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LOUDD MAGAZINE Get’s it Straight from “Lilpo and HollyWood Da Chef “

Straight out of the “352” Gainesville, Fl, Loudd sits down with not one, but two of North Central Florida’s homegrown Independent Hip Hop Artists,”Glenn L Washington Jr aka Lilpo Hood Hero” and “Remondo Lily aka “Holly Wood DaChef“. From Southern Royalty to International Business, they give us insight on who they really are. These two inspired Hip Hop artists have faith and high hopes for the 352 area code.

LOUDD: When did you start making music, and what influenced you?

LiL’PO:  I am going to take it back to #Kris Kross. I was in the seventh grade when I saw those two doing their thing, and I felt like I could do that too. I started listening to other rappers and how they put words and music together, and from there I started building my style of rapping, and making it my own. The influence was the craft itself.

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HollyWood: As a young kid I would always kick free styles in the hood, and everybody would tell me that I was really good and that I should try to take it to the next level. In 2011 I started recording music in the studios getting real serious about being an artist.

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LOUDD: Being that you both are form the 352, was there anyone that was in the music game around the time that you were coming up that had an impact on you?

HollyWood: In my area where I was growing up there was a very small movement, so there really wasn’t too much inspiration around. If it came, it most definitely came from “Big Bud” and “Shorty Roc”.Tupac Shakur “was a big one for me also coming up. I loved the way he delivered life through his lyrics.

LiL’PO:  Well with me it was a little crazy cause I came up under “Dave Cooper”, “Big-Amp Parker “Crooked Life”, “Maintain McQueen”, and “Ben Frank”, and then being the cousin of “Shorty Roc”, and bring around “Big Bud”, I felt kind of over shadowed. I represented to the fullest; they all were a huge inspiration.

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LOUDD: How do you feel about the ongoing independent music movement in your hometown of Gainesville, fl?

HollyWood: If we are going to talk about the movement in the present, I feel that there is a lot of favoritism going on in this city, and that takes us in the wrong direction. There is some great artist out here that put in work, plus overtime, and they are not getting any appreciation, nor do they get the attention from the ones that can make a better outlet for them. I wish that we can all form a bond that will take all of us to the next level. I am not going to give up, and I am going to keep playing my roll.

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LiL’PO:  I’ve been doing this for a long time, so I’ve watched artist come and go. I was in a group called “Southern Royalty”, so I helped built what it is now. It really hurts to see how things are going on out here in the 352. It wasn’t play to pay, when I was coming up, which I respect the game, you know people got do what they got to do, but like “Br3adgang Blazel” said in his interview, it is a popularity thing. I would like to see good artist get a fair chance. I believe that if we keep pushing, going to the studios, getting interviews, and staying connected with people that can help get our music out like “Burning 50”, something will pop.

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LOUDD: Who do you do this for, besides yourself?

HollyWood: Me personally, I do it for the streets and the fans. The fans I have believe in my vision, and they keep me motivated, so I have to keep them happy.

LiL’PO:  I do it because I am a music junkie. I am addicted to letting people know what I have to say. I do it for the people also. The promoters and club owners they already know who I am. I need to grab the attention of the people.

LOUDD: I always see you two chilling together, let us up on the connection?

HollyWood: Lilpo and I are cousins by marriage. We are Friends by choice. My brand is “TeamChef Entertainment”, and Lilpo brand is “Majornoyze Muzic ENT”, together it’s a combine movement. Good Business.

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LOUDD: A Hip Hop Artist stage name is everything; it tells who they are as a person and as an artist. Tell us about your stage names?

HollyWood: First my name used to be just HollyWood, I had that name since I was in the 6th grade, and I got it from a pimp in the neighborhood. That name had a little controversy going on because there was another HollyWood in Gainesville. So I had to distinguish myself and add Chef, which was the title of my mix tape. HollyWood means lights, camera, action, and show time, and Chef means I’m mixing up my perfect recipe for the streets, which is my music. That’s how I became “Holly Wood DaChef

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LiL’PO: The name is Lil from the word little, Po from the word poor; “Lil Po”. Originally when I was in the clique Southern Royalty, my name was “Picasso” because I painted pictures, and everything I did was with a vivid vision. I left the group, and I needed a new name. I was looking for a name that basically represented my life. My parents wasn’t rich, and Big Bud used to play around with me and say “What’s up peasant child”, and I didn’t like it first, but I thought about it and turned it into something that was real. I was going to call myself “Lil Po Da Peasant Child”, but that was too long, so I kept short and to the point “Lilpo Hood Hero”. This name means a lot to me, because if I ever make, it tells a story of how I started out, and where I came from.Hood Hero, I am from the hood, and I rep for the hood all day every day.

