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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

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)


Q&A With Young Underground Hip Hop Producer NugLife

What’s up NugLife!  Much respect on your new production EP.  Feels good to interview a true LA based underground producer.  How did you get started?  How long have you been producing?  Where were you when you created your first beat!!?? 

Whats good family at UGHHBLOG much respect to you guys and the platform you have set up for the underground uprising. I got started making beats in my bedroom my aunts house in Covina nothing to crazy , I was 16 just scratching the surface of things , I guess were alway learning though right ? I was playing the guitar before that and also had an older homie J Peso who was going to studios around LA and would bring me along time to time on the weekends and thats when I knew what I wanted to do. I saw it was possible to make it and there were all types of positions to fill in this creative music process.

Who is more important, the MC? or Producer?…LOL

For me, that question matters on the perspective and variables of the situation. You could have an average dope beat , or simple beat and an MC can come use their voice to take that producers beat to the next level whether it’s the story, rhyme scheme , or delivery. Visa versa , a producer can have a smacking beat or something musical that can take an artists lyrics to the next level …. In the best situations both the producer and the artist are both helping each other elevate each others part in the song mostly being synchronized with each others creative ideas in the studio .

How do you describe your unique style of production?  How are you different compared to other producers?

Id say my style is still evolving but I guess in one word I could call it “DoYou” ahaha I just try to do what sounds right to my ear .

Dope MC’s are featured on your new EP.  Tell us how you clicked up with them?

Yea, I linked Tone Oliver and Kaly Jay in the Bay Area around 2014 , Kaly is from the Fillmore of SF and showed so much love when we first started collaborating on shows and music in SF. Same with Tone except he’s from LA we just happened to meet in the bay! I met him through our photographer homie King Yazid and me and Tone began trading shows and event making some good music in the mix of it all . I also met Jaxx who sang on track 2 of the EP who I also first came across at a War of Icaza Show i was DJing at in Oakland. We are collating on some crazy Native American stuff since we share the same roots.

We really enjoyed reviewing your EP in 2017!  What are you looking forward to in the new year?

Thanks for showing the EP love, all the artists around me and myself have been working hard and having fun along the way . In the New Year I’m mostly looking forward to exploring and growing in La ! My homie Rocky G and I are cooking up a new project right now ,I also have some shows coming up in the Bay and La , possible DJ residency off Hollywood an Las Palmas starting in March so stay posted !

As a producer, who influenced you to start making beats?

As a Producer cats like George Martin , Pharrell , Quincy Jones , and Rick Rubin have influenced me on how to step in the producer space and help guide sessions and make an artist feel comfortable, to where they almost just forget they are recording and everything is natural.

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.

The internet/digital age is crazy , depending on how you use it you can really elevate to large audiences . Good music will always prevail but shoot theres is a lot of muddy saturation in the mix and sloppy recordings , some of it is cool. In reality people are experimenting with the tools we have now at are finger tips , youtube, pro tools, internet, it’s all easy access ….. We shouldn’t ever look at any artist (saturated or unsaturated) any type of way for doing what they do , rather we should look at the audience who are supporting and providing views and plays.

Your dream collab?

J DILLA , hands down , rest in beats

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

I perform live here an there around the bay area and LA , keep your eyes peeled ! Got one coming up Jan 22nd with Kaly Jay in Frisco , Trap Art in La February 6th, and some DJ gigs coming up in hollywood this year, I normally post my gigs up on social media so stay posted !

Any music video in the works?

Right now you can expect a dope video coming up from Jaxx and I , I can’t say too much but its going to be a dope native rooted song. Besides that more “Red Eye Vision” episodes on youtube displaying myself and all the artists around me .

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?

A lot can happen in 5 years , overall I just see growth in shows, music, and my family around me . The main goal is to have everyone around me fully be eating and living comfortably off of hip hop so we can all focus on our craft to the fullest.

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

Underground hip hop for me is the pure roots and the come up . I mean you got hella independent cats and you got have people who are touring and eating off of their music but haven’t necessarily made it to mainstream media outlets but still maintain a steady fan base , style , and stay true to ideas and art form.

