I'm on my lunch break at work. I have to work. Got to pay the bills!
give us the snaPz 101?
a regular MC. I'm hungry and I want to be heard in my own way. I don't
want somebody else telling me what to say. If I can't say what I want
in my own way, what's the point of doing it?
the Baltimore scene right now?
a lot of cats doing their thing. It's only a matter of time before the
labels start coming down here.
lived in Tennessee as well. How's your music affected by living different
people hear where I've lived, they expect me to flow a certain way. I
don't like assigning flows to regions. I've lived everywhere. I've lived
in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, I've basically been all over the
place. I found my home now in Baltimore. I've tried to blend everywhere
I've been together to where it doesn't sound too specific but it sounds
it feel to finally have an album out?
put together a four-track demo in the past and sent it out. It didn't
really work out too well so we got to work on the album.
your album, Experimental Insanity, doing for you?
well. We've had about a hundred-plus sales since we put it out in late
August. Like any underground artist trying to build a buzz, it's building
did you face putting the album together?
a lot of challenges. I knew I had a lot to say and I had to figure out
how I wanted to say it. I also did all the beats on the project because
I wanted everything to be controlled by me. On the next album I don't
think I'll make all the beats.
you go under the name Mimic for production?
to show the producer side and the MC side. I wanted to differentiate the
were a lot of original beats on Experimental Insanity.
Yeah. I didn't
sample too much. I think I sampled myself on one song and I think that
was the only sample we used. Everything else was drums, keyboard and Garage
of beats did you want for your debut album?
thing about that is all the lyrics were written before the music was so
I had to make the beats around what I had written already as opposed to
writing to a beat.
the title Experimental Insanity mean to you?
a few different meanings. As an artist, your first project is technically
like an experiment because you're trying to see what works. The Insanity
part is because I wanted something crazy, outside the box and something
that hasn't been heard. I came up with that three or four years ago and
I kept the title.
like you were getting a lot off your chest on "What Hurts."
was about different struggles I've gone through in the past with my parents
and friends. I wanted to address those issues and hopefully people will
be able to relate.
your inspiration for "KO"?
Slick Rick for the hook. I was watching a kickboxing movie and that lent
a lot of inspiration for it too.
a very unique flow. How did you develop that?
song I ever did was real monotone. It didn't really have a lot of expression
in it and I didn't know how I wanted to sound. My partner EC heard it
and he said I had to have more energy. It just sort of happened overnight.
I woke up one day and went to the studio and recorded and he was like,
Where did that come from? I don't know. It was a lot of practice.
your goals for Experimental Insanity?
I want it
to be accepted by people in hip-hop as well as by people outside of hip-hop.
I want to turn people on to hip-hop who say, I don't listen to that. Check
my album out. Try it. Basically I just want to open people up.
looking for major label backing right now?
just looking for distribution. Major distribution is what we need to help
promote it better. If a major label deal came along, they'd have to take
everybody. They couldn't just take me as an artist. They'd have to take
the whole crew. I couldn't just go by myself.
that I've told that to before have told me I'm stupid for that, but I
can't leave my boys. If my boys can't come with me then what's the point
of doing it?
next for snaPz?
I have a
couple shows coming up in Baltimore. We're just trying to build the album
up more and sell some units.
you want to say to everybody?
is very much alive. There are other sides to it other than the glitz and
glamour you see all over the place. We're going to be all over the place.
Thank you to everybody who's showed support already and to everyone who's
going to show support later on.