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LOUDD:  Lil Po can you fill us in the “Brick Gang ” movement?

LiL’PO: The whole time “Jordan June Johnson” was doing his vacation time, I stayed in contact with him. From our conversations we were talking about how we can make street music pop in the 352. So, when he came home he came and saw a couple of shows that I had did. There was one in particular that I did and he didn’t like the way I was being treated, and that night June came to me about him helping me with what shows to do , and getting my music heard, like a road manger. So, we chopped it up the next morning, and I said yes let’s do it. Brick Gang is a movement, but also like a secret society, you just don’t get in. you have to have some type of bond.Jordan June Johnson Lilpo Hood Hero, Hittmann Souljah,Willie Chill Will Simmons ,Johkerboi Brickgang Kell , and Tarence Watts aka BossAmiBrick Gang ” Family.

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LOUDD: Now Chef you got some other things going on to enhance your music career, tell us about that?

HollyWood: I do attend school at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, my major is International Business. I want to take my craft beyond where I am. The market for Hip Hop overseas is very lucrative. I have had the opportunity to link up with some out of the country indie Hip Hop artist through social media. They are very eager to work with artists from the states. I have to know what I am doing, so I am getting educated on the logistics of hoe to conduct business internationally. I also have a movement myself that is going to help better the community for the good. It will help bring change not only to our lives, but to the future also. It’s not always about what we can get; sometimes it’s about what we can give. So stay tuned Holly Wood DaChef is cooking up something nice. I do a lot of shows out of town, like Orlando, Jacksonville, and Ocala. I try to spread myself around so I can get people from other towns to feel my music. One thing I want to say is S/O to “Bigg Gates” who is Devonta Gates aka SG, he has a lot to do with the shows I do. He is my partner and I call him my road manager. SG does so many things inside this indie music movement. He is a BEAST!!!

  LiL’PO: A lot of people should be giving thanks to Devonta Gates  SG he is the man. He has looked out for so many indie artists.

LOUDD: You have to give Devonta Gates and Steve Jean-Jacques much respect. They are the ones that put LOUDD MAGAZINE out there. I always bring up M.A.D.E. Monday’s because that was an indie platform; I don’t care what other people have to say about, but they provided the only platform here in Gainesville that said hey “352 you got something to say, let’s hit it”. We are all family at the end of the day. Much Love to those two.

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LOUDD: Lilpo Hood Hero when I first met you , you were with K.O.S (Keepers of Sound) founded and operated by Gwendolyn Richardson aka “Sheve”, who happens to be a very good friend of mine. What happen to that union?

LiL’PO: Nothing, I am still with K.O.S , Gwendolyn Richardson is still my rock. She just let’s me venture out on my own, so I can explore my independence. We are united and we are as strong as always. I love her, she has done so much for me and my career. S/O to Gwendolyn Richardson C.E.O of K.O.S (Keepers of Sound). When “King of the Trill” come out, and it is coming out, no matter what anyone has to say. That album will be my tribute to her.

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LOUDD: One word for the both of you ” Image”.

HollyWood: My image is more smooth player type. I am clean cut. My music is more about the way I finesse the streets.

LiL’PO: My style is old school Florida dope boy music. A lot of curse words, a lot of pain, and a lot of shade, one thing about me I don’t hold nothing back. I will say names, and I will do videos. I stand up for everything that I say. My music is a very well representation of who I am.

LOUDD: What would Hip Hop be without the South?

LiL’ Po:  Boring

LOUDD: Any S/O’s?

