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?
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.
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.
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?
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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Today rapper Black Dre announced he will be releasing his sophomore project “Why Me?” On March 3rd 2018. This includes the hit single 1994. The album will be available on iTunes,Spotify,Tidal & SoundCloud.
This is a Playlist I recently released a couple weeks ago complied of artists and songs featured on our blog. Click the link to play download like or share.
This is another mix with a wider ranger of artists and some of our favorite songs that most people probably never heard like “Won’t Change” by No Juice Q & Almost Up by Foggy Bucks. The stand out song on this playlist in my opinion is “1994” by Black Dre. This tape overall has a lot of dope songs & artists on the grind delivering some good music. Please like enjoy & share.