Group Name: No Assumptionz
Group Members: Karizzma (Vocalist), Sima Lee (Lyricist)
Antoinette “Karizzma” Tillery from an early age was known for her strong singing abilities. Raised in Newburgh, New York and then later moving to Hampton, Virginia, she would learn to pefect her sound through the numerous requests she would get to perform in showcases, concerts, weddings and choirs. Her sophisticated vocals were always met with rave reviews. It was during a particular Choir performance for South African activist Bishop Desmond Tutu In New York City that Karizzma decided that music would be her lifelong journey, and ultimately her profession. Gaining inspiration from many genres of music, her style would grow to reflect her eclectic taste.Having worked on her professional demo in 2001 with area producers, she would go on to audition and meet with several national record label A&R’s. Karizzma felt she was finally getting closer to her goals when a personal tragedy forced her to take a major hiatus. Pursuing a medical career and taking care of her family became her main priority, but the desire to chase her dreams never left the forefront of her mind.
Ebony “Sima Lee” Outlaw was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. With both her father and mother being devoted singers in Gospel choirs some may have thought she would follow in their footsteps, but she would have other plans in mind. Finding that she was blessed with a particular talent for writing poetry and rhymes in High School ,combined with her lifelong love of Hip-Hop culture she began battling and performing around the 757 area. Often being the only female participating never discouraged Sima Lee, and only fueled her drive, which garnered her much respect as a lyricist. However, she too would go on to take a hiatus from music to raise a family, and pursue a spiritual path that eventually led her to live in Cairo, Egypt to study religion and culture for several years. Upon her return she did a brief stint with the Army, but deciding that military life definitely wasn’t for her she attended college to become a teacher. But just like Karizzma her desire to make it in the music industry stayed with her constantly.
Ironically the internet would be the catalyst that would bring Sima Lee back into the music world. Connecting with other artists, poets, and producers on media sites would rekindle her desire to express herself on the microphone and perform throughout the East Coast. She would go on to release a solo mix tape, form a Spoken Word duo and a Hip-Hop group, and even be published in a poetry anthology as a result.
Via the World Wide Web she collaborated with producers nationally and internationally including: Denmark, Hungary and, Canada...landing her on various mix tapes and singles, and earning her quite a buzz as a ferocious and witty emcee. After appearing on a mix tape for the Official Wu Tang Clan site in 2006 she would hook up with a talented producer from Nottingham by the name of Endemic who had already produced for respected veteran artists such as Smiff N Wesson aka Coco Brovaz, Skyzoo, Ill Bill, Buddah Monk, and Timbo King.In 2009 she would be featured on two singles on Endemic’s debut album released by Money Maker/EMI Records entitled “Terminal Illness” released in the U.K. and U.S. It featured heavy hitters such as Killah Priest of WuTang Clan, Planet Asia, Sean Price from Boot Camp Clik, Sav Killz, and The Wisemen.
2009 would be a pivotal year since this is also when Karizzma, who had already began her own return to the stage after her unforeseen break, was introduced to Sima Lee via mutual friends. Realizing that they both had a mutual passion for making music they began working together and would go on to form the duo “No Assumptionz”.Recruiting production from Gordo Beats, Wally Clark, and Brandon Heat they would record and release their self-titled EP in 2010.Combining Karizzma’s sultry and soulful voice with Sima Lee’s intelligent and confident delivery proved to be a perfect match and is generating a lot of attention in VA and beyond, and earning them many fans. Recently the ladies were even offered an opportunity to appear on a Hip-Hop based reality show that will be pitched to Fox TV Network. One would have to keep an eye on these ladies to see what the future has in store for them, but one thing is certain, with as much talent that they possess, and determination to never let go of their dreams, nothing short of success could be the ultimate destiny for “No Assumptionz”.
