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Sum / Bio


Sum is one of hip-hop's most eclectic and creative writers, storytellers and voices. To add, he is a captivating and polished performer, whether by himself, or with his electrifying genre-blending band, The Milky Way. Writers, bloggers and fans alike have described him as "wildly creative" and "enigmatic". His approach is extremely visual, full of intricate wordplay and attention to detail. He then takes that density and smooths it over with a keen ear for good hooks and catchy melodies. Each song and project of Sum's is like a fingerprint, no two are alike. His name, translated in Cantonese, means "heart".

His music and style reflect a charmed life and spiritual sojourn. He has written dozens of songs that have appeared on cable and network television (MTV, CBS, ABC) widely successful video games (i.e., Saints Row The Third, Saints Row IV) and films (i.e., Notorious), and enjoys continued success as a working songwriter.

Beyond being just a rapper, Sum is also a rising influential figure in the world of music technology and online content curation. His work has lead him to curate online radio for Earbits, and music talent for reputable Los Angeles venues like The Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Bigfoot Lodge West and The Venice Music Crawl.

His latest creative endeavor is a solo series by the name of Dragon (one of RapReviews.com's "Top Hip-Hop Albums of 2012") and continued music from his band, The Milky Way.

Dragon, Vol. I features production by some of the best beatsmiths making music, including: Ski Beatz, Needlz, DK The Punisher, brandUn deShay, Dibia$e, Belief, Tye Hill, Computer Jay, P.U.D.G.E. and Blockhead to name a few. Released in November 2012, Sum is set to present Volume II in late 2013, while providing fans with more music from The Milky Way, tours, events and other appearances in the meantime.

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Hip Hop / Alternative / Experimental

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Los Angeles, CA

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