Raw and unapologetically honest, XVI (pronounced 16th) brings his life, love and tribulations into every verse he raps. Growing up on 16th Avenue in a tough neighborhood of East Bradenton, Florida (where XVI indubitably got his name), XVI found himself in and out of public schools and detention centers. "Eat or be eaten" was the mantra he lived by which became his truth and a byproduct of growing up in such strenuous of environments. It wasn't until moving to Clearwater where his life took a new turn, finding himself among other music innovators that took notice of XVI's musical talent. These relationships helped set a foundation for XVI to harness his musical skill and create a platform to release his music. Known for his attention to detail, intricate word plays, and concept driven raps, XVI continues to personify his journey through his music.
Listen to the thump. The lyrics are like scenes from gunfights in the streets of Wilmington, Delaware, Altanta, Georgia Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, California, or New York City, New York. These places all have experienced spikes in violence during this COVID-19 pandemic. The demonstrations continue. So what is the soundtrack to all of this? The greatest decade for music, the Roaring 20’s...2.0. This is the Trap Age.
Rejection. Depression. Loneliness. Guilt. Anger. Revenge. This final album from yours truly encompasses all these--and more. Before I end it all, let me take you through the twists and turns of the convoluted emotional Hellstorm that is..was my life.
Rapper YBN Cordae has made a name for himself in the competitive hip-hop industry, in such a short period of time, only releasing his debut studio album “The Lost Boy” in 2019. On this record Cordae combines old school hip hop with new contemporary styles, taking influences from his childhood and reworking these sounds to create a fresh new take on the current rap scene.
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Don Diddy raised in Akwesasne Ontario Canada. Growing up in his small town Don made a lot of enemies by making multiple diss tracks on other local artists in his town. When he first broke in the scene he had the competitive nature to be the “best rapper alive.” Realizing there was way too many other people in the art form he changed his ways and decided to apologize to all the artists he dissed with one of his latest songs, “Dear Everyone I’ve Dissed.” One of Don’s most heart warming tracks and you could definitely tell he speaks from the heart with this one.With the rawness and the emotion in his voice you could really tell he means every word. Besides from that Don has been making bigger moves but unfortunately he’s ran into controversy and he released a snippet with the late Juice WRLD. People been assuming the whole thing was a hoax but that isn’t true at all. Don previewed on his story that it was a Remix with the late Juice WRLD and the original song came from the Syracuse native Jeremy Romance. Either way both songs have the Juice WRLD’s verse on both versions, end of the day it’ll be what the fans pick which one they will want to listen to more. Romance’s version of Put Me Down or Don’s version of Put Me Down, either way you they both make fantastic music and can’t wait to see what else Don Diddy is going to.
My Name is Elijah Williams Aka The One And Only Rap King. I am a Hip Hop artist from Harlem New York. I started making music back in the 8th grade. I always had an Idea that my voice was meant for something and I wasn’t expecting music to be that platform I used to share my voice and talk about certain topics that I felt like should be discussed. I was a poet at the time and I started to see how my flow and my playfulness with words was. One of my friends was like hey you should get into rapping. I said it could be worth a shot. One day we was in class and he showed me an app called soundcloud were I can listen and record music. I downloaded the app, and when I got home I did freestyles to certain beats and recorded it through the app. I was getting plays but I wanted to understand more about how music is supposed to be made. High school I learned a lot. I got notice and that was when I got ask to a lot of shows in the school and I learned how to make beats and produce my own beats and write to them. I was building my craft as my years of high school was passing by. I was dropping test projects after test projects and it did work but it wasn’t me. When I went to college in 2018 I understand more about the album process. I learned that any album that you work on has to be something about you. My first ever debut official album called heartbreak and love was the start. The album is a story about my relationship experiences. It takes you on a journey when I was getting out of the toxic relationship to now finding someone that is special to me that is showing me different from my ex. I drop that on audiomack before I put it on the main stream in 2019. My second album Vulgar went on the mainstream. I released that on my birthday on January 24th. That album was to tell two stories. The first story was about me being a musical artist who raps and how he has been doubted on through the times he was producing content to shared with people, and how I persevere through all the negativity that was thrown my way. The second story is to tell that artist use cussing words to express their emotions and feelings. You shouldn’t have to hold and try to say things the clean way. Let people understand you by saying your feelings the way you want to. My third album Heartbreak and love 2 was the second installment to the series. I told a story about how I dated this girl for a month and I feel in love. We broke up due to family issues and we got back together during the new year of 2019. After that album it gave people the idea that I am next up in the industry. My 4th album the story of Elijah was to talk about my journey from when I came from college to figure out my life and not letting anyone stop me from achieving my dreams. My 5th album summertime was to create hits for the summer that people can vibe too. The 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th albums shows the growth of me as an artist. My end goal is to established myself as an artist who help people lives change for the better.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, TU MUCH started his music career at 16. He endured many obstacles on his way to the top and spent some time in Juvenile detention. That experience made him immediately aware that his life was heading in a direction he didn’t want to go in. Spending that time in jail caused him to turn to his first love: Music.
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