The annual VIP Gala ticket or badge holder receives: Two complimentary drinks per person, warm hors d'oeuvres, live music entertainment plus entry into the late night after party directly following the gala, all of which takes place at the Hofheimer Building.
Featuring Music Performances by: Got Ta Know Enterprizes (Cutty Kev & SnapKooln), Tonik Slam, and Lou CharLe$
Tonik Slam a.k.a., Got
Growing up in Yekaterinburg or better known as "YBC," Tony started to grow into the Hip-Hop lifestyle. Furthermore, he excelled in school, especially in English and Literature. Tonik Slam, as known in the streets of YBC, fell in love with break-dancing and basketball. It was at this time in his life that he began to write lyrics and began feelin' the vibes of his city.
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After spending much of his formative years living abroad Lou CharLe$ finds himself on a different journey. After returning stateside, the self-proclaimed WorldWide Wanderer has shifted his focus and efforts towards positively affecting the world around him through hip-hop. The Texas native, CharLe$ has made a name for himself in the Dallas-Fort Worth scene. From entertaining live shows, opening for national acts such as Chamillionaire, Dom Kennedy, Jon Connor, Mike Stud, Yonas, Smoke DZA, Immortal Technique, Joe Budden, etc to creating fun refreshing music, CharLe$ is always delivering on his purpose of creating a sound that resonates with his fans.
Lou CharLe$’ 2014 release of his mixtape “Who Is Lou?, Vol. 1”, which earned local acclaim and was hugely popular among his peers for its lyricism and high energy. “He manages to find his voice and not just make you hear him but actually LISTEN to what he has to say. Vibrant energy is what Lou CharLe$ comes out with SWINGING and he maintains his vibe throughout his project keeping it fun and consistently exceeding his last track.” “Who is Lou?, Vol 1” went on to being named a Top 10 local release of 2014 by Fort Worth Weekly.
After receiving the positive affirmation on the mixtape, Lou released his debut single “RiCH KiD$” which was met with high praise locally. DFW.Com highlighted CharLe$ as a “Top Five Local Act to Keep Your Eyes On”. Lou’s masterpiece Sink or Swim was nominated for Album of The Year by the Fort Worth Weekly earlier in 2015.
Lou followed up on the success of “Sink or Swim” with is project entitled “In Transit.” The six song project fully produced by Billboard & Stellar Award Winning producer J. Rhodes serves as a soundtrack for Lou as he makes his way on a journey of self-reflection and exploration of multitude of topics such as ambition, faith, and race relations.
Showcasing his growth as an artist with strong yet candid lyricism. “In Transit” gives a deeper more personal view of Lou CharLe$ and his interpretation of the world around him. Lou carries this intensity throughout the project with varying tones, from darker more ambient sounds to more sonically inviting cuts. “In Transit” received praise from several major entertainment publications including, The Smoking Section, Mechanical Dummy, and Hip Hop Weekly. All Hip Hop named Lou Charle$ a Top 25 2015 Underground Hip Hop Artist.
Lou is currently in the studio working on his upcoming EP as well as, performing frequently in the Dallas-Fort Worth market and other major Texas cities.
GTK Enterprizes (SnapKooln and CuttyKev)
GTK Enterprizes, LLC is a record label, management, and production company founded by Vincent Maddox [@SnapKooln], Spencer Lorenzo Fountain [@Renzy808], and Douglas Young [@GTKEnterprizes]. Our mission is to set the precedence when it comes to industry standards pertaining to music, discovering and developing top talent, and creating leading songs and beat production.
Vincent Maddox aka SnapKooln of Stone Mountain, GA currently has 2 singles out; 'Like Right Now' and 'Kickin Flav' whose videos can be found on youtube. "Like Right Now" has been played on HipHop Nation's Ear Candy with Renada Romain and on The Sarge and OQ shows. It has also been played on Atlanta's Hot 107.9 and The Streetz 94.5. Like
Our other artist, Baltimore native Kevin Benjamin aka Cutty Kev, will have his first EP with GTK, #MoHeat coming out in the near future as well. His first single 'Want It All' can currently be purchased on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay Music, and Tidal. With over 120K internet radio spins and over 145k downloads on Spinrilla (https://spinrilla.com/songs/677281-cutty-kev-want-it-all), 'Want It All' can be heard throughout the US and internationally as well. Cutty has previously released several mixtapes 'Cutty Muzik', 'Preseason', and his most recent '#NewHeat', all of which can be found on