D.O.E - Babylon

D.O.E – Babylon

 

 

 

 

 

D.O.E - Babylon

D.O.E – Babylon

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  D.O.E

 

SONG TITLE:  Fucc Boy

 

RELEASE DATE:   March 2018

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop/Rap

 

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Discuss your existence.

First of all, D.O.E is an acronym for Definition Of Excellence. I’m a Nigerian but I reside in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

I studied at the American University in Cairo and graduated with first-class honours in Information Science.

 

To cut the long story short; I decided against the 9-5 to follow my passion, which is music.

 

Music started from the love of music which has taken me to Ghana, Egypt, and Nigeria (where I am from), presently I am in South Africa.

 

I have worked with some artists around the African region, the likes of Gemini Major, Cheecky Chizzy,Kay Switch, TuShow and lots more.

 

My last album was featured in BBNaija 2018 (Big Brother Naija #DoubleWahala).

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

My favorite genre of music is “Rap”, but there’s no limit to the kind of music I listen to, I basically allow my mood to make that decision.

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State your experience as an artist.

Well I have had so much experience in this industry, and have been to some places following this career… First working in Nigeria music industry which is really not gender based as your talent basically speaks for you.

 

I was with an Entertainment group (Bloo Dolphins Entertainments) in Ghana also, the industry is a very competitive one, and your craft will open a way for you; because they have so many talented artists and dancers also.

 

Here in South Africa where I work with Slim Visual Entertainment, I mean first the diversity of the country itself speak about the competitions, it’s like a den of various talents from all parts of the world, and as someone who likes competition, so this kind of basically made me stick to the country.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

I am very versatile in my music style and this infused in the diverse themes I choose when I do music.

 

Music is just meant to be good, and this is what I vision when I do music. So my song entitled “Babylon” is basically a piece of victory music, motivational theme, I try to use wordplay to try to describe how I never gave up and kept pushing my craft or my life generally. It’s easy to relate to and anyone can relate it…

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

Well everybody I have met along my music journey have made a great impact in my development and my success, so from Nigerian I will say a big thank you to my friend/producer/co-artist CHEEKY CHIZZY, who is the main producer to D’banj (KOKO Master), Kay Switch also (brother to D’banj), Big Brother Naija Crew for accepting my song to be featured on their show.

 

In South Africa: I would say a BIG thank you to Slim (My Manager) of Slim Visual, Gemini Major, Don Picasso & Picasso PR Agent , Du Jasko Group, MTV Base, Daily Hype, Pappy Thrill, Question Music, Hamilton Music, Bush Radio Cape Town, YFm South Africa, and other radio stations around South Africa that have interviewed me and played my music.

 

In Ghana: Oracle Entertainment (Bonez Beat), Bloo Dolphins Entertainment.

 

In Canada: Seeds Visual.

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State your future goals.

I am still planning to collaborate with more artists in South Africa and Nigeria and possibly around the world… I am a music lover and just having more ways to show my craft remains a drive for me.

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Share your feedback on this song.

Well so far the review has been fantastic, I have lots of music but I know this track “Babylon” gets people jumping more in most of my performances and events I have attended.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

In various ways, I will say, because I try to stay motivational in the ways I craft my music, so the themes are mostly motivational.

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Analyze the transformations you have discovered so far in the music industry.

Well, I think it falls down to style and generations. So things have changed a lot in terms of how it’s done in some part of the 90s to now, but I know some people still keep it real and stick to a certain style, even if the fan base is limited.

 

I believe we should do music to reach the world, so we should always flow with the transformation, we shouldn’t stay behind always.  Nokia 3310 doesn’t have iPhone 10 features.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

I like Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne, the reason is how they try to pass their messages using wordplay and different styles but still a bit commercial, so they don’t limit the kind of song and feature they flow in.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I try to choose a certain situation or topic and try to elaborate on it.

 

I take my time for the style to flow in me which comes from oblivion.

 

Sometimes listening to a certain beat gives me quick motivation on what I would like to do on it, or who I would love to jump on it with.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

I love working with different artists and sometimes I work solo, I love both worlds a lot.

 

Working with others broadens your ideas of what to say how and all, two heads are better than one kind of thing…

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State your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

Like I elaborated earlier, I think music should be done to reach the general public, we’re (artists) like those ones they fall back on when a certain mood calls…I am not saying all artist should or must be versatile, but I try to be versatile so if you look back at my history on the kind of songs I have done, you will see how diverse I have been… I go from dancing to passing message kind of music.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

Just like the lyrics; I also take my time to distinguish the kind of instrumentals I use and melody I choose… I am more of a bouncy and mellow when it comes to hip hop and stay in whatever other genres I choose…

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Go into detail on the recording of ‘Babylon.’

This track “Babylon” was recorded in Cape Town by X-Fecta, who I gave the concept of the beat and we had to both create it in some ways before I finally recorded the song itself.

