{New Project} AJ Suede- Mage Against The Machine

Surprise! AJ Suede just dropped a new project to end 2016 with a bang. Mage Against The Machine is his 7th project giving you a lens to his thoughts with a dark scope. The 6 track project features productions from Khrist Koopa, Trowa Barton, Antonio and Fish Narc.Check it out below, download it, and stay tuned for his upcoming self produced album Ultra Dark Forest coming soon.

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{Interview/New Project} Ullnevano x Illien Rosewell- Confidence is Everything 2

Peace hip hop heads! It’s been a while since we sat down with an artist to chop it up on some new music. I caught wind of a new project from a cat I’ve been a fan of for some time now, none other than Ullnevano. Ullnevano was always in rotation during my days at WEAA’s Strictly Hip Hop (What up Grizzy?!), and was always rocking a mic at a local venue…giving 110% every time. I got the chance to rap to Ullnevano about his latest release with Illien Rosewell titled, Confidence is Everything 2. Check it out.

DropaJewel: Peace Ullnevano! I haven’t seen you in a while. I hear you have a new project out called Confidence Is Everything 2. Tell me a little about how this project came about and what separates it from Part 1.

Ullnevano: Peace Jewel, what up its been a long time since we last spoke I believe it was either this year or last years Bmore Dilla I’m not sure. Yes CIE2 is out and is more soulful and has me rhyming over more loops as oppose to the first one, and honestly it was Illien’s idea to do a part 2 because of how well the first one was received, we were just blown away of how well cats were digging the first CIE we have cassette tapes pressed up thru indie label already dead tapes, you can actually purchase the tape on ughh.com. The whole concept of the project the idea was sparked by this rapper named Verbal Kent, he’s down with ugly heroes and just from him saying those words it was so powerful and truth being as a rapper or whatever you do in life you have to have confidence in what you do. It’s the only way people respect you and take your craft extremely serious.

DJ: How’d you link with Illien Rosewell? Whats that dynamic like?
Ullnevano: Illien rosewell that’s my bro, and he’s a machine like this dude is soo talented it’s borderline scary how talented this dude is. I met him thru Logic Marselis; I was recording at the research center in Norfolk, Virginia and he happened to be in my session just vibing. Soon after my session was done he was just playing beats for like an hour straight and I’m like saying in my head “why hasn’t this dude been picked up or signed yet.” But he has worked with mad people that local rappers would do anything to be in the studio with. He’s a good dude and has a work ethic like me we both just enjoy crafting music.
DJ: I know you are in love with the whole project, but what tracks are closest to your heart and why? Do you have a favorite?
U: There were some records that I wanted to record for the project but it just didn’t sit right in my heart like I felt it would have thrown the vibe and momentum off. “They all die,” which is me lyrically murdering wack emcees, “the imaginary jam session” I wrote that the day Muhammad Ali passed I was in my apartment one night and wrote that joint like at 2am. “12’s over the wire” has to be my favorite just how the beat is structured and that was the last beat Illien sent me. I locked myself in my girlfriends room for like three hours and wrote the whole joint i knew this was gonna be special joint because I rarely write a full song in one setting.
DJ: Tiramisu Box Cutters has a Ghostface feel to me (with the production and flo). Whats the backstory on it?
U:Funny you should ask that because I just feel like I’m different from your average rapper and I like to stand out and I just thought the title “tiramisu box cutters” was such a fly name, no reason I had the title before I even wrote it, which was one of the first records I wrote for the project.
DJ: Who are you listening to right now? 
U: I’m currently listening to my homie from Norfolk, VA London Boi “lawyer fee$” that project is insanely good, a couple of instrumental albums from tuamie, knxwledge, and this dude from Seattle named J’Von, he has an album out called “Potato” that’s pretty dope. I’m just waiting on the new Skyzoo and Apollo brown album lol.
DJ: I think you will definitely get some new ears with this project. What do you want new Ullnevano fans to take away with them after listening to this?
U: I feel like I’m still one of the most slept on emcees, and I hold that underdog title near and dear to my heart I don’t mind it at all, but I want listeners to take from this project is that I can rap my a** off and I’m nice period! Then once they listen to this project I want them to go back and revisit my other projects as well that’s the goal.
DJ: Can we look forward to any upcoming visuals from the project?
U: Of course shouts to CamCamTv for always holding me down on the visuals so I’m hoping to get something done by the end of this year.
DJ: Do you have any upcoming shows coming up where we can see you rock the mic live?
U: The next show that I have coming up is the 2nd MGNTK emcee/producer showcase its taking place at the windup space November 26th. I’m really excited bout this one, because the first showcase we had early this  past April was so much fun so I expect nothing but good energy.
DJ: With all of the police brutality going on in the world, do you think hip hop is doing an adequate job at bringing a solution to a story as old as time? Hip Hop has ALWAYS been a vehicle for speaking out on social injustice, but today, is it doing enough to bring about a change?
U: I feel like hip hop is doing an amazing job on voicing on what’s going on in the world dealing with police brutality, some may not want to hear us but they have no choice but to listen to what we have to say because our music is powerful. I can also say that locally the hip hop community has been pretty vocal in terms of what’s going on with unarmed black men police shootings. We just can’t give up hope, we have to continue on speaking on these issues. As far as bringing change, I say give it time but we have to continue to speak on these issues and not pretend like it’s not happening, to be seriously honest I feel hip hop is the only music genre that’s actually speaking on social injustice, I truly believe in my soul that we are going to get our voice heard one way or the other.
DJ: Thanks for chopping it up. Anything else you want to add? Where can folks find you on social media?
U: Dustin Grime is coming you suckas a project that me and logic marselis are currently working on, the work never stops y’all can find me on Twitter @ulllnevanohiphop and ig: @ullnevanohiphop.
Check out magnetikmoments.com to stay up on some good hip hop. #DoItNow

