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Q&A With Rising NYC Hip Hop Artist Nels

Q&A With NYC Rising Hip Hop Artist Nels

What’s up Nels! Much respect on your new EP. You are really bringing something completely different to the Hip Hop game today! Where area NY are you from , how long have you been making music & how did you end up getting your MC name?

I’m originally from Washington Heights in uptown Manhattan (NYC). I was the first person in my family born in the US after they came over from the Dominican Republic.

I feel like I’ve been making music my whole life. Lol. It all started when I was a kid singing all the time. Then I would write raps as a teenager with my friends and we’d battle in the lunch room. But I’ve been recording as a serious artist since 2012.

My rap name is just a rendition of my actual name. My friends used to call me Nels all the time for short so it just stuck.

What makes you different compared to other MC’s int he game today?

I believe I’m different from MC’s today in the fact that my content is different. You hear the emotion in the music and you see how cleverly I tell my story. I’m from the birthplace of hiphop so the culture and its entirety mean the world to me and I was put here to help preserve the culture for what it really is: witty, gritty, emotional, and clever (with wordplay).

A lot of rappers who tend to get big completely disappear from their local communities and never give back! What is your take on that, and lets say you hit it major one day, what will you do?

I think that’s bullshit. Excuse my french. Your community molded you into who you are. They most likely were the first ones to support you as an artist. How can you turn your back on them? If by God’s grace I’m ever in a financial situation where I can contribute a good-sized portion of my wealth, I plan to do so. I’m tired of schools closing down or kids in the inner city not having the same opportunities as others who are more privileged. I’m sick of seeing children with no books or toys and families without food. If every artist, professional athlete, business mogul, and actor did something to help A community, any community that’s less fortunate, this country would be a much better place.

Please breakdown the creative process of your latest EP “Lost In The Days”. And tell us a little about the producer to this EP Rob Relish.

I’ll start with Rob. Thats my dude right there. I originally met him when we used to work in a restaurant. I told him I make music and he said he did to. That night we checked each others work out and got in contact immediately after and got to business. He’s super talented with the beats and he’s a monster with mixing and mastering so I’m blessed he even took my music seriously. The creative process was cool because it was all so new to me. I would head to Rob’s house where the studio was and he would put on a vinyl record and we’d just kick it. Maybe sip a little brew or smoke some trees while we got our minds right. Then out of nowhere rob would walk over to his turntables and mpc and start making magic. Before this I had never seen anyone rock the turntables live, nor had I seen anyone sample live from record to mpc. Eventually he would have a “shell” or “rough draft” for me to write to. I’d vibe out to the beat whenever I got the chance and I’d come up with some ideas and verses for the next time we got together to record. After recording my vocals he’d then go back to the track we worked on and he would start playing with the beat again. Fixing it, changing it, or making it sound completely different. Lol. Then after a few days, or weeks, we’d have a dope song.

What are you looking forward to for 2017? Anything you going to be doing differently compared to past years?

2017? I’m looking forward to a lot. Like growing my fan base and marketing my brand better. Really I’m just very focused on making more quality music and getting my merchandise game up. Everything has been slowly but surely unfolding in my favor and I’d like to be ready for what ever opportunities present themselves.

Any pressuring situations before you decided to push your latest EP? Did everything work out according to plan? Did it really take you 2+ years to make a EP???…LOL

maaaann, yes it took like 2 years to finish the EP. Hahaha. With that being said, it’s safe for you to assume that nothing went according to plan during the making of this EP. Between computer glitches, equipment malfunctions, re-recording sessions, work (like actual jobs), car accidents, me becoming a father and all other real life stuff that can happen to a person; I almost felt like the EP wasn’t going to happen. But you know what? We got it done AND the project came out really dope so I’m not even mad.

Being from New York, how has your city influenced your Hip Hop career?

Like I mentioned before I’m from the birthplace of hiphop. I grew up listening to people battle or freestyle or just rocking microphones at parties along with whatever spanish music my mom was blasting in the house. Lol. But honestly NY made me who I am today. Damn near every aspect of me. From how I move, to how I talk, how I dress to how I want my music to sound.

Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.

