The single "Made It Happen" by Runway Richy has been buzzin' heavy in and out of ATL the known music mecca of the US. The Decatur, GA native stopped by 66 Raw and gave the world more insight to who Runway Richy is and what they have to expect.
With nowhere to go but up, Decatur, GA rapper Runway Richy has crafted his rocky journey into a catalog of street tales – songs that speak to those struggling for a better way. With a support system of Atlanta music veterans, including DJ Holiday and The Commission, Richy has a solid foundation today, but this wasn’t always the case.
Richy began freestyling in school at a young age, noticeably outshining the competition. “Music has always been in my blood,” he says, “but it wasn’t until later I thought about being an artist.” In his early rap career, Richy was known as Snipe in the group Murder Mafia, which later renamed to Born With It.
Over the years, rhyming was something to do in between dealing with “real life” situations – situations that often brought trouble. “I’m the one who had one foot in the streets and one in the booth,” he remembers. “My peers from Crime Mobb to DJ holiday to B.o.B. were all becoming successful in music. So I always felt like I was going to make it by default.”
He soon learned it wasn’t as easy as it looked. “Unfortunately, these same peers never took me serious because I was always getting locked up,” he admitted.
Being in and out of jail wiped away several prime opportunities. B.o.B. was featured on the Born Wit It record “Stack Your Paper” produced by DJ Toomp. The song leaked and created a huge buzz. “At the time, Toomp was working with Kanye and wanted to meet us when he got back from NY. The next week I was locked up for 6 months.”
Eventually the group lessened from four members, to three, to two, until Snipe found himself recreating his image as a solo artist. He began recording new material as Runway Richy, but found it difficult making a comeback in music after serving time.
“I had about 8 records when my manager KD took interest,” he recalls. “We was about to release my debut mixtape in the summer of 2012. I got into the car with the wrong person and just like that, I was gone for 8 months on a probation violation.”
“After that I woke up and said, no more. I literally did nothing but music. I was so broke at times and I swear God was testing me – all of a sudden everybody had a lick for me. But I stayed focused.”
In 2013, he released his debut solo mixtape “Uh Oh” hosted by DJ Holiday. The tape featured FKi, B.o.B., Scotty ATL, Playboy Tre, Gorilla Zoe, and Trae da Truth, to name a few. The music was honest and reflective, with songs like “Letter to God” and “Ups & Downs” resonating with listeners. “My music is for the poor, but appeals to the rich and vice versa,” he says.
Following up with his sophomore tape, Richy works with Dj Scream , Dj Tokars , and Dj Tephlon for the 2015 release “ForeignAmerican,” executive produced by FKI. Leading songs included “Keep Getting It” and “How You Feeling” featuring Big Gipp, which were featured on MTV Jams. “100 Bandz” featuring Young Dro and B.o.B. received full rotation in London on Bang Radio. Other notable contributions came from Bandit Gang Marco, Zuse, Spodee and Myko Montana.
In addition to tape promotions, Richy and his team put together numerous show appearances. To date, he has performed on Beer & Tacos stages, as well as SXSW multiple times, A3C Festival, a Street Execs showcase and several more. Presently, Richy has several projects in the works such as “GreenCard,” a joint effort with Zuse; and “China Cafeteria .”
With momentum building quickly, music has Richy’s complete attention, and he appreciates the hard lessons learned. “Every feature, every look, every accolade I’ve received on this journey has been God’s work and I truly believe it.”
Kirkwood, Atlanta is where 550 Madoff calls his home and he has one of the hottest singles buzzing in the streets of Atlanta featuring the Trap God no other than Future called "Lights".
550 Madoff stopped by 66 Raw to chop it up with DJ Cotton and Ms. Kat giving us the scoop on his project and dropping off some exclusive and unreleased tracks one with Kevin Gates.
Make sure you get familiar with 550 Madoff, Atlanta is on fire and keeps creating future superstars and you only hear it on 66 Raw first!
