There are rappers who boast about the things their favorite movie characters have done. They brag about money they don’t have as if it’s already been deposited in their accounts and invested multiple times. None of it is fact, all fiction. Just aspirations.
Then there are folks like Cal Ripken, a young MC who simply spits it how he lives.
Utilizing ability to rap, produce, and sing a hook or two, Cal approaches each track with the intention of painting an accurate picture of what he knows first hand. There are no "woe is me" tales. No urban youth inner-city tragedies to profit from. No tales of posting on corners. But there are stories of girls, parties, relationships, and business, plus a heavy dose of pretty-boy braggadocio.
Exhibit A: His last mixtape Reality Bragging. The thirteen-track release uses original and industry beats as the backdrop while weaving tales of issues dealing with promoters and industry folks, the complexity of intimate relationships, the occasional hater, taking ladies to the crib, and living the party life.
“I’m braggin’, but it’s about what’s real,” explains Calvin Jackson who chose the name Cal Ripken because the baseball great played his position and played it well. “He was the best at what he did and he stayed in his lane,” notes Jackson whose lane could be described as that of the business-savvy, community-connected entertainer.
At the age of 26 he’s a certified entrepreneur with the tax-id number and LLC classification to prove it. His company, Flood The Streets Entertainment (FTS), is responsible for employing local DJs, promoters, and graphic designers during their years all while pushing Cal Ripken as an artist and a brand. Always looking for ways to expand while maintaining a do-it-yourself attitude, he created Top Floor Productions, a vehicle to advance and market his team of producers. Jackson uses his resources and connections made via his business ventures to put together an annual toy-drive in addition to working with local group homes and non-profits to strengthen ties and plan future projects.
But when the lights are low, the mic is up, and the music is blaring, Cal Ripken is the man on stage that dudes can rock with and the ladies want to sample. Reality.
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KING SUPREME AKA I AM CAM NEWTON
King Supreme aka I Am Cam Newton was born and raised in Badin, North Carolina but currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Determined to put his small town on the map with a mixture of dirty south along with his North Cacklack roots making one smooth sound! Cacklanta! No one can stop me but me! The world is mine in everything in it! This Summer I'll be taking the world by storm so get ready!
K-Loe / Boston George
Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi also known as the City with Soul.
K-Loe is a rough upbringing in Jackson, he utilized his craft as a means to keep himself out the streets. He’s not just an average street rapper talking about the Average street experiences. The focus of his music is not to glorify blowing money, or looking down on others, its glorifying success even after all one has been through, its glorifying making it out of the struggle without losing one’s self, success that is there for anyone of us to grasp if we work hard and put our mind to it. Even after his home was burnt to the ground losing all of his belongings including his studio, tracks, and hundreds of verses and songs, he did not let that stop him and continued to persevere!
K-Loe’s new single Boston George was inspired by the character from Blow, production by CINO You Did It Again gives the song its traditional heavy drums and 808’s with a feel that can bang both in the club and in the Lac. K-Loe rides the beat with a gritty undertone in his vernacular, utilizing witty punchlines and metaphors delivered in a way that stays consistent with the theme. It’s not what you say but how you say it.
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Victory has performed with various up and coming artists including Jeff Johnson, Leek Viscarando, Rational Chaos, Karim Jamal, and with live bands including Inward Stare . He has performed in various theatres, clubs, and lounges including the I-Lounge, The Vinyl, The Loft, and others around the country. Victory is also the host of two radio shows: on air and internet, ìPharaohShus Fridaysî on Atlanta's AM 1100 ( Atlanta's Entertainment and Sports Network), and ì What's PharaohShus Wednesdaysî on ATLWEBRADIO.com.
Victory has many goals to accomplish in his rising career. He has been expanding his fan base through performances and mixtapes. Victory has released his long awaited album, ì Road to Victory Vol 1 ñ A Love Storyî. This winter he will release Road to Victory Vol 2: The Redemption of Randell Morgan. His musical future is extremely bright and he is looking forward to his success in this industry. He has already proclaimed in his name.
