When New Jersey MC Kazzie Pop is ripping mics, you can hear the indisputable hunger in his voice and see the uncanny cockiness in his swagger. It’s undeniable. “One thing about music, you can feel it. If you don’t then it’s not real,” says the 19-year-old wordsmith whose buzz worthy new single, “Roll Out” has his ever-growing fan base eager for his forthcoming mixtape, LMAO. “I want people that are listening to my music to feel exactly where I’m coming from.”
Kassan “Kazzie Pop” Sherman was born and raised in Newark, NJ, on 19th Street and South Orange Avenue, just a block from where Garden State rap dignitary Redman is originally from. Fortunately, Kaz avoided the ill street blues that plagued his rough and tumble neighborhood and found rapping as an outlet at an early age.By the time he was 11, the aspiring spitter was traveling up the block to Red’s old stomping ground and turning heads during the regular ciphers that would take place there. “It was always guys out there rapping, going back and forth,” recalls Kazzie. “They would get us out there battling against the older guys. I went out there and I was beating adults.”
In 2009, the 6-foot-6-inch rapper linked up with New Jersey indie imprint Nu World Era Music Group and formed a movement with emerging star Driicky Graham called, Popular Kids. The group was short lived but birthed the exorbitant radio single, “We Robbed Gucci” featuring Gucci Mane in 2010. Since going solo, KP has taken center stage touring with legendary producer and industry luminary, No ID as a part of his No ID Tour, as well as building a buzz for himself on the national circuit hitting the road with The Party Boyz and Dorrough. He has also torn down stages as the opening act for the likes of Jadakiss, Juelz, Sheek and Jim Jones in his home state of New Jersey, and worked the crowd into a frenzy at various “Summer Jams” around the country. Further showcasing his lyricism, Kazzie stepped up his viral visibility by dropping searing freestyles over Lil Wayne’s “Mega Man” and 2 Chainz’s, “No Lie,” on YouTube.
Currently crafting his debut mixtape, LMAO, the towering wunderkind is striving to make more than just a jovial statement. “The concept is, no disrespect to the artist but, [some of their music] makes me laugh,” states Kazzie. “You got to bring your A game.” The upstart MC plans on using his aggressive mic skills to do just that. Spearheaded by the sizzling club single, “Roll Out” which is currently gaining momentum in clubs around the Tri-State area. The mixtape offering will feature Billboard charting lablemate Driicky Graham (“Snapbacks and Tattoos”) and recognized songwriter and producer, Yung Berg. Contrary to the title, it’s no laughing matter.
“I’m not an artist that’s going to play with people’s time or money,” says Kazzie. “I’m serious with what I do. People are going to be like, ‘I see why he’s going so hard and why you can hear it in his voice.’ I’m not playing.”
Ski Beatz is a record producer, musician and MC originally from NC and was discovered in NYC by DJ Clark Kent. Ski was originally known as “MC Will-Ski” and in the 1980s, he was a member of the group Original Flavor, the first group managed by future recording industry executive DAMON DASH . In the mid-90′s, Ski was working on duo CAMP LO’S debut album UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT when Dame called him in to work on the debut album of his own artist, JAY-Z. Jay’s album, REASONABLE DOUBT, was released in 1996, marking Ski’s first major production placement. Ski produced four tracks off the album, including the singles “DEAD PRESIDENTS” and “FEELIN’ IT”.
After the critical success of Reasonable Doubt, Ski formed Roc-A-Blok Productions in affiliation with Jay and Dame’s label, ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS, working with CAMP LO and Sporty Thievz. Skibeatz crafted most of Camp Lo’s debut, which dropped in 1997, and produced the FAT JOE single “JOHN BLAZE”; Ski continued to work with Jay-Z, on his sophomore album IN MY LIFETIME, VOL. 1 as well as non-solo albums and compilation projects, until 1998. He continued producing for artists such as Nature, members of the New Jersey crew, The Outsidaz, Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Ras Kass and Proof. He has continued to produce for Camp Lo, providing most of the production for their second album Let’s Do it Again, as well as their third album, Black Hollywood.
Live In The Cipher brings you another up and coming MC for your listening pleasure. Tonight we introduce you to Jersey's own MC Aitch. We will be reviewing his The Umbrella Tape 3 project live along with you the listener. We want to hear from you call in 646-233-1302, if your an MC call in and spit your hot 16, or just call in and let us know how you feel about hip hop in general.
