|Wed, November 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
A shoe game, fashion and lifestyle video short, presented as a laid back look at Allen I's coming up in Philly, being a b-baller, relating to fans, keeping it real with himself and his folks and more.
In his own words, Allen Iverson explains the details of the VILLA x Reebok Question Pump "A Day in Philly" including his love for style, Bentley's, Friday's and of course the city of Philadelphia.
|Tue, November 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Link to music : Soundcloud.com/emdotkay
Q. Tell the people who you are and the meaning behind your name?
A. I am the future, eMkay. I am a 24 year old artist from Queens, New York. I say artist because creatively I am involved in every aspect of my music career. When I started rapping at 16, writing and making songs was all I thought I needed to do. Coming up in this game, I learned to work for myself in every way possible. Aside from writing and recording, I learned the skill to engineer my own music, edit my own music videos and edit my own pictures. Staying consistent and dedicated to my craft got me to where I am today and will continue to help me grow. As for my name, eMkay, it comes from my initials M.K. Adding my own twist to it, I ran with the name, knowing at the end of the day it means something to me.
Q. How long have you been an artist at what age did you notice you had talent?
A. I began writing and recording music at 16. Growing up, I was always confident, no matter the situation. I always had an ear for music since a kid. Since the day I started, I knew God blessed me a talent, a talent I couldn't give up on. At 16, me and my friends would rent studio time at a local studio in my neighborhood. Since then, I invested in having my own home studio, courtesy of where I've created all my projects to date.
Q. Everyone has a success story what's yours?
A. My success story has just begun, I wouldn't be able to fully elaborate on that question yet. The fact of being featured in the 2014 XXL Freshman Cover magazine (page 100) was a big deal to me. Music has given me the opportunity to travel the states and give me a different outlook on life. In the past month, I've visited Kentucky for the IMEA Awards, winning my 3rd award in a 2 year period as well as performing at the award show. I just got back to New York about 2 weeks ago from Atlanta, Georgia where I had performed at the Ink and Music Arts Festival in the Georgia International Convention Center.
Q. Tell us about your mixtape?
A. My latest project R.E.A.L (Revealing Everything About Life) is my debut EP, which is my first release on all digital markets (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon etc.) The project includes 8 records, where in sequence tell my story. The EP has a very versatile feel to it. Even though I'm revealing everything about life through my eyes, its very relatable to others. I have a records on the project for everyone to enjoy, whether its a party song, love song, deep song etc. One thing about me is I like to be as different as possible. I'm always creating new material to keep a fresh and organic sound. Being my best work to date, this record really shows the fans who I am and what I'm capable of with the combination of flows, punchlines and wittiness.
Q. What's next from you?
A. I have a few surprises up my sleeve, the fans might get that surprise sooner than they think. Right now, everyone can expect a visual for every record on the EP. Last year I created a mixtape entitled "Consistency" where the fans can definitely expect its sequel, where I would continue to basically make that project a series.
Q. Please inform us on your next project?
A. For sure, like I said in the previous question, the fans can expect Consistency 2 in the near future. As for my debut album, we're going to keep creating new material, and when the time is right, sometime next year the fans can expect a full length album.
Q. Everyone has up's and down's in the industry could you tell us your life struggles?
A. Yeah we all have our ups and downs. One of the downs would have to be that people who you thought were true to you really weren't. Along this journey, I've lost contact with many people I thought were my friends. As time goes on, you really notice who is who. I've never been a person to give up, so when people gave up on me, all it did was make me work harder. So for advice to anyone chasing a dream, as long as you stick to it and be tru
|Tue, November 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Link to Music: https://soundcloud.com/shawnkentnrl
Tell the people who you are and the meaning behind your name? My name is Shawn Kent and I'm an up & coming rapper from New Jersey. My birth name is Duchant but during my boxing career the announcer could never pronounce my name so my coach shortened it to Shawn. So I just kept Shawn as my first name, and Kent because I like Superman. So I just combined the two.
How long have you been an artist at what age did you notice you had talent? I've been rapping or trying since I was about 16. I don't know if that's when I noticed my talent because I find my notebooks from back then and I sucked. So when did I notice my talent, I don't know I always thought I was nice but I think I'm good at everything lol.
Everyone has a success story what's yours? It's still being written I don't think I'm successful at all. Hopefully my success story begins with working with my publicist and in a year I can answer that question.
Tell us about your mixtape? Look out for my mixtape coming no time soon. Seriously right now I'm just releasing singles and videos when I get a bigger buzz I plan on releasing a mixtape with a big named DJ. Hopefully around the summertime, but yo no se.
What's next from you? I have a big show Nov 9 opening for MGK's artist Ray Jr. and I'll be dropping my next video "Competitive Self" this week.
Please inform us on your next project? Nothing is set in stone. My plan is to release a video a month, and get the videos featured on hip hop sites to build my name up.
Everyone has up's and down's in the industry could you tell us your life struggles? I'll keep the list short because it seems never ending sometimes. I get Joe Budden comparisons cause I'm always doom & gloom. But my biggest life struggle is being a poor student that can't afford to pay his bills, and wanting to break into an industry that requires a lot of money. Right now I have a very very limited income but I still have to manage to pay for studio time, promo, videos, etc. No one wants to hear well I don't got it but I'm good. Bars and talent don't matter anymore so I often wonder am I wasting money trying to fund a career that won't happen because I can't think of a dance. I just struggle recognizing that its the music BUSINESS, nothing is free.
Do you belong to any foundation or charity? No, but maybe I should start one for myself. Fund a Rappers Dream???
What where you doing before you became This success artist? I'm far from a success, but before I was focused on music I was boxing full time in Brooklyn.
How can the Fan's reach you? My facebook music page is ShawnKentMedillin, you can contact me through my website Shawn-Kent.com. My goal as an artist even when Im huge is to be accessible, so no matter how busy I am I will always find time to respond at some point.