Makin' it Magazine - Issue #25

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2B Entertainment Brings Authenticity Back 2 Rap!







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#TheFollowUP WHERE ARE THEY NOW??? RECONNECTING WITH MEMBERS AND PAST MAGAZINE FEATURES. Since being featured in Issue 19 (Lil Wayne Cover), YOUNG THUG has taken off with a string of hits that include Stoner, Danny Glover and Life Style. Recently inking a deal with 300, you can find him collaborating with all of the biggest names in the industry from Lil Wayne to TI. Be sure to follow him online at @YoungThug

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Since being featured in the Magazine SKINNIE KINNIE has been back and forth to Atlanta performing. He’s also released two projects “In Da Game” and “In Da Game Overtime”. Now working on his third project “In Da Game 2” which will be hosted by DJ Smallz, he is shooting for a September release while pushing his current single, “Gone”. For more information or to submit beats contact him at or 901.438.0023 | | @Skinnie_Kinnie

Since becoming a Member, J-BLEV has taken advantage every opportunity presented, landing shows in Rochester, NY opening for JadaKiss, K-Camp and Meek Mill with paid flight and Hotel. He was also selected to perform in a showcase for Interscope, Grand Hustle and Motown records where he took first place and won a $500 Grand Prize. Be sure to connect with him at @JBlev

Since being featured in Makin’ It Magazine, JOHN CONTE JR has shifted much of his focus from production to songwriting. Working with other artists, his credits include records for Kid Cuddi, Cassie and Jamie Fox’s “Blame It”. Working with Rodney Jerkins, he also contributed to four songs on the RAGS soundtrack for

Since being featured in the Magazine, LUNEY TUNEZ, picked up a Grammy for his work on Rihanna’s latest project. Relocating to L.A., he’s been in the studio working on a wide array of projects with major artists across genres. Most recently he’s produced “Don’t Shoot” a Michael Brown tribute song by The Game featuring Yo Gotti, Diddy, Rick Ross & others. @LuneyTunezBJ Issue #23 / Feature

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Since being featured in Makin’ It Magazine, Good Life Music’s FRONTSTREET has been touring the country rocking crowds from Dallas to New York City. His single “Ray Allen” hit WorldStar raking in over 2 million views as radio and paid

Nickelodeon which hit #1 on iTunes chart. His most recent placement is Shakira’s “Blame (La La La)” which has taken off internationally and was performed by her at the closing ceremony of this year’s World Cup. Follow him on IG @IAm_Conte

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shows picked up throughout the Southeast. Be sure to keep up with his movement on Twitter and IG at @Frontstree.

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Issue #19 / Cover Feature Since being featured in Makin’ It Magazine, BAMBI’s lipstick gang movement has transcended beyond music landing her roles on the Basketball Wives of LA and more recently a prominent spot in the line up for Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Still working on music and television projects her calendar stays full with appearances. Be sure to follow her on IG at @ADizBambi.

Issue #16 / The Cosign Since being featured in Makin It Magazine, DJ TEKNOLOGY has become a major force at V103. A show producer and mixer, you can catch him spinning on air and at the city’s hottest clubs. Off the air, he’s in the studio producing records for artists. Follow him at @DJTeknology

Issue #15 / Face Card Since being featured in Makin’ It Magazine, MIKE WILL hasn’t really done anything... aside from taking over the industry. As one of urban music’s go-to hitmen, he’s been working with everyone from Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, to Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. Landing a label deal through Interscope for his Eardrummers imprint, the debut single “No Flex Zone”, for his first act, Rae Sremmurd, quickly hit 4 Billboard charts. Recently expanding on his roster with the signing of ATL rap collective Two9, we’ll definitely be seeing more major moves in the months to come. Follow him at @MikeWIllMadeIt

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Independent label, 2B Entertainment, has built a reputation on Atlanta’s underground music scene for finding and cultivating authentic street music. Stepping up as the labels latest franchise player, DGO, is uniquely positioned and prepared to continue that legacy. Born and raised in Atlanta, DGO, represents for the entire city but with a Zone 6 perspective. Attempting to restore some sort of balance to the way Atlanta’s Hip Hop music is represented, he lyrically delivers every aspect of street life, both the ups and the downs. With raw lyrics that emotionally connect with his audience, he passionately articulates the thought processes of the trap and the struggle to escape it. Listening to his music, you quickly understand that his catalog is a personal testimony to overcoming adversity and escaping a life of crime, filled with drug dealing, gang banging, pimping and murder. While some records celebrate the highs, others are more reflective and serve as cautionary tales for listeners to avoid taking the same path.






as Jay-Z, Andre 300, Tupac, Eminem and Notorious B.I.G., he has groomed himself into an exceptional emcee through sheer will and work ethic. Constantly writing, recording and performing, he’s accrued over 300 shows under his belt, gracing stages with artists such as Gucci Mane, Young Ralph, Baby D, Young Thug and most Recently Lil Boosie. Coming a long way from the release of his first official mixtape, “Meet the Connect” hosted by DJ Holiday, DGO is now preparing for his latest project, “D.G.O. Enigma”, which will be hosted by DJ Scream. Expected to be released within the next 30 Days, 2B Entertainment has planned a serious six month promotional campaign for the project which will launch DGO’s highly anticipated return to radio and television. For more information on DGO or or booking inquiries, call 404.604.1204 or email 2bEntertainment@ Be sure to also follow him online at the following:

