(New Exclusive Interview) Arizona Rapper Jrueh Talks About His Start

(New Exclusive Interview) Arizona Rapper Jrueh Talks About His Start
Arizona Rapper Jrueh
It took me awhile to find the right “sound” for myself. When I first began I was so focused on trying to be like or similar to a few artists already in the industry. My lyrics and concepts were still my own, still me, but voice and delivery wise I was back and forth between sounding hype like a Meek Mill or mono toned like a Drake. Finally I soul searched and found myself to the point where I was able to realize I have to sound like ME, voice and delivery has to be ME. So now I have my music sounding the way it needs to, unique and MY music.
That’s easily one of my favorites I have done and was one I vented deeply on  so I’m glad that’s the reaction that you received from it. Life here in AZ was a good one, I’ve had my share of struggles, hardships, but in the end I know I was able to live a blessed life. Both parents are two of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever met and have always supported myself and other siblings 110%, so that there is a blessing in itself. With that being said when I began doing this music I knew I had to work, worked hard my whole life especially when it’s came to something meaning as much as this does to me, so when they saw me taking this as serious as I am now they were more on board than they were in the beginning stages, but I’ve had their support through this whole journey.
 I’ve always been around music, growing up on road trips my dad would be bumping the oldies, we’d listen to Stevie Wonder on the way to games, or just drive around and listen to Pac, Biggie, LL,  the list is limitless honestly. So being around it just always made me know I wanted to have music in my life, wasn’t till around 17 that I knew I could actually be pretty good though. I’d sit in class writing 16’s with a chorus instead of the chemistry assignment, I’d freestyle at events with friends, then 18 came around, my plans altered and I was able to start recording some stuff, and here I am now slowly but surely making moves. The biggest reason I do music is because it’s the easiest way to express you and just “let it all out”. I hope to impact the industry positively with my sounds, just allowing people to enjoy life, to love it, to understand that the struggles going to be there but in the end life is still a beautiful thing. I have those songs talking about parties, and women, and smoking, and all of that, some would say certain topics are played out or sound mainstream but to me it’s my life, every song I try to tell a story, my music is my life through lyricism and head bobbin beats.
 Growing as a mixed child was a mission and at times then and even now as a young man still is. You get looked at as the only black kid in your classroom or those funny looks in public when walking with your white mother. It could be/can be rough at times but then again I don’t mind it, I was able to see both sides of society, the good the bad, the well put together neighborhoods or the ran down blocks, all of that and being mixed has allowed me to attain a better understanding of life in general and created a wiser mind. A pro to it with music is I’ll be able to speak to a diverse audience because in most cases I’ve been in their situation, a con, some will still see me as too dark for the white kids or too light for the black, nonetheless I’m doing me, making music any of us can enjoy, hopefully any race will respect that, see the music and not the color or mixed breed DNA.
Funk it All was another one of my favorites to have written and record. At the time I was going through a lot, some minor court issues from messing up as a young adult, to not seeing my pops in a while, to my mom stressing over bills, it’s all in that song. My main focus was to vent but more so to let people know, hey all of this is happening, all this nonsense is occurring in life, but at the end you’re still here, still moving. That to me is the key, we all will constantly be hit by tribulations but at the end you still are you, whether it’s this music for me, a sport for them, or the books for all the people on that education grind. You have to understand that struggle is a part of life, but we push through it, and keep doing us till we get what we’re setting out to achieve. The saying goes “Without struggle, there is no success” and that’s one of the many things I live by. The song helped me through a rough spot and others said it helped them as well so I guess we got something here.
No videos just yet, in the process of talking with a few people and getting my financial situation set up to fund myself but I have many ideas for them on various songs such as “To whom it May Concern” and a few older ones on my last mix. The videos will come though, in my eyes everything’s slowly falling into place, so I just have to keep pushing and make it happen.
Met Kareem and right away knew that this guy is all about business which is what I needed. Too many people in this industry aren’t straight forward and from the get go I saw him as legit. Our lunch was good, talked about what I need to do now, in the future and basically was coached up to understand this game better. He told me he’s a worker, that’s all he knows and I’m the same way so I look forward to keeping in contact with him as well as proving myself as a go getter.
My favorite three artists, Kendrick Lamar, he’s the truth. His movement is an inspiration proving you don’t have to speak on money and women and drugs to get in this game, from the beginning I’ve strived to speak the truth, my life through song and seeing him do it gave motivation, showed me real hip hop can still be created. Another would have to be J.Cole, again speaking on truths, and like me he is mixed. I like his storytelling, his concepts… Cole’s too nice in my book. No order on any of these but I’ll end it with LL, I remember just chillin with my pops bumpin Cool J and thinkin this dude is cooold, “Im Bad”  is probably the first track I ever really memorized fully, by age 6 or 7, pop had me on all of that original hip hop music.
Again nothing yet on the market but as I said everything is slowly being pieced together, I’m working behind the scenes basically because no ones really seeing the moves made but pretty soon it will all just flood out, literally. Shirts, Jerseys, Hats, CD’s, all coming soon, just bear with me.

