ABOUT TWIZTID —
Protégés of the Insane Clown Posse, the Detroit-area Caucasian rap duo Twiztid based their act on a similarly theatrical, outrageous, makeup-heavy image and an obsession with serial-killer horror films. Jamie Madrox and the Monoxide Child cast themselves as psychotic axe murderers on their 1998 debut album, Mostasteless, which was reissued with new artwork and extra tracks a year later in the wake of ICP’s rise to national notoriety. Twiztid’s second album, Freek Show, was released on Halloween 2000 in conjunction with ICP’s Bizzar/Bizaar sets; Mirror Mirror followed two years later. The Green Book hit the shelves in 2003, with Man’s Myth, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 both landing in 2005. The 2007 album Independent’s Day featured numerous guest stars, including DJ Quik and tha Dogg Pound along with D12 members Bizarre and Proof. Two years later W.I.C.K.E.D. appeared, the initials standing for “Wish I Could Kill Every Day.” The duo toured extensively throughout the States in the 2000s, developing a small cult following throughout the Midwest in particular.
ABOUT BLAZE —
The streets ain’t easy. Fear can crawl in no matter what your skin color, or where your zip code. The sound of gunshots outside your home will get you, change you, compel you. One day you’re a kid watching cartoons, the next day you’re facing the bad guys yourself. It makes you want to scream, but it helps you find a voice. It’s the kind of life you must embrace or forsake. This is where Blaze comes in. Hip-hop is the voice of a unique people, and Blaze is distinct within hip-hop. He’s got the skills and the street cred to rep with the best, and an individual voice to match his image. Here’s a guy who watches horror flicks, and finds himself rooting for the lunatics. As a kid reading comics, he wanted the villains to win. It’s the frustrated character of the streets, given form in the character of Blaze. But he’s never one-dimensional, it’s his very ruthlessness that keeps from holding back. He’s not just a gangster, he’s not just undead, he’s a real guy who’s been driven to these things, a perceptive, sensitive individual who chooses to wear facepaint and rap the wicked shit. He’s not afraid to tell you why he does it, and how he got there. The best way to discover Blaze is through his music, but here’s the story as we know it:
Blaze started rapping when he was just 17. He was still in high school, and still a young punk known as Chris Rouleau, when he started spittin’ rhymes for his friends. Before long he was jumpin’ in, puttin’ it down at local shows in the streets of “Clemtown” on Detroit’s East Side, where his skills and style started earning him a reputation. This was the early nineties, when suburban folks were just discovering rap, and white boys in the hood were shocked to see one of their own schoolin’ it so hard. Chris grew up on the typical Detroit Rock City bands: Kiss, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, even Journey and J. Geils, but he was also drawn to the rap acts he would come to emulate: Slick Rick, LL Cool J, Run DMC, and particularly the thug styling of NWA and Ice-T. He was driven to be involved with the music he loved, and started rapping locally as “Sandman.” His first big show was at the Ritz in Roseville, where he opened for the House of Krazees, alongside his friend Jaime Lowery. Ironically, House of Krazees would go on to become his future label-mates Twiztid, and Jaime Lowery would become ABK, Blaze’s future partner in Drive-By. After getting started, he tried many partnerships and joined several groups, including one known as Sleepwalkers. The Sleepwalkers album was produced by The R.O.C. (of House of Krazees), and was one of many that never came out or never made it. Chris was ready to give up rapping, when his old friends told him they were joining a label called Psychopathic Records, and encouraged him to come along…
Chris started off at Psychopathic as a Road Dog. He clocked in just like every other employee, and helped out around the office and on the road. He headed street teams while promoting the Insane Clown Posse album “The Amazing Jeckel Brothers.” He was alongside ICP with the road crew for their devastating performance at Woodstock ’99. The next year he helped his old House of Krazees homies, now known as Twiztid, promote their “Freek Show” album. Blaze rapped a little at this point: Twiztid had him guest star on their “Mostasteless” album, and he would occasionally jump out as a hype man and help them out on stage. The word began to spread around Psychopathic that the guy had skills. Violent J of ICP took notice, and soon Chris was asked to join the Psychopathic Rydas supergroup as “Cell Block.” The Rydas were a hit among fans of Psychopathic Records, or “Juggalos,” and soon Chris was offered a chance to record his own album…
Together with Violent J, Chris came up the name “Blaze Ya Dead Homie,” and recorded a self-titled solo EP. After his previous bad luck recording albums, Chris put all he could into his first release with Psychopathic. He drew on all his experiences to that point, and focused them into the Blaze persona. He developed the story that Blaze was a gang-banger, killed in a drive-by shooting, and mysteriously resurrected from the Dead. This allowed him to express his love for the supernatural alongside his history with the ‘hood and affinity for gangster rap. It also echoed his “return from the dead” after giving up rapping and working on the road. Blaze was born, and he fit in tight with the roster at Psychopathic records. In 2000, ICP created a giant music-festival-extravaganza called the Gathering of the Juggalos, and one of the main attractions at the first annual Gathering was the debut of Blaze as the newest Psychopathic artist. He quickly won over the crowd of 5,000, and was the talk of the 3-day event. His EP eventually sold out of its limited run, and he was asked to join the next Psychopathic supergroup, Dark Lotus. Their album, “Tales From the Lotus Pod” was released exclusively underground, and was a huge success among Juggalos. Blaze was established as an artist, and was developing his own loyal fan base and reputation as a rapper.
