“We would change the bus and get a bigger one.We leave no man behind.It´s either 4 or nothing!” Steed Lord
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When your browsing myspace and it’s millions of artist, you don’t expect to find a group like Steed Lord. Some may even think a group like this doesn’t exist, but I’ve got news for you non-believers there is! Steed Lord is an Electro packed… Crunk oriented…duo from the Iceland. The group consists of three guys and a very hot girl, I had the chance to sit down and talk with the group check out what they had to say!
Cloud N9ne: When and how did Steed Lord form?
Steed: We formed early 2006.It happened totally by accident.Demo gave Kali a house beat for her birthday and she wrote a song called “You” to it.After that there was no stopping us.We were all very inspired by each other and just all clicked and the songs kept on coming.
Cloud N9ne: Who are the actual members ofand what are some interesting facts about each person?
Steed: M.E.G.A is the producer/maestro,Demo is the producer/keyboardist,Kali is the singer/songwriter and AC is also the singer/rapper. M.E.G.A loves water and was born in water.He takes very long baths and showers and goes to the swimming pool and sauna everyday.We think he has fins somewhere.Demo is actually from the 80´s,they found a time machine there and he came through to our time.The movie “Back to the future” is actually a true story about him.Kali is a fanatic cat lover,she loves cats so much that she thinks she can speak to them in a special cat language that she invented.She owns two cats with M.E.G.A or mini lions as she calls them,they are called Sheila-E and Elvis. AC can speak 8 different languages,he used to work for the portugese prime minister as an interpeter.
Cloud N9ne: What the hell is Steed Lord(the name)?
Steed: Steed Lord is god´s horse.That´s what it means literally.But the name comes from Kali´s and M.E.G.A´s cat Elvis.His nickname used to be “the mighty steed lord” cause he always poses like a royal steed. When we were driving around town one day looking for a name for the band this popped into our heads and it fit perfect.
Cloud N9ne: What sets Steed Lord apart from most groups?
Steed: We make homemade icelandic electronic music with beautiful melodies.When we perform live it´s an experience you won´t forget.We perform in a very spontant and experimental kind of way and you will never get the same thing twice.We are always evolving and trying out new things musically but we stay true to our icelandic roots.
Cloud N9ne: How does it feel to have the response to your music that you have? Also why do you think that the response is important?
Steed: We are very grateful for any response to our music.We make music for ourselves and when somebody else is digging it,it feels like a great fat bonus.Getting a reaction from people always gives you a boost to do more and make the music better so you can really take them to the edge with your sound.It´s a great feeling when we are performing live and people react in a heavy way to our music,it´s a high like no other. And having fans is pretty surreal but a beautiful thing.
Cloud N9ne: What can we expect from Steed Lord in the coming months?
Steed: Our debut album “Truth Serum” is finally coming out, its been two years in the making.It´s coming out in a couple of weeks on , Beatport, Amazon etc. After that there will be a lot of touring all over the world to promote the album like crazy.Then we´re gonna go back into the studio and start working on our second album.
Cloud N9ne: Okay so we now know Steed Lord as musicians but who are Steed Lord as designers? Also How did it feel to collab with H&M who today is a HUGE fashion conglomerate around the globe?
Steed: We are all very creative people and we have all worked in graphic design and fashion in some way,that was our dayjob so when we got the opportunity to work with H&M we had to say yes.It was a great honour for us and a great way to get our name out there,not just as designers but as a band as well. Our designs where sold in over 100 H&M stores in over 50 countries…how nuts is that mayne!
Cloud N9ne: With acts like, Santo Gold, LMFAO, Hollywood Holt, etc where does Steed Lord fit in?
Steed: There is enough space for all of us to make music.Steed Lord doesn´t want to fit in.We are outlaws and vikings from iceland,warriors from the cold land.We make music from the soul and we fight to survive.Or something like that….. But speaking of Chromeo we had the amazing opportunity to support them on their west coast tour in the US last july. They are mos def our favorite band so it was a great honor….so maybe we do fit in.
Cloud N9ne: What does music really mean to Steed Lord?
Steed: It´s our way to survive in this world.It´s the best way to express the way that we are feeling and to perform live is the best therapy ever.We have all been in music for a long time and it´s a huge part of our lives.We couldn´t live without it.Not one day.
Cloud N9ne: If Steed Lord had one dollar, an antenna, and a empty jar what would you make?
Steed: Give the dollar to a homeless person. Fill the jar with acid and drop the antenna in and see if it made any noise.
Cloud N9ne: What is one secret Steed Lord doesn’t want the public to know(but obviously will know now)?
Steed: That we are all huge fans of Michael Bolton
Cloud N9ne: If Steed Lord could transform into one person who would it be and why?
Steed: The gingerbread man so we could eat ourselves.
Cloud N9ne: What show would be great to cast Steed Lord in and why?
Steed: We would say, Miami Vice because that show was the shit.And Don was the sexiest man alive.It had the illest opening theme ever.Jan Hammer is our idol.
Cloud N9ne: If there was only room for 3 members on a bus who would be kind enough to stay behind?
Steed: We would change the bus and get a bigger one.We leave no man behind.It´s either 4 or nothing!
Cloud N9ne: Has Steed Lord ever had a mishaps while performing if so what was it?
Steed: We have had all kinds of mishaps,monitors not working,microcorg shutting down,microphone cords falling out of the microphone and things like that.But it doesn´t matter,we always have such an amazing time performing and when things go wrong we just keep on going.Life isn´t perfect and we like it that way.
Cloud N9ne: Would Steed Lord ever do a concert on The Moon if the opportunity presented itself and how would the concert be held?
Steed: Hell yeah.That would be crazy.I guess they would have to build a huge dome on the moon so people could stay in there while watching us perform outside.But we would be in spacesuits and have microphones inside the suits,M.E.G.A and Demo would have their laptops and keyboards in the suits as well so they could play.The suits would be pretty big,kinda like a mini trailer where we could move inside and do our thing.Then there would be these monster speakers inside the dome where our music would come through.We would want to be outside cause we are on the moon and we would have to use the opportunity to walk on it and dance and shit like that.This is totally do-able.
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Mickey Factz Revisited
So I had the chance to catch back up with Mickey Factz, to see what he’s been up to since his nomination as a top artist to look for in 2009 by XXL Magazine. Factz has been on some pretty interesting ventures lately and has more planned, he also talks about when the album will drop and were he’s currently living. Check it out…
Cloud N9ne: How has Mickey Factz been feeling lately?
Factz: He’s been feeling like a billion dollars in Europe. We in a recession so the currency there trumps our own dollar.
Cloud N9ne: How is it now going from a local artist to an internatl’ artist since the last time we talked?
Factz: Its a great feeling. For the simple fact I did it so fast. I’m in a mode now where I’m trying to work harder to capitalize on this moment. I’m trying to see the whole world in the next 5 years. Your not an international star until you do so. I’m very confident that I will.
Cloud N9ne: What collabs are you looking forward to?
Factz: I’m looking forward to collaborating with Janelle Moane, Travis from The as well as and Jay Electronica. I’m looking to create timeless music and I feel those guys are the ones to do it.
Cloud N9ne: When’s the album dropping as we’ve all been waiting on that?
