If Florida is famous for one thing its HEAT, adding to the burning flames of the Sunshine state is entrepreneur, businessman, rapper and survivor FYE BOY. Straight out of Daytona Beach, FL, his personal story is both inspiring and remarkable.
Born in 1981 in a place called Madison Heights, at a time when turf wars and shoot outs were the norm, FYE BOY remembers sitting on his parent’s porch being surrounded by gunshots. Luckily his Mom had him at Church every Sunday and his father was a respected man of the community, he worked for the city and taught the young FYE BOY the value of hard work and perseverance.
At 19 years old he built a recording studio, started recording songs and set up Fire Boy entertainment as a promotions company, bringing established rap artists such as Lil’ Wayne, Hot Boys, Mystikal, Field Mob, Ying Yang Twins to Florida to perform.
A business mogul from a young age, it wasn’t long before FYE BOY started making money, he opened up a local convenience store and bought up property in his neighborhood. Things were looking very bright for FYE BOY alongside his burgeoning careers as promotions manager and retail store owner, he was an emerging College Football star with 230 tackles in his first High School season and the number one draft recruit, eventually scoring an NFL agent with offers from Universities around the country.
It was at this fateful age however that his life took a wrong turn, a story of misplaced trust, young love, being at the wrong place at the wrong time left FYE BOY caught in the mix of a drug raid and he was handed a four year sentence in state prison putting his life on hold.
Ever resourceful FYE BOY used his time to educate himself, he read books on the music industry, publishing, royalties, licensing. Upon his release at age 27, he kicked his Fire Boy entertainment into full gear – establishing his company as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Looking for sponsorship for a Florida tour – he began approaching various energy drink companies until he figured out he could do better himself – In 2012 FYE FIRE YOUR ENERGY drink was born – FYE BOY was involved in every aspect, from the ingredients, to the taste, to the packaging. As of today FYE Energy is in 400 stores in central Florida.
FYE BOY’s music can be currently heard on 10 commercials, his last record “Mr. Block” featuring Beanie Sigal hit 500 blogs with over 100,000 hits in less than 6 days, and he is currently working with artists like Rick Ross, French Montana and 2chainz.
The world is at FYE BOY’s feet – and the title his new single really says everything about his mission “GRIZZY GRIND” – Produced by Grammy nominated, 3x Platinum producer AYO the song is an anthem for 2014, slick and incredibly catchy, one listen to this joint and it stays in your head!
Here’s a great new visual and track from Jimmie Black and rapper Danny B out of Birmingham in the West Midlands. Nice use of acoustic sounds and live instrumentation make this a heavy production for Jimmie’s lush vocals to glide over. Feeling this track so much from the top to the bottom and it’s something that has started my week off with a smile. Jimmie Black is a very talented singer and songwriter for real, big thumbs up.
Blasfima Sinna is an Edinburgh based emcee, delivering another heavy track yet again. This single is taken from his ‘Capital Letters 2’ EP available here:
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Although released a little while back (October ’13) Vinny Knuckles hit Stix up here at HHLAT, requesting a review and we thought it only right to give it a write up! Tha Night Hawks are an MC/Producer duo hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, consisting of Charles Herron and Vinny Knuckles.
The project is entirely produced by the duo, and production has a definite 90’s feel to it, with some very nice samples and loops used throughout the project. Both members also step up to the mic throughout the project and the rhymes, delivery and flows are on point.
Throughout the album, the duo more than hold their own when rhyming with guests including Mista Spot (who drops a nice verse on personal favourite ‘Up Top)’, Sonny Cheeba (of Camp Lo) and Jillz amongst others.
There are some clever songs on here too, ‘Clip in The Glock’ is a rather un PC love song to the duos trusty firearms over a smoothed out 70’s style beat, and ‘Would Be a fool’ is reminiscent of some of Ghostface’s odes to the ladies. ‘Party Y’all’ has a very Wu-Tang -esque feel to it, and has a banging, horn lead beat, and ‘This Goes Out To You’, with its necksnapping drums and infectious guitar, is another standout track. As far as guest verses go, Jillz (who features on ‘Barz Son’) has my personal favourite on the album.
Overall, this is a solid project, with some really nice production. Although occasionally let down by some filler lyrics that don’t always fit the beat, the majority of the rhyming is tight, and there are some catchy hooks too. Dusty Crates and Empty Clips is one for fans of sample heavy, raw but soulful production and equally raw, but clever, rhymes, and is a successful homage to the 90s golden era.
You can download Tha Night Hawks – ‘Dusty Crates and Empty Clips’ NOW from
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‘S.O.U.T.H.B.L.E.S.S.E.D.A.N.T.H.E.M’ features a host of talent from South West UK Talent
Buggsy 0.53 @Bugnum1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_lCD…
Kahlil 1.48 @KahlilDubz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzruB…
Res 2.43 @Res_oner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqf-I…
Jinxsta Jx 3.36 @JinxstaJX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01qcl…
Kilaze 4.57 @kilaze85 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEOot…
Wish 5.51 @Wavey_Wish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhQFC…
Koast 6.45 @KoastMC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ5a5…
Sparkerboi 7.41 @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4eV3…
Filmed by @southblessed @jaygack & Dutty Bill
Fugitive 9, the 8 piece DIY crew from Norfolk, VA have been dropping insane content all year. Scoring production from Chad Hugo and features from Canibus and King Magnetic, their new album “Carbon Harbingers” destroys all notions of hiphop being dead. This insane video for “I of Eyes” takes you into the brutal moshpit reality that is Fugitive 9 live.
Stream and get the album “Carbon Harbingers” here