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Publisher/EIC VP Design/Layout Copy Editor Staff Writers

Desmick Perkins Tim Mitchell Pascal Kerouche Candis Johnson, Erin Semple Brooke Allen, Shadeed Eleazer, Helsa Irizarry, Shayla Mack

Radio One ................................................................................. 04 Dirty Awards Sponsor Page ...................................................... 05 1st Annual Dirty Awards Event Organizing Commitee ............ 06 And The Dirty Goes To ... ......................................................... 13 DV8tors (On The Move) ........................................................... 50

Contributing Writers

Medina Potter, Marshall Dean, Caro-


lyn Desalu, Deshair Foskey, Maurice Garland, Rodrick Harvell, Cecile Kellogg, Mehka, Christal Jordan-Mims, Louise Mosley, Joshua Norris, Ethan Padgett, Meredith Parker, Maurice Skillern, Narissa Smith, Candid Taylor, Jeron Ward, Theia Washington, Allyson Wells, Lauren Wesley Contributing Photographers

Contributors Public Relations Marketing, Advertising Promotions Website

Dave Goodson, Bruce James, Derick Ross Reith Weems, Kristen King, Ebony Ward Kelly Roberts Desmick Perskins Staff Daaimah Jones



irst and foremost, many thanks goes to the man above for a continuing journey of DV8tion (deviation). Due to the overwhelming success of the Commemorative Issue Part 1, it was only right to finish it off with THE RECAP (Part 2). With the timing of Part 1, many of the artists nominated and out of the South could not make the issue in time. So we have included you in THE RECAP. This issue will also include features on Radio One execs, the Dirty Awards including backstage and behind the scenes and much more. The Dirty Awards was definitely a veer from the norm for DV8 Magazine. We are excited about being a part of the event and can’t wait until Dirty Awards 2006. Be on the lookout for the real brand of DV8 Magazine!!!! - Desmick Perkins

TENNESEE Cruna .................................................................... 31 LOUISIANA BG ......................................................................... 38 Manni Fresh .......................................................... 27 Mystikal ................................................................ 25 Weeby .................................................................... 38 Baby ...................................................................... 26

Executive DV8tors Wayne Brown ........................................................................... 08 Cathy Hughes ............................................................................ 07 MISSISSIPPI Marsha Meadows ...................................................................... 08 Nemesi ................................................................... 29 Mary Catherine Sneed .............................................................. 07 NORTH CAROLINA Personalities of HOT 107.9 ....................................................... 09 Petey Pablo ........................................................... 25 Oowee ................................................................... 19 ATLANTA (GEORGIA) Lil Peedy ............................................................... 33 112 ............................................................................................ 21 Cee-Lo ...................................................................................... 22 TEXAS Da Backwudz ............................................................................ 26 UGK ...................................................................... 35 Dungeon Family ........................................................................ 31 Twisted Black ....................................................... 37 Farnsworth Bentley ................................................................... 28 Young Quon .......................................................... 37 Goodie Mob ............................................................................... 23 Gucci Mane ................................................................................21 THE SPIRIT OF HIP HOP Jagged Edge .............................................................................. 23 Canton Jones ......................................................... 15 Bobby Valentino ........................................................................ 40 Mr. Del .................................................................. 15 Jazze Pha ................................................................................... 22 Markie J ................................................................ 15 Killer Mike ................................................................................ 18 Shei Atkins ............................................................ 16 Lil Scrappy ................................................................................ 23 T-Bone ................................................................... 16 Maceo ........................................................................................ 29 Gospel Gangstaz ................................................... 16 Mike Vick .................................................................................. 25 Nivea .......................................................................................... 33 MUSICAL DV8tion (Producer Section) PSC ............................................................................................ 29 Soul Charmer Productions .................................... 36 Rasheeda .................................................................................... 27 The Horsemen ....................................................... 35 Big Boi ...................................................................................... 39 The Platinum Brothers .......................................... 18 Whyte Chocolate ...................................................................... 19 TON Productions .................................................. 31 Youngbloodz ............................................................................. 22 Rob Jackson .............................................................................. 32 Par-Lay Vous Muzik Producer‘s Showcase Winner Nadji Anthony Jeter .................................................................. 39 Rashida Takiya Mason .......................................... 41 Big Floaty .................................................................................. 38 WHEELS OF STEEL ALABAMA DJ Booby Black .................................................... 40 344 M.O.B.B. ........................................................................... 36 DJ Boom Bip ........................................................ 39 Dirty Boyz ................................................................................. 27 Dirty Awards: THE RECAP ................................. 44 FLORIDA Behind the Scenes ................................................ 45 Gloria Valez ............................................................................... 28 Red Carpet ............................................................ 46 T Pain ........................................................................................ 28 Backstage .............................................................. 47 The Awards Show ..................................................48


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O AND THE DIRTY GOES TO… Crunker than ever, the South has done it again Radio One & Gilyard PRESENTED… the first ever DIRTY AWARDS 2005 hosted by Comedian Nard

ATLANTA, GA (November 29, 2005) - On Monday, November 28th , 2005, the urban radio specialist and media powerhouse, Radio One honored the best and crunkest stars of the dirty south with the First Annual Dirty Awards. On this star-studded night, the South represented its region with that great ol’ southern hospitality. From the moment presenters, nominees and attendees stepped onto the Dr Pepper Red Carpet it was lights, camera, action. Red Carpet correspondents Rashan and CJ, of the HOT 107.9 A-Team Morning Show, welcomed each artist as DJ Truz mixed the hottest hits of the year. The sold out show, hosted by comedian Nard Holston, fashionably dressed, kept the crowd laughing and entertained, while performances from DTP (Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, Field Mob, and Playaz Circle), Paul Wall feat. Slim Thug, Ying Yang feat. Avant, CrimeMob, and D4L had the crowd rocking. The Dirty Awards also honored rappers Eightball and MJG with the Dirty South Legend Award, paying tribute by showing a video of their journey and the presenting “urban legends,” with a one of a kind Dirty Award Goblet. Ludacris and David Banner were also awarded with a humanitarian award for all of their efforts in the community, in both their music and foundations. Sponsored by Dr Pepper, Gilyard Clothing, BMI, DV8 Magazine and others, Radio One awarded some of the most original categories known to date, including Best Gold Grill – Paul Wall; Dirtiest Lyrics – Play - David Banner; Crunkest of the Crunk – Ying Yang Twins and Most Bootlegged CD – Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101- Young Jeezy. There were a number of stars in the building including Mike Vick Quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, Nik from UPN’s America’s Next Top Model, Kim Porter, Jagged Edge, Legendary DJ Edward J, Big Boi and the Dungeon Family, plus so many more. Award winners Trina (Dirty Chick of the Year recipient) and Ciara (Best R&B Female recipient) were unable to attend the show due to prior engagements. The Dirty Awards took place on Monday, November 28, 2005, 7:00pm at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, GA. Log on to to check out photos of the show. See you at the Dirty Awards 2006; it’s going to be sick!!!

n October 3, 1980, Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes launched her first station, WOL-AM, Washington, DC, making history as the nation’s

Radio One, Inc. owns radio stations in Atlanta, Augusta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los

first 24-hour Black Talk format. Ms. Hughes purchased WMMJ-FM, Washington, DC, in 1987 and launched one of the nation’s first Urban Adult Contemporary formats. In 1992, Cathy Hughes expanded her communityfocused broadcast mission to Baltimore by purchasing WWIN-FM and WWIN-AM. In 1995 her company bought a third Washington, DC station, WKYS-FM and shortly thereafter entered the Atlanta market with the purchase of WHTA-FM. In 1997 Cathy Hughes was replaced as CEO and President by her son Alfred Liggins, III who also envisioned great growth potential with a radio broadcast company focused on the Urban market. Together they continued to grow Radio One and in 1999 Cathy Hughes became the first African American woman to head a publicly traded company. Now Radio One, Inc. ( com) is the nation‘s seventh largest radio broadcasting company and the largest radio broadcast company in the world that primarily targets African American and urban listeners.

Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, St. Louis and Washington, DC. Radio One, Inc. ( is the nation‘s seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2003 net broadcast revenue) and the largest company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners. Radio One owns and/or operates 69 radio stations located in 22 urban markets in the world and reaches more than 13 million listeners every week. Radio One is the majority owner of TV One, LLC, an AfricanAmerican targeted cable network, which is a joint venture with Comcast Corporation and DIRECTV. Additionally, Radio One programs “XM 169 The POWER” on XM Satellite Radio and owns 51% of the common stock of Reach Media, Inc. (, owner of the Tom Joyner Morning Show and other businesses associated with Tom Joyner, a leading urban media personality.


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Mary Catherine Sneed Radio One / COO Executive Producer

Marsha D. Meadows Radio One/ VP of Marketing Event Planner/Organizer, Show Production & Imaging

Darryl Huckaby Radio One/ VP of Operations Russ Parr Morning Show Talent Coordination

Ravi Shelton Radio One / Executive Assistant to COO Event & Talent Coordination & Hospitality

Tonya Clackum HOT 107.9 / Morning Show Talent Coordination

Jerry Rupert HOT 107.9 /Program Director Show Production and Talent Coordination

Lori Hall Radio One Atlanta/ Creative Marketing Director Event Coordination, Volunteer Director and Hospitality

Coriya Burns Radio One Atlanta/ Account Executive Sponsorships, Event Coordination & Hospitality

Akini Hot 107.9 Morning Show Talent Coordination

Rashan Ali Hot 107.9 Morning Show Show Co-Writer , Creative Committee & Red Carpet

CJ Hot 107.9 Morning Show Show Co- Writer, Creative Committee & Red Carpet

1st Annual Dirty Awards Event Organizing Committee DJ Trauma Radio One Mixer Imaging and Creative

Latoya Dixson & Tahira Wright The Platinum Dynasty PR/ Media Organizers, Red Carpet & Hospitality

Griff Hot 107.9 Morning Show Show Co-Writer & Creative Committee

Ramona Debreaux Hot 107.9 Music Director & On-Air Personality Talent Coordination

DJ Dock Radio One Mixer & Production Director Imaging & Creative Committee

Jason Staten & Devaughn Houghson Digital Soul Event Imaging, Video Production & Technical Directors

Maya Table - Two 8 Counts Choreography


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Catherine Liggins Hughes (Founder & Chairperson) Cathy Hughes is the founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc. Radio One, Inc. is notable for many reasons. First of all, Radio One, Inc. is the largest African American owned and operated broadcast-company in the nation. It is also the first African American company in radio history to dominate several major markets simultaneously and possesses the first woman-owned radio station to rank #1 in any major market. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Hughes moved to Washington, D.C. in 1971 and became a lecturer in the newly established School of Communications at Howard University. She entered radio in 1973 as general sales manager at WHUR, Howard University Radio. Under her guidance, station revenue increased from $250,000 to $3 million in her first year. In 1975, Hughes became the first

female vice president and general manager of a station in the nation’s capital and created the format known as the „Quiet Storm“ -- the most listened to nighttime radio format, heard in over 50 markets nationally. Purchasing her first station in 1980, WOL-AM (D.C.), Cathy Hughes pioneered yet another innovative format -- “24 hour Talk from a Black Perspective.” With the theme, „Information is Power,“ WOL is the most listened to talk radio in the nation’s capital. In 1995, Radio One purchased WKYS in Washington, D.C. for $40 million -- the largest transaction between two Black companies in broadcasting history. In May of 1999, Cathy Hughes and her son Alfred Liggins (President & CEO) took their company public. Hughes made history again by becoming the first African American woman with a company on the stock exchange. Radio One’s value is currently in excess of $2 billion dollars. In 2000, Black Enterprise named Radio One, “Company of the Year”, Fortune rated it one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”, and Radio One was inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame. Radio One is recognized for its intense community involvement. Community Involvement is the trademark of Cathy Hughes. Her pioneering work has led to numerous recognitions, including: “100 Who Have Changed the World” by Essence, “100 Most Powerful and Influential

of Programmer/Consultant for COX Broadcasting’s WSB/ AM and FM.

Mary Catherine Sneed (Chief Operating Officer) Mary Catherine Sneed has been Radio One‘s Chief Operating Officer since January 1998. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, she graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Languages and Education. After receiving her degree, she launched her career in radio as Program Director of WSM/AM and FM in Nashville, Tennessee. Her next challenge led her to Atlanta where she accepted the position

Ms. Sneed continued to expand her career as a programming consultant for numerous radio stations across the nation including markets such as; Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta and San Antonio. After working with DKM Broadcasting as the Vice President of Operations, the company was acquired by Summit Communications. Ms. Sneed was named the Vice President of Operations with Summit Communications, pre-deregulation’s largest urban radio operator. While with Summit Communications, Mary Catherine was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Radio Division. In this capacity she was responsible for overseeing such radio stations as WVEE/ Atlanta, WRKS/New York, WXYZ/Baltimore and KJMZ/ Dallas.

