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MJ Gets to Know Cuban Pete, England’s Famed Emcee of 30 Years @c75Designs

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MJ here, your favorite Hip Hop Blogger! Tonight we will get to know England’s well-known and established recording artist, Cuban Pete. First and foremost, thank you for connecting with me and taking time out of the studio for this interview.  Before we begin, I must share that in terms of travel I live through the artists that I interview.  With that being said, tell me what life is really like in England! I want to know similarities, and differences of course with lifestyles and the music scene. I’m also curious what it was like for you growing up in England.  Did you fascinate about the states, like most of us here fascinate about other countries?

CP: England’s different. It’s not as extreme as America. There’s always similarities though. I feel things are becoming more “in your face” as people and society changes. A lot of kids are crazy confident now because of this whole, everyone is a celebrity culture we’re in.  People aren’t scared to make money by being stupid. They think all press is good press.

I can only talk about myself.  I did always look up to America as the birthplace of Hip Hop, even though there is a great respect for the culture over here from most fans. When I started rhyming myself I was already involved long enough to know better than to try and copy the accent of it all. That’s been outlawed in the UK for years now! Although you still get the odd rapper, and more mainstream influenced who you would swear is from Atlanta but is actually from Sunderland.  The ones caught up in the “stuntin and frontin” lifestyle.

A word to the US though; don’t listen to Westwood riding the grime wave to stay “relevant”. UK Hip Hop has been strong and unique for years before grime hit. Shouts to Hijack, Blade, Katch 22, Silver Bullet, Gunshot, MC Mello, Icepick, London Posse, Mud Fam, Task Force, and many others for paving the way and carrying on tradition.

MJ:  It is refreshing to learn that you are part of the emcee crew, a true Master of Ceremony.  You take pride in creating music that gives purpose, and meaning.  Why is that key for you?  I mean there are endless rappers who simply create music to make a quick, catchy hit.  What separates you from that lane?

CP: When I was growing up it was about talent and skills and for most heads those are the real markers MCs are judged by. These “mumblesexuals” today can’t compare. When they decide they are fed up of being wack and try and step up their game lyrically their fans will feel like idiots for liking their wack stuff.

We all like having hits, and getting that recognition. To appeal to the mass public can mean a dilution. I think that’s changed somewhat. It’s not so much a dilution of the music these days, though obviously jumping on the latest trend helps, but it’s also a dilution of yourself. Doing anything and everything to stay “relevant”. It’s about finding a balance and being true to yourself.

MJ: Although you are “Old School” in a sense with your music, you do exude levels of uniqueness and originality so you are not boxed in or labeled as only creating one type of sound or style.  So besides capturing the essence of true Hip Hop, what else does your music offer to listeners? What can they expect from you as a recording artist?

CP: I say I’m Old School because I’ve been into this industry for around 30 years. I grew through the Golden Era and I have that inventiveness and originality inside of me. But I’m still fairly new as a serious recording artist. I’m working with several producers on different projects that I want to have different feels. I want to create music that people recognize through the saturation of the market.

MJ:  You mention that style is essential!  Elaborate on that.

CP: I’m an artist. That translates through the visual and the audio. As an artist, an original artist, you have to have style. Style that people recognize as you. It’s not about fitting in its about standing out.

MJ:  Talk about the fans and appreciation for music.  I know the Hip Hop scene and culture overseas is incredible and intense!

CP: Any artists from the US who has travelled overseas will tell you how the love for the culture is greater over here. The appreciation is great. The music really brings people together. Most of the backbiting is just between the artists. Obviously there’s people who’ll love a Lady Leshurr but not know who Craig G is but that’s par for the course. Not everyone who raps knows their history but a lot of fans do. Don’t piss off a UK rap fan though (or even a UK rapper) because you’ll be dead to them from that point on.

MJ: Can you tell us what’s hot right now with Cuban Pete?  Also what can we look forward to in the new year?

CP: I’m working on my promotion more, to get my work out there. I’ve just started a new website, www.nomadsstreetteam.com, with another talented artist on the FNBG Records roster called Just Write. Were trying to make it the next thisis50!  And I’ve still got my www.c75live.com site of course.

I’m going to keep the singles and videos coming as well as my “Renaissance Man” mixtape, followed by my “Capital C Capital P” album, and my collaboration album “When Warriors Come Out to Plaaaaayyy”.

I also have the “Live Test’ ep with OneMike (T.E.S.T Squad), an as yet untitled project with NY producer B.Dvine www.bdvinemusic.com. I have several Gorilla Army projects and a joint album with the head of the army D.Original Mr.Blue www.hoodiswatching.com. Also in the works is an album called “A War Goin On Outside” with DJ WIZ (Wu Coalition DJ). That should keep me busy…

I design clothing and merchandise for Krumbsnatcha’s label Mind Power Entertainment at www.mindpowerwear.bigcartel.com, and Gorilla Army at www.gorillagearshop.bigcartel.com. I’ll be putting together something with OneMike called Kings Ransom. Me and Mike have been working together for a while now. He’s part of my C75 Live Crew and I’m part of his T.E.S.T. Squad.

I also have my hands full with my design work doing art covers, flyers, etc.

MJ:  Lyrics or beats? As an artist do you have the opinion that one outweighs the other?

CP: You can use either to make a dope track but the best tracks use both. But I came in the game loving lyrics and wordplay, which is why I emcee instead of making beats I guess.  Although I’d love an MPC.

MJ:  Let’s talk collaborations.  Who is on your list to share the stage or studio time with?

CP: Tragedy Khadafi is a possibility right now. Redman and Method Man would be a dream. I don’t really think about it like that though. Most of my collaborations have come about through talking and vibing, or a trade of skills like artwork for a verse. It’s been a mutual organic thing, as opposed to me pursuing or outright paying someone.

MJ:  You have worked with many major artists, some of my top favorites such as Pacewon, Blaq Poet, and Krumbsnatcha!  Did they share any words of wisdom, or drop any jewels on becoming successful in the music industry?

CP: Those guys have done it all so yeah I pick up things, like I do from most people I work with. But the main thing I get from collaborations is that feeling of competition. Proving I can hang or be better than who I’m on the track with. My collaboration album will be crazy!

MJ:  Let’s play the 3 game so readers can get to know you a little better.  Who is in your top 3 personal playlist? What 3 places would you like to tour? Who are 3 influences, personally and musically?

CP:  3?   I had an 160GB IPod and filled it! My favorite album ever is “illmatic”. I have a best of M.O.P. I put together, and a best collaboration ever playlist. I can’t get it down to 3 artists, you’re crazy, lol!

