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  • Shooting Stars in Boston

    By. CheckThisArtist.com staff

    The Boston music scene lost yet another local artist this month, a casualty to hip-hop jealousy.

    Close to 1 A.M. on Wednesday, February 17, Dedham, Mass. Native Scott “Prettyboii Shankz” Drake was gunned down following his performance at City Limits nightclub on Main Street in downtown Randolph. In the hours following his murder, the 23-year old emerging rapper was lauded on social media by friends and fans alike for both his work ethic and professionalism in the hip-hop game.

    A friend, who would like to remain anonymous, said “[Drake] was a great person at heart, always making people laugh.” A suspect in the killing was apprehended later Wednesday morning and was arraigned in Quincy Court the following day. The Norfolk County District Attorney’s office stated the shooting is believed to be a “contained incident”. Today, in his honor, CheckThisArtist.com we’ll shed some light on his musical legacy left behind. R.I.P. PrettyBoii Shankz.

     

     

    Hip-Hop Lives On 

    Since the shooting death of area rapper Jamie Lee, A.K.A. Roc Dukati, on March, 2, 2011 following his performance at Underbar on Tremont street in downtown Boston, the hip-hop community and scene has grown rapidly for local rappers, but with their rise comes the increase of those looking to hamper their plans.

    It’s this type of person that gunned down Roc Dukati several years ago and Shankz this past week. And rather than let the haters dull their shine, CheckThisArtist.com would like to remember both for who they are and the artistry they put into their craft. So follow along as we represent their legacy and let their music speak for them. 

     

     

     

     

    Shankz "YOUNG SIMBA" FT. DJ SLAYER, MR.KEYZ

     

    Roc Dukati "HOW YA LIVING"

     

     

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  • Leon Dash is an Artist

    A Photographer is an art form. An art form that has been mastered by a single person with one single camera. Leon Dash Ladies and Gentlemen is a pure photographer at heart, but the way he releases his pictures to the world of Instagram and his personal website is art. Leon Dash is a 23 year old professional photographer based out of NYC.

    His primary focus is fashion with a twist of beauty and glamour. If you don't think he's talented, well one of his pictures was placed in the Vogue Magazine. If you take a look at his website you will see what we're talking about. Here are a few pictures from Leon Dash website and Instagram page. 

     

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    Photo by: Leon Dash- Portraits 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Photo by: Leon Dash - Fashion 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Photo By: Leon Dash

    FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT HIS SOCIAL SITES 

    Website: http://www.leondashmedia.com/#/home?i=165875

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leondash/?hl=en

     

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  • CHECK THIS ARTIST GOES TO JAMAICA

    BY CTA STAFF


    Embarking on a business trip to Jamaica, and ignoring (just a little bit) all the amazing things the Island has to offer, including the beautiful beaches and food, isn’t easy. But our travel to unearth the next hottest unsigned hip-hop artist in the Island was fruitful. 
    Our travel landed us in the Island’s capital, Kingston, where the bustling neighborhoods are no stranger to good music – or crime. In 2014, the city jumped up to the sixth highest murder rate for any city worldwide. The birthplace of Reggae superstars Buju Banton, Beenie Man, and none other than the legendary Bob Marley has pumped out many hitmakers through the years, making it the perfect place for us to start our digging. 

    And we learned quite quickly it’s the struggle that churns out the smoothest beats. Within minutes after our arrival, the crew realized just how things get down in Kingston.  The rugged, but inviting city provided us quite the experience. The trip started off with a little hiccup when our cabbie’s car literally blew up as we waited to head off to our hotel. But, by chance, the cabbies friend, Winsome, ended up being the key to finding our hot artist. 

    Winsome, a Kingston native with an ear for hip-hop music, hipped us to the area while she assumed the position of our tour guide. She took us to her friends beauty salon and there we got perspectives invaluable to our search before she got us over to our hotel. Two days later Winsome gave us a call and told us about a young artist by the name of FameStylez, whose music encompasses all aspects of the struggles, mystical beauty, and uniqueness of the island. Within hours we had FameStylez on the line and a couple hit records in tow. As a treat to our subscribers, we brought back a couple of his hits to the states.

    Click the link below and let us know what you think about the next hottest unsigned artist. Kingston stand up!

     

     

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  • Joyner the new school artist with old school features

    First I would like to Thank Joyner Lucas for making my first interview casual and enjoyable. By the end of the interview I felt like I actually knew him. He was down to earth, funny, and definitely charismatic. I can’t lie though, before the interview even started I was extremely nervous. I hadn’t really heard Joyner speak much and he was on his phone majority of the time. I didn’t really get to feel him out beforehand *PAUSE*. But once the interview started he wiped the crust out of his eyes and began to open up.

    But Joyner was a pleasant surprise. Its always nice to meet an artist who is just as comfortbale within themselves as they appear to be online.  Joyner is passionate about his music. I would definitely describe him as a triple threat. He does it all, the acting, directing, the music. He's definitely an artist that shouldn't be slept on. Joyner takes his business extremely serious and he demands to be apart of the creative process. He's not afraid of a challenge and he wont wait on anyone to go out and get what he wants, he will go out and take it himself.

    -@justaskloulou

    Stay tuned for my interview exclusives on checkthisartist.com.

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  • New R&B sensation…ELLE VIE

     

    A breath of fresh air has just blown our way….
    sultry, smooth R&B singer ELLE VIE.
    If the clouds floating through the blue skies
    on a serene and sun-filled summer day had a
    soundtrack, ELLE VIE would sing it. This singer,
    songwriter and poetess is bursting on the scene
    with an original sound…peaceful vibes.

    She writes her own songs which are mainly based on
    personal experiences and trials she’s faced throughout
    her young life. “Music is just life to me period.
    It fills my emptiness. It's my passion, my purpose.”,
    says ELLE VIE.

    Though ELLE VIE was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. she spent
    the larger part of her childhood between Queens, N.Y.
    and Virginia. Her sound reflects the changes in her
    scenery, no two songs have the same vibe. One track
    makes you feel like your riding on the 95, the next
    track has you vibing on a back block in Queens.

    “Wonderful vibes is what this world needs and that's
    What my music is about. I want my music to bring peace.”,
    ELLE VIE says. She aspires to inspire with her music. “I want to
    make music that people can relate to whether it's about love,
    success or heart-break. I have a message for everyone.”

    ELLE VIE’s videos are currently available for viewing on the
    YouTube channel. Please check out this amazing young
    lady's music. We look forward to an EP coming soon.


    Link to video for “My Love”:

     

     

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