Kevin "Chevy" Woods is an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Throughout his career he has been affiliated with rapper Wiz Khalifa and Taylor Gang record label serving as Khalifa's hypeman on tour, his first major appearance was on Wiz Khalifa's song "Taylor Gang". Woods has been on more than 20 tours and has released several mixtapes including The Cookout with Khalifa and the Gangland series. Woods started rapping as a child with friends using instrumentals for background music. After graduating high school, he attended Robert Morris University as an athlete and grew his passion for rapping. Woods became serious about rap when he met another musician who created and distributed his own mixtapes, he began writing and rapping under the name Kev Tha Hustla. In 2004, he met fellow Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper Wiz Khalifa, through Pennsylvania producers I. D. Labs, who collaborated with Khalifa. Woods and Khalifa formed a partnership, which led to the formation of the group Taylor Gang in 2008.
Woods released two mixtapes, The Corner's Correspondent in 2008 and Animal in 2009. His first two mixtapes featured collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and members of Heavy Hustle Records. Production was handled by I. D. Labs and Sledgren. In September 2010, Woods released his third official mixtape Pilot Shit. In February 2011, Wiz Khalifa released his ninth mixtape, Cabin Fever, which featured Woods on three tracks, including "Taylor Gang", "Middle of You" and "Homicide". Woods released his fourth mixtape Red Cup Music, which featured guest appearances by Juicy J, French Montana, production by ID Labs and Mac Miller in March 2011. Woods told MTV, the Red Cup Music was "really when I found a style for myself, some laid-back, cool music. Drink a little bit, smoke a little bit." Khalifa released the music video for the Lex Luger-produced track "Taylor Gang" in April 2011, which became an iTunes bonus track on Khalifa's debut studio album Rolling Papers. The song peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
In April 2013, Khalifa went on tour in support of Rolling Papers with Big Sean. This tour introduced Woods to Khalifa's mainstream audience. In August 2011, Woods released a mixtape, titled The Cookout. After Khalifa founded Taylor Gang Records, Woods was added to the roster; the Cookout mixtape, produced by ID Labs, Cardo, Key Wane and Big Jerm, was released in September 2011 and featured Wiz Khalifa on eight of the eleven tracks. The mixtape received positive reviews from XXL, who praised the production, but mentioned Woods was overshadowed by Khalifa throughout the tape. However, MTV praised his laid back flow. In 2012, Woods released a new mixtape, titled Gangland, which consisted of dark material influenced by Woods early life on the streets, the television show Gangland. Woods along with the rest of Taylor Gang Records, Lola Monroe, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa appeared on the May 2012 cover of The Source. Gangland, produced by Lex Luger, I. D. Labs, Sonny Digital, Key Wane and Harry Fraud, was released in June 2012 and featured Taylor Gang's Wiz Khalifa, Lola Monroe, Juicy J, Tuki Carter, as well as artists Soulja Boy, Trae Tha Truth, Young Jerz.
In a XXL review of Gangland, the magazine stated, "Over the past two years, Taylor Gang's Chevy Woods has built up his name with mixtapes like Red Cup Music and The Cookout. Progressing with each release, Wiz's budding sidekick has shown he can hang high without resting on the back of his co-pilot. On his latest offering, Gang Land, Chevy flies high and gives the world an in depth look into his life as a Taylor Gang aviator." Following the release of Gangland, Woods worked on his debut studio album. Woods went on the first Under the Influence of Music concert tour with Khalifa, Mac Miller, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar in support of Gangland in July and August 2012, he toured with the rest of Taylor Gang Records on the 2050 Tour from October through December 2012. During the tour, Woods announced that his next mixtape would be titled Gangland 2. In 2013, he toured on B.o.. B, Joey Badass, Ty Dolla Sign, Pro Era and Trinidad James. In August 2013, Woods told HotNewHipHop, his debut album would contain production by Sledgren and C4, the track list for Gangland 2 was finalized, it would be hosted by DJ Drama.
