Mississippi artist Reapa Ranks speaks with This Is 50 about his craft & more

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Somewhere deep in the heart of Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi – Prentiss to be exact – there lies an unmined diamond who goes by the name of Reapa Ranks. And this gem is a breath of fresh air who vows to never forget where he came from – something many entertainers can’t claim in this day and age.

 This young, up and coming rapper is putting in untold hours and a whole lot of energy into his entertainment career. His life has been a busy one recently – and it’s about to get a whole lot busier, given his plans for distributing his music around the globe. He has several new projects on deck, so it’s going to be a cold winter, to say the least!

Whether it’s the influence from his hard working father or just the hustle that being from The Sipp brings with it, Reapa Ranks is ready to climb that ladder to super stardom and he is more than capable of putting his Corporate Raiders Ent label on the map.

From “I Made It” to “Ring the Alarm” and “Ride or Die”, Reapa Ranks understands the importance of being tenacious and having a solid team to push a polished product out to the world.
We caught up with Reapa Ranks recently and here’s what he had to say:

Tell us a little about yourself.

REAPA RANKS: My name is Reapa Ranks. I’m from Prentiss Mississippi a/k/a “Lil Pakistan”. I’m 23 years old and currently travel back and forth from my hometown of Prentiss, Mississippi to the streets of Miami, Florida – putting in work, shooting videos and networking trying to get my music in different parts of the world.

Did growing up in Mississippi have any effect on your grind and hustle? How did it help to form your art?

REAPA RANKS: Well, I wouldn’t say it had an effect on my grind because round here it’s like we’re born with the hustle and grind for something. It’s up to you to find out what you have a passion and drive for and give dat sh*t 100% everyday. Mine just happened to be music. Being from Prentiss, Mississippi and Jefferson County period, helped form my art because it’s like …. The towns are tiny as hell, but I love em. Everything else is country parts. We call it backroads. Basically, I feel like being from The Sipp, we have to dig deeper than a lot of other guys in da game because they’re doing what they see the next man doing, saying, wearing, etc. Somebody to look up to, look like, sound like – all that, while in The Sipp the next man is not rapping around here. They’re probably trapping. There aren’t really many artists to look up to around here. You just have to dig deep into yourself, take in the happenings of your environment and say something to let the people know you feel em and know what they’re going through, but at the same time, letting them know you respect their struggle and hustle – and that I see what’s going on and will never forget where I came from.

To date, what has been your favorite project you’ve worked on?

REAPA RANKS: All my projects are my favorites, even the ones from “Dat Crew” days when I was in a group with my partners. I mean, it’s me and I love me some me, but I am my biggest critic. I’d have to say that my favorite project is my debut solo mixtape, “Nu No Limit”, simply because I had to come up with everything on my own. It’s entirely me and to be honest, I didn’t think I could do it. But my team/family kept me on my toes and I have gotten great responses from that mixtape and made many new fans. Shoutout to da OOG4ng and everybody rocking with Reapa Ranks. Y’all are the sh*t, on my Mama!

If there were 3 producers and 3 major artists you could work with, who would those be and why?

REAPA RANKS: Aww man, if I could work with 3 major artists and 3 major producers of my choice, I’d have to say #1 would be Young Dolph because he’s making major moves in da industry without a deal. Not saying that I wouldn’t sign with anyone (laughs), but to most music artists these days, making it to the big screen independently is the American Dream and my n**** Dolph living it. #2 would be Future simply because every time you hear Future on a track, he’s being 1000% Future Hendrix. He’s 1 of 1 and in 2017, that is rare. Last but not least #3, Offset! Offset just takes sh*t to another level. From the time he comes on a verse or hook, the club is going crazy. My 3 producers would be Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital and TroddiBeatzBoomin. I say Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital because they’re 2 producers that have been leading the industry for some time. I say TroddiBeatzBooming because my guy been making beats for me since the beginning when we were piled in a room with no A/C, grinding doing what it takes to make it.

What future endeavors are you currently working on?

REAPA RANKS: I’m currently working on new music, of course. I actually have a few visual ideas in mind that I can’t wait to shoot, along with shows and showcases. So I guess I can say everything is on the up and up. Slowly but surely, it’s time for The Sipp to get some recognition!

The entertainment world is such a wide open field right now, especially for music artists. Are there other avenues you’re currently exploring? If so, what are those? (acting, etc.?)

REAPA RANKS: I’d have to say music because everybody’s doing music these days, mostly rap. It’s like you don’t even have to make sense anymore. If it sounds good, you’re on. I’m out here still trying to have substance in my music. I’m not trying to be one of the guys never heard of again after a 6-month buzz to the world. And no, not really. Honestly, if I were looking to get into any other type of industry, it would have nothing to do with entertainment, know what I’m saying?

Where will we see your career in 5 years?

REAPA RANKS: In 5 years, I look to be in different cities everywhere rocking a stage, selling shirts, CDs, whatever. I’m trying to be all over the place, everywhere you turn you’re seeing and hearing Reapa Ranks from Lil Pakistan – making people get tired of me in the greatest way.

Keep up with Reapa Ranks on social media:

Facebook ReapaR4nks
Twitter @ReapaR4nks
Instagram @reaparankz

For all business inquiries, please contact Bigg Redd Da Boss via email at biggredddaboss@gmail.com.



 

 

New Orleans artist Cass of America’s interview on This Is 50

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“Sacrifice” is defined as giving up something prized or precious. Meet Cass of America, one of New Orleans (the 9th Ward to be exact), Louisiana’s most valuable players in the music game. He knows what it means to sacrifice time and effort in order to elevate his entertainment career to the next level. His team and he are confident that all of his struggles will soon translate to stellar success – there’s a carefully crafted plan in the works for this special artist. Triumph is imminent.

 

Between Cass of America’s grind and hustle, his Bloodbath moniker and his affiliations with some of the most well-known names in the game, particularly the 0017th imprint, it won’t be long before he takes his place among the superstars of his generation.

Having worked with some of the premiere producers in the Deep South, Cass’ music is not only on a whole other level, but it’s unique and something new altogether. To put it bluntly, he doesn’t sound like anybody else. In an age of artists and labels set on copying one another, Cass is a breath of fresh air – one that’s long been needed in Hip Hop – and one that stands apart from many of his counterparts.

Check out his new interview with One Shot Films.
Watch/Comment/Share and be sure to follow @cassofamerica9 on Instagram so you don’t miss out on anything new, as he’s preparing to drop a whole lot of music before 2017 comes to a close.

Visuals Directed / Edited By: One Shot Films
IG: @oneshot_filmz

Booking/Features: @reem0017th of 0017th

0017th A&R: S. T.

Media Inquiries/Interviews: @hurricanearlene of @mikodreamz_pr

Storm drops first single on Empire Distribution networks

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Instagram & Twitter @outta_the_storm @sty_king

Femcee, entrepreneuer, seasoned recording artist, songwriter, and motivational speaker, MIKODreamz PR client and Starvin Lion Entertainment artist Storm teams up with the incredible talent known as STY King to bring to their fans, the new hit single “Mistake”.

The artwork for “Mistake” sets the tone for the song itself. The creation is a tale of a relationship gone sour, due to the trifecta of betrayal – infidelity, lies and deceit.

There’s much more to come from Storm in the very near future. Her music is currently being distributed by powerhouse Empire. “Mistake” is available everywhere music is sold or streamed.

Dash Carrera releases new mixtape entitled “Nothing Major”

While his mixtape may be named “Nothing Major”, don’t let that title fool you – anything – and we do mean ANYTHING – Dash Carrera drops, is white hot, and this latest project is no different. In fact, it’s probably one of his most consistent to date. It’s available for download and streaming on all major mixtape sites, including Audiomack, Dat Piff, Spinrilla, and more!

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Download/Stream/Comment/Share “Nothing Major” and follow Dash on Instagram (@iam_dashcarrera)

“Boobie Trapp 3” now available on all major platforms

Not so long ago, we saw an uptick in dull music – and a whole lot of the same. Then along came OG Boobie Black with a recipe for breaking that monotony. You won’t find a more real artist out there. And his storytelling ability? Well, you have to experience the music itself just to see how deeply that runs.

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From the intro track on Boobie Trapp 3 (BT3) to the final track, it is evident that his is one of the most vivid storytellers of this musical generation. Assisted by Kevin Gates, Young Dolph, BTY YoungN, Jay Jones, Ilham, and more, OG Boobie Black puts his stamp on the industry with the BT3 project.

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Make sure you download or stream the project that is already a fan favorite!

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Join hundreds of thousands of the OG Boobie Black followers on social media:

Instagram @OGBoobieBlackBWA

Twitter @BoobieBlack3

Artwork for “Kitchen Dance” leaked (BTY YoungN x Hollygrove Keem)

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Artwork for what’s about to be the hottest song of the Summer (“Kitchen Dance”) has been leaked. The late great BTY YoungN and the hot young lyricist Hollygrove Keem put together this masterpiece shortly before YoungN’s untimely death. The track is produced by super producer KC.

Visuals were shot and edited by 2K Films and have a pending release date. The video features not only BTY YoungN and Hollygrove Keem, but also Mario P (@_mariodacomic_) and some of the cutest little kids you’ll ever see!

Stay Tuned. These two amazing artists are about to turn Summer 2017 white hot!

@HollygroveKeem0017th releases “Never Loved Us (Promo Tape)”

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The words “growth” and “power” come to mind when you think of New Orleans artist Hollygrove Keem.

“Never Loved Us (Promo Tape)” is a 6-track mini-project that serves as the prequel to Hollygrove Keem’s upcoming project, “Never Loved Us”.  It is produced in part by super producer KC and features powerhouses such as the late great BTY YoungN, as well as Jay Jones, GreatWhite Stylez, Dash Carrera, and Punn Da Pusha. On April 29th, the world lost an amazing talent in BTY YoungN. His loss has affected Hollygrove Keem and many others who have vowed to make certain the BTY YoungN legacy lives on through his – and their music. One of the cuts off “Never Loved Us (Promo Tape)” is the emotional track “Letter To YoungN”.

Birthed from struggle and polished to diamond-like perfection, this amazing lyricist uses words to paint pictures of his everyday reality. While taking us through descriptions of his world, he manages to shine his bright light. Much can be achieved through hard work and discipline, and Hollygrove Keem is proof of this. His solo work, as well as that with the internationally recognized 0017th, has garnered quite a few accolades, including several NOLA Music Awards.

Hollygrove Keem is becoming a forced to be reckoned with and a lyrical phenomenon. Proof of that can be seen in the sheer number of streams and downloads his work has gotten in recent years, as well as in past media coverage. His most recent retail album is “Cut the Check”, a 13-track project put out by 0017th and one which has been widely acclaimed by critics, fans and music sites. “Never Loved Us” is poised to become another of his works that makes a way for more future greatness.

It will not be long before Hollygrove Keem takes his place among the stars of today’s hip hop music – while aiming for the superstardom that awaits him.

Follow Hollygrove Keem on social media:

Instagram @HollygroveKeem0017th

Twitter @Keem0017th

Website 0017th.comwww.0017th.com

Stream “Never Loved Us (Promo Tape)”: