OCD: MOOSH & TWIST
OCD is an up and coming rap duo straight out of Philadelphia, PA. Their unique progressive hip hop sound has been receiving plenty of attention recently on the East Coast. Still high school seniors, Moosh & Twist are two teens with dreams to change the game in a positive way. Two young men with the drive to make it. Swag.
Ground Up® is a hip-hop trio that resides in Philadelphia. The group members include a producer that goes by Bij Lincs; whose eccentric style and uncanny musical talent is complimentary to the witty wordplay and thoughtful lyrics of the two MC’s, AZAR & MALAKAI. The combination of relentless work as well as a grass-roots marketing strategy has enabled the group to accumulate fans exponentially while simultaneously releasing quality music. Along the way, Ground Up has grown notorious for its live shows; touring at school such as WVU, Temple U, West Chester, UVA, Cornell, Cheyney U, Pittsburgh U, Lincoln U to name a few. Ground Up has also opened up for renowned artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Asher Roth, Rick Ross, Chiddy Bang, The Nappy Roots, Meek Millz, Gucci Mane, and Chris Webby. With the help of their loyal fans, the strong team behind them, and the group’s ability to stay creative, it seems nothing will stop Bij Lincs, AZAR, or MALAKAI from making music their way – from the Ground Up.Support the Ground Up movement!
“The Only Movement in Motion”
I like to think of myself as a warrior, Im just a kid from the south
suburbs of Chicago making my way into the music industry that’s full of
competition and choices. Growing up, I had 2 major influences that lead me
to music. I was inspired by the lyricist that is Eminem and still look up to
him and his work. And I would listen repeatedly to material by Tech N9ne
because of the wordplay he uses. Because of those two guys, I try to be as
intricate as possible and sound unlike anyone else. I write all types of
songs. I do the party songs, but I feel my best material is my up-close and
personal tracks. I switch up the subject and points I’m trying to get across
for every song because I want to have songs that everyone can relate to.
I got a movement that’s called “RidgeReppin”, and its growing day by day.
“RidgeReppin” stands for unity. Teamwork makes the dreamwork and Im just
trying to give back to the people that were there since day 1. I want to be
the person that turns his dream to reality. Im all about connecting with
fans, and I like to make my presence known every time I hit the stage. I
like to bring the energy and to get the crowd going, that’s what I’m all
about. I’m doing everything I possibly can to get this music to where it
needs to be, and in 2014 I’m going to put in the work.
Jordan Looney was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his strong Midwest ties shines through in his music. Having finished up his final year at Northwestern in June 2010, he has found his place in the Chicago Hip-Hop scene, known for combining his dynamic flow and keen wordplay with diverse productions. Music, particularly rapping, seemed to be the destined path for Jordan (or J. Loonz), as he would tell you, “Mother was a poet, Father played percussion; so this Hip-Hop here was just a part of the production.”
Developing his lyrical abilities as a youngster, Loonz displays a style that reflects not only the unique sound of Twin Cities Hip-Hop, but also the sounds from around the country and world that find their way to the center of the country. By choosing not to use a stage name, Jordan Looney is looking to be himself as an artist. The music he brings to the table is a reflection of his experiences and the views he develops along this journey called life.
jordan Looney has performed at various venues throughout the Twin Cities and Chicago, including Northwestern University’s Dillo Day, O’Gara’s, 501, The Fine Line, The Red Sea, The Varsity, The Turf Club, SubT, McFadden’s, The Wild Hare, and DePaul University. He has shared bills with various artists such as Raekwon, Nelly, N.E.R.D., Girl Talk, Big Sean, Mike Posner, Estelle, Regina Spektor, and Afroman. He is now planning to gain gain a stronger fan base through the quality of his music and unique marketing strategies, while continuing to strengthen his presence in his native Midwest Hip-Hop scene.
Samy.Language x Matt Bones
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