Young Jeezy, is an American rapper. He is a member of the hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America (USDA) and a former member of BMF (Black Mafia Family). He began his career in 2001 under an independent label and joined Boyz 'N Da Hood in 2005, the same year his solo major label debut Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 was released. Its single "Soul Survivor", which featured Akon, became a top-ten hit in the US.
The Inspiration followed in 2006, and The Recession followed in 2008; both albums yielded chart-topping singles. Jeezy has also appeared on numerous other rap and R&B singles such as "Say I" by Christina Milian, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, "Hard" by Rihanna, and "Love in This Club" by Usher, the latter being a number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2008.
Live In The Cipher team reviews Future's new release Pluto. Future has been making some noise in the hip hop world with his hit single Tony Montana and he followed that up with another successful release of Magic ft T.I.. Join us tonight as we see if he can continue the roll of his previous successful releases. Take part in our interactive rating and review process, Your opinion counts on BKS1 Radio! Join the experience.
Artist Review: Future
Future (born Navyvadius Cash), is an African-American rapper from Decatur, Georgia.He was given the moniker "The Future of Rap" by his local crew, the famous Atanta hip hop collective, Dungeon Family. His cousin, producer Rico Wade of Dungeon Family, encouraged him to sharpen his writing skills and pursue music. From 2010 to early 2011, Future released a series of mixtapes including 1000, Dirty Sprite and True Story. The latter included the single "Tony Montana", on which he raps under the influence of codeine and promethazine syrup with a fake Cuban accent in an attempt to approximate the voice of the main character from the Scarface film. During this time, Future also partnered with Gucci Mane on the Free Bricks collaborative album and was the featured artist on YC's single "Racks".
Future signed a major label deal with Epic Label Group in September 2011, days before the release of his next mixtape, Streetz Calling. The mixtape was described by XXL magazine as ranging from "simple and soundly executed boasts" to "futuristic drinking and drugging jams" to "tales of the grind." Jordan Sargent of Pitchfork Media remarked that on the mixtape, Future comes "as close as anyone to perfecting this thread of ringtone pop, where singing and rapping are practically the same thing, and conversing 100% through Auto-Tune doesn't mean you still can't talk about how you used to sell drugs. It would almost feel antiquated if Future weren't amassing hits, or if he weren't bringing some subtle new dimensions to the micro-genre."
Though Future had told MTV that Streetz Calling would be his final mixtape prior to the release of his debut studio album, another mixtape, Astronaut Status, was released in January 2012. Before his album being released in April 2012. XXL's Troy Mathews wrote, "While Astronaut Status is up and down and never really hits the highs like 'Racks', 'Tony Montana', and 'Magic' that fans have come to expect from Future, it’s apparent that he’s poised to continue the buzz of 2011 humming right along into 2012."
Future was selected to the annual XXL Freshmen list in early 2012. His debut album Pluto, originally planned for January, is scheduled to be released on April 17. It will include remixes of "Tony Montana" featuring Drake and "Magic" featuring T.I.. According to Future, "'Magic' was the first record T.I. jumped on when he came outta jail. Like, he was out of jail a day and he jumped straight on the 'Magic' record without me even knowing about it." The track became Future's first single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other collaborators on the album include R Kelly, Snoop Dogg and Trae Tha Truth.
Live in the cipher team brings you the much anticipated release of 2 Chainz Based On A T.R.U Story. Join our interactive rate and review process where your opinion counts. From 2 Chainz initial beginnings in the group Playaz Circle with their hit single Duffle Bag Boy featuring Lil Wayne to being featured on Nicki Minaj hit single Beez In Da Trap, 2 Chainz has built a strong street buzz and following. Lets see if he can continue to deliver the kind of music his fans expect.
