World reknown HipHop/R&B/Dancehall club/radio specialist, DJ Mesta is also responsible for breaking the Reggaeton music trend in Italy where he now lives and spins.
Born in Torino, Italy Dj Mesta began his music career at the age of 12 breakdancing and bodypopping. By 1989 he was a Dj, his Djing included clubs and mixtapes, in fact he pioneered the mixtape in Italy.
As his reputation grew he started promoting Hip Hop and R'nB
club nights throughout his country. The Italian music scene begun to appear small, so in 1993 he moved to London.
His talents as a Dj were quickly recognised and he was soon Djing for the UK Hip Hop group Bloodhoundz (Da Rezidenz). He then set up Money Game Entertainment, while working as a freelance record distributor and promoting records or looking after acts for Hardzone Promotions.
Spinning at gigs across London Mesta teamed-up with top Hip Hop Djs like Kofi (DMC UK champ) and Shortee Blitz (Kiss fm/Rawkus).
He opened nights for established international acts such us The Roots,
Djing alongside Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) and Derek B.
He established himself as a major UK tape-master and was soon selling mixtapes and Djing throughout Europe.
In 1997 Dj Mesta started a HNC course in Radio Production and Broadcasting which enabled him to think seriously about a career in broadcasting. Shortly after starting the course he began working for the Italian radio station Station One as UK correspondent. He also had a mix-show on Bristol station Passion fm and London Unique fm, while writing for AL, Italy's number one Hip Hop magazine and freelancing for various publications such as Echoes, the worldâ€™s largest black music weekly.
Tired of being based outside Italy, around 1998 Dj Mesta decided to strengthen the connection with his native country by booking tours for UK acts such as 57th Dynasty, promoting records and, of course, Djing. By the end of 1999 came the final decision: he decided to move back home with the ambition of becoming the top Italian connection for Urban music world-wide.
After managing Palazium - a night club based in Torino with a capacity of 500 - and promoting live PA's featuring US Hip Hop pioneers like Doug E Fresh and Masta Ace, Dj Mesta has launched the Money Game Record Pool and now heads digital distribution service mp3mixtape.com leading a new trend in the music biz.
Come 2006, Mesta is "killing" Italy's clubland Djing all-over the country, doing no less than 3 clubs per week with growing residencies in Torino.
He is still busy on the international club scene landing gigs so far as the Amman, Jordan where he djed this past February. Among the many legendary European parties, Mesta djed in @ the official Midem 2003 Urban party (Cannes, France) in honor of Rocafella's Jay Z and ending up spinning records for rapper Coolio. Mesta also teamed up with Italian rapper Rawl MC to launch the Freestyle Arena tour, the 1st ever freestyle rap contest touching down Italy's 20 regions.
Dj Mesta is currently producing & hosting Full Blast - a daily Hip Hop/RnB/Dancehall & Reggaeton specialist radio show broadcasting Monday to Friday on Radio Flash 97.6 Torino, Italy.
Full Blast features all new, upfront and exclusive material to an audience of mainly students as well as providing a unique interaction & sinergy with the music industry worldwide. Full Blast led to the Full Blast Mixshow, another radio show entirely mixed. Broadcasting first on Hitchannel and now on RTL TV 102.5 - the Full Blast mixshow is also syndacated worldwide.
Mixing records and producing beats for over 10 years, Dj Mesta has shown consistent skilful originality. He has developed a unique sound based on simplistic techniques, good taste and innovative skills. Drafted as the the one & only Tech.Nition in Italy, Dj Mesta is now the first Italian
member of the Bumsquad DJz (USA) founded by Latin Prince (TVT) and hosting established talents such us Dj Kazzanova â€“ one of reggaeton top DJ worldwide.
A&R @ the newborn Selecta/Motivo, Dj Mesta has released Selecta Mixtape vol 1 â€“ the first ever â€œlegalâ€ mixtape in Italy featuring newcomers & established artists such as Mr Vegas, Elephant Man, KRS One, Lumidee & Pitbull.
One of the first European Hip Hop DJs to play & produce Reggaeton, Dj Mesta is once again at the forefront positioning himself as the #1 Italian connection for a wordlwide Urban industry.
Red Hook native Stash lives in the greatest hip hop breeding ground on the planet, Brooklyn. Tha Hook, Bed-Stuy & Fort Greene are the offices where Stash (Andre Smith) lives the experiences he describes with passion in his chosen art of rap. Stash has an aggressive delivery and his lyrics portray tales of hardship and sometimes dark circumstances. The first full length CD entitled "The Butcher" gives you a glimpse of an ever-evolving command of the story telling skill, the harsh poetry of the street we call rap is represented in a variety of forms from fun to fury.
