Freestyle 101

Freestyle 101: Trife da God


Posted December 4, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Trife da God »

We here at G4 love all that is Wu Tang. TheFeed loves to write about Wu Tang Clan news, and Freestyle 101 is thrilled anytime we can get a Wu related artist on the show. So image our excitement when we scored a session with Trife da God of Ghostface Killah’s Theodore Unit crew. Plus, we’re airing it the day Ghostface’s new album, The Big Doe Rehab, is released, which features Trife on several cuts, and a week before Wu Tang's 8 Diagrams hits stores.

Known for his blazing verses alongside the likes of Saigon, Bone Crusher, Raekwon, Cappadonna, Nate Dogg and Termanology, Trife is knows for bringing heat to the booth with his razor sharp lyrics and deadly punchlines. While on tour with Ghostface and Rakim, Trife Diesel was kind enough to stop by the Engine Room in Hollywood to bang out a tasty freestyle over a funky Messiaz beat and chat about the pressure of rockin’ the mic. He even through in references to Transformers, Blades of Glory, Karate Kid, and He-Man for all y'all movie buffs.

Stay tuned for upcoming editions of Freestyle 101 with Project Blowed’s Thirsty Fish, The Pack, Def Jux’s Hangar 18, MC Frontalot, Planet Asia of Cali Agents, Sticky Fingaz of Onyx, and many more every Tuesday at 3 p.m. EST. Plus, peep us on MySpace, check out our behind-the-scenes photos, and rant in our Forums. And make sure to score Trife’s collabo with Ghostface, Put It On The Line, Theodore Unit’s 718, and Ghostface’s The Big Doe Rehab.

Freestyle 101: Tigarah


Posted November 27, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Tigarah »

Japanese rapper Tigarah is truly one of a kind. She’s among the only female MCs on the planet with a major label deal. She’s part of an even smaller group of Japanese rappers on the scene. And she’s realy, really cute! Seriously.

Influenced by electro, pop, hip hop, and Brazilian Baile Funk, Tigarah spent her formative years living in Japan and traveling between Sao Paulo and Rio, where she immersed herself in Brazilian culture and collaborated with local musicians. Shortly after majoring in political science at Keio University, she started writing songs on her own in her tiny room in Tokyo.  In 2003, she met producer MR. D in Rio, with whom she has been recording tracks with since. After self-releasing an EP, the duo landed a record deal in 2006. 

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Freestyle 101: Gift Of Gab


Posted November 20, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Gift of Gab »

Gift of Gab is one of the most respected lyricists in the game. His work as leader of Bay Area vets Blackalicious helped put the alternative rap and backpack scene on the map in the late ‘90s, and their last album, 2005’s The Craft, was rightly heralded as a masterpiece in the league of their heralded album Blazing Arrow. His solo efforts -- 2004’s 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up and 2006’s Supreme Lyricism -- are widely regarded as underground classics, and his new supergroup The Mighty Underdogs, with Lateef The Truth Speaker and Headnodic, is already creating a major buzz. Gab is also member/owner of Quannum Projects, the ultra-hip indie hip hop label responsible for all of his projects as well as those by Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born and Lateef. Yup, the man ain’t afraid of a little hard work.

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Freestyle 101: B5


Posted November 13, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: B5 »

Hot young Bad Boy Records R&B group B5 may not seem like your typical Freestyle 101 guests, but like their new album says, Don’t Talk, Just Listen.

The Breeding brothers’ ages may range from 11 to 17, but they definitely know hip hop. Dustin, Kelly, Patrick, Carnell and Bryan’s self-titled debut CD was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard 200 and peaked at # 7 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop chart. After an alliance with Disney’s High School Musical, the five brothers cut their sophomore effort for P. Diddy’s label, the aforementioned Don’t Talk, Just Listen.

Comin' up in hip hop hotbed Atlanta, the boys in B5 are all rap fans, but it’s Kelly who does the spittin'. He also happens to be a G4tv fan and big gamer, so we were delighted when he spit some rhymes about everything from Halo 3, Gears of War, Super Smash Bros., Splinter Cell and Heavenly Sword, over a dope Bruce Yi beat outside the Engine Room in Hollywood. 

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Freestyle 101: Mr. Tan


Posted November 6, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Mr Tan »

Rapper Mr. Tan has been in the game for a minute, having started off as part of the duo Da Phat Pak with Ms. Toi (she of Ice Cube’s “We Can Do It”) before they were both enlisted in the all-star group Militia. Alongside Lord G, Diz and Deviuz, the duo scored a major hit with the West Coast anthem “Burn” off their self-titled major label debut. A few years later they changed their name to Militia All-Stars and released the indie effort, Comin At Cha. Along the way, Tan toured as a hype man with Tash of Tha Liks, rapped alongside heavyweights such as Kool Keith, Snoop Dogg and Tyryse, and co-starred in the film Baby Boy. You can score his latest mix CD, Hey, Hey People “I’m A Party Person”, via his MySpace page.

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Freestyle 101: Myka 9


Posted October 30, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Myka 9 »

Myka 9 is known as one of the best freestyle rappers ever. Point blank. Most every West Coast MC we have had on Freestyle 101 cites him as one of the killers. From his early days spittin’ at The Good Life Café in downtown L.A. to his years with underground legends Freestyle Fellowship alongside Aceyalone, Self Jupiter, and Freestyle 101 alumni P.E.A.C.E., to his projects like Project Blowed and Haiku D E'Tat, the man has blessed audiences around the world with his complex wordplay, intricate flow and awesome voice.

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Freestyle 101: Glasses Malone »

Watts native Glasses Malone is being called the new King of the West thanks to his fiery flow, gangsta lyrics and hard as nails attitude. His gravely voice may be reminiscent of Compton’s The Game, but his intricate wordplay and street politics are more Kool G Rap than Eazy-E. In fact, Glasses was actually part of Game’s Black Wall Street clique before splitting and signing with Sony for 1.7 million dollars in 2005. However, label politics found the MC migrating to Cash Money Records via Mack 10’s Hoo-Bangin' Records. The resulting album, Beach Cruiser, is schedule for release this November. You can also catch him on the soundtrack to Madden 2007 via the Scott Storch-produced song "Right Now," and on his upcoming collaboration album with Mistah F.A.B. called The Sideshow.

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Freestyle 101: Bizarre


Posted October 16, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Bizarre »

As a founding member of Eminem’s group D12, Bizarre is a well respected MC and freestyler. He came up in the Detroit underground scene alongside artists like the aforementioned great white hope, Royce the 5’9, Insane Clown Posse, Kid Rock, Esham and King Gordy (who gets a shout-out here).

With his new album, Blue Cheese ‘n’ Coney Island, out this month and a stint on MTV’s Celebrity Rap Superstar, Bizarre was on the promo tip when he joined us at the Engine Room in Hollywood to shoot Freestyle 101. He even brought along his buddy Gam, who spit some tasty off-the-dome rhymes of his own, as well. They spouted off on everything from drugs, girls, his belly, Youtube and the ol' Xbox.

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Freestyle 101: Master P & Romeo »

When Freestyle 101 got word that Southern rap pioneer Master P would be stopping by to hit the booth and bust a rhyme, we were beyond excited. We’ve been bumping his No Limit albums for over a decade now and were delighted to see him get some mainstream exposure when he appeared on Dancing With The Stars last year. But when we learned that he’d be bringing his teenage son Romeo (star of the Nick TV show Romeo!) with him for a father/son freestyle, we knew we were gonna witness something special. And special it was…

Promoting their Miller Boyz collaboration album Hip Hop History and P’s self-help book Guaranteed Success, the dynamic duo stepped into the booth to spit over a bouncin’ Messiaz beat, shouting out Xbox, their new Take A Stand Records label, their P. Miller shoe line, and encouraging kids to read a dang book (damn good advice, me thinks). Coming right off the top of the head, these two pros showed that once you step in the booth it don’t matter if you’re season vet or an up and comer as long as you bring it!

Stay tuned for future Freestyle 101s with Bizarre of D-12, Glasses Malone, Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship, and many more every Tuesday at 3 p.m. EST. make sure to check us on MySpace, enjoy our behind-the-scenes-photo gallery and our Freestyle Forums.

Freestyle 101: Cormega


Posted October 2, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Cormega »


Hip hop heads first heard of Queensbridge, New York rapper Cormega when Nas shouted him out on "One Love" on 1994's Illmatic then put him on "Affirmative Action" on the follow-up, It Was Written. Industry politics kept his debut album, The Testament, from being released until almost a decade after being recorded, so fans didn’t get an official debut from the MC until 2001’s The Realness. He followed with True Meaning, the rarities collection Hustler/Rapper, and the compilation Legal Hustle. Since then he has released a collaboration album with Lake called My Brother's Keeper, has an all-instrumental collection called The Legal Hustle Presents Got Beats out on October 23, and a CD/DVD entitled Who Am I? out on November 20.

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Freestyle 101: Sean Kingston


Posted September 25, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Sean Kingston »

When Freestyle 101 got the opportunity to book 17-year-old hip-pop sensation Sean Kingston, we considered it a major coup. I mean, the guy just had the #1 single in the country and his debut album debuted #1 on the Billboard charts. This is MAJOR for us. 