Woods released the cover artwork for Gangland 2 in September 2013. He toured North America with Joey Badass, Ab-Soul, The Underachievers, Pro Era on the fourth annual The Smoker's Club tour in October and November 2013. Woods released Gangland 2, a mixtape featuring guest appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Trinidad James, Young Scooter, King Los and Compton Menace, via Taylor Gang Records in October 2013. Woods released his first retail single "30 Deep" via Taylor Gang in April 2014 and announced in September 2014 that he would release a retail EP, he made two appearances on Wiz Khalifa's third studio album Blacc Hollywood, on "Still Down" and spoke on the intro to the album. Woods toured with rapper Kevin Gates in July and August 2014. In January 2015, Woods released the third installment of his Gangland series featuring production from Ricky P, Sonny Digital, Ty Dolla Sign and more. In August 2015, Woods released The 48 Hunnid Project, his first retail release; the project named for the neighborhood where Woods was raised, took 12 years to create and encompassed his experiences from being a child through adulthood.
He toured with Wiz Khalifa on the Boys of Zummer Tour with Fall Out Boy. On February 26, 2016 Chevy woods released a 4 track extended play called And The S
Puerto Ricans are people of ethnic origins in Puerto Rico, the inhabitants, citizens of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, their descendants. Puerto Rico is home to people of many different national origins as well; the culture held in common by most Puerto Ricans is referred to as mainstream Puerto Rican culture, a Western culture derived from the traditions of Spain, more Andalusia and the Canary Islands. Over 90% of Puerto Ricans descend from migrants from these two southern regions of Spain. Puerto Rico has been influenced by African culture, Afro-Puerto Ricans being a significant minority. Puerto Rico has received immigration from other parts of Spain such as Catalonia as well as from other European countries such as France, Ireland and Germany. Recent studies in population genetics have concluded that Puerto Rican gene pool is on average predominantly European, with a significant Sub-Saharan African and Indigenous American substrate, the latter two originating in the aboriginal people of the Canary Islands and Puerto Rico's pre-Hispanic Taíno inhabitants, respectively.
The population of Puerto Ricans and descendants is estimated to be between 8 and 10 million worldwide, with most living on the islands of Puerto Rico and in the United States mainland. Within the United States, Puerto Ricans are present in all states of the Union, the states with the largest populations of Puerto Ricans relative to the national population of Puerto Ricans in the United States at large are the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, with large populations in Massachusetts, California and Texas. For 2009, the American Community Survey estimates give a total of 3,859,026 Puerto Ricans classified as "Native" Puerto Ricans, it gives a total of 3,644,515 of the population being born in Puerto Rico and 201,310 born in the United States. The total population born outside Puerto Rico is 322,773. Of the 108,262 who were foreign born outside the United States, 92.9% were born in Latin America, 3.8% in Europe, 2.7% in Asia, 0.2% in Northern America, 0.1% in Africa and Oceania each.
The populations during Spanish rule of Puerto Rico were: The original inhabitants of Puerto Rico are the Taíno, who called the island Borikén. Besides miscegenation, the negative impact on the numbers of Amerindian people in Puerto Rico, was entirely the result of Old World diseases that the Amerindians had no natural/bodily defenses against, including measles, chicken pox, mumps and the common cold. In fact, it was estimated that the majority of all the Amerindian inhabitants of the New World died out due to contact and contamination with those Old World diseases, while those that survived were further reduced through deaths by warfare with each other and with Europeans. Both run-away and freed African slaves were in Puerto Rico; this interbreeding was far more common in Latin America because of those Spanish and Portuguese mercantile colonial policies exemplified by the oft-romanticized male conquistadors. Aside from the presence of slaves, some indication for why the Amerindian population was so diluted was the tendency for conquistadors to bring with them scores of single men hoping to serve God, country, or their own interests.
