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ince Hip- Hop’s introduction into our Culture and way of life since the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, it has evolved and continues to evolve into this megastar status brand; that has been studied and copied throughout the world. The ofŝŶƚƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶ creating music hasƵůƚƵƌĞ also changed, No longer are ŝŶĐĞbusiness ,ŝƉͲ ,ŽƉ͛Ɛ ŝŶƚŽ ŽƵƌ ĂŶĚ ŽĨůŝĨĞƐŝŶĐĞƚŚĞůĂƚĞ͚ϳϬ͛ƐĂŶĚĞĂƌůLJ͚ϴϬ͛Ɛ͕ŝƚŚĂƐĞǀŽůǀĞĚ the days when you as the artist would make a demo tape and ĐŽŶƟŶƵĞƐƚŽĞǀŽůǀĞŝŶƚŽƚŚŝƐŵĞŐĂƐƚĂƌƐƚĂƚƵƐďƌĂŶĚ͖ƚŚĂƚ send it off to an A&R Representative in hopes of being heard ďĞĞŶƐƚƵĚŝĞĚĂŶĚĐŽƉŝĞĚƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŽƵƚƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͘dŚĞďƵƐŝand change your lifestyle. So goes the days when you would Ɛ ŽĨ ĐƌĞĂƟŶŐ ŵƵƐŝĐ ŚĂƐ ĂůƐŽ ĐŚĂŶŐĞĚ͕ EŽ ůŽŶŐĞƌ ĂƌĞ ƚŚĞ sign away your life on paper to go be a slave under some reƐǁŚĞŶLJŽƵĂƐƚŚĞĂƌƟƐƚǁŽƵůĚŵĂŬĞĂĚĞŵŽƚĂƉĞĂŶĚƐĞŶĚ cord company’s roster, and then told that you are not marketīƚŽĂŶΘZZĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĂƟǀĞŝŶŚŽƉĞƐŽĨďĞŝŶŐŚĞĂƌĚĂŶĚ able and your music that you worked so hard to bring to life ŶŐĞLJŽƵƌůŝĨĞƐƚLJůĞ͘^ŽŐŽĞƐƚŚĞĚĂLJƐǁŚĞŶLJŽƵǁŽƵůĚƐŝŐŶ LJLJŽƵƌůŝĨĞŽŶƉĂƉĞƌƚŽŐŽďĞĂƐůĂǀĞƵŶĚĞƌƐŽŵĞƌĞĐŽƌĚ gets shelved. Then let’s say you do fit into their marketing way ŵƉĂŶLJ͛ƐƌŽƐƚĞƌ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞŶƚŽůĚƚŚĂƚLJŽƵĂƌĞŶŽƚŵĂƌŬĞƚĂďůĞ of thinking, and you sell millions of records and sell out shows LJŽƵƌŵƵƐŝĐƚŚĂƚLJŽƵǁŽƌŬĞĚƐŽŚĂƌĚƚŽďƌŝŶŐƚŽůŝĨĞŐĞƚƐ every night, yeah of course you are going to make money. But ǀĞĚ͘dŚĞŶůĞƚ͛ƐƐĂLJLJŽƵĚŽĮƚŝŶƚŽƚŚĞŝƌŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐǁĂLJŽĨ now the labels want to recoup the 1.2 million they gave you for ŬŝŶŐ͕ĂŶĚLJŽƵƐĞůůŵŝůůŝŽŶƐŽĨƌĞĐŽƌĚƐĂŶĚƐĞůůŽƵƚƐŚŽǁƐ studio time and video shoots with the hope that one or even two ƌLJŶŝŐŚƚ͕LJĞĂŚŽĨĐŽƵƌƐĞLJŽƵĂƌĞŐŽŝŶŐƚŽŵĂŬĞŵŽŶĞLJ͘Ƶƚ of the songs make the top 10 on the charts. In this arrangement ǁƚŚĞůĂďĞůƐǁĂŶƚƚŽƌĞĐŽƵƉƚŚĞϭ͘ϮŵŝůůŝŽŶƚŚĞLJŐĂǀĞLJŽƵ theǀŝĚĞŽ “old ƐŚŽŽƚƐ industry” would like toŽƌcall it. A lot of artists ƐƚƵĚŝŽthis ƟŵĞisĂŶĚ ǁŝƚŚas ƚŚĞI ŚŽƉĞ ƚŚĂƚ ŽŶĞ ŶƚǁŽŽĨƚŚĞƐŽŶŐƐŵĂŬĞƚŚĞƚŽƉϭϬŽŶƚŚĞĐŚĂƌƚƐ͘/ŶƚŚŝƐĂƌstill go by this process, some will even swear by it.