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

Most of my stuff stems from nuglifeproductions.com ! you can find me on soundcloud, instagram, and most platforms under “NugLife Productions” or NugLife

Lastly, and shout out? (friends, family, management, etc)

Shout out to my family , my supporters , and anyone who has helped motivate and inspire me along the way… Also shout out to the ones who’ve doubted , that always helps give an extra push to go harder . More specifically though shout out to my mom and pops for the life guidance and my OG’s Nite Owl , J Peso, and Big Gene managment for teaching me the different perspectives and lanes of hip hop and life .Also shout out my artist family Hella Positive, Top Notch Era, Rocky G, Tone Oliver , Kaly Jay & TPT , Billy Lo, War of Icaza, Kwesi, Mama management, DJ Ewock, Acid bath, Drew $ , Lost & Found , Ham , Maska, Kosuke, Green Scene Tv, King Yazid , shit there’s so many along the way I can’t even name them all….Oh yeah shout out to guys at UGHH Blog for the love !


Q&A With Underground Hip Hop Heavyweight Kuro Silence


What up Kuro Silence, we really enjoyed your new album, and by far your single “Two Sided” was my favorite! How long have you been rapping? How did you get started? Do you remember where you were at when you wrote your first Bar?!!

Kuro Silence: I started rapping a few years ago back in 10th grade. I was always interested in music, even as a kid. Music was a big part of my life and my family. I have cousins that create music, my grandmother, uncles, and my dad too. It was my dad’s equipment that helped me get started, but I didn’t get into until some friends of mine started a group called Blvckgang, we eventually changed the name to Alphasquad. But when I started I was a producer. I didn’t start rapping until Alphasquad needed more rappers. Back then I was only rapping for the group. As I started to progress I started to enjoy it more so I dedicated more time and energy into it.

Please breakdown the creative process of your latest album “Kid”

Kuro Silence: Kid was a cross between my projects Lately and Rainy Daze. I wanted a project that was sonically versatile and different from what I was used to. I went through the projects in sections.

The first section is composed of tracks 1-4 and these all touch upon the mindset of dog eat dog, get yours by any means back in the city. These songs involve violence, fear, desire, pain, lack of opportunity, and how these factors affect me and how I think now.

The next section is composed of tracks 5-9 and these songs talk about and are geared towards a more youthful perspective. Specifically my generation’s perspective of fading away from reality. They involve drugs, sex, no responsibility, ignorance (ignoring the stress of our situations) stress, and how we’re trying to find ourselves.

10-13 come in on a smoother tone with songs that address a few of my romantic experiences and how they played out. These songs provide a background on the character and perspective that my songs posses. I included them because I felt like they’re essentially missing. You don’t often get to see many rappers in a vulnerable state. These songs are essential because they help my audience understand me as a person and an artist easier and allow me to round myself out and expand as a person overall. They’re also helpful in getting myself away from those experiences. I learned from them and now I put those emotions into a medium separate from my heart and mind.

14-16 are my closing tracks are very personal and introspective. Despite the fact that this grouping is the shortest it still holds a lot of weight. In these songs I reflect on my past experiences with trying to find myself and avoid falling into a state of mind numbness. These songs find me when I’m stuck between my highs and my lows. These are songs where I’m working towards my goals, but my awareness to my surroundings kicks in and shows how close I am to the metaphorical edge. How far I can go before I get slowed down by distractions.

I chose to format my project in this manner for several reasons, but mostly because they all conveyed a story. The elements of the story can be found all over this project and help with establishing a beginning, middle, and end. The songs are ordered in chronological order so the earlier songs find themselves in my earlier life with experiences from that time and vice versa.

Please explain to us how the hell you linked up with the Samurai Shin project. Maybe one of my most memorable Hip Hop comic projects for myself. I really enjoyed everything about the project!

