Letter From The Editor
rban Vision Magazine would like to say thank you to everone who supported us in this last year. Even though we had a set back we are finally here. We want to bring you the latest news and music report in the Midwest. Urban Vision Magazine will take you to clubs arounnd the country to let you know what is going on in the Hottest clubs around. With that being said now we get down to the nitty grity, we bring you Brisco one of the Hottest young rappers coming out of Florida. He is giving you that flo like no other, lets go inside and see what you do not know about the Florida base rapper. We will take a look at how he got on with Little Wayne and became a member of Cash Money Records. Now we bring you that C O flavor and we
go inside with a few Rappers and Producers who are movers and shakers in Ohio. First up is So Sa’, the Dayton based rapper did his thing with his former group DBM and now he has his own label and is tearing up the charts and has the internet going crazy over his D-Boy style and his swag is so mean. So Sa’ is always living “Trapp Happy”. As we travel up on I-70 going east we stop in the Capital City of Columbus Ohio. Here we run into the King of the City Cridie Mac his story is so intence we will be running his story in two issues. Cridie talkes about his legal troubles, plus his reason on why he calls himself the King of the City. Cridie also talkes about how he hooked up with Bow Wow and how he got Bow Wow on the single “ What up Bro”. We can
not forget about our eyecandy and cover model Ms. Butterfly, she also comes from Florida. She has most of her body covered in tatoos, this you have to see. We will be bringing you more eyecandy in this issue with Veronica Mack, Shapere, NiCo and Fe-Fe. This is just a teaser of what we have to come in the future. So come on in and take a ride on the Urban side and lets begin this journey. Just remember if you do not have a vision of a dream how can you dream your vision, URBAN VISION MAGAZINE!
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Single Momma Drama while he too looks pretty, riding around in a charger and sittin on 20’s. After 13 s a single mother of two boys who have two difyears of being the ferent daddies, I am a self only parent in the professed Drama Queen. My oldest son’s dad is game, I have been demoted to the parent an ex-con who went that’s well… lame. to prison when our Now if only I could son was five months get some of that monold and got out of ey that brought those prison a little over two years ago. I have 20’s in the form of child support. I could to give it to him, the be the profiling and brother came home cool parent too. But with a plan and on a parenting mission. He that’s not how I do. I’m no profiler, I’m hangs with our son a single mother who daily and keeps him has no problem lookfly from head to toe
ing the part. As long as he takes care of his son, (and he does) I won’t press the issue of child support. The youngest sons father (the man of God) pays child support. But that’s the only props he gets. We see him about once every other blue moon. When we do see him, he beats us over the head with his bible and assures us, (everyone he ever comes into contact with) that we are all going to hell. Fine
by me, cause if he’s going to heaven, I choose to spend eternity with any other form of torture (even purgatory) if it means not having to listen to him throw up the gospel like some rejected cherubim; when he wouldn’t know his son from Adam. I got drama! But I also have a way of escape. It’s called… the drama of the stage. Like I said, I am a self professed drama queen, and the stage is my queendom. I am an aspiring spoken word artist, actress and playwright. I got all the scoops on the open mics, and I even know where you can see some amazing performances for free. Free always has a nice
ring to a single mother like me who also happens to be a full-time nontraditional college student working on a BFA. I know what it is to pinch pennies. My goal in this mag is to not only entertain you with my single momma drama, but also to inform you of your dramatic entertainment options. And there are many around this great capital city; from spoken word at Writing Wrongs on East Long, to the free and often family friendly plays offered every quarter at Columbus State Community College. I don’t care if you are a single mother, or a married without children, brother… stick with N.D. and you will be entertained by
my true life stories and by the many options Columbus Ohio offers when it comes to escaping your own problems and taking a much needed time out from your own drama. You can catch more stories and Quotes from N.D. Smith in all of our upcoming issues in the future, if you would like to send her some feed back please email us at email@example.com and we will get back with you or post your question as soon as we can.