HollyWood and LIL’ PO: First and foremost our Father in the Heavens, Thank you without you there is no us. S/O to Skelly G Supa-Producer, Smiley, CP , Mike Whammy, Our beloved Family,Gwendolyn Richardson aka Sheve, The whole damm Gainesville good and bad, Wiley G Martin and Marcus Cromartie  without them I wouldn’t be here they save my life. S/O to Brick Gang,  Dyme Pyece DA Print , Br3adgang BlazelZaplyfe,  and LOUDD MAGAZINE without #LOUDD yall wouldn’t know who we really are. We love the “352” and we believe, trust. 

 

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Interview: Tyra Edwards, LOUDD MAGAZINE

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Loudd Magazine “Turns Down” with Zap Man

He brings high energy, he never cuts his audience short of a show, he was nominated for a “TEAM BIGGA RANKIN ” Diamond Award” 2 years in a row (2014 and 2015),  and he is determined to make it. 352’s independent Hip Hop artist “Zap Man” turns it down a notch, for a little Q and A with LOUDD Magazine.

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LOUDD: Can you tell us what’s behind the name “Zap Man”, because from what LOUDD Magazine has heard, this is not your first stage name?

ZAP MAN: Well, what you heard was right. Zap Man was not my original name. I started out with “JT Money”, and of course I couldn’t get far with that name because there was a “JT Money” out there already (S/O to “JT MONEY “), but my peers called me JT Money, because of my birth name (Joseph Tyrone Scott), and if you put the parallel lines on the S you get the money sign, so I just got that name in the streets, and when people used to hear me rap that’s what they called me.

 Once I realized I wanted to be a Hip Hop artist at the age of 16, I wanted to choose a name for myself. I had just got some gold’s in my mouth and I wanted to call myself “Gold Mouth” and it was perfect for me at the time, because I didn’t know anyone with that name, and I rode with the name Gold Mouth for a long time, until it came time for me to register my brand. I found out that the name “Gold Mouth” was already registered, matter of fact it’s a track on “Young Jeezy’s “album where he says “Free Gold Mouth”, so the Gold Mouth days were at an end for me.

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 What made me choose the name “Zap Man” was at the time when I was Gold Mouth, I was on Face Book, posting my songs, and I really did not know what I was doing. I was trying to learn from watching others that was already in the game like: Tara Crawford-James “Go Hard” and what she was doing with 8th Ave .”Maintain McQueens” determination, “Precious Shonda Swain”, “Big-Amp Parker”, and “Jeff Peaks“ their outstanding dedication to help and educate other artists. Now at the time, I really couldn’t afford the services that were out there to help me evolve as an artist, so I started doing it myself. Flooding people’s timelines, I just went into a tagging spree (lol!), learned how to Instagram and Tweet. One day someone sent a message in my inbox and it said: Hey, I don’t mind the tags, but you are Zappin the hell out of my timeline. I was all over the place, Zappin everybody that would let me; also I was still out in the streets Zappin here, there and everywhere trying to make it happen. “Zap Man” was created from out here trying to get it. I am “Zap Man“, Zappin the game.

LOUDD: You, your music, and your image is very high energized.Can you tell us how you incorporate all that into being “Zap Man”?

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ZAP MAN: My style depends on the beat. At least for me, if the beat is slow, and a more mellowed out then Zap Man is going to stay with the bars, and bring out lyrics.  When the beat is fast and hitting, I am not as lyrical, I just rhyme, because the beat is doing most of the work for me all I got to do is enhance it, and that’s when I get real crunked and crazy.  My style is just unplanned most of the time I just go with what I feel.

LOUDD: Okay, Okay, your style is versatile, but LOUDD Magazine wants to know, where does all that energy come from? You bring the energy to the stage and the crowd. I have been to shows where the entertainment energy was getting drained, and when your name was called to come to the stage, I have actually heard people say “I’m up now, Zap Man on the stage” Is that just who you are or is that something you get from the music.

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ZAP MAN: That’s just who I am, which helps me get it through to the music. When I get to the stage and get that tunnel vision, it doesn’t make a difference if it’s 1 or 100 people there; I am there to give a show. So I perform like its a million people there. I am so happy that everyone is there to watch me perform. I owe the audience all of me when they come to see a show.

