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WHA TMADEY OU DE C I DET O GE TI NT OT HEMUS I CI NDUS T R Y ? I h a v e a l wa y s b e e na mu s i c l o v e r . Myh o mi e s a n dI u s e dt of r e e s t y l e a n d b e a t b o xu pa n dd o wnt h e n e i g h b o r h o o da l l t h e t i me . Gr o wi n gu pI h a d a f e wf r i e n d s wh owr o t e s o n g s o f t e n , b u t I n e v e r s e e nma n yb e n e fi t s t h a t we r e r e a p e d . On e d a y , I wr o t e a s o n ga b o u t a ni n c i d e n t t h a t h a p p e n e d a r o u n dmyn e i g h b o r h o o da n dI r a p p e di t t oa f e wp e o p l e . E n dr e s u l t , t h e yl o v e di t a n dt o l dme t owr i t e mo r e . I d i d n ' t r e a l l yl i s t e na t t h e t i me , b e c a u s e I wa s f o c u s e do no t h e r t h i n g s . Mo r e t i me p a s s e s a n dmyg o o d f r i e n d , n o wb r o t h e r i n l a w, g o t o u t o f j a i l . Hi s n a me i s B . L a mb e r t a k a T h e Do no f WC DTa n dh e h a dwr ie na l o t o f g o o dmu s i c . I wa s r e a l l ymo t i v a t e db y h i s wo r ka n df e l t , wi t hmye n t r e p r e n e u r i a l mi n d , we c o u l dt a k e o u r mo v e me n t t ot h e n e x t l e v e l . E v e n t u a l l ywe b e c a me a nu n s t o p p a b l e , l y r i c a l , g r o u p , n o w c a l l e dWC DTa k a We s t C o a s t Dr e a mT e a m. WHE R EDOE SY OURS T AGENAMEC OMEF R OM? T h e n a me F L A WL E $ $ c a me f r o ma h u s t l a ' s p o i n t o f v i e w. J u s t t oc l a r i f y , wh e nI s a yh u s t l a , I me a na n y o n e wi t ha c a s hfl o w. A t t h e a g e o f 2 2 , I h a d fi v e d i ff e r e n t i n c o me s . I f e l t myg a me a n dmyl i f e wa s fl a wl e s s . I c h a n g e d t h e t woe s s e s a t t h e e n dt od o l l a r s i g n s , s ot h a t e v e r yt i me y o us e e myn a me , y o ut h i n ko f mo n e yf o r u s t oe a r nt o g e t h e r . No wI j u s t t a gmyn a me a s F L A WL E $ $ . o f . WC DT , b e c a u s e I h a v e l e a r n e dt h a t t h e n a me i s c o mmo n , b u t n o t t h e r e a s o n i n g . WHA TAR ES OMEOFY OURMUS I C ALI NF L UE NC E S ? F i r s t o f a l l , I a ma We s t C o a s t B a b ya n dmyp e nb l e e d s We s t C o a s t L i v i n g ! I nn op a r t i c u l a r , mymu s i c a l i n fl u e n c e s a r e : C B o , 2 P a c , B i g g i e , E 4 0 , Ma c Dr e , Y o u n gJ e e z y , My s t i k a l , J a y Z , S n o o pDo g g , Dr . Dr e , E a z y E , B r o t h a L y n c h , T e c hN9 n e , L u n i C o l e o n e , K i l l a T a y , X r a i d e d , I c e C u b e , T Nu y , T . I . , B i gK J o f Do s i a , Ma r v a l e s s , Ma s t e r Pa n dh i s wh o l e mo v e me n t , R e d& Me t h , B u s t a R h y me s , E mi n e m, P l a n e t As i a , De v i nT h e Du d e , R a k i m, Ou t k a s t , UGK , Di e g oR e d d , t h e S t a t e o f C a l i f o r n i a , a n dt h e C i t yo f F r e s n o . OT HE RT HAN MUS I C , WHA TAR ES OMEOFY OURHOB B I E SAND I NT E R E S T S ? I f I ' mn o t i nt h e Go b l i n S t y l e Uj o( r e c o r d i n gs t u d i o ) o r a t s c h o o l l e a r n i n g , I ' me i t h e r wi t hmyl o v e l yf a mi l yo r p l a y i n gT e x a s Ho l d ' E m. I l i k e t o t r a v e l wh e nI c a no r h a v e wo r kt og e t t o . B e t we e na l l t h a t , I ' mu s u a l b u s y . WHA T' MAI NS T R E AM' AR T I S T SWOUL DY OU L I KET O GE TA F E A T UR EF R OM? T h e r e a r e s oma n yp e o p l e , t h a t I wo u l db e h o n o r e dt og e t f e a t u r e s f r o m. I wo u l dh a v e t os a ye v e r y o n e o nmymu s i c a l i n fl u e n c e s l i s t , t h a t a r e s t i l l l i v i n g , wo u l db e fi r s t .