Kuro Silence: It was funny actually. I was listening to some cuts from a tape I ended up canceling and was browsing Facebook. As I’m scrolling through my feed I see a post for a few new comics and thought that it would be awesome if I could help out with the soundtracks. I’m a fan of anime and actually got really deep into hip hop due to a well-known show known as “Samurai Champloo.” That and other OSTs to various series’ that I used to watch had a big influence on my production style. I actually used to, and still do sample anime OSTs so being able to do that for a new generation was a dream of mine. So I attempted to get in contact with a few of them. Some replied telling me that they weren’t able to add artists to the soundtrack due to rights constraints, and some didn’t even get back to me. Luckily Samurai Shin did. I sent some work over and there was instant chemistry. I’ve been working for them ever since.

Rappers nowadays think rapping is an easy way to blow up. These kids want the fame overnight instead of paying dues. What is your perspective about grinding and running the marathon rather than the sprint.

Kuro Silence: Honestly I’d love to blow up overnight. Who doesn’t want fame like that? But for me its different. Some of these kids think that they can ride based on singles and mixtapes, but that was never my approach. I respect their hustle, but I play different. I was a producer first and I went hard. I established myself in the underground Hip Hop production community and connected with artists that are starting to take a hold of the game. I’ve actually spent time conceptualizing my projects and planning them out. Nothing for me was random. I have upwards of 15 projects out. They’re split between albums, EPs, and mixtapes. And that’s just what I’ve released even now less than a month I still have releases planned, in fact I have so many that I dropped another album 2 weeks after Kid, “Faceless” making out to 31 songs in 14 days (Kid 16, Faceless 15) so yeah. For me, I like to plan my releases. That’s just what I picked up through experience, if anyone else does something different, cool. That’s theirs, and I hope they do well. I’m supportive as long as it is respectable art. If you put yourself into it, I can respect it.

How many music videos do you have?

Kuro Silence: That depends. But officially none outside of what I did for teambackpack and a couple of AMVs. However I am actually working on that. Like I said before my projects are conceptual, so naturally my visuals are as well. I just haven’t had the right resources, but I’m getting there.

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

Kuro Silence: My live performance consistency is spotty, mostly because of where I’m located and traveling costs. In my city only popular artists in my genre get on, and I don’t make “popular” music. I’m honestly thinking about heading out to LA though, so don’t be surprised if you hear about it and/or find out I moved out there. I’m definitely trying to expand out west.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?

Kuro Silence: That depends on a few variables, but if music works out I’ll probably be releasing a video game in 5 years. I’m very versatile and love to create content. I even design all of my project covers myself. I’ll probably be creating something, that’s just who I am. But yeah, rich and creative is where I see my life going.

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

Kuro Silence: There’s a few to this and even my definition has changed, but honestly if I had to say what underground Hip Hop is, it’s unorthodox. Anything that strays away from common practice and the mainstream is underground. However this doesn’t mean that you can’t sound mainstream and be separated from the underground. But when I hear underground I think MF Doom, Captain Murphy, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad, Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, Odd Future, and Kendrick Lamar. All have seen some, or a lot of mainstream success and yet can still be sonically challenging, especially now. Underground means you’re dirty, dingy, and just don’t give a fuck. Underground is basically Hip Hop’s hard rock branch and does what we want. We’re the raw side of Hip Hop, but we’re also innovators, we control the sound that gets sent up to the mainstream.

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

Literally just google me “Kuro Silence” it’s not hard to find me, I’ve got artist pages everywhere but I mostly stay on soundcloud because that’s home even though they’re kinda screwing me over Twitter and YouTube. And like I said just search my name up, I’m very easy to find and get a hold of.

Lastly, and shout out?

Kuro Silence: Whew
*deep breath*
Shoutout to:
Off Center
Park(One of Zaywop’s producers)
Metro Booming (for the culture)
Coast Crew
The homie Lvrd Blasian
Aug Wntr
Datfoot mother fucking dive (datfootdive)
Mittens (the homie)
Monte G
Zae Abyss
Mom and Dad
Chill vibes
J Dilla
The Samurai Shin team
Hip Hop culture
Biggie and pac (cause why not?)
Vince Staples
Video Games
And Art



Q&A With Rising Underground Hip Hop Artist King Pin

Q&A With Rising Underground Hip Hop Artist King Pin

What up King Pin, we really enjoyed your new mixtape, and by far your single “Kick In The Door Freestyle” has already been added to my personal playlist for the summer of 2016! How long have you been rapping? How did you get started? How did you end up keeping the name King Pin?