LOUDD: I remember when I first started “LOUDD Magazine”, and you came out with your popular single “YAMZ”. You put that single on your anticipated mix tape “Life of a Hustler” and then you come up and out with a second anticipated mix tape “The Creation”. Which by the way, the graphics for both of these mix tapes is superb, S/O to Steve Jean-Jacques aka “Furie” onwer of GrfXPRESS LLC.

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ZAP MAN:  S/O to Steve Jean-Jacques aka “Furie”, he really knew what fit went with my image, and what I wanted to express to my fans through my mix tape covers. He is a really talented man. He has the game on lock right now in the graphic design game.  He makes you feel important through the designs that he creates for you. All my designs from him have gotten a lot of praise. Thank you #Furie

LOUDD: You made your 1st mix tape, (Life of a Hustler) your 2nd release, and your 2nd project, which is an EP (The Creation) your 1st release. Why?

ZAP MAN: “YAMZ” was supposed to be featured on my original first mix tape “Life of a Hustler”, but I took it off and remixed it and put it on the EP “The Creation”, which will introduce my now turned into an album “Life of a Hustler”. Life of a Hustler has all original beats, everything is authentic, so it’s not a mix tape it is my first album. I had to revamp the process. The Creation tells the story of how “Life of a Hustler” came to be. This business is about being creative, and I have to make sure that my creativity is on point, but at the same time, so that the people can understand me as an artist.

LOUDD: You are a man of more than one hustle, you have a record label “MOS Recordz LLC” that you are trying to get up and going, and you also have a promotion company “25/8 NO SLEEP Street Team”, which is doing very well. You also work a full time job. What drives your hustle?

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ZAP MAN: I want to be rich. I am tired of being poor.

LOUDD: Honesty at its best! lol !!!  Thank you for that. Everyone wants money, and that is just one of the rewards that comes with the game. What keeps you saying, this is it, this is the way I want to pursue my dreams. You can try to get rich so many different ways, why the music game?

ZAP MAN: Okay, what drives the drive (lol)? I have been doing this since I have been 16 yrs old, so there is no doubt at all, that this is in my DNA. I was created to do this. I love this music life; from the beats, the producers, the photographers, the shows, the media, the promotions, the supporters, and the fans. I have always been a big supporter of the Independent movement. I want all of us to prosper from our talents. We have so many talented artists here in my city of the “352”, and I will help in any way that I can to make things happen for us. Hip Hop Artist “Maintain McQueen” once said to me”A successful person is a person who doesn’t mind helping someone else be successful along the way”. It’s all about love.

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LOUDD: So what’s in the pipeline for Zap Man ?

ZAP MAN: Expect some new tracks coming out. New videos, Work, work, and more work. I got some shows lined up this summer, including one at the “6th Annual Stunt Fest ” on June 6th at the fairgrounds here in Gainesville, S/O to “Deidre DooneyGirl Gent“, for this wonderful event she puts on every year, also the 34th Annual“Archer’s Mother’s Day Festival” Indie Artist ShowCase , I will be performing for “LOUDD Magazine” and “Burning 50”. I’m just working on getting my life right at the same time also. My music is everything, so I will always have something coming up.

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LOUDD: If there is one thing you want say to your city the “352”, what will it be?

ZAP MAN: Save Hip Hop in the 352, and “YAMZ!!!!! ”Zap Man” Out!!!!

Interview by: Tyra Edwards of LOUDD MAGAZINE

Photographs by: Kingsley King Photography,Jordan Spencer Studios, and Alexandra Heater of Options Photography.   

A LOUDDFEATURE: TORRY FARLEY OWNER/CEO LEVEL NITE CLUB

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The weekend of Aug 30th marks the one year Anniversary of Level Nite Club, and to celebrate this momentous event Loudd Magazine had the pleasure of chatting with Owner/CEO Torry Farley about what this past year with Level has been like for the burgeoning entrepreneur.

