There are a lot of unsigned artists out there, and BITM wants to tell you about them all. Well, we've got to start somewhere and frankly, I don't see a better person to start with than Ms Proper, the headstrong leader of So Proper entertainment. Born in 1987, Prop, as she is commonly called by industry peers, is the product of a poetic mother who also helps to manage her blossoming career.
Ms Proper has released numerous mixtapes on the Richmond-North Carolina scene, from Addicted To The Game in 2007, The Wake Up in 2009, Proper Etiquette in 2009 to #NoDaysOff in 2011. Each subsequent release garners more respect from industry insiders, gathers more fans of true, unbiased hip-hop and meets with more positive reviews from press like BITM.
Ms Proper has done the damn thing in a variety of avenues, ranging from opening for major label acts like Big K.R.I.T., Jae Millz, Mims and Cyhi Da Prince to being nominated for the coveted Indie Elite Achievement Award and co-hosting her own radio program, Rated R radio. Most recently, Ms Proper appeared on B.E.T.'s 106 & Park as a featured live artist on Wild Out Wednesday.
With all this going on, Ms Proper still finds time to lead her own troupe of extremely talented artists on So Proper Entertainment's label. Be on the look out for talent such as Conci$e, NSane Da Genya Bread Man, E*Klipse Tha Champloo, T Monet and So !LLa. The entire group recently put on a very electric showing at Epic Fest 2012. The fire was bright, the emotion raging as the entire collective put on a show fit for Madison Square Garden. To close out their Prop-tastic set at Epic Fest, Ms. Proper debuted her newest single, Get It Started, now available on iTunes for 99 cents. Exaggeration isn't necessary here at BITM; trust me: Ms Proper and her squad are definitely deserving of signing on someones dotted line. Their energy and skills demands it.
Personally, I suggest you start with her earlier catalogue and make your way forward, but Get It Started is a great jumping off point if you want to see the talent in this young emcee. I came along late with Proper Etiquette but had heard some of her songs previously and was always amazed at her dexterity, range of content and ability to rhyme with the "big boys." Don't take her stature or gender for a weakness: I know for a fact that Ms. Proper can destroy MANY cats in this game, indie OR mainstream. I call them how I see them. Sorry, Wacka Flocka Lame.
From the emotionally stirring Isis to the club thumping Get It Started, Ms. Proper shows the world that she is ready for the stage. If you have the energy, try and keep up; she's proper for a reason.
To get access to all things Proper, check her website, found at http://www.hiphopmademecool.com/ look for her music at http://soundcloud.com/propdabest. You can also find her on Google or tweet her @MsProper. Get familiar!