SHOTGUN BUKK HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN INTO THE RAPPING SPIRIT. HIS EARLIEST MEMORIES WHICH SHAPED HIS PRESENT YEARN FOR HIS CRAFT WAS WHEN HIS MOTHER USED TO PLAY OLDIES-BUT-GOODIES ON SATURDAY, AS SHE DID HOUSECLEANING. AS BUKK GREW OLDER, HE BEGAN LISTENING TO: WU-TANG CLAN; NOTORIOUS B.I.G; SNOOP DOGG; DR. DRE; ; Tupac; MOBB DEEP; AND NAS.
RELATING TO HIS ABOVE INFLUENCES RHYME CONTENT GROWING UP IN THE TOUGHEST PART OF SUFFOLK,VA WITH THE HIGHEST CRIME RATE IN CYPRESS MANOR PROJECTS , BUKK WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY WITH THE LYRICS AND THAT INSPIRED HIM TO GET INTO RAPPING A LITTLE BIT HIMSELF; SUBSEQUENTLY, AT THE TENDER AGE OF 15, BUKK BEGAN PENNING RHYMES IN CLASS IN HIS NOTEBOOK, DISREGARDING THE LESSON AND NOTES THAT WAS REQUIRED OF HIM TO TAKE WHILE HIS TEACHER TAUGHT THE CLASS; EVEN THEN, HE DIDN'T TAKE RAPPING SERIOUSLY. SHOTGUN BUKK BEGAN RECORDING HIS RAPS AT 17 YEARS OLD AT A FRIENDS' HOME, WHO HAD A BASIC D.J. SET. EVENTUALLY BUKK BEGAN TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT HIS RAPPING. ABOUT A YEAR LATER, BUKK WENT TO RECORD AT A HOUSE STUDIO THAT HAD A D.A.T MACHINE; ITS' QUALITY OF SOUND IN RECORDING WAS POOR; HOWEVER, HE TOOK HIS FINISHED PRODUCT TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD RECORD STORE TO PLAY IT. THE CLERK LIKED HIS STYLE AND LYRICISM AND REFERRED BUKK TO A MUCH BETTER STUDIO WHERE THE QUALITY AND CLARITY WAS GREAT, AND HE EVENTUALLY DID 3 MIXTAPES THERE!COINCIDENTALLY, SHOTGUN BUKK WAS INTERVIEWED BY THE SUFFOLK NEWS-HERALD NEWSPAPER ABOUT HIS RAPPING.
TORN BETWEEN THE HUSTLING IN THE STREETS OF SUFFOLK, VA ("SUFFLAND") AND RAPPING, SHOTGUN BUKK LAPSED FROM THE RAPPING AGAIN. IN 2006, AFTER PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY BEGAN TO ASK HIM WHY HE WASN'T STILL RAPPING, SHOTGUN BUKK MADE THE CONSCIOUS CHOICE TO GET SERIOUS. HE NOT ONLY GOTTEN SO SERIOUS AS TO RAP, HE ALSO BEGAN TO TEACH HIMSELF HOW TO MAKE MUSIC VIDEOS AND BEGUN PRODUCING, DIRECTING, STARRING, AND EDITING HIS OWN VIDEOS AND MINI-MOVIES, WHICH ARE ALL OVER THE INTERNET NOWADAYS.
T-MIRAGE IS AN UP AND COMING POP/ R&B SINGER/SONG WRITER
WHO HAS BEEN SINGING SINCE THE AGE OF THREE;
SHE STARTED OUT SINGING IN THE CHURCH, AND WROTE HER VERY FIRST SONG AT THE AGE OF NINE! SHE ALWAYS HAD HIGH HOPES, DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS FOR HERSELF GEARED TOWARDS THE RECORDING INDUSTRY.
HER GREAT GRANDMOTHER TOLD T-MIRAGE, JUST BEFORE HER PASSING, TO FOLLOW HER DREAMS AND DONT LET ANYTHING OR ANYONE STAND IN HER WAY.... WELL SHE DIDN'T LISTEN AND GOT INVOLVED IN A RELATIONSHIP THAT LEFT HER DESTITUTE, BEATEN, SCORNED AND ASHAMED....
