GOOD KELLY “Q&A Interview” ///

GOOD KELLY “Q&A Interview” w/ (2013)
*Answers in 3rd Person
-When did you start making Hip Hop?  & Who influenced you?
GK started making hip hop in 2011. There’s a big difference between Hip Hop and Rap, and when GK first started out doing anything related to either of those, it was freestyling. GK never wrote or anything. But when GK first started trying real hip hop was definitely when he was in Boot camp. He used to battle and freestyle with MC’s from all over the place man it was crazy. He was the only one from PGH too. That’s where he really started to notice nobody sounded like him. Influences… its typical, but always been a Biggie fan, GK knew all his songs when he was like 10. (haa) But there’s also Jay Z, The Beastie Boys, 2Pac, Canibus, Public Enemy, and just about all 90’s music. GKs pops had all the good shit. But then he started liking other sounds like 50 Cent, Camron, Bun B, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Slim Thug. Now GK expanded his music library to people like, Sublime, Ozzie, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix.. ya know? Good stuff like that. GK isn’t just influenced by a couple. He’s influenced by “GOOD” music.
-What made you take Hip Hop from a hobby to a profession?  Was is a certain influence, a life experience, a collab?  
GK can thank his hypeman Kali and cousin Mike for that one. One day we were in GK’s Kia Soul smokin listenin to some of his old shit, they really appreciated his work and encouraged him to get the fuck out of the Army and really stick with the music and take it to another level.
-What are your goals with music for the next 3-5 years?
GK doesnt usually set long term goals, but if he did it would defly be to take his team to the top, be included in the BET cypher, go on his own tour, be interviewed by Nardwaur, haha.. you know? Just trying to be involved with the top names in music period really, maybe some awards. Who knows?
-Give us some background and details on your recent release, Wrath of Sensei Danielson?
Sensei Danielson is one of the many alter egos that GK goes by. It was created on the count of being a young dude (Like Danielson from Karate Kid) but being capable of putting words together and going on beats with precision like a master, therefore Sensei. So the whole point of this EP was to express the capability to go over some different type of beats, that the average person wouldn’t, especially in his city (PGH). It’s more hip hop based. There’s definitely messages on every track, you just have to listen.
-Seeing that you have music videos, how important is it to come out with visuals with your music?
Visuals are very important to GK, ones appearance attracts fans sometimes more then lyrics, sad but true, but GK wants to take a different approach with his visuals. Nothing common like the strippers, cars, and money involved themes, but videos with a message to follow the lyrics. He doesn’t want to be none for having “swag” or none of that. Don’t get GK wrong cuz the mojo is on point, but he wants you to feel his passion for the art of music. Feel me?
-Any future works, collabs, partnerships, or affiliations?  Who would you like to collab with if you had a choice of 3 MCs or producers?
Yeah defintely, GK is workin with a handful of PGH artists, none really out of state yet. GK is affiliated with Choo Jackson of Most Dope. That’s his nigga yo he’s mad cool. GK has talked to a couple big names like MC Eiht, Mod Sun, Project Pat, Cheif Keef, and Mac Miller, but would defintely love to work with MC Eiht, GK’s dad is a big fan of him so growing up he played him alot in the whip. That would be crazy cause he’s a veteran in the game. In the future GK would defly like to work with. Hmmm. He’ll have to defly say TDE, Mos Def, and Wiz tho man. And producers. GK would have to say Young Chop, Kanye, and The Alchemist.
-Do you plan to travel or take your music to other states, or cities? (If you havn’t done so already)
Hell yeah man, so far we’ve only got a chance to get involved with Maryland, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia and Philly, but GK is definitely going to travel more to get out there, LSD plans on goin to Los Angeles, New York, Flordia. That’s the main, but there will be more, trust.
-Any Good Kelly shout outs?
Shout out to the whole LSD! Shout out to all the Pittsburgh artist doin they thing. Like P.O.P, FTR, Mo$crill, MPB, SG, not to say there aint more but GK hears these niggas. Haha and shout out to GK’s producers Pav Medicinal, Chris Dreamer, Da Jetsonz, Jay Card, and G.B Chilltrip. Shout outs GK Camera Man Sam Suter and GK’s graphic designer Dejouir Brown & Paul Dang. Shout out to the homie Choo Jackson, Brennan Peirson, and Forever Kool. Shout out False Reality, Buhay, VRNAQLR, and Confetti for hooking me up with some dope gear. And big shout outs to Taylor Gang and Most Dope for puttin Pittsburgh on the map. Let me stop before GK do too much, haha but remember these are all important names. Dont slouch none man.
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INTERNATIONAL MAVERICK “Q&A Interview” w/ (2012)

-Tell us a little about yourself. Where you are from? (Bio) How long have you been making Hip Hop?

I’m an emcee/producer born and raised in Chicago.  I’ve always had a love for Hip Hop since a kid so it started with freestyle sessions with my homies then started putting my rhymes on paper so I could really master my craft as far as delivery, cadence and wordplay but I didn’t really get serious as far as perusing a career in music until I started making my own beats about 3 yrs ago.

-What influences you in making Hip Hop?

My life in general influences me.  My day to day living and past experiences and my own self expression is my way of ventilating emotions that I have through music, I try to be as creative as possible.  My goal is to cultivate my own sound.

-Describe your music, and what separates you from other MCs?

