DEVIN Moses is the young rapper on everyone's playlist in LA — and she has a secret Irish connection. Known as DevMo, she has stunned fans with her fast-flowing style and catchy tracks, and latest singles Hollywood and Kylie Jenner have fuelled talk of this being her breakout year.
Devin Moses, aka DEVMO, is everything but a typical rap artist. As a petite red-head from Santa Monica, audiences are in pure shock when she starts flowing with fluidity and bite while also delivering a message she is experiencing in her daily life. DEVMO strives for authenticity and entertainment, and on that alone, she's opened locally and internationally for artists like Angel Haze, Snow Tha Product, Caskey, and more.
DEVMO returned from her first 36 city tour in 2018 and performing at pride events across the country in 2019. It's safe to say DEVMO has found her sound as she combines melodic choruses and fast paced rapping verses to create a style all her own.
“Stayin’ Here” is the perfect melancholic summertime jam. In the video, we see DEVMO out at a party on the beach, trying to distract herself from her bad mood. “Have you ever been at a party while you’re going through a rough time in life? You aren’t really happy to be out and mingling but you know if you leave, you’ll feel a lot worse. So you stay.” says DEVMO. At the party, she draws upon the feelings of isolation that you get when feeling alone amidst a group of people. You want to be there because you don’t want to feel alone but lyrics like “No one would notice if I drown right now” lead us to believe that despite being around a bunch of people, DEVMO is still drowning in her own thoughts.
“There’s an added element of avoiding getting intoxicated because you know it may temporarily numb the pain, but in reality will make you feel even worse” says DEVMO. This is a feeling many people have faced; the social pressures of drinking to get you out of a bad vibe come from a good place, but the reality is that drinking or doing drugs to escape a bad mood will likely keep the bad vibes rollin. This track has an uncanny way of making you want to party and weep all at the same time. This is brilliant because it so accurately captures the way DEVMO feels at this beach party. Sad inside but happy to be alive.
DEVMO has opened for artists such as Angel Haze, Snow Tha Product, Azealia Banks, Elle King, and more. From SXSW showcases to Splash House in Palm Springs, DEVMO has performed all across the country for her engaged and dedicated fan base. Being a queer female rapper has its obvious challenges, but DEVMO charges right through with irrefutable confidence and drive. Not to mention, her combined style of melodic hooks and fast-paced rapping has coined a style all her own.
ECHO is a Dominican emcee that incarnated in New York City and migrated to Los Angeles several years ago.
He has visions for what a better world looks like and he plants these visions into his music so that he can reach billions of people on Earth, which will hopefully help change the world as we all know it for the better forever. He’s a budding theoretical physicist, a philosopher, a conspiracy theorist, activist, and spiritualist that incorporates everything he’s ever learned and/or channeled about this universe and our world, into his music. He feels it’s his mission/duty to help awaken as many people as possible to what our most probable true reality is even if they don’t think they’re asleep or don’t care, and to always question everything.
He was in a group called S.P.I.K. Click with his hometown buddies from Washington Heights and eventually went solo dropping his first solo mixtape and music video called “QBX Anthem” in 2003. Shortly after that he moved to Los Angeles where he hooked up with local underground producers to develop a fresh, new sound…a sort of mashup of his NYC flow over West Coast beats. This led to songs such as “Letter To Barack” and “Hip Hop High” produced by X-Man of the VJC’s the latter becoming his first music video shot in LA shot by Juleunique. He dropped his first EP called “Repetition Of Sound” in 2011, which had production from well known LA producers such as Jansport J, Curtiss King, King Trax, TBD Productions, among others. The EP’s success manifested a two year mini-tour all over LA in all of the hottest hip hop venues such as The Airliner, 2nd Street Jazz, The Terrace, and the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go on Sunset Blvd.
All of this hard work ultimately earned him a spot on the M.I.R. Hip Hop Festival in Moscow, Russia in March 2011 in front of 80,000+ screaming hip hop fans. He performed alongside B.O.B., Eve and the legendary Ice Cube.