Tonight's Guest: MC Aitch
The son of two Caribbean parents, 22-year-old Aitch has started his own company, The Umbrella Media Group, and is embarking on his journey to creatively bring a fresh breath to hip-hop. Rapping and recording since the 9th grade Aitch has took his time and energy not only start a company but a network filled with everyone from artist, business grads, clothing designers, and graphic artist. The network is better known as "The Umbrella".
Fresh out of high school, Aitch didn't make it to college and felt that it was a sign to pursue his music career and created his first official solo mixtape titled "The Umbrella Tape". Soon after he got himself back in school to major in marketing in order to better understand how to market himself and his soon to be established company. Due to the success of "The Umbrella Tape", Aitch began to write "The Umbrella Tape: Prequel", which was a collection that was meant to give his listeners a background of who he is to give them a better understanding of his material.
Coming from South Orange, a multicultural city in New Jersey, is what Aitch feels gave him such passion to stand out from the norm. Aitch's passion for creativity is what influences him to push the limits of hip-hop through lyrical content and production. Though he is not a "gangster rapper" you can still find him giving his listeners that hard edgy feel that the genre is known for.
After sharing stages with the likes of some of hip-hops most popular veterans and starting his own company with close friend and UMG artist J-Rok Aitch is still producing plenty of music for all us hip-hop heads can enjoy, expect to hear big things from him and the UMG family.
Miami-based DJ/producer DJ Khaled -- a Palestinian-American born Khaled Khaled -- is a member of Fat Joe's Terror Squad and released Listennn: The Album on Koch in June 2006. He utilized his connections to snare the likes of Beanie Sigel, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Young Jeezy, Slim Thug, Trick Daddy, and Clipse for guest appearances. Many were back for his 2007 effort We the Best and in 2008 for We Global. The thematic Victory followed in 2010, while 2011’s We the Best Forever would find him switching to Birdman’s Cash Money label. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Nas, dancehall singer Mavado, and many others would land on his 2012 effort, Kiss the Ring.
When someone thinks Palm Beach, visions of sunshine,palm trees and good weather comes to mind. However,along with that, comes the harsh reality of crime,drugs and poverty. All of this reflected in the music of Hip-Hop Artist, Choppa Zoe. Growing up in the streets of Palm Beach. Choppa Zoe learned at an early age to adapt to a rapidly changing scenery. Thinking quick on his feet is something he always had to do.Choppa Zoe represents southern hip-hop in it purest form. His delivery, cadence and lyrics quickly caught the attention of local neighborhood dj's. and upcoming artists. Furthermore, Choppa Zoe has also earned the respect and loyalty of the haitian community by keeping haitian pride alive in his lyrics.
In 2005, his father unfortunately passed away. However in that passing, it lead to the discovery of brother he never knew he had in New York. Call it coincidence or fate, his brother Big Vegaz , actually was a producer with a professional recording studio in NY. After a few phone calls and visits, his older brother also discovered his talents and suggested he move to New York to take it to another level. Although the offer seem great, leaving palm beach meant leaving family,friends and unfinished business. After watching his peers falling victim to senseless murder and jail sentences, Choppa Zoe decided it was time for a change in environment. In 2007, He and his twin brother took the 18 hour drive in their pick-up truck to New York City. Where their older brother met them with open arms.
Wasting no time Choppa Zoe quickly adapted to the fast-paced environment of New York City. Got established with a place to live and made ends meets from hard labor. In 2009, Choppa Zoe dropped his first mixtape Swagga Thru da Roof. The mixtape was received well in both New York and Palm Beach. He followed up with a second mixtape Next on Deck in 2010. Both mixtapes solidified Choppa Zoe’s status as an artist than deliver street-club anthems and radio friendly material. Choppa Zoe is currently in the studio working on his debut album and his third mixtape Next on Deck 2.0. which is scheduled to to drop this early this summer
Have you ever heard music that is undeniably different in a good way? Music that is classy and street, soft and hard, or quiet and loud. Let ReDD ReMy’D introduce you to this sound. With several accomplishments to her name, Queens bred- ReDD ReMy’D is moving full throttle towards a very successful Hip Hop music career. In February of 2011 ReDD ReMy’D independently released a 20-track CD entitled ReDD ReMy’D? The Unkept Secret. The whole project was executively produced by ReDD ReMy’D, featuring music production by Mark Wilson who produced, Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” and hosted by the NAACP’s official DJ-Zeke. ReDD has also received much praise as an artist from several music industry executives including Bad Boys’ A&R Senator Skid, G-Unit’s Casting Director Kevin Weekes, and others.
