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    Monica Ft. Rick Ross & Lil Kim - Anything To Find You (Produced By Missy Elliott)

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    Cherish it - because again, not only is it from Monica, the Grammy Award winning singer and actress who's sold more than 10 million copies of her previous three albums, but it is what she declares "a real representation of who I am and what my life is like now. It reflects the last 11 years inside and outside of the industry. It allows people to know me. Finally."Let’s start with her foundation.Remember, she is from the A - Born, raised and never lived anywhere else but Atlanta.So the Jermaine Dupri-produced first single "Everytime Tha Beat Drop" should really come as no surprise." 'Beat Drop', for me, is a real good representation of where I'm from," Monica says of the call to the dancefloor she crafted with Atlanta's snap music pioneers, Dem Franchize Boyz. "Plus I really liked having a record that kids can enjoy. My music has always had a message. I guess it's been just a personality thing - I've always been extremely mature for my age. Always been kind of deep. But sometimes that goes right over the kids' heads. And we all just want to dance and have fun. This is what I live. What I dance to. What I listen to when I'm in my car. So I thought, 'Why wouldn't I sing over it?' "On this foundation, Monica has built quite the reputation for brutal honesty — from “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” to “First Night” to “Knock Knock” and “U Should’ve Known Better.”“My audience respects my honesty,” she reminds us. “They trust that what comes out of my mouth truly comes from my heart.”And falling right in the disc changer with those singles is "Sideline Ho."In the Underdogs-produced dagger, she asks: "Ain't you tired of spending all the holidays alone?"And then comes back and digs deeper with: "It don't matter if he spends the night, his home's somewhere else...If you don't make his breakfast, you's a 'Sideline Ho!'"Myself, Damon [Thomas], Harvey [Mason Jr.] and Tank came up with that. I was telling Tank about a situation where an ex of mine blatantly, openly cheated - as if people didn't know who his girlfriend was! And just the sound of her name would make my flesh crawl. So he was like, 'Well what did you call her?' I said, 'She has no name. She has no importance.' And Tank walked back into the room and said, 'The name of this song is 'Sideline Ho.'"Why Her," also produced by Monica's longtime musical associate Jermaine Dupri, is what she calls her post-'Sideline Ho' song. "After the anger of being cheated on, instead of healing and moving forward, we get mired in all of these questions. At that point in my situation I was like, 'What was it? I don't see anything visually any better. I don't know anything any better about her. She's struggling to work on video sets. And I'm in disarray."I don't care what people say, people always look at themselves, ask themselves those kinds of questions once somebody cheats. That's just how love works. It doesn't cut off at the sight of a mistake. We're all like, 'Does he live with her now? Do you think they're going to have kids?' Just vulnerable."Now that's an adjective rarely used to describe Monica in her decade-plus in the business. Not the 24-year-old who was introduced to the world in 1995 on an album titled "Miss Thang." "People assume nothing affects me," she concedes. "And I am extremely strong-natured. I stand with both feet planted firmly and don't bend. But I know now sometimes I need to bend. 'Hell No' (produced by the Grammy-nominated Bryan-Michael Cox) shows that side of me that's a lot more sensitive. And vulnerable."And may we add, adaptable. Not only does the rapper so fast he's in the Guinness Book of World Records appear on "Hell No." But Monica matches Twista - zip for zip."I never thought I would be able to pick up his flow in any shape, form or fashion," she recalls. "But he said the same thing Missy's always saying to me - 'You're a slick talker. You never run out of words.' So he wrote my verse and he rapped it in spaces, in little bite-sized chunks. And I would rap it back, until I learned it. It took about two hours but I'm so glad I did it. It was a good experience, an example of why my mom always taught us not to use the word 'can't.' At 24 I am still learning lessons." But look at how she’s already applied those lessons, and what she’s become thus far: Her loveliness can be heard in one of her fourth CD's vocal standouts: "Get Away." The spare, dramatic force begins: "I started out as a little girl. Singing songs changed my world." And before you know, Monica's sharing her life with you - inside and out:"I give so much of me/When is time for me to receive? "It's not as easy as it seems/And to think, this was my dream." "Jermaine always knows exactly how I feel about things," Monica says. "And I felt this way most when my first love died. Him committing suicide changed my life in a lot of ways. It brought me closer to what I was raised with, which is a Christian family. It brought me closer to God, which is where I need to be. And it made me wish for the first time in my entire life that I was a normal person, with a normal job, who could take time off to grieve. I had to learn to live with my situation in front of the public's eye. But in the recording of this song, I was to myself. In the 11 years I've been in this industry I didn't think such a place existed. And physically I don't think it does. But mentally it's there, in this song." Loving pulses through "Doin' Me Right," her Missy Elliott-produced tribute to a guy who makes seven figures, talks slicker and is an, a-hem, tongue-flicker."That kind of song is a bit different for me," Monica says playfully. "But if you haven't heard, I have a son. And he didn't get here like Jesus. Some things have taken place. And I think the song is a nice way of saying how I certainly feel." "Dozen Roses," however, is exactly how she feels. She's in love. "I be losing my mind every time I look at you," she says in another Missy production, made even dreamier by a sample of Curtis Mayfield’s “The Makings of You.” "You've got style just like a Bentley coupe.... You're just like my rims, you shine." "Like I said, 'Dozen Roses' personifies where I am right now," Monica says. "Who I am right now."And to think, much of The Makings of Monica happened right before our eyes: The three million-selling debut and the hit singles - "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)" and "Before You Walk Out of My Life" - that made her the youngest female artist ever to have two back-to-back No. 1 hits on Billboard's R&B singles chart. (Both of which also topped its Hot 100 pop charts and earned a million in sales.) The million-selling contribution to the 1997 "Space Jam" soundtrack "For You I Will." Then came her 1998 CD "The Boy Is Mine," which not only had three consecutive No. 1 Billboard pop singles (the title track, "Angel of Mine" and "First Night"), but the title track with Brandy spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts, and 8 at No. 1 on the R&B listing. Not to mention the duet earned Monica a Grammy to add to her American Music, Soul Train and Billboard Awards. Then there was her last million-selling CD "After the Storm." All of which she managed while acting in the MTV movie "Love Song," the Miramax movie "Boys and Girls" and most recently, Warner Bros/Overbrook’s "ATL."The Makings of Me is the least Monica could give you for so much support over so many projects.Then again, The Makings of Me is ALL Monica is.