Factz: The full length Mickey Factz debut will be hitting stores next fall. I’m preparing it now. Perfection takes time. I’m making sure my music transcends and reaches the people in a matter where they will feel uplifted and revitalized. That’s my goal.
Cloud N9ne: Why have you still decided to be an indie artist as I’m sure there has been deals on the table?
Factz: I’m waiting for the right situation. At this point in my career I’ve had full control over what happens and what’s going to happen. My fan base is also eager for me to continue on and bring them music that is long lasting. I will continue to do so whether I’m signed or indie. The consistency will never stop.
Cloud N9ne: Do you like the state of Hip-hop right now why or why not?
Factz: I love it. For the simple fact that more artists are being able to be themselves. As far as sales wise it might not be the best that’s out but artistry wise, the music that is being released is definitely ahead of the curve. I’m loving everything about this artform right now.
Cloud N9ne: Is there anyone else from the GFC camp who’s planning on embarking on a music career?
Factz: We have a Hip Hop duo called FKi that is fresh out of Atlanta. They are going to shock the game because they can produce as well as rap. We also have a female singer by the name of Jade who Precize is working with heavy right now. She has an amazing voice and is going to be stunner when she drops. Precize is going to be dropping some things as well. He’s going to be one of the most influential musicians and pioneers of music period very soon. Last but not least, the streets champion: Nakim. Imagine Mickey Factz with some street in em. He’s cannon waiting to let go.
Cloud N9ne: What’s next for Mickey Factz?
Factz: The Leak Vol 3: The Achievement is really what’s next for Mickey Factz. This is the final installment of the ever so popular “The Leak” series. Its also going to prove to the people that Mickey Factz is here to stay. Other than that its going to be more music, more press, more shows, more tv love. Everything.
Cloud N9ne: Who are your top 10 artist right now?
Factz: In no paticular order right now:
1. Mickey Factz
3. Chester French
4. Jay Electronica
5. Andre 3000
8. Theophilus London
Cloud N9ne: Does your “Fuck Bush” mentality still stand and how do you feel about the economy?
Factz: is one of the worst leaders in world history. He has single handedly ruined the economy of The United States of America. Right now we are in a downward spiral and I feel the only way we are going to get out of it is if we have people in the government that want to honestly and truly see change.
Cloud N9ne: Are you happy with the Election results?
Factz: I placed my vote with the whole Democratic party. Which included Barack Obama and . So yes I am!
Cloud N9ne: What most do you want people to understand about Mickey Factz?
Factz: That I’m dying to revitalize the culture. Bring back unity and love to the artform known as Hip Hop. I’m just a piece in the 10000 piece puzzle. I want people to understand the dimensions of that piece and place me in the puzzle so everything from there will fit. Peace!
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VIMBY is the Internets outlet for video interviews, fashion, sports, and music updates. VIMBY stands for Video In My Backyard, I set out with the idea of interviewing a company who holds interviews. Many may think what’s the point, well for those wondering brain cells, the whole idea was to interview a company who holds interviews to find out why they interview and keeps them motivated. When interviewing various musicians, brands, and companies its not as easy as it looks at all! The process is about a four step process the initiation, the interview(which could take hours to complete), editing, and posting. So I figured if the same process is applied to video it has to be a much tedious process. So I had a chance to sit down and chat with Zosimo Maximo check out the interview…
Cloud N9ne: When was VIMBY created and what was your main goal upon creation?
Zosimo: VIMBY (video in my backyard) launched in October of 2007, but it was conceived a year and half before that by our founder Dean Waters who had a vision to bring high quality entertainment to the web broken into local markets. had proven that there was solid content being produced by talented filmmakers, but it was being lost amongst a sea of user-generated content made by Aunt Betty with her camera phone. We felt the need to create a site that gave young filmmakers a place to showcase their skills by capturing pop culture in their “backyards.”
Cloud N9ne: What inspires VIMBY to push the envelope?
Zosimo: Media geared towards a young 18-24 year-old demographic is highly competitive no matter what medium you’re working in. There’s only so many websites, tv shows, magazines, etc… a person can obtain information from in a day. In order to be one of those destinations, you have to stand out and do something unique. We’ve work extremely hard to perfect the short form doc style narrative video for the web that’s original and has high production value that also focuses on subject matter that’s provocative. As long as we continue to showcase individuals and companies that also push the envelope, we’ll be in a good place.
Cloud N9ne: Who are some of your favorite artist that you’ve interviewed?
Zosimo: , Hollywood Holt and the rest of The Movement in Chi always show us mad love and we can always count on them to provide us with entertaining content. Pac Div is fam and it’s been amazing documenting their journey. The Hundreds, Crooks and Castles, Lotek BMX, Zoo York, Paul Rodriguez, , all the artists on Duck Down, Stones Throw, Vice Records, etc… The list goes on and on. Oh yeah, and , that was a very interesting interview to say the least and I can’t forget to mention The Vacation and The Ringers. Peep the videos.
Cloud N9ne: Why do you think it’s important to cover as many areas of entertainment as you do?
Zosimo: Our focus is on capturing pop culture as a whole and we’re in a position to discover new sub-cultures as they originate like moped armies and rockacholas. Our stories just reflect what’s happening in major cities across the U.S. We’re often perceived as an urban site. Elements of what are deemed as “urban” like hip hop music, graffiti, b-boying, sneaker culture, etc.. are at the forefront of youth culture today so its only natural that it stands out on VIMBY. However, we also cover things like tattoo culture, vinyl toys, bmx, fixed gear, surf, cars, rockabilly, indie rock and many other categories extremely well too. The beauty of what we’re doing is that we’re starting to see that we’ve helped introduce people like the bmx community to the hip hop community and mesh two worlds together that may have not been paying attention to one an another.
Cloud N9ne: What has VIMBY not accomplished that it would like to see done?
Zosimo: There’s lots more to do. It’s really just the first inning for us. We’ve been focused on laying down the foundation here in the U.S. but “video in my backyard” is built to work anywhere – VIMBY Japan, VIMBY U.K., VIMBY Australia.
Cloud N9ne: What is VIMBY’s selection process like for events, interviews, concerts, etc?
Zosimo: We’re highly selective on what we choose to shoot. Obviously we can’t get to everything, but we have a great team of producers and researchers that sniff out solid events and people that deserve to be heard. Our inbox is often full of people wanting us to create a video on them or their event and we’ve been able to react. So, don’t be shy about writing us at email@example.com.
Cloud N9ne: Who is Zosimo Maximo aside from VIMBY?
Zosimo: I actually spent the first 10 years of my career working in fashion as a designer before I became a filmmaker. I worked for companies like , Prada and Ralph Lauren. I eventually branched off to start my own streetwear line back in the early 90′s called Kulee. It was a very cool time in fashion where Shawn Stussy basically parted the sea for all of us to follow. Brands like 555 Soul, Fuct, Haze, X-Large, Kingpin, PNB Nation, Pervert and many others all started out printing up t-shirts in our basements and showing them at trade shows like 432F in San Diego. We were the bastard step-children of the fashion industry, but we all knew we were part of a community that was independent and creatively free. Streetwear is still very close to me. That’s why you see a strong presence of it on VIMBY. It’s dope to see the next generation continue to build on what we started. After a decade in the rag trade, I decided to get my masters in film. After finishing grad school at Art Center College of Design, I started working at MTV directing and producing several shows you hate to admit you like. Besides that Zosimo Maximo is a dj, father, husband and proud Obama supporter.
