BUDA (@buda151)

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What age where you when you decided to become an artist?

I Started writing short stories as soon as I learned to Write actually about 7 or 8 and slowly progressed from there to poems (raps) at about 11 or 12 Then Freestyle Rapping about 14 15 So would say Art was born with me I started recording records at 16 With my Cuzzins out in Arkansas been on ever sense

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

Tupac snoop Dre W C....
It was mainly influenced by my peers from my Hoods I say hoods cause i moved alot Not a Gangbang reference ,
for some reason they always wanted me to Kick a flow

What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

Im working on Getting a few projects out First Will be my Album Art vs Ent been puttin in alot of time and energy towards this I think the people will really appreciate it Second is My Mixedtape Radio killas volume 1 Im finished recording the tracks just a few minor Details so thats coming real soon as well Past that just Workin on me Trying to Grow as a man Learn all I can to put it in my Art

What advise can you give other upcoming artist?

Make Music people wanna Hear!
Stay away from Style biting
Be original Stop Tryng to copy whats hot now
You Should look to change the game and have artist copy you
And never Ever let anybody or anything stop you.

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

Ahhh my life as a Rapstar haha Well I basically signed myself promote myself finance myself etc
It will definatly make or brake you
Ive learned alot Ive hustled my ass off for the lil recognition Ive recieved Its showed me its not really what you know but who I still Work to be the best Artist I can be but at the end of the Day my life hasnt really changed much Id like to believe ive made a bigger impact on others lives more then my own.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

Ive Done So many Shows I cant remember them all From hole in a wall bars to clubs even stadiums I always put My all into a show if its 10 People or 1000 Im always in it for the Crowd I love the Screams and applause Its priceless

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?

Def AD Millz outta Oakland Ca my Guy from way Back Makes Good music for sure My Guys Sincere Banks Oddie Banks outta Lil Rock Ar HOGS! Madison kaine is a microphone killa Resides in hollywood Ca My team of course THUGWORKS ENT Just to name a few..



PW (@Pw_artist)

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What age where you when you decided to become an artist?

- You know what I have more or less been rapping from about 15, but that decision to become an artist was from 18. There is a big difference between just being a rapper and being an artist, I think being an artist takes a lot more work, the ability to present yourself well and put together incredible music in my books is what makes you an Artist.

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

- I say some of my biggest influences are Jay-z, Eminem and Kanye west. I was introduced to Jay-z when he put out 'Hard Knock life' that song really captured me as I was a big fan of 'Annie', my Auntie took me to watch the play and I've been a fan ever since. I think the Jay-z classic just gave me a sense of Nostalgia. I'm sure the song also connected to a lot of Inner city youth across the world, the feeling of growing up in similar circumstances as Jay-z with the lack of opportunities at the time, but rising above the oppression, is what Jay-z was trying to portray with that song, I think he nailed it. Jay-z is a role model and an Icon. I think every child exposed to hip-hop music was a fan of Eminem, his rebellious nature and vile lyrics made me like him, He would say the most creative lyrics ever, it was just about listening to him and seeing the next weirdest thing he will say. 

Kanye is one of those Artist you either love or hate, but you can't deny he is a genius. I'm really a super 'Ye stan' from his style, to the way he lives his life or to the way he approaches his records, I admire it all.

What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

I am currently working on my EP 'The Edification of Akheim Allen' its a body of work that is a more in depth representation of me.

'The Edification of Akheim Allen' will show my growth in my art and as a person, I feel like i've matured into a young adult, i'm not a teenager anymore, now I have a lot more responsibilities and pressures in my life that i'm willing to be honest about and share with my fans. I'm looking forward to doing that on this project, look out for it early 2014. I'm in my zone.

What advise can you give other upcoming artists?

 - Three key words. Soundscape, style and content. Artist believe you need to find your own lane to stand out from the crowd, its true, these are the three key factors you need to obtain which are going to help you do that. Obviously we know that you need to start on social media, we live in a era where everything is accessible on the internet, Make you and your music one of them.

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

- I've just been doing a whole lot of Travelling around the UK and Europe, i've been to places in England that I didn't even know existed, so I'm thankful for that. But in all honesty, life hasn't changed that drastically, i'm still waiting for that penny to drop and all my dreams to come true. Until then i'm just Akheim from Edmonton working everyday to make sure I win.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

Course, going back to the last question, travelling around to all these places in the UK have just been a whole lot of performances, whether it was school tours, regional tours, major tours or clubs, I think i've more or less covered the map of England. I've been on three major tours in the UK, Dappy, Mindless Behaviour and Conor Maynard. All were incredible tours in there own rights.

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?

- I've worked with some amazing artist over the year, no one I can announce just yet but sit tight all will be revealed soon.


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Valley Joe of Tha Mac Pack (@ValleyJoe707)

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What age were you, when you decided to become an artist?

