Uni-G Interview and I’m On Featuring Rina Glover
Tell us about yourself and your music?
I've been rapping since 1999, I always loved poetry as a child and reading pieces from Langston Hughes, François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) and Walt Waldo Emerson that quickly transitioned into me wanting to spread my message through music. Growing up in the Bronx New York, you were either conditioned to be either a rapper, basketball player, or drug dealer; fortunately and unfortunately for me my escape was music. I used music as a tool to give me from the streets and dead like many of my friends, I used therapy and a way to be funny, weird and the full version of myself.
How would you describe your sound?
My song is a cross between conscious and commercial. All of us music lovers have touched the "Biggie and Tupac" conversation. I wanted to be a mixture of both I wanted to be "swag-filled" as well as the conscious artist who can change your life with my words. It took me a while to find myself in music but I finally have been able to come to a point where I understand myself and even more importantly my purpose as a human and that translates in my music. I'm a cross between conscious and commercial.
Talk about the experience making your single?
When making my single I'm On feat Rina Glover, I wanted to bring a cinematic bar ridden feel to my album (Welcome To My Universe). I wanted something short and catchy that spoke about the naysayers, and those who want to be alongside my journey to the top but haven't contributed to my success. I use a few biblical references to further depict the jealousy and hate those have of me for staying on my path and rising above it all.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
May 19th, I'll be performing live for the Bronx Fest. with Fat Joe and Funk Flex
I'll be going back on tour with Lupe Fiasco
Lastly, I'll continue the second leg of my own headlining tour this summer WTMU Tour pt.2
Plus much more!
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
My biggest highlight thus far was my album release event January 13th. I rented and reached capacity at the Bronx Museum. I brought out Success from Atlantic Records, following the event at my headlining show I brought out Polo from Roc Nation, Steve Lobel, Chris Gotti, Hip Hop Mike from Hot 97 and so many more. Being an unsigned artist and being able to affiliate myself with so many influential people has been a dream. Also juxtaposing those moments, is being able to meet my favorite rapper on my headlining tour and open up for him; Lupe Fiasco. I still can't believe the first time I met my favorite rapper, I was opening up for him!
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s)?
Name something random that people do not know about you?
I don't really care for worldly processions, materialistic things doesn't do much for me. I look to work on true spirituality and connecting with Christ. I hope that my music saves lives brings joy and raises the bar back up. The quality of music has decreased severely, I hope after hearing my album, my message, my beats, people take more pride and time into their music.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
The most important thing I've discovered is you cannot take anything personal. People will play you, talk behind your back and the next moment dap you up smile in your face and call you bro. You can't take it personal, you have to take it all with a grain of salt and push through.
What can we expect from you in the future?
A ton of more meaningful visuals, more features, great music, fun music and music with a message. More shows and tours! And a lot of music!