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Talent of the Week: C.B.Y.A! (East Atlanta, Georgia)
There is no I in Team, but in this case there is an I-Hop! Meet C.B.YA! – I-Hop, L-Mo and Cadallac. C.B.Y.A! Is undoubtedly the industry’s most dynamic rap act, blessed with the power of versatility but still a steady unit.
The trio formed their brand in 2004 where with unrivalled determination they made it their sole priority to bring great music to the underground scene, consistently reinventing their presence through sound, craft and style.
They began to create a steady buzz on the streets as word spread of a rap group who could actually entertain a cross generational audience, in 2006 they began to receive major support for their leading summer anthem “Gon Jig”. 107.9FM headed the radio takeover and the track was subsequently spun by top industry DJ’s including King Arthur, DJ Hershey and DJ Southern Bred.
The radio hype led the guys on a minor promotional tour, which imprinted their relevance across the southern regions of the United States. Their fan base began to spread and they were quickly invited to perform amongst the best at the BET Spring Bling Series, their notoriety as a rap group made great news for their newly found success and despite many pullbacks they made no effort at stopping.
They began to deepen into the industry making guest appearances in major music videos including; DJ Unk’s “Walk It Out”, One Chance “Look At Her” and BHI “Poole Palace”. C.B.Y.A! Were destined to soon be on the set of their own music video.
In 2008 C.B.Y.A! Were introduced to Jareiq Kabara, CEO at Da Vision Entertainment. Amazed by the boys and their undivided focus he instantly signed them to his label. Shortly afterwards the guys showcased for Nina Easton CEO of 404 Music and former owner of the Sony CBS bought Itchiiban Records, again elevated by their talents, they were immediately offered their first major recording deal through the Da Vision Ent/404 Music Joint Venture.
In 2009, C.B.Y.A! released “Stunna Shades” feat DJ Unk their first single off the eagerly anticipated album “Residentz Of Jupiter”, this is just the beginning of a new age of rap music. 2010 the guys were featured on Comedian Michael Coylar's Comedy album "Michael Coylar Greatest Hits And the great Unknowns" 2011 the guys teamed up with Canada’s #1 Dj, Dj Big Steve Gee for a series of mixtapes starting with The Dean’s List(Ist Semester) released in May.. The Follow up Bar Exam (2nd Semester) together has grossed over 18,000 views and downloads. Their new singles “Rock The Party” & “Dis Shyt Fye” are instant hits, with Beastie Boys influence, the Frat party made songs is rocking the internet everywhere with its House party visual. This is C.B.Y.A! Cool But Young & ArrogantNasty Tai Boogy: What made C.B.Y.A decide to start a career in music?