Interview by Dena Robinson
Photos by JordanBeckham.com
JENESIS Magazine catches up with the Prince of the Steel City for a day in the life. Chill and have a fall back attack watching the youngest in charge do his thing. (First released August 2007)
How do you feel about the direction your career is going?
I feel very positive about it. I’m happy we are making steps forward and not falling back. It’s a progression.
With Show and Prove, did you have any expectations on how your album would do?
It did as much as I thought it would as far as numbers, money, and just putting it out there. I also got a wider fan base. It had real album material that I could get out there.
Most artists want to immediately get signed and have an album on a major label. What’s kept you humble doing your whole operation independently?
Just knowing the process of the music business, knowing how important patience is. If you jump out too quick and grab the first thing offered it can come back to bite you.
How much has going the independent route increased your appreciation for the industry as a whole?
It helped me to see how much an artist can do for him. Everyone thinks you need a major label. It’s all about the music and your grind.
This year already you have opened for The Clipse, Nas, and Lupe Fiasco. How did those performances for those shows compare to the others?
The all went real good. There were a lot of Wiz fans out there too. I’m just building to the top. Meeting these people, it keeps me humble. I just came back from Atlantic City with T-Pain.
Even with all of the major editorial interviews, opening acts for larger artist, and other ventures, do you feel you’re doing enough to build a lasting career in the drastically changing music business?
Yeah I do. Stuff we’ve done might seem major to other people but it’s minor to me because there is so much more out there to do.
What led you to finally sign with the major label Warner Brothers Records?
Mainly the contract offered, the way we met, how into me as a project they were. We just all seemed on the same page.
We’re sure you noticed but how do you feel about the free promo you’re getting from local rappers getting at you in their rhymes and small shows?
I wish they would find another way to say my name. I mean I don’t blame them though. But I don’t let it get to me. I hear them talking but I just keep it moving.
Do you notice that fellow classmates from Allderdice High School approach you differently now that your popularity has grown to such magnitude?
Yeah, people approach me like I’m all fragile. But I mean I’m still the same dude.
What CD would we find in your car stereo right now?
Grow Season Mixtape.