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My name is Jamie Francis, I'm from West Philadelphia born and raised. I am currently 28 years old. I am a model who goes by the name of Dafoxx. I am also the founder of FoXxXxy Lady's Ent .I am a model,Host and artist manager, fashion consultant , M.U.A, rapper, writer, poet, I take artist interviews, blog, P.R work, promotion, I can act, i am also currently launching my clothing-line with my Partner Al his website is http://www.juggydezinez.com You can purchase my items off there as well. My manager is Terrence Worsley and my Coo is Exquisite Mind. I am also launching me and my partner Alexus Peppers lipstick and ColorGloss line soon.I am also working with an amazing Mua and photographer named Sheree Johnson . I can do modern,African and jazz dance, motivational speaker , I do nails as well as make my own foot scrubs and body butters. I am a mother, daughter, sister, friend and an ambitious queen. Much more stay tuned! Me and Christopher Clark are currently getting ready to launch our magazine stay tuned ! All submissions and ads send firstname.lastname@example.org thanks
Born in Minneapolis, MN 1985. At the age 10 started writing music just to play around with it, and by 12 years old it was set in stone that music would be the direction. Performed in Minneapolis for the 1st time at 15 years old, but due to legal problems there were setbacks to getting the music out. After serving 42 months from a drug charge in 2003,was released in 2008 and recorded and dropped "4 Da Luv of Da Minne" which was Jai Blizz's 1st mixtape. In January 2009 "Beast of Tha Lakez" was released. Both mixtapes independently recorded and sold. In September 2009 while Blizz was self promoting himself in Memphis and Atlanta, he ran into some legal problems in Atlanta and was placed on 5 years probation there for a gun charge his 4th day there on vacation, and beating the armed robbery and aggravated assault charges against his brother which would've been a minimum 10 years and potential life. With the legal issues aside, "Beast of Tha Lakez 2" dropped in July 2011 selling 500+ copies by hand for the month. Jai Blizz also is the creator of "'THURTY BELOW", his aspiring record company which plans to recruit artists of every genre. With over 70+ songs online on almost every site, and 5+ mixtapes on Datpiff, it's only a matter of time before this artist get the proper recognition and respect deserved in his quest towards becoming a music mogul. He is strong in his belief that God is responsible for his freedom, opportunity, and near success. In July 2012 Jai Blizz released "Blackout The Mixtape" which includes all of Jai Blizz's hottest tracks since 2007 and a couple unreleased ones and Thurty Below Tha New Movement. While independently putting mixtapes in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Memphis, Charlotte, and other cities, the world is getting prepared for a new voice
Shawty Fresh is a product of Atlanta Georgia, he raised in the concrete jungle of college park. After spending several years making beats and engineering in his mother’s basement on Grove St. aka "Riverdale Rd"., Shawty Fresh is now an established head engineer at Hotbeats Recording Studio in downtown Atlanta. He enhanced his knowledge in audio engineering by attending Omni Tech. While at the institution Shawty Fresh also gained engineering experience by interning at Penthouse Studios during his senior year. This gave Fresh more qualifying hands on experience that aided him down the path of success. While working at Hotbeats Studio Fresh has worked with numerous amounts of artist such as: Future, Waka FlockaFlame, Gucci Mane, Bobby Valentino, Rocko, Rich HomieQuan, Migos, and many more. Shawty Fresh appeared in the movie The Independent Game as well as produced the soundtrack for The Independent Game 2. He is now working on new production projects with Rich Homie Quan, and Migos.Fresh is also currently working on his own beat mixtape titled “5 Piece Jesus” that is scheduled to drop on Live Mixtapes this summer
DISKO "SHE KNOW WHAT SHE DOING"
Was born in Newport News VA..moved to Atlanta at the age of 13 .Grew up on the Northside of Atlanta, Started producing and and rapping by the age of 15, was exposed to major studios throughout Atlanta and learned from some top producers.Always having a passion for music it was very hard to pursue things due to a few minor set backs from run ins with the law. Currently re inventing himself with a whole new sound and approach, Disko is ready to take things to the next level ..Current single 'She Know What She Doin" FEAT: Sean Teezy (produced by Disko) strip club anthem and follow up "Dey Dont Know" (produced by NardnB).
