MY LESSONS AND THE LAND

CLEVELAND, OH – THE LAND 

The Background

I have only lived in two cities in my life, and Cleveland is one of them.  I was up there for about 2 years a couple of decades ago; Cleveland is literally my 2nd home, so it’s fitting that The Land was next up (after Columbus) as I became familiar with battle rap in general, and Ohio battle rap specifically.

It was a happy accident that led me to the battle rap scene in Columbus, and Cleveland was part of the picture from the beginning.  The first battle I attended in April of 2016 had several Cleveland area rappers on the card, and they have been at each event I have attended since, with things culminating on July 15th with what was essentially a Columbus vs Cleveland card.  That is when I was introduced to Cleveland’s Bar 4 Bar Battle League.

Lesson 1

In the past several months of searching through battle rap I quickly realized that there are A LOT of leagues and A LOT of battle rappers out there.  Trying to keep up with even a portion of them is pretty daunting, but as with any competitive activity, some qualities will help separate the competition.  One obvious attribute is talent.  There are some battlers that are just that much better than others, and once you see one, it is much easier to remember them and search them out again.  Another factor is popularity.  Sometimes, for reasons that may not have anything to do with their actual talent, a battler is known by more people so their name will come up more often.  Now logically, the most talented should get recognized for their skill and that should be why their popularity grows, but there are definitely talented battlers that just haven’t gotten that recognition yet.  Those who can hold their own will travel from place to place battling, which will get them seen and heard and often can help them develop a following that will enable them to level up in the culture.  With every battle being filmed and uploaded to YouTube it is a fight for attention, but talent will typically cause a word of mouth relay to help determine who are the ones to watch.

My “recognized name” list isn’t nearly as extensive as some, and admittedly I have been paying far more attention to the more nationally recognized leagues, so battlers that are active on those platforms are more likely to be recognized by me.  So, when I saw an October card promoted by Bar 4 Bar I was intrigued by the names I recognized.  Most notably, B Magic.  I was already a B Magic fan, because even though I only recently started to delve deep into battle rap, I have been familiar with it for years.  Along with Magic, I recognized, Steams, 40 Barrs and Qleen Paper from the outside of Ohio battlesphere.  After thinking over the idea for a couple of days I made up my mind, I was going to Cabin Fever 4.  One of the interesting things I’ve noticed in battle rap…or really in the world in general.  If you can tie an event to the idea of consistency and tradition, it will grab people’s attention.  Clearly if it was Cabin Fever 4 there had been 3 others before it.  The idea of an annual event seems to get people excited, the buzz almost creates itself once a tradition is established.

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Lesson 2

Slowly but surely I am learning more about the battle rap culture, and one lesson was driven home because I was in tune with this event that consisted of some nationally recognized names.

No shows are a current hot topic in battle rap, but at the same time, I think it may always be a relevant topic.  So it would be silly of me to try to ignore the “no-show controversy” that touched the Cabin Fever card.  But I think my view of it was a little different.

I had already seen several PayPerView events that had at least one battle that didn’t happen as advertised, but it was UDubb’s Alpha N Omega that really showed me a thing or two.  That was the first time a battle didn’t happen that I really wanted to see, Head ICE vs Shotgun Suge.  I was so upset when it was time for the battle to start and they told us that it wasn’t happening.  Then I was a whole other kind of upset when I realized that they had another person to battle Suge since Ice wasn’t there.  So wait…you knew the battle wasn’t going to happen, but nobody said nothing about nothing until the very moment I thought I was about to see Ice and Suge battle?  Not an announcement, not a flyer change, not a quick tweet, nothing?  I felt like I paid for something and got the okey doke.  But what made it even worse was all the people afterwards that were saying things like “yeah, I didn’t think the King Of The Dot chain holder could battle anywhere else”…so now I am full Martin mad with it..HOL’UP, HOL’UP!!!  You mean to tell me all y’all knew that Head ICE wouldn’t be battling but there were commercials and flyers and all sorts of promo telling the fans that it was gonna be…  WooSah Well, you get the idea.  But, time went by, the uproar died down and the battle rap world continued to spin.  But the other interesting part was that T-Rex never showed up for his battle that night.  There was no replacement for him, and other than Jai400, who was the battler that was supposed to see Rex in the ring, people barely talked about it.  How does this tie into Cabin Fever 4?…I am glad you asked.

