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Chicago, IL
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Portrait of VISUAL
If you don't know what he is on, you should get to know. A man with a plan, Visual is the hardest working independent artist in Chicago. His signature blue collar work ethic is evident when you consider that he has individually managed a majority of his career. This includes delivering on public relations, promotions, and booking responsibilities as an artist as well as pushing forward the initiatives of his Community Service record label as a manager.
A brief look at his accomplishments will establish his title of "Working Class Legend".

Visual grew up in the Logan Square community on Chicago's northwest side. The diverse urban setting, combined with the stereotypical living conditions associated with the area, provided Visual with a lot of inspiration and experience to begin writing poems which evolved into the raps we hear today. Being the youngest of four brothers, one of which is Panik from the Molemen, helped shape Visual's identity as a hard working and independent artist. Although he could have leveraged Panik and Molemen's fame to ensure success in the industry, he decided to pursue music on his own terms.

"Sometimes people try and jump ahead when it's something they haven't earned or it's something they aren't ready for. I just don't want anybody to say 'I put you here'. I always tell myself I'm going to take my own steps and I'm going to get somewhere". - Chicago Tribune

This unique approach along with his work ethic has equipped Visual with an edge we do not usually see in the industry. David Vidal at Urb Magazine said it best in their Next 1000 Feature, "The ego-smashing trend of ultra-realness has reached the windy shores of the Chi. Visual presents himself to be nothing more than who he is, just a regular guy".

Growing up around other local legends like Juice, Rhymefest, Vakill, and Capital D has been both a learning experience and one that has come full circle. Collaborations with local legends include songs with Capital D from his Working Class Legend album and a song with Juice from the Figured it Out album. During the course of his career Visual has shared the stage with artist such as Lupe Fiasco, The Pharcyde, Atmosphere, Glc, Dj Vadim, DJ A-Trak, Brother Ali, and Swollen Members with much fanfare. It is important to recognize his involvement around Chicago as not only a trendsetting musician, but also as an actor, television show host, and youth advocate. Visual's relentless pursuit for success has landed him positive media attention across a wide variety of channels. This includes articles, features, and reviews in the following: Urb Magazine,,,, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Red Eye.

Visual's work ethic will continue to test the limits set forth by the "business as usual" way of doing things in the industry. Visual will continue to deliver the TRUTH by doing and being the hardest working independent artist in Chicago and quite possibly the nation. Currently, Fuse TV will be airing "We Gonna Fly" through March 2010 as part of Fuse On Demand Chicago Presents: Fuse Music Loop. Fuse TV can be seen on Comcast, Direct TV, Dish Network, and many other cable providers across the nation. Visual can also be seen on History Channel's "Gangland" in a dramatization and as a host on Chicago's UGtv.
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