Contay is a lyrical genius and a musical entrepreneur! Born Dramaine Contay Smith in Greenville, MS and raised in Riverdale, Ga Contay started writing poetry at an early age in elementary and perfected his craft throughout high school. Now 24 years of age he seeks to revolutionize hip-hop and the way it is being viewed. Contay is an all around performer. A great dancer with immaculate stage presence he will blow your mind away performing his hits! Listen to the positive vibe and the natural feel his songs inspire. That feeling that will grab you and keep you through the whole song! Although Contay considers himself a lyrical genius on the mic he also seeks to build a relationship with the community. To truly more than a monetary value. He seeks to be the example of a true role model in hip hop for kids of all ages. Stay tuned ladies and gentleman because the best has yet to arrive!
Hip-hop is a form of popular music that’s comprised mainly of emceeing and deejaying. The other two components that complete the four elements of hip-hop are graffiti and breakdancing. As hip-hop evolves into big business, the four elements (emceeing, deejaying, graffiti, and breakdancing) are constantly being merged with others like clothing trends, slang, and general mindset.
Rap Vs. Hip-Hop:
Rap is a form of music that stemmed from hip-hop culture. Hip hop is a lifestyle with its own lingo, dress code, etc. In the words of KRS-One, “hip-hop is something you live, rap is something you do.”
Hip-Hop Started in the Bronx:
A product of cross-cultural integration, rap is deeply rooted within ancient African culture and oral tradition. Hip-hop is believed to have originated in the Bronx by a Jamaican DJ named Kool Herc. Herc’s style of deejaying involved reciting rhymes over instrumentals. At house parties, Herc would rap with the microphone, using a myriad of in-house references. Duplicates of Herc’s house parties soon drifted through Brooklyn, Manhattan. Herc and other block party DJs helped spread the message of hip-hop around town and spawned tons of followers.
Some of the earliest rap songs ever recorded include “King Tim III (Personality Jock)” by Fatback Band and “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang. The latter reached the #36 spot on the Billboard charts (a huge feat by 1970’s standards), thus demonstrating hip-hop’s ability to draw commercial appeal.
Hip-Hop As a Melting Pot:
Hip-hop as a musical melting pot is still evolving. It has become more eclectic, borrowing from soul, jazz and live instrumentations with the likes of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and most recently Kanye West championing the ‘soulful rap’ movement.
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In the music game, some were destined to play. RedFox Da Arsonist (a.k.a “RF”) began his life as Edward Joseph Swaby in Brownsville Brooklyn, NY, USA. He was one of eight siblings to his West Indian parents, Prudence Walters & Edward Leonard Swaby. Growing up with a broken home, money troubles, and a harsh environment, RF learned the hard life the hard way eventually turning his talents loose as an M.C.
Hip hop was all around him in Queens where he moved to, and he felt connected through the history of the land and the family of Hip Hop superstars such as Run DMC. Even when away from his family at a group home, a guard on duty let him meet his personal friends in the game: Pee Wee Kirkland and Vinnie from Naughty By Nature. RF listened to Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang, Master Ace, Nas, Biggie, Da Brat, Tupac, & even The Fugees to which he pulled his inspiration and began free-styling.
After being encouraged by a few compliments by fellow dudes at the local basketball court, RF met up with rappers Teff and Warlock to form Desert Eagles. The producer of the Crystal Lake imprint hooked them up with shows with Jadakiss and Fabulous and backstage passes and met Lil Bow Wow, Lil Romeo, & Lil Zane. In 2001, the group split up.
2004 marked a rebirth for RedFox Da Arsonist with his first solo release, “Who GOD Bless, No Man Curse” selling independently 10,000 copies. 2005 he released “The Industrial Revolution” with somewhat lesser success. In 2006, RF began an onslaught of constant shows at various clubs and venues that all led up to his 2008 album, “IR2, Corporate Conglomerate”. Things started to really pick up, and RedFox has since appeared in magazine and print, got a ringtone deal, performed at the New Jersey Music Conference, performed at Get Your Buzz Up, appeared on WebTV’s 24/7 Grind with Frankie the Boss (which is about to get picked up by Direct TV).
