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Hometown: Born in Katy, Texas but I was raised in Forest Park, Georgia
Label/Group Affiliations: I haven’t been associated with any groups/labels in the past but this new project A Smart Black Boy, will be coming from the Working Class platform.
Discography: Contxt Clues: Prelude EP, Acknowledgment EP, Crown Jewelz 2 by King I Divine, Kevin Nottingham’s Momma Said Knock You Out Remix Project (taken down due to copyright laws), Beats+Lyrics/Unique Squared A3C 2010 mixtape, Crown Jewelz 3 by King I Divine and A Smart Black Boy: The Sonic Inception
King I Divine is one of our favorite newer producers. How is it working with him?
King is my brother from another mother. Working with him requires me to get my vision in order, and that was something I needed because all I knew how to do was write songs before we met. His name is not King I Divine for no reason, dude is MAJESTIC and everything that he does he puts his all in to, no half-assing. This lesson alone is why I stay working with him.
How did you get started making music?
Music and I have been flirting around since I was a kid but I decided to take her seriously at the end of 2003. flyMusic was the name of a band I was a part of as the spoken word artist then. The experience I had with my band was one of epic highs and lows; great band-members that showed me different approaches to making music. Family situations lead to the disband us and a great sound; eventually the break up lead me to crafting rhymes and a solo mission as you see and hear it now.
You started out as a spoken word artist? How is that different from now, rapping? Do you approach it differently?
Yeah, I’ve been writing poetry since I was taught about adjectives in the 1st grade! Spoken word is basically the performance art of poetry. I wanted to reach more people with my message lyrically so I decided to add music to my palette with the objective of moving butts and minds at the same time. Most of the best MCs start of as poets or just writing poetry as they begin to express themselves. The approach isn’t much different, it’s just that I’m making music now. Once I learned how to structure rhymes, it was like me structuring a poem in a different format and making sure I stayed on beat.
You’ve been pretty quiet in most of the blog scene as far as we know. What kind of avenues have you used to promote and distribute your music?
Right now I feel like the best way for me to promote and distribute my music is by using the Internet to the FULLEST. Terry Urban said something about how we as a society live around the Internet; we leave our desks, houses and wherever based off suggestions online. As an independent artist I’ve tried different avenues (passing out music at shows, doing hole in the wall clubs, basement parties, festivals etc.) but the best results seem to come from online promo, so increasing my online presence gives me more visibility to those all over the world. Eventually, if my theory proves correct, I’ll get back in the streets the old-school way. It’s all a learning process though.
If you could do something over again in your life, what would it be? Why?
*ponders heavily so he doesn’t give a cliched response* There are a million things that I feel like I missed out on because of me not listening to intuition. However, back in 2003 I was a shiny, young, black kid FRESH out of high school with an internship to OutKast’s now defunct record label Aquemini. One year of this internship placed me around new faces and of course, the business of music. I wish I would have stayed around even in the midst of the things I was going through personally. No regrets on leaving because I’m a family person and family is always first, but staying would have ultimately given me a jump in my music career.
Wow, you scored an internship with OutKast’s label? Do you stay in touch with them? Any industry contacts come from the experience?
That was a big deal to me as a kid and especially being from the area as such an iconic group. I still speak with some people from that time period to this day. As far as industry contacts go, they’re pretty much friends more than anything. One of my main homies from the label was Mitch. He’s doing his thing with Janelle Monae and The Wondaland Arts Society. He taught me some really important things when it comes to the music industry and how to act around folks.
Tell us about a great music memory that you have.
Aaah man, the freshest memory has to be October 2009 at Lenny’s Bar (R.I.P.). My homie Gotta Be Karim had me help him promote this Black Milk and Black Spade show. I was a big Stan for Spade’s To Serve With Love LP (a classic in my eyes) so all I wanted to do was chop it up with him. Spade opened up and during his set he would make use the MPC to start off a song. He played “The Clapper” by Dilla and freestyled over it. My nerd ass went loco, Spade put his hand out for what I thought was a pound but proceeded to pull me on stage to bust a verse, so I did! Felt like Yeezy when he got knighted by Jay in Chicago, my bars were wack but I was just happy to be on stage with someone who I feel is a legend.
What’s next for you?
Right now all of my attention is on my new EP, A Smart Black Boy: The Sonic Inception. I just released 2 singles, Cooking Up [prod. by Illastrate] and Goodbye [prod. by J Haze] from it and so far so good on people’s responses. Finishing this EP felt like a true accomplishment to me and I’m just anxious to share it with the world.
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