Well, as my battle rap knowledge continued to grow and I was watching battles and blogs and reading tweets, I was of course checking for B Magic.  I had seen 1 battle of his that had recently happened and then came his battle with Born.  One of the interviews surrounding that battle had someone asking B Magic about him possibly battling Clone on the Bullpen’s Fade card.  However, Magic seemed to dodge the question…now, my spidey senses started tingling because the one thing I had learned in that last week or so was that the Fade card in Atlanta was on Oct. 21, the same day as the Cabin Fever card.  Ok, so I go on about my business, but I pay special attention as the Fade announcements start to come out.  Then, one day, I look up and there are 2 Fade flyers in my Twitter timeline.  One has B Magic on it, and the other happens to have Qleen Paper.  Hold the phone.  Stop the presses.  Houston we have a problem!

Ok so, what to do?  Well, what is there to do?  I sit and I watch.  More Cabin Fever promo.  More Fade promo.  More of me sitting there like “this is some crap”.  Finally one day I screenshot the flyers and start tweeting, basically saying “ain’t nobody got nothing to say about people scheduled to be in Atlanta and Cleveland the same day?”.  Nope…nobody had anything to say.  Ok, fine.

But, not too long after that, there was an update to Cabin Fever…no more B Magic, NuJerzey Twork had filled his spot.

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I wasn’t happy but I could understand it, and at least I knew weeks before the event that I was not going to see Magic so, all’s well that ends well…but, Qleen Paper is still on two flyers and I don’t know anything about Qleen Paper at that point, other than, he is known for the no-show.  I heard his name and that is all I kept hearing associated with it (again, sometimes it isn’t the talent that gets their name out there enough to be recognized) so…here I am looking at these fliers and thinking, oh it is definitely gonna happen, the question is, which one will it be.  At one point I quoted a tweet from the head of Bullpen, John John the Don, asking about it…but no response.  It was bothering me so much that I even hit up a well-known blogger to ask for his take on seeing this train wreck about to happen and nobody seeming to want to address it (he pretty much blew me off).  So there it was…I was someone who knew well ahead of time that a battle somewhere wasn’t going to happen as advertised, and I felt stuck because nobody else seemed to care.

My Night In The Land

So I make my plans, get my girls set and we get ready to head to the land.  We hit the road at noon on Saturday 10/21 and we spend almost 4 hours making our way up 71.  We get in town, pull up to the hotel for check in, I get the last touches of my battle rap readiness going and we are down the road for the 4 pm let in at the event.  Cabin Fever here I come.

Personally I love going to the events early so I can sit back and watch the scene unfold.  Typically the lights and camera are getting set up before the action starts.  People are mulling around and I can watch it all come together.  Now, even though 3 of us took the trip I was rolling to the battles solo, (battle rap isn’t really my girls’ thing, they spent the time at a bookstore and a movie while I enjoyed the Fever).  The venue was right on the street, so they pulled up, I hopped out and walked right in the front door.  Cedarside Mone (who I had met at one of the Columbus battles and who I contacted for my Cabin Fever ticket) was right there as I walked in, he gave me a warm welcome, grabbed me a chair and placed it in a prime location.

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The venue was  an open space.  As I had walked in the door there was a table to the left for security and ticket checking.  Straight ahead the backdoor was open and I could see a few people standing out there talking.  There was a bathroom just left of the back door and a table mid way down the back wall to the right that held a sign that said “$5 plates”.  I never did actually see what food they had, but I did go grab a $1 water and get comfortable.  There were 2 pillars in the middle of the room and I was sitting on the right side of the left pillar as I faced the wall that held the Bar 4 Bar backdrop.   Soon I noticed a large square taped out on the floor in front of the backdrop and later realized that was the guide to indicate where the battlers should be for the camera.  Not long after that, a gentleman came and began to set up the camera and lights right next to me between the 2 pillars so he would be square in front of the action.  There were a handful of people moving around, a few were battlers that I recognized from the Columbus events, along with a few people chatting on the sidewalk out front.  It all felt very comfortable.

