ZTRO until the casket drops

“I want to do music until my casket drops.”

Twenty-two year old Shaquille Kalikeller Pettaway, also known as Ztro (pronounced Stro) is a Gulfport, Mississippi-rooted, Detroit, Michigan raised, Huntsville, Alabama living music artist who is just trying to spend his life making music. He started off as a young boy who followed his freestyling older brother around and developed a passion for rapping himself. He has been recording since he was 14 years old. He would do anything to make money to hit the studio. “Since I was a child my oldest brother Jay Cashz was always rapping and freestyling with his friends and I was always around so I caught on to it and fell in love ever since! Music is my life. I used to do whatever as a child to make money and get in the studio.”

The young dreamer started off rapping in his mom’s home at 14 to now performing for audiences of 1,000 plus. He has opened up for Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Jacob Latimore, Mindless Behavior, Yo Gotti, Travis Porter, Diggy Simmons, and more. His passion for music was solidified when he opened up for Travis Porter and received tons of positive feedback telling us, “They told me I
was a star because of my stage presence.”

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So with the love that Ztro has gotten so far, he continues to give his listeners quality music from his unique perspective.

My music is for everybody. I make music for every type of mood. I love the fans and hearing my progress when listening to my new or old music and improving on it.

Get To Know Ztro:
How would you describe yourself?

I come from the hood. I was raised around murderes, drug dealers, and theives but I always stayed positive and never let my friends or family influence me to choose the wrong path. They saw my drive and kept me going!”

What has kept you motivated throughout your career?

I am a father now and I want to give my son the life I never had so I’m working harder!”

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Who is your all-time favorite role model?

Tupac and Birdman.

How do you visualize your effect on this and future generations?

I want to influence my generation and future generations that the streets aren’t everything. Just because you are reaised around savages doen’t mean you have to become them.

How do you define success?

Success is just a goal to me I want to do music until my casket drops and my family won’t have to worry ever again! I wanna change my life so I can change the lives around me.

How do you visualize your effect on this and future generations?

I want to influence my generation and future generations that the streets aren’t everything just because you are raised around savages doesn’t mean you have to become just like them.

What project(s) are you working on now?

I just released my latest project titled “22 Nights Krazy”

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Paris Le Rouge introduces Aggressive Cloud Rap

Paris Le Rouge

Paris Le Rouge

“I’m in between modest and conceited.”

The young artist Paris Le Rouge has created his own genre of music which he calls ‘Aggressive Cloud Rap’. His music is aggressive, passionate, and innovative. If you hear a song or two, or even an entire album from Paris Le Rouge don’t think that you’ve gParis Le Rougeot his style figured out. He says, “My style of music can be described as aggressive, passionate, and innovative. I experiment with sounds and flows often to keep things fresh. I stay ahead of trends and switch things up frequently. I can’t really be put into a category with anyone else. My sound is unpredictable, nobody knows what I’ll drop next. It gives a fun feeling for listeners, not knowing what to expect.”  Although the artist’s name is inspired by a European country, he cannot deny his Houston roots. “At first, I was heavily influenced by Houston music. I don’t know if I would’ve ever gotten started if it wasn’t for my city. I’ll always appreciate the culture and history of Houston.”

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My sound is unpredictable, nobody knows what I’ll drop next. It gives a fun feeling for listeners, not knowing what to expect.”

The Houston native created his name out of a need to reinvent himself. Paris Le Rouge means Paris the Red in French. “I wanted a name that sounParis Le Rougeds unique and artistic. Paris is a place full of art, and I integrated my favorite color into it. It came out of me brainstorming a way to reinvent myself. And then Paris was born. As I grew up, I started expanding my vision; started watching different parts of the nation and the music styles. That’s when I started branching out and trying new things.” He got his start in music as a method to cope with his younger brother’s leukemia diagnosis. “Writing lyrics was the only thing that made sense to me.” One day, his dad discovered some of his music and was so impressed that he brought him to friends’ studio to record, and he has been creating his music ever since.Paris Le Rouge

I wanted to become an entertainer because it’s the art I was meant for.

Paris Le Rouge has found his lane and is now workingParis Le Rouge to perfect his craft and enjoy the journey. My art is both music and fashion. I enjoy the expression, the art, the possibilities, everything. There’s no other way I’d rather be living life. I do this. I express myself at all times through the music I make and the way I dress. The reaction and enjoyment it gives people make it worth the time, money, and sacrifice I put into this.”

 

Check out Paris Le Rouge latest visual Roxanne here. Stay tuned to FYI Houston for more from this artist.

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(Twitter, IG, Snapchat, Periscope)

 

 

 

Here I Am: Taz Da Realist

When your stage name is inspired by the Tasmanian Devil, you’d better be able to back it up.