All of these factors would indeed prove detrimental for the Taínos in Puerto Rico and surrounding Caribbean islands. In the 16th century, a significant depth of Puerto Rican culture began to develop with the import of African slaves by the Spanish, as well as by the French, the Portuguese, the British, the Dutch. Thousands of Spanish settlers immigrated to Puerto Rico from the Canary Islands during the 18th and 19th centuries, so many so that whole Puerto Rican villages and towns were founded by Canarian immigrants, their descendants would form a majority of the population on the island. In 1791, the slaves in Saint-Domingue, revolted against their French masters. Many of the French escaped to Puerto Rico via what is now the Dominican Republic and settled in the west coast of the island in Mayagüez; some Puerto Ricans are of British heritage, most notably Scottish people and English people who came to reside there in the 17th and 18th centuries. When Spain revived the Royal Decree of Graces of 1815 with the intention of attracting non-Hispanics to settle in the island, thousands of Corsicans during the 19th century immigrated to Puerto Rico, along with German immigrants as well as Irish immigrants who were affected by the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, immigrated to Puerto Rico.
They were followed by smaller waves from China. During the early 20th century Jews began to settle in Puerto Rico; the first large group of Jews to settle in Puerto Rico were European refugees fleeing German–occupied Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. The second influx of Jews to the island came in the 1950s, when thousands of Cuban Jews fled after Fidel Castro came to power; the native Taino population began to dwindle, with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, through disease and miscegenation. Many Spaniard men took Taino and West African wives and in the first centuries of the Spanish colonial period the island was overwhelmingly racially mixed. "By 1530 there were 14 native women married to Spaniards, n
The Game (rapper)
Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. He is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene and for being one of Dr. Dre's signees under Aftermath. Born in Compton, California, he released his first mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his major-label debut album The Documentary and found continued success with the 2006 follow-up Doctor's Advocate; the Recording Industry Association of America certified The Documentary Double Platinum in March 2005. A rising artist in the 2000s, The Game was considered to be a driving force in bringing back the West Coast hip hop scene into the mainstream and competing with many of his East Coast counterparts; the Game was placed into G-Unit by Jimmy Iovine. As a result of his disputes with 50 Cent, Game left Aftermath and signed with Geffen, another label under Universal's Interscope Geffen A&M unit, to terminate his contractual obligations with G-Unit in the summer of 2006.
The Game's second major label album Doctor's Advocate was released on November 14, 2006 and it became his second album to debut at number one on the U. S. Billboard 200 chart. Doctor's Advocate did not feature any production from Dr. Dre. Pitchfork Media placed The Documentary at number 35 on their list of Top 50 Albums of 2005; the Game was nominated with a total of two nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the smash single "Hate It or Love It". The New York Times named Doctor's Advocate best hip-hop album of 2006, his next album LAX was released in 2008. With his eighth studio album The R. E. D. Album, The Game again debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In addition to music, The Game has starred in motion pictures and founded The Black Wall Street Records. In September 2011, The Game started working on his ninth studio album, Jesus Piece, released on December 11, 2012, his final album released by Interscope. After releasing a mixtape OKE, on October 12, 2013, Baby announced The Game had signed to Cash Money, distributed by Republic.
However, The Game refuted this claim. His latest album 1992 was released on October 14, 2016, spawned two official singles; the Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor on November 29, 1979, in Compton, in southern Los Angeles County to George Taylor, Jr. and Lynette Baker, who both were members of the Crips street gang. Through his father, Taylor is of partial Mexican American and Native American heritage in addition to the African American ancestry he inherited from both parents, he grew up in a Crip-controlled neighborhood known as Santana Blocc, although Taylor himself grew up to become a member of the Bloods through his brother. In an October 2006 interview with MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway, The Game described his family as "dysfunctional". Taylor endured many hardships in his adolescence. At the age of 7, he was placed in foster care. At 13, one of his older brothers, was shot at a gas station and died soon thereafter; when he was 15, Taylor was removed from the foster care system and moved in with his mother, he had a tumultuous relationship with her.
