Underground Experience feature 10/27/017


THIS MONTHS INTERVIEW IS UPDATE ON THE STATUS JOCO (JOHNSTON COUNTY NC) RESIDENT THAT WANTS TO BRING TO THE FORE HIS VISION TO BLEND DIFFERENT TYPES OF HIP-HOP LETS ROLL THROUGH THE COUNTRY WITH……………. FREEDOM INFINITE

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Mistajay: It has been almost 4yrs since we checked in on you so for people who didn’t see the last post what is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

Freedom Infinite: Well I Play By Own Rules and That’s Forever… So Freedom is Infinite.. I don’t limit myself at all.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

Freedom Infinite: I represent the 919, The Johnston County Region Of It, But I Set My Base In Raleigh, NC. The Hip-Hop Scene Is Kinda Divided, You have your traditional Hip-Hop and Then You Have Your Alternative Hip-Hop.. I’m trying to serve as a Segway to both sides of the game because I love both styles but I myself can only do so much.. But the shows are packed, The music is good and the Artists are very talented. Choice 92.1 FM plays Indy NC Artist Music and Gives them Interviews as well as WKNC 88.1, WXDU 88.7 and K97.5.

Mistajay: You say you were Inspired By Lupe Fiasco’s “Food and Liquor” album what are your influences of your music now? Have they changed? And what inspires you now?

Freedom Infinite: Lupe Still Influences Me A Lot, But I Have Been On that Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, Meek Mill, 6lack, Schoolboy Q Wave Lately.

Mistajay: You returned from New Mexico, The Selma, North Carolina Emcee known as Freedom Infinite has been on the move from putting together events in Raleigh, NC such as The Infinite Family Takeovers what did you learn being away from NC and how did the events come together?

Freedom Infinite: I learned how to be more Independent and Not To Be Afraid To Try New Things in Life, When I came back home we started doing our own events and having success with them with a different show format than others.. The Infinite Family wanted to do their own events so we found a venue we were all accustomed to and started doing them.

Mistajay: You linked up with North Carolina Super Producer Clientel Rockzwell to develop a new sound in Hip-Hop which resulted in an executive produced album by Rockzwell Entitled “Nerdz In The Hood.”  On you last project we interviewed you about, you talked about emphasizing of skill over image with the LP “Operation Chokehold” What do you feel is your growth for that project to this one?

Freedom Infinite: Nerdz In The Hood Is More Based On Showing People You Can Make Good Music on a Different Sound… Operation Chokehold was more about the skills over image, but this is more about the whole package.. skills, image, etc. The growth from OC to Nerdz was me starting to stop rapping for rappers and start making music for the people will buy my music, come to shows, cop merch etc…

Mistajay: The “Nerdz In The Hood.” Project has has so much success that’s the songs have been played in radio stations in NC such as Choice 92.1 FM, WKNC 88.1, WXDU 88.7 how do explain the success as well and how you contacted the stations to get airplay.

Freedom Infinite: Hard to explain

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2017? How do you see yourself fitting into
that? What are your future plans?

Freedom Infinite: I’m going to continue to expand my brand as an artist and as an entrepreneur, dabble in new/different sounds, wrapping a few projects up and push myself and my team to higher places.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Freedom Infinite: With all the new music and sounds coming out, we must understand it’s a new generation of hip hop. But we must also do our best to preserve the culture that raised us. Stay true to yourself and be original in anything you do. It may be times when you feel discouraged but you must never give up and continue to fight for what you believe in.

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

Freedom Infinite: Twitter: Freed0minfinite
Instagram: Freed0minfinite
Facebook: Freedom Infinite
Soundcloud: The Infinite Family

Or just Google Freedom Infinite

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Underground Experience feature 7/25/017


This months feature is an artist out of the Tarheel state that uses a lot of commercial influences to bring you his sound let’s slide out with…… MeistroxMuzic

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Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

MeistroxMuzic: Greenville.  It’s where I grew up. The scene around here has always been full of so much talent, but artists don’t take it as serious I feel, because this isn’t an avenue here already.  But they don’t understand that you have to sometimes make a way.  And ever since my experimental days of trying new sounds do beats, or ways of making music different, I’ve always had a passion for this.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

MeistroxMuzic: My Ep explains it all, “New Wave”
The type of music that I make is based on the type of feeling I’m having at that time. My music creativity is vast, from pop to r&b, and hip-hop, my style is very commercial but with a personal touch, where it appeals tombstone that listens.

