Carolina North ™ is native to Raleigh, NC. Founded by Gavin Grant, former NC State University Basketball player and Jesse “J.O.” Outlaw, both natives of the Bronx, NY, the two transplants created the label to bridge the authenticity of New York’s rich Hip Hop history with the unique talent in North Carolina. Carolina North is a label like no other, the perfect mix of hustle and culture with the intentions of furthering North Carolina’s music industry scene.
Brooklyn, New York born hip-hop artist SKZIY refers to himself as the “Yelp! of the culture -- the guide to what’s cool.” Sonically, he’s trap music with a witty fusion of classic hip hop vibes that allow him to showcase his versatility and “rewind worthy” punchlines. It’s safe to say these attributes are largely a result of his musical influences, Fabolous, Cam’ron and Jay-Z -- three monumental rap figures who’ve influenced SKZIY’s own style and business acumen.
After a rough adolescence in Brooklyn, he moved to North Carolina to pursue college. Since his move, SKZIY has been featured on BET’s “Rap City” series and an 2015 A3C “Music Video of the Year” nomination. He also recently headlined a national 5 city College Homecomming tour . In 2017 SKZIY has preformed with major acts like Jeezy , Juvenile, Dave East, Meek Mill, A Boogie With The Hoodie, Young Dolph, Tee Grizzly, to name a few. His new single “4 The Gram” premiered and is currently playing on BET’s “BET JAMS” ! Talk about making the right move.
Most recently SKZIY launched a record label, Carolina North Ent., with childhood friends. His passion for music drive all of his successes. “I make music cause it's something I really love...something I would be doing regardless of fame, money or accolades.” His latest video "4 THE GRAM, " can be viewed on BET JAMS , VEVO , WORLDSTAR & YouTube His single Pull Up Video was premiered on RapRadar.com & has been featured on many more top hip-hop blogs in the industry. SKZIY 1st EP. “NOT 4 YOU DONT LISTEN” Digital audio version is currently available on all digital retailers. Also SKZIY just released remix to break out single off Ep. “BAG” featuring Dave East , available now everywhere!
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