420Bastardboy Artist Spotlight

​Born in the era of NWA gangster rap & the war on crack cocaine comes a small town artist with a sound that is making a major impact. Born in Nacogdoches, TX. On Dec,23rd,1988. Deon Montrell Johnson aka 420Bastardboy is a musical artist and actor from Jacksonville, Texas. Started off while in the womb of his mother hearing Micheal Jackson. He always had a passion for sounds, his cousins use to visit from Houston and they begun honing his skills at the young age of three. Pretending he was a musician. He got his first rap name TallBastard when rapping at school lunch circling number of classmates. He would chant out loudly; “its the TallBastard” in freestyles to entertain the crowds. In 2010 finding himself to be a heavy ganja smoker the legalization activist he put 420 in front of bastard as for legalization movement & the stoner community.

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His first underground mixtape at 15 “Mic Rippa of Texas” sold over a thousand copies the first week in his hometown. He has established a fan base by promoting & selling his Freestyle Cds. Inspired by Tupac, Biggie, Jermaine Dupree, UgK, Bone Thugs. Also by his Cousin, the retired NBA Legend Larry Johnson. His dream was to play sports in high school & follow his families footsteps, but family altercations, gang violence and bad choices kept him in the wrong path. So instead he focused on music as a gateway to escape. His three mixtapes “Kkk5”, “Dank6” and “Dank Vol.2” have amassed a large numbers of downloads on music platforms such as HotNewHipHop, Soundcloud, Hulkshare and Datpiff. Reaching over 30k+ Listens & Downloads. He still continues to bring divers flows, catchy metaphorical punchlines and wordplay. 420Bastardboy has open for major artist such as; ESG, Lil Whyte, Young Buck, Slim Thug, Ogronc, Gorrila Zoe, Juicy J, Trina and Charlieboy.
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Q And A Interview With TruDat SixHunnid

The southern rapper known as TruDat hails from Enterprise Alabama. Clearly a talented energetic high paced rapper, he won the low country awards 2015 artist of the Year as well as being nominated for two awards here in 2016. He cites his main influences as the hip hop artists he spent his youth listening to. He honed his skills as a rapper by entering writing,and emceeing along side Dj disicple claiming his first spot in sc hiphop history. While at job corps in Morganfield, KY. studying electricity he was working on his craft as an MC. After finishing and coming back S.C. only to lose his baby sister (shanita) and aunt (bonita) he was hell bent on making it to ensure his mom, niece, nephew, and kids were taken care of. Through finding himself again after so much lost he made the acquaintance of Kidd Cosmo. They went on to produce a concept album together that spawned A hit street record Song, released on MR.CAROLINA 2:SUPACAROLINALISTIC.A couple of years after leaving new money records, TruDat began to seriously concentrate his efforts on his music career. He launched his own label ,joined CmCt and released Wish a nicca would and lets get right. The buzz around this new talented down south rapper started to build and influential music industry insiders including Pastor troy, Bloodraw and Beanie Seigal, also The Streets, Atlantic, sony, slipnslide and savagelife were sitting up and taking notice. Savagelife signed TruDat to their promo label SupaUnit, and the first port of call for was to release a response to the hit of that summer, Mo Money. His version, Vile, really got people talking. He then released his first serious track on his label, SixHunnidDemons and then re-released Lawd Knowz. This was closely followed by the radio and club hit Record Deal in the summer of 2014. By then, TruDat was really building up a reputation as the one to watch in rap and hip hop. Also U go girl. His impressive video for the single won the Best Low Budget Video accolade at the C2C Awards that year.TruDat SixHunnid has continued to grow as an artist and he has been working with producers including jacob lethal and weatherman beats. He is now signed to 600WaYz Ent. and is ready to enter the mainstream with such releases as, 600 degreez & SixDaRuler the album.

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We sat down with TruDat SixHunnid. The determined and focused, hip-hop artist. From South Carolina, to find out more about his story. What motivates him to continue to grind hard and follow his dream, of success in the music industry.

What is your artist name?

TruDat SixHunnid.

What is your music genre?

Hip-hop,rap,rnb, & hickhop.

Where are you from?

Enterprise Al, by way of Kingstree, SC. Now residing in Myrtle Beach, SC.

How long have you been practicing your craft?

Since 2008.

What made you want to be an artist?

My mother she use write and rap to me as baby from growing up listening to Low rider, Egyptian lover, Prince, any oldie but goodie and etc.