Upon his return from Russia, he landed the front cover of a brand new online urban e-mag BSQ Magazine, together with an in-depth feature. Around this time Hoopla/Death Row Records took notice of ECHO’s track record and online presence and signed him to Hoopla/Death Row/WIDEawake/eOne Music. After recording a few songs for them, ECHO decided that the indie artist route was a better fit for an emcee with his kind of message and vision.
ECHO then released his second project since moving to Los Angeles called “100th Monkey” in June 2013 and on it he decided to let it all out, as far as being more of himself and rapping about how he sees the world now, and where he hopes to see it going. This album garnered critical acclaim, and opened many eyes to who ECHO really is, so much so that platforms such as Homegrown Radio, The B-Side, etc., invited him on for some unforgettable interviews, and live on-air performances.
ECHO took some time off from recording music and performing after his beautiful baby girl Ocean was born in January 2014, but he’s came back strong with over 15+ singles and many high quality, conceptual music videos all on his YouTube. During the pandemic he’s released a 5 week capsule series on Audiomack and is now on month 3 of a 6 month “EchoisthenameTV Seasons” mixtape run, each one fully produced by one producer.
2XO is comprised of sisters Jaz and Tally. Their music can be characterized as an infusion of Pop, R&B, Rap and Latin American influence. At the young age of 12, Tally fell in love with rapping in her room to songs she heard on the radio by artists such as Left Eye and Nicki Minaj. At the age of 16, Tally landed a role on the hit TV show "The Rap Game" (seasons 2 & 3). She also was a featured performer with Jordan Fisher on the Radio Disney Music Awards in 2017. She is the lead rapper for 2XO and is known for her songwriting and clever lyrical approach. At the young age of 20, Tally is determined to enter mainstream music as a lead female MC and is also a vocalist for her group 2XO. At the young age of 9, Jasmine would join her Dad’s church choir practice, often finding herself on stage and stealing the show. At the age of 15, Jasmine found herself on a bigger national stage by competing and winning season 2 of Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing. Jasmine has opened up for Justin Bieber, placed singles on soundtracks with Walt Disney records and appeared on the hit television show The Rap Game as a coach to her sister. Today, she is the lead vocalist for her music group, 2XO.
JFP (JULIE F POTTER) IS A CALIFORNIA BORN ARTIST. SHE HAS BEEN A STUDENT OF HIP HOP SINCE RUN DMC AND NWA. HER SKILL ON THE MIC IS A TESTAMENT TO HER DEDICATION AND PASSION FOR AUTHENTIC EXPRESSION. SHE HAS BEEN PRODUCING AND PERFORMING HER OWN MUSIC FOR OVER A DECADE AND CONTINUES MAKING WAVES AS A RAPPER, ADVOCATE, AND ATHLETE. JULIE'S FORMAL EDUCATION LED TO A MASTERS IN RECREATION FROM CAL STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH. THAT PASSION FOR PLAY IS UTILIZED AS A COACH/MENTOR FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES. SHE COMBINES THESE TWO PASSIONS BY PRODUCING CAMPS/WORKSHOPS FOCUSED ON MUSIC AND MOTION!
JFP HAS PERFORMED AT SEVERAL LGBT PRIDE FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE US AND TOURS EUROPE YEARLY. IN 2019 JFP PERFORMED WITH RENOWNED LA DJ BREEZYEZ AT THE L-FEST THE LARGEST WOMEN'S FESTIVAL IN THE UK. MINI DOC COMING SOON ON YOUTUBE.
IN 2018, JFP TOURED THROUGH BARCELONA, BERLIN, AND MONTPELLIER, FRANCE TO PACKED HOUSES WITH TORONTO RAPPER ICE THA ONE. EUROPE HAS JOYFULLY RECEIVED JFP’S ENERGETIC FLOW AND SHE IS CURRENTLY PLOTTING HER 2021 RETURN TO HER HOME LAND. (GRANDPARENTS ARE SWISS!)