Taylor attended Compton High School. However, his older half-brother George Taylor III, known as Big Fase 100, attended Centennial High School and was the leader of the Cedar Block Piru Bloods street gang. In high school, Taylor was involved in sports including basketball and track, which his height enabled him to do so. In 1999, Taylor claims that he enrolled in Washington State University on a basketball scholarship and was expelled after a short time when caught with drugs in his possession. However, the university's athletic department stated that Taylor was never enrolled in their athletic program, nor the university. By the early 2000s, Taylor had become involved in "street life," selling drugs and participating in gang activities. While recovering in the hospital from gunshot wounds he incurred in late 2001, Game told his brother to go out and buy all of the classic hip-hop albums. Over the course of five months, he studied all of the various influential rap albums and developed a strategy to turn himself into a rapper.
With the help of his older brother Big Fase, they founded the label. It featured such artists as Glasses Malone, Nu Jerzey Devil, along with Game himself, his stage name was coined by his grandmother, a huge fan of the 1997 blockbuster, The Game. Game first gained prominence when he attended a hip-hop summit hosted by Russell Simmons and Louis Farrakhan. After he had recovered and Big Fase made a mixtape together, he released his first mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002, landed a record deal with the independent label Get Low Recordz owned by JT the Bigga Figga. Game's mixtape reached the hands of Sean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, on the verge of signing him to his label. Five months he was discovered by Dr. Dre who listened to the mixtape, produced by his brother. Dr. Dre contacted Game and signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label in 2003. In late 2003, Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre decided to have Game work with 50 Cent and G-Unit in order to help build a growing buzz around Game which would fuel interest in G-Unit.
Game made his first cameo appearance in the music video for 50 Cent's "In da Club", where he is seen dancing with a girl. Since he has made numerous cameo appearances in music videos by 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks
Robert Rihmeek Williams, known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper and activist. Raised in Philadelphia, he embarked on his music career as a battle rapper, formed a short-lived rap group, The Bloodhoundz. In 2008, Atlanta-based rapper T. I. signed Meek Mill to his first record deal. In February 2011, after leaving Grand Hustle Records, Mill signed with Miami-based rapper Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group. Mill's debut album and Nightmares, was released in 2012 under MMG and Warner Bros. Records; the album, preceded by the lead single "Amen", debuted at number two on the U. S. Billboard 200. In October 2012, Mill announced the launch of his own label imprint, Dream Chasers Records, named after his mixtape series. Meek Mill collaborates with fellow MMG label-mates. In November 2017, he was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating parole and served five months at the State Correctional Institution – Chester in Chester, before being released while his trial continues. Meek Mill was born Robert Rihmeek Williams on May 6, 1987, in South Philadelphia, the son of Kathy Williams.
He has Nasheema Williams. Kathy grew up in poverty and her mother died when she was young. Meek's father was killed when Meek was five years old during an attempted robbery, his uncle, described Meek Mill's father as a "black sheep of the family". After her husband's death, Kathy moved with Meek and his sister to North Philadelphia, where they lived in a three-bedroom apartment on Berks Street, their financial condition was poor and she started cutting hair, doing other jobs, shoplifting in order to support her family. At home, Meek was shy and spoke; as a kid, he became acquainted with another of his father’s brothers, who under the MC name Grandmaster Nell was a pioneering disc jockey in the late-1980s Philadelphia hip-hop scene and influenced rap artists Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Meek's interest in hip-hop grew as a result of these early influences, he was influenced by the independent hip-hop artists Chic Raw and Vodka, whom he learned to emulate by watching their DVDs. During his early teenage years, Meek took part in rap battles under the pseudonym Meek Millz.
He stayed up well past midnight filling notebooks with phrases and verses that he drew on. He and three friends formed the rap group The Bloodhoundz, they bought blank CDs and jewel cases at Kinkos, encouraging friends to burn them with the group's songs and distribute them. When he was 18, while walking to a corner store armed, Meek was arrested for illegally possessing a firearm and was beaten up by the police; because of the beating, his lips and both eyes became one of his braids was ripped out. He was charged with assaulting the police after two black cops gave a statement against him in the case, saying he chased them down with a gun and tried to kill them, he was placed on probation. The Bloodhoundz lasted long enough to release four mixtapes. In 2008, Mill released his fourth solo mixtape, Flamers 2: Hottest in tha City, which spawned the promotional singles "I'm So Fly," "Prolli," and "Hottest in the City." Flamers 2 caught the attention of Charlie Mack and President of 215 Aphillyated Records.
