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Erik Gonsalves Aka Empire

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Despite being a Hip-Hop emcee for thirteen years now, Empire wouldn’t even be doing music if it wasn’t for his childhood love for oldies music! Being exposed to classic and timeless music as a child through family, Empire formed his conscious style due to his diverse taste in all genres of music including R&B, Rock, Alternative, Reggae, Rave, Techno, Pop, and Country. With his speedy,rhyme-filled killer delivery, he tries to set himself apart from the stereotypical rapper within the Hip-Hop realm of music! Not only does Empire want to be known as an artist who creates rap songs, but an artist who creates music! Even though he's been writing and producing music since 1998 and writing poetry even earlier than that, Empire's love for music far exceeds time. His passion, motivation, and inspiration comes from everything he's been through in life; turning negatives into positives and taking both as a blessing. Not only is Empire's music a way for him to be able to vent, but a way for him to be able to cope with every day life and to connect to his fans and supporters on a personal level.

<br/>Empire grew up in a household of poverty, drug abuse, and neglect as a lot of people can relate to. As early as the age of six, he embarked down a road of trouble, hardship, confusion, and ignorance. To say the least, he was lost. Along the way of trying to find himself and his passions, his journey consisted of being associated with gangs, exposed to and affected by drug use, homelessness, vandalism, and struggling in school. Somewhere in the mix of growing up, Empire discovered his talent for writing poems and rap songs and continued to refine his skills for many many years even until this day. Even though Empire was lucky enough to graduate from high school, he never pursued any extended education. After high school, he finally found God in his life and started becoming a more responsible and mature person. A couple years after high school, Empire enlisted into the U.S. Air Force branch of the military in hopes to gain more experience in life and build his job history. He left the military after two years with an honorable discharge after discovering it wasn’t what he thought it would be, but he came back with an even greater drive, passion, focus, determination, and skill to steer and move forward in his music career. Still being plagued with the struggles of life, Empire continues to jump over hurdles and overcome the unexpected obstacles that life brings to continue to follow and someday achieve his dreams and goals. Right now, Empire is currently working on a mix tape amongst other artists under an independent label known as La Casa Negra.

<br/>Empire is looking to one day, getting signed, performing and traveling around the world, being recognized for his talent and messages, working with the artists that have inspired him, being an inspiration to others as well, and being able to provide for his family and friends. After two group albums, numerous performances, competitions, and collaborations, Empire is currently working on his solo album titled "In Due Time", which will all be written, recorded, and produced by himself! People have even said that he is an "undiscovered phenomenon", so be on the look out for Empire as he continues his journey to have a prominent, relevant, and positive affect on music that will hopefully remain for generations to come!

Despite being a true Hip-Hop emcee, both in the eyes and ears of whomever listens, Empire wouldn't even be doing music if it wasnt for his childhood love for oldies music! Empire formed his conscious style due to his diverse taste in all genres of music including R&B, Rock, Alternative, Reggae, Rave, Techno, Pop, and Country. Even though he's been writing and producing music since 1998 and writing poetry even earlier than that, Empire's love for music far exceeds time. His passion, motivation, and inspiration comes from everything he's been through in life; turning negatives into positives and taking both as a blessing. Not only is Empire's music a way for him to be able to vent, but a way for him to be able to live and to also reach out to others by relating to what he speaks about.

Empire grew up in a household of poverty, drug abuse, and neglection as a lot of people can relate to. As early as the age of six, he embarked down a road of trouble, hardship, confusion, and ignorance. To say the least, he was lost. Along the way of trying to find his true self and passions, his journey consisted of gangs, drug use, homelessness, vandelism, and struggling in school. Somewhere in the mix of growing up, Empire discovered his talent for writing poems and rap songs and continued to refine his skills for twelve years now. Even though Empire was lucky enough to graduate from high school, he never pursued any extended education. After high school, he finally found God in his life and started becoming wiser. A couple years after high school, Empire enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in hopes to gain more experience in life and build his job history. He left the military after two years with an honorable discharge, after discovering it wasnt what he thought it would be, but came back with an even greater drive, passion, focus, determination, and skills to steer and move forward in his music career. Still being plagued with the struggles of life, Empire continues to jump over hurdles and overcome the unexpected obstacles that life brings to continue to follow and someday achieve his dreams and goals.