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ŐĞŵĞŶƚƚŚŝƐŝƐƚŚĞ͞ŽůĚŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJ͟ĂƐ/ǁŽƵůĚůŝŬĞƚŽĐĂůůŝƚ͘ Some Artist in what I refer to them as the “New IndusŽĨĂƌƟƐƚƐƐƟůůŐŽďLJƚŚŝƐƉƌŽĐĞƐƐ͕ƐŽŵĞǁŝůůĞǀĞŶƐǁĞĂƌďLJŝƚ͘

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^ŽŵĞƌƟƐƚŝŶǁŚĂƚ/ƌĞĨĞƌƚŽƚŚĞŵĂƐƚŚĞ͞EĞǁ/ŶĚƵƐneurs who are go getters. They stop at nothing from reaching ͕ƚŚĞƐĞƌƟƐƚĂƌĞŝŶŶŽǀĂƟǀĞ͕ƐŵĂƌƚ͕ŵĂƌŬĞƚĚƌŝǀĞŶĞŶƚƌĞtheir goals. With the technology that we have today it is very ŶĞƵƌƐǁŚŽĂƌĞŐŽŐĞƩĞƌƐ͘dŚĞLJƐƚŽƉĂƚŶŽƚŚŝŶŐĨƌŽŵƌĞĂĐŚpossible to produce, edit, market, sell and distribute your own ƚŚĞŝƌŐŽĂůƐ͘tŝƚŚƚŚĞƚĞĐŚŶŽůŽŐLJƚŚĂƚǁĞŚĂǀĞƚŽĚĂLJŝƚŝƐ music through varies online companies for a piece of the profit, LJƉŽƐƐŝďůĞƚŽƉƌŽĚƵĐĞ͕ĞĚŝƚ͕ŵĂƌŬĞƚ͕ƐĞůůĂŶĚĚŝƐƚƌŝďƵƚĞLJŽƵƌ ŶŵƵƐŝĐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚǀĂƌŝĞƐŽŶůŝŶĞĐŽŵƉĂŶŝĞƐĨŽƌĂƉŝĞĐĞŽĨƚŚĞ or just create your own platform to share your product with the Įƚ͕ŽƌũƵƐƚĐƌĞĂƚĞLJŽƵƌŽǁŶƉůĂƞŽƌŵƚŽƐŚĂƌĞLJŽƵƌƉƌŽĚƵĐƚ world. Social Media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, ChronicŚƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͘^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂƐŝƚĞƐƐƵĐŚĂƐ&ĂĐĞŬ͕DLJ^ƉĂĐĞ͕ Nation and Reverbnation all help us share our music or product ŽŶŝĐEĂƟŽŶĂŶĚZĞǀĞƌďŶĂƟŽŶĂůůŚĞůƉƵƐƐŚĂƌĞŽƵƌŵƵƐŝĐŽƌ quicker and faster, allowing us to be more creative and still earn ĚƵĐƚƋƵŝĐŬĞƌĂŶĚĨĂƐƚĞƌ͕ĂůůŽǁŝŶŐƵƐƚŽďĞŵŽƌĞĐƌĞĂƟǀĞĂŶĚ a living doing what we love to do. Because of these social media ĞĂƌŶĂůŝǀŝŶŐĚŽŝŶŐǁŚĂƚǁĞůŽǀĞƚŽĚŽ͘ĞĐĂƵƐĞŽĨƚŚĞƐĞ sites, we live in a world where we are only six degrees of sepaĂůŵĞĚŝĂƐŝƚĞƐ͕ǁĞůŝǀĞŝŶĂǁŽƌůĚǁŚĞƌĞǁĞĂƌĞŽŶůLJƐŝdžĚĞration from one another, because of these sites. What I mean is ĞƐŽĨƐĞƉĂƌĂƟŽŶĨƌŽŵŽŶĞĂŶŽƚŚĞƌ͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞŽĨƚŚĞƐĞƐŝƚĞƐ͘  Ăƚ/ŵĞĂŶŝƐƚŚĂƚǁĞĂƌĞĂůůĐŽŶŶĞĐƚĞĚƚŽĞĂĐŚŽƚŚĞƌ͕/͛ŵƚĂůŬthat we are all connected to each other, I’m talking about the ĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞǁŚŽůĞǁŽƌůĚ͕ŶŽǁƚŚŝŶŬĂďŽƵƚƚŚĂƚĨŽƌĂƐĞĐŽŶĚ͘ whole world, now think about that for a second.