We all wish to “get rich quick”. A lot of people want to be successful but don’t want to put the time and effort in. Hell, some people don’t even care if their songs all sound exactly the same or like someone else’s for that matter. They don’t realize that labels pretty much already want a packaged artist before trying to work with them. Do you have a following? You doing shows? Social media presence? Have you sold any merchandise? Do you engage well with your fans? Is your music real? Are you transparent in your music? Or are you just trying to get rich? Cuz people can spot a fake. I’ve done my research and really am out here putting work in. Networking, engaging with potential new fans, working 2 or 3 jobs so that I can not only invest in my brand but take care of my family as well. This is my life, believe it or not. Some people are doing this to be famous. I do this for my love of music, my unfathomable infatuation with the culture, and because it’s an amazing feeling when a complete stranger reaches out to me to say they really like my music and that they really feel what I have to say.

How often do you perform LIVE. Shows lined up in the near future?

Unfortunately I haven’t been performing as much as I’d like lately. But that’s not to say I haven’t been working. I’m constantly writing, recording or busy bringing ideas into fruition. As far as shows for the future, I have a couple local shows lined up for around spring break.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?

In five years I see myself touring and doing film whether it be movies or tv. I’ve been told I have a phenomenal voice plus I write scripts, produce, film and edit video so entertainment is right up my alley.

Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

my definition of underground hiphop is music or hiphop that has yet to be tainted by mainstream music or media. It isn’t backed or consigned by major labels. Because of that the masses don’t get the opportunity to hear it unless they personally search for it. Underground is real. Underground is raw.

Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.

people can hear my music at: http://www.youtube.com/nelstheartist, http://www.soundcloud.com/nelstheartist, https://open.spotify.com/album/6HJSw0NXIaML5k7gl9Rmee, or on my personal website http://www.NelsTheArtist.com

Lastly, and shout out?

First of all, s/o to the higher powers that allow us to walk this earth. Big s/o to my dude Rob Relish. Without him I wouldn’t be the artist I am today. S/o to my brothers sketch, Kev, and Double A for believing in me and rockin with me during the making of LITD. But most importantly shout out to the whole UGHH camo.

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Q&A With Rising Underground Hip Hop Artist T.R.3

Q&A With Rising Underground Hip Hop Artist T.R.3

We really cant thank you enough T.R.3  for dropping off your music to us!  Not a lot of artists your age are making real underground Hip Hop like yourself.  So tell us how it all started? How long have you been making music? Where are you from?

It all started about 10 years ago. I started off as a music producer but people werent listening to my instrumentals. So, I decided to start writing to them myself, which was not as attractive as it sounds now at all! lol. Then it turned into a release and transformed into a part of my foundation to build the young record label I’m currently expanding. I was born in Atlanta, but do to my father living in Illinios, I would travel back and forth often, giving me a strong Chicago influence.

As you saw, we recently posted your video on our hi-traffic IG page and let me tell you from experience, our fans do not hold anything back, they will comment and let you know if your wack or not..LOL  Your IG post got so much love from our audience!  How important is it to you to get real strangers reacting to your music?

I feel its the most important piece of the puzzle, having real authentic listeners. Connecting to true souls. The feedback is always a plus to know that I’m speaking up for many who share the same consciousness.

Did you always have deep underground Hip Hop roots growing up?  Your Hip Hop absolutely caters to real underground Hip Ho fans coast-to-coast!  Basically I’m asking you how did you develop your sound and who/what influenced you?

To be honest, it started off with Al Green, The Temptations, Tribe Called Quest, 2Pac, Erykah Badu, Kanye and my cousin, Andre’ 3000. Back then, my understanding of music was that it was suppose to inform, unify, and express balance. Lets just say I have decided that having an Idol at this point in my career is detrimental to my growth. I believe that you can never achieve your higher purpose if your to busy trying to follow someone else path in life.

Please breakdown the creative process of your latest album ““I’m Awesome, I’m A God, I’m A God Fearing Man”.

The album came along gradually after successfully launching a publicity stunt EP “CRE8”. Once I seen that I was gaining clout off of the “Statistics” single, I felt it was only right to hit the masses with the real message. My entire purpose in this industry is to enlighten the generations here/to come and provide a spiritually safe foundation for others to express their truths.

What message do you have for our youth?

The message is clear. Don’t just be different, be you. Understanding self is the only true understanding.

Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.