Cloud N9ne: How was the VIMBY team chosen?
Zosimo: We receive hundreds of submissions from filmmakers wanting to join our network. Each filmmaker we take on is hand selected. It’s actually a very tedius process in weeding through the submissions to find a filmmaker with the right equipment, skill set, and equally important – knowledge and access to the people we cover. A preditor (producer, shooter, editor) as we like to call them needs to be entrenched into the sub-cultures that they’re capturing. That’s how we get our cameras into an artist’s house and film them in their pajamas eating Doritos. It’s because many of our filmmakers are homies or fans of the people we feature.
Cloud N9ne: What makes VIMBY one of the better media outlets of today?
Zosimo: Our access is unbelievable and continues to get stronger every day. Our filmmakers are out in the trenches day after day with their ear to the street. Our in-house team of bloggers, web masters, and production heads live and breath the culture as well. The infrastructure of the VIMBY filmmakers scattered across the nation is on some high level sh#t. If you call me at 5pm and tell me Blackstar is playing a secret reunion show in Nashville, there’s a good chance we’ll find it by 7pm, shoot it by mid-night, and have it edited and posted a day and a half later.
Cloud N9ne: What can we always count on VIMBY to do?
Zosimo: You’ll be able to count on us as a trusted source for relevant information that also provides entertaining content with substance. We hope that when you see our logo on a party flyer or our video player on a blog, you know that quality follows. No matter what direction we may head as the company grows, I think it’s a safe bet that we won’t stray too far from what’s made us successful, and that’s focusing on the independent movers, shakers and leaders of youth pop culture.
Cloud N9ne: How was it hosting the IM-KING x Attic event?(We covered the event as well check the Have You Seen section)
Zosimo: Dope. We wouldn’t have sent our filmmakers out there if we thought it was going to be anything less. IM-KING x Attic = VIMBY FAM. Yo, my sizes are 10.5 shoe, 7 3/8 New Era, and Large shirt. LOL!
Cloud N9ne: What does media really mean to VIMBY?
Zosimo: It’s tough to define what media is. is just as much a component of today’s media as we are. The difference is how one chooses to report the information and how a user chooses to receive it. We see the web as a powerful medium that becomes more important to us each day. We consider ourselves an on-line media company but know that we are capable of communicating information through many portals whether it’s a traditional avenue like tv or if it’s through a mobile device. Media is being displayed on digital billboards, airlines, bus stops, and taxi cabs. It’s extremely exciting times. To be recognized as leader in web content and a cutting-edge media brand in a cluttered space is what gets me out of bed each morning.
Here’s the interview I did with Andy of IM-KING clothing. This is easily one of the better emerging streetwear brands out, this powerhouse is sold in over 50+ Shops and Boutiques worldwide!
Cloud N9ne-Where did the concept for the company come from and when did you actually say “ok let’s start a clothing company”?
Andy-The concept for IM KING(aka Imaginary Kingdom) came from us wanting to develop products that we felt was better than what we’ve seen. IM KING has been in the making since we were 12. We decided it was time to start it near the end of 2006, we were 21 and 22 at the time.
Cloud N9ne-Who is Andy Cool and Polo aside from the company?
Andy-Polo is the more reserved one out of the two of us. He definitely appreciates the finer things in life and lives everyday like it’s his last. I am more of the odd-ball of the two, who you would see dancing
around the office and coming up with the craziest ideas. I unfortunately am always thinking ahead to the future instead of just living in present time.
Cloud N9ne-How did you guys initially start off… with tees or did you just jump right into it all?
Andy-Our first season was Summer 07′ and it consisted of only t-shirts. The second season we came out with our first cut and sew piece, “the Breakers” nylon jacket. Now we’re working on full collections. So look out for IM KING head to toe!
Cloud N9ne-When did you guys say “ok it’s getting big we need our own facility”?
Andy-We rented out a small office space in January of 2007. We hadn’t even release our first season until five months later. We wanted to get a space to work out of so that we knew if we didn’t work hard, we wouldn’t be able to pay for this place. Those late nights in the office sure paid off.
Cloud N9ne-How did you organize your team?
Andy-Most of us had already known each other, we were very fortunate to stumble upon talented and hardworking people. None of us were really old enough to understand how it was to start your own business. We learned the hard way though and we’re still figuring out new challenges everyday.
Cloud N9ne-How easy was it for you guys to create a following amongst fashion connoisseurs?
Andy-Nothing that we have done has been easy, we’ve been doubted from day one. To see people even wear IM KING still gives me goosebumps today. It’s definitely a great feeling.
Cloud N9ne-Where do most of the ideas for your pieces come from?
Andy-Our design team is awesome, Tampon and Kimo are always trying to push the envelope, and come up with themes and designs that just blows my mind. Polo, Freddy, and I get inspired by everything with cut and sew. It’s endless with all of us and I hope it shows in our product.
Cloud N9ne-What makes IM-KING one of the great street wear brands of today?
Andy-Oh we’re far from being great, I’m still working my masterpiece design. With the state of mind I’m in, I’ll never be satisfied and that keeps me grindin’.
Cloud N9ne-What advice would you give brands who have been around for more than two years and haven’t been fortunate enough to create a buzz? Also what is IM-KING’s secret to your two year success?
Andy-Make sure you learn from your mistakes. If it isn’t working then you’ve got to figure out another way that works for you. The IM KING team has poured their heart and soul in this. We work extremely hard, so that this is the last career we have for the rest of our lives.
Cloud N9ne-How does it feel to have so many celebrities support your brand, and why do you think they choose IM-KING?
Andy-I am not one to complain one bit if anybody looks up to or wants to wear IM-KING. THANKS FOR CHOOSING IM-KING!
Cloud N9ne-What are some of your personal favorites as far as other streetwear brands? Or labels in general?
Andy-I’m a sucker for Louis Vuitton, the monogram is timeless. I like G-star, Lanvin, Dior, ETC. Streetwear wise, I like what The Hundreds and Triumvir are doing. LRG, STUSSY, and Bathing Ape set the bar for me too.
Cloud N9ne-What has owning your own clothing brand allowed you to do that you weren’t able to do before?
Andy-Owning my own company in general allowed me to grow up a lot faster than I was. Also to learn how to take care of things because I am now responsible for a number of people.
Cloud N9ne-What are IM-KING’s plans for the next five years?
Andy-I can’t speak that far ahead but, in the upcoming seasons you will see full collections from us. T-shirts, Sweaters, Jeans, Hats, Accessories, everything.
Cloud N9ne-What does fashion really mean to IM-KING?
Andy-Fashion to me means being unique. Fashion is apart of telling how a person is, what music they listen to, and what they enjoy doing. Fashion to me can speak for the person as well. People feed off of what and how you wear your clothes.
Shhhhh…Here’s a sneak peak of some pieces from IM-KING’s Fall Line!
