Much talk is being made in local hip-hop circles of the "new Miami," a widening circle of not necessarily similar-sounding, but similarly minded hungry local MCs. Among some of these diverse rising artists are Phresh James, Ghostwridah, LMS, Dynas, Saheed, Garcia -- and a million others entertaining on Twitter that we are forgetting because it's early, sorry!
All vary in sound and attitude, but what all of the new Miami faces share is a hunger to go overground, while elevating the industry conversation through fresh artistic expression and more smarts than the average wannabes.
Among those who are proud to wave the new Miami flag are the two artists behind Vagabonds Music Group, producer ER and MC Baysiqly. The two met a couple years back when Baysiqly asked ER to make beat magic for a solo track. The result was "Space Music" in the summer of 2009, a psychedelic jam flipped over Max Romeo's reggae classic "Chase the Devil." Scoring some 12,000 downloads in a month based on word of mouth alone, "Space Music" was minted an underground success and the Vagabonds creative partnership was cemented.
Together, ER and Baysiqly also form the business wing of things -- Vagabonds Music Group, LLC -- a creative consultant group that connects industry people with publishing deals, management, and even graphic and apparel design. Through this hustle, the two aim to fund their own creative work. Not a bad business model to try in 2011.
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As artists in their own right, however, the duo continues a steady output, most recently marked by a just-released new effort, Good Neighbors. The featured collaborator roster reads like a who's-who of the new Miami: the aforementioned LMS, Dynas, Saheed, Garcia, Ghostwridah, as well as Protoman (repping 561) and many others.
For your downloading pleasure, here's the first single, "Here We Go," which features a guest verse from Dynas. Here, laid-back production from fellow up-and-coming trio Miami Beat Wave serves as a nice foil for his and ER's controlled but spirited lyrical back-and-forth. Grab it at the link below, and stay tuned for details on a live album release party that's in the works.