INFLUENCE & LYRICS – WORDPLAY

One of the most prominent comments I get is that I have a Tupac vibe. Pac had a movement, he wasn’t just a rapper he was a soldier, much like Nas is today. He died before his time, but his followers teach his message to many others who become influenced as well. Can’t crush his legacy no more than anyone can destroy his influence in Hip Hop. If Pac were in all of us, the world would be a wiser place.

Someone influenced Biggie, Pac, Nas, Jay-Z or Michael Jackson. Something influenced them at some point in their lives.

In everything including music, everybody has their influence. Usher says it all the time, he’s influenced by Michael Jackson. When Shyne came out on Bad Boy Records people thought he was trying to sound like BIG. Someone influenced Biggie, Pac, Nas, Jay-Z or Michael Jackson. Something affected them at some point in their lives. We all look up to someone and incorporate something from that person or thing. Kids love my music, I’m sure there’s a kid out there who’s being influenced by me right now! I don’t see anything wrong with being influenced by Snoop. Scarface or 50 Cent. That’s what a movement is about. If you can’t accept that niggaz like Luda, DMX or Styles P are influencing the next generation of music and everything, then you’re stupid.

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To me it’s almost like today, some people try to make everything look bad for a Hip Hop artist. Look here, I’m gonna clear this up for the record. I listened to Naughty By Nature the most when I was younger! As a matter of fact, when I was in Freetown [Sierra Leone], I’d bump OPP, Uptown’s anthem and Hip Hop Hooray so much, people started calling me Treach. At that time in the 90’s I never thought I’d be my own emcee. In the Gambia when I bumped Pac shit, they called me Tupac. Rap was my hobby. Hip-Hop is my way of life and the niggaz on wax at the time were my influence in the Kulture. I bought every album that came out of Deathrow Records just like I bought the N.W.A  and KRS-One tapes.

Tupac is a main dude in all my many influences. What’s wrong with the music industry today?”

You better believe it was not just music, it was an inspiration, and yes I’m a HUGE Tupac fan and will always be one. However, there’s a difference in being influenced by someone and sounding like that person. In this industry, it can be difficult for some people to see the difference. Tupac is the main dude in all my many influences. What’s wrong with the music industry today? Why record sales are low today? Because music execs are not doing their jobs like they use to back in the day. They can’t handle the large volume of talents out here. Instead of doing thorough homework on every demo or press kit they receive, they’re hungry for fame and the power the artists have – and being a hotshot.

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When I do music I do it from the heart. I come with different flows, my word play, lyrical content and music [beat] on every song is on point.”

Some might be jealous of the success of artists. They wanna be the ones with the fans, the bitches and the money, the fame and all that. Industry execs today are so hungry for the artist’s shine, they’ll destroy a new artists’ chance at a career just because they don’t see how his/her career is gonna benefit them. This is real. When I make music, I do it from the heart. I come with different flows, my wordplay, lyrical content, and music [beat] on every song is on point. You will never feel all that from listening to one song and judging by it. It’s your job to do the research and find out more about the artist and dig deeper.

WHILE I’M STILL YOUNG – The Talking Drums, distributed by Ghetto Breed Dist. It hits shelves all over the world and online September 23rd, 2008. Make sure you get a copy and see for yourself what all the hype is about.

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