Legend Status is a premiere emcee that you definitely need to know about. The Washington D.C. native who now resides in Charlotte, NC has been tearing up the local scene for years now. His gritty style mixed with his lyrical punch lines make him one of the most talked about lyricist around. As a teenager he watched his brother Leather Face make a name for himself on the DC rap scene. At age 17 Legend Status decided it was time to make a name for himself.
Dropping his first mixtape in 2000 'Ghetto Worldwide' it was then he learned that he had something special. With local hits like the title track 'Ghetto Worldwide' and the ladies anthem 'Love of my Life' made him a household name around the DMV. Few years pass and a couple mixtapes later Legend found himself at a crossroad. With the complications of his son's birth. Legend Status decided to take some time away from music to focus on his son's health.
Sensing that his life felt incomplete, Legend decided to take one more chance at fulfilling his dreams of becoming one of the rap games elite emcees. He dropped a track called 'The comeback' in 2014. At that point Legend Status was back right where he left off. In 2015, he dropped his first full album in over 8 years entitled 'The Re-Introduction'. The response to the album was nothing short of amazing. With the smash hit 'Don't do it em' Legend found himself getting radio spins over seas along with performing at venues all over Charlotte, NC.
Still striving off the success of his 'The Re-Introduction' album 2016 was a even bigger year for the QC emcee. Winning his first showcase at Mynt lounge in Charlotte NC. Legend Status beat out 18 performers to take home the crown. He also won his first Cypher Event for True Dreams Radio becoming the Lions Den Cypher Champion. In June of 2016 he dropped his ep 'Act Like you know me' which landed him a radio interview with Power 104.4 fm in Charlotte, NC.
2017 started off with his most accomplished goal ever. In January he won the Sprite 16 bar championship at UNCC. With the title on the line he had to freestyle the last two rounds to pull out a unanimous decision to win the crown. Now performing at least 2x a week around the Charlotte area. Legend Status has branched out to add Georgia, Maryland and Virginia as places where he graced the stage. In April of 2017 he released his ep ""I AM LEGEND"" which has been his best work to date. The Song 'Love Like This' has been on steady rotation across seas and locally. Adding to his success he was crown the only 2x champion of the Lions Den. He also won the One Mic Mondaycontest sponsored by 92.7 the block.
The Goal now is to make Legend Status a household name. With DJ's playing his song 'Put em Up' in the clubs he is ready to take his talents to the next level. Legend Status is looking to release I AM LEGEND 2 in Dec of 2017 or Early 2018. The sky is the limit for this world renown emcee.
Lala Specific is an emcee, poet, and philanthropist from Selma, NC. She relocated to Charlotte, NC to expand her music brand, community action and finish her college degree at UNC Charlotte (Class of 2016). Lala Specific has dedicated her artistry to inspiring and empowering the people through lyricism and instruction while also reintroducing the element of Knowledge to the Hip-Hop culture. Lala Specific represents peace, love and virtue. Her values are placed in spirituality, nature and nation building.
Lil Skritt is an experimental rapper native to Charlotte with influences such as Blowfly and Three 6 Mafia. His live performance has been said to be hilarious and like that of no other. "I love rapping, making people smile, and seeing people's reactions to my lines." He has been rapping since he was 12 years old and has never stopped. In 2017 he won Creative Loafing's Reader's choice for best Rapper in Charlotte. You can see him performing quite often in Plaza Midwood in wig and all.
"Born and raised in Charlotte North Carolina, Elevator Jay has been writing and producing his own music since the age of 12. His goal is to bring back the original sound of Southern Rap, with a new twist; staying true to those influences that pioneered the sound and also adding lyrical content that is key to this form of southern expression. In 2010, Elevator Jay released his very first project, the Going Up Mixtape, hosted by DJ Dexter Dynamite and has dominated the Charlotte hip hop scene ever since. Elevator has worked with various artists and producers, compiling a diverse catalogue of music, all while learning his craft along the way. Elevator has been captivating audiences and growing his fan base in the southeast by opening up for acts such as Devin the Dude, Big K.R.I.T., Juicy J, Curren$y and Project Pat, to name a few. Elevator Jay is passionate about his hometown and cultivating the music scene in North Carolina. He works along side creative individuals in the ""Permanent Vacation Deep Fried Family"", which is an umbrella of those who want to spend the rest of their lives doing what they love. Since 2010, they've been teaming up and throwing one of a kind parties/shows around the region with people like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sailor Jerry and Crunk Energy. Overall, Elevator Jay is a true to heart creator, music producer, writer, emcee, and trendsetter. There will be more to look forward to in the future coming from Elevator Jay, so be on the lookout."
