From funk lords like Bootsy Collins to hard-nosed sports figures like Pete Rose, Cincinnati has birthed some of the most remembered names in American culture. Do not be surprised when you see ‘Nati-bred rapper Street Lotto name added to the city’s impressive lineage.
Reared in the city’s Avondale (A-1) section, Street Lotto grew up surrounded by Hip-Hop and self-expression both directly and indirectly. Without a successful local rap musician to look to, Street Lotto was instantly inspired by nationally recognized artist, such as Snoop Dogg, Scarface, Jay Z, Biggie Smalls, Nas, 50 Cent and Eminem. In hindsight, Lotto now credits his father as a major influence. Since his father’s passing, Lotto started collecting his father’s journals and self-composed poetry. “My father was a lover of books and poetry. He kept a journal since he was a teenager. He was a definite influence in my rap career,” expresses Lotto.
Recognizing that there was little to no musical opportunities in Cincinnati, Lotto relocated to Atlanta Georgia and immediately started networking, grinding and making connections that would to lead to working with the rap’s world elite. In addition, Lotto had an invitation to travel to Los Angeles to work with Dogg Pound’s Daz Dillinger. As a result of his experiences in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Los Angeles, Street Lotto has developed a style that reminds you of both the struggles and victories in life.
Lotto is rhyming about enjoying the rewards of his hard work on the Dee Jay Dana produced cut “Grown Man.” Also, he displaying his unique swagger on the street heater “Dogg Headz”, which features West Coast veteran Dogg Pound member Daz Dillinger. “Dogg Headz was featured on Street Lotto’s 2010 debut LP, “Game & Fortune.” His debut album received rave reviews since it’s internet release. With the sign of approval by WDJP’s own DJ TRUUF, “Game and Fortune” hit the net with over 18,000 downloads with no promotion. The album featured appearances by 98 degrees band member Jeff Timmons for the track “As far As Eyes Can See,” R&B crooner Jarvis on “Why Wouldn’t I” and ” She’s A Winner.” In addition, Lotto is currently endorsed by ZOOZBEAT, the COCA COLA sponsored application for Apple’s Iphone.
Lotto continues his hard work in 2011 with his current music. “I am recording new music for my fans and to stay relevant in this changing music business. I’m originally from the midwest therefore, it’s only natural that I make music for people across the board to reach the masses, Hip-Hop is here to stay,” exclaims Lotto.
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A-Block is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Black City Hustla Records LLC and also is a musician based out of Germany. While growing up, music has always been apart of his life and will always be in it. His rap career was set to start, when he was rapping to one of his favorite songs, and a random guy attention was caught by A-Block’s skills. He told A-Block that his delivery was so great, that he should become a rapper. A-Block questioned himself and felt so confident that he started his journey to become one of the best musicians to come out of the Germany area.
Around late 2007, A-Block was on Myspace listening to songs and also networking with a few artist. He ran into another musician by the name of Joshua Davis (Tony Tone Montana). Him and Tony Tone talked for hours and formed a tight friendship, which led him a position in Black City Hustla Records LLC.
A-Block is on a mission for success and will not let nothing come in his way to get it. What sets him apart from other musicians, is that he brings not only his story to the game but also tell stories that his fans can relate. The songs that he produces, not only influences others to the point where they cry, but also to where they think that they are the ones who are spitting the lyrics. He also shows his sense of humor and is not afraid to show or tell what he is feeling. He writes music to express his feelings, in a positive way, instead of committing crimes.
In conclusion, A-Block hopes that his songs can help others, whenever they are feeling down, to let them know they’re not alone. He encourages everyone to be true to themselves and also if they have a dream, make them come to reality.
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Born and raised in Long Island, New York where many hip hop pioneers have begun, has highly influenced my love of music. My stage name is Young Ray, and I have been in the music industry for five years so far, learning and obtaining knowledge to better myself with my career.
