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Interview With Truth Emcee

Get to know Truth, the Queens, New York emcee who conveys his image as representing all aspects of the hip-hop…

Get to know Truth, the Queens, New York emcee who conveys his image as representing all aspects of the hip-hop culture while staying true to the hip hop sound. “From Ashes to Kingdom Come” is Truth’s debut album which drops February 26th. The album was produced by PF Cuttin, from Blahzay Blahzay, and has features from Psycho Les, Da Beatminerz, Sean Price and more.

Your album “From Ashes to Kingdom Come” is releasing this month, what inspired the album?

I always wanted to make an album that was true to myself and represented that boom bap sound. I feel like a Hip Hop album should reflect who you are as a person; also containing different concepts which had a particular flow from front to back. I also believe in the DJ’s influence (cuts/scratches) being that they are the back of Hip Hop, which I feel is strongly lacking in Hip Hop today. From Ashes to Kingdom Come is symbolic in the sense representing the essence of Hip Hop. From Ashes to Kingdom Come = from something to nothing (representing the art form, the culture hence the artwork of the album). The cover is more about what Hip Hop represents and what helped mold my sound. A throne – From Ashes to Kingdom Come made up of elements of Hip Hop bringing more of that raw sound back to where it needs to be.

How long have you been working on this album?

I was working on LP, recording, mixing, etc. around 2012 and on… There was a hold on the project too for a while which explains the delay. I am hoping that the next album will be released in a more timely fashion. I’m already starting to record for the next album, so def ready to get into it. I am really happy with what I have been writing, and honestly, feel like I am getting even better.
Back in 2012, you released the song “New Type of Something” with Sean Price, what made you re-release the song?
Around when I recorded the song I released it w/o the album being done and got a deal from it. I told Sean that I got a deal from it, and he was like, really? He laughed and was like cool. I told him that the label would re-release it as well as the video, and he was cool with it being that initially I put it out w/o a publicist, etc…so the label felt that a lot of people never heard the song plus it was on the album that iLL Adrenaline Records was releasing.

How was your relationship with Sean Price? How did the collaboration come along?

It was good. He taught me a lot about the industry and people in general probably without even realizing he did. I made sure I paid attention and listened to him. After his passing, a few people would tell me about some of the good things he said about me which I appreciated and was thankful for. The collaboration came about from PF Cuttin, who was his long time DJ. He was always recording Sean so I would be around him a lot in the studio or at shows, at different events, etc. and we got cool from there. He showed a lot of love and didn’t have to. Once I heard the beat I knew it was for Sean, so I reached out to PF, and he made that happen. He said he would do video whenever I was ready, and he kept his word because that’s who he was.

How has the death of Sean Price affect you, and did it inspire your album?

The album was done already by the time of Sean’s passing. Though, it not only affected me but so many people as well. He was generous in many ways and did a lot of things for people, which he probably didn’t have to. He would often ask if he could help in any way to let me know. The last few times we were around each other he would ask me to let him know when I am ready to do another joint. I got you just let me know. That’s how he was. He didn’t have to, but he did. I appreciated that. Sean was an influence of mine from his Heltah Skeltah days to the present. He didn’t care about making music that people liked but made the music he liked and Hip Hop heads would appreciate. He did things on his terms and Hip Hop benefitted from it. He could have sold out so many times but refused to. I admired that about him a great deal.

When you and PF Cuttin were in the studio producing the album, what’s one good memory you guys shared in the making of the album?

There were so many memories that happened when I was in the studio with PF. Nothing in particular that stands out b/c there was so many memories of being in the studio and working with legends like OC, AG, Sean Price, etc… PF did a lot for me in such a short period and introduced me to so many people. He encouraged me to keep working and making that boom bap sound. He is very easy to work with and knows a lot when it comes to hip-hop, so I learned a lot. I had a lot of fun recording the album. We have a good chemistry, and I feel that it reflects in the sound. As a result, of the music, we became good friends. It was a great experience to work with someone so talented as PF with his production, scratches, recording and mixing ability. It was a pleasure for me to work so closely with someone of his caliber.

Do you see yourself going mainstream, or would you rather stay underground?

To me, I don’t think about that. I just really concentrate on staying true to my sound and making the music that helped shape my upbringing.

How long have you been making music, and how did you start?

I have been emceeing for more than half my life. One of my earliest memories was of a block party, and I saw a guy grab the mic and start to freestyle. I was so amazed how everyone stopped to watch him, the crowd’s reaction was great, and instantly I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Being that you’re from Queens, New York, where a lot of hip hop artist emerged from, who has influenced your sound?