Showtime - ABG! (Bullie Gang):
This is Don Won aka Showtime, aks, The midwest flamespitta! Dis track is my hit single, " Go Hard Or Go Home." It is really buzzin because of my ongoing beef with Cali rapper, The Game. I ripped him on stage and he ran out the Club." Go Hard or Go Home!"
Jimmy Chocolate... one of Pitbull hype men, is the energy the party needs-some what like a Busta Rhymes. Rap skills of 50 and the styles of Ludacris. Coming out of MIAMI Jimmy has made nosie with the big dogs and now in the studio with the producers that gave you Pitbull, Pretty Ricky and Ric Ross. This kid is crazy, get ready.
Grand Daddy I.U.:
HIP HOP VET WITH OVER 10 YEARS EXPERIENCE AS A RAPPER AND PRODUCER. LOTS OF OLD SCHOOL CLASSIC UNDER HIS BELT. HIS MUSIC IS HARD AND SMOOTH AT THE SAME TIME.
With the rise of Latin superstars breaking down the door of Hip-Hop it's no surprise that Ms. Havana has entered the room. A Miami native, she has been performing and recording for ten years. Rooted in Latin music, Havana's first taste of success comes with the release of her album "HOW MUCH YOU WANT ME" (2000) for Heat Music. The single "HOW MUCH YOU WANT ME", reached #11 on Billboard's top 100 rap singles. Other notables include; the single "Sleep Tight" was featured on Fox Network primetime T.V. series Dark Angel, "FLUSH" episode (2000) and the single "I'LL DIE FOR U" on the Source Youth Compilation album (2002). Spawning on the scene like a quiet hurricane, Havana refuses to leave any stones unturned, commanding the attention of all who even dare to ignore. She navigates through her music with unlimited boundaries and unconditional passion. Havana's latest project is merely an open book into her life. You can expect to hear enticing lyrics, lots of energy, about love, about the nightlife and overall a boast of musical ideas.
Those that know him well call him a ... FORCE
Those that know of him call him ... INEXPLICABLE
Those that want to know him better call him ... MYSTIFYING
But once you hear his sound and experience his Hip Hop presence, you're going to call him ... ALMIGHTY!
Get Ready For the Hip Hop Juggernaut!
Born Scott Whitfield in Flushing, New York, Young Azzie was the younger of his mother's two boys. Young Azzie's brother took on the responsibility of being the male role model in the house. Being 10 years older then Young Azzie he did everything he could to mold Young Azzie into a man that would be aware of his environment and the changes that were needed to revitalize it. The vehicle was Hip Hop. Mesmerized and transfixed by the highly melodic style of music, Young Azzie developed a knack for putting words together and expressing his ideas.
At the pre-ripe and youthful age of 9 years old, he completed his first song. Young Azzie's mother worked long days to provide for her family and instilled a work ethic; a motivation in her sons to survive the quoted ghetto, the struggle! Following the example set by his brother, Young Azzie began doing odd jobs around the neighborhood as he watched his mother struggle to insure that her boys had a fair chance in life. Sadly however, "In the ghetto every one has to grow up fast." and Young Azzie found this out first hand when in 1996 his brother was stolen from his family by a street tragedy. That day Young Azzie became a man. That day he made the choice to be upright, unflinching, and to stand with conviction. He made the decision to be the example for others that his brother was to him. Realizing that he had to make things better for his mother Young Azzie, became even more determined to make his music known and appreciated.
Thus, after years of hard work and dedication, Young Azzie slowly began to let his style of flow be known. Performing in local clubs, talent shows, and other small venues, he started to build a name for himself. His fan base really began to expand however, when he hooked up with talent executive, Mdot Carter (CEO - Triple F Unlimited) who introduced Young Azzie to the underground world of "Mix Tapes" and Hip Hop Battles, the doors started to open for Young Azzie. Traveling as far as Las Vegas and San Diego with Carter and Triple F, Young Azzie realized that his infectious sound is indeed a forced to be dealt with. He lets his songs speak on his pain, his struggle, his environment.
Streetz n Young Deuce:
Streetz n Young Deuces getting radio play in all major US markets as well as sirius and XM radio. www.streetznyoungdeuces.com "Streetz n Young Deuces, The reason the midwest should never be slept on."
