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The cypHER female rap series was created by The Progress Report as an opportunity for women with bars to showcase their originality and personality on the production of their choice. The Progress Report is a media platform for artists and creatives, mainstream and independent. We interview artists and entrepreneurs on our live podcast Wednesday nights in Atlanta and feature content on our website and during our show. The podcast is hosted by 3 women, Lalaa Shepard, DJ eXeL, and Boss Britt.
Meet the participants of our cypHER part 2 below and support their journeys to progression!
Diamond is a rapper from Atlanta, GA known for being 1 of 2 females in the Hip Hop group, Crime Mob. Crime Mob rose to fame in the early 2000s with songs, “Knuck If You Buck”, “Rock Yo Hips”, and “Stilettos”. Diamond and Princess became very popular in the urban community for their bold lyrics and setting fashion trends. Although Crime Mob never officially called it quits altogether, they did have many public disputes and have all recorded their own solo music. In an unreleased interview with Lalaa Shepard of The Progress Report, Diamond opens up about getting introduced to poetry and music, linking with Crime Mob, importance of Limewire in helping her find an audience, hardships of getting respect as a southern rapper coming up, balancing personal life, motherhood, relationships within the entertainment industry, and of course she defines the word “progress”.
Blo5k (Lil A & Fatt) is back with a 15 track project titled ‘Blo5k Business’ after nearly a 2 year hiatus.
The east side of Atlanta is quickly become known for producing talented rappers and the rap duo Blo5k (pronounced Block) are adding their names to that list. They combine both spectrums of hip hop with Lil A’s raw delivery and Fatt’s lyrically aggressive flow. While a duo, they found a way to balance releasing solo projects while bringing together their unique styles and personalities to create a dynamic duo following the likes of Webbie, Lil Boosie, Outkast, or 8Ball & MJG who represent the South.
Coming from nothing, music was almost like therapy to them, providing a way for Fatt and Lil A to vent about their problems. Now, they are taking their platform to new levels to shows fans and others that anything can be achieved despite coming from rough backgrounds. What they once used as an outlet, they now can use to show others that dreams can become a reality with dedication, commitment, and a positive attitude.
Together, Blo5k has produced music that has propelled them as key players in the hip hop community. With three projects under their belt, Blo5k has gained the respect of top DJs such as Tokars, Bigga Rankin, and DJ Lil Keem and toured parts of New York, California, and Ohio. Blo5k Muzik, Gang, and Blo5k Muzik 2hits on mature content and features appearances from 21 Savage, Lotto Savage, and Trouble. Separately, Lil A has released his latest single “Trap Mode” featuring production by Quality Control producer, Quay Global.
In 2019, they are looking to continue this reign with new music underway. Blo5k Business the album releases May 3, 2019 with features from Atlanta’s own Wonder B and Bla5er and production from Quay Global, B-Rackz and Spiffy Global. With brotherhood at the forefront, Blo5k is a rap duo set to make a lasting impression on hip hop off the strength of loyalty and love.
HamSquad is a production team based in Florida known for producing for the likes of Soulja Boy, OJ Da Juiceman, Chevy Woods, Jeff Cherry, Sonny Digital, and many others early in their careers. The production team celebrates their 10 year anniversary April 20th and will release a compilation album.
During a conversation with Lalaa Shepard of The Progress Report, Keith of HamSquad speaks on the importance of helping upcoming producers on the come up and introduces Ghostrage.
Ghostrage is a 21 year old producer based in LA known for his work with Dice Soho, Juicy J, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Rico Nasty, and many underground artists.
“I feel like it’s a lot of talent that gets overlooked, on Soundcloud especially.” (Ghostrage)
During the interview, Ghostrage shares unique stories about Xxxtentacion and Juicy J and dropping out of college to pursue his music career.
The Progress Report Presents Conversations with Lalaa Shepard. In this 3 part episode, we speak with Izze The Producer about balancing producing for major artists and being an artist himself. In the first episode, Izze The Producer addresses mental health and goes sneaker browsing at Heet ATL. In the second episode, Lalaa speaks to Izze The Producer about his debut album, ‘Wild Life Extravagant Dreams’ while record shopping at Criminal Records in Little 5 Points. In the final part of the first episode, Izze The Producer speaks to Lalaa Shepard about embracing change and life without his mother and grandmother.
In a pull up edition of The Progress Report, music producer iLuvMuny and artist Paper Lovee speak about sacrifices they have made for their music careers and how they both stand out in a music market that many view as oversaturated. iLuvMuny has worked with artists such as Gunna, Asian Doll, Guap Tarantino and many others. Paper Lovee’s debut mixtape, ‘Waiting To Exhale’ released in 2018 with features from Yung Bans, YNW Melly, Lil Baby, and DaeDae.
Young Thug’s sisters Dolly White & HiDoraah just released their debut 6 track mixtape ‘Slimestas’ and are making a name for themselves. In a recent interview with The Progress Report, the 2 siblings open up about their poverty stricken childhood, Thug getting his big break in music, and everything in between!
Strap is known as the 3rd member of the rap trio, Travis Porter. Travis Porter is responsible for hit records such as “Aww Yea”, “Go Shorty Go”, “Bananas”, “Ayy Ladies”, “Bring It Back” and “Make It Rain”. In a recent interview with The Progress Report, Strap speaks on dropping out of high school to pursue rap dream, solo career, and the status of Travis Porter as a collective.
“If it wasn’t for music I don’t know where I would be” ~ Strap Da Fool
“If you gone put in the work, you have to do it when nobody is watching”
LA’s own Dom Kennedy recently spoke to Lalaa Shepard of The Progress Report following his Win Or Lose concert in Atlanta about knowing his purpose, Mac Miller’s contributions to Hip Hop, reading list, favorite Anita Baker & Bobby Womack records, upcoming OPM compilation
“Don’t expect nothing out of people in 2018 & beyond” [Al Nuke]
In the Halloween edition of The Progress Report, Detroit native Al Nuke discusses coming from foster care system, being Zaytoven’s manager, directing the Birds Of A Feather films, and his new podcast, Nuke At Night. During the interview, Al Nuke gives tips for entrepreneurs to achieve longevity in their fields. He details his experience in prison, recalls dropping the ball with Birdman by having his emotions on his shoulders, his transition from Detroit to Atlanta, BMF’s impact in Detroit, difficulties with Netflix, defines the word “progress”, and shares thoughts on Usher and Zaytoven’s new album, A.