Willy North Pole, one of the biggest to ever do it in AZ. From his days to being with DTP, to his newest release that is Hot on Dat Piff right now, “Dark Nation”. This bangs and you will not be disappointed. No sugar coated shit here, pure flame.
Dj 2 Swift-
Those that truly know AZ Hip Hop, truly know this man and what he has to bring to the table. AZ Strong Hold Music wants to recognize Dj 2 Swift for his continued talents and contributions as the SouthWest Movement continues to grow! Check out some of his BIO, Music and more!
I STARTED DJING WHEN I WAS 16..BY THE TIME I TURNED 17 I WAS MC.MAGICS DJ..I DID ALL THE SCRATCHES ON HIS MUSIC AS WELL AS TOURING WITH HIM.
THEN IN 1997 WE FORMED THE GROUP NBK AKA NASTYBOY KLICK..WE HAD HITS LIKE DOWN 4 YOURS FEATURING THE LATE ROGER TROUTMAN ON THE TALKBOX..AND WE HAD AZ SIDE,,IF YOU REMEMBER THAT TRACK LOL.I STARTED PRODUCING MY OWN MUSIC IN 2001..MY FIRST HIT TO HIT THE AIRWAVES WAS A SONG CALLED (((SO FLY))) BY NB RIDAZ..FEAT GEMINI..ALL THE LADYS LOVED THAT SONG..PRODUCED BY Dj2SWIFT & BIG FENIX..SO NOW @ 2010 IM STILL PRODUCING AND DJING..TRYING TO GET MY OWN LABLE OFF THE GROUND..((((2SWIFTMUSIC)))) LOOKING FOR ARTIST TO ADD TO MY CAMP..SO TAKE A LISTEN TO MY MUSIC AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK..YOU CAN REACH ME AT MY E-MAIL..THX
Dj2swift@Gmail.com MAD RESPECT YA BOY Dj2SWIFT.(((PEACE)))
ASH MUSIC STUDIOS has been working with a brand new artist out of Phoenix AZ that goes by the name Melo Boy.
With a unique style, smooth delivery and an appetite for MC’s, he is a problem and there is nothing that is going to stop him. He has been laying tracks down with engineer and producer “Big Haps” for Melo Boys upcoming project “Children Of The Corn” at ASH Music Studios in East Phx.
Check out some of Melo Boy’s music here!!!
-Featured on MTV’s True Life
-Featured on ABC’s Glass House
-Broke a Guinness World Record
-Featured in VIBE Magazine
-Opening act on The Pussycat Dolls Tour
-Opening act on The Pitbull Tour
-Winner of Source’s Unsigned Hype Battle
-Featured on PBS, NPR, & Fox News
-Performed on Showtime at Apollo, America West Arena, Madison Square Garden, The Wakeup Show, and The Billboard Awards
ASH Music had the pleasure of recording and mixing this album for Apollo Poetry. There is a large diversity of music and styles on this project and we are certain that you will leave with something after taking a listen. This is Apollo’s first hip hop project in 4 years, and he didnt skip a beat. We will let you be the judge. See below for more on Apollo Poetry as well as the album!
Sevan Apollo Poetry (which is his legal name) was born in Jerusalem, Israel on November 14th, 1983. He grew up in New Jersey and has most recently lived in Arizona.
Apollo has chosen Art as a tool of inspiration to bridge the gaps and to focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. Throughout all cultures in human history, the one trait that is shared is the desire for self-expression.
Apollo has been a jack-of-all-trades.
At 13 years old, he became a street magician and was performing underwater escapes while beind tied up in chains. By 16, he was battle-rapping against the likes of Immortal Technique and other legends in the scene. Although Apollo gained success in the hiphop industry, he has also held the titles of:
photographer, film-maker, author, rapper, poet, columnist, website designer, online marketer, inventor, real estate agent, poker player, ordained minister, and certified life coach.
Apollo has appeared on ABC’S Glass House, MTV’S True Life, VIBE Magazine, The WakeUp Show, Source’s Unsigned Hype, Showtime at Apollo, along with performances at Madison Square Garden, America West Arena, & the Billboard Awards.
In 2009, Apollo launched The Traveling Poet Project, in which he performed and presented in over 44 states in America. He presented from high schools and colleges like ASU & UCSB, to retirement homes and homeless shelters. He has worked with and spoken at events by Invisible Children, Youth for Human Rights, the Department of Peace, the Alzheimers Poetry Project, and many more non-profits and education-based organizations. His commitment to activism had him chosen to as a receipient to the United States Presidential Point of Light Award, which honors individuals making a difference in their community.
Apollo has interviewed Andrew Zimmern (of Bizarre Foods), visionary artist Alex Grey, WSOP champion Joe Hachem, Jake Balsiger, David Wolfe, Rainbeau Mars, Matisyahu, Kevin Harrington, and dozens of other celebrities.
Apollo was also an official spokesperson for the Occupy movement bringing a level of balance for both sides during his interviews on Fox News, PBS, & NPR.
Apollo’s music had him open up for acts such as Pitbull, Cassidy, and The Pussycat Dolls. He’s also shared the studio with the legendary Swizz Beats, Ruff Ryders DJ Shok, & G-Unit’s T-Scott. Apollo is currently the #1 voted artist on MTV2.Com’s “On The Rise” contest, has millions of Youtube views, and has topped the ReverbNation charts.
Apollo’s films have won “Best Director” “Judges Choice” and the “Audience Choice Awards” at several Phoenix film festivals. Apollo was also the President of the Film Club at PVCC while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, being accepted in the Honors program, and receiving several scholarships. Since completing his film studies, Apollo has done work for the World Series of Poker and The Phoenix Film Festival.
Apollo Poetry is a show-creator who has designed two show-concepts, which he is currently developing and pitching to Cirque du Soleil.
Apollo broke a Guinness World Record in 2013 and also made the Top 10 for the NASA/Axe-Apollo competition, in which the winner will be one of the first people flown to outer space.
Currently, Apollo serves as the President of Marketing for The Equation, which has received the endorsement of the legendary Larry King.
There are only a select few that are from Arizona that you can say are “Industry Standard” in the hip hop and R&B game. ASH Music got to sit down recently with one them and when we say this man is a beast with production, we werent lying.
Mex Manny Beats was hidden away in ATL doing work, but recently moved back to his roots in AZ and has been conecting with some of the artists out here to show some love. Not many people are aware, but being from Glendale Arizona, he elevated his carrer when he moved out to ATL, and there has been no looking back.
With two chart topping Billboard hits, he has more then enough placements and work under his belt to compete with anyone on an industry level. One of them was on Rhianna‘s Unapologetic album with the hit song “Loveee Song” feat Future. In an interview for MTV News, Future spoke about his collaboration with Rihanna, “They wanted a more uptempo record, so I sent four or five records, and I left the last record. It was more like a ballad, and I left it.” He further revealed that the original title of the song was “Love & Affection”, however, Rihanna’s mentor Jay-Z changed it to “Love Song” and added two additional ‘e’s becoming “Loveee Song”.
He came with that super producer status again with the Wale “Bad” remix feat Rhianna. This song has been 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also as high as #5 on the Billboard R&B and Hip Hop charts. When we say Platinum status, I told you we werent lying. Our very own ASH Music artist Big Haps will have some of his production on his upcoming album as well. Please check out the interview and music below!
ASH Music: How long have you been making beats?
Mex Manny: 20 Years
ASH Music: Before you made beats, did you play any instruments?
Mex Manny: No, None at all.
ASH Music: wow, thats surprising. Any family history of musicians?
Mex Manny: None.
ASH Music:Were you born and raised in AZ?
Mex Manny: Straight from Grandel! Glendale AZ.
ASH Music:What major artists have you worked with?
Mex Manny: TI, Rhianna, Wale, Gucci Mane
ASH Music: Any other type of music you feel influenced by?
Mex Manny: All Music has influenced me. Some by meoldies and some by the rythm.
ASH Music: Whats your thought process when you make a beat?
Mex Manny: Coming up with something that excites and inspires me to write hooks.
ASH Music: Instruments, or drums first?
Mex Manny: Melody first
ASH Music: Did you ever rap?
Mex Manny: I began rapping a little before I started producing beats. My name was Kid Brown.
ASH Music: Ahhh, I see Kid Brown! Raza! haha. What do you think about the music scene in AZ compared to a music city like LA or ATL?
Mex Manny: It’s Dead, dead, dead. Lol, I wish I home was like ATL
ASH Music: Any favorite producer’s/artists?
Mex Manny: Neyo cause he is a tuff writter/artist and MikeWill and his camp because they dominated the air waves.
ASH Music: Any projects your workin on we can look forward to?
Mex Manny: Working on 2 Pistols mixtape thanks to my boy Lex Mill!
ASH Music:you prefer working with production stations/keyboards/mpcs or midi?
Mex Manny: Mac Book, Midi controller, VST’s and Cubase.
ASH Music:Do you like to sample, or are you more of a play it type of beatmaker?
Mex Manny: I do more from scratch but I like to sample.
ASH music: Finally, what are the 3 most important things you learned from the music business?
Mex Manny: Here it go, Entertainment Lawyer, Good relationships, and an Unlimited work ethic!
Big E Nuff Hits the AZ Scene with a new Album, “AS Himself”
Born in the Chicagoland area, Emarree “Big E Nuff” Williams was exposed to many cultures. This causes him to appreciate the differences we have in music and in life. He channel’s this exposure into thought processes allowing diversity,curiosity, and positive thinking to influence his songs.
Big E Nuff is a lyrical artist constantly trying to tell you a story. The stories he tells are not your run of the mill cliche’. Big E Nuff’s lyrics focus on perspective. Yours, his,and the world’s. He does this all while having fun and boasting about past failures and experiences. He believes that failure and experience contribute greatly to who we are as people.
August 22nd 2013 marked the release date for Big E Nuff’s Debut Album, AS HIMSELF. The tracks on this album are comprised of multiple subject matters from Civil Rights to simply grabbing a smoothie. You won’t be disappointed. There is something for everyone to enjoy on this album.
The SouthWest has a handful of talent and best believe G-Moe is a player in that hand……
Garret Antunez (Born September 5, 1986) is an American rapper and singer songwriter better known by his stage names, G-MOE and BounceBack. His primary stage name, G-MOE, is an acronym for “Get Money Over Everything”, his hustler philosophy which can be seen tattooed on his right arm.
In 2007, G-MOE and his business partner, Nate Wingfield, started their record label Avondale Production Inc. The label is named after the city of Avondale, Arizona where G-MOE grew up.
In 2009, G-MOE teamed up with RythmIQ, the CEO of HaveIT Music, producing two projects. The first, “BounceBack The Prequel” was released in 2011. The second, “BounceBack-N-HD”, his first solo album, was released in 2012 as a double disc set including a DVD with 10+ videos along with behind the scenes footage. The album features Lil Flip, Lil Wyte, Brotha Lynch Hung as and many more. This solo album contains the hit singles “Monkey See Monkey Do” and “Like A Champion”.
G-MOE has put out over 6 mixtapes featuring artists such as Gucci Mane, Glasses Malone, Stat Quo, J-Diggs, Mitchy Slick, C-BO, and Willy Northpole.
G-MOE has also shared the stage with a slew of talented performers including but not limited to; Young Jeezy, Young Buck, Lil Flip, E40, XZibit, Young Berg, 3-6 Mafia, and Lucky Luciano!
DJ Needles on The Cut!
ASH Music had a chance to hang out with DJ Needles as him and Big Haps worked on Grand Canyon State Of Mind. “Dj Needles brought that Old School Flaver to my album” said Big Haps, “He has the missing ingrediant that hip hop lacks today.”
Check out DJ Needles and how he gets down! Also be on the look out for some of his cuts on Big Haps up coming album, “Grand Canyon State Of Mind”
DJ Needles start as a house DJ back in the late 80’s. With his cousin on the mic and Needles on
instrumentalsth ey would rock partiesf or family and friends in Mesa and Phoenix. Soon after,
they formed the group call2 BROTHERS AND A COUSIN, with a rented SP-I200 Needles
began making beats for their group. This lead to Needles making beats for The BOONDOCKS,
a local rap group from Glendale, Arizona. Needles also had the opportunity to do a video for a
songo n their album which he was apart of and receiveda new SP-1200a s compensationfo r his
After DJing and performing at car shows and clubs around the valley Needles helped a friend
start the label known as MARYVALE RECORDS. With MARYVALE RECORDS he had the
opporlunity to work with DJ Slip of C.M.W. learning more about mixing and mastering. With
the group MAYHAMM and MC Eiht single, CRUCIAL, along with a video was cut.
Needlest hen joined the group XFACTOR from L.A. and releaseda single called VERBAL
CONTACT. As a member of XFACTOR he performed shows with artist such as Wu, Snoop.
The liks and many more.
Over the years Needles has been blessed with the opportunity of working with many groups and
bands such as Cousin of the Wize, Underground Sound Unit, Golden Tongue Oil, 10
CommandmentsS, pokaF acea nd most of the peepsw ho were doing anythingh ot back then.
In the last few years Needles has hosted internet radio shows; First with TIH Radio then with
Radio Invasion where he had his own weekly show “HIP HOP INJECTION”.
As a Foundingm embero f Area 13 Needlesf eelsi t is somethings pecialt o work with a groupo f
artists who have the same passion as he does for hip hop and music as a whole. Now with his
own studio, 5 Palms Studio, up and running Needles is doing what he loves, making music.
Check out some of his Music Here!
Sneezy, AZ Kidd & Big VO!
This new group out of AZ called Sneezy has been in the ASH music studio’s putting in work. Their latest creation, “Tomahawk Spit” is a mixture of Hip Hop and Soulful blends representing the native life and the background these youngsters have had to endure to get where they are today. Recorded, mixed and engineered by Big Haps at ASH Music studios, you are sure to like this mix tape. Stay tuned because they are working on their debut album that is sure to turn some heads and pick up new fans across the globe.