Persons” by Regardies and Washingtonian, “20 Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink and “10 Most Powerful Women in Black America” by Ebony. The Washington Post ultimately recognizes her as “The Voice of the Black Community”. Her stations reach over 18 million Black listeners daily. Hughes’ dedication to minority communities, entrepreneurial spirit, and mentoring of women are manifested in every aspect of her work and life. This is evidenced by her numerous awards she has been honored with, such as, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Area Broadcasters Association, The Seventh Congressional District Humanitarian Award, the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award, the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington’s Silver Medal Award, the highly coveted Golden Mike Award from the Broadcasters’ Foundation, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and a 2002 Essence Magazine Award. Radio One’s newest venture, TV One, Inc. launched on January 19, 2004 in partnership with Comcast, the nation’s largest pay- television provider. Radio One, Inc. carries on to thrive, grow and be a leader in its industry. The foundation of Radio One, Inc. continues to be the spirit and heart of the independent spirit that launched it, Cathy Hughes.

joined Radio One, Inc. as Vice President and General Manager of its Atlanta, Georgia operation. She launched Atlanta’s first Hip Hop formatted station, WHTA-FM/HOT 97.5 and in 1997 introduced WAMJ-FM/MAGIC 107.5. Mary Catherine Sneed was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Radio One, Inc. in 1997. As the Chief Operating Officer Ms. Sneed handles operational issues for the company. Radio One, Inc. is the nation’s largest radio broadcasting company primarily targeting African American and urban listeners. The company is comprised of sixty-three stations in twenty-two markets across the country. Mary Catherine Sneed continues to bring her expertise to new markets and introduce innovative programming.

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the skills she would need to help her succeed at reaching her goal of moving up in both departments.

Marsha Meadows (VP of Marketing) Marsha D. Meadows was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. She is a graduate of Westover High School in Albany and Georgia State University with a degree in Marketing. She began her career in radio as an intern in 1997 at then, HOT 97.5 in Atlanta, GA. Her hard work and dedication led to a new position as Special Projects Coordinator for HOT 97.5 Marsha continued to pursue challenge and was granted with the title and responsibilities of Programming Assistant. Working in both promotions and programming, Marsha had big dreams. Determined to make her mark in Atlanta, she worked long days and nights to learn

Marsha continued to take on new responsibilities whenever she found them. In 1998, Marsha was given a position as weekend announcer, “M&M” The Sweetest Thing on Ya Radio, while still maintaining her positions as Special Projects Coordinator and Programming Assistant. On her way to higher success she was later promoted from

ironically the same internship program that paved the way for her. Marsha held down the position of Promotions Director and On-Air Personality for 2 ½ years. In 2002 she fulfilled one of her goals and was promoted to Radio One Corporate, as the National Director of Urban Promotions for Radio One and the right hand to Radio One COO, Mary Catherine Sneed. In 2003 “M&M” resigned from her onair duties and in March of 2005, Marsha was promoted to VP of Marketing.

Programming Assistant to Music Director and was given a full time on-air shift from 10p -2a every night in 1999. Later in the same year she was promoted to, Promotions Director for HOT 107.9. As Promotions Director, she was

Marsha has accomplished many goals in her short career in Radio. However, she is still aiming high to continually challenge herself and meet new goals. She continues

very involved in the community, with a passion for helping children and young adults. Marsha could always be seen speaking at a school, taking kids back to school shopping and various other activities and initiatives. Maintaining two high profile jobs at the same time was extremely challenging, but Marsha was up for it. As the Promotions Director of HOT 107.9, she was in charge of street hits, marketing campaigns, on-air promotions/giveaways, community involvement, special events and

Manager, Local Sales Manager and finally, National Sales Manager. Brown went on to become the President and General Manager of WPEG-FM, WBAV-FM and WGIV-AM in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this new role, Brown increased sales for the radio stations by educating advertisers on the significance of the Black Consumer’s purchasing power. The company was purchased by CBS in 1998.

Wayne K. Brown (Vice President / Regional Manager) Wayne K. Brown is the Regional Manager and Vice President at Radio One, Inc. Brown is a native of Washington, D.C. He graduated from the Newhouse School of Communications as Syracuse University. In 1978, Brown first started his career with CBS as a security guard. After 3 ½ years of successful work, Brown was quickly promoted to Sales Analyst for the CBS Television Network. Brown was then hired as an Account Executive for CBS’ flagship radio station, WCBS News Radio 88. At the Infinity/CBS radio division, Brown held several positions. For thirteen years, he served as General Sales

to work fulltime on her marketing firm, M2 Media, Travel Agency-M2 Travel or and Marsha’s Angels Foundation, which benefits orphans and underprivileged children around the world. Marsha is also an author and pens a quarterly column in Gospel Truth Magazine entitled, “The Spirit of Hip Hop.” This multitalented multitasker continues to amaze everyone in the industry with her relentless energy and ambition.

munications industry. Brown is also active in industry organizations and is on the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) Board of Directors. He is also on the Board of Directors and Radio Chair of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters. Brown and his wife, Neysa, have a fourteen-year-old son, Dylan, and a twelve-year-old son, Drew.

Continuing to pursue new challenges, Brown joined the highly successful Radio One, Inc., as the Vice President and Regional Manager of the Charlotte, North Carolina markets, WQNC-FM and WPZS-FM and the Atlanta markets, WJZZ-FM, WHTA-FM, WPZE-FM and WAMJ-FM. In this role, Brown oversees the operations of the Charlotte station. He also assumes the responsibilities of the VP/ General Manager for the Atlanta stations and supervises the day-to-day operations the Atlanta markets. Brown is a very proud Alumni and continues to be very active with the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communications. The Wayne K. Brown Scholarship was established in his name for minority students at the Newhouse School of Communications. Brown hopes to continue to assist talented minorities in joining the com-


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and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism. Rashan has always been active in the broadcasting community. During college, she served as the host for several hip-hop and jazz shows, as well as the main host for entertainment shows on the Fox Affiliate.

Jerry Smokin‘ B (Program Director of Hot 107.9) Jerry Smokin’ B is the program director at Hot 107.9 in Atlanta. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jerry Smokin’ B has worked at eight radio stations nationwide. Jerry is best known for his outstanding commercial production. He also has experience in editing and detailing as a mixer, production manager, air personality and engineer. Jerry loves music, meeting people and entertainment. As the creator of the “Hot Car Phone Check-In” on Hot 97.5 in Atlanta, Jerry encouraged listeners to call into his show during the “5 0’clock Traffic Jam.” This segment quickly became the hottest feature on the station. “I want to make people dance and feel good about themselves when listening to our station,” says Jerry. Smokin’ B has become a household name in the Atlanta market, and is quickly becoming a national name. His syndicated radio show, “The Car Phone Mega Mix” airs in various cities throughout the U.S. Not only does Jerry continue to create innovative programming features for Hot 107.9, he takes the entire radio industry to the next level with originality and commitment. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rashan Ali (The “A“ Team Morning Show Personality, Sports Director & PSA Director) Rashan Ali is a native of Atlanta. After attending Southwest Dekalb High School, she attended Florida A&M University

After graduating, Rashan worked in production for the popular “Countdown to Signing Day” on Fox. She then went on to serve as the music video commissioner for LaFace Records, where she created and produced commercial spots, electronic press kits and visual packages for various artists. The opportunity to work with the “A” Team fulfilled Rashan’s dream of returning and working in her hometown. In addition to Hot 107.9, Rashan can be seen as co-host of “The Bid Whist Party Throw Down” locally on Comcast and Direct-TV. Rashan is also very active in the community and has addressed young girls numerous times for various organizations. Rashan can be heard weekday mornings with the new “A” Team from 6a-10a. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Griff (GriffY2K) (The “A“ Team Morning Show Personality) GRIFF, aka GRIFFY2K, is one of the dynamic personalities on the “A” Team Morning Show. Hailing from Los Angeles, Griff first got his start in radio in November of 1998. Griff loves to make other people laugh, which he brings to Hot 107.9 each morning. Griff also works with various charitable causes, especially focusing on work with children in Detention Centers and Group Homes.

CJ (The “A“ Team Morning Show Personality) CJ is the entertainment co-host for Hot 107.9 and the new “A” Team in the Morning Show. As Atlanta’s sexiest Hip Hop radio personality, she has a wide array of work experience. This southern belle hails from Durham, North Carolina. She is a well-educated entertainment professional and graduated at the top of her class from North Carolina Central with a degree in Psychology. She also received a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Psychological Services from Clark Atlanta University. CJ’s stunning looks have given her the opportunity to work with many entertainment-modeling agencies. She served as the billboard model for Cristal Beer, as well as interviewing greats such as LL Cool J on the red carpet at the Source Awards and MTV Awards. CJ’s hard work and dedication gained her many features previously on the Ryan Cameron Morning Show. Her own segments include “CJ in the Streets”, “CJ’s Critics”, and “C it with CJ”. She can be seen attending movie screenings in New York, as well as working late nights for appearances for Hot 107.9. Not only is CJ soaring in the music industry, she also makes time to give back to the community. She has hosted and planned numerous charitable functions such as the Father Daughter Dance and Celebrity Basketball games for the R. C. Foundation. Check CJ out every weekday morning from 6a-10a. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

GRIFF cites his favorite artist as Fred Hammond, and Luther Vandross and Dick Gregory as the most interesting people he has met. GRIFF says that people would be most surprised to know that he has a serious side, given his comical nature on the morning show. Check GRIFF out every weekday morning from 6a-10a. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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Beyonce‘ Atlanta (The “A“ Team Morning Show Personality) Beyonce Atlanta is one of the radio personalities that make up the “A” Team Morning Show. She hails from Atlanta. She got her start in radio back in 1998. She cites her favorite artists as Jay-Z, T.I. and Outkast. Beyonce also mentions that Suge Knight is the most interesting person she has met. Being the Georgia Peach she is, she loves both the Atlanta Falcons and UGA. Beyonce also encourages all listeners and fans to email her with any questions or comments at You can listen to Beyonce every weekday morning from 6a-10a.

sic Director of Hot 107.9. She hails from Pittsburgh, PA and Springfield, MA. She has been involved with radio since her senior year of high school. She cites Outkast, Common and Alicia Keyes as her favorite artists. In addition to music she loves Combat sports, as well as football and basketball. Her favorite charitable causes are helping abused children and adults, promoting reading and teaching and also promotion Investing and Entrepreneurial Business. You can hear her on radio and television commercials all over the world, as well as, weekdays from 10a-2p and on Saturday from 10a2p on Hot 107.9.

Mizz Shyneka shows the makings of a star and is taking the airways by storm. Her bold and sassy ways provide cool up to date Hip Hop and R&B industry news for the Hot 107.9 Afternoon Drive. Mizz Shyneka was raised in Atlanta, where she started her career in radio. As an intern in 1999, she grasped the fundamentals of radio. Her established relationship with national and local artists, hard work and enthusiasm quickly allowed her to accelerate up the entertainment ladder. She worked with Midday Host Ramona DeBreaux in 1999 as an intern, and now is quickly becoming the most talked about co-host in the ATL.


The question is not when, but where to see Mizz Shyneka, as she is out and about everywhere in Atlanta. If you are trying to check Mizz Shyneka out in person, you can find


her out and about, in Atlanta, mingling and networking among entertainers and celebrities from every industry. You can also find her hosting at the “crunkest” clubs in Atlanta: Thursday nights at Vision and every Sunday night, live on HOT 107.9 at Club Primetime. She also makes monthly community appearances speaking to youth about life, sex, school and work.

Akini The Black Mack (The “A“ Team Morning Show Producer & Personality)

Emperor Searcy (In The Kingdom Host, Mixshow Director of Hot 107.9 & National Mixshow Director of Radio One Inc.)

Akini the Black Mack is part of the dynamic “A” Team Morning show, as well as having his own show on Saturday morning. Akini hails all the way from Georgetown Guyana. He got his start in radio in 1999. In addition to radio, Akini enjoys scouting unsigned local talent. Akini cites KRS-1 as the most interesting person he has met. Definitely check out Akini on weekday mornings, but especially on Saturday morning from 6a-10a when he “wilds out”.

Emperor Searcy is the “In the Kingdom” Host, Mixshow Director of Hot 107.9 and the National Mixshow Director of Radio One, Inc. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Emperor Searcy got his first start in radio in 1994. When he is not producing, Emperor Searcy likes to ride four wheelers. His favorite artist is Donny Hathaway, and he cites Russell Simmons as the most interesting person he has met and Halle Berry as the person he would most like to meet. His favorite charitable cause is helping the homeless.



Mizz Shyneka is the co-host to Emperor Searcy; and you can check her out on “In the Kingdom” from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday though Friday. You can also check her out each and every Sunday evening from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

E.T. the Entertainer (6P - 10P Dirty Boys Personality)

Ramona Debreaux (Midday Host & Music Director of Hot 107.9)

Mizz Shyneka (Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, In The Kingdom Co-Host [Afternoon Drive])

E.T. the Entertainer is one of the Dirty Boys Personalities at Hot 107.9. He is originally from Los Angeles, California. E. T. the Entertainer got his first start in radio in 2001. His interests include music, hip-hop, and dance. His favorite CDs include anything by 2-Pac, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z. When not immersed in music, E. T. the Entertainer enjoys watching vampire movies and hanging out with his red nose pit bull. You can hear E. T. the Entertainer on weekday evenings from 6p-10p.

Ramona “Soul Sista” DeBreaux is the Midday Host and Mu-


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Stix Malone (Late Night Personality & Producer of “In The Lab“ with DJ Nabs & Gangsta Grillz Radio) Stix Malone is the late night personality at Hot 107.9. He also is the producer of “In the Lab” with DJ Nabs and Gangsta Grillz Radio. Stix is originally from Indianapolis, IN and Trenton, NJ. Stix got his first start in radio in 2003, and he was also named “Rookie of the Year.” His favorite artist is Jay-Z, and he cites Michael Jordan as the most interesting person he has met. When not working in radio, he enjoys football, basketball and PS2. In fact, Stix challenges all to compete with him in Madden, of which he is a self-proclaimed champion. Stix can be heard on weekdays from 2a6a.

E4 Real (Monday - Thursday 10PM - 2AM Personality)

DJ Will (Hot 107.9 Mixer)

E4 Real hails from Savanna, IL. E4 Real got his first start in radio in 1998. His favorite artist is Anthony Hamilton. When he is not working, he enjoys sleeping. He is happily married and cites his wife as the most interesting person he has ever met. He encourages realism in everything he does and to always stay true to yourself and speak the facts. E4 Real can be heard with dosages of realism on Monday through Thursday from 10p-2a on Hot 107.9.

Willie Williams, aka, DJ Will is a Mixer at Hot 107.9. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. DJ Will got his first start in radio in 1999. Dr. Dre is his favorite artist, and also the person he would most like to meet. He cites Jay-Z as the most interesting person he has met. Outside of music, DJ Will enjoys football and baseball. He also enjoys eating “soul food”. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



DJ Trauma (Hot 107.9 Mixer) DJ DOC (Personality & Hot 107.9 Mixer)

Dante‘ the Redd Dread (DJ Redd) (Personality) Dante’ the Redd Dread (DJ Redd) hails from New York. He got his first start in radio 1996. His favorite artist is Yolanda Adams. He also cites Stevie Wonder and Magic Johnson as the most interesting people he has met and Oprah Winfrey as the person he would most like to meet. When not on air, he enjoys basketball, football and dancing. DJ Redd also cites the NAACP, Feed the Hungry, the Red Cross and UNICEF as his favorite charitable causes. DJ Redd can be heard on Saturdays and Sundays from 2a to 6a on Hot 107.9.

DJ Doc is Hot 107.9 Mixer and Personality. He is originally from Brooklyn, NY. DJ Doc got his first start in radio in 1993. His favorite artists are Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder. His hobbies outside of music include all things movies. DJ Doc cites Pulp Fiction, the Star Wars Trilogy and Casablanca as his favorite movies. His favorite charitable causes are ones that work with AIDS Education and the plight of Africa. DJ Doc also mentions an interesting fact you would never know is that he is a single, loving and devoted father of four.

DJ Trauma is a Mixer at Hot 107.9. He is originally from New York. DJ Trauma got his first start in radio in 1999. His favorite artist is Jay-Z. He cites Stevie Wonder as the most interesting person he has met, and Halle Berry as the person he would most like to meet. Outside of music, DJ Trauma enjoys tennis, basketball, cooking and Mexican Food. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------




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King Arthur (Hot 107.9 Mixer)

Atlanta’s hottest nightclubs, The Mark. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

King Arthur is a Mixer at Hot 107.9. He is originally from Los Angeles, California. He got his start in radio in 1993. His favorite artists are Dr. Dre, B.I.G., 2 Pac and Earth, Wind and Fire. He cites Chuck D as the most interesting person he has met, and Janet Jackson as the person he would most like to meet. Outside of music, he enjoys riding roller coasters. The cause he most believes in is “Doing Good in the Hood”. King Arthur is happily married. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DJ King Solomon

CoCo Brother (The Spirit of Hip Hop) Cory Condrey, aka CoCo Brother, got his first start in radio in 1995. CoCo Brother first started as an intern at Hot 97, putting in 60 hours a week. CoCo Brother learned as an intern that the key to success in life was being humble. For CoCo Brother, one of the most important aspects of being on the mic is serving the community. In life, CoCo Brother assert to keep God first and embrace what God wants you to do with your life, as well as embracing others. Putting out positive

DJ King Solomon has been involved in radio since 2000. He originally hails from Columbus, Georgia. His favorite artists are Jay-Z and himself. He enjoys anything that is R&B. Outside of music, DJ King Solomon enjoys basketball, cars, clothes, video games and life. The causes he believes in are God and equality. DJ King Solomon hopes that everyone in his circle and presence prospers in life.

energy and being the person that people want to be around continues to be part of CoCo Brother’s success. He can be heard on Hot 107.9 on Sunday mornings from 6a-12p.


J-Nicks originally hails from St. Louis. J-Nicks has been involved in radio since he was 18. J-Nicks was notorious in St. Louis for promoting the best parties, which led to his first offer a radio show. After his success on the radio in St. Louis, J-Nicks took his raw talent to BET. He hosted the show, “Rap City,” and was BET’s first non-East coast permanent host. JNicks is a self-professed party boy. Between his radio shows and promoting parties, he sleeps about four hours each night. J-Nicks can be heard on Hot 107.9 weekdays from 6p-10p, as the other half of the duo “Durtty Boyz” along with E. T. the Entertainer.

Ashanti Pettaway Ashanti Pettaway has been involved in radio since 2000. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her favorite artist is Corey Red and she also enjoys classical music. She cites Sylvia Henderson as the most interesting person she has ever met, and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway as the person she would most like to meet. Outside of music, Ashanti enjoys basketball and poetry. The cause she believes in is Jesus, and she says that only what you do for Christ will last.


- by Allyson Wells --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Aphilliates The Aphilliates are the premier DJ association based in Atlanta. The group was established in 2003 after DJ Drama, DJ Sense and DJ Don Cannon decided to join forces. They are all natives of Philadelphia, which inspired their group name. The Aphilliates went on to grow in size to six entrepreneurs, adding DJ Jamad, DJ Ox Banga and DJ Jaycee. Each individual DJ brings their own sense of individual style to present a sound that is universal. The Aphilliates launched their own radio show in September of 2004 on Eminem’s channel, Shade 45. This success led to their own show on Hot 107.9. They can be heard on Saturdays from 8p-10p. In addition to their radio show, they can also be seen hosting and spinning every third Saturday of the month at one of


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Best Gold Grill Paul Wall Crunkest Crib Ludacris (Atlanta Crib) Dirtiest Chick Trina Dirty Boy of The Year TI Dirtiest Video Vixen Ki Toy Johnson Best Whips Baby Best Video Missy Elliott (Loose Control) Dirtiest Lyrics David Banner (Play) Producer of the Year Jazze Pha Producer on Deck Nitty Designer of the Year Gi Gi Hunter Indy Label of the Year Swisha House Most Bootlegged CD Young Jeezy Best Stage Performance Usher DJ of the Year DJ Drama Dirty Song of the Year TI Dirty South Legend Award 8Ball & MJG Best New Dirty Artist Young Jeezy Best Dirty Collabo Soul Sourvivor (Young Jeezy feat. Akon) Humanitarian Award David Banner & Ludacris Best R&B Male Bobby Valentino Best R&B Female Ciara Best Sports Athlete Male Mike Vick (Atlanta Falcons) Best Sports Athlete Female Serena Williams Best Dirty in a Movie Ludacris (Crash) Best R&B Group 112 Andre 3000 Trendsetter Award Farnsworth Bentley Best Magazine Juice Dirty Rep of the Year Lil Jon Best Mixtape Gangsta Grillz Best Club Vision (Atlanta) Crunkest of the Crunk Ying Yang Twins Spirit of Hip Hop Canton Jones Best Rap Group Boyz N Da Hood


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Canton “CJ” Jones knows no limits when it comes to Gospel Music. Not only is he a singer, he is also a songwriter, arranger and a producer. His innate musical abilities give him the appeal to reach any audience. Hailing from Deerfield Beach, Florida, he began singing at the age of five in his church. He also sang in a local quartet group founded by his father. Singing stayed with Canton throughout his upbringing. At Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, Canton was a member of the Morehouse College Glee Club. This Glee Club presented Canton with numerous opportunities, such as singing in the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics.

As a songwriter, he creates stories through songs that all individuals can relate to. As a producer, he is able to mold his music to any genre. From classical to rap, Canton Jones presents a universal package with his performance. Heavy bass, party songs, and bouncy beats wrap up Canton’s unwavering humbleness to God. He attracts listeners with the sounds that accompany teachings of Jesus Christ. With ultimate range, Canton’s songs can be played at the end of a stressful day or out cruising the streets. Most importantly, Canton’s music goes beyond age, gender and race to convey his message of salvation.

Canton Jones is a jack-of-all-trades with his craft. As a singer, his ear is trained to arrange the perfect vocals.

Mr. Del is the Pastor that is changing the face of Holy Hip Hop. As a producer, songwriter and rapper, Mr. Del uses the boldness of Hip Hop to get his message out on the streets. Mr. Del’s Hip Hop combines east coast bounce and southern street with God’s message of righteousness. Mr. Del has always been experimenting with music. As a child he dipped into writing, drumming and spinning. He is also a former member of the platinum selling secular rap group, “Three-Six-Mafia”. He released his

own album under his own independent label. In 2005, he won a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Gospel Album”. Later in 2005, he became a major label artist and signed with EMI Gospel. Mr. Del is also a part of the Holy South Movement. This movement hosts tours featuring Mr. Del and other artists. The ministry is headquartered in Mr. Del’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. This group has also branched out into other areas including Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Canada and

- by Allyson Wells

other areas in the Midwest. He also continues to serve as the pastor of the church he founded, The City of Refuge. Mr. Del uses his music to express his passion for God and people. By traveling extensively and providing personal testimonies, Mr. Del has been a positive force for youth everywhere. His energetic beats and soulful lyrics provide an edgier Holy Hip Hop that audiences have come to love. - by Allyson Wells

Markie J. is a New York Bred and Georgia-based artist who

soulful back vocals, delicate guitar, dance, Caribbean influ-

is bold in his mission to immerse the Gospel message to the streets. A lyricist with tight hip-hop beats, Markie J. offers his audience a window of truth about the harsh world in which we live.

ences, chanting and much more. Markie J. also finds the best vocal talent in the business to help back up his message, including Canton Jones, Ms. Ty Scott and Ricardo Flo of “Platinum Souls”, Elle Roc, Precise, and Todd Bangz to name a few.

Markie J. grew up in Queens, New York enamored with Hip Hop. When he accepted Christ into his life, he wanted to combine the sound he loved with the driving force of love in his life. Markie J. toured nationally with “Young Brothers in Christ” in 1995 before releasing his own debut CD in 1996. Markie J. clearly appreciates all forms of music and combines them all into his music. His albums infuse beats,

Many albums later, a marriage, and new role as a father, Markie J. continues to take his audience on a spiritual journey. Markie J.’s gospel flavor stems from his lack of fear to mix and match influences. Edgy and determined and fused with a blend of music, Markie J.’s message is clear, God’s constant love is the sustaining presence in his life. - by Allyson Wells


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Wise beyond her young years, Shei Atkins is the southern belle of Holy Hip Hop. Atkins combines modern everyday life experiences with God’s message laced over heavy beats and soulful melodies. Hailing from Houston, Texas, Atkins started her career under Destiny’s Child CoFounder, Ann Tillman. Atkins has already received high accolades for her music. She was the Urban Contemporary Gospel Female Artist of the Year at the 2005 Gospel Industry Awards. She also won two THHHAA awards in 2005, for Disc of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. Atkins’ trademark is singing about how to keep God in your personal relationships. From songs about temptation, infidelity, marriage trouble and to basic everyday struggles, Atkins main message is clear: God can give you hope in everyday situations. Atkins hopes to continue to reach people deep inside their souls. She succeeds by focusing on the rhythms and beats as much as her message. Finally, she keeps her sound well rounded by getting back to her traditional roots on hymns such as, “This is My Story” and “Oh How I love Jesus”. Atkins keeps it real by bringing her own personal experience to her music. She was married at the young age of nineteen and has the credibility to talk about marriage and relationships. Her sound and lyrics have not only garnered her praise from the industry, but from other artists as well. Atkins has performed with Mary J. Blige, Avant, The Time, J. Moss, Kirk Franklin, and Tonex, just to name a few. With so much success at such a young age, the music industry eagerly awaits Atkins’ next move. - by Allyson Wells

T-Bone, the Talking Biblical One, is one of the top-selling Christian rap artists. T-Bone gives his audience Christcentered lyrics meshed with lyrical jaunts and fiery rhythms. Hailing from California, T-Bone got his name from being called “Bones” as a child because he was so skinny. When T-Bone gave his life to Christ, he changed the meaning behind his name. “T” stands for Talking and the “B” in Bone stands for Biblical, literally meaning “Talking Biblical One”. T-Bone began rapping at parties and rap battles at the young age of nineteen, where he was discovered. On TBone’s early albums, his main goal was to share his life with his audience. After finding success, T-Bone shifted his focus back to the ultimate message of getting God into the hands of lost souls. T-Bone credits his bilingual heritage for helping him reach a large audience. T-Bone grew up with a Hispanic upbringing and learned both English and Spanish at a young age. To T-Bone, God unites cultures and all are one in the same. T-Bone makes it very clear in his music that people will struggle every day in their lives. Yet, he hopes to offer solutions to these struggles by rapping about how to have a stronger relationship with God. Ultimately, TBone credits God for saving him, and Hip Hop being the tool in which to help reach others. In addition to music, T-Bone has also branched out into films and starred in the Paramount/MTV films feature, “Rumble” with Faison Love and Laila Ali. T-Bone continues to provide the community with lyrics and beats to forge a lasting relationship with God. - by Allyson Wells

