Underground Experience Feature 9/21/016


This months feature is an Illinoian resident looking to bring the back the consciousness back to hip-hop an return it to the back CNN let get a update from……….. Jerk Nowitzki:

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?
Jerk Nowitzki: Well back in 2001-2003 me and my friends were big fans of the Lox. They had a skit on their album We Are The Streets where they were making fun of Diddy with a character named J-Jerkin Ni**as, he was a slick talking label exec that tried to sign artists to shady deals. At the time I was a slick talking aggressive type dude and jokingly my friends made the comparison and started calling me Jerk, and it ended up sticking. Now I’ve tied in other meanings of my name with who I’ve become
as an artist but that is where the name started.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?
Jerk Nowitzki: I’m born & raised in the 309 aka P-town bka Peoria, Illinois; home of the great Richard Pryor. Peorias got a very active underground hip hop and rap scene. There’s not a whole lot of consistent active outlets for good live performances but things are growing as people
start to get more business minded and take things into there own hands. Peoria definitely has a seemingly endless supply of talented artists who make high quality music.

Mistajay: You  have been writing music since 2003 but didn’t get to start recording until 2008 due to a lengthy 4 1/2 year prison stay, please go into detail on how the affected your style and subject matter.
Jerk Nowitzki: It’s crazy, but it was actually a blessing in disguise when I apply it to myself as an artist because I spent the entire time writing song after song in different flows and cadences. I took time to study all the artists at the time who were considered great and tried to figure out what it is that made them great and how to incorporate that within my own style. So now, I consider myself to not necessarily have a set “style”, I just do what the beat tells me to do & deliver it in a way to where my voice sounds the best saying it.

What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?
Jerk Nowitzki: All types of music influence me as long as I can see/feel the realness in it. Rock, rap, country, reggae…they all have something you can tap into and incorporate into your own music to make it more universal and still make the music that you want to make. Life inspires me, knowing that my people come from kings & queens and greatness inspires me. I’m inspired by where I see us
going in the future as everyones awareness & knowledge of self starts to rise.

Mistajay: You stated you  channel artists, poets, & leaders from the past when you write music, their spirits have been around longer so they have a deeper understanding if that so is that how do you would describe your style?
Jerk Nowitzki: As my own awareness and knowledge of self rose, I had writers block for awhile & when I was able to write, I realized that I can now only say what I believe is progressive and right for the collective of society. I couldn’t write about or say things that I knew weren’t the right thing because now I fully knew better, and I’d now have to make the conscious decision to tell my people the wrong things and that just isn’t me anymore. I study artists, poets, & leaders from the past to try to get in the same state of mind that they were in when they created some of their best work.

Mistajay: With 2 moderately successful underground mixtapes “fall back or lay down” 2012 & “jerk city” 2014, and a few dozen other singles & collaborations, you are currently working with producer Jean Quest on your new project “A Conscious Killer” What is your best song recorded to date and why?
Jerk Nowitzki: I’m still currently recording my Conscious Killer Album/EP but we have some amazing joints recorded. 1 unreleased track that will definitely be on the project is “Just Like You” produced by Jean Quest and featuring Alternative/Folk Singer/songwriter Nikki Wilken. It’s going to be an impactful track & video touching on the subject of black on black crime. 1 already released track is License to Kill
an amazing collaboration with my Global Group label mate Passport Louis. It’s produced by Jean Quest and we shot an amazingly powerful video that received 100,000 views in 3 day on Facebook. The video is available on Facebook, Youtube, and www.jerkfrom309.com.

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?
Jerk Nowitzki: It would have to be J.Cole, Lupe Fiasco, & Nas. I feel like those 3 artists are coming from a real place. They speak and write from the heart and I think we have the same type of energy and outlook on what we’re trying to accomplish with our art.

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?
Jerk Nowitzki: As much as I hate it, this society is based on money, so even though I don’t care for money I know that its needed to a certain extent to get your message to the people and you’re gonna need it to keep your business going, so publishing and royalties are very important. Thats how most artists, especially in hip hop become controlled puppets, they sign away all or majority of their music income in exchange for endorsements that they have to walk a fine line or stick to an agenda to keep. Knowing you’re business is the key to longevity and staying true to who you are.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2017? How do you see yourself fitting into
that?
Jerk Nowitzki: I’m %100 behind bringing the essence of hip hop back to the forefront of the music industry. We as a people are drowning and although the rap game isn’t fully responsible; it’s not helping. Kids and easily influenced minds are going to mimic whatever you show them that success is. If it’s ignorance and coonery…they’ll indulge in ignorance and coonery if they believe it will make them a millionaire. We have to show them that strength and knowledge of self trump wealth and actually make
it easier to obtain it.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?
Jerk Nowitzki: I’m currently planning out the next 4 or 5 videos that I’m gonna drop going into 2017. I’m writing a couple tracks that will be featured in a documentary about NBA Champion Shaun Livingston & 4 other basketball stand-outs from Peoria. Planning shows, writing new music…the basic grid of an artist.

