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YUNG RO

The midwest has produced hip hop artists that radiate a unique
dominance such as Nelly and Kayne West. The music industry has been
affected by a near collapsed economy. Unless you have a major pushing
you with full steam it is difficult to establish and maintain a
supportive fan audience. A teen rap entertainer, by the name of YUNG
RO, from St. Louis is combating the odds by strengthen his business
foundation.  This young grinder is CEO of Black Pearl
Entertainment(BPEnt) a 16 year company based in downtown St.Louis
which umbrellas a tattoo palor, a recording studio, and a youth
awareness foundation Runway2Empowerment. With keen business ethics and
a diverse ethnicity, he has achieved many national accomplishments
that some majors have yet to achieve. Yung Ro has charted Billboard
Music Charts twice on four separate charts (Hip Hop, International, &
Single Sales). His music has been in rotation on national FM stations
giving him a BDS rating that indies wish. He’s been reviewed in
national publications such as RightOn, Ozone, Radio-One Frequency, and
even appeared on BET Rap City at age 15. What sets him apart is that
he is generation X of a successful movement, therefore is father
instilled the elements that made YUNG RO the mogul he is today. He
father,Roland Page Sr, originally pushed his son to pursue a
basketball career however Ro passion for music over powered his
athleticism.  Roland Sr a famous tattoo artist exposed his son to the
likes of NELLY, Spice One, JKwon, Brand Nubian, and many more. It was
only a matter of time that YUNG RO would be influence by the lyrical
craft of Hip Hop. Recently the teen entertainer won a St. Louis
history five awards at the Radio=One Traffic Music Awards and two
awards at the HotList Awards. Whats amazing is that he did it
consecutively for 2010 and 2011. YUNG RO is not waiting to get a major
deal he is pursuing the road to wealth by capitalizing off
endorsements and download royalties. Ro recent mixtape “Raw Like
Sushi” presented by Caost2Coast/Datpiff received over 580,000
downloads/listens. This is only the beginning for the rapper and he is
reaching his networking hand out to those who have the same
motivation. For the more 411 on YUNG RO go to www.itsmyurls.com/yungro

 NEW HIT SINGLE: BROWSE 

Pikahsso AwkQuarius Jones 

Pikahsso Music

VERB BRAInNEwPHUNk

Peonidas The Black Leonidas From 300

Pikahsso, is an American Hip Hop artist fromDallas, Texas who grew up in South Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Lincoln High School where he sang bass in the choir, and began to develop his skill through vocals and visuals which shaped his stage name. He later attended the Dallas branch of the Columbia School of Broadcasting (now defunct) in the late 1980s.


Jones was a member of the hip hop group Dysphunkshunal, which also recorded introductions for segments such as the Skip Murphy Morning Show on K104 in the mid-1990s. He later signed to Idol Records[1] from 2006-2008 as a member of the group PPT. He has worked alongside music producer Symbolyc One (S1), who has co-produced tracks for Beyonce and Kanye West, and who is also a member of the group Strange Fruit Project.[2] Jones and his label mates released the video for “Down South Girl” that featured Strange Fruit Project in 2006, which was also produced by S1. Jones was also featured in Symbolyc One’s Music Box album as well as hip hop producer Erotic D’s The Black Bruce Willis, which was released in late 2008.[3][4]

He, along with then group PPT, created the 2006 Dallas Mavericks playoffs theme song “Roudy, Loud, and Proud” shooting the video at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, which was announced by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.[5] The song was performed during the playoffs.[6] The group has been featured in SPIN Magazine,[7] and was recognized as best Rap/Hip-Hop group by Dallas Observer in 2007.[8] The group mutually split up due to irreconcilable differences in mid 2008.[9]

Jones is currently a member of the Hip Hop duo AwkQuarius based in Dallas, Texas. He also co-owns the production company WhackPiktures with close friend and AwkQuarius member Walter Archey III, who goes by the stage name Tahiti.[10] AwkQuarius was the opening act for the taping of a Showtime Network special featuring Paul Mooney.[11]

The hip hop duo created the Fat Albert N the Hood YouTube cartoon series, in which Giant Magazine describes as “a 180 from the original”. The series gained exposure from the likes of drummer Questlove from the group The Roots, and rapper Q-Tip.[12]

Jones was a show co-host for Questlove along with hip hop artist Bavu Blakes.[13] He has been a frequent subject in the Dallas Observer,[14] and continues his work on upcoming music projects.

