Rap's newest prodigy has produced three top twenty Billboard Hot Rap tracks over the past few years and has recorded dozens of collaborations with hip-hop royalty. However, it was with his single "Black and Yellow," an homage to his hometown of Pittsburgh, that Wiz Khalifah became a rap heavyweight. Since that time, the rapper has continued to chart success with each song released and become one of the genre's biggest stars.
Wiz Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomas, was born into a military family that travelled around until finally settling in Pittsburgh. His stage name refers to his ability to be a "whiz" at everything he does and Khalifa means "successor" in Arabic. The rapper broke onto Billboard's Hot Rap tracks with "Say Yeah," in 2007 which peaked at #20. His 2010 single, "Black and Yellow", hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot Rap track surveys and sold over 2.3 million digital copies. It was just a precursor to the album, Rolling Papers, released March 29, 2011 and featuring the hits, "Black and Yellow," and the singles "On My Level" and "Roll Up," both of which charted on the US Hot 100 survey.
The momentum didn't stop when Wiz released his second album, O.N.I.F.C. in 2012. Once again, his album shot to second on the Billboard 200, and the single "Work Hard, Play Hard" went double platinum. After the album's release, Khalifa took time off with his new wife, Amber Rose, and their newborn son. However, less than a year later, he was back in the studio working on his latest album, Blacc Hollywood, and cementing his status as one of the leading rappers in the US.
WHO IS TYGA?
There is a simple answer;
At age 17 he has been coronated the next rap legend!
He is not all street hype, unlike every other cookie cutter, watered down artist.
His effortless flow and presumptuous swagger is evident through his music.
Starting when he was 9 years old he knew this is what he wanted to do.
He would go around the house rhyming until he fell asleep.
Tyga has the ability to compose radio friendly hits as well as thought provoking music without compromising his artistic integrity.
Every region has one person or group that people identify it with.
For example, in the South a group like Outkast gave Atlanta an identity.
This led the way for Ludacris, Young Jeezy and T.I.s accomplishments.
The same can be said for the West as N.W.A. paved the way for artists such as Snoop Dogg and The Game to achieve multi-platinum success.
With the same pioneering spirit, Tyga is forging a brand new musical identity for the West! His passion and work ethic set a new precedence for music.
With an entity such as G.E.D Inc. behind him Tyga is ready to make timeless music.
In this day and age, creativity and innovation are rare commodities. Yet these particular element is exactly what have made the Aphilliates own DJ Drama one of the nations premier DJs and what have led him to the type of success that has eluded many in his field. Drama has not only made a name for himself as a mixtape and tour DJ, he has also changed the mixtape game in the South and Southeast, helping the region move in on a market once cornered by New York City. That may sound like a heavy burden to carry, but the 25-year-old, who began his career in his native Philadelphia in the early 90s, balances being an award-winning DJ, father, writer, and lecturer with ease.
It is no surprise that DJ Drama has come to gain the national recognition he now enjoys. After hosting and spinning at some of Atlantas biggest events for the likes of Diddy, Allen Iverson, Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri, Drama became well known amongst industry tastemakers as one whos soulful, eclectic style and ear for new talent could provide entertainment outside of the mainstream. The reputation he gained from his accomplishments in the Atlanta markets has led to a national and international fan base which allows him to travel and perform at venues, events and universities across the globe. And thanks to an almost non-stop schedule as a tour DJ for a wide cross-section of artists from Bahamadia and Slum Village to BME recording artist Lil Scrappy he has been able to continue to build on that fan base. Drama currently serves as the official DJ for Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist T.I., which placed him on two of the most successful Hip-Hop tours of 2004/2005: the Jay-Z and Friends Tour and Nellys Sweat/Suit Tour.
