Konfessions of an Uprising Female artist Laniyah West + First Breakout Female artist to Headline KOD Miami

Konfessions of an Uprising Female artist, Laniyah Westt: iTunes charting, gifting fans with NFT,  latest single “Money Conversation” &the first breakout female artist to headline a show at KOD Miami.

Success is not given, it is earned. Laniyah Westt is earning every success that is coming her way. After taking a few months off, the new breakout artist out of West Orlando is steadily perfecting her craft. Florida is known for mainstreaming a new class of rappers. Laniyah has set a path of her own. Laniyah is the first breakout artist to headline a live performance at the world famous strip club KOD Miami. Laniyah Westt single “Money Conversation”  made it to the top 30 on the iTunes Apple Music chart. On this single, you can hear Laniyah delivering ominous bars about her life that resonate to her listeners. Knowing her fans are the main driving force within her success, Laniyah gifted NFTs to the first 25 fans that pre-saved her new single “Money Conversations.” It is clear that Laniyah Westt is only getting started and 2022 has a lot in store for the music industry.

Exclusive Interview: Beads Z. Wider

In the music industry we often forget about the journey and struggle that the individuals behind the scenes have to go through and it kind of makes sense because the publicists, marketing directors, managers, attorneys, A&R’s and industry folks alike are best when effective yet semi-unknown and unseen. However, here at Stack or Starve we have decided to shine the spotlight on one of the hardest working and selfless individuals behind the scenes; Beads Z. Wider of Live…Breathe…Love…Hip Hop.
Beads is a man of many hats depending on what is needed, is well connected and is never afraid to point artists in the proper direction; even when its outside of his direct network. We had the pleasure of catching up with Beads and getting to know a little about where he has been and where he is going! Beads Z. Wider is Stack or Starve Approved!

Stack or Starve: Peace Beads! First off, introduce yourself to our readers who may not be familiar with who you are and what you do in the industry.
Beads Z. Wider: It’s an honor to have had you guys reach out to me for this interview, first and foremost. As a guy from Brockton, Massachusetts, to have been embraced and had the pleasure of building with one of the Midwest’s biggest and respected movements has been huge to me.
Before anything else, I am a Father then I am a fan and forever indebted to Hip Hop. Some of my earliest memories in life revolve around Hip Hop and every struggle I have endured has been overcome with Hip Hop.
Right now I currently do everything from blogging, public relations, marketing, consulting, booking 2 FM college radio shows; it all really depends on where the artist is in their career.

SOS: Tell us a little about your beginnings in the industry.
Beads: Believe it or not, a lot of my beginnings in the industry happened in the Bay Area and LA, without ever actually being to either places. Back when I was in high school (Class of 2006) I was very active on 2 big forums, Siccness and WestCoastRydaz, and from those artists is where I really learned the importance of merchandising and consistency.
A few of the first singles/projects I ever had the honor of working through my interactions on Siccness.Net were; E-40 featuring Keak Da Sneak “Tell Me When to Go”, The Jacka “Tear Gas” and Messy Marv and Mitchy Slick’s “Messy Slick”.
WestCoastRydaz was the breeding ground for some of LA’s biggest and most respected names today. I’m talking about guys like; Glasses Malone, Nipsey Hussle, Jay Rock, Kendrick when he was K. Dot but like really early, Clinton Wayne, Problem, Bad Lucc, Mitchy Slick and so many more. I was a fan of the West Coast from my first time hearing DoggyStyle and for a lot of the west coast guys I was one of their links to the east coast, even just a fan and fledgling industry head. Shout out to CoopDVill and Styles!

SOS: Wow, that’s actually kind of dope and thanks to technology you had the ability to build your name before really even having one. How important do you think it was to have some of your first mentors and interactions be from outside your backyard?
Beads: Looking back on it now; I learned a lot of invaluable lessons on merchandising, which needs to be stressed because artists from the Bay Area especially are huge on branding and being visible since before I was even alive.