You Can Check out the rest of the Fall line [HERE]
Meet Wiz Khalifa
September 27, 2008
“I’m going to be praying I’m not voting, I don’t want nothing to do with it, what will happen will happen!”
So I got the chance to sit down and talk with Gemstones, first off Gemstones is not your everyday artist his creativity and outlook on life are parallel to his ability to remain a down to earth person. Gemstones, who you may know is an artist on the FnF(First and Fifteenth) label headed by Lupe Fiasco. Gemstones has appeared on both of Lupe’s albums Food and Liquor and The Cool . His insight on how fashion intertwines with music is incredible, intense, and solidifies what makes him Gemstones “The Genius”. In the interview we touched on a lot of subjects such as the Presidential Election, The Economy, his Upcoming Projects, and why he and Lupe were able to get you to “think outside the box.”
CloudN9ne: When did you first know that music was getting serious for you?
Gemstones: After high school, I knew college was out of the question, because I just didn’t want to go. I had lost my job and I didn’t want to work a 9-5, so music became my job. The problem in society is that it says that after high school you should go to college and if you don’t then your a failure, what’s up with that?
CloudN9ne: What was your childhood like as I’ve heard you refer in songs that your biological father was not around?
Gemstones: It was good man it was what it was, I had a stepfather though, but still there’s nothing like that fatherly love and no one can give that to you but your biological. The funny thing was growing up we were poor, but I never knew it my mother hid it so well. There were times when she’d open the oven to keep the house warm, but she would tell us it was for something different. Her favorite saying was “Eat slow because it aint no mo,” and it was things like that; that brought my family closer not having made us have to need each other. Things like Christmas and birthdays were good though, I still don’t know how she managed to do it, I just don’t know…
CloudN9ne: As far as Lupe why do you think it took Superstar for people to actually listen up and say oh okay the kid’s nice?
Gemstones: First off Kick Push was a un-heard sound I mean come on a guy rapping about skateboarding how did you think people would react, but that wasn’t our target our target was the young skate boarders and the young kids who could relate. As far as Superstar that song reached out to everyone you had a beat that was for both sides of the fence and then you throw a white guy on the hook, classic… People are followers they just want to rock with what is out, and since the majority rocked with it, it became really big.
Cloudn9ne: What’s new with Gemstones? And after LupEND do you feel like your going to have to carry FnF?
Gemstones: Trying to live, stay on top of the game, oh and Troubles of the World my new album. Yea that album is gone hit hard that’s gone be a problem when it drops! I’m no longer on Asylum so we’re searching for me a new deal that’s going to really being monumental. As far as FnF sure, but it’s nothing to me this is all easy I’ve been doing this too long, plus I’ve been through worse, come on now…
CloudN9ne: How do you connect fashion with your music?
Gemstones: It’s like sure you can rap about being fly but are you, its a visual that’s all it is. If you fly then you gotta be fly, like prom sure it’s a time for memories, but it’s also a fashion show, who has the best hairstyle, tux, dress, etc. Just like the award shows; one big fashion show, that’s why there’s a Red Carpet, it’s all a visual man.
CloudN9ne: Have you ever done a collab with a clothing company and would you be interested?
Gemstones: I would definitely be interested in the future I want it all I’m talking movies, commercials, I need it all, my family will eat for decades to come. Man if South Pole was like we’ll give you x-amount of dollars to wear our brand, then I would sleep in South Pole, man every time you saw me I would be in southpole. It’s all about being smart it’s a business, Money talks and Bullshit runs a Marathon.
CloudN9ne: What’s on your playlist right now?
Gemstones: Gnarles Barkley, Gnarles Barkley, Gnarles Barkley. It’s like I can listen to them and pick up a pen and put a hot 16 down bottom line. Gnarles Barkley!
CloudN9ne: What’s your outlook on the economy?
Gemstones: It’s Messed up man I don’t even know what Bush has done. Man Bush has really fucked some shit up man, It’s like the banks are falling and when they fall, next are these retail stores, and then thousands of jobs. Oh and when that happens guess what crime is up, because people will start kicking your door in to eat better believe that. The government has did nothing but lie to us man it’s all one big set up. It’s in the Bible it says that one day men will kill each other over a grain of rice, man a grain of rice yea it’s coming man. The government is greedy man it’s the same reason you get locked up for shooting craps on the corner, but you can go to the casino and shoot craps until your hands fall off, greed got us into this mess. All you can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
CloudN9ne: With that said who is Gemstones voting for?
Gemstones: I’m going to be praying I’m not voting, I don’t want nothing to do with it, what will happen will happen. My music will speak for me that’s my vote. My music will change the world that’s all that is. Fuck Bush, we do everything they tell us to do and we still get the shit end of the stick. Gas prices still up, The economy is fucked, and what do we get, nothing but a we’ll try and fix it. It’s all a set up like I said, I’m different I’m not like everyone else if you got shoes on I’m walking barefoot. Thats why my cd is called Troubles of the World, because it’s my album it could have been called Riding on 24′s and went platinum, but I’m trying to do more than that.
CloudN9ne: What do you think about the state of Hip-Hop right now?
Gemstones: I love Hip-Hop right now, I simply love it, I love the direction Hip-Hop is going in. I didn’t agree with Nas when he said that Hip-Hop was dead I thought it was on life support, but not dead. It feels good now, there use to be a time when you couldn’t wear what you wanted. At one point if you wore the wrong color or had your hat turned a certain way you’d get your head blown off. Now though you can wear any color you want and it’s all good, all I gotta say is I love Hip-Hop now.
CloudN9ne: What albums are you looking forward to this year or next year?
Gemstones: Of course Lupe’s, Sarah Green’s album is going to be crazy, I mean rediculous, Gnarles Barkley for real, Kanye, Jay-Z and My album. Man Kanye’s album, I’ve heard that its going to be so crazy man they say it’s going to change the way we look at music, I’m definitly looking for that album. But yea FnF up for this year and the next!
CloudN9ne: What does music mean to Gemstones?
Gemstones: Music=Life man, music is my life! Even when we had nothing when I was younger my mother could turn on that Marvin Gaye or The Temptations and it was all good, so music is everything.
CloudN9ne: well it was a pleasure chopping it up man, we appreciate it.
Gemstones: The pleasure is all mines man.
Gemstones Ft. Lupe Fiasco-We On
“When we’re meditating to “Liberation” or watching “Fade to
Black” or giggling to a Janelle Monae pre-show, we hit that stage harder than we would without it,” Ruby.
So I got the chance to interview a great group, the group hales from California and is a mix between Soul, Hip-Hop, and Spoken word. The group consists of four members Nico, Ruby, Adriel, and Dahlak(as pictured). From the first time I came across these guys and gal on Imeem.com I was amazed, the group’s somewhat natural cypher like flow and incredible lyrical vocab made them stand out far more than the other artist I originally had in mind.
Cloud N9ne: So I came across your music while on imeem.com and I saw that they did a little advertisement for you guys. How did that come about?
ADRIEL: Imeem is actually a Bay Area-based group, and we were contacted by this really dope guy, Sean Jaochico, who seen us at a show way back in the day. He’s been a great support, and has a lot of love for bay talent.