Artist Review: 2 Chainz
2 Chainz, is an American rapper from College Park, Georgia. He was first known for being one-half of southern hip hop duo, Playaz Circle. They're recognized for being signed to Ludacris' record label Disturbing tha Peace and their debut single "Duffle Bag Boy". He is currently signed to Def Jam Records, an imprint of Universal Music Group
What do you get when you take an enormously witty, attention commanding Emcee and pair him up with a profound, truth-biting, heart-wrenching lyricist? I'll tell you what you get...The best of both worlds AKA Upper Echelon. Coming off a 20+ date NACA affiliated College Tour, UE's ability to entertain the listener without sacrificing substance in their music is parallel to none.
They have found that fine line balance between having Commercial Viability and Artistic Integrity. Their love for other genres of music enables them to pull in fans that do not traditionally listen to Hip Hop music while maintaining the hearts of core Hip Hop fans. Currently, UE is working on a Creative Mixtape called "We Own the Sky." Their remake of Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love" is already receiving international attention and will be featured on "We own the Sky".
PASSWORDS!!!! To share or not to share that is the question?????
In this crazy world we live in with the Internet running rampant on relationships and text messaging being the new way to communicate should you have your Mates passwords?
If he/she refuse to give it up is that a sign that they're hiding something should you be worried? If both of you are in the comfort of your own home is there really a reason to lock your phones or laptops??? If your partner has cheated on you should they be required to hand over the passwords!!! Is it an invasion of privacy to even ask? Hmmmm What's your thoughts the ladies of the OWWHH Show would like to know!!!!!!!!!
Special Guests: R..MA aka Respect My Authority ( D-Roc, Rhythm, and Tonebonez)
Deongelo Holmes, presently referred to as D-Roc, was born on February 23, 1979 in Atlanta, Georgia. D-Roc was welcomed into the world by his mom Wonda Holmes and was raised by her as a single parent. He has three siblings, Crystal Holmes, Corey Holmes, and Courtney Holmes who remain close to him today. D-roc attended and graduated Southside High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He cites the age of seven as the beginning of his pursuit of music.
This was cultivated and inspired by several artists that naming them wouldn’t do justice. Simply put as D-Roc says it, “everyone who entertains and has made hit music has always inspired me [him}.” This mentality allowed him to be able to find inspiration everywhere he looked regardless of genre, artist, and year. Something like attending a Kriss-Kross concert, as simple as it may seem, was able to be a motivator for him because of his outlook.
Prominently D-Roc is known as one of the halves of the Atlanta-based rap duo, the Ying-Yang twins. His career as one of the Ying Yang twins, a group formed by he and his partner, has proven to be extremely rewarding as it has climbed the rap charts year after year. D-Roc was group up in East Atlanta, Georgia, a pretty rough neighborhood today. Despite this, D-Roc believed that while he and Kaine grew up there, East Atlanta was a better place to grow up then as opposed to today. Nevertheless, the two faced struggle while growing up in the urban environment and found music as the avenue out.
The motivation for the hits the twins created was drawn from the influence of Atlanta’s scene and the roots of old school HipHop. Sure enough, the vibe of the music they created was immediately catchy and started the early beginnings of what we refer to as “crunk music”. As with several musicians in the industry, the group faced their own trials dealing with record labels not understanding their unique sounds and deals gone sour. Despite this, the YingYang twins, both D-Roc and Kaine, solidified their place in music history and are still respected names of our time.
Currently, D-Roc has established a new group, R.M.A. or Respect My Authority with two very good friends and past-colleages, Rhythm, his former driver and her brother, ToneBones, his former bodyguard. The group is already taking over the scene all over Atlanta and is promised to go very far. In his personal life, D-Roc is married with children and still has a yearning passion for music. Family remains the pillar in his life that he recognizes as the closest people to him. Additionally, he thanks his parents for made him for his successes.
Interact with D-Roc on Facebook at Ying Yang Twins and on Instagram at @atlanta4.