D.O.E - Babylon

 

I already wrote the lyrics alone so we recorded, the same night we shared a little sample online and we’ve already started getting reviews.

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Discuss your music performance.

Well, my music performances are always and very electrifying… I attach much importance to connecting with the fans, giving eyes contacts, shaking hands when I can and basically I just enjoy myself.

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 State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My stage/artist name is D.O.E people call me DOE, but basically, it’s an acronym that stands for (Definition Of Excellence).

 

I chose this name to fit the style I brought, and this is different from the crowd which I define as my own excellence…

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State the meaning of ‘Babylon.’

The title of the song is “Babylon”, a little biblical in terms of how the Neo-Babylonian Empire ended. I used it in comparing myself and hater, enemies or whatever people want to relate it with. It indicates the fall of failure and rise to success.

 

 

The album’s name is “Babylon EP” since the song was speaking of a rise from grass to grace, well I felt the song itself will be best to describe the title of my first album; where I am coming from, where I am going to, and where I am going to be.

 

 

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Young Taee – The Baddest

Young Taee – The Baddest

 

Young Taee – The Baddest

Young Taee – The Baddest

 

ARTIST NAME: Young Taee

 

SONG TITLE: The Baddest

 

ALBUM TITLE: Patience

 

RELEASE DATE: 11/15/2017

 

GENRE:  Hip/Hop

 

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Share your life story with us.

I was raised in Carthage, Texas; a small town on the east of Texas. I lived with my momma, brother, and sister.  My parents divorced when I was 12 years old so I was inspired to be the man of the house whether it’s helping her clean or buy shit from stores to resell for profit; I have been a hustler since and thriving to become something I aspired, and my focus at the moment is to change my mother’s life for good…

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

Since 2014, I had much support from my brother Zayvionn every year we improved and never gave up on what we going for!

 

My mother has always been the support of my life because she wants this as I would do anything in the world to keep her happy.

 

Also, I’ve had a lot of support from close friends peers, and people I don’t even know but I appreciate all the love and support because without them I wouldn’t be who I am today!

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

The process for “The Baddest” was crazy! I think I was in the studio for a whole day nonstop putting it together because I have seen potential in it as I was recording.

 

It’s a catchy vibe and I feel like when most people hear it they can almost relate to the situation…

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Discuss your songwriting.

My songwriting is simple, whether I make a beat or get one sent to me, the first thing is figuring out what the topic of the whole song is going to be and if it correlates with the sound and melody then I freestyle the song to get a feel on what it should sound like.

 

I go back and pull things to work off of the freestyle…

 

I will just write the bar for the bar as I play the beat and rap to it.

 

I will just keep coming up with new lines then I will replay the beat over and over till the song is complete!

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Elaborate on your future projects.

I’m getting ready to release my EP’s, Mixtapes and eventually a Debut Album this year.

 

I don’t want to go too deep into the names and release dates yet but it’s going to be amazing.

 

I have been having people hit me up like “when you dropping that” or “when you dropping this” it’s crazy but it just lets me know I got eyes on me so I got to go 100 the whole mile.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

Interacting with my fans, letting them know I care about them, talking to them and building relationships so as I grow I have a strong fundamental that will push me for greatness in the long run!

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

I had plenty of moments that thought came to mind, like at least 50 times in a year but my people keep me going, my momma keeps me motivated.

 

I’m a businessman, I like to move in business and build so you do not give up on something you grew up wanting to be so it’s like are you willing to take the necessary actions to make it come to life? I keep asking myself that question daily and that has kept me strong and passionate to make a living for myself and my family.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

I make my sounds based on my emotions and feelings. I move off the energy of my heart and soul when I make a melody I just play what sounds good and grasping to the ear…

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

Music licensing is the licensed use of copyrighted music. Music licensing is intended to ensure that the owners of copyrights on musical works are compensated for certain uses of their work.

 

A purchaser has limited rights to use the work without a separate agreement.

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State your favourite genre of music.

Hip/Hop.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Every song I make has a story behind it. Most of my songs I put out I try to motivate someone or y’all about shit I know people go thru in life but don’t have the voice or platform to express it.

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Elaborate on this song.

Basically on the song ‘The Baddest’ I was in college at that point and I had just left for lunch and I saw this one chick I never seen her before and she was looking good but she was walking alone and I saw everybody else with somebody but she was just alone so I’m thinking like maybe she was just antisocial or hurt in a way so my intention was to walk up to see what was going on and at that moment that’s really were the chorus fell together “baby you the baddest I got to see the status wanna put you in a palace.”

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

I currently use Distrokid as my digital distribution because the pricing is just outrageous and being able to release an unlimited amount of music and profit from it makes me look that much more as a serious artist rather than someone that’s just rapping because I take this music to heart like this is really what I do and this is really what I am inspired to be.

 

This is the gateway for me to release myself, my feelings and my thoughts.