Mistajay: What is your best song recorded to date and why?

MeistroxMuzic: Idk really.  I have some great records,  buy my favorite to date,  if I had to pick,  would have to be P.A.W.G. (PAWGirl). It’s super catchy. It’s produced by The Martians and Has a r&b/rap vibe for the summer and onward.  Also it’s a topic that I feel hasn’t been explored in this music game. But Its a close contender to Vibez and Press Rewind,  which are both off m

Mistajay: After college you, linked up with fellow longtime friends rap group Top Line you later met fellow artists Ock Cobain and SPK…If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

MeistroxMuzic: I am a big fan of Drake. He has a very emotional music presence,  so he would definitely be one. I also think that the chainsmokers are the wave for new school pop sounds, and Childish Gambino.  He’s just a very talented man and I think we could collaborate and make hits!

Mistajay: You have also performed at the Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, the Double Tree Hotel in Winston Salem, ECU Mendenhall, and various clubs and small venues in Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville and surrounding areas. Which one out all venues did you like the most which one do you think had the great feel for a performing artist?

MeistroxMuzic: Honestly, each one presented it’s problems being that artists here don’t necessarily work together as much,  but the Pourhouse Music Hall had such a great energy and mixed full of diff cultures of music. I enjoyed it!

Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

MeistroxMuzic: It’s key!  You need to know Your Business, because this industry can be shady.  Don’t let just anyone know your sources. Understand the negatives AND positives of 360 deals.  Don’t fall for anything. And please Get an entertainment lawyer.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2017? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

MeistroxMuzic: I see it expanding it’s horizon of ideas.  Pop and hip-hop collars are always relevant so I see more great ones.  I feel that I have the creativity and the talent to be relevant in today’s market. Im making a name for myself and my contacts list isn’t only just growing…its staying in contact with me as well,  and it’s exciting and humbling to see so many powerful people interested in me and my music.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

MeistroxMuzic: My Ep, “New Wave” is dropping on major streaming sites coming soon.  I am also working on my personal demos with a few key players in my corner.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

MeistroxMuzic: I wanna thank everyone that had supported me thus far. It’s been a great year already and many more to come. Go check out Vibez my new single off my ep @ SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/meistroxmuzic/meistroxmuzic-vibez-prod-meistroxmuzic

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

My soundcloud which is soundcloud.com/meistroxmuzic
I will be releasing some new music on there in the coming days. Also you can follow me on all socia media:
Twitter @meistroxmuzicvnv
Instagram @meistroxmuzicvnv
Snapchat @vapesnvibesinc
Facebook fanpage:Meistro Muzic

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Underground Experience feature 6/23/017


This months Feature is an artist from the garden state looking to blaze his own trail let’s check out…..King Jones

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

King Jones: a long story too for here….

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

King Jones: New Jersey

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

King Jones: Everything

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

King Jones: Unique

Mistajay: You started to catch a buzz with your mixtape “Rich Nigga Dreams” Hosted my dj bosschic then dropped “Going global” hosted by dj mellz. What is your best song recorded to date and why?

King Jones: December 18th on my birthday I dropped a 5 track ep called “The Leak” I would say ghost is my personal favorite out of the songs I released. Its the perfect song for in the car or turning up with friends with crazy energy!!

Mistajay: If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

King Jones: Meek Mill, Lil Wayne And Travis Scott . Lil Wayne because I have watched him perform all my life like that’s on my list of things before I die he is legendary. Meek Mill speaks that real talk to the streets and he from philly so it’s only right I don’t care about what numbers say I think he is the illest out right now. Travis Scott has some wild shows like the energy is crazy and I no we would put on one hell of a night for the fans.

Mistajay: You dropped the Intro “23″ as a music video and this is you’re your promoting at the moment what have the responses been like so far?

King Jones: Great!! You can find it on youtube, illroots and darkskins blog on the facebook page.

Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

King Jones: The business side is as important and making hits. Your going to have to invest to see a return and you won’t see a return if you don’t have your work properly taken care of so don’t rush to put music out save it for the perfect timing. Good Music Is Timeless!!

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

King Jones: Stay Working this year im dropping A Tragic Love Story And New Jersey Devil Full Projects and merch thats all im saying I got ALOT of surprises!!

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

King Jones: I would like to thank you guys for giving me the opportunity to talk to you guys and I hope to speak with you at the end of the year for a update!! I want to wish everyone blessings and success. thanks to all the supporters if you see me out say wassup!

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

King Jones: Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @kxngjxnes For All Music, Videos, Updates ect. CashGang Website Coming Soon!! Make Sure You Join My Live Chats And Say Wassup !

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Underground Experience feature 5/24/017


This months feature is an artist repping the Tarheel State lets check out Lexington’s own… DaiTrell

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your artist name?

DaiTrell: Well it’s a very unique name and it’s actually my real name. But one day I was trying to determine the meaning of my name, but of course since it’s not a common name; there weren’t any meanings online. So I broke it down, Dai (Day) and Trell (Trail) is a path, so I came up with the Path of Light. And that’s my mission through music and life, shedding some light into the world.



Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the music scene like there?

DaiTrell: I’m from small town Lexington, North Carolina, not too far from Fantasia Burrino’s hometown, High Point, NC. But most of the opportunities I’ve had have been in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC. The music scene is growing. There’s a lot of great talent and gifted people there.

Mistajay: You have many inspirations varying from Destiny’s Child to John Legend; Stevie Wonder; Michael Jackson (Jackson 5) What are your other influences of your music? And what else inspires you?


DaiTrell: Other musical influences would be Whitney Houston, Mary Mary, Pink, the Braxton sisters, India Arie and many others, I really pull from a lot of different places. In relation to songs that I’ve written it’s life and all of its experiences that inspires me. I always say being a singer/songwriter there’s this weird relationship that comes with it, you’re exposing and healing your wounds at the same time.



Mistajay: You began singing like the best of them on the church choir. You later became one of the Praise and Worship leaders at your church. How do you describe your style?

DaiTrell: I’ve always thought of my style being very versatile. I think my many inspirations help with that. I grew up listening to country music so I think I have that style of writing, I like telling a story through the song, vocally, there’s that r&b feel with a splash of soul and pop.


Mistajay: You began to sing more outside of the four walls that he was used to; and helped form a group called Unity. Unity had consisted of four (4) band members and they had written and recorded songs such as See You In Another Life, Can’t Go On, and Nobody Like Me. What is your best song recorded to date and why?

DaiTrell: Ahh, that changes over time, I like a different one of my songs each time I listen to them. It kinda depends on what mood I’m in and what I’m dealing with at the time. While working on my second album now sometimes I shock myself with a lot of the things I do, I’ll listen to the song after not hearing it for a while and catch myself off guard with certain harmonies or hidden notes.

Mistajay: You have performed at various venues, such as The Double Door Inn (Charlotte, NC), The Evening Muse (Charlotte, NC), The Scorpio Club and Bar (Charlotte, NC), LimeLight (Greensboro, NC) and NC A&T University (Greensboro, NC)  If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

DaiTrell: It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention my biggest inspiration, Destiny’s Child, gotta pull them together for a reunion lol I’d tour with them individually or collectively.  I’d also tour with Pink and India Arie. Of course there’s more but I love their live performances and energy. To me it’s like no other. Oh can’t forget Janet Jackson

Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

DaiTrell: It’s very important to me, especially as an independent artist. Even though I’d love to just focus on the singing part, being my own team right now, I have to make sure I’m getting back what I’m putting in, so you gotta make sure all your bases are covered.



Mistajay: Where do you see the music going in 2017? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

DaiTrell: Honestly, this year I’ve been really focused on trying to get things together on my end, while preparing to release a new single soon along with this new album, I’ve kinda just been in my own zone. Though when I have gotten a chance to hear some others music I can say that I like the direction that most artist have been taking the music and that’s back to a place where it has value and meaning and not just a hot beat.



Mistajay: What are your future plans?

DaiTrell: Well, recently I’ve stepped into a role of being a creative director. I’ve always written my own video treatment and songs so I’m stepping into a lane to do more for others. I just did a photoshoot not too long ago celebrating black excellence so along with my new album I see myself stepping more into those roles and even mentoring other artist who are looking for advice or help.



Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

DaiTrell: Just wanting to take the time to thank you for this great opportunity to be on your platform

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

DaiTrell: Well I’m corny and everything is under my name, I never take the time to come up with those creative usernames lol. So @DaiTrell on social outlets would be the best place to find me. As far as music, I’m on all major platforms from iTunes to google play and amazon and Spotify. Hopefully I’ll be crossing over to the pandora markets pretty soon.

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Underground Experience feature 4/21/017


This months feature is a producer who has created tracks for some of Real Hip-Hops lyrical heavy hitters lets roam through the Empire state with…….. Kidd called Quest

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your producer name?

Kidd called Quest: I use to go by the name Jay-Quest but had to switch it because, there was a few other dudes that was going by the same name. One of the guys was taking credit for the stuff I was doing and another dude was doing some bullshit. People was getting me mixed up with the other guys it was a real headache. I finally got fed up with the confusions and said thats it I’m changing my name. It was hard because a lot of people already knew me by the name quest so I had to keep that name so that’s when I decided to go by the name “KiDD Called Quest” I knew no one would try to use that name.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

Kidd called Quest: I from Rochester a city located in the upstate New York area. The music scene is just like everywhere else you go. You have the trend followers and the artist that just do them, This city is full of talented artist and producers.

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Kidd called Quest: My influences are Hi Tek, Premier, Rza, DITC ect… my list can go on for days. I get inspired by hearing good music and watching others do their thing and making moves and winning .

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Kidd called Quest: My style is sound gritty and some, say at times it is dark I just just do me. I was known for chopping up and flipping soul and rock samples,  I use  more 808s and other sounds now.  I changed up my sound  so it would  stand out and appeal to everyone. I do me and try not to sound like what the next person is already doing.

Mistajay: Along the path to becoming a successful producer, he has faced several challenges. Two of which was the losing of the original version of his debut album Put Your Headphones On and the loss on 1,000 instrumentals please let us in more on this story.

Kidd called Quest: not much to tell

Mistajay: You have produced for such notable young and legendary artists such as Curtis Williams (of Two-9), Emillio Rojas, and Big Shug from the Gang Star Foundation. What is your best song produced to date and why?

Kidd called Quest: Honestly I can’t say any track I produced is better or the best because every joint I do I make to fit perfect with the person I’m working with.

Mistajay: You have released his 3rd solo album, Put Your Head Phones On 2. The title of the album has a deeper meaning than most would anticipate can you break that down a bit further?

Kidd called Quest: The tittle is telling people to go check out music yourself instead of going off of other people opinions and thoughts about music. Because a lot of people are silly when it comes to expressing their thoughts and feeling about music. We are in a time period where people are expecting too much or don’t know what they want when it comes to music, and is quick to say something is awful when they only check about 30 seconds of a song before skipping to the next track. I say just listen to stuff on your own to see if it’s something you like or not.

Mistajay: If you could produce any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Kidd called Quest: tooo many to name….

Mistajay: Besides being an excellent producer, you are also a successful entrepreneur. He has sold over 5,000 instrumental CDs on his own showing that even in this era when most content is given away for free, people will still support the music that speaks to them. A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

Kidd called Quest: It’s very important just know that’s what’s going to keep you going when the time to do music full time comes.

Mistajay: You have a 5th fully self-produced compilation “SAMPLEHOLIC 2″. A collection of new, unreleased and throw back songs produced by the up in coming Rochester producer. This compilation has appearances from artist such as G.Fisher, Averx, Reks, Vice Souletric , Rapper Big Pooh, CRAIG G, PUMPKINHEAD and many more. What was  your inspiration for this album?

Kidd called Quest: I just wanted to put something out for the new listeners to back track and catch up on and my previous listeners to hear some new stuff. I this project was something I put together in like a week but it came out hot and the people who heard it appreciated it.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2017? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

Kidd called Quest: I really can’t can’t say but hopefully it be going into a great direction. I hope to continue to contribute good music and build up new fans and get closer to working with some legends and big names .

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Kidd called Quest: Continue to contribute good music and projects i have a few beat tapes i will be releasing soon.

Any last thoughts?

Kidd called Quest: Big S/O to @GFISHERMUSIK @EnterprizeGunna @D_DaveMuzik @DaPrettyGirl1st @IAmSoulTronik

@CurtLAISI @MidniteBeatz @DJSIGHT @Smoothfreshness @YaGirlGolden

@djchrisg585 and anyone i forgot S/O to you too.

Where can fans follow you and get your music?

Kidd called Quest:

https://twitter.com/KiddCalledQuest

http://kiddcalledquest.bandcamp.com

http://soundcloud.com/kidd-called-quest

IG @KiddCalledQuest

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Underground Experience feature 3/3/017


This months feature is artist is representing individuality and true creativity in hip-hop out of the constitution state so lets flow with…. Xtra Overdoze

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

Xtra Overdoze was birth after my greatest achievement and my greatest downfall.

After screwing up my chance of a lifetime attending actress Tarsha Smith’s Actors Workshop out in California to pursue a career in acting I went on a twisted path to self destruction. I’d just ended a 4 year relationship and at that point I was in a Just don’t give a fuck” state of Mind. Got deep into the weed and alcohol to Resorting to extacy this night Molly another. Started selling an assortment of illegal products and living life like it was my last. . . I’d killed off the person I was

. .And then there was Xtra Overdoze.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

Xtra Overdoze: I’m currently living in Connecticut, and the Hip Hop scene is nothing different from the next. Local talent trying to get that 1 in a million shot.

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Xtra Overdoze: A lot of the influence that inspires the many themes and concepts of my music come from you guys. The world and the universe as a whole. Thoughts, feelings, opinions, views, perceptions, experiences, the way of living all in one. I created a world of my own because I can’t stand the world I live in. That’s what influences my every move.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Xtra Overdoze: I describe what’s on my mind, Some call it a style. I don’t think in categories or factions. Style is not my style.

Mistajay: What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Xtra Overdoze: I really don’t have a best song but if I had to say, I’d have to say Celebrity Chick. Only because of the content and concept. I friggin love that song dude. Celebrity Chick is a spoof about the numerous sexual encounters with some of your favorite female celebrities So yeah check that one out though. Shouts to Joshua Penebre, Minds Eyes And JYNX for putting that together for me.

Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

Xtra Overdoze: Learning and knowing the business is very important. A lot of the time your right that ambition is more channeled into the art. And that’s cool and all just make sure you find time to study and do the proper research. I always say know at least 10% of anything no matter what it is you know but hey I dropped out in he 10th grade, who the hell am I.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2017? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

Xtra Overdoze: Down the toilet, (laughs) no let me stop. I had too a lot of my accomplices are serious hip hop heads. But no I think hip hop has definitely furthered itself in the sense of growth. Right now Hip hop is more appreciated by the world than ever before. You’ve got artist that literally aren’t saying shit like really nothing. But the world is enjoying it right now you know so screw it let them have their time. Every artist or group that made an impact in hip hop were once in this same predicament being told that what they do isn’t music and aren’t saying anything. So you ask yourself what’s really going on here. Me personally I’m moved by all music. I can listen to DMX this minute Marilyn

Manson the next Backstreet Boys later. It’s just music man.

I never try to fit into anything it’s all about sticking out so I just do me I don’t place myself in any category or genre. You can call it what you want I just make music for the world no specifics and that’s what places me aside from the rest, I rather it that way actually.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Xtra Overdoze: I’ve got a lot of different things in the works. I’m actually about to wrap up with recording my Album Helloween, which will be available this October 31st.

I actually have a couple of project dropping before that. A lot of different collaborations and of course more Grind Mode Cyphers. Shouts to all the AFFILIATES and the man Lingo. I am also writhing a movie script for Helloween and I’m looking for a Halloween 2018 release for that so it’s really crunch time. I’ve got more in the works that I don’t want to go into detail mainly because all the details aren’t there just as yet.

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

Well I’m all over the place just type in @soundsofxo for YouTube, SoundCloud, Instagram, Facebook etc. Check me out and thank you for the interview and thank you to everyone who have listened to my music and support my work and last but not least you people reading this blog interview.

Peace + Love, Overdoze Out

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Underground Experience feature 2/7/017


This months feature is a emcee from the city of Oaks who truly uses his real life to draw from……..let’s slide through the 919 with…..AJ The Menace.

aj the menace pic Underground Experience feature 2/7/017

Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

AJ Menace: The concept behind my name is from one of my favorite childhood movies Dennis the Menace. I always liked how he would destroy everything around him but people still seemed to like him so I just put my actual name AJ in front of the Menace.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

AJ Menace: I rep Raleigh, NC.  The hip hop scene here is pretty strong compared to other cities from what I have heard but I have kinda stepped away from going downtown to every single show because I would really like to focus on my biggest weakness which is internet marketing.

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

AJ Menace: I would say my influences would be alot of older based rap. Some would call it the golden era but even the times before that when simple short and sweet rhymes really ruled the hip hop community. What inspires me I think the most is when I think another rapper I know or even don’t know is progressing faster than me. The competition of rap really drives me. I goes periods where I won’t write for a month to three months but I’ll hear a new album or verse that really catches my attention and I will do whatever it takes to produce something better than what I recently heard.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

AJ Menace: My style I would describe as simple, reality rap. There are times I try to be technical and it might come out good but I feel the best and get a larger reaction when I keep it simple and plain.

Mistajay: You had a two years of my hiatus from the local music scene, realized you had endured and accomplished a lot. From having run-ins with the law, relationship breakups, graduating college, becoming a homeowner and simply getting caught up in every-day life, I realized I have been missing your true passion: music. Please go into more detail on how that has helped you and it’s effect on your music.


AJ Menace: Man I going thru all my experience I had during my two year break pretty much taught me how to keep my emotions in check, head down, and move towards my goals without hesitation. I will be the first to admit I stop myself from moving forward still but its not nearly as bad as it once was.  During the low point of my life I never really felt myself take a serious loss in life until i got arrested and broke up with my gf. After I took those two big L’s and finally caught a W with closing on my house I have become more driven than I ever have before.

Mistajay: What is your best song recorded to date and why?

AJ Menace: The best song I have ever recorded so far is “Ride” Produced by Agent Midi. That song is the first time I took a super confident stab at holding notes over a song and the first time I really tried to musically do something different and it worked out perfectly.  The Simple lyrics hit so hard to home and the beat is absolutely perfect especially the second verse breakdown.  When we added that breakdown I went to Agent Midi’s house and literally mouthed the most random beat and sounds trying to imitate exactly what he did on the record and it just made me so happy to see how far we have come that he can take my gibberish and make it a musical masterpiece.

Mistajay: From monthly sold out shows of 90+ attendees to curating week-long Hip Hop events and parties in the RDU area If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

AJ Menace: I would love to share a stage with The Roots because lets be honest they are one of Hip Hops most legendary and excellent bands.  I would love to go on tour with Dom Kennedy because he is honestly one of my favorite rappers.  I get alot of people comparing me to him but my rap style was developed before I became a huge fan of him so I try not to let it get to me. And lastly I would love to do a show with Bruno Mars because to me he is deff stepping in the Michael Jackson shoes and for some reason hip hop and african americans are not appreciating him the way we should be.

Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

AJ Menace: Man this is super important and something I still have not mastered myself, the last 6 months I have really taking the time out to figure it out where I am protecting myself but I can see why people slack on it because it can be really confusing.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2017? How do you see yourself fitting into

that?

AJ Menace: Honestly I have no idea where hip hop is going in 2017. I’m interested to see who out of the 2016 mumble rap class survives this year and what top artist of the new generation comes back with competitive projects and material.  I see myself diving deeper into my artistic ability with the project I will be dropping this year because artistic views are something in hip-hop will deff celebrate more and more which I love.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

AJ Menace: My future plans look bright I really would love to share some of them with you but the most I will say is stay tuned to my instagram this year because everything will be documented thru that social media platform.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

AJ Menace: If the people closest to you think you are going crazy with how serious you are handling your business I think you are doing something right. This is the first time people around me look at me with shock and surprise and I think that means I am doing something right finally.

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

AJ Menace: IG/Twitter/Soundcloud: TheMenace4Real

NEXT MONTHS INTERVIEW TBA!!!!

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