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Miss Lyrical (Donna Michelle Green) is an artist with creativity that is sure to blow you away. She was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. Miss Lyrical wrote her first rap at the age of 7.Today, she is not only a rap artist but also a producer, a clothing designer, and a photographer. Back in 2005 she started a label with two other artists Broddie Green and Nitro. The three artists started a group named The 3rd Dynasty. The group was very successful but after 7 years, the members decided to depart and go their separate ways but still keeping New Skool Entertainment together. Miss Lyrical is currently working on solo projects which include designing logs, mixtape covers, etc. for other artists and promoters to performing every chance she gets to show of her talent. Look out for more of Miss Lyrical because is coming to blow you a way.
"I am a young working artist really trying to make it I just want people to know I have talent and have what it takes thanks for your time." Miss Lyrical
Location Minneapoils, MN
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Electronic Weapons; The Return of the Boom Box in Digital Stereo
New indie hip-hop band Electronic Weapons, fresh out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, releases their thumping single and video “Boom Box”, taken from their debut album “Meganova”,which is now availabe on Itunes.
Electronic Weapons brings that next level boom bap to the underground. Delivering true school sound mixed with old school power, Electronic Weapons comes
fully loaded with drums, turntables and a microphone. These ultra b-boys breathe passion and energy into your speaker.
Electronic Weapons consists of “Dot Rambo” rap-action commando, “DJ HotDam” turntable lieutenant, and “Sin Pacino” kick drum sergeant. EW’s energy-infused hip-hop passionately bridges electrifying rhythms, atomic drumming, and masterful turntablism with professional grade rhyming for that new age, cutting-edge grit. Electronic Weapons keeps the tradition; this emcee, DJ, and drummer make the perfect blend of raw showmanship, creating energetic live performances for your boom box.
“Our Biggest Influences are all pioneering artists and the next generation alike, who make us feel like we can make a difference, pushing the envelope to produce high quality Hip-Hop music. It’s a beautiful thing. We are Hip-Hop!
September 20, 2012
Last week I had the opportunity to to learn more about an up and coming Hip-Hop artist from Minnesota who is already in the works of doing big things. He just released his first major video that includes two of Midwest finest, Twista and Tech N9ne. I wanted to not only learn more about this video but I also wanted to learn more about this young artist who I believe is someone you should all keep your eyes on.
"Just a brief some up of me is I'm a 23 year old Caucasian Hip-Hop artist and I have been doing music for 4 years now. 2 years ago I started really grinding and dedicateing 100% of my time and energy into my music. I left a D1 hockey Scholarship in Mankato, Minnesota to pursue my dreams of making it BIG in the music industry. In the last 4 years I had started doing shows and recording with The Label which was 3 others. I was putting out collab mixtapes, doing shows ,opening up for Gucci Mane, T Pain, Travis Porter, Waka Flaka Flame, Curren$y, Plies, Young Dro, Sammy Adams and more. It slowed down and things weren't working for the 4 of us. So D.R.E. and I parted and started our own record label with a few Investors called Marathon Music Ent. T.T. is just the initials of my name, that is how I got my name, I am an artist with a love, passion and talent in music. About a year ago is the point where I feel I really elevated my lyrics, songs and started making lots of music.I have an album already called, "Waitin" releasing late Fall which I have released 5 singles off of it. 1. Marathon 2. Midwest Meltdown ft. Twista & Tech N9ne 3. Tribe Chieffaz ft. Wayne Wonder & D.R.E. 4. Chill With You ft. Auburn 5. MINNESOTA ft. Collin Smith.I also recently just released a 15 track mixtape called," The Transfer " and a New mixtape called, "MINNESOTA" dropping in the begginning of October 2012. You can find everything on www.TTofficial.com .To answer your question about "Midwest Meltdown" it was and still is just an unbelievable honor to be able to work with both Twista and Tech N9ne so early in my career, but it all came about when my homie Breezy who manages Do or Die said he could get the song to Twista to listen to, but he could not guarantee anything. Twista ended up liking it a lot and sent the verse back within 8 hours. The verse was absolutely murdered, I probably listened to it in my email off my iPhone in the car 50 times in a row. I couldn't believe it, so the 3rd verse was open, we were deciding what to do and I thought Tech N9ne would make this song an ultimate HIT, but thought it was a long shot but Twista and Tech are good homies so Twista helped me out. Breezy sent it to Travis from Strange Music, I got a call a few days later saying Tech liked it and would do the verse. When I got Tech N9ne's verse back I listened that song 1,000 times atleast, they both destroyed that beat and destroyed my verse but I held my own. I'm still growing as an artist so i would'nt change a thing about it, but this song shows you exactly why they are legends, 2 of those dopest verses I've heard in a long time! It was just all in all a unreal experience, something I dreamed of, then a few weeks after Midwest Meltdown was mixed was was done, I got a call saying Tech was coming next week to Minneapolis to Epic for his Tour, they liked the track enough and would shoot the video while Tech was in town if i wanted to. So Immediately we hit up Twista, flew him here for the day of Tech's show in MPLS, Minnesota and I flew the homie Morroco Vaughn ( Director of French Montana "Chopper Down" & Waka Flaka "Grove Street Party") in to shoot the video. Tech & Twista are the homies and I have the most respect for the both of them for showing me love and for doing the song/video, both had me open for them on seperate shows in Minneapolis and San Diego since the track was released.I would like to give a special thank you to Strange Music and GMG. After we finished up the Midwest Meltdown shoot at 7pm we got ready and met them at the show, Twista and I got a booth and were poppin bottles and Tech gave us a shout out on stage and pointed up at us, everyone went nuts, one of the best days of my life so far. The show was an early 18+ show so after Twista and Tech met me over at Club Envy, we popped more bottles and raged, it was a day/night I'll never forget. I have the most respect for Tech and Twista they are both super cool real people, who showed me mad love, I couldn't thank them enough for it. All in all the video couldn't have turned out any better, Morroco Vaughn & QuinnThouzand went in on it & brought my vision to life." -T.T.
