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Here’s some photos from the tour thus far. Add me on Instagram for instant updates.

So, it’s been a week since the release of my debut album ‘CENTER STAGE‘.

Thank you to everybody who’s gone out and supported. Whether it be purchased on iTunes, a blog post, mixshow rotation, a share, RT or Like, everything is much appreciated!

Here’s the B-side to the first single, titled “Don’t Watch Me’. DJPack links below:

FAMOUS – Don’t Watch Me (Prod. by Thrizzo)
Dirty: http://www.hulkshare.com/swaow/famous-dont-watch-me-2
Clean: http://www.hulkshare.com/swaow/famous-dont-watch-me
Instrumental: http://www.hulkshare.com/swaow/famous-dont-watch-me-1

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.

#HAMMERTIME

DJs I got you! Below are the DJs download links (Dirty, Clean, Instrumental)

FAMOUS – Next Year (Prod. by Thrizzo)

DJPACK
Dirty: http://www.hulkshare.com/swaow/famous-next-year-2
Clean: http://www.hulkshare.com/swaow/famous-next-year
Instrumental: http://www.hulkshare.com/swaow/famous-next-year-1

Today is the day!

Take the time to enjoy. Tell me what you think.

FAMOUS – Center Stage (Full album download)
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id870751150

Full tracklist after jump

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LISTEN: https://famous.bandcamp.com/track/next-year-sneak-peek (Prod. by Thrizzo)

I want YOU to choose the 1st single off my debut album ‘CENTER STAGE’ available on iTunes May 6th.

Visit my Facebook Fan Page http://facebook.com/thekidfamoustv and ‘LIKE’ or ‘COMMENT’ on the image of your choice.

LISTEN: https://famous.bandcamp.com/track/dont-watch-me-sneak-peek (Prod. by Thrizzo)

I want YOU to choose the 1st single off my debut album ‘CENTER STAGE’ available on iTunes May 6th.

Visit my Facebook Fan Page http://facebook.com/thekidfamoustv and ‘LIKE’ or ‘COMMENT’ on the image of your choice.

With just less than 2 weeks until the release, here’s the official tracklist for ‘CENTER STAGE‘ available May 6th.

From the intro ‘Center Stage’ right up until the outro ‘Piano Back’ each song will take you to a place. THAT place. Whatever was going on in my life at THAT time.

This is my story. This is our story. May 6th. Mark your calendar. It’s showtime baby!!!

FAMOUS – Center Stage (The Intro)
Download/Listen: http://www.hulkshare.com/svtzosmp301s

Tracklist
01 Center Stage (Prod. by Tone Mason)
02 Blinded By The Lights feat. Julian Wheeler (Prod. by Ritchie Soundsmith)
03 Robots Dancing feat. David Delisca (Prod. by Alessandro Vaccaro)
04 Ride This B!tch (Prod. by Lost Planets)
05 Mary Mary (Prod. by Jesse Fex)
06 Next Year (Prod. by Thrizzo)
07 Don’t Watch Me (Prod. by Thrizzo)
08 Vice Verses (Prod. by FindingSergio)
09 My Everyday (Prod. by DZL)
10 Mr. Simplistic feat. Madilyn Bailey (Prod. by FindingSergio)
11 Reservation feat. Francesca & Lisa Michelle (Prod. by FindingSergio)
12 Piano Back (Prod. by T-Minus)

Executive Producer: Ashton Bishop
Co-Producer: Duane Gibson & Trevor Humphrey
Mixed & Mastered by Sunny Diamonds (Diamond Factory Studios) & Tabernacle 321

Artwork by Bryan Brock (inspired by MJ’s Thriller & Ashton’s Life)

With just over 2 weeks until the release of ‘CENTER STAGE’, I’ve decided to decode the intro track, which is also titled Center Stage. It will set the tone on what’s to come & allow true fans to go back to the essence of enjoying great music because of the connection they felt rather then judge things based off big chains, well endowed video vixens, expensive rental cars, co-signs, huge budgets for non artistic visuals and muffy the mouse rhymes.

To create the scenario, imagine being an artist who has had his fair share of ups and downs in this industry and has finally reached his pinnacle, Center Stage.

There’s one mic, one artist on stage and thousands of people looking on as the Tone Mason production begins…

FAMOUS – Center Stage (Intro Track)
Download/Listen: http://www.hulkshare.com/svtzosmp301s

For ‘CENTER STAGE’ decoded, go to more
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

So what happens when that picture is a still shot from a recorded moment?

Here’s the official artwork for my debut album CENTER STAGE.

The moment was so real I had to make it come to life.

I was at the highest point of my career. The highest point of my life. And the highest point in my life.

The thousand words are spread throughout each song.

May 6th.

OL1

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.

FAMOUS.

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