Artist Spotlight


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YELLASTUD

Lolo a.k.a YellaStud is a 35 year old freelance designer who resides in Austin,Tx He is also the proud owner of YellaStudGraphics. She has proudly taken home the Graphic Designer of the Year Award at the Austin Hip Hop Awards in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. As well as being a multi award winning Graphic Designer, she is also is a show promoter, has worked for SXSW Music Festival for over 10 years, a music artist manager for female MC Mama Duke and a very prominent voice in the hip hop community as well as the LGBT community . When she speaks, people listen, period. She has been featured in the Austin Chronicle several times for her movement in the hip-hop community for her support of female artists as well as the LGBT community. YellaStud is also the founder of the LGBTQ411 and is also a part of the ATX Black Pride Organization and as well as a new member of the Pink Elephant Hip Hop Festival.

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DJ Twerksum

Terrica Johnson, aka DJ Twerksum was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She currently resides in Houston, Texas where she is currently DJing. DJ Twerksum has been DJing for four and half years and became a Houston Fleet DJ in 2017. As well as being a Houston Fleet DJ, she is also the official DJ of the Reality show Realastate Bizzness, and of GMT Radio 90.3. You can catch her on at 3pm to 5 pm on GMT Radio 90.3. 

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Music: https://soundcloud.com/terrica-onlygodcanjudgeme-johnson

 

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DJ Lady Ja-Roq

DJ Lady Ja-Roq (J-Rock) is one of the premier music entertainers in the Dallas area. She spins many different genres of music including Top 40, Hip-Hop, Club, Blues, Reggae, Rap, Throwbacks, Rock, Reggaeton, Drum & Bass, Mashups, and Underground, among others. DJ Lady Ja-Roq has been in the music industry for 15+ years and understands the intricacies of rocking an event. Available for many types of events including - clubs, parties, artist showcases, album releases, store remotes, video shoots, comedy shows, weddings, corporate events, retirements, school functions, sporting events, community activities, and family reunions. Allow the music to take control and enable yourself to enjoy and take it all in with DJ Lady Ja-Roq by your side!  

Music: Mixcloud.com/iamladyjaroq

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JAPAN

Born in the era of excess, greed, and indulgence, JAPAN is the quintessential 80’s baby. Child prodigy and silver spooner, Japan was inspired early on by different cultures and music genres after traveling frequently as a child. Japan is not just a rapper but a lyricist, a storyteller, a situationist, and an all around entertainer known for his explosive live performances. Frontman and founder of the critically acclaimed award-winning gay rap group The QURE, he coined the term “Melodic Infusion” which is the art of intricately infusing beautiful melodies and songs into his raps.  

Three years after writing and producing GAY 4 PAY and winning OUTHIPHOP.COM's Mixtape of The Year and Group Of The Year, The Qure released the highly anticipated, full-length original debut album, The VIRUS. The VIRUS is an intimate collection of nine original songs, which are darker and a bit more introspective than the previous projects. The VIRUS explores themes of life and death. He’s created a rich body of work by masterfully juxtaposing influences of Rap, Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Reggae, Opera, Country, Hip-Hop & R&B into one album. He explores themes of sexuality, love, lies, deceit, and murder, creating singles that are both edgy and trendsetting. Japan resides in Houston, Texas and is currently working on his solo project slated for release this summer. 

Music:  http://thequre.bandcamp.com

 

Tim'm West

Tim’m West is a pioneering queer rap artist. In early 2000, he joined forces with Juba Kalamka and Phillip Atiba Goff to form the black, queer hip-hop group known as Deep Dickollective (DDC). Their debut album "BourgieBohoPostPomoAfroHomo" surprised hip hop and spoken word communities everywhere by offering a fresh approach to the early 2000’s political and social issues. While West once coined the term homohop to represent LGBTQ+ artists in the hip hop industry, he now believes it serves to single out artists who are fundamentally just hip hop artists. He’s been featured in two documentaries over the years: Pick Up the Mic (2006) and Beyond Beats and Rhymes (directed by Byron Hurt.) In spring of 2007, DDC released its final, full-length studio project, On Some Other, with Sugartruck Recordings before the group disbanded in 2007. Tim’m had been working on solo projects during his time as a DDC artist. He released Songs from Red Dirt (2004) and Blakkboy Blue(s) (2007), both of which received a positive response. He then went on to release In Security: The Golden Error (2009) and Fly Brotha (2011.) Tim’m then released music continuously every two years, following Fly Brotha with Snapshots (2013) and ICONography (2015.)  In October 2015, the Equality Forum recognized Tim’m as LGBT History Month ICON for his rich body of work.

