1.How long have you been in the rap game?
Since 19 but I’ve been rapping since I was 9.
2.Who are your major influences in your music?
In general, it will be my mom who always played music around the house. Also would have to be my brother to actually show me how to write a rap. Otherwise, you would have to say Tupac definitely. Scarface is a big influence. And Twista is a very big influence when it comes to actually being able to have lyrical agility, as well as the legendary E 40.
3.What is your first single?
#FightingSleep is what I am pushing now, but u can also find #Effortless on most of the same platforms.
4.Who Do You have On Your Album?
Its pretty much just me, my homie Melik Watkins, Da Promise Child, and Ms. HerShe(pronounced Miss Hershey)
5.How did you get into the rap game?
LOL. I couldn’t sing. Being the passionate man that I am, and with all the music that I listened to growing up, pretty much it was natural order. I just chose to go the business route instead of just the average artist rap. Maybe that cost me some years, but it’s worth my peace of mind.
6.Where were you born?
Right outside of Huntsville, Alabama in Athens aka Little LA aka Lost, Alabama. I have been compared to Bun B so I like to say we are to Huntsville, what Port Arthur is to Houston.
7.Who would you like to work with that you haven’t already?
Low key, I want to work with Akon. But it’s so many rappers that I would work with. Especially a lot of underground rappers and people that you would call local or from my state. Like Rich Boy, I definitely want to work with him.
8.Who do you think is the hottest rapper out?
Of course, as far as buzz goes, it’s Kendrick Lamar hands down. Of course Drake got his following also. .
9. Who do you think is the hottest producer out?
Its so many I could say so Im going to just say my homies DJ Sizahanz, TrunkBangaz Ken P and Yung Rowe, Mali Boii, Mr. O-X and my partner Dro. They can all go with the best.
10.Who is your favorite artist?
My personal favorite right now is Starlito, Killer Kyleon, and KRIT.
11.How did you come up with your album title?
My big mouth. Lol. I speak my mind so things come out and sometymes, they just stick. That one was special cause it says a lot without saying much. Being real comes easy cause I had a lot of practice. I kept it real through the hard tymes, and when you have seen hard tymes like me, you have a lot of chances to be real. Its a choice I chose, and that choice, as well as life, itself, put me in situations where I had no other choice but to do or watch it all fall through. I have faced a lifetime of doubt and all that, but I was a child for half of that tyme. I am a man, now, and I have did my homework. I faced my pains and I know the process and what it do for you. Once you go through it, it becomes routine. Call it free throws and dudes got every chance to be real. Like Pac said though, they deep in the game but got the rules missing. I say, that comes from a lack of practice, feel me? Lol. Smh.
12.What is your favorite song on your album?
I love them all but I think I have a soft spot for Simple. Like I said, I can’t sing but I write lyrics. I wrote all of the lyrics on the album, period. And as a man, I make love songs cause men have to step up and make it understood with these women. Doesn’t mean that they will accept us but maybe it will help them somewhere along the line. We need more real families though and I give my best effort to make music that promotes honest love.
13.Which song on your album means the most to you?
All of them, truly, so I will just say that the most significant is my track, Get Real. I was sleeping in my car when I wrote that and though that was 2011, as you see, that track is still relevant. But I can say Hell And Bakk means just as much to me.
14.Who are you signed with?
I signed myself to the O.N.E. Or Outlawed And Educated Records in 2005 when I started my label.
15.When is your album release date?
#BeingRealComesEasy is available now via www.TheReallyReal.com. My first full album, The Klock, is set for December 19th.
16.What cities do you plan on touring?
Right now, Im looking to run through Alabama, Memphis, Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, and a few other places. Haven’t got all the dates lined up just yet though.
17.What female rapper or artist you think is the sexiest?
Keri Hilson will always be my boo but Mila J would be my side piece. Lol. Unless…lol. Just kidding.
18.What would you like to see from the music industry over the next two years?
A true takeover. I want to see Black corporate and industrial businesses, or at least some of those wealthier owners and executives, fund our entertainment companies and such. I have multiple investment opportunities, in entertainment and in other aspects, for anyone who has money but doesn’t have a true idea of how they can invest into something to bring real change and create real power for themselves and Blacks, altogether.
19.What is your second single gonna be?
‘Excuse Me is coming next, followed immediately by Just 2 Close
20. What are you doing to make money from your music right now?
Downloads, streams, cd sales, sync sales and more. I would love to do a show a day. Thus, I will be hosting my own events, like the one coming June 17th, in Huntsville, until the promo tour is finalized. Still could take a few sponsors so anyone reading this and wants to support, including you promoters and venues, should just hit me up.
21.Favorite drink in the club?
I am a Gemini so I am a connoisseur with things like that. Give me the bartenders specialty and I am good.
22.Favorite industry magazine?
Makin It magazine is a great source for indie Hip Hop and that makes them key for me. I was able to get a deal with your promo, as well as Nerve Djs. I am currently in the SXSW edition with Chance the Rapper on the cover.
23.Who got you started in the rap game?
My brother Corey. R.I.P. He called it poetry in motion.
24.How does your family feel about your music and your choice of career?
Some support and some don’t. Ask my Aunt Sherry and she will say I am the one, if any. I concur.
25.Top 5 rap albums of all time?
Makaveli-Tupac, Adrenaline Rush-Twista, Life After Death- Notorious B.I.G., No One Can Do It Better-The D.O.C. and either The Diary/TheFix- Scarface or ATLiens-OutKast. All of those have deep significance so I just couldn’t stop at 5.
26.Favorite r and b group or solo artist?
Again, its hard to name one but we will just say Keith Sweat, for old Tyme’s sake. Lol
27.Where do you see the rap game headed?
The underground has always been the safe haven for true Hip Hop cause the real don’t have to accept what someone else gives them. We make a way when it’s no way so I see a lot of people learning what Chance the Rapper seems to know…the business.
28.How do you usually come up with your songs?
Usually, I let the beat talk to me and I respond with lyrics. We have a conversation and the hook is the point. Sometymes, thats the 1st thing that comes to me. Sometymes its the last.
29.What can we expect from you in the future?
The best man is the one that keeps getting better so like the name they called my father, I’m going to “Do-Better”. Better music, better choices and hopefully make the world better. At least, my world.
30. How Can People Reach You?