I started writing when I was like 16 or 17 I think. My homie JGathers was always on his music and jus kina influenced me to rap with him. It was mostly just for fun to me but it grew on me as I grew. I went to juvy at 17 and really began writing looking towards making songs and putting more of me into it. Went I came to Sacramento I met lazie locz and really started taking it seriously. Took it to a whole other level. Much love to both of them they really inspire and bring a lot out of me. I owe a lot to them. Salute to them.

Name a few of your biggest influences in Hip Hop?

My biggest influence has always been tupac I suppose but I’m driven and influenced by any hustla, hard worker, and just anyone that’s really about their shit. My favorite artists are HD of barefaced, Lil Boosie, E-40, 2Pac, J-Stalin...the list goes on, just shit I relate to and music that keeps me goin and grindin hard.

What are some of the things you’re working on now?

Some things I’m working on right now would be mostly our Mac Pack Album "Bad Business" that’s droppin November. Going be on iTunes, Dimple Records, LiveMixtapes.com, and in my trunk! We have a goal to push as many of these albums as possible and take this shit to the next level. Real deal album. It’s time to really do this shit. We’ve put a lot into this and it’s time to make it happen. I’m also currently working on some solos and beats. I’m just grindin and promoting this shit makin moves and exposing my name everywhere possible. We all have a lot of things in the works right now, big thangs mayne! Yeee (laughs)

What advise can you give other upcoming artists?

Some advice I can give other upcoming artists....I'll try to keep it simple, jus work hard and stay consistent with your craft be an easy to get along with person and always take into consideration other people’s opinions, feedback, esp any constructive criticism, build yourself! Knowledge is power indeed. Be patient and fight your pride and ignorance. Develop yourself in your music and jus let your HEART OUT in this shit, push that shit. Grind hard work hard u got to give everything u have to this. Be wise and be about your shit! SelfMade!

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

Since I’ve became an artist things have def grown within me I’ve always had a deep artistic mind but doing this really brings everything out of u. U find soul and true experiences when chasing your dreams and working hard, and when things pay off its surreal. Music is my life its always in my mind, there’s always a beat playin rhymes flippin or a move being made in my mind. Life is def dif since taking this music serious and really becoming an artist. You really got to be dedicated.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

Yes I’ve performed many shows at a variety of venues in Sacramento and the Bay Area. I’ve performed with artists such as Taj-He-Spitz, D-Lo, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Husalah & The Mob Figgas, HD of Barefaced, and other headliners as well. I perform shows with my homies Lazie Locz & DMacka, we're "Tha Mac Pack" and we’ve even headlined a show ourselves not too long ago. We get nothing but love at all our shows and it’s a great feeling, esp when u see your fans and people reach out to you..


King Midas The Rapper (@kingMidasRapper)

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What age were you when you decided to become an artist?

I began playing drums at age 3, andand age 6 was performing in my family band “The Final Touch”.We did hundreds of shows including Showtime at the Apollo. At 14 I was registered into audio engineering schoolwhere I learned how to record, make beats, mix, and master. From there I began rapping over my own beats to practice and that was all she wrote ever since.

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?
Jay-z, Eminem, Jadakiss, Cassidy, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Drake, Trey Songz just to name a few.

What are some of the things you’re working on right now?
I am working on a few things now ,I am in a TV series that just wrapped up starring Charles S Dutton, Tasha Smith, Clifton Powell, Meek Mill, Jadakiss, Trina, and many more which is being edited. I have two projects coming out; October 28th my album Dreams Last Forever releases, and Young Savage and I are working on a collaborative mixtape called Legends in the Making.

What advise can you give other upcoming artists?
The advise I would give to other upcoming artist is that If you believe in yourself show the world that, don’t feed into the negativity around you and keep your overall goal in front of you. Most importantly never give up because you never know how close you may be.

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?
Since becoming an artist I realized how much potential I have in this field and how people appreciate how hard you work and how dedicated you are. I have been in music my entire life, and what changed a lot is that you learn  lot more about working with people, how business works, and how to push forward
Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?
Yes I have performed all over the United States from home in Philadelphia all the way to California.

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?
I have a few collaborations of artist I believe in and have become friends with over the years like Young Savage, Champ Slice from CBS in Houston, Dezy from Pappa Chasers and the rest that I didn’t mention you’ll find them on my mixtapes and albums.

A.D. Millz (@ADMILLZ1983AD)

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What age where you when you decided to become an artist?

I want to say between the ages of 12 and 13 thirteen I discovered I had a skill for memorizing music and rapping the lyrics as if I wrote them.  In the 9th grade me and three of my cousin’s put together a squad called B.O.C (Ballin outta control) and we would rock shows, pep rallies and house parties all throughout High School.  Football was my main focus though as long as I could remember; rapping was just a hobby at the time. 

