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 grindhardmuzikgroup@gmail.com, on twitter @DaReal2wop, on Instagram 2WOP, and for bookings or features call 304-617-1185.








  1. Very impressive little cousin! As a mother of sons I note and appreciate the mention of an apology to your mom. The good thing is you are working hard investing in “your” vision and making a path for yourself. Stay positive and blessed….

  2. best rappers outta wv is shyne, boss and savy sosa my opinion….if anybody make it in the industry its wop he know how to fake it to make it. Thats whats goin on in the industry example: plies

  3. Good read. You sound hungry and if you remain humble with that workerman’s like attitude you can write your own ticket. Remember nights will be long, and the road to success might be longer and not at all the route you intended, but stay the course because it will be worth it!

  4. This article is 100, and shows how hard you work to accomplish your goals. Out of anyone from WV you will be the one to make it in my opinion. From morning til night all you do is work on your music, promote it, etc. You invest alot of time, energy, and money into your work. Alot of people including myself look up to you because of your work ethics and how hard you work. Good luck and keep up the good work.

  5. Salute ya work ethic bra, keep grinding nd repn West Virginia to da fullest!!! Gd luck on ya journey to da top my G!!! Lord willing sum1 gnna break dat door dwn soon enough!!!

  6. Homie…keep atttiiittt,n soon you’ll b where u need/should b i kno u got it n u…ur a hard worker n will go above and beyond to succeed!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 2wop work ethic is too of the line. This man barely sleeps always on his music grind as well as providing for his family and child on the way. Always keeps it real in life and music . Mad respect in his state. Glad to see him finally get his opportunity to give back to his community ! 100 grind hard or don’t grind at all

  8. My nigga. keep putting on for the city! I likes what you doin fam. it just shows you can do anything with life if you really put your mind to it! BIG UPS BIG HOMIE!

  9. Just goes to show you hard work and effort pay off. Hope to see you achieve everything you set out to bro! you givin it #100. Good Luck

  10. I think it’s great that you are giving the youth of Huntington something to aspire to be. I dig your music and totally support your movement. You faced adversity and instead of dwelling on it you chose to blaze your own path. People can say whatever about your past, but your music speaks for itself.

  11. All bullshit aside I salute my nigga 2 Wop for his achievements and wish him and his family the best on his route to success. I fucked wit 2 Wop and all the SMG fam while I was out fuckin around out in WV and all I can say is my niggaz run Huntington hands down!!! Much respect comin from your Bay Area Cali fam holdin shit down in L.A. keep pushin my G you almost there fam.

  12. This dude’s for real! Obviously never forgot where he came from and certainly never forgot the people along the way no matter how far back! Awesome interview to read…lookin forward to much more!

  13. Congratulations on your success! I wish you more to come! It’s always an inspiration to see positive things happening for someone from our small little state! Keep pushing towards your goals and dreams! 🙂

  14. shout out to my big cousin, David Wade for his his achievement and achieving his goal, hes the one of the most humble realest people i know. I salute you cuzzo OTS, SMG, GHMG lets git it!!!

  15. Your determination, ambition, strength, faithfulness, commitment and Love for what and who you believe in is amazing. God is watching over you so continue to look up to Him. Much Love, Momma Teresa 🙂

  16. Good music on the verge of something big really big game changing big we feeling your work and craft up here on the east coast keep up the good work your turn is now!!!!!!!!

  17. A football player,basketball player,boxer,actor and maybe even a porn star or 2 are the types of individuals that myself along with others have seen make it out of to them its Huntington to me its Moneyton W.Va. Now we have a rapper/producer that I know by D2 some call him 2wop I’m not gonna spit his gov has just proven that even you can get ot the hood if you apply yourself. Some may think that its easy….life’s not easy and where not promised tomorrow this man is telling you a story of life. A life that he has faced or someone close to him has faced and it’s deep if you know where he has come from then be proud of where he’s going. Keep up the good work fam can’t wait to hear more of the struggle put Moneyton on the map the way it need to be told our hood is not glamorous its rough around all edges these people need to know what your really representing this real street shit

  18. Congrats# Great article, sooo happy your shining some light on WV! So proud of you, claim it cause it’s already yours!!!!!