My music is the yin/yang of my spirit try a give listeners an idea of what’s really going on in my mind or what I gone through and/or trying to achieve.  A part of me is a real big shit talker (but what rapper isn’t) and a part of me is conscious.  I think the 1 thing that separates me from most mc’s is that I produce all of my own music, which gives me a unique sound.

-Who have you collaborated with? Who would like to collab with in the near future?

I haven’t done any collabs as of yet but I’m not opposed to it.  As far as the near future I’d love to get in the studio with some of my favorites such as Nas, AZ, Lloyd Banks, Kanye, Jay Z, T.I., Kendrick Lamar, Twista, Fabulous, Jadakiss, Styles P, Freeway, Mos Def, and this list could get long. Lol!

-Your definition of “Underground Hip Hop”?

Underground hip-hop is where most of the creative and hungry artists are.  We’re so passionate about achieving the dream we really put our all into our music with the grind, sleepless nights, taking risks, self belief, self motivation, passion and all out determination to reach goals.

-Production wise, who are your influences? Who does your production, and who would you like to work with?

Like I said I do all my own production but I’m not opposed to rhyming on someone else’s track.  But my major influences are Ryan Leslie, Swizz Beats, Dr. Dre, 40(drakes producer), 9th Wonder, Hitboy, Kanye West, Alchemist

-Any current or future projects you are promoting?

As of now I’m promoting my latest visual for my song 5 L’s that recently hit 140k+ views via youtube.  My plan is to do more visuals in the coming months to get people more familiar with my brand.  I probably won’t do another mix tape until I’ve created a bigger buzz for myself, don’t want to drop mix tapes just to say I did it, because it could be great music but if you haven’t established a strong fan base it may get over looked even though u feel it’s a dope project.

-Where can we find your music and info?

You can find my music at  I’m on twitter @_imav.  Reverbnation/InternationalMaverick and Soundcloud/InternationalMaverick

-Any shout outs?

I want to shout out the whole Chicago underground hip-hop scene, we finally getting a ill recognition from the industry.

MARSHALL PAYNE “Q&A Interview” ///

MARSHALL PAYNE “Q&A Interview” w/ (2012)
-Tell us a little about yourself. Where you are from?  How long have you been making Hip Hop?
My name is Marshall Payne, I was born in Oakland and raised in Bolinas, CA. I’ve been rapping since I was about 11 or 12 years old, but I didn’t start recording music regularly until I was about 21.
-What influences you in making Hip Hop?
Everything influences my music. I think that people are shaped into who they are as a result of living their life. Every conversation you have with someone, every argument, every movie you see, every song you hear… all of these things influence you and shape the way you think and act. To be sure, some events have much more of a profound influence than others, but I believe the way people express themselves is a direct reflection of the accumulation of experiences they’ve had throughout their lives. So, my answer for this question is: everything.
-Describe your music, and what separates you from other MCs?
To describe my music: My shit goes. To describe what separates me from the pack: Being my unique self at all time. To be honest I haven’t even seen anyone with a similar style, let alone the same. I’m not saying that on some “I’m the greatest ever” type shit, it’s just that there is literally no other rap artist I’ve seen or heard that I feel comfortable comparing myself to. Being original and unique has always been important to me, and I think that shows in my music.
-Who have you collaborated with? Who would like to collab with in the near future?
The biggest artist I have done a song with is Mistah F.A.B, and the song is called Get Connected (track 2 on my new album Bo Knows Rap). Out of all the artists with a big name that I’ve met and interacted with, Mistah F.A.B. is the most down-to-earth, real, respectful dude out there. I’ve seen him INSIST to pay to get into an event when offered free entry, just to support the performers. I got nothing but respect for him, and the fact that I was able to do a song with him on my latest album was a great experience for me. The one artist I’ve been dying to colab with for years, who is also my favorite rapper in the game, is Crooked I.
-Your definition of “Underground Hip Hop”?
I’ve never been big on trying to classify types of music. I feel that music is music, and when you try to put an artist or group in a specific genre, it limits creativity and also creates a perception of what their music is, and that perception may not be fully accurate. There is so much variation and diversity within hip hop, and music in general, that I try to avoid creating finite definitions for genres of music.
-Production wise, who are your influences? Who does your production, and who would you like to work with?
I’m going with a super sleeper pick for this one. It’s probably a guy most of y’all haven’t heard of, but his name is Dr. Dre. That dude has some really good beats, I think he’s from LA or something. In terms of production for my music, it doesn’t get any better than the brotherly duo of Cambo & Lou Koo, my 2 go-to producers who made every beat on my latest album Bo Knows Rap. A couple other producers I work with closely are Browse Beats and Chase Moore. I’d say if I could pick a producer to work with it would probably be Timbaland, I’ve always been a huge fan of his production.
-Any current or future projects you are promoting?  
My new album is called Bo Knows Rap and God will slap you in the junk if you don’t go download it now (FREE).
-Where can we find your music and info?
-Any shout outs?
Huge shoutout to Cambo (@CamboMusic) & Lou Koo (@Lou_Koo), who are my 2 partners in crime and have had a bigger influence on my music than anyone else. Much love to all of my Marin County people, my SF folks, my East Bay cutties. Big thanks, which has been a huge supporter of my music and had made a lot of things possible. Lastly, and most importantly, I love my mom.