Monday, December 10, 2012

E.H.M.P. AWARDS-VOTING POLLS

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Monday, October 8, 2012

GET TO KNOW PHILLY'S OWN EYEINSEE




EYEINSEE

E.H.M.P.: How are you doing today? Tell me something new?

EYEINSEE: The cold weather is kicking my ass but I'm good. Been back in the studio working on volume 2 of The Windows To My Soul.


E.H.M.P.: Your music is different from the average Hip Hop Track. Who inspires your music?

EYEINSEE: I get inspiration from artist that think outside the box, from Kanye, Andre 3000 to Jimi Hendrix. I love to be different.

E.H.M.P.: How did you get acquainted with The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program and what are the advantages and would you recommend the program to other artist?

EYEINSEE: My man Aaron Kane from Atlantic Records put me on to the Elegant Hoodness Program. I think its great for artist looking to network and build a buzz. I'm already letting people from my camp know about it.

E.H.M.P.: Where can we hear and download your music
 
EYEINSEE: My new album V is available in all major digital retail stores so hop on iTunes or Google play and download a copy! Also you can check me out at www.eyeinsee.com and follow me on twitter @Eyeinsee.

E.H.M.P.: Are you looking to get signed to a major or an independent and why?
 
EYEINSEE: I'd Really  like to do a short deal with a major then go fully independent. I'm bout a dollar and its hard to stack up when you're only earning a few cents per unit sold. But having a multi million dollar company promoting your music can build an audience really fast. So I'm down with a record deal just not a long term one.

E.H.M.P.: Any last words and or shout out's?

EYEINSEE: Yes peace to every one at 0x1 recording studios, my man Amadeo MC, Shif-D, Sprawl Bangowitz, Nexus the africannon And Elegant Hoodness!! 

Written by A.D. The General
Courtesy of the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2012

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N.A.B. ACQUAINTS with KELO GRAMZUNKUT


KELO aka GRAMZUNKUT

N.A.B.: You had an early start in the music industry. From promoting, break dancing, being on a street team and basically doing what Hip Hop did in the beginning. I'm sure is a big part of how you've com this far. Give us readers some insight about the grind.

KELO: We'll if ya'll don't know, I am a student of Uncle Ralph the VMB (VIDEO MUSIC BOX) generation. No MTV, BET, internet, etc. It was the streets, radio, culture tagging and dancing. In the late 80's my older cousins group (Troubleneck Brother's) were signed to Stepsun and my entertainment industry lesson started. By the early 90's he group was dropped., so we started, Diehard Records. We had artist (Mo-Money & Genovese) with hot singles out with Mase and LOX, KRS-1. I  mean we were on every DJ Clue tape buzzing. The company folded and I began working street team for Electra Records. Went on tour with Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Flip Mode Squad and Clipse. later I moved to Interscope Records doing work for Eminem, Ruff Ryders, 2-Pac. It's now 2002 and I'm now doing national radio promotions for Jive Records (Justin Timberlake, Brittney Spears, Outkast, Usher, R-Kelly). I mean we were putting out hitz but as we know the game changes. I soaked up so much knowledge with all my experiences so I stepped out on my own applying it to my company. Making me the man I am today!

N.A.B.: Who have been your most effective supporters along the way?

KELO: The streets all day! Random people who happen to hear my music or catch a performance and tell me the enjoyed it. The people the repeatedly come to my shows and events they keep me going that's why I do it. That's were my supporters come from block to block, hood to hood, state to state, coast to coast

N.A.B.: Over a hundred records sold? You have to be kidding me? Grinding hard body for sure, your album is presently in Best Buy! That's a great look! In the last 5 years to present, would you say this is the highest point in your career? Elaborate as much as you can.

KELO: It''s been 5 years, I've been home for 8 years now and I haven't skipped a beat but I got to say it was starting my company my own imprint Globalthugz in 2010. Something that I own, something that I am responsible for, that I give the last worn on. There's no fall guy, no one to look to when things go wrong, it's up to me and I love the pressure.

N.A.B.: What would you want to express mainly upon this interview. Something Exclusive of course, LOL!

KELO: That I am a harmless dude unless provoked, LOL but on some real shit, I'm uplifting the moral of the under achiever and believes that we need more unity and less violence in our community and I'm willing to put my neck on the line for it.

N.A.B.:  Your latest project, N.F.E. Globetrotterz is gaining a great buzz. Update our readers on behalf.

KELO: This is a project I put out to keep the streets tuned in while I'm working the album in stores. N.F.E. VOL #1. Go pick one up aight support the real-rap/hip hop. Available at Best Buy, Barnes and Nobles, CD-Baby, I-Tunes, etc.. Back to N.F.E. Globetrotterz edition CD which features 2.0., D-Hooks, Poe-B, Lord Vital, LZ from T-Weapons, Hakim Green, of channel live. Benny Negro and the GT'z Fam )P.O. Block Bosston George) It's Ryder Music that touches on different topics of everyday life and enjoying life to the fullest!

