THE Underground Experience Special Feature 1-20-017


The Empire Puts In The Foot Work To Expand Their Reach

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Underground Experience feature 12/29/016


This months feature is hip-hop artist standing in the gap for the 336….let’s ride through Dubboro with…… EdE.Ruger:

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

EdE.Ruger: To make a long, complex story short, it was given to me by friends in my younger days when I was a little bit more wild.

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

EdE.Ruger: I rep Carolina, Dubboro, specifically. Better known as Greensboro,NC. The scene here is great. We have built alot of homegrown support over the years, without much help from the industry or mainstream media. Its purely built on hardwork & talent from myself and the other artists around here. I can’t tell you in words how much it means to have true fans supporting your shows. Not just rappers and friends of rappers, but fans who specifically come out bc they know they’re gonna see great hip hop from great performers. They buy the albums, shirts, tickets, etc bc they’re proud to rep the scene and want the world to know. The support from the scene is one of the things that keeps me motivated. That’s what sets it apart from just having a city with a ton of open mics or showcases. We have built the scene up and started throwing actual concerts. The type of concerts that are talked about for weeks after. That’s the scene we have here in the 336 from my view. Some may disagree but I love the scene here in Greensboro. We have a very deep talent pool & awesome fans.

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

EdE.Ruger: I’m influenced mostly by my surroundings and experiences in life. Ive always used my music as a to vent and get my emotions out. Its always been a way to balance my life,to kind of fill the voids I had growing up & use it as a way to get away from the everyday stress of life. My inspiration comes from my wife, my daughters, my family and the people i surround myself with. My music has always been more influenced by real life than it has been by other music. That being said, the music I listen to has always been a huge part of my life. Some musicians I look up to are Redman, Killer Mike, Scarface, Eminem, B.I.G. , Outkast, Goodie Mobb, Wax, Kool G Rap, Cypress Hill, Tech N9ne, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, etc. I could go on for days.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

EdE.Ruger: 1 of a kind. Extremely diverse. A roller coaster ride. In your face,fast paced, sometimes abrasive, yet fun and relatable. I have a something for everyone to vibe to on my albums.

Mistajay: With a laundry list of monster collaborations w/ artists like Bun B, Stat Quo, Rittz, Wax, Guilty Simpson, Sadat X, Whitney Peyton, Blind Fury, Nappy Roots’ Scales Kosha Dillz, Shotty Horroh, Swave Sevah, Bekay, Jelly Roll, KrumbSnatcha Of The Gang Starr Foundation What is your best song recorded to date and why?

EdE.Ruger: It’s impossible to narrow it down to just 1. That’s more of something the fans should decide. From the feedback I get from fans I’d say it’s between “Old Man” from my first album or “Good Day” from my latest album. Those 2 mainly because they talk about situations that have changed my life. Those 2 songs represent very important transition times during my life. 1 about growing up without my dad. The other is about reflecting on the good times in life,e enjoying family, friends and making everyday a good one. As far as by biggest collabs, id have to say it’s between “No Suckaz Allowed” ft Ty Bru & Sadat X & “Bricks To The Beats” ft Rittz. “No Suckaz Allowed” was one of the most well received records I’ve had by far. It landed on The Source, URB Mag, AllHipHop, etc. “Bricks To The Beats” was the song that made my fans & supporters start asking for a new album. That’s when the “Guerilla Grind” Album series started.

Mistajay: You have performed with ASAP Rocky, Tech N9ne, Murs Bone Thugs N Harmony, Caskey ASAP Ferg, ASAP Twelvy, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Dana Dane, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Big Krit, Kotton Mouth Kings, RJD2 and many more 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?

EdE.Ruger: Eminem, Run The Jewels & Kendrick Lamar. That would be a sold out stadium show full of extremely diverse MC’s that would bring huge crowds of all types of people. All people that know how to make political statements, talk to future generations, but still know how to have a good time and party at the same time. I just feel like you’d leave that show with memories that would last forever. Outkast would’ve been my first choice but they don’t really tour too much now.

Mistajay: You have  landed songs on award winning tv shows The Boondocks Cartoon, AMC’s Breaking Bad, ROH Wrestling & TMZ how do you make that happen and what effect has I had on your music?

EdE.Ruger: It’s been amazing. Honestly it’s alot of the reason I’ve been able to make moves like I have. The TV placements take you a long way. People who could care less about hip hop or music in general know about these shows. It opens up a whole other world of opportunities.

