With a reputation for one-upping the competition by arriving via helicopter at rooftop listening parties for his own T.R.U. (The Real University) imprint, and the kind of grandiose ambition that a rapper from southside Atlanta needs to chase down the American Dream, 2Chainz officially launches his solo career as the newest signing to Def Jam Recordings. 2Chainz was brought to the label through Sha Money XL, Senior Vice President of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group.
"We are proud to welcome 2 Chainz to the Def Jam tradition and family of artists," said Island Def Jam President & COO Steve Bartels. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for the incredible buzz 2 Chainz has built, and it's our job to nurture and protect that. 2 Chainz has a credibility and flavor that is uniquely suited to the Def Jam lifestyle and brand. We look forward to great success together."
The signing was celebrated with a performance at downtown New York hotspot S.O.B.’s, billed as 2Chainz’ first N.Y. concert. “2Chainz is a veteran who chooses being catchy over being cool,” raved the New York Times the next morning. “He’s an inadvertent humorist, and awe and wonderment often sneak into his verses, as if he’s still surprised by every blessing his new success affords him. You hear it on his recent work with Rick Ross (‘Party Heart’) and Young Jeezy (‘SupaFreak’), among others.”
Currently mining digital downloads in the millions for T.R.U. REALigion, his latest indie mixtape sensation (released November 2011), 2Chainz is winning new fans every hour. His ‘hit’ tracks – signatures that include “Riot,” “Boo” featuring Yo Gotti, and the Drumma Boy-produced smash single “Spend It,” have helped establish a new sphere of influence for the lanky, outspoken rapper.
Goodie Mob is CeeLo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo Goodie, and T-mo Goodie.
Goodie Mob was a Hip Hop act based in Atlanta, Georgia that formed in 1991 and currently consists of members Cee-Lo Green, Khujo, T-Mo and Big Gipp. As explained on their track “Fighting,” Goodie Mob means “the GOOD DIE Mostly Over Bullshit.”
Goodie Mob’s debut was the 1995 gold-certified album “Soul Food,” which was produced by Organized Noize and critically acclaimed. It reached #45 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. The album featured three Billboard Hot 100 singles in “Soul Food,” “Dirty South” and the Top 40 hit, “Cell Therapy.” It was on this album that the phrase Dirty South was actually coined, featured as a song title.
The Mob’s second album was “Still Standing” in 1998, on which they continued their tendency towards social commentary, and Cee-Lo’s penchant for singing began to show through more. The album was also produced by Organized Noize. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. “Still Standing” was the group’s second consecutive gold-selling effort.
During this period the group made a cameo appearance in the film “Mystery Men” as the “Not So Goodie Mob,” with Cee-Lo crediting himself by his birth name, Thomas Callaway.
Goodie Mob was signed to LaFace Records’s parent label Arista Records for their third album, “World Party,” which was released in 1998. It reached #48 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The record veered away from their gritty style that permeated their successful previous releases, instead incorporating lighter beats and party related subject matter. During production, unhappy with the project’s direction, Cee-Lo abruptly left to pursue a solo career. Arista dropped the group following poor sales of the album.
The fourth album from Goodie Mob, and first without Cee-Lo, “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” was something of a return to their earlier style. Released in 2004, it peaked at #15 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart but only reached #85 on the Billboard 200. This was their first album to not be certified gold.
Big Sean’s career has exploded in the last 2 years since the release of his debut album ‘Finally Famous.’ In addition to being recognized by GQ Magazine as 2012’s ‘Hottest Rookie’ and picking up honors at the 2012 BET Awards for ‘Best New Artist,’ Sean most recently received double Grammy nominations for his collaboration with mentor Kanye West for “Mercy” which also featured G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam label mate Pusha T and 2 Chainz.
With over 2.9 million Facebook fans to date, over 3.9 million Twitter followers, over 85,000 YouTube subscribers, and more than 46 million YouTube views worldwide, the Detroit MC has been in overdrive since 2007, when his Finally Famous: The Mixtape was first issued, followed by Finally Famous Vol. 2: UKNOWBIGSEAN (2009), Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG (2010) and most recently Detroit (2012) which was certified “Diamond” by host DatPiff with over 1.6 million downloads.