N.A.B.: What inspires you?

KELO: Everyday issues we go through, highs and lows of life. The underdog that comes out on the top.

N.A.B.: If you could choose one person to work with that you haven't as of yet, who would it be?

KELO: Sly Stone & The Globalthugz, LOL how that sound?

N.A.B.: When you have some free time, if any, what do you do for recreation? Do you have any hobbies?

KELO: Traveling of course on my Globetrotterz shit. Collecting and organizing anything to do in water (bloating, swimming, fishing). Researching about the planet and partaking in the use of earths green herbs. 

N.A.B.: Who's getting a shout out from Kelo aka Gramzunkut? Where can fan's followers and hater's stay updated? (Websites, social networks, etc)

KELO: 1st off all hip hop, videocitytv, all the DJ'S out there that keep the ear to the street and play real hip hop. Much luv to the big homies for the guidance (EP, TONE, NOOK , MAJ, KUPO) & all my GT'z (B.G., RALO, P.O., SCI-FI, J-HAZE, IMP, DON-P) for ryding with me all. All my peers for doing what they do, good bad, right, wrong so respect my thuggin. You can tune in to be my searching KELO aka Gramzunkut (Mr. Globalthugz) On any social network or just stay logged in to the website.

www.globalthugz.com

http://www.youtube.com/GRAMZUNKUT


http://www.facebook.com/mr.globalthugz


http://twitter.com/gramzunkut



I AIN'T HARD TO FIND!!



WRITTEN BY: SPECIALGIFT (N.A.B.)


COURTESY OF ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GET TO KNOW CHASE BAKER




CHASE BAKER

E.H.M.P: Who were some of your biggest musical influences growing up in Bed Sty?

CHASE BAKER: Growing up in Bed Sty, you automatically have a lot love for the artists from your hood who have had a strong influence on the industry, so in my case, Jay Z, definitely the Notorious B.I.G., Maino, and Fabolous. Other artists who influenced me outside of these artists from my hood are Lupe Fiasco, Nas, KRS 1, TI and Rakim.

E.H.M.P: What position or positions did you play while balling on the collegiate level?

CHASE BAKER:  Well in college I played point guard and shooting guard at a Division II school called L.I.U. Southampton. I ran the show, basically controlled the floor and got buckets. When I went on to play pro basketball in Australia, for 8 seasons, it was pretty much the same thing. I was there because of my ability to put the ball in the basket from anywhere on the court.

E.H.M.P:  How did you use what you did on the basketball court to becoming a Hip-Hop artist?

CHASE BAKER: Well, in anything you do, you must display a high level of skill, work ethic, and consistency. When I was playing basketball, growing up, I wasn't always the best, but I went the furthest because I had a strong work ethic. When I was focused, I was committed. It's the same with being an artist. I'm constantly writing, working on my craft, paying attention to the grind, actually taking criticism well, making changes, and just being a student of the game. The consistency and work ethic is why I continue to win.

E.H.M.P: What is the Hip – Hop scene like in Australia?

CHASE BAKER: The Hip Hop scene in Australia is dope, it's rapidly growing. There are so many dope artists in Australia, not just in Hip Hop, so I think its going in a good direction. I know Iggy Azeala is doing her thing, that's dope for Australia, but there are artists like Kid Mac, Tessa "Beatrix Kiddo" Cattanach, Hilltop Hoods, GMC, & 360 who all continue to show why Australia has a bright future.

E.H.M.P: Describe your process of picking beats/production and putting a song together?

CHASE BAKER: When I hear a beat, it has to move me in some sort of direction. No matter what kind of beat it is, I have to connect with it. Almost always, the style of beat is what decides my content, and then I paint the picture. Since I consider myself to be a versatile artist, one who can pretty much adjust to almost any beat, I'm lucky that my group of beat makers/producers have everything I need to win. Shout outs to my homie Fresh Beatz, Mike Walker, Onwere, and Joseph "Bub" Adewumi.

E.H.M.P:  What was your biggest obstacle in becoming a Hip- Hop artist and a live performer?
CHASE BAKER: My biggest obstacle would have to be gaining acceptance as an artist after being a serious athlete. One thing I learned about hip hop while performing in Australia and going through the open mic circuit in NY, NJ, and Philly is that the fans don't care about your feelings. If they don't like you, or they're not feeling your songs, you'll know. There were a lot of athletes who dipped into the hip hop world who the public didn't really take seriously. So when I get on stage and they know my story, I tell them I played Pro basketball in a couple of countries, I see the look on their faces, it’s like "oh god, here we go, another athlete trying to rap!" But when I finish the say, "oh yeah... You get busy." That lets me know I belong here.

