Migos recently checked in with The Breakfast Club and chopped it up about their new project “Culture” and more!
Migos recently checked in with The Breakfast Club and chopped it up about their new project “Culture” and more!
Check out G Herbo’s latest interview with The Breakfast Club as he chops is up about music, life in Chicago and much more!
One day I was watching Thunder Cats on my boys FireSytk when my phone rang about this artist from Uptown who was on that bi-lingual move. Two languages makes you more diverse, right? Like the blended flavas of pecan and carmel… ok let me put my fire down. But I checked him out and saw he sang and rapped as well. Duality I thought. So, I reached out to ask him a couple questions.
MB: What is your writing process?
O.V: Once I listen to a beat, I zone out. It has to be the right beat. The right “type” of beat would make me go in my inner soul and take out an event from my life and put it in rhymes. It can take 20mins for me to write a song or 20 hours. It all depends on that feeling. But rest assure, when the song is finished, it will be to your liking! lol
MB: You are from New York, how do you feel about the newest artists to come out of NY?
O.V: I really like the fact that they are not shouting, “I’m bringing NY BACK!” They are just doing them. They are letting the music and the people speak for itself. They whole world knows about our NY Swag. That could never die. Everyone gets their turn. I see NY rockin’ again. Stay Tuned…
MB: What is next for you in 2017?
O.V: More music, Independent films, and I’m currently writing a pilot. I’m definitely concentrating on my acting more than ever, but music will be my first priority. Everything will come full circle in 2017. I can feel it!
MB: How hard or easy is it to be bi-lingual as an artist? Do you feel that gives you an advantage over other artists?
O.V: Being bi-lingual does give me an advantage. I can write to either genre and sound good be it hip-hop, Latin hip-hop, or reggaeton. I’m one of the rare ones that sound good doing both. Some Spanish dudes can’t rap in English without that heavy accent coming out. And some can’t do Spanish, because they don’t know the dialogue. Seeing me excel in both may be where the hate might come in. At the end of the day, I’m just doing me! Like it or not, PERIOD!!!
MB: What is your definition of Stack or Starve?
O.V: In this game, you have to treat it like the caveman years; You hunt for the hit and save what you can, because you never know when the next one is going to be. I have all my ammo saved so when I drop a hit, there’s gonna be more than just one. Some artists go out with one good hit and their second one is far between. Not me… I have hits for BOTH Latin and English speaking demographics. I’m prepared for success at many levels. Somethings gotta give.
“Pegate” is off the mixtape titled ‘Pimpin Made Simple’ aka P.M.S. mixtape released the 1 st
Quarter of 2016. O.V, while filming “Pegate” visuals, released the visual to “Work It”. The P.M.S. mixtape
is made up of English tracks and 5 bonus tracks in Spanish. O.V has worked with producer master minds
like Sauce, who did most the production on the P.M.S. mixtape, as well as Mr. Amazing, Kase the
Producer and Beats Academy. In 2017, O.V has plans to share with the world his diversity and
commitment to the craft of his passion – music. In the meantime watch the Prelude to “Famous/Pegate”
while O.V. puts in the work towards his own fame.
For more info contact O.V. at www.OV139th.com
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N.O.R.E is having the ‘time of his life’ as the new guy in media. N.O.R.E. returns to the Breakfast Club to chat about his newer Drink Champs Podcast, squashing beefs with Fat Joe, 2Chainz, Jack Thriller, Dame Dash and more and starting new business venture deals in radio and much more. Even mentions how Envy still being mad at him for the $30k… #SquashIt
BBC News reporters Ian Pannell and Darren Conway take a trip to Chicago as the violence is at a all time high with over 500 homicides this year. They link up and interview with Chicago’s own independent artist CTC Duwop as they take a tour through some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, check it out now up above!
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
LISTEN TO BLACK CHALK
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
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Watch Blessed “Throwing My Life Away”
Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz stopped by Shade 45 radio station recently in Atlanta to chop it up with DJ Drama and Sarah Vivan on their “Streetz Iz Watchin” show to discuss their “TIDAL X: ColleGrove” concert at The Tabernacle, & much more! Check it below!
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.