Music:  http://timmwest.bandcamp.com

Tim’m (feat. DDm in Acrobatics):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0Moz_FMwq8

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Lady BSmoove 

Lady BSmoove is a vocalist, songwriter, author, and activist from Dallas, Texas. Having released her second album titled Live Love Dream in 2015, Lady BSmoove fuses R&B and spoken word to create songs like “Spit This” and “She Ain’t Even Mines.” Her works have also been nominated for a Legacy of Success Foundation Award for Best Literary Works and a UBE Ally Award. Lady BSmoove has shared the stage with the likes of Malcolm Jamal Warner, Audacious IAM, and Kevin Dupree.. She has been performed in an array of events including The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (Dallas, Texas); Dallas LGBT Pride Monthly Kick Off at City Hall and Dallas Pride Celebration (Dallas, Texas – 2012, 2013); Muse Theater (Dallas, Texas); Fahari Arts Institute (Dallas, Texas.) In 2010 Lady BSmoove joined forces with poet and spoken word artist Audacious IAM. Together they went on the The Southern Made Tour, sharing her work throughout Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia. In 2012 Lady BSmoove hosted the 3rd Annual South Dallas AIDS Walk in Dallas, Texas. Recently she was featured in the documentary film, Beneath My Skin (June 2014.) Along with being featured in the film, she also wrote the opening title poem. She continues to be not only an artist, but an entrepreneur and activist. She brings forward themes of truth, power, courage, and authenticity in all that she does,  reminding us all to live, love and dream –no matter what hardships may be before us. 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqM66Wwi6dQ

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Vockah Redu

Although the Magnolia Housing Projects have long been demolished, a light post still stands at the corner where youth like Vockah Redu (Javocca Davis) gathered to rap and create beats. The light post marks one of the birthplaces of Bounce music, a genre of rap specific to New Orleans that has invigorated crowds throughout the South. Vockah Redu and the Cru animate the stage with their dynamic revival of dance, music, and art from the street corner to the club. More than your typical hip-hop act, this theatrical performance sets the stage for a sweaty hands down booty up good time, transforming any party, bar, or dance floor in your neighborhood. Over the years, he has performed in Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, and New York.Vockah Redu

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Melli B

Melli B is an artist in the truest sense; he exudes passion into all that he does and strives to create  genuine music. He does not simply create music, but his lyrics, beats and melodic hooks serve to create audio stories. Simply put: his songs are jewels for the ears, a gateway to a highly emotional experience. Melli B is constantly writing and developing as an artist and rapper. His current releases include his new single "Shorty" and a Freestyle Promo track "Cover Story". Earlier last spring, he released his highly anticipated Freshman EP. He then went on a "Pride" 2016 Summer Tour, performing his debut hits along with records from his newly released EP. The "Pride" Tour delivered messages of positivity and individuality; it celebrated a life of being true to one's self and feeling sexy while doing it. Melli B draws from his life experiences and relationships, presenting an honest and unrelenting sincere voice from the community. He has constantly strived to be a beacon of excellence for his fellow LGBTQ brothers and sisters within hip hop's often hostile attitude towards open expression. His convictions, like his innate talent, are unstoppable. Melli B will go on to prove that people crave authenticity above all else, proving that he is a force to be reckoned with.

