Sketchamus Exclusive Interview #UKHH #UKHipHop @Sketchamus

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

I’m Sketchamus. I also part of a rap duo called 2LostSouls. I’ve released 3 solo mixtapes and one 2LostSouls mixtape so far.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I live in Winchester, in the South of England. To be honest there aren’t many Hip Hop radio shows specifically in Winchester as far as I know.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started writing lyrics when I was about 15 and spend several years progressing through the DNB scene, then started writing to Hip Hop about 2-3 years ago. The main reason I started making music is because I love the emotion and atmosphere music can create and it has had a huge impact on my life.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

I released my first Hip Hop track about 3 years ago. It took me a while to adjust my style and flow when I first moved from writing to DNB and started writing Hip Hop bars. This was reflected in my first few tracks where I recieved quite a lot of constructive critisism. This really gave me the push to improve and progress to where I’m at today.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

My style is a mixture of deep emotion and upfront bravado. I’d definitely class myself as an anti-swagger rapper as it’s not something I’m about.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

My latest release is called Scrumpy Rap, the best place to download it is from my bandcamp; https://sketchamus.bandcamp.com/releases . It features verses from Matty C, Rapulsive, Stan Doubt, DK, Verbal Skillz, Mr.E, Dubside and Yozi Mac. I’m currently unsigned so it’s not on a label.

How long did it take to create and finish?

The current project took me about a year in total I think, on and off.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

It has diversity and variety, using a mixture of several genres, plenty of metaphorical depth.

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

My favourite track so far is ‘Wake Up!’ but ‘Phantom’ is the one that has recieved the most positive feedback.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

Yeah I definitely still buy music, but usually in mp3 format rather CD’s these days. I usually buy them from sites like Amazon MP3, Bandcamp, Beatport, ect.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

I’ve got a very diverse taste and like certain stuff from most genres, but I mainly listen to D&B or Reggae when I’m not listening to Hip Hop.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

Best way to contact me is via Facebook or Twitter. Expect peformances of my tracks, old and new, sometimes with guest appearances from artists I’ve collaborated.

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?

Both I suppose, it can help to get artists out there, but it’s definitely killing it for the lesser known artists that really value and deserve the support.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Thanks. Just want to big up anyone whos been involved and supported my music.

Interview by Josh Powell

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Exclusive Interview with Shakezpeare #Interview @Shakezpeare @ParkStreetPR

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

I’m Shakezpeare and I have just released my first album H.I.N.D (Hiphop is not dead) my first release of the year, last year i release 3 mix tapes and was featured on so many i lost count. My first mixtape was lost souls that was a colab with my USA west coast rapper brother Crhymes outta SD, the second was a solo project called 33 degrees, 3rd was Memoirs of a psychopath all of which can be downloaded from https://shakezpeareuk.bandcamp.com for free.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

Im from a city called Coventry in the west midlands theres never been a lot there and the main radio station is hills FM.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started making muskc seriously in 2008 after i came home after a long prison sentence and needed to change my direction in life so i started to put my life and experiences on wax in attempt to vent my thoughts.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

My first song was a track called New Dawn whichh i released locally and wend down well but seeing how i have moved on so much i hope it never comes back to surface. lol.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

Honest, brutal, raw, rugged and unpolluted

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

My latest project is called H.I.N.D and is free to download from https://shakezpeareuk.bandcamp.com and it features MC’s from the UK and US Big duty deeze, Crhymes, Ricky rox, Mc Toddlah, and Unseen.

How long did it take to create and finish?

With a lot of help from all the producers and Park Street PR the album has been around 8 months in the making and was cut down from 30 tracks to the 15 it is now.

If I was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

Three things… I’m not drake, Hip-Hop is my life, and my life has been real now this is my work.

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

Going on views War with the devil ft Crhymes with over 111,000 youtube views, but the biggest track that goes down the best Live is Rydah music always get the crowd pumped.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

Yer sometimes I do but only after I’ve heard it cd first online and if i really like i will go get it where ever it at.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

I love al types of music as long as its good, i was raised on reggae, folk and rock.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

They can book my direct from my email tshakezpeare@gmail.com or just get at the UKs number one promoter Tricksta Parkstreet PR. and my live act is only energy a bit more energy and lots of crown interaction I aways give every performance 110%

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?

