Born HitMakers (BHM) is the latest rousing, millennial-aged musical collective to emerge out of Atlanta: ushering in a sound they refer to as “street melodies with sauced-up flows.” The group’s current single, “Bag,” featuring Paper Lovee, is a high-octane, infectious joint filled with BHM’s signature vocal deliveries and whirring choruses over a ticking, rumbling rhythm track.
Comprised of husky-voiced, 21-year-old Demontez “Supastarfacts” Franklin and 19-year-old charismatic, tenor-voiced Javion “Honcho Moonk” Pressley, the members of BHM rose from humble beginnings in low income Zone 3 to pursue their sonic dreams and become as BHM puts it “yucc,” or fly.
Facts, typically rotating the dye on his dreadlocks, was born the third of ten children. An exceptional wordsmith and speller in primary school, Facts realized his knack for wordplay and delivery could be lucrative: earning $20 to $50 a pop to freestyle for local rappers and kids in his neighborhood. He grew up idolizing local acts like DG Yola, Yung Ralph, Soulja Boy, Future, Lil’ Jon, Waka Flocka Flame, Crime Mob and Migos. Facts, also an impressive basketball player, sacrificed his NBA aspirations to fully concentrate on music.
Wearing thin curly twists atop his head, Honcho was raised the eldest of four children in Section 8 housing on Cleveland Avenue. Living with his grandmother pre-middle school and eventually his mother post-middle school, Honcho, a graduating senior at BEST Academy, recognized he wanted to perform by age 5. He entertained his friends and mentors at a local Boys and Girls Club, various talent shows and in his school’s artroom and computer labs. Also a stellar competitor in football, track and basketball, Honcho, too, acknowledged his passion for music: now balancing his time between performing, recording and keeping up with his schoolwork until he earns his diploma.
Facts and Honcho initially connected through early performances with mutual friends. Formerly known as Money Getters, BHM settled on the name Born HitMakers in 2012 after writing a series of potential names on a sheet of paper in an effort to land a name that sticks. BHM persevered: monitoring their slow but steady following from both YouTube video clips and posting their music to Spinrilla.
BHM weathered storms: Before striking their current deal, they survived being signed to a small label with virtually no support, had to work up enough courage to perform in front of small and massive crowds all while navigating their way through the business called music.
The duo is focused on a bright future: aspiring to tour the globe, assist with their peers dropping projects, and churning out new music from their home studios, striving to be the best.
BHM anticipates “piping up,” or bringing a lot of energy to the music scene: releasing new music and their upcoming mixtape Apelanta, an update on their 2017 debut set Ape Shit, summer 2018.
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