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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:08

OG ILLA

"With almost of decade of work in Richmond’s hip-hop scene, OG ILLA continues to fight for citywide acceptance. He’s simultaneously the most popular white hip-hop artist in the city and one of the most underappreciated." - StyleWeekly 

"From the music to all of his varies business dealings, he embodies what it means to be an independent music mogul on the grind. To be frank, OG ILLA simply finds a way to stay working and relevant." - TheCheatsMovement

(PRESS RELEASE) OG ILLA is a rapper, producer, visual artist & entrepreneur born and raised in Richmond, VA. Birthed to a teenage mother who lacked the resources to properly care for her children, he and his two older sisters were placed in foster care at the age of 10. As a foster child, OG carried from his early upbringing a love for Hip-Hop, Pop, Gospel and R&B music that his mom would play constantly around the house during his childhood. 
 
After spending a year homeless, ultimately living in a friend’s laundry room, OG decided to start utilizing his passion and turned it into a profession. OG ILLA linked up with Aura HD and opened a studio/music video production company. Starting his own promo company, Broad Street Elite, he partnered with Kingdom Nightclub & was put in charge of the Hip-Hop/Nightlife department. This helped him become a pioneer in developing the Hip-Hop scene in his hometown. He began event coordinating his own shows, special events, and parties with tons of notable independent/major artist; allowing him to establish a name for himself within in the music business.

OG ILLA debuted his first album independently on The Source Magazine and is currently working to develop his brand and expand his craft/fan base. He has dedicated himself to his music and has continues to overcome the obstacles of being an indie Hip-Hop artist.
 

OG ILLA shared stages with many hip hop artist such as: Riff Raff, Lil B, Ace Hood, Action Bronson, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Los, Vinny Cash, Kid Daytona, Jarren Benton, Phil Ade, Lil Wyte, Cory Gunz and numerous other independent artists.

 
Follow OG ILLA's music 
Thursday, 05 October 2017 01:07

Logic

From performing locally in the DMV area, sporting some of LoLaFo's clothing line while on stage, it has been an honor to have Logic featured on Diversal before getting signed to Visionary Music Group, and the road to stardom that followed; performing world tours, to performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, the VMA's, and more.  

Logic exemplies what it means to follow your creative passion, and serves as an example for any with a dream.  Read his extraordinary story here...

 

Get, buy Logic merch 

 

 

Sunday, 03 September 2017 21:18

2JaysLeft

Pure fire - Independent artist Peniel Howell (born June 15,1988), better known by his stage name 2JaysLeft (Formally known as Produca P), is an American rapper, record producer and engineer from Washington D.C who has been building a catalog of hit after hit. 

2JaysLeft released his debut mixtape "Far From Done" in 2013 on Spinrilla - it featured Cheif Keef, Fat Trel, Mike Will (Production) Philade and more. The success of his mixtape led him to become Hot New Hip Hop's "Artist of the week".  His music videos, The Introduction, Used To Be & Invincible were all premiered on MTV jams, Revolt TV and Vh1. The video below is his first song released under the name @2JaysLeft. (source: Penie Howell) 

 

 

Stay tuned for upcoming releases by @2JaysLeft

Thursday, 13 July 2017 03:28

I.Am.Tru.Starr

 
IAMTRUSTARR, Bandzoogle: With an inexhaustible amount of creativity woven deep into the layers that make up the artist that is I.Am.Tru.Starr, his career, as a recording artist, is a testament to that of a dedicated craftsman’s. Making sure he was able to come correct with his talents, this Rochester-born musician is now stepping out amongst the shadows with a mission larger than an average vocalist’s.
 
Using his modest upstate roots as motivation for his own music, I.Am.Tru.Starr is working with the intention to lead by example, with a dedicated passion to show the next generation already looking up to him that beautiful things can grow out of what others consider a deadbeat town.
 
“Growing up in places like where I’m from, kids don’t get the chance to dream properly,” the emcee says, with bright eyes. “I’m chasing mine so they don’t ever have to be timid about chasing theirs.”
 
Recording music in a serious capacity since 2012, I.Am.Tru.Starr grew up in music by way of his neighborhood, with his friends challenging him early on to find confidence in his natural ability to rap, going on to form a group out of a local DJ’s basement using borrowed equipment.
 
As a child I.Am.Tru.Starr would emulate the vocal styling of Dave Hollister until his family would tell him to quiet down. Eventually they started listening and whether he was singing classic covers or sneaking in his own rudimentary lyrics, their compliments began to hold weight, especially considering that as a musical household with high standards, his family members were tough critics to please.
 
Channeling the spirit and sounds of the likes of D’Angelo, Fred Hammond, Scarface, Andre 3000 and Donny Hathaway and more, I.Am.Tru.Starr’s current sound is film noir meets 2016. His ability to share his story with potent lyrics and lush melodies, carefully crafted into his own self-described sound of “Soul Hop,” allows him to both reach - and captivate - a varied audience. Taking elements of hip-hop, R&B, funk, gospel and alt-soul, I.Am.Tru.Starr’s battle cry is emotional. His music comes from a place of raw honesty, and that foundation of pure expression is all he has.  After getting swallowed by the wrong crowd and experiencing significant setbacks as a result, I.Am.Tru.Starr prevailed by harnessing a redefined purpose, learning more than the instruments he taught himself during this deeply personal and challenging chapter of darkness.
 
As I.Am.Tru.Starr begins to settle into a space entirely his own musically, he is built up by the people he selectively works with, finding a second family in his curated group of producers and creative minds all united under the undeniable power of art, and truth –
(IAMTRUSTARR, Bandzoogle)
 

Artist name: I.Am.Tru.Starr

Website: www.iamtrustarr.com

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4uY17u6sR13GQqRtYnilHn - "hair like basquiat."

Ep https://open.spotify.com/album/6SsXDdIiep6W0BXZkJuBY2  

Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/clef7 

Gleam: https://iamtrustarr.com/album/529514/gleam?autostart=true 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 02:53

Kevin Sinatra

That raw intellectual hiphop sound provided by DMV's highly anticipated unsigned artist Kevin Sinatra, has not gone unnoticed.  With features in 2dopeboyzHipHopHundreddjbooth, and many more Kevin continues to drop classic bangers.  While covering one of his early 2017 projects "Sleep Paralysis", Earmilk gave a highlight to his lyrics, stating that  "he's making a poignant statement about young black males at the hands of the very institutions (such as police, i.e "angels") built to protect them but instead suffer due to being undervalued in western society." 

 

 

 

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