{New Mixtape Alert} The Funky Diabetic Mixtape


Peace and happy Friday! If you aren’t up on my man Kil over at willmakebeatsforfood.com you are seriously tripping. Big brother always puts together the dopest tapes, this time by way of legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest and Phife Diggy! #RIPPhife Go get your free copy of The Funky Diabetic Mixtape here


{New Mixtape Alert} AJ Suede- Name Brand Water

New ish from one of my favorite underground emcees, AJ mutha effin Suede! I’ve been trying to get ya’ll familiar with the East Stroudsburg rapper for a minute now, and I feel you catching up!

Name Brand Water is his first release of 2016 so we can spark the new year off right. This project features a host of producers including Ghost Mcgrady, Thrvd and Locvst to name a few. So far my favorite cuts are Red Eyes Dragon, Darknet, Calamity, and Stay Woke.

“This right here is that holy water for the soul. This is that shit that took me back to when I was a teenager, to simpler times.” – Your cousin

“After the release of Name Brand Water, the numbers for supermarket brand water has plummeted dramatically.” – WNEP16 News

Shouts out to the whole Freeminds Collective for always keeping me abreast of the new ish! Follow his twitter @AJSuede and let me know your thoughts on Name Brand Water.

My Top 10 Albums of 2015

Oooh the end of 2015 is upon us, Hallelujah. I can admit that it was a rough year for many. Terrorism was alive and well…Racism was upon us in the truest form. Through it all, God reigns and music was plentiful!! I’ve seen a lot of list of the ‘Top Albums of 2015’ list, and I’m not surprised. There were certain albums that were undeniably relevant…Others that were not so awesome. I can not give you a top albums list without saying that these are my favorite albums of 2015. My rating system is really simple…How much did I listen to the album? How did it make me feel? Did it inspire me? Check out my list and let me know some of your favorites via twitter @DropaJewel

10. Tame Impala- Currents


Yup! Of course I was bumping this one. I’d been waiting for this album faithfully as they were dropping track after track. I was not disappointed!

9. Grimes-Art Angels

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I’m not even sure how I caught wind of Art Angels…it must have been my endless blog browsing. Nevertheless, I was impressed with Grimes. You really can’t categorize this type of music. Most of the album had an electronic pop-ish feel and my eardrums were grateful. If you haven’t listened to it yet, check it out and expand your mind.

8. Fabolous-Summertime Shootout


Fab surprised me with his latest project. It was filled with a few artist collabs including Nicki Minaj and Trey Songs, but was a hip hop heads wet dream. I’ve had it in rotation since its release and I know it’ll sound damn good in the speakers next summer.

7. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly


And now let us take a moment for the elephant in the room. This album was at the top of everybody’s list this year. I thought it was a really good effort on Kendrick’s part: the black power theme, the west coast love, the cohesiveness of the project and the ability to relate to our day to day lives. The issue I had with TPAB was not the actual project; it was the small minded individuals who forgot that hip hop has no one particular sound. All of the kudos I saw on social media and hip hop sites reminded me that SOME PEOPLE don’t listen to anything but mainstream radio. They lack the ability to be independent thinkers and enjoy what they were not PROGRAMMED to listen to. Kendrick can rhyme, and TPAB was a damn good project; however, he is not the second coming of Christ. I think he’ll collect quite a few grammys this go round. Hip hop has always been a fusion of other genres and inspirations…I challenge all artists to explore that ideology as they create their art. It makes for an authentic project. Keep up the good work, Kendrick.

6. Add 2- Prey For The Poor


This may be the most slept on album of the year. The beats were pure dopeness; shouts out to 9th Wonder as usual. Add-2 didn’t get nearly enough airplay as he should have. I think Prey for The Poor was suitable for old and new school listeners and was nice fresh breath of air from the fuckery in the hip hop industry today. I’m looking forward to hearing more from him in the future. Kudos.

5. Skyzoo- Music for My Friends


Yessuh! Music for my Friends is one of those projects that somebody puts you onto at the last second. I have a homeboy who ALWAYS gives me the heads up on great hip hop projects and this happens to be one of them. Skyzoo did his thing as so many of the tracks embody a humility not often seen in mainstream hip hop. Most of the songs had great break beats and dope hooks. I felt like this was some shit I would listen to riding along the streets of the Bronx as a kid in the summer. I felt like Skyzoo knew his audience BUT just wanted to make some feel good music for real people…including himself.

4. Game- The Documentary 2


Game came through with a game changer (pun intended) with The Documentary 2. I miss the day of raw hip hop and this gave me my fix. I think it’s rare for a hip hop artist to do a part 2 to their introductory album and still make it a worth while listen. Clearly, Game had a vision and inspiration from other west coast artist celebrated this year (NWA, Kendrick Lamar). Whatever the cause, I’m still very much thankful.

3. Foo Fighters- St. Cecilia and Songs From The Laundry Room


Boom! Foo Fighters have given me life all year long. They dropped St. Cecilia as a free download for their fans a few months ago. How noble in our time of turmoil?! They also dropped Songs from the Laundry Room for record store day and both EPs are in my heavy rotation playlist. All I ask for is good music that invokes good vibrations and positive energy. I love a good guitar riff any day of the week and this gave me just the soundtrack for closing out the year. #Respect

2. Lianne La Havas- Blood


My Lordy. I fell in love with this young lady in 2015. I’m not sure if it was my mood, but I have been playing this album out since its release this summer. Blood was my first real introduction to Ms. La Havas and I was grateful. The album has a mellow, jazzy, soulful feel to it…authentic and genuine. I’ve heard mixed reviews from other music sources, saying that it didn’t have her personal spin on it but I beg to differ. It’s important for artist’s sound to evolve and for them to work with different producers to create new sounds. Blood is nominated for a grammy award and I’m eager see if her hard work will be rewarded. Very dope project from Ms. La Havas.

1.The Internet- Ego Death

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It is my understanding that Ego Death is nominated for a grammy. Well it’s about damn time! There really isn’t much to say about this album. It pretty much speaks for itself. Again, I felt all good vibe in listening and an interesting fusion of sounds. Ego Death reminds me of how good R&B used to feel, though I can’t rightfully place it in any specific category. The hip hop elements shine through a neo soul bed of casual feel good musicianship. Well done, great execution. Praise God.

Check out my homeboy Vegas’ blog Hiphopolitic.com for his top Hip Hop Albums of the year.


{New Mixtape Alert} AJ Suede- Automatic Wavecap

This guy is a beast. AJ Suede consistently mashes out one solid project after another. Check out his newest tape Automatic Wavecap. Shouts out to the whole FreeMinds Collective! Show your twitter love @Ajsuede #DoItNow

{New Mixtape} Dj Trelly Trell- It’s a Household Name

New sounds for the hip hop lover in you! My man Dj Trelly Trell is back at it with his newest mixtape It’s a Household name #BmoreCarefulEdition. Trelly is a well known DJ in the mid-atlantic region. You can always catch him rocking a set with some of Baltimore’s elite including: Ellis, Greenspan,Al Great and Eze Jackson to name a few. Check out his newest masterpiece

For more on Dj Trelly Trell, you can catch him rocking your airwaves every Friday at midnight on WEAA’s Strictly Hip Hop (88.9fm). Of course, show your twitter love @DjTrellyTrell #DoItNow #DropaJewel4Mayor