#Behind The Unsigned
Fred The Godson
Fredrick Thomas was born into a household rich in music, and R&B and rap won his allegiance at an early age. Fred the Godson's father, who worked security at the Tunnel (one of New York City’s most prominent hip hop clubs) frequently brought the hottest records home before they hit the airwaves, a cherished treasure among a household of seven children. Fred had fallen in love with music at the age of eight and would, despite being diagnosed with asthma, begin his ascent to achieving his dream of becoming a rapper.
Nitty Scott MC
Don’t let the pretty face fool you - Nitty Scott MC will hold her own in a cypher and has bars for days. The half Puerto Rican / half African-American indie artist - born in Grand Rapids, made in Florida, paid in New York - is creating a buzz around the internet with well crafted, hard hitting freestyles. One person described her as the “Female J.Cole that looks like Lauren London." Could you ask for a better combo in a female rapper?
Josue "Man-u-ill" Velez, an indie Puerto Rican rapper born and raised in Connecticut, grew from a problem child to a troublesome teen until he learned to use music as a form of expression. Back in 2000, Man-u-ill was convicted of criminal charges. During that time he started taking his music more seriously. Instead of just writing raps to impress peers or crush cyphers, he started writing songs. He also was given the name Man-u-iLL from a clever cellmate who asked his middle name as they were thinking of possible aliases he could take to the next level. With his middle name being “Manuel” it was immediate, his cellmate said “I got it… ‘Man-u-iLL'!"
- Johnny Nunez
Aside from his rhyming skills and bright prospects, Skyzoo is probably best remembered for his loss to fellow rhyme-slayer Jin on BET's '106 & Park' freestyle contest. Nonetheless, coming out of that defeat, the New York MC has launched his career by landing theme tracks for ESPN and Guinness beer, building his own Custom Made Entertainment company and securing a continuous relationship with North Carolina rap crew the Justus League. The Brooklynite was born in Crown Heights, but spent much of his youth just south of there in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Soul Khan’s distinctive booming voice and personality break the stereotypical mold of an MC. He started rapping during his junior high school years and dabbled in the underground rap battles, but it wasn't until November 2008 when Soul Khan started taking his rap career seriously. He moved to Brooklyn, New York, got a job at the world-renowned Fat Beats and formed the underground hip hop collective Brown Bag Allstars with his co-workers.
Duval Chamberlain, known as D. Chamberz, is an up-and-coming artist from the “last stop in New York,” Coney Island! Through his raspy, assertive voice you can hear his passion in every song. Whether it’s joy or pain, love or hate, flossin’ or wisdom, D. Chamberz brings an authenticity to hip hop that is sorely missed. He uses his knowledge of the street to his advantage, he watches the market, he studies the competition ... and he makes strategic moves to take over his lane.
Hailing from the suburbs of Fairfield County, Connecticut, Chris Webby (a.k.a. Christian Webster) began rapping at a very young age, obsessing over artists like Dr. Dre and Eminem, engaging in numerous rap battles, and originally writing and recording under the name Vindictive. Initially catering to a limited northeastern demographic (namely his home state of Connecticut), Webster has since garnered significant attention through his free LPs and YouTube presence, and now gigs widely around the country. Webby differentiated himself from similar acts in the new hip-hop/frat rap genre through his detailed attention to wordplay. He is recognizable by the high number of tattoos covering his body, most of which pertain to video games (Mortal Kombat, Mario, Boo the Ghost, etc.) or to aspects of '90s culture. Webby truly does appreciate his devouted followers - his "Ninjas" - and continues to pave the way as an unsigned artist knowing that he has their support.
Tanya Morgan is a rap group. More than that, they’re a great rap group, as evidenced by the acclaim they’ve received from the likes of Billboard, Vibe, SPIN, XXL Magazine, XLR8R, Los Angeles Times, The Onion, NY Magazine and a bevy of other press outlets who have praised the group throughout the duration of their career. "Tanya Morgan are like the sons of De La Soul -- soulful, stressed, effortlessly smart flows, intricate production, the whole package," says SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron.
Sene was born and raised in Brooklyn. The son of a native New Yorker and a mother from Puerto Rico, Sene’s childhood never had a dull moment growing up in Sheepshead Bay (South Brooklyn). His mother would play salsa music while cleaning their one-bedroom apartment, and when his father was still around, he would play his electric guitar for his son and captivate him with old tapes from Woodstock. Though exposed to music from an early age, it wasn’t until his stepbrother gave him Common’s ‘One Day It’ll All Make Sense’ that the hip hop bug bit a pre-teen Sene. Eventually, he jacked that CD from his brother and started writing.