Music Video: https://youtu.be/Z2mH3WwGJU4

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GUCH

Louisiana native, Andrea Clay first discovered her love for music at the age of five. Inspired by 2Pac, a liberated and educated thug, she began writing her own lyrics in 1995. As a child, Guch treated music like her security blanket and made the studio her safe zone. Initially identifying as "Infinity,” she later decided that the name “Guch” fit her personality better. "Infinity didn't define me. I mean, the name was cool, and of course I want my music to be everlasting, but when my friends asked me how I was, I always replied 'I'm Guchhh,” meaning, ‘I'm good.’ Nothing bothers me.” Listening to this lyrical genius, it’s evident that when she performs, Andrea really is Guchhh, unbothered. In the midst of everyday struggles, she maintains a constant peace. In spite of family hardships and difficult circumstances, Guch has remained true to her passion. She does so through the unconditional love and support of her family and friends, being certain to give all Glory and Honor to God. In her spare time she volunteers with children with special needs. Guch continues to connect with her audience by writing raw and honest lyrics while giving back to the community.

Music:  https://soundcloud.com/504itsguchhh   

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MOECARRO

MoeCarro was born and raised in Houston, TX.  From the beginning, she was exposed to a variety of music, everything ranging from gospel to jazz. At the age of five, she discovered her passion for singing and never looked back. During her time at Willowridge High School, MoeCarro played bass drum, ultimately earning her spot as section leader. Under the direction of Ronald Thornton, she learned that music is about pride, discipline, honor, and respect. Throughout her teen years, she sang with several gospel groups including James Fortune and Fiya. Although she doesn’t look like a typical R&B singer, MoeCarro’s smooth, sultry sound captivates audiences. She cites Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, and India Arie as her inspirations. She recently completed her tour hitting stages everywhere from Hollywood, Miami, Atlanta, Austin, and other cities nationwide. She plans to continue to make meaningful music further growing in the music industry.

Music: https://soundcloud.com/moecarro

Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWL0E0YnpXWmABd__2wf6Gw 

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CHAY CEO 

Born in Houston,Texas, Chayla Cooper, also known as Chay CEO, has been writing poetry since the age of 10. Having fallen in love with music at a young age, she often enjoyed listening to the heartfelt ballads of Babyface, Brandy, Aaliyah, Usher, and Luther Vandross. With hopes of owning her own music production company, she attended Baylor University initially majoring in Business Marketing. She then changed her major to Film and Digital Media when she realized she wanted to learn more about the technical side of the music industry.

In college she produced several local artists, including herself, going by the stage name The Spicy 1. She wrote and produced her first album, receiving acclaim from her fellow students on campus. After college, Chay CEO moved to Austin, Texas to pursue her dream of working in the music industry. What better place to work than in Austin, the live music capital of the world. She has connected with various promoters, DJs,  and club owners, laying the foundation for her marketing campaign for her EP. She released her first EP, The Sleeq Life EP, in 2016. The EP went on to reach number 9 on the top 20 Hip-Hop/R&B Countdown on station KAZI (88.7 FM).  With a growing fan base, she is now ready to release her first full length album: Who is Chay CEO?  This album is inspired by R&B and hip hop influences. This raw masterpiece will allow Chay CEO’s fans to feel exactly what she was feeling when she created the album. So tell us...WHO IS CHAY CEO?

Music: https://soundcloud.com/chayceo/sets/who-is-chay-ceo

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YUNG CRUSAY 

Charlene Cruse, aka Yung Crusay, was born in Huntsville, Texas. Yung Crusay (or “Yung Cru” as many of her friends and fans call her) has always been in the lime light. She started acting at a very young age and soon this budding star started writing and producing music. Once she moved to Houston for high school, she started TL Productions and Dirty Bizness Entertainment. She has released numerous mixtapes and collaborated with various directors to release short and full length films. She has performed in the SXSW Music Festival for the past three years. She was once quoted saying “I make music for the people, I want you to listen to my music and feel the pain, happiness, and anger.” Yung Crusay is currently working on her next album called “Good Money” which will be available on all major online outlets late Spring 2017.

 

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Lyrical LC

Lyrical LC is a Texas born, Louisiana raised Southern Bell. She fell in love with poetry around the age of ten, which developed and evolved into her love for music.  LC is a well rounded, versatile artist who has a thing for good music. LC's favorite genres of music are Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Jazz. Lyrical Lc dropped her first mixtape called "Lyrically Finessin The World" in March 2016. She also put out a visual for her song "Trillion" late September  2016. She later released "What THEY Wanted" (WtW) her hit single, in December 2016. She is currently working on a new project that will be released in 2017.  The love she has for music will never fade! She's also currently attending college, majoring in Music and Film Production. She currently lives in Houston.

