I’ve always been confused by the phrase “hip-hop is dead”.  When asked what he thinks about the alleged demise of hip-hop, up and coming MC Dominique “Ceewhy” Suttles says “hip-hop can’t die…[hip-hop] is a way of life and a people so if its dead we are dead and I been breathing all day!”  He does state that hip-hop is currently lacking originality, balance and inspiration, which is what he is trying to bring to the game.  Ceewhy hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up listening to his father’s record collection, which included everything from Bach to Nina Simone.  He attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, where he pursued his budding music career, winning rap battles but also improving his song-writing ability, since we all know battle MCs don’t always have the most longevity in the rap game.

Ceewhy provides a long list of influences from the obligatory Big & Pac to the Clipse and Slum Village to Jimi Hendrix and even Langston Hughes.  He even jokingly adds Grey Goose to the list.  Far from arrogant, Cee admits to being a “very influenced artist”.  “I just want people to believe in me because I believe in them thats why I do what I do.   I am an artist and musician and growth is paramount to my survival and evolution as an artist,” he says.  “Nas once rhymed that ‘no idea’s original’, and he was right. When it comes to music, let’s be honest: few recreate the wheel. The great musicians haven’t necessarily created something brand new. They gave us the right balance of entertainment and thought-provoking material. Think Michael Jackson, Prince, Nina, Stevie and a score of others. Their catalogues aren’t just comprised of solely ‘dance’ tracks or ‘conscious’ tracks. Mike’s catalogue consists of tracks like ‘Rock with You’, but also ‘Black & White’.  Whatever happened to that balance?!?”  Ceewhy is poised to bring that balance to the game. 

While he isn’t necessarily trying to “re-invent the wheel”, he’s introducing a new way to roll.  Both of his projects, Dreams Are Bulletproof and The Sickness: Designer Drugs & Disease Meets Panic are highly conceptualized…more than what you would expect from a new artist.  While still having fun, Ceewhy also gives you food for thought to snack on, mixing what you want with what you need without being preachy.  Look out for the homie in the future and enjoy his music…oh and kill your radio.  You won’t find too many artists with such a clear direction and innovative approach there.  For now, just visit his bandcamp.com site linked below and download both projects…then tell your whole ‘hood to get familiar.

Download & listen to Ceewhy’s Dreams Are Bulletproof and The Sickness: Designer Drugs & Disease Meets Panic

 

 

 

It feels like it’s been ages since Christopher Wallace left us, yet his influence is still very prevalent in hip-hop and the world at large.  Most recently, we’ve heard his voice on the (arguably wack) Biggie Duets project, seen him on the big screen in the film Notorious, and heard new life breathed into an old verse on the very recent “Angels” by Dirty Money.  Charlie Kubal, 24, (recording under the name “wait what”) capably adds a fresh perspective to your Biggie memories with his project, The Notorious XX, which mixes classic Notorious B.I.G. joints with the unique production style of wait what (Kubal).  From the intro, a mix of “Dead Wrong” with a surprisingly-contrasting (but it works), almost ethereal backdrop, you know you’re about to get into some next-level sh*t.  It’s different without being pretensious and it pays homage while adding in a completely fresh sound.  The Notorious XX adds and does not subtract, sparks nostalgia while inspiring one to spark other things while still being progressive, and delivers on all fronts. 

 “I’ve been a Biggie fan since I was eleven,” says Kubal, bringing up some of his own Biggie nostalgia.  “I saw the video for Mo Money Mo Problems, and was hooked. I had a tape recorder that I held up to the screen and hit record when they started the video, so the first couple hundred times I heard the track it had the voiceover of Puffy at the golf tournament that they had in the video — I finally got the CD single, and had no idea before that that wasn’t actually part of the song”.  Kubal is from San Francisco originally and attended Columbia, where he moonlighted producing and recording hip-hop.  He’s currently inspired by a wide range of music from underground hip-hop to indie rock.  

For your downloading pleasure and to learn more about wait what, visit waitwhatmusic.com and become a fan of wait what on Facebook here.

the notorious xx by wait what