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Seven Questions With Blizzard

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Every year DetroitRap.com helps throw the largest beat battle of the year in the city & 2018 proved no different. As March Madness consumes us – a bracket of producers prepare themselves for the stage in hopes of taking home the championship belt! On March 31rst, 2018 that producer was Detroit native Blizzard. I had the the chance to discover more about this years champion & so of coarse I asked him 7 QUESTIONS to figure out about the man, the myth, the beat battling legend BLIZZARD!

Seven Questions w/ Blizzard

COMMi$$ION: First off congratulations on winning the 2018 March Madness Beat Battle championship belt! What was going through your head after you took home the top prize that night?
BLIZZARD: First, thanks for having me and my fellow competitors made me work for it that night, man! Lol but the main thing that went through my head was it was about time i finally won a march madness belt.
COMMi$$ION: When it comes to preparation for a beat battle what sort of things are you taking into consideration before compiling a list of beats to compete with?
BLIZZARD: The main thing that I take into consideration for battling is the crowd and how can I use my tracks to interact with the crowd Next is usually if i am going to use a clever phrase or something in a track Ive learned that its those little things that keep the music exiting and if the crowd gets a laugh thats always a bonus Afterwards its how my mixes are and then pray lol
COMMi$$ION: For those who haven’t been blessed with the sounds of Blizzard before, can you tell us a little about yourself – when did you get your start in the scene & why beat making?
BLIZZARD: I’m just your friendly neighborhood blizzard I’ve been battling since i was about 18 and going strong I got into my first battle at the bullfrog against one of my mentors x the detective I got started beat making at 13 my dad got me a pro tools bundle and FL studio And being a 13 year old with no money i made my own beats lol but from there it grew as I learned more about the process and then I learned sampling and here I am now.
COMMi$$ION: Growing up who were some of your largest musical influences & when it comes to your own music is their one in particular you feel you’ve drawn the most inspiration from?
BLIZZARD: Growing up my musical inspirations were dre and swizz beatz but since ive been at it now I am hugely inspired by Araabmuzik and Apollo Brown those two guys came from the battle scene and are have made tons of dope records
COMMi$$ION: What’s your favorite piece of equipment you’ve owned or used in the production process?
BLIZZARD: I have not owned any hardware personally but I would have to say an mpc Ive used them off and on never got good at it but its fun to mess around on the pads and have fun chopping samples on those
COMMi$$ION: As I was watching you take on producer after producer during the battle, I noticed you reference DragonBall Z. How often would you say you bring non musical elements into the creative process & of coarse whose your favorite DBZ character?
BLIZZARD: My favorite character is a toss up between Broly and Trunks lol But i use anime as an inspiration sometimes the awesome fight scenes or just even a groove you might hear in a song thats in the show can sometimes get the creative spark going
COMMi$$ION: Finally, you’ve taken home the March Madness belt but there’s still a lot of 2018 left! What’s next for you & what can fans expect in the coming months?
BLIZZARD: Well as of right now I have worked on a single with Big Gov Blame it I have production for Quest Mcody on his album the gosp3l Also mariimomma a dope femcee And crimson alchemist another dope femcee And i got the pistons anthem by a blessing with P.L. And a few things you will be hearing soon that are under wraps And now im finishing up an instrumental album and working on an ep I’m going to step back in the booth and see if i still have it haha! But thanks for having me its a blessing and an honor! Thanks Joe Uncle P and Detroitrap.com

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KID JAY ROCKS OUT WITH STEVE HARVEY!!!

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Uncle P: We have had the privilege of watching you grow as an artist. How did this connection between you and Steve Harvey come about?

Kid Jay: Last year I was one of the mentees in the Steve Harvey Program and I got to talk to him, Charlamagne and Jeezy. I showed them my poem I wrote about George Floyd and how I work with kids on the Autistic Spectrum and they loved it. Charlamagne Tha God told me “your positive message is needed in hip hop”. It felt good hearing good things about me coming from other rappers in the game that I look up to like Jeezy.

