Willy G’s Who’s Killing It?

This time were going to look at a few MCs I have been a fan of for a long time, but who are still putting out music regularly and killing it with every release. These MCs talent are above the norm in my opinion, they have raised the bar to a height others struggle to reach,

First up is Kxng Crooked fka Crooked I. I first heard of him through his Hip Hop Weekly series he did a few years ago, where he released a freestyle over a well known beat every week online for free. After this I learned he was on Death Row with 2pac and all, downloaded tonnes of his music and I have been bumping it since. The man has undeniable skills!

He teamed up with Statik Selektah recently to form Statik Kxng, and one of my favourite joints off that album is I Hear Voices. Check it out :

 

Second up is the Horseshoe Gang, they are actually Kxng Crookeds brothers, and the 4 of them have been killing it for years. I first heard them rap on one of Crookeds projects, and they brought that fire! That was years ago, but they have stuck at it, releasing a mixtape a month for an entire year recently. You can find them online, Mixtape Monthly the series is called, all free.

One of my favourite songs theyve done is the COB Cypher 2012, where they team up with fellow members of the Circle of Bosses ( A collective Kxng Crooked started ) to kill these beats! Horseshoe Gang are on another level with these fast paced flows and metaphors.

 

Lastly, is an MC from Portland called Illmaculate. I first heard of this guy through the WRC (World Rap Championships) that were online years ago, where he and a fellow MC called Thesaurus teamed up to defeat everyone they came up against, winning the Championship. Illmac is a well known battle rapper and has been winning titles in the sport ever since, his most recent title being Canadian Battle League King of the Dot Champion. He can fairly kill it with his rhymes, his syllable games on point and he always has fresh rhymes I enjoy with every project he puts out.

Most recently, he has started a series called Raising the Bar, where he just goes in on a Chase Moore beat, no hook just straight bars. The series is really entertaining and fresh and Im enjoying it so far, but it my favourite verse of his comes from a Team Backpack cypher he did. Illmac spits the last verse in this video, and it has to be the coolest verse Ive heard in ages.

 

Thats it for this instalment of Whos Killing It. Thanks for checking it out, and if you feel like it drop a comment or share it, let me know if your feeling these MCs too.

 

Gerard i2 in Masons Last Night

I was honoured to open the gig with some rhymes on the open mic last night, along with fellow MC Spud. I thoroughly enjoyed the show from start to finish. Shane Deane and the DizzFunktional BMC killed the mic with a set that had the place bouncing, especially when Feel the Funk came on!

i2 tore up the place with his usual style of ill flows, nice rhymes and spectacular beats! The new shit was very good too, with i2 almost suffering a heart attack after spitting the first verse of This is, so many syllables!

The turnout wasnt the best though, that was the only thing wrong with last night. We could have used a bigger crowd, but massive respect to everyone who did turn out for the show, I had the pleasure of meeting some new people which I enjoyed.

The open mic at the end was good craic too, with Spud showing a real improvement in his ability to rhyme in front of a crowd on stage, he really put on a good performance.

All in all, it was a great night for Irish Hip Hop, hearing the rhymes and the beats pumping out from a local pub is always good. Despite the lack of a big crowd, all the MCs brought their A game and made it a memorable night.

Overcome Mixape

I have got a mixtape in production, produced entirely by InsaneBeatz, its going to be a free download, heres the tracklist:

1.livin my life
2.reach out
3.new future
4.monsters part 2
5.nursery rhymers
6.the darkness
7.overcome

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There are some demo versions of a few of the songs online already. Find them below:

Heres the first song off the mixape, Mixed and Mastered by Shane Deane:

Its just a tune exploring my personal issues in life, I wrote it to get some shit off my chest.

Heres Nursery Rhymers:

This is a tune with many layers. First off,its a diss against shit MCs, that are disgracing the scene. Secondly its a representation of what I would say to my worst enemy. Thirdly, it is a portrayal of what a Schizophrenic voice in your head would be saying to you all day, every day if you were psychotic.

Lastly is Overcome, incase that last song was too much for you , this is more uplifting:

This is a song for anyone suffering from mental illness, encouraging patients to fight and strive to recover.

The project itself is a journey to hell and back. Youll be taken from my life now, to back in the day, into a gritty tale of murder and pain. Youll be given a glimpse into the mental hospital from a patients perspective. I raise awareness for a new drug policy and describe the pain felt when you loose someone to drugs too, I touch upon politics and urge us to move forward toward a new future. But through it all, you can overcome.

 

Social Media, Likes vs Views

I am unemployed, so I spend most of my time online on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress etc. I have noticed some things about the whole setup that have me questioning it. I will explore the whole thing here, and hopefully get some answers.