 

Music is the outlet and I love to express it for other people to relate to and listen to as well.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Using the right marketing methods, reaching the right target audience, interacting with fans, improving and building more quality content.

 

Learning more and more throughout the process is one of the biggest ways you can increase and improve your revenue because you have to prove everything and not just say it, and I always lived off that.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

I think it could be helpful, I have nothing against it because at the end of the day you are gaining knowledge on something you want to do in life whether you learn on your own or you go to school for it.

 

I think everyone must do whatever it takes to make that dream something already accomplishable if it is a dream for one to accomplish.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

I think it takes a lot of discipline, focus, passion and it takes a lot of motivation throughout the whole process like when you are working on a new song and you start to feel like “this a hit” – take more time on making it the hit you know it got the potential to be.

 

Don’t try to get it done fast, focus on every single aspect of the song in order to make it last because music nowadays is in and out, and you can have a hit song for a few weeks or a few months then it’s just a song again; so targeting the hit song is one of the best ways to have your music last a little bit longer in this industry.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Young Taee came up when my mom used to call me Tae, a nickname I was raised with growing up and at the time listening to YMCMB; I defined myself as “Young Taee” inspired by some of the best in Hip Hop today (Lil Wayne, Drake, etc.)…

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“The Baddest” came up from me seeing a beautiful woman but she was alone most of the day and I didn’t know why she didn’t interact with anyone so I walked up to talk to her on why she was not talking to anyone and it turned out she has been through a lot and I wanted to help her through it by uplifting her with a song and that is how the song came up.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

The title of the album “Patience” came up from my understanding that everything you do in the music industry you must have patience.

 

I came to realize that when you are doing music and everything you do; you need to have patience whether it is releasing, promotion, finishing the song or whether it’s how long it’s going to take in the studio to get the good music out.

 

In order to create that masterpiece, you must have patience.

 

No rushing, it takes commitment and it takes a lot of motivation to get it done.

 

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M.Z. Boss – Everyday

M.Z. Boss – Everyday

 

 

 

 

 

 

M.Z. Boss – Everyday

M.Z. Boss – Everyday

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME – M. Z. Boss

 

SONG TITLE – Everyday

 

ALBUM TITLE – Everyday

 

RELEASE DATE: January 2019

 

GENRE – Hip Hop / Rap

 

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Shamika Hilliard is a hip-hop, trap and performing artist. She is the owner of Boss Squad Productions LLC…

 

Mz. Boss is currently registered with ASCAP as a songwriter and publisher.

 

Mz. Boss was working in the real estate field as a licensed salesperson and decided to turn towards her faith and start her music career in April 2017.

 

Mz. Boss has auditioned for the Voice and is known in her hometown for showcasing her music!

 

Mz. Boss has the honor of having her song ‘We Gone Ride Tonight’ played on Hot 104.1 The Beat on Sunday’s.

 

Unfortunately in October Mz. Boss was shot with an AK 47 in the right leg but she bounced back real quickly!!!

 

Mz. Boss was able to get back in motion and continue her Dreams.💪💪

 

Mz. Boss was then asked to perform in Paris, France at the Talent Guinea which is very big Overseas.

 

She shot her video clip and dropped her single ‘Everyday’ with a French producer Byso Konte whom also resides in Paris, France.

 

While overseas she also met the President of Ghana while attending the Talent Show.

 

Mz. Boss was the only American to attend and represent for the United States in 2018.

 

Mz. Boss is currently working on several projects with producers and engineers here in Saint Louis and internationally Kevvy Kev, Phat Budda Productions to name a few!

 

When Mz. Boss isn’t doing her music she’s working as an advisor for one of the Top 5 Banks which she has been doing for 14 years now… She loves and enjoys helping others.

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

My fans are supporting a lot and they are encouraging me to continue to push for success!

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

The feeling I get or the message…Whether it’s something I can relate to or not.

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Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

When the time comes I would love to work with several producers including but not limited… Dr. Dre, Jermaine Dupri, Booming Metro, London…

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Tell us the names of the rappers you will collaborate with if you have the chance in terms of songwriting.

Drake, Lil Wayne, Boogie, Migos, J-Cole…

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

My favorite TV show is VHI…Love Of Hip Hop.

 

I chose this show because I can relate to the grind, struggle, and mainly the sacrifices that are made when trying to be successful in the music industry

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

My best mood to create a song is when I’m going through my struggles!

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

My interpretation of success or fame is being able to make a difference in other people’s lives!

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Card B., Rihanna, Young M.A, Remi Ma, Nicki Minaj.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

The first time I was on stage it felt like home; it felt like this is where I’m supposed to be!

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

I approach songwriting when I get that vibe that allows me to flow freely or when my struggles are near!

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

Blending genres or experimenting with sound gives me the opportunity to tap into myself!

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Rejection motivates me to push harder for success!

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Elaborate on what compels you to rap.

I enjoy rapping and I appreciate the positive feedback after showcasing my brand.