Written by Ife Ekpenuma

COURTESY OF THE ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

BECOME ABREAST WITH ONE OF THE "TOP 100 FEMALES IN THE GAME" w/ N.A.B.



ROCHELLE JOHNSON

N.A.B.: What has inspired you to become a publisher? When did you release your first publication?

ROCHELLE: I wasn't inspired to become a publisher; I was inspired to become a teacher. I always dreamed I’d be a teacher one day. Going into the traditional classroom, I found that I was so nontraditional and my impact wouldn't be as effective as it would, if I had a larger platform. I had no idea that a magazine would become my outlet. God has his plans we simply follow. Six Twelve is the month and day of my middle son’s birthday, he was born with autism. I was his first teacher. I analyzed the publications and outlets that my children had to pick up and read. In doing so, I realized that there is so much negativity that's reported and the positive that people actually do, goes overlooked. So I decided to go against the grain and create a publication that would become the voice, for those who wouldn't otherwise have an outlet. Thus Six Twelve Magazine was born.

N.A.B.: Talk to us about who Rochelle Johnson is a person.

ROCHELLE: No one ever ask me to talk about me, LOL! I'm such a private individual, I’d much rather speak on others than to run down my life in a few sentences. Rochelle Johnson is a mother, a sister, a daughter.... She's a genuine, compassionate, humble individual. I love extremely hard, my greatest desire is to see better relationships amongst people. I am a woman who is your greatest supporter; a voice of reason, I'm very intense but I do love fun. Most would definitely say I'm super ambitious. I believe whatever is put in my heart it’s meant for me to achieve. I've overcome so much, so settling is not an option. I aspire to be one of the greats!

N.A.B: Were things a bit edgy when you started or has things been growing well and successfully?

ROCHELLE: Of course. It isn't a business if you hadn't had a rough beginning. That's all a part of business, taking a risk, believing in what you have and going all in to see it manifesting. Plus running a magazine statistically is a huge risk anyway. You have to believe in whatever you do.

N.A.B.: What highlights Six Twelve Magazine the most?

ROCHELLE: Imagine if Jet, O, Essence, Vibe, Ebony had a child; Six Twelve Magazine is that baby, LOL! It has the models like Jet, the Positivity like O, the Platform of Essence, the Entertainers as Vibe and the Class of Ebony. It’s definitely a creation that I'm proud to have my children pick up and say "My mom does that and I'm proud of her". At the end of the day that's what matters for me.  

N.A.B.: How do you go about picking staff members and do you continue to bring individuals on board to work hand in hand with you?

ROCHELLE: I like to say most people who employ with me are those who are inspired by me and genuinely believe in the vision of Six Twelve. Those who work side by side with me; I love to teach them so that when they leave me they go on with knowledge to excel at whatever their outlet becomes. I believe in being a model leader and I'm not afraid to share knowledge.

N.A.B.: In being a successful black woman this day in time, would you say you had your share of pitfalls. How did you overcome them, if so?

ROCHELLE: I'm blessed but I have so much to still achieve. Thus far I have encountered few obstacles that were like stand still moments. You encounter the folk with their motives but you get rid of those people and you move forward. My greatest advice would be “never leave your dreams in the hands of anyone. I guess that's my survival mechanism. I learned every aspect of my business and at one point I did everything, from writing interviews to answering phones. I run my own social sites and I answer my own emails. I believe that when you leave your dreams in the hands of someone, it puts A LOT of pressure on that person and they're liable to let you down. 9 times out of 10 that is exactly what happens. Than that is when you have obstacles that set you back in the worse way. Overall I say my experiences haven't been all bad and I'm still a student learning.

N.A.B.: Tell those how to go about being in Six Twelve magazine.

ROCHELLE: Getting in Six Twelve Magazine is not an easy task, LOL! The easiest way would be through our affiliates which can be found www.sixtwelvemag.com or By Emailing proposals to Six Twelve Magazine to getfeatured.submission@gmail.com . Not everyone is a fit for Six Twelve Magazine, not just anyone is chosen to be in STM. I have turned down plenty of people to feature because of their negative images or gossip, etc. That's not our lane and I won’t conform to what’s already saturated in publications. I suggest you researching Six Twelve Magazine before making submissions or considering our publications for any type of exposure for your brand, artist, product, etc.
N.A.B.: Right now, what is your biggest goal with your business? I hear you’re a big fan of the uplifting of woman in many ways. Talk about that some.

ROCHELLE: My greatest goal is to have Six Twelve a household name. I aim for People status; I've had some great achievements! Going from digital, to print in one year but now four years in, I'm chasing numbers on that level right now. 

