Pretty Boy Hefner
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Pretty Boy Hefner

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE | AFM

Madison, Wisconsin, United States | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2015
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"6 Wisconsin Bands to Watch for 2015"

For five hours, Sam Wright Jr. waited to meet Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels after the seminal Run-D.M.C. rapper's performance at the Taste of Madison in 2013. But Wright wasn't merely interested in a selfie and an autograph. He was there on business.

"I gave him a short story, that I was an artist trying to lead the way for my generation, and I wanted to inspire the world," said the Reedsburg-based Wright, 18, who raps under the stage name Pretty Boy Hefner. "He gave me his email. I sent him a few songs...and he was fairly impressed."


Pretty Boy Hefner performs 'Right Time' in the Tap Milwaukee studios. Video by Piet Levy

It was only the beginning. From there, Hefner asked for a verse, and D.M.C. gave him one, for the song "What It Feels Like." He even flew out to Madison last fall to star with Hefner in the music video.

"Record labels and agents couldn't do it, management couldn't do it, the damn president couldn't do it, but this man did it," D.M.C. said. "I respect this young man so much. He doesn't use cuss words. He doesn't disrespect women. His verses are dope, his delivery is dope, his look is dope. You could play his music in the hood, and you could play it for your mother and father."

The veteran and newcomer connected in another way: D.M.C. was adopted, and Hefner ended up in foster care.

"My dad was incarcerated, in and out of my life, a drug addict. My mom was a drunk," Hefner said. By the time he turned 14, "my mom couldn't take care of me. I was into bad influences, hanging with the wrong kids....It made me stronger living in foster homes. People would tell me foster kids can't succeed. I wanted to prove my doubters wrong."

He recorded music through the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, guided by Creative and Performing Arts Director Greg Doby, a music producer with credits for Lloyd Banks, Avant and Eric Benet. And when the D.M.C. song and video drops early this year, Hefner will have a whopping 147,000 Twitter followers and 45,000 Vine followers to share it with. A debut full-length album and possible spring or summer tour will follow, Doby said.

And D.M.C. promised, "When somebody closes the door, that's when I've got to kick the door open." - Piet Levy of the Journal Sentinel \

"The Reveal: Pretty Boy Hefner"

There are just too many bands of the day out there on the interwebs. Plus, as platform dedicated to emergent music and contextualizing how new artists will have an impact on the cultural landscape, it’s silly to just focus on a single band or solo musician every day, there are days where it’s better to have none and other days where it’s necessary to have several, especially given the boom in independent labels.

We also want to be expansive and cover genres besides indie rock and indie dance, which has been our stable, even though we need to take Terfenadine when we say the word indie.

Enter Pretty Boy Hefner, a hybridized nu-soul/rapper from Madison, Wisconsin, a place not known for hip hop or its African-Americans beyond those recruited to University of Wisconsin, Madison sports teams. - earyummy - By kriiri5

"'Run DMC' musician collaborates with local teen hip hop artist"

am Wright, who performs under the name "Pretty Boy Hefner", and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, of Run DMC were at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County on Saturday. They shot a music video for a song they did together called "What it Feels Like."

It shows the music industry from the perspective of a rookie and a veteran.

"What [Sam's] doing is motivation and should tell all these other young kids, no matter what you're going through, you can make your dream can come true," DMC says.

The song and video will be released early next year to help promote the Boys and Girls Club's Celebrity Music Mentors Program. - ROB THOMAS | The Capital Times |


Still working on that hot first release.



Sam Wright III, Known as Pretty Boy Hefner, is an American rapper, Songwriter, and entrepreneur Born on June 24th 1996  in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but grew up in Madison, Wisconsin.


Raised out of foster homes, Pretty Boy Hefner had to work hard for everything he’s wanted and needed in life. So it’s not surprising to see this young new superstar’s drive and determination to reach chart topping success in the music industry. His mission has been to “prove to any and everyone that dreams really do come true, especially if you put in the hard work and dedication”.


Pretty Boy Hefner expected that it would take more than just talent to reach success in music industry. With an eager ambition to excel, Pretty Boy Hefner was able to connect with platinum producer G!Nx (Greg Doby: Producer for Bizzy Bone, Lloyd Banks, & Mariah Carey). The relationship has proved to be very effective in catapulting his career. Since the connection he has been recording songs for his debut album “Nobody Else”, performing multiple shows with in his region with such artist as DMC (of Run-DMC). NAS, B.o.B, and DJ Unk, not to mention that he has been trending heavily on social media networks.

Recently, Hef has released his first single from the debut Album “Nobody Else”called; “Holdin’ Me Down” feat. Osie Jenkins. “Holdin Me Down” is a soultry Rap ballad whichis letting the girls know that monogamy is beautiful. The song is produced by Gold certified Producer DJ Pain 1 who has produced for artists such as Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Schoolboy Q, Kállay Saunders, Mavado, Gucci Mane,Jim Jones, and Sole.Other notable singles featured on the album include: “How we roll”, “On Right Now”, “OTOTW”, “What U Need”, and “I’m Workin”. The Album “Nobody Else” will be released early 2015.

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