As the great J. Dilla would say in regards to Part 4, Let's go! © Jay Dee
Georgia Anne Muldrow AKA Ms. One (ePistrophik Peach Sound/G&D/Pattie Bling & The Akebulan 5/Sa-Ra All Stars)
Reps: Los Angeles, CA
I remember first hearing Georgia Anne Muldrow's voice on Platinum Pied Pipers track called "Your Day Is Done" back in 2004. When I search under her name later to see if she'd recorded any material I discovered she'd released an EP on her own independent label called "Worthnothings". I heard it not too long afterwards and came away impressed with the project and the fact she produced it entirely herself. While still heard her name on the underground circuit, it would be more than a year before I heard anything new from her. She was signed by indie Hip Hop juggernaut Stones Throw and released her impressive debut LP "Olesi: Fragments Of An Earth".
Buzz began to build around her singing, songwriting, production, emceeing and collaborations with Dudley Perkins AKA Declaime (the first notable one being the 2Tall "Beautiful Mindz" project followed by Pattie Blingh And The Akebulan 5 "Sagala" the next year.
She's done production for Wildchild, Dudley Perkins, Eagle Nebula, LMNO, Stacey Epps, Rapper Big Pooh, MED & Black Milk. She's collaborated with Madlib, J*Davey, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Platinum Pied Pipers, Oh No, Oddisee, Flying Lotus & Mos Def on record in the past but she might be known best for her collaboration and appearance with Erykah Badu on "Master Teacher". A month ago she dropped the ridiculous "Ms. One & The Gang" which she produced all herself. In July, she'll unleash her new project "Umsindo" on the masses.
How'd so many people manage to sleep on her talent for long you may ask? I dunno personally...I stay woke.
Reps: Los Angeles, CA
Beat maker and engineer Moonsatellite runs the blog Culture King and makes the Hip Hop bloggersphere much more fresher than it once was. Whether Moonsatellite is just doing a beat making exhibition at the SF Apple Store or demonstating how to chop samples in Logic he makes sure everything remains raw (plus he's a Mac user!). Moon has done a few tracks here and there and covers the latest happenings in LA on Culture King but between you and me....we're all still waiting on" The LAzertape" to drop.
Illingsworth (Detroit CYDI)
Reps: Detroit, MI
I know Illingsworth through our interaction on that addictive ass social media site Twitter (fuck is Facebook?). I saw a link to his group Detroit CYDI's project "The Rhyming Dictionary" on Bandcamp and listened to it. I was impressed with what I heard lyrically and how it melded with the production. What really landed Illingsworth on this list was he said he had a beat tape he was giving out for free. I asked him to send me a link and what I got was a 50 track beat tape called "Doctor Illingsworth". Cotdamn!
I know you're reading this so let me just say you need to get some official cover art for this jawn and release "Doctor Illingsworth" to the masses. Anyone whose heard it will say the same. Check the links below to hear some of his tracks.
J.Bizness (Illregular Instrumentals LLC)
Reps: Inglewood, CA (909)
You want heat? Call J.Bizness. You gotta beat battle goin' down any time soon? Expect to see and hear J.Bizness. His instrumental mixtape "Reason, Beats & Pieces" hit the blogosphere like a comet. Invasion! Meanwhile, he's building up an impressive discography and slaps and the placements are gonna start coming even crazier after homie tears down yet another beat battle (Beat Knock Beat Battle in Stanton, CA @ 10PM PST) tonight. His project was also released digitally on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon & eMusic yesterday so cop that. Expect big things from this 909 representer in the near future.
Reps: Washington, D.C.
I first heard Bilal Salaam on Stacey Epps' "Ruff Drafts Vol. 1" ("Arms" & "Space Dirt") project back in 2006. The next year he dropped his debut LP "Blah: Time Between Asleep & Awake" in Japan. He's a mainstay of the DMV scene and he frequently collaborates with DMV's most talented artists like Mushinah, Slimkat78, DJ Roddy Rod, Stacey Epps, Wes Felton, Kev Brown, yU & Oddisee amongst others. His EP "Langue De Raisor" is also now available on iTunes. If for some reason you've managed overlook Bilal Salaam's music before today I'm glad I finally broke that streak. You're welcome.
Next up: Thes One, Slopfunkdust, Cimer Amor, Swiff D & Frank Dukes