Renessa Bacote or "Rhythm" was born on November 26 in Florence, South Carolina. Rhythm was raised by her mother, Vanessa Belin and step-dad Andrew Belin, since the age of five, along with her three younger brothers Andrew Belin (Sway), Andre Belin (Fresh) and Antonio Belin (Tonebones). Throughout childhood Rhythm noted that music and dancing intrigued her. She sites one moment when her mom rearranged the furniture in the house to give her a shot at battling everyone in her house. These are the moments she says she’s grateful for her and that gave her a love for music and helped cultivate her creative niche. Rhythm also cites the age of five as the beginning of her grind for music.
Rhythm attended and graduated from Hannah Pamplico High School also located in Florence, South Carolina, her home town. Education was something that was important to her parents in addition to her musical inclination. She not only graduated, but Rhythm received a double college scholarship for basketball and softball. Even while attending college, Rhythm remained true to her passions and pursued them without rest.
In 2002, Rhythm decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia seeking more opportunities in the musical field. She still, however, represents for South Carolina and did so while there. Additionally, Rhythm wanted to become active in a community that she identified with, the homosexual community. While in Atlanta, she actively worked in support of the LGBT community. She became a major promoter and host and till this present day has remained a strong supporter. Concurrently, Rhythm began writing her own music. This afforded her the opportunity to write for a few groups. She wrote for A.B.C (Already Been Chozen) and NuBreed. Additionally, Rhythm is featured on a few albums such as A.B.C, Shorty 240, and Avi.
As time progressed, she continued to take whatever path that would lead her where she wanted to end up. This was the perseverance that landed her the job as the driver for The Ying Yang Twins in 2012. This is where her and group member, D-Roc’s friendship began. As time went on, she later was asked to attend a studio session with him and begin writing as well as rapping for and with him. D-Roc saw something in Rhythm and formed the group R.M.A with her, brother Tonebonez, and himself.
Currently, Rhythm is the only female in the rap group R.M.A. and with her inimitable writing skills and unique appearance, Rhythm is sure to take the rap game to a whole new level. Outgoing and hardworking are two things that are synonymous with Rhythm. Growing up and in present day Rhythm cites MC Lyte, The Beastie Boys and Kanye West as artists who influenced her.
Without reservation, Rhythm thanks God for her success, her parents for being her biggest supporters and fans, and D-Roc for the opportunity. Also, she’s greatful for the strong bond she has with her mother who she considers her best friend and her brother Antonio (Tonebones).
Interact with Rhythm on Twitter and Instagram @jusrhythm and on Facebook at Re RhythmGattii Bacote.
Antonio Belin, better known as ToneBonez, was born in Middletown, Connecticut on June 22, 1988 to parents Vanessa and Andrew Belin Sr. Antonio was raised in South Carolina with his two twin brothers, Andrew and Andre and older sister Renessa. Growing up for him was filled with playing the drums in church and interacting with music with his siblings. Kirk Franklin is one of his favorite artists, who Tonebonez references as a musical genius. As with his sister, from a very young age music was essential and everything.
Tonebonez attended Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from North Gwinnett High School in Sugar Hill, Georgia. Sports was also something that Tonebones was involved in, specifically football. Upon graduation from high school he received and signed a football scholarship to Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas.
One evolving point and person in his life is Michael Jackson. The life of Michael Jackson as a musician was inspirational to Tonebonez and after his death made him want to pursue music even more. In 2000, Tonebonez relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. His move to Atlanta was proven to be a great opportunity when in 2010 he became a talent scout for an NBA Agent and also a body guard for recording artists, the Ying Yang Twins. During the time he was around this new industry, ToneBonez soon realized his own talent in writing. This led to the formation of group NuBreed, formed by himself and his twin brothers, Andre (Fresh) and Andrew (Yung Swag).
Antonio is known for his quirky punch lines and his writes his own music. His musical inspiration also comes from rapper 50 Cent, the Black Eyed Peas, Wyclef, and Nelly. As for himself, he considers himself well-rounded and a cutie pie. All of these elements make ToneBonez the original rapper that he is and it is an assured that his dedication and drive will get him very far in his rap career. In relationship to the promising new rap group, RMA, which Antonio is also a part of, he is a huge asset.