Taz Da Realist is the type of person who can do just that. “Well my name obviously comes from the Looney Tunes character, but it was also a nickname that was given to me by friends. Being that all I do is tear up things and leave a mess when it comes to music, and my supporters always say my lyrics are the realest. So I put them together and here I am; Taz Da Realist.”

My city is my style. Anywhere I go I make sure that I represent Houston. We love music and everybody comes here to see why we’re so chill.

Taz has embraced her uniqueness and makes no apologies for being herself. She explains, “I’m not your normal female artist. With me, you get my words, my life, my struggle. If you’re only listening to me because I’m half naked I really don’t want you to hear what I have to say.”  Her personality is laid back but goofy, and she is hard working but also family oriented. She is the type of person who wants to inspire and affect change in her listeners. She has had her own battles and struggles with depression and anxiety, and wants to let her audience know that everyone has issues, but what’s more important is to have a strong support system to help you overcome them. “I want to let others know that what they go through alone and they feel that no one understands, that there is someone out here th
at share those same stories.”Taz Da Realist

I’m not your normal female artist. Most people want the heels and dress and sex appeal. With me, you get my words, my life, my struggle. If you’re only listening to me because I’m half naked I really don’t want you to hear what I have to say.

Taz started off with music as a hobby playing with lyrics and music until five years ago when she and a friend created a song that got a lot of positive feedback.”I was playing around with music until I did a song with a good friend of mine and it got so many hits and it just went from there. I always had supporters tell me that I helped then get through something because of my lyrics alone so I kept sharing my story.”

Taz Da Realist

I always had supporters tell me that I helped then get through something because of my lyrics alone so I kept sharing my story.

The Houston artist is influenced mostly by Da Brat, T.I., and Missy Elliot. She continues to perfect her sound to present an original sound every time. “I would say my music has value. It’s not the same repeated lyrics you hear with every artist. I speak about life situations.” With her speaking from her heart, she has discovered that she has had an influence on her listeners and she enjoys touching people she has never met with her music. Because of her relatability, she has had much success with gaining new fans. She has had several memorable moments in her career, but none more defining so far as her gaining a wider fan base. She is proud of her growth in moving from a strictly LGBT audience to expanding her fan base to all types of listeners. “Breaking out of the LGBT field now I have more male supporters and more straight fans.”

Taz Da Realist sets the example for us that we can be ourselves and have success in whatever field we choose in life. She wants to leave her stamp on the game by letting anyone who will listen know that authenticity is key. “I affect future generation by standing up and letting them know that you don’t have to change who you are to do what you want to do and go where you want to go. Never pretend to be something you’re not just to make it. Stay true to who you are.”

Taz Da Realist

Never pretend to be something you’re not just to make it. Stay true to who you are.”

Taz Da Realist currently has new project buzzing around the city titled Murk Season which was released December 2015 and is available everywhere. She plans to drop another project in September this year so stay tuned to FYI Houston for more.

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Curt Corona gives us a look through his lens.

“I see the world from both sides of the lens and tell the story of both.”Curt Corona 2

Curt Corona is on the underground scene with a style that is all his own. no gimmicks. no trends.curt corona would rather set the trend than follow it. HE WANTS TO SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO HIS LISTENERS, telling them “Follow your own mind, not trends or friends because they are both temporary. be you and be happy because there ain’t another you.”
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what projects are you working on now?

“I’m working on two projects at the moment. The first one is called ‘Gametime’, which is an eight-song EP to follow up my last project “Curt Who? ” on Datpiff right now. The second is a mixtape called ’30 Hours’ featuring an up and coming artist, Chase Factz.”

why did you want to become an entertainer:

Because it’s a huge influence on youth and with peers. I hope my Musix can get somebody through a rough time or help motivate them to get out of a slump. I want to give people something to look forward to.”

what has kept you motivated throughout your career?

“Perfecting my craft. I never got into anything for money. I want to become great and be mentioned with 2pac, Nas, Starlito, and J.cole. I want to leave my own personal mark on Musix.”

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what makes you unique?

“I see the world from both sides of the lens. I see harsh reality and the illusions of dreams and tell the story of both.”

what influence has your city had on your style?

“My city influenced me to be more calm and collected. The City of the purple sprite.”

what do you enjoy most about what you do?

The feedback and seeing how people feel and react to your Musix and what you’re doing with your craft

do you have any hidden talents?

I can sing but I won’t.

how would you describe your music?

“Honestly, if you’re looking for a gimmick or somebody to lie I’m not him.”

what is some advice you can give the next generation behind you?

“Follow your own mind, not trends or friends because they are both temporary. Be you and be happy because there ain’t another you.

follow curt corona: @curtcorona