As I sat taking in the scene I was checking my social media on updates about the Fade event.  I was fully prepared to be upset that Qleen Paper ditched Cleveland for Atlanta.  Bullpen seemed to be a more nationally recognized name because the face of Bullpen was a nationally recognized battler, so to me, it would make perfect sense for him to choose Atlanta over Cleveland (like it seemed B Magic did), but again, nobody every publicly addressed the obvious scheduling conflict so the outcome remained to be seen.

I was basically ear hustling the entire time I was waiting for the battles to start.  Just randomly listening to the conversations going on in the venue.  From time to time they would mention who was there, who was coming and who they hadn’t heard from.  Unfortunately the buzz seemed to be that nobody had heard from Twork anymore that day.  My spidey senses had already been tingling about him because, while he had previously confirmed that he was set to be in Cleveland via a Facebook live, and had even retweeted some mentions I had made, the last tweet I sent out had gone unacknowledged.  Seemed fishy to not click a retweet on promo for a battle so close.  But the most interesting thing I heard was “yeah, Qleen is here”.  Uh Oh (but I admit, I was smiling when I thought it).  As I continued to check my social media feed the buzz rising up from Atlanta was that Magic was choking (I was trying my best not to be petty about that, but I did announce it to the fellas in the venue)…and that nobody had seen Qleen.  Well, color me surprised.  I knew it was going to happen, I just didn’t think it would go this way.

Soon the venue begin to fill up, the hosts were in place, the lights and cameras were set, now all we needed was the action.

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Battle 1 – L1 vs Siggs

 

The chatter I heard (at least, what I thought I heard) was that these 2 were relatively new.  I am not sure if that meant they were new to Bar 4 Bar or to battling in general, but it was a good battle.  They both had bars and had good flow and performance.  To me L1 was a little more animated and lively, I liked him a little better, but they were both good.

 

 

Battle 2 – J Slash vs Ell Oh Ess

This was one I really wanted to see.  I was familiar with JSlash but hadn’t actually seen him battle live.  The funny part is, I was familiar with him because a guy I know from NC battles out of the same league, but I was shocked to realize that Slash is from Columbus.  So I found this hometown Columbus MC through a North Carolina connection.

I had seen his opponent, Ell Oh Ess, battle twice in Columbus, and I knew he was nice.  The 2nd event I went to featured Ell Oh Ess mercilessly beating up on someone (you know, verbally, in the battle rap sense) So, I knew this battle should be fire and luckily it delivered.

 

Battle 3 – Heartless Gang vs Bloodline

The 3rd battle of the night was the first of two co-ed 2 on 2’s scheduled.  2 on 2’s always have the added element of how well each team works together to deliver their material.  I enjoyed this one.  You can check it out for yourself below.

 

Battle 4 – Qleen Paper vs Rydadie Ty

This battle was one I wasn’t actually expecting to see…for obvious reasons.  But, the time came and Qleen Paper was there, and as the battle started I admit that I was more keyed in on Qleen…but then Rydadie Ty started rapping.  By mid battle I realized that I was leaning forward in my chair, elbows on knees, eyes wide, mouth open…and that’s when I realized…during my earlier ear hustling before the battles got started I kept hearing guys talk about Ryda and Ty…but I didn’t know who they were, and it was at that moment that it dawned on me that Ryda and Ty were actually this one person…and now all the buzz and chatter made sense.  Like I said earlier..sometimes the talented ones aren’t as well-known.  I am definitely looking forward to seeing him battle again.  It also made sense why he was the one battling Qleen Paper.  It seems that you want your best to step forward and battle the “names” that come through…and I was glad I got a chance to see Qleen battle (especially since it apparently is not something that happens all that often).

 

Battle 5 – Lama Leek vs GE

Battle 6 – ATG Barkode vs Blakkout

There really weren’t any bad battles that night.  Lama Leek and GE was a solid battle.  The styles were a little different, but it was still good to be able to take in more talent I was previously unaware of.