He thanks God for life, his family including his twin brothers, sister and parents and also his soand daughter; who are very close to him.
Interact with ToneBonez on twitter at @Tonebonez23, on Instagram at Tonebonez23, and find him on Facebook as Antonio Belin.
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Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. (born September 25, 1980), better known by his stage name T.I., by his nickname Tip and by his alter ego T.I.P., is an American hip hop recording artist, film and music producer, actor and author. He is also the founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Grand Hustle Records.
T.I. has released seven studio albums (I'm Serious, Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, King, T.I. vs. T.I.P., Paper Trail, and No Mercy) with the most recent five being highly successful on the commercial market. He has released such successful singles as "Bring Em Out", "What You Know", "Big Shit Poppin' (Do It)", "Swagga Like Us" (featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne), "Whatever You Like", "Live Your Life" (featuring Rihanna), "Dead and Gone" (featuring Justin Timberlake), "Got Your Back" (featuring Keri Hilson) and "That's All She Wrote" (featuring Eminem).
He has served two stints in county jail, twice for probation violations and a federal prison bid for a U.S. federal weapons charge. While serving 11 months in prison he released his seventh studio album, No Mercy. T.I. has also had a successful acting career, starring in the films Takers and ATL.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Leesa Dean attended LaGuardia HS of the Arts and Wesleyan University and has a BFA. Her underground comic book, Chilltown (Zeric Award winner for Best Indy Book), has been featured in The Source, Spin & Vibe Magazines as well as numerous national newspapers and radio. Primarily a writer, she has sold a number of television scripts—including ones to HBO producers Two Oceans Entertainment and BET—but was always "in development." Frustrated, she taught herself how to animate five years ago and, solo guerilla-style, has completed three full series: Chilltown, The Danger Squad and Lele's Sex Advice Show, all set to launch Chilltowntv.the official home of the hip-hop oriented, animated web comedy, Chilltown.
Based on the hit underground comic book and created, written and animated by Leesa Dean, it revolves around the lives and mis-adventures of three underground hip-hop heads(G, Marv and Plad) straight outta Chilltown, NJ. Added in the mix: G's wannabe mogul cousin K Deuce and Lele, K Deuce's girl. Designed, at times, to skewer pop & rap culture, many of the episodes center around the music biz. Starring comedy stars Wil Sylvince (Wayans Brothers, Chapelle Show, Patrice O'Neal), Dante Nero (Patrice O'Neal, Chappelle Show, co-host Black Phillip Show), Victor Cruz (Law & Order, Blue Bloods, Victor Cruz Radio Show), Richie Bulldog (Richie Bulldog Certified) and Gil T (HBO Def Comedy All-Star Jam, Apollo Comedy Hour, Showtime's Comedy Club), the series features original music by producer DJ Wally Pish Posh (Alicia Keys, Black Star, Basketball Wives, Hip-hop Honors.) Chilltown is rated MA for strong language.
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Special Guest: WHiiTEBOY
WHiiTEBOY, twenty-three years old and raised in the Southward of Newark New Jersey, has come a long way from the hardships associated with living in the ghetto. Blessed with an incredible lyrical ability, his music serves as a window into his soul. WHiiTEBOY laces his music with wisdom and experience, serving as a memoir of his personal struggles and triumphs. His ability to seamlessly thread inspirational concepts and stories into a song has given him recognition throughout the New Jersey scene, and worldwide.
His versatile stance on music, combined with his unbridled ambition and marketable appearance, is destined to take him far in this industry. His strong team of EiE Entertainment and Talent Source Agency ensure that failure is not an option. He has also made an appearance on the VH1 Show ICE T'S Rap School, went on the American Most Wanted tour with Cash Money Records. In addition he opened for Maino in 2011 on the Maino Hustle Hard Buzz Tour. Living by the creed, "Expression Is Everything", it is certain that the game will never be the same once influenced by WHiiTEBOY'S perspective on life and the industry.
