V.I.C. to release debut-album
Michael “Mr. Collipark” Crooms is the lasting breed of rap mogul: a talented musician in his own right with an uncanny knack for spotting and shaping talent. You know his work with the Ying Yang Twins. You definitely know his work with Soulja Boy. When Mr. Collipark crows about the next rapper to check for, in this case V.I.C., it’s wise to take heed. He’s currently executive-producing V.I.C.’s self-titled debut album.
Says Collipark: “After the numerous hits and a huge second album from Soulja Boy, V.I.C. will again confirm that we know what we are doing in the Crooms household. Although V.I.C. is signed to Young Mogul Entertainment —whose CEO is my brother Derrick—I am executive producing this album myself, and I co- produced the first single.”
Release date: 08/26/09
Label: Battery Records
Single: Say Bow featuring J-Futuristic
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Indeed, Derrick Crooms is quite happy to keep things in the family:
“I’m very excited to work with Neil Levine and Battery Records in developing V.I.C., who is destined to be a career artist. Together, the Crooms and Battery will be able to show that V.I.C. is the farthest thing from a one-hit wonder. We are all excited for the future.”
Neil Levine, SVP/GM of Battery Records, affirms the sentiment:
“We'd like to welcome V.I.C. along with Mr. Collipark and Derrick to the Battery family and truly believe this is a perfect match with their indie mindset."
An Atlanta transplant by way of Queens, New York, V.I.C. brings a dangerous, defiant mix of cipher-hardened lyrics and Southern bounce. He first carved out his name alongside famed Collipark signee Soulja Boy, who laid the production fire for V.I.C.’s “Get Silly.” After that came the ‘nuff-said song “wobble.” The slowed-down, syrup-sweet “Wifey Type” has registered a whopping 1.5 million plays on MySpace. His newest monster is “Say Bow” featuring J-Futuristic, produced by Collipark and Mister Hanky. The club ground shaker is already making big noise independently in the club and on the charts. When the “Say Bow” video, recently shot in the clubs of ATL by multimedia maven DJ Skee, drops in the coming weeks, expect tremors no matter where you’re located.
Take it from the MC himself: “V.I.C. is a superstar, first and foremost. I feel blessed and highly favored to be put in the hands of a label and music moguls who know how to position a superstar and promote him the way he needs to be promoted.”
This is the year of V.I.C. Say Bow. Then just say WOW.
Anything worth having demands hard work and sacrifice. Just ask Atlanta's newest superstar-in-the-making V.I.C. as he readies for his debut album, due in Spring 2008. Born in the rough and tumble Corona section of Queens, NY to a native New Yorker mom and African immigrant dad from Ghana, V.I.C. has been making music for as long as he can remember. He was 10 years old when he first put pen to pad after being asked to write a drug awareness rap for his elementary school. "All the students loved it," V.I.C. remembers. "I came home and wrote the whole song myself. I have been rapping pretty much all my life. I didn't know I had the gift, but the gift had been with me." It was during that same year that his parents relocated down south to Atlanta's south side suburb of College Park. And even though music was deeply embedded in his soul, he wouldn't pick up the mic again until high school. "When I was in high school, I was focused on being a lyricist. My lyrics were mind blowing to the people I was rapping around," he recalls. "When you rap against southern rappers, they're talking about riding in their car with big rims. I had a lot of punch lines."
After high school V.I.C continued to develop his craft by becoming a regular in local open mic competitions. Self-employed barber by trade, V.I.C. cut fades and line-ups during the day and chopped the heads off other unsigned rappers by night. In his downtime he used hard earned barber bucks to invest in studio time on his tireless pursuit for a career in music.
Coincidentally, as if by fate, multi-platinum music mogul Michael "Mr. Collipark" Crooms (CEO of Collipark Music) and industry insider Derrick Crooms were patrons of another barbershop just a few doors down from where V.I.C. worked. Each time V.I.C. saw either of the two brothers, he would pass them a demo. "I'd chase them down with a CD," says V.I.C. "They would always tell me the honest truth... Either they wouldn't mess with it because they had so much going on at the time or it wasn't what they were looking for." V.I.C. soaked up the knowledge given him from the two music industry veterans, went back to the drawing board and tried it again - time and time again.
Refusing to give up, his undying efforts ultimately paid off; just as V.I.C. was at the end of his rope. "I was like 'if y'all don't like this, I'm giving up,'" he says. Luckily, Crooms and Collipark were impressed by V.I.C.'s cinematic vision on the floss-heavy "Riding Batman" (referring to vertical Lamborghini doors which when open resemble the Batman symbol). Crooms signed V.I.C. on the spot to his newly formed Young Mogul Entertainment label.
V.I.C. continues to make his mark on the musical landscape with the animated, club-jumping lead single "Get Silly," which was produced by Soulja Boy Tell Em. "It's a song that you can do whatever to," explains the eager 21 year old. "Right now, they got a lot of dances out. There's not a particular dance that goes with the song, so when it comes on, you just do what you wanna do to it."
Having cleverly crafted his style over the years, V.I.C.'s perfect musical medium is a hybrid between witty battle rhymes and energetic southern party music. For instance, the infectious party-jam "Wobble Wobble" produced by Mr. Collipark and The Package Store production team. Over a polyrhythmic drum track and festive horn section, V.I.C. mannishly spits: "I'm so explicit/ but I can't help it/ My flow is ridiculous/ The boy got a gift/ like it's gotta be Christmas."
V.I.C. sits up high on 24-inch chrome wheels with Louisiana bad boy Hurricane Chris as the two microphone titans shine atop deep southern kick drums and shimmering bells on the bouncy "Ridin." "It's still punch lines, but now it's more universal. I see the bigger picture. I want everybody to understand me," he says. "My style is southern because I was raised here, but I'm snapping. You can tell when you hear me rap that I have a northern influence."
Whether it's danceable party jams to keep the crowd hype or introspective, poetic parables, V.I.C. offers it all. "I'm a good, all-around rapper," he boasts. "I make good music."
Born to a native New Yorker mom and African immigrant dad from Ghana, V.I.C. has been making music since he was 10 years old and penned a drug awareness rap for his elementary school. Fast-forward to today, the only thing to get him out of the studio is his love of showing off his barber skills and working out. A self-taught man, he mastered the fine art of grooming by practicing on his brother. It took him about a year to perfect his craft, while cutting clients he would ask them about their workout regimen. Now he is a certified work-out-holic spending his off days in the gym.
"debut-album" by VIC - release date: 08/26/09..