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Raised on the streets of Ft. Worth, Texas, Loknes was there during the time of the city's darkest criminal years. Drugs, gangs and murder covered "Funkytown" in the late 80's and early 90's. One year, Fort Worth was named the deadliest city in the nation based on the number of people killed per 100,000 population.Born in 1983, Loknes moved from Texas to Florida for a few years before coming back to Fort Worth. After getting caught up in street life, Loknes found himself battling a murder change at a young age. With the case being dropped for lack of evidence, Loknes used this incident to rethink his lifestyle.To stay off the streets, Loknes turned to music and started rapping. "Going so hard people would call me a monster, I came up with the name "Loknes", he explains. After forming his own record label Grind 2 Shine Records, he met up with fellow artist Pimpsta. Well known regionally for his classic hit "Dickies & House Shoes", Pimpsta was one of the few independent artists in the late 90's to get played on the radio and get booked city to city to perform. Loknes linked up with Pimpsta and learned the business side of music. He also traveled with Pimpsta for his many performances as Loknes soaked up in the game."I'm bringing a whole new sound", says Loknes, "I'm Latin and I feel like there's no other like me." Original sound, lyrics and a grind that doesn't stop. Loknes has been funding and giving away his music across different states to get the attention of all music fans. Making moves with his Grind 2 Shine team, Loknes has also been featured with the likes of DJ Smallz (Southern Smoke), Block2Block Magazine and a countless amount of music blogs."Last of a Dying Breed" / "Mr. Hott 16", Loknes is here to set his mark. Look out for Grind 2 Shine Records' future releases.LOKNES FT. ROCKO - DO DAT (DIRECTED BY RECKA FILMZ)

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Hood Gospels Rapper "Frost214" Releases " Dammit Man" Remix (Video)

Frost214 is a Hip Hop artist from Dallas, Texas. Growing up in Texas he was exposed to various musical ventures. From playing drums in Sunday services to his father being a musician and radio personality, he understood music could be versatile. He realized music expression has many forms and could reach countless people in diverse ways. His heaviest influence within music were legends such as Eminem, Pimp C, Tupac, Bone Thugs-N- Harmony and all of 1990's West Coast "Gangsta Rap" genre.Frost's inspiration for writing music come from real life experiences and expressing it in ways fans will be entertained. A way to describe his music would be "Hood Gospels"; where spiritual meets the streets. He uses this style to create self-reflective monologues in his music. His first released single in 2012 called "If I Die Tonight" focused on politics and religion.Currently Frost214 is working on the follow-up album to his 2012 single entitled Politics and Religion. Inspired by our nation's political fever this election year, this album release brings up highly controversial topics surrounding social and self-examining themes.

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