APAHM Pick: ROOK - Eye for an Eye
Rookadamus aka ROOK (Realistic Outlook On Knowledge), a Korean-American rapper from Chi-Town was also part of the AA movement in the early/mid 2000s. Like fellow AA rapper, Shogunna, he experienced a different walk of life. He hooked up with Snacky Chan’s Dynasty Muzik label and released a mixtape in 2006, Hell is Empty and All the Devilz are Here, which received nothing but good reviews...
Chen - Interview with RISE&GRND- Live Performance...
RISE&GRND’s Connie K Sits down with Chen for an interview after her performance at the SOHR Tour in NYC. -Remix
APAHM Throwback - AzN PrYdE
Do you remember when you first realized race and ethnicity? Like many Asian Americans in this digital generation, race became increasingly important when I embraced the ways of AzN PrYdE (read: Asian Pride) and “came to age” in the Silicon Valley in which I was born and raised. In fact, this confusing period continually puzzles and yet fascinates me as I dedicated an entire honors thesis to...
Freestyle Friday Hall of Fame Cypher ft (Jin,...
This coming Friday, June 1st, BET will be having a segment honoring the past hall of famers of Freestyle Friday. Going way back to the beginning with Posta Boy and Jin to more recent champs like Blind Fury and Relly. Tune in and support your favorite champs! Here’s a clip with some behind the scenes action: Evo
Twista - Book of Rhymes Freestyle
The once fastest rapper in the world jumps on the beat and lets us have a peep at his book of rhymes. Evo
APAHM Pick: Mr. Hahn of Linkin Park
DJ’s often get overlooked within the hip hop community since they aren’t exactly in your face like MCs are. But instead of thinking of them as a human iPod and when you take a listen at what they’re doing its absolutely amazing. So here is one DJ/turntablist that has definitely made his mark in our history books. Joe Hahn better known as Mr. Hahn works the turntables, keyboard,...
APAHM Pick: Jin, LS, & Snacky Chan - 4th Chamber
A classic number from 3 of the best to ever done it! You all know who Jin is (at least I hope) and possibly an idea of who Snacky Chan but probably have no clue who LS is. Well, he’s an MC from NY’s Chinatown and, like Shogunna, has a myriad of experiences when it comes to the city life. He was one of Jin’s earliest supporters (in NY) and actually took a bullet for the dude!...
APAHM Pick: Shogunna - Forbidden City
Usually when it comes to Asian raps its mainly about a regular kid who just pursued his interest in music, but Queens rapper, Shogunna comes with a different story. Born and raised in Flushing, Queens this MC has experienced life in the darker side of Asian American life. Living in a struggling household, the young Shogun turned to the streets to find some enlightenment, bringing him throughout...
New Music: Justin Bieber – “Die In Your Arms”
Justin Bieber hits us with some more fight last night dropping another cut off his forthcoming album ‘Believe’, which hits stores in 3 weeks. This track is available to purchase now on iTunes. Posted By AC
New Music: Chris Brown Ft. Sean Paul – “Wont Stop...
No word on where this will end up yet, but this is pretty dam dope if you want my honest opinion. This one is written by hit maker Rico Love featuring Sean Paul. Fortune coming soon. Props NBD. Take a listen after the jump.
APAHM Pick: Decipher - The Introduction
This is the last week of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! So lets keep going strong with the APAHM picks. Next up, this MC shouldn’t really need an introduction, especially these past couple years, and just came off the Verizon APAHM Tour with Dumbfoundead and Jay Park. Coming from Philly, Decipher has been around the game for the better part of a decade now (I first heard of him...
New Music: CURREN$Y FT. BIG K.R.I.T. & WIZ KHALIFA...
Curren$y drops probably the most anticipated track off his upcoming LP ‘The Stoned Immaculate’, which drops on June 5th. Listen after the jump. Posted By AC
video: Pusha T – “Exodus 23:1″
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APAHM Pick - Thai & Drew Deezy (ft Band-Aide of...
The most well known MC on 454 Entertainment’s roster, Thai Viet G has been around and gained tons of fans from his tracks, “Vietnamese Gang” and “Roll Wit Us.” During the early/mid 2000s there was some rumors going around that Thai was in the talks with G-Unit, but we will never know! Always down with the movement, he can be found on a number of collaborations and...
APAHM Freestyle Friday - Dumbfoundead vs Tantrum
Dumb is nice at freestyling and since its Friday, why not? Though the LA rapper has been on his grind for a while (back when MySpace was still used), he got a lot of his buzz from his debut battle on Grind Time Now vs fellow Asian MC Tantrum. Pretty close battle, both MCs had me laughing. Evo
Snacky Chan - Lonely Road
If you’ve ever really been into Asian American Hip Hop then you gotta know who Snacky Chan is. Though he’s never gotten a major deal or radio play, true fans will know that this Eastcoast MC pulls no punches when it comes to lyricism. Prior to becoming a leader in the Asian American movement, he built himself an underground buzz and eventually working with people like the GZA and...