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Story by Wayne Franklin SoSa: Man, chillin, chillin’ down here in Florida enjoyin’ this good motherfuckin’ weather, ya know? It’s beautiful weather, man… UV: There’s a lot of people listening to your music, man. How’s that make you feel? S: It makes me feel like I’m doing the right thing, man, being where I need to be at to get where I need to be, ya dig? UV: Yeah, that’s understandable. Now, you are with Jungle Records, is that correct? S: Jungle Records/Universal, plus I got my own thing: Fast Lyfe Entertainment. So I’m CEO of my own shit, too. UV: OK – that’s poppin’ right there. How did you hook up with the whole Jungle Records/Universal thing? S: Word of mouth, basically. They came and found me, ya know, they reached out to a nigga and whatnot… See, I knew some people, who got my shit to the right hands, and they reached out to a nigga and sent me that 32 page contract. UV: There it is – people don’t understand a contract ain’t two pages! They don’t understand it! Now, I heard you mention Jim Jones from the Dip Set. What was it like working with Jim? S: Jim is a way cool cat, you know? He’s down to earth, a real nigga. Basically, I hooked up with Jim through my nigga Chill Will (V.P. of Fast Lyfe Entertainment). He’d been messing’ with the Dips. But we was hookin’ up prior to hookin’ up in the studio, you know, doin’ shows and traveling… Then we got in the studio and just let it do what it do, and it just connected for real from there. But I still fuck with Jim when he comes to Miami… UV: Your bio said you were doing a mixtape last year with a group out of
Dayton called D.B.M (Dope Boy Mafia). Can you let the readers know about that whole thing? S: I was originally a rapper with some of my homies from back home, and we created a movement (that was) D.B.M. (Dope Boy Mafia), and that’s where it started. I was doing my thing, as far as musically, but it was only local. I got with them and it expanded down through Atlanta. I had that situation going, then things started getting kind of “off rocker”, or bitter, out of character with that situation, so we split up and started making our own moves. That’s when the Jungle Records situation came along. But you know, there ain’t never no love lost, with certain real ones that kept it real. UV: Right. Just speaking about the D.B.M. situation, and the bad publicity the movement received, do you think that bad publicity was a result of the fact that no one really understood where the music or the movement was going? S: (laughs) It was bad publicity because (inaudible) has a lot of guys, with “previous pasts” in Dayton, who are now trying to hook up and do something positive. But whether they are trying to do something positive at the present time or not, the police ain’t trying to feel that, so they’re gonna try to rub your name in the dirt. Like I said, I got nothin’ bad to say about them guys… Some of ‘em are still my niggas, the ones who kept it real, held it down and held they’re own down… Some of ‘em went off on some “girlie shit”, but I got love for the ones who got love for me. UV: So, what’s next for SoSa? S: I got the F.L.E. jumpin’ off, I got a new mixtape, hosted by either The Affilliates or my main nigga DJ Chuck T from Charlotte N.C., called “Fast Lyfe Money”, I got my nigga Brag, who is my first artist on Fast Lyfe Entertainment, my nigga Railroad, also on Fast Lyfe Entertainment. We gon’ make it do what it do, man… I’m just try’na push, man. If it ain’t about pushin’, it ain’t really about shit, ya know?
UV: If you could work with any artist in the business right now, who would it be? S: That’s a good one… If I could work with anyone in the business? Right now? It’d have to be JT, man - Justin Timberlake… ‘Cuz I’m try’na get that crazy dough, that worldwide dough. I’m good for the hood, man, but a nigga need that mainstream piece of money. Be good for the hood as much as you want, but at the end of the day, bills gotta get paid. And a motherfucker like JT… I just think it’ll be a beautiful collabo. (I’d want to work with) him and 50 Cent. UV: Let’s talk about Jungle Records. Who are some of your label mates? S: They ain’t really got too many artists on the label yet, just me and this other artist coming up called Soldier, doin’ his thing outta Cashville, TN. UV: Now that you’re a C.E.O., what new challenges are you facing going from artist to C.E.O? S: Development. Now, it’s not just going to the studio and creating, but now, with the shit I work on with my artists, I gotta make sure it’s done right. I’m right there – hands on - with both my artists, and make sure they have the proper push and marketing. I’ve been on Jungle for a year and a half. I’m supposed to be chillin’ on a couch with (inaudible) in Paris by now. I’m wondering “where is my push?” It’s all about that push, man. UV: Is there a difference between the streets of Charlotte and the streets of Dayton? S: It’s very much different. I don’t mean to downplay my city or nothing like that, but there’s no hope in Dayton. It’s only clubs… Unless, like Biggie said “you either slingin’ crack rock or got a wicked jumpshot”. That’s all day. And even if you got a wicked jumpshot, that ain’t guaranteed to get you out of the ghetto’ of Dayton.
Brisco—Poe Boy entertainment
orn and raised in the Miami area (Opalocka, FL) Brisco has grown to become one of Miami’s hottest MC’s. Having experienced hard times and developing a skill of his own with influences of a few of hip hops late and great artists and working with the industry’s current greats like Scott Storch, Timbaland and DJ Khalid- Brisco has made a name of his own with Poe Boy Entertainment. Urban Vision had the opportunity to speak with Brisco. Lets take a look inside the mind of one of Miami’s up and coming Rap star Brisco.