  19. I wanna give thanks to IAA for the opportunity, Dave Lavender for my bio, Trouble for jump starting my career, Donta Wade for the photos, GOD, and those that supports my movent!!! #100 2wop


  21. OTS, SMG, GHMG –
    The world is full of jaded, negative and bitter people! AVOID THEM!
    You men are doing a helluva job in representing our great state and little town! Our youth have someone to look at now and say, I wanna do/be like…… Thank you all for sharing your stories, your music, your talent and for being responsible knowing that a lot of little eyes are watching. Especially thank you for showing people what family that sticks together looks like! Stay prayed up! Wishing u ALL the best!

  22. S/O to my big cuz 2wop reppin WV and always grinding!! I wish you and your team the best, do it for the family! GHMG, OTS, SMG

  23. This was a cold article on you 2wop, I aint know you been grinding like this.. I love to see my WV ppls going hard for the state. Its your time now 2wop don’t turn back or let anything stop you. GHMG, OTS, SMG

  24. Good write-up, stay grinding and working hard. What better way than to make a way for yourself. Keep ya head up man, and keep doing your thing. 304 Stand Up.

  25. Aye yo!!! Article; check, Bio; check, Star Staus; check. Hood rep; check. All A’s across the board!!! 2minz yo!!! You dont Work you dont eat, you dont Grind you dont Shine!!! Grind Harder … Shine Harder… Shawty!!!!!!

  26. If anybody was to get on, I always knew it would be you!!! You go the hardest in my eyes.. I’m supporting 2wop til the end…

  27. I wanna say you have done some very impressing music and things here lately.. Keep up the good work, enjoy your upcoming chapters of life. And congrats on the babygirl, and stay away from those sideline h@&$… I wish you and ur fiancee the best!!! —Tiff

  28. S/O to the homie 2wop, you going full force at this music. I love how you turned your negative energies into something positive. I reppin 2wop and supporting you.

  29. All I got to say is 2wop!!!! This dude been through it all and seems to be back like no other. Nice article also I knew you were the star out the bunch, no disrespect but your work ethic is on its PEAK!

  30. Nice article, sounds like 2wop has been through a lot and managed to overcome his obstacles he was faced. I have been following you and your music and wish you the best of luck. GHMG, SMG, OTS

  31. I think this is a very good article on 2wop, I have known him all my life and wish him the best down his journey. He was talented always and blessed. as a kid. I watched him grow throughout “Project 2000,” and the city of Huntington. A well rounded young man with talent! I support GHMG and SMG.

  32. 2wop is the coldest at this music in WV, hands down! He has a work ethic like no other in WV. He work speaks for his self. GHMG

  33. I wanna #Salute 2wop, the hardest working artist Ive known to come from WV. It is a proven fact with this nice article. GHMG

  34. Your doing great wop, your a great example for people not to give up on there dream, just keep striving till you get to the top!#motivivationiadedication

  35. I like what your doing big homie, we gon make magic wit these visuals. They ain’t ready for what ya got coming.#THE FUTUTE #2WOP #100

  36. U r workin’ hard 2 make ya dream come true & regardless of what people go thru, u can be what you want 2 b. Music is very influential 2 every 1, and u can make a difference in the world wit’ a positive message in ya music. Set the example, be humble, & GOD WILL HANDLE THE REST!

  37. Son I am proud of what you are doing with your life, kinda reminds me of myself. I wish you much success and that you continue to work on your lyrical content and all the unnecessary cursing that.we discuss when we talk.

  38. I wanna say thanks for showin the youth they can make dreams comet true. You area role model, whether you realize it or not to the kids in our community. I wish you well and much success. GHMG SMG OTS

  39. Salute to the homie 2wop, I beast on the beat and the streets I see. Nice article and keep up the good work. WV countin on you.

  40. I have seen 2wop at his lows and his highs. Like being incarcerated and recovering his addictions. He has done a total 360 with his life and makin his dreams come true. I support 2wop and GHMG their the hardest workin team in WV.

  41. Way to represent the family 2wop… Looking forward to seeing the enormous amounts of success in your very near future! If you need anything at all, you know you got me in your pocket!!

  42. I love the demo that I have of yours. I listen to it every time im in my car. You are one of my favorite artist. I can see u going far, your music speaks the truth!!

  43. Im very proud to say your my soon to be brother in law. You have worked very hard to get this far and you deserve it. You only deserve the best. Keep up the hard work. You have made the fam proud.

  44. Your a star I love seeing all of the hard work you put into your music. I think out of anyone 2wop will be the one to make it. No one that I know puts in the hard work, time, money, and dedication that this man does into their music. Your 100 bro I wanna give a big shout out to you