MC Imprint has kept grinding since the day he won the first POWER 106 "Who's Next" contest! He came by POWER 106 to show love to J. Cruz and the crew and let them know when his LP "Sobriety Date" is dropping. #SobrietyDateLP
Watch the New@2 artists live on Saturday, June 23rd 4pm at the Honda center parking lot. Everyone is invited to this outdoor event and it's completely FREE! Artists to be performing on the New@2 Stage are: Schoolboy Q, Joe Moses & Ty Dolla$, Finattics, Driickey Graham, Clyde Carson, Six Reasons and MC Imprint, our Who'z Next winner."
"MC Imprint performed a new song, and current radio single "Hopscotch" to an amp'd crowd in the Honda Center parking lot for the Powerhouse Pre Party. Power 106 DJ - Yesi Ortiz, hosted the party, and introduced the "Who's Next?" winner/upcoming hip hop artist. Upon stepping on stage, Imprint immediately tossed cd's and shirts out to the kids. Check the coverage below."
"I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the very talented MC Imprint this week. The up and coming rapper visited us in the studio to talk about his debut album “The First Impression,” how he got started in the music business, and what it’s like to be living his dream after a long history of dark times during his adolescent years. MC Imprint won Power 106′s “Who’s Next” contest a few months ago and was awarded by opening for J. Cole at the SXSW show in Austin, Texas. Imprint’s next appearance will be this Saturday, June 23 on the New at 2 stage at the sold out Power House show at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Best of luck to Mr. Imprint!"
"The young emcee winner of "Who's Next?" will be performing at the New @ 2 stage this Saturday, June 23rd at 4PM before the legendary SOLD OUT POWERHOUSE begins. Please get there early cause the pre-party is FREE and will be packed. Mitchell caught up with him earlier today and here is what he had to say. Watch, like, comment below and share.
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Source: Power106 | J Cruz's Blog
"It feels so wrong interviewing an up-and-coming rapper in a coffee shop overlooking the sparkling ocean. But focusing on hip hop's gritty urban roots is a problem for me, not the poor guy I'm teasing.
"You're name's Brett; you live near the beach; you're from Orange County," I say, disregarding hip hop's diversity, O.C.'s musical range and my own code against stereotyping. Startled, Brett Guidry looks up from his coffee and catches my smile. I quickly add, "Good thing your music's good." And it's a good thing Guidry, a.k.a. MC Imprint, is as cool as ice. Being a musician is a tough road. And it's not any easier when a columnist ignores that art isn't a state of place but a state of grace – especially for a rapper who narrowly escaped a prison sentence. If keeping it real is what hip hop's about, then Guidry has a promising career. Consider this lyric from his song, "Dancing in the Shadows," a rap about battling addiction after his father's death: "It's sickening to think of me stickin' a needle in my arm just trying to get lifted."" To read full story, Hit the link below.
"RapNerd.TV traveled to Seal Beach to chop it up with MC Imprint, winner of the POWER 106 Who's Next contest, slated to perform at PowerHouse, one of the biggest live shows in Cali
Sidelines (video) http://youtu.be/QRBuJIKzDME Dancing in the Shadows (video) http://youtu.be/XT-v_enHd4s Hopscotch (audio) http://www.MCImprint.com Lights,Camera (audio) http://www.MCImprint.com
shot & edited by LostPoet for http://RapNERD.TV"
"MC IMPRINT has an inspirational story of tragedy to triumph to tell as well as some fantastic music. He began chasing an illustrious lifestyle as a way to buffer his own problems. He started getting into trouble and eventually adopting a drug problem at a young age. By the time Imprint turned 20, he had been in and out of jail and rehab and was looking at a 6 year bid in prison. Now was the time to change and a combination of sobriety and music were the only two things that were going to change him.
