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Indie Spotlight Presents: Sneakyy

“Sneaky poses on railroad tracks in his hometown for his highly anticipated mixtape Sneakyy Kool,Humble and Focused Mixtape which is set to be released at the top of the fall. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
“Sneaky poses on railroad tracks in his hometown for his highly anticipated mixtape Sneakyy Kool,Humble and Focused Mixtape which is set to be released at the top of the fall. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

Since T.I. and Young Jeezy burst onto the hip-hop scene, the spotlight has been placed on Atlanta, which has quietly been producing a handful of serious young talent. Young artists like Migos, 21 Savage, Yung Thug, Kodak and Veto, plus more, are making waves of their own. Another MC that’s starting to see his name become bigger is Sneakyy.

Sneakyy, the Arkansas native, meshes hip-hop and dance together to make music that will make you bounce, plus provide you with some traditional southern lyrical content. The 26-year-old’s style is perfect for today’s sing-song rap style yet he manages to find his own sound. After releasing a string of singles from his recently released mixtape Kool, Humble & Focused , Sneakyy has extended his fan base beyond East Point, Ga.

“It was dope, niggas were knowing the words, it wasn’t too big of a room but it ended up filling out,” Sneakyy told us a few days after he performed early in the spring a FAMU . “This was my first time ever being in Florida, so to be performing here really was a blessing and overall a dope expeierience.”

Sneakyy at 3MG studios in Atlanta,Ga recording Fake Free with Trackwriterz (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Sneakyy at 3MG studios in Atlanta,Ga recording Fake Free with Trackwriterz (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

 

Trackwriterz(KP, Pierre andTuck) and Sneakyy in 3MG Studio's in Altanta Georgia working on their collaborative mixtape Fake Free (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Trackwriterz(KP, Pierre andTuck) and Sneakyy in 3MG Studio’s in Altanta Georgia working on their collaborative mixtape Fake Free (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

Now with a growing fan base and excellent work ethic, Sneakyy is quickly working on releasing his new project this month. “I finished the last songs [on my project] I’m working with Trackwriterz, who are based in Atlanta too,” he said. His collaboration album with Trackwriterz titled Fake Free is releasing on December 22. We caught up with Sneakyy to learn about his forthcoming plans for this summer.

Name: Sneakyy

Age: 26

Hometown: Arkansas

Resides: Atlanta

I grew up listening to: “I grew up listening to] hella rap music, like so much rap music. My dad was a the cool guy around town he pretty much knew everybody and would ride around Arkansas in his old school impala listening to music 24/7. I used to do band when I move to Georgia in middle school a lot and and audio production and I just got sick of being in class, everything he’s teaching me I’m going back in the crib and doing it for myself, so I might as well do that. So I started taking music seriously. When I was maybe, 15, 16, my sister got me a microphone for Christmas and I got an old white MacBooks. I would just put it together on Garageband and just record to every beat I can download. I didn’t start taking myself seriously ‘till four or five years ago. I was doing like little Mediafire links on MySpace and Facebook. And I had music MySpace with like 50 something songs. All I would do is record for songs a day and upload it at night.”

Most people don’t know: “I eat a lot of sushi and I used to ride bikes a lot but now I don’t. But I pretty much eat a lot of sushi.”

My style’s been compared to: “People have compared me to a lot. Some people say Migos but I don’t really see that. Someone said Quavo and I didn’t see that at all. Someone on Twitter said if like Future and Migos had a baby it would be Sneakyy and I was like, ‘I’ll take that. I don’t know if I would compare myself to anything or anyone. But my sound is real feel good music. Not even really hip-hop but just some kind of contemporary version of hip-hop that’s got like a lot of really pop and dance undertones.”

 

Sneakyy is at Bad Boy South Headquarters waiting patiently before he inks his record deal (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Sneakyy is at Bad Boy South Headquarters waiting patiently before he inks his record deal (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

My standout records or moments to date have been: “I put out this song ‘Out My Face’ featuring Rich Home Quan last year. At the time I put out like three songs because for a while I was hella inactive. So I put out different sounding records to see what’s going to be the bigger one. That one skyrocketed. I was like, ‘oh shit, people are fucking with me.’ I started to see it trickle over into my other socials and people were trying to book me for shows because of that one song. That songs entire run lead to me to where I am now, which is inking my deal with Bad Boy.”

My goal in hip-hop is: “To make it better, kind of just encourage people to take their time and be themselves. I’m not trying to be no body or sound like nobody where everybody is the poor’s man version of whoever. I say that out load because I’m just trying to be completely transparent of who I am and encourage to do the same. Be you.”