UV: So you’re down the way out in Opalacka, FL-can you tell the readers what it’s all about? Brisco: Opalocka is a diverse place, very multicultural city-right in the middle of Miami UV: When did you get with Poe Boy? Brisco: Man-I was with Poe Boy before they even started. I was hooked up with my cousin (G12-) who was like a mentor [I’ve been with him since the beginning]; He was a good friend of E Class [owner of Poe Boy]. Before Poe Boy began we were with another group call Fat Pocket. I was with another company around the time the Poe Boy got started called Slick Salt. So once Poe Boy got 10
started, I went where family wasyou feel me. UV: I checked out your Single-“In the Hood”, tell me about that. Brisco: With that track-I wanted to talk about how my city was. That track came so naturally for me. I just expressed my feelings about what my city was—quarter juice, Pic-Away and pig feet. Talkin’ about how we act over all-and about what’s going on in the hood. UV: I see you hooked up with Lil Wayne on the track. How did you hook up with Lil Wayne? Brisco: After Katrina he came down looking for a place to call home-real recognizes real, so we opened our arms up to ‘em. It was real recognize real-you know what
I’m sayin’. Send shots out to DJ Khalid, he was a big influence on the whole deal. UV: That’s real. So you also did a track with Freeway-how did that happen? Brisco: Freeway came down with Jackie O. He seen me out there-I was one of the young artists out there. I wasn’t signed or nothing. He heard me in the studio and I was doing my thing-he saw the vision before it started too-so he was like come on and roll with me. He had a show at one time when he was at a club in Miami and he didn’t have a hype man. You knowby me being a rock fan, I got the crowd hype. UV: As I was reading some your
stuff—you read a lot about artists talk about how real they are. Just from what I’m hearing from you now-I can tell you’re a real dude. You’ve been through a lot- we’re honored to get an interview with you. And you’re 25? Brisco: I’ve been through a whole bunch. Some of the things you go through make you bigger and badder. UV: I understand that you’ve lost your little brother and your mother-I know that’s a touchy subjectbut I know that gave you inspiration to write. Brisco: Man, most recently I just lost my dad-November 1st last year. By loosing my dad, my mom, my brother, my grandparents-it just made my stronger. I made me stronger-it made me want to work for something for my son-so my son could have it better. UV: What other producers have you worked with? I know you worked with DJ Khalid. Brisco: I’ve worked with DJ Khalid, Dre, and Scott Storch. I’ve been in the game for a long time and I’ve done rubbed shoulders with all these cats and I’m cool with all these cats on a personal level. UV: I understand-you’re in the industry with these artists and they respect you-so they’ll do a track. You can’t find too many artists that are like that. Brisco: It makes it a little bit easier to get known because I’m down with these cats. That’s how the industry goes. It depends on the relationships of the people. UV: With your lyrical style and delivery-people say you remind them of a young Scarface, young Pac or biggie. How does that make
you feel? Those are some big shoes to fill. Brisco: I always looked up the Tupac Shakur; I always looked up to Scarface. I knew if I do the Pac thing, I could never sound like Pac, I could never be Pac-so I just had to do it in my own way. That’s one of my formulas I got from Tupac-I got from him that you take a track and you give it all you got. Pac was one of them Panther boys so when he got it down-everything meant something. I feel everything means something-so when I turn into portraying a story on a track I look to Scarface and his formula. When I want to teach or wanna reach- I use Nas. I want o be a big boy I go to Jay. UV: I think you’re one of the first artists to come out and use that. Brisco: Music is recycled. You get a vibe. You get a vibe from things that you done cleaned up to for instance-back when your mom making you clean up on Sunday. You listening to these old cats, this old soulful music that’s ease. People love the stuff they done heard before-that’s why people love remixes. UV: Who would you want to work with if anybody? Brisco: I’m a tell you the truth-you know how Khalid says we the best. The people that I’ve worked with already-I’m not content-but I’m satisfied. I’d love to work with a Jay Z or a Scarface or Pac-give me one of those old beats or old versions and I’ll go off. I’d love to work with some of them local cats like Boozy, Webby, I’d like to tangle with them, show them that I’m better. Everybody do their thing and that’s for sure-that I’m better and I’m one of the best and I
will be the best. UV: I heard you say that you work with Timberland and Storch-how was Timbaland in the studio? Brisco: Some people get rich and they act like they’re on fire. Timberland is one of them cats that just like-lets get this business done and get this record done. UV: what is Scott Storch like? Brisco: Its funny to see a short white guy-with so much money that’s just balling like that(chuckle) but when its time to work. UV: You see him out there in the magazines with the money, the jewels, the jets-and you wouldn’t ink he’s out being behind a lot of hip hop tracks and he’s got some hits. You have a lot of hits out there. UV: So I wanted to congratulate you on your album. When it coming out and what is are some of your future projects? Brisco: Man I’m just grindin’. Street Medicine is coming soon to stores everywhere. I got it hard with cats like Lil Wayne, Flo Ryder, and Rick Ross. We the bestjust working on the movement. We doing things on a whole other level.
