Today our blog is about one of the many fabulous users of Music Gateway, and this time it is a label, and they go by the name of Nina Ross Records. KPAUL and PIMPIN PEN are maternal cousins that have been making quality music since 1999 as V.I.P. They were signed to a label Mentally Twisted Records in early 1999 then later that year released constant hits earning them instant recognition and local fame as teenagers. The same year they were featured on 88.7 KAZI's Texas Top 40 Countdown holding down the #1 spot for months.
After going through contract disputes and miscommunication with the former label they decided to part ways and begin their own Nina Ross Records which is now one of the most respected and sought after independent labels in Texas. After releasing "Welcome 2 da GroundUnda" the two anchored a tour across Texas with Houston's own Trae the Truth and many more creating a solid street following through Texas and surrounding states.
Not long after releasing "02 Block Edition" and "Plastic Crack" V.I.P set the standard in Austin's buzzing music scene. KPaul and Pimpin Pen remain at the TOP of their game releasing project after project. Pimpin Pen released "KingPen" which gained him "Artist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" in the same year as he held down the Nina Ross stable continuing their dream. KPaul has put out the mixtape Stay Flow hosted by DJ Michael 5000 Watts. The mixtape had 10k downloads in first week on thafixx.com. Earlier this year V.I.P premiered their highly anticipated "Bottom of the 9th" mixtape on livemixtapes.com. Now that V.I.P has created a solid fan base and incredible street buzz through numerous mixtapes, concerts, tours and features with regional heavyweights they are set to release "Country Cousins" at the top of the year.
This label really is one of the most exciting around at Music Gateway at the moment, and clearly they know how to make hit records and good music, therefore look out for them on the site in the upcoming weeks and months.
If you want to listen to some of the stuff they have released, just sign up and visit the page linked below, where they have put 2 songs up for your enjoyment.
Nina Ross - Music Gateway Profile
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