Curtis Stewart (born November 26, 1983), better known by his stage name Kidd Kidd (formerly known as Nutt Da Kidd), is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was one of the first members of Lil Wayne’s label imprint, Young Money Entertainment, as a part of Southern hip hop group Sqad Up. In 2004, disputes between members of the group would cause them to eventually disband. In 2011, Kidd Kidd signed a record deal with 50 Cent’s label imprint G-Unit Records and subsequently in 2014, he joined the newly reformed East Coast hip hop group, G-Unit. In 2015, he was chosen as part of XXL Magazine’s annual Freshman Class.
Kidd Kidd was discovered by American hip hop recording artist Lil Wayne, while rapping on a street corner in New Orleans. Kidd Kidd went on to sign a recording contract with Wayne’s record label imprint, Young Money Entertainment. He joined the label as a member of Southern hip hop group Squad Up, alongside fellow New Orleans-based rappers, Gudda Gudda and T-Streets. The group would ultimately disband and leave Young Money in 2004, due to disputes between members. Kidd Kidd would later rejoin the label and make an appearance on Lil Wayne’s 2008 hit single “Mrs. Officer”, however after not appearing in the video, Kidd Kidd severed ties with Wayne once again.
In June 2011, two weeks after meeting New York City-based rapper 50 Cent, Kidd Kidd was shot six times. In July 2011, it was announced Kidd Kidd secured a recording contract with 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records. 50 Cent empathized with Kidd Kidd’s situation, reminiscent to his own shooting in 2000, and instead of walking away much like Columbia Records did to him, 50 Cent chose to help Kidd Kidd. He has gone on to appear on numerous 50 Cent’s projects, such as The Big 10 (2011), The Lost Tape (2012) and 5 (Murder by Numbers) (2012). After being prominently featured on 50 Cent’s fifth album Animal Ambition, which was released in June 2014, Kidd Kidd was added to the East Coast hip hop group named G-Unit.
On June 12, 2011, Kidd Kidd was attacked and shot six times while sitting in a vehicle, outside his mothers home in New Orleans. Two masked men ambushed the car he was sitting in, firing 36 shots into the vehicle.
Troy Ave, taken the name of the block he grew up on in Brooklyn, has been buzzing in New York since 2006. Bringing heat in the form of hype songs with real lyrics this high energy MC got music made by and for the streets. Never apologetic, Troy Ave’s attitude and demeanor is direct and without effort, unlike those who have created a gimmick. He raps what he lives.
After seeing a friend get caught up on a serious charge that he himself narrowly escaped, he figured it was best to take his talents off the streets and into the studio, especially after seeing an average rapper from his neighborhood make $100,000, he knew that if someone without talent could make it then he definitely had a chance.
In 2003 he heard 50 Cent’s first album and was inspired to pick up the mic, since then he’s dropped four mixtapes which he sold over 70,000 copies of right out his trunk. In fact his music has been so hot on the streets that he’s the first unsigned rapper out of New York to get bootlegged. His biggest influences include the aforementioned 50 Cent, Master P, Lil’ Flip, Young Jeezy and the late, great Notorious B.I.G.
With a cinematic sound that paints a vivid picture, Troy Ave’s music is autobiographical and he hopes to turn his hobby into a profession where can build and add on. Starting with “Major Without a Deal” through “Troy Ave is the Future” and “I’m In Traffick” and now his latest effort, “Bricks In My Backpack”, Troy Ave has been creating his own distribution in corner stores, liquor stores, and further cementing his place in the streets as the person to go to for that gettin’ money music.
It’s almost impossible hearing a party being advertised without the name ZJ Liquid attached to it. The in-demand disc jockey, who plies his trade on ZIP 103FM, has made quite a name for himself over the last seven years. Not only as a disc jock, but recently he has been heating up the airwaves as an artiste. From creating slangs (‘Yu zee it’) to having a gut feeling of the ‘next big thing’ (Mavado among others), ZJ Liquid seems to have his ear to the street. All this, he said, comes naturally because of his love for music. “This is just me. What you hear on the radio and see on-stage is just me. Mi love mi music,” he said.