For Some reason Woman have a tendency to take my story and are very encouraged. Maybe it’s my humility, but I believe that anyone can achieve anything they set their minds out to. I've overcome some great obstacles to become this woman I have grown into but it hasn't been any cake walk. I was molested as a child, rape in my teens, in a marriage that sent me into a depression. I gain so much weight, to weight loss, than Obtaining my BS in Psychology to Creating Six Twelve Magazine and a very bright future. There will never be a woman that I see that I will discourage. I'm a magnetism for woman, who have lost hope and I inspire those women to begin again, to never give up on themselves, no matter who tells you what know that you are who GOD made you and in every way that is special, don't allow anyone tear you down, ALWAYS LOVE YOU FIRST, it’s OK!!! 


Although I do have so many things that I have yet to achieve thank you for considering me as one of the TOP 100 Females In the Game. There is more to come, stay tuned!


WRITTEN BY: SPECIALGIFT N.A.B.

COURTESY OF ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

BK'S OWN C-NOTE NEWEST WINNER AT E.H.M.P.





 C-NOTES

N.A.B.: When did you decide to pursue music and what grasped you to chose your particular genre?

C-NOTES:  From all I remember I want to be a part of Hip Hop. I think I discovered I had the gift at age fourteen. My mother passed away at the age sixteen so I have an old line where I say “my mamma passed when I was sixteen so I guess GOD really wanted me to spit 16’s”!!!!

N.A.B.: You have been affiliated with the Elegant Hoodness Musial Program since 2006. They have been in existence since 2004, helping artist create a buzz by utilizing the media. In knowing this program and the C.E.O., A.D. THE GENERAL, what type of growth have you noticed from 2006 until present?

C-NOTES: Man A.D. and the Elegant Hoodness is the definition of grinding!! I saw A.D. go from having one poster to now 16 different sponsors and human size banners at the shows. So with that being said wherever A.D. is C-NOTES and Get Rich INC. is right behind them.

N.A.B.: You just won first place at E.H.M.P.. Tell us what the atmosphere and experience was like. In winning first place, what did you gain or in process of gaining?

C-NOTES:  Winning was beautiful what made it more special is that I buried my grandmother earlier that day. I won’t say it was expected but every time I come out it’s to win! Just want to thank A.D. THE GENERAL for giving me the chance. Since the win I been on radio interviews, twitter followers are doubling, life’s Good, LOL!

N.A.B.: Do you have any show’s coming up soon?

C-NOTES: Of course you know an artist doing shows is like going to work. So every Elegant Hoodness show coming up C-NOTES will be there. New York, Philly, South Carolina, Miami we coming baby!!

N.A.B.: What do you think you bring to the table proficiently as a Hip Hop artist today?

C-NOTES: I think as far as a Hip Hop we have a lot of dudes doing it. I coming out of Brooklyn, NY we forget about the Kangol’s, the Coogi sweaters, the Versace shades. So I as an artist, I’m bringing that Biggie swag back the hungry Jay Z mentality. I’m giving you exactly what goes on in my life!

N.A.B.: Is there anything you would like to express or highlight within this interview?

C-NOTES: I just want these A&R’s to start doing their job again and start searching for the real because going cause what is crazy right now, LOL. My next mix tape is titled R.A.W. (Raw Always Win) because no matter what’s going on I’m going to make sure we get it!!

N.A.B.: In the last few months what is it you’ve been working on within your music career? Elaborate some.

C-NOTES: Everyday I’m working on something new. My work ethic is crazy and that won’t stop even after I bring my team to the top! Song after song in the studio, show after show worldwide, radio interviews from underground stations the colleges, I’m there!

N.A.B.: Give us heads up on any future projects we can look forward too. Elaborate some.

C-NOTES: Right now I have The Gold Selling mix tape Building a Buzz for Dummies EP/MIX TAPE. You can check that on DATPIFF.COM also my SOUNDCLOUD.COM/CNOTESBROOKLYN. The feedback on the Building a Buzz mix tape was so crazy that where currently setting up a schedule to shoot like every video off that thing, word!

N.A.B.: SHOUT OUTS? WHERE AND/OR HOW CAN WE STAY UPDATED WITH YOU WORK?

C-NOTES: First and foremost Brooklyn, All Day! Shout Out’s to my TWO ANGELS ABOVE, MY MOMS AND MY GMOMS because without them there’s no CNOTES, U KNO! GOD for giving me this sick talent, my family, Get Rich INC., Cuda Block, Convo, Killa Stuy, RCKSTR, P, Drizz, Wave Priceless, my lil bro Isiah A.D. THE GENERAL and all the industry cats that mess with me. Also, Scotti Boi MMG/H Mafia, Babs Bunny and Bristal, Charli MO; too many to name follow me on twitter @YOUNGNOTES718 and Facebook, CNOTES BROOKLYN!!

Written by Specialgift(N.A.B.)