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    Meek Mill Ft. Rick Ross - Tupac Back (Produced By Mike Will & Eardrummers)

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    Raw, gritty and talented describe the lyrical talents of Rapper Meek Mill. His skills are so natural that he has a flow like no other. Born May 6, 1987 under the astrological sign of Taurus, Robert Rahmeek Williams adopted the rap name “Meek Mill” after family and friends from his neighborhood kept referencing him by his middle name. Meek is coined as the latest rap phenomenon to come out of the city of Philadelphia.Raised in the North Philadelphia section of the city with his sister and inspired by his mother and father; who died when he was five, Meek Mill began taking the rap game seriously at the age of 12 after losing a street battle to neighboring rappers. He says his desire to rap grew after watching his uncle Philly hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Nell. While hanging out in his neighborhood, Meek met three guys and formed the group, “BloodHoundz,” which consisted of Mel Love, Dat Nigga Lil and Young Pooh. The group lasted for fives years and Meek ventured on his own.

    With a solo career in tow, Meek became one of Philadelphia’s hottest underground rap artists on an independent label. In 2007, Meek debuted his Flamerz series, which stands for hottest songs and released his first mix tape, Flamerz 1, which featured the hit single, “In My Bag.”In 2008, Meek debuted the highly anticipated Flamerz 2 –“Hottest In The City,” which showcased more of his lyrical abilities with the singles, “I'm So Fly,” “Prolli,” and “Hottest In The City.” Upon release of Flamerz 2, it caught the attention of founder and President of 215Aphillyated Records, Charlie Mack. Mack was immediately impressed with Meek that he signed him to his management company. During the same year, he met the founder and owner of Grand Hustle, TI. TI was impressed with his lyrical ability that he offered him an opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to meet with him along with the Warner Brothers Records, within one week both record companies offered him a deal. Meek was overwhelmed by the offers; however, he felt collaborating with TI was an opportunity of a lifetime and chose his label. An ecstatic Meek was on top of the world; a record deal and the chance to work with one of hip hop’s greatest rappers and then a set back occurred. He was arrested, charged with a crime and order to serve seven months in jail.Meek pre-released three singles from his third mix tape Flamerz 2.5 – “The Preview” in August of 2009, which featured the chart topping hits, “Make ‘Em Say,” “Imma Da Ish,” featuring Ms. Jade and “Starting Something,” in honor Michael Jackson. Within the first two weeks of its release, Clear Channel added it to their play list, which is an anomaly in the music business. In June of 2009, Meek began immediately working on his freshman album – Flamerz 3, “Hottest In America – Gangster Grill Edition,” hosted by DJ Drama and featuring the songs: “Baby Girl,” “Hottest In America,” and “I’m Killin em.” The highly anticipated cd is set to be released on January 19, 2010. Despite his stint in jail, Meek’s fans remained loyal, he currently boasts of 13 million hits on MySpace and 20 million viewers on You Tube.In the future, Meek plans to establish the Meek Mill Foundation, which will mentor young males between the ages of 12-24 on the importance of “Education over Incarceration.” He also plans to collaborate with United Community Action Network and the Lifers of Graterford Prison to address the violence plaguing our cities.

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    Just100 Ft. Tity Boi Aka 2 Chainz - Oh Yea

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    The artist Just100 is a talented, hard working independent MC hailing from High Point, NC. Over the past few years he has released some of the most diverse mixtapes the south has ever seen. Starting in 2008, after realizing the drama the streets bring and dealing with the crushing loss of his father, he felt it necessary get a lot pain off his chest, and released his debut EP Tax Free Mafia. "I had no commercial intentions with the TaxFreeMafia EP, stuff was Just so thick over the course of the last year I had to vent. It was the most constructive thing I could do without being all out reckless in the streets." The eight song EP takes listeners through a dark, aggressive, tunnel starting with the lyrical onslaught of 'Eighty', then the call to keep it a '100' over the eerie, Smitty produced masterpiece 'Say No More'. The EP concludes with some semblance of light through the fog of life on the introspective, Sinima Beats produced 'Talking to Myself'. With the EP Just 100 was able to clear his head & reconcile his inner demons to find peace.

    Through this new found understanding, Just saw that his skill as an MC had not left or betrayed him, he followed Tax Free Mafia up in the Spring of '09 with the ironically titled mixtape 'Thank You For Smoking'. On the mixtape Just set his creativity loose, expanding his subject matter and taking his songwriting seriously. The mixtape, composed of various freestyles, utilizes classic hip-hop tracks like BK inspired 'Still No Half Steppin' and the shout out to the God on 'Paid in Full '09'. "That's who (sic) Kane/Rakim, inspired me so it wasn't like I was going out of my way to be different, its Just that those are the types of records that set a standard and I felt like rockin 'em." Giving us a glimpse of his meteoric growth as an artist, Just explores a totally different chamber on the TrackBangas produced, Surgeon General Warning about fickle friends 'After the Love'. "I wanted to confront the crabs head on as well as take a risk with that record. I'm glad I did, the response was so powerful on that record...it told me to keep pushing, & that I had discovered something".

