Atlanta, GA, November 02, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Worked His Way Up in the Industry From Selling Merchandise to Cutting His First Mixtapes.
Tommy Pope, Jr. unfortunately had the deck stacked against him from day one. But he always had dreams of hitting it big in music. Born in the small town of Rome, Ga., and raised in the even smaller town of Cave Spring, Ga., he was miles away from the bright lights and the big city, but wanted to get into the Hip-hop music scene. He stayed on his grind working his way up the ladder and today the rap star known as Tha Pope has fans all over the Southeast.
“I dreamt of being a big rap star someday with my own album and fans,” Pope said. “But I had to start on the bottom and make my name and reputation on the street.”
Influenced by Tupac Shakur and Cash Money Records, Pope always wanted to make it big in the music industry. He joined a local label and got to cut his teeth alongside big rap stars like T.I., B.G. and Soulja Slim. But Pope was always waiting for his big break and instead worked the neighborhoods hustling clothing, CDs and DVDs to scrape by and pay the bills while he paid his dues in the industry.
“I was just focusing on making a name for myself on the streets because I knew some day my day was going to come,” Pope said. “There were some rough times while I had to scrounge my way up to get my big break. Trust me, there were times I barely had food and a roof over my head and I was sure I was never going to make it.”
Just when Pope was ready to give up on fighting for his dream and the challenge just to survive, he worked with other local artists and finally got a break with Mobstyle Entertainment in 2004. He renamed himself Tha Pope, cut five mixtapes and went back to the streets to pound the pavement and grow the popularity of his music – one listener at a time.
“Nobody wanted my music at first. I really had to convince people to give me a break and check out my beats. Once I became better known on the streets, it was the first realization that finally rap music was no longer my hobby but I was able to make it my business,” he said. “It was the underground rap circuit that gave me my first break thanks to hitting the streets and staying connected to the ‘hood.”
It launched his career as an up-and-coming star in the rap scene and scored him opening act opportunities with some big names in the industry. Before he knew it, he was sharing the stage with superstars such as T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Trina, Young Buck, D4L, Young Jeezy, Field Mob, Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane, Nivea and others. Reaching out beyond Atlanta, Tha Pope has been able to grow his fan base and website throughout the Southeast United States.
“I have accomplished a lot since barely living struggling to sell t-shirts, CDs and DVDs while waiting for my big break,” he said. “But I always was focused on my goal and driven to achieve success no matter what happened. Now I am looking forward to expanding my fan base and making some great music that grows my popularity. It’s all about the fans. They gave me my big break and I look forward to putting out some more hot singles.”
With the production of Carl Shackleton, Tha Pope crafted numerous singles to be released soon under LRH Music Group. The first single “It's On” features Angel who was also featured on the anthem “Cut Friends” by Universal recording artist Camoflauge. The song is supported by Hittmenn Djs, Rock Harder Djs, TjsDjs and RW record pool. It has been rotated by five radio stations – WFXE in Columbus, Ga.; WEUP in Huntsville, Ala., WIIZ in Augusta, Ga.; WEAS in Savannah, Ga.; and WJTT in Chattanooga, Tenn.
To check out the music that launched Tha Pope and to get some insider tips on what’s next in his future; please check out his website at www.thapopemusic.com.