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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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Q&A With Los Angeles, CA Based Underground Hip Hop Artist Palabra

We are extremely excited to have featured your latest album “Palm Over Fist” , being an artist we never of heard before this, please tell us who is Palabra?

It means “Word” in spanish but also is used to give someone reassurance or a confirmation of what is being promised.

Like, “Don’t trip I’ll be there, palabra.” So part of it is giving people that inspiration when they have doubts or going through struggles.

“la palabra” also means the word of God in the theological context I’m a firm believer in Christ but I’m not trying to shove Jesus down your throat. The word says that he is a gentleman,he knocks on the door of your heart and if YOU open it he will enter.

The way I try to sum it up is: “I’m not the perfect man God has sent, I’m just the noun and the verb that God has said”

Where part of LA are you from?

I’m from South Central.

How did you hear about UGHHBOLOG?

Saw some posts in IG and saw the freestyles with your guys’ banner and thought it was dope you guys were creating a lane for Underground/unsigned artists.

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!

I’m still developing and I know there’s still work to be done, but where I’m trying to be different is in my raw approach, relying on my passion, my agresssion and giving people the tough love mentality.

I’m in the business of spiritual warfare and so I hope to give people the soundtrack in the battles they are going through to inspire them in bringing their victory into reality.

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?

Well I’m down for anything but in all honesty, I haven’t networked as much as I need to. I think I can’t just expect to be put onto someone’s show if I haven’t been supporting them in someway shape or form. It’s something I’m working on.

Are you touring this 2019 year?

This year I’ve performed in Bellflower and in San Ysidro. I’m looking to continue going to one spot at least each month so let’s see if I can maintain that trend. Hopefully increase it.

Let us know about the creative process behind your new album “Palm Over Fist”, and plans on shooting more videos for any of the tracks?

So the tracks I had for a minute. Thought of releasing them as singles but realized they all had a common theme so I invested some time and money in making it sound more cohesive.  I want to shoot one more music video and I have a lyric video in the works.  Caught between “The Silence that Becomes the Prayer” and “They Don’t Know”

When are you planning on dropping another project?

This summer I got something in the works called Imperfect.

Being a LA-based artist, are there any Hip Hop influences you have in the underground game that is based out of LA?

In the underground game, not really. I’m inspired when I see what alot of the guys are doing on your page but no one specific has caught my eye yet.

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

It’s minimal right now. I get some love now and then but I have to expand my connection with people plus just make more music, period.

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

I think Underground Hip hop is the raw expression of urban music, unfiltered not necessarily in expletives but moreso unhindered by mainstream stereotypes or mainstream expectations.

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

IG @mrpalabra

Facebook.com/mrpalabra

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheImmortalMessage

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6hJibDxYbHjsModIGzJhXW?si=UsEN_JUyR-6yD1m4kuWQAA

Itunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/palm-over-fist/1441577527

Lastly, and shout out?

Shout out to my boy Spicer he’s on UGHHBlog as well with his single “Moment to Breathe” and he’ll be dropping an EP soon. Follow him on IG @stevenspicer0

Shout to UGHHBLOG for making this happen. Hope to have more interactions with your team and bring out more good music. Thanks for the support.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Netherlands Rising Hip Hop Native Dragan

We are extremely excited to have featured your debut album “Road to Balkan”,  being a Hip Hop artist we never of heard before this, please tell us who is Dragan? What part of the Netherlands are you from?  How did your music career come about?

First of all, thanks for this opportunity!  I’m a Balkan Emcee from a town in the south of the land called Heerlen. Born in former Yugoslavia, I moved to the Netherlands when I was four and a half. Growing up with the Balkan culture, I discovered Hip-Hop around twelve. When I started rapping at sixteen, I was always seeking for a way to merge my roots with the Hip-Hop culture. After years of developing, experimenting, studying, crafting, I realised three years ago that my main focus had to be on English songwriting and recording. The way I combine the two cultures I grew up with makes me unique.

Let us know about the creative process behind your debut album  “Road to Balkan”?

Road to Balkan started as a step to connect deeper with my motherland. Later I realised that Balkan also stands for something else. Becoming A Lyrical King Amazing Narrator. This is something I have to put my stamp on. Therefor I’m glad you pointed out my focus on lyricism.

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

First I like to expand my reach before I focus on touring. Soon as the time is right I will jump on this horse.

Where do you see yourself in 5yrs?

I see myself building my empire in the coming years. Investing in my family and home towns.

When are you planning on dropping another project in 2019?

Currently I’m in the process of finishing my next album Yugo Manifesto. This piece will come out within 4 and 7 months.

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 for me is the core of the culture.

