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Episode 108 | Trap Recording Artist Ponzo Houdini

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Today’s Guest is Trap Recording Artist Ponzo Houdini

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Raised in the Jefferson Projects in Buffalo, New York Trap recording artist Ponzo Houdini Launched his career in 2007. “My first song entitled,”You A Lame.”At the time Myspace was our main source of social media. My song was generating many plays
A&R from Slip N Slide records ‘King V’ reached out to me. He reached out to me saying he respected my music and for me to send him some tracks so that he could pursue a recording deal for me. I sent him a few songs, and ‘You A Lame’ was included. I never heard from him again, but in 2008 Trina a Slip N Slide recording artist released a song called ‘Lame’ and it’s the same song, but with a few words placed differently.”

His official single released in 2015 entitled ‘Daddy Wit Da Caddy’ which released on WorldStar.com and more. He’s toured and worked with artists like Future, OJ Da
Juiceman, Skippa Da Flippa, 2 Milly and Rich The Kid as well as Zaytoven and O’Mega Red.

Music wasn’t persistently a direct path for Ponzo, in fact, life started off very troubling. “My parents separated when I was younger due to my mothers struggle with drug addiction.My father, grandmother, and aunt primarily raised my brother and me.”
In school, I was on the honor roll until high school. At 14 I started hanging out in the streets, selling weed.From there I started selling crack cocaine – the same substance that changed my mother’s life in a negative way.”

In 2008 he served one year in the county jail which was unfortunatley followed by an- other charge in 2011. He served 2 years in the state prison system followed by 2 years on parole. “I came home focused on changing my life around, but parole was making it complicated to do so. I started my entertainment label ‘Cake Boss Life Entertainment.’”

He went on the run in 2014 where he put out his first Mixtape ‘Wanted’ which released on datpiff.com. He followed that with his album ‘Controlled Substance’ which released on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Tidal. Later that same year after saving enough money he returned to New York and surrendered himself for the parole violation.
He served his remaining time and set out to continue to pursue his goals.

He was gifted enough to secure a deal with Tunde Balogun with Atlantic Records. Balogun said, “Although his music was good enough he didn’t have the fanbase for the type of deal he was pursuing.” Since Then the Independent artist has worked tirelessly to gain a positive, conscious fan base.

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I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by River City Donuts San Ant
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All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

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Unkle Gmo New Single “Broken Crown”

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Broken Crown is a soulful, inspirational track by Detroit’s own Unkle Gmo. Outstanding vocals from Bryan Hamilton aka B.Ryan create a pristine feel for this elegant track. Brotha Dre delivers a stand out verse as usual, telling his testimony as another kid from the Westside. Unkle Gmo’s melodic yet gritty delivery combined with amazing production creates his best song so far. 

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Episode 112 | Camp Zeroo – EDM DJ, Producer, Rapper, Author, Actor, and Philanthropist

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Exclusive interview with Camp Zeroo – EDM DJ, Producer, Rapper, Author, Actor, and Philanthropist

Cliff Clements (better known as Camp Zeroo)was born November 20, 1988, in Dallas, TX He took the EDM World by Storm showcasing over 18 years in the music industry and amassing over 3 Million Streams, and over 12k Shazams showcasing just how popular he’s become. He’s successfully made his mark on the Electronic Dance scene and has taken the hip-hop industry by storm as well.

His Singles ‘ Zeroo Lit’ and ‘Run It Up’ Ft. DJ Jiggy Jane are playing in heavy rotation on youtube and all digital music platform.

Camp Zeroo stepped in as a philanthropist and has single-handedly given new meaning to the #RunItUpChallenge he’s donating some of his own money from shows, investments, and appearances and is encouraging his followers to continue to pay it forward. Encouraging them to change the world, but giving from the heart and not expecting nothing in return.
He was nominated for an award as an executive producer in his first motion picture in 2009.

Camp Zeroo had the opportunity to share the stage with great artist like Drake, Trey Songs, Wale, Tiesto, Rick Ross, Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa and more.

Camp Zeroo currently working on a self-titled application for iPhone and Android, Working on three movies which he will be staring and stepping into the role of executive producer. (4 Seasons, Party Central and One and Done.) He’s also working on a book entitled ‘When A Man Tries’ along with a new Album entitled ‘No Pressure’ and a Run It Up Tour.

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twitter.com/campzeroo

Hear this podcast on Googleplay, TuneinRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, Youtube, and iHeartradio

Podcast weekly broadcast location:

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Sponsors:

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by River City Donuts San Ant
1723 Babock Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by Bay Bay McClinton of All Sports Speed and Conditioning

http://www.allsportsfitness.net/

All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by D.W. Brooks Funeral Home
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Episode 111 | ILL RUCKUS – Hip Hop Group from the DMV

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Today’s guest is Rap Group ILL RUCKUS

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The culture of Rap and Hip-Hop has expanded over the years in both positive and negative ways. To its credit, it has provided a voice to the downtrodden and disenfranchised, allowing people to share their struggles and triumphs. Others however have used the art form to glorify violence and materialism. Styles vary wildly but for the men of Ill Ruckus, their beats, rhymes, and wordplay are all about bringing the positive vibes back to Hip-Hop, one song at a time.

