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Who is Crunkatlanta? I am Eric aka Crunkatlanta & Promotewho.com - The Internet Promoter, the one that is in love with Hip Hop. Follow me on Twitter @crunkatlantaMag . Born and raised in Detroit, MI. Yep, I'm from Seven Mile Rd and GreenfieldWhuddup Doe!! My first inspiration to get involved in the industry was when I found out that nobody heard of any Detroit rappers outside of Detroit ( Michigan). My first gig was with a friend (“T”) that I assisted with promoting Cam’ron back in 1997. From there I found what my purpose was supposed to be. My all time fantasy career was to become a quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. Once that dream was cut short from not getting the response back from -tryouts and competition over the years. I became hooked on music and brand marketing. http://www.crunkatlanta.com ( Promo page )

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The Funky Bunch is an early-90’s American hip-hop musical group, consisting of Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark), Scott Ross (aka Scottie Gee), Hector Barros (aka Hector the Booty Inspector), Terry Yancey (aka DJ-T), and Anthony Thomas (aka Ashey Ace). The group released their debut album, Music for the People, on July 23, 1991 and was met with instant critical acclaim, fueled by two certified gold, top-10 singles, “Good Vibrations” and “Wildside.” “Good Vibrations” dominated radio waves in 1991 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Wildside” went to No. 10. Following the release of the album, The Funky Bunch joined the New Kids on the Block’s “The Magic Summer Tour” across Europe in the fall of 1991. While on tour, they learned Music for the People had gone gold on November 15, 1991 before being certified platinum on January 14, 1992. Fresh off performing in Europe, The Funky Bunch launched the “Music for the People Tour” in the United States in January, 1992, which pushed their album all the way up to No. 1 on the Top Heatseekers chart and to No. 21 on the Billboard 200. Their second album, You Gotta Believe, was quickly recorded and released on the heels of Music for the People’s success on September 15, 1992. You Gotta Believe rose to No. 67 on the Billboard 200 and the album’s lone single, also titled “You GottaBelieve” rose to No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1992, “Good Vibrations” was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards (Best Dance Video and Best Rap Video) and the group was nominated for one American Music Award (Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist). The group won the Smash Hits Poll Award for Best Dance Act. The following year, “You GottaBelieve” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The group disbanded in 1993, following the release of their single “I Want You” which was eventually featured on the Super Mario Bros. movie soundtrack. The Funky Bunch remains in contact today and the group loves hearing from and connecting with their fans, who they still consider part of a huge family. Stay tuned....more to come!!!!


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CRUNKATLANTA MAGAZINE 1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place? ?I’ve been in the in industry for about 15 years. I broke into the industry professionally as a recording engineer. Prior to that I started producing as a “hobby”. 2. Who were the first influences on your music and style? Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Lil John, Manny Fresh, DJ Paul & Juicy J, Mike Shinoda, CFO$, Jim Johnston, 3 Doors Down, Breaking Benjamin, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Jimmy Hendrix, DJ Screw, Amy Lee 3. In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why? Honestly there isn’t anyone else making music like me. I’ve created my own genre that I call “Trap Rock”. I would have to say Ransom Reigns, myself is the most influential artist in my genre. Any other artists in this genre come after me. 4. Which famous song or sound production, ultimately describes what you’d like your music productions to sound like? Tracks by producers and bands like DJ Toomp, Skillet, Evenessence, Dr. Dre & Linkin Park 5. Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content? Hopefully when people listen to my music they hear a complete musical composition that they can vibe to forever. The foundation of my sound has always been my production. I try to make tracks that not only support the story I’m telling through my song writing but also give people something to dance and nod their heads to. From a lyrical perspective I have a very distinctive voice and I like to write from a conscious place that goes much deeper than the copycat materialismbased concepts that’s permeate throughout today’s hip hop culture. 6. Do you make your own beats and write your own lyrics? If yes what software or equipment do you prefer using? If you don’t do any of this by yourself, how do you get this done? I do write all my own lyrics and songs. I also produce and compose my own tracks. At the moment I’m currently using Reason 9.5 in my producer’s toolbox. I’ve been using reason for about 9 years now. I’m also using the MPC Studio Black. Sometimes I’ll use a single platform to make one beat and other times I may combine them. I even play with live musicians at times.


CRUNKATLANTA MAGAZINE If you could choose to work with some of today’s established artists or producers, to move your game to the top, with whom would you like to collaborate? As far as hip hop I’d like to work with The Migos and Young Dolph and legends like the Dungeon Family. But in rock I’d like to work with Amy Lee of Evensessence and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. 8. Which latest songs, videos or mixtapes releases are currently available to your fans and where can they be heard or downloaded? You can find all my latest music on my website WWW.RansomReignsTrax.com. You can also get my new single on Spotify & Apple Music/iTunes as well as Amazon, Google Play and all other online retailers. Follow me on Spotify and iTunes and add me to your personal playlists. 9. Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your sound and style the way it is? Keys & Scales (Music Theory) 10. What led to your style of delivery and beat-selection?? My delivery is unique yet diverse. Meaning my voice is distinct, but at the same time my delivery on 2 different songs would probably be different. I form it around the track. As a producer while it is important to have your own sound you don’t want all of your stuff to sound the same. So I challenge myself to go out of the box and come back with something new and different. 11. What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most? My favorite 2 aspects of the music making process are producing and songwriting. I love composing and coming up with a new track then writing to it coming up with a new song out of absolutely nothing. 12. How involved are you in the recording, producing, mastering, marketing, and other processes needed to make and sell your music, and do you outsource any part of these processes? I’ve always been very hands on with every part of my career. I produce and write all my own music. Being a certified recording engineer, I have mixed and recorded my own music before. I’ll normally outsource the mastering though. I also manage the business and admin side of my career with things like marketing, booking, publishing, Etc.


