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

Sunday, July 29, 2012

DEME NEWEST WINNER AT ELEGANT HOODNESS




DEME
E.H.M.P: Congratulations on your recent win at The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program NY, How did you feel once you were announced winner?

DEME: Thanks I was hype there was a lot of good acts there that night, it was a good moment.

E.H.M.P: How long have you been rapping? Do you remember your first 8 bars ever written? Let me hear it?

DEME: I've been writing rhymes off and on for 15 years, recording off and on for 10.  I’ve been focused though for the last 6, I stopped the off and on shit. My team Lynk Fam has been on it. Lol nah I can’t remember.

E.H.M.P: What separates you from the average rapper? What makes your story different than the rest?

DEME: What separates me is just that I am a rapper. I’m not a hustler or gangster that happens to rap in my spare time. I’m about the music and the art; I've always been a student of the game. A lot of rappers today brag about not caring about their craft. I definitely want to be respected as a Mc. My story isn’t really different. I’m from the slums; I grew up in poverty and middle class sections, trying to use my passion to find a way out.  In my music I present my similar story with creativity so it doesn’t come of generic.

E.H.M.P: What’s the creative process for you like?

DEME: It depends sometimes I already have a concept to build off or I might already have a hook to work with. Sometimes if I get a beat I might just vibe and keep zoning to the track till something starts flowing. Making the music is my favorite part most def.

E.H.M.P: Who are your favorite 5 rappers of all time?

DEME:  That’s hard because like I said I’m a Hip Hop junkie, I’ll say Method Man, Nas, Prodigy, Biggie, LL cool J. There are so many more though. I was heavy on Bcc, Scarface, Fugees etc... But those 5 played a major role when I was coming up.

E.H.M.P: Where do you see your self a year from now?

DEME: I want to be a heavy presence in the underground scene, as far as being recognized and viewed as the next nigga who you should look out for. Keep building my core audience. I want djs, promoters, producers to be familiar with my face and my music. Then I can take that next step.

E.H.M.P: Any thank you or shout outs?

DEME: Lynk Fam we out here, Amazin G.A.D, Dutch Anthemz

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

DAY LIGHT STAY RITE, SUN GOTTA BUN





DAY LIGHT STAY RITE, SUN GOTTA BUN


E.H.M.P.: Explain the meaning of your name?

DAY LIGHT: Well my full stage name is "Daylite Stayrite", I feel I shine in whatever I do, my music can go in any direction as the sun shines in all directions 360 degrees, in addition to the music being hot as well as enlightening, "Daylite". I had a line in one of my earlier songs where I said "Daylite stay right, sun gotta burn" the artists I was affiliated with at the time just started calling me "Daylite Stayrite".


E.H.M.P.: You are currently on the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 6th annual tour, how has the experience been?

DAY LIGHT: It’s been a great experience, both entertaining and educational. performing with the same artist at different spots back to back was official, especially being that artist I'm affiliated with were also involved in the tour so the family just got bigger.

E.H.M.P.: How long have you been rapping and what inspires you?

DAY LIGHT: I wrote my 1st rhyme in '93, didn't really start taking it serious until '99. As far as my inspiration, it’s the culture. I live Hip Hop and rap being one of the elements of that culture is the best form of expression in my opinion. I love rapping; I started rapping for fun with my friends and its still fun to this day.

E.H.M.P.: Who are some of your favorite MCs?

DAY LIGHT: I respect a lot of artist so I'll name 10... Nas, Tupac(RIP), BIG(RIP), Slick Rick, Rakim, Kool G Rap, WuTang Clan, Eminem, 3Stacks, Daylite Stayrite.

E.H.M.P.: Do you like the direction Hip Hop has taken?             

DAY LIGHT: From a business stand point, yes because it’s an independent market and I'm the business. From a creative stand point I don't feel enough artists are challenging themselves creatively. A lot of music is cool for now but I doubt it will be of any relevance in the near future due to the lack of originality.