First of all, I run a few pages on Facebook. I have my Fresh Eire page with Steve D, thats our band. Then I have my solo Willy G page for my own music, thats seperate from Fresh Eire. Then I have my blog page, Scribbling Willy. And on top of that, my Willys Garden Page too from my brief gardening career that lasted a month or so during the summer…

Fresh Eire have almost 500 likes on Facebook. Were doing pretty well like, Willy G only has 130 or so though but its still growing. Scribbling Willy and Willys Garden dont have much, under a hundred anyway. But out of that fanbase, a minimal amount of people who have liked the page, and follow the page, actually respond to, take the time to check out, click on the posts we put up. I would post a new song, out of almost 500 people, I would get maybe one like on it, it may have reached up to 50.

This is stupid, Im left asking the question, why have these people liked our page when they dont seem to care about the music? Im very grateful for all those likes, but if they follow the page why dont they engage with us? It could be that most of them arent seeing the posts because of Facebooks algorithms. But the only other option is to put out a paid add, and they dont even seem to do well either. Youd get maybe ten likes from randomers, that have seen the advert on their news feed.

Its a total let down on Facebooks part, giving you the platform to reach fans but once you do have them, most arent even aware of the new stuff your posting. As a struggling musician, hip hop artist, I am not going to be able to pay for an add campaign every day or week and even if I did, the likelihood of getting any more fans is slim, from the results Ive seen so far. So what do I do?

I have thought of a few ways to advertise. One being a competition giving away merchandise or studio equipment, requiring likes and shares to win. Thats one option, although I have to stack cash first to afford it. Another is getting shared by a big page, we have achieved that before with Sickipedia sharing Fresh Eires Donald Trump is Gay song , and we recieved 5000 plays in a few hours,  hopefully it can be done again.

But the thing that is annoying is that I know I have a fan base out there. I am wasting my time posting music to people who dont really care about it, Im talking the maority of the likes on my Willy G page probably just liked it to show support, without having an interest in the music, and I really appreciate it, it got my page off the ground. But theres no point in me giving them music they dont want to hear. My fan base exists, people who would love to hear what I do on the mic, but have no idea I exist at all because I have no clue how to reach them.

The fans who do watch, respect, it keeps me going getting at least some views, knowing Ive reached like a hundred people or whatever. It would be good to hear feedback though from comments and all, to have my fanbase engage with me on social media, I would enjoy that.

Until I get this site up and running properly, Im left Tweeting and Posting stuff to the same people, who are probably getting sick of it, and meanwhile the rest of them dont even know Im posting at all. Its very frustrating trying to get an Irish Rap Career off the ground, mainly because its hardly ever been done before, so people think it cant be. But it will, mark my words. I will keep putting in hard work, online and in the real world of gigs, open mics, festivals etc.

Anyone out there having a similar experience of getting nowhere on Social Media, give this a comment and let us know, if we start a debate on this topic maybe we can all come up with some answers, cheers.

 

 

Willy G’s ‘Who’s Killing it’

Welcome to Who’s Killing it, a segment thats going to become a regular thing on this site, where I introduce you to the people whos music I have been personally feeling recently in the game. These are the MCs that inspire me, who I aspire to be on the same level as, who have skills for days in my opinion.

First up, the most recent MC I have found during my web surfing, I think I found this guy on Facebook when one of my friends had liked a post on his band page. Ive recently been trying to branch out and find new talent, sick of listening to the same shit over and over. So I thought Id check out his page, and the first video I found on it was I think this one, the Butterfly Effect Remix, by Mad Squablz. I was blown away by the flow! Check it out before we go any further:

Pure dope, isnt it. The dude has got skills, His flow is killer and his multisyllables are nice like, Ive been listening to his stuff for the past week and it has definite replay value. MCs like this inspire me to write some shit and improve my style in hopes of reaching their level, they are keeping the art alive!

Second is Token. I first heard his stuff ages ago, I dont exactly remember who showed me it, I mightve seen it on Lad Bible on Facebook, his Definition of a Rap Flow Remix. It was so ill that I looked up the rest of his stuff, and found his No Sucka MCs contest entries which were mad lyrical and how he switched up the flow was class to me, definite talent on the mic that again, inspired me to write better. Your gonna have to hear his biggest song if you havent already, its called Doozy.

Now that shit is ill, the starts so fast I still dont know what the fuck he is saying in the first 4 bars, whatever way he put the words together just confuses my brain into mind boggled status. The rest of it , I get, so lyrically intricate, flows switched up so well, and its some fun shit. ‘You reek of has-been , I wreak havoc’, puchlines are inspirational. Tokens still at it, touring with the likes of Hopsin and all now, even doing his own tour. He is on the rise.

