New Level Athletics 7 on 7 football camp and team Goon Squad, run by Baron Flenory Jr. (@Meet_MrB), drops off a promotional video of participants giving back to their community, featuring the song “Heart” by Pittsburgh artist, Hubbs (@itsHubbs) and fellow Pittsburgh artist Franchise (@Franchise15104) of The Come Up (@TheComeUpBoys). Produced by Pittsburgh producer P. Fish (@swisherPfischer), the song is from the Modern Vintage II mixtape, which can be downloaded FREE via Datpiff.com here: http://www.datpiff.com/HUBBS-
On April 30th The Come Up, comprised of Franchise and Vinny Radio, will release their debut album for free download. The BrandUn DeShay produced track “Bouties” is one for the females posing a question to girls around the world if their really bout it. Be on the lookout for a few new songs coming before the album drops. Follow The Come Up on Twitter @TheComeUpBoys @412sFranchise @Vinnyradio.
For the first single off of their upcoming album Change Of Plans The Come Up bring you “True Wave” directed by Justin Boyd and produced by La Harrier. Look out for many more new videos and songs dropping up until the album drops later this Spring. Catch them on the Macadelic tour with Mac Miller and The Cool Kids coming to a city near you. Follow The Come Up on Twitter @TheComeUpBoys @412sFranchise @Vinnyradio.
Pittsburgh artist Hubbs returns with the highly anticipated sequel to his debut mixtape, Modern Vintage, which was released last year. Guest features from The 58′s members, Ghosty, and Franchise, who is also one half of The Come Up. The mixtape also features Pittsburgh artists Shad Black, Beedie, Jon Quest, Pablo Neruda, B-Pro, Shad Ali, Lil’ Tone, and vocals by Miss Simone. Production by P. Fish, Hubbs, Nysceworkk, Tito Calii. Follow @itsHubbs and @TheEyecons.
The Come Up are quickly becoming known as one of the premier acts out of Pittsburgh, PA. This spring they will release their new album Change Of Plans for free download. “Bad Boys” is the first single off of the album. The Big Jerm and Sayez produced anthem finds Franchise and Vinny Radio trading slick bars over pimped out production. You can catch The Come Up performing in a city near you on the Macadelic tour with Mac Miller. Follow The Come Up on Twitter @TheComeUpBoys @412sFranchise @Vinnyradio.
On Thursday, March 8, the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty was host to “Steel Wheels: A Hip-Hop Benefit for Cerebral Palsy,” an all-ages charity event to raise money for Cerebral Palsy research and treatment. The event was created to honor a Pittsburgh Hip-Hop fan living with Cerebral Palsy, Ramon Luis Silva Jr., and raised $900 for a Cerebral Palsy charity of Mr. Silva’s choice. Hosted by Dos-Noun, the benefit featured live performers including Hubbs, Varsity Squad, The Come Up, and B. White.
After a few songs from opener Joe Boots of the Boot Prints Screen Printing shop, the first scheduled performer was Hubbs. Hubbs is from Penn Hills and is slated to release his Modern Vintage II mixtape on March 22nd. Hubbs was joined on stage by DJ Bamboo, a Pittsburgh-based Battle DJ and classically trained musician.
The second performance was by Varsity Squad, a Hip-Hop duo comprised of Beedie and Jon Quest. The pair have each dropped solo mixtapes such as Beedie’s The Beat Bully LP and Jon Quest’s The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Season 2, but the group performed songs from Varsity Squad’s New School Boom Bap, a mixtape they released last month. The group opened with “Come Back,” a song that the duo also released as a music video to promote New School Boom Bap.
The third performers were Braddock group The Come Up. Featuring members Vinny Radio and Franchise, The Come Up have gained notoriety by touring with national recording artist and Pittsburgh native Mac Miller, and are also part of the Pittsburgh collective The 58′s. The duo opened with a performance of “Smipsy,” a song which the two also recently released a music video for, and closed with “The Formula (5ths & 8ths)” from The 58′s self-titled debut mixtape.
