Thrill City down in Chapel Hill continues on with their Glass Reflex “City Sessions”series. Last month while in North Carolina, JSWISS dropped by the lifestyle brands’store on Franklin Street to drop some bars over Jay Z’s “You, Me, Him, Her”.
Glass Reflex is the media arm of Thrill City. The media outlet also did an extensive interview with JSWISS, who’s currently based in NYC. The emcee’s latest EP, ALLCAPSNOSPACES was recently released as well.
The 7th annual 2015 SC Music Awards weekend is coming this Summer, and nominations are now open. The entire weekend of SC Music Awards events is always like a South Carolina music family reunion. It’s also a good opportunity for folks from across the state to come together, network with one another and have a good time, all while celebrating South Carolina music culture and history.
This year’s SC Music Awards host city will be announced later this Spring. Past host cities include Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg. Events during the weekend are usually a combinations of after parties, community events and meet &greets.
Y’all can visit SC Music Awards.com to cast nominations, find ticket information, sponsorships, performance opportunities and more. Good luck to everyone!
Today In Carolina Hip Hop History, Rapsody released The Black Mamba EP on February 24, 2012.
The Black Mamba was Rapsody’s first EP. It dropped on Jamla Records and in the same year as her first album The Idea of Beautiful, which came out several months earlier as Idea wasn’t available until August of that year.
In true EP fashion, The Black Mamba clocked in at just seven tracks long. Four Soul Council producers provided the beats with the newest member, Eric G, providing two of the seven (“Shining Moment”, “Legends Of The Fall”).
By the time The Black Mamba EP came out, Rap had already released several prior projects. For me, this EP got lost amongst those, as she had a flood of decent material available to listen to. Her mixtape For Everything had just come out three months earlier in November 2011 and I still had it in rotation. As a Rapsody fan, I really didn’t understand the decision behind releasing something again so soon. Her brand and material was already receiving attention on blogs and media outlets across the world. It didn’t seem like she was hurting for PR and mentions.
There were only two feature emcees on The Black Mamba, Bluu Suede and Tab-One. My favorite tracks were “Right Now”and “With You”. Both had ill samples created by 9th Wonder. “Right Now”sampled R. Kelly’s “Honey Love”, while “With You”was a spin on Mary J. Blige’s “Be With You”.
At the moment, Rapsody hasn’t announced any new upcoming projects. She does however continue to tour and perform regularly throughout the United States and around the globe. Jamla Records did recently announce Karlie Hustle as their new director of Brand Relations. Karlie Hustle is a young legend and veteran of NYC’s Hot 97. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rapsody’s overall image elevated and extended outside of hip hop culture in 2015.
David Noah Thompson, IV is a student at Hillside New Tech in Durham, NC and is hoping to travel to China this year. He’s now in his third year as a member of the Hillside High School Drama Department. He has been in several productions including “Dreamgirls”, “In the Heights” and “A Raisin in the Sun”. “Noah has blossomed tremendously under the tutelage of Mr. Wendell Tabb. I have literally seen him transform into this incredibly talented and confident young man” says Noah’s mother Nicole Johnson. “I can remember when our days were filled with medication for ADHD, behavior charts and speech therapy. Now I have an Honors student who is ready to take on the world ”
In addition to dreaming of travel to China, Noah has aspiratons of being a film director and performing in Broadway shows. Part of that dream can come true this year. Hillside’s traveling theater group One Voice has been invited to travel to China to perform and study in Beijing for Spring Break this year. Since the announcement, Noah has talked non stop of his love for the culture and his desire to travel with the group from Hillside. And even though its a phenomenal opportunity, his mother, Nicole says she has concerns. “I am a single parent.” she says simply. “The money just isn’t there.”
Noah’s mother has launched a social media campaign to #GetNoah2China. A Go Fund Me account has been established for Noah’s travel to China, but they have a very short amount of time to raise the $4500.
To learn more about Noah and help him get to China as part of Hillside Drama Department’s Spring Break tour, visit and donate via his Go Fund Me Account at http://www.gofundme.com/jff3kg.