Show & Prove Presents…Soundcheck [Editor’s Note: Soundcheck is not an XXL Magazine or co-sign. It offers a platform for up-and-coming artists to be heard. You be the judge.]

Name: Bavu Blakes a.k.a. Mr. Blakes

YOE: Eight years

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Musical Influences: Soul, jazz, blues, rock, hip-hop/rap (Rakim, the D.O.C., Common) gospel, funk, classical.

Favorite Rap Album: Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim

Sales Pitch: Bavu Blakes is a Texas underground legend, and one of the best live performers and writers in Texas history. He's an indie label's dream, possessing an honest, authentic, original style and an unforgettable "Barry-tone" voice. Just ask Bun B, the D.O.C., Paul Wall or Erykah Badu. Bavu Blakes has played with every big name act you can ever imagine, including Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Erykah Badu, UGK, the Roots, De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Devin the Dude, you name it. Don't be surprised when Mr. Blakes fulfills his dream of world tours in the near future, because his live show game is top notch.

Bavu Blakes "Smiley Faces"

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