LEVERT II

The mid 80’s and 90’s were great years for R&B/Soul music and produced some of the most beloved and talented male groups. And during that time, one of the most successful and endearing powerhouses was the R&B trio LeVert. Formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1984, LeVert was a dominant force on the music charts and created a successful blueprint for urban male groups. The trio’s formula of combining soulful ballads and up-tempo beats with catchy hooks produced a dynamic catalog of music to be enjoyed for many years to come.

The original group was comprised of Gerald and Sean LeVert, the sons of O’Jays founder Eddie LeVert, and lifelong friend Marc Gordon. The trio was a popular mainstay on urban radio delivering a string of popular records such as I Get Hot, Bloodline, The Big Throwdown, Just Coolin’, Rope a Dope Style, For Real Tho’ and Whole Scenario. LeVert racked up hit singles such as “(Pop Pop Pop) Goes My Mind,” “Casanova,” “Baby I’m Ready,” “Addicted to You,” and “Just Coolin” featuring Heavy D.

Growing up Marc and Gerald always knew that music was their destiny. They spent long days and sleepless nights in the basement writing songs, recording and practicing dance moves. Gerald’s younger brother Sean soon developed the same passion and joined the group.

But LeVert’s road to stardom was not paved with industry hook-ups or doors that magically opened because of the LeVert name. Instead, they were often met with resistance and skepticism. Although frustrated at times they remained focused and fought hard for the opportunity to live their dream. And in time all of the pieces fell into place. Atlantic Records signed them to a record deal and the industry soon took notice. They were confident that if given the opportunity the music would speak for itself. And it did – over and over again.

The duo continued to turn heads and formed Trevel Productions in 1987. Gerald and Marc went on to produce and develop other successful recording artists like the Rude Boys and Men at Large. Whether churning out hits for LeVert or creating hot tracks for other artists Gerald and Marc had the midas touch.

For more than 10 years, LeVert followed the beat of its own drum and left a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of R&B/Soul music lovers across the world. But in 1995, group members decided to pursue individual opportunities. Gerald went on to conquer the music industry as a successful solo artist, songwriter and producer. He also transitioned into acting and landed guest appearances on top rated television shows such as The Jamie Foxx Show and The Parkers.

Marc relocated to Los Angeles and continued a career in music production and writing. He worked with a variety of successful recording artists such as IMX, Marques Houston and Musiq SoulChild. Sean also pursued a solo career and often performed with both his father and brother. He added actor to his resume and appeared in several inspirational stage plays such as “Casino,” “The Man I Used to Be,” and “Will a Real Man Stand Up. “ However, they still yearned to reunite and give their loyal fans more music.

But before a LeVert reunion could be fulfilled tragedy struck. On November 10, 2006, the music world lost a timeless voice with the death of Gerald Levert. With heavy hearts Marc and Sean picked up the pieces and focused on the future. “I know exactly what Gerald would have wanted us to do. So, we’re moving forward in a positive direction with a positive attitude. I know that Gerald is both pleased and proud of us,” stated Sean.

LEVERT II

So, with the blessing of patriach Eddie Levert, Marc and Sean formed LEVERT II and went back into the studio. After diligently searching to find a third member who possessed all of the right qualities, Sean and Marc were soon joined by new member Blaq Rose and their chemistry was undeniable. A talented singer, songwriter and producer in his own right, Blaq Rose has worked with some of the top names in the music industry including Dr. Dre, K-Ci and JoJo, Anthony Hamilton and Christina Milian. With a renewed since of purpose LEVERT II began creating new music. Sean, Marc & Blaq Rose hunkered down in the studio and the lyrics and harmonies began to flow.

Appropriately entitled DEDICATION, the project was originally intended to be a tribute to Gerald however before its completion life would deal another devastating blow with the death of Sean Levert on March 30, 2008. “I was really excited when we got back together to start working on a LeVert reunion album because it was long overdue,” said Marc. “The last few years have been very difficult and we’ve endured heartache that mere words can’t describe. We’re going forward the way that we all do in life and in the way that our brothers would have wanted us to,” Marc added.

DEDICATION is the debut CD from LEVERT II and will be released on December 6, 2011 as a joint venture between KES Record Group and 9311 Entertainment Group. The posthumous project is a blend of soulful ballads like “Anywhere,” “Cold Blooded,” “Understand You,” “Superman,” the Reverbnation.com Top-Ten hit “Superstar” and “My Brotha” featuring Sean Levert, Jr. Now, more than ever before, Marc and Blaq Rose are committed to honoring the legacies of their fallen brothers and have dedicated the upcoming release to them both. The current singles “What A Woman” featuring the legendary O’Jays and “Hey Love’ are impacting airplay and generating a strong buzz among industry insiders.

