The crazily carved mountain state of West Virginia is where hip hop’s native son, David “2wop” Wade is from. Coming out of the Ohio River city of Huntington, which is more known for country, rock, pop and anything but hip hop, Wade’s Self Made Recordz/Grind Hard Muzik Group/Entertainment has been pushing the pace of the game for himself, his brother, Dominque “D3” Wade and others. They all bare that West Virginia, soul, Southern flavor.
2wop has been grinding tough and bouncing back, while praying and thinking always of his community quilt of family and friends.After 30 months in prison from 2007 to 2009 on drug charges, 2wop has been focused on his talent. Scrappy, hungry, frugal and hustling is the way of 2wop’s life. Hard work and talent is what he has. He’s independent to the core and tough as a chunk of coal. 2wop grinds hard here in West Virginia, the bottle cap of the South.
Expanding and always growing, brothers 2wop and D3 were in the spotlight on November 2012 with a Hip Hop Weekly write-up. The write-up shined a light on singles like “Clap Off,” (featuring Stuey Rock and Bigg Kutta), “Intro to Greatness,” and “I Kinda Like U,” (featuring Duke Johnson and Dante Keeton), which were all engineered by Jack Brown, who produced and recorded for 2Chainz and whose beats are found on another song of the brothers’ new demo, “Careless.”
Always thinking of his family, 2wop wrote “Careless” as an apology to his mom for following the wrong path and as a way to thank her for all the sacrifices she made, like pawning her jewelry to make sure her boys had everything they needed.
In 2013, 2wop has picked up the pace dropping “Sideline Story” in April and recording a new CD, “Hooddream$ and Brightlight$,” which is being put out by his Grind Hard Muzik Group Engineering assistance was from Atlanta-based producer and engineer Jack Brown, best known for engineering 2Chainz’ No. 1 Billboard album, “Based on a T.R.U. Story.”
Wade said the title cut really distills every person’s dream of tasting success.
“I named it hood dreams and bright lights because everybody who comes from Huntington or any average Joe has dreams when they’re coming from any rough environment of poverty,” Wade said. “I always had dreams of making it to the bright lights, the stage lights whether it was the NFL or the NBA, it was going to be bright lights and claps and that level of making it — success.”
Wade’s single “Sideline Story” tells the cautionary tale of how he’s seen waves of people get drawn in and down by the drug culture.
“This story is a story about how females are always chasing these guys with the fancy cars and the drug dealer image,” Wade said. “In this she ends up getting caught in a drug raid and ends up in that situation. The second verse is about getting your life together and how you need to grind and work to get your money.”
2wop has worked with a range of producers like Jack Brown, Zaytoven, Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, PK, and Platinum Sellers. He’s shared the mic with a host of stars, such as Trouble of Duct Tape, Big Bank Black, Turk of Cash Money, and Blood Raw. He has upcoming tracks with even more great artists from across the country and from down the streets of home. Garnering up to more than 250,000 views on YouTube videos, 2Wop is seeing the results of his hard work and grind.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
2WOP: My music background consists of over 30-40 features. I’ve been featured on 2-3 mixtapes and featured on Zaytoven’s “Who Hot Not” mixtape. I have over 200,000 views on YouTube, as well as two videos on WorldStarHipHop.com featuring Turk, and my cousin Boss. The other video is featuring Trouble and Big Bank Black of Duct Tape Ent.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
2WOP: Just like any other artist, I have a story to be told. If you have what it takes, then it shouldn’t matter where you are from. You should be given equal opportunity. I also know that I can make lots of money while doing what I love to do.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
2WOP: My songs vary. All my songs are about real life experiences, whether it was my life or someone close to me. I have love songs, motivational songs, inspirational songs, club songs, and hood songs.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed toward?
2WOP: My fan base is directed towards people struggling in the ghetto, teenagers, adults, and grandparents. I make music for all races, genders, and for any and every one that enjoys music across the globe.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
2WOP: Some of my musical influences are Tupac, Biggie, Lil Wayne, BG, Turk, Nas, Trouble, and Jay Z besides my “Self Made Recordz” family.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
2WOP: My music is for different age groups, ranging from 18-38 years of age. It’s a mixture of R&B, rap, and real music from the struggles in society.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
2WOP: I stand out from other artist because I’m from West Virginia. I am original and unique. I invest in myself, and do lots of things that the average rapper wouldn’t do, such as paying for your own features, videos, and placing videos on websites like WorldStarHipHop.com
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on
2WOP: I am currently working on finishing my highly anticipated mixtape “HoodDream$&BrightLight$,” 3 solo songs, and 2 celebrity features are in the works as well. I also have a few projects I’m working on with some locals from my city.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
2WOP: My goals are to become successful in the music industry by continuing to make timeless music. I see myself in 10 years being rich, owning my own label, businesses, and winning a Grammy. Overall my main goal is to remain healthy and alive.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
2WOP: You can find my music on Reverbnation.com “Grind Hard Muzik Group,” you can contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org, on twitter @DaReal2wop, on Instagram 2WOP, and for bookings or features call 304-617-1185.
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