Ok, It’s over-saturated, yes, but this was to happen regardless once the internet was established. I feel the problem is the overseers that decide what becomes viral. At this point i don’t even think quality is in the criteria. They want to continue to use Hip Hop as a weapon to keep listeners trapped in a false reality. It wasn’t until late last year that i started seeing artist in my lane glow but that’s due to “them” trying to separate the conscious community because its going to happen regardless.

2017 is a fresh year for all of us, what are you planning on doing differently this year that you did not do prior years?

This year i plan on giving the fans more professional imagery and amazing collaborations with some of my favorite artist at the moment. As far as imagery, I just release my first visual of 2017 on the 16th of January called “Death Of Desiigner” with Bankhead (of IMG).

Your dream collab?

Dream, not so much. I’m already lining my path up to collaborate with Mick Jenkins. It has to happen.

How often do you perform LIVE.  Shows lined up in the near future?

I perform live locally on a weekly basis in Atlanta. I plan to have the 2nd IMG Showcase late this year.

Any music video in the works?

I am in the process of filming “7.AM,” the single from the latest album.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?

In 5 years, I plan to have succesfully built a foundation for my team and to have dropped back to be a producer/song writer.

Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

My definition of Underground Hip Hop is: Music made for progression as a people, for the people, by the people.

Where can people find you on the web?  Drop all the vital links.

2nd Album: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1148800922
1st Album: https://soundcloud.com/tr3world/sets/lvl-99-tr3-mixtapealbum-indylivemixtapecom
Publicity Stunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFb3oR1Q7ko
Latest EPs: https://soundcloud.com/tr3world/sets/static-tr3
https://soundcloud.com/tr3world/sets/six-sixty-six-tr3

Lastly, and shout out?

I’d like to shoutout all the producers on this project that made this possible! Contributing Producers: Johnny Minds, J1K, The ScreamMaker, Tineye Lee, VYLAN, & DjTr3. And of coarse MY TEAM!!!! Instrumentalist Music Group (IMG)

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Q&A With New York’s Rising Hip Hop Artist Godz Chyld

Q&A With New York's Godz Chyld

What’s up Godz Chyld! Much respect on your new EP. You are really bringing something completely different to the Hip Hop game today! Where are you from , how long have you been making music & how did you end up getting your MC name?

What’s up Thanks for the Interview & the kind words about the project. Yea man I’m from New York I was raised mostly in Washington Heights but I’m in the Bronx now, I’ve lived in Maryland and PA too I was out there for a while shout out to Logic I knew him while I was in Maryland we was cool. I started rapping back when I was about 13 and it was really just for fun and off of 2pac’s influence once I heard him I wanted to do the same things so I started rhyming and my name came from the truest representation of myself that I could find, I went through a bunch of names but nothing that I felt really represented me so instead of front like a character my name is exactly what I am. A child of God, I’m real spiritual and that shows in my music too so that plays a big part in it too.

By the look of your catalog, you have been working with Jordan River Banks for a few years now! How did you guys link up? And what made you guys agree to work together?

That was ill how we came across each other it was through SoundCloud! I been a fan of his work with Killah Priest and Hell Razah so I was listening to some songs he posted on soundcloud and the beats were so dope so I hit him through message and told him his beats were crazy and I wasn’t expecting a reply but he hit me back and I guess he checked out some of my stuff I had posted from my Book Of a Scribe album and told me I had some good stuff too. We came together to collab on a track or two and the first song we did together was ‘Heavens’ off our Forever EP and that song came out so crazy that we came together for an EP and that Forever EP is a classic in my eyes and I still thank him for that and now we’ve got this Reborn EP and this is just next level stuff from there, he’s a great dude and a great producer.

A lot of rappers who tend to get big completely disappear form their local communities and never give back! What is your take on that, and lets say you hit it major one day, what will you do?

I say that that’s wack and that’s not Hip Hop. This whole culture was started off of rappers speaking for those who didn’t have a voice since Grand Master Flash ‘The Message’ I’m disappointed when I see what’s going on. I’m against that, I grew up off of 2Pac, Bob Marley, Nas, Wu Tang people like that and they always had some kind of consciousness in their music to keep their people aware of what’s going on, now it’s just about bragging about how rich you are and a bunch of poor people fantasizing that they’ll be in that same spot to brag one day I’m not feeling that. And what I’d do if I hit major one day is the same thing I’m doing right now which is speaking the truth through my music and interviews and giving true people something to relate to and feel like somebody speaking for them. These artists get a lil money and forget they came from the hood and the majority of our people are still in the hood and need representation.