I began listening to “50 Cent”, “Eminem”, ”Young Jeezy”, and “Pretty Ricky”. Quickly inspired I began writing ideas down and working with making words rhyme. People then saw what my admiration was in life and turned away from me and hated the fact that I wanted to pursue music. I turned to music and writing as a way to fully express the emotions I felt. Writing poetry allowed me to show people what I am capable of doing and doing it in a positive way. Many people said what they felt with their negative opinions towards my decisions, but I didn’t allow it to bring me down. It actually gave me more motivation and more positive energy to prove everyone wrong.
When I graduated high school, I took my music to the next level. I began linking up with local artists feeling out new flows and learning new ways to approach the microphone. I then met B Divine, a producer, DJ, artist, and hip hop enthusiast. B Divine and I met at a local recording studio, and began working together each complimenting the other with our individual style of music. He introduced me on to the old school hip hop culture and opened me up to a new way of thinking. It was then that I began to collaborate with many artists of all different styles including hip hop legend, Tragedy Khadafi. I am featured on the mixtape from DJ Modesty overseas in France as well as a number of other mixtapes and have been featured on various radio shows throughout the U.S. I have been dedicating all of my time to writing, recording, and performing in order to pursue this dream, music has quickly become my life.
Since day one the progress has been nonstop, the learning experiences have boosted my ability to educate myself with a better knowledge of how to take on everyday obstacles in my life. Not only have I built a stronger mentality, but I have helped the few that stand strong by my side. I hope that in the future, I can reach out and help everyone that was once in my shoes. Let’s see where this path leads me.
Born Dante’ Griffin in the inner-city of Cincinnati, OH. Being raised in a single parent household by his mother like most he became a product of his environment. His involvement in the “street life” came at an early age when he had to fend for himself. At the age of 16 he began selling drugs and committing robberies to make ends meet. Although he had a wonderful talent he never took it serious until his older brother caught wind of the foolish things he was doing. Afraid that his little brother would end up dead or in jail he became more involved in showing him a way out. Realizing that he could utilize his god given talent that was passed down from his father to make a better life for him and his family he began to take it all in and became very serious about a career in the music industry. Although he was still involved in the street life he wasn’t as deep as once before. He soon became a house hold name emerging from the rap battle circuit in Cincinnati. He then went to battle and win against the national artist “THE GAME” in hopes of a recording contract with “THE GAME” but it was nothing but broken promises. Frustrated he embarked on a journey that would give him national attention against “THE GAME”. He soon was on the local radio one station 100.9 the wiz (now known as 101.1 the wiz) with hits such as “GO HARD OR GO HOME” “CINCINNATI HAT” and “STAND YA GROUND”. He began to open up for every major artist in every major club that would come into town to perform from SCARFACE, DTP, 50 CENT, G-UNIT, JADAKISS, THE LOX, LIL SCRAPY, SHAWTY LO, YOUNG JEEZY, GUCCIE MANE, and RICK ROSS. That soon got him the attention of the powerful Cincinnati based record label GARNETT entertainment owned by ALEX GARNETT. That led to his most powerful hit “CHEVY SITTIN LIKE A MONSTER” which caused him to perform at “U.S BANK ARENA” with the likes of YOUNG JEEZY, LIL WAYNE, JIM JONES, and FAT JOE. Once propositioned to sign with YOUNG JEEZY’s C.T.E and ATLANTIC records it all came to a screeching stop once ALEX GARNETT became incarcerated on federal drug trafficking and king pen charges. Trying to stay on top and make his own path the streets found him once again. Losing faith in a recording contract he also lost his cousin and best friend Chauncey Yarbrough to murder charges. As a promise to him
he vowed to never stop until he reaches his goal and even then to keep pushing “I’ve came from nothing and made it too far to stop now” he says “It’s meant to be and no one can stop me but me, sometimes you have to start over to move forward”. With his new WE ON DECK movement formally A.B.G he proves nothing can stop you but you. He is a Cincinnati legend, he is SHOWTIME.
