1.How Long Have You Been In The Rap Industry ?
I have been in the music business for 14 years. I have been influenced by music since I was a kid.
2.Who Are Your Major Influences In Your Music ?
I would say the hard core female power houses like Missy, Lil Kim, Queen Latifah. I’m talking about female pioneers who grew their brands to household names.
3.What Is Your First Single ? – Or What Single Do You Have Out Now ?
My current single is “Choosin (In Reverse).” It’s about women claiming their independence in a so called “Situationship.”
4.Who Do You Have On Your Album ?
I have a few select features on my Project, “Str8 Stylin the EP,” like SaintXBre, on a track called “On My Level,” A lot of this project is all me because that I wanted to give my fan base, a flash shot at who is the real Mahogany Stylez…
5.How Did You Get Into The Rap Industry ?
I started writing Rap music as a Freshman in High School. Of course, like a lot of rappers, I started out writing Poetry first (so really I had been penning for a while before that). I started rapping just to keep up with the guys in my social sphere, and I started understanding that I had a real gift for crafting words and painting pictures, and then I could keep up with any of the guys who were spitting, no problem.
6.Where Were You Born ? – Where Do You Live Now ?
I was born in New York, but Atlanta has been home base for me for a little over 10 years.
7.Who Would You Like To Work With That You Haven’t Already ?
There are a slew of artists that I have yet to work with. I want to be able to work with artists across multiple Genres, on that level.
8.Who Is Your Favorite Rapper You Like Right Now ?
My favorite rapper right now of course should be myself. ::Shrugs:: I listen to a lot of my music, and a lot of artists I work with professionally. I like listening to a lot of indie music.
09.Who Do You Think Is The Hottest Producer Out ? – What Would You Say To That Producer On Why They Should Work With You ?
One of my favorite producers to work with of late is a producer out of Chicago named Foreign Made It. I like producers like Mike Will Made It. I think we could make a really BIG record.
10.How Did You Come Up With Your Album Title ?
“Str8 Stylin” is like a kind of vibe I sort of came up with, prior to ever make the album. It relates to ones state of existence or state of being and how we should just embrace ourselves and all that we encompass. That’s exactly the vibe I wanted to create for this project, and so I named “Str8 Stylin the EP”
11.What Is Your Favorite Song On Your Album ?
My favorite song on the album happens to be THIS single,” Choosin In Reverse.” I had a really good time writing and creating this record and I think that really came out in the song.
12.Which Song On Your Album Means The Most Too You ?
The first track on the project is called “Diary.” That song is most important to me because its a very personal record. I intentionally wanted to open up and get a little vulnerable on this record. It’s also the first time I’ve sang background vocals on any of my own records and it gave me insight that that’s something I definitely want to tap into further.
13.Who Are You Signed With ?
I am signed to our own independent label the Best Out Club.
14.When Is Your Album Release Date ?
The album already dropped and is available for purchase on all major digital platforms, including ITunes, Spotify, Amazon, GooglePlay, etc.
15.What Cities Do You Plan On Touring ?
We’ve got a major tour in the works that is a part of a larger project with a greater cause, called the “Too Dope For Beef Tour.” The tour will hit major cities in several markets. You guys can stay tuned for additional information dropping regarding the Too Dope For Beef Tour. You can follow the IG @toodopeforbeeftour.
16.What Female Rapper Or Artist Do You Think Is The Sexiest ?
Mahogany Stylez, duh? Nah, I’m just playing, but Teyana Taylor slays life.
17.What Would You Like To See From The Music Industry Over The Next Year ?
I would like to see the industry open up and celebrate artists ability to stay true to who they are and the music that they make, from artists that PERFECT THEIR CRAFT. Originality is what breeds good music. Yea, there’s a formula to the game, but I’m about artists who work like a beast at this thing. To the fans, and some of these artists, twerking alone DOES NOT cause for a great stage set. That’s just sprinkle. not the WHOLE performance.
