Not uptite, but UpRite!
A new revolution is surging through the Eastern hip hop circuit, and pushing their way to the forefront are B-Star, Trice B., and Shef Seenya together forming UpRite Lions (URL). In April of 2008 these three individual artists joined forces to become one of the most entertaining and eclectic, genre-mixing musical groups in North Carolina.
UpRite Lions present a well-balanced blend of multiple genres including: Hip Hop, Reggae, R&B, Dancehall, and more. These Lions, all from varying backgrounds, come together to bring audiences a captivating and lively stage show that has garnered the respect and following of people across multiple demographics.
Moving from Aycock Middle School in Greensboro, N.C. (URL created their new and first fight song, 2010), to stage productions such as Talent Show at Stinking Creek, at venues including Triad Stage and The Broach Theatre, to music and poetry workshops for the youth, to local nightclubs Greene Street, The Renaissance Jazz Cafe, etc.; the Lions will always demonstrate the highest in artistic creativity, charisma, and innovation.
The Lions beautifully pair that with lyrical content that stimulates the minds of adults, captivates the minds of youth, and has solidified a fan base that extends across the Eastern U.S.!
As a testament to their undeniable talent and skyrocketing popularity, URL recently beat out over 6,500 international contestants to lock in a coveted 4th place position in Myspace & XM Satellite Radio’s, “Show Us What U Got” competition.
Additionally, the UpRite Lions hard work and unparalleled sound have enabled them to thrill crowds alongside such iconic artists and industry heavyweights as: Common, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Little Brother, Kanye West, Floetry, KRS-One, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Raheem Devaughn, Lords Of The Underground, Last Poets, Pete Rock, DiscMasters, Baby Grand, DJ Chela (Justo Award Winner), JJ the jenius (Music producer for Aaron McGruder’s nationally syndicated cartoon series The Boondocks)
Ever at home in the spotlight, Trice, Shef and B-Star have garnered the lion’s share of media attention including features in Billboard magazine, GoTriad, UrbanLit and SpeakEZ magazines, Charlottegigs.com, A&T Register. They have even earned the front cover of the Fayetteville Observer, officially cementing their status as hometown heroes. Recognizing that their presence is too large to be confined to print, URL has also appeared on several online TV shows, including: The Pavement, Street Scholar, The Collective and Generation: Got Next.
The Lions have sharpened their claws and honed their skills on and off the stage by hosting numerous events in the Triangle, Triad and Piedmont regions of the state. Some of these include:
- Sessions Of the Serengeti (S.O.S.) Monthly Open Mic and Hip Hop Show
- Reign Supreme Beat Battle
- (Formerly sponsored by UrbanLit Magazine: first and longest running beat battle in the Triad Region)
- The Collective Poetry and Open Mic Series
- Da Spotlight Regional Talent Showcase
- XM Radio’s International Show Us What U Got Contest (Top-4 Finalists, out of over 6500 worldwide entries)
- 4th Annual Mid-Atlantic Music Conference
These accomplishments are merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg for UpRite Lions. They have orchestrated critically acclaimed projects both collectively and individually and there is more to come. UpRite Lions will be returning to the studio soon to record their much-anticipated new album. Keep a close eye on URL; Together with Ripstyle they are taking the world by storm!
March on! -Ripstyle