1) What’s been happening since our last interview in 2018? You had just dropped your second full-length album called “Welcome Back.”
Released a single “sweet dreams” in 2019 that has over 120k streams over all digital platform services with no mainstream push or marketing behind it just independently word of mouth and the album that was originally going to be released in July has now been postponed as i’m wrapping up and releasing a different album that more aligns with the moment i. time we’re all engulfed in at the moment. Additionally, we’re working hard to begin to launch work from the arts division of the multi media company we started i believe the last time you and i spoke.
2) You also launched your own multimedia company, tell us more about what you’re trying to achieve with it?
I just want to provide an opportunity to showcase the variety of talent that we as black people and other POC are capable of displaying through our creative capabilities without being included in mainstream america’s power structure. i think representation as it relates to visually being able to relate to someone you see who looks like you or comes from a similar background as you is very powerful and that’s the main “why” behind why i wanted to create a launch my own company. I’ve never been the type of person to wait or ask for something i feel like i could do/get done myself. i just wasn’t raised that way.
3) What’s the hardest thing about being an independent artist?
Maintaining balance while riding the emotional rollercoaster. You have the ability to dictate when you release a project, the content of the project but you also have the responsibility of paying to have things done and often times it’s trial and error when trying to find the right people. Myself and Jai (Head of the Arts Division for Nulogik Music Entertainment Group LLC) were creatives by nature so it’s important for us to have someone like Dex (Dexter Parham – Business Communications) who is extremely business savvy and knows how to speak “their” language but can also speak our language as well.
4) Are there any independent hip-hop artists out there who inspire and motivate you?
I’ve been in somewhat of a bubble for a while so i can’t say for certain but i do really like Larry June’s style. He’s dope to me.
5) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself more behind the scenes ideally focusing as much energy on the music as i am now on the philanthropic side then. i have a lot of community initiatives that i really want to begin rolling out which is kind of fueling me to get things musically to a place where i can begin releasing when i want and not so much out of necessity as a means to solidify a catalogue worth millions years from now.
6) Who were the first influences on your music and style?
Always going to be pac and nas because when i was a kid they were the standard along with others but when you listened you felt like they were preparing you for the life they were in the middle of at that very moment.
7) If you could choose to collaborate with 3 other artists on the same track – who would they be?
3 other artist on the same track- i would say because it would be a lyrical but friendly competition- wale, skyzoo and freddie gibbs. it’s gotta be people i fuck with lyrically and i have enough respect for them that i would break away from chill approach and tap into my competitor nature.
8) How do you currently make money as an independent hip-hop artists?
Multiple revenue streams. You gotta make it a point to create enough cash flow where you can take from this and invest in that until everything is running consistently.
9) What are you hoping to achieve with your music?
My music is a conduit towards my purpose so i can’t ever just say i want it to make me rich it’s more the money is a solid compensation for your creative commitment to the craft but i want my music to be content that people years from now will look back on and not study but appreciate the messages i was conveying despite the content not being trendy or content that’s easily marketed. i believe if you as an artist speak what’s real and honest to you it’ll leave it’s mark and you’ll impact will last forever.
10) What do you think is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself has to overcome, to gain commercial success?
My motivation is never obtaining commercial success because that takes a level of compromise and appeasement that i don’t have any interest in making to put it bluntly. I’m someone who is always going to make the content of my music a reflection of who i am. I think as long as i’m staying true to me then my music is going to impact enough people that commercial success will bend towards my content and not the other way around.