Exclusive Interview with Shakezpeare #Interview @Shakezpeare @ParkStreetPR

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

I’m Shakezpeare and I have just released my first album H.I.N.D (Hiphop is not dead) my first release of the year, last year i release 3 mix tapes and was featured on so many i lost count. My first mixtape was lost souls that was a colab with my USA west coast rapper brother Crhymes outta SD, the second was a solo project called 33 degrees, 3rd was Memoirs of a psychopath all of which can be downloaded from https://shakezpeareuk.bandcamp.com for free.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

Im from a city called Coventry in the west midlands theres never been a lot there and the main radio station is hills FM.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started making muskc seriously in 2008 after i came home after a long prison sentence and needed to change my direction in life so i started to put my life and experiences on wax in attempt to vent my thoughts.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

My first song was a track called New Dawn whichh i released locally and wend down well but seeing how i have moved on so much i hope it never comes back to surface. lol.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

Honest, brutal, raw, rugged and unpolluted

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

My latest project is called H.I.N.D and is free to download from https://shakezpeareuk.bandcamp.com and it features MC’s from the UK and US Big duty deeze, Crhymes, Ricky rox, Mc Toddlah, and Unseen.

How long did it take to create and finish?

With a lot of help from all the producers and Park Street PR the album has been around 8 months in the making and was cut down from 30 tracks to the 15 it is now.

If I was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

Three things… I’m not drake, Hip-Hop is my life, and my life has been real now this is my work.

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

Going on views War with the devil ft Crhymes with over 111,000 youtube views, but the biggest track that goes down the best Live is Rydah music always get the crowd pumped.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

Yer sometimes I do but only after I’ve heard it cd first online and if i really like i will go get it where ever it at.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

I love al types of music as long as its good, i was raised on reggae, folk and rock.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

They can book my direct from my email tshakezpeare@gmail.com or just get at the UKs number one promoter Tricksta Parkstreet PR. and my live act is only energy a bit more energy and lots of crown interaction I aways give every performance 110%

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?

Yer its killing the music business but with the way the mainstream is today it deserves to die and make way for a revolution from the underground.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Yer thank you for you time and everyone who took the time to read this I am very grateful. Shakezpeare.

Interview by Josh Powell

Exclusive interview with Nature The Kidd (UK Rapper) @NatureKiddMusik @ParkStreetPR

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

I am Nature The Kidd, rapper from South London currently based in the Midlands. My Releases to date have been “Empire Anthem” (Single), “All Eyes on the South Vols. 1,2 &3” (Mixtape series, The Heavyweights (Mixtape) and Nature’s Way (Mixtape)

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I live in the Midlands at present, fairly nice place. Obviously everywhere has their bad parts but it is what it is. I call it home now. I don’t really listen to the Radio unless it Charlie Sloth so I would have to say the biggest show to me would be his show on 1xtra.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started writing when I was 13 or 14 mainly because my older brother and cousins were rapping and I wanted to be part of it. Back then it was all about UK garage, I had nearly every Sidewinder tape. The guys that featured on them tapes were also my inspiration to start writing my own music.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

Released my first song 13 years ago. The song got signed to Incentive Records and made it clear to me that there is money to be made from music. The response was good, I got a lot of bookings and radio sets off the back of it so really you could say it laid the foundation for where I am today.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

I really don’t know how I would describe it. I’m just being me. I haven’t gone for any particular style I have just gone for what I feel suits me.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

The new project “Nature’s Way” is my debut solo project. Features a whole host of producers and rappers. RD Millz, Wilstar, Big Dutty Deeze, Macca, Alex-is, Krazy and Prophecy feature on tracks and Crezwell, Tricksta, Dead Man Walkn, Breddwinnaz, Terror and Taylor Made provided beats for the project.

The Mixtape has been put out by UK Runnings in conjunction with Sons of south and TRU Management. UK Runnings have provided ample amounts of support and have been a big driving force behind getting this tape out and making sure it gets heard. Salute to UK Runnings!

How long did it take to create and finish?

I must’ve worked on this project for 6-9 months, can’t remember exactly how long. We wanted to get it right so we made sure we didn’t rush anything. Anything that needed to be changed was changed prior to the release.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

I would say this is the best piece of music released since the Thriller album hahaha

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

My Biggest track to date would have to be “Empire Anthem”. This is the track that got me signed all those years ago so in terms of what track has made the most waves this would be it. My favourite track to date would have to be “Sky is the limit” or “Little Man” from the Nature’s Way Mixtape. I enjoyed writing and recording both tracks and both are dear to my heart.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

If I’m honest with you I rarely buy music. I will always download music first.. If I like it then I will go and buy the physical CD. Last CD I Bought was J.Cole – Born Sinner and I picked that up from my local HMV. Before that it was Good Kid Mad City by Kendrick Lamar.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

My other half listens to a lot of RnB so I can’t help but have a bit of love for RnB. If I am honest hip hop is my first love musically but I enjoy anything I can move to and is pleasing to my ear. Not really into Drum and Bass or Dubstep unless I’ve been drinking lol.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

My live shows are quite intimate, I try to connect with the crowd as much as possible and when I can I will even fix my playlist to suit the mood of the crowd. I am working on some new ideas to make my live shows even more interactive but this is work in progress.

If you would like to book me you can either email me (naturethekidd@gmail.com ) or call my manager (Cece – TRU Management 07429 949 979)

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?

For somebody like me downloads are essential. I don’t think many people would know me if they didn’t have the option of downloading my music. I can understand how the more established artists feel though.. digital downloads make it a lot more difficult to make money if listeners can download work illegally. It’s one of them things that we have to deal with now, They’re not going anywhere so we as musicians have to find better ways of marketing ourselves rather than just relying on record sales.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Thanks for the interview! I’d like to give a big thanks to Tricksta, Cece and Sons of South for supporting the movement. I would also like to thank everybody that has downloaded or bought the Nature’s Way project… Nothing but love to everybody involved.

Interview by Josh Powell

Twitter: @NaturekiddMusik
Instagram: @naturistic
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Naturethekiddofficial

Conscious Route #Interview @ConsciousRoute @TrueHoldRecords @ParkStreetPR

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

Yes, my name’s Conscious Route, repping CCF, True Hold Records, Sons of Scotland and Hip-Hop to the fullest. I’ve released, in the early years, two Fugazirum EPs, a single and 2 LPs. Since being Conscious Route I’ve released 3 EPs, 1 mixtape and 2 LPs, plus a single – you can check the names of projects and styles of music at: http://theconsciousrouteband1.bandcamp.com/

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I live in Edinburgh City, its dope and the music scene is healthy with a wealth of talent. There are a lot of hip-hop nights and a lot touring artists dropping through either Edinburgh or Glasgow. The radio station for hip-hop, Steg G’s Temple of Hip Hop plays a lot local artists and American hip-hop also. It’s a dope show. Steg G, who also runs Powercut records, is a legend and a gentlemen – we need more good men like him in the scene, he’s been in the game 20 years helping the local movement.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started making music when I was about eighteen after meeting producer Huss, not long after, we formed Fugazirum, my first group, that’s when I became Mossman Skank, later abbreviated to Mossman, and then finally becoming Conscious Route. I started to make music because I was fucked up on drugs and depressed, and it gave me an escape from my reality. I also really enjoyed it. It was D&B MC’ing that got me into it originally, and then I progressed to hip-hop. I always liked the music – back in them days I listened to Hip Hop and D&B, but nothing else…

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

The first track, I think, went out in 1998 or 99, it was an EP on Blue Vinyl featuring Kope, myself, and Fillaman, produced by Huss. It got a mixed reception. The review from Hip Hop Connection didn’t like two of the tracks, but loved one and rated it as banger. Overall, I think our sound was quite different to most on the scene, so a lot just shunned it because we didn’t sound the same as them. I got to learn later that a hell of a lot people was feeling that…

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

The latest to drop is the ‘Sinking LP.’ It was released in June by Truehold Records. The release is a collab’ between me and producer Sean El. We met a while back and wrote a few tracks and decided to wind that material up with some freshness which we wrote at the beginning of this year, and release it as an LP. It’s not a concept LP, just a nice selection of tracks, but it works well and people have been feeling it. Most of all, I think I am happy with it overall; it’s a good listen which I think is what music is all about. It features a lot people who are upcoming – such as Big Dutty Deeze and Dillah B-Illa. Also, I got a lot fine Scottish artists like Werd, Blasfima Sinna, Jordon Butler, and Sean El on the raps. The list goes on, but you can get the LP here: http://trueholdrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sinking-lp

How long did it take to create and finish?