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Underground Experience Feature 8/22/016


This Months feature is an artist from the BullCity that blends hip hop and reggae an stands up for true lyricism lets mash it up with……… cayennethelionking

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

CAYENNE THE LION KING: Created my name from the spice cayenne pepper because anything it touches it inhances, a Lion because of it’s Heart and a King to represent Royality.

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

CAYENNE THE LION KING: I’m repping Durham (Bull City) North Carolina. The hip hop scence is really dope. We have a lot of artist and producers that works together on shows and song collaborations. We are also getting a lot of national noteriety from artist Like 9th Wonder, J Cole, Rhapsody, J Gunns, etc…

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

CAYENNE THE LION KING: Life in general influences my music. From the simple shapes of clouds in the sky to the distance sound of people vibing up the street. My family, fans, response to my music and different beat instrumentals from producers inspires me.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

CAYENNE THE LION KING: Eclectic, Raw, Spontaneous, Reggae and Hip Hop

Mistajay: As part of the group “Da Phunke Bushmen” you penned your first reggae single titled “Spoonful of youth” What is your best song recorded to date and why?

CAYENNE THE LION KING: My best song to date is “Ding Ding Ding” because it has begun to create a frenzy at shows creating new fans.

Mistajay: You have opened for Madlion,KRSONE, De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest and a host of others… If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

CAYENNE THE LION KING: De La Soul. The reason why is simple. They haven’t been on the road in a while, so I think they will be having fun in a lot of cities with thousands of fans that want to see them on tour.

Mistajay: What’s the venue you have most enjoyed performing at?

CAYENNE THE LION KING: I actually have two. Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill North Carolina and The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mistajay: How has being a promoter as well as an artist helped you have a different perspective on the game?

CAYENNE THE LION KING: From being a promoter, it helps me know how and what most venues think. It also keeps me humble when it comes to getting booked and the money aspect. I know how to negotiate my pricing for different venues and shows.

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?

CAYENNE THE LION KING: Very much important, that’s how you receive payment as an artist. Also, you will have the proper knowledge to read booking and record label contracts.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2016? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

CAYENNE THE LION KING: I see it slowly getting back to the lyricism and substance. I fit because I’m a true emcee, a lyricist and pioneer of our hip hop culture.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

CAYENNE THE LION KING: My future plans are to continue making good music and producing others.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

CAYENNE THE LION KING: I’m currently on my Run Di Road 2016 Tour approaching another 100 shows this year. I’m also currently working on 8 more albums, videos and documentary.

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

CAYENNE THE LION KING: Buy music: Cd baby - Itunes - Spotify - Amazon - Google Play

Follow: facebook.com/cayennemusic

instagram.com/cayennethelionking

twitter.com/cayennemusic

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Underground Experience Feature 7/26/016


This months feature is a Fayettenam artist who is building his own brand behind the scenes………. let’s ride through the ville with Stranga The Great

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

Stranga The Great: I came up with the name in middle school. Originally, it was Red Eyed Stranger. I use to always get red eyes when I was mad and the stranger part just represented that I was always a bit different from the other kids in my demographic. Years later the Red Eyed got dropped and people just started calling me Stranga The Great after seeing me win so many freestyle battles.

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

Stranga The Great: I’m currently located in Fayetteville, NC but I have been removed from the scene as an artist. I’ve been doing work behind the scenes as a consultant with some of the other artists who came after me. The scene here is always changing so it’s hard to gauge what’s really going on. It’s some talent out here and it’s some hard workers here but the city really doesn’t have a big voice outside of J.Cole.

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

Stranga The Great: Coming up early on I was heavily influenced by Wu-Tang, Busta Rhymes, D.I.T.C, Ras Kass and a few others. I used to be motivated and inspired by having people get excited by the way I use words. I have been blessed to have some good years as an independent artist.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style? My style has always been lyrical before anything.

