Rawkus, the brand synonymous with groundbreaking hip-hop returns to their roots in artist development.
The Rawkus Network (http://www.rawkus.com), home to blog favorites and taste-makers such as RealtalkNY.net, SmokingSection.net, TheRapUp.net, and Fatlacemagazine.com, announces the Nov. 27th all digital launch of The Rawkus 50, a whoâ€™s who of the hottest underground artists in Hip Hop today.
Chosen from hundreds of submissions, all Rawkus 50 artistsâ€™ profiles can be viewed on my.rawkus.com, a community platform that both blogs and artists share. A total of 650 exclusive tracks, representing 50 albums, will be available for digital download at I-Tunes and other relevant digital retailers worldwide. Each artist also has the option to independently release the music in physical CD form. To select the top 50 artists from a huge amount of submissions, Rawkus drafted veteran underground hip hop producer Slopfunkdust as Rawkus 50 A&R Director. All artists receive the marketing and promotion of Rawkus founders Brian Brater and Jarret Myer, who conceived of the Rawkus 50 as a countermeasure to falling CD sales and a general decline in artist development at music labels.
The Rawkus 50 member diversity, cumulative artistic strengths and touring capacity are evident; however, the Rawkus Network will provide coverage throughout its community of blogs with additional on-line promotion via its social network, worldwide digital distribution using IODA Distribution Alliance, print ads and a National series of Rawkus 50 events.
Below are some examples of what The Rawkus 50 has to offer. For more information and links to each artistâ€™s profile page visit http://my.rawkus.com/group/rawkus50
-L.E.G.A.C.Y. is a widely respected Justus League member and Little Brother affiliate member.
-The Foundationâ€™s members and session musicians have played live, recorded, and produced for Meâ€™shell Ndegeocelo, Beyonce, Robert Glasper, Mary J. Blige, Tribe Called Quest, Bilal, Kareem Riggins, and Sa-Ra Creative Partners.
– Custom Made – Well known on LAâ€™s mixtape circuit, Custom Made just signed a long term deal with Babygrande Records
– Mookie Jones, son of R&B Legend and original Def Jam roster artist Oran â€œJuiceâ€ Jones, was just 15 years old he won 1st place in 2003 National â€œRoc-The-Micâ€ competition sponsored by Roc-A-Fella Records. One year later he placed 1st in the Houston Source Battle and recently won Scionâ€™s â€œThe Prospectâ€ competition.
— Atllas, has been featured as a mentor of the highly rated MTV â€œMADEâ€ series, and is headlining the official Phoenix Suns Tour with Hot-Rod (G-Unit).
-6th Sense, an Mc/Producer has collaborated/produced with Snoop Dogg, Aaron Carter, Scram Jones and Frequency. He is dropping his Rawkus 50 Mick Boogie tape now.
– SunN.Y was signed by Jermaine Dupri to Virgin Records Urban live on 106th and Park after winning over the BET MC battle
-Krukid, a Ugandan Native received a 4 Star OKAYPLAYER review for his Rawkus 50 album, â€œAfricanâ€ The respected Website wrote: â€œThis is a great hip hop album, but above all it is a well crafted piece of art filled with substance.â€