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REVOLUTION REVOLUTION OF OF PRODUCTIVE PRODUCTIVE CHANGE CHANGE By Curtis Stokes IV

^ŽŝŵĂŐŝŶĞŝĨLJŽƵĐŽƵůĚĐĂƉƚƵƌĞϭйƉĞƌĐĞŶƚŽĨƚŚĞƐĞŵĞSo imagine if you could capture 1% percent of these BY CURTIS STOKES IV ƐŝƚĞƐĂŶĚĐƌĞĂƚĞLJŽƵƌĨĂŶďĂƐĞĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŵ͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞůĞƚ͛ƐĨĂĐĞ media sites and create your fan base from them, because let’s ŚĂƚ͛ƐƌĞĂůůLJǁŚĂƚƚŚĞLJĂƌĞƚŚĞƌĞĨŽƌƌŝŐŚƚ͍&ƌŽŵŵŝůůŝŽŶƐƚŚĂƚ face it, that’s really what they are there for right? From millions ĚƉŽƚĞŶƟĂůůLJďĞĨĂŶƐƚŽǁŚŽƌĞĂůůLJŶĞĞĚƐƚŚĞŵƵƐŝĐŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJ͕ that could potentially be fans to who really needs the music ĞŶLJŽƵƚŚĞĂƌƟƐƚĐĂŶƉƌĞƩLJŵƵĐŚƌƵŶƚŚĞƐŚŽǁŽŶLJŽƵƌŽǁŶ industry, when you the artist can pretty much run the show on ŶŽƚŚĂǀĞƚŽǁŽƌƌLJĂďŽƵƚĚĞĂůŝŶŐǁŝƚŚĞdžĞĐƵƟǀĞƐŽƌŽƚŚĞƌ ŐƐƚŚĂƚũƵƐƚŐŽǁŝƚŚďĞŝŶŐĂĐŽŶƚƌĂĐƚĞĚĂƌƟƐƚ͘DŽƌĞĂŶĚŵŽƌĞ your own and not have to worry about dealing with executives ƐƚĂƌĞŐŽŝŶŐƚŚŝƐƌŽƵƚĞŽŶůLJďĞĐĂƵƐĞƚŚĞLJŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶŬĞĞƉŝŶŐ or other things that just go with being a contracted artist. More ƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĂŶĐĞƐĂŶĚŚĂǀĞŵĂŝŶƚĂŝŶĞĚƚŚĂƚůŽLJĂůĨĂŶďĂƐĞƚŚĂƚ and more artist are going this route only because they have ŬĞĞƉƐŐƌŽǁŝŶŐĂŶĚŐƌŽǁŝŶŐ͘tŚLJǁŽƵůĚŶ͛ƚƚŚĞLJƉƵƚŽƵƚ been keeping up performances and have maintained that loyal ƌŽǁŶƉƌŽĚƵĐƚĂŶĚŵƵƐŝĐǀŝĚĞŽĂŶĚŵĂƌŬĞƚƚŚĞŝƌƐƚƵīũƵƐƚ fan base that just keeps growing and growing. Why wouldn’t ƚŚĞďŝŐďŽLJƐĚŽ͍dŚĞ͞ŶĞǁƌƟƐƚ͟ŝƐŝŶĂůĞĂŐƵĞĂůůďLJƚŚĞŵthey put out their own product and music video and market their ĞƐ͕ĂŶĚǁŚŽƐĞƚŽƐƚŽƉƚŚĞŵƐƵƌĞůLJŝƚǁŽŶ͛ƚďĞƚŚĞƌĞĐŽƌĚůĂŽƌƚŚĞŝƌĂĸůŝĂƚĞƐ͍ZĞŵĞŵďĞƌũƵƐƚďĞĐĂƵƐĞƚŚĞLJĂƌĞŽŶƚŚĞ stuff just like the big boys do? The “new Artist” is in a league all ŽĂŶĚŵĂŝŶƐƚƌĞĂŵĚŽĞƐŶŽƚŵĞĂŶƚŚĂƚƚŚĞLJĂƌĞŚŽƩĞƐƚŽŶ by themselves, and whose to stop them surely it won’t be the ŵŝĐŽƌƚŚĞŐĂŵĞ͕ŝƚũƵƐƚŵĞĂŶƐƚŚĂƚLJŽƵŚĂǀĞŶŽƚŚĞĂƌĚƚŚĞ record labels or their affiliates? Remember just because they “My name is Nasoshia Crowder, I’m 27. I was born ĞƐƚƌĂƉƉĞƌǁŚŝĐŚƐŽŵĞůĂďĞůƐƚĞŶĚƚŽŚŽůĚďĂĐŬĨŽƌƐŽŵĞ are on the radio and mainstream does not mean that they are in Monroe, North Carolina and grew up in a small ŽŶ͘/ƚĂůƐŽŵĞĂŶƐƚŚĂƚƚŚĞƌĞĂƌĞĂůŽƚŽĨƵŶĚĞƌŐƌŽƵŶĚŵƵƐŝĐ hottest on the mic or the game, it just means that you have not ǁŝůůŵĂŬĞLJŽƵƚŚŝŶŬĂŶĚƐĂLJƚŽLJŽƵƌƐĞůĨ͞ǁŚLJŝƐŶ͛ƚƚŚŝƐĂƌƚtown called Norwood NC. My occupation is a Tax heard the hottest rapper which some labels tend to hold back for ŝŐŶĞĚLJĞƚ͍͙͘͘͟/ƚƌƵůLJďĞůŝĞǀĞƚŚĂƚĂŶĂƌƟƐƚĚŽĞƐŶ͛ƚŚĂǀĞƚŽ Collector Assistant. My second job is Modeling. some reason. It also means that there are a lot of underground ŝŐŶĞĚĨŽƌŵĞƚŽďƵLJŚŝƐŽƌŚĞƌĂůďƵŵ͙͘/ƚũƵƐƚŚĂƐƚŽďĞŚŽƚ͘