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analogue recording.

Analogue recordings are smooth and continuous and digital recordings are stepping square and discrete.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

Pro Tools is the software used for my recording.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

MZ Boss is exactly as it states… I feel like a leader, I feel as I’m someone who’s motivating and is looked up to in a positive way!

 

I chose ‘Everyday’ as the title because every day you wake up it’s another opportunity to better yourself!

 

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AhmniMay – On My Way

AhmniMay – On My Way

 

AhmniMay – On My Way

AhmniMay – On My Way

 

ARTIST NAME: AhmniMay

 

SONG TITLE: On My Way

 

ALBUM TITLE: LoveStill – EP

 

GENRE: R&B / Hip Hop

 

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AhmniMay is a lyrical singer / rapper / songwriter duo consisting of two sisters, Ahmni Love and May that are known for their genetically blended harmonies and soulful sound.

 

Their sound is refreshing and bound to give goosebumps to anyone who listens.

 

They are vocally inspired by artists such as Beyonce, Andre 3000, Lauryn Hill and 90’s girl groups like SWV, 702, and TLC.

 

They are originally from Colorado Springs and moved to California in the summer of 2011 to pursue their dreams.

 

Their life time goal is to inspire and touch everyone that comes across their music and establish their own music business in the near future. A heartfelt and genuine experience is what you can expect when they perform live!!!

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer.

We’ve worked with a lot of producers throughout Los Angeles and they all have brought great qualities to the table in order to make good music with us.

 

On this particular project, we worked with four different producers.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.

We usually start out by choosing a beat we can hear our vocals on and then write to the vibe we feel at the moment.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.

Be open-minded with all the experiences you will come across on your journey.

 

There is no clear cut way of making music and being successful.

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Discuss your worst experience in the music business. Miscommunication between us and individuals we are working with and no transparency in the intention of others.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

We keep pushing ahead. More no’s means we are getting closer!

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Tell us what you are doing to impact people around you.

We are creating inspiration to other artists to keep going on their path despite the setbacks that occur on the way.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy.

Music that we can feel and vibe to – Also, when we hear a song and can connect to the lyrics and what the artist /artists are trying to portray in the song.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.

We usually go hunting for existing beats from beat makers or beat makers will send us beats and we will write to the ones we like.

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Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.

It’s a great feeling because we know that people are connecting to our song and enjoy the art that we were made to do on this earth!

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Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.

We want to make music that people can feel and relate to.  We hope to help people with our words and passion.

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Tell us your approach to writing. 

Sometimes we will write an entire song in one sitting and sometimes we will get ideas and take notes overtime until the ideas become a song.

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.

We do not compare ourselves to others which inevitably makes a person unique.

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Tell us how to record a song.

If you are recording from your home studio, which is the place we usually record, you have to buy the recording software (i.e. Pro Tools) and a microphone.

 

After you make the purchases, you just open up the software, press record and sing into the microphone.

 

Another option is to link up with a producer or find a recording studio in your area and use the equipment provided there to record your song.

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Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone. 

We have a few songs where we collaborated with other artists but for the most part it is just us.

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Discuss your experience with fans. 

Our fans will send us touching messages and that inspires us to keep doing what we love.  We could not do this music without the fans!

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Tell us your experience on booking gigs and shows.

Most of our shows have been booked through word of mouth and after a performance; a booking agent approaches us with new gigs. Then, this repeats so we keep getting different shows at different venues.

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Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film.

We definitely would love for our music to be placed in TV and Film.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

Our name is AhmniMay, which consists of putting our names together (Ahmni Love & May).

 

The title of our EP is “LoveStill.” The meaning of LoveStill is no matter what others say or do to you, specifically those that have hurt you in some way; it is still YOUR mission to spread love anyway.

 

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Kingstaf - Kings

Kingstaf – Kings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingstaf - Kings

Kingstaf – Kings

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Kingstaf

 

SONG TITLE: Kings

 

ALBUM TITLE: Reign Supreme

 

RELEASE DATE: March 20th 2019

 

GENRE: Hip Hop / Rap

 

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer.

I deal with different super dope producers on a respected level due to the fact that I run my own record label whatever catches my ear I go from there and work out the exclusive contract.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.

Being a writer sometimes the hook comes first or the verses, whatever is the defying moment at that particular time then I tie it all together.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.

Consistent behavior will be your win game.

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Discuss your worse experience in the music business.

When you are performing and the crowd is not interested.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Raise my head highly and keep fighting.

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Tell us what you are doing to impact people around you.

Being able to inspire through my talent and experience.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy.

I love jazz and I love writing music that will change lives.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.

Everything is harmony combined with intellect and vibration.

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Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.

That’s when you know that finally you are a household name.

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Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.

I usually try to paint a picture and hopefully you can relate.

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Tell us your approach to writing.

Concepts are everything; I love writing about events that surrounds us in our everyday life.

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.

My style took a while to develop; it’s at a high end stage now – very professional.

