|Make This Money ft. SIRTAFYDE & 20-20 (Radio)|
|This Is For My People (The Rhythm Of A Scholar)|
|The ONE ft. 2mental & 20-20|
|Preach Ankobia - Fantasy ft. Acapa(Radio Edit)|
Block Scholars: "Weather The Storm Compilation Album Featuring 2mental And Block Scholars" NOW up for streaming and sale at www.Magnatune.com
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Block Scholars is the indie Hip Hop musical collaboration between NOBULL (Bennett Baskerville; Bronx, NY) and Slimdog of Slimdog Productions (David Bell Jr.; Akron, OH), with the pair rapping their way through some of the freshest Hip Hop beats around. Originally a three-piece featuring 2mental (Nathan Andreas; Philadelphia, PA), the group first met each other through Myspace and mutual friends in 2005. Home now in Colorado Springs, CO, the rap act is heavily influenced by an eclectic mix of music ranging from Biggie Smalls, 2Pac, Madlib, Dr. Dre, Pharrell and Prince to even Jazz, Opera, Rock and Classical music. They are also considered a “triple threat” because collectively they can write high quality lyrics, produce and perform their own music.
Block Scholars & Slimdog Productions have ranked on independent music site charts such as IACmusic.com, Garageband.com (Song of the Day) & mp3unsigned.com over the years. Block Scholars received the 2011 "Excellence In Songwriting" Award from The 18th Annual Billboard/Starmaker 360 Worldwide Songwriting Contest for placing in 3rd out of 1000s of entries in the Rap/Hip Hop genre, plus being finalists for (R&B/Hip Hop) and semi-finalists (Unsigned Only) categories in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition for the song "Time Machine", both of these contests known for being the two of the best songwriting competitions in the world. Block Scholars were nominated for Best Hip Hop Artist/Song from Hollywood Music In Media in July 2010 & January 2011 for the songs, "Flossin'" & "This Is For My People (The Rhythm Of A Scholar)" respectively, selected as one of the “Next 1000” artists to watch for in 2009 by URB Magazine, and were named the 2009 KIAC Open Songs Competition Winner in Hip Hop for their track, "Livin’ In Tha’ Jungle ft. 2mental". They also have received the “Collective Works Honor” from SongOfTheYear.com in 2009 for high scores on multiple works in that contest.
Besides shows around their home base of Colorado, Block Scholars have also performed at festivals such as The Denver Post’s Underground Music Showcase, Gorilla Productions’ Hip Hop Takeover and the Neon Reverb Festival in Las Vegas. In 2010, Block Scholars released the "Weather The Storm Compilation" album featuring 2mental on Maganatune.com; only the 2nd Hip Hop group to do so, "You Can’t Fight Us ft. 20/20" on the Coast2Coast mix tape The Showcase Vol. 52 hosted by DJ Stupac and on the UGH mix tape Undergrond Hustlas Vol. XX hosted by Ron Jeremy. Collaborating with Derelict, NOBULL has also worked on their track, "Heart ft. NOBULL of Block Scholars" on another Coast2Coast mix tape.
The group’s next album, "From Zero To Hero", will be released in 2011 featuring the award winning songs, "Time Machine" & Hollywood Music In Media nominee "Flossin'". Block Scholars Music Group LLC. will release in Winter 2011, "Block Scholars Music Group Presents: If You're Not The Lead Dog Vol. I" featuring collabs with Block Scholars/Slimdog Productions and the hottest indie artists/producers in the game. They are gaining more fans and recognition in the industry, and hope to reach and teach with good storytelling and music – two things that are sorely missed in today’s mainstream hip hop.
You can also hear more of Block Scholars music along with works with 2mental on, "Slimdog's Slimdizzle Fo' Shizzle Show" podcast at: www.slimdog.podomatic.com with currently over 5700 feeds a month.