[Hot New Video!] Slick Guruzee x Coke Guruzee – “Make Me”

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Pittsburgh rapper Slick Guruzee is making quite a name for himself on the Pennsylvania Hip Hop scene. The young up & coming artist continues to set the bar with his music and Guruzee brand.

His new visual, “Make Me,” features a fellow Guruzee cohort and of course truly embodies the team’s Guruzee swag.

The Guruzee duo definitely bodied the beat on this one.

If Slick is not on your Top 10 list, just make sure he’s on your Top 10 most underrated list.

Check out his new joint, “Make Me” featuring Coke Guruzee below and let us know what you think.

 

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(#Throwback Archive) JSP – Magnanimous [Hot New Music!]

Originally Published: November 26, 2014

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Western Pennsylvania’s Hip Hop scene has been secretly on the rise and leading the way is the city of Pittsburgh. This Black Friday hip hop enthusiasts will have the opportunity to catch a great deal without having to leave the comfort of their homes. Justuce (pronounced “Just-Us”) Street Poets are releasing an all-new album that will be hitting digital sites this Friday. The album is a fresh look into Pittsburgh’s wide-ranging Hip Hop sound.

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When first taking a look at the group, it may throw you off just a little. You’ll probably even take a second look. However one might be surprised by the way these emcees gel together and body this album. The crew delivers an extensive sound, which makes perfect sense as they mix the styles of a biker, ladies man, model, comic, and hip-hop fundamentalist.

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The veteran group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania consists of members Cory Eaux, Ceno, LuckyFace Dollars, Kniseburgh, and their hype man Slim. The crew put together an album that captures the many sounds of Hip Hop, with a soulful ambience that is truly inviting to the ears.

Titling the album Magnanimous, the JSP appear to be in a giving mood. A few of the tracks can actually be found within this article.

The first track on the album was like an intro to a great movie, it screamed success from the very beginning. As the album played on, each member contributed, adding his own swag to each track line by line.

The last track on Magnanimous titled “Paranoid Delusions” was a nice sendoff to what I feel was a great album. As the track played I could see the credits scrolling in mind as if it was the ending to a dope movie.

The Justuce Street Poets are adding the yellow to this Friday and making it “Black & Yellow” Friday. These boys definitely just put on for their city and on November 29th you too can partake in the latest vibes from the Steel City. Magnanimous will be available for your listening pleasures on digital sites like iTunes, Amazon, and more.

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(#Throwback Archive) “Henny & Heiny” with The Furious 1 Mr Styles

Originally Published: August 1, 2014

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I recently attended a video shoot for The Furious 1 Mr Styles’ new visual “Henny Heiny”. The evening was chockfull of entertainment and plenty of alcohol. The Western Pennsylvania rapper is evidence that the struggle is real, but so is the Turn Up.

Western Pennsylvania is filled with talented artists and the GMFL general is another great example. Ever since Wiz Khalifa cracked the door for Pittsburgh, many artists have been striving to bust down that same door to make their way to stardom.

The Furious 1 Mr Styles is no newbie to the Pittsburgh area rap scene. In 2009 and 2011 he was voted Pittsburgh Underground Rapper of the Year. Ten years in the game and The Furious 1 is looking for more, which makes the title to his upcoming album Now or Never all the more real.

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The Furious 1’s biggest hit to date is GMFL Records’ “Great D (Dick LeBeau)”. The song pays tribute to Pittsburgh Steeler defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. The song was released during the Steelers deep playoff in 2011 and was received very well from the Pittsburgh area gaining over 2,000 views daily, until that dark day in Pittsburgh when the Steelers lost in Super Bowl XLV. After that loss, the views made a sudden halt, but if you know Steelers Nation like I do, it only makes sense. Just a few weeks ago the tribute reemerged and achieved recent success as it was featured on the NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2014. The song was showcased during Pittsburgh Steeler Ike Taylor’s segment. This feature on the special was huge for The Furious 1 and now it is time to take advantage of that momentum again.

Mr Styles along with his GMFL cohorts Prezident Miller, D to the OG, and Unknown are looking to be the area’s next big thing and even though it seems like work at times, The Furious 1 always makes it look like fun. His “Henny Heiny’ track is his latest tribute and this time around he is dedicating his music to his Saturday nights. The video shoot was dope and trust me, no acting was involved. The squad definitely put on that night and green bottles were everywhere.

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The Furious 1 Mr Styles’ anticipated album Now or Never drops this fall so be on the lookout. In the meanwhile, check out the video that made for one hell of a Saturday night.

 

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(#Throwback Archive) DJ Afterthought Speaks On His Journey With Hip Hop [Exclusive Interview]

Originally Published: October 27, 2014

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The City of Pittsburgh is known for its blue-collar mentality and that it is home to some of the best professional sports teams in the nation, but what most people don’t realize is that this city is also home to some of the best Hip Hop talent in this country. Hip Hop has transitioned over the years and with that being said it has also repositioned itself throughout the United States. While Hip Hop was born in New York it soon made its way to the West Coast, and most recently you can hear a lot of today’s Hip Hop coming from Down South.

