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01.25.2008: D-80, Down 2 Grind, Injektion XL, Psych Ward and 419 @ The Underground

On January 25, 2008, The Underground located in Sandusky, Ohio, put on a hip-hop/rap show with the help of VM Music Group featuring D-80, Down 2 Grind, Injektion XL, Psych Ward, and Sandusky's own 419. While the turn-out was less than expected, overall, the show was a good time.

One of the most impressive acts of the night was D-80, promoting his new CD Sophisticated Hood. Despite the small crowd, D-80 still had everyone's head bobbing with his catchy beats and Kanye influence. D-80 was kind enough to give a copy of his five track album, and overall I give it a B+. My favorite track: "Welcome", to listen to this track and a few others visit www.myspace.com/d80ceo.

- Domain Cleveland


My Rockstar
Who That Be



He stands alone, a man and his mic; spitting lyrics that grip the mind, body and spirit of his listeners. But who does he sound like? Ask him, and he will tell you no one. “I’m a talent unlike any other,” he says. He’s Pretty cocky, but rightfully so. His fans are deep and faithful. He’s on the road to success, but he’s learned to stay positive and never forget where he started this journey. Gripping the mic did not come so easy to this self proclaimed lyricist. He grew up in humble surroundings or “in the hood,” sitting around listening to Jay-Z, Biggie, and Tupac. Like most hip-hop artists he started off rapping in talent shows and recording in basement studios, but in 2005 D-80 began his official ascent onto the local hip hop scene by releasing a series of mixed tapes entitled “Youngstown’s Finest” cleverly symbolized as “YTF.” Shortly after creating a local buzz, D-80 formed a duo with another local artist Black Velvet; the collaboration was called “Mobstar.” The duo released their first LP, “Ohio Tags,” in 2006. With the word on the street now being “this nigga is hot,” D-80 was approached by local Cleveland promoter Quincy Taylor, and started doing street team work for artists like: DJ Drama, Gorilla Zoe, Hurrican Cris and a host of others. D-80 has a lyrical flair that’s unbeatable and a stylish delivery; that combination led to him hitting the stage all over Ohio and winning fans wherever he performed. In March of 2007 he grew his fan base by performing in Lakewood, Sandusky, Akron and Columbus, but in March of 2008 he started hitting harder. D-80 released a single, “Who That Be.” The song was entered into a contest by disc jockey Jay Lewis of radio station 88.7. The song was a hit and won D-80 a spot in the shows rotation. So now that he’s hot what’s next? “Performing, performing, performing.” He’s doing shows at the legendary Peabody’s in Cleveland and recently opened for: Underground Sensation Tech N9Ne, Paul Wall and Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. He’s getting prepared to hit the road this summer to do an Ohio tour with up coming artists for Def Jam. D-80 is a talented young rapper who is not wishing on a star, but wishing to become one.