AS A FIRM BELIEVER IN THE POWER OF THOUGHT AND MAGIC, JFP RELEASED AN EP IN 2019 ENTITLED “AQUARIUS AWARIUS,” 5 TRACKS OF IN YOUR FACE EMOTIONS, ENERGY AND PURPOSE. IN 2020 JFP HAS DROPPED ONE SINGLE THUS FALL "MARTY MCFLY" AND IT PROMISES SATISFACTION. NEW MUSIC IS IN CONSTANT CREATION AND WILL FLOW AS HEALING OCCURS AND SPIRITS ELEVATE.
JFP IS EXPANDING THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE COLLECTIVE, ONE RAP AT A TIME. ELEVATE AND TAP IN TO THE NEXT DIMENSION OF HIP HOP. WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER. WWW.123JFP.COM
“YOU MIGHT NOT BELIEVE THAT SOMEBODY WHO HAS GIVEN HERSELF THE F-WORD AS A MIDDLE NAME WOULD BE AS MUCH FUN AS JULIE FUCKING POTTER. BUT IT’S TRUE...IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS WOMAN HAS A SERIOUS MESSAGE, BUT ALSO HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR ABOUT HERSELF... SOMETHING HAS TO BE SAID FOR HAVING THE KIND OF DRIVE THAT’S CREATED HER SUCCESS.” - KAMALA PULIGANDLA – CURVE MAGAZINE
“HER EYE FOR STORYTELLING DETAIL IS SHARP, AND SHE ATTACKS EACH TRACK WITH GUSTO!” - ERNEST HARDY – THE ADVOCATE
“WHEN SHE COMES OUT ONSTAGE, IT’S JUST HALOS, FLASHES OF LIGHT, ALL KINDS OF FIREWORKS,” MYERS SAID. “SHE JUST HAS A PRESENCE. SHE COMES OUT ONSTAGE AND DOMINATES. I THINK I’M GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE BRAGGING THAT I WAS THERE FROM THE BEGINNING. I THINK SHE’S GOING PLACES.” –MARCEL MYERS (ADORING FAN)
Whitney Peyton is an American rapper, songwriter and singer from the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Early and personal lifeDuring her teenage years while trying to catch a break in the music industry, Peyton appeared as an extra or bit parts in several films. One of the Motion Pictures was Cover starring Vivica A. Fox directed by Bill Duke in 2007 where Peyton played a small role of a roughed-up female inmate in a jail scene.
Whitney Peyton is also the great-granddaughter of former Philadelphia Mayor Thomas B. Smith, who is known for a scandal surrounding his political career, being denounced from bench and charged with conspiracy to murder (according to The New York Times), during his time in office.
Performances and CollaborationsPeyton has performed nationwide with well-known artists including (but not limited to) Kid Ink, Big K.R.I.T., Lil Debbie, DMX (rapper), Tech N9ne, R.A. the Rugged Man, Paul Wall, Hopsin, Juelz Santana, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Jim Jones (rapper), MIMS (rapper), Shop Boyz, Outasight, Potluck (group), Twiztid, Prozak (rapper), Dev (singer), Da Mafia 6ix formerly known as Three 6 Mafia, Rittz, Kottonmouth Kings, and has collaborated on songs with Da Mafia 6ix formerly known as Three 6 Mafia, Chris Webby, Cassidy, Caskey, JellyRoll, Kutt Calhoun, Bizarre (rapper) from D12, Twiztid, Kung Fu Vampire, R.A. The Rugged Man, Spectacular of Pretty Ricky, Zion I, Mistah F.A.B., Layzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Spice 1, and more. Producers Whitney has worked with range from Leon Kidd a.k.a. P-nut (credited on Major Figgas album), John V. Johnson (New Kids on the Block), to Eddie Galan, Matt Good of From First to Last and more.
