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Q&A With Southside of Chicago’s Very Own FLO Tha Rapper

We are extremely excited to have featured your latest single “Butterfly”,  being a Hip Hop artist we never of heard before this, please tell us who is FLO Tha Rapper? Where are you from? How/When did you start making Hip Hop?

So my name is FLO aka FLO tha Rapper. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. I wrote my first rhyme when I was 11 years old . From there I spent much of my childhood doing freestyles until I turned 22. From there I started writing seriously and I never looked back.

We notice your style is really Boom-Bap driven with a cutting edge twist, let us know how your style if different than all the rap artists out there!

My style is really a branch of Chicago’s origination. I love twisting fast yet pronouncing words so that the listener can understand as well. It’s a combination of doing R & B / Hiphop/ Rap. I typically like to deliver a power message in terms of what I been through in my life so that others can relate. However , I am competitive and do like the lyrical acrobatics and competition involved as well. I’m different because I feel I’m versatile. Not many if any out there can keep up with my speed, however, I can also slow it down and add an R & B feel as well.

When are you planning on dropping another project in 2019?

I have a project dropping at the latest between May 20th and June 1st. This album has features from Kobe Honeycutt who has a Grammy with Eminem and co- writer on the hit song “ Kush” by Dr. Dre. I also got a feature from Twista on the album as well. He was who I learned my style from and if I had to pick an idol, he is the one. So for me it’s a huge deal because the dream is now solidified. Also got a feature from Bo Deal who came up in the game with Waka Flocka . Lots of talent on this album and it was such a great experience going through the whole creative process.

Let us know about the creative process behind your new single “Butterfly”?

The creative process behind Butterfly was actually pretty simple. I was going through a lot of changes in my life and wanted to write a song about change. The thing most connected to change in my opinion was Butterfly. So I came up with it to try to relay to people that everybody goes through difficult times in life . However, through those changes growth happens which can be painful but in the end very beautiful.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs?

In 5 years I see myself continuing this pursuit of music and I see myself holding a Grammy. I want to be known for the message I delivered . I want kids and people to know that no matter the struggle, you can make it. No matter what you go through in life, that with hard work and Perseverance, you can achieve anything. Which is why I named the upcoming album “ Perseverance.”

Are there any Hip Hop influences you have in the underground game that is based in your city?

My influences in Chicago are a long list. Twista, Do or Die, Crucial Conflict, Psychodrama, Triple Darkness, Shawnna, Traxter, Lupe Fiasco, and Common.

How does social media playing a role in your success? How are fans/supporters helping your movement?

Social media plays a huge role because without the fans, I’m nobody. For the first time in my life, I’m finally putting myself out there and trying to vulnerable. Which sounds easy but when you speak about real life experiences, it’s not easy to show people your hurt and heart.

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

My definition of underground hiphop is basically hiphop that has yet to be discovered. Mostly radio and even big social media outlets are governed by record labels with tons of capital. I feel underground hiphop can still be just as profitable if not more but is just on a smaller scale in terms of marketing ability.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.

People can find my music on all platforms as I am signed to the biggest distributor which is Empire. All my music goes through them so if you search FLO you should find me. I also am on YouTube by searching “ FLO tha Rapper” or you can go to my website www.envoyhiphop.com which is my label I created for myself as an artist.

Lastly, and shout out?

Shout out to my mentor Will Gates of Open World Films for helping mentor me through this process and everybody in Chicago who has supported me through this whole journey. A lot more to come . Also special thanks to UndergroundHipHopBlog for covering my story. I’m honored.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A Interview With Rising Dallas, TX Based Artist $tar$eed

For all the readers who don’t know who $tar$eed, what part of Dallas are you from?

From Death Valley where the devil conducts business and the angels hold on too loved ones… lol jk I’m from Garland G

How long have you been making music?

Since I was 13 so 13 minus 23…… 10 years

How did you come up with the name $tar$eed?

I’m the child of fucking god

You are of a music collective, or a solo artist?

I would have to say both, I make music with a tremendous amount of artist but my favorite to make music with right now has to be Bealo, and YAH37 plus my Lil bro but Other then that I’m doing me most the time

Congrats on your new project “I Am Everything”. In a short answer, what kind of message you wants listeners to get from it?

Listen to the lyrics… get the punchlines….. and we are everything… everything = God, Alah… whatever you wanna call us.

Who produced the project?

Yours truly

What is your favorite song off the project?

New class of high society

Any new music in the near future?

Most definitely!! 9/11/19 I have another project to be released and it’ll change the world trust!

Your definition of “Underground Hip Hop”?

Good music that has not been noticed by the mainstream crowd due to fuck heads in the industry

Where can fans find your music?

All platforms so Spotify, Apple, soundcloud, etc.