Jon Jackson, who is one of my best friends, who has produced the majority of the music Ive done, is the music director for The Boondocks Cartoon. He called me in to help quite a few times & something finally landed. As far as Breaking Bad, DubKiller, who is another producer I’ve worked very closely with for years, just happened to be in the studio with some reps who worked for Breaking Bad. They asked for electronic music with hip hop beats. At the time Dub Step was in its early stages & we had tons of it. So, we made it happen. It was pretty much just a case of who you know & being in the right place at the right time. Huge thanks to DubKiller & JJ. I wouldn’t be where I am without those 2 guys.

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?

EdE.Ruger: Make sure you register everything through ASCAP or BMI. Royalties are a great thing. Everytime a show gets played with our song on it we get paid. But honestly, there is alot more to the business side that people don’t see. Branding yourself is huge. Make yourself bigger than just music. Monetize your brand with merchandise & sponsorships. Sponsorships go along way in expanding your fanbase while branching out into other business ventures. Promotion is another one of the main things artists overlook. There is a ton of stuff on the business side that most of the artists in the business miss. Until you learn the business side, the music side will be stagnant. One thing I tell everyone is that when I realized I was in the Ruger biz, not the music biz, I started seeing success.

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

EdE.Ruger: Hip Hop has broken up into alot of subgenres over the past few years. It seems like there is a bigger gap than ever between the underground and the mainstream. Which has lead to alot of success on the indie scene. It seems like artists that have more control over their vision, direction and product, stand the test of time. The labels are just forcing 1 hit wonders down our throats that won’t be hear next summer. So, I’m just gonna do what ive always done. Stay independent & make my own lane. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

EdE.Ruger: This year I plan on releasing 2 possibly 3 more projects. This being DuBBoro with Phillie Phresh, Brown Bag 2 with Ty Bru & Phillie Phresh & my next solo album Rediculoud. On top of that, I’m working on taking my clothing line, Hip Hop Dad’s, national. I also plan on bringing alot of big shows to Greensboro this year. In the past year I’ve booked, Obie Trice, ¡MayDay!, Wax, Blind Fury & few more. This year I’m trying to go a little bigger. I can’t wait for 2017.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

EdE.Ruger: Thank you for reaching out. Thank you to everyone who is reading this. Shout out to all the artists out there grinding. Shout out to Phillie Phresh who’s been there for every step of this journey. Shout to Iconoclast, Livewire, MTTS, & all the crews I rock with. Now, Go grab my latest album “Guerilla Grind Pt 2 : The Token” now! All 7 of my albums are available on EdERuger.Bandcamp.com

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

EdERuger.com

EdERuger.BandCamp.com

Pandora - Ed E. Ruger Radio

Spotify - Ed E. Ruger

YouTube.com/IconoclastCrewTV

SoundCloud.com/EdERuger

And of course iTunes,Amazon, Tidal, Beats, Google Play, iHeartRadio, AppleMusic & all your favorite digital outlets

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Underground experience special feature 11/30/016


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I spent a lot of time debating when to release this mixtape and exactly how to honor the memory of DJ FlashFader with the new collaboration with myself and Pace Won it just seemed like the right time to put this out to give people a history of NCC records 94-present and honor the memory of a great DJ who showed love to lots of indy artists as do we I hope everyone enjoys this project and please show love to the legacy of DJ FlashFader ~Mistajay

http://www.datpiff.com/DJ-Flashfader-Underground-Exprience-Vol1-mixtape.81538

Track list

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  1. NCC records presents… The empire intro
  2. underground ground experience freestyle #1
  3. Empirical freestyle
  4. Too late
  5. It’s a nightmare
  6. Double down
  7. Infectious
  8. Inspirational  MUSIK
  9. Underground experience freestyle #2
  10. Bump dis (Carolina Ridin’)
  11. Stressed (version 2)
  12. it’s wonderful
  13. DA WEEDIES
  14. Underground experience freestyle #3
  15. Our time
  16. Like us
  17. The world around me
  18. Underground experience free style #4
  19. Final shout outs
  20. Dj Spinwiz words for FlashFader
  21. Rhyme Professionals

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Underground Experience Feature 10/28/016


This months feature is an artist from up state New York a femcee that is determined to properly rep the culture……..lets slide out with Miranda Writes

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

Miranda Writes has a few different means. First, it is a clever play on the whole Miranda Rights concept.. You have the right to remain silent! I liked the vibe of this because I always had a real laid back approach when it comes to the culture of music. You don’t always have to like something, but that doesn’t mean you should show a certain level of respect. Second, I love to write. That’s my favorite part! I love being on the mic, I love performing, I love video shoots and all that good stuff but my greatest happiness comes from writing. It’s such an ill vibe to freely express myself through words and transform it into art.

