MIAMI, FL – Jake P. Noch, AKA $O$A IFGB (pronounced Sosa), is the epitome of a successful young entrepreneur. At only age 17 he has successfully put together one of the fastest-growing music labels in the country, Sosa Entertainment LLC, with more than 25 artists signed and generating more than $5 million over the past year. His own music has been streamed more than 43 million times and has brought him $1 million in additional earnings.
But to hear him tell it, he’s just getting started. These mere millions are just the beginning of a career in the music industry that he hopes one day rivals the billions earned by some of music’s giants.
“When I was a little younger I was doing some dumb street stuff, like selling drugs,” he said. “At the time I saw it as a way to make money, and I was good at it. In fact, that’s how I originally got my name because Sosa is a character from the movie ‘Scarface.’ He’s the supplier of the product they’re moving in the film, and he’s the one who was victorious at the end of the movie. He was the real boss, and when I was younger a lot of younger guys would call me that because I kind of fit that persona. But it didn’t take me long to realize that wasn’t a lifestyle that was going to make me happy, and I’ve always loved music and I started to see how I could make money with that in a more legal – and more profitable – way. Eventually I launched my own record label.”
One of the most recent business transactions his label has undertaken is a partnership with Sugo Music Group to make a digital distribution service. Ultimately his label and Sugo Music Group are working with Sony BMG and the Orchard to distribute music to more than 1,200 platforms.
“I love the money part of the music industry,” $O$A IFGB said. “I’ll switch my sound and chase the music wherever the money leads.”
Toward that end, $O$A IFGB has shifted his hip-hop style to more of an electronic EDM sound. On Nov. 18 he’ll be releasing an EDM album called “Brick God III” – the third in the “Brick God” series of albums he’s released in recent years. The previous two albums had hip-hop beats and were somewhat limited in their diversity. This new album, he said, combines hip-hop with EDM and presents a “flash/classy” image.
“I really wanted to combine hip-hop with what’s going on in the EDM music scene,” $O$A IFGB said. “That doesn’t often mix, but I think there’s money in it. As much as I love making hip-hop beats, there’s not much of a market for it right now. There’s a much bigger market for EDM music currently – so much so that I only recently started making music in that genre and I already got a live booking last month.”
Fans who want to find out more about $O$A IFGB’s music or his label can follow him on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And keep an eye out for new releases from artists on his label, including from his partner and vice president of Sosa Entertainment, Lil Dread FDG.
ARLINGTON, TX – Heidi J has worked with a lot of musicians over the years as a producer and manager. And according to her, Kal Gully is one of the best artists she’s ever worked with and one of the hottest new urban musicians to hit the music scene.
Hailing from the Dallas, Texas area, Kal Gully has a sound that he describes as eclectic – a little bit of urban, a little bit of pop, a little bit of hip-hop, and a little bit of R&B. It’s a sound that Heidi J first became intrigued by at a concert about two years ago.
“I was at a show in early 2014 and it was Kal’s birthday and he was performing,” Heidi J said. “My friends were starting to leave but I told them I wanted to stay and listen to him. To be honest, the first song he performed was just alright, but it was intriguing enough to get me hooked. We started working together shortly thereafter, and I soon began to see just how good he really is. He had all this great music I’d never heard, and when I did hear it I realized how good he really was and I told myself that he was too good of an artist not to be heard.
Today Heidi J and Kal Gully collaborate together on a lot of work, but Heidi J said at least 80 percent of his music is “untouched” in the studio because he’s Kal is such a natural.
“He’s very, very good and we have a very good energy with one another in the studio,” Heidi J said. “He’s such a good artist that he doesn’t have to be produced very much.”
The most recent evidence of this is a new single Kal Gully recently released called “Custos” – which is a slang abbreviation for “customers.” Kal Gully describes it as a trap record and a street record, though it stands out because of a hook that’s “really catchy and a verse that stupid-good.”
