The first single from Chaz French's recently-released debut album, True Colors, finally gets the visual treatment, painting a picture of breaking out the monotony of the everyday struggle, whether it be the office, the streets, or otherwise. Chaz hints that this will only be the first of many upcoming releases related to True Colors, so be sure to follow him on Twitter and IG and stay tuned to everything coming. Also be sure to head over to iTunes and buy the album, and stream the album below via Spotify!
This joint has been out for a good minute, but I wasn't updating the site at the time. That being said, if you ain't hip to GoldLink yet, fix that and get sharp ASAP. Another element to this ever-present DMV music movement that keeps growing and getting stronger, GoldLink's been around for a few years now, helping to open the doors for Chaz French and others. This track should be the perfect introduction to his vibes if it's your first audible experience with his music. Be sure to check out his latest project, At What Cost?, on iTunes and Apple Music!
NEW MUSIC: Rob Regal - The Pressure [prod. Casito Del Fresco]
To be an artist is to live. People just happen to forget that as artists, we have lives to deal with as well, and sometimes, the situations life throws at us takes us away from our art. Before the victory comes the pressure. #GoodLuckRoad still coming this year.
Maryland's own Jay IDK is more than back at it with his new visuals for "Mentality", off of his critically-acclaimed Empty Bank project. Directed by Eats Media, Jay IDK runs through London and weaves the tale of going from broke to boomin', humble beginnings to prosperous endings, even if it means it's only in his mind, waiting to come to fruition. Produced by Vontae & Johnny Benjamin, the bass and subs play a perfect soundtrack to the boastful bars and harmonizing Jay provides on the track. Check out the rest of his Empty Bank project below!
Trust the vibes. New visuals from RVA's Noah-O for his single, "I'm Around", where he lets everything in his mind and heart over flute-filled DJ Mentos production. Speaking on trying to stay out of the illegal hustle, aspiring to make his name known in music, mourning over the death of friends, and more, Noah brings honesty to the forefront on this track. Be sure to check out his new project, The Rain, now available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Tidal, Spotify, & more!
Squad squad, gang gang. The homie Mass Potential finally returns to music with his new project, The Pyramid Scheme. Floating over a mix of classic instrumentals from the likes of Dipset, Drake, & Little Brother, to original production from TylerGoldChain$, IvanBased, DJ Soundwave, Izzy The Kid, & more, Mass Potential crafts 19 tracks to wax poetic on financial aspirations, relationship struggles, music industry fuckery, and other various topics as we simultaneously follow the story of a young man being hustled into a pyramid scheme. I'll be honest...this is probably my favorite project out right now, and I'm not even saying that because he's a part of the Crown Assembly family. It's been a while since I've heard an artist balance lyricism, songwriting, and humor quite as well as he has. Head over to Bandcamp, Audiomack, SoundCloud, and DatPiff to download/stream the project now.
Directed by 6ix Shoota & Cool Kids Forever Films
After a bit of a slight hiatus following the birth of his daughter (congrats to the brotha on that), Wale returns with "Black Is Gold", a poetic trip through a sample of D'Angelo's classic "Lady", showing love to Black women of all kinds. Amidst shoutouts to notable names like Issa Rae, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong'o, SZA, & more, Wale takes a moment to show some appreciation for the beauty and strength of the women of our culture. Diggin' the vibes and message. Wale's new album, S.H.I.N.E. (Still Here Ignoring Negative Energy), is still in the works, so just stay in tune to find out what he comes with next.
New visuals from the bro Super Nike Nando, directed by Deuce Drayton. His debut album, Last Shall Be First, is dropping this Friday, December 23rd! It will be streaming on SoundCloud, Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify, but be sure to actually hit iTunes and buy the album as well. It's been a long time coming for Nando, dropping more free projects over the past decade than likely any other rapper out of the DMV I can think of (seriously, hit DatPiff, SoundCloud, and AudioMack if you don't believe me...he's been dropping consistent quality product for years). Now is the time to truly support, so spread love and go pick that up!
New visuals from the homie out of Brooklyn, Latasha Alcindor. Catch these 2-minute vibes as L.A. breezes through BK with bars upon bars in "HEADRAPS". For more on Latasha Alcindor, you can follow her Twitter, @UCanCallMeLA, and head over to LatashaAlcindor.com for music, videos, photos, upcoming show dates, & more. Oh, and don't forget, look out for her new project, "#LALYTES", coming soon!