Next 5 years, I’ll be 25..the goal’s to keep grinding it out these next two and blow up by 23, honestly. In my mind I’m ahead of all of these other “rappers” in due time my moment will be ran down because unlike everyone else I’m chasing my chances, moments, opportunities, dreams. Not waiting for them.

(New Exclusive Interview) Anna Taught You Talks Music and Video Production

(New Exclusive Interview) Anna Taught You Talks Music and Video Production
Anna Taught You Talks Music and Video Production
I had the change to interview Anna Taught You. She is one of the hottest female rappers within the Northeast region of the United States Of America. Trust me when I tell you that, this 20 year old girl is going to kill the rap game. The game has not seen anything like this at all. So grab a bag of M&M’s, a glass of water and a bag of popcorn. Because this is a read that you will have to read 3 times. Let the reading beginning !
I actually wasn’t in school for video production. I just took one video production class as an elective in high school because I have loved film since before I could remember. Ever since I was a baby I would be filming and taking photos of everything I could. I would bring my camcorder in the car and film the people and sceneries driving around Boston since before I was even in double digits. So far yea I have shot my videos, I haven’t had an official video for my single come out yet though, we are working on it and it’s going to be directed and produced professionally.
I think a lot of independent artists are coming out with really good quality videos, some that are directed and produced professionally and some are even done by the artist themselves. It’s amazing what you can do with just a camera and a computer. DJ Rhiannon, Lil Debbie, Brooke Candy all have cool videos, I was just talking about Brooke Candy’s videos the other day, they are so unique and she even just tweeted recently that she spent only 200 dollars on her video for Das Me. That’s pretty amazing and shows that if you get creative you can do just about anything, the video turned out dope too! The pros of being interested in video production and rapping is I can have a say in the production of the video and actually know what I am talking about, I feel like its easier to communicate with a team if you know a little background of what you are working on. I think its cool to have interest in all different creative fields, that’s why it feels better to be called an artist, not just a musician or a rapper.
I started out doing videos for others before I started rapping. As soon as I started doing more music for myself I kind of stopped filming and producing videos for others because I was so busy, I really want to start that up again. I edit all types of videos for people, but I enjoy music videos the most. I recently just got back Los Angeles where I met up with ChucBTheKid who did a song with me and will be going back there in December – January and we will be working on more music, including doing a video for our song we have together called I Run Shit. The hip hop scene is alright here, but I know if I want to make it really big I will need to continue figuring out my plans on moving to LA by next year.
HAHA! No, this was not a serious band. We started this when we were ten. it was me, my cousin and my best friend. We didn’t do any actual recording. We just wrote songs and performed them in front of our family singing into hairbrushes while jumping around trying to dance like TLC.
Anna Taught You Talks Music and Video Production: Part 2
I don’t really like being referred to as a “white rapper” because you wouldn’t refer to someone as a “black rapper” or a “Spanish rapper” I don’t know, I guess its not a big deal because Its who I am, I just never have liked titles or being boxed in. Also I always get compared to the same people on twitter and YouTube daily. Kreayshawn, Lil Debbie, and Kitty Pryde, so people always box the “white” rappers in together and compare them, which isn’t always a bad thing, I don’t get upset I’m being compared to other female rappers that are dope, its just more difficult to constantly be compared to other white artists. If anything people should compare me to artist because of flow or lyrics, not just color you know?
As far as pros go I think its just bring something different to the game. It is rare to see a white female rapper so it intrigues people and you will either love it or hate it. I have been told multiple times by other young white girls on twitter that I influence them to make music, so it’s a great feeling knowing that I’m having a slight difference on breaking down that barrier. My first ever white female artists that I looked up to was everyone in White Girl Mob, Kreayshawn, Lil Debbie, and VNasty. It’s funny because I actually got compared to Kreayshawn before I knew who she was. I was free styling in the backseat of a car and my friend’s boyfriend was like “Wow you are a mini Kreayshawn.” I was like “who’s that?” then she turned into someone I actually looked up to a lot. I looked up to them because they just didn’t give a fuck, they didn’t let color get in the way of doing what they wanted and that’s what I looked up to.
All my followers started coming after I made a video on YouTube for my high school video production class called “The trick to being skinny.” It’s a contradictory video but a lot of people didn’t underhand that, which I don’t get because its so obvious and in the description but it got 10,000 views in the first week. Most people loved it, but others despised it. I still get people fighting on the comments to that video al the time. Then I started making other videos like Shit Nicki Minaj says, Shit Kreayshawn Says, and other little movies, so it started slowly growing from there, but it really took off when I started rapping. I’m extremely interactive with my fans, I tweet back as many as I can and once in a while Ill got through my DMs and reply to as many as I can. It’s a great feeling to have the power to make people so happy by simply typing them a few words. If you have the ability to make people that happy by taking five seconds out of your day, why not right? I wouldn’t use the word customers because I have nothing for sale, they do always ask when I am going to be on iTunes so I’m sure they would be! I also get asked how much I charge for features a lot, I have never charged anyone for a feature and I’ve never had to pay for a feature. Even though I could use it, I’m really not about the money like that.
Its amazing being popular on twitter, but there are so many cons to it. I communicate as much as possibly but there are times where I cant reply to all my DMs and sometimes they get really mad, madder than you would think. Just today someone threatened to kill me because I never replied. Also, people like to hate on twitter a lot, the more success you have the more haters it drags in. I have had a good amount of troll accounts dedicated to me, its funny though because they never have much to say besides the fact that I’m white so I’m just like, okay tell me something I don’t know. I only have a personal Facebook not a music Facebook and I don’t accept anyone I don’t know on Facebook anymore so that’s just personal for me. I tell the same crazy fan story to everyone. I was driving to pick my friends Haylee and Jess up to go get frozen yogurt when a guy started chasing me in his car to catch up to my window, he was tailgating me so of course I started going faster to get away, I didn’t know what was going on. He kept driving insane to catch up to me, finally he made it up to my window because I got caught at a red light and he started screaming my name saying he knew me from online. Before I could even react, I got pulled over by a cop for driving recklessly. When the cop asked what happened and I told him I was being chased for being popular on the internet he looked at me like I was on drugs, then he asked for my license and of course, I didn’t have it on me.
I am working on my mix tape now called “Survived Being Criticized” we have about half the songs finished. About half of them are solo songs and about half will be collaborations with people like ChucBTheKid, Rebel, Riplez, JoJo, and possibly a few bigger names that I don’t want to mention until that’s set and stone.
I have actually never done a show before. I know that will be starting very soon though. The music scene is cool here but I still want to move to Los Angeles by next year, I have been traveling back and forth but I know its time to move there.
My goal is to influence others while bringing diversity into a field that can be very close-minded at times. I want to prove you don’t have to have a certain look to do what you have a passion for. I hope to spread positivity at the same time as being there for the people that feel like no one is.
I really don’t know where I see myself in 5 years; you never know what tomorrow could bring. As long as I’m successful in whatever I’m doing and I’m happy, that’s perfect.
Anna Taught You Talks Music and Video Production
Anna Taught You With Her favorite Rapper Kreayshawn
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Mav Of Sol Camp Go’s In On The Cigarillo Chronicles