Ive got more talent I gotta talk about but I wanna keep this article short, Ill get into more MCs that are spitting fire in the next installment. For now, Ill leave you with this dude Merkules. I found him through one of my friends who I think liked his remixes on You Tube or something, but I listened to a few of them and enjoyed them. He doesnt really switch the flow or go fast like the other two above but he does have fun with the rhymes, and has some really good tunes that I personally can relate to , like this one , ‘I smoke too much , I drink too much, I feel like Im gon’ die!’

The guy singing really goes in in the middle of his verse, I can relate to this too much, its not healthy! Fuck it, you only live once like. I hope you enjoyed this installment of Who’s Killing it, I will be hitting you with another very soon, because I have fuck all else to do! Cheers for reading, and for the support, Peace!

Willy G X Insane Beatz Mixtape

Theres the first song off this new project.

I dont have a name for it yet, but Ive got 10 songs written for it. The Willy G X InsaneBeatz Mixtape is sitting roughly recorded here on my laptop, and its the best work to date from me, in my opinion. There are a few rough songs of it online, namely Nursery Rhymers and Overcome, on my YouTube Channel. These will be re-recorded and remixed as soon as the time comes. The Mixtape will be released on Band Camp and Sound Cloud as well as You Tube.

Producer InsaneBeatz is offering a free beats package if you sign up to his websites newsletter. I did so and got 4 folders full of beats for free, to use for non profit songs. Its such a good thing when you have that many beats to write to, and I enjoyed spending many days over the past few months writing songs to his instrumentals.

I touch upon sensitive subjects such as drug addiction in this project. I ask why drug users are treated as criminals and encourage listeners to change the way the world works, exploring what options we have to move forward with.  I get political, urging us all to leave the past behind for a new future, something which has been happening in Northern Ireland recently, but Brexit might reverse.

I have scripted a fictional story of betrayal, drugs and murder. A look into the gritty streets of the city, an exploration of the motives that could drive any one of us to seek revenge. I of course have Nursery Rhymers, a disrespectful venting session where I lyrically murder all those I cant stand! In the rap game and in real life. For anyone who survives the listen without getting completely insulted I have overcome, a motivational song full of advice and help for anyone feeling down, depressed or wishing it was all over.

Thats just a glimpse at the project, there is much more topics I touch upon in it. I am very proud of the mixtape so far and I am dying to get it out there for you all to hear. I have to thank all my fans and everyone who shows me support by watching my videos, commenting, liking and sharing them, and a special shout out to those who visit my website and read my blog. Thanks for the support, if you want to get in touch for any reason, fill out the form on the contact page of this site and I will get back to you.

Willy G X Insane Beatz Mixtape coming soon.

 

Gerard i2 in Masons Friday

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Gerard i2 is a well known and well respected Irish Hip Hop Artist from Strabane. He never fails to disappoint with his new releases online, and brings unrivalled energy to his live shows, often accompanied by a drummer to give a little extra hit to the rhythm of the rap. It works very well, and I have to say Ive enjoyed every show of i2s Ive been to. Check out one of my favourite EPs of his, Out on The… below:

He will be playing in Masons this Friday the 15th of September, accompanied by The DizzFunktional BMC and Shane Deane, of North West Hip Hop. These lads know how to kill a mic, both from Derry they have been representing for years, releasing songs on YouTube and gigging all over the place. They are the ones to watch in Derry, they are building the scene. Check out their Music Video for their song Throne below:

Gerard i2, The DizzFunktional BMC and Shane Deane will be putting on an unforgettable show this Friday in Masons, its only 3 pounds in at the door, and drinks are 2.50 all night so if your in the mood for some Irish Hip Hop done right, get yourself down on the night, you wont regret it! I intend to be there supporting the scene these guys are building with every show, and enjoying a good nights Craic!

 

My Banana the video

We were planning on releasing a wee animated video for our song my banana, we enlisted the help of a team of freelancers to animate it, at a steal of a price, and we were really excited about it. The first drawings were of a sleazy banana and the plan was that he would walk down the street rapping the lyrics to random girls and getting slapped, but would eventually pull a girl who was a donut and they’d both walk off into the sunset together. But problems arose with the first stage of animation. We weren’t happy at all with the shoddy animation, but decided to see what the next stage of progress would bring. This was also disappointing and we eventually decided to scrap the project all together. At such a good price we weren’t expecting brilliance but what we got was well below average. Fear not though ! We may possibly be shooting a proper music video for the song in the coming weeks, all going well so keep your eyes peeled for updates, cheers.

My Life

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As you may or may not know I am really broke. I barely have enough money to live off due to the situation here, with the Paranoid Schizophrenia I have developed putting me on the Disability. Expenses such as Bills, Food, Tobacco, Alcohol… and saving money to get this music off the ground leaves me with barely anything at all.

