Born and raised in the Twin Cities to NuyoRican parents, emcee, singer, and songwriter Maria Isa is recognized for her dedication towards celebrating her cultural diversity through music and political activism. Read more about Maria Isa.
Maria Isa is also profiled in a Twin Cities Public Television's mn original production. View the video.
After a long fulfilling week at SXSW with over a handful of showcases and being an original St. Pauly girl, I only feel right to post a song honoring St. Patty's Day. Take a listen here to a song I was honored to collaborate on rappers/producers Muja Messiah and Bobby Raps for their Empire Status project. The Empire Status album was influenced by the prohibition-era gangster drama Boardwalk Empire.
While slamming your shots of Jameson and chasing it down with a tall glass of Guiness, enjoy and sing-a-long with the hook while you dance with the luck of the Irish, and ignore or participate in the crazy drunkeness happening all across American streets tonight.
"We run boardwalks to whisky in Ireland..
Started a fire with what we're blazing call a fireman...
Hear the grand piano, pistols, baby doll....
The world is yours and you can have it all!"
Muja Messiah and Bobby Raps (Photography by Tony Nelson)
Empire Status album available now on itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/empire-status-bobby-raps-muja/id715034375
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The Twin Cities has a strong history of local musicians making their mark and taking over the SXSW Music Festival and this past Wednesday evening 18 year-old, South Minneapolis rapper Nazeem took charge of every minute he had on the mic.
Nazeem, who leaked January 1st, the first song off his upcoming mixture produced by Spencer Joles, was definitely a crowd favorite at this year's SXSW MN Hip Hop Showcase presented by Dante Entertainment at the 6th street Austin venue The Blind Pig.
"Performing at SXSW was a goal I had set 2 years ago, after releasing my first project The Coliseum at the 2012 Soundset," states Nazeem. "I was glad to have my family there supporting me and the crowd was really cool too."
Growing up on the Southside of Minneapolis, and graduating from Southwest High School last June, the rapper and songwriter born Nazeem Jalees Cunningham is now a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College , and for 5 years has been working at Youthfarm, a non-profit organization focused on building youth led food movements in the Twin Cities. He was recently promoted as the Harvest Coordinator at his job, all while writing and recording his new mixtape produced by Spencer Joles.
His name is being heard around the Twin Cities as a best kept secret. With a feature on his father, veteran rapper Muja Messiah's upcoming project God Kissed It The Devil Missed It and this May's release of Atmosphere's Southside album, the new kid out the booth is bound to collect a fan base while educating a new generation of hip-hop fans through revolutionary bars set to shake your mind and tell a story.
"Nazeem killed it at the MN Hip Hop showcase here at SXSW! He had the crowd focused and responding to his catchy hooks like his songs were already a billboard hit on the radio," expressed Twin Cities producer, rapper and friend Bobby Raps of Audio Perm who took part in DJ-ing Nazeem's debut set at SXSW.
Nazeem performs at the SXSW MN Hip Hop Showcase. (Video by D.Potts/T.Mortenson)
I am proudly looking forward to hearing more from my favorite new Minneapolis rapper and seeing his career as an artist and activist grow on stage as well as in the hip-hop community.
Party and Power to the People y'all! -M.I.
Be sure to check out Nazeem's music available athttp://fifthelementonline.com/products/nazeemthecoliseumepcd
and his latest release "January 1st" https://soundcloud.com/spencerjoles/january-1st-nazeem-prod
Maria Isa performs her song Jazzmine Love at Tisha Campbell's R&B showcase at North Hollywood's Xen Lounge. Following up the Grammy weekend last month, Isa had the opportunity to perform right before platnum singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton and in front of diva-vocalist Faith Evans at the popular Studio City venue. Isa is currently working on her upcoming album Valley of the Dolls off SotaRico and In The Groove Records with production by Andrew Bergen, Bobby Raps and Truthmaze. Be on the look out for the first single Sabatoge to be released in March honoring Women's History Month.
Isa will be performing in Minneapolis this Friday February 28th at Aria at Jeune Lune 105 North First Street for the Heart of the Party presented by CD5 -DFL hosted by State Senator Bobby Joe Champion with special guest including Congressman Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.
Last winter I was in the studio mastering my January release The Latina Ritual Project (SotaRico 2013). It was then where I teamed up with In The Groove Music to put together "Latinization" an Urban Latino, Pop Fusion album fit for a sexy, classy action packed joyride around the globe with production by Young Mennace and Andrew Bergen.
My birthday was May 1st...blame it on my momma why I love to celebrate what I like to call MARIA ISA MAY with the release of my new album collaboration with Urban/Pop producer and songwriter Young Mennace titled "LATINIZATION" itunes.apple.com/us/album/latinization/id642667569
with music off the album to be featured in this month's release of Fast and the Furious Xbox and PS3 Games.
Keep posted and hope ya digg it Twin Cities!
First Single and VIDEO off Latinization:
"Street Luv" by Villa Rosa (Maria Isa and Muja Messiah)
Directed by Kale Eickhof
Didn't quite make New Year's Eve plans to party in Miami this year with Lebron James either eh? Well the elegant downtown Minneapolis event center Aria (located in the historical warehouse district, kiddy-corner from Origami), is teaming up with hip-hop act Villa Rosa (www.villarosamusic.com) and the classic Oliver Stone movie "Scarface," to bring a little Miami heat to the frozen Twin Cities.
Rumor in the streets is that Aria, the company occupying the building originally known as the Realty Warehouse Company (designed by the State Capitols' architect Cass Gilbert in 1899) will be transformed indoors into a replica of the famous 1983 Tony Montana mansion.
Villa Rosa will be providing an extravagant soundtrack for the evening which will feature DJ Turtleneck, mixed with live musicians to set off a politically incorrect hip-hop, r &b, dance, and Latin Soul set to ring in 2013. Villa Rosa celebrated and highlighted 2012 releasing their EP "Exotic Paraphernalia," at Rhymesayer Entertainment's 5th Annual Soundset Festival. The duo plan on performing new material off of upcoming 2013 joint and solo projects featuring producers and rappers Mike the Martyr (Lake Street Store) and Bobby Raps (Audio Perm).
General Admission Tickets are $50 presale and $75 at the door which includes hors d'oeuvres provided by Fabulous Catering.
VIP Tickets are $100 offering 4 balcony rooms featuring: crystal chandelier lighting, unique artwork, luxurious furniture, private bars, food, a champagne toast at midnight and a meet-greet with the artists.
Aria is offering 50% off of both limited VIP tickets and General Admission to The World is Yours bash with the mention of the Promo Code: VillaRosa
To purchase tickets and/or learn more about this event visit www.ariampls.com.