In advance of the release of his newest EP, the highly-anticipated Sometime In New York City Vol. 2, the great Ciph Boogie, a one-time Artist of the Week here, and winner of our ESPN Main Event competition, has dropped the single, “Hatlow.” It’s a pulsating loop with a vintage vibe that sets the scene for Ciph’s fireworks flow. He came here to make some noise, my people, let’s go.
“Hatlow” was produced by Chris Prythm, and we’ll have more on the EP when it comes out.
This week’s Artist of the Week is Ciph Boogie. Ciph was the champ in our 2012 ESPN Main Event Competition, scoring a prime placement on the sports network’s Friday Night Fights. That was over a year ago, but the Brooklyn rapper has not been resting. He’s been writing, recording, and performing steadily, and has just released a brand-new freestyle, Y’all Still Don’t Get It. The track is a dark groove with a haunting, John Carpenter-esque keyboard arpeggio, punctuated with a distorted kick, and laced with foreboding samples.
Most of Ciph’s music contains an uneasy undercurrent, from his early Quiet Storm mixtape through 2008’s Black Mamba LP and the more recent Some Time In New York City EP. His wordplay sparkles on top of winding, minor-key hooks and hits, making for an irresistible yin-and-yang. Every new release from Ciph Boogie has been a remarkable progression, and we now find him at the top of his game. He’ll be featured next on the 2013 compilation from Signatrue Clothing. Check out the new freestyle below, along with a comprehensive recent interview with The Sunday Night Cook Up.
We’ve had months of brutal competition, but only one artist could be named the Grand Prize Winner of the ESPN “Main Event” Competition. DIVE, Konsept, Fight The Fear, FlyRydaz and Ciph Boogie competed for the chance to be named the ultimate victor and have their music featured on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Now that the dust has settled, we are proud to announce that Brooklyn native Ciph Boogie defeated his opponents and earned a feature on Friday Night Fights‘ “Images Of The Year,” a segment that recaps the best boxing fights from 2012.
Here at OurStage, we’re all about healthy competition. That’s why we pitted 10 of our best artists against each other over the past few months to see which five would win on-air features on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Now, FlyRydaz, Fight The Fear, Ciph Boogie, Konsept, or DIVE will win the ultimate Grand Prize: a feature on Friday Night Fight’s “Images Of The Year.” Head over to our Facebook page and cast your vote by noon on August 12
OurStage hip hop acts Ciph Boogie and Skweeky Kleen squared off during the April round of the ESPN Main Event Competition. The rappers spent two weeks going toe to toe for a chance at the Grand Prize. In the end, Brooklyn native Ciph Boogie came out on top, successfully scoring a placement on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Tune in to ESPN2 this Saturday at 10:00 to hear his winning track featured on the show, and stop back in August when all the Main Event champs will return to battle for a feature on FNF’s Images of the Year.
On ESPN, Friday nights are for fighting and we’re helping the network define its soundtrack with another round of the Main Event Competition. As we type, OurStage artists Skweeky Kleen and Ciph Boogie are duking it out for a chance to be crowned champ and to have their music featured on an upcoming edition of Friday Night Fights. Head to the ESPN Main Event Competition page and vote for your favorite band by April 30. We’ll be featuring a different match-up every two weeks, so be sure to check back in to make your next pick. Each Main Event champ will take part in a final vote in August to decide which song will be featured on FNF’s Images of the Year.