Liquid, born Michael Brissett, has several credits to his name. He has produced a number of rhythms (‘Slow Bounce’, ’12 Gauge’, ‘French Vanilla’, Pre Release among them), for which he signed distribution deals through VP Records, and recently revived his deejaying aspirations. His first official single was Dweet Girl, produced by veteran deejay Delly Ranks this was followed by Party Hard, a Don Corleon production and his biggest hit to date Wifey Walk Out for Seanizzle. “Anything I do, I do it seriously,”Liquid responded when asked about a deejaying career. “Liquid is a very focused youth.”
His focus, and value, appeared to have impressed liquor company Red Stripe (Diageo Jamaica), as they signed him to a three-year deal 2009. He was integral to the launching of the now popular Smirnoff Dream Weekend Negril series in 2009 as their only exclusive DJ for a plethora over 4 days .Music piqued Liquid’s interest while he was attending Cornwall College in Montego Bay. With popular entertainment spot Pier One at his disposal, he would experiment with all genres of music. He became so good, he started playing at the venue on Friday nights. Liquid said this was a key stage of his development, as the demographic of the patrons ensured he was exposed to all musical genres. “You have a lot of tourists, so you can’t just go there and play dancehall, you have to be able to cater to your audience which in this case although appreciated authentic Jamaican music, still wanted familiarity through hip hop, R&B, alternative pop and Soca” he pointed out. His first radio experience came at HOT 102, when it was based in Montego Bay, where he played as part of the duo, DJ Lippo and Master Wayne. This was another key step, as he was faced with making the transition from selector to a radio personality.”I used to play after Barry G (Jamaica’s most respected DJ in th 80s and early 90s) , so I use to go early and watch him and learn some things from him,” he said. His radio training continued when he joined ZIP at its inception in2002. He did voice training with broadcaster Fae Ellington and former program director Judith Bodley who, he said, stressed the importance of self-analyzing. In his 10 year tenure at the radio station, Liquid was voted the most popular ‘ZIP jock’ by listeners 2006 (inception of the award program), 2007-2010).
Liquid pointed out that as the station has grown in popularity, so has he. Amongst this recognition he has also received Radio Personality of the year (2009) – Youth View Awards (equivalent to the US Teen Choice Awards); 2010 and 2012 Disc Jock of the Year – Youth View Awards; 2010, 2011 and 2012 Disc Jock of the Year –Music Industry Achievers Award; 2012 Disc Jock of the Year- The JamaicaSTAR Awards (Jamaica’s most popular print media); 2010 Best international Selector of the Year- South Florida Awards. Liquid has travelled across the world to North and Central America,
Canada, England, other Caribbean Islands and Dubai. He continues to build his appeal and connectivity by keeping up with technology and touching fans through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram., and his newly launched website.
Christopher “Broadway” Romero
Founder & CEO – B Way Creative Studios
Chris “Broadway” Romero has always had a vision for himself. Growing up in Prince George’s county, Maryland, he discovered his passion at an early age, and has aggressively pursued his career in the visual arts field since then. Dedicating years to his artistic craft, he understands just how important a visual is. That’s why as founder and CEO of B Way Creative Studios, he sees things differently.
Broadway is responsible for directing and producing with a team that includes everything from Music Videos, 3D Animation, PreViz, VFX, Documentaries, Films, Short Films, Websites, Albums, Mixtapes—all key elements in a connected, growing media empire. “From shooting on DSLR or red cam to doing motion capture for animated characters, our team grinds it out all day to give the client the ultimate in creative and technical direction and production – art that you can feel, see, hear, and share,” says Broadway, who holds a degree in Imaging and Digital Art from the University of Maryland. With a well-rounded background, Broadway combines his unique knowledge of animation, gaming, the internet, and the music business to advance B Way Creative Studios.
For over 15 years, Broadway has built up a reputation as the go-to guy for animation in the Hip-Hop digital space. Having worked as part of a core art team for a large gaming company back in the 90s, he acquired skills that would later come in handy. Broadway made the transition into the Hip-Hop industry, as part of the art team that introduced thesource.com to the digital world, and his directorial debut in music videos with Big Pun’s “How We Roll.” He has recently come full circle by animating and directing hologram virtual performances for deceased rappers Eazy E and Ol Dirty Bastard at the Rock the Bells hip hop festival.