“It transcends to the street world,” Kal Gully said. “But it can also cross over to mainstream. Barbershops have custos. Banks have custos. Kroegers (supermarket) have custos. It’s a song about business transactions and all the places they take place. I’m proud of it, and I’m excited for more people to hear it and some of the other songs I’m working on.”
“Ultimately, when people listen to my music, I want them to be inspired by triumph,” he said. “I grew up in Chicago, which is the murder capital of the world. Some people don’t make it to see age 18 or don’t graduate high school. I want to be that person that people can look to and and say, ‘He came from there and made something, and I can, too.’ I want people to know that they can make a change in this world and make the world a better place.”
A new music video for “Custos” was recently put together by Dallas’ best-respected director and is currently available for fans to view on YouTube. Fans can also check out Kal Gully’s music on his website kalgully.com or on his Soundcloud page.
Kal Gully and Heidi J will also be releasing a full album sometime after the first of the year called “It Took All This” – an album that will somewhat chronicle the journey of his music career. For more information about upcoming music releases or live performances, fans can follow Kal Gully on social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Peoria, IL– Music has been a part of P The Prince’s life for as long as he can remember. It wasn’t until college, however, that the budding star began to take his craft more seriously. Performing in a makeshift recording studio he and a college friend made out of an apartment closet, it was while he was away at college the artist began entertaining music as more than just a hobby. P’s music is influenced by a bevvy of musicians and genres, from Michael Jackson’s pop hits to classic rappers like Nas. Oddly enough, although the artist didn’t listen to much of Nas growing up, he is frequently told he sounds somewhat similar. The artist describes his music’s vibe as “Just flowing,” continuing, “Whatever the beat is doing, that’s where it all starts,” explaining that his inspiration for his raps come from the heart of the music – its rhythm.
The video for his newest single, “All on Me,” will be released to the anticipation of listeners everywhere soon – and it’s a track that has something for everyone. Covering a variety of topics and aspects of life, the artist explains that “it will relate to anybody that’s ever had any problems.”
P The Prince is determined to make it in the music business. Not just for himself, but for his beloved family and children, so he can free their life of worry and struggle and give them the gift of a fruitful future. His advice to other aspiring artists? “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything.” P is doing just that – ignoring the noise and embracing the grind.
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Valdosta, GA – Valdosta, Georgia native Dooley KP has always had music in his veins. From the age of six, he was a natural born performer, gracing the stages of his school at a Christmas program, he rapped to rowdy applause – and from that moment on, knew his destiny was music. Inspired by the greatest rappers of all time, the likes of Tupac, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Jay-Z, and more, Dooley quickly learned the art of imitation, which helped him develop his rapping skills. But he admired these artists for more than their musical chops; they all had something Dooley wanted, their own record label. Dooley became CEO of Bemiss Boy Entertainment, an entity that consists of a record label the artist has always dreamed of.
Though he begun his reign in Georgia, Dooley has come a long way, opening for Grammy award winning producers Cool and Dre and the legendary Jada Kiss. But, now, the artist is ready to be a star in his own right with the release of his latest single, “Walk So Nasty.” The song, which was released to resounding excitement from listeners, is an anthem of the confident woman. “It’s about the woman who holds her own,” explains the artist.
Dooley’s clever wordplay and “Kountry Poetry” style make him a distinct artist. “My music doesn’t just rhyme – it paints a picture,” continues Dooley. The artist isn’t finished yet; fans anticipate the release of two EPs in the coming months.
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Los Angeles, LA – Shae Brock has made her life’s work being a “mermaid on a mission,” determined to empower and encourage those who listen to her music. The ultra-talented Brock began playing piano at the young age of five, and was writing and performing her original music by twelve. At fourteen, producer and owner of The Artist Refinery Fred “Blaze” Crawford took the budding artist under his musical wing. With his help, Shae Brock cultivated a distinct sound of her own.
