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Mixtape Review: Alias John Brown Presents: “Retribution”

Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

I got an instant head nod when I heard the first track on Alias John Brown mix-tape; “Retribution: Street Campaign.” 

A Lauryn Hill sample played throughout the first track called “Life” while AJB recites Melle Mel classic hook from the message “It’s like a jungle sometimes; it makes me wonder, how I keep from going under.”  The track features Akil, who also produced the track. I thought it was good way to start the CD, but I was kind of hoping the bass line from the original song would have drop, or any bass line, but I still dug it. Continue reading

Grind Corner: (Big Mel)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE  HIGHLIGHT  THE  STREET

 

The Grind Corner is a monthly showcase of regular people out there in the world grinding, working and trying to make a difference n the world. This month we are highlighting Big Mel who is a Chicago Hip Hop artist and also the owner of Rap Factory; a Chicago night club. We caught with him to ask a few questions about his Grind.    

 

Black Truth News: Tell the people who you are and what you do?

Big Mel: My name is  Big Mel the Hustler. I established the Rap Factory with my big brother DJ Nero. We did it for Chicago artist. Continue reading

Grind Corner: Que Billah

We             Highlight        The               Street

 

  • Our Highlight this month goes to QUE BILLAH.  Representing the west side of Chicago; “QB” has toured with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop. We caught up with him for a second, got his definition of the grind and how he puts it down. Check out his interview.

 

 

Black Truth News: Can you take a minute to explain to the people who you are, what you do, and how you grind?   

 

QUE BILLAH: This Que Billah. Your milla, your man, if Billah can’t do it, then nobody can-Ya dig! Right now, I just put out a Mix tape, it’s called “Bird Shit”; why I call it bird shit, because I drop unexpectedly like bird shit; word to BIG. How I grind I do music, I got my own manager, self promoter, do shows and entertain the people. Continue reading

Grind Corner: Artist: Lunatic

  • We          Highlight         The         Street

  • Our Highlight this month goes to Lunatic.  Representing the west side of Chicago; ‘Tic’ has drop three mix-tapes already with more to come. We caught up with him for a second, got his definition on the grind and how he puts it down. Check out his interview.

 

 

 

 

 

The Black Truth News: Can you take a minute to explain to the people who you are, what you do, and how you grind?

Lunatic: Well my name is Lunatic or “Tic”, my man Boog gave me that name, I’m the CEO of Ill State Entertainment, I write, rap, and represent L-Town which is on the west side of Chicago, I got my mix-tape “It is What it Is”– Rise n Grind vol.3. Continue reading

Grind Corner: Lady Nile

We            Highlight                     The                                  Street

Our first Highlight goes to the self proclaimed “Chi-City Goddess of the Hip Hop street grind” Lady Nile. We caught up with Lady Nile on the streets of Chicago pushing her music; grinding as usual. She has smooth demeanor and a passion for her music. Check out her interview.     

 

 

The Black Truth News: Can you take a minute to explain to the people who you are, what you do, and how you grind?

 

Lady Nile:  Well my name is Lady Nile; Shaniece Harris, writer, educator, teacher; while I was teaching I was also rapping.  I do shows; I sell CD’s over the internet and as well as street promotion. Humanitarian work; I saw lot of homeless people and helped them out. I had my own radio show in Las Vegas; and now I got my new album which is called ‘Hip-Hypocrisy’ Continue reading