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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.”
Lyrical leader of the original Furious Five and founder of a splinter version of the group during the mid-'80s, Melle Mel wrote many of the legendary raps featured on Grandmaster Flash tracks. Born Melvin Glover, he and his brother Nate (aka Kidd Creole) (not the Caribbean dance-popster of the same name) joined up with Cowboy (Keith Wiggins) in 1978 to form the Three MC's, with production handled by Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler).
After Scorpio (originally Mr. Ness, aka Ed Morris) and Raheim (Guy Williams) joined up as well, the group recorded two singles (one as the Younger Generation and Flash & the Five) before they became Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and recorded the magnificent "Superappin'" for Enjoy, owned by R&B legend Bobby Robinson.
One year later, the group began recording for Sugar Hill and scored on the R&B charts with the wild party jams "Freedom" and "Birthday Party." In 1982, "The Message" became an instant rap classic, one of the first glimmers of social consciousness in hip-hop, and Melle Mel was responsible for many of the cutting lyrics. The record's enormous success ended up fracturing the group, however, despite subsequent successes like "New York New York" and "The Message II (Survival)." Melle Mel wasn't happy about sharing composer credits for "The Message" (especially with Sylvia Robinson), and Flash sued Sugar Hill, citing Robinson's conflict of interest (she not only co-owned the label, but produced and managed the group).
Though most of their beefs were directed at Sugar Hill and not inwards, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five split down the middle, with Flash departing for Elektra with Kidd Creole (Mel's brother) and Raheim while Melle Mel stayed put and formed his own version of the group with Cowboy and Scorpio. (After a court battle regarding rights to the name, Melle Mel was allowed the use of "Grandmaster" as well.) Late in 1983, Sugar Hill released Melle Mel's "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)," variously described as anti-drugs or pro-drugs, though the death of one of Mel's friends, a drug dealer, a few weeks before release caused him to add the parentheses.
Mel's best year came in 1984, when he rapped over Chaka Khan's platinum, Grammy-winning "I Feel for You" (the first exposure to rapping for mainstream audiences). He was also drafted for the rap film Beat Street, where Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five performed their new hit "Beat Street" (aka "Beat Street Breakdown") and appeared next to Afrika Bambaataa, the Treacherous Three, Doug E. Fresh, and Rock Steady Crew.
Mel recorded a pair of LPs for Sugar Hill during the mid-'80s, then reunited with Flash and the rest of the original Furious Five for a 1988 LP titled On the Strength. It failed miserably in an atmosphere that was decidedly anti-old school, and neither of them recorded for almost ten years. A 1997 record, Right Now, paired Melle Mel with Scorpio, but also failed to sell. His new project, Die Hard, debuted in 2001 with On Lock. John Bush, Rovi
Special Guest: KING RUSS
Although he was labeled as another kid from the streets of Harlem, Russ’s talent made provisions for him to be recognized as a “Hood Icon”! Russ recognized early on, age 13 to be exact, music was not only his passion, but his calling. What began as a hobby and means of self or situational expression, soon developed into a quest to become not just another household name or a “Hood Icon”, but to become a “Rap Icon”. Unbeknownst to many, King Russ’s talent extends beyond rap as he actually developed his talent first as a singer.
Notwithstanding the fact that Russ excelled as a singer, he yearned to fuse his singing talent with his distinct and vivacious rap style over his rhythmic and melodic tracks. With the mix of the two talents, this would give him double the exposure on stage and increase his fan base. His passion, talent, and love for rap is what got him in the game, but he believes his versatility will set him apart, but it will also develop and grow his following. Without making comparisons, in this day and age, the rap industry lacks well-rounded artists’ who can transcend the rap genre reminiscent of King Russ’s ability to cross over.
Equipped with a harmonious vibrato and thought provoking lyrics or “bars”, Russ placates the ladies while remaining true to his affiliation with the notorious D-Boys of Harlem. Armed with these charismatic attributes and uncharacteristically sound talents, Russ believes these same combinations will assist him in his quest for rap greatness.
Understanding that becoming a rap legend is not an easy task, Russ pays homage to the iconic and infamous rap pioneers who have paved the way for the rap genres success and to those who have paid attention to his grind. To be more specific, Russ idolizes and attributes his success to Grandmaster Mele Mel and Ice-T.
Today, at the age of 21, he credits such artists as Tupac, Mase, Michael Jackson and Fabolous for influencing his talent for rap and lyrical gifts that sets him apart from the rest. More importantly, he credits “Chris Brown” who he deems as a musical genius and icon. Russ was frank to explain Chris Brown as, “A great entertainer, he’s my definition of real talent, which shows in his performances.” King Russ is currently working on a number of projects which include mixtapes as well as putting the finishing touches on his debut album. King Russ just released a mixtape entitled “Punch 4 Punch” which is the Deluxe Edition and follow-up to #IAMKing. Circulating singles by King Russ include: “Greetings” his introduction to the music industry, “Finish This” which in his words is “the rebirthing of Hip-Hop”, “Let It Go” an R&B track and “Watch Em Twerk” a club anthem touted as the fourth most tweeted song in music.