Marcus Clark (born November 8, 1976) better known by the stage name DJ Shark, is an American DJ and on-air DJ personality. He is the mix-show DJ and personality for the Fayetteville, NC based urban music radio station WCCG 104.5 and DJ’s across the country spinning the hottest music, captivating audiences nationwide.
DJ Shark was born in West Palm Beach Florida. He is of African descent and now resides in Louisville, KY. Early in his career, he put his leadership skills into action. In 1991 he and his best friend started South Florida’s electrifying teen DJ crew “Pound Puppy DJ’s”. Gaining much success, Pound Puppy traveled across the state of Florida Djing at upcoming and popular venues alike. Pound Puppy DJ’s landed their first single record deal with M.V.P. records in 1993 and released the single “Weed Head” which sold over 50,000 hard copies. The popularity of that single led to other business opportunities for the group and in 1993 Pound Puppy opened their own teen night club in downtown West Palm Beach.
At age 21 DJ Shark relocated to Louisville, KY where he enrolled and completed Barber College. In addition, Shark also attended the University of Kentucky from August 1997- May 1999 and the University of Louisville from August 1999- May 2001 studying Marketing and Marketing Management. Around 2003, Shark began concert and party promotions throughout the Midwest and by 2005 he was back Djing at clubs and venues throughout the surrounding areas.
Though the turn tables are his home, they’re not his only haven. DJ Shark is not just a disc jockey; he is a musical pioneer and producer. One of his esteemed accomplishments was producing the smash hit single “The Shizz” which became the featured song and dance craze anthem for the N.B.A’s 2010 First Round Draft Pick John Wall of the Washington Wizards. DJ Shark is also known for penning the hit “Who R U” featuring world renowned DJ Drama, which was engineered at “Monster Squad Studios”.
Wize Crack - A cleaver comeback.While a few people proclaim that lyricism is dead. There's an artist who validate them wrong. Wize Crack's music which blends new with old. Wize Crack new album Fly Standards Of A Conceited Bastard which is captivating from beginning to end. Which features some Hip Hop legends General Steele from the group Smif N Wessun, Do It All from the group Lords Of The Underground & Thirstin Howl The 3rd. Wize Crack music is unique it's that Hip Hop you grew up loving. After the first listen you will be hooked wanting to hear more.
Wize Crack was born & raised in Newark, NJ who was into the Hip Hop culture when he was little. While buying albums and watching videos, he started creating songs. It wasn't until high school when he started doing talent shows, winning and getting his name known. Wize Crack won a contest with his demo and was featured on the Kevin Keith & Dirty Dozen show on 105.9 fm. He also opened up for the Jersey group Alyus who had the smash club hit Follow Me. His signature word is coolness which he explains is his everyday way of life being cool. Wize Crack made a way to market himself getting his name known on Myspace with the song The Perfect Weekend which is about spending the weekend with a white girl. It grew the attention of many people online with the hook: Patron and a white girl is the perfect weekend.
Wize Crack and his producer from high school Push Buttinz hooked up with the help of others and recorded albums entitled Dreaded Diabetic, Durags 2 Riches (mixtape) Eviction Notice (ep) The Photo Album, Relief and Fly Standards Of A Conceited Bastard. These projects features artist like El Da Sensei, Pace Won, DJ Evil Dee, DJ Kaos from the Artifacts, General Steele, Do It All, Thirstin Howl The 3rd and many more. He has several videos on youtube directed by BLD Films, YD, Rodney Leconte & Pierre M Coleman.
His current album Fly Standards Of A Conceited Bastard features songs called The Exquisite Playboy Moye, Live From The Crack House and Valley Of Kings. Witty character, great flow catchy hooks, party songs and boom bap sound The album is currently on sale on iTunes and videos are available on youtube.com/wizecrack. Some songs are available onsoundcloud.com/wize-crack. He can be followed on twitter @wizecrack