Stranga The Great: I pride myself in being able to be versatile and have the ability to adapt to any type of sound. I’m a strong mix of boom bap and mainstream. I once was very underground with the dark flows and grungy beats but I think I have done everything flow wise.

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

Stranga The Great: I don’t know what my best song is but I have a few favorites. One of my favorite songs would probably be “The Highway” which came out around 2008. The song is a metaphor for not having a lane when it comes to hip hop. I use the Highway to describe how I can do anything lyrically which allows me to ride anywhere on the road while everyone else is stuck in a traffic jam. The producer of that track Roadsart ended up becoming one of Raekwon’s producers and is the lead engineer at IceWater studios.

Mistajay: You have worked with and been on projects with artists and producers from over 5 countries including Craig G from the Juice Crew, Fredro Starr of Onyx, The Wisemen, Pop The Brown Hornet, Chi King an many others… If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Stranga The Great: First of I would love to go on a world tour with The Roots. I love live instrumentation and I also think that me and Black Thought would be dope on stage together lyrically. So The Roots would be my band and I would ask Jill Scott and Pharoahe Monch to complete the tour and we would shut shit down worldwide.

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?

Stranga The Great: The business side of the game is the most important part. We spend a lot of time arguing about how some of these new artist can make it and not be that talented but honestly it’s the business that allowed them to make it. Since I have been doing work as a consultant or helping artist with media work I have absorbed so much and it’s so many different ways to earn a living off of your music. I wish I had have new what I know now 15 years ago.

Mistajay: What have you learned with your brand Team Greatness Productions which promotes Urban Models online, and schedules and assists with interviews, publicity and booking that has helped you as an artist?

Stranga The Great: I learned how to network and how to put yourself in a position to create exposure without having a household name. Most of it came from networking with DJ’s and Club Promoters. I never got big enough where I was getting a lot of booking demands that paid that well but I learned to work out something with the promoters and have them either give me money for the amount of people I brought into a venue or by just selling tickets. After doing that a couple times I realized that I could set up my own shows or venues by just attaching my brand with other peoples and we could eat together.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2016? How do you see yourself fitting into

that?

Stranga The Great: I admit I’m not a fan of hip hop currently. I listen to more soul music and 90’s R&B then anything but when I do listen to hip hop it’s probably extremely underground. I don’t really know where I fit in with what’s going on but I do know that since I know enough about the independent business that I can put something together and create some revenue for myself. The key to the new game right now is music licensing and streaming revenue. I’ve been retired for a little over 2 years but everybody keeps trying to get me to come back so when I do I will definitely exploit the knowledge of streaming and publishing I’ve have picked up.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Stranga The Great: Right now I’m knee deep into investing in commercial real estate and looking into Commercial Trucking.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Stranga The Great: I would like to say thanks for having me share my experience and interviewing me and look forward to possibly getting my feet back in the building. It might be time to show these young boys that old niggas still got the juice.

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

Stranga The Great: I have music on most of the major retail platforms but you can buy directly from my site Strangathegreat.net or just look me up on amazon or itunes.

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Underground Experience Feature 6/27/016


This Months Feature is a two up two down resident with inspiration that comes from every where so lets slide thru the VA with……. Bonni3

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

Bonni3:My first ever rap name was given to me by an ex…”Gatsby” so of course I didn’t keep it. I renamed myself Bonni3 because of how close me and my music partner Joe rode with the whole music operation: Because of how trill I am and how loyal I am I knew Bonni3 would suite me perfectly.

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

Bonni3:Im reppin Virginia. I lived in almost every city in Northern Virginia including Tysons corner, Alexandria, Lorton and more. The scene for music is popular out there. There are a lot of artists from Maryland, DC, and VA because all those states are a whole if you are from either of those states. We have a lot of dope artist out there such as Young Moe, Will the rapper, Boo Gotti, 2 Hectic and way more. Music is everywhere here.

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

Bonni3:Really anything can inspire me. Somedays my mood just inspires me at any moment in the day to write,but a lot of times I freestyle. I don’t like sitting and writing to a beat. I have to vibe to the track and just spit of the top.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Bonni3:My style is different, A lot of autotune artists like lil dirk, tpain, dej loaf all stay in autotune from hooks to verses. I mix both my regular voice and autotune. I can do anything from trap songs to R&B songs. I would say overall my style is very versatile.

