Mackalevin / Dreamland Music Group

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Mackalevin

Mackalevin

“I got my name ‘cause I used to just kill people in rap battles. They said, ‘We’re gonna call you Mackalevin, ‘cause you just keep firin’ bang, bang, bang…’”

With a name like “Mackalevin,” it’s easy to assume that this is just another rapper romanticizing a life of violence, drugs, and promiscuity. There is much more to this son of Brooklyn than you might think. He is similar to the Mac-11 in the way he delivers his verbal ammunition. Once he starts spitting he is very difficult to control, lyrically firing gems that hit you unexpectedly.

Mackalevin is akin to a great painter, using his words as the paintbrush that imprints onto the palette of your mind. “Every word is tailored exactly to paint a picture for the audience so they can see what I’m writing about.” Mackalevin’s talent is placing you in his shoes to help better envision his words. His vision encompasses many things and he uses his entire worldview as fuel for his creative fire. “I don’t limit myself to one beat; I don’t subject myself to one category.” Mackalevin refuses to be boxed into just one form of music, mindset, or thought. The music he creates is as diverse as the experiences and views the world has to offer. From his sampling of the Foo Fighters in ‘Born to Resist’ to “Sitting on the Clouds’ to “So Open” It is plain to see that his music is inclusive to anyone with an ear. And more than just an artist, Mackalevin is a vessel bringing to the forefront the unifying pursuit of truth and enlightenment.

A prolific wordsmith who writes every lyric of his songs, here is a man who knows not only what he wants to tell the world, but how. Mackalevin knows how to write a hook that will burrow into the corners of your psyche. “I want to draw out raw emotion from my audience.” Listen to the proof in ‘More Than Life’ or ‘Why We Live.’ Try to walk away from his music without feeling something move in the cogwheels of your being.

Mackalevin

Mackalevin

Since the age of 8, Mackalevin has always had a talent for freestyling and expressing himself – rapping over Biggie’s songs on his Walkman, freestyling during breaks while his friends made impromptu beats on the lunch table. In the beginning, however, rapping was just a hobby. He focused his energy on nurturing his talent in basketball and considered the possibility of going pro. Mackalevin continued to freestyle and wow anyone who would hear him. He realized how much of a role music played in his life; it was the one thing that was constant. He then decided that music and rapping was more than a mere hobby or even a passion; it was life. Looking back, Mackalevin realizes how much he has grown as a songwriter. His talent has garnered interest from his peers which led him to write hooks and songs for RnB artists and other rappers. He also acknowledges how much growing he has to do as a bona fide rapper. The 25 year-old up-and-comer says, “I took rap seriously when my hoop dreams were over. I used to practice basketball every day; I thought I was going to be in the NBA. I graduated from college, but I knew music was always going to be with me. It’s something I’m going to strive to do no matter what.” The road to success is far from easy for Mackalevin, but he finds consolation in telling himself, “The best part of making it is the journey, so I’m enjoying the ride as I go along.”

Asked what inspires him, Mackalevin says “I’m inspired by everything….my family, the situations I face, the people in my neighborhood, those who didn’t make it, and those who are successful”. Mackalevin is thankful for his Hip Hop group, Fric Frac, which motivated him to develop and expand his lyrical dexterity. They offered different insights and encouraged his creativity. He also draws inspiration from artists such as Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z, Fabolous, and Andre 3000 who show no boundaries. And while he has nothing but respect for the trailblazers of hip hop who have inspired him, he wishes to reach new heights they haven’t achieved.

Now, with the 2011 release of “DREAMLAND,” Mackalevin is more than ready to earn his place among music’s greats. This album embodies who he is – versatile. Mackalevin has a range of songs to draw out every raw emotion, each with its own message. He is able to mirror the ebbs and flows of life in his music from being in the hood to changing the world. “It’s just a reflection of life, life encompasses every situation and emotion, so I just portray every angle of it.” Mackalevin’s music reaches out to the Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock, and Pop crowd. DREAMLAND” demonstrates the unifying trait of music. The elastic trait of his music makes it accessible to anyone who simply feels. Versatility is a rare commodity in the rap scene today. Mackalevin not only has it, he uses it like a weapon, disarming you and then hitting you at your core.

