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Baltimore-bred Sullee Justice (also known as Sullee J) has amassed a huge following across the globe with his addictive lyrical ability, authentic attitude, and positive message. Able to resonate with his fans on a personal level, Sullee J continues to grow as an individual who not only allows himself to be a role model but an open book in order to establish an unbreakable bond. As he continues to soar, Sullee J unveils his latest effort, Spear.

Self-proclaimed “powerful” project, Spear is a 13-track effort that sees the rising star lyricism sharper than ever before. Featuring guest appearances from KXNG Crooked and Beast 1333, the fifth installment in the Sullee J catalog is his most revealing project to-date. Equipped with positive vibes and battle-tested lyrics, Sullee J latest project features leading singles, “Reborn”, “David Blaine”, and “Ya’ll Don’t Understand”.

Stream Sullee Justice New Album, Spear, courtesy of Spotify.

Steel sharpens steel, Sullee J is formidable and smart lyrically on the Spear as he matches impressive verse for impressive with notable guest lyricists on the project. Sullee J honors tradition with his raw, aggressive, and slick style of nursery rhyming. It’s his confidence that stands out majority of the project, Sullee may not be the best lyricist right now or all time; however, boasting and strong-arming bars on various tracks would convince he doesn’t know otherwise. In the end, not only earning the respect but demanding it and happily receiving it from critics following the project’s conclusion.

Sensation lyrical abilities overshadowed Spear‘s underwhelming production. While Sullee J is able to shine on any production with his prowess, he falls into the same pitfalls as most Hip-Hop purists with beat selection. Sonically, the project is a similar fit behind the boards and stays within the guidelines and plays it safe. Nothing against the quality of the production; however, Sullee J simply outperforms, driving the attention solely onto him.

Spear‘s is built on entertaining the rising star’s referred unfamiliar lyricism. It was clear from the progressive beginning that Sullee J was making a bold statement as a formidable lyricist. Skilled, knowledgable, and custom craftsmanship, the Baltimore-bred could be the spark of the boiling pot for Hip-Hop similar to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York. On Spear, Sullee J accomplished an promising accolade that many new artists difficult to obtain; not be overlooked. Safe to say that the competition will surely be paying close attention to the up-and-coming artist after listening to Spear.

Rating: 8/10

Highlights: Lyricism

Follow Sullee Justice on Twitter: @sulleejustice

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Please tell us what exact area code you represent? How long have you been making music? How did you come up with your emcee name?

I represent 732 (Franklin Township, New Jersey), but I am originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. I have been making hip-hop music since the mid-80s. My emcee name is also my producer name, and Big Stacks represents that volumes of vinyl records I have collected during my lifetime. I am an avid record collector across many genres, which comes across in the variety of sample sources in my production.

What influenced you to become a Hip Hop artist? What were the main factors that got you into, quote on quote, “Underground Hip Hop”?!

I became a hip-hop artist as a natural progression from being a drummer, and later on, a DJ. I started out on the beat tip by making pause-button beat tapes using a cassette player. My interest in underground hip-hop started from being a fan of hip-hop music in general. I was drawn to the more ‘underground’ acts back in the day such as Mantronix, The Ultramagnetic MCs, Tuff Crew, BDP, The Juice Crew, etc. during my early days because I like that raw, gritty sound. Those artists had a big influence on my overall sound.

How important is it for you to stay ORIGINAL? How would you describe your style? You produced too, right!?

It’s most important for me to stay original because I’m from the era where bitin’ was illegal. I would describe my style as gritty hip-hop with lyrics and substance. The beats should move the listener and be complemented with rhymes that tickle the mind. As a piece of my legacy, I want my music to say something meaningful. All too often these days, my people are bombarded with self-degrading musical content and negativity that tears us down. If I am given a platform where people are listening, then it is my duty to feed their minds and souls. Yes, I produced the album as well, and admittedly, that is my primary thing, though I have dropped ‘cameo’ verses on other artists’ projects for years.

Tell us about the creative process for your new album “Never Favored”!

Typically, I made the beats first and based the lyrical concepts on the music. The exceptions to that are “Man Up”, “Old Heads” (featuring Godxilla & Nite Tyme), “Glad You Came My Way (For Toni)”, and “Poisonous Bars” (featuring Big Ghate & Soma from Greed’s Ultimate Nemesis). I didn’t have beats that fit the sound I wanted for those four songs, so I made them from scratch. Also, I played additional musical tracks live into the recordings, which gives the album a very organic feel (i.e., not all music tracks on each song were pre-produced). Also, I did all the cuts and singing on the album, often coming up with cuts and hooks on the fly.

In 2019, who will be on your personal music rotation playlist!? Any new artists you are listening to?

In my rotation for 2019, I’ll likely be listening the Dirty Ol’ Men (and related projects), Conway, Westside Gunn, Benny, Roc Marciano, Diamond D’s new project, Pete Rock and Skyzoo’s new project, Kev Brown, and a bunch of others. Regarding new artists, I have to catch some since I was on a hiatus working on my album. Some new cats I’ve heard that I’m diggin’ include The Real Skitso, King Mad1One, Halph Breed, and Squad LaRock, off top. Some of these artists aren’t necessarily ‘new’, just not household names yet they have great hip-hop music.

Any new projects and videos you are working on? Planning on a tour anytime soon?

I am working on a beat tape, the follow-up to “The Balance of Power” album with my emcee Nite Tyme, and doing some remix work for a reggae artist named King Ayoola, so I have a lot of production work on my plate. As of now, I have no plans for touring though I am open to performing at some regional shows.

Your TOP 5 Dead Or Alive??!!

In no particular order, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Kool G. Rap, Nas, and Pharoah Monche

Your definition of “Underground Hip Hop”?

It is a raw, gritty hip-hop that’s straight from the heart.

Drop all your music and social media links!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/producerbigstacks/

Twitter: @producerbigsta1

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoTFqK9RF7KOaURXAAD-wBQ

Any shout outs!?

Shouts out to God, my wife, mother, father (RIP), brother (RIP), my neighbor Kev and his family, the guest emcees on the album (Godxilla, Nite Tyme, Big Ghate & Soma from Greed’s Ultimate Nemesis, and Phill Most Chill), Dirty Ol’ Men crew, all the emcees that I’ve produced, all my fans and supporters, and haters for making me stronger. Peace!!!

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Hey C-Black, we would like to thank you for your contribution to underground Hip Hop and keeping the culture alive! Your new album “Unlimited Dreamer” is impressive!!! Please tell us what exact area code you represent? How long have you been making music? How did you come up with your emcee name?

Very much appreciated!! I represent the 973 born and raised! I want a say I have been making music roughly 19 years but been really putting full projects out, videos, shows etc… for about 10 years now. I came up with the emcee name C-black back in high school my close friends would always call me crazy so that’s where the C comes into play, and Black has to just do with a representation of my people of color along with my current brand “Black Poetry”.

What influenced you to become a Hip Hop artist? What were the main factors that got you into, quote on quote, “Underground Hip Hop”?!

I think a lot of things come into factor when talking about influence but mainly the standout is I’ve always since an adolescent has had an itch for writing my thoughts down whether it be in poetry form or just in general. Then as time progressed I started finding myself listening to a lot of 2Pac and realizing that i can somehow match my words to a rhythm or beat. So basically the main factors that got me into “Underground Hip hop” would be, 2Pac, Poetry, and as cliche, as it might sound, Life.

How important is it for you to stay ORIGINAL? How would you describe your style?

I think staying Original is “very” important, a big key factor in Hip Hop. If I could describe my style it would definitely be “original”, “versatile”, “thought-provoking”

Tell us about the creative process for your new album “Unlimited Dreamer”!

I approached this project with the mindset of someone who refuses to let go of their dreams. In retrospect lets say, an “Unlimited Dreamer’ is someone who continues to dream or chase they’re dreaming for so long that it eventually becomes reality. I took that outlook and built the album around it.

