Chox-Mak is not your everyday artist he knows how to work the media and push his music all at the same time. Chox-Mak recently said in a interview that connecting with DJ YRS Jerzy is the best thing that happen for his music career. Now with these two dropping projects almost every week now it just shows how serious they are about their careers and where they see themselves being in the next couple of months. These two bring you another classic called “Jax The Ripper” which is a track with a old school meets new school type of vibe to it. They rarely disappoint the people that follow their movement so “Jax The Ripper” should be another dope track from Chox-Mak. This track was also produced by Pepsi Kalisz.
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/iamdjyrsjerzy/chox-mak-ft-dj-yrs-jerzy-jax
Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9FeDLJjixY
Twitter: @Chox_Mak910 @IAMDJYRSJERZY
When a new artist comes around who can reach national and global audiences, something should be said about that. Well, this South Carolina-born singer is doing just that and is on his way to becoming the next household name.
Evin Gibson has spent the last several years honing in on his craft and mesmerizing listeners with his fusion of R&B and pop. His initial project “Life in E-Vision” was release independently and proved that anything can be achieved if you set your mind to it. He sold over 5,000 copies on his own and through various online music websites was able to create an international fan base. Evin has traveled to many places like Japan and Germany to spread his talents. He’s been invited to open up for Sunshine Anderson, Jill Scott, and even legendary R&B crooner Freddie Jackson. In addition, his singing abilities and heartfelt songs even reached the attention of his hometowns neighboring state of North Carolina, in which he received a nomination at the North Carolina Music Awards for Best Male R&B Artist.
Evin also had the experience of singing at the BET Experience and at a premier event for the television show “The Game.”
As an artist for Str8Wired Entertainment, his team is moving full steam ahead with his next project. Evin’s talent can’t be denied and his pretty boy looks is just the icing on the cake. If you haven’t heard of him before now, now it’s time to listen. STACKS Magazine’s staff writer, Abner Jackson II, recently spoke with the singer about his influences, what’s going to separate him from other artists, meeting the late Whitney Houston, and his future plans.
When did you realize you wanted to become a R&B singer and was there any artists whose work influenced you the most?
I always had a passion for music growing up around a lot of musicians and church. My family being so soiled in music…when I started listening to a lot of the old school records that were played by family and a lot of the new school records that were current growing up. I felt like I would take the instrumentals and make my own music to them and make my own songs to them. I did it to almost every song came out and had my own version for almost every song that came out and I decided this is something that I really want to do. I wanted to take my sound and expand it. I started making my own music from that point. It’s something that happened and throughout the years always been a part of my heart. Being able to do music now, is a dream come true. Artists that inspired me? No set artist inspired me. I listened to all the greats from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, En Vogue, Boyz II Men…a variety of artists. So, I don’t have one set artist that inspired me. I just love great music.
For our readers who have never heard of your music, how would you explain your sound to them?
My music is R&B, pop, and with a core of good music. Basically, it’s a sound that is clean that talks about love, life, and experiences people go through. It’s a sound of great story, memo flows, basic R&B and pop, good music – it’s really hard to describe besides good music that touches your soul and relate to things you go through in your own life.
What makes your style/image as a male singer different from other young male artists?
I’m not trying to become someone I’m not. I’m just trying to put positive clean music out there for the public. I like to put a little bit of imagination. Music lacks imagination sometime nowadays and music sometimes lacks that imagination. I don’t like to come out and say exactly what the song is about, I like to put it so everybody can relate to it. Put their own story to it. My style is being true to me and what makes me happy and making sure I have a message in what I do. That’s my style and I don’t think a lot of people have that style. I think people lose their message sometimes. I’m a person who talks about message and love, not drama.
How did it feel to open up in concert for Jill Scott, Freddie Jackson and Sunshine Anderson?
I feel like to open up for any major artist is an accomplishment and it’s also one of those things you have to make sure you on point. It can be kind of scary. People came to see the artist. They came to see. You have to give it your all with everything; rather for the major artists I open up for or I’m doing my own show, I give it my all and try to keep it on that level. I can have fun and my audience can have fun. It’s always great to meet new people and explain yourself to new people. It’s always a wonderful, wonderful feeling anytime you get to do what you were born to do and love to do. It’s a great experience.
In your bio, it was mentioned that you performed at the BET Experience and during The Game’s premiere. How did those opportunities come about?
Anything I’m able to perform at is through my label Str8Wired Entertainment. They are able to get me into a lot of places and do a lot of things that expose me to a lot of people. They are doing a very good job at that. So, I’m really thankful for them, my publicist, and I’m really happy to have a good team around me. They see the opportunities where I fit in. They get me out there and if they like it, they get me to be a part of it. I’m just happy to have that team around me.
When you’re not in the studio or performing, what do you do in your free time?
I like to chill, relax and I’m a father. I love spending time with my kids and I’m a hands-own father. I love being with my kids and being a good dad. Teaching them and having fun with them basically. Watching movies…I’m really just a simple guy. Like to have fun, like to relax, chill, be with my kids and family.
What is your biggest accomplishment, thus far, in this field of work?
My biggest accomplishment in music, well there are quite a few musical landmarks that happened in my life. One particular thing that happened (that I’ll never forget) is meeting Whitney Houston, which is someone I always looked up to and I always thought was one of the greatest voices of all time. Getting to meet her in life through music and being able to meet her is a moment that time stood still. She is a musical icon and there are so many things that has happened to me that I been blessed to be able to do. From getting my songs on the radio, video on MTV, having a record number one on the radio station, being able to go to Japan and tour, having my CD sell overseas, etc. They are so many different accomplishments. But, being able to give back and being a part of a lot of the benefit concerts is some of the greatest things I enjoyed.
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
I see myself doing the same thing I’m doing just on a larger scale reaching a bigger platform. I see myself really spreading the message of love and not so much of war and on the radio and do music. Having a good time and of course being respectful. I can see myself bringing a new platform of music back and teach kids through music and inspire others through music. Basically, just doing what I love to do and growing and touring and having a great time. Life is all about a great time right? Having a great time and being true to who I am, inspire people to follow their dreams, because that’s so important. When you in these positions to reach people, it’s very important that you be a good example. You show them life has its ups and downs. We all go through stuff, at the same time anybody can achieve anything. When you see people making it big, it does not mean you can’t make it big. It just means go out there and do it. I want people to get that message from Evin Gibson, my life and from what I been able to accomplish coming from a small town. Branching out and doing things very few get to do. If I can do it, anybody can do it. That goes for anybody in any field and not just music. I really want that message to be conveyed through what I do. This album I got coming out, I want people to be able to realize that is the message from that album, basically.
Watch Evin Gibson’s latest video “Instant Fire” below:
To learn more about this talented artist, visit www.EvinGibson.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvinGibson and on Facebook @ EvinGibsonMusic.
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith, of Jay Productions!
A recent finalist on ABC 7 Windy City LIVE ”Search for a Star” competition, Justin Ruff is 22 years young and more than ready to take over the R&B game. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio the young singer/songwriter says he’s been singing for as long as he can remember. Born to a single mother with her own musical aspirations, it was in his home that Justin was first introduced to jazz. His love for the genre grew after he was accepted into Cincinnati’s School for Creative & Performing Arts as a vocal music major. There he honed in on his jazz roots and began perfecting his craft. Fusing his R&B/Soul background with his love for jazz, he began creating a sound all his own. Upon graduating in the spring of 2008 he went on to win several local competitions including Mason and Blue Ash Idol. He was even awarded the opportunity to open for major acts such as Dwele, The Cool Kids and legendary jazz group, Manhattan Transfer.