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

Miranda Writes: I currently reside in Upstate NY. Scenery wise it’s different from the city, but people still love Hip Hop here. It’s a cool middle ground being only an hour from NYC yet residing in the mountains.

Mistajay: Heavily influenced by classic hip-hop and current legends alike, you relentlessly fire your message “Light Prevails Dark” What are the specific influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Miranda Writes: Life influences and inspires me. This whole music vibe is a journey full of ups and downs. I believe music and art organically comes from our feelings and experiences. I’m all about showcasing the positive, and figuring out ways to take the negative and flip it.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Miranda Writes: I like to speak about a lot of different topics, but my music is definitely uptempo, fun, yet passionate. You know, like a Missy Elliot with a Lauryn hill kinda vibe! Peace to the Queens

Mistajay: You advocate for the genre and its elements: peace, love, unity and having fun claim to break the mold for modern day rappers…..speaking of which how do you feel about the state of the game and the existence of “mumble rappers”?

Miranda Writes: I think we’ve gotten lazy when it’s comes to the amount of things that we accept. I mean, I understand that there’s a time and place for each style of music… but where is the balance? If we saw a combination of raw emcees, with conscious soulful emcees, mumble rappers, and whatever other categories we could make.. then maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. But I feel the state of the game is real disappointing to myself and those who want to spit real bars on major platforms. We need to stop accepting just the icing, when  we should be digging in on a full cake.

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

Miranda Writes: hmmm that’s hard, but I guess I could pick my top two: “Fuse Em” & “Slopes”

Miranda Writes: I really enjoyed making these records because they’re easy and fun to listen too.. but if you really dig in and break down the lyrics there’s a pretty dope message in both.  One thing that makes me different as well is I am the first female emcee to cross over into the snowboard market….I love to shred the mic and the mountains it is such an amazing feeling and my forthcoming song “Slopes” really captures the message of the freedom when I ride.

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?

Miranda Writes: Thats also a hard one, but I’d say Eminem- he’s a creative genius. In terms of talent, he dominates his competition and his raw talent and skill level is just ridiculous. It would be an honor to share the same stage.

Beyoncé- Queen Bee, I mean she’s just on a certain level of empowerment especially for the ladies. It would be sick because I feel we could team up on something incredible, reach tons of people with an opportunity to leave them with a message

J.Cole - I love his message and how he built his movement. I could see us teaming up and doing something powerful for both our generation and the younger generations.

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?

Miranda Writes: To me, it’s important to learn about publishing, royalties, and the business side in general. There are a lot of loop holes in every business and the music industry absolutely sucks! Lol. It’s important to know who and what you’re dealing with. We all know there’s very few nice smiles when it comes to the game of money.

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

that?

Miranda Writes: I think it’s going to keep going in the same direction… BUT more and more people are speaking out on all this nonsense. The art of emceeing is not going anywhere, it’s just about giving the credit it deserves… Real Hip Hop needs to be placed on major platforms and stop being pushed to the back burner.

I just really want to get my feet wet and be the voice that I think needs to be heard. I feel all the music now is so programmed and sounds similar.. whatever just happened to making great music? I think we need change and I plan on being part of that change.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Miranda Writes: I definitely want to make strides in my music career before venturing off into other things. However, I would definitely love to act, clothing and snowboarding  lines, and be my own base of operations in the world of business and music.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Miranda Writes: yeah… Thank you guys for this interview! It’s really important we all branch together for the good of our culture and music. It sounds corny, but it’s true… We really must be the change we wish to see.

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

Miranda Writes: Twitter : @MirandaWritesMc

Instagram: @Miranda_writes

Facebook : LPD Entertainment/ Miranda Writes

YouTube: www.youtube.com/mirandawriteslpdent

DOWNLOAD MY NEW TRACK FUSE EM FOR FREE HERE:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nuvyberecords/fuse-em

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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

cayennethelionking.com

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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

officialbonni3 Underground Experience Feature 6/27/016

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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