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Legend McCall Interview

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Dropping the “Trust the Process Volume 1” album the same day Jay-Z released his 4:44 album was unplanned and a blessing,” conversed an enthusiastic Legend McCall as he sits with journalist Hector De La Rosa to discuss the behind the scenes of his latest opus.

The moment served ironic but, “special for me because Hov is my idol. I always aspired to be one of the greats like Jay-Z and Kanye West that make timeless music.” Crafting classic music serves the ultimate for the hip-hop artist. “I make music that speaks for young black males that gravitate towards rapping who never had guidance or [any form of] mentorship,” articulated the fervent emcee. He adds, “My music caters to those who do not have life’s roadmap laid out for them.”

Not only does the vigorous emcee make music for the misguided but music that represents home- Rockford, Illinois. “I developed tough skin while growing up in Rockford.” It is considered, “the tale of two cities where the city went from a community of love, peace, and joy to a [place of devastation and chaos]. It is a small city but statistically violent and impoverished.” He utters in disgust, “one can feel the terror that exists within Rockford.” Legend McCall shows concern as he pauses for a moment as if he were in deep thought. He continues, “There is no hope for people out there.” With this said, “I use my music as a vehicle for change for my city with anticipation of seeing better days.”

The city of Rockford is not only responsible for the development of his artistic endeavour Trust the Process Volume 1, but also a tweet from Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid inspired the title of the album. “It consists of spiritual themes and confident booster singles. I speak on subject matter ranging from basketball, hip-hop culture, relationships regarding my significant other, family, and close friends to politics.” For the lyricist, “It is all about feeling when it came to recording songs for the album. Each song has to describe what I was going through in that particular moment in my life.” What makes Legend McCall an interesting artist is his song selection process that makes the final cut. “I would repeatedly listen to songs after the recording session and sit on them for weeks. I go back to see if I still have that same feeling when I first recorded the songs. If so, they are definitely keepers.” He admits to being his, “own worst critic. However, I am truly satisfied with Trust the Process sonically.”

What serves important for an artist like Legend McCall is carving his own niche and not subject to the standards of the music industry. He lives by the artistic motto of, “being true to me. I do not seek approval from anyone when it comes to making music nor seek fame.” He wants to be able to express and, “relay my message trusting one person can get something out of my music.” He highlights, “I want to be remembered as an artist and person who took chances and reached the highest pinnacle life has to offer.”

Legend McCall continues his conversation with journalist Hector De La Rosa to discuss the behind the scenes of Trust the Process Volume 1 most noteworthy tracks.

Monochromatic Flows

I vibe out and get into a carefree zone when I hear that nostalgic ‘80s and ‘90s hip-hop. This song has that nostalgic feeling. The production to this song gave me the platform to display my skill of rap; projecting my flow, cadence, and delivery at the highest level.

Voices

This is a favorite- soulful, uplifting, and personal to me. The record lets my uncle know, who has been incarcerated, that the family and I have been holding it down for him and are with him in spirit. Also, the song cites how I hear God talking and guiding me in this journey of life. Sixth Ave produced the track. He was very excited how the song formed [to perfection] once I sent him the finished product.

Madness on the 8th

This song almost did not make the cut. It is creative but felt it did not fit the theme of the album. However, I gave in after listening to it more than once. I wanted the song to capture that sentiment and moment when Donald Trump was elected in office. I expressed how I felt when that event took place. I knew the outcome of the presidential elections beforehand. I am not surprised about the things that go on in America. I know how the system works. I rather focus on something different than dwell on the foolery and madness [that came with the elections].

Mission Accomplished

This [particular single] helped me realized I recorded a great piece of art [Trust the Process]. I was honored that my friend Katrina Brown, a talented woman who grew up in the church, blessed the track with her soulful vocals. I was promoted in my place of employment at the time of recording this song. I felt everything was falling into place for me. It is a ‘momma I made it’ type record.

Shaun Livingston

Consider this my second favorite joint off Trust the Process Volume 1 and the very first song I recorded for the album in 2015 before I took a two-year hiatus in music to develop myself as a person and artist. I am a huge Shaun Livingston fan. Growing up, my homie used to brag about Livingston from Peoria, Illinois and how he used to bring the terror to Rockford high school basketball. To see him early in his career playing for the Los Angeles Clippers and getting an injury only to come back in great formation demonstrates his strong resilience. It is that Midwest story I can relate. His story describes who I am as a person. This record captures Shaun Livingston’s outstanding achievements.

