#RapOnTheRun: Red Maca Review For Running, Energy &Endurance (Video)

#RapOnTheRun: Red Maca Review For Running, Energy &Endurance

I first read about red maca last year on Instagram. Red maca is a root that is grown in the Peruvian mountains. A couple of vegan athletes I follow on the ‘Gram had mentioned using red maca as part of their sports training and for endurance. I also noticed a few vegan chefs talk about using the root or powder version in their cooking and for extra energy. From that point I was curious and did some searches on the web to learn more about this root.

Those who were using red maca for sports training noted how the root seemed to increase their endurance, particularly for difficult training sessions. One thing I wasn’t able to find in my searches is if anyone had used red maca for running, specifically marathon training. So I decided to experiment to see if the root would help improve my endurance for long runs. I also wanted to see if red maca would give me some extra energy.

Of note, I believe folks should always check with a healthcare professional before adding any new supplements (natural or otherwise!) into a regimen. I think this is especially important if you have a medical condition or take medications.

Y’all can watch the red maca review for running, energy and endurance video after the jump!

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

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