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Athens, Georgia, United States | INDIE

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"Hate is motivation, especially in the music industry. But, we like to love," says Laura Gibson, director for promotions for Mantooth Music.

On October 26, Mantooth Music will be spreading that love at a charity event for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Research at Tasty World.

Gibson's mother has cancer. With her husband and the director of Mantooth Music, Will, Gibson wants to show the Athens area what the hip hop community can give back.

Mantooth Music is the creation of the Will. Over the past few years, the couple has saved and bought all of the equipment needed to run a label. They are now in the process of building a strong label with a wide range of musical acts.

"The Ball in the Fall 2" is in its second year. Last year was a success and they hope this year is even better.

Local artists, including Ishues, Bear, Elite Tha Showstoppa, and Mantooth's own C-Fresh will be performing at the event. Alongside Athens finest hip hop artists will be Atlanta imports Mojo Swagger, Goldy and Prophet.

To compliment the wide variety of musical talent will be the event's host, Fort Knox of Strong Arm Management. Buffie the Body, Athens' first calendar girl, will also be making an appearance.

"We try to have fun. Once you stop having fun, people start making fun of you, and no one likes that." Gibson says.

If you hate cancer, love rap and hip hop music, or you are looking for a great time, be at Tasty World Friday, October 26. The event starts at 10 PM. - ATHENS MUSIC EXCHANGE


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Mantooth a.k.a. Wil Smith, has been performing for over 15 years in a variety of musical groups. He began as an electric guitar player from Toombs County Georgia. He went on to Atlanta to play in a number of punk rock and metal bands, releasing 3 albums and performing countless gigs. "One Less Tragedy", "The Dying" and "Ultima Cannibalistica" to name a few bands. He arrived in Athens in 2001 and began to immerse himself in the music scene. Having always been a lover of rap and hip hop and a closet beat maker, he crossed paths with a group of Athens natives (DFS) and it all grew from there. In 2004 "A Hastyle Environment", on which he produced and performed, was released. He is now the owner/operator of Wil I.S., Inc. (Mantooth Music), a state of the art production and recording studio here in Athens, Georgia. He currently focuses on music production for artists, T.V. and movies. Mantooth Music currently has one signed artist, C-Fresh, The Prince of the Classic. Mantooth Music sponsors a monthly showcase featuring undiscovered talent from the region. Mantooth participates in Producer Battles throughout the state at venues like The Apache Cafe. Mantooth and C-Fresh are currently working on two project set to release in summer and winter of 2008.