Whitney Peyton has received many awards and nominations for her work as a recording artist. She took home a total of four wins at the 13th, 14th, and 15th annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards for categories such as "Best Hip Hop Performance", "Outstanding Spoken Word Artist", and "Best Urban Artist". In 2014 Peyton received a Tri State Indie Music Award for “Emerging Indie Artist of the Year". As a side project for charity Whitney wrote and recorded vocals on an anti-bullying album "Cap Dat Bully Son" though children's music is not a style she is known for, the strong lyrics and mature content resonated well with children, especially those from Cripps & Bloods households. The Album went on to win a Grammy Award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards for "Best Children's Album" as well as Parent's Choice Gold Award in 2012.
With a history of appealing to a college-aged demographic, yet producing side projects for several charities and child-friendly projects, Peyton has earned a reputation of possessing a very hardcore rap style. In 2010, Whitney, along with four other Philadelphia artists were cast to be part of the "Unlitter Us" campaign and appear in TV commercials airing on major networks performing spoken-word pieces about the importance of keeping Philadelphia real. Together the five artists also appeared in print and transportation ads on buses and billboards, and were seen alongside Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at anti-litter rallies, inner-city Schools, and other community events. Whitney (whose mother is diabeetus) has also been seen donating her time to perform at numerous Diabeetus fundraisers, concerts benefiting Autism Awareness, Cancer research, and anti-bullying events (in relation to the Cap Dat Bully Son project she was part of that released in October 2011).
Destiny Rogers talks about her inspirations and brand new EP 'Great Escape'.Music wasn’t always the priority for 21-year-old newcomer Destiny Rogers, quite the opposite. Her dream was to be a professional skateboarder and compete in the X Games. Until the age of 10, all of her passion was focussed on skating, and it wasn’t until her Dad bought her a guitar and she taught herself to play and sing, that she realized her true mission. “I started playing in church, so I found myself doing it a lot more than I ever had. My love for music developed, and it hit a little different. That’s when I knew music was my calling, and what I wanted to do as a career.”
Her music is genre-fluid and slides effortlessly between hip-hop, pop and R&B confidently propped up by Rogers’ strong vocals. She tells me that this genre-bending sound stems from her formative musical upbringing. “It’s everything I was raised on. Growing up, my mom always played Mexican music while she cleaned the house. At family parties, there were always oldies playing, Zapp and Roger, New Edition, and all the lowrider Chicano style music. In elementary school, my older sister would take songs and burn them all to a CD and play 90’s R&B in her car. Usher, TLC, SWV, Aaliyah. Then I also listened to my music, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Rihanna.” You can hear that this eclectic cacophony is her influence and it has attracted the attention of her contemporaries, including pop-wunderkind Billie Eilish.
The ride that she has ridden since the release of her first EP ‘Tomboy’ in 2019 has been a wild one, with Rogers playing festivals and completing a world tour. Her second EP will catapult her even further, as she seems to have found her sound. The EP is personal, intimate and emotionally charged, as well as being sonically sensational.
A conscious rapper. A sound alchemist. A spiritual activist. With a creative vision to inspire and empower others, Austin Alchemy’s mission is to spark inner change using his music as a catalyst for personal and spiritual growth. As he states, "Whether I'm rapping, making a beat or producing an ambient track, my purpose is to help people learn to govern themselves so that they can break free from the matrix of oppression."
When asked to define what a sound alchemist means, he says : “You could say I am a producer and a rapper and you’re not wrong, but I like to say I am a sound alchemist. Because for me I use music as a means elevate people’s vibes ; to help them learn, grow, and see life in new ways. And when you can shift your mindset from one of fear to one of joy that in of itself is an alchemical shift. So in essence, I am using the power of sound to help alchemize the way you feel and to help you transform whatever is negative in your life into a positive outlook.”