Mack was so impressed with Mill that he signed him to his management company. During that same year, Meek Mill met the founder and owner of Grand Hustle Records, Atlanta-based rapper and record executive T. I. T. I. was impressed by Mill and offered him an opportunity to travel, to meet with him and Warner Bros. Records. Although he was offered other record deals, Mill felt collaborating with T. I. thus chose his label. However, a setback occurred: Mill was arrested, charged with gun and drug possession, ordered to serve seven months in prison, he was released in early 2009. Under Grand Hustle, Mill formed a work relationship with DJ Drama. Mill and Drama teamed up to release the third edition of Mill's Flamers series; the mixtape, titled Flamers 3: The Wait Is Over, was released on March 12, 2010, is helmed as a "Gangsta Grillz mixtape". The mixtape features his promotional single "Rosé Red", remixed with additional verses from fellow American rappers T. I. Rick Ross and Vado. Rick Ross contributed his verse after he was visiting Philadelphia and asked his Twitter followers who he should collaborate with.
The remix was included on Mr. Philadelphia. Due to Mill's and Grand Hustle label-boss T. I.'s respective legal troubles, Mill was never able to release an official album under Grand Hustle and they parted ways in 2010. In February 2011, Rick Ross announced the signing of Mill along with fellow American rapper Wale to his Maybach Music Group label. In March 2011, Mill was included in XXL's "Freshman Class of 2011"; that year, he released his debut single, "Tupac Back", featuring Rick Ross, from his label's compilation album Self Made Vol. 1. That same year he released his second single, "Ima Boss" take from the compilation and featuring Ross; the song was remixed, featuring T. I. Birdman, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross; the remix charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #51, becoming Mill's most successful single at that time. In August 2011, Mill released Dreamchasers, a well received mixtape featuring his urban hit "House Party" and guest appearances from Rick Ross, Yo Gotti and Beanie Siegel among others.
Trap is a style of hip hop music, developed in the late 1990s to early 2000s in the Southern United States. It is typified by sub-divided hi-hats, sub-bass layered kick drums in the style of the Roland TR-808 drum machine in half time syncopated rhythms, layered with drones expressed by muted or muted abstract or orchestral synthesizers and an overall melancholy to dark ambience and lyrical content; the term "trap" referred to places. In the 2010s, artists crossbred trap with dubstep to create trap EDM. Trap music is defined by its ominous and gritty lyrical content which varies according to the artist. Typical lyrical themes portrayed include observations of hardship in the "trap", street life, poverty and harsh experiences that artists have faced in their urban surroundings. Trap music employs a use of multilayered thin or thick textured, monophonic drones with sometimes a melodic accompanment expressed with synthesizers; these primary characteristics would go on to be the signature sound of trap music, originating from producer Shawty Redd.
Trap may use a range of tempos, from 100 BPM to 176 BPM, but the tempo of a typical trap beat is around 140 BPM. The term "trap" is used to refer to the place; the term originated in Atlanta, where rappers Cool Breeze, Dungeon Family, Goodie Mob, Ghetto Mafia were some of the first to use the term in their music. In 1988, One of the earliest records to release was UGK's "Cocaine In The Back of the Ride" from their debut EP, "The Southern Way". In 1992, they released the popular "Pocket Full of Stones" from their major-label debut album Too Hard to Swallow, it was featured in the 1993 film Menace II Society. In 1996, Master P released his single "Mr. Ice Cream Man" from his fifth studio album Ice Cream Man. Fans and critics started to refer to rappers whose primary lyrical topic was drug dealing as "trap rappers". David Drake of Complex wrote that "the trap in the early 2000's wasn't a genre, it was a real place", the term was adopted to describe the "music made about that place."During the early-to-mid 2000s, trap music began to emerge as a recognized genre after the mainstream success of a number of albums and singles with lyrics that covered topics about life in "the trap", drug dealing and the struggle for success.
