Next Up + Video Premiere: Salomon Faye

Monday, June 1st, 2015


Salomon Faye is a hodgepodge of every New York borough and it’s no surprise why. Growing up in Harlem, living in Brooklyn and bouncing around each of the Big Apple’s sectors the 22-year-old emcee is wise beyond his years and has learned a whole lot just from living in his neighborhood.

Born in Paris to a Senegalese father Faye has a more diverse background than most New Yorkers who venture to clutch a mic. He moved to New York at a young age and hasn’t left the area. It’s there where his music career was born before he ever decided to put his thoughts to wax. The rich cultures of New York City and its surrounding areas constantly provide inspiration for The iLLuzion emcee and it’s obvious when you listen to his music.

“Harlem gives me a particular perspective of the city. [It shapes] my taste in music, soulful music, my taste in apparel, women. I really love [it]. Black is beautiful. Even growing up in Harlem and being an artist I ventured out of Harlem to cover the whole realm of New York. I spend a lot of time in Brooklyn as well. I’m real familiar with the underground scene over there, the nightlife scene, the hip-hop scene over there. But currently my focus is in Harlem.”

Recently releasing his latest EP, Stimulation to noticeable acclaim, Salomon has finally given the world a solid body of work while expressing who he is and what he wants to become. It has also warranted attention from other creatives in the hip-hop world without a major platform, something Faye finds encouraging.

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Next Up: Chavis Chandler

Friday, May 15th, 2015


Chavis Chandler defines overcoming adversity. From the outside looking in, it’s clear that his steady incline in the rap game is due to the constant improvement in his music–a combination of his unique voice mixed with his own original style. Internally though, the 24-year-old Detroit native has had to deal with a lot within the last calendar year.

Just being able to work on music has been a blessing for Chavis. During the recording process of his last project he was arrested as his past was beginning to catch up with him. Over the course of subsequent months Chandler spent most of the time in court. The culmination of the lessons learned from his past was released this week with The Call of the Wildan admirable deluge of self-expression in the form of emceeing and singing.

“It was stressing me out and I made all of this music based off of who I want to come in the game and compete with. A lot of people look for partnership and alliances with other people. Me, I’m not really into that. I’m more on the competitive side of the music.”

Things started looking up for Chavis earlier this year. He performed with Action Bronson at SxSW and everything seemed to be on the right path. It was when he returned home from Austin that another setback would befall him. But like all adversity he’s encountered, Chavis shrugged it off and moved forward.

“The day I came back from SxSW, the next morning the sheriff was at the door evicting me from my house. It was something where I was like, ‘whatever’ and I just gave it up and found my way. I feel like something really big is about to come for me and all this worldly material shit is whatever. I just want to make music and I’ll sacrifice whatever for that.”

Chavis Chandler’s Detroit blood is why he’s been able to turn problems into solutions. It’s where he learned how to be a man. The cold Midwestern winters and extensive underground rap scene has battle tested him for the national hip-hop scene and perhaps more importantly, the difficulties of life.

“I’m from the same neighborhood as J Dilla and I’m one of the only young emcees that’s from that same neighborhood that’s doing this kind of music at this caliber. I feel like if you grow up in Detroit you can make it anywhere. It breeds you so different… I found inspiration based off of the people I was listening to and what they were wearing. A lot of people fucked with me in my hood for that. People was calling me gay and shit so of course I had to beat a lot of motherfuckers up. I had to defend what I was wearing and that shit alone just shows you how crazy that can drive you just being in a city full of small-minded motherfuckers.

“The people I want to compete with is like Kanye [West] and Jay Z. I want to come into the studio with them niggas and play a record and be like, ‘Yeah, nigga this is what I’m working on and I want motherfuckers to go crazy over it…’ I want to leave my footprint in this shit and I want people to know who I am.”

– Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

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Related: Chavis Chandler – The Call Of The Wild (Mixtape) | Chavis Chandler ft. Icewear Vezzo – Gang Signs

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Next Up: Astro

Friday, January 23rd, 2015


New artists and styles come and go with each passing year. That new wave you thought was poppin’ just six months ago has already been replaced by a new sound (or something rehashed). Producers have become the hit-makers and rarely does an act or group claim the attention of hip-hop’s audience for very long. It’s the reality of the music business these days and in the age of the Internet rapper there’s so much to pay attention to.

It ain’t like it used to be. And at least one rapper kind of wishes it was. Actually, we know thousands of rappers and fans who wish hip-hop would go back to the good ol’ days but we typically think of those people as old. Well, here’s a twist. What if one of those people was born after hip-hop’s Golden Age? That’s Astro.

The 18-year-old Brooklyn native wasn’t even alive before some of his favorite albums were released but that isn’t stopping him from finding what he likes. That same Internet that has clouded the airwaves of hip-hop is simultaneously responsible for educating younger fans who thirst for that old fashioned quality. It’s evident in his music too. Dissatisfied with what was available to him during the time he became a rapper, Astro went back in time and found something he loved.

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