The project took a year, but to be fair, we didn’t start out to write an LP, it just turned into one.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

Hey man, do you want to hear a heavy underground release with a mix of UK artists? This is new age with a twist of old and fresh-as grimey steez. Not that regular stand-up, brag-man, gun bullshit – this is grimey conscious rhyming, the bars have come from the soul, man. No word of a lie, this shit is worth getting. My sales pitch is realness, you seem like a real person, well I got some real music for your ears, not for them fake motherfucking types, man, so hold this shit down! LOL!

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so, where do you get your CDs from?

I do, but rarely, man. If I do, it’s Amazon or at gigs supporting local artists or emerging touring acts…

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

Yeah, pretty much everything that I feel has honesty, soul, and something I can connect to. My favourites are Blues, Funk, Folk and Jazz, although I do love D&B, some Indie… all sorts really.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

trueholdrecords@gmail.com – Simple, or hit me through Facebook

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Big up for getting me involved, shouts to hip-hop, and all the people making it happen!!!

Interview by Karl Hargrave

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72thesign Exclusive Interview @72thesign @ParkStreetPR

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

Im 72thesign and Ive just released an EP entitled Sign Language.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I live in Cambridgeshire in the UK and it typically British. The main hip hop radio show would be Charlie Sloth, however I listen to the steel devils on wednesday night via their live internet stream.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started making music at the start of the decade as I feel I had a difference to bring to the table.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

I released a 15 track internet album entitled “an acquired taste required” and it got a very good response. It didnt set the world alight but the first reaction was encouraging

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

The EP has 7 tracks plus a bonus track. The selection process took along time as I wanted to put out solid effort and make a mark. Hopefully its doing that. I have three collaborations on the EP, Yeddiyah Ben Sion from Verbal Godz, ScrillaMC and Big Dutty Deeze. Plus I have Eric Walden from the 480 collective singing on the hook of the bonus track. Sign Language is available as a free down load on dattpiff and bandcamp.

How long did it take to create and finish?

My music is an on going project so its hard to measure as I make tracks every week. So some of the tracks were written over a year ago but only recorded and mastered in the last 3 months, infact the bonus track was originally written in 2007 but has gone through various stages of evolution to the track it is now.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

My usp is my retro approach to the word play and the clarity in the delivery. Plus every single tracks bangs in its own right from the blues feel in The Blues Master, the hard rhymin pattern in Unclassififed to ruggedness of Hip hop solider.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

Yes I still buy music as I support other artists by buying directly from them via their website or hosted page. I only buy CD’s of old school artists as Im a bit of a collector when it comes to albums and this only happens if I pass a HMV.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

I love classical music, I love ragga or dancehall as its now known but one of my biggest loves in rare groove and soul outside of hip hop.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

Promoters can contact me via Tricksta at Park Street PR info@parkstreetpr.co.uk or email me on 72thesign@live.co.uk

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

The only thing I want to add is this “I have arrived, from here out its on”

Interview by Karl Hargrave

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http://www.soundcloud.com/72thesign

Interview with Razor (@RazorArtist)

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Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I’m from Kingsbury North West London, its kind of quite to be honest. Not many people from my area do music, so I have to go to different parts of London to get myself out there more.The main Hip Hop radio show in my city that I’ve been involved in is probably, Deja vu, Inner City And Choice Fm.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
I started writing at 12/13, I did it because everyone else was. Also my older brother had a friend who was doing music, and being younger I looked up to him. Also So Solid and Pay As You Go, but I started to write songs about 7 years ago. I write songs to get things of my chest, sometimes I don’t know how I feel about a situation until I write about it. When I do music its more like therapy.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
I released my firs song in 2010, its was called ‘is there a case’. It was about the death of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor and Anthony Walker. It had a good response becasue of the consept, a lot of people could releate to it. Also a lot of promoters that booked me (at the time), was booking me to perform that song.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest release is called ‘The Distraction’, its a 4 track E.P with an intro, Outro and 1 interlude. The E.P is about my relationship with my ex, like I said I use music to vent and its theraputic to me. The relationship ended really bad, so I used this E.P to make something positive out of a negative situation. I used the intro and interlude from a film called ‘Closer’, that is about love and how it could have a negative impact on you (Which is why I called it The Distraction). The outro was a radio interview Joe Budden did, and he spoke about his situation with Esther Baxter which I fully related to. I feel the E.P has personally given me my closure. You can get it of Mixtapemadness.co.uk, thisis50.com (50 Cents official website). Hopefully I can get it in more places over the next few weeks, also I’m doing a lot of shows to promote it. I’m an independent artist, so it was released through me.

How long did it take to create and finish?
It took me about two months, I could of released it much earlier but at the time I had just released ‘Progression’ and I was doing shows etc to promote that. I had the lyrics for ‘The Distraction’ written down, so when I finished promoting Progression I started completing it. Its only 4 tracks so it didn’t take me that long. I took a few months off, to record the tracks then released it when I thought the time was right.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
The major points I would use to sell it is, I’ve been nominated for two awards, I have had my videos on Link Up Tv, Grm Daily, Channel AKA and Spiff TV. I’ve been on Deja Vu FM countless amount of times.Recently I was interviewed on Choice FM by DJ Quincy and he has recently invited me on tour with him in Ayia Napa. If you decide to buy it, good. After that you can make your own decision if you like it or not, everyone is different so I would just have to hope you enjoy it.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Honestly, the majority of music I like is free. I like the Uk underground music because I feel that its more me and that’s where I am at the moment, it isn’t dumbed down. I feel like a lot of rappers that go mainstream have to sell out and write songs for the clubs, that doesn’t excite me. Over the past three years I have been given a lot of freebies at shows etc, I’m talking about maybe 300 plus cds and I have listened to them all. I’m a lyricist so as long as I can relate to lyrics that’s all I look for. I don’t buy much music. The last few albums/mixtapes I bought were of itunes. That was Mic Righteous – Open Mic, Scorcher – Simply The Best 3, Wretch 32 – Black and White. Wiley – The Ascent. The last time I went to HMV, I bought Skepta – Microphone Champion, Wiley – Race against time and Donaeo – Party hard.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
Yeah I do, I still like Grime. I like certain RNB, it might take a bit more for other genres to win me over but I still like them. I can’t really explain it, but it could even be a rock song or indies song if I like it then I like it. The intro to ‘The Distraction’, was written by a Indie Pop singer called ‘Damien Rice’. I think that’s songs actually amazing that’s why I used it. Maybe on another day I would of looked past it, but every word and line in that song made me love it.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
If promoters want to book me for shows, they can tweet me or add me on facebook. I’m not fussed, at this moment in time I am still tryna to get more people to follow my music. When I gain more followers its actually a privilege, so as long as there’s a good number of people that attend the show. I’m happy to perform, if I gain 3 or 4 fans/supporters from that. I feel like I have done my job, all I need is the mic and my instrumental and I’m more that happy to perform.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Thank you! Follow me on twitter @razorartist, check out all my mixtapes at http://www.youtube.com/mmrazor1 and you can get ‘The Distraction’ from mixtapemadness.co.uk or thisis50.com

Interview by Karl Hargrave

Jerry The Human Interview @therealhuman @parkstreetpr

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

My name’s Jerry the HuMan. I’m dropping Job Swag EP (volume 1) on June 14th.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I live in London, where the most popular radio show is Tim Westwood (he’s been around since day).

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

For me, it was a natural extension of writing poetry (similar to 2Pac’s path). I use to rap for shock value, now I rap to start a movement: Job Swag aka Job Pride. Having a job is fly!

How long did it take to create and finish?

