South Jersey Hip-Hop Video Playlist

To save you some time searching on Youtube, here’s a set of videos from various SJ artist including: Chuck Thomas, Rich Quick, Screwtape, Charlie Blaze and Trip.

Drag Em’ Out – Chuck Thomas

Crazed – Trip

Ain’t Nobody Safe – Charlie Blaze

CORFU Cypher – Biz Mighty, Voss, Rich Quick, Tray Digga, OHM, Jawnzap 7 and Skrewtape

Backyard Boogaloo – Skrewtape Ft. Milkbone

(Chuck Thomas, Trip and Charlie Blaze’s videos are all entries in Funk Volume’s 5th annual Don’t Fu[n]k Up Our Beats rap contest.)


Say What Sunday March 1, 2013

-J. Cole At Harvard

-New Music: Kid Cudi – Immortal

-A G-Unit Reunion!?!

-Dreamchasers 3 Coming Soon

Meek Mill released a rough copy of his upcoming mixtape on his Instagram Account.


DC3 (Via Instagram: @MeekMill)

-MTV’s Hottest MC’s In The Game of 2012

MTV has started their 8th annual Best MC’s In The Game countdown. This often controversial list will reveal a new addition everyday this week.

Let the arguments begin!

10. Meek Mill

9. Future

Tune in as the “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII” debate kicks off on MTV2’s ‘Week In Jams’ on Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m. ET and reveals #1 on Thursday, March 7, at 10 p.m. ET on MTV Jams.

Last Year’s List:

  1. Rick Ross
  2. Drake
  3. Kanye West
  4. Nicki Minaj
  5. Lil Wayne
  6. Jay-Z
  7. Meek Mill
  8. Big Sean
  9. Wiz Khalifa
  10. Wale

Holding It Down: A Quick Interview with Chuck Thomas

Chuck Thomas has had love for music for many years now. When he was 15, he was a bass player in a hardcore band and thanks to the encouragement of a close friend, he eventually made the to transition in to becoming a rapper.

A native of Southwest Philly, Thomas resided in Sewell, NJ for a number of years before returning to Philly last year.

This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to catch Chuck Thomas’ performance at The Bus Stop Cafe in Pitman, which included other local acts including: Stay Gold, Dot Destin, Charlie Blaze, Skrewtape, and Rich Quick. I am happy to present our first interview here at Beats, Rhymes, Life with Chuck Thomas, a true veteran of the South Jersey/Philly hip hop scene.

  • What inspires you to make music?

Honestly, I have no choice. It really makes me feel like I have a purpose. I started rapping at 22 but didn’t stay steady with it this whole time. So it’s 11 years since I started but 5 years of actual work. I realized when I wasn’t doing it I was a miserable mess. So, I do this s–t cause I am sick without it. I truly feel like it is why I’m here.

  • Whats the message behind it?

I like to think I rap about my mistakes in life, so maybe someone hears it and decides not to make those same mistakes. I rap a lot about my drug addiction in the past and how it held me back and how I made it out. I don’t think that will always be the theme, in fact I know it won’t. But, right now it’s what I have going on. I honestly want to bring a style of rap that I grew up with back, I feel like there is hardly any substance with mainstream rap….there isn’t. I want to be a part of the movement that brings substance and lyricism back to the game.

  • Who are your biggest influences when you write?

My favorite rapper ever is Slug from Atmosphere. I also listen to a lot of Aesop Rock, Royce Da 5’9″ and Slaughterhouse as well. Of course Eminem, Biggie, Tupac and a ton of Rock/Metal bands. I am very influenced to write raps after listening to metal, don’t ask me [how], but that’s how it works for me.

  • How many albums/mixtapes have you released and which are out now?

In total five albums and I just released my first mixtape, “Holding It Down Vol.1”,  this past week. I have a few features with some of my favorite artists in South Jersey coming out and coming in July, I have my next album titled “The Influence” coming.

  • What makes Hip-Hop in South Jersey different from the other areas of NJ?

The mix of different styles, you got the college kid hip hop, the street shit and everything in between. I have a few artists in the area I really look up too, and its all for different reasons. This scene is about to blow up! This area is on its f—ing grind right now!

  • What do you like best about it?

The dedication, and the loyalty the artists show each other. I like that you [can] do a show with a dope artist and they like you, they show love. They book you on the next one, tell their friends about you download the stuff, everything. Everybody has each others backs and its great cause without each other this s–t don’t work.

  • What local artist are you listening to nowadays?

Rich Quick, Skrewtape, Trippy Trip, J-Dubs, John and Brittany (A Philly rock band, check them out they are amazing)

  • If you could work with any producer and any rapper (dead or alive) who would you choose?

Slug…all day, it will happen or I’ll die trying.

  • When is your next show?

I’m playing next Sunday march 10 at the Voltage Lounge in Philly.

Chuck Thomas can be found on Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation and the Resilient Studios SoundCloud.