SOS: As a Massachusetts dude, who are some of your favorite artists and who are some of the industry people you look up to from your home state?
Beads: Oh man, Im a huge fan of everyone from my state because it’s really hard for artists from out here to make it and a lot of times, it’s due to a stigma we have been fighting for years. If you know your Hip Hop history, I don’t need to elaborate.
Some of my favorite artists all time and industry people from my state include; Mann Terror, Cool Gzus, Tangg The Juice, Mr. So Boston, Termanology, Rusti Pendleton, DJ Chubby Chub, DJ EA Sports and the list goes on.
Some of my favorite artists from New England, at the moment are; Jazzmyn Red, Kado Barliatier, Conflict, Bake, J Duce, Nuxx, Everybody Luv Black, Nancia and 100 Proof of 10 Toes Down.

SOS: What’s currently on your plate?
Beads: My daily focus is always building up my brand and my site, www.livebreathelovehiphop.com.
As marketing director of Enterprize Entertainment; I stay busy. We have a roster including G. Fisher, D_Dave, 1st AKA The Pretty Girl, Soultronik and a few more extremely talented artists. Whether it’s premiering a record on XM, watching Fish and Dave on Shade 45, watching 1st destroy ciphers; we have a family unit unlike most “teams”. We ride for each other and put each other in the forefront.
Dame Grease and the Vacant Lot/Wave Gang team always keep me on my toes as well. Dame is a LEGEND and his vaults are deeper than anyone can imagine and he is constantly making new hits with damn near everyone. I have to check daily just to keep up with The Goon Boss. One day it may be a Max B record and the next might be one of his newer artists like, E-Moe or CB Smooth, that’s the beauty of Vacant Lot Records.
Then from there we can go anywhere from Jazzmyn Red’s new album, recently released, “#WritingHerStory” to Alpac x Wiz Khalifa’s new project due out in March, Da Block Dwellerz (MA) to Uniceson (NJ) to X-yle (NY) to Mon$ta (Oakland) and so many more. I keep my doors open to everyone.
I was also recently brought on to help coordinate, “Network Boston”. A quarterly networking event held in Boston, Ma with some of the best industry people on hand for artists to build with. Shout out to Capitol Front Booking!
I also have the pleasure of building up and building with FM college radio personality and #1 Pusher, Ms. SnakeCharma. She is a huge key for the indy scene.

SOS: What’s the best advice you can give artists?
Beads: There’s a lot of things artists need to know and improve upon, I have daily interactions with artists and 9 times out of 10, the artists approach is all wrong.
OWN your music and name, first.
Do not spam and tag! Actually take the time to reach out an introduce yourself.
Do not ask 200 questions and then say, “Let me talk to my manager”. Send your manager to me, if that’s the case.
Do not run away when asked what your budget is.
and most importantly, know what YOU want and what YOUR vision is before jumping into talks with anyone.

SOS: How can people reach out to you?
Beads: Anyone looking to reach me can visit www.livebreathelovehiphop.com
I have all my information under the Media section!
Twitter and Instagram @Beads_Z_Wider

SOS: Anyone you want to shout out?
Beads: Of course, shout out to: Stack or Starve, Dough From Da Go, Dame Grease and Vacant Lot, Enterprize Entertainment, Hoffa at Gain Greene Records, Team Bake, DJ ShugaBooga and Super EngineEar Myke at the Bubble N’ Blow Show, Str8Mass, Ms. SnakeCharma, the whole New England, my city Brockton, Ma and a special shout out to some fellow publicists and media specialists that inspire my grind; Awesomenezz, Jason Bourne (The Plug), Ali Washington and everyone else who is sacrificing their time to push someone else into the limelight! Respect to the Bloggers, Publicists, Managers, DJs, Graphic designers, marketing teams and everyone else who selflessly pushes the Culture first!!

Featured Artist: @ICEGRILL585 & Producer @DJM80 talk #BlackChalkTwo


How did you link up with G. DEP?

Ice Grill: I never personally met him although My Producer and the other half of BlackChalk use to produce and work with him extensively.

What made you choose to drop this song as a single considering your feature was in prison?