I wrote and recorded it in two weeks. It don’t take long when you’re rapping real life. It’s only hard for rappers that try to make ish up.

If I was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

I’d say do you have a day job? Have you ever had a day job? If yes, then this is for you – nothing but employee anthems.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

I don’t buy music like I use to. These days if you’re not sharing out of love for music, you’re probably wasting your time.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

Yes, good music is good music. I like Amy Winehouse to Tom Jones.

So how can promoters book you for shows?

Book me by hitting human247@gmail.com or Facebook.com/therealhuman.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Yes, BIG UP, if you have a J.O.B. and pay your own damn bills

Interview by Karl Hargrave

BIG X Interview @MCBIGX

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Chicago rapper BIG X speaks with Josh Powell in this exclusive interview.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I live in Chicago my life is here, and fuck the main hip-hop radio show out here they only play Rick Ross and Lil Wayne so they can kiss my ass.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
I can’t pin point exactly when I started making music anymore but I will say about
6 yrs ago and I started making music because I wanted to make a better life for my kids.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
When I released my first song I got allot of love but it wasn’t like I exploded on the Chicago hip-hop scene. I had to earn stripes and fight for mine. Shit, I’m still fighting for mine.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest project is old news. Let’s talk about my new project which is being made with my band “BiGX and The Caucasians” it will be released under universal music group/ deranged music and hopefully will be ready by summer time.

How long did it take to create and finish?
Working with a band is a lot different than looking for producers that make beats. So, the creative process is taking a lil longer than normal but the end result will blow you away.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
This is a great question and it would’ve been easier for me to answer a few years back but thank the lord I don’t have to do that anymore.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
I haven’t bought any music in forever….

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
HELL YEA!!! I love rock, classic rock, metal, r&b, soul, jazz, classical, lmao I cant front I even listen to country. Only thing I can’t really fuck with is modern rap… that shit is garbage.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
Promoters can find me @MCBIGX on twitter or at facebook.com/bigxlives or they can hit the email BIGXLIVES@GMAIL.COM. My live show entails a fuck load of ENERGY, I captivate the people, My Band rocks hard we pour out sweat as well as our souls. No one will ever be left unsatisfied watching me live.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
I AM YOUR FUTURE!! I am BIG X! Make sure you go and get my latest full release at http://bigx.bandcamp.com/album/kill-em-all for FREE and keep up with my random releases at https://soundcloud.com/#bigx-5

Interview by Josh Powell

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Jack Da Union Interview @JackDaUnion @ParkStreetPR

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With the launch of his new EP, we managed to catch up with the talented Jack Da Union for this exclusive interview. Karl Hargrave asks the questions.

Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
I am Jack Da Union to date I have released my self titled album Jack Da Union, a mixtape titled Redkoatz and my latest EP release titled Barred.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I live in Slough our music scene has been steadily growing over the past few years I wouldn’t say we have a main radio show in our city, I think that’s something that is lacking but I hear there are plans for one in the future.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
The whole making music thing started in about 2005. I never set out to make music until my eyes were opened to my potential also I didn’t want to jump in to the stereotype I took a bit of convincing but after that I thought lets see how this goes

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
The first release “Hood Tactics” was my first release and the response was amazing, I think that’s what spurred me on. “Hood Tactics” featured on channel U and just narrowly missed topping their chart (reaching number) 3 so to say I was Happy was an understatement.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest release is my EP titled Barred, its a free download at http://www.jackdaunion.com it features the bulk of production from Jon Con “Perspectives” “Greeze Grizzle and Gas” and “Mudness” with production from AMP “Wrong Turn”, Torino “Man”, Dan Solo “Out there” and Dojo Productions done Yin & Yang. I only have two MC features and that’s D Kilo and Little T, It’s released through Diceros records.

How long did it take to create and finish?
To be honest I can’t even remember the time, some of the songs are old some of them more recent I just decided I wanted to release an EP and I put them together.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
Lol this is where I lack, I’m not a salesman but I’d tell you it has the best production and the best lyricist either side of the Atlantic what more do you want?

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Yeah I still buy music, couldn’t tell you the last time I bought a CD. I store all my music digitally but if the right artist released a CD and I happened to come across it I’d buy it.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
I’m just into good music I’m not even bothered about the genre if it sounds good I want it, its as simple as that.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
Promoters can contact me through contact@jackdaunion.com for any enquiries. At a live show you can expect energy and crowd participation.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Just a shout out to Park Street PR!

Jack Da Union – Barred EP (Diceros Records) Download link:
http://www.jackdaunion.com

Connect with Jack Da Union:
http://www.jackdaunion.com/
http://www.twitter.com/jackdaunion
http://www.facebook.com/JackDaUnion
http://www.soundcloud.com/jackdaunion
http://www.jackdaunion.bandcamp.com

Interview by Karl Hargrave

Tbless Exclusive Interview

Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

My name is Tbless, I’m an artist that only deals with the truth, I’m the voice of the unheard, I try to reflect the feelings of ordinary people. I’ve released several projects in my career so far. My first album ‘the first blessing’ which was like a snapshot of my life at that moment in time. I collaborated with an artist from Texas on a few projects such as The ‘texas2london ep’, ‘texas2london da Mixtape’ and ‘texas2london it’s taboo’ and had a few singles but nothing worth bragging about to be honest. That whole texas2london thing just side tracked me from what I’m supposed to be doing but I’m back on track now. I’ve been doing this for a while, so if you google me you’ll find a whole back log of videos.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I’m from north London and as far as main hip hop shows I couldn’t say, every dj and every show is bringing something to the table.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

Basically I been writing lyrics since 2000, when i was a kid and me and my boys would just be out on the roads getting up to all kinds of shit as you do when you’re at them ages but I would always have a pen and pad on me. It just came naturally to me, I was always the quiet one in my crew i didn’t really know how to express my thoughts in a conversation so I found that my rhymes could explain what was really on my mind and tell the story’s of what we were exposed to. My lyrics were just personal to be honest but my boys would be like “yo T let me hear suttin” so I would start rhyming and people were feeling it. But didn’t start recording songs till like 2005.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

My first release was a single called ‘uk tingz’ back in 2008 which was on my first album ‘The first blessing’. The video for uk tingz was on channel u at the time and got a good response because visually it was a bit experimental, people liked the song because the lyrics had humour but were true at the same time. I mean even now people come across that song and still like it so yeah it’s blessed.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

Ok so the new project is my album, following on the from “The First Blessing” (the name of my first album), its called “The second coming”. It’ll be released in the first half of 2013, I’m still finalising tracks so no specific date yet. The first single ‘Rebirth’ is out now on itunes and most other digital sites and it features a friend of mine, singer Orlando. The video is out on YouTube now and so far has been accepted on BET so look out for that. The meaning behind the video is basically how the music game has made me feel, like I’ve been shut out and ignored. But to reach success we gotta struggle you feel me so it’s all good. I’m not signed so it’s all my work and my own money funding my projects

How long did it take to create and finish?

I would say 2 years, which I know is long for an album but I spent a lot of time thinking and re evaluating my place in this game plus we got life’s bullshit to deal with too, you feel me. I mean 2 years ago I released a semi successful single but it wasn’t really the kind of music I wanted to make. I felt like I was working with the wrong people, the management I had wasn’t looking out for me it didn’t feel like a the right team. Everybody around me was just trying to use what I was doing to benefit them. But I’m not here to spread negativity so good luck to them.

If I was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

I don’t really like pitching to be honest, I have done the street hustle with CDs and its not for me, these days theres more powerful tools to utilise but at a push I would say that I’m out here trying to do something different. I’m reflecting the problems of regular people, it’s hard times for people out here right now so I don’t think it’s cool to brag about your cars and jewels. I’m trying to turn negatives into positives and hopefully people that listen to my music will be inspired to do the same thing. That’s what the album and the single is all about. That’s the concept I’m working from.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

You know what I do still buy music, unfortunately I haven’t bought a cd in a while but I use iTunes, the last album I bought was dmx’s new album.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

Of course! Could be anything it depends on the song and what feeling if gives me. I’m not gonna sit here and name genres I like so i would say all genres it all depends on the song.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

Best thing to do is contact me directly as I have no Managment. Tbless@live.co.uk @tblessartist. At my live shows I will get you zoned in to the music. The most important thing for me is to get my emotions out and get the crowd feeling what I’m feeling.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Thank you and yeah i just want to say i appreciate everybody supporting me and my music so far. I’m still living the struggle so I feel you and I’m just trying to make the world feel me.