I been modeling since I was 13 years old. I’m also music that will make you think and say to yourself “why isn’t this

tĞůŝǀĞŝŶĂďŝŐǁŽƌůĚ͕ǁĞŵĂLJŶŽƚƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚƚŚĞǁŽƌŬartist signed yet?”….. I truly believe that an artist doesn’t have into acting I love being in front of ĂŶĚƚŚĞǁĂLJƚŚŝŶŐƐǁŽƌŬŽŶĂĚĂLJƚŽĚĂLJďĂƐŝƐ͘ƵƚǁĞĚŽ to be signed for me to buy his or her album…. It just has to be ǁƚŚĂƚŝƚ͛ƐĂůƐŽŶŽƚŚĂƌĚĨŽƌƐŽŵĞŽŶĞƚŽďĞŇĂƚďƌŽŬĞƚŽĚĂLJ on the runway. Its my ambition.” hot.ĚĂLJ ŵĂŬŝŶŐ ƉůĂŶƐ ŽŶ ǁŚŝĐŚ ĨŽƌĞŝŐŶ ĐĂƌ ƚŽ ƉƵƌ ƚŚĞ ŶĞdžƚ ƐĞĂŶĚǁŚŝĐŚŵĂŶƐŝŽŶƚŽďƵLJĞŝƚŚĞƌ͘dŚĂƚ͛ƐǁŚLJ/ĞŶũŽLJƚŚŝƐ We live in a big world, we may not understand the workĞƉƌĞŶĞƵƌŵĞŶƚĂůŝƚLJ͖ŝƚƚĂŬĞƐĂůůŽĨƚŚĞŐƵĞƐƐǁŽƌŬŽƵƚŽĨŝƚ͘

ings and the way things work on a day to day basis. But we do know that it’s also not hard for someone to be flat broke today and the next day making plans on which foreign car to purchase and which mansion to buy either. That’s why I enjoy this entrepreneur mentality; it takes all of the guess work out of it.

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Jerz was born Jabbar Shakoor Ragland in Atlantic City New Jersey On January 8, 1990 “I fell in love with music at the age of eight” playing the drums he devloped the intrest of making beats and this is when he realized this is what he wanted to do for the the rest of his life. Jerz perfected his beat&drum skillz throughout school being apart of the drill team and the drum line. Jerz began to make his mark with his passion and love of the hobby so much so he began finding himself in the local talent shows. By high School Jerz was in the band pushing and wanting more doors to open “Drummng was my life”. As time moved he began to realize that the drums where not fulflling him completely on top of that things where not going as planned he knew he had to find what was missing to the link. Choosing to leave the band jerz set out for his fulfillment, he was ready for the next level. By 2005 Jerz was introducing himself to rap game.He started writing and came together with a friend of his known as “Big Mil” which eventually became known as “Dope Boys”.”We did a couple of songs then i went away for a

Z R E h J t n h t 0 i o w y w e e s i r v r e e J t ” n i : e s i vSIVE x cLl uU EXEC few months and the group just fell apart”. In the summer of 06 he found himself making the move to Charlotte NC. New to the south, Jerz was transitioning to the pace of the “QC”. Still in high school, he grasp to people who had that passion for hiphop, drums, and just the love of music which is what comes natural to identify himself with. Meeting his first friend Rokese, he linked jerz with his “bruh for life” ANTFELLA. They went on to create their set known as “Slaughter team” they went to perform in talent shows and continue the grind, but before he knew it he was on the move again. ans spenta short amount of time in Siler City, NC. As of now Jerz resides in Greensboro, NC. “g-boro def shows love...” he explains, but no matter the stomping grounds, ya boy jerz is gonna bring the hottness......“When i graduated I told myself that it was time to go harder than ever”. -Jerz and that is exactly whatcha boy does dayto-day making moves and gettin-it-in dropping sick lyrics in tha box along with the Dream Team: Jock, Rumy da beast, sino, Ace, Fly boy. -Yeah they all Go-in-. Now his most current project is mixtape entitled “Lite Sh*t Vol. 1” so......

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Why do you do what you do? I Produce, compose, ans Rap music Which artists most inspire you? NOTORIOUS BIG How would you describe your style? My style, Im a flowess, I bounce over Beats What inspires you to continue going through the rough struggle of an up and coming artist? I know with hardwork comes great things

What type of story would you say your music tells? I talk about my life, things I know, and what’s relevant! What is it you dislike the most about the music industry? Not enough lyricist, but I can’t knock the HUSTLE What would you like to see different? More lyrics in a song and less bs If you could work with any artist who would it be? MEEK MILL Why? I been a fan since 2005, I enjoy his work What’s your favorite album of all time? Hard question I have a few, Camrons Purple haze, Rick Ross Teflon Don, Wale Ambition, BIG READY TO DIE, JAYZ BLACK ALBUM, YOUNG GUNZ TOUGH LUV”THATS A FEW. Any shout outs? TEAM NORTH, OKEEZE ARTOGRAPHY, JERSEY, NC, EVERY BODY WHO SUPPORTS ME” 9

“WHEN I GRADUATED I TOLD MYSELF I HAD TO GO HARDER THAN EVER” -JERZ


Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Red Over Ear Headphone from Monster

Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Black)

Casio CTK-2100 61Key Portable Keyboard Package with Headphones, Stand & Power Supply

Apple iPod touch 8GB (4th Generation) - Black - Current Version

Canon EOS Rebel 2000 35mm Film SLR Camera Kit with 28-80mm Lens

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crown corleone

CROWN CORLEONE a.k.a. HO’KEE NOSH

aka ho’kee nosh

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Crown grew and experienced more. So, in 2002 the production started. First, beat-machines on to tape-decks & keyboards, finally an official selfbuilt, home sweet home studio in Pun go (hence BOONDOC RECORDING HOUSE). “Crown Corleone comes from the “STRAWMAN” – Chris Ransone. C.R. became Crown Royal. Later, dropping the Royal & adding Corleone for the street appeal & enforcing unity. In 2007 The Network

from the Artist keeps The Vision focused and the world zoomed in… Awaiting the much anticipated… CROWN CORLEONE.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a child growing up I always knew drawing was going to be a part of my life, it was inevitable to me, the feeling I got when my pencil would meet the paper was an intoxicating experienceâ&#x20AC;? -Senetra

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Senetra Busbee Senetra Busbee Born October 27th, Grew up in Myrtle Beach. “As a child growing up I always knew drawing was going to be a part of my life, it was inevitable to me, the feeling I got when my pencil would meet the paper was an intoxicating experience”. The first time she realized she held this gift was back in elementary school in art class when her art teacher would comment on my strange people like character drawings.” It wasn’t sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing, but to me it looked Dr. Seuss had graced my paper with his presents”. Busbees’ art work definitely didn’t look like the other kids drawings. Throughout middle school and high school Senetra would draw all day long until finally she went off to College (The Art Institute of Charlotte). “My love for art only grew through my time there”. In 2010 Senetra earned her degree in Interior design still plan to go back for Architectural design. Now a wonderful mother and Wife Sentra resides in Jacksonville, North Carolina Senetra continues to be Creative in more ways than one, by painting, and belly dancing.

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O VA G R O U N D M O G U L // P R E S E N T S

B

.X. WAS BORN BRANDON FOSTER IN GROTON CT ON THE US SUBMARINE BASE WHILE HIS MOTHER WAS IN THE SERVICE(ARMY). HIS LAST NAME WAS CHANGED AT 11 WHEN HIS MOTHER BECAME MARRIED TO HIS STEPFATHER WHO LEGALLY ADOPTED HIM AS HIS OWN. AT THAT TIME HE WAS MUCH FOND OF BECOMING A FOOTBALL PLAYER LIKE ANY OTHER KID AT THE TIME. BUT HIS PASSION WASNT LIKE THE REST,HE WANTED TO DO WHAT HIS FATHER SET OUT TO DO BEFORE HIM WITH FOOTBALL.

BUT WITH A LACK OF SUPPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES HE SOUGHT OUT TO DO IT BECAME A HOBBY AS HE THEN STARTED RAPPING @ THE AGE 13. WHILE ATTENDING WEST HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL HE BECAME FRIENDS WITH HIS CURRENT BEST FRIEND/PRODUCER(BIG BUNZ), WHO INTRODUCED HIM TO RAPPING OVER 2 TAPE DECKS AND RECORDING FREESTYLES. BY TIME HE WAS IN HIGHSCHOOL HE BEGAN BATTLING IN SCHOOL IN FROM NUMEROUS CUT SESSIONS WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS, LUNCH PERIODS, ETC. B.X BEGAN WRITING MORE OFTEN NOT REALLY 18


OVAGROUND MOGUL PRESENTS

BX//The Beast

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Serious until the age of 18 when he worked on a CD with fellow artist Rich Mutts. While that was in play, B.X. was enlisted into the Army following his mother’s footsteps. He was stationed in Ft.Hood TX where he made a name on the underground rap scene in Texas.