Ice Grill: Because the song was official and DJ M-80 shot it to me and the rest is good music. I also related to the topic beat and G-Dep’s flow so it was a no-brainer. We all have a story to tell so this song was reflection of my prison experience. (Stream “My Mistakes“)

What do you feel about the state of Northeast hiphop/rap right now with the recent successes of Desiigner and Fetty Wap?

Ice Grill:
I think it’s horrible and the art form I loved so much has been degraded so much because of the subject matter and the skill being dumbed down so drastically. Although there are glimmers of hope such as Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Joyner Lucas, Joey Badass, and a few others that give the hip hop community hope. As far as Designer and Fetty Wap I try my best to not drop or give negative energy so all I can honestly say is their particular styles and flavors of music aren’t my cup of tea at all. But they obviously have a fan base and seem to be very successful. I wish I could hear something of substance or complexity from them to show more creativity and depth but this is the norm these days Auto-Tune redefined Rap.

 You worked with Dj M-80 in the past on Black Chalk and have this next upcoming edition with M-80 as well. What made you rock out with him again?

We actually dropped Black Chalk, The WestSide Stories, and we’re working on BlackChalk2 now. And to answer the above question it’s our chemistry we both hear music with that pure 90’s feel so we just do our bests to recreate that type of music. Plus, our music meshes so well sonic-ally all the fans of my music have let me know that they all hear the growth in the projects we dropped together so why fix the recipe if it’s perfect.

What if anything is different about Black Chalk 2?

Ice Grill:
It’s a step up from our last 2 projects i.e. different deliveries and a whole different feel. If you enjoyed the past pieces of work this will be a totally different experience and because we both strive to improve and grow every album or mixtape you can expect no less. We are 20 songs in and we are planning on recording and mixing 16 to 18 more to trim the project down to the perfect 13 or 14 songs. With Black Chalk 2 you will get that boom bap gritty 90’s era with slight tweaks and touches and we promise to give the listeners our best material to date this is a promise we fully stand by.

Do you have any features on this next project besides G. Dep?

Ice Grill:
We have a very impressive line up but we don’t like letting the cat out of the bag too soon. I can say that the 2nd single is in progress where awaiting the session from the studio in Florida. We will out-do what you previously heard from Black Chalk. We are aiming for 4 industry features we knocked out the first so you can expect 3 more to follow and Stack or Starve will get them first exclusively each round before they officially drop any where else. (Ya Heard?)


You are back working on Black Chalk 2 – is the sound similar than the first one?  If so how much?

DJ M80: Topics, bars, beats, will be similar in the manner of the “grimey” classification. We aim to make each project progressively more ill than the last, we really compete with ourselves to surpass any previous projects we’ve released.

Are there plans for a video?
DJ M80: Yes, videos for our singles will be released as the single is released. Also, there will be random freestyle, and in-studio footage prior to the debut of #Blackchalk2; on our social media channels.

What did you use production wise on this project?
DJ M80: I’ve never changed my equipment selection. (well I’ve upgraded some), but I’m still an analog producer. My set-up consists of: MPC 4000, Technic 1200s (for cuts and sampling) Kong Triton, Micro Korg (ill basslines), emu mophatt, Yamaha Rack XS. These are my favorite pieces,  I have more, but these are what give me my signature sound, “New Era Boombap.”

How do you feel about the state of NY hiphop/rap right now?

DJ M80: Lol, we’ll it sucks! I was upset that we didn’t really have anyone on the XXL freshman cover reppin the roots. Ny hip-hop is still a mockery of watered down rhymes and simplistic beats with mismatched bass lines (nothing against southern rap). Now, when you talk about the underground, there are many enriched emcees, producers and dj’s awaiting the exposure to set the trend of “bringing back New York.” I could go on about this…..

How is it working with Ice Grill?
DJ M80: Well aside from our studio and stage chemistry, that’s my best friend, like a brother. The dope part is; we constructively critique each other’s craft to maximize our potential as a duo.

What separates this apart from say other artists/projects dropping this year?

