St. Pablo Tour stops in Grand Rapids

Considering I haven’t been to a concert since, B2K was a thing. Going to the St. Pablo
Tour was another great experience for 2016. I was able to see why people pay the big bucks for the closer seats, although my seats were just as great. The concert took place in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI., where the streets flooded with people from all over West Michigan to experience Mr. West and his hovering stage.


Kanye hit the platform at 9:21p.m., and the crowd went crazy. I’ll be honest, I enjoy Kanye as an artist and producer, but I really wasn’t a die hard fan–until now. The energy in that arena was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it.

He performed several hits like, Jesus Walks, FourFive Seconds, Can’t Tell Me Nothing and several songs from Life of Pablo, obviously. Opening  with Father Stretch My Hands.

As I said before, I hadn’t been to a concert since watching Omarion glide across the stage at Joe Louis Arena, or maybe it was Lloyd…I’m not sure, but it has been a while. Of course, me being “Jill the camera lady” I wanted to capture so many great moments, for this post specifically. I had my phone out the entire time, recording and taking pictures.

I joked about how the set up and lighting made me feel like I was standing in the middle of Zion in the Matrix movie, because that’s exactly how it felt. The yellow lights gave it a real ambient touch. Listening to the crowd sing all the lyrics as if they were on stage performing. Needless-to-say, I had a ball and I need to learn more Yeezy songs new and old.


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What are you listening to?

So many artist have been dropping gems in my apple music. I have something new to listen to for getting ready, driving to work, exercising…the list goes on. This is what’s I’ve downloaded in the past few weeks.

First things first….Blond x Frank Ocean: Screw him for making us wait..but lets all agree how worth it “the wait” was. Blond is amazing work. I will be honest, I wasn’t always a fan. When I first heard it, I thought it was ok. However, I gave it another chance while driving home from my internship one day and it definitely grew on me.

I can listen to Self-Control three times before I let the rest of the album finish. That song just resonates so much with my life right now. In addition to Solo, my other jam, after skipping his moms anti-drug PSA.

travis-scott-birds-in-the-trap-sing-mcknight-01.jpgI’m also listening to Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight x Travis Scott…definitely another banger. Truthfully, I’m no die hard Travis Scott fan, but I definitely appreciate his music for sure. I can bang Outside all day.

I’m still listening to Everybody Looking x Gucci Mane. Even though I’ve heard mixed views on the new gucci music, I for one enjoy every bit of it. I recommend listening to Gucci Please as you get dressed for your day. Start your day with the “Trapper Confidence” and I bet you have a great day.

I cannot forget about Daniel Son; Necklace Don x 2 Chainz–another get ready with me banger. Starting with the first song Get out the bed. That is what I’m talking about 2 Chainz. This is my put my swag on…it’s time to grind and make this money song.


But what are you listening to?

Remembering AALIYAH

Fifteen years ago today, we lost a beautiful person, the baby girl of R&B Aaliyah. I can definitely say I miss her music and tom boy swag. I remember it, like it was yesterday. Aaliyah was my a role model to my eldest sister. On this day 15 years ago, I had to comfort my sister as she cried, as if she lost a friend. 

We were able to witness so much black girl magic from the triple threat. She gave us sexy, sporty, bad girl swag. We were able to witness her acting in Queen of the Damned and Romeo Must Die. 

I created a playlist today of my favorite Aaliyah songs. 

  1. I care 4 U
  2. More Than A Woman 
  3. Are You That Somebody
  4. If Your Girl Only Knew 
  5. 4-Page Letter
  6. We Need A Resolution
  7. Loose Rap
  8. Age Anit Nothing But A Number
  9. At Your Best (You are Loved)
  10. Rock The Boat

If you’re an Aaliyah fan, take some time to groove to her soft voice today. Comment below your favorite Aaliyah Hit. 

Small Town Summers In Kalamazoo, MI: Fourth Coast Café

I actually discovered this hidden, 24-hour café known as Fourth Coast Café a few weeks IMG_0261ago when I had a meeting here about a job opportunity.

I’ve been going back pretty much every other day since! The café is literally an embodiment of Kalamazoo culture, and I love it.

The excellent choices of coffee shop music, the picturesque feel of the café, and the hipster-type crowd of people that fill the small space makes it a comfortable, homey chill spot. Whether you want to do homework, catch up with friends, or grab a coffee, Fourth Coast Café is the place to go.