In 2010 Justin moved to Chicago and enrolled in Roosevelt University as a vocal jazz major. The move to the big city opened him up to a much larger market. The R&B jazz sensation can now be seen performing all over the South loop from college campuses to intimate open mics. He recently made his debut EP, ”Introducing Justin Ruff” available for free download. For links to free music and all things Team Ruff, you can find and follow the singer on Twitter @JustinRuffMusic.
Artist EPK Link: http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/justinruffmusic
Rapper formally known as “Imari Cartione” was born and raised on the southside of Atlanta Ga, started out rapping at an early age once he knew that he couldn’t live without music is when he realized he couldn’t see himself as anything else but a rapper. Breaking his self into the music industry he has worked with various artist such as RICH HOMIE QUAN, J MONEY, MYKO MONTANNA, and CKP just to name a few and has made quit a name for himself as an independent artist / song writer. This up and coming star is on the rise to great success with his talent, drive and ambition he is sure to go a long way.
DOWNLOAD “MONEY CALLING” MIXTAPE ON LIVEMIXTAPES.COM:
Imari Cartione FT. Mexico Ran “Homework” Directed by @Hall_of_Mirrors – YouTube
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808 Blake (Producer / Co-Founder of SMKA) releases his first instrumental album presented by SMKA. The free album includes 10 tracks produced by 808 Blake. Over the last 5 years 808 Blake has produced for 100+ different artists, including: Juicy J, Dom Kennedy, Trinidad James, Freddie Gibbs, Chip Tha Ripper, Jarren Benton, Yelawolf, Aleon Craft, Outasight, Fashawn, Casey Veggies, Freeway, Skyzoo, Los, Phil Ade, Iamsu! and many more. 808 Blake embarks on a solitary journey to produce Love Child as a stand alone album without any MCs.
“I personally would like to introduce you to my new project 808 Blake’s Love Child. Inspired by artist like: Mandrill, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers and Boards of Canada. This project mixes psychedelic and ambient synths w/ the signature southern 808 sound while also sprinkling soul samples throughout. This project is a personal love of mind because it’s been my brainchild from start to finish and encompasses my fears, loves, and frustrations. I thank you from the bottom of my HEART!!!”
- 808 Blake
6. Purple Dream
7. Donkey Years
8. Born On Holloween
9. Daddy’s Boy
10. Rejected Love Child
- Cycles co-produced by NEVR
- Purple Dreams co-produced by Kyle King
- Daddy’s Boy recorded by Justin Padron
- Cover art by CJ Bryant
- No Shit Taken by Mike Walberg
TJ Chapman sent over this banger that features his new artist, K Camp. The song, which features Kwony Cash, has been heating up in the clubs in several cities. If you haven’t heard it, take a listen and let us know what you think.
In case the embedded player don’t work, listen to video version below.
Memphis native and R&B vocalist King Heartbreaker releases latest music video “Control” from his debut mixtape King R&B Shxt. The mixtape features production credits from Drumma Boy, Lexi Banks, and more.
Watch new video “Control”:
Download mixtape on Livemixtapes.com!
Solmanipulation is an EDM/Trap/Experimental collaborative project between Hip-Hop producer N8 the Gr8, R&B singer Maryann and Visual Artists Van Dope. Branching out from their roots the trio offers a more forward thinking electronic sound/visual than their previous ventures. They call their sound “DMT” short for Dance Music Trap. “The Best Things” is the first Audio/Visual release from the group’s upcoming project. The song is available for free download on their Soundcloud page, “Deeper” is also currently posted and will be the groups second release. Look out for more upcoming Solmanipulashun releases from their first yet to be named full length project.
Follow on Twitter @n8thegr8cuf @xtraordinaryann @van_inhalen !
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/solmanipulashun/the-best-things
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(Atlanta, GA) — He hasn’t been in the music business long, but JStavo, a young independent recording pop soul artist has created a major buzz not only in his home of Atlanta, GA but other states such as FL, DC, OK and SC, even being nominated for the 2013 Georgia Music Award (GMA) in the R&B Male and Video Category.
JStavo has been touring with American Idol & Grammy Award winner Fantasia and the Rock Soul Family. JStavo has been traveling entertaining audiences of all ages in the southeast. Most Recently JStavo opened for Fantasia & TGT (Tank, Ginuwine, Tyrese) at the Atlanta Civic Center with over 3000 people in attendance.
With his popular performances of his new iTunes smash single “I Heart U” and making rounds in the Atlanta underground music scene, clubs and events over the past few months; along with his accompanying You Tube video of his buzz single “Fancy” capturing the attention of online audiences.
“This is huge!” said JStavo. “I’m very excited about all of the great things happening in my music career as an entertainer, from being nominated for the Georgia Music Awards, the support of my fans and love from Fantasia and her team believing in my gift,” he said.
Since beginning his music career almost five years ago, JStavo has opened for other top R&B and Hip Hop recording artists such as Brian McKnight, Omarion, Amerie, Dougie Fresh and Slick Rick. He is managed by Entertainment Management and Consulting, also located in Atlanta.
For more information or for booking inquiries call 803.429.7577 or email email@example.com. For media inquiries, call Dameon Daniels of Entertainment Management & Consulting, “L.L.C” at 803.429.7577.
Source: Dameon Daniels, EMC, LLC
Lyrics…Style…Focus…Taking Hip Hop to New Heightz: Benny Heightz has exploded out of New York City, gaining international attention with his first major single, “Match My Cash” featuring Rick Ross. Brought up in several burroughs of NY, Benny’s drive and talent quickly opened doors to new opportunities with NY producer and mentor KB. Benny Heightz has developed his skills with guidance from producers and local artists nationwide, from Atlanta (The Mechaniks) to LA. While signed to independent label Fyngamade, Benny worked with the talented producer Yung Fyngas, who has produced for such artists as UGK, Bun B, Stack Bundles, Lil Flip and DJ Double R.
Though his early years could be classified as chaotic, Benny never allowed his upbringing to define him. Early on, his focus and intense determination to offer a positive message through his music set Benny apart from his competition. His passion for music, his tireless work ethic, and his hard-hitting lyrical style are continually propelling him to new Heightz. Currently expanding his fan base in Europe, Benny Heightz is proof that music isn’t just about where you are from, it’s about where you are going!
Recently, her name has been coming up in various outlets as the next “it” girl. But, who is she exactly? After doing a little research, this fresh face is Lil Wayne’s newest protégé and she’s now a member of YMCMB.
Chanel West Coast. Her latest project, which released in early July, justifies the buzz she’s been receiving by the public. “Now You Know” is a mixtape with many well-known features and heavy influences of the hip-hop, pop, and R&B culture. As the self-proclaimed number one fan of the late Tupac Shakur, Chanel definitely has engulfed herself into the world of rap and is about to claim her spot. Not as just another white female rapper, but as emcee and singer with a style of her own that has the ability to surpass some of the others in her lane.
Although the mixtape is graced by only one producer, Rich Skillz, Robin Thicke, French Montana, Honey Cocaine, Snoop Dogg, and a few others lent their talents to the newcomer. If you haven’t checked it out, it is worth the listen. She gives you 18 dope tracks that can easily be played down South and any other environment where hip-hop are appreciated.
Listen to the live stream now and/or download her “Now You Know” mixtape via Livemixtapes.com!
After releasing his first three singles, Takticz has shown you his underground HipHop roots, mainstream appeal, and sense of humor with his latest Trillwave joint “Bounce”. This time he’s paying tribute to a classic, but still puts his own spin on the Gap Band favorite “Outstanding”. Check it out and enjoy this free download!
SoundCloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/n8thegr8cuf/takticz-outstanding-remake
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Maryann turns up the heat with her brand new single “Nothing You Could Say”. Far from a loss of words, Maryann takes a sharp turn from her RnB songstress role and gives you something new. After pairing with underground Hip-Hop producer N8 the Gr8 she released a full length, true- to form RnB record last summer. Since the release of her album “Timing Is Everything” Maryann has put out five tracks/visuals from her upcoming release titled “Futuristic Always”. The new record is already sprinkled with features from the likes of Devin the Dude, Guilty Simpson, and Chuuwee. Aside from writing her songs and songs for others, dabbling in production and graphics, she is also co-directing and editing numerous videos including this one. Maryann is proving that she is not a one hit wonder and is more of the new style hybrid artist it takes to make a lasting impression. The song and visual are her commentary about the industry, and feelings she has built up during her recent experiences. Packing more than a punch, this is not the first, or last you will hear from this blossoming artist.
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/xtraordinaryann/maryann-nothing-you-could-say
The wait is over, after seven months in the making, fans are happy to be listening to the latest project from Moe called “Is Anybody Listening? 3”. The twenty-one year old rapper from New Orleans absolutely killed it in 2012 when he released four mixtapes in one year! The mixtapes received thousands and thousands of downloads and Moe positioned himself as a regularly featured artist on datPiff.com.
Despite his young age, Moe is not a novice in the rap game. He began spittin’ rhymes when he was just nine years old and used hip hop as a means to express himself throughout his life. His iconic beats and unique style have caused his fan base to continue to expand and his dedication in the studio has allowed him to keep up with the demand for his music.
The release of “Is Anybody Listening? 3” has come with months of anticipation and increasing buzz in the hip hop community and when asked for his thoughts on the excitement from the project, Moe had this to say, “I know every artist thinks they have the best fans in the world, but I believe I truly have the best. There are times when I’m tired and just want to take a night off but the love for music pushes me on. I want to say thank you to everyone who supported me.”
Moe is currently gearing up for his summer tour. To learn more about Moe visit www.twitter.com/WhoTFisMoe. Also, you download his “Is Anybody Listening? 3″ on Datpiff.com here–> http://www.datpiff.com/Moe-Is-Anybody-Listening-3-mixtape.493039.html .
Well, she’s may be a little too experienced to be featured in our On The Block series. But considering that we’re here in the south and haven’t heard of her, this could easily justify her entry.
Meet STORi. The New Jersey singer/songwriter has been making moves for a while. Apparently, those moves must’ve paid off. She recently signed a deal with Motown Records. Her ability to paint vivid pictures with words helped her stand out from the crowd. STORi mixes rap verses with some dope melodies…reminiscent of Lauryn Hill with a little Joss Stone included.
Point is…she sounds good. Her peers seem to think so as well. She teamed up with Juelz Santana on the Queen Latifah-inspired track “Just Another Day”. The song is featured on FunkMaster Flex’s Why You Mad At? Me Or Yourself? mixtape. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Also, STORi premiered an exclusive track with Trinidad James called “Pocketbook”. You can check it out on her official website www.IAmStori.com.
She’s definitely an artist we’ll be sure to keep up with!
Kendrick La’Dale Hawkins Sr (aka “K Hawk“) is a 21 year old emcee from Belzoni, Mississippi. He has been entertaining for several years but decided to take a serious approach towards his music in his freshmen year of college. Kendrick gave away 100 free mixtapes of his first mixtape entitled “Most Likely To Drop Hits” as promotion to other students in 2011. In a week, his name and songs had spread across the campus to more than 3000 students on a 7500 student campus. He has performed at many clubs and successfully entertained the audience with dances and great songs! Backed by Push Power Promo, Kendrick is now on his way to taking his career to the next level.
Take a listen to two tracks submitted by K Hawk called “Turn Up” and “Let Me Get In”. Both are pretty nice and could be possible club bangers.
“Turn Up” – Direct Download
“Let Me Get In” – Direct Download
For more information on K Hawk, email his camp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you’re wondering if all up-and-coming artists are here to duplicate what’s currently hip in music, guess again. As far as R&B goes, there’s a lack of originality, especially with male singers. Well, there’s a new crooner on the scene who’s ready to change the game.
Hailing from Virginia (by way of Texas), JStavo is prepping his first EP that he contends will be eclectic, refreshing, and something you can feel. He’s calling his sound Pop Soul. Well, STACKS Magazine recently got the opportunity to find out more about JStavo and this Pop Soul he ‘s bringing to the industry. Several interesting tidbits were learned during our conversation with JStavo. Check it out…
Tell our readers who you are, how long you’ve been singing, what was the inspiration for you to want to become an artist.
My name is JStavo. I’m from VA by way of Texas, just moved to Atlanta a year and a half ago trying to pursue the whole music thing. My inspiration for music ever since I was two, I always wanted to sing. I would always get caught dancing in my room. My mom would play music to sit me down and shut me up. Anything with music I would be a good person. Other than that, it wouldn’t happen. So basically, from two years old I knew what I wanted to do.
Where does the name come from?
My first name is Josh. And then it was sort of a middle name/nickname that my family, my cousins we’re all crazy so they used to call me Gustavo. Because…don’t ask me because I still don’t know. So at that point, when I knew I wanted to pursue music full time, once I got a little older. I just put the first letter of my first name which is Josh “J” plus “Gustavo”. Plus it sounds dope. Not Italian, but it sounds dope.
How would you describe your style of music?
I actually put myself in my own genre, Pop Soul. It’s basically, if you take popular music (whether it be Dance music, whether it be R&B, whether it be Alternative) and then you always add soul to it. That’s kind of where I’m at. ‘Cause I can kind of get on any type of track period. I’m very eclectic when it comes to music. I just make sure I add soul to it and Pop Soul.
What was your reason for moving to Atlanta?
A lot of producers and songwriters usually come here. When I first moved here, I know for a fact, it’s like anybody you meet their either doing music, acting or modeling, or they have their own company. I just needed a change. I definitely needed change to where I could grow and network better around music. So, Atlanta was the next best step.
Who were your influences growing up?
Well, my favorite singer of all time is Donnie Hathaway. Point blank period, it’s Donnie Hathaway all day. From him to Genuwine to Babyface to Gladys Knight. It ranges from old school to the 90’s ‘cause that’s the era I grew up in.
Have you worked with anyone yet? Any collaborations?
Well I’ve done…that’s really all I like to do is a bunch of collaborations with independent artists and artists that are up and coming. I truly believe in everybody coming up together. So, instead of going for the big names and this that and the other, you know just try to make sure my name gets out there. I’d rather do a collaboration with somebody that I believe in as an artist and believe in their artistry. Then kind of come up with them and everybody helps everybody.
