II Tone

Memphis, TN
Known originally for a vicious vocal approach, his rhymes gradually became ...increasingly measured while remaining fully energized. The rapper debuted in the early 2000s with In Too Deep, a set that featured an appearance from his group Da Crime Click. Releases such as Heaven Sent Hell Bound and the Lord Infamous collaborations Club House Click and Blood Money were issued across the 2000s. II Tone was especially productive in 2017, a year in which he delivered the full-length titles New Direction: My World Overcometh and the Mr. 4Twenty collaboration Chicken Talk, as well as the single "Who's Makin Love," with references to multiple hits by Memphis soul legend Johnnie Taylor. Read More
Listen: II Tone - Takin' Trip

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Rucci

Inglewood, CA
Rucci is a 25-year-old rapper with a deep and decorated bloodline in the st...reets of Inglewood’s Northside. His father, known as “Tako,” is tied to three generations of Neighbor Hood Piru (NHP) set. “He’s a living legend where we’re from, ‘cause he was the only Hispanic person from a Black gang at that time,” explains Rucci, who is Salvadoran and Black. Raised by his father, who is now deported, and an uncle who is currently serving life in prison, the artist born Juan Martinez has been groomed for navigating the streets. However, in a critically-acclaimed, rising music career, Rucci is using wisdom and charisma to change the narrative on his life and his city. He notes “Everything bad that I had to go through is because of my dad,” Read More
Listen: Rucci - Light it up

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