Touring would be America, Brazil, and… I’ve heard Germany is live out there with the fans.

Personal influences come and go. Heroes are human and let you down.  Musically though I’d say Redman, Wu-Tang as a collective, and the third is probably a D.I.T.C. or B.C.C. type collective. Only three is hard after 30 years.

MJ: As we wrap up, is there anything else you would like the world to know about yourself?

CP:  I’m here to cut through the bullsh*t! You might not hear about me every day on these Hip Hop gossip sites but I will still be here in front or behind the scenes making moves. The race is not a sprint, the game is long.

MJ: Thank you again for taking time out for MJ! I wish you much continued success, salute!

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Taylor Bee, Hip Hop Queen, Raising Awareness Through the Lost Element of Knowledge @BeeTV

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Taylor Bee is a woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, and Activist who lives her life dedicated to Hip Hop and paying tribute to the culture via education and elevation.  In a world sometimes consumed with negativity and fears, it is refreshing to celebrate an empowering leader! 

MJ:  First and foremost let me begin by quoting a simple motto of yours that invites women everywhere to shine, “Queenz Up!”  How did this simple yet profound motto evolve?

TB: Well first and foremost thank you for having me on MJ, and let me commend you on the great work that you do. You are a true warrior for artists and Hip Hop as a whole, so Queenz Up to you! We know Hip Hop is male dominated like so many other things, and often times we as women in the industry are pitted as competitors against one another. I wanted the women in the industry to have a stronger bond in sisterhood rather than always feeling like we have to compete with each other. Most people know that I am affiliated with Hell Razah, Queen The Prophet, and GGO.  Razah’s coined phrase is Wingz Up, so I started saying Queenz Up, naturally as a way to salute the ladies and build camaraderie with one another. Everyone loved the idea and “Queenz Up” has been spreading ever since!

MJ: You are an amazing woman who supports so many other empowered women in both personal and professional journeys, hence “Queenz Up”.  Do you feel you are embraced by other women, young women, and teenagers?

TB: In most of my experiences yes, I am embraced by most of the young women I meet. I have encountered a great deal of young women who are so smart and have so many ideas and potential and some who are already bringing those ideas to fruition becoming young Entrepreneurs. As far as peers in the industry there have been some not so pleasant energies but that’s okay too that’s why I stay positive and continue to push “Queenz Up”. I feel everyone brings something different to the table and there is room for us all, I want us all to win.

MJ: Take it back for us. When did you first fall in love with Hip Hop? At what point in your life did that love transform into a mission for you?

TB: Well I am a true Hip Hop head! I can remember first listening to Hip Hop, the real emcees were on the scene like KRS One (who is my birthday twin), Rakim, and BDK.  So that is the era I remember starting out and peace to all the real ones! But I would be amiss if I don’t mention the Wu-Tang Clan which is my favorite group of all time.  I feel in love with Hip Hop for real when I heard Method Man spitting M.E.T.H.O.D. MAN! It was a wrap after that, and I’ve been die hard Wu fan ever since. In 2014 is when I really started engaging within the industry and met Hell Razah and everything I’ve done since sparked from that.

MJ: I want to talk about BEE TV, which is an incredible platform for so many people of all walks of life! Give us the who, what, when, where, how, and why of BEE TV.

TB: So Bee TV is my second child! I have always been the one to dig deeper and want to find the truth about real black history and overall truth about the world. I was promoting for Hell Razah at the time and on my page all you would see is my promotion and things about world history and injustices and different things like that. Something was brewing in me and I felt I needed a bigger platform to let it all out. So I came up with Bee TV: A Platform for the Truth, this was in June of 2016. Our Mission is to fuse conscious Hip Hop with the truth in order to raise awareness in the community. My first interview was with The Mighty Hebrew, and we did the interview in a park in North Philly and it was amazing and was so well received. The rest is history from there!

MJ:  Being a woman who absorbs each element of Hip Hop as a way of life, I’m very curios to learn your thoughts on the stance of Hip Hop in 2018, from the music to the culture.

TB: Well I believe the music and the culture go hand in hand, and that is what worries me about Hip Hop in 2018. I believe the content that is being force fed to the masses is not real Hip Hop, rather a genre of rap that I classify as Trap/Pop Rap. I would not disrespect real emcees and the creativity that they all branded by calling this mainstream trap/pop genre Hip Hop. I’m old school and biased and I don’t have a problem stating that. I also feel as though these artists don’t even really pay homage or respect the older Gods of Hip Hop. So I have a strict policy of NO Trap/Pop genre music on my show, period! It is okay to have fun in Hip Hop and have a balance but their music in my opinion is straight poison, everything from the frequency of the beats to the not so lyrical content. I would be a hypocrite to have a platform promoting teaching and elevation and then play some of what’s being pushed out now by the majority of artists today.

MJ: What is underway for Taylor Bee? What are some upcoming projects or business endeavors we can look forward to?

TB: Bee TV has a lot in store this year! The Mini Series Bee Cause starts in March (official date TBD). The other Mini Series are open for Artists and Entrepreneurs as well. I am collaborating on a project with Uneeke Kenetic, an artist from Trenton, NJ. “Hidden Knowledge” volume 3 (dropping this summer), will feature myself on the entire album, and I have a few solo joints on there including the theme music that I wrote for Bee Cause. I am very excited about writing music again. That is something I thought I would not do again, and I have to say I owe that to Hip Hop class of 2018 (lol).  it is so horrible now that it sparked me to come out of hibernation, and I wanted theme music for my show so who better to write it than me?! Also the God Uneeke Kenetic sparked me and my creativity has been flowing ever since.

MJ: “3 game”, play along …3 artists in your personal playlist? 3 influences, personal or musically? 3 places you would like to bring BEE TV to?

TB: 3 Artist in my personal playlist are Hell Razah, Wu-Tang Clan, and Nas. 3 influences both professionally and musically have to be Hell Razah, Rza, and Freedom Fighting Ancestors.  3 places you will find Bee TV is running programs that teach the youth the true and proper history, as well as giving them life lessons to help survive in this world.  Bee TV will also grow to be a known pillar in the community for bringing empowerment and unity to all people! Finally, I’d like to see the Mini Series syndicated and being listened to by the masses, we all need more positivity in our lives!

MJ: As we wrap up is there anything else you want the world to know about Taylor Bee?

TB: I just want to let everyone know that anything you put your mind to is possible. Don’t let negativity and naysayers make you bury your dreams and aspirations! I do this from the heart and for the people, my word is my bond, and I want us all to win. Let’s learn how to support one another and genuinely build a better tomorrow for the babies! Thank you MJ for the opportunity to get my message out there! #WingzUp #QueenzUp

MJ: Thank you for taking the time out for this interview, Queenz Up!