“He won numerous talent shows and battle events there, opened up for artists such as Ying Yang Twins, Cash Money, Three Six Mafia, Ludacris, Destinys Child, Mystical, Cappadonna, Black Rob, etc.” He has put out three CD’s,”Ya Niggaz Ridikuluz”- 2003,”Live From Da 203 PT. 1”- 2005 and “Nightmare from Da Elm”2007. He has been on various artists’ and DJ mix CDs. He took a few years off after returning from moving back to Charlotte, North Carolina. Deciding to get back to the craft he loves. He is currently finishing up “Beast In Da Booth” and “Live From Da 203 PT.2”. With future projects on deck with Beastmode Inc. Artist and No Gimmicks Music Co., It’s BX2K10, The Beast is unleashed...

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X B h t i w w e i v r e t n i xclusive Why do you do what you do? “I DO THIS BECAUSE ITS IN MY HEART, & MY STORY NEEDS TO BE HEARD.” Which artists most inspire you? “PHIL BLOUNT & IRAKK ON AN INDY SCALE & OVERALL ASWELL AS BIG L, CANIBUS, STYLES P & GRAFH.” How would you describe your style? “UNORTHODOX. AGGRESSIVE CLEVER & WITTY (BEASTMODE).” What inspires you to continue going through the rough struggle of an up and coming artist? “LIFE IS A STRUGGLE ITSELF DONT MEAN WE STOP LIVING BECAUSE ITS ROUGH RIGHT? I LOVE THE CHALLENGE REALLY I FEEL AS AN UNDERGROUND ARTIST FROM A STATE KNOWN JUST FOR ITS VIOLENCE THE PAST FEW YEARS I EXPECT IT TO BE A ROUGH ROAD BECAUSE HIP HOP IS ALWAYS TIED INTO VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA’S EYE.” What type of story would you say your music tells? “THERE IS NO SPECIFIC STORY I SPEAK ON MY LIFE & PAST EXPERIENCES WHETHER ITS STREETS, RELATIONSHIPS, MILITARY, ETC.. I FEEL AS GOOD ARTIST YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR KEY ATTRIBUTES ARE SO YOU ATTACK WITH THOSE, IM A NO GIMMICK MUSIC ARTIST WE MAKE UNDENIABLE MUSIC.” What is it you dislike the most about the music industry?

B.X CREDITS THOSE WHO PAVED DA WAY FOR HIM AND MUSIC AS A WHOLE HIS FAVORITE ARTIST INCLUDE BIG L (R.I.P),STYLES P, JADAKISS, MOS DEF, GRAFH, LUPE FIASCO.

“WHERE WOULD I START... NAH ITS NOT THE INDUSTRIES FAULT FOR THE FOOLERY ITS ALWAYS A HIGHER POWER, POLITICS AS USUAL...” What would you like to see different? “I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIP HOP AGAIN, NOT HIP POP TECHNO MUSIC... HIP HOP USED TO BE ITS OWN GENRE.” If you could work with any artist who would it be? Why? “WHOEVER MAKES GOOD MUSIC PERIOD & WHY THATS OBVIOUS I MAKE GOOD MUSIC SO WHY NOT BUILD.” What’s your favorite album of all time? “DAMN....ITS A TOSS UP BETWEEN RAEKWON’S ‘ONLY BUILT FOR CUBAN LINKS’ & BIG L’S ‘LIFESTYLES OF DA POOR & DANGEROUS’.” Any shout outs? “MY CITY MY STATE NEW HAVEN,CT ALL MY FANS & SUPPORTERS, THE NO GIMMICK MUSIC COALITION ARTISTS & STAFF, & SALUTE ALL MY FELLOW VETERANS HOAH!!!” 20


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mber Blount is a rapper who goes by Mrs. New Haven also known as Lady B. Born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut; she is the youngest niece of CT’s own notable Rapper, Writer, Entertainer, and Director Phil Blount. She started writing at the tender age of 7. Her influence was Lisa Left eye, the rapper in the female group TLC. Her journey as an artist began at age 10 when she started putting her writing to action, at only 12 years old she was feautred on the chorus of Phil B’s classic “War For Position” Now 22 years old, Lady B is the First Lady of No Gimmick Music Coalition (NGMC). She frequently performs in the New Haven area at Red Café, Chazmos, and the Legendary Toad’s Place to name a few. Although she is a hip hop artist her heart is for classic Old School music. Lady B’s plan for her music career doesn’t stop at just performing however, her goal is to write and produce for other artist as well. Another goal she wishes to achieve is having the honor of winning a Grammy Award. To conclude, Mrs. New Haven aspiration is to change today’s sound of music. To transform the outlook and perspective of what the world and youth dub Music. She wants to bring it back to basic; when music had meaning and purpose. In today’s music industry there is more focus on just rhyming and creating a new dance craze. However she wants her primary focus to be on lyrics and broadcasting good lyrical content or in a nut shell what she likes to label, “Real Music”. 22


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Why do you do what you do? “I do what I do because it’s what I HAVE to do. Music is in me. It keeps me going. It’s my oxygen. Rapping is not something I choose to do, I was born to do it.”

