true definition of a quiet storm

Featured artist: Slim Gwynn – true definition of a quiet storm

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist Slim Gwynn from Baltimore to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Slim Gwynn! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

Slim Gwynn: I started freestyling at 16-17 and realized my real talent.

Somebody heard me singing one my songs, before I released it, and asked me who was I listening to. I told him it was me and he told that it sounded hard and authentic without even hearing the beat. At that point I knew to just stay true myself and my sound.

Slim Gwynn


What about concerts? Do you play live?

yes

Best punchline you ever wrote?

Can’t see me coming John Cena with the ghillie out

Slim Gwynn

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

I just released a project on christmas titled “Work in Progress”.

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

I’m not really interested in them.

Any last words?

S/O to all baltimore artists. Rip G rock and Lor scoota cuz they paved the way.

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

Slim Gwynn: twitter.com/slimg_07

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Heart Of The City

Featured artist: Jah Allah – Heart Of The City

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist Jah Allah from Albany to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Jah Allah! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

Jah Allah: It was kinda inevitable to happen, around the age of 8 or 9 I was writing music with my father but he went to prison, I forgot about it, and it resurfaced when I was like 15 or 16, this was when i started to take it serious.

As an artist the best advice I would give is not to look for Acknowledgement cause everybody makes music these days so it's too watered down, just do you, if you know its good and people think it's good their gonna give you positive feed back either way.

Jah Allah


What about concerts? Do you play live?

I've done a few shows, nothing major yet tho, I'm looking to do way more shows this up and coming year maybe even land a major concert or 2.

Best punchline you ever wrote?

Back when a nigha sold crack for a livin, masked up, and always stay strapped like a villain, rap facts, see this act, was a natural feelin"

Jah Allah

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

I have alot of unreleased material right now, I'm currently working on a tape called "Era Of The Gifted" it should be out very soon, after I'm going to do a major album called "Since 95'" which i already recorded a couple tracks for already.

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

Yeah I would but it has to be with somebody I vibe with, and I gotta have creative control over my work, people been telling me it would be a good look if I was with TDE or Dreamville so who knows only time will tell.

Any last words?

Yeah everybody, the city been working musically really striving, but other that my team D.N.G.E.N.T which stands for "Don't No Guerilla Ever Neglect Their's" and my moms and grandmother.

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

Jah Allah: https://www.songcastmusic.com/profile-mobile?id=JahAllah

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I Bet You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before #InsanAsylum #30for30

Featured artist: InsanAsylum LLC – I Bet You've Never Seen Anything Like This Before #InsanAsylum #30for30

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist InsanAsylum LLC from Houston, Tx to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, InsanAsylum LLC! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

InsanAsylum LLC: Our organization began in the student commons area of the University of Houston Moody Towers in September of 1988. That is where Colden Brown aka Mr. Get Down and Steve Rogers aka G-MAN connected through listening to a Boom Box while playing spades. The conversation delved into the Four Pillars of Hip Hop and how it molded their existence. From ICE T to Ultramagnetic MCs. Let us not forget Mr. Get Down retreating to his room to pull out his WBLS tapes he recorded that summer. Being that both loved music, Colden was a poet and Steve a DJ they decided to join forces. Since then #InsanAsylum has worked with several underground artists which began with P.O.T. ~ Prophets Of Truth which is recognized as a legendary group of the then burgeoning Seattle Hip Hop Scene (circa 1995). After two projects with P.O.T. ("Da Funk N Revelations" & The Legacy") K..S.D. – King Solomon's D.R.E.A.D. struck off to Solo career which led him to drop two singles produced by Pale Soul of Old Dominion. Then came his critically acclaimed release "incognito" in 2004…the 1st of the 'Triunal Antiquities' which was finally completed this year with the release of 'antithesis'; the second release was 'psychoanalysis'.

Further Production Credit list includes La Lo, Bottom Groundz (MIA), BIg Chad Daminko, Mac Dre, Nissim Black, Twin-G, Choklate, Gangsta Nutt, Oraclez Creed, DMS, Dee.aLe, Carl Roe, Sarkastik, Hustlas 4 Life, Ambush, Chevy Shann, Stretch Parker, Walker Montana, Guap Fam, Em Jay, The TUNE, D.E.U.C.E., Montega Brix, Ant Gutta, Pfalco, LeCadre, Fidel A$tro and many more.

