Robert Leonard Purvis also known as Biggz was born on November 14th in Savannah, and left home at 18 to seek a musical career in Miami, where he became a protégé of local star, rapper and producer Clay D. After signing and concluding a recording contract in 1991, with Suntown Records, he teamed up with Dominique Holloway in a group that would become the Blak Gemz, producing a series of local hits beginning with 2001 “Playaz Anniversary.”
Around this time, the Gemz embraced there hip hop and street identity, which influenced Biggz’s songwriting for years to come. Meanwhile, the duo sound grew deeper and tougher with the addition of lyrists Chalie “Grandwizard” Simmons and his right hand man Maliek “Footsoilder” Colonel, both had been known in Savannah’s music underground. In 2001, Biggz formed the independent label O.M Records.
2001’s FLATLINEZ was the group debut, and the first and only Gemz disc to be pushed outside of Savannah. The album made a ear catching impression on audiences, thanks to such compositions as the spiritual “I’m a Man,” the soul searching “Will I keep on Balling” and the street anthem “Playaz Anniversary,” which cleverly introduce the idea that the real player is the working man in today’s society.
Playaz Anniversary was followed six months later by I’m a Man, which further demonstrated the groups ability to explain street life and family life into anthems. “Will I keep on ballin” and the fiery “Flatlinez” offer more insight to the duo’s vision. But it was “Casual Thugz” that would play a crucial role of identifying the duo’s identity.
Casual Thugz would be the duo’s final single, with the duo departing to pursue family life. 2004 found Biggz out of the music scene and into routine family life.
The reconfigured Biggz quickly emerged himself into songwriting and studio engineering. For the next eight years, Biggz spent all of his free time writing and recording.
Now matured and developed in song writing and engineering, Biggz energized with the love and the knowledge for the game, launched FIRSTFAMILY ENTERTAINMENT IN 2012.
BIGGZ is the 2013 recipient of The Hiphopjunky TeeVee Award for hook ot the year for the single “Aye Yo” out of Bayonne, New Jersey and this same single “Aye Yo” is currently in rotation on the local radio station (94.1 The Beat).
BIGGZ latest album “SEA PORT ICON”, can be found on Cd Baby, Itunes, Amazon, and Google Play. BIGGZ also can be reached at www.facebook.com/firstfamily. BIGGZ.
In January of 2014, BIGGZ will embark on his “BIGGZ-SEA PORT ICON STATE TOUR” performing in Hinesville, Statesboro, Valdosta, Macon, Athens, Savannah, Augusta, Columbus, and Atlanta.