Stop the presses, stop the presses, HIP HOP IS NOT DEAD!
It’s very rare to see a hip-hop artist perform with a live band and make that performance seem so effortless...
The New York Daily News Online
What they bring to the stage and to their recordings is unique, weaving in live musicians and some of the sultriest, warm-honey vocals I’ve ever heard in hip-hop.
About Traum Diggs
In the same tradition as classic no-nonsense Brooklyn emcees such as Sean Price, Big Daddy Kane and Jay-Z, comes East Flatbush native, Traum Diggs. The son of Caribbean immigrants, Diggs wrote his first rhyme at the age of ten and has dedicated his life to hip-hop ever since. “I don’t want to be in a time warp but I do want people to say ‘he was one of those dudes who reminded us of the dudes that paved the way as far as lyricism and real hip-hop,’” says Diggs.
Diggs’ straight forward, crystal clear delivery is a throwback to when hip-hop was more authentic but is still relevant to today’s landscape. When you listen to a Traum Diggs song you get humor, pain, social commentary and real raw lyricism all wrapped up in one package. “I’m an autobiographical emcee,” says Diggs. “My raps are my life.”
Though he wanted to be a rapper since he was a kid, Diggs heeded his mom’s advice and left Brooklyn to go to college at Temple University in Philadelphia. The then 17-year-old vowed to finish school in four years so he could get back to the rap and he did just that graduating with a BA in journalism.
During his time at Temple, Diggs honed his skills on the mic in legendary sessions with some of the best emcees in the city. He also formed the group H.M.P. with two old friends from Brooklyn and some new affiliates from school. H.M.P. released the EP, Dead End Kids in 2000. Shortly after the release, the group disbanded and Diggs joined with a former group member, ASAV, to form the Traum 'N ASAV Show. The duo released two mixtapes, Opening Credits (2004) and The Throwback Series: Episode One (2006) which was hosted by NY mixtape staple, Bedtyme 357. The Throwback Series garnered critical acclaim in the US and overseas and was the launching pad for Traum Diggs' new company, 623 Entertainment.
Capitalizing on the success of The Throwback Series, Traum Diggs released a collection of previously recorded solo material titled The Essential Traum Diggs in the summer of 2008. The Essential quickly led to the kickoff of The Mission Tour.
2009 was quite a year for Traum Diggs and 623 Entertainment. While successfully headlining Mission Tour dates from NY to DC, he also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with industry vets such as Talib Kweli, DJ Premier, Styles P, and Pharoahe Monch. Diggs also released a follow up installment of The Throwback Series (Episode 2) which features classic remakes of songs by KRS-One, Rakim, and Jay-Z and an incredible dedication to the late, great, Michael Jackson titled, "Mike Jackin' 4 Beats."
2010 has also been a landmark year so far for Traum Diggs, from playing live with his hip hop band, Bullyfoot Massive, to going on a 13-week grooming strike. Unfortunately for his barber, Diggs spent nearly three months forgoing a haircut or shave while he attempted to finish his debut EP, Major Journalism. The EP, which was scheduled for a fourth quarter release, features all live instrumentation (totally sample-free) and will see the light of day in early 2011. He also contributed the lead single, "On My Way 2 the Store" featuring Tex1 and Khaliba from the duo’s album, The Day The Job Market Crumbled. The single and album (which Traum Diggs is heavily featured on) are available for download via iTunes and Amazon.
Though Diggs stopped the strike before finishing the EP he had good reason. That reason came in the form of the recently released mixtape titled, For Colored Girls (& White Chicks Too). The DJ Tunes assisted tape is his first conceptual project and was inspired by Ntozake Shange’s play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf and Nina Simone’s classic song “Four Women.” On the 19-track opus, Diggs gives his take on women and relationships through the stories of four different individuals.
Traum’s body of work shows that he is one of the most versatile and real emcees doing it today. The beauty of it is that he is doing it for the love and not the typical rapper trappings. “I want my legacy to be that ‘he really gave us his life’ because it’s relatable and also to hopefully inspire someone that feels like there is no outlet for them in this current state of hip-hop.”
From deep roots in Africa, Chronic is an international hip hop / soul artist with a dynamic flow, stage presence and a five star lyricist. Chronic has been rapping since the tender age of 4 and has not stopped since then. Chronic is a man of few words, he prefers for his music to be his weapon of choice.
Chronic boasts great musical influences such as Bob Marley, Notorious B.I.G, Sade, Tupac Shakur, Fela Kuti and the Isley Brothers. Chronic has been featured on Hip Hop Chronicle UK, Media Massacre, Urban Music Online, Pass the Mic UK, Passion Radio's basement session, Ujima Radio in Bristol and Talk to City in the USA.
Performances to date include Greenways Centre in Bristol, Rhyme and Reason UK, Code of the Streets at the Cosies Wine Bar Bristol, Fawazi Madar Charity at the Blue Mountain Club, Blend Bar in Wandsworth, Busta Microphone at the Nazar Bar, X Showcase at the Bar Rumba, Kix Magazine's Camden Unplugged Part 4 at the Camden Proud Galleries, Nigeria Independence day celebration at the Camden Centre to name a few.