According to Marc, “DEDICATION is a true labor of love. Getting to this point has been a long and painful journey. But we’re rejoicing in the moment and looking forward to the future.” For more information on LEVERT II, log onto http://www.Levert2.com or http://www.facebook.com/Levert2.

The mid 80’s and 90’s were great years for R&B/Soul music and produced some of the most beloved and talented male groups. And during that time, one of the most successful and endearing powerhouses was the R&B trio LeVert. Formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1984, LeVert was a dominant force on the music charts and created a successful blueprint for urban male groups. The trio’s formula of combining soulful ballads and up-tempo beats with catchy hooks produced a dynamic catalog of music to be enjoyed for many years to come.

The original group was comprised of Gerald and Sean LeVert, the sons of O’Jays founder Eddie LeVert, and lifelong friend Marc Gordon. The trio was a popular mainstay on urban radio delivering a string of popular records such as I Get Hot, Bloodline, The Big Throwdown, Just Coolin’, Rope a Dope Style, For Real Tho’ and Whole Scenario. LeVert racked up hit singles such as “(Pop Pop Pop) Goes My Mind,” “Casanova,” “Baby I’m Ready,” “Addicted to You,” and “Just Coolin” featuring Heavy D.

Growing up Marc and Gerald always knew that music was their destiny. They spent long days and sleepless nights in the basement writing songs, recording and practicing dance moves. Gerald’s younger brother Sean soon developed the same passion and joined the group.

But LeVert’s road to stardom was not paved with industry hook-ups or doors that magically opened because of the LeVert name. Instead, they were often met with resistance and skepticism. Although frustrated at times they remained focused and fought hard for the opportunity to live their dream. And in time all of the pieces fell into place. Atlantic Records signed them to a record deal and the industry soon took notice. They were confident that if given the opportunity the music would speak for itself. And it did – over and over again.

The duo continued to turn heads and formed Trevel Productions in 1987. Gerald and Marc went on to produce and develop other successful recording artists like the Rude Boys and Men at Large. Whether churning out hits for LeVert or creating hot tracks for other artists Gerald and Marc had the midas touch.

For more than 10 years, LeVert followed the beat of its own drum and left a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of R&B/Soul music lovers across the world. But in 1995, group members decided to pursue individual opportunities. Gerald went on to conquer the music industry as a successful solo artist, songwriter and producer. He also transitioned into acting and landed guest appearances on top rated television shows such as The Jamie Foxx Show and The Parkers.

Marc relocated to Los Angeles and continued a career in music production and writing. He worked with a variety of successful recording artists such as IMX, Marques Houston and Musiq SoulChild. Sean also pursued a solo career and often performed with both his father and brother. He added actor to his resume and appeared in several inspirational stage plays such as “Casino,” “The Man I Used to Be,” and “Will a Real Man Stand Up. “ However, they still yearned to reunite and give their loyal fans more music.

But before a LeVert reunion could be fulfilled tragedy struck. On November 10, 2006, the music world lost a timeless voice with the death of Gerald Levert. With heavy hearts Marc and Sean picked up the pieces and focused on the future. “I know exactly what Gerald would have wanted us to do. So, we’re moving forward in a positive direction with a positive attitude. I know that Gerald is both pleased and proud of us,” stated Sean.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

R&B Group LEVERT II Set to Release Debut CD Dedication December 6th

(Chicago, IL/Miami, FL – December 3, 2011) – Chicago-based imprints KES Record Group and KES Music & Distribution have inked a joint venture deal with 9311 Entertainment Group. Their first project will be the release of Dedication, the debut CD from new R&B group LEVERT II available now on iTunes and in stores on December 6, 2011.

Dedication will be distributed nationally by KES Music & Video Distribution and marketed by National Marketing Advertising and Promotion Service, a division of KES Networks.

Dedication is a posthumous release and tribute to the legacies of both Gerald & Sean Levert. In 2007, Sean Levert reunited with LeVert co-founder Marc Gordon and formed LEVERT II. They eagerly began recording with new group member Blaq Rose but before the project’s completion, Sean passed away in 2008. With heavy hearts Gordon and Blaq Rose picked up the pieces and saw the project to completion.

Gordon states, “As CEO of 9311 Entertainment Group, the label home of LEVERT II, I’m very excited for the opportunity to partner with Karvin Johnson and the KES family. I’m grateful for his Team’s belief in us and commitment to helping bring this project to light. Sean was very proud of this music.”

