Thu, Jul 20 • 8:00PM
The Music Room
DJ JELLY Presents: KILO'S LOVE IN THE MOUTH TOUR
$15 IN ADVANCE / $20 DAY OF / $100 VIP TABLES
Featuring: JOHNBOY & SURROUND SOUND / WHOAA / ALEX RODRIGUEZ & THE CARTEL / CHILLY CHILLS / ROC & YELLA / N.S.O. / AMERICAN WILL / AND A SURPRISE GUEST!
Atlanta native and legendary Rapper, Writer, Actor, and Entreprenuer. Introducing to some and presenting to others!
JOHN BOY & SURROUND SOUND
Johnathan “John Boy” Wright is a songwriter, musician, and emcee.His musical works include songs by:Soulja Boy”,Ying Yang Twins”,“Mike Jones”,Young joc etc.
Take one look at this genre-bending, culture-shocking duo, and one could see how their name fits so appropriately. Hailing from Atlanta, Ga and Cincinnati, Ohio respectively, the artist known as “Dolla” and female vocalist “Ring” collectively make up the group titled WHOAA (pronounced WHOAA!). With their polished sound delivery and a eye-catching image oozing with commercial sensibility, equipped with a highly energetic stage presence, this duo is a like a breath of fresh air in today’s crowded music scene. Female member “Ring”, a fiery blonde, pop-rock diva with a “Britney meets Lita Ford” vocal edge, who formerly recorded under “Slim” Williams & Cash Money Records, brings out the sexier edge of WHOAA. The other half, “Dolla”, a genre-defying lyricist with retro 80s “funk” flair, with much versatility that seamlessly weaves Hip-Hop and Pop, brings quite the dynamic balance to WHOAA.
Ashley “Ring” was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduate of SCPA (School for Creative and Performing Arts), signed her first record deal with Cash Money Records in 2008 and released music featuring Lil Wayne in 2011. Ring first worked with “Dolla”, during a late night recording session for Dolla’s former group EDUBB in 2013. After re-discovering past history and noticing the organic chemistry, Ring mentioned the idea to record more songs, which ultimately spawned into a full project, and newly formed duo, WHOAA was born.
Darren “Dolla” Murphy was born in Decatur, GA, and began his musical pursuit at the age of 16, as a founding member of the successful independent hip-hop trio, EDUBB. Mostly known from their “tongue in cheek” contributions, the viral hit “Whooty”, with over 12 million youtube views, Dolla not only performed with the group, but also handled all marketing and brand duties and co-owned the independent label, selling over 80,000 digital units.
WHOAA’s debut EP “The Day It All Changed” is a culmination of a new sound that’s been crafted over the course of a year, with emerging producer Mike Maven (production credits for Atlantic Records/Warner Brothers). Leading off with their catchy “Let the Good Times Roll”, Top-40 radio anthem “Crusin” and the heavy ballad “Unconditional”, in which the group hopes will inspire a new movement for love and peace in today’s hectic times. “We just want to spread Love and Hope to those that might be Hopeless, to show the world that music is still a healing tool”, says Ring. With an acronym like “When Hearts Open And Attract”, its clear to see WHOAA, is on a mission with ambitious intentions. The band is currently focused on their highly energetic stage set along with touring festivals abroad, with hopes of winning over new fans, upon releasing the EP in the Fall/Winter of 2015.
ALEX HUNCHO RODRIGUEZ
Chilly Chills is a product of the Mechanicsville neighborhood located adjacent to the Turner Field baseball park. At the age of 9, his family moved from Chicago to the Atlanta locale made famous in the film ATL starring Tip “T.I.” Harris and Lauren London. Mechanicsville also has a reputation for its violent crime statistics and illegal narcotics economy.
While most people tend to avoid revealing the drug history of their loved ones, Chilly puts his family’s past out in the air. The vulnerability in his raps is one of the ways he uses entertainment as a vessel to spread the importance of sincerity and insight to his listeners.
“I’m tricking the mainstream market into knowledge. I’m tricking my people into going back to values,” he explains. “Not saying we completely lost them but we flex differently. Ain’t nothing wrong with flexing in that Lamborghini, but let the folks know you got off MARTA before you got in it.”
Part of Chilly’s willingness to express honesty through art, is an extension of his early beginnings as a poet. He developed his poetry skills at Southside High School, and there are still clips on YouTube of the young rhymer performing his spoken word pieces. SXSW was the first major platform that allowed him to share his gift with the masses in 2012.
His conversion from mostly poetry to Hip Hop music in 2012 was the result of Chilly getting tired of waiting for the rap game to change. He began to record his own songs and took on the role of being a taste maker for the sounds he had been looking for in others.
“I became the change I wanted to see in music. Specifically rap because as much as we might not sell albums; we control the culture and trend. It’s time to shift knowledge and morals into the trend. Watch the world change.”
ROC & YELLA
After releasing a successful project "Ain't No Loyalty" executively produced by DJ Burn One and winning Group/Duo of the Year at the SC Music Awards, South Carolina rappers Roc & Yella have definitely set a tone for the sound of the Carolinas. The Orangeburg, South Carolina natives became inspired to do music by watching the raise of a local superstar who happened to be their older brother, Stephen "Dirty Redd" Raines. Watching his career blossom, the two decided to team up with each other to start a group and began recording. Becoming faced with the harsh reality of murder of their older brother left them determined to pursue music full time. Carrying on the legacy of his spirit and vision has now become the dominant reason behind Roc & Yella's musical career.
Biological cousins who have done everything together since kids say the scene in South Carolina, "has a ton of talent." But while there is talent, they still feel they have to climb out of the crab bucket to become one of first acts to break onto the national scene from their state. "There's been a rapper from nearly every state in the South except for South Carolina," rapper Roc explained. "There has never been a music industry in the Carolina's." "Its a lot of people here that tell you they know how to do this music business but don't understand that the climate of business changes daily." Yella said of his home state. Still energized by the momentum of their movement and the receptiveness of their video "Trust No More" which aired nationally on the BET Jams & MTV Jams networks, they have become even more focused as business-men.
Having performed at various venues including House of Blues and featured on shows alongside Kevin Gates, Yo Gotti, Lil Boosie, Young MA, Trick Daddy & more has lead the duo to become quickly seasoned professional recording artist. The street album entitled "Ain't No Loyalty" Executively Produced by Dj Burn One & Narrated by the Dj B-Lord which also won Album of the Year at the South Carolina Music Award is currently available online and in the streets. With heavy weight dj's like DJ Burn One, Dj B-Lord, DJ Jelly, Dj Scream, and hundreds of other dj's already embracing their young urban appeal and energizing sound, Roc & Yella is definitely one of the next artist to make a transition from artistry to moguls within the next few years. Look out for more from the guys soon, as they will be dropping more visuals from their diverse catalog of songs set on the project as a new project currently in progress.
For more information on Roc & Yella, take a look at some of their social media sites and their website below. For booking, features or media inquiries contact LiteHouse Management
The Atlanta native is the taking the music industry by surprise with his cross over sound . American Will has vowed not only to be a singer but an entertainer. His unique style and dance moves remind us that there is still fun in music. He's worked with artists DG Yola Lil Donald Coca Vango Dj Shawty Re Kwony Cash Merlo (creator of drop dance) Mr 217 producers Zaytoven Cassius Jay 2Aries Cash Couture and the list goes on.