Karen & J. ColeOnce again, I found myself in the same studio, where the Rhymefest & Curren$y interview took place, this time ‘The Introduction’ brings you Roc Nations first signee J Cole. I heard about Mr. Jermaine Cole from BDot at RapRadar a few months back, he went on and on about how he was the next big thing. I did some research on J, and was able to find a few things aboout him, via nahright. After listening to “Grown Simba,” I was hooked!  J Cole & I discuss his deal, college life, music, twitter and everything in between. He also gives us a first listen to “Dollar & Dream” which will be released on his mixtape, coming out next month.  The verdict is already in on him, and he is definitely someone to look out for in 2009. If you havent realized it’s lightskin season! Make sure you check out the other inductees into ‘The Introduction


Follow J Cole on twitter: www.twitter.com/JColeNC




SRoccett & Iuccess in the music industry is notoriously difficult. Whether it be the obstacle of not having the backing of a major label, or the lack of respect and support from superstar rappers and fans alike, the road to stardom is far from easy. Many people have fallen at the hands of these hardships. One man who has thrived in these conditions is California rapper Roccett.  His talent and drive caught the attention of Get Your Green Up Entertainment in 2004, and his partnership with the company, which has worked with notables like Usher and Tupac, has produced a sizable buzz. Having already worked with established stars like Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Killer Mike, Knoc’turn’al and other rappers like Young Buck and Akon at this young stage of his career, as well as having critically acclaimed mixtapes under his belt, Roccett’s talent is clear. With so many dues paid, his industry knowledge and the groundwork set, Roccett is poised to make lasting impression on hip-hop. Roccett is the newest “inductee” to The Introduction.  Learn more about this Cali native as KarenCivil.com takes a ride through New York City with a G.


Learn more about Roccett by visiting: IAmRoccett.com

Nipsey Hussle & IYou already know what it is. From the way he greets you, to the words that he speaks. The uniform he wears is bold, aggressive and absolutely intimidating. He’s authentic – the offspring of the West Coast’s most celebrated talent – yet and still a novelty all his own. In an industry that’s fallen victim to bubble gum lyrics and erroneous dance fads to match, he’s the spokesperson the block wants for. He’s the sociopolitical outrage of Ice Cube and N.W.A. He’s Snoop Dogg before you knew his name and Ice T after an unexpected knock at 6 o’clock in the morning. He’s the very definition of Slauson & Crenshaw – a self-inspired movement and a name you can trust. He is Nipsey Hussle. Nipsey gives you a break down on touring with Game & Jay Rock, his new album and his new mixtape “Bullets Aint got No Name Vol III’. I got a chance to hear one of the records, Nipsey doesn’t disappoint.


 My homie Curren$y was in New York doing some recording, so I caught up with him to talk favorite rappers, XXL cover, new Mixtape and much more.  Expect to see plenty more features on Curren$y on my blog, he is added to the list of rappers to look out for in 09!



mackandkarenI was in South Beach, Miami this weekend and met up with Young Money artist Mack Maine. Mack is a 20 enough (as he would like to call it) year old rapper, from the Hollygrove area of New Orleans. Mack who is now  being pushed to the forefront by his Young Money Ent Label. With a feature on the first single on Lil Wayne’s album titled “Got Money”, with a much anticipated  mixtape dropping next week titled “This is Just a mixtape” hosted by DJ Cannon he is sure to be a 09 favorite. Mack says “people gonna ask why this aint on your album.” His first solo LP  titled “Timeless Music” which is slated for a feb 09 release thru Young Money/Soothe Your Soul records. Mack who also manages Wayne, helps run Young Money Ent Label and just launched his own label “soothe your Soul Records”. Mack briefly spoke about his relationship with Lil Wayne saying “We don’t look at each other as friends, we brothers, We’ve known each other since we were 6 yrs old, same hood, we family”…Till the tape drops, if you haven’t Familiarized yourself with Mack Mizzy, get familiar and check out the recent joints he’s featured on below. “Young Maine for President, I’d probably paint the white house black if it was my residents…”- Mack Mizzy


‘Lil wayne ft Mack Maine, Willie the Kid, & La the Da DarkmanDa Art of Storytellin’ 4 freestyle

Alchemist ft. Mack MaineMy Money Is My Bitch

Music via: nahright