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WHA TDOE S2 0 1 3 L OOK L I KEF ORY OU? 2 0 1 3 wi l l b e myb i g g e s t y e a r t o d a t e . I j u s t d r o p p e d " T h e Y e l l o wT h i z z R o a d " Mi x t a p e ( # Y T R ) , wh i c hi s a v a i l a b l e a t Da t p i ff . c o m, S i c c n e s s . n e t , C o a s t 2 C o a s t mi x t a p e s . c o m, a n dHu n i dr a c k s . c o m. I a ms c r i p t i n gs o me v i d e o s f o r # Y T Rn o w. Mya l b u m" Y r . o f t h e 8 2 ' B a b y " wi l l b e d r o p p i n gt h i s y e a r a s we l l . ( Ar e a l t r e a t ! ) I h a v e mywe b s i t e g ei n gd o n e a s we s p e a k . F L A WL E S S OF WC DT . C OM i s t h e d o ma i n .


-WHERECANOURREADERSGOTOFINDOUTMOREABOUTYOUANDYOURMUSIC? IinteractwithFacebookusers,Twierfolowersjustabouteveryday.Ihavealotofmy musicandinformationatyoturnent.ning.com/profile/FLAWLESS_of_WCDT andasomeotherstuff atReverbnation.Com/WCDT.Oncemywebsiteisdone, Iwilhavea"1StopShop".Iapologizefortheinconvenience,butitwilbeworththewait. -WHATISYOUROPINIONONTHESTATEOFHIP-HOPTODAY? IbelieveHip-HoptodayisBIGandheadedintherightdirection.Everyonewil havetheirsayaboutnegativesorpositives,butitreallydependswhoyouare listeningto.Myopinionisnotnarrowlybasedonwhatyouhearonyourlocal radiostationorwhatyouseeontelevision.ThepeoplethatI'm knockingare ontheir"A"game. -AREYOUSIGNEDTOORAFFILIATEDWITHALABEL? Iam notsignedtoalabel,butIam affiliatedwithYo-TurnEntertainmentandMoney GoodRecords,basedinFresno,CA.

“IbelieveHip-HoptodayisBIG andheadedintherightdirection.”

-ISTHEREANYTHINGELSEYOUWOULDLIKETOSHAREWITHOURREADERS? Iappreciateeveryonewhohastooktheirtimetoreadthis,downloadmymix-tape, andorlink-upwithmeafterthisinterview.Additionally,anyonewhohasfolowed mycareerandsupportedmethusfar.I'm stilpushing!

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WHATMADEYOUDECIDETO GETINTO THEMUSICINDUSTRY? Fri endsf rom hi ghschool ,j ustbei ngaroundt hatenvi romenti nspi redmy rapsandspokenword.Iwantt osucceedandseemybrot hasdoi ngt he sameaswel l .Pl usIgotaj obt odocl eani ngoutt hefil t hont heradi o. WHEREDOESYOURSTAGENAMECOMEFROM? I t sf rom Af ri ca,acount ryIt racedroot st ocal l edTogoandt hepeopl e arecal l edTogol ese. WHATARESOMEOFYOURMUSICALINFLUENCES? Nasfirstandf ormostal soal otofl ocalcat sandmyf ami l ywhoare musi cal l yi nvol vedaswel l . OTHERTHAN MUSIC,WHATARESOMEOFYOURHOBBIESAND INTERESTS? Wel lIdoal otofcooki ngandvi deogami ngonmyphone,butIgotmyhands i nal otofbusi nessri ghtnow andsomecommuni t yact i vi stevent s. WH T' WHA MAINSTREAM'ARTISTSWOULD YOULIKETO GETAFEATUREFROM? LupeFi asco,2Chai nz,andmaybeNas&LaurynHi l loneday. 7


“HipHopisalwayschangingandwecreateageneralconsensus of/aboutit.Ilikewhatitsdoingbecauseitsstillaliveandmaturing intosomethingthatcanneverbetrulytamed.�

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-WHATDOES2013LOOKLIKEFORTOGOLESE? VERYpromising,Igotalotofsideprojectsgoingonand workingwithalotofartists,genresandproducers. Hopefulythethingsoutsideofmusicgojustaswell. -WHERECANOURREADERSGOTOFINDOUTMOREABOUT YOUANDYOURMUSIC? Myreverb re pageTogolese#LION,alsoIhaveamobileapp andasoundcloudyoucancheckoutaswell. MASSACHUSETTSNEW VOICEOFHIPHOP -WHATISYOUROPINION ON THESTATEOFHIP-HOPTODAY? HipHopisalwayschangingandwecreateageneralconsensusof/aboutit. Ilikewhatitsdoingbecauseitsstillaliveandmaturing intosomethingthat canneverbetrulytamed. -AREYOUSIGNED TO ORAFFILIATED WITH ALABEL? I' m aďŹƒliatedwithafew groupsbutasfarasalabelno.. -ISTHEREANYTHING ELSEYOUWOULD LIKETO SHAREWITH OURREADERS? BeonthelookoutforSuccessOvernight!ANDDOWNLOADmy mobileapp smartphoneusers:GooglePlaysearch:Togolese

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Wh a t ma d ey o ud e c i d et og e t i n t ot h emu s i ci n d u s t r y ?

