Feature: Jose G. Video Interview

As promised,  we release our video interview with Jose G., one of the the top rappers in Iowa and most definitely in Cedar Rapids.  Jose has been doing big things lately.  Peep the interview below.


We sat down with Jose G.,  Cedar Rapids rapper by way of Cali.   Jose broke down how he got a feature from the Prodigy-signed Realm Reality,  his latest projects, and more.

Catch up with Jose and the squad here.

Trap Society out now.



New Releases: DJ 500Benz – Hipster B******

DJ 500Benz drops another beat-tape that begs for attention with it’s shameless title and blending of between electronic music, hip-hop, and the latest trends in dubstep.



This blog is no stranger with affiliate DJ 500Benz.  We’d be too busy posting everything the Iowa City producer is doing, however his latest tape, dropped via Bandcamp, is one of his more interesting projects.   The inconsistency in sound and style can be jarring at times, but it’s clear DJ 500Benz isn’t afraid to cross genre lines.  Some tracks are reminiscent of chill-out or ambiant music, while others are hip-hop/ club music.  Th

All in all, the tape doesn’t stop with the controversial title:  Hipster B​!​‡►Ⓗ€$.   One could say that the tape takes a cheap shot at the genre of “noise” or an eclectic fusion across multiple genres.

Tell us what you think?  You decide here:

New Release: Bud D. Luck – The Blackout EP

After a slew of single releases,  the first official full length project from Bud D. Luck & squad has dropped today via the group’s Bandcamp page.  



 Drug Muzic member Bud D. Luck released his first EP titled,  “The Blackout EP.”  This marks the first full official release from the #drugmuzic outfit.   This release appears to be a concept album, derived with the following linear notes:

The album is a kind of Momento where the listener starts in one place, travels back through Bud D. Luck’s outrageous night and arrives back where they began and Bud D. ended; a park bench, hungover and passed out. With various skits woven into the songs, the album is best experienced if listened to straight through. Enjoy. #workhardstayhigh

Although this is a solo effort, it appears this is a group effort, with members Ex-L providing the cover art,  KB providing additional recording, and Shakes as lead mixing and production.

Along with the release, it appears the group has also announced a show in Macomb, IL at Hangover’s in April.

FreshTraxx: Ex-L – “Eternal Sunshine” (Prod. By Shakes)

You need this music…  The bad boyz of the local scene drop a new track that gives Jay Electronica and Rockie Fresh a run for their money.  The song:  “Eternal Sunshine” with a #DM debut performance from rapper EX-L.


Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind’s influence on hip hop music is far from marginal.  The music from the movie was penned by Jon Brion, key collaborating producer of Kanye West.    Jay Electronica dropped a song using a loop from the score.

When it comes down to it,  making a song called “Eternal Sunshine” would almost certainly be considered a cliche move towards exciting audiences.

This is not the case with Drug Muzic’s latest….  Drug Muzic is the collective made up of Shakes, Bud D. Luck, KB, and Ex-L.  We reported that they were gearing up release snippets of their EP, and Bud D. Luck’s EP.   This seems to be one of many tracks or “films” surfacing from this project on their website.

“Eternal Sunshine” is not an attention seeking whiny child of any of the aforemented songs.  Rather,  Shakes produces a marvel of a beat constructed around an unrelated sample.     EX-L lyrics are rapid, yet what can only be described as relaxed.  The beat is intense, but soothing.

Make sure to check Drug Muzic’s official page.

2013 Top 10 In The Big 10: Who is #iowasfinest?

Vote for your favorite artists/producers of this year…  Iowa’s finest.  Check the top contenders or enter your own fan favorite for the 1st Annual Top 10 in the Big Ten.


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This is Poor Broke Rapper’s first annual “TOP 10 IN THE BIG 10.”  Below is the poll that ends in 10 days.   There’s choices in there, but you can add someone if we missed them.  Make sure to send all your followers here to vote for you.  The top 10 will be profiled here on March 11th.

