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  • Babygrande Signs Atlanta's Drako, Premieres First Single "Watch Me Do It"

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    Drako, the rising 24 year-old Atlanta artist, grew up in a household where drug and alcohol abuse permeated all aspects of his existence. From a young age, Drako was in-and-out of juvenile detention, as he became involved in drug dealing and robberies in order to support his siblings. In order to escape the hardships of life, music became Drako’s therapy, and he moved around his neighborhood rapping for any audience he could find. He was recruited to join a group called 138, and through his experiences with the group, he knew that he wanted to rap professionally. It wasn’t long before Drako went solo, capitalizing on his talent by dropping a mixtape every week. His persistence earned the attention of local radio and club DJs around Atlanta. However in order to maintain his musical output and support his family, Drako continued to hustle and commit robberies which led to a massive roadblock in his career. Drako was arrested and spent over a decade in and out of prison.

    Released from prison in 2015, Drako moved to West Atlanta and once again focused on music. Word spread fast and through a network of friends and fans Drako’s music hit the radar of the 15 year-old seminal record label, Babygrande Records. Babygrande tracked Drako’s recordings for almost a year, and as a final test of Drako’s skill the label invited him to share a SXSW stage with Ugly God, Peewee Longway and others. No one in the Texas audience had ever heard of him or his music, but by the second song, Drako had The Mohawk venue TURNT UP!

    Realizing Drako’s presence was undeniable, Babygrande signed him on the spot. In 2017, Drako and Babygrande plan to unleash multiple singles and videos, the first of which is the Yoksta (Future, Ralo, OJ Da Juiceman) produced banger “Watch Me Do It.”

    Check out the single Below:

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    More info on Drako on HIPHOPDX

    posted in Babygrande Music
  • Babygrande Signs The Burn Unit, Premieres First Single

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    PLEASE WELCOME THE BURN UNIT TO THE BABYGRANDE TEAM

    Smoke DZA, Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy Announce Collaborative Album with Statik Selektah, Release First Single “How Many?”

    Three of hip-hop’s most prominent high-rollers – Smoke DZA, Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy – have come together for a joint project entitled The Burn Unit, produced entirely by super-producer Statik Selektah whose long list of credits include Nas, Eminem, 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Jadakiss, and Ab-Soul, just to name a few. Scheduled for a release later this year via Babygrande Records, The Burn Unit is a celebration of the tightly-wrapped union between hip-hop and cannabis culture.

    “How Many?” the soulful lead single from The Burn Unit, which premiered via HipHopDX, is a marijuana marathon in itself. Over a melodic sample-driven beat, DZA, Trade and Roddy question how quickly they can burn through pounds of indulgent strains while simultaneously paying homage to their favorite herbal remedy.

    CHECK OUT "HOW MANY?" BELOW:

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    PURCHASE / STREAM “HOW MANY?” ON iTUNES, APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY, AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY: https://fanlink.to/ptd

    ABOUT SMOKE DZA

    Amassing a loyal fan base, Smoke DZA has been blazing trails for many years with his elevated brand of medically blessed lyricism. His loyal social media following continues to grow each day alongside his impressive grass roots movement. DZA hails from Harlem and is the son of two Guyanese immigrants. After dropping out of high school to pursue a music career, DZA began battle rapping. DZA was ultimately discovered by Jonny Shipes of Cinematic Music Group in 2002. He went on to ghostwrite for numerous artists including, Sean Kingston and Hi-Tek. His past albums/mixtapes have included: George Kush Da Button, Rolling Stoned, Rugby Thompson, K.O.N.Y, and a collaborative EP with Curren$y.

    His 2011 album Rolling Stoned was awarded the High Times- Doobie Award for Hip-Hop Album of the Year. DZA has recorded with Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, and various other artists in recent years. Smoke DZA is also the founder of R.F.C. Music Group on which he released his 2014 group album The Outsiders via its partnership with iHipHop Distribution. In 2016, he released the critically acclaimed collaborative album Don’t Smoke Rock, with legendary produce Pete Rock. Don’t Smoke Rock features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Styles P, Mac Miller, Royce Da 5’9”, Dave East, and more, and is in stores worldwide via Babygrande Records.