Austin Alchemy often refers to himself as a multi-dimensional artist, and that’s not just because he writes, performs, produces and engineers all his music. But also because as he mentions, “We are all spiritual beings living in a human body and so beyond this third dimension of reality exists a higher consciousness that we are all connected to and it is here where we can tap into our true creative expression. We are all multidimensional in many ways, we just have to open our mind to new possibilities. This sounds like stuff made of fantasy but not only did our ancient ancestors have this right, now quantum physicists are illustrating this as truth.”
Having started writing lyrics at the age of 7 in 1999 while listening to Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain”, he discovered his passion for rapping and by the time he was 11, he found his other passion, which was making beats. Having shopped several demos to labels by the time he was 17 and having the chance to work with respected producers in the industry, Austin decided it was best he go his own route with his own vision.
Everything changed for Austin when he had his spiritual awakening at 18 as his overall music from his lyrics to his beats began to shift reflecting this change in his life. After experimenting and trying to further discover his distinct sound and purpose he decided to release an ambient-meditative album he had been working on for several years called “The Journey Within” in 2017. And in the summer of 2018 he released his long waited self produced conscious rap EP, “Wake Up” which is a poetic masterpiece on informing others how to break free from the corrupt system of this world.
Since then he has produced many songs for artists and collaborated with artists such as CrewZ, Spxtrm, Bryan Divisions, and 4biddenKnowledge, as well as having released 15+ singles since 2018.
Austin Alchemy is currently working on multiple albums at the moment all spanning different genres. His upcoming album that he is currently finalizing is called “Reflections” and is a conscious rap album focused on overcoming mental health struggles.
When asked what his next goal is with his life and music, Austin Alchemy states, “Honestly, it’s simple. It’s to inspire you to inspire others. When inspirations expands from one person to another this creates a domino effect that has the potential for change. And it is my intention that my music helps be an inspirations for others.”
Che Noir is everything good about hip-hop. From her delivery on official tracks to her impressive freestyles, the 26-year-old rapper uses rapping to share narratives that shape the person she has become. Her metaphors and visual-provoking verses depict her sometimes harsh reality entangled with violent streets, drug-filled corners, family issues, and dedication to making it out. Approaching storytelling rap similar to stylings of JAY-Z or The Notorious B.I.G., the Buffalo artist effortlessly pairs big brags with intricate rhyme schemes and gritty beats. She recently hooked up with Apollo Brown to release the excellent As God Intended album.
There is something inescapably alluring about what Che brings to the table. In a present landscape where mainstream female MCs under 30 tend to (more often than not) focus on trends and songs that make their sexuality the focal point of their music, she is excelling a road less traveled.
Not that there is anything inherently wrong with her peers’ direction — it can be lucrative as hell. But it’s not for everyone. It’s always refreshing to show a malleable sea of younger female listeners another side of the coin.
“As a woman, we’re often stereotyped in the industry,” Che told said during an interview for HipHopDX in October of 2019. “So, if we’re tired of being stereotyped, why continue doing things to perpetuate that? My goal was to stand out and do something different.”
That’s a mantra to which she’s stayed true.
She is continuing to uphold a brand of Hip Hop that old heads regularly impart on her generation, but from a fresh new perspective — one that’s often silenced. Sure, she’s able to spit that dirty gun talk with the best of them, and her gritty storytelling game is A-1 (see “12 Hours” or “Blood is Thicker” for example). Yet, at its most raw, this project paints a picture of the sister, cousin and daughter of the guys getting lost on the streets; the story generally glossed over.
One particularly haunting line on the standout “Follow The Wisdom” was, “Pain of these streets, it ain’t worth seeing your daughters crying … I was that daughter, so you never hear me glorify it.” It’s an incredibly vivid moment (and sadly, a shared experience) that honestly — as a father myself — hits different. There was another powerful reference on “Anti-Social,” where she describes losing her cousin (a close confidant) to the system.