 

The lack of money has me in the house every day and every night. I cant go out, I cant afford to even meet someone for coffee. Its ruining my life. I am always told that I should go out and live while Im still young, and thats what I want to be doing. But I am trapped in this house and it frys my head.

I need a job, but I dont think Ill be able to hold one down with this mental illness. I need to meet friends, do things and enjoy life, instead of sitting here at this laptop, becoming addicted to social media because its the only thing that connects me to the outside world. I need to have fun! But I dont because Im stuck here.

The recent floods have left me trapped with no way to get a taxi to my house after a night out , that I can afford. I love going to open mics in town and playing my music, now I cant even do that. I feel isolated and alone.

I would do a course, but Ive got such bad anxiety that I cant handle being around strangers for any amount of time. Only if Im drunk enough on a night out. I wont even get into my non existent love life. My life has definitely gone down hill over the years.

I have been admitted to hospital multiple times because I was psychotic. I have been through hell, so this boring life I have now actually seems like an improvement. I somehow look on the bright side, tell myself that things arent as bad as they seem. Maybe its denial, maybe its strength, who knows!

What I do know is that I havent went psychotic in over 2 years now since I started getting an anti-psychotic injection every month. So now that I have the schizophrenia symptoms under control I have to start rebuilding my life. I hope that tomorrow brings some excitement and that I can get back out there into the world and meet people, have fun and enjoy myself!

I have to make up for the lost time that a decade of battling mental illness took away from me. I have fought my demons, battled voices in my head and angelic visions commanding me to kill myself multiple times. I fought through it with all my heart because I knew deep down that this is my life and no one can take it away from me. I told myself that I have the right to live, and even if I suffer in life things will eventually get better. I told myself that I will have good times someday, and that they are worth sticking around to experience. I had a will to live within that saved me, that I am lucky to have because so many people are robbed of it, and dont make it.

I fought through it all alone, in the depths of psychosis I couldnt even articulate my own thoughts enough to tell anyone what was happening to me, about what I was hearing and seeing. I just had to fight it. It was the little things that kept me going, knowing that I would be able to enjoy a takeaway and have a drink, talk to my family and friends and have the craic, there would be new music coming out in the future that I could listen to. Small pleasures that make life worth living proved to me that life can be fun and enjoyable, and that if I did die I wouldnt beable to experience any of it.

I also believed, despite seeing these angelic visions and all, that when you die, thats it, its just the end. Blackness, Death. Nothing else, no heaven or hell. No reincarnation, just the end. So why let this life go to waste? That helped me fight through the suicidal urges the voices and visions represented, and when I did get the help I needed I got to experience all those pleasures of life. And I still do, knowing that there are even better moments to be had in the future, making new friends, finding love, doing shows, and all that. It keeps me going.

I want to let anyone suffering from mental illness or suicidal thoughts out there know that after every dark night there is a bright day, and if I can make it, so can you. Its your life, dont let anyone take it away from you.

Writer’s Block

Its infuriating. Any artists out there know their worst enemy, writers block. It can strike at any time, and when it does it is guaranteed to fry your head big time. I am currently suffering from it at the moment. Fuck writers block!

Rap is supposed to be fun, impulsive and inspirational. I love writing rhymes when I hear an MC who is killing it, I always want to write something as good as them, it really inspires me. Most of my rhymes are written on an impulse, if I am feeling an idea or a topic or if I just want to rap, thats usually what gets me writing. If I have a good beat or want to remix something, I usually sit for a few hours writing a song until its ready to go then I record it.

Writers block starts to sink in when there is a deadline on a project, or I have to write something for someone. It sucks all the fun out of it and it starts to feel like work. Or if I get the notion that this song has to be perfect, I usually shy away from writing it for ages because I must subconsciously think its going to suck and wont be perfect so I put it off. I would be terrible at writing if I was signed to a label. I cant meet deadlines, I sit down when its time to write and just draw a blank.

I have to be excited about the song to make it any good, otherwise I feel  like Im just going through the motions and ask myself, ‘Whats the point?’ and give up. Hoping that inspiration will strike soon. Its really annoying because I love writing so when it happens it just lowers my mood and I start feeling useless.

Sometimes its too hard to write if I have to stick to a certain topic, others, the possibilities are too endless to choose which avenue to take with the song. I dont fully understand my process at all, all I know is that writers block is a bitch. I suppose I have to be in the mood to write in the first place, but even then I have to get in ‘the zone’ somehow and Im not sure how that happens.

Its all a mystery to me, I just hope that I get back in the zone soon so I can write these songs and get them released!

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