THE STAKES ARE HIGH FOR “GULLY DAVIS” ON THE GLOBAL ATTACK MIXTAPES SERIES!

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Gully Davis born and raised on the mean streets of Brooklyn in the heart of East New York, where only the strong

GULLY DAVIS

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.

 

TOGO IS MORE THAN READY FOR THE INDUSTRY AS HE MAKES HIS DEBUT ON THE GLOBAL ATTACK!

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TOGO/ James Wonder
Producer/Re-mixer/Film Maker
Togo was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and then he moved to Harlem when he was around 14 years. Music has 

TOGO

always played a major role in his life as a youth. He grew up observing is older bother, who was an aspirating DJ at the time, spin, mix, and play free-styled urban reggae music. It wasn’t until he moved to the upper west side housing shelter called (V.O.A) when he discovered one of his true talents as a M.C.

 

Togo became aware of his talent when he came across a group of kids who used to freestyle rhymes off the top of theirs heads, this ability quickly gained the interest of this young man. It wasn’t until he traveled to Japan at the age of 21 when he began to take his talent more seriously.
The social, economical, and cultural conditions that Togo faced while living in Japan were extremely difficult for him. He was homeless, he had no one he could truly call his friend, and the language barrier is what consistently caused issues on a day to day basis.
 

TOGO THE STAR

The difficult problems that Togo faced made him gain a certain connection with his Lord, which he came to know, that God was his only true friend. He latter met a young nail stylist who decide to accommodate him when she found out that he was homeless. She latter became is wife and mother of his 2 children, 5 years after living together in Japan.

 

To talk about his music.
His music speaks of peace, justice and equality, instead of the normal bling bling flashy culture that blinds the youth form the righteous path. His music also brings a sense of hope to the current sounding hip hop scene which focuses mainly on materialistic living and which pulls and extracts from the original essence of why hip-hop was created.
He believes hip-hop or the form of rhyming was formed by the struggle and hard times that the pioneers of the hip-hop industry faced as youngsters, growing up in broken down neighborhoods & houses. The pioneers then formulated this Rap Music or the Hip Hop culture to release the social and economic tensions from their hearts and minds. They also used this Rap music as a sort of tool which could be used to not only speak out against, but fight against injustice and the poor living conditions which they faced.
Togo believes that today’s music contradicts it’s original format and he’s here to bring it back on track.

 

 

KEYZ Da PRODUKT OPENS THE DOOR AND JOINS THE GLOBAL ATTACK MIXTAPE!

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Keyz Da Produkt, 18 years old from the city of Philadelphia. Keyz has been rapping since he was 10 years old.

KEYZ DA PRODUKT

His first show was at Twister’s Lounge where he dominated 16 rappers with his song off his debut mixtape Full Effect, swagger on a hundred, winning 1,000 dollars. He performed at Lady M Productions fashion show February 5th. His newest mix tape No Blood No Mercy is a classic. Inspired by Strapp, Keyz is constantly working to take his career to the next level. You can listen to Keyz’s new stuff on reverbnation.com. Keyz also works with a group from Chester P.A named Animal Aphiliation. Contact Info: jbs50@aol.com or keyz.1439@yahoo.com or facebook.com/keyzdaprodukt

KEYZ BANGS OUT

“REB” brings a Conscience sound to the Global Attack Mixtape Series!

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Born on July 12, 1988 in Newark, New Jersey, Derrick Avent who stages under the name “Reb” moved to a small town in

REB

the south known as Blakely, Ga at the age of 5 where he attended school and graduated in 2006. At the age of 17, He moved to Atlanta, Ga to start his new life. Music has been a part of his daily life since the tender age of 12. Rapping over tapes or whatever source he can use to get his music out. Growing up was tough in his neighborhood being that it wasn’t enough jobs and his mother raising five kids. Opportunities never showed up for him as it did for others but that didn’t discourage him. It actually made him a stronger individual. Never having anything at an early age made him humble and thankful for the things that he did obtain in life.

