F.A.M. - IllyRap, Da Racketeer and Smoke

F.A.M. – IllyRap, Da Racketeer and Smoke

Jarel Worthington a.k.a. IllyRap is the owner of Illy Rap Recordings and a rapper in the F.A.M. crew. He is a songwriter and producer and made his radio debut with Stay Humble on 96.1 Kiss FM and has appeared on 88.7FM, The Edge. IllyRap has had his performance televised for Hot97's Spit Fire Live at Pseudo Stage Music and appears on numerous DJ Big Mike mixtapes.

Soweto Kinch

Soweto Kinch: Common Knowledge

Common knowledge is not at all common! Best known for his contribution to jazz, but relatively unknown in the world of hip-hop, Soweto Kinch is fighting an on going battle to be acknowledged by record emporiums as a hip-hop artist. Kinch is a modern day Jazz legend; he was the winner of the Mercury Music Prize for An Album of the Year 2003 and the MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act 2003.

Xzibit

Xzibit

Xzibit is a businessman. Impressively he has released an album every two years since his 1996 debut ‘At The Speed Of Life’. Since then, the West coast rapper has gone on to host Pimp My Ride whilst squeezing in a couple of movie roles along the way. Despite the allure of the film industry Xzibit has remained true to his Hip Hop roots and in 1999 he launched his own record label, Open Bar Entertainment.

Drydah - Dark From Day Mixtape Vol. 1 ft. Motley, Wrigz, Solja, Anai, Liqz, & O.G. (Lethal Alliance)

Drydah – Dark From Day Mixtape Vol. 1 ft. Motley, Wrigz, Solja, Anai, Liqz, & O.G. (Lethal Alliance)

I can easily see several top, 30 year old producers lying awake at night with clenched fists as age and experience are ripped apart by pure natural youth genius. Clearly all those music degrees and years of building a solid rep aren’t really worth it when some young ambitious twat does a bit of a skip and jump and lands at exactly the same spot in no time.

Rick Ross

Rick Ross

Rick Ross is known in the music industry as a man to come to if you need a hit. Just ask Too $hort, Bird Man, Daz Dillinger, R. Kelly, Snoop, and the host of other MC's that have requested his husky vocals on their tracks. Jay-Z signed him to Def Jam Records following a large bidding war with other big boys like Interscope and Atlantic Records.

Big Cakes

Big Cakes

Big Cakes takes no prisoners. The no nonsense rapper from Deptford doesn’t mince words and doesn’t suffer fools lightly. His music is food for thought: he combines reflective life observations with gritty story telling. His clever word play and sharp sense of humour all suggest that Big Cakes is one to watch for the future. His latest album S.K.I.M has been receiving rave reviews and it’s easy to see why.