Forty-da-Great, aka Forty-da-Grizzle, aka The East-Side Mayor, was born in Detroit, Michigan. Raised primarily in the Eastside slums of Detroit, Forty took to rapping like Muhammad Ali took to boxing or Michael Jordan took to basketball.
Forty-da-Great first know as 40-G, started rapping at the age of eight in third-grade. He then formed a group with his cousins, Tech-T and Syke Mista called Suicidal Sykeadelicz at the age of 13; unfortunately, the group never successfully recorded an album, but they did manage to make a demo and perform at numerous talent shows.
As the demand for hip-hop grew in the early 90’s, so did Forty’s passion and interest of being a professional rap artist. 4-Grizzle now at the tender age of 14, joined a group called Almighty Dreadnaughtz, which consisted of catalog of inspiring and talented Detroit artists such as: C-Sun, Blitz, Guilty-001, Torcha, Land Lordz, Slaughter, Furious Stylez, etc. Forty then released two local albums with the Almighty Dreadnaughtz entilteld “City of Treez” and “Point of No Return”. This experience helped expose Forty as a local MC, as well as, groom him as an upcoming rap artist.
In the year 2000, Forty attended Baker College in Flint and there he met D-Lee of West-Pad. The two teamed up to collaborate on a song featured on the West-Pad album “Scarred but Still Breathing” was a smash hit in D-Lee’s hometown of Flint. The song featured D-Lee and Cookie-Man of West Pad, and non other than Forty-da-Great. “Scarred but Still Breathing” made such a buzz in the inner city streez of Flint that the CEO’s of Royalty Records, Paul Britt and Na’Kailyus Brown, were very impressed. So enormously impressed, they wanted to sign Forty on the spot. This partnership was history in the making, the beginning of the Royalty dynasty, joining a Detroit rap artist and a Flint rap label together.
This newfound success inspired Forty to create a super group with his long time friend and rap partner Leoni Getz. Leoni and Forty met in Miller Middle School in Detroit, and had been best friends and rapping together ever since. The two linked up to form the rap duo Hustleholicz, now joined with Royalty Records. Forty-da-Great and Leoni Getz were given the opportunity to release a rap album for the first time together. The album entitled “Paper Chase” was a before its time work of art. “Paper Chase” took listeners on a lyrical journey through the drug infested streets of Detroit’s East-side. Due to a lack of promotion, the record sales were low, but had such an impact on local hip-hop fans that there is still talk of the re-release of the album.
After a long road of hard work and dedication, Forty-da-Great, young but with years worth of experience, is finally ready to give Detroit Hip-Hop fans what they’ve been waiting for; his very own solo album. Highly anticipated, but long overdue, the album “Tha East-Side Mayor” is a mind blowing musical masterpiece with innovative lyrics and game changing song concepts. The album features an All-Star list of hip hop celebrities as well as local talent such as; Bun-B, B-G, Beanie Segal, Ray-J, Loeni Getz (of the Hustleholicz), Killa, Gaz (of Night and Day), Self-Made Ballerz, Lyric (the first lady of Royalty Records), and Spanky Hayes (of Nick Cannon’s “Wild-N-Oout”). Production by Ralo, Kaze, Tony Bunz, Funkinstein, and Gaz is sure to make the “Tha East-Side Mayor” another mid-west classic. This album is set to drop in Spring of 2006, and is without a doubt one of the hottest albums of the year.