Do you think male singers get enough shine? Do you think there is something lacking?
I really think currently a lot of the new artists that are coming out, and even some of the old artists that are come back out, they are getting stuck in a box. It’s kind of like the whole thing where they see what’s hot right now and their going for it, but it’s consistently not refreshing. It’s not refreshing. Where back in the day you had your Marvin Gaye’s, you had your O’Jays, everybody in the same genre, but you knew who everybody was. Everybody was unique. I think the reason why the make industry, as far as R&B artists or singers period, I really think that we are lacking in creativity and pushing the envelope. I remember Bobby Brown was always pushing the envelope. Like and it wasn’t that long ago when other artists were pushing the envelope. I just think now we’re stuck in just trying to either make money or be a sex symbol because that’s what sells right now. When in reality, you don’t have to do all of that.
How do you plan on competing with the others (artists)?
I actually feel that like people are waiting for something new. I think we’re so content with what we have right now. That we’re just like “oh ok, that’s fine.” But I really think people are waiting for new artists. Like Miguel came, and he’s like the new age Prince. Frank Ocean came out. None of them are doing what a lot of artists that are out right now are doing. They’re doing what they want to do, being creative. So I think what’s going to set me apart is my uniqueness and my sound. However, making sure that it’s refreshing and people can actually understand it (or it brings them back somewhere to a feeling). I think at the end of the day, nobody is really looking at the content. They’re really, like, looking for that feeling…and that’s what I’m trying to give them. Bump the content, bump what I’m saying if you can’t understand it, that’s cool. But, if you can feel it, then I’ve done my job.
Do you have a 5 year plan?
I used to have 5 year plans and 10 year plans. For some reason, plans never work out. I do, however, set goals for myself as big as getting a Grammy or performing at Madison Square Garden. I make sure I do big goals like that and speak it into existence and I just let God do the rest. Whatever comes in between that, then I’ll take it.
But, I don’t really believe in the 5 year plan because you really don’t know.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
I would really like to collaborate with Kanye just because he’s controversial. I don’t even know what we can create. But, just on his PR…just as a business move. Jay-Z. I would love to do a song with Jo Jo. Ciara. I love soft voices. So, Ciara would be one. I would love to do a song with Sting. He is crazy incredible. I think that would be it. As far as collaboration goes, for like my EP that’s coming out, I made it adamant that I was not going to have a lot of collaborations. I feel like that puts you in that “you can’t have a hit song” or “you can’t stand on your own feet.” So I want people to grasp my music. You know how rappers do with mixtapes. If they want to remix it, they can flip it around. Oh and A$AP Rocky also.
When can we expect the EP?
Actually, what we’re doing right now, we’re setting it up formally because there’s not an actual release date, because we actually do not have the single out yet (the official single). Right now, we’re just worried about pushing the buzz single to network and get a fan base and let people know I’m out there. So, as soon as we get the single out, then we can figure out exactly what’s the next step for the EP.
Any thoughts on the content on your EP?
For one, I’m not crying on any of my tracks. [laughs] As far as the EP, its’ going to be very eclectic. It’s really going to bring all ages back. When I say back, I don’t mean it’s going to be old school. I’m just that feeling you get when you hear a song. I’m going to bring that back. So, you’ll get dance tracks, smooth tracks, everything will be smooth though, I’ll say that.
What do you want the readers to know?
I have a website called www.jstavoworld.com. You can get any type of information from there. Twitter, Instagram, etc @ JStavo.
I just want the readers to get ready. If they want something refreshing, something new, but something they can feel…JStavo is the route to go.
If you’d like to hear JStavo’s music or see him perform, he’s scheduled for several upcoming shows.
2nd Annual Rip The Runway – Birmingham, Alabama (April 2013)
Sweet Auburn Festival – Atlanta, Georgia (May 11, 2013)
Underground Atlanta – Atlanta, Georgia (May 12, 2013)
9to5 40th Anniversary (September 2013)
Raised in a home heavily saturated in music, Maria “M.Free” Freeman wanted to be a singer ever since she could remember. She was challenged by family members to listen to and learn about various genres of music, not just the latest songs on popular radio stations. One of her earliest memories is of her and her grandfather having riffing competitions. “I was only about eight or nine years old and he would say ‘I bet you can’t ‘wiggle’ your voice like this’, and I would eagerly try to duplicate the notes he sang.” One musician or another was always blaring from the record player in the living room, and Maria absorbed the music without even knowing it.
When Maria was twelve, her grandmother took her to a Morgan State University Choir Christmas concert. After hearing live singers for the first time, she was hooked and began to practice every day hoping to develop a voice as beautiful as the ones she’d heard that night. She knew that there was nothing else she would rather do.
As Maria became older, she participated in as many music based activities as she could. By her first year in high school she found herself on six different choirs at one time, including the choir of a high school that she was not even enrolled in. Maria was hungry for music and tried to soak it up any way she could. Maria was also heavily influenced by Hip Hop. She would memorize the verses of artists like TuPac, Nas, Biggie and Lauren Hill and often fall asleep with headphones blasting shows like Strictly Hip Hop (WEAA Baltimore).
After graduating from high school, Maria enrolled in Morgan State University to pursue a Music degree. She also became a member of their world renowned choir, the same choir that wowed her years earlier. After five years of vocal coaching, vocal training and traveling abroad, Maria graduated from Morgan State University in 2005.
Maria has evolved into “M.Free”, a skilled vocalist, songwriter and arranger. She has traveled abroad to tour in Russia, the Czech Republic, Paris, France and Montreal, Quebec as well as many of the United States. She has performed with ensembles and orchestras around the world and worked with many professional recording artists including Darin Atwater and Soulful Symphony, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Masur, Donald Lawrence, Kishna Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Bobby McFerrin, Kirk Carr and more. She has also opened for many artists including P.J. Morton and sang back ground vocals on albums like Brittney Wright’s “The Beginning” and DDm’s “Winter and The Tinman’s Heart”.
In 2011, M.Free released a mixtape called “The Blueprint Free” an ode to Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint III”. The project is comprised of tracks Jay-Z used on his albums and lyrics written by Jay-Z, but instead of rapping, she sings them. The mixture of genres is magical…a reflection of the combination of musical genres Maria loved during her younger years. In addition to the Jay-Z remakes, the single “LOUD: Music Makes Me High” was also released on the mixtape. LOUD mixes essences of dance and Hip Hop with a hook sampling Bone Thugs N Harmony.
Partnered with the skill and talent of producers Joshua “Jay-O” Lay and Justin “King Midas” Lay, (Left Brain Productions) she doesn’t doubt, for a minute, that they have what it takes to reach the stars…literally.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD M. FREE’S MIXTAPE THE BLUEPRINT FREE
The next artist to be featured in our On The Block series is a songbird from the DMV. Recognizing singer/actress Brandy as her inspiration, Shannon Ramsey is devoted to using her voice as an inspiration to many other young women who’s trying to find their way.
