NARIP Houston Board Member
Born in Louisiana, raised in Houston, Texas, Kory Lavine is a record label executive, DJ, Hip Hop Artist and US Navy Veteran. He is co-founder of Urban Rebel Media, a Houston-based Hip-Hop and R&B label devoted to bringing about positive change through Hip Hop and R&B music. Under the Urban Rebel label, he will release his debut album under the stage name Tony Blaze. Kory’s love of music started from an early age. He sang in school choirs as early as first grade through his junior year in high school. Musical influences range from Babyface, Brian McKnight, KRS One and Common to Grand Master Flash. Kory is an avid poet thus further supporting his love for hip-hop culture. On graduation, Kory joined the United States Navy where he took his musical skills to multiple talent stages in Japan and Italy. Since returning from 12 years of active duty, Kory has been active in the music community as DJ KLBlaze. He has spun many events for Macy’s, now known as the go-to DJ for Benefit Cosmetics. He debuted Hip Hop 101, a Web-show showcasing news, fashion and interviews of local talent in the urban music, dance and fashion scenes. Hip Hop 101 showcases a call-in segment every Wed. night on HearMeNowRadio.com. Discussions on the weekly radio broadcast include music industry topics from an independent label’s perspective, and insights for independent artists.