I started rapping in 2013 when I was a Freshman in College at NC A&T. I’ve always enjoyed entertaining people and so many rappers on campus were getting gassed up & people were impressed by simple bars and I knew rapping was something that I could do, so I went to my dorm and started writing and before I knew it I had a written whole mixtape.

I came up with the name King Pin as a sort of metaphor/double entendre and its comes from the fact that the King Pin in trapping is at the top of the food chain when it comes to “hits” and supplying the fiends. It’s also a play off of a literal Ink pen that you write with. I feel like I’m the dopest with my pen game.

Other than yourself, are there any other artists from the Greensboro, NC area that are making moves like yourself. Do you see other artists in your area as competition or as fellow collaborators?

I feel like everybody sort of has their own thing going on or their own movement but NCs music scene really lacks support & everybody has a “Crab in the bucket” mentality. Which is why “Checkmate” is so heavy on features because I wanted to showcase some of the other dope artist in the area that really have talent. I see other artist as both fellow collaborators AND competition. However, I’ve always been the type of person to give credit where it’s due so if I think you’re truly talented I don’t mind reaching out, at the end of the day it’s all love.

Please breakdown the creative process of your latest mixtape ““Checkmate””. Also tell us a bit about the dope mixtape cover? Is that you on the cover?

Yes that is yours truly on the cover and the title “Checkmate” came from the fact that the word is synonymous with winning and the fact that chess is a strategic game. It kind of came to me randomly but I’m constantly thinking of different strategies and tactics that will lead me to success in the rap game. The cover art of course is inspired by Chess and I just wanted to capture myself in the game for the graphic to bring the title to life.

Do you actually play chess?

Ironically, I don’t because it’s something you have to be very skillful at in order to win .. but I play checkers if that counts.

How many music videos do you have?

I don’t have any yet because I feel like my vision and visuals are bigger than my budget. I don’t want to just shoot a $ 50 video in my hood with all my homies behind me just to say I made a music video. We see those videos everyday. So honestly I’m just waiting for the proper budget.

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

I perform live on a pretty regular basis I’ve done Showcases, Battles, Open Mics, Cyphers, Block Parties and any other performance you could think of but as of right now I don’t have any coming up soon.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?

In 5 Years I hope to at least have a record deal and to possibly be working on my 2nd album under whichever label I’m signed to.

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

Underground Hip Hop is no holds barred. It’s care free & not watered down. It’s almost like eating Authentic American food from a “hole in the wall” restaurant vs. going to McDonald’s.

Where can people find you on the web?

You can find me on Twitter/Insta: @KingggPin
And Soundcloud: KingPinOfficial

Lastly, and shout out?

First & foremost I would like to thank God for waking me up every morning & helping me to even get to this point and I would also like to thank any of my supporters, friends, and family that have listened and shared my music or even showed up to any of my performances. None of the support is ever overlooked or taken for granted. Also, I would like to thank my team “The Other 88” for everything they’ve done to make all of this happen.


Q&A With Rising Underground Artist M.A.I.N.

Q&A With Rising Underground Artist M.A.I.N.

What up M.A.I.N., we really enjoyed your new mixtape, and by far your single “Mama Use To Tell Me” has already been added to my personal playlist for 2016! How long have you been rapping? How did you get started? How did you get your stage name?

Whats good UGHH, thanks for the luv, and that track right there means a lot to me…its hands down my favorite track on the project. As for how long ive been on this music sharing journey…well I’ve been writing poetry as long as I can remember, but if you want when I started writing raps officially then…freshman year in high school is the answer. I have been writing, recording, and producing since. I bought my first mic from radio shack, engineered on cooledit pro, and produced on fruityloops (the 1st edition lol). It started as a hobby then I found it as an escape and have been translating my feelings into it since…similar to therapy…it balances me. My stage name came from a situation I found myself in constantly…M.A.I.N. = MONEY’S ALL I NEED…at the time it feel very symbolic, although I am no longer in that same predicament, I hold on to the meaning and recall all the events that have led me to where I am now.

