As hip-hop culture progresses into its fifth decade, several artists long for the Golden Era of rap. Rappers of this time (the mid and late 1980s) strive to be the best lyricist and typically accented their wardrobes by wearing hefty gold chains, as evidenced by such MCs as Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. Consider Planet Asia a torchbearer for the rebirth of the Golden Era
The lyrical manifestation of the balance between mind, body and spirit has been presented to us in the form of Tristate a.k.a. Metal Palms. A three-dimensional emcee with the wisdom of a prophet, the fearlessness of a gladiator and the confidence of a celestial servant.
Tristate uses husky toned vibrato, clever punch lines and charismatic delivery to triangulate your position while striking you with his lyrical weaponry. As most emcees seek to tow the line, Tristate’s mission is to set the standard and then exceed it.
Fresno born, North Los Angeles Raised rapper Killa Kali grew up in the golden era of hip hop and has been influenced by the fathers of rap like Sir Ibu, Rakim, MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, GhostFace, Raekwon, NAS, and many others. Kali was inducted in to Gold Chain Music in 2005 by Turbin And Planet Asia. Taken under the wing of Planet Asia, Kali studied and sharpened his blades for war in his debut with label mates on the “Post War” mix tape and “Gold Chain War” Lp distributed by RBC in 2010.
Montage One is a soldier of the Gold Chain Military, a California collective led by General Planet Asia, consistently one of the most slept on emcees in hip-hop. As such I’m almost honor bound to give anybody that Asia considers family the time of day, and Montage certainly sports an impressive list of credentials – even if they’re fictional. He’s a self-described “10th degree black belt in MMA mic grappling” who is decorated with medals for fighting “the global war on lyrical terrorism.” Oh and did I mention he’s descended from Sun Tzu, William Wallace and Thor?
Music is her breath of fresh air,” close friends say about Lyric Jones. The Jones musical repertoire includes rapping, playing drums, singing, writing, producing and even DJ-ing a little. She dips into jazz, neo-soul and mainly hip-hop. But whatever she’s doing, she brings a presence like no other.
“All I want is the exhilaration of being on a stage,” Jones said. Her hunger definitely shows. She’s hungry for the crowd to feel her music as deeply as she does, her powerful, message-conscious lyrics spilling out of the speakers.
DirtyDiggs is a beatmaking/production crew that consists of two brothers (NoyOne & J.R.) who hail from the west coast capital of Los Angeles, California. With the influence of the golden-era b boy boom bap, they represent the digging-in-the-crates subculture of hiphop that is sometimes lost in today’s pop rap radio world. The name ‘DirtyDiggs’ itself embodies the rare and forgotten samples left by past generations for this one to rediscover, or to “dig up”. This is prominent in their straight-off-the-vinyl sound. Their sound definitely pays homage to a crate digging culture.