COURTESY OF THE ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

MIAMI'S OWN DJ TARIQUE

N.A.B.: So tell us how did your whole DJ career start? What gave you that initial push?

DJ TARIQUE: To be honest DJ Jus. He was a kid like me and standing on milk crates scratching and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

N.A.B.: Are you an emcee as well when you’re doing events?

DJ TARIQUE: Yea, when it’s time to take over the party, I get on the Mic make sure the ladies with me and the fella’s ready to pop them bottles!

N.A.B.: How would you define your style or character?

DJ TARIQUE: As a person, I’m chill, calm and very laid back. Very trendy and cool. As a DJ, I’m confident, fun, funny and swaged out, lol
N.A.B.: How do you motivate the crowd when the atmosphere seem to be dull?

DJ TARIQUE: Let’s get some bottles in the air. The more you drink the better you feel, right? I always play the newest and hottest sh*t.

N.A.B.: What brand of equipment do you use?

DJ TARIQUE: Serato, Pioneer CDJs and Rane or Pioneer mixer is my tool for the club. Mix tapes same thing, Garage Band and Pro-tools

N.A.B.: Within this last year of doing parties, which one has stood out the most?

DJ TARIQUE: LoveranceUP” was a movie his first time in South Florida, party was turnt up! Waka and Iguanan was that theory too!

N.A.B.: What genre are you most interested in playing if you could more often?

DJ TARIQUE: R&B, Old School, Hip Hop, really whatever the crowd is there for. I read the audience.

N.A.B: Who do you consider the biggest DJ of the past and present?

DJ TARIQUE: Pass, DJ Kid Capri, Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash, Jam Master Jay, DJ AM, Clue, Funk Master Flex. Present, DJ Khaled, Drama, David Guetta, Prostyle, Camilo.

N.A.B.: How do you get around all the tension that builds around the music business?

DJ TARIQUE: Tension? What’s that? We don’t see know tension!

N.A.B.: Where have you traveled in the past 2 years? Where do you look to do a party that you haven’t done so yet?

DJ TARIQUE: To many places to name I’ve been. I’m trying to do something in Japan and Africa, haven’t been there yet.

N.A.B.: How would describe the party scene today?

DJ TARIQUE: 2 words! #TURNT UP
N.A.B.: Are your sets pre planned?

DJ TARIQUE: Nope, real DJ’s play off the cuff!

N.A.B.: Talk about what’s going on in your world presently?

DJ TARIQUE: I’m working on a lot of things outside of DJing, Stay Tuned!

N.A.B.: What type of experience do you seek to give once the party is over?

DJ TARIQUE: I want the crowd to feel like I’m there friend. I want to be there favorite DJ and someone they will always remember!

N.A.B.: What else is it you do other than being a DJ?

DJ TARIQUE: So many things in this music business.

N.A.B.: How do you decide your selection of music?

DJ TARIQUE: The crowd’s reaction. Test records lets me know what direction to go.

N.A.B.: When you’re on the set, do you put on a performance or just make sure you play the best music for that particular event?
DJ TARIQUE: Both!!

N.A.B.: Are you inspired by anyone?
DJ TARIQUE: The DJ’s that came before me and also TJ Chapman TJSDJS (Bob’s Manager) soon you’ll see why!

Written by, Special Gift (N.A.B.)

Courtesy of The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2012


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

E.H.M.P NEWEST WINNER- MAR-Q





 Mar-Q

Brooklyn born and raised, Mar-q began rapping at age 14. By the age of 18 he began to take it seriously, being one of the founding members of a group called O.T.V. now known as S.C.F. (Soul City Family). After a while he began working with a Brooklyn producer by the name of Atlaz Drama. While still associated with his former allies, Mar-q plans to take his musical career to the next step. Now moving forward with a "wall street" attitude and a "street" style. Coming up in the 90's era of hip hop, but aware of hip-hop's current state, Mar-q plans to make whatever music he wants while still making music that people like.

E.H.M.P: How are you doing today? Tell the readers who may not have yet to become acquainted, who Mar-q is?

Mar-Q: I'm doing alright just chillin, grindin but still chill. As far as whom Mar-q is, I'm a laid back dude with some unsavory opinions. I'm real cool and easy to get along with however my true thoughts are not meant for a general audience. When It comes to me as an artist your going to get a cynic, sarcastic jerk, with creative concepts and one of the craziest flows ever. I make a couple "radio style" songs but for the most part I love to decimate beats.

E.H.M.P: As a striving artist how would you explain your journey as an artist once you decided that music was what you wanted to pursue?