Lastly, any shout outs?

Shout out everyone and everything, everything I see, everyone I meet. It all inspires me also my grandad he isn’t doing too good right now and I really hope he gets better and if not then he’ll be watching over all of us without a body soon.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Chicago Based Hip Hop Artist KidMed

KidMed, where are you based out of?  How long you’ve been making music?

I am based out of the West side of Chicago. I have been making music seriously since I was 13 years old. I had a rap group called “Point 3” with my best friends Chris & Edgar.

How is the current state of Hip Hop in your city?

The current state of HipHop is ready to be molded in my city. There are a lot of people who are successfully doing their own thing but everybody is doing exactly that… we are working separately and not together. We need something to tie us all together and force us to help each other out.

Who are some of your influences in Hip Hop?

Some of my music influences are Mac Miller, Panic at The Disco, Linkin Park, Kanye West, Juice Wrld, Lil Uzi Vert, & Kid Cudi.

When was it when you knew you can take music and craft to the next level?

I’ve been working hard on being successful in music since I’ve been out of high school. I started by hanging around some people from the art scene who I met at an Open Mic. While working dead end jobs I found a way to balance work & studio time. At one of my jobs I met my best friend Rikkie Khrist. We started making music in his basement and we just clicked. Over the years we managed to create our own record label with our friend James Cam’Ron. We now work as full time musicians now that we signed ourselves to our record label.

Congrats on your latest single campaign for “Redemption”.  How was the response to it?

People loved the song Redemption. Every time I perform it people react well. I am still getting familiar with the release process and it is a lot more than what I’ve been taught.

Any future project in the works?

Thanks to my manager Westley Parker I’ve been able to create a new process for releasing music. We have actually sat down and listened to my music and we now have a plan for releasing my song “In My Bag” by next month. I will be releasing a new song every three weeks.

Anybody you would want to work with?

I am actually interested in working with Franchika. We have spoken about it via Instagram DM & in person as well. I am excited to see what comes out of that. I am also interested in working with Smino & Juice Wrld.

In you own words, what’s your definition of Underground Hip Hop?

Underground HipHop is a place to discover new talented artists. They keep it real.

Where can people find more of your music?

You will soon be able to find my music on iTunes/Spotify but for now you can find my music on SoundCloud.

Any shout outs?

Shout out Big Dave, Shout out the homie Laken, shout out Rikkie Khrist & James Cam’Ron, Shout out Swank PR, Shout out Ovr Lord, shout out my family & my girlfriend.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Hip Hop Collective Gladiator Pen

We notice your guy’s style is really Boom-Bap driven and focus on lyricism, let us know how your style if different than all the rap artists out there! Yo guys are really original!!!!

I feel like we are unique because we have a wide range of MCs, from conscious to raw to lyrically brutal. Nobody wrote their Gladiator Pen verses to pay the bills or “make it”. We did it for the love of giving back through making music. We all are artists who stand alone, or in talented groups, but we take time away from commercially driven pursuits to create something singular. Plus, there is a portion of the album (the Gladiator Road Trilogy) where we write our bars as actual Gladiators trying to escape Roman rule. How often do you hear storytelling like that? One of us characterized our style on stage in Flagstaff recently as, “Lyrical destruction… And then we give the money to kids.”

Please tell us about the non-profit movement, and how you guys donate the proceeds from your album sales to a charity!?

We donate our creative energy, time and the money needed to record and market our albums. We don’t recoup a dime, despite the fact that putting together and marketing a professional album is expensive. All of the money from album sales and local events goes to the Raising a Reader program, which is run through Southwest Human Development. How did this come about? In 2013, I founded Gladiator Pen because I wanted to give back on a consistent basis. I was asked to take part in some charity shows in the years leading up to 2013, and I loved the feeling of giving back through hip hop. I decided that I had to form my own charity movement focused on literacy, given that words are a huge part of the element of MC’ing. I went out and recruited talented artists with good hearts. We had our first event for literacy in 2013 and released our first album called The Literacy Project in April of 2014

How often as a group, do you guys perform?

We all perform solo and in other groups, to varying degrees. Almost every weekend, you can find two or three of us performing around the Valley of the Sun. We have members that have moved out of state now as well (New Mexico, Oregon and New Jersey). As a group, we just started performing together again to support the new album. Are you touring this 2019 year? We just completed the Chariot Awaits mini tour in the Southwest to support the album. We’ll be going out again in the fall. In the Phoenix area, we’ll be putting on our own charity events to benefit literacy every couple of months through 2019. Our next one will be an end of summer Backpack Drive to help kids going back to school.

Let us know about the creative process behind your new album “Roman Numeralz”?