So…where is the heart of Hip Hop relocating to next? [Enter] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

There is an abundance of musical talent in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas. Wiz Khalifa cracked the door and now artists like Mac Miller, Boaz, and others are finding their way to stardom. Today up & coming emcees are flooding the streets of the Steel City, but what is an emcee without a DJ? Don’t worry; I’ll answer that for you. The answer is just a person with a microphone. The art of DJing is one of the most essential pieces to the Hip Hop culture. According to a 2012 study, there are approximately 1¼ million professional disc jockeys in the world, and with this article I want to introduce my readers to one particular DJ that is doing his thing in Pittsburgh.

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New Jersey native DJ Afterthought has been putting on for the city of Pittsburgh in a big way. His sets are ridiculous and he controls a crowd like no other in the Pittsburgh area. I spoke with DJ Afterthought a few days ago and we talked about his journey with Hip Hop and much more.

One of the things that stood out to me during my conversation with DJ Afterthought is when he mentioned that he had only been DJing since the age of 20 years old. The fact that DJ Afterthought has only been doing this for seven years is pretty impressive to me, because his skills are undeniable and he gets the job done like a true vet.

Once I found out that DJ Afterthought had only been working on his craft for just a few years I then had to ask him what influenced him to try his hand at the art. He replied, “I went to audio engineering school and I did a lot of different things with music there. I did a good bit of engineering and producing, but I spent most of my time dealing with sound at like shows and in the studio. I ended up DJing because my buddy would have people (DJs) cancel on him all the time and I had a ton of music on my computer and I had the Djing programs already on there. So I went to him and told him that I have the music and also the programs. He then turned to me and said, Well damn…you’re just an afterthought if you’re just doing sound. I was like there ya go, he pretty much just gave me my name and I started Djing from there. It started out by just going to parties and little bars and then I started to evolve a little bit and I ended up going to bigger bars and even bigger shows.”

When I asked Afterthought where his passion for the art form comes from he replied, “I grew up during the 90’s era listening to a lot of Hip Hop and I just related to it. I would see a DJ and say to myself that the DJ is the soul of what is going on. I really found that to be pretty cool and unique.”

DJ Afterthought has become the go-to-guy in Pittsburgh. With honing his craft in just a few years I was curious to find out exactly how he earned that title. “I started out doing very small stuff, trying to get on shows and work with other people, but there wasn’t enough going on. At that point I finally decided to do my own shows. We brought Bubba Sparxxx and the Ying Yang Twins to Butler, Pennsylvania. I then began doing Hip Hop showcases and other events in the Butler area. By working hard, networking, and doing good business with people I slowly but surely worked my way into the Pittsburgh Hip Hop scene,” said Afterthought.

As our conversation continued, DJ Afterthought once again wowed me as he spoke about the numerous mainstream and local artists that he has worked with and/or opened up for. “I have worked with a lot of great artists,” said DJ Afterthought, “Bubba Sparxxx, Ying Yang Twins, Talib Kweli, Ludacris, Chevy Woods, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa and the list goes on. I have opened up for artists like Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, J. Cole, Juicy J, Travis Scott, Danny Brown, and Action Bronson to name a few.”

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Afterthought’s talents has not only led him to work with some of the industry’s finest, but it has also taken him all across the continent. “I’ve performed in probably 45 of the 50 states and every providence in Canada.

Right now you can catch DJ Afterthought on his usual grind…doing it way big in Pittsburgh. We talked about some of his upcoming events, which included Smoker’s Club with Redman and Method Man, King of the Burgh, and also DJing for Young Thug. “There’s so many events coming up,” said Afterthought as he chuckled, “We got a Wiz show coming, we got Jeezy coming, we got Y.G. coming, we have Kirko Bangz and Snootie Wild coming…we got so many things going on right now.”

“Honestly it has all been a great experience, from the beginning up to now. It’s a good feeling every time. It’s the same feeling, but every situation has been unique and it has been awesome; even the bad stuff. Looking back at it all, it’s like I still got to do that,” said DJ Afterthought.

To conclude my interview with DJ Afterthought I asked him what kind of advice he had for those also striving to make their dreams a reality. He replied, “Just go and do it. Just make sure that you don’t waste any time doing something that is not going to be productive. A lot of people don’t work hard enough and a lot people just don’t follow through. It’s really really hard to keep working hard when you are not getting anything in return, but if you keep working hard it will eventually payoff.”

DJ Afterthought is a great example of what the Pittsburgh area has to offer, so keep an eye open and one ear to the streets; you’ll be sure to catch this DJ in a city near you.

