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Oakland, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Oakland, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
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"Up NeXt By DX: C5"

Former HipHopDX Features Editor Andre Grant said in his “Defense Of The Struggle Rapper” editorial, “Out of all the things the Hip Hop web has vilified, the “struggle rapper” might be the least deserving of all that ridicule.” Before Kendrick Lamar became big enough for Barack Obama to sing his praises or Drake found himself making deals with Apple, they were artists without a significantly large fanbase attempting what seemed like the impossible. Hitting the top of the charts became a distant goal to making past one hundred streams of a song possibly made within the confines of their bedroom walls and gaining likes, re-post or anything else that would reach someone. Providing a weekly outlet for those getting their feet wet in the sometimes brutal sport of Hip Hop, allow us to provide readers a look into tomorrow’s possibilities through “Up Next.”

The Oakland Native Is Already Making College Campus Noise As He Attends The Cal State Dominguez

Inspiration For Rap Career

“In middle school, I would listen to a plethora of Lil Wayne and idolized the way he could put words and flows together. Around that same time I took the initiative to make my first song, and after that, I knew I had found my niche. The way I saw my music move people gave me a sense of happiness, and being an introvert, it was the best/only way I could really express myself. I also saw that with the power of my music I could make a positive impact in my community.”

Having A Shot At Rap Stardom

“I truly believe that I have a shot a stardom. I feel like there’s no other way for me, and when people keep telling you, “You’re going to make it” you start to believe it. The way my music touches people feels very reminiscent of the way I’ve seen stars influence and reach wide audiences.” - HipHopDX

"Oakland rapper C5 taps into conscious side for "Black Guy""

With the current climate of social issues at an all time high, Oakland rapper C5 uses his platform and creativity of expression to point the focus where it needs to. On "Black Guy," the rapper uses introspectiveness to shed light on police brutality and everyday inner-city struggles all through witty and truthful rhymes. Check out the visual below and look out for more from the West Coast rhymer. - RevoltTV

"C5 – Straight Up"

Oakland, CA artist C5 releases the first single “Straight Up” from his upcoming EP Only Up From Here set to drop this January. The young creative self-proclaims himself “the best on the west coast” and backs it up with flow and lyricism. To hear more from C5, check out his last project Dorm Flow 2 and listen in below! - HipHop Since 1987

"C5 Releases New “Only Up From Here” EP"

Known for his flow and lyricism, rapper C5 has dropped a new project, Only Up From Here. The 9-track EP, includes his first single, “Straight Up.” He touches on issues of race, past friendships/relationships, having his own sense of independence, all while spreading feel-good vibes.
The Oakland rapper has several other projects under his belt including: Dorm Flow 1 & 2 mixtapes which you can check out on soundcloud.
You can grab your dose of the tape now on iTunes, Spotify, and Tidal.
Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments section! - Home Grown Radio

"C5 - Only Up From Here [Mixtape]"

Oakland, CA artist C5 releases his mixtape, Only Up From Here, on January 20, 2017 via Dorm Flow. The young creative self-proclaims himself “the best on the west coast” and backs it up with flow and lyricism. The project consist of no features with production by Shines and Rocky Digital.

This 9-track project displays C5’s versatility and social awareness while still maintaining a sound true to himself. Listen to the tape down below. - ThisIs50


@OfficialC5_ drops off the first single from his upcoming EP, "Straight Up". C5 is all the way fired up on his latest cut, exuding swagger and confidence as he bodies Shines' horn driven instrumental. His EP, Only Up From Here, is slated to drop in January, and his direction seems pretty clear. Gear up for C5's Only Up From Here EP, with his new track "Straight Up".
Read more at http://www.thizzler.com/blog/2016/12/15/c5-straight-up-prod-shines.html#DHcXTIeugThEV6SU.99 - The Thizzler


Still working on that hot first release.



"God blessed me with a voice to deliver, so I’m telling my story.” C5 is an intricate lyricist who uses his craft to speak
about his experiences that led him to where he is today. As a young creative, growing up in Oakland, CA was a tough
battle he fought every day. Being surrounded by the wrong people led C5 to make wrong decisions and almost destroyed
his future. However, after being accepted into Dominguez Hills in the Los Angeles area, his life immediately took a turn in
the right direction and he began his journey in search for a positive environment filled with blessings and inspiration. 

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