@tblessartist
http://www.youtube.com/tblessnumber1
http://www.facebook.com/tblessartist

Interview by Karl Hargrave

Mr. Melta Interview for Da Real Biz @mrmelta @ukrunnings

Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
Yo! Thanks for the interview! My name is Mr Melta, 26 years young, I am a Cambridge, UK based Hip Hop, Grime and Drum and Bass MC, just making my first moves in the game! Up until now I have released ‘meltdown Vol1’, my first release a couple of year ago, then last year I released the ‘Light Em Up’ E.P, both of those where just things I promoted my self, although I did get a bit of radio support for ‘Light Em Up’, and most recently I am pleased to say I have just released ‘Meltdown Vol2’ in conjunction with UK Runnings, big shout to Tricksta and Park Street PR for getting behind me on this one. The feedback I’ve received already has been really positive

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I live in Cambridge, which, until recently, has only been known for a hand full of Hip Hop acts, Delegates of Culture, Skuff and Inja’s crew, and then Dirty Dike and Mr Key of SMB/ Contact Play, and that’s about it really, but now we’ve got a whole fresh breed of Hip Hop and Grime talent, such as B-Illa, who are making big moves, Justify the Cause, again doing their thing, Slang Immaculate, who should be a household name by now, the guy is SICK! And then on the Grime side you’ve got Simbad Fresh, K.D and the rest of restoration camp, as well as Scr3wface. There’s loads of up and comers too, like Dubble G, and my boys Offcut and Zed-I, who feature on Meltdown Vol 2, as well as a healthy Drum and Bass scene, which I’m also involved in, which is spear headed by the Warning team, and my man Jimmy Danger. The only local Hip Hop radio show we have is Rhyme Pad Radio, which is an online show, massive shouts to the Rhyme Pad boys, Stakka, Seedyman, Sammy B Side and the rest of the crew for the support they’re showing us locals!

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
The first track I ever recorded was in like 2006 or something in my mates room, just messing around really, id always loved Hip Hop, but I never thought realistically that I could actually do it, as the idea of a skinny white guy from a village rapping just didn’t seem believable. But 6 years on, here I am! I think the Meltdown Vol 1 set was my first proper stab at making tracks, before that id been just doing Drum and Bass nights locally. As for why, well, I’ve loved Hip Hop since my early school days, when the Fugees and Jay-z and Bigge where in the charts over here, I’ve just always loved the expression of rapping, the rhymes and word play. Id been good at English at school, and I’m a keen reader, I love words, how they sound, and slang words etc. It’s my passion, like some people have a job they love, I love making music! Just a shame it doesn’t pay better hahahaha.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
Well, I haven’t had any official ‘Releases’ as such, but the one song that I have pushed a bit more, and had radio plays for, is ‘Let me know’ off the Light Em Up E.P, and yeah, the feedback was all really positive. Apart from one guy who called it ‘Naff’ lol. But ill take that, not everyone’s going to like what I do!

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
My musical style is honest, fun but conscious; I make party tracks, conscious tracks, and straight up show off tracks! I don’t conform to stereotypes of what a rapper should do or say, I don’t put image before music, and I don’t promote negative lifestyles. I’m fortunate enough to have had a reasonably good up bringing, and although I’ve been naughty in the past, like we all have, I don’t live like that, so I don’t talk about it.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest project, ‘Meltdown Vol 2’, is available to download free from my band camp and Soundcloud pages, and is also on Dat Piff, but due to a copyright issue one of the tracks is missing from there. The project features all Cambridge artists, Offcut, Zed-I, Slang Immaculate and Kosh, all really good spitters, with diverse styles and flows.

How long did it take to create and finish?
I think for start to finish, like from the day I had the idea till the day it was released, probably around 6 months! Which is a long time for a mix tape, but as we all work etc, it’s been a matter of when people are available. Its come together nicely though, I’m proud of it!
If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!! The major points would be that this is different to what next man has! I’m not talking about the same stuff as every other guy, I don’t sell crack, I don’t shoot people, I cant drive so I don’t go on about cars, this is music for real people, people who go to work, who like to party, who have good times and bad times, id say, this is for people like YOU! But also this is me on a CD, this is how you can get to know me, and share my journey through life, while listening to some banging tunes!

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
My biggest track to date is ‘Let Me Know’ off the Light Em Up E.P. I feel with the right promotion that song could have been big, but I just self promoted, and even so, got some radio play, and really good feedback. I’m considering re-releasing ‘Light Em Up’ and putting some proper promo in place for it.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Being honest, I haven’t bought music for a little while now, but that’s not because I’m cheap, or I’m bootlegging, I just think that the free mixtape scene is huge right now, and there is so much quality coming out of there! Some of these guys I’m hearing on UK Runnings mixtapes and on the mixtape sites are sick! But you probably won’t find any of their stuff in HMV! There are a couple albums I’ve been meaning to get for a while, The Great Escape by Buggsy being one of them. The guy is in his own lane right now!

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
All sorts man! I love Drum and Bass and Jungle, as well as UKG, Grime, a bit of Dubstep, Bassline, Ska, Reggae, old 60s soul, old school rock, all sorts! I just love music in general!

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
If anyone wants to book me, e-mail me at mrmelter@live.co.uk , or add me on Facebook, I am on Twitter, but don’t go on it that much as it confuses me lol. My shows, at the moment, are pretty much just me doing my thing, lots of energy, interaction with the crowd and a fun atmosphere! I perform with a smile on my face, as that’s what I want to see coming back at me!

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?
Illegal downloads yes; I don’t think they help artists at all! If an artist wants to give something away, they will, and almost everyone puts out free mixtapes, e.ps or whatever, to get their name out there. If an artist is charging for their work, then you should either pay for it, or done have it! If people don’t support the artists and buy their stuff, the artists will stop making music, as it isn’t earning them a living! But on the other hand, CD’s are expensive, and people are skint, but id say, download the free mixtape, that’s still supporting, but don’t pirate the Album, these guys have put a lot of time, and money, in to it, and are just trying to make a bit of money back!

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Thanks very much! Hopefully ill be back when my next project comes out. I’d just like to say shouts to all my Cambridge team, Stirleng, Zed-I, Offcut, Slang Immaculate, Jimmy Danger and Audio Danger Records, Simbad Fresh and Restoration Camp, Stakka and the Rhyme pad guys, Dubble G, Remulack and the B-Illa camp. Also all the radio DJs that have supported me, Sue Bryant and Andre Huston at Independent Music Scene and Global Music Network, my artwork and photography team, and last but certainly not least my boy Tricksta, and the whole of Park St PR, UK Runnings and Rago magazine, for getting behind this release!

Interview by Josh Powell

Drastic Synth Interview

Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date. Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I’m from Birmingham the main radio stations probably Hot 92 I can never pick it up when I’m out in my van I end up listening too more commercial stations

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I made my first track in 2006 it was terrible hahaha, but it was just natural too make music I used too be around rappers and DJ’s and they always wanted me to rap but I was always more interested in the beats and production side of things

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

My first release was my mixtape it’s had a good response and some good reviews a lot of web sites have supported it and made it available I appreciate that

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

My styles electronic mainly I’m always using different synths I’m influenced a lot by dance and trap so I try merge the two which is the sound that’s out now so my sounds current

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

Deeper Than Rap is an instrumental promo mixtape letting people know I’m about and I’m producing. It’s available to down load and stream on drasticsynth.bandcamp.com and it’s on Dat Piff and a lot of hip hop sites have showed support.

How long did it take to create and finish?

I worked on the project over a few weeks I just went in with a few formulas and tried too explore rap musically and see where I could take it so it was more an experimental project but it turned out well.