Finally back with another vlog, y'all. Apologies on the wait, but life was life. Last vlog, we talked music with my Top 10 DMV Hip-Hop Videos. This time, let's talk games with my Top 5 RPGs! Now keep in mind...this is all just my opinion. This in no way discredits any other classics I love like...well, just watch the video and you'll see what I picked for my Top 5. Also, be sure to drop a like on the video, leave some comments about YOUR favorite RPGs of all time, and subscribe to the channel!
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Welcome to the first vlog for The Regal Report, my new YouTube channel that's focused on music and gaming! Being that it IS the first one, I decided to do it on something near and dear to my heart: the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) hip-hop scene. One of the most talented regional music scenes I've had the pleasure of being a part of an artist AND a fan of, I've listed my favorite videos to come out of the area. Are they the best? That's debatable. Did I leave out some amazing videos? Definitely. But at this point in time, these are my favorites, so I'm sharing them to open ears to new fans, and also to reflect with the people who are already hip to what's going on out here. Enjoy the video, and please be sure to like the video and share if you can, and PLEASE subscribe. Much love!
Happy birthday to me! Feb. 1st, I've officially reached 28 years of age, which is more than a blessing when there was a time when I thought I wouldn't even make it to 21. To celebrate, I decided to just throw a quick freestyle over my bro Logic's "I Am The Greatest" beat to give to the supporters as I was in the studio working on the new Good Luck Road project tonight. So for my birthday, I give a slight gift to y'all. Much love.
One year. It's been a whole year since I've dropped any new visuals for y'all (not including "The Constant" with PHZ-Sicks and "Excel" with Osiris Green, of course - those were collabs). My apologies, but life has been real, to say the least. The good part is, for the latter half of 2015, the statement "life has been real" can be followed by the word "positive". Things are on the up-and-up. Money is being made. Music is being written. Inspiration is being found. The family is getting healthier and stronger. With that being the case...I'm slowly but surely making my way back to what I do best.
Earlier this year, I dropped a verse over Terrace Martin's instrumental version of Kendrick Lamar's "Ignorance Is Bliss", entitled "The Soul". At the time of writing it and recording it, I was still battling many demons I've since conquered, using the beat as my avenue to speak on personal turmoil I would've never had the courage to rap about a few years ago. With time comes growth, though. Enjoy the new video, directed by none other than the homie Matt Sugawara, and look out for more visuals coming soon. New project, Good Luck Road (formerly titled The Reflection) coming in 2016. Feels good to be back...
A little over a year after dropping his debut project, Happy Belated, the young homie Chaz French returns with his sophomore full-length project, These Things Take Time. Back to his central theme of #StruggleWhatMadeUs, Chaz manages juggling the rap life and fatherhood (now including a new son), waxing poetic on purpose of life, faith, hope, family, and friends, while balancing it with the drugs, alcohol, money, and women that make us all human. Listen above and check the first visuals from the tape below with "Remember"
Been a minute since I've been able to post anything new, so excuse my lateness. With that said, my bro Super Nike Nando decided to bring in Halloween properly a couple months back with a new project, the appropriately-titled Never Say Die. 6 tracks deep, it finds SNN branching into a new soundscape, while still giving that genuine Nike Nando signature attitude, also featuring appearances from Cayan, Dugee, & Havana Seoul. Check out videos from 2 of the EP's singles below - "Serious" and "Super Fuego". both directed by Matt Sugawara.
Saturday, August 8, 2015. 2:00 PM. I walk out of the office of my regular job (because we all know rap ain't paying indie rappers the way it's supposed to) and take my usual 15-minute break around that time. I look at my phone and there's a text from my bro PRO'Verb. It says "U ok???" Immediately, I'm thinking, "what in the fuck is he talking about? Somebody drop a diss track about me? Somebody talkin' shit about me on Twitter and I missed it during my shift? My nudes leaked? What's going on?" So the first thing I did was go to Twitter, no more than 5 seconds of hitting the timeline, I see why he asked. Sean Price, at the age of 43, passed away in his sleep.
