I had the pleasure, yet again, of chopping it up with young and successful artist The Real Simba. I first discovered Simba a couple of years back when his music caused a world wind across airwaves and stages throughout the states. Without hesitation, I linked up with Simba to release his distinctive story. Since then, his music has voyaged from state to state, and from country to country!
MJ: I know fans are fascinated to hear the back story of Simba. Tell us what life was like growing up as a child in Jamaica? Did it prepare you for your new life in Mount Vernon, NY?
Simba: I was born and raised in St. Catherine Jamaica and came to the states when I was 7 years old. In Jamaica I came from a one-bedroom house shared with me and about 9 cousins, brother, and mother. I grew up in the country side where people raised animals and grew plants as one of the main motives of survival. I spent time with my dad at his home in Central Village, perhaps one of the most dangerous places in Jamaica. That experience made me humble but it also made me a fight for the things I want most. It also matured me faster because I experience things normal kids didn’t see at my age. I came to Mount Vernon and the violence seemed nothing new to me because I saw it countless times in Jamaica.
MJ: The environment around you in Mount Vernon was and is horrific. You were exposed to the horrors and nightmares that no child should be. Rather than fall victim to that you chose an escape. Talk about your writing and how it ultimately became your savior.
Simba: Mount Vernon is hectic but I feel that if I grew up anywhere else it wouldn’t feel the same. I don’t think I’d appreciate many aspects of life that I do now. Growing up in Mount Vernon made me wise and how to carry myself. Mount Vernon hardens you, it makes you a fighter, and teaches you not to give up. At the end of the day I don’t want to die not having done something great. Living here helped me to set goals and also showed me the things that I don’t want to fall victim to. The main reason I work hard is so I don’t have to fall to the negative stigmas of my town. Ultimately my writing became the main reason for me to do so. It gave me something to dream for and gave me away to express myself. Music is my love and gives me meaning.
MJ: One of your very first records was a result of that escape, “Susie’s Story”. Was that the beginning of your career?
Simba: “Susie’s Story” means a lot to me. It’s a record I wrote from the heart. I wrote that for people to see how their actions affect people outside of their initial intentions. I’ve seen too much happen to innocent people and I just wanted to tell people of the tragedy that takes places almost day to day in my town. Initially that’s a story I wrote about a mother who lost her daughter to violence. Things like that break my heart and I found a way to express how I was feeling in a song. Sad to say I feel like it’s a story I’ve seen too many times. It wasn’t the beginning of my career it was just one of my first emotional songs.
MJ: Although you are young in age, you are very family orientated and hold that above anything else in life. What kind of impact does your family and their support have on your career?
Simba: Family is one of the main reasons I do this. Ultimately I want to be the one that helps my family to advance in life, and that’s because they’re the ones that motivate me the most. My brothers, cousins, my mother, and dad tell me all the time that I’m good at what I do. I also have my sisters always supporting me as well whether it’s buying my mixtapes or coming to my shows, they always show love. It’ll mean so much to me when I can give my family the things they deserve. I even have my little nieces and nephews singing my songs every time they see me. My family really supports me and pushes me to be great and I just want to do that for them.
MJ: You have experienced a tremendous amount of success in a short period of time, yet you are not flashy or egotistical like many other young artists. What keeps Simba humble, and grounded in his tracks?
Simba: Through my music I want to inspire people. I want to show them that we all have the potential to be great. I want to stay connected to the people. Though I love fashion and I always try to look fly in my own way, at the end of the day I don’t want people to see jewels and expensive clothing. I want them to first see me for who I am. I’d rather take that money and give back to the people. I’m currently saving up to build a basketball gymnasium for the kids of my town.
MJ: For those that are not familiar with Simba, and shame on them, talk a little bit about your style. What separates you from other young up and coming artists?
Simba: I make music that isn’t bounded by a year. I feel like most young artists nowadays make music that’ll last a few months then it’s gone. My music is something that’ll be timeless. There’s a deep meaning behind every word when I craft a song. Originality and personality is what separates me from other artists. My music is positive, fun, and intellectual because I am that way. I integrate my life, ideas, and personal views into the music. It’s my story I don’t know someone that has lived the exact same life as me.