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

I wouldn’t even like to say anything about that yet as I’ve worked on a couple exclusive tracks for rappers and I’ve just finished a new mixtape which is going to be a serious one. I like 5 a.m though I don’t think its one of my more melodic tracks but it defiantly got a vibe to it.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

I do buy music last album I brought was Maverick Sabre from HMV. I tend to buy albums late like I didn’t get take care till 4 months after it was released. I know if I listen to music I enjoy when I get producing I’ll end up making tracks in that style I pick up how beats are put together easy. So if I buy it late I tend not to produce like it because I feel the swags old. I try too keep my creativity open like that.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

I can find inspiration from any genre of music but I always seem to make my most serious tracks after going to a d n b venue it always puts me on a next vibe If I never made rap I’d deffo be on that.

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?

It does help for exposure but it is defiantly killing the way revenue is made. It’s hard for artists as we put in a lot of effort time and funds to bring good music to the table and in every job you should get paid so when illegally downloading it affects the industry. I don’t get it if you are enjoying the music an artist is putting out why wouldn’t you support him/her.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Thanks bro I got this next mix tape on the way Pain Chords & Funds it’s a serious sound can’t wait for you to hear it. I went in on it so hopefully everyone who rated Deeper than Rap will enjoy the follow up mixtape.

Interview by Josh Powell

iLLvibe Interview… he talks to Da Real Biz

Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

I am iLLvibe, a Soulful Hip Hop artist from Toronto Canada. Past releases include :
Sex, Love & Hip Hop Soul – Album (2010)
In The Streets of iLLydelfya – Album (2011)
Just Around The Corner… – Album (2011)
Blunts & Roses – Album (2012)
Café Jass – Album (2012)

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

Toronto, Canada. We are the hub of Hip Hop in Canada. Flow 93.5 is the local urban station. Not much support here for up and coming artists. All the more reason to look internationally.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

Since I was 12 years old, really started focusing as a professional around 2008. My first proper studio album started in 2009.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

I can’t recall my first song. But the first song I got a great response from was “A Man’s World”, my cover of James Brown’s classic.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

Full of soul, life and really musical. I love melodic rhymes and upbeat production.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

Café Jass is a really cool creation, started by meeting Beat Thief while on my 2010 UK/
European tour with L.S. We connected, recorded a few tracks which became the basis
of the album. Since then, we remixed and created original tunes to finish. Beat Thief
has really taken creative control to create an entire atmosphere.

FREE DOWNLOAD

How long did it take to create and finish?

We began in 2010 during a busy few days in Studio while on tour. The remainder was finished with Beat Thief in China and I in Canada. This unique element helped make this album 1 of a kind.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

If you love Hip Hop, but are sick of braggadocios rhymes and repetitive beats – this is for you. If you want to listen to real lyrics about life, love, challenges and victories. That’s me.

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

“Son Of A Gun” received international radio play and also became the theme-song for web series “The Shortstack Show” – receiving well over 1 Million youtube hits.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

I only purchase music for my absolute favorites. Usually through Amazon. Everything else – Download. Just like you.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

Love rock music, I was raised on classic rock. My “Blunts & Roses” album features a slew of Classic Rock songs reworked through Hip Hop. http://www.BLUNTSandROSES.com

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

Everything is available at http://www.iLLvibeMusic.com, my live show is a huge part of my musical adventure. I have performed all over the world, and I always cover classics, freestyle and massive ammounts of audience interaction.

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?

It’s simply a part of technology advancement. We must deal with it and proceed. It’s both negative and positive depending on your music and place in the business.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Hip Hop is forever!

Interview by Josh Powell

Connect with iLLvibe:
illvibemusic@gmail.com
www.illvibemusic.com
www.illvibemusic.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/illvibeishiphop

Connect with L.S
info@lshiphop.com
www.lshiphop.com

Connect with Beat Thief
beatthief@downtownsoul.com
www.music.downtownsoul.com

Connect with Downtown Soul
www.downtownsoul.com
www.reverbnation.com/downtownsoul
www.facebook.com/downtownsoulrecords

Beat Thief & iLLvibe ft L.S. ‘Cafe Jass’ Free Download link:
http://music.downtownsoul.com/album/cafe-jass

Beat Thief & iLLvibe feat. L.S. – Last Song (Official Music Video)

B-iLLA (Mistah Biggz & Dillahman) Exclusive Interview

Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
We are B-iLLA – individually we are Mistah Biggz & Dillahman – A brother UK Hiphop duo. Mistah Biggz released a solo album back in 2008/09 called “The Darkness” – we began recording and performing as a duo in 2010 then released our mixtape “The Light” in early 2011. Since then we have released another mixtape called “the iLLA tapes volume 1” as a warm-up for our UK Runnings release the “Brothers in Barz” mixtape.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
We are from Cambridge. Repping for Cambs & Hertfordshire – everyone listens to BBC1xtra, which seems to be killing it right now! Although Kiss does do the rounds as well

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
We’ve both been very musical from a young age; our dad was a Dj and had a passion for heavy tunes, so it was sort of bred into us. Biggz can play a few instruments, different guitars and stuff. Rap just sorta happened, we’ve always had mad love for hip-hop and writing, so its that combined…

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
Our first professionally edited video that we released on YouTube recently with our boys @Uv.Uk was one of our tracks “Holdin Me Back” which is from the forthcoming UKrunnings mixtape – its got a real good response so far, the videos only been up since the end of January!

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
Swagger is a bit of a taboo word these days! LOL! Nah jokes aside, its just real hiphop about life and its journeys – im sure we’ve got atleast one track everyone can relate too in some way, whether you’re a hip hop head or not!

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
Again, it’s the “Brothers in Barz” mixtape – and that’s being hosted and mixed by the one and only Tricksta, of UKRunnings, and promoted by ParkStreet PR. The idea of “B.i.B”has been one of Biggz’ for the past few years, he always wanted to release a mixtape that would firmly cement ourselves in the scene. We’ve got features from Lewi LDN, BigDutty Deeze, Double-e, our man Trickady and a few other people. Production from UK greats such as Beat Butcha, Tricksta, Dead Man Walkn, Show n Prove … as well as overseas input from our man Rediculus!

How long did it take to create and finish?
Well its been an idea for several years – but we only REALLY set the wheels in motion about 8-10 weeks ago, we’re just finalizing the last bits of it now and getting it pressed up ready for release in April

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
I’d ask you if you liked real music – Then I’d ask you what your career was and how hard you had to work to get to where you are, or how you would to get to where you’d like too be …Id then show you my latest release along with my back catalogue of releases and ask you if you wanted to listen too some, or support the cause!

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
All our tracks are BIG!!!! Hahahaa!

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Of course I do! Im always the first one to pull out a 5er on road and support an artist trying to do his thing, I buy them from local vendors – small record shops when im passing, or HMV, but mainly its an online ting, its easier and you can find pretty much everything, but yes, I still purchase music with currency!

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
We are big drum&bass fans, old school junglist … We were raised on the dance&rave anthems of the 80s and 90s so theres allot of love there. Biggz loves Oasis…

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
You can get us on the facebook … search for Robbie ‘Biggz’ D or Dillahman B-iLLA … or twitter @mistahbiggz1 … or email mistah_biggz@hotmail.co.uk …
Our live performances are given with a million percent from both of us, always expect fresh material, a good atmosphere and strictly hip-hop!