The best advice I have ever received was directly from Chuck D of Public Enemy. He told me that this Music Game is like a layup line. Everyone will get a shot/chance. Now do you travel…do you carry the ball…both violations. Do you finger roll, use the backboard or dunk it? IF you get out of the line before your shot you can return however you will begin as the rear of the line….

InsanAsylum LLC


What about concerts? Do you play live?

We are gearing up several different opportunities for our many artist. Including Tours of the Big Sky Conference, Mountain West Conference, Summit Conference, HBCU Tour, Missouri Valley Conference and Ohio Valley Conference as well.

Definitely join our FB Business Page and follow us on twitter MrGetDown and IG MrGetDown777. That's where you'll get more upto date info.

Best punchline you ever wrote?

Welcome To The #InsanAsylum & The #PsychoWard where #SoundsOfTheInsane control the night!

InsanAsylum LLC

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

OUR Current Promotional Campaign is the #InsanAsylum #30for30 wherein we are releasing ONE NEW Project EVERYDAY for 30 days straight. This includes projects from Em Jay, The TUNE, K.S.D., D.E.U.C.E., Wyld Tyme Entertainment Yonkers NY, Montega Brix, LeCadre, P.O.T., The G.M.C. DJ Peg and RC The Trackaholiq.

#InsanAsylum has worked with several underground artists which began with P.O.T. ~ Prophets Of Truth which is recognized as a legendary group of the then burgeoning Seattle Hip Hop Scene (circa 1995). After two projects with P.O.T. ("Da Funk N Revelations" & The Legacy") K..S.D. – King Solomon's D.R.E.A.D. struck off to Solo career which led him to drop two singles produced by Pale Soul of Old Dominion. Then came his critically acclaimed release "incognito" in 2004…the 1st of the 'Triunal Antiquities' which was finally completed this year with the release of 'antithesis'.

That being said RC The Trackaholiq just released another project called "Tension" which is available on all digital platforms. There are a lot of surprises to come from this extremely talented music producer. We fully expect to have on of his offerings selected and on the next Ragan Whiteside project.

D.E.U.C.E. is currently in the studio looking to create a masterpiece for his initial full length follow up to the Bangin Single "Put In Work" which was released during our #InsanAsylum #30for30 campaign. The name of the upcoming project is titled "Overlooked".

The TUNE is currently in the lab as well collaborating with a multitude of H-Town representas! Definitely check out his music during this #InsanAsylum #30for30.

Le Cadre will have a video up for the upcoming single "Where My Niccas At?" which is from his initial debut under #InsanAsylumDistribution during this #InsanAsylum #30fo30 campaign.

The G.M.C. is currently selecting tracks and visualizing how they will bang into their Spring 2019 release.

….last but now least #InsanAsylumProductions is laying the foundaiton to release their 3rd Insatallment of the "Whatchu Talkin' Bout?" mixtape series…should be out in the Summer/Fall 2019.

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

Yes we are open to signing a Major Label Distribution deal IF we maintain full artistic control.

Pros: Their Machine
Cons: Its strictly numbers driven due to corporate shareholders.

Any last words?

Nasty Nes Rodriguez, DJ Kutfather, KCMU, Rap Attacks, Awesome 2, Barry Black, Eastside, Southend, Miami Dade, Hillsborough County, The TUNE, Big Foo, Montega Brix, Purple Haze, Walker Montana, Dee.aLe, Tas the Mojo Man, Dalon Howard, La Lo, Em Jay, Ant Gutta, Sandy Solo (Germany), Vernon Keith (Japan), Will Stickland (Canada), Dennis Johnson, Ragan Whiteside, Dexter Filer, Brendan Johnson, Darren Billy Jr, Big Chad Daminko (Miami), Frontline (Miami), Silver Shadow D, Smash Brothaz, Chico Bailey, Barry Black, DJ Ready Red (RIHH), LeCadre, Charita Davis, OG Mack Drama, DJ Peg, Hella Fresh DJs, Shadow Black, Wolfpak, #HTownTakeOver, Sinclair Ridley (TSU Music Department), Lakeisha Catley, Tracy Denny, Chill Ghetto Throne, RapBeats.net, Z.I.T.B. , Seattle, H-Town, Yonkers, Big Foo, Barry Black, Dennis Johnson, Phatfirm Radio, Rainier Beach HS, The District, Garfield HS, ATL

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

InsanAsylum LLC: https://www.facebook.com/SoundsOfTheInsane/

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The last true upcoming freestyle seen on projects with 21 savage

Featured artist: Bigga$tate – The last true upcoming freestyle seen on projects with 21 savage