Now, with years of experience and success under her belt, the young singer spent the summer of 2016 doing what she does best: writing, creating, and performing. Brock’s most recent music video, entitled “Into You,” is highly anticipated to release this fall. “It’s about the moment you realize you have a crush on someone,” explains Brock, noting that the song was sparked by butterflies she felt for her own special someone. Like the rest of Shae Brock’s relatable music, the song was written as a result of personal, authentic experience. Reminiscent of summer fun, the song has a beachy, reggae-infused vibe. “And,” laughs Brock, “There’s a cute boy.”
Brock’s fun, relatable lyrics and uninhibited persona are bound to draw her audience in, and make them want to sit and stay awhile.
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CINCINNATI, OH – When Bomani was in high school, he formed a group called 513 with his brother and a friend. They spent most of their afternoons and evenings creating beats and lyrics together anyway, so it wasn’t much of a stretch to turn their fun into an official hip-hop group. But when the group created a CD that they sold to classmates, it was an eye-opener for young Bomani and the opportunities he might have at his fingertips to become a professional musician.
Fast forward a few years and Bomani now goes by Black Sun and is one of the fastest-rising talents to come out of Cincinnati, Ohio. His new album, “Black Sun,” was just released and is available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play under the production of his independent label, L.A.W. Creations.
“As an artist, my goal is to make quality music that expresses my emotions, beliefs and attitude toward life,” he said. “By making songs that can be played in the club to songs that tackle political and cultural issues, I feel like I’m one of the most versatile artists of our time. And I want to give other artists that ability to create freely. Five years from now I want my own label to be successful and have a lot of artists on it – artists who have the freedom to create whatever art they like. Too many times today labels decide for you or try to make you into what they want you to be. I want to give artists the ability to be who they are and not compromise.”
The latest album, “Black Sun,” is one that he said has a bit of a darker feel to it and is laced with a lot of emotion. He produced most of the tracks on the album, and the lyrics are such that he hopes it will serve as a project in which people can get to know him a little bit. Ultimately he said the overall vibe of the album is one that people could put in while driving around and just cruise to.
He’s also getting ready to release a new single on Nov. 1 called “Slidin.” Like most of his music, “Slidin” is a song that’s more directed toward people who care about lyrics and what’s being said more than they do a good beat, though it also has a beat that is a “feel good, club-banger groove.”
“It’s just a song that everybody can relate to,” he said. “It’s about riding in the car, going from place to place, doing the things you need to do while you’re getting from point A to point B. It’s something more mainstream.”
He collaborated on the song with Youngin Da Sp, who he’s worked with before in the studio. This is the first single they two will have released together, however. He said this song more than most is his stamp on the music industry and his way of displaying the kind of music he wants to release to the world.
“I just want to bring back good music,” he said. “I want to bring back the kind of music that you’d let your kids listen to. That’s the kind of art and music that I want to make so that you can look deeper into it and be inspired by it. I’m not making cookie-cutter rap. I just want to be me and encourage other people to be themselves. Sometimes today that’s hard to do.”
Fans who want to learn more about Black Sun’s music, or to stay alert for upcoming live performances, can follow him on social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
LOS ANGELES, CA – One of the most profound moments in music history was the day Michael Jackson introduced the world to the moonwalk.
Rej Archi wasn’t alive in 1983 when Michael Jackson first performed the move during a performance of “Billie Jean” on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever – but he remembers vividly the first time he saw it. He was age 6, and MTV was showing a tribute to Michael Jackson. When he saw the moonwalk for the first time, it changed his life.
“It was the first thing I ever saw that made me want to do music,” Rej Archi said. “After that I saw the Thriller video and fell in love with dancing. I was in awe. I’ve always loved music – there’s always been something about it that woke me up inside and connected with me. And that was the moment that I knew I was going to be a musician.”
