Queen City Project
Shabazz (šhabazz) Ali Born Gregory Shabazz Ali-Qwan, rapper, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur may seem like some overwhelming titles for your average 23 year-old, but not for this ambitious entertainer. In an extremely competitive and erratic hip-hop industry, Shabazz is taking all of the necessary precautions to avoid falling into the typical young- street-rapper category that has become so vast and common throughout the hip-hop community. Raised on the violent streets of Jersey City NJ, Shabazz began writing and arranging song lyrics at age 10 with his life-time friend and producer, Trey "Hollywood" Holland. It wasn't until age 12 that he discovered his unique talent to rap while free styling at his school lunch table with friends. Shabazz recorded his first track with DJ Lil' Kid who released monthly mix-tapes of his own . His voice quickly captivated listeners who heard the 6 minitue freestyle over Nas' 'Hate Me Now' single. He quickly became one of the hottest and most popular MCs among his peers. With a rise in interest for all areas of entertainment Shabazz decided to try his hands at acting after his mother witnessed him reenact a scene from John Singletons, 'Boyz In the Hood'. Two months later Shabazz signed with acting manager Vickie Frankmano of V&M Talent Management & FBI AGENCY. Shortly after countless auditions for TV and radio spots, Shabazz landed his first commercial for Boston's Children's Hospital. The commercial was viewed nationaly making this overconfident young teen easily recognizable among admirers. Shabazz landed several other commercials that same year as well as a principle role on the popular TV drama, Law & Order. Between auditioning and filming Shabazz always made time for his first love, music. He continued recording tracks for local and out of state DJs in the Jersey City apperaring in hometown alumni Joe Buddens 'Fire' video. After returning from a four-month test pilot shoot with actor John Leguizomo in Los Angeles, shabazz took on the name Kidd Millionaire and began to create music from genres other than Hip-Hop. While back in NJ he collaborated with longtime producer 'Hollywood' to form their production company, Dreamworld Music Group. The two would begin recording what would eventually become Shabazzs' first solo album, 'The Queen City Project'. If Dreamworld could create a big enough buzz around the rapper, major labels would take interest in signing a distrubution deal with right to publishing. Shabazz has performed at high schools, malls, stadiums and nightclubs all over the United States by age 18, but it still wouldn't be enough for a recording contract. Shabazz decided to take his image, style, and music to another plateau by going where so many other rap artists have staryed away from. Commercially Shabazz was an entertainment managers dream. Many artists in inner cities are fearful of writing and performing commercial music because of persecution by a more street or urban audience. Shabazz had a deeper understanding towards the music industry and how to market a more mainstream artist. He saw a much broader audience through the internet and European radio. He used his marketable appeal and unique style of flow to his advantage. This gained the attention of Def Jam, Sony Epic, and Capitol Records. While performing and releasing songs such as 'Sex in the City' and 'Get Ya Money Right' Shabazz received stamps of approval from accomplished industry figures like Joe Buddens, Redman, and Method Man. 50,000 online plays, 10,000 downloads, & 200 live performances from venues coast to coast, Shabazz is ready to try his hands on a more lucrative international market. At the youthful age of 23 Shabazz aka The Kidd Millionaire, has shown he is more than capable of disrtibuting his own music independently with the help of online traders. Hip-Hop Weekly's Rae Fuller says, 'Look out for this one, I got a feeling he may shock the Rap World'.