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

https://www.instagram.com/__draganovic_
https://twitter.com/89Dragan
https://open.spotify.com/album/0Z23WXK8slt9W1Qx9AoXIB
https://draganovic.bandcamp.com/album/road-to-balkan
https://hypeddit.com/link/slckn8

Any shout outs?

Shout out to all the yugo’s (youthful under going obstacles) in the nations.

Salute, Dragan

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A with rising Cleveland artist Woulf

With popular tracks like High Horse, and Coupe making an impact in his city, Cleveland native Woulf is looking to kick the door down on the national scene. Doing his diligence to be the face of Hip Hop in the home of legendary Bone Thugs-N-Harmony crew, Woulf has pushing the envelope with great work ethic and the spirit of his brother AyeYoAce. I caught up with Woulf release to talk music and the Land. Check it out below:

Jason Bourne “Champion” was good change of pace in my opinion . I found myself listening to a record that I could ride to on a Friday afternoon getting ready for later on. In terms of song arrangement is there a formula you follow for every project or are you flexible?

Woulf: “Closet like we just jumped out the mall!” Yeah some ride out vibes, get fresh, and hit the strip type vibes fa sho! Glad you like it dawg! I usually hear a beat and work on the melody. Next step is for me to come up with an icy chorus. Since I’m Jamaican, I naturally bring a different cadence to some of my pronunciation of words. After I breakdown the chorus I usually keep the energy level the same for each verse. Maybe not as many vocal effects as I would use on the chorus, but I still bring an element for the verses. I always try to challenge myself for the 2nd verse, so I might do more chops than I would in the first. Gives more energy to the record.

Jason Bourne: The visual for “High Horse” is very clean with dope affects – how involved in your visuals are you in terms of treatment writing?

Woulf: “Put that B*tch up on another High Horse” that was hard ass record man! I like to get hands on with everything I do. I write my songs…might as well go the whole process with it. Me & Monty Willz came up with the idea for the race track vibe and decided to shoot in multiple rooms and even grab a scene from outside of the building. When it comes to treatment for visuals it’s all about the aesthetic of bringing the record to life. I and the videographer will have 2-3 meetings just about the treatment before we even pick a day to start filming. It’s all about the vibe and we can’t half ass the work ya digg? I’ve always had a passion for the post production of visual content. At one point in my life I even wanted to become a photographer. Hand me your phone to take a picture of you and I’m giving you 5 pictures at 5 different angles. So I’m all about angles, lighting, and different color grades. It’s really about the vibes and emotions I want to give all my rebels.

 

Jason Bourne: On “Coupe” you had a dope bounce going as you created a dope melody and party vibe for the track – walk me through a studio session with you? What’s the process of recording a track like Coupe?

Woulf: Coupe was one of those records I was certain was a dope sound! I wanted to do something different. The song was actually about this weekend me and my brother brought some girls to the crib from college, the one had a boyfriend and was ready to get engaged. Let’s just say they never did go through with that engagement. A session with me is really a vibe, not too many people in the studio though. I don’t mind people coming for a vibe, but certain songs I like to surprise the world with so I like to keep it solo on those. When I recorded Coupe I had multiple sessions just to make sure it was perfect. I’m a perfectionist so I get anal with my art.

Jason Bourne: Wolves Against Men your debut and Dark Side of the Moon your follow up – what do you think has been the most significant part of your evolution between the 2 projects as a man and an Artist:

Woulf: As a man, especially a black man in America, every day is a struggle! I’ve fought many demons on this path. A lot can happen in 2 years. A lot of deaths, a lot of ties cut, a lot of money and time spent, relationships made, and a lot of women… ya digg what I mean lol. The biggest thing I learned was about me and that’s amazing! I feel comfortable with myself and who I am. As an artist I learned my sound and traveled around the country for shows! The goal now is to go to Germany especially Frankfurt. I got a growing fan base out there!

Jason Bourne: It’s been a while since we have gotten something fresh out of Cleveland musically in a lot of cases I feel like Midwest artists get lumped into one big pot instead of there being separate recognition for each city – how do u feel about that?

Woulf: Yes & no! Cleveland has its own sound! We keep things icy! But the Midwest has a universal sound! Just as you can tell a down South artist, you can tell a Midwest artist as well. Of course style and sound are very different. Style is how you bring life to what you do and sound is the production of it all.

Jason Bourne: Is Cleveland overlooked in your mind and how do you plan to change that?

