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CONCRETE: Was their a thought process going into creating Underground Luxury? B.O.B: Their really wasn’t a thought process. It was really me having fun in the studio. If anything the most deliberate song on the album was “Paper Route” that was a song where I had things to get off my chest. The whole album was me having fun and letting myself say the shit I would only say on a mixtape on a album. CONCRETE: What’s your two favorite songs off the album? B.O.B: My two favorite songs on this album is “Fly Mufuka” and probably “Back Me Up” but its subject to change cause before it was “Throwback” but as I played the album for people they paid a lot of attention to that song and naturally I like rooting for the underdog songs, so for now its “Fly Mufuka” and “Back Me Up”, and I produced both of them so that’s probably why. CONCRETE: How long did it take you to complete the Underground Luxury album? B.O.B: It started before I got the title. It’s actually a spin off the Fuck With Me Ball mixtape cause still in this bitch was on that. I was kinda getting my hands dirty on the production a little bit. I’m different so I have to craft my sound to ﬁt what I’m doing. I collaborated with a lot of producers on the Fuck With Me Ball mixtape but on the album I started recording heavy last February but the recording process was going so good I didn’t want to stop so I kept recording all the way up till November. CONCRETE: Were there any records that didn’t make the album that you wish did? B.O.B: I wish I would of put the song “Missing” on the album. It was either “Paper Route” or “Missing”, both are songs that kind of rufﬂe feathers. The songs that didn’t make it will be on the bonus version so they will get the proper attention eventually. continued on next page
CONCRETE: You have worked with a lot of big artist. What artist haven’t you worked with that you would like to? B.O.B: I want to work with the Gorillaz. I’ve always been a fan of Bjork her music is crazy. James Blake I think that he would be dope to work with. I like to collaborate with people I honestly can’t ﬁgure out how they make their music. As far as the hip-hop world I would like to collaborate with Kid Cudi, I think that would be dope. CONCRETE: How many instruments can you play and how did you learn? B.O.B: I play bass, keys and on the drums I have two left feet, but if I practice I could be descent. On this album I spent a lot of time on the production side. I thought like a DJ more on this album. I didn’t think like a guitar player or a rapper or a producer. I thought like a DJ would. Because when I was a kid I played the trumpet, I can understand music enough to kind of conceptually pick up a instrument. I just ended up picking up the guitar. I learned the basics and I’m the type of person when I learn the basics I’m like ‘alright I’m gone.’ I started when I was like 19 and picked up different techniques and skills from other people. I never really wanted to learn someone else’s style I just wanted to learn how to play it and create my own style. CONCRETE: What are some pros and cons when it comes to touring? B.O.B: The cons of going on tour is that it has to end. The pros is your going on tour. You’re seeing the world. It’s a blessing. Sometimes as an artist you get caught up on the shufﬂe, and you forget how dope it is that you get to go to different places, meet different people, smoke different weed, eat different food, meet different women. It’s a experience. You learn a lot and it makes my music better when I experience something then go back to the studio and write a song about it.