We really respect new MC’s who decide to actually take their music careers seriously! Please breakdown the creative process of your latest EP “Reborn”.

So all of my projects represent a period in my life and a situation I’m going through, like Forever was me wanting to lay something down so my name can always be here and the music came from there, T.I.M.E. was me feeling like I was running out of time and the music I was making was from that feeling and Re-Member was me remembering why I fell in love with hip hop in the first place and making music from that fun space. Reborn is deep because this was like me going back to my roots from my Book Of a Scribe, Forever days but on another level. It’s me making that spiritual deep music and coming from the spirit and also going through an evolution and the songs are kinda like the mind state of that process, songs like ‘Crazy’ are like that stress and pain that are like the birth pains of the rebirth that lead to songs and feelings like ‘Watch Me Rise’ it was a real thing that was going on in my life that I felt like would be a good thing to talk about in my music. That’s why the project is called Reborn its me telling you I’m already Reborn now listen to the process.

What are you looking forward to for 2017? Anything you going to be doing differently compared to past years?

I’m looking forward to making more music and trying to really making this the year that people recognize me more I feel like this project is powerful music and people deserve to hear it. Also something I’m gonna be doing more is be dropping more videos and doing more performances I’ve always had the music down but I notice I haven’t made myself very visible as far as videos and stuff like that goes so I’m def working on that and have more coming on the way.

Any pressuring situations before you decided to push your latest EP? Did everything work out according to plan?

Everything worked out perfectly actually it was like watching synchronicity unfold before my eyes, the features and everything was just unfolding perfectly even the concepts for the videos everything was going according to a higher plan in my eyes and I still see it that way. I don’t know how far this is meant to go all I know is that it’s meant to go somewhere based on the way things are unfolding and the way people are touched by my music and the signs I’m seeing. I’m loving it so far and I’m working on making more come together through hard work, dedication, faith & evolution.

Being from New York, how has your city influenced your Hip Hop career?

Being from New York especially when I was growing up definitely made me more lyrical and real with my music. You look up to guys like Wu Tang and Jay-Z Biggie Nas DMX all these dudes that were lyrical giants that you were just a borough away from where you grew up so these guys are talking about places you know, things you go through and it’s all so relatable that their style becomes a part of your style. New York is also the home of knowledge rap and that’s my style too, this is such a fast city and people are on point out here then you can walk through the hood and see somebody selling a book on consciousness or know somebody that puts you on to some knowledge and you can pick up on that. I’m glad I’m from New York and got this style. That’s what this game is missing New York always brought that but we kinda blackballed and missing an identity right now, but me I got my own identity and I’m from New York so it’s all mixed together with me.

Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.

All of that came from Lil Wayne and a lot of dudes don’t wanna say that but that’s where it came from, he was one of a kind and he was dropping a lot of music for free and constantly and consistently that he kinda changed the listeners patience for new music from artists, now dudes are trying to keep up with that but they might not be as talented as a Lil Wayne but they wanna copy what he did so they dropping a lot of music and the quality ain’t matching the quantity and that’s what’s going on with that. People don’t really know how to receive an album the proper way because everything is mixtapes left and right they don’t give artists the time to go through something grow and come back and talk about it, it’s taking away from the quality of the music and there’s a lot of one hit wonders too that get passed off as stars because they make one song that pops and get internet fame. We need more talented artists that have real things and substance to offer the people. The internet is a gift and a curse because of that.

How often do you perform LIVE. Shows lined up in the near future?

I haven’t been performing much but I’m def getting on that more this year, follow me on twitter for any updates on that it will def be going down this year.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?

I can’t say because if you would’ve asked me that 5 years ago I wouldn’t have said that I’d be where I am so I learned that this is all God’s plan and we going along for the ride and the journey is through not knowing what’s coming next and reacting and evolving from what comes your way. Hopefully I’m blessed I’m alive, my family is fine and I’m doing something positive with my life those are the things that really matter the most so that’s where I hope I’m at in 5 years. And I really hope WE as people are in a better place in 5 years when you look at all these shootings and kids dying over nothing and injustices & ignorance at an all time high, with the leaders we have I won’t be surprised if these things keep being swept under the rug but I hope we rise higher from here.

Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

My definition of underground hip hop is what they don’t want the masses to know exists, real underground hip hop is that stuff that’s dangerous because it makes people think and it makes people feel something real that might cause a reaction. Anything that’s underground is a threat even Harriet Tubman with the Underground Railroad she went underground with it cuz she knew they couldn’t reach her there and that’s where the real ones live at and where the real can hear you that’s what the real underground is and for that I’m happy to say I’m a real underground artist but I’m trying to free the slaves who don’t even know they slaves like she did so I need my people riding with me.

Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.

I’m on twitter at @G0dzchyld
Instagram is @Godzchyld7
My Facebook is Godz Chyld
Anybody can hit me up on either of those and we can build that’s what I’m here for.

Lastly, and shout out?

I wanna give a shout out to Jordan River Banks for being one of the illest producers out and working with me! Also gotta shout out Loaded Lux for his crazy verse on Blue Flame and Killah Priest for his amazing verse on Godz Speech he’s one of my all time fav emcees so that was very big for me thank you! Also gotta shout out my director for my videos Joshua Cruz & UGHHBlog for all the love and support thank y’all.

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Q&A With Rising Hip Hop Artist Cadillac G

What’s up Cadillac G! Much respect on your latest mixtape ”HOTBOXX” Pt.1. How long have you been making music? How did you get your MC name?

I have been making music for about 2 1/2 years now. I got my mc name due to me always driving and buying old school Cadillac’s.

How has your city Houston, TX help you influence you.

Houston has influenced my music to an extent because of the feel and vibes the Houston culture gives. Houston music is all I knew at one point in my life.

We really respect new MC’s who decide to actually take their music careers seriously! Please breakdown the creative process of your mixtape. Also tell us a bit about the cover artwork?

Actually this mixtape was mental preparation for me to drop my first album “Cadi”. I wanted people to hear me before they saw what I could really do. Especially being in houston with the competition that around here I feel like I need to release as much music I can to possibly stand out from the rest.

The cover I made to try to show that there is “something coming” in a sense; having my logo behind broken glass.

Do you drive a Cadillac?..LOL

I do. I have 2 Cadillac’s at the moment. 79′ Seville x 98 Deville. Working on getting another one lol.

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

I’m looking to be releasing my first album “Cadi” and many more visual projects.

Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.

For everybody its different and some can get away with doing very little while others have to do a lot more to get noticed.

Who are your biggest Hip Hop influences?

I love all music. I’m inspired by artists like Erykah Badu, Pimp C, and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.

How often do you perform LIVE. Shows lined up in the near future?

I have done a few Performances in collaboration with other artists around houston. I haven’t had my own full-out show because I felt like I needed more material before i put myself where people want to hear more. As of now i plan on doing shows in March and hopefully have a set in SXSW in 2017.

Any music video in the works Cadillac G?

Yes, I have 3 New music videos soon to drop along with a “day2day” visual which I’ve put together myself along with my conrad Bllk Ravv. All will be on CADILLACG.com

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?

In 5 years I see myself traveling with my music along with raising my daughter to be amazing.

Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Underground hip hop is just the more realistic form of music. It gets straight to the point. So Cadillac G IS the definition of Underground Hip Hop.

Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.

You can find most of everything i do on my website –cadillacg.com– and i am also on Instagram, twitter, & facebook @cadi_gee / iTunes, Spotify, soundcloud, youtube, spinrilla, & datpiff “Cadillac G”

Lastly, and shout out?

Shoutout to anybody who really going for what they want. Much love to all my family and friends, my soon to be born daughter, and all my close friends who were around to help me put together a masterpiece.

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Q&A With Upcoming Hip Hop Artist Decay The Llama

Q&A With Upcoming Hip Hop Artist Decay The Llama

What’s up Decay the Llama!

What up!

Much love your latest album “Acid Blue And Other Demons”.

Thank you.

Where are you from?

My fam is from Guyana in South America but I was born on the south side of Chicago.

How long have you been making music?

I’ve been rhyming since I was a kid but as far as actually making full songs? I’d say a little more than 10 years.

How did you get your MC name?