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Which artists most inspire you? “Left Eye, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott inspire me most because they have raw talent, they’re true to their craft, but most of all they had no boundaries. Its hard being a female rapper in a predominately male industry but these ladies pulled it off. Whether you agreed with their rhymes or not you still Listened. Their voices was heard, and they didn’t have to become a sex symbol.”


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How would you describe your style? “I would say my style is pretty straight forward. I get right to the point. There’s no beating around the bush, no sugarcoating rhymes, No Gimmicks.” What inspires you to continue going through the rough struggle of an up and coming artist? “Bringing Originality back to Hip Hop is what inspires me the most to continue this struggle. I don’t knock anyone for what they do, but the majority of songs nowadays are too commercial. There’s no soul on top of that beat.” What type of story would you say your music tells? “My music tells stories of Truth. Whether I lived through it or seen someone else live through it there’s always truth. I tell stories of reality, just everyday life. The good and the bad, lessons that were taught to me and lessons that I’ve learned.” What is it you dislike about the music industry? “What I dislike most about the music industry is that people tend to lose themselves, making millions becomes more of a focus and making change becomes a thing of the past. At the end of the day we all have to eat. Everyone has their reasons of why this and why that, but most Artists fail to realize just how important they can be. The moment you sell out, your voice is silenced.

silenced. Yeah, you may have a new single out on the radio but whats the message behind it?” What would you like to see different? “I would like to see Artists having more creative control with their music. No one can hear what YOU hear. You can’t make an Artist fit a song, the song should fit the Artist.” If you could work with any artist who would it be? Why? “If I could work with any Artist, it would be Missy Elliott. To me, Missy is a Mad Scientist. Her flow is very unique, very creative, and spontaneous. She has natural talent. She’s her own driving force of her progress over the years. She’s one of the few who can drop in and out and pick up where they left off and it’s like they never left in the first place.” What’s your favorite album of all time? “My favorite album of all time is Queen Latifah’s debut All Hail The Queen. The title speaks for itself.” Any shout outs? “Shout out to all my young ladies out there who breathe music. The dream is still alive. Never let someone tell you what you can’t do. Female MC’s before us have already proven what we CAN do, its up to us to keep changing minds.”

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truly am a fan of music and hip hop in general. I love to see the underdog rise up and claim their rightful spot. When I hear certain Artist I can mostly tell you that I know if the potential is there to be a major league pro star quality emerging and we truly have that with Phil Blount. I can remember the first time I played Phil s’ mix-tape in my car. As soon as I heard the very first track I said to myself this guy is a major star. I asked my friend who had given it to me if he was signed and he said no. I was stunned, the cadence and the style which he carried showed me that he is ready for the “show”. Phil Blount like many moguls understands the industry, what it can and can’t do. But he doesn’t just rely on the music elite to point him in the right direction he does that squarely on his own. The last time I spoke to Phil prior to this article he was recording and still making hot videos to boot. Now a days Blount can be reached at the studio working with other hungry artist like himself. The No Gimmick Music Coalition which

Kashier, and Bella Broliq and the many others are highly skilled and not to be f**ked with. With the NGMC there’s raw endless talent coming from every corner and it’s not just from music side of it. Mr. Blount truly is the jack of all trades, while he is

a performer and songwriter, he is also a videographer, photographer and SELF TAUGHT Recording Engineer. I take my hat off to Phil Blount who features Connecticut’s up and coming prized plays a huge part in putting Connecticut back to gems in the rough like Sheemo & Cash, Cam the limelight. Sir your music, I must say, is a breath

of fresh air to me and I’m sure to the fans that support you and No Gimmick Music Coalition as well. I really hope the reader gets a chance to really see what kind of artist Mr. Blount is by reading his information and facts, get to know what Phil Blount about, what he stands for. There are not too many people that do what he does. It takes a uniquely gifted person to put all the pieces together to be a successful product in his own right. I recommend checking out his videos, and live studio sessions and take a look at how CTs’ Own Mr. New Haven Gives you REAL music With No Gimmicks. If you love music and you are a real hip hop head I want you to seek Phil Blount out and his movement No Gimmick Music Coalition and you tell me if he shouldn’t be on the radio as we speak 26


