Crimdella’s latest video “Extra” will take you on a trip throughout New York City but more importantly introduce you to who he is as an artist. Each verse packs a powerful punch with important lyrics. Crimdella isn’t afraid to tell you his story over a hard hitting beat from MNDCFT either. He says that we need to be about the causes we support, not just talk about them. It’s one thing to share an article on social media but it’s another thing to go walk amongst the protestors or show up at city hall or start honest discussions surrounding the topics. Crimdella wants you to be about it.
Arriving on the birthday of his late father, noted pan-Africanist and activist, Elombe Brath, Bury Me In Gold vol. 1 finds a supremely confident Crimdella delving deeper into his signature take on hip-hop, which he has coined “trap-power.” Crimdella has been perfecting his songcraft on each record, painstakingly deconstructing and reconstructing his style. Bury Me In Gold vol. 1, represents a decisive milestone in his work. Appearing on this record mostly as his brash alter-ego BlackZeusX, Crimdella candidly explores the depths of despair he experienced following the recent passing of his father, and how that turmoil led to revelation and his own self-realization as a black man in a world increasingly hostile toward him. Bury Me In Gold vol. 1 is the Harlem emcee’s uncanny, definitive manifesto.
TruthCity is tired of being broke. He is ready to “Get Rich”. Building off the momentum of his last single “The Family”, TruthCity is back with another hit. “Get Rich” is the second single from TruthCity’s upcoming album While You Were Sleeping which is due out this winter. TruthCity doesn’t plan to fail because he has been focused on his goals like he mentions on the track. Can’t wait to hear what is next from this young artist living in New York City. I can only assume more quality music.
TruthCity is a rapper & songwriter (originally from Virginia) but now resides in NYC. Truth’s intense, lifelong devotion to his craft was inspired by prolific and distinguished artists such as Jay-Z, Coldplay, Nas, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol. 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. More recently he has created two event series in NYC that spotlight upcoming artists. TruthCity wants everyone to win.
Shane Romero is an international touring artist from Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn). He’s got a sharp tongue when it comes to his poetry. Shane started attacking venues like a set of flying knives at the tender age of 16. His poetry is a reflection of his personal life, what he sees on a daily basis. In his writings, he takes a direct shot, addressing issues of the inner city race, violence, the uphill battle of love, and his efforts of bettering himself. He hopes to touch everyone within earshot to his story; that they can relate, perhaps to help someone who may be going through similar situations.
Shane has taken part in major poetry slams throughout the states. By a young age, Shane achieved his dreams of being a full time spoken word artist, first moving to Los Angeles, CA for a short period of time where he featured at countless venues and colleges throughout the West Coast. Shane was a member 3 national poetry slam teams. In 2010 at the national poetry slam held in St. Paul, MN, he took second place in group piece finals. Shane has shared stages alongside many nationally acclaimed poets, completed multiple nationwide tours, and has taken on the world while on the international “Just Weight” tour. He was 1/4 of a traveling play production called “The Male Ego”, up-to-date he provides work for Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons YouTube Channel (ADD) and clothing line, “Argyleculture”. In summer 2016 Shane made his big screen debut in the movie “Fight Your Way Out”. Due to his game changing poetry and performances he’s been interviewed or featured by sites such as Huffington Post UK, Literary Manhattan, and Global Grind.
Shane strives to give back to the community; youth who will follow in his footsteps. In 2008 Shane was the coach for the Inland Empire BNV youth slam team which was featured on HBO held in Washington, DC. Shane also teaches creative writing/poetry workshops while on tour to all age groups, and while in NYC Shane prides himself on going into the same public school system he grew up in to teach achieving your dreams is real and runs programs which helps young men of color grow into men, reach higher success, and close the achievement gap so many have experienced. Shane Romero will continue to bare his story and life on stage until the last word falls from his throat.
“I want to speak for the unspoken.” -Shane Romero
Before you tune in to one of the most controversial songs Cliz has written to date, he wants to clarify that he believes in education wholeheartedly. Does our educational system need work? Yes…but that’s not the point. He believes that we all need to be exposed to every spectrum that falls under the educational umbrella. But he also believes that our purpose on Earth cannot always be taught in a classroom or lecture hall. Cliz’s purpose is to tell stories. Stories through the lens of experience, hardships, but most importantly, commitment.
Cliz’s new single, “Class is in Session”, tells the story of his leap of faith. One that required him to make a difficult choice. Was he supposed to pursue what he has been specifically put on this Earth to accomplish? Or does he establish a “Plan B” and enroll in a 4-year degree program just to attempt to make others happy, but ultimately, not himself? These are questions that some of us will face and Cliz explores in his latest release. Will you make the right one? #MayNothingStopYou
“Class Is In Session” is also available on all major streaming outlets.
LA rapper/singer, Chad Michael, is back with another one of his signature sounds but this time around he features upcoming rapper K.A.A.N. The producer, D. Boy, creates a great vibe using powerful production and lays the landscape for the artists showcase their skills. Chad reveals his unique voice and strong storytelling abilities in the first part of the track proving he isn’t one to follow trends. K.A.A.N comes in at the 3:30 minute mark and immediately starts killing the track demonstrating he is one of the most talented upcoming rappers in the game. The combination of the two artists styles create a unique sound you don’t hear every day.
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 in December of 2015 and it has already racked up over 18,000 plays. His versatile sound sits somewhere between Rap and R&B because he does both well. Chad has been locked in the studio for most of 2016 working on new music and visuals.
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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Fatt Fisher bursts onto the scene bringing an aura of street sense, infectious charisma and a personality that is sure to make an impression on any listeners. Hailing from the waters of Moss Point, MS, Fisher was born in one of his state’s roughest cities and reflects that in his sound while still managing to let his talent lead the way. The project balances it’s gritty topics with cartoonish skits that add to the light-hearted landscape set with the “Simpons” inspired cover courtesy of @Qin_Mob.
Features on “Wealth, Weed & Women” come from Coast Stokes, Kidd Da Ruler, OD Cane & Chad Cox, while the tape is hosted by DJ Ipod & DJ SixThirty. Production on the 12-track project comes from Super Star Beats, D.A. Beats, Red Drum & Riley Beats. This is the first mixtape from Fatt Fisher but certainly not the last, so be sure to check it out as well as his B. Pace-directed “Trap N*gga” video. Stay locked for more to come.
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