First off can you give us some background as to who you are?
I'm an MC from
Oakland, California raised on Rakim, NWA, Public Enemy, and Too Short.
When did you
start to take MC'ing seriously?
In high school.
Who are your
Ice cube, Rakim,
LL, Nas, Jay-Z too many.
You've got a
real good buzz going around now, how did you get that up?
I started from
the lowest compilation in my backyard to mix cds around the world. I've been
hustling for 6 years now and I'm finally breaking through the underground, a
In your opinion,
what's the most important thing a new artist can do for themselves?
Be self sufficient.
Make it happen don't wait for a deal, for a person to help u. Help yourself.
when I did my first mix cd I didn't wait till a DJ asked me too or a CEO asked
me to, I went and did it. Do it yourself, and people will come to you.
with Sly Boogy now, how did that happen?
I'm coo wit sway
and king tech I've been up to wake up show a few times, and I studying music.
So i knew of him I like his style and I reached out to him to get on my new
What about Scipio?
Scipio is another
cat I met when I was up at the wake up show last time. He is tight, he's a real
mc he can bust of top at the drop of a dime and a lot of people say he and I
are the next in line to blow from the west.
you've also put in work with E-A Ski?
E-A-Ski is like
a bigger brother to me he schools me on the industry and to be prepare musically
and business wise for this industry. He is a genius when it comes to making
music and concepts. He is a perfectionist, he reminds me of Dr. Dre.
What MC's should
we look for coming out of the West?
The frontline (bay),
San Quinn (bay), Scipio, Crooked I, The Game, Sly Boogy, hmmmmm that's all I
can think of now I know I'm probably forgetting a couple
Should we believe
the hype behind Game?
I think the bottom
line is game is a good rapper and he is an MC meaning he tries to say something
dope or ill every time he writes. As far as hype, hype is created by a machine I
haven't heard his album but he's working with the dream team so we shall see
if he lives up to the hype. He has a lot of pressure on him.
What DJ's are
the hottest out West?
DJ Vlad, DJ Warrior,
Rick Lee, Mad Idiot, Dow Jones, DJ Strong, DJ Fingaz, DJ Vice, DJ Jam...It's
Let's talk about
production, what producers have you worked with?
E-A-Ski, Amp Live
(Zion I), Omen (Rasco), Fusion, Sean T, Left, and a lot of unknown producers.
What do you
look for in a beat?
I look for knock.
If it can knock hard then I know no matter what I rap the song is gonna appeal
to somebody. Then I play it for different people to see their response once
it gets a good response then I sit wit it and write my rap around the track.
You've got a
mixtape circulating now, what's good with that?
I dropped a best
of mixtape earlier this year in February called BALANCE "THE MIXTAPE"
I did about 3,000 copies and got bootlegged on the net and the streets. It did
a lot better than I thought it sold out fast. You can get that off my website
www.balanceskillz.com and off www.mixunit.com
My next project
is a big mix cd called "BAY AREA MIXTAPE KING" and I'm gonna reach
the nation with this one. I got sum collabos that is gonna kill people. I got
Royce da 5'9, Chamillionare, etc. I'm linking with other rappers from around
the nation. Its gonna be big. I think DJ Vlad is gonna host this cd.
Any last words?
Don't sleep on
the bay we making sum good Hip Hop and thanks to hiphopgame.com