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

Growing up music was very influential in our community, the people who made the biggest influence in my life in hip-hop, in the beginning there was 2pac who fathered a lot of the misguided youth from my era on the west coast.  Too-Short, E-40 and The Click, Bad-n-Fluence, Spice 1, Mac Mall, Brotha Lynch Hung everything AWOL, Killa Tay, C-bo, Marvaless and Lunasicc. Even though I didn’t grow up with him once our paths collided I wanted to be just like my older brother Jeff D. McMillon IV (J-Mac GRIM MUZIK Label Mate)I have so much respect for his contribution to this game and the style he brings, I learned so much from dude man; game and just about life in general. Goodie Mob and Outkast was a big influence as well as Redman and Method Man.  The older I got and matured the more my mind got hungrier for game no matter where it came from I was tuned in.   There were a lot more artist that had some type of influence on my music in some way can’t name them all, I just pulled what I heard from the messages at that time and applied it in A.D Millz fashion!

What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

At the moment I’m working on staying in the studio and recording, got to stay consistent and fresh.  I just released my 1st Mixtape (1983A.D) available on Datpiff.com and HotNewHipHop.com for free down loads, GO COP THAT!!  I’ve been rocking a couple shows throughout the Bay Area with Nu-Ricks Ent. Draztic Music, D-Lo and Husalah from the MOB Figaz.  I’m rocking at the Agenda Lounge next month with Clyde Carson in San Jose, CA.  Networking and a steady grind, you know how it is for a starving artist… Hustle, hustle and more hustle!! I’ll work with any hungry artist out there that’s doing real music man, like Big Krit said “if it don’t touch my soul, then I can’t listen to it...” if we can make money and dope chemistry together it’s good let’s work.

What advise can you give other upcoming artists?

Keep god first all the time, no matter the situation.  Prepare yourself for the rise and fall, know that you can’t please everybody so don’t try too.  Learn how to appreciate both the love and the hate that comes with this position.   Remain FOCUSED at ALL times, be who you are and only you create your own identity.  NEVER give up on yourself and push for that dream if you want it! I was told and I quote “the ones closest to you gone stop believing, just make sure you don’t!” –Mistah F.A.B.  Most importantly know why you doing it!

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

My focus and my mindset as far as the business aspect of this game has been the biggest change for me the more I evolve as an artist.  Since I moved back home to CA from being In Little Rock since 2002, I’ve grinded myself into a lot of network opportunities and some future resources I could tap into.   I’m still the same ni**a though, lol, me as a person will only change for the better but I will forever stay grounded to who I am.   I love to create music that moves people in some type of way.  I’m not there financially yet but my mind state has always been like… I’m already there; I feel a certain way about myself and my talent in the ability to create great music… Kinda hard to explain but I’m sure somebody out there feel me!  Most of these artists need they ego stroked to feel like they’ve accomplished something, in my mind I already won!  I appreciate all the new/old love and support that’s been shown to me lately too, I see y’all (Fan’s).  Salute.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

I’ve been performing for a long time, I had the opportunity to rock with some artist I’ve collaborated with and opened up for a few major artists.  Me And Grim Muzik’s label mates Y.K and J-Mac shared the stage when we rocked before 8ball and MJG at a club in Little Rock.  RoadBlock a group formed by Paranormal (Pnorm) me at the time, Sean Struglz and Freedom was rocking stages from Arkansas to New York getting love and loving what we do.  Just to be able to paint that picture while you on stage and interacting with a dope a** crowd that’s rocking with you is a feeling unmatched.   Plus, I love giving back and mobbin with my people on stage.  No stranger to the stage or the mic!

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?

Everybody I worked with is a must watch, we all hungry and we all got something to say straight up!!  There is a single that’s killing the blog talk radio scene right now and getting some FM rotation called “Trunk Muzik” Feat. Myself (A.D Millz)and Mistah F.A.B. by my folks Y.K.  Some west coast slap for y’all to knock too!  Make sure you go support that at places like Itunes and amazon pretty much anywhere online they selling music or request at your local radio station.  Madam T is from my city, Oakland, CA I linked up with her through Y.K we both were on a Mixtape Grim Muzik had released and when I heard her spittin I was feeling her delivery and style off top so I reached out to her shot her a beat I got from pOETiqbEETz she sent me the hook and verse (serious) and the rest will be history.  The Queen of the west coast Marvaless did some work for me, got that brewing… be on the look out!! My bwoy Buda representing that I.E (Inland empire) featured on the (1983A.D Mixtape) Is also a HEAVILY slept on artist that’s moving mean out hear trying make the world listen to what we out here giving y’all, a message with a cause. I have an unreleased single titled “P.O.A.M (presence of a man) Feat. Ferocious another dope musician outta the “A” state, I was hearing dude name the whole stretch I was in da Rock, had to get bruh on something.   It’s so many to name, I’ve had the honor to work with some extremely creative cats in the booth over the years and through the journey.  All who deserve some sort of recognition, this is my S/O to all I shared a studio with and ideas.   Keep god first and let him work!! One luv, Peace!

