Monday, October 8, 2012



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 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.: 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.




Wednesday, October 3, 2012



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


Monday, October 1, 2012



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 or By Emailing proposals to Six Twelve Magazine to . 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!