MJ: Let’s get to the music! What is hot right now and available for all your fans?
Simba: “Ohhmyygoodness” was the single that first got people looking at me as an artist. It’s a catchy, fun, and also very lyrical track. It has the classic rap feel. The single “Blue Faces” is one of my breakout hits. It’s a single that’s being played all over the world right now. It integrates my playful, aggressive, and love for the music. All of these can be found on iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Google Play, Soundcloud, etc. In both these songs you can hear my seriousness and determination. It just shows how bad I really want and believe in myself as an artist. It is also something listeners can be motivated by.
MJ: Give us a little inside scoop on some forthcoming projects you are working on.
Simba: “This Is Only the Beginning” is a project I am creating that collectively shows all aspects of my personality and just a peek at my life and who I am as a person. I give a Reggae feel on songs such as “Good Love”, a playful feel on songs such as “Come Up”, I share my love life on songs such as “Fear of Love”, and family struggles on songs such as “Yeezy Taught Me”. My music is me! It’s real and exciting filled with love, pain, and joy. This project takes you through all the phases of my life, my pain, struggles, love troubles, and family issues. I wanted to give the people something they can relate to as well as something that will let them know we all share similar stories. But those stories are what push us or drive us to be great.
MJ: As we wrap up is there anything else you would like to share with the world of Hip Hop?
Simba: I just want to thank the people for all their support and their love for my music. Ultimately, because of them it pushes me to be better knowing that I have people checking for my music and constantly showing love and support!
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B2D Talks Bellavino Billionaires Music Group, New Music, & The Business Side Of The Industry
Originally from Colorado and now residing in Austin, Artist B2D credits the success of his music to the demons of society that haunt him. Fans tune in to this exclusive interview and get up and close with B2D.
MJ: Thank you for taking time away from the mic for this interview, your time is appreciated. For those who aren’t familiar with you as an artist, tell us who you are.
B2D: My Name is B2D which stands for Born 2 Die, and I’m an artist & CEO of my record Label Bellavino Billionaires Music Group, which I just established a little over a Year Ago. I’m very versatile as an artist and feel like I shine most in my music when I share my pain. I love art in all forms, but I never been to good with a paint brush, so what I can paint with words is way above standard.
MJ: When did music become a major part of your life? Was it teenage years or even younger? Also tell us when you realized music was no longer a hobby or a passion.
B2D: I was a fan of music and it played a major role in my life before I could even talk. As a I use to bob my head or dance to music all the time, the vibe was just there. I was always passionate about music and I would release music for free all the time. I never took a look at it like a business. But once I started to take my music seriously and wanted to make a living from it, best believe I made a lot of mistakes. I work very closely with a childhood friend that’s very successful in the music industry who is guiding and managing my career. A year from now life for me and my team will be very different on the positive end! Blood, sweat, and tears, we know we have to put everything we have into our dream or we won’t get anything out of it, or see any results.
MJ: You take pride in steering away from “fake rappers who rap about situations they never been through”. Why do you think that has become so trendy lately? What specifically about your music separates you from those rappers?
B2D: Music is music. I really dislike rappers who talk like their Tony Montana flipping kilos and killing whoever they have beef with or make it big from false stories in their raps. The twist to all of this nonsense is real street cats, the young ones more so feel like they really have to prove that they are real to the world and they will go rob somebody or lay somebody down then get on a track and brag about! It’s not smart and doesn’t make any sense business or music wise. The trend right now is a catchy hook and an auto tune verse. People use to steal the Migos delivery but now rappers will go with whatever single is hot at the moment and steal that delivery whether it’s Drake or 69 Kat, or whoever. What separates me or my music from other artists is simply me! I’m not trying to be anybody else. When it’s time to record music I put all of me on the records and I give fans the real me and my real life. I don’t front or lie on my tracks to look cook or gain fans.