IM SO C.O. YOUNG
oung Wise is “So C.O” in his home town of Columbus, Ohio. He came to our office with a swagg and a style all his own lets go inside and see why this young hustler has the myspace buzz going crazy. Urban Vision Magazine: We’re sitting here kicking it with my man, Young Wizzle, what’s going on with you man? Young Wise: You know, same ol’… Tryna’ make money, working to be a star… UVM: Let’s jump right into it… Tell us about the single, man…its real sweet… You know what it is – “I Do It”. MySpace is going NUTS over it… 14
YW: It explains itself… I do it so good, but you already know that… And if people don’t know, they’re gonna have to get to know and they’ll find out real soon. But “I Do IT…” It’s catchy, it’s got the DBoy flow on it… It’s got the popstar swagger in it, it’s got something the ladies love, and if you’re lucky it might have a guest feature that all the ladies love… It’s gonna be some money involved, then I’ma really get it poppin’ with the single, but right now, its your MySpace favorite… UVM: What about the other one? You got another one on there called “Stash Box”. What’s up with that one? YW: Man you know, if you makin’ money and you got money but you
ain’t always got it to spend it, then you always gotta stack your dollars, you gotta put ‘em away, you gotta do what I do – you gotta flip it. You got $1,000, you gotta make it $3,000, and so on. If you got a penny, you gotta make it a dollar by the end of the day. That’s what “My Stash Box” is – how I flip my money, when niggas thought I wasn’t doin’ nothin’, when niggas thought I wasn’t really in the street, like they be in the street getting’ they money, I always get my money, you know what I’m sayin… But I ain’t gotta be in the street no more…I’m sorry if you still in the street getting your money, I’d rather make money through my businesses, and incorporating myself and investing in myself… Whether it’s through rapping, or clothes, or singing… Whatever I do, it’s always gonna be some money. Stashbox really gives you a good feel of how I do it and how I make my money. UVM: Speaking bout the MySpace numbers... With “I do it”, what is it up to? 20? 30? 50,000 hits? YW: I think it may be up to 3 million by now... I took it down, because when it was up the first time, in 3 months it hit 8 million. I took it down just to see how fast I could do it again. And it ain’t even been up that long... See, I do that... I (like to) compete, and if there’s no competition, then I just compete with myself. It helps me push myself to where I wanna be you know... There is always something better, always a way to better yourself. It’s doing it though... I stay on MySpace though, but for the most part (the song) is really working for itself.
UVM: You have been on your grind for a while now. Tell us about the tour you just came off of. YW: I just got off tour with Akon and Ne-yo... It started out I did a show with them, then I came back as an opening act for one of the other opening acts, for a second show. After that I got a few phone calls, saying they wanted me to do the full tour. I thought that was just with Akon & Ne-yo. The full tour turned out to include Rhianna, Ciara, T-Pain, MIMS, Chamillionaire... It was a real good feel; it was at least 30,000 people per show... It was a good experience, it kept me busy. After that I came back and flooded the streets with the mixtape... And if niggas don’t know, (you need to) step your mixtape game up. My last mixtape, I ordered 10,000 CDs right to my door and I grinded them all myself. So everytime I hit these cities I was droppin’ ‘em off. So the advantage was that I could still network with these people that’s already in the game, and still do what I do in a whole other city, and I’d have enough product to do what I do. UVM: That’s the main thing, to have that product, to get it out there... YW: Yeah, it would hurt to be out there touring with all these people, and not have anything to give ‘em after they hear you. I make sure I keep CDs on deck. UVM: That is a smart move. A lot of artists out there don’t do that... Speaking of mixtapes, you have a double mixtape coming out? YW: The double mixtape… Like I said, I’m a competitor. Like at home, it’s a lotta cats that might do their thing with the CDs, or might have a little buzz or what-
ever from their CD, or come with a video, or a nigga might have like Gucci Mane or someone on their project... I always gotta have a way to compete... These cats might drop a mixtape and flood (the streets) for about 6 months, and they might survive off 2000 mixtapes for that 6 months... Well, I’m gonna give you 20000. Cuz I need 10000 of each CD, and put them out 2 at one time. That’s 33 (tracks) on 2 different CDs, that’s a lot of Young Wise in one time period for you to enjoy. I think that’s a good way for me to compete... UVM: What is this CD you got cookin’ for the ladies? YW: Yeah, that CD is called “I Love Sex”, a whole CD of nasty songs for the ladies... Don’t let your kids listen to it; don’t let your Grandma listen to it... Listen when you & your boyfriend are chilling, or when you’re smoking weed by yourself or something... I think I might package that CD with some custom condoms (laughs)... Promotion, baby! UVM: OK, for the record, let the readers know where you’re from. YW- I’m from here! I’m a Columbus Ohio boy! I went to school here, fucked all my hoes here, did all my dirt with my niggas in Columbus... (Laughs) I was born in Texas, but I moved here when I was 8, but I don’t know nobody in Texas. UVM: When did you realize you really had a gift? YW: I guess about ten years ago. I’ve been playing at rapping since 4th grade, but I got serious about 10 years ago. UVM: In your opinion, is hip-hop dead?
