The Gift has been on the Des Moines, Iowa local music scene since 2004, where he formed a Hip hop group called the Des Moines Boyz. From 2004-2008 the Des Moines Boyz made a name for themselves in Iowa and in South Florida where they recorded and produced their music with Mona Music Group. In 2009 The Gift left the group to pursue other ventures. From 2009-20011 The Gift performed shows in the Des Moines area to keep his name relevant while he recorded his debut solo album "B" Myself & I. The Gift has the respect and support of his city, but his city isn't built to launch a hip hop artist or any artist for that matter. In between Kansas City & Chicago, Des Moines is overlooked by every major act that passes through the city to get to the next. The Gift is out to prove that not only is there a hip hop scene where he is from, but a music scene in general and his music proves and speaks beyond that! With his never before seen flow and infectious lyrics, The Gift is guaranteed to leave you asking for more. He is powerful, aggressive and most importantly he is real, speaking from the heart giving you his life as he knows it to be.
B Myself and I – Track list
1. Gifted 2. Lights On 3. Be 4. Spaceship 5. Not Myself 6. Hard at Hearing 7. All Talk 8. Release 9. Hustla Down 10. Take Off 11. Domination 12. Never Seen 13. What Now! 14. Final Thought
A3C Announces Second Round Of Artists, Including 9th Wonder's JAMLA Lineup, MURS, eLZhi, Tabi Bonney, ski beatz, Moe Green, SL Jones, and International Showcase
7th Annual Hip-Hop Festival Held In Atlanta Releases Second Batch Of Over 200 Artists
(Brooklyn, NY - July 2011) The annual A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta announces a second round of incredible artists and showcases to happen October 6-8, 2011 at The Masquerade.
Additional artists confirmed to perform at the 2011 festival include MURS, XV, Elzhi (of Slum Village), Jon Connor, Young Scolla, Tabi Bonney, ski beatz, Soul Khan, Jarren Benton and Chancellor Warhol.
9th Wonder returns to the 2011 event with his independent label JAMLA and performances from artists Skyzoo, Rapsody, Thee Tom Hardy, Big Remo and Actual Proof.
This fall, A3C debuts its first international showcase, Import/Export presented by World Hip Hop Market and The Bloom Effect, bringing popular hip-hop artists from around the world to Atlanta, GA. Artists include Lidolido (Norway), Eternia (Toronto, Canada), Eyezon Soweto (South Africa), Shokanti (Cape Verde) and The reMinders (Belgium/Congo/USA).
Back for its third year, Perfect Attendance presented by The Smoking Section and Fadia Kader, announce a few of the artists to the perform over the 3-day showcase including Chase N Cashe, Rockie Fresh, Shawn Chrystopher, Rittz, SL Jones, Moe Green, KD, LE$, Ethereal, Willie Evans Jr., P Dukes and Nice Guise. Perfect Attendance features the best up and coming artists from around the country. Artists can still submit for the Perfect Attendance stage through ReverbNation.
Johnny Spanish and Lyriciss have been selected to perform at the festival from ReverbNation submissions and artists YONAS and Neak have been chosen from Sonicbids. A3C is still accepting artists' submissions through either Sonicbids or ReverbNation. A3C staff listen to every submission and are looking for talented artists from across the country who can bring something unique to the festival. All artists that submit through Sonicbids receive a 3-day festival pass. Submission fees apply.
Artists from the A3C's first announcement included Random Axe (Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson), Freeway, Aleon Craft, Laws, J-Live, Percee P, Ras Kass, Boog Brown, Ultra Beast (Senor Kaos and 4-Ize), Dillon, Paten Locke, Dee-1, Big Rec, Danny! and Goines.
Specific showcase, panel, artist and event updates will continue to be announced through the A3C website through the event's start on October 6, 2011. For more information about becoming involved in the A3C as an artist, partner, volunteer or media representative, visit www.a3cfestival.com .