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Mercy Gang Emancipates Hip Hop With Their Latest Album “M.E.R.C.Y.” (Murdering Every Rapper Coming at You) @MercyGang1

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MJ here your favorite Hip Hop blogger!  Tonight it is more than a pleasure, it is an honor to interview Pennsylvania’s and East Coast’s own Mercy Gang!  Mercy Gang embodies the definition, lifestyle, and culture of Hip Hop.  Album after album the group conveys unity, brotherhood, and Hip Hop in it’s true form.

Their latest album “M.E.R.C.Y.” is an imperishable work of art created with blended talent and a mastery of lyricism, beats, and straight bars! This album is in tribute to the group’s fallen soldier Hefty Metal…

MJ: Let me begin by thanking you for taking the time to chop it up with MJ. Its an honor, you’re an amazing journalist, and poet.  Let’s jump right in and talk about the new album M.E.R.C.Y.  You have some of my favorite emcees on the album as features such as Chris Rivers and Ren Thomas.  Give everyone the who, what, where, when, why, and how of M.E.R.C.Y.  What does the acronym stand for?  Talk about the production. Talk about the cover art. Talk about the meaning behind it.  How was it creating music and an album without the core member Hefty (RIP)?

MG: The acronym M.E.R.C.Y. stands for Murder Every Rapper Coming at You. It was an honor to work with some of the nicest lyricists in the game.  Ren Thomas is like family, we have done plenty of shows with him and our brothers over at Sensi Starr so it was bound to happen. Our fellow Bax War brother Pryme Prolifik did the production on that record. As for Chris Rivers we chopped it up on the phone with him, sent him the track and he murdered it. We also have U.G from the legendary Cella Dwellas. He has been like a big brother and mentor to us since we went on tour with him, and Adlib in 2013. We wanted to work with some producers we didn’t get a chance to work with on our first album, but still keep that in your face sound that our fans were used to. We had some of the usual suspects like JL Studios, Level 13, U.G, Chris Fields, Nysom, and a couple of new producers like Holla da Schollar, Will Sully, and Pryme Prolifik. The artwork was done by the Soloist. We wanted to let Hefty know how much we miss him and that we know he is watching over us. This was a long and emotional 2 years; a lot of tears were shed working on this album without him. He was very creative and had such a powerful voice that was a big part of our sound. We appreciate the amazing poem you wrote for Hefty on this album; it really meant the world to us and his family.

MJ:  What do you want fans to embrace most from this album? Tell us what three words would Hefty use to describe the album.

MG: We want the fans to truly appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears we put into this album. The three words Hefty would use would be amazing, compelling, and honored.

MJ:  Will there be a M.E.R.C.Y sophomore album or trilogy?

MG: Yes, we’re constantly working on new material. Maine has a project with suspect from Marmel coming soon, and DJ Merc is working on a mixtape.

MJ:  I have to share that Mercy Gang is in my top 5 of favorite Indie Hip Hop groups for many reasons!  To begin each of you share the same core belief that Mercy Gang is a reflection of a family and true brotherhood.  To further, the group has an incredible know-how and skill to combine individual unique talents into fused perfection!  So often you hear of groups that break up or call it quits after a few hits or an album.  2017 Mercy Gang is still thriving.  Share the secret of a successful group. Also what would you say are some challenges?

MG: Thanks MJ! That’s means a lot coming from you, being the Hip Hop head you are.  We trust each other’s creativity and respect each other’s point of view as it comes to beats, rhymes, and life. We argue and bump heads like most groups do, but the love and respect that we have for each other and for our Mercy Gang Brand is stronger than our pride or any egos.

MJ:  Listening to M.E.R.C.Y talk about how the group has progressed musically from previous albums.  How would you like to further progress as a group?

MG: Just continuing to make the music from our hearts, and daring to be different. We’re not afraid to take risks, always giving our all on every song, verse, or hook. We don’t sit around trying to make a hit. We just let the music bring the best out of us organically.

MJ: Mercy Gang has shared the studio and stages with several major artists!  Talk about a memorable time in your career that still stands out to you.  Also, who would you like to add to that list of collaborations?

MG: We have had a few but the performances that stick out the most were the Staten Island shows where Method Man came on stage and started rocking to our song. We have also had the honor of rocking the stage with both Sean Price and Prodigy who sadly are no longer with us. May they both rest in peace. Our bucket list of artists we would love to work with, for Maine would be Redman and Nas. Paulie would like to collaborate with Eminem and Tech N9ne. We would also love to work with Philly’s own the 30 and Over League.

MJ:  As we move into the new year give us some inside scoop on upcoming shows or other projects you will be working on.

MG: We’re working on some dates for a couple of mini tours in Canada with Marmel and with universal entities from MA, VA, and NC.  We are working on another Mercy Gang album. Maine and Suspect are working on a project titled “Cross Boarder Connections Vol 2”.  DJ Merc has a mixtape coming out, and we have a couple of surprises under our sleeve as well, so stayed tuned!

MJ:  Let’s talk about support!  I find it amazing how incredibly supportive and encouraging you are to other artists.  I remember one show, our first time meeting in person, you arrived early, supported every single performance and performer, and even stayed afterwards to network.  Why is that so important to you?  How does that help you as artists?

MG: Well first and foremost I’m a fan of the culture so I love to see other dope artists, and we are always down to do build for collaborations. Networking is extremely important when you’re an artist, dj, promoter, manager, or even just a fan. So many doors can open up through networking. We’ve met some great people who share the same love and passion as we do.

MJ:  I get called an ol’ head quite frequently because I debate and critique music that so many are quick to categorize or label as Hip Hop.   When I think of Hip Hop I think lyrics, boom bap, knowledge, delivering a message, instruments, poetry, art, etc. I think of a 4-minute track with a hook.  I think of catchy intro’s and outro’s.  I think of longevity; I can go on forever.  Tell me in your own words how do you define Hip Hop?  Do you see Mercy Gang ever conforming to fads or trends?

MG: We will never conform to fads or trends, that’s just not us. Hip hop is a way of life for us!  we eat, sleep, and shit Hip Hop…Hip Hop is a feeling, Hip Hop is competitive, Hip Hop is beats, rhymes, originality. It’s being true to yourself, and not trying to fit in.

MJ:  I’m curious, how did everyone link up and create Mercy Gang?  If it wasn’t for music where would you be right now in life?

