HE’S BACK!!! The hardest working man in Richmond Black Liquid with his new album, “The Black Experience.” This is a deeper album for Black Liq. The Black Experience is a reflective album about Black Liq’s career, work ethic, and status in the RVA hip hop scene.
Hard to Earn – Black Liquid
It is a very interesting album for me to review due to the time period Black covers in the album. The time span really covers our friendship. I didn’t’ meet Black Liq until after he put in the work on the 9 albums in 2010. This album really speaks about the time period after the success of 2010 which includes the growth of Face Melt Fridays, the RVA Mag article, and the growth of his radio shows and live performances. He doesn’t shy away from rhyming about how the growth has changed him and people’s perceptions of him. From being in the back of the room reluctant to get on stage to melting faces all over RVA.
Black Liq is known “really known” for his energy at live shows. I have told him in private (and public in the RVA Mag article) what I believe to be his biggest challenge, transferring that raw energy for his live show into a studio album. While the Black Experience is a studio album, Black definitely comes closer than ever before in accomplishing that goal. Even the live intro to the song, “Fame” starts to give you that energy that you’re about to get your face melted.
Fame – Black Liquid
I believe this album is Black Liq’s best studio work. The production by Brenda’s Baby and my dude Lord Slugg is stronger than past albums and Black shows more range on this album. Don’t get it twisted, he is still the same Black Liq with tracks like, “Seagal” and “Wesley Snipes” but the range on the song, “I Do” really shows his growth as an Emcee.
I Do – Black Liquid
“Hard to Earn” is another must hear track. And there are two tracks that I can’t wait for the entire New Juice Crew to jump on for classic remixes, “Another Day Another 40″ and of course, “TNJC.”
Check out Black Liquid tonight at Strange Matter for Face Melt Friday. Black will be releasing the album – make sure you grab a copy. #WOFTD #WE-RVA #WESEEIT
The Epic Fest photo vault is now open! This is only photos of Day 1. Photos of Day 2 are done but I need about 10 more likes of Facebook before I post them. So make sure you CLICK HERE to like the Cheats Movement on Facebook. Please share these photos online. I got some real special photos from a very special night. Enjoy – and like the FB Page. I can only keep this blog going with your support and support for content I’m posting.
The Just Plain Sounds, MF Doom inspired mixtape is shaping up to be a must have for the summer (FYI Fellas: I really hope you finish this summer). Every track I’ve heard from, “Weekends in Latveria” has been solid. I have two more exclusives from the upcoming mixtape. Black Liq gets down over a Doom groove for Mr. Liquid and Mike Kemetic remixes the sound for Ain’t Nuttin Like, but leave Doom rhyme flow. Let me know what you think of these two tracks. #WESEEIT
Mr. Liquid – Black Liquid
Ain’t Nuttin’ Like - Mikemetix Tronic Soulschool Refix
4.20 may not be a “National Holiday” but it is celebrated by many nonetheless. My dude Black Liq brought a deep line-up to The National for a hip hop 4.20 celebration. Liq has been fairly quiet so far in 2012 but he let me know that he is not taking any time off and new material is getting done. Also, on the bill was Doe The Paper Boy. Doe continues to impress in 2012, his new music is on point, his new videos are some of the best I’ve seen out, and Friday he entered the stage on a chrome beach cruise bike – SWAG. Tox Sick came straight from the hospital (no really – he has a hand injury) and did his thing on stage. Onassis Music Group (O.M.G.) really shut it down Friday night. Paul Pace (O.MG.) is my man – he knows that I give him a hard time (a very hard time) about some of the internal workings of running a label (something I know nothing about and he does daily) – but he had the squad hitting on all levels Friday night and turned out a performance that could be a major move forward. Photo of the night had to come from The Honorable Sleaze – who did double duty as performer and host for the evening. DJ King James held it down (as always) all night – always check out what he is doing.
On October 21, 2011, RVA HOT SAUCE was introduced to the city of Richmond. The Cheats Movement, Just Plain Sounds, and The Shop brought together some of the hottest talent in RVA for a night of entertainment, diversity, and fun. RVA HOT SAUCE [Episode 1] features: Brian McDaniel, Black Liquid, The New Juice Crew, The Richmond Comedy Coalition, Ankh Trinity, and more.
RVA HOT SAUCE is how “we” see RVA. Our town is filled with creative talent and positive people. HOT SAUCE had some of the most gifted Richmonders in one room, in-front of a live audience, performing for free. Please support this series. Episode 1 will be the first of at least 3 videos in this series.
