Hip-Hop in a Different Reality

 

Melodies and harmonies drenched in synthesizers and driven basslines with a twist of funkiness bring P-Rice’s “DeRealization EP” to life. Except, there is another noticeable difference. P-Rice isn’t the name listed on the cover of the “DeRealization EP”..instead it reads M.O.T.R. also known by Mind on the Run. Which is the alter ego of P-Rice, lost in the dimensions of funk & caught in a trance, his beats are for the trunk or for you to dance.

“DeRealization” delivers a solid effort for a 1st production release and reflects various of inspirations from other genres throughout the play. You may hear a little hip-hop, dub/club, R&B and funk throughout the catchy synth licks M.O.T.R. presents. You can listen to the “DeRealization EP” in the Soundcloud link up above.

 

Delivering a New Style in a Different Dimension

Ex College Radio star, P-Rice aka Price, has been working on an unexpected project with a planned release for sometime in 2016. P-Rice has gone behind the keyboard advancing his production skills for his upcoming instrumental album, soon to be announced. The album touches the genres of psychedlic synth-pop, chillwave, and hip-hop with the influences of funk.

The tranquil “Dreaming of You” is the 1st single off the project. P-Rice released it on Soundcloud.com, grab a listen here and let us know what you think?!

Loud Voices from Small Suburbia

Massachusetts rapper, P-Rice, collaborates with Seattle Washington’s own Lil’ Kriz on his latest G-Funk joint “Shootin’ Da Breeze” off of Breather II (available for Free Download on Soundcloud.com).

The two rappers tell the stories about their hustle and struggle to reign successful independence within the game. Lil’ Kriz introduces the first verse explaining his daily grind on the streets to the beats; “I’m out here in the streets getting cream like I’m Wu-Tang and try to keep it 100 like I’m Freeway Rick..that’s the way the game goes, trying to make money escaping the plain clothes” .

508’s P-Rice then welcomes the chorus expressing the ways of life, how people come and go and that the hustle must go on; as long as everyone is in peace everything is alright at the end of the day if your eating and paid; “Thinkin of old times, ya know memories, some still livin’ trippin’ some decease, all that matters is we living in peace- world be acting shady, peeps be packing daily”. Throughout P-Rice’s verse he stresses the complications of trying to earn a salary job even after earning a college degree, how the rap game has changed for the love to for the money and how the small town he grew up in “sure ain’t what it use to be”.

Listen to “Shootin’ Da Breeze” featuring Lil’ Kriz below along with the rest of “Breather II” above.

Blacastan from Army of the Pharaoh’s and Demi Godz Interview

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I was recently able to catch up with underground hip-hop legend Blacastan from Hartford, Connecticut. The emcee has been rising on the scene with some of his latest solo material such as an LP with DJ Doom, collaboration/group albums and more. Get the full scoop here:

P-Rice: How did you develop your name Blacastan and what is the meaning behind it?

Blacastan: I developed the name during the Capone N Noreaga era of Hip Hop. I was a really big fan of what they brought to the table, during the time of The War Report album. They introduced Hip Hop to “The Desert Rap” motif, where they adopted middle eastern names to different locations in New York ei. Queensbridge they called Kuwait, Lefrak was Iraq etc. My emcee name at the time was just BLACK, a friend of mine who was also a big fan of CNN came up with the idea of BLACKISTAN. Initially I thought it was kind of corny, but I knew I needed to have a name that stood out more than just BLACK. So, I started to use the name in little raps that I was writing at the time. I also thought maybe I should change the spelling up to make the name more my own. So, after using the name for awhile I changed the spelling up to BLACASTAN. Everybody that heard me using it thought it was dope so I stuck with it. (((BLACASTAN))

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Lawtown’s Up & Coming R&B Queen

Red Pages is an up and coming R&B sensation out of Lawrence, MA AKA Law-Town.