Several Southern rappers with drug dealer personas such as T. I. Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Rick Ross produced crossover hits and helped expand the popularity of the genre, with trap records beginning to appear more on mixtapes and radio stations outside of the South. Though trap artists were somewhat diverse in their production styles, the signature and quintessential trap sound that would come to be associated with the genre developed in Atlanta during trap's mid-2000s breakthrough; some of the notable trap producers during the mid to late 2000s include DJ Toomp, Drumma Boy, Shawty Redd, D. Rich and Zaytoven; the first wave of the trap sound was influenced by earlier Southern producers such as Lil Jon, Mannie Fresh and DJ Paul. With the exception of Outkast, let me think, Goodie Mob... with the exception of that, before I came in the game, it was Lil Jon, Goodie Mob, okay so you had crunk music and you had Organized Noize. There was no such thing as trap music, I created. I coined the term, it was my second album, Trap Muzik it dropped in 2003.
After that, there was an entire new genre of music created. An open lane for each of you to do what you do, live your lives, on T. V. and be accepted by the masses. The masses have accepted you'cause I opened the door and you walked through it. Don't forget who opened that door cuz. By the end of the decade, a second wave of trap artists continued to gain momentum and top the Billboard hip hop charts. Trap producer Lex Luger broke out of relative obscurity, gained huge popularity, went on to produce more than 200 songs between 2010 and 2011, including a number of singles for popular mainstream rap artists such as Rick Ross' "B. M. F.", Since Luger's rise, his signature trap sound has been the heavy use of 808s, crisp snares, fast hihats, synth keys, orchestration of brass, strings and keyboards. Many of his sounds have since been adopted and incorporated by other hip hop producers, trying to replicate his success, as Luger is credited with popularizing the modern trap sound. Since the 2010s, an array of modern trap producers have gained industry popularity, most notably 808 Mafia's Southside and TM88, Sonny Digital, Young Chop, DJ Spinz, Tay Keith and Metro Boomin.
Some producers expanded their range such as contemporary R&B and electronic music. Throughout 2011 and 2012, trap music maintained a strong presence on the mainstream Billboard music charts with a number of records released by rappers such as Young Jeezy, Chief Keef and Future. Jeezy's single "Ballin" reached number 57 on the Billboard charts and was considered one of Jeezy's best tracks in some time. Future's single, "Turn On the Lights", was certified gold and entered at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Keef's "I Don't Like" and "Love Sosa" generated over 30 million views on YouTube, spawning a new subgenre within trap called drill. Music critics called drill production style the "sonic cousin to skittish footwork, southern-fried hip-hop
Hip hop production
Hip hop production is the creation of hip hop music in a recording studio. While the term encompasses all aspects of hip hop music creation, including recording the rapping of an MC, a turntablist or DJ providing a beat, playing samples and "scratching" using record players and the creation of a rhythmic backing track, using a drum machine or sequencer, it is most used to refer to recording the instrumental, non-lyrical and non-vocal aspects of hip hop. Hip Hop Producers credited as the record producer and songwriter, are composers of a musical composition and creative directors involved in guiding and supervision of recording sessions; this can range from a single song to a full-length album or EP. A hip hop instrumental is colloquially referred to as a beat or musical composition and its composer is referred to as a programmer, songwriter or beat maker. In the studio, a hip hop producer functions as a traditional record producer, being the person, responsible for the final sound of a recording, for guiding the artists and performers and giving advice to the audio engineer on the selection of microphones and effects processors and on how to mix the levels of the vocals and instrumentals.
Since Hip hop producers co-write the original music such as the beat, they are known as Record Producer / Songwriters, that's wearing two hats. They receive production and songwriting credits for both acting roles esp Pharrell Williams, J. R. Rotem, Tricky Stewart, Teddy Riley, Bryan-Michael Cox, Rodney Jerkins, Dr. Dre, Scott Storch, Timbaland etc. Modern producers use producer tags known as audio tags, musical tags or tags, they function as a watermark for beatmakers to make sure that they are given credit. These can range from producers reciting the producer's name or stage name to a phrase unique to them. An example of the former is when Drake starts his song "In My Feelings" with the lyric "Trap, TrapMoneyBenny", shouting out one of the song's co-producers. An example of the latter is Metro Boomin's " Metro Boomin want some more, nigga!" which comes from a sample of Young Thug on his track "Some More" in which he shouts out Boomin, who co-produced the song along with Sonny Digital and TM88.