Some of the verses are recorded at my project studio the Situashun Room. Some are recorded elsewhere and sent to me. I don’t mind either method, since I know all of the artists personally. Since we have a few artists that have relocated out of state, I’d say about 50% of the verses are recorded with me. Our sophomore album Roman Numeralz took nearly four years to gestate. I never rush a full album like this one (17 tracks – 69 minutes) because, as a fan, I like the subtleties: the sound efx, the ad libs, the bridge etc. I don’t want my music to sound rushed or stripped down. Plus, I don’t want to make it a pain for the artists involved. Being in the Pen family is not a huge obligation. Ideally, it feels more like an opportunity to give back. As a family member, you need to contribute a certain minimum for each album, but it is not a like a normal group where people are driving you to results. Everybody in the Pen has their own goals and milestones they are trying to reach. I want the contributions to be genuine and donated in good spirit. It makes each contribution better. It can take time, and be frustrating, but the final product seems worth it to me. What is the message behind this project? There is no singular message, but I think the fact that we created the album for literacy sends a message of its own. However, it is important to me that the album inspires like minded artists, especially from a lyrical standpoint. If someone hears a track, and then wants to write a verse to compete with what we put out, then we have done our jobs.

When are you guys planning on dropping another project?

As a group, I want to shoot for 2022 for our next album release. I don’t want to compromise the quality, but the family is larger now and I think we can out do ourselves given three years. I will get started in the next few months. In the meantime, look for releases by Ciphurphace, Mister Riot, Phal Kilmer, Blaze Rock, Floyd Write, Ohm, Judgement, Simple Wizdom, Puritan, Miss Rebecca, DJ Blesd 1 and DJ Psychopat. Look for records by our affiliated groups like Avenue of the Arts Crew (AOTA), the Society of the Invisibles (TSOI), Fated, RoHm, Wizdom’s Dagger, Riot Cross, DFS, SpaceLab, and the list goes on…

Are there any Hip Hop influences you guys have in the underground game?

I don’t want to speak for the others because we are so diverse. When I created the Pen, I imagined artists with range enough to be as bad ass as Army of the Pharaohs but conscious like Black Star. That’s a hard expectation to meet, but I believe that you need to set the bar high to get great results.

How does social media playing a role in your success?

I think it’s a huge part of how independent artists can survive outside of the major label system. We have to build our networks in order to have any chance of success. We have to get the word out about what we are doing online because people do not go out seeking music like they used to (at shows or in physical records stores, for example). Coming up as an MC in the nineties, part of me still loves the physical promotional game. I personally love meeting fans at the shows and learning more about them. I wish more people that came out to the shows based on social media would introduce themselves. We have a mean merch booth game live, and I love passing and shirts cds hand to hand. There is something cool about that that you don’t get over the internet. How are fans/supporters helping your movement? They help a lot. The people that come out to underground hip hop shows keep the art form alive. Since the art form was created in 1973, a whole generation of fans are wading into difficult lives supporting families and do not go out as much. The people that come out to underground shows in 2019 now are REALLY DEDICATED, so I want them to know how important they are to the practitioners. Our cd release party show at Tempe Tavern was electric. When the vibe is electric, we can give you even more of what it means to be dope. We can hit you with crowd participation and have it reverberate. The connection is what most MCs are after. Without fans, we are have no outlet to plug into. When it comes to a charity movement like Gladiator Pen, fans are everything because they allow us to contribute money to Raising a Reader, both by coming out to the shows and by supporting the cds.

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

To me, being an underground hip hop artist means making music without compromise that is true to my own unique artistic voice and the culture. Hip hop is bigger than rap music. It’s all about the elements.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.

IG
https://www.instagram.com/gladiatorpenfamily
https://www.instagram.com/misterriot

FB
https://www.facebook.com/GladiatorPen

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/riotGP

Album Links:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/roman-numeralz/1462498053

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lbaPwvneE19LmJ6jGOkN-C8_VX6496CIk

https://gladiatorpen.bandcamp.com/album/roman-numeralz

https://tidal.com/album/108784101

Any shout outs?

Lastly, and shout out? I want to shout out my wife Meghan, who I would not be myself without.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Rising Underground Hip Hop Group Dezert Eez

We are extremely excited to have featured your latest album “Late Night Cognac Sessions”, being a Hip Hop group we never of heard before this, please tell us who is Dezert Eez? Where are you guys from? How/When did the group start making Hip Hop?

Dezert Eez is a 3 man group that formed at Western Michigan University. Nivek is originally from Chicago, Ron O’Nill is from Flint and 5-Star is originally from California. We are all children of the so called Golden era of Hiphop. We used to hoop together and kick it at the same functions and after house parties and kicking it at the clubs we always found ourselves in the same freestyle ciphers on the same vibe. We probably got serious about doing something though in the early 2000’s.