Mobb Deep, Large Pro, RUN DMC, Tragedy, Nas, Kool G Rap, A Tribe Called Quest, Organized Konfusion, etc… well as other artists have played a significant role in shaping my sound.

What drives your passion?

The love of the music, culture, and the feeling of creating music drives me.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the rap game, and at this point where do you think it’s going?
They are still quality artists who stay pushing the culture forward, there just a lot harder to find nowadays. Don’t pay attention to the radio or more of the mainstream stuff. I am an MC, so I pay attention to lyricists and those who make that boom bap. I’m hopeful that it will come full circle again.

What do you feel is missing in the rap game?

Artists used to take pride in being different and bringing their style to the table; Nowadays I feel like there is nothing to separate artists from each other and there is no variety.

How can you collaborate to the hip hop scene to leave your impact?

I feel that my sound is faithful to that NYC boom bap Hip Hop sound. You can see the influences in my music but also not sounding like no one in particular. I tried to touch on a variety of subjects from life experiences, concepts while hoping that Hip Hop heads would appreciate the album and the way it was put together. I am getting so much positive feedback from Hip Hop heads and from legends that I looked up to so that in itself is rewarding enough. People can hear my music and decide what they think about me, as long as I know I put my heart and soul into it I’m Okay with that.

Who are some artists that you’re checking for today?

Still checking for artists like DITC, Wu, MOP, etc….more of the golden era sounding type of Hip Hop.

What kind of artist do you consider yourself, and how do you separate yourself from the others?

An MC/lyricist, who stands for something and more or less just being myself that in itself will allow me to separate myself from others.

I'm JP, blogger and aspiring publicist in New York City. I am a fashion and music aficionado, and as a culture enthusiast I explore different avenues of the urban aesthetic. Hoping I can inspire others to embrace themselves and break their own creative boundaries. You can follow my journey @JPRSNS

@KorleonKOJ – “Motion”

Today RichBoy Ent. CEO and founder Korleon aka “The King of Jackson (K.O.J).” releases his new song, “Motion,” debuting the new track with a music video on YouTube.  Released just…

Today RichBoy Ent. CEO and founder Korleon aka “The King of Jackson (K.O.J).” releases his new song, “Motion,” debuting the new track with a music video on YouTube.  Released just in time for Memorial Day, the highly anticipated music video for “Motion” precludes a host of releases by the ATL veteran by way of Jackson, Mississippi. Hoping to continue the momentum, Korleon will drop his mixtape The Four in the coming weeks, which will be followed up by Strictly 4 My Sippers this Summer.

Basically I’m just tappin in with the ladies. They rock with me and I rock with them equally so I felt I needed to satisfy my female fan base and cater to them. I wanted to create something that they could vibe to and something where I remained true to myself,” Korleon K.O.J. explained. “I feel like it’s a way better look for me to be with 7 different women in all shades and colors around the city, rather than me rolling around with 20 of my ni**as.”

Within the last two years Korleon launched a new studio in Atlanta called Walker St. 2.0 where his RichBoy Ent. team has been building a movement. To date Korleon and his team have recorded a host of artists including multi-platinum artist Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd, Mase, Jose Guapo, Big Bank Black and of course D4L’s Fabo.

“We opened back up the studio in March of 2017, we’ve had a lot of indies, superstars and its just been a blessing, I’m just glad that we have been able to make it happen. Its been a whole host of people to record there over the past few years,” Korleon said of his studio. “Of course me and Fabo been working on music together and I got The Four project that will preclude the Strictly 4 My Sippers project. I got the visual coming for Colorado soon and I got some stuff coming up with DJ Twin in the immediate future sometime in July.”

K.O.J. is often seen touring alongside and has frequently collaborated with on tracks with Fabo, who he says is his brother and day 1.

“Fabo my brother, Giksquad! Those my brothers. We been down since day one and we gonna be down forever, that’s my brother. He stays booked out and if you go through the archives, I’m at most shows, so it’s really just mores what’s continuing to go on. We were at Rolling Loud and everything, he stays booked.”

