R.I.P.

It was truly a fun and fulfilling few years, but unfortunately Golden Underground is no longer active due to unforeseen circumstances. We appreciate everyone who supported us over the years, and we really appreciate the few people who helped deliver such incredible original content to the site. We will try to keep this site up as long as possible so that people may access those articles. We hope that you continue to explore other quality sites for quality music, and continue to support Hip Hop culture.

Peace,

Christian H.

Founder of Golden Underground

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[NEW ALBUM] The Benchwarmers Clique – “The Ugly”

South Florida’s hometown-hero novelty Hip Hop collective known as The Benchwarmers Clique received a great deal of well-deserved local and online attention for their previous release: a vintage video game concept album(produced by the British evil genius producer extraordinaire Jewbei) entitled The Adventures in 8bit: Cartridge 1. Quite often they’re that hard act to follow at South Florida hip hop shows, bringing out props, a crazy hype man named Spits, and an unconditional high energy performance that is seldom seen in this particular scene(and probably everywhere else).

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[Music Video] Phil Sebastien – “New Age Giants”

Back at it again is GU favorite, Phil Sebastien, with a rather unique set of visuals this time around. With Hip Hop being a culture that revolves around digging for samples, it comes to us as a surprise to not see as many people digging for rare or eclectic visuals sampled from vintage films for music videos, complimenting the vintage feel of the record itself. Well, Phil Sebastien, one of the more cunning wordsmiths out right now, successfully delivers us this multiplex of rare vintage visuals(sampled from the 1973 Mexican-American film “The Holy Mountain/La Montaña Sagrada”) accompanied by an array of astute bars over a throwback EL-P beat from Company Flow’s Little Johnny From The Hospital project. Yet again, Phil assures us that the New Age Order is nothing to take lightly. Check out some of their previous releases HERE.

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[Local Event] REKS LIVE in Lake Worth, FL @ The Speakeasy Lounge

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Golden Underground is proud to present the South Florida Hip Hop scene with yet another spectacular event. On November 23rd, East Coast powerhouse REKS will be headlining the Speakeasy Lounge alongside South Florida local heavy-hitters SIN, Benchwarmers Clique, Croosh, and The Merger(6 Cardinal x Case Windu). Tickets are $15($10 pre-sale). Facebook event page —> HERE.

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[New Mixtape] Glocky Davis – “PLAYER” (Prod. The ODD Won)

Miami is a culturally diverse city, and it’s Hip Hop scene certainly shows for it. One of the more eclectically refined street rappers, making a real name for himself through his unique production taste and subtly technical flows, is a bearded fellow named Glocky Davis, of whom we’ve been supporting for quite some time. Seemingly one of the very few rappers of his kind who actually takes the time to sharpen his live performance craft(no, he does not rap over his lyrics), Glock is also a no-brainer for someone looking for a memorable performance in the 305.

After the release of Pro Era crew member CJ Fly‘s Thee Way Eye See It, it was safe to say that Orlando producer Carnage(now going by The ODD Won) was one of the best production hands on the project. Well, it turned out that the two were set to put out a full-length project called PLAYER, which leads us to where we are now. Last Rights presents to you, Glocky Davis’ PLAYER, produced entirely by The ODD Won. Features include 305 veteran J NICS, Philly’s Ryshon Jones, and Golden Underground favorite and frequent collaborator Phil Sebastien. For fans of recreational usage of “hoes, money, liquor, and drugs” and laid-back smooth raps, this project will suit any and all of your needs. Enjoy the free download and show love to the man behind the mic.

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Access A3C: Combat Jack Show [Interview]

“Access A3C” is a new series that was recorded live at A3C Festival 2013 in which Florida-based Varras Tower and Kevin Nottingham along with various guest hosts interview a variety of notable figures in Hip Hop today, including DJ Premier, RA The Rugged Man, and Talib Kweli, and more. For their debut episode, the crew(including Maurice Garland) interviews INTERNETS own Dallas Penn, Reggie Ossé, and Premium Pete of The Combat Jack Show.

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[Mini Review] Roc Marciano – “The Pimpire Strikes Back” (Mixtape)

At midnight last night, the fine folks at Man Bites Dog Records released Roc Marciano‘s highly anticipated mixtape: The Pimpire Strikes Back. When you hear this project, you will probably question whether or not it is a mixtape or, in fact, an album, but we assure you that these are tracks that have been in the archives for quite some time…but don’t let that make you feel some type of way, because this is, without a doubt, a conceptual project chalk-full of gems. With this project seemingly difficult to top, Marci is somehow doing so with his follow-up LP, Marci Beaucoup, which will release on December 10th.