Check out her bio and single “Crazy” below…
Shannon Ramsey, July 08, 1983, was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She discovered her gift at a very early age, yet was extremely shy when it came to singing. Shannon was introduced to the music of all the greats, i.e. Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross…etc, by none other than her father, Frederick D. Ramsey. Her father would play all of these amazing songs, while Shannon would lip sing every word because she was too shy to let anyone know she hand a huge talent. As, Shannon got older she step out of the “shy” slight and in the spotlight, after seeing the world renowned superstar “BRANDY”. Shannon began to realize pursuing her dream as a professional singer was not only possible, it was achievable. “…seeing Brandy on television and hearing her music allowed for me to see and believe a young African American girl could excel, pursue and achieve her dream…she was an inspiration for me…”
In 2002, Shannon decided to leave college to figure out her life and make decisions on what she truly wanted to be. She went to Germany and the Netherlands to sing and write songs with her cousin/mentor Kamary Phillips. It was during her travels that, Shannon realize she needed to come back home complete what she started, which was college and do it on her terms. In 2004, Shannon re-enrolled to Morgan State University, where she changed her major from Math/Chemistry to Liberal Arts. While at MSU, she was an active member of the world renowned Morgan State University Choir, with this ensemble she traveled to places, such as the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin and British Islands, and Prague, Chez Republic. Shannon is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honors Society and a lifetime member of The National Honors Society. She graduated, with honors, from the university, with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Vocal Performance, in 2008.
She won a single demo package and distribution through Koch Records at the 92Q Annual Music Seminar. As the winner she won the coveted spot of opener for Little Wayne at Baltimore’s First Mariner Arena. She out performed over 100 Baltimore artists and brought the house down with her powerful voice. She went on to win the Philly Music Conference and has performed twice on the WORLD RENOWNED APOLLO stage. She has sung all over the US on her own as a solo artist and with her POWER HOUSE singing group FORGVN. Shannon was also one of four finalists from Maryland to star on the CW’s new HIT series THE NEXT. The list of things this young has done goes on and on…
Shannon is an active member and/or supporter of the following organizations:
- F.W.O. (For Woman Only, an organization designed to encourage and empower Women)
- UKE DYNASTY (A charm school for youth & young teen girls)
- Celebrate Life (an organization for the community designed to help uplift and inspire the community)
- WOP(Women of Power, a network of diverse women of influence throughout the region that help impact our communities in a positive way.)
Not only, is Shannon a singer/songwriter, she is the WIFE of Corey T Floyd and very proud MOTHER of their son, Christian M Floyd.
Shannon is an outgoing, dedicated, innovative, and extremely professional singer/song writer, actress and model, who was recently inducted as a Women Of Power. She is big on teamwork and leadership. Shannon believes and understands that her gift of voice and song are to help and heal someone else. She wants to be that example for all, that anyone can ASPIRE, PURSUE & ACCOMPLISHED their DESTINY! Shannon’s famous slogan is… “Given up ain’t something great people do!”
Follow Shannon Ramsey on Twitter & Youtube @shannonramsey00. Stay updated on her music at https://www.reverbnation.com/shannonramsey .
Representing Northern California, singer Maryann is new on the block but clearly has the look and talent to make it big.
Maryann, Northern California’s freshest female vocalist, is hitting the scene hard in 2012. With a sound reminiscent of 90′s R&B stars such as Aaliyah or Janet Jackson, she draws on these influences, yet has a voice and style all her own. Growing up around all genres of music, Maryann has channeled that exposure into a versatile style. She is creating music that combines Soul, R&B, Pop, Electronic, and Hip-Hop, to find a sound that will appeal to the masses. Not only has Maryann been writing and performing her own songs, but she’s also been writing for other artists. She has been featured on a number of hip-hop projects, such as The CUF’s “Caviar Vol. 1″, and the Lost Tribe “Sophie” album on a song with Talib Kweli.
Teaming up with producer N8 the Gr8, the two have been experimenting over the past few years and have come up with a sound quite unique. The first release from the duo is Maryann’s solo record “Timing is Everything” (Available Now). The record is a mix of Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B and Electronic influence. The album features artists like Eligh (Living Legends) and Onry Ozzborn (Greyskul), and sure to have something for every taste. The duo is currently working on a follow up project to “Timing is Everything” titled “Futuristic Always” expected early 2013. Current singles (with accompanying videos) from the project include “Shades of Grey” and “I Could Give A”. This album will also feature a few surprise guests, Devin the Dude being the first named. With their experimental nature, expect a few surprises! Be on the lookout for this emerging talent, with her wide range of abilities she has the potential be the start of a new trend in R&B music.
To hear more from Maryann, go to www.Ncrowdentertainment.com. Follow her on Twitter @XtraordinaryAnn!
Check out her latest video, “Make Or Break Us”. Directed by N8 the Gr8.
Sheezy Aka Shawn is a female emcee who resides in Atlanta, GA. After starting Real Right Entertainment, LLC. in 2008, the female emcee decided to make a name for herself in Atlanta and recorded her first song entitled “Aka Pimp.” The song’s video views peaked at 100k views simultaneously via WSHH as the single impacted the streets of Atlanta and nightclubs. This emcee possesses a keen sense of confidence in her lyrics, life choices and style. Her unexpected break into the music industry was the love of Sheezy Aka Shawn blunt personality throughout the influential of the nightlife in Atlanta which led her to embrace her talent and craft as a rising female emcee. The name itself represents the emcee as a whole body of energy, creativity and style: the “Sheezy” is the more energetic side of the emcee and “Aka Shawn” gives off the more laid back and serious side.
Although she grew up on a variety of musical genres, Sheezy Aka Shawn is most inspired by the Motown era and R&B. The Temptations, Otis Redding and current day artists such as Gucci Mane, Alicia Keys, Usher, and NeYo are all influences, but she has kept her career focus on rap and becoming a notable female emcee in the future. Sheezy Aka Shawn describes her music as having a “Texas Southern Rap” sound- which combines a blunt style and distinction while rapping about what people normally think but rarely say out loud. Her lyrics entice the type of fans that enjoy music for music. She looks to target an audience that lacks judgment and strong opinion, but who also experiences real life situations and can relate to her music.
Sheezy Aka Shawn is most passionate about her creativity in the musical industry. Starting an idea, taking the steps to produce that idea and aligning the idea with a melody may seem like a challenge for most; but to this emcee it is simply free expression. She begins with a concept (i.e. hook or verse) and if it stands out enough she will add onto the concept until it is at least 50% complete and then its studio time! This emcee defines her position in music as a well-rounded woman with a passion of real music.
Sheezy Aka Shawn is currently signed to her independent label, and desires to work cohesively with major labels so that she can keep majority control of her work. Although admitting she has room for improvement, her ultimate goal is to motivate her fans on a worldwide level. She enjoys being in a position where she can make a career out of doing something that she loves; moreover, Sheezy wants more so that she can give more.
[Twitter @TheRealAkaShawn or Facebook.com/TheRealAkaShawn]
Check out Sheezy’s new track, “Glistening” below:
For more info: Bookings, DJ drop requests, and Features ->Real Right Entertainment BookShawnSheezy@gmail.com.
Press requests and interviews: Aleesha Carter, K.A.C. Images and U, LLC email@example.com
Now, here’s a refreshing way to start 2013! As such, STACKS Magazine re-introduces our special series called On The Block. This series is a platform where new and non-commercial artists can feature their music projects. So, to jump the new year off… hailing from state of Virginia, meet The Kid Named Breezy.
(via press release) The year was 1993, your clothes were pastel, your hat was sideways, and “Boom! Shake the Room” was on repeat in your tape deck. The fashion and culture from that era may have disappeared but the memories still remains today, and that’s exactly what inspired rap sensation, The Kid Named Breezy, in his newest mix tape.
