Mr. Pope speaks on black excellence on "Rise High" • Word Is Bond



Rapper/educator Mr. Pope comes through with another knowledge filled record titled “Rise High”. Over a bouncy track that utilizes the classic Queen Latifah sample, he kicks bars about the strides black people were making in STEAM fields despite systemic racism and oppression. Mr. Pope explains further that the record was inspired after a discussion with his 5th grade class

Mr Pope is a reading teacher on the West side of Chicago in the Austin community who writes music that reflects his experiences as an educator and brother in the struggle for equality. Buried within each song is pain, hope, love, and joy, and the interactions and experiences that waken those emotions. His upcoming project titled “Lesson Plans” attempts to provide insight and inspiration to all involved in the struggle.

You can go and watch Mr. Pope perform on  June 21, 2018 between 5:00 – 6:30 at Maggie Daley Park Downtown Chicago for Make Music Chicago music festival.



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NPR Plays Host to the Legendary O.C. for His Jazz Infused Tiny Desk Concert • Word Is Bond

NPR studios take us back to the 90s as they host legendary DITC member O.C on their newest Tiny Desk feature.  As expected O.C comes through with classic cuts from his extensive catalogue which is augmented with live instrumentation from jazz outfit Soul’d U Out, and an appearance by fellow D.I.T.C. member, Lord Finesse. Need we say more?

The set list runs through the new, old and classic cuts that would surely bring wide smiles across faces of die-hard fans.  He sets the tone with “New Day” off his recently released “Same Moon Same Sun: A New Dawn LP” and goes down memory lane with the DITC posse cut “Day One” with Lord Finesse in tandem.  This is followed by the classic verse from “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers” and the oft-sampled signature cut “Time’s Up” before wrapping things up with “Born 2 Live,” .

That record hits the hardest and provided a glimpse into the life of a rapper who’s been consistently delivering dope music for nearly three decades. Before delivering the first verse of the Word…Life cut, O.C. says that he “always feels happy and sad” when he performs the record. For those unaware, he wrote and recorded the track following the death of a close friend in Baltimore. While this brought about a clearly somber vibe to the performance, the mourning quickly turned into celebration as O.C. and the band put their all into it performing “Born 2 Live.” It was a fitting end to a stellar Tiny Desk Concert, and one that crowd will certainly remember.


O.C.’s latest project, Same Moon Same Sun: A New Dawn, is now available through all digital retailers and streaming platforms via Slice Of Spice/DITC. Stream/Download (Smart URL): HERE

Set List:

• “New Day”
• “Day One”
• “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers”
• “Time’s Up”
• “Born 2 Live”

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RTS Triplets ft. Gucci Mane – “Where Ya Loyalty At” (Video) –

“Where Ya Loyalty At” is just one of the singles on a upcoming album by up and coming RTS(Real Triplet Shit).

The song was originated around experiences the Triplets faced and or still facing in their lives as young black men growing up in Baltimore City. The (410) only seems to be a place where the word “Loyalty” has no more meaning or value to it in the streets and the negative vibe can also follow you home where your own family can’t seem to show that they know the meaning of the word neither. Featuring the iconic music mogul & the creator of “Trap Music” Gucci Mane(C.E.O. of 1017 Records) a.k.a. Guwop, Trap God, El Gato the Human Glacier, etc.

All three artist in order from 1st to last on the track Tripl3t, Gucci Mane & Relly Baby each give you guys a descriptive glimpse into the disloyalty that they received in their lives.

Real Triplet Shit and Gucci Mane team up to ask everyone “Where Ya Loyalty At” which is actually one of the greatest questions of all time.

Watch “Where Ya Loyalty At” below.

Follow RTS Triplets on Twitter: @rtstriplets

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Top 5 Submissions For 3rd week April 2018 • Word Is Bond

As we venture into the 3rd week of April with maximum speed, we also made sure to collate some interesting records from our submission lists. It’s been a hard ride but we are not relenting when it comes to this. We cannot do this without y’all so please support all the artists featured here.



Del The Funky Homosapien and Amp Live have teamed up for “GATE 13”. The full-length collaborative album pairs The Hieroglyphics veteran and Grammy nominee with the Zion I and unified highway co-founder. After working together during amp’s authorized Radiohead Remix Project, these friends from their Oakland days embark on 15 tracks that fuse Hip-Hop, Funk, EDM and more with guests including Goapele and Eligh. The first leak off the project is the record titled “Help” featuring Adult Karate.


