An Ugly Hero is considered a myth. Growing up, the heroes we saw in cartoons and movies were perfectly chiseled, intelligent, and had senses none of us possess. An UGLY HERO is the everyday blue collar individual that makes the world go 'round. These are the heroes that work hard all day, every day to help ensure that the lives around them are taken care of, and do it all without recognition. They wear themselves into the ground and sacrifice vanity for family. Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, and Red Pill are UGLY HEROES.
Havoc, is an American rapper, record producer and one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep with Prodigy.
Havoc produces most of the tracks on every Mobb Deep album, and has produced songs for MCs such as Method Man, Per Vers, Eminem, Nas, Foxy Brown, Onyx, O.G.C., The Notorious B.I.G., Jadakiss, Styles P, Game, Diddy, LL Cool J, La The Darkman, Rohff, Big Noyd, Termanology, Tragedy Khadafi, Capone-N-Noreaga, and his own partner Prodigy on his solo work. In the spring of 2005, Mobb Deep was signed to fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent's record label G-Unit Records. In late 2009 50 Cent dropped the duo from the label.
Havoc is renowned among serious hip-hop fans as one of the prominent figures during the mid-1990s for his hard-hitting and stripped-down beats complementary to the RZA's work on Wu-Tang Clan projects. Following The Infamous, he tweaked his skills and transitioned to a more atmospheric production style that incorporated samples from classical music, most notably visible on the 1996 album Hell on Earth. As an MC, he is known for his hardcore lyricism, deep voice, and consistent flow. He also contributed background vocals and a verse on Black Moon's debut album Enta da Stage in 1993.
In July 2009, Havoc was featured alongside Raekwon in J Dilla's music video for "24K Rap" off of the Jay Stay Paid album, the video was directed by Derek Pike. In 2010, Havoc produced a beat for Eminem which resulted in a song called "Untitled" which is a hidden track on Eminem's album Recovery and contributed to the iTunes bonus track to Raekwon's album Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang & Bad Meets Evil' Hell: The Sequel EP. Revealed that Mobb Deep will be performing The Infamous album for Rock The Bells 2011 and plans on recording a new Mobb album with Nas. His third studio album 13 was released on May 7, 2013.
D Strong aka InvincibleSons All (Last Kind, Third Rail), started rhyming in 1985 during the early days of the Golden Era. At first it was just for the thrill of battle over high school lunch table drums, then it became more, writing songs coming up with hooks and eventually recording in the studio.
D Strong found an outlet for music through a local radio station KDAY and their performing arts program. He did shows at local parks and rec centers through out L.A. and it helped him become familiar with stage presents and vocal delivery.
As the years went on and the music changed he never forgot where it started and has tried to stick to the same format that has always felt comfortable...dope beats and rhyme concepts.
D Strong is one fifth of the L.A. based underground crew "the Last Kind". He is also a member of the triple threat emcee group "Third Rail" ( D Strong, Aarophat, Wildelux). With the introduction of the internet to the industry his dream of having his music heard by the world has become a reality.
D Strong has been busy putting out four albums in the last two years.
"the Burden" Nov. 2011
"Rise and Shoot" March 2012
"Unfold" July 2012
"Sacrifice" April 2013
Through out the yrs D Strong has performed with: Ole Dirty Bastard, Eric Sermon, Prince Po, Sadat X, Supernatural, the Beatnuts, the Alcoholics, Chino XL, Poor Righteous Teachers, Ice Cube, Crayz Walls, Planet Asia, DJ Qbert, the Scratch Pickles, the Beat Junkies, Apani Bfly, John Robinson, Copywrite, and Mainflow. Performed live at the CMJ Music Festival and the world famous “Wake Up Show”.
Special Guest: Jameel Mason
Jameel Mason was born on June 24, in East Orange, New Jersey and raised throughout Central Jersey in a single parent household with his three siblings. He got his start rapping at the age of fifteen, though he admittedly began to take a more serious approach after he began college.
Jameel grew up listening to and was inspired by the blues, jazz, but mostly hip hop artist's such as Biggie, Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas, Big L, Emenim and 50 Cent. Living by the acronym D4G (Destined 4 Greatness) his music reflects overcoming the harsh reality of growing up in poverty. Despite the dark lyrical themes, Jameel combines captivating lyrics and witty punch lines with a smooth and charismatic delivery to allure his audience.
Since his first initial foray into the rap game, he has been captivating crowds at many venues and universities throughout New Jersey and New York. Spectators at universities such as Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson, Drew University, and Seton Hall, as well as at popular venues such as Club Pyramid and Club Rebel S.O.B's etc... Have all had the opportunity to witness this talented young rapper perform. And his talent has not gone unrecognized-- early in 2012 he competed in the New Jersey Performing of Arts event held at colleges and universities throughout the state and placed second overall amongst other rappers, musicians, artists, poets, and almost everything creative in-between. As an all- American athlete, he graduated from Drew University in 2012. Now with school completed, Jameel looks to shift his focus more heavily on his career as a rapper.
Look for music from Jameel Mason in the iTunes store worldwide and on all other major distributors.
Eve, is an American Grammy Award winning rapper-songwriter, record producer and actress. Her first three albums have sold over 8 million copies worldwide. She has also achieved success in fashion with her clothing line, Fetish. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002 for the song "Let Me Blow Ya Mind", with Gwen Stefani. Eve was number 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era" list.
As an actress, Eve is best known for her roles as Terri Jones in the films Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and as Shelley Williams on the UPN television sitcom Eve.
Perks is a suburban native rapper, originally from the Bronx he knew from the young age of 10 that music was in his future. At the age of 16, his family decided to move to Rockland County, a small suburban area right outside of NYC. Perks always wrote music, but with encouragement from his brothers, he started recording his music in high school. Music and fashion has always been a passion of his. He stopped recording music for about a year and co-founded urban-upscale brand BLK.ID with his twin brother DJ TP and their two best friends Chris & Kwaz.
He worked on all the visuals for the brand and soon after he decided to start recording his music, which in his own words, has no 'ID'. Having friends of all ethnicities, Perks wants his music to reach all audiences and be just as diverse. Perks ultimate goal is to be a well-known independent artist. He wants to be recognized not just for his image but for his music. Instead of selling swag and dope beats, Perks wants to be respected for his craft. He wants to be his own self while wearing his own brand (BLK.ID).