INTERVIEW | “Behind The Mic” Rap Discussion [ WEEK 8 ] With ‪@THEFASTLIFE_NYC ‪‪‪‬‬‪ #W2TM EXCLUSIVE

 

Fastlife is an upcoming rapper from Queens, NY. He has blessed up with projects such as “Traffic King” “Fastlife 2” & “Camorra” to name a few. His wordplay & delivery makes makes you really get a feel for his music. He is definitely one of my favorite artists out right now that I recommend checking out. Fresh off the release of the “Slumber” project. I present you with the Fastlife Interview.

 

 

(TM)  When I first heard “Garlic Cookies” I had to buy “Traffic King” immediately I loved the beat & song. What was your thoughts when you first heard that beat?

 

( FastLife )  I was blown away, it was exactly the type of beat i was looking for at the time, wazab_waza did his thing on that.

 

( TM )  By your own standards What are the 3 most important things you focus on when making music?

 

( Fastlife ) I focus on making good references, Using vocab i haven’t previously used, And just having fun/going with the flow.

 

( TM )  What do you think draws people to your music?

 

( Fastlife )   Not to sure, i be thinking im trash… lol

 

( TM )   I know from following you on Twitter you been through some tough times this year. How are you managing to stay positive and keep your mind on the music grind?

 

( Fastlife ) Man just staying busy, staying focused on the bigger picture.

 

( TM ) What’s your favorite song you recorded to date & why?

 

( Fastlife )  I don’t really have one yet i think they all suck, but that’s just me being a harsh critic on my self.

 

( TM )    Us Vs Them you said “bet against the odds it’s them against us their shits second to ours my shit sent from the gods the profits wisdom fell from the stars they trying separate man from his cause” powerful stuff……When you first heard the completed song what was your initial thoughts?

 

( Fastlife )  I thought damn me and villain got one right here. I’m just tryna do what i do best and give the track a dope Message and sound, we fucked that whole tape up!! Shout out vinyl villain.

 

( TM )  From what I see you don’t do much of them so I have to ask what’s your thoughts on features?

 

( Fastlife )  I do a bunch of features all the time, If they got $400 for me lets get it!!

 

( TM )  You worked with El Camino a few times over the years seems y’all have good chemistry. Have you thought about putting a project out together?

 

( Fastlife )  Camino the bro, haven’t really thought or discussed that, could be dope though.

 

( TM )  How important would you say album cover art is to you as an artist these days ?

 

( Fastlife )   I see a lot of the same shit, same inspired art, My advice is put something classic out something That’s going to make people remember the album off rip.

 

( TM )   What was your thought process working on this new “Slumber” project you recently dropped?

 

( Fastlife )  My thought process was i wanna make an EP where you can just roll up smoke and by the time the blunts done your like wait the ep is over? Run it back that was a vibe… Make people get lost in the sound, and vibe of the EP. The features on it I wanted to shine light on people who I think are doing dope shit in the underground music community and people i fuck with personally wiardon and Jah Monte those dudes came through & I thank them immaculately.

 

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INTERVIEW | “Behind The Mic” Rap Discussion [ WEEK 7 ] With ‪@falcon_outlaw‪‪‬‬‪ #W2TM EXCLUSIVE Includes Playlist Via @Spotify

 

 

Falcon Outlaw is a rapper hailing from Toronto, Canada. He is a member of the “FalconCrest” crew which consists of him & DNTE. He has worked with people such as producer Camouflage Monk fellow Canadian rapper Lord Juco & The Real Skitso to name a few. With a lot of dope songs under his belt such as Bodies, Jesus Ain’t Cheap & Hot Gun On The Waist to name a few. He is gearing up for a Big splash in 2020. Take some time to get to know the Outlaw.

 

 

 

 

