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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Interview | “Behind The Mic” Rap Discussion [ Week 4 ] With ‪@SleepSinatra #W2TM EXCLUSIVE

 

Sleep Sinatra is an underground artist out of Lincoln, Nebraska. He has been making good music for a couple years. He has worked with some of the best up & coming rappers & producers such as Mach Hommy, Stu Bangas, Farma Beats & Body Bag Ben to name a few. 2019 has been a good year for Sleep who dropped a few solid projects such as “Peacekeeper” with Body Bag Ben & “Classy Sinatra” with Fortes. His boom bap style mixed with beat selection along with his storytelling alone will have you hooked. Take some time to get to know the artist and man behind the mic.

 

 

( TM ) I always refer to you as the “illest nigga in Nebraska” how fitting is that title to you?

 

( Sleep Sinatra )  Hahahaha. If I had a dollar for everytime someone said that I’d have a multi-level recording compound by now. Definitely gets mentioned a lot. We don’t celebrate Rico over here though in any fashion. I don’t claim to be the best. But I know for a fact I’ve done what most haven’t in this state. 

 

( TM ) How much do you think selling Vinyl copies of your music has grown your core fan base?

 

( Sleep Sinatra )  There’s a Demographic of music listeners that exist that are from that era where Vinyl was the initial way to listen to music. If you pay attention to trends culturally, everything is cyclical in cycles of about 20-30 years. So, things that may have been trendy in the 80’s-90’s are now back in rotation nah mean? Vinyl is one of the best-selling physical platforms right now. The die hard supporters usually always want something physical and Vinyl is the favorite format currently. 

 

( TM ) Where is the most random place in the world that you’ve sold music & was surprised to have a fan there?

 

( Sleep Sinatra )  Estonia. I’ve moved units as far as Japan but that one was pretty surprising. 

 

( TM ) You dropped a couple dope projects in 2019 two that stood out “Classy Sinatra” with you & Real Fortes & “Peacekeeper” with Body Bag Ben. Will we see a sequel to either ?

 

( Sleep Sinatra )  Shouts to Fortes and Body Bag Ben. Those are my guys. Nothing but respect for them. You’ll definitely be hearing more from those combos. Can’t say anything definitively yet. 

 

 

( TM)  How did you link up with Mach Hommy for that feature on Malas ( Blue & Green) 

 

( Sleep Sinatra )  Shouts and Much Success to the Brother Mach. That was actually the second joint that we did. He reached out to me initially for a project of his that I don’t think you can even find anymore called “GREEKFEST”, I was the only feature on that project. Prior to him linking with Griselda we had done that joint and then Mala’s for my album and had spoke about even bringing him this way to shoot some visuals. Never panned out, Things change. All Love Still. It’s Crazy and Dope to see him elevated. He was nice way back.  

 

( TM ) When creating a project do you prefer working with one producer on the whole album to stick with that sound or mix it up with different ones?

 

( Sleep Sinatra )   As of late I’ve been doing one offs with just one producer per project. Which I think can give you a real immersive and cohesive sounding project. I like doing both really though. I like to think I have a good ear for production so part of the fun at times is combining elements from different producers to create a world sonically. Piecing different sound textures together. This next one will have a lot of different producers on it. Some of the best out right now. 

 

( TM ) What’s something a fan told you about how your music impacted them that flattered you?

 

( Sleep Sinatra )   I have a couple die hard supporters that have told me how my music helped them get through depression. Being as I suffer from depression myself that means a lot. I think the most flattering thing a supporter ever told me , he was a guy from the middle east. His country was going through a lot of changes politically and they were in war time. He let me know listening to my music helped him get through those days where bombs would be going off and chaos ensuing. It was then that I truly started to understand the magick of music and its impact.

 

( TM )  You’ve worked with a lot of dope producers thus far such as Farma Beats, Stu Bangas, Sadhugold & The Historian to name a few. Who are some you haven’t worked with that you would like to collab with? 

 

( Sleep Sinatra ) I’d like to do a whole project with my guy Bronze Nazarethon production. Alchemist. Muggs. Always been a fan of Blu’s production as well feel like we could make something crazy. The list goes on. 

 

( TM )  What made you decide to release “Source Of Nature” Vinyl only?

 

( Sleep Sinatra ) Actually, “Sources Of Nature” was released on CD and Cassette via UK label GOURMETDELUXXX first, those sold out fairly quickly though. 

 

( TM ) What inspires you to write music & be creative while doing it?

 

( Sleep Sinatra )  My Life. Trauma I’ve endured. Love. Hate. Pain. Psychedelics. The aspiration to be the Nicest MC that I can be. My Passion and love for Hip Hop. 