Live In The Cipher rates and reviews Big Boi, a member of the legendary hip hop group Outkast, latest release Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Join the team for our interactive rate and review process where your opinion counts. See if Big Boi can continue to deliver the quality music that he is known to bring his fans.
Artist Review: Big Boi
Antwan André Patton, better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, song-writer, record producer and actor, best known for being a member of American hip hop duo OutKast alongside André 3000. His work in the duo has produced six studio albums. During the duo's hiatus, he and André 3000 each announced plans to release a solo album. Big Boi's solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was released in July 2010 to respectable sales and critical acclaim.
He had a strong interest in hip-hop music, and met André "3000" Benjamin while attending Tri Cities High School in the early-1990s. The two eventually joined forces as OutKast and signed with LaFace Records.
Patton has often used his lyrics to criticize the problems that plague both the African American community and the world. An example is 2003's "War", a scathing attack on the Bush administration and the War on Terror. Another example is 2008's "Sumthin's Gotta Give" with Mary J. Blige talking about the state of America and Barack Obama.
After four increasingly successful albums as a duo, the members of OutKast chose to make two solo albums, and release them as a double album under the OutKast name. André 3000 released The Love Below and Big Boi Speakerboxxx. The two albums were packaged together as Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003. Speakerboxxx featured a style similar to OutKast's previous efforts, while The Love Below explored more offbeat territory, with André 3000 mainly singing rather than his usual rapping. One song from each album was released in September 2003 as a single.
Patton's choice was the single "The Way You Move", featuring Sleepy Brown. It was originally supported by urban radio, but then crossed over to pop charts and became almost as big a pop hit as Benjamin's "Hey Ya!". "The Way You Move" supplanted "Hey Ya!" as the #1 song on the US pop charts. The second single from Big Boi's side of the album was "Ghetto Musick", which featured both members of OutKast and a sample from Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need & Want You".
In 2007 after the sixth album under the OutKast name, Idlewild, Big Boi announced plans to release a full fledged solo album. While he had released a previous solo album in Speakerboxxx, it still was technically under the OutKast name. The album was to be titled Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The album's first promotional single, "Royal Flush", was released in 2007, and featured Raekwon and André 3000. Over the next few years the album saw many delays, but multiple promotional and video singles were released such as "Shine Blockas" featuring Gucci Mane, "For Yo Sorrows" featuring George Clinton and Too $hort and "General Patton" featuring Big Rube.
The first official single was "Shutterbugg" featuring Cutty and the second "Follow Us" featuring Vonnegutt. The album was released internationally on July 5. Guest artists include alternative urban songstress Janelle Monae; Big Boi's own new group Vonnegutt; plus established rappers T.I. and B.o.B. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty received general acclaim from most music critics, earning praise for its inventive sound, varied musical style, and Big Boi's lyricis.
In a July 2010 interview for The Village Voice, Big Boi revealed that he is working on the follow-up album to Sir Lucious Left Foot, entitled Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, stating that he is "maybe about six songs into it". It is expected for a late-2012 release.
On February 27, 2011, it was announced that Big Boi is creating a joint album along with rappers Mike Bigga and Pill. Later that day, Big Boi posted on his Twitter account that he was mixing Mike Bigga's album entitled, "PL3DGE".
Big Boi announced on May 24, 2012 that he was about 80% complete with his next solo release. He also revealed that both he and Andre 3000 would be releasing solo projects prior to any Outkast project.
On June 9, Big Boi announced via Twitter that he will be releasing "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors" on November 13. That date was later pushed back to December 11, 2012 on November 1st when he debuted the cover. The first single from the album is "Mama Told Me" featuring Kelly Rowland. The album featured guest appearences from A$AP Rocky, Ludacris, T.I., Little Dragon, Kelly Rowland and B.o.B.
Big Boi revealed that he is already ten songs deep into his third as of now untitled studio album
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.
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