Clova Rap Game Yoda
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Clova Rap Game Yoda

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2003 | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2003
Solo Hip Hop R&B




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t takes a little something extra to get noticed in Austin, the live music capital of the world, but when three independent hip-hop groups -- Southern Made Click, Fiyah Boi Ent. and Throwed House Click -- came together to form their own label, it was bound to gain some attention. Die Slo Entertainment are focused on promoting innovation and creativity in hip-hop -- not just in Austin, but all over the world. Big JD of Die Slo took time out to talk to Spinner about the label's sound, vision and plans for the future, including their upcoming gig at SXSW.

Describe your sound in your own words.

We have our own sound. We've got people like Stat 1 from Throwed House, who has a distinct voice and a distinct way of rhyming. Our producer makes real orchestrated music, real big and real huge. I'd have to call it real hip-hop. It's something that you've never heard before.

How did your label form?

I had my own group, Southern Made Click, my friend Cham had his own group, Fiyah Boi Ent, and my friend Stat had his own group, Throwed House Click. And at the time we were each doing our own individual shows around Austin. We knew each other, and we just decided to come together as one. We all had the same love of music.

How'd you come up with the name Die Slo?

It started from a simple little phrase we were always throwin' around. It just had a little ring to it, and we stuck to it and ran with it.

Who are you influenced by?

Me personally, I'm influenced by a lot of West Coast rap and underground rap. We're heavily influenced by real music -- music that has a meaning behind it.

Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?

I don't think too many people know that a lot of the dudes from the group listen to alternative music. We like Kings of Leon -- they're a great group.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

I'd have to say Jessica Alba.

What kind of artist grabs your attention?

Somebody with an original sound, somebody that has a sound I've never heard before.

What's in your SXSW survival kit?

This is our first year to be a part of SXSW and I'm really looking forward to it, all the great music that's going on. Just gotta find a way to sleep downtown, maybe on the corner. I'm just really excited to be a part of it.

Anybody you're looking forward to seeing this year?

I was kind of disappointed that the West Coast showcase is the same night as ours. I don't know if it's possible, but I'm gonna try to make it!

What's the craziest thing you've seen or experienced on the road?

I'd have to say when we were performing at a club down here in Austin. We were performing one of our songs, a brand new song at the time. We had the whole crowd jumping, and then the power cut off in the whole club. We just kept doing the song a cappella, and it was just crazy. You feel it in the atmosphere and realize, "Damn, this is badass!" That's one of the best times on the road. That and when Cham almost fell offstage - spinner


Still working on that hot first release.



   The color green symbolizes many things;The land of the earth,money,envy etc. But with Clova , it's a lifestyle.Standing at 6'4,he resembles a green giant but he is The Rap Game Yoda.Ever since a kid Clova always loved the color and loved to rap.Who would have known that the two would play a vital role in his life?

   Growing up in South Austin,Texas, Clova was influenced by various Hip Hop artist from all over; UGK,Chamillionaie and Paul Wall, Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie Smalls,Tupac and many others.Rapping started as a hobby but as Clova matured his peers and him realized that they could make a career out of their talents.Thus, the alliance Die Slo Ent. was created.

    With the group Clova blossomed into a real artist. They performed at different venues weekly ,and became "lab rats" by recording in the studio daily. Also with their mentor Priscilla "The Pink Lady ," they broadcasted a local Hip Hop show called Power House Tv which gave central Texas artist an opportunity to display their content. Soon they were recognized for the hard work and were selected for SXSW (three years and counting). From 2009-2016 Clova has released  five projects; "Keep Austin Live","Kool Muzik","Watch The Castle",UniverSoul Language", and "Rap Game Yoda."

     In Octeber 2013 ,Clova, linked up with Richard Henry of Platypus Promotions and turned "Keep Austin Live" into a premiere promotional company. Since then they have thrown a series of events promoting talents from around the nation; "Propain, Charlie Boy,Blue,The Misfit Delorean, LNS Crew, League Of Extraordinary G'z, Worldwide,and more.Also they have done charity events including a Christmas toy drive, and Hip Hop Cares for the victims of the 2014 SXSW incident.

    The phrase "To be green" might mean novice to most but with Clova its Character. With dropping tons of music and also booking events Clova has matured into not only an authentic artist but a business entrepreneur. In the world of Hip Hop there are many Jedi but only one Rap Game Yoda. With real lyrics, clever punchlines, and "dope" concepts ,Clova Rap Game Yoda definitely proves himself to be a powerful force to be reckoned with(No Pun Intended).

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