Cloud N9ne: Your group, iLL-Literacy, is made up of 4 very unique people. How did the group form and how long have you been together?
DAHLAK: We were all born in the same hospital with full sets of teeth, which brought our parents together and resulted in our life long relationship. At a very young age, we all took our unique birth feature as a sign to use our mouths for the greater good.
ADRIEL: Yeah, at the time, babies with full sets of teeth weren’t accepted in the same way that they are today. Society has progressed in that way. When we were young we had to all go to a special nursery because we kept biting all the other babies, and all they could really do was gnaw us back with their gums–and that doesn’t hurt as much. Our teacher was a trained dentist and showed us that
we can mix poetry and flossing.
Cloud N9ne: In an industry where it seems that you have to have a major label behind you to succeed, how does it feel to basically emerge independently? How did you make it this far on your own?
RUBY: Well, our bonds are very rooted- more rooted than a root canal, nahmean. Even though we’ve been blessed with full sets of teeth since day one, we’ve never bit anyone else’s style. Since our baby days, we’ve been going harder than a jawbreaker, which transcends into our work ethic. We hustle, we call our own shots, we do shows that we want to do, create innovative and positive art that means a lot to us, and we still get to connect with our community. Networking is key–and people always want to talk to us cause they’re drawn to our teethy smiles. Cheese.
NICO: Yadadi … I would also add emphasis on the hustle… Adriel, Roobz and Dahlak are some of the illest (no pun intended) hustlers I know … major distribution is fresh, but especially right now independent artists have more resources than we think, and more space to flex. What is iLL-Literacy, actually? I mean, anyone, can make out the word and understand its definition, but what does it mean to the group?
ADRIEL: When we first started out, spoken word was still pretty new to the public consciousness and was starting to get some attention in academic circles, but not really in a good way. All these people with MFA’s and writing credentials were really offended that there was a movement of young folks coming out of nowhere and calling themselves poets. So that whole “spoken word isn’t real poetry” thing was going on–and still does in a lot of ways. So when iLL-Literacy started, it was in response to that… I was like, “Well, if all this work I’m producing isn’t considered ‘real’ writing, I must not be really ‘reading’ it … I must be ill-literate.” The change of spelling is just because I like the way hyphens look.
Cloud N9ne: What has been the hardest part of the journey to the top as I suspect you guys are gaining a lot of popularity this year?
DAHLAK: I would say that the hardest part of the journey is the internal struggle. Making sure we are all on the same page emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Making sure our career goals are aligned as we progress further into the arts and entertainment scene. I think we’ve been doing a good job with it so far. We always keep the lines of communication open to let each other know where we’re at. We’re poets, so we have no problem expressing these things to each other. And there always seems to be a perfect balance that helps keep the crew intact.
ADRIEL: Yeah, staying on the same page is a challenge, especially because we’re working within such an undefined space. We rep spoken word. But since the beginning, we have always been about stretching its limits–which means it can go just about anywhere. So that in itself is a great challenge, too, because we’re often feeling different things at different times. I guess some bands call it “artistic differences” and break up over that. With us, our strength has always been how different we are artistically … it’s just kinda programmed in our biology that at the end of the day, no matter what each of us is on, when we get together, it’s magic.
NICO: Word. Goals, goals, goals…in addition to staying on the same page, I’d say constantly returning to your original goals and seeing if what you’re doing now lines up … it’s easy to lose focus.
Cloud N9ne: I recently seen the Kiser x iLL-Literacy Tee collab. Pretty hot, I must say. Is fashion an important aspect of the group’s image?
RUBY: I think staying fresh is an important aspect to all of us, period–on or offstage. We all have a sense of personal style in our artistic approaches, and I think it shows through in what we wear. We’re definitely into the aesthetic, expression, and molding the art in all sorts of direction, which happens to also include fashion. Personally, I’m much more comfortable rockin’ out on stage when I’m confident that my gear is reflective of my overall style. These days, I’m trying to figure out how to look like a cute robot. If you have some pointers, let me know. Fashion makes me so giddy!
NICO: Yeah…it’s like, sometimes when you feel like you look fly, you feel fly … and in turn, wanna make other people feel fly … and that’s just fly, you feel?
Cloud N9ne: What are some of the groups favorite brands, styles, and designers and why?
RUBY: As a crew, we of course love Kiser!! We all love kicks–Creative Recs are our favorite, it blends the sporty with the classy, and we’ve got pairs in all different colors. ADAPT Clothing, and Jeepney have been helping to keep us fly on stage too. But on a personal tip (I’m a girl, so my fashion senses are quite different). OMG, I’m really feeling Alexander Wang right now- the minimalism and subtlety of his designs are astounding, but he still keeps it edgy, raw, and glamorously gritty. I love Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, Balenciaga- ugh, I swear, when I can afford it, I’m gonna go bananas. I’m also really into Hellz-Bellz and Dime-Piece–I love bold colors, leopard prints, and lots and lots of attitude and edge. As far as brands, I’m absolutely in love with UNIQLO–simple pieces with great design and a Japanese fashion? I’m so bout it.
ADRIEL: Honestly, I’m just wearing whatever until Cross Colours comes back.
NICO: Whatever the homie D tells me to wear …
Cloud N9ne: Can iLL-Literacy see itself doing an official Cloud N9ne Collab Tee?
RUBY: YESSSSS! The question is, when?
DAHLAK: LETS DO IT!
ADRIEL: Hell. yes.
Cloud N9ne: In Five words per person explain what each person of the group brings to the table?
RUBY: Gangsta glam, vulnerability & sweet swag.
DAHLAK: Questions, theatre, criticism, drive and smiles.
ADRIEL: Usually the herb. Um, yeah.
NICO: Henny. Maybe a tall can.
Cloud N9ne: Last Question: What Does music really mean to iLL-Literacy?
ADRIEL: Man, music has been that holy grail that we just recently started grasping for real as a group. Back a few years ago before we started implementing live music into our shows, we’d be on tour and bumping all these albums, debating about musicians, talking about music, and then going on stage to do a cappella shows. The music’s been inside of us and our shows, but we weren’t hearing it. Now that we’re working with music, it’s like a brand new day.
RUBY: Music is LIFE. Music is how we reach the special place to create. When we’re meditating to “Liberation” or watching “Fade to Black” or gigging to a Janelle Monae pre-show, we hit that stage harder than we do without it. Music is how we bring spirit to body, art to life. Music is everything.
NICO: Amen, alady … it makes the world feel smaller, and keeps me going.
DAHLAK: Music is the lens through which I view the world. It’s my hearing aid. My soundtrack. My voice to say “I’m here, too.”
Cloud N9ne: Thanks for the opportunity guys and gal !
I’m an only child so music is my twin brother that I continue to grow with…I just wanna make my brother proud,” Drake!
This guy clearly needs no introduction I mean if you’ve been watching a popular show called Degrassi then you know who Wheelchair Jimmy is, but you may not know Drake! Drake is an artist from Toronto, Canada who has exploded onto the scene as a musician. Drake has dropped two mixtapes with another on the way later this year. Drake’s breakout single Replacement Girl Ft. Trey Songz caught the attention of a lot people and quickly gave Drake a large following. This year Drake plans to release a new album and already has tracks abroad that feature Wayne, Travis of Gym Class Heroes, and Mickey Factz. Peep what Drake had to say about music in the states and music in his hood(Canada).
