hip-hop

By: Underpressure  09-12-2011

by Mickey Boston

The Gritty.

One particular cat to look-out for is Boombap Cat’s Penzo Gritty who has dropped some very heavy work over the past while. In essence, Penzo Gritty’s style is raw, authentic, genuine and uncut with a delivery that brings realism to the fore. It’s just that gritty boombap sound. If one has not gotten a hold of his much appreciated album from 2009, The First 12 Steps, one needs to take the first step and get a hold of it and play it. On a personal note, I was able to appreciate this project for its very sincere underground sound let alone the delivery of the verse over themes ranging from life’s difficulties, its ups and downs all the way to alcoholism. For those familiar with Penzo Gritty’s work over the years he is no disappointment on the mic and emcees of the likes of Gritty merit more exposure.

From here, CL of MurderFace is another act to undeniably lookout for on stage as he murders every beat that passes his way. Much respect heads out to CL not just for the dedication he has invested in his craft, but also due to the fact that the man himself did go to the same elementary school as myself and so it’d only be natural for Big Brosky to def support someone who was in the grade one year over his. Other special guests include Spook-One who has made quite some power moves this past year – and unfortunately I have not had the chance of hearing him live despite crossing at a couple of shows; the man missed my sets and Ive missed his. Despite this, Spook-One has been prolific on the battle scene taking out his opponents and the fact that his opponents have choked is no fault of his own due to the fact that, even if they did not, they still would have fallen victim to his penmanship and the very delivery of that very penmanship. Unanimous, no questions and no debate.

On the wheels expect Johnny Illdigger. What can one say about Illdigger, where can one even begin? Find his works and d-load them, nuff said. Moreover, the bill is a jam-packed one with Obia le Chef, one of my most favourite francophone emcees in Montreal, as well as Royal Peasants’ Loss One who always brings his bars hard whether alongside my brother in rhyme Urbn Logix or not. From here, the list goes on and MurderFace’s other three members have not even been mentioned. Be on the look-out for Mehdi Cee, BK of the Art-Cons and of course, Manzo and Masterbeater…poof, the show is too heavy, just bring money, go to the show and hit me back and tell me I told you so…

Cipher Slaughter…

Black Jungle and the Black Jungle b-boy movement, with its roots in Montreal and Queens, NYC, has been in the game for so many years it has undoubtedly rendered them as animals. Montreal’s Black Jungle has been making power moves both literally and figuratively over the past 15 years both in Montreal and the US. Members Omegatron, Benny, and KingTiger have given the city too much, in fact the city is indebted to their contribution to hip-hop and to dance from doing major video clips and choreography to musiqueplus and MTV…so what do you want?

Cipher Slaughter is another battle, and not just any battle but a show. It features Mickey Boston performing live as well as a Retro Assassins fashion show. The show is themed on the notion of Old Skool Slaughter vis-a-vis the cipher. b-boy Midnight is a special guest judge. Hailing straight from Queens, Midnight is part of the prized and highly respected Full Fx Crew.

Be sure to attend,  this is grassroots hip-hop.

INTER GENDER popping cipher battle

1)alkatraz
2)Loshyne
3)Lb
4)t rawnik
5)God Like
6)Doina (Mix’d Mafia)
7)Eazy
8)Beat-Trix
9)Victorious
10)popping Hao
11)popping Black
12)Bachir
13)F.W
14)Abdel
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INTER GENDER bboying cipher battle

1)mischievik
2)Kripto
3)B-Rock
4)Kreate
5)Vince
6)F-Step
7)B-Girl Shade
8)Loshyne
9) Pyro (Furious Crew)
10) Jokerz (Furious Crew)
11) bboy icekream (Teenagers Crew)
12) bboy Flash (Legz Crew)
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the cipher is growing bigger and bigger
thanks for your support everyone

be there or be triangle.


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