DJ M80: Remember when I was talking about how New York underground hip-hop…well, we feel that this will speak to the masses that are looking for that spark. This will be the ignition not just for Blackchalk, but for NY hip hop. The features are amazing!

As someone who has been in music for over a decade do you have any knowledge to share with the ones just getting started?

DJ M80:

My advice:

Invest in yourself and product (equipment, publicity, etc.)

Hustle!! Sell your product never give it away!

Perform and travel as much as you can, video tape everything!

Take criticism to advance your skills (have tough skin)

Take advantage of digital distribution platforms.

m80 icegrill BC



Featured Artist & Interview: Blessed



Whats good fam? For the people who don’t know about you.. who is “Blessed”?
Blessed is the pure in heart for they shall see God. I use to go by the name Jay Star in the hood but wen I got locked up I felt like I became a new person so I needed a new image an reading the bible I ran across the scripture.

Dope. What side of Chicago are you from? What would you say your upbringing was like growing up?
I grew up on the south side of Chicago 64th and king drive parkway gardens. My life was basically a young kid doing grown up things at a young age, I can remember going to Route 66 the skating rink and getting into fights and foot working before I was rapping but I was raised by my grandma and she was defanitely my backbone.

Your music represents a lot of things from Pain to Struggle To Hustle and Real Life situations.
Who did you listen to growing up? Who inspired you most?

I wasn’t really into rap music growing up so I couldn’t give you any specifics, I pretty much listen to everything but I really was into 50 cent, Styles P, Eminem, Lil Wayne and 2 pac.

Now your video “Throwing My Life Away” takes listeners into your life, what else were you getting across with the record and visual?
Just the concept of getting away with a lot of dumb choices I made on a daily basis and any one of those choices could lead me to death or prison and coming to realization, I had to change.

Whats the formula to your style of delivery and beat-selection?
My delivery is an uptempo type of flow and my beats I prefer soul type of tracks and emotional vibes, I like to rap about pain.

With a rap game full of so many artists, How do you think you differ from other artists?
I don’t think I’m different from anybody, I just think I’m coming wit more of a honest heart of my life and it’s more interior then exterior.. I don’t rap about chains and shit ,I rap about the soul and myself fighting demons.

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
Micheal Jackson, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z

Who’s on Blessed’s curent playlist?
I listen to Chief Keef & I listen Drake’s “Views” right now.

What’s in the pipeline for Blessed?

I’m just trying to get my buzz up! I feel like they still sleeping on me, so I’m about to wake they ass up!

Any Final Shout-Outs?

I wana shout ATMBROGODZ that’s the label, shout out to Stack Or Starve, and to anybody who got a dream that come from poverty or any where that’s trying to become somebody ?Blessed

Follow @BlessedBroGod On All Social Media

Watch Blessed “Throwing My Life Away”

Who is Hi Money?

Who is Hi Money? What does Hi Money stand for message wise?

This name just certifies the meaning of hard work….money is what everyone wants and would like to be close to……I compare myself to it because of the different things my personality as allowed me to encounter…..good or bad I feel this most likely will explain my story….ups/downs etc.

You’re from the East side of Chicago, what was it like coming up in one of the roughest parts of the city?

Rough!!!! But you learn a lot and become strong enough to say, “if I can make it there I can make it anywhere.

If you could compare yourself to an already established artist, who would that be and why?

Well I let the people decide that….so far I’ve been told I have the story telling ability of Nas, word play of Eminem and I can be Witty like Jay-Z at times with the hood respect of a Jadakiss or Scareface.

What do you think your listeners will get out of your music?

Hope!!! I came from nothing but found my way through…..I want anyone who listens to me to feel like “hey if he can do it I can do it.

What were you thinking about when your joint “Thank You” was developed?

Just the people I was around…. I know a lot of people who live movie like live but never tell them….so I take it upon myself to speak for them.

With a new wave of technology, what made you want to get into the business?

Because I want to be heard and I know you have to role with the time….if it was 15 years ago then trust me I’d be somewhere selling CDs out of the trunk of a car because you have to play the game accordingly to get your point across.

What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in life as far as overall?

