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Former @BlockStarz Music Artist Ceddy Bu Rap Sumo Killed In Wreck

Former Block Starz Music Artist Ceddy Bu Rap Sumo Killed In Wreck

Courtesy Bayer Mack.


Cedrick D. Smith, better known as Block Starz Music recording artist Ceddy Bu Rap Sumo, was killed in a single car accident in the early morning hours of January 3, 2014 according to the Louisiana State Police.

Smith, 24, wasn't wearing his seat belt when the car he was riding in ran off the road and struck a telephone pole. The driver of the car was 23-year-old Wilbert Pryor. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Pryor was also unrestrained at the time of the accident.

State Police are waiting for results of a toxicology report to determine if he was impaired, but excessive speed is considered to have been a factor in the crash.

Smith first gained notoriety with a series of viral Youtube videos featuring the 400-plus pound rapper delivering freestyles while shirtless, which brought him to the attention of Block Starz Music in 2012.

Smith made his national debut as Ceddy Bu Rap Sumo with the song “Macho Man” which appeared on the label's Down South Block Starz compilation in the summer of 2012 and his collaboration “Don't F Around” from labelmate Lega-C's major indie debut Off My Medication in 2013. Block Starz also arranged for Ceddy Bu to appear on the TruTv comedy series Upload with Shaquille O'Neal.

Block Starz Music founder Bayer Mack issued the following statement via the label's Facebook page:

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Cedrick's passing and send out our prayers and deepest condolences to him ans his family. He will not only be missed by the those that knew him, but also by the thousands of fans he touched with his music and humor.”
Video - DNA: "In The Ring, Calicoe Is Too Emotional"

Video - DNA: "In The Ring, Calicoe Is Too Emotional" - DNA is facing off against Detroit battler Calicoe, on the January 5th Empire Battle League (EBL) stage as the headline for the event which is taking place in Queens, NY. He sat down for an interview with VladTV Battle Rap Journalist Michael Hughes to discuss his opponent and the overall battle as a whole. Given that this is occurring right in DNA's backyard, as he is a Queens native, he addressed the pressure that rests on his shoulders to perform at his best and put on a great show for his hometown.

Video: @MitchTransue - "Looking For"

Video: Mitch Transue - "Looking For"

Courtesy M.T.

Known by fans as Mitch Transue, I'm an artist from Knoxville, Tennessee. Originally from Northern California, I've been making music since 2009. “Promise Me Tomorrow” came out in November 2013 and is my latest project and is the first installment of a trilogy I plan to complete by the end of 2014.

Video: Papoose Pays Tribute to the Fallen in '2013 Obituary'

Video: Papoose Pays Tribute to the Fallen in '2013 Obituary' - From Nelson Mandela to James Gandolfini, New York rapper Papoose doesn't leave anyone out as he memorializes those who left us in 2013.

Video: Spade-O Unchained Vlog 1 (@DaRealSpadeO)

Video: Spade-O Unchained Vlog 1

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

Spade-O is gearing up for the January 30 release of his new original project Spade-O Unchained with a two-part Vlog. In this intimate interview, the Philly icon speaks on nearly a decade of being away from the game and more. How did incarceration change or influence him? What can we expect from his new music? Watch and find out below!

Video: KRS-One Spits Poetic Freestyle (Throwback)

Video: KRS-One Spits Poetic Freestyle (Throwback) - Few emcees have demonstrated levels of insight and wisdom on par with those of KRS-One, and in this throwback clip from Rugged Entertainment's Peter Spirer, we hear the legendary Bronx rapper drop some knowledge off the top.

Audio: Jay IDK - "The Heart Part 3.5" (@Jay_IDK)

Audio: Jay IDK - "The Heart Part 3.5"

Courtesy HXLY.

While he puts the finishing touches on the his forthcoming project Sex, Drugs & Homework, Maryland rapper Jay IDK is giving you an insight to glimpses of his life with him and his crew The HXLY Tribe. Check out his latest freestyle "The Heart 3.5."

Audio: @FrancGrams - "Same Me, New Year, New Money"

Audio: Franc Grams - "Same Me, New Year, New Money"

Courtesy Q.B.

AO! Premiere-- A new year should always bring growth and Connecticut’s Franc Grams is no exception to that rule: His first release of the year does not disappoint. Franc’s new joint indulged in metaphors and symbolic meanings paint the life this young rapper has pioneered. Press play on Grams’ Lando Beats produced track entitled “Same Me, New Year, New Money.”

Mixtape: Katrell Antonio Platt - "The Restoration" (@KPThePhenomenal)

Mixtape: Katrell Antonio Platt - "The Restoration"

Courtesy Wanja Lange.

The Katrell Antonio Platt Tape (K.A.P. Tape) - The Restoration: A short, simple, & sweet collection of tracks from Katrell Platt. This is what he always wanted to do (before all the hype) - put out a professionally recorded project with his family. Contributions and performances by Cory Purvis, Allen Ferguson (All3n F.), Ted Etheridge (Music Box Studio), and Katrina Platt bring this long awaited dream to reality.

Audio: @FreddieGz "Son of Mars" from Respect Money Power

Audio: Freddie Gz "Son of Mars" from Respect Money Power

Courtesy Dove @ Tygereye.

Here is "Son Of Mars" from South Carolina artist Freddie Gz! This track will appear on the upcoming original mixtape Respect Money Power, hosted by Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Frosty!

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