Her family has had a history of being involved with the music industry since the 90’s. Scientifik (R.I.P.) her older brother created the “Law-Town” anthem produced by Boston underground hip-hop legend Edo G. With hard hitting lyrics about life in the Law-Town streets to classic eastcoast boom-bap production- Scientifik made his mark in the MA underground hip-hop scene.

His younger sister, Red Pages, is now fulfilling her passion in music and grasping the mic again to succeed in the upcoming year. Though Red takes a different approach towards the music with her R&B/hip-hop flavor. Her soulful vocals can be heard dressing jazzy 70’s inspired like production on tracks like “Love” featuring emcee Patrick Starr to her catchy flows on “Better Back Then”; Red Pages proves as an upcoming threat to any other R&B divas in the region. The catch though- is that Red Pages reap the passion of real hip-hop in her soul as she leaves her emotions to explain it all on the page- with her upcoming release “Leave it on the Page” coming this Spring 2015.

You can check out Red Pages music at: http://www.reverbnation.com/RedPages

Check out the interview with Red Pages on the P-Rice Show: All 2 parts can be found on YouTube. 

Underground Hip-Hop Taking Over Western Mass

The P-Rice Fall Hip-Hop Showcase exposed Western Mass to a variety of underground hip-hop/R&B artists this past November at Westfield State. P-Rice independently put together his 2nd Hip-Hop showcase featuring local acts from all over the region. With P-Rice shutting down the show after his performance- the 413, 508, 617 all came together to celebrate Real Hip-Hop for a night..

Acts like Arkatex, Glitch Mouth (from CT), E.S.P. & Sean Byrne (MA) along with Mo the General (NJ) all came out to perform with many more!

P-Rice plans on hosting his last major hip-hop showcase at Westfield State sometime during Spring 2015..Stay posted on P-Rice’s Facebook Page for updates and information on the Spring Showcase & More!

Canada’s Latest Rising Star- JKenny of Ugly as Sin Interview Hosted By: P-Rice

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Way out in Nova Scotia comes a talented emcee who reigns the hip-hop game out in Canada with his raunchy but funky explicit melodies laced with dope old school production. JKenny has been able to collaborate with some of Canada’s finest emcees such as Ghetto Socks and J-Bru. With a debut entitled “Sexual Tones ‘n Explicit Lyrics” and an upcoming duo album with Axe Ruler under the name Ugly As Sin JKenny is an emcee to keep your eye on. He will be sure to have you pressing the play back.

Interview was done 11/12/14

Questions Asked By: P-Rice

P-Rice: For those who may not know exactly who you are, give a quick introduction of yourself.

JKenny: I’m 1/2 of “Ugly as Sin” a new hip-hop group out of the east coast, myself being from Nova Scotia and Axe ruler originally being from Prince Edward Island.

P-Rice: At what age did you get involved with hip-hop music?

JKenny: . I first started getting into hip-hop when I was 10, I believe the first thing I ever heard to really get me into it was the song “Right Now” by John Cena while I was watching Monday Night Raw hahahaha. I was such a 50 cent fan back then, before I really was interested in wordplay and hearing something really intricate and intelligent, I used to love things like “young joc” and “rich boy”, not the proudest moments of my life, but that’s what got me into what I love now.

P-Rice: Who are some of your inspirations/influences?

JKenny: I would say my biggest inspiration when I was growing up was Classified, not that he’s my favorite rapper in anyway, or even near my top 30, but for someone to be coming from Nova Scotia, and a place like Enfield at that, just a small stick town, really made me believe that I could achieve that as well. Also artists like J-Bru, Ghettosocks and Wordburgler (all Canadian artists) were really my shit growing up.

P-Rice: How was the Nova Scotia hip-hop scene or the Canadian hip-hop scene in general?

JKenny: . How was the Canadian scene when I was first starting to get into music? I don’t think the Canadian scene has ever been extremely great for hip-hop music, it’s not hard to tell that the majority of “Top” artists are out of the states, with the exception of Drake. Of course there’s dudes like madchild (swollen members), K-os, Maestro Fresh Wes, Kardinal offishall, R.A. the Rugged man, Buck 65 and most recently SonReal has been seeing some success, but no one’s really been able to cross the line like Drake has.

