Editor Rating: HEATSEEKERS
Aspiring lyrical genius, "12" (born Trevor Grayson) is prepared to take center stage as he debuts his unique talent to the hip-hop world. This artistic wordsmith combines his matchless style with diversity and intelligence.
Already taking Oklahoma by storm, he has collaborations with major artists under his belt. 12 has become a household name to the local set in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, as he has set the pace for local artists and inspired many with his meticulousness, dedication and hard work.
Premiering on radio stations broadcasted to the urban population, his collaboration with mega star "E-40
" has demanded constant airplay by local listeners. He was selected as one of four finalists among thousands of entries for MTV’s Direct Effect "Rock the Mic" contest. He has performed for celebrities like actress Vivica Fox's birthday bash in New York City, where he left an unquestionable impression that he is ready to go the distance. He has performed in Chicago for Mark Anderson of the Chicago Bears even getting nods from those that idolize the Windy Citys rap mogul, Kanye West
, as being the next great.
Paving the way with his mind-blowing lyrical escapades, 12 has captivated audiences since the age of 14. After signing with a local independent label, he decided to leave the label and go for the mainstream approach where he could gain mass audience attention and contribute his style to a more diverse genre with his "whiz kid" lyrical savvy. His talent is noted as a unique blend of southern, east coast, and a dab of west coast ingredients. With songs such as "Money" and "Who You Know," 12 personifies the Midwest and demonstrates his lyrical geniuses as a force to be recon with.
With so many consumers questioning the plight of Hip Hop and the lyrical direction that artist and labels are taking to reach the masses, 12 delivers knowledge and messages with "something to dance to" beats. His first CD, "A Boy from Oklahoma" hit the streets though independent distribution and sold thousands of copies within its first week.