MJ: It takes a real emcee to share their personal life, mistakes, encounters with the law, running the streets, etc. with the world and fans! In the world we live in today the media and press tend to shy away from artists who speak upon “their past of hard knocks”. How do you feel about that?
B2D: I don’t agree with that I feel like they always bring up the past and they never talk about the positive changes they have made in their life.
MJ: Besides being an Artist you are also in the process of building your own Record Label. Gives us some insight on the label, and the new compilation out now under that label.
B2D: Building a label is a lot of hard work. I’m constantly grinding and making sure that both myself and artists are getting the most effective exposure. The hardest part is dealing with some artists. Some artists think they deserve a lot of money once their album or single drops. Or they think they know everything when they haven’t been signed in the past. A lot of artists lack the knowledge of the business side of music and that is one my goals with the label. I work diligently to educate artists… I will say this though, the new compilation has me and a few of my artists on going hard from beginning to end. Since the release we have been receiving a tremendous amount of positive feedback. We are polishing up on another compilation that will be released in a couple of months.
MJ: You have collaborated with some major artists. Do you have a top 3 of other artists you would like to share the stage or studio with?
B2D: The top three artists I would like to collaborate with in the studio is NbA Young Boy, Icewear Vezzo, and Moneybagg Yo.
MJ: B2D wears many hats! Tell us about the clothing line and the winery.
B2D: I started making wine nine years ago. I was taught by a retired cook on a cruise ship. I titled the wine Bellavino and I distribute it through events, fashion shows, and online at www.BellavinoBillionaires.com. Bellavino Billionaire Apparel is also available at shows and events. Right now no other hats are getting put on until the Label Bellavino Billionaires Music Group has a level of skyrocket success!
MJ: With so much on your plate as a true entrepreneur has, what is your secret to balance, especially with family?
B2D: Balance comes from making a schedule and making sure you make time for what’s important every week.
MJ: Who are some people who have an influence on your life and career?
B2D: 2pac inspired me to rap and Adrain Swish inspired me to turn my passion of music into a business. Seeing someone else come up doing what I love to do inspires me, haters and non-believers inspire me, and most importantly my daughter inspires me!
MJ: What’s up next for B2D?
B2D: More music and acting.
MJ: As we wrap up is there anything else you want the world to know about yourself and your label?
B2D: Roll up some weed or whatever it is you might do and prepare yourself for the show Bellavino Billionaires Music Group is about to give you!
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Interview | Legendary Tazmania Talks New Music, Hip Hop Icons, & What’s Next
Legendary Tazmania has been deep rooted in the music scene dating back to his teenage years. He can recall the late legend Easy-E bringing him to his very first concert which of MC Breed and DJ Quick. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, he was up rooted at age thirteen to Los Angeles where music forever changed his life. He signed his first record deal in 1992 and released hit after hit. As he enhanced his craft and progressed in his career, he had the opportunity to tour the globe with major artists Mike Jones, Beat Nuts, Dilated Peoples, Eve, and more. To date he holds a lengthy catalog of music and hasn’t stopped yet.
” I believe in the words that Guru once told me, “keep spitting because you are what they need”
MJ: Thank you for taking time away from creating music for this interview. Let’s take it back to your younger years. Do you think your career would have taken a different direction if you and your family didn’t move to Los Angeles?
Taz: Thank you for having me, and yes, it definitely would have been different. I wouldn’t have met the people that actually made me love Hip-Hop like Skoolz, who let me have my first speaking role on a song. Also Yomo and Markel who are Ruthless Records artists and their album “Burn Old Glory”, and I can’t leave out my relationship with the Bell’s of New Edition or how the Kinky Boys helped me to be original in my approach when it comes to creating music.
MJ: Talk about that concert that Easy-E took you to. As a young by that must have been an adrenaline rush to experience.
Taz: It was I was on top of the world! To see everything up close was life changing, even though DJ Quick thought we were Crips because we were in blue…but Eazy smoothed it over.
MJ: In 1992 you released your first project “Come Say Hi to The Bad Guy”. It can be mind-blowing to look back at your very first single or project. What would you say to that young Taz?
Taz: I would say don’t be so full of yourself, work hard and party later.
MJ: From that you started your own rap group and label, which became a staple for Cali Hip Hop, and opened up some major doors for you. Share some of that with us.
Taz: Yeah being part of a group was cool it give me a chance to see other point of views and to remain humble in the face of so many egos. It also gave me the opportunity to meet a wide range of artists such as Outcast, Luda, and others. It gives you a sense of professionalism you need to have to live up to.
MJ: You’ve shared the stage with a handful of major artists and key players in the industry. What stands out the most from those experiences?
Taz: I would say my chance meeting with Jay-Z in Stockholm along with Mr. Hayes, may he rest in peace, he was like a mentor for a short time. Meeting Warren G and his uncle Ron G was also life changing when they saw me perform overseas and let me know I had worth in the music scene.
MJ: Let’s bring fans up to speed now. You’ve released a lengthy catalog of music throughout recent years. Talk about your style and flow and how as an artist you have progressed and evolved from each project.
Taz: I have always looked at this business as an ever-changing one, and as an artist you must evolve with the times. My flow is one of a kind, and smoothed out with a conscious realism. I am a product of my environment with a world-wide sense of my people and the habitat we live. But sometimes I like to make light of those differences.
MJ: What’s hot right now with Taz? Talk about your latest single “Flash Flood”. Also give us some inside scoop on upcoming projects or collaborations.
Taz: Yeah it’s coming out later this month. It was produced by Synthetic, who made a fire track about getting rich quick dreams we all have at some point. The rest you will have to wait until it’s released, can’t give it all away…My latest single “Vinus” is the sh*t! It’s a shout out to all women of the world and how in their grace and beauty have made me feel that there’s always an unspoken meaning to someone special.
MJ: When it comes to influences, whether it be musically or personally, who do you credit?
Taz: Wow that’s a hard one. I actually try to stay away from anyone else’s style, but some think I’m similar to T.I. But I think there is no other to credit for my style.
MJ: As we wrap up is there anything else you want the world to know about Taz?
Taz: Yeah, no one will give a better live performance than Taz. Be on the lookout for my new album “Paper Cuts”, I promise I will do everything in my power to make it groundbreaking for my fans!
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9K, Famed Engineer Talks JD, Andre 3000, Snoop Dogg & More @LifeOf9000
When we hear the name 9000 or 9K we think famed engineer for several Grammy award-winning albums, popular Hollywood films such as Despicable Me and Fast and Furious, and business relationship with Jermaine Dupri and other major hitters and vets in the Entertainment Industry. 9K has many surprises in store this year for fans so be sure to stay tuned…
MJ: Let’s take it back a bit. You were born in Queens but raised in
Atlanta. Tell us as a young boy how was that adjustment for you?
9000: Difficult! I didn’t understand why we had to move. I was 13 and my mom was a
single parent with me, my 2 sisters, and 1 older brother. He got caught up and now is serving
his prison sentence, hold your head bro! My mom got a new opportunity at
Deutche Banc Broker Firm so we had to move. Imagine a tall snot nose
hard headed kid changing his universe which was Queens, to enter the
unknown drenched with Southern Hospitality. Mobb Deep, Nas, and Wu
Tang Clan were and still play as my soundtrack to my childhood to present. Then
I go down south and all I hear is Master P, Scarface & UGK, and Goodie
Mob, and Dungeon Family. It was like figuring out a Rubix cube or solving
it, not everyone can do that. It was my gift and my curse.
MJ: As a young teenager you found a “home” in Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def
Recording’s Record Company. How did that come about? As a teenager there
must have been a million different emotions running wild!
9000: I did what seems like everything for free for 4 months just to get acquainted
with Mel Testamark. I still have the emails and phone voice messages from him
after he saw my initiative. Mel knew I wasn’t accepting the answer no for anything!