Former gang members who have turned their lives over to Jesus, the Gospel Gangstaz have been infusing the message of God’s salvation with Hip Hop since 1989. The Gospel Gangstaz strive to bring Holy Hip Hop to the Gospel community and churches. Mr. Solo, a former Crips gang member, founded the Gospel Gangstaz. Mr. Solo turned his back on the gang lifestyle and over to God when he almost died from gunshot wounds. Mr. Solo grew up in South Central Los Angeles with Gospel Gangstaz member, Chille’ Baby. Chille’ Baby, who was also a former Crips member, forged a relationship with Christ after attending church with Mr. Solo. At their church, Mr. Solo and Chille’ Baby met the last member of their trio, Tik Tokk. Tik Tokk was a former member to the gang, the Bloods, the archrivals of the Crips. The Gospel Gangstaz trio is the ultimate testament to God, as their love for God was stronger than the former world of violence that they once lived in. The Gospel Gangstaz know that they have an important message to get out to people that are trapped in their former world. The Gospel Gangstaz strive to bring their music to the people that need to hear their message the most. Because they have survived terrible times, they hope to bring Christ through street rhymes to save others from the dangerous path they also once traveled. Saving souls through the power of Hip Hop, the Gospel Gangstaz continue to march ahead. - by Allyson Wells


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Michael Render was just a regular dude from Adamsville, Atlanta, Georgia until he became a killer, on the mic that is. Although his maternal grandparents did their best to raise him right, Killer Mike fell into the same drug life that had previously enticed his mother. He eventually decided to rap instead of trap to make a living. Mike linked up with Atlanta’s super duo Outkast, and since then has won a Grammy Award for his role in Outkast’s snappy track “The Whole World”. Collabs with Outkast and other artists, along with tracks from his first album Monster, firmly placed Mike into the Southern-superstar category. Backed by the infamous Dungeon Family, Mike’s 2005 Ghetto Extraordinary is a very well-articulated chronological trip through Mike’s life of poverty in Adamsville. Its first single, “My Chrome”, featuring Big Boi, gives listeners a glimpse into the well-crafted lyrics and tight production that liter the entire album. Mike’s impeccable storytelling and rapping abilities make him a weapon capable of slaying many rappers; a true killer. - by Candis Johnson

The Platinum Brothers have worked with some of the hottest names in the industry. Most recently they lent their platinum magic to the triple threat talent of Jamie Foxx on his anticipated new album. Bringing something to the table with artists on the level of Mary J, Twista, Mya, Nephu, Jahiem, Shortdawg (Russell Simmons new artist), Bone Thugs &Harmony and R&B darling Tyra takes more than just making the occasional hot track. We sat down with the Platinum Brothers, Mike Chesser and Adam Gibbs, to get their opinion on making hits, artists they want to get at and of course the influence of the Dirty South.

DV8: What specifically do each of you bring to a track? And where does the inspiration for a certain sound come from?

DV8: Why do you think the south has such a presence on the music scene today (especially as it relates to the “dirty south“ artists)?

DV8: Name some artists that you haven’t had the opportunity to work with that you’d love to get in the studio with.

Mike: Just listen to the radio, mixtapes. Satellite XM. It’s all southern artists. The south is running the music game right now. The Dirty Awards offers a great opportunity to really showcase and honor these artists and producers that are changing the game.

Mike: We would like to work with T.I., David Banner, Luda & Outkast.. All of these artists bring a different southern energy to hip hop. They have their own style that‘s universal. They follow their own creative process which keeps the music and artistry sounding new.

Adam: It varies on the track. We both produce, arrange, play and write. So there is no certain formula. It just depends on the artist, the day’s events. As far as the inspiration, it can comes from anywhere. But it does make our job easier when we can really vibe with the artist. We like to make sure the artist is involved with the creation of the song. Good music + good artist relations = A SMASH!!!!!

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Nobody symbolizes what it is like to be a woman in the south more than the lovely Whyte Chocolate. She started her career just by driving men crazy in some of the finest men’s establishments in Atlanta and then branched out into a music and modeling career. Backed by a body to die for and looks that could kill, the light-skinned beauty actually began her career as an emcee in Master P’s army. She would later secede from P’s army, but managed to stay in the spotlight. She’s been the principal in videos for Sleepy Brown, Master P and Nelly. It was with Nelly that she would collaborate on one of her most infamous outings, as her and her silhouette stole the show during the filming of Nelly’s “Tip-Drill” video. Looking for some brand new flavor for your ear? No one does it better than newcomer Oowee. His name derives from the ”Dirty South“ and is a slang word describing feelings of great elation, which fits the freshest face in the rap game. At 19 years old, this talented new rapper will be

somebody, I‘m going to handle it.”

kick-starting his career on the How the West was Won tour with the „God Father” of rap Snoop Dogg, with whom he also recorded a track entitled ”Why Cry” from his debut album released in June 2005.

his responsibility as a young person of influence and the importance of giving back.

This ambitious young artist says he is ready for the business. “I feel it depends on how you look at it as a whole,” he says. “If it started in the streets over some crap, I can understand that. If two rappers have a problem with each other putting peoples’ names on records, that sucks. I was never taught to talk or run my mouth about somebody. If I have a problem with

Oowee has a clear picture of how he wants to be looked at — as a real artist and someone, whom has “been there and done that.” He is a young man with a vision and a focus point. He understands

The controversy that the video started, actually served as further fire on an already hot career. You can now see her acting live on stage and preparing an album. - by Mehka

“I was always surrounded by good people who were well-known and respected,” he says. “I mean getting into the music industry really wasn‘t hard for me, because getting into the music industry is about relationships.” We will be hearing a whole lot more from him in the years to come. - by Shayla Mack


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High school friends Slim, Daron, Q, and Mike came together to form one of R&B‘s longest standing groups, 112. Upon hearing about this group of talented youngsters, Puff scooped them up, named them 112 after a well known club in their hometown of Atlanta, and signed them to Bad Boy. It has been almost ten years since the 1996 release of their first album “112“. Over the course of that time, the group has been able to constantly re-invent itself in order to provide fans with a style of R&B that caters to a given time period.

The members of 112 combine their gospel roots with soul and sultry R&B to produce a sound unique to 112. Each member plays a crucial role in the group. Q is the laidback one with the pleading, mellow voice that has become a signature of the group. Outgoing Slim plays up his sexy, playboy image that is so irresistible to the ladies. Daron serves as the group‘s personal producer, while Mike pushes his group members to sing to the best of their abilities.

The group has remained a team and unit throughout the changes it has faced, like switching from Bad Boy to Def Jam. Using passed disappointments as motivation, 112 is making it sensual once again with the 2005 release “Pleasure and Pain“. The group has weaved complex vocals with catchy beats to crank out a project that displays the irony of finding pleasure in pain.

Gucci Mane was “So Icy” this summer with the release of his first album, “Trap House”. Accompanied by fellow rappers Young Jeezy and Boo, Gucci’s summer hit, “So Icy”, debuted at #24 on the Billboard Hot Rap Song Charts, and quickly began heating up the airwaves throughout the A-town, skyrocketing Gucci Mane from an underground sensation to national fame. The only thing that could outshine Gucci is his recent legal troubles. It has become an unfortunate trend for rappers to use crime to sell records and garnish media attention; however, Gucci claims that he is only guilty of self-defense. Before his legal woes, Gucci Mane was just Radric Davis, an aspiring rapper with a flare for poetry. And “Goochie Man” was the nickname bestowed upon Radric’s father, a hustler from Bessemer, Alabama. Gucci’s skills were recognized early by his teachers, and later by those that would become his peers in the rap game. Once shunned for his thick Southern accent, Gucci used it to his advantage, and produced a mesmerizing drone that is the staple of his flow.

- by Candis Johnson

Gucci escaped the constraints of poverty and traded them for an abundance of materialistic treasures. He began to personify the high-class lifestyle that is associated with the name Gucci. Before he was recognized by the nation as being a reputable voice for the South, he graced stages with some of South’s finest like 8Ball, Lil’ Flip, Pastor Troy, Slim Thug, and Young Jeezy. Many Southern rappers tell tales of having to “trap” to survive. Gucci took the trappin’ game to another level by naming his album, “Trap House”, an eighteen-track ode to the streets. Although Gucci’s lyrics fit neatly into the common mold of expensive cars, loose women, big paper, killing, and hustling, he finds a unique, entertaining way to deliver each word. In an interview with Hugo Lunny, Gucci states, “I base my music on my life, what’s going on in my day to day life.” And when asked at the end of the interview if he had any last words, he said, “I’d like to leave them with my company motto - ‘We will be respected’.” - by Candis Johnson


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Cee-Lo’s contribution to the music industry extends far into and beyond the worlds of Hip-Hop and Soul. As a member of Goodie Mob and Atlanta’s own Dungeon Family, the twenty-eight year old Southern-grown family man, brings to us a soulful sound all his own. Cee-Lo Green’s combination of soul and other musical elements influenced by artists such as Curtis Mayfield and Pink Floyd, has made him stand out as a unique entity in the industry. Critical praise for his solo debut album, “Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfection,” has landed him on the Top Ten Albums of the Year lists of many critics including those of the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and Time Out NY. “My contribution always has integrity and substance,” says Cee-Lo. And he brings just that on his sophomore solo album entitled, “Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine,” which features songs written and produced by Cee-Lo, and collaborations with members of The Neptunes, Timbaland, Premier, and Jazze Pha. It is clear that there is never a dull moment in this soulful artist’s creative endeavors. “I’ve achieved ten years in the industry and I intend to be around,” comments Cee-Lo. “Still competing, still a force to be reckoned with, still empowered by music.” Yes, Cee-Lo Green has made a huge impact on Hip-Hop and Soul, and there will be much more to come from this diverse artist. - by Brooke Allen

Meeting in middle school in Atlanta, Sean Paul and J Bo created a friendship and the rap sensation, Youngbloodz. They have continued to produce rap hits since their 1999 debut album “Against the Grain”, which sold over 300,000 copies. “U-Way,” “Shake ‘Em Off” and “85” were songs that contributed to the authentic crunk sound of Atlanta music. They also made a name for themselves with their chart topper, “Damn”, with Lil Jon, which was on their sophomore album, “Drankin’ Patnaz”. This single won them the 2004 Single of the Year and Collaboration award. “Drankin’ Patnaz”

sold over 700,000 sold, which took their career to another level. Youngbloodz with the release of their new album, “Presidential”, plan to reach an even higher level and continue to broadcast their Atlanta flavor. Presidential is not only the name of their album, but it is the status that they are planning to reach. They do not want to just do it big; they want to do it presidential style. They are not only doing it presidential style as rappers, but in other venues, as well. They have created a record label, YBZ Records, and a new production company, GMC

Atlanta‘s Phalon Alexander may be the child of legendary Bar-Kays musician James Alexander, but he‘s better known as super producer and hit maker Jazze Pha. With influence in ATL perhaps second only to Lil‘ Jon, he has crafted tracks for T.I., Field Mob, Nelly, Ludacris, Trick Daddy, Pastor Troy and many others. As an in-house producer for Cash Money Records, he has worked with Big Tymers and Lil‘ Wayne, and currently

Productions. They have also begun to produce a group with Mister Mo from Jim Crow and Ben Hated, who are straight from Birmingham, Ala. Not only have they branched out into higher positions in the music scene, but they even have a Cuban restaurant in the Wyndham Hotel in Midtown Atlanta. Youngbloodz are veterans in the game and are still continuing to represent. With their third album in stores now, they are planning to bypass their past sales and not just do it big, but do it presidential. - by Helsa Irizarry

his Sho‘ Nuff label boasts chart-topping talent, including Ciara and rapper Jody Breeze. This year‘s single „Happy Hour,“ featuring Cee-Lo, introduced Jazze as a solo artist to the charts, and it looks like we‘ll be hearing a lot more from this talented beat maker in the future. - by Ethan Padgett


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With hometown odes like “F.I.L.A.(Forever I Love Atlanta)”, the baby-faced Prince of Crunk, Lil’ Scrappy, makes it no secret as to where he is reppin’ and calling home. Although still very young, this little scrap’s heavy vocals and lyrics are able to surpass those of even the most seasoned rappers. Scrappy possesses an unshakable air of confidence about himself that is quite evident in his rhymes. His 2003 single “Head Bussa” made him a hot commodity, and earned him spots on many artists’ songs, mixtapes, and tours. His chart-topping second single, “No Problem”, put the young star further into the

spotlight where he has become quite comfortable. After the success of The King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present: Lil Scrappy and Trillville in 2004, Scrappy has proceeded to make a name for himself in the rap game, and work on his latest endeavor, Born To Die, Bred To Live. Scrappy is still young, and has plenty of time and room to grow. He has made it quite obvious that he has staying power, and is sure to continue shaming and bussin’ the heads of weak emcees for a long time. - by Candis Johnson

