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rapper Divo

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Name: Divo

Location: Toronto, Canada


Repping: Guatemala


Influences: G Rap, Nas, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Jay-Z, Cormega, Jadakiss.



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To some, becoming a hip-hop artist is simply a distant dream that often gets lost in the unpredictable script of life. Opportunities to build in the industry are frequently out of reach and unavailable. However, those with ambition and drive find a way to overcome the obstacles standing in their way and somehow manage to make something out of nothing. Divo is one of these people. Born Andres Ramirez in the impoverished Central American country of Guatemala, he grew up with the determination he needed to make something of himself. At the tender age of five, Divo and his family were forced to leave his war-torn country and start a new life in Canada where he was first introduced to the sounds of hip-hop.

In the early 90s, hip-hop was growing and so was its influence on Divo. He began to write at the age of thirteen, but a future in hip-hop was a farfetched aspiration at the time. Through the years he became a self-supportive youth, turning to the streets, where he soon made a name for himself as an aspiring rapper. In 1999 Divo's infatuation with hip-hop intensified and he began recording for his debut album entitled, "Sparks of Friction" released in 2000. Among other collaborations, it contained the "Bad Side Remix" featuring Classified. The album marked the beginning of his formal career as a lyricist.

Divo's lyrical and musical skills developed over the next two years, which led to his 2002 sophomore release, "The Evolution Theory". The album included a number of collaborations with noted Canadian independent artists such as Classified, Dan-e-o, Bishop, and Miranda from the Juno Award winning duo, Latoya & Miranda.

Divo's focus soon changed from treating music as an entertaining hobby to a strategic business endeavor. For this reason Divo appropriately named this album "This iz Bizness". His desire to work with Canada's most respected emcees, led him to collaborate with the likes of DL Incognito, Eternia, Tara Chase, Bishop, May One 9 from Brassmunk, and D-Sisive.

After successfully finding a quality distributor, Divo signed a distribution agreement with Urbnet Communications and is set to independently release "This iz Bizness" in March 2004.





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