We notice your styles is really Boom-Bap driven with a cutting edge twist, let us know how your style if different than all the rap groups out there!

As far as our style goes we’re definitely focused on lyrics! It’s all about the lyrics 1st. From there, the music selection is unique because we all have different influences. Onill is more of the old school music cat, Nivek is heavy into the 90’s East Coast Hiphop sound and I just add that soul to it. That’s how you get that gumbo do to speak. What’s makes us really different tho is the fact we’re all from different places. A lot of groups usually are all from the same city or state whether it’s NY, Atlanta or wherever.

How often do you perform as a group? Are you touring this 2019 year?

We used to perform a lot! We used to do mini tours with cats like Elzhi, Bronze Nazareth, Kool Keith and Inspectah Deck. We also did a lot of one offs with One Be Lo, Blackmilk, KRS-1 and cats that came through the Midwest. These days we focus more on recording. But we should be back out on the road later this year.

Let us know about the creative process behind your new album “Late Night Cognac Sessions”?

We usually lay out a blueprint of how we want to attack each project. Concept wise, sonically as well as a theme. For LNCS it was all about bringing hard lyrics over melodic, soulful beats. We felt the contrast would be dope and it came out just as we had hoped. 1st we hit up producers and tell them the sound we’re looking for. From there we see which beats flow together. The sound felt grown and mature.. Late Night Cognac Sessions.

Where do you see yourselves in 5yrs?

In 5 years we hope to evolve as artists. Maybe jump into a band and conquer that element. Continue to do a few shows from time to time and rock mics. Also get behind the scenes. Help discover and guide up and coming indie artists. Maybe jump into the film side of things. We’re all so creative so as long as we’re doing something like that we’ll be good.

When are guys planning on dropping another project in 2019?

We’re currently in the writing process for a new project that’s hopefully due out sometime around the fall. It’ll be available exclusively on vinyl and we’ll add a download card or introduce it to the digital platforms eventually. We’re joining forces with a crew we’ve been down with since day 1 for this one. It’ll be like a Heiro or De la Soul meets Tribe type of effort.

Are there any Hip Hop influences you have in the underground game that is based in your city?

Not really. A lot of artists in our area look at us as the standard. We’ve toured overseas, collaborated musically with Hiphop legends like Inspectah Deck, Talib Kweli, Killah Priest, Keith Murray, Dead Prez, Skyzoo and many more. Hopefully groups will say Dezert Eez when asked that question.

How does social media playing a role in your success? How are fans/supporters helping your movement?

Social Media is huge! That’s currently the landscape for all artists not just indie artists. We grew out Facebook page to 5000 friends/fans. We run campaigns on SoundCloud, we try to be active on IG and Twitter but we definitely have to increase our presence. Our fans share our links and music a lot. We can see the impressions on our bandcamp page as far as where people are finding us and listening.

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

I think so called underground Hiphop is something that’s not commercial. It’s Music that is not being played on mainstream outlets all day everyday. It’s got its own vibe. It’s got its own energy and feeling. It’s super creative and raw.

Any shout outs?

Shout out to Inspectah Deck for the game he gave us and the support. He definitely gave us jewels on how to carve out our own lane and make it as a indie artists.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Detroit’s Very Own Chilly Winters

We are extremely excited to have featured your latest EP “Cold Hearts Break Hearts“, being a Hip Hop artist we never of heard before this, please tell us who is Chilly Winters? Where part of Detroit are you from? How/When did you start making Hip Hop?

All I am is just a misguided kid from the bottom, that was never handed an opportunity, working my ass off to earn a place in this world. I was actually born in a Port Huron hospital. From there, I was technically raised in a trailer park out in Chesterfield, MI which is 23 mile & Gratiot. It was a dysfunctional situation. My parents didn’t have a lot of money. They had 3 kids. My dad played in a lot of rock n roll bands for biker clubs, like the Outlaws, and with that came a lot of pills, cocaine, & alcohol, you know? My father could often get violent & really take shit out on my mother and as a kid that shit was always tough to see. Once my parents divorced, I was 11 & my father moved back toward the city and we lived at 8 mile and john r for quite a few years. So im definitely and Eastside kid. I bounced back n forth from my father’s house to my mother’s house, which was in Chesterfield and she lived on Gratiot so that is what I always claimed. Thats where we always hung out, I was always wit the homies at the spots down on 7 mile & gratiot, used to kick it down by the McClelan area, and I remember a time my dawg got shot down on Helen. When I was like 14 or 15 years old, that’s when I got into selling drugs and bringing them from the city to the suburbs. After years in the streets, the party, the chaos and the struggle eventually everything led to my own drug addiction and deeper confusion. In dealing with all that, when I was 19, I lost my 2 best friends, both to over-doses. I spent a lot of my teenage and early 20s locked up in county jails. I went to prison for 1 1/2 years for home invasion. Last year I lost my father & thats when I decided to get out of the streets and really go hard pushing a positive message in my music. Ive been writing poetry since i was like 8. I used it as an escape from the harsher things within my childhood household. I started rapping when I was 14 for the homies and my family. But it wasn’t until shortly after my dad died I released my first single to digital platforms. Ever since a child, the freedom to express myself has always been in my blood. I want to help other people get through their struggles, like I want to help other mis-guided or lost type of kids that may need guidance from someone who has been through it before. I dont know, I just feel I have a story and a message, I have something to say and i just feel like I’d be stupid if I didn’t use my voice.

