Very few hip-hoppers have taken the artform to a higher intellectual level, often choosing to make a quick buck instead by milking the proverbial cash cow that is modern day popular music with ripped off beats, and dumbed-down, violent, misogynistic lyrics.
For hip-hop fans out there looking for something more, Charles “Mighty Ceej” McElroy Jr. has the courage to take the road less traveled and brings hip-hop back to the golden era on his first two LP’s, the self titled debut “Ceej,” and his sophomore effort, “The Seeds of Change,” which are out now on Mighty Ceej Records.
Through Ceej, hip-hop breathes life and is fun again, but at the same time it transcends the art, calling for immediate change in the vain of early roots reggae musicians. Instead of braggadocio, glorifying murder, and the selling of drugs, which can shake a community at its core, he raps against them with a refreshing sense of urgency, waxing philosophy, encouraging the youth to get educated and to enrich themselves with culture and positivity. A spoonful of party bangers and machine gun lyrical delivery mixed with first class story telling and original and diverse musical backing only makes the message that much more potent.
Ceej is an artist that can ride the flow like Junior Gong, while at the same time dropping knowledge like KRS-One. He is like no other but could best be described as sounding a bit like Mos Def, with the spirit of a Marley, a conductor of sorts, sometimes shirking beats for a live band.
Mighty Ceej has shared the stage with established Massachusetts’ based acts such as Shango Axe, Tripl3Crown, Krutch with a K, and PDub, and has even taken his craft on the road to Brazil where he rocked a raucous crowd of hundreds with Brazilian hip-hop heavyweight Marcelo D2. He has also recorded tracks with the Jamaican artist, Junior Wrinch.
In fact, one would be hard pressed to find an artist in the game today who calls on world beats, reggae, blues, jazz, and pop music hook writing skills as much as this young emcee from Cape Cod.
It’s all about Peace, Love, and Hip-Hop. Join the Movement…
Cape Cod Times
"a refreshing change of pace"
"an artist with a passion for hip-hop, that is committed to making music that sends a positive message"
-Cape Cod View Magazine