Cloud N9ne: So I’ve been following you for quite sometime now and I feel as if I know every line to every song especially on that Comeback Season, but how did it feel to finally put a record out that got mad spins in the states(Replacement Girl)?
Drake: Replacement Girl was actually never even worked to radio. It felt great to get spins but I cannot wait to release a single and promote it properly this year.
Cloud N9ne: How did you and Trey hook up because it seems’ like you guys have a somewhat brotherhood type relationship?
Drake: That’s my big brother. I have the utmost respect for his work ethic and his talent and like I always say I was a fan before a friend so its an honor to be able to call him that. We met in Atlanta through his manager and that same day we met was the same we started our legacy.
Cloud N9ne: Do you think your response in your country(Canada) is different from the response here in the states, how?
Drake: I think the US just responds to things differently than Canada period. There is more excitement and anticipation in the US. Canada, and especially Toronto, nobody is ever truly impressed with anything. We just need someone to become an icon in the urban scene. That involves achieving worldwide success, becoming extremely rich, and getting cosigned by like Madonnna or Johnny Depp…basically do the unthinkable.
Cloud N9ne: When you go out do people know you as Drake the artist or Wheel Chair Jimmy and which would you prefer your fans to go by?
Drake: Call me what ya like trick…call me on my sidekick
Drake: Ha nah I think a lot more people are starting to know me as Drake but Degrassi is so large that I’ll always be known for being Jimmy. I’m just thankful that they know me at all.
Cloud N9ne: In a game with so much BULLSHIT being played on the radio(Snap Songs and Dance to this crap) how do you keep away from material of that sort, because it seems nowadays you got a hot hook and your automatically on?
Drake: I like some of those joints for the record. I would never shit on Soulja Boy like alot of people do because he has done extremely well for himself and created a lane which you have to respect. I dont think I “stay away from it” perse, I just think my mind works a little different. I just have different things to say because I lived a different life than anybody else. I still need hooks, I still need big production, I just choose to use my time on a song to get shit off my chest and release emotions. Those dudes just wanna make people dance and to me thats all good.
Cloud N9ne: Also that “OVERDOSE” joint is Bananas how did the collab with Mickey Factz come about in which he is my 2nd favorite artist right now! and how did you guys meet(if you don’t include that in how it came about)
Drake: I’ve never met Mickey yet but we talk from time to time. I got on that record through Omen and thats another dude who I consider family. His album Be The Judge is coming out this year and its gonna reignite the desire for producer albums…just watch.
Cloud N9ne: By now we can all acknowledge that Drake is a fashion symbol, what does fashion mean to Drake and is it parallel with your music?
Drake: I just manage to be photographed in some heavy outfits. But on the day to day I’m a chill dude I don’t really go hard with the fashion like some of these guys…not yet anyway. Me and Oliver been taking it light weight cause we dont wanna hurt any feelings! But please believe me and that dude are going to show you the definition of a young fly fashion symbol…all in due time.
Cloud N9ne: With that being said would you ever consider a Drake x Cloud N9ne official tee?
Drake: Yeah lets get it!
Cloud N9ne: What can we expect from Drake in 08′ as we’ve been feigning for more since “Comeback Season”
Drake: I got a new mixtape coming out called “So Far Gone” and its on some next shit
And I got my album called “Thank Me Later” coming out too either late ’08 or early ’09
Shot out to Weezy F!
I don’t like to talk much so once again…all in due time
Cloud N9ne: *Last question in which I’d like to ask all my artist I interview, What does music really mean to Drake?
Drake: Music has become so much more than songs to me. Its image, lifestyle, money, business, education, integrity, etc. I have learned so much already from just choosing this as my field and I hope I can give back half of what its taught me about life and about myself. Music is constantly evolving and so am I. I’m an only child so music is my twin brother that I continue to grow with…I just wanna make my brother proud!
Cloud N9ne: Well I want to say thanks for doing the interview I truly appreciate it man.
Meet Mickey Factz
“If your not true to yourself, are u true to your fans? Seriously, when this person is talking bout selling drugs or killing, he could be advocating the death and destruction of your family,” Mickey Factz!Mickey Factz. This guy has been burning up the mixtape game for about 2 years and has dropped 3 classics and hasn’t even begun to eat through Soundscan yet. I wanted to know a little bit more about the man, the movement, the force known as Mickey Factz so I got the chance to sit down and run through some questions ranging from his Collab with the Cool kids to a Possible Collab with Cloud N9ne. Check it out…
CloudN9ne: First off I’m a MAJOR fan I’ve been a fan every since the “Be Free” video, and the “Laced Up” track about 2 summers ago, How does it feel to have influenced so many people within a relatively small time period?
Factz: It feels great. For some artists, they dream to be in the position that I’m in. I’m happy to know that there are people such as yourself who have been following and growing with me on this two year journey of mine. Its been a grind but I’m finally making noise.
CloudN9ne: It seems to me many people didn’t catch on quickly to your style of music, why do you think this is so?
Factz: People are sheep. They follow whatever is the dominant genre. After awhile it becomes wack when everyone is doing the same thing and nobody is tryna be different. I took it upon myself to push the boundaries of music and test the people on what they thought was hot or not. Personally, I’m glad they caught on.
CloudN9ne: Me I’m not into to the whole “snap your fingers” movement nor the whole “I sell drugs, look at my guns” charade. Why do you think it’s important to stay true to yourself and your fans, but at the same time make music for everyone of all backgrounds?
Factz: If your not true to yourself, are u true to your fans? Seriously, when this person is talking bout selling drugs or killing, he could be advocating the death and destruction of your family. I literally rap about what I go through, what I see and how I feel. I hardly and rarely fabricate any music that I write.
CloudN9ne: While staying true to yourself means no amount of money should change a person, Were you always into Fashion before the music?
Factz: Fashion played a role in my music from the jump. I was someone who always wanted to stand out when I got dressed. If that meant throwing on vansons, coogi and iceberg back in the day then that’s what it was. Or throwing on prada’s when Nike’s was popping, I had to do it. This is nothing to me. Literally.
CloudN9ne: Also, How would your style be categorized, and what category would you put it in?
Factz: I categorize it has progressive hip hop. If someone wants to get more in depth about what that is, I plainly say its music. Like, that’s what it is.
CloudN9ne: I know when I first purchased The Black Supra Skytops I went to your page a couple days later and Heard the Supra song and went nuts, in fact my co-owner Qiunn and I bought the Gold Supra Skytops(2/1000). How does it feel to have the Supra song becoming a Sneaker Anthem?
Factz: That’s mad hot to me. Congrats on having the Gold Supra’s. I got the Gold & Silver (1/100). Lol. Anyway it feels great to be able to start a movement with my music. Run Dmc did it with adidas and I’m trying to continue that legacy with this brand.
CloudN9ne: Cloud N9ne is a relatively new brand which believes it can make an impact in the fashion community, but what was up with the bashing of new street wear companies on the Flashback mixtape on the song entitled “Streetwear Stories,”?