We notice your style is really Boom-Bap driven and mixed with the trap sound, let us know how your style if different than all the rap artists out there!

I feel like my music is different because of the amount of energy i put into developing a relationship with every single one of my listeners. If they don’t relate to one bar, I will make sure they relate to the next one! Not everyone breaks life down like me. I’m pretty blunt & straight-forward. I tell shit exactly how it is and I stand up for what I believe in. And I think people need someone like that in their lives to where if they feel some type of way, good or bad, they can pop on one of my records and escape whatever reality they are trying to escape. Or better yet use my story as motivation to get them up and out of whatever struggle they may be in. I’m not in it for the money, I’m in it to better the community and the people around me & that is exactly what sets me aside from the rest!

How often do you perform? Are you touring this 2019 year?

It was only a year ago that the “Chilly Winters” name had even surfaced to earth. We took a little bit of time to develop a solid sound but now that we got it & we have the newly released EP to push, doing more shows is definately the priority. But, I did perform the day the EP came out on April 20th for Twiztid’s 7th Annual 420 Bash in Pontiac, MI & that was super hype, but I’ve only done 2 shows in my career as of today.

Let us know about the creative process behind your new EP “Cold Hearts Break Hearts“?

Cold Hearts Break Hearts was produced by Detroit Producer & my long-time friend Gage Lane. Gage has been the mastermind behind, pretty much, all my production, even before I was releasing music. Basically, I like to create a vibe based off something I went through in life. I want to be able to relate to as many people as possible because I know there are a lot of people that share the same struggles as me. So once I got my vibe, I’ll head over to the studio where I meet Gage. From there we discuss the direction we want to take with an instrumental and it’s mood. We always create the beat together. Once I got the beat, that’s when I write. I just write whatever is on my mind, whatever I am going through at the time, or something I went through in the past. Once the writing is done, I name it & then I can get in the booth to record it. From there, Gage will mix & master the track, always turning it into pure dopeness. We just keep it coming from the heart, following the process we know, connecting to the people we love!

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs?

Wow, 5 years is a long time to look in to the future. I dont even know if I’ll be alive tommorow. Honestly though, if I play my cards right, in 5 years, I’ll be in a position to help a lot of people that need it!

When are you planning on dropping another project in 2019?

I definitely want to drop a single around the time of my birthday which is September 5th, shout out VIRGO NATION! Right now we have a lot of work to do focusing on the Cold Hearts Break Hearts EP but in a couple months you could probably expect a single out of me. Keep in mind though, I plan on dropping a lot of freestyles and short videos throughout the months. I got a new freestyle coming out in a couple weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Being an Detroit-based Hip Hop artist, are there any Hip Hop influences you have in the underground game that is based in your city?

Absolutely! For a long time I think all of Detroit rap was pretty much underground. I can’t say that I, personally, have that unique style of a Detroit rapper, but Detroit rap has its own sound that separates it from the rest of everything else. I think for those reasons like nobody could get their foot in the door but now, as of recently, artists are really breaking out in the industry & I think what Tee Grizzley & Sada Baby are doing for the city, along with the work they are putting in, is completly flawless. I think Peezy & Steven B The Great got really big things going on as well. You know I gotta show love for Payroll & DoughBoyz Cashout, The Green Guys, & Supparay Videos. A lot of dudes out of Detroit are really creating that “WOW” factor & I’m really fuckin with it. Back in the day though, when I was a teen, I absolutely loved slidin to some Blade or some Tuff Tone. Or even rockin that K Deezy to the max. I try to look up to any artist in the city that I feel is dope and is workin hard. I learn a little bit from everyone, which adds up to a lot, and then I go about it in my own way. It’s dope!

How does social media playing a role in your success? How are fans/supporters helping your movement?

Social media just allows me to connect with way more people in a shorter amount of time. But to be honest, I like to really develop & build relationships with the people on my page. From Instagram to Twitter, Spotify to AppleMusic, Im still going through some of the beginning stages in establishing my online presence, but I think things are going really well right now and I am extremely grateful for every single person that is standing behind me boxing front line. Shout out to all my supporters!

