3. AYO.! Ciera 4. Major 5. DJ PROOF 6. Juliano 9. Jordan Edward 10. Kid Winter 11. MrGoodgoeshard 12. DBO 13-16. Visual Medicine 17. Florida Boy 21. Msg Management Entertainment Company 23. Smoke Tha Talaban 2
What's good Ayo.! Ciera. Where are you from and what was life like growing up in your city? Ayoooooo what's up, what's up? I am from the best city in the world hands down Lakeland, Fl. I rep a lil bit of the 813 too ya know, I got a lot of fam in the Plant City and Tampa area, but I grew up in the streets of Lakeland. Growing up in Lakeland was actually alright for me. Umm, I was really a good kid until I got linked up with my lil cousin. Yes, my lil cousin put me up on game about the street life. Like how to go out there and get it by any means. To be real Da L lit. People be sleep on us, but we got a lot of heavy hitters where I'm from. I love my city. Lakeland made me.
When did you decide that music was going to be your passion and why? When I was younger I wrote poetry a lot. I loved to write. I never really had no one to express how I felt so I would write. Back when I was like 15 I was walking the streets with my lil cousin and a few other old friends and all they did was freestyle. We were young as hell getting fucked up and freestyling. They would be saying shit that was like relating to what I wrote about in my poems, so it was like, "let me try it". Ever since then it was a wrap. Music has always been around me. All genres. My pops is a DJ from Plant City and going to gigs with him, I seen how music moved the crowd and how they reacted to it. I thought to myself that I want to be able to make a statement like that, so I decided to really get into it. Describe your sound. What do you want your potential fans to hear when they listen to your music?
What music are you currently working on?
My sound? That’s a good ass question. Lol. I can tell you one thing I am not comparable to any artist thus far. I know all artist say this but, I'm different. My style is different. My thought process is different so the way I interpret things in my music might make you think a lil bit. I want people to hear me. Like the real me. Laid back. Lowkey. Free minded Ayo.! Ciera.
I'm really excited about Overlooked Underrated. There will be about 10 songs on there showing my versatility when it comes to this music. Some hype, some tracks will make you think, some tracks you'll be able to relate to. Most of the time I'm on the go, ya know on the road so I wanna make this a project where you can listen to every track without hitting skip. Maybe you might look a few tracks, but never skip. I also have a track called Right Now. HARD AF!!! I can’t wait for yall yo cop the tape to hear it.
Who are some of the producers currently working on your project?
Who are some of the people who influenced you in the music business?
Big E Beats all day. He's A1. I love his work and his drive. He does everything. One stop shop. Also, my boy 7beats outta Cali. I'm still open to working with other producers within the next few weeks for my EP. So, if anybody wanna work I'm down.
To be honest my music influences are mainly Florida artists. There's so many that I can’t name 'em all. Every city in FL got some real spitters!!! Polk and Hillsborough hands down got some of the best rappers to me. Florida got its own lil wave.
What is your definition of Grynd?
Where can our readers and your fans find you online?
Go and get it by any means necessary bottom line. Everybody got they I'm on majority of the social media outlets own struggle and everybody got they own story but when its Grinding FB: Ciera Cortez, TWITTER: @Ayociera1990, IG: @Ayociera90, we almost all on the same thing. Grinding is like a clock, it never stops. Ayo Ciera for YT, Reverb, Soundcloud. Oh, and my email is Hustle. Ambition. Goals. All that. Your grind defines you. Ayocieragottalent@yahoo.com Hmu and lets link. Any Shout outs? Ayyyye shout out to every artist out there trying to get it first and foremost. Shout out to the whole Polk County. Shout out to Tampa. Shout out to the whole Florida movement!!!
Major we appreciate you spending time with us. Give us a background of where you are from? I was born I New Orleans and raised in Mississippi. Over the course of my younger years I moved back and forth between the two. Majority of the time spent was in Mississippi. What inspired you to get in the music business I always knew that whatever I did in life would involve an audience of some sort and I saw how music moved people. To me music has so much power and expression, its integrated in every emotion humans have. At the right time and circumstances, music can inspire people to be great and do great things. I want to be to apart of that process, so I’m inspired to inspire people and I choose to do it thru music. Explain what the music scene is like in your city? Well where I’m from in Mississippi the southern culture is a big influence, but New Orleans bop, Memphis, Texas, and Georgia are our influence but simply put we have a lot of talent in my city/ state, but no knowledge and lack of platforms is prevalent where music is heard so, it’s behind the times. Main stream music runs my city. You've had some tough times with the law in the past. How has that experience made you the artist you are today? You can’t talk about or make relatable anything if you never experienced it or witnessed it. In that aspect you are speaking about your life and your struggles which makes your music more credible because someone who has been through it knows and relates to you. My situations which were different which gave me discipline, focus, determination, and the will With time comes experience and wisdom, and everyday to succeed and that is borderline obsession. life impacts how you express that. I’ve grown from just saying dope bars to adding layers and making my music Who do you look up to in the music business and why? an experience for the listener. I respect Lil Wayne because I grew up where came from and to be on the level he has reached and the creative genius that he has become, is crazy. I respect Banner because he went all in and made it from the Sipp. I respect the guys who are really about their business like Young Dolph and Gucci, they literally turned nothing into something, made What music are you currently working on? millions out of pennies. Twista is a great influence on me and we also share a common bond of The Land. Music is 80 percent business, 10 percent talent, 10 percent luck. Like I’m currently working on a mixtape which will be my Diddy or Dre are my models for the level of business they conduct. If business aint right, first Mixtape so it’s going to be crazy. My single No then you already lost you know. Word is going on there, but by the time I’m finished with the completed version, No Words might not make to the finish line lol. But this project is so dope any track can stand out on its own. How did Get Major Entertainment come to life? Starting music at an early age, explain how your sound has changed throughout the years?
My brother from another, Yeaga, use to come with me to the studio all the time and I told him "you should help me with this" to which he replied "I don’t know anything about music other listening and buying it" I told him "you can learn and we will be learning together cause I don’t Grynd is making no excuses, accepting no losses, only know it all" So I made the music and he researched. Forming your own is the most optimal when setbacks. Doing whatever you do at the highest level trying to secure that bag and keep creative control. So one step at a time Get Major Ent. was you can all the time, until you do whatever at the formed. highest level on the highest level. What is your definition of Grynd?
Where can we find you online? You can find me on Instagram, twitter and soundcloud @getmajorgme and on youtube search Get Major Ent. Outside of that you can find me state to state grinding!
Any Shout outs? Shout out to The Most High first and foremost, my Mother and the fam, my team who does all the behind the scenes, Big House Media Group, Icon Music Ent, Club Godzilla Beat King, Imixrecordings Bruce Bang, Gdot, DJ Sgt. Rock, Ox Films, Hypesouth, Grynd Magazine, and all the artist out here GRYNDIN!!
DJ Proof thanks for spending time with us. Give us a background of where you are from? Born and raised in Miami, Florida from a small community called south Miami about 20 miles west of Miami Beach. When did you know that you wanted to get into production? I was exposed to music at an early age by my mother who always had some 70s and 80s soul music playing around the house plus she sang in church and my uncle who was a local DJ. At this point I fell in love with music and became fascinated with how music in general was made. Of course, like any other kid I first wanted to be an Mc and while in high school I took that route because I thought I was nice but that didn’t last too long (Lol). Once I got to college my roommate happened to be DJ and producer from new jersey who really raised my interest in doing music but at this point from the DJ side. After I finished school and moved back Miami I got more into spinning and perfecting the art form. Fast forward a few years later my cousin who is a huge influence on myself introduced me to sampling machines (Roland sp 505 and sp 404) and showed me how to make beats and that’s how it all started. Talk to us about how the production team "The Overachievers" were created? Talk to us about how the production team "The Overachievers" were created? Through the power social media and mutual artists, we worked with I connected with Beatsmith “Tallen” from Indiana. Because our styles complimented each other and the mutual respect between us we decided to unite as a team calling ourselves “The Overachievers” and went on to release a series of beat tapes called “Boom bap Behavior” Describe the type of production you like to create? Describe the type of production you like to create? I like to call it “soulful boom bap” a combination of soul music with that boom bap head nodding neck snapping seasoning to add to the flavor, like a souled out melody or vibe as the foundation with bass, hard kicks and drums as the icing. foundation with bass, hard kicks and drums as the icing.
Who would you say influenced you in the music business and why? My biggest influences are 9th wonder, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and J Dilla and in my opinion they each had their own unique legendary sound that touched the soul and they each had their own lane which kept them relevant for decades even to this day which is amazing. What is your definition of Grynd? What is your definition of Grynd? Really loving what you do, staying focused, and putting your heart and soul into making it happen. heart and soul into making it happen. Any Shout outs? Any Shout outs? Big ups to all my kings and queens stay focused and do you! Big ups to all my kings and queens stay focused and do you!
