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The Trio Troubled Youth

@Zakk_lo @Piff_God @SpaidDaDon

Humble but confident about their abilities. Local but their music has a national appeal. Those two qualities in themselves will take them farther than most. That’s not even mentioning the representation they have backing them. Dre Wills is the owner of Immaculate 2020 which is a record label based in Atlanta, Georgia. Be on the lookout for the article about Wills himself sometime next week. You’d think Troubled Youth just started spittin’, but it’s the opposite actually.

“We’ve been rapping since our freshman year of high school, but we formed the group in 2009 after making the song “Naptown Music” over some random beat we found on the net. In 5 years, I plan to be making a steady income off of making music, whether underground or mainstream who knows,” said Zakk Lo.

Zakk Lo and Don Piff

Troubled Youth has a huge advantage over a lot of local talent because they are not even 21 yet, but straight killin’ it. Zakk Lo said,“We are trying to make a name for ourselves by not just making songs for Indianapolis but trying to make songs that will have national or global appeal.” As part of Team Spittage, they are coming up with a distinct sound.  Their complex but simple bars will have you stunned. “We aren’t trying to get stuck in the box of ‘wack’ Indianapolis rappers, we are trying to stand out as something different,” said Zakk Lo.

http://soundcloud.com/troubled_youth/give-me-something

Between the three of them, Dre Wills, and Ajene tha.God who you’ll hear on some tracks, these guys are blowin’ up. The beats they inherit along with their way of blessing the beat, the talent can’t be denied. These old souls won’t be local too long, though. Watch and see. Humble Don Piff said, “As long as one person likes what I put out and actually appreciates it for what it is, then I’m satisfied. In five years I hope to be alive, because tomorrow isn’t promised, but I wanna make a way with my music. 

http://soundcloud.com/troubled_youth

youtube.com/immaculate2020

youtube.com/troubledyouthtv

They capture the life of this generation of young people so well in the bars of every song. You can’t help but bob your head to the beat with them. “Sometimes we’ll be in the studio and Dre sends a beat and we come up with a concept and bless the beat,” Zakk Lo said. “Other times we might be just chillin listening to other music and an idea will spark and we’ll jot it down.”

According to Zakk Lo, “We decided to pursue this dream after hearing classic albums like Illmatic, It was Written, Ready to Die, Reasonable Doubt, the Infamous, etc. We wanted to make our own classics. Dre Wills provided us with a blueprint of how to record and write and we just ran with it.”

 

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“Shots” The Mixtape

@ThatBoiJA1988

“I decided to do this particular theme for my mixtape because alcohol is so strong in today’s society, JA said. ” Not only that but I am calling it that because people drink for many different reasons.  I believe that this mixtape  is so strong and based off of feelings and what goes on in my life, which is why I’m giving it to you”

The first time I heard JA, I couldn’t help but be in shock. He gave me cold chills as he put a beat on and spit a song from his phone. Just to give you a snap shot that this guy is different —His father is a pastor so God is his number 1. He writes like no other artist I’ve written about so far. He is a full time artist and student. He is often inspired to be different than everyone and that he is. He most definitely has that competitive edge/advantage. Check out the release of the mixtape on July 24! A new single drops tomorrow at 6 p.m. to give you all a lil’ taste! Also check out the guy who promotes JA so well: @DaTPrOmODuDe

He doesn’t write just one genre of music– he eats, breathes and sleeps music, not just hip hop or R&B. If you are expecting to hear from him what everyone else is saying, then you better not listen to it but if you do, you’re going to like it. The best music has messages and you’re going to get plenty of them from JA!

“My brother brought hip-hop into my life at an early age.  The first rapper that I ever heard was Notorious B.I.G.  The way he told his story and his message touched my heart from the beginning.  I wanted to tell my story just like he did.  No matter what anyone said or how they felt.”

“I have been rapping ever since I can remember. Maybe 6.  I love real hip-hop and music that has a message in it.  In five years I plan on being known all over the world,” said JA. “I want my music to inspire listeners and let them know  that everyone is special in their own way.  I want to be the face of the new generation and bring truth to hip-hop.  I want people to know that there is some positive rap and that everything doesn’t have to be negative.”

Everyone goes in and out of certain feelings. Sometimes it’s hard for us to capture how we feel because if we say it out loud, someone might look at us like we’re stupid. But that’s why music is so important to our culture. It captures feelings we relate to and we don’t have to say a word. That is why JA wrote these songs for his mixtape. Everyone of them is a different feeling and he is honestly inspired so often so you can expect the good music to keep on comin’.

http://ja.bandzoogle.com/ja.cfm

“When I write my music,  its usually based off of a particular feeling.  Because I am dedicated to making honest and real music, I put everything that deals with me into my music.  Everything has to have a message,” JA said. ” I think if I was to just write whatever came to my head it wouldn’t be good and it wouldn’t have any substance.  I am blessed to be able to write fast, so once I have a topic and know what I want to write, the process goes by very fast.”
 

 Loud Pack

Interview with Peter Haze and A.W. The Prezident

Anything that makes me nod my head is worth a listen to the lyrics. I listen to my music extra loud, always have. Shit, I’m actually about to get a system in the car so I can take my loudness with me. So I listened to these guys, chilled with them in the studio, and immediately got inspired by their grind. Needless to say, everything in that studio was loud. The sound in that mug can’t even be described–you just have to hear it.  And that’s not the only loud I’m talking about. That’s why they call ’em the Loud Pack.

Loud Pack

I took the time to get to know what inspired them to rap. They are in the early stages of making their brand known to the world, and their work ethic is phenomenal.  They don’t just sit around hoping to get a deal. They’re young and humble with big dreams. They believe in each other and themselves so they’ll make it. They work for a living too. That says a lot about their work ethic right there.

A.W. The Prezident

(@awtheprezident)

http://soundcloud.com/anthony-prezident-williams

“I AM THE PREZIDENT, that’s my brand. I’m branding myself like that because, one, I obviously look like him, and I’m just a young black man trying to make it where they say I can’t. Just like the real Obama did. I’m not super ghetto and I’m not covered in tattoos and I don’t adopt swag. That’s what the Prezident stands for.”

A.W. The Prezident

“When I was like 12, I didn’t have the most privileged life living in California and at one point lived in a church where I learned to play piano. I even started makin beats but then I stopped. Right before my father died he bought me a keyboard and after he died that’s when I said I was gonna make it in music.”

“Back when I lived in Cali I used to play the piano and make beats but all my homies rapped. Then one day they said I should start freestyling with them. I was about 15 then. In 5 years I hope to have a deal by then. I wanna be selling records and be on tours and doing shows and videos within five years. Shit, in five years I’ll be 30 so it’s crunch time!”

“I’m just promoting myself however I can whether it be online, in person or at clubs and stuff. I’ve even made t-shirts that have my twitter tag and logo on them. Right now I represent me cuz ain’t nobody gonna do it for me. Ya know?”

Peter Haze

(@Peter_Haze)

http://soundcloud.com/peter-haze1

“Really I’m just your average-everyday guy trying to make it doin’ what I love. I don’t know if I fit a ‘brand’ really. You might hear some lyrics that touch on social issues, you might hear some hood shit, you might hear some player shit. Just know that it’ll be brought to you in a way that will get your head nodding and your mind thinking.”

A.W. The Prezident and Peter Haze

“I first picked up a pen and put it to the paper about two years ago. In five years, I just want to be making a living making this music. I’ve always been a fan of hip hop/rap and I just didn’t like a lot of what was coming out and literally said ‘I can do better than this shit’ so I recorded four songs on my phone, played them for four or five people and they all said three out of the four songs were good. I figured was a good ratio so I kept  fuckin with it”

“Icon at City Dump Records (@citydumprecords) is a monster! It’s like he knows how I want it to sound without me telling him. I just let him do his thing and chime in on little tweaks. The first song I recorded with him was “Skitzo”. I almost shed a tear because it was the first time I actually heard what was in my head blastin’ through the studio. It was pretty much a milestone for me and I’ve been goin hard in the studio ever since.”

Nap Town’s Own City Dump Records
http://citydumprecords.com/

“It depends on the beat. I’ve found that I write songs depending on the mood the beat puts me in. That’s how you get songs like “Ridin”. I put the beat on repeat, light a blunt, close my eyes and picture myself ridin through the city at night, then I get songs like the track title, ‘Behind the Smoke Screen’ where I just had some real shit to get off my chest and it came spilling through the pen.”

Loud Pack Life