Cool: We were in our high school chorus together. My girlfriend at the time made me join. So me and Dre got close through that, and we joined up with a few of our other friends to start an R&B group in Miami at the time. We wanted to be the new Jodeci, the new Boys II Men. We ended up getting a manager and moving to Atlanta to work with Rico Wade. We were up in Atlanta starving. We had nothing except the studio.
Dre: We didn’t have any money for beats or anything that time, so we figured we’d get some equipment as cheap as possible and start producing for ourselves.
Cool: One night, we were sitting in the parking lot of Taco Bell, and Dre was like, “Maybe it isn’t god’s plan for this group. Maybe the plan is for me and you to do this.” From that point on, we took the production seriously. We ended up moving back to Miami and diving into the production. It was 3 and 4 beats at a time, $200 here, $300 there, working with local artists in Miami and making a name for ourselves.
Did You Know? Cool and & Dre won a Grammy for producing this song:
Tony Castillo, (born January 3, 1972) better known by his stage name Gorilla Tek is an Americanrecord producer and composer. He is well known throughout South Florida as the brainchild of the production company known as Drummajorz. His success dates back to "Iconz" from their international smash hit entitled "Get F***** Up". He has been managed by longtime business partner JC "Fentz" Louis, CEO of Iconz Worldwide, a music and film company in South Florida, also co-founder of Drum Majorz Inc. Tek has scored on various films such as Bloodline, released through Codeblack/Universal, and The Next Hit, starring Fredro Starr, Rick Ross and Lark Vorhies, released through SJW Films/Lionsgate. (Source Wikipedia
Haitian-American rapper whose career took off in 2015 with the release of his popular single "Blow a Check." Following the song's success, he was signed to the Freebandz record label owned by rapper Future.
Tramar Dillard (who we know as Flo Rida) wars born in Carol City, Florida. It turns out music runs in the family, he has seven sistersand some of them used to sing in a gospel choir. When he was in high school Tramar joined a rap group with some friends called GroundHoggz because they all loved music so much. He was discovered by the three other members when Tramar, who lived in the same building, spit some verses for them. The guys in the group were bowled over and instantly wanted him in the group.
In School and In Studio
Despite working with Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew and a member of Jodeci, Flo Rida was initially turned down by major labels, so after graduating high school he enrolled in an internationalbusiness management program at the University of Nevada for two years all while continuing to pursue his music dream.
After receiving a call from Poe Boy Entertainment Flo Rida returned to Florida and signed with them and began to work with rap industry heavy weights like Rick Ross, Trina, T-Pain and DJ Khaled. His major breakthrough came when he released the song “Low” featuring T-Pain off his debut album Mail on Sunday. It reached number 1 on the Billboard Charts and stayed there for 10 weeks!
Here’s The Song That gave him his big break. Ya’ll remember this throwback??
“I felt like this could be a great platform to showcase that I am an artist and to have my music played,” she told TheGrio in an exclusive interview. “It was definitely about me recognizing the platform and knowing that it is a good space to be in, especially after the success of Remy Ma, Cardi B and K. Michelle. When the opportunity came around it felt like a no brainer.”
Here is her first single that brought her to Stardom:
Named the hottest Miami underground rapper making noise “Ice Berg” (born Teiron L. Robinson in Miami, Florida on March 2, 1989) has developed one of the strongest following in the state of Florida and looks to continue to grow his fan base with the release of his new mixtape “Strictly for the Streets Vol 3”. “Ice berg” is doing numbers with his Team Billion Movement with over 13 million Youtube Views, major celebrity and blog features, and over 60,000 Twitter followers. “Ice Berg” is the true definition of a rapper making noise in his state and throughout the Southeast Region.
1. He is Really Into Video Games. He loves video gaming so much that he actually claims to own every video game platform that has ever existed, from Xbox to Coleco. He can certainly afford it… (but what is Coleco?). In any case, he claims that playing video games is a way to relieve himself of stress when recording his music.
2.He Was a Star Athlete Before Becoming a Star in Music. He was a football player in high school, one of the best during his time at Miami Carol City Senior High School. He even claims to have called his own plays during one of the team’s playoff games.
3.He’s a Religious Man. He seems to be cocky based on his lyrics, but he says he prays every night. He’s humble enough to give appreciation to God for what he’s accomplished. His favorite bible passage is Psalms 27:1-4.
4.He Loves Kale Salad. Rick Ross can be healthy when he wants to be.
5.His Nickname is “Ricky Rozay.” It was given to him by his friends because he loves to drink him some champagne. His favorite brand is Belaire Rose. This is just the beginning of the Rick Ross list; check back for the second half, coming soon.
Here’s An exlusive recap of our 99 Jamz Uncensored Starring Ricky Rozay:
Even nine years after his horrific murder, DJ Uncle Al's name still rings heavy in the streets of Liberty City. In what was said to be a case of mistaken identity, Al's death on September 10, 2001 was overshadowed by the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Four years after the fact, a suspect was charged with the murder, but then those charges were dropped in 2007.
Ahead of his time in more ways than one, Uncle Al's albums elevated his career and made him an underground celebrity. He served as DJ on a short-lived, but popular radio show with Luke and Freaky Red on 99 Jamz. And his ultimate goal of Peace in the Hood still runs vibrant today.
Slip N’ Slide Records signed the Dade County native shortly after the release of Smiff’s latest mixtape Chase Dis Money, featuring lead singles “Chase Dis Money” and “Set It Off.” Smiff joins the roster alongside Teenear, Sebastian Mikael, Swazy, Plies, Trick Daddy and Trina, who are set to star in ‘Love & Hip-Hop Miami’ and drop their upcoming joint album TNT.
American rapper who is best known for his hit singles "Hustle Hard" and "Bugatti," the latter of which peaked at #39 on the Hot 100 chart.His album Blood, Sweat & Tears reached the number one position on the US Billboard Top Rap Albums chart in 2011.He's performed with Lil Wayne. What’s Your Favorite Ace Hood Song? Comment Below
A decade after Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers followed in their father's musical footsteps with Play the Game Right, two of Bob's other sons, Stephen and Damian, surprised many with solo releases that added hip-hop and dancehall to their father's classic reggae sound. Now, a generation later, it's Bob's grandchildren who are mixing it up, making music that incorporates contemporary influences from around the globe.
Watch The Marley’s Perform their Father’s hit single “Redemption Song”: