National Eating Disorders Association Benefit feat. SAMMY ADAMS
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The viral video for Sammy Adams’ major-label debut single “Blow Up” is a pretty accurate look at what life is like for this rising young artist. Adams reels off lyrics asking “What’s it gotta take for a young kid to blow up?” to a hypnotic head-nodding beat and a recreated sample of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” (a nice nod to Adams’ Boston roots). The clip captures the 24-year-old performing for ecstatic crowds everywhere from roof-raising club gigs, to jubilant college shows, to massive outdoor festivals, including Lollapalooza and Bamboozle, where ten thousand people turned up at the Jumbo Stage just to see him.
A boyish-looking, sandy-haired charmer from Cambridge, MA, Adams fell in love with music as a kid. Already a fan of hip-hop and rock, Adams began to write rhymes and create beats while in high school, which is when he developed a taste for such progressive techno-trance artists as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and Kaskade. It was while sitting in class at Trinity College (where Adams was a political science major and captain of the soccer team) that he came up with the idea for his breakthrough single “I Hate College” — a cheeky remix of Asher’s Roth’s “I Love College,” which he recorded in his dorm room. After Adams’ friend posted it on his blog in August 2009, the track spread like wildfire among students across the Northeast. Encouraged by the response, Adams booked shows at colleges, impressing his peers with his freestyle ability, relatable lyrics, and unbridled energy.
Adams built such a sizable following through touring that his independently released album Boston’s Boy shot to the top of the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart on its first day out in March 2010, selling nearly 8,000 digital copies that week and outpacing albums by Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled. “We basically marketed the record on Facebook,” Adams says. “The buzz from ‘I Hate College’ really helped. Nearly all of our Facebook fans bought the album on the first day.” With its pop-rap sound and lyrics about coming up as an artist in college, Boston’s Boy earned kudos from local critics, one of whom noted: “There’s no falsity in his songs. He captures campus life with unparalleled specificity.” In September 2010, Adams released his first mixtape, Party Records, a seamless blend of dubstep, bass music, and electro-house with beats by Rusko, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, and other EMD giants.
“It was a passion project that really elevated our live shows because kids loved dancing to these kinds of songs,” Adams says. “It made a huge difference. We toured with Boston’s Boy mostly in the Northeast. With Party Records we could go anywhere.” Indeed, in addition to opening for such artists as Kid Cudi, Drake, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Ludacris, and J. Cole, Adams performed 180 headlining shows in the U.S. and Canada over the past year and sold out 160 of them, including a high-profile gig at New York City’s Terminal 5. It’s with that striving spirit that Adams will take on his next challenge: forging a name for himself as a pop artist. “I want to make music that’s universal, that anyone can relate to,” he says. “I’ve had my biggest success so far with pop songs like ‘Driving Me Crazy’ [from Boston’s Boy] and ‘I Hate College’ and it has inspired me to write super-catchy hooks that people can jump up and down to. It feels authentic to where I am creatively at this point and I’m excited to continue to explore and play with this kind of music.”
Cato is a seasoned stage performer with over 100 live POP & Hip-Hop shows to his name to date, spanning the country from Illinois, Tampa & Clearwater Florida to Seattle Washington and most recently the Twin Cities. He has morphed and evolved his style from hip-hop spitter to a fully-fledged musical entertainer. Cato combines his ability to create complex in-line rhyme schemes and destroying hooks with his Chamillionaire style melodic tones all while keeping it fun, energetic, original and simplistic...for hit POP records. His genre and most recent project release HiPOP, which is a fusion of Pop, Hip-Hop, and Electro music show Cato’s versatility, lyrical prowess and originality.
DJ Sidereal is a 17 year old DJ from Minneapolis Minnesota who has performed at very prestigious events such as the Paid Dues Festival and Live Nation's River's Edge Festival on Harriet island in St. Paul MN, as well as Vans Warped Tour 2012. He has performed on the same events as Wu-Tang Clan, Murs, Kid Ink, Odd Future, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Toki Wright, Macklemore, Cunninglinguist, Hieroglyphics, Brother Ali and many more.
My name is Darren Glover aka D. Glove, and my life consists of Music and Basketball. My true love is to basketball, but when I am not pursuing my dream on the court, I spend my time on my computer listening to beats and making my own beats to come up with ideas for songs. I always rapped for fun, but i finally started to take it more serious when more and more people began to like my music. I enjoy everything there is about music, and thats what makes me stand out from the rest of these artists. I appreciate good music and know good music is when I hear it. I will always promise to all my fans that I will always want to talk to them and have feedback for how they feel about what I do. My success is based on my fans, my family, and God. I will never let any of those 3 down.