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Step Brothers – (Alchemist & Evidence) Lord Steppington Album Art + Track List

Long time collaborators Alchemist and Evidence finally reveal the album art and track list for their highly anticipated joint effort Lord Steppington. The entire album will be produced by Alchemist and Evidence, and the features Roc Marciano, Blu, Action BronsonRakaa Iriscience, Styles P, Fashawn, and more. Sadly, pre-orders don’t start until November 19th and the album doesn’t come out until January 21th. But in the mean time you can enjoy the track Ron Carter, which is not going to be on the album.

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[Album Review] Jermiside & Danny Diggs – “Quiet As Kept”

Written by Steve “DISCourse” Held

Quiet As Kept(HipNott Records) is the new album from duo Danny Diggs(instrumentals) and Jermiside(verbals). The duo’s latest twelve track collection deliver an increased sense of identity in Jerm’s lyrical musings and familiar yet fresh board work from Diggs. Their first collaboration, 2010’s Middle Classic(HipNott Records), serves as an aural introduction to the life and perspective of its lyricist. It’s supported by a great flexibility on the boom-bap production side, which stir up emotions as distinct as despair and triumph while rarely missing a beat. Without a doubt, Quiet As Kept succeeds in picking up where Middle Classic left off.

QAK isn’t 12 tracks of break-your-neck bangers and lyrical flames. Even for me, who was already a fan of this duo, I needed a few listens for everything to sink in. Jerms’ flow doesn’t snatch you up at first bar (that’s not usually his style) and Diggs doesn’t aim for street anthem gusto. Diggs’ musical landscape is beautiful and smooth to be sure. Jermiside’s lyrics carry undeniable merit, but the slick, witty rhymes (never old clichés) are slid into verses on the low. This album isn’t for everyone. If you like your Hip Hop loud in a club or need that dope boy sound, this might not be the album for you. If you want cool Boom Bap-ish music to flow through your headphones as you bounce around the city or lounge at home, this is the Hip Hop for you.

Kinship is a prominent theme in Jermiside’s lyrics and Quiet As Kept keeps the tradition. “Bloodline”, one of the standout tracks of QAK, is an affirming celebration of Jermiside’s lineage: the MC takes pride in his roots as a descendant of a “sharecropper grandfather” and discovers many other forbearers. In learning about his family tree, Jerms expands the definition of his ethnicity and gains wisdom through knowledge of self. And lets be clear: Danny Diggs really did his thing on this one. Singing horns and silky layered vocal samples combine with a light quick snare section to imbue the track with an exultant sound.

 

“Thank You” is another gripping offering on this album. Verse one features Jermiside’s ode to his mother’s love and strength. The verse is touching and filled with details with personal nuance rather than tired tropes that litter some of Hip Hop’s better-known parental dedications. Providing the hook, L-Marr the Star pulls on heartstrings pleading, “If God takes me away and I don’t get to say/ I guess I’m telling you thank you.” These brief lines simultaneously play as heartbreaking and celebratory, stirring a potent mix of emotions. But my favorite part of this track is the concluding verse by Ill Poetic. The clever wordsmith spins this heartfelt dedication as only an MC and Hip Hop head can, laying bare his debt of gratitude to his trusty headphones. Aspects of creativity like this, in my opinion, distinguish good music from formulaic grabs for shine in an age when it feels like everybody’s a rapper.

 

Overall, I could only identify two minor flaws (neither worth mentioning here) in what is otherwise a gem of Hip Hop music. The insights, passion and growth of Jermiside are undeniably his own, and as such, they ring true and powerfully. Danny Diggs contributes a powerful depth to those lyrics that enhances the themes explored on each track, making them all the more compelling. Quiet As Kept is a solid offering and worthy successor to the accomplishment that was Middle Classic.

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Sean Shakespeare & Horaha – “Sloppy Perfection” (Album)

Hailing from Orlando Sean Shakespeare & Horaha bring us “Sloppy Perfection”. This album features some other ill heads from the collective Jimmy Crow Blue also known as JCB. The album seems to progressively get better with each track and there are some real gems near the end. Overall, if you like indie Hip-Hop and a Rhymesayers/Stonesthrow feel, you will enjoy this. It’s been a long time coming and you can catch up more at http://www.jimmycrowblue.com https://www.facebook.com/jimmycrowbluefl for events and such. 1-2-3…J-C-B!!!

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