What began as a bet among classmates to see who could write the best rap song, would eventually blossom into a full-time career for the talented Steven Cooper.
"The road hasn't been an easy one", explains Cooper. After many false starts and failed label deals, the emcee eventually decided to do things his own way. "Breaking free from previous agreements allowed me to chose my own destiny and build my following through a connection with my fans. There's no corporate giants, no glitz and glamour, it's built on making good music that spreads love among people."
Cooper's fanbase has proved to be a force to reckon with. After breaking most of the formula's in the industry, the rapper has seen nothing but growth in his sales (50,000+ downloads and more than 1 million streams online), his merch, and touring which boasts over 500 live shows to date all independently booked and promoted. He has featured with major artists such as Akon, Tech N9ne, TobyMac, Kid Rock, David Cook, and many others, and has secured licensing placements with ESPN, ABC Family, Fox Sports, and more.
Cooper's unique sound coupled with impressive rhyming skills and depth of lyricism are the key to the rappers buzz. His mainstream appeal has begun to catch listener’s ears and helped the artist garner fans in an array of genres, all while staying true to the hip-hop platform he is known to thrive on. If you’ve been anxious for a turn in the hip-hop music of today, Steven Cooper might just be the artist for you.
Brightside - EP (2013)
Good Day To Be Alive - Single (2013)
Life & Love - Album (2012)
Bigger - Single (2012)
Moving On - Single (2011)
My Time - Album (2011)
Features with Tech N9ne, David Cook, Kid Rock, TobyMac, and many others.
Steven Cooper says it's 'My Time'!
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Los Angeles, CA – Steven Cooper's highly anticipated album “My Time” hits the streets in fall o... Los Angeles, CA – Steven Cooper's highly anticipated album “My Time” hits the streets in fall of 2010 and has been building quite a buzz. Cooper’s unique style wraps r&b, pop and even rock influences around a spine of hip-hop. His music resounds with audio energy and pierces with thought-provoking lyrics and sharp verbal delivery.
“Fame,” one of the scorching singles from “My Time,” shows Lyrycyst as an artist in peak form. His rapping skills blaze across the sonic landscape, hitting all the right grooves and belting out provocative lyrics and rhyming schemes. Licks of hard rock guitar and other non-hip-hop influences ring out throughout the piece without diluting the purity of the music.
The song explores the process of an artist getting caught up in the mechanism of the monolithic entertainment industry. It’s a message for society and its obsession with the “glitz and glamour,” says Coop. “In hip-hop, we constantly run around telling everyone to keep it real, yet most of the rappers on TV are anything but that.”
Steven truly is about “keeping it real.” He remains down-to-earth with galvanizing ideas he wants to share with his listeners. He separates himself from the glorification of drugs, sex and money-wallowing, instead focusing on life, spirituality and the positive.
“I want people to know my goal with my music,” Cooper says. “I want to build people up with love, instead of degrading them and tearing them down.” He stresses that most of his music comes back to his life experiences – his songs are personal reflections, with the listener free to take what he will.
The history of Steven Cooper begins in high school. Initially, Cooper dreamed of being a songwriter for famous performers. Pouring his energy into writing lyrics and working with the local bands around the midwest region.
He began tinkering with the idea of composing hip-hop music and decided to give it a shot, despite naysayers. “After I wrote a few songs, I was hooked,” Cooper says. “It became a passion of mine and eventually I tried my hand at doing the actual performance side of things.” And it all blossomed from that.
Steven tours frequently; he’s never far from the stage. He played the Impact World Tour, playing more than 100 shows, and was featured on Shoutfest 2007. He has opened for such acts as David Cook, Tech N9ne and Kid Rock and has been featured on ABC Family spreading his positive message. He has been nominated by a number of awards shows for such categories as single, album and artist of the year.
If you're anxious for a unique turn in the hip-hop of today, Steven Cooper may just be the artist for you.
Who I Am
Freestyle Rap / Beatboxing Session
Club Can't Handle Me (by Florida)
Good Day To Be Alive
Born To Do
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