Soul Group Universe is a gritty, lyrical rap group that represents the streets of South Jamaica Queens, in every bar they spit! Stargiela, Saj, Chello and 808 all bring a different energy to the track; painting a picture of their stories in every song. The group's lyrical prowess and NYC heavy hitting bars attract the OG hip-hop lover, while the heavy trap inspiration and dynamic flows fit right into today’s rap game. Their versatility allows this group to stay relevant in an evolving music scene, meanwhile allowing them to stay true to the essence of NYC hip-hop. Chello’s charismatic verses make you feel every line. Stargiela’s dynamic flows keep you guessing as he proves his lyrical genius on every track. 808’s witty bars and trap flows allow him to add a more mainstream, but yet underground presence to SGUV's tracks. When Saj blesses us with a verse, he sets the undertone of the track with melodies for each listener to vibe out to. Check out our top five tracks for the Commission's latest signees.
One half of legendary rap group Capone-N-Noreaga (also known as C-N-N) N.O.R.E. and Miami Hip-Hop pioneer DJ EFN are the Drink Champs. The two launched their podcast about a month ago and are only five episodes in. With special guests such as KRS One, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, DMX and Ja Rule, the Drink Champs not only deliver a classic every week, but they bring legends that true Hip-Hop heads want to hear from.
Later this week, the Drink Champs will have Marcy's own Memphis Bleek. Watch below as Memphis Bleek details an exchange he had with Dame Dash prior to the Roc-A-Fella breakup. Check out
Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity and unlike most young artists out now, Day Pesos has been on the rise for quite some time. In 2013, he was featured on HOT 97's Who's Next and released his debut mixtape "Tunnel Vision" shortly thereafter. With features from Elle Varner and production from AraabMusik, the tape was a success and has over 16,000 plays and downloads on Audiomack.
"Ever seen your mother sell her last thing your grandma gave you just to get herself a rock"
"You n***as ain't felt that pain"
"We ain't never have a lot money"
"When AC was a cold rag, used to use it as a fan"
Pesos' ability to be completely transparent is what separates his music from other artists. Although he is just 23, Pesos is not afraid to share his life experiences through his lyrics. Honesty is consistent throughout his music and his fans know that he goes through regular everyday life experiences just like them.
Pesos is back to flooding the streets and dropped the Long Live the Doubles EP several months ago. You can also check out the visual to his new single "Live From The Cook Up," below. Pesos' music making ability coupled with his lyricism and flow allows him to stand out in NY's underground scene and we're excited to see where he goes next. Don't forget you seen it first on #TheCulturePlug.
By: Brandon Bennett
Queens native, Stargiela drops a new visual to his motivational single, "Believe it's Jumpin." Directed by Qasquiat, the cinematography aligns with the airy and spacey backdrop of the music to bring Stargiela's rhymes to life. The Queens MC has not only mastered his flow and delivery but his wittiness is on full display as well.
"The lean is purple and family matters to Steve Urkel
Whether employed or unemployed I'm a keep working
Don't love me when that...click pop Stevie
We all rap, I know ain't love in...Hip hop Stevie."
Keep and eye out for this young MC on the rise. We are excited to see more from him in the near future. Check out the video below.