Former owner of Status Night Club, Farley is relieved to have made it through year one with Level. He stated that it is a defining moment in his career because most businesses fail within their first year; he is convinced that this next year will be better than the last. The shining moment of the entire year was working with Elite Management Group and that his biggest goal for the club is to make Level as synonymous to Gainesville, like King of Diamonds is to Miami

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Carrying a true entrepreneurial spirit he gives a platform for the Indie scene hosting MADE Mondays and Woman Crush Wednesdays as outlets for the independent artist. He wants to see the indie scene grow and hopes to put Level and Gainesville on the map for any artists trying to make a name and build a brand for themselves. Loudd Magazine will officially be hosting the next Indie artist showcase at Level and Farley is very excited about this particular event, being an artist himself, he said that the Indie showcase will be a great event for the Artists here in the city. This will be a great opportunity for the artists since they will be vying to win their spot to open up for one of the acts coming to Level this semester; Iceberg, Yung Scooter, Santa Maria, and Ty Dollar Sign (who will be performing Oct 10th), just to name a few.

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Farley placed an emphasis on business and community collaboration. He supports outreach programs such as The Flossie B Walker Foundation and The Circle that, hosts a canned good drive every Sunday with donations/contributions being given back to the community. In order to establish more business collaborations in the city, Farley looks to the opening of Venue (located directly across the street from Level) he has a high amount of respect for “Jay Littles”, and his team and would jump at the chance to do business with them.

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One God, one goal, one destiny, is the mantra that guides his goals for Level Nite Club, and he doesn’t want Level to be just another club, he wants to broaden the horizons and make Level an all encompassing venue for the city of Gainesville. That’s evident by the acts he has lined up for the One Year Anniversary celebration on Aug 30th 2014. The entire club will be open with live performances and of course game-day festivities. This event will be one for the city and Loudd Magazine will be present making sure we get a glimpse of the Indie-Artists performing that night.

There will be a lot of business for Level coming in this next year and Farley has high hopes to expand the Level demographic, with plans for a Foam Party partnering up w/ Santa Fe and UF, Techno w/ Dada Life, and a Glow Party. He has plans to make Level Nite Club the hottest spot in the Gator City.

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If you are interested in planning an event at Level, they can be contacted at 352-363-6869 or you can check out their FaceBook Page click the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/LEVELNIGHTCLUBGAINESVILLE

LOUDDScenes: Homegrown Music & Arts Festival @TheCMC

Tomorrow August 23, The Civic Media Center and Library will be hosting The Homegrown Music and Arts Festival, which will start promptly at 6pm.

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Sponsored by Bang Bang Suckas and Rx, this festival will feature some of Gainesville’s finest homegrown artists, and emcees!

Here’s the Line-up of all the Artist’s and Emcees performing

On the indoor stage there will be live Hip-Hop hosted by Bang Bang Suckas featuring
DUKE, JUS MARX, FLEETWOOD, SAINT TELLAH,DJ ROBZILLA, BIG ZAY, BIG WHATEVER,GENGHIS BRAUN, PROF.N.KNOTS,DJLX and LouddMagazine and The 25/8 Street Teams very own ZAP MAN!!

On the outdoor patio there will be EDM hosted by Rx featuring DJ’s
FLEXENBAUM, LZRKMMNDR,KELLY KOCHIS, LES VOSS, ADIKT,DJ ILLWILL,DILLON ROSE,HOLDEN HOWARD

There will also be Art on display featuring the local talents of
Ras Justo, Travis Johnson, Rachel Sommer

Cover is $5 Before 10PM & $7 After

And of course we love a party with a purpose this festival will also give awareness to the Vote on the Second Amendment to allow the use of Medicinal Marijuana here in Florida.

For more information Check out the Facebook Event page for links to each artist, DJ, and also more information about the Vote on the Second Amendment!

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LOUDD MAGAZINE AND THE ” New Guy ” PRE’T BOI HUSS

LOUDD: How would you describe yourself in this industry? Are you a rookie or have you paid your dues in this game?

Pre’T Boi Huss: I definitely wouldn’t call myself a rookie. I have been in this game for a minute. I started in the battle game, like a lot of emcees do, but I have paid my dues.  I have been marketing myself and my brand a lot of different ways to put my career out there. I’m self made for mainstream. I’m ready.

LOUDD: Who or What was your inspiration for being a Hip Hop Artist?

Pre’T Boi Huss: I am inspired by creativity. I love being in the studio making music. It is a way of expressing me. Also, my family inspires me to do what I love. I am a very family orientated person, and that’s always the inspiration. Every time I get behind the mic, they are there with me, and my creativity goes through the roof.