Please breakdown the creative process of your latest mixtape “Save NYC”. Also tell us a bit about the dope mixtape cover?

So I’ve had this reoccurring vision of spreading the music and for a time I just sat on the material. Much like we all do and finally that reoccurring dream got to me and so I made a plan and a point of attack. I gave myself a 2 year period entitled the last run, where I would do everything I didn’t do plus more for the music I have been creating…shoot videos,photo shoots,cover art, press exposure…etc. In doing so I started booking and promoting my own show events, and I incorporated other local artists into the show…this gave way to the SAVENYC concept which was geared to help local artists get experience performing at venues within the 5 Boros.

While doing the shows, I worked on the tape…and added a couple of the artists I had performing into the tape. Interacting with all of the talented features I have on this project the one thing that we kept striving for was to SAVENYC from the lack of representation it was on the radio waves and so I figured the “SAVENYC” title would be suiting.

That was just getting the title…lol creating the content I went throw about 50 tracks and picked out my favorite ones and mixed em down as well as I could and then tried to place them in an order which would keep the listeners emotions on a coaster type of ride. Everything on the tape was hand made…except for the beats I had my hand in everything…the one thing I wanted to make clear was that you don’t need money to make good music and so with a budget of $ 0. I put together what I would call my best work to date.

As for the cover art, I created that myself…I wanted to depict a troubled city on the verge of collapse and lil old me as the last one left with enough sense to SAVE the culture we have enjoyed for the last 30+ years.

Who are your Hip Hop influences?

Growing up I was a huge 2pac fan…I mean bandana and all,I think I even shaved my head bald one time…lol almost got that thuglife tattoo too.
I also am into Kanye West and Nas…ofcourse a huge B.I.G. fan…Wutang and Bonethugs…Jay Z, Dipset…the list of my influences is a pretty hefty one to say the least…but overall what influences me the most was the passion these artists delivered their music with…thats the one thing I will always try to emulate in my own.

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

As of this moment I have 3 music video out that were produced, directed,and edited by yours truly…lol…I have a couple of tracks on the SAVENYC tape that I would love visuals for the top being a track entitled “Save the world” and my second would be “Moving em Os”.

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

Usually when I drop a project we would set shows up biweekly or monthly. As of right now my next show will be in the late fall still TBA.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?

5 years from now I will be possibly working towards another degree, mowing the lawn of my new house, and looking back at these moments feeling very accomplished that instead of dreaming about it I did something about it.

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

Hmmm…tough one…I would say underground hip-hop is a sound that no one out has heard yet…sort of an untapped sound that has been mimicked by the entire music industry.

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

Besides the d2drecordz.com website I’m active on Facebook under MaiN187…the IG is @_m.a.i.n_ the tweeter is @main187 and the YouTube is main187 also…soundcloud.com/maim187 and main187.bandcamp.com is where I drop all of my audio releases…soon to be on iTunes.

Lastly, any shout out?

Wanna shout out the whole d2drecordz label, and all the SAVENYC artist and supporters following the movement, if it wasn’t for the people who keep me grounded I would not have the drive to do what most are to scared to do…which is live out your dreams thank you Mrs.Official & the homie Current…if there’s anybody out there looking to help bring NYC back feel free to send a message thru we are always looking for new sound and hungry artists. Big shout out to UGHHBLOG for this opportunity, definitely looking forward to you guys doing another review on my next project.


Q&A With Detroit Underground Hip Hop Heavyweight Frank Nitt

Q&A With Detroit Hip Hop Heavyweight Frank Nitt

We are honored to be conducting this Q&A with you Frank Nitt. We are still rocking your new album “Asphalt Runways” since its recent launch. We want to ask you, how did you even get started in the Hip Hop game? Who put you on, or did you put yourself on? BTW, we are huge Frank n Dank fans!

Thank you.. My first rap I wrote was in 9th grade at lunch with T3 and baatin of slum village. Up until that point I was djing with Jdilla. It was Jdilla who put Frank n Dank’s first music out and we’re the only act he ever signed to his label.