Hector De La Rosa
(@Here_2_Edutain_)

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Corey Gipson – Q&A Interview

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I recently checked out Corey Gipson‘s(@AintThatCoreyG) latest project and was thoroughly impressed!  It was only right to reach out to him for a Q&A session along with paving the road for him to feature on one of my new songs.  Nevertheless, check out his Q&A below!

Q) Where did the inspiration to record this entire project come from?

A) Most of the inspiration came from creating two really dope ep’s with California producers,Wrathmatics and h e a d b a n d, the year before. I wanted to keep the music train moving and learning how to produce my own joints seemed to be the only option to consistently have beats in rotation. Really just experimentation studying vinyl and sounds coming from different era’s shaped the whole record.

Q) Why did you title the album States?

A) With all my records I like to give a snapshot of what my life is like in that particular moment. States reflects my observations of my own ‘States of Being’ or ‘States of mind’ over the past few years. From start to finish it takes you on a trip from depression to liberation, from dark to light.

Q) What do you want the public to walk away with after listening to the album?

A) It would be dope if everyone who listened could walk away a little less judgemental of themselves and the world around them. Life is this cluster fuck of these cycles of good and bad all smashed together and most the time I feel like we stress everything, myself included.

Q) How is this album different from your previous discopraphy?

A) Besides being self produced It seperates itself from my past EP’s just in comfortability. Im in a good place mentaly and feel like ive really stepped into my own sound.

Q) Where are you currently at in your life and in your musical career?

A) Im just stepping out. I live in a small part of southern South Carolina where the hiphop scene is slim to none so relocation is the only movement now. Have had a taste of the stage so my main objective musically is to get to these shows and to the people, dive farther into production and keep pushing as an independent artist.

Q) What inspired you to pursue a career in music?

A) I was just chasing a that feeling of fullfilment. After the skateshop I worked for shut down in 2010 I really didnt know what my direction was. Id always freestyled with friends and experimented recording a few songs after high school. Creating is always the most exciting to me so I invested in equipment and education in sound engineering and havent been able to stop since.

Q) What is the ultimate goal for you as an artist with your music career?
A) In the end Im just hear to learn about myself and my place in this world. I dont do expectations but the goal now is to create a prosperous way of life doing what I love.

Q) How are you unique from other artists? What makes you different from other upcoming South Carolina artists?

A) Im not a rapper. Im a human first. Always. I think these days we have a ton of artist trying to fit into the boxes the music indurty is playing in at any given time and you wont find that here. My end game isnt to just be well known but to also understand myself. Thats not something you’re getting from most artist.

Q) How do you feel about the current state of music? Do you feel it drastically changed?

A) I dont listen to FM Radio. Personally I cant listen to 99% of whats going on in the mainstream. Overall I think music will be okay. At the end of the day reality is what we focus on so I try and really support the artist that make it out the noise of todays saturated market.

Q) What are some of the misconceptions the public has over artists?

A) Just the whole rapper Facade is lame. The notion that I as a rapper have to appeal to the materialistic standards of what society calls rich or wealthy is getting old. We gotta find wealth in other things.

Q) Advice to aspiring musicians and advice to the youth who are often misguided in this world?

A) Follow whats most exciting in every moment. Observe yourself and learn why you do, say and think the way you do. Be shamelessly you.

Paul’Michael – Q&A Interview

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We got a chance to sit down and chop it up with Paul’Michael in his hometown of Indianapolis after opening for Ginuwine in our latest Q&A. He was able to shed some light on what has transpired since the last time we spoke to him.

Q) Where are you currently at in your life and in your musical career?

A) I’m finally where I’ve always wanted to be but this is only the beginning. People are starting to notice the talent and ambition. I’m looking forward to the future when I can turn my musical influence into a positive change in this world.

Q) What inspired you to pursue a career in music?

A) Well music saved my life when I was growing up. There were times when I felt that Music was my only friend and in times it taught me life lessons as well. Music helped raise me, it’s where I learned what love is and how to be a man. I listened to a lot of R&B but in High School I started listening to all music because it all has its own art form.

Q) What is the ultimate goal for you as an artist with your music career?

A) Of course winning Grammys and selling out MSG and being financially stable enough to carry my whole family are some goals. The ultimate goal is to make change in this world. I’m not sure what quite yet but I know I have a calling for this. It’s something I dream about often and I wish more people with voices would accomplish as well. This is a crazy world and it’s time for us to do what we were sent to do. I believe we all have a job here to make this world better but some people get too caught up in the material that they lose focus.