It was like God showed me a body of water and all I had to do was move a
plateau to that empty body of water, I got on JD nerves till he knew I
was bubbling and where you go I’m going. In Atlanta you can pretend
to be this and that but the streets of the “A” will let you know they
don’t mess with you so I had to gain the respect from the streets before
the corporate aspect, understood my vision. It was bittersweet everyday but I
met everyone from Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Bow Wow, Usher, Jay-Z, even
Travis Barker. I didn’t know how to approach them, but I did know I could
write and had a keen ear for sound. If I didn’t know the basics of
anything I had a week to coach myself, practice, and develop the skill so
I’m a novice the next go. The bitter part? It took a while for JD to see my
potential but when he did! instead of just being a fly on the wall, I
networked my ass off and gave my number to everyone. I was a teen but I wasn’t star struck till I was at arms-reach from Nas. That’s when I knew okay its either now or never. I prayed heavy
and just matched the work ethic with what I requested from God.
MJ: From there you built a relationship with Matthew Knowles and began
to create Grammy award-winning albums for Justin Bieber, Pharrell, Snoop
Dogg, and The Game. Talk about a whirl-wind of dynamics with those
names! What was that experience like to work with so many versatile and
9000: I wanted to be everywhere a session was going on, I wanted to be in and needed to be in. Scooter used
to work for Jermaine, so it was just repertoire and not asking for
money, but getting experience and lessons, The Game I met through Black
Wall Street East Nu Jerz Devil. He thanks me in the “Doctors Advocate”
linear notes go check it if you have the album. That s/o definitely got my feet wet. Pharrell was
a mutual friend who knew Roscoe P Coldchain and Fam-Lay. I still talk to Pharrell for
advice from time to time. This was my training, my college, and thesis every month.
Snoop is JD’s best friend and I was trying to be better than Snoop’s cousin
Daz because he made the best recs for 2pac and if I could just be some
part of Tha Dogg Pound I made I knew I made it! Period Knowles clan #allweaskistrust
MJ: I’m a huge fan of Andre 3000! Here’s a fun fact for fans…Andre 3000
is the one who actually coined your industry name as 9000 or 9K. A story
we would love to hear!
9000: I met him through Tracy “The D.O.C” Curry, yes the legend the 6th member
really of NWA. I had an attorney court battle and lost my first stage
name Some Other Skills, associated to somebody who is respect from
Chicago. My name is so boring, Ramon being my first name. I told Andre how
about I go by my middle name Sean… He laughed and told me if your
microphone abilities were as close as your pen abilities you could be a
top 25 rapper! You paint ideas, scenarios, and situations so eclectic with a vivid vocabulary!
He said your name is 9K and charge 9K for ghostwriting! I just stuck with the name, it’s who I am now.
MJ: As mentioned earlier, you have worked with an array of different
artists. Is there anyone who you haven’t worked with you’d like to
9000: Dead or alive you mean oh I get you MJ! I’ll keep it very simple Gloria
Estefan. My father is Dominican and he used to tell me when he was around,
that lady is our Virgin Mary, voice wise. There is no higher Icon than
MJ: You have a few surprises up your sleeve before this year ends. Can
you share some inside scoop without giving too much away?
9000: I feel so “Outkast” at this question just like, why is my life so “Outkast” …next question
MJ: Talk about the balance of it all! Another fun fact, you are not only
an engineer but you are also a father, husband, Writer, and you play six
instruments! In this industry balance is crucial and can wind up making
or breaking careers! Please share some key elements for not grasping
insanity, if you will.
9000: Fly your kids to you! Make love, cater, adore, and admire, remember “Happy Wife Happy Life”.
Here’s another tip, if your overseas, book your better half a ticket to come see
you. My balance lately is my little daughter Kali, who is 4 and is known as
Lil 9000 the Princess. I always been blessed with joy from my other
kids (I have all girls and a beautiful wife) but she brings out the heart in me and
all I want to see is her just grow and blow bubbles until she walks across
that stage and receives that degree. Insanity? Not really, I don’t
entertain bullshit or any drama from other females or anyone for that matter. All of that motivates me, pushes me harder to create what I speak into existence. #ProvePeopleWrong daily!
MJ: Is there anyone or anything in your life that you credit your
9000: My parents, Queens NYC, Lil Jon and BME, Mel Testamark for JD and So So Def, The D.O.C and Andre 3k for daily advice and guidance. Of course Snoop Dogg, he is like the uncle to everyone in the industry. Grandmaster Caz wrote the greatest lyrics in the universe which is why I like being behind the scenes writing. Mr Shawn and Mrs. Giselle for Black Excellence #AllWeAskIsTrust, Full Sail, State of Georgia, and Duro the Engineer for inspiration. Finally, the most important Trizzy, all my girls and my beautiful wife Michelle.
MJ: As we wrap up, is there anything else you would like the world to
know about 9K?
9000: I’m an enigma mixed with faith to believe in myself and my creator! I
just work! Iceis is coming, Ice Storms and Frozen Empire remember I told you. Be on the lookout for Four Pack Chill, Mondragon, Blvck Lvmbo. Always create the road you drive on! #Simmer Ruby Records shine like a Ruby not just a diamond.
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Emacc, CEO of Emacculent Entertainment Talks Music, Business, & Hollywood
Eric D. Harris, known in the music and entertainment industry as Emacc, announces the launch of his record label Emacculent Entertainment. Since a child Emacc had aspirations to become a successful business man in Hollywood.
“There was something about the whole lifestyle, the places, the personalities, and even down to the Hollywood scandals”
He got his first taste of the scene when an agent picked him up for modeling and acting, that led to national commercials with major brands like Nike and Reebok. Growing up in the rough surroundings of Long Beach, California, Emacc developed a plan to show off and bring to the forefront the talent of so many of other brothers and sisters in the same environment.
With years of gained knowledge from mentors, major artists and actors, and other entrepreneurs in the music and entertainment industry Emacc declared his new status as CEO of Emacculent Entertainment.
To date Emacc will be starring in a film called 7th & Westlake with major Hollywood Actor Rick Hard, co-stars Micah Fitzgerald, Omar Gooding, Rick Ross, Samuel Monroe Jr., and more. Be on the lookout for his first compilation album “Emacculent Compilation Volume 1” which features major artists such as Snoop Dog, AD, Chris Brown, OG Suicide, and Micah Fitzgerald who is Hollywood’s leading actor! The compilation also includes first signed rapper on Emacculent Entertainment, K.TWO.
MJ: Your resume and accolades speak for themselves! Looking back on that little boy who had big dreams to make it in Hollywood, what would you say to him now?
EMACC: I would say, God gave everyone a special gift, and it’s up to us to use those gifts to our advantage. Have confidence and believe in yourself, never give up until the race is over.
MJ: Giving back is key when we mention Hip Hop and the culture. However, we also know how the business can be. Why was is so important for you to showcase the talent of up and coming artists?
EMACC: It’s simply the right thing to do. I wanted to give artists the opportunity to live out their dreams and to open the door to our broken society, and in time fix the problems. What someone else has attempted to destroy I’m here to rebuild.
MJ: Your first signed rapper is K.TWO. Tell everyone a little bit about him, why he was chosen to represent Emacculent Entertainment, and what projects he has going on.
EMACC: K.TWO is actually an artist I help raise. I wrote his first rap for him when he was 7-years old. That’s when I discovered he had skills. I know he will be able to shine in the music industry. It’s his time to secure the bag. We have a few new projects we are working on. We have some big features ready to bless his new album and he’s also working on a new mix tape with the help of some mega producers in the industry. I must say it’s a blessing to be where we are, and I’m eager to see where we go with the guidance of God!
MJ: Talk about the label. Will Emacculent Entertainment be limited to artists only?
EMACC: Absolutely not! I want to be involved with anything under the umbrella of entertainment. I want to display talent and also give the people what they want and demand especially when it comes to down to music or putting on a dynamic show. I am working everyday around the clock to create artist’s opportunities to show off their talents and shine.
MJ: Without giving too much away, what can listeners expect from volume 1 of the “Emacculent Compilation”?
EMACC: A universal sound with a mixture of Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, Pop, Trap, Rock, and Latin. We display a collaboration of sound’s and cultures. I will make history with this album and my label.
