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Hip-Hop Artist, Tae Wall on What It Takes to Make It as an Independent Musician

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Hip-hop music has been a treasured part of American culture since its inception during the late 1970’s, within the economically depressed sectors of the Bronx in New York City. Created, nurtured and primarily distributed by African American communities, hip-hop’s funky beats and lively sounds gradually evolved and paved the way for its well-known sister genres. Deejaying, rhythmic spoken word and turntables evolved into rap patterns and trap music – commonly enjoyed by today’s youth. 

Despite hip-hop’s versatility and cultural importance, breaking out as a hip-hop star involves much more than sheer musical talent. Cleveland native, Donte Wallace – better known by his stage name, Tae Wall – credits his success to his determination and natural curiosity for music. 

“I was always around music,” said Wallace. “There was no question about it, I wanted to create my own music, my own brand, my own sound. Everything about it drew me in.” 

For Wallace, music ran in the family growing up. He grew up watching his older brother, Donald Wallce, writing and producing his own tracks. Motivated by his brother’s determination, Wallace also began to write his own songs at just 10 years old. Like his brother, music became a tremendous part of Wallace’s life. In high school he briefly joined a rap group called “C.T.S,” however Wallace later left the group to focus on his independent music career. Shortly after, Donald Wallace became his younger brother’s manager. 

Following his high school graduation, Wallace briefly attended Kentucky State University to play football. If not for music, Wallace said he would have likely focused on his career as a potential athlete – however, his passion for music was too great. Not long after Wallace shifted his primary focus back to music, he began to receive unique offers to go on the road from the iconic group, 2 Live Crew, to perform alongside industry legends such as MC Hammer and Sir Mix-A-Lot. 

However, Wallace emphasized the struggles independent artists face while trying to build a name, image and brand for themselves – compared to artists who have previously been signed. Independent artists, or artists that do not have a contract with a record label, are often unequipped with the resources needed to produce or record their own songs, network with industry professionals or how to distribute their music. Even the legalities of copyrighting music, for instance, can be an intimidating hurdle to overcome alone. 

“The opportunities just started presenting themselves,” said Wallace. “I put in the work, I was making my own beats, my own tracks – and I was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour with artists I grew up listening to. All the drive, all the motivation was paying off.” 

The opportunity to tour provided Wallace with the chance to distribute his music to a broader audience and to build connections that, unbeknownst to him, would last a lifetime. In fact, he referred to Sir Mix-A-Lot and MC Hammer not only as mentors, but as trusted friends in the industry who have given Wallace valuable advice throughout his career. 

“The best advice I’ve ever received from someone in this industry is to remain focused,” said Wallace. “You’re going to have doors closed in your face, you’re going to hear no all the time…especially as an independent artist. Keep your head up, stay focused on your message and your music and your work will begin to pay off.” 

For Wallace, this advice has proven to be true. Earlier this year, he signed a multi-year distribution deal with Talent Room Entertainment. Shortly after, Wallace released a single titled, “Scholarship,” featuring Grammy-nominated artist, Jadakiss. Additionally, just last month he was provided the opportunity to collaborate with Atlanta-based producer, Zaytoven. With over 1.8 million followers on instagram, Zaytoven has gained notoriety in the hip-hop world for previously working with artists such as Gucci Mane and 21 Savage. The duo worked together to create Wallace’s new single, “Playz,” now streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. 

Although Wallace admits he is living out his dream and feels lucky to be where he is now, he also added that his accomplishments did not come without sacrifices and a tremendous amount of effort from him and his team. With combined support from his family, friends and his growing network of fans on social media, Wallace remains excited for the future of his career in the music industry.

For more information on Tae Wall, his music and his upcoming projects, please visit http://iamtaewall.com/.

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Jordan Darty: An Attorney and Artist That Is Currently Reinventing The Term Go-Getter

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Jordan Darty, owner of Team Litty is an on the rise Recording Artist and Attorney  from North Carolina. The brand Team Litty Consists of Jordan Darty, Pj Clyburn and Keyon Harris. Each person brings in their own set of skills to the team. They thrive alongside one another. Jordan Darty is a North Carolina Attorney who practices law at The Darty Law Firm, PLLC in his hometown Statesville, North Carolina. After playing football at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and graduating in 2014 he decided to pursue other ventures of interest within his life. He followed his fathers footsteps and attended a school of law. In 2016 is when he attended Charlotte School of Law. Unfortunately the school closed down and he transferred to a new school called Lincoln Memorial University located in Knoxville, Tennessee. After graduating in 2019 and passing the NC Bar Exam later in 2020 he began working at a family law firm.

Although Jordan is an attorney, that does not stop one of his other passions. Music. While attending UNC Chapel Hill he was both recording and writing. Music was therapeutic for him. Since pursuing music for more than just a hobby he has released a new mixtape every year since 2019. Every release shows a different stage of his life during that time period. This year he is focused on an EP titled “Love Lies & Lust”. This project brings back the real R&B feeling. Jordan uses samples from Brandy’s “Down For You”, Neyo’s “Sick” and many others that cater to each specific track. He states “ In my biased opinion, the songs should be listened to in order to get the emotional roller coaster feeling”. This project is set to drop this February so mark your calendars. 

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King Chad’s New Album “Purpose” Streaming with Already Thousands of Plays

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After a lot of effort and great expectations from his fans, King Chad has finally unleashed his 5th studio album “Purpose”. The artist has stated that he is very thrilled about this album. Without a doubt, with an artist of his skill and passion, this album has unique and different sounds and rhythms that will set it apart from his prior work. It consists of different genres such as retro, pop music, R&B, hip-hop, and Boom bam rap. At the same time, previously utilized components and sounds will link the record to his overall sound and the genre that he represents.

The album “Purpose” contains 15 songs including an intro, interlude, and outro song. The tracks are already getting viral; used in various social media videos etc. Furthermore, “Purpose” is getting thousands of listeners for King Chad merely on Spotify. The first intro song of the album is sweet music and motivational lyrics with the flow of amazing beats of hip-hop. The other songs are equally amazingly composed by King Chad for his music fans. Check out the whole Purpose album by clicking below:

Upcoming Project

People were not even getting enough of his amazing music album “New Year” that King dropped another superb mixture of genres album “Purpose”. It’s been only a few days ago. Hence, there is no announcement or news about King’s upcoming track or any other project. However, we are waiting for some other great music gems from him. till then, stay tuned to him through social media.

Click King Chad’s Instagram @kingchad_1.     

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J Breeze: Is Ready To Regain His Buzz Within The Music Industry

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Justin Bryant, better known as  J Breeze is an on the rise recording artist. He has been creating music since he was only 15 years old. Years later this is still his passion. J Breeze wants everyone to hear his story through his music. Recently he has blessed his fans with an EP titled “Captivated” since then he has also released a few singles that are all now available on streaming platforms. It is a nonstop grind for him right now as he aims to grow his brand and really make his name known within this industry. He also has an official clothing line launched called “Freedom Forever”. His work ethic is like no other. Each project he releases is a work of art.

Currently J Breeze is working on regaining his buzz and is in the process of working on an album titled “Ascension”. The goal for 2022 is to get his name and music heard around the world. He states “My motto is that if I can do it, anyone can!”. With his sheer determination and true passion it will not be hard for him to gain traction behind his music. In the meantime check out his latest releases and get familiar ! Make sure to add his music to your playlists. You will not be disappointed. Each one of his releases caters to his personal backstory. His music reflects his own personal life events.

Make sure you stream his latest releases now available on all major streaming platforms.

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