3 Dope Songs From Farrah Burns…She Speaks Fluent Hip Hop

Farrah Burns

Farrah Burns

If you haven’t heard of this sista Farrah Boule Burns, you need to..especially if you love Hip Hop. I say this not be too cliché, but on the real this woman spits fire, from the heart and will seriously move you..She’s of Haitian Cuban descent and according to her Facebook page, she speaks fluent Hip Hop..

She noted in a recent interview with Amour Creole Magazine:

I understood it (Hip Hop) as a language first, then as a culture, and it made complete sense and was worth preserving. In order to preserve a culture you can’t allow a language to die. So I set the plan in motion cleared out my savings, got it trademarked and became a business.

She would later rock ‘I Speak Fluent Hip Hop’ t-shirts and hoodies’.

If there’s any doubt about Farrah’s ability to speak the Hip Hop language, I invite you to peep the video below ‘New York Sate of Mind‘.. Now if you’re gonna take a classic song from Nas, you better come correct.. Farrah does this by playing the role of 7 emcees..She does with no emcee has ever done.. she manage to take a Nas song and make it her own..


Her single  “Shot Gun Wedding” is a power house that will shake your soul… Based on a true story she depicts a tale of her father and his insecurities about complexion. The song really hits home as she paints a vivid picture of the many problems we face today Light skin vs Dark skin.

Farrah teamed up with the insanely talented Producer Kurser Fabrice to launch the Shot Gun Wedding Movement. When asked what the movement represents she replied “Shot Gun Wedding” is more than just a song, it’s raising awareness and encouraging open discussions at the dinner table. These are the same issues that’s rocking our foundation now. I want to do what the Cosby’s did for me but it in a hip hop way”


Her first Album Oval Metal landed her the Under Ground Music Awards for Best Female Rapper. The single of the same name skillfully borrows from Nina Simone as Farrah does what so many emcees have stopped doing, move us with some passionate words about a dilemma of the hear she’s facing.. We included the studio version as well as her rocking a live performance in Brooklyn..



If your digging this sister the way that I am.. I encourage you to check out her soundcloud page and make sure her music is on your ipads, in your serato and permanently stuck in your heart and mind.. Follow her on twitter @FarrahBurns.. Check our her Sound Cloud page at  https://soundcloud.com/farrahburns

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



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





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)