Describe your first time performing?

Eager, nervous, excited and just ready.

What music or artist influenced you?

My mom,2pac ,biggie,Ugk,Out last,Pastor Troy and DMX.

Earliest memory involving music?

Dancing anywhere and everywhere I heard low rider lmao that was joint. 

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How did music influence you growing up?

It saved I had two mom’s Thomesena Jenkins and Bonita Jenkins music was my father it’s the only day I ever knew.

How would you best describe your music? 

Dirty south energetic ,art of Story telling,lite bars,nasty mouth muahf**ker lmao.

What do you think is the biggest misconception you hear about your music? 

I don’t think I hear one.

What is your typical songwriting process like?

I write songs in 45mins maybe 2 a day.

What inspires you to keep grinding and working on new music? 

Because everyone claims to be so bad but I showed what bad is that’s why I broke a million playz on SoundCloud. Cuz, I been working at it ever since I came to this planet ain’t quite dere but I’m getting better at it.

How do you decide what song to release as a single?

It needs to be catchy. Have a great vibe. I get input from my producer.

What can you tell us about your latest release? 

It’s best to date but don’t start there follow my journey then pick up here on “Book of Six Ch.3 ” the first 2 chapters sets it all up.

What do you think is the vibe of the album? 

It’s classic once you give it a listen you won’t stop.

What do you hope fans and listeners take from it?

My struggle my pain my glory never give up all we got is time.

Do you have any shows coming up? 

Apr22nd Raleigh NC -i love being From the south tour Presented by My Classy and the The Grammys award and fashion show Presented by Abla.

What is the best way for fans to get in contact with you?

Instagram: @6ankRollShawty or www.6ixhunnidwayz.com.

Lorenza Jones Interview

Lorenza Jones is a solo artist who plans to make plenty of great music. Lorenza joined Blessed So Records to expand his music reach and to share the gospel with the masses. He started singing at an early age. He states that “He was born with this gift and talent, from the Lord and that he not only sings, but writes his own material as well”. His early musical influences include Shirley Murdock, The Williams Brothers, and members of the Guiding Light Church. In addition to writing his own music, he writes the arrangements, which allows him to explore many genres of music. This skill set ensures that his music always has a unique sound and is well represented. Lorenza is also a minister and works extensively with his church.

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We sat down with the Alabama native, urban gospel singer to find out more about his musical journey and what inspire him.

What is your artist name?

Lorenza Jones

What is your music genre?

Urban Gospel

Where are you from?

Birmingham, Alabama. The state that is full of major history.

How long have you been practicing your craft?

Quite a long time now. Approximately 27 years.

What made you want to be an artist?

I was always a singer. I would constantly sing around the house and even started a band with my siblings, but singing in church is what prompted me to take it to another level. I felt I needed to get my music out to the world.

Describe your first time performing?

My first time actually performing was at my high school talent show. The response from the audience was such a great and positive response. It was truly amazing!

What music or artist influenced you?

I started off as an R&B Artist, so people like Jeffrey Osborne and James Ingram influenced me tremendously.

Earliest memory involving music?

My earliest most impactful memory is touring with Gerald Levert and Peabo Bryson. Although, I sing strictly gospel now, this was where I started.

How did music influence you growing up?

I had my mind set on joining the military, but music kept me here and I although that would have been noble, I believe I made the right choice of sticking to my music.

How would you best describe your music? 

Some refer to it as having a R&B sound, but my message is always clearly and consistently about Christ.

What do you think is the biggest misconception you hear about your music? 

The biggest misconception would be that some classify it as “old school.” I say it is timeless!

What is your typical songwriting process like?

Normally, I get a melody in my head and record it on my cell phone. Then I head to the studio, pick up an instrument and it goes from there.

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How did you come up with the song Zion?

I preached a sermon entitled Zion, so the message itself was already a part of me. So it was basically just setting it to music.

What made you decide to release this song as a single?

It was basically the decision of the record label. Although we chose another song in the beginning. When they asked me about changing it, it had already been confirmed in my spirit and we went with it.

What can you tell us about your latest project?

It is filled with songs that speaks to the heart and spirit of a person.

What do you think is the vibe of the album?

A very positive vibe indeed. The songs take you to a place of soul searching and it provokes you into thinking, and not just feeling the melody. I believe it has a vibe of promoting change.

What do you hope fans and listeners take from it?