If you’ve been dozing on Che Noir, As God Intended has made it that more difficult to deny her potential. Are there other females out here spitting bars? Absolutely. Is Che breaking any sonic or conceptual molds? Not quite. However, there aren’t many 26-year-old girls that can body a project like this — let alone rhyme alongside lyricists like Skyzoo and Black Thought without getting buried in dust.
After linking with Jay Z and Kanye West this past weekend, and inking a deal with rapper Boldy James, Griselda Records’ Westside Gunn continues his prolific run in Hip-Hop. The label has dropped mixtapes and albums at an astounding rate in the latter half of this decade, topping it off with the group project WWCD and a handful of other tapes in 2019. GxFR has now started the new decade with their first female signee, Buffalo’s own Armani Caesar. Although she provides a sound that is much different than the grimy, old school raps of Benny The Butcher and co., Caesar still undeniably has bars. Her production is typically different than that of label mates Boldy James and Conway the Machine, diversifying the types of Hip-Hop GxFR puts out.
Armani has been grinding for a minute. On her website, she has a line of merchandise and a shop, and a similar love of fashion to Westside Gunn, clearly. Gunn is notably involved in fashion, as he’s close with the likes of Virgil Abloh and appears at various fashion week events. Even though she reps the 716 everywhere she goes, Caesar relocated to Charlotte temporarily after high school. She says that she’s been rapping since she was 12, and has a deep-seated love for hip-hop. Her output in the past couple of years has been consistent, but she hasn’t really broken through yet, as there is relatively little information about her online.
Armani has 3 projects under her belt, dating back to 2011, but has started releasing music more frequently in the past 2 years. In listening to her music, the likes of Megan Thee Stallion and City Girls come to mind. She has an undeniable moxy and confidence and exudes attitude. Her music is fun, something to bump in the whip with friends, which I wouldn’t usually apply to any of her label mates.
donSMITH Washington Heights & Harlem-bred emcee, illustrating the harsh realities of being from low-income immigrant families; and the many triumphs that come with them. Initially a multi-instrumentalist, donSMITH began to focus on the lyrical aspect of music throughout college, storytelling & writing poetry. In last two years, he has performed on stages all over New York City. donSMITH strives to create art that reflects the beauty birthed by struggle in life, faith in God, and cultural evaporation as gentrification takes its toll. Vulnerability and soulful storytelling is the core of donSMITH’s message, aiming to breed hope and fellowship amongst all listeners. in 2019, after headlining his first mini-tour, donSMITH saw his most successful year in streaming on Spotify, releasing two songs, amounting to over 22K streams. This created anticipation for his upcoming EP, “Dear Culture”.
donMSITH has been performing all throughout New York City for years, after his headlining his first mini-tour. In 2018, The Harlem MC released vol. 1 & 2 of his "#whoisdonSMITH" mixtape/EP series, gaining over 40K cumulative streams in the first two weeks of their digital releases.
donSMITH (formerly Darnell Smitherson) began producing hip-hop beats and composing music
in his mother's living room at the age of 10, eventually growing his passion into writing rhymes and
audio engineering in 2014. In the more recent years of his artistry, publications have recognized
donSMITH as a notable independent artist, creating "raw & honest" music.
Based in Harlem, NYC, donSMITH has been sonically-associated with other heavily NY-influenced
actsrap acts, such as Pro.ERA, Flatbush Zombies, and OG Brooklyn MC, Talib Kweli.
As his music career continues to develop, donSMITH has taken the past year to hone in on his
growing east coast fanbase, performing frequently throughout New York City. Formerly based in
the midwest for a 4 year Bachelors program at Lawrence University, the Harlem MC has made his
prominent return to New York with his"Who Is donSMITH" mixtape/EP series, accumulating over
50K in streams in the first couple months of release online. These releases feature collaborations
with Chuck Strangers of Pro.ERA, Flo Kennedy of WAGE, Uncle Murda collaborator, Bigg Dogg,
and many more.