Factz: I wasn’t bashing streetwear companies. I was bashing Tee-Shirt lines claiming to be clothing lines. Its a difference. A huge difference. If your a Tee-Shirt line, then rep it until you can make jackets and jeans. Don’t say your a clothing company when all you have is Tee-Shirts for sell.
CloudN9ne: Also another Huge movement was the Rockin’ n’ Rollin’ Remix featuring the Cool Kids how did it feel to Collab with them(also when’s the video dropping)?
Factz: Well The Cool Kids are my dudes. I’ve known Inglish for about 2 years. So it was inevitable that it happened. It felt good to have them record the song, then shoot the video the very next day. The video will be dropping very soon. My prediction is before May 1st.
CloudN9ne: Alright I’m gonna start rapping this up as we know you are a busy man..But as a fashion connoisseur how would you feel about a Cloud N9ne x Mickey Factz Tee?
Factz: If the tee is CRAZY, I’m with it. Holla at my folks and we can do it brother!
CloudN9ne: Also how soon can the fans expect an album or another mixtape?
Factz: The Leak Vol 1. drops on April 22nd. The album is expected to drop in 2009. Maybe earlier. There’s no set date for it yet. Just keep looking out for the weekly leaks I drop. That should hold the people over for awhile.
CloudN9ne: Well I’d like to thank you for this opportunity, it’s been a pleasure!
Meet Theophilus London
“Well my Music to begin with is International, I never just made music for the hood, the clubs, or for anything else….,” Theophilus London.
So if you know your music at least nowadays you know that it’s not to often you find that one artist and say “Their gonna change music”. Recently I sat down and talked with one of the most intriguing artist on the Western Hemisphere, Theophilus “Kapps” London. This guy who’s from New York by the way, sounds as if Prince and Michael Jackson came together to mentor one artist. The smooth Electric Vibe of Kapps’ music certifies his international type of feel.
CloudN9ne: So for about 2-3 years now you’ve created a mega buzz for yourself, how do you plan to expand your mega buzz into a international party?
London: Well my Music to begin with is International, I never just made music for the hood, the clubs, or for anything else…. I created it for the world. i got a European tour in the works..
CloudN9ne: Also I noticed your not like other artist on the net in which they say that they’re close to their fans and want to give their fans what they want, but can’t even take the time out to respond to at least a couple inbox messages. Now I have a good friend here by the name ofwho hit you up on myspace and you guys quickly formed a friendship, do you think it’s important to form that 1 on 1 friendship with your fans?
London: Def. I want to understand how my Fans…. as a matter of fact forget the term “FANS” i call em FAM.. but i want to connect with everyone that takes Valuable time to listen to my work.
CloudN9ne: It’s not hard to make a relation to you and fashion, do you think fashion is another way to express yourself and if so what would you call this expression?
London: Actually … not really. Fashion is a personal thing to me. Its not something i broadcast in my music. Its jus like if i wake up in the morning and i feel like wearing a shirt.. 10 times out of 10 ima wear that shirt.. i dont care who’s watching or who’s talking…
CloudN9ne: What are some of your favorite brands be it underground or major?
London: RockSmith.. Rocksmith.. Rocksmith
check out … Rocksmithtokyo.com
CloudN9ne: Do you find it easy to network and collaborate? I’ve heard collabs with people such as Mickey Factz, Clyde and Harry, etc. How does it feel to collab with people of that stature?
London: I love collabing
it takes u out of ur zone and in someone elses… I dont do many collabs tho
im very sacred when it comes to recording music.
CloudN9ne: If you could pick a top 5 playlist of all time what would it be(your songs or others)? and Why?
Ready for love
I would die for u
My whole worlds coming apart
I don’t listen to my music or to much of hiphop
It keeps me motivated and balanced
If u drain ur head with hiphop all day or your music u begin to develop a corny and redundant pattern and that’s why its so call dead.
This playlist was chosed becuz when its timeless and it gives me a new feeling everytime I listen.
CloudN9ne: I know as an artist sometimes we have these visions of ourselves on a huge stage performing with our favorite artist, What would be the ultimate concert featuring Theophilus?
London: Awwwwww man other than fulfilling my dreams on stage Performing Hero
bringing world peace together by having Veterans, and all Military members in evry country on stage.. with Fire works dancers
all Country flags…………. i would love to get on stage with
CloudN9ne: With perfection written all over your craft it seems like you’ve been doing this music thing since the whom, what can we expect from Kapps this summer? Matter of fact I’m Jamin’ to Jam as we speak and that “Rest of em” is so Mello, calm, and Dope! And oh that is the truth!
London: Dope man….. For everyone….. Get the Mixtape now at www.Myspace.com/londonwave….. Other than that my E.P will be realesed this summer which features Hero, Superbad and two more
it will be realesed on Itunes…
CloudN9ne: Lets say a tee company called…hmmm Cloud N9ne..Yea we’ll go with those guys, wanted to make an official Theophilus tee what would you say to that? Or even a Theophilus x Cloud N9ne Official song! that would be DOPE!
London: Man im all for it how about i come to your town and throw a huge event… Always remeber to think Gigantic… never limit yourselves…..
CloudN9ne: Well it’s been a pleasure man truly as we’re big fans! Every since “The Blues” dropped last year! I’ll be hearing from you soon I’m sure!
London: No doubt bro, Peace!
Meet Dondria Nicole
” He basically said, “I’ve been trying to get in touch with you and you have been so hard to find. I wanna sign you. Let’s do this!,” Dondria Nicole
So I got the chance to interview a talented young lady by the name of Dondria Nicole she’s mostly known for her youtube videos of herself singing. She’s generated over a million plays and recently attracted mega producer Jermaine Dupri in which she’s now signed with So So Def. Her album Drops JULY 29th November 08′…!!!! Thats.. JULY 29th November 08′..EVERYONE PICK UP 12 COPIES EACH! But overall she’s a very cool down to earth person check out the interview..
Cloud N9ne: So I’ve been watching your youtube videos for quite some time now, How did the thought of recording yourself singing on youtube arise?
Dondria: Well originally, I went on youtube to look at a dumb video that a friend referred me to. While viewing this video I saw some videos on the side column, that looked like people were singing! “Oh, wow! You can sing on here?” And then came my first video!
Cloud N9ne: With that said, what was your reaction when you reached 1,000,000 plays as it takes quite a bit of talent to do so?
Dondria: My reaction was very surprised. I mean, I just thought I was gonna get a few reviews, comments, and critiques! But I got so much more than that; it was a little overwhelming at first.
Cloud N9ne: I think we can all tell from your youtube videos that your a very down to earth person and you love your fans a lot, do you think it’s important to stay on that personal level no matter how big Dondria gets?
Dondria: Yes, I do!! Definitely! I am very involved with my fans; I talk to them on Youtube, Myspace, Facebook, AIM, and Yahoo IM, and my SayNow line. And though, I know that I won’t be able to do all that forever, I will always, at the least, post a lil clip on Youtube lettin them know what’s going on and how much I appreciate them!