The Mix tape entitled “93” dropped on November 13th and it promises to combine classic old school hip hop with a modern twist. This project has received an enormous buzz in the underground world and the fans have been very vocal about their excitement.
Most of the anticipation is because of the tremendous success of his latest single, “See About Us” feat. Pusha T. The track received radio play all over the country and it became an instant YouTube sensation with its edgy and original video.
Breezy was born in 1992 and although he wasn’t old enough to remember it, ‘93’ was a monumental year for him and for hip hop. While hip hop was celebrating its rising popularity across the globe, Breezys family was mourning the loss of his mother. Now, nearly 20 years later, he is ready to address the emotions of growing up without a mother by using the sounds of music from that year.
The mix tape will be followed with several headlining concerts, multiple release parties, charitable events, and of course his weekly video blogs. For more information visit www.LiferHouse.com.
Video: “See About Us” feat. Pusha T
Download or stream his “93″ mixtape at datpiff.com. Follow him on Twitter @KidNamedBreezy !
Having already gotten off to a good start, up and coming singer/songwriter Elle Varner is getting closer and closer to the release date for her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect. Being the writer of all of the songs on the album, Varner has somewhat set the tone for what’s to come with her hit debut single “Only Wanna Give It To You” featuring J. Cole and her latest chart hit “Refill”. Perfectly Imperfect goes on sale August 7th.
Check out the tracklist below and listen to Elle’s new single “I Don’t Care”.
Perfectly Imperfect Tracklist
1. “Only Wanna Give It to You” feat. J. Cole
3. “Sound Proof Room”
4. “I Don’t Care”
5. “Not Tonight”
7. “Oh What a Night”
8. “Stop the Clock”
9. “Welcome Home”
10. “Damn Good Friends”
11. “So Fly”
Will you be picking up a copy???
Black Label Records Inc’s CEO/artist, Flam-Bz, dropped off his most recent video. “On My Momma” is receiving much love from Youtube and other social networks.
Check it out below:
“You know if you want it bad enough, you’re willing to put everything you got into it.”-Money Mon.
Many outsiders migrate to Atlanta for the job opportunities and the nightlife. But as the new “Black Hollywood” emerges, only the true Atlantians know the history of the city and how it has become this grandioso town for Black Americans. Meet Doughboy Tha Weightman and Money Mon aka Montana, two young cats that have lived through the hype and represent MLK Jr Drive and the Westside of Atlanta wholeheartedly. Their devotion to the city and its “real” lifestyle can be heard in their music from the first track to the last. Currently, tearing the streets up with their latest mixtape “Ready 4 Tha World”, these cats got southern swag reminiscent of Eightball & MJG and the mental motivation like their Westside ATL rap peer, T.I. As they stay focused on giving rap lovers the true grit and struggle through their rhymes, these Click Tight Records artists are ready for their break out moment and ready to conquer the whole ATL and then the world.
STACKS Magazine recently caught up with Doughboy and Money Mon in Adamsville. Check out what these talented young rappers had to say about their style of music, how the hood has affected them, artists they’ve worked with and want to work with, advice on being independent, and more.
Where did you grow up? How did it affect your music?
MM: I’m Money Mon aka Montana the Don. ..Westside up, Montana down. I’m a Westside nigga born and raised right here in Adamsville. Pretty much, this where I’m from and where I grew up. You know, got money over here. Started the music business right here. We hanging out right now on Wisteria (Rd).
DB: Doughboy Tha Weightman. Adamsville, this where I’m from. Basically the same thing he said. As far as the music and how it molded us, we’ve always been around music. My brother and cousin’em was rapping in the late 80s, early 90s. His [Money Mon] brother was doing it , R.I.P Chris Terry. He did a lot of stuff for a lot of groups out here as far as writing and features and stuff like that. My daddy stayed next door to Killer Mike. So you know hip hop was always around us. We try to rap about what we do, what we see, and how we were raised. So basically how hip hop just moved us. It’s always been around. When we were younger, me and him, about 8 or 9, got records and scratched up his daddy records when we were little…in the basement, and just get to scratching and rapping. We were like 8 or 9 years old when we used to do shit like that. So it’s always been in us. Hip hop and the music and the love for it. The people older than us and who were around they lived it. We seen them boys battle in it. So it’s always been in us , I can say, since day one.
Describe your style of rap…
MM: We pretty different from the next group that’s out there. We more on the way we grew up and the hood and street shit. We think we are little more lyrical because that’s what we got in us. That’s what we bring to the table that’s different from the average group that’s out. There’s a lot of music out there. But in my opinion, are kind of garbage right now. I guess that’s where our style come in and differ from everybody else. We offer that street, hood shit…
MM: at the same time, we serious about our issue. We can jump out there with anybody that want to get in the booth with us. So I say, pretty much playa shit, club, you know we do it all for the most part. Like for instance, on our cd Ready 4 Tha World (that’s what we got out now), we’re both actually are solo artist. At the time, we got a group project out now called Ready 4 Tha World. On that we got tracks for the ladies, we got tracks for the club like the one with Yung Joc. We got shit for the radio like the one with Killer Mike…This What WE Do, Yola [Tha Great] on it. So pretty much…
DB: something for the streets too with Slick Pulla (CTE), talking about them niggas that snitching. All them niggas out there snitching…Stop It!
MM: so that’s how we do it. It is what it is. CT Records , that’s how we get down man.
What are the hot tracks on the mixtape?
DB: Trap Flooded. We got one, Stack Bread with Yung Joc. We’re about to hit the town real hard with that one. Basically, you can put the album in and let it ride from the beginning to the end. Everybody who’s hearing it, they really liking it.
MM: If you want to check it out, we got the visual. We got the video on Youtube. You can click on Doughboy Money Mon. We got Trap Flooded, Ready 4 Tha World, and Work…all 3 videos. We got behind the scenes footage as we shooting the videos.
DB: Youtube/Doughboy and MoneyMon. Put it in there just like that for it to come up. Like you said, Trap Flooded, Ready 4 Tha World, Work…Check it out.
MM: Check it out. Hard shit, real shit. We’re getting pretty good views. So click on that, help support it. Them views doing numbers. So click on it and help support that thang.
Did Midnight Black produce the entire album?
DB: We worked with Pittman. He did a track on there for us. Pittman did the Party Like A Rock Star. Ole dude, Big Russ did a track on there for us. But I can say, a good 98-99% of the album was produced by Midnight Black. Shout out to Black.
Any other artists you’d like to work with?
DB: The lane open. Any opportunity comes my way I’m going to try to take it. So, basically anybody.
MM: Like he said, the lanes open. We’re looking to work with everybody. Anybody who doing this thang. Personally, one of my artists I would want to work with is hometown favorite, Outkast. Andre, Big Boi…yall listeneing to this, holla at ya boy [laughs].
DB: T.I. , Rick Ross…
MM: Who you say, T.I. , Rick Ross…
DB: I fucks with Rozay hard. Homes, killing them right now.
MM: That’s pretty much it. We pretty much do our own thang man to try to hold them 16 down. But we ain’t turning no features down and especially from the big dawgs like that.
