Category: Artist Spotlight

INTERVIEW: H*Wood is Building an Empire Again With New Moves

Artist H*Wood burst onto the scene in 2011 with “Could It Be You,” Which at one time was selling better than DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.” The success of the song was very unexpected as H*Wood was signed to Rodney Jerkins and Dark Child Records at the time. Prompting him to move to LA with only $300 in his pocket to pursue his life long dream. H*Wood has been invited to the BET Awards, sat in the studio session for Bruno Mars, and been privileged to sell over 500k copies of a record. A feat many young...

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SPOTLIGHT: DJ Carisma Shaping West Coast Hip Hop Via Her Young California Movement

Breaking barriers and setting new trends is nothing new for west coast badass DJ Carisma. Fighting for her place in the industry with a fierce belief in herself and the music she loves, she’s become an inspiration to anyone watching—especially young women and Latinas. It only takes a few minutes of chatting with her and listening to her tell her story to realize that she isn’t doing any of this for the fame, although that came naturally to her, but she’s doing it for the artists, the music. With her head down, grind on she woke up one day and...

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: New York’s Fame School Is In Their “Bag” With New Music

New York has always been on the progressive edge of fashion, art and music and it has a huge influence on the artists born from that environment—enter Fame School. These two guys are the core of their “Academy”, but what they’ve created in their city and with artists across the U.S. is so much bigger. We had a chance to speak with Slim and Telli, two of the most humble individuals who are focused on creating art that makes people feel good. They gracefully walk the line between remaining rooted in gratitude at the same time celebrating their incredible accomplishments. They are the...

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Artist Spotlight: Octopizzo

    Octopizzo is a hip hop artist, entrepreneur and community activist hailing from Nairobi, a small area in Kenya, Africa. More specifically he’s from Kibera—considered the largest slum in Africa. After digging a bit on his background, it is astounding the progress he’s made in such a short amount of time and with limited resources. His story is the best kind. The underdog who wins. Not only has he made a path via his rap career and a budding fashion line, he also runs the Octopizzo Foundation where he teaches underprivileged youth how to recognize and reach their...

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This past week we had a chat with French hip hop artist S-Pi who shared everything from his early life to what he has going on now to what’s ahead for him. Check it out below. First of all, tell us where you are from originally and how long have you been in France? I was born in France, my parents are from Congo. I’m half French, half Congolese. Do you get to go back and visit often? I was back in Congo 2 years ago for a concert. The talent there is poppin’. They got skills, I was...

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