SHOWKASE

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In the over saturated world of rap, artists are always looking for ways to reinvent themselves as fans are on a constant search for something new and refreshing. Creativity comes easier for some than others. Music is full of duplicates. It is no surprise that with a name that literally means, “an exhibit or display, usually of an ideal or representative model of something,” Showkase offers something authentic to peers, fans, and critics. Twenty-three year old Showkase was born in Compton, California. Raised in a strong household, Kase witnessed hard work first hand. His mother is both his biggest fan, and greatest source of influence. As a child she always told Showkase to “chase his dreams.” He did just that relocating to Las Vegas in 2003. When asked, “Why Vegas?” Kase explains that being surrounded with hustle is like a constant encouragement. Showkase began taking music seriously at age thirteen. Ten years later and he finds himself competing at a level than most only dream about reaching. Although he is not a Vegas native, Kase has planted his roots and has big plans to build an entire from the city, as well as to be known as the artist that put Vegas hip hop on the mainstream map. He has already released two mixtapes (Ikon of a New Era and Turn Me Up), which received an amazing amount of local support. Showkase expresses that music is his passion and he loves it. It’s not work, it’s a lifestyle. That’s why he is able to stay in the studio for hours on end. Producing projects that people can appreciate. Kase had already completed the sequel to a mixtape series prior to the first one’s release. A combination of work ethic and raw talent equate a recipe for success. Kase is affiliated with some definite heavy hitters of the game, yet he relies soIely on his own talent to convince the nay-sayers that he is more than a gimmic. Currently he has a library containing nearly one hundred unreleased songs. The best of those will be included on the EP Realrap and Bluez, set to release September 2010. “People are going to love the music because it’s a direct reflection of me, and I’m someone that they can relate to. The whole TopDawgEnt, we make “human music,” it’s for everybody. “It took a little while for people to get used to listening to me but the new music speaks for itself,” he says. “If anybody doubted before, Realrap and Bluez is going to make them a believer.

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