Over the past few years, Georgia‘s own Goodie Mob has seen its share of adversities. Between Khujo‘s near-fatal car wreck, the usual industry woes (Arista dropped them after “World Party” bricked), and two group members (Cee-Lo & Big Gipp) leaving their crew for solo fame, some folks said we might not see Goodie Mob ever again. In that time, three of the four members released 2004‘s solid “One Monkey Don‘t Stop No Show”, and T-Mo and Khujo (with a brand new prosthetic leg) dropped this year’s underrated “Lumberjacks” project. These newer releases prove they still have unmatched lyrical skills and a unique, soulful sound, but lack the chemistry of

classic albums like “Soul Food” and “Still Standing”. Goodie Mob‘s place in the history of Southern rap stands firmly with legends like Geto Boys and UGK. Playing granddad to the styles of modern artists such as David Banner and Kanye West, it could be said that Goodie Mob has done more for the Dirty South (a phrase they popularized on their 1995 single of the same name) than any other group. In February 2005, the announcement came that these legendary ATLiens from East Point, Georgia would reunite for one more album. And while there still ain‘t a release date, I know we can expect another Goodie Mob classic. - by Ethan Padgett

Jagged Edge, which is comprised of identical twin brothers Brian and Brandon Casey, Kyle Norman, and Richard Wingo, is more than just your typical R&B group, they are proven. With four successful albums in their rearview mirror, J.E.’s uncanny flare for releasing powerful music at the perfect time will be put to the test once more when their latest, self-titled album, “Jagged Edge”, hit shelves on November 29, 2005. The Kyle-proclaimed “Godfathers of the R&B Game” have been the leading distributor in reality-written lyrics for close to ten years now. With R&B classics like “Gotta Be”, “Let’s Get Married”, “He Can’t Love You”, and “Walked Outta Heaven” under its belt, Jagged Edge stands triumphant at the top of its genre bridging the gap between raw, hood relationship philosophies and smooth-to-the-touch melodies that are all the group’s own.

When I asked this super group why is Jagged Edge still standing contrary to the end results of many of their R&B counterparts, Brandon replied, “It’s the mutual respect and love that we have for each other that keeps us together. Even though Brian and I know that we write, if he has an idea, I don’t ever be like, I’M A WRITER. I’m going to take his ideas into consideration, and if it’s hot, I’m going expand on his ideas. All around, when it comes to our career; writing, the studio and performances, we all contribute something. The one main thing that keeps me going individually is having them there. We’ve been together since day one. So sometimes having Brian there with me, is like me being by myself. It’s being able to have someone to share this success with that’s important to us.” No matter how the seasons may change, they are still “Jagged Edge”. - by Deshair Foskey


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“I-I-I-I be on that Vicktonite; Straight up on that Vicktonite.” Okay, so I admit it, I write better than I rap. The fact remains that since the start of his professional career, Michael Vick has touched the quarterback position like no other with his magical style, and football fans around the globe have been on it. Defenders throughout the game have learned it’s no hype; he can either use his feet to float like a butterfly, or he can sting like a bumblebee with his electrifying left arm. The Greatest? That remains to be seen, but to paraphrase the words of our elected President of Hip-Hop, “if Vick ain’t the king, he’s the next best thing.” Pro Bowler, perennial team MVP, Baller--stop! Dude has brought new meaning to the word baller with his sick contract. 130 million dollars is the tag to have the hottest player

Greensville, N.C. native, Petey Pablo, seemingly blew up overnight in 2001 with his hit “Raise Up”, which had fans everywhere looking a damn-fool swinging their shirts over their heads and loving it. The hard, southernfried vocals that boomed on this single shocked the nation, and stormed both Billboard’s Top 30 pop singles and Top 10 R&B singles. The nation was wondering what else this N.C., shirtless, ice-less rapper had to say. Unconcerned with creating a flashy or thuggish image for himself, Pablo represented a realistic view of an everyday, stereotypical Southern youth. Pablo has always been interested in various forms of performing arts, and had once aspired to be a singer. After deciding to pursue a rap career, Pablo moved to New York

Mystikal, born Michael Tyler, can claim one of the South’s greatest pre-Lil’ Jon mainstream successes with his ubersmash “Shake Ya Ass” off of his breakout album, Let’s Get Ready. That single was followed by “Danger,” his equally successful second single. The success of those two songs, and Mystikal as a whole, has been fueled by two major factors: boundless charisma and flawless, sprawling production from some of the industry’s behemoths. “Shake Ya Ass” and “Danger” were both produced by the thennew Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo duo, The Neptunes. “Shake Ya Ass” even featured one of Pharrell’s soon-to-be signature falsetto hooks. In addition to Pharrell and Chad, Let’s Get Ready, and his next effort, Tarantula, featured production from Beats by the Pound’s KLC, Rockwilder, OutKast’s production group, Earthtone III, and a thenunknown Scott Storch.

in the game wearing your colors. He’s the highest paid player in the game and why shouldn’t he be, he’s the most electrifying player in the game. It is eerie how he puts many sports enthusiasts in the mindset of the original Michael with his adrenaline-charged play. And unless the history books have gotten amnesia, it should be noted that the original Michael had just as many, if not more, doubters before he silenced them with six. Now, I’m not saying Vick will get six rings, I wouldn’t put that type of pressure on him, but on the same token, once he gets his championship swagger, I wouldn’t be surprised if he got more than six rings. After all, he is wearing the lucky number 7. - by Marshall Dean

where he hooked up with some of the industry’s most recognizable artists and producers, which eventually led to him being given a record deal. Pablo shinned on other artists’ singles, and got his chance to do his own thing on his first album, Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry, with several tracks produced by mega-producer Timbaland. Pablo followed up with his 2004 album, My Diary: 2nd Entry, that included hits like Lil‘ Jon-produced “Freek-a-Leek”. Pablo’s entries have been honest tellings of his inner feelings and desires, opposed to the usual ice-raps. Pablo is willing to spin his shirt around, or do whatever he needs to do to draw attention to his flow and his state. - by Candis Johnson

Unfortunately for Mystikal and his fans, Tarantula will be the budding superstar’s last album for quite some time. On January 16, 2004, Tyler was sentenced to six years in prison for sexual battery against his hairstylist after accusing her of stealing $80,000 worth of checks from him. Tyler forced the woman to perform oral sex and subsequently videotaped the act. Mystikal has since shown remorse for his actions in numerous publications and has paid the victim $350,000 to “try and make up to all involved for the distress”. 2004 did have one bright spot for Mystikal though, the release of Prince of the South, a greatest hits compilation which featured his most recent single “Oochie Pop”. - by Joshua Norris


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Da Backwudz stand in the music industry as two tall, strong trees deeply rooted in a blend of musical genres from various time periods. Having grown up in the heavily wooded Decatur, Georgia, it is no big secret why blood cousins Big Marc and Sho-Nuff decided to name themselves Da Backwudz. This dynamic duo began harvesting their musical talents in the confines of church. Their innovative sound is influenced by Gospel, 70s Soul, classic R&B, PFunk, Rap, and of course Atlanta’s own Crunk. On their first album, Wood Work, they have seemingly effortlessly erased the boundaries that exist between these various genres to produce an eclectic sound that immerses listeners into an ocean of true Hip-Hop. They don’t just jump on a raw track and make a bunch of nonsensical noise. Instead, they have a real purpose and message in the words that ride so smoothly over every beat. Signed to Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records, Da Backwudz serves as the tool that will re-launch the label. Wood Work is blessed by the appearances of artists like Nas, Slim

Bryan “Baby” Williams is one of the South’s two greatest musical entrepreneurs, with Master P being the other. In 1991, he and his brother, Ronald Williams signed a deal with Universal Records to distribute his Cash Money Records label, which helped the former independent venture blossom soon thereafter into one of the South’s first true dynasties. Though he didn’t record a full-fledged solo album until 2003’s Baby aka the #1 Stunna, he had his hands in a plethora of projects before he recorded by himself. He helped push the Hot Boys ( Lil Wayne, Turk, B.G. and Juvenile) to the top of the rap charts on Cash Money and was featured on their classic Guerilla Warfare on the song “I Need a Hot Girl”. Baby also has five albums, including the 2002’s criticallyacclaimed Hood Rich, to his credit as onehalf of the Big Tymers with Cash Money’s in-house producer and unwavering partnerin-rhyme Mannie Fresh by his side. . While most of Cash Money’s albums were featured predominant production by Fresh,

Thug, Killer Mike, Big Gipp, and Bohagon. The production skills of Milwaukee Black, The Execs, Dallas Austin, Mr. DJ, and many more are flawless, and give the album a clear direction and edge. The album’s first single, “You Gonna Luv Me,” produced by multi-platinum producer Milwaukee Black, fuses a sample of the old-school classic, “And I Am Telling You,” sang by Jennifer Holiday, with a jazz-inspired instrumentation and banging bass. This single gained the group national attention, and began to bring their thoughtconscious lyrics to a mainstream audience. These cousins attended separate high schools and ran with separate music groups, but eventually, as fate would have it, came together to share their unique styles and ideas. Since then, they have put together a Hip-Hop masterpiece, been featured on several shows and tours, and have stepped out from amongst the trees into the marvellous sunlight to be seen by all. - by Candis Johnson

Baby’s solo debut took an altogether different approach. The album featured production from Jermaine Dupri, Ruff Ryders’ CEO Swizz Beatz, Jazzy Pha and The Neptunes, who laced Birdman with his infectious single “What Happened to that Boy?”. Baby’s debut was not entirely devoid of Fresh’s production however, as the other half of the Big Tymers contributed the tracks for over half of the album’s massive 22 cuts. 2005 saw Baby release his sophomore effort, Fast Money, which featured the Lil’ Wayne-assisted first single “Neck of the Woods”. Written on the wall of Cash Money Records is a list of ten rules for any artist at the label. The first of these rules reads very simply, “U Can’t Be Baby!” By making a name for himself throughout the industry as a rapper, label executive and an entrepreneur over the years he has proven that proclamation to be undoubtedly true. - by Joshua Norris - Photo by Jonathan Mannion


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Atlanta’s Queen of Crunk, the pint size spit fire, has been laying down verses since the early ninties as a member of the short lived group, Da Kaperz. Signed briefly to Motown Records in the nineties, she, along with her label, D-Lo Entertainment released her debut album independently after the deal with Motown went sour. Never one to slow down, Rasheeda and her label upped the ante by hitting the underground hard and forcing the business side of things to listen to the streets. The disc, featuring guest shots from Kurupt, Pastor Troy, its was her suggestive single, “Vibrate” with Petey Pablo that shot her back into the limelight, and back into the eyes of major labels. - by Mehka

“Hit tha Flo” was the anthem for Alabama and the group, Dirty. Consisting of cousins, Mr. G and Big Pimp. Their first national album, the Universal distributed, “The Pimp and The Gangsta” was one of the first southern records to chart nationally. Despite two stellar follow up albums, the group has been plagued with management and label problems, halting the progress the group has made. Since their first release, the have switched labels twice, from Universal to Rap-a-Lot, still putting out classic southern rap tunes. - by Mehka - Photo by Jonathan Mannion

The platinum sound behind Cash Money Records is striking out on his own. The man behind 25 million records sold and endless hits such as “Ha”, “Bling-Bling”, “Get Your Roll On” and the Grammy nominated “Still Fly” is now striking out on his own with Chubby Boy Productions.

label convinced Mannie to drop “The Mind of Mannie Fresh”, which was a daring mixture of many different styles of music and a departure from the drugs, guns, and violence, but lack of promotion caused the album to not do as well on the charts.

Although he produced over 20 albums under the Cash Money empire, Fresh wasn’t allowed to go out and work with artists that he respected and were offering him heavy price tags for his platinum touch. The split produced no bad blood between Baby and Mannie, it is strictly a business move and a chance to test new waters.

He services are now in heavy demand, he produced “The Greatest” on T.I.’s platinum release “Urban Legend”, Lil’ Flip’s latest single “What It Do” from the forthcoming album “I Need Mine”. He also is producing on Chamillionaire’s “The Sound of Revenge” and producing one-half of B.G.’s upcoming album.

During the height of their success, Cash Money was an unstoppable tank steamrolling the Billboard Charts. Despite the Hot Boys break-up, Fresh continued to churn out hit-after-hit most recently for The Carter, and Baby’s “Birdman” album. Comfortable behind-the-scenes dealing with the music, Mannie didn’t originally want to drop a solo album, but fans and the brass at the

Mannie Fresh has opened up Fresh Rydes, a custom car detail shop, and bought a home in Houston, TX. A new outlook, musical situation, and the freedom to provide that fire to hip hop’s hottest artists equals a winning formula for the N.O.’s best producer. - by Shadeed Eleazer


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From manservant to star in the making, the Atlanta native took fifteen minutes of fame and stretched it out to an hour and half. At one time, he was heavily criticized for perpetuating the stereotypical, “Steppin Fetchit” role for Puff. But that soon faded as the Morehouse graduate began to take himself and his position more serious.