You’re a huge influence in the underground Hip Hop community, being from Detroit, a mecca city for real Hip Hop, and you working directly with J Dilla himself, being a part of a legendary group Frank n Dank, we can go on and on. How do you feel about the word “influence” itself. Being amongst a top-tier class on MC’s who actually “Influenced” the underground Hip Hop culture.

Thats crazy to me, I don’t see myself in that way, but I think influence is a good thing. There are tons of artist that influenced me from their music and in some cases personal convo. These things shaped the artist I am. Influence not biting! I’m old-school.

Feel free to breakdown the creative process of your latest album “Asphalt Runways”. Also how did you come up on the album cover art as well?

It was very organic.. Being that Robroy lives in Milan and im in Hollywood we opted to allow each other a level of freedom.. He would create beats and i would let that tell me what the song was about. We were lucky on a couple of songs we were actually in the same city..lol.. So we recorded joints in L.A. and milan. The artwork was Robroy he had an artist in italy do the actual drawing and he made it a cover. He’s that dude..lol)

Los Angeles…We network with tons of big well-known Hip Hop artists that always mention that L.A is the biggest market. We are based out of L.A ourselves, so do you feel the same way? Does .possibly have the biggest draw and fan-base when it comes to real Underground Hip Hop? How has L.A treated you so far?

L.A has been very dope {hella expensive} but dope! I feel like L.A is the one place all facets of entertainment has to come to. So opportunities are more vast and the chance to link with like-minded artist and make some ill shit is abundant.

The “Welcome 2 Detroit” album by J Dilla is an all time classic in our book. How did that record impact your career? “Pause” was actually one of my favorites on that record. That song really influenced me when I was younger and made me get to know real Detroit Hip Hop.

That album changed the landscape for Frank n Dank.   That was our first trip overseas (Japan and Europe) our first organized press run and all that. We were in the studio for the making of that whole record, doing adlibs and i even got credit for playing the clavs..lol. That experience gave us a different level of studio prowess. The result was 48 hrs we recorded that right after.

Any advice for young MC’s that are trying to break away from their local scene and become possibly someone as influential as you?

The key is to record record. Different producers different styles of music all that. The opportunity will come it’s rather or not you are prepared to seize it.

How soon will you be dropping your next project?

Well.. The plan is to drop another solo project before year’s end.. And Primo Atto Ent. (my label with Robroy) will drop some new artist/heat in the new year as well.

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

As it relates to artist I think “underground hip hop” embodies all facets of music and life..not just ass shaking,

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

Primo Atto Ent:



Frank Nitt:







Lastly, and shout out?

Big shout to all my fam.. y’all know who y’all are.


Q&A With Rising New Haven, CT Underground Artist Black Jewelz

Q&A With Rising New Haven, CT Underground Artist Black Jewelz

Much respect for reppin New Haven, CT and holding down the indie/underground music scene out there! Please tell us how you came up with your artist name Black Jewelz. Also, When was the exact day when you decided to be a Hip Hop artist?

My legal name is Julius, people always called me “Jewels” for short, and as a teen I’d dress in all black from head-to-toe every day. As stated in my rap “Dedication To E;” “Black Jewelz…black pants, black socks, black shirt and black shoes, black hoodie, black bandana & black ski mask…” Also, as a result of listening to a lot of 2Pac, I started looking into and talking about “Black Power” a lot. So one day a friend of mine, who was a class clown kind of character, said to me, “Yo Jewelz, you know what your rap name should be?… Black Jewelz…” We both laughed it off but in the back of my mind I thought it had a ring to it so I stuck with it & it stuck to me. The meaning changed though, to have two main meanings. Black jewelry is a very rare and uncommon thing to see or even discover, so Black Jewelz is a unique & extraordinary thing to find. The plural word “jewelz” of the singular object/individual just adds to the paradoxical uniqueness of it. The primary meaning is this: when a diamond is discovered in its true raw form it is covered in coal, so it’s a sort of “Black Jewelz”. So Black Jewelz is a metaphor for a “diamond in the rough”.

I don’t remember the exact day when I decided I wanted to rap but it was sometime during ’96/ ’97 when I was just a little kid. Rap is all I’ve wanted to do since then.

