This is a showcase of talented individuals pushing the Culture in Virginia behind the scenes ranging from musicians, models, artists, designers, promoters, even to the teachers, organizations, and more in intimate settings of their respective fields. Follow their views and journeys...
Dawit better known as Dawit N.M. is a Photographer/Director telling amazing stories through his narrative style of work. Being the maker of contour which also showcases a lot of the neighboring talent while also capturing some of the attentions of people like Asap Ferg and became part of the "New Wave" exhibition for Virginia MOCA art museum.
"Working with my close friends is never a miss. They inspire me and I inspire them as well."
"I know I am different and my work shows it."
Producer/Dj/engineer Kino beats have established a name for himself as he worked with OgMaco, Pharrel & Asap Rocky, Young Jeezy and others. Kino is most seen now a days traveling the globe with Lex Luger touring and performing shows while still managing to find time to work with up and coming Va talent back at Radio Ready recording studios in Norfolk, Va.
"Never ride a wave, create ya own pool"
""Never stop working, set goals and exceed them"
With a lacking party scene down in Virginia, Rodney and gang took the initiative to give the youth a place they can rage and let the local talent get a platform to extend their voice called "The Traptastic". Having a multitude of DJs who differ from one another the sounds stay fresh with current hits, classic jams, and what set them apart from ordinary clubs is the constant spins of underground and upcoming artist. Already having set standards high with a feature in THE HUNDREDS and bringing a 40oz Bounce to Va Beach, their biggest achievement was giving different artist such as Young Crazy, Levi Carter, IPM and more locals a stage to share their art and voice with the Felipé Brothers and Dloc capturing the visuals. Its not just another Party but a major movement that the culture can all get into....
“There was not a soul in the club that listened to any of that music in their club, or in the shower. It’s all old as shit, and they would still listen to that shit religiously,”- from 2016 THE HUNDREDS feature
804's own Doug Finesse comes into the scene blending all genres into an alternative rap style. Showing no fear of experimenting with sounds together with friend and main producer Jack TP, Doug pushes the boundaries of how far rap can be universal. Now with a project out called "Only Option" which you can get on Itunes, it's only a matter of time til folks catch wind of Doug Finesse...
"I would describe my music as original, a fresh breathe in hip hop. My sound is a mix of old school New York rap, and new school southern rap. I combine flow switch, witty bars, and melodic hooks over my bro Jack TP's beats to make my sound".
"Being well traveled due to the military, I've taken in influences from
New Jersey, New York and Virginia, which have shaped who I am as a person and a artist. I don't limit myself to just rap, whereas I like to dibble and dabble with other genres like r&b."
"I love the Virginia scene. Since we're not a powerhouse in rap currently, being here has made me work harder to rise up in the game."
A young creative, Alliannah is usually behind the graphic side of things rather its club/concert promotion, mixtape/song covers, or other work seen around Va. When it comes to photography, Alli always challenges herself through self portraits and exploring to break walls that limits her and captivate her viewer by the growth she seeks in herself...
"I'm a natural born artist; my soul is so pure. I'm in my own world, you just wouldn't understand..."
"When I learned to listen to myself, I found the answers to all my problems..."
W/R short for Work l Release an arts venue, exhibition and events space located in the historic Texaco building in the NEON District in Downtown Norfolk. Ran by Cary-ann and Charlie, W/R changed the way Norfolk nightlife was viewed as a saving grace to many opening doors for artist of all arts. For 2 years we had a place to be ourselves, party or just be silly with our love ones, and find our next emerging artist all in one setting and for that we thank you W/R....
Quotes from the people
"W/R brought us together, there wasn't an art district til they arrived. we was bland, boring (dawg) with no local musical outlets at all"- Batman VA promotor
"I'm pretty sad about work release closing. They've done so much 4 the scene in Virginia and have been a huge part of my journey as an artist. They were the 1st place 2 let me sell clothes at no cost with no site, let me DJ with no experience & let me perform when I had no music out.I was able to grow into the person I am today because of work release. They believed in me, they believed in us, & they believed in VA. RIP" - Opal D