Mar-Q: It's crazy because I went from having 2 producers, 2 studios, and 2 teams to having nothing. I think having everything in place made me relax and take it easy, but when I no longer could just call some one up to give me a beat or studio time, that's when I had to get serious. Not having any type of support makes you sit down and really decide do you want to do this. Knowing that I'm going to be at shows by myself, promote by myself, and create all my own opportunities, really tested how serious I am. So I knew I wanted to pursue it because I was going to be rapping whether it was professionally or casually. One more thing that really Inspired me to keep at this was the fact that there was a point I was working in corporate America and not really rapping at all, but my homeboy called me late one night and said, "my bad for callin you so late but I just heard that song about your aborted child.....that shit was deep son.....the world has to hear your music".

E.H.M.P: What is the motivation behind the music and how has past experience prepared you for where you are at now?

Mar_Q: Damn, I kind of answered this already but let me get more in depth. I always loved to create complex or catchy rhythms that could not be done by most rappers. The fact that I could just take some words and paint a picture, induce a feeling or just create a clever punch line is too much fun . Nothing is better than making some Ill song or verses and people having that genuine, "OH SHIT" reaction. I also like to bring a more "human" element to my music. I like to speak about regular things that everyday people go through, just with a creative twist. Simply put the artistic side of this rap thing is what pushes me. Oh yeah..... It's also the fact that I completely maul and destroy beats but people love to act like I'm not killin it. Something about the fact that I feel soooo fronted on makes me want to keep pushing. I want to reach a point where it becomes impossible to pretend that I'm not murdering it.

E.H.M.P: Tell us what your latest project and the concept behind your music?

Mar-Q: Well my last project was "Underground vs Commercial", the whole concept behind it was to have every odd song be something commercial and every even song something deep. If you listen to one song, I'm talking about what if rap was like a supermarket. Listen to another song and I'm just talking about how I love to get drunk. I wanted to capture fans of both underground and commercial rap. I also want to speak about a video I just put out called "Mash freestyle", that's got me a little love and people talking, quite simply cause I killed it. Since the "Mash freestyle" got so much love I decided to make a mixtape called "Beats Bodied By Bars", that will have the same style and approach. I will be working closely and exclusively with 2 producers so this project should be crazy.

E.H.M.P: How would you say your up bringing and environment influence your music and how do you use that to separate yourself from other artist?

Mar-Q: Well honestly, my upbringing only has slight influence on my music. You may hear me reference to drug dealing, scams, and gun play but for the most part I dont really speak on it. I always thought out side of the box, just because something surrounds me does'nt mean I have to mess with it. I'm really anti- tradition so my upbringing also plays little part in my music, and thats not to say that none of my experience goes into my music. I definitly will express my pain, joy and journey but at the end of the day I choose who I want to be; the same way I choose what my music is about.

E.H.M.P: Now I have to say congrats to winning Team N.A.N Award at the Elegant Hoodness Showcase event in NY Aug 15th. What was the experience like and would you refer this program to other artist?

Mar-Q: Thank you kindly, and I would definitely tell other artist to get down with the get down. It's funny because I wasn't going to go because of the rain. A.D. actually made fun of me for that when I won, I thought there would not be a good turn out due to the rain. Magazines, radio stations, known artist, distribution deals, prizes and more, it does'nt make sense to not be apart of this if you're an upcoming artist.

E.H.M.P: Please let the readers know where they can connect with you and your music, where artist can hit you up for collabs, and lastly any shouts?
For blogs, pictures, new music, contact info, and everything Mar-q go to LegendarySage.blogspot.com    and I gotta shout out T Boye from Majority Stake ENT    Soul City Family,  Atlaz Drama     and Jamia for putting me on to this 

Courtesy of Elegant Hoodness Musical Program
Written by: Jamia Parks/GlobalShyne INC

Sunday, August 19, 2012

GET TO KNOW BUCK THE PRESIDENT







E.H.M.P.: You are from queens originally and you reside in Florida? Why the change of scenery? And how is music different in both regions?

BUCK: Yea, I like to travel. I needed to get away from the busy city and just concentrate on the music, especially since I started dabbling in production, and Florida is as good a place as any. Sunshine, Palm trees, Beaches and Extraordinary foliage. Get my mind right and think of a master plan, full commitment to my music business CampPain Records. NY or traditional “east coast” music is hard gritty bang punch line and metaphor heavy. The music out here is more up tempo dance orientated. More of a hyper bop! More concentrated on sound than thought. There are some real spitters out here but most focus on the beat and the hook.

E.H.M.P.:
Why the name Buck ? Does it mean anything?

BUCK: Yea it means I clap niggas son lol. Buck actually came from my basketball days. I had decent game and in NY all good players get a nickname. My first name is Quinn so people called me Quinn Buckner who is an ex NBA player. That turned into Buckner, which turned into Buck. I kept it as part of my rap name Buck The President because to me the president represents the whole system and “normalcy”. Buck is the sound of a shot. Together it represents a shot at the system, a kind of resistance to conforming, Buck The President!