Producers and beatmakers times utilize a number of tags in order to personalize the track. A prime example is producer CAB's variation between "CAB you're crazy for this", "CAB!", "Yo, it's Charlot". These originate from hip-hop record producers shouting their name over a track before it started, vocal processing became involved, resulting in tags that sound like part of the song, in artists shouting the producer's name rather than producers doing so themselves; the Roland TR-808 drum machine was introduced in 1980, consisted on an analog machine with step programming method. The 808 was used by Afrika Bambaataa, who released "Planet Rock" in 1982, in addition to the electro hip hip groundbreaking classic "Nunk" by Warp 9, produced by Lotti Golden and Richard Scher, giving rise to the fledgling Electro genre. An notable artist is the genre's own pioneer Juan Atkins who released what is accepted as the first American techno record, "Clear" in 1984; these early electro records laid down the foundations that Detroit techno artists such as Derrick May built upon.
In 1983, Run-DMC recorded "It's Like That" and "Sucker MC's," two songs which relied on synthetic sounds, in this case via an Oberheim DMX drum machine, ignoring samples entirely. This approach was much like early songs by the Furious Five. Kurtis Blow was the first hip hop artist to use a digital sampler, when he used the Fairlight CMI for their 1984 album "Ego Trip", specially on the track "AJ Scratch"; the E-mu SP-12 came out in 1985. The E-mu SP-1200 promptly followed with an expanded recording time of 10 seconds, divided on 4 banks. One of the earliest songs to contain a drum loop or break was "Rhymin and Stealin" by the Beastie Boys, produced by Rick Rubin. Marley Marl popularized a style of restructuring drum loops by sampling individual drums, in the mid 1980s, a technique, popularized by the MC Shan's 1986 single "The Bridge" which used chops of "Impeach the President" on two Korg Delay/sampling triggered by a Roland TR-808; the Akai MPC60 came out in 1988. The Beastie Boys released Paul's Boutique in 1989, an entire album created from an eclectic mix of samples, produced by the Dust Brothers using an Emax sampler.
De La Soul released 3 Feet High and Rising that year. Public Enemy's Bomb Squad revolutionized the sound of hip-hop with dense production styles, combining tens of samples per song combining percussion breaks with a drum machine, their beats were much more structured than repetitive beats. The MPC3000 was released in 1994, the AKAI MPC2000 in 1997, followed by the MPC2000XL in 1999 and the MPC2500 in 2006; these machines combined a sampling drum machine with an onboard MIDI sequencer and became the centerpiece of many hip hop producers' studios. The Wu Tang Clan's producer RZA is credited for getting hip hop attention away from Dr. Dre's more polished sound in 1993. RZA's more gritty sound with low rumbling bass, sharp snare drum sounds and unique sampling style based on Ensoniq sampler. With the 1994 release of The Notorious B. I. G.'s Ready to Die, Sean Combs and his assistant producers ushered in a new style where entire sections of records were sampled, instead of short snippets. Records like "Warning", "One More Chance" epitomized this aesthetic.
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Cameron Jibril Thomaz, known professionally as Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, singer and actor. He released his debut album and Prove, in 2006, signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007, his Eurodance-influenced single, "Say Yeah", received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008. Khalifa parted with Warner Bros. and released his second album, Deal or No Deal, in November 2009. He released the mixtape Kush and Orange Juice as a free download in April 2010, he is well known for his debut single for Atlantic, "Black and Yellow", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut album for the label, Rolling Papers, was released on March 29, 2011, he followed that album with O. N. I. F. C. On December 4, 2012, backed by the singles "Work Hard, Play Hard" and "Remember You". Wiz released his fifth album Blacc Hollywood on August 18, 2014, backed by the lead single "We Dem Boyz". In March 2015, he released "See You Again" for the soundtrack of the film Furious 7 and the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks.