SUTN~ (@thedoctorisinn)

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What age were you when you decided to become an artist?

Rap was something I picked up when I was 12. I was consistently writing, but I decided I’d make it a real thing when I was 15. I still have some of my oldest lyrics. Where I’m from, people don’t take rap seriously. Eventually, I realized the world is a big place, I’m just in a bad location. For a while, I didn’t think I could do it for a living, but it got to a point where that’s all I truly wanted. I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. I’m 17 now.

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

As weird as it sounds, Futures the biggest one. That dude goes in. I learn from anything I listen to though. Ace, Pac, Meek, Travis Scott, Jeezy, Latyrx, Em, Tech N9ne, Mac, Wiz, Wayne, and a ton of others. Everybody’s got different styles you can learn from.

What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

Networking. I’m getting resources. People can expect some collabs soon, and a mixtape is on the drawing board. This would technically be my 3rd one, but it’s the first I’m really releasing. There’s a music video in the plan for early next year. I live a busy life, so it’s slowing things down, but it’s not stopping them. I’m constantly working on something.

What advise can you give other upcoming artists?

Skip the shit I went through. If you’re making music, don’t let anybody discourage you. Don’t be afraid to let people hear it. Rap is expression, and if you aren’t ready to be yourself, people will know it’s fake. I got a lot of advice, but the best advice I can give you is to collaborate.

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

In reality, it hasn’t much. Things are setting up. Every day, it feels like something big is gonna happen. I examine people closely so I know who was there and who wasn’t. Like I said earlier, locally, I feel like people think it’s a joke. But when you’re constantly talking to other artists, promoters, DJ’s, talent agents and all that, for whatever reason, just when you’re a part of things, it feels very serious. Ask me this question again in a few months and I guarantee I’ll talk about money.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

I haven’t. Central New York is dead despite it being close to NYC. Can’t even find a hype man. I’m definitely TRYING to get booked. It ain’t easy here. I’d turn shit up tho!

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?

I’ll give a heads up on my boy Cam Cohen. Only met him once, I been meaning to get something done with him, but life’s busy. He goes by TripCCC on soundcloud.com, he’s filthy, could definitely go places.

YK~ (@TheRealestYK)

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What age where you when you decided to become an artist?

Pretty much, I’ve been rapping since my Elementary/Middle School years with my Cali classmates: Keith “Stranja” Coleman, Benard “BB” Benford, Steve “Stylez Steve” Whiting, & Daniel “Lil Dee” Davis. Thanks to an unwanted push by my big brother & CEO David “Big Dave” Mitchell I kept it going. But it wasn’t until my Senior year in High School when I decided to take it serious & get into a professional recording facility with my classmates: Branton “Playa Spade” Walker, Eric “P.I.” Withers, Richard “Richie B” Baird, Derick “Big 50” Hatley, & Armaad “Sunkist” Fitzgerald.

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

2pac, Ice Cube, Nas, E-40, Busta Rhymes, Brotha Lynch Hung, & Tech N9ne. U can never get those artists mixed up with anyone else. Styles that stand out on a track with a message to go along with it, that’s what I’m into.  

What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

I did some production work on Tyler Perry’s “Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” earlier this year. We’re in discussions of landing more production for Tyler Perry’s 2014/2015 projects. Also, I just received a contract to do a track for an independent film for Nick Canon. I have a few other major works in the making but it’s too soon to discuss. My fingers are crossed. My main focus right now is the “Trunk Muzik” single, which by the way is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, WIMP, Deezer, Rdio, Muve, iHeart Radio, Shazam, all that good stuff lol. “Trunk Muzik” video shoot coming soon as well.

What advise can you give other upcoming artists?

I always tell people to keep God first in your life. No matter what it is, he can make it happen. Say your prayers, do right by people & hit the ground running. Most importantly, if you’re an artist & you’re sitting at home all the time, you can’t expect the universe to open up & accept someone whom they never even seen. Have you ever voted for a politician who you’ve never heard of but seen their name on the ballot? Hell naw!!! Get out of the house!!! Out of sight, out of mind.

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

I’ve been on the Little Rock (Arkansas) music scene for over a decade. I’m like the big brother to the scene. Artists, radio personalities, DJ’s, producers, promoters, etc . all come to me for my advice or input about improving our local scene. I always give my people the real, so anything I see out in the industry, I inform my city/state when they ask me. They respect me simply because I keep it real with them, nothing less. I’m nobody special though. I still put my pants on the same way the next man does. I’m not flashy, materialistic or vain. My music represents the working class, [the lower class.] You know, the class they don’t discuss on television.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

Since my first single released, I’ve done about 6 shows in the past month. A couple of paid shows, but the rest were promotional. I’ll be traveling in the next few weeks to boost my promotional campaign even further. Coast to coast.

