Rapper, producer, songwriter hailing from Watts, California, Brandon “Stix” Salaam-Bailey joins the “Puff, Puff, Pass” tour with Snoop Dogg and gearing up to release his latest two in one music video entitled “Getting 2 The Paper” / “Sorry Peta.” As some might know, Stix started off as a full-time dancer in 2002, creating one of the most popular dance movements in the world called “KRUMP.” The new dance craze eventually went mainstream after it hit the big screens from world renown director David La’Chapelle’s “Rize”. Since then Stix has maintained his career producing and songwriting. Stix helped artist Ak’Sent with her first single “This One,” which Stix wrote and the single made it to the “Coach Carter” soundtrack and movie. Eventually, Ak’Sent secured a recording contract with Capitol Records. Thereafter, In 2005, Stix released his critically acclaimed mixtape with Atlanta crooner Bobby V. titled “The Next of Both Worlds.” This mixtape has received over 1 million streams to date.
During mid-2006, Stix and partner, Nicholas Gouche, developed a worldwide rap battle league called “The Pit” where the battle rap careers of Dizaster and Daylyt were born. “The Pit” in just a short time, immediately became LA’s most popular and top Hip-Hop event. “The Pit” amassed support from some of the west coast’s most notable artists like Kendrick Lamar, Problem, YG, Glasses Malone, Roscoe, Mistah Fab, J-Doe, Gizzle (Bad Boy), and BadLucc (Diamond Lane) to name a few. “The Pit” also received support from artist outside of the western region like Nas, Redman, and Young Jeezy.
Stix past independent releases has included artists such as Tyrese, singer/songwriter James Fauntleroy, Luke James, and Chicago native BJ The Chicago Kid and received production from Grammy nominated producers Steve “Swiff D” Thornton, Maejor Ali, Marcus “Seige” White, Chordz 3D, and 1500 or Nothin.