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Featured Indie Artist: Philadelphia's Blackboy

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Gandhi once said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world," and that’s exactly what Ulysses Kae Williams, A.K.A. BlackBoy, is . . . change. After hearing complaints from friends about how there’s no good music anymore, Williams, a Philly Native, set out to adjust that. However, this talented young musician didn’t just want to make good music, he wanted to send a message. Which is what he did with his debut album KooolWorld Williams knows a lot about the music industry, coming from a very successful musical family. His grandfather wrote the number one smash hit 'Get a Job’, for the Philadelphia-based doo-wop group, The Silhouettes, and his father was the founder of the group Breakwater and producer of the disco hit "Catch Me I'm Falling" by Pretty Poison. So it’s no surprise that he produced, wrote, and rapped on every track of KooolWorld. William has made a lot of connections throughout the years and knows how hard it is to break into the music industry. That’s why for the production of this album, Williams didn’t use his famous connects, but instead used unknown artists with amazing talent, and started his own production company called KooolWorld. Why, you might ask, because Williams wanted to let aspiring artist know that you don’t need to name drop or sell your soul to record companies to get a deal. All you have to do is make good quality music and the CD's will sell themselves. That’s why Williams’ album is unlike anything that has ever come from a Philly artist: uplifting, yet you could still dance to it in the clubs. One song in particular “A-list”, on first listen you might think it’s about how girls want to be on the A-list, however it’s a song he wrote with one girl in mind, his wife, and how to him, she will always be on the A-list. And that’s the general idea behind this Album. It’s not all about getting girls, getting money, and shooting people up. This Album has a deeper meaning.