Cloud N9ne: So I was on the net looking a video of yours that I hadn’t seen before and I noticed you mentioned Jermaine Dupri, How did it feel for your videos to become so popular they reached JD, and how did he approach you with the opportunity of becoming a part of the So So Def Camp(Did he Call, Email, Myspace you/what did he say) It felt unreal, it still feels surreal to me now.
Dondria: JD tried to write me a couple times on youtube but I never received those messages due to all that traffic, so then he found my myspace and started reaching out to me on Myspace. At first, I didn’t believe it was him, I thought somebody was playing with me, because by this time, everybody and they mama was coming out the woodworks!! But he was very persistent so I just took a chance and gave him my number. He basically said, “I’ve been trying to get in touch with you and u have been so hard to find. I wanna sign you. Let’s do this!”
Cloud N9ne: With instant Fame on the Horizon how has life changed for Dondria so far? Can you still do normal things a teen would or are you doing things like working on the Album, meeting other Celebs, or Shooting a video etc.?
Dondria: Well right now, I’m kind of at a happy medium: I still get to be normal and go to the mall and movies and stuff, but i am meeting new celebs everyday and working with crazy producers, going out with JD and living the “superstar” life. Pretty soon that’s all gonna change with the album coming out, me shooting the first video, and me going to the BET Awards!
Cloud N9ne: How is it working with Jermaine Dupri, which is a guy you probably have been watching on T.V. since you were young?
Dondria: Working with JD is great! I adopted him as my big brother about a month ago, lol! We have great chemistry inside and outside of the studio and we know that work is always first! While in Atlanta, I’m staying at his house, and I mean it’s just like I’m coming home to visit my brother, really! It’s great!
Cloud N9ne: I know JD is pretty big on fashion is Dondria? If so what are some of your favorite Brands, Designers, Styles etc?
Dondria: Yeah me and JD are like total opposites when it comes to fashion! For the most part, (of course there are exceptions) I shop at one store, Aeropostale…and i wear one brand of jeans, Hydraulic! I didn’t start wearing tennis shoes until all these photo shoots came into play, lol and I definitely get my money’s worth outta my clothes, while Jd never wears anything more than once!
Cloud N9ne: With that said would Dondria ever consider an Official Dondria x Cloud N9ne Tee?
Dondria: Of Course!! You got my back, I definitely got yours!
Cloud N9ne: What can we expect on Dondria vs Phatfffat come July 29th November 08′ (features,producers,writers)?
Dondria: I really think I have a hot album…Production-wise, I have JD, Nitti, No ID, Phil Tang, Ced Keys, Bryan Cox… I have Johnta Austin, Cristyle, Tracie, I believe the album is bananas!!
Cloud N9ne: Okay Last question think on it…What Does Music really mean to Dondria?
Dondria: Music is my Life!! My Getaway!! REAL MUSIC!! It relieves my stress, my anger, my sadness…and it reaches everybody!
Thanks, for the interview Dondria we really appreciate it!
“From a business standpoint, fashion is everything, because the consumer will become a fan ,or like an artist 90 percent of the time based on their image first rather than their music,” G-EAZY
Hey everyone, So I had the chance to sit down and interview an upcoming artist from The Bay by way of New Orleans who’s dropping a EP in the coming weeks on 4/20, and his insight into the fashion industry and the music industry are perfect parallels! Here’s a bit from the interview peep it and if you like his insight add him on Myspace if you don’t add him ANYWAY!!
CloudN9ne: Yo wussup man..
G-Eazy: what’s popppin’ fam?
CloudN9ne: nothing much man..
G-Eazy: Those shirts is fresh no doubt
CloudN9ne: Thanks man..
CloudN9ne: Cool..So how did you get your start in music?
G-Eazy: Around freshmen year in high school, somebody gave me a copy of the beat making software Reason… started f*ckin’ around and before long it became an obsession
CloudN9ne: That’s what’s up man, you do all of your recordings on reasons?
G-Eazy: All my beats, then I mix em in protools, and record all my vocals in protools my self and do my mixes.
CloudN9ne: That’s crazy so everything is done by you? The quality is definitely great
G-EAZY: appreciate it fam… but yea everything. The lab is in my room, i walk in, start from scratch and do it all myself.
CloudN9ne: So how do you think Fashion ties into music..better yet your music?
G-EAZY: Fashion represents you just as your music does… and also from another standpoint, you gotta give your listener something to visualize when they listen to your music… but it all ties into our culture.
G-EAZY: Also from a business standpoint, fashion is everything, because the consumer will become a fan , or like an artist 90 percent of the time based on their image first rather than their music.
CloudN9ne: Great answer..Because honestly no one takes Flavor Flavv serious do to his fashion statemnet..lol but how would you best describe your style?
G-EAZY: My style… can’t be categorized in one way. but I definitely f*ck with tha 80s s**t, i rock bright colors, vans…that type of s**t
CloudN9ne: That’s what’s up..Do you think that the area you live in affects your fashion standpoint or do you look up to a specific person?
G-EAZY: Umm… it used to until i moved from the Bay to the New Orleans
G-EAZY: We’re on sum different s**t in the Bay… and I feel like Cali in general sets a lot of trends… but I gotta give props where its due… NY is where I wanna go… they’re fly as f*ck out there!
CloudN9ne: Yea I definitely feel you on that, that’s where are clothing concept was derived from a mixture of St.Louis culture n NY style..that’s another thing I was going to ask you..How strong is fashion in NO as it’s a place that hasn’t quite landed on the Fashion map yet?
G-EAZY: yea they’re not quite there yet… they got a couple independent clothing lines out here that I know and f*ck wit the people who run them… but past that they kind of got their own style here… I don’t know just not what I’m into.
CloudN9ne: Yea same here that was our whole reason in us starting the line..to try and open St.louis up to the fashion world..but I definitely know what ya’ mean..Aight two more questions…
CloudN9ne: next: What clothing brands are some of your favorites(Besides Us..lol)?
G-EAZY: I can’t really get down with any big names anymore, the only s**t I can really rock is like LRG for jeans… Levis for jeans, and shirts i f*ck wit independent clothing companies i know, plus I dip through urban outfitters every now and then… but really I just pick up s**t at spots like buffalo exchange an turn it out n rock it!
CloudN9ne: Yes sir we over at Cloud N9ne feel you on that definitely..our biggest concern with the consumer was making sure we help cut down on the whole walking past someone else with your s**t on thing. But yea those are some of the cooler labels..I hope you mess with Cloud N9ne in the near future as well..lol
G-EAZY: yes sir im trying too.
CloudN9ne: But last question: this Cd thats coming out 4/20/2008! (“Fresh”)..how do you feel about it…dropping to the WORLD..
G-EAZY: yes sir!
G-EAZY: Its dope… just because, I’ve been doing this for mad long, this is my tenth album I’ve produced.. and I’m finally getting recognized on a big level. I always thought it would take being signed but I am the label now… so i don’t split no check with a whit man in a suit who doesn’t know s**t about music. but its the dopest s**t I’ve made… everybody go buy that s**t and support what I’m doing!!!
CloudN9ne: Definitely definitely man…Go cop that world..it’s officially Cloud N9ne Approved! Well it’s been a pleasure man, thanks for your time, stay up and keep the music FRESH!
G-EAZY: that’s wasup fam, appreciate the good look real talk!
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