Following the release of their Freddie Gibbs assisted single, “Trap House Jumpin,” Pimpin Pen and K.Paul, theCountry Cousins, have dropped the official video for “Up 2 Somethin.” Shot entirely in their hometown of Austin, TX, Country Cousins embrace the South’s signature uniqueness. Featuring an identifiable Drake sample “Up 2 Somethin”appears on Country Cousins‘ DJ Smallz hosted “Country Kingz” mixtape coming this Fall.
New Music: Lil Shady – Stay Featuring Q Parker From 112
Lil Shady Bio
Lil Shady is a hip hop rap artist and songwriter bred from the urban streets of Warren, Ohio, a city riddled with heroin overdoses, and once synonymous with police brutality and teen pregnancies. He entered this world on June 18th, 1982, into the arms of two loving parents and surrounded by a big family. His mother was a factory worker and his father a construction worker. As a hobby, Lil Shady’s father was also a DJ in the local community. His father’s affinity to the rhythms of his generation exposed Lil Shady at an early age to a variety of musical sounds. By the age of 14, Lil Shady was hooked on the beats and voices of his time.
Like many urban youth, he faced bitter challenges from the negative forces in his neighborhood. His experiences of jail time, having little to no money and the terrible, untimely loss of his Dad in 2011, took a toll on his spirit. Being one of six children, Lil Shady knew he had to carry a huge load. He was determined to be the shining example for his younger siblings. Allowing them to fall into the same traps he was subjected to on his journey of coming into his own manhood was not an option.
Once he got started, there was no stopping him from getting to studio sessions and leaving it all on the mic and in the booth. Life’s obstacles knocked him down, but he got right back up each time with a mindset instilled in him by his aunt La Tasha in a quote she often uses of Grammy recording artist, Usher, that “Sometimes you have to go through something to get to something.” Keeping that in mind and the lyrical genius of his musical influence, the late great 2Pac Shakur, he diligently moved forward on his path to success journaling his testimony in his songs.
Along the way, Lil Shady has worked with several artists such as Jay Five, Lisa Elzy, Young Trajik, Murdah 1, Bizarre from D12 and many more. Some of his performances include opening for Fat Al, Devin the Dude, D-12, Tech Nine and Ray Jr. He had also formed a group called 3-Thirty with fellow rappers Young Frizzle, Supreme, Pudge, Mac Sleeze and LX. In 2010, he decided to explore solo opportunities and released a solo project called Spaceship Chroniclez. As he continued to grind out his work, he joined forces with Money 1st Entertainment. Out of this relationship, he released Certified and Hoodfellazmixtape projects.
Shady’s work ethic is serious and authenticity is one primary rule he stands by. “The main thing I will do is always be real in what I rap about…” says Lil Shady. He continues, ”If I haven’t lived it, done it or experienced it in any type of way, you won’t hear me rapping about it.”
Stay…Don’t Leave Me ft Q Parker from 112, the first single off his new project, From the Dub 2 the World, tells the story of a ride or die woman in love with a man that is maturing as their relationship flourishes and although she keeps leaving, she takes him right back. Now, he proclaims his love and loyalty to only her. This song is the perfect segue into the direction Lil Shady’s life is heading in not only personally but musically. It’s grown man season and Lil Shady is here for it.
Bread Brothers hails from the West Inn of Louisville, Kentucky. After recently linking with The Progress Report & Beat Monster Marc in ATL, Bread Brothers collaborated with Quality Control artist, Jose Guapo at QC studios and shot the music video soon after.
[INTERVIEW] Natasha Mosley Talks R&B Career, Upcoming Project “Naytoven” with Zaytoven & More with The Progress Report
Songstress Natasha Mosely opens up with The Progress Report & Femcee.net about her personal and music life. During the interview, Natasha discusses being from Atlanta, creating sexy R&B, favorite strip clubs, advantages and disadvantages of being a female in the business, upcoming project with Zaytoven called Naytoven, working with FKI and Yung LA, writing her own music and singing in the church since the age of 3.
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Detroit artist Acapella returns with new music called “Everybody Is A Rapper”, which is true. My mom’s probably secretly a rapper. This one wil will definitely have you thinking.
New Video: MedafORACLE – Ventilation
medafORACLE migrated from the east coast to Phoenix, AZ in 2003. Known for his witty punch lines, complicated rhyme scheme and trickery word play, he mixes this into songs containing substance and content. This is what separates him from other emcees. He uses this to create a balance between the real world and entertainment. Not only known as an emcee but also a producer and engineer, he strives to be an influence for the local artist in his state, region and ultimately worldwide. Being raised on the late 80’s and 90’s era of Hip Hop, he has had the blessed opportunity to share the stage with some of his influences and legends from that same era such as, Pharoahe Monch, De La Soul, The Alcoholics, Talib Kweli, Aceyalone and One Belo just to name a few.
Raised mostly by his mother after losing his father at age ten to gun violence, he has had a passion to use his gift of writing music to educate younger listeners. Focusing on real life situations he has been through, witnessed or could have experienced, he paints these very portraits with his song writing abilities. medafORACLE’s love for Hip Hop was conceived during his conception and with his love and talents combined he hopes to utilize this as an engine to drive the youth’s inspiration.
Though Hip Hop’s purity hasn’t flourished in the mainstream world, he is aware that it is alive and well and proves this in every song he writes. Do yourself a favor and get familiar with the name “medafORACLE
DB Tha Rasta shows love to his homies who have passed away and who are currently incarcerated with “Pour Sum Liquor” produced by JR Hitmaker. Through his lyrics, DB touches on how he feels about how far he has come with his career, and how it saddens him that a few of his loved ones aren’t here to share with him.
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