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jvggy hendrix

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE | AFM

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Daily Yinz – Jvggy Hendrix x Nigel Frank – Grandma’s Cigarettes from Guyana"

Pttsburgh’s Jvggy Hendrix and Maryland’s Nigel Frank team up for the smoky, atmospheric Vanilla Abstract.
The tracks on Vanilla Abstract exist in a dimly lit room with the shades drawn, snatches of ambient jazz mingling with puffs of smoke while Swishers, snack wrappers, VHS tapes, and soul music cassettes carpet the floor. Musically, the tape is languid, songs uncoiling themselves unhurriedly from a soothing series of samples. “Grandma’s Cigarettes from Guyana” hits like an especially plush pillow to the face, a warm vocal loop and a 2AM dive bar piano nearly drowning out the percussion so that the track floats rather than bumps. It might sound chill, but Jvggy Hendrix and Nigel Frank talk about incarceration, familial legacies, dead-end jobs, and suicidal thoughts; the heavy topics of conversation, mixed with “ok, ok, ok” ad-libs and grainy dialogue samples, further the impression of song as late-night rap session. “Grandma’s Cigarettes from Guyana” is a subdued, meditative moment from a strong project. - daily yinz


"THEY ARE BROOKLYN RAPPERS NOW"

Two young men used Pittsburgh as their hub, building themselves, letting experiences mold them, patiently studying, and only producing content when they felt ready to do so, aware of the times when art fell on deaf ears in the Steel City. Just like any creative person in a small town, the great migration to massive cultural hubs like New York City or Los Angeles called to them while they woke and while they slept. But the subjects, Jvggy (pronounced Jiggy) Hendrix and NVSV (pronounced NASA), never balked at their set up in The ‘Burgh. Both of them rappers, Jvggy from Swissvale nine miles from Downtown Pittsburgh and NVSV from Baltimore, Md., met at the studio space and music collective that NVSV partnered with in the west end of Pittsburgh— Library Collaborative. Jvggy “came in for some sessions and we’ve been tight ever since. Not on no funny type shit, but he’s my protégés. Dead ass. And he enjoys the same things in hip hop as I do. But he also teaches me what the kids are up to,” the senior NVSV said about his younger Jvggy.NVSV and Jvggy bloomed their studio engineering relationship into frequent collaborators on each other’s records. By my count, they have eight songs together that we know about spread out across Soundcloud releases and digestible extended plays on Apple Music. Their styles mix well, especially over classic boom bap beats fit only for true emcees to conquer. They sound very much like the rap that currently emanates from the Griselda fellas out of Buffalo, N.Y. “Listening to West and Benny,” NVSV admits while he crushes his own version of the brown mafioso, speaking a cadence so gritty and intentional in the song “Deadstock,” which also features Jvggy. “Come from where the Stillers be. Live by where them killers be,” Hendrix went for his cityDuring the duos gestation period, NVSV moved to Brooklyn in the back half of 2019. “NY influenced me from birth. The city is hip hop… I think the tone of my music now is a direct reflection of my life here in Brooklyn now. I don’t think I would have been able to achieve that same sound while living anywhere else,” he said to ITR over Instagram DM. Also answering the call to the Big Apple was Jvggy. “New York has given me an opportunity to be more myself,” he said, going onto mention how he resonates with sounds from Griselda too and “of course Mac Miller,” who you can certainly hear tones of in Jvggy’s “Dirty Tapes” volumes. Both rappers frame their own testimonies technically through a classic East Coast lyricism for a case study on rap, and their work together is so exciting once you recognize how they have masterfully leveraged the techniques mimicking gun sounds and bars over jazzy sonics like Griselda. Do yourself a favor. Listen to “DR BIRDS,” and then play “Sammy’s.”oday, NVSV and Jvggy released an album together entitled “The Lords” invoking the street. “Gangs were created to protect its people from outside forces that were destroying or vandalizing the community. Often Gangs were met by rival gangs battling over those same streets. Order was created due to unity and street justice. NVSV and Jvggy Hendrix explore this lifestyle, its pros and its cons,” read the album description on Bandcamp. Skits from the 1974 film “The Education of Sonny Carson” filter throughout their album too, emphasizing a “unified black culture,” Jvggy wrote proudly. Until media owned by white people misunderstood and “created negative preconceived notions about” these organized groups like the Black Panther Party, calling them gangs and police dispersed them with fatal bullets. Importantly, NVSV DM’d me Bobby Seale’s speech where he reiterated Huey P. Newton’s basic 10 Point Program of The Black Panther Party. All Black people have ever fought for is the practical defense of their human rights. We have to do that in the face of oppression from white people every day all the time— housing, education, healthcare, workforce, politics, law.

“Many of these ideas aren’t new or revolutionary ideas. We just have to take action,” NVSV finished. - in the rough


Discography

PAIN MADE ME HUMAN
BUT IF IT WASN'T FOR THE GROWING PAINS
I WOULDNT BE ABLE TO BREAK THE CYCLES 
MY WHOLE LIFES HAS BEEN TOO DEEP FOR AN INTRO 
BUT IM JUST GRACIOUS IM IN CONTROL OF THE OUTRO
DIRTY TAPES WERE LISTENED TO WHILE DRINKING KAYLA'S LEMONADE
IM JUST GRACIOUS THE LORDS WERE PLAYING A DIFFERENT GAME 
BUT WHO KNEW VANILLA ABSTRACT IS ALL WE WERE MISSING
THEY FELL IN LOVE WITH JVGGY BUT WHAT ABOUT JAMES

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Bridging his classic hip-hop style with the beauty of the present day, Jvggy Hendrix tickets pack a night full of interesting lyrical journeys. While many modern-day rappers have turned towards trap and drill rap, Jvggy Hendrix is a proponent of the original rap lyrical styles that started in the northeast. With 90s style production and a smooth vocal flow, Jvggy Hendrix is slowly rising to become one of the most talented rappers of his generation. Jvggy Hendrix (pronounced Jiggy) hails from Swissvale, Pennsylvania, just about ten miles outside of Pittsburgh. He spent a long time building up his skill while sparsely releasing music alongside his mentor NVSV.Around the end of 2019, Jvggy Hendrix started focusing on releasing his work after visiting New York City. There he would dig into influences like Mac Miller and Griselda to develop his east coast style of lyricism. With top of their slow jazz and blues cores, Jvggy Hendrix creates smooth jams from the beat to his flow. Jvggy Hendrix has released many hit tracks on his way to finding traction like “Gimmicks Ya Dad Taught You”, “Based Out Gew!” and “Kayla’s Lemonade” featuring Bossy. He also teamed up with NVSV to release an album entitled The Lords in 2020.The Swissvale-born rapper/photographer/producer sticks to his roots and samples illustrious, soulful classics that relate to his childhood. Jvggy unmasks vulnerable truths when telling captivating stories on projects like Vanilla Abstract and Growing Pains. Whether it be about running through the 412 with his homies, recounting memories of his childhood, or voicing his revelations about life - a common theme with Uncle Jvggy is Glory and what its worth.

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