The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeffy Perform at MIB3...
DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Prince and son, Jaden, rockin the house at the MIB3 premier in NYC. Will Smith might be the world’s most energetic man. On the red — er, black — carpet at last night’s Men in Black 3 premiere, he exuberantly spoke with each reporter even as his publicist tried her best to move him down the line. But even a super-human movie star has limits — Smith told EW that though he...
APAHM Throwback - Smilez and Southstar
A bit of early 2000s nostalgia! Prior to Far East Movement’s recent surge to stardom, Southstar was the only Asian American with the major airplay and reaching the Top 40 list with his track “Tell Me.” Except most people didn’t even know he was Asian. Southstar set the record straight when he jump on a remix of “Protect Ya Neck”, half of the duo coming from...
J Reyez- Interview with RiseandGrnd and Live...
J Reyez sits down with Connie K from RiseandGrnd.com to discuss, his inspirations, goals to get signed to a major label, the message behind his lyrics. Also watch a small clip of his performance from the show. Posted By AC
New Video: Jay Sean - I'm All Yours ft. Pitbull
Jay Sean gets some help from Pitbull on the Track ” I’m All Yours”..Peep the vid Posted By AC
Video: Wiz Khalifa – Work Hard, Play Hard
Popout Here’s the first visual “Work Hard, Play Hard” from his sophomore set O.N.I.F.C. Bill Paladino behind the lens for this one. Posted By AC
Pinnacle TheHustler - Go Hard In Korea
Saw this video off of, the big homie, Shogunna’s facebook and it lives up the to the title of the track. Had a half nasty face when the dude starts gunnin’ it in the second half of the song. Pinnacle is a radio host and MC based in Korea (as the song might suggest). Evo
Andrew Garcia- Interview with Rise&Grnd- Live...
Andrew Garcia Sits down with Connie K from RiseandGrnd.com to discuss, his collaboration with YTF, his upcoming music and his goals for 2012. Peep the live performance clip as well from the show…Can’t wait till YTF tour hits NYC. Posted By AC
Video: Kendrick Lamar Interview w/ DJ Drama
Popout Kendrick drops in on Dram on Streetz Iz Watchin’ last week and talks about artists he’s listening to right now, an early development deal he had with Def Jam, his debut project and much more. Posted By AC
Jin - Top 5 Dead or Alive
This MC needs no introduction (unless you’re in highschool I guess?). Hate him or love him, Jin said it best. “I’m a pioneer it aint no mystery look, i got my own chapter in the hiphop history book” But towards the end of this Ruff Ryder days his debut album, The Rest is History, receiving less than awesome reviews, Jin went back to the independent route. Renaming...
Erika David- Interview and Live performance from...
The Lovely Erika David sits down with Connie K from RiseandGrnd.com to discuss, her upcoming projects, her tour in Australia happening this week with Ryan Leslie. Erika gives us a sneak peak of what she does when not in the studio and designing her upcoming jewelry Line Slated to be called “EAnnD”, Also what kind of man she’s looking for. Posted By AC
Young Buck - Back to Jail and Drops a New Song
Just like many speculated, Young Buck is going back to jail for gun possession. TMZ reports that Buck will be serving 18 months for the charge, which stems from the police raiding his home in 2010 and finding a .40 caliber Glock 22 on the premises, which is likely the same spot he was evicted from last week. The Feds discovering the firearm in the crib might not have been so bad if the Tennessee...
The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy
Happy Birthday to the late Christopher Wallace. Even death can’t stop you! Evo
David Banner - Sex, Drugs, and Video Games...
David Banner has finally released hisfreealbum/mixtape,Sex, Drugs, and Video Games.It includes features from artists like Chris Brown, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Maino, 2 Chainz and a bunch more. Banner is also asking for people to donate ($1 if you like) to the 2M1 Movment. To get more info on the movement and to donate go to http://www.davidbanner.com/ Download the mixtape here:...
Video: Kevin McCall ft. Big Sean – Naked
Kevin McCall releases his Chris Brown directed video for his single Naked, we should expect his upcoming solo debut album later this year! Posted By AC
D Pryde- PSA
The promo for Flagship, dropping June 3rd Posted By AC
Video: Birdman f/ Lil Wayne & Mack Maine – ‘Dark...
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Interview with CEO of Fresh 2 Death Clothing Line...
Connie K of RISE & GRND sits down with Rasheem of Fresh 2 Death Clothing. Check out the interview here: Contact Rasheem at email@example.com or (347) 482-8597. Peace
New Music: Lupe Fiasco – ‘Around My Way (Freedom...