But when he walked in, chose the most gangsta beat in the Messiaz arsenal, and rapped like an NYC street vet, we realized this was a coup for entirely different reasons. SEAN KINGSTON CAN RAP! And I don’t mean that dancehall sing-rap style you hear on “Beautiful Girls.” The dude can spit street sh*t like a pro, has a mean style in the vein of Jay-Z or Memphis Bleek, flows like hot lava, and still manages to throw in a killer chorus hook on the spot! The best part is that he’s rapping so hard, yet throws in references to Xbox, Crayola and Sesame Street! To sum it up, Sean Kingston blew us away.

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Freestyle 101: Spider Loc


Posted September 18, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Spider Loc »

G-Unit soldier Spider Loc is on fire right now. He’s featured on the cover of the current issue of The Source, and he just followed up his hit mixtape Connected with The Prequel, which serves as a warm-up for his highly anticipated debut West Kept Secret, which features appearances from the likes of mentor 50 Cent and vet Ice Cube.

Spider was discovered by Suge Knight was briefly affiliated with Death Row Records until meeting G-Unit rapper Young Buck in Atlanta. One impromptu freestyle later, Buck introduced him to 50 Cent on the set of the "Shorty Wanna Ride" video in Los Angeles, where he spit again and won over the man himself. Months later he was introduced to the  world as the latest member of 50’s hip hop collective. Since then, Spider has since banged out a slew of mixtapes and cameos, creating quite a name for himself in the hip hop game along the way.

Freestyle 101 was lucky enough to get hooked up to this rising MC through the great Ras Kass (good lookin’ out, man), who promised us Spider would kick our ass with a mean off-the-dome rhyme. And he was right. Consider our ass kicked!

A new Freestyle 101 goes up every Tuesday at 3:00 pm ET (that’s noon on the west coast). Stay tuned for Sean Kingston, Master P and Romeo, Bizarre of D-12, Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship, Supernatural, Cormega, and many more. Enjoy our behind-the-scenes photo gallery, post in our new Freestyle 101 Forums, visit us on MySpace, and check out our beatmasters, Messiaz.

Freestyle 101: Neila


Posted September 11, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Neila »



Freestyle 101’s exploration of the Los Angeles underground continues with Neila

One of the most poetic MCs on the scene, this Hawaiian born rapper spends her days as a grade school teacher and nights spittin’ rhymes. Her latest album is called For Whom the Bells Crow and features her intricate, melodic flow over artsy, moody beats.

Neila was kind enough to stop by The Engine Room to kick a freestyle about World of Warcraft, Smokin’ Aces and life in Hollywood. There ain’t many females in the rap game these days, so when a lady of her talent stepped in the booth, us manly men at Freestyle 101 were truly in awe. Thanks for coming, Neila.

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Freestyle 101: R.N.S.


Posted September 4, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: R.N.S. »

When one thinks of hip hop hotbeds, they usually list New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago or Philly. But...Palmdale, Calif.? 

Yes, hip hop lives even in the sweltering hot deserts of Palmdale, where rapper R.N.S. learned to flow. Though he recently moved to Los Angeles, R.N.S. still carries the heat and hunger of coming up on the fringes of the Hollywood scene. And along with being a master MC, R.N.S. is a spectacular beatmaker, having recently taken the lead on Rocbattle.com where he pits his beats against other producers around the world.

R.N.S. was kind enough to stop by G4tv to lace us with a rhyme about the rules of freestyling and what it takes to run the spit game. R.N.S. stands for "rhythm 'n' strategy," and one look at this cat in action and you’ll see why.

A new Freestyle 101 goes up every Tuesday at 3:00 pm ET (that’s noon on the west coast). Next up is Neila, then Spider Loc of G-Unit, Sean Kingston, Master P and Romeo, Bizarre of D-12, Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship, and many more. Check out our behind-the-scenes photo gallery, peep us on MySpace and visit our beatmasters, Messiaz.

Freestyle 101: Guru & Solar »

Anyone who knows real hip hop knows legendary New York hip hop duo Gang Starr. And anyone that knows Gang Starr knows the voice behind the wall of sound, the great Guru. He’s rapped over the best beats in the business, courtesy of DJ Premier. He’s spit alongside the greats in hip hop (Rakim, Jadakiss, Talib Kweli, etc.). He’s toured the world with jazz greats with his Jazzmatazz projects. In fact, after starting his own label (7 Grand) and releasing his debut solo effort last year (Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures), Guru has blessed us with Jazzmatazz 4 The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger “Back To The Future", the latest in his series of jazz meets hip hop fusion endeavors. 

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