Richie Rust is a local rap artist who starting his music career in 2013. He has progressed from entertaining at school talent shows to performing at local venues throughout Charlotte. Now, music has become Richie Rust's passion and he looks forward to sharing his talent with many.
Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, rapper Lute (born Luther Nicholson) first burst onto the underground hip-hop scene as a member of the rap collective Forever FC, alongside Jimmy Kelso, High I'm Ry, and SchylerChaise. Lute delivered his first solo mixtape, West 1996, in 2012 while still a member of Forever FC, but took a backseat after the birth of his daughter. With the group and Lute receiving plaudits from the likes of Rick Ross and Pete Rock, it wasn't long before he was snapped up by J. Cole in 2015, signing to his then burgeoning label Dreamville. His first effort for the label dropped at the end of that year on the compilation Revenge of the Dreamers, Vol. 2, with his track "Still Slummin'" a posthumous production by J. Dilla. Two years later, the single "Juggin'" appeared and signaled Lute's return. His proper debut album, West 1996, Vol. 2 followed. ~ Rich Wilson
Qushawan Farrar (born June 18, 1989), better known by his stage name Deniro Farrar, is an American rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina. He has collaborated with other artists such as Ryan Hemsworth, Shady Blaze, and Flosstradamus. His voice was described by The Fader as "an eerily calm rasp that never leaves the emotional range of fuming mad".
"Like most kids in his native town of Charlotte, North Carolina, Leroy Shingu, had a head filled with Hip-hop dreams growing up, even trying his hand at freestyling when he was all of nine years old.
But a storied background starkly different to the blissful suburban reality of his peers would compel the rapper better known as Well$ to turn that childhood fantasy into his newly launched career as a rapper.
Quietly released in 2012, $ay La V, Well#39; debut EP rose steadily on the Bandcamp charts to peak at number 5 and eventually become the most downloaded album in the Charlotte Area. That remarkable ascent as well as the video for the song State of Ecstasy The Interlude Part 1 hauled Well$ out of virtual anonymity, and shoved him onto high profile stage performances with artists such as G Eazy, Chris Webby, Johnny Polygon, and one of his idols Pac Div.
Proud To Be An American, one of Well#39; standout tracks off $ay La V, is the assured declaration of a young man who has come to terms with his identity and adopted home, flaws and all. Yet it wasn't always this way. Born in the US to Congolese illegal immigrants, Well$ has encountered the ins and outs of America's legal system for as long as he can remember. What started as a routine police search ended up with his mother serving a six-month jail stint when it emerged that she was in the country undocumented. Left mostly in the care of a grandmother who barely speaks English, Well#39; teenage life slowly spiraled downwards into delinquency. Dabbling in car theft, drug dealing and eventually dropping out of high school caused his concerned mother to ship him off to New Orleans to stay with his cousin Alec Lomami in the hope that he could steer him back on to the straight and narrow.
Lomami (nowadays producer and Immaculate Records label owner) averted Well#39; focus to music as a means to channel his feelings of angst and isolation. In 2010 the two of them began work in earnest on Well#39; debut, marking the turning point for him.
As always, on his forth-coming album Well#39; music deftly walks the tricky balance between niche underground and commercial mainstream drawing on styles that range from breast-beating braggadocio through to quiet, moody introspection. "My music is like me, sometimes it's serious, sometimes it's playful, sometimes it's happy, sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's meaningful and sometimes it's meaningless," Well$ describes his swinging pendulum of musical expressions, always true to his realest self.