C-Black "Smooth Jazz" Official video - C-Black - YouTube

In 2019, who will be on your personal music rotation playlist!? Any new artists you are listening to?

In 2019 the artist that will be on my personal playlist would have to be Silent Knight, J Cole, Big Krit , Nas, Kendrick Lamar.  Yes, one of the new artists I am listening to is Authentik, a dope R&B singer out of Jersey!

Any new projects and videos you are working on? Planning on a tour anytime soon?

Currently working on my next project titled “Black Poetry Vol 2” and getting ready to release the video in about another week to “Untouchable” off of “Unlimited Dreamer” shot by Bpplz.  I have been in talks with the creative collectives that I work with about setting up a little “Black Poetry” tour but right now it’s just in the talks, we will see what manifests going forward!

Your TOP 5 Dead Or Alive??!!

TOP 5 Dead or Alive:
1.2Pac
2. Nas
3.Mos Def
4.Biggie
5.J Cole

Your definition of “Underground Hip Hop”?

My definition of “Underground Hip Hop” would have to be, “Raw”, “Untampered”, “Original”

Drop all your music and social media links!

Links:
www.twitter.com/OfficialC_Black
www.facebook.com/GardenStateBandit
www.instagram.com/gardenstatebandit_
www.cblack.band
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/cblack4

Any shout outs!?

I want to shout out Undergroundhiphop.com for the constant support and always providing a good platform for all underground artist, I also want to shoutout Bpplz, Silent Knight, Fest Beatz, and every inspiring underground artist! Keep Building!!

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Rikkie 2991, where are you originally from and how long have you been making music?

I lived on the north and south side of Chicago during my childhood and first started making music at 16.

As part of Spice Gang and being the main producer, how many project have you guys dropped with your beats?

We have a lot in store, but as far as what has been released, 6 joints.

CANON-BALL [ft. James Cam'Ron] - SoundCloud
(163 secs long, 84 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Congrats on the new single, Canon-Ball” featuring James Cam’Ron. Break down that single in a few words?

Pure. Unadulterated. Energy.

How did you link up with James Cam’Ron?

We have actually been working together for almost a decade and we met through a mutual we both no longer associate with.

If you don’t mind sharing, how do you make your beats? What kind of samples or techniques you use to make those hits?

I use Ableton Live and use my knowledge from playing in bands to produce. I sample rarely and if I do its usually a movie/video game quote or something.

I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING - SoundCloud
(138 secs long, 92 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Let’s talk about your SXSW 2019 run! Where you performing at? Any specific showcases?

At the Palm Door on 6th street! super excited as I’ve never been to Texas. Shout out swank pr for making that happen! Spice by Spice Fest, be there!!

Any new music in the works for the rest of the year?

I have a new single “SWERVE” ft. James Cam’Ron coming and an EP or 2 in coming months.

As you know, this is a underground site. What’s your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Anything “counter culture” rap music is really pop music at this point so anything from a FUBU standpoint {for us, by us} and not necessarily aimed for mass consumption. anything truly for the culture.

THEY'RE NOT DOLLS, THEY'RE ACTION FIGURES - SoundCloud
(194 secs long, 160 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Where can fans find more of your music?

At RIKKIE 2991 on all platforms.

Lastly, any shout outs?

Shout out Spice Gang, Swank PR, Mayor Money, Boot Camp Radio, 4 The Real Radio, and the Que and Styles show.

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When is comes down to the new era sound with that gritty lyrical style, we got to give it up to Los Angeles based rapper on the rise, Show Luciano.  We came across his new EP “Reasonable Clout” as we saw his viral video campaign backed by Worldstar and No Jumper for “Lit Papi”.  We were a bit skeptical at first, but we love it when we dive deep into somebody’s project and find gems that resonate with underground heads like us.