“I didn’t even understand how important it was for me to be where I was at the time. At the time, there were major advancements being made in animation. This was around the time Pixar had blown up, and imaging was something that very few people in Hip-Hop were up on. I decided to start my own company and really go full steam ahead,” he remembers. Broadway soon linked with 50 Cent and G-Unit, where he became instrumental in the development of the highly successful thisis50.com. Using his digital arts talent and understanding of the culture to creatively move the musical genre forward, he went on to produce and direct the animated video for G Unit’s “My Buddy.” As Hip-Hop videos were suffering from a lack of originality, animation provided a new creative avenue, and Broadway was at the forefront.
At B Way Creative, Broadway is applying his expertise to a creative studio like no other, and relying on his eye for visual perfection to bring brands, celebrities, and products to life. Says Broadway, “The fact that we are creating everything about the client, from their videos to their websites to their social accounts. We want every piece to feel like a living extension of the client, so we make sure the details are right.” “People want that authentic flavor, and once we give it to them, they will truly own the experience.”
Gyptian’s best known hits include “Hold Yuh”, “Nah Let Go”, “Wine Slow”, “Serious Times”, “Mama”, “Beautiful Lady”, “I Can Feel Your Pain”, “Love Against The Wall” and “She’s My Lady”.
Born to a Seventh-day Adventist mother and Rastafarian father, Edwards received his musical calling at the age of seven, when he began singing in the church. Recognizing his talent, his parents introduced him to Mr. Wong, a record producer from Portmore, St. Catherine. “I did not take it seriously,” said Edwards “My family members have always been carrying me to Portmore to see him, but I usually disappear. One day, they dropped me off at his studio and left me and it all began there.”
Under the guidance of Mr. Wong and Earl Chinna Smith, Gyptian honed his sound, winning the 2004 Star Search talent competition at Kens Wild Flower Lounge in Portmore, earning him a spot at Sting 2004, dubbed the ‘greatest one night reggae show on earth’.
The singer earned his nickname from his habit of tying a shirt around his head and twisting his chin hair like an Egyptianpharaoh. In 2005, he scored two hits, “Is There A Place” on the Seasons Riddim and “Serious Times”.
Nominated for Best New Entertainer at the 2006 International Reggae and World Music Awards, the singer has been dominating the Jamaician charts with hits including “Is There a Place”, “Beautiful Lady”, and the chart-topping ballad, “Mama, Don’t Cry”.
On 12 September 2004, Gyptian released his first album on VP Records. On 12 December 2007, Gyptian, while in New York, shot themusic video, directed by Rhona Fox, for his new single, “I Can Feel Your Pain” (Cloud Nine Riddim) Produced by Jon FX. The song was the first to be confirmed to appear on his album I Can Feel Your Pain, which was released in 2008.
2010 and crossover success
As of the end of May 2010, his single “Hold Yuh” had peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 33 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, number 6 on the Billboard Heatseekers Songs Chart and had been at the top of the Reggae Digital Songs chart for nine consecutive weeks.
In June, the song re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually reached a new peak of 77 on that chart, number 3 on the Heatseekers Songs chart, 31 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, 63 on the Radio Songs chart and an astonishing peak of 28 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40, capitalizing it crossover success. The song also peaked at number 1 on the Dancehall/Reggae fusion Charts of the Jamaica Weekly Music Charts for two consecutive weeks. In Canada it peaked at #69 on the Canadian Hot 100. The official remix for the song features rapper Nicki Minaj. It spent 29 weeks on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart and 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
Gyptian had further chart success with his album Hold Yuh, which reached number 2 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart. The title track, “Hold Yuh”, became a multi-chart hit worldwide. According to Billboard magazine, “not since Wayne Wonder’s “No Letting Go” has an underground reggae artist garnered as much attention in the United States as Jamaica’s own Gyptian.”
In October 2012 he released the SLR EP, which included three tracks from his forthcoming Sex, Love & Reggae album. Sex, Love & Reggae was released in October 2013 and entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number one.