One time fashion consultant, he was able to latch onto P-Diddy to become the symbol of everything wrong with hip-hop and its excesses. The man who pestered Combs until Puff made him part of his team, Bentley took advantage of the lane given to him. In a short time, Fonzworth Bentley went from holding umbrellas over the head of Mr. Diddy while he summered in the south of France, to be-

A star in her own right for years, this video model, turned pin-up darling made her major debut splash rubbing up against Pimp C in Jay-Z’s classic “Big Pimpin” video. Since then, her sillouhette is as recognized trademark as the McDonalds arches. Since the

Jay-Z shot, she has been featured in videos with Sisquo, all the way to N’SYNC. Using videos as her calling card, she has now entered into the realm of femcee. Joining up with longtime producer Ty Fyfe, she has begun work on her debut album. Already re-

2005 has been a year of stepping outside the box for artists. Florida born and raised artist T-Pain definitely is stepping out and making noise through a sound, image, and energetic stage show that separates him from the rest. The moniker T-Pain is actually short for “Tallahassee Pain”, which symbolizes the struggle of growing up in the state capitol. The 20-year old, born Faheem Najm was raised as the middle child of five siblings by entrepreneur parents in Tallahassee. He quickly learned to take situations into his own hands and quickly turned to music. T-Pain built a studio in his bedroom that consisted of keyboard, four-track recorder and beat machine at the age of ten. Although his R&B single is currently smashing the charts, he actually started out on the rap side of things. He joined the rap group Nappy

coming the manager of Puffs tortured group, “Da Band”. Today, you can see Fonzworth still making cameos in videos with Kanye West and commercials with Tommy Hilfiger. - by Mehka

ceiving rave reviews in the underground for her gritty street rhymes combined with killer looks, she is poised to make a strong debut in 2006.

Headz, who had their region on smash with anthems such as “F.L.A.” and “Robbery”. Tired of the R&B music he was hearing on the radio stations in his city, he set out to create his own brand of music that he named “Hard and B”. His new sound only was intended to remain in his home studio but a friend heard the songs and quickly got the word out to 100.7 The Beat radio personality Felisha Foxx who wanted a copy. “Time to Make Love” was soon added to The Beat’s Playlist. T-Pain kept his buzz going with the release of a video for his street record “Fucked Up”, which was the remix to Akon’s smash hit about doing time behind bars “Locked Up”. The song had a huge following, and many fans thought that Akon actually remixed T-Pain’s song. “Fucked Up” turned out to be a great career move as Akon reached out and signed T-

- by Mehka

Pain to Konvict Music. His debut album “Rapper Ternt Sanga” is much more than his smash single “I’m Sprung”. His songwriting skills are on display throughout the whole disc with songs like “Going Through a Lot”, his love for the strip clubs on “I’m in Love With a Stripper”, and “Fly Away”, which goes into detail about the relationship he has with his father. If you happen to catch a T-Pain live performance, you will find that he adds a lot of dancing and interaction with the crowd, and he is not too caught up in his image and hype, in shorthe’s having fun. The singer/ rapper/producer/songwriter T-Pain has a lot more to express through his music, and it looks like he’ll be around for a long time. - by Shadeed Eleazer


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In a world that is so concerned with being politically correct, rappers have become the voice of the people, saying what we are sometimes unable to say. Rapper Maceo spoke for us this summer with his hit, “Ho sit down.“ We have all been in a situation when we‘ve just wanted to tell someone to “go sit down,“ and leave us the hell alone. One would safely assume that a rap album named, „Straight Out Da Pot,“ would be laced with blatant drug connotations; however, the story that Maceo tells on this album does more than just glorify the usage and selling of drugs. Growing up with parents caught up in drugs, Maceo and his siblings had to depend on each other and fend for themselves in the notorious Zone 6 on Atlanta‘s

east side. Out of these experiences grew a 19 year old rapper who has wisdom far beyond his years. Maceo blends his hardships and first hand accounts of the consequences of being involved with drugs, and serves up a senses-dulling dose of reality “Straight Out Da Pot.“ Shortly after being discovered and encouraged to pursue a full-time rap career by the CEO of Quick Flip, Maceo was taking over the Atlanta air waves with his songs “Nextel Chirp“ and “Ho Sit Down“, as well as appearing on several mixtapes. The gruff edginess in his voice reflects the ugly side of the drug life, and his will to overcome it and cook up something better for himself. - by Candis Johnson

Okay, so it seems like “er’ body wanna be the “King of the South”, but in actuality, “they ain’t runnin’ a damn thing but they mouth.” Rapper and reigning King of the South, T.I., is taking reality-based rap to a new level with his crew P$C (Pimp Squad Clique). Big Kuntry, Mac Boney, C-Rod, AK, and T.I. have compiled an album, 25 To Life, that confronts and tests the gansta of “tough” guys worldwide. Their song “I’m a King” from the Hustle and Flow soundtrack earned them a lot of national attention, but their attractive, down-to-Earth personalities and musical talents have made them favorites in the South for years now. These fellas are not just business partners, they are part’nas; true friends from way back that are making money together. The Atlanta-based P$C offers something for a wide variety of liste-

ners on 25 To Life. Of course the album has plenty graphic street lyrics that have become the staple of Southern music, but it also offers slowed Southern grooves that are easy to ride to, songs that displays the world as a place of limitless opportunity for those that make moves, and something sexy for the ladies as well. Artists like Cee-Lo, Lloyd, Young Dro and Young Jeezy lend their talents to help make this compilation one that represents the South to the fullest. P$C tries to teach lessons in songs like their first single, “Set It Out”, warning people about the consequences of cuffin’ a ho. Songs like “It’s Up To You”, encourages people to believe in the fact that they have the power to influence and change the world. This is the very philosophy under which kings are born.

- by Candis Johnson

The prolific Mississippi-born entertainer Nemesi is definitely in the house. He has been involved and collaborated on many successful projects and continues steady progress within the rap commune. It was in Europe that he first explored his passion for music and acting. His first musical endeavors include “Move“ and “What Am I Here For.“ He recorded in 1993 on a T.O.C. project with Annika Klar, Andreas Fischert and Jürgen Herbarth. The same year he wrote and performed “For Your Love.” He continued to tour in Europe and appeared in several music videos. Since his time in the European theatre, Nemesi has been able to successfully merge his passions. While working on a project with Set 4

Life Entertainment, he starred as David in the independent film, “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun”. He also wrote and performed several of the songs for the soundtrack. In addition, he has performed with fellow rappers DJ Smurf and MC Shy-D. More recently, Nemesi and his rap brother Ad have founded the organization, “Mississippi Moneymakers”, which is a focused group of musical talents poised to make impact on the rap scene. Their first compilation album entitled “Mississippi Moneymakers” will be available in January of 2006 followed by individual albums by Nemesi and Ad in February of 2006. - by Maurice Skillern


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Kenton “Joja” Smith and Marlon “D up” Colton have been longtime friends from elementary school days. Both Smith and Colton were born in Atlanta, GA and raised on Atlanta’s West Side. Both guys fell in love with music at very tender ages. For Smith it was when he was in elementary school and for Colton, it has been his life ever since he was able to remember things. Together, Smith and Colton have been through the ins and outs of trying to land major record deals with much dependence on others to put the direction in their careers. In 1998, the duo collaborated with long-time friends Printan Smith and Curtis McCrary and began producing and recording music. Together they formed the label, “Cry-Baby Records” in 1999 under which Smith recorded his first solo rap album and Colton recorded an R&B album. The label was headed up and heavily marketed by McCrary, eventually landing small club gigs in the Atlanta area. Smith and Colton realized that in light of not being able to land the music career that they wanted back then, working with other people has been a tremendous learning experience that they can now benchmark to develop the successful careers that they

yearn. The duo’s positive outlook towards their music career is a huge part of their longevity in the music industry. Colton is very adamant when he say “I guess it wasn’t my time to blow but now that its me putting the direction in my career, I don’t have to depend on anyone but me and I’m going to make it, my time to blow!” Smith share similar sentiments. The duo has since been working full-time as music directors and promotional marketers for the label. Colton believes that with God as the CEO of the production company, the success is bound to ‘blow’ for 2006. The company, TON Productions, in which Smith and Colton serves as Co-CEO and Chairmen, encompasses R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Reggae, and Rock music. At the same time, Smith also runs his own record label, Plugged in Entertainment of which he is Chairman and CEO. “It’s TON Productions, Plugged in Entertainment. Take that! Take that! Can’t stop - won’t stop! Get a piece of the P.I.E. Plugged-in 4 life.” For more information plugged_ or 404.452.4488 - by Narissa Smith

The Nashville Tennessee native, Cruna, is no amateur when it comes to making his presents known on the mic. Growing up singing in his family’s gospel ensemble, no doubt made the art of singing second nature to the young veteran. But, Cruna has come a long way from singing in church to singing in

cing his skills and dreams of a singing career to fellow inmate and childhood friend, Jasper Howard proved to be one of the best career moves the determined artist could have made. Cruna’s friend, Jasper “Jazz” Howard, who is also the founder of Crosstrax Entertainment, would later go on to help Cruna

theme. “I am from the streets and to me a ‘hustler’ is a person that’s going to get up and go and get what he needs in order to live comfortably.” The album touches on many subjects pertaining to hustling. Cruna even portrays to listeners the emotions that are felt from living that lifestyle. Alongside the

arenas. “At 12 or 13 years old, the church seemed boring to me,” explains Cruna. “So, I hit the streets. And the streets led me to the penitentiary.” Although spending eight years in the prison on an aggravated robbery charge, Cruna never lost his

get a major record deal. After being released from prison, Cruna signed with Warner Bros to release his debut album entitled “A Hustlers Love Story.” The soul-inspiring album gives listeners an inside look at the experiences that a hustler encounters. “That’s all I know,”

albums hard-hitting tracks and deep bass lines, the album is sure to be an album that many can relate to. Cruna seems to “keep it real” with the music he makes, which, is what sets him apart as a unique addition to the industry. - by Brooke Allen

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They say a group’s worth is best measured by the sum of its parts. If that is truly the case, count the funk, soul, and jazz-influenced Dungeon Family as one of the South’s most valuable hip-hop groups. Comprised of Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast, Cee-Lo, Khujo, Big Gipp, and the twin production teams of Organized Noize and Earthtone III, along with various others, the Dungeon Family houses some of the most prominent Southern hitmakers in the history of hiphop music.

Throughout the years, the Family’s members have amassed several classic albums including Outkast’s Stankonia, Aquemini, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, and Goodie Mob’s Soul Food. However, Dungeon Family does not solely operate in pieces. In 2001, the group released Even in Darkness, on the heels of the aforementioned Stankonia. That album, with samples from songs such as “Trans Europe Express” and Doug E. Fresh’s old-school classic “The Show” helped give a more new-

age edge to the Dirty South sound. That musical creativity, coupled with the group’s songwriting prowess, helped make Dungeon Family’s first and only album one of the most innovative of the year. With over 20 million albums sold under the group’s collective belt, it is safe to say that Dungeon Family has made an impact well outside the Atlanta city limits. - by Joshua Norris


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Rob Jackson was signed to Arista Records by the legendary star maker LA Reid, worked with Kanye West on his debut album and released a hit single called “Boom, Boom Boom” featuring raptress Lady May. While you

every other artist and I got a hood story, too.” explains Rob. “But that doesn’t have anything to do with what I’m trying to sell you. My story is a rap story; it’s about a cat whose been trying to get into the game for a whi-

while garnering new fans. In addition to putting the platinum touches on his long anticipated album, Rob has been performing on stages across the country alongside the likes of Young Jeezy, Game, Ciara

may not recall his name, Rob Jackson is already a vet in the game. Once courted by Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, but now signed to Blackout Music, the Kentucky-native and Georgia resident is ready to receive the proper respect and credit he is due. “I’m from the hood like

le and working hard at it. My story’s inside the music.” Rob showcased his street-credible lyrics along with his undeniable worldly intellect and gentlemanly charm on the DJ Drama stamped Gangsta Grillz mixtape “Highway Robbery”, satisfying his established audience

and TI, to name a few. With the single “Put Ya Pimpin’ Down” circulating throughout airwaves across the globe and in a hood near you, it won’t be long before this college dropout is back at the head of his class. - by Cecile Kellogg

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North Carolina has witnessed several local artists develop from performing at hole-inthe wall clubs to representing on a national stage from K-Ci and Jo-Jo, Petey Pablo, Little Brother, and most recently Fantasia. Splash Entertainment’s newest artist Lil’ Peedy is taking Charlotte, NC on a ride to hip-hop superstardom. His current single “Poppin N Lockin” has gotten radio airplay in cities such as Jacksonville, Augusta, GA and Corpus Christi, TX. As an independent artist, Lil’ Peedy has a video in rotation on BET Uncut, and has been featured on

What’s Really Hood and Smack DVD Magazines. Peedy describes his sound as “good ol’ down south hip-hop feel good music.” Fans can catch Lil’ Peedy on the upcoming HBCU Tour in a town near you. “North Carolina has a lot of people doin’ their thing, and I respect what they do, but I feel I have the talent to be the next best thing and eventually take over.” Lil’ Peedy has the confidence, track record, and strong management behind him to back up those exact words. - by Shadeed Eleazer