Woulf: I feel like Ohio period is a place that gets… I wouldn’t say overlooked but overstepped, digg what I’m saying? Being overlooked means to not have anyone looking in our direction. Within the past 2-3 years we’ve had some dope artist come out of Ohio and get signed, especially Cleveland! Being overstepped means that not a lot of people make Cleveland apart of their stop whether it be music tours, comedy tours, movie premieres etc. Becoming an attractive city is the key to success. Drake gave Toronto a sound, he gave it a vibe, he made you want to go to Toronto and see if what he’s saying is real. LeBron made you want to come to Cleveland just for a Cavaliers game. The more artist to come out of Cleveland the more we bring awareness to the city.

Jason Bourne: The Lox is one of my favorites how was it opening up for them?

Woulf: Yeah man I was throwed watching these guys, let alone opening up for them. That had been my first time ever performing at the House of Blues. That had been the biggest crowd I’ve ever performed in front of! A 45 minute set…dawg I am not never been on anyone’s stage that long, not for 45 minutes man hell naw lol. I practiced every day on my performance. I stayed in the gym and I conditioned myself when I ran to rap my songs as if I’m performing. God was on my side that time. Whatever I did must have worked because I get asked to come back and do shows all the time now.

Jason Bourne: You have gotten into branding with Hometown Heroes – Vaping is taking over how did that relationship come about?

Woulf: S/O to Hometown Heroes! Those are the homies! I did a show in Akron, Ohio at this really dope smoke shop called “Marley N Me” S/o to “TrapHutt”, I got plugged in by my guys out in Akron, Ohio! I like vaping it’s a great alternative to smoking, less money and there’s no tobacco so its health benefits are great. Whether its tobacco or its herb, it’s a cleaner route that I’m definitely down for promoting to all my smokers out in the world.

Jason Bourne: I wanted to take a moment and have you share with us one of your greatest memories of AyeYoAce as one a brother and two a collaborator in music.

Woulf: Me & Aaron (AyeYoAce) man I don’t even know where to begin. That’s my brother, it’s so deep between us. We would go on “WOULF missions” that would take us from a 5 minute drive to a whole different city doing stuff we ain’t have no business doing, just living life. He was the one of the only people that I really opened up and cried to honestly. Our bond was so tight and it channeled through the music we made. I pushed him to be the best producer out. He pushed me to become greater because he would never tell me something was good he just told me keep going. After he passed I saw videos of him turned on different people’s phone to our songs. I’m like man…he really enjoyed it. He seen the good in people and brought good vibes everywhere. I can honestly say he was the life of the party. I’m really an only child biologically from my parents, but when we met in high school and I met his family I pretty much got adopted lol. I always wanted a brother or sister, so it was like a dream come true. I got his family! I made a promise to him and I got him, and WOULF don’t break promises!

 

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Rising NorCal Hip Hop Artist Stoney Dudebro

We are extremely excited to have featured your latest single ”6AM Freestyle”, being an artist we never of heard before this, please tell us who is Stoney Dudebro? Where area code do you rep? How did your Hip Hop brand come about?

Appreciate you having me and giving a platform to rising rappers. Who is Stoney Dudebro? I am Stoney Dudebro haha. Nah but for real Stoney Dudebro is a dreamer turned doer who underwent a California metamorphosis. Being from northeast Ohio shout out to the 216 and 330 I grew up in a conservative working class family. I was the first college graduate in the family and landed my “ideal 9 to 5” which led to a promotion and transfer to Stockton, CA shout out to the 209. Shit went really sideways due to a nasty, miserable coworker and I finally had decided after a year-plus nightmare that I was no longer going to sacrifice my happiness for a paycheck. Through the healing process, self discovery, and lots of weed along the way every day I channeled 13 years worth of life experiences and it came out in the form of Stoney Dudebro.

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! Do you use auto-tune??

Yeah I appreciate that and definitely take that as a compliment. I really have my own sound. I don’t feel like I sound like anyone in particular. I will tell you however that my five major music influences can be heard in my music. I was born in Cleveland and Cleveland born niggas are just different. The Cleveland scene and Ohio scene for that matter has a lot of unique, creative artists that have made their own wave and are making their own wave as we speak and I’m creating my own – it’s starting to swell. I was on the Cleveland scene in a duo during Machine Gun Kelly’s rise and lived my late teens / early twenties through Kid Cudi’s rise. Every time I still hear “Day N Nite” I think about how relatable that song is for me. I mainly listen to Wiz, Berner, Pac, Logic, J Cole, Demrick, Post, and Cudi as mentioned … it’s just something about the exotic NorCal trees I”m puffin on when I hop in the booth. It’s Stoney. YUAAP! And auto-tune is a cool tool. Not something I lean on but my engineer might add a little of that sauce on there from time to time.

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?

As I said earlier I’m a dreamer turned doer and Rolling Loud is definitely on my dream board. It’s in God’s hands and I’m working toward making it reality every day. I got a lot of content done and it’s about to start coming in hot so as a part of that I most definitely plan on getting on the road this year. I already have tour plans in the works so just make sure you’re following me on IG @stoneydudebro so you don’t miss out on the announcements.

Let us know about the creative process behind your new single “6AM Freestyle”, along with the video production work?! How did you end up linking up with Katie Ann Martin?

It may come as a surprise but I actually did come up with the concept at 6am on a Saturday. This was when I was still working my 9 to 5 so ya know you only get 2 days to sleep in on Saturday and Sunday and I woke up outta nowhere at 6am. I looked at my phone like “what time is it?” and for real just like the intro… OH FUCK man it’s 6am on a Saturday! So that’s how the idea really came about. The producer, Owlspec, sent me this beat and I instantly vibed with it so I just ran with it. I wrote the song during my 6am wake-n-bake and it was done by time I finished my joint. I was in LA at the studio and Katie and her puppy Thor pulled up for the sesh. It was the first time and only time we met. Sadly, Katie recently passed away – way too soon. I don’t want to get into details but you just gotta be careful with what you’re consuming out there. RIP Katie. But to continue we were talking with my videographer about music video plans and all the sudden we decided to just start shooting during the studio session. And prior to the studio session I had to go over to Venice Beach and kick it. Get those super cali vibes activated with an açaí bowl, some ocean, and some good vibes. So we captured that too.

When are you planning on dropping an official album in 2019?

The plan is late Spring early very early Summer but we’ll see. It’s done. Just got it mastered this month so I’m listening to it from start to finish and can’t wait to take y’all on this musical journey with me. My goal is to inspire you, motivate you, educate you, and get you stoney.

How often do you smoke cannabis?

Everyday ay ay ay yeah (Logic’s voice) multiple times throughout the day. It depends on the flow of my day but I always make time to spark up. It’s my daily medicine and therapy. FrFr.

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

Social media is huuuuge. If these social networks were countries they’d be the largest in the world. Social media gives artists and fans a bridge to each other. A lot of the artists I have worked with – the initial conversations took place via these networks. My fan base has strongly been built through social media by having that bridge between creator and listener. If you have aspirations that require networking and you’re not spending time everyday taking deliberate action on social media and you’re just scrolling – you’re doing yourself a disservice. Take advantage of the resources we have in 2019.

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

It can mean a lot of things but to me it truly means music that is created with real purpose. Most artists realest music is in their underground days because it’s authentic, real, raw. A lot of artists as they ascend toward the mainstream lose the purpose they had when they first started and that can be from a number of things such as contracts, pressures, publicity, what’s hot, etc. meaning it also represents a lot of artists who do it for the love of the culture not for the fame or clout.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.
www.yuaap.com
www.soundcloud.com/stoneydudebro
www.instagram.com/stoneydudebro
www.twitter.com/stoneydudebro
www.facebook.com/stoneydudebro
www.youtube.com/stoneydudebro

Lastly, and shout out?

I just wanna take a moment to thank UGHH for having me and respecting my grind. A lot of people see the highlights on social media but don’t see the grind which is hours, days, weeks, months, and years of scratching, digging, and clawing up Dream Mountain. I sowed in 2018 so I could reap in 2019. You can do the same thing too. You just have to be willing to dig deep and willing to change in order to grow. Live the life YOU want to live because you’re the one who has to live it. YUAAP!

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Rising Australian Hip Hop Group 206collab

We are extremely excited to have featured your latest album “Watch Kulagina”. Being a Hip Hop group we never heard of before this, please tell us who 206collab is? Where in Sydney are you from? How and when was the group formed?

206collab is rappers Flip+Skip and Eno, DJ/rap wunderkind JPlatnum and soulstress Tiffa, hailing from Sydney, Australia. We started playing shows together in 2002 and quickly gained renown for exceptional stage presence and ludicrous antics. Our acclaimed debut, What You Waited Years For, hit store shelves in 2006 and landed us national radio and TV, and positions as support artists for famed local and international artists for years to come. We spent the next several years honing our skills and perfecting the art of live performance so that we could embark on our second studio release, Watch Kulagina,

We notice your guys style is really Boom-Bap driven and focused on lyricism. Let us know how your style if different from all the rap artists out there! You guys are really original!

While we’re fans of the Boom-Bap aesthetic generally, we were adamant that our next release leveled-up on its sonic and lyrical identity, and hang off one coherent and expressive theme. Recognizing music has this magical power to guide minds to deep thought and bodies to the dancefloor, we soon came across the fitting Nina Kulagina — a Russian spy from the Cold War era with psychokinetic powers, and Watch Kulagina was born!