BLAK RYNO BIOGRAPHY:
Jamaican Dancehall deejay Blak Ryno was born on December 1984, Portmore, Jamaica. His real name Romaine Anderson who grew up in Waterford and attended school at Bridgeport High. Black Ryno always remained positive despite the negativity around him. Ryno used to preform his music talent in high school. It wasn’t until he was around 16 years of age when he joined up with a Seven man group called the East Side. From then his love for music continued. Blak Ryno knew he had to make a big decision with his career after he left school, either work or sing. He choose the impossible task to become a DeeJay in Jamaicans competitive music industry hoping to come out on top.
As time past Black Ryno wanted to advance his singing ability, so he contacted one of his close friends who was a DJ in the local Waterford area. He had asked if he could get in contact with Jamaican superstar “Vybz Kartel” and show him what he can bring to the table. Lucky for Ryno he got the chance to preform in front of Vybz the following month and executed his voice and rhythm. Addi Palmer aka Vybz really liked what he saw. Though Vybz wanted to make sure if Ryno was right for the job by bringing him to a studio with a very experienced old school DeeJay. He had given the thumbs up and told vybz he should sign him because he is right for the job. From that moment on he entered the very powerful “Portmore Empire” camp.
Ryno knew instantly that he needed his own style to stand out in the industry. He had to bring something to the table that you wouldn’t normally hear in the Dancehall music industry. He would had to prove himself before Vybz would bring him in under his wing. As time progressed his voice not only changed for the best, but his unique flow was the missing link in what the industry needed. From the moment he was able to prefect his talent things started falling on his lap. His first ever recorded single was Shelle-le-le off of the Siren Riddim in 2005 that got a lot of buzz on the streets. Once talk got out that Ryno has potential to become a new superstar, major artist in the industry started to keep an eye on him.
With all of Rynos hard work by proving himself in the competitive market paid off. In 2007 one of the hottest DeeJay inJamaica Vybz Kartel signed him officially under the “Portmore Empire”Adidijaheim Records where he would become Vybz Kartel right hand man. Vybz was able to send Ryno across the Caribbean to places like Barbados and Guadeloupe to get him used to live preforming. Ryno preformed as far as France and Switzerland with a very large crowd. Soon enough Blak Ryno came out with videos and was able to be put on some of the most popular riddims that where out in the past couple of years. Some of his hit songs where Bike Back, Bawl Out and Money Haffi Mek.
As the Portmore Empire was growing tension started rise. Black Ryno decided to leave the empire and go on his own. This put a dent in the Gaza Camp because Ryno was second in command to Vybz Kartel and contributed just more than music. Ryno told a popular Jamaican radio station “Mi a leave the Empire...” and still claims that he still keeps in contact with most of the members from Gaza.
Blak Ryno is now a free agent and continues on his own to get back to where he was. Ryno has grown mentally in the industry and keeps staying on the positive side and moving away the negative vibes.
Once in a while Dancehall is revitalised with new life, its audience embraces that talent and out of it a new genre of entertainment is born Chi ching ching Born Radion Tashaman Beckford on 19th September 1982 in St Mary, Jamaica to Herbert Beckford and Kathleen Edie, Chi Ching Ching was raised by his father in New Kingston, where he also attended school. As an Adolescent he was not too popular with the ladies, “I was very lanky and poor, Girls were interested in the boys who had money and wore expensive clothes and bag”. He found his escapism through music and his solace in dancing, at the end of the school day he would enjoy nothing more than to go home, put on the radio and dance.
Artists like… buju banton , bounty killer, beenie man who inspired his love for music. His passion of music opened up imaginable possibilities for great accomplishments as an entertainer and one day becoming a household name. In 2003 the family moved to Golden Spring, St Andrew and Chi Ching Ching set about making those dreams a reality. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION, CUT…. With Dancehall’s pop culture of video-recorded Street Dances, the world took notice of Jamaican residential party nights. DVDs of Dances such as Early Mondays, Passa Passa, Weddy Weddy, Dutty Fridaze and Hot Monday became the homing ground for newcomers to showcase their talent and potentially become the most sort-after Dancehall Entertainer. CHI CHING CHING…. soon became a popular face and at that time was more familiarly known as All Star.
His unique way of standing out soon made patrons and most importantly videographers pay attention and Chi Ching Ching was among others, highlighted as the main feature of these Street Dances. “I would come to the Dance with mi carpet and roll it out and Dance.”