MG: Maine did a record with Sway one of our earlier members, and Hefty came to the session and the three of them hit it off instantly. I was part of a group called Unstable Minds when Hefty reached out to me about joining the group. The original group consisted of Hefty, Maine, Ace, Sway, myself, Paulie, and Bagz. Our name was “The Mercenaries,” but Maine wasn’t feeling it so he started saying Mercy Gang and it stuck. We met DJ Merc at a show we did in Jersey and he was dope. So three months later Hefty approached him about being in the group and the rest is history. We still try to keep the essence of the original group by putting the former members on a lot of our projects. If I weren’t doing music I would probably be pursuing my interest in writing scripts for movies (Maine).

MJ:  Play along with the quick 3…. Name three places you would like to tour.  Name three artists in your playlist regardless of genre. Name 3 people who have influenced you both personally and musically.  Describe in three words a Mercy Gang performance.

MG: We would love to tour overseas like Europe, Japan, and definitely the United States. My playlist right now has Redman, John Mayer, and Conway. Paulie’s playlist right now has Twiztid, Wu Tang, and Benny from Griselda. My three influences would be my cousin Sudan who I learned how to rap from. My mom who made me the person I am today and I would have to say the culture of Hip Hop.  Three words to describe a Mercy Gang show without a doubt would be energetic, raw, and amazing.

MJ:  Each member of the group has their own personal lives, where does the balance come in?  How do you balance career and family?  Sometimes in this industry to be successful in both is extremely difficult.

MG: It’s a thin line, because one is going to effect the other.  For Paulie and myself we both have wives and kids, and both of our wives are nurses and their schedules are crazy.  So when it comes to touring we have to work around our family’s schedule. But the thing that makes it work is the love and support our family shows us when it comes to our music, they know how much it means to us.

MJ:  As we wrap up, is there anything else you would like the world to know about Mercy Gang?

MG: We would want the world to know that we love what we do, and we try our best to give our all on every track we do. We love Hip Hop!  We love our fans, and we love making music.

MJ:  I wish Mercy Gang a future filled with success and extraordinary accomplishments! Thank you for being true to Hip Hop, salute!

MG: Same to you MJ.  We want to thank you for being our voice for Hip Hop. Continue to hold it down for us independent and underground artists. We salute you and it was an honor to do this interview with you.

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Meet Jes Blaze, NY’s Own Ambassador of Hip Hop and the Airwaves @No_Filter_Radio @Jes_Blaze_

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MJ here with one of NY’s top entrepreneurs making some heavy hitting power moves across the globe!  I have the pleasure to chop it up with Jes Blaze, who is Hip Hop devotee, radio owner & host, event planner & host, and manager!  First and foremost, thank you for taking time away from your upcoming showcases for this interview.  For those that might not be familiar, tell everyone who Jes Blaze is…

JB: Jes Blaze is just a simple around the way girl that’s just been molded differently due to early life experiences. I’m a Biker (been riding for 10yrs), Mother and Wife. I’m extremely outspoken and a multi tasker. I always aim to help others, sometimes more than myself. I’m compassionate but don’t f*** with me or f*** me over!

MJ:  I want to take it back and give the fans a little history.  Tell us a little bit about your upbringing.  I know that you are very family orientated, as well as a true New Yorker!  I bet you get that a lot.  What comes to mind when people tell you that?  How do you define a true New Yorker?

JB: I’m the youngest of 5; 3 sisters and 1 brother. My brother tried his hardest to make me a boy. He wanted a little brother, got me and said I’m still going to treat you like a boy, hence my mental way of thinking.  I have the mentality of a Man, yet always a lady.  I was and still am spoiled being the youngest I always get my way. Family is everything to me!  Whenever I leave New York to another state my New York accent, as they say gives it away.  I’m Street Smart NY, survival of the fittest! New York is a grind state and everyone is always on the go so you have to keep up.  They say if you can survive living in New York you can survive anywhere, and I survived leaving home at 15 when I thought I was grown. I was working by 15, and had a car and a crib at 16. It wasn’t easy but it built me Ford tough!

MJ:  When would you say music became a key element in your life? Is there someone you credit that to?  What point did you declare to pursue the music industry as a career?

JB: My brother, I have 3 sisters but was always with my brother. He would always play rap from the legends and make me recite the lyrics! From Slick Rick’s ” Children’s Story”, to Rob Base’s ” Joy and Pain” I loved it! I loved the energy, the beats, and the lyrics, I was amazed at how creative someone can be by telling a story.  About 2 years ago I was asked to be a host for an online radio show. I did it for a few months and things went south. I decided it was best that I part ways but then I thought to myself “what now”?  “Do I just stop doing radio, that’s it, it’s just temporary?”  My husband told me to continue perusing it that I was on a good wave and people liked me. I agreed and said I think I can do this myself. I always push myself and challenge myself to new feats. So I went ahead and did extensive research about radio and just started my show. Of course there were many bumps along the road but I saw it as a test of my strength of whether I can do this or not!!

MJ:  Let’s talk about the very first time you were live on the air.  What emotions were running through you? Fast forward to the present, share the level of success No Filter Radio Show is receiving in such a short period of time throughout the U.S. and internationally!

JB: I was nervous as all hell! See I’ve always been shy, until one day I woke up and said “F*** what people think”! (Snapple fact) I kept thinking, “I’m going to run out of things to say”, or “I’m going to stutter”. But as time passed I started to become one with the mic! it’s sort of became second nature to me and I felt so comfortable and somewhat powerful that I have a platform and people are listening to me. I look forward to every Sunday to jump on the mic and share my thoughts with others. I’m beyond humbled at the success I have received.

MJ:  I admire you, praise you, support you, and have the upmost respect for you.  Not only have you taken the airwaves by storm by providing a platform for up and coming Indie Artists to be recognized, but you continue to discuss controversial topics and news the world would rather sweep under the rug and close eyes and ears to.  That takes courage, confidence, and stamina!  Why has it become a mission of yours to bring such topics to light?  Have you experienced negative reactions because of that?

JB: Thank you so much for that! I appreciate you! Society keeps living with this blanket over their faces and unfortunately over their kids as well. I feel like so many things need to be addressed rather than forgotten about. that’s what “awareness” is about. So I figured with my show I’d take full advantage. Also I speak about things people only think about because they’re afraid to speak on it. so you can say I’m like a breath of fresh air for them.  I’ve had some negative feedback, but opinions are like a**holes, everyone’s got them so I can only respect it and keep it pushing. See people need to understand that everyone isn’t going to like what you do or say and that’s ok. you just can’t allow that to define who you are. I stand firm by everything I say. My pops always told me “If you’re 100% certain about something fight to the death when it comes to explaining but if you aren’t, shut the hell up!”

MJ:  Would you consider yourself a role model to young women and to women who are pursuing a career in a male dominated industry?