E.H.M.P.:  Where can we hear and or download your music?

DAY LIGHT: People can listen and download my music from the following site...
www.reverbnation.com/daylitemusic
www.myspace.com/daylitemusic
www.tweetmysong.com/daylitemusic
www.soundcloud.com/daylitestayrite
www.youtube.com/daylitemusictv

E.H.M.P.: Any last words?
              
DAY LIGHT:
Well I just recently became affiliated with T.H.C. Productions as an artist and producer so a full length LP is sure to follow my debut EP "Daylite Stayrite" which I plan to release in late August 2012... Shine with me or get left in the dark!


WRITTEN BY A.D. THE GENERAL
COURTESY OF the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2012

G-SYNDER HOLDS IT DOWN FOR 20 YEARS

                                                                             


G-SYNDER

E.H.M.P.: Let’s get right into it. What motivates your music?

G-SYNDER: You know, my Life motivates my music. I want my music to encourage other artist who may have given up on being successful.

E.H.M.P.:  How long have you been rapping and what has been the highlight of your career thus far?

G-SYNDER: I have been recording music for over 20 years. I have traveled and performed; I have met new people and learned about the business.

E.H.M.P.: Where can we listen to or download your music?

G-SYNDER: You can find my music on itunes,reverbnation.com whyaintiontheradio.com soundcloud.com youtube.com just Google the name G.Snyder aka C Gutta and see what you come up with.

E.H.M.P.: How did you connect with A.D. The General?

G-SYNDER: I was contacted by an artist name Mic Handz. He informed me about AD the General's great work; from then on i was very excited to meet her.

E.H.M.P.: What do you value more respect from your fellow mc’s or the love and respect of your fans?

G-SYNDER: If I had to choose it would be the fans because the fans are people that will say yes or no to your music. I would rather have the respect from my fans then the mc's. When I gain the respect from my fans the mc's will follow.

E.H.M.P.: Where do you see your self 5 years from now?

G-SYNDER: I would like to see myself doing a major performance, with my albums in stores and my fans loving what I’m creating.

E.H.M.P.: Any thank you or shout outs?

G-SYNDER: I would like to thank God, friends & family.

Written by, A.D. The General

Courtesy of the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2012 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

TERRELL BLAIR (HOODLIFE/CRACK DVD) 12 YRS STRONG




TERRELL BLAIR ( HOODLIFE/CRACK DVD) 12 YEARS STRONG

E.H.M.P.: Tell me why you got into the “DVD” game and how long you’ve been running your company?

T.BLAIR: I embarked on the DVD game mainly to bridge a gap amongst the Hip Hop artist of New York City boroughs; I felt that by bringing Hip Hop artist
together in Cyphas
would solidify a stronger cohesion amongst the boroughs and communities. I've been running my company about 7 to eight years officially on the books but overall about 12 years as a strong brand.

E.H.M.P.: How many DVD’s have you released all together?

T.BLAIR: I have released 23 Urban Style Rap DVDS out up under two different titles (HOODLIFE CYPHAS DVD & CRACK DVDS).

E.H.M.P.: What has been your most memorable interview to date?

T.BLAIR: My most memorable interview - Damn I cant actually remember – I’ve done so many - But hey I must say Raekwon because he had us come out to Staten Island and we just chilled w/ him for half a day, French Montana at that time was with us during the interview soaking up mad game (he was a youngin - He was plotting on putting his first DVD out). This had to be 2003 – don’t quote me though.

E.H.M.P.: You work with a lot upcoming artists tell me what draws you to the unsigned community?

T.BLAIR: Well at the time of me putting out my first DVD in 2000 there wasn't any strong street outlets for unsigned artist (at least I thought).

E.H.M.P.: You now have a venture entitled “crack dvd latino”. Talk to me about the goal and mission of this new movement?

T.BLAIR: Well we in the process of resurrecting that overall movement but we are currently working other business ventures such as my marketing and promotional video book company, Bookbanditz.com and gaming company BigApplegamer.com.