Death!!! I lost several home boy, my brother and grandmother in a ten year span….. Sometimes I look back and question how I made it through.

What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to sacrifice for this music industry?

Just time….I’m committed to being me know matter what so no dollar can make me change but I have spent time on things that didn’t play out the way I wanted and I I’ve gotten caught up in the whole idea of doing things because it seems right and it took me know where.

How does it feel to be finally getting your project “Hola Dinero” off the ground?

Great!!!! My fans have been waiting patiently because they know I’m going to put together a classic and I finally can deliver a well thought out project that I feel they can appreciate.

What do you hope to do with your music when its all said and done? What would you say your “Legacy” goals consist of?

I just want to inspire people….if I’m not giving the title of the best emcee I guarantee I will be remembered as one of the realist.

Whats your definition of “Stack or Starve?

Simple and plain….one of my favorite quotes is “if you don’t grind you don’t shine” and that’s something I live by…..in additional to that this company itself as proven that fact to me….I’ve followed the movement and can relate so my message is just the same.

Any Last words for our viewers?

Just be ready for the wave – follow @himoneyimm ig:hi_mula and stay in tuned.

Taleb Fazle Set To Perform In #SXSW (@DamnDatKidFazle)



Raised from the heart of the city, but built from the greatest parts of the world, Fazle naturally became an artist with a versatile arsenal of styles, flows and concepts. Opening for major label acts such as Chris Brown & Curren$y, Fazle is no stranger to the industry or the stage. His most acclaimed singles “Wonton Flexx” & “Johnny Gat”, released on SoundCloud, have gained wide spread popularity within the city and on the Internet. Fazle’s music and style mainly applauded for his high energy and delivery. He plans to release his 2nd album this year titled “Earn Your Wings” which will feature a vast array of acclaimed local producers and a few other reputable names as well. Be on the lookout for Taleb Fazle during SXSW as he will be touching several stages.


Twitter/Instagram: @DamnDatKidFazle


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#StackOrStarve [Featured Artist & Interview]: Greggo (@OfficialGreggo)

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GREGGO (@OfficialGreggo)

  1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place? I been writing music all my life but started seriously focusing on building a career out of it since 2010. I started off my homies MacBook just recording songs off GarageBand. It lead to an engineer in Los Angeles that heard a demo of mine. He took me in and began helping me put out a mixtape and EP.

2.Describe the vibe and feel for your last project ? My last project was based off criticism and judgement. I named it “Opinions don’t matter” because I wanted to take my own direction in the music field and just be me. 

3. Who are the first influences on your music and style?  J Cole and Kendrick Lamar are two of my main influences as far as conscious rap but they aren’t the reason for my direction and they don’t reflect me or my style in music.

  1. In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why? Its between Kendrick and J Cole. J Coles album “Forest Hill Drive” was the first Hiphop Album to go platinum in so many years, Kendrick released “To Pimp a Butterfly” and gained album of the year shortly after.
  2. Which famous song or sound production, ultimately describes what you’d like Greggo’s music productions to sound like? I really can’t answer that question because as an artist I’m open to different sounds. I don’t like putting myself in a box. I don’t have a specific sound.

    6. Do you think your music will be mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content? I know for a fact it will be enjoyed for the lyricism, I talk to the people through what I say in my music. Don’t get me wrong, the beats I spit on go crazy too.

  1. What do you listen for when u pick the production for your overall sound? I listen for 808’s, the bass always always gets me hype! 

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  1. If you could choose to work with some of today’s established artists or producers, to move your game to the top, with whom would you like to collaborate? As far as producers it would be Kanye off back! Artist wise it would be J Cole, what he stands for and who he is as an artist pushes me to be a better me. 

    9.Which emotion more than any other, currently dominates your music? Joy, sadness, anger or passion etc. , and why? I focus on using every possible emotion I can. I feel like that gives my audience more to relate to. 

    10.What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most? The creative process of hearing a beat and finding the perfect words for it excites me the most! Especially when I’m finished writing the song! Nothing discourages me because I know I was meant to do this. 