JB: I’d like to think so. there’s that saying, “Someone is always watching”. I tell young girls to be confident at all times! Stand by what you believe in and don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. There are some men who are intimidated by strong intelligent women, I’m not one for proving to others but in this sense you have to go a little harder because you will be tested. Don’t fold!

MJ:  Take this time to let everyone know about the independent showcases and contests you put on monthly for artists.  You are doing so much more than providing an opportunity for artists to be heard, you are also providing them with the knowhow and confidence to progress in the music industry. Talk about that.

JB: My monthly showcases thankfully have been successful for about a year now. Again I love helping people and given my platform I wanted to give artists an opportunity to show what they’re really about. However, they perform not only to show their skills on the mic but for chances to win either a Thisis50.com article write up, studio time, or Interview. So it pushes them to go a little harder. I tend to develop a relationship with most artists. Constructive criticism is important!  I tell them if you can’t take critique from me and are trying to make it up top, they’ll eat you alive! I’m honest about their music no sugar coating. if it’s bad I’ll let you know! I’m proud to say I broke an artist, Wyen Solo, into the U.S. from the United Kingdom. I opened up many doors for her and that alone lets me know that I’m doing what I should be doing.

MJ:  Can you share with fans what’s coming up in the new year that we can expect and look at for?

JB: Blaze is always on the move and always cooking up a new idea or new way to help Indie artists. In 2018 you can expect some workshop events for artists to help themselves as far as presentation, speech and overall artist development. There will be more showcases, and a special event for DJs, because people forget who the life of the party is.

MJ:  I used entrepreneur to describe you because you have your name and hands dabbled everywhere from modeling, fashion, the biker life, and if I remember correctly you were interested in a cooking show as well!  You are also a wife and mother.  How do you find a balance?  What is the secret to a healthy relationship?  Some think a relationship while in the music industry is taboo.

JB: Well my husband supports me 100% and also may be managing me. He’s going to be honest at all times and I would never have to question his opinion or loyalty.  It’s about communication, it’s so important! It’s the common ground!  I know I’m always dealing with men and men will attempt to come on to me because it’s a predominantly male environment, but that’s where trust factors in. My Son is extremely supportive; I actually have him listen to music that is sent to me for his opinion. So in essence I involve my family in my business, and they are my biggest supporters. My will Family always come first. My husband and I ride so that is a plus! Whether I go out alone or with him he understands the passion for it. I kind of gave up a little on the modeling because every gig I was offered they wanted me to be half naked. I’m a married woman and even if I wasn’t I don’t feel I need to show my a** to make it, my mind and face do enough…. The secret is sex, communication, and trust (and yes notice I put sex first)!

MJ:  Tell me, in about a year or two when I come back to interview you, what will we be catching up?  What is next on the list of accomplishments for Jes Blaze?

JB: Having my own studio for my show and having other shows and hosts.  I want artists to come and drop some bars and create dope music…Shade 45 has been my end goal and I’m working hard towards that…More showcases in bigger venues and other states…Expanding No Filter Radio Brand out of New York, (already in the works) and to become rich not so much famous, but rich.

MJ:  Is there anything else you would like the world to know about Jes Blaze?

JB: I’m just a humble chick that tries to do good at all times. I feel if you do without expecting anything in return it will come back 10 times fold. My motto is #PayItForward. I always look to help someone else out because some people really have it bad. I’m a go getter and I’ll never allow anything or anyone to stop what I wholeheartedly have a passion for. I just hope to continue inspiring others and being a positive force in this screwed up society we live in.  #EveryMoveIzCritical

 

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MARKIE3: LIVING THE DREAM

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1212mag – First of all, thank you for taking the time to sit down with 1212 magazine…
1212mag – Where did you grow up?
MARKIE3 – Bronx ny
1212mag – What is your musical background?
MARKIE3 – R&B,Soul and Gospel
1212mag – When did you discover that you wanted to be a Singer?
MARKIE3 – In Church when i was on the choir as a diner and choir director.
1212mag – How long has music been apart of your life?
MARKIE3 – Since the age of 6 years old.
1212mag – Who is your childhood hero in music and do you still look up to him/her today?
MARKIE3 – Johnny Gill, Keith Washington, Bobby Brown, Tony Terry, Dave Hollister, Glenn Jones the list goes on lol.
1212mag – As an artist, what does Markie 3 represent?
MARKIE3 – Well as for the name markie 3 it represents the 3rd mark you see standing in front of you,the first two marks was not focus in life to busy caring about the wrong things in life. Now the 3 rd mark you see here you can’t not take his mind off what he is built to do, he is focus.

1212mag – How would you describe your own style?
MARKIE3 – Smooth, Soulful, Joyful, Love and Happiness.
1212mag – What message do you want to convey to people that listen to your music?
MARKIE3 – That love still exists, that we can still party with one another without hate, we can talk with one another without fighting. we can love our women and there is nothing wrong with becoming a man and leaving the childish ways in teenage years, there is nothing wrong with growing up.Yes we go through our ups and down but we can learn how to forgive…sometimes lol
1212mag – Out of all the songs you’ve recorded, which one is the most personal?
MARKIE3 – “Sorry”, “By My Side”, “Unconditional Love” and my new single “Back In Love”, just to name a few.
1212mag – Do you have any plans for 2017 that you can share?
MARKIE3 – Be on the lookout for the 3rd ep call back in the kitchen, radio show and clothing line and more H.I.E.ENT (hands in everything) We about business lol.
1212mag – In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?



MARKIE3 – I changed a lot.I was more into Gangsta music, insulting woman AND KNOWING THAT WAS NOT ME!(that was part of Markie 2 lol) Doing hooks that were whooo! crazy. I had dig inside and find me and become me who has more love then hate and for those who know me know what i am talking about.
1212mag – On your newest project, are there any collaborations we can look forward to?
MARKIE3 – Well so far i have one artist from queens rap artist name Jon-jon on the next single called ‘shouldn’t give her my number” i love writing reality music lol.
1212mag – Who’s on your iPod playlist?
MARKIE3 – To be honest Markie 3 of course and a few other R&B music along with some independent artist music.
1212mag – Is there anything outside of music that you have a passion for also?
MARKIE3 – Oh yes for those who know Basket Ball my top pick I was that guy and being able to help other artist grow and believe that you can do whatever you put ya mind to it.