Barkode and Blakkout was the second 2 on 2, and I was personally loving the fact that I was seeing so many women right in the mix with the men this night.

 

 

 

Battle 7 – Veg Villa vs Gamble

These 2 had both made appearances in Columbus on July 15th, but this night in Cleveland was pretty intense…they were really trying to take each other’s heads off.  Go ahead, see for yourself.

 

Battle 8 – Black Gemini vs Steams

This was a 1 rounder right before the final battle.  Both were names I recognized, even though I hadn’t actually seen them battle.   Lot’s of energy.

 

Battle 9 MAIN EVENT 40 Barrs vs Twizted Mind

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Yes, I will just say it, I am bias for the females.  40 was one of the names that I recognized as a more nationally known rapper, and since I am a female fan, I was anxious to see a female battling as the main event.  This too was a 1 round bout that was a good end to the evening.

Conclusion

Just before 11pm was when I messaged my girls that the final battle was starting, and it was just before 11:30 when they pulled back up and I hopped back in the car and headed down the road.  After a late night meal we went back to the hotel and called it a night.  The next morning it was breakfast and then 71 South signs to Columbus.

Of course the next day the entire battle rap world was talking about Qleen Paper not being in Atlanta…everyone was mad and shocked (even the blogger I had hit up weeks ago) and honestly it was half smirks and half eye rolls from me, but it sure felt like the entire thing could have been addressed and settled earlier.  But the not so haha funny part was, Twork no-showed that same night, but just like T Rex on UDubb, nobody seemed to mention that one.

But other than that… I had a great night in The Land.  I thank Bar 4 Bar and Cedarside Mone for a great experience at a great event, and I already have my eyes set on the next card in January.  Bar 4 Bar’s 5th Anniversary, War of the Gods 3.

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In the mean time you can keep an eye on the Bar 4 Bar YouTube channel for more battles

https://www.youtube.com/user/Bar4BarRapBattles

…and as always…stay tuned, because you never know what you might get when AndreaSpeakz

ANDREA HOWARD

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THE HEAT OF THE BATTLE

Our society loves competition, from football, basketball, boxing and beyond, we want to participate in it or cheer on our favorites.  The same is true within hip hop culture.

Years ago you could find groups of enthusiastic young people circled together taking turns showing their verbal prowess. Eventually, among countless assertions of superiority, these would-be MCs began to take direct aim at each other in an attempt to prove who is truly the best…and battle rap was born.

Personally I love hip hop, but many who are not familiar say things like “anyone can do that”.  Far too often critics look at hip hop culture and make snap judgments based out of ignorance. You see (predominantly) young black men and hear rapid fire speech peppered with profanity and chalk it up to ignorance. You see aggressive movements and actions and immediately fear violence.  In their ignorance they completely miss the skill and intellect necessary to call yourself a MC, a rapper.

Battle rap is the bare bones of competition. It does not matter how fast you can run or how high you can jump. No fancy sneakers or high-tech equipment will help you. A battle rapper goes into the ring by himself, his weapons are his voice and his mind. This is not a place for the timid or the weak. There is no escaping the heat of the battle.

I have watched various battles on YouTube from leagues based out of New York, Canada and elsewhere, but lucky for me Columbus has an active battle scene.  On April 30th I was finally able to witness battles live and in person, thanks to a Shotz Fired Battle Rap League event, in association with Who’s Hot Battle Grounds.

There were 5 battles set for the night between MCs from Columbus, Cleveland and Dayton. I found out about the battles by following the league information on Facebook (SHOTZ FIRED).

 

One of the things that originally annoyed me about battle rap is that there were no judges, no declared winners.  My initial reaction was “WHAT!?  How do we know who won!?”..but then I noticed the discussions…the opinions.  You see, there is no end-zone to reach for points, no basket or nets.  You do not get 2 points for a punchline, 5 points for a clever rhyme scheme or 2 points for stage presence, it is all subjective.  After I thought about it a while, that was one of the best parts of it, you got a chance to debate the outcome and hear other people’s opinions which allowed you a chance to recognize what appealed to different people.  For instance, here are two of the battles from that night (please visit SHOTZ FIRED BRL on YouTube to see the remaining battles)…who do you think won?