CONCRETE: You’re starting to venture off into acting. How did that come about? B.O.B: When you really think about what acting is you’re always acting because to be a good actor you have to be natural. It’s something for me that became fun. It’s not like a job. It’s good to have something that as an artist you can just do it and not have to feel the pressure of having to be the best at it. It has to be a role that I’m comfortable with and it’s fun. Something I can do on my spare time. I’m also going to be on Single Ladies this season and The Game in case I didn’t mention that. CONCRETE: Who do you call for advice? B.O.B: Advice comes in the strangest ways. For me shit just happens that can’t be a coincidence and it will prove something to me. But advice can come from someone like T.I. or it can come from some stranger in the club somewhere. I really don’t call anybody for advice cause advice usually ﬁnds me. continued on next page
CONCRETE: You’re starting a record label. Do you have any particular type of artist you’re looking for? B.O.B: I’m open to some artist development, but the ﬁrst artist I’m looking to present to the world, I really want them to have their own style and identity ﬁgured out. I’m really not looking for anything particular just someone who is really talented in what they do. CONCRETE: You did songs with Taylor Swift and Hayley Williams who both live in Nashville. Is there a Nashville connection? B.O.B: Actually Hayley made that happen. I can’t tell you how but she made it happen. It’s crazy at that time I was able to collaborate with Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Morgan Freeman all on the same album. I never try and get features it kind of just happens. CONCRETE: Your style varies from genre to genre. How do you deﬁne yourself as an artist? B.O.B: My identity as an artist comes from style. I had to really understand that. When I ﬁrst came out and I had the song “Haters Everywhere We Go” I was like ‘Man I’m not a MC, I’m an artist.’ When I went pop I was like ‘I’m not a pop star I’m an MC.’ I was like B.O.B it doesn’t matter what you do it’s your style and how you do it that makes it unique. CONCRETE: What’s been your key to success? B.O.B: First rule of success is to not tell everything that you know. Honestly just do what is exciting to you. The game is setup where you can do what you want and be the type of artist you want to be, but everybody tries to follow everybody else’s blue print. Just build a building that you would be excited to live in.That’s how you build your career. CONCRETE: If you could go back in time what’s some advice you would give yourself? B.O.B: I would tell myself don’t spend too much time thinking. Never have I ever made a song or had a hit record that I thought about making, it just happened. If your talented you’re going to make it happen. It’s like a football player. You give him the ball, he is going run. That’s why he works all week in the gym. You have the strength and ability to make it happen just trust yourself, and when you trust yourself you stop thinking. So I would tell myself to stop thinking so much.
CONCRETE: You left 101.1 The Beat Beat. What happened? DJ Crisis: I’ve had people tell me my whole career to follow your heart and do what you love. Radio was always something that was good for what I was doing but that wasn’t my ultimate goal. I honestly grew in a different direction from the radio station. There was a lot of stuff administration was trying to make me do that we weren’t seeing eye to eye on. A lot of times it seemed like they didn’t want me to grow past were I was at. I feel like I can help the city more by moving around as opposed to being conﬁned to the studio. But I do appreciate all the opportunities they had given me by being able to broadcast my talents to all the people. We just weren’t seeing eye to eye on a lot of stuff management wasn’t allowing me to do what I thought I could do to bring more life to the city especially on the local scene. CONCRETE: You recently teamed up with the Academy. What is that and how did it come about? DJ Crisis: The Academy is a group of taste makers in the industry. Some of the top DJs, producers and some artist. The purpose of it is to bring everybody together and help break music. We communicate a lot about what’s going on and what’s working in different markets. I got involved with it because of DJ Drama. He has actually been a mentor of mine since I started DJing. It’s really a branch off and a rejuvenation of the Afﬁliates movement. CONCRETE: What can we expect from you for 2014? DJ Crisis: I’m jumping full out into the music industry. Like I was saying I was very limited at the radio station and wasn’t free to do what I really wanted to do.I have a lot of connections outside of Nashville so I’m moving around. I’m making a transition out to LA. I have some events going on out in New York, Atlanta and Miami for spring break. I’m just trying to spread this music around especially Nashville artist. I’m working with Mello Rello right now we are getting ready to drop his project late spring early summer. I’m really getting in tuned with breaking artist, that wasn’t something I was cultured into doing as a DJ. When I ﬁrst got to TSU I went straight to DJing parties and playing what the people wanted to hear. There is way more to breaking artist records, you have to get it to dj’s in other markets and spread the record around. Basically I’m getting my network on and spreading my wings. Really just jumping out here on faith, a lot of people are scared to really chase their dreams so they stay in their comfort zone. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be involved in the music industry and be able to help change and move the culture of hip-hop forward.
Reviews by Jones @Allaboutjones Fluid Outrage - Lost Book 2
DJ Sir Swift & DJ Divinci present Fluid Outrage’s latest project. This mixtape is packed with authentic street music that contrast today’s typical trap sound. Flu is known to give you music that you can ride to as well as music you can pull up too. This Mixtape stayed in my CD players for 3 weeks. My favorite songs are Game For Sale, Step Out, and Money Over Here.