He's looking forward to one day, getting signed, performing and traveling around the world, being recognized for his talent and messages, working with the artists that have inspired him, being an inspiration to others as well, and being able to provide for his family and friends. After two group albums, numerous performances, competitions, and collaborations, Empire is currently working on his solo album titled "In Due Time", which will all be written, recorded, and produced by himself! People have even said that he is an "undiscovered phenomenon". So be on the look out for Empire because whether you're ready or not, he's coming!

Creating music!

I'm looking forward to one day, getting signed, performing and traveling around the world, being recognized for my talent and messages, working with the artists that have inspired me, being an inspiration to others as well, and being able to provide for my family and friends. After two group albums, numerous performances, competitions, and collaborations, I'm currently working on my solo album titled "In Due Time", which will all be written, recorded, and produced by myself!

Hey everyone, I have my own record label called Hott 16 Entertainment with a few of my own artists! I uploaded some of the songs we've done on my page under the Hott 16 Entertainment folder, so check em out, download them for free, and pass it around! Also, check us out here: http://www.facebook.com/hott16entertainment

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    Phone: 415 240-1522
    670 Monterey Blvd Apt 12San Francisco, CA. 94127 United States
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Awards
  • Artist Of The Day spotlight on Lafango.com's home page

Press
  • What Some People Are Saying About Empire.....

    Floyd B.- ......"In the immortal words of the Bigga Figga; 'Game.. recognize Game'! heaters man, straight heaters. Peeping u from CCC to now, dawg I'm proud of you. Not to come off as some OG or your pops, but yo, Im proud. We will hook up and I will stay tuned to the Empire!" Brigit U.- ......"I listened to your song and saw u on u tube it was awesome! Great job and good luck. Keep the songs comin!" Alexandra M.- ......"Great stuff man! You go!" Andrew K.- ......"Electric! Simply ELECTRIC! You are on your way! So awesome!" Vybe Beatz- ......"Track is hot fam! Good shit keep it up! Thanks for sending the track so I can check it out!" Susan B.- ......"Well Empire, you got my vote; you are really rockin!" France E.- ......"Just watched the video of your gig on Saturday night - NICE! You really rocked the house!! Wish I coulda been there to witness history in the making, dude!!! Way to kick a**, Empire!" Franco Cartel- ......"You got some hot songs! Keep up the good work!" Angerville- ......"Dope tracks homie!" Tech N9ne's Strange Music artist Cognito- ...... "Dope shit brotha....Im diggin it!" Taj H.- ......"This is off the chain. Didn't know you got down like that! When is EP release party?" Marlon V. Jr- ......"Sh*t f*ckin knocks blood! Good sh*t!" Paul D.- ......"Tight nigga, I like that shit." Jason G.- ......"Good $h!t man! Everything sounds good, the beat, the production, the verses...!" Albert S.- ......"Very good work Empire! Remember that flavor I was talking about whom wasn't the one people most relate it with? Very cool!" Alejandro C.- ......"Dammmmn boy, that song is sick man! Love it....good job....keep it up!!!!" Gil V.- ......DANG Empire! GREAT!!!!!!!!!!" Nicole D.- ......"You're sounding great Empire! Keep working hard, you'll make it =)" Tony M.- ......"Music from the heart 'Cuz. I'm proud of you!" Evylyn- ......"Wow! I am very impressed...and Howie, he says sounds great!" Estella H.- ......"Your music is very inspirational and motivational it hits home. Thank you!"

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