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LOUDD:  How have you grown as an artist?

Pre’T Boi Huss: I am always growing as a person, so as I change, I am growing as an artist too. If you stay the same all the time your craft does not grow. My craft grows as I grow.  I have evolved as an artist and I know how important is to be yourself in this industry. My style is my signature of my growth as an artist, because it’s my own and it took time for me to develop that style to perfection, just for me.

LOUDD:   What is your fan base like, and how do you keep them?

Pre’T Boi Huss:  My fan base starts in FL which is home base. I am from Hollywood FL. I have a lot of loyal fans that support me no matter what I do. I keep them by being real, and I keep doing the music that I love because that’s how my fans identify with me. I will never give my fans anything less than that, and that’s how I keep them.

LOUDD: What is your strategy for creating new fans?

Pre’T Boi Huss: Creating new fans is all about promoting and marketing. I do a lot of that. I am doing shows in different cities, and every time I gain new fans. I keep myself exposed.

LOUDD MAGAZINE’S Brittany King talks to “ Pre’T Boi Huss “

LOUDD: What advice do you have for other artists that are coming into the underground world of Hip Hop?

Pre’T Boi Huss: Stay true to yourself and the game. This industry is tough there will be a lot of no’s, but someone will say yes as well. Stay on ya grind and stay focus.

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LouddScenes: T.I. Album Listening Party @Simons Nightclub

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On Tuesday August, 12th at an Invite-Only event held at Simons Nightclub in Downtown Gainesville LouddMagazine in conjunction with Aviators Design Studio, and many more entities, had the pleasure and opportunity to get a sneak listen to T.I.’s new album Paperwork: The Motion Picture.

Dubbed “The King of the South”, T.I. both entertained and enticed us with 8 exclusive tracks from his new album, and let us be the first to tell you this album will be worth the short wait as it is set to be released in mid-September. This marks the beginning of a new era for the Atlanta born rapper, who recently cut ties with Atlantic Records. This new album will be produced under Colombia Records with Pharrell signed on to be Executive Producer.

We had the chance to have a brief Q&A session with the rapper, and from the experience it’s clear to see that this man is nothing short of genuine a humble man with a heart for his family and the people who helped him to stardom, his fans. He spoke with us about what went into making this project, and how he created a timeless album that had a great amount of soul.

The headbanger track, ‘G-Sh**’, the title track ‘Paperwork’, and the smooth and gritty sounds of ‘About my Issues’ exemplify that this project is sure to be just what he set out for it to become, simply a classic. He also kept in line with what we have grown to love from him, which is hardcore, unrelenting, lyricism the track ‘King’ conveys that “The King” still wears that crown and it hasn’t faltered one bit.

Unquestionably the track ‘New National Anthem’ hits to the heart, it expresses the angst that we are facing right now with the social unrest going on around the nation. When questioned about what inspired this track he stated, “Certain things need to be said, and I’m the only one who will talk about it, so I did”. Unapologetically raw and politically charged, this song will get you into action.

The album also has a few featured artists from Young Jeezy, Nipsey Hustle, Chris Brown, and a local group from Atlanta called ‘Watch the Duck’ (check out their video below) T.I. did not leave us with any doubt that his ninth album will be true to “The King of the South”

He also got candid with the listeners and spoke about the artist’s he’d love to work with in the future like, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Sade and Prince to name a few. He also talked about his motivations for signing Iggy Azalea to his Grand Hustle label, and he says that no one else was going against the grain, that’s what he wanted to achieve by signing the Australian-born rapper.

When asked what he would tell independent artist’s trying to build their brand and fan base, T.I. had some great advice,

“Count on hard work, that if you want the most, you must do the most. Networking is key! […]Keep your head down and keep working, don’t focus on what everyone else around you is doing because if every 5 minutes you’re looking around to see what the other man is doing you’ll never make it anywhere. Give 100% of yourself to your passion and NOTHING less!”

Now that’s CertifiedLoudd!!

Look out for T.I.’s Paperwork: The Motion Picture coming to stores and will be available on I-tunes in mid-September!