    11.How involved are you in the recording, producing, mastering, marketing, and other processes needed to make and sell your music, and do you outsource any part of these processes? I am in involved in every aspect of music. I record myself from time to time, I don’t necessarily produce or mix and master but I watch closely and I’m learning to. I’ve always marketed myself, no one can ever sell you better then you! 

    12. Do you think the advent of internet and all the new technology has helped your music and independent musicians in general, or do you think it just creates a mass of mediocre “copycats” who flood the web, making it difficult to distinguish yourself? I think the Internet has its pros and cons. I feel like it has taken away the authenticity and passion when it comes to Hiphop. As far as difficulty in distinguishing myself, no, there isn’t anyone like me.

    13. Being an independent artist, which is the one factor, above all else, that you currently desire most (increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure, more club and live performances etc…)? Live performances

14.Which latest songs, videos or mixtapes releases are currently available to your fans and where can they be heard or downloaded? Whats next for Greggo? My latest single “No where” ft. Sennia is on www.soundcloud.com/official_greggoalong with my album “Opinions Don’t Matta” that’s on Datpiff.com I have a few high end music videos on www.youtube.com/5milliontv

2016 is what’s next for me, just straight work and straight passion

  1. Last but not least, how do the people stay in contact with Greggo? You can stay in contact with me simply by visiting www.greggo5million.comall my social media links are provided on my website

P Plus preps the release for “This Is Not A Drill” (Hosted By DJ Mil-Ticket)


Chicago, IL – Nov, 20th 2015 – Talented and charismatic artist, P Plus preps his November 24th release for “This Is Not A Drill” (Hosted By Dj Mil-Ticket). P.Plus is a well-known artist on the Chicago music scene and has re-emerged to let the streets know he’s back and better than ever. As the Chicago music scene continues to blossom, P.Plus gives us a colorful alternative to the ever present “shoot ’em up, bang bang” music that has been the staple sound of the city in recent years. Plus uses his lyrical abilities to deliver range of emotion and subject matter while teaming up with some of the best-known Chicago artist and producers to do so. With features from more notable drill rappers like Katie Got Bandz & Billionaire Black, P.Plus shows how in tuned with the streets he really is, without losing any of his boss like image. Further showing his range of diversity by working with artists from abroad like the U.K.’s Jasmine Knight and Haitian rapper Haiti BaeB, Plus also goes on to give us an almost Kanye inspired cleverness thru his uses of words and ability to deliver them in a way that touches the listener like no other. In Plus’s words: “I wanted to show the world Chicago has more than just drill rappers”. And that’s exactly what he plans to do with the groundbreaking 16 tracks on the project hosted by Chicago’s hottest mixtape dj Dj Mil-Ticket & powered by Stack Or Starve Approved is composed of
melodies originating from gangsta, street, old-school Soul, & classic rap styles of music. P Plus also lets it be known, this project wasn’t thrown together in a limited amount of days: “This Is Not A Drill has been a long time coming but was well worth the time & effort. Be sure to download the project via ALL mixtape outlets including: My Mixtapez, Live Mixtapes, Spinrilla, Datpiff & many more! Also stay intune with the movement & stay updated with P Plus via:

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram @pplus100



Shore Klub drops new video titled “Whatever”

New video directed by Jack Nine Films is a track titled, ‘Whatever’ from Shore Life. What is Shore Life? “Success Hoping on Royal Entities”, represents something much greater than mixed drinks and the ocean breeze. The main goal behind the concept is to break boundaries, all boundaries seen in different traditions and cultures within music. They look at how certain groups of people are perceived to only welcome or comprehend one genre of music, basically whichever fits modern stereotypes. Shore Klub is made up of Maui Melodic, OTB and Sav “Surfboard”Po.

They ask their fans, “Why must we be the person society sets us up to be? Why can’t we break these boundaries and move on to new endeavors? What you like is what you like. What you want is what you want. Don’t let anyone tell you how to be you. Just be you!”