YW: I don’t think its dead, I think it’s just changing, and you should always expect change. I think those who say that its dead just haven’t adjusted to the change yet, or have figured out how to flow with the change. As you can see, the ones who have survived are the ones who have flowed with the change. I don’t think its dead, because there is always something new to “bring it back to life”. UVM: How do you feel about the Midwest? What does the Midwest have to offer to this game? YW: The Midwest has too much to put in a box, to categorize… We have a lot to offer, from actors to athletes, and hip hop is next. I mean look: Kanye is the man from the Midwest, (R) Kelly has been the man from the Midwest, Bone (Thugz-N-Harmony) did their thing… The only mistake I could see the Midwest making is being what’s “in”, instead of being what’s “next”.
RBAN VISION MAGAZINE: Tell us about what you were going through when you first got home after your legal troubles.
CRIDI MAC: I was sentenced to four years, but I only did three years… During the time I was locked up, I was just writing, doing a lot of battles, doing a lot of songs over the phone… So I just had it in my mind that when I came home, my main focus wasn’t gonna be the streets no more, it was gonna be the music. So I came home, hooked up with Hollywood, got a buzz (going), and everything just started poppin’ off. UVM: (Your style) is like (a breath of) fresh air… All of your stuff is original, you don’t use anyone else’s style or beats, and you just come in with your own thing... How do you feel about that, the fact that you are so original? CM: I definitely gotta thank my cousins Most Ill (?), because that’s who got me started in music. All of their music used to be original, so just watching them and learning from them helped me create my own style and my own little lane. From there, I just started pushing, and everything started going good for me.
UVM: Let’s talk about a couple of the tracks you have on the album… Like “Do It Big”, that one you did with Young Wise… What was the inspiration behind that one? It was the “Do It Big” remix… CM: When I got the beat, I just heard Young Wise on it, and I sent it to him, and he came up with the hook. The original song was just me and Young Wise. So, somebody heard the song in New York, he was an R&B singer that was on three of Fabolous’ singles… He heard the song; he was feelin’ it and said he wanted to get on the hook. UVM: That’s what’s up! CM: Long story short, he was supposed to get on the hook but he didn’t, so I did the remix and put Chaos from Dayton on the hook. UVM: There is a lot of talk among industry folks about Columbus. They say “oh, we don’t want to mess with Columbus…” If you could talk to them about the talent that is here in Columbus, what would you tell them? Starting with yourself… CM: I mean there is definitely a lot of talent in Columbus, but you can also kind of understand why the labels don’t really want to mess with us, because the artists are following everything they see on
BET. So, the artists don’t have their own identities, Like the Kanye’s and the Lil’ Wayne’s, everybody is following them, so they already come at us like we’re a following city anyway. So when they see these artists going behind them, it makes the good artists look bad, because we got great artists that put out good music and have a good grind, and they hustling, but we’re so blinded by the other side of the game, as far as everybody saying we following these other cities, that it’s kinda hurting us. Plus, we ain’t got nobody big that popped it off… Well, we do, but you know how that went… UVM: Right, right… Now, there were a couple of tracks that you did with Ty Wills that you got a lot of buzz about, particularly the original “What Up, Bro?”, then you hooked up with Bow Wow… How did that come about? CM: That was crazy… He was on YouTube, and he was saying he’s “from the city where they say ‘what up, bro?’, and he was shouting out ‘hoods that he don’t be in, or belong in… so when I seen it, I did a YouTube, I did the remix, shout out to Fonzo, because he helped me do it, and I called (Bow Wow) out on it. Because it seemed like he heard my song, because don’t nobody just say “I’m from
the city where they say What Up, Bro?”… Nobody says that… So I said “you know, if you really tryna claim Columbus, like you portrayin’ to be on YouTube, hop on the remix.” They e-mailed me the next morning, saying send the track! I thought somebody was playin’ with me… So I sent the track, and two weeks later, the verse was done. UVM: That was real big right there… The track is definitely commercial, definitely industry… So what is the current progress on that? If you want to speak on it… CM: Man I been wantin’ to speak on that… At first I wasn’t going to say anything because he did the verse for free, but the more i see the stupid shit he’s doin’, I see him on Twitter sayin’ he’s the “Prince of Columbus”… My thing is how do you claim to be a Prince of a city that you’re never in? You ain’t never shot a video, never opened a store, never did nothin’ for whatever area you grew up in, so how you gonna claim the city? UVM: Another thing I heard you did was the intro to this night (radio) program called Street Soldiers… How did that come about? CM: Walter from 107.5 is a big fan of my music, and anything he can get me involved with so people