Various Nashville Artists - Keep It VILLE Part 7
The 7th edition of the #KeepItVille series is sure to be a favorite. It features the new hit song from Young Buck: CHECK UP, produced by BandPlay. Ms. Trice murders the VERSACE BEAT while Likwid Flowz get melodic with his smoke song, ROLL IT UP. Keep your ears open for hit singles like Be.Howard: ORDER ME A DRINK, Veto: LOVE THAT and Tater Wheat: LONGWAY.
DJ Bravo Bangerz - Bravo Bangerz
This mixtape laces listeners with their favorite Nashville, Memphis, Atlanta, and Louisiana artists all in one mix. Check out music from Starlito, City Paper, Shon Gotti, Steezie of Bezel Gang, Slice 9, and much more. BRAVO BANGERZ
Tha Captain - Million Dollar Wrist Game
I remember the ﬁrst time I seen this guy perform at The Rutledge. Ever since then, he has been making noise and has been featured on WorldstarHipHop.com and Datpiff. Tha Captain is back with MILLION DOLLAR WRIST GAME. This mixtape features laid back harmonization over cool ass, quality beats. Keep ya’ ears open for songs like, Bands, Government, Dollar Signs. The whole mixtape is banging.
I enjoyed this 5 song collection. It certainly leaves the listener wanting more. The production style of this project is unpredictable and paints an abstract picture. These two dudes have complimenting styles that prove to be futuristically classic. This CD is a breath of fresh air from mainstream music.
Malaki - 3D
Malaki is back with another mixtape full of club bangers but this time he’s in 3D with Atlanta’s #1 Radio DJ, Lil’ Bankhead (Streetz 94.5). As soon as the 1st track plays, Malaki’s distinct style of “Turn Up” entertains the listener as he takes you to a world where everything is on “10”. Watch out for his hit song FLAMING HOT. #Salute Lil Bankhead for showing Cashville love when I came through the “A”, recently.
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Hometown: Russellville KY Measurements: 34-28-36 Biggest turn on: Turn on are chocolate men with muscles. Biggest turn off: My main turn off is laziness. Favorite Designer: I’m not a designer chick. Three artists we’ll ﬁnd on your ipod: Drake, Future and various R&B - new school and old school.
CONCRETE: You have been working a lot with Lito/Grind Hard. What’s your current situation with Grind Hard? Robin: Well that current situation is just two artists who have hell of respect for each other. We respect each others grind. When Lito records projects or anything he does, he ﬁnds some where to place me in it. He is just someone who wants to see me shine. I’m not signed to his label. I’m still a independent artist. I take pride in earning my way to recognition. You have to put in that work whether it’s being on someone’s hooks or background singer situations. I actually had the chance to work with Tamia this past summer also Laura Bell Bundy who is signed to Big Machine. I feel like it’s important to do the work and see what it takes cause it makes you a better artist. CONCRETE: What can we expect on your Love Killer project? Robin: On this project I really touched on subjects that dealt with heart break. I’m someone that feels like it’s all or nothing. I love hard cause I got it as a kid. Also things from being jaded in the business to friends that said they would be there that weren’t. I’m a R&B artist so of course I had to touch on relationship drama, also being a mother and having to get all the work done and still be a good parent. I feel like art imitates life and hopefully theres some people out there that get to hear it and it helps them get through. CONCRETE: What producers did you work with on Love Killer Killer? Robin: Everyone that I worked with on this project has been in my circle for quite some time. Fate Eastwood, Nyse, Broadway, Trez and Neek, OG, and DJ BurnOne for 5 points music group. Each producer brings something different to the table making this project very diverse. I’d say Love Killer is a combination of R&B, Pop, and Hip Hop. CONCRETE: What features are on the Love Killer project? Robin: Of course Don Trip was the featured artist on the ﬁrst single we released from it, “Float” produced by Broadway. There may be some other features that may or may not come as a surprise, but I chose to limit the number of features because this is my solo project. People are most familiar with me being a featured artist on hooks and this project is the opportunity to show a different side.
