Today for the Artist Spotlight segment we are featuring Dusty McFly. This Detroit rapper has been making moves to get the world to know who exactly Dusty McFly is. He has been apart of tours with major artists such as the Trey Songz Anticipation tour, Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers tour and he also performed a set with Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy.
His lyrical ability has gotten accolade from XXL, Vibe, and Gobal Grind magazines just to name a few. In an interview with XXL magazine he stated “My goal in hip-hop is to become the voice of the original D boys that took nothing and turned it into something. I want to be the voice for those that didn’t get a fair shake that are either deceased or encaged. Detroit has a real story that needs to be told. Detroit breeds strong, hard working, characters. We’re currently under represented nationally. We are making progress but it’s my goal to represent our street struggle with pride and integrity to the world. I want to put the real D on the map and tell the untold story. If you listen close enough to my B&B series and decode the lyrics the story will unfold before your eyes.”
Today’s artist spotlight features a rap artist from Detroit by the name of Lil Phlict. Lil Phlict is now in Louisiana making moves with his music. Phlict has been rapping since elementary, he went many years without letting a lot of people know about his lyrical abilities. He revealed when it comes to his music, he has a point, topic, and the lesson to be learned. He admits his music is for the streets, however, he raps about real things and stays away from fiction lyrics.
While other rappers fantisize about the lifestyle and things they dont have, I’m sending messages out. It may not be the way people want it to be …but it is an important message. -Lil Phlict
Today’s Artist Spotlight comes from all the way across the pond in the UK. Juliette Ashby has been making a name for herself for quite sometime. She wrote her first song at the age of 7 and the rest is history. She was best friends with the late Amy Winehouse and the two formed a duo called Sweet & Sour. Her influences include Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye and Bonnie Raitt. She has a voice that is very unique and definitely reminds me of her friend Amy. Juliette is currently working on new material, including collaborations with industry juggernauts Da Brat, Mike Kalombo (So So Def), Graham Marsh (Cee-Lo), Wayne Beckford, Blac Elvis (Beyoncé, Usher), Novel and most recently reported she will be doing a show with international star Yuna.
Juliette is heating up the airwaves of BBC Radio and is making her mark in the US with her hit single Over & Over. She also just reached #10 on Billboard’s “Next Big Sound” Chart across all major social music sites. She also inked a deal with Vh1 to play her music during hit TV shows like Mob Wives, Basketball Wives, and Single Ladies just to name a few. She also performed at legendary SXSW in Austin, TX this year in 2014.
Today we have our first female Producer hailing from Chi-town. Simona Craig, known as Schi Musik is no stranger to the music industry. She was named in the Top 50 List for Coast 2 Coast Instrumental Mixtape, Vol. 28 for an original beat entitled “Inspiration (Motivation)”.
In September of 2008, she created Schi~Music Creative Services under the strong belief that creating music should inspire people as well as being very creative & original. There are a lot of producers, singers, songwriters & musicians that looks at what sells in the music industry and they duplicate whatever sales in order to make a name for themselves. She wanted to create a one stop shop for artists who knew poetry, song lyrics, music instrumentals, and/or management, they can come to Schi~Music Creative Services and receive all of these services at affordable rates. She strongly believes in individuality & providing their clients with a unique songs, productions &/or poetry that they can be proud of and it will be original & authentic. Read more about this artist below. Continue reading
Today’s artist spotlight is shining on a Florida native that goes by the name of Tre Side Cool. In the face of shrinking budgets, music executives are in search of the next YouTube sensation with a catchy hook & dance moves 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, this Florida native brings promise of a new day in hip hop music. Treside Cool, born Tony Wilson, got his start in music at an early age by attending local shows with his father, who managed several local artists. From there he delved deep into the music of hip hop luminaries including Hot Boys, Three 6 Mafia, Trick Daddy, Bone Thugs N Harmony & UGK. Read more about this artist.Continue reading
Today we are featuring a DJ who is known world wide and goes by the name DJ Era. This Los Angeles native has taken he country by storm by deejaying for major artists like singer Monica, August Alsina, J Holiday, Sean Garrett, Lloyd, Nipsey Hussle and more. Born Kevin Cox, he got his start in the business by hanging out by the DJ booths at the local parties and clubs he would attend. He decided to try turntables out for himself and landed whatever local gigs he could find around Atlanta while attending Morehouse college. He was fortunate enough to land an internship at Interscope Records where he was able to learn promotions, marketing, and A&R work.
Era has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, XXL Magazine (April 2012), the CW Network, on Hot 107.9 FM (WHTA) website – HotspotATL.com with the “20 Minute Workout” Mix, on WDKX 103.9 FM Radio in Rochester, NY; and ZACH 105.3 FM Radio in the U.K. (2012). DJ Era’s turntable talents garnered accolades in January 2012 when he was declared winner of the V-103 2012 Smirnoff Ice Master of the Mix Atlanta competition, following a heated battle with local DJs decided by celebrity judges including Kid Capri and Amber Rose. Read more on DJ Era below. Continue reading
Today we are featuring up and coming producers that go by the name LAVVD. A group of producers out of Metro-Atlanta that started about a year ago. They already have 9 tracks that have been produced and they are ready the world to hear and enjoy. Their rare sound and wide variety of soundscapes catches the attention of listeners instantly. With the combination of all three minds of the producers in the group, a new sound is always created. Looking to make a big mark on music, many productions on mixtapes and albums shall be anticipated by them including projects of their own. They formed about a year ago, and they were inspired by Clams Casino. They became a group who wanted to make all types of sounds as a form of expressing art and to change music
These are some of the tracks the group has produced.
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