The name CHI-CHING-CHING was born when he started creating slangs mostly comical and very catchy. Children started adopted those slangs and everywhere he went the children in the communities would be like chi ching ching. My Shoes Are Pointing In Many Different Directions… There is no set rule in Entertainment, no boundaries and Chi Ching Ching soon set his talents on other musical journeys.
He began work with Big League Productions and voiced the hit song, “Lock Pon Di Ting”. Credible artists took note and soon requested collaborations with the witted tongue entertainer. His collaborations with Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Bling Dawg and Tony Matterhorn initiated the catalyst needed to start work on his debut album, a goal soon in the finishing stages of completion. His second release, ‘Popcorn Pop’, has also been well received and he is currently working on the video for it. 2008 has been a busy year for Chi Ching Ching, with his talents crossing the Atlantic to the UK and shows in Canada, USA and most of the Caribbean islands, he has many shows scheduled over the coming year in both Japan and Europe. He has also received many trophies ranging from ‘Best Entertainer’ to ‘Outstanding Contribution in Dancehall’, “I love the fact that I am recognized, I always wanted to make something of myself and i can say carrying the red carpet has finally paid off . from nothing to something.”
More recently, he has become the face of Magnum Tonic Wine on a huge island-wide promotional tour in Jamaica. Giving magnum the slang CRICK CRICK CRICK every time I pop ah magnum cap I hear CRICK CRICK CRICK Everyday We Party…. Chi Ching Ching is without doubt the result of a success story that many authors write about in fiction, yet still gives those who have dreams a hope that they may come true. He has achieved when many has said he would not, has changed the thinking of many disbelievers and continues to work hard to not be catergorized by one thing, he is all things entertainment, an artist in all sense of the word…
The Dancehall has been the focal point for Chi Ching Ching’s successful career and it is here that you can see and hear him in all his entirety taking the mic and aerating the dance with lyrics like “Chi Ching Ching”, “It Ain’t No Knife And Fork And Kitchen Ting Ah Diamond And Pearls And Richin’ Ting”, “Hennessey Gets Me Out Of Any Situation”, “Everyday”, and “The Cut”, which he always ends along with his distinctive image of jewelled encrusted grills an extensive and exaggerated CHHHIIIINNNGGGG!!!
Born August 7th, 1979, SupaHype multifaceted career began as a disc jockey for a sound system called PowerPlay Disco. In 1997 he became a member of Essence Disco, developed his talent as a mic man and discjockey and began to freelance his skill under the name DJ Superman. In late 2000 or early 2001 he became a member of the infamous Code Red Disco and played alongside the likes of DJ Rush and Master Lee whom he states set the platform for his career as ‘SupaHype’. During this time, the opportunity to become a VJ for one of Jamaica’s Entertainment station – RETV, as a result the name SupaHype catapulted into almost every household in Jamaica. His career as an artiste began with the notorious tune “Welcome to Norbrook” – A comical parody of Junior Gong’s hit ‘Welcome to Jamrock”- which hit the charts in late 2005, earning him the right to be labeled an International Artiste with airplay in Kingston, Miami, London and Japan. Immediately afterwards he released another parody, this time of Baby Cham’s fabulous “Ghetto Story” which pushed his career even further.
As a young producer, he began working with artistes such as Busy Signal, Ice Cold, Flava Unit and Colly C. In 2006 SupaHype produced and released his first Riddim titled SMASH, which tore up the charts with hits such as Tony Matterhorn’s “Dutty Wine”, Busy Signal’s “Lu Lu Lu” and T.O.K’s “Haters”. Under the label Hyperactive Entertainment, he produced other tracks such as Cool Runnings, Supernatural, Hypertension and Paradise.
Working as Hyperactive Entertainment, he has undertaken the development of other young and talented artistes in the industry. In December 2008 SupaHype and affiliate Bobby Tukaz together formed UPT-007 RECORDS. Already they have voiced a new hit from Ice Cold on their new dancehall rhythm ‘Javelin’, Gyptian and singing sensation Alaine on their reggae roots rhythm called ‘Sunshine’ and on that very same rhythm his new single titled ”Like You” featuring new artist Sue-Chin.
