Suicide, Mental Illness & Hip-Hop


For a person that has struggled with Depression and Anxiety most of my life, I found it very important to write this article. My grandmother (RIP) struggled with severe depression most of her life, and I do believe it is hereditary.

Now, I don’t think my Depression and Anxiety is as bad as some people, but it is something I deal with on a daily basis. My personal issues come more on the Anxiety side; worrying, over-thinking and stressing out easy. People always ask me what it feels like to have anxiety, but it’s not something that can be explained really. If you experience it on a daily basis, you know the feeling and how awkward it can make certain situations.

To be honest, I have never thought about killing myself.  I have never thought about actually doing it or have I ever attempted it. I am not here to say that someone who has attempted or committed suicide is any less of a person than me, or anyone for that matter. People deal with trials and tribulations differently and you really never know what is going on in someone’s head. It’s scary.  Continue reading

Majisty Says “Eminem Changed My Life”


Mike Trampe: What’s up Majisty? For those new to the name, let everyone know where you are from and what you do.

Majisty: What’s up everybody? I go by Majisty The Mastermind, Majisty for short because It’s easier to remember. I am from Boston Mass, born and raised and I am a Hip Hop/Rap artist on the rise.

Mike Trampe: When did you know you wanted to become an artist and make this your lifelong career?

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J.Tek Talks Tupac, Nas & Outkast Influence, Wanting To Collaborate With Nas & J. Cole


I had the chance to sit down with Runaway Records artist J.Tek to talk about what it’s like to be a younger emcee in today’s music industry, as well as where he sees himself in 5 years.

We discuss his musical influences, dream collaboration and how Shawn M. has impacted his career.

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Horseshoe Gang Says “Any Rapper Who Pretends To Be A Dope Writer Is Lame”


Exclusive: Horseshoe Gang addresses ghost writers in Hip Hop, who they would add to the group, collaborating with Eminem and who would win in a battle between them and Slaughterhouse.

The discussion on the net the last few days has been about the Meek Mill vs Drake feud, and if Drake uses “Ghostwriters.” The majority of the industry utilizes co-writers and depend on the belief that “Team work makes the dream work,” so what’s the big deal? Well, for hard-working lyricists and emcees, it can rub them the wrong way if you don’t write your own bars.

I had the pleasure to sit down and talk to Long Beach natives, Horseshoe Gang about this topic, plus about their new EP Knocking On Raps Door, which drops tomorrow. Not familiar? Well, do yourself a favor and check these guys out! Incredible lyricists, artists and cool guys overall.

I told you years ago about K-Dot a.k.a. Kendrick Lamar when I had the pleasure to work with him and TDE and you know the rest. I was an avid supporter of Mr. Probz and told you about him for the last 6 years, now he has one of the biggest remixed records of the last year, “Waves.” I will say this one time, don’t sleep on Horseshoe Gang and remember I told you first, these guys will blow up :)

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The Top 7 MC Sway & King Tech Songs

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Some of you may not know this, but Sway and King Tech of the Wake Up Show used to make music together. And they were DOPE!

Yes, this is the same Sway from Shade 45 and MTV. The man who Interviewed President Obama and was told by Kanye West that he “didn’t have the answers.” The same King Tech that helped break some of the biggest artists EVER! I respected these guys tremendously, and that was before I was blessed with the opportunity to work with them.

BUT….I’m not gonna front, I wasn’t too familiar with their music in the past, but after doing my research, I was blown away.

Over the years, but especially lately, I have been carefully watching how they interact with artists and it’s clear they genuinely care for them and the future of Hip Hop. After visiting Shade 45 for Sway In The Morning with South Philly emcee’s Blessa + Nico The Beast, it all made sense. Sway and King Tech are artists at heart, and want to extend the love and passion for Hip Hop that they have had their whole lives. They are a rare gem in a game and industry that is dark as coal.

So with that said, take a listen to 7 of their cuts that I personally dig. Peace!

*Not that these guys need validation from Mike Trampe, but I wanted to big em’ up anyway! 

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Skrewtape – “Verified” (Produced By Vanderslice)


Coming off of his last release Everything’s Awesome and working with Freddie Gibbs, Evidence, Vinnie Paz, Ed O.G. & Chuck D, Vanderslice teams up with New Jersey’s finest Skrewtape.

“Verified” is the lead off of Smuggle Rap which can be purchased here:

It’s a collection of drug infused street music, with a feel for the 1980’s. Boat chasing, night stalking, pimpin’, pandering, and more for your listening pleasure.

The visuals provided by Wayne Campbell, the music provided by Vanderslice & Green Steez, and more bars than you can wave a stick at from Skrewtape. You don’t want to miss “Verified.”

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¥€$ Episode1: “MOVE” (30th Anniversary Of Tragedy In Philadelphia)

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¥€$ (Akhen & Ab-Liva) release the first part of their series, MOVE, around the 30th Anniversary (May 13th) of the tragedy in Philadelphia amidst Protests of Police Brutality that echo the lack of change in violence we fell victim to in the 80s.

The series will follow Akhen as he rises from the Ashes of his West Philly neighborhood that was Bombed & left to burn.

He rises with Ab-Liva to work with artists like Pusha T & Malice. The film features them along with Philly natives like Gille Da Kid, Jahlil Beats, Spade-O, RediRoc & Garci.

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Yung Reno f. Kheprisa – “Erase You”


Queens lyricist Yung Reno hooked up with NYC singer Kheprisa for an R&B-inspired love-to-hate relationship song.

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HD f. Reek The Villian & Shaun Sutton – “I’m Lit”

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New joint from HD featuring Reek The Villian & Shaun Sutton, called “I’m Lit.” Produced by JazzFeezy & Scena.

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Mahogany Beatz aka M-PE$O – “I Want It All”


Mahogany Beatz aka M-PE$O makes his first debut as a recoding artist. His latest single “I Want It All” is from his debut EP “Lov3 & Hip Hop”. Check out this classic producer as he continues to give you classic hip hop.

Mahogany Beatz made hits for Dr.Dre “Bad Intentions”, Jay-Z “It’s Alright”, Jada Kiss “Show Discipline”, Big Pun “New York Giants”, MOP “Warriorz” and many more.

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