Raven Sorvino, an American rapper, “was born Anna Maria Pink and spent her youth between California and Texas”. (Salas, 2012) “Raven knew early on she wanted to be a part of the music scene”. (Flash, 2013) “Raised right outside of Houston, Texas”, Raven Sorvino began with a mic and a dream. (NMB, 2012) Upon moving to LA with her mother, Raven crafted her lyrical prowess at North Hollywood High School, crushing the competition in talent shows and other school events. Drawing influence from the silver screen, she took on the alias, Raven Sorvino, an ode to her favorite actress Mira Sorvino, "Raven because it's a mysterious black bird that flies the skies, and skies the limit for me. Sorvino just sounded gangsta to me. Mira Sorvino in replacement Killers was way too cool, so I wanted to play her role instead." After graduating high school, Raven invested in her talents, paying for her first demos. Raven says her goal in hip hop is to “stay honest and true with my brand. To always keep it 100 and real with everyone.” (NMB, 2012)
“Throughout her career, Raven has piqued the interest of many industry heavyweights, including Dr. Dre, P. Diddy and Randy Jackson”. (Salas, 2012) “With a sound that is reminiscent of New York and Los Angeles Raven has the ability to reach audiences at a core level and she hopes it's her music solely that people judge her by.” (Flash, 2013) Known for hitting videos “out of the park” her music videos have been premiered on 2DopeBoyz.com, XXLMag.com, Ashley Outrageous, Complex, and more. (Meara, 2012) Even more, “you can find her at the same showcases and events performing alongside her major label counterparts with the large, recoupable cash advances”. (Burgess, 2012)
Residing in Leimert Park, Raven is now pursuing her passion for music and is known as the “first lady of Language Arts” Records out of Los Angeles. (Morgan, 2012) Scouted by Language Artz CEO, Picaso, Raven released her critically acclaimed “full length project, The Inspired EP, in 2011”, influenced entirely by the late songstress Aaliyah. (Brydon, 2013) Before her untimely passing, Aaliyah’s style was known for blending both feminine and masculine fashion styles, something Raven has attributed to her outer wear as well as personality. (Garrett, 2013) “Raven is a part of an entire legion of artists utilizing Internet platforms to promote and distribute their music without major label affiliation”. (Salas, 2012)
Continuing on her path of success, Sorvino released her debut album "Paper Girl" to rave reviews at the top of 2012. The album, executive produced by Los Angeles production team, The Formula (J. hyphen & ChiKotiq), garnered Sorvino more fans and respect across the board, as well as being selected as a nominee for Best Female Artist at the 2012 Underground Music Awards in New York. Raven's 2012 summer release "Playa del Rey", with appearances by Terrace Martin, Casey Veggies, Problem, Bad Lucc and production from TDE’s Willie B, Ro. Blvd., The Formula & Woody, further solidified Sorvino as one of the premier MC's in today’s music industry.
“Following up with two projects in 2012, a retail album Paper Girl and a second mixtape Playa Del Rey, Raven further consolidated her ‘Playa Music’ sound”. (Brydon, 2013) In 2013, Raven Sorvino completed her first U.S. tour across the southern states on the #LoveStoryTour alongside Shawn Crystopher, El Prez, and Sean Falyon and performed shows in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Austin.
As a part of the growing hip hop culture, Raven is often photographed “with intimate shots of rappers, scenesters, artists, and fashion fiends.” (Grotto, 2013) “With the release of her upcoming Sophomore album Queen of HeArtz” due out Fall 2013, Raven Sorvino is “ready to make her mark and she knows her time is now”. (Shake, 2013;Flash, 2013)
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