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#IndieSpotlight: Major D-Star Drops Off “Stack Pray & Stay Out The Way” Visual

Gotta love when an artist you like drop a project you’re feeling, and proceeds to give a visual identity to…

Gotta love when an artist you like drop a project you’re feeling, and proceeds to give a visual identity to the records you were feeling the most. That’s the case for AAHH mainstay Major D-Star; after releasing his long-awaited Trap Star  mixtape back in February, he is dropping off “Stack Pray & Stay Out The Way,” a song I personally described as an illustration of his immense focus on his “current hustle of choice, music.”

RECENT: Major D-Star Drops “Trap Star” Mixtape

The video, like his others, delivers on quality. Directed by Wally Woo, with a multitude of scenery interspersed around a loose storyline of himself working as a mechanic — which he playfully describes as his way of “stacking and staying out the way” in the into — it gives ample life to one of his project’s most infectious earworms. If you have yet to bump his full mixtape, go ahead and click here; either way, press play on this catchy little banger, below.

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#IndieSpotlight: Silas Luster’s “W.A.V.” Is A Slice Of Subversive Goodness

Provincetown, Massachusetts, MC Silas Luster released a brand new EP W.A.V. on March 29th that I’ve meant to share my…

Provincetown, Massachusetts, MC Silas Luster released a brand new EP W.A.V. on March 29th that I’ve meant to share my thoughts on, but to be honest, it was a dense listen. Not in an unapproachable way, mind you. Instead, it’s like an onion made of many, discussion worthy layers, painted atop lush soundscapes that are (at points) reminiscent of OG EL-P production from the early Def Juxx days.

RELEVANT: Getting To Know Provincetown Artist Silas Luster

The EP kicks off with “Sion,” which starts with his wordy flow over a head-nodding instrumental that switches up halfway through, into this bongo drum pattern over which he drops the strongest verse easily on the project; I’d love to see it live. “Diewittit” is another song that I found myself revisiting over and over. His cadence and rhyme schemes at times have this loose appeal that reminds me of the Freestyle Fellowship-esque aura that dominated college radio in the 90s.

He speaks a lot about his journey, and also a lot of spiritual topics — from the universe to putting meditation over medicine. It’s a lot to unpack, in a good way. You can hear the spoken word elements that seem to be the backbone of his bars — check the acapella interlude “What’s Love?” as a great example of what I mean.

The almost haunting chorus on “O.S.H.N” wasn’t necessarily jarring but did set the song apart as a black sheep of the EP. Not that it’s a bad song — it’s one of the strongest tracks — but, it’s just a different vibe that stuck out to me.

Overall, I dig this EP a lot. If you find yourself a little inundated with the sea of Lil rappers, and the endless sea of meh that often dominates the mainstream consciousness, Silas offers up a slice of subversive Hip Hop. It’s music crafted to both cathartically get things off of his chest and also get your thinking — depending on your aptitude on some of his topics, maybe even get you googling and reading shit.

He is currently touring throughout New England and the Tri-State. Check the schedule.

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#Interview Mark Spratley AKA @SpratFool Is Proving You Don’t Need Clout Tokens To Solidify A Musical Empire

Mark Spratley is a name in the industry you certainly should get acquainted with. A master of many, creating an…

Mark Spratley is a name in the industry you certainly should get acquainted with. A master of many, creating an entity in so many different lanes within the industry from management, PR, writing, events, curation and much more. Within five years of the industry, Sprat has accomplished what takes many 20-30 years. The young 27-year-old mogul is creating an empire before our eyes, and it only seems to be getting more and more impressive. Why wouldn’t it?! From helping to bring artists such as Lud Foe, DDG, DaBaby, Smooky Margielaa, Albee Al, Sicko Mobb, Nikko Lafre and many more to the limelight, his resume is vast.

Take a look at our most recent interview with the Starting Five CEO as we discuss music, how to get in the industry, his journey and much more.

Make sure to follow Sprat on Twitter and IG @SpratFool

You’ve been in the music industry for only five years and have already created something massive. How did you do it and what is planned for the future?

Countless hours, grind, plotting and studying. I’ve learned, and LVL’d UP. That’s it. I knew if I put in the work, I would find a way. I go 3000% for whatever I do or whoever I work with. Some people make the same moves and expect things to change. Some people aren’t willing to starve to binge forever. I’m out here mastering and succeeding at whatever I do. I make sure of it. I’ve got an insane ear for music, that’s been known. That’s why some of your favorite A&R’s would be asking me to pull up to their office on the regular.

I’m here to take over though. I’m going to continue to put people into position and maintain my brand. The empire is forming; the foundation has been laid and built.