Co mi n gf r o m as t r e e t l i f e b a c k g r o u n dI t e n dt op u t myl i f e o nt h e b e a t . Mymu s i ci s myd i a r y , s o me t h i n gt h a t j u s t c o me s n a t u r a l t ome . Gr o wi n gu pf r e e s t y l i na n db al e r a p p i na t p a r t y s a n dc l u b s , c a t s k e p t t e l l i nme “ Ma gy o un e e dt os t a r t r e c o r d i n g ”s oi s t a r t e d p ui n gmyf o o t wo r kd o wni nt h i s mu s i cl a n e . No wI ’ mj u s t t r y i n t op u t o nf o r myc i t ya n dmyh o o d . Re p p i nt h a t Ro s e Ci t ya n dF e d d y Mo bE n t e r t a i n me n t

Wh e r ed o e sy o u r s t a g en a mec o mef r o m?

Mys t a g e n a me i s myh o o dn a me . Yu n gMa gi s s h o r t f o r Yu n gMa g n i fi c e n t . Gr o wi n gu pg r i n d i na t ae a r l ya g e t h e n a me wa s g i v i nt ome . I t r e p r e s e n t s mys wa ga n dh o wI l i k e t os t a ys h i n n i n , a l wa y s d o i nt h i n g s b i g , t h a t l o u ds * * * .

Wh a t a r es o meo f y o u r mu s i c a l i n fl u e n c e s ?

S o me o f mymu s i ci n fl u e n c e s wo u l db e s o me c a t s l i k e T h e J a c k a . Me s s yMa r v , B i gRi c h , Amp i c h i n o . Al o t o f we s t c o a s t c a t s , r e a l c a t s , t h a t h o o ds * * * . I o n l yf * * * wi t hr e a l mu s i c .

Ot h e r t h a nmu s i c , wh a t a r es o meo f y o u r h o b b i e sa n di n t e r e s t s ? Ot h e r t h a nmu s i cI mi nt h e s t r e e t s t r y i nt og e t i t l i k e a n yo t h e r r e a l c a t . I ’ mt r y i nt oma k e an a me f o r my s e l f a n de a t a t t h e s a me t i me . I j u s t d i d4 0 mo n t h s i nt h e p e ns oi mo u t h e r e ma k i nu pf o r l o s t t i me . I s p e n dal o t o f t i me h ii nc o r n e r s , p o p p i nb ol e s . Go t ad e s i g n e r f e t i s h . I l i k e t ok e e p myn a me l i t y af e e l me ?

Wh a t ‘ ma i n s t r e a m’ a r t i s t wo u l dy o ul i k et og e t af e a t u r ef r o m? I d o n ’ t f * * * wi t ht oma n yma i n s t r e a mc a t s , b u t i f I wa s l o o k i nf o r af e a t u r e i t wo u l dh a v e t ob e s o me b o d yl i k e J i mJ o n e s , L i l B o o s i e , Ma i n o , J Rwr i t e r , Me e kMi l l s o me o n e o f t h a t n a t u r e .

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-Whatdoes2013looklikeforYUNG MAG?

S***mani’m justoutheretryintomakeithappen.IgotmyFeddy Boymixtapeseriespoppinoff,Vol.1-JollyRanchers&2Liters shouldbedroppininApril,Vol.2-MobCertifiedisalreadyinmotion. Bothalbumsfullofbangers.Im alsoge ingreadytointroduce mylabelFeddyMobEntertainmenttothestreets.Igotaroster fullofHotHias,couplefixintocomehomefrom theyBids. Gotafew videosim bouttodrop.Im justoutheremakinmovesman. 2013islookinniceforyaboy. -Wherecanyourreadersgotofindoutmoreaboutyouandyourmusic? YoucanpeepyaboyonmyFacebookpage. Facebook.com/yungmageofficalpage. Idon’tf***withtwier.Igotsomemusiconyoutube,bouttohave afew mixtapesposteduponcoast2coastmixtapes.com, undergroundfix.com,anddatpiff.com orifyoufrom thetownim outhereinthesePortlandstreets,comehollaatme.

-Whatisyouropiniononthestateofhip-hoptoday?

Iaintreallyfeelinthesemainstream cats,toomuchbubblegum andimitationforme.Theresalotofhotundergroundcatsout therethoe.Alotofhotcatscreepinup.Im allforthem and helpinthismusicgamegettowhereitshouldbe.

-Areyousignedtooraffiliatedwithalabel?

ManitsFeddyMobEntertainmenttotheendwithme.Ima alwaysrepthemobnoma erwhathappens.There’sadeal offeronthetablerightnow.Im justpeepinthescenerythoe yafeelme?IfIdotakethedealim bringinmylabelwithme reguardless,simpleasthat.

-Isthereanythingelseyouwouldliketosharewithourreaders?