Within the shell of Atlanta lie all the materials to cultivate a beautiful pearl. In 2002, Atlanta produced its most natural pearl - Nivea. She was the voice behind Mystikal‘s “Danger (Been So Long)“, Jagged Edge‘s top 10 single “Don‘t Mess with My Man“, and her hit single featuring R Kelly “Laundromat“. Back from her two-year hiatus, the sweet Atlanta songbird has resurfaced for her sophomore album “Complicated“. Nivea is back and stronger than ever. Writing all but three of her songs on this album, Nivea worked with some of the industry‘s hottest producers including; R Kelly, her husband/producer The Dream, Jermaine Dupri, and Lil‘ Jon. The first single, “Okay“ features Lil‘ John and The Youngbloodz, which became the summer’s club banger and became the unofficial, “Ladies Anthem“. Nivea grew up in a house full of vocalists. Growing up (in a house full of vocalists), Nivea did not want to become a professional singer. That soon chan-

ged. At 18, she signed a deal with Jive Records and shortly after appeared on Mystikal‘s “Danger“. In 2002, Nivea released her self-titled debut, that included the Grammynominated single with Jagged Edge, “Don‘t Mess with my Man“ and “Laundromat“ produced by R Kelly. Having plenty to celebrate with her new baby girl and the release of her sophomore album, this songbird is here to stay. This mommy does not plan to let her fans down and still plans to tour. In the meantime, she plans to perfect her writing skills and looks to achieve longevity in the music industry. While it is rare these days for a pearl to be created naturally, this pearl‘s voice is all-natural and definitely the finest among Atlanta’s home grown. We have not yet seen the best of Nivea and we can only expect bigger and better things to come. - by Candid J. Taylor


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The Horsemen, Majid “Chi” Hasan and Sean “Face” Foote”, together have combined two individual impressive backgrounds to form the most distinguishable duo. Together they have created a sound that sets them apart from the average production albums and packed each track with passion. They also are able to pull the same level of intensity from any artist they work with. Majid Hasan, known as Chi (pronounced SHY) to his close friends and peers took a leap of faith to pursue making his hobby his life’s work. After graduating from college, he had a successful corporate job. However, he could not escape his love for music. Fate positioned Chi to take a chance on following his dreams when he was laid off from work. Finally, Chi was able to immerse himself in making music.

27-year-old Sean “Face” Foote found himself in a similar dilemma as Chi. Even with B.A.’s and a Masters Degree, he could not turn his back on music. He finally decided to pursue his passion and left the world of corporate finance behind. Face set up his own company managing and distributing independent tracks, acts and mixed tapes. Success came quick, as Face became the man capable of making big hits for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Mary J. Blige, Carl Thomas, Twista and Samsaya. Motivated by the freedom music gives them, this ambitious duo make mega original music together. They also are able to take artists to the deepest of their creative depths. They already have accomplished so much, yet they both know the best is still to come. - by Candid J. Taylor

No other rap group in Southern hip-hop history has represented the lifestyle and culture of Texas harder than the “Pope of Port Arthur”, Bun B and, “Sweet James Jones”, Pimp C. While the Geto Boys are credited for putting H-town on the map, UGK is the first group that put the Texas lifestyle onto wax. UGK never set out to make hip-hop records; they made country rap tunes filled with references to the candy paint, slabs, and syrup sippin’ life on the streets of Texas. The Port Arthur, Texas duo started out in the group Four Black Ministers. Two members quit the group, leaving Pimp C and Bun B to form UGK. They recorded a song called “Tell Me Something Good”, which gained radio play and earned the group respect around Port Arthur. UGK acquired a national buzz with their song, “Pocket Full of Stones”, on the Menace to Society soundtrack. The duo signed to Jive in 1992 and dropped Too Hard to Swallow.

UGK’s follow-up effort, Super Tight, made the South take notice, but it wasn’t until 1996’s Ridin’ Dirty hit the streets that UGK became certified legends in the game, going gold with virtually no video or major promotional effort behind them. The group had issues with its record label, but continued to keep its name on the streets by collaborating with Memphis’ Three 6 Mafia on “Sippin’ on Some Syrup”. Jay-Z, a longtime fan of the group, called up Bun and Pimp to join him on the smash single “Big Pimpin’”, which earned the duo a Grammy nomination in 2000. UGK followed up all the hype by dropping 2001’s Dirty Money, which featured guest appearances by Too Short, Big Gipp, Three 6 Mafia, and Jermaine Dupri. At the height of their popularity, it seemed as if UGK could do no wrong. But when Pimp C caught an aggravated assault charge, rumors

began to spread that Bun B was going solo. Bun B’s determination to prove that UGK was down for life fueled the “Free Pimp C Movement”. It started with t-shirts and shout-outs on every album Bun guest appeared on including Trap Muzik, People’s Champ, and Already Platinum, to now having fans and rappers worldwide shoutin’ out, “Free Pimp C!” The influence of UGK can be heard all throughout the South. UGK invented the word “Trill” and transformed it into a lifestyle that is reflected in the music of heavyweights T.I., Paul Wall, Mike Jones, and many, many more. Pimp C is scheduled for parole in the near future. In the meantime, Bun B has released his first solo album to keep fans hungry for the reunion of the inventors of everything trill. - by Shadeed Eleazer


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Hailing from Montgomery, Ala. 334 M.O.B.B. (brothers Supa Star and Sawed-Off) have been honing their musical talents for over a decade; their creative bond can be traced to their father, who formed a gospel group in 1994. Since then, 334 M.O.B.B. has spent nearly every waking moment cultivating their talents as songwriters and producers. Well the time and energy they invested has paid off, and their recently completed deal with Def Jam Records proves they are no longer emerging artists. 334 M.O.B.B.‘s time is here!

There are three brothers waiting to put a new flavor out on the streets. The Soul Charmer Productions team consists of Andre McElroy, Eric Potter and Derek Wright. The trio plans to change the face of the music scene. Bringing a wide variety of musical influences and sounds to the genre by using R&B, Pop, Gospel and Country, the trio is setting trends, and in their words, “doing their best to create original and creative music.”

Supa Star and Sawed-Off are two of the most skilled young artists to arrive on the Hip-hop scene in quite sometime. “We do not want to be pigeonholed as rappers,“ Supa Star says. “We can do it all; from emceeing, production to performing, we will shake things up on the Hip-hop scene.“

“We tailor the songs to the artist,” McElroy says. “We talk about how the song should feel and try to understand the artist’s needs. We really do our homework.”

But 334 M.O.B.B. is no overnight success story, before they signed with Def Jam, Supa Star and Sawed-Off had already set things in motion and canvassed the south via mix tape hosting spots and by working in conjunction with most of the area‘s top DJs. Furthermore, they have already worked with luminaries, such as David Banner and Bone Crusher as they joined forces to work on the heavily remix for 334 M.O.B.B.‘s “I Ain‘t A Killa“. In addition, 334 M.O.B.B. has already performed alongside Outkast, T.I. and Lil John, and they will join Nappy Roots on an upcoming nationwide tour. 334 M.O.B.B. is currently working on their Def Jam debut, which should be released in the spring of 2006.

McElroy grew up on R&B through his father’s band and was heavily influenced by his parents. Their love for music is in his blood and motivates him to be the songwriter, vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist he is today, while Potter‘s deep roots in church bring a wealth of gospel music to the trio. He is no stranger to music due to his family’s abilities to sing, play instruments and write songs. Wright also has a deep passion and brings a more structured music background from his college band days. McElroy and Potter attended the same high school and became good friends. “We would be in the lunch line singing, and the cooks would say who turned on the ra-

With its passionate and introspective songwriting, unique flows and compelling production, 334 M.O.B.B. is destined to emerge as the definitive movement of the Southern streets. - by Erin Semple

dio?“ McElroy says. “Eric and I hear the same musically, our ears are exact.” Wright was introduced to Potter and was impressed by his technical skills and his creative vibe. The trio instantly connected, sharing one common goal — a love and passion for music. “Just being around people who are doing the same thing you are doing gives you a drive inside to do it,” McElroy says. “Any group of people with a common goal will cause each other to go to the next level.” Wright says R&B is now at a stagnant state. “It’s up to us as producers and songwriters to get back to creating quality music,” he says. “I‘m tired of all the ‘bling bling.’ We need to really focus on getting back to creating quality music.“ His team member Potter says he agrees. “I‘m going to try and stretch it and push the envelope a little bit,“ he says. With the ability to adapt and combine previous music generation lovers and the music lovers of today, it is apparent that Soul Charmer Productions will bridge the gap between the baby boomers, the often misunderstood generation x and the future teens of tomorrow. - by Medina Potter


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The H-town music scene is loaded with legends and tradition. Geto Boys and Fat Pat paved the way, UGK represented the lifestyle, DJ Screw created the signature slowed down sound, and Lil’ Flip and the Swisha House pushed Third Coast music nationwide. With a fanbase quickly spreading outside the Houston boundaries, Young Quon is expanding his sound to a nationwide audience with his new CD, Doin’ It Movin’.

Influenced by a wide range of artists from the soul of Bobby Blue Bland, the versatility of Tupac, and the consciousness of Public Enemy, this Texas boy brings a unique blend of music to the table with a powerful voice that immediately draws comparisions to Ceelo of ATL’s Goodie Mob. With diversified sounds, real life lyrics, and a voice that will make you listen, Young Quon is sure to become a household name not just in Houston, but all over.

Quon is no stranger to the music business as witnessed by his collaboration with Bay area legend E-40 on “Daily Bread” which was featured on the movie “Guilty by Association” starring Morgan Freeman. He has also opened for platinum artists Nelly, Trillville, Mystikal, Mack 10, and DJ Quik.

Third Coast born and Texas-raised rapper Twisted Black a.k.a. Tommy Burns drops solo album “The Life Of Tommy Burns”. Black is no rookie to the rap game as he was once a member of a rap duo called “One Gud Cide” in the early 90’s. Promotin for the album were cut short when Black was shot in the face and had to take time off to recuperate. The duo later recorded a second album “Look What The Streets Made”, which sold 10,000 units in less then 30 days and was noticed by Tony Draper and his Suave House Record Label which quickly signed the duo. That project was cut short as well when Black was incarcerated 13 days after they signed the deal. Twisted Black is returning to the game with a new album “The Life of Tommy Burns”. When asked about the new album Black says, “This album I was trying to display as with the title of

“I know that once I get my chance and people hear me, there’s no way I won’t touch people. I’m gonna get your attention off the top. H-town already knows so the world better get ready.“ - by Meredith Parker

the album, my life. My life is so familiar to a bunch of cats, I made a lot of real life songs without getting too personal, but I wanted to make it entertaining, a real southern album but with real stand-up lyrics and shit.” Black also comments on other creative endeavors, “I do want to get into acting because I feel I was always a good liar, but my main love is the music and that’s why I’ve started my own label “Scarred 4 Life Records” I’ve got some artists coming out on the label soon. I’d love to slide into acting, write some plays, just constantly putting to work my creative mind.” Listen to tracks from album “The Life Of Tommy Burns”, with tracks featuring Scarface, BG, and more on distributed by Universal Records. - by Rodrick Harvell


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At age 25, B.G. has done more living than you. Born Christopher Dorsey, B.G. (Baby Gangsta) has seen all the highest of highs and the lowest of lows that the music industry and life have to offer. As a youngster growing up in New Orleans, Dorsey turned to rapping as a childhood pastime. The shock of his father‘s tragic shooting death during a robbery, left B.G. in a daze that led to him dealing marijuana and heroin, and ultimately his addiction to the latter at a very young age. Fortunately for Dorsey, around that same time, upstart record label Cash Money Records was scouting for talent and signed him to a record deal that resulted in the release of his first album, TRU Story, at the tender age of 11. The label not only provided B.G. with a creative outlet for his hobby-turned-talent until he left the label in 2001, it provided him with a new father

1996 was B.G.‘s breakout year. He released his sophomore album, Chopper City in the Ghetto, to regional, and eventually national, acclaim. The effort sold upwards of 100,000 copies independently and has long since been dubbed a Southern classic. The album birthed the single “Bling Bling“, which, along with labelmate Juvenile‘s “Back That Azz Up“, would help catapult Cash Money Records from indie success into the powerhouse it is today. B.G. has recorded nine albums since his debut and continues to stay relevant in the scopes of both Southern and worldwide hip-hop. - by Joshua Norris

figure in Bryan “Baby“ Williams, head of Cash Money.

