BIO ......ARTIST NAME : SMOKEALOTA (formerly known as \'Smoke-A-Lot\') ...............Smokealota was born and raised on the streets of New Orleans - the \'Big Easy\' as they call it, but it was anything but that for him. The N.O. is a veritable gumbo / a melting pot of all styles of music for a young person to be influenced by. At the age of 12 Smokealota heard N.W.A. for the first time and that inspired him to start rappin\'. Since then, he\'s been on the grind ever since doing numerous albums with local labels, some national artists, underground tapes and a lot more. ...............The 1st album that gave him national exposure was with Averice Entertainment (formerly known as Mobb-Statis Ent.) The album was titled \'NOLA SOLDIER\' and he was using the name \'Smoke-A-Lot\'. That CD sold over 60,000 copies just by word-of-mouth, shows and almost zero promotion - mostly on the west coast cuz\' that\'s where the label was at and pushed most of the music. They also put out a few more CD\'s: \'Unforgiven - Volume 1\', \'Unforgiven - Volume 2\', and \'Sex Drugs & Rap\' featuring quite a few big name artists. Smokealota gained even more exposure by featuring on albums that included the likes of Tu-Pac, Master-P, Too Short, Scarface and more. ...............Since that time, Smokealota has been putting out his own CDs with his own money. In 2006, he released the album entitled \'Ya Folk\' on his own \'SKS Records\' featuring the hit single \'On My Block\'. The song was prominently pushed in local clubs and was one of the most-downloaded songs on the internet with such sites as MySpace.com reporting an average of 400 listens per day! Most CDs were sold \'out the trunk\' as Smokealota was performing all around the southern areas such as Memphis, Atlanta, Houston, Mississippi and - of course - Louisiana. ...............Currently, Smokealota is gearing up to release his 3rd CD featuring all of his solo material so be on the lookout. ...............There have been talks with quite a few local and national record labels but Smokealota isn\'t ready to just get with a national label for the sake of being able to just say,\'I got signed.\' Getting signed to a national label isn\'t the hard part. It\'s finding the right company who will promote and cultivate his talents in order to achieve a long-lasting solid relationship that will get his music out to the fans as well as being a situation that can grow into more than just an artist/label affiliation. Smokealota has done a plethora of ghost-writing for other artists, music production and helping other rappers get their sound together and he hopes to continue on that road - one day to produce and sign artists to his own SKS label in conjunction with a major label for publishing and distributing new and fresh talent. ...............Keep your eyes and ear open for Smokealota. You\'re sure to be seeing and hearing a lot more from this young business entrepreneur. STUDIO EXPERIENCE: ...HOLLYWOOD SOUNDS IN HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA ...ECHO SOUNDS ON L.A, CALIFORNIA ...LIVE OAK STUDIO IN BERKLEY, CALIFORNIA ...HOTBOX STUDIO IN METAIRIE (NEW ORLEANS), LA. ...SMALL WORLD STUDIO UN UPTOWN NEW ORLEANS PRODUCERS I WORKED WITH (RESPONSIBLE FOR): ...D-FUNK (MYSTIKAL, 50 CENT, LENNY KRAVITZ, SHADY RECORDS, CASH MONEY RCDS. AND NO LIMIT RCDS.) ...VAZ BENFORD( NSYNC, BACKSTREET BOYS, AARON HALL, HOUSE PARTY 1,2,3, DEBRAH COX AND MANY MORE VAZ RESPONSIBLE FOR) CONTACT INFO: SKSRECORDS@AOL.COM.