Founded in the early 1980’s, LeVert was originally comprised of Gerald and Sean Levert, the sons of O’Jays founder Eddie Levert, and lifelong friend Marc Gordon. The popular trio dominated the R&B scene and Billboard charts with popular hits such as “(Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind,” “Casanova,” “Baby I’m Ready,” and “Just Coolin’ ” featuring Heavy D. The original members of LeVert pursued a reunion in mid-2000, but those dreams ended with the death of Gerald in 2006.

While staying true to the successful R&B blueprint created by their chart-topping predecessor, LEVERT II delivers a powerful record with old school vibes and fresh new school elements. The group’s current singles “What A Woman” featuring the legendary O’Jays and “Hey Love” are generating strong buzzes among industry insiders and impacting radio across the country. Dedication will also feature touching tributes from Camryn Levert and Sean Levert, Jr.

“This project is a true labor of love. Getting to this point has been a long and painful journey. But we’re rejoicing in the moment and looking forward to the future,” says Gordon. For more information about LEVERT II, please visit the official web site at www.Levert2.com or www.facebook.com/Levert2.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Sabrina Russ – 9311 Entertainment Group
P: (772) 226-0794 / (305) 848-5594
E: TheRussAgency@gmail.com

SOUL IV REAL

NEW JOINT FROM SOUL IV REAL: SUN COME UP

NEW FOOTAGE FROM SOUL IV REAL

MR. STEVE KELLY

Artist Bio

Steve Kelly Began his professional career at the tender age of 14, traveling in and out of state with a well known local band. At age 16, his first professional recording session was in the home of legendary jazz musician George Benson. At 19, he began touring with the R&B singer, Ronnie Dyson. He landed a gig as the Musical Director of the European leg of the Broadway production of “Hair”. He’s played every major venue, form Carnegie-Hall to Madison Sq. Garden, Appearing on The Grammy’s, Good Morning America, The Joan Rivers Show, etc. He has appeared in endorsements for Kramer, Di Domenico, Casio, as well as Yamaha guitars. He has toured/played with the best: Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Cobham, Joe, Stephanie Mills, James Ingram, Jonathan Butler, Ashford & Simpson, Patti LaBelle, Morris Day, Luther Vandross, Wayman Tisdale,etc., and as Lead Guitarist for Whitney Houston, 7 x’s around the world. Engineer/Musician/Songwriter/Vocalist Steve Kelly. Smooth Jazz/R&B/Rock/Pop: A Master guitarist.

Carlton Wade

Highly motivated, creative and trendsetting, Carlton Wade is a seasoned veteran in Hip Hop journalism with more than 13 years of experience in media and public relations. Beginning his career in the late 1990s as an eager college student at the University of Southern Mississippi, Wade got his feet wet in the field of journalism during his senior year as a freelance writer for now-defunct Los Angeles-based Rap Sheet and New York-based The Source and XXL magazines. At Rap Sheet, he penned some of the most insightful features, cover story articles and music reviews on such notable Southern-based rap acts as the Geto Boys, Devin the Dude, Outkast and Eightball and MJG. After college graduation, Wade accepted a job as a general assignment reporter for the Delta Democrat Times newspaper in Greenville, Miss. During his stint at the local daily, he would moonlight as a freelance writer for magazines such as Rap Pages, Blaze and Beat Down. His big break came in 1999 when he was asked to write his first feature story for The Source on the history of New Orleans-based rap subgenre bounce music. And over the next few years, he would be called upon to contribute to several other national publications including urban men’s magazine King, Vibe and now-defunct producer/DJ mag Scratch, for which he wrote the cover story on mixtape king DJ Drama. In addition, Wade also writes press releases and artist biographies for national record labels Atlantic Records, Asylum, and Sony. After years of putting in work, Wade became the first Southern Correspondent for The Source in 2002. Over the next four years at his post, he developed story ideas, expanded the magazine’s Off the Radar section to include up-and-coming independent artists (which is still in place today) including then-unsigned Paul Wall and Chamillionaire, Mike Jones and Slim Thug as well as wrote many of the magazine’s most unforgettable cover stories on Lil Jon, Trick Daddy, T.I. and legendary Southern rap duo UGK. At the same time, Wade served as editor-in-chief of Atlanta-based urban lifestyle magazine GRIP. At this post, he was responsible for overseeing editorial content as well as setting up photo shoots, managing a team of editors, photographers and freelance writers. Most recently, Wade wrote cover story articles for The Source on Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy and controversial Miami rapper Rick Ross. In addition, he has teamed up with music entrepreneur Jack Frost for the first documentary on the history and evolution of Southern Hip Hop entitled The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South.

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