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"(The) LC Makes our Show's Dean's List"

This past Friday, (The) LC graced the streets of Harrisonburg with a live show as part of their "Mashup Tour" here in Virginia. In a genre that is too often flooded by a redundant status quo, (The) LC brings a fresh, new energy to the stage.

A mix of spacey, energetic beats looped with tongue-in-cheek lyrics gives (The) LC a finesse that drives the set from song to song. Rarely is there a drop-off between the two MC's, and it is apparent that J.Un and Knox Hill are veterans of their craft. While overall the style is a little darker and sharp-edged, catchy choruses and an energetic passion really drive the fun. At times it was hard to tell who was enjoying themselves more - the two performers or the hundreds of screaming college students in their midst.

Perhaps what shines most in their live show is the ability of the two MC's to think quickly on their feet, always finding ways to interact with and entertain the crowd. At one point in the set, Hill leapt down into the swarm of fans and began asking for topics. As he walked through the masses, he began to freestyle whatever words were given to him by his chosen peers. This proved to electrify the crowd, and by the time the duo had jumped back into their normal set-list, it was pure chaos at the Blue Nile downtown venue.

The party went on well into the night, and the two MC's did their fans justice with their performance. For the students it was a climax to the end of finals and an entertaining way to enjoy the last days of the semester. With summer vacation around the corner and more stops on their Tour, (The) LC gets an "A" on this show report card.
- Harrisonburg Yellow Beat Magazine


"Knox Hill Breathes New Life Into Rap Music"

Knox Hill (also known as K. Hill) recently came to Radford University to promote his mixtape The 92 Dream, which comes out this summer. The tape is hip-hop/experimental (and even includes a dubstep track) and showcases what Hill has been working hard on for the last few years.

Hill grew up in Prince George’s County, Md., just 5 minutes from where the famous rapper Wale went to school. Growing up he wasn’t always interested in rap, but was raised in a hip-hop community. Hill first got into music in the lunchroom and locker rooms after school when kids’ would put down a hat and throw kids names in so they could freestyle. Hill’s friend invited him one day to watch, unaware his friend had actually put Hill’s name in the hat. His unexpected performance didn’t go very well, and since then he “never wanted to be showed up again.”
Hill continued to practice and work hard, writing and rapping his own music.

“I wrote a lot of poetry and spoken word,” he said. It didn’t take long for him to be the one who was taking the hat home at the end of the day. He became known as “8 mile.”

Hip-hop was previously intended as a means to demand social change. “It’s obviously changed now … I try to bring it back to that,” Hill said.

It’s refreshing to meet an artist who emphasizes sending the right message through their rap, not just talking about partying and girls. He produces and makes his own beats, drawing from all different genres to create his experimental sound. It seems most hip-hop artists describe themselves as “outside of the box,” but Hill noted that he likes to say “I push the edges of the box.”

Hill’s biggest influence is his grandfather.

“I don’t think I’ve ever met a more hardworking and honest man,” he said.

Growing up with someone like that in his life inspired Hill to always try to be the best that he could be and to put his heart into everything he does.

Hill is also an athlete, dominating in soccer at Bridgewater College where he currently holds the record for most goals in a season. Though he has graduated, he still values athletics as one of the most important things in his life.

“I guess I’ve always lived an identity crisis,” he said.

Being an athlete has taught him skills he can now transfer over into his music career, like hard work and dedication.

Hill is excited for the release of his mixtape and he hopes to gain more support as he tours other colleges around Virginia. It’s obvious how passionate he is about his music, even if you’re hearing it for the first time. If you like what you hear, you can follow him on Twitter — @theknoxhill.

“You work so hard, you work so hard, and then you start all over, ” Hill said, commenting on how he hopes to also release a CD in the future.

Keep a look out for The 92 Dream! - The Whim Magazine


"Outsource Interview with Knox Hill - Young Rapper from the DMV"

We dropped some time with Knox Hill - a young, exciting rapper from the DMV who is quickly making splashes in the underground. With an edgy, upbeat style and a real gift with the tongue, see why this MC is on our radar:

SITR: Can you just introduce yourself and tell us anything you want people to know about who you are?

The name’s Knox Hill. I’m a young rapper from the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia), born and raised in the infamous PG County. First and foremost, mad love to my city. I grew up in a community heavily influenced by Hip Hop, and that’s what I represent to my core. As an entertainer, I’m always on a mission to hype up the crowd and find a sound that people can respond to. As an MC, I try fill that sound with style and substance. In an age where everyone claims to be outside the box – I prefer to live on its edges.

SITR: How and when was it that you decided to get involved with making music?

As a kid, I knew there was always something a little off base with me. The way I saw the world, the way I felt, and how I chose to express those emotions. To be an artist you have to be a little odd. We all have this vanity about us – why else would we put our work out there if we didn’t want people to see it. Yet at the same time, we’re hypocrites because every one of us has a heavy dose of self-consciousness. We’re hyper aware of our worlds, so when a situation in life affects us, it usually finds its way into our work. That’s just our blueprint – it’s how we tic. For me, I’ve always expressed myself through music. As I matured and my world became darker and more realistic, rap was the obvious outlet for me to reflect that change. I like how much more you can say through rap lyrics than other genres, and honestly I can’t really sing worth sh*t, so I really gravitated towards Hip Hop.