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Watch Out- Solid debut from upcoming emcee ESP (Western, Mass)

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Indestructible- Solid debut from upcoming emcee ESP (Western, Mass)

The upcoming emcee, ESP, who recently released his debut “Weapon of Mass Production” has caused a heavy local buzz within the 413/508 area code of Massachusetts. Not many artists have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams in making an actual debut, completely independently and also be able to sell their first ever release- AND have the album sell well locally. Many claimed to be “rappers” release free mixtape after free mixtape to gain a fan-base; but ESP already had the support from his family & friends and has been doing shows within the Western Mass area for awhile now.

The hardworking artists juggling work, school and a serious girlfriend- already had a tight schedule- but he put aside the time to lay down the rhymes and surely showed & proved within his first debut. With producers from the area such as Sleepquil, Busted Fuse (Worcester, MA), Key Soul, and Toronto’s own Fresh Kils. The future all-star producers do an excellent job in producing a heavily classic eastcoast underground sound throughout the whole album. ESP laces the productions up with his specialty of dope, lyrical, conscience lyrics. From tales of friends that betrayed him (“Judas”), discovering yourself well growing up (“Nothing Makes Sense”), friends caught up in addiction & hustling (“Tundra”) to women that tore him apart then finally finding the love of his life (“Life’s ill”, “Patience”) to the creative and entertaining track “What if I Did” which ESP narrates his true inner feelings about the “pest” in his life and what would happen if he acted out on them. “Weapon of Mass Production” creates a solid hip-hop debut and surely changes the 413 rap/hip-hop scene to have an artist as dedicated, motivated and determined as ESP. We feel that there is honestly a bright future for the emcee and that future projects will expose more in-depth on who ESP is and further push the limits of underground hip-hop.

Be sure to support the upcoming-star emcee and purchase his album on iTunes. Also stay up to date with ESP and be sure to like his facebook page here:   https://www.facebook.com/WeaponESP

New Jersey Punk Rap King- Ricky Rude on the P-Rice Show 4/23/14

Lately, P-Rice has been keeping himself busy with having several guest on his show- The P-Rice Show over at 89.5fm WSKB. The rising radio personality has had interviewed some big names in the past months, starting from Super French producer Cartelsons in December 2013 to Aceoutrageous in February. Even with a scheduled interview to have up & coming artists Taylor J (4/30/14) on air to promote his mixtape “Morning High” on datpiff.com the P-Rice Show has been at its first ever prime lately.

P-Rice was finally able to catch up with the co-founder of “Bright Boys Entertainment” and long time affiliate of Aceoutrageous; the South Jersey King of Punk Rap Ricky Rude. The two chop it up about Rude’s latest mixtape release “Ready to Live” which features the original king of the south & Geto Boy Scarface, Trina of Coke Boyz and Aceoutrageous. Along with talk about Rude’s debut “No Guts, No Glory”, future projects, the music industry and much more. All three parts of the interview are on P-Rice’s: http://www.youtube.com/user/PriceUS4life/videos

89.5fm WSKB P-Rice’s Spring Hip-Hop Show 4/12/14

It was a big deal for the P-Rice camp April 12th- along with the whole radio station board and anyone who is involved with music. As April 12th marked the annual Spring radio concert sponsored and hosted by Westfield’s 89.5fm WSKB.

P-Rice had 5 solid hip-hop acts rising from the undergrounds of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Philly. The setlist consisted of acts: ATI (East Hampton, Westfield State hip-hop crew), Brittany Koff & Flash Gordon (Philly raised lyricist & drum machinest/producer), E.S.P. (Up & Coming emcee from South Bridge/West Springfield), MassILLusion (Westfield’s own lyrical conscience emcee), and Rapture (Connecticut’s rising hip-hop star). All acts put on an outstanding show- as well as P-Rice who performed right along his peer rising stars.