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Young rapper Ray Nitti making himself heard


Grabbing the mic and giving it all he's got, up-and-coming hip-hop artist Ray Nitti has been turning heads and creating a solid fan base by touring with Milwaukee R&B artist Cincere.

"It's been really fun, and I appreciate Cincere's support," the 21-year-old Nitti says. "It's good exposure for me, and we basically do the set together."

Nitti, a Riverside graduate, has a single, titled "Let Me See You," off his in-the-works album, due out in fall. Nitti calls it an uptempo club-type song. Think 50 Cent, without the swearing. You can find the song on OnMilwaukee.com's free summer music sampler CD, "OMCD_0.10," released next week.

Nitti's musical roots extend beyond the United States. Born and raised in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Nitti was exposed mainly to reggae. When he got to America in 1998, he was ready for something new.

"I wanted to try out hip-hop, and it's been fun so far," Nitti says. "I've only been rapping for a year now, but I'm surprised at all the lovin' I'm getting. It's hard to get recognized when people are used to getting trash, but I seem to be providing good entertainment for them."

Nitti first started writing poetry and then discovered that his work could be transformed into music.

In addition to working on his debut album -- tentatively titled "Prince of the City" -- Nitti has also participated in rock the mic battles at The Amistad in Milwaukee and is helping out with V100's Jams for Peace.

But, he says, his greatest musical moment came when he met two of hip-hop's most successful artists.

"I helped out with the Vote or Die campaign and met P. Diddy and Mary J. Blige," Nitti says. "It was cool to meet both of them."

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jreym | March 9, 2010 at 9:52 a.m. (report)

hey ray were havin a lil bday party comin up and was looking 4 a lil home town star and was wondering if you were a option marrano626@gmail.com

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jreym | March 9, 2010 at 9:51 a.m. (report)

yo ray wats up were havin a party coming up a b-day party and we was wondering if we can have you as a local rep to do a mini conssert or sumtin please get back marrano626@gmail.com

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OMCreader | Sept. 5, 2006 at 1:06 a.m. (report)

Shonta said: Hi Ray, I met you during your performance in Qatar (Persian Gulf) and have been trying to email you every since. Just wanted to say Thanks for supporting the troops! Your performance with Cincere was off the hook and I have heard nothing but positive feedback since you all left. Keep making music!

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OMCreader | Aug. 25, 2006 at 1:41 a.m. (report)

Robert Patla said: Ray....Long time no see. I sent an email to your sister, but imma post somethin for you here to and hope you get at me. I just got back in the country from studyin abroad in Australia, and i am currently interning as an assistant to a talent manager in Hollywood (studio city to be sepecific). My cell number is 323 474 4714. Get at me sooner then later, If theres anyhtin i can do to help you man, id like to. And just holla at cha boy, its been a while. I fly back into the Mil Sept 9.

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OMCreader | Feb. 27, 2006 at 2:03 p.m. (report)

Shalicia said: Ray Nitti is a friend of mine and I'll always support him and his music. I can't wait until he makes it big because he deserves it.

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