We liked that the Kulagina theme allowed us to move beyond the convention of rapping about how good at rap we are, and instead elicit how we already mastered rap, and moved on to manipulating minds to pervert the course of history. The tongue in cheek nature was very 206, and the creative potential was boundless.

We also chose to collaborate with fewer producers this release, selecting those with the sonic chops to devise the Kulagina sound — Sydney heavyweight Nebs (Kerser, That’s Them), hatonrack label mate Jacob Giles (1NF0), newcomer Kean, and of course our very own JPlatnum.

It’s this level of consideration, conceptually and musically, that differentiates the 206collab sound from anybody else.

How often as a group, do you guys perform? Are you touring this 2019 year? Ever played in the States!!?

We’ve for so long prided ourselves on our live shows, and we’ve played a lot of them! From small clubs in regional Australia, to huge music festivals, we’ve supported the likes of Australian heavyweights Blissneso and The Herd, and internationals Classified (Canada), and Killa Kela (UK). While we’ve never performed in the States, we have had the pleasure of rocking stages with Pharoahe Monche and Jean Grae, and hope to get out there to play with even more American rap-gods soon.

Let us know about the creative process behind your new album “Watch Kulagina”? Also, what a great music video you guys have for “The Paradoxx”, who shot it? How was the shooting experience!?

For 206collab, our creativity has always been a direct expression of our souls, and Watch Kulagina is a testament to our commitment to being different and doing it the way we feel it should be done. Through countless hours in the studio, stage shows across the east coast, and shenanigans we can’t even mention, it’s been a tiring but very stimulating journey. We’re so happy to release it to the world with a wealth of support from press, radio, and most importantly our fans!

The music video for The Paradoxx is dope, if only because 90s dating shows were dope. Haha. We’ve always leveraged our network of talented Sydney-based directors, artists, and creative enthusiasts to make cool stuff, and we’ve always enjoyed the process of doing it.

WOW…….Boom, one of our main contributors, gave your new album a perfect 10/10 on his ALBUM REVIEW!!!!! Super rare rating to be honest, not common for us to give out perfect ratings on reviews. Chemistry is obviously key to any success on a group project!! How do you guys feel about the review? Did you guys have a chance to read it!?

We were so stoked to get marks for chemistry, because we believe we have it! Before we were making music together, we were skating together, and before we were skating together, we went to high school together — that’s a long history of collaboration and mutual respect for each other’s talents.

JPlatnum, as well as being my partner in label hatonrack, is most musical, endowing the majority of production and scratches on this release, not to mention joining permanent mic duties with an ability that is astounding on his first appearance.

Eno has always had this larger than life personality and his energetic style helped cultivate the exceptional stage presence and ludicrous antics that 206collab is famed for.

Tiffa brings a soulful dimension that perfectly complements our twisted humour (both on the record and IRL). She’s a talented singer-songwriter, and her presence offers much needed balance amid verses steeped with perverse braggadocio.

As a career creative, I’m responsible for the band’s image, forging track and album concepts, and promoting the band with a slew of music videos and social media stunts drawn in the same Kulagina theme.

And of course a core quality of the “collaboration” is to work with artists we like, like Sydney crew LookUp on our posse track Proper, and freestyle king Nick Knowledge on an inspired remix of our 2006 JJJ radio single, Deadly Concoction.

When are you planning on dropping another project in 2019?

I’m working on a project with my other band, Fallstars. Consisting of singer-songwriter Stu Groen, drummer Tash Adams from She Rex, and myself, Island In the Sky is a short film

which plays out as a musical. Not only does the film format allow for storytelling over a number of tracks, but the album becomes the soundtrack to the motion picture, which is unique as a point of marketability.

And who knows, we may soon start a third 206 album!

Being an Australian-based Hip Hop group, are there any Hip Hop influences you guys have in the underground game that is based out there?

We’ve long been inspired by The Funkoars, partly because we see ourselves in their closeness as friends and the endless escapades that go along with it, but mostly because they are incredibly talented rappers who make incredibly listenable music.

We’re also impressed with the next wave of Australian rap, and Chillinit get props for his very obvious lyrical ability and compelling persona to back it.

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

The landscape has changed since we released What You Waited Years For many moons ago. The Australian Hip Hop genre has really come into its own despite diminishing opportunities for live shows and radio and press exposure. Now, It’s all about online presence and that requires persistence, technical know-how and a creative vision.

There are so many talented artists in this world that go unheard because they haven’t invested in the education or work it takes to get heard. We saw the shift, got with the change, developed a vision in Kulagina, and relentlessly executed our lyrics, production, brand and marketing against it, because a compelling sound and persona is key (not to mention Russian spies are relevant to contemporary politics — gotta leverage those search algorithms!) And most fortunately our fans have stuck with us, plus we’ve picked up a whole bunch more on the way.

