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should be a real treat for people.” Says Parris. “I’m working on the mix tape with Jule, from Felon magazine, we coming out with it. It’s called Felon Presents Parris. I hooked up with Jule, we vibed. He understands me, we just piggybacking off each other. It doesn’t even matter who get the deal first because it’s all the same shit. On top of all that he’s my man, that’s why we have such a good understanding.” Along with the mix tape and double CD coming out, Parris has a record label, Music Makers 101, owned by him and his brother. He combined the label with Felon. When asked about his style and the influences on his style, Parris says his style is to do a little bit of everything, but stay true to his self and others. As far as style in appearance and attitude he says that he is a “grown man”. You won’t catch him in a whiteT or throwback, but just a good shirt, sweat suit, jeans and boots. Real basic, but not what everybody else is into. “Now that you hear that I aint into all of that, you would swear somebody was copying off Jay-Z, because he done made the stamp with it already.” Parris’ influences come from growing up in Harlem, writing about what mood he is in, and listening to legends like Patti Labelle, Barry White, Lionel Ricci, Eddie and Gerald Levert. He says he doesn’t listen to music every day (his or anyone else’s) but he has learned to love music. “Once you get some cake from it one time and you know you gon’ eat off of it again, you be like this is my shit right here. “I rhyme reality rap. They say rappers is the cause of this and that, but if you keeping it real, you talking about what goes on in everyday life, they knock you for it. If you living a fantasy, they still knock you for it. If you get too political with it, they aint gon’ really feel that because they don’t understand. They minds don’t go that far. Them white folks is looking at it like, ‘We got to keep this a billion dollar industry’. They aint trying to help. That’s where they come in getting all different types of artists. You got the dude that’s keepin’ it real for the streets, the dude that’s humble, rhyming like he’s playing both ends of the stick. Then you got the dude who is political like, ‘I don’t give a fuck.’ They sign them dudes, but they don’t last. It was a dude named Parrish I used to listen to. He was down with Scarface and them if I’m not mistaken. His music was crazy but he didn’t last long because he was too ready for war. It’s like you can’t win for losing when you rap you just gotta do you.” The artist gives some examples of the diversity on his album, from personal songs like The Letter, written to his son, and Round for Round, where he is bringing it to you like a boxing match. He also has a ballad on the album called, something about Em, where he’s talking about 3 different women in Harlem, in each verse, but never saying their names. He has a song called Dirty, a dirty south joint that he did with Ardie, he also has producers he worked with from Atlanta. He plans to push the majority of his CD’s in Atl. Parris feels there is a void to be filled in the game, especially since Jay-Z is, “quote on quote, not coming back.” He says he likes dudes like Jay-Z, Nas, MOP, 50Cent, Dirty south rappers, Andre of Outcast, and Cam’ron. “I feel Cam is doing a good job for Harlem.” He respects them for having unique styles and bringing something different to the table. That’s also what his style is about. “I be buggin’ sometimes, my mind just be gone sometimes. I hold back cuz I don’t want people to say I’m crazy, so I keep it real easy, but I’ll air off. Parris worked with hot producers Ron Browz, Dame Grease, Ardie from Harlem, Funkyasiatic, P.5. ent. And Alcon from Atl. He likes Kanye West, Just Blaze, and The Neptunes. He says he doesn’t need a beat to make him hot, he helps the beat too. He even sees production in his future, He also likes Darrel “Digga branch from six figga ent.” He makes it clear that he has big future plans. Besides writing, rhyming, and maybe producing, he plans on opening a couple of Laundromats, and maybe even acting. “I could do acting easy- give me a show or movie, I’ll shut it down. As long as the money is right I could care less. He says he’ll play almost any role accept for a “mammy” role. “I aint playing no slave or gay roles, those are mammy roles. Whatever I do I’m gonna be smart about it. Everybody wants the finer things but you gotta get something you can appreciate. You can buy a home, but put it in your kid’s name. Get another home, condo. Apartment, brownstone, whatever and rent it out. I learned you cant really go out and gat stupid.” Keeping his mind right, staying grounded and taking care of his family are his main priorities right now. Taking care of his mother, getting his brother a lawyer so “he can see some daylight”, and making sure his 7 year old son, Parris, is straight. My brother keeps my mind right. My other brother is incarcerated. I gotta do this for my son. What about his mother? Me and my son’s mom is cool, we go through our little things, but that’s my homie. I gotta get this money for my family. It’s not really fun for me. It’s an art and all that but I take it serious. Everything else falls into play after that.”



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