Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Jamaal is a 19-year-old up-and-coming emcee out of Leimart Park, California. His music thrives off of relatable material that pertains to love, partying, and other aspects of teenage life. His goal is to inspire his demographic and bring innovation to the Hip hop culture. Many believe the genre needs a breath of fresh air and Jamaal certainly emphasizes that meaning.
His recently released mixtape entitled The Cool Table definitely grasps the feeling of nostalgic teenage memory.
With his project creating a buzz around California, it was necessary to find out what he’s about, and who he’s become. Jamaal exemplifies the pure talent that makes one realize he’s not your every day run of the mill emcee. His versatility is extremely notable, making it hard to be comparable to other emcees. His talent is recognizable enough to earn the first TruHype interview.
PaulMeara.com caught up with Jamaal to talk about his blossoming career, balancing school with emceeing, message and more.
On your band information page, it says that you want to add something new to the culture. In what way do you feel your music is innovative?
Jamaal: I feel as if my music is different in the sense that my music is relatable for my demographic. I’m 19 years old we deal with a lot of things; whether it’s serious, love, or a party album I want to show my versatility which is what I do on “The Cool Table”. That’s why I feel that my music brings something new to the culture.
Both of your parents were probation officers; what was their reaction towards your reaction to make hip hop a main priority?
Jamaal: When I started in 2010, my mother had no idea. We started getting a buzz in L.A. and I felt like she needed to know. Both of my parents were very supportive. They were excited to see how I’ll progress in the hip hop genre.
Was there ONE moment that sparked your love for hip hop and made you realize this is what you want to do?
Jamaal: I’ve been an avid music consumer since I can remember. I grew up on it. I can recall when Drake dropped “So Far Gone”, he alone sparked my interest.
You attend the University of California, how do you balance out school work and hip hop?
Jamaal: It’s tough; you have to take advantage of your free time. I put time into myself after class and write some bars. During winter break and spring break I record, so I find a balance.
What do you personally think is more important, a dream or an education?
Jamaal: Dreams are priceless, if you have one it can be very powerful and uplifting. When you witness someone accomplish their dream, it motivates others around you. Education is extremely stereotypical. You need to do what you love to do and make the best of it.
What message are you trying to portray to your demographic, and where did the inspiration from your messages come from?
Jamaal: The message that I try to portray is that us as young adults go through good and bad. I want that seen in my music and I want people to acknowledge that. I get inspiration from Drake because his music is pretty relatable; he sheds light on his own life, which is what I want to do.
What do you think of the west coast hip hop scene at the moment?
Jamaal: It’s booming; we’re the only portion of the country that has stars, or stars in the making, from Dom Kennedy, Casey Veggies, Nipsey Hussle, YG, hopefully I can throw myself in there, and I think it’s a great time to be from the west coast.
If you had the opportunity to collaborate with one west coast MC, one southern MC, and one east coast MC, who would you choose?
Jamaal: A west coast artist I would love to collaborate with is Dom Kennedy, a southern artist I would love to collaborate with is J. Cole, and an east coast artist I would love to work is A$AP Rocky.
- Kamron Bahani
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Exclusively on PaulMeara.com, Colzie and I are proud to give you the official drop of his debut mixtape The Ice Breaker. Colzie has been working for over a year on the project and this is the final product.
While balancing school and college baseball (Go Bobcats!), Shane Cole also began a rap career, which consists of a shallow catalog but a pretty successful one. The Toronto native has already dropped three music videos in the span of the creation of his debut mixtape and has been performing at shows around Ohio and Canada.
Last week PaulMeara.com dropped Shane's third and latest video Locked Down as well as the album artwork for The Ice Breaker.
Click Here to download Colzie's "The Ice Breaker."
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Gulport, Mississippi's very own Tito Lopez joined me on The Mearablog Podcast to talk about his experiences at SXSW, his newest single "Mama Proud" that just hit MTV and his cosigns by both Dr. Dre and Organized Noize. Tito also says that he will be releasing an official album by year's end, most likely by the summer time. You can see the full podcast episode Here, on YouTube, or check it out in the iTunes Music Store search: The Mearablog Podcast.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
A day after we released Colzie's newest music video Locked Down off his debut mixtape "The Ice Breaker," Colzie and I thought it would be appropriate to also drop the album artwork for this joint too. Below is the front and back cover for the album and included on the back insert is the track listing for the project.
"The Ice Breaker" will also drop exclusively on PaulMeara.com on Sunday, March 25th. Just thought we'd give you a little taste first. If you missed the drop of Colzie's newest video "Locked Down," you can see it here.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Slated for release on March 25th, "The Icebreaker" will be Colzie's first official mixtape and will also be exclusively released on The Mearablog.
You can see the full Locked Down video below:
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Hip hop music is a genre that can progress towards new age, old school, and modern sound through different varieties of style. There’s potential in any emcee to put his pen to the pad and create a piece of music that’s surrounded by enticing production, confounding lyrics, and a staggering flow. What puzzles Hip hop fans is the path of succession white emcees have followed in the independent rap scene. With an extreme change in today's Hip hop audience, the white emcee is starting to do more than just fit in.
In 1990, Vanilla Ice dropped the song that makes us all cringe, Ice Ice Baby. Let’s be honest, nobody respected this dude; not just because he was white, but also due to the fact that he couldn't rap. Many Hip hop fans felt as if it was a backhand to the culture; placing a white “rapper” in the middle of an African American culture.
In the case of Mac Miller, who is officially the world’s number one independent Hip hop artist, he most likely wouldn’t have been given a second look either. Originally, Hip hop was meant as a mouthpiece for the underprivileged minority both socially and economically. Today, it still is, but it's become a megaphone for many more.
When 1996 came around, Eminem was introduced to the world. When his album Infinite dropped, critiques were provoked in spite of his complexion, not his talent. What the fans of Hip hop didn’t know was that the genre would forever change. Fan skepticism quickly converted from excluding him to including him. The world of Hip hop started looking past his complexion; listening to the violent, comical and touching words he spoke in a diversely intricate flow. When the Slim Shady LP was released in February, 1999, it sold 283,000 copies within its opening week. Fans started to realize that Hip hop needs him; he was finally looked upon as a father figure for Hip hop music, being the first white emcee to actually be widely accepted amongst a predominately black audience.
The beautiful thing about Hip hop music is the realization of how much it’s progressed. Now everyone's story is heard; 2012 is a perfect example of this.
Action Bronson, Rhymesayers ENT, R.A. The Rugged Man, Apathy, Iron Solomon, Diabolic and plenty of other white emcees are dominating the independent Hip hop music scene. It shows how much Hip hop culture has really changed. Today everyone is given a chance and skill is skill, no matter who you are.
Hip hop now is what America was in the early 1900’s; a melting pot. White, Black, Spanish, Asian now coincide within the basis of skill, hard work and dedication above everything else. Not all white emcees given shine are talented and same goes for the African American emcee. Everyone is now given an opportunity and this is the meaning of progression. - Kamron Bahani
Monday, March 19, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
DXnext: Joey BadA$$ Breaks Down Golden-Era Sound Influence & Intentions, Support From Mac Miller & Rapsody
Monday, March 12, 2012
Florida raised, New York-bread hip-hop MC Nitty Scott, MC joins to discuss her newest upcoming EP the Boombox Diaries, Vol. 1, dispelling the term "femcee," standing out in the Hip hop industry and more. You can see the full podcast episode Here, on YouTube, or check it out in the iTunes Music Store search: The Mearablog Podcast.