Twitter: @darealdgo Having always had a passion for music, DGO IG: @dgo_2bent began rapping a little over seven years ago but didn’t begin to start taking it seriously until after the first three years. Inspired by icons such

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Before changing his name to D.G.O., he was known by Scooby Da Great

D.G.O. stands for “Da Great One”

TOMMY GUNNA by K Cannick

“For me, it all started when I was a youngster watching my dad and uncles performing for the block parties in Minneapolis. I knew then, that music was what I wanted to do and that nothing was going to stop me from reaching my goals. I first started experimenting with rapping when I was about 13. It was me and my little brothers, Dedo G and Lil Rod. One of the homeboys from the hood showed us the ins and outs of the freestyling. Next thing you know, I’m in the cafeteria of Kankakee Junior High freestyling for lunch money. Outside of music though, there wasn’t much to do in Kankakee but get into trouble. After getting jumped and nearly killed behind gang related activity, my father thought it would be best for me to go stay with my cousins in Eau Claire, WI. It was a tough adjustment but it was great to be around my cousins who were far more advanced on the music shit than I was. I soaked it all up like a sponge and hit the ground running. Now I’m out here with my Throttle Clan fam and we ready to dominate the game. 2B Entertainment was the”


f you’ve been following Makin’ It Magazine over the past 7 years, you know that we are not ones to run personal narratives or biographical pieces. But in order to properly introduce you to Tommy “Gunna” Watkins, we felt the need to give you a slice of his life to better understand his music and his mission.

other 9 months, his goals are to distribute 20,000 physical copies of the mixtape, start a small tour and ultimately expand his fan base by 10,000 people. Having already received several management offers, he’s looking for the right situation with a manager that can help him best capitalize on opportunities as both an artist and a producer. Until then, he A step back from the con- just plans to keep pushing temporary landscape of forward with promotion independent artists rap- on the D.H.S. (Dropping ping over repetitive pro- Hot Shit) mixtape while duction in pursuit of an working on his album. ever elusive “club hit”, Gunna’s music is more Tommy Gunna is currenta kin to the blues. With ly looking to network and deeply personal themes collaborate with artists in ranging from religion to other markets on records the everyday struggle set and shows. For informaover soulful beats, he aims tion on Beats, Features, to engage his listeners. Bookings, Track SubmisFeaturing artists such as sions or Management SL Jones, ScottyATL and Inquiries please contact Don Trip, his mixtape, Hauntedmuzik@gmail. Dropping Hot Shit, is com or (715) 797-6045. one of those hidden gems You can also reach him tucked away on the indy online at the following: side of Livemixtapes. Twitter: @hauntedmuzik

Hitting the net October Instagram: @tommygunna85 4th of last year the project was not physical released until the beginning of 2014. With plans to push D.G.O’s Real name first and only label D.G.O.Watkins D.G.O. has officially reTommythat “Gunna” the project for at least anis Mark Watkins. has ever signed to. #Loyalty leased 3 mixtapes under 2B Entertainment. Twitter & Instagram: @MakinItMag Makin’ It Magazine | 7


by K Cannick Bred for stardom, Issa comes from a family entrenched in the music business. Growing up in Washington DC, he attended Ujamaa Shule, a Pan African school where he excelled in his studies. Serving 3 terms as Student Government President and Student Ambassador, Issa applied the same work ethic from his studies to his music. At just 10 years old, his burgeoning rap skills would win him $10,000 cash and a trip to California to meet Bow Wow. Going on to be the youngest rapper to ever signed to Jive Records, Issa has since worked with Gucci Mane, Swizz Beatz, Gorilla Zoe, Travis Porter, Drumma Boy, Jacob Latimore and many other notable industry figures. Now signed to Good Life Music Group, he is positioned to take his career to the next level. With his street single “Hundo” turning up clubs and his official single “Breathe” featuring Jacob Latimore and Jacquees, climbing up radio charts, he is consistently booked for paid shows. For more information contact 678.654.2540

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Majoring in computer science, Curtis Fields used technology as a gateway for his artistic expression. Teaching himself to play guitar using his phone, he leveraged the novelty of this unique skill into a record deal with Epic Records. Endlessly working in the studio between performances and television appearances, Curtis is finally closing in on the release of his debut album, slated for first quarter of next year. Sitting with him in the studio as he flipped through songs on a Surface Pro 3, he talked with us about his new partnership with Microsoft while blowing us away record after record. Possessing what seems to be an effortless ability to create intelligent songs that emotionally connect with listeners, Curtis Fields is positioning himself to help usher in a new era of music. Be sure to follow him online at @TheCurtisFields