It wasn’t long before he was following a similar career path to that of Michael Jackson – performing live shows with his church choir and singing at the City Stage at the age of 9. He began to learn as many instruments as he could – from trumpet and French horn to acoustic guitar and piano. He began to study the great musicians – artists like James Brown, P Funk, Daft Punk and R. Kelly. And he began to hone his dance moves – first with breakdancing and then evolving into a more eclectic dance style.
But there weren’t a lot of avenues for a young, aspiring musician in Birmingham, AL, where he grew up. So when he was old enough he chose to move to Los Angeles, where he linked with Sound Squad Pro and started to further develop his talents. This past march, Rej Archi released his debut single, “Monumental.” To date it has streamed more than 1 million times on Soundcloud and has seen more than 26,000 plays on Spotify.
“’Monumental’ came about because I’m admirer of R&B,” Rej Archi said. “I came up on the soulful music, but in the early 90s I fell in love with R&B. And it seems like that’s some of the greatest music we’ve seen lately. So as I was writing this song, talking about the greatest love, it hit me that all of those things combined is monumental, which is how you feel when you think about the greatest love ever. It was just history from there.”
“Monumental” is the first single off a full project that Rej Archi hopes to release early next year. The second single, “Naked Monkey,” was released at the end of September and is already seeing a positive response from fans. He said he co-wrote these singles with Snipe Young and two other Nine22music Group artists. “Naked Monkey,” he said, is a song that also pays homage to a genre of music that he loves: funk.
“When you hear it you feel like the gritty, old-school side of funk,” he said. “When I’m breakdancing I love funk music. I’ll listen to anything inspirational enough to move to, and it’s that fun side of funk that I wanted to tap into. I wanted to create something for people to dance to. I’m also from the south in Alabama, so I wanted to stay closer to the soulful side of funk. And even though the song is about the harsh realities of trying to make it in California – in Hollywood with the bright lights – it’s a dance song that allows you to be carefree.”
“The reason I wanted to do more up-tempo music is because of the times we’re living in right now,” he continued. “There’s so much negativity and struggle and heartbreak going on in the world, and I want to give people a place to get away from all of that. I still want to talk about love and heartbreak and all that stuff. Some things need to be said. But at the same time we need to escape from it. If we don’t, we’ll just keep going in a downward spiral. There’s a time and a place for everything, and I just want to give people an escape and a different way.”
Fans can check out his new single on iTunes, or by following him on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
STAMFORD, CT – Though Kesna “Kesz” Campbell has been in the U.S. for more than a decade, she takes pride in paying homage to her heritage. The music she now creates started from Jamaica when at an early age she heard her grandmother making music.
The up-and-coming artist from Stamford, Connecticut recently released a single called “Move That Body” that is getting quite a bit of positive feedback from all around the country. She said it’s a feel-good song that anyone can dance to and enjoy, but its lyrics reflect a deeper side of her that she tries to capture in all of her songs.
“It’s a love story told through an up-beat dance hook,” Kesz said. “It has a lot of components in one song, and that’s really true of most of my music. A lot of my songs have to do with different aspects of a person’s life, and for the most part it comes down to the thoughts and feelings that happen in your mind. One of my songs, for instance, is about breaking habits – and you have to be mentally strong if you’re going to be ready to break a specific habit. Another song is about memories and love, which focuses on another part of the mind. Ultimately I believe that everything we love comes from your mind and your heart, and that’s what I want to make music about.”
Kesz said she’s working on a new EP that’ll launch in early November called “Love of Mind” that will examine that train of thought. She said she’s excited to release a new project to her fans because she knows her music is a way for people to connect to one another as they look inward and discover who they are and what makes them unique.
“When they listen to my music I hope they’re finding love through their own goals and pursuits,” she said. “The type of songs I sing are really mixed genre. I’m not just R&B – I have a very bouquet song, and a pop song, and an R&B song and a hip-hop song … I’m very diverse, and I hope people love it.”
Kesz is currently pursuing a business degree at a university in Connecticut, but she said she’s always known that she wanted to be a singer. It took some encouragement from her mother a few years back, however, to convince her to actively pursue that dream and begin recording her music.
