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1) How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?

I been doin this since 6 years old but I been fascinated with hip hop for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I remember having both King Sun albums, Rakim Let the Rhythm Hit em, Kool G Rap shit all that. I used to wear fisherman hats tryna mimic LL Cool J. I just always was immersed in the culture. I can honestly say everyone that knows me from a 3 year old kid to someone’s grandmother always known me for music.

2) What sort of hurdles and obstacles did you face to get to where you are now?

A lot of obstacles I’m from the hood so just the trials and tribulations of living in a grimey city like Buffalo is enough to break the faint hearted.but obstacles come from everywhere external as well as internal.

Niggas hatin or being unsupportive to self doubt or lack of funds to put my dreams in motion. I probably encountered every obstacle there is out here, but I’m still standing and I’m still pushing so I’m good money.

3) What’s the hardest thing about being an independent artist?

The hardest thing is doin everything yourself definitely. I gotta play artist, manager, promoter, financial backer, whatever that needs to be done 90% I do myself.its alotta hard work but I prefer it because of the freedom I have, no one can restrict me musically or say I did this for you or you owe me this…nah bruh I put in that work and I don’t accept hand outs.

4) Are there any independent hip-hop artists out there who inspire and motivate you?

I respect anybody that’s out there putting their all into what they believe in and not letting the rules that society has taught is the “proper” way to achieve success define them or sway them from their vision. Salute to all Independent artist grindin…keep pushing!

5) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I see myself grinding but at a higher level in a better position but still on my grind regardless. No days off!

6) Who were the first influences on your music and style?

Well the people that influenced me the most is definitely Rakim, Buckshot from Black Moon, Nas, Prodigy from Mobb Deep and Ghostface. I probably got bits and pieces of all of them but at the same time I don’t sound like any of them. I got my own lane but I definitely give respect to those that paved the way for me to do what I do.

7) If you could choose to collaborate with 3 other artists on the same track – who would they be?

Collaboration….hmmm.. Nas, Alicia Keys and Big Pun

8) What makes your music different to other artists?

My music is different from other artist is because I’m different from other artist. I don’t follow nobody’s path..I respect everybody lane but I respect mine the most so in my eyes mine gotta be authentic to me and my lifestyle.

Imma a hood nigga but not a street nigga. imma nerd and a video game head but I’m not a dork ass nigga lol. I’m the type of dude that would be In a hole in the wall club then go to the opera. I’m just me all the way and loving every moment.

9) What are you hoping to achieve with your music?

To be a legend…for all the artist I respect to be amongst themselves and bring my name up when the topic of the illest comes up when I’m not around. Oh yea and to be wealthy as fuck lol!

10) What do you think is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself has to overcome, to gain commercial success?

My biggest obstacle is the fact I like making great music I want my music to be classic material. The mainstream only concerned with making hits. Music now people won’t give a fuck about 10 years from now I want my music to impact people for as long as hip hop lives and breathes point blank period.

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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