We are not to familiar with the New Haven area Hip Hop scene. How do you feel the scene is out there. Is the Downtown area poppin with shows and networking opportunites, or do you feel it need improvement. Also, how has your city embraced your music so far?

There is no scene (lol). There’s really only one place downtown—Toad’s Place—that hosts pretty serious Hip Hop shows. Even those are usually only reserved for very established rappers. There is a major need for improvement in opportunities available for rappers in New Haven. Especially for dudes (& dude-ettes) who don’t spit about the usual elementary nonsense. There’s a sad twist to this lack of opportunity—and I can say this honestly… The best rappers I’ve ever personally known, male and female, are from New Haven. The only platform that is often available are open mics, which have dwindled in number and frequency greatly compared to, relatively, recent years. Also, the average open mic is not necessarily going to lead to a stage for you to perform in an actual Hip Hop show. Nevertheless, it is a way to be heard; probably the most viable way in New Haven—aside from street mixtapes or straight up spittin’ on the block. Not exactly the ideal conditions for a serious aspiring rapper.

I first began to gain notoriety myself from open mics, primarily. Straight a cappellas, I didn’t even have tracks because I had no equipment or studio money. Since I’ve been putting out music in the last few years the embrace has not been very substantial, to be 100. People will peep some videos, maybe listen to a track I post up or something but people aren’t significantly supporting projects or even spreading the word, sharing connections, etc. Some do! But not in numbers that are making a major difference or influencing a shift. I temporarily moved out of the area a couple of years ago to be in an environment where I can focus on doing music full-time. So that might play a part, because people don’t see me as a reminder or something—”out of sight, out of mind” maybe … Who knows? … But that goes back to my point, the rap scene in New Haven is not really serious, as of yet. People tend to not take artists seriously, maybe because no well-known artist has come from New Haven. I got nothing but love though.

Feel free to breakdown the creative process of your new EP “UNRIVALED” set to release on August 12, 2016. Also give us some background on your EP artwork?

Interesting question because this is my first project where I did not produce every (or nearly every) track. So the creative process for all of the songs, except one, was: I chose a few beats from a few producers, listened to them & came up with the concepts based on what I felt the track was built to express. The one track (MASTERPIECE) that had a different creative process was one that was premeditated in my mind. I conveyed the concept, some lyrics of the song, the style, progression and feel of the beat to the producer in order for him to make it. So that was the only one that was framed around a preconceived concept and that I had a slight hand in the production.

The EP artwork was done by me. It’s basically a showdown between me and myself, with I as the sole moderator/judge, ahaha. It’s essentially a visual metaphor stating that I am my only competition or rival; hence the title “Unrivaled.”

Here is a good question!!…LOL. Outside of Hip Hop, are there any artists out there that influenced you to become a musician? Are you a fan of Rock, Jazz, Country, Alternative, R&B etc??

That influenced me to become a musician? No. I was originally inspired and motivated, as a child, strictly by Hip Hop. A sheer fanatic. The ironic thing is that I’m not really a fan of rap these days. At all. If I do happen to listen to rap it’ll probably be some mega old stuff. I listen to new stuff when it drops, just to hear what dudes are saying, but usually don’t listen again after that. I am definitely a fan of other styles of music though. A lot of other styles. That’s actually, basically, all I listen to. Rock, alternative, movie soundtracks, folk music, dope instrumentalists/composers & producers like Bassnectar, Explosions in the Sky, My Brightest Diamond, Clogs, MAD indie stuff, atmospheric tracks, etc. One of my favorite artists ever is Florence & the Machine—also Flyleaf.

How many music videos do you guys have under your belt so far, and do you have plans on releasing new videos from your new EP coming out?

I have about seven official music videos right now, including the first from this EP (“Never FM”). I don’t know yet if I’ll be releasing more videos from the EP, but it is likely.

How often do you perform live?

It tends to vary but right now about once or twice a month. I’m definitely always looking to perform more.

Where do you see yourselves in 5yrs time?

In 5 years, I see myself firmly established as a world-renowned emcee. One with enough money to not only survive but thrive while making a significant difference in people’s lives. (No rhyme intended, ha.)