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?
Well illegally downloading a 2pac album isn’t really helping him get out there is it? 1, he’s dead … and 2, who doesn’t know pac? We seriously think that downloading peoples albums is EXTREMELY damaging to the industry, because then it leaves the artists having to find other avenues of income if his/her fans aren’t actually SUPPORTING by buying their releases, which is essentially just paying for they’re hard work, for you’re pleasure.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
LOOK OUT FOR BROTHERS IN BARZ …… UK RUNNINGS … DOWNLOAD THE iLLA TAPES, THE LIGHT & THE DARKNESS ….. CHECK OUT B-iLLA on UV.UK on YouTube

http://mistabiggz.bandcamp.com

twitter @mistahbiggz1
facebook.com/mrbiggz1
dillahman b-illa

B-iLLA ‘Angel’ (Music Video)

B-iLLA ‘Bring Your Vibe’ (Music Video)

Interview by Josh Powell

Multiple Skillz Interview with Josh Powell

Thanks for passing by www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
MS: No problem at all. I am ‘Multiple SKillz’ and i’m here to tell you about my latest release: ‘Epiphany of Greatness’ Hosted by: DJ Cage.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
MS: I’m from London, where it’s very competitive, up beat/energetic and home for me. The main rap show is Charlie Sloth’s on BBC 1xtra.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
MS: I’m so glad you asked this question. I began making music at the age of 15. I was a DJ and loved seing the reacion of the crowd when I dropped a tune but, thought “Why making a living off playing other peoples music and giving that joy to the audience, when I could personally create that experience for them myself”.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
MS: Funny enough my first release was an underground diss track (in the grime scene) and was played on the Logan Sama show on Kiss 100 when he just got the slot years ago. People loved it, the blogs were speaking about me and it felt good for me because it was my first proper recording as an artist from DJ transition.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
MS: I would say smooth, sometimes edgy and fresh!

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
MS:  ‘Epiphany of Greatness’ is my latest project, realeased on my label : Pleasurous Audios, featuring producers AK89, Tipz, Shoxstar and Jaisu. Artists consist of Diz Danglez, Merkz Mula, Murdock, Abbey Music Power and Della Dread. You can get it directly from my website www.MULTIPLESKILLZ.com .

How long did it take to create and finish?
MS: The project its self did not take long to complete because it wasn’t planned. I’m always recording so had a load of mateial I decided I wanted to give to the pubic so, I chose the tracks, gave the cd a title (Epiphany Of Greatness), got DJ Cage to host it as its a street mix cd and tht was a wrap.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
MS: I don’t think I would because it’s wat to diffucult to pitch music to strangers that have not heard of you before but, given the scenario, I would just look you in the eye and tell you that I have no words to give but let the music do the talking, I gaurentee, you will not be disappointed. I’d even give you my number and say ring me for your money back if you wern’t satisfied LOL.. Showing confidence in how much you would like it.

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
MS: My biggest track would be my single release – “Fatherless” (available on iTunes ad Amazon), because of its content and it’s loved by people of all ages.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
MS: I don’t buy music anymore unless it’s independant releases, mainly UK. Get them from the usual sources – Itunes etc..

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
MS: Yes. most definately! I would say I like all genres of music except heavy metal/rash metal and techno lol.. It’s good to be universal becasue it helps my production also.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
MS: You can book me via multipleskillz@hotmail.co.uk or info@multipleskillz.com . My live shows involve ALOT of interaction because I don’t involve my live shows if the audience are not involved & showing enthusiasm. They entail a mixture of music and tempos also.

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there? 
MS: Illegal downloads are killing the music industry for those trying to make a career out of it. I think it’s good to give back to your supporters or if your trying to create a buzz, free downloads are a necessity but, downloading illegally is not cool.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
MS: Thank you very much. Thank you for inviting me. Thank you to all the supporters. And lastly like to add, keep your eyes peeled for all material from me in the future and the T.E.A.M!

Interview by Josh Powell

B-Cide Exclusive Interview

Thanks for passing by www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
My name is B-CIDE, I’m a hip-hop artist from NY, Utica, NY to be exact. I’ve been doing my thing for the past 14 years, grinding hard. I’m not from NYC so my style is very different from what you might think. I have released a massive amount of music over the years, but my newest release is titled PE (Pulmonary Embolism) which was inspired by a blood clot I had in my leg that traveled to my lugs. It was some real shit that I hope never happens again. But I’m much better now though.

Where do you live and what is it like there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
Like I said, I;m from Utica, NY, the 315! We have no Hip-Hop shows, just a shitty radio station named Kiss FM, which I like to call PISS FM, cuz they play nothing but garbage and have no love for any local artists, fuck them!

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
I started making music in high school, when I was 16. I loved the concept of music, ya know? being able to say what you want and no one could tell you otherwise. I’ve always loved the free speech aspect of music and I DO use it to the fullest.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
Oh God! I released my first song in 1998 back in high school, we sucked back then, but it was awesome. All our friends thought we were the bomb!

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
Like a cannonball slapping you in your face

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest is PE (Pulmonary Embolism), you can buy it on my official web store http://www.eastsideproductionsmusic.com I only have a handful of features on it and its just some people singing hooks, then it’s just all me, no one else. I always wanted to do an album with no rap features on it. It is released through my own label, EastSide Productions

How long did it take to create and finish?
It took about 6 months total to write, record, and finish that bitch.

If I was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
I would tell you it’s No Bullshit Music like most of the crap that’s being spoon fed to you by the majors

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
Y’all Came Here To Party off my release The Self Proclaimed King

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Yes, I will buy music till the day I die, Music is life! I buy my CDs from various places.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
Yes, I listen to all different styles of music, just no country.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
promoters can book me by hitting up bcide315@aol.com, I kill shit at a live show, it’s actually kinda hard for people to go on after me, you wouldn’t expect it from the looks of me, but when I hit that stage I’m like Bon Jovi or something, doing backflips and shit, hahaha

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there? 
No I don’t, I think idiots like Lars from Metallica who made such a big stink about Napster 10 years ago MURDERED THE INDUSTRY. People were using mp3 services to share music and they would go buy it, now a days everyone just wants to download for free and say fuck the CD. But that’s only cuz 95% of these so called musicians SUCK! They ain’t giving kids anything good to listen to, they only have 1 track out of a 15 track album that’s any good.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
I wanna shout out all my fans and supporters, I’d also like to thank y’all for doing this interview. FREE GA and JAC D

Connect with B-CIDE
www.b-cide.com
www.eastsideproductionsmusic.com
www.facebook.com/bcide
www.twitter.com/bcide
www.youtube.com/bcide

Interview by Josh Powell

Esko from New Jersey speaks with Josh Powell

A lyricist raised in New Jersey, Esko is a talented emcee, dedicated to the culture of Hip-Hop. Since the age of 15, Esko has been crafting his style and expressing his emotions through the lyrics of his songs. His heart, mind, and soul go into every letter of every verse he writes. His music is a direct reflection of his life. The good times, the bad times, and everything in between! That’s why we had to get this exclusive interview!

Thanks for passing by www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

My name is Esko.  To date I have released 1 album and 1 EP.  I finished the album in 2006.  I didn’t consider my music a career move yet, so I didn’t put much effort into getting it out.  I sold a few copies, gave away a few copies.  I did a few shows here, a few there.  I was very proud of it and told my friends about it, but didn’t know what else to do to get the word out.  I didn’t really do much after the album.  Until 2009, I came out of a dark part of my life and decided that I needed to do everything I could to make a living off of my music.  I put The Floor Model EP together, and used it to make new connections as I planned out my next move, which would be a move to California.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

Right now I’m living in Los Angeles, and It’s pretty cool.  The traffic sucks, the police are everywhere, and everything costs way too much.  I love it. Hahaha Seriously though, I do love it out here.  I’ve met some of the best people I’ve ever known out here.  I don’t really listen to radio though, so I don’t know which show would be the most popular.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started writing songs when I was 15.  At first, it was just something fun to do.  All through high school, it was just a joke.  I even went into “retirement” at the end of 2002. Hahaha About a year and a half later, I linked up with Sean Lane.  He lived down the hall from my dorm room.    I don’t know what it was about the beats he was making, but they were mega inspirational.  I instantly got back into writing and started recording music 

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

I did a few love-rap songs first.  Hahaha That’s just the kinda shit I was going through at the time.  But it was really personal to me, so only let a few people hear it.  Everyone said they liked it, but that’s what friends are supposed to say, right?  A few months later there was “Sunny Afternoon”.  This was the first song that was shared with any and everybody I could tell about it.  I think I had just gotten a MySpace page, too.  This was the first song that got a response from people that didn’t know me.  And they loved it.  That was when I decided to do an album.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

I do my best to keep from using the term “swag” or “swagger”.  I think it’s been played out and over used from the very beginning.   However, I think I would describe my style as Comfortably Fresh.  I feel freshest in a t-shirt, shorts, some ill kicks.  Could be the busted up Chucks, could be the super clean Supra’s, maybe the everyday Puma’s.  And I love wearing hoodies.  They are definitely, by far my favorite article of clothing.  Overall, I just wear what I’m comfortable in at the moment I put it on, and as long as I do that, I feel fresh as hell.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

The latest project is called “The Seed” and is being finished up right now.  I’m on schedule to release it around the end of January.  It will be available on Bandcamp and iTunes.  The album is a metaphor for the life of a seed; it runs parallel to the organic cycle of life and growth.  This album has a lot to do with the thoughts and issues I had within myself, so I wanted to keep the features to a minimum.  I’ve got vocals from Sean and I’ve got vocals from Molly of Paper Tiger. Production wise I’ve got tracks from CAV3, Sean, Surround Sound, Tantu, and a couple others.