Mistajay: Your Latest projects an EP dropping this spring- early summer featuring many artists (Young Ratchet) a feature on Facts Baby album (Philly artist) a Video to “I know” with Jnothegod in New York What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Bonni3: My best song recorded would have to be ” Wake Up” it seems to be my most popular track and it was actually my first track ever recorded. It was produced by Riff Double O (credits VH1, Gap, Discovery channel and more) and featured FEA. We always had good collaborations. That track is just smooth.

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?

Bonni3:Drake : his energy level is why I would really want to perform with him. I get pretty hype when i perform. I have to engage with the crowd.

- Nicki Minaj: she has always been one of my favorite female artists. When She first came out all I did was listen to her mixtapes on livemixtapes. I feel like we have similar personalities so we would just enjoy performing would just be fun.

- J Cole: He is just a phenomenal artist who truly is passionate about his music, the amount of soul he puts into his music is beautiful. I would love to perform with him. I feel like we would vibe well.

Mistajay: You have CD distribution in the midwest and Southwest in 36 record stores for the “Wake Up” date for album drop changed to May 1st. How do you feel that is helping or will help your visibility and how was the deal put together?

Bonni3:I promote my music everyday very hard. Music is literally my 9-5 job. Jesse Value saw me promoting my tracks and took a listen and fell in love with my style appearance wise and with my music. ” Wake Up” was the track chosen. That track is just a song for everybody. Its smooth and has that R&B feel to it, but when Fea’s verse drops it ends the song off well. That song was written a year and a half ago and is doing numbers now. Jesse let me know he was doing a compilation album for the best Indie artist out and wanted me to be part of the project. So of course I agreed to be a part of the album called ” Intent 2 Deliver”.

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?

Bonni3: Very important. Sometimes to the point that I get disrespected by artist that want to work with me. If you are seeking a career in music you have to charge for your craft. If you don’t value your work who else will? I am a registered artist via BMI. In this industry it is 10% talent 90% business for sure. So any projects I do I make sure I am making my money from them. Royalties are very important. artists who keep using free youtube beats will not go anywhere because you legally can’t make any money off of those beats and I see a lot of that.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2016? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

Bonni3:The game has definitely changed.I think its still gonna be like 2015 style. I fit in pretty well. My style compliments the times for sure. My name is finally getting out this year. I plan to do XXL this year and get my first single shot for heavy PR. So this year I will be hitting the ground running.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Bonni3: My future plans are to expand my entrepreneur business and get my music known. I never wanted to be famous, but if it happens it happens. I see me getting very well established in the industry mainly because I am really on my business with what I do and thats what it takes.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Bonni3: Advice for artists: days I felt like quitting I never did I used it as fuel and my career is going nowhere but up right now. You will struggle, but keep pursuing what you love. The only reason you can’t do something is because you chose not to! I have an EP dropping soon called ” Young Ratchet” on all distribution sites follow me and stay up to date with my projects.

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

Bonni3: please follow me on Instagram @_officialbonni3_

Twitter: @officialbonni3 and Facebook fan page is @Bonni3

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Underground Experience Feature 5/26/016


This months feature is a International DJ with special performance flair…. lets watch the spinning of the 1’s  and 2’s with Deejayirie

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

Deejayirie: My actual name is Irie. It’s a Brazilian Indian name and it means white star. A lot of people think it’s a chosen name referring to the Jamaican term Irie (which means something like being in peace with your current start of being). Although I don’t use the name for that reason, I feel it does suit me well, since I’m very much in peace with who I am and what I do. Some (mostly Americans) give me a hard time because they think I stole the name from Miami heat’s DJ Irie. I even get emails saying I’m wack and a biter for stealing his name. Those people fail to realize that I’ve been using this name since 1993. There was no internet back then, so it was nearly impossible to check if the name was already taken. Besides that it’s my real name, so if anyone should change their name it should be DJ Irie. But I don’t sweat it. I did add Deejay in front, instead of DJ, since most social media names were already taken by the gentleman out of Miami.

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

Deejayirie: I’m born in São Paulo, Brazil. But I grew up in Holland, Europe. For the past decade I’ve been living in the city of Groningen (G-town, Ghosttown, G-City Titty Committee where the girls are always pretty). The scene out here is good. Lately we’ve been having a lot of Funk, Breaks and Groove parties. There’s a strong vinyl collecting scene over here. In terms of Hip Hop we got a few artists that’s been blowing up nationally and internationally (like

Dope DOD). We have a strong beat society here. Way more great producers than MC’s.

