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2011 WAMI-nominated hip-hop duo Amerikas Addiction embraces their lack of local following embrace as a worthy challenge.
2011 WAMI-nominated hip-hop duo Amerikas Addiction embraces their lack of local following embrace as a worthy challenge.

Milwaukee UP: Lack of local notoriety doesn't stop Amerikas Addiction

Gaining local notoriety is easy for some, while for others it can be rather difficult.

WAMI-nominated hip-hop duo Amerikas Addiction falls into the latter category.

Though they are often seen out and about in Milwaukee at myriad different events, usually interviewing people for their own Web site, they somehow find themselves still on the outside of "in crowd."

This is something troublesome to them, but it is also something that they embrace as a worthy challenge after finding supporters elsewhere.

On the heels of their new release "The Enlitened Ones," I talked with Ebonix and J-The Truth about their plight and their new project.

OnMilwaukee.com: You have released two projects this year. How does "The Enlitened Ones" differ from the previous project?

Addiction a.k.a. Ebonix: This album is less sexual than "Dark Desires" and the subject matter is all over the place. It's more hip-hop. I was also very, very passionate when I made this album. I was in a very dark place mentally.

J-The Truth: "Dark Desires" was a concept album, to take listeners outside of the norm from what comes from our area. Yes, it was extremely sexual and we knew people would run from it. We don't and didn't mind at all. Take a listen to our first AA album "Foreplay" and then you will understand. "The Enlitened Ones" takes us back to our roots of hip-hop/rap music, which, despite what we make, will always be in our soul and is the foundation for us musically and culturally. We were also quite disgusted with all the lack of identity with the artists here and in the industry, period. Stand for something and be different.

OMC: How is Amerikas Addiction different from your former group, Black House Gang?

A: Amerikas Addiction is only two members where The Black House Gang was 7 members deep. Musically, Amerikas Addiction dips into other genres while The Black House Gang was entirely hip-hop/rap with a rock fusion. Amerikas Addiction is a fusion of all types of music.

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SPEAK Easy has a new video.
SPEAK Easy has a new video.

Milwaukee UP: SPEAK Easy has a new music video

One of my favorite Brew City emcees, SPEAK Easy, has just released a music video for his D'Matikk-produced track "More Fire" from the recently released album "So To Speak."

The video, shot at the new Audiopilot Studio in Downtown, was directed by Grown Man Collective and Stranj Child member Ku Mays. Personally, I love the coloring of this video.

Enjoy!

Adebisi's newest mixtape, "The Blaxploitation," is here.
Adebisi's newest mixtape, "The Blaxploitation," is here.
The "tape" is built off of both original beats and industry sounds.
The "tape" is built off of both original beats and industry sounds.

Milwaukee UP: Adebisi returns with "The Blaxploitation"

It's been a while since we've last heard from NYC-by-way-of-Milwaukee emcee Adebisi as a solo artist.

Of course this last summer he released an album with his then-group Fresh Cut Collective, but outside of that, it's been around a year since his "80's Babies" mixtape dropped.

Well, Adebisi fans, the wait is over – and has been over since April 13, technically – because his newest mixtape, The Mad Bloggers backed "The Blaxploitation," is here.

The "tape" is built off of both original beats and industry sounds and Adebisi creeps through his different topics of discussion. Some tracks feel like a throwback to early Raekwon and Ghostface Killah music, while others sound much more current.

You can download the project from his Bandcamp site

Yesterday, Adebisi just released a street video for his song "F*ck The Dollar" that was shot and edited in 24 hours by another NYC-by-way-of-Milwaukee emcee SigNif.

You can check that out here (Warning: The video below contains adult language).

SigNif's new digital EP, "Significant Wizdom," is a barrage of hip-hop reminiscent of the second or third golden era.
SigNif's new digital EP, "Significant Wizdom," is a barrage of hip-hop reminiscent of the second or third golden era.

Milwaukee UP: SigNif grows with "Wizdom"

Showing growth between each project is a difficult task for any artist. Sometimes the progression leads the artist into a weird spot, where they end up losing people due to the vast difference of their approach. Sometimes the artist regresses due to laziness, or worse yet, they had already reached their peak and have essentially blown their load.

But for every crash-and-burn artist out there, there is another one waiting in the wings for the chance to shine, sharpening their skills and abilities.

NYC-by-way-of-Milwaukee emcee SigNif is a prime example of an artist who is working her tail off to improve, and the growth is immediately attention grabbing.

This is not to say that 'Nif began her career as a meager talent. The high level of talent was always there, but now there is a gigantic difference in polish and sharpness. Her flow is razor sharp and her lyrical bouquet of metaphors, similes and straight-forward lines has blossomed to a point where one can say, "yes, she's now ready for the next level."

Last week, SigNif released a new digital EP, a project that she cut with Baltimore producer Gee-Wiz. The project, called "Significant Wizdom," is a barrage of hip-hop reminiscent of the second or third golden era. The merger of their specific styles is definitely a success.

SigNif even found space for guest verses by Phil G. and Milwaukee native Haz Solo on a song that's first class.

I took some time to check in with SigNif to see how things are going with her.

OnMilwaukee.com: What led you to do this EP?

SigNif: Wiz had the idea to do an album together while I was working on "The Transition." I wanted to do an EP but I wasn't thinking of just having one producer. I was like "that's too much," but we came to a conclusion to try it. I've always been leery of doing a whole project with just one producer, so I put my preconceived notions to the side and we came out with something solid. We actually knocked out enough tracks to do a full length LP but we wanted to…

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