( TM )  Over the last few years a lot of artists have been coming out of Canada. What’s changed that we are seeing this influx of new talent from across the border now as opposed to 5 years go?
( Falcon Outlaw )    Social media, because now blogs and different hiphop pages all have there own pocket of followers so if a Canadian gets a song picked up by a few blogs then you multiply that your going to reach a wider audience.  Plus with heavies like Drake, The weeknd & Tory lanez the world is looking to see what’s next or what else does Canada have to offer. It a combination of many things at the end of the day it a good time to be a Canadian hip hop artist!
( TM )  What’s more beneficial to your career at this moment putting your music on big stream platforms like Apple Music or building an audience on say Bandcamp?
( Falcon Outlaw )   Both, hip hop is now global so there’s different ways people receive or like to listen to music! Like in certain places in Asia the rule of the Internet and access to sites isn’t as open as here in North America, there’s places in India right now in 2019 that doesn’t have access to the internet yet and governments in different parts of the world govern what people are allowed to get access to. So with that said everything it all matters ! Using every tool to your advantage to reach your fan base is a given and to only think people who listen to a certain type of music only streams or uses sites like bandcamp isn’t thinking globally! So at this moment of my career everything we’re I can put my music on is beneficial!
( TM )  How did you link up with Camoflauge Monk? 
( Falcon Outlaw )   Through a co- owner of High Heat Records J.Banks , he got family in buffalo so he always down there , so he linked up with him in person and made the connection that we turned into a working relationship!
( TM )  Do you think the “Valhalla Inn” project with Monk showed fans all over that man these dudes could rap on the other side?
( Falcon Outlaw )    I believe so because it’s not what anyone would expect to come out of Toronto, ya I’m proud of that project!
( TM ) Who all is FalconCrest? And tell us a little about it?
( Falcon Outlaw )  The group consists of ( Falcon Outlaw) & DNTE! Jus two Toronto kids showing their perspective on life growing up out here in the form of boom bap!! Right now we been dropping some solo joints, DNTE jus dropped his solo album in the summer of 2019 & I got a few solo albums coming in 2020!
( TM )  “Jesus Ain’t Cheap” with DNTE is a very deep song that some people may find offensive. What type of reaction have you been getting from it?
( Falcon Outlaw )    a little of both positive and negative, but it’s a very old deep subject so I knew it would evoke feelings from the listener, the title alone ruffled some feathers. But hip hop is freedom of speech so it is what it is.
( TM )   I know your Jamaican. Me being Jamaican as well I have to ask . Are you originally from Jamaica? 
( Falcon Outlaw )  I was born in Toronto, Canada but everyone in my family is Jamaican. 95% of my friends are from the Caribbean and I’ve been going to Jamaica since a kid, I probably been in the island a 100 times! It’s a real personal thing to carry on my family’s culture as I will make my kids do the same!!
( TM ) How did the “Bodies” series come about?

( Falcon Outlaw )  It really came about by just pushing ourselves to do more, pushing our personal envelope. 

( TM )  What inspired you to conceal your face with your dreads when rapping? 
( Falcon Outlaw )   It’s for other people’s protection and it’s become a habit now.
( TM )  What do you have in the works now that we should be looking out for?
( Falcon Outlaw )    4 albums dropping in 2020
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INTERVIEW | “Behind The Mic” Rap Discussion [ WEEK 6 ] With ‪ ‪@KINGBUBROCK ‬‬‪ #W2TM EXCLUSIVE

 

Bub Rock or King Bub Rock whichever you prefer is an up & coming artist from Long Island, NY. He been rapping for a few years but recently elevated his craft to the next level late 2018 & this year. He raps to motivate people out the struggle even after hard times. He recently dropped a project called D.R.E.A.M.S ( Do Right Even After Minor Setbacks ) He has worked with many artists over the years such as Rome Streetz, Eddie Kaine, Ralphiie Reese, Sleep Sinatra to name a few. We had to opportunity to add him to the “Behind the 🎤” series. Take this time to get to know who Rock is and get familiar with his music. As usual if you click the pics it will direct you to his music.

 

 

 

( TM )   What motivates you to make music in this new industry that’s harder for rappers like yourself to get the recognition you deserve?

( Bub Rock )   I’m motivated by reality, I’m motivated regardless but I don’t really acknowledge that kinda stuff as far as getting recognition amongst a particular crowd. I feel like I make music for everybody the people who it’s for will always support it but I don’t have a box I feel like I demonstrated that through my releases.  

( TM )  What type of rap do you prefer bars or an artist talking about the struggle like yourself?

( Bub Rock )   I’m from the cloth of emcees that make good music. I think the curriculum of what an artist is has been changed so many times over time but I just stick to what I know. Music is universal language as well as therapeutic to me so I don’t necessarily expect my shit to be for everybody.

( TM )  Who are 3 artists you liked growing up that you would compare to yourself as far as painting a picture of the struggle?

( Bub Rock )   I was real bar heavy in my beginning stages until I gained the confidence to be more outspoken & transparent with my personal life. I would say Styles P, Joe Budden & Scarface added to me being comfortable enough to say certain things on wax.

( TM ) How did you come up with the meaning for your new project D.R.E.A.M.S?

( Bub Rock )  I actually had the acronym for years ( 2013 to be exact ) I just didn’t have the music that made what I wanted to display to the people clear. Timing is everything & this was the batch that had it. The project came out perfect in my eyes. I couldn’t ask for a better time to release this music under that title.

( TM )  Do you prefer Bub Rock or Bubba Rock?

( Bub Rock )  With me I don’t take that no way that’s actually my real nickname amongst family & close friends. It doesn’t bother me Bub Rock is short for Bubba Rock at the end of the day lol.

( TM )  Did dropping “ No Love Lost” on Valentine’s Day build your female audience up some?

( Bub Rock )  It did bring more female supporters but I already had females that loved what I do. Even before this realm of music heard me or heard of me. That’s just something I practice outside of rap as far as company I keep. That’s rare in this realm of music anyway I don’t hear a lot of rappers do songs directed towards women.

( TM )  You work with a lot of different producers do you plan on doing any one off projects anytime soon again?

( Bub Rock )  I do that might be later on down the line. I have a lot of new music on the way though for sure. I’m very in tune with my producers ( ALL OF THEM ) we all speak on a regular basis & they speak to each other so that’s dope. The music is never the hard part.

( TM )  What’s your thoughts on the current state of New York Rap?

( Bub Rock )  I always get asked that & honestly, I don’t care for it to address it or feel any way about it. I will say that it’s bigger than New York rap in my eyes. There are dope artists everywhere & everybody gets what they get from whatever they like or don’t like. This is art I can’t really tell you  how to feel about my shit & you can’t tell me how much my shit should cost or what it is supposed to mean lol.

( TM )   “Sumtimes” is a real song any of us can relate with. Do you use your music as a way to release stress from things you’ve been through?

( Bub Rock )  Thanks & yea like I said before its therapeutic to me. Some things I probably won’t have a verbal conversation about will be addressed on a record at times. I enjoy making music even though it’s not just something for me to say what’s been bothering or what do I do/don’t like etc. I love to be creative I know what I bring to the table it’s deeper than “Struggle Rap” everybody deals with struggle. I know what music did for me & hopefully I catch the ears of like minded individuals through my story.

( TM )  What would you say to anyone who recently went through a setback that needs to hear some positive advice to help create change?

( Bub Rock )   I would say stop watching other people’s plates & comparing it to yours. Stay focused & stay consistent that’s the only difference between me & anybody else aside from skill, region, beat selection, co-signs etc. I just kept going.

 

 

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INTERVIEW | “Behind The Mic” Rap Discussion [ WEEK 5 ] WITH ‪@therealblackdre ‬‪ #W2TM EXCLUSIVE

 

 

Black Dre is a rising artist out of Allentown, Pa. He has only been rapping a few years but the moment he stepped on the scene he started with a bang and never showed any signs of slowing down. If your looking for music to motivate you or someone talking about things everyone can relate too look no further. This year he dropped the “Maybe Next Year” EP which has really took off due to songs like “The Recap”. Before Dre was killing mics he was known for crushing backboards. Join us this week as we get to know the artist Black Dre.

 

 

 

 

 

( TM )   One of my favorite songs from you is “1994” The vibe the beat the flow it was all dope. What inspired that song?

( Black Dre )   Man, I was inspired by Allentown. The retro Allentown, know what I mean? That beat just took me back to being a child, being innocent, just running free with no care in the world.

( TM )   Before you rapped I know you played basketball tell us a little bit about that?

( Black Dre )   Sure, I’ve been playing basketball since about the 5th grade but didn’t get good until 11th grade. I got a scholarship to play at Lancaster Bible College. I actually did really well there, my team won a national championship, I scored over 1000 points, and my team went 55-4 during my last 2 years. After, I had a very short stint playing basketball overseas in Spain, Lithuania, and Mexico.

( TM )   How serious do you take your music & what have you done to show you are serious about this rap game?

( Black Dre )   I take it very serious now. I can say that when I was playing ball, I was half in- half out with it, you know? But now all the chips are in. I sacrificed a lot for this music, I moved away from a very comfortable situation, went broke, scrapped up money to go to the studio, slept on floors and futons. I’ve completely stepped out of comfort zone, I was really quiet but now I love to network and perform. Just promoting myself every day, focusing on my craft every day, sending emails and texts to A&Rs everyday shows how serious I am.

( TM )   What type of feedback have you been getting on the “Maybe Next Year” EP?

( Black Dre )   Man, it’s been nothing but great feedback. Everybody is telling me it’s a smooth listen, this project has definitely upped my stock inside of the label offices. With this project I went from the kid that was just rapping, to the man that wants to be the best.

( TM )   Will you be dropping any more visuals for that album?

( Black Dre )   Yessir, I’m actually shooting the “Who You Thought” video with a videographer named @duncmadeit in November. So, can you be expecting that next month for sure.

 

( TM )   Outside of rapping what are some other things your involved with?

( Black Dre )   Right now, I’m 100% focused on my merch. We just got the logo drawn up so my manager and I are going to start hitting the scene hard pushing Black Dre merch. Other than that, I’ve been playing basketball in the NJ/NY/PA circuit. During the days I work as a therapist with the autistic community. I’m also in school right now finishing up my Master’s degree in Psychology.

( TM )   For the short time you been making music have you exceeded your own personal expectations of where you wanted to be within 3-5 years? 

( Black Dre )   Without a doubt! Of course, when you start you say to yourself, “I want to be signed tomorrow!” “This is my year” but it doesn’t happen that way regardless of how people make it to be. It takes time and I believe that since I dropped my first project in 2017 I’m right where I need to be. I thank God I didn’t get a deal when I first started rapping because I could’ve easily been burnt out or dealt a bad deal.

( TM )   Who produced “Soul of Gold” they need some recognition?

( Black Dre )   That was produced by LONESTARRMUZIK, a producer from Dallas. Yeah he’s a soulful dude.

( TM )   What are your 5 favorite songs you made to date that you would recommend to people who are not familiar with your work?

( Black Dre )   This is a tough one. I’d say, Hail Mary, Who You Thought?, For My Set, 100 Grand, and Jesus of Allentown

( TM )   When picking Beats for songs what exactly are you looking for in the beat ?

( Black Dre )   I need something that hits my soul. I need that stank face reaction like when Timbaland first played Jay-Z the “Dirt off your Shoulder beat”. I’m a sucker for soul samples too.

 

 

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