After recording the Self-Titled EP with Twiztid and their main producer, Fritz the Cat, Blaze changed up his sound a bit for the breakthrough full-length: “One Less G In The Hood.” On that album he worked with Mike P, Producer of ICP’s The Wraith: Shangri-La. The result was a rock-infused gangster album, which further defined Blaze ya Dead Homie as a thug, a zombie, and a unique entity in the rap world. One less G yielded many classic Juggalo anthems, and earned Blaze new respect as an artist. He continued to work alongside his label mates throughout this period, appearing on nearly every major release from ICP, including the mighty Sixth Joker’s Card, and each of Twiztid’s major releases. He also continued to work with Psychopathic Rydas, Dark Lotus, and his homie ABK, who eventually debuted on Psychopathic. For a complete breakdown of his albums and guest shots, check out his Discography at: www.blaze.psychopathicrecords.com.
After a brief period out of the limelight, Blaze came back with a new album and a new point-of-view. In 2004 he debuted Colton Grundy, a new record and a new side of Blaze. Colton Grundy allowed him to be less gangster, more hip-hop, and all enigmatic. Where “Ya Dead Homie” was undead thug, “Grundy” was supernatural rapper. The same old Blaze mixing it up a bit. Colton Grundy went on to be one of his biggest successes, and sells steadily. In 2005, Blaze mixed it up again. He reunited with his old partner ABK, and released the bass-heavy street release, Drive-By: Pony Down. As Drive-By, Blaze and ABK threw back to classic bass tracks, from a time when trunks thumped and big bass bumped. Pony Down was straight rap patterns, with tight rhythm and loud sound.
In 2006 you can look for Blaze on his first headlining tour, the Tombstone Terror Tour. You can see him nationally throughout August and September, check for dates at www.blaze.psychopathicrecords.com. In fall of 2006, he’ll be dropping another new record, Clockwork Grey. With his own tour and a new album in the works, anything goes for everybody’s Dead Homie. He may be dead and rotten, but Blaze continues to evolve and change, impressing his old fans and earning new ones. His face may change, along with his name, but you’ll always respect his sound…
ABOUT WHITNEY PEYTON–
If artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Eminem, and Missy Elliott miraculously had a pale love child that somewhat resembled Hayley Williams of Paramore, she would be just like Whitney Peyton. W.P. is a unique emcee, with a firecracker personality, hailing from the outskirts of Philadelphia, PA. Beginning close to home she became, and generally still holds the #1 spot on The Hip Hop Charts on Reverbnation.com in Philadelphia. Her continuous drive has also gained her several nominations (and wins) at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards (PA) for categories including “Best New Artist”, “Best Lyricist”, “Best Live Performer”, “Best Female Solo Artist” and “Best Hip Hop Performer” from 2010 through 2014. Whitney was nominated in the 2014 Tri-State Indie Music Awards (PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD) for “Emerging Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” and won.
Equipped with catchy hooks and relatable rap verses, she is the top voted unsigned artist in her home state on MTV2’s “On The Rise” contest and has been interviewed and played on numerous independent, college, and online radio stations. With no label or management, the rapper has also landed various TV spots, swept the pages of multiple magazines and music blogs internationally, as well as accumulated over 1 Million+ total YouTube views on her channel.
With an undeniable stage presence, W.P. has headlined countless packed events as well as performed with well-known acts including Jadakiss, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Sheek Louch, Hopsin, Rittz, Big K.R.I.T., MIMS, Tech N9ne, Paul Wall, Vanilla Ice, TWIZTID, R.A. the Rugged Man, DMX, and many more! She has collaborated on songs with Bizarre (of D12), Cassidy, Da Mafia 6ix (formerly Three 6 Mafia), WAX, MIMS, Daddy X and Dirtball (of Kottonmouth Kings), Caskey (YMCMB), Layzie Bone (of Bone Thugs N Harmony), Spectacular (of Pretty Ricky), Mistah F.A.B., Spice 1, Chris Webby, R.A. The Rugged Man, and the list goes on!
Despite her edgy image and attitude, Whitney was chosen to be one of the faces of Philadelphia’s “Unlitter Us” Campaign in 2010. TV spots for the campaign aired city-wide (and in surrounding areas) through 2011 on stations such as MTV, BET, Vh1, Comedy Central, ABC, and NBC. Whitney was featured using her rap ability in a spoken word poem she wrote about cleaning up the city streets. She also appeared in print and transportation ads, while additionally being seen alongside Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at anti-litter rallies, and community events.
BoomBoxBWwebFurther proving her versatility as an artist, W.P. took part in writing and recording on an Anti-Bullying album geared toward Children in late 2011. The album gained immediate recognition winning a Grammy Award for “Best Children’s Album” at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in 2012 as well as a Nappa Honors Award, and Parent’s Choice Gold Award from the Parent’s ChoiceFoundation.
Whitney’s perseverance, and rapidly growing fan base earned her spots on both a full Canadian tour with Twiztid as well as a 40-date USA tour with rap legend, R.A. The Rugged Man (of Nature Sounds), and Potluck (of Suburban Noize) in 2013. In 2014 she continued her momentum on a 60-date National Tour with Oscar Winning rap group Three 6 Mafia (now known as Da Mafia 6ix) followed by a run as direct support for highly controversial electronica group Blood on the Dance Floor. Never missing a beat, Whitney Peyton is taking 2015 by storm by headlining her own touring dates while working on new music and visuals.
Despite her many hard-earned accolades W.P. still considers herself an “Underdog” in many ways. Having achieved so much independently, with an image not easily associated with hip-hop, it’s easy to tell that her fans appreciate her home-grown attitude and “Team Underdog” movement. After releasing several free EP’s she dropped what she considers her debut album, “On The Brink” last year (Jan. 2014). “On the Brink” features well-known acts from both the mainstream and underground and sold several thousand units worldwide with no official distribution! As a gift to her fans W.P. released a free EP entitled “Fear of Falling” this past March 2015 as an appetizer for a full-length album set to release later this year. If this biography is your first time seeing the name “Whitney Peyton” keep your eyes open because it won’t be the last.