About the artist
Andre' Ivey, better know as GradeA, is a 25 year old music producer and artist from Charlotte, NC. Born in Anderson, SC in 1991, GradeA was raised in a military household by his mother along with his older brother. At a young age he would work on music with his brother who would rap, which sparked an interest in hip hop at an early age. At the age of 9 he started making beats and expressing his interest in music and arts by participating in the band throughout school learning trombone and percussion. His musical ability eventually landed him a music scholarship to North Carolina Central University in 2009 where he began building musical relationships and developing his talent. After graduating in 2014, GradeA released his first instrumental beat tape "The Crown Tape", which received positive reviews on SoundCloud and gained the attention of Miami artist JayRed, who used one of the beats for his hit single "Gone". After a year of working on new music with local artist and placements on several projects, 2016 brought on the release of his follow-up project "The Crown Tape". This mixtape not only showcased GradeA's advancement in production, but also his lyrical and songwriting ability. "The Crown Tape" received positive reviews and garnered a small buzz in the blog and SoundCloud community.
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