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

I love this question because so many good things are coming from the underground right now. But to me, Underground Hip Hop is pure expression. Everybody deserves to be somebody, at least in my eyes, but a lot of the time, the kids growing up in the struggle dont have anyone listening to them. Hip Hop gives them that voice. Hip Hop is the outlet to that struggle, pain, blood & war. Underground Hip Hop is the life story of the streets put together by many different soldiers & wether you want to contribute to that book or take knowledge from that book, Underground Hip Hop is open to everybody! & that is whats so dope about it.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.
https://www.chillywinters.com
https://www.instagram.com/onlychillywinters
https://www.twitter.com/onlychilly
https://www.youtube.com/chillywinters
https://www.soundcloud.com/onlychillywinters
https://apple.co/2Y2qzXM
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kimk81acT5hXWluSHweCG?si=YJdNHK2rT_WKTFpdOVwLwQ

Lastly, and shout out?
Big shout out to everyone standing behind me. My 2 brothers who have supported me since day one, even through all my bullshit. My mother for never giving up on me when i was lost and in prison. My producer, Gage Lane, for always being there behind the scenes to tie up any loose ends he can. I definately have to shout out my girl, Ms. Winters, for all the sacrifices she makes because she seriously be crushing it for me. Big ups to UGHH for having me on the blog And most of all I want to shout out the City of Detroit and the rest of the world for giving me a chance in this game. PEACE!

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Ekko MC

We are extremely excited to have featured your latest single “Where the Doh Be”, being an artist we never of heard before this, please tell us who is Ekko MC? Where are you from? How did your Hip Hop brand come about?

Hey watup, I always played drums, then got into beat making when I was about 16 because me and my mates at school used to freestyle every day, and back then hiphop was a very small scene in Australia, it was almost non existent except a few criminals rapping over a case of beer and a bong, haha but yeah we were all very influenced by movies like “Colors”, And “New Jack City” also me and my boys always listened to Geto Boys, Public Enemy, Too Short, Ice T, X-Clan, Kool G raps, Ice Cube, TMT, ATL, Snoop, Do or Die and all that good old shit we emulated in real life.. a lot of us were in and out of jail because of it… (funny not funny) 😀

But a couple of my mates and I took it seriously so we started our own rap group and started doing gigs around Sydney age 17-18 then continued and most of us grew out of it but not me.  And here I am.

ROLLING LOUD!!! Seems to be the one Festival all artists want to be a part of!! Any plans on getting on a festival on that scale? Are you touring this 2019 year?

Yeah I would absolutely love to play at rolling loud or any festivals in the near future, it’s tough cod I don’t have a manager or booking agent so Big gigs are few and far between at the moment.

Let us know about the creative process behind your new single “Where the Doh Be”?

I made a dope beat about a year ago, In LA where I live, then I wrote a verse to it and sent it to my mate CQ in Australia because I knew he would be able to spit something nice over it. So he did and sent it back to me I made the hook and finished up the track, sent it off to get mastered and then had this amazing banger.

About 6 months later I was home visiting family and we borrowed an old video camera from one of CQs mates and just went around Sydney in our old stomping grounds and got footage, took turns filming until we had a good amount then I brought he footage back to LA and got my mate Steele Pace to edit it into the masterpiece it is.
And people seem to like it so I’m stoked.

When are you planning on dropping another project in 2019?

I plan to drop another project in a couple weeks, I have 3 new songs I’m working on dropping consecutive videos for them also so I have been in the studio a lot lately.

Are there any Hip Hop influences you have in the underground game that is based out of your city?

I have a couple influences from Australia, some young cats from Tasmania Wombat and Chillinit are making some big moves and a young kid Kobie Dee from Sydney.  I dig their style it’s good to see the industry blossom down there finally.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Rising Bronx Based Hip Hop Artist Tiing

We are extremely excited to have featured your debut album “In Tune”,  being a Hip Hop artist we never of heard before this, please tell us who is Tiing? Where are you from?  How did your music career come about?

Tiing is Greg Bandy II. Tiing is passion, hardwork, dedication, and love. I’m from the Bronx but I grew up all around NYC. I grew up playing violin until about 14, I got into rapping around high school just freestyling at house parties for fun. Started hitting studio and recording around 2012. Used to go by Ting Christ. Changed my name up and started producing about 2 years ago and really started tryna push myself as an artist.

We notice your style very fresh and cutting edge, focusing on lyricism, let us know how your style if different than all the rap artists out there!

My style is mine. I speak about personal experiences and my ideas of a good time making it very personal. And the choice of words and wit just comes from my personality. I speak from the heart and it flows naturally. I grew listening to a lot of funk and disco so that def has an effect on my style I think. Try to keep it groovy.