Sneakyy poses for the camera at Bad Boy South headquarters in Atlanta,GA (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Sneakyy poses for the camera at Bad Boy South headquarters in Atlanta,GA (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes)

Follow Sneakyy on Twitter and Soundcloud.

Kota Santez Performs The Anthem On the Record

Chicago native Kota Santez premiered his latest single, live on  “At 16 years old ,Kota Santez’s future started to take shape as he began writing and rapping consistentlyhile attending school at Cedar Grove High School. Kota says, “ That’s when I realized I had something great for the world to hear.” From that point on ,he began to cultivate his talents.

Influenced by many greats, such as Nas, Biggie, Andre 3000 and Jay Z,Kota Santez is nothing less of a soulful rapper with a passion for creating dope lyrics. In his latest single “K to the Izzo also referred to as “Kota Santez creates a feel good tune but also delivers a strong message about promoting social consciousness. Kota says, “ I wanted to make a song that you can listen to at anytime because “it has such good energyut still gives the people something to think about.”  Riding the up tempo beat with a melodic hook, Kota sure knows how to creates positive vibrations.

“Before Kota premiered his song to one of the toughest indie crowds in Atlanta through On the Record, he was nervous. His nerves stemmed from the show’s reputation for having well-informed audiences.”

On the Record has been a staple in the indie music scene for the past 3 years and has been credited as the underground 106 & Park. Hosted by Chianexo and Amani every other Wednesday, the show gives the audience as chance to engage in social conversations and enjoy live sets from some of Atlanta’s most promising up-and-coming stars.

Backed by a full band Third Shift Generation,Kota began to look at ease as he showed off his latest lyrical masterpiece. The addition of the band really gave the performances a nice vibe and intensity. Santez hopes the band will join him during his performance at the All Three Coast music festival this coming fall.

After getting a lot of buzz his “that was released last year, Kota decided  to give his fans something new in 2016 with his new self-tilted mixtape “Kota Santez”. Hosted by Atlanta DJ’s DJ Iceberg DJ Grady, the new mixtape continues the theme of Kota’s soulful melodic sound” and it’s safe to safe to say after this performance that this tape will be something worth listening to The tape even features artists like Miroj, Breezy Castilleo and Nino Blaq.

Kota Santez: The Road to SXSW

Many music fanatics and aspiring musicians attend South By Southwest music festival in hopes to see their favorite artist rip showcase stages and gain knowledge from industry professionals during panel discussions. For independent artist this festival is a platform to promote and network amongst the masses; but every artist true dream is to perform on a showcase stage during the festival. For Kota Santez that dream will be fulfilled during the 2016 SXSW.

Right before Kota Santez takes the stage at Apache Cafe.
Right before Kota Santez takes the stage at Apache Cafe.

On Saturday, March 19th the Atlanta native will be performing in front of thousands of festival goers on the 2016 Radio Day Stage presented by ROK Mobile. Kota Santez will be performing amongst a line up of hip hop heavy hitters such as Kat Dahlia, Tyga, Yg and Dej Loaf.

“To be able to go across the country and perform in front of thousands of people is something that still amazes me,” said Santez, who at 23 has already made a name for himself in the south east region through local showcases and being featured on V-103’s Frank Ski and Wanda morning show.

As a child Dakota gained a liking for hip hop & r&b from being around the speakers a little to much, from his parents playing their Tupac, Bob Marley, & Outkast albums, to watching his cousins pursue their own music endeavors, Dakota developed an amazing drive and passion for composing music.

“Ever since singing in the elementary school choir he started developing a creative talent in producing music, singing different melodies, & writing songs” Angelina Jones, Kota’s mother said. “I’ve watched him spend years working on his craft and his ability to entertain.”

With a mixed sound of street, club, rebellion, & soulful tunes Kota Santez uses the style of symbolic imagery to help the people see his vision, the pictures of his youth, or what he calls “the vision of the Kid Out The A.” The multi talented artist says, “this opportunity is really my moment to show people who Kota Santez is and show them where I’ve come from.” Leading into the festival Kota Santez is doing just that.

In preparation for South By Southwest Kota Santez have been releasing videos as apart of his doc-series entitled; Kota Santez: The Road to South By Southwest. The first episode which was released Tuesday, February 22 follows Kota puts his performance skills to the test at Atlanta’s popular Apache Café Open Mic night.

To follow more of Kota Santez as he rise to stardom and to see what he is up to in Austin,Tx  you can subscribe to his youtube channel @KotaSantezTV or on all social media platforms @KotaSantez.