When I first started I was very focused on social issues and politics and I went by Inner City Decay back then. Shortened it for a while to just Decay. Then when the realization hit that there could be legal trouble around the corner or I’ll forever be tied to some other people with the same name, I added “the Llama” to the name. There is a lot of Decay’s out there.

Was your name inspired by an actual Llama?

Nah. haha. That’s a shout out to my crew, Green Llama Movement. We address each other as Llamas and it just made sense.

Your style is very original and unique, How can you describe your sound? We have never heard any rapper that sounds like you!

It’s really just the way the music hits my ear. Also, the way I fit with the music. I try not to have too much of my music be that straight forward. Production or lyrics. In the years I’ve worked on music, I’ve also been a student. I’ve learned that I could follow the wave of more popular music but my creative nature would probably be bored. This style is just how I react to the music and what I would like to hear.

Who are you biggest Hip Hop influences?

The artists that really made me want to rhyme were Rakim, Nas, Mos Def, Ghostface and Doom. I feel like I’m influenced by a wide spectrum of music and not just hip hop.

Where were you when you wrote your first song?

I think I was on a CTA bus scribbling in a note pad. I wrote verses before that but this was the first song. I think it was called The Fist Song. Don’t ask.

Please breakdown the creative process of your album “Acid Blue and Other Demons”. Also tell us a bit about the cover artwork?

Originally the project was going to be called Mother. The title was connected to an old Nintendo game I loved and to some extent, my own mother who passed a couple of years prior. I had beats but couldn’t write anything. I’ve always had little bouts with depression through life but I think having the project called Mother was too much to deal with. I realized the name had to be changed but I wanted to deal with some of the emotional things I was going through. I started with trying to be lighthearted to get the ball rolling so Mother became a placeholder title and I wrote Ewing in like 15 minutes. I recorded it and sent it Lanzo, the producer, in the next half hour. After that I wrote more songs and with each one I eased a little more into the emotional aspect of the album. Some of the songs created during this process went on an album called “D.” that I dropped in July to tide fans over who were waiting to hear what I was working on. After I wrote Acid Blue with Psalm One the name just came together. Blue is associated with sadness but there were more issues than that alone manifesting themselves on the album. Hence, the other demons.

The album art is from a good friend of mine, Elyse Martin, and it’s titled “Endementia.” Endementia was at one time a potential title for the album. The blue in her work was deep. I felt like I saw something familiar in it and asked if I could use it for the cover. Another friend, Chantala Kommanivanh, photographed Elyse’s work and did the layout for the album. Chantala also did the layout for my last album with City Slick. The painting on that cover was his.

How do you feel about the mainstream propaganda pushing nothing but trash Hip Hop. Artist all named Lil “???” We can count a whole of these clowns. Whats your view on the current state of mainstream Hip Hop.

On one hand, we’re in a capitalist society. The actors who are part of the mainstream music business are cogs in the machine. That machine is fueled by money. I’m not a fan of it all but I understand it. On the other hand, I think the allure of hip hop for me was artist having some complexity to their music. In either the message or composition, there was always more. I’m not going to discount what these artists put into their music but if there is something more, it’s hard to see that. It all feels very limiting. It’s as if there is a formula everyone is following and listeners haven’t grown tired of it. So why should the next one try to be different? The people are still eating it up. Obviously, I’m from a different mold. I’m not trying to get rich or famous. Just doing my part to give back what I took from hip hop.

Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.

It’s all following how we are acting socially. Nobody has time for patience. Listeners or artists. The internet is an invention that has truly changed our trajectory. For better or worse, record labels are no longer the curators of what makes it to people’s ears. Listeners are bombarded with so much shit daily that it’s hard for some artists to make an impact. Unless you have the money for major promotion and placement, you’re most likely not getting heard. Repetition and perception are powerful tools to make music that isn’t so great appear to be the hottest song for the moment.

How often do you perform LIVE. Shows lined up in the near future?

I might have some shows in the near future. I stopped performing live for a few years since having my kids and working full-time as a teacher. Now that my kids are a little older, I’m getting active in music again.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?
Helping other artists pursue their dreams working through our label. Machine Wash Music.

Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Independent. Rap that’s below the radar. That music you have to seek out. The MCs and producers you hear putting their heart and soul into the music for little or no return on investment. Innovation. Hunger. Respect. Real. That’s underground hip hop to me.

Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.
Bandcamp: machinewashmusic.bandcamp.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/DecayTheLlama/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/emceedecay
IG: https://www.instagram.com/emceedecay/

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Lastly, and shout out?

Love to my wife and our 3 sons. Shout out to everyone who worked on the album. Machine Wash fam. My Llama fam. The whole Chicago music family. We support each other heavy. And my brother Rawle who set the bar high. Peace.

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Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Comes Back Strong With Huge Wave One Artist Announcement

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Comes Back Strong With Huge Wave One Artist Announcement
Evan Walters


I know everyone who had the opportunity to be apart of the inaugural Okeechobee is as excited as I am about this announcement. Amidst some controversy between the suits of Soundslinger, a lot of people were skeptical about the future of their beloved festival. In its first year, Okeechobee was able to do what I personally have never witnessed another festy do; secure its spot as one of the best in the country. The venue and the lineup gave them a good start but the magic they were able to create was something else.

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I know you remember those purple trees… Photo By: Nicholas James Photography

I knew as soon as I left Okeechobee this past spring that I would be returning in 2017 and I’ve been waiting on the lineup to drop ever since. To be honest, after my experience at #OMF16 I was convinced that I would attend next year regardless of what the lineup looked like because it was just that great. As cliche as it sounds, I’ve never been to a festy where the vibes were so on point; everyone and everything about this festival just seemed perfect to me!

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Next years lineup is similar to this past years in the respect that it is extremely diverse and includes artists that are currently making waves. Being one of the first big festivals of the year gives them a huge advantage because they have the element of surprise. You can generally get an idea of what names you will be seeing on lineups later on in the year from the spring festivals. I’m stoked to see Usher & The Roots and there’s no way I could’ve guessed that would be a thing but now I expect to see them on at least a few other bills this year. Don’t get me wrong it’s still going to be dope at whatever fest they play after Okee but the pioneer always takes the gold medal. Then you have Bassnectar and Pretty Lights in the same spot; this will do numbers regardless and the fact that there is no BassLights happening this year just makes it that much more monumental. Bringing out Kings Of Leon to fill the shoes of Mumford & Sons was a good move in my opinion, they’re fresh off a huge year that included the start of a world tour, a new album and an EMA nomination for best alternative. The first year of Okeechobee boasted an impressive collection of rappers and this year is no different! The emphatic duo that goes by Rae Sremmurd and currently has the #1 song in the country will be joined by the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Mike Posner, Anderson .Paak, Waka Flocka, Russ and D.R.A.M. on the list of rappers announced thus far. Other names that stand out to me on this massive lineup include: Griz, Tennyson, SOJA, Flume and Louis Futon to name a few.

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Of course you cant forget about the “PoWow!” which is curated with the same prestige as Bonnaroos historic Super Jam. Last year at Okeechobee Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, Miguel, Mac Miller, Mumford & Sons, Skrillex, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hall & Oates all collaborated on what was a crazy first of many. The main thing about this lineup that sparks my interest is that all of these names are fresh (excluding one certain individual towards the very top). A lot of festivals are bringing out the same 3 or 4 headliners every year and thats not a good look. I guess we’ll see what comes with these next two announcements but I have faith that they will keep things relative and put on another amazing event. For those of you aspiring to be apart of an event like this, you’re in luck because Okeechobee holds a contest every year for you & your friends to win a chance to perform in paradise. Destination Okeechobee provides bands, DJs & musicians of all kinds with the opportunity of a life time; the December 15th deadline for that is coming in hot so if you’re about it, get on it!

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Tickets for this are on sale now starting at the low price of $ 249 and (I know it seems almost pointless to say) this will most definitely sell out so secure your pass into Sunshine Grove! Check them on social media to make sure you’re in the loop and don’t miss these upcoming announcements.

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Facebook/Twitter/Website

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Q&A With Bay Area Hip Hop Artist Phonz

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What up Phonz, we really enjoyed your new album “Bulletproof Monk” How long have you been making music? Do you remember where you were at when you wrote your first 16 bar?

I’ve been making music for 5 years since I was 18. I actually started writing when I was in 5th grade, only I didn’t write raps. I was writing songs for the purpose of singing them. I knew I couldn’t sing but I still had this urge to write. So knowing I couldn’t sing, it kind of discouraged me from continuing. It wasn’t until Senior Year in high school that I picked up writing again and really started recording. I have no idea where those first couple songs could be.