 

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Interview | “Behind The Mic” Rap Discussion [ Week 3 ] With ‪‪@WhoIsJamalGasol #W2TM EXCLUSIVE

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This week we will be focusing on a rapper from Niagara Falls, NY. Jamal Gasol aka Mr. 31, Diadora Don. He is 1/3 of The Big Turks ( Lord Juco, Rome Streetz ) and is putting on for Dirty Water, NY. Jamal blesses the mic with poetic street tales and paints a vivid picture of where he is from & what he has been through. He has already dropped tracks with artists like Benny, Estee Nack & Rome Streetz to name a few. This is one rising artist we recommend you get in tune with sooner than later.

 

 

 

 

1.  ( TM ) What inspired the “Kansas City SmackMan” Ep?

 

(Jamal Gasol )  I use to call myself “Kansas City SmackMan” as a funny nickname during a stage of my life. I was in the streets but shit turnt up at this point for me and that was my lil personal moniker

 

2.  ( TM ) I noticed the “Kansas City SmackMan EP” was posted as 1 song. Was that intentional to make sure the listeners hear the full project in its entirety?

 

( Jamal Gasol )   I did it a few times on SoundCloud but knowing you don’t really get any money for the streams unless you sign up for all that extra shit I put it on all streaming platforms too. It’s already a free download but fuck it let’s make it available in all ways too so that’s how that came about.

 

3. ( TM ) Being that your a PIFF head what’s your Top 3 favorite flavors?

 

( Jamal Gasol )  Papaya Cheese, GrandDaddy Purple, and Sour Diesel

 

4. ( TM )  Right now it seems like upstate New York is running rap like never before. What makes it harder for artists to get some notoriety upstate?

 

( Jamal Gasol ) We ain’t never have an outlet for the music up here. In my city the way out for anybody with examples of success was in sports. I had a passion for sports too but always wanted to do music. I was determined to make it happen and I’m glad I’m in the loop as I deserve to be.

 

5. ( TM ) How did the Big Turks come together?

 

(Jamal Gasol )  Jordan Commandeur reached out to me about doing a collaboration project with 2 other artists basically on a slaughterhouse/ wu-tang connection. With it being Rome Streetz and Lord Juco who I was cool with before the offer I didn’t hesitate to work wit my niggas. Jordan looked out for me a lot last year so I look at it as another he presented to me to further my career and I salute him for that 💪🏾💪🏾

 

6. ( TM ) For the people not familiar tell us about Niagara Falls, NY & what it was like growing up?

 

( Jamal Gasol )   It’s like any other small city but a big attraction. People from all over the world come see Niagara Falls so we use to the foreigners and all that. But as far as living here it’s the hood. I stay 20 minutes away but I’m always in town. I got all my friends and family there but it’s the hood. Gangs, drugs, violence. People I went to high school with didn’t make it to 12th grade they went upstate taking risks and poor decisions. Everybody don’t wanna work in a plant or be a nurse and I respect that.

 

7. ( TM )  Would you say it’s easier to market yourself now as an indie artist compared to the mid to late 90s?

 

( Jamal Gasol )  Way easier lol

 

8. ( TM ) Give up the goods 2K18 was one of the first songs I heard. You rapped “Give up the goods or get sprayed thinking of ways on how to get me & my niggas paid we don’t got time to be afraid real music for real niggas who grind everyday” Do you think you & Rome did that classic Mobb best justice ?

 

( Jamal Gasol )   I feel like we gave it all the justice it was due. I heard the beat from Camo Monk and said I gotta have this one. Rome is ill on the mic I knew he could deliver I ain’t have to worry about shit cause I knew I was gonna have my shit ready for this one and the feedback was as expected.

 

9. ( TM ) You rap about real life situations a lot in your music. Do the bars come to mind when you record more naturally because of that ?

 

( Jamal Gasol )   Naturally because of that. I don’t gotta think about some shit I didn’t or don’t do that’s like adding more on lies I only like to rap about what I know and what I been through or the niggas around me. A lot of these rappers be fronting and fraudulent. My niggas use to be tellin me to rewrite verses all the time cause I was saying to much with how they using raps in court now.

 

10. ( TM )  Being that you are that “New Nigga Now” what do you need to keep doing to stay consistent ?

 

( Jamal Gasol )   Stay on my Deen and be humble. I’m learning let good work marinate saturation ain’t necessary at this point I gave enough music in the last 2 years to show why I belong. But trust me I still got songs in the ready to go at any time.

 

 

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