ROYAL ILLNESS - "MERCENARIES CREED" W/ "SHIT ISRAEL feat 13FIVE & VEGAS POSADA
We've never featured an Indie Artist in our "Hip Hop 4 The Over 30 Crowd" Series before; but after stumbling across this gem with that special Nation of Gods & Earths throwback feel, we absolutely had to put this one out there for our readers.Royal Illness, who dons the ill Bane Mask in the video, produced both tracks & produced the video. Ill lyrics, beats & concepts! There appears to be some GREAT Hip Hop coming out of the State of Kentucky! Royal Illness & Vegas Posada are the most recent of several highly talented & hard working cats out of Kentucky I've come across, such as Father Jah, Devine Carama, Joey Truax, DeCypha, and Others. I'm sure some artists will get all pissy about not being the first Indie Artists to be featured. There will be plenty more coming. For others, just keep Working Hard & Elevating. Stand Out & Make the World Take Notice. P.E.A.C.E.
A rare contradiction to the oft-used adage "Hip Hop Is Dead," I often encourage others to dig a little deeper for those hidden gems that mainstream media doesn't want you to know about. Philly Emcee TRUCK NORTH previously impressed me with joints like "Act 1, Scene 1" & "Capital Crime" feat Black Thought & Asher Roth. Thus it was a no-brainer to spotlight this brother's video for "CRY FOR YOU." Complete with a fly Erykah Badu sample, and a good story, this joint is flat out DOPE! Enjoy.