His debut major label effort, ’Finally Famous’(released June 2011) made an impressive #3 Soundscan debut in the U.S., inauguratingKanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music joint venture with Island Def Jam Music Group. Rolling Stone gave the album 3½ (out of 4) stars, and USA Today gave it 3 (out of 4) stars. The New York Times declared “the fun is contagious,” and used the words “clever,” and “confident,” to describe the best-selling record. Sean subsequently came in #5 on MTV’s “Hottest MCs” List of the Year, boosted by his MTV VMA nomination for Best New Artist. A slew of BET awards nominations last year included Rookie of the Year, CD of the Year (for ”Finally Famous), and both Best Hip Hop Video and Track of the Year (both for “My Last”). ’Finally Famous’ spun off a triumvirate of crossover hits by Sean that drove album sales for most of 2012: the RIAA gold “My Last” featuring Chris Brown (#1 Rap, #4 R&B, #30 Hot 100 on the U.S. charts); the RIAA gold “Marvin & Chardonnay” featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash (#1 R&B, #4 Rap, #32 Hot 100 on the U.S. charts); and the RIAA double-platinum “Dance A$$ (Remix)” featuring Nicki Minaj (#2 Rap, #3 R&B, #10 Hot 100 on the U.S. charts).
Rapsody began her career as a member of the North Carolina based hip-hop group, Kooley High. She launched her solo career in 2008 after signing with 9th Wonder's It's A Wonderful World Music Group. Her first significant career breakthrough came with the release of her mixtape Return of the B-Girl on December 7, 2010. Return of the B-Girl marked her first work with legendary hip-hop producer, DJ Premier, and featured guests such as Mac Miller and Big Daddy Kane. She continued to build acclaim with the release of her next mixtape, Thank H.E.R. Now., on June 21, 2011.
Thank H.E.R. Now. showcased her storytelling abilities as she drew from personal life experiences and featured her work with a variety of critically acclaimed acts such as Marsha Ambrosius , Estelle, Raekwon, Jean Grae, Murs, and Big Krit. Her next project, For Everything was released on November 15, 2011 as a free download with an option to donate on DJBooth.net. For Everything showcased her work with both newly acclaimed and established acts such as Kendrick Lamar and Freeway and a number of the tracks were featured in XXL magazine's "Bangers" section. In May 2011, Rapsody joined Mac Miller on his Incredibly Dope Tour for 15 dates. In late 2011, she toured with Phonte and 9th Wonder as a part of the Phonte & 9th Wonder Tour.
Nestled in the heart of New Jersey, one man aspires to be one of hip hop’s greatest MC’s and become a force in Hip Hop. Straight out of the bowels of Plainfield, New Jersey, Rashaan“Fly Rah” O’Neal is determined to turn his street dreams into a reality. Fly Rah fell in love with Hip Hop as soon as his ears tuned into beats and later the rhymes.
Where did the name Fly Rah come from? “Growing up in the hood, my crew was the flyest dudes from our area. We see FLY as anything considered to be positive and that’s how we were recognized.”, states Fly Rah.
Just three years ago, he decided to take his hobby of rhyming seriously. At the age of twenty three, Fly Rah is now starting his third career as one of the most respected MC’s to come out of New Jersey. “My Mentor, Alain Sajous encouraged me to pursue my talent when he heard me playing one of the songs I had recently recorded in the shop. From there the rest is history”, states Fly Rah, visionary and owner of one of Plainfield’s most prestigious Barber Shops. Turning his cutting customers into party goers, Fly Rah then turned them again into loyal followers.
When asked about his style of rap, Fly Rah states, “I look at myself as a MC. I just try to stay true to what I’m feeling. I rap about my life experiences and the things I observe around me. I don’t like to be called a Rapper though. Rappers are more like people who don’t care too much about the art of music. They put words together just to match. MC’s think about the concept from the beginning to end of a song. MC’s make beautiful music”.
Starting out as the leader in a group of fellow artists, the trio called themselves FLYKLUB. The group has made strides to make their mark in the industry, rocking every club in the tri-state area. Collectively the group released four mix tapes, STREET TEAM TAKEOVER, EAGLE EYE, DARK OF THE MOON and POINT TO PROVE.
STREET TEAM TAKEOVER was released in 2010 “We sold over 4,000 mix tapes in two weeks. That’s when I realized the group’s potential. We took off and running in the musical direction from there”, recalls Fly Rah. Their follow up, EAGLE EYE was dropped in the summer of 2011. At the top of 2012, the group dropped the mix tape entitled, DARK OF THE MOON. Anticipation of their newest tape POINT TO PROVE has received great feedback from the fans who love their new single “SAUCED RIGHT NOW”.
Collaboration with fellow artists on the single has made the mixtape the most talked about collection ready to hit the streets. How do you feel about the mix tape? “I love it. It’s very versatile. We have so many different styles and swag. We got everything. This mix tape is hard”, states Fly Rah.
When asked one fan states, “The chemistry between all of them is magical. When you listen to the other mix tapes, you can hear the growth within the music with every mix tape they drop”.
Fly Rah’s biggest musical influences are Jay-Z, TuPac, Biggie Smalls, Fab, DipSet, and more. To date Fly Rah has had the opportunity to open up for Artists such as Cassidy; French Montana; Joe Budden; Wacka Flocka, Vado, Plies and Noreaga (Hot 97 Showcase) to name a few.
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