MM: Next, we’re actually still promoting Ready 4 Tha World right now. But the next project, we’re heading back to some up-n-coming artists we got. But at the same time, we’ll probably move back into our solo projects cause like I said, we are solo artists, Doughboy Tha Weightman and Money Mon aka Montana. So we’re still actually working on them songs right now. But we so busy trying to promote Ready 4 Tha World right now. That’s really what we are focused on. Ding more videos for that and getting posted on Youtube and Worldstar Hip Hop. But as far as getting in the studio again, it will probably be the solo projects for Doughboy and Money Mon and the compilation for CT Records.
Pro’s and Con’s of being an indie artists/label…
DB: We do what we want to do. Ain’t no label telling us we can’t put this out as far as that aspect of it. It is what it is. It’s independent. Would you say it’s a little harder? [looking at Money Mon]
MM: I guess one of the advantages is… like you said, we can put out what we want to, when we want to. The disadvantage of it is, we independent, so it’s all coming out of our pocket. At the same time, it’s an advantage, because any money that come in come right back to us. So it’s like a give and take type of thing. You know if you want it bad enough, you’re willing to put everything you got into it. So you reap the benefits when the money come in, it’s all ours. So we stuff it in our pockets. For people who getting into the game, I’ll say… for upcoming independent labels like us, we been in the game well over 10 years. For people getting into the game, definitely put your all into it. I say stay independent until you catch a break. So when it comes, you got both of your feet in there to where they can’t move you to where they want to move you. You got a right to stand up and say you know no we doing this. We got a little leverage here. You know …it’s all about money. People will try to step in and handle you if your business ain’t right. So I say keep doing your thing.
As long as you making your name in these streets, they can’t take that from you. We got ground to stand on. That’s what we doing, that’s what we did, for the most part, that’s what we’re going to keep doing. That’s the advice I got for anybody trying to come up in this music thang. It ain’t gravy, it ain’t hard as long as the music good. You just got to beat these streets up with the music.
DB: Work hard at. At anything you do, you got to work hard at it. You’re independent, so if you start something, you got to put your all into it. And go hard at it. Like he was saying… it’s a good thing. It’s a learning process. You grow. You find out what you should’ve did and what you should not have done. A lot of people tell you you have to learn from your mistakes. But it all comes together as something good in my eyes.
Are you on Facebook, Youtube, etc?
DB: Facebook…Dougboy and Money Mon . On Youtube, check out that Trap Flooded, Ready 4 Tha World, and Work. They can check us out on that right there. We in the streets heavy promoting…passing out cds. You might see us on a corner near you passing out cds. We got a bunch of young niggas with us, with Click Tight Records shirts on, passing out cds. So they can reach us just like that.
MM: Also you can check out Datpiff.com and put in Ready 4 Tha World. Facebook/DoughboiMoneyMon…you can go on our Facebook page and we got links already up to where you can click on that and go straight to the videos, mixtapes, everything we got on there. Check us out. Be looking out for the new videos, mixtapes, and all that shit. We really just working hard…trying to beat these clubs and streets up. Trying to make it do what it do. Once we break through you’ll see a lot more of us. But right now, we’re tearing the Westside up, all of Atlanta for the most part. But keep an eye out for us, we on the rise.
Full Video Interview:
Video for “Trap Flooded”:
If there was one word to describe Playboii Nard, it would be astute. Only being 20 years old, one would stereotypically expect the young emcee to be more generic and mundane in his thought process. Due to his age, it wouldn’t be hard to disagree. Yet, Playboii Nard was surprisingly well versed, experienced, and diverse musically and culturally. It is safe to say that the young stalwart is a pleasant surprise.
The man the government knows as Kennon Redding has a tendency to be atypical. His musical influences range from hip hop to rock and even pop acts. His interests expand far beyond the realm of musical adventurism. Even his favorite past times demonstrate a young man that searches and researches until they achieve inner gratification. In summary, the things that Playboii Nard sees as “regular” for him tend to be uncharacteristic for us.
STACKS Magazine took a trip into Playboii’s mind to see why, and how, it ticks.
STACKS Mag: Playboii Nard, what’s going on brother?
Playboii Nard: Nothing, nothing. Just coolin’ out on this beautiful day, blessed to be alive.
STACKS Mag: Yeah, kinda hot ain’t it?
Playboii Nard: Yeah (abrupt laughter erupts)
STACKS Mag: So, you ready to get it poppin’, man?
Playboii Nard: Yeah, I’m ready.
STACKS Mag: Where were you born and raised (as far as your neighborhood) and how has it molded you into the person you are today?
Playboii Nard: Okay, well I was raised on the West Side of Altanta. Moved from Cascade, Bent Hill. Stayed over there off of Simpson Tate and Techwood. We moved all over. Stayed with my auntie for a coupl of months in Capitol Homes. I mean, it’s just a whole bunch of different places then. I mean, we stayed in Decatur too, so we stayed everywhere.
STACKS Mag: Oh, fa sho.
Playboii Nard: It molded me into the person just because of me bringing different elements of the city as far as growing up and me seeing different people. I was around dope boys, artists, skateboarders, all different types of people. And schools that I went to, we had different ethnicities. So that molded me into the person I am: not the average black person. I look at anime, I like skateboarding, drawing, tattoos, everything.
STACKS Mag: Well, speaking on anime: What’s your favorite anime?
Playboii Nard: Naruto
STACKS Mag: Naruto? (laughter) What else?
Playboii Nard: I like Bleach, Beet the Vandal Buster, Yu Yu Hakusho, One Piece, Gundam Wing. I’m into a lot of em. Dragon Ball Z.
STACKS Mag: Okay, okay. So, how has your family felt about the music you make and the work you have been doing?
Playboii Nard: To be honest, they don’t like it
STACKS Mag: They don’t like it?
Playboii Nard: Naw.
STACKS Mag: Tell me why.
Playboii Nard: Well because, my momma, she feel like this is something….she couldn’t imagine her son doing. She wanted me to be a football player. Or because I was real smart in school growing up, she wanted me to do something else, be a doctor or whatever. But like I told her, I love music, I love art, I love being on stage, so this is what I want to do with my life.
STACKS Mag: Who are the artists that either inspire you or gave you the inspiration to make this music?
Playboii Nard: Bone Thugs N Harmony, The Game, T.I., Rakim, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Master P, Lil Bow Wow, Nirvana, Nickelback, Yellowcard, N’Sync.
STACKS Mag: Okay, so let’s double back to this Bone Thugs N Harmony. Like, when they first came out under Eazy E…after Eazy E died?
Playboii Nard: Everything.
STACKS Mag: Everything?
Playboii Nard: Everything. The first song I heard was “Creepin’ On A Come Up”. First CD I had was East ’99 Eternal.
STACKS Mag: Ooo, Wee. How old were you then?
Playboii Nard: I just started listening to them in 2002. But when I first heard them, I started backtracking and started listening to everything. But the person that just really inspired me to rap is T.I. Favorite rapper of all time.
STACKS Magazine: Alright, so how has the response been to your song “Press Play”?
Playboii Nard: I heard good reviews all across the board. Different people love it. Different races, they love it. I mean, I even sent it to people that listen to rock and roll and they like it.
STACKS Magazine: So, are you featured on any mixtapes?
Playboii Nard: Yeah, I got a mixtape called “I’m the Topic of Conversation” hosted by DJ Swamp Izzo. Its on Datpiff. You can go check it out.
