Category: Shot Caller Published on Thursday, 18 February 2010 07:13 Written by Catt Tatum Hits: 2745
Finding the next go-getter was a no brainer. I already knew who I wanted to feature, but he didn’t know he was going to be featured and he still don’t know, because I want it to be a surprise. I am actually kind of selfish, because I want to be there, in person, to see his face when he reads he is Swagga Kings’ next Go Getter. And the powerful young MC definitely deserves it, and more.
Raised between Chicago and Atlanta, Cam has always been your different kind of brothah. Intelligent, knowledgeable, and aware of the inside darkness of the music industry, he is an avid reader, always sharpening his skills mentally and emotionally, and he writes music people can relate to without compromising or selling his soul.
He studies things normal Americans don’t, he knows things the average Joe only think is a myth. That’s the brain child of a Swagga King. Being not just a leader, but an innovative leader, a motivational speaker and inspiring rapper. He has swagga. Check. He is a King. Check.
The artist is skinny as hell, but stronger than an ox. But don’t let his weight fool you. He is making major noise around college campuses and the music industry and he doesn’t even have a recording contract yet.
That’s star power. And he isn’t even aware of it yet, that makes it all the more powerful.
Go Getter for the month of November is Charles Cameron Alexander Webb, better known as Durrty Byrd, an entrepreneur, up-and-coming rapper dedicated to his craft and lyricist. An all around artist who has been making noise and deserves his due. His new single, Make you Moan, has been available for sale on iTunes and online retailers worldwide. He supports charities, spearheads BHC with style and plenty of business savvy and works well with others.
That’s Durrty Byrd. But don’t think his success came easily.
As with a charity he represents, he has love and compassion for children. To take a snippet of this charity and the cause from his website, it reads as follows: Believing in zero preventable child deaths is not controversial. It is a position that people of all faiths and political persuasions can, and should, champion. It is basic and it is imperative: We must give every child the chance to survive. Who would argue with that? We must make zero preventable child deaths a pressing priority, a global objective that cannot be ignored. BHC knows how to solve this problem. All we need are the political will and the resources to make sure every child is reached.
Wow. That’s what I call a legend in the making. I first met Durrty Byrd during my first visit in Atlanta, Georgia March 24, 2009, when I was promoting my third bestseller, The King of Erotica 3. My god sister Attica Lundy picked me up from the airport, and she had Durrty Byrd with her. We instantly hit it off. Before I found out just how influential he’s become, he has worked with Landmine Entertainment, doing the things Puffy once did before he owned Bad Boy records.
Personally, even with the success Landmine had, I had never heard of the label, knew nothing about it and when Cam first took me there to meet some folks, I didn’t feel the love one should feel when introduced to someone’s empire. Nothing personal against me, I just didn’t feel Cam was a part of their triangle, and I would prove to be right. Cam and I got to know each other and became brothers. I witnessed the creation of his art. Playing slamming instrumentals from the bedroom, trapped and incarcerated inside his own mind as the soul of emotion, guts, pain, fury and disappointment flowed through his fingers and acted as a sort of EKG bleep monitoring the heart beat of hunger, determination and vengeance. I watched him discipline himself writing powerfully heartfelt lyrics and spitting bar after bar with a ferociousness I have never seen. His vocal delivery, over tone, stamina and breathing pattern was truly an art form all their own, outside of his music.
He was like a young Tupac meets the genius of Nas. Durrty Byrd is like the gnashing of the two into a soup of pure talent that, once digested, will redesign the way you listen to music. He spit science, not mumbo jumbo and even though he could write party anthems, what I witness, first hand, was the emergence of the next best thing in hip hop. I had to stop writing The King of Erotica book 4 many times just watching and witnessing his creation. I was so in awe I totally forgot I was an author and that I had a book to finish.
Durrty Byrd does it all. Write. Produce. Instruct. Design. Draw. Construct. Promote. He could crank out lyrics like the flow of water and turn around, zip up a hoody sweater and baggy jeans and pass out flyers at shopping malls, churches, and businesses with a smile, a die-hard attitude and no fear. I watched him walk up to a group of uninterested spectators and walked away with them reading over his flyers. And he would promote other people, not just himself. I learned a lot from watching him, and applied some of those tactics to my own career.
Cam was the man who put in a lot of tireless hours for Landmine Entertainment, but never got his just due. All work and nothing to show for it. Wanting recording time, sometimes getting it but when there was a show orchestrated by this label Cam was either stood up, or swept under the rug. I personally witness this and witnessed his disappointment. He told me, “One day I’m gonna be on top,” and this mirrored myself, when publishing house promised to publish me and reneged and wrote all kind of diss blogs on me. I said the same thing on a blog talk radio program 4 year ago. That one day I was going to be a bigger author than the publishing house’s main star. Four years later, I’m bigger than the author and the publishing house he belonged to.
But the fighter in his spirit, that rebellious militant content on going after a dream and squeezing a nightmare into success has emerged and is poised to rise even higher than his contemporaries.
While the world prepares for his true debut and his emergence to sensation, I will be jamming to his music from my iPod and say I knew him back before all the fame and the glamour.
And even then, he will still be a Swagga King.
What it stands for:
Being virtually based off the internet, our label functions as a completed entity built upon integrity providing the best multimedia experience that independents have to offer. The Black Hollywood Cartel provides music production and is the exclusive affiliated Management Company handling all artist operations. BHC positions itself to produce every genre of music imaginable to mankind enviably branding our vision across the world utilizing many studio connections and resources. Black Hollywood Cartel provides artist development and rehearsal facilities courtesy of our affiliated companies and corporations
The BHC (Black Hollywood Cartel) debuted into the media world July 4th, 2009 established by Charles Cameron Alexander Webb, Oliver Williams and Attica Lundy. BHC is a highly dynamic multimedia entertainment company committed to the digital distribution and trafficking technologies continuously being advanced in the music industry today. Already making a name for itself, the label’s main focal and synergy point is our site itself which acts as a virtual conduit in doing business with the world around us. All current BHC artist embark on their own separate humanitarian campaigns spreading awareness for a variety of different illnesses, diseases, outreach programs, youth development programs, etc. branding BHC’s slogan “LIVE FREE” across the world.
The mission statement and slogan for Black Hollywood Cartel is simple: Live Free. Be fruitful and display positive role models, images, entertainment, etc for increased multiple revenue streams, which in turn will provide employment and content that contributes to the betterment of society.