It’s a new year and The Cheats Movement has a brand new exclusive - ONLY ON THE CHEATS MOVEMENT – the track is called Rhyme by the New Juice Crew dynamic duo of Black Liquid X Lord Slugg. A week from today, Black Liq will be launching his new website — make sure you check out the site for new music, new projects, and new information on shows. WE #RVA
If you haven’t picked up the latest RVA Mag — make sure you do that (if you can find any) and check out my article with Black Liquid titled The State of the (Richmond Hip-Hop) Union. The is not your average interview with a local hip hop artist. Black Liq goes in on the current state of RVA hip-hop and what needs to be done for RVA to reach it’s full potential as a hip-hop community. I feel that we pushed the envelope with this interview and this is only the begining. Along with conducting the interview the good folks at RVA Mag asked me to organize and shoot the photography for the story. S/O to The Shop for letting me shoot at the spot. The Shop is one of the fasting growing creative hubs in RVA — always something creative going on and S/O to the Capitol Police for allowing me to get a few shots at the capitol w/o a permit. Check out the entire shoot by clicking HERE.
It’s still a bit unreal to me but I did my first print article for RVA Mag and it is on the streets of RVA RIGHT NOW! I sat down with my man Black Liquid and we went it on The State of the [Richmond Hip-Hop] Union. When Black and I first got together with this opportunity I told him that I wanted to do something different – something that people would want to read from start to finish — and as always Black Liq said, “Bet! Let’s go in.” And go in we did — I hope you pick up the article around RVA and let me know what you think. Side Note: I’m also really proud of the photos Black and I shot for this article — more photos from the session coming this week.
This is Hip-Hop. WE R-VA! Click Here to view more pictures from this post…
On October 21, 2011, RVA HOT SAUCE was introduced to the city of Richmond. The Cheats Movement, Just Plain Sounds, and The Shop brought together some of the hottest talent in RVA for a night of entertainment, diversity, and fun. The RVA HOT SAUCE web series is scheduled to debut in December 2011.
Face Melt Fridays at Strange Matter keeps getting stronger. Face Melt V brought its most enthusiastic crowd to the series. Hosted by Azrael Onassis and Black Liquid, I’ve got a few photos from the part of the night I was there — S/O to the New Juice Crew, OMG, Swordplay killed it, Cameo by Octavion Xcellence. I had a real nice talk with Conrizzle – fresh off of his Big Sean performance — big things coming from him. Click HERE to see all the photos.
Face Melt Friday is always a fun shoot — a lot of love and support for each other and hip-hop. I’ve been crazy busy preparing for RVA HOT SAUCE on Oct 21st! Make sure you come through and support the fam. BUT I did manage to leak a preview of the Face Melt Shoot…for now click here to enjoy the leaked 6.
Last night I stopped by The Camel to check out Charged Up Ent….The Rebirth. Always good to see local talent being showcased. Charged Up does this show every month. The night was hosted by Noah-O and the lovely Tan Carter. It was a fun night, Swerve 36 was on the wheelz. Streetz Deep, J-Nero, Black Liq, BCMusic1st, Big Nat were all in the building. S/O to Joe Threat and Rah Scilla (Imma get photos of you — I promise) And of course my man Black Reed — looking like the man in this photo series. Click HERE to see my photos of the night.
Just in case you missed this a while back, my man Iain over a Grape Cloth — hooked up this video on the Grape Blog. Check it out – BCMusic1st, Black Liquid, and Emphasys of the Mighty New Juice Crew. RVA Stand Up!
“We have created a historic night in RVA…something years from now I can tell my kids about and the folklore from this night will spread that September 10, 2011 was a great night for RVA Hip-Hop.” –Cain McCoy, Emcee & Slapdash Promotion.
Click HERE to see The Cheats Movement Photos from RVA Music Fest: Hip-Hop Hooray! Featuring: Cain McCoy, Artik Phreeze, Nickelus F, Conrizzle, SwordPlay, Noah-O, Streetz Deep, Young Richmond Outkast, Black Liq, Lord Slugg, The New Juice Crew, BC_Music1st, Emphasys, Lucy Freedom, DJ Dizz & more coming — check back often this week!
Talented RVA Hip-Hop tonight at Strange Matter. DJ King James is in the building! If you missed my clip from FMF III – Check this out! Don’t sleep on RVA! It’s going down.
During First Fridays, I was on the streets with Black Liquid as he shot a “Guerrilla Style” video for, “Can I get a Deal.” Shout to Black Liq, Lord Slugg, who was actually shooting the “Official” video, Distant Dee, and the Just Plain Sounds crew for representing. And a huge shout to Steady Sounds for saving the day and letting VA Hip-Hop shine. Check out my behind the video clip and all the pictures from the day by clicking HERE Keep an eye out for the, Can I get a Deal “Official” video. And if you haven’t already, LIKE the Cheats Movement on Facebook by clicking HERE. And spread the word about this blog….it’s growing fast and standing up for RVA.
First and foremost, shout to Azrael Onassis. We go back a bit and I appreciate the love he’s always giving the Cheats Movement Blog. With that, shout to OMG, Black Liquid, and Strange Matter. It went down Friday night; true RVA Hip-Hop. It was all positive and all love – SEE ALL MY PHOTOS BY CLICKING HERE. Stay tuned this week for Richmond Kids: Episode 1. A short vid from Face Melt Friday III. Hit me up on twitter and Like the Cheats Movement on Facebook.