I believe that they will walk away with hope, joy and peace. Things that are lacking in the world today. I want them to know, that no matter how far they may feel like they are from God, that they can always come to Him. He is just waiting for them to make the decision to do it.

Do you have any shows coming up? 

May 25th was the debut of my single in Alabama, but will be getting on the road very soon traveling across the country. Nigeria, Africa is already asking for me. So, I am looking forward to all the great things ahead.

What is the best way for fans to get in contact with you?

Please contact Blessed So Records at blessedso.promo@gmail.com or the website at www.blessedsorecords.com.

Bounce Ball Boogie Interview

 

Underneath the streets of Denver, Colorado dwells a character that not to many are a custom to. With his smooth and piercing lyrical delivery, over trending rap and hip hop beats, this artist brings a new sound and flavor to the ears of the industry. Bounce Ball Boogie began his journey as a rap artist in the year of 1994, entering into many local talent shows and freestyle competitions and began a buzz of being an upcoming artist. Troubles with the law, and being brought up in a gang lifestyle, had Bounce Ball Boogie on the verge of loosing his freedom and very well possibly his life.

In the year of 2005, Bounce Ball Boogie had a vision of what is to come to all of human kind. This vision has inspired a series of LP releases that Bounce Ball Boogie is currently developing as of today. These releases will sum up a story that every living being would relate to in hope of spreading a message to those claimed to be lost. This message has Bounce Ball Boogie back in the studio and recording song after song in which will soon begin releasing towards the end of 2015.

After many underground releases, and touring throughout the Colorado Region. Bounce Ball Boogie earned the opportunities to open for many big named artists such as, KRS-ONE, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Lil Flip, Twisted Insane, just to name a few of the many. Bounce has traveled and performed in multiple states and is now gearing up to pick up where he left off. This father of 6 is well developed and capable of developing a new trend of Rap music to the industry. With a unique stage presence, this make up artist, brings a very special live performance that is not meant for the weak of heart. With over the top stage props, monsters and ghouls dancing in the background, and basically bringing a horror movie to life in front of your eyes.

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After many underground releases and touring. Bounce Ball Boogie that has built quite a name for himself as an upcoming rap artist. We sat down with this unique and charismatic artist to find out how he puts the bounce with the boogie.

Where are you from?

From the heart of The Box State (Denver, Colorado)

How long have you been practicing your craft?

Officially learned that I had a voice with the ability to read words with style, bring story telling to life, and was able to paint a picture in your brain was in 1994. That was when I new that I was going to be a rap artist. So since that time I was perfecting my craft, learning rhyme schemes, and developing my message as an artist.

What made you want to be an artist?

I decided to be an artist to influence people that were raised in a negative environment as I was and to show them that they are not alone. That there are others in this world that have felt the same exact way, and no matter what situation that we find ourselves in there is support available. Attract those in the darkness and guide them to the light…. #FOLLOWTHEBOUNCINGBALL

Describe your first time performing?

Growing up my grandfather was a mariachi singer and guitar player. He was the one to help me in developing my vocals and getting me involved in local talent shows in the community where I would perform a freestyle rap to his guitar playing. At the time I had no idea that was called “free styling”, at the time it was me just having fun and doing what made me feel free.

What music or artist influenced you?

Mexican (Mariachi) music influenced my writing allot because my grandparents would interpret the words, and allot of it was story telling of the tragedies that they experienced on a personal level. Whether it was heart break, loss of a loved one, getting in fights, falling in love, achieving goals, and was allot of personal expression. Dr. Dre, “The Chronic” was the first rap album that I ever heard fell in love with that style, so that would be what I started mimicking but what inspired the style that you hear today was Esham, Insane Clown Posse, Jonathan Davis of Korn, and Corey Taylor of Slipknot. These vocalists were all great story tellers, and have helped me through rough times in my personal life.

Earliest memory involving music?

I was always surrounded by music from my family. Whether be my grandparents with the mariachi music, my mother with the 80’s pop/hip-hop music, or my father with the heavy metal thrash music. Oldies but goodies were also a major influence of my life but that has a story of its own, that will be hard to talk about but I do plan to do so, one day!

How did music influence you growing up?

Music has shown positives and also negatives in my life. I learned that there would be a song for almost every situation. Whether it be a song to reminisce of the past, hype yourself up for a competition, or to help focus your mind with no words at all for meditation purposes. The biggest influence would of music would be a medication that would helps my mental state, and I am sure also helps yours. When your mad or sad you play your favorite song to help you cope or forget about the negative element that has plagued your way of thinking. I attempt to stir my music to be positive as possible but I also have to let loose my thoughts, desires, and negatives that dwell in my thought process to relieve myself.