She said from day one she has tried to incorporate her Jamaican heritage into her music. She tries to visit Jamaica as often as she can, and hopes to do that even more in the future specifically to further explore her heritage and culture and the influences that make that country’s music and sound so unique.
“Really I want to get a stronger sense of who I am and the style of music I’m pursuing,” she said. “I really want to connect with my fans and connect with the world through music. I love music – it has really helped me through life. And I want to be someone who helps others get through life, as well, through music.”
Fans can check out Kesz’s music on her website KesZMusic.com, or on her Soundcloud page. She also is active on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
FRANKLIN, TN – Fresh isn’t just the name of one of the hottest up-and-coming young rappers in the U.S. It’s also the definition of his sound – a new take on hip-hop that he says is very much needed in the industry right now.
“I feel as if a lot of upcoming new rappers all sound the same because of the flows that are hot right now and what people want to hear,” Fresh said. “But I don’t want my music to sound like other artists in the game. I want it to sound like my own style of music, while still being able to touch base with some of the new flows being established in the game right now. I want to build a sound that nobody in the hip-hop industry can mess with or has ever heard of before. That’s why I call myself Fresh.”
That new sound is readily displayed on Fresh’s new album “Ambitions of a Hu$tla,” which is now available for purchase worldwide. The album started off as a mixtape about four years ago, and over the years as it has continued to develop Fresh said he saw that he could be very intentional with the first project he released to the world. He started getting picky with the songs that he wanted to put on the album, and ultimately capped it at 13 songs that he says are a mixture of rap, hip-hop, R&B, soul, grit, club and all hits.
“Every song has a message,” he said. “It’s one of those albums that you want to listen to all the way through. There’s some songs in there for the women, and there are some songs that are really smooth. There are songs that incorporate a lot of my life stories – the downfalls and betrayals I’ve had in my life. There are songs about money, about ambitions, and about the things I’ve been through and the things I’ve had to do to get to where I’m at right now. And through all of it I’ve put my feel of the new flows into the music.”
The first single off the album is called “Birds.” It’s a song that Fresh said highlights the gaggle of girls that seem to all flock together – talking and gossiping about anything under the sun. He said the song is told from the perspective of a man who wants a deeper relationship with a girl, and he’s telling her that if she wants to be serious then she has to have his back instead of going to her girlfriends and always talking about him behind his back.
In conjunction with the single’s release, Fresh partnered with Miami Film Kings to create a music video, which will be launched on Worldstarhiphop within the next two weeks. Miami Film Kings has worked with some of the hottest new artists out there to produce music videos, and Fresh said he was humbled to be approached by them to put together some music videos in conjunction with the release of his album.
Fans who want to check out some of Fresh’s music can do so on Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube. Fans can also follow him on social media on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. For booking questions or any other inquiries, contact FreshOfficialBooking@gmail.com.
Long Island, New York – Long Island native Emile Lapaix Jr., better known as E-Reign, has been pursuing music since the young age of ten. A lover of music of all genres, E-Reign draws inspiration from all types of sounds and music, which helped diversify his own sound. The artist’s music was profoundly influenced by classic rappers such as Nas, 2Pac, and LL Cool J; their ability to connect to their audience the root of his affinity for their music. E-Reign’s list of accolades is long and impressive, with notable awards such as 2014 Forbes Music Inc. Performance Artist Of The Year.
E-Reign’s newest project, a mixtape entitled Future of New York Vol. III is the artist’s third drop in five months. “I’ve kept busy,” laughs the up and coming star. The album is hosted by Chicago’s own DJ Smoke and features a wide variation of tracks from club records, to songs about the goings on of society – police relations and racial disparity. At the root of all of E-Reign’s music is his distinct ability to relate to people. The connection drives his lyrics, and is the artist’s central reason for his art. “Music is all about connection,” explains E-Reign, “The power of music and what it does to and for the people.”
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