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?

The artists that were featured on the “Trunk Muzik” single are both on the come up. A.D. Millz just released his 1st mixtape entitled “1983 A.D.” on datpiff.com & touring through the West Coast as we speak. Mistah F.A.B. is all over the map as a performing solo artist, as well as writing hits for some of the most credible artists in the game. As far as my scene goes, you must come to Little Rock to understand the caliber of musicianship/talent that’s going on out here. I was born in Little Rock, raised in Southeast San Diego and I must say, those are 2 of the most slept on cities I’ve ever known.  The list is way too long & I don’t wanna leave anyone out so I’ll just leave it at that. But know that my team, G.R.I.M. Muzik Inc. is a frontrunner label for the state of Arkansas. In conjunction with Get Money Ent, RTLD Media, Boss Chic Ent, & Onthagrind Dotnet. 

IKES ~ (@ikesonthereal)

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What age where you when you decided to become an artist?

I was probably around 19 years old and I was in university studying for a Maths degree, I opened a Myspace account and the response I got from people I connected with worldwide was amazing, I wanted to feel like that all the time.

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

Probably Jay Z, Nas, Kanye, Jay Electronica, Pac and Big, Eminem, Andre 3000 and Ghostface Killah.

What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

At the moment I'm just working on new material, new singles, really trying to push the boundary and work outside the rules of hiphop music. I want people to react like "wow I shouldn't like that, but it feels so right.." (laughs)

What advise can you give other upcoming artists?

Best thing I can say is to believe in yourself, and give it your all. Rehearse like 10 thousand people are watching, and you'll never go wrong. Try and find your "thing" or your lane that sets you aside from others, develop your brand and sound, the rest should follow naturally... Never give up!

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

A lot of travelling, lucky enough I have a sound that allows me to connect with people on a global level, so I been to the states and all over Europe building my fanbase. It's hard work but I wouldn't change a thing. I get messages from supporters telling me how my music has changed and influenced them, that's success for me right there..

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

Yeah I love to perform live, with my 4 piece band, this is where I think I stand out most. People are usually used to seeing rap artists perform on track or with a DJ, but I like to do it all live, I find it easier to connect with people that way and leave a real impression. I'm actually performing at the International HipHop Showcase for the CMJ festival next week in New York, so I'm super happy about that!

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?

Yeah a producer called 'One Black Russian' he's just on the comeup but technically one of the best I've heard, he's not afraid to take the genre to places people aren't comfortable with and I just love that about him. Very unpredictable, and that's great in music.

Ikes Unveils new single ‘Let It Go’

Rapper and self-proclaimed "Prince of Pop Culture" Ikes has unveiled the audio for his brand new track 'Let It Go’.

The energetic and infectious new single was produced by Maleek Berry who was behind Ike’s previous singles ‘The Game's Back’ and ‘GirlTalk’ ft Jermaine Riley & Scorcher and has also worked with the likes of SAS, Bigz, & PW.

Already gaining recognition from UK sites such as MTV, SB.TV, Jump Off UK, and even finding himself on Flavour Magazine's previous 'Hot List', Ikes has acquired fantastic exposure over the years and continues to attract attention on both UK and US soil.

'Let It Go' contains all of the energetic, distinguished, raw realism that the rapper is well-known for, mixed with cheeky lyrics and clever word play. Check out the audio for the track here: https://soundcloud.com/ikesmusic/ikes-let-it-go-clean/s-tDc7g

Jokshan Simpson~ (@JokshanOfficial)

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  What age where you when you decided to become an artist?

I've been doing music since I can remember but I'd say I started taking it as a serious career about 17 so about 3 years ago was a easy decision really because who wouldn't wanna work doing something they absolutely love.

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

Where to start I get alot of influences off rappers so the Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, Eminem, Kanye West, Jay Z, Drake, J Cole, 50 Cent with a blend of R&B artist like Usher, Ginuwine, Tank, Tyrese , Trey Songs, Chris Brown, R Kelly, Michael Jackson, James Brown and to add to the blend Reggae arists like Jah Cure, Morgan Heritage, Bob Marley, Sanchez Ect.

What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

Well I've just released my first official mixtape called Fathom which is doing really well other than that I'm planning my first official single so currently working on that.

What advise can you give other upcoming artists?

Just keep consistent, be you and stay true to yourself and your music.

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

I've become more focused in where I wanna be on a timescale.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

Yeah done a few shows but going to step that up now that the mixtape is out in circulation so keep an ear out for my performances real soon.

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?

yeah there's a couple London Based rappers like Looney, Xray watch out for them you'll be hearing about them 



M.A.C (@Mac__910)




What age where you when you decided to become an artist?

I decided I wanted to be a hip hop artist at the age of 12. Once I made that decision I released a mixtape at age 14 in high school just to create some buzz. I received mixed reactions from it, but they knew I was there.

Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?

