Savvy, Sika, Vitamin Cea and others. Check out the EP in full now below and watch for more to come in the near future.
Varus Bell was born Davarus Bell in Starkville, Mississippi on December 16, 1987, he gained the name Varus Bell by his family because most people consider his government name long. None of his family or friends refer to his as Varus or Davarus, if you ever meet him you most address him with his first and last name together Varus Bell (Like A Tribe Called Quest & A Pimp Named Slick Back) Altogether. Different huh? Varus Bell was born and Raised on the East Side of Starkville in a Small Crime infested community named Blackjack. As he grew older and his mom was placed on section 8 project housing he spent a portion of his childhood on the WestSide (The one West) of Starkville in the project housing neighborhoods of Long St (Zuber St), Reed Rd (Hollywood) and Brooksville Garden (The Trap). He grew up in the typical single parent household including him his mother and brother.
Growing up, Varus Bell wasn’t a stranger to hard times, he was hardened by difficult times being a product of his environment. His neighborhood was notorious for drugs, gangs, and violence. To many people the Blackjack community was considered a nuance (red zone) but to him and his peers Blackjack was home his place of residence. Varus Bell grew up being involved in gang activities, crime, violence labeling him a community opposition. Basketball and music was his passion and many people expected him to play basketball at the professional level like his cousin Latavious Williams and nba and local McDonald all American player Travis Outlaw. But like most kids growing up in the projects those dreams were blocked before they became a goal.
Varus was mainly raised between households being his grandparents, god parents, and his mother. He first fell in love with music in the 6th grade(2000) when local record label Lokee Records produced local artist such as Chaos Da Boss(Storm Clique), Dj Stickuhbush, Ty Cutta, DeanTown Villians, DoughBelly Stray, BigBull, Danijah and others. Varus Bell started rapping over instramentals by 36 mafia, Playa Fly, Pastor Troy and Dru hill(Yes Dru hill). His favorite rappers back then were 36 mafia member Lord infamous, Pastor Troy, Notorious B.I.G, Jay z and playa Fly. Working effortlessly to become a local star Varus Bell started mimicking other rappers delivery and style. He joined the local rap group Bloodkin where he was mentored and groomed into a rap artist, he found his own style, appearance, delivery and gain confidence. In 2004 he released his first single “Hoodat” and “Pushin” with gain him local attention in surrounding areas. Following a performance at a talent show Varus bell collaborated with Local artists Vi the champ, Yo and Ill will (Willie P Rest in peace) all of Bloodkin to produce “Stand Up” a local club song and party song. Varus bell continue to gain confidence in his art so he continued to groom himself in the Art of music.
Varus Bell grandparents who did there best to keep him out the streets and into his books. No matter how hard they tried to show him the value of being a law abiding citizen the more gang activities got the best of him. At the age of 16 he was a convicted felon for burglary of a vehicle. He was expelled from school, placed on Non judicated probation, forcing him to take his GED and attended Community college in Meridian Community college in Meridian Ms and Monroe College in Rochester NY on a basketball scholarship. Over a falsified statement from a police officer, Varus Bell violated his probation for Trespassing which sent him to prison for 2 years and 8 months. After being released in May 2012, Varus Bell hit the bricks running playing semi pro basketball, experimenting with fashion and Hustling marijuana. With 5 written statements and a camera recorded conversation with a confidential informant, Varus Bell was sentence to 20 years in prison 15 years to serve with 5 years of post supervised probation in 2014 with the Mississippi department of corrections for the sale of marijuana times 2. Being that sale of marijuana is a Non violent offense he only had to serve 25% of the 15 years.
While being incarcerated Varus bell sent hours and days working on music, reading and working out, studying music and entrepreneurship. Since his release Varus Bell had been on a relentless path of musicianship, community service, and building a fan base behind his music with his story. He is experimenting with different endeavors such as acting, fashion and modeling while being a artist and composer. His ultimate goal is to be a star in the music industry and give back to those who shouldn’t have to suffer the way he did. Varus bell is on a straight and narrow path and his success and two daughters are the ulterior motivation to make him strive for excellence. Gaining attention of Jay-z and other music execs is a bullet point on his to do list.
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TruthCity tells a story on “Changes” and that story is one of struggle and devotion. He talks about moving to New York City to pursue a music career with no money. TruthCity spent nights sleeping in the back of restaurants and on friend’s floors all for the love of music. You can hear the pain and passion in his voice throughout the entire song. You can see his progress throughout video as well. Nothing will stop TruthCity.
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TruthCity is a rapper & songwriter (originally from Virginia) but now resides in NYC. Inspired by prolific and distinguished artists such as Jay-Z, Coldplay, Nas, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol has influenced Truth’s intense, lifelong devotion to his craft. TruthCity truly lives up to his stage name by making the kind of music “that is the soundtrack to your life.” Every time he touches the mic, he converts strangers to believers.
Chad Michael is a singer/songwriter from Tucson, AZ who is pursuing a music career in Los Angeles. The 25 year-old released his debut EP, Rain, in December of 2015 and it’s about to break 20,000 plays. His versatile sound sits somewhere between Rap and R&B because he does both well. Chad has had a quiet but successful 2016 as he works on new music and visuals.
Nomad is a college educated artist that creates relatable music that can be categorized as Rap, R&B, or Pop. The 23 year-old Dominican was born and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn which put him through many different experiences that are demonstrated in his music. In his personal life, Nomad truly loves to give back to the children and works in the community as a Program Director giving back to families. Nomad has plenty of love for his own family and friends as well. He works as hard as he can to continue to make them proud. Nomad’s goal is to make music that can help people in their day to day lives. He is currently working on his debut album that will drop in November of 2016.
Nomad brings us a dope visual and late-night jam with “Let Go”. The Brooklyn rapper/singer showcases both of his strengths on “Let Go” with a seductive hook and a smooth flow. This song is the first single from his upcoming project ‘To Whom it May Concern’ which fans can expect to hear this year. The enticing lyrics and quality visuals (from Strapping Bucks Visuals) will keep you entertained for the entire track.
“Let Go” https://youtu.be/NiCxHeGpxH4
Amoré KING has one main goal musically which is- “Restore The Feeling.” Representing the bass heavy soul sound of Louisville, KY and gritty street sound of Kinston, NC simultaneously, Amore’s sound is multi-layered with a flavor that can only be described as “smooth lyricism”. Given the moniker “Amoré KING” for his dominance lyrically and sonically; from winning radio countdowns so many times they had to retire his records, co-signs from XM/Sirius on air personalities and djs, to producing many of his own (and others) records… its safe to say the name fits.
Soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/amoretheking/in-the-moment
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