Instagram & Vine dance sensation is back again to chop it up with 66 Raw and talking to Wildchild DNA about his growing fanbase and popularity. Yvng Swag is almost a regular on our station as we have been seeing his grind and hard work evolving.
Youtube / Vine Dance sensation Yvng Swag recently signed with Nick Cannon's Ncredible Entertainment / Warner / Atlantic Records
Yvng Swag has been a regular on 66 Raw keeping up to date on his consistently growing popularity with his phenomenal dance moves and now he has music to follow that up. Yvng Swag visited us the first time over a year ago when he was 16 years old with a dream and a work ethic like no other.
Now 1+ year later this dance machine garnered the attention by some many celebrities and especially Nick Cannon who signed him to his Ncredible Entertainment under Atlantic / Warner
Producer Mr. Hanky stops through Patchwerk Studio for 66RAW Radio's ATL Broadcast to chop it up with DNA & Ms Niko. He talks about starting out as a DJ; production process and producing music for Col. Loud, Young Dolph, Travis porter, V.i.C., Soulja Boy, Ying Yang Twins and Luke Nasty. He goes on to speak about how he didn't expect the Treal Lee & Prince Rick single "Throwed Off (Fuck Everybody)" to become as big as it did and more! See the full video above!
Scotty ATL stopped through 66Raw’s Atlanta radio broadcast at Patchwerk Studios to chop it up with Core DJ WildChild DNA and Ms. Niko for a candid interview to discuss his own record label Cool Club, his experiences working with Big K.R.I.T and B.O.B., and his new mixtape “Daily Bread.”
Scotty ATL started his own record label Cool Club in 2011 and from there started to release numerous Mixtapes that became popular in Atlanta and surrounding areas.
Scotty ATL saw touring with Big K.R.I.T. and B.O.B as priceless learning experiences because he got to learn what it was like to be famous before actually getting there himself. This kind of gave him foresight into his own career and motivated him to take performing seriously.
“One day I’m going be in this position; you know what I’m saying, where I’m going headline my own big tour like this and people going be showing love knowing all the songs like that,” Scotty explained.
One of the main things that Scotty ATL seems to take pride in is his professionalism and work ethic. He explained how him and his team practice and even run while reciting lyrics to make his performances and overall appeal more polished and refined.
“Daily Bread” is the name of his mixtape and he wanted it to be seen as soul food to help people deal with the troubled times of today.
“Seven days without bread makes one weak,” Scotty jokingly preached.
The songs are all titled after days so that people can match a song to the day of the week that would fit the vibe of that particular day.
One of his songs that DJ WildChild DNA points out is “Black Man,” which is a conscious single he does with David Banner talking about the struggles in America.
Stay tuned and keep up with Scotty ATL as he makes his way with timeless music for our generation to enjoy.
"Birthday Bitch" is totally buzzing in the clubs right now like everyone has a birthday, Def Jam Recordings most recent addition "Trap Beckham" stopped by 66 Raw Radio Studios in Baltimore / Washington D.C. to kick with CoreDJ and 66 Raw's own Wildchild DNA. He discusses his success, deal and all the moves going on in his life right now.
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Trap Beckham makes things happen. As an independent act in Jacksonville, Florida, he released the hit singles “Top Of The Line” and “Ohh She Thick,” won a handful of awards, became a fixture on the local college scene and toured extensively. No wonder he earned the nickname “The Golden Boy Of The Hood.” Everything Trap Beckham touched became a movement.
With his buzz building thanks to his relentless work ethic and a steady stream of high quality material, industry powerhouse Def Jam Recordings is set to make Trap Beckham its next superstar and the first rapper from Jacksonville to break through nationally. “It meant a lot to me, for my city, for my family,” the rapper says of signing to the iconic imprint. “People from here don’t see that type of stuff. When we went out to LA for the first time, we were glassy-eyed ourselves, like ‘Look at all this stuff. Look at all these foreigns, these mansions, all this money. This is crazy.’ It’s just real big that somebody can do it verses nobody doing it.”
