I've never been a blogger, but I am starting today. So who am I and why do I need a blog? I'm not sure why, but here it goes..
I was born in Aurora, IL in 1988 to a married couple who happen to be proud Tejanos. I have two older brothers; One born in '85 and another in '80. My parents moved us out of Aurora at a young age, for a number of reasons. We moved a couple towns over to a smaller town called Oswego. At a young age, music had my attention more than anything else (i.e. sports, video games, or getting myself into trouble). It was something that had always been a part of my family, and I always wanted to keep music in my family.
A friend of my dad was a Tejano DJ and he knew that I had an ear for music.. so he asked me to DJ hip-hop music at some events he was hired to play at.. I did weddings, quincenearas, school dances and a lot of other events.. it was fun but I wanted to do more.
I started writing my own raps in the back of the classroom in middle school. At the time, I was influenced mainly by the music that I had heard on the radio and seen on TV. Eventually I was introduced to underground hip-hop. My cousin was a part of a local hip-hop crew called Them Badd Apples. Their self-titled album blew me away and inspired me to join a crew and start writing more music.
In high school, my cousin Robbie and I started writing songs together and joined a local indie label called "Crazy Fresh Entertainment". The main two artists in the label were Big Sick & Dieablo. Robbie and I recorded a few songs, but ended up scrapping that project to start a new group called Viceversa with his cousins from Texas (Manny and Danny). We recorded a ton of songs as a group, and did a few shows with Crazy Fresh ENT. We promoted Viceversa everywhere we went and gained a lot of local attention.
Senior year, we decided to compete at Prairie Fest in a battle of the bands with a live band and placed 2nd overall. We got an awesome reaction with the band, so we took a few songs to a studio and recorded some live hip-hop songs. It was fun, but we couldn't hold the band together when everyone went off to separate colleges.
Viceversa mainly went into a musical hiatus. I ended coming up with the name Mic E.D. and started writing and recording verses at home and putting them out on the internet. I started a buzz with the new music and got the attention of another cousin, Noe (aka Don Trilo), who was producing his own music in Aurora. He had an indie label himself called Trilogy Mafia Records and decided to add Viceversa to his label, along with myself as a solo recording artist.
Myself and Manny were the most active members of Viceversa at the time, and we released an album "Family Business" and performed at many shows alongside Don Trilo & Fox River Boys under the group name Trilogy Mafia Records. Eventually Fox River Boys left the label to do their own thing and me and Don Trilo started making more and more music together. While doing a lot more shows in the area , we created a great buzz in the local scene and gained respect as great performers as well as great rappers.
In August, Don Trilo and I released our 2nd Trilogy Mafia Records album "Loyalty" and sold out of hard copies almost instantaneously. It's currently available at every major online distributor (iTunes, Amazon, Zune, CDbaby, etc). Now we are at the top of our game and are ready to take it to the next level.
We are working on a mixtape with Fox River Boys called "Unfinished Business" as well as a new Trilogy Mafia Records project called "The Retrogression EP". This EP is going to be the thing that gets our name heard everywhere! We're gonna flood the streets with our new music and make sure everyone knows who we are in 2011!
While we're working on these projects, I'm working on my own side projects also. "Mic Education 101: The Mixtape" is currently in the works. I'll be posting free downloads on my blog as I finish more mixtape tracks for you all to enjoy, until then..the story is still being written!