3 Dope songs from LA Rapper Ak’sent

aksentAk’Sent aka  Krystle Kantrece Johnson is from LA..I remember when she first hit the scene around ’05, ’06, she looked like she was ready to be that main person everyone was checking for.. But then she disappeared.. Not sure what happened, but her music was dope and as an emcee she was up there..

Her father is of African-American descent, while her mother is of Mexican descent. Ak’Sent grew up quickly thanks to a rough childhood.Her father was an aspiring rapper caught up in the gang lifestyle and was killed in a gang shooting when she was four years old, and with her mother unable to support her on her own, she was sent to live with her grandparents in South Central, Los Angeles. Ak’Sent was signed to Capitol Records when she was only 16. Since then she has worked with a number of well-known professionals such as The Jugganauts, DJ Quik, & Beenie Man. Ak’Sent aims to avoid the glorification of violence and prefers to think of Hip-Hop as a form of “street poetry.” Her first album, International, was released on September 26, 2006. She released her second album Gem-In-I under the Avex label. It was released on July 16, 2008 in Japan only. She is currently recording her third album and a mixtape.

Although Ak’Sent signed to a major label when she was only 16 years old, her African-American/Latino background had her wondering where to fit in. Adding to her challenges, rap music wasn’t allowed in her grandparent’s house, but as Ak’Sent learned more about her father’s hip-hop aspirations, she decided she should carry on in his honor. She eventually spent time in several R&B-based girl groups and began dance training with Debbie Allen. One showcase at the age of 16 had the young multi-talent signed to Capitol and working with the production duo The Jugganauts. Ak’Sent was especially excited about the Caribbean-styled beats the Jugganauts were working on, and soon she was writing a series of dancehall numbers. One was the future hit “Zingy”, featuring guest star Beenie Man, who Ak’Sent herself had chosen because she was a huge fan. Her debut International landed in 2006 with a Spanish-language remix of “Zingy” and an ode to her departed father titled “My Life”.

source wikipedia.. for more info on Ak’sent go to http://www.aksent.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ffnf5ohN6w

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3 Dope Songs from Bay Area Emcee Rocky Rivera

press the link below to listen to our Hard Knock Radio intv w/ Rocky Rivera

 Rocky Rivera

Rocky Rivera is an accomplished journalist-turned-emcee whose editorials appeared in XXL, The Source and Rolling Stone Magazine before she decided to pursue an artist’s life.  Trading her moleskines for microphones, she’s dropped three musical projects since 2008, Married to the Hustle Mixtape, the self-titled album, Rocky Rivera, and the recent POP KILLER MXTP.  Her debut album was released in 2010 and since then, has garnered critical acclaim and press coverage from VIBE, 2DopeBoyz.com, Refinery29, and numerous music blogs across the web.

In 2012, Rocky became the only female artist at the VIBE HOUSE’s Respect The West Showcase at the SXSW Festival, sharing the stage with West Coast favorites such as Nipsey Hussle, Strong Arm Steady, Snoop Dog and Kendrick Lamar.

In the past, she’s opened up for diverse artists such as Zion-I, Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Pac Div and dead prez.

For more info check for at http://www.rockyrivera.com/

Below is my Hard Knock Radio intv w/ Rocky Rivera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgZ1r_xLjkM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvpu75gSaxM

This is one of my favorite songs from Rocky.. Lyrics are revolutionary and deep..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evrJJkUHZ4Y

 

 

 

3 Dope Songs from Spanish Rapper Arianna Puello

Arianna PuelloArianna Puello or Ari is a Spanish rapper of Dominican descent. Her single “Juana Kalamidad” reached number six on the Spanish Singles Chart. She lived in Dominican Republic before moving to Salt when she was 8 years old. She started out in the world of hip hop in 1993 when she recorded a song with a friend, and later joined a band with Bano known as N.O.Del KRIB (Nacidos Originalmente del Karibe).

After they split up, she joined another band, Discípulos del Micro, but she had her first hit with a collaboration on El Meswy‘s first album, Mujer chunga. In 1998, she released her first solo album, El tentempié . Her latest album is Kombate o Muere (Zona Bruta)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kt8laXBjZE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiAP5yyEQsY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBQ-rMtWgd4