If you know me...like, TRULY know me? You know how much of a fan I am of Sean Price. Only 2 days before his passing, me and Pro were in the car as he was giving me a ride to work, and per usual, we talked about new music we were both working on, current events in music (the Drake-Meek Mill beef and the CyHi The Prynce "Elephant In The Room" track were prominent topics that day), and somehow, the convo turned to Sean Price and the respect I had for him. Sean was easily one of the most disrespectful, yet lyrically sharp and witty, lyricists that I've heard. Yeah, he was a rap bully, but he also had a sense of humor that made you laugh at some of the fucked-up shit he was saying, often poking fun at the expense of other artists in the game. Examples needed?
Yet and still, you'd be hard-pressed to find a rapper in this game that wasn't a fan of Sean Price and his pen game. No, he wasn't fortunate enough to get the shine he deserved, constantly snubbed from the worldwide fame and radio attention that many less-talented artists receive on the daily, but it was no secret that those same artists, even if made a joke of in a bar or 2, had love and respect for Sean P's legacy.
Originally a member of Heltah Skeltah (along with fellow Duck Down Records artist, Rock), as well as a member of the New York-based collective, Boot Camp Clik, and the underground supergroup Random Axe (along with Black Milk and Guilty Simpson), Sean Price has been around since the '90s, known by Ruckus or simply Ruck in his early days. Hailing from one of the most dangerous and notorious neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY - Brownsville (also the home of M.O.P.and Mike Tyson) - he was recognized early as a skilled MC and member of the legendary NY street gang, The Decepts (or Decepticons). My earliest memory of Sean Price would be the video below, "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka", by Heltah Skeltah and OGC (Originoo Gun Clappaz).
Sadly, I was pretty young when that dropped, so I lost track of his music over the years, but over the last 7 years or so, I caught back up on Sean Price after seeing his videos for "Heartburn/Onion Head" and "Mess U Made" on Music Choice's On Demand list back in my college years, also below.
From that point, I stayed tuned in with every release: Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Superstar, Kimbo Price, Mic Tyson...if it was Sean Price, I had to get it. Quick sidenote: my homies Gods'Illa did a collab with Price, "Saviours & Punishers", and if you never heard it or saw the video, fix that now.
Now...I'm clearly getting off track at the moment, but that can happen when speaking about one of your favorite rappers, and Sean Price was definitely that. It's only been about 24 hours since the passing occurred, and I'm honestly still struggling to accept the reality of it. You see, when 2Pac and Biggie passed away, I was too young to fully comprehend the tragedy of it all, along with being too young to really have that connection as a fan back then (I was 8 and 9 when they were killed, respectively). Yeah, I was obviously sad to hear two rappers that I liked listening to were dead, but it didn't hit me on how fucked up it was until I got older and could really analyze the situation, especially with the recent revelation of Jimmy Henchman basically being the cause of all of it. A kid can't do that. But as a grown man who happens to be a rap artist AND a fan of an artist that epitomized the fundamentals of what this rap shit was based on (dope lyricism, charisma, unfiltered content), Sean Price's death is actually really affecting me.
With that said, I'm not going to ramble on much longer. I just wanted to make a post on my site to show love to an artist that really inspired me to say what the fuck I want to say whenever I rhyme. It was an honor to meet him once years ago in DC at a show, and know that the music will live forever.
R.I.P. Sean Price
Sometimes, you just have to sit back and have a therapy session with yourself to remember who you are. Peace to Chance The Rapper for the inspiration, peace to my supporters for the motivation. New project, Good Luck Road (formerly The Reflection), coming this fall.
Slowly but surely working on this comeback, I promise you. The good folks over at RapFest decided to drop the latest cypher in their ongoing series (which has featured names such as The LOX, Jae Millz, Murda Mook, Vado, Smoke DZA, and more), this time featuring myself, New Orleans’s own Dee-1, and NYC’s Nitty Scott. Enjoy the visuals, enjoy the bars, and be sure to share this with everyone you know that loves quality music. Oh, and this is airing all weekend on MTV Jams, so be sure to catch it on TV as well. Love.
Rob Regal and Osiris Green connect for "Excel", the first visual release from their 2014 collaborative project, Livin' Proof, where they revisited 6 classic DJ Premier beats from Group Home's 1995 album of the same name. You can download Livin' Proof at the link below: