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Wednesday, March 12 • 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Slykat

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SLYKAT Miami-Once considered to be a dying city, is fast on the verge of becoming the next big urban Mecca. She has birthed artists such as Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Pitbull, and Pretty Ricky as well as successful producers, Cool& Dre, Red Spyda, and Unusual Suspects. In the midst of her rise, Miami has also raised a son, destined to be the ONE Introducing “SLYKAT”, born Tiwan Harrell in Miami, Florida on November 30, 1980 to a young teenage mother and a “Pimp” for a father. Throughout his teenage years, “Slykat” discovered his affinity for rhymes during the early Luther Campbell ‘2 Live Crew’ era. After High School, he found himself in the company of two young upstart producers by the name of Cool One & Dre. Cool & Dre would inevitably produced Slykat’s first album, “9 Lives & 6 Samples” for an independent label known as Heat Music. On the eve of his album’s release date, Fall 2002, Heat Music unfortunately went bankrupt, therefore leaving this classic album unheard. After the failed release of his first album, “Slykat” found himself not only broke with the responsibility of his daughter, but it seemed that his career in music was looking as bleak as his finances. With the drug and pimp game being more accessible within his neighborhood, Sly began to participate in the fast life. After following his father’s footsteps, “pimping” would eventually put his music career on halt. Through financial problems, several arrests, and a near-death experience from a deal gone bad, the end of Tiwan Harrell was inevitable. Fortunately, it would not be the end for “Sly Kat”. After receiving an offer to sign with Cool & Dre’s new “Epidemic” label, “Sly Kat” declined and instead, formed his own label “City Kidz Entertainment” with best friend Hamir Michel. “I’m here to show another side of southern rappers-to prove that we have a lyrical ability that can contend with the best of them”, says Sly, who has been influenced by artists such as Miami’s own “2 Live Crew”, LL Cool J, Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, and Rakim. With an effortless flow and inherited “Pimp” charm, “Slykat” epitomizes “cool”. His buzz has been overwhelming, with a feature in the Source Unsigned Hype Feb.edition as well as a feature on Chamillionaire’s mixtape “The Truth” hosted by DJ Whookid. In addition to a liquor endorsement deal with NYAK Cognac, he also linked an endorsement deal with a new clothing company “Fokus Lifestyle Apparel”. Continuing this winning streak, Sly Kat's video Color Blind recently placed first in a state wide video competition, netting him a publishing deal with Universal. Several of Sly Kat’s songs have also appeared on A&E’s “First 48” and on the 2006 NFL Draft on ESPN for Vince Young. His debut album “Sunny Place, Shady People” is a sure classic in the making, with Cool & Dre, Red Spyda, Scott Storch, and Unusual Suspects all lined up to work on this album. His single“Just Chillin” feat. Chamillionaire, recently broke a record with more than 50,000 downloads in less than a month on the dsnmusic.com website. With all this momentum, “Sly Kat” is well on his way to superstardom. All hail the new King!!!
http://2008.sxsw.com/music/showcases/band/62258.html

Wednesday March 12, 2008 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Fuze 505 Neches St

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