N.A.B.: How did you become acquainted with The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program?
G STRONG: Through a mutual friend, Shamello Durant, I learned what this program can do for up and coming artist. I contacted A.D. the General and her associate SpecialGift N.A.B. and expressed my interest.
N.A.B.: S/O’s to you for winning 2nd place at Elegant Hoodness. I’m sure that was your intention, when you booked to be apart of the showcase. So when you heard your winning announcement, what was your first feeling?
G STRONG: Overwhelmed, I never think about winning anything. To me, it’s about exposure and getting my music and positive message out for people to hear. I appreciate winning 2nd place.
N.A.B.: Your newest project is “G Thang”. How did that come about? Will you elaborate on the concept?
G STRONG: My DJ, DJ Shuttle sent me the instrumental for a popular track originally featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil’ Wayne. I was inspired and flipped it into my own style. The concept behind the song is that everything I mention has a G in it, for example G-shock and G-Unit.
N.A.B.: Who has been an accountable contributor to your present success?
G STRONG: First and foremost my wife, kids and God have been so very supportive of my music project. Team Strong has had my back from day one, AIR Music Group, DJ Shuttle, Studd TV, Producers Coalition of America, Buddah and last but certainly not least all of the G-Strong fans.
N.A.B.: “The birth of the G STRONG movement has always focused on the inspiration and enlightenment of members of the hip hop community. To recognize the power and respect mixed martial arts has to offer.” Will you elaborate on this concept?
G STRONG: My goal is to bring real hip-hop back to life! With high energy and a positive message, I hope to bring an excitement that current music is lacking. Through the use of discipline and my passion for hip hop music, I will show the world how exciting, fun, and inspirational music should be.
N.A.B.: This day in time, old fans of hip hop has lost their interest. It’s been expressed Hip Hop artist nowadays are more so wreck less in their judgment of lyrics.
G STRONG: There is a lot of recklessness in the lyrics of current hip-hop music. I choose to remain true to myself and create music that is appropriate for all generations young and old. When I rekindled my music career I wanted to be sure that my kids could enjoy it!
N.A.B.: What’s in the making presently?
G STRONG: Currently, I’m working with producers from the US as well as Canada to create a refreshing sound that people have been waiting for.
N.A.B.: Is there anyone you look to collaborate with in the near future?
G STRONG: I would love to do collaboration with CeeLo because of the energy and theatrics he brings to the stage. He’s also not concerned with what others think or say. My brand is built on originality! I would also love to collaborate with GYM Class heroes because of the live band and the talent they have to offer. Lastly, I would love to collaborate with Alicia Keys, she’s my favorite female artist and a talented writer and musician.
N.A.B.: Any special shout outs? Or last minute words you would like to leave us with?
G STRONG: I want to shout out all the hard working up and coming artists out there trying to their music heard! Keep grinding and pushing!
N.A.B.: Where can we find more of G STRONG?
G STRONG: itunes, datpiff.com, soundcloud, facebook, twitter, www.gstrong.net, reverbnation and www.wcm.com
N.A.B.: A G STRONG inspirational quote……..
G STRONG: "Never give up on your dreams, when times seem hard, keep pushing, it will be worth it. Focus, drive and motivation equal success! Stand strong, live strong, be strong, G-Strong!"
Written by: SPECIALGIFT N.A.B.
Courtesy of the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2011