 

Watch “Stich em up Vs King Ox” on YouTube

 

 

Watch “Freddie-D vs Bo55avellI” on YouTube

 

It was a great night for me, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Seeing the battles live was a completely different experience than watching them on YouTube.  The energy in the room, the varied reactions from the crowd, similar to being at a ballgame versus watching the game at home, there is a definite difference.  The event (BYOB, Bring Your Own Bars) was held in a small section of a warehouse.  It was a long building with a door every several feet indicating the different businesses that were housed inside.  It was easy to spot where the battle was, the door was open, the lights were on, there were a few people outside, and the gentleman with SECURITY across his shirt was just inside the door.  I entered through the outside door, met security, paid my cover and went through a second door that opened up to a space with a few chairs along the back and a stage at the front.  I found my way to a seat in the back of the room where I could observe all the happenings.  The flyers noted a 7pm start time and the first battle got underway around 10pm (which was perfect since I arrived around 9:30pm).  Initially I believe I heard mention of a 3 minute time limit for each round of each battle (with each battle consisting for 3 rounds), but shortly after round 1 of battle 1 that time was extended to “unlimited”.  Between battles music played and many people went outside for their own personal intermissions, but after 10-15 minutes the next battle was set and began.  Of course I stayed until all 5 battles were done, leaving the venue at approximately 2am.

Now, let me address some concerns.  I posted several pictures from the event…

 

…and I got some immediate reactions like “where are you?”, “be careful!”, “are you the only woman there?”.  I chuckled at first, but then I realized that people are actually nervous about going to the battles.  I am a little disappointed that so many people seem to get nervous at the sight of a gathering of black men, but let me just give you my take on it.

I attended this event by myself, and I did not know anyone there.  No one bothered me, and no one was bothering anyone else for that matter.  I am not some brave soul, I am just a fan of rap that does not let the sight of young black men frighten me.  Plus, I was not the only woman there, there were several females in attendance.  Some people have seen Facebook videos of some guys in the park or on the corner “rapping” and it comes to blows, but this was not some random gathering, this was a planned organized event with men that take this seriously.  Even though battles are based on competition, the participants and the audience showed appreciation and respect for the people, the craft and their skill.  Those from Cleveland and elsewhere showed respect to Columbus and Columbus showed respect in return.  If someone was impressive, the crowd showed them love, regardless of where they were from.  There was no trouble or issues, I felt completely comfortable all night.  If you are a rap fan, and especially if you are a battle rap fan, do yourself a favor and experience it live, trust me, there is nothing like being there for The Heat of the Battle.

I would like to thank A.R. Green of Shotz Fired for the experience, I look forward to the next event.

…and as always…stay tuned, because you never know what you might get when AndreaSpeakz

ANDREA HOWARD

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Ben Carter, Imported From Michigan

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Benjamin Owen Carter is a music maker.

Some people spend the better part of their lives searching for their calling, but by age 4 a toy guitar and a toy piano were helping introduce Ben to his future.  He would make up songs on his tiny instruments, and by age 6 when he received a tape recorder, he took the time to record covers of some of the country music his mother would listen to, and he even recorded his own original songs (of course, Ben admits that it was mostly random “banging on the keys and wailing nonsense”, but it was the start of his music making magic none the less).  When young Ben started school a kindergarten classmate introduced hip-hop to his world with tales of rappers like LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg.  All of these early formative experiences took place in Pontiac, MI and it continued after he moved to North Branch, MI at the age of 8.  By 9 years old he tackled a “real” instrument when he joined the school band and began playing the trombone (while we could say he realized that the trombone was a classic jazz instrument, the truth is, he liked the slide).  He continued with the trombone for the next 12 years (you will more than likely get to hear his skill in action on future projects).  A few years after picking up the trombone he expanded his musical capabilities and began playing drums as well.  Ben was not the only musician in his family, and many times family gatherings would turn into jam sessions with uncles that played blues guitar as well as a cousin that is the guitarist for the band King.  Ben even joined a few different rock bands as he continued on his musical journey, and that was the catalyst for a move to Chicago at age 17.

