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.
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.
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.
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.
Rapper Lua Proc got on base last year with his hit single “Work” featuring Kevin Gates. Now the Pittsburgh emcee is looking to score as he goes back-to-back with his latest single titled “Retarded.” Fresh off the success of his last single, Lua Proc gets an assist from G-Unit’s Young Buck on the track. The official video for “Retarded,” which can be seen below, is a short film that portrays both Lua Proc and Young Buck in street life fashion. The visual displays the gritty side of the game and how snitches most definitely get stitches.
Check out Lua Proc’s new video “Retarded” featuring Young Buck below.
Pittsburgh emcee Chevy Woods is much more than a hypeman gone solo and his work ethic is proof of that. Since the release of his last mixtape, The 48 Hunnid Project, he has been putting in some work dropping weekly freestyles over the industry’s dopest records. To add fuel to his flame, the Taylor Gang artist has recently released a 4-track EP titled And The Story Goes…
The new EP is accompanied by a nice short film that features a music video for each song. And The Story Goes… has a nice vibe to it and also includes a verse from Styles P. The visual shares some images of Chevy’s hometown and a fresh perspective nonetheless. Watch the short film below and let us know what you think.
Over the weekend, Pittsburgh’s Jordan York hosted a celebration for his recent success. The “Key To The City” event was presented by Nightfall Records and All In Events. It was held at The Boiler Room in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was attended by a few hundred people. Those who were in attendance were treated to opening performances by Space Gang, Ace Money, Maddox of Anger Management, TK Kavi, Town Zero, Aaron Romeo, and Easily Distracted, while Chaotic Style held down the 1’s and 2’s.
While event goers were pleased with all of the great acts, they patiently waited for Jordan York to hit the stage. As the event approached it’s climax, York was escorted to the stage by two women donning bikinis. The crowd then went crazy and the bar was set from there.
Those in attendance that night saw York for the true entertainer he is, as he proved that he was more than just an emcee. His 30-minute set included some freestyles and songs like “Stay True” and “Can You Hear Me.” York also performed his brand new song “Kurt Angle.” “It’s a night to celebrate,” said York, “I wanted to give everyone a good night and I wanted to do something classy.” “It’s definitely Hip Hop, but at the same time I like to keep it classy and provide everyone that comes out a good time and make them feel like they are a part of something, because they are,” said York.
“I just let loose on stage and I just want to leave people with an impression that they got their money’s worth and why they should come out and see me again,” said Jordan York. “I rap about real life stuff and I’m just a normal guy chasing my dreams. I don’t want to be recognized for the flashy jewels or the clothes I wear, I want to be recognized for grinding hard and achieving my dreams,” said York.
The “Key To The City” event was lit and the folks that made it out on that snowy night would definitely agree. The good news is that you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out the highlights of Jordan York’s performance below and be sure to leave a comment.
Keep an eye out for Jordan, this young man has a talent that will surely be noticed. Press Play Now.
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.
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!”
Up & coming Pittsburgh emcee Cron412 links up with fellow artist Norman Dean to drop one of their most personal records to date. “Could Of Been Me” not only features Norman Dean as an artist, but as a producer as well. The new song is a bonus track on Cron412’s forthcoming project, #GrindHardNoSleep, due out sometime next year.
Listen to “Could Of Been Me” by Cron412 featuring Norman Dean below and let us know what you think.
Recently, Lua Proc has been putting a lot of work in, so it’s more than fitting for his breakout track to be titled “Work.” The new song/video features Baton Rouge, Louisiana emcee Kevin Gates. The visual for work, which was directed by Dorin “StarrNamedMarr” Williams and James “RuffBone” White, was recently premiered on BET Jams. Today you can check out the official “Work” video right here at The Roundtable Empire.
In this video you can find both Lua Proc and Gates in Proc’s hometown of Pittsburgh riding the Stevie B produced beat with ease. Watch the new video by Lua Proc below and be sure to let us know what you think by connecting with us via Facebook and/or Twitter.
Pittsburgh emcee Joel Kellem is yet another fine example of the Steel City’s local Hip Hop scene. The 21-year old rap artist is making his impact on the city’s underground sound, and thanks to projects like his most recent, he will surely find the light at the end of the tunnel. Voted last year’s Pittsburgh Underground Music Award’s “Artist of the Year,” Kellem continues in his efforts to knock down the door that artists before him like Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller opened. Days ago, Kellem, who is also known as The Chill God dropped a new EP entitled Living Single.
Living Single showcases a total of 9 tracks with not a single feature. Listeners are treated to what Joel describes as an exploration of his sound, ultimately taking his music to new heights. The Roscoe Wiki produced Living Single project features only one other producer by the name of Slomdug on the EP’s final track.
When asked to define his sound Joel stated, “It’s something you can listen to when you’re trying to vibe out, have a smoke session, or if you just want something to ride to. I feel like my music is just something cool and chill to fall back and listen to. If Adult Sim had a sound, it be me.” With that being said, there’s no smoke and mirrors when it comes to Joel (well, maybe a little bit of smoke). Being true to his music is very important to him. “I just like the effect that it has on people and the type of feeling you can give people. Being able to express how I feel and seeing who all relates to me or feels the same way that I do,” said Joel.
Joel’s musical influences includes Currensy, Biggie, Snoop Dogg, and Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa. The Hill District native is a proud Pittsburgh rep who hopes that the city’s artists will continue to band together to deliver their sound to the rest of the world. “Pittsburgh has a lot of talent, if more people started working together, more styles could be created, ya know…let’s create this Pittsburgh sound.”
Be sure to check out Joel Kellem’s Living Single EP below. “I’m really proud of this project. This was a really different kind of sound for me. I hooked up with Roscoe Wiki and we created something special. I was interested in seeing how people would respond,” said Chill God.
Stay on the lookout for this dope emcee as the sky is the limit for this young man. For more information on Pittsburgh’s Joel Kellem aka Chill God, don’t be shy, take some time out and go to joelkellem.com.
Now, fall back and get ya drink, ya papers, or whatever your vice is and listen to Living Single below.
Mac Miller is back at it like he never left it. The Pittsburgh emcee has made his return to the Hip Hop scene with a new album titled, GO:OD AM. This is the first major project released by Miller since leaving his hometown label, Rostrum Records, and signing with Warner Bros. Records. The album was originally scheduled to drop on September 18th, but fans can get an early peak at the album thanks to NPR.
The 17-track album features appearances from Chief Keef, Ab-Soul, Miguel, Lil B and Little Dragon. Listeners can also catch production by Tyler, The Creator and Pittsburgh beat makers ID Labs. Fans should take notice to the newly reborn Mac Miller as they listen to GO:OD AM. The album is definitely a transitional piece for Mac as he journeys from one chapter in his life to the next. GO:OD AM is guaranteed to be interesting. Check it out below and be sure to let us know what you think.