9GN

Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

9GN consists of 90Wyse (Aaryn Freeman), Geronimo (Jon Geronimo), and NoFace Rapper (Cedrick Washington).

All members of the group were born in the United States and raised in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. As a means to occupy and express ourselves in an otherwise bland and uninspiring environment, we all turned to the pen, pad and microphone.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

The academic history of the three young men stop after graduating high school, although Washington served for sometime in the US Army spending some time in Afghanistan during his service.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

9GN is the intersection of three very lyrical, yet different characters. The chemistry coupled with mutual respect for one another makes way for seamless collaboration amongst the three. All members of the coalition exemplify the spirit of today’s DIY artist with skills ranging from writing to both audio and video production. With beats produced by childhood friend, Evan “EA” Alexander, 9GN presents a project that is from front to back Virginia homegrown.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

With the rise of technology, the line separating mainstream and underground is rapidly disintegrating. No longer is there a glass ceiling. The great equalizer we call the Internet allows artists to create their own platforms, galvanize their own army of followers, and bring their own message to the forefront. As great appreciators of not only Hip Hop, but language arts in general, 9GN is the channel for diehard fans of lyrical Hip Hop to get their fix. Wordplay, metaphors, sophisticated delivery are among the many tools in the group’s utility belt.

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist.

Running a label successfully begins with self-awareness. It is important at all times for all members to be aware of (and honest about) what their goals are as individuals and as a group. It is important for everyone to be in agreement and alignment. All parties involved should be aware of what the MUSTS are. All parties should be willing to adapt to the changing trends and requirements in order to achieve the aforementioned MUSTS. It’s important for there to be an extreme lack of ego when working in any type of group. No part of the machine is more important than the other as all are essential in the smooth functioning of the machine, whatever its purpose is.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

As artists in the beginning stages of our career, it’s important that we reverse engineer our aspirations. While it’s important to take notes from the successes and failures of other artists, it’s essential we delve deeper and evaluate what is truly important and what serves no other function than building some sort of perception (granted, a lot of effective marketing comes from hollow perception). What’s important to us is that we travel the unbeaten path and course correct along the way. Don’t be afraid to try new methods of marketing, but respond accordingly to that which works and that which doesn’t. We find that we can do the jobs offered by many local promoters better than they can. Let’s do it ourselves if the schedule permits it. Let’s really evaluate the potential reach of certain ad services or promotional companies and figure out if it’s truly worth the price tag. We find that engines and products offered by social media allow us a crazy amount of control in terms of pinpointing our demographic and getting our product directly in front of them for a fraction of the cost of other promotional services.

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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.

Creating makes us happy. Expressing ourselves makes us happy. Silencing ourselves, comparing ourselves to others, failing to take risks in exchange for staying in our comfort zone is what leads to sadness.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

All beats were created by Evan “EA Beatz” Alexander. Lyrics were written by Aaryn Freeman, Jon Geronimo and Cedrick Washington. Songs were mixed by Jon Geronimo.

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List the radio stations, TV stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.

Our project was featured on blogs ranging from VirginiaGotNow (https://virginiagotnow.com/2017/12/19/premiere-9gn-has-people-taking-notice-with-cerberus-ep/),

Speed On The Beat (http://www.speedonthebeat.com/2017/12/new-sotbmusic-9GN-CerberusEP.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SOTBdotCom+%28%23SpeedonTheBeat%29),

and Dead End Hip Hop (http://deadendhiphop.com/9gn-cerberus-ep-album-stream/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased.

The project can be purchased at the following links:

Apple Music

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cerberus-single/1326985652?app=music&ign-itsct=1326985652-1326985652&ign-itscg=0177&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/3f9PFjoNiggNCkDsutEpnZ

Tidal

http://tidal.com/#!/album/82637319

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/9gn_Cerberus?id=Buw5i2ccntpoufkbhdjcuyxitt4

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/90wyse/sets/cerberus-ep

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

9GN is the intersection of three very lyrical, yet different characters. The chemistry coupled with mutual respect for one another makes way for seamless collaboration amongst the three. All members of the coalition exemplify the spirit of today’s DIY artist with skills ranging from writing to both audio and video production.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

9GN as a collective is brand new to the music scene. As individuals, each of us has put years of practice into our craft. Only recently, though, have we come out professionally. With the support of our community we’ve hit the ground running performing at various local events and consistently releasing collaborative and solo material.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

What makes us unique is our respective experiences and the obligation we feel to share our stories. All individuals have unique perspectives on life. It’s when we feel a need to mirror the words and actions of others that we begin to look and sound the same. There’s inherent value in all of our thoughts and words, it’s our responsibility to share those unique perspectives.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

Our weaknesses musically are that we are still maturing and still fine tuning our signature sound. With time and resources, both of those things will come together. There’s nothing more satisfying than developing a signature sound that is difficult to emulate. Our strength is our apathy toward whatever the current trends are. Time will pass and our pillars will stand like columns forged by volcanic magma and cooled by the waters of the dead sea.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Favorite songs are anything by Lupe Fiasco or MF Doom.

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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.

There’s an absurd stigma among the rap community regarding signing to a label. If it is beneficial to the artist and doesn’t compromise artistic integrity, why not sign? However, freedom to make important decisions that will alter the course of my career is super important. Therefore, I am not actively seeking a deal and probably won’t entertain an offer until the proper leverage is established. Coming to the table before you have something to offer is rarely a great idea.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

Unfortunately there was no live instrumentation in the production of this project but that’s something we’d like to incorporate into future projects as we gain more resources and establish more relationships with other musicians.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.

Other activities involve sports, engaging in community events, but really music is the bulk of our existence.

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.

We’ve always had confidence to get in front of a crowd and perform. It helps that music is something you prepare and rehearse many times before you get in front of people. You don’t have to be creative in front of them, that part is handled ahead of time. All you have to do is enact the routine you’ve embedded in your head. If this is something you believe in, the reception of the crowd is an afterthought.

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Tell us the best way to make money in the music business.

The best way to make money in the music business is to think about what spaces your music will live in. How can you offer value with your music? In what occasions will your music be relevant. Who will your music uplift? How can your music be constructive instead of constructive? How can you give through your music instead of robbing people of their valuable time by listening to your music?

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Tell us your experience pertaining TV/Radio plugging.

We’ve no experience with TV/Radio plugging but we’d love to be pointed in the right direction to learn more about where to get started.

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Narrate your recording experience.

Recording starts with energy. What you say, how you say it, and when you say it will be played thousands of times in the ears of many. Pay close attention to the energy you come with when you record. Your tonality. Your cadence. What space do you want the listener to be in when they play your song? That is the energy you must embody when you record. The rest unfolds as it should once that energy is internalized and magnified during a recording session.

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List your various works.

90Wyse’s debut project was “90Proof”; NoFace Rapper’s latest project was “Never Fear Rejection” Geronimo’s latest release was “Night Ride” all are available on streaming platforms. Much more music is to be released within the first half of 2018.

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State links to connect you on social media.

Social Media;

Follow 90Wyse
https://SoundCloud.com/90Wyse
https://www.Twitter.com/90Wyse

Follow Geronimo
https://SoundCloud.com/screamgeronimo
https://www.Twitter.com/GeronimoGTFU

Follow NoFace, Rapper

https://www.SoundCloud.com/NoFaceRapper

https://www.Twitter.com/NoFaceRapper

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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