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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Do You Believe?

The Lower East Side is shining bright this October as rapper Profecy released his debut mixtape "Make You A Believer" hosted by DJ Laser.
This Mixtape has generated quite a tremendous buzz over the summer and the anticipation was quite worth the wait. As soon as you hit play, you could feel the dedication and hard work put into this project as Profecy delivers his story. The track listing was very well put together, the first few tracks were all focused on realism and the everyday struggles we all deal with. The track "The World" is a great example of the intuitiveness Profecy has in store. The record "Guilty" was one we all can relate to dealing with hype and the struggles of modern society. Each track persists on the everyday grind and the battles we overcome to achieve common goals. My favorite track is "Warriors" strictly because this is a record which we can all just sit back and smoke a blunt to in the comfort of your own serenity.With the album being released on 10/10/10 its sure to say that Profecy has prophesied his own success.

One thing that Profecy has shown us is that if you have faith in yourself, others will have faith in you as well. He's taken these principals and not only applied them to this mixtape but also amongst his team, The FUMilia. Profecy also his own movement The FUMlife which is based in the L.E.S. and they're doing a great job recruiting believers and non believers alike. This is a great inspirational mixtape for urban society as well as the voice of a young, aspiring artist.Profecy's drive and persistence has paid off in the form great music, slowly but surely I have faith that he will obtain his goals as an Emcee and make the world believe.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Are video games the next chapter in hip-hop? With the beginning of a new generation comes new and improved ways to incorporate music and gaming. It all started with PlayStation back in the 90's with their release of Parrapa the Rappa a kids video game consisting of rap and cartoons. This would spark the beginning of what would soon later mark the rise of music and video games together. Def Jam Records took notice of this and released a series of video games including actual Hip Hop artist from their label. The series started with Def Jam Vendetta released in 2003, which featured the likes of Ludacris, Redman, Scarface and several other Def jam affiliates. The follow up was Def Jam: Fight for NY which sold a good amount of copies and received good ratings from its relative audience the last to be released from the action packed Hip Hop series was Def Jam: Icon which was cool to say the least, it solidified the series blueprint to move forward towards creativity. With karaoke recognized as an enjoyable hobby amongst all age groups Def Jam took it upon themselves to create a Hip Hop simulated video game titled, Def Jam: Rapstar.
The game allows players to perform karaoke over a plush library of Hip Hop videos and songs. The best feature the game has is the ability to allow users to freestyle battle other players around the world! The game features original beats from DJ Premier, DJ Kalil, and Bangledesh which users can use against one another. With the recent developments in video games its not hard to see the infinitive direction being taken by both artist and gamers. In my opinion this is just the beginning of video games will soon be well acquainted with the music industry and its culture.