In Oliver Stone’s gritty 1983 cult classic film Scarface, determined Cuban refugee Tony Montana arrives upon the shores of Miami with nothing more than the clothes on his back. But because of his keen street smarts, fearless attitude and unwavering work ethic, the cocaine cowboy claws his way onto the takeover of the largest drug cartel network in the United States. Much like the fortitude of Al Pacino’s menacing lead character in the film is the real-life resilience of Miami-born, Fort Pierce, Fla.-raised rapper/engineer/label CEO Offtop. He officially made his presence known last year with his debut mixtape Trap Shit available on and Keeping his product in the streets, Offtop is now awaiting the Memorial Day release of his follow-up mixtape The New Me. The mixtape is fueled by his latest single and video “Florida Boy,” which has been steadily racking up spins online and on the radio. “I put out ‘Florida Boy’ to let everybody know it’s Florida’s time to take over because I got real drive,” he explains. “I’m hungry even when I’m still eating…I did everything from the ground up. I started from the bottom, trying to make it to the top.” The “bottom” that Offtop refers to is his South Miami breeding grounds in the Richmond Heights community. Born Moses Sellers in the heart of the ghetto, Offtop was raised the son of an ex-drug trafficker. Before his father turned his life around, committed himself to Christ and became a preacher, he was knee deep in the streets. Although the family relocated some two hours north of Miami to the smaller city of Fort Pierce, they were still trapped in the belly of the beast. “I moved from the hood to another hood,” he remembers. “Everything was the same. The only difference is that Fort Pierce isn’t as spread out as Miami. Here, you see the person you’re beefing with everyday. You can’t go across town and hide. It’s a little more intense.” Offtop was only 14 years old when he joined the intensity of the street life. Chasing paper like he was on the track team, he dove in the drug game headfirst. Along with buying his own school clothes, the freshest Jordans and having fun, young Moses also invested in his newfound talent of rapping. “I was already rapping and I was good at it,” he recalls. “But money slowed me down. So I had to stay in the streets to get the money. I had to do everything.” Knowing he needed help, he formed his own five-member rap group called Fully Loaded, hit the studio and released a handful of local songs throughout South Florida. “Everybody thought Fully Loaded meant guns but as a group, we gave you everything: fast rappers, slow rappers, crunk rappers, laid back rappers, lyricists. We had everything. It wasn’t no way you can beat us as a group.” Unfortunately, though, individual group members began falling off to jail time and their responsibilities. So Offtop had to go solo and kept the name Fully Loaded Entertainment as his company name. “I wanted to do everything on my own,” he contends. “So I sat down and said ‘I’mma learn everything about the music industry by myself- beats, mixing, mastering, promoting- no matter how long it takes.’” And that’s exactly what he has done. He got his start opening shows for fellow Florida artists Plies and Iceberg. He set and on fire last year with his debut mixtape Trap Shit. He is also currently working on two independent films: an action movie entitled The List and an as-yet-untitled movie about the streets of Fort Pierce. And in addition, he produced, directed and edited the video for his latest single “Florida Boy” and is set to shake up the Sunshine State with his forthcoming mixtape The New Me, due to be released on Memorial Day. “My music is mostly street but I make music to make your head bob. If your head ain’t bobbing, it ain’t my music,” Offtop explains. “It’s made for anybody that can relate to the street life that I live.” 601 settings


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