what made you decide to take rapping seriously?
That was around 1998 My man Taboo Timmens back home in Cleveland had a group
and a studio and they had been putting it down locally for a while doing shows
and all that, and he really is the one who gave me a chance i was in the little
groups with local cats but he saw my potential and started letting me record
solo tracks and i started to get the neighborhood star status and that really
just pushed me into taking it for real, then when i got to school and met Hassan
and Mike i was shocked that it was real dudes in college(who came to play ball
like me) and they were about the money and we just got real focused and have
been doing it ever since
talk about what it was like growing up in Cleveland?
Cleveland is different its real grimey, full of a bunch of out of work people
who really just dont give a fuck, all them back alleys and that from the BONE
thugs videos thats what my hood is like. Its so hard to come up in The Land
because its a real cut throat place where everybody is trying to make it to
the top.Its like nobody cares who you are and what you do until you get a little
fame then your a target, but its a lotta love in The land too its real folks
that want you to suceed so you can come back and look out too so its real like
any other big City, people get it confused and think its only farms and cows
out here and they hella wrong, but coming up was cool just gotta stay outta
trouble or at least not get caught
two albums you've already done, what's good with those?
The first one Twenty Two kinda started getting my name out around Ohio, especially
in Cleveland, Akron-Canton, and Northeast Ohio, but also in Columbus and Cincy
too, that album was really hard and for the streets so it got a nice response
it had a cut on there called "The Money that really blew up" we moved
a good amount of units of that one(3,000 at 10 a pop but we prolly sold 500
of those for 10 the rest were 3 or free just to get the name out) and started
gettin folks to realize that we for real and focused about this, The second
one G-Status is crazy we get a good response everywhere we play this record
it's really the Album that we think is going to put us over the top it's the
best I've ever been wit the flow and its real as fuck if you cant realte to
this one then you have'nt lived the struggle, but G-Status is flying in sales
were moving it hand to hand like crazy, plus its moving off the website in good
numbers too and its only been out for like 3 weeks its crazy
the hardest part about being independent?
The hardest Part is promotion and getting that name out there, because you have
to go off of your product when you dont have a high marketing budget, So word
of mouth is the main marketing because when you dont have the backing of majors
and dont have bar-codes to get all of your albums and mixtapes into Sam Goody
or Bestbuy its hard to get the music to people and no matter how good the music
if people dont know its out there then they cant buy it,
people hear the album?
We got snippets and full songs up on the website www.hmcentertainment.net under
the Audio Page and we have all of the albums for sale at the site as well but
we also have songs on soundclick.com and soon on download.com as well so we
are trying to put it where anybody can access it but not that many of our fans
are going to have internet access so once again we're going off of word of mouth
and actually hoping that fans copy the cd and share it after they purchase it
or pass on the website information
you want to see changed in Hip Hop now?
It's really HIP-POP right now everything is catchy and happy or everybody wants
to be Dead-Prez or Kanye West and be concious, but the realism is lacking its
not really somebody out there that people can relate to and say man i'm just
like him or going through the same things or i been there, because the first
rap generation is getting older and we cant relate to them as much, and the
majors are making the younger generation too flashy and happy and candy coated
and worried about ice
could battle anyone, who would it be and why?
Probably Pac because he reminds me most of myself his emotion alone could kill
cats, and if youwanna be the best you gotta go after one of the best but I really
aint into the battle scene right now i wanna take a new route into the game
that the younger heads who come after me can follow
GOD, Mom, brothers(Calvin,Kelly,Hashaun) HMC, Hassan, Cudgel,HG,Melvin
G, Josh L, FTP, Taboo,Cleveland, The whole Ohio, Harvard ave, Hip hop game,
"GOD bless HMC and nobody else"