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DJ Kurupt

DJ Iceberg

KD aka Han D Man

A mixtape Tactician, DJ Kurupt’s skillful planning, production and distribution of his signature Narley series has gained him a global following. A frequently award nominated DJ, he’s appeared on 106 and Park and various mixshows on FM stations spanning from Arkansas to Canada. Handpicked by Def Jam to assemble promotional projects, he’s also worked with artists including Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Ne-yo, T-pain, Pharrell, Jadakiss and more. Averaging over 80K+ views per release on Livemixtapes, he is a tastemaker to connect with. Follow him at @DJKurupt and look out for the chance to submit music for a FREE placement on one of his upcoming releases exclusively at

DJ Iceberg is among Atlanta’s top DJs. As a member of The Academy, you can catch him spinning on Hot 107.9 weekly or breaking records in the city’s premier strip clubs. Having appeared on 106 & Park, he’s also won numerous DJ Awards and been tapped to participate in SxSW’s official DJ Competition. Partnering with DJ Relly Rell, his HipHop TXL series regularly receives over 100K Downloads, which has lead to an exclusive distribution deal with Datpiff. Follow him at @TheDJIceBerg and look out for a chance to submit music for a FREE placement on an upcoming HipHop TXL release only on

A mixtape O.G., KD Da Han D Man, has been rocking clubs and building a brand for well over a decade. As a member of the Core DJs, you can catch KD spinning at some the hottest club events from Atlanta to New York City or his weekly mixshow on Sirius XM on Sundays from 1-2PM. Delivering the hottest new music through his various mixtape series, he is among the most heavily bootlegged DJs in the South East. Be sure to follow him on twitter and instagram at @KDakaHanDMan and look out for the opportunity to submit music for a feature on one of his upcoming mixtape projects exclusively at

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DJ Sean Blu | Augusta, GA

Dj M-Eazy | Baltimore



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When it was announced that Apple was acquiring Beats for $3 Billion, the hip hop blogosphere exploded with talks of Dre being hip hop’s first billionaire. Being the nerd that I am and having followed the acquisitions of tech companies like Instagram and Whatsapp, I understood that there were finer financial intricacies at play than cutting a check for 25% (Dre’s stake in Beats) of $3.2 Billion (The initial Beats sale price to Apple). After the dust settled and the acquisition was complete, Dre’s post-Apple net worth was estimated to be in the neighborhood of $780 Million; leapfrogging him over Hov and Diddy, but still putting him more than $200 Million shy of the billion dollar mark. As inspiration often strikes me, it was a heated debate between two grown @$$ men in the barbershop arguing about another man’s pockets that prompted me to tackle the idea of why Hip Hop has no billionaires. Before I dive into this topic though, I would like to start by clarifying that the phrase “Hip Hop’s first billionaire” doesn’t imply someone that has made a billion dollars from hip hop but instead someone who found success in hip hop and graduated to greater business endeavours. With no further delay, let’s get to the list. 7. Hip Hop is a hustle - In hip hop we promote a culture of hustling instead of business building. We prefer to juug and focus on the quick lick than build lasting success. You can ultimately hustle up a million dollars, but hitting that billion dollar mark takes a little more than finessing. It requires solid business foundations. 6. Hip Hop devalues its most important asset - The true wealth of the music industry has always been in intellectual property; not record sales, tours, etc. It’s the legal monopoly over your masters and brand. Hip hop has devalued the worth of its masters with the constant release of mixtapes and free music. We have moved to a paradigm of “Let me get hot so I can get this show money.” Publishing and the administration of your IP (intellectual property) will bring you in money long after the shows stop. As technology evolves, so do licensing opportunities. 5. Rappers have poor brand value - Another part of intellectual property I mentioned in the last paragraph is Brand. There are few strong brands being built in hip hop. Today’s rappers derive their value from external sources, be it luxury cars, liquors or clothing lines. They freely promote other

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people’s businesses to build brand value by association. That’s part of the reason you can go into walmart and buy a Van Halen or AC/ DC t-shirt and not find a single one for a hip hop group. 4. Lack of Diversification in Investing - We don’t invest outside of Barbecue and Barbershops. OK...not literally, but there are a set of investments that rappers deem “safe”. Rappers start labels, studios, restaurants, nightclubs, real estate and businesses that they’ve seen other rappers succeed with. Hip hop doesn’t invest its money into new sectors such as technology or commodities. All of the hip hop cash kings have seen substantial boosts in their net worth from areas not considered traditional investments for hip hop (Rocawear, Beats by Dre, Ciroc, etc). 3. Market Share Scavengers - At some point these exact situations have happened in hip hop… Someone asks, “He made how much off an energy drink???” and 100 rappers launch energy drinks! Someone asks, “He made how much off headphones???” and 50 Rappers launch headphones. Someone asks, “They made how much off their liquor endorsement???” and 1,000 Rappers launch or endorse liquor brands. Rather than seeking out new and profitable investment opportunities, hip hop has a culture of financial “Biting”. Rappers emulate another rapper’s successful moves, often after the market leader has been determined and the window of opportunity has closed. 2. We’d Rather Look Good Losing Than Look Bad Winning! - Hip hop has developed a culture of excess spawned from poverty. Juvenile said it best on 400 Degreez… “Actin’ like a n---- that aint neva had s---.” Most rappers never achieve success in the music industry because they’d rather spend their budgets looking successful than being successful. The ones that do hit upon success, squander the opportunity to build generational wealth because they spend money flexin’ and keeping up appearances, often returning back to “poverty”. 1. Racism - Ummmm… Up until recently, Hip Hop has been a predominantly black dominated genre of music. Take into account that of the nearly 1200 billionaires on the planet, only 9 are black, and outside of Oprah Winfrey, none are American or have built their fortunes on entertainment. One does not merely build a billion dollar net worth through hard work. Wealth at this level is the result of opportunity and strategic

