ok! I'm working on promoting this new mixtape A Dollar and a Dream, making
sure everybody knows who I am.
it been going so far?
getting everything I wanted out of A Dollar and a Dream. When I first
came out I was an unknown name. I got to get on MTV and they treated The
Good Son (first mixtape) like it was my album. I've been all the places
in New York. I'm the bootlegger's favorite right now.
into the mixtape, you're definitely flexing on "The Throne."
at that point I think all artists reach where you get bored waiting on
people and labels. I feel I'm one of the best out right now and I'm going
to show that on the mixtape. I actually did a video for it and it should
be out soon. Now you're going to get a visual for such a dope track.
swagger can be too much?
I think you
shouldn't go overboard. As a person, you need to stay true to yourself.
Anybody who knows me as a person knows what I say is honest. I think swagger
becomes too much when that's all you can do and you can only talk about
yourself. It's not good to just brag about yourself, but hip-hop was also
built off that braggadocio.
are a million New York rappers right now. Why should we check for Spot?
is I'm just better than everybody. There's no way to reinvent the wheel.
Listen to my music. I had a pretty hard life growing up in the projects.
It was vicious. I bring a dope perspective and lyricism back to the game.
There aren't too many young lyricists coming, and they definitely aren't
coming from a street angle if they are.
your inspiration for the song "A Dollar and a Dream"?
the projects and being poor, I decided to get my money together. I figured
everybody has to have a plan to achieve your dream and you need money,
but how much do you really need? I'm showing people that you don't need
too many resources to put your plan together. A dollar symbolizes the
bottom and it's the backbone of our nation. I figured if you only have
one dollar and a dope-ass plan, you can get to where you want to go.
you get to where you're at now?
It's a strong
grind at the end of the day. Being a third-generation immigrant, I saw
my grandparents and parents trying to come up. It was a solid foundation
for our family. I'm from the generation where kids are out in the street.
I figured if I could stack a little bit of that instead of blowing it
on bullshit I could take some of my boys with me. I've made enough money
doing multiple things where I can just focus on my dreams now.
your first mixtape The Good Son do?
We put that
out in November. Before that I was a nameless face in a sea of rappers.
Everybody rhymes with their crew and their label, so I really wanted to
set myself apart from the corner rappers. Waiting for somebody on a white
horse to scoop me out of the hood wasn't going to work, so we put The
Good Son out. Putting this out definitely made me one to watch. The new
one, A Dollar and a Dream, is even doper than that.
produce. How's that been going?
production thing is dope. I want to thank the rappers who gave me a chance
early on, like Grafh, Black Rob, Jim Jones and Papoose. I was getting
tired of producers giving their best beats to rappers with the budgets.
I'm in the studio all the time so I figured I'd learn it. Mario Winans
took me under his wing and helped me chop samples and showed me some keyboards.
Nobody's going to know my sound better than me.
going to do a lot of outside production?
thing is I get a lot of requests, but as of right now I've been so busy
trying to push my career that I haven't had time. There are a lot of artists
who gave me a shot to work on music with them and there are others who
inquired. In a short while you should see my name popping up more.
Sickamore have done a lot together. How did you guys link up?
rumors floating around about who's the next great rapper. Sickamore being
the person he is goes from hood to hood trying to find who's next. He
put me on his I Can Make You Famous Volume Two with Tru Life hosting it.
My track got one of the biggest responses. We've been in the studio a
lot and we're both using our connections to get the best beats and best
graphic designers and all that.
I Can Make You Famous Volume Three, which you hosted, change things for
It made me
a name. Most of the rappers already knew me because I was ghostwriting
and ghostproducing. I knew a lot of these guys from the streets. I'm only
21 now, so if you look back three years ago, I was fresh out of school.
Now that the public's embraced me with open arms, the rappers feel more
secure working with me. There aren't too many rappers buzzing like me
in New York right now. I definitely have to give props to Kayslay and
Clue. Kayslay was the first dude to give me support. He was spinning my
songs two or three times in a row.
a very famous uncle. How is it working with Jimmy Henchman?
A lot of
people don't think he has a great musical mind because he's a great businessman,
but he knows how to push an artist to their apex. The best thing I learned
under Jimmy is be your own boss. He's a street dude and he's not holding
anybody's hand. He has a lot of relatives and dudes from the street he
can help, but he can't hold anybody's hand. He's helping me with my King
Day Records. He's taught me about branding my label and signing other
artists so you can still have money coming in when you don't feel like
Me and Jimmy
also argue all the time. He has so many records sold in his resume and
I'm basically a new rapper but I'm pretty much considered a musical genius.
He has the proof and sometimes it's hard finding the right lane. Since
I only rap about my life, I know people can agree. We both come from two
different generations so sometimes he may not see the people I'm making
music for. But at the same time, to get mainstream acceptance, you have
to reach other people too. It just so happens that I have a lot people
joining my core fan-base every day.
Henchman's "thug" image precede him and is that not fair?
look at a businessman who's built a management company from scratch and
has fourteen years in the music business, I don't think you can be this
boogieman people think he is and continue to get new artists like Game
and Rick Ross. It's obvious that he's a very good businessman. I think
a lot of that has come from hate and a lot of executives, this is hard
to say, aren't from the street so they don't know about the relationships
people build in the streets. If he was such a boogieman stars wouldn't
be flocking to him.
get involved in the day-to-day issues at Czar?
I used to
be a lot more hands-on a year and a half ago. I wasn't that focused on
being a rapper. I was getting my money up and I wanted to help other people
out. I would listen to tracks or write hooks for other random people.
Since I dropped The Good Son, I've put all my focus on Spot. I thought
it would take three years or so but it's been on an accelerated course
since Sickamore got his Director of A&R job at Atlantic. I'm working
on making myself the hottest rapper under the sun and I don't think I'm
too far from doing that at this point.
see over you at Atlantic soon?
I don't align
myself with any business because people get hired and fired every day.
I have interest from pretty much every label at this point. We're just
focusing on King Day and doing what we have to do and promoting A Dollar
and a Dream. We're doing what we have to do. I'm not in a rush to sign.
I don't have to sign the first deal I get. Me in particular, I'm not really
hurting for money. We're just waiting for the best situation to pop up.
your plans for the rest of the summer?
making a lot of promo runs from state to state, gassing up the Lex and
hitting the road with my team. We're producing a mobile content show To
Build a Kingdom. It's focusing on King Day. We're going to film and show
viewers an inside look at building a fledgling record label. We just got
offered a mobile distribution deal. We'll be on MySpace and YouTube as
well giving fans that. The single "The Way We Ride" is also
getting up in BDS spins, so I want to thank all the DJ's who are behind
you want to say to everybody?
If you have
a dream, follow it. Don't go to people in a desperate time because people
will take advantage of you. You're never too young to make it and sometimes
it may take longer, but you will get to where you need to get.
information check out http://kingdayrecords.com
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