Some of my biggest influences growing up were the usual influences for the newer generation. Biggie, Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac, Eminem, Outkast, Canibus, DMX, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, and artist of that caliber. I always wanted to be one the best. So, I studied the best. Not just music but the way they handled situations.

What are some of the things you’re working on right now?

I have a few shows coming up in the NC region but the main focus is on my mixtape.  “ Memoirs of A B.L.A.C.K Sheep” is set to release Oct. 24th on Datpiff.com. You can also find it on my website mac.myartistdna.com

What advise can you give other upcoming artists?

I would tell them to have a plan, stay humble, keep working, and never let anyone tell you what you’re capable of.

How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?

Honestly, I can barely remember anything about me before I started rapping. I started so young the only thing that stands out in my past before hip hop is negativity. Being a hip hop artist a lot of things are just different. Relationships aren’t as easy because if your grinding as hard as you should be, you don’t have too much time for women. I can barely go anywhere without someone asking me something about music. I guess that’s just who I am. Hip hop is me.

Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?

Many times. I’ve performed at some awesome venues and opened for incredible artist as well as hip hop legends. Just to name a few Dougie Fresh, Slick Rick, MC Lyte, Whodini, Stalley (MMG), Marqeous Houston, young Dro, Freeway, etc. There’s no greater feeling than knowing thousands of people are hanging on to your every word. knowing at least for that moment you have someone’s full attention and someone can relate to the lyrics you created. It’s a beautiful experience.

Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?

There are literally too many to name. Just in my hometown alone you have Quan the Artist. Look out for his project “Reality of Nothing”. Then, you have SPook “Role Models”, Y.O “War On The Castle”, as well as everyone in NMS, WSMG, HLBLU, FAMlee ENT, Zombie Lyfe, and FGM. I could go all day but like I said, too many to name.


Artist: M.A.C

Mixtape set to drop: Memoirs of A B.L.A.C.K Sheep

Release date: 10-24-13

Production by: The Agent, Benie Beats, Jurd Beats, Majestic Instrumentals, Midi kid, Maxx Arsenals, and Smart Boy.

Where To find It: Datpiff.com and/or mac.myartistdna.com

Genre: hip hop

This mixtape tells the story of a young man ( M.A.C ) who is considered the outcast of his family. Being in a family with basketball players, coaches, and public figures yet still being surrounded and infatuated by the street life of North Carolina. It is also an inner battle between doing right and wrong. Between fitting in and standing out. This mixtape gives plenty of inner secrets kept throughout M.A.C's  life. It's a story of making numerous mistakes and learning to live with them. 
The B.L.A.C.K is an acronym for "Boy Looking for Answers Chasing Knowledge". 



The Ultimate Hip Hop Blog Directory (Search Hip Hop Blogs That Accept Music Submissions)

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The Ultimate Hip-Hop Blog Directory (Search Hip-Hop Blogs That Accept Music Submissions)

This post was inspired by the 6 Must Read International Hip-Hop Blogs post that I put together earlier this month.

Originally I put together this list because I felt like artists were relying on a handful of hip-hop blogs. Putting together this list allowed me to research various hip-hop blogs (indie and mainstream hip hop blogs). This is an on-going post and the goal revolves around providing a Hip-Hop Blog directory.

As an artist I know how hard it is to market your music. Hip-hop blogs were created to ease this process.

I am a big advocate of relationship building and I believe that it is beneficial to communicate with a handful of sites and establish rapport with them (network).

This post will examine hip-hop blogs that accept music submissions. These hip-hop blogs are operated by people (not robots haha) that will listen to your music and offer feedback based on your submission (given the site of course).

Now of course your chances of being posted will increase if you establish a relationship with the bloggers/website. It would also be beneficial if you read 5 Tips for Getting More Blog Coverage.

Artists we need to be realistic in our approach; build the relationship first then watch the fruit of your work grow!

Your music will at least be heard (given that the submission fits the site). The submission information can be found on each website. (And now the blogs are in alphabetical order, thanks to advice from Josh!).

This list will be updated often (so please check back). New blog additions will be bolded. Good Luck!

100 Grand On My Wrist
1st Class Citizens
24/7 HipHop
The 273
2L's on a Cloud
2Words The Top
40's and Phillies
7th Day of Hip Hop
88 till Infinity

A3C Hip Hop Blog
Above Ground Magazine
Act Live
Actual Facts
Advent Outpost
A Girl and Her Hip Hop
All That Dope Sh*t
All Hip Hop
All In a Days Work
All Mixtapes
All New Music
All Things Deluxe
All Unsigned
Ambrosia for Heads
Archerville Media
Artistic Manifesto
As We Proceed SD
Attack & Rebuild
The Audacity of Dope
Audio Castle
Audio Feign
Audio Politics
Australian Hip Hop

