When it comes to the DNA of DNA, these two artist represent and exemplify the foundation Drums & Ammo has been built on. Longstanding Homies/collaborators of Ammbaataa of Drums & Ammo, Flii Stylz and Sir Veterano step back in the pocket with "Win Win" the first single off the upcoming Flii Stylz album "The Choreographer". The album is produced entirely by Sir Veterano dropping soon. Ammbaataa sat down with Flii Stylz for an indepth convo on his upbringing and journey as an all around Artist, peep that HERE. DNA has been rockin with Sir Veterano, one of the most versatile producers you'll ever hear, for over a decade. Ammbaataa talked with Vet about his start, stop and restart into the music scene, check that out HERE. Shout out to the label, Freshyard Records for holding down the culture and sticking a flag in the ground for raw shit. If you're into hitting links, do the knowledge below and get some insight.
Raised in the central part of Richmond, CA, Flii Stylz has been a multi-talented entertainer all his life. At the age of five, he competed in his first dance competition taking 3rd place against competitors three to four times his age. After winning that competition and earning his first check from entertaining ($75.00), he gained even more of his family's support. His love for recording began at the age of twelve when he and his best friend, Larry "Lil Larry" Olden, were placed in a 24-track recording studio by Michael "Dap" Daniel. It was clear early on that dance movements and music were his gifts.
In his 8th grade year at Helms Junior High, Flii was introduced to the legendary Bay Area hip-hop dance crew, Housing Authority, when he met Anthony & Richmond Talauega. Within a year, he was touring the school district with Housing Authority displaying their crowd-stopping dance moves. They were soon discovered by Michael Jackson's choreography team while they were on a tour stop in The Bay Area. That meeting led to the Talauega Brothers and eventually Flii moving to Los Angeles to pursue dance full time.
As a dancer and choreographer, Flii Stylz and the Talauega Brothers have been some of the most influential creators of movement over the last 30 years. Flii was awarded two American Choreography Awards for pop-star Usher's hit "You Don't Have to Call," and Missy Elliot's "Pass That Dutch." MTV awarded Flii the Best Choreography VMA in 2020 for Chris Brown's "Turn Up The Music." Flii also co-wrote, and co-starred in Usher's "Rhythm City Vol. 1: Caught Up."
Flii Stylz lent his lyrical and vocal stylings to the birth of the Krump movement by creating the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed documentary film "Rize" by world renowned photographer David La Chapelle. That soundtrack was basically Flii's first commercial album release. You can also find his collaborations with Will.I.Am from the multi-platinum supergroup The Black Eyed Peas, soul singer Martin Luther, and Grammy-nominated rapper Planet Asia.
Today, Flii has teamed up with producer Sir Veterano, and longtime collaborator Walt Liquor from Fresh Yard Records to release a series of well-choreographed musical movements using the microphone and the incredible boom-bap soundscapes of the one and only Sir Veterano. "Win Win" is the newest single and video to be released. His new album "The Choreographer" is set to be released on Fresh Yard Records in 2024.
Sir Veterano BIO:
Sir Veterano is a music producer based in the Central Valley of California. Although growing up in a remote area outside San Francisco,
his music managed to catch the attention of major indie hip-hop artists in the mid 2000's and early 2010's.
Working with the likes of lyrical icons Ras Kass, Kool G Rap, Mad Skillz, Planet Asia and Eminem's super group Slaughterhouse,
Sir Veterano established himself as a promising up and coming Hip-Hop producer until his departure form the music business in 2012.
After having taken a seven-year hiatus from music, in early 2019, Sir Veterano expressed interest in rejoining the music business to his music manager,
Walt Liquor - aka 4Two7 - and Kwa Nguyen, owner of Fresh Yard Clothing and Fresh Yard Records. After discussions on what that would entail,
the three quickly got to work on his first music work since 2012 that would become his first ever studio release in 2020.
His debut album "The Gathering", enlisted the likes of Hip-Hop legends Mc Eiht, Casual, Murs, old friend Ras Kass, along with many more icons.
In early January 2021, Central Valley's own Fashawn and Sir Veterano had a discussion about working on an EP. After recording four songs, the musical chemistry demanded they turn the EP into a full-fledged album. Three months later, All Hail the King was realized. This FreshYard Records album offered a nine song release that boasted features from Grammy nominated artist Aloe Blacc, Slum Village's eLZhi, Dj Revolution from The World Famous Wake-up Show, and Fresno's own Planet Asia. All Hail the King runs the gamut from ruling the land, sharing the throne with your Queen, raising future Kings and day-to-day life in your own Kingdom.
More recently, Sir Veterano and San Diego Legend Mitchy Slick released their collaborative album, "Everybody Hates Mitch" in July 2023. Everybody Hates Mitch is inspired by the 80's West Coast cocaine rap era and boasts features from Hip-hop legend E-40, Jay Worthy, Bosko, amongst others. The Freshyard Records release came with acclaim for the duo's album and even managed to grab the attention of Hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, who promoted it on his social media outlets.
Today, Sir Veterano has teamed up with emcee and choreographer Flii Stylz, and longtime collaborator Walt Liquor from Fresh Yard Records to release a series of well-choreographed musical movements using the microphone and the incredible boom-bap soundscapes of the one and only Sir Veterano. "Win Win" is the newest single and video to be released. Their new album "The Choreographer" is set to be released on Fresh Yard Records in 2024.
2. The song "Win Win" is the first single + video to be released from Flii Stylz's album "The Choreographer." Fully produced by Sir Veterano, although this will not be a collaborative album.
3. "The Choreographer" album is set to release early 2024 on Freshyard Records.
4. Artist: Flii Stylz (IG: @audioflii)
Label: Freshyard Records (IG @freshyardrecords | www.freshyardrecords.com)
Video Assist: Adrian Jones of Keeping Up LLC (IG: @keepingupllc)