E.H.M.P.: Talk to us about your style of music. How has growing up in queens influenced your music?

BUCK: I like to describe my style as style(s). Meaning I like to make all kinds of music. When people get a Buck The President project I want them to be ready for anything. Any tempo or topic no pigeonhole, just know that the bars are going to be some shit and the word play will be something to cherish. I always go hard with my lyrics, line for line no filler or filter. My style has been described as dark, but if I had to pick one word to describe it I would call it Lyrical.

E.H.M.P.: What is more important to you, your lyrics or the production?

BUCK: My lyrics definitely. Don’t get me wrong I understand the allure of a catchy tune and I appreciate it, but I feel like the right cadence and lyrics can make an average beat a hot song. Flow!

E.H.M.P.: Where do u see yourself a year from now?

BUCK: A year from now I see myself with a few songs that I have written or produced in heavy global rotation, touring and working on new music with a few artists under my production, labels chasing me to politic a deal for CampPain Records. Getting into television and movies, behind the scenes and on the screen nahmean.

E.H.M.P.: Where can we reach you and listen or download music?

BUCK: I have a webpage www.buckthepresident.us. All my music is available to download there.
Twitter: @BuckThePresi
Reverbnation: The President, Buck
Facebook: The President,Buck
Facebook: CampPain Radio

Written by, A.D. The General

Courtesy of The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Love And Basketball Pt. 2 with E.H.M.P.


DAWN

MARC ELLIS


E.H.M.P.: How did you get involved with A.D. The General and The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program? And do you think it benefits the artists involved?

DAWN: I first became involved with E.H.M.P as a fan of N.A.N.. I would come through to the showcases and support the group. Then as time evolved I became part of the team in a way and now I’m bringing in talent to get these artists the exposure needed to further their careers. It absolutely benefits the artists because from the first step in registering for the showcase you get 2 interview in hip hop magazines, as well as an opportunity to make money by selling tickets to the showcase. Then if you win you will receive $12,000 in media prizes as well as a deal with Sony/Ioda. A lot of showcase’s just take your money and run. 


E.H.M.P.: You are very talented artists. When did you first discover your talent? And do you prefer free hand as oppose to programs like Photo Shop and why?

DAWN: I first discovered my talents at a very young age which started with drawing. I just began drawing and loved to do it. It was a gift from GOD as well as my athletic abilities and my ear for talent. With help from my brother of course. My parents are also blessed with musical talents. As far as drawing, I prefer free hand because that's all I really know. Some of those programs are very difficult to learn but I’m willing to try anything to better my craft. But free hand is the best gift in drawing because everyone cannot draw freehand so that's a blessing. 


E.H.M.P.: You are a real live “coach carter” for the kids in your community of Queens, NY. I know you have stepped in for your brother “Marc Ellis” and have opened a foundation in his memory. Where do you find the time and energy to help so many of the youth in queens? And do you plan to open a community center in the future?

DAWN: Before my brother passed away he asked me to coach in his honor if anything ever happened to him. So I’m fulfilling that wish. Also, let people l know “he lives through me now so you can continue to be mad.” Its hereditary so it’s only right I will continue to achieve goals in his memory. I am working on a foundation and I hope to have a community center or a court in Baisley Park put in his name. He has done so much for our community that he is due something in his honor for his efforts. Queens is my hometown and I love my community and these kids. So if I can represent my borough to the fullest with basketball and music helping these youth and young adults, I will. It is very time consuming and a battle with my body because of my disabilities but it is so worth it to see my kids get those H.S. diplomas and go on to college. To see them smile and give me a big hug for keeping them out of trouble. Parents and people in the community thanking me for a job well done. I do not get a dime for what I do but I feel we are losing too many kids to senseless violence and I’m on a mission to deflate those numbers.

E.H.M.P.: I hear you also a talented mc. Do you remember when you 1st fell in love with Hip Hop?

DAWN: I used to do a little deejaying and mcing with my brother when i was very young. So I fell in love with hip hop as young as 10 years old. I used to write my rhymes and everything. I did a rap in memory of my brother last year that was received well but I have no interest in being an artist. I will leave that to the young adults but I can give an occasional 16 bars if needed(smile)


E.H.M.P.: What are you ultimate goals with your new t-shirt company?

DAWN: My ultimate goal is to use the proceeds from the line to help the kids in the basketball/music realm. Without sponsors every dime comes out of my pockets which are limited. The t-shirt company is not new, let’s say I’m giving it new life. I put everything on hold to do the basketball team that now i feel is the right time to re launch Empty Pockets Apparel. It was created out of necessity of not having much and needing gear. I wanted to be a brand to the industry where you could look like a million bucks but at an affordable cost. The line will have some surprises in store as well as expansion into hats, sweats, jackets etc. Look out for EPA 2012-13. It's about to be a problem.