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

Any Hip Hop music that started from the bottom-up, and has gained listenership and renown based on its truthfulness and ingenuity, not industry pressures.

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

Spotify: http://bit.ly/206collab-watchkulagina
The Gram: https://www.instagram.com/206collab

The Tube: http://bit.ly/206collab-youtube

Lastly, and shout out?

Huge shouts to all of our hatonrack fam, and Underground Hip Hop Blog, of course!

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Hip Hop Producer Third Eye

Third Eye, congratulations on your latest release “Welcome To The Cohiba Lounge”, definitely will be considered a classic in our book!!  Where are you originally from and how long have you been making beats?

My appreciation to the crew for their review, thanks for having me! I was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, from two Italian families on both sides. From the age of 16 -18 onwards, I started taking notice of the production side of things, but never took it seriously. Although hip-hop has been the predominant part of my musical upbringing, i’ve always been a huge fan of Hard dance, UKF and Garage too. It was with these genres I started to dabble in producing, but only ever rarely. About 3 years ago I started to take things seriously, that’s when I really started to find my sound as a hip-hop producer.

– Being from Southern Australia, tell me what influenced you into becoming a Hip Hop producer, how many project have you dropped?

As far back as I can remember, the love for music has always been there. Music and futbal have always been my two biggest passions. In early primary school days albums like Warren G’s “I Want It All”, “The Chronic”, Naughty by Nature or anything Tupac were on constant rotation, so a West Coast influence definetly stemmed from an early age. I’ve always found it hard to listen to a track if i’m not feeling the beat, no matter how good the vocals might be.  So far i’ve released five official beat tapes digitally.

– If you don’t mind sharing, how do you make your beats? What kind of samples or techniques you use to make those hits?

It all starts with whatever I feel at that point in time, sometimes I hop on the PC (I use a PC / Axiom25 Keyboard) and find a sample i really want to flip after digging. Other times I just jump straight in or I have the idea ready to go in my head. I’ve found if there’s no creativity there nothing tends to flow. For me, that creative spark always has to be present.

– Please Break down that concept/creative process to “Welcome To The Cohiba Lounge”?  Shout out to your artwork, really stands out!!!!

The creative process behind “WTTCL” all fell into place as I was making the beats for it. I knew it was going to be uplifting, but at the same time layed back. I put a lot of positive energy into it, as I do with most my beats, while at the same time maintaining the raw hip-hop element. The most important thing for me is making people feel a certain way when they listen to my music. If i can leave an everlasting impression and inspire or influence whoever’s listening, that’s what it’s all about.

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

So far many people have reached out from all corners of the globe and shown love, for this I’m very thankful. Things like this drive you to keep persisting, so they play a critical part in supporting the movement no doubt. Nowadays with social media, it definetly makes it easier to communicate and gives people the oppurtunity to reach out to one another from anywhere. That being said, social media is something that is strictly music and marketing for me. I don’t use it for anything else.

– Let’s talk about your live shows!  How often do you perform?  Do you use visuals for your live beat sets?  Give us a glimpse of what to expect when fans come out to see you perform live!?

Live shows are something I haven’t put a lot of thought into to be honest, as my sole focus has been on creating content. Maybe something for the future.

– Any new music in the works for the rest of the year?

Most definetly. At the moment there are two vocal albums underway and set for release mid to later this year, with artists from Connecticut and West Philadelphia. Apart from that I would say another handful of vocal projects with some real talented lyricists.

– As you know, this is an underground site.  What’s your definition of “underground hip hop”?

For me, underground hip-hop is something that is pure. Like Masta Ace said “You can feel it in your inner”. When the right notes hit, it gives you this certain feeling and it speaks to you the truth. There’s no agenda behind it.

– Where can fans find more of your music?

A big shout out to everyone supporting the movement, it’s been a blessing so far.  Check me out on the links below:

youtube.com/prodbythirdeye

soundcloud.com/prodbythirdeye

instagram.com/prodbythirdeye

prodbythirdeye.bandcamp.com

open.spotify.com/album/7959snNm8FoAVWgKy91ZY5

For production enquries, email: beatzbythirdeye@gmail.com

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Portland’s Very Own Rising Hip Hop Artist, Whysir

Whysir, how is the Hip Hop scene in Portland right now? What separates you from the pack in your own words?

The Portland Hip Hop scene is bustling right now with talent that mainstream hip hop honestly isn’t ready for. Pretty soon people are gonna come from all over the place to be a part of the scene here. It’s kind of already happening. I’m from Utah originally but have been out here since the end of 2014 and the growth has been insane!!! I don’t think that I could be the artist that I am at the levels and frequency that I’m working and performing, and on the subject matter I work on, in any other place; to be honest.