A3C Hip Hop Festival tickets are available on the A3C website. 3-day passes are $33 and daily passes are $15/day.
About The A3C:
Now in its 7th year, the A3C Hip Hop Festival is a 2-day, 3-night event held annually in Atlanta, GA and features live performances from a wide variety of approximately 200 artists. The live performance schedule is enhanced by day and evening content showcasing some of the most exciting breakdance, graphic art, fashion, film, equipment demonstrations and panels relating to hip-hop culture.
Since 2005, the event has featured over 600 of the most elite artists in Hip Hop including: Rakim, Buckshot, Black Sheep, DJ Premier, The Juice Crew, Biz Markie, Del the Funky Homosapien, The Clipse, Souls of Mischief, Little Brother, Wale and B.o.B. In 2010, the A3C was attended by over 20,000 fans and featured partnerships and co-sponsored events with Red Bull, Fadia Kader's Perfect Attendance, 2DopeBoyz, TheSmokingSection, iStandard, Kevin Nottingham, Unique Squared, DJBooth, SESAC and more.
The A3C will take place October 6 - 8, 2011 in Atlanta, GA with its hub at the Masquerade located at 695 North Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.
A little while back, two of the Bay Area's finest, Shady Nate and DJ Fresh, announced the forthcoming release of Still Based On A True Story. The new album, jointly released today between DJ Fresh's Fresh In The Flesh and Nate's Shady Nation labels, is a follow-up to the pair's Based On A True Story album released back in 2007, a project that remains one of the most successful albums for both artists. Still Based On A True Story follows well in the footsteps of its predecessor, with Nate's quick-fire, street-wise rhymes playing off Fresh's dynamic, synth- and 808-driven production.
Today, to celebrate the new album, Shady Nate and DJ Fresh are releasing a brand new single, "Tell Me I Don't Go," a track that features fellow Bay rapper J. Stalin, along with recent Bay Area Freshmen class inductee Lil' Rue. "Tell Me I Don't Go" picks up well where previous singles and videos, including "Real Ni**a Recipe" and "Gimmie Da Loot," left off, built around boastful shit talk and an equally sinister hook, with Nate rapping, "Running ni**ga's hoes/ Selling ni**ga's O's/ Changing cars like clothes, ni**a, tell me I don't go."
Shady Nate is no stranger to struggle and adversity. Born and raised in West Oakland's Acorn housing projects, Shady Nate learned from a young age to hustle and grind to get anywhere. His rapping career began at the age of five when he started writing his thoughts and daily experiences in a journal. These entries gradually developed into the lyrics that he spits today. In 2004 Shady Nate launched Livewire Records and subsequently recorded and released a full-length mixtape with Nas' tour DJ, Oakland native DJ Fresh. The buzz only got bigger when Nate released The Bofessional, which is regarded as his best mixtape to date. Riding high on his growing popularity, Shady Nate released The Gasman Unleashed in June 2009, and the album was quickly dubbed a west coast classic. His upcoming album, Still Based On A True Story, will be available July 19th via Fresh In The Flesh/Shady Nation.
About Clear Label Records:
Founded in Oakland, CA in 1999, Clear Label Records has established itself as one of the top independent labels in the Bay Area. The company is owned and operated by Tajai Massey, renowned recording artist with the group Souls of Mischief and the crew Hieroglyphics, who brings a unique perspective to the label utilizing his experiences as a major-label recording artist turned independent label owner & successful touring musician. Clear Label is home to recording artists of many genres such as Chris Marsol, Baby Jaymes, FamSyrk, Deep Rooted, League510, and more. Through a partnership with Pushing the Beat (PTB) called ClearBeat, the label is also home to Oakland’s hottest street artists including Beeda Weeda, Shady Nate, D-Lo, Sleepy D and others. Look for full-length releases from all of these artists in the near future. For more information, please visit http://www.clearlabelrecords.com .