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

Deejayirie: I grew up listening to my Mom’s music. Since she grew up in the UK we listened to mostly The Beatles, Stones, 60’s music overall. I’ve always been fascinated by the live album of Supertramp. That album is one of the reason’s I started to play piano. I’ve been a fan of Hip Hop since the early 90’s. Public Enemy, Ice-T, NWA. Later I became a huge fan of Gang Starr, Tim Dog, KRS One. All east coast. In my block nobody listened to westcoast stuff. We used to be very strict about that. I can be inspired by a lot of things. Sometimes it’s a DJ set I see live or online. When I hear a fresh song I get inspired to create music. But movies or documentaries also could inspire me. Last couple of years I’ve been really inspired by the LA beat scene. Artists like Mono/Poly, Mr Carmack, G Jones. It fascinates me the way they can create such huge sounds with synths and still keep it funky. It’s like next level Hip Hop beats to me.

Mistajay: You describe your style as ‘eclectic’, mashing and mixing hip hop, reggae, funk,

soul, rock, breaks and bass what brought you to this evolution of sounds?

Deejayirie: When I started to do DJ Battles I more or less neglected the whole world (including music) and just studied DJ Battle VHS and DVD’s. I had a bunch of battle records and all I did was practice and watch other DJ’s. After my battle career I slowly started to get back into music, making my first mixtapes. First it was strictly Hip- Hop. Later on I started to figure out where all the samples came from and I began collecting and digging for breaks. I’m not a deep crate digger like some people out there. I do think it’s dope to have the essential breaks like Funky Drummer, Big Beat, Funky president. When Serato came out I jumped right into it. It gave me the

opportunity to mix all styles and genres. Could be really old stuff, brand new innovative beats, and foreign music. There are really no boundaries now. If it’s funky and it gets the crowd going, I will play it.

Mistajay: You Released Sample Chain Found Vol.1 – 2, The Other Side Of Valentine, Hectic Eclectic, Vol.1 - 2 - 3 & Reggae & Dubstep Mix What is your best project recorded to date and why?

Deejayirie: I think both Hectic Eclectic 1 and Sample Chain Found 1. For Hectic Eclectic I used all vinyl. The mix was made with mp3’s but then I decided it would be cool to go dig for all the records and redo the mix. So my wife and me went to San Francisco and LA to visit all the beautiful record shops there and I managed to get all the records I wanted. Sample Chain Found was an idea I had for a few years before I started recording it. In my mind it was growing into enormous proportions and it seemed like so much work to put it together. And it really was a lot of work. So I’m extra happy about that one, because I found the courage and energy to pull it off.

Mistajay: You shared the stage opening for and performing with, acts like Mixmaster Mike, Gaslamp Killer, KRS One, Jeru Da Damaja, Black Milk, Q-Bert, DJ Fly and Odyssee. If you could share the stage with any other 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Deejayirie: I would love to create a show with DJ Woody (UK). He’s by far the most innovative DJ in the industry and I think I could learn a lot from working with him. Would love to share the stage with Jurassic 5. They got the best Hip Hop show out there. And I think I would have a blast performing with the Dap Kings. They really got that dirty raw 70’s funk sound.

Mistajay: Performing you are involved in producing musical and visual content for Ish’ theatre shows. You successfully adopted video scratching in his mix around 2008 Please explain the effect on the audience and What is the feeling you got pulling everything together?

Deejayirie: I get plenty of feedback from the audience after shows. A lot of them tell me they have never seen anything like it before, and I think that’s great! One other thing people tell me is they get nostalgic because of the footage I use. It might bring them back great memories. What they also tell me is that they feel it’s easier to understand DJ’ing (and turntablism) because of the direct translation and correlation between audio and video.

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?

Deejayirie: I guess you have to start off with ambition. As an artist you just want to create and I get that. I’ve been like that for many years myself. But the last couple of years I’ve been way more involved in the business side. Getting to network, getting your online profile right. But I still keep it 100%. If I don’t get along with you, or I don’t support your product/brand I’m not doing business with you, no matter what.I never released any official music so the publishing and royalties story doesn’t really apply to my work.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop/music going in 2016? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

Deejayirie: The, what I call, pop Hip Hop is getting pretty bad. Wack beats, terrible rhymes, stupid topics. I feel bad for the kids nowadays. But on the positive side we got artists like Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson

that are killing it. I’m not sure where it’s gonna go, but overall the signs are good. I see a lot of youngster doing research and wanting to hear some classic Hip Hop. They’re re-inventing the 90’s sound, putting their own twist to it and that’s great. What I specially love about Hip Hop in 2016 is that it’s global. It open up tours for doing shows all around the world.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Deejayirie: Last couple of years I’ve been taking my productions way more serious than before. Really taking my time to figure out how to create certain styles of music. I’m taking in consideration the fact that producers are getting DJ gigs based on their productions skills and not their DJ skills. So the plan is to release my own music. It might bean album, singles or maybe some remixes. Once I have enough music I want to create an audio-visual show

thatgoes with it. There are plans of doing several international tours, but I don’t want to jinx it, so I leave it at that.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Deejayirie: Live it short, don’t waist your time on bullshit.

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

Deejayirie: You can follow go to my website www.deejayirie.com. There you will find all the links to social media. You can get all my mixtapes and radiomixes on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/deejay-irie), Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/deejay-irie/ and iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/podcast/deejayirie/

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Underground Experience Feature 4/29/016


THIS MONTHS FEATURE IS AN EMCEE THAT HAS TOURED AROUND THE WORLD AND REPS REAL HIP-HOP AND QUEENS EVERYWHERE HE GOES LET’S ZONE OUT WITH…………SEAN STRANGE

sean strange Underground Experience Feature 4/29/016

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

SEAN STRANGE: The story behind my name is pretty simple. Years back when I first started writing and producing, A friend gave me the name “Doctor Strange”. Later on down the line I saw other artists using that name and it didn’t sit right with me. Plus I wanted my name to reflect me personally. So I kept the “Strange” in the name and replaced “Doctor” with my real name “Sean”. Sometimes I will call myself “Sean Michael” as an alias which is my first and middle name together.

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

SEAN STRANGE: I am from Queens, New York. These days I honestly can not tell you what the scene is like in Queens. But I can tell you that there are many people residing in Queens & all over New York that make music and are on the grind. That never changes. But I spent many years in the New York scene on the come up. I have performed at hundreds of clubs, venues and festivals in New York over the years. But I also in the last few years focused on covering other ground outside of NYC like: Europe, Canada and the rest of the USA. I do still go hard as I can on New York radio stations like Shade 45 & the college circuit.



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

SEAN STRANGE: I think the number one inspiration for me is life and experience. I use that as my number one driving force to create and work hard. The thought of not having or not pushing hypes me up and pushes me to earn. And create something with real substance & family. As far as the musical inspiration I am inspired by so many artists from so many genres. My playlist’s are filled with everything from: Jay Z to Portishead to Van Morrison to The Roots to Eminem to Gil Scott Heron. I love all types of music. Also something that has inspired me since a child is the Rocky films and scores from them. when I am working on a new album or project, Sometimes I will watch the whole Rocky saga in constant rotation in the background while I write. It sounds crazy but it pushes me to be great. . .

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

SEAN STRANGE: If I had to pick one word that describes my style I would say “Honest”. I wouldn’t even sit here and give some crazy definition of my style. I say what’s on my mind, I am who I am and I take the craft and art of being an emcee and producer extremely serious. And I have nothing in common with those who don’t.

Mistajay: In 2010 you released your debut solo album “Street Urchin” to critical acclaim & In 2013 you released a full length album with hip hop legend and pioneer PMD of the world famous rap group EPMD titled “Welcome To The Goondox” and made time to release two free album releases in 2012 and 2014 titled “Truth Serum” and “Subliminal Facebook Comments” What is your best song/project recorded to date and why?

SEAN STRANGE: It would be very hard for me to pick a best project or song. I think each one is special in it’s own way and shows a different side of what I can do. The other projects were solo so they were different from “Goondox” And in the case of that is was a group with PMD & Snowgoons and I enjoyed it cause we all adjusted to each other styles in some way. I really navigated that album from start to finish. Something I am proud of. I put the 2 others out for Free to thank the fans for supporting the store releases and to also create more buzz around my name and fans.