    With that mindset Just hopes to further elevated his craft with a new album, "Hitzville USA". "It has been along time coming and hopefully with this project heads will take notice and say oh yea ? That guy from NC, spits heat and makes hits! I don't want to be placed in a certain column. I don't think hip-hop was ever designed that way. I've sat back and watched these dudes get away with a lot of corny music , but I think like our previous election the people are ready for change." As we all watched and saw this dedicated artist grow before our very eyes, in 2010 Just100, caught up with Digital Product to release a collection of trunk thumpers with lyrical flows to match on "The Underworld". The street single, “Shoe Box Money"(produced by SuperStar O), sparked an incredible buzz throughout the south & midwest as Justo proclaimed "The Underworld mixtape is hiphop in it's finest tradition."

    Now Justo has teamed up with "The Golden Child Dj E Sudd" to release the highly anticipated mixtape "Self Made/MadeMan" . “No features, No skits, No gimmicks! Just straight up hip-hop!“ was the direction Justo saught to pursue. Seven tracks that are sure to please including the standouts "Cloud Nine" and the title track "SelfMadeMadeMan". The response was so incredible Justo grabbed 2Chainz for the "Oh Yea" remix (produced by TrackBangas) this summer making it even hotter. Not one to rest on his laurels Just100 promises that there is much more in store for 2011. Are you 100 ? Get ready !!!

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    MIXTAPE: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/13566/just_100_self_made_made_man.html





    Sp Da Don Ft. Lil Willie - Pimps & Players

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    I go by the name of Spartacus better known as Sp the Don, I was born and raise in broward county florida in the eighties. Im from a big family middle child from my mother side, Second to last nearly double digits siblings. I went to Ely Highschool and started skipping school with my freinds. so i had to go to nightschool to graduate. Right after I graduate in 2001 I join the army.

    Not only a street soldier label me a war veteran. Iraq and afghan could'nt bring forward my demise. Fresh out the military i got introduce to jail, And from then on it was numorous run in with the law.

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    Big Sean Ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash - Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay (Produced By Hit Boy)

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    Born in California but raised in Detroit, rapper Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West’s recently formed label, G.O.O.D. Music. Sean had met West through a hip-hop radio station in Detroit. He was just trying to impress the superstar by displaying his freestyle skills, but after Sean’s in-studio performance, West offered him a recording contract and helped set up his debut mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. 1, released in 2007. A second volume arrived in 2009 with a third following in 2010.

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    Kanye West & Jay-Z Ft. Otis Redding - Otis (Produced By Kanye West)

