher Learning” event presented a chill vibe and included artists Lacree, Opal, JBDaPilot and Skuzii.  We also had events put on by creatives who are newer to the scene such as LoserKevs ( @loserkev on IG ) “The Retrograde” which was a very high energy event and catered to the younger crowd with artists such as Yung Young  and Rodeo Glo.  There were shows put on by artists themselves such as IIIDAZE “To The Grave” (covered here ) as well as BreezeParks concert which we covered here.  Lastly, Wrek Shop Ent. put together the Free Gwalla showcase in honor of Foreign Gwalla, a local artist who was recently locked up. With all of these events going on, there was literally something for everyone to do. Thanks to all of the creatives and curators of the 757, it was beyond impossible for anyone to be bored in the 757 this summer.

Summer 2018 was full of exciting events, awesome music releases and magical moments. What was your favorite 2018 Summer memory? Comment below.

Breezepark Challenges and Motivates Listeners To Grow In New Project “Bloom”

Recently Breezepark has released their newest project “Bloom”, which invites listeners to go on a journey with the group to surpass the normal limits of society and to challenge the status quo. The highly anticipated project promotes ideas of positivity, progression and pushing ones self beyond personal limits and the limits society has in place.

The project, which was released just in time for summer, has a very clean, unique sound that in top quality. The production on the album was done by Virginia greats such Michael Seven and HighDefRazjah who hails from the Def Corp collective, a group that is no stranger to the Virginia music scene and who also has a lot in store for the summer. The project also has some extremely notable features from artists Boris The Lucid, Rozwell Fitzroy and Norfolks very own “God Of All Traps”, Young Crazy.

Music has such an influence on ones outlook on life and with all the negative messages circulating in music today, music that has a captivating, unique sound and motivates listeners to challenge themselves to go beyond the normal is a breath of fresh air. With its pristine sound and positive message, “Bloom” is definitely an album you will want to add to your summer playlist. Check out exclusive footage of the album being made here (shot by DefCorpMedia) and listen to “Bloom” at the links below!

 


https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bloom/1368661636

#MeetTheArtistMondays: $inbad

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Photos by Aidan Templin

 

 

$inbad is Virginia underground artist from Fredericksburg, Virginia who is one of the most noteworthy artists to come from his area. The artist, who recently had the opportunity to open for Yung Pinch, took time to chat with us for #MeetTheArtistMondays and gives us a little background on who he is as a creative. Check it out!

Q. Where are you from?

A: I’m from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Born/raised and will probably never leave.

Q. When and How did you discover that you had a passion for music?

A: I guess you could say I was about 13 when I found my passion for it, except I never really perused it. My oldest brother Michael  AKA “Millz” (rip to the realest) used to make music in my parents basement, I would sit around and watch him and friends write rhymes and search beat pages and YouTube to record over, it always made me wanna go for it but being so young I was stupid and wanted to go out with friends instead.

Q. Who do you consider to be your biggest influences?

A: Slim shady ofcourse is my main influence, but besides that, I take influence from bones, pouya, germ, Black Smurf, Xavier wulf, Chris Travis, a lot of underground legends in my eyes. I could go on forever really. Music is just an influence in general.

Q. What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome as a creative?

A: Strictly worrying about myself. That’s a hard thing to do when there’s no many other creatives around you. The more I gained in music, i really started to relax about it and stopped giving a fuck.

Q. What do you think is your biggest accomplishment thus far?

A: Definitely working with some of my favorite artists, in example; Chuuwee, Black Smurf.  Also opening for some of my favorite artists and continuing to do so. I’ve opened for Chris Travis, Xavier wulf, Yung Pinch, I was supposed to open for Jgrxxn and Omenxiii but the show kinda went south, so next time on that one, But yeah I think those are some of my biggest accomplishments, also being in the “industry” for maybe a little over a year, and gaining well over 100k plays on soundcloud, gaining close to 1k fans, and just watching my progression, when I stepped in to this “game” I didn’t ease into it, I took the steps others didn’t take for years.

Q. What upcoming projects do you have in store for this year?

Q: I have a main project I’m working on, not speaking on that quite yet. Other than that, I’ll have another EP dropping this year, and also a project with a good homie of mine and a rad artist known as VOHRTEX. So yeah keep a lookout, I dropped an ep earlier this year called PITCH BLACK. So ima just keep it going heavy.