Khalifa was born Cameron Jibril Thomaz on September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota, to parents serving in the military. His parents divorced, he is a military brat with his parents' military service causing him to move regularly. Khalifa lived in Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan before settling in Pittsburgh with his mother in around 1996 where he attended Taylor Allderdice High School. Soon after moving to Pittsburgh, Khalifa began to write and perform his own lyrics before he was a teenager, his stage name is derived from Khalifa, an Arabic word meaning "successor", wisdom, shortened to Wiz when Khalifa was a young boy. Khalifa stated to Spinner.com that the name came from being called "young Wiz'cause I was good at everything I did, my granddad is Muslim, so he gave me that name. He got a tattoo of his stage name on his 17th birthday. By the age of 15 he was recording his music in a studio called I. D. Labs; the management of the studio was so impressed by his lyrics that they allowed Khalifa to record for free.
This allowed him to receive professional grade studio time at no cost to him. This allowed him to receive more exposure at such a young age than other artists. Rostrum Records president Benjy Grinberg first heard about Wiz Khalifa in 2004 when the rapper's contribution to a mixtape of various new Pittsburgh artists attracted his interest; when Grinberg met the 16-year-old artist, he decided he wanted to work with him telling HitQuarters: "Even though he wasn't all the way developed you could just tell that he was a diamond in the rough, that with some polishing and backing he could become something special." Khalifa began a seven-year period of artist development. Khalifa released his first mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, in 2005; the mixtape paved the way for his first full-length album entitled Show and Prove in 2006. Khalifa was declared an "artist to watch" that year in Rolling Stone magazine. In 2007, Khalifa signed to Warner Bros. Records and released two mixtapes through Rostrum Records: Grow Season, hosted by DJ Green Lantern and released on July 4, 2007, Prince of the City 2, released on November 20, 2007.
His debut Warner Bros. single "Say Yeah" reached number 25 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 music chart and number 20 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks. The song samples "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay. Khalifa's vocals from "Say Yeah" appear near the end of Pittsburgh mash up producer Girl Talk's 2008 album, Feed the Animals, over music from Underworld's "Born Slippy", Usher's "Love in This Club", the Cure's "In Between Days". Khalifa appeared with The Game, David Banner and Play-n-Skillz at U92's Summer Jam at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah on August 2, 2008. Khalifa released the mixtapes Star Power in September 2008, Flight School in April 2009 on Rostrum Records. Khalifa parted ways with Warner Bros. Records in July 2009 after numerous delays in releasing his planned debut album for the label, First Flight. Khalifa stated to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that, "I learned a lot during my time there and matured as an artist during the process. I'm happy to be moving on with all of my material and having the chance to be in control of my next moves".
Khalifa appeared with Girl Talk, Modey Lemon, Grand Buffet, Don Caballero at the Amphitheatre at Station Square in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2009, where he announced that his relationship with Warner Bros. was over. Continuing his association with Rostrum Records, Khalifa released the single "Teach U to Fly", the mixtape How Fly, a collaboration with New Orleans rapper Curren$y, on August 9, 2009. Khalifa introduced a more melodic style on the mixtape, alternating between rapping, he opened for Wu-Tang Clan member U-God at the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. Khalifa released the mixtape Burn After Rolling on November 2, 2009, where he raps over familiar beats from other artists, including the songs "If I Were A Boy" and "Diva" by Beyoncé, "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun, "Luchini AKA This Is It" by Camp Lo, "Best I Ever Had" by Drake. Khalifa released his second album, Deal or No Deal, on November 24, 2009. Khalifa performed at Emo's in Austin, Texas in March 2010 as part of the 2010 South by Southwest Music Festival.
He appeared on the cover of XXL magazine that same month, for the magazine's annual list of Top 10 Freshman, which included Donnis, J. Cole, Freddie Gibbs, Fashawn. Wiz Khalifa was named 2010 "Ro