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Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.

I write all my own stuff and have never collaborated with anyone other than a feature.

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Discuss your experience with fans.

I love the fans and this is why we do this.

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Tell us your experience on booking gigs and shows.

A little different when you are running your own business but you learn to network.

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Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film.

Yes I’m very open to song placement.

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Elaborate on the song.

The song is entitled ‘Kings’ and it means every man is a king in his own right.

 

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Gypsy - Made of Steel

Gypsy – Made of Steel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gypsy - Made of Steel

Gypsy – Made of Steel

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Gypsy

 

SONG TITLE: Made of Steel

ALBUM TITLE: Made of Steel

 

RELEASE DATE: 3/22/2019

 

GENRE:

Hip Hop, Positive Hip Hop, Pop, Rap, Conscious Hip Hop

 

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Gypsy is one of the talented Hip-Hop artists who found her gift and love of Hip Hop…

 

Now she spreads love, through the mic, one rhyme at a time, to help heal earth.

 

“My music is about making a positive change in Hip-Hop. Let’s make that positive change together!”

– Gypsy

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Name the artists that have influenced you so far.

I could literally list several people here. Music has been a part of my life forever and my musical influences have a wide range of characters. From Kid Cudi to David Bowie, Jay Z to No Doubt -There is no one influence for I am a part of all the music I love.

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Mention the name of the artist you can regard as the “Greatest Of All Time.”

Tupac – He was a beautiful poet, truly. His songs are timeless. Put him on any playlist today and he still fits.

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Elaborate on this song.

It’s my 10th single, and one of my favorites. A lot of humans are struggling with wounds inside and become steel because of those wounds.

 

None of us are alone in our emotional struggles, life is hard for everyone. It’s up to us to become steel in spite of those obstacles.

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State the areas that need improvement in the music industry. Positivity needs to thrive, especially in female Hip Hop. The current state feels highly negative towards each other, and I think it’s best to band together and spread love as a genre of music together.

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Tell us how you prepare yourself for a live performance or show.

Relax in quiet, silence the mind. Don’t think.

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Tell us your opinion on frequent releasing of singles or just an album in a while.

I think the era of the “album” may be coming to an end. A good single release every month can do more than dropping 10 songs on the same day.

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Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance.

Travis Scott. The energy of the crowd in the videos I have seen must be epic to feel!

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Spread love and positivity. Believe in yourself, for all things are possible. People can truly do anything when they believe they can.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Gypsy- the universe gave it to me. I’m a free spirit with a cloak, people started calling me Gypsy.

 

Once I started calling myself that, I felt the urge to do music. Rap truly is where my Gypsy soul is at, and when I answered the Gypsy call; the music poured from me.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Made of Steel – This song is about letting hard parts of your life mold you into a better version of yourself. If you let them, the rough times make you stronger.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Made of Steel – I chose the title because I am made of steel.

 

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ARTIST NAME:  Nadiem

 

SONG TITLE:  Venom

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop / Rap

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As a hip-hop artist, Nadiem strives to defeat the social norms that have been placed against him and others.

 

His bold personality enables him to take his supporters inside his private life, giving them a taste of what he experiences daily.

 

His love for music gives him the ability to create fun, yet meaningful content that he hopes will inspire his supporters.

 

June 16th, 2018, Nadiem released his debuting EP titled “Exception” which aimed to make a statement in the modern era of constant oppression while also providing him with a chance to display his internal struggles.

 

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he is currently attending The Ohio State University pursuing a degree in Psychology.

 

During his time there he has released various singles, including “Venom” and a project he worked directly with the University titled “60k.”

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Discuss your music career.

I’ve been working on music for about two years. It started as a simple hobby in high school, but I began taking it very seriously throughout my college career.

 

I majored in Music Production and Psychology at The Ohio State University, where I aimed to find a way to better engage my listeners.

 

I grew up in an Arabic household, which led to not many people believing I could become a successful hip-hop artist.

 

I used that as motivation, ultimately bringing awareness to stereotypes and misconceptions in all areas, whether that is gender inequality or race or religion, etc.

 

My music is meaningful, but it is super catchy and fun as well.

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Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.

I love performing. The best way to impress the fans watching you is to keep them interacted. Involve them. Make them feel like they are a part of the show. Who doesn’t like to feel valued and be a part of something?

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List the names of your biggest supporters.

Alaadeen Bajes (Friend)

 

Desi Alexander (Comedian)

 

Talip Casperks (Videographer)

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Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.

I strive off of critique and judgment. I love when someone challenges me and assumes something of me, I cannot do something. That ties in with me advocating for social justice in the community. I want to create change in this world. That is my main goal.

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Discuss your experience as an artist.

I’ve met so many amazing individuals on my journey as an artist. From producers, other artists, to fans, I’m so grateful for them all. I have many obstacles during the up and coming stage, but the fans make it worth it. When you have people coming up to you telling people your music has changed their lives, it humbles you and makes you want to keep going.