Imprint has now been sober for 4 years! He has not only completed his freshman album, but has booked and promoted all his own shows and just won the Power106fm's "New @ 2" contest for LA. He just opened up for major artist J Cole at SXSW in Austin, TX"
Source: Gorilla Leak
"You guys know what time it is… It’s that time we’ve all been waiting on. The time where we ALL get to discover some brand new faces in the music game. R&B, Rap, Hip-Hop, whatever your looking for it’s here on FreddyO.com! This week we have 4 new artist on the rise of fame and fortune.First up is an emcee who goes by the alias of MC IMPRINT. But Brett Guidry is the government and he knows a thing or two about hardships! His father died at an early age and he found solitude in the streets of Seal Beach, California; where he quickly grew fond of drugs, getting worse and worse he realized that he needed to make a BIG change in life after just beating an almost 6 year bid in prison! While in rehab he honed in on his skills as a writer and artist. It was not until he started creating his own brand of West Coast swagger that he finally found a way to channel his aggressions into a more positive light. But that’s enough of all the emotions, let his video persuade you on why he should be a force to be wrecken with. Check out the homies video for his single “Sidelines”. [Which is a BANGER!!!]"
"MC IMPRINT is a soldier for his music. He stands alone with out a manager, a record label and still manages to bring great quality to his work. And yes, I am bias because he is my brother but THE MAN IS TALENTED!!! This is what hip hop is suppose to be and you can tell his blood, sweat and tears go into his music. Here is the premier of MC IMPRINT’s sophomore music video, SIDELINES. Much love, my brotha…KEEP ROCKIN!!!" Source: " title="cbg-123.com">cbg-123.com
"My first impression of this track is what led me to write this review…what do you guys think of it? <3 AK"
"My First Impression of The First Impression
Having introduced his album almost 1 year ago MC Imprint has been on his grind to formally inject himself into the veins of the rap game with his Freshman LP The First Impression.This project provides a narration of his experiences through the depths of depression and is most visibly exposed on the tracks “Dancing in the Shadows” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” He is able to balance braggadocio and girl problems while shining a discerning light on the seriousness of substance abuse. Rather than relapsing, Imprint has conjured up a cocktail of self reflection and positive progression. His internal battles are externalized through lyrical confessions.
“I know pain and I know sufferin’// I know feinding for a fix// and having to steal somethin’…sky’s get grey and times get bad// I remember at nights I cried// wishin’ I had a dad…”
The vulnerability with which his verses magnify his past mistakes reveals an optimism for the future. The listener witnesses a gradual transformation from the rapper who embodies hope and determination.
“There’s a fine line// between waitin’ for what’s right// and procrastinating// till your dream passes you by// so I gotta keep movin’ with my eyes on the prize// and hustle hard every day// and constantly edify.”
It’s no coincidence that most of the beats sound eerily optimistic in comparison to their content. The refreshing optimism that stabilizes Imprint’s cool confidence can be credited to long time homie and producer The Optimist. Having produced, mixed and mastered the entire project, The Optimist and MC Imprint’s chemistry acts as an amphetamine through all 12 tracks.
Grading The First Impression off my initial reaction to the album quality I give it a C+. The commentary during some of the songs gets a bit annoying and I’m not thrilled with all the song choices but overall his storytelling capabilities, lyrical creativity and relevance prove him a worthy competitor.
His perseverance to get where he is today by replacing addiction with dedication is a commendable trait and is given an A+++. While some things can be practiced and perfected over time (like flow and delivery) the will to recover after hitting rock bottom takes more than repetition. Overall: GPA “Game Placement Average” I give it a B-.
To quote another West Coast rapper “You ain’t gotta get drunk to have fun…you ain’t gotta get drunk to have fun….” (Kendrick Lamar)
MC Imprint is sure to leave an Optimistic first impression but will it be a lasting impression? To see for yourself check out his live performance December 23rd in Seal Beach at O’ Malley’s on Main St. and/or peep the music video for his debut single “Sidelines” on YouTube. <3 AK"
"One of our Freesax friends has an inspiring story. We kept seeing posts from Brett Guidry on our page, and finally wrote to him to find out who he is. The messages we exchanged speak to the real power of music to change lives. He said we could share what he had written, so here is an excerpt from our exchange. Brett says, “Music is what helped me get through my addiction. I started writing and recording music back when I went to my first rehab treatment center. I almost died numerous times but it wasn’t until I was locked up in jail fighting a 6-year prison sentence that I knew I needed to change my life. Having been blessed with a second chance, I was released to another rehab program and started writing and recording more and more. I released my début album on January 27th, 2011. Now I have a little over 3 years and 8 months clean and sober – I owe my life and my sobriety to the lord and to music ! I want to inspire people to want to be better and help them understand that NOTHING is impossible.”
Please check out Brett’s website at http://www.mcimprint.com/ and help share his message."