Raleigh, NC… What Up?
Chilling man, just weathering the storm!
I see you perform a lot, any pre-performance routine you have?
Before a show I usually listen to rock music and zone out before I hit the stage. There is something about drums/guitars that puts me in a go-get-it mind state
You take pride in your lyricism, how did you develop your style? (& you sound a little like HOV)
LOL that’s a compliment. Jay-Z is my definitely one of my idols. I developed my style by bumping awesome hip hop from the likes of Jay-Z, Nas, Outkast, Little Brother and just good music in general. I’m a fan of all types of music and try to draw my energy from all of the greats.
Why has it been two years since your last release?
I ran into a lot of personal situations and setbacks. I don’t regret anything that I’ve had to endure because I feel those things helped me mentally prepare and appreciate whats in store for my future! The title of the album, The Storm, is pretty much a metaphor for all of that.
I’m close friends with a few NC artists (NatStar & SkyBlew), what do you think of the NC hip hop scene?
The NC hip hop scene has sooooo much potential! The talent pool is very deep. We have King Mez making a lot of noise… 9th Wonder’s Jamla label… and a lot of great artists who are NC’s best kept secrets. I just think that we all need to get unified a lil more so that we can make enough noise to grab the attention of major labels!
Why the name “The Storm” for the upcoming project & any features on it?
I called this album The Storm because everybody goes through a storm in life where we feel like nothing is going our way. We all have our own personal storms. Sometimes when you’re going through tough times it seems like it’s hard to see the light at the end of that tunnel. But it is up to us and up to us alone to keep the faith, learn life lessons and keep a tight grip on our sanity until that sunshine returns. The project has a few features from some of the great talent in North Carolina: songstress Nia Janae, Drique London, singer Encore, Cyrano Sinatra and Keaton (both under the same management, Eargasm Entertainment), a dope band out of Raleigh called Mixed Solution that I’ve done some work with, Lazurus and Junbugzy. The most notable feature is probably King Mez. Me, him and Lazurus got together on a track called “Deny” that has been picked up by quite a few blogs.
What has been your biggest growth since “The Vision: Stairway to Heaven Sent x The Vision: Heaven Sent”?
The Forecast really helped me grab the attention of the hip hop scene here. When I dropped that cd in 2010 I started getting shows on my own and was booked like every other week. Wherever I stepped, people knew who I was. I’ve grown a lot from those projects and that growth is really exhibited on the The Storm. My confidence has grown a lot and you can hear that in my lyrics and cadence.
Anything else you would like to add?
Enjoy life, be yourself, keep the faith, and strive to smile everyday even when things don’t go as planned! Peace and much much love to you and ReUp Spot
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