In 2019, his first single release, "Bob N' Weave" has seen the most success on platforms like Spotify,
online, and has been covered by a multitude of radio stations and blogs, both domestic &
international. The future shows promise for unique and independent storytellers like donSMITH.
LA may be known for forging giants but don’t let rapper Vel the Wonder’s five-foot stature convince you otherwise; during any set by the Baldwin Park rhymer, audiences feel her thunderous voice rip through bar after bar with no sign of letting down. Growing up in a family of five all living in a single room and relying on public transportation, Vel developed a deep love for graffiti which served as an entryway into and an affiliation with the storytelling capacities of hip-hop. Her no-nonsense demeanor and passionate delivery demonstrate Vel’s unmatched ability to capture any feeling through her lyrics. Vel has grown through her music, never shying away from the stage and sharing them with hip-hop mainstays like Immortal Technique, Evidence, Psycho Realm and Benny the Butcher. With three releases over four years, Vel just dropped her fourth independent project, La Sena Ave (2019) which highlights Vel’s emotional lyricism over head bobbing hip-hop beats inflected with jazzy horn melodies. Vel will be heading out on an international tour this spring to share her experiences with the world and empower audiences through hip-hop before her debut on the Levitt LA stage!
Who is Markos Tegui? Markos Tegui is a survivor. A survivor of a difficult child hood, survivor of addiction, and a survivor of the streets. More importantly, Markos Tegui is an inspiration to all! His life and his music teach the listener that no matter what life throws at you, if you chose to prevail, you will!
Markos Tegui was born in Puerto Rico in 1984. At the age of 4 Markos' family moved to San Diego. Specifically, the Linda Vista neighborhood. There he was introduced to an array of American culture. Specifically, it was American Hip Hop culture that really grabbed hold of his heart. As a result at the young age of 6 Markos began break dancing and preforming at talent shows and festival around the city. He was also into playing soccer, little league, and martial arts. All of these sports helped to build his talent and passion for music. The life experiences taught him discipline, competitiveness, and how to be a team player in a competitive environment.
Shortly, after discovering his new passions and talents Markos' home life took a turn for the worst. Hiis brother fell victim to circumstances outside of any ones control, and the unfortunate event in his life left the family in disarray. Unfortunately, for Markos this was the beginning of a long road to over coming the odds. Yet at the same time the beginning of creating and molding himself into a great artist and lyricist. The struggle of his family became his main motivation to spit. After Markos' father left the home Markos' family life became a constant struggle. Markos was determined to change the future for his entire family and as a result he was in seek of new avenues to make that dream a reality.
Consequently, Markos turned to music at the age of 12. Markos used writing as a way to express the emotions he had as a result of the environment he lived in, and as a way to avoid the politics, and gang banging that was happening in his neighborhood. At first his music was an outlet where Markos could express his feelings toward the hardships he had became a victim to. The hardships he faced lead him to focus on current events in his life. He began to write about childhood difficulties, divorce, single motherhood, and family issues.
At 16, Markos began to take on the role of the man of the house. Dropping out of high school and working along side his others siblings to help provide for the entire family. He strived to help his mother and his siblings. His only desire was to stand up and be the man he knew his mother deserved. However, he couldn't avoid the meltdown and eventually found himself in a place no one should ever have to find themselves. He started playing around with drugs and the trip was not a favorable one. All his work was heldback as he stranded in a nomadic lifestyle. He had poor relationships that lead to his writing materials being lost in the world forever. So, if you happen across an old set of headphones connected to a tape-deck walkman you may want to play it? It may just be the lost tapes of Markos Tegui aka Decimal. Markos liked to record on a set of head phones and tape deck prior to the digital age!