1212mag – What is your greatest music memory currently?
MARKIE3 – Having the number one video on video city tv, being on different tv shows, hearing my voice on a song being played on power 105.1fm by DJ will and becoming the 2x singer-songwriter of the year and nominated again this year for the 3rd straight time in a row.
1212mag – Are there any shout outs that you would like to give?
MARKIE3 – Shout to my god cause without him there is no me. shout out to my h.i.e ent family, my uni radio family,NY undercover family, my London family, my family period, my supporters and friends
and alllllllll the haters thank you!
1212mag – Where can new fans find you at?
MARKIE3 – www.MARKIE3MUZIK.COM

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Interview: BIG DREEZ | Going Hard

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1212MAG: For the people that don’t know, tell them who you are…

Big Dreez: Yeah, my name is Idreez “aka” Dreez. I got the aka Dreez because alot of people didn’t want to say Idreez, so they usually call me Dreez for short, you know. I got that from my big cousin “Man.” He’ll be like; Idreez man, because I’m “god-body.” Yeah, my name is Idreez. He’ll be like; “I can’t say that shit.” and he’ll just be like; “Dreez, come here.” Hey Dreez, and I be like, I guess that’s my name now, so everybody else just started calling me Dreez. But it fit though, you know, so i just say, alright. But since I’m 6’3, damn near 350lbs, I put big in front of it. They call me “Big Dreez,” so I’m Big Dreez.

1212MAG: where you from?

I’m from Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in the downtown section of Brooklyn. Downtown Brooklyn, in the housing projects by the name of Gowanus. Gowanus Projects, born and raised there. Alot of my mom side of family is out Brownsville. I use to play the fence, man, back and forth, you know, but my home is definitely Gowanus Projects.

1212MAG: ok, can we get a brief synopsis of your career so far?

Big Dreez: Right now, I just put out one big single that took off because of the features that I had, The feature that I had on the single. I had Cassidy on one of my single call “Go Hard,” Cassidy featured Right now that’s just going through the roof man, with the views. I appreciate the people, hitting me on YouTube, you know, giving me good comments and stuff man, on my career. Got over 60k views right now and we only have the video up for two weeks man, so that’s nothing but love, you know. My first introduction to the world was the feature that I did with one of my songs, but I had Little Fame from my home team, M.O.P., jump on the feature and that took me to the roof, you know. Alot of people wanted to know who I was and you know, it was a great introduction, you know what I mean. So that was one of a big feature that, like got my career going to the top. So that was pretty decent.

1212MAG: what made you want to get into doing music?

Big Dreez: Coming back, watching some of the old school cats, you know, get out there and grab the mic and express themselves over some great beats man, I think, that’s what makes me want to get into music, cause I want to do what the older cats were doing man, grab the mic and, watch the crowd reaction, you know, with the oohs and aahs man. I always wanted to be the center of attention, that’s just me man, you know. That’s me, so I wanted to grab the mic and do the same thing and once I really got into the rhythm and I started writing my little raps and, you know, the kids at my age at the time, will give me the same reaction like the adults was doing at the block parties and stuff. I was, I felt like the man. Now I’m the center of attention, you know what I’m saying. That was dope to me man So I just kept writing man, and just, you know, just kept doing what I wanted to do, saying what I wanted to say, and I got the crowd reaction. I always love to be the center of attention, as you can see.

1212MAG: who was some of your biggest influences in music?

Big Dreez: Some of my biggest influences in music, I’m gonna say, I’m gonna use my home team. I’m gonna say them first, M.O.P., Little Fame and Billy Danz. I say them because they were a big influence, because you know, back in the days listening to music, listening on the radio, you know, we can’t, you know, it’s like a—how you say it? It’s a, it’s a mirage. You know what I’m saying? They’re there, but they’re not there. You can’t touch then, but you know. It’s funny, you know what I’m saying? What I mean by that is that they can’t , they can’t be touched, you know what I’m saying? When I say influence, they cannot be touched, I got influenced because this was my own home team actually doing what the stars are doing and everybody else, not only just my family, our immediate family, but strangers out there is actually playing their music and praising them, you know, like celebrity. They became a celebrity status. So now, just like, wait a minute, they did it. You know what I mean? They are celebrities now. So they were a big influence to me. You know what I’m saying? And my second person, I got to say this man, is Jay Z man, because Jay Z, you know, he never stop. His love and his passion, and Jay Z talk to the world, and give them his life. And he pretty much does what—he pretty much did what I did. You know what I’m saying? Like he did the out of town hustling thing, I did the out of town hustling thing, you know, and he actually put that on wax man. He gave the world a vision of what’s going on, and if you listen to some of my music, I talk the same shit he talk. You know what I mean? So, Jay Z was definitely a big influence man. And not only did he get the—you know, the hood backup behind him, he actually got the big corporate world to back him. You know what I’m saying? They get behind him and his music. You know what I’m mean? So, I was kinda turned on, on how he took the ghetto to Wall Street, basically. To sum it all up, he just basically took the hood to Wall Street, man. And he’s doing it, so he’s definitely an influence, man.



1212MAG: if I ask you to describe your music to my readers, what would you tell us?

Big Dreez: You have to understand where I’m coming from and you got to be a boss to understand what I’m talking about. Like I said; my life is a very an abstract picture that I paint for my listeners, you know. To you it might sound, it might seem a little weird, but when you actually listen, you get to understand what I’m saying and understand where I’m coming from, what I’m talking about, you know. This is boss talk. I don’t talk nothing but things I’ve done in life, big boss shit. Driving Mercedes-Benz, in the back of Maybachs, whipping Lamborghinis. If you see me out in Miami, sometimes you’re going to see Big Dreez in the Hurricane or you’re gonna to see Big Dreez in the Wraith, with the stars in the hood, you know. That’s how I play, and that’s what I talk about.

1212MAG: what’s the one thing you want fans to get from your music?
Big Dreez: … is to understand who I am. To know that my life could have been taken away from me. Well, I’m not going to say my life, my freedom. So—even though I’m speaking and talking to you about what my life is about, make no mistakes, when being in this industry and I left that alone, I’m happy. I’m at ease. I’m comfortable. I don’t have to look over my shoulders no more, you know. I don’t have to worry about when the police get behind me, am I dirty. Not anymore, man. So at the end of my music, I talk it. I’ll let you all know what the life was like, you know. But in the end, you can hear the tiredness in my voice, like yo, I’m tired of this, man, you know. Maybe, one day this thing will be over. I did what I had to do, cause I had to do it. You understand? I had to do it. Alot of people didn’t, you know, alot of people who have a silver spoon, I didn’t have silver spoon when I grew up in my mouth, man. You know? I ended up with three felonies. And in this society, when you have that much, those many strikes, you know, on your record, they look at you as a habitual, that you’ll never change. So to live as a law abiding citizen was never an option. It’s not an option for me. I had to get out here and do what I had to do to survive, you know. The music save me, man. The music save me.

