Shakeem Howard A.K.A “Debanaire 1 “is a multi-faceted music industry contributor. As both a recording artist and production engineer Debanaire has learned the importance of quality when it comes to sonic output. A recording artist for the past 8 years, the Fort Greene, Brooklyn native is currently working on his sophomore project titled Memoirs of A Troubled Gentleman. The follow up to Its My Turn, this latest project is said to be the perfect addition to his catalog as Debanaire is well regarded for his lyricism and embodiment of real Hip Hop.
“My goal is to change lives through the power of music.”
Aside from music, Debanaire is active in his community organizing sporting events and other activities aimed at empowering youth and promoting unity.
“I started rapping using action figures around the time I first heard Biggie spit. From then on I grew to respect Jay Z, Nas, and The Lox. After that I was hooked.”
Putting his craft first, Debanaire spends his time in the studio sacrificing vices and building towards a successful career one dope song at a time.
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A rapper hailing from the birthplace of Hip Hop (Bronx, NY) Joe Smizzy is what you would call a jack of all trades. A mechanic by day and ambitious contributor the culture by night Joe has been recording for the past 10 years and has begun to make the transition to being a solo act. Currently working on his B.R.O.K.E (Being Rich Off Killing Egos) mixtape Joe graced the stage at recent The Art of Muzic events. Collaborations with Hot Waterz, Geo The Rican and Mahogany in tow he is looking to build his network and heighten awareness of his brand. An eclectic ear, Joe has incorporated his love for classical music into the crafting of his own sound.
“I am a Pisces, I genuinely love music. I find myself listening to a lot of Mozart and Beethoven as well as a little bit of Bach here and there.”
His goal is to continue to paint pictures with his words, so watch Joe Smizzy work.
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Stage name Jayson Johnson, this upstart considers himself a “motivational” or “innovative” hip hop artist. In a time where trend following has become the yellow brick road it is a breath of fresh air to see someone want to create their own niche. Two years removed from his inception into the performance realm, the Smallword Records signee who hails from the Bronx is showing promise in his work ethic and looks to 2017 as a break out year for his brand. Intending to release his debut project Q5 Till Infinity, Jayson Johnson promises not to take his foot off of the gas hinting as plans to drop a follow up pretty soon thereafter. A champion for fellowship amongst artists, Jayson prides himself on his networking prowess. Inspired by Guru of Gangstarr (RIP) Jayson is looking to be legendary as he hopes to go from the choir to the main stage.
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Government name Gilbert Serrano but known professionally as Outa Karactr this New York bred rising MC is a well-rounded entertainer. As a video editor, songwriter and performing artist Outa Karactr has been pushing towards his goals for a little over half a decade to date. Groomed by upbringing which saw him reside in Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens Outa Karactr has mixed those elements into a well formulated brand of artistry which has him primed for more success. Currently curating his Close To the Concrete debut project, Outa Karactr is journeying into the solo realm having been a major contributor to the collective known as The Council appearing on What The Games Been Missing Parts 1 and 2. The Predator, and The 5th Element. Recently featured by The Artistry as well as Niteline Radio brands, one of his goals going forward is to attract more media as well as fan support.
Each moment that I am able to express myself musically I learn more about myself and am motivated to continue to grow.
The son of a wedding singer (his father), Outa Karactr has been genetically pre-disposed to creativity and is utilizing his brand as a vessel to create the change and focus on talent that he wants to see in today’s music business.
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With his moniker Q.U.E.S.T (Questioning until Everyone Speaks Truth) precedes him as a thought provoking introduction, this three year seasoned Hip Hop artist was born and raised in one of the highly touted areas of New York City- Queens, NY. Formerly a member of The Council, he is now working on two solo projects which are yet untitled. His I’m From Queens single features veteran emcee Royal Flush and newcomer Ismael Seda, raking in high praise from the Hip Hop community. Others on his list of collaborators include Tragedy Khadafi, Dro Pesci, L.I.F.E. Long and Prince Po. Wanted nothing more than to be recognized contributor, one who pushed the culture forward Q.U.E.S.T goes about putting the pieces of his career together meticulously. Managed by one of his biggest influencers Speak No Evil, Q.U.E.S.T takes risks and gambles on his talent, knowing the potential that he owns.
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