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The best kept secret in music


"Hip-hop artist cuts a CD"

Wednesday, March 10, 2004....
Rawlins' hip-hop artist "Powder" debuts his third CD this Friday, one month shy of his 20th birthday.
An album rlease party is scheduled this Saturday, March 13th for Adam Raymond, known as Powder professionally, at Michael's Bar and Grill, 1711 W. Spruce St., at 10:30 p.m.
Powder plans to perform a few cuts off the new record. A seperate area away from the bar is planned for teenagers who want to attend. There's no cover charge.
Hip-hop and rap artists are a scarce entity in the Equality State. "There's not a lot of hip-hop in Wyoming," Powder said. "I want to put Wyoming on the map in the hip-hop scene."
Powder's new album, entitled "Reality," was produced by Way 2 Vicious Productions and was recorded recently in the company's studio near San Francisco.
The album is to be available Friday in Rawlins at Lynn's Place in the Spruce Street Mall, at Michael's Bar and Grill and in Casper at Sonic Rainbow.
This is Powder's third CD, but his first full-length, professionally produced CD. It has 10 tracks. "I write all my own music." The lyrics are about the reality of his life at the time the record was made. It covers "different things I've been through, problems I had when I was younger. It's about being broke, broke in Wyoming. The name is Reality because that's what it is. I'm real and it's about being real and that's what you hear."
Clean cut and seriously devoted to his music, Powder is on the way up and away from a bumpy adolescence. His mother, Jnell Raymond, who also lives in Rawlins, is supportive of his career. She's a fan, helping with promotion and finances. Powder holds down a full time job in addition to writing, promoting and performing.
He's busy looking ahead. "My two year goal is to not have to work a regular job" and be able to work on his music full time. "My five year goal is to be with a record label."
He's mostly a fan of rap and hip-hop but does listen to other types of music. "If I hear emotion and it's real and put together well. If I like the beat, the sound and the lyrics ... if it's people talking about stuff real and writing about stuff real to me."
Powder's first CD was "Just the Beginning," his second "Verballistic Arsonist." The new CD brings his work to another level, he explained. "I like it, it's professional. I wanted to wait and do it right."
A for song "radio ready" version of "Reality" is also available, Powder said. The unedited CD of 10 songs does include some profanity.
The songs can be heard on the internet at www.cdbaby.com/powder. A merchandise web site bearing Powder's name and Wyoming's area code can be found at www.cafepress.com/powdercd.
Opportunities include a possible summer concert tour for regional hip-hop artists being organized in Casper. A Washington DC hip hop musician has plans to host a showcase, including Powder, at Sidelines in Casper this spring in addition to a May festival in DC. A college tour along te East Coast is possible this fall, Powder said.
Powder's management and promotion teams are "Bliss Artist Management" of Laurel, Md. and "Fresh Flava Entertainment" of Washington DC.
Anyone who is interested in booking Powder may reach him directly at his email address: powder@powdercd.com - "The Daily Times" in Rawlins, Wyoming


*Powder released a 4 song demo, titled: 'Just The Beginning', back in early spring 2001.

*Powder then came back in the fall of 2002 with a 4 song demo titled: 'Verballistic Arsonist'.

*Now Powder has just recently recorded his 1st Full Length album, titled: 'Reality'. The album was produced by 'Way2Vicious Productions" and has special appearances by: Versatyle, SuperManning, Mr Grimes, and last but not least the beautiful Mandy B! This 10 track album is sure to bring heat to the cold fields of Wyoming and will definetly cause a rawkus over the future of Wyoming's hip/hop scene.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Powder was born Adam C. Raymond on April 18th, 1984, in South Dakota. He was raised, for the most part, in Wyoming by his single mother and grandmother. Since Powder was very young he has always loved music. Powder loves and respects music for the power it has. Powder started writing music at the age of 14, while in a juvenile treatment center. He fell in love with hip/hop immediately. Since then, at the age of 17, he recorded his 1st demo "Just The Beginning". Also at the age of 17 he recorded his latest "Verballistic Arsonist". He signed with Bliss Artist Management and Fresh Flava Entertainment soon after "Just The Beginning" was finished. They immediately saw Powder's potential and dedication.

Powder lives for music, and he will never stop making it. Powder is 150% dedicated to his future in this industry. He always puts his best into what he does. To Powder the fact that he is coming out of Wyoming means nothing. He puts all his time and effort into what he does to make it the best, regardless of his location. To Powder location means about as much as skin tone. Talent is talent, if you have it then you should use it! That is why when Powder was recording his next album, "Reality", he brought versatility to the album. There is a song 4 everyone. Nobody has ever thought that Wyoming had upcoming talent, let alone lyricist's, but Wyoming is about to be put up on the spot!