With over 11,000 Twitter followers and 113,000 video views on YouTube, King Russ exhibits industry presence, innovative rap style, a passion for perfecting his performance, and an unwavering drive for rap stardom. Stand up and take notice because King Russ has arrived! For more news and updates on King Russ visit http://twitter.com/TheRealKingRuss.
Writing the international hit “Chicken Noodle Soup” when she was just fifteen, Harlem artist Young B tapped into her gifts way ahead of her time.
Not knowing the record that DJ Enuff broke one summer afternoon would reach the likes of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Regis and Kelly, Ellen Degeneres, 106 & Park and even Sesame Street, Bianca Dupree remains a young but yet extremely talented entertainer creeping upon her peak.
Already nailing a "Best Dance Cut" Soul Train Award for the single she wrote off of DJ Webstars "Caught in the web" album back in 2007 and remixes from Lil Wayne, Trina, and Fabolous, this 21 year old raptress is destined on the day in which she will receive the first of her many Grammys.
Opening shows at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music hall, The Apollo Theatre, and a 76ers halftime game when she was just 17, 4 years later this young talented female is coming for the throne full force. Now returning from a brief hiatus and linking with French Montana’s Coke boy Mob, Young B is stepping to claim her title as a worldwide superstar while also striving to become the first female mogul of hip hop.
Ashle Wilson, better known in the industry as Ashle Danger, is from Maplewood, NJ. She attended Columbia Sr. Hight until she graduated in 2007. She is currently a psychology major at Montclair State University. What made her started modeling is a question she get’s asked constantly, she laughs because she never had aspirations of becoming a model. Ashle first love was to become a photographer but she fell into the modeling world because of her natural detail to fashion, scenery, and the desires of the industry that she so adored to be apart of.
Ashle Danger has become a industry sensation in just a little time. She has been featured in Black Men’s Magazine as well as Hip-Hop Weekly. She has been featured in Urban Ink four times and Straight Stuntin Magazine 3 times, which helped propel her career to the forefront of the modeling industry. Dynasty Series, industry standard modeling glamour site, has featured her in various articles giving celebration to her accomplishments in her career.
In other business, Ashle has been a professional MUA for 6 years. She excels at this trade as she not only beautifies other models but also gives them tips on how to perfect their trade. Ms. Danger is a different type of woman as she is a active activist in her community. She works with kids especially young ladies as a mentor to give them direction in life. Through her dedication to FP YouthOutCry, she has become the VP of Youth Development, where she is responsible for creating and maintaining community activities for the kids in the Newark, NJ area.
In regards to the future, Ashle Danger has various business ventures that she is currently working on. One of the most important things in Ashle’s career now is giving back and being a activist for the youth, education, animals and women support groups. She believes that it’s important for her to be a positive role model to not just the youth but to her peers inside and out of the entertainment industry.
Special Guest: Cobblestone Multimedia
Cobblestone Multimedia, LLC is an independent company that is comprised of; music, film, and television production, casting agency, a state of the art professional recording studio, and a youth entrepreneurial music/film school in partnership with Rutgers University, The Berklee College of Music City Music Network, and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Special Guest: Young Roc
Young Roc does music production work for film and televison and other media, and is most recently known for doing work on Travel Channel's "Not Your Average Travel Guide", Oxygen Channel's "Bad Girls Club", "Bad Girls Need Love Too", MTV’s “Real World” and "True Life", “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” on E! and countless other shows.
Young Roc also produced the theme song "R.U. Ready" for the college football team "Rutgers Knights". He is currently working pre-prouction work with 107.5 WBLS' DJ Antoin Qua, Chris Brown, Fred Da Godson and has done work for Hussein Fatal (Tupac's group "The Outlawz"), Young Buck (G Unit), Taana Gardner and jazz drummer Norman Connors . He is currently a producer/engineer and lead instructor at Cobblestone Multimedia in Newark, NJ where he has had the opportunity to work with key people in the entertainment and music business.
Special Guest: Young Bonez
Young Bonez began writing lyrics at the age of 15. At age 16 he recorded his first record at a independent recording studio known as Cobblestone Multimedia. In 2008, he was given the opportunity to act in his first independent film titled "Surviving the Streets" where he also created the title song for the film. In 2009, he participated in a summer performance program at Berklee College of Music.
Aside from being an artist, Young Bonez also teaches interns for Rutgers T.E.E.M Gateway's Project Rise Program in Newark, NJ, Young Bonez teaches recording, engineering and songwriting at Cobblestone Multimedia along side Young Roc the Producer and Jeff Billingsley. In 2011, Young Bonez premiered his debut album titled "Bone Da Vinci" distributed independently under Cobblestone Multimedia/B.R.E Entertainment.