2009 was a year of emergence. It was the year of Barack Obama’s first inauguration, which spawned the song My President is Black by Young Jeezy. It was the year that gave us the inebriating combination of Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y. It was the year that artists such as J. Cole, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, & Wale would broaden their audiences. It was the year of Young Money. Sadly amongst these great things, it was the year we also lost Michael Jackson, Max B got sentenced to 75 years in prison, and Jay-Z dropped Death of Auto-tune, which produced the opposite effect. (Yeah – the over saturation of auto-tune has been getting out of hand for a while.) Coincidentally, it was the same year I met Black Collar Biz. We both regularly attended Rider University’s Brown Water Open Mic on Wednesdays. It was a more aggressive time with many of the competitive artists and crews on that scene that stuck strictly to their squad, so there weren’t too many collaborative efforts on anyone’s part. This ended up changing in the near future and formulating a new culture that shifted from nightclub shows to warehouse & art gallery performances with Black Collar Biz on the frontlines for the culture in Trenton, NJ.
There’s a reason why you can find graffiti of Black Collar Biz’s face spray painted on walls from Trenton, NJ all the way to Oakland, California. He’s been on a consistent grind for some time now, going state to state perfecting his skills, and even collaborating early with BJ The Chicago Kid on a track titled Crazy Generation.
What’s even more impressive with Black Collar, is how he helped shaped the culture in his hometown. In a town where the last big name in music was Poor Righteous Teachers, he’s constantly working with the youth, and forming cultural hubs where creatives can cultivate their crafts. Nick-named the “The God Father of the Hip-Hop Scene in Trenton” by Levi Lennon, Collar gives the young much-needed guidance to Rise & Shine.
While assisting with the progression of the youth, Black Collar is still putting out quality music. His latest single, Like A Sucka, is perfect for the break-up to make-up couples during this Cupid Season. His poetic delivery and expressive voice-tone is timeless, over the elevator sound like instrumental, conveying genuine lyricism.
“All I see is you, you got me so confused, if you still the 1 I can be your 2, yeah a nigga fell but I ain’t getting up until you make a move.” – Black Collar Biz
To stay in tune with all that Black Collar Biz has going on, make sure to view his IG. We’re looking forward to see his movement win.