NOTE:  If you vote for a member of a crew, his/her votes go towards the group as a whole if not enough scored by members individually.  One vote per IP Address, so it’s all fair game.

On Demand: Emdubai – “Molly”

Emdubai’s not a newcomer, but is making his biggest splash yet with his radio single “Molly” now hitting airwaves in Power 92 Chicago.



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Emdubai’s latest offering, “Molly”, is making it’s rounds in the blog and mixtape world.  The single has an official music video that was release just four days ago.  Already it is featured on Tony Harder’s new mixtape Alien From Mars Vol. 5.  and “Molly” has been spinning frequently on Power 92 Chicago Radio.

In addition to this,  Emdubai is fresh off an appearance on DJ Disaster’s Armageddon tape on iTunes for “Toast.”  The new single “Molly” is produced by Mouthpiece Prod. and shot by JBooth.

“Focus on your weaknesses, NOT what makes you great,” said Emdubai, commenting on his recent embrace from the DJ/Blogging community.

The record is still in it’s infancy but it’s rumored that another premier hip hop radio broadcaster, possibly WGCI, might be picking the record up soon.

A Chicago native but resides in Iowa, Dubai has been an entertainer for a while on the scene.  He notably performed at Kinneck Stadium, and has opened for several top billing acts in the past.

Iowa City’s Shakes #Drugmuzic EP Due Out Soon


Iowa City artist Shakes is releasing his label compilation EP “#Drugmuzic EP.”  The sampler is due out soon on Datpiff.  No release date is known at press time.

Shakes has been releasing a slew of singles and music videos.  In addition, Shakes and the #DM squad hit the ground running this year on the concert show circuit, going everywhere from right here in their backyard of Iowa City’s Gabes to Nebraska and more.

This will be the first official EP release from #DM.

#Drugmuzic EP will also feature #DM artists KB, Bud D. Luck, EX L..   The album will be produced by Shakes and KB.




Artists2Watch: Jose G on the new Trap-a-holics mixtape.

Jose G, Cedar Rapids Native By Way of California, strikes it big with collaborations with G-Unit and Trap-A-Holics Mixtape Series.


Three years ago in the local scene, there was an adamant rapper that used to be at every show, every performance and every rap gig he could get into in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.   The aggressive nature at which he paced himself early in his career is starting to pay off.

That rapper is Jose G.  Born in Sactown, California, Jose represents 3zBrand Entertainment in Cedar Rapids.  Although Jose has been recording for several years now, Jose started gaining traction in the Iowa music scene with his mixtape releases Cedarfornia & Cedarfornia 2.

This week brings the most exciting news for Jose G.   Jose announced and released his Brick Squad x Trap-A-Holics collaboration (the brand made famous by famous rappers Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and others.)  If the buzz wasn’t enough,  Jose G is about to drop another collaboration with G-Unit artist Realm Reality on the 20th of this month.

The popularity of the series started turning heads locally and Jose G performed with a west coast icon, Ras Kass.  They performed together earlier this year.

Local promoter, MG worked with Jose G. early on in his career.  MG brought platinum rappers Twista and Chingy to Iowa City in 2009 and 2010.

“It’s unbelievable what’s happening right now in his career,” says MG.  “When I first started promoting three years ago, I always saw the work ethic he had.   He was at every show, performing, and working with his team.  I never expected this level out of any artist in Iowa.  It makes it all the much better that Jose G is the one receiving that attention.”

Jose G plans to launch Cedarfornia 3 later this year.

Another promoter  Johnny Charsimea of Iowa City, has watched Jose G. develop.

“There is a certain caliber of rap artists in Iowa City. You look at a group like Big Bang, and Jose G. in the early days was always around those guys, so you know he comes cut from the same cloth.    It’s no surprise to me that G is getting his props.  Finally!”  said J.C.

Social media from Jose G says Cedarfornia 3 drops later this year.  Make sure to check out Jose G.’s collab with Realm Reality February 20th.

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