What artists are you currently working with? I just finished the super hero inspired album “Heroes for Hire 2” with my brother Ghost of the Machine from Massachusetts with the first single “Esco Said” featuring one of my favorite mc’s Skyzoo being released last month and the album dropping later this year. I also have other projects in the works with Jamil Honesty (Maryland), KaydotFlow (Colorado), Artisan P (Tallahassee) and Mc Thousand (Miami) as well as a few instrumental albums in the near future. What is the biggest lesson you've learned in the music business? What is the biggest lesson you've learned in the music business? Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Where can you be found on social media? Where can you be found on social media? Instagram @djproof305 @djproofbeatz Instagram @djproof305 @djproofbeatz Twitter @djproof305 Twitter @djproof305 Facebook beatzbydjproof
Juliano we appreciate your time. When did you decide that music was something you wanted to get into? Well all my friends kept telling me I was better than some of the rappers out there and my story was realer, so I was like maybe if apply my same hustle to music like I did in the streets I could have a shot! Explain what life was like growing up in your city? Rough and poor, drug infested but I say infected tho it was crazy.... On food stamps and living in my grandmother house, yeah rough & poor. You've been through a lot of different circumstances. How has your experiences shaped you into the artist you are now? I feel my real-life story can structure my music and at the same time help others that's going thru it & tired of the struggle. Explain your sound. What do you want potential fans to hear when they listen to your music? Reality and a warning. The streets arenâ€™t for everybody, its ok for you to like other stuff and still be yourself. What music are you working on now? What music are you working on now?
Who would you say influenced you in the music business? Who would you say influenced you in the music business?
Dope Spot 2 itâ€™s the follow up to my last project, and a few other collaborations.
Jayz and Yo Gotti
Talk to us about how your team The Administration was put together? Brotherhood and hard work.... Nobody's selfish! My manager Tone already had producers he manages plus I had some I was building with & together we just achieve.
What is your definition of Grynd? What is your definition of Grynd? Dedication determination and doing all you can the safest way possible to win or at least maintain and most importantly never giving up or letting anyone discourage you.
Where can we find you on social Media?
Any Shout outs?
You can follow me on Instagram @Julianozone6 and on Twitter @juliano_zone6.
Shout out to the whole world; I wish for peace and unity!
Plugged In Feature: Jordon Edward is leading the pack for R&B in New England An artist and songwriter born in Springfield, Massachusetts Jordon Edward now calls Connecticut home. A popular act on the burgeoning entertainment scene, Jordon is well respected for not only his pen and vocals but his showmanship as well. His unique sound fuses traditional soul and the modern R&B vibe. A home run if you ask anybody in the know. His latest single, Zoned, has been picking up national attention and has many expecting great things as the Summer and Fall hit high gear. His penmanship goes as far back as his early teens.
â€œI was never one to allow myself to be placed in a box. I wanted to perfect my craft from the moment I begun. I want to make timeless music that is significant." - Jordon Edward His reputation with industry insiders is that of being one of the hardest working and consistent recording artists to emerge from New Englandâ€™s in generations.
Well-rounded as an entertainer and a business man, Jordon Edward releases his music independently via nearly every popular and online platform you can access. Follow @iamjordonedward for all future performances, events and content release. WRITTEN BY JASON BOURNE
Kid Winter is an 18-year-old artist from Oak Park, Illinois just walking distance from the Westside of Chicago. His stage name came naturally as he has a baby face and his personality and swag have always been described as cool and fresh, ‘Kid Winter’. He was first introduced to music by his father and has been actively recording for 2 years. Music has always served as a release for Kid Winter as a mechanism to stay calm in the midst of an emotional storm. Kid Winter credits the likes of Chicago heavyweights, Kanye West, Lil Durk & G Herbo as his main influences as their music is a representation of their actual lives and sparks an emotional connection within their listeners. Kid Winter previously released an EP last year titled, ‘Dreams, Pain, & Artwork .5’ which he recorded shortly after graduating High School. Now he is back with the release of a new EP titled, ‘Sour Patch Kid’, inspired by his favorite candy, Sour Patch Kids. The title also is a metaphor to describe peoples first thoughts of Kid Winter. Some people initially describe him as distant but once they get to know him, his vibrant personality is infectious.
‘Sour Patch Kid’ sheds light on good and bad experiences Kid Winter has faced and his thoughts following being misjudged and misunderstood. ‘Sour Patch Kid’ features 8 tracks and is available to stream via Soundcloud with production from BlessEmBless, DBoy, Waremartin, J Stone & Panama Staxx.
