Milwaukee Artist, Under5ive asks Citizens to Rise above Crime
Whoever said big things come in small packages was right. Born November 14, 1980, Under5ive has always carried a strong sense of determination, presence and animation when in front of a crowd. Music has always intrigued the mind, heart and soul of this now aspiring artist/songwriter. As told by her Aunt who has raised her since the age of four, “Carle would wake up out of her sleep to sing her favorite song she heard on the radio. As soon as the song was over, she would lay right back down and go to sleep.” Since the age of four, Under5ive has always been in front of some type of crowd ranging from tap to ballet to jazz dancing to modeling, singing, reciting poetry and on to rapping. It has been clear since then that she truly possessed a heart and a love for the arts.
It wasn’t until the late 1980’s did Under5ive develop the desire to start rapping. She smiled and reminisced, “I was watching TV when Queen Latifah’s video came on. It was the song U.N.I.T.Y. That blew me out the water. I couldn’t believe it. She was a female flowin’ so tight and at the same time she was talking about something. That changed my whole perspective of rap and what it could be used to do. Not only that, but it gave me the courage to believe I could write my own raps.”
Soon after that spark, Under5ive began gracing the many stages of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Summer Fest Grounds, African World Festival platforms, State Fair stages and various talent shows developing her skill at the age of ten. Over the years those venues led to other opportunities of opening up for Kriss Kross, being one of the opening acts for Smokie Norful and Shirley Ceaser during the NAACP’s 96th Annual Convention held in Milwaukee, along with receiving the opportunity to collaborate with Valerie Daniels-Carter at the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration in 2006.
Her 2004 Single, “Make Daddy Proud”, captured the attention of Minister Melvin Hood and Doc Love, disc jockeys from Milwaukee’s FM station V100.7 #1 for Hip Hop, R&B and Gospel. The single received air play on Doc Love’s Heat from the Streetz. Minister Melvin Hood did a interview with Under5ive and a world premier of the single which found its way in heavy rotation on his show, Love & Devotion. After a long hiatus from music Under5ive is ready to return.
Under5ive is currently working on her Sophomore project entitled “Conversations”. The single, “RiSE”, is set to release January 5, 2016. Under5ive states about the single, “I’m excited to share the new things that has been on my heart. The first single is aimed to be Motivation for the city of Milwaukee. Our city is stricken with high rates of poverty, joblessness and incarceration. I want to address societal issues that affect our development as a city and people in general.” Integrity, character and patience are qualities Under5ive believe are greater than having great talent. Her motto is “Learn.Apply.Grow”.
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