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    In the span of three short years, Kanye West went from hip-hop beatmaker to worldwide hitmaker, as his stellar production work for Jay-Z led to a major-label recording contract and, ultimately, a wildly successful solo career. West paired his beats with tongue-twisting raps and a self-assured, flamboyant personality. His dapper fashion sense set him apart from many of his rap peers, and his confidence often came across as boastful or even egotistical, albeit amusingly so. This flamboyance, of course, made for good press, something that West enjoyed in spades during his sudden rise to celebrity status. He was a media darling, appearing and performing at countless awards shows (and winning at them, too), delivering theatrical videos to MTV, and mouthing off about whatever happened to cross his mind. He frequently spoke out against the rampant homophobia evident in much rap music, posed for the cover of Rolling Stone as Jesus Christ, and even claimed during a televised Hurricane Katrina fundraiser that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." West courted controversy, no question about it, but his steady presence in the celebrity limelight couldn't eclipse his musical talent. His production abilities seemed boundless during his initial surge of activity, as he not only racked up impressive hits for himself (including "Jesus Walks" and "Gold Digger"), but also collaborated on smash hits with the likes of Jay-Z and Ludacris. As his career progressed throughout the early 21st century, West shattered certain stereotypes about rappers, becoming a superstar on his own terms without adapting his appearance, his rhetoric, or his music to fit any one musical mold.Coming out of left field (i.e., Chicago, a city rarely praised for its hip-hop exports), West was an unlikely sensation and more than once defied adversity. Like so many others who were initially inspired by Run-D.M.C., he began as just another aspiring rapper with a boundless passion for hip-hop, albeit a rapper with a Midas touch when it came to beatmaking. Indeed, it was his beatmaking prowess that got his foot in the industry door. Though he did quite a bit of noteworthy production work during the late '90s (Jermaine Dupri, Foxy Brown, Mase, Goodie Mob), it was West's work for Roc-a-Fella at the dawn of the new millennium that took his career to the next level. Alongside fellow fresh talent Just Blaze, West became one of the Roc's go-to producers, consistently delivering hot tracks to album after album. His star turn came on Jay-Z's classic Blueprint (2001) with album standouts "Takeover" and "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)." Both songs showcased West's signature beatmaking style of the time, which was largely sample-based; in these cases, the former track appropriating snippets of the Doors' "Five to One," while the latter sampled the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back."More high-profile productions followed, and before long word spread that West was going to release an album of his own, on which he planned to rap as well as produce. Unfortunately, that album was a long time coming, pushed back and then pushed back again. It didn't help that West was in a tragic car accident in October 2002 that almost cost him his life. He capitalized on the traumatic experience by using it as the inspiration for "Through the Wire" (and its corresponding video), which would later become the lead single for his debut album, 2004's The College Dropout. As the album was continually delayed, West continued to churn out big hits for the likes of Talib Kweli ("Get By"), Ludacris ("Stand Up"), Jay-Z ("'03 Bonnie & Clyde"), and Alicia Keys ("You Don't Know My Name"). Then, just as "Through the Wire" was breaking big-time at the tail-end of 2003, another West song caught fire, a collaboration with Twista and comedian/actor Jamie Foxx called "Slow Jamz," which gave the rapper/producer two simultaneously ubiquitous singles and a much-anticipated debut album. As with so many of West's songs, the singles were driven by somewhat recognizable sample-based hooks: Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire" in the case of "Through the Wire," and Luther Vandross' "A House Is Not a Home" in the case of "Slow Jamz."In the wake of his breakout success, West earned a whopping ten nominations at the 47th annual Grammy Awards, held in early 2005. The College Dropout won the Best Rap Album award, "Jesus Walks" won Best Rap Song, and a songwriting credit on "You Don't Know My Name" for Best R&B Song award was shared with Alicia Keys and Harold Lilly. Later that year, West released his second solo album, Late Registration, which spawned a series of hit singles ("Diamonds in Sierra Leone," "Gold Digger," "Heard 'Em Say," "Touch the Sky"). The album topped the charts, as did the "Gold Digger" single, and Late Registration eventually won a Grammy for Album of the Year. West's production work continued more or less unabated during this time; particularly noteworthy were hits for Twista ("Overnight Celebrity"), Janet Jackson ("I Want You"), Brandy ("Talk About Our Love"), the Game ("Dreams"), Common ("Go!"), and Keyshia Cole ("I Changed My Mind"). West also founded his own label, GOOD Music (i.e., "Getting Out Our Dreams"), in conjunction with Sony BMG. The label's inaugural release was John Legend's Get Lifted (2004), followed one year later by Common's Be. In addition to all of his studio work, West also toured internationally in support of Late Registration and released Late Orchestration: Live at Abbey Road Studios (2006) in commemoration.After retreating from the spotlight for some time, West returned to the forefront of the music world in 2007 with a series of album releases. Consequence's Don't Quit Your Day Job and Common's Finding Forever, both released by GOOD, were chiefly produced by West; the latter proved to be particularly popular, topping the album chart upon its release in July. And then there was West's third solo album, Graduation, which was promoted well in advance of its September 11 release (a memorable date that pitted Kanye against 50 Cent, who in one interview swore he would quit music if his own album, Curtis, wasn't the top-seller). A pair of singles — "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and "Stronger," the latter an interpolation of Daft Punk's 2001 single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" — led the promotional push. It became his third consecutive chart-topping album, and its success culminated in eight Grammy nominations. West was the victor in four of the categories, and he performed two songs during the ceremony, including Late Registration's "Hey Mama," chosen in honor of his recently deceased mother. That loss, compounded by a breakup with his fiancée, informed 2008's 808s & Heartbreak, a major change of pace that saw West singing most of his emotionally pained lyrics with the assistance of Auto-Tune. As polarizing as it was, it went platinum. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, most of which was recorded in Hawaii and involved guest vocal spots from the likes of Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, and the RZA, was released in November 2010. It was preceded by the bombastic, King Crimson-sampling single "Power."