E.H.M.P.: If the world could remember you by one quote what would it be?

DAWN: One quote to remember me by is “she came, she conquered and she won on every level. And she is loyal.”


E.H.M.P.: And last words or Shout outs?

DAWN: I am looking for sponsors for my team for 2013 if you can help please contact me at duems31@yahoo.com I had to put team on hold this summer due to no money. I had a kid tell me he cried because I was not having a summer team, I hope to change that next year. Thank you to A.D. and the team at E.H.M.P, to my basketball kids, showcase kids, family and my haters. Appreciate you, (smile). And to my brother Marc Ellison: Everything I do now is in memory of ME, (Marc Ellison). Love you Rest in Peace!


WRITTEN BY: A.DTHE GENERAL

COURTESY OF ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

ALABAMA'S OWN FLYBOYZ TEAM




 FLYBOYZ TEAM
E.H.M.P.: How are the official members of Fly Boyz team and how did you guys come together?

 
FLYBOYZTEAM:
 B'SKe(Brandon Jones) we came together from a dream that I had.I dreamed that J'Nyce(Jasper McCroskey) Breezy 2Tymes (Nic Brewis) and me was performing live we had made it to the Bet Award.That's how it all got started.


E.H.M.P.: How did you guys choose the group name FLY Boyz Team?

FLYBOYZ TEAM: We didn't the ladies gave us that name FlyBoyz because we always turn our swag up and Team speaks for itself. We are a team and it's bigger than just us.


E.H.M.P.: Talk to me about the music scene in Alabama and what you guys are doing to create a larger brand and fan base in your hometown?


FLYBOYZ TEAM: Coming from a small but known area by the world for music in North Alabama dating back to the 60’s and 70's known as "The Muscle Shoals Sound". The FlyBoyz Team are steadily building a strong name on the Southeast‟s College campus party circuit and quickly becoming a hot opening act for headliner events and at the same time putting "The Shoals Area" back on the map.


E.H.M.P.: Do you feel your stage performance is just as important as your lyrics on a track and why?
FLYBOYZ TEAM: Stage performance is the key. Anybody can rap but can you entertain the crowd. So we feel like we are more than artist we are entertainers.

E.H.M.P.: How did you guys link up with A.D. The General and The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program?
FLYBOYZ TEAM: By linking up with other people in the industry and building friendships with people along the way.

E.H.M.P.: Where can we listen and download some of your records?
FLYBOYZ TEAM: Follow us on twitter@ FlyboyzTeam,Website FlyboyzTeam .com and also youtube Flyboyz Team

E.H.M.P.: Are you looking to get picked up by a major label or are you looking to stay independent and why?
FLYBOYZ TEAM: We want a major label to pick us up and further our careers as artist and entertainers.

E.H.M.P.:  Any last words?

FLYBOYZTEAM: S/O to everybody that has supported us threw thick and thin. We know without God we wouldn't be as far as we are. We keep God first and understand were our strength come from. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (WE ARE FBT)

Written By, A.D. The General
Courtesy of The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2012’

BIG ASSAS EXPLAINS HIP HOP CULTURE



ASSAS

E.H.M.P.:  Tell me how you choose your stage name and the meaning behind it?

ASSAS: My name is Assas I got it when I was younger getting into battles my friends used to say man your Killing it like an assassin so there u go Assas is short for assassin.

E.H.M.P.: You recently performed on the Elegant Hoodness 6th annual summer park tour. How was your experience?

ASSAS: Yea I did do the park tour and it was a great time for me I got a chance to link up wit some really good artist I'm actually recording new records with them as we speak.

E.H.M.P.: You have a great stage presence and strong lyrical context in your music. How important is it to connect with an audience? How important is it for you for people to relate to your lyrics?

ASSAS: Relating to the crowd is everything for me. most of your fans feel like they connect wit you threw the songs so I'm make sure to touch on subjects we deal with every day and the energy I bring to the stage is just me showing them I'm as excited to be here as they are.

E.H.M.P.: Do you consider yourself and MC or rapper and why?

ASSAS: I'm a mc. I got mic control n I move crowds plus I’m about making sure my bars are air tight. Rappers care about sales mc's care about respect.

E.H.M.P.: Who or what inspires you?

ASSAS: I’m a an old school head so I was inspired by the old rappers like Red Man Meth Nas Onyx  people like that so now I find inspiration in my circle of artist they keep me hungry ( no pun intended) I am a fat nicca!!!

E.H.M.P.: Describe your self with one word?

ASSAS:  Besides great lol I would say energetic.

E.H.M.P.: Any last words?

ASSAS: Hip Hop is a way of life and not a music category; rap is the music that came from that way of life real talk!!

Written by, A.D. The General
Courtesy of the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2012