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DJ Afterthought gave a big shout out to Daily Bread, Hater Magnet, IPH Studios, ID Labs, and Pyrex Vision Entertainment.

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[Hot New Music!] Zende – “Decline”

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Pittsburgh rapper Zende is back, and touting his versatility with his new song “Decline.”

The 18 year-old Hip Hop artist is giving some special lady his all on this track and he’s looking for no distractions, not even the ring of her phone. Zende is showing you what he’s capable of doing on this new Dirty Chocolate produced track. 

Listen to “Decline” and let us know what you think by commenting below.

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[Hot New Music!] Zende – “Cherry Cola”

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Pittsburgh native Zende drops “Cherry Cola,” the follow up to his last single “Brownskin.” This song definitely stands out with its catchy punchlines and metaphors. This smooth conversation laid to the Moods produced beat is just another reason why the Hip Hop scene is buzzing in western Pennsylvania.

“Cherry Cola” is more than likely going to make your summer more refreshing. 

Check out the new Zende track below.

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[Hot New Video!] Slick Guruzee x Nay Hundo – “All For You”

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Check out Pittsburgh native Slick Guruzee’s latest visual with femcee Nay Hundo titled “All For You.” Watch as the two parlay as Pittsburgh’s premier power couple and listen to the duo deliver passionate yet precise bars with ease.  

If you’re asking, “Who is Slick Guruzee?”  Be sure to check out this exclusive The Roundtable Empire interview with him and also be on the lookout for his upcoming mixtape dropping soon.

 

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[Hot New Video!] Wiz Khalifa ft. Rico Love – “Celebrate”

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While Wiz Khalifa fans are patiently waiting for the sequel to his 2011 album Rolling Papers, they have been given a new video by the Pittsburgh artist to hold them over for now.  Fresh off of the release of his joint project with Juicy J and TM88, Wiz drops a visual to “Celebrate.” The song features Rico Love and is a track from his KHALIFA album.  

Wiz takes to positive vibes on the new video as you catch him with his typical swag…blunts, bottles, and babes. Check out the “Celebrate” video below and be on the lookout for Wiz on tour this summer with Snoop Dogg in a city near you.

 

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[Hot New Music!] Zende feat. Cj Tonic – “Brownskin”

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Zende is an 18 year old rapper/songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He’s not your average Pittsburgh rapper, as he approaches music differently than most of his peers. Whether it’s mixing catchy punchlines, lovey dovey lyrics, or making songs about brown skin women, his growth will surely be something to pay attention to.

His latest track titled “Brownskin” is produced by BNJMN and features Cj Tonic. “Brownskin” is an ode to women that share the title’s complexion and something nice to vibe to regardless of race. Check out the new track below and keep an eye on this young emcee.

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[Hip Hop News Now] Pittsburgh’s Slick Guruzee Is On Deck And He’s Ready!

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Pittsburgh’s hip hop scene is not much different than those of other major cities, however, what makes the Steel City’s scene stand apart from the next is clearly it’s talent. Earlier in the month I attended a Hip Hop event in Pittsburgh called “Battle For The Buck” and while all the competitors were great, one particular emcee really grabbed my attention. The young man’s name is Slick Guruzee and even though he did not win the overall event, he was the true winner in my eyes.

Slick Guruzee hit the stage for his set and totally controlled the crowd. His set was lit and he had total crowd participation. It was great to see this youth look like a true vet on the stage. To top it all, he will be attending West Virginia University in the fall, where I am sure he will be making quite a name for himself. I decided to catch up with Slick Guruzee after the event and we had a great conversation.

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The Pittsburgh native is a high school senior that first began freestyling at the age of 8. He started out at such a young age because of his father’s involvement in Hip Hop. Slick’s father is the vice president of raphead.com and works to promote Hip Hop talent across the globe. “I just wanted to be like him in some sort of way,” said Slick Guruzee.  “He’s Big Slick and they called me Lil Slick. I just flipped it on them and became Slick Guruzee. The root word of Guruzee is “Guru” which is like a master, teacher, or prohet. Guruzee is not a gang in any way, it’s a lifestyle.”

When I asked Slick about his rapping style he said, “I consider myself very diverse and I like to speak to everybody. I never really want to limit myself.” “One of my top musical influences is Tupac and its only because I look at Tupac as not only a rapper but a teacher.  I watched his speeches on youtube and I knew that his mother was a part of the Black Panther community.  So I just always wanted to affect people the same way he did,” said Slick Guruzee.

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Currently Slick is staying busy putting the final touches on his debut mixtape entitled Who Is Slick Guruzee, so be on the lookout for that.

In the meanwhile you can watch some of his recently released videos. Check out his videos for “Run it Up” and “White Iverson” below. The “White Iverson” remix features another Pittsburgh emcee by the name of Young Bagz. Peep the videos and be sure to comment below.

 

 

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