Monday, November 11, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
1. thank you for blessing me with this interview and giving the readers and soon to be new fans a chance to get to know you. Now I know that your a multi talented artist but tell the readers a little more about yourself. Who you are? What you do?and Where you are from?
Hey everyone! My name is Yung Miss. I am a 24 year old female singer/songwriter/producer/lyricist from Perris, CA.
2,The name Yung Miss is a dope name in itself how to did you come up with the name and what is the definition to you as an artist and brand?
I came up with Yung Miss one day after messing around on Myspace. They had a rap name generator and, while joking around with it, the name Lil Miss came up as a result for me. I kinda liked it so I took it and modified it a bit… I went with Yung Miss because it represents my music… Classy and a lil hood at the same time.
3.How long have you been a vocalist/MC not to show age but what year did you start?
I have been singing forever. I wrote my first song at age 8. I started writing raps and recording my music during my sophomore year in high school. That was in 2005.
4.Who are some of your influences that you have been inspired by over the years from when you got started till now?
A major influence of mine would be Lauryn Hill. I get compared to her a lot but I never see it as a bad thing. I was always fascinated by the way she could sing such a smooth melodic hook then kill them with the most deadliest 16 ever! That’s what I wanted to do! Kill them softly just like she did!
5.What was the moment when you said this is what I want to pursue as a career?
I think after I dropped my first album and it started getting the type of buzz that I never imagined it would I finally realized that this is something I could not only do because I love it but because I am pretty good at the business aspect of getting myself out there as well. I’m still working towards making my music more of a business and becoming my own boss.
6.What is the local scene like where you are from, I know the the west coast is a very diverse scene with every form of art medium from poetry to music?
The local music scene in my area has been booming lately! Especially in Riverside, there are shows almost every night in different venues and there are definitely certain acts putting in hard work to show off their talent!... The Westcoast is very diverse! You could go to a open mic for poetry and then walk down the street and catch a Punk Rock show then drive down the block to an artwalk. It’s a beautiful thing!
7.Does the scene where you life affect your creative process? like how you create or when you create?
I would say it affects me. It makes me competitive. I want to be one of the best in my area so I try and make music that will help me live up to that ambition. As far as when I create, my area affects that as well mainly because of the amount of shows I am offered, which is plenty. If I wasn’t at a show I would probably be home working on music so I’m not always able to release as much music as I’d like!
8.Now as a producer myself i love hearing about the creative process from the artist standpoint, so what is your process not trying to give away any trade secrets but just a overview?
Lol It’s all good. To me, it’s all about the music. I like to go through my emails and folders and listen to beats producers have sent me or even my own production and vibe to it. If I hear something that makes me immediately start humming, I queue up Notepad and start putting words to the melodies I cant stop humming. The rest is history!
9.How would you define your sound and brand as an artist?
Being a Gemini, my music is affected by my split personalities. I love making soulful neo-soul type music but then I like to keep it hip-hop too and spit some real lyrical ish. But then I might be kicking it with the homies and gas on a 16 and get cocky for a minute. My sound is multi-faceted and as an artist it helps with branding because Yung Miss is able to reach different sorts of fans.
10.Do you have any current projects out or in the works, Btw the J.Dilla Project was beautiful and classic,l and i became a instant fan and hope to collab with you in the future but where can fans find your current projects?
Thank you! The J. Dilla project is my baby! I spent so much time on that project and I really put my heart and soul into it so I am happy that people are actually enjoying it still almost 2 years later… You can find all my projects on www.YungMiss.com
11.Do you have any future projects in the works and if so which ones are you looking forward to the most?
I am actually dropping a new EP this Friday called From Perris to Paris, produced entirely by French producer Tito Fiasco. It will be a short project just to hold listeners off until I drop my new album Waveforms in December!
12. Are you affiliated with any labels, companies etc if so what are they and how long have you been affiliated with them?
I’m pretty much a free agent at this point. I have had a couple offers but right now I feel like I can accomplish a lot on my own. So until I worn out to the bone and cannot continue without some help I might not be joining a label. I’d like to start my own one day soon though.
13.How can fans keep in touch and stay connected to you to stay updated on new projects etc?
All of the wonderful fans out there can follow me on Twitter @YungMiss and they can also stay updated on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/YungMissFanPage . My email is also open. Just send a message to YungMiss at my Gmail account.
14..Do you have any jewels for aspiring artist that you have helped you along the way into your career?
I think the best tip I can give to artist is that they should always believe in themselves and strive to be better. The combination of the two will always result in beneficial gains.