MJ: To make it in Hollywood you have to wear many different hats, entrepreneur being the biggest! Do you have a preference over acting, business man, modeling, and talent scouting?
EMACC: I was told I am the “Moses” of my family. I’m here to lead and help artists grow, so my preference is I like helping people I realize I am here to help other individuals. I believe we are all King’s and Queens.
MJ: As we wrap up, is there anything else you would like Hollywood and the world to know about yourself and Emacculent Entertainment?
EMACC: Be on the lookout for Emacculent Ent. Because we are coming to claim our stake!
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NEW YORK’S HUGO TALKS NEW MUSIC OFF FORTHCOMING EP
Hugo who is known in New York as the next rising star, announces the release of his new hit single “8 or 9”, which is off his forthcoming EP. I had the opportunity to chop it up with the young artist about his new single, the inside scoop on his new EP, and his plan to become a chart topper!
MJ: Before we get to what fans have been anticipating, let’s take it back a bit. As a teenager you were quite the local celebrity winning talent contests and even creating music in the studios. How did music first enter your life? At what point did the epiphany hit that this was not just a hobby to pass time?
Hugo: It’s always been a part of my life. I remember as far back as 5 years old singing along to the radio and getting positive feedback from adults saying that I sounded good. In High School I realized I could possibly do this as a career.
MJ: You have quite the unique style of singing and your voice crosses over into many genres of music. Although that’s an incredible talent, do you find it more challenging to be accepted into the world of Hip Hop and R&B?
Hugo: I think real fans of music across all genres will accept my style overall. I’m from New York City where there are so many styles, cultures, and types of music. All of that contributes and reflects my own style.
MJ: Ideally in the music scene the main goal is to become a household name, worldwide! What steps are you taking to achieve that? Do you think that ties in at all with being receptive to artist development and guidance from past music veterans?
Hugo: My main goal is to make great music, everything else is secondary to me.
MJ: Ok let’s talk music! You have a hit single titled “8 or 9” which is off your forthcoming EP. Can you share some inside scoop about the EP, without giving too much away?
Hugo: Without giving too much away, it’s a sea of melody and eclecticism.
MJ: Now tell us about “8 or 9”, from the idea to the evolvement, to the final product.
Hugo: “8 or 9” pays homage to the late 90’s and early 2000’s of R&B. Originally that was my only idea but it evolved into a feel good summer anthem.
MJ: Although still very early in your career, you have already worked with quite a few industry mixers. What major artists would you like to collaborate with or share the stage with?
Hugo: I like the guys I work with now and I would enjoy to share the stage with them.
MJ: Take us on stage with Hugo…Give us three words to describe your stage presence.
Hugo: electrifying, hypnotizing, and Oreos! (ha-ha)
MJ: What is it about your style and flow that separates you from other artists?
Hugo: I’m approachable, humble, and honest. Everyone can relate to my music.
MJ: As we wrap up let’s give the fans a peak into your personal side. Where would you like to tour? Who’s in your personal playlist? Who inspires Hugo?
Hugo: I would like to tour globally on cruise ships as well as on airplanes… big ones like 747’s! But seriously I’m open to touring all over the world one day, I haven’t seen most of it yet! My personal playlist varies but a little sample would be Ryan Leslie, System of a Down, The Carpenters, and MJ’s “Off the Wall” album. As for inspiration that comes from my loved ones and their determination to succeed in a world where the odds are stacked against them.
MJ: Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Hugo: More of my music as that’s the best way I know how to express myself. It’s always been like that. You wouldn’t know how I was feeling if we shared a conversation, but if you hear one of my songs you’d know exactly what’s going on with me.
MJ: Much continued success your way, salute!
Hugo: Thanks MJ!
Follow Hugo @hugo_sings
Listen to “8 or 9” below.
20-YEAR MUSIC VET SINN IS HEATING UP THE SCENE
SINN, a seasoned 20 -year vet in the music industry, has an incredible story that credits to his rise to fame. I had the opportunity to link up with SINN to discuss his story and truly embrace his journey.