Q) How are you unique from other artists? What makes you different from other upcoming Indianapolis artists?

A) I would never want to take from any artist’s own craft. I never compare myself, I just love to make great music. My sound is full from the production, to the harmonies, to the vocal range. I feel that I can always get better and I definitely will. The next album will be better than the last is the mind state. The next performance will be more phenomenal so that the people want to come back again.

Q) How do you feel about the current state of music? Do you feel it drastically changed?

A) I think that music evolves in its own way. People hear something and visualize something and make it happen. Sometimes I feel like some artist don’t care about longevity in their career and are just focused on the now. What music is hot right now so I can make money is the thought process. But that is their path so I’m not mad at it.

Q) What are some of the misconceptions the public has over artists?

A) I think the misconception is that people think it’s easy and it’s just a hobby. If they saw the process, I don’t think most people could do what we do. It takes a certain mindset and drive to continue when the world is against you. They don’t know that we have millions of reasons to give up but something inside keeps us going. That’s not a hobby, that’s passion.

Q) Advice to aspiring musicians and advice to the youth who are often misguided in this world?

A) I’m gonna sound like everyone else when I say this but, keep going. Don’t let ANYONE tell you you can’t do what you believe. People know that they can’t do it so they would hate to see that you can. I have a secret for you though, those people message you later on in life when you’re making it apologizing. Just remember that if it were easy then it wouldn’t be success.

Q) What do you think needs to take place for the music industry to recognize Indianapolis as a city with so much talent?

A) You know, there’s a formula to this industry just like any other industry. Indiana has had talent for decades starting with Michael Jackson, Babyface, Axle Rose, etc. It’s not that they aren’t recognized it’s just that they went out to showcase their talents to the world. You have to know your business, your market, and know how far you can go in your current state. Indiana has a lot of talent and I plan to bring awareness to this but that talent is gonna have to work. The issues is that people want to be “safe”, but this is not a safe business. It’s a gamble on yourself and how much you believe in you.

Tooty – Q&A Interview

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On the eve of the release of Tooty‘s (@I_Am_Tooty) second project, Suicidal Thoughts, ILLwriteR got the chance to chop it up with the Chicago bred emcee about various topics including his latest EP. Check out the interview below and be on the look out for his project tomorrow 11/24 at 12pm CST.

Q) Where did the inspiration to record this entire album come from?

A) It was just time. It’s been a year and a half since I dropped my first mixtape (First Degree Murder) so I decided to get back in the studio and to give my fans and supporters some new music.

Q) Why did you title the album Suicidal Thoughts?

A) A lot of people don’t know this but, before I began the creative process for this project I was really depressed and was contemplating suicide. I wanted to kill myself. But, that would’ve been too easy. So, I did some soul searching, and have been reading a lot of books and realized that I had to get rid of the victim mentality that I had picked up along the way and use my circumstances as motivation. So, I decided to name the project Suicidal Thoughts because of the space I was in at the time.

Q) What are your expectations for the album once it is released to the public?

A) I don’t really have any specific expectations for the project outside of the fact that I hope to connect with my fans and supporters more on an intellectual level. I’ve grown a lot as a person and as an artist since the last time I released music so, I just want people to understand how passionate I am about my poetry.

Q) What do you want the public to walk away with after listening to the album?

A) This project is very introspective, so I expect people to walk away with a better understanding of who Tooty is and just how passionate I am about my craft. I also want people to take the messages from some of the songs and use it as motivation for whatever they may be pursuing in their lives.

Q) How is the album different from your previous work?

A) Suicidal Thoughts is really dark, much more personal, much more focused than the last project. Last time I found myself trying to please everybody and ended up making music that I got tired of really fast.

Q) My favorite songs on the project (in no particular order) are “All I Think About“, “Mile Before Perfect“, and the “Outro“. Can you expand on the song concepts and the behind the scenes recordings of each song?

A) I love sampling r&b and neo soul music, and using skits so on these particular records we sampled Aaliyah (All I Think About) and John Legend (Mile Before Perfect), and for the Outro we (me and my producer; Von Vuai) chopped up a Will Smith interview that we felt like was very important. In terms of the recording process, everything came together pretty fast, I was in the zone and me and my engineer have a really good relationship so my sessions are always really productive. And a lot of the concepts for this project are just about the journey (Underground Railroad, Runaway Slave, Mile Before Perfect). I use a lot of symbolism and expand upon it indirectly wherever I see fit throughout the music.

Q) Where are you currently at in your life and in your musical career?