Webster Gradney Jr., better known as Webbie, is only 20 years old, but has already managed to master the skill of expressing exactly what he is feeling and wants. Webbie made it known that he is not ashamed to voice his demands in a very blatant, up front manner in his hit single, “Gimme That“, featuring Bun B. Webbie first began rapping with his cousins, and used rap as a tool to release some of the pressures he was dealing with during the first few years of his life. One such stressor was the death of his mother, which led to his grandmother and overworked father having to struggle to raise Webbie and his brothers in a ghetto of Baton Rogue, Louisiana. Pimp C eventually recognized this youngin‘s talent and signed him to his Trill Entertainment label. Webbie shined on Trill‘s releases Ghetto Stories and

The A-town just got a little stronger. Reppin the A, and all the true hip-hop veterans, Big Floaty is about to flex his muscle. A new voice, well not so new, is Big Floaty, an A-town veteran, with a past rooted in the “hip-hop” side of the ‘A’. “When I started rappin’, man, niggas in Atlanta wasn’t even rappin’,” recalls Big Floaty. “They was doing that booty-shaking stuff. I came up around the first set of niggas who was really rapping: Outkast, Goodie, we all came from the same clique.” Hailing from Oakland City, he has pride for Atlanta, period. “I came from Oakland City, but my roots came from East Point. Everybody know Oakland City for head-busting just like they know East Point for head-busting..” His freshmen disc, “Here I Stand” promises to give his city an album they can hang their A hats on. “I’m just a creative guy, said Floaty. You throw on a beat, I ain‘t gon never

Gangsta Muzik. His success on these releases and hits “Bad Bitch“ and “Gimme That“, earned him a deal with Asylum/Warner, which offered him the chance to release on a major label. On his first album, Savage Life, Webbie details some of his life experiences, concerns, feelings and desires. This album, which includes performances by Trina, Bun B, B.G., Big Head and Mannie Fresh, vividly describes the savagery of thug life in Baton Rogue. Webbie has stepped to the music industry and is demanding it to give him whatever he wants, either voluntarily, or by way of strongarming tactics. - by Candis Johnson

say, ‘Naw, that ain’t my style.’ I make it fit. I’m versatile.” Being front and center is a new obstacle that Floaty has to hurdle. “Most of my life I been rapping in a group,” Floaty continues. “This my first real solo project. I just wanted to give it my all. I just want everybody to feel Big Floaty.” Ready to break out the shadow cast by rolling with some high profile friends and family (besides his Dungeon connections, he’s blood cousins with Cee-lo) he aims to show the world that there’s more to him than meets the eye. “I don’t be rapping all about that gangsta shit all the time. I grew up with that gangsta shit so it’s gon be heard in my lyrics. But I got depth and concepts man. You listen to the lyrics you gon hear the message.” - by Mehka


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After eight years of experience, DJ Boom Bip is known all over the United States. She has been featured in Trace, URB, HITS, Jezebel, Frank 151 and Tech.Nitions Magazines. Jezebel Magazine voted her one of Atlanta’s Top 5 DJs in April 2000. She has opened for many artists including Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Dwele, Slum Village, Roots, Jazzy Jeff, Outkast, Biz Markie, Noreaga, Scarface, Lil’ Wayne and Dilated Peoples. She has rocked parties in New York City, Dallas, Boston, Las Vegas, St. Louis, San Francisco, Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Seattle and Cleveland. She has been a guest DJ on BET’s Rap City: The Basement twice, toured on BET’s Summer

Southern bred hip-hop pioneer Big-Boi, of the legendary rapduo known to the planet as OutKast, has once again set his sights on revolutionizing the music industry. This time however, Big Boi has chosen to breathe life into his newborn business venture Purple Ribbon Entertainment. While currently boasting a roster that has fresh talent in conjunction with several well seasoned veteran artists, Purple Ribbon is rapidly headed in the direction of being among the elite group of premier music labels currently being pumped from the music powerhouse of Atlanta, Georgia. While each of these artist are able to create and contribute their own distinctive style and flair to the label as a whole, their ability to unite as one to deliver a solid and cohesive sound will truly solidify their position as legitimate hit makers in

Nadji Anthony Jeter has signed with Hot Shot Kids-Teen Agency and Actors Scene in Atlanta. Jeter just turned eight and already has accomplished so much. He performed in New York in July for Usher’s New Look Foundation Gala Event at the Grand Ball Room Capital. SWI Marketing and Consultant Firm and Usher’s Manager and Parent Mrs. Jonnetta Patton or JPat Management chose him. He was born on Oct. 18, 1996 in Atlanta and resides in Alpharetta with his mother, Nadine Antoinette Jeter. He is a born entertainer. In 1998 at the age of 2, he participated in the Atlanta Caribbean Festival with the Virgin Islands Troop Massive Band in Atlanta. Jeter was named Atlanta’s Most Talented Kid for the January 2006 issue of Atlanta Talent Magazine. He was a featured dancer in the first Annual Dirty South Awards Georgia International Convention Center. He has been featured as an opening act For R&B Artist Singer and Actor Marques Houston and The Symmetry Group and as an opening act for the100 Black Men

Road Tour in 2002 and was DJ for the Moet Chandon and Vibe Magazine Urban Fashion Show in 2002. She placed second in the Interscope Records and Tech.Nitions Magazine DJ Battle in Las Vegas in summer of 2002 and was nominated for Best Female DJ: Southern Entertainment Awards 2004. She resides in Atlanta. For booking information, contact DJ Boom Bip at (404) 557 1668 or (678) 612-9681 or visit her Web site at - by Erin Semple

today’s music industry. The first official release from the label is a sensational compilation entitled, Big Boi Presents…Got Purp Vol. II, which features Big Boi, Killer Mike, Bubba Sparxxx, Sleepy Brown, Konkrete, R&B newcomers Scar and Janelle Monae, Goodie Mob, Rock D, Bun-B of UGK and Cool Breeze. While the lead single “Kryptonite”, which Rolling Stone named “Editor’s Singles Pick” is currently blazing charts and radio waves across the country, the follow-up jam “U Got Me!!!” by R&B singer Scar featuring Big Boi, is ready to do the same. Receiving critical acclaim for the albums diversity and production, Billboard summed up the label’s future best by saying it “is a promising look of things to come”. - by Jeron Ward

Organization of Atlanta Classic Football Game. He was featured in R&B Artist T-Payne and AKON Video Production in Atlanta and in Samantha Safari Educational-Industrial Video for Kids in Atlanta. He has also performed with the Atlanta Hawks Mascot, Harry Hawk at center court during the Hawks NBA 2004/2005 season. They performed to “Yeah” by Usher Raymond. He also performed with MC Hammer during the after game concert at the Atlanta Hawks NBA game highlights show at the Phillips Arena, Atlanta. Jeter is the 2005 Winner of the Atlanta Talent Magazine Talented Kid Contest Winner and will be featured in the January 2006 issue of Atlanta Talented Magazine. For the past 4 years, he has volunteered as a youth participate during Hands On Atlanta Day via sponsorship from Verizon Wireless. He participates in several charity events and volunteers to help the homeless in Atlanta. Jeter is also known, as Lil’ Usher in Atlanta, and Usher Raymond is his idol. - by Erin Semple


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DJ Bobby Black is earning himself a name in the ATL.Black grew up in Springfield,

school mix tape at the SEA awards and became a part of The Superfriends in 2003.

Mass., but moved to Atlanta in 1998 and began his music career. He was part of a group called World Premiere, but his love was the turntables.In 2003, he dropped his first mix tape for the All Star weekend. After receiving requests for a new one, he released Spring Bling 03 on Memorial Day weekend. Later he created the mix tape, Down & Dirty Vol. 1. His manager shared this tape with Drama, and a rivalry was created between the two, so Black dropped Down & Dirty Vol. 2 and Down & Dirty Vol. 3 to continue competing with Drama. Down & Dirty Vol. 3 won best rap mix tape at the Southern Entertainment awards. He continued to make more volumes, and the following year Down & Dirty Vol. 7 won mix tape of the Year. He also won best old

After his rise in the ATL, DJ Mars, who is also from Springfield, invited him to be a part of a group including talented DJs such as DJ Shakim, Emperor Searcy, Frank Ski, DJ Trauma and DJ Farenhiet. Black says he looking forward to developing more in Atlanta. He recently became a father and recently released the following mix tapes: DTP Family Affair Mix tape, Down & Dirty Vol. 15 hosted by Trina and Superfriends R The Future hosted by 8-Ball & MJG.

With a name like Bobby Valentino, it is almost expected for this tenderoni to be nothing short of a ladies’ man. Bobby Valentino does an excellent job living up to his name. He has a lot of boyish charm that attracts female fans, but is careful not to overdo his pretty boy image in attempts to appeal to a male audience as well. Having been born in Jackson, Mississippi and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Bobby Valentino has plenty southern hospitality embedded in him, which came in handy when he linked up with Mr. Southern Hospitality himself, Ludacris.

was put together, but was never released. However, these demos reached the Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) camp, and ultimately led to Bobby Valentino being added to the notorious DTP roaster. His smooth, sultry vocals have given DTP a much needed R&B edge. Valentino’s first single, “Slow Down”, from his self titled debut album was a top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, and, as anyone who listens to the radio is well aware of, gained a lot of radio and air play. Valentino accompanied Bow Wow and Omarion on the very successful 2005 Scream 4 Tour.

Valentino was one fourth of the quartet Mista in 1996. Although the group’s single “Blackberry Molasses” was a hit, its album did not earn as much success. Despite the failure of the first, a second album

Bobby Valentino is not just suave and handsome, he is also educated. His degree from Clark Atlanta University proves that one could be intelligent and gorgeous at the same time. Valentino has more to offer than just

- by Erin Semple

sweet melodic lyrics of love, but that is not what keeps his fans wanting more Bobby V. It is his wide range of singing abilities, charisma, and fashion-forward looks that have fans worldwide slowing down to take a listen. - by Candis Johnson


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A star has been born. Born in North Carolina, Rashida Takiya Mason, was raised in a church inspired environment with a heavily influenced musical background. She sang in the “Sunshine Band“ kids choir, and since the age of six her voice has touched the hearts of those who tuned in. Her passion for music and spirituality led her to move to Atlanta 10 years later to pursue a music career. “Music is so powerful that it‘s moving,“ Mason says. “It changes and influences your emotions. It makes you happy, makes you want to cry, takes you places, takes you through your own lows and highs.“ She then began to model and joined a music company in order to develop as an artist. She signed a publishing deal with Warner Chapel and began working with Mya, Jhane and other known artists. Re-constructing an artist to fit a certain image seems like the first thought of an A&R or a conforming label, but she is different. “I‘m 100 percent real,“ Masons says. “God puts me on paths and hurdles. I‘m a soldier, a strong woman with an amazing story to tell for those that want to hear it.“ Acoustic soul, hip-hop and jazz are all genres that best describe her sound. Over the years she‘s been inspired by artists echoed in the history books, such as Lauren Hill and Janet Jackson. Her performances exude an electrifying livelihood to her audiences. She mostly performs with a live band, guitar in hand and microphone to control the flow and focus of the crowd. She‘s rocked many crowds at the hottest venues across Atlanta from Apache Cafe to The Blue Room to 20 Grand. In this world there are followers, leaders, thinkers, movers and shakers, but she is not a follower. She is determined to make her vision known by the world. “I pray that God tells me the right words to say and uses me like a vessel,“ she says. “I want people to know its okay to love. I want to bring that back. Make mothers and daughters, fathers and sons come together.“ Due to her background influences, she‘s been nicknamed “The Flower Girl“. After the growing stage of finding her place as a music artist if you ask what three words best describe her she‘ll say “earthy, spiritual and deep.“ This “mover“ is ready to shake up the world. - by Erin Semple


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November 28 marked the beginning of a new era in the South. The Dirty Awards, „The First Awards Show Dedicated to Southern Artists,“ was held in Atlanta, Ga., and it was a star-studded event featuring the top artists from all over the Southern region. Unlike most award shows that take the fun out of the music, The Dirty Awards was held by the South and for the South to reward the artists that put the South on the map and kept it there to stay. The First Annual Dirty Awards featured live performances from B-5, Crime Mob, D4L, Franchize Boyz, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, DTP and more. Sponsored by Radio One and held at the Georgia International Convention Center, the show was packed and everyone in attendance was on their feet to watch their favorite artist take home a Dirty Award, which was a Player’s Goblet (Pimp Cup). The Dirties featured some categories that stayed true to the Dirty South and its culture. A few of the award nominations were Best Grill, Flyest Crib, Most Bootlegged CD, Crunkest of the Crunk and Best Rides. Hot 107.9 hosts The Dirty Boyz were in the building giving interviews for the listeners around Atlanta, and several television crews and the media were there to capture the action. T-Pain set it off the night with the live performance of his smash hit, “I’m Sprung.” B-5 kept it hot for the ladies with their performance. H-town allstars Slim Thug and Paul Wall went through their catalog of hits, and the entire DTP was in the house and rocked the show. Crime Mob brought the house down with “Knuck if You Buck,” but the performance of the night was D4L, which caused the celebs to dance. They set it off with their lead single that blew them up in Atlanta, and when they went into “Laffy Taffy“, it was out-of-control with the crowd singing along to every word of the song. Big winners included Young Jeezy with Best Collaboration (Soul Survivor with Akon) and Most Bootlegged CD (Gangsta Grillz), Paul Wall (Best Grill), Ludacris (Flyest Crib), Ying Yang Twins (Crunkest of the Crunk) and many, many more. Eightball and MJG were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their legendary career representing Memphis, Tenn. and the entire South. David Banner was honored with Humanitarian of the Year for his Heal the Hood project, which raised significant funds for the victims of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy that affected the Gulf Coast this year. The after party was at Club Visions on Peachtree, and there was definitely a lot of partying to do after celebrating such a good time at the Awards. All in all, a good night and the South definitely represented and put together a great event that will last a long time. - by Shadeed Eleazer


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