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist Bigga$tate from Chicago to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Bigga$tate! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

Bigga$tate: I looked at a majority that was in need of influence you know talent with no structure destroys itself I saw so many that wasnt gonna be changed through normal means and a change was needed by someone that can make a difference while caring most of the time you get one or the other in disguise I always found myself having an affinity to music and a rebellion to be a consumer I wouldnt just listen to music I liked before I was an artist I would want to make my own alternative I found myself knowing I could make better and have found heartbreak at not letting myself for so long with feeling music physically I know its power so I choose to use it as my catalyst to change what others just judge to be wrong though music and not underestimating the political power an artist has in general it's why I decided to take the gift I have and do something bigger than me.

The genuine approach in this industry is not dead it will bare fruits way more than finessing ever could!

Bigga$tate


What about concerts? Do you play live?

Yes I give concerts I have done over 200 in Hawaii and over 100 in Chicago I also play live.

Best punchline you ever wrote?

Posiden when she riding only me she tryna see
But why did I give her a shot now she a bullet I dodged

Bigga$tate

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

Since my first released single 7 months ago I have released 2 eps which have streams in the millions and have had artist who have featured with Tory lanez bun b and lil b on them as well as singles and the second ep is getting re-released by Empire titled "Freestyle " which is how I make all of my catalog none written the few singles that have been released only weeks within being out they are streaming more than 100k collectively and some are internationally distributed courtesy of rehegoo group and I will be having all music promoted through the national basketball association thanks to United Masters selecting me .

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

I would sign a deal my pros is the promotion and representation that would throw gasoline on the independent promotion and playing the algorithms the way I do and them bringing the pixals of the target market data they've accumulated through all their artist they've absorbed cons none for me because of labels being a credit card thing it doesnt matter when I can pump out albums in a week.

Any last words?

Shout out to joshua Vasquez for never switching up for all these years!

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

Bigga$tate: https://www.instagram.com/biggastate/

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Augusta Got Something to Say

Featured artist: Shaudy Prince – Augusta Got Something to Say

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist Shaudy Prince from Augusta to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Shaudy Prince! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

Shaudy Prince: I decided to become an artist the moment I seen that everybody was becoming rappers…get it? Message!
But seriously though I decided to become an artist the 1st day my bro Big Izz took me up to Killa Kuttz Records to rap in front of the twins Rah & Sky.
Izz trained me up on some hyperbolic time chamber s**t when it came to rapping. They don't call me Prince for no reason I'm slick the Vegeta of this s**t!
It was the whole Uptown musical influence of 5 Dub, Cypher Six, Izz, Sky, Rah, and Legend that was the driving force behind the dopest artist you are speaking with on today.

The best advice I could give another artist is make sure you learn the business side of this rap s**t. N****s you think is rich as f**k, whether it's in the music industry or locally in your city most of the time be broke as f**k simply because they didn't take the time to learn the business end.
I sat my a** down for two years straight before I even decided to step foot in this game because I really wanted the money f**k you mean? Everybody has a starting point your not just going to blow over night, and if you do if you don't know the business I guarantee your a** going to be broke again or in debt.

Shaudy Prince


What about concerts? Do you play live?

I actually live to touch down on that stage! People who have seen me perform live know about my stage presence and its beauty, but as of right now I'm not currently doing concerts. I wan't to work more on building my catalogue and providing dope visuals for my Royal Loyals thats my super supportive fan base by the way. Without them there would't be a Prince.

Best punchline you ever wrote?

B***h I fill up banks (Philip Banks) no Vivian gah damn deez n****z hate to see me win!
That's the 1st one that comes to mind I got way too many of them I really do this rap s**t.

Shaudy Prince

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

Right now as the quarter winds down I've only been releasing freestyles, and maybe a few singles here and there top gear up for the crazy releases I got dropping for this coming year. I'm going mixtape mode shouts out to Apple Music!

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

I don't plan on signing with a major label unless it makes sense. I'm talking about making me a whole lot of cents f**k you mean? Trillions!
Actually if proven my self worthy unto the CEO I would like to partner with Freebandz the label. Other than that I'd still proudly be running Hood Royalty Empire the most irrefutable, indisputable independent record company of our time!
Pros of signing to a major would probably be having a wider range of who you can reach demographically along with better industry connections that may can help build your brand. Cons is they control most if not all of your intellectual property. Thats why you'll hear them say certain things in the media about people trying to buy artist's catalogue.

Any last words?