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    Game Ft. Chris Brown - Pot Of Gold (Produced By The Futuristics)

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    Compton's own the Game (aka Hurricane Game) issued his debut LP, The Documentary, in 2004 through Aftermath/G-Unit/Universal. With everyone from Dr. Dre and 50 Cent to Nate Dogg, Kanye West, and Just Blaze contributing to the album, The Documentary made it clear from the outset that geographic squabbles weren't a part of the Game's agenda. Rapping hadn't been at first, either. Having gotten involved in the drug trade after a rough childhood, it took being shot during a home invasion to cause an epiphany in the Game. Inspired by N.W.A, The Chronic, Doggystyle, and classic albums from 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z, the Game began rapping in 2001 and never looked back. His barbed and bold freestyles caught the ear of Dre, who signed him to Aftermath in 2003 and executive produced his debut. It was delayed a few times, but The Documentary finally dropped in January 2005. Soon the Game and 50 Cent were at war over the former's reluctance to beef with any and every enemy of G-Unit. Freestyles and mixtapes were spawned in amazing amounts from both sides, and every time a truce seemed possible, things fell apart at the last minute. Dr. Dre was stuck in the middle, and while he never publicly denounced the Game, he passed on working with the rapper for his next effort. Despite Dre's absence, the Game's sophomore release kept its original title of Doctor's Advocate when it was released in late 2006. Two years later, LAX was released. With fewer mentions of Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, the uneven album found the rapper moving on from his previous obsessions. After periods of retirement talk, the MC had a change of heart and began recording The R.E.D. Album ("R.E.D." being short for "rededicated"), for a planned 2010 release.

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    Big Sean Ft. Chris Brown - My Last (Produced By No I.D.)

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    Born in California but raised in Detroit, rapper Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West’s recently formed label, G.O.O.D. Music. Sean had met West through a hip-hop radio station in Detroit. He was just trying to impress the superstar by displaying his freestyle skills, but after Sean’s in-studio performance, West offered him a recording contract and helped set up his debut mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. 1, released in 2007. A second volume arrived in 2009 with a third following in 2010.

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    Ace Hood Ft. Chris Brown - Body 2 Body (Produced By J.U.S.T.I.C.E League)

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    Born Antoine McColister in Port St. Lucie, FL, Ace Hood was raised by his mother in Deerfield Beach, a part of Miami's metro area. Rap music became his full-time obsession after he suffered a football injury in the tenth grade, effectively putting the kibosh on any professional sports career. By age 17, he was recording tracks for local imprint Dollaz & Dealz and had a few street singles put out, including 2006's "M.O.E." (i.e., "Money Over Everything"). In November of the following year, Ace maneuvered his way into meeting DJ Khaled at local radio station 99 Jamz and handed the Miami mixtape DJ his demo. Within a matter of weeks, DJ Khaled signed Ace, then 19 years old, as the first artist to his newly formed We the Best Music, which obtained distribution through Def Jam a few weeks after that. Ace's Def Jam debut single, the Runners-produced "Cash Flow," featuring Rick Ross and ubiquitous hook singer T-Pain, arrived in early 2008 and turned out to be a smash hit on South Florida radio. A few mixtapes and guest appearances later, he released his first full-length, Gutta, in summer 2008. Ruthless followed the next year and, like its predecessor, peaked at number five on Billboard, Rovi

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    Money Jay - Blowing

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    When Money Jay boasts that he’s “strapped up like the military,” on his hit single “Death

    Row,” he isn’t just saying that to be saying it. As the newest soldier on Akon’s Konvict Music

    label, he is more than equipped to declare war on anybody standing in his path to rap dominance.