partnerships. But what happens when those opportunities and partnerships are denied or not offered to you because of your ethnicity or cultural background? Well… You spaz out on your friend Sway. Consider for a second that it was in fact destined for Kanye to transition into fashion becoming the next Ralph Lauren and hip-hop’s first billionaire, but the possibility was snuffed out by an industry that doesn’t respect blacks or hip hop culture. Nike will gladly let Ye design a shoe and use his brand to sell it for exorbitant prices, but it doesn’t deem him valuable enough to let him sit at the table and get a royalty on those sales. Of all the reasons I’ve outlined above, the only one we can’t do anything about is racism. The other six speak solely to the values of hip hop culture. I hope to not just see hip hop’s first billionaire some day but to see the first of many. I hope to see more hustlers evolve into businessmen and place a greater value on finances than flossing. I hope to see more entrepreneurs in the urban market broaden their horizons to investment opportunities beyond hip hop and urban culture, or at least capitalize on opportunities that cater to our culture in new ways. Consider for a second that (a website whose sole purpose was explaining the lyrics of rap music) just raised $40 Million in investment capital, giving it a rumored valuation around $400 Million, but I hadn’t heard of a single rapper investing into the company until last December, when Nas broke the mode with his venture capital firm. Another great example is IDLM, the company behind I know plenty of artists that spend thousands of dollars posting and promoting mixtapes on their website, but not a single one that owns stock in this publicly traded company. So while there is much conversation about whether Dre, Hov or Diddy will be Hip Hop’s first Billionaire, let’s continue to lay a foundation so that whomever it is, is not also the last.

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Written By M Childress

FRANK WILLIS Written By D Dixon

Born in Long Beach, California and raised in the Greater Atlanta area, a young Provost discovered his passion for music at age 13. Over the years, he honed his skills as a Rapper, Producer, Singer and Songwriter while also developing a keen business sense which has served him well. 13 years later as the CEO of Provost International Realty, he is also an Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker, the Chairman of American Estates Inc, President of HitMachine Artist Lab (an Audio and Visual Production Facility), founder of LifeJuice Clothing Company and the youngest owner ever of a Professional or Semi-Professional Basketball team, The Atlanta Aliens.

he also has a few visuals in development to compliment his impending promotional campaign. Trying his hand at acting for the first time, you will also be able to catch Provost alongside Snoop Dogg, Future, Migos, Young Thug, Zaytoven and a host of other industry heavyweights in the upcoming film “Independent Game” executive produced by JT the Bigga Figga.

Currently looking to connect with producers as he works to finish up his project, Provost is open to networking. If you would like more information or have possible performance opportunities please contact him directly using the contact Having made a substantial information provided below. mark as a 26 year old luxury (678) 957-7653 real estate broker and er, Provost now feels the timTwitter: @KingProvost ing is right to give his musical IG: @ProvostforPresident endeavors the attention they deserve. Currently working on the release of a trio of singles,

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Freestyling since the age of eight, South Carolina born Frank Willis is no stranger to the music industry. Now an Atlanta resident, Frank has been hitting the pavement, working to get his sound heard by a wider audience. Having been featured in Soul Magazine, performed on the Hot 97 Summer Jam stage and opened for artists including Yo Gotti, Rocko, and Travis Porter, Frank has built a considerable resume. You can find his

BRINKS LIFE Written By R Brooks

With an organic hip hop style, Brinks Life attributes their passion for music to an inner desire to contribute to the culture they’ve grown up in. This unique duo, Mont Blanc & Naj Mullah, are New York born brothers who now call Atlanta home. Diving into music back in 2009 , the group has already released their first full-length mixtape, “On Camera Off Camera”, and a debut EP, “Industry Tithes.” Both projects are available for

latest release, “The Frank Willis LP”, on Livemixtapes along with his mini-documentary, “I Am Frank Willis”. Enlisting the help of DJ Smallz to host the mixtape, the release has been featured on K100 Radio’s Project Premiere and a Featured Release for #MusicMondayATL. Looking to network and expand his fan base through shows and merchandising opportunities, you can reach him at 678.656.9996 or via email at Underdogmusicgroup02@ Twitter/IG: @Iamfrankwillis

free download on Livemixtapes. You can also catch the video to their latest single, “Good Ol’ Days”, at Working to consistently grow their fan base, the two are looking to set up some A3C performance opportunities while continuing to build relationships with more DJs and Bloggers. For booking and inquiries contact Shariyf Enterprise Lc at 804.436.4470 or Twitter: @Brinkslife Instagram: @Brinkslife @Naj_Mullah, @Itsmontblanc