How long did it take to create and finish?

I’ve been working on this project for almost a year and a half.  It’s exhausting, aggravating, time consuming, and even chaotic at times.  Yet at the same time, it’s always an amazing journey.  And being able to look at and listen to a quality product at the end of it is an incredible sense of accomplishment.  My music is my true love, so even the stressful times are appreciated.  When the stress of making an album is the biggest stress I have to deal with in life, life will be paradise.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

The Seed will be a lifetime of thoughts and events in less than an hour.  I use events from my life to tell the story of the life of a seed, and vice versa.  The path the seed takes from safe in the tree, to falling to the earth and instinctually growing, coincides with the good times I’ve had, the bad times, and the things I’ve learned from both.

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

I’d say “I’m Esko” is the biggest so far.  I had a lot of fun writing that song.  The verses came to me out of nowhere.  I wrote the first one almost immediately after I heard the beat and then I didn’t work on it for a while.  The second one was written a few months later.  A lot of people think I’m talking about looking for a bowl to smoke weed. Actually, I had the beat playing while I was trying to make a tuna sandwich and I needed a bowl for mixing.  I was rummaging through my cabinets and all I could find was plates. I was chanting the hook as I looked and it stuck with me afterwards, so I made it the official hook for the song.  Excellent choice, if I do say so myself.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

I have absolutely no problem paying for quality music.  I rarely buy the music from big named artists.  I mean, I’m not going to say that mainstream music isn’t worth money [most of it isn’t], but I’m already struggling to pay for more important things.  So if I spend almost $20 on your CD and it sucks, which it probably will, I just paid to make my life worse.  No Thank You.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some hipster that’s against all things mainstream.  I’m actually one of the few lyricists that understand the mainstream.  I’m just not impressed with most of the products that come out of the mainstream music industry.  Not just Hip-Hop.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

I listen to everything. A lot of people say that with a stipulation at the end.  “I listen to everything….except country” or “…except classical”.  Me, I listen to everything.  Some genres have better songs than others, and some genres can only be tolerated for a half hour or less.  But I like them all. Haha I have a collection of music that I “Magically” acquired a few years ago.  Its way more music than I could ever listen to.  So a lot of times I’ll just put it on shuffle and zone out. World music is good for that.  Sometimes I’ll clean to country, maybe dubstep if I’m in a rush. haha

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

My live show is filled with lots of energy, lots of movement, and crowd participation.  I put my all into every performance.  My music is my purpose, and performing live is one of the only things that truly make me happy.  I give crazy amounts of energy at every show.  It just comes naturally.  So much energy goes into the songs as I’m writing them, it would be disrespectful to the song for me to get on stage and stand still to spit rhymes.  Plus, if people want to hear your music, they can buy a CD or download it, and stay at home.  If they come to a show, they want and deserve to get just that, a SHOW. That’s what I strive to supply with every second I’m on the stage. Regardless of the other artists are the bill, I want you to leave feeling like my performance alone was worth the full ticket price. 

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?

Lil Wayne’s teeth are covered in Diamonds, Kanye’s too. Jay-Z chopped up a Maybach for a music video.  Akon spent $50,000 at a strip club.  Didn’t Tinie Tempah just spend $36,000 on those Back To The Future Nikes?  The industry ain’t hurtin’. Downloads are just a part of the balance.  We used to get our friends to copy tapes back in the day, or hit record when our favorite song was on the radio.  Now, we have computers, so we use them to do the same shit we’ve been doing for years.  I support local and indie artists the same way, it just so happens that the underground scene in most genres is much better than the mainstream. So I end up buying more underground music than mainstream. When the music is worth money, I have no problem spending the money to buy it.  But the overall quality level of mainstream music is mega low right now, and I refuse to pay for wack shit.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

With the release of the new album coming up, I’ve posted The Floor Model EP at esko.bandcamp.com to download for free.  I will be releasing a new song in about a month [also for free] and the first single from the new album shortly after that [even freer].  I’ve been working hard on this project and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with the world.

Interview by Josh Powell

Connect with Esko
www.EskoBTS.com
www.esko.bandcamp.com

J. Karma (Rapper) Interview

Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
I’m a rap artist J.Karma, just trying to make it in music. My two latest releases are Diamond In The Ruff, and The Next Level.

Where do you live and what is like it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I live in Norwich which a pretty cool city really. Future Fm have a good hip-hop radio show.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
I started recording properly around 2007 – 2008. The reason I started recording is because I believe I can take it all the way!

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
Well when I first recorded some tracks I just gave them away in my city and the response was mad!

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
I’d say its pretty street.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest project is The Next Level which isn’t on a label. You can download it for free at http://www.jkarma.bandcamp.com It features Tommy Bones, Little Dee, Redeye, DPF, Franko Fraize and Jammin Kane. Ms Dark is to thank for some of the production on there.

How long did it take to create and finish?
A good few months to get it all together and get it out there.

If I was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
I’d say you like hiphop? I got a brand new mixtape here, thousands and thousands of people are aware of it now, its sick, you’ll love it, trust me! £5 bro.

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
That’s a difficult one. I’ll let you decide for yourself.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
If its an artist I respect then ill go to HMV or wherever and buy there CD.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
Yeah I like most genres.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
If its a live P.A we can arrange which and how many tracks to perform. I spit to dubstep in the clubs aswell, so if your looking to book an mc that’ll tear it up get at me! To book, email JKARMA@LIVE.COM

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?
Both really! That’s a good question tho. I think it would be good if there was a way that an artist could protect his music so that there was no way or copying it, like an album or whatever. But then if he wanted to put stuff out where everyone could just do whatever with it, like what’s happening now, he could, just to get it out there.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Thanks, nah i’m cool bro.

Interview by Josh Powell

Download links:
http://jkarma.bandcamp.com/album/the-next-level-free-download
http://www.downloadamixtape.com/?page_id=195&mixtape_id=2204  

Connect:
Email: JKarma@live.com
www.jkarma.bandcamp.com 
www.youtube.com/JKARMATV
www.twitter.com/JKarmaArtist 
www.soundcloud.com/JKarma

40DUBST Interview

Thanks for passing by www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

We live in Dartford where there are empty clubs ie Air n Breath and pubs that are shutting down but we do have bluewater witch is better than lakeside , there is no main hip hop radio show that comes from our area and the bods up london think we are hillbilly’s !!

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

we have been making music since we can remember as there is f@#k all else to do unless you like scoring cheese and caining your hard earned doll check in  the bookys

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

We released our first song as a group early 2011 witch was our debut single titled “Welcome To Dartford” witch has a video currently on sky channel 370 AKA.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

Our music is original and offkey but in some wierd way still in tune.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

Our latest project is the “Welcome To Our Town” Album and the video for “Settle Down” , the second single of the album witch is available of our website www.40dubst.com . The video for settle down will be on sky channel 370 AKA any time now.

How long did it take to create and finish?

The album from start to finish took around 4-5 months to create however our sound was created instantly when we met , it just happend…. like drunk girls getting shagged.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!! Wanna hear something new ?