And my favorite part – as I mentioned before – is that it’s open 24 hours!

IMG_0241The café has been serving Kalamazoo residents for the past 20 years. They have a diverse selection of coffees, lattes, teas, artisan breads, vegan and organic desserts, and a full selection of baked goods. My personal favorites are the chai tea latte and their blueberry muffins!

Fourth Coast Café is located at 816 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Check it out sometime!

LEGINDARY LEEMAN’S Exclusive On Hip Hop ,Life, Music, Consciousness, and Staying True To Self



By Bre Nicole J Instagram: @bre_nicolej

It all started in the South Bronx of New York. Out of the 1970s, a new sound of funk  was developed with a faster beat and speech. Hip Hop and rap !

Although it still remains the same that the legends of hip hop will never die, there are many new faces in the game that pose a lethal threat.

One particular face, Legindary LeeMan,  a native from Southfield, Michigan explains just how the influence of old skool hip hop, funk, and soul has had  on his career in the music industry. Legindary LeeMan describes himself  not only  as an entertainer, but also as a scholar, philosopher, writer, pioneer and genius.

As an artist he makes it very clear that he is not a clone to  society’s perceptions on ‘new age’ music.

“Clones are people who try to act or be like other people. They are nobodies.  We all get inspired by people, but a clone believes in trends. What the hell is a trend?”, Leeman says.

“Clones have no mind of their own. With clones you just gotta kill them with being just who you are– yourself. If you respect it, you respect. If not, then you don’t.”

Legindary LeeMan creates his own paths in life with grace and humility, acknowledging God as his Higher Power. Having a raw style in fashion and taste in music, with his hair worn in a classic style fro, Leeman takes you back to the 80s funk, spiced up with spitting knowledge through his rap lyrics.

Legindary LeeMan shares,

“I respect my reflection in the mirror. I live in the moment of learning as much as possible”

So how did Legindary Leeman get his name?

High school friends gave him  the name LeeMan in reference to his last name and the Legindary piece stemmed from him always being a well known leader among his peers.

In his words “You become a Legind when you are not afraid to live. I don’t spell  legindary the regular way. I spell it with an I  because I am an innovator. I’m not afraid to evolve.”

Currently, the artist who is a graduate from Georgia State University and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is endlessly working on his music.

“Atlanta saved my life. I never planned on being here. I went to Florida A & M  for  one year, but that didn’t work out. I got accepted to Georgia  State and graduated with a public speaking degree. Yes I have a degree ! College was  a great connection and I’ve always been an honor roll student . Atlanta has opened up my eyes with a lot of diversity and you never know what is going to happen. If you can go to college, experience it. Just know when you graduate you can’t get caught up with everything you are fed, but understand the more knowledge the better.” LeeMan says. ” I learned a lot about me and how to survive in a different way.”

He wants the youth to understand that the choice of going to college is theirs and no one else.

“You may be asking a lot of people about your education. And may be  you’re confused but the choice is yours. Make the choice for you. The financial point is a beast, but if you have the choice  to go and want to go for it. It teaches you a lot about yourself.”

With the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in making same sex marriages legal and gay rights being a trending topic over the past few weeks, certain views on homosexuality were discussed. Due to the high number of homosexuals that live in Atlanta, LeeMan acknowledges the fact that there are many men on the downlow in Atlanta and wants people to know:

“If you’re gay be gay. Don’t hide that. ”

He also states how being gay seems to be the “new trend” that LeeMan defines as clones.

“I’m scared for the new generation because I think they  may think gay is just something to be. Like it’s a trend. I have no problem with gay people though because  those that are, are out with it. ”

Leeman wants people to understand that he does not oppose anyone’s choice in being gay and that his music is for all people. A song called  ‘Stay Black’  interprets just what the artist is trying to convey on being your own person, while informing his listeners that people of color seem to be the most mocked race in America and around the world.

Despite the name of the song, ‘Stay Black’ gives power to people wanting to be nothing but their authentic selves in a world that is so stuck on facades and image. The definition of living life to the fullest in Legindary LeeMan’s mind is ‘staying true to thy own self’.

“Black people are the most mimicked race out there. Other races shouldn’t fear blacks and should instead just respect blacks”, says LeeMan. “Stay black is not to discriminate any race. It’s just explaining how everything is derived from the black race. We all come from the same place. It’s not in offense to any other race. Stay black is just staying true to who you are as a goddess or god. God lives within you.”

Legindary LeeMan illustrates his art using samples of his musical influences from the 70s to the  early 90s. There’s no question on whether or not music has evolved. And although rap and hip hop are used interchangeably at times, the two  genres have appeal to various ethnic groups , populating around the world in many countries.

What we now know as hip hop and rap groomed out of a time during the fall of  the auto industry, collapse of  the steel mills and exhaustion  and lack of resources of social services and public housing for blacks and hispanics in the 70s. It was a way for the people of impoverished communities to unite. Artists communicated on the issues of living in the inner-city, while turning their rage into joy and embarking on turning their art into capital.

LeeMan says, “Music told stories and painted pictures.  Music now is so different these days. I  came up listening to Snoop, Dj Quick, Twista, E-40 Sugar Free, UGK, J Dilla, Mos Def, Wu Tang, and Jay Z.  I’m influenced by a lot of music and have been listening to Al Green and George Clinton and The Parliament to receive more inspiration for my music. One of the first rap artist that my mom introduced me to was Geto Boyz. She inspired me with  countless forms of  music from Rick James to many other forms of classical soul and funk music. My dad is also a  big Blues man.”

Some of Leeman’s other musical influences include:

Sade, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, Outkast, Prince, Aaliyah Nona G, Lolita Deville, Erykah Badu, Tony, Toni, Tone, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, The Roots, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Devin The Dude, Gucci Mane, Eminem, Streetlordz, EightBall & MJG, and NWA.

Legindary Leeman also expresses what new skool is missing compared to the old skool.

“It’s missing the funk! There’s no funk! It’s the groove behind the music and having your own flavor. Music is now oversaturated.”

Don’t get it twisted though, Leeman still has an ear for some new cats in the game ” The artists I  listen to now are Dom Kennedy, Nipsey,  Dej Loaf,Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, ASAP Rocky, Future Young Dolph, Cla$$ique, MasterPeace, and new upcoming artists on the Internet.”

LeeMan writes his music from the heart, allowing the audience to share in his journey of life experiences. From life in the suburbs surrounding Detroit to moving to Atlanta,  took flight on a spiritual journey. He talks on developing a conscious awareness and also getting his heart broke in his music.

“Being hurt in different situations and happy in other situations has given me a balance of knowing pain, but also experiencing a happy and good life. Life is a  journey. It’s about knowing that things just come naturally. To get the happiness you want, you gotta travel back to that kid inside of you and tap back into that happiness you once had.  It’s all in staying true. When I write it’s more than me talking. It’s the universe. It’s a power within me.”

A song called ‘Burn Out’ featuring vocalist Tayla D, touches on the sensitive side of being in love with a woman but not being equally yoked.

“The song  was a real story that happened in my life. It is indeed a beautiful masterpiece. If you’re life is just all smooth then you have no story. It’s a lot of females with weak souls. Women have to realize that just being beautiful isn’t everything. You gotta be cold with a strong soul. If you’re not evolving then you’re dying. And that’s smoother than a left titty.”

So ladies if you aren’t coming with a beautiful mind and soul, LeeMan ain’t lookin for you.

“That used to be my thing, thinking with my d*** all the time. If you think with your d*** all the time you will get f**** . It  happens sometimes though players f*** up.  It’s business before buns. Some n****** get controlled by the beast.  I really had to learn that you have to take care of the business first. If a woman really wants to build with you she will.  If you get the buns then you get the buns but put the bands before the buns. It’s like the movie ‘Boomerang’.”

LeeMan’s mission is to inspire others to be innovative, confident, and to reach their full potential in life. When a person decides to build on  their own character and brand themselves as who they are, not focusing on society’s ideologies, a person becomes more authentic. He urges people to follow their passions and do things that ‘small minded’  people say is impossible.

“People try to block or knock your passions. Now I understand how to maneuver when someone is trying to knock me down. Once you learn how to deal with negative energy, you realize that everything is in life is still good,” LeeMan says.

“With some passion and  creativity you can do whatever you want to do. These days most individuals want to be something that they see in society and not themselves. However once we find our inner personal Legind that’s when life begins—S/o to Southfield, the Zoo [Kalamazoo], and the Zeta Theta Ques and  Upsilon Gamma Ques.”

A song that had a classic ‘drop top ridin’ summer zeal was Cash and Carry.

“Cash and Carry was in reference to me paying homage growing up as a kid. Cash and carry is about not owing anybody anything. In life you shouldn’t be in debt to everybody. That’s death,” says the rapper. “I’ve dodged death so many times. Sometimes you just be so dumb. Then you say to yourself, did you just flirt with death. Major shout out to the Original Cash Out Boyz of my city.”

As we discussed some of the senseless killings and kidnappings that have been happening in Detroit, Legindary LeeMan dropped some knowledge and said “My message to Detroit is to expand your mindset. Don’t kill a nigga over some petty s***. I saw on the news recently that 27 people got killed  over the course of just one weekend.  For everyone that got killed that’s 27 momma’s crying.”

Dropping music and knowledge isn’t the only thing  Legindary is doing these days! The artist has his hands on acting as well and still pursuing his first love basketball. LeeMan played for the Georgia Gwizzlies in the ABA and is currently a free agent if any teams or coaches are looking for a good shooting or point guard.

As for his acting career he has been in a few extras and gaining many connections in the field.

LeeMan says,”I want to see more of  me evolving and building my brand. Not only me, but people that I’m around and my community. It’s all a  collective art and business. One stop shop,  sharing my love., It’s all passion and I’m focused on my art and the people around me. If you aren’t building anything, what’s the point.”

Legindary LeeMan also has a surprise for all the listeners waiting for an EP to drop! Just wait on it baby!

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Creators Vs Clones


You know I couldn’t keep my social bees waiting for more music buzz any LONGER! So far you all have been with me on my musical journey to connect with various artists to witness their deep rooted passion for music and experience their growth as artists. It has been extremely rewarding to gravitate towards the authenticity of such humbleness, despite the continuous spotlight!


On my mission to experience the height of fulfilling musical greatness, had to witness the height of the new level that A$AP Ferg and Torey Lanez wants us to endevour along their journey of the Level Up Tour! 


At Royal Oak Music Theatre A$AP FERG and Torey Lanez has showed us the higher level where they plan to take their music, and how much they appreciate their fans support! With the unexpected crowd surf,  Torey Lanez proved us all that we should expect him to not let up on building his way to the top! He even gave us a second of what real music is to him in a 90s R&B throwback session, which was one of my favorite parts of the show. Torey’s energy has clearly shown that he’s ready to prove to the world who he is through his own sound of cultured R&B. Something about those Toronto men!

The ‘I’m on a new level’ rapper A$AP Ferg, has managed to also make this statement a true one by releasing all inhibitions welcoming everyone to witness the rawness in representing himself, and also paid a tribute to the late A$AP Mob member, A$AP Yams. Ferg wholeheartedly performed his newest singles “Im on a new level” and “Line up the flex” featuring fellow tour mate Torey Lanez. Without a doubt you know they had the whole show LIT!! Here’s some clips to prove it!

Listen in! A$AP Ferg and Torey Lanez new single ‘Line up the flex‘ below!


Hey there social bees! Here again with the music buzz and Its been a while since we’ve heard a dope GOOD Music track wouldn’t you agree?! For those who don’t follow Kanye’s work that’s ok! Don’t worry, we’ll put you on real quick 😉 In 2012, Kanye’s label GOOD Music released a collective album titled Cruel Summer with artists on his label such as Detroit’s own Big Sean, Pusha T, Teyanna Taylor, 2 Chains and more. This album featured songs such as ‘Mercy’ and ‘Clique’. 4 Years has passed since the last GOOD Music project, and since then it’s left us all      hungry for more of Yeezy’s creative collabs!


This past weekend, GOOD Music reunited unexpectedly at NYC’s Summer Jam ’16 performing the new GOOD Music soon to be hit, ‘Champions’ !  This highly anticipated reunion took the height of the concert, leaving everyone in awe channeling the power of musical greatness! The new single includes GOOD Music artists Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chains, Travis Scott, and Desiigner! Not included in the performance was Yo Gotti, Quavo, and Gucci Mane making this his first big collab since his release! Yeezy never disappoints! This was just an appetizer to get us ready for the next GOOD project!

If you haven’t heard the new single ‘Champions’  you know I have here for you to listen 😉 Check it out, and let’s not forget to wish Yeezy  a happy birthday! 👑


Back at it again with Dope Detroit Music!!


Being the music junkie I am you know I had to step on the music scene again this weekend for another “Dope Detroit Music” show! The first show has set the bar, and now I’m curious to see who’s REALLY about that word play and stage presence! Aren’t you?

The highly anticipated 2nd dose of Dope Detroit Music showcase came back at it again with a serious line up with artists such as Fuzz, Mark Will, Trilla George, and Kulture to name the least. What I noticed all these artists have in common is their “Art of Hustle“, relentless freedom through expression of their lyrics, and TRUTH! The truth in music is what captures us. It’s something we all can relate to, and if you live and breathe music, you’ll recognize it right away. Nonetheless, this is what a showcase is all about and we look forward to hearing more of Dope.Detroit.Music!

Here are some recaps of this weekend’s show in Highland Park! Stay tuned for future updates!

Pour The Honey: One Beef Turns Into Two Beefs?

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By: William Lawson

At this point, everyone is aware of the ongoing beef between Drake and Meek Mill. Not only did Meek start and lose this beef, but he’s currently in the process of being investigated by the WWE for use of their theme song in his lack luster Drake diss track- but that’s another story.

In Meek’s diss track, “Wanna Know,” he referenced Ja Rule and 50 Cent’s decade old beef: “Real ni**as back in style / This sh*t is lit / This that Ja Rule sh*t and 50 Cent.”

Clearly Ja Rule listened to the song because he took to Instagram and posted a picture with the caption “Which one supposed to be Ja Rule??? #Over30millionrecordsSOLD #IwriteallmyS–t #MeekvsDrake.”

He didn’t just keep his comments on Instagram, he took to Twitter to clarify his comments and to squash any belief that there were any comparisons to his and 50 Cent’s beef and Drake and Meek’s.

[Credit: Twitter: @RULEYORK]
[Credit: Twitter: @RULEYORK]

If we know anything about Tyler Petty, I mean 50 Cent, then we know that he wouldn’t let his name come up in a conversation without saying something himself. Later the same day that Ja Rule took to Twitter, 50 Cent posted a tweet–that he later deleted–that read “Oh I herd what you said on the power 105 morning show, you fu**ing punk. Everybody know I put your ass to sleep.” 50 was referring to a radio interview that Ja did for “The Breakfast Club” back in 2014 where he talked about a brawl between the two of them.

[Credit: Twitter: @50cent]
[Credit: Twitter: @50cent]
Ja Rule didn’t let that slide, he fired back via Instagram, writing, “How u doin… 😂😂😂 this ho has a lot of balls!!! Unfortunately she also has a p**sy shut up before somebody put a d*ck in ya mouth.”

The timing of this beef is quite interesting considering that Ja Rule has a new song called “Wake Me Up” as well as an MTV docu-series, “Follow the Rules,” which premieres Oct. 26. Sound off below, is this for publicity or is this for real?

Rasheeda The Boss Presents Pressed

[Credit: Deanna's Dirt]
[Credit: Deanna’s Dirt]
By: Ciara Page

Cause she’s a boss!

It looks like Rasheeda “the Boss Chick” Frost finally BOSSED up to her hubby Kirk Frost and took control!

The rapper finally opening up her very own clothing boutique that she’s been longing for!

Recently, Rasheeda “The Original Boss Chick” hosted her grand opening for her new store Pressed in Atlanta, Georgia at the Phipps Plaza. The reality TV star is the jack-of-all trades with her own line of “Poiz Cosmetics”, online boutique “Im Bossy”, her music career, and now her own boutique!

[Credit: Addicted To All Things Pretty]
[Credit: Addicted To All Things Pretty]
We’re guessing that the auction Rasheeda held of Kirk Frost’s watches, cars, bikes, and shoes gave her enough money to open her store, that her husband/manager refused to open up for her.

Along with the grand opening of Pressed, she also held a “meet and greet” for her fans who stopped by and shopped!

Rasheeda was joined by many friends, including Toya Wright, Kandi Burruss, Keri Hilson, Lil Scrappy and many more. Everyone gather to celebrate yet another accomplishment in her 15 years of hard work! The grind is real for her!

We wonder did Karlie Redd stop by and join the party? Ha, of course she did in her little RED dress.

Well, Congratulations to Rasheeda, you better WERRRRKKKKK!

How many more of Kirk’s belongings do you think she sold before opening up her boutique? Oop!

Beyonce | Nicki Minaj | Rihanna : Are The “Holy Trinity” Rumors True?

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[Credit: Utopia Suite]
By Sydney B

When a bey-hive that’s constantly buzzing, a navy that never sinks, and a dollhouse full of barbs join together one could only imagine the amount of damage these three Queens will do together.

Earlier this year, rumors spread about an alleged collaboration between Beyonce, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, but Nicki quickly put the rumors to rest. After new evidence of an alleged ASCAP image surfaced online, this rumor once again had the internet roaring.

[Credit: Bossip]
[Credit: Bossip]
Now it’s no secret that Nicki has teamed up with both of these R&B diva’s separately. With Bey and Nicki’s recent release of the Flawless remix, and Nicki and Rih’s hit single Fly – it’s no surprise if these three produce a chart topping hit together.

In a recent interview with HOT 97’s Ebro Darden, Nicki mentioned that a collab between the three of them would be “a great thing for black women.”

“I’ve been seeing the “Holy Trinity,” Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj thing on Twitter and it cracks me up. They always get pictures of us in like the same color and they’ll put it together and tweet it to me, it’s so cute,” Nicki says. “I love both of those girls very much and that would be so dope for black women, especially in a time right now when black women are so scarce; we’re so copied and …..discredited. Not given our full props when we create.

So, of course that would be a blessing. I would love that. I don’t think that would ever happen but I’m just saying, I love that it shows that there is a desire for black women that have a powerful movement to join forces.”

Hmm, if the rumors are true I am beyond excited to hear the raw talent coming from these ladies. Do you think a collaboration between the three of them would be a great way to start off the new year?

Three Girls | One Goal

[Instagram: @dmkofficial]
[Instagram: @dmkofficial]
If you have a goal, and want to achieve it then work hard and one day it will come true. I know it sounds cliche’, but when you follow your dreams, it happens! Damoli, Melanee, and Kourtney are DMK, the newest up and coming vocal group from Detroit.

The trio of ladies have recently charmed their way into the offices of some the industries hottest record companies and social media moguls like Interscope Records, Columbia Records, and even Snap Chat.

“Dream Big, Live Bigger,” says DMK.

[Credit: Instagram @dmkofficial]
Their mission is to make music, but not just any music, real music! The longtime friends developed the group when they were just kids. Now ten year later, they’re all grown up and working to showcase their talents to the world.

[Instagram: @dmkofficial]
[Instagram: @dmkofficial]
Back in 2012, the group performed nationally on BET’s 106 & Park show. The ladies competed in the Coca-Cola Female R&B/ Pop All-star Wild Out Wednesday competition where they formally introduced themselves. Since then there’s been no stopping these three talented ladies.

The group prides itself on positivity and growth, dedicating themselves individually to delivering good music that everyone will love. With the idea of being three totally different people able to make it work together, success was only an arm’s reach away. Since traveling, the girls have been in the studio perfecting their talents while creating quality hits that they plan to release.

Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.



Austin The Icon

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Failure is another steppingstone to greatness, and where words fail, music speaks.

Austin Echols is Austin The Icon. A new up and coming rap artist on his way to living what he calls an “iconic lifestyle” as he becomes apart of something elite. Hints the name, Austin The Icon!

He’s a student at Western Michigan University from Southfield, Michigan. Austin began rapping at the age of six, when he started off making bubble gum rap at the lunch table in elementary school.

It wasn’t until high school when the young rapper developed a serious passion for music. Early in his career he joined two rap groups, with close friends and family.

“My brother, my best friend Henry, and I used to get instrumentals off of YouTube and play them while we recorded us rapping on my phone,” says Austin.

Sadly, neither of the groups were as successful as they had hoped it would be. Although neither groups were successful, Austin never lost his passion for making music so he soon became a solo artist.

“I really don’t have a message I’m trying to give to the people,” says Austin. “I just want to give them good rap music because we are losing that in today’s society.”

Currently he is working on his new project “Lessons Learned”, which is set to release in 2015. For more information, visit Austin’s instagram page @AustinTheIcon or his twitter @MrGrammys

Check out Austin The Icon’s latest single “Hour Glass”