Cincinnati MC and Fraternity member Sleep’s new video for “Orion’s Belt” captures raw, gritty visuals accompanied by a musical effort of the same nature. On a track produced by ClockworkDJ and filmed by Haze Effects and Rose Tower Films, Sleep graciously relieves listeners of having to go through the pain of hearing another random rapper “kill it”.
Another great video from Sleep, a founding member of The Fraternity, “Goon To A God” gives viewers one of those rare glimpses of what hip-hop should be. Possibly not even ten projects deep in his visual career, director Dan Hazeboy’s “dark” theme is something that has caught my eye. Simply put, “Goon To A God” is a dope video, with dope lyrics, over a dope beat produced by The Fraternity’s resident sound maker, Dope Antelope. Get it?
Hosted by Shade 45’s DJ AMF, Words With Friends was composed by some of the best talent the Midwest has to offer. Trademark Aaron’s first official mixtape release features appearances from Cincinnati’s Vincent Vega and Dubb, Kentucky artists Allen Poe, Powder, and Larry Flynt; in addition to Detroit lyricists Knox Money and Nate Eaken, not to mention many more. Words With Friends will more than hold the people over until the highly anticipated EP coming this summer from Trademark Aaron.
2Mancypher comes through with a new video titled Broken on their Vevo sponsored youtube page. The track and video touch on some emotional, even distrubing subjects. Directed by Dan Hazeboy and produced by Dope Antelope. Follow Sleep on Twitter at @Sleep2mancypher
Shot by Haze Effect Films, Trademark Aaron and Sleep once again join forces to detract the naysayers on a potent Kyle Otto production. Also available for download below, “You Don’t Want It” is slated to appear on Trademark Aaron’s upcoming mixtape Words With Friends.
As usual, The Fraternity does not disappoint. The group’s co-founder, Sleep, does anything but what his moniker may suggest. Also one half of Cincinnati hip hop duo 2 Man Cypher along with Cocaine Chris, Sleep once again successfully steps out on his own. For a minute during the visuals shot by Miles Joyner I was nostalgically reminded of Mobb Deep’s Havoc and Prodigy spitting rhymes on dimly lit street corners. Dark visuals mixed with a Jake Case produced boom bap throwback is just enough fuel for the fire to prove that Sleep is “Unmatched”.
Directed by Dan Hazeboy, the darkly scattered visual for “Project 48” from Cincinnati duo 2 Man Cypher’s recently released Queen City Bastards album provides hope for the future of the hip hop state. Produced in it’s entirety by Dope Antelope, Queen City Bastards is a stand out release from the pair of Fraternity representatives Cocaine Chris and Sleep.
Available as a free sponsored download over on DatPiff, DoubleCin.com has put together a dope mixtape that features the hottest artists in Cincinnati. Kingz includes dope tracks from top artists in the area such as Lantana, Marty Scars, Sleep, Joey Mack, and NHWWW featured artist Young Skip as well as many others.
After the smashing success of Northern Kentucky artist Trademark Aaron’s first single “Faith“, the highly anticipated For The People EP is finally up for download. The listed 6-track release also features some hidden gems that include appearances from some of the best names in the Greater Cincinnati hip-hop scene. With production from DJ Corbett and a positive, party vibe the For The People EP is more than enough to satisfy eager ears. With a strong following and numerous supporters, including myself (look for me on the artwork lol), Trademark Aaron is giving back every ounce of energy he can back to The People. This album is a definite must listen
Sleep of 2 Man Cypher releases his highly anticipated concept album Lockland 95: The Story of Us. The album is about Sleep’s encounters back in 1995 coming up in the Cincinnati community of Lockland. The first visual is the Miles Joyner directed story of “Duke”.