blessed. Everything's going pretty good for me so I can't complain.
up on Fred Knuxx.
I go by "The
Big Deal from the Small Wonder." I'm doing my thing right now in
Delaware. I'm working on putting my name on the map and I'm trying to
take every other spot and venue. In Delaware they call me "The Big
the Delaware scene like?
getting a lot better now. It's the crab in the barrel syndrome. Everybody's
trying to be the first artist to blow up. Instead of everybody working
together, everybody's trying to do their own thing. There's no unity or
support. There are a lot of artists in Delaware who have things going
for them but they never reach back. I put together this event called The
Movement which was a showcase for Delaware artists. Freeway had a concert
that night in Delaware and so did Doug E. Fresh and we still sold out.
It was a great event and we put a lot of great artists in the spotlight.
We were in the newspaper for it and everything.
believe an artist can be successful coming from Delaware?
were a couple artists who had their chances. I don't know how they blew
it. All I know that is with me getting opportunities, I'm not going to
mess it up. My manager is out in California. It's only a matter of time
for Delaware to blow up. Freeway, Cassidy, Peedi Crack and DJ Jazzy Jeff
all live out in Delaware. It's only going to be a matter of time before
premier artists in Delaware blow up.
dropped The Repo Man mixtape. How's that doing?
good. I really took my time with that project. The DJ did his thing on
it with the blending and scratching of it. I call it a "spit tape."
I believe MC's put out spit tapes. I put it out with the mind-frame that
I'm going to treat it as an album. I didn't want to just throw songs and
title The Repo Man?
the game back. I'm looking at the state of hip-hop right now. A lot of
cats aren't happy. You have certain areas that are taking over and I came
up with the mind-frame that we need to take the game back from all the
trash rappers. If I have to be the first rapper to do it, I'm going to
do it. I'm taking a stand for real hip-hop.
a lot of classics on here. Is it more intimidating touching those beats
than the new ones?
No. I think
it's better. Now, anybody can come and take the song of the moment and
spit on it. I have to stand out. If everybody goes right, I'm going to
go left. When I did "Live at the Temple," I didn't go to the
studio. It was my man in his kitchen and he was just throwing on Wu-Tang
Iraq" is a deep track.
I'm a dude
who always watches TV and looks deeper into situations. I'm not fully
against war, but if we're going to have a war, let's have it for the right
reasons. I have my views and I'm going to speak on them. That's the power
we have as artists and a lot of artists don't take that opportunity. They
dumb themselves down and don't make music from the heart. I go against
the grain. I have family members in the army. I took this opportunity
to stand up and speak for everybody.
your goals for The Repo Man?
I want to
sell more copies. I sell out at every show I'm at. At the end of the day,
I just want it to be heard. I want people to just listen to something
that's real. I want this to be a breath of fresh air in hip-hop. Everybody
says they're hustling and selling their CD's, but as an unsigned artist,
you want to be heard.
trying to come up in a region not known for hip-hop. What's been your
people where you're from. I've rocked New York and Ohio, and you tell
people "Delaware" and they say, "Dela-what?" People
think Delaware is a place to drive through but never stop. I was talking
with E-40 the other day and he said, I thought Delaware was a bunch of
squares but y'all got it popping out here. It's the second smallest state
but don't get it twisted. Philly's right next door, so a lot of Delaware
artists try to be Philly artists, so we lose respect. It's hard for us
to get on but we have to stay united and stay strong. The biggest problem
here is a lack of identity. We're a state that's divided between the dudes
rapping like New York rappers and the dudes rapping like Southern rappers.
We have to stick to one sound, that way we can put this on the map.
has the internet been to your grind?
90% of my
success has been online. I started out trying to my thing on the local
scene and that wasn't working out. The internet has allowed me to perform
in different places. DJ Kurupt had a contest on his website looking for
twenty-three artists and I won, so I got to perform in New York. People
in the Netherlands told me they loved "Dear Iraq" and radio
stations overseas are playing that. My main producers are from Germany.
It's opened up a lot of doors. I can't express how good the internet is
right now. Look at MySpace. It's to the point where cats don't even have
websites anymore, they just have a MySpace.
your goals as an unsigned artist?
putting out the best music I can put out right now. I feel confident that
I'm going to get signed eventually. I have too many things working right
now. I'm going to keep on putting out that good music, keep on building
my core fan-base and I'm about to work on this new mixtape Delafornia.
My manager is from LA and he's connecting with a lot of LA artists, so
I'm going to bridge the gap between LA and Delaware.
have an album done?
To be honest,
I have over 100 songs done. If I wanted to put out an album, I could put
out an album right now. I have enough for two albums but I don't want
to put it out prematurely. I'd rather do three or four mixtapes. I'm putting
out the best music I can put out and I'm working on some compilation albums,
but I'm not in a rush to put out an album yet because I want to make sure
my buzz is there.
do you have for other MC's in small markets trying to get out?
the box. You have to think outside the box. I think outside the box in
everything I do. A lot of things I do that separate me from artists in
my own state is because of how I think. I'm thinking about the world.
I make songs from a world point of view. I'm not closed-minded. Just practice
your craft and just keep at it. Be the first in your state to do something.
Don't be the first to complain about how your state is this or how your
state is that. I put together that show and I could have said, Nobody's
going to come. If you do it with the right artists, it's going to be a
you want to say to everybody?
everybody who went out and supported the project The Repo Man: Taking
the Game Back. I just want to say thank you for recognizing and supporting
real music. I want to give a shout out to all my fans.