The Underground Experience 8-27-21 Feature TheGawdFatha


THE Underground Experience 8-27-21 Feature TheGawdFatha:

This month's feature is about Boss moves and creating his own Family ties lets mob through the 26 with The Gawd Fatha…..

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

TheGawdFatha: I rebranded a few years ago for the sole purpose of I felt my alias didn't represent me or my story. Back then I went under the alias Filth.E.Irish. T was catchy on the surface but after 5 or 6 years of performing shows. I felt the need for a little more depth. When I ran the new name by my associates they immediately went to the thought of power, control, and being in charge. For the most part, this has nothing to do with why I chose this alias. All though it does bring a sense of pride to my more presently humble demeanor.

Why I chose this name. Many years ago the Italians and Sicilians migrated to the United States In search of freedom and a new home. When they arrived, they found that the American Dream may not have been as easy as they believed it to be. Despite the Odds, they found a way to not only survive but thrive. Though their methods may not have always been the most upstanding or legal. They maintained a sense of honor and respect. They held family and the concept of it in very high regard. Through these events, the Mafia was formed. At the head sat The Godfather, the one that brought all the families together, made sure food was on the table, and all of his family had a way to earn a living. Even if it was grotesque for the time being. The Godfather's job was to keep the family together, growing and focused on the dream.

Now I could go on with this to make further points but I feel this paints a clear picture. One of my first mentors (DJ Moodswing) told me a statement I find to hold true to this day. He said, "The music industry is a very large dysfunctional family.". So the name is more of a goal, through all the trials of this "Life" if you will. I want to bring the family together, keep the music growing, and keep Meu Famigghia focussed on the dream of being financially independent through our creativity.

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

Fayettenam is the infamous 2-6 home of J.Cole, Murray, and many other highly talented hip-hop artists. To be home to some music legends I really wish there were more avenues to perform in my city. The majority of hip-hop events in the city are Hip Hop open mic nights. Any artist that wants to organize an event or even perform a legitimate event is expected to pay to play. I personally do not agree with this method. Any show I have ever performed as a DJ I expected to be paid. Why, it's my JOB. I feel hip hop artists deserve the same respect. A band isn't going to perform at a venue for free neither should they. To clarify I'm not speaking on large venues where you pay to rent the venue and collect door. Tangent over

End of the day 2-6 if you're listening first off Ehhhhh Ehhhhh. Secondly, I would like to see the venue owners and artists find a middle ground where everyone makes money and we can start getting some real exposure to the talent in this city. It's a shame that we have everything we need right here. Yet, for someone to break they have to go to LA or ATL to work together in Fayetteville.

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

TheGawdFatha: My main influences right now Genre-wise are Dance Music, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Jazz. For Hip Hop J.Cole and Dreamville are killing the game. JID lawd that brotha gives sermons. Some other Big inspirations in Hip Hop are NF, Tech N9ne, T.I., and Young Dolph to name a few. Production-wise I look up to David Banner, Swizz Beats, 808 Mafia, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, Mike Will Made-It, Ect. What inspires me, the music inspires me. Everything it takes going into a single record from making the beat to distribution and marketing. The amount of determination it takes just to live this life inspires me. Lastly, the Community inspires me.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style of hip-hop?

TheGawdFatha: Tonal wise Dark, Moody, and Bass Heavy.
I hope to do many styles of hip hop projects from Boom Bap to Trap and Drill to West Coast. I love the hip-hop culture and hope before all is said and done I make a lasting impression. Along with a diverse selection of music for the next generation.

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

TheGawdFatha: I'm going to say MFB
I enjoy fusing genres and this was a fusion of Dance Music and Hip Hop.
I got to bring the two styles of music I love most together and make it the single on my first album.I feel Rico Act did a killer job with his verses and vocal performance. Then I got to get technical with some synths and subs in the chorus. The GawdFatha: MFB

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

TheGawdFatha: T.I. because he is one of my all-time favorites.

Wale for his suave poeticism. Young Dolph cuz I'm ratchet.
There's a lot more but that's just the first 3 that popped up.
Mistajay: A lot of artists/producers 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?

TheGawdFatha: This is crucial why I am back in school for my BS in Music Production. If I could go back I'd switch my focus from performing shows to my production and learning the business. You can't play the game until you know the rules. Learn the business because this industry will eat you alive. As well when you do start to learn it you will realize that there is money to be made in areas you may not have thought of before.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2021/2022? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

TheGawdFatha: Hip Hop is on top right now. Slaying the charts I expect it to stay there. As well I plan on running a quick lick off of that fact as well. I plan on finding and nurturing up-and-coming talent. Then helping them get to where they deserve to be. There is a lot of raw talent that just needs a little push and guidance. I don't care to be famous. All through a few well-nurtured seeds bloom. The whole family eats. My team wins, that's all I want.

Mistajay: How has the covid 19 situations affected your plans as related to music?
TheGawdFatha: Before the mini apocalypse I had a residency and was paying my bills off shows. Covid killed that. So I didn't give up. I fought trial, I fought homelessly and enrolled in college all at the same time. These things taught me I was underappreciated and underpaid. So when they called and asked me to come back and perform. I told them I was good. I will stay good until I am offered what I know I have earned and deserve. So it was a bittersweet situation. In the end, it has turned out to be one of the best moves I could have made.

Mistajay: What are your other future plans?.
TheGawdFatha: I am currently working on an independent label/artist collective entitled the MOBB. For obvious reasons. The acronym stands for The Masters of Business Building. It is an entrepreneurship collective. Composed for rising artists in all areas of the Entertainment Industry. Allowing TheMOBB to work together, all while building each individual's solo production in the process. Outside of this, I have a few singles and an EP I am finishing up to release. The label's website was published today. We will be running some giveaways before too long. I am currently looking into scoring and getting my music into film. I am looking to work with vocalists on various types of projects. Shoot some music videos and of course, add new artists to the collective.

Mistajay: Where can people find your music?
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