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Interview With Rodney Michael @RodneyMichael06

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1.How Long Have You Been In The Rap Industry ?

I’ve been in Music production since 2010 this is my second album, but just recently had my epiphany and entered into Rap/HipHop/R&B/Inspirational.  My goal is to merge the four genres.

2.Who Are Your Major Influences In Your Music ?

My Mom.  She sacrificed a lot for me to learn music from my instructor, Dr. E. Morgan and many other tutors.  Seeing what she sacrificed for me to learn what I know, drives me.  I don’t want her sacrifices in vain.

3.What Is Your First Single ? –  Or What Single Do You Have Out Now ?

Dichotome is my first single.  Currently being played by this station and www.mix995FM.com in St. Louis.

4.Who Do You Have On Your Album ?

I don’t have any recognizable artist on my album only friends that support me.

5.How Did You Get Into The Rap Industry ?

My lil brother and my cousin have ties to the industry and when they heard my single they encouraged me to push the song.

6.Where Were You Born ?  – Where Do You Live Now ? 

Born in St. Louis; living in Dallas/St. Louis

7.Who Would You Like To Work With That You Haven’t Already ?

I’m open to work with anyone that would like to work with me.

8.Who Is Your Favorite Rapper You Like Right Now ?

Male: Tee Grizzley

Female: Cardi B

09.Who Do You Think Is The Hottest Producer Out ?  –  What Would You Say To That Producer On Why They Should Work With You ?

Chopsquad DJ is the hottest.  He’s been working with Tee Grizzley, Swae Lee, Trippie Redd, and a whole lot of other artist.  I would say “We have history; lil bro.  You know my ability.  Let get it”

10.How Did You Come Up With Your Album Title ?

Dichotomy means a contrast or an opposition within.  At first I was an inspirational artist but after losing my sister, everything changed.  I was having a dichotomy within myself.  So it seemed like the perfect transition to reflect my current internal stance through my music.  I changed the “Y” at the end of the word to “E”, which represents “me” or essentially the individual that is listening.  We all have instances within ourselves that cause us conflict.  Dichotome helps us realize and confront those battles.

11.What Is Your Favorite Song On Your Album ?

Wow; that’s tough.  I would have to say Dichotome since it everyone can relate.

12.Which Song On Your Album Means The Most Too You ?

The song that I dedicated to my sister.  SUNRAYS

13.Who Are You Signed With ?

Not signed.

14.When Is Your Album Release Date ?

July 17th.

15.What Cities Do You Plan On Touring ?

Where ever I can get an invite or an open door.

16.What Female Rapper Or Artist Do You Think Is The Sexiest ?

Rasheeda

17.What Would You Like To See From The Music Industry Over The Next Year ?

No racism.  I feel certain genres of music discriminate.  For instance country stations won’t play a song if it features a rap.  I think the industry needs to realize that music is universal.  There are no boundaries.  As music comes together in acceptance of every form, our country and our world can come together.  This is my main focus; to bridge those gaps and bring it all together.

18.What Is Your Second Single Going To Be ?

Everything

19.If You Could Compare Yourself To An Already Established Artist, Who Would That Be And Why ? 

If there’s anyone that I would compare to it would be Michael Jackson.  Not talent wise but in comparison to his purpose.  He brought everyone together with his music.  All forms; all genres.  I wish to do the same.  That’s the approach I took with creating this album.  I have rap/sermons in some of my songs.  I have country fills, gospel, reggae, r&b, and some rock.

20.What Do You Think Your Listeners Will Get Out Of Your Music ? 

A sense of freedom to be what you are. And don’t hold back.

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21.What Were You Thinking About When Your Songs Are Developed? Explain Your Process ?

I eluded to this in some of the previous questions asked.  I thought about ways I could incorporate different forms of music throughout the whole album.  One song may have a lot of gospel chords but includes a rap or a sermon, which is how I classify the rap.   Another song may start out with a country verse and then become soul-full.  I wanted to mix genres into a collection of songs not only for a huge listening base but to express the “dichotome” of what this whole process will essentially be.  It may be confusing to listeners but all in all the music bumps!

22.Who Got You Started In The Rap Industry ?

My lil brother.  Chopsquad DJ

23.What Made You Want To Get Into The Music Business ?

I have been a musician all my life.  Started piano at age 7, started playing piano at church when I was 13.  It’s always been in me.  I want to take my talents to a higher plane where I can reach more people with the gift that I have been given.

24.How Does Your Family Feel About Your Music And Your Choice Of Career ?

There are mixed feelings I’m sure.  Coming from a gospel background and switching into Rap/HipHop.  You would think that the two don’t mix.  But I beg to differ.

25.What Is The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Endure In Life ?

So now come the personal questions…I’ve been divorced twice, endured being without my children for an extended period of time.  Had friends killed or some that have lost their lives; and withstood a lot more incidents that I don’t have time to share in this interview.  But the most difficult of all of these was losing my sister.  Something that still drives me to push this project as far as I can.  Because she was the inspiration behind it all.

26.What Do You Hope To Accomplish With Your Music ?

An established voice that may cause controversy in the beginning but will essentially be understood.

27.What’s The Demographic You Are Trying To Reach Out To ?

I don’t have a specific location.  Where ever I’m received basically.  I feel that will be every where.

28.How Do You Usually Come Up With Your Songs ?

I sit down on the piano and start to play.  Something always comes forward or takes shape.  I put it down and then I put a drum beat to that melody.  Then I begin to write.

29.What Is Your Goal And Height That You Want To Reach With Your Music ?

The ultimate which is a Grammy.

30.What Influenced  You Outside Of Hip Hop Rap That Have Helped You Form Your Style ?

My answer to this question is similar to question 19.  Michael Jackson wasn’t a HipHop artist.  But his music is reflected in many samples and sequenced tracks that I have heard.  He would be one influence.  The other would be the gospel industry or other industries.  Most believe that gospel or country music is the only music that includes God.  I disagree with that and I want to expose why and how that’s incorrect.  God is universal and lives in all forms of music.

31.How Can People Reach You ?

@RodneyMichael06 – Twitter

@RodneyMichaelMusic – Instagram

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