Today In Carolina Hip Hop History: March 2, 2009 Mica Swain (@MicaSwain) Releases ‘Ms. Swain’

Today In Carolina Hip Hop History: March 2, 2009 Mica Swain (@MicaSwain) Releases 'Ms. Swain'

Today in Carolina Hip Hop History, Mica Swain released Ms. Swain on March 2, 2009.

Mica Swain released Ms. Swain on the 2nd day of Women’s History Month (March). The album was her second project and came out on her self-owned record label, Backwoodz Muzic Inc. Mica Swain hails from Plymonth, NC.

Ms. Swain was a true album with original music. This was no ordinary mixtape with rhymes over popular industry beats! Five of the thirteen tracks had also appeared on Mica Swain’s first album Product Of Da NC.Her first mixtape was also titled Product Of Da NC but it is not to be confused with the album, as the mixtape included totally different music.

At the time Mica Swain released Ms. Swain, there were not many other female rappers from North Carolina. Shelly B, Rapsody and Lil Buna were the names most people tuned into Carolina hip hop knew about. One thing that set Mica Swain apart from the rest is that she sang in addition to rapping.

A good amount of the production on Ms. Swain was handled by DJ Barry Bee and Manifest. By 2009, DJ Barry Bee had established himself as one of the more known DJ’s in NC. Physical copies of his mixtapes could be found all over the state. DJ Barry Bee produced “Dope Boy Magic“, one of the biggest hits off of Ms. Swain. The album also included a feature from Rico Barrino, “She Got It”. Other jammin’tracks off Ms. Swain were “Gimme Dat Ducee”and “Mulah”. One additional notable is “Your Property”, which featured Jamla Records’ Heather Victoria.

As 2009 went on, Mica Swain continued to make a name for herself throughout the South. By the end of the year, Mica Swain landed in the studio with Waka Flocka Flame. The two came together and created one of her biggest hits to date, “Body Talk“.

Mica Swain’s most recent work is “The Back Side“, which came out in January 2014. The track was to appear on her album Swain’s World, which has not been released to date.

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JSWISS (@JSwissHere) &Thrill City (@ThrillCityNC) Session –“You Me Him and Her”(Video)

JSWISS (@JSwissHere) x Thrill City (@ThrillCityNC) Session - "You Me Him and Her"(Video)

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.

Y’all can hit the jump to watch the freestyle and stream ALLCAPSNOSPACES.

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JSWISS &J57 — “Déjà Vu”.

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Events: 2015 SC Music Awards (@SCMusicAwards) Nominations Now Open

Events: 2015 SC Music Awards (@SCMusicAwards) Nominations

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 to cast nominations, find ticket information, sponsorships, performance opportunities and more. Good luck to everyone!

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Commentary: 5 Epic South Carolina Hip Hop Video Moments (Of All Time!).

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Today In Carolina Hip Hop History: February 24, 2012 Rapsody (@RapsodyMusic) Releases The Black Mamba EP

Rapsody (@RapsodyMusic) -- The Black Mamba EP

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.

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