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Torae

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TORAE was up four hours before you this morning. By the second time you hit snooze on any given day he could be in the booth recording your new favorite song, penning his next feature on a hot compilation or on his way to your town to give you the show you’ve been waiting for tonight. Anything is possible, which explains how he’s performed before 20,000 people at a sold-out Nassau Coliseum and hit the stage with the likes of The Clipse, Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Stimuli and countless others all before signing a major recording contract. Oh you ain’t know? This self proclaimed ‘new breed of the raw’ gained his first exposure after submitting a demo tape to Bad Boy Records in the late 90’s. Impressed with the demo, one of the label’s executives featured TORAE on a compilation album released through an independent company. Soon after TORAE was invited to join The Ruff Ryders and Cash Money Millionaires on their nationwide tour. He went on to record and release a 12” single “Gimme The Mic” b/w “Spice Thang” on his own Internal Affairs Entertainment imprint, which you may have heard during several mix-show segments on New York’s # 1 Hip-Hop Radio Station Hot 97. The buzz circulated throughout the music industry’s elite, and while on the set of Cam’ron’s music video for “My Hood” TORAE had the opportunity to show Cam and his friends just how vivid he could spit. He became a part of the Diplomat family, and although not signed to their label, remained close to Cam’ron, and the Dipset. It has been said that TORAE “redefines the word grind” and even at that early point in his career it was evident why.

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