Fatherhood is one of many subjects that Well$ touches on. The lead single Black Swan explores the life choices of a young woman affected by an absent father. Elsewhere, on Major Pain Well$ walks in the shoes if his own imperfect dad.
In Dreams of an Insomniac, Well$ stands on the edge of a cliff and meticulously lays out fears of flying - those pesky "what if" questions that keep him up at night."
"Before becoming a guitarist whose skills were in demand by Grammy-Winning artists, before his unique production ear was discovered, before his ability to teach complex musical concepts while imparting the historical and cultural impact of that music on his students was realized, and before his songwriting voice began to spread around the world, Stefan Kallander was a boy with a vision that seemed different than the others he was growing up around.
Tagged onto the end of the 1980's, Stefan Kallander was raised between the liberal west coast environment of Seattle, WA and Charlotte, NC in the conservative south. Kallander's musical intuition began to first materialize as a child in the back seat of a purple Dodge Caravan where the deep rhythm and unbounded energy of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin impressed on him what music should feel like. He started playing guitar as soon as he could, imitating the unreal power he felt in the music he was hearing. Stefan thirsted for further musical transcendence and found the surging sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As he dug through their catalog he discovered what specifically spoke to him, it was the Funk. Kallander discovered the Chili Peppers' idolized P-Funk and the door swung wide open. The energy, the flawless songwriting, soaring vocals, and tight, yet screaming guitars left him spellbound and with a realization of what he wanted to do with his life.
Kallander began performing at age 13 which led to the formation of various bands and then regional touring all before age 18. He was a standout young guitarist and upon receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music decided he would pursue formal music education. Berklee allowed for endless hours of uninterrupted practice and propelled Kallander into rehearsals and performances with his musical idols and funk legends George Clinton, Bernie Worrell and P-Funk guitar master Mike Hampton during his time in Boston. Kallander was recognized by this Funk royalty as not only a multifaceted guitar player with outstanding rhythm and lead chops but also a musical visionary whose voice should be heard.
Since returning to Charlotte, North Carolina, Kallander has become an integral part of the southern music space, called upon not only for his vivid and distinct guitar playing but also his groomed production ear and individual songwriting voice. He has been entrusted to contribute to various artists in the southeastern scene, most notably performances and recordings with Grammy-winning artists Kendra Foster and Anthony Hamilton. He is a founding member of the Charlotte powerhouse soul group The Queen's Guard feat. Blanche J and performs in the band of Prince's last saxophone player and protégé - Adrian Crutchfield. He has been able to play regularly at church after coming off consistent touring which led him back to a love of God he had never imagined, while at the same time he has become a go-to force of funk in the emerging Charlotte Rennaisance. All eyes should be on the south as there is some of the most intriguing music of our time coming forth from it. Stefan Kallander humbly lends his sound to that emergence."
Based in Charlotte, N.C., GRAMMY Nominated producer and artist Dae-Lee was introduced to the music industry in high school - in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia - where his style was influenced by music legends Timabaland, Pharrell and Missy Elliott. As a result, Dae-Lee's music is at its core hip-hop merged with various styles of music in a way that is intended to elevate listeners; to show a true picture of our God-intended purpose and value, and to start a dialogue on how to encourage those around us to live as their best, authentic selves. In addition to writing and performing, he has produced 95% of the five projects which he has released. Dae-Lee believes that we are better together and is working to use music and influence to help remove the chasms between people groups rooted in ignorance by being a bridge of patience and love.
Nige Hood is a performer-songwriter originally from Charlotte, NC. His self-developed style Folk Rap is an alternative mix of Hip Hop, Blues Rock and Soul Funk. NiGE HOOD brings a three-piece Folk Rap Band for his live shows, culminating in a style that blends more mainstream hip-hop traditions with folk rock and pop sounds. The charismatic frontman belts out smooth melodies "with a flare of funk and eloquent, tightly-spouted verses" (Triad City Beat). NiGE HOOD continues his performing throughout the country and will soon release a follow-up to his latest EP, "This Is Folk Rap"