@djdmil on twitter
DJ D.Mil is the direct link to Twin Cities 20-year-old Hip Hop scene. Miller's older brother Jim was a break dancer w/ the St. Paul Wild Style in the '80s, part of the b-boy street culture. Born into a single parent household on often wild and impoverished east side. Money was usually tight, but big brother Jim's classic Rap tastes, which included Run DMC, the Fat Boys, helped fill the voids as David, and Twin brother Edde followed Jim around the Twin Cities pioneering Hip Hop scene. Hip Hop and Music has been a part of my life as long as I can remember, D.Mil stated. Tragedy struck the family when D.Mil's brother, Jim, was killed in a car accident at the age of 19. Maybe to keep the memory of his brother alive or out of his growing talent as a rap writer and DJ, or both, D.Mil scraped together enough money in 1994 to buy his own turntable's and start his vinyl collection. It wasn't long before he was cutting with the best of the local DJs and attracting high caliber MCs. Too young to work clubs, D.Mil worked "the underground scene" for years D started spinning in the Clubs at the age of 19.
DJ D.Mil is a true Club DJ, behind the decks is a performance that will spark any size audience, MC skills that work the crowd into the DJ Set. I like to warm them up, than make em sing, says D.MIl spinning sing-a-long party anthem sets. Superb Beat Blends mixed with smooth scratches, feeling out what the crowd wants to hear is a DJ skill that D has mastered, with a extensive Music Selection Current to Classic Top 40, Hip Hop, & R&B dance Hits. Recently D.Mil doing Residences at the MYTH the Largest club in the Midwest Region, Epic, Karma, Foundation, The live Top 40 Radio mix show Club 101 (spring 05) 101.3 KDWB FM, DJ host STAR PARTY 2005, 2009-10 DJ D.Mil was the feature DJ on B96 96.3 FM mixtape At 8pm (Radio Mixshow) Daily with Mr. Peter Parker, Star Party 2010 After Party DJ host, Spring Break tours to Mexico w/ Spring Break Leader studentcity.com sold out shows at the legendary Bora Bora and club dates in the US, Canada & Mexico, opening slots for acts: SNOOP DOGG, AKON, CAIRA, 36 MAFIA, BONE Thugs n Harmony, KRS-ONE, Twista,
Tech 9ine, Royce Da 5'9", Talab Kweli, DMX, Back Street Boys, Smash Mouth, List goes on, National tour dates across the US with the one and only 2 Live Crew & others. DJ sets with the biggest DJ's in the World: FUNK MASTER FLEX, Grand Master Flash, DJ Mea, DJ AM, DJ Recktangle, & DJ Craze. D.Mil has been building his following and national presence for years.
D.Mil has numerous national producing credits & album credits, The 2008 HUSTLER OF THE YEAR AWARD, 2007 TC HIP HOP AWARDS BEST DJ AWARD (Runner up 2009 & 2011) , 2007 SP Style Crew Award, 2006 SP Style Promo Team Award, 2000 MMA nominee for Hip Hop Record of the Year. Recently landing a Origional song in the TV Movie Just for One Night. Working today Producing for a host of leading DJs, MC'S, R&B singers, musicians, and mix masters, at SP Style Productions Studio.
© 2011 SP Style / DJ D.Mil
@absentraps on twitter
Absent was born a Gemini on May 26th in the land of 10,000 lakes. His love for hip hop began at an early age. By high school, he was freestyling over the instrumentals of his favorite classics. By college, he was frequenting ciphers, rocking house parties and getting his first taste of the battle scene. However, after dropping out of college his music was put on the back burner.
Like most people, Absent has suffered losses and overcome many obstacles throughout his lifetime. In July of 2005 he entered a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol abuse. Shortly after getting his first glimpse of sobriety, he made a decision to pursue his dream of being a successful hip hop artist.
In the fall of 2006, Absent began work on his first project. The 8 song EP entitled “The Birth of a Legend”, quickly created a buzz throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. Absent’s momentum barreled all the way through 2008 with the release of a mixtape entitled “Urban Adventure Vol 1″ which featured him on every song. January of 2008, Absent recieved an award for being the “Twin Cities Best White Rapper” at the 2nd annual TC Hip Hop Awards. By the end of the year, he had joined forces with a prominent Minnesota indie label called SP Style and continued work on his 1st full length solo album. In the Spring of 2008 Absent was a featured SP Style Spring Break artist and performed live shows in sunny Mazatlan, Mexico.
May of 2009 welcomed the release of Absent’s freshman album, ”Love 2 Hate Me” which kicked off with a sold out release party at the legendary First Avenue 7th st Entry in downtown Minneapolis. The album was executive produced by DJ D.Mil and featured national recording artists Royce Da 5’9” (Shady Records), Lil Flip (Clover G Records), and the SP Style All-Stars. From June of 2010 all the way through June of 2011, Absent was featured on several regional tours with the likes of platinum selling artist Lil Flip, and independent powerhouses Stevie Stone (Strange Music), Hopsin (Ruthless Records), Skatterman (formerly of Strange Music), and more.