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WHA TMADEY OU DE C I DET O GE TI NT OT HEMUS I CI NDUS T R Y ? Wh a t a l o t o f p e o p l e d o n t k n o wi s i v e b e e ni nt h e g a me f o r y e a r s . I a l wa y s h a dp l a n s t oma k e i t i nt h e mu s i c i n d u s t r y . B u t i ma d e b a d d e c i s i o n s i nmyl i f e . T h a t ma d e me g e t a c o u p l e o f y e a r s o f myl i f e i nj a i l . Wh i c hma d e me l o s e s o me o f t h e o p p o r t u n i t i e s I wa s ma k i n g i nt h e mu s i c i n d u s t r y . B u t n o wi mb a c k ! ! I h a v e a l o t t op r o v e . T oe v e r y o n e a n dmo s t o f a l l my s e l f . No t s a y i n gi mt h e b e s t i n t h e r a pg a me , c a u s e i mn o t . Myp o i n t i s i d oh a v e s o me t h i n gt os a y . An dt h e wa yi mg o i n gt os a yi t i s t h r e w mymu s i c . Wh e np e o p l e h e a r my mu s i c . I wa n t t h e mt os a yh e s g o t s o me d o p e l y r i c s t h a t s a h o t s o n g . Or t h a t s a g r e a t mi x t a p e o r a l b u m. Mo s t o f a l l j u s t t h e r e s p e c t . F o r p e o p l e t or e s p e c t t h e g r i n dI p u t i n . WHE R EDOE SY OURS T AGENAMEC OMEF R OM? Mys t a g e n a me ? l o l . I t e l l e v e r y o n e t oc a l l me S T ARf o r s h o r t . B u t my n a me c o me s f r o m myR e l i g i o u s b e l i e f s . I ma F i v e P e r c e n t e r . T h e y a r e t h e p o o r r i g h t e o u s t e a c h e r s wh od on o t b e l i e v e i nt h e t e a c h i n g o f t h e 1 0 %a n dwh oa r e a l l wi s e a n dk n o w wh ot h e t r u e a n d l i v i n gg o di s . Wh ot e a c h e s t h a t t h e t r u e a n dl i v i n gg o di s t h e s o no f ma n , s u p r e me b e i n g , b l a c kma nf r o m As i a . Wh ot e a c h e s f r e e d o m, j u s t i c e , a n de q u a l i t yt oa l l h u ma nf a mi l i e s o f t h e p l a n e t e a r t h . Ot h e r wi s e k n o wna s c i v i l i z e dp e o p l e , a l s omu s l i ma n dmu s l i m s o n s . An di f t h a t s t omu c ho v e r y o u r h e a d . T h e ny o us h o u l d d oy o u r r e s e a r c h . WHA TAR ES OMEOFY OURMUS I C ALI NF L UE NC E S ? I h a v e a l o t ! ! I t h i n kwe a l l d o . B a s i c l l ye v e r yr a p p e r i h e a r d o nt h e r a d i og r o wi n gu p . B u t myb i g g e s t i n ямВ u e n c e s a r e t h e p e o p l e a r o u n dmywa ya n dwh oI wo r kwi t h . T a l e e m" Da R i p p e r " , P OS , a n dMe d i c i n e Ma nf o r t e a c h i n gme h o wt or a p . E v e ni f i t me a n t r e wr i t i n ga v e r s e . S a t i s f a c t i o nf o r a l wa y s f r e e s t y l i n wh e nI a s kr i g h t o nt h e s p o t . Ox p r oo f T r i l l o g ya n dC r a z e C o l o n( C r a z e dOu t Mu s i c / L i v e l i Ho o d ) f o r ma k i n gMC s a r o u n dmywa ys t e pu pt h e r e g a me . T o n yHi g h P o i n t a n d Gr i mR e e po f ( AC M/ 1 0 0 B l o c k ) f o r a l wa y s k e e p i n gt h e s t r e e t s o ns ma s h . I R u l e a ma s t e r wi t hwo r d s . R o c kS t e a d y ( S t r e e t B o r nE n t e r t a i n me n t ) . S t a yR e a d yR e c o r d s , C a b l e z , Hi C a l i b e r , C h i e f L y r i c . An da n y o n e e l s e I h a v e t h e p l e a s u r e t owo r kwi t h wh e t h e r t h e r e a a r t i s t o r p r o d u c e r . J u s t p r o u dt os e e p e o p l e a r o u n dmywa ywi t ht h e r e o wnMo v e me n t s d o i n gt h e r e t h i n g a n dt h a t s wh a t k e e p s me p u s h i n . OT HE RT HAN MUS I C , WHA TAR ES OMEOFY OURHOB B I E SAND I NT E R E S T ? We l l i d o n t j u s t r a p . I p r o d u c e a n dma k e b e a t s a s we l l . T h a t s wh a t t a k e s u pa l o t o f myt i me . I c a nd r a wv e r ywe l l . I a l s ol o v e t or e a d . T a k e p i c t u r e s o r s h o o t v i d e o s wi t hmyc a mr e a o nmys p a r e t i me .

