FinaL OutlaW is a rising rapper from New York City who has been seen and heard on MTV, BET, Hot97, New York Daily News, Time Out New York Magazine, Yahoo! News, URB Magazine, Prefix Magazine & WorldStarHipHop.com. He is a two-time Amateur Night winner at the world famous Apollo theater in Harlem. In Jan 2013 FO was selected by AllHipHop.com to be featured on the “Top 50 Underground Hip Hop 2012″ list. He also recently peaked at #1 nationally on college radio charts.
I grew up in the abandoned sectors of New York City. We were raised poor, and I learned a lot because of that. Society has deemed it acceptable to label, and oversimplify my bastardized, unwanted, and abandoned people as Hispanic or Latino, but I prefer to be acknowledged as what I really am; a human before anything else. That means that I don’t wave any flags, or claim any race or culture but if you must know, I’m half Salvadorian, a quarter Puerto Rican, and a quarter mystery meat. The people I identify with the most are those who inherit little or no opportunities in life. My childhood was the 90′s: Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Ring Pops, Socker Boppers, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Sega Genesis, Super NES, Sister Sister, Fresh Prince, Martin, Jerry Springer, Spice Girls, Carson Daly, Rap City, the Thong Song, Nas, Rudy Julianne, Bill Clinton, tokens, waiting in line to play Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat at the Bodega, two slices and a Snapple for $2.50 or $2.75, etc. I started rapping in High School. I used to download beats off the internet and rap to them with my friends. My first studio session was in Harlem. My boy Migz eventually donated the funding to help me buy my own recording equipment because it was too expensive to keep paying for studio sessions. I joined a political organization that used Hip Hop as a way to bring resources to black and brown communities. I met a lot of well known rappers through the organization and some became my mentors. I became an activist for a few years before I took on music full time. My first open mic performance was in Brooklyn. I performed more and more until I went on a few tours. I have some fans now and I plan on having a lot more. By the way, I think the word “fan” is derogatory and disrespectful towards my enthusiasts and supporters. I believe that together, my supporters and I need to work as hard as we can to make Final Outlaw into a fully operational success. A few more things you should know about me: I treat others the way I’d like to be treated and take that very seriously. I am an autodidact and place extremely high value on autonomy. I don’t like categories or labels. I rather someone believe in me, than believe me. I’ve moved around a lot all my life, but was raised in New York City for the most part. I haven’t followed sports since I was 11 or 12 years old. I miss jerk chicken. Video games are relaxing to me. I avoid eating meat and junk food but desire to do so often. I think about exercising more than I actually do it. A person’s character is of paramount importance to me. There is nothing I appreciate more than a person who keeps his or her word. Freedom & survival over fame & fortune is my formula. Loyalty and honor are important to me. I correct myself and self-criticize very often. I believe I have a hand in healing people at times, and that heals me. It annoys me when “I” is used too much in writing, and I’m definitely guilty of that right now. We all can work a little harder on our honesty, and I believe it is a goal totally worthy of pursuit. I’m very far from perfect, and I accept that. I’m not religious and I don’t consider politics reality. I love God very much. You should ask me what I think God is. I love my family. I am the 99%. I want to help the world and I am in my own way. — Final Outlaw
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PRESS / EXPOSURE / ACHIEVEMENTS
- ‘Hip Hop 4ever’ music video in rotation on MTV Base in Europe and Ralph McDaniel’s legendary Video Music Box on NYCTV.
- BET Bars On Deck Cipher featuring Oddisee, Das Racist, Homeboy Sandman, Blu.
- Two-time Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem Winner Feb-2011
- Has been heard on Hot97‘s Late Night w/ Peter Rosenberg | Started Oct. 2011
- In the USA Final Outlaw has climbed to #1 on the Rap Attack Lives & Rap Network national college radio rap charts! Spring 2012.
- Featured on AllHipHop.com’s “Top 50 Underground Hip Hop 2012″ list on Jan 1st 2013.
- Featured in Yahoo! News 2011
- Featured in Time Out New York Magazine, Oct 15-21 2009 Issue 733 page 8.
- Worthy mention in the NY Daily News (Sun. Sept. 20th 2009 page 4), the Las Vegas City Life News Paper (July 2009), and the Village Voice.
- Exclusive feature on VIMBY.com (180,000+ views first week.) April 2010
- Music licensed and featured on the theatrical release ‘PRINCE OF BROADWAY’ presented by Lee Daniels director of ‘PRECIOUS’ September 2010
- Winner of City Park Foundation/Concerts MC Contest Aug. 2009. Opening for Naughty By Nature.
- Selected as ‘LOUD.com Favorite’ alongside names like Busta Rhymes & Method Man 2009.
- Named one of 5 Reasons why New York Hip Hop doesn’t suck by BirthPlace Magazine Oct. 2010
- Won ‘Strongest Song’ of the year at first annual Eodub Awards (NYC’s longest running Hip Hop open-mic.) Also End of the weak (EOW) MC Challenge champion #37 2008
- Constantly featured on top Hip Hop blogs including WorldStarHipHop | OkayPlayer | HipHopDX | Nahright | 2DopeBoyz | DJBooth | KevinNottingham | IllRoots | Illdoctrine.com | 88HipHop.com | Rapattacklives.com and thousands more…
HERE ARE SOME THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT ME:
- “Final Outlaw knows how to work an audience” — Time Out New York Magazine
- “An experienced grinder in the wit of NYC lyricism” — URB Magazine
- “The kind of unassuming artist that can hurt your feelings if you get caught not paying attention.” — AllHipHop.com
- “If you’ve been sleeping – peep game” — OkayPlayer.com
- “Final Outlaw spits that real Hip Hop shit all the time and never changes it up” — OnSmash.com
- “He goes in, rapping and speaking on life with the kind of passion and conviction that can only come from the spirit of someone who’s actually lived what he writes” — Loud Records