Yer its killing the music business but with the way the mainstream is today it deserves to die and make way for a revolution from the underground.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Yer thank you for you time and everyone who took the time to read this I am very grateful. Shakezpeare.

Interview by Josh Powell

Exclusive interview with Nature The Kidd (UK Rapper) @NatureKiddMusik @ParkStreetPR

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

I am Nature The Kidd, rapper from South London currently based in the Midlands. My Releases to date have been “Empire Anthem” (Single), “All Eyes on the South Vols. 1,2 &3” (Mixtape series, The Heavyweights (Mixtape) and Nature’s Way (Mixtape)

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I live in the Midlands at present, fairly nice place. Obviously everywhere has their bad parts but it is what it is. I call it home now. I don’t really listen to the Radio unless it Charlie Sloth so I would have to say the biggest show to me would be his show on 1xtra.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started writing when I was 13 or 14 mainly because my older brother and cousins were rapping and I wanted to be part of it. Back then it was all about UK garage, I had nearly every Sidewinder tape. The guys that featured on them tapes were also my inspiration to start writing my own music.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

Released my first song 13 years ago. The song got signed to Incentive Records and made it clear to me that there is money to be made from music. The response was good, I got a lot of bookings and radio sets off the back of it so really you could say it laid the foundation for where I am today.

How you would you describe your musical style and swagger?

I really don’t know how I would describe it. I’m just being me. I haven’t gone for any particular style I have just gone for what I feel suits me.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

The new project “Nature’s Way” is my debut solo project. Features a whole host of producers and rappers. RD Millz, Wilstar, Big Dutty Deeze, Macca, Alex-is, Krazy and Prophecy feature on tracks and Crezwell, Tricksta, Dead Man Walkn, Breddwinnaz, Terror and Taylor Made provided beats for the project.

The Mixtape has been put out by UK Runnings in conjunction with Sons of south and TRU Management. UK Runnings have provided ample amounts of support and have been a big driving force behind getting this tape out and making sure it gets heard. Salute to UK Runnings!

How long did it take to create and finish?

I must’ve worked on this project for 6-9 months, can’t remember exactly how long. We wanted to get it right so we made sure we didn’t rush anything. Anything that needed to be changed was changed prior to the release.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

I would say this is the best piece of music released since the Thriller album hahaha

What would you consider to be your biggest track to date?

My Biggest track to date would have to be “Empire Anthem”. This is the track that got me signed all those years ago so in terms of what track has made the most waves this would be it. My favourite track to date would have to be “Sky is the limit” or “Little Man” from the Nature’s Way Mixtape. I enjoyed writing and recording both tracks and both are dear to my heart.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

If I’m honest with you I rarely buy music. I will always download music first.. If I like it then I will go and buy the physical CD. Last CD I Bought was J.Cole – Born Sinner and I picked that up from my local HMV. Before that it was Good Kid Mad City by Kendrick Lamar.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

My other half listens to a lot of RnB so I can’t help but have a bit of love for RnB. If I am honest hip hop is my first love musically but I enjoy anything I can move to and is pleasing to my ear. Not really into Drum and Bass or Dubstep unless I’ve been drinking lol.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

My live shows are quite intimate, I try to connect with the crowd as much as possible and when I can I will even fix my playlist to suit the mood of the crowd. I am working on some new ideas to make my live shows even more interactive but this is work in progress.

If you would like to book me you can either email me (naturethekidd@gmail.com ) or call my manager (Cece – TRU Management 07429 949 979)

Do you think illegal downloads are killing the music industry or does it help artists to get out there?

