By Niki D'Andrea
Get your A'z up, Phoenix. We're doing it now. (photo courtesy of Justus)
In conjunction with this week’s cover story on Phoenix’s hip-hop scene, "Raising Terrazona," we’re putting a media blitzkrieg up here that highlights some of the hottest hip-hop acts in our great desert metropolis. Below, you’ll find links and embedded videos from some of Terrazona’s best. Consider it proof of an impending Southwest hip-hop explosion.
Hot Rod This Phoenix MC recently signed to 50 Cent’s G-Unit label. Visit his Web site at www.younghotrod.com, and check out the video below, which also features some cameos from Fiddy.
Hot Rod (feat. Mary J. Blige): “Be Easy”
Hot hip-hop weeklies in Phoenix:
Groove Candy: Every Wednesday at The Door in Scottsdale. Hosted by Power 98 radio personality Karlie Hustle, with old school hip-hop and neo soul spins from DJ M2.
Blunt Club: Every Thursday at Club Red in Tempe. Hosted by Emerg McVay, with regular appearances by members of Drunken Immortals.
Gallery Blue: Every Tuesday at Stray Cats in Tempe. Hosted by resident DJs Reflekshin and Emgee of Wild Life Refuge and featuring performances by local and touring hip-hop artists.
Raising Arizona: Every Wednesday at the Lucky Devil in Tempe. Hosted by resident DJs Dirty Napz and Ether One (from the Feeblez), with guest hip-hop artists appearing weekly.
Topp Notch Entertainment’s Hip-Hop Night: Every Thursday at J-Heads in Phoenix. Featuring DJ Kavi, as well as performances by a number of local hip-hop artists such as Mega Man and Fetti Profoun. On the first Thursday of the month, Topp Notch also hosts the Southwest RapStock, featuring more than 30 hip-hoppers.
The Era: Fridays at The Hidden House in Phoenix. Hosted by resident DJs DJs Al Page, Soulman, and KGB, with occasional gigs from guest hip-hop artists like the Insects.
Web sites for Phoenix hip-hop: