Friday, 8 July 2016

Artist Profile: Joe Cyrus (Hip Hop / Alternative)


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It's been quite the adventure channeling his way through the sacred portals of hip hop, but Joseph Ritrievi, aka Joe Cyrus, has been carving a spiritual niche in the culture's threads since he was a child. Growing up in Central Pennsylvania's relatively unknown Etters, Joe Cyrus began his rhythmic journey as a child of the 80s, influenced by his step-father's classic rock collection and inheriting his first set of turntables at the age of 9. By the age of 10, Cyrus was accused of starting a third grade cult for causing students to believe in the power of their minds, and became a published writer. These were merely signs of things to yet pass for the aspiring writer and free thinker.

Joe Cyrus first stepped into the hip hop realm at the age of 11 under the moniker, Jazz. Influenced by the hip hop's golden era boom-bap and producers such as Pete Rock and Dj Premier, he began writing cohesive songs and conducted independent studies of the culture for special interest school projects. While attending Villanova University near Philadelphia, Joe Cyrus began recording his psychedelic rhymes with the intentions to get the "robots" to open their minds and revolutionize their pre-programmed states of consciousness. Cyrus then traveled home and linked with fellow Central PA artist, Seis Fifth, to record a project entitled "We Hungry, We Eat" in 2006; his aspirations to become more focused as a writer grew immensely. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since 2006, Joe Cyrus has built his name up while smashing through stages everywhere from Boston to Seattle. Not limited to just being exquisite with the quill, Joe Cyrus has been producing hip hop tracks for artists all the U.S. including Portland Hip-Hop groups Red Tape. Cut Tape., and Midas Dutch. Armed with a crate full of symphonic samples and extreme musical intelligence, Joe Cyrus will be releasing 3 projects by the end of 2010. Former co-owner of underground imprint, STLP (Harrisburg, PA). Along with Artists Over Industry, El*A*Kwents, and Apollo's Sun, Joe Cyrus created the label with the intentions to dissipate the garbage that has infiltrated a once adored culture, and lend his unique style of musical talents to inspire locked minds to break free from the chains of society's maniacal ways. Now reborn in Portland, Oregon as "J-Osiris" (from Pluto) and rejoined by former labelmate, Wellis Fool, Cyrus is more determined than ever.


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