 

REB IN DEEP THOUGHT

His major influences in music is Bone Thugz-N-Harmony, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Nas, B.I.G, Method Man & Redman, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Drake, Lil Wayne and J. Cole. His style of music has no limitations. Whether its Country or Techno, Reb always gained new ideas about music by expanding his mind. Personal hardships conflicted him but that didn’t alter his speed much. “As long as you strive, you will drive,” as he put it. Finally getting over the fear of taking risks, he decided to pursue his dream of a rapper. He knew that it will be a tough road but with his poised personality, Reb knew he would go farther than he perceived.

 

Life is full of possibilities and you never know how great they are until you’re on your course to actually achieving it. He put his trust in God and stepped  out of the door to Life. Reb always had a passion for music but he never expected it to go anywhere. So he thought of it as a hobby. Starting to build more confidence with every song he wrote, he realized it was more than a hobby. Its a way of life.  His east coast swagger with a hint of southern hospitality puts Reb in a hybrid category. Reb writes about the hardships of the ghetto, everyday life, the dream, and positivity and of course “The Game.” If he knows a plan to succeed, He is very humble to pass it on to others.

REB CHILLAXIN

 

His plan is to get the “Young Movement” to start thinking positive with positive motivational raps and to have an open mind. If you cut off everyone else feedback, then you are one dimensional. “And in this world, that is no way to be,”Reb states. He know this life won’t be easy but he has accepted this life as his own. In God he trusts.

Global Attack MixTape is the first mix tape series to bring urban music together from around the globe on one project – from both successful and up-and-coming artists. For more information, visit www.GlobalAttackMixTapes.com or stay tuned in the music new

 

 

Ox Da General and “TRIANGLE OFFENSE” brings their A-Game to the Global Attack Mixtape Series!

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TYREIK WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ASPEN PLACE PROJECTS LOCATED IN PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY. HE FOUND HIS

OX DA GENERAL

LOVE FOR MAKING MUSIC AT THE AGE OF 13 WHEN HE RECORED HIS FIRST TRACK CALLED “FROM JERSEY”. HIS INFLUENCES WERE BIGGIE SMALLS,NAS, JAY Z, AND CAPO REGIME . HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE FEATURING ON MIXTAPES SUCH AS NEIBORHOOD NIGHTMARES and O.G STATUS ECT.  AND HE WON THE HOT 97 FREESTYLE BATTLE IN 2009 AND APPEARED ON STAGE AT SUMMER JAM FOR THE BOOST MOBLIE FREESTYLE BATTLE. HE’S NOW LINKED UP WITH  LONG TIME FRIENDS  RASHON WILDER(YOUNG RAZE), WILLIAM HANSFORD(B DOT), WHICH THEY FORMED THE GROUP “TRIANGLE OFFENSE” MANAGED BY DARNELL BURLLESS CEO OF “WE DO THIS MUSIC GROUP”. OX DA GENERAL IS ON THE RISE TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED RAPPERS IN THE GAME WATCH OUT FOR THIS RAPPER.

Global Attack MixTape is the first mix tape series to bring urban music together from around the globe on one project – from both successful and up-and-coming artists. For more information, visit www.GlobalAttackMixTapes.com or stay tuned in the music new

 


 

MIC’HAEL TATUM GOES THRU TRAGEDY BUT STILL KEEPS HIS FOCUS TO BE ABLE TO SHINE ON THE GLOBAL ATTACK MIXTAPE!