Q. How do you feel about the underground scene? Do you feel as if it is too oversaturated and unoriginal?

A: If anything, I think in the music industry as a whole, the underground is the only original thing we have anymore. I keep up with underground artists more than tmz keeps up with Kim K. Lol

There’s a few that I think are unoriginal, that bite other smaller artists style because they have a higher “clout” but I just ignore em. Can’t get away from clout chasers in 2018, gotta look past em.

8. What qualities about yourself do you feel separates you from other artists?

A: My drive to work hard, and to try and perfect every single syllable I say. Artists now a days will be lazy on a song just because they see other artists get away with it. In my opinion, I’m trying to bring my “mainstream” lyrical sound to the underground and show the underground it doesn’t have to be all about layers and vocal pitches and weird voices to sound cool. BUT IM NOT HATING, I LOVE WEIRD VOICES AND LAYERS IT JUST AINT FOR ME TO TRY haha most of the artist I listen too are what I just described lmao

9. What was your biggest failure as an artist and how did you over come it?

A: Straight up only L I’ve seen myself take so far was getting scammed on a verse by another underground artist that I really fucked with, i won’t say no names, but they know what’s up. I don’t take many Ls tho, I try and stay low key.

Q. What advice do you have to upcoming artists who want to make a name for themselves?

A: Enjoy what you make, cause if you don’t enjoy it; then what makes you think someone else will? Gotta show that you’re passionate. That’s really it.

Keep up with Sinbad on his social media at the links and handles below.

IG: @mcmillion_made

Twitter: @SINBADVA

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/sinbadva

YouTube: https://youtu.be/LOXneFky-OA

 

$inbad – Sit Back

#MeetTheArtistMondays – Zero The God

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Many of the featured artists on this website all have very unique, noteworthy traits which make them the creatives that they are. This new series we’ve entitled “#MeetTheArtistMondays” is designed to give listeners a closer, behind the scenes look into some of the dope underground artists we have come to love. Our first spotlight artist for this series is one who has built up quite the hype for himself with his distinctive, wild, in your face style, Zero The God.

With his crazy wordplay, aggressive delivery and insane ability to dominate on any beat he jumps on, Zero The God is a Massachusetts born, Virginia raised artist who is really beginning to make quite the name for himself in the 757 area. What is quite noteworthy about this artist is the fact that he gained his buzz without any major endorsements from any platform but from just pure talent and hard work. His aggressive, hard to ignore,  sound is another interesting feature that sets the artist apart; a great example of this delivery is on his “Look At Me” cover he did for the “Virginia Is For Ragers” collective mixtape (check it out here) Recently we got a chance to catch up with the artist and he answered some of our questions we had about his rap career, the underground scene and more. Check out what he had to say below.

Where are you from – Born in New Bedford Massachusetts, Raised in Norfolk Virginia
When and How did you discover that you had a passion for music?- I’ve Always had an Ear for music along as instruments from being in Drum Clubs and Drumlines throughout School. My Father also influenced me by always bumping Old School Artist such as Rakim, Krs One and Biggie around the house when i was a kid. But i began to write and record music when i connected with a friend back in 9th grade.
Who do you consider to be your biggest influences? – Biggest Music influences right now have to be Ski mask TheslumpGod & Asap Ferg . For the simple reason of Energy ! Being Explosive and all in there face ! Not scared to be original, Out there and Wild. Not to mention their amazing Lyrical ability
What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome as a creative? I’ve always had the passion, Funds use to be the only thing holding me back. But then i learned to invest
What do you think is your biggest accomplishment thus far?  Being apart of the Robb Banks Falconia Tour ! Best experience of my life Being treated like a super star with one of my Biggest rap Role models.  Robb Banks! Talking to him vibing with him and being able to perform in front of him and hundreds of other peple across the Eastcoast ! I killed every show
What upcoming projects do you have in store for this year? Winter Soulstice the Mixtape will be here in March.. And maybe even a ZTGPT3 this summer  ..but thats a secret
How do you feel about the underground scene? Do you feel as if it is too oversaturated and unoriginal? Yes i feel it’s unoriginal but that fine ..makes me stick out
What qualities about yourself do you feel separates you from other artists? Outstanding Energy u can actually feel ..and my Wordplay can be crazy ..
What was your biggest failure as an artist and how did you over come it? Really don’t look as anything as failure ..just makes u better
What advice do you have to upcoming artists who want to make a name for themselves? Stay true to who u came up with .. don’t be a bandwagon..if somebody else team is popping ..Create your own and overcome
Keep up with Zero The God on his social media, Youtube and Soundcloud at the handles and links below.