With performances at various venues including college campuses such as John Jay and Brooklyn College (her Alma Mata) to name a few, High Schools such as August Martin and York Early College Academy, Charity Events and out of state venues, ReDD is just getting started. She can capture an audience with her incredible stage presence and voice combined with a delivery that will fill the void and grab attention of music lovers everywhere that thirst for true hip-hop. In the summer of 2011 ReDD was nominated for the 9th Annual Underground Music Awards “Best Female Rapper of the Year”. Her nomination granted her the opportunity to share her music with a wide audience.
Fall of 2011 the first official video; “Bubble Gum” was independently released in conjunction with KOZ Productions and CBW. The single “Bubble Gum”, along with other singles off of ReDD ReMy’D? The Unkept Secret appeared on several mix-tapes that can be found on Datptiff.com. Since then, ReDD ReMy’D has begun hosting online countdowns for the Video City TV show, the #1Platform for unsigned, independent, as well as signed talent. As of 2012, ReDD ReMy’D has become one of the official faces of the show. Displaying talent and a likable personality, she continues to host, create music, and inspire people of all ages. Keep your ears and eyes open to new music and videos, you can now find her singles “Bubble Gum/ReDD Remy’D??” and “Move Ya Body” on iTunes.
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.
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.
Chances are, if you are anywhere near the Detroit music scene, you have heard of the influential hip hop trio that makes up Slum Village. The group was founded in the early 90′s by 3 childhood friends: Baatin, T3, rapper and producer J Dilla, who all grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI.
After leaving Pershing High School, the trio began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally went by the name Ssenepod.
With a growing momentum now cemented in the underground, the group took on a forward trajectory toward bigger and better things, and in 1991 changed their name to Slum Village. J Dilla joined the production team known as The Ummah, which produced the two last A Tribe Called Quest studio albums, as well as hits for a number of R&B and hip hop musicians, and in 1996, they recorded their first album Vol. 1″ , recorded in Dillas basement and RJ Rice Studios, it was critically acclaimed in the Detroit underground scene. It later found its way into the hands of A Tribe Called Quest’s own Q-Tip, who played it for some of hip hop’s elite, such as Busta Rhymes, Questlove, and D’angelo. This fruitful alliance led to an opening gig for A Tribe Called Quest on their Farewell tour in 1998.
Slum Village landed their first record deal in 1998 with Barak/AM records. Due to label politics, the group was forced to release their album “Best Kept Secret” under the alias J-88,. Their now classic record, “Fantastic, Vol. 2″ was also in production, but was not officially released until 2000 through Barak/GoodVibe Records. “Fantastic Vol. 2″ was dubbed an immediate classic from fans and industry tastemakers. This album featured an A list line up including Busta Rhymes, Common, D’angelo, Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Kurupt, and Q-Tip who passed the torch to Slum Village on the record “Hold Tight”. On the heels of this record release followed a tour with The Roots on the Okay Players tour/D’angelo Voodoo tour.
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Muncie, IN native Siah, also known as Siah Soze blesses the Hip-Hop community with the 2013 release of his FreEP “10:13”. The EP features eight tracks with 2 additional Bonus cuts and includes guest appearances from the likes of Bizzy Bone, Kurupt of The Dogg Pound, Canibus, Indy’s own M-Eighty, Nino Graye and fellow Kutthroat member Whitehead.
Siah’s history on the Indy music scene is very thorough in both the realms of on and off stage as Siah was a former member of both The Kutthroatz (2006) and the Iron Workers Guild (2008) better known as I.W.G. Siah also released his debut solo album “Organized Rhyme” hosted and produced by legendary beatmaker Domingo in 2009 to critical acclaim throughout Indiana and the USA. He has also shared stages throughout the Midwest with the likes of Black Sheep, Canibus, Digable Planets, Aesop Rock, Cappadonna, GlassCity and more.
