Hip-Hop News: St. Louis Rap/Hip Hop Group Start Without Air-Play
Using their connections to the streets, album sales are gaining momentum even without radio play.
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Posted by Dave
Rap News Network
12/13/2005 10:52:54 AM

When most debut albums drop, they get the support of their major record label by getting paid air-play for their music. St. Louis rap group has sold thousands of CDs without the usually needed radio air-play.

'Respect It Cause You Ain't Gon Check It' is the Title of the future multi-platinum 1st Album release of Hot 50 Productions now being distributed through: Tower Records, Apple iTunes, music net, Rhapsody, MP3Tunes, MSN Music, Napster, Sony Connect, Best Buy, CD BABY; and several other digital distributors. 
The main seasoned artist: Tone Rebel, and Ill-Pop were on Nelly's first Album release Tour. Tone Rebel released an independent album in 1994 titled "Holy War," which received spins in London and over 10,000 scans locally. 
Tone Rebel has opened shows for the likes of: 50 Cent, Nelly, Roots, common, 8-Ball and MJG. Tone Rebel is by trade, a multi-talented producer, who has worked with the likes of Derrty ENT, Family, Sucka Free Records, Rap-a-Lot Records, B.G., Mc Eiht, J-Kwon, crooked I, Esco Music Group. 
Ill-Pop is a lyrical beast who truly represents the streets of St. Louis, (he would put you in mind of 2pac and Bob Marley rolled into one). Ill-Pop has worked with Lil' Jon & The Eastside Boys, Track Boys, Knocturnal as well opened shows for: 50Cent, Nelly, Lil' Scrappy & Trillville. Ill-Pop has a diverse array of musical influences, like 2Pac, Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, E-40, Jay-Z, Nas, Nelly, Run DMC, Biggie Smalls. 
The Cd truly represents St. Louis Street Life (Track 1. ICY), a true story of a STL Rapper wearing $400,000 worth of jewelry. (Track 17. No Job) talks about filling out job applications and not getting a look at a job.

The Cd also features Jewele who worked with Dr. Dre, 2Pac, and Snoop Dogg; The Cd as well has features from Taylor Made of Derrty Ent. Nelly's Label.

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