SHE NEVER THOUGHT IN A MILLION YEARS THATSHE WOULD BE IN THAT SITUATION BUT THERE SHE WAS... SHE HAS COME OUT OF THAT, INTO A NEW REALIZATION AND FOCUS FOR HERSELF, AND HER MISSION IS CLEAR NOW MORE THAN EVER.
SHE IS A STRONG BELIVER IN THE SAYING WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND, SO SHE STRIVES TO TREAT PEOPLE AS SHE WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED.
SHE HAS WRITEN SO MANY SONGS.
SHE HAS SO MANY STORIES TO TELL.
EVERY SONG THAT YOU HEAR HER SING,OR HAS WRITTEN, NO MATTER HOW CRAZY OR FAR- FETCHED YOU MAY THINK IT IS; ITS THE TRUTH!
WHETHER SHE'S SINGING /WRITING ABOUT LOVE OR BUSTING OUT WINDOWS ITS ALL HER
SHE FOUND OUT THAT WRITING AND SINGING GIVES HER AN OUTLET IN HER MIND TO BE CREATIVE, AND
TO BLOCK OUT ALL AMBIENT NEGATIVITY AND CREATE WHO SHE LOVES TO CALL.... "T MIRAGE" - THAT'S WHAT SHE CALLS HERSELF! BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT SHE IS - A MIRAGE.
YOU THINK YOU KNOW HER, BUT YOU HAVE NO IDEA...
GOD BLESSMore About T-Mirage
T-Mirage has performed in Florida, Virginia, and Georgia,; Has opened for: Lil' Jon and the Eastsiderz; Gucci Mane: and comedienne Sommore. She is originally from Brunswick, GA and now lives with her two children and her Navy-enlisted husband in VA. Beach, VA. She strives to sign a record deal in the near future...
CMN2MYWORLD AS MY HEART AND MIND RELEASE TO THE BEAT AND LISTEN TOO THE RELAXZATION I FEEL AS I RELEASE ON THE MIC!
Yazmin Denize is an American hip hop, neo soul, Gospel, and rock artist. She has been intimately involved in the music industry since her childhood years as she began singing and rapping at the age of 8. Music was her liberation from the abuse she endured over the years. Native of Brooklyn, New York, Yazmin Denize stage name Q.R.A.Z has performed alongside with several reputable artists in her industry. One of the more prominent hip hop groups that she opened up for was the most critically and commercially successful groups of all time, Wu-Tang Clan, who rose to fame for their uncompromising brand of hardcore hip hop music. Her success with the Wu Tang allowed her to perform with Lost Boys, Kool G Rap, Magoo, Day 26 and performed for Trey Songz and Keisha Cole's sister Neffe also attending that show Lil Scrappy, Deelishis from Flavor of Love and Terrell Carter from Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Also in a studio in VA called the Hyena Den was in ciphers with Jungle Brothers, J.O. Felony, Lady Saw, Little Vicious, King Jus, Killarmy, and the late Jam Master Jay. Q.R.A..Z has also performed for several upscale venues such as H2O in New York and Sugar Shack in Junction City Kansas. In addition, she managed to rightfully earn a spot in Source Magazine's Unsigned Hype Tour in Virgina as well as New Jersey hip hop appreciation week STOP THE VIOLENCE MOVEMENT OF 2009 with KRS ONE. In 2010 she performed at KRS ONE HIP HOP APPRECIATION WEEK Along side with Hakim Green from the group Channel Live. She sat on the women of hip hop Panel with many female emcees such as Absolute, Hurricane G and much more... She was a feature artist at Mangos in Virginia Beach. August of 2010 she performed for Cassidy hip hop Artist on Carmelo Anthony Label CrossOver at the Selden Arcade. She also performed along side R& B super star Carl Thomas and she performed on a new reality show called DA GROOVE. Q.R.A.Z recently received a standing ovation when she sang the star spangled banner at the IBC boxing event at Norfolk Scope.
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