18.What Is Your Second Single Going To Be ?
This is actually my 3rd single off of the project. We are celebrating and running out the gate next with “Choosin (In Reverse).” We want to concentrate on really pushing this record and getting it to as many ears and markets as possible. I’m definitely working towards a viral presence with this record. I am currently also working on new music for my next project, as well.
19.If You Could Compare Yourself To An Already Established Artist, Who Would That Be And Why?
I’d like to fashion myself in the likes of hip hop staples like Kanye West, Jay Z, Rhianna, Trina
20.What Do You Think Your Listeners Will Get Out Of Your Music ?
You will definitely get a mood. You’re guaranteed to get a piece of the world from my perspective. You’ll get my truth. You’ll take a trip.
21.What Were You Thinking About When Your Songs Are Developed ?
Explain Your Process ? I put a lot into my music composition. I’m a stickler for song writing and creating a song. I have a couple of versions of my creative process. I’m thinking how can I stay as true to myself, while making a solid record that’s going to compete in the market place.
22.Who Got You Started In The Rap Industry ?
I didn’t know until well after I had become a rapper just how much music was in my family history. For me, making music and performing music has always felt instinctual. No one every directly took me and said “Here, this is how you make music,” I had sort of just always been exposed to it. My Uncle and my best friends Father were in a hot rap group together in the 80’s. My cousin sang back up for Ike and Tina Turner. I think it just ended up being ingrained in my DNA.
23.What Made You Want To Get Into The Music Business ?
In order to be in the music business, as an Entertainer, you HAVE TO know the business back end, and every aspect of it from Marketing, to Licensing, to Publishing and Contracts. I started my first female owned and operated management company in 2007 called “Getmoneymas,” and after a semi successful run, I opted to concentrate on my music brand at that time.
24.How Does Your Family Feel About Your Music And Your Choice Of Career ?
After watching me put in a tremendous amount of work, my family supports and celebrates my music. They have seen my sacrifices, my challenges and peaks, so it’s hard not to respect it.
25.What Is The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Endure In Life ?
I have had to overcome a slew of challenges in this life, both personally and professionally. That is a part of it. It’s a challenge, in itself pursing a career with longevity in the Entertainment business. That’s just one challenge though. Life is full of them; it’s really what you do with those challenges.
26.What Do You Hope To Accomplish With Your Music ?
I hope to continue a long running successful career in the music business. I wish to represent several different pieces of what I feel the game is lacking, as it relates to representation and I want to be a pioneer in breaking and shaping that mold.
27.What’s The Demographic You Are Trying To Reach Out To ?
My demographic is 17-35 year old M/F. I like to think I make “Everybody Music,” music for some of everyone. My music is diverse enough that I have a track to rock to for every member of your family.
28.How Do You Usually Come Up With Your Songs ?
Various ways. Some times the hook just comes to me, sometimes I’ll catch a piece of a verse. Sometimes I like to create the perfect writing session, and take ample time going thru production. Sometimes I start writing, leave certain records alone, come back to them, and they’ll almost write themselves.
29.What Is Your Goal And Height That You Want To Reach With Your Music ?
I wish to achieve some major typical artist bench marks, including breaking the Billboard Top 100, a Grammy or two would be great. I ultimately want to use my music platform to drive a greater brand and be a direct influence on other upcoming young women in hip hop. That’s success to me.
30.What Influenced You Outside Of Hip Hop Rap That Have Helped You Form Your Style ?
My experience in the business world. I’ve taken a lot of what I’ve seen in my other business ventures and applied them to music, and vice versa. Music can be a scrupulous beast, but so can Corporate America.
31.How Can People Reach You ? I love connecting with my fans. People can connect with me on IG @mahoganystylez, on Twitter @Mahoganystylez, Like my Facebook Fan Page @ThePrincessofHipHop and Subscribe to my Youtube Channel: Mahogany Stylez.
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