Benton Harbor , MI, United States
Benton Harbor,Michigan -born vocalist and rapper Ciroc Devito 2x(Charles Devin Edwards) is winning over new listeners daily with his spirited rap storytelling, eccentric personality, and paradoxical approach. Benton Harbor is A small city in western Michigan. With over 2,200 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2017, it ranks as the most dangerous city in the state’s and one of the most dangerous in the country .The 22 year old recording artist, who recently relocated to Kalamazoo, Mi from his hometown of Benton Harbor where he’s currently serving his parole term, first discovered a penchant for turning the adversity he faced into compelling songs at the age of 10, drawing from his own experiences of the struggle to be both a voice for others and build his own empire.
While first exploring his talents as a naturally gifted vocalist and promising songwriter in middle school, his determination to persevere was later put to the test when he was incarcerated for his involvement in a home invasion at age 15. While serving time on Home invasion charges ,Ciroc Devito 2x decided to not only get his G.E.D. but to dial down on his passion for music, going on to commit to his craft with a newfound focus. After serving time behind bars, Devito 2x experienced his first taste of popularity , with his song “Beef” putting some serious streaming numbers on the board. The breakout single, which helped build his fan base and put him on the radar of industry taste makers, also came with some unfortunate consequences.
Despite his minor setback, Ciroc Devito 2x continued keeping his faith and work ethic up, satisfying his burgeoning fan base with the release of multiple singles and videos, including dropping his debut Back 2 Da Skreetz in 2018. In 2018, he continued combating his legal woes by consistently releasing new music, with singles such as “Perkin,” “Voices,” and “Choices” showcasing his knack for creating thought-provoking street anthems that tactfully weave between what he refers to as his “street side” and his “loving side.” The contrast between soulful melodies and hard-edged rapping is where Devito 2x finds his authentic strength and undeniable charisma, creating a captivating relationship between his lyric and production choices. As he allures fans in with his raw, unfiltered story, Ciroc Devito 2x thrives in the crossroads where contradiction and vulnerability meet, often shifting between serenading his significant other and boldly threatening those who test his street savvy.
Not one to take second chances for granted, upon his release from jail in May 2018, Devito 2x decided to move to Kalamazoo , welcoming the next chapter of his life with a hunger that would result in some of his best music to date being created. In May 2019,Devito 2x released his debut project,Welkum 2 DashVille , a cohesive 7-track project that has since racked up Hundreds of streams across platforms, further solidifying that he is destined for something much larger than his at-times dispiriting and deterring hometown had wanted him to believe. The project’s title doubles as a personal mantra, often reminding him to find a personable common ground with others and to adapt to different situations as best as possible, all while remaining true to one’s self.
From being convicted a case that could have resulted in a 15-year sentence to creating a platform that he hopes to share with other artists, including his brother from another mother Trey Devito Yarbrough , Ciroc Devito 2x is working to make his favorite rapper idol Kevin Gates proud and inspire others to reach their potential. Ciroc Devito 2x , who is a force to be reckoned with, already eagerly detailing future plans to expand his business ventures beyond music and create his own clothing line, as well as potentially break into the jewelry industry.
After his long walk to freedom , Ciroc Devito 2x let’s it be known that he’s back to the streets with his first mixtape titled “Back 2 Da Skreetz”. As a Body of work, it is incredibly cohesive, and seamlessly moving from Beginning to the end with minor missteps. Another of his popular earlier releases “LongWalk 2 Freedom”, is sadly absent from the mixtape.
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