Uncle P: What did it feel like to have someone with the stature of Steve Harvey gravitate towards you?
Kid Jay: It meant the world to me because I grew up watching the Steve Harvey Show so obviously I’m a big fan. So for him to fly me out to speak to the youth felt so unreal, I wouldn’t change the experience for anything .
Uncle P: Tell us about the most recent experience that you had with Mr Harvey?
Kid Jay: We were at the Mentoring Camp in Atlanta and they had their own Basketball tournament going on. Mr. Harvey was a coach and I thought it was hilarious how serious he took the games.
Uncle P:  You have been thrusted into being a role model and a mentor for young people. Is it hard? What challenges have you had with yourself still being young and figuring life out?
Kid Jay: It’s a lot of pressure that comes with being a role model, but I’m willing to take on that responsibility because at the end of day what I’m trying to do is save and encourage our youth. I know I still have a lot to figure out about myself, but everybody is a work in progress and If I can be the one to help the youth progress even farther than I will.
Uncle P: Do you find it challenging to be a positive force in the music industry when it seems like all your peers want to hear is music that doesn’t necessarily utilize or feed the soul in a productive manner?
Kid Jay: Yeah, because right now music has a specific sound and that’s the type of music listeners wanna hear because they’re used to it. I’ve always said as long as music sounds good to the ear, I love it and one day everybody else will because my music is GOOD.
Uncle P:  What’s Harvey’s favorite song of yours?
Kid Jay: Golden Child, he likes the old school beat because it got that West Coast Feel.
Uncle P: Tell me about this record you just dropped with your brother?
Kid Jay:  I dropped a track with my brother just for fun and everybody went crazy for it all over Facebook and Instagram. We spent like 3 hours recording it laughing, trying to figure out what we were gonna say, but I’m glad we did it because my brother is my best friend.
Uncle P: We are just over halfway done with 2022. How do you plan out closing the year?
Kid Jay: I plan on dropping a new song every 2 weeks for the rest of the year because I wanna be more consistent

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djkage PRESENTS: D-IMPORTS VOL. 3

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Djkage hit’s us off with the 3rd edition of the D-Imports Mix Tape series. Fully produced by djkage himself you’ll find over 35 artist dropping lyrics on this 28 song project. Strong promo has been done for this project with the release of a visual every week for the last 2 months. Now that’s how you roll out a record! Peep the latest visual THE CRAFT feat Guilty Simpson and Awesome Dre

 

https://djkage.bandcamp.com/album/djkage-presents-d-imports-vol-3-2

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Dame Black Releases “PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS” (Artist Interview)

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Uncle P:  You have a serious buzz around the release of your latest release People under the stairs. With a title like that, what was your thought process around this project?

Dame Black: Well thanks to all the people who supported the movement and, the Dame Black brand first they’re one of the main reasons for the big buzz surrounding the project. So The People Under The Stairs is actually one of my favorite movies I had to mention that but, I used to be in the streets trapping and, what not an 90% of my content is street so I looked at the people under the stairs as the clientele. I took the movie and, flipped the perspective into a dealers view. I wanted to still reflect the movie as well so I used the actual movie cover as well and, flipped it to once people hear the EP they’ll definitely understand the similarities and, the references.

Uncle P: So when did you realize you wanted to make something out of that film? After watching it a few times or did the tracks inspire it all?

Dame Black:   I guess it came with the creative process of how I put together projects. The movie was definitely in the back of my mind but, I guess it was after the first song I knew how I wanted to sculpt the Ep. I try to give the fans a full meal to break down art, music, visuals, poetry, streets, all that exist with in this project so in short lol yea the tracks inspired me.

Uncle P:  What was your favorite song and what has the public gravitated to so far? What did you learn from having listening sessions?

Dame Black: I dont really have a favorite to tell you the truth and, there’s a reason. I dont have a favorite out of any music I put out yet…. Only because I know I have alot more greatness in me to achieve musically so I guess im still waiting on a favorite. As far as the listening party I learned alot and, s/o to the muzik shop for hosting the party but, wow it was amazing! I learned good music and, humility will definitely bring alot of great minds together. Thats the biggest thing I learned from that I could go on for days but, I would say thats the most important lesson I learned from the listening party.

