Rita J – "The Artist Workshop"
I was first introduced to Rita J by a close friend of mine, Dotnificent. We were talking about female emcees and I mentioned that I had finished writing an article about Stacy Epps. He replied that he had heard of Stacy and mentioned Rita J in the same breath. Due to his super slow internet connection (slower than dial-up), he was desparately trying to connect to her MySpace page to listen to her music. We had a sneak preview (I’m not talking about the album snippet) of her song, “Dreams & Aspirations”. I was instantly blown away by the cadence of her words. I began making a mental checklist. Delivery. Check. Wordplay. Check. Content. Check. She had me! Female artist in the hip hop community are for the most part clones like their male counterparts. If it’s not violence, it’s sex, if it’s not sex, it’s disrespecting other artists for publicity. So to hear a female artist come along and bring something new to the table is always refreshing. However, if she has class, charisma, substance, wordplay and delivery like Rita J, she has my support as a commited fan. I have dreams and aspirations and as an artist myself, Rita J brings that much needed inspiration to fuel the fire for me to write (and only a few have the ability to do that). Below are what others are saying about Rita J.
“Hip hop fans desperate for an intelligent, positive, and versatile female MC need to look no further than Rita J”
“In a hip-hop world where female MCs often put skin ahead of artistry, Rita J is a breath of fresh air, and is more than ready to join the ranks of elite female MCs.”
“Her father, who introduced her to a diverse collection of music including hip-hop, soul, disco, and rock, fostered in her a sense of self-knowledge and a love for the arts, which serve as the cornerstones for her work.”
Rita J Live @ Estrojam
Download Rita J – Mrs. Jackson Mixtape
Senor Kaos – "Swagger Is Nothing, Talent Is Everything"
I was first introduced to Senor Kaos a couple of months ago while surfing the net to see what was going on in the Atlanta music community. I stumbled upon The Kaos Effect and Vintage Imperial websites. I saw that Senor Kaos was the person behind the behind the efforts. So I began to search around to see what else Kid Kaos was doing for the community. I found his MySpace page, some press, reviews and watched a clip of him as a panelist at Music University, an event hosted by Patchwerk Studios and I dO Music. I said to myself, “This kid is everywhere!” Fast forward two months, while searching for an artist for this weeks feature, Senor Kaos name popped in my mind. I went back to his site to get some updates. To my surprise, there was a video called “Girls Rock Too”. To be honest, I was skeptic about the title. I said, “Is this a club record?” Well, a wise woman once told me, “Never judge a book by its cover.” I gave it a listen and I was stunned. In a world ruled by male chauvinism, “Girls Rock Too” is an ode to all of the women who have played an important role throughout history and Senor Kaos is acknowledging their worth. For his effort, he receives much respect. From blogging, promoting, being an entrepreneur, recording, performing, lecturing and so on and so on, Senor Kaos definitely deserves acknowledgement for his endeavors. Below are what others are saying about Senor Kaos.
“Content, Delivery, and Showmanship are the three core values for Atlanta emcee Señor Kaos, an emerging lyricist whos unique approach to hip hop has sent him around the Globe.”
“What you are all witnessing is the metamorphosis from a young hopeful to the leader of the new school. Señor Kaos is a true undergound monarch.” – Performer Magazine
“Maybe someday he’ll help lead a revolution of artistic integrity in Hip Hop, but for now he’s an explosive and eclectic force to be reckoned with.” – Southeast Performer Magazine
Senor Kaos – Girls Rock Too (Remix) Video
Download Senor Kaos - Swagger Is Nothing, Talent Is Everything Mixtape