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Born April 6th, 1987, Brandon "Sota" Nadal was raised by his mother/starving artist Anya Nadal. "Growin' up I watched my mom hustle her art work to pay the bills, buy me clothes, food and overall provide for me. I feel like a lot of the tools I use in the music game today, I learned from watching her grownin' up." Sota's step-father is also a local musician. Sota would sit in on his recording sessions at a local recording studio while he recorded. Around the age of 11 he learned to play the drums, and from there started to create beats. "I've always been a fan of hip-hop music and when I found out that I could make my own beats, I started to get more and more into it all. Next thing I know, I have 20 beats made but nobody to rap on them... I started to freestyle to them as a joke. Next thing I know, I'm writing verses on homework and turning it into the teacher with chicken-scratch all over it. I was addicted. " Sota recorded his first song in a studio when he was 12 years old. By 9th grade, Sota was recording with artists from around the area, but didnt really take it seriously until he won a high school rap contest at a local club. By the age 18, he was booking his own shows and even started receiving offers to perform in other states around the United States. Sota landed a small independent record deal between the years of 2006-2008 but after it went sour, he was faced with the choice of continuing to persue his dream or to throw in the towel and live a normal life. After a brief hiatus, he linked up with childhood friend Chris "Sity" Thompson and the rest is history. Known for his more lyrical story-telling flow, Sota was influenced by artists like Nas, Az, A Tribe Called Quest and Bone-Thugs n' Harmony. "I remember coppin' the Outkast 'Aquemeni' album and reading the inside of the album cover to learn the lyrics... I've always studied artists' flows and continue to because I never want my music to get to the point where it is stale. "
In July of 2012 S.O.T.A. made the choice to go solo and find himself as an artist. Between July 14th and November 1st he locked himself in the studio with Drummer Boy Studios producer E.j. Porter and recorded an 11 track Ep entitled "State Of The Art." It is now released on iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify, and many other digital retailers and since being released November 14th has sold over 2,000 copies as of March 1st with no help from a label or marketing dollars invested!