STACKS Magazine: What other projects you got planned?
Playboii Nard: Well, right now I’m working on my next mixtape “I’m the Topic of Conversation Pt. 2: No Emotions From A King”. And besides that, I’m trying to get it where I get sponsored by a clothing line, trying to get a major deal cause we already got the independent deal. So we just working, grinding trying to hit different avenues: acting, modeling, whatever we can come across.
STACKS Magazine: Are there any artists you’d want to work with?
Playboii Nard: Well, when I get out there enough enough, I want to work with Wale. I want to work with Pill, Meek Mill, Whiz Khalifa, [Lil] Wayne, of course. Drake, T.I., Jeezy, Ross. Mentioned a lot of people out there.
The Money/The Hustle
STACKS Magazine: What is it that you like about the independent hustle?
Playboii Nard: The grind is a lot harder. I been doing this since I was 12. I done seen the ups and downs, and then before I met Veezy, wasn’t nobody really putting money behind me. Not even my own family because, like I told you, they wasn’t supporting me. So every little cent I had or penny or whatever, I would save up to go to open mics or do these shows until I met the people to help me out and get me along the way. Cause, like, my mixtape I just dropped that not too long ago. I used my income tax money, paid for that. My music video and everything.
STACKS Magazine: It is tough, but the payoff is good at the end. But, it is a lot of work. Aiight, so let’s talk those other business options besides music that we discussed before.
Playboii Nard: Video game design, drawing tattoos, doing anime (like different cartoons and whatnot), hell…even if it presented itself as an opportunity, do custom designs for clothing lines. Modeling, acting. I like doing those type of things. Hard HARD work, like manual labor: I did that before, I didn’t like it. At all. So something as far as entertainment I like doing that instead.
STACKS Mag: One last question: any advice for up and coming artists, seeing what you seen?
Playboii Nard: Make sure you keep God first, keep your circle small, and then make sure you keep God first again and pray because that is the only way you are gonna make it through this industry. It takes a strong soul to do it. A lady once told me it’s a 100 percent: 95 percent of these people go to work everyday and be satisfied with the job they are doing. Then you have that other special 5 percent that use their talents and their gifts that God gave them and they work and they will be happy even if they not getting paid nothing because they living they dream. And even though it’s a hard grind, a lot of people wouldn’t be able to deal with patience. Just because of the simple fact I love entertaining people and love music. You make sure you doing it because you love it, not because you want to get money from it. Because if you want money, this is not the right career or field for you. You gotta make sure that this is your dream.
Playboii Nard – Part 1
Playboii Nard – Part 2
Playboii Nard – “Press Play”
Article by Mark A. Harris, contributing writer for STACKS Magazine
Check out the new video for “Drop It Down Low” featuring Jason Weaver [ATL], Sky Keeton, Black Mike, and our boy Flam-Bz. The song has all the makings of a hot strip club hit. Chicks with big booties, racks of cash being throwed in the air, and a couple of rap dudes…what more can you ask for!
Are you digging this song?? Is it ready for your local strip joint??
Last week we gave you a behind the scenes look into up and coming R&B group Hamilton Park’s new video for their single “Thing Called Us”. If you were like us then you couldn’t wait to see the whole thing. Well the wait is over because the official video is here! Check out the synopsis for the video and watch it all play out below!
A coming of age, urban ‘Romeo & Juliet’ meets a ‘Bronx Tale.
‘ Two souls; brought together by love and torn apart by circumstance.
The story between Anthony and his girlfriend speaks to a deeper
emotional issue that will surely hit home. You can feel the tension
and emotion as every scene unfolds…
*Special thanks to Jason Davis of Atlantic Records for keeping us in the loop!
Check out the clip and a few pics below to go behind the scenes of up and coming R&B group Hamilton Park’s new video for their single, “Thing Called Us”. The fellas shot the video earlier this month here in Atlanta. To buy the single on ITunes, click here!
Photo Credit (video shoot): Matt Alexandre
With artists like Rick Ross, Plies, Trick Daddy, and the legendary Uncle Luke, male entertainers from the sunshine state have risen to stardom with their edgy look on life’s reality. But there’s never actually been a young rapper from Florida who has took the hip hop industry by storm. Meet 17 year old Teejay. Teejay, born in Daytona Beach, is an up-and-coming rapper whose sights are bent on using his lyrical skills to carve his own trail to musical star status. The youngster vows to keep education first and plans to use the grass roots technique in building his fan base. Teejay is definitely on the right track.
STACKS Magazine recently chatted with Teejay to gain some insight on him, his style of rap, and why he believes he will stand out from the crowd.
How old are you?
TJ: I’m 17
How did you start rapping?
Teejay: When I was young, I had an older cousin who took me to the studio. He had a song that he was recording when he took me there and he asked me would I record a part if he taught me how to do it. I said Yeah! I became interested and it’s been my career…what I’ve been focused on.
Are you still in high school?
Teejay: Yes, I’m in the 11th grade.
How long have you been rapping?
Teejay: Since I was 11…I’ve been doing it for about 4 years.
Ok. How did you come up with the songs ‘I GO HAM’ and ‘WHATEVA’?
Teejay: Actually with ‘I GO HAM’, before we even had the song finished, I emailed Iceburg his part. When I got it back, in his part he actually said I go ham in his verse, before it made it on the chorus. When I was coming up with a chorus, I used his part on the chorus to make it exciting.
For the song “Whateva”, how did you come up with the concept?
Teejay: I paid this beatmaker. One day he made the beat, he had the concept and he had a dude come sing on the track and I just wrote to it. He had the idea and I put in my ideas with that.
How do you plan on standing out from other rappers that are out today?
Teejay: I be my own person and I follow my own leading. I’m a leader myself.
Who are your inspirations as far as other artists?
Teejay: I listen to Tupac. I listen to T.I. I listen to Plies. I listen to Drake.
How would you describe your style of rap?
Teejay: My style would be reality. My style would be my own swag. I have my own style. I got swag that’s how I say it. My style is just to be real and express it through my music.
What are the type of things you’ve learned thus far about the industry (good and bad)?
Teejay: I’ve learned about consistency and that how active you are determines how successful you are going to be. The negative part about it is, nothing major, you just get criticized by different people. Like criticism and rumors that spread is nothing major.
How do you plan on handling criticism?
Teejay: I’ve already been through that phase so it’s like nothing really. It’s really like talk to boost my publicity.
As far as shows and appearances, money will start coming into play, have you thought about how you will save your money and investing it?
Teejay: Yes, I plan on doing shows for the neighborhood and making money off selling drinks, snacks and food. I will save that money to pay for my publicity. I will use that money to pay for advertising and shows and keeping my business organized.
What do you have going on now? What are your plans for the next 6 to 12 months?
Teejay: My plans are to maintain focus in school. But at the same time build my publicity for me to get ready to get exposed for real. Like when I get out of school I’d be able to work full time on the music industry. But for now I maintain myself in school. I’m trying to figure out which college Im going to attend.
What kind of advice up-n-coming rappers, such as yourself, what would you tell them?
Teejay: I would tell then to make a plan. Stay motivated. Follow positive…Find leaders that you can follow so that you can be a leader. That’s it.
For more information on Teejay, bookings, etc, please contact him at Teejay386@gmail.com. Or via phone at 386-307-6670 or 386-868-9689 or 386-689-7476.
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