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.
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))
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.
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!
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
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
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.
Now this daily prompt that I am doing is different from the previous daily prompts I have posted on here. This song I recorded a few years ago is a perfect explanation on how some may sleep (or not sleep) through their long and horrid nights of thinking & what the future may possess. It was recorded for and part of a compilation album of a worldwide internet hip-hop crew I have been apart of for years now..You can download our latest project with the crew for free here: http://www.reverbnation.com/thesoldiersoffortunemusiclabel/album/63177-file-operation-hiphop-by-soldiers
P-Rice gives you a quick and simple introduction hands-on with how to operate the radio station equipment at 89.5fm WSKB. Along with dishing out a few details about P-Rice’s background and seriousness in the field of Entertainment & Media. Enjoy, We hope to inspire!
Every year Westfield State University radio station 89.5fm WSKB put on an all-day concert from 12pm to 7pm. Many talented acts and bands come through to perform, sell merchandise and many do it for the love and fun of it. Majority of the bands lead from punk rock acts to experimental- with a lack of hip-hop. BUT! This year on APRIL 12TH the board of hip-hop director, myself, P-Rice will be hosting one of the biggest underground hip-hop shows Westfield State University has ever put on. Originally planning to have artists from New Jersey all the way to the Southern Cali- the hip-hop show caused much controversy and excitement. Many artists wanted to come out from Mo the General to Johnny Collarossi; but many of the acts that are going to be performing are straight from the underground music scenes of Massachusetts. Such acts consist of up and coming emcee: E.S.P. (who plans releasing his debut Weapon of Mass Production this Spring- it’ll be available for sale at the show), MassILLusions, Sean Byrne (who has opened up for acts like 3 6 Mafia), Koffidential, KR the MC,and Westfield State’s own crew ATI- along with myself P-Rice.