Hip Hop has recently been mourning the death of legendary emcee Sean Price. Sean was a successful solo artist, but he was more commonly known as a key member of the Boot Camp Click and 1/2 of the critically acclaimed group Heltah Skeltah. In light of Sean’s passing, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller dug deep in his crates and released a new song with the late emcee titled “Pet Sounds.” Mac did not give too much information out about the track, however, he did tweet out a link where fans can donate money to help and support Price’s family.
With the lack of information we have on this song, we are not really sure when the track was actually recorded, but we do have “Pet Sounds” below for your listening pleasures. Sean is survived by his wife, and his three children. Donations can be made to Sean’s family here.
The Roundtable Empire recently caught up with Pittsburgh rap artist Lua Proc and we spoke about his passion for Hip Hop, his most recent experiences, and what is next for the talented emcee.
Paul “Lua Proc” Harris is a product of the Steel City. Born in the early 80’s, Proc has watched as the Rap scene has evolved over the years and now feels that he is what the game is missing.
In 1997, at the age of seventeen, Proc found himself as part of the street team for a local record label. “I was just doing everything I could to help that label,” said Lua Proc. “I wasn’t too much into the rapping then.” However, as things did not go as planned for Proc he decided to put his time and energy into creating his own path and started to push his own music. “My mom used to play all that music back in the day when I was a little kid. I’ve always loved poetry, so I was always a poet. I just always loved to make things rhyme and express how I felt about certain things. It was also a good way to tell my life story. That’s what made me really want to do it,” said Lua Proc.
Proc describes his sound as a combination of the streets, the trap, the club, and the radio. His musical influences are Tupac, the Notorious B.I.G., Rick Ross, and Kevin Gates.
The Pittsburgh Hip Hop scene is buzzing right now and Western Pennsylvania is currently on deck to hit the national rap scene hard. “It’s time for us all to get together and start making it happen,” said Proc.
Kevin Gates & Lua Proc
Lua Proc has worked with many emcees both locally and nationally. He has worked with Pittsburgh rap artists like Owey and Asco. He has also been in the studio with nationally known artists such as Juvenile, B.G., Kevin Gates, and Young Buck. Hip Hop listeners can catch Lua Proc’s latest banger featuring Kevin Gates on Sirius’ Hip Hop Nation, cable television’s Music Choice, and it’s soon to be heard on Pandora. The track is titled “Work” and it is currently getting a lot of national attention. You may even catch the single on your local Hip Hop radio station. A visual for the record is soon to drop, but for now you can watch the trailer to “Work” below.
Most recently Proc has been working with Young Buck of the G-Unit. The two emcees collaborated on a track entitled “Retarded,” which will make its debut later in the year. A visual for the track has already been shot in Pittsburgh.
Lua Proc & Young Buck
As you can see, Lua Proc has been putting in work and it is only a matter of time before he turns his craft into a career. Be sure to check out Proc’s website luaproc.com to learn more about this up & coming emcee and to also listen to jams like “Lean,” “Stunt Hard,” “Good Life,” “Dopeman,” “King Kong,” and “Something On It.” Also be on the look out for Proc’s debut album Fish Tailing, which will be his first release off his newly acquired label High End Society.
“I’m just out here working and I ain’t stopping. I’m going to hold my city down,” said Lua Proc.
Director and photographer James “Ruff Bone” White is putting on for his city and in a very special cinematic way. The Pittsburgh native and CEO of The Plug Media has put together an in-depth film documenting the “Steel City’s” Hip Hop culture. In this documentary you can catch Ruff Bone traveling from neighborhood to neighborhood capturing each hood’s movement. Within these neighborhoods you’ll discover some of the city’s hottest emcees.
“People can expect to see a side of some of these artists that you have never seen. This is going to bring out the realness. It’s more focused on artists that’s from the neighborhoods and streets within the inner city,” said Ruff Bone, “I got artists like Hardo, Deezlee, Asco, Owey, and Lua Proc. I got a dedication to Lil Brucey and a dedication to Teflon; both of them got killed. I also have some footage of Wiz Khalifa and Chevy Woods while they were doing their thing in North Carolina.”
Ruff Bone may be a new name to you, but Ruff Bone has been deep in the Pittsburgh Hip Hop game for years. He first got involved with the city’s music scene in the early 90’s and soon began his very own rap career. “Just being around Pittsburgh Hip Hop at a young age was so influential,” said Ruff Bone.
As much as he believed in his emcee skills they would soon take a back seat, as Ruff Bone would find his true passion to actually be behind the camera instead of in front of it. “I always messed with cameras and then it just kind of escalated. This is back in 2004 when people didn’t really have a lot of music videos. When I started taking film serious, I started learning about programs and I put some money behind it to learn more about the craft.”
Kevin Gates & Ruff Bone
What once started as a hobby for Ruff Bone quickly turned into a profession for him and from that grew The Plug Media. “I plug a lot of different people together, that’s why my business is called The Plug.”
The Plug Media offers services such as audio production, photography & video production with graphic design and animation, and also distribution. “I have a projector screen that’s in the window, so we are able to promote artists right there on Carson Street, one of the busiest streets in Pittsburgh.”
Ruff Bone & Mac Miller
Even though Ruff Bone has found his niche behind the camera, he has recently got back on the other side of the camera to appear in two upcoming movies; Concussion starring Will Smith and Southpaw featuring 50 Cent and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Ruff Bone will also receive local producer credit for an episode of Drugs. Inc that was shot in Pittsburgh and will air later this year.
The city of Pittsburgh is in for an epic Pittsburgh State Of Mind weekend. The film will be released at the South Side Works Movie Theater on March 15th at 4pm and will then be available on DVD thereafter. The DVD will be available for purchase on theplugmedia.com and other websites like amazon.com. To celebrate the release of the documentary a CD release party is being held this Friday the 13th at The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh. DJ Afterthought, Stevie B, and Lay Lanskey will host the event. Doors open at 7pm and those in attendance will see performances by Young Junne, Tolly Bandz, Reese Youngn, Owey, and more.
Ruff Bone is definitely a “shooting star” and it looks like he’s taking the city of Pittsburgh along for the ride. If you are in the Pittsburgh area this Sunday be sure to stop by and check out the Pittsburgh State Of Mind movie premiere at the South Side Works Movie Theater at 4pm. Below you can get a sneak peek of the documentary from this trailer for the upcoming film.
Wiz Khalifa decided to come back home for his latest video titled “Still Down”. The track pays homage to the city that he reps, Pittsburgh, and the neighborhood that he grew up in. If there is any question as to if Wiz has stayed trued to his roots, the answer can be found in this visual.
Some folks from the Pittsburgh area feel that Wiz used the city as his launchpad and never looked back, while others see Wiz as an inspiration. No matter your opinion, the fact is that Wiz is becoming a bigger and brighter star by the day.
“Still Down” is a sincere attempt by Wiz to show that he is still grounded and well…still down (pun intended). The track features Ty Dolla $ign and fellow Pittsburgh rapper Chevy Woods. Check out the new video “Still Down” by Wiz Khalifa below and be sure to share your thoughts with us.
The timing couldn’t have been any better for the release of Zeke Thomas’ new track titled “Blackness”. The much needed track dropped via Tommy Boy Entertainment, which is home to not only Zeke, but to other artists like Ghostface Killah and Jamar Rogers. The “Blackness” track is a humble dedication to civil rights and the fight for equality. The single also gets a very special feature by Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Pittsburgh emcee and community activist Jasiri X.
An official video is set to drop later this month for “Blackness”. Until then, stream the song below and as always, let us know what you think.