I’m feeling great, man. I’m in the studio here, just working on this new banger that I’m expecting to do big things.
You’ve been fairly quiet lately. What have you been up to?
I’ve just been doing the things that you do to keep things moving. I had three songs that HBO got from me to use on The Wire. They were used in three of the biggest scenes. My music was used in the final episode in the final scene this year. I’ve also been doing car shows on a tour. All of the information for that is on my MySpace page. I also linked up with the OC Car Show. They’re based out of Ocean City, but they offered me to do their car show in South Carolina. That’s in conjunction with Funkmaster Flex. I’ve also been working on my own music as well. I own my own independent label by the name of Major League Unlimited, and I have my own artists, my sister Nik Stylz and another artist named Hollywood Black. I’ve been prepping the album and figuring everything out. I’ve gotten a few good calls since I put out the initial album. I’m just trying to figure out how we’re going to drop it. I’m just trying to be heard by the world.
How hard is it to keep a steady buzz?
It’s motivating. What you learn is that sometimes you just have to get your business in better order. This game isn’t based on talent. It’s based on good business decisions a lot of times. I think that before, with my situation, I had people around me that were good people but they weren’t the best for my business. As you grow, you see that. You have to keep your legs moving and it will all work out for you. It’s been like a motivation right now. I feel like at the end of it, it’s going to be one of the greatest stories ever told.
How did your last project, Still H.I.M., do for you?
Real well. It’s still moving in the streets and available on my MySpace page. That was hosted by Major League’s own, DJ Gemini. Still H.I.M. was a follow up to MullyMania. I had some songs on there that were used for The Wire. That was the follow-up to my album. I had some cameos on there. Since I don’t have a radio outlet in my hometown right now, you have to find an alternative way of still keeping your voice heard. I used the mixtape outlet for doing that. It was a good thing because some of those songs were used on The Wire and some of the songs helped me become the headliner on some of these Funkmaster Flex Car Shows. I just don’t have that big major name that looks good.
Still H.I.M. is still selling really good. It’s in the stores in Bmore and it’s on my MySpace page. It’s in the streets real heavy down here. I have people down here in different places, like Miami and Atlanta and Houston. I have people pushing the joints for me and it’s doing really well. I had gotten a call from the Shady/Aftermath camp. I still talk to my man Demarco at Rocafella. My man Blake at The Wire is still working on helping me to get a good situation. I’m still working on some bangers. I have a song, “I’m Good There,” that I feel can be felt worldwide. I feel it can bang in the clubs and I need all my DJs to show me love on this! This song can be heard on my MySpace page. My situation is good and the calls haven’t stopped. It’s just that when you’re in a situation and people in your immediate area are trying to silence you, all you can do is keep grinding. I don’t have the big situation like I had before when I had the radio’s support, but I still feel like everything is on the up and up. I’m still here and I’m still recording.
How did you get banned from the radio station in Baltimore?
It’s crazy. Every place has their own politics. The radio station here, it’s based on who you know. If some people think you’re a threat to their business, they’ll do what they have to do to silence you. I’m a strong artist and I know I have what it takes to do it for my city. The radio station has their own artists that they’re trying to promote. They’re trying to protect their business. That’s where I stand. I don’t have any legitimate reason to be banned, but I’m one of the dudes on their ‘Do Not Play’ list. But eventually that will change once I drop this new banger. Everything comes full circle so I’m not worried about it.
What are you looking for right now from the game?
The independent game has been good to me. It’s showed me a lot. It’s showed me the ins and outs and what you have to do with the music. It’s showed me how to deal with the radio and how to deal with your music and how to grind. I think a lot of people get into it too quickly and they don’t do all the things they need to do to make it and they end up being fly-by-night artists. I’ve been through what I need to do to succeed at a major label. I feel like I’ll be good at an independent or a major label, as long as the business is right.
There aren’t many other artists coming out of Baltimore. Do all of the artists support each other?
I would say there are two different movements going on down here. There’s the local radio movement and the street movement. The street movement is the dudes who have a big buzz in the streets but don’t have any local radio support. Those are the artists that have a harder time getting heard.
Then you have the local radio side of things, where they play the people that are directly related to the people that work for the local station. It’s not even like they play more commercial music. You just have two different movements going on at the same time.
