By Uptown Toney
Culture, heritage and nationality, although they differ, we’re all born with them and they ultimately fall as the basis to how we first identify ourselves. Over the last few years we’ve seen a rise in Hip-Hop were members have come out, embracing their African heritage. Artists like Tyler, the Creator, Wale, Nipsey Hussle, and The Weeknd are affirming their African roots but not many have been proud to rep their African culture or nationality from jump. At least not like fast-rising North Carolina native Well$.
Born to Congolese immigrants, Well$ has only been active in music for a little over four years now. The first generation Central African rap artist released his debut back in 2012 and has been one to watch ever since. The interesting thing about Well$ isn’t just his music but also the path he took getting into music. It’s one many children of immigrants can relate to.
Born Leroy Shingu, Well$’ story starts off a year before he was birthed. Back in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Well$’ family were protesting the leader in power who had put a countrywide 6PM curfew in effect. Well$’ uncle, a political activist and member of the U.N, was being hunted down by soldiers for his views.
“There’s no freedom of speech where my family is from. If you spoke against the government, they would kill you. Mike [my manager/cousin] could you stories about how soldiers with AK’s would stop him and his mom asking, “Where is your husband.” Harassing them. That’s initially how my dad got citizenship, through political refugee.” Seeking political asylum was a common thing back in the early 90’s. This is back when Rwanda was in turmoil, conflicts had raged on, and rebels controlled about a third of the entire country.
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…It’s Indie Wednesday! Time to share your music!
If you’re new to this hip hop blog, check out the rules below and post your music.
1. Everyone is limited to one music post per week. Spammers will be banned.
2. You can post the same song if you posted it the previous week but keep that practice in moderation
3. Converse and dialogue with each other as much as you like. In fact, I encourage it.
Here is the suggested format:
1. Name of the artist:
2. Location (where are you from)
3. Couple of your social links (Twitter and or Facebook)
4. Say something about yourself, hip hop, or anything interesting. It can also be totally unrelated to music. Show us you have a personality.
Post music or videos that can play in the thread please. No download links to your mixtape.
Feel free to post any PICS and GIFs.
Check this: Hip Hop Artists: Post Your Music (12-7-16) –
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Ashoka is a Hip Hop artist from Rockland County, New York, who has been sharing music for just over a year after graduating Philly’s Temple University.
Today, Ashoka returns with the official visual for his Juzicy-produced single, “W.W.Y.D.” The track originally appeared on his Hard To Gain, Easy To Lose project.
Showing his lyrical prowess, Ashoka remains introspective in the video, asking listeners “What would you do?” as we follow the cinematic storyline.
Stay tuned for more releases from Ashoka, including a project early 2017. Enjoy below!
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The first release since his 2015 mixtape Cobalt Condo, St. Louis lyricist LaQuel’s new single Apply Pressure paints him as an MC too acquainted with hard times and dilemmas.
Reality based bars revealing the blessings in brokenness and the beauty in heartache fuel LaQuel’s Apply Pressure; creating a resonating record capable of identifying with listeners from various backgrounds and creeds.
Apply Pressure is the first single from LaQuel’s upcoming EP The Nobody coming soon in 2017.
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Garnering accolades from the likes of HipHopWeekly and Community Concert is no easy feat. After all, the influx of music is easy to come by. With no intentions of shying away, Delawares 40 Karat is back today with his heavily featured single. As Always, 40 Karat delivers a sound unique to not only his location but the entire industry. Hailing as one of if not Delaware’s premier artist. Keep in check with him as he prepares for the New Year!
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“This could be us, but you playin,” is the message EL Shaun is sending in his fun & colorful new video, “Social Networks.” You can tell by the scenery and the artist’s style that he’s Cali-based. Check out the playful visuals here.
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Rap Ratz is starting a fresh series based on their journey to get their mixtape done. It’s going to be comedic but also informative. A lot of the music business information and struggles that artists try to overcome when releasing their own material will be contained in the story. Most of you will be able to relate! It will be an evolving story based on real events about radio, studio recording, music managers, producers, and so much more. If you want to follow the story, subscribe on YouTube. Here’s a short episode 1.
Check this: How To Make A Rap Mixtape Ep.1 – Rap Ratz –
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