After a stellar performance at ATT Showbox alongside MATZKA & Go Chic in Taiwan, I was invited as part of my CENTER STAGE tour to the biggest night in Asian music at this years 25th Annual Golden Melody Awards.
Here’s a short video featuring many popular Taiwanese artists I met, including, Dwagie大支, 黃乙玲 Huang Yee-ling, SIVA YUAN, IRIS LIU (Taiwan Television Enterprise Vice President), 陳建偉 Chen Jianwei, 麋先生 Mixer, 蔡依林 Jolin Tsai and more…
CENTER STAGE: The Album (Available on iTunes)
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Here’s some photos from the tour thus far. Add me on Instagram for instant updates.
Here’s the official single ‘Next Year’ (voted by y’all), off my debut ‘CENTER STAGE‘ available now on iTunes!
For the video, we go back!!! Wayyyyy back! Back to the first video I ever starred in at the age of 13.
DJs I got you! Below are the DJs download links (Dirty, Clean, Instrumental)
FAMOUS – Next Year (Prod. by Thrizzo)
On January 1st, 2008 I sent out a Press Release with the words ‘I Rap Now’ along with a link to a video which will forever hold the title as being the most slept on Canadian record of all time (4th Biggest City)!!
Within that first year of my rap career (as a brand new Canadian artist) I was nominated for every single major music award, including a Much Music Video Award & the illustrious JUNO. My first major show was opening for Nas, to over 3,000 ppl at Koolhause. All this was after interning at Universal Music, SonyBMG & running the streets of Toronto while working at the ONLY urban station in all of Canada. Not to mention I was the hot topic for 2 weeks straight after rumours circulated that Jay-Z & LL Cool J hired me as a ghostwriter (google it). Imagine being woken up by a phone call from Noah ‘40’ while him and Drake are in the studio working on records with Dre, and being asked if your writing for JAY-Z??? Many would say it was the perfect time for me to release an album, but when you got less than 6 months of experience under your belt, maybe you want to wait a bit before releasing an album and hone your talent so you can have a longer lasting career. Maybe not.
Now I could take the next few minutes talking about the ridiculously amazing stories that have been created throughout all the adventures above, or break down to you why I turned down 2 lucrative publishing contracts and one major label contract with my mentor Mr. Combs, but I’d much rather tell you what I learned.
I learned that if you love something you better be willing to die for it! By any means.
The reality is, I’m a Canadian artist. I’m from Canada. And I learned that you can be we’ll connected, talented, driven, admirable & successful in the Canadian market and STILL not be recognized because of the urban foundation of the country. FACT. And let’s be honest, Canada is not a huge market for urban music as a whole. So what did you expect!
Luckily there’s an entire world to explore.
With the help of FACTOR, CIMA & Duane DO Gibson, I was able to quickly create an international fan base. And with each door that opened, my ‘WWDD: What Would Diddy Do’ tactics kicked in, and I would maximize every opportunity. This is the music BIZ right?!?!?
Fast forward to May 6th. On this day I will be releasing my first ever studio album. Worldwide. INDEPENDENT. By choice. Meaning I own it in its entirety. I wrote EVERYTHING on the album. I was at a point where I contemplated using my marketing genius to create an ignorant viral video that would land on WSHH and grant me enough exposure to get on the Ellen show but I chose not to. An old friend of mine who mentored me in this industry named Reza always told me “NOTHING ELSE MATTERS BUT THE MUSIC DUDE”.
They say your first album is always your greatest work because it tells the story of everything you went through to get there. I guess that’s why it’s called my Road To…. CENTER STAGE.
On May 6th, take the time and listen. And then tell me I’m not top 5 lyrically right now. Canadian or not.
Here’s a rare clip recorded a few years back, by the homies, inside the penthouse suite of the Venetian in LasVegas. It turns out to be not only the intro track to my album, but it’s titled Center Stage. And I quote “There’s Jay-Z, Kanye, Eminem, Drake and then me. Hands down”. I figure your favorite rappers make a career off talking about how great they are, why can’t I? lol
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prTQWSxK8Wo
Here’s the Official Music Video for “Bad Things Feel Good”.
FAMOUS – Bad Things Feel Good
Download (MP3): http://www.hulkshare.com/swaow/famous-bad-things-feel-good
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In this weeks update I make an appearance at the world famous Wenzao University. It’s home to some of the most beautifulest women in the city of Kaohsiung! While there, I get a quick lesson in ballroom dancing and fail tremendously! Next, it’s Taiwanese radio (ICRT) where I test out my Mandarin! Then it’s time for rehearsals! 2001 Nights #DYWM Do You Want More feat. FAMOUS live! Meanwhile, you ever seen a taxi driver make paper planes while driving? smh. Lastly, we say farewell wishes to a true playa…. and then it’s PARTY TIME!!!
The adventures continue!
I’M FAMOUS NOW!
In week 18 we turn things down a notch & enjoy the finer things. Chillin, maxin & relaxin!
First we hit up the Night Market in hopes of reliving my dreams of making it to the majors. Quick turnup session inside the club followed by a quick turnup session after the club, 2 Chainz being our main source of entertainment. Then its back on the streets of Kaohsiung to enjoy the beautiful weather, beautiful people & write beautiful raps. Lastly, it’s off to the home of Hello Kitty where me and my 5 year old lil homie make it rain……rocks!
The adventures continue!
I’M FAMOUS NOW!
In week 17 of my highly anticipated Instagram Video Wrap Up updates, I plot the next move to make everybody in Kaohsiung FAMOUS by doing a little arts and crafts work. I make an attempt to bowl better than I rap. I eat snake? The Kaohsiung Boys take over Tainan for the weekend. Stretch break. And then it’s studio time to record something special for a great cause!
In week 16 of The Adventures with FAMOUS, me and the crew head to Taipei for one wildass weekend.
First show was inside Taiwan’s hottest nightclub LUXY, for the RICH & FAMOUS party featuring myself, Money&Money Clothing & BOOM Events (Jon Jenkins & Fabio Grangeon). I can honestly say I’ve never seen so many gorgeous women in one place. Checkout the pictures and let your imagination tell the story.
Next, we check in to a 5 star hotel in the heart of Taipei (good look Cair & Paul) and just when I thought I would get some rest, we head back out to shoot a promo video for the Money&Money team (watch video). Two hours later its complimentary breakfast time. And what better way to end off a week full of shows then to perform on the same stage as 2 of Taiwan’s biggest acts, Go Chic & MATZKA!
The madness continues…
I’M FAMOUS NOW!
In week 15, I prepare for the madness coming in week 16!
The homie Money from Money&Money Clothing sends me another package full of fresh gear for my show at LUXY, I let you guys witness the effects of too much Molly Cyrus, I touchdown in Taipei and get me a fresh cut for the weekend, get the blood pumping on the ball court before the big show and give you a glimpse of what to expect in week 16!