Ill Ruckus got its start before it even knew it existed as its core members were friends since childhood. Though the number of people in the group has fluctuated since it was officially founded in 1999, it’s presently working comfortably as a trio. Sidd, Mr. Smiff, and Valdeast have enough years and shared experiences behind themselves that they don’t just consider themselves a musical trio; they’re a family. Growing up in and still based out of Lexington Park, Maryland, the area itself is known for its long standing cultural roots, and strong military presence. It’s the kind of place that can instill strong, humble values into you while still exposing you to some of life’s harsh struggles.

It’s these struggles though that have pushed Ill Ruckus together and made them one of the hottest up and coming groups in the area. It helps that all three of the members have their own individual style that’s been cultivated over years of living life and writing about it. Sidd brings to the table his musical studies, being an accomplished saxophonist and pianist. Though he’s normally a quiet person, music allows him to express himself. Mr. Smiff also brings with him his own musically gifted ear, combined with a good deal of life experience from his strong community roots. Valdeast has the benefit of being a devoted family man, one who’s as humble and loyal as he is passionate about music. That family devotion helps serve as a constant reminder to Ill Ruckus of the positive impact music can have, and the audience that needs empowering music in their lives.

Given their distinct personalities and tastes, it’s no surprise that the trio would be inspired by a number of different Rap & Hip-Hop acts including such legendary East Coast rappers as Biggie Smalls, Wu-Tang Clan, Redman, Mobb Deep, and Nas, along with the massively influential West Coaster Tupac and the also highly respected, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. It’s because of all these styles and interests coming together, that even though Ill Ruckus can be compared to some of their influences like the Wu-Tang Clan, they’ve also drawn comparisons to the late great Big L, Styles P, G-Unit, and Boot Camp Clik.

Through years of tremendous hard work and dedication both in and out of the recording studio, Ill Ruckus is finally starting to make waves in the industry. Their debut EP has been a long time coming, but they’ve already landed featured placements on several Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes including Next Up Vol. 200 & 206 as well as Hottest In Maryland: Mixtape Vol. 2. Their homegrown website, www.seasonedvetts.com is home to two of the completed tracks, “I’m Sick” and “Spazz On ‘Em” which is complete with its own music video. Combined with their successful live performances, Ill Ruckus’ music is speaking for itself in terms of its quality and message.

This is just a small step towards bigger things for Ill Ruckus as the trio continues to build its reputation amongst fans and other musicians alike. Sidd, Valdeast, and Mr. Smiff are entertainers in the truest sense in that they feel it’s their job and goal to use their God given talents and abilities to positively affect the lives of others. Their music is independent in every way; it comes directly from them and they’re taking every effort they can to push their music forward from Maryland to the rest of the world. The only reason their music exists as it is right now is because they’ve never given up on it or their prospective audience. Their performances and recordings continue to grow better as a means to bring better music to the people willing to love and support independent artists.

Being entrepreneurs as well as entertainers, Ill Ruckus has big plans for the future. As their music continues to take hold amongst audiences they plan to use those sales to create their own studio. This would allow them to continue to be completely independent but utilize even better equipment and create even stronger sounding releases. This would be an exciting addition to the already growing list of responsibilities the trio handles for themselves. Not only do they craft their own songs but they also handle the production, promotion, event planning and networking with other bands and area businesses for gigs. It’s not an easy list of jobs, but it’s all in the name of music and all for trying to bring something positive and wonderful to audiences.

Ill Ruckus won’t rest until their music can reach the ears of the world and bring to them the positive vibes of struggle and triumph that Rap and Hip-Hop can convey so well. Through years of hard living, raising families, and perfecting their musical craft, Sidd, Valdeast, and Mr. Smiff are in the best position yet to accomplish their goals. Behind the strength of material like “I’m Sick” and “Spazz On ‘Em” Ill Ruckus has big things on the way and it’s their hope that their music can find a way to entertain and empower you.

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Hear this podcast on Googleplay, TuneinRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, Youtube, and iHeartradio

Podcast weekly broadcast location:

Rockafellas Barber Shop (Owner: Rico Rodriguez)

1733 Babcock Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229

Sponsors:

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by River City Donuts San Ant
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I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by Bay Bay McClinton of All Sports Speed and Conditioning

http://www.allsportsfitness.net/

All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by D.W. Brooks Funeral Home
2950 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78202
Email: info@dwbrooksfh.com
Phone: 210-223-2045
Website: dwbrooksfuneralhome.com

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by Overflowcafe.com

Does your website need more traffic? Well visit Overflowcafe.com today! They make websites popular and over 41,000 people use their service to gain more customers. They are winning at business. What about you? Visit Overflowcafe.com

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