While rock and blues were prevalent in Ben’s world, hip hop was ever-present as well.  In junior high school his MC skills consisted of rapping along with the CDs from artists like Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem and more; but the song that really cemented his connection with hip hop was Biggie’s Gimme The Loot. Ben Carter was well on his way now, with rapping and music in his blood, he began to work on production in 2002. A friend showed him Fruity Loops and he built his knowledge by remaking Neptune beats as he figured out the process. By 2005 he began writing his own lyrics, and then he was officially a producer rapper double threat.  He lists lyrical influences such as B.I.G., Sean Prince, Vinny Paz, Jay-Z, Nas and Eminem.  Then there is the production influences, such as Pete Rock, Large Professor, Premier, Pharrell, Alchemist, Stoupe and Timbaland.

In 2013 Ben released his album Imported From Michigan, featuring lead single The Come Up.

Musician, producer, rapper, Ben Carter, no alias or nick names needed.

Be on the look out for more music and collaborations coming soon.

 

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The Gutter Prospect

G. Prospect, or Gutta Prospect as he is also known, is an up and coming chicago rapper.  You may have read the previous piece I wrote on him…if not click HERE.

In the spirit of great MC/producer combos, his most recent project is The Intervention.  A collaborative effort with producer Ben Carter.

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Gutter often refers to the slums. Often used to refer to poverty or someone who came from the bottom.

Prospect is a person regarded as likely to succeed.

An MC not focused on bragging about name brands and flashing stacks of cash seems to be rare…but with a name like Gutta Prospect he quickly gives you an insight into who he is.

Like so many great MCs before him, he is looking to express himself and use rap as the outlet to tell his story. He wants to make himself the focus…with a life that is far from mansion living and Bugatti driving I asked him…

A.S. – Tell me what you want to say…what you want the people to know about you…what kind of artist you are, what kind of artist you want to be…what drives you to keep going?

G.P. – “What I really wanna say is I’m normal, go through everyday life situations worried about the next meal. Music is the escape from that… those few hours honestly feel like therapy, in a way my repentance. That’s why the music is always reflective, and story driven Bc these are msgs to my kids and friends having kids, ya know… I feel like music is a fine art and you can’t have light without the dark… can’t have everybody popping bottles bc for all those hustling to hit the club.. ill never knock you but I wanna keep the lights on. And move people emotionally. Evoke feeling. What more so drives me is the art of putting words together to a melody with a level of intellect that requires a third or fourth listen, The artist I am is a storyteller… I’m a mad poet lol”

Aside from the skill he has as an MC and story-teller there is one aspect of Gutta Prospect that caught my attention immediately. The bare bones of a rapper. His voice. He has what (in my opinion) could be one of the great iconic voices of hip hop…like Guru or Rakim…an instantly recognized voice.

He is working on a new project at this very moment, and as he progresses and continues on his life’s journey, I look forward to hearing the rest of his story.

Be on the look out for more from G. Prospect.

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Twitter @Gee_Its_Simple

 

 

…and as always…stay tuned, because you never know what you might get when AndreaSpeakz

ANDREA HOWARD

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DRex: An Atlanta Hip Hop Artist Keeping it Real

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DRex: Rapper Keeping it Real

When DRex released his first album (“Hustler/Rapper”) on Datpiff.com in Fall 2011, it taught him the power of connections and networking even without the marketing tools he needed. Even today the “Hustler/Rapper” album has a guaranteed hot tracklist for music heads who know the power of DRex, telling the truth with tracks like “My Life”, “Faghettaaboutit”, “Trappin” (with Gorilla Zoe), and others:

  • Intro (The Promise Land)
  • My Hood
  • Come Home feat. Danita
  • Do Your Thang
  • Tipping feat. Diamond
  • Drink the Pain Away
  • Ain’t No Show feat. Isaiah
  • What’s Life feat. Hell Rell
  • You Don’t Know feat. Danielle

But for DRex, music was never far away. It wouldn’t be long before he was campaigning for a DRex new single, “Where You From” now available on iTunes and YouTube

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