How would you best describe your music?

The best description of my music would be an oracle of reality, an expression of negative thoughts, with lessons of what was or has been learned. As a father I often find myself warning my kids of mistakes that I made or describe the consequences of the bad decision that I made to help prevent them from making the same mistake. Although all of us have our path and destiny to achieve, I understand that I will not be able to stop everyone from making that bad choice, but at that point would serve as a reflection or a sign to the listener that the warnings were right in front of them. With goals to open there train of thought and prepare them for upcoming songs!

What do you think is the biggest misconception you hear about your music?

That I am influencing evil deeds or accused of promoting violence. I was once told by a popular artist that I would be unstoppable if I would just diversify myself from the, “HorrorCore” realm of rap music and ever since then I have been working on doing just that. My life has been filled with pain, anger, and frustration that you would hear allot in my first EP, “The Misguided”. I find it so hard to be stuck in the same routine everyday in which allot of day to day people find themselves in doing the same thing everyday at the same time. As I grow older and become more aware of my surroundings and start to find answers to questions that I was asking myself as a child, I find myself maturing as an artist but also bringing more of a powerful message.

What is your typical songwriting process like?

I must be attracted to the instrumental. The instrumental will touch a part of my soul in which will trigger the proper words to express to tell the story of the emotion that was brought to my thoughts. I find it very important to create a wonderful relationship with the producer for my songs that I create. I started using my own production with the use of beat machines being that I refused to learn computer programs to keep that old school feel. I had to make myself adapt with the new age so I began to reach out to producers and did not have much of a budget to work with. So that lead me to working my life away, and reaching out to producers to work with me and split royalties. I failed, so I signed up with www.annodominination.com joined what they called, “The Inner Circle” and learned allot of music industry education and there were my first official music video was born, “Ryd’n Chevy’z” filmed by www.flawlessmusicvideos.comsee it here  https://youtu.be/Yw1EiHYi63E but this beat was a lease and I learned that I was unable to get streaming money off of youtube and I learned it took hundreds if not thousands dollars to gain an exclusive beat. So I went to social media and the universe brought a young man to my attention by the name of, “Savage Sol”. We made a remix of a song that I recorded with the rap group, “Axe Murder Boyz” back in 2002 and made it sound more modernized. This sparked the start of a beautiful relationship after achieving success online with this song being one of the top streamed songs currently out in the market. Savage Sol moved from the state of NY to CO to work directly with me to create the music you hear today onwww.bounceballboogiewoogie.com and released my official debut album, “G.R.E.e.D.”

How did you come up with the song “She Devilz FT. Str8 Kash”?

This song was influenced by the movie, “50 shades of Grey”. I wanted to make a song expressing the sex life that I enjoy with my own wife and provoke very exotic thoughts to reflect actions of the movie. I reached out to a more famous emcee from Miami, FL and featured him on this track by the name of, “Str8 Kash”. To this date would be my most famous feature by an established artist within the industry.

What made you decide to release this song as a single?

I Decided to release this song on its own instead of attaching it to an album only because I feel this song is very powerful, exotic, and can very well become a classic played in exotic clubs across the world.

What can you tell us about your album “G.R.E.e.D”?

My Debut album, “G.R.E.e.D” (God’s Revenge Excites every Demon) would be the first to a series of albums dedicated to telling one story. A story that every human mortal will experience during there time on this planet.This series of albums have been planned since the year of 2005. This series of albums has also inspired to a series of books that would be written by me (Bounce Ball Boogie) to go hand & hand with the albums making the music the soundtrack to the books. All in due time…

What do you think is the vibe of the album?

My attempt was to guide the listener out of the darkness…You’ll hear the intro that tells the story of “GREeD” and sets the tone, and instantly begins to poke at the beast within. Towards the end of the album you will feel the uplifting!

What do you hope fans and listeners take from it?

“REALIZATION” all of us living human mortals have experienced Greed in one way or another. Sharing is caring, take the time to lift your neighbor without having to be asked. Visit or call your loved ones because you truly care about  there well being. There are so many distractions set up to the rat race of the world, its very easy to forget the simple things in life, that we all cherish so much. Now call your mother, and say I Love You!

Do you have any shows coming up?