-The Source Magazine June 05
Dubbed the Harem King with roots hailing from India, Kakaty has catapulted himself into the hip hop spotlight. With a voice so ready and pure, Kakaty is capable of conveying both heartache and happiness in a single song. An intense lyricist, his emotional delivery reflects such passion and soul that his music has already won over numerous fans and he has aleady shared the stage with several big name performers such as Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Fat Joe to name a few. Kakaty is on a mission to be the next best thing for hip-hop. Kakaty was recently named as XPOZ Magazines "Best Overall Artists of the Year 2004.
St.Laz and Pottersfield:
St.Laz and Pottersfield is a group of hard spitting and superly determined rappers out of NYC...St.laz stands as the Premiere Artist of the group, as well as the super leader of the mission. St.Laz has chosen himself for the job,The ever so difficult job of bringing a classical level of creativity and substance back into this "eclectic" Hip-Hop culture we call the Rap Game, having his music "speak" to the people. Steady on his grind, St.Laz has graced an abundance of mix-tapes worldwide, recording a staggering 500 songs within 3 years, and also gaining an incredible team of talented in-house producers. He also had 4 professionally shot and directed music videos, and was also noted on MTV mixtape Mondays several times. St.Laz is truly here to elevate the music and bring back the consciousness that this rap game has lost.
This Flatbush, Brooklyn NY born goes by the name of Bo-Nasty easily flips rhymes between two styles. In his flow displays his Brooklyn up bringing which gives him his hardcore rhymes, all the while you can hear hints of his southern roots in his lyrical style, which makes his music appealing and characterized as Crunked/Party. His energy and delivery while performing on stage is like no other you will ever see.you'll have to see it to believe it!! This has gotten him the name "The Party Animal".
Bo-Nasty has created a household name on the NY underground circuit by performing at night clubs, Bars, Open Mics, etc. Where's there's a mic and people, you will most likely see Bo-Nasty displaying his talent. Bo-Nasty has released his hit single "Smacked Up", which has being getting radio on some top radio stations. DJ's all over love the single and are now putting it in there rotation.
Bo-Nasty is ready to take on the rap industry with his debut album, "Party Animal", under Redface Records. The album was executive produced by Godfrey"Redzzz" Lewis and include tracks from producers like Baby-G, B Ringe, Millz Millionz. The album promises to bring hits such as "Smacked up" for the streets and head bangers "Don't blame me" for the party crowd and "Bump this in your jeep" for the laid by in your ride moment. His single "Smacked up" is already making a buzz through out college radio and is sure to gain nation wide recognition.
Bo-Nasty thanks his dad for having an appreciation for music at such an early age. "I followed my dad around a lot when he would DJ at parties, playing artists such as Chuck Berry, Bob Marley, and James Brown. Music has always been apart of my life"
Kickdoe Ent. :
Kickdoe Ent. is a collection of talented artists that posses the talent and skills to set precedents in the music industry. Their lyrics and production can be compared to no other.
New style rap of music coming out of Tampa Fl, called Jook Muzik
Out of the state of michigan, IDENTICAL sounds like no other rap group out there.
ARTIST OUT OF ATLANTA THAT IS A FUTURE LEGEND IN THE MAKING. I CAN FLIP UP MY STYLE INTO R & B TYPE RAP THAT COMES OUT SOUNDING MELLOW AND SMOOTH.
D.N.P (short for Da Names Pook) is probably one of the most versitle artist of this era. His style is a style like none other, infact his style is not a style at all, it's LIFE in all aspects of the word. From his feelings, to his views, and everything he's been through. Thing he's seen and done. His music crosses a thin line between hip-hop, gangsta rap, dancehall reggae, underground, and spoken word. D.N.P has burned down such stages as: Longshots sportsbar in Plainville Club Pyramid in Hartford (now Uptown Vibes) CtNow.com's The Meadows (Roc-Da-Mic contest with Hot 93.7) Keney Park in Hartford Club Zone in Sringfield The Elk's Club in New Britain Sully's in Hartford C.C.S.U in New Britain (battle of the mc's) Streets Nightclub in New York Jackee's Blues Cafe in New Haven(Ill's Halloween Bash) G.I.R Showcase @ Jakee's Blues Cafe in New Haven
Check out the artist's website:
2. Ya Ready! (Go & Get That Paper!)
3. Go Hard Or Go Home (Game diss)
5. All For A Reason
6. The Right Place
7. Hatin On Me
8. mp3mixtape.com drop
10. So Fresh
11. Only In America
13. Shake That
14. You Know What It Is
15. Platinum Status
16. Smacked Up
17. Throwd (T.H.R.O.W.D)
18. Get Down
19. Money Makin MI
20. Get Ya Money