[Hip Hop News Now] “Q & A” With “Pittsburgh Song” Artist Jordan York

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The city of Pittsburgh is emerging as an influential region in music. The voices of the city are getting louder and the onlookers are steadily increasing. Recently, Pittsburgh pop artist Jordan York has gained quite a buzz with his Steel City anthem, “Pittsburgh Song.”  York’s ode to Pittsburgh has been featured on both radio and television. Currently the “Pittsburgh Song” video has over 24,000 views and counting since its release just three weeks ago. 

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The Roundtable Empire recently caught up with Jordan York in an attempt to get to know the man behind the “Pittsburgh Song.” We got together for a quick “Q & A” session. Below we have our questions and Jordan’s candid answers.  Check it out and be sure to peep the “Pittsburgh Song” video further below. 

The Roundtable Empire: “Are you originally from the Pittsburgh?”

Jordan York: “No, I was born in Miami, Florida but have lived in Pittsburgh since I was 2 years old.” 

The Roundtable Empire: “When did you first hit the music scene?”

Jordan York: “I did my first show in 2010 at a club in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.”

The Roundtable Empire: “What was it about the music industry that lured you to it?”

Jordan York: “Just being able to express myself and the art of hip hop is an amazing thing.”

The Roundtable Empire: “How would you describe your sound?”

Jordan York: “I would say my style is unorthodox. I definitely listen to a lot of old school music.”

The Roundtable Empire: “Who are your musical influences?”

Jordan York: “I listen to the pioneers, ODB a lot of old school rock, I don’t really have influences I just try to make my own sound.” 

The Roundtable Empire: “Why the Pittsburgh Song? What was the idea behind it?”

Jordan York: “The idea behind it was to tell a story about all the people that played/play a part in the Pittsburgh culture and history. Everyone wants to make a Pittsburgh anthem but I wanted to give a history lesson on everyone who is someone from our city.”

The Roundtable Empire: “How do you feel about the current state of Hip Hop in Pittsburgh?”

Jordan York: “It’s cool, a lot of talented artists in this city. With Wiz and Mac gaining national attention it really opens a lot of doors for artists.

The Roundtable Empire: “What’s next for Jordan York?”

Jordan York: “I don’t like to talk much, I just like to do, but I’ve got some movie I have a role in coming up called Hidden Agenda and working on my album as well as some big shows. So be on the look out for that!”

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Actor Khalil Kain Speaks On Tupac, Hip Hop, and More (Exclusive Interview)

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The Roundtable Empire recently caught up with actor Khalil Kain and he spoke on everything from acting with Tupac to his views on the current state of Hip Hop.

Check it out below…and oh yeah…we got the Juice now!

 

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[Hot New Music!] Sheek Louch feat. Ghostface Killah – “I Luv It”

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The return of Wu-Block is upon us. Sheek Louch’s new track “I Luv It” features Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. The new banger drops as we await the release of Sheek’s anticipated Silverback Gorilla 2 LP.

Both Sheek and Ghost sound great together as their styles compliment one another. There’s a good chance you’re going to like this one by Sheek, but let us know if you love it by commenting below.

Press play.

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[Hot New Music!] Pusha T – “Untouchable”

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Pusha T has been teasing his sophomore studio album for quite some time now. With the recent news of Pusha being named the new president of G.O.O.D. Music, we could almost feel that something special was in the making. The wait is finally over. Pusha T recently got together with fellow Virginia native Timbaland to create a tough single titled “Untouchable.”

The new track highlights a sampling of the late great Notorious B.I.G. 

Listen to the new track by Pusha T below and let us know if you think this emcee is as the title suggests, “Untouchable.”

 

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[Hot New Music!] Ave. Amen – The Ascension (A Keystone Story)

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Keystone State artist Ave. Amen has recently delivered his second project of the year. The State College, Pennsylvania rep is yet another fine example of the area’s driven talent. His latest project is titled The Ascension (A Keystone Story) and it is some of the artist’s best work to date. Ave. does everything from his own audio mixing to editing his own videos, but being able to tell his story and the stories of those around him is where his true passion has led him. “I was in and out of prison since I was a juvenile and I’ve done two state bids, but coming home the last time after doing four years I was like (boom) I got to get focus, this is my passion,” said Ave, “I just like making music, so I started recording like three years ago. At first it was just freestyles and then it turned into serious writing.”

