ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

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ILLA GHEE – BROOKLYN RAP ARTIST

Illa Ghee is the future Boss of Da Bosses. Possessing a unique blend of hardcore lyrics to go along with a veteran’s delivery, and a street savvy flow, this BK native is poised for a quiet takeover. Born and raised in Brooklyn’s own Sumner Housing Projects (aka Sumnerville, aka Outta Bounds NYC), ILLA would make the smooth transition from street Pharmacist to rising MC stardom. After making a memorable appearance on Mobb Deep’s Hell On Earth LP (“Can’t Get Enough Of It”), GHEE had the misfortune of falling victim to the streets.

As a result of this untimely encounter with the law, Illa had to do a 7-year bid in VA, and postpone his spot as BK’s next boss. Upon his release in 2002, Illa picked up right where he left off before his incarceration. He recorded at a break neck pace and, found himself being placed in DJ Kay Slay’s “Best of Freestyles” top ten for his “3 Million Freestyle”. Soon after, Ghee recorded “Medicine Rap” featuring Prodigy of Mobb Deep. The song made it’s way onto DJ Kay Slay’s Street Sweepers Vol. 5 edition mixtape. After the Street Sweepers mixtape flooded the streets, Illa Ghee appeared on Mobb Deep’s LandSpeed released “Free Agents” Mixtape, which sold over 650,000 copies. Still unsigned but working at a feverish pace, Illa Ghee managed to appear on DJ Big Mike’s West Coast Mixtape, Mobb Deep’s Murda Muzik Soundtrack, DJ Mello’s Chemical Files Mixtape, P-Cutta’s Street Wars 12 Mixtape, DJ Premier’s Step Ya Game Up Mixtape, DJ Onpoint’s Exclusive Radio Mixtape Vol. 1, DJ Kay Slay’s Street Sweepers Protect Ya Neck Mixtape, and the Payola Bros. Street Beef Vol. 8. Unfazed by the industry politics that began to follow him because of his Mobb Deep affiliation, Illa Ghee kept working and his hard work finally paid off. World famous hip hop producer The Alchemist, tapped Illa Ghee to appear alongside himself, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Nina Sky on the bangin street anthem “Hold U Down”. Armed with just his lyrical talent and veteran work ethic, Illa Ghee spit one of the hottest verses of the year (“For all da niggaz I war for/blow da 44 for) and, made a name for himself by holding his own with the other heavyweights on the song. He raised the bar for other up and coming unsigned artists by appearing on a Top 40 radio hit, receiving over 200 BDS Spins per week, and having a video airing on BET’s Rap City and MTV2. With the help of his Production Company Mixtape Merchants Ent., Illa Ghee has completed 6 highly acclaimed street mixtapes. Body Music, The DJ Pistol Pete hosted “Best Known Secret”, “Closed Session” mixtape featuring Prodigy of Mobb Deep. New York Crunk, 

Today in 2018 ILLA has diversified his talents by executive producing a 2nd season of a new urban street drama series entitled “New York Minute” while working on his latest album Suede Cigarettes soon to be released on Affluent / Orchard / Sony.

Check out for the new singles “GRIPPED UP” & “IMPORTANTE” Coming Soon. 

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TAYE JOHNSON – R&B POP SOUL SINGER 

I’m a soul singer, first and foremost, everything I sing and write about is me, it’s what I feel, what I’m going through or something I’ve experienced, but my music itself is considered pop, modern-retro-pop-r&b .

Small town boy big city dreams. Oxford, North Carolina-born singer Taye Johnson, has known since the early age of six his voice was special. A God given skill he is using now, forging his way to soon sit comfortably among contemporary stars, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Aloe Blacc and Leon Bridges.

Raised in a modest upbringing, single mother home with his brothers and sisters, family has always been important to Taye, which is why leaving them behind in pursuit of becoming famous was his ultimate sacrifice. With no money, no job, and no contacts, Taye was prepared to fail if he had to, risking it all, he moved to Brooklyn, New York because as Taye puts it.

At the end of the day, you have to be who you were made to be, bottom line. Taye’s move from small laid back town to hustle and bustle big city wasn’t the smoothest transition, but after many failed auditions his persistence ultimately landed him in front of MTV’s  Making The Band reality show vocal coach, Ankha Ra. I was a wreck , Taye recalls. Taye watched the other singers go up with their prepared music to sing and be critiqued, when finally he was up, he had no music, just took a deep breath, stood up and sang So High , by John Legend, accapella. The whole room fell silent. Then, Ankh Ra s voice broke through: Excellent! .

Since then, Taye’s found his stride, signing a recording contract with Yebo Music Group and completing his soon to be released, first fully-realized project, produced by Alex Suarez formerly of Cobra Starship. Taye’s yet to be titled booming pop debut is a masterful blend of old-school soul, heavily influenced by some of the great musicians he grew up listening to, Ottis Redding,James Brown, Sam Cooke, Al Green, Prince, mixed with a new-school flare Taye is carving into his own eclectic lane.

Play with My Heart , the lead track from Taye’s debut is an uptempo, fun, Motown-era, timeless, classic pop song, with a modern groove featured in the Kelly Reichardt film, Certain Women, starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart. Also heard on the project are gems like Famous , his upbeat reggae-flavored jam and What You Do To Me , the fast paced, pop, rock & roll, get you on your feet record. ! With this debut, Taye is taking us on a journey through his sound, pushing boundaries, experimentally bold, and dead-set on becoming famously one of today’s brightest new talents.  https://tayejohnsonblog.wordpress.com/

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 RAY LANI WEB PICRAY LANI – ARTIST – SONGWRITER – MUSICIAN

The music industry is by far one of the most competitive fields to work in. Everyday millions of people with a dream embark onto their journeys of wins and losses. Its difficult because those that win gain a paradise of fame, wealth and success which in turn becomes a legacy. For so many artists with a dream, that industry swim upstream is way too much for them to endure. It takes more than a hot song to make it in the industry these days. It also takes more than talent more than a passion to succeed.Today we applaud an incredible person by the name of RAY LANI. Ray is a true New York story that epitomizes the inspiration we all look for in our lives. Ray Lani was born and raised in an old school Italian neighborhood in the Bronx, New York City. Times were different than and music was exactly the top career choice. Yet having discovered his rockabilly/rock/gospel/country style at an early age. This epiphany has enabled Lani to sustain a career writing songs in the industry for over 55 years with indie success. https://raylanisite.wordpress.com/

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 DON RAY MAD  – ITALIAN DJ * PRODUCER

Don Ray Mad recently signed a new distribution deal for his Italian house music label imprint Big Bull Records. Don Ray is an accredited DJ & Producer whom is partially responsible for the progressive music movement that has taken over the night life world in Europe.

Working out of his own recording studio, http://madrecordinstudio.it/ in Bergamo, Italy Don Ray has been active previously releasing several singles thru his imprint at other distributors, but today he has risen to a new level signing with American Digital Label AFFLUENT RECORDS / ORCHARD / SONY.

Affluent will distribute Don Ray’s new singles and will expand into working his music into licensing opportunities. “Don Ray is very talented and his ability to put out music fluidly is exactly what we were looking for, I am very happy to welcome him to the Affluent family” says label CEO Oscar Sanchez. Check out the new track “BABY ALL THE BEST TO ME” in stores 4-24-2017 “BABY ALL THE BEST TO ME” Big Bull / Affluent / Orchard / Sony

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