The last performer of the night was McKeesport rapper B. White, also of The 58′s. B. White was joined on stage by fellow member of The 58′s Mayo and rapper 4 Pound. The three performed songs from B. White’s 2011 mixtape The Evidence, including “Hardwood Classic” and “Stackin’ & Flippin’,” as well as songs from Mayo & B. White’s collaborative album The Mon Valley Miracle. Mayo also performed “Mon Music,” a recently released song that features production by Sledgren of Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang.
In the first episode of Beedie Land The Series, we get a backstage perspective at the New School Boom Bap album release party with Beedie & Jon Quest, a “smipsy” after party with Franchise of The Come Up, and an exclusive announcement brought to you first right here: Beedie will be dropping a brand new EP called Above The Weather on June 4th! Until then, enjoy that New School Boom Bap & keep posted on the Beedie Land episodes. www.BeedieLand.com
The Come Up linked up with Treejay to make a special edition of his High Eyes series for “Smipsy” directed by Justin Boyd. The track is an anthem for getting smoked out and tipsy over some hazey P. Fish production. The Come Up will be in a city near you soon as they join Mac Miller for his Macadelic tour along with The Cool Kids. They are currently working a free album dropping this Spring. Follow The Come Up on Twitter @TheComeUpBoys @412sFranchise @Vinnyradio.
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Yes, the world knows Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, but Pittsburgh has a wealth of hip-hop talent. With the Steel City’s two breakout stars already accounted for, MTV News took a trip to the ‘Burgh to see who’s got next.
“A lot of people are talented. There are just a million talented people out there,” Miller told MTV News when he took us on a tour through his hometown in December.
Acts like Boaz, Chevy Woods, B White and Mayo of the 58′s, Jasiri X and Varsity Squad have been repping Pittsburgh locally for some time now, and while Mac supports all the city’s homegrown talent, if he had to pick one act to break out nationwide, it would be the Come Up, a.k.a. the duo of Vinny Radio and Franchise.
“I brought them on tour and I plan on bringing them out on tour, so if it’s up to me, they’re gonna be the next people that come out the ‘Burgh,” Miller said. “But there’s definitely a lot more people who could; it’s not just Vinny and Fran.”
The Come Up exist as a part of a larger hip-hop collective called the 58′s, along with rappers B White and Mayo. That union exemplifies the type of unity that exists in Pittsburgh’s rap scene.
“It’s a small city … so pretty much we’ve all been familiar with each other for a long time,” Franchise said. “Everybody in this city who’s pretty much doing it legit, we’ve all been trying to get it and put the city on.”
Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods echoed a similar sentiment. “Everybody’s hardworking, and it’s not like a big music scene out there, so when you got somethin’, you just go with it,” he said. “Everybody sees the light that shines on [Wiz Khalifa] and Mac [Miller] and now it’s trickling down to everybody else.”
There is a pretty diverse group of rap characters that come out of Pittsburgh. Wiz is a hitmaker who dedicates a lot of his catalog to partying and getting high, while Mac embodies a youthful spirit. Boaz is street, and female MC Kellee Maize spits sociopolitical bars. “To be honest, I do think Boaz is right there on the cusp. I think I’m maybe close to the cusp too,” Maize said, laughing.
“I just bring that underground feel,” Boaz said, describing his deeply rooted street sound. “I embrace the culture of that poverty line that I’m speaking about.”
For years, Time Bomb has been an epicenter for Pittsburgh hip-hop. More than just a clothing store, Time Bomb has become a place for local ‘Burgh MCs to congregate and sling their mixtapes to hungry fans. The shop’s owner, Brick, has seen many young artists walk through his doors, including Miller and Khalifa. When it comes to the future of Pittsburgh hip-hop, Brick is a wide-eyed optimist.
“I think Mac and Wiz opened the door, but there’s gonna be an army of producers, an army of rappers, and they’re gonna be all different. People know: Pittsburgh, it is what it is, it’s a hardworking town,” he said. “I can name 100 people, because I want everyone to make it from here, you understand? This is Pittsburgh.”
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