Whats crakin with the Bay Area, a lot of dope underground Hip Hop comes from out there! Whats the main difference between Bay Area Hip Hop compared to Los Angeles & East Coast Hip Hop. Your honest opinion of course..LOL

We really do got a dope local hip hop scene here in the Bay that people need to check out for sure. In my opinion, I wouldn’t say there’s much of a difference between East Coast, LA hip-hop. Because of the Internet I feel like quality music is coming out of all corners of the country. Sure there are always people who are trying to ride the next wave of music but I think each area has its unique voice and talent. Like you can have a West Coast dude that spits with an East Coast style or vice versa and most common people wouldn’t be able to tell where they’re from unless it’s mentioned. I respect all artists that are trying to make it out there no matter where they’re from. Location is not really important to me as long as the music is good.

Please breakdown the creative process of your latest album “Bulletproof Monk”. Also tell us a bit about the simple yet grabbing art cover.

The album went through a lot of changes over the course of a year. At first it was supposed to be a mixtape that was going to be finished in a month. Once I realize that wasn’t going to happen I made a concerted effort to make an album that accurately reflected what I was going through at the time. I had recently dealt with the death of my father and best friend over the course of 3 years . I struggled with both losses but was able to pull myself out. But I knew that there are a lot of people out there that are dealing with hard times too, whether they were lost or struggling with life. I wanted this album to resonate with people in a way that my music has never done before. The album cover came from a photo shoot that I did with a good friend of mine Dodge Williams and It just grabbed my attention. Also I still haven’t done an album cover with my face on it so I felt like the streak had to keep on living. But in all seriousness the cover is about how we’re all people, were all the same, we all come from different places, and have different ideologies but we are all connected as people.

Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick mixtapes, they can blow up overnight! Clearly your skills are on a whole different level! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with to many MC’s but not to many quality music.

Like I said before there’s always artists that’ll try to follow the trends and that definitely leads to things feeling over saturated. Eventually people find the quality out there they just might have to sift through the noise first. I try not to focus too much on others and just stay in my lane.

How many music videos do you have? Are there any tracks on your album that you would want to shoot a video for?

I’ve got a couple of videos out. All from previous projects. I do plan on shooting videos for Same, Fighting Time, Down and a couple of others. I’m coming up with the videos right now actually, just getting all the ideas down. Stay tuned.

How often do you perform LIVE. Any shows lined up in the near future?

I’ve been performing every other month with hopes of that increasing soon. I also throw my own independent showcase called Peninsula Live. Where I showcase local independent artists from the Bay Area. The whole idea behind Peninsula Live is to have a platform for artists in the area to perform, especially for those who wouldn’t have the opportunity to do so.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?

I hope to see myself constantly playing shows, creating new albums and continuing my skills as a videographer. I want to continue to meet people who have the same interests as me. And I just wanna be able to look back and know I gave it 100%.

Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Underground Hip Hop is your next door neighbor. It’s your English teacher. It’s that dude who sat in the back of the class and never talked to anyone. Underground Hip Hop is anyone and everyone. If that makes any sense.

Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.

Twitter, IG, Snapchat, Facebook
@phonz_official
@peninsulalive

www.phonzmusic.com

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Lastly, and shout out?

RIP CHARLIE DERWIN AKA CHUCK THE AWFULEST 1992-2015

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[Featured Artist] Greezy Boy Drops Latest Original “King Greezy”

[Featured Artist] Greezy Boy Drops Latest Original “King Greezy”
Nelie D

Greezy Boy, an up-and-coming DJ/Producer from New York City, and our Featured Artist for this week, recently dropped a brand new original entitled, “King Greezy”. It features a sickening progression of kicking beats and electrifying synths that can definitely get you all caught up with its groovin energy. It follows a well laid-out flow that can easily rile up the senses and get you all amped up for a wylin night. Hit Play and Enjoy! This mix is part of his very first EP aptly called, “It’s Greezy”. It contains 4 exciting new trap originals that are bound to get the blood pumping, and get you up and movin in no time. So if you dig the sound of this one as much as we did, you can check the whole EP out right here.

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