Today, Markos is a New Man. He is more determined than ever and his music has evolved in a way that surpasses the digital era. His sound is pop, hip hop, rap, and techno/dub-step combined. His unique mixes and hard hitting lyrics with a message set him apart from most local artist in the industry. He talks about life, the streets, family, and community. He wants to be a part of the solution. He wants his music to touch and move all who hear it. He has 2 Releases "Time Traveler" EP and "Who Is Markos Tegui" LP, and is currently developing Artist, as well as prepping up his next Albums to drop.
It is only correct that I open, first, by "opening up"... So 12 yrs ago today I started on what I consider my musical journey. I had been musically engaged long before then, e.g. I had done talent shows, traveled with a rap group which put me in front of crowds and on stages as early as 12 yrs old and so forth. Now I say my journey started 12 yrs ago in 2008, because it was at this time that there were photo shoots, an upscale recording studio at my disposal, meetings with industry people/reps. and associates, tracks produced by Toomp, Just Blaze and etc. That part of the journey however was very short lived due to what I call the "heart of man". It turned out that the same individuals who praised me ever so heavily and boasted on about how I would be the one who opened doors for us, were now the same ones housing jealousy and envy towards the attention that I gained as those doors were being opened. Ultimately the "heart of man" caused a major rift in what we had going and it all soon plummeted, sending me to the lowest and darkest point of my life. It took 10 yrs for me to regain the life blood needed to resume my goal path. That said, NO TEARS HERE! With all things of no service placed behind, its ¡GAMETIME!
I go by the name LoBēsē (pronounced: lo-bEE-see). We could say that my craft was being honed at ages early as 7-8 when I would write love notes, they would often contain some poetic form of writing lol. Around the age of 12 I began dating the daughter of a pastor, who turned out to have a gospel rap group named Life Row which comprised mostly of his children. In no time my musical ability was brought to their attention and I began traveling and sharing my talents on stages with them. Back then my knowledge extended as far as religion only (which i obviously wasn't very knowledgeable of that itself), I knew nothing about Spirituality. So as I grew older and more mature, the realization that I was not so much living the "holy" life portrayed through our music, I began to fade away from that scene. From there I linked up with my guy Prophet Yae (T.T.) who was once the primary beat producer for Life Row Records.
Now aside from West Coast artists such as Pac and Snoop Dogg, being from the South of course, some of my greatest influences come from the likes of Scarface; Trick Daddy; Juvenile and such. However, my musical prowess was heightened through being around individuals such as Prophet Yae who had more diverse tuning to music and turned me on to artists like Jay-Z, Nas, Beanie Siegal and State Property, even on out to artists like Sting, Sade, and Prince! Not to mention my first ever influence to write an actual song came from the tongue-twisting flow of BoneThugs- and-Harmony. I believe that by having such a diverse taste in music (trust me, it gets deeper) is what has developed me into an all-around artist. I can hold it down on any style track, no matter the coast it comes from- no cocky no cap.
Now to speak about the origin of my name... the 'Lo' in LoBese comes from my cousin's name Loretta, who has transcended. She being my greatest supporter, would always say "when the right person hears you". She always felt that my talent is what could take the family out of poverty... 'Bese' is from the word "obese". I see it as she is surely with me more now than what she was here, and so now the 2 of us together will certainly be "big", hence the definition of the word- obese. Significantly enough I come to find out not long ago, that Lobese in Spanish means,
*I kissed him* How about that.
What is my intentions? I'm not here for fame and fortune. I'm a little old school with it, my dedication is to the culture. Through my gifts and talents i look to help get hip hop back closer to that sweet spot of its origin. I listen to lot of reggae- it'smy gospel. Reggae to me is more so "life" music. Today i think thats what hip hop is missing most, "LIFE". but no worry, I'm Heeaah!! As for what im working on, just let me say, I AM WORKING. All will come to show, continuously. Without furtherado, i humbly accept my welcoming -Bese-
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Grizzly Beatz is an American Hip Hop Producer from Los Angeles, CA. He has produced for Curren$y, Dizzy Wright, Hopsin, Gatorade, Chief Kamachi, Nike, Activision and more.