15.Do you have any shout outs or any special thank you's that you would like to give feel free to do so here?
I would like to thank my mother for all her support. I would also like to thank the So Cal Street Team ( Ric Rahk, Drizzle X, Absolute Idolist, T-Money, Mizz Ty). A huge shoutout goes to Nahni for always being my roaddog and helping me keep my head on straight while my body runs around like a chicken. I’d like to thank all the homeboys over at Royal Gambling Club & another shoutout to the geniuses over at BrickToYaFace.com
Than you very much for blessing me with this interview and i look forward to doing many more my friend.
Sounds great and thank you for this opportunity!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
NATE OG @NATEOGDET INTERVIEWS DETROIT NEIGHBOR AND DETROIT WORDZSMITH AND VERBAL ASSASSIN NAMETAG @ITSNAMETAG
1.Whats good bro? I am a big fan of your work and I have been up on you since '07 when I heard you on Black Milk's Popular Demand, But for the readers or new fans feel free to introduce yourself and tell them Who you are? what you do? and where your from?Thanks for supporting for so long. For those who don't know, this is Nametag, your new favorite recording artist. I'm a family man first, then I'm a music robot (lol) hailing from Detroit, MI.
2. Who are your influences?
3..How long have you been an MC and what made you say this is what I want to do as career?
4.What is the music scene like in Detroit and does that affect your creative process at all or output?
5.What is your creative process like an MC, I am a producer but always am intrigued by the creative process of all artist?
6.Now we're both from Detroit but what does Detroit mean to you as a resident because the world has this slanted view of the city and is cast in a very negative light if you could define it?
7.What Are some of your current releases and how can the readers or fans find them to show support of your music?
8.Now the Namesake album was classic. You and Nameless are both of my influences as producer and the caliber of MC I'd like to work with. what was the creative process of recording and making this album and will there be more collabs between you two in the future?
Thank you. It's like I was saying earlier, I didn't overthink the writing process, just wrote what I felt. I can't speak for him but based on the feel of the production, I'm guessing Nameless did the same. Collabing, we just felt we can make a dope project together and reach many supporters and new fans without compromising our true sound...and still be diverse. There will deifnitely be more future collabs. I got a batch of beats now for a For Namesake II.
9.Now if Im not mistaken you have your own label called Volume Up Entertainment, what inspired you to create your own label and when was it established, and what is the structure like of the label?
10.I also know you have a team called Slang Committee, was curious on when that was established who are the members and what made you create it?
11. Nametag, what do you think of the state of hip hop as it stands in 2013 and the industry as a whole as far as the divide between artist and fans, sales and radio spins?
I think the industry needs to invest and incorporate artist development. Too many here fast, gone faster artists in and out the game because the labels want a fast buck. The last half of your question is simple: A lot of artists need to understand it's ok to be a fan. You don't have to rap (lol). Sales would increase if every music release wasn't free, (mixtapes, etc.) even though piracy is tough to defeat. A whole lot of politics tie into radio spins, period. It ain't as simple as "Request my single by texting it to this number" NO!! You want your joint in regular play, them stations want money. Focus your single to internet and college radio.
12. Do You have any jewels or words for aspiring MC's and Artist that want to do this as a career?
13. Do you have any special thanks or shout outs if so feel free to do so now?
Monday, September 16, 2013
1. hi miss jewelz. i know you are a very talented and gifted at what you do. why dont you tell the readers a lil more about who you are? what you do? and where your from?
Thank you! My artist name is Crown Jewelz. I've been writing and rapping since the age of 14. I love it. Music is my life. I was born in Detroit, Mi home of the Lions Tigers and...Pistons! You thought I was gonna say Bears didn't you. Lol
2.where did your name come from? as i would refer to u as a queen and of royalty myself?
My real name, first and middle, is Tiara Jewel. Therefore my artist name was destined to be Crown Jewelz. Tiara meaning crown and Jewel..well meaning Jewel. Lol. The Crown Jewel is the most prized possession of the royal family!
3.what was the moment that you said to your self I wanted to be an MC?
After I heard Gucci Mane's hit single " So Icy". Lol. I loved that song. I already had a love for jewelry and flash. That moment just intensified everything about my auro I guess.
