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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
NATE OG @NATEOGDET INTERVIEWS DETROIT WORDSMITH AND BIG BRO NAMETAG
1. Whats good big bro, wanted tot say thanks for blessing me with another interview. Now I know your the dopest at your craft but for those who may not be up on you. feel free to introduce yourself?
What's up y'all, I'm Nametag. Songwriter, Emcee, Publisher, Performer, Visionaire from Detroit, MI.
2. Now last time we spoke, you were working on the Redo project, which im copping soon trust me but are there any more plans for you to collab with one of my fave producers Nameless and how has the Redo project been recieved?
Thank you. For Namesake- Redo is a rare gem and can be found on iTunes and any other digital store courtesy of Brick Records (plug, plug!) Actually, yes. Nameless and I are working on what's titled for now, as For Namesake II. We had jumped right on the idea while doing Redo, but I have a couple projects to release first.
3.I understand you have a movement called Starfleet, can you tell me more about the movement and what is the meaning behind it?
Starfleet isn't my movement. It's actually a movement sparked by Mudd and Thyme of 5 Ela. However I support it still, because of the cause it represents which is positivity and unity. As hippy as that may sound, it's still dope because those keys are rare in Hip Hop today...actually, that's just rare in everyday life. My brother, Black Bethoven is a lead producer of that movement, so it's even more a plus to get my support.
4.What are some recent news that you would like to share with out revealing anything top secret since our last interview?
Well, I'll just spill it. If all goes as planned, I have a mixtape titled #Taglines that DJ DDT and I collaborated on, that will release soon for free. Following that will be the first official EP under the new name titled "This Day Forward" scheduled for 5.16.14. I have an EP with a producer from Cali named Time Stretch we're putting final touches on, and then of course, Nameless and I will be back at it. I'm not confirming dates for nothing besides the EP.
5.To me your one of a rare breed in hip hop but can you explain the difference between being an MC and a Rapper from an MC's standpoint?
Nowadays, especially nowadays, EVERYBODY can rap. However, everybody can't MC? It's not even really considered a gift anymore like how it may have been some time ago if you could "just rap". Prime example, when my homies and I were in high school, when you told people you could rap, they'd say "Spit something" and when you did, they were tuned in, and amazed if you were good. Now, you more than likely tell somebody you rap, and their rebuttal would be, they can to, know somebody else who does, or they will not take you seriously. Basically, it's NOTHING special to just rap. It's rappers who can rap but can't really rock a crowd and put on a good show, but an MC can. It's special, everybody can't do it. MC, master of ceremony, mic controller.
6.Tell me more about your L.A.B.L. company.how did it come about and what is the meaning behind it?
L.A.B.L stands for Lead And Be Legendary. It's an idea I came up with in May of 2013. The idea was to just jump start a movement, have some t-shirts, hoodies and that be that, get a message out...at first. It basically represents owning your lane, not being a full fledged sheep. If you have a gift, whether you're an artist, designer or whatever, use that gift for good and motivate others by you just simply being great at what you do. You'll be looked at as a leader, and more than likely a legend in due time. In my case, a lot of pioneers in Hip Hop have had this impact on me, so you can understand where I'm going. I decided to make it a record label to create a platform for not just my music but other artists as well, not even just Hip Hop. Looking to branch even outside of that.
7.What are some jewels that you would pass along to aspiring artist that you have learned along in your career?
Easy. You have to invest in you. Nowadays, you have to wear many hats for folks to see you're focused. Do not count on anybody. Work with those willing to work. Build a true proven fanbase, it's bigger than just social media. Come off that internet here and there and get on your grassroots grind. Again, invest in you.
8. Do you have any special thanks or shout outs feel free to do so here?
Yep, The Most High God always, 'Kila (my fiancee, mother of my child), Paris (my daughter who gives me purpose), extended family, friends and of course fans and believers.
9.Is there anything on your mind that we haven't covered feel free to do so here
The music listeners, you don't have to let commercial radio, or television dictate what music is good or great to you. It's other worlds outside of that with plenty great music and talent you can discover. I have so many people I've spoke with from my town that will say they don't know of an artist because they haven't heard them on local radio. That's not bad, but I hope they understand certain stations have a specific format to follow regarding what artists they air. Tap further into Youtube or Spotify, see who's really working. Don't limit yourself just because it's convenient.