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Mic’hael Tatum was born on February 21, 1980. Tragedy struck him at the tender age of 3 as he literally watched his

M TATUM

father killed in his front yard over a drug deal gone wrong. However; it wasn’t until he was 10 years old that he was told the man was actually his biological father, and not his “uncle” as he had been previously told. His mother was also absent in most of his childhood, due to circumstances that were beyond anyone’s control. So without a mother or father, basically an orphan, Tatum was raised in and out of various foster homes. He was labeled a loser and a nothing, look down upon his whole childhood. In spite all of these negative things in his life; he changed his way of thinking and way of living. In 1998, Tatum graduated from Petersburg High School. Growing up in Washington, D.C. and the Northern Virginia area he was influenced by all types of music. Music has always been in his blood. It has been an escape from reality for him. His drug of choice, you could say. What started out as a book of poems he started writing in the 2nd grade has turned into a testimony of his life. His music is heart-felt and brutally honest. His rhymes tell a story of heartache, pain, and also overcoming trials and tribulations. Tatum joined the United States Army, following in the steps of his grandfather, step-father, and uncles. He has been to Germany, France and also did more than a few tours in Iraq. Tragedy struck once again while in Iraq. He was not only stabbed in the side and shot twice, but also hit with an IED (improvised explosive device) Bomb. So he is definitely the living proof of A SURVIVOR! On September 1, 2000, Tatum married Denise Watkins (Denise Tatum) and they have three beautiful children: Mic’Kiya age 9; Mic’Kayja age 6, and MicKaKari age 4. He has also in recent years reconnected with his mother and father.

MIC'HAEL TATUM

MY LIFE IS HIP HOP 24/7 I’M YOUNG DUDE WHOS BEEN HUNGRY FOR A LONG TIME NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO DO MY THING NOBODY WOULD LISTEN SO LIKE ANYBODY ELSE I HAD TO KICK IN THE DOORS THAT WERE SHUT IN MY FACE ANYWAY YO BOY IS IN THE ARMY I DID MY THING IN IRAQ SEEN ALOT OF BULLSH*T OVER THERE BUT LIKE ANYTHING IN LIFE IF YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN YOU GET UP AND IF YOU ARE ALREADY AT THE BOTTOM THERES NO WHERE TO GO BUT UP AND NEVER FORGET ABOUT THE ONES WHO WERE WITH YOU WHEN YOU HAD NOTHING BEING THAT SAID BIG UPS TO MY TO THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE ME BETTER AND GIVE ME THE FUEL TO KEEP MOVING MY WIFEY DENISE MY TWO GIRLS MIC’KIYA & MIC’KAYJA AND MY SON MIC’KAHARI LOVE YA ALL WAYS MY BROTHERS & SISTERS MY DAD ,MOM,GD, MISS B.,MISS PAM AND MY NANA AND EVERYBODY ELSE I LOVE YA!!!…..TATUM

Global Attack MixTape is the first mix tape series to bring urban music together from around the globe on one project – from both successful and up-and-coming artists. For more information, visit www.GlobalAttackMixTapes.com or stay tuned in the music news.

 

Rinaldo “Bannano” Moss also known as “KOSOVO BANNANO” is the Undertaker of the Global Attack Mixtape Series!

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Rinaldo Moss also known as “Kosovo Bannano” was born in Buffalo, New York but has been all over the world. He is a

RINALDO MOSS

30 year old Funeral Home Director that has made many accomplishments by the age of 25 like successfully owning his own funeral home, served in the U.S Army while handling mortuary affairs and more.

 

One of Bannao’s biggest accomplishments which led him to The Global Attack was the founding of his record label, “Mossburg Records”. Bannano had a roster of talent including the prep of his cousin/artist, Kenny Klassix from Buffalo New York. Before shutting down Mossburg Records, Bannano managed to release the label’s compilation album, “Lyrical Contenders” hosted by Mike Pratt with features including Ruff Ryders Drag-On and former D-Block member J-Hood.

 

KOSOVO BANNANO

Bannano has had features on substantial projects by Who Kidd, Craig G, Ed Nice and Cutmaster-C plus performances at Buffalo’s Summer Fest, clubs in Rochester, New York and man more. In the process of other business ventures he found stimulation to start the new business entity, “3rd World Promo”. Be sure to look out for Bannano’s single,”In My Sleep” featured in The Global Attack and more news on “3rd World Promo”.

