New Artist Profiles

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11/11/2009

J Cole

Alternate links: Usershare | MegaUpload | MediaFire | HOT 97 Pt 1 | HOT 97 Pt 2 J. Cole MYSPACE | TWITTER | OFFICIAL WEBSITE The rap world is at a crossroads. In the face of shrinking budgets, music executives, resting on their laurels, search out the next YouTube sensation with a catchy hook and dance move in order to amass digital single sales. While many artists have tried to break through despite an industry melt down, few have been met with critical praise. And the applause for those that have has not been loud enough to sway the course of the current rap market. Looking to excel where his contemporaries have failed, North Carolina native J. Cole (born Jermaine Cole) brings promise of a new day in hip hop music. Raised by his mother in North Carolina, J. Cole's hometown of Fayetteville would provide much of the sights and experiences that would come to shape his sound. Cole fell into rapping at the age of 12 when his cousin from Louisiana spent the summer in Fayetteville, showing him the basics of rhyming. He was instantly hooked. From there he delved deep into the music of hip hop luminaries including Tupac ... Read More...
10/7/2010

Lil Wayne

http://www.lilwayne-online.com With well over ten millions in sales, unquestionable street credibility, critical acclaim, industry accolades, eight Grammy nominations, and four Grammy wins for his multi-platinum selling album The Carter III, Cash Money/Universal Motown recording artist Lil Wayne has firmly laid to rest all doubt that he is anything less than the best rapper alive today. Wayne’s silky flow, along with his uncanny ability to weave incredible metaphors and similes wrapped in taunt rhymes accented by witty punch lines, compel rap fans around the world to hang onto his every word whenever his records are being played. Now with his highly anticipated release Rebirth, the CEO of Young Money Entertainment (YME) is once again poised to take the world by storm. As the album’s title suggests, Rebirth is all about change and transformation and it represents Lil Wayne’s development as a man and as an artist. “On this album I want to show my growth as an artist,” says Wayne. “I want my fans to see how far I have come musically.” Born Michael Dewayne Carter, Jr. and raised in New Orleans’ infamous Hollygrove neighborhood, Lil Wayne started his stellar career at age 12 when a friend introduced him to Cash ... Read More...
10/7/2010

Chris Brown

http://www.chrisbrownworld.com/ http://www.myspace.com/chrisbrown With the release of Graffiti, his third album for Jive Records, singer-songwriter Chris Brown cultivates a deeply personal effort that resonates with reflection, redemption and renewal. The 20-year old grapples with his sense of self in an art form that is reflective of the moment, as he enters his prime in the midst of a challenging juncture in his life. Brown, already a widely accomplished multi-platinum artist, builds upon his signature sound. “Graffiti exemplifies the many types and colors of art, music and fashion that I love and how I express myself,” he explains. “It's my art... my graffiti.” In 2005, show business natural 16-year old Chris Brown emerged from small town Tappahannock, Virginia. His star rose swiftly, as his promising skills drew comparisons to his idols Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. His self-titled debut album, which was certified double-platinum, featured the #1 Scott Storch-produced smash hit “Run It!” (featuring Juelz Santana) and the Top 10 pop singles “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and “Gimme That.” He earned Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best R&B Contemporary Album in addition to a nationally televised performance on Awards night in 2007 with Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson joining them ... Read More...
9/23/2010

Wiz Khalifa

http://www.wizkhalifa.com/http://twitter.com/realwizkhalifahttp://www.myspace.com/wizkhalifa Pittsburgh has long been searching for its first major Hip Hop star. Some have flirted with success, while others have floundered in the masses. At the age of 19, Wiz Khalifa has developed into the prodigy that Pittsburgh has been looking for, and he plans to represent his city to the fullest. Born Cameron Thomaz in North Dakota in 1987 to a mother and father serving in the military, Wiz moved to Pittsburgh at the age of 2. Over the next thirteen years, he would move between Pittsburgh and South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Germany, Japan, and England as his parents were reassigned to different posts. In October of 1990, Wiz was separated from his mother, who left him in the hands of her sister while she served in Operation Desert Storm. During his travels, Wiz was forced to mature quicker than his peers. He was constantly faced with new surroundings, new schools, and new sets of friends, and he found it difficult to become attached to anyone outside his family roots. This nomadic life gave Wiz an opportunity to broaden his mind and offered him many experiences from which to draw inspiration. He began to perceive the ... Read More...
11/25/2009

Nicki Minaj

  Nicki Minaj MYSPACE | TWITTER Any encounter with Nicki Minaj will arouse a heightened sense that there is more to her than meets the eye and inspire the desire to experience this modern day “Wonder Woman”. Nicki Minaj - the name alone appeals to the decadence within us all. Whoever thinks that you can't “have your cake and eat it to,” has obviously not met Nicki. The surname Minaj is the metaphor which underscores Nicki's empowerment to have it all and do it all! This 23 year old native of Jamaica, New York (Queens, Southside) is also a trained and accomplished writer, singer, actress and hip hop artist. Her “Wonder Woman” characteristics are embodied in the three facets of Nicki Minaj. The three elements that comprise this modern day “Wonder Woman” are Nicki the Ninja, Nicki the Harajuku Barbie and Nicki the Boss. Nicki the Ninja is a hip hop lyrical assassin, which is sometimes naughty. Nicki the Harajuku Barbie accentuates the qualities of an imaginative, fun, coquettish girly girl- fashionista...that loves all things pink. This is also the muse who ignites the transformation of Nicki's performances as an R &B/Pop singer and future Rock Star Icon. Nicki the ... Read More...
10/7/2010

