BLAKSEED Pain, deception, greed, envy, heartache, etc. These would normally be the tell all ingredients to a best selling thriller but, not in this particular instance. Those words candidly describes the life of one of hip hop's rising hit makers, BLAKSEED. The moniker may throw you for a moment but the sincerity of his lyrics will bring you to tears! Born in Astoria Projects in Queens, New York but raised in the South Bronx, Troy Black was born into a very complexed life. Raised by his older siblings, there wasn't the proper amount of discipline displayed in the household. This forced Troy to roam the streets not only looking for that missing structure he so desperately needed but, the love and acceptance of a family unit. Through all of this unstability, he would always find some kind of solace in music. Whether it was Hip Hop, Rock, R&B, Soul, the music really did sooth the savage beast within him. Troy specifically identified with older crooners like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and The Isley Brothers. To him, their music really spoke to the pain he often found himself involved in. After eventually settling on becoming a professional musician, Troy aligned himself with another group of talented songwriters and musicians, who were also childhood friends of his.
This group would go on to be known as "The CROKPIT". This group consisted of 3 other GMG clients, MR. PREZ, JON ATOMS, and FEEK aka THE FUTURE. After years of performing at shows throughout the Tri State area and crafting several underground mixtapes, the group finally got it's big break. During the summer of 1997, A&R's from both Sony and Jive, waged a bidding war for the services of BLAKSEED. Not wanting to leave his friends out in the cold, Troy declined a 3 album deal with Sony, in search of another deal. While deal hunting, Troy's street ties would come back to haunt him. In the fall of 97', he was charged with armed robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He would eventually serve 8 years and was released in 2005. Upon his release, Troy enlisted the services of Rich Robinson aka MR. PREZ, and his FMOB affiliates, to begin working on his debut album. Bad luck struck once again and on a parole violation, Troy would be forced to finish out the last 2 years of his sentence. Since 2007, he has worked endlessly on staying out of prison, and finally putting together his debut album. Despite several setbacks, BLAKSEED has inked a management deal with FMOB, and a marketing deal with GMG. His debut EP "NEVA DIE ALONE", is slated to drop early August 2012.
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Anniversary July 2012