How often do you perform live?  Any plans for a tour?

I’ve performed a decent amount, my last official show was baby’s alright in Williamsburg last summer. Def plan on doing more shows this spring and summer, would love to do a little college tour perhaps. Tryna put a little something together with the team.

Let us know about the creative process behind your debut album “In Tune“?

The creative process for “In Tune” was pretty much linking up with my producer/homie Gabe Monroe (he produced most of the tracks on the project) and just vibing out haha. He’d put on a beat and if I felt it I’d just start rapping and writing. Shit was smooth.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs?

I’m 5 years I see myself writing songs and producing just on a whole different level. Also be involved in some different ventures, I really like wine and craft beer. It’d be awesome to be involved in some kind of brewery maybe or own a bar or two. We shall see.

When are you planning on dropping another project in 2019?

I’ve been working on an EP I wanna drop during the summer time. Very excited about this project because it’s mostly produced by me and my brotha s’natra. Haven’t really got to show listeners the production skills too much yet. “Samba” from In Tune was produced by us and Gabe.

Are there any Hip Hop influences you have in the underground game that is based in your city?

I’d honestly say my Homies S’natra and T-Shyne I guess lol. It’s hard to say what’s considered underground hip hop, I know they be making some fire though and it’s always influential to see friends creating dope shit and doing dope shit.

How does social media playing a role in your success? How are fans/supporters helping your movement?

Social media is def very important to get the music out to ppl around the world. I had someone post “Brown Paper Bag” the other day on their story and I hit them up to say thank you and she was saying how she just stumbled across the song on a play list on Spotify. Reaching out to show my appreciation is important and that’s not possible without social media. And fans/supporters from of mine help by listening and posting and showing love for songs they enjoy. I’m nothing with out fans and supporters, as long as they keep listening and showing their friends, i will continue to have the energy do this everyday and love it.

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Underground hip hop to me is that raw, honest, genuine hip hop that’s not tarnished by trying to reach a certain requirement to be considered mainstream. That talent that just hasn’t been found yet or that’s being over looked.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.

My IG- @Tiingmusic
Twitter- @tiingmusic
Website – tiingmusic.com

Lastly, and shout out?

Shout out to everyone that helped me put this project together Gabe, s’natra, brasstracks, tshyne, Brett Williamson, lean, Mari, ty, doc and shydaughter for the artwork much love. And thank you underground hip hop, much appreciated.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Perris, CA Based Underground Hip Hop Artist RudySamA

We want to thank you RudySamA for dropping yet another solid project in 2019 “Love You 2”,  We want to let all fans know that your a true underground Hip Hop artist, your style and sound is truly original and extremely different then anything we have come across online.  Give us a background on where your from again?  Perris?  Pretty unfamiliar city in SoCal, is it not?

Yeah Perris is a small town located in the riverside county section of the Inland Empire. It’s a tight nit community with a lot of hometown pride. It’s not crime infested but like every place things can get ruff. For the most part it’s a working class suburb though.

We have been networking since Dec 2018!!  We remember your first BLOG post “Relics EP”, since then and now, please describe the growth and progression in your music career?

Oh man I’ve really been focused on promoting my music since than. Finding an audience outside of my local area as well as establishing myself as an artist has been so much fun. The work truly pays off at the end when the labor is grown from love.

We love your dark melodic (maybe a little angry..LOL) style of Hip Hop, you go really deep in all your tracks!!  What’s the story behind your unique style and sound in your music.

Wow thank you it means a lot to receive positive feedback! To some showing emotions is a weakness but in reality it’s what makes us human along with what really shows strength. My music is love. From the instrumentals I make to my bars it’s all just a canvas that I use to create audio art. I find that light truly shines brightest in the dark which is why the sound of my instrumentals are dark or angry yet my content is more on the conscious side of the spectrum.

What is your brand really about?  What is your mission statement to all new ears that come across your music for the first time, what is your message to them?

I intend to reach those who are willing to listen to content, who understand substance, and for those who know themselves as well as for the lost. I make music for all occasions life may have and leave it wide open for interpretation. My message can be seen as deep to some and as shallow as a puddle to others. I speak from an introverted perspective leaving a message that’s over all positive and uplifting.

Congrats on success of your follow up album, “Love You 2”. Feel free to breakdown the creative process of the project. (features, production, etc). Where can people find the project?

Well the creative process is always my favorite part of music. This was made in a continuous format proceeding from where “love you “ left off. At work I would get inspired to make a beat so during my lunch break I would go start making the instrumental in my car. Once I finished I brainstormed about how the beat made me feel and from there I began to lace the track. I wanted to give off an eerie yet comforting vibe. The only way I could achieve this was by doing it all myself from scratch. It was truly an amazing and self gratifying process.