    ABOUT TRADEMARK DA SKYDIVER

    Trademark Da Skydiver was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He was introduced to hip-hop when he was eight years old by an older cousin who brought back a variety of music from his travels in the Navy. His cousin exposed him to all types of hip-hop including the Wu-Tang Clan. Two of Trademark’s childhood friends were the rappers Curren$y and Young Roddy. Early on in his career, a mutual friend brought Trademark into a studio session and Curren$y was there. Curren$y got him to appear on a friend’s mixtape and from there, they both realized that their styles meshed well and continued to work in tandem on a variety of projects. Soon after that studio day, they formed Jet Life.

    Jet Life grew to include (at different points) Trademark Da Skydiver, Curren$y, Young Roddy, Corner Boy P, T.Y., Fiend, Street Wiz, Marygold, and producers Monsta Beatz. Trademark played a prominent role in the conception and execution of Jet Life’s Jet World Order series which were both released via Jet Life’s partnership with iHipHop Distribution. Throughout the years, Trademark has become renowned for his Super Villain album series alongside his two albums released under his alter-ego Flamingo Barnes. Following a nationwide tour on the Smokers Club, Trademark Da Skydiver released his latest solo album Return of the Super Villain to acclaim in December 2014. In 2016, Trademark joined Young Roddy on the collaborative album Family Business which featured Kevin Gates, Cozz, Smoke DZA, Mick Jenkins, and more.

    ABOUT YOUNG RODDY

    A New Orleans native, Roddy was an avid basketball player and aspired to play professionally. After Hurricane Katrina, Roddy remained in his hometown though his mother left for Texas. Roddy began to freestyle in ciphers with his friends, but he never looked at rapping as a serious profession. However Roddy’s friends were impressed by his skills, and encouraged him to continue to pursue music. Roddy was eventually goaded into visiting a studio when his cousin told him that Young Money’s artists would be recording in the same space. Roddy would go on to meet Curren$y at that time. After hearing Roddy freestyle, Curren$y asked Roddy to join a new group that he was assembling and the two began to collaborate. Since then, Roddy has released a slew of projects including his Good Sense mixtape series and he has worked wi**th everyone from Styles P to Juvenile. He released his debut album The Kenner Loop in December 2015 via GOOD$ENSE / iHipHop Distribution, and followed up in 2016 with his collaborative album Family Business alongside Trademark Da Skydiver

    ABOUT STATIK SELEKTAH

    Statik Selektah is widely regarded as one of the torch bearers of boom-bap production. Initially rising to prominence in the Boston hip-hop scene, Statik became one of the most sought-after producers in the underground, eventually earning the attention of regarded artists and labels like Nas and G-Unit based on his self-promoted collaborations. In 2009, after releasing two studio albums featuring artists such as Q-Tip, Jadakiss, Styles P, Redman, AZ, Cormega, and Royce Da 5’9”, Statik’s profile grew further when he released All In A Day’s Work, a collaborative album with Saigon, recorded in a single day and for which the recording process was streamed online, making it the first of its kind. Statik has gone on to create three other collaborative records in a 24-hour period; The Evening News (2010, with Termanology), Statik-Free (2011, with Freeway), and Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away (2011, with Freddie Gibbs). Statik Selelktah has also released collaborative projects with Action Bronson, Jarad Evans, and KXNG Crooked (of Slaughterhouse), while further producing eight separate studio albums. Statik’s credits are a proverbial who’s who list on hip-hop artists including Nas, Eminem, 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Jadakiss, and Ab-Soul, among many others. He is also the host of ShowOff Radio on Eminem’s Sirius XM station Shade45

    posted in Babygrande Music

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