Mav Of Sol Camp Go’s In On The Cigarillo Chronicles

Mav of Sol Camp

Guys this do is a monster when is comes to the bars. Arizona rapper Mav has put together a body of work that is very impressive. A piece of art that will last for a long time. This is what I like to call game changing music. Its really hard to get a nice body of work that you can really listen to and understand the pain, the happiness and the struggle. If you are looking for that type of music. This is your body of work.

A little bit about Mav is that he was Born and raised in Chicago. Moved to Arizona in 1999 and started making music then. Put out over 20 mixtapes the past 7 years. Got Az hip hop on MTV my Block. Over 40 songs played local radio. 9x freestyle battle champ on 98.3. Performed # 100s of shows with the games best from Pitbull, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa, Cypress Hill, Too Short, E40, Wu Tang Clan, Slick Rick, Bone Thugs and many more. So check out the project below and download it for free.

http://mavofsolcamp.bandcamp.com/album/the-cigarillo-chronicles

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Mav Of Sol Camp Go’s In On The Cigarillo Chronicles

White Gal Yardie Needs To Hang Herself For Cutting This Record!

White Gal Yardie Needs To Hang Herself For Cutting This Record!

White Girl Yardy

This is some serous fuckery. Its so serious that I can not stop cracking the fuck up. Now we all need entertainment in our life but this is just too much. White Gal Yardie is the reason hip hop is in the clouds right now. I would take Kreayshawn and V Nasty over this shit any day. Her new song “Every Black Man Wants To FucK Me” is some shit out of a horror film. The sad part is they are calling this shit hip hop music. Why is this not consider  pop music or some shit like that. White Gal Yardie looks like a chick that is street walking in Orlando out on Orange Blossom Trial. I feel like everyone should do what they want to do. But this song and video is what we like to call Ratchet and go old fashion fuckery. Miley Cyrus looks like an angel compared to this White Gal Yardie chick. Now I am going to let you see this video. Just so that you will understand how not to rap. Kids please do not ever let your Grandmom try this shit at home. Get yourself some popcorn, a glass of water and a bag of M&M’s. Cause here go’s White Gal Yardie and her fucked up ass single ”Every Black Man Wants To FucK Me”

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White Gal Yardie

Nick Norris Speaks about Arizona Hip Hop and Who are the Tastemakers

Nick Norris Speaks about Arizona Hip Hop and Who are the Tastemakers

Arizona Hip Hop

 

Well known Arizona Hip Hop blogger Nick Norris breaks down Arizona Hip Hop and who are the tastemakers in the state, along with giving some great tips that every Arizona Hip Hop Artist needs to know. This is a read that may change your career. So put on your glasses and get ready for a really good read!

1. Nick Norris you run three of the top 7 Arizona hip hop blogs. What are the three hip hop blogs, What are the pro’s and con’s of running three different Arizona hip hop blogs and how are these Arizona hip hop blogs the same and how are they different?

The 3 blogs I run are: http://NomadHipHop.com, http://AZHustle.com, and http://TheHipHopHouse.com. Here’s how they break down:

1) NomadHipHop.com – The Nomad site was originally created for my independent music label, Nomad Hip Hop. The original focus of the Nomad site was to promote our music, our shows, get bookings, etc. Basically, Nomad Hip Hop started as a typical band site, but it has become pretty much the most authoritative (locally focused) Arizona hip hop site.

2) AZHustle.com – We took a completely different approach with AZHustle. The objective with AZHustle was to help Arizona Hip Hop artists, to network with other artists and promoters. We went back-and-forth about what type of functionality the site should have, and agreed that allowing Arizona Hip Hop artists to share their music/videos was probably the best starting point. We’re still building the site out, and have yet to officially announce it as ‘live’, however, we have had several local artists sign up and start their profiles. The AZHustle site gets a lot of organic traffic, and sadly, it’s just not to the point where we can leverage any of the traffic yet. It’s getting there, we have one writer, Kate, who is going to start building new content soon. I can only assume that once we start pushing our content frequency, the site should do very well.

3) TheHipHopHouse.com – This site is an appendage to our live music series we throw at the Hidden House. We use it to write about some of the artists we book, give information about booking, and share music with the masses. I’ve literally had this site up for a couple months, and it’s also a “work-in-progress”. I don’t see the site ever becoming more than what it already is, a different way for artists to get involved in some REAL local Arizona Hip Hopshows.

As far as pros and cons, there are more cons than pros, unfortunately. Because of the amount of money, time, and energy I put into developing these Arizona Hip Hop sites, I don’t have a budget to hire a writing staff or moderators, so trying to convince people to work based on “sweat equity” doesn’t appeal to everyone, especially in the hip hop world. Needless to say, I’ve spread myself pretty thin creating a micro-network of sites, especially when you add-in all of our the social profiles that go along with each site… it can get pretty overwhelming.

The pros, I have an extensive background in web marketing, SEO, and social media – so when it comes to powering my way up competitive food chain (locally speaking), that was easy. Now I’m to the point where I can start developing a solid game plan to use my web authority to my advantage on a larger scale, and help other Arizona Hip Hop artists get some spotlight.

2. Nick Norris what are the pro’s and con’s of the Arizona hip hop scene in Phoenix and breakdown how powerful the media is here in regards to supporting local independent artist?

The pros – The talent pool in Phoenix right now (in my opinion) is better than it has ever been. Venues seem very eager to book Arizona hip hop shows. We have a bunch of show series all over the city (i.e. Blunt Club, Tha Underground Railroad, The Hip Hop House, WTFunk Fridays, Homegrown Emcees, etc.) – all of which are heavily supported by other artists and local music fans. I can’t forget to mention that our DJ scene is probably the best in the country, but I’m probably being biased.

The cons – There is still a lot of cross-genre segregation. There are probably 10 different THRIVING hip hop scenes around the city, but very little inter-mingling from one scene to another. Artists don’t network very well outside their scene’s bubble, and they don’t support each other the way artists do in other parts of the country. There tends to be a lot of delusional rappers who don’t want to work with other artists, simply because Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross told them “No New Friends”… What I’m trying to say is that a lot of these dudes are unoriginal, arrogant, and completely out of touch with the way things reallyare.

As far as local media support, this is growing exponentially as we speak. If you would have asked me a year ago, I would say that local hip hop has no local media support; however, now we have: Inner-City Magazine, Worst Case Radio, Rhyme and Reason Radio, Rap Broker, the Beat Locker, Live from Central Ave (and everything else associated with RadioSupa), and the list goes on-and-on. There are DJ’s like John Blaze who ONLY spin local hip hop at sports bars and strip clubs. I’ve also caught wind of a local television show that is in the works right now, but I don’t know if I’m allowed to say anything about that, so I’ll leave it at that. Keep your eyes peeled.

Also, JustUs from CTL has had his ASU Football remix of “AZUP” played on ESPN and a couple other major sports networks, and he’s 100% holding it down for AZ. He’s also the creator of Tha Underground Railroad, which I personally believe is the spark that this city needed to start unifying our hip hop scene. Big S/O to JustUs..

3. Nick Norris how powerful is the internet for the Arizona Hip Hop market  and do you feel that, the right people within the music industry come to Arizona a lot?

My view of the internet is going to be a little different than your run-of-the-mill artist. Like I said before, I’ve been marketing on the web for a long time, so my natural response is to say it’s critical to leverage all aspects of what the internet offers to budding artists.

I don’t think that most of these Arizona Hip Hop artists realize how powerful of a resource the internet can be. I mean, they all know how to spam people on Facebook and Twitter, but they haven’t even started to legitimately network online. I’ve been telling other local dudes about my search engine rankings for a long time, and no one really seems to care. They care more about how many Facebook likes they get.. I guess if they knew how many people contact me on a regular basis through my websites, they would probably be a little hungrier for a piece of the pie, but whatever, it’s their loss.

As far as industry people, from an artist standpoint, the best of the best come through Phoenix and Tempe all the time. They always have good shows here; we have a good grasp on our hip hop culture. As far as industry people responsible for introducing new music to the world, no one really comes out to Arizona (that I know of). It’s actually more of the opposite. It seems like the good artists who spend time touring and traveling outside of our city and state are doing it in a big way and getting recognized. I do think a shift is happening, and it’s a matter of time before Phoenix is officially respected as a hub of good hip hop.

4. Nick Norris what made you get into blogging and how long have your blogs be up and running?

I started blogging in the early 2ks… A few of my friends and I created a website called ‘Beater Magazine’ that did very well for a few years, I even made some money off of it during it’s hay day. It was basically a site where my homies and I would write political satire, and people would fall right into our trap. That site almost got me fired from my job, due to some ignorant racist comments that someone left on a post I wrote about ANWR back in 2008. Luckily my company’s General Counsel’s Office had a good sense of humor, and a strong grasp on reality. I didn’t even get a slap on the wrist.

My personal blog (http://nicknorris.net) has been up since (I think) 2006… I rebuilt it last year after I realized most of the content I posted on there was garbage and impacted my search engine rankings negatively. Now my personal blog is just my portfolio and freelance services offered. The Nomad blog has been up for about 2 years. AZHustle, is about a year old. The Hip Hop House, roughly 2 months young. I also manage several affiliate sites, but I don’t talk about those.

Arizona Hip Hop and Hip Hop Music Blogs

5. Nick Norris what do you feel about the Arizona hip hop scene and do you feel that their is a lot of togetherness like in the south?

When it comes down to Arizona Hip Hop Scene “togetherness” really depends on who you talk to. I can name 20 artists who network well, support other artists, and really showcase what local support means (when you’re a fellow artist). I try to network with other artists and promoters around town, not to compete, but to build. I know a bunch of dudes who feel the same way, so in “my hip hop scene”, there is a lot of great support and togetherness.

As far as the vast majority of Arizona Hip Hop emcees, we have a lot of them. Unfortunately these young dudes still have that mentality where they don’t want to work with other artists. It’s an ego thing, but I think they are really just scared of being criticized. If I had a dollar for every local dude who came up to me saying, “If you put me on, you won’t be sorry, I’m the next big thing, yada yada yada..”.. man, I’d have like $50..

6. Nick Norris in your eye’s. what is the proper way to submit a blog post to you for a posting and how would an Arizona Hip Hop artist or any other artist go about getting interviewed by you for more exposure?

Honestly, I’ve made it very easy. On http://nomadhiphop.com, there’s a contact form. Literally, I respond to EVERY legitimate email that comes through that site. On http://azhustle.com, artists can register on there and reach out to me personally.

The best way to get my attention is via Facebook. I always have Facebook open on my phone, and I’ve literally pulled off the freeway to respond to someone. If someone wants an interview, a spotlight, or anything that helps his or her music career, I’m down to help. The only thing I ask of anyone is to be completely honest about his or her hustle. People want to read honesty, especially in the hip hop world. It’s not every day you get to take a candid look at local artists.

