Cinicinnati kid Buggs tha Rocka may be an unfamiliar name to many, but his new album "Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet" reinforces his reputation as one of the most gifted hip hop lyricists to emerge from Ohio in the past few years.
Recently voted as "Best Hip Hop Artist 2014" by the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, the MC released his first mixtape "Hip Hop Supa Hero" hosted by Mick Boogie in 2009, quickly followed by his debut album "Mutant Level 5" in 2010 which featured Freeway, Tanya Morgan, and Little Brother who appeared on the single "Get Away".
Influenced by some of the greatest names of hip hop's "Golden Era", his style incorporates the best traditions of conscious rhymes, intelligent wordplay and creative flow. A strong live performer, the quality of his early shows created the kind of buzz on the streets which brought him to the attention of local heavyweight artists Donte (MOOD) and Hi Tek of the legendary Reflection Eternal. Impressed by their new protege's approach, talent and knowledge of hip hop, both have continued to assist with his development to this day.
In 2011 Buggs released his second mixtape "Lost Luggage" hosted by another of the city's luminaries DJ Clockwork. He joined forces again with Mac Miller's official tour dj as the pair followed up with the "Wrath of Zeus" mixtape, sponsored by All Hip Hop and Live Mixtapes.
Buggs' own diverse musical tastes found an outlet when he formed the group Gold Shoes. Their mix of rock, jazz and rhythmic beats gained their "Gold Shoes LP" the title "Best Hip Hop Album of 2013" at the Cincinnati Music Awards while they opened shows for John Mayer, Wiz Khalifa and The Black Keys.
Monitoring progress had been another of hip hop's leading figures, Talib Kweli. A phone call set up a meeting in Cincinnati and the pair have enjoyed a close bond ever since. Talib has provided further assistance via his Javotti organization while regularly bringing Buggs on stage, performing to packed audiences throughout the United States.
They appeared together again at this year's A3C festival in Atlanta, and at a special Reflection Eternal reunion in Cincinnati's Rhinegeist Brewery on 30th October joined by DJ Clockwork and MOOD.
Freestyling on street corners and in venues during a visit to Amsterdam in the summer of 2013 re-focused Buggs on his solo career, and he cites this as the inspiration for the new album. Cincinnati is heavily represented with many of the tracks produced by the city's Sal Dali and Hop Trax and features Phoenix Aphrodite, MOOD, Tanya Morgan and Aida Chakra.
New Jersey's producer !llmind weighs in with five "neck breakers" while Seattle's Jake One provides the backdrop for MOOD, Ianigma and Buggs on "Thirsty". Chicago's Pappadon and Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids also bring the heat on "OuterXSpaceXLove" and "Phantom of the Opera" respectively.
Available as a free download from 10th December 2014, "Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet" is a pre-cursor for a new EP and album due for commercial release in 2015. It represents Buggs tha Rocka as a lyrical marksman, adopting a fresh and contemporary style for a modern age with the soul of a classic era. One of the most impressive new names in the world of hip hop - get to know....
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