A) I’m at a really weird stage in my life. On the outside looking in you’d think I’m suppose to be happy, I graduated from college, I have a really good job, but i’m not content with being average, this is miserable for me. But, as an artist I’ve just been in the studio working nonstop, building my catalog, networking, trying to learn as much as possible about the industry, as I build my brand and grow my fanbase.

Q) What is the ultimate goal for you as an artist with your music career?

A) I don’t really think there is a humble way to say I want to be one of the best greatest rappers of all time, but that’s what I’m aspiring to be. Personally, anytime that I’ve ever been going through something I’ve always been able to turn to music to get me through any situation. You know? A Monday, a train ride, a break up, road trips, death, depression. And I want to be the type of artist that people can turn to and depend on to come through for them whenever they’re going through something too.

Q) How are you unique from other artists? What makes you different from other upcoming Chicago artists?

A) I think my lyricism and storytelling ability makes me unique. And I don’t want to put any limitations on my artistry. I believe what makes me different from a lot other artists is the messages in my songs. I use a lot of double entendres and metaphors, and to be honest, I really feel as though the music I’m making is way ahead of its time.

Q) How do you feel about the current state of music? Do you feel it drastically changed?

A) I feel like music is in a transitioning stage right now and I don’t know if that a bad thing or a good thing but, I’m really happy to be a part of it, because I have creative control over the content I put out, and I feel like that’s enough to make a difference and help push the culture forward, regardless of whatever else is going on in music.

Q) What are some of the misconceptions the public has about artists?

A) That our business is their business. Websites like TMZ and Mediatakeout make people think it’s okay to pry into the private lives of musicians, actors/actresses and athletes and it’s not. That’s the only thing I’m not looking forward to when I blow up but, I guess it comes with the territory.

Q) Advice to aspiring musicians and advice to the youth who are often misguided in this world?

A) My advice to aspiring musicians would be to stay true to yourself and keep God first. Also, avoid negative energy and bad vibes , stay away from opinions, and most importantly never give up on your dreams. My advice to the youth is the same advice Tupac gave me “Keep Ya Head Up”. I pray for these kids every single day. I know It’s hard growing up in some of these neighborhoods, especially because there isn’t a lot of positive role models. These kids don’t have anybody to look up to, and it’s sad. But, I believe in our youth, I just want them to believe in themselves and stay away from situations that could potentially make them lose their life or their freedom. I’m 25 years old, and I ain’t survive 25 summers in Chicago by being a fool. Listen to your parents.

Q) What do you think needs to take place for the music industry to recognize Chicago as a city with so much talent?

A) I think the industry recognizes it but it’s hard because everybody is so divided in Chicago, it’s so many cliques, so much favoritism, and jealousy, and it’s hindering a lot of artists from taking their careers to the next level. We need to be more like Atlanta, every time I look up I see a new artist from down south emerging and the only difference between those artists and us is that they stick together and support one another.

The Fr3shmen – Hot Music Media Interview

An in-depth interview with the super production team The Fr3shmen(@THEFR3SHMEN) producers for Jeremih, Cassie, Fabolous, Travis Porter, and many more… Hosted by Garbrielle Brinson for Hot Music Media.

#TheWhat – Pavy Interview

In this episode of #TheWhat J.R. Bang(@jrbang) interviews up and coming Chicago Rapper Pavy(@Pavyworld).  Pavy “Caesar” talks about his new album “R.O.M.E.” working with Bandkamp’s Paris Bueller and what he’s gonna do if he does not make it big.

PMG Radio Episode 20

They start of this episode of PMG Radio(@PMGbiz) discussing the Donald Sterling controversy and racism in today’s society. They then chop it up with Dave East about what it was like growing up in East Harlem, his transition from playing basketball into being a rapper, his upcoming project Black Rose and much more.

PMG Radio – Episode 19

In this episode of PMG Radio(@PMGBiz) they start off by discussing the dynamics of today’s relationships and what love really means now.

They jump right into choppin it up with their first guest Semi about his recently released project Fuck Outta Here. We also get his view on NYC Hip Hop now, his views on the rap game coming up in Harlem and the meaning behind his recently released project.

Trel Mack – Soul Central TV Interview

Trel Mack(@trelmack) has just released his new single “Charizma” and plans to release his new EP on Itunes The Night Before The Dawn in the Spring. Stopping by for a quick chat with Soul Central TV(@soulcentralmag) he breaks down the new EP coming soon, SKE Records artist Petter Jones & Adry Sawza along with more performances coming

Pennjamin Bannekar – EarHustle 411 Interview

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