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Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.

Expecting a handout – Remember that this is a business, and everyone is trying to eat. Ask yourself what you can offer the individual you’re trying to connect with. Everyone in the music business worked hard to get where they’re at. What makes you different?

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Discuss the story behind the song.

This came after my Exception EP. I received a lot of fake friends after my name started becoming known. I started losing myself. I created this song to just express a bit of my angry side, telling people I cannot always trust you and have to watch who I let inside my circle.

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Tell us how to fund a music project.

You’re not going to be a famous musician overnight. Find other ways to fund yourself.

 

I worked three jobs before I could survive off of music even at the slightest level.

 

One of the best things to do in this business is to network. You have to know people. Find five people in your city that do something you like and offer to buy them lunch. Whether that is music production, video, songwriting, marketing, etc., when you build your connection’s list and build relationships with these people, they’ll want to invest in you, just as you invest in them.

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Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during shows and live performances.

I think this is super important. I remember seeing a young female get trampled at a Post Malone concert and realized that more attention needs to be brought to this.

 

People should not be getting hurt for something they paid to go see.

 

Also, it is important to keep security high getting into shows – Especially after events such as the Ariana Grande’s incident.

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Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.

Fern and Marty of Social Club Misfits – I went to their concert in April of 2018. They loved my story and were so attentive to what I was saying.

 

Fern looked at me and said, “Nadiem I really hope you make it. Take yourself there though. This is not an easy road.”

 

After that day I knew this was going to be an everlasting grind, which has helped me stay committed to working hard.

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Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.

That’s the thing. There’s always room for improvement. I will constantly be educating myself on different genres and markets.

 

We’re in a streaming music era, and although I do not want to blend in with the rest of the mainstream crowd, I want to ensure I’m doing what is needed to get my music heard. Sometimes that involves exploring new sounds to find yours.

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Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.

I sing as well as rap. I do exercises with my team every two days. I try to not overdo it considering the amount of shows I have to do in a given month.

 

I mellow out sometimes so I can be as dynamic as possible when recording.

 

Also, take care of your body. Sleep and proper nutrition does a lot!

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Discuss your best mood during performance.

I’m very energetic on stage. Getting the crowd involved and making sure they have a great time. It’s a full workout for me. I have my own dance crew and choreography, so we try to put on a fun, spirited show.

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List your best artists with reasons.

NF – We have a similar backstory – Easy to relate to him. Take that as you hear it.

 

Andy Mineo – He’s one of the realest musicians I have ever listened to. He’s so true to himself and he puts out content that he is happy with (Example “I Ain’t Done”). His style is very unique, and I have been inspired by him in numerous ways.

 

Bryce Vine – I love his style! His music is so dynamic and easy to listen to. He is definitely a vibe. I’ve learned a lot by listening to him.

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Discuss your existence as an artist.

I like that people know my name. “Aye Nadiem is in town let us go to his show” – That is an honor to me. I try and remain relevant, constantly giving people something to see, whether that be through music, one of my advocacy programs, or through my merch line,

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Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing the society and the solution.

I think this society, especially in western culture, is filled with pride and lying. We all try to put on a persona and fill the listeners with BS because media is everywhere now. Stuff spreads so quickly. I think the solution is to just not get caught up in that.

 

Remain authentic and constructively criticize yourself and continue to grow, no matter what people think.

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Discuss your songwriting and recording.

I like being alone when I write my songs. Most of them are inspired by emotion, so I try to keep that energy in the room when I’m creating.

 

However, I love working with people. You never know what someone else will have to say, so always be willing to listen!

 

I record in various places, mostly at Oranjudio Studios in Columbus, Ohio.

 

I like working with engineers that know me, but always willing to work with others as well.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is literally my first name “Nadiem” (Pronounced “Nuh-Deem”).

 

I decided to keep it that way because there are not many Arab-American rappers. I’m aiming to make a statement. When my parents named me, they did so with purpose. Nadiem means “A good person” and that’s what I am, just trying to show the world you can be anything you set your mind to.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Title – Venom

Inspired by the marvel villain – It shows the dark side of an individual.

 

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ARTIST NAME: KimieChen

SONG TITLE: Hands Up

 

ALBUM TITLE: Pose

RELEASE DATE: 02/01/2019

GENRE: R&B / Soul

 

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Discuss your existence.

I believe I am here to fulfill my life’s purpose, which is to spread love and light through my music. I believe I’m here to connect and be the voice for the voiceless.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

I love all genres of music. It’s all about the connectivity and how the song makes me feel. Music is just another language that people can use to express themselves.

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Tell us your experience as an artist.

My experience as an artist has been exciting,

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Tell us the theme of your song.

‘Hands Up’ is actually the story of one of my girlfriend’s experience and I decided to put it in a song because it was an interesting situation.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

The people behind my success are my immediate family, Lavaba Mallison, and Cerebral Sound Studios.