Backpackers Don
Backpacks & Traps
Bad Magics
Bassivity Digital
Bayside Jams
Beats And Blood
Beats And Rants
Beat Tape Co-Op (For Beatmakers Exclusively)
Beat Trotterz
Beets, Rhymes, & Life
Blackout Hip Hop
Blazin Streetz.com
Block Muzik Radio
Blog or Die PGH
Border Magazine
Brain of BMW
Bread Over Bed
Brick To Ya Face
Bring Ya Eh Game
British Hip Hop
The Brown Kid Blog
B's and 3's

Cabezas Underground
Canada Connections
Can't Stop Fanatics
Carbon Rose Magazine
Carolina On The Rise
Catchy Hip Hop
Caveman Arson
Ceez World
Certified Banger
Chi-City Hip Hop
Chineur De Sons
Chops and Kicks
The Chronicles of Aqua
City On Clouds
City On My Back
Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes
Collectors Item
College Dj
The Come Up
The Come Up Show
Tha Commonwealth
Complex Music
Connect Da Dot
The Crypt
Cultura Soul
Culture King

Daily Chiefers
Daily Dose
The Daily Loud
Daily Rap
Da Leak
Da Real Biz
Dats Dope
Day & A Dream
DEAD Magazine
Dead End Hip Hop
Deadly Beatz
Death Chamberz Music
Definition of Fresh
Def Pen Radio
Def Sounds
DelCity Radio
Desi Hip Hop
Digital Dripped
The Dirty Bodega
Diverse Hip Hop
Dj Booth.net
DMV Flow
DMV Jams
Doing Justice iShine
Donuts & Milk
Dope Music Blog
Dope Muzik Addict
Dopest Nerds
the dope steez
Dork Mustache
Double Cin
The Double Truth
Drop The R
Droptops & Stacy Lattisaw Tapes

East Coast Digital Radio
The Echo Chamber Blog
El Cuaderno
Elevator Mag
Elite Muzik
Emcee Enthusiast
Emilio Sparks
The Essence of Rap & Hip-Hop
Etalon Hip Hop
Eternal Cadence
European Hip Hop (Veni Vidi Vici)
Everyone Loves Hip Hop

Faded Off
Fake Shore Drive
The Fembassy (Your #1 Source for Female Emcees)
Female, Reloaded
The Find Magazine
Fist In The Air
Fly Definition
ForDaFresh Magazine
For the DMV Only
The Fresh Heir
Fresh News By Steph
Fresh New Tracks
Future of Rap Music
FWMJ's Producers I Know (For Beatmakers Exclusively)

Gemini Hip-Hop
Get Your Buzz Up
Gimme That Beat
Global Grind
Gods Of Rap
The Golden Edge
Golden Underground
Good Music All Day
Good Tunes
Got Bars
Got Haze
Got Hip Hop
Gowhere Hip Hop
Grand Smack
Grassroots Grind
Great Music All Night
The Greener Side of Hip Hop
Grime Culture
The Grind Daily
Grip Squad
Groove On Fire

Hard In The Paint
HHND.org aka Hip Hop Never Dies
Hip Hop Renaissance
High Yellow Soul
Hip-Hop 4 Black Unity
Hip Hop Addict
Hip-Hop Amore
HipHop Authority
That Hip Hop Blog
Hip Hop Dependency
Hip Hop Dope
The Hip-Hop Dugout
Hip Hop Etc.
HipHop Feeling
Hip-Hop Feign
Hip Hop Has Soul
Hip Hop Headquarters
Hiphop KR
Hip-Hop Life And Times
Hip Hop Life Magazine
Hip-Hop Made In Ita
Hip Hop Mixtape
Hip Hop Is Read
Hip Hop Lead
The Hip-Hop Mafia
Hip Hop Mula
The HipHop.org
Hip Hop Push
The HIP HOP Realm
HipHop Reviews For Dummies
HipHop Since1987
Hip-Hop Site
Hip Hop Sou Eu
The Hip Hop Speakeasy
Hip Hop Trending
Hip Hop TV
Hip Hop Update
Hip-Hop Vibe
Hip Hop Worldwide
Holy Culture
Hood Representer
House of Hip-Hop

I Am Somebody Lifestyles
Illegal Promo
The Illixer
ILL MateriaL
Its The Daily
It's Rap
I Still Love H.E.R.

