Born and Raised in South Jamaica Queens, NY Michael Francis A.K.A Continental Five is the oldest of two boys with dreams of being something. Unfortunately, Southside Jamaica Queens isn't always open to fulfilling the dreams of its residents.
Continental Five began his grind in the NYC underground hip-hop scene under the moniker Two five, which was a nickname given to him in jest by Tony YaYo. Slowly, he built a name and reputation for himself with his gritty style of freestyle rap.
In early 2007 DJ Whiteowl decided to reach out to the rapper in hopes that he would host a mixtape for him. Continental Five was consistently gaining momentum in the underground scene so DJ Whiteowl thought he would be a good fit for his series of mixtapes. The two put out 5 successful mixtapes that started expanded his growing underground following and landed him a nomination at the Justo mixtape awards. Together they have sold and distributed over 70,000 CD’s.The buzz began to get back to label exec’s that began to reach out to Continental Five. Continental Five was about to sign to a major label deal, when “the streets came back to haunt him”. A wrong place wrong time incident landed him behind bars and all that he had worked for was slowly slipping from his grasp. After a brief hiatus he is back and ready to show the world his talents. Armed with a new mentality, a new goal, and a new team he is ready to rise and claim his position at the top of the charts.
From Intern, to Street Team, to Hype Man, then “I started writing things.” The true definition of the word Zone… Born in Panama, raised in Detroit, representing the City of Atlanta, Zone is 1-6. As an artist, he paints captivating pictures with his clever word play and tongue twisting rhyme ability; that can relate to people from all walks of life. He has interned for companies such as Aquemini, Grand Hustle, and other accredited studios around the city of Atlanta. Zone has had no problem grinding from the roots of hip hop labor, he has the ability to hustle promotions and street marketing for projects like The King album by T.I.; Khao’s Enterprise GTT Label, the Soul Machine album by Ceelo Green, TMI Boyz, and other various artists. His wild style performance adds dynamic qualities that excites and ignites intensity into every audience. Many other well known rappers in the industry took notice to Zone’s ability to influence a crowd on stage, and they quickly requested his hype man talents to give their show that same energy Zone is known to exert. Through personal story telling he uses his unique style that engages all audiences.
Zone’s grind is a consistent movement of musical passion, and persistent attitude towards completing his goals of making musical history. Zone has currently completed his New EP titled "Midnight Train" in recognition of the lead single from the EP. scheduled for release on January 22, 2013. This new EP will feature songs that reflect the club life, hustling, and all the hard knocks life throws his way. Following his EP, he will be dropping his most anticipated solo album. Zone has a Strong Fan base from high school students, to college campuses, to exotic dance clubs around the country; his fans show him support and love in every city and country he has ever hit the stage in. He has performed in states like North & South Carolina, Atlanta, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia just to name a few. Known throughout the streets of Atlanta, this M.C. is about to set the blocks on Lava. The world is ready to get in the Zone, and this is his Time!!