Music: https://soundcloud.com/lcdotcom/wtw-what-they-wanted-prod-by-vipa-beats

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Antonial

Antonial Barnes, pseudonym A.L.Beatz, was born on June 28, 1990 in Wylie, Texas. Both of his parents were musicians; his father was a professional bass player and his mother was a vocalist. Growing up around musicians, he accepted music as a form of expression. Thanks to his involvement in his local church, A.L.Beatz became inspired by Southern Gospel music that he later intertwines with Jazz, Pop, and R&B in his own music. During his time at Cedar Valley College, he studied under successful Jazz artists like Percussionist Ed Smith, Vocalist Andrea Wallace, and Pianist Mike Bogle. While studying musicianship and audio production at Cedar Valley, A.L.Beatz won a music scholarship for Jazz Musicianship and Arrangement. During that time, A.L.Beatz entered a music contest on Ourstage.com to open up Drake and reached #1 but was disqualified due to traveling complexities. After he left Cedar Valley College, he then attended San Marcos University. He was declined by San Marcos School of Music but in return he began to discover his own sound. His sound consists of passionate and soulful melodies coupled with deep, emotional lyrics. Today A.L.Beatz continues to compose music and has worked to produce various artist such as Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard, G.M.C., Eaglesnake and many more.

Music: https://m.soundcloud.com/albeatzz/tiny-talk

Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuOCO__VK36xtVZwRiBwlKA

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MAMA DUKE

Mama Duke is a two time Austin Hip-Hop award winning artist. A recipient of both the Female Artist of the Year and Artist of Year,  it's no surprise that Mama Duke can maneuver effortlessly in a male dominated industry. “I have a chill, night time vibe, coasting in the car kind of sound.” Duke says. Residing in Austin Texas, she plans on making her way to billboards soon.

Music: www.soundcloud.com/MamaDuke

Video: www.youtube.com/MamaDukeTV

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Demi Monroe

Residing in Austin, Texas, it wasn’t long before Demi Monroe realized that music was her passion. At a young age, Demi had an obsession with fellow Texan, Selena. Though too young to have witnessed the Tejano singer’s impact for herself, Demi would spend countless hours watching her biopic, rocking to the tunes, and portraying Selena herself.It was her infatuation with the star that gave Demi the confidence to pursue her own musical journey. Throughout her childhood, Demi sang in the school choir. In 2014, after much practice and determination, Demi honed in on her natural talent and began recording original music. Since then, Demi’s rise to stardom has been explosive. Though still an independent artist, Demi’s drive is one thing that stands out the most. Her willingness to learn and cultivate her craft gives Demi Monroe an edge over other artists. Demi has set the ultimate goal, to become an icon on her own terms.

Music: https://soundcloud.com/demi-monroe-17

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Solotx

SoloTX born in Dallas, Tx where SoloTx currently resides. However, SoloTx grew up south of Dallas in Ennis Tx. SoloTx attended Ennis High School. While there she discovered her first love, basketball. It wasn't until the age of 16 when SoloTx was approached by her classmate and friend Jason Orr also know as "Mr Unique" with an opportunity that would change her life forever. This conversation sparked a whole new found love for music and not just any genre of music, Rap music. SoloTx's music style is direct and most importantly universal. As a Independent Female Rap artist, she does not want to be labeled solely as such. SoloTx's ultimate goal is to inspire her listeners by connecting with them through her lyrics and life's lessons. SoloTx is primarily influenced by R&B singers such as R.Kelly, Monica, T.L.C and many others. Most of her Hip-hop/Rap influences comes from Hip-hop/Rap legends like Devin Tha dude, Ugk, Twista and Tha Brat. SoloTx has opened up for the Legendary "Mia X" where she received the "Best Inspiring Artist of 2016" award that lead her to Atlanta,Georgia where she opened for "Syia". SoloTx has also competed in a showcase hosted by "Coast 2 Coast", where her song "Run Dat Checc Up ft. C-Struggs" gain a spot on "Up Next" Vol.329 mix tape. SoloTx latest performance was at a Artist Showcase for All Star Magazine hosted by Cornelius Beats. There is still so much work to be done. SoloTx's determination and dedication along with her authentic sound will spread all cross the world, one mic at a time. 

