Interview w/ International Gem

How are you today?

everything good, headed to get a fresh line for the felines

Definitely have to stay looking presentable. You are from New York, what was the upbringing like?

my upbringing was young parents (the struggle), during the crack era, public housing drama etc. a common story from the 80’s to the 90’s

Interesting. Now I dont want to take up much of your time. So Who inspired you to become an artist?

I always been into music, I started writing as a way venting and soon became my way of expressing myself

Who were some of your fav artists that you looked up to?

I wouldn’t say looked up to but the theme music for the early chapters were Nas, Kool G Rap, the Wu, MOP, Death Row

You mentioned that you started writing as a way to vent. When did you start writing?

started writing at 14 started taking it serious around 16

Where did the name international gem come from?

originally stemmed from Gem Star then a bunch of sucks ran with the name. Through International on left Gem to let them know where I’m headed.

What do you like and dislike about the rap game today?

it seem like the less talented the more shine but I respect the hustle and the level of creativity being shown right now

What do you feel like you could bring to the game?

As of 2012 I’m making music for me. I’ve said I want to help bring NY back but truth is it never left. my creativity and struggles I express are beyond the states line

What projects are you working on?

right now I’m working on my EP, reaching out to alot of producers coming up. I want this project to be me as a whole, love & war

Whats the process for you like when it comes to writing and working on an EP?

I write whenever my mood shifts. You can’t force emotion. I may be writing 5 different songs in the course of a day. if it was real when you wrote it, the feel will remain authentic to the listeners.

What are your ultimate goals?

my goal is to be in the credits. Fame only last for so long, history is what I want to be apart of.

Whats this Greenleaf Multimedia I hear about?

Green Leaf Multimedia was started some friends and I. A way for those around my way to be seen and heard. started in 09 and we’ve been growing. I’m also the editor for the company view our work

I definitely like the idea. I was able to check out the one titled “Food” sampling the “Scarface theme”.

yeah. That was some work we did for an upcoming artist as well, creative dude s/o to Octane

You should definitely keep up the side projects along with your music. Versatility is unique.

definitely is. I also producer as well. Like I said I’m trying to be in the credits all across the board.

With at comes the end of this Twitterview. Any last words/shoutouts/pitches for my readers, people around the globe?

s/o to y’all for having me, @CeceVance @GreenLeafMM #KHM, the fans, GB an the struggle

Thanks for taking the time, good music, versatile, bright future, people need to be on the lookout.

I appreciate that #love

Interview w/ Maciel Cruz

I had the pleasure of Twitterviewing a fellow university student with a bright future.

How are you today?

Lol great hun… Just finished having brunch with the girls πŸ™‚

Great! You’re from New York. Share with us a little about your upbringing.

Yep πŸ™‚ Born in D.R .. Raised in Queens, NY. I love where I come from; & absolutely Love where I was raised.

What’s the best aspect about being from New York?

Theres a lot of aspects. I would have to say the opportunities that arise. Also,living in NY forces you to be independent.

Speaking of independent, you’re definitely doing your share. You’ve been in some videos. Talk a little about that.

Had the opportunity to be in a couple of videos; met different people. Great experience. A couple of projects coming up as well.

Outside of doing big things with music videos and photo shoots, what do you do in your free time?

I LOVE spending time with my family & friends. They are who keep me Sane. I also work & go to school. My schedule is crazy lol

What do you study in school and what do you hope to do once you get a degree?

Paralegal Studies… Hoping to get my Masters in English Studies… Write a book… Countless things. I love to be challenged.

How long have you been modeling?

About 2 1/2 years or so… Really got more involved the past year… A lot of opportunities have come up that I’m grateful for.

What drew you to modeling? How do you feel personally about yourself and your accomplishments?

Ppl gave always told me growing up I should get into it. Never really thought about it till I got to college πŸ™‚ & I love it.

So far the experience is amazing; I’ve learned so much from the ppl I have worked with… Truly a blessing.

Who is someone you’d like to work with?

Shakira or BeyoncΓ¨!! Both Amazing performers!! πŸ™‚

What’s the one thing you feel is your best feature?

My facial features lol people say I’m exotic looking. They compliment the personality as well. Personality is the most important

Where do you see yourself a few years from now?

I like to live in the moment. Haven’t thought that far ahead. Enjoying this moment to the fullest.