can hear my music, he calls me. He’s just trying to get me heard, and he had me do that song so my work can be heard. UVM: How do you feel about guys in the street v. studio rappers? CM: I don’t think what the studio rappers are doing is cool at all. A lot of the people that came from the streets, we didn’t do (music) just as a fad or whatever – we did it to feed our families, put clothes on our backs and things like that…So these young kids coming up, and they see a movie or a video, and want to portray that image, it ain’t cool… If you stick to being yourself, it’s gonna get you further in life… You don’t gotta be a street dude, a hustler, none of that… Like Kanye, he goes in, and never once rapped about crack, so it can be done, but these guys don’t want to do it. They want that “image”, man… UVM: Earlier you said you were locked down and had a whole lot of time on your hands... Do you think you were at your best when you were down and had a lot more to think about, or do you think the
best is yet to come? CM: (pauses) That’s a good question… I definitely think that when I came home, I was more hungry, I was ready, slept in the studio all day, I was more focused and had a bigger drive. Now, it’s different because I’m getting older, and I’m looking at it more like a career. I’m still doing the music strong, but at the same time I’m trying to come up with another plan to make sure my family is being fed. The music is not the main focus right now. I still love it and I’m still gonna keep pushin’, but I just gotta come up with something else. UVM: You are a great performer, and you keep the crowd hyped… If you could give one good reason as to why you’re not signed (to a major label), what would it be? CM: Columbus. UVM: Because, you get no radio play, aside from being on Street Soldiers… Why do you think that is? CM: First off, because Radio One is completely on some bullshit. Then, the MF’s that work at the station, they’re not pressing the issue for local artists to be heard… UVM: Your songs don’t have a lot of “murder/kill/shoot you up…” stuff in your music… Do you stay away from that just to stay away from it, or that’s just not you? CM: That’s just not my life. I’m not gonna sit there and lie, talking about something I’m not doing… Yeah I was in the streets heavy, but I never really talked about that. I talked about the money and about hustling, but now that I got kids, I definitely don’t want them to put in a CD and hear me talking about I’m shooting a person. I try to think more conscious about my kids when I write my music. It’s different than when I was 18… It was a whole different story then… UVM: Switching subjects, we have a black president now. How did you feel about that? CM: To be honest, I wasn’t excited like everybody else… I think that’s because coming from the streets, you never worried about the president because you weren’t paying taxes, or doing any of the stuff you are supposed to do when you are living a legit life. I never cared about the president. I had never voted before, this was my first time voting, and it felt good to do that, being a convicted felon and
all… I like everything he stood for, but I just wasn’t that excited about it. UVM: Do you think that having a black president will have any impact on how hip-hop is viewed? CM: No… He’s not gonna be able to change that… It’s on the artists… Hiphop is the only genre of music that beefs with each other, shoot at each other, diss each other… R&B don’t do that; rock & roll don’t do that… So if the artists don’t change, then it won’t change just based on the president being black. UVM: Earlier, you said a lot of artists are heavily influenced by what they see on TV… Having said that, do you feel like a lot of the artists in Columbus don’t have an identity? CM: At all. UVM: So you think that is why some of the A&R’s pass on acts from Columbus? CM: I feel it a lot. See, I travel a lot, and everywhere I go, I hear ‘em say “man you can put a Cleveland person, a Columbus person, a Dayton person and a Cincinnati person in front of you, and you’d be able to pick out what city each one is from except for Columbus. That’s because when you look at a Columbus cat, they got all of these (traits from these different) cities mixed up in them. That’s why with “What Up, Bro?”, the Hustle Squad DJs were supporting me on the song, but they said “the city really needs get behind you on that song… This will put Columbus on the map with support from the city.” Because “What Up Bro” is definitely a Columbus phrase… UVM: Getting back to the Bow Wow song… What about a video? CM: I reached out to him about a video, and about performing the track live here in Columbus. They denied me twice, then the third time they said $10,000.00. UVM: Just to come perform a song that he is on… CM: Right. UVM: When you look at a T.I., you see that T.I.P. and Grand Hustle are deeply rooted in Atlanta… I heard Monica say that a lot of the Atlanta artists really support each other. Do you think we have that type of thing here in Columbus? doing something good. They’re worried about them getting’ on… There’s no sup-