Having experienced both sides of Chicago, Kid Winter wishes to bridge the gap and get people to understand that violence is everywhere but so are good people. “Its cool to be yourself, do what you think is right and have fun doing it”. Email: 1KidWinter@gmail.com Instagram @1kidwinter Twitter@1kidwinter Facebook @1kidwinter Soundcloud @1kidwinter Snapchat @youngwinterygz WRITTEN BY LALAA SHEPARD
What's good introduce yourself & tell us where you're from and what was life like growing up in your city? was life like growing up in your city? First off, I'd like to thank everyone involved for allowing me to have this opportunity. My name is Michael Good also known as MrGoodGoesHard owner and operator of Beat Murda Music Group, The 2-6ers Brand clothing line, Good Impressions Vinyl Studio, and the managing partner of Phly Paper Gang. I was born and raised in Fayetteville NC on the Westside (Cliffdale and Rim rd). My upbringing was cool I don't have any over the top gangsta stories to tell. My parents had a little bread, so we were well off. When did you decide that music was going to be your passion and why? why? I found out through trial and error...lol. In my 20's I wanted to be a rapper but as I got older I realized that wasn't where my talent was. I still wanted to be in the Music Industry, so my interests went to the promotional side. After putting campaigns together for different artists, it was suggested I go into business for myself...so I started an indie label and a clothing brand.
What music are you currently working on? Right now, we have "Beat Murda Music Group vol. 3" dropping July 4th on spinrilla. "Phly Paper Gang Allstars vol. 1" in August but our immediate focus are two big projects from Impala GA. The first is "Pull Up" featuring Fayetteville heavyweight Hemi, and "Taught Myself" featuring Juugman aka Yung Ralph who'll be on the next season of Love & Hip Hop.
Talk to us about any brands you are currently involved with? Talk to us about any brands you are currently involved with? Of course, being from Fayetteville, I started The 2-6ers Brand to help turn the original origin of "2-6" (The DOC county code for Cumberland County) into something more positive. I'm trying to infuse pride into the city instead of people committing senseless crimes in hopes of boosting us into the conversation of being one of the toughest cities in NC. I'm also involved in the Phly Paper Gang brand with up and coming artist Yung Nusense that's really doing numbers right now. I'm definitely very proud of both movements.
Where can our readers and your fans find you online? Instagram: @mrgoodgoeshard_ Anything done to better you and your families well-being is my definition Facebook: mrgoodgoesharder Grynd. Twitter: mrgoodgoeshard BeatMurdaMusicGroup@gmail.com BeatMurdaMusicGroup@gmail.com What is your definition of Grynd?
Any Shout Outs? Shout Out Bella Ms Bell Pow Pow
DBO thanks for spending time with us. Give us a background of where you're from and where the name DBO came from? Thanks for having me. I am from Indianapolis, Indiana. My name came from a basketball bet I had when I was a kid. I bet my uncle. My uncle won, and I didn’t pay him. So, from then everyone called me Dbo. I was a big guy. Where did the passion for music come from? Growing up I used to love Aaliyah and I had my mom get me a boom box for my room so I could lock up and listen to music all day. I think it was around Kindergarten or first grade. That's where I remember me first falling in love with music. Describe your sound what do you want potential fans to hear when they listen to your music? My melodies that I am able to create. I want them to hear my story I would like them to understand my pain, my struggle basically I want them to relate. Why is giving back to the community very important to you? Because I came from a poverty-stricken neighborhood. I didn’t like seeing people go through that. I also want to shed positive light and let my fans and community know that you can do any and everything that you would like to do. What music are you currently working on? Right now, where I am at I’m not really doing any recording. No music. Why? I am incarcerated. I got to get home first. However, check out my new single which is sensitive to this subject. Free Da Ahks. I am saying free me until they free me. Who would you say influenced you in the music business and why? JayZ- Everything he was able to do with branding and the messages that he sends through his song. What is your definition of Grynd? Working until you no longer have to introduce yourself. What producers are you currently working with? Buck on the Beat, Geechi, & Baylo Mssey
What can we find you on social media? Instagram: @dbo_rsf_ Facebook: DboROcstar Twitter: @dbo_rsf_ Sound Cloud: dbo33 Youtube: dbo33
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FLORIDA BOY Florida Boy is a growing sensation, buzzing amongst pre-teen, teenage, and young adults alike. Once exposed to the music and his infectious persona, many are instant fans. It was the same as a toddler and young child. He was a hit at family gatherings and wowed his family members with his singing and dancing talents. Having an uncanny ability to sing songs on the radio in sync with the stars, and eventually making up his own songs, it became evident that entertainment was his calling.
