Recipients of the 2009 Inland Empire Music Award (IEMA) for Best Hip-Hop, 3 individual artists come together to form 100 (ONE HUNNED). SouthPaw (Markus B.), originally from St. Louis, MO., Water Pipe (Darnell P.), originally from South Central L.A. and Krumah Kapow (Alkrumah C.), originally from the Bay Area. The 3 met as young teens in a new town Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Over the years, they’ve honed their individual styles, completely contrary of one another, only to fuse them together into a collective sound. The end result is a smooth blend of feel good music, made to move and motivate people, as music’s true intention is to. So much so; you can actually taste it in 100’s music. After taking their home (Inland Empire) by storm totally independent for themselves, 100’s focused on bringing the rest of the world to the sound best described by them as “St. LABay.” 100 has showcased the West Coast region from Seattle, Los Angeles, the Bay area, Utah, St. Louis, etc. Their Independent hustle, dedication, and pursuit of success has shown and proved through Own 1 Entertainment, which is founded and owned by member and CEO Markus Boyd.
The Inland Empire is an untapped, wide open market in California. It’s also not L.A. “Gangster,” or Bay Area “Hyphy,” it’s a happy medium with its own style and territory, which musically has no boundaries. The I.E. has a diverse mixture of cultures who share common goals & mutual respect. It’s about a good time, progression, beautiful weather and women, faith, and musically; It’s 100’s own.
SouthPaw- Mic 1
WaterPipe- Mic 2
K.A.P.O.W.- Mic 3
Let You Know- Single
St. LA BAy - Album to be released 09/09/2009
2009 IEMA Award for Best Hip-Hop
100 Band of the Week
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100 Band of the Week By: Waleed Rashidi CITY OF ORIGIN: Rancho Cucamonga MEMBERS: SouthPaw; W...100
Band of the Week
By: Waleed Rashidi
CITY OF ORIGIN: Rancho Cucamonga
MEMBERS: SouthPaw; Waterpipe; Krumah K.A.P.O.W.
RECENT RELEASE: St. LA Bay (out in late 2008)
KINDRED SPIRITS: E-40, Beijing Olympic gold medal winners, OutKast, headliners at the forthcoming Ontario Arena, Ice Cube, Jeopardy ace Ken Jennings, DJ Quik.
WEBSITE: www.own1ent.com or the MySpace page at www.myspace.com/100own1
Getting 100 percent on an exam means you’re a freakin’ ace. Finding $100 on the street means you’re stoked. And putting 100 percent into your art means you’ve probably got the same dedication and tenacity as the Rancho Cucamonga-based hip-hop trio, 100.
These dudes—SouthPaw, Waterpipe and Krumah K.A.P.O.W.—aren’t messing around. They’ve taken everything under their own roof, including launching a label (Own 1 Entertainment), all to ensure their eventual success.
Originally hailing from various locales (the Bay Area, St. Louis and LA), the trio have melded into a hip-hop form that’s original, professional, and best of all, enjoyable. Plus, they’ve dubbed their forthcoming release—St. LA Bay—to signpost this fusion of regions. Still, 100 isn’t forgetting about the importance of the IE.
“We have a two-part goal,” says SouthPaw, “One, to bring the IE to the rest of the world. Two, to bring the entire world to the place we call ‘St. L.A. Bay.’”
However, 100 (pronounced “One Hunned”) realize there’s more to be done in their current turf. “There simply is not a collective music culture—that’s what we want to bring to the IE,” says SouthPaw. “How can this be the biggest county in the United States, located less than 45 minutes from the biggest entertainment mecca of the world, and have so few opportunities for artists to showcase their talent? We want in, bottom line. And we’re working hard to ensure other artists from the IE who face the same struggles have more opportunities to be heard as well—especially in our genre of music.”
“There’s no one who’s going to outwork us, and we are too determined to let this opportunity we’ve been given slip through our hands,” he adds. “With that being said, if it’s meant to be, it will be.”
Now, that’s 100 percent committed.
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