 

 
For more info on Kosovo Bannano and 3rd World Promo visit:

 

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=534849676

 

3rd World Promo:

http://www.3rdworldpromo.com/

Global Attack MixTape is the first mix tape series to bring urban music together from around the globe on one project – from both successful and up-and-coming artists. For more information, visit www.GlobalAttackMixTapes.com or stay tuned in the music news.

 

STRAP IS LOCKED AND LOADED AND READY FOR THE GLOBAL ATTACK MIXTAPE SERIES!

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Terrell Gilstrap (born June 6, 1986),  was born in Memphis, TN, and has resided in Milwaukee, WI, Chicago, IL and

STRAP

Raeford, NC. To his friends, family and fans, he is known simply “Strap”.
Early on it became clear that he had a voice capable of capturing the hearts and imaginations of all who heard it. At the tender age of 6 months, a sleeping Strap uttered a single, sudden, sound that, if repeated could have altered the very fabric of the Atlanta Underground music scene as we know it today.

Strap’s early childhood was filled with music. His mom and her brother and younger sister immersed him in the roller skating lifestyle of the late 80’s and early 90’s in Milwaukee. Bombarded with everything from James Brown, Al Green, Frankie Beverly and Maze, to Pink Floyd, The BeeGees, Tool, Jimmy Hendrix and Parliament/Funkadelic, there’s no question about his old school flava. From the Rap /Hip Hop era his influences came from artist like Tupac, Scarface, UGK, 8Ball and MJG, Outcast, Ludacris and many others.  He became infused to the core with a love for, and an appreciation of, all things musical. He soaked in the sounds of his grandmother’s Gospel group. His spiritual play with words speak for themselves.

He began rapping and writing at a young age, but life and other inconvenient truths intervened. He managed to avoid the darkest corners of a world that beckons to a young man with big dreams and made his way to The United States Air Force. Away from the temptation of the streets and with a new world of opportunity in front of him, Strap spent the next 3 years as an Electrical and Environmental Specialist and upon discharge was hired by an elite civilian air transport company as an Avionics Supervisor…at the age of 22!

STRAP IN DEEP THOUGHT

He never lost his love of music though, and that dream was still there along with 2 key ingredients that weren’t there before…Focus and Finances! After making sure that his beloved mother had the things she needed and taking care of his own necessities (nice apartment, nice whip) he set about creating a place to pursue his passion for Rap, turning a section of his home into a recording studio.

In 2007 he recorded his 1st collaboration album (Kinfolk) with his older cousin Collin Gibson. In 2009 he was blessed to be able to record more than ever as evidenced by his unique and truly evolving style. In March of 2011, he made his debut at a Showcase Performance by ‘Stack Paypa Ent and DNA Beats’. The competition consisted of various up and coming new artists’ showcasing their talent. Strap came away win a big win…first place!

STRAP intends to underline the focus of his generation’s mission to change the popular vulgarity in the Hip-Hop/ Rap industry today and relay the messages we have all been missing.  His southern swag and smooth as silk delivery caresses the ears of listeners, even as the intricate word play he uses penetrates minds on a universal level.

Global Attack MixTape is the first mix tape series to bring urban music together from around the globe on one project – from both successful and up-and-coming artists. For more information, visit www.GlobalAttackMixTapes.com or stay tuned in the music news.


Elevated Scott interviews one of the hottest up and coming artist in the WORLD… YUNG RO FROM ST LOUIS

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YUNG RO

Yung Ro its such a pleasure to have the opportunity to have you build a relationship with our readers. Our site reaches 120 countries to date, we really want to give artist like yourself the ability to expand your fan base to our International audience. I know you have had great success in your back yard of St Louis, how has your city supported you thus far to elevated your career?

My love for my city runs deep.  BP Ent. is a karma movement.  I definitely believe that if I don’t give back to my community that I wont reap the benefits of success. That’s why I’m just not in the market to make good music I conduct good business.  I got support from young to old fans, and even city hall.  Now that’s what you call support.

I know you consider yourself a trendsetter and I must know what types are trends are you laying the foundation for?

