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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
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.