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Nutso

Sacramento, California, United States | SELF

Sacramento, California, United States | SELF
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Lafayette Azevedo was born in the summer of 1979 in Kitchener, Ontario Canada to his Portuguese parents Maria and Paulino Azevedo. Growing up in Canada didn’t last long for the youngest of 4 siblings as his father decided to pick up and move to the United States to be closer to his side of the family. In 1986 the Azevedo family moved to sunny Sacramento, California, which was a totally new experience for a child that was just 6 years old at the time. New school, new cousins, new friends and a different environment then he have never experienced. It was in that summer of 1986 at the age of 7 that Lafayette discovered hip-hop/rap when his older cousin Steve let him listen to the Beastie Boys “License to Ill”.

The rhymes and beats got him hooked on and then it was Run DMC, L.L. Cool J, Kool Moe Dee, Slick Rick, and Doug E. Fresh and many more that kept his mind stuck on hip-hop with its new/fresh sound and something different to offer to the youth. Growing up near San Francisco also influenced him with such artists as E-40 and The Click, Mac Dre, Mac Mall, GLP, N2Deep, RBL Posse and so many more that would expand his thoughts and outlook on hip-hop. The bay was different then the east coast that was different then the west coast and rap just kept evolving for him.

Things changed in 1990 when NWA and west coast started to get really popular. All Lafayette would listened to was Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, and many other that would come and go as the 90’s went on. Through high school he was known and the “rap guy” because people knew he was the guy to go to if you wanted some new rap to listen too. He never rapped in high school but he would listen to it 24/7 and when he entered college things really changed.

In the summer of 1997 Lafayette started recording raps at home with a mixer, cassette deck, CD player, headphones and several microphones hooked up for others to rap with him. He’d record goofy songs and never really took it serious. In the fall of ’97 is when things changed. He entered college and went straight into the radio program to become an on-air DJ. That radio show is what started something new. He would host his own 2-hour radio show with all hip-hop music. One day he was hosting a show with his friend Chris and his brother Paul and the wrong song was played on the air, an instrumental. Paul played “Let’s Play House” by the Dogg Pound but only the beat and he didn’t want to kill it because that would’ve been unprofessional.

When the program director heard of the mistake he ran into the room and told Lafayette to fix it. He turned the microphone and told the campus students that he was going to do a live freestyle. He rapped for over 2 minutes straight and then went back into DJ mode and hosted the rest of the show. The other DJ’s approached him and was surprised that he did that and people in the halls were also asking him if he was really rapping. The college radio show is where he would acquire the rap name “Nutso”. He along with his brother would do interviews with fake rappers which would be Lafayette doing voices. One day they did a character called Nutso from Idaho with his DJ Skrodum. It was a goofy skit that they repeated several times and kept at it and people would keep calling Lafayette Nutso referring to the character he would portray. In the spring of 1998 Lafayette was asked to open up a hip-hop show for the on-campus black student union. The president of the club was also in his radio class and asked him what his rap name was and he responded Nutso and from there the name stuck. It went from a radio skit to the real thing as he got more and more into taking rapping serious.

Since 1997 he’s been rapping on and off while in school and work. In 2006 he
released his first full length album entitled “The Grand Deception Vol.1” followed by the 2009 release of “Nutso: Comeback Special ‘09” which was a take on one of his favorite artists of all time Elvis Presley. His music reached a new level with the internet and with that came the website called Boomdizzle.com.

In July 2010 Lafayette signed a deal with Boomdizzle Records/Networks which is in association with legendary rapper and label founder LL Cool J. He has recorded over 100 songs over the years and has released numerous singles through digital outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.com. His many inspirations these days are Eminem, LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Royce 5’9, Canibus, Kanye West and many other emcees. His overall goal is to entertain and have people enjoy his brand of hip-hop.

What’s the first thing you would say to someone when they ask you to describe yourself as an artist?
Entertaining, that is how I view my music and myself. I put that into my music by keeping it fun at the same time lyrical. I don’t want to be viewed as a simple artist that is just repeating what the last guy said but in a different order. The goal when I make music is to have it relate to the listener but in a way t - AlwayzTherro.com


BoomDizzle announced yesterday the winner of the Want2BonStage Contest, which offered artists the opportunity to open the TV.com NOW Awards LIVE from PETCO Park in San Diego and meet BoomDizzle Co-Founder/Creative Director LLCOOLJ. In order to enter the contest, Artists had to submit their clean, original trax.

Thousands of tracks were submitted, and the winner has been chosen.

Congratulations to Nutso and his trax “Jealous”. Be sure to watch at http://www.tv.com/tv-now-awards/ on Friday, July 23rd! Check out the site for local show times.

Stay close to your computer as our next amazing contest will be announced in the coming weeks!
- Boomdizzle.com


Discography

Singles

- Jealous
- Kill It
- Going Gone
- Get Dirty
- All Night
- Stalker
- Party Hard
- Selfish

Albums

- Suburban Rapstars
- Lost and Found
- Est. '79
- Comeback Special '09
- Grand Deception

Airplay

- Jealous, All Night and Kill It

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Rapping since 1998, Nutso is always working hard on the MIC. His style varies from dope to fresh and even rad at times. If you want to fulfill your dreams and live life to the fullest, you must have a daily dose of Nutso. Constructed to take over the world with words over beats, he's a beast.

In July 2010 Lafayette signed a deal with Boomdizzle Records/Networks which is in association with legendary rapper and label founder LL Cool J. He has recorded over 100 songs over the years and has released numerous singles/mixtapes through digital outlets such as iTunes. His many inspirations these days are Eminem, LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Royce 5’9, Canibus, Kanye West and many other emcees. His overall goal is to entertain and have people enjoy his brand of hip-hop.

Lafayette Azevedo, born in CANADA and deported to the USA due to the amount of DOPE found in his DNA. The government felt that his level of FRESH was too much for one country to handle. Transferred in boom box crates in G6 planes purposely filled with explosives, he was sent off to America. Landing in a new land with a mic in his right hand and dream (rhyme book) in the other, he set out to conquer the rap world one beat at a time.

Wow, that was intense and pretty freaking awesome, really, this guy is amazing.

- Portuguese Born Rapper circa '79
- Rapping since '98
- Released 3 full length albums, 5 mixtapes and his grip on your favorite rappers throat
- Signed with LL Cool J's Boomdizzle Networks in 2010
- Hates dynamite at close range
- Raps for the purpose of entertaining you for your hard earned money, pay up!

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