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

Our most well known track so far is “Welcome To Dartford”

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

Bargain bucket, shell garage, wilkinson’s or 99p store

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

yeah as long as it aint the same old s@#t

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

promoters can book us by going to our website www.40dubst.com or info@40dubst.com

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there? 

pro’s and cons , kills off the money a bit but gets the name out further & quicker

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Yeah , 40DUBst Spread the word……

Interview by Josh Powell

www.40dubst.com
www.soundcloud.com/40dubst
www.youtube.com/40dubst
www.facebook.com/40dubst
www.twitter.com/40dubst
info@40dubst.com 

Danny Spice Interview

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
 
I’m coming out of Hitchin Hertfordshire 30 miles out of north London it’s a lively commuter’s town with a bustling night life!!! We don’t have any stations that play Hip Hop around here but you can pick up the Hip Hop Show on Kiss FM or 279 on choice etc

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I been messing  with music for like 15 years now since my early teens DJing/Rhyming all of that it was around 2002/2003 I got into production though.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

Released my first record on white label in 2004 it was a 6 track ep ENTITILED “Home Truths” it got an ok response from press etc Knowledge Mag,Hip Hop Connection(R.I.P) all picked up on it. Got plenty of radio play from Itch FM and Rodney P & Skitz give it some play on their 1xtra show!!! As for sales str8 up it was abit of a flop all the stores where shutting down at the time and I didn’t really know how to promote a record but it was a good start you gotta get things wrong before you can get em right sometimes u know? 

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

Swagger lol? My musical style is straight B-Boy dusty crates kinda vibes vintage golden era work ethic I suppose my whole “swagger” is based around that really. I’m abit of a Hip Hop geek at heart to be honest lol

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

“King Amongst Thieves” is the name of the album it’s a concept album that was based around taking the title at the King of The Beats challenge back in 2010 (see www.kingofthebeats.com for more info on the comp!!!!) I got Audra Nishita on the album from L.A who used to be Macy Grays backing singer she is a real talent and brings the party to the album. I got the Queens Bridge legend that is Craig G on there Dizzy Dustin from Ugly Duckling & from NY Oxygen of Sputnik Brown & Spox Phd (DJ Spinna/Oxygen). These aint up and coming artists they are some of the greatest Hip Hop artists to ever do it!!! The album isn’t out yet but it is completed I’m hoping the release date will be set for December time but the lead single “King of The Beat” ft Craig G is out now on COG & King of The Beats its available from I-Tunes, Amazon and on ltd(300 only) hand numbered/signed 7inch vinyl from www.carryongoing.com

How long did it take to create and finish?

The Album which I might like to put is my debut full length has been in my head my whole life but from start to finish this album took me a year just over. It wasn’t rushed though I took a long time crafting the 12 joints for this album around 30 joints were recorded in total for it I picked the 12 tightest and went with them.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

You wouldn’t catch me coming up to you in the streets trying to sell you something!!! I hate anybody coming up to me in the streets trying to sell me anything let alone CD’s that’s a pet hate of mine!!! I sell my music through the correct channels and make sure it is distributed to the stores and websites that need it. If I want something I will actively go and seek it know what I mean? I’m surprised some of these rappers don’t do door to door or tele sales with this shit the way they try and force it down your throat lmfao?!? The only time you would catch me selling my music in person hand to hand would be after a live show and by that time I wouldn’t need to give you a sales pitch you would have already heard what I’m dealing with!!! REAL TALK

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

The single with Craig G out now the production on that is ill I’m real proud of that joint.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

I don’t buy CD’s often I still buy vinyl get a lot of product direct from labels or spots like Fat City, King Underground, Suspect Packages if an album is super dope and it aint available on vinyl  I will buy the CD I had to buy Roc Marciano’s album on CD from Amazon coz I couldn’t wait for the full vinyl release that album was just too ill!!! But on the real if your an artist or claim to be an artist but don’t buy music you can suck my dick if you think your getting any respect from me you would be surprised how many don’t!!!

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

As a Hip Hop producer your ears have to be open to everything or you’re never going to get anywhere with it all my music is made from cutting up old recs so I gotta have my ears open. Soul,funk,jazz,rock,soundtracks,library music, classical I buy it all sometimes not just to sample but to listen to as well I’m a music man.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

My show features ill rhyme patterns, Turntable manipulation with my man DJ demon on the  1s & 2s as well as me ripping up the mpc whilst rhyming at the same time this show turns heads it aint a joke we rock the party!!! No rapper spitting bars over a CD here proper live music if you wanna book me for a show hit up info@carryongoing.com somebody will get back to you and work out a price ;)

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there? 

Download my shit and you can suck my dick!!! You are a thief and I got no time for you!!! Don’t go crying when some asshole jacks your nans hand bag coz you aint no better in my book for real! I hate that shit with a passion. I’m sure you do too being someone who spends their time trying to promote artists and good music???

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Buy music not just my music but music in general the fans are the most important people in this without sales this shit will end and you will be left with 2 a penny rappers/musicians and their cheap fuckery product!!! Go grab my single now I-TUNES, AMAZON OR www.carryongoing.com

Interview by Josh Powell

Connect:
Twitter @dannyspice_cog
www.facebook.com/danny.spice1
www.youtube.com/cogofficialtv
www.carryongoing.com

Birthm4rk Interview

Thanks for passing by www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.
Hi, im Birthm4rk, a west midlands based artist, i write songs and rap, i can also hold a good note lol yeah ive been doing music for over 10 years started of in drum and bass then garage, then i found myself properly when i started writing to hip hop, i put out 2 mixtapes when i was like 15 – 18 then another when i was 20, now im 26 i put out another called MY LIFE MY CRIMES MY CRYS just before my 2 birthday, songs on the mixtape can be up to a year old but since im doing alot myself it takes longer to get things done.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I live in wolverhampton, and main hip hop shows what come to mind are done by Dj springa on irie fm.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
I started making music at 16/17, the reason i started was bascially i found it easier to speak through my music and be honest.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
lol my 1st song wow good question i think the response was 50/50 because it showed me and my friends could do it but the problem was we were rapping amercian since thats what we grew up listening to so it was imprinted in our minds without us even knowing it took me a while to break out of it like a good few years thats why between 20-26 i was trying to get rid of the USA tounge.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?
i would describe my musical style as unique, i sound like nobody and rap like nobody if you listen to the game now alot of the rappers sound the same with the same flows etc all saying the same thing, as for swagger i keep it rahbarn lol HK blakez mode. lol

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
you can get my lastest project from datpiff/downloadamixtape/sendspace/Hoodtapes.co.uk plus more but those are the main sites where you can just type Birthm4rk in and it will come up. Alot of my features come from the west midlands alot of underground rappers.

How long did it take to create and finish?
About a year and a half, due to alot of different problems it took too long and i kinda go sick of it so i just got it finished and now ive moved on to working on another and a EP plus other material which i will just put out there, i get bored quick and im never happy so i always gotta make new music.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
I would be like, its fresh’ real’ raw’ entertaining’ and im brining it back to how mixtapes used to be with it being mixed thats why its called a mixtape so you can put it on in your car or yard and bump the shit like your in a club……..

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?
Ive had a few but i would say When the sun goes down check it out on youtube Birthm4rk, when the sun goes down, no-one who is unsigned or undergound is and has made a song like it if i was signed or someone who was signed did it i really do think it would of went number 1 or at least in the top ten and another was a hood banger called country monks with talent from the west midz featuring i think i had about 10 people on the track and they both have videos check them out.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Yeah i buy music i see it as you cant expect to be in the game and make money if your not willing to support the game’ its like buying a car or getting in your friends car how you gonna get about if you got no money for petty!

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
i dont even listen to the music i make like to much hip hop, i listen to rock, bashment and dance music only now and again i will listen to hip hop and thats only because everyone is famous and gangsters theses days saying the same shit.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
I will be totally honest ive been performing since i was like 13 and as a artist i would say thats where im best at is performing, people can book me just by calling my number 07702334073 or adding my bb 230753FD get @ me direct.

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there? 
Both’ but more on the side its killing it because its our or some peoples living and without getting paid for there talent aka job things start messing up.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Thanks and Bless for the interview, you can follow me on twitter just sreach Birthm4rk and add me on fb Birthmark hk also add and sub to my youtube BIRTHM4RK1 and watch out for more videos and more musi, plus check out the clothing line MONEYMADE CLOTHING on the facebook.

Interview by Josh Powell