Chicago wordsmith Verbal Kent (Ugly Heroes) and Spanish-German beat maker Superior release an animated video for “Go Get The Dank” off their collaboration album “Half My Life“. The track features Vic Spencer and Sonnyjim, and the video is animated by Brandon Webb of Foxx Called Moon Films.

Verbal Kent says: “I felt like Superior passed me this ominous, minimal beat the needed more than one vocal perspective. I have a totally different approach to both Vic Spencer & Sonnyjim, and yet couldn’t respect their crafts more. I think we all bodied this in our own way, and that’s what makes it unique.”




We switched things up with this afro-influenced joint from Lagos based rapper, dancer, spoken word poet who goes by the name Cherry Entafield. The mellow track sees the multi-talented act flip between English and pidgin English as she raps and sings her way through the track. The love-laden record is her first studio recording and is a true expression of self as she explains that the song “…simply means be true and you will find someone who loves with your crazy and not trying to change you.

 Cherry Entafield besides being a rapper, dancer and spoken word poet is also a Dentist. She has performed her unique brand of poetry infused with dance on many stages




18 year old rapper/producer Dead Hippie delivers his offbeat brand of hip-hop with his latest release titled “Red Nose Pitbull”. Over a mellow, somber piano loop, the young emcee kicks vivid unorthodox lyrics with reckless abandon. He has opened for such artists as King Lil G, Kirk Knight, and Nyck Caution and opened for Maxo Kream and Cuz Lightyear on April 5th. Get the audio on Spotify





After dropping the fiery “Let It Slide” a few months back, Tee Krsipil returns with a new one titled “Badangadang”.  The record is all about women standing up and being strong in their power.  On the record her producer Moxsa (aka Ari James) brings old school flavor with new school sounds to create a unique sonic experience that’s reminiscent of the 90’s but relevant to today’s hip-hop.

Tee’s thoughts on the new video:
This single is about being the boss bitch that you are. You don’t need a man, and you also don’t need me to tell you that. You’re smart enough to know this already. “Badangadang” isn’t about making women strong, women are already strong, it’s about remembering this truth.

Tee’s EP One Way Ticket will be dropping summer 2018, and the project is laced with metaphor, style, and musicality.


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JP Reynolds dwells deep under the "Icebergs." • Word Is Bond

On the newest entry in his monthly music series, JP Reynolds drops an insightful record titled “Icebergs”. He further explains: “We could learn a lot from the giant chunks of ice that float in the ocean. So I employ an iceberg mentality, which means that I’ve got to keep floating and be in the flow even if no one will ever see the real work, the 90%, the unseen.”

In addition to releasing the song, JP REYNOLDS is issuing a social media #IcebergsChallenge: Post a picture of yourself in the flow. Use lyrics from the song! The person with my favorite photo will get free merchandise.


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Rico Love Presents TXS – “Do Good” (Video) –

When it comes to urban music, certain contributors to the culture are always mentioned. Rico Love is one of them. Love has written and produced hit records for Usher, Nelly, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, Fergie, Chris Brown and a staple of other Platinum selling artists. Now, Rico is beginning his new endeavor “Rico Love Presents” a series featuring projects he’s nurtured, produced, and artistically crafted from behind the board.

He’s committed to elevating his collaborative environment of the music making process. He’s now curating content under his Rico Love Imprint. He’s grabbing hold of undiscovered artists and talent by packaging and molding musicians under his creative vision. “Rico Love Presents” is sure to reshape the way recording artists are filtered throughout the industry, giving them a powerful voice and untapped platform. Rico has experienced his own Billboard success as a solo artist with, “They Don’t Know” a hit that charted to No. 4 on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio. His background ensures each project under “Rico Love Presents” will garner attention as well as anticipation and success. Additionally, he’s still reigning on Spotify with over 500K monthly listeners.

The first installment of “Rico Love Presents” features the video “Do Good” starring the emerging artist TXS. The song was written by Rico Love and co-produced by Danja.

The video treatment was written by Rico and directed by the talented Parris Stewart. In essence, this is true R&B, not straying from Love’s level of hit-making.

Watch “Do Good” above.
Follow Rico Love on Twitter: @IamRicoLove

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