Jack Thriller
Just Got

Keep It Thrill
Kevin Nottingham
Killer BoomBox
Killer Hip Hop
Kingsize Mag
KOG Worldwide
The Kollection

La Casa Del Rap
Land Ground Under
LeftOver Cake
Le Hip Hop Sur Ecoute
Le Tourne Disque
Lil Hip Hop
Lily Mercer
Tha Lookout
Long Life Productions
Looped Daydreams
Los Angeles Leakers
The Lost Tapes
The Lunch Line

The Mad Bloggers
Mandiie Martinez
The Masked Gorilla
Mass Appeal
Match Musik
Mayor Marwan
The MC Report
Medina Ink
Mega City Hip-Hop
Mellow World
The Melonheads
Midwest Monstars
The Motiv
Ms Dynasty
Music & Strength TV
Musically Trapped N Thought
Music Place
Muzic Junkies
Muzikos Virtuve
Muzik Spirit
My Word Is Vinyl

Nanci O Is Hip Hip
Neighborhood Watch World Wide
The Net Weight
New Cultura
New H2O
New Hip-Hop Music Shop
A New Hope Webzine
Northstar HipHop
Not Quite Millionaires

Offbeat Indie
Official Street Radio
Oh Dope
Oh Fuh
Oh Hey Doctor
Oh So Fresh! Music
Old To The New
The One Mic
One Throne
On That Noise
Ooh, That Soul!
The Other Ground Hip Hop
Outabodi Xperience
Out Da Box

Pardon The Movement
Paul Meara
Peace Magazine
The Phlash Effect
Play This Hip Hop
Poppa Fats' Dlghts
Potholes In My Blog
Prophetic Poetic
Producers Unit
Pure Hip-Hop Blogspot
Pure Hip Hop Heat
Pursuit of Dopeness
Pwr Moves

Quality Strict

The Rap Feed
Rap GhettoYouth
Rap Majors
Rapohelizenz (For Beatmakers Exclusively)
Rap On Air
Rapper's Delite
Rap Mixoff
Rap Reviews
Rap Riot
Raps & Hustles
The Rap Up
Rare Slums
Rebels Wit No Cause
The Redefined
The Red Tag Society
Refined Hype
Respect This Fresh
Revolutionary Ink
RisingHype (Videos Only)
Robots and Bass Drops
Rookie TV
The Root Music
Royal Gergo
R.R.H.H. (Railroad Hip Hop)
Ruby Hornet
Rugged and Raw
Rugged Ones
Runaway Owl's Society

Salute The Art
SC Bonkers
Scotland Standup
Sermon's Domain
Sicker Than Your Average
Sling Theory
Slum Lords
Smarter Hip Hop
The Smoking Section
Solo Vibes Music
Soul Anchor Collective
Spellcast Radio
Sphere of Hip-Hop
S*Row Today
Steady Bloggin
Stereo Assault
Stimulate Your Soul
Straight Fresh
Straight Spitters
Street Council
Streets Connect
Street Dose
StreetKode Magazine
Strictly Beats (For Beatmakers Exclusively)
Strictly Hip Hop
Sunete Sub.Sol
The Surface
Sway's Universe

Takin' Mines
Talking All That Rap
TGLR (Tha Good Life Reviews)
Tha Dope
Tha Fixx
This Is Book's Music
This Song Is Sick
This Is Walder
Tonkonst HIPHOP
TOgether Hip Hop
Too Chill Hip Hop
Too Good for Radio
Too Sick Muzik
Tricksta's World
Triller Than Most
Trill Mates
Trouble Makers
Turntable Izm Show

U Call That Love (UCTL)
UK All Day
UK Hip-Hop Blog
Ultra Media Blog
Uncut HipHop
Underground Charisma
Underground Idolz
Upcoming Hip Hop
Urban And Gospel
Urban Flair
Urban Leakz
Urban Vault
Urban Waves
utmost blog

Va Talent
Vibe Out Music
Vintage Media Group

We Run The Underground
We Goin' IN
Welcome to Eastvan
The Well Versed
We The West
West Come Up
We Up On It
When The Beat Drops
Where's My 40 Acres
Who's Gunna Take The Weight
Wildstyle Magazine
Wolf Shirt Extremist
World Swagg
Word Is Bond
Wordplay Magazine
World Stream Media

XClusives Zone

Yappari HipHop
Yet Another Hip-Hop Blog
You Heard That New
Young Sity
Your Strongest Ally

UPDATE: Excel sheet (file with email addresses for each blog) has been deleted because of time constraints. Take the time to research the blogs you are submitting to.

EXTRA: You can track who is posting your music by using Google search. All you have to do is type in an artist that you mirror (most likely a recent project) into Google Search. Then you can find out what blogs are posting your music. I added a video that I recorded last September to illustrate the point. Please let me know if it is beneficial.

Also check out 65 Online Radio Stations/Podcasts That Are Guaranteed To Play Your Music.

Take the time to get to know the people that operate these blogs/websites and I guarantee that your coverage on the blogosphere will increase.

The key is to present good material and network. Remember that coverage on blogs is good. Develop relationships and turn those music posts to interviews, reviews, and even sponsorship opportunities.

You may not get posted on all of these sites yet I can GUARANTEE that you will be covered by at least one hip-hop blog.

If you find this post helpful let me know by leaving a comment or sharing this post via Twitter, Facebook, Google +, email, and other social media sites.

If this list is missing any sites please drop a link in the comment section and I will add it to the list!

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