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-WHAT"MAINSTREAM"ARTISTWOULDYOULIKETOGETAFEATUREFROM? Ivedonesongswithacoupleofmainstream artistalready.Lady Luck,CrazeColon,Cablez,Royce5'9andmoreontheway.Butthe onepersonIwouldlovetoworkwithisbetweentwopeople. MaryJ.BligeorR.Kelly.Iknowforafactwecanmakeagreat song.Soifureadingthishitmeuplol. -WHAT WH DOES2013LOOKLIKEFORASIATICSTAR? ANewBegining!!Im Back!! WHERECAN OURREADERSGO TO FI ND OUTMOREABOUTYOUAND YOURMUSI C? Youc anfindmeonFac ebook/ J effr eyHer nandezf ormor ei nf o. Anduc anfindmeon t hes esmi xt apesands eemei ngues tappear i ngi nt hes esvi deosaswel lAs i at i cRec or ds pr es ent s" TheMi xt ape"( vol . 12&3)dat pi ff. c om aswel lasmanyvi deosonyout ube j us ts ear c has i at i cs t ar . WHATI SYOUROPI NI ON ON THESTATEOFHI PHOPTODAY? Thegamei sal lBACKWARDS! !Ic amef r om aer awher epeopl edi dnthavemoney. Andj us twor kedwi t hwhatt heyhad.Whenbeat sandl yr i c sor i gi nal i t ymeant ever yt hi ng.andi nas ec ondyouc ant el lwhosgar ageandwhosnot .Now i t sabout moneyandc or nyas sl yr i c s .Thes ef akeas sr apper sgett her ewac kas ss ongpl ayed ont her adi owi t hnomeani ngbehi ndi t . Andever yonet hi nksi t shot . Gett hehel loutof her e.Notonmywat c hiknow al otofpeopl eont hec or nerbe ert henyou.Sonow i t sal laboutwhosgotgar ager hymesandmoneynow.Getoutofher e. AREYOUSI GNED TO ORAFFI LI ATED WI TH ALABEL? I ms i gnedwi t hAs i at i cRec or dsandBas ementSoundsRec or ds .Sobeont hel ookout f orus .Caus ewec omi ng! ! I STHEREANYTHI NG ELSEYOUWOULD LI KETO SHAREWI TH OURREADERS? Yes ,Ihaveal otofmus i cc omi ngouts oons obeont hel ookout .J us ts t ar t edmyown mi xt apes er i eswi t ht heunder gr oundfix.Fi r s tmi xt apet ober el eas edi s " PLAYI N FORKEEPS"andal otmor et oc ome.Gots ol omi xt apesc omi ngf r om HOFFA,TONYHI GHPOI NT,CRAZECOLON," THEI NCREDI BLE WEAPON MI XTAPE"f eat ur i ngmys el fASI ATI CSTARandCHI EFLYRI C.Pl ushave al otmor evi deosc omi ngouts oonf r om mys el fandpoepl eofmyc amp.Sokeep youreyesopen.Wantt oal s ogi veabi gs houtoutt oTheUnder gr oundFi xf ort he i nt er vi ew andoppor t uni t yt or el eas emymus i c .Peac e. . . . 1 6


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WHATMADEYOUDECI DETO GETI NTO THEMUSI CI NDUSTRY? Iha vebe e nwr i t i ngs i nc e1 9 9 5 , pe r f or mi ngs i nc e1 9 9 9a ndr e c or di ngs i nc e2 0 0 0 . Atfir s tmus i cwa sj us tahobbybutmypa s s i onf ormus i ci st heonl yt hi ngt ha tha sgot met hi sf a ri nl i f e . I n2 0 1 3 , a f t e rove rade c a deofhoni ngmyc r a f t , i ti st i met ot a kemy mus i ct ot hene x tl e ve l . WHEREDOESYOURSTAGENAMECOMEFROM? DEFc ome sf r om myi ni t i a l s{ De s mondEl i a sFor d}a ndda vyne( pr onounc e ddi vi ne ) i sbe c a us eIwa sr a i s e di nt hec hur c ha ndmys pi r i t ua l i t ys t uc kwi t hme . WHATARESOMEOFYOURMUSI CALI NFLUENCES? BoneThugs nHa r mony, Twi s t a , 2 Pa c , DoggPound, Out ka s t , Wa r r e nG, E4 0 , BoyzI IMe n, Mi c ha e lJ a c ks on. OTHERTHAN MUSI C, WHATARESOMEOFYOURHOBBI ESAND I NTERESTS? Phot ogr a phy, Bowl i ng, Col l e geFoot ba l l{ GoDuc ks ! } WH T' WHA MAI NSTREAM' ARTI STSWOULD YOULI KETO GETAFEATUREFROM? Cr ooke dI , AS APRoc ky, Ye l a wol f , Cha mi l l i ona i r e , Fa bol ous , Hops i n, Ti ni eTe mpa h, Te c hN9 ne , Ve r s eS i mmonds , Mi gue l , Fr a nkOc e a n, Mi kePos ne r . WHATDOES2 0 1 3LOOKLI KEFORDEFDa vyne ? Thi sye a rIwi l lbes hoot i ngmyfir s t2vi de osf r om myde buta l bum “ S c a l e sofaBr oke nLi br a ” Iwi l la l s obel a unc hi ngmywe bs i t e : www. DEFda vyne . c om. Iwi l lbegr a dua t i ng l a t e rt hi sye a rwi t haBa c he l or ’ si nMus i cBus i ne s sf r om Ful lS a i lUni ve r s i t y. Ipl a nt odr opac oupl emi x t a pe st hi sye a ra swe l ls obeont hel ookout ! WHERECAN OURREADERSGO TO FI ND OUTMOREABOUTYOUAND YOURMUSI C? www. Re ve r bNa t i on. c om/ DEFda vyne , www. S oundc l i c k. c om/ DEFda vyne orj us tgoogl e“ DEFda vyne ”