E.H.M.P.: Where do you see your self and company a year from now?

T.BLAIR: Well a year from now I just pray that I’m still relevant as well as the brand, as well as making sure that the team members still believe IN  THE BRAND and living financially comfortable.

E.H.M.P.: Where can our readers contact you to conduct biz and support your movement?

T.BLAIR: Well you can checkout my sites Hoodlifemovement.com, Bigapplegamer.com, and Bookbanditz.com my twitter is @terrellblair @bookbanditz - to contact me regarding business you email me terrell.blair@gmail.com or Contact@jumz.com (Rafael Pena).

E.H.M.P.: Any thank you and shout outs?

T.BLAIR: I want to Thank- You (AD THEGENERAL) for the interview and shout out the whole HOODLIFEMOVEMENT Team.

WRITTEN BY A.D. THE GENERAL

COURTESY OF THE ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012

PULLY THE PUSHA SETS THE BAR



                                                  PULLY THE PUSHA


A.D. THE GENERAL: First and fore most congratulations on your recent win at The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program NYC. How did it feel to hear “and with a perfect score two hundred and forty points and the newest artists signed to Sony/Ioda , you will grace the cover of Block Relevant Magazine and get $12,000 in media exposure”?

PULLY THE PUSHA: I feel great to be with A.D. The General and sony/ loda

A.D. THE GENERAL: Tell me how important it is to have a great stage performance and how you prepare for a show?

PULLY THE PUSHA: It’s important to practice before a show and be on point on stage.

A.D. THE GENERAL: Do you feel your music will move people and why?

PULLY THE PUSHA: It will, the best in the south dope boy’s will love it!!

A.D. THE GENERAL: Was the transition between Dance Hall and Hip Hop difficult?

PULLY THE PUSHA: No it was great, the best of both worlds’.

A.D. THE GENERAL: Who are your five top mc’s of all time? Do you consider yourself and mc?

PULLY THE PUSHA: Pac, Big, Kool G Rap, T.I., and Jeezy

A.D. THE GENERAL: What do you plan to bring to the table at Sony/Ioda?

PULLY THE PUSHA: Good music from rap to hip hop to rock to techno and pop

A.D. THE GENERAL: Any shouts outs and thank you?

PULLY THE PUSHA: Big up A.D. The General, Millz, Grade A Cush Gang Flatbush Cortelu Records. 

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

SC'S OWN REESE TAK TALKS HIP HOP


 REESE TAK

E.H.M.P.: Every mc chooses his or her name for a reason, tell me yours?

REESE TAK: Reese is actually my government. Last name Tak comes from Reese Takular shorten. wa la!

E.H.M.P.: When did you first fall in love with hip hop?

REESE TAK: I was in love with music before I even knew what love was. So I guess before I can remember.

E.H.M.P.: When did you realize that you were a strong punch line rapper? Do you remember your first track ever recorded?

REESE TAK: Lol High school. I just decided to try to write every line as a metaphor.

E.H.M.P.: What is the ultimate goal?

REESE TAK: Success.

E.H.M.P.: Are you open to sign to an independent as oppose to a major label and why?

REESE TAK: Of course. Where ever I start from is just the beginning.

E.H.M.P.: Who are your top 5 favorite artists from SC?

REESE TAK:  I rock with a lot of folks, too many to name five. I respect grind.

E.H.M.P.: Where can our readers reach you and listen to some of your music?

REESE TAK: Othatsreese.com or just google Reesetak.

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

REESE TAK: Dirty Soap the mix tape available on Livemixtapes.com go download and rate right now.

WRITTEN BY A.D. THE GENERAL
COURTESY OF The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

E.H.M.P. INTRODUCES CUZZO SOSAY


CUZZO SOSAY

E.H.M.P: When did u start producing? Who inspired you and did you have a mentor?