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U star N.I.Q.U.E.

U star N.I.Q.U.E., a Hip Hop and R&B female emcee, on the rise, she is definitely not your average artist. Born and bred from a small town in East Texas called Commerce, she currently resides in the DFW Metroplex. She began writing music in middle school but high school was where people found out she could rap. What led her to perform music were life experiences and realizing that she wasn’t alone, and she could be a voice not only to tell her story but other people’s stories. U star N.I.Q.U.E. separates herself from the mainstream industry in that what she shares is for the people, and to heal people. Her style and work is 100% percent authentic. She doesn’t spit anything she doesn’t write and she is fully involved in production, and even has her hands in engineering. She dropped her album, “Eclectic Healing”, on May 20, 2016. She’s featured on several artists’ songs and has some collaborations under her belt. A few venues she’s performed at include: Quixotic, Poor David’s, Dallas Kwanzaa fest, SXSW, and Poetry Under the Stars. 

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG0WTldiFlvyLRi_dfcGEvNX3DFNwN4wF

 

TREND

Trend is an artist that is outside of the ordinary. Her motto is "Stand Out, Don't Blend!" And that is just what she does. "If you really want to get to know me, listen to my music," says the Lima, Ohio artist. “I feel like people relate to me because I remain human. I don't try and be something I'm not."

Trend moved to Austin in 2010. In 2011, she started doing shows all over her new city. "Music is more then a hobby, it’s the way I keep from going insane,” says Trend. “When I record, its not for anyone but myself. Its like my therapy session"

In November, she won Eson's Dream Tour showcase and was flown to Chicago to perform. Through her lyrics, she hopes to share her story with millions. "My music is inspired by my life, by the things I deal with on a daily,” says Trend. “I never want to blend in with the ‘in crowd’. It’s cheaper to be yourself!”

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Snapchat: @trendbabyy1

Music: https://soundcloud.com/search?q=drewnicca

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmxt52qdn0Q

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TazDaRealist 

Female artist TazDaRealist was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she learned to embraced her uniqueness and make no apologies for being herself. She explains, “I’m not your normal female artist. With me, you get my words, my life, my struggle.” The Houston artist is well known in the LGTB community internationally from the U.K. to Miami. Influenced mostly by Da Brat, T.I., and Missy Elliot as she continues to perfect her unique sound. As she continues to tell her story her greater purpose comes being the voice of others that find strength in her words.  

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Music:  https://soundcloud.com/iamtazdarealist

 

Staci Russel 

 

Staci Russell, from Austin, TX has been singing since the age of 14 starting out with Carnival Beats led by owner Salih Williams. At age 16, she was in a group called PICK YA POISON with Y2JJ & Mr. Fitness. Together they produced her first hit single "Holla", putting everyone on notice. Influenced by Mary J Blige, her ability to mix angelic, raw hitting vocals with heavy hitting bars gives her the title "Queen Of The South". She has also been featured on tracks for artist Chalie Boy, Chamillionaire, Zro, Magno and more. With that, she has opened up for many platinum selling artist like Ice Cube, Crime Mob, & UGK just to name a few. Staci is now part of a non profit foundation called "CAKE" (Creativity, Abundance, Knowledge, Elevation) that is working to empower women and girls through music. She is also working on her new album at The Beat Kitchen with TP3 which will be dropping soon!!!

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I’m Ova You - Single 

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Doug Thee Savage 

 

DMV's own, Doug Thee Savage AKA Mr. Did Dat is an Indie Underground Rap Artist/Producer; recognized by his distinctive style & flow. Born in Maryland, Doug has long been a feature in the underground rap circuit and has produced music for and collaborated with several up and coming DMV "out" artists.

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Music: https://soundcloud.com/dougtheesavage

Moyo The General

Musical influences include Master P, UGK, Cash Money Records Bone Thugs and Harmony. "I just wanna be successful and make good turn up vibe situational music. I just love to entertain!"

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Music: https://soundcloud.com/moyo-the-general