New York Underground Rappers on the rise

In New York City there is never a short supply of talent. On Friday, April 28th founder of Show Your Nice, Synobia, and Signature Sounds Studios came together in an event that showcased the talent of four young MCs in the music industry. Kota The Friend, Tina Bugatti, Travis Little and The Official JL came together and performed some of their music. We got the opportunity to sit down and talk to all four of the artists before they performed, as well as Synobia and asked her a few things about the event and her brand. Synobia came up with the concept for Drip Jamboree, because she wanted to create a light vibe by bringing all different types of people together. Her vision was to have an action pack event and she definitely accomplished that! When asked if Drip Jamboree will be am annual event, she said "Absolutely, it will be! I have great things in store as far as new guest appearances, you all will just have to wait till next year". Since we are big on inspiration, we had to ask Synobia what inspires her the most? She said, "since branding Show Your Nice I was inspired to create a platform where all types of artists (poets, dancers, singers, rappers and models) can express themselves and voice their craft." She went on to say "Show Your Nice also gave me a voice for myself."  We also got a deeper look at the MCs and their music. Check out their interviews below.

Photo taken from Zhakleen Sina IG: bookddp

Photo taken from Zhakleen Sina IG: bookddp

Tina Bugatti - IG: @tinabugatti

Tina Bugatti is the turn-up rapper you need to get the party started. She also can take her music to a deep place that many people can relate too. Life is the inspiration for her music. You can relate to her because she creates her music based off of her own personal life situations, like her song 'Lonely', which is about a particular moment in her life. Tina's sound is inspired by Jill Scout, Erica Badu and Nicki Minaj. She tries to stay away from controversial artists. As a female artist she knows about the negative impact controversy it can have on artists and Tina wants no part of it. 

"We are undermined. It is very male dominated right now, but when the women do step up it becomes just one woman dominating it. I wish it was more unified." 

A lot of women gravitate towards Tina's music. Since she is a female MC she knows exactly what women go through and is able to express that in her music. 

" A lot of music that I do is for women. A lot of my music is about relationship and heartbreak and women normally relate to that." 

When asked what words of encouragement she would give to young ladies, Tina had one simple message. 

"To be treated like a human, just be treated with respect."

Video by Shaquille Walker

Photo taken from Zhakleen Sina IG: bookddp

Photo taken from Zhakleen Sina IG: bookddp

Kota The Friend - IG: @kotathefriend

Q: Can you tell us a little about “Palm Tree Liquor” and how you came up with the name?

A: WOW! No one has ever asked me about that shit (laughter) Which is the most important question about the whole project. The reason I named it that was because we were in LA at about 2:00am or 3:00am in the morning and I wanted some liquor so bad. It was an off day and I wanted to get litt, so we started to drive and the one place that was open was a store called “Palm Tree Liquor”. That’s when it hit me, “that’s it bro that’s the name!”

                Q: Do you feel it was a sign?

A: It was definitely a sign and I was like that’s it and at that point is when I decided to name my album that. I was with my bro and he kept saying, “ ahhh man I don’t know, Palm Tree Liquor?” after like 5 seconds, he then said “hmmm, that shit is litt” then I agreed.

Q: How did you feel when you first saw an article about yourself on hip-hop magazine, XXL’s website? Did you expect something like that?

A: It was crazy! I was like nah we made it! (even though we obviously didn’t make it at that point) I felt like I made it. I didn’t expect that at all, every good thing that happens to me I don’t expect. I try to be as humble as possible, because at the end of the day tomorrow you can be somebody and the next day no one can give a fuck about you. It was amazing to be on the XXL website.

Q: What are your thoughts about women being represented in music?

A: I feel like women musicians definitely need a broader voice and there aren’t many female hip-hop artists out there. I feel women artist should be themselves and not be labeled or be boxed into a group like, “Oh you’re a Nicki Minaj”. That’s what most people liked about Lauren Hill, once she hit the scene she was herself and didn’t try to be like the other female MCs.

“We need more female artists that are themselves”

Q: Who is your favorite female rapper at the moment?

A: It would have to be Chelsea Reject, she is an underground rapper, that is so dope! Since that first time I heard her I was like this is the type of shit that needs to pop off. She has her own style and doesn’t try to be anyone but herself, she really has her own voice. I wish that more female musicians that come on the scene to try not to be like any artists before them and just stay in their own lane.

“It’s okay to not fit in and just do you.”

Video by Shaquille Walker.

Photo taken from Zhakleen Sina IG: bookddp

Photo taken from Zhakleen Sina IG: bookddp

Travis Little - IG: @travislittlenyc

Q: How would you describe your sound?
A: Indigo-Soul a mixture of New Orleans Jazz, Hip-Hop, Old School, a little Rock. But most importantly it’s always honest.

Q: How long have you been rapping?
A: I started off with spoken work for about two years, just to boost my following and get people on my wave. I’ve been performing for five years and showcasing my music for about 3 years.

Q: Since you started off with spoken word, would consider yourself a poet or a rapper?
A: I call it just free talking, which means freely talking, I don’t give a fuck about rhythm, because I understand music and its layers. So I’m able to hit a rhythm that you can hear but you still feel. The topics I pick are just different, I’m just talking to the people about real shit. That’s the best way I can describe it.

Photo taken from Zhakleen Sina IG: bookddp

Photo taken from Zhakleen Sina IG: bookddp

The Official JL - IG: @officialjl

There is only one way to describe this singer, songwriter, and engineer and that is multicultural and edgy. He can perform all different types of genres from R&B to Pop. He has written music for groups like Day 26 and Chris Brown. JL came from a family of musicians learning the business from his uncles and cousins. When asked about his favorite female rapper JL said, 

"I love female rappers. My favorite female rapper is Lauren Hill. Everything that she did from rapping to singing I love. What can you not like about a female MC." 

This musician can do it all in the studio and he would not have it any other way.