Meet Ced Hughes…the $hit
At just 22, Virginia Beach native Ced Hughes came from relative obscurity to quickly earning his stripes as one of the most co-signed indie hip-hop artists of 2008. There’s not many that can match Ced’s ability to rip through verses with a seamless delivery and cadence. Using his voice as an instrument, Ced slalom’s through bars that fall precisely in pocket, while using words that pierce targets from long range. Ced has a gift with the pen that is only rivaled by his ability to produce his own soundscapes and compose his own conceptually driven music.
In July of 2008, Ced dropped the internet famed single, “The Virus” , which paid dot come homage to the premier hip-hop lifestyle websites. “I’m all hip-hop, peep the accolades/ I accumulated work in this hip-hop game/ and I’m hip-hop dx, limited edition/ ill to the roots, so they must be mal-nutritioned/cause they fast food rappers and I am gourmet/ I’ll serve em with that new-new, like Eskay/”. Just one month later, Ced released his debut mixtape What Up Tho?!, which was presented by hip-hop tastemaker blog OnSMASH.com and mixed by Plain Pat, Kid Cudi’s mainstay producer. The mixtape made an immediate impact, where two of projects singles “Cash Or Credit” and “Jackers Of The Swag” were made available through the highbrow mp3 download site, RcrdLbl.com, The mixtape, in its entirety was was featured on key hip-hop lifestyle sites and blogs, such as 2DopeBoyz, NahRight and OkayPlayer among several others.
Since the release of What Up Tho?!, Ced began to accumulate an impressive fan base and began working with top shelf producers such as Chad Hugo (The Neptunes), Xaphoon Jones (Chiddy Bang) and of course, Plain Pat. Ced’s momentum continued to build through a steady stream of straight to internet singles and leaks. In July of 2010, Ced released his eight song FreEP Margarine, an imaginitive project that consisted of Ced rhyming over eight instrumental tracks, taken from Scottish producer Hudson Mohawk’s acclaimed release, Butter. This release was accompanied with a video for the song “Spacely Sprockets”, which premiered on TheCluh.com.
By October of 2010, Ced’s mass appeal broke new ground, where he was featured on the Mansions on the Moon mixtape Paradise Falls, hosted by Benzi & Diplo, on the track “Coldwater” (Gabe Niles Remix) . Co-signed by Roc Nation artist Jay Electronica, Mansions on the Moon are the Echo Park trio that have been quoted by Hypetrak as being “…one of the most interesting new recording artists to have emerged this year…“.
2011 brought in a continued wave of praise for Ced as he prepped for his third and most recent mixtape release, One Day We’ll Wake Up, which premiered on July 22nd, courtesy of DJBooth.net. Although the campaign began in September of 2010 with the video for the Gabe Niles produced “Top Priority“, the campaign reached full tilt by summer, with the Xaphoon Jones produced single “Lights” . This single was quickly followed by the self produced single, “The $hit” , featuring Dell , which was subsequently campaigned by a full length version of “Top Priority” , featuring Che Grand. The release of One Day We’ll Wake Up was met with tremendous acclaim, landing placements throughout the blogosphere. “Largely self-produced, but running 25 tracks in all and featuring songs by Röyksopp and the Neptunes’ Chad Hugo, the VA-based rapper’s project splits the difference between DIY charm and blockbuster spectacle. Hughes’s production aesthetic is spare but expressive, a homespun and minimalist variation on the type of blissed-out soul cuts that Kanye West was making for Common circa Be. His flow isn’t showy or technical, but Hughes is still highly engaging on the mic, combining the incisive intelligence of indie rap with a shameless appreciation for pop-culture minutiae.” (Slant Magazine, Aug 4, 2011).