t n u o l B Ph i l Why do you do what you do? Love. Somehow After All This Time I Still Love Music Like I Did When I Was 11. What’s your life story? In A Nutshell, I’m The Bird Who Spread His Wings 15 Years Before He Actually Flew. I’m A Songwriter, Performer, SELF TAUGHT Recording Engineer & Videographer. What does No Gimmick Music Coalition represent? To put it as short as possible, I’ve always loved storytellers and hated liars. Sell your product to me in any creative way shape or form ( Analogies, all the like or as comparisons in the world) but the minute I find out I’m being lied to it changes things. Hence “No Gimmick”. The “Music” part is a no brainer. I’ve been writing since I was 11. The coalition part of it is because if I had to select a team of artists to represent my brand that is the type of artist you would have to be. I feel it takes a special skill to be able to form words that not only rhyme but make perfect sense and be truthful at the same time...”No Gimmick Music Coalition” Since 1978 my year of birth. How would you describe your style? Criticism Free. Meaning My Music Is To The Point. You’re Not Questioning Whether Your Being Lied to as You Listen. What inspires you to continue going through the rough struggle of an up and coming artist? Simple, Math... Now Do It with Me. 5 CD’s Sold A Day At $10 a Pop = $18,250. That’s better than McDonalds. If I Sell 15 Cd’s In a Day I Can Take the Next 2 Days off if I wanted to! I’d Struggle for that any day and that’s Only a Ground Level Grind. What type of story would you say your music tells? Let’s just say I Can Tell My Life through Angles Other’s Miss. And I Can Explain Every Emotion Without Feeling Less Of A Man After. 27

What is it you dislike the most about the music industry? The Mindset & True Intentions of the Actual Money-Machine behind It. What would you like to see different? PHIL BLOUNT In The Mix. Which artists most inspire you? I Might Sound Bias but CT Artists Are the Best I’ve ever heard. Besides That right now Jeezy. If you could work with any artist who would it be? Why? Right Now, Jeezy. I Have A Couple Motivational Bangers I Want Him On. What’s your favorite album of all time? My Favorite Rap Album Is Wu Syndicate’s SelfTitled Album. My Favorite Soul Album Is Bilal’s “First Born Second”, & R&B Is Carl Thomas “Emotional” We see NGMC is deep with extremely talented artist such as Chief Rhythm, BG Blake, and many others…who all is down with No Gimmick Music Coalition? Shout Out To My Whole Roster. Chief Rhythm Is The President Of No Gimmick. My Artists - BX DaBeast, Lady B, Sheemo & Cash, Cam Kashier, Cuzin’ Jay, BG Blake, Bella Broliq, Coke Kev & The Doberman Gang. My Faculty - Job Dunn {Promoter/Photographer}, Executive Chuck {Think-Tank}, DJ OOWop, QU Savage {MoneyMachine}, Eddie Knucks {Producer} & The Legendary DJ DooWop {Mentor} Is there anything else that you want to say to the world? Google Me & Press Play, I’ll Do The Rest... Any shout outs? Rah Digga, Capone {Cnn}, Ali Vegas, Craig G {Juice Crew}, Sadat X & Chaundon For The Features.... Anybody Else Should Know Where We Stand {Friend Or Foe}.....!

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oday we live under the worst conditions known to man since its creation. Violence has firmly taken its place in history, it has marked its domain with such advertisements in Music, Movies and in Reality Television; but history does remind us that we have a long time before we as a race of people can truly, truly be at peace. Take Hitler and his Third Reich. They exterminated millions with the goal to be the dominant race and a world super power, and just like those before and after him failed to meet their goal. History also teaches us that it always repeats itself in some form or fashion. Today, believe it or not we are still in the hunt for peace and salvation. Wars, Famine, Rape and Murder are still top news on any station and on any given day including Sunday. That also holds true for other countries around the world. One country in particular Uganda, Africa sets the stage for one of the world’s most dangerous criminals wanted for war crimes to date against humanity. Who are we talking about? We are talking about none other than Joseph Kony and his army of war torn families. Kony is the leader of the Ugandan Lords’ Resistance Army (LRA), and has managed to steadily terrorize central Africans to maintain his power. Since 1986 Kony has abducted over 66,000 children; forcing the girls to become sex-slaves and the boys to fight in the LRA. Which he has done so for the past 26 years. His misuse of power and mind control over the masses with fear and Confusion often keeps the people at bay and has also landed Kony on the top of International Criminal Court’s most wanted list.

“In order for Kony to be arrested this year, the Ugandan military has to find him. In order for them to find him, they need the technology and training to find him in the vast jungle. That’s where the American advisors come in. But in order for the American advisors to be there, the US government has to deploy them. They’ve done that, but if the government doesn’t believe that the people care about arresting Kony, the mission will be canceled. In order for people to care, they have to know, and they will only know if Kony’s name is everywhere.” -Jason Russell of invisible children Inc. “Cover the Night” a vast event on April 20th, hundreds of thousands people will be placing posters and stickers in every city across America in seek to make Joseph Kony Famous and ultimately bring him to justice. We ask all to watch the 29 min video and help us in our efforts to make Mr. Kony famous. After watching the video, we would love to hear feedback on our website (OvaGroundMogul.com) go to the forums page and post up; Also if you would like to donate to help us to continue our mission to end the violence and death to those in Uganda. You can by purchasing a printed copy of the magazine. Partial proceeds will be donated to charities to help support the efforts to capture Mr. Kony. Please Support, Thank you! --Ovagroundmogul Editorial

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