How did you come up with your name?

I mean, I’ve always been that “techy” or “nerdy” guy who everyone asks to troubleshoot electronics for, but it really comes from back when I used to rap with Ghost Cr3w (SHOUT OUT!) in SLC before I was uprooted and moved to Portland, I used to kind of harp on this concept of seeing between the lines; kind of like the opposite of being “none the wiser”, but reversed.

So, at first I was gonna go by “one the wiser”, but that just sounded too convoluted from the get go, so it got shortened to “wiser”, and then when I started to do more politically charged lyrics I switched up the spelling to “Whysir”, like a polite question to an authority figure. Lol, I guess I’m not the worlds most polite person, but the name stuck so here we are. Idk.

How long have you been rapping? Are you part of a collective, or a solo artist?

I’m one of those rappers who has kind of always known I could rap but I honestly didn’t get into rapping over spoken word poetry till probably 2012 or 2013 when I started to pick up production. Before that I used to just do spoken word poems at coffee shops.

I’m actually a part of a couple of collectives in Portland, but my most recent venture has been this solo album. I belong to a group with rappers [E]mpress and Kool Chief Rocker called Figmnt as well as being half of the production duo The Techromancers along with Galloping Strider. (Projects are on the horizon for all the names mentioned above so keep your radars dialed.)

Who are some of your influences in Hip Hop?

I am influenced most heavily instrumentally by more trippy sounding artists like El-p or old Kid Cudi stuff, and lyrically I take a lot of queues from artists that focus on intricacy and emotion like Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar. I’m honestly influenced by a lot of different types of artists and actually love that part of hip hop is that no two artists sound the same, or are hitting it from quite the same angle. It’s amazing.

Congrats on the success of your new album “The Multiversal Adventures of Whysir: Journey Through The Hallways of Always”. In a few sentences, describe the creative process of the album.

Thank you so much! It’s been a turmoiltuous process of accepting loss while moving toward experience gained. I have learned to not force my writing process and instead wait to feel inspired or seek inspiration externally to fuel my creativity. I would skateboard around the city often and just absorb the vibe and wait. From there it’s just a matter of having tools like a phone or computer at my disposal to elaborate on what ever I felt inspired or compelled by. The hardest part has been learning that quality art cannot be forced and instead has to be provoked.

Who did the production on the project? Who is featured on the project?

I made all the beats and did production from my home studio in SE Portland including all recording, mixing, and mastering of the project. The artists featured on the project beyond myself are: Queue (Rockford, IL), [E]mpress (Portland, OR), After Schock (Mobile, AL), and Galloping Strider (Portland, OR). I picked the features based on content delivered and how it matched the messaging I was going for on the album and I couldn’t be more pleased with how well each emcee delivered! (Everyone should go find the above artists on social media and give them some love!)
I should also mention that the cover art was done by the incomparable Vincent Kukua as well. The project is really keystoned around the cover art and the universe it shows to the audience, so shout to Vincent for making me look good!

Any new projects in the works for the future?

Right now a lot of my energy is going toward promoting my new album but I am still in the studio regularly working on multiple projects with artists here in Portland. I’d say anyone who likes what I do should keep dialed in; because there is a lot that’s still yet to come!

Your definition of underground hip hop?

Underground hip hop to me is the hip hop that can’t help but exist even if the world isn’t ready for it. Sometimes underground artists go big but that’s never why they are doing it. I’d say most underground rappers can’t help but rap and that’s why they don’t care what a potential audience may think of them; most especially a mainstream audience.

Where can new fans find your music?

My newest album along with my old mixtapes are available on all popular streaming platforms and my album can be streamed for free or purchased for download over at hallwaysofalways.com

Lastly, any shout outs?

I wanna shout out the whole Portland hip hop community for taking me in and showing me what it means to be an artist and activist in 2019; this scene has teeth and I love it.

I also wanna shout out everyone back in Utah who has believed in me from day one and helped me to get to where I am now: No matter how small the gesture; it’s meant something to me and if I can ever find a way to pay you back I will.

I would be a fool if didn’t shout out my beautiful and ever supporting partner, Dani. She has tolerated so much of the rap life bullshit that wouldn’t even be in her atmosphere if she wasn’t hanging around with me, and her love and care has been both healing and awakening to my spirit. I couldn’t have done it without you sweetheart and I am looking forward to more adventures on the horizon!

Lastly, thank you SO MUCH to UGHHBLOG for this interview, and for posting and reviewing my album, and just for being an amazing publication for underground rappers and hip hop lovers!

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Q&A With Rising Underground Hip Hop Artist Sullee J

We are extremely excited to have featured your latest album “Spear”, being an artist we never of heard before this, please tell us who is Sullee Justice? How did your Hip Hop brand come about?