Gyptian

http://www.myspace.com/gyptianwww.vprecords.com/gyptian Just when you thought you’ve heard it all, along comes an artist with the power and vitality to steer reggae in a new direction. At age twenty-six, Gyptian sounds like no one else and, unlike 99% of his peers; he’s oblivious to the constant parade of one hit wonders. His new hit “Hold You” is opening the eyes of present and new fans alike. The rediscovery of his great talent is refreshing to Reggae music as a whole. Since the release of his albums My Name is Gyptian and I Can Feel Your Pain, his presence and voice has not faltered. His soothing vocals has carried his bold views from the island of Jamaica to the world. Gyptian finds inspiration from his surroundings and in the venerable spirits of original truth-tellers like Peter Tosh. Bringing authentic lyrics in conjunction with a voice that demands to be heard; Gyptian returns with his third installment to his already remarkable music career. “We like the real facts of things, not going around the corner and wait - just light music, you know,” Gyptian says. Raised as Windel Beneto Edwards in the countryside of St. Andrew above Kingston, JA, by a Christian ... Read More...
4/17/2012

Future

The man born Navyvadius Cash is ready to dominate the charts as the 25 year-old Atlanta native’s classic mixtapes have put the streets and clubs in his clutches with his first single “Tony Montana.” “I’m just coming out, but if you go anywhere in the south,” says Future, “I get that love and respect like I have a catalog of LPs under my belt. My mixtapes have had a definitive impact which is amazing and humbling at the same time. Now my music is spreading all over the world. I’m ready to deliver universal hits.” With his newly signed record deal courtesy of Epic Records and his connection to Atlanta’s famed Dungeon Family, Future’s career is finally off the launching pad. His first single’s bubbling success comes from a mixture of the hypnotic track, Future’s signature melodic flow, unforgettable chorus, and features international superstar Drake. “When I was making ‘Tony Montana,’ it was so far fetched for me to get Drake on the record. They called me and said ‘Drake wants to get on Tony.’ We had a long conversation. I sent it to him and he sent it back the same night. ‘Tony Montana’ is the ‘Scarface’ movie on ... Read More...
4/17/2012

2 Chainz

With a reputation for one-upping the competition by arriving via helicopter at rooftop listening parties for his own T.R.U. (The Real University) imprint, and the kind of grandiose ambition that a rapper from southside Atlanta needs to chase down the American Dream, 2Chainz officially launches his solo career as the newest signing to Def Jam Recordings.  2Chainz was brought to the label through Sha Money XL, Senior Vice President of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group.              "We are proud to welcome 2 Chainz to the Def Jam tradition and family of artists," said Island Def Jam President & COO Steve Bartels. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for the incredible buzz 2 Chainz has built, and it's our job to nurture and protect that. 2 Chainz has a credibility and flavor that is uniquely suited to the Def Jam lifestyle and brand. We look forward to great success together."             The signing was celebrated with a performance at downtown New York hotspot S.O.B.’s, billed as 2Chainz’ first N.Y. concert.  “2Chainz is a veteran who chooses being catchy over being cool,” raved the New York Times the next morning.  “He’s an inadvertent humorist, and awe and wonderment ... Read More...
7/29/2011

Stephen McGregor

MYSPACE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER The dictionary defines “genius” as somebody with exceptional ability, especially one whose intellectual or creative achievements gain worldwide recognition. By any definition, the 18-year-old production prodigy Stephen McGregor lives all the way up to his reggae a.k.a. “Di Genius.” The son of legendary roots reggae vocalist Freddie McGregor, Stephen was born January 6, 1990, and literally grew up inside Big Ship Studios, one of Kingston, Jamaica’s leading sound labs. “When I build my studio I build it with the concept that a lot of young youths could get a chance,” says Stephen’s father Freddie, “cause I know how difficult it can be.” Freddie McGregor began his own career at age seven under the auspices of Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, but compared with his son Stephen, Freddie the Studio One child star was a late bloomer. “Every time Stephen come in the studio we know,” his father recalls with a smile. “You see the door open, but you don’t see nobody—him that small.” Stephen recorded his first song at age six, a combination with the dancehall legend Tiger entitled Roll Dumpling Roll. He released his first song at age seven, a credible dancehall cut titled School Done ... Read More...
7/29/2011

CHINO

SITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER Blessed with awe inspiring rhyming skills and an arsenal of sharpened lyrics that could be classified as weapons of mass instruction when it comes to making hit songs, Jamaican sing-jay Daniel “Chino” McGregor also possesses a rich, robust singing voice perfectly suited to silky, romantic pleas. With his innate ability to create songs that incorporate a melodic fusion of varied influences while maximizing his versatile vocal technique, it’s little wonder that Chino is poised to be dancehall reggae’s next superstar. Chino’s impressive string of popular singles, including his cautionary “Pon Your Head” and the motivational “From Mawnin’ (Never Change),” have made him a preeminent artist in Jamaica but his talents are also heavily in demand all over the Caribbean and in Caribbean outposts throughout North America and Europe. Chino has also released two albums in Japan, Unstoppable and Never Change, the latter topped the Japan’s iTunes Reggae Chart and “From Mawnin’ (Never Change)” emerged as that country’s number one downloaded ringtone for 2010. Having conquered a significant portion of the world with his seemingly limitless skills and abundant charisma, Chino has now set his sights on capturing the attention of the elusive mainstream U.S. market. ... Read More...