“Dj Siege Presents: Holdin’ It Down” is Available here

“Pay Attention to Your Intentions.” Words of Wisdom From the Multifaceted Artist, Lah Tere.

There aren’t nearly enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe Lah Tere. She’s a multicultural, humanitarian, activist, emcee, singer and last but not least; a down to earth woman just trying to make the world a better place.

On Feb. 21, Teresita Ayala better known to the world as Lah Tere, spoke at Rowan University’s Student Ballroom in her event titled, “This is For My Barrio: An Afro-Latina Hip-Hop Story”. Touching on a multitude of issues with an eloquent knowledge of the street and the world around her, Tere gave a lecture that her audience would soon not forget.

“When I’m talking about legacy work, and I’m talking about the importance of  ‘Culture is pride and pride is success’, It has everything to do with our ancestors, that were the people who helped pave the way… and this is my duty, this is my responsibility to share and be an oral tradition.”- Lah Tere

Discussing her roots in music, education, activism, and social change, Lah Tere divulged into the various aspects of her life that helped shape who she is today. A native of Chicago’s famous Humboldt Park, Tere was born a 1st generation Afro-Puerto Rican to a family with an immense educational background.

Through family struggles and a toxic environment where success is everything but promised, Tere strived to make it out of the ghetto. She said, “It was either be or beat the statistic “, as she spoke to the audience with such ease about extremely personal issues. She even noted the loss of 14 friends in of 4 years, as a result of violence in her neighborhood.

Regardless of the adversity she faced, even the doubt of her own school counselor, Tere was able to make it to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, with a Major in Spanish and Sociology. Although family trouble would require her to leave during her last semester, Tere would soon move to New York City in 2006 and would go on to join the Group, Rebel Diaz.

Consisting of Chilean brothers, “Rodstarz” and”G1″, and Lah Tere; they formed a Hip-Hop Group with a political, yet positive message of change and social awareness. During their time together, they managed to travel through many different parts of the world and released a great deal of music together.

Libertad – Rebel Diaz

Crush – Lah Tere

After 6 years with Rebel Diaz, Lah Tere left the group to pursue other endeavors. One of which was the co-founding of “Mama’s Hip-Hop Kitchen” which is best described by their About Us page as a, “multifaceted hip hop event designed to showcase women artists, especially women of color.” Coincidentally The 6th volume of the series will take place this Saturday in the Bronx, NY.

She also shared with the crowd her life changing experiences through her times living abroad in Palestine and Guatemala. Tearfully presenting a video of the young Guatemalan children she stayed with, singing and dancing to a song they choreographed. The Lives of those innocent children were clearly her motivation to continue to strive further in life.

Tere, ended her presentation on a positive note, taking questions from the curious audience.  “I think it was pretty cool like how she got out of that crazy situation she was in Chicago…It’s very inspirational that she became a famous person and then still wants to give back”, said Roque Valderrama, an 18-year-old Sociology major from Dover, NJ. Also stating that he became more motivated to study abroad because of the impact other countries had on Lah Tere’s life.

I thought it was amazing, her experiences are very unique.” said senior Akinlolu Olla, a 22-year-old Psychology major from Bloomfield, NJ. “I live in north Jersey so you have such a mix of  African Immigrants, a lot of people from the Caribbean, a lot of people from Puerto Rico so all that culture is refreshing to me “, said Olla, sharing his feelings of cultural reinvigorated.

We need more people like Lah Tere in the world. People with a positive message, who want to change the world through innovative methods of communication and positivity. For more info, check out:

Twitter: @LahTere

Facebook: Lah Tere

ReverbNation: Lah Tere

*This event was Sponsored by several student organizations here at Rowan including: the Progressive Student Alliance, the United Latino Association, Lucy/Vox*, the Sociology Club, Lyrical Alliance the Office of Multicultural Affairs.*

Say What Sundays (New Music,Concerts and Videos… and an angry Kanye!)

  • Long Live The Legend: More Posthumous Tupac Material

New Music

New Documentary

  • New Video: Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar Feat. Drake
  • Upcoming Shows in the Area

-French Montana

Thursday Feb. 28, 9pm

Theatre of Living Arts – Philly, PA

-Meek Mill

Thursday April 4, 8pm

Tower Theatre

Upper Darby, PA

-Trinidad James

Tuesday March 5, 8pm

Theatre Of Living Arts – Philly, PA

-Tyler “The Creator”

Sunday March 24, 9pm

Theatre of Living Arts – Philly, PA

  • New Music: “One of Those Nights” – Juicy J Feat. The Weeknd

Never the one one to stay quiet, Kanye  decides to shares a few choice words to an audience in London.

“Don’t believe me, just watch” (What to Expect in The Next few Months)

We are five weeks into the spring semester here at Rowan University and it already feels as if there is not enough time to do everything in store for this blog. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way.I have plenty of ideas and the possibilities are endless. For now, here what we got up our sleeves.