At press time Siah and a couple of the albums contributors had this to say on behalf of the artist and the “10:13” project:
“Siah is by far the deadliest emcee I’ve ever seen with both mic skills and cam skills. He could literally blow your mind in a cipher lyrically while filming your facial expressions. Definitely an unexpected explosion of illness!” –Cappadonna (Wu-Tang Clan)
“Siah is a member of that new wave of emcee who understands where the art is going and still has one foot rooted in the golden era and you can hear it in his delivery and his passion to embrace not only the mic but the culture as a whole.” –Canibus
“To me this project is my peace offering to Indy. To let the city where I come from (Muncie) know who I am, what I stand for and the work that I’ve been embracing on a larger scale in hopes of bringing the light back home and to all artists in Indy, the Midwest and worldwide.”
Damon Wimbley, best known as Kool Rock-ski and one-third of the Fat Boys, is the "dominating MC"...The Rock Man can be found in the gym where he works hard to stay slim and trim; weighing in at 185 pounds, Kool Rock is serious about his weight. Kool Rock was excited to work with Chris Rock at the MTV Music Awards and would love a chance to work with him again.
Delighted to be in front of the camera as much as he is to be on the mic, Kool Rock is focused on his return to what he does best and is looking forward to his TV show. Currently residing in New York, Kool Rock can be found working in the studio with Eric B. of Eric B. and Rakim,where he brings over two decades of hip-hop experience to the Uncle Louie Managment Production Team
Born November 4, out of Passaic, NJ Rashad "BELL$" Stephens, oldest of three boys ventured into music in an extraordinary way.
Rashad was never deeply into music – basketball was all he knew. He travelled across the world, facing a wide range of competition, and meeting different people. Basketball was proving to be very promising, until the opening tip of the summer circuit at Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Washington. As Rashad scored the first basket, his ACL was torn as he landed.
During the six months of immobility after surgery, Rashad had a lot of time to think of what life is going to be like without basketball. As he stressed over a life with no direction, his daughter Aaliyah Rose Stephens was just two months away from being born. He knew he needed to become an immediate provider, but he was still unable to walk, and was financially unstable, causing his mind to become in disarray.
As he sat in his room ingesting pain killers as if they were skittles, he battled my subconscious mind. When he was not taking pain killers, his mind was telling him go get a job. But while the medication took effect, his mind began searching for his inner self.
“My search always stopped at one question: ‘What is your purpose?’” Rashad would always ask of himself.
One morning while listening to the radio, he began to hear music differently. Due to the trials and tribulations of his life, every song that he heard his mind began to change; it erased all of the lyrics, and, as he calls it, "Turned fantasy into reality.”
This process went on for days – each day his mind grew stronger with different ways of exploiting instrumentals with words from his core. He wanted to test this new-found talent on peers and associates, and found that they all were highly impressed. People could not believe that Rashad, one of the former Passaic high school basketball state championship team was now pursuing music.
Being that music is so subjective, there were both mixed reviews to his music, but mostly positive. But the main discussion wasn't the music, it was more about reconciling the union of Rashad who they all knew and the birth of BELL$, the music artist.
Now Rashad is an individual who is driven on progression on scales unimaginable, but as BELL$ came to the forefront, a piece of Rashad was implemented into its structure. Slowly but surely Rashad and BELL$ became two different men, but yet both one in the same. Rashad a basketball jock who is well loved, looking for success at every turn set on being the best father for his daughter. Followed by BELL$ the deep thinking oracle, who was able to funnel Rashad's ups and downs, pleasures and pain. They became self-classified as "The Realist" that children want to be and women love to see.
As time went on BELL$ formed a group of friends from the same town, an alliance called "Royal Empyre", with a roster of BELL$, Nostra, Astrick the A-lien , Chewy-B, and Chef Boy. BELL$ is currently working with Darnell "The Deacon" Burells and his "We do this" management.
Co-CEO of “One Up ENT.” And Founder of Royal Empyre music. With two daughters “Aaliyah and Samira the journey continues.
” I feels as if BELL$ was sent to me, as if this is who I was meant to be. BELL$ music is the voice of any and every one of all ages and colors. As the journey continues, this is only the beginning. PEACE”
"WITH EVERY SONG THERE IS A VISION, I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE CHANGE BUT I MIGHT BE ABLE TO CHANGE A LIFE THAT CHANGES THE WORLD"
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.
To learn more on Fly Rah and his music check out his social sites…