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Nadine Graham Getting her start as a freelance writer for outlets such as The Source, XXL and Billboard Magazine, Nadine has built her a unique brand dedicated to exposing the best of what’s next in Hip Hop. Her blog,, has served as a springboard for her FreshVision video series and spot on the Day 1 Radio Show. Having interviewed industry power players from Jason Geter (Grand Hustle, Pres) and Zaytoven to industry new comers such as Rich Homie Quan, Metro Boomin and Que, she brings us the freshness on a daily basis. Connect with her at 678. 499.9214

CJ Carter Many talented independent artists will never make the pages of Makin’ It Magazine simply from the way they initially approached our editorial staff. A quality publicist is worth their weight in gold, but increasingly hard to discern from the sea of groupies with email lists that have clogged social media. With a Background in Journalism and communication experience from working at FOX Television, CJ launched the Black Owl Agency to provide comprehensive public relation services to a list of current and former clients that include Adidas, Lil Kim, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Nike, Scott Storch and a host of Television shows. For more information visit www.TheBlackOwlAgency.Com

Arlinda Garrett Radio promotion is often the

Terrell Thomas Introduced to writing at a young

Mic Sic A proficient MC that has worked with

Liby V A few years back, we introduced you to Mike Will in this very same spot and told you he was the next thing smoking. Once again, we’re back to plug you in with what we know to be the future of urban music production. Although relatively new to the industry, Liby V is already being tapped by 3x and 8x Grammy Award winning Artists and Songwriters for his unique production sound. A designer of sonic landscapes, his style has a futuristic yet soulful feel that has artists from Epic, RCA and Sony all itching to get tracks in their inbox. If you missed out on working with Mike Will don’t make the same mistake twice. To purchase beats contact or 678.545.5130

age, Terrell Thomas started penning pieces for his school paper. After connecting with Hip Hop journalists, Biko Baker and Chuck Creekemur, he was inspired to launch his own publication dedicated to covering Hip-Hop, Sports and Politics. While hosting his Get Lifted online radio show, he connected with Brandon Wyche who was just launching Pooling effort, the two teamed up to make HHS87 one of the top online destinations for hip hop and urban culture. Working daily to create original content, he’s interviewed and worked with K Camp, Zaytoven, Don Cannon, DJ Scream, Dwight Howard, Rich Homie Quan and many others. Connect with him at

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producers including Focus (Aftermath) and Tracksmithz (Wu-Tang), Mic Sic has shared stages with artists ranging from 50 Cent to Talib Kweli. Stepping out of his comfort zone as an artist, Mic embarked into the realm of promotions, founding the Bar Exam, one of Atlanta’s premiere Open Mics. Quickly becoming a staple on Atlanta’s hip hop scene, he expanded on the success of the event with the Freestyle Experiment, which creatively merges the art of freestyling with a live band. Always pushing to the next level, he has recently began bringing the two events to different markets and has solidified an official stage for The Bar Exam at this year’s A3C Festival. For more information contact

most expensive piece of an artist’s promotional budget, but the most expensive part of radio promotion is dealing with the wrong person. As founder of Coming Attractions Promotion, Arlinda parlays her years of experience and relationships from holding both regional and national radio positions at major labels into a gateway for breaking independent records. With past and current clients that include TVT, Priority, Virgin and E1 Records, her reputation for getting the job done has deservedly earned her the nickname Queen of Radio. For more information visit or contact 404.886.4650 [Budget Required.]

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh,PA, Miss Money has had a passion for music and entertaining as far back as she can remember. With a work ethic that has landed her opening gigs for artists spanning from Run DMC to Wiz Khalifa,

TITO SOWEGA By M Childress

Born in Delaware but raised in Pelham, GA, rapper, singer and songwriter, Tito Sowega, takes great pride in his small town upbringing. His name, an acronym for the phrase “Too Important To Overlook SouthWest GA”, is a testament to his roots. Having been doing music for over 14 years, he relocated to Atlanta to take his career to the next level. Releasing his debut album, “Mornin Coughee”, on his own independent label, I Am We Ent., Tito has cultivated an organic

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she has a lot of independent accomplishments. Having her music licensed in video games and features in multiple magazines, it wasn’t long before she caught the attention of execs from Warner Brothers Music and independent labels overseas. In 2011, Miss Money was flown to Paris, France where she inked a deal with, independent label, Madison Music. Currently preparing for her next mixtape release, she plans to put a strong three month push behind the project and lead single starting October 11. With music currently spinning on the #1 Hip Hop and R&B station in her hometown, Miss Money is looking to expand her reach. For more information or to reach Miss Money regarding shows and networking opportunities contact the following. 412.606.1795 Twitter: @itsmissmoney IG: @missmoneyofficial

fanbase around his “Freshatarian” brand. The brand has been consistently growing, gaining him shows as far north as Pittsburgh and radio play on K-100, Beatbreak Radio and 89.3FM’s RidinDurtyRadio. Shooting for a late spring release of his Sophomore album, “Top Down In The Summertime”, Tito is excited to collaborate with other talented artists on music and shows. For more information contact (770) 713-4934 or tito.sowega@gmail. com Twitter: @titosowega IG: @tooimportanttooverlook