1212MAG What outlets currently offer your music for the fans to enjoy?

Big Dreez: Currently, you can catch my newest single, “Go Hard” featuring Cassidy and Don Rella. You can download that on Itunes and you can also see the video on YouTube under, subscribe under my YouTube channel, Big Dreez. Actually, excuse me, you could catch the song also on Tunecore, Spotify. Them Pretty much some of the engines that I’m using right now to distribute my music.

1212MAG I have to ask, how did “Go Hard” featuring Cassidy and Don Rella come about? The track is fire by the way.

Big Dreez: Appreciate that. The feature actually happens just on the spur of the moment. My family who is “Barber shop Pop,” I call him Pop, but everyone in the world knows him as “Barber shop Pop”, Thanks to B.I.G., the “Notorious One.” May he rest in peace. That’s another one of my brothers. Barber Shop Pop had good ties with Cassidy he was like “yo, I think you should do a feature with ‘Cas’ man. You know he’s lyrical, you know. He’s hip-hop, and pretty much you’re the same. You’re a lyrical acrobat like himself. So I think you two would sound good on a song, you know.” So you know, I took him up on his offer. Reached out to “Cas.” You know, “Cas” was very diplomatic about the whole thing and everything. You know, he went with it, you know. He called me and told me to send him the beat. I sent him the beat. I set the studio time and date, and he made it, and he was there, and he came, and delivered the pain, man. That’s Cassidy, man. So I say hey, you know

know. He called me and told me to send him the beat. I sent him the beat. I set the studio time and date, and he made it, and he was there, and he came, and delivered the pain, man. That’s Cassidy, man. So I say hey, you know

1212mag: what is the favorite song from your protect and why?

Big Dreez: I’m currently working on a project now. My project that’s coming up. It’s called “Before the Deal.” My most favorite song on that project is called “Dope Baby.” its my most favorite song of the project is because it has that boss feel. It’s like when I’m talking, talking my lyrics, I picture myself in a white linen Louis Vuitton suite, sitting in the back of my Maybach, with the curtains drawn. smoking on my cigar and just giving the world, just giving the world that Rick Ross fell, man. Yo, shout out to Rick Ross, man. Ricky Ross, man. Like his music, man. Always love what he stood for. Now, the other stuff, of course I don’t stand for that, but, as an artist man, haven’t met him, but as an artist , I like his music. And it just, it just has that feel. And when I listen to Ross, man, I listen to most of his albums, man. And he always have that one joint that just has that big boss feel, man. You know what I’m saying, when he came out in his suit and tie, always blazer, shoes. You know what I’m saying? Letting the world know I’m the boss, I’m here. So definitely, “Dope Baby” got that feel, man. that’s why that’s one of my favorites, man.

1212mag: what is your main goal or you haven’t reached it yet?

Big Dreez: To be honest with you, I haven’t made it yet. My definition of making it is when I have, when my label, illegalNoise Entertainment, becomes a major, and I open up an outlet for talented artists to actually have a platform to distribute their music, then that’s when I’m gonna say I made it. When illegalNoise is a worldwide—Excuse me, when it’s a household name and struggling artists, will no longer struggle. They will have a platform for their music to be distributed. That’s when I’m gonna say that I made it. When my record label becomes a major label, that’s when I made it. Because right now I’m independent, you know. But when I become major, that’s when I can say I made it.

1212mag: other than writing music, are there any other talents we should know about?

Big Dreez: Besides writing music, Alot of people might not know, but —you know, I worked in the construction field for a little, small brief time. I have carpentry skills. I’m not going to sit here and say I can build a home, but, you know, I know the steps, I know the foundation in the mechanics of building homes, and restructuring homes, and you know, work around alot of — What I can I say? Work around alot of heavy duty equipment tools, you know. Pretty much, you know, renovating homes,that’s what I do on the side. Alot of people don’t know that, but, you know, I got skills in that.

1212mag: If you could bring back anyone to do a song with, who would it be?

Big Dreez: Man, I mean, that’s not even a question, man. “Notorious” B.I.G. That’s not even a thought. I mean, if I could bring my homie back, man. That would be definitely who I would want to do a feature with. I always wanted to do a feature with B.I.G. Ever since we were younger kids, man, you know, he was always out there MCing around, and he was the best around the way, man. When I say around the way, cause like I say, I told you I was from the Gowanus Projects, but mom had, you know, left my “Grams” house and she move into, Clinton Hills, Bed-Stuy area, and that’s where, you know, I met the Junior Mafia, and Biggie and everybody at a young age. Like I said, he was the nicest around that area, I was just starting to write my rhymes, man, and I didn’t want to get my mic crushed, you know. That’s one of the things that we, you know, back then, you know, didn’t want to happen, man. Cause, got your mic crush, man, that’s like somebody just come walking up to you, punching you in the face. You know what I’m saying? So I didn’t want to get my mic crushed, man, and Biggie was definitely a beast with it. But you know, he would definitely be a person I would love to bring back and do a feature with.

1212mag: what’s on your playlist right now?

Big Dreez: That’s funny you all should as that man. I love hip-hop, you know, but I’m a R&B dude. I love R&B, man. Right now, R&B. What’s in my playlist right now, that I’m bumping right now, I’m bumping Mary J. Blige right now. Mary stays in rotation in my playlist. I got a 16 changes, so, you know, I bump Mary. Far as my R&B collection, I definitely bump David Hollister, you know. I love David Hollister music, man. I love the actual, you know, just the vocals, man. He can slay, he can blow, you know. I listen to alot of Don L. Jones, you know. I got that in the playlist. Who else do I get in my playlist that you all should know about? I got Don L. Jones, Mary J., Dave Hollister. There’s a couple a more, man, but I’m just letting the world just leave with them three right there, man, you know.

1212mag: before we go, are there any shout outs that you want to send?