I just performed/hosted an event for “Baby Easy” “E3” in Denver in which was a sold out event. Currently my live performance on facebook is getting a great response. Next will be doing the same for the, “UGKidz” the youngest son of the legendary Pimp-C (Yung Pimp) and his partner (Trilla Tra) carry the tradition of the UGK. They kick off there, Reincarnation Tour in Denver on March 9th. After this event, I will dedicate myself to new music, shooting new music videos, and getting more involved with other radio stations other than my own.

What is the best way for fans to get in contact with you?

www.bounceballboogiewoogie.com will link you to everything!

ENNIS MUSIC & BUSINESS

Building an Artist Team

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With success comes responsibility. Hopefully as you progress in your career this will become the case. As you grow, the demands of “wearing multiple hats” will become too much work. It will be time to bring in more help. As you build a fanbase, you should assemble team members who do an exceptional job filling essential roles and bring them on as these jobs become too much to handle. Everyone has to be on the same page and doing a good job for you to be successful, so you want to find team members who are as excited and talented as you are. You want to find passionate, self-motivated and talented people to fill each role.

Musicians – Until you build a fanbase and can afford to pay people to do most of these jobs, you’re going to have to do them yourself. The musicians you work with are a crucial part of the team and will be responsible for many of these roles until you can afford to bring in other people. This is how you’ll get things done when you’re starting out and keep your costs down. It’s also important to note that if any of the musicians you work with aren’t too wild about doing this work, the rest of the team may start to lose excitement as well. It’s extremely important for the musicians involved to keep their heads up, take on their roles and keep the ship moving forward with enthusiasm so that all other members of the team feel motivated to do their jobs. Otherwise, they will find a more motivated set of musicians to work for and gain greater returns from.

Recording Engineer/Producer – While musicians will change this up from record to record, having a constant person who can help you record, mix and master your songs is a plus. A producer will create the foundations of your songs and also help guide your vocal performances. Learning to do many of these duties for your own music is extremely helpful.

Graphic Design – While musicians will use the talents of many different designers for various duties throughout their careers, it’s smart to employ one person who can deal with the many graphic needs you’ll have. Websites, advertisements, stickers, merchandise and album art all need graphic work. This can get expensive fast, so developing a relationship with a talented artist or learning to do it yourself is necessary.

Distribution – If you don’t sign to a label, you need to get a distributor for your music. Distributors get your music for sale in physical and digital outlets. Many distributors will work to get good placements for musicians who show promise and constantly promote their music. Developing this relationship can do a lot for you.

Videographer – If you’re going to do YouTube updates, acoustic videos, music videos or any other type of video content, someone is going to have to film and edit them. Getting your videos promoted can be a huge step in gaining more exposure. While promoting to traditional TV outlets is nearly impossible to do yourself, you can get around this by utilizing online video promotion–by far the strongest method for promoting videos today.

Manager – Whenever you get an opportunity, no matter where it comes from, it’s your manager’s job to maximize its potential. Your manager is the hub that connects your team together. They’re the go-to person to make sure everyone is on the same page and keep your strategy coordinated.

Your manager is also responsible for making sure your accounting gets done correctly, that everyone shows up at the right place and that your whole infrastructure is working well. It’s your manager’s job to make sure something gets done even if another team member is slacking off. In the next chapter, the many roles and duties of a manager are discussed more extensively. Your manager is by far the most important member of your team, outside of those you make music with.

Booking Agent – One of the hardest team members to find is a good, competent booking agent. Because of this, many musicians are forced to act as their own booking agents. Your booking agent will book your tours, take care of guarantees and submit you to get on tours with other acts. While this member of the team is usually hard to come by, taking this job seriously is do-or-die for a musician whose fanbase is built through live shows.

Lawyer – Once you’re making money and getting new opportunities, you’ll need a lawyer to take care of any contracts that come your way. In general, you’re going to want to deal with a single lawyer for all of your matters. Oftentimes, a band will sign a contract with a lawyer where the lawyer receives a fee on all earnings that the band makes through the lawyer’s help. A lawyer will also shop your music for record deals and licensing.

Keep in mind that there are many types of teams in music. First, establish your goals, identify your needs, and create a strategy for success that you can offer to any prospects. Discuss those goals with your team, be open to accepting their guidance, and commit to being the best part of the team you can be.

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Sean Ennis is a Georgia base Talent Manager Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Facebook. Contact: ennisproductions@gmail.com