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Poppy of the G.R.i.T. Boys


Poppy, aka Corbitt Taylor was born and raised on the southeast side of Houston, Texas. He was born to a middle class single mother. "Since my mother worked a lot, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. I adopted a lot of my values and principles from them," he says with a reserved demeanor. His fondness for music began as early as the age of 12. Contrary to popular knowledge, his music career began much earlier than The G.R.I.T. Boys. At the age of 15, he and a class mate formed H$E (Hustlaz Stackin Endz). the group that spawned the career of Lil' Flip. Poppy, however, left the group due to creative differences. While the group excelled, Poppy fell back and waited for the opportunity he was looking for.

That opportunity didn't come until his freshman year of college at the University of Houston. There, he met Pretty Todd, a producer at Game Face Entertainment, the record label that housed Lil' O. After a few meetings and a couple demo songs, the label felt strongly about signing Poppy to a deal, pending the approval of Lil' O, who was at the time incarcerated. "When O came home, he heard me, and took me under his wing," says Poppy. He was featured three times on Lil' O's "The Fat Rat Wit Da Cheese" CD, and stood out as much as some of the seasoned artist on the album. During the same time, Poppy also developed a relationship with Paul Wall, a fellow student of U of H and member of the Swishahouse / Color Changing Click. Game Face expanded, signing Big Hawk, one of the SUC's earliest and most influential members. Poppy was also paired with Scooby, and Niq, friends that he knew from school with similar aspirations. Big Hawk's "mentoring" along with Pretty Todd's direction and production led to the birth of The G.R.I.T. Boys.

The group hit the mixtape circuit hard, mixing gritty tales with witty word play. Their innovative movement landed one of their mixtapes on Steve Rifkind's desk, one of hip hop's pioneers. A deal was proposed but eventually stalled. Offers were also made from Koch, and Asylum, but in the end the group signed with TVT recordings. However, they signed unaware that the company was on the verge of filing Chapter 11. Once the label filed bankruptcy, there was little promotion being done for their debut album, Ghetto Reality in Texas, though it was hailed as a southern classic by the likes of Ozone Mag and other press outlets. The group also participated in ghost writing. They collectively have writing credits on Paul Wall's "The Chick Magnet", the platinum selling "The People's Champ" album, DJ Khaled's "Holla at Me" and other records from some of your favorite artists. Now, Poppy is striving to make a name for himself as a solo artist via his own brand, K.U.S.H. Culture... K.U.S.H. is an acronym for Keep Ur Standards High, and is very self explanatory. . . . and with the help of Ricky Rich and Untold Riches, he will be able to spread his motivational message to the masses...Keep Ur Standards High!!!

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