4. What are some of your influences?
My influence was mainly Gucci Mane. Some would say how in the world could he influence you. He was the only artist I listened to from the age of 14 to 17. The years 2006 through 2009 Gucci Mane was so consistent with mixtape drops songs and ideas. Even though he has over 3,000 songs I respect his originality more then his consistency. He had songs by the name of: Nickolodeon, Colors, Body Language, Million Dollar Man, Ms. Pacman, Mr. Perfect, Weirdo, Ice Game, Jewelry and many many more. All his songs had hooks catchy enough to gain him fans. I can't compare anyone to Gucci Mane and that's why he's my influence. His style generates not caring what others think all over it. Listening to him those years made me stay original in style and make songs about whatever I want or feel should be said. I never thought anything was too silly or crazy to be said. Some artists may fear ppl won't like what they say but I don't mind. After all everybody won't be a fan. At least my fans will be true fans.. enjoying genuine music from me!
5.How long have you been an MC? What year did you start?
I've been an mc since 14. My first performance was at 17 tho if that makes a difference. I peformed at my nailtech's, Precious Taye, son Cellus 16th bday party. That was one of my most memorable moments as an artist! Thanks P. Taye.
6. What is the music scene like where you live and does it affect your creative process?
Violence. Drugs. Money. & Sex. Thats what the music scene consists of. Thats how it is in every urban area though. I've lived in suburbs in Michigan also, but I can tell you if I never lived in those places I would still rap the way I rap. My enviroment does not control my thought process. I'm openminded and an adventurer. Love to think and explore my mind. Too creative maybe lol
7.What is you creative process like no secrets but in general?
I started writing raps way before I spit them to a beat. I actually wrote with no beat for the longest making my own rhyme pattern from just the flow of the words. Freestyle writing. I guess. I was enticed by the way the words looked on paper and thats how my rhyme pattern was accomplished. Now its just habitual. Paper or no paper.
8.Do you have any current projects out and where can we find them?
My 1st music video is on youtube for my song "Nintendo". Youtube search Crown Jewelz Nintendo. Also feel free to listen to my other songs on youtube. Like them if you like them! Don't forget to subscribe to stay updated!
9.What are your future projects and which ones are u looking forward to most?
I'm currently working on my 1st mixtape entitled Crown Me Jewelz. Even though I've been writing since 14, my delivery just recently reached the point that I am most comfortable with. I talk very fast so it took me a minute to deliver the right way. Now the way i rap fits me and pacing myself comes natural.
I can't waitttt to drop more videos. I have so many ideas to bring to life!
I can't waitttt to drop more videos. I have so many ideas to bring to life!
10. How would you describe your sound or Style?
My style is hmmm.. random in one word. Never know what to expect in 5 words. Lol. Overall my sound is creative but still relevant. I may make a song out of pure imagination one day and one from a conspiracy theorists perspective the next. It all depends on where my mind is. Or everywhere my mind is. No adhd but as my mind wonders the lyrics wonder! Along with that, the realist in me makes songs about manipulation, trust issues, and a corrupt world. Things everybody can relate to.
12. Any words of wisdom for aspiring artist?
Stay true to yourself. Stay consistent. Keep making music. Never give up on your dream. & REMEMBER everybody is not going to be a Fan. Make music that your fans can relate to and not just you. Your fans are the only ones who truely matter. Keep them satisfied because as long as they like your music.. they will be loyal fans and always come back to support and hear more!
13. Any shout outs or thanks feel free to drop them here
New music video coming soon shout out to Chris Haze of HD Films also from Detroit, Mi. and new music coming very soon. Shoutout to Mitten Boy Ent. For great audio engineering on my upcoming mixtape. They've been beyond supportive over there! Thanks Bryan for the flawless audio! Tez the barber, Snake, Lakes! EVERYBODY!! So many names yall know who yall are. Forgive me for not naming.. my messed up memory lol. Shoutout to FAAAB of Dark Shades Ent for support also. Its hard being an INDIE artist but its the best. No handouts means more self-gratitude once I reach the top. I have had a helping hand here and there but my mother is my #1 supporter in all aspects of my music career. Last shoutout thanks to you for this outstanding interview I enjoyed EVERY moment!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
NATE OG @NATEOGDET INTERVIEWS MC/PRODUCER/CEO CHAUNDON @CHAUNDON 9TH WONDERS JUSTUS LEAGUE AND CEO OF GOLDEN ERA MUSIC INC
1. Whats good bro ? Now I know what you are best known for? who you are? and all the dope work and classic work I might add,that you have you have done,. Why dont you introduce yourself to the readers tell them who you are? where your from and currently reside? and what you do as Profession or special hobbies/interest?
My name is Chaundon. I was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. I currently reside in Raleigh NC. I am a songwriter, producer, recording artist, and I run my own label, Golden Era Music Inc.
2. How did you get started for your career. what inspired you most to say I want to be a MC?Producer?
I've been rapping since 1990. The inspiration to start
my career as an emcee and producer was the local artists I grew up with in Hunts Point Ave. They are Mike Smooth(R.I.P) and Fred Black. Fred was the
1st one who got me to start rapping but it was Mike Smooth who inspired me to make a career out of it.
Back in the early 90's, Mike Smooth released his 1st single and the whole hood was rockin with him. When I went to Flip Side Records, a local record store on Simpson Street in The Bronx, I saw vinyl with Mike's name on it and at that moment I knew it was possible for me to do the same.
3. How did you get your break or starting point as a Professional as far as the starting point that you realized that you wanted to do this for a Career? Who gave you your break or how did it happen?
No one gave me my break. I earned my spot by putting out music with my old team,
The Justus League. We made a name for ourselves in 1999 in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill
area by putting out music and doing as many shows as possible. Once word got out on the internet on what was going on in NC, the rest was history.
4. How long have you been An MC Professionally not trying to show age just curious of the start year up till now. You are one of my influences as an artist as far as being the caliber of a actual MC that I would love to work with and build with?
I have been an emcee professionally since 2003. When I released my 1st mixtape, "Slow Leaks", I made enough money to pay my rent, living in NY with out having a job.
5.Where you have lived and if its different than your current residence, what is the local scene like where you currently live?
The scene here in NC is wack. There are a lot of dope artists here but the shows are not as frequent as they used to be.
6. Does your residence affect your creative process as far as output releases or how often you create your art and how so?
It doesn't matter where I am located. I am a self motivator. Plus my music is a
reflection of my life, past present and future. Its easy for me to create. Since I run my own label there isn't any pressure to put out music so when ever I feel like putting it out,
7.As an MC what is your creative process like as far as how you get inspired?
My process is easy. Play the beat and write the song. The beat is the inspiration.
8.Now Mr. Chaundon, I know you have recently made the transition to Producer of which i must admit you make me hit the lab hard after I here your Gem Stones on Soundcloud,
What happened to spawn that transition or what inspired you to learn how to produce?
I always had the skill with picking records to flip I just didn't know how to work with the programs and hardware to execute it. Last year I was bored and decided to learn it.
Thanks to my artist, C-Minor, for teaching me how to use Fruity Loops 10 I've been on the boards ever since.
9.How long have you been producing and are you afilliated with any labels, tell the
readers about your new company Golden Era Music Inc and what inspired you or
made you want to have your own label and go the Independent route and your artist
and roster and label structure?
I have been producing officially for 1 one year. The inspiration for the creation of
Golden Era Music Inc. was the lack of quality music being released in recent years.
Instead of being the one to complain about the decline in music, I decided to be a
part of the solution by starting a label, sign talented artist, and release high quality
music. Golden Era Music is not a hip hop label, it is a record label dealing with multiple genres. We create music from the soul. We are a reflection of the "Golden Era" of every genre. That means our music will last forever unlike the music that only lasts for 24 hours
on the blogs these days. The artists on the label so far are Rome Clientel & C-Minor. They are absolutely the best at what they do. I am a fan of their work and I am 100% confident in the music they create. They will assist me in solidifying the Golden Era Music Inc brand in the music industry.
10.What are some of your future plans or releases that we can look forward to that you have in mind and how can the readers and your fans stay updated or connected wit you, your label, and any future projects or just you and your label in general?
The future releases are The Golden Era Music compilation this fall. Rome, C-Minor, and I will be releasing our solo albums in 2014. The fans can connect with us on twitter @CHAUNDON @RomeClientel @LifeInMyKey @GoldenEraMusic @THEGEMSTONES Also,www.goldeneramusicinc.com www.youtube.com/goldeneramusic www.youtube.com/chaundonhoj &soundcloud.com/gemstones
11.Thanks Mr. Chaundon for this interview and I sincerely mean that on behalf of myself and the DownrockRecords.com. Do you have any jewels or Words of Wisdom for Up and Comers or Aspiring MCs and Producers that you could pass along to the readers and your fans?
Stay true to who you are and NEVER compromise your integrity for a quick check.
12. Do you have any shout outs or final words for the readers feel free to say them here?
Shout out to Big Dho, Rapper Big Pooh, Kim of MAK MEDIA, Joe Scudda, ATG, Kuddie Fresh, Shuko, The Gunna, Family Biz ENT, Empire Distribution, Es-K, M-Dot, Ace Dizzy Flow & Too Soon Jones ofwww.THENQM.com
Recording Artist/Song Writer/Producer
Golden Era Music Inc.
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