Also, feel free to hit me up at a show. I’m always down to chop it up and talk about networking.

7. Nick Norris you do a lot of live shows here in Arizona. What are the pro’s and con’s a putting on live shows for Arizona Hip Hop artist to preform?

The pros – the talent pool is amazing, so anytime I can put a good local artist on, I’m happy. Depending on who is performing, we can pack a venue tight. The overhead is usually pretty low, so if there’s money to be made, I usually break even, so that’s not a bad thing.

The cons – 90% of local artists don’t bring people with them to shows, so some shows are a monetary loss. I’ve spent hundreds of my own dollars booking venues, brought through good talent, only to have 20 people walk through the door because none of the artists felt compelled to tell their networks where they were performing on that specific night.

8. Nick Norris who are some of your favorite artist within the Arizona Hip Hop Scene and who do you think has the best change of really taking Arizona Hip Hop to the next level as a state in hip hop?

My favorites (in no specific order) are: RoQ’y TyRaid, Realistic, Random (MegaRan), Bob Domestic, Mouse Powell, Prophetiko, Slogan, Puritan, Apollo, The Jokerr, Brad B, the entire TSOI camp, Pickster, Trapp House, CTL, J-Rob, Futuristic, Muggz Dynamite, Hannibal Leq, P Thoro, Fact135, Slop, Tricky T, Arza, Lifted, OTS, and I could list at least 15 more names who are amazing assets to the hip hop scene here. Even artist-artists like Robert Gentile and Dumper really help pull the ‘art’ side of the culture to the forefront and inspire the hell out of dudes like me.

As far as who is going to take it to the next level, I would say: Roq’y, Random, maybe Mouse Powell, possibly The Insects, Futuristic gets busy, J-Rob is on the rise, and Hannibal Leq is an all around powerhouse. Those dudes are all incredibly talented, and they have more hustle in their pinkies than most emcees have in their entire bodies. Some of them are already doing HUGE things like SXSW, Warped Tour, 30+ city tours, playing huge shows overseas, selling out big local venues, working with big names, etc.

9. Nick Norris in your eye’s who would be the taste makers within the Arizona Hip Hop market place?

This is a tough question. The way our scene is rifted makes it hard to assign a definitive tastemaker(s), simply because people are quick to deny any alliances. In my opinion, the people shaping our Arizona hip hop scene would be dudes like JustUs (with the TUR series), Dumper and his crew at Blunt Club, all of the UM (Universatile Music) dudes, John Blaze (because he is setting a standard for local club tracks a couple times a week), and of course all of the dudes getting their own radio shows.

I like to think that most of the people working together around town are collectively helping build the Arizona Hip Hop brand, whether they acknowledge it or not. I guess you could say the tastemakers are the people who are going out to shows constantly and supporting the artists they like.

10. Nick Norris what is your mission statement and where do you see your brand and career in the next 5 yrs?

I want to continue to help Arizona Hip Hop grow and mature on the big stage. I want to capture the journey of our artists and give those artists the ability to share their passion with the world, whether it’s through music, art, photography, dance, blogging, or whatever it is they do. Arizona Hip Hop will get recognition soon, I know it will happen, and I want to be a part of the group that works as the catalyst to get us there.

In the next five years, I hope to see the fruits of my labor start to bloom. Juggling everything (graphic design/Web company, indie label, live series, promotional endeavors, etc.) has proven to be a lot of work, requiring many long days and sleepless nights. Not to mention, I’m still making my own music and performing amidst all of this. In 5 years, I hope that everything that I have been working on reaches the next level of maturity. I admit, I don’t want to “break even” for the rest of my life. It would be nice to finally make some money from my investments in Arizona Hip Hop music.

