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A Rennaissance Man is a present-day man who has aquired profound knowledge or proficiency in more than one field. Having worked as a dj, music producer, video director, radio show host, promoter and label owner, it’s safe to say a perfect example of this is VA’s own J-Scrilla, a DJ and producer whose work reaches far past the DMV area.
Since he began focusing on music production in 2003, in addition to his tenure as a mixtape DJ, J-Scrilla has managed to create an impressive portfolio of both collaborative and solo work with notable names in Hip Hop. His first major placement on an album came in the form of Tragedy Khadafi’s Thug Matrix in 2005 as a member of Guns-N-Butter alongside Chop-La-Rok. He, as a member of Guns-N-Butter, co-executive produced a full-length album with underground heavyweight Reef Da Lost Cauze entitled Fight Music. The LP was an honorable mention on DJ Premier’s 2010 albums of the year list.
But Scrilla’s talents reach beyond the boards and even the microphone, as he has proven himself to be quite the entrepreneur. In 2006 he teamed up with Overok and emcee K-Beta to form the reputable Inner Loop Records, which has now released some of the most notable projects from artists in the D.C. area including J-Scrilla’s 2009 LP Culture of Honor, which featured Cassidy, J.R. Writer, Slaine, General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun, Oddisee of Diamond District, and more. In 2001, While attending college in northern Virginia he originated the live producer beat battle, “Battle of the Box,” which inspired similar producer battles nationwide. He currently throws the largest producer showcase in the Mid-Atlantic, “The Beatdown.”
Presently, Scrilla (who was formerly known as DJ Hi-C) is managing a new studio he opened in Alexandria, VA and oversees all musical projects at Inner Loop Records. He is in the middle of executive producing “#TheBalance” series of EPs by Lyriciss which have helped the rapper earn features with MTV, Complex Magazine & more. He is also working on his own sophomore release, which is slated to be a concept album featuring mostly instrumental song arrangements. Listeners can also check out the new album with The Source’s former “Unsigned Hype” emcee Sketch (featuring Nipsey Hussle, Roc Marciano, and more), as well as new tracks with heavyweights rhyming over Scrilla’s hard drums and original sound. As his beat placement continues and he continues to produce the sound that emcees crave, J-Scrilla’s career both as a producer and businessman is sure to remain on the rise.
Born in the Riggs Park section of Washington, DC, Lyriciss (ne’ Rob Bailey) was raised between DC and the Prince George’s County, MD suburbs. Citing DJ EZ Rock & Rob Base’s “It Takes Two” as his earliest memory of hip-hop, he started writing rhymes at the age of 9 after hearing The LOX’s “Money, Power, Respect” and being amazed by the song. Soon after, he gained a reputation early, tearing down ciphers and battles while only in middle school.
Now, at the age of 25, he’s already developed the mind of a businessman, focusing on the growth and future of his career. In 2011, he officially signed with the Washington, DC-based label, Inner Loop Records. He has also been inducted into a group of elite musicians with URB Magazine’s Next 1000 Program, along with being named as one of the top underground artists of 2011 on AllHipHop and one of the top hip-hop artists of 2011 on the UK-based hip-hop site, Rawroots.com. He has built a strong presence as an up-and-coming force, being posted consistently on the world’s most credible music blogs and websites, including Complex.com, MTVHive.com, 2dopeboyz.com, AllHipHop.com, HipHopDX.com, OkayPlayer.com, and many more. With cosigns from names including DJ Premier, Erick Sermon, No Malice (of The Clipse), Fashawn, Shawn Chrystopher, Kidd Cole (of G.O.O.D. Music), Chill Moody, Buda Da Future, & more, Lyriciss seems prepared to take the industry by storm.
With the recent surge of attention brought on to the DMV hip-hop scene, Lyriciss is asked if he feels any competition in the race to get signed. “None at all”, he replies. “Why? Because one, I know where my skills are with the lyrics… I know it, the people that hear the music know it, and that’s the end of that. Two, because anyone in this area trying to make it and have true love for the music, I show love to them and I consider them family. So competition isn’t even an issue to me. Hell, I’m not even worried about getting on, so much as getting my message heard. I have something to say, something that NEEDS to be heard. And when that happens, the world WILL listen.”
DJBooth.net Top Indie Hip-Hop Chart
Updated: May 24, 2010
The DJBooth.net Indie Hip-Hop chart is made up of the 20 most popular hip-hop songs currently featured at DJBooth.net, whose artists operate independently or are currently unsigned (to a major label). Member feedback, average rating, and “plays” help to determine the overall order of the songs. The Indie Hip-Hop chart is updated every Sunday evening.
Link to Chart:
01. K. Sparks – Blue Swing (Remix) ft. Gripz, Beyond Belief, Logics (of ArtOfficial) & Jabee
02. Young Scolla – Wonderful
03. Mike Schpitz – Dinner’ Hot
04. Yonas – It Couldn’t Be Done
05. Young Cash – Stress Free ft. Shawn Jay
06. Shane Eli – Happiest Regret ft. Kamilah Gibson
07. AZ – Feel My Pain
08. Phil Ade – Hollywood (Remix) ft. Raekwon, Wale, Tabi Bonney & Raheem DeVaughn
09. Lyriciss – Hot Music
10. ArtOfficial – Don’t Sweat The Technique
11. Whitefolkz – J.O.B ft. K-Beta
12. Los – Never Landing ft. Chris Notez
13. Goines – Dope As Me
14. Shawn Chrystopher – They Ain’t Wanna Hear Me
15. Hollyweerd – Love Me ft. Rapper Big Pooh
16. Marky – Louis Squares
17. Ab-Soul – MayDay
18. Reef The Lost Cauze – What We Rep ft. Big Noyd
19. Krondon – Incline
20. Nikki Lynette – Glory Box ft. Mickey Factz
3 out of 20 is not a bad average.
Best Jawns: Black Business, Surrender, That Black Man, Suicide, Come Closer, Another Day 2, Soul Cry, DTLR (Down The Line Rhyme), Burn Through the Journal, I’m Bleeding, With The Family, Infinite Possibilities, Smoke With Me, Life Of Crime and Outchea
Hot Garbage: N/A
Dart’s Take: I’d first like to congratulate K-Beta. Then I’d like to congratulate all of the people that contributed to this project (Kev Brown, Diamond District (yU, X.O. & Oddisee), J-Scrilla, Judah, Sketch, Team Demolition, Soulful!, Overok, Grussle, Kokayi, Median, Mina, Ill Ghee, Laelo Hood and Kevlar) and Inner Loop Records. You all have crafted one MONSTER of an album. DMV stand up!
This album will drop for FREE on April 1st but it’s FAR from a joke. This is yet another independent project made by heads without any corporate major label help that SMASHES 90% of the albums released by major labels with exorbitant budgets that took years to make.