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"Junior's Cave Online Magazine, New Music Spotlight: May 2009 Edition"

Published: May 25, 2009 1:46 AM EST
By: Isaac Davis Jr., MBA

New Music Spotlight
May 2009 Edition


Get ready Hip-Hop lovers because there is a new Hip-Hop artist who is planning to take fans to the next level with the popular genre. With a style that will definitely set him apart from the average artist, Legend has a style that is going to blow you away when you hear him for the 1st time. In this recent interview with our Webzine, Legend speaks about his vision for his music and the Hip-Hop industry.

Isaac: What was the best part of 2008 for you musically?

Legend: Being able to connect with different producers within the U.S. The Internet has enabled me to find beatmakers from Indiana, St. Louis and North Carolina. All of whom have a unique sound.

Isaac: What do you feel was your biggest accomplishment for 2008?

Legend: I was able to finally release my first single after a four-year hiatus from rap music.

Isaac: Describe the music scene in area.

Legend: I'm actually quite new to the music scene in Salt Lake City. It seems like there is a huge rock scene, but there is definitely some urban flavor in various neighborhoods throughout the state.

Isaac: What has been the best venue to perform at and why?

Legend: Currently awaiting my first show, but Harry O's in Park City seems like it'll be a great fit for an up and coming artist like me.

Isaac: Elaborate a little about whom were your biggest influences in the music industry and why?

Legend: I consider myself an underground mc since the 90's, and in the beginning I was a fan of Rakim, Nas and Wu-Tang. They all had their own flavor of hip-hop and made it their own. As the years progressed, I was able to broaden my horizons and accept the commercial side of music. It wasn't long until I became a fan of Jay-Z. Jay-Z has taken hip-hop to another level. Besides having an undeniable flow and an ear for hit music, Jay was able to transform himself into a dominating presence in the boardroom. I admire his business sense.

Isaac: Let's talk about what you feel you will bring to the music industry?

Legend: I feel like hip-hop could use more soul. It lacks artists that speak from their heart. Don't get me wrong everyone wants and likes to hear a hit, but what about what's behind the music. Food for thought is what I have to give. I want the world to feel my pain through music. Only after the pain can one experience happiness. On my first album, I plan to release my pain. To be honest, I am the happiest I've ever been.

Isaac: If you had an opportunity to work with one artist or group, who would it be and why? Legend: I'd like to work with Outkast! I believe they create music from a music lover's prospective. They make music according to what sounds good to THEM. Not the masses.

Isaac: How would you describe your music to others?

Legend: My music is groundbreaking, and timeless. I've been blessed with nearly twenty years of experience in just writing alone. That makes me special. I've been able to evolve with the times and seasons that hip-hop has experienced. I am hip-hop.

Isaac: What type of feedback have you received from fans about your music?

Legend: The response from the first single has been tremendous. Many have been kind enough to say, that they believe hip-hop is back. I've been told that lyrically, I have RAISED THE BAR. I'm humbled by all of the feedback that I have received.

Isaac: Where can fans locate you at online?

Legend: Anyone interested in Legend can find me at www.myspace.com/thelegendishear

Isaac: What can fans expect from you in the next five years?

Legend: Nothing but music from my heart. I'm here to tell the world my story.

Isaac: Time for some shout outs to your family, friends, and fans…

Legend: I'd like to give a shout-out to my mother, my father, all of my brothers and my sisters, my two nephews, all of my friends and my girlfriend for being the closest thing to my heart.

Isaac: Final words…

Legend: Failure is not an option.

- Junior's Cave Online Magazine

"URB's Next 1000"

Legend :: Legend is Hear
Songh Dynasty
Reviewed by Adam Figman

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Born in Lakewood, New Jersey in 1980, Legend has immersed himself in the hip-hop culture ever since. He spent the mid-90s defeating MCs in freestyle events and talent competitions, and released his first EP, The Antidote, in 1996. But after financial issues left his label in limbo, Legend reinvented himself, leaving the urban life of the streets of Jersey to attend college at Hawaii Pacific University. He has returned with even more complex rhyme schemes and an in-your-face style that demands the listeners attention. His EP, The Legend Is Hear, will be released digitally on January 1, 2010. Check it out. - Adam Figman


Legend is Hear (First two singles will be available for download, July 4th) Upcoming EP: "The Legend is Hear", scheduled for digital release: January 1st, 2010



Far beyond his years in terms of sheer talent and intelligence, the 1980’s gave birth not only to a new wave of music we all know as hip-hop; but also to the emergence of its future predecessor, whom we shall all come to know as “Legend”.
Legend was born October 30, 1980 in Lakewood, New Jersey. His early years were spent reading, writing and immersing in fine arts. By the age of nine, Legend had already begun to script bits and pieces of poetry, just tipping the iceberg of a promising future. By 1994, he was at the forefront of his community, defeating numerous mc’s in freestyle events and local talent competitions.

In 1996, Legend was introduced to Maurice Goodrich, a local talent scout. With his help, Legend was able to secure a production deal with the New Jersey based label, “Saga Records”. Legend received rave reviews following the release of “The Antidote” EP, leaving his mark on “Acid and the internet favorite, “Confrontation”. A shortage of funds kept Saga Records from moving beyond the Antidote. Legend was left with nothing but his fiery delivery and an array of complex rhymes. Consequently, Legend would take a four-year hiatus from rap only to reinvent himself into a cool, confident and witty new character. He also sought change from his urban environment and decided to attend Hawaii Pacific University in the spring of 2004. The transition had proven to be a wise decision as Legend pursued an education while chasing his childhood dream.

Hawaii was an experience that was unimaginable for the young mc who grew up on the streets of Jersey. Oahu had given Legend a landscape to paint his thoughts and an atmosphere to release his creativity. The change enabled Legend to release and sell his self-titled mixtape by the hundreds in the heart of Waikiki. He quickly set his sights on a debut album, entitled “FunWorld”.

Legend had armed himself with a boundless amount of drive and began to create an incredible string of records. His manager began to service music outlets in various parts of the U.S. Instantly, newly recorded singles such as “Chitty Bang-Bang”, “Just Like That”, and “Knock-Knock”, began to grace record pool charts in Chicago, Florida and Virginia, respectively. Back in Hawaii, they had embraced his imagination crowning the record “Cereal Killer” on prime time radio, after winning seven nights straight on the nine-o-clock “Knock Out Show”. Cereal Killer had defeated the likes of multi-platinum artists, 50 cent, Eminem and Wyclef Jean.

Due to a changing climate in the music industry and creative differences with management, “Fun World never made it into stores. Today, Legend is poised with stability, character, integrity and a sound business judgment set to break the mold in a saturated, lack luster profession. Since 1989, he has considered himself KING, in his own right, harnessing the power of the hip-hop elite who have come before him. Legend is a humble spirit with a voice that will captivate millions. His music is the melody of the soul. His debut album is called “The Legend is Hear”, scheduled for digital release, January, 1st, 2010. You are about to witness a breakthrough artist unlike anything ever imagined in hip-hop music PERIOD!

Ladies and Gentleman,