CUZZO SOSAY:
I started producing in junior high school but professionally I started 2005, my family was a strong inspiration to me my parents who always listened to classics soul, blues and r n b records also a couple of my cousins who were dj's played always mixed hip hop and dance hall reggae music all day every day!  my mentor was the radio and everyday music I grew up listening to and researched in my pure passion, vision and love for music overall.

E.H.M.P: How did you link up with "40 acres in a mule"?

CUZZO SOSAY:
I was in a Public Enemy video called "fight the power" and also several other movies, in which strengthened the relationship with me and 40 acres and a mule they are good peoples basically family!

E.H.M.P: You work with D.R. Period, how did that come into play?

CUZZO SOSAY:
I and another artist were meeting with def jam/rsmg to get signed where we met multiple talented/established artists /producers. DR Period and his whole movement is good peoples basically like family also!

E.H.M.P: How did you link up with N.A.N. and what do you think of the Elegant Hoodness Program?

CUZZO SOSAY:
I met N.A.N. at a studio I used to go to in Brooklyn, where we quickly bonded and embraced each others vision of music! I think the program overall is good as it gives a lot of opportunities to up n coming artists, producers and people interested in the industry from all facets.

E.H.M.P: Who do you want to produce for, if you had a choice?

CUZZO SOSAY:
People I would like to work with ranges from all genres. its really hard to list because the list is huge but I would mention a few like Gnarles Barkley, Jay z, 50 cent, Kanye west, Rick Ross, Beyonce,  plus many more I'm willing to work with established or underground artists as i have what i call the vision.

E.H.M.P: What projects do you have coming out if any?

CUZZO SOSAY:
I have a couple of mix tape series coming out where i will highlight up n coming artists, a instrumental CD in which I am one of many producers contributing to the project, I have a project I'm working on for "zombiegrind" a movement I'm putting together. Please don’t swagger Jacksons my shit thank you!! lol. I also have multiple singles on various artists projects set to release through out the year, just to name a few things I'm involved in.

E.H.M.P: Where do you see your self a year from now?

CUZZO SOSAY:
 In a year I see myself successful with music on the radio, concerts, commercials, etc. basically getting paid for what i love to do "music".

E.H.M.P: Where can our readers hear your music?

CUZZO SOSAY:
I have multiple places where people can check out some my work but one place is http://retwedia.com/user/musikpromo , but for exclusives not on the internet its best to contact famtizeproductionz@gmail.com i work with all budgets! Let’s get it!!!

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

Monday, July 16, 2012

YOUNG PIFF IS MOVING UP THE LADDER - GET FAMILIAR WITH N.A.B.

YOUNG PIFF

N.A.B.: Dedication to your craft is definitely in motion. What are your contributions to your music and the mainstream community.


YOUNG PIFFI contribute a lot of time in my craft I put my all in this music and expect it right back.even if someone doesn't like my music they gotta respect my hustle. 


N.A.B.: You've won a few times at the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program. How are there services thus far?


YOUNG PIFF It always a pleasure to perform at a Elegant Hoodness showcase. The vibe there is so hip hop and Im always put in a position to network with people that open other lanes and set me up for my next move. 


N.A.B.: Whats new? Elaborate on some matters your viewer's should be aware of.


YOUNG PIFF Everything.new flow new vibe new movement. The new mixtape is done and we ready to put it out on a really big scale. We got producer's from California, Miami and even Spain that reached out to work on my new project and that's word on my pops there's nothing on the underground circuit that on the same level. 


N.A.B.: How often are you in the studio?


YOUNG PIFFI try to be in the studio as much as I can but living life prohibits me from being there everday. I would say on the average 3 days a week for about 5 hours a session. 


N.A.B.: In a prior interview with an  N.A.B. member via Gsteam843 you stated "What you see is what you get, no artificial ingredients". I like the sound of that and totally agree. Give us an example of what's the truth verses articicial?


YOUNG PIFF Everything I say I meant I seen or I did. I don't use stories I've over heard from the next man or stunt about thibgs I don't have.what you is what you get a real Nigga with real lyrics.


