D-Real and HighRolla teamed up and created one of the most unique independent albums out in 2013 entitled “On Top Of Thangs”
Deonte Davis (aka D-Real) Was born and raised in Chicago IL. He moved to Nashville TN in 2006 And auditioned for American Idol, He made it all the way to the group finals ! HighRolla was born and raised in Nashville TN and has made a name for himself around the country with his music. His prior releases include “Chess Moves 1&2″, and also “Chess Moves Nation Wide 1&2″ He also recorded mixed and mastered albums for JellyRoll, Haystak, Worm, Rehab Get Money, Lil Wyte, Roach, Kwik Money, Lil Blaze, and many other
TN artists. HighRolla met up with D-Real in 2009 at Black Fly Studios, In Madison TN., D-Real went to prison shortly after that. He was Released Christmas eve of 2012 and found HighRolla and they immediately began working on the “On Top Of Thangs” album. When you listen to this album you will see and hear the unbelievable chemistry between the two artists. HighRolla said publicly that he believes this to be the best album hes done thus far in his career! They recently shot a video to the song called, “Coulda Had It Made” A motivational Song about a young single mother thats had a rough life. They have four more videos on the schedule to be shot over the next three months.. There are also talks about recording another album together soon depending on the response from this one.
HighRolla is the mastermind behind this series. Heres how it works.. HighRolla, David Ray, LeeLee, Kwik Money, Haystak, and other Nashville artists come together and record 18 hooks on 18 different beats. The beats are then sent with hooks to artists all over the USA. The artists choose which beat or beats they want to be on, record there verses and send them to HighRolla to Mix the project! What you have in the end is a mixtape like none other … A true collaboration of artists nation wide!
“Chess Moves Nation Wide” Is the newest series under the “Chess Moves” brand, created by Nashville’s own HighRolla ! Just a month after HighRolla released his long awaited cd “Chess Moves 2″ for free, He moved quickly into the next phase of what he calls “The Chess Moves Plan”… HighRolla, David Ray, and LeeLee recorded hooks for 18 different beats, Then HighRolla found 30 different artists from around the U.S. and sent them all the same 18 beats to pick from, They all picked there beats first come first serve, and were given 14 days to get there vocals back to HighRolla, to mix them within the song !! Everyone met the deadline, and really represented there city and state incredibly well . The final product is the mixtape entitled “Chess Moves Nation Wide”!!
There are talks of a “Nation Wide vol. 2″ mixtape, Rolla said he will possibly begin working on it as early as 1 month after the release of Vol.1. This whole idea really gives artists around the country a chance to work with other artists they may have never heard of, or met if it wasnt for this project, It is connecting A large number of heavy hitting artists together, all across the country and forming a more solid network in the underground industry. Rolla was quoted saying ” Its basically great for every body, Nation Wide will bring artists from all over the country together, and 30 voices will become 1, as we push towards the doors of recognition. They can deny us as individuals but as a unit we are unstoppable !” Look for more information as this so called “Chess Moves Plan” unfolds over the year !
As an artist from Nashville, TN. I have been making music since 2001. I also run a well known recording studio in Nashville called KRUSH ENTERTAINMENT. I have been recording some of Nashville’s biggest talent for years !!! Honestly, before I was known as an artist, I was known for mixing songs. I have worked very closely with Jelly Roll for many years and am proud to call him my friend. We been through alot together, went from being pretty much broke to building an extrememly profitable empire together. Honestly, I owe alot of my situation and recognition to him! I also worked hand in hand with Lil Wyte from 3 6 Mafia for almost a year ! Recording with him as well as touring with him and Jelly.. I’ve met so many talented artists on the road state to state .