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WHATI SYOUROPI NI ON ON THESTATEOFHI PHOPTODAY? Ib e l i e v et heo v e r s a t ur a t i o no fc l uba nt he msa ndt r a pmus i ci sne a r i ngi t spe a k . Is e ehi pho pmus i cmo v i ngt o wa r dsde e pe rme s s a g e sa ndme a ni ng f ul l y r i c s t ha t t hea v e r a g el i s t e ne rc a na ppr e c i a t e . It hi nkt ha t t hek e yt os uc c e s si nt he f ut ur ewi l l b et oc o mb i net hec a t c hi ne s so fpa r t ys o ng s , a ndt her e s pe c t l e v e l o fho o dt r a c k s , whi l es pii ngl y r i c st ha t ha v eade e pe rpur po s et ha nb o t h. Hi pho p ha sg r o wnt ob e c o meo neo ft hemo s t po pul a rg e nr e si nt hee nt i r ei ndus t r y , a ndi t ’ st i meweus eo uri nflue nt i a l po we rf o rag r e a t e rg o o d. AREYOU SI GNED TO ORAF F I LI ATED WI TH A LABEL? Uns i g ne d I STHEREANYTHI NG ELSEYOU WOULD LI KETO SHAREWI TH OURREADERS? I ’ m ano r ma l huma nb e i ngj us t l i k ey o u. Iha v ewo r k e dha r df o re v e r y t hi ngI ha v ei nl i f e , a ndIb e l i e v et ha t myg o o df o r t unei ss i mpl yt hepr o duc t o ft ha t ha r d wo r k . AsaS o ut he r nCa l i f o r ni ana t i v e , Iwa sl uc k ye no ug ht ob er a i s e di nac i t y f ul l o fc ul t ur a l di v e r s i t y . Unf o r t una t e l y , a l o ngwi t ht ha t di v e r s i t yc a mea dv e r s i t y f r o mg a ng s , dr ug sa ndal a c ko fmo ne y . Iwa st i r e do fs t a r v i ngo nmyl unc hb r e a k s a ndwe a r i ngha ndme do wns , s oIg o t myfir s t j o ba t a g e1 2a sapa pe r b o y . F o rl a c ko fab ee rt e r m, Ib e c a mev e r yma t e r i a l i s t i c . Asac hi l d, Iwa nt e dno t hi ng mo r et ha nt ono t b eb r o k e . Is e t a l l myg o a l so na a i ni nga r t i fic i a l ha ppi ne s s , a ndb yt het i meIwa s2 1Iha ddo nej us t t ha t . I t di dn’ t t a k emev e r yl o ngt or e a l i z e t ha t mo ne ywa s n’ t g o i ngt ob uymeha ppi ne s s . Iha dnor e a l pur po s ei nl i f eunt i l Iwa s2 3 , a ndmys o nEl i j a hwa sb o r n. F a s t f o r wa r dt oa g e3 0a ndt heb i r t ho fmy da ug ht e rAudr e y , a ndy o uwi l l s t a r t t ounde r s t a ndt ha t Ia ms t i l l g r o wi ng , no t o nl y a sa na r t i s t , b ut a sahuma nb e i ng . Ia ppr e c i a t ey o ut a k i ngt het i met ol i s t e nt omys t o r y . Iho pey o uno t o nl ye nj o ymymus i c , b ut t ha t i t he l psy o ut og e t t hr o ug h wha t e v e ri t i si nl i f et ha t i spr e v e nt i ngy o uf r o mb e i ngt r ul yha ppy . Go db l e s s .

