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.
To learn more on Fly Rah and his music check out his social sites…
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"
Statik Selektah, is an East Coast-based DJ, producer and CEO of Showoff Records. Statik Selektah was introduced to music at a young age, experimenting with his parents eight-track machine, cassette recorders, and turntable.By middle school, he was already DJing school functions, but he was inspired to be a true wheels-of-steel artiste after hearing DJ Premier & Funkmaster Flex scratch and mix records on Hot 97fm in New York City.
Statik began doing radio at Phillips Exeter Academy’s WPEA, where he also occasionally DJ’ ed some of the Afro-Latino Society Parties.Naming himself DJ Statik, (the "Selektah" came later after hearing a local reggae artist say it unconsciously) he began to start to DJ at clubs and private parties up and down the New England Coast.
In 2000, Selektah moved back to Massachusetts from New Hampshire to pursue an audio production degree at Boston's New England Institute of Art. Around this time, Statik started to put out his own mixtape series titled "Spell My Name Right." In 2003, Statik created ShowOff Marketing, which has had clients such as Reebok, G-Unit Records, Virgin Records, Capital, Universal Records, Diddy’s Vote or Die campaign and many others. In 2006, Statik Selektah made Showoff into a record label and put out Termanology’s Out the Gate as the labels first release. In 2007, Statik released his first LP, titled Spell My Name Right, and came out with a second Stick 2 the Script in 2009.
In 2010, Statik Selektah dropped another album 100 Proof: The Hangover which reached 37 on Billboards Heatseeker Albums Chart. Besides dropping his own albums, he also has produced on many other artist's projects. Statik currently has a show on Thursday nights on Eminem's Shade 45 XM/Sirus Radio Station.
In 2010, Statik Selektah was featured as a DJ on GTA IV's hip hop radio station The Beat 102.7.
While recording with rapper Freeway on Ustream, he announced a song off his next album, Population Control, called "Groupie Love" which features Mac Miller. This track was included on the final release of Population Control in 2011
K.Bellz is a new artist on the Hip-Hop scene and he has the taste of success on the tip of his tongue. His musical style is a mixture of Hip-Hop with a little bit of R&B. His voice along with his rapping, singing, and banging beats are the key ingredients to his unique sound. As he prepares to release his first single "Nice 2 Meet Ya", the direction of his musical career will journey down a path free of parental advisory stickers and explicit lyric logos. You’re probably asking yourself the question, how does he plan to do that? And it’s simple he plans to keep it clean. Born and raised in Franklin NJ, Keith Bell aka K.Bellz grew up in a household which was no stranger to music. K.Bellz first musical experience was singing in the choir. But singing in the choir wouldn’t last for long because there was another form of music that was moving into his radar and it was Hip Hop.
While walking home from school he would always see these rap battles going on. One day on his way home from school, he decided to stop. In the middle of this large crowd were two individuals exchanging powerful punchlines and lyrical skill. The better the punchline, the greater the crowds’ response was to the person who recited the punchline. And in the end, whoever received the loudest response from the crowd walked away the winner. At that moment, he knew he wanted to rap.
At the age of 10, he wrote his first rap and named himself KB. By the age of 11 he developed his skills and began battle rapping. As a young rapper trying to find his way, he began to explore different styles and one of those styles was gangster rap. As he matured and grew older, he realized that this form of rap was not for him nor was it the lifestyle he wanted to portray. Also being the oldest child, he knew he had to set an example for his younger brothers and sister. He decided to change the way he rapped and the words he used. He eliminated the gangster from his rap and the language that came along with it. And with this new style of rap came a new name and the name was K.Bellz.
K.Bellz represents good music that everyone can listen to in the presence of each other. Creating music free of explicit language is a top priority for K.Bellz due to his fan base but mainly because of the respect he has for his parents. With his singing background, you can expect to hear harmonious hooks combined with sharp lyrical skill over banging beats. Don’t forget he started out singing so he just might switch up on you. And what’s really impressive about him is when he puts down the mic, he picks up his school books and heads off to class. Currently, he is pursuing his college degree. Pursuing musical career and college degree at the same time is a part of his life where he doesn’t need an engineer to have it mastered.
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