All in all, I think in Baltimore, it’s pretty good. People don’t believe there’s a movement down here. They think we’re a crab city. But for the most part, I haven’t had a lot of differences with a lot of artists. It’s been very small on that end. I have pretty good relationships with everybody down here that I feel is talented and that I really respect. Currently there is a “Baltimore Fresh Fest” DVD that showcases Bmore’s hottest acts in a April 2007 concert that took place under one roof for one night that was put together by Cee of Charm City Records. Hamsterdam 2 was a double CD and DVD that features Bmore’s rising stars that was put together by DarkRoom Productions. There are outlets for artists here.
Was B-Rich’s fame good or bad for Baltimore?
I guess that’s the ultimate Catch 22. One one hand, he brought attention here that I feel we needed to give us that look. But at the same time, I’m not familiar with his whole entire situation, but sometimes people can be scared after one particular situation doesn’t work out. I feel that at the end of the day, it’s all a part of the process. Every region has that. It goes one way and it doesn’t work out the way everyone expects it to work out. It’s a good thing. At the end of the day. I feel it’s just going to be another story. I feel that Bmore is going to win, regardless of what’s happened in the past.
What is the Baltimore sound?
Baltimore has its own sound. We have our own distinctive slang here. We have the club sound and the two-step sound. My song “The Real Is Back” is the epitome of a two-step song. Then you have the rebel sound. That goes against the grain. It has the same energy as a down South song, but it’s not the same. It epitomizes going against the grain and the mentality of Baltimore. We’re a grimy city and we’re a gritty city. I give you the truth on that and that’s the sound of Baltimore.
What do you have to do from here on out to succeed?
The Wire has played a big part in helping me. That got me in the New York Times not too long ago. I got a lot of attention from that. I feel blessed to get the attention that I did from that whole situation. People are still talking about me and my name is still buzzing. The only difference is that I had a local radio hit then and I don’t have a local radio hit right now. It seems that people did their homework on me though and a lot more people seem more anxious to work with me now than they did when I had a local radio record.
How important was your single “Home of da Realest” featuring Memphis Bleek?
I feel like I was blessed to come into that situation. He embraced me and he showed me love. That definitely propelled me to the next level. It showed me what it takes behind the scenes to really make a hit. I got to be around people from a label that’s established. To work with the Roc, that’s always a blessing. They were the biggest hip-hop entity in the world. To be treated like I’m worthy of their attention and their time, it was just a blessed situation. Big ups to Memphis Bleek, Freeway, the Clipse and Ghostface, every big name artist that’s showed me love. I definitely appreciate it and it definitely took me to a new level. I grew to a bigger artist through being with them and it made people pay attention to me a little bit more than they would have if I had never done any songs with those guys.
What else is going on with your label Major League?
We currently have a street album out titled Industry Invasion. This album features the whole label. This as well could be purchased on my MySpace and at CD Baby. Right now, my sister, Nik Stylz, is coming out. She sings and she raps. You can hear her song “Cut My Check” on her MySpace. My artist Hollywood Black is working on some new material. I also have a neo-soul artist named Lady D. The latest addition to Major League Unlimited is a hip-hop artist by the name of Verb, repping Dirty Hartz/MLU. We’re just down here, putting out heads together and cooking up some heat. Basically I feel like this next time, when I’m presented to the world in proper fashion, it’s going to be the last time you ask what’s been going on with me.
When’s your next album going to drop?
I wanted to drop it this summer, but I wanted to see what business situation worked out and where I end up. Whatever situation is the best for me will determine when the album will drop. I’m optimistic on this summer, but it might be pushed back to this fall, the way it’s looking, realistically. It all depends on how these next couple of talks go with the people who are talking to me now.
What do you want to say to everybody?
I want to thank everybody that’s showed me love in the different regions, from Bmore, the Mid-Atlantic, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, and everybody else that’s showing love. The people in Bmore definitely hold me down. They continue to buy my CDs and go to my shows. Stay updated on my MySpace page. Just look out for my future videos to come. I have three on my MySpace page. Look out for my artists. We’re not going anywhere. Look out for the whole Baltimore movement. It’s going to be really big. Just brace yourself for this whole puzzle of hip-hop to be completed. The Mid-Atlantic has to make its mark in hip-hop. It’s time for the Mid-Atlantic to shine and I feel that I’m the face of the movement. I’ll be sending you music soon to reinforce these statements. And I just thank everybody for the love.