Guess who’s back? You guessed it, the boss of the Brainiac’s, Naledge Born. And after finishing up graduate school in Cali, he’s just announced his brand new project, Naledge is Power: The Social Work of Hip-Hop, which is in collaboration with 3Arts. It’s not only an album, but also a book and film — all helping out the community, to boot.
Naledge is Power: The Social Work of Hip-Hop is a music compilation, book and film project that examines hip-hop culture and its impact on African American youth in Chicago.
One part educational and one part entertainment, this multi-sensory project will explore the opportunities that urban youth and their advocates have when using hip-hop music as a means to achieve greater success academically and within their social development. This film project will paint a vivid picture of Chicago’s hip-hop community and the advantages that creating rap music play in assisting the city’s youth in tough times. It will specifically chronicle three artists I have personally encountered while working as a youth advocate on Chicago’s south side.
Funds raised from 3AP will be used to help with the completion of the film portion of this project. I am in the process of finalizing location shoot and participants. The accompanying music album is already recorded and will be mixed and mastered in December 2014. Production costs include camera, lighting and sound equipment, transportation, editing, and day-to-day costs for two experienced camera operators. The goal is to shoot the project in early 2015 and screen the film at Chicago’s Little Black Pearl upon completion. I also plan to publicly debut the film at DCASE’s 3rd Annual Chicago Music Summit in 2016.
Learn more about Naledge’s latest endeavor here.
Guess who’s bizzack?
Naledge, that’s who. With Saint The Good Boy on the beat, Naledge lets everyone know that he’s back and that this isn’t the fufu on the radio with the aptly titled “#NoFuFu.”
“#NoFuFu” is available on iTunes now, but you can stream it below. This is too nice. Naledge’s new album, Naledge Is Power, is set to arrive next spring via Braniac Society/Kidz In The Hall.
Hosted by Sean Mac
For the second installment of Naledge’s Brain Power mixtape series, the former Kid In The Hall gets back to basics with big beats, and fun rhymes. It’s a great balance of party and conscious — the type of material you’ve grown to love from Naledge Born. Largely produced by Saint The Good Boy and M Stacks, Brain Power 2, finds Naledge making a lot of noise on his own, with some assistance from Bun B, Sulaiman, Vic Spencer, Willie The Kid, BJ The Chicago Kid, Highlife and Parkay.
There’s a lot of potential club anthems and thumpy, thick records akin to “The Lanipop Song” on here. Trust this is something you’ll want to wang in the whip. Stream it and download it below.
Directed by Manny Reel. Produced by M Stacks.
Naledge cruises down 63rd & Hayes for the latest visual from his Brain Power 2 project, due out January 27th. Dope visual for a dope track. Press play and check out the video above.
The Brainiac boss reconnects with one of his earliest Brainiac soldiers, Vic Spencer. And do remember, Naledge’s early A&R skills definitely raised awareness of now-revered Chicago emcees such as Vic Spencer, Vic Mensa, Highlife and Bighomie DOE. Glad these guys still find time to work with one another. The Brainiac Crew was strong asl (as the kids say). #neverforget.
Naledge’s Brain Power 2 will now drop on January 27th.
Naledge takes it out South with this new trunk rattler dedicated to Hayes Park. The Brainiac Boss recruits close comrades DJ MoonDawg and the Trill OG himself, Bun B, who laces the “63rd & Hayes” with a screwed up hook. It might be the coldest day of the last 20-some-odd years, but this is straight summertime droptop music right here. I guess it’s never too cold to fire up that grill, huh?
Produced by Saint The Good Boy.
Naledge and Parkay ride hard for the Windy on the latest drop from Brain Power 2, “Chicago Rules The World”. Doesn’t get much more Chi than this one.
Brain Power 2 drops January 5th.
Produced by GoodBoy Beatz
Perception is everything. Or so they say. So what do you do until you get it how you want it? Well, you fake it til you make it, that’s how. But that’s not really what this song deals with — it’s more of Naledge just busting your ass on the mic, tbh.
Naledge’s Brain Power 2 project is due out on January 5th.
It’s kingdom come. Place the crown atop the dome. Scan and Naledge Born get regal on their latest. Off Scanlous’ Lucifer’s Choir project, due out later this year.
Produced by MStacks
Country cousins Naledge and Willie The Kid connect yet again for “Amnesia,” the latest offering from Naledge’s Brain Power 2 project. Call it thanks for giving. Look for this Sean Mac-hosted project to impact on 1/5/2014.
Don’t forget to press play.