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Tell us your future goals.

My future goals is to build an empire through entertainment, acting, creative imaging and to have music that will last a lifetime.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

I believe that my music will inspire my fans because my music is raw, authentic, and personal.

 

My music goes places where most people are afraid to express, and I want my fans to connect on a level where they can feel comfortable being themselves.

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Brief us your opinion on the music process.

The process has been very insightful and exciting. Not only am I doing what I love to do, but I’m also learning and perfecting my craft every day.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

The artists that I cherish the most are Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.

 

Growing up music has always been a part of my life; I remember hearing them and immediately getting inspired and wanting to be like them.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I develop my lyrics through personal experiences. Growing up music and writing was always an outlet for me. Having the ability to convert my feelings into my music was always a blessing in disguise for me.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

I haven’t yet but I look forward to doing so in the future.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

One thing I learned about music is that if you are passionate with conviction you can get a person hooked into your music, whether it’s an up-tempo song or ballad. The results will always be the same.

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Explain copyright.

Copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

The way I develop my melody is listening to a particular instrument in the song. I find the instrument that I’m attracted to; I write my lyrics and melodies around it.

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Go into detail on how you create your song.

When I get a beat to a song I let the music speak to me first.

 

I also pay attention to how the song makes me feel.

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Discuss your music performance.

Performing live is very exciting for me; I get a rush of emotions from the music and my audience.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is KimieChen; it was created from the idea of being a crime fighting cartoon character that has super powers that kicked ass.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Hands Up” – Basically it means “I had enough so I throw my Hands Up”.

 

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ARTIST NAME:  $eminary Tiff

 

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Stud Walk

 

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ALBUM TITLE: $eminary Tiff

 

RELEASE DATE: June 13 2018

 

GENRE: Hip Hop

 

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$eminary Tiff is the next hottest female rapper coming out of Oakland, California.

 

Born and raised in Oakland, California she chose music as her outlet. From hype, to trap, from club hits, to leaving a message on your mind she makes music for everyone.

 

Her latest single “Put On For My City” featuring UC Lil Kayla (The New Oakland Anthem.) on the Girl Interrupted Feature Tape coming out soon… on KPFA 94.1 FM. It’s also on The Real Oakland Mix Tape Volume 7 and Dope Era and DJ Tasi Presents Mixtape Mondays which you can find on HELLAFREEMIXTAPES.COM.

 

She has been rapper and singing for our 8 years and work with talented artist like Richie Rich, A1, Shady Nate, Kiwi Da Beast and Singular just name a few.

 

She won second place in the SHOWCASE TOUR at the Complex in Oakland in 2018.

 

She has made her acting debut in “EVOL” THE SERIES which premiered in January 2019.

 

You can check her out on the Keep It Lit Podcast with her co-host KP of Planet Of The Apes Clothing, rapper and actor Mac Reem and radio personal MS. Bay Area 411 which is set to Premier early April.

 

Her music is on all digital platforms.

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Tell us your history.

Born and raised in Oakland, California. I started rapping around age 13. I won the first place at my high school talent show and everyone I entered. I dropped my first mixtape in 2009.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I’m humble and have a passion for music.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

Hip Hop / Rap.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

Stereotypes definitely hurt artist like me. Being Gay and a stud rapping they put me in a box.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

I recorded both songs at Slapwagon Studios with one of my favorite engineers SK. I come right in ready to go with my raps written and go straight in the booth and knock them out. I record my hooks and verses. Then I choose where I want drops with the engineer after.

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List the names of blogs, radio or television stations that have supported you so far.

My new single “Put On For My City” has been on 94.1FM and also Baylife Radio. C-icep Blog gave me a great review at my show “The Real Oakland Showcase” at the Black Respiratory Theater in Berkeley, California.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and future goals.

At this point of my career I have reinvented myself. I am ready to figure out the music business and put in work and get paid.

 

Opening for numerous people and wining different showcases, my goal now is to make a radio hit.

 

Stay booked, busy and travel around the world. I am really looking forward to book a festival in the future.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

What inspires me is life and just knowing that if I can get paid for doing what I love. I can live an incredible life and take care of my family and my wife.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

If I had the top-secret I would be rich already but just stay consistent.

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Put in the work and never give up. It’s not going to be easy. You should learn before you earn so they don’t get played.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received.

I dropped my first mixtape in 2009 hosted by KMEL SBC DJs Mike B Da Blenda. I have 500 physical copies pressed up and it also released digitally on Mixtapes.com. I opened for Bay Area legend Richie Rich and Marvelless. I performed all over the Bay Area from Oakland to San Francisco, Cotati and Sacramento.