STUDDY STU by M Childress

Producing is just one of the many talents possessed by previously featured Hip Hop artist, Studdy Stu (aka Stugatti). Seriously pursuing music for just over 6 years, the Rapper/Singer/Songwriter splits his time between Mississippi and Atlanta. His current single “Back At It” has over 16,000 views on WorldStarHipHop and a considerable fan following. Currently putting the finishing touches on a new potential single, #NotMe, you can expect to see on his next EP. Spending a lot of time on the road, Stugatti is looking to network with DJs, Artists and anyone serious about networking and expanding on each other’s brands. For more inforamtion please use the contact information provided below. 601.416.8656 or Twitter: @studdystu Instagram: @studdystu

by D Banks Hailing from the southside of Atlanta, Hip Hop artist and CEO of F.A.M.E. Entertainment, Mr. CityLites has taken an unconventional approach to breaking his music. Starring in a self-written independent film developed around his latest mixtape release, “On Everything”, he is using the full length movie to promote his music. Hosted by DJ Plugg, the mixtape features the debut single “F--The World” and a collaboration with Atlanta rapper Young Thug. Looking to continue pushing the project through the rest of the year, he is interested in networking with other artists and any opportunities to help further promote his company and brand. Also be on the look out for a soon to be released single from F.A.M.E. Entertainment’s next artist, Black Tha God. For more info call 404.453.1893 or email Twitter/IG @MrCityLites


Born in Tulsa, OK but raised in Atlanta, Matt Steez inherited his love for music from his father. Studying computer music in college, he soon landed a studio internship in Dallas, Texas, where he grew as a Producer, Writer, Rapper and Singer. Influencing other artist’s music through his input, Matt began to take his production seriously after one of the records he ghostwrote and produced caught the attention of Universal Records. Making a name for himself in Dallas, sales for his beats and hooks sharply increased as he began working with Pooca Leroy, one of the area’s top new artist. Relocating back to Atlanta and starting his own independent label, Grind Shop Official, Matt has recently been pulled into the spotlight as his most recent single, “Jesus Grab the Wheel”, has taken off. Originally intended to be sold, the record was selected to be featured on Hip Hop TXL Vol. 45. Hosted by DJ Reddy Rell and DJ Iceberg. Planning to promote the single for the next 6-12 months he is looking to connect with tastemakers and increase his show bookings. For more information about beats, features or booking contact 404-645-5868 and visit Twitter: @_MattSteeZ IG: @iammattsteez


Texas born and raised, Money Mazaradi seriously started pursuing a career in the music industry only 4 years ago. Since then, the Fort Worth rapper has built up an impressive resume including shows, radio interviews and even being tapped as an opening act for a recent Lil Boosie concert.

COLONEL LOUD Written By K Cannick

Born in Ft Lauderdale Florida but raised in Atlanta, GA, Colonel Loud has been doing music for just over 10 years. Falling into trouble as a youth, he was kicked out of Atlanta Public Schools, but soon relocated to the Carolinas to finish his education. Having made Charlotte his home since, he spent many years balancing the streets and the studio while striving to be an active father. Realizing that a full time music career was the path for him, he launched his own independent label, NuSTAR Studios Inc. Since the completion of his “Old Money, New Money” mixtape, he’s been making his promotional rounds, even hitting the road to tour with Project Pat. Currently working on a new EP, “Loud and Proud”, which features rapper, Bubba Banks,

Successfully launching his own label, Gata Gang, Money Mazaradi also manages 4 other artists. With a strict code of keeping God and Family first, he’s willing to do whatever’s necessary to take his team to the top. Currently working to further solidify his home base of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, he is looking forward to networking and connecting with DJs, Promoters and Producers in Atlanta and across the country.

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and producers Mr. Collipark, Skee Beats, Rico Barrino, Mr. Hanky and Get Cool, he is looking forward to a 4th quarter release. With radio marketing and promotions spearheaded by Queen of Radio, Ms. Arlinda Garrett owner of Comming Attractions Promo, Colonel Loud is already pulling in over 100 spins per week and paid shows from his current single, “Celebrate” featuring Lil Scrappy and Chris Millz. Working to further increase his bookings and going for adds in new markets, we wouldn’t be surprised to see on Billboard charts in the near future For beat submissions, bookings or more information on Colonel Loud contact using the information provided below. 919-344-8679 or email Twitter/IG: @colonelloud

With a steady increase in YouTube views on his current singles, “Doin Numbaz” and “People Watching”, Money Mazaradi and Gata Gang are two names you may need to get familiar with. For more infromation call 817.769.0898 or email IG: @GATA_GANG FB: @Gata Gangg Twitter: @GATAGANGENT

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TONE-P by D Banks

Born in Chicago, IL, but raised in between there and Aurora, Tone P started doing music when he was just 13 years old. Evolving from simple rapper to songwriter and manager, he’s put a great deal of emphasis on learning all he can about the business side of the music industry. While the successful release of his most recent EP “Passion for Money” gained him major distribution offers, he is hard at work on “Passion for Money 2” which he plans to release around Christmas 2014. He aims to put a strong 12 month push behind the project and is looking to connect with promoters to set up shows in other markets. For more information or to submit beats contact 608.312.2349 or email Twitter/IG: @1tonep