CONCRETE: What part of Nashville are you from? Sandwich Bag: East Nashville. CONCRETE: How did you guys get your start as a group? Sandwich Bag: We been rapping with each other since we were kids. We started with YMD in like 2003 and we switched our name to Sandwich Bag just this past year. This is like our 2nd trip, the ﬁrst trip there was four of them and at some point of time we didn’t see eye to eye but they kept it moving and now we’re back together and we’re all with Sandwich Bag. CONCRETE: Where does the name come from? Sandwich Bag: We came up with the name because we got that dope music, that crack. We bag it up and give it to the streets. When we ﬁrst started we gave our CDs out in a Sandwich Bag cause we feel like our music is that dope. CONCRETE: What do you guys have in the works for 2014? Sandwich Bag: We working on a mixtape Studio Crack Vol.3 right now it should be dropping March 1st. We’re just enjoying ourselves going in over all the industry beats. They can expect us to be competing with the top people out here on that project. We got our album coming after that called Cook, Cut, Serve and that will be coming around June. On that project we got Young Buck, Snootie Wild, Yung LA just to name a few. We’re still working on it though, so there may be more.
CONCRETE: How did the song with Snootie Wild come about? Sandwich Bag: Basically, he was at a club someone called to do a feature so we did it and now we’ve been touring with him. We have been to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and then we came back and brought him out to Nashville. I guess he felt like we was some cool dudes so he been fucking with us ever since. CONCRETE: You guys drop a lot of videos, What’s the thought process going into shooting your videos? Sandwich Bag: Well if you look at a lot of these peoples videos they are kind of plain. We just try to bring excitement to our videos, we try to make movies. The video has to go with the topic of the song it goes off what we rapping about. We try to shoot a video every two to three weeks. You got to stay out here and give the people what they want to see. CONCRETE: Any shout outs? Sandwich Bag: Key 2 Music, Snootie Wild, Yung LA, Paper, Sir Swift, Bezzeled Gang, Team Yayo, Heat Committee, Black Ghost and everybody that’s fucking with us. FREE GTO!
CONCRETE: Can you tell us about your new project? Behoward: Yeah we got the new self titled project dropping in March. The ﬁrst single off that is “TMRW” (To Many Reasons Why) I’m gonna be doing a visual for that and the other single “#2”. You can expect nothing but good music that’s all I do. But the title is BeHoward I made my name an adjective cause you can actually be Howard it’s the truth. It really means just be yourself there is only one you so if you be yourself there is really no way you can’t stick out. CONCRETE: What producers did you work with on BeHoward? BeHoward Behoward: NYSE did most of the production. I think he did about 8 out of 14 tracks. We also got Band Play, Kangaroo and Mattic Lee who did a few of them as well. I’m proud of it man, it’s some of my best work yet. Everybody been asking like why I haven’t you been coming out? I want it to be special I don’t want to drop quantity I want to drop quality. CONCRETE: Who are some of the features on this project? Behoward: We got BlackCatﬁsh, Stan, Mattic and my alter ego Jerome Stylez on there getting real soulful. Jerome Stylez is an old player, he comes out when he hears instrumentation and when you want to get that soulful singing that’s Jerome Stylez. He is the guy in the club with slacks no draws gold chains picking up all the young chicks cause he just smooth like that. CONCRETE: You recently came across a situation with Originally Ent. What’s that about? Behoward: Well it just made sense we been rocking together so long just on a friendship level because we respect each other and our music so it made sense for us to link up and actually put a stamp on it. It’s working out perfectly. It’s hard when you don’t have a team cause all I really know and have a passion for is the music part of it. Brixx and Originally Ent. has a passion for the actually business part of it. So when it all comes together it’s crazy. CONCRETE: What can we expect from this album? Behoward: You can expect good music. I’ve always stood by that you can’t deny good music whether your white, black, chinese or whatever that’s what your gonna get from front to back. That’s why I made sure that one through fourteen was jamming. I couldn’t even pick a order cause all the songs are jamming. You can expect a quality 14 song project that you can push play and not touch the cd player for the next hour. I covered all the bases from personal relationships to club records, the anthems, I got the lyrics. I got two or three songs of each one of those so no matter who you are or what your actually looking for your gonna be satisﬁed with this project.