On November 29, 2011 Absent released and showcased his 2nd full length LP entitled “Amber Alert” to a packed house at the legendary Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis. This project would catupult him to the forefront of the regions hip hop scene. The album features national vocal support from Royce Da 5’9’’, Glasses Malone, Slaine, Stevie Stone, Skatterman, Phil the Agony, Mr. Gene Poole, and the Sp Style All-Stars. With production from DJ D.Mil, J.Cardim, and more. Upon its release, the “Amber Alert” album was nominated for “Album of the Year” at the MN Urban Music Awards and the lead video for the single “Money Can’t Buy Time” won the award for “TC Best Hip Hop Video”. Following the albums release, Absent toured throughout the midwest with the likes of Juvenile, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Lil Wyte and more.
February of 2013 opened with another sold out release party at the legendary 1st Ave & 7th st entry in Minneapolis for the self titled offering by the SP Style producer/rapper duo DJ D.Mil N Absent aka #DNA. The album features the legendary Greg Nice, AG of D.I.T.C and Minneapolis indie phenom PROF. The project quickly gained momentum with the singles/videos for “Turn it Out” and “Hashtag Flow”. Both DJ D.MIl N Absent have been unavoidable ever since, opening concerts for several national acts in MN this year and continuing to tour regionally.
In August of 2013 Absent signed to the multi-platinum, legendary Houston, TX rapper Lil Flip’s “Clover G Records” label. He is currently writing/recording for his first “Clover G” release due early 2014 and continues to work beside his SP Style All-Stars family. This fall, Absent will embark on a national tour with the likes of Lil Flip and more.
This talented, humble artist writes all of his own lyrics and is known by his peers to be an extremely driven, motivated and ambitious emcee. In just a short period of time, Absent has overcome adversity and established himself as one of the Midwest regions elite emcees.
*Over the course of his ongoing career, Absent has performed live with the likes of Ice-T, Royce Da 5’9’’, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Talib Kweli, Obie Trice, D12, Too $hort, Twista, Tech N9ne, Do or Die, Yukmouth, Luniz, Chamillionaire, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Saigon, Lil Flip, Immortal Technique, Haystack, Stevie Stone, Skatterman, Snug Brim, Eydea and Abilities, Rehab, Lil Eazy-E, Bonecrusher, Lil Scrappy, Mims, The Game, Glasses Malone, Wu Tang Clan, Lil Wyte, Kutt Calhoun, Hopsin, Big Boi (OutKast), Redman, Pusha T, Fabolous, Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Naughty by Nature, R.A. The Rugged Man and more.
*Easy to find on the web: Twitter @absentraps, Facebook/absentraps, absentraps.com, spstyle.com and make sure to check out the “absentraps” channel on Youtube.
© 2008 SP Style / Absent
@xplycyt on twitter
Xplycyt is an artist whose music is as versatile and unpredictable as the weather in his home city of Saint Paul, Minnesota--blustery and cold one minute, warm and sunny the next. But what else would you expect from a rapper who grew up a poor, abused child in a fatherless home only to discover the riches of love and family as an adult?
The youngest of four children, Xplycyt barely knew his dad and his mom was a drug addict who slapped her kids around physically, verbally and emotionally. At 10 Xplycyt was tired of watching his mom destroy her life and his future. He left home and started putting his feelings down on paper. Supported by his extended family and inspired by DJ sessions with his older brother and freestyle sessions with cousins, Xplycyt found happiness--and his voice.
In the shadows of St. Paul's inner city and on the streets of his rough Selby Neighborhood, Xplycyt was surrounded by all the classic hip hop elements. He continued his freestyling acrobatics and creative writing until he later assisted in developing the group Lost Soulz in 2005. Lost Soulz became established in just a few months filling local clubs and recording tracks; however, the group later disbanded in 2006.
Determined, Xplycyt continued to build his presence through numerous performances and recordings in support of his debut album. He has opened for hip hop greats including 2 Live Crew, MC Breed, The Beatnuts, Greg Nice, Kool Keith and The Luniz. He has also toured with SP Style artists Stereotype, The Kamillion and Lucca Brazzi in addition to being featured on DJ D.Mil's mix CD series and a number of independent releases.
Bleak. Audacious. Creative. Intrepid. Emotional. His stories are personal, raw and real. "My Life" is a message to his mom that picks at the scabs of the wounded emotions he feels from being abandoned as a child. "Blow the Roof" takes on a music scene that's more focused on selling records than storytelling and art. And "Front Man" announces the arrival of the Twin Cities as a major player in the rap industry.
"Xplycyt the Great, from the Land of 10,000 Lakes … I think there's something you should know: my state gets 40-below, and trust me I'm just as cold."
He's a writer, a rapper and a producer. But more than that he's a storyteller who's doing what we're all doing: trying to make some sense out the bad and trying to make the most out of the good.
For more information about Xplycyt, www.XplycytLyrics.com. Look for his debut album release in 2008.
© 2008 SP Style / Xplycyt
DJ Blasta started his music career in the mid 90's, spinning all vinyl (mainly hip-hip). Growing up, he threw down with some of the best, local skateboarders, graffiti artists, break-dancers and DJs. When he's on the turntables, he brings a battle style flavor to his mixes. In the past years, he has moved forward into mixing music videos, playing bigger venues and keeping to the motto, that "hard work pays off". Since he has always been into many genres of music, he can fit into any situation, current or classic .