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WHA TMADEY OU DE CI DET O GE TI NT OT HEMUS I CI NDUS T R Y ? I n e v e r r e a l l yd e c i d e d . . . i t wa s j u s t s o me t h i n gI a l wa y s d i da s ak i dc o mi n gu pf r e e s t y l i n g , wr i t i n gg r a ffit i , DJ i n go nc o l l e g er a d i o , f r o m ma k i n gb e a t s wi t hmymo u t ht o p o u n d i n go u t a nMP C. T h el o v et o o ko v e r myl i f e . WHE REDOE SY OURS T AGENAMECOMEF ROM? Mys t a g en a mec o me s f r o ma no l dmo n i k e r I u s e df r o ma r o u n d2 0 0 0t o2 0 0 4 , wh i c hwa s u n Au t h o r d o x . E v e r y o n ea l wa y s r e f e r r e dt omea s Do x , t h eB o o g i e . . . I k i n d aj u s t d r o p p e di naf r e e s t y l eo n ed a ywh e nI wa s b u g g i n ' o u t o nab e a t a n d s o u n d e df r e s h . . . s oi t s t u c ka n dI c o n t i n u et or o c kwi t hi t . WHA TARES OMEOFY OURMUS I CALI NF L UE NCE S ? Mymu s i c a l i n fl u e n c e s a r ev a s t , v e r ye c l e c t i c . . . f r o m myv i n y l c o l l e c t i o nd a t i n gb a c k t ot h e3 0 s , t h o u g hp r e d o mi n a n t l y6 0 s &7 0 s . I d e fi n i t e l ya mi n fl u e n c e db yt h e o r i g i n a t o r s a n dc r e a t i v ea r t i s t s t h a t s a wn ob o u n d a r i e s a n dl a b e l s , l i k et h es o u l f u l a n dj a z zs t y l i n g s o f t h ee r a , t h er o c ko f J i m Mo r r i s o n , T h eB e a t l e s , Z e p p e l i n , t omo r eo b s c u r eu n k n o wnb a n d s o f t h a t t i met ot h ed o mi n a n c eo f t h ee a r l y 9 0 s t omi d9 0 s g o l d e ne r aa s we l l a s t h el a t e9 0 s r i s eo f t h ea v a n t g a r d eu n d e r g r o u n d . Ar t i s t s l i k ej a y z , Na s , Ma s t aAc e , B i gDa d d yKa n e , WuT a n g , t oCo mp a n yfl o w, Ar s o n i s t s , S wo l l e nMe mb e r s , No nP h i x i o n , e t c t h a t I g r e wu po nd e f p l a y e dar o l e i nmyi n fl u e n c e s a s we l l . OT HE RT HAN MUS I C, WHA TARES OMEOFY OURHOB B I E SAND I NT E RE S T S ? Ou t s i d eo f mu s i c I r u na nI n d yl a b e l / p r o d u c t i o n / d i s t r i b u t i o nc o mp a n ya s we l l a s ac l o t h i n gl i n ea n dawe br a d i on e t wo r k . Al s ob e i n gag r a p h i c d e s i g nd e g r e eh o l d e r f r o mF I Ti nNY C. I a ms k i l l e di ng r a p h i c d e s i g nf o r p r i n t , l o g oa n db r a n di ma g i n g, c do r p o s t e r a r t wo r ka s we l l a s we bd e s i g n . WHA T' MAI NS T RE AM' ART I S T SWOUL DY OU L I KET O GE TA F E A T UREF ROM? As f a r a s c o mme r c i a l a r t i s t s I ' dl i k eaf e a t u r ef r o m. . . I wi l l b ef e a t u r i n g o na nu p c o mi n gj o i n t wi t hF r e n c hMo n t a n a , a s we l l a s a n o t h e r wi t hJ o e l l Or t i z . S o mema j o r a r t i s t s I ' dl i k et owo r kwi t hi n c l u d e Ad a mL e v i n e , Di p s e t , J a y Z& Ka n y e , AS APR o c k y , S a d e , P r i n c e , E mi n e ma n do t h e r s . WHA TDOE S2 0 1 3L OOK L I KEF ORDOXB OOGI E? 2 0 1 3i s l o o k i n gb i gf o r Do xB o o g i ea n dh i s B r a i nKa v eMu s i c Gr o u p . Wi t hma j o r s i n g l e s a l o n gs i d eJ o e l l Or t i za n dF r e n c hMo n t a n at oB a n g e r s wi t hP l a n e t As i a , I l l B i l l , & CR a y zWa l z . Ou r g r o wi n gwe br a d i on e t wo r kwi t hl i s t e n e r s wo r l d wi d e , t h ee x p a n s i o no f o u r c l o t h i n gl i n ea s we l l a s n e w mu s i c a n dv i d e o s f r o mt h e " Ka v e me n " ( B r a i nKa v e Ar t i s t s : R o bNo v a , J RP h e n o m, Ul t i ma t eUl t r a , No y zDe n a l i , T e kL u c i a n o , Mo o k d a T r u t h , T e a m Ma d i s o n , Ab s y r d& Ha t e r ) . Ne w Co mp i l a t i o nf r o m t h el a b e l , Ne wL Pf r o m Ab s y r d , Ne ws i n g l e s & Mi x t a p e s f r o mR o bNo v a , Mo o k d a T r u t h& J RP h e n o m. L Pf r o mT e kL u c i a n o . Mu s i c f r o m Ul t i ma t eUl t r a & Ha t e r . E P ' s f r o m No y zDe n a l i , F e s T a y l o r , F . T . a k aF u c T h a t , E o nI l y a n a a n dWuT a n ga ffil i a t eS o l o mo nCh i l d s . P r o d u c t i o nL Pf r o mS i x fi r e , S u p e r s c r u l l & Do xB o o g i ef t . V a r i o u s a r t i s t s i n c l u d i n gI l l B i l l , Ki n gMa g n e t i c , AOT P , Ch i e f Ka ma c h i , DVAl i a s Kh r y s t , I l l aGh e e , R a i n yT e r r e l l , T i mS t a c k s & Mo r e . B r a i nKa v eMu s i c Gr o u pa l s op r o v i d e s p r o d u c t i o na n de n g i n e e r i n g ( c r e d i t s i n c l u d eP l a n e t As i a , Co p y wr i t e , Ne ms , S e a nS t r a n g e , WuT a n g a n dmo r e ) . Ne e dp r o d u c t i o n / e n g i n e e r i n go r f e a t u r e s c o n t a c t b r a i n k a v e mu s i c @ g ma i l . c o m