With the many different styles this group has to offer, they all have the same mutual love, and appreciate the value of real music. Music has the power to both build and destroy in many lives. The group revolves around the idea of living a life where you can do anything, since anything is possible!

There is no better life than “THE SHORELIFE” THE SHORELIFE represents a life where there is an endless amount of positive energy that only leads to one outcome…


MORE INFO: http://www.shoreklubmusic.com



Upstate New York is the home of many things from prisons to universities to of course, emcees. In Rochester there are a little over 200K people who make up this northern city and  in 2012 after making cameos amongst each others respected projects 5 emcees decided to come together to form "DaCloth".
With well over thirty years of experience between them and a plethora of industry features and connections DaCloth released there first project as a unit titled, "Salute The Few".  This newly released project has production from some of the industries most talented up and coming producers and some home grown talent as well.  Hosted by Dj M-80, one thing you will notice is there are no outside features on this project. We sat down with the members to discuss just how they got to this point.  Meet our Stack or Starve Featured Artists... DaCloth.


How did the name, Da Cloth, come about for the name of this project?

Illanoise: Mav came up wit the name.

Symph: Mav was the first one to mention DaCloth and we all ran with it because we feel like we all stitched together as one.

Maverick: The project is called Salute the Few the group is called DaCloth. I figured as artists we all marched to the beat of our own drum. While so many others were being led and allegedly guided by artists that had good music but nothing more to truly offer! I was thinking fuck that I wanna be with artist that do whatever they wanna do and do it well! Without somebody pretending to hold they hand and give em that push! These niggas will have you sitting on the bench waiting to get in the game and the game ain't gonna wait on you! We're cut from a much different cloth then most of these cats, we gonna do it our way and we gonna do it at will! That's how the name came about, were of a different caliber than most of our townsmen. But the talent pool runs deep in the town.

Times Change: We basically feel like there aren't many at our caliber of music. So "Salute The Few" to me means that we stand amongst few, the elites.

How do you guys all know each other?
Maverick: Rigz is my nephew, I used to get mixtape placements with Symph early on in my musical journey! So I was always aware of him musically he had another powerful movement in the town that set the pace for things to come. I caught Illy on some features tearing niggas asses up and respected his skill set only to find out months later we have family ties. And I first caught wind of my man Times when he not o my woke a sleeping giant up, but then he put him back to sleep in one of the towns most notorious battles. He did it with great disrespect, but his sportsmanship in that arena was unmatched. I knew I wanted to work with him privately and as far as a team I knew he was a missing link to the puzzle so I jockeyed hard to bring him in. And it was s great move I must say.
Times Change: Well Maverick & Rigz and Symph & Illanoise are family, I'm just the packet of Sazon in the mix lol. But we all family now and that's what's important.

When and how did Dj M-80 come into the situation?


Rigz: Heard his work, quality better then most upscale Djs now plus he is humble, cool, and most importantly about his business. On a day he was up already for 24 hours with preparing a show he was doing he stayed up many more to finish "Salute the Few" solely because he gave his word on a date. That didn't go unnoticed to me.
Maverick: M-80 came into the fold kinda last minute I think. He had previously did some work for one of our underclass men Dot and the work was of the highest caliber. So it wasn't hard to go with him after months of struggling with securing another Dj and questioning his integrity when it came to what it is we do. Some Djs will attach there name to anything if the check clears and he had a much more personal approach.
Times Change: M-80 is a real good dude, known em' for a minute now and we've dealt with each other before. With his work ethic it was easy to do some business with him, solid guy.

Upstate NY is a whole nother world compared to NYC do you feel that you rep all of NY or mostly your area?


Symph: We feel like we compete with anybody in any city or state in the world. I feel like we have enough skills to get respect anywhere upstate or any barrow NYC. We are real spitters so all the real hip hop heads will like & respect our music.


Rigz: All of it!


Times Change: I feel like we speak for the struggle, the pain, the triumph all over not just NY.


