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The best kept secret in music


"Local Hip Hop Artist Keeps it Real"

Local hip hop artist keeps it real
Posted: Saturday, Sep 02, 2006 -

Born and raised in Beloit, Daiyon Mackell Davis knew he was destined to become something big.

Now he is getting more attention across the nation for his rap music, recently being named Best Artist of the Midwest at the fourth annual Underground Music Awards.

While attending Beloit Memorial High School and running track, Davis became more aware of his talent in and love for music. His older brother, Tony Lister, was involved in music and became an inspiration to him.

Davis started to dabble in rhyming himself, and quickly realized he was getting good feedback from all who heard him.

After graduation in 1998, Davis went on to Blackhawk Technical College for two years and spent one year at the University of Wisconsin - Rock County. It was after that year that he became serious about having a music career.

His talent and good feedback fueled Davis with a sporting chance at the big time.

The first couple of years were just as tough for Davis as is normally for any musician trying to make it. Davis stayed motivated by his mother - his biggest inspiration - and his brother Tony.

He stuck with the music because it gives him a chance to be creative and express himself. Those two things are what he likes best about the hip hop/rap music he creates.

Davis eventually got into the swing of being a musical artist and gave himself the stage name many fans know him by now, Bodaiga.

Bodaiga's songs cover day-to-day struggles, relationships, parties, political/social issues and more.

Although his music does contain some profanity, Bodaiga says the songs are not anything too hard-core. His first full-length album will have an explicit lyric sticker on the cover for parents who would rather their children not hear profanity.

Bodaiga started visiting New York with his brother and was able to get some radio stations out there to play his music. The airplay sparked record label recruiters' interest.

Once Bodaiga was noticed, things started to roll for him. He was nominated for an award at the fourth annual Underground Music Awards held in New York. Thousands of fans from the Midwest voted, awarding Bodaiga with the Best Artist of the Midwest award.

Bodaiga was excited to receive this award. The attention gave him the chance to put Beloit on the map. He said that most people have never heard of Beloit and that they didn't think talent would come from this area, but he knew they were wrong. He knows that his current success will help many local musicians in the future, because recruiters now know of the town and the talent that can come from here.

“I am doing this for all of Beloit, since I do know how hard it is to make it,” he said.

Within a couple of years Bodaiga hopes to make it back to Beloit, venture off into the business world and help the community open some places in the area. But for now, he is sticking with his music career.

Bodaiga put out a promotional album last year that helped him move onto the music scene. The album received good feedback from the streets, radio and clubs.

At the moment, Bodaiga has a single out titled ‘We Don't Play Dat' featuring Lil' Jon, Wine-O and Bun B. The single is currently getting play on radio stations across the Midwest and has a newly finished video that he hopes will air on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Music Television (MTV) within the next few months.

Bodaiga will release his first full-length album, The Game Praise Me, on Oct. 24. The album will include skits, his single and 16 additional songs.

His record is produced by three independent labels including Downlow Records, Barnyard Productions and Nasty Norf Entertainment, a label company of his own. Sony Records will distribute his album and it will be available wherever music is sold.

By Holly Myers
Daily News staff writer

Beloit Daily News
149 State Street / Beloit, Wisconsin 53511 / 608-365-8811 or 800-356-3411
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- Beloit Daily News - By: Holly Myers

"Press Release 8.28.06"



Las Vegas, NV (August 28, 2006) – The Midwest’s own Bodaiga took home the award for Best Artist of the Midwest at the 4th Annual Underground Music Awards (UMA’s) on Sunday, August 20, 2006. “I’m grateful for winning the award on behalf of the Midwest. It’s definitely a big step in my career”. expressed Bodaiga.

The 4th Annual Underground Music Awards was held at New York’s, B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill. This musical extravaganza was hosted by Mad Linx of BET. Special guests of the evening included DJ Kay Slay, Bun B of UGK, M.O.P and Red Alert.

Bodaiga aka “Daiyon Mackell Davis” hails from the Midwest, straight out of Beloit, Wisconsin. A diverse lyricist, he never writes his lyrics down, but recalls only from memory. This ability is what enables him to captivate his audience when asked to freestyle along with his natural charisma.

With the release of his highly-anticipated album on October 24, 2006, The Game Praise Me, Bodaiga is ready to impress listeners with a combination of various sounds of the East, West and South which he refers to as “Nasty Norf”.His lead single, ‘We Don’t Play Dat’ featuring Lil’ Jon, Wine-O and Bun B of UGK has already garnered substantial airplay in the Midwest and is starting to gain momentum throughout the nation.

If you’d like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Bodaiga, please call Tricia Conley at 707.330.1534 or e-mail Tricia at

You can also check out Bodaiga at: or
- TC Public Relations


Track Listing:

1. We Ain't Gonna Stop
2. We Don't Play Dat
3. Jukin Round Here
4. Jigalaan
5. The Game Praise Me
6. Northern Alliance
7. Who Dem Boys
8. Make It Jump
9. Wanna Be With U
10. Hood Talk
11. Snitch Report (Intro)
12. Snitch Report
13. Take A Look
14. Major
15. In My City
16. Clash When It's Blasphemy
17. Daigaton
18. The Story Is Told
19. We Ain't Gonna Stop (Outro)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Music from the Midwest has a different kind of feel because we are able to combine the various sounds of the East, West, and South and turn it into something we call “Nasty Norf.” Nasty Norf is not just a sound, but it also describes the region that we dwell.

Reigning straight of Beloit, Wisconsin, which is a neighboring city of Milwaukee, I present to you Daiyon Mackell Davis aka “Bodaiga”. Born April 30, 1980 comes a very talented individual who is totally focused and committed to nothing less than total success.

Even though the Midwest has gained its recognition from famed Hip Hop/Rap artists such as Eminem, Kanye West, Nelly, and Twista, Bodaiga is a multi-talented and diverse talent lyricist who will definitely establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in today’s competitive rap arena.

When it comes to making hit songs, Bodaiga possess the necessary formula to not only be successful in the beginning, but will have longevity because he’s an artist that’s forever evolving. Bodaiga has the ability to make his audience party one moment, and then he’s able to switch gears and take you on a voyage and hit you with day-to-day struggles of inner-city life as well a political/social issues of the world.

Bodaiga currently has a hit single called “We Don’t Play Dat” featuring Lil Jon, Bun B, and Wine-O that is receiving significant airplay and receiving exceptional feedback on various radio stations nationwide. Bodaiga has a laid back demeanor, but when he hits the stage he ignites and let’s his fans see why he was destined to be in the rap game. He’s been blessed to rock crowds in France, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Philadelphia, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin, which has helped him to develop name recognition and a solid fan base.

Bodaiga is a natural who will make a strong impact in the music industry and will become a household name just like his peers. His creative existence will allow him to erupt and be the next big artist of the Midwest!