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City The Great
Brooklyn, Ny hip hop artist City The Great aka Ronald Dixon was born January 8th. Raised in a single parent home it wasn't long before the influences of the emerging Hip Hop urban culture to become his passion. It was at the age of 9 that he wrote his first song entitled "F@#k School" . Due to constantly moving from neighborhood to neighborhood as a youth he lacked the stability of residing at one home for anything longer than one year. City became easily influenced by the streets and negativity that came with it.
He began to write about his environment including the things he seen and done. Literally writing everyday. Not only did the art become his passion but also became theuraputic as a form of expression. After the death of his father at the age of 11 and near brush with death due to a bike accident, it wasn't long after that his mother fell ill. Watching her go in and out of the hospital while having to care for his younger sibling was definitely alot for a young man his age to bear.
After being present during his mother's death at age 15 his rebellious teen phase excelled to a severe degree. His temper became very destructive. He and his sibling were fortunate enough to have been placed under the guardianship of their aunt and uncle. As the only children under this household they were provided with the love and support they would need.
It was then that City pushed forward towards pursuing his dreams of being a rapper. Holding various ciphers whether in the school cafeteria or on various street corners inwhich he reigned supreme amongst his peers. City released his first studio recorded cd as a teen entitled "The Journal". At this time he was being called "ill dramatic" by his peers due to his Nas like lyrical picture painting. City went on to link with longtime rival Jax who also created beats and who's father owned a studio in their basement.The duo put out a local mixtape entitled "In The Midst Of Madness". The team shortly gained the attention of Sony Records execs, who had them begin to work on a portfolio.
Recording in a professional studio it seemed these urban youths were about to live their much desired dreams. Unfortunately Jax was shortly there after incarcerated. The group then split and City started back at the bottom due to Sony only shopping for a group at the time. It was then that he began to record by merely using a karaoke machine and computer. Sadly still indulging in the streets he himself found himself facing a 5 count indictment including 1st degree armed robbery.
While out on bail he started back recording in studios and gaining even more attention. This time by the late Loud records. Facing an unbeatable case at this young age he was placed on hold and ending up serving time. After being released years later and serving parole he decided to live a normal working mans life. After seeing the struggle without the fastlife he prayed and wrote his first comeback song Angels & Demons.
After taking a while to learn how much the field had changed he went through plenty ups and downs. He released multiple online mixtapes, appeared on various online radio shows and contests. Throughout this rough path he recognized and was disgusted by the evil ways and rituals the culture had adopted and decided to work Indie. Various business sorts globally took notice of City after connecting with Certified Hitz Music Group's Founder DJ Bad and Philadelphia underground Producer Mizzy Beatz to release their mixtape "Reloaded". This release went viral with 50,000 downloads in a matter of hours.
His next project with DJ Bad entitled "Carry The Casket" topped that with 109,981 downloads the first week. Standing at 3rd place for top 100 mixtapes of the month beating Meek Millz dream chasers 3 mixtape. At this time City the Great had been recording from home with pro tools and a homemade booth made of clothe. He also gained his own commercial on hot 97 which even upset the likes of program director Ebro. The commercial then moved on to be aired on power 105.
Working with various artists he formed a network called Certified nation alongside with promotional aid from childhood friend King Mu of King Movements. City's overseas buzz allowed him to link up with upcoming promoter Jinxy Music and a historical partnership was made. Feeling it time to move on to start recording in a more professional setting he linked up with Charlie Brown of LESFLO Entertainment and began recording there with young upcoming producer Pluto.
At this same time Pluto was also interning with grammy award winning producer Buck3000. Through an unnamed individual City was brought to the attention of hip hop alumni Special Ed. Impressed by City's talent Ed made City his focus to sign as his 1st artist besides himself on his label SEMI Records. After the sudden shutdown of LESFLO Studios, City began recording with Buck3000 in Mixfactory NYC.
Destined to bring the title back to NY City has managed to accomplish many things independently that most would need a label for. City even has done a cameo in Manhattan, Kansas. A series created by longtime close friend/veteran film maker Danny Provenzano.
Preparing to take hip hop by storm City prepares to start doing shows, videos, etc.