Def Jam was blown away by the buzz of Trap Beckham’s “Bday Chick” single, which has become a regional smash in the southeastern part of the United States. Its skeletal beat, energetic instrumentation and memorable chorus make it ripe for blockbuster success and Trap Beckham and his team are preparing to take the radio- and club-ready track national.
“We’re from the South, so that type of tempo is the ideal type of tempo for a twerk song,” Trap Beckham explains. “That’s what I was going for, so I already had my tempo down. I came up with it rapping to myself in the club. I went home, made the beat and three weeks later dropped the whole thing.”
“We already understand the art of pushing a record,” he adds. “I want to make it legendary. You’ve got to push it forever to make it legendary.”
Trap Beckham’s legend started growing exponentially in 2012. That’s when he released his smash self-produced single “Top Of The Line” featuring Young Cash. Trap Beckham kicked his verse off by paying homage to Yo Gotti’s “5 Star Chick” single, giving listeners a way to instantly gravitate toward the song. The cut’s hardcore production and smooth sonic accents made it the type of tune that endeared itself to male and female listeners. Trap Beckham says there’s a certain magic to his music when he makes his own tracks.
“For some reason, those are the ones that stick out,” he reveals. “I could record 30 songs with people, but when I start the beat and I let someone else finish it, they end up crazy. It’s kind of automatic once I get in the studio, especially if the vibe is right.”
“Top Of The Line” is featured on Trap Beckham’s 7.14.12 The Mixtape, the third in a series of mixtapes he releases on his birthday, July 14. The project, which also included the percolating cut “She Thick,” made Trap Beckham a local celebrity, one whose music meant something special to his native Jacksonville. “It’s like we created a whole holiday in the city,” he says. Indeed, Trap Beckham’s birthdays are now annual events that include the release of a new 7.14 mixtape and a series of celebrations surrounding his birthday.
It’s an excitement that’s possible thanks to the work Trap Beckham and his Backdoor Music team (DJ Pretty Ricky and Grand Prix) put in at HBCUs, as well as the region’s high schools. He performed there at every opportunity, developing a legion of loyal fans who follow him religiously.
Now a seasoned performer, the rapper-producer-entertainer born Travis Cave got an early start in music. He spent much of his childhood around his cousins, who acted like they were a superstar rap group. By the time he was 8, Trap Beckham was following their lead and had already begun writing lyrics. At 12, he was recording himself. His goal at the time was simple. “I just wanted to be on the radio,” he recalls.
Growing up listening to, being inspired by and admiring two of the most successful artists in music – T-Pain and Kanye West – helped shape Trap Beckham’s music ear and his professional outlook. He was blown away by the simple yet hard approach T-Pain took on his Epiphany album, his favorite project of all time. Kanye West, on the other hand, inspired Trap Beckham by rapping and doing his own beats.
“Kanye is just raw,” he says of his new labelmate. “He makes his own beats and raps on them. That’s fire. He’s got his own shoes. That’s fire. I’ve got a pair. He just sets the bar every time.”
Trap Beckham has been doing the same thing in his own way. In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, he won Artist, Song, Mixtape and Performer of the year at the Duval Diamond Awards, which celebrate the best talent in the area. The accolades mark part of his growth from a shy kid to one who is on the brink of national stardom.
“I used to doubt myself all the time,” he says. “But it is what it is. We’re the movement. I used to be way more nervous as a person. People are people no matter where you go, where they are. I just had to start looking at stuff differently.”
Once Trap Beckham changed his perspective, his world opened up. He now boasts a bevy of hit singles, the love of his home region and a freshly inked recording contract with Def Jam. With “Bday Chick” gaining popularity by the day and his debut studio album in the works, Trap Beckham is poised for national prominence.
“My goal is to take it as far as I can take it,” he says. “I’m going for more awards, more hits on the radio. My goal is to stay consistent. I want to be in the game for a long-ass time. I want to be one of those artists that didn’t really have to do anything but drop those hits.”
He’s well on his way.