Mistajay: You have recently been on tour with Chris Rivers how has the tour been received? If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

SEAN STRANGE: The tour was a success and next we head to Canada in June for 15 shows and then will follow up with another Europe tour in the Fall. As for the second half of the question, I have opened up and actually shared sets with many legends and artists I grew up listening too like: Nas, Wu Tang Clan, D12, The Roots, Redman, Onyx & More. I actually during the Goondox times was asked to join the Hit Squad Reunion with EPMD, Redman, Das Efx, K Solo, Dj Scratch & Keith Murray as part of the crew set at Rock The Bells and other states as well in 2012/2013 and it was an honor.

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?

SEAN STRANGE: Learning the business, what to do and not do is essential. I have been learning since day one and even took college courses in music theory, music business, independent record production and more. Plus I step by step taught myself to book tour all over the world, obtain my own distribution deal, radio placement and to run an independent company. Every situation presents a new lesson. Even with the knowledge things can get tricky when it comes to collecting royalties but if you stay alert and on track you can protect yourself.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2016? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

SEAN STRANGE: Honestly, I don’t even care anymore. This year is strictly bout having my label step up one or two levels above where we are now. I am dropping a brand new album this year, Something my fans will go crazy over and many other treats. In Hip Hop of this generation, Nothing surprises me. There is no boundaries, So I just focus on mine.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

SEAN STRANGE: I have many great things coming this year. Big features, New album, Another world tour and much more. Stay Tuned. The next project up is the label Compilation titled “Everything Is Nah Bro”

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

SEAN STRANGE: Thanks to everyone reading this and thanks to underground experience. If yall want further information check me out on Facebook

www.facebook.com/seanstrangemusic

And on You Tube.

Search: Sean Strange

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R.I.P. PRINCE


prince R.I.P. PRINCE

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop.

His influence is undeniable and in his final days he lived his life doing what he loved many of us wish we could do that……..Mistajay

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Underground Experience Feature 3/31/016


THIS MONTHS FEATURE IS A FAYETTENAM ARTIST TRYING TO HELP SOLIDIFY THE SCENE LET’S SLIDE THROUGH THE 26 WITH………PRADA LOUI

prada loui Underground Experience Feature 3/31/016

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

Prada Loui: Prada Loui when I first started rapping I was calling myself PA but the people in the streets was calling me Prada and it stuck with me. Then Loui just came in as my alter ego Lol.

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

Prada Loui: Coming out of the Carolinas North to be exact Fayettnam 26 annneeet. As far as hip hop scene here it’s a lot of talent we got J Cole, Rain, Sweepstakes, Little Dirty Black, Shout out to QDH da Kid number one producer in my eyes, but it’s so much talented people in the city to name. People need to learn to support your local artist so we all can be heard. So as far as the hip hop scene you see we got it on lock here.

Mistajay: You say that Music has always been your passion every since you can remember and UGK. Also Tupac, Three Six Mafia, Biggie, Master P are your influences in music. What about them inspires you?

Prada Loui: Pimp C is just my favorite artist to start off. But it’s more than just them rapping about guns and drugs it’s like they are taking the street life and putting in the music where the people can relate to. They showed me it’s more than just rapping about guns drugs and hoes. It’s a art of life from the streets to the pad.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Prada Loui: My style is unorthodox because I don’t limit myself to one style I’m a Jack of all Trades.

Mistajay: Your First Single: All I Talk your Second Single: No Love and you have a Mixtape on the way Jack of All Trades and Hustle Boyz What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Prada Loui: Never turn your Back because it’s a true meaning behind it and Postal because it’s a club banger that the ladies are going to love.

Mistajay: You are member of Trauma Unit/ Gunz Fam. If you could share the stage with any other 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Prada Loui: Master P because he is a all time great. Fab because he a punch line King. Outkast because they are unorthodox.

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?

Prada Loui: My experience in the game I done seen a lot artist that’s very talented that’s has been jerked and people eating off them while they starve.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2016? How do you see yourself fitting into

that?

Prada Loui: If I can have anything to do with it hip hop will get back to its roots. I hope people don’t get caught in this new phase of rapping about a bunch of nothing and get back to its bars and the true meaning of hip hop. But hey I’m just one man.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Prada Loui: Finish my mixtape and finish my album. Drop videos whatever it takes to build my brand. Live out my dreams so I can become a legend in the rap game.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Prada Loui: Stay tuned for the mixtape and album. Jack of all Trades and Hustle Boy singles Never turn your Back and Postal.

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

Prada Loui: You can listen to my music on reverbnation Prada Loui /Facebook Hustle Boyz/ Facebook Prada Loui/audio Mack follow me on Instagram/Prada6500

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