N.A.B. : You've met a significant amount of reputable people. Have you built a relationship with any of these reputable individuals?


YOUNG PIFF: Well there's a few people over at hot 97 that I met after I.won the summer jam battle that I kept in touch with and a few producers I met at various shows but that's about most of the reputable people that I met either couldn't do nothing for me or I.really didn't get a good vibe with and I never been one for fake smiles.


N.A.B.: How can we stay up to date with your music? Any shout out's you would like to give?


YOUNG PIFF You could follow me on Twitter youngpiff187 comment on something on my FB youngpiff checkout the swag on instagram questcali watch the movement for yourself on YouTube youngpiff. Shout out to my team pc niggas Jack boyz my ihustle niggas and anyone else who respects the movement..young piff got next ja heard hang hang!!  


WRITTEN BY: SPECIALGIFT N.A.B.


COURTESY ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012'



RO NASTY IS SHAKING IT UP IN MIAMI - FOLLOW UP WITH A.D. THE GENERAL


Ro Nasty


A.D. THE GENERAL:  Congrats on your win and recent nomination at The Elegant Hoodness Miami. How did you feel about win and about your recent SONY/IODA situation?

Ro Nasty: Thank you it feels good to finally start making moves. I’m excited to see how Sony can help me reach my goals in the music industry so I plan on taking advantage of the blessing and opportunity.

A.D. THE GENERAL: What do you feel separates you from your average rapper in Miami?

Ro Nasty: The separation between me and other rappers in Miami is I stay in Broward County so if you from where I'm from you know there’s a different swag that separates Dade County from Broward County. I was always different growing up trying new things, making up my own slang words and doing a lot of traveling witnessing different styles from different areas. My approach to music is not like your average rapper. I'm a true artist and I feed off music so there’s no telling what I'm going to say or do. But I will show up and show out.


A.D. THE GENERAL:  Who are some of your influences?

Ro Nasty: Growing up the first rap group I had in my tape deck all the time was Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. After they fell off it was all about Cash Money, No limit and 2pac. UGK has also always been my favorite rap duo. I like some of the new era rappers too but its all about NASTY MONEY ENTERTAINMENT now.


A.D. THE GENERAL:  Do you like today’s Hip Hop and why?

Ro Nasty: Today’s Hip Hop is somewhat weak if you ask me. There have not been too many albums that can ride track for track like back in 1998. Now it’s a bunch of single rappers who drop a hot ass single but a trash ass album. Plus I feel like this auto tune shit got everybody thinking they can sing but I can say these trash ass rappers getting money though. So fu*k what I think.

A.D. THE GENERAL:  Who would you love to collaborate and why?

Ro Nasty: If I could collaborate with anybody past and present it would be 2pac, Hotboys, Yo Gotti, T.I., Gucci, Jeezy, 2chainz, Kanye, Jadakiss, Ugk, Wiz and Camoflauge (r.i.p.) there’s more people I would like to work with but that’s what comes to mind right now.


A.D. THE GENERAL:  If the world could only remember with you with one quote what would it be?

Ro Nasty: If I had to go and leave a quote it would have to be my label name breakdown which is "niggas ain't shit trust yourself make other niggas envy you" , that’s NASTY MONEY!!



A.D. THE GENERAL:  Any shout out’s and thank you?

Ro Nasty: I would like to thank god first and also I’d like to thank my family for not giving up on me. Shout out to all my nasty money fans n 2 times for my hood Hollywood, Florida. yoooooo!!!!!


Written by: A.D. The General

Courtesy of the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2012'

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

GET TO KNOW RUDY w/ E.H.M.P.


RUDY

A.D. THE GENERAL: Congrats on your recent win at the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program Beat Battle and your nomination as emerging producer of the year 2013. How do you feel?

RUDYI feel good, its a good feeling to be recognized & acknowledged for your talents/art form.

A.D. THE GENERAL: How long have you been producing?