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song “The O-H”, what was the influence behind that? HS: Well, you know, “The O-H” is for Ohio, of course, and I can’t say ain’t nobody puttin’ on for the Midwest, but they ain’t tryin’ to put nobody on in the Midwest. I’m reppin’ hard for Ohio and the Midwest, the whole region, so I put that record together for Ohio, to give everybody in Ohio some shine, shoutin’ out every city and every hood, something like that, for the people… UVM: Well, I know you’ve been busy because I have been tryin’ to holla at you for – no lie, Urban Vision Magazine – at least 6 months. Every time I call, its like “yo Rob, I’m headin’ outta town, we got a show to do…” Tell us who you’ve been on stage with. HS: We done rocked with Gucci, (Lil’) Wayne, OJ Da Juiceman, Ray Cash, (Rick) Ross and them… The list goes on…
rban Vision Magazine: What’s up, Columbus? This is your boy Rob B. Smooth; I got my man right here, with the buzz around the city, my man Hodgie Street. What’s goin’ down with you, man? Hodgie Street: What’s good witcha, Big Rob? You know what it is… Chillin’, grindin’, gettin’ shit poppin’… It’s what we do. UVM: Right, right… So what’s up with this buzz, man? I’ve been hearing about Hodgie Street for about 2, 3 years now… I’m like okay, who is this Hodgie Street kid? Everybody is like “you got the new Hodgie Street?” I done played ball with you, we done kicked it… You never told me you we’re a rapper… HS (laughs) Shit, you know… Niggas just grindin’, tryna get it out there… Plus, I thought you knew! UVM: No! HS: Well I’m tryna show the world right now…
UVM: I see… I heard some of the tracks from the mixtape “The Go In…” HS: Yeah, the mixtape’s called “The Go In”, droppin’ the same day as the single “What’s Up”, featuring Gucci Mane, I got the single disc, with 3 or 4 joints on there for the DJ’s and radio, we got “The Go In”, a free internet download… it’s just bananas… UVM: Who is the DJ on the mixtape? HS: No DJ, I’m hosting it, on the solodolo… We got a street album coming out, and I’m debating between Green Lantern and DJ Drama, who we’re gonna have on there… but that’s a couple of months down the line… UVM: That’s big, right there… Drama loves Columbus… Green Lantern too! HS: Hey, it’s for Ohio! Shout out to the big Ohio, every city in Ohio, 419-Lima the Park, getting it in Columbus, shout out to the whole 614… UVM: Now let’s go into it about the
UVM: How did the whole thing with Gucci come about? ‘Cuz Gucci had a vacation, and just came home, and now everybody is trying to get at Gucci, he’s the hot thing now… How did that come about? HS: My man Headache set it up, brought him down for a show, we politicked it before he came… Gucci, being the real nigga he is, we hit the studio and just made it happen… Real recognize real… Shout out to So Icy… We just did the little 1700/So Icy collabo… Shout out to Break Bread, and Headache, they came through for your guy… UVM: Yeah, Headache is doin’ a lot, and that’s real love right there… Isn’t it funny how you see these guys on TV, and they’re one way, but when you meet ‘em, its like “aaahhh – I didn’t know Gucci was chill like that!” Because he’s real laid back… How was he to work with in the studio? HS: In the studio, he was cool peoples… Real nigga came in, “where da beat at?” Boom, put the beat on, and he was ready to roll… Like I’m ready to roll, straight business in there, but we had fun as well, but you know the main thing was to go in there and knock the track out, and you
know he was a cool dude, cool peoples… UVM: Being from Lima, which is a small city, and being in Columbus, a bigger town, how has Columbus really accepted Hodgie Street? HS: I think the city has shown Hodgie a lotta love… And I got nothin’ but love for the whole 614 Columbus. I been up here for years now, and it’s still Lima at heart, but Columbus has a piece of my heart as well… I mean, I love Columbus, I love the city, the atmosphere, the people, the underground music scene, you feel me? All of that… The magazine scene – shout out to Rob and Urban Vision, you doin’ it right now! The city has shown me lots of love, and I plan to return the favor. UVM: There’s a lot of cats out there that use industry beats, or whatever. I heard a lot of your tracks, and a lot of your beats are original. How do you feel about being so original? HS: I love the fact that I’m being original, I wanna put out my music and give y’all me, so that way, you can really see what we’re doing… Ain’t nothing wrong with doing freestyles over industry beats and shit – I do that too, but I wanted to put stuff out in the city first, to reflect what it is that we do. Shout out to B Banga, for the beats, my man AU, my man Sinatra, my man Mr. Sip, crazy production from all of them; look for all of them on “The Go In”… But I ain’t tryna knock nobody’s hustle, I mean if you ain’t got no production and you gotta use industry beats, I mean just network – you’ll find something, but in the meantime do what you gotta do - use them industry beats. I got a mean freestyle game on the industry beats myself, and you’ll hear a little of that on “The Go In” as well… We got original and industry beats. UVM: What advice would you give a new artist? Go ahead and use an industry beat, or… HS: I‘d tell em to first let people know what your sound is… You don’t wanna confuse ‘em, and come out with these industry beats first, then they don’t know what to expect from you… Then you