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Relly Boi was born December 15, 1987 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up Relly Boi was very musically inclined, however, Relly Boi’s mind was set on playing basketball. The sport allowed him to put his energy to positive uses and keep his grades up through out his high school career. Then one day Relly Boi went to a studio, to see how he would sound if he rapped. It was a smash!! He knew that he had found his calling. He then recorded his first song “Growin up.” Next, he recorded a song called “Do Ur Dance“. As Relly Boi kept going to the studio and his musical talent continued to mature,he soon collaborated with the Nati Boyz who started to make his instrumental beats. In the Fall of 2007, he enrolled in the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. T his school taught Relly Boi how to make his voice stronger and gave him knowledge on understanding the In’s and Out’s of radio and television. His current endeavors include Ghetto Goofy vol.1 that he plans to release in 2013. The first single off of Ghetto Goofy vol.1 will be “You the type of Chick.” The single was produced by Sparkz tha track man. His goal is to show that he can do it all as an artist and be the entertainer that the music world has been missing out on. Word is Relly Boi is one of the hottest Solo Artist coming out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Relly Boi is known as the true ladies man
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Raw aggression and energy describes the lyrical talent of Cincinnati-born rapper, Rome. Born December 8, 1987, Rome (born Roman Hill) grew up playing sports, fighting, and of course rapping. He is destined to be the first rap phenomenon to come out of the city of Cincinnati (Ohio).
Rome grew up in a single-parent home in various parts sections of Cincinnati (mainly Uptown) with his younger brother and mother. Rome has been rapping as long as anyone can remember starting from battling and free styling at school and has been fueled by various situations in his life. Known for a short temper and aggressive behaviors, Rome has never shied away from conflict, which has helped fuel, his rap career.
Following high school graduation, Rome was awarded a full-ride scholarship to play basketball, which was deterred by a 3-year prison sentence. After his release in 2010 on February 14thfrom his 3-year sentence, he was given a second chance and granted his scholarship and went on to win MVP his 1st season playing college basketball. Shortly after Rome got home from prison, his younger brother Dominique was slapped with a 4-year sentence that he is currently serving.
Dominique’s jail sentence only added fuel to Rome’s fire and hunger to make an impact on the rap game. Since returning home, Rome has released 2 mixtapes; “Behind Bars” and “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”, that have his city going crazy and he is currently working on 2 new mixtapes; “Behind Bars 2” and “Road to Rome . Rome also participated in the “loud pack tour” performing in cities all throughout Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and south carolina. Full of potential and ambition follow Rome , for his work ethic alone will gain your attention and transform you into a “Rome fan” if not already a fan.
Rome has been on a hot streak, including an undefeated rap battle record and a slew of videos from his latest project, “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”, which all have thousands of views. Rome’s sight is now set on a major rap deal and he won’t settle for less. Follow him on the “Road To Rome”
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Marcus C., better known as “Parkway Marc”, is one of the most well known “unknown” rap artists in the Atlanta city limits. Growing up in the infamous “Concrete Jungle” of Atlanta’s drug infested downtown area known as the “4th Ward”, Parkway gained credibility and respect. Born in Grady Homes (G-Town) and raised on Parkway/Ralph McGill Blvd.(Parkway Plaza). By combining his street sense and book intelligence into his rhymes, he developed a unique flow that challenged anyone to try and top his lyrical delivery.
Listening to some of his tracks you hear him recall life on the Boulevard as a continual game with the police, dodging their every move while living the fast life that he’s always known from the streets. Lyrically, Parkway produces a street scene that is often rapped by many, but truly lived by few. By using what he likes to call “Real Rap”, Parkway introduces his listeners to his life in the streets of Atlanta. In a vehement southern dialect he forces you to enter the Dirty South by describing some of the city’s most gritty areas and dealings.
He attributes his musical influence to NWA, Easy-E, Ice Cube, and Tupac Shakur, to name a few. Since forming D$KG Records with C.A.T.M.A.N., his homeboy from S. Carolina, Parkway has begun to produce his own beats and record his own tracks. As an entrepreneur, he has produced, published, engineered, and recorded a number of tracks for emerging rappers as many as well known names in the Atlanta area.
