Who Is SunNY
Sun of New York. Voice of the People. Champion
Daniel Smith a.k.a SunNY made a name for himself as a tried, tested and rarely defeated battle rapper by the time he left high school. The attention that his musical talent brought inspired him to leave the streets of Rochester, NY and move to Atlanta, GA. Almost instantly SunNY became King of Friday night freestyle battles on HOT 107.9. His undefeated reign caught the attention of the casting team at BET’s 106 & Park. After turning BET down TWICE he agreed to appear on the 2004 Christmas Eve episode. He would remain BET’s Freestyle Friday champion for seven weeks, alluring the attention of Atlanta Hip-Hop mogul, Jermaine Dupri. On February 4th SunNY became the second rapper to retire his 106 & Park crown, but the FIRST to receive a deal with a major record company.
According to All Hip Hop.com
In another classic BET “106 & Park” moment, Hip-Hop mogul Jermaine Dupri announced that he has signed freestyle champion SunNY, who was officially named to “Freestyle Friday” Hall of Fame Friday (Feb. 4) after a seven-week winning streak. Dupri surprised the “106 & Park” audience by appearing on stage, presenting SunNY with a chain and announcing his signing to So So Def Records. “He’s got style and that’s what separates him from the regular rappers,” Dupri told AllHipHop.com. “He’s ready for what you throw at him, so I figured if you throw something at him like a record deal, he should be ready for that too.” According to Dupri, it was a spontaneous freestyle session at a radio station that compelled him to sign SunNY.
The Rochester native-turned-Atlanta resident had battled and defeated other unsigned rappers for seven weeks straight until his final competition Friday. Afterwards, an emotional SunNY expressed his appreciation for his mom and the support of fans. “He adapted to the situation at hand. He never knew what beat [“106 & Park” DJ] Enuff was gonna come with,” said Dupri of SunNY’s performances. “You go off the judges’ faces; you go off [hosts] Free, AJ’s expressions and just the crowd [reaction]. Everybody’s facial expression was like ‘Wow.’”
Sucka Free Mix
From the success of 106 & Park, SunNY received a major recording deal with Jermaine Dupri to So So Def/Virgin in 2005. SunNY also received Hip Hop Quotable in the Source for his single “Soul of A Hustler’ Released Album under So So Def Imprint titled “Overnight Celebrity.” Since the release of his last project “Break Of Dawn” SunNY has focused on Health & Hip Hop by launching Sucka Free Athletics.
SunN.Y. released his new EP titled “The Book Of Daniel” on February 20, 2016. The Book Of Daniel features the record “I AM I” produced by The Kid Nigel, “Black Ice” produced by Open Range Music, “iNSIGHT” produced by EZ El Pee, & “God Body”produced by the biggest co-sign in the game Don Cannon. SunN.Y. is focused on social issues, true life, and is the total opposite of the “Drug Addict” rap that we are hearing today. SunN.Y. explains his absence from music and promises his fans that he is here to stay.
SunNY – On Way (Produced by @StrykerSpeak)