Sehso”, is a unique and signature phrase most commonly used by upcoming reggae sensation ‘Khago’. This phrase definitely sets him apart from the pack as he creates a style of his own. Born Ricardo Gayle, ‘Chicago’ also popularly known as ‘Cago or Khago’ is no stranger to the local music scene. In 2006 he placed third in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commissions annual Popular Song Contest with his entry “Only if you know” with which he also won best video. He re-entered the contest in 2007 with a song entitled ‘Been There’; the song is a very mellow lovers rock which expresses his emotions of gratitude and abundant love for a significant other who has stayed by his side through difficulties and while facing severe adversity.
The song received very favorable rotation on radio stations in Jamaica and the video has also been received a lot of attention. He has consistently been one of the crowd favorites at all the JCDC road shows and is greatly admired by the young people (especially the ladies) and he has delivered superbly during the school tours organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. At the end of the competition he placed 2nd in the contest with the single “Been There”, produced by himself and Dillon Reid. Khago has not considered this a loss, but as a growing process. He has since then been focusing on taking his career to the next step as a professional recording artist bent on delivering uplifting and entertaining music to the world.
He has also worked with popular producers such as Marlon Young, Sly and Robbie, and has done combinations with well known artist Paul Elliot and the single “lonely” with cousin Little Hero. His song “Caan Cool, Caan Quench” on the one drop rhythm has been a definite crowd favorite. More recently his infectious “Nah Sell Out” another favorite has been receiving heavy rotation on local radio stations. Khago says his interest and began at age of 16 and the passion deepened as years went by. He cites Mr.Vegas and Spragga Benz as his greatest influences in the music industry. He says he really admires Vegas’ sing jay style.
Khago’s career under the guidance of his manager Bankylous is expected to skyrocket for sure. Bankylous brings a wealth of experience to the game , having managed top acts such as Lady Patra , Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killa, Richie Stephens, Mad Cobra and L.U.S.T. With this powerhouse in his corner, Khago will no doubt succeed as a top class singer, and is definitely ready to infiltrate Jamaica and the rest of the world.
Listeners can look out for more of Khago’s music. New singles include “Daddy From You Gone”, “Love Stomach”, “Fresh N Clean”, White T’s and Adidas, Up Hill Climb, Granny Teachings and the very popular “Nah Sell out”. One thing is certain and that is whoever you are, you will always find a Khago song you can relate to.
My journey started in South Florida, born to Jamaican parents and at a young age was instilled with the true value of hard-work and discipline. These core values are who I am today and I strive not to be the best entertainer but to show the world my work in which I do thy duty that is best and leave unto the lord the rest. My popularity started from the grass-roots being on the local Caribbean scene in South Florida and running one of the best dance crews, “Caution” the dancehall and hip hop world has ever seen. The dance element allowed me to showcase my dancing skills on a large scale and exhibit for many large acts including Trina, Elephant Man, Mavado, and Beenie Man to name a few. I was always a fashionista and incorporate that with traveling for big shows as a dancer people would frequently ask, “Man who are you?” and request to have their picture taken with I. The musical talents were inhibited at that time because I was so engulfed in dancing and fashion styling, but it was just a matter of time. My time came in 2010 with the release of my first acclaimed single, “Shoes Off” which became one of the top “riddims” and dub-plates in the reggae dancehall world and gained the attention of some of the biggest Reggae artists for their own remixes such as Mr. Vegas, Swagga, I-Octane, & Elephant Man.
My talents have been sprinkled all over Florida, New York, Jamaica, the UK, Haiti, and the Cayman Islands to name a few and soon to every square inch of the world. I am the new Jamaican Pop Star that cannot be categorized as one sound because I make music for all genres. My newest debut single, “Hollywood” produced by Izy beats and featuring David Lyn has recently launched and the music video and song has taken off exponentially. This new dynamic sound can be played in every venue and I foresee a billboard spot in the near future. I am currently in the works to release my first EP, which will feature songs with the likes of Grammy Nominated artist Pleasure P, Soup Scudda, former writer/producer Christina Aguilera, Cotterel to name a few. The word is out and 2014 will be a busy year to say the least.