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WHE RECAN OURRE ADE RSGO TO F I ND OUTMOREABOUTYOUAND YOURMUS I C? T ofi n do u t mo r ei n f o r ma t i o na b o u t Do xB o o g i eo r B r a i nKa v eMu s i cGr o u pL L C. Y o uc a ns i mp l yGo o g l ea n dfi n dh u n d r e d so f p a g e so f l i n k s . Or j u s t v i s i t o u r h o me p a g e s : www. b r a i n k a v e mu s i c . c o m www. b r a i n k a v e mu s i c . b a n d c a mp . c o m www. k a v e me n k l o t h i n g . c o m www. Y o u T u b e . c o m/ b r a i n k a v e mu s i c www. b r a i n k a v e mu s i c . t u mb l r . c o m www. s o u n d c l o u d . c o m/ b r a i n k a v e mu s i c Al l Mu s i ca v a i l a b l eo nI T u n e s, Ama z o n& a l l o t h e r d i g i t a l o u t l e t sWo r l d wi d e . WHATI SYOUROP I NI ON ON THES T ATEOFHI P HOPTODAY? Hmmmm myo p i n i o no nt h es t a t eo f h i ph o pt o d a y . . . . Ov e r a l l I ' ds a yt h eq u a l i t yi sc o mi n g b a c kb u t wes t i l l g i v i n gt o omu c hc r e d i t t ot h eY o u T u b es e n s a t i o no n en i g h t wo n d e r s . I ' v ea l s on o t i c e damu c hl a r g e r p r o b l e m, wh e nI s e ee s t a b l i s h e dd o p emc sc o s i g n i n gwa c k a r t i s t sb yd o i n gs o n g swi t ht h e mj u s t f o r ac h e c k , i t k i n d ag e t st omeab i t . I t ' sl i k et h e a r t i s t sa r ea l l o wi n go u r c u l t u r et ob e c o mel e s sa b o u t s k i l l sa n dmo r ea b o u t p o l i t i c s . . . b u t I s e et h ec h a n g i n go f t h eg u a r dc o mi n g . I d i ga l l h i ph o p , i t a l l h a si t sp l a c e . . . . b e s i d e s I fi n dI ' mo f t e nmo r eo p e nmi n d e dt h a nmo s t o f myp e e r ss oI ' md o wnt oe x p e r i me n t wi t hs o u n di ng e n e r a l .

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WHA TMA DEY OU DE C I DET O GE TI NT OT HEMU S I CI NDU S T R Y ? I TA L LS T A R T E DI N MI NNE A P O L I S , MN WHE NI WA S I N3 R DG R A D EA T T E ND I NG MA R C YO P E NS C HO O L . I WA S T HEHE A DD R U MME RI NA D V A NC EB A ND K NO WI NG HO W T OR E A D MU S I CA ND T OP L A YD I F F E R E NTK I ND S O FI NS T R U ME NT S A TA E A R L YA G EC A MENA T U R A LT O ME . I S O O NT HE NG R E W U PK NO WI NG MU S I CA L L MYL I F E , B YT HEA G EO F1 7 I WA S I NT HES T U D I OR E C O R D I NG MU S I CO N MYO WN. I G O TI NV O L V E DI NO P E N MI C ' S C O NNE C T I NG WI T HG O O DT A L E NTA ND B U S I NE S S E X P E R T S I NT R O D U C I NG MET OT HEMU S I CI ND U S T R Y . E V E RS I NC ET HE NI B E E N C O MI NG O U TWI T H NE W MI X T A P E S A ND D O I NG S HO WS C R E A T I NGA B U Z ZI HA V ENO TL O O K E DB A C KE V E R YS I NC E . IC U R R E NT L YHA V E4 MI X T A P E S A V A I L A B L E NO W @D A T P I F F . C O M &C O A S T 2 C O A S T MI X T A P E S . C O M, S WA G GL I K EME , MO NE Y S T E A D YC U MI N, F R E EL O C A LMU S I C , HI S T O R YI NT HEMA K I NG . I A M NO W C U R R E NT L YR E C O R D I NG MYNE W MI X T A P E4 T HER E C O R D , C O MI NG S O O NA P R I L 2 0 1 3 . WHE R EDOE SY OU RS T A GENA MEC OMEF R OM? MYS T A G ENA MEMU R D A ME R L EWA S C R E A T E DT HEF I R S TT I MEI E V E RP R E S S E DT HE R E C O R DB U T T O NO NP R OT O O L S . I B E G I NT OR A PMYV O C A L S I NT OT HEMI C R HY MI NG WI T HS WA GP U T T I NG WO R D S T O G E T HE RL I K EI NE V E RD I DB E F O R E . I WA S T HE NC O NV I NC E DA ND T O L DB YO T HE R S I NT HES T U D I OT HA TI HA D J U S TMU R D E R E DT HET R A C K . I T HE NA S K E DA S T U D I OF U L LO FL I S T E NE R S , WE L L I D O N' THA V EA S T A G ENA MET HA TI G OB YY E T , WHA TS HO U L DB EMYR A P NA ME ? 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