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“I call the mixtape The Ascension, because it’s like the start to rise. Im going up and The Ascension is the beginning to where I’m going,” said Ave. “I feel like I’m finding my sound and this is the direction I’m going. This project here will lead into my next project. It’s a growing process.”

Ave. Amen is an artist who is still discovering his sound, however his music is influenced by artists like Jay Z, Boot Camp Clik, Heltah Skeltah, and newer artists like Kendrick Lamar and Lupe Fiasco. Check out his latest mixtape The Ascension (A Keystone Story) above and his video for “Thinking Out Loud” below. 

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“In order for Hip Hop to thrive here it needs to be relevant. People have to be entertained; it has to be the culture. A consistent culture and a consistent reflection of the culture, especially in places that aren’t in the city. There has to be consistency within it and there has to be healthy competition like with any sport. That’s what catches people’s eyes. That’s what makes people want to write blogs on it, make people start watching videos of local artists; when it becomes a healthy competition. But when you’re just down there by yourself shooting at the hoop, no one cares.”

Ave. Amen is doing him while at the same time putting on for his area. Peep his movement and stay tuned for more from this up & coming artist. 

 

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[Hot New Music!] Justin Bieber feat. Nas – “We Are”

 

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Justin Bieber has been in the news lately for nothing but trouble, however, he has changed lanes and now spends his time on his music. Tomorrow, Friday the 13th, Bieber will drop his highly anticipated album, Purpose. Bieber fans can purchase either the standard edition that features artists like Travis Scott and Big Sean or they can cop the deluxe edition that also includes a hot track titled “We Are.” Bieber gets the assist from Hip Hop legend Nas on this song and it’s definitely worth hitting the play button below.

Check it out.

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] New Unreleased Ol’ Dirty Bastard Track Discovered By RZA

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It’s a rarity that we come across any new material from emcee’s that are longer with us, but when we would do it’s almost a feeling of immortality or timelessness. That sensation is a beautiful thing especially when it comes to those artists who we love to hear from. Most recently, RZA found himself digging in the crates at Wu Mansion and unearthed an unheard never released to the public O.D.B. track. Yesterday, via YouTube, the new track entitled “Obey Me” was released and remixed by Shash’U, its original version is available for purchase through Boombotix.

In this version, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son takes center stage in the visual as he pays homage to the late Wu Tang rapper. Peep the new ODB track below and watch as the apple appears to not fall far from the tree.

 

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[Hot New Music!] Rick Ross & DJ Clue – “Get Money” Freestyle

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As we near the release date of Rick Ross’ forthcoming album, Black Market, Renzel continues to fill our ears with new music everyday. Today, Ross takes us back in time as he connects with DJ Clue for a freestyle over The Notorious B.I.G. and Junior Mafia‘s “Get Money.”

Check out this 90’s fresh freestyle below. 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Pusha T Appointed President Of G.O.O.D. Music By Kanye West

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As members of the Clipse, Pusha T and his brother Malice were best known for the group’s breakthrough hit “Grindin.” Over ten years later and Pusha is still “grindin,” from the release of his debut solo album, My Name Is My Name, to being featured on countless tracks. Now things are coming full circle for Pusha T as Billboard announced this morning that the Virginia native, born Terrence Thornton, has been announced as the new President of G.O.O.D. Music. 

Pusha is brand new to the position, but is already thinking to the future. He spoke briefly this morning about the new opportunity and about helping to develop younger artists like Kacy Hill, G.O.O.D.’s newest signee. 

I just look at capitalizing on everything that I feel like G.O.O.D. Music brings to the music industry, our following, and the culture. First of all, we have incredible artists. It’s definitely about getting those albums out in a very manicured fashion. We have great artistic talent that sort of walk the lines of bringing that excitement back in regards to just the art that goes along with it like DONDA, the merch and things like that.

Now that Pusha T is set to make an even bigger impact in Hip Hop, can we finally ask the question we have all been wondering, “What the hell happened to Malice?” Seriously, what happened to that boy?

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[Hip Hop News Now] Unreleased Jay Z Freestyle From 1999

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Tim Westwood has been digging in the crates recently and now he has discovered a true gem. The gem is an unreleased freestyle by Hip Hop Kingpin Jay Z. The freestyle is dated from 1999 and was recorded shortly after the release of Hova’s fourth studio album Vol. 3 … Life & Times of S. Carter.

The freestyle is saturated with some dope lyrics that could be heard later in some of Jay’s most popular songs.

Looks like you don’t need a hot tub anymore to go back into time…just hit play below.

 

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