Midwest Swagger.com recently had the chance to get the low down on a group that has been doing their thing for a while now in Minnesota.They represent like many featured artist on Midwest Swagger.com, hip-hop. They have their own style and flow which makes them unique from other hip-hop groups in the Midwest. Lets take some time out to see who Player City is and what they are all about.
1. HOW DID PLAYER CITY BEGIN AND WHAT WAS THE IDEA BEHIND?
Player City began just like most other artists’ started. With a dream. I myself (Droop) felll in love with hip hop and rap since Run DMC, LL Cool J and NWA and Dr Dre. I started rapping at the age of 12, wrote my first rap during math class (lol) I was always too shy to let people hear my raps, so only a few people knew I was doing that, until after high school. That’s when I took it more serious, and I came up with the name “Player City Entertainment” and when Kriz G and another close friend started believing in me and helped bring Player City to life. After several years, traveling, ups and downs, we met Randy Rain, then after a while dropped the
“Entertainment” and just formed the group “Player City” We are 3 individuals with the same mindset, goals, and love for what we do.
2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU ALL BEEN DOING MUSIC?
It's been about 8 yrs but the first several years was an eye opening learning experience being new and taking on a more serious approach towards the music it was like we were jumping into an ocean with our eyes closed not knowing how to swim. Music has always been a part of me from a very young age, and I always had an interest in it. Started writing at a young age, but started to focus and take it more serious since about 8 yrs ago.
3. WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION?
DROOP: My motivation is my kids, my family and my team. I want a life for my kids that I wasn’t given. Our parents worked hard to provide for us, for a better life, and I’m just trying to do the same. My inspiration is music itself, and my history, my present, and my future. That is what brings my creativity out.
RANDY RAIN: My Motivation is family and being able to provide and live a better life. Inspiration comes from other music, artists and everyday life in general.
KRIZ G: My motivation is my G boys, my three sons. My inspiration comes from other underground artist working hard, but not getting the right recognition but sooner or later one of us will and hopefully they will open doors for other hard working dedicated artists.
4. EXPLAIN YOUR STYLE?
Our style is a variety. We don’t like to limit ourselves to a certain type of music or style. Sometimes inspirational, real day to day things some people might go thru and relate to. It all really depends on the vibe in the studio and beats we work with. The beat tells us what to do and our knowledge lets us put it in rhyme form.
5. BEING LATINOS WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU BRING TO THE HIP-HOP WORLD?
Being Mexican we bring a new voice from a different point of view. We feel like we are too hip hop for Latin and too Latin for hip hop, we are kind of in between. We are all fluent in Spanish and English, and we come from different backgrounds. We can be diverse with all kinds of crowds, we are not trying to do the impossible, which is please everybody, but if we can reach those that have had a similar life, struggle, or background and are able to relate to it, then we feel we are in a good place.
6. WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON AS OF NOW AND WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS WITH MUSIC?
We have so much music that we have finished, and started, and we are constantly working on something. We got at least 2 albums worth of music with many different features, and a lot of mix tape stuff as well. But we would really like to focus more and work on Randy Rains beats to establish our sound a lot better. A lot of his production is different with a variety of styles. We plan to stay working, getting heard and establishing our style and hopefully get some kind of distribution in the future.
7. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE HIP HOP SCENE NOW, THAN IN THE PAST?