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

Underground hip hop has a slightly different meaning to me these days than it used to, because before you were generally underground if you were not on the radio. Now you can not be on the radio & be just as famous & commercial as those who are. So my definition of underground hip hop is this: Hip hop that is made strictly for the love of the art in all authenticity. Not for fame, not for money, not for girls, just for the love of it. It’s like the artist who paints on a canvas everyday she comes home from work, not looking to follow trends or get famous. She just does it for the undying love of the art & the appreciation of others who genuinely love the pure art form.

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

Check me at:
⁃ Twitter/IG: @theblackjewelz
⁃ Youtube.com/theblackjewelz

Lastly, and shout out?

Top shout out to Jeremiah’s Kall Productions! That’s who makes everything I do possible.


Q&A With Rising Underground Artist Evan Tyler

Q&A With Rising Artist Evan Tyler

What’s up EVAN TYLER! We enjoyed your new album MUSEUMARANG! Tell me, how did you interest in becoming a rap artist come about?

When I was in grade one in 1991, I became a Michael Jackson impersonator in elementary school. There were two of us actually… what are the chances? Two kids committed to late 80’s/early 90’s MJ in Regina, Saskatchewan. Dancing and singing to Michael was my introduction to keeping a beat, moving my body, experiencing breath control and public performance. I did a little show for my elementary school assembly one Friday, totally official with the clearance from Madame Saunders, the principal. She gifted me my first gig.

“The Jump Off” by Wu-Tang was the first track that made me want to write rap. I used to write on those super long scholastic elementary school lined sheets. I would dip into the teacher’s supply cabinets and go shopping.

I learned how to make rap in my basement with friends. That’s the best way I think.

What are you PROS and CONS when it comes to being a hard-working indie Hip Hop artist?

Pros: All the good hipster brunch that comes with the rap life.

Cons: No matter how much or how great you rap, it’s not going to bring back Zellers.

Feel free to breakdown the creative process of your new album MUSEUMARANG.

I usually write albums while on the road. I wrote this whole record while sliding through BC, Saskatchewan, Toronto and NYC. I often used long walks and deep breathing techniques to achieve much success with my rap questing. When I finish we sleep for a thousand years in a grapefruit sunset. There were gilded octopus tentacles and many pleasures of both void and volume.

Who are you Hip Hop influences?

Sade, The colour sky blue and most of its derividevs and gradations, basic chill-hop mixes on YouTube, ham and swizz sandwiches, Ghostface Killah, Q-Tip, Zack De La Rocha, Ira lee and mid-90’s jazzy ninja tune trip-hop culture.

How many music videos do you have under your belt?

I have a brand new video coming out this month from MUSEUMARNAG titled “Wherever you are (in this real world)” which was shot in Regina, SK, Brooklyn, NYC and Toronto, Ontario.

At the moment you can view these two joints:

“Best Friends with Sade”

“You’re Hysterical”

How often do you perform live and tour?

Almost never. I did a show with Ira Lee in 2012 and other than that I rap sporadically in the streets and in public. I do little concerts for my cats, mostly. I used to perform live when I lived in Saskatchewan; I’m actually into it. I’ll pick it up again one day — I’m pretty occupied being a skeleton wizard with passable powers in the studio on the daily grizzly.

What is your opinion on collaborating with other MCs, is it a good thing or bad thing for you as an indie artist?

Collaborations are like Forest Gump. They run fast and win the football game with humble fortitude.

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

That’s easy! It’s a special dumpling with a meat treat hidden in sticky rice – the heart’s desire.

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

Instead of giving you all my social media links just check this out:


Lastly, and shout out?

I’d like to thank my forever-amazing wife, Alice. I’d like to praise my beautiful cats PieWackett and Miss Priss. I’d like to throw my dunkie love to Chris, Dana, Dave Brass, Draper, topless literati, Erin Gee, Emily and Cooper, RSTY, 73stan, Ira Lee, Vanessa John, Awaking Dreamer, Indie Band Guru, Matthew Dog and of course, Underground Hip-Hop Blog. Thanks for the questions! Time to listen to my music and eat that face.


Underground Techno Loops

Underground Techno Loops

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