2004-03-26 / Front Page

Far Rockaway Rap Artist On The Rise

By Henrick Karoliszyn
Far Rockaway Rap Artist On The Rise By Henrick Karoliszyn

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For the past year and a half, 24-year-old, Far Rockaway native, Musonga "Sonny Goodtimes" Maddicks has been making a name for himself throughout the New York rap scene. After signing an exclusive deal with Hard Headz Entertainment, an affiliate of DJ Clue’s Desert Storm Enter tainment and On Top Enter tainment (Joe Budden), Goodtimes has been working on a debut album and a new website, while appearing on various mix tapes from big name DJs such as Kool Kid, Klay Slay, DJ Clue and others.

Goodtimes, who describes his music as "real", was first discovered at a local hangout, through a mutual friend, when he rhymed on the spot for Los and Pudgy, the co-founders of Hard Headz Entertainment.

"Sonny is an incredible emcee. Some people just have a gift. The first time we heard him freestyle, we wanted to sign him on the spot," said Los.

Since being discovered, he has opened for rappers, Fabolous and Budden and is about to go on a 10-city tour. When Goodtimes is not performing, he is in the studio recording for his debut album, "All-in-One," which is almost finished and will be released "when the time is right," Goodtimes said.

With most of the album already complete, Goodtimes shows a lot of versatility in his music, moving from nostalgic songs, such as "Part of My Life," which is a reminiscent view of the rapper’s childhood to up-tempo club songs such as "Your Body’s Hot" to the first blazing track "This is For Everybody."

With songs such as "I’m Going to Take You Back," his range continues, into a hypnotic bass line, which has spit-fire lyrics that pay homage to those who made it possible for Goodtimes to pursue rap as a career and once again shows his ability to flow on any beat.

With unique, vibrant and powerful songs, the future success of Goodtimes seems inevitable. He not only has the skill, but the style, cockiness and slickness in his animated persona, to make it in the rap game. For the most part, his music has a universal feel to it, as Goodtimes assessed, "There is something for the hustlers, something for the ladies, something for everyone," adding, "If you like rap, you’ll feel this."

Goodtimes will be performing an exclusive Queens show that will have other big rappers appearing, soon to be announced. For more details about the show or any information on Goodtimes, contact Brian Gilmore at the BG Group or contact Brian Gil more76@aol.com.

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