Even though I have already introduced our readers to many musicians and artists throughout the year, (Can you believe it’s almost September already?), I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite Bronx-bred recording artists for your Friday listening pleasure.
These days, as a recording artist, your chances of getting signed to a major label without already having a ready-built audience are slim to none. Factor in that Social Media is the main platform to promote your music or art in general and the competition becomes even more fierce. Luckily, the Best of the Boogie Down was able to spotlight a few musicians who killed it this year and will hopefully get signed soon enough! Enjoy.
Ohene Cornelius – American Idle. https://soundcloud.com/ohenecornelius. With his unique mix of original beats and freestyle sounds, Cornelius makes groundbreaking music that’s sure to make the airwaves before Kanye can interrupt another VMA speech. He brings a new style of music, fusing experimental beats with thought-provoking lyrics that challenge some of the hottest artists out there now.
W.R.A.T.H. – Stopping at Nothing. With his inspirational hip hop lyrics, W.R.A.T.H. (short for writing, real, and true hip-hop), young artist speaks to a new voice of music. Performing all over the Bronx and throughout the city, W.R.A.T.H. promotes the kind of music that challenges his audience to think of words beyond curses and deals with subject matter such as dealing with discouragement, non-supporters, and naysayers.
Benny Blanko – Ape Shyt. Ill flows and beats that our a throwback to the Fat Joe days – Benny Blanko gives us a sampling of what he’s capable of. His hardcore lyrics show a more unabashed side of the Bronx that reminds of the gritty areas we grew up that were covered in graffiti. It’s a nice throwback to the rap of the early 90’s with today’s attitude.
David Manzano – The Bronx Singer. An acoustic singer bringing forth sounds of soul and rock. Bringing in a different element of music that we rarely see from this borough, Manzano coined “The Bronx Singer” tours around the city (and in some train stations) with his singer-songwriter sounds and easy listening music. Not to mention, he’s easy on the eyes too ladies.
LD & Jhoni – Casi Enamorado. What would a music spotlight on the Best of the Boogie Down be without my favorite reggaeton duo, LD & Jhoni? Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of interviewing them and getting an impromptu acapella of one of the biggest hits, Mi Sueno. Ever since then, they have been touring non-stop and recording more singles. They’re the hardest working duo I’ve seen in a while, not to mention – they’re amazingly talented and their vibes are killer! Stay tuned for LD & Jhoni making an upcoming appearance on my webseries, “Becoming Ricardo”.