“There are people still in the hood—I understand their struggles and what they are going through because I lived it,” says Leonard Grant, also known as Uncle Murda, “…the voice of those trying to survive in the hood and those trying to make it out of the hood.” With a promising rap career that spawned from the guttered streets of Brooklyn, New York, Uncle Murda is the embodiment of the rags to riches dream. Known as the voice of the streets due to his hardcore lyrics about his real life experiences, Uncle Murda is living out his mandate as one of the most powerful authoritative voices of Hip Hop, painting a detailed mural of his past life in the streets relating to the everyday struggles of those in the hood.
Uncle Murda and his longtime manager/producer, Cooch (Tuneheadz), secured his first record deal with Ruff Ryders in 2002. After some initial success with the label, Uncle Murda and Cooch were ready to stake a bigger claim in the music industry, joining forces with the late great Chris Lighty of Primary Violator in 2006. The relentless MC went on to garner mainstream attention in the underground rap scene in New York and beyond with the release of his two widely successful singles, “Bullet Bullet,” and “Run the City,” produced by Tuneheadz - the single that ultimately caught the attention of Jay Z. The Brooklyn bred rapper/CEO signed Uncle Murda to his label, Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella Records in 2007 and immediately, Uncle Murda went to work, landing a coveted spot on his label mate, Fabolous’ song,
“Brooklyn,” (From Nothin To Somethin) alongside Jay Z. The hit song, along with the success of his trailblazing mix tapes, evolved Uncle Murda from the underground music scene to achieve more commercial appeal. “Unfortunately, the record deal didn’t work out when Jay left the label,” the MC reveals. “Jay and I are cool, he’s still that dude. I appreciated the opportunity, and know that everything happens for a reason.”
Following the success of his two hit singles, Uncle Murda turned the streets up once again with three popular mix-tapes (Hard to Kill, Back On my Bullshit, Summer Time Shoot Out) later followed by New York’s underground street anthem, “Warning.” Uncle Murda’s resilient hustle continued under the tutelage of Lighty--ultimately landing a record deal with Epic Records under music mogul, LA Reid, at the end of 2011. “I knew that if I continued to beat up the streets up with my music,” Uncle Murda says, “Chris would go get that deal, and that’s exactly what happened.”
Rick Ross, is an American rapper. In 2009, Ross founded the record label Maybach Music Group, on which he released his studio albums Deeper Than Rap (2009), Teflon Don(2010) , God Forgives, I Don't (2012) and Mastermind (2014). Ross was also the first artist signed to Diddy’s management company Ciroc Entertainment. In early 2012, MTV named Ross as the Hottest MC in the Game.
Isyss Monroe is an African American and Irish model. She grew up in the small town of Hillside, New Jersey. Some of her interests include dancing and traveling. Monroe gained interest in modeling from noticing the unique qualities of her favorite models: Blacchyna, Roxanne Montana, and Deelishious.
Monroe hosts special events, makes club appearances, stars in music videos, and is even on the cover of the premiere issue of BTV magazine. She is best recognized by her exquisite body art and love for sporting vibrant lipsticks. Monroe will be releasing a unique lipstick line of her own this coming fall. Isyss Monroe aims to be a role model for people of all ages that wish to pursue their dreams.
“Biggie and Nas put they ass in a blender, sprinkle some 50 and came out this nigga...”
For the first time in a long time, Hip Hop can genuinely say that a new generation of MC’s have arrived. Sure, there are those who helped birth the culture and music and people who can say they grew up with it. But now, you are witnessing perhaps the first generation that can say they were raised on Hip Hop almost exclusively. If you don’t agree, you’re probably not listening to enough ScHoolboy Q.
Although the artist born Quincy Matthew Hanley has only been rapping since 2007, his bluntly charismatic presence on wax should’ve already put him on your radar as one of rap’s emerging voices. After his new project Habits & Contradictions (#HnC) makes its way into your rotation though, he’s sure to be a fixture.
Born in Germany to a pair of military parents, Q spent the first three years of his life in Texas before his family eventually settled in Los Angeles. Like so many before him, the ScHoolboy’s L.A. experience provided a lifeshaping balance of sports, school, drugs and gangs.
“I got the bad, the good, and the real bad,” says Q who earned his name from being known for going to best schools, but also being heavy in the streets. “I learned what to do, and how to get into trouble. A lot of the stuff I did, I regret. Shit I hate talking about now because I’m over it. Stuff I regret. But it all made me who I am.”
“You’re about to put your city on the map and start a trend” -Mack Maine Pres. YMCMB
In an age where rap music has all but become synonymous with the ego-centric and self-absorbed, Luck-One stands alone. After an adolescence filled with chaos that resulted in him being sentenced as a teen to over half a decade in state prison, Luck returned to the free world with a uniquely authentic message for the hip-hop demographic. Instead of settling for trite tales of his misguided past, he has forged a listenership around the reality of the now, and the limitless potential of the future.
Over the course of the last few years, Luck has made a lane for himself as a staple in the fast rising Pacific NW hip-hop scene, and beyond. After releasing six studio projects, touring with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, (as well as sharing the stage with national acts such as Wale, The Game, Bone Thugz N Harmony, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Naughty By Nature, Andre Nickatina, Pharoahe Monch, etc.) landing licensing deals with MTV, and VH1 on their highest rated programs, and garnering official performance slots on nationally hailed festivals such as South By Southwest, A3C, and a recent relocation to New York City, Luck is now ready to take his show to a broader audience.
“Daryl Lux aka D Lux is proving that he’s 2014’s new R&B prince with the launch of his hit R&B Single ‘Bomb Bomb’ featuring YMCMB/Wethebest artist Ace Hood.”
Not since RNB icons "Keith Sweat" or “Jodeci” has there been an American singer with such passionate and sexy music, the kind with the potential to capture the ears and hearts of so many fans around the globe.
At the helm of D Lux's audacious project is his production/writing team, Pacal "Dj Pain 1" Bayley, and Fred “Traxx Sanders,” a duo called TheBadGuyz. Their collaborative efforts have developed into an ingenious yet sexy sound heard on "No Filters Chapter 1”, D Lux’s highly anticipated debut mixtape.
With "Bomb Bomb’s" head knocking production and tastefully brazen lyrics, this song is set to heat up clubs and social media charts alike, placing D Lux in the favor of both traditional RNB and Hip-Hop Fans.
D Lux, a 24 year old Milwaukee Native, has been singing and performing for over a decade. His early life was dominated by turmoil-- he was removed from his house by social workers due to its unfit living conditions. For the next few years, D Lux bounced from foster home to foster home, back to his mother's care, even living with his school teachers on occasion. D Lux began to conquer his harsh reality by working out and singing. As his musical talents grew, so did his passion. He competed in youth talent shows, Black history programs-- any opportunity to sing and perform he sought out.
In 2013 D Lux was asked to demo songs for Traxx Sanders, a songwriter for the music duo "The Bad Guys." The chemistry between the two was undeniable and coupled with super producer DJ Pain 1's sound, the result was magic. They began working on an assortment of sexy and emotional records infused with Soul, POP and Hip-Hop. Their work caught the ear of music heavyweight Mel Smith of All In Music. Under the leadership of The Bad Guyz, D Lux is ready to reach a global audience of RNB enthusiasts.