Big Dreez: yeah man, there’s a couple of shout outs man, that I want to give, man. I want to shout out to my man “Half” the Hustler. Shout out the “Barber shop Pop”, my home team M.O.P. I want to shout out “The Lox”. Shout out “Dice Pain”. Shout out Daizle, “Daizle the Machine”. Definitely shout out Jay Z the big homie. You know, what’s up. Shout out “Jay Runner”. That’s one of my closest peoples. shout out “Half”. Not “Half” the Hustler, but the Half from the Rangers, you know. These are my close people that I deal with, you know. Shout out to my man ILLFLO, he’s my cameraman. that’s my guy right there. He’s my all around guy, man. He does it all, you know. That’s like my little brother, man, you know. Shout out to my manager “Movie”. That’s pretty much what I got for you. If I don’t shout, you all know I’m still here man. You know, I still got love for everybody, man. Shout out to my immediate family, like my moms, my grandmoms, because those are my biggest fans, man. My moms just come around, you know. She’ll just pull up to the house and she’ll be playing one of my songs in her car, you know. Blasting it, so shout out to you moms, you know. My biggest fan,you know. Then my grandmoms, man, seventy nine years old, man, listening to my music, man. That’s dope, you know…

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CHICAGO’S GROWING ICON PRECISE TALKS HIP HOP, YOUTH, MILLION MAN MARCH, & MORE |@PRECISE_CHI

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MJ: MJ here with 1212MAG.   I’m excited for tonight’s interview as it’s always a pleasure to chop it up with Chicago’s own Hip Hop Artist, Actor, Motivational Speaker, and Writer Eddy Lamarre, known worldwide as Precise.  Here we are 4 years later and I want to first and foremost thank you for taking time from your industry moves for another interview! Let me also say that 4 years later I still listen to “Ladies Love Mixtapes” on a regular basis!

Precise: Hey MJ, thank you so much for that. I really appreciate you and the fact that you still listen to LLM, means so much.

MJ:  For those who are not familiar you grew up in a Haitian household where music was as natural as eating!  Your father was in a band and played instruments. What was it like for you to watch your father in his element?  Was that the initial spark that ignited your passion and love for music?

Precise: What I remember mostly was being surrounded by music all the time. The camaraderie and creativity always intrigued me. I knew it was something I always wanted to do. Hip-Hop provided the vehicle for me to follow this dream.

MJ:  You mention how you always dreamed about becoming a rapper.  But your first taste of Hip Hop and the culture was deejaying.  How did that evolve?  From there you went on to join a Hip Hop group.  Did you feel that something was missing?  Did you feel the need to experience and emerge into more within the culture? Is that when you decided to begin a solo career?

Precise: As a Chicagoan from the south side of the city House Music was always prevalent. I was always impressed by the blends and one of my friends John Evans who is a master at blending showed me the ropes. As I was learning how to deejay rap was evolving. I could always write and decided to write some rhymes the first verse I wrote was to Aaron Halls “Don’t be afraid”. It was mad wack but it got me started.  I did a few talent shows sharpened my skills then met two of my closest friends Vic “Creole the Individual” Moore and Christopher “Ideal” Rice, may he rest in peace. We formed Nub Earth and gained some notoriety in the city. Soon after life happened, we split and I decided not to put my pen on the shelf. I linked with Tye Hill and DJ Thunder of the Produktionix and we did my song “It’s On Me” and I was able to get back to what I love.

MJ:  You credit KRS-One, Slick Rick, Mos Def, Rakim, among other Hip Hop pioneers and legends for your style of lyricism.  You credit them as your canvas to paint beautiful images through lyrics.  I have followed you since our first interview about 4 years ago.  There are many attributes that classify you as unique and genuine.  The one attribute that stands out the most for me is your dedication to the culture of Hip Hop and not conforming to what media portrays as Hip Hop.  Hip Hop is not a genre of Music; it is a lifestyle.  Conforming to the latest trends that involve zero talent is a lane you refuse to follow.  Talk a little bit about that.

Precise: At some point in the evolution of Hip-Hop so many people would use rap and Hip-Hop interchangeably. I always want to make it clear that Hip-Hop is the culture and rap is one of the ways I express the culture. This culture has spread all over the world and it’s important not to lose sight of how it started and why its origins are important.

MJ:  22 years ago you had a life altering experience that continues to impact your life.  Share your Million Man March enlightenment.   What kind of influence did that historical event have on you as a man and as artist?

Precise: The Million March changed me in so many ways. The main way was it made me realize that I had to grow up and be a better man and a better father. Black men have a tough struggle around the world. To see one million black men gather for change was a transformation and always serves as a reference point in my development. I became more spiritual and self-aware. I continue to grow every day.

MJ:  I want to thank you!  Thank you for creating music not for the now, not for popular hits, but for the longevity!  “That Ol’ Boom Bap” is a perfect example of that music.  It is and will remain a timeless classic regardless of release date!  Share with us the story behind that track and how important that track is to you and to your fans, and to the culture of Hip Hop.

Precise: My manager Redell Drakeford linked me with an amazing DJ by the name of Dj Tekwun from New York. He was working on a release and I was fortunate enough to make the cut. “That Ol’ Boom Bap” is an ode to the culture and a nod to what is new. We can’t have one without the other.




MJ:  I want to also take this time to salute you!  Not only are you a phenomenal lyricist, but you are also an Actor, Writer, and Motivational Speaker.  How did those roles come about in your career?

Precise: All of us have a plethora of gifts. These are things that I was inspired to do. In this day and age there really is no excuse not to pursue your dreams. Nothing can stop you. I’ve done some sketch comedy, I write for the national publication Rollingout.com and I use my words to effect change. I speak truth to power. I speak life to the world.

MJ:  Talk about the youth!  Tell us the first three words that come to mind when you think of our youth.  Why has educating our youth become such a mission for you?

Precise: The first three words are love, future, and blessing. Educating the youth properly is important to not only their future but to ours because they are the leaders of tomorrow. We need to feed them properly and share positive vibes that lend to growth and a better world.

MJ:  For all your fans, supporters, and followers take a minute to share about current and upcoming projects.

Precise: I’m currently working on a project called “Man of the Ages”.  I have a song called “Speak Life” on all the streaming services that’s been picking up some steam. Right now I’m focused on getting better in all aspects of my life.

MJ:  Give us some fun facts!  Why Precise as your artist name?  What 3 artists are in your personal play list?  Where are your favorite places to tour?

Precise: I got my name from a Gangstarr song called “Precisely The Right Rhymes”… Right now the three artists I have in my playlist are Rapsody, Tyler the Creator, and G Herbo… I like New York, New Orleans, and Miami as places to tour.

MJ:  When we come back to the table in another 4 years what will we be catching up on?

Precise: 4 years from now when we catch up I hope to have grown as an artist and as someone who can influence others. My project would have broken some records and I’ll be moving on into the next phase of my career doing speaking tours.

MJ:  Is there anything else you would like the world to know about Precise?

Precise: I would like the world to know that I am doing this for a purpose. The reason I speak into a mic is for the uplifting of my people and the culture. I would also like people to know that I am grateful and appreciative to the creator for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me. Also, stay focused, positive, and productive.

MJ:  I want to thank you again for taking the time out for MJ.  I want to thank you for being true to the culture and for creating that feel good music, that undeniable bona fide Hip Hop!

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