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.
THE CHEATS MOVEMENT CLUB IS BACK! Bringing you the new, the fresh, the def in RVA music, art, and video. This week I got music from Just Plain Sounds’ Drano, The New Juice Crew’s Lord Slugg, my dude Chris Ryan, and Antagonist Dragonspit. I got videos from HaBitS, Luggage and this new video I saw yesterday from Carytown Cupcakes!
Keep sending your music, art, videos to: THECHEATSMOVEMENT@GMAIL.COM — It may take me a minute to get you on but if you hooked me up — I will return the favor. Stay Focused.
ARTIST: DRANO ALBUM: THE NIGHT DRIVER TRACK: THE GOOCH WHY: Just released last Friday you know I have to represent for my brothers at Just Plain Sounds. In my humble opinion, one of the most talented collectives in the Cap City. Drano brings the Emcee element to the production happy crew. Check out and download The Night Driver.
ARTIST: LORD SLUGG ALBUM: THE SLUGG TAPE 2 TRACK: 20 SLUGGS FT. BEAST SONNIE BOSS TONE LUV WHY: The Slugg Tape 2 drop was one of the hottest local drops of last year. BUT it dropped in a crowded field (everyone dropped a tape at the end of last year) and with the New Juice Crew being all over the place. I think the Slugg Tape and this track 20 Sluggs got lost a bit. The production on this track is a smash. Click here to download The Slugg Tape 2.
ARTIST: CHRIS RYAN ALBUM: PRAY FOR RAIN TRACK: TABLE FOR TWO WHY: I first saw Chris killing it on lead gutiar with one of my favorite RVA Bands Beast Wellington. I had now idea he could sing – but sing he can. Chris dropped Pray for Rain last year and was great enough to play a couple of tracks last October at the first ever RVA HOT SAUCE Table for Two was one of the songs Chris played — check it out and check out Pray for Rain now available on Itunes.
Click the link below to hear Table for Two!
ARTIST: ANTAGONIST DRAGONSPIT ALBUM: BACK ON THE MAP TRACK: KEEP IT MOVIN INTRO WHY: Good music – simple as that. I heard the Keep It Movin Intro and thought – The Curtis Mayfield loop is crazy and – I got to post this on the site. I met Drangonspit last year at Soul Live in RVA (S/O to The Shop). He’s grindin and the album is dope. Check out what he is doing in the 757.
ARTIST: LUGGAGE VIDEO: 2 UP, 2 DOWN WHY: I saw Luggage for the first time at the Nile with Ohbliv over the holiday. I got the feeling from the show (and their feature RVA Mag Article) that they are back to having fun. That wasn’t always the case dealing with hip-hop in RVA. I enjoy seeing the space they are in now and love the video S/O to my tweeter buddy VanWilderLife.
ARTIST: HaBitS VIDEO: RIDE IT OUT SMOOTH WHY: I’ve notice HaBitS grid. I think the first time I saw them was at a Rebirth at the Camel. They are working hard and it’s good to see hard workers dropping videos and getting bigger sets a bigger show (like the January 26 Beat Battle at The Camel) . I appreciate their work ethic. Big things for them in 2012.
ARTIST: CARYTOWN CUPCAKES VIDEO: CUPCAKE WARS WHY: UM – THEY ARE DELICIOUS — HATE IF YOU WANT! S/O Carytown Cupcakes! Best of luck getting on Cupcake Wars!
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
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.
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.