But Drama may be best known for his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series. With over twenty editions in the books, sixteen of which were released in 2005 alone, the series has become a coveted promotional opportunity for any artist seeking to strengthen their fan base in the streets. Gangsta Grillz has played a monumental role in catapulting young Southern artists to the attention of national and international markets. The series is responsible for Young Jeezys now legendary Trap or Die mixtape, along with two volumes hosted by T.I. & P$C - Gangsta Grillz: Down With The King, which introduced the group to new audiences, and Gangsta Grillz: The Indictment, which helped promote their Atlantic Records debut. Stat Quo, Rich Boy, Slick Pulla, Smitty, and Webbie also received the Gangsta Grillz seal of approval, allowing them to sustain a buzz while working on their major label debuts. But the series has also been co-signed by some of the biggest names in the game. Drama has collaborated with such established figures as 8Ball & MJG, Bun B, Dame Dash, David Banner, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Paul Wall and Slim Thug. Gangsta Grillz is so well respected in the South that multi-platinum, Grammy award-winner Big Boi chose Gangsta Grillz X as his first mixtape hosting experience. Gangsta Grillz was named Vibe Magazines Mixtape Series of the Year in 2005; and Trap or Die has been recognized as XXLs 2005 Official Bootleg of the Year. Dramas other mixtape series, Automatic Relaxtion, known for its creative blend of Neo-Soul and smooth Hip-Hop, has also been heralded by fans and critics alike.
The success of his mixtape series kicked DJ Dramas entrepreneurial spirit into overdrive. In addition to being distributed in 31 markets nationally, in Germany, and through countless internet sites, Grangsta Grillz has now become a brand. Drama is currently preparing for the release of the Gangsta Grillz DVD Documentary entitled Respect The Game, produced by Gorrilla Flix; and recently inked a deal with Atlantic Records to release Gangsta Grillz The Album. And each and every Saturday night, the Aphilliates take over Radio-Ones WHAT Hot 107.9 in Atlanta with Gangsta Grillz Radio, which takes a new approach to the traditional radio format. This is the Aphilliates second radio show, joining their Sirius Satellite Radio program, Streetz Iz Watchin, which airs on Shade 45 on Friday nights.
With so many accomplishments, of course has come a bevy of media and industry accolades. DJ Drama was named Best Mixtape DJ by Hot 107.9; Justos Mixtape Awards Best South DJ in 2004 and 2005; and 2005s Mixtape DJ of the Year at the MixShow Power Summit. In addition has been featured on BETs 106 & Park and Rap City, MTVs Spring Bling and Wildin Out, FOX The O.C. and MTV.coms Mixtape Mondays. He has also graced the pages of Vibe, XXL. King, The Source, Rhime, Ozone, Spin, Urb, The Village Voice, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, to name a few.
Rich Homie Quan:
Whats hannin. This ya boi lil quan man. I'm a muthafuckin ABM(all bout money) boi if you aint down wit it u can kill ya self. Its a movement not a gang. I do this shit for my fans sake. First and Formost its alot of niggas out there who don't like quan, but if u ask me how i feel about em', MAN FUCK EM ALL!!! I was born and raised in da "A", and hopefully i will be gettin signed real soon. Check out my songz, let me know what ya think, also let me know what i might need to work on... Leave me some comments, and i'm a make sure that i get back wit u A.S.A.P. I been doin dis rap thing since 7th grade. I'm alright, but not not where i wanna be in it. I go 2 McNair High. Got quite a few friends and also got me a first lady. I aint got no kids or nothing like dat, and don't really plan 2 have none no time soon. I aint really lookin for a girlfriend but it can never hurt 2 have 2 many friends u know. All the women out there,if u feel as if we can be friends leave me a message or try 2 get in touch wit me. When it comes 2 women i don't really have a specific type. I just look for Cool, Calm, Pretty, Down 2 Earth, and have Nice conversation. Whats I don't like in a girl is when a girl is pretty, and she has the attitude that shr is better than everybody. So if u meet my standards holla at me. Check out my music on Soundclick under Da Team (Dt). To all my Lil Quan fans out their if thers a topic u want me to do a song about just let me know, and i'm a do my best to get back at u. So continue 2 play my songs, put em on ya page, and ya friends about me, and ya never know when i become big, i want fore get about ya!!! Holla ..
Before becoming a Platinum rapper, Young Jeezy (or just Jeezy) was a member of the rap supergroup - Boyz N Da Hood. Following the success, Young Jeezy embarked on a rap career that has spawned three albums, two of which hit #1, and three Grammy nominations.
With the backing of music industry heavyweight, L.A. Reid, Young Jeezy was signed to Def Jam Records and released his major label debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, in 2005. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and featured the hit single "Soul Survivor". He released his sophomore set, The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 201 (2006) and his third album, The Recession (2008), both of which hit #1 on the Billboard 200. The single "Put On", featuring Kanye, was nominated for two Grammy Awards and earned him a Gold plaque.
Jeezy has been serving up some of the realest tracks and has proven to one of the most original MCs in the game.