We recently saw in another interview that you have a new platform on the way? What’re the details on that? (If you can give us any)

NEW DAY, NEW WAVE (LITERALLY). Zias (Popular youtube star &influencer) and I are partnering up on a new media outlet x platform for something special. We’re about to surpass the field quick. Two powerful influencers, we already got the traffic between both of us, both widely connected. Run it up!

Bunch of content on the way from both of us

If you could tell someone looking to get into the industry one piece of advice, what would it be?

GRIND SMART. Bring something to the table. Your passion and time can go a long way. Learn. Be willing to do what the next man is not.

Do you know how much free time and work I gave out to get to where I am now?! Now my time costs. Money isn’t everything, in the beginning, work for your opportunity. People worried about $20-$5000 (Short term money) when sometimes you just need to see the bigger picture.

You wouldn’t want everyone to bring ketchup to the BBQ; you need someone to bring the bun, the burger, the juice, the drink and everything else. Do you feel me?! Same goes for the industry or any job you do in life. Bring something different to the table and create a demand for it. That’s when you create stock for yourself (You create worth).

What were you doing before becoming a music mogul?

I was doing the school thing before I decided to leave for music full time. I was making money however I needed to.

What new artists do you have your eye on?

NEW SIGNINGS on the way. I’m getting back in my artist bag 3000%. Look out for all of that. I got to hold my list down for the time being.

How did you get into PR?

Fresh Moss and Neako had me on a lot of PR type of moves early. I always studied and noticed was going on in the game. Got tired of hitting up a lot of these foolish and corny “Bloggers” and people that were out and around at the time that felt entitled. A lot of them aren’t even around anymore haha. Many didn’t want to see someone else moving faster or making something out of all this. I decided to take everything into my own hands. From then on I turned this PR wave into something masterful. Countless artists have popped off since through my PR, their ability and me connecting these dots on the daily.

Top 5 modern artists most likely in your daily music mix?

It all depends on the day and mood

Lately… DaBaby, pre kai ro, Lil Baby, YNW Melly, Stunna 4 Vegas & DaiDough. I’ve been bumping FBG Duck heavily as of late; bro got energy.

A few artists are rising out of New Jersey that you’ve been alerting us about for over a year or 2. From Daidough to Coi Leray and many more. New Jersey has some talent for sure, how do you think your state will hold up in 2019?

New Jersey is UP right now, and it’s only going to get crazier. A lot of artists doing their thing. Daidough got home and been going stupid. Coi Leray has been spazzing since G.A.N.

Albee Al doing him as always, Tsu Surf home and just dropped a fire project, Arsonal on damn TV, Fatboy SSE is outta here and in his lane, Mir Fontane been putting in work. Jersey got a wide variety of sounds, every city/town is different, North and South Jersey completely different.

Beyond the artists, there are so many talented people coming up out of NJ and doing their thing in this music industry or elsewhere. It’s great to see people winning from your home state.

We remember you going crazy at SXSW with Smooky Margielaa a few years back when he was only an artist with a 10k following, how did you all meet?

Shit, my man Mike had told me I had to bump something while we were in LA. The track happened to be ‘Layed up,’ heard it and it was a wrap for me. His mans was GRAPE, we were all in LA, so we all linked up at the apartment, vibed and got to work immediately. Started putting in that push, went to SXSW and went full force after SXSW. Glad to see Smooky up right now.

We dove into your Twitter and did a little google search on you while doing some more research. We saw you got into it a little with Akademiks online last year? LOL, tell us more?

LMAO! If you did some research like you said I’m sure you know what was said. Jersey people certainly don’t tolerate bullshit. I called BS on something he spoke on. Jersey got behind it. That’s it.

What ever happened to Nikko Lafre?

Man, I can’t speak on another man that’s not with me. We had something crazy growing, that’s where I’m going to leave it.

Drew Love out here winning though with THEY, Lee Beats out here winning, Johnny Rain out here still doing his thing up.

#Interview Mark Spratley AKA @SpratFool Is Proving You Don't Need Clout Tokens To Solidify A Musical Empire

Thoughts on R Kelly latest situation and documentary?

SHEESH! I don’t want to believe it, but it’s their right before our eyes. It’s a shame because his music and voice are legendary. I feel as though 60 Minutes would have been a more credible platform to present this problem to the world instead of a Lifetime documentary. I’d like to hear R Kelly voice his defense for sure, but regardless his actions are sickening. We’ll see how it taints his legacy, it is 2019 so who knows.

2019 plans?


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