“Say What?!” Sundays

Sundays will comprise of a quick review of the week’s new music, music videos and news, you know, in case you missed it. Links will be placed for all media.

Event Coverage (Open mics, cyphers, battles, concerts and the like)

If we can make it, we shall post it. This upcoming Thursday, I encourage everyone to go check out, “This Is For My Barrio: An Afro-Latina Hip-Hop Story! “. This event is going to take place here at Rowan in the Student Ballroom Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3. Lah Tere, an Afro-Puerto Rican humanitarian and female emcee from Chicago, will speak about the many different aspects of her life and experiences as a humanitarian and activist.

Album Reviews & Columns

I will review new albums an let you know whether they are worth buying. We will also take the occasional trip down memory lane and over some old releases that could use a listen. I will also go over issues when the occasion arises.

Profiles of SJ/Philly Artists

There’s talent everywhere, all you have to do is look. SjBRL will seek, up and coming artist around the area and take a glimpse into their music and aspirations.

Rowan Polls

What are Rowan students listening to nowadays and why? Through polls and good old fashion “man on the street” techniques, we will find out just what Rowan students are (or aren’t) listening to.

“Say What?!” Sundays (A Quick Overview of Some of This Week’s Events)

When it comes to news, so much happens in a such a short time, it’s nearly impossible to take note of EVERYTHING that going on around you. Luckily, you have SjBRL here to sort some of that craziness out for your viewing pleasure.

New Music:

-Truly Yours EP & New Single – J. Cole

Earlier this week J. Cole released a Free EP Titled, Truly Yours.  This EP was released without any prior announcement and is available over at J. Cole’s Blog, Dreamvillain. This 5 track extended play features previously unreleased music, as well as songs that did not make the cut for his upcoming album, Born Sinner. The first single “Power Trip” featuring Miguel, was also released several days later. Check out Elliot Wilson‘s review of the EP on his video series, The Truth.

-Tyler “The Creator” New Single & Album

Odd Future’s Tyler “The Creator” released the video For the song “Domo 23“, off of his new album Wolf. According to Hip Hop DX, this album is set for an April 2nd release. The video features Tyler fighting as luchador against a heavyset opponent, as the rest of the Odd Future gang make sporadic appearance throughout the video (Note: Look for Earl Sweatshirt). There is also a snippet of the song “Bimmer” Featuring Frank Ocean.

For Professional Use Only – AraabMuzik

After releasing several songs over his SoundCloud, producer/Destoryer-of- MPC’s (There’s too many videos to just link just one), AraabMuzik officially released the mixtape, For Professional Use Only. This collection of instrumentals is available on Live Mixtapes, free of charge. This compilation features new music, as well as instrumental versions of songs that he has produced for other artists (I.e “Words of A Chameleon“, “Hammer Dance“, “Street Knock” ). Click on the cover art below to listen to the magic.


Lil Wayne Karate Chop Controversy

Lil Wayne has landed himself in hot water thanks to a line from the remix to Future’s song “Karate Chop”. In the song, he compares a sex act to the Emmet Till Murder. Members of Till’s family have spoken out against the rappers use of the lyric. Singer Stevie Wonder, has also expressed disgust over the lyric. According to the New York Daily News, Epic Records, the label that is home to Future, has released  a statement saying,

“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. … we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version.”

Lil Wayne has yet to speak on the matter. Emmett Till, was a 14-year-old African American who was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955.

Drake’s New Album Title & New Video

During an interview at the Grammys, Drake revealed the title to his forthcoming album to be, Nothing Was The Same.  The video for his new single “Started From The Bottom” (which was originally supposed to be released that night) was also revealed.

Complex: KiD CuDi Feature Story

For the February/March issue of Complex, Kid Cudi (along with Rihanna) are the featured cover story. In the interview, the Cleavland rapper goes over many different topics including the development of his new album, Indicud, his roller coaster of a life and his current outlook as an artist, producer and father.

Feb/Mar 2013 Cover. Photo by JUCO/Complex

That’s all we got for now. For more news and updates, make sure to follow SjBRL on twitter.

The Introduction

Most rap albums have an introduction track that get the ball rolling. Eminem had public service announcements on his first two major albums, while the drop of 2 quarters and a gun being loaded kicked of 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ with a serious bang. Now of course this isn’t an album, its a blog; but what better way to get the ball rolling than an anecdote that the main audience of the blog would understand?

My Name is Ulysses Escobar and this is Beats, Rhymes, Life.

This blog is about Hip-Hop/Rap and the multitude of culture that make it what it is today, Through features, interviews, profiles, album reviews and awesomness, BRL will give a voice to up-and-coming Rap artists that attend Rowan University, as well as the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. It will also take into consideration the important events and random details that seem to happen at an instant in the rap game. For the avid Hip-Hop head or just the occasional listener, this blog will be able to guide you through every step of the way. So In the Immortal words of the Notorious B.I.G.,

If you don’t know, now you know.

There is more to come soon, be sure to stay tuned.

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