Big shout out to my city Augusta, Georgia, but an even bigger shout out goes to Disgusta that's the new Augusta! Shout out to Uptown we gone be the new Black Hollyhood of the city too!
Lastly shouts out to all the artists I personally see working hard Brezz, AUG 24, Que, Marcus GLYB, Jah, Gas God Mayo, Jayy Fox, and Tay Narly! salute.

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

Shaudy Prince: https://www.instagram.com/shaudyprince

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Fresh on the scene

Featured artist: Endo Gena – Fresh on the scene

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist Endo Gena from Trenton to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Endo Gena! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

Endo Gena: After an open mic experience that a friend signed me up for unknowingly with a packed crowd and after getting unbelievable love and feed back I was fill with a wonderful feeling that I knew from that very moment that music is what I want to do.

"Success is earned, not given"

Endo Gena


What about concerts? Do you play live?

I do my live performances with just an instrumental so the crowd and listeners can hear my actual voice. I often do pre-meditated concerts and flash performances just to get comfortable with the surrounding areas I will be performing at.

Best punchline you ever wrote?

I rather die dream chasing then sit beside of a bullet then to say I tried and couldn't then fake it and say I would of made

Endo Gena

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

Currently working on a mixtape that best showcases my skills and properly spotlight highlights of my music. The 1st single I have put out is my song "Think So" which is a track that captures my flow and style and way where you understand the king of artist I am.

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

I would greatly consider signing to a major labels for maximum exposure. The upside of a major label is the capital , exposure , and access to outlets and opportunities but the downside is some of your freedom of speech is took is away and you can no longer put out songs as you please and being trapped into a certified image that your label will dictate.

Any last words?

Shout outs to my city Trenton and my family for believing in me also shoutout to Lexibanks, Streetsempire, DynamixrecordsFM, SupremeAllianceENT, and Lorenzo @ WMPG Podcast.

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

Endo Gena: https://soundcloud.com/corey-funderburg

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Newest Hip Hop Artist Emerging From Mobile, AL

Featured artist: NonFiction – Newest Hip Hop Artist Emerging From Mobile, AL

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist NonFiction from Mobile to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, NonFiction! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

NonFiction: Music has always been a major part of my life. As far back as I can remember I have been exposed to music. Growing up I never thought about pursuing a career in music, even though I loved to listen to music. It wasn't until I was a sophomore in high school that I decided to fully pursue a career in music. I just so happened to cross paths with a guy who calls himself XPT and it was he who first exposed me to the recording process and production. Initially, I was not writing any lyrics. I wanted to be just a producer, stemming from my love of music. I started out producing music with a Yamaha 5-track workstation. At the time, I didn't even know how to count bars. I learned how to count bars from making beats. But the more beats I made, the more I was inspired to try to come up with my own lyrics. A solid year after learning how to produce music I started writing my own lyrics. But it was former No Limit Records artist MAC who really inspired me to become a full-fledge lyricist. It was the way he told stories in his music and his positive messages about life that made me think, "I wanna make songs of this caliber one day." Hence, the artist you have before you today!

"If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail." "Try not to doubt how good you really are." "Be humble and open-minded."

NonFiction


What about concerts? Do you play live?

I try to perform whenever I can.

Best punchline you ever wrote?

"Putting it down fresher than Cool Water Cologne/ So f**king clean cut just call him Razor Ramon"

NonFiction

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

I released my debut album titled "Food 4 Thought: The Entree' in February of 2017. It consists of 15 tracks of well-rounded production and lyricism. I am currently on the verge of releasing my next project, which is a mixtape/album entitled "Clean Cutz." I am also working an EP with fellow Mobile, AL Hip Hop recording artist Chaney The Gyft which will be coming out between now and next year. I also have a new album in the works which will be the third installment of my "Food 4 Thought" series.

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

I WOULD sign a record contract if the deal is right and works in my favor as an artist. The pros to signing a record contract: Less footwork for artist a major promotional budget. The Cons of signing a record contract: may be signing away rights to intellectual property. May end up in debt or account in the red if your release does not meet the projected quota or requirements of sales.

Any last words?

I would like to give a shout out to my Black Label Enterprise fam: T-M.A.C.(MACdeville), J-Fresh, Main LaFlame, Poppa, C.L., Blacklabel Pablo; Shoutout to Chaney The Gyft from Greenlite Vision; Shoutout to Drastik & Explicit from Dream Deff Records; the whole Mobile, AL

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

NonFiction: https://soundcloud.com/nonfiction-1

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