Fashawn

Fashawn first gained major attention in 2009 for the release of his debut album Boy Meets World. This early success led him to be inaugurated into the 2010 XXL Freshmen cover, standing alongside Wiz Khalifa, J.Cole, Big Sean and more. His buzz has gotten increasingly stronger, from sharing the stage with notable stars such as Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, Wiz Khalifa to performing at jam-packed shows like Rock the Bells and Paid Dues. He also performed the entrance theme song for boxing welterweight champion Timothy Bradley when he fought his rematch against Manny Pacquiao on Pay Per View last April.

Fashawn's distinctive talent captured the attention of Nas, who brought him out during a sold- out showcase at SXSW earlier this year. Shortly after, Nas signed Fashawn to Mass Appeal Records and jumped on as the executive producer for his upcoming album. The Ecology will be Fashawn's first release under the Mass Appeal imprint. This album will not only showcase his raw lyricism but also introduce his music versatility. The Ecology will feature a handful of collaborations including Nas, J.Cole, E-40, multi-platinum artist Aloe Blacc and many more.

Many intellectuals and Quantum physics enthusiasts consider the world's uncanny circumstances to be products of cosmic probability. Some inhabitants of this world are perpetually successful and talented beyond average human capacity. People of this calibre don't view their goals and dreams as defining moments in their lives. Instead, they see monumental acievement the way the common man sees blinking: It's just going to happen. Two men of this nature are Johnny Venues and Doctur Dot, the founding and only memebers of the eccentric and insghtful music duo, EarthGang.

SonReal is a new school leader. With a 2013 Juno and MMVA nomination, this young artist has independently put all eyes on him through consistently putting out interesting innovative material. Notorious for releasing mixtapes that have an album feel, it is easy to see why SonReal is at the forefront of not only Vancouver's hip hop scene, but the Canadian music industry as a whole.

With a number of successful releases under his belt, SonReal began 2012 with the release of the final two singles from 2011's Where's Waldo?. Both reaching 100,000 views within their first few weeks online, SonReal kept the buzz alive with the release of an 18 track mixtape titled, Words I Said in April 2012. Directed at the promotion of his summer release, Good News, Words I Said spread across the Internet quickly. With support from some of the largest hip hop blogs such as, 2dopeboyz.com, NahRight.com, HipHopDX and more, Words I Said developed an awareness and anticipation for SonReal's upcoming Good News. Up Up Up was the first single from Good News and the driving force leading into it's release. A video accompanied the single and was an instant smash once Much Music awarded it "heavy rotation" on their TV network. Good News was released July 25th and has been labeled the largest stepping stone in SonReal's career.

After turning many heads in the industry, the Vancouver rapper signed a recording deal with the independent label, Black Box Records responsible for emcees, Shad and Classified. His first release via Black Box would be a collaborative project with fellow Canadian rapper/producer, Rich Kidd. The Closers was recorded in seven days in a private Hollywood studio. SonReal and Rich Kidd had united East and West and made an 11 track album the country could stand behind. Fans did exactly that. October 16th, The Closers debuted at #3 on iTunes Canada's hip hop charts, next to Macklemore and Kanye West. The Closers then went on to be nominated for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards. SonReal and Rich Kidd celebrated their newfound success by embarking on a nationwide tour in promotion of the project and shared stages with such artists as, Down With Webster, Mac Miller and more.

With Summer on the horizon, SonReal has began working on new solo material due for a fall release. With plenty of visuals in store and plans to be performing on a stage near you, 2013 looks like it will be the introduction of SonReal to an audience greater than he has ever reached before.

Voss has been rapping for longer than you'd think, about pretty much everything you think about. The "HOW 'BOUT NOW?" EP dropped on your head in April and you don't even know it...yet. You can listen to his releases (including the FREE "It's On Me" mixtape) in their entirety at http://www.voss.bandcamp.com. Oh and you can find him on Facebook too. Anyway, he puts on a live show like no other. Trust me, I'm him. Catch me while you can still afford it.

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