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(New Exclusive Interview) Arizona Rapper Neglect Talks About His Music Career

Arizona Rapper Neglect Talks About His Music Career

 Arizona Rapper Neglect

Yesterday I had the opportunity to do a written interview with one of the most talented artist coming out of the Phoenix Arizona Valley. Arizona Rapper Neglect is on fire right now, just blazing the streets with his new video “Twat It Down” (If you have not heard or seen this video then click here right now)  this kid has been on every major hip hop website from Thisis50 to VladTV. So with that said, I had to get with him to shoot the shit for a bit. Trust me when I tell you, this is going to be a written interview to remember for a long time.

1.Arizona Rapper Neglect, you were born and raised in Arizona. Has living in the Valley helped or hurt your music career, in your eye’s what are the pro’s and con’s of being a rapper from Arizona and who are some of the people you have worked with, within the Arizona marketplace?

I actually was born and raised in California I moved out to Arizona about 4 years ago because my dad got a better job here. Living in the Valley definitely has its pros and cons especially the fact that the music scene here is not very big. I have worked with a lot of local artist such as Futuristic, LV  Sharp, Yellow and a lot more.
I believe I don’t look like Justin Bieber I feel I have my own look. My music is totally different then his music especially the fact I am not a singer but a rapper. I am very original and only going to grow as an artist throughout my career.
I started writing music around the age 13. Instead of doing my class work sometimes in middle school I would write verses or poetry usually when I was feeling a opinionated about something. I started rapping cause I just love the way it felt, I connected to it more then a lot of things I did. Music really hit me hard as a kid and made me the person I am today.
I have opened for many artist such as French Montana, Rick Rock, Baby Bash, Kid Ink, Problem, Joe Budden and many more. Its Definitely a great experience to perform with these artist I learn so much and gain a lot of knowledge to the point where I’m ready to headline shows of my own.
Yes I named the mix tape “November”
Because I feel that it is the birth of me and my career, just as I was born on November 7 1993. I want people to feel who I am and the sound I bring so music produced on the tape has no specific concept it’s a little if every style there is out there to do. It’s a very well rounded mix tape with features on it such as futuristic and LV Sharp. It’s defiantly going to be one of the biggest mix tapes of the year especially due to the fact that all music was created from scratch and very original.
The concept of the video was a brainstorm of a lot of people. I Definitely didn’t want it to be in a strip club or anything like that, I wanted it to be something different. I only see pros for doing a video like this it’s just something fun and I wanted something that was different to hear and see. I am Definitely not afraid to jump out the box,  it’s either people like it or not.
It feels really good to see my video being picked up by these major websites I am very thankful for that. With the help of Kareem Williams aka Lefty a rap artist who has helped me build a good connection with these websites and my manager Edwin Lobos who really knows how to market me very well.
CEO an Founder of Sin$ of Life entertainment Edwin Lobos reached out to me about a year ago in 2012 about starting a label and asked me if I would like to be apart of it and make our dreams and goals come true. Before I know it Sin$ has grown to become a very well know Independent label in Arizona. Me andEdwin Lobos have been together from the beginning of it all and he defiantly is a hard working person that is why he is my manager today. We definitely are a good team together.
As of right now i am the only signed artist to the label. It is a big team of a lot of smart and hard working people there is so many people with the team. The future goals for Sin$ from what I see is that it’s Definitely building it’s own path to success and there is a lot planned for the future people are just going to haft to wait and see !
I really have a lot of thing I do for hobbies, some if the main ones I do is dancing, skating, and drawing I love to learn new things everyday and become very good at those things. If you go to one of my shows I Definitely will show the fact I dance and give one of the best shows you have ever seen that is my promise.
Some major artist I would love to work

With is Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, B.O.B, Drake, Tyga, Kid Ink, Problem there is just so many. I do have plans to work with these artist and I am very excited to do so. Be ready for when I do because the music is going to be a new sound to the game.

Arizona Rapper Neglect

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