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"Orono rapper's music gets personal"

When Affiliate left Boston several years ago to come to the University of Maine on a football scholarship, he had plans to focus on sports and school and that’s it. Sure, he’d been writing and rapping since high school, but he put that on the back burner when he came to Orono.

Four years later, the tables have turned.

"I couldn’t get my grades up. I wasn’t playing football, so I was in my dorm room making music," said Affiliate, now 22, whose real name is Garland Webb. "I didn’t know who to deliver it to. You don’t know who are hip-hop fans around here."

He had built a small amount of buzz around the UMaine community when he performed with several friends under the name Gritty City Mafia, but was at a loss at how to promote himself and book shows. Fortunately, he found Sean Smith and TJ Jozefowicz, co-founders of Flophouse Records and the force behind Queen City Productions, the promotional group responsible for bringing big acts like Bubba Sparxxx, Talib Kweli and others to the Bangor area.

"I found [Sean] on MySpace and I basically asked him for advice on making music and supporting the hip-hop scene. I was ready to head back [to Boston] at that point, because I didn’t see my music taking off," he said. "But we started talking and ended up linking up and working together. And from then on, it’s been major."

"I’ve had [tons of] people in this area come up to me to show me their skills," said Smith. "[Affiliate] is one of the only guys that has the drive, the ambition, the patience and the personality to really make it, I think. He’s the real deal."

The fruits of that partnership have arrived, in the form of Affiliate’s debut album, "Trash Bag Money," which dropped this week on Flophouse Records and is the result of nearly a year’s worth of work, from makeshift dorm recordings to a full-fledged studio effort.

Produced by Andrew Clifford of Green Tank Productions, "Trash Bag Money" is full of hard-hitting, radio-friendly club tracks, but it’s also a deeply personal album, telling the tale of a young man growing up on the streets.

"It’s the typical story of a young black male with a single parent," he explained. "I grew up on the streets of Boston, in the South End, so when I talk about violence and profanity in my music, I’m just speaking from experience. I’m speaking for my city, for my neighborhood. I’m trying to be the voice of the situation."

"The feedback that we’re getting has been phenomenal," said Smith. "We were just in New York. People want to work with him, and these are guys that are producing for the Game and Busta Rhymes."

The association with Smith and Josefowicz has become so important to Affiliate that he currently has no plans to return to Boston, or to try to strike it out on his own in New York — he’s staying put in Bangor, and helping to foster the hip-hop scene here.

After the controversy surrounding Queen City’s show at the Bear Brew Pub in Orono last month, where a performer was arrested, Affiliate wants to let the public know that incidents like that are very much the exception to the rule.

"When you see the news, all you see is negative stuff. As soon as there’s an issue, it’ll get painted in a negative way. We’re just trying to support the scene," he said. "We have a great deal of people that follow us, so now we’re just waiting for clubs and radio to catch up. We’re ready to take it to the next level."

"Trash Bag Money," the debut album from Affiliate, is available at Bull Moose Music stores, and will soon be available at Best Buy. For information, visit - Emily Burnham (Bangor Daily News)

"Affiliate Leading The New England Takeover (Audio & Video)"

Boston has invaded Raptalk! That's right, The Bean Town has been around in the Rap game for some time and it's looking to re-establish itself once again.
Boston rapper Affiliate is looking to do just that and he's brought his friends Termanology, Dre Robinson and Statik Sellektah in this new song "The New England Takeover" that you can now download! Don't be a fool and sleep just because they might be from another area. Hip Hop is nationwide and we've got to support each other.
Use the link below to download "The New England Takeover".....
Also, we've got Affiliate on video letting the world in to one of his studio sessions. You can use the Youtube link below to view this on Youtube:
We'll be hearing more from Affiliate and his associates as our friend King F#ckery continues to help us spotlight them and give them the attention that they deserve.


"The Preview" - Mixtape 2006
"Power Of Fear" - Mixtape 2007
"Hott Shit 20: The New England Takeover" - Mixtape 2007
"Trash Bag Money" - Album 2007
"Night Moves" Feat. Ali Vegas - Single
"The New England Takeover" Feat. Statik Selektah, Dre Robinson and Termanology.
"On The Hotline (Remix)" - Pretty Ricky Feat. Affiliate




AFFILIATE was born Garland Webb, on October 9th, 1984. Raised in the South End (Tent City) of Boston MA, Affiliate always had a love for music growing up. Although he chose to focus on sports, Affiliate would keep the pen to the pad filling up notebooks full of lyrics written about his own personal life experiences growing up in the streets of Boston. Eventually all the hard work in sports landed Affiliate a spot on the University of Maine football team but he decided to take this opportunity to focus on music instead. Using a microphone from a video game Affiliate got to work recording songs in his UMaine dorm room. This soon lead to the beginnings of his first rap group “Gritty City Mafia” which consisted of four members. Creating a large buzz around the UMaine campus, Affiliate sought out Sean Smith, founder of Queen City Entertainment who then introduced him to T.J Jozefowicz and his label Flophouse Records.

Since then Affiliate has released several projects including the mixtapes “The Preview,” “Power of Fear,” and “Hott Shit 20: The New England Takeover,” with artists Termanology and Dre Robinson. His long-awaited debut on Flophouse Records, “Trash Bag Money The Album,” features quality street bangers such as “Front To Back” and “Click, Click” and showcases his lyrical skills on songs such as “Night Moves Feat. Ali Vegas”. Affiliate’s storytelling diversity in rapping is one of his strongest attributes. In one song he can talk about his troubled past in Boston and in the next about falling in love with the perfect woman. Currently Affiliate’s music is being played on college and commercial radio nationwide, and his album is getting spins in numerous countries as far away as Tokyo, Japan! He has performed and recorded with hip-hop artists such as Papoose, Bubba Sparxxx, The Clipse, Talib Kweli, Termanology, Jae Millz, Doujah Raze, Smoke Bulga, Dre Robinson, Statik Selektah, G-Eyez, Nigel Hall, and Ill Natural within the last few months alone! Under the management of Flophouse Records, Affiliate is poised to be the next major New England hip-hop artist and he's ready for it!