Reddfayce (red face) hailing out of Plano, Texas by way of Louisiana; born in the boot and raised in the great state of Texas. He is the M.C. that is versatile in lyrics and delivery that compliment his real life, real story-telling compositions. Reddfayce, at a young age, has been all around the United States from the East coast to the south and now in the southwest where he teamed up with his management Tru Visionz. Together they are making major moves with an independent grind.
Gully Davis born and raised on the mean streets of Brooklyn in the heart of East New York, where only the strong
survive. He began rapping at the young supple age of eleven. May 8, 1999 a tragic turn of event occurred when he was in accident in Staten Island being hit by a truck and a bus left young gully in a coma, it took a lot of strength, but he managed to bounce back. More enthusiastic and more focused he began to take rap more seriously. With the help of Asiah Lewis he started ghost writing for known artist and besides recording in the cutting room he also worked for bad boy entertainment that was only until he decided to become an artist himself.
After losing his oldest and favorite brother, he felt as though he had to make away for his family with that as his motivation he headed for greatness with no turning back he continues to move forward with only success on his mind in his words “The stakes are high all the chips are on the table” so with that said much love to 718 the producer.
Born Ruler is one of today’s reminders in Hip-Hop, letting us know that the conscious MC didn’t go anywhere. Born
Alfred T. Farrar, 3RD, in 1977 in Bronx, New York, his single parent environment was the perfect condition to form the MC that he is today.
Coming of age in a time when Hip-Hop was showing and proving its power to dominate the world. Born has kept his fingers dusty digging in crates at a very early age. As a child and young teen he experienced various musical talents while traveling up and down the East coast.
Located in Richmond, Va he dominates local MC’s in rhyme battles, Born has a gift for preserving the feeling that was once felt in the atmosphere of Hip-Hop. He is what you would call MC/ Producer, choosing to have MC placed first. Born Ruler has written, produced, recorded and mixed all of his own music and beats. Born has produced albums for groups such as The A-Alikeminds, Project Feed the
Baby, and also a project called Dark Matter.
So when you hear any music done by Born Ruler, you leave knowing that the Bronx was here. His beats are very universal and have a Boom Bap Hip-Hop foundation. He says, “He is here to bring the passion back to conscious rhyme”. Many people who have heard Born’s work mostly reply with, “Hey, where can I find more Hip-Hop music that sounds like this”.
You can find Born every Friday from 9pm-11pm at the Richmond University Radio WDCE, on The Bumrush Show. He is known as the resident MC.
The Eerie Canal is Hip-Hop at its purest. Born and raised in Rochester, NY
Brandon M. Correa aka Eerie Canal has drawn many comparisons to
Currently working on a globally distributed mixtape with Island
Eerie Canal is preparing to approach the doors that have been closed
“…I’ve reached the lake of self reflection.
And see Myself asking Me to lead I to the smokers section.
A finals winner in a citywide talent competition, Eerie Canal cannot
“I send a shout out to you my dude one of the HOTTEST, positive
Entertainers know entertainers…and Eerie Canal is no joke. The
BORN RANDY JAYLEE JACOWAY ON SEP. 27 1978 IN A SMALL TOWN IN SIOUX FALLS, SD, TO PARENTS
RANDY (BLACK MAN) AND (WHITE WOMEN) DEBORAH JACOWAY. 6 MONTHS AFTER BIRTH PARENTS
Lucci Lu, born and raised in the wicked streets of Mobile, Alabama has manged to overcome many obstacles and has
worked hard to separate himself from the local scene an becoming one of the most talked about up an coming artist of 2011. Lucci Lu with his gangsta lyrics, and smooth touch on beats has a feel that we haven’t heard in a long time. He is committed to bringing Reality Music to the music industry with a style we have never seen before. Lucci Lu has interest in making all types of music that his fans can enjoy. After 10 Mixtapes through the streets with Chessup Muzik, he released his first solo online mixtape with an offical release this past March, which was released on March 8, 2011 titled The Real Lucci Lu. He has plans to release his second mixtape this fall titled “No Vaseline” under his current label Enrun Enterprises. Lucci Lu is an artist that has universal sound andhe also has engineering skills as well as some producing skills. Lucci Lu has been at this music strong now for the last 6 years but now his states is the time as sets out to take the world by storm and take his music to the world wide stage. Introducing The Real