 

For as rewards I won first place in the “Hip Hop For The Soul” talent show and won first place in the Freestyle battle. My song “Put On for My City” made it to Mr Fabs Music Mondays Mixtape.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I like to write my music alone when I am relaxed smoking a blunt and maybe a drink. I like to go to the studio…

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would buy a house and invest in something lucrative.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

Right now I am shooting a lot of videos because a lot of people want visuals. Your fans like to see you and I’m working on putting more content on my social media.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

It’s difficult trying to manage your life with music. But if you want it bad enough you will make a way. I sneak and write raps at work. You just have to make it happen.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

$eminary Tiff – Seminary is the street I grew up on and it is where my grandma purchased her first house; my grandma was a huge part of my life. She died in 2014 so I am dedicating this new Tiffani to her. I want to make her proud through my music and my life.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

When Shit Get Real is about loyalty and how when it’s tested people respond differently.

 

Stud Walk is about women dating women and having fun.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

My upcoming album is titled “Beautiful Sacrifice” I chose the title because I feel like I am sacrificing my life for this music. I am giving it all my time and energy and will repay my love ones in the end.

 

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ARTIST NAME: Piif Jones

 

SONG TITLE:  G Code

 

ALBUM TITLE: Queensbride

 

RELEASE DATE: Coming Soon

 

GENRE: Hip Hop / Rap

 

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“Music is a part of my life, my dad and uncles were singers so it comes from my soul and out of my heart” Piif says, “I can’t go a day without creating or listening to it.”

 

With new management found in Metta World Peace and a crazy new EP ‘THIS IS ME’ – a follow up to the blazing mixtape Made For This, Piif Jones is poised to make noise through 2019.

 

The reintroduction of Piif has been a journey with him being featured on Def Jam artist Dave East’s banger ‘MoonWalking,’ which had the online community going crazy. Piif’s goal with this release is to let people in on his grind and determination. Cam Newton said “Let The Pressure Fuel You To Be Great”. So with Piif’s first single titled ‘Cam Newton’ the message will be clear and the vibes will be undeniable – Piif is here to stay.

 

Piif provides every aspect of the rap game you crave. With his vibrant personality and authentic stage presence, he delivers the bars you will not get out of your head, but let’s be honest – you will not want to!

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Share your life story with us.

My name is Piif Jones and I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queensbridge.

 

I have 3 sisters and a brother, also an amazing team I call Loopy Life. I always strived to be the most versatile artist ever.

 

I used to write three songs to one beat just to challenge myself and become better.

 

I’ve been to many places and met many great people in life due to making music, and I hope it can continue to take me and my family further.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

First person I would like to thank is my father; he has always supported me and guided me through everything.

 

Second, I would like to thank Dave East for always being with me from day 1, showing us a way out, and supporting my dreams.

 

Last but not the least I want to thank my team for sticking with me through all the ups and downs, everything is appreciated, and I got y’all for life.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

When I’m recording it’s always a new experience. I like to think of my voice as an instrument, and every beat gets a different tune.

 

Touring is honestly one of the best parts of this whole thing. Being able to connect with new fans, and perform new music is amazing; you also get a check too.

 

When I write songs, I like to stick to a topic, the beat kind of talks to me and then I can come up with what I want to address, but sometimes I like to freestyle the songs and just let the words in my mind come out.

 

I am currently working on a LP titled “QueensBridge” where I’m giving you a little bit of all my styles I developed while being in QueensBridge.

 

I just came back from my third tour with Dave East and I must say it has built my fan base tremendously.

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Tell us that point in time that you feel like giving up your music career.

It was a time where my SoundCloud reached 250k plays, and then it was deleted because of copyright. At that point I wanted to give up because I worked so hard, but my team convinced me to make another one and now I’m back at 250k.

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Discuss your songwriting.

I play the beat in my headphones several times then I rap a couple lines, if I like it I keep it, then I keep building and adding more bars. Then I add a hook, followed by a double of the verse, and an adlib. After that the engineer gets to work.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

My favorite genre of music is Hip-Hop.

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Tell us the themes of most of your songs.

The themes of most of my songs are things going on in my life. I made a song called “This is Me” where I talk about the struggle I had with my mother as well as my dad.

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Discuss how you distribute your music.

I feel like as an independent artist I must pay attention to distribution. Right now I use Foundation Media to distribute my music; it’s a real great company.

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Discuss the registration of your songs with your Performing Rights Organization.

I have a BMI account for publishing, but I also have to get barcodes to attach to my music so it can be identified, then I log the info into my BMI.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

You can do shows, sell merchandise, sell your music online, and get a job.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

Well I went to Mercy College Music and I must say it was great, although I didn’t finish but I learned a lot in the two years and got to use their equipment to make songs. I feel if one can afford to do it and have the patience; go for it.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

I feel like it takes a certain vibe in the studio and just having fun. That’s how most of the hits are made.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is Piif Jones, “Piif” because I love to smoke weed, and Jones is really my last name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

My single is titled “G Code,” produced By Emajor, this is me giving you guidelines to the streets.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

My album is titled “QueensBridge” – I named it this because this is what defines me and it’s a new generation I want to tell that story.

 

 

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