Maverick: I personally think all of New York. And I say it because it doesn't matter what part we are from NYC is the mecca for Hiphop music as a whole. We embrace and fell in love with the sound and style NY put into Hiphop music. It's the same one every other region has tampered with to get to whatever it is they're doing at this moment. Whether they wanna admit it or not the look and style came from NY, the Pureness of it all started with NY. But know that I'll rep my town til the machines stop Rochester NY.


Illanoise: We here to put upstate on the map but we hold it down for New York period.

"The Fist" is a serious banger. Talk about this song... 


Times Change: That song is a spin off of one of Rigz bars on joint we did it went like: "When 5 come together it make a fist" and we ran with that concept. Then got the homie ViceVersa to do 5 different beats and we did it justice. I won't lie, I wasn't a big fan of it initially but after I heard it I was highly, highly impressed. Originality at its finest.


Rigz: Them niggas made sure I was the pinky!! Na tho, on a serious note just listen and catch the overall jewel of the song. "The Fist" breaks down the strength of the individual and the team. Most don't know they position in either!


Illanoise: Each finger represents each one of us and together we make a fist and that fist is powerful!


Maverick: Wasn't feeling it at first but I understood the concept. Some of the first beats received for that particular track were delicate and I wasn't really feeling it. But I heard it coming together and was inspired by my brothers in DaCloth and jumped right in. It basically breaks down the hand each one of us plays a finger. Individually were strong and have a particular function but together we can accomplish just about anything and in grand fashion.

Why do you think NYC Hiphop fell off over the years and do you feel it's on it's way back?


Symph: I think hip hop in NYC fell off because NY rappers pulled away from being original . Plus I feel like NYC never had the unity like that do in the south. Everybody want to be the best & the king of NY so they go at each other head. That's what I feel caused NY to fall off to they beef with each other too much .


Illanoise: The older heads not really passing the torch and seeking out the younger talent and the lack of unity has always hurt NY everybody wanna be the king.


Times Change: I feel like NY rap has gotten more independent and I just feel like it hasn't died, just modernized. You got tons of indie artists killing shows and getting hella online support and making a living off of music. You got the greats of course the Hoves the Nas' that whenever they drop its the biggest thing in rap period, so no I don't it fell off.


Maverick: I really think the sound of the music changed and NY didn't change with it. The city was stuck in its own ways and in desperation NY artists started playing with that south shit. The way the music evolved was how it was supposed to evolve. As a people were didn't embrace it and the South, Midwest and the West Coast started gaining more popularity. Look how some southern artists are A list artists using a NY flow with there southern drawl. And even the NY producers are using sounds and things in the music that they never used before giving the music a new sound,That the younger generation is hip too. But it's slowly evolving again if you look at how Kanye and Jay aligned themselves with the likes of Daft punk to sneak a Hiphop / EDM album into the fold to be highly functional in both genres. NY never left to answer the second part of your question! It's influences are everywhere in today's Hiphop. Nicki and French from NY!  New York is still very relevant to Hiphop music.

Whats the main thing you want everyone to know about Da Cloth?


Rigz: We solid in the booth and outside it.


Symph: Want people to know first of off weak family & we stick together. We bring something different to the table & together we form DaCloth. There haven't been a group as strong as us sense WU- TANG was together.


Maverick: I want everyone to know that we can run wit anybody! Industry to in the streets convincingly and we're passionate about this family we've put together using music to bridge the gap.


Times Change: That our music has a deeper message, you will always find jewels and of course some slick talk. (as he chuckles)

Name one reason why the readers should download this project? 

Maverick:  They should download it cause it's a great deal of original material on there with very credible producers along for the ride. The quality of the work is unmatched and it's more to come weather they download it or not. If you keep peeking there interest sooner or later they'll want more.
Times Change: We refuse to conform and do what the masses do, you want to listen to real? You want to challenge your ear? Download "Salute The Few"!

Symph: I think readers should download this project because it is a hot project. And there's some very creative concepts on this project that will grab & keep their attention .

Illanoise: This one of the hardest projects to come out the East Coast in a long time, this what the game is missing.

Rigz: Because by now they should be tired of hearing about the bad bitch and how much money someone else spend on the assets.. It's more to it then the flaunting, We bring art.