Lupe Fiasco samples Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” on “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” the first single off his album Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album. Posted By AC
New Music:Asher Roth – Outside
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New Video: DJ Khaled - Take It To The Head (feat....
New Visuals for “Take it to the Head Posted By AC
Joanlee- Interview and live performance from...
Joanlee sits down with Connie K from RiseandGrnd.com to discuss his come up as an artist, his message as an asian artists. Joanlee breaks down his lyrics to his track ” I am”, talks about his future album in the works and upcoming album ” On the Radar”. Much respect to my man Joanlee and welcome to New York. keep checkin in for the latest music and news from him....
PICS/VIDEO: 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS –...
Usher and Chris Brown were among the performers at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday (May 20) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The airing also featured a special Whitney Houston tribute by singer-songwriter John Legend and singer-actress Jordin Sparks. Whitney’s teenage daughter Bobbi Kristina and sister-in-law Pat Houston took the stage to accept the...
DJing - the first element of hip hop. And one of the very best in turntablism is DJ Qbert. The Filipino-American from the Bay Area had competed in and won the Disc Mix Club World DJ Championships (DMC) THREE years in a row 1991-1993, along with many other awards. He helped to form a band of DJs, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, who are the first to apply and perform the band concept to turntablism,...
Traphik- Interview With RiseandGrnd.com- Live...
Tim sits downs with Connie K from RiseandGrnd.com to discuss his personal life, how he got started in music and comedy, upcoming projects and his ambitions to take over the world. Shout out to Tim, Super humble dude! Posted By AC
D Pryde- Rise&Grnd Interview Live Performance...
We are going to be blasting out interviews and Live footage from the School of Hard Rockz tour all week.. Keep checking in for all of the artists..We’ll Kick it off with Prizzy. D Pryde sits down with Connie K from RiseandGrnd.com to discuss, his inspirations, how he got started in the music game with Mars Music, his upcoming mixtape “Flagship”, and a look into his personal...
Far East Movement - Get Offa Me
Far East Movement, today, is known world wide with tracks like “Fly Like a G6” and “Rocketeer” dominating the radio during their release. Their music is pumped with heavy amounts of bass and is very much influenced by electro dance music (EDM). However, back in the day they were just kids from Los Angeles, who were also interns at Interscope Records, that liked Hip Hop....
New Video:BREEZY LOVEJOY FT. DUMBFOUNDEAD - K-TOWN...
Peep the Visuals for “K-Town Girl”.. Loving the Ktown culture being repped here -Posted By AC
JAY-Z SAYS OLD SUBWAY SIGNS INSPIRED NETS LOGO
Jay-Z is the prime example of a Renaissance Man. With the announcement of the “Made In America” Music Festival, reviving the Nets in Brooklyn, and even bring us a new pop starlet (Hi, Rita!), it’s hard to imagine what Jay-Z can’t do. Sticking on the subject of the Brooklyn Nets however, Hov sat with MTV News to discuss his inspiration behind the logo and it’s “classic New York” look. He...
New Music: RICK ROSS “TOUCH’N YOU” FT USHER
Definitely one for the ladies, Roazy serves up a mid tempo Rico Love production full of sweet nothings for us to swerve on slow too. Featuring Usher check out the track. I hope this gets a place on “God Forgives, I Don’t” which is due for release July 31st. It’s a must! Posted By AC
New Music: Ne-Yo – Lazy Love
And here we have a new and official single from our boy Ne-Yo titled “Lazy Love.” This HARD thumping tune will be featured on Ne-Yo’s forthcoming project R.E.D. in stores September 18th. Posted By AC
Behind The Scenes Photos: After School of Hard...
The RISE & GRND team had the pleasure of covering the NYC leg of School of Hard Rockz Tour brought to you by 28 Vinyl. Shout out to the big homie Sterling. We were able to get behind the scenes and party with some of youtube’s finest. Shout out to all the artists that performed and all the fans that came out to support. Show was super dope. We got exclusive interviews with the artists...
Dope INC - Virginia (ft Lyricks)
Virginia MC, Lyricks, teams up with Dope INC on this on track paying homage to their home state. And I gotta say, Lyricks goes IN! Evo
Mountain Brothers - Galaxies
Monday, the start of a new week so I’m throwing up the very start of Asian American Hip Hop. The Mountain Brothers are considered cultural pioneers and were the first Asian-American Hip Hop group to sign a deal with a major label!(Sony-distributed Ruffhouse). Coming out of Philadelphia, the trio met in college at Penn State and turned their hobby into a career. Aside from their appearance...
New Video: Far East Movement - Dirty Bass ft. Tyga
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