Mixing at venues around the Twin Cities he has taught himself to be a highly skilled DJ. Now after more than 15 years behind the decks he has teamed up with Sp-Style, having the drive and skill to build with our artists and professionalism to work with our clients, he has proven himself to be an all-star!
Club New York (Friday nights 10-close)
Lucky's 13/Bloomington (Saturday nights 10-close)
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© 2012 SP Style / DJ Blasta
“Marx” was born as Marcus Lenard Robert Herbst at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul MN. His love for hip hop began when he was just a youth. At just 12 years old, he put his pen to the page and constructed his first rhyme and has been filling up notebooks ever since, compiling a lifetime of material.
In 2005, Marx realized he had a world-wide hip hop community at his finger tips when he joined a popular website called “LetsBeef.com” and quickly worked his way through the ranks. By the end of 2005, he was ranked 66 out of a whopping 60,000 emcees on the site, and was recording songs with many talented artists from the US all the way to the UK.
The Twin Cities local hip hop scene got its first taste of Marx in 2009 with the release of his first project, an EP entitled “St. Paul Times”. Shortly after the release he began performing locally in many validated Minnesota concert venues. Not only was he building a name for himself at this time, but he was developing a sound. Today, Marx’s writing, recording and live performance skills continue to flourish.
In 2010 Marx linked up with Minnesota independent powerhouse, “Sp Style” which is led by the legendary DJ D.Mil. This was a big step for the emcee as he had always been a fan of the label and its members. Along with earning his stripes and becoming a “Sp Style All-Star”, he also joined a new rap group called “Loudmouth” with label mate “I-Junk” and St. Cloud DJ/Producer, “Lawst”.
The year 2011 brought many new and exciting opportunities for the budding emcee, which he has taken full advantage of. Marx packed up a duffle bag and joined label mate “Absent” on his regional tour(s), performing throughout the Midwest with the likes of Stevie Stone (Strange Music), Skatterman (Bigg Shot Music), and more. He has also recently performed locally with national recording artists Joell Ortiz, Saigon, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Too $hort, Bone Crusher, Stevie Stone,
Glasses Malone and more.
Fans of Marx have much to look forward to in 2012 as he plans the 1st quarter release of his debut solo project entitled the “Been Writing” LP, which will be followed shortly after by the release of his group
project called the “Loudmouth Album”. Marx plans to continue touring alongside label mate “Absent” with upcoming concert dates booked in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota, as well as opening up for many prominent national recording artists visiting Minnesota’s largest concert venues.
Marx has proven himself to be a hard working, evolving artist whose music continues to plateau with each verse written, and is sure to continue to make his presence felt for years to come. At this point, it seems, he has only just begun!
© 2011 SP Style / Marx
A Minneapolis native who has been breaking through since 1995 with the Rhyme Sayers and Los Nativos, Francisco has found a home with SP Style and his group D.A.P.O. (Fly Dro). He is arguably one of the Midwest's finest DJ's, opening for a laundry list of top headliners.
"Cisco," as fans know him, has rocked crowds from the West Coast, the Midwest, and Mexico (with SP Style and Paradise Parties Spring Break Vacations). When situated behind the decks, this turntable technician possesses mixing and scratching skills that would rival those of any DJ in the galaxy. Serving as a resident in Minneapolis' premier clubs, Cisco's astonishing performances are nothing short of a party rockin' spectacular. Check out his series of Mix CDsVol.1-5 available now on our merch page.
© 2008 SP Style / DJ Francisco
S. Madison (S Dot Madison) was born February 21st in Chicago, Illinois during Hip-Hop music’s emergence on the scene. S Dot was inspired by the great accomplishments these artists achieved and that furthered his dream to become a success in Hip-Hop. By the time S Dot was a teenager he made a name for himself by going from high school to high school in Chicago trading verses with the best emcees. He built a reputation as a punchline phenomenon gaining the title “Chi-Town’s Finest” which turned into “Chi-Town’s Pretty Fella.” Two years later he formed a rap duo called The Staff and released two mix-tapes, ‘Double Nickel’ and ‘Hi Haters.’ S Dot than proved to be one of the better emcees in the Twin Cities by releasing freestyles over industry beats going harder than the established rappers. He was then faced with the challenge of writing songs to reach large audiences. In 2006 S Dot released ‘Wet Weight,' in 2008 'Win, Lose, or Draw,' and a year later came 'Hate Is the New Love' featuring underground smash "Deuces" featuring Rico Nevotion. In 2009 while pushing songs "I Drink I Smoke," "The Make-Up Dance," "Bet It Back," and "Don't Back Down" S Dot began working on 'The Nightlife' album which was released on StreetHistory.com October 10th, 2010. 'The Nightlife' will features "The Nightlife," "Bury Me in the Sky," and "Things I Wanna Do featuring Jeff Montoya, "Might Not Remember," "Thanks for Listening," "Demons & Angels" and much more.
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© 2013 SP Style / S.Madison