    Born Tysen Bolden in the Bronx, New York, Money Jay moved to Decatur, Georgia at the age of

    two. His stay-at-home mother and truck driver father sought solace in the South, hoping to raise

    their family in a safer and slower environment. But trouble knows no borders.

    “My folks had three other kids so there wasn’t a lot of money to go around,” admits Jay. “Folks

    used to roast me on my clothes so I wound up getting in a lot of fights. I knew I had to get my

    own if I wanted to be somebody. So after that, I started hustling.”

    Whether it was candy or weed, the young Money Jay was already building a reputation as a

    hustler making money by the time he hit 7th grade. This led to his hanging with and picking up

    the habits of the older street dealers that he idolized growing up; habits that included carrying

    guns. In the 9th grade, Jay was expelled from high school for gun possession, which only gave

    him more free time to roam the streets.

    A couple of wrong turns eventually landed him on the wrong side of the law a few times. It

    wasn’t until he saw his close friends and family getting jammed up with years-long bids that he

    decided that this was not the route he wanted to take.

    “Everyone around me was getting locked up,” says Jay. “They would call me from jail everyday

    and I didn’t want to end up in the same boat so I turned to music to try and leave all that illegal

    bullshit alone.”

    Like anyone else that’s grown up in the 80′s and 90′s, rap music was a dominant influence on

    Money Jay’s life. He used to write down raps in school and share them with friends, which led

    to him actually recording some of his lyrics over beats. By age 16, he built a home studio and

    started making and distributing his own mixtapes. Though music still wasn't his main focus, the

    product spread, demand grew and over time Money Jay’s music was getting spins in some of

    Atlanta’s most popular nightclubs. Ironically, it was a daytime occurrence that led to Jay being in

    the position he is now.

    “One day I was out hustling on Glenwood Road, and Akon came to the spot,” remembers Jay.

    “He got a CD from me, drove off and then came right back saying he wanted to sign me. Even

    then I wasn’t taking the music serious, and he could tell. But he always told me that I should.”

    Akon remembers, “As soon as I got in the car, something told me to put his CD on. Once I

    heard it, I hit a U-turn and went back asking if this was really him rapping. When he told me it

    was, I wanted to sign him on the spot; but I knew he was still hustling so I let him know that if

    he got serious, I wanted him on my team.”

    Akon’s advice fell on deaf ears initially as Jay opted to keep one foot in the streets. It wasn’t until

    his younger brother was incarcerated that he started paying full attention. Keeping in contact

    with Akon, Jay finally left the streets alone and let him know he was ready to be a Konvict

    recording artist. Since then, the musical partnership has been nothing short of promising.

    The first song from the upcoming CD is Money Jay’s surging single “Death Row.” The track is

    one part club-banger, one part salute to his brother and closest friends’ legal problems.

    “One day I was at the crib, watching 2Pac perform “Hit ‘Em Up,” says Jay about the inspiration

    behind the Sonny Digital-produced banger. “Knowing how I am and what I’ve been through,

    seeing that performance made me feel like I would’ve been signed with Death Row at their


    While Death Row is now a thing of the past, Money Jay aims to keep that spirit alive with his

    future at Akon’s Konvict Music label. Well equipped with the voice, street cred and most

    importantly music to become rap’s next big thing, it shouldn’t be long before someone else is

    watching Money Jay on TV and getting inspired in the same way.

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