Recently I got the opportunity to interview underground Rap phenomenon Trayvis Ruff aka T.R.E. His latest single, “Sound Good” is currently rising with radio play around the globe. Trayvis who was born in South Carolina, grew up in Maryland and is now resides in Atlanta where he is climbing the charts with his inspirational mix-tape, On my OWN. He’s most definitely somebody to keep a look out for. Check out how cool and down-to-earth T.R.E. is in our interview below…
Although apart of the Bounty Killer led group Alliance, Jamaican break out Dancehall artist Iceberg is rising in ranks to make a name for himself. Inspired by day-to-day life, Iceberg’s music is crafted by new experiences and the people he meets. Gangster’s Paradise, a seventeen-track mixtape just dropped with a single entitled, "Swagga Like Mine." It’s all about the party lifestyle and representing his daily grind. Music critic, Michael Bryant had this to say about Iceberg: “I just got a chance to listen to "Swagga Like Mine." If you are a fan of Dancehall and Hip-Hop then you may want to check this one out. Iceberg provides some nice deejaying over an infectious Hip-Hop inspired track. The song features Bill Blast who confidently raps a sweet sixteen during his cameo. This is the type of song that will inspire you to look your best and get you ready for a night of clubbing. It is also sure to get the ladies and gents moving on the dance floor."
Her name is Kat St. John. This singer and songwriter is undeniably talented, singing and penning songs that have hit Billboard charts, WSHH, allhiphop.com , BET, ABC and more. If you’ve heard a song she’s sang or written, one thing you know for sure-SHE’S A STAR! Her beauty, confidence and talent will definitely be recognized even more so than now. Have fun reading the interview and pay close attention because it won’t be the last time you hear from her.
We all know one… or two...or three…or perhaps even more. They come in varying shapes and sizes and, especially in today’s world, all different shades and colors as well. If you ask them what they’re doing, they’re always “grinding”. If you ask them where they are, they’re always “in the lab”. They are certainly not an endangered species as at least one can be found on just about any block, in any neighborhood, anywhere. If you haven’t guessed yet, this person that we all know is none other than the infamous “aspiring rapper.”
With the increase of smaller and more affordable recording technology in the ‘90s, and the explosion of the internet in that decade and the ‘00s, the aspiring rapper population has seemingly multiplied. While some may think of this negatively, it has provided a way into the industry for some artists who could have slipped through the cracks otherwise. For example, many of Cash Money Records early ‘90s album releases were recorded entirely in Baby’s kitchen. In 2007, Soulja Boy was introduced to the world with his first major single release “Crank That (Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em),” a song that was completely produced and recorded within the confines of his bedroom. However, these are only two examples of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people who try every year to break into the music industry.
One young rap artist who is steadily gaining notoriety however is a twenty year-old Newark, NJ native who goes by the name of Kazzie. He is signed to eOne Records, a respected indie label, through his team NWEMG. Recently, he collaborated with Wacka Flocka on a track called, "We Don't F*ck With That," which is enjoying rotation on MTV, New York’s Hot 97 and was also premiered as a 'New Joint' on BET’s 106 and Park. His solo single, "Get It" is also beginning to impact radio as well.
Originally from Georgia, Hip-Hop artist and rapper, Mojo-Mayne is about to put Sioux City, Iowa on the map. His newest project Born 2 Do It, released in March of 2013 is filled with hit after hit. There’s a song in his catalogue for all, which range from bossy street anthems to hood love ballads. Not to mention, there’s a few inspirational tracks in the mix, as well.