Born in the state of Florida, he spent the earlier part of his young life there until a family decision was made to transplant to Atlanta and pursue avenues to showcase his talents and ambition for the stage. He lists the likes of TI, BOB, Drake, and even Usher as some of his musical influences. His talents have evolved and now at the young age of 12 years old, Florida Boy is a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and developing producer, whose abilities continue to grow. These budding talents can be seen on his debut single â€œRollinâ€?, which is being well received by radio programmers, DJs, and consumers.
The single and forthcoming video, capture his boyish charisma and feel good music. He is slated to perform as opening act to major artists, at target dates with radio stations and make additional promotional cameo performances at various skating rinks, high schools, and middle schools on the campaign trail.
The project is backed by Florida label, Buck Game Ent. and Atlanta based resource and distribution firm, UPD. With global distribution and a promotion --marketing campaign spring boarding from the Southeast region and carrying over nationally, Florida Boy invites us all to roll with him this Spring - Summer on his new single "Rollin".
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What's good introduce yourself & tell us where you're from and what was life like growing up in your city? My name is Merrick Goff most ppl call me Lo, Iâ€™m from a small-town call Murrells inlet right outside of Myrtle beach. I had to grew up fast, hanging with my older cousin around our way. It was tough.
When did you decide that music was going to be your passion and why?
Describe your sound. What do you want your potential fans to hear when they listen to your music?
What music are you currently working on?
Southern hip hop. Their way of life express thru their (LGF) music.
Who are some of the producers currently working on your project?
It all starting one night when I pointed Sosalino right direction to open mic event. From there he asks me to help him along the way, since than I learn to love it. I want these boys (LGF) to succeed, I donâ€™t want them to go through what some of us have been through.
Sosalino &(LGF)Loyal Gang Family loyal Sosalino, loyal Gambino, Loyal Flexx, Loyal Leni Coose, Loyal solo da Huncho. Each member also working on a mixtape at this moment.
Jam city studio Deecee is the producer & Finko flames beat maker. Also, just started working with A cookie1600 with the fire beats.
Talk to us about any brands you are currently involved with? Currently involved with loyal gang family, Teamzobbie, bunks2billons, black circle.
What is your definition of Grynd? To help guide and connect.
Where can our readers and your fans find you online? IG: Msg Management Entertainment company.
Any Shout outs? Loyal gang family, OG PI Bunks2billions, (bcfmoneyman) black circle, Fetty Wap 1738, Team Zombie, Yard Gang, Jam City Studio. Shout out Bella, Ms Bell Pow Pow.
Msg Management Entertainment Company
What's going on Smoke Tha Talaban? Explain the origin behind your name? The Origins of Smoke Tha Talaban came from me being a heavy smoker coming up from an early age. Where are you from & what is the music scene like in your city? I’m from originally Aynor area of Horry county but because it’s not a music scene the I relocated to Myrtle Beach back in 2016. Describe your sound? What do you want your fans to hear when they listen to your music?
When did you decide that music was going to become your passion? I decided long ago music was gonna be the career path I was gonna take and be passionate about it. What music are you currently working on? I’m currently working on a new mixtape with artist and producer Blurry $hadez aimed to be released in the fall. Who in the music business influenced you and why? As far as the music business I would have to say I was most influenced by Gucci Mane because of the dedication and battling the system and the way he stayed pushing thru the ups and downs of his career.
Where can we find you on social media? #smokethatalaban at Facebook and twitter my Instagram is Mr.russianpakks (Smoke tha Talaban)on Spotify iTunes Tidal and YouTube
My sound description is trap music and I want my fans to hear my originality and dedication to represent Diversity.
Talk to us about how you linked up with "Zombies" . I ended up linking with the Zombies the summer of 2016 when one of my cousins introduced me to TZM Donatello one of his longtime friends and it was on and popping from there.
What is your definition of Grynd? Grynd to me is staying dedicated regardless of circumstances or obstacles you keep on pushing when because you set you sight on something you want is never going to be easy but the consistency to get it accomplished.
Any Shout outs? I wanna shout out MSG Management, Elephant Money LLC, 808Studios, Swayne Beatz, RawEnt, KimmieKim Ent, LoyalGang,VSM my team of Zombies TeamZombieMode most of all to everyone who support the movement.
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Issue 37 of The Grynd Report features florida artist Florida Boy. Starting his music career at the young age of 12, he is determined to show...
Published on Jul 11, 2018
Issue 37 of The Grynd Report features florida artist Florida Boy. Starting his music career at the young age of 12, he is determined to show...