TWINN U by D Banks

Representing Jonesboro, Louisiana, Twinn U got his start rapping in 2003. In 2008 he connected with rising local artist, K-Blacc while living in Houston, Texas. The two artist developed a genuine friendship which was tragically cut short when K-Blacc was murdered before Twinn-U’s eyes. Burying his dream alongside a friend, the music just didn’t hold the same meaning. It wouldn’t be until years later, once back in Jonesboro, that he would connect with another young rapper that would rekindle his passion for the music and desire to leave the streets behind him. The consistent motivation and conversations shared with this friend would eventually encourage Twinn U to get serious about his music again. Sadly too, this friend, known to many as Lil Snupe, would also be tragically

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murdered not long after signing to Meek Mills’ Dream Chaser Records. Unlike before however, this loss would only strengthen Twinn U’s resolve and make him more focused on succeeding in music. Focused on building a genuine fan base, his first mixtape has generated more than 16k views on Datpiff. Having packed shows in Texas and in Louisiana, he is now turning his attention toward expanding his online presence and increasing his visibility. His sophomore project, “Nothing II Prove Vol. 2”, is hosted by Bigga Rankin and will be dropping 3rd Quarter 2014. For more information, beat submission or to contact about performance opportunities contact MFP CEO Brandon Williams at 832.656.5196 or and follow Twinn-U at the following: Twitter: @TwinnU IG: @Twinn_u318


Chicago, Illinois rapper, actor and songwriter, BlindThug, got his start in music over 13 years ago as part of a three member rap group. Eventually going solo, his impressive stage presence and commanding voice would soon land him radio play, television commercials and many performance opportunities. As CEO of his own independent label, Night Vizion Entertainment, BlindThug is focused on networking with talented artists and producers in other markets to expand his fanbase. His fifth mixtape release, “The Grind or Die Mixtape”, is scheduled to be released this September. For more info call 773.441.5505 or email Twitter: @NightVizion2014 IG: @night_vizion_entertainment

FLYGO by K Cannick

While Lexington, Kentucky may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of Hip Hop’s next super star, the internet has changed the game in such a way that we can all acknowledge that no market or region has monopoly on talent. Coming from a musical background, Flygo grew up surrounded by a family of DJs and live bands. Purely a fan of music, it never crossed his mind to start rhyming until hearing Eminem for the first time. Aside from him just being a dope white rapper, he brought something to the mainstream that Flygo had never heard before. Eminem’s deeply personal lyrics exposed not only his lyrical prowess but personal insecurities and frustration. It was this ability to be quirky and sincere; to convey his anger and his rage, which truly inspired Flygo to put pen to the pad for the first time.

aged to keep moving forward with the music by the response it received online from sites like Datpiff and ThatCrack. With a Pac-like knowledge of the streets and love for the ladies, his music connects across the board allowing him to be a multi-dimensional artists. Consistently banging out records and honing his skills, he’s developed not only as an artist and songwriter but as an engineer and producer. Able to rap and sing, he continues to test his creative limits and engage his fans in new ways.

Aiming to grow his fan base to a solid 100,000 people over the next 18 months, he is already on a solid trajectory. His video, “Haterdroidz”, debuted on WorldStarHipHop receiving over 3 million views in less than 24 hours. Having distributed over 5,000 mixtapes, hand to hand, throughout Kentucky, Pouring himself into his craft, he soon re- Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, he’s been leased his first mixtape project, “Up in tapped to open for artists like Travis Porter Smoke Vol. 1”. Getting great feedback from and Tyga. family and friends, he was further encourHaving established a solid reputation locally,

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he’s ready to take things to the next level. Together with his manager, Adam Carson, they are mapping out the next phase of his career. Expecting to release his next single, “Alright”, later this year they’ve planned a 3 month promo campaign leading up to the release of a collaborative mixtape, “BestNotTalkedAbout”, with K.O.A.T. Kreative label mate River Greene. From there they will push that project until the summer of 2015, when Flygo plans to release his debut album, “Lips”. Looking to build a solid team of DJs, Bloggers and Industry Connections to work with, Flygo is open for promotional shows in new markets and collaborations with artists in different regions. For beat submissions and bookings contact or 859.684.4482. Also be sure to follow his movement online at the following. Twitter: @iamflygo Instagram: @iamflygo

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MONAY by M Childress MR STINKY by D Banks

J-HEN by M Childress With 10+ years in the industry, R&B Singer/Songwriter, J-Hen is in it for the longevity. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana and currently residing in the Dallas area of Texas, J-Hen denotes musicians such as Michael Jackson, Timbaland, and Chris Brown as inspiration. Partnering with his mother to launch HipStars Entertainment, he is creating his own lane in the industry. Having successfully released his debut album, Envision, which spawned the billboard charting single “Sex Instructor”, J-Hen is working on a new EP which is set to drop this fall. With a production assist from Youngstarr of Marvel Hitz, (2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, R. Kelly, etc.), J-Hen’s latest single, “Baddest” has already been generating strong feedback. Currently focused on increasing media exposure, J-Hen is looking to connect with bloggers, set up radio interviews and perform in other markets. For more information or to connect with J-Hen on any business related opportunities please contact him via the following: 214.577.8696 or 214.497.2005 Email:: Twitter: @therealj_hen Instagram: @1Jhen Website:

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Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, Monay is a talented Female hip hop artist that has spent the past 6 years cultivating her craft. Having performed in front of crowds as large as 15,000 people, opened for major recording artists and received regional radio play, it was only natural that she migrate to Atlanta to take her career to the next level. You can currently catch Monay featured in the video “Mind Yo Business” and the video for her soon-to-be released single, “Neck Break” ft Breadman. Anticipating a 4th quarter release for her debut EP, “Shackles Off ”, Monay plans to push the project over the next 12 months by networking with DJs, performing at various Showcases and a heavy media push. For more information on Monay or to reach regarding promotional opportunities contact 253.921.7380 or email Twitter/IG :@IAMMONAY

Combining the West Coast’s Bay Area vibe with a reggae infused hip hop style, Kansas City rapper, Mr Stinky has built a unique brand over the past decade and a half. Starting young, he began opening for acts like the Beasty Boys and Ready for the World when he was just 10. After that, he went on to tour Hawaii with Def Jam and Bad Boy Records; open up for Biggie Smalls, Ice Cube and Master P; and build an impressive catalog, consisting of records with Mac Dre, Nipsey Hussle, Tupac’s Outlaws, J-Bo (Young Bloodz), Fed X (Mob Figaz), Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko. Currently working on a track with YG, he is looking to put together a 20

city tour and is interested in networking with promoters and DJs to setup shows in other markets. For more info contact 404.913.5214 or You can also find him online at the following:

Twitter: @javoncanty

Prohaize is a 22 year old, harmonica playing, Hip Hop artist. Born in Africa but raised in the US, his music seamlessly blends the best of both worlds. Drawing on real life stories from low wealth communities like his hometown of Abiriw, Ghana, he strives to inspire as much as he entertains. Recently performing for a sold out audience of 25,000 at Hot 107.9’s Birthday Bash concert, he is working hard to bring his message to the world. 804.386.8691 | MIRANDA@PROHAIZE.COM | PROHAIZE.COM | @PROHAIZE Redd Fidel is an accomplished hip hop artists who is currently promoting his latest mixtape/ album release, “No Warning Shots”. Consisting of 10 tracks, the project can be found at Since last being featured in Makin’ It Magazine, he’s greatly expanded his network and recently connected with new management which is helping push the new project in over 30 markets. 678.896.6730 | REDDFIDEL@GMAIL.COM | REDDFIDEL.COM | @REDDFIDEL



Stonehouze Entertainment is more than a label, it’s a brotherhood born of an intense passion to create music. Comprised of four uniquely talented individuals, each brings something special to the table.

under the name Bravo Sinatra. Originally from Mississippi, his ambidextrous production skills provide the group’s wide range of musical backdrops spanning from the soulful to a full throttle TURN UP.

Big Buck, as CEO of the label, also contributes musically as an artist and songwriter. Born and raised in Atlanta, he navigates and networks on the group’s behalf, forming relationships and strategic partnerships. Currently working closely with Rico Wade (Dungeon Family) and the legendary Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Stonehouze is preparing to push their latest single, “Still Standing” which also features Bushwick Bill.

Rounding out the the team, Mic Mike and Jimmy Scaleweight each bring their own personal brands of swag to the collective. Both from Alabama, Mic Mike hails from the small city of Abbeville while Jimmy Scaleweight represents for Tuscaloosa.

project, “No Days Off Till It Pays Off Vol. 1”, Stonehouze is working on Vol. 2 as well as solo projects for Jimmy Scaleweight and Mic Mike. Focused on further building their core audience,, they are putting a lot of attention on growing their social media numbers and performing at various clubs in Atlanta. For more information on Stonehouze Entertainment call 404.914.8408 or email Be sure to follow them online and check out their music on Reverbnation.

Hearing how these four all came togeth- er from different cities to produce a sound Twitter: @bmbuckmartin that perfectly blends each’s individual style, IG: @stonehouze_ent makes you acknowledge the role that fate At the center of the groups production is had to play. Currently in the midst of their ToniDidIt who also contributes as an artist promo campaign for the label’s compilation

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Music festivals and artist showcases are held all throughout the year. These opportunities are provided for undiscovered artists to network with music professionals, to meet other artists, and to possibly get discovered by talent managers. These networking events can drastically change the life of an artist. With that being said, you would be amazed at how many times I have attended these events and witnessed little to no networking. When artists attend these events they should be communicating with whomever they can, trying to figure out what big names are there and who they can speak with right away. It is important for artists to remember that music executives do not owe them anything. We aren’t at these events to find talent, but the talent is there to find us. If there is zero networking then that event becomes a waste of our time. Now, for artists that plan to attend these types of events, it is important to remember that attitude is everything. We want to know if you are approachable, proactive, and pleasurable to work with. These types of characteristics will make us more likely to work with you and when the time comes for us to choose which artists we want to work with, you will be at the top of our list. The article above was contributed by one of our Major Label A&R Friends If you have a question or topic you would like to see covered in the next issue just submit at

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