For somebody like me downloads are essential. I don’t think many people would know me if they didn’t have the option of downloading my music. I can understand how the more established artists feel though.. digital downloads make it a lot more difficult to make money if listeners can download work illegally. It’s one of them things that we have to deal with now, They’re not going anywhere so we as musicians have to find better ways of marketing ourselves rather than just relying on record sales.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Thanks for the interview! I’d like to give a big thanks to Tricksta, Cece and Sons of South for supporting the movement. I would also like to thank everybody that has downloaded or bought the Nature’s Way project… Nothing but love to everybody involved.

Interview by Josh Powell

Twitter: @NaturekiddMusik
Instagram: @naturistic
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Naturethekiddofficial

Conscious Route #Interview @ConsciousRoute @TrueHoldRecords @ParkStreetPR

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

Yes, my name’s Conscious Route, repping CCF, True Hold Records, Sons of Scotland and Hip-Hop to the fullest. I’ve released, in the early years, two Fugazirum EPs, a single and 2 LPs. Since being Conscious Route I’ve released 3 EPs, 1 mixtape and 2 LPs, plus a single – you can check the names of projects and styles of music at: http://theconsciousrouteband1.bandcamp.com/

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I live in Edinburgh City, its dope and the music scene is healthy with a wealth of talent. There are a lot of hip-hop nights and a lot touring artists dropping through either Edinburgh or Glasgow. The radio station for hip-hop, Steg G’s Temple of Hip Hop plays a lot local artists and American hip-hop also. It’s a dope show. Steg G, who also runs Powercut records, is a legend and a gentlemen – we need more good men like him in the scene, he’s been in the game 20 years helping the local movement.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started making music when I was about eighteen after meeting producer Huss, not long after, we formed Fugazirum, my first group, that’s when I became Mossman Skank, later abbreviated to Mossman, and then finally becoming Conscious Route. I started to make music because I was fucked up on drugs and depressed, and it gave me an escape from my reality. I also really enjoyed it. It was D&B MC’ing that got me into it originally, and then I progressed to hip-hop. I always liked the music – back in them days I listened to Hip Hop and D&B, but nothing else…

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

The first track, I think, went out in 1998 or 99, it was an EP on Blue Vinyl featuring Kope, myself, and Fillaman, produced by Huss. It got a mixed reception. The review from Hip Hop Connection didn’t like two of the tracks, but loved one and rated it as banger. Overall, I think our sound was quite different to most on the scene, so a lot just shunned it because we didn’t sound the same as them. I got to learn later that a hell of a lot people was feeling that…

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

The latest to drop is the ‘Sinking LP.’ It was released in June by Truehold Records. The release is a collab’ between me and producer Sean El. We met a while back and wrote a few tracks and decided to wind that material up with some freshness which we wrote at the beginning of this year, and release it as an LP. It’s not a concept LP, just a nice selection of tracks, but it works well and people have been feeling it. Most of all, I think I am happy with it overall; it’s a good listen which I think is what music is all about. It features a lot people who are upcoming – such as Big Dutty Deeze and Dillah B-Illa. Also, I got a lot fine Scottish artists like Werd, Blasfima Sinna, Jordon Butler, and Sean El on the raps. The list goes on, but you can get the LP here: http://trueholdrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sinking-lp

How long did it take to create and finish?

The project took a year, but to be fair, we didn’t start out to write an LP, it just turned into one.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

Hey man, do you want to hear a heavy underground release with a mix of UK artists? This is new age with a twist of old and fresh-as grimey steez. Not that regular stand-up, brag-man, gun bullshit – this is grimey conscious rhyming, the bars have come from the soul, man. No word of a lie, this shit is worth getting. My sales pitch is realness, you seem like a real person, well I got some real music for your ears, not for them fake motherfucking types, man, so hold this shit down! LOL!

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so, where do you get your CDs from?

I do, but rarely, man. If I do, it’s Amazon or at gigs supporting local artists or emerging touring acts…

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

Yeah, pretty much everything that I feel has honesty, soul, and something I can connect to. My favourites are Blues, Funk, Folk and Jazz, although I do love D&B, some Indie… all sorts really.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

trueholdrecords@gmail.com – Simple, or hit me through Facebook

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Big up for getting me involved, shouts to hip-hop, and all the people making it happen!!!

