While I love the CA hip-hop scene, my two personal favorite areas for hip-hop music is, of course, NYC followed by Detroit. The city has a unique sound, had one of the top producers to ever have lived, producers and instrumentalists like Karriem Riggins, Wajeed, Black Milk, Taara'ch, and many more; not to mention acts like SV, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Eminem (at least his early records; and also D12's first LP), Royce Da 5'9 and D-Elite, 5 Ela and early Proof material, Que D, Frank-N-Dank, Fat Ray, and many more. One name that keeps popping up now and then is Nametag, an emcee I first heard on Black Milk's early album "Sound Of The City", "Popular Demand" and "Calitroit"; and later appeared on both installments in "Dirty District". Apparantly, he's actually Black Milk's first cousin, and has released a few EP:s and the album "The Name is Tag" which caught a lot of positive reviews from the hip-hop press.
On April 16, he's planning to release his sophmore album titled "For Namesake". The album will feature a mix of popular and fresh names from the "D", such as Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Miz Corona, Mahd, and Jashua Smith. The first viddeo is now available for your pleasure, "Hookless", which confirms Nametag as one of the fastest rising star of the "D". If you want the song in downloadable MP3, click here.