That was my final question, is there anything you’d like to say to your supporters/followers/ my readers? 

Thank everyone for their love & support!! ❀ & thank you for the interview πŸ™‚

Thank you for your time. I wish you the best in your future. Good luck in school!

Thanks love!! XoXX likewise.

Check out more about Maci

Interview w/ G-Ron

How are you today?

great… Ready to work like always

Who were some of your influences growing up?

growing up I was deep in the death row era. Pac, Dre, snoop.. But Biggie, the lox, Jay Z and DMX where influential too

Who would you say your individual style most resembles?

I have southern slang, with a east coast flow and a mid west style… So I have no idea lmao

Now you are signed under Brian Angel’s label, he raves about you all the time. How did this relationship get started?

I’ve known him before the fame, before MTV. That’s my big brother. So now we riding together with this movement

What projects are you currently working on?

working on my EP death b4 dishonor right now… Looking to drop it mid feb or early march

What inspires you to go to the studio and unleash your artistic creativity?

self motivation… In my eyes failure is not an option so I gotta do what I gotta do to get it done

Are there any current artists that you’d like to work with outside of Houston?

I wanna work wit a lot of ppl but I would say young buck, ti, snoop, Dre, dip set

What will it take for you to tell yourself that you made it in the business?

I need a couple of successful albums and to be respected and known as a good artist

For those who have not heard your music yet or been introduced to you, in your eyes why should they pay attention to G-Ron?

I’m a breath of fresh air in a watered down industry… Ima give the ppl me, 100% of the time my music is refreshing

That was my final question. Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans/supporters/followers?

I just wanna thank everyone for the support and love and be on the lookout for me… I’m coming

Thanks for taking the time to chat @TheRealGRON  

no problem, thank u for having me…

Be on the lookout for G-Ron’s future projects. Check out one of his videos

Interview w/ Done Wright

Brooklyn artist Done Wright took some time out of his schedule to talk his inspirations and plans for the future

How are you doing today?

Fa sho…I’m good thanks for asking, just putting some thoughts & plans together for my future.

You grew up in New York, how did your surroundings influence you?

Growing up in South Side Queens influenced to be aggressive in life and it also allowed me to appreciate the value of life.

What inspired you to pursue music?

Different things inspired me, my moms playing R&B, my pops playing Reggae + my big bro playing Hip Hop, it was all around me

Who were some artists that you enjoyed listening to growing up?

Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Kool G Rap, Rakim, Nas, 2 Pac, Mobb Deep, Biggie just to name a few.

What kind of projects are you currently working on right now?

I’m working on my 2nd album “Supply Work, Demand Respect”, my next project is “A Beautiful Mind” mixtape which is already done.

What can we expect from this mixtape?

On the production side its all original beats. On content side (lyrics) it will give the listener more definition of who I am.

Currently, do you see any artists/producers today that you’d like to work with?

Absolutely. I would like to work with TI, Luda, Nas, Jay and OutKast. Producers, Dr Dre, Kanye & Havoc

You have an album out which people can get on itunes, you been featured on sites such as WSHH, what’s your ultimate goal?

My ultimate goal is to build HardWork Entertainment to the level of Bad Boy, Cash Money or how Roc-A-Fella was & sign talent.

Is this the label you’re signed to or is this a label you are trying to get going?

Yes, this is the label I’m trying to get going, its set up as an LLC…I own it

Thats good to hear! What do you feel are the necessary qualities an artist should have to be signed to your label?

Have a great worth ethic, be extremely talented, and be humble.

How would you describe your style? your flow? Have you been compared to any artists?

“Style” witty, charismatic, & thought provoking..”flow” depends on the record…sometimes I’m layed back other times aggressive. In High School (Downtown Brooklyn) they used to call me Rakim…I have been compared to Nas & Cormega.

Before I take up more of your time, what are your top 5 fav tracks of all-time?

Ok cool… Nas “Take It In Blood”, Biggie “Respect”, Jay Z “Money, Cash, Hoes”, 2 Pac “Brenda Got A Baby”, 50 Cent “This Is 50”

With that comes the end of this Twitterview. Any last words/comments/shoutouts for your supporters and future listeners?

S/O to everybody that supports me. Shout out to ya’ll for bringing something different to the game!!!

I want to thank you for taking the time out of your weekend to do this Twitterview. Stay on your grind.

No prob…Fa sho!!!

Done Wright’s Youtube Page