Any plans on going on tour, or are you planning on some shows?  How often do you perform?

I would like to go on tour and do shows more often but my work situation limits that some what. I try to perform at least once a month now at open mics or at any event that fits within my schedule. Currently I’ve been performing for events organized by an artist known as yung miss. On 4/20/19 my boy Upr!ze and I are an opening act for kushstock festival in adelanto ca.

Wow…Boom, One of our senor writers and considered one of the most credible Hip Hop journalists had the opportunity to review your new project yet again!!!  He gave it a 7/10!!! Not bad!!  Did you get a chance to read the review?

I’m so grateful that he enjoyed this project and I’m honored to be praised in such high regards. I read the review and was happy to see that my sequel project was received so well. My music is dope as fuck so it’s cool to see people enjoy it.

We are an LA based Hip Hop website, so I’m sure you heard that Nipsey Hussle got gunned down out here in these LA streets.  What are your thoughts about this latest Hip Hop tragedy?  Ever heard of him before?

If you live in SoCal you know of Nipsey Hussle, he was legendary. I wasn’t always listening to his music and in fact I slept on his latest Grammy nominated album until his passing. The underline issue is that a smart, successful, influential artist was taken from his family. People should focus on that. Hopefully people can learn from his legacy. I don’t dive into the conspiracy theories for one simple fact. Social media is mainstream media now. If anything is meant to be hidden it wouldn’t be able to get on social media.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3l8w70AG6AfaOWmlmLcQal?si=ZShHvo8fQtuVKF4forpiKA

Pandora: https://www.pandora.com/artist/rudysama/love-you-2-explicit/ALP4PhckXZ6bmv6?part=ug&corr=86322077

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-you-2/1451663589

Lastly, and shout out?

Yo I wouldn’t be able to do this without my mom and dad. I love those two. Also big ups to my team Xydewayz8 (Upr!ze, roo$kie, Murx, beaker, Golden galo, Emcee p-nutty, Exon, duck beats)

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With DMV’s Very Own Underground Hip Hop Artist Mic Mountain

Bro!!!! We would personally like to thank you Mic Mountain for rocking with our BLOG and most importantly pushing real Hip Hop! Let me ask you how long have you been a Hip Hop artist? What specific area are you from? Also, how did you get you emcee name?

Thank you for having me me it feels good to be here. I’ve been doing hip hop recording since 1992 but I didn’t release anything online until 2008. I’m from the Washington D.C. area akla the DMV area. My real name is Michael Mountain but I dropped the letters to Mic because back in the days the Source would give you 5 mics. I wanted to represent a Mountain of Microphones.

We notice your style is super original and very creative. Let us know how your style if different than all the rap artists out there!

My style rhythmic and melodic but at the same time my delivery jump’s out and grabs you and hold your attention. Plus I speak with alot of character in my voice so that always helps get the point across when conveying a message through song I guess.

Please breakdown the creative process behind ““The Avalanche”…Also, ever planning on pushing a full Spanish project?

I might do a Spanglish project but not entirely in Spanish. I made sure the listener could follow along in both languages on on of the tracks “Ritmico Boricua.” From the beginning I sat down and made each beat from practically scratch. Then I put them all in Playlist order as what would sound good after the previous track.and I just wrote to the music and planned the album out as far as features and hooks and skits etc.

Do you remember the day/time when you realized you wanted to become an Hip Hop artist?

Yes my uncles always encouraged me to do my raps and draw when I was a teen, I didn’t start taking it serious until my late teens. My best friends at the time, actually my brothers Hasani Lateef and Lee Majors showed me how to do this professionally. I’ll always be thankful for them helping me believe in my self and my talents.

How does social media playing a role in your success? How are fans/supporters helping your movement?

Social Media has been a blessing and a Curse because some people will like you and some won’t. It’s like your personality and views represent your brand now but as long as you do good business and offer a good product or service and most of all remain yourself than you are golden. I’ve made tons of fans online but the best ones are the ones who are friends for life whether you have met them or not. it’s all about making that personal connection.

Your TOP 5 in Hip Hop….Deal or Alive?

Redman, Big Pun Biggie, Sean Price, Thirstin Howl the 3rd

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Whatever is it that is going against the grain baby!!! It’s ALL Gravy!

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.

Micmountain.com Just look me up Mic Mountain everywhere!

Lastly, and shout out?

Shout out to Mom Dukes she always beenmy biggest supporter, My brother Grand Master Rodimus P! My bro Mr. Ripley! My Brother Alex Gholsten. My sister Marthalicia Marthalicia. My fellow Mc’s Pace One, Prince Po, C Rayz Walz, Hakim Green, Shabaam Sahdeeq and Tame One!

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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