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Masta Of Ceremoniez Brings the Lyrical Heat

  • May 12, 2017
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Masta Of Ceremoniez Brings the Lyrical Heat


If you were to look up West Coast Rap and underground hip hop in the dictionary you might find a picture of Masta Of Ceremoniez. The New Mexico native is a veteran in the hip hop game and a member of the talented hip group Shield Enforcers. Very few rappers can hold their own on a song with a lyrical legend like Chino Xl. I caught up with the mic controller after meeting him on the “Red Cup Tour 2017”.

You’ve got a cool video with Chino Xl how did that collaboration come about?

So we got in contact with a good friend of ours out in California and A&R extraordinaire for RBC Records and we reached out to him and he put us in contact with Chino. We decided to do a song together initially and then it turned into a video. The response has been great.

Growing up in New Mexico what was that experience like and how did you get exposed to hip hop?

Growing up in New Mexico their wasn’t many local hip hop artists. Our city we don’t have any artists that made it out to the mainstream. We would get our hip hop through BET, Rap City, Yo MTV Raps, Source Magazine, just word of mouth, the area I grew up in its an Air Force base so you have people coming from all areas exposing the locals to hip.

What is the hip hop scene like in New Mexico?

Strong, independent, very prideful local scene. lot of support from the local artists. We definitely have a strong scene, very underground based. Lot of show and a lot of artists from different areas come through.

Your in a group called the Shield Enforcers, how did you meet Pro the Leader and who else is in the group or affiliates?

The Shield Enforcers is myself, Pro the Leader, and the producer Scarecrow. I have a partner here in Albuquerque and we promote shows a bought a show with C-Rayz-Walz and the American Poets 2099. Me and Pro met at that show and kept a relationship based off that show and decided to do a song here and there and eventually started into doing a 12 inch single that we wanted to do and that turned into a whole complete album and a group.

Tell me about the Shield Enforcers new album Crash Course?

The album dropped February 3 on Thrice Great Records we have digital and retail distribution so its out there for the world and its on all the streaming websites. That album Pro and I took about four years to complete that album. We have some great features such as Craig G, Chino XL, Tash from the Alkaholiks. Very dope album and completely produced by Scarecrow.

Any plans to release a solo project in the future?

Hopefully that’ll be done this summer. Looking for a home for it. Currently I am working on it. I’ve got different producers. Features from Tash of the Alkaholiks and I’m in talk for a collaboration with Kool Keith.

I met you on the Red Cup Tour in Salt Lake City, any upcoming show dates?

So I’m in another group called the Bandit Lords and we have a show May 19th in Albuquerque with Esham The last date on the “Red Cup Tour” is tomorrow in Phoenix.

Whats next for Master of Cermoniez?

I’m preparing this EP and after I finish it I’m doing more shows, more tours, selling more merch. Whatever door of opportunity opens I’m going through it.

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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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