I'm all right.
you want to introduce yourself to everyone?
I'm a new
breed of rapper. I'm a mix of all sorts of emotions and thought processes.
I'm not going to be stuck in a certain box or anything like that. I can
your mixtape project "It's Not a Rumor" with Whoo Kid come about?
We just hired
a new publicist at the top of the year, and she was his publicist also.
We figured that was the next step, to do a mixtape with a major DJ on
it to get the recognition and get the buzz out there.
it suck that you need that co-sign for people to pay
It's the worst. That's the business we're in.
you put "It's Not a Rumor" together?
We came with
the idea for the format of it. We handed it to him with a script to finish
it out. We recorded it in DC and sent it up to New York.
happy with how everything came out?
I like it.
your inspiration for "All On Your Own"?
I'm at a stage where I'm about to finish college. It's my life. I'm feeling
that nobody else is going to do me but me. Nobody else is going to put
me on TV or anything but me.
in the Hip Hop game that's winning has a strong team.
to take in context. Of course you need people, but you have to be savvy
to pick the right people that can help you in the right ways.
happy with the team you've built?
team is at an all-time high right now. I have three or four dudes around
me that's focused. We have a master plan and it's working out so far.
when you sent me your earlier mixtapes. It sounds like you grew a lot
from those to today.
what's going on. I'm really still growing not only as a rapper but as
a person. I'm only 21. I'm still getting a feel for it and knowing what
I want to say. Now that I'm getting a grasp on that, it's about to be
it feel to be graduating this year?
good. It feels great, actually. A lot of black dudes don't get this chance
and it can only get better from here.
feel like your degree will help you in the rap game?
not. It's probably worthless as far as the rap game goes, but it'll help
me as a plan b at a radio station or something like that. It will help
me in life.
your goals for the "It's Not a Rumor" mixtape?
is angled at the A&R's. this is the red dot on your forehead. This
is going to get me the sit-down that's going to make me sign that deal
that's going to make my pockets a little thicker.
you looking for in a label?
I'm not the
most informed person on the differences in deals, so I really don't even
know what the ramifications of a contract I would like is yet because
I haven't dealt with it yet. I want to be on TV and I want my music to
be heard. That's what it really comes down to for me.
feel like more people are starting to pay attention?
It's started already. I have fifty preorders on the mixtape and it hasn't
even come out yet. My MySpace page is crazy. My website gets thousands
of hits a day. It's a snowball effect and it's working in my favor.
next for you?
even tell you. I don't even know what's next. It will come as I go. We're
going to focus on this one and in two months I'll start writing rhymes
again. I like to recoup and come back strong.
DC treat you?
at school is there. I own Howard University as far as the music goes.
Outside of that, the rap industry is not at its peak right now. The open
mics are probably a battle with three people in the audience. The focus
out here is on gogo music and other types of things that's not me. I have
to do what I can with it.
be going back to New York after graduation?
to go immediately. You have the inside track in New York. If you're trying
to do it real big, that's one of the only places to be. Unless you're
in New York, Atlanta, and maybe Miami, you're slipping.
started working on the album yet?
I got a million
songs. I've been doing songs for my album since I started rapping so that
when somebody does give me the go-ahead, it's only going to take me a
month to record it. The album is finished.
looking to put it out independently if a major doesn't bite?
for a major, but I'll put it out independently if I have to.
rushing a deal right now?
I'm not rushing,
but it's about time. Our management is definitely moving full-steam ahead
the most important thing you've done to get your name out there?
before the Whoo Kid tape was getting on the Smack DVD. People still recognize
me off of that. Now this Whoo Kid tape is definitely the biggest thing
you want to say to everyone reading the interview?
the support. Thanks to HipHopGame. I love the love. Hopefully you purchase
the CD and support my music. That's all I have to say. The tape's about
to be on every internet site on the planet. Cop it.