MJ: I want to begin by taking readers way back to the early years of SINN. when were you introduced to music? Was there a certain circumstance in your life that pulled you into music?
SINN: I was introduced to music at the age of 6. My family had a studio that I would sneak into and my mother would take me to church with her where I would enjoy the sermon and the choir. What pulled me into music was the way music made people move, react, and feel.
MJ: Share with us that moment in your life when you knew music was much more than just a passion or hobby.
SINN: I would say after winning a few local rap battles in high school. I surprised my school by performing a song I created in a talent show and after seeing the reactions for something I created I knew God had blessed me with a gift. I also knew that when I couldn’t sleep without hearing beats and rhymes in my head at all times that I had to share what was in my head with the world.
MJ: Riding also plays a significant role in your life. How does that lifestyle intertwine with creating music and your deliverance to fans?
SINN: I have certain passions in life which are Money, Music, and Motorcycles. When I am riding my mind is free and clear to enjoy the beauty of life and its surroundings and I become inspired by it. I am part of the biker community so I live the biker lifestyle. I want the world to experience it thru my eyes and feel the love and passion that I have for it.
MJ: Not many know that you have worked with many major artists such as Prince, Alicia Keys, Jay Z, and that’s just to name a few. I’m sure those experiences were both rewarding and knowledgeable. Tell us some key pointers about the music business that you learned during those times. How would you say those experiences influenced the path of your own music career?
SINN: Yes, I was blessed to have been at the right places at the right time. What I learned from them was to never waste time because no matter how much money you have you can never buy time. I learned that you have to stay focused and it takes time to make quality and timeless music.
MJ: Let’s talk about your music! As a 20-year vet in the game I know you create timeless music and music that exceeds what’s hot right now or the latest trends. Describe your style and flow. What separates you from others artists?
SINN: My style and flow is original. I let the beat tell me how I am going to approach each and every song, so as the beat changes so does my flow. When people first hear my voice they say I sound like DMX, but with my own swagger. I am honored by that fact.
MJ: You have an extensive music catalog all of which is available on digital streaming platforms. Talk about your progression as an artist throughout the years.
SINN: My progression came about in a totally different way than most. I focused on creating the music and learning the music business first. I focused on producing and engineering, then mixing & mastering other artist’s song. That lead me to ghost writing songs for other artists. I decided to focus on building a musical legacy after my near death motorcycle accident. I went to visit my uncle in Pittsburgh who was dying from cancer, barely could speak with a tube in his throat…his last words were you need to put out this CD…One week later I was in Ohio riding when my uncle past. I was out riding with my sister when I was struck. I woke up in traffic when I regained consciousness and her first words to me were “It would be a shame for you to die with all that music inside you.” So I went to the hospital, healed up a bit, went home still bandaged up and began recording. I haven’t stopped since!
MJ: Thank you for sharing that, this is your destiny! What is out now for fans and listeners to get their hands on? Also tell us about some upcoming projects, collaborations, or tours.
SINN: I have released 17 songs this year so they can experience Ryder Music. As far as my projects, collaborations, and on my upcoming tour fans can stay up to date by logging on to www.hmdmuzic.com.
MJ: Hip Hop…What does that mean to you? As an artist do you feel you contribute to the culture of Hip Hop?
SINN: Hip Hop is a culture, a language, and a lifestyle that we are involved in. I would like to believe I give back to Hip Hop what it has given to me, and that is a purpose and a drive as well as an avenue to deliver a message.
MJ: Before we wrap up let’s give fans a better feel on who SINN is. Name 3 artists in your personal playlist. What 3 places would you like to tour? Who would you name as the most influential person/being in your life?
SINN: The artist in my playlist are: Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and The Temptations. Three places I would like to tour are: Japan, Africa, and Guam. The most influential person in my life is my mother! Her drive is an inspiration in itself.
MJ: Is there anything else you would like the world to know about SINN?
SINN: Always stay hungry for success but never starve for attention.
MJ: Thank you for taking time out for the readers and fans. I wish you continued success, salute!
SINN: Thank you and I am honored.
Listen to SINN below
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