Droop: The Hip Hop scene now has changed dramatically from what it used to be 10 or more years ago. But music has always changed, from the 80's, 90's, 00's, to now. There is great music being made, but also a lot of music that isn’t so good. I can listen to the music i grew up listening to, and be taken back to a point in time in my life. Back then you could listen to an entire album, without skipping one track, and create a soundtrack and memories of a point in your life. Now a days its hard to do that, its like people always want more, 1 song comes out, its popular for a few weeks, then it gets old to them, and they want more. So the music and albums get overlooked, and forgotten. They don’t really take the time to pay attention and "Listen" to the music, not just "Hear" it, but actually listen.
Kriz G: I think the hip hop scene today has a lot of talent but it's also flooded with a lot of wackness and that gives the real talented artist selling their CD on the streets a bad name. Because if someone bought a CD from someone and it had bad quality and bad mixing, then when someone with good quality music, that has put in hard work and time into their project comes along, they might think twice about buying it from them.
Randy Rain: I think for a while hip hop took a step back as far as creativity and lyrics. Although I feel now it’s back on the right track with these new artists not being afraid to be themselves, and do the music they like doing.
8. WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH, IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO WORK ANY MAJOR ARTIST OR PRODUCER?
Droop: Someone I'd really like to work with would be.....as far as artists, its a lil difficult for me, because if I would've been asked the same questions years ago, I would probably name alot, but, right now at the moment, I wouldn't know who, But I do listen to alot of different artists and music. As for a producer that I've always wanted to work with, would be Happy Perez. I've always like his style and music.
Kriz G: I’d like to work with Eminem. Because he’s
just simply the greatest of all time n all the walls and barriers he
broke down. He’s always kept it real, and did the music, He wanted to
do, He’s a living legend in the game
Randy Rain: I’d like to work with a lot of artists that have that same passion to make good music. Me being a producer as well, I think it'd be dope to collab on a beat with Dr Dre or Timbaland. They both have their own sound and style that when you hear it, you know that they made it
LINKS PLAYER CITY FAN PAGES AND MUSIC:
Player City Fan Page: www.facebook.com/PlayerCityFanPage
Droop facebook: www.facebook.com/PlayerCity
Randy Rain facebook: www.facebook.com/RandyRain23
Kriz G facebook: www.facebook.com/PlayerCityMusic
Reverbnation Page: www.reverbnation.com/PlayerCity
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Born and raised in Gary In, as well as Detroit MI, and Minneapolis MN, Don F.A.Y. is a Midwest Native. Recognizing his love for music at the age of 8, Don F.A.Y. began to create his own musical compositions. Since then he knew music was his destiny. Inspired by a local group in G.I. his Uncle was a part of, this would be the birth of Don F.A.Y.
After the life struggles of 2010, Family Or Nothing Records came to the conclusion "We all we got." With the pride of the O.G.s and all their resources combined, nothing can or will stop their efforts to success. Don F.A.Y., CFO of Family Or Nothing Records, will stop at nothing to see their company as a major part of the entertainment industry. Never fake, never shady, Don F.A.Y., lives and applys the concept of "I am what I am and all that I am, what I am not I never will be.
Born in the South side of Chicago, third brother of five, Chief P lived a life of hardship and struggle. Even though life has always been an uphill battle, music has always been a major part of his life. At the age of 11, Chief P jumped out the gate ready for the world and whatever came his way. As a child of the foster care system, Chief P never gave no S*#t and never took no S*#t.
Nowadays, as President of Family Or Nothing Records, he is even more focused on his career. Legit ballin has always been his previous endeavor, today it has been his mission to carry that endeavor out. There's no need to count Chief P in anything if it ain?t about making money, making moves, or making music.
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Pledge Empire Records was started by brothers God's Prince and Ced Linus, while they were in college. After one of them quit basketball he wanted to give rapping another chance. Growing up him and his brother always rapped but when they went to college they had put it on hold to further their education. The college they attended put out a cd with music from artist on their campus so the duo decided to put a song of theirs on the cd, which would be the only hip-hop song on the whole cd. This decision was a success because they received great reactions from other college students who wanted to hear more. Soon they were making more music and created the name The Pledge Empire which has meaning behind it, they choose the name from a song by Jab Rule ft. Nas that was called The Pledge, and added Empire on the end of it. Empire was added because they wanted their own world within their Empire. Later Pledge also began to stand for something greater: Plan Living Each Day Giving Everything. The Pledge Empire began to establish itself and started doing shows at the college as well at local venues around town. The brothers decided to make the group even greater by making it into a record label because they felt that rappers were not rapping at time what The Pledge Empire was rapping about. They made official with papers so they could have a full roster of artists that rap and sing about the same content. Currently the record label has 6 artists who are Sti-Lo Reel, Ced Linus, Rod Ricks, Nicole Raciatti and God?s Prince, which all are part of the group The Pledge Empire. The group describes themselves as hard working and their mission is to do what God has planned for them. They believe in giving back to their community, so after every 5 shows they give back to back to kid?s schools, Red Cross, giving inner city kids Christmas gifts. We rap from the heart every song we make any can relate too, says God's Prince. Advice that God's Prince would like to give is never sleep and out work your competition by all means and lastly number one don't be scared to fail. The reason The Pledge Records has continued with success their work ethic, thought process that every song they put out is for the The Greater Good. As of now the record label is working on artist Sti-Lo debut album which soon to be released on December 7th and an album release show at The Cedar in Minneapolis, MN.