Sullee Justice was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He has amassed a global following with his lyrical, captivating positive sound of Hip Hop. Sullee J stands for Society’s Undisputed Liberating Lyricist Expressing & Exemplifying Justice. My brand came out with the intention to change the world one rhyme at a time. Spear is an album composed of my heart and soul. It has been over a decade, and I don’t regret one day of it.

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!

I’m always creating different flows and rhythms in my head all day long. Anywhere I go, any experience I go through, or people I’m around, any conversation I have, it turns to rhymes for me. I never copied any other artist’s sound or delivery. I feel like I can never run out of words. I’ve been gifted to touch so many different souls around the world, and I feel like my words allow me to continue doing that. My style is original because it is based off of my experiences, and my life. My music is me, it embodies my entire element. It’s different because it makes a difference.

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?

I will be touring, and we are currently setting up dates toward the end of the year. I’m currently shooting the rest of the music videos for my album “Spear,” and shortly after I’m done the visuals, I will begin going state to state and performing. Most likely will start in Chicago, IL or Detroit, MI.

Let us know about the creative process behind your new album “Spear”, and plans on shooting videos for any of the tracks?

Find beat. Record. Release. For years, this routine has been on repeat. Moving from state to state, job to job, and in the midst trying to complete one of the greatest projects, it’s been like a love-hate relationship. I’ve felt like quitting every time I’d turn on the radio. Then I’d get messages from fans across the world telling me how I’ve changed their lives and my inspiration would spark again. I’ve recorded over 100 songs and at one point all of them were tracks I considered perfect. I had to listen to each one multiple times, and finally came down to a select few. The funny thing is, I’ve never went back and changed a song after I had it mixed and mastered. SPEAR is a very special project, from the cover to every song. The cover was purposely made abstract, giving it a variation of perspective. Every song contains a piece of my spirit. Whether I speak on relationships, friendships, politics, God, and just different scenarios, it’s all me. Every song holds a truth about me. I don’t fabricate my music like most artist you listen to now days, because music to me is about originality. It is my gravity. Spear is my reality. The album has features from artist such as, Shady Records KXNG Crooked, and Beast 1333.

Engineers: Matt Bittman and Michael Seger

Producers: Dansonn Beats, J-Wiz, Jordan Moseley, Anno Domini Beats, Raffaele Merighi, Lezter, MannyMade, Tozu Productions, Boyfifty, Chris Wheeler, RedhookNoodles, Jurrivh, Syndrome

When are you planning on dropping another project in 2019?

It is funny you ask this, I have already started a mixtape, as well as have one track for my next album. I don’t know when that album will be released, although I know this track is great enough to be on it. The mixtape will most likely be out this summer. I will probably drop a few mixtapes for fun. Rhymes come to me constantly, so it’s nothing for me to create a track.

Tell us about your first exposure to music that you can remember?

The first time that I remember hearing a record was probably elementary school. Way back, One of my first songs that I ever heard was by, Easy E (Real Muthaphuckkin G’s). That’s why I am inspired by the west coast too. I grew up listening to, NWA and Wu-Tang a lot. Total opposite of what the radio sounds like now days.

What was the first track you ever recorded and describe the experience?

If we’re talking before I got serious, it was in senior year of high school. I still remember hitting a random studio in someone’s house in Baltimore, it felt crazy. It was just something different. This was almost 13-14 years ago. Another point to make is, now days in my culture, it’s still not widely accepted, although there are many artists trying to pursue rap and hip hop as a lifestyle. Back then, it felt like there was about 5-10 of us all around. It was something new to me. I’ve always loved the hip hop scene growing up, but it’s a whole different love when you become the hip hop scene.

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

Instagram/sulleejustice, twitter/sulleejustice, snapchat/sulleej, facebook/sulleejmusic, etc., These outlets are phenomenal when it comes to promotion. They are almost like our own blogs with followers who are tuned into just what I create. My lfie, my motion, my dreams, these outlets allow me to speak into existence and share with the world how I feel. They have tremendously helped my music spread across the world. Especially outlets like Spotify, Pandora, my music has been added to so many playlists in the last year that I receive messages constantly from people across the world. Every time I get a message telling me how my words changed someone’s life or helped get them through a tough time, it’s like entering a state of euphoria.

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

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.
www.instagram.com/sulleejustice, www.facebook.com/sulleejmusic, www.twitter.com/sulleejustice, www.officialsulleej.com

Lastly, and shout out? I dislike the fact that this question may leave out someone who I respect or who respects me, so I’ll keep it simple and say much love and respect to all those who know we speak around the clock, and to all those who constantly support what I stand for.

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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