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CRUNKATLANTA MAGAZINE 13. Do you think the advent of Internet and all the new technology has helped your music and independent musicians in general, or do you think it just creates a mass of mediocre “copycats” who flood the web, making it difficult to distinguish yourself? The answer to both of those questions are yes. Let me explain. It has never been easier to record music and get it out to the masses. So with that comes a lot of bad artists saturating the market with bad music. There’s no longer a “screening process”. On the flip side, if you are a talented artist the Internet can be your best friend, assisting with marketing, promotions, advertising and tons of other valuable resources that 10-20 years ago were only available to major labels. 14. In your experience thus far, what is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed? And one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have? Don’t take anything personal in this business is the best advice I’ve been given in this industry. 15. Being an independent artist, which is the one factor, above all else, that you currently desire most (increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure, more club and live performances etc…)? For me I would have to it’s major film & TV placements which I’m in the process of shopping around for right now. 16. Where do you distribute and promote your music (Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Your own Website, YouTube etc…) and why do you think this channel works best for you? Fans can follow me and add my new single to their playlist from Spotify and Apple Music/iTunes. You can also go to my website for more music, info and everything about me on my website WWW.RansomReignsTrax.com

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CRUNKATLANTA MAGAZINE 18. Is going Platinum or winning a Grammy important to you, and If you were forced to make only one choice, which of the two would you choose and why? Both are very important but for different reasons. Of the 2 the Grammy is more important to me than going platinum, because of not only the prestige of being recognized by the Recording Academy for your talents but also the opportunities that come after winning such an award. 19. What in your opinion is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself, has to face and overcome, to gain any commercial success? -No answer 20. In closing, tell us something about any projects and ideas you have in store or are already working on? I’m currently working on my first film project entitled “Behind The Smoke”, which is a documentary about my life as a musician. It’s the first project from my film company “Remarkable One”. I’m also doing the sound FX and producing the music for the theme song for a cartoon project created by a good friend of mine. I also recently launched my beat store which is available on my website WWW.RansomReignsTrax.com where artists, bands, rappers &singers can buy original and professional beats/tracks. 21. What got you into music? As a kid I lived in New Orleans, a city that has always had a thriving music culture. In New Orleans the high school band culture is really big. As I was In elementary school I used to hear and see the high school bands practicing and playing around the city. That started my passion to wanting to be a musician. I would go on to join my high school band where I played the trumpet and in the city wide band the tenor drum.. After my time in the military I would graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in recording arts. From there I began doing music professionally. 22. What is the most important item in your music collection? My laptop and (2) external 500 GB hard drives 23. How would you describe yourself as an artist? -No answer 24. How do you think you differ from other artists? Unlike most artists and musicians, I’m very business savvy when it comes to my career. Fromdeveloping marketing and promotions plans to my own distribution and publishing. I take a proactive role in managing my music career, and running my production company/record label“Popular Uprising” which is the opposite of most artists in this business.


CRUNKATLANTA MAGAZINE 25. What’s the last track you listened to? Papa Roach-Gravity

26. Who do you think the most influential artist in UK Hip-Hop is? -No answer 27. What’s your guilty pleasure? -No answer 28. Hip Hop outside of the USA, Do you have any favorites? -No answer 29. What drives you to complete your craft ? Wanting to be the greatest at what I do 30. Flashing money, the women and the cars in videos - Do you think many just don’t have creative ideas or is this what they believe fans want to see? I believe it stems from the artists’ lack of creativity in today’s hip hp music videos. I like the creativity of a lot of rock videos I’ve seen because they actually tell a story and take you on a journey.

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Nick Jordan is an up-and-coming hip-hop artist hailing from Los Angeles, California. Hard worker from the very beginning, Nick is constantly working on new songs and new music videos. It's finally in June 2018 that Nick will reveal his debut self-titled album. Nick Jordan is now back with a new single, “Wait Up”, in featuring with the artist MC Tae. Out since October 30th 2018, the video can be viewed on YouTube: “This song is just a fun, turn up type rap song about taking sh*t into your own hands and making it happen. No more "Mr. Nice Guy" basically. I'm here and I work extremely hard and its time NOW for me to have my respect in the music game. The filming experience for the video was actually a super weird vibe. We rented this space in LA called the "Jesus Wall". And the guy that owns it was really nice, but also a little strange (laughs). We had a mishap when MC TAE (who is featured on the song) decided to get extra creative with his poses at the photo shoot... He ended up SOMEHOW falling and flipping the entire antique couch over, legs flew straight in the air, cracked the back of the couch and we ended up having to pay extra (laughs).” Artist Bio Nick Jordan is an up-and-coming hip-hop artist hailing from Los Angeles, California. Hard worker from the very beginning, Nick is constantly working on new songs and new music videos. It's finally in June 2018 that Nick will reveal his debut self-titled album. The artist is now back with a brand new single, titled “Wait Up”!

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