Meet the man behind Grind 1st Records
Bringing some of that down south swag to the Midwest, this young talented man is the one behind Grind 1st records. Born in the wicked streets of Blackhaven in Memphis, TN, Young Pooh is about his music. He was inspired by the classic souls and underground rap in the south. He would take every dollar he had and would go to the moms and pops corner stores to get the latest local well known artist's tapes, He was right away influenced to write and produce his own music. His name Young Pooh comes from at a very early age the family referred to him as Pooh and as he grew older it has just stuck with him. As of now Young Pooh resides in Minnesota but is still doing music. He has been working hard on his music and has been doing a lot of beat making. This artist has a lot in store for his fans. He is currently working on a clothing line as well. The theme behind his work is "Before you eat, shine, relax, and so forth you have to grind 1st" Along with being in the music industry he is also works full-time and is a father of three beautiful children who he adores. He loves spending time with his children and guiding them in the right direction. One of his hobbies he enjoys doing is cooking for his family. He seems to have some skills in the kitchen as well, he must get it from his mama. When asked what are the challenges that you face in the music scene? He said, "Its life struggles that we all have to deal with or have dealt with. Music is an escape for me to get away from life, where I can process my thoughts from day to day issues rather it being broke, no food, no job just reality. The challenges of being in the Midwest are due to the diversity. It has its east and west coast and down south vibe, but with today's music you have to relate to the people and now days you don't get the quality type music. So, I make sure my music has a different approach every time I record."
Free Money Serious Bizznes
PURPLE CITY KING
Purpled out every day this Twin Cities rapper is all about getting that Free Money and serving up some Serious Biznes. At the age of 10 Free Money was kicking rhythms not knowing later at the age of 13 he would start recording. As a youngin he started to get his inspiration from the old school rappers, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Paper Boy, Tone Loc, Big Daddy Kane and many others who paved the way for future rappers but, overall who set it off for him was Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. That world famous Chronic album found its way in the hands and to the ears of Free Money. Soon after he recorded, he heard himself and thought he sounded good, this is when he realized this was something that he wanted to pursue. Tupac and Biggie were on top in the music game and this was even a push for Free Money to want to keep going. He knew he wanted to rap but he didn?t want to sound like them he wanted to be original with it. Free Money had his first break in 1998 over South Minneapolis. It was a female promoter who was doing open mic contest for rappers and his crew and he decided to go check it out. They had gotten there late but everyone encouraged Free Money to sign up. There were already people ahead but he ended up making it up on stage. Thinking back he says, ?I couldn?t feel my legs. All of a sudden the beat came on and I just snapped! After that I went back to the crowd and watched the rest of the show. At the end of the show I won the contest and I couldn?t believe it.? This had been the moment when Free Money knew his potential and the affect he had on the crowd. His name has been changed over the years, once called Kufreeze to Free Money Flikk soon after it changed again due to his success of his hot raps. He dropped the Flikk and stuck with Free Money. Over the years he has developed his own style and skills, where at this point in his life he feels he has mastered them. ?I can write record and perform a hot song with my eyes closed,? says Free Money. In 2008 He started his own label because he wanted to be in control of his music and his business. He is affiliated with the Krookd Hustla Kingz and in Da Street Music. Some of the challenges that he faces in the music industry in the Midwest is getting hooked up with major exposure to major labels or record executives in MN. Since there is a small group of people who have ties with real people in the music industry they tend to just keep it to themselves or to their crew. ?I think what will work for me is to continue to put out quality music so when I do get that big shot they know off top they gotta fuck with me!? The perks for Free Money is doing something he enjoys weather he gets paid or not. ?I got a real love for real good music period. I only work with real niggaz in my circle. Shout outs to Snype Snizzle, Makk Maff, Maximus, Strig, Velli, Bush Da Creep, Lil Joe Brown, Big Swiz, Tallade.? At this point he doesn?t have anyone in mind that he would like to work with but he is open to collabs perhaps Van Cool, 3D, Rio, Oprhin Records basically real ass people.
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