 

Uncle P:  What was it like working with one producer for a entire Album? Can you share how it went down
Dame Black:  S/O to Aaron Green hes responsible for every beat on the EP hes an amazing producer which made it easy to put this project together check him out on IG @AGmusic1989. If I can recall im pretty sure it was Ub who tagged me in a IG post to a beat snippet on AG’s page. I heard one beat and, was amazed I loved his sound an feel so I checked out more beats on his page and, was convinced on the spot that I wanted some tracks from him. After I bought at least 3 tracks I was in album mode but, I wanted to bring that old feel of hip hop that I remember back one artist working with one producer feel. Im real big on the essence of hip hop even tho my content is street based I feel thats where hip hop came from anyways… I continued to search his catolog and, I asked him to do a couple special samples for me until I felt I had a complete body of work and, thats how the EP came together.
Uncle P:  How would you describe AG sound?
Dame Black:  AG is almost undescribable he’s so universal as a producer its crazy! Leaving the description up to me tho I would have to say he’s so soulful saying that he plays instruments as well its just a taste of soul its like grandmas cooking. I definitely would have to say his strong point to me is soul music he makes beats you can feel in your soul some of his beats I dont even want to rap to I can just ride and, vibe to them.
Uncle P:  The music scene is like the wild wild west right now, whats been your experience trying to gain exposure in the crowded space of music?
Dame Black:  Thats a good question I would say for me its just easy being me my artisty comes from a truthplace so im just focused on being the best dame. Im not into gimicks or jumping on bandwagons or co-signs and, its alot of that going on alot of artist not being who they really are. I really think that changes the game alot and, makes it hard for true artits like me to break through but, all my recent buzz has comes from all organic work, quality music, and, me being the best dame I can be for my fans and, supporters.
Uncle P:  Who you feeling right now musically? If somone was reading this interview and hadn’t heard a record yet, whos vibe would you say is similar.
Dame Black:   AG is almost undescribable he’s so universal as a producer its crazy! Leaving the description up to me tho I would have to say he’s so soulful saying that he plays instruments as well its just a taste of soul its like grandmas cooking. I definitely would have to say his strong point to me is soul music he makes beats you can feel in your soul some of his beats I dont even want to rap to I can just ride and, vibe to them.
Uncle P: What can we expect from Dame Black over the next year?
Dame Black: More and, more music lol I work hard and, I love putting out quality work for my fans so more music first. Im actually in album mode now working on another project with Sapiano Sounds as we speak. More dope artwork s/o to bryan gower on all my artwork hes the genious behind the Ep cover. Dropping more visuals s/o to mino shot dat on my recent drop the Kevin Garnett video on DetroitRap.com now. Ill definitely continue to keep people intrigued in my artisty with creative roll outs dope promotion s/o to my manager Ub hes a big driving force behind all that and, more. But im just gone keep grinding being humble and, putting out good music I think next year is MINE!!! Respect the scorpion.
Uncle P: You plan on getting out and touring any? How you plan on moving around the Midwest? Who do people contact to do some business with Dame Black?
Dame Black: S/O to my manager Ub again he put a dope concept together called “The pull up plays” and, the concept to that is we pulling up wherever rocking the stage. We get the dates in to the shows and, we give our fans acess thru flyer and, social posting then we pulling up and rocking the stage which is a “Pull up play”. Im definitely looking for bigger stages and, a bigger touring situation to reach more fans with the music but, for now we putting in all organic ground work trying to reach as many live bodies as possible which is a foreign art in todays game internet is the big thing. For anyone looking for verses, show booking, touring opportunities, etc… Contact my manager Ubadah McConner at   Beat6teen@gmail.com. Thanks for the interview I truly appreciate yall at DetroitRap.com s/o to Uncle P for all the help as well 6/21/22 I bring yall a true classic The People Under The Stairs Ep produced by Aaron Green (AG). Check my artist page out on FB Dame Black@ Facbook and, check all my latest content out on YouTube, Itunes, Spotify, etc…..

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