Q#1) How old are you & where are you from?
I am 29 and I am from Takoma Park, Maryland.
Q#2) How long have you been on the music scene?
I’ve been on the scene actively since 2010 in terms of getting my face out and meeting other artists and networking with folks. I’ve been doing music for 13–14 years though overall.
Q#3) What artists did you idolize as you were growing up?
When I was very young, Michael Jackson was my favorite. I had most of his albums and such. When I got in to rap, Eminem became my biggest influence.
Q#4) When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I think a part of me always imagined getting big one day. But when I was young, it was still like this far off dream. But as I got older, and I became a part of Havik and saw all this support, and as I built a fan base, I realized this is serious. So I’d say I’ve been pursuing music as a career for the last 8–9 years.
Q#5) What keeps you motivated to continue creating hip hop music?
A lot of things. Mainly just the story telling aspect. I enjoy being able to really get deep with my songs so I can provoke thought in people. The world needs more substance from its music you know? And I feel like I can provide that.
Q#6) What is the biggest goal for your life?
Success. Not fame but just general success. I wanna be in a good place at the end of all this. I wanna be able to feed my family with music. I want to be able to do tours and meet people all over the country and world. I just want to touch lives.
Q#7) What has been your greatest accomplishment?
At this point in my career, I’d say moving from just being an artist into also being a show promoter. I’m still learning that business but it was a 5 year plan back in 2013 to put on my own show. I got it done in 3 years. That’s just huge to me.
Q#8) Why do you think people say real hip hop is dead?
Like I said before, I believe all commercial hip hop lacks substance and you can only have so much of that before people get tired of it. Life’s not just one big party. Hip Hop is diverse enough to include a lot of voices but I think people are tired of being force-fed nonsense. People want your J. Cole’s and Kendrick Lamar’s just as much as they want 2 Chainz, etc… its all gotta balance itself out. But when all that is pushed is this Turn Up, Drug Addict music, its a major turn off.
Q#9) If you could work with any artists, who would it be & why?
Eminem and Lady Gaga. I just feel like all of us are writers and I just wanna have the experience of sitting a studio with them and creating a hit. That would be amazing.
Q#10) If you could compare yourself to any other artist who would it be?
I usually say my style of music is a cross-between Bone Thugs & Eminem. But I don’t feel like there’s an artist that close to my style of music that I can be compared to. I feel like I have my own sound and approach to all of this so this is always a tough question.
Q#11) Do you have any projects in the near future you can tell us about?
I just released my newest solo project, “#MoneySexMusicLies” which is available now on my Soundcloud as well as my website. I’ve begun work on another project but I’m keeping that under wraps for a while. Right now I’m focused on pushing my album, building up my Lay’d Up brand, and working with my Havik family on our next group project.
Q#12) If you could send all your fans an inspiring & motivational message that wasn’t in the form of a song like most I’ve heard from you, what would it be?
Life is going to kick the living shit out of you sometimes. It’s going to be unkind and painful. You are going to learn the hardest lessons. But it will make you strong as long as you move forward. You are capable of anything. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you have a goal you want to achieve, work at it everyday as hard as you can and eventually you will get there. But also, make sure you take time to appreciate the milestones. Take time to love yourself and encourage yourself. Balance is everything.