Once a concept  is introduced  and your audience embrace it, then you’re a trendsetter.  It could be your lingo, your swag, your fashion or even your style of music.  Flat out I just like to be original. Why should someone be a fan of Yung Ro?   Cause I’m a fan of my fans! They make me who I am.

So you’re more than just a recording artist your also a community activist?

Most definitely.  Your community is your fan base.  The hip-hop game is exploitative. If you don’t have anything to offer, they will call you out. How long have you been involved in the community, what type of community outreach are you currently apart of and what have you done in the past?  You have to understand.  I’m heir to a 16 year company based in the downtown St. Louis area.  I’ve been surruonded by this type of operation since I was wearing 4T’s. However I got deep involved after my shooting incident.  Taking a stray bullet to the head , can be a wake up call to the individual.  My main focus is youth awareness.  I address the tragedies that plaque the teen community.  Currently St. Louis is the most violent city in the U.S.  Check me out at www.runway2empowerment.com.

Enough said. I understand that you are also a very talented tattoo artist. How did you get involved in doing tatts?

YUNG RO ST. LOUIS FINEST

My pops is a national known tattoo artist.  He’s tattooed everybody from Nelly to A.I., shit even Spice 1.  I’m his first seed I had no choice in the matter.  The tatt gun was handed down to me. And I plan to be the best at what I do.

Your song “candy gurl” is starting to get some international buzz, I was listing to StreetVibes 92.5fm out in Germany and I heard your song in rotation which was pretty cool because I know you bee working hard to push your single. Can you tell us the story behind “candy gurl”, its such a catchy song and I can not believe you named just about EVERY candy in that song! What is the story behind the record?

I made Candy Gurl for all the different flavor of females in the world.  Rather your  Thicker than a snicker, spicyer than a, Hot Tamale, all women should feel good about themselves. I got the concept from a local hood candy store.  What some would call a bodega.  It’s so many different flavors of penny candy, that it remind  all the variety of women.  So I decided to fuse fashion and music by creating a trendy t-shirt line called Hood Classic . Check this out at www.candygurl.org. Expect to see more from it this summer

I have had the chance to speak with your father on several different occasions and he seems like a very savvy businessman and he tells me that he really pushes you not only to be a rapper but to be educated on the roots of hip hop and really taking a positive approach to this over saturated hip hop world that is infested with rappers talking about drugs, guns and gang related issues. Its important in todays industry to take an outside the box approach to the industry, Has your father really helped you see the the bigger picture in the industry and if so how?

My pops is my biggest critic.  Like any father would be behind their child for a colloge education, I choose the hip-hop industry. He makes sure that I apply myself and that I’m on point. Right now I’m taking hip-hop 01.  He wants me to know the history from Kool Herc to the innovator Rakim. You got to under stand my pops is a New York cat.

I know you just started working with some International DJ’s having them spin some music and get some international rotation. Who are some of the DJ’s that you recently been connected with?

Man the list is massive.  My new promo team has injected my career with straight adrenalin.  All DJ,s are important to me but the ones that standout.  Dj GiGi Smart , DJ Bakspin ,DJ Divsa . Oh yeah you can’t forget the violator DJ, Jam-X.

I know that your on the Global Attack Mixtapes first Vol with some heavy hitters in the industry that include Wu-Tang/Harlem 6, Kid Capri, Gucci Mane, Styles P, JadaKiss. Can you tell us a bit about the Global Attack Mixtape Vol 1. ?

Global Attack Mixtape is like a Chinese buffet. You bound to find something you like.  For an independent artist, It’s a dream come true.

What can the world expect next from Yung Ro? Besides good music?

Just branded my movement.  Don’t be surprised if you see me in a movie.  Maybe even Supa Fly part 2.

YUNG RO THE MACK

Thanks again for taking the time to connect with our loyal readers from over 120 countries, where can we find out more about Yung Ro? Do you have a facebook, Myspace, Twitter  or website?

Of course my personal site is www.bpent.net

and you can check my resume’ at www.itsmyurl.com/yungro.
Black Pearl Entertainment.

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