RUDYI've been producing for about 9 Years now!, I started in the 6th grade

A.D. THE GENERAL: Who influences you as far as producers?

RUDYOh man, that's a lot. Let's see there's; Kanye WestRyan Leslie, Red OneRico Love9th WonderJDillaSkrillexNeroFlux PavillionDatsikJ.U.S.T.I.C.E LeagueDrLukeDrDreRZARick RubinPete RockNo I.D., Lord FinesseHeavy DMike Dean, The AlchemistMarley MarlMF DoomPrince PaulDJ PremierTimbalandNoah Shebib - 40BangladeshJust BlazeS1Harry Fraud, Max MartinStargateDiploDanja HandzBenny Benassi and lastly, Quincy Jones...Those are the producers who influenced my sound, I've taken aspects from each and adapted them to my sound.

A.D. THE GENERAL: Which artist would you love to produce for and why?

RUDYIt might not be expected, but it's gonna be either Selah SueLauriana Mae or Jhene Aiko. I love all of their sounds, their voices/styles are very unique to me, plus I just have a thing for women that sing lol.

A.D. THE GENERAL: Who are your top 5 producers in the game?

RUDYTop 5 as of now to me is Kanye WestJust BlazeStargate, DrLukeNoah Shebib - 40

A.D. THE GENERAL: Where do you see yourself in a year from now?

RUDYA year from now, I expect my career to finally be solidified. Whether I'm signed to another label, Indie with my own label or both. I just don't want all of this hard work to go to waste, the skill either! Hopefully by fall this is achieved.

A.D. THE GENERAL: Any last words an Thank you’s?

RUDYI just want to thank God firstly, you A.D. for the opportunity and a shout out to my friends & family that supported me from the start and continue to support me now. None of this would be possible without them.


WRITTEN BY: A.DTHE GENERAL

COURTESY OF ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012'

FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH BUMPY JOHNSON w/ N.A.B.

BUMPY JOHNSON


N.A.B. : What is your outlook on the current state of hip hop?


BUMPY JOHNSON: I love the current state of hip hop.. you really have to grind to get in a good position.. I do feel it is some wackness out there and a lot of following but for the most part I’m loving it. 
N.A.B. : What do you gear to contribute to the hip hop communities?

BUMPY JOHNSON: Good music style and originality, in whatever order. Once established I would like to open or help fund neighborhood charities and/or organizations. 
N.A.B. : Do you have any present influences? If so who are they and why?

BUMPY JOHNSON: I'm really influenced by the things around me, the things that is seen day in and day out. As far as rappers or musicians go, Jay-Z because of his business. Sean Combsbecause of his business. the homie 50 Cent is also business. Baby and SlimJeezy and Rick Ross for there grind and T.I..The list can go on but those are some notables.

N.A.B.: Is there anyone in particular you see yourself or hope to work with In the future? 

BUMPY JOHNSON: I can see myself working with a lot of artist. I'm a very versatile musician but to name just anyone Snoop Doggy Dogg

N.A.B.: Why do you think there's so much feuding in hip hop today?

BUMPY JOHNSON: I really don’t think its more feuding today then it was in the 90’s or the 80’s, its just more media now so you really know what happens at the time it happens. Hip Hop is like a spectator sport when the first MC picked up the mic and said “a Hip to the Hop” another person said “man I can do that better” picked up his mic and the rest is history. We are competitive by nature so there will always be fueds between rappers, producers, businessmen you name it (most other genres of music also have these rivalries). We just gotta keep a "nobody gets hurt" state of mind. Leaders must control there entourage’s, that’s who mainly starts the trouble, not the musician 

N.A.B.: Give us feedback on your experience with the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program

BUMPY JOHNSON: Sh*t I've been working with Elegant Hoodness off and on since the start. Every time I do a show with ya’ll it turns out to be a good look.  All the thing's Elegant Hoodness say their going to do happens and yes I have been at other showcases but I cannot turn down an Elegant Hoodness showcase.. press and media all there, judges are top notch I can’t even go on. The whole situation is great
N.A.B.: Tell us about your newest releases? Elaborate.