SITR: When you contacted us you told us about a current project that you were planning on putting out this summer, can you tell us about that?

Yea. The project is called “The 92 Dream.” It’s really a mix of everything – from original to mixtape-style tracks. The sound is all over the board, from spacey, raw instrumentals to heavier club tracks, and even some dubstep thrown in for good measure. It’s my first solo release, and really it’s a chance for me to say, “this is what I’m capable of.” There are a lot of really good acts out there right now, and I’m not one to compare myself by any means. That being said, I’m also an athlete, and I hate not being the best. When you listen to this project, you’ll hear a kid who’s hungry and ready to get the chess pieces moving off the board. I pumped a lot of time and soul into this release, and even if people don’t like what I’m saying, I hope they’ll at least respect the music for what it is.

SITR: How would you define what your style is?

I’m a very sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek person in real life. So I think that slips its way into my style a lot. As far as putting a definition to it, hell I don’t know. Maybe a better question would be whom am I influenced by. I think you can learn a lot from listening to your peers, and each rapper brings something different to the table. I’ve always been taught that if you want to be the best, then you have to model yourself after the best. As a result, I try to draw from the rap elite and what they each excelled at. For instance, Nas is a dope lyricist, but what really sets him apart is the rhythm he chooses for his songs. When you listen to his tracks, not only is there the instrumental, but also there’s this beat that his vocals provide on their own. He’s constantly changing his rhythm of delivery and breathing, and it’s really something to turn off the beat all together and just listen to the movement of his words.

SITR: Is there an overall message you want to put out there? Or goal in mind when you are making your music? If so can you tell us about that?

I’ve got one goal really: to get more time. We all have to find a job that can sustain ourselves and pay the bills. When someone’s got a family to take care of and mouths to feed, they have to sacrifice their time by pulling that 9 to 5 so food can get to the table. The clothes, the cars, the lifestyle, that’s all nice; but what money really buys you is more time. Honestly I don’t give a damn about the money, but I’d love to have more time to write and create what I love. That’s why I push to get my sound out there to as many ears as possible. When you listen to a Knox Hill CD, you’ll see an artist who’s honest. I want people to be entertained and have my songs stuck in their head annoyingly throughout the day – but at the same time I want them to walk away with an experience they didn’t have before listening to my music. It’s that middle ground between fun and substance.

SITR: From your Facebook page we see that you have been real busy doing interviews and promoting your newest project, where can people go to stay updated with everything you have going on right now?

A couple months ago I converted to Twitter and I’m addicted to any and everything in the Twitter-verse. If you’re on it – follow me @theknoxhill. I usually post all of my updates and random thoughts there, although Facebook is good as well. Just search “Knox Hill” on FB and you’ll be able to find me. From the music end of things, then youtube is where it’s at. Youtube.com/knoxhilldmv – or just search it. I just spoke with the director for a new music video we’re about to make, so I’m looking forward to dropping that on the page soon.

SITR: Where do you see yourself after this summer and what are your goals for the near future?

This is a big summer for me. In regards to my future and where I want to be, I need to bust my ass off this summer promoting and getting the project noticed. I can sit in a booth behind closed doors and record all day, but where I prefer to be is on stage. There’s nothing like a live show, and right now we’re working hard to put on a diverse show schedule for the fans. I want to be full on touring by the fall, and that’s my immediate goal at this moment in time. I’m too social of a person, and I love being out there with the fans, talking about the music, doing interviews, playing, and just enjoying the moment. The time and hard effort has been put into the sound – now it’s time to get it out there. - State In the Real


Discography

Albums: 
Chaos Theory (2007)
Blacklist (2010) 
The 92 Dream (2012)

Mixtapes:
The Lost Mixtapes: Second Coming (2010)
Year of the Freshman (2011)

Song/Single Features on Radio:
Fox News National Radio, 88.5 FM WMNF Tampa Radio, WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Radio, WSUM 91.7 FM Madison, WLOY Loyola Radio, Radio Free Radford, WDCE 90.1 FM Richmond, WGMU Mason Radio, WMUC College Park, & WXJM 88.7 Harrisonburg, Q101 Harrisonburg FM,

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In an age where everyone claims to be outside the box, we live on its edges. The style of (The) LC is really an all around package. We like to cater our sound to the audience and venue, and have developed a very versatile set list as a result. A simple breakdown is as follows:

The Dark Flow Effect - edgy, catchy hip hop that is performed with our DJ. Styles and influences include: J. Cole, Eminem, Kanye West, & Childish Gambino. Scratches galore, random freestyle sessions, & improv all thrown over polished beats and mixed in with set LC original songs.

Hip Hop Rockstars - throw in a hipster bassist, a heavy metal drummer, an alternative guitar player, and you have a completely new style with the same catchy substance of making your head nod. When we play with our band, the sound is fun, catchy, and it brings together lovers of a diversity of genres. Sounds like: hip hop mashed with alternative rock and a little metal for good measure.

We can play with just a DJ, with the band, or with both. (The) LC has highlighted shows up and down the US, especially around the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. We've played college venues, big city crowds, festivals, and even mashup tours. We're masters of our craft who know how to mix dark, pushy Hip Hop with fun, energetic choruses and melodies. We look for that medium ground between style and substance.

At the end of the day, if you're not sold by the music, then we'll play your venue for free.