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    Picking The New Face Of Strange Music [Editorial]

    Coming off one of the hottest years for Strange Music, it is looking like everyone wants a piece of the indie monster label. With a roster of superstars, Strange Music is shaping up to be a powerhouse of talent in the industry. So, as the label steps into the spotlight, it would only make sense for Strange to scout more talent. Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Jay Rock, Big Scoob, and Brotha Lynch Hung are all expected to drop new projects in 2011. With so much attention on Strange, now would be the perfect time to introduce a new face to the world. This would be the perfect platform to push a new successful artist, in both a business and creative sense.


    The million dollar question though, is who does Strange sign next? Taking a look at the landscape of unsigned artists, it's always a good idea to start close to home. As the birthplace of Tech N9ne, Kansas City has no shortage of spectacular local talent. The first that comes to mind is the always charismatic Craig Smith. The Kansas City native has been making a lot of noise as of late. Craig Smith has already caught the attention of Strange Music, having appeared on multiple albums for the label. His signature call, "Mista Smith", can be heard on tracks like "Like I Died (Remix)". Smith's unique voice can be picked out from anywhere, and his presence hits listeners without warning. Smith's appearance on "In The Air" shines as an example of a guest spot that can keep up with Tech N9ne. His smooth delivery and laid back swagger give the impression of a confident MC who can spit with the best. Given his sound and subject matter, Strange Music could easily package Craig Smith as a mainstream hopeful. He has all of the characteristics of a superstar, and it doesn't hurt that he can deliver hot bars.


    You don't have to look too far to find yet another Kansas City talent worthy of the snake and bat. Irv Da Phenom has been blazing through the independent scene on his lyrical and vocal abilities for years. The MC doubles as a singer and much like Krizz Kaliko he excels at both. Just like his peer, Craig Smith, Irv has found himself featured on several Strange Music releases. On Tech N9ne's "Keep It One Hunit" is a perfect example of what Irv could do when given the opportunity to shine. As of this writing, Tech N9ne has already expressed interest in signing Irv Da Phenom. We hope this happens sooner than later.


    It would be irresponsible to ignore the one name on the tips of fans' tongues everywhere: Hopsin. The young and brazen MC has created a buzz of epic proportions. Seemingly coming out of left field, the West Coast menace has taken independent music business to another level. His do-it-yourself tactics have paid off in the long run with numerous <em>YouTube</em> videos, self-released mixtapes, and full-length albums. From directing to editing to producing, there appears to be nothing Hopsin can't do. Then of course, there is his rapping. Hopsin's lyrical skill has been compared to that of a young Eminem. His penchant for multi-syllabic rhymes and punch lines has earned him respect in heavyweight hip hop circles. Just what is it that fans love about Hopsin? It could be his comical and sometimes violent imagery. It could also be that Hopsin oozes pure talent, the likes of which fans haven't seen in a long time. Hopsin is a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated market. Strange Music fans love Hopsin so much, that it is not uncommon to find his name littered across the Tech N9ne message boards. The Kansas City King himself has met with Hopsin and even broke news of an intended collaboration on <em>Bad Season's</em> "Losin' My Mind". The collaboration did not come to fruition, but that hasn't deterred Tech N9ne from seeking out Hopsin for future projects.


    News of Tech N9ne's interest in new talent came during his live <em>Ustream</em> broadcast from Atlanta. Tech made mention of seeking out deals with CES CRU, Irv Da Phenom, Stevie Stone, and MayDay. A myriad of talent, these names have all demonstrated something to hit on Tech N9ne's radar. There is no official news as to who will be the next to rock with the snake and bat, but one thing is for sure, the fans will decide who sticks around in the end.


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    HOPSIN FTW!!!





    strange needs to sign people that they dont already work with all the time.. IRV is one everyones cd now, hes always doing stuff with strange, he tours with them. hes practically signed but just doesnt release cd (in my opinion cause it would get boring at about track 4 just cause hes good at features, not full songs) hopsin has what it takes to make it in strange





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    hopsinhopsinhopsinhopsinhopsin

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    I say Nesto, Craig Smith, Stevie Stone and Hopsin.

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    Id like to see strange sign a nice roster of young guys. Then you'll have the vets like tech kriss kutt lynch n scoob and the up n comers like irv steve stone hop craig smith and of course jay rock. That label would murder.. now if we only had a white guy for some diversity lol

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    I agree about Irv...he's more of a Nate Dogg performer, good on hooks and features but not a true solo artist yet. Not bagging on Irv or anything, I have his FREE mixtape, it's just my opinion.

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    HOPSIN FTW!!!





    strange needs to sign people that they dont already work with all the time.. IRV is one everyones cd now, hes always doing stuff with strange, he tours with them. hes practically signed but just doesnt release cd (in my opinion cause it would get boring at about track 4 just cause hes good at features, not full songs) hopsin has what it takes to make it in strange





    hopsin

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    I think Irv has more to offer than people realize. The dude can rap his ass off and is quite diverse. I do see some of the points people are making though.

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    I remember when people used to say that shit about krizz ^ hahaha

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    HOPSIN nuff said!!!

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