“I’m just a fresh sound. I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel, just putting my twist on it.”
Jarvis ‘Beat Beast’ Kibble is a prime example of what can be accomplished no matter where you come from or what your surroundings are. Born and raised in the Hiram Clarke neighborhood on the Southside of Houston, Texas, Jarvis’ works have transcended beyond his city and landed nationwide onto some of hip-hop’s most popular tracks. So far, Jarvis has produced music for artists such as Z-Ro, J-Dawg, Rick Ross, Mos Def, Gillie da Kid, Big Sean, and Kanye West to name a few.
Medieval Beatz officially became a business in 2006 when YE, CEO, figured he could save the entertainment industry with his creative beats and exclusive production skills. His older brother recognized his great talent for music and later decided to join forces with YE in 2009. Now, Medieval Beatz has many employees and business partners including John Allen of Team Too Freaky (TTF) Currently, Medieval Productions is located all over the state of Texas, but will be relocating its main office to New York this year.
“I remember when it was all about chasing down record labels, now it’s the labels chasing the artists down for a contract.”
Guy Brown is a talented and optimistic rap artist born in Washington D.C. and raised in Southern Maryland. His career began in 2009, after receiving inspiration from the positive energy around him, especially his producer and mentor. Guy is the chill, laidback type who enjoys partaking in his city’s sports scene in his spare time. He also enjoys playing basketball, detailing his car, and skateboarding. The skate park is usually where he likes to go and put on his headphones to create melodies, lyrics, and beats.
“I’m just here to find my lane and take off full steam ahead once in it.”
Straight out of Killeen, Texas is the talented Courtney ‘Duce’ Mitchell. An artist on the Breadwinner Music Group (BWMG) label, Duce has the heart and the team he needs to make major moves in the music industry. Duce’s career started off as a hobby with C. Stone and himself freestyling for fun, and quickly grew into something with enormous potential. Duce says, “We would do live freestyles imitating what DJ Screw originated and having fun rapping…we ended up putting all the songs on one CD for us to listen to, but once our peers heard it everyone wanted their own copy. That’s when I knew this was something I could do.” He knew that he wanted to pursue entertaining because he knew that it was something he could be successful at and make his friends and family proud. But of course this industry isn’t all good all of the time, it has its disadvantages. The loss of three of his close friends and mentors to lengthy penitentiary sentences struck a huge blow to Duce. It disbanded their rap group and left Duce by himself. Obstacles are nothing new to any underground artist these days though. It’s all about how you bounce back. “My way of overcoming this was just to keep pushing. I know that was all they would want from me—to represent and hold them down. And I did; I am.”
In today’s society, only social pariahs are those whose bodies aren’t adorned with tattoos. This is in stark contrast to society’s previous perspective on tattooing, which considered tattoos to be the mark of persons involved in, shall we say, less-than-admirable activities. These days, the question isn’t whether to get a tattoo or not, the real question is who do you go to, to receive legendary ink?
“My grind separates me because I am consistent and I have a true god-given talent” – BossLady Jaye
BossLady Jaye is a passionate female rapper who is no stranger to the entertainment world. Born and raised on the Southside of Houston, Texas she has done everything from poetry, dancing, acting, to beauty contests. She found her true calling in music and became fully committed to her profession in 2009, and hasn’t looked back since. She is focused on success in the rap game and intent on making history with her talents. She was an introverted youth, who took to writing in her poetry what she couldn’t share with others. She moved from poems to rap and quickly discovered her purpose when she was introduced to music. She was amazed by the entire process and fell in love the first time she recorded and was reassured of her calling during her first live performance. She says “This is definitely a passion of mine and I love it. Every moment of the grind, the long nights, the sacrifices, the love from the fans and other artists…”