CONCRETE: Where are you from and how did you get your start as a producer? Tony: I’m from Memphis. and I got my start when I was about 15, and that’s when I started to make tracks. I still got the same keyboard now, and I actually used it on the track I did for R.Kelly. CONCRETE: You produced “Marry The Pu**y” by R.Kelly. How did that placement come about? Tony B: It happened because my manager Jacey. He lives in Atlanta and works at Patch Work Studios. R.Kelly was there recording some of his album and my manager gave him a CD with some of my tracks on it. The track was actually a totally different track, but R.Kelly really liked the intro. He had me come down there and let me hear the song that he made off just the intro. He told me when you hear it your going to know what to do with it. He didn’t give me any speciﬁc instructions or anything. He basically said use your imagination and do what you do. CONCRETE: Was that intimidating being your ﬁrst major placement and an artist of that caliber? Tony B: It wasn’t. I really wasn’t star struck or under a lot of pressure. I was more or less just trying to get that placement. I’m conﬁdent in my ability, but it was a shock cause it all happened in a matter of hours. They asked, “Is there any way you can get down here?” So I got in my car and drove down to Atlanta that night. I stayed there for like two nights just locked in the studio. CONCRETE: What programs/equipment do you produce your tracks with? Tony B: “Marry The Pu**y” was made on Fruity Loops but I played the the Baritone from 5th grade up ‘til my TSU days. CONCRETE: What can we expect from you in the near future? Tony B: Deﬁnitely more from the artist I’m working with, Nate The Great 901 and Saaneah and maybe a “Marry The Pu**y” remix. The track is already done so you never know. R.Kelly already wants to hear more of my music. CONCRETE: Any Shout Outs? Tony B: Shout out to the Jackson and Brown family of Memphis, Tennessee. Nate The Great 901, Saaneah, my manager Jacey and Niko.
CONCRETE: Where are you from? K Camp: North Side of Atlanta CONCRETE: How did you get teamed up with TJ Chapman? K Camp: We go back some years, Him and my mom are real cool. I was always sending him records and he would be like they cool. But when I was signed my Mom was managing me and she would always go to TJ for advice on deals and shit. Then when the Money Baby record hit he was like I see you, your ready. So thats how we connected. CONCRETE: The “Money Baby” record caught ﬁre fast. How did you go about pushing that record? K Camp: The record was out before it was really out. We had sent it to a DJ Ace in Charlotte for CIAA weekend and he played it for MLK with hood rich, MLK called me on our way back to Atlanta and asked what’s this record you got called “Money Baby”? He said I want it, He was gonna put Drake and Wayne on it at ﬁrst so I was hype like lets turn up. So we waited and waited but we was itching to put the record out so we just went a head and released it. He was also playing it in a club called Taboo before we released it and people was looking for it but couldn’t ﬁnd it. I think thats what help make that record buzz so hard. From there it just took off. CONCRETE: What’s your current label situation? K Camp: I’m independent signed to myself 427 music CONCRETE: You have a record with 2 Chainz, “Cut Her Off” how did that come about and when can we expect a visual? K Camp: We just got done wrapping up the video a few weeks ago. I did my part and then 2 Chainz jumped on it and we had to add him to the visual, so we ended up shooting it twice. That should be out in a few weeks. That situation came about cause I was in L.A. writing for Atlantic, and DJ Technique called me and was like “I see you dropped the In Due Time project. I’m proud of you.” He was like, “Tit wants to jump on ‘Cut Her Off’.” I was like, “Man stop bull shiting. Tit talking bout he charge a 100k for feature.” He was like, “I’m dead serious.” Next thing you know I was in the studio with Nipsey Hussle, I checked my email and I had the verse from 2Chainz. I was like, “Oh shit! It’s ofﬁcial put that mufuka out ASAP.” CONCRETE: In Due Time hosted by DJ Drama is out what can the fans be expecting from this project? K Camp: All around good music. I hit a little bit of everything from the ladies, to the struggle, motivation, club shit, ratchet shit a little bit of everything. I hit all lanes so if you don’t like one song you’re going to love something else. I tried to attack every angle, but its an all around good project.
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