BUMPY JOHNSON: My newest release “Death’s Calling” is a dark piece I wrote right after my girl broke up with me. I was in the studio late night and I just had finished the beat. All I kept thinking about was fuck this shit, the hell with a relationship. Drinking some Henny and smoking, the words came to me. I wrote it and laid it down that night. It's only two verses because I didn’t want to pull my fans into a whole dark depressing place. Just give the essence of it 

N.A.B.: What's it like being a mainstream artist?

BUMPY JOHNSON: I enjoy being a mainstream artist. Why would I be in this business of music and not want to prosper. I hear a lot of people say they do it for the love and more power to those people. Other's say they not changing how they rap for no deal. Artistically speaking. If I have to change a few things in order to get my mom's a house, so be it!! 

N.A.B.: What social networks are you affiliated with? Can we stay updated with you there? Any shout out's?


SHOUT OUT TO THE WHOLE REAL RECORDS FAMILY.. ELEGANT HOODNESS AND A.DTHE GENERAL .. BIG SHOUT TO CONEY ISLAND, BROOKLYN .. ITS OUR TIME !


WRITTEN BY: SPECIALGIFT N.A.B.

COURTESY OF ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012'


Monday, July 2, 2012

Who's SMOKEY? Find out with N.A.B.


SMOKEY

N.A.B.: In reading your bio I noticed this statement, "Believing that the hip hop industry is ridden with repetition, Smokey seeks only to bring hip hop forward, by being reminiscent of the past". Will you elaborate some on that?

SMOKEY: By bringing back more word play and creativity into music. Not just bubble gum lyrics some artist are getting away with in today's music.  

N.A.B.: What is differentiates Smokey from another hip hop or r&b artist? 

SMOKEY: Different types of quality music that I make from telling music stories that people go through. Or making that type of sound that's sticks in your head and head and you end singing it for no reason.   

N.A.B.: Who have influenced you thus far in the industry? t

SMOKEY: A lot of great's like Wyclef, T.I., Jay-Z50 CentOutkastDiddy and list goes on and on. The few artist I just mentioned are the mean ones. I give them the utmost respect because the music they make and being business mined outside of music industry. They live by the same thing that motivation code I live by which is "No Days Off".   

N.A.B.: Tell us some factors about yourself that we should know and understand as far as what your looking to achieve?

SMOKEY: I don't take loosing, failing or the word "NO" lightly, it's always been a dream of mines to continue delivering good music for the world to hear and not just a small community. I'm talking about abusing my passport every chance I get and spending more time outside my house than inside, (that's where "No Days Off" come in to play at).

N.A.B. How did you become acquainted with Elegant Hoodness Musical Program? How was the experience? What are the benefits you've noticed?

SMOKEY: Through DJ Tarique and I got admit that event was pretty fun meeting and networking with different people through out that night. 

N.A.B.: Tell us about the latest music you've been making? 

SMOKEY: That would be my latest single which is called "Party Animal", which goes on and talking about educated females/woman who love to party and have a great time, when it comes to the night life. After a long week of working hard and studying all woman want to unleash that inner party animal feeling out and just live life that night after night until it's back to working and school again.

N.A.B.: Which particular track have you bought forth that hits close to home for you, if any? Elaborate some on why.

SMOKEY: "Say a prayer" because growing up as a youth I never had it easy to where I get whatever I wanted and being raised by a single mother making minimum wage. My street life and among other things I've come across in my life. So going through it and seeing better day's now means my blessing are coming and stopping no time soon.   

N.A.B.: Where can we find your music? Any shout out's? 

SMOKEY: Everywhere from Reverbnation, Youtube "SmokeyFanClub" to me posting and keeping my fan dated on twitter, (@Smokey305)

WRITTEN BY: SPECIALGIFT N.A.B.

COURTESY OF ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2012'