Some artists that Parkway has worked with many artists that include Tupac, ATFam, C.A.T.M.A.N., Donkee Boy (SD), Goldmouf, Drizzle Dollar, and Thug Nation, among others. With his hit song of 2004, “Leave Me Alone”, he caught the ears of local radio stations. They loved the song and how real the lyrics were, but the words were too much for the radio. Fearing that the song would lose its force if edited a radio version was never produced. This was a tough set back, but it proved that he has the skill and talent to reach the masses. Although some aren’t ready what Parkway likes to characterize as “Conscious Music”, many can relate to the struggles and hardships made known in his lyrics. In one of Parkway’s most memorable moments he was rapping for 2PAC in ’96, 2pac said it best: “You damn ‘sho gangster, send me that demo”. Not long after that 2pac was killed. Back to square one.
We will definitely be hearing more from Parkway Marc and DSKG. Check out his new single, “ALL I KNOW IS GO”; it speaks for itself.
With several videos; he’s making a big impact on YouTube with thousands of views and counting. His music is ranked in the top percentile of majority of the big social music sites for hip-hop & rap.
Born Patrick Goins Jr. in Hamilton, Ohio and later moving to Cincinnati, Ohio around the forest park area where he was raised and a graduate from Princeton High School, class of 2008. His father, Patrick Goins Sr. has been incarcerated since he was 5 months old. With the absence of his father he was raised in a single parent home by his mother Charleen Walker, who worked very hard to support him and his younger brother and sister. The hard times and struggles they endured empowered SAGA to strive to work hard at everything he did as a youth an even more to this present day. To do his best against all odds and events that occurred in his life and the many obstacles that he has overcome is what motivates SAGA to do all he can to be able to provide his family a better life.
SAGA began rapping and free styling at a young age of 10 years old. He was also involved in sports and played in an AAU basketball league. Going through high school is when his music talents started to resurface and he worked hard to balance his dreams and avoid trouble which wasn’t easy. He began writing everyday improving his lyrical and subject matter skills using inspiration from major artist such as Jay-Z and Eminem. He began rhyming in a lot of neighborhoods with other local cyphers and rappers becoming better every time where people began to recognize his talent more and more. He took the next steps and began to record songs and from there he had gained a good following of true fans on the world wide social network www.myspace.com where his songs received thousands of plays.
In the fall of 2009 he moved to Atlanta to pursue his music career and video production skills he had grew fond of at the Art Institute of Atlanta where he attended for one year. While in Atlanta he met music and CEO Manager by the name of Todd Vaughn. Todd owns his own independent label True Reality Productions through the state of Georgia. They joined forces an began working on music featuring SAGA on a compilation album called Buick Music Vol.1 that’s currently on ITunes through True Reality Productions. In February of 2011 they released SAGA first official mix tape entitled “This Aint Music This Is Life Vol.1” which is currently on online now on Tweet my mixtape.com.
Since the release of his mixtape his fans and following has continued to grow, later in 2011 SAGA had also featured in a hip hop magazine called Mandatory Business owned by Jt The Bigga Figga and co owned by Snoop Dogg for his mixtape “This Aint Music This Is Life Vol.1”. SAGA continues to work to improve himself as all around artist. The key subject of his music comes from the pain, joy, experience, struggle, and true emotion of his life that he has went through and how it affected him growing up and what obstacles he still is overcoming presently. He likes to express himself wholeheartedly in his music with a very open mind and heart. SAGA continues to work on some various projects that are yet to come.
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TREMENDOUS THE GREAT ONE BORN AND RAISED IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST THE BRONX TREMENDOUS SET OUT TO MAKE A NAME 4 HIM SELF AND TAKE THE RAP GAME TO A NOTHER LEVEL GROWING UP IN A CITY WHERE LEGENDS WERE BORN HE WOULD WATCH AND LISTEN BEING SCHOOLED TO THE GAME IN HIP HOP HE VOWED TO MAKE IS MARK AND LIVE UP 2 HIS TREMENDOUS NAME…
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