drop your album, it comes off left-wing on them. Give ‘em some of you first, then maybe freestyle on industry beats later. UVM: What about the little 9 – 10 – 11 year olds who want to follow in your footsteps? HS: I’d tell them to go to school, do your homework, and go to college… Follow your dreams, but if you 9 -10- 11, hit them books… Then learn how to rap, homies… UVM: I know you do a lot of things for the community, like concerts and stuff… How does that make you feel to give back? HS: It feels good… And I’m the type of guy you can always reach out to… I mean, if you doin’ your music thing, holla at me… I don’t know if I can help you, but there’s always outlets. You gotta give back to the streets and the community. Like the “O-H” song, I did that for all of us in Ohio, to bring whatever ventures and endeavors that could come our way through the music in particular. UVM: Do you think there may be a remix of “O-H” in the future, with some other cats… HS: Oh definitely… I don’t wanna say no names right now (laughs), but it’s definitely coming… We gonna do a city to city type remix… It’s gonna be crazy… UVM: What was it like to work with a B-Banga, a Sinatra… those are some major heavy hitters here in Columbus… HS: Right, I fucks with all them… Me and B-Banga go back, cool peoples, good dude, crazy track list; he did stuff for Cam’ron, Juelz, Wayne… Sinatra, cool dude, I fuck with Sinatra, crazy sound, he got a signature sound, I love that… AU, me and him go back, we worked on the 1st mixtape together… Mr. Sip is bringing me some of that southern swag, he’s from Mississippi… I forgot to mention J-Fire from Cincinnati… I mean you know – I’m fuckin’ with Ohio right now…
HS: natpif.com, myspace.com/hodgiestreet, twitter.com/hodgiestreet, living proof blog, that’s livingproof.ning… When the single drops, call the radio stations and ask for the single “What’s Up?” featuring Gucci Mane… UVM: I have heard your tracks in the club, and I noticed the crowd knows the words… How does that make you feel? HS: That’s why I do it, man… I don’t really do it for no fame… I mean everybody wanna make money, but when the people really fuck with what you sayin’, that you put your heart and hustle into, it’s a beautiful thing… Plus, I don’t mind the groupie love either (laughs). UVM: Do you do stuff for the ladies, like slow stuff? HS: Oh, I got something for the ladies… I love the ladies (laughs)… You can call me the ladies man… I’m like a gangsta and a gentleman out here… UVM: I heard you did a show with Ginuwine… What’s up with that? HS: That’s my homie man; we go back since like ’05… Met up with him in Maryland, then I did some shows with him here and in Youngstown… Shout out to Ginuwine… Y’all go cop that new Ginuwine… UVM: Any future collabos? HS: We gonna definitely doing something, I been working with his label tough… So we got some shit up our sleeves. But I definitely got something for you, ladies (laughs)
UVM: Where can we get the new mixtapes and the old mixtapes?
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HERE do we begin about this new sensation B.A.? He’s like a breath of fresh air for the hip hop game, and we do mean hip hop. Raised in Chicago, Columbus, and Akron Ohio, B.A. has also has lived in Brooklyn and Yonkers, New York. This artist has the versatility and life experiences necessary to give the listeners exactly what they need. .A. never met his father, and he and his brother were raised by his mom, who fell victim to drugs in the early stages of his life. While this may sound like your typical rap story, these are the things that make this kid special. B.A. has an original sound, and he gets it in without using any profanity in his music. He touches on a wide range of topics, including his parents, his brother, thug life, his positive insight on issues and how he feels about the state of rap. ou can hear it all on his 1st CD mixtape titled THE ANSWER, which will be followed up by his solo mixtape called THE ANSWER: RELOADED, and his solo CD PAPER VIEW. Go to myspace. com/blackangels33 to view pics and hear music of B.A. Word has it that you will be in for a shock as you hear the wordplay, pain and emotions of a real throwback emcee with new school sound, New York energy and a Midwest influence. These elements just add to the truth that this emcee spits. His message is an attack and
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y name is Debra McDonald. I am a 31 year old, single parent of 3. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I have been modeling for a little over 2 years. Modeling has not always been a passion of mine. My inspiration comes from my late fiance, Nathan Johnson. He use to always try to get me to take pictures but I wouldn’t. He would say “Debra you are beautiful, different, unique and a piece of art. Your tattoos tell a story and you set them up very differently than other women so show them off.” When he passed, I thought about fulfilling every goal, dream or wish we had and taking pictures was one of them. So by coincendence I was sitting on South Beach at Wet Willies and a stranger approached me inquiring about taking pictures of my back. I agreed to the photo session and after that my oldest daughter told me I should create a MySpace page. My daughter set the page up and things took off from there .I have been fortunate to have done a successful 2008 and 2009 calendar along with many club and promotional events. My goals in this modeling industry are simple. I would like to change the look,
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