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Nonchalant is a female rapper from Washington D.C., well known for her hit single “5 O’Clock” that came out in 1996. Nonchalant opened-up the minds on DC’s hip hop scene and thanks to her many hidden talents from the city came out from the underground.
Her debut album “Until The Day” was released in March 1996 and got a lot of positive reviews. Later she appeared on the soundtrack of the movie “Dangerous minds” on a track called ‘Keep on pushin’ together with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Bahamadia.
In 1998 she released another single ‘Take it here’ featuring the Roots where you see a more softer side of her. Because before women felt like they had to look like a man to compete more but after a while they saw that “I can still be me and still do my thing” being good lyrically as well as the visionary.
For a while she has been out of the music industries’ eye but still pretty active. She focused on writing and observing the music industry learned how to spin in her basement and holds a daily radioshow from 6-10pm on WPGC 95.5 . She is working on an upcoming album and awaiting the right time. She does not want to be with a label with a bunch of other female rappers were she is just another apple in the crew .. she wants to be that “one apple’.
Check the video for 5 o’clock right here!
“Her unique style is a powerful mix of singer songwriter Hip Hop combined with jazzy instrumentation by the Eric Mire Band. ‘Strawberry Cadillac’ is really one of my favorites.” -Jeannette Petri, Anattitude Magazine
Melissa Czarnik (Zar-nik) is one of the most soulful and articulate emcees to emerge in recent years. After receiving critical acclaim for her debut album Strawberry Cadillac (2008), she recently released her sophomore album Raspberry Jesus (2010) on Hyperdrive Motivator Productions out of Milwaukee. The new album is further evidence that Melissa has grown into a versatile songwriter with an impeccable flow, her voice is exacting and heartfelt. Backed by the five-piece Eric Mire Band, her live show absorbs audiences with a fruitful blend of hip hop, jazz & soul. Mixing her interests in poetry and Hip Hop, Czarnik’s lyrics exemplify artists such as Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott and Ani Difranco.
We called Melissa during our show and had a nice chat with her. And maybe you’re the one lucky listener that’s won a copy of Raspberry Jesus!
JoBee: Hey Melissa! Tell us a little bit more about you and your music.
MC: I’m an MC and a Poet. I definitely put a lot of focus on my lyrics, like most MC’s do, but I like to have a little poetic spin on it.
I work with producer Eric Mire, and together we do this hip hop mix with jazz, spoken word, soul. And you hear a gospel influence in my music as well. I work under the Hyperdrive Motivator Productions in Milwaukee.
JoBee: Melissa, you were a guest in June at our SupAfly party, how do you remember that night?
MC: It was a wonderful party! I wish I could be in all your parties! You always do amazing stuff: you had Eternia, La Melodia … It’s amazing!
JoBee: You’ve released an album under the name Raspberry Jesus, can you tell us a bit more about it, because we’re giving away two copies to our listeners.
MC: Raspberry Jesus is the second CD, released in July 2010. It’s a mix of hip hop, soul, jazz and definitely poetry. Some tracks are very hard-hitting and powerful. Others are more laid-back, and love songs. But overall it’s all feel good music, you can put on when you have a bad day, to relax.
JoBee: What are your major inspirations?
MC: Artists like Lauryn Hill (definitely), 2Pac, The Roots, Outkast…
JoBee: What can we expect from you in the future, what’s cooking?
MC: I’m working on a new project, there’s big changes going on because I’m looking to possibly relocate to NY. I’m working on a short EP on Milwaukee by April 2011.
JoBee: So maybe we’ll meet in NY then in 2011, who knows!?
Signif is a young talented Mc from Milwaukee with the boom bap in her heart and soul. Currently, she is based in New York, following her dreams: making music.
It’s not the first time we’ve actually heard from Signif, in 2008 she has released her debut album called “The Transition”, which is now free of charge on her bandcamp. Listening to her fluent flow, and the boom-clap beats it’s only natural we’re looking forward to some more new fresh tunes.
Her latest release is the song “What Matters” of the upcoming “Significant Wi(z)dom” EP, which we played during our radioshow.
And check the video for her single ‘Drifting‘, from ‘The Transition EP’:
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