Naeem Oba

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Fresh local hip-hop from Pries, SP Double, Myke Charles, Molina Speaks, AG Flux and more

    Another week, another batch of fresh hip-hop from the Mile High City. Pries draws all eyes to him with The Lonely Kid Show, the tireless SP double shows his proficiency on "The Mission Statement," Myke Charles, FL and the ReMINDers take on some G.O.O.D. music in "The Mourning," Black Mask member AGF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Fresh local hip-hop: A Broncos anthem, plus new cuts from Billy Lipz, Young Doe and more

    We've got another fresh batch of local hip-hop for you this week, including a new cut from Innerstate Ike, Esi Juey and Nyke Nitti that pays homage to the beloved boys of winter in the orange and blue. If you have't heard it yet on KS-107.5, which has been showing the track love since premiering it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    New music from Aires Jackson, Naeem Oba, Spoke In Wordz, Concept Oner and SP Double

    Spoke In Wordz goes hard this week​This week in rap, we have the latest video from Aires Jackson, a project featuring Lenny Lenn and his brother James Ray, a brand-new funk track from Naeem Oba that's so ill it came with a "this will make you dance" disclaimer, another new video snippet from S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    That's a Rap: D'Girl premieres new video, Naeem Oba drops controversy-baiting track

    ​This week in rap, we offer several different mediums as viable outlets of rap expression. First up, we've got a new video from D'Girl, the Gang Green International affiliate who thrives on spitting hard core rhymes with a pretty face. Naeem Oba, meanwhile, comes out swinging on track whose pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    The year in reviews: a handy link guide to all local record reviews in Westword in 2010

    ​ Since we're in the process of compiling picks for our annual Moovers and Shakers issue next week, we thought we'd put together a link guide of everything we've reviewed this year thus far. Even though it shouldn't be at this point, it's always a bit staggering to reflect upon just how many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Local reaction to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West's acclaimed new album

    ​Kanye West released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy yesterday amid rave reviews -- Pitchfork gave it a perfect ten rating, Spin gave it nine out of ten stars, Rolling Stone gave it five stars, Urb gave it four and a half out of five stars, and XXL has reportedly given the album an XXL ratin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Check out "Julia," the first track from Naeem Oba's new album, Unorthodox

    ​ Naeem Oba should already be on your radar. But just in case he isn't, feel free to get up to speed on the Minneapolis-bred MC by reading the Q&A we posted with him and brikAbrak this past December. Dude is deep. Real deep. Right now, he's working on an album based on 1984, George Orwell's p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Boonie Mayfield on rebuilding his studio after being buglarized

    Red Bull​ Boonie Mayfield (aka Solomon Vaughn) is one of the hottest emerging hip-hop producers in the game. And that's not just us talking. While it's true: He is one of our favorite beat makers; it's not just us who are smitten Boonie's beats. For the past two years, Boon Doc has taken home ... More >>

  • Music

    February 4, 2010

    Naeem Oba and BrikAbrak

    You Are Not One of Us

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of January 25, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Q&A with Brikabrak and Naeem Oba

    AG Photography​Starkville, Mississipi is known for a lot of things: the arrest of Johnny Cash for public drunkenness, which inspired the song "Starkville City Jail." Real life American gangster Machine Gun Kelly lived there while studying agriculture at Mississippi State University. Starkville als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Freeloader: "I Don't Know" by Brikabrak and Naeem Oba

    ​Earlier today, we posted a Q&A with Brikabrak and Naeem Oba, and now we present you with a free track from the pair to download. Built upon a beat laid down by King Karnov, the track, "I Don't Know," centers on Naeem Oba's rhymes, which he recorded at CCM studios on Colfax, and Brikabrak's de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Introducing: Blackhearts

    ​Just a bit ago, Blackhearts, the thus far super secret collaboration between Yonnas Abraham of the Pirate Signal, F.O.E. and Karma, made its online debut with a track called "Bloodlines of That Gangsta Shhh." According to Abraham, the still burgeoning outfit will expand to include collaborations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Yo! Raps names Starting Five as next to blow

    The Starting Five is off to a great start.​Yo! Raps Magazine must really have their ear to the street, or they're just awfully prescient. This morning the site posted a Q&A with the Starting Five in their Next 2 Blow section. Starting Five? Next 2 Blow? Scratching your head? Don't feel bad if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Get a taste of Suicide Watch 2: Sambodextrust

    Four-fifths of the Starting FiveBack in December, Colorado MCs Whygee and Sunkenstate connected with Colorado producer Kid Hum to create Suicide Watch, one of the better Colorado hip-hop releases of 2008. And it was free! Now Whygee and Sunk have reconnected for Suicide Watch 2: Sambodextrust, a sev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Whygee, Naeem Oba offer taste of upcoming mixtape

    Whygee is on a pretty good streak as far as projects are concerned. He's still getting props from the Suicide Watch project with Sunken State and Kid Hum, his collection of rare and unreleased material in the Saga of Mr. Bitches with RocktheDub, and his appearances on a variety of other projects for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Whygee capitalizes on CMJ Chart placement

    In case you haven't heard by now, Whygee and Sunken State's excellent Suicide Watch EP debuted on the College Music Journal hip-hop chart last week at number 30. The duo released the record back in December for free download, and it looks like it's paying off, especially for Whygee.