Interview by Karl Hargrave

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72thesign Exclusive Interview @72thesign @ParkStreetPR

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

Im 72thesign and Ive just released an EP entitled Sign Language.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I live in Cambridgeshire in the UK and it typically British. The main hip hop radio show would be Charlie Sloth, however I listen to the steel devils on wednesday night via their live internet stream.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

I started making music at the start of the decade as I feel I had a difference to bring to the table.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?

I released a 15 track internet album entitled “an acquired taste required” and it got a very good response. It didnt set the world alight but the first reaction was encouraging

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?

The EP has 7 tracks plus a bonus track. The selection process took along time as I wanted to put out solid effort and make a mark. Hopefully its doing that. I have three collaborations on the EP, Yeddiyah Ben Sion from Verbal Godz, ScrillaMC and Big Dutty Deeze. Plus I have Eric Walden from the 480 collective singing on the hook of the bonus track. Sign Language is available as a free down load on dattpiff and bandcamp.

How long did it take to create and finish?

My music is an on going project so its hard to measure as I make tracks every week. So some of the tracks were written over a year ago but only recorded and mastered in the last 3 months, infact the bonus track was originally written in 2007 but has gone through various stages of evolution to the track it is now.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

My usp is my retro approach to the word play and the clarity in the delivery. Plus every single tracks bangs in its own right from the blues feel in The Blues Master, the hard rhymin pattern in Unclassififed to ruggedness of Hip hop solider.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

Yes I still buy music as I support other artists by buying directly from them via their website or hosted page. I only buy CD’s of old school artists as Im a bit of a collector when it comes to albums and this only happens if I pass a HMV.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

I love classical music, I love ragga or dancehall as its now known but one of my biggest loves in rare groove and soul outside of hip hop.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?

Promoters can contact me via Tricksta at Park Street PR info@parkstreetpr.co.uk or email me on 72thesign@live.co.uk

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

The only thing I want to add is this “I have arrived, from here out its on”

Interview by Karl Hargrave

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Interview with Razor (@RazorArtist)

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Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?
I’m from Kingsbury North West London, its kind of quite to be honest. Not many people from my area do music, so I have to go to different parts of London to get myself out there more.The main Hip Hop radio show in my city that I’ve been involved in is probably, Deja vu, Inner City And Choice Fm.

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?
I started writing at 12/13, I did it because everyone else was. Also my older brother had a friend who was doing music, and being younger I looked up to him. Also So Solid and Pay As You Go, but I started to write songs about 7 years ago. I write songs to get things of my chest, sometimes I don’t know how I feel about a situation until I write about it. When I do music its more like therapy.

When did you release your first song and what was the response like?
I released my firs song in 2010, its was called ‘is there a case’. It was about the death of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor and Anthony Walker. It had a good response becasue of the consept, a lot of people could releate to it. Also a lot of promoters that booked me (at the time), was booking me to perform that song.

Let’s talk about your latest project. Where can we get it, who features and what label is it on?
My latest release is called ‘The Distraction’, its a 4 track E.P with an intro, Outro and 1 interlude. The E.P is about my relationship with my ex, like I said I use music to vent and its theraputic to me. The relationship ended really bad, so I used this E.P to make something positive out of a negative situation. I used the intro and interlude from a film called ‘Closer’, that is about love and how it could have a negative impact on you (Which is why I called it The Distraction). The outro was a radio interview Joe Budden did, and he spoke about his situation with Esther Baxter which I fully related to. I feel the E.P has personally given me my closure. You can get it of Mixtapemadness.co.uk, thisis50.com (50 Cents official website). Hopefully I can get it in more places over the next few weeks, also I’m doing a lot of shows to promote it. I’m an independent artist, so it was released through me.

How long did it take to create and finish?
It took me about two months, I could of released it much earlier but at the time I had just released ‘Progression’ and I was doing shows etc to promote that. I had the lyrics for ‘The Distraction’ written down, so when I finished promoting Progression I started completing it. Its only 4 tracks so it didn’t take me that long. I took a few months off, to record the tracks then released it when I thought the time was right.