“Reasonable Cloutis a 10-track EP meaning he has a lot of more music coming in the near future.  The intro “Goat Simulator” is a banger to start the project, and as soon as “Real Life Player Shi*” came on, you automatically can tell the diversity of different styles of music you are about to encounter.

I would love to pick one song off the project I would put on my personal playlist, but there is a handful of them so I will pick 3.  It would come down to “So Tired”,  “Declaration”, and “22018” purely based on the raw lyricism on those songs.  Underground heads need to check out those jams.

It’s also refreshing to stumble across songs like “So Ghetto”, a song that definitly is on a overall musical tip.  We give this project a 8/10, definitely a higher score then expected after our first impression of Show with “Lit Papi”.  But I get it, many times dope lyricists need to make a commercial style single to garner attention, and once the attention is gained, you hit that audience with pure dopeness with the intention of turning the clout chasing youth into real Hip Hop heads.  “Reasonable Clout” accomplishes that mission in our books.

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Grieves - I'll Be Better feat. JAGA (Official Video) - YouTube

Rising Rhymesayers signed underground Hip Hop artist Grieves drops his new single and music video titled, “I’ll Be Better” featuring JAGA.  Grieves delivers a melancholy reflection on the tropes of heartbreak, letting go of the old and making room for the new. “I’ll Be Better” returns to what drew Grieves to hip-hop in the first place, and has since become his signature style—truthful and relatable storytelling. Directed by Justin Frick, the music video follows Grieves on a surreal march to a psych ward.

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DJ DX - "Run Bro" Ft. Nadia Gold (Prod. By Dirty Fingaz) - YouTube

Jersey City lyricist/producer DJ DX premieres his newest single “Run Bro” featuring Nadia Gold, a soul singer from Utah, a political comeback song with a beat produced by Dirty Fingaz.

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This is the highly anticipated collab album between East Coast supergroup CZARFACE & the legendary Ghostface Killah. They first teamed up on the banger “Savagely Attack” off of CZARFACE’s self-titled debut back in 2013 but now almost a year after the trio’s collab album with MF DOOM titled CZARFACE Meets Metal Face, they’re following it up by doing a collab album with Tony Starks himself.

CZARFACE - Iron Claw Ft. Ghostface killah - YouTube

After the “Back at the Ringside” intro, the first song “Face Off” sees CZAR & Ghost really suiting the title over an eerie beat. The track “Iron Claw” tells their competition not to push them over an El-P inspired instrumental while the song “Czarrcade ‘87” is a CZAR solo cut where Esoteric & Inspectah Deck get confrontational over an ominous beat. The track “Powers & Stuff” reunite with Ghost to brag about their skills over an apocalyptic beat while the song “Masked Superstars” continues the lyrical themes of the previous joint over a more boom bap beat.

The track “Morning Ritual” has a somber beat & the storytelling is vivid, but I’m confused as to way Inspectah Deck doesn’t appear on it at all. The song “Super Soldier Serum” gets boastful over an electro-tinged beat while “The King Heard Voices” gets murderous over a perfectly fitting instrumental. The track “Listen to the Color” is another CZAR cut that could’ve been on any of their first 3 albums & before things close out with the “(Post Credits Scene)” outro, the final song “Mongolian Beef” is a lyrical onslaught with a doomsday-sounding beat.

CZARFACE X GHOSTFACE KILLAH - MONGOLIAN BEEF *official video* Wu-Tang Clan - YouTube

From front to back, it definitely lives up to the hype. It could’ve been a little longer & used a couple features, but the production & chemistry between CZAR & Ghost is almost on par with  the DOOM collab that came out 11 months ago.

Score: 8/10

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Benji - "Keep On Climbing" | MIC SESSION - YouTube

Boston/Los Angeles based underground Hip Hop artist Benji stops by to lace another #MicSession campaigning his latest single, “Keep On Climbing”.

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The Legion - Drop the Beat (Official Video) - YouTube

Rising Bronx, NY based underground Hip Hop group The Legion releases their new video titled “Drop The Beat“.  Off their new album “Three The Bronx Way“.

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