“With his bassy voice, Triangle rapper Edgar Allen Floe the soi-disant "Justus League GZA" nearly made one of my ex-girlfriends leave me to find a man with a bit more boom in his voice. It did a harsh number on my ego, sure, but who could deny the gentlemanly impression Floe and producer 9th Wonder left when they made the messianic pledge "The Righteous Way to Go" by sampling Curtis Mayfield. I couldn't, and apparently she couldn't either.” - Eric Tullis
Edgar Allen Floe (born Daryl Sams) is an award-winning artist, producer, engineer and visionary within North Carolina's hip-hop history. He is best known as a member of the Justus League, a 15 member hip-hop collective that has generated superior artists such as 9th Wonder, Khrysis, and Little Brother. Floe has collaborated with groundbreaking hip-hop artists such as Nottz, Royce Da 5'9", Termanology, and Jean Grae.
Floe's early ambition was to become a DJ rather than an Emcee. But hearing his uncle playing records by the likes of Rakim and Ice Cube led Floe writing his first lyrics at the age of 14. Mal Demolish, Floe's partner in the group The Undefined, gave him the "Edgar Allen Floe" moniker back in high school. He explains, "Edgar Allan Poe was a well-respected writer and creative. I'm incorporating the same into my own art."
In addition to his lyrical ability, Floe also functions as a producer and engineer under the alias Slicemysta. He had also functioned in Artist Development for 9th Wonder's Jamla record label -- which has spawned novel artists such as Rapsody.
Today, Floe is set to release new material under his own label, Balance Coalition Music Group, LLC. His vision is to continuously improve the image of what Hip Hop is -- all while keeping the artistry in the forefront.
2011 – Ghettosocks – Hip Hop Recording of the Year (Treat of the Day)
East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) Wins
2011 – Ghettosocks – Rap/Hip Hop Single Track Recording of the Year
(Don’t Turn Around feat. Edgar Allen Floe)
In 2009, Floe traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia to work with popular Canadian artist, Ghettosocks. The two collaborated on a song called "Don't Turn Around", and also released a video for the track. The song and video has received mid-heavy rotation on popular Canadian music show, MuchMusic.
The music video for "Don't Turn Around" has also been an official selection at several film festivals including:
2010 Twin Rivers Media Festival (Award of Excellence)
2010 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival
2010 Washougal International Film Festival
2010 Interrobang Film Festival
2010 PEI International Film Festival
2010 Out Twin Cities Film Festival
2009 Atlantic Film Festival
2006 - Edgar Allen Floe "The Torch" featured on soundtrack and in scene for the independent film Plasterhead