If was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!
The major points I would use to sell it is, I’ve been nominated for two awards, I have had my videos on Link Up Tv, Grm Daily, Channel AKA and Spiff TV. I’ve been on Deja Vu FM countless amount of times.Recently I was interviewed on Choice FM by DJ Quincy and he has recently invited me on tour with him in Ayia Napa. If you decide to buy it, good. After that you can make your own decision if you like it or not, everyone is different so I would just have to hope you enjoy it.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?
Honestly, the majority of music I like is free. I like the Uk underground music because I feel that its more me and that’s where I am at the moment, it isn’t dumbed down. I feel like a lot of rappers that go mainstream have to sell out and write songs for the clubs, that doesn’t excite me. Over the past three years I have been given a lot of freebies at shows etc, I’m talking about maybe 300 plus cds and I have listened to them all. I’m a lyricist so as long as I can relate to lyrics that’s all I look for. I don’t buy much music. The last few albums/mixtapes I bought were of itunes. That was Mic Righteous – Open Mic, Scorcher – Simply The Best 3, Wretch 32 – Black and White. Wiley – The Ascent. The last time I went to HMV, I bought Skepta – Microphone Champion, Wiley – Race against time and Donaeo – Party hard.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?
Yeah I do, I still like Grime. I like certain RNB, it might take a bit more for other genres to win me over but I still like them. I can’t really explain it, but it could even be a rock song or indies song if I like it then I like it. The intro to ‘The Distraction’, was written by a Indie Pop singer called ‘Damien Rice’. I think that’s songs actually amazing that’s why I used it. Maybe on another day I would of looked past it, but every word and line in that song made me love it.

So how can promoters book you for shows and what does your live show entail?
If promoters want to book me for shows, they can tweet me or add me on facebook. I’m not fussed, at this moment in time I am still tryna to get more people to follow my music. When I gain more followers its actually a privilege, so as long as there’s a good number of people that attend the show. I’m happy to perform, if I gain 3 or 4 fans/supporters from that. I feel like I have done my job, all I need is the mic and my instrumental and I’m more that happy to perform.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?
Thank you! Follow me on twitter @razorartist, check out all my mixtapes at http://www.youtube.com/mmrazor1 and you can get ‘The Distraction’ from mixtapemadness.co.uk or thisis50.com

Interview by Karl Hargrave

Jerry The Human Interview @therealhuman @parkstreetpr

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Thanks for passing by http://www.darealbiz.com. Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you have released to date.

My name’s Jerry the HuMan. I’m dropping Job Swag EP (volume 1) on June 14th.

Where do you live and what is it there? What’s the main Hip-Hop radio show in your city?

I live in London, where the most popular radio show is Tim Westwood (he’s been around since day).

When did you start making music and more importantly why did you decide to make music?

For me, it was a natural extension of writing poetry (similar to 2Pac’s path). I use to rap for shock value, now I rap to start a movement: Job Swag aka Job Pride. Having a job is fly!

How long did it take to create and finish?

I wrote and recorded it in two weeks. It don’t take long when you’re rapping real life. It’s only hard for rappers that try to make ish up.

If I was in the streets and you came up to me with your latest release to try and sell it to me, what would you say? What major points would be in your sales pitch?!!

I’d say do you have a day job? Have you ever had a day job? If yes, then this is for you – nothing but employee anthems.

Being totally honest, do you still buy music? If so where do you get your CD’s from?

I don’t buy music like I use to. These days if you’re not sharing out of love for music, you’re probably wasting your time.

Do you like any other styles of music outside your genre?

Yes, good music is good music. I like Amy Winehouse to Tom Jones.

So how can promoters book you for shows?

Book me by hitting human247@gmail.com or Facebook.com/therealhuman.

Good luck for the future. Anything you want to add before you go?

Yes, BIG UP, if you have a J.O.B. and pay your own damn bills

Interview by Karl Hargrave