1.How Long Have You Been In The Rap Industry ?
Well, I’ve been in the rap industry since a young boy. Right around age eleven, it all happened in one year. Myself and a group of friends performed at a talent show, and ended up getting offered a deal with an independent label right out of our own home-town. From there I’ve traveled around the country from east coast to west coast with my music, meeting, reaching, and touching some many different influential people.
2.Who Are Your Major Influences In Your Music ?
I would say some of my major influences in music would be people like Jay – Z, J Prince, Birdman, Master P, Ice Cube, Uncle Luke, Diddy, you know some of the pioneers in this music industry.
3.What Is Your First Single ? – Or What Single Do You Have Out Now ?
My first single off of my upcoming album H.E.A.V.Y (Hood Excellence Achievements Versus Years) is called “Fully Loaded”, the single is out now on all musical, downloading or streaming platforms. Really energetic song, upbeat melody, strong bars that pop. I also just shot the video which I’m going to release on WorldStar next month.
4.Who Do You Have On Your Album ?
I didn’t have many features on the album, no major main stream artist, just a few underground up and coming artist and producers I networked with via email or online. I only have twelve tracks on the album and out of those twelve tracks, I have features on only two tracks. Shout out my guys Doe Boy Philly, Tygene, 1ne 5ive, and Dominoes Slime for the features and support. A big shout out to every producer I used, worked with on the album as well, DeCicco beats, Klae beats (The Trill), Spacedtime beats,
5.How Did You Get Into The Rap Industry ?
The way I got into the rap industry I think for me, was simply because my love for the music. The way I studied it, learned it, practiced it. When I got the opportunity to form a rap group with friends and really make music, it was real from there for me.
6.Where Were You Born ? – Where Do You Live Now ?
I was born in Asheville, North Carolina and I live in Conyers, Georgia now.
7.Who Would You Like To Work With That You Haven’t Already ?
It’s so many that I’d like to work with, the list is too long. Just to name a few, on the producer side, Timberland, Manny Fresh, Doctor Dre, Kanye West. On the artist side, Lil Wayne, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole. just to name a few.
8.Who Is Your Favorite Rapper You Like Right Now ?
Honestly I don’t have a favorite rap artist right now, I mean of course Jay – Z and Lil Wayne or my two all time favorites living and still active, or course Big and Pac are always in the favs.
09.Who Do You Think Is The Hottest Producer Out ? What Would You Say To That Producer On Why They Should Work With You ?
I think the hottest producer out right now is jet son made the beat (jetsonmade) that “Suge”, joint he did for “Da Baby”, gone hit forever. And I would just tell him, like with your beat skills and my writing and delivery style we would sync perfectly together, let’s cook up.
10.How Did You Come Up With Your Album Title ?
How I came up with my album name was from randomly brainstorming. I knew I wanted a title that represented me, my journey, my growth, past, present, and future. I had just got out of a contract with my previous label and fell out with guys on that side, love ones locked up, love ones keep dyeing. I wanted on word to define it all for me and express how I was feeling all around. I came up with “Heavy”, the word is so small but weighs so much, and that was everything I needed. But it wasn’t enough, so that’s when I broke the word up and gave every letter a truer meaning that stuck and repersented me. H.E.A.V.Y (Hood Excellence Achievements Versus Years) July 26th on all musical platforms.
11.What Is Your Favorite Song On Your Album ?
My favorite song on my album for me is easy, it’s “On The Rise”, the first track to play on the album, also the first song I wrote to get me in this album mode. It gets right to who I am, what I’ve been through, and what I’m going through.
12.Which Song On Your Album Means The Most To You ?
The song on my album that means the most to me would probably be a tie between “Psycho”, and “Hollywood Famous”. They both tell true stories of real life situations I went through personally, and they just resonate with me soul.
13.Who Are You Signed With ?
I’m no signed with anyone, I’m independent.
14.When Is Your Album Release Date ?
My release date is July 26th 2019
15.What Cities Do You Plan On Touring ?
I plan on touring all cites, but we’re going start with the cities where my fan bases are the biggest first which is Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
16.What Female Rapper Or Artist Do You Think Is The Sexiest ?
Female rapper who I think is the sexiest…? I plead the fifth lol
17.What Would You Like To See From The Music Industry Over The Next Year ?
What I would like to see from this music industry in the next year is, more opportunities and growth for real raw talent. I would like to see my single go viral and even hit the billboards top 100.
18.What Is Your Second Single Going To Be ?
My second single off of the album is going to be “Psycho”.
19.If You Could Compare Yourself To An Already Established Artist, Who Would That Be And Why ?
Who would I compare myself to in the industry, with all honesty and no disrespect. I wouldn’t compare myself with anyone in the industry, I’m my own soul, one of a kind.
20.What Do You Think Your Listeners Will Get Out Of Your Music ?
What I think my listeners will get out of my music is me. My heartache, my pain, my joy, my happiness. The truth every single time.
21.What Were You Thinking About When Your Songs Are Developed? Explain Your Process ?
What I’m thinking about when my songs develop all depends on my mode, and what topic I feel like addressing. The process starts with finding the perfect beat, then thinking of my topic or concept. After I have the two I play around on different melodies until one hits, and there my song is started, I build onto the rest until its complete.
22.Who Got You Started In The Rap Industry ?
No one person got me started in the rap industry. It was natural, organic I fell in love with it on my own, but my father was a huge influence.
23.What Made You Want To Get Into The Music Business ?
What made me want to get into the music business was the money. The entertainment part was always the plus, like a bonus. The everlasting hold that a single song can have on you, I knew music was power and had the power to change lives. And that’s all I wanted to do, was change lives.
24.How Does Your Family Feel About Your Music And Your Choice Of Career ?
My family loves me first before anything, but they also support my and my dreams. They love my music and to them I’m the best forever, that’s good enough for me.
25.What Is The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Endure In Life ?
The most difficult thing I’ve had to endure in life, was the death of my grandmother. I just thank God I got through that part, that time of my life.
26.What Do You Hope To Accomplish With Your Music ?
With my music, I hope to accomplish a long successful career. One that consistent and blessed.
27.What’s The Demographic You Are Trying To Reach Out Too ?
I have no specific demographic I’m trying to reach out to, my music is versatile, truly I want it reach everyone in the world.
28.How Do You Usually Come Up With Your Songs ?
How I come up with my songs, it starts with one bar, then I build onto that one bar and keep repeating that. I look to find two or three bars which really stand out to me over the beat, then I build my chorus around those two or three bars. Once I get my chorus the verses comes easy.
29.What Is Your Goal And Height That You Want To Reach With Your Music ?
The goal and height I want to reach with my music is endless, no restrictions. I just want to be heard, felt, understood, misunderstood all in one. I pray and want my music to be a success and around for a long time like the other greats before me and still going.
30.What Influenced You Outside Of Hip Hop Rap That Have Helped You Form Your Style ?
What has influenced me outside of HipHop rap to help form my style, I think lots of R&B and how they tell stories.
31.How Can People Reach You ?
People can reach me through my social media IG: @tomg.rique Twitter: @tomg_rique
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