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DJ Kid +I talk signing to Interscope w/ Da Baby,NC support, +more

Friday, February 22nd, 2019


Recently caught up with #1 Platinum Mix Engineer and Da Baby’s dj, DJ Kid to talk everything from rising out of the south as a creative, how he met Da Baby and became his official DJ, how it feels to be a new signee amongst Interscope, advice for those coming up, and even a revealed exclusive on the name and date for Da Baby’s upcoming and first project amongst the Interscope label. Peep what me and the NC talent chopped it up about below.

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EB:Hey DJ Kid, how are you ?

DJ KID: I’m doing well, I’m doing well ! How about you ?

EB: I can’t even complain ! So we’ll go ahead and jump into things ! When I met you, you were rapping right here in NC but I had literally no idea you also Dj’d ! When did your passion for djing come about ?

DJ KID: Its crazy when people say stuff like that because that’s kinda how I’m introduced first as a artist but I’ve been dj’ing for 3-4 years forreal but the thing was..my end goal was being an artist, that was always my number one thing. That’s what I wanted my end goal to be but I’ve always been like a people person and wanting to put other people on before myself. I leaned toward being a DJ and being a background person because I was cool with that forreal

EB: So you just preferred being behind the scenes ?

DJ KID: Yeah not even just prefer but i know like… in the industry or in the game i know there’s certain steps you have to take. Everybody can’t necessarily be the superstar you know what I’m saying ? So you have to take that step back you know what I’m saying and just play your role sometimes.

EB: Right, right for sure! So how did you becoming a DJ for Da Baby take place ?

DJ KID: It’s actually pretty funny! I was dj’ing in Greensboro a lot and the /winston salem/triad area and um.. We had a show out at ECU and the dj he had at the time couldn’t make it to the show but we knew each other you know what I’m saying. So he called me like “Aye Kid I can’t fly out to make it so I need you to stand in for bruh” so i ended up djing for bro and I was just so on point like you would’ve thought i was bruh dj forreal. I was already a fan of his music so I had all his music and all his content and stuff and we kind of arranged it that way. Then DJ E.Sudd had an event called No Stress Fest in Greensboro and I ended up spinning for him (Da Baby) there. They just called me on some “you one of the hottest dj’s around and we like how you’re so point with my music and all of that so we looking forward to working with you”. Then after that, i don’t know if you knew but I also produce and engineer so I started engineering a lot of his music so it was just being in the right place at the right time honestly.

EB: Wow that’s crazy ! So how do you balance being an artist yourself and being a DJ ?

DJ KID: Pretty much the fact that I’m always in the studio. Like anywhere we go and any city we touch, I’m always around music so it’s really not that hard. Being a DJ is like.. that’s what kinda comes with me as a whole just being around music. If i’m always around music, it’s not really that hard for me to balance because their both within the same field.

EB: So Where‘d you grow up for the most part ? Here in NC ? Was your family into music? What was your upbringing like ?

DJ KID: Well I was born in Santa Clara, California. Nobody really knows that but my dad from the Bay area and my mom is from the Bay area as well so we moved out of California because we were military. We moved to like CLT, Wilmington , WInston Salem and ended up staying in Winston Salem. That’s pretty much where I came up. I stayed with my dad and moved from charlotte with my mom. Went to college in greensboro for a year and then took off with this music!

EB: Wow that’s dope. Same background here with the military and moving to Carolina, that’s a lot of us. So like being that you grew up here..just from your experience because people say different things… what’s been the hardest part and the best part about being a creative rising from the south?

DJ KID: Um…I’d say the hardest part is I feel like we don’t have as much support as like other major cities have. Like Atlanta… as far as the artist, producer, and DJ… before in the past years we didn’t really have that support we needed to like support each other, everybody just wanted to be that IT factor.Now it’s looking like everybody is seeing the glue. Like when Da Baby got on, everybody was like “okay it takes a team and people actually supporting each other so why don’t we give it a try”. So i been seeing alot of that lately

EB: Agreed

DJ KID: Good things about growing up in North Carolina and being apart of the team is.. I’d have to say  just because people weren’t so supportive of each other like… just having to be on your own, you had to have that mindset of kind of being selfish sorta say but um, really defining yourself and finding your own path and showing people that you really want it so you can get the attention you need.

EB: For sure, I definitely agree. Although it can be tough to rise out of certain spaces especially in the south, you and Da Baby both recently signed to Interscope Records in conjunction with South Coast Music Group and that’s def a huge deal in itself . How does all of this feel for you rn ?

DJ KID: I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s surreal because I know where we came from. A lot of people were pretty much doubting Da Baby, a lot of people were doubting me as a DJ. I’m not gonna say like laughing in people’s face type deal but it’s like.. we actually did this. We put it together and we putting on for the city. It’s no longer just about us, it’s about everybody. Well he’s moreso the face of North Carolina. If you put it in his words, he won’t say it but imma say it for him. He’s like the face of North Carolina so he’s kinda like the big brother that everyone’s looking up to.

EB: That’s dope and I feel you! What do you think has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far in your career?

I’d say watch people’s intentions and stay consistent because you know.. some people will leech onto you just because of what you got going on and sometimes you can get blinded by that and not see what people’s true intentions are. Before you let anyone into your life especially if your doing big things or just getting started, see people’s true intentions because you want those real genuine people around you. You don’t want people that are just going to be here for the season, you want long life relationships that way you can build.

EB: Right, definitely ! So i know you are back on the road starting tomorrow along with Da Baby but what can we look forward to from you this year as an artist overall  ?

DJ KID: For myself or Da Baby ?

EB: Both !

DJ KID: Word, for Da Baby we got a project dropping on March 1st called Baby on Baby, the first project with Interscope this year so that’s going to be super huge. We shooting for the stars , we thinking it’s going platinum. We know it’s going platinum but more tour, more shows, and we got a world-wide tour coming up. You’re the first to really hear that, I don’t think we’ve spoke on that with anyone else but yeah a lot of dope stuff for bro. Really proud of him, a lot going on.

EB: Wow, that’s definitely amazing. What about you on the music tip? Do you think you’re going to stay focused on DJing for right now and kinda get back to the rapping later or are you gonna go ahead and fulfill your other crafts?

DJ KID: Really i got hella projects that I just haven’t dropped but um, we really just focused on Da Baby right now and for him to be great and be that big brother and show people we deserve what’s going on right now. We not the only ones that can do this, it’s other people that can knock down the door. The door is pretty much knocked down now, we just need everybody else to step up to the plate.

EB: Definitely! Well this has been great and it was great speaking with you.

DJ KID: Fasho ! Thank you

 

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Madison Jay graces us with a visual for “Line Em Up”

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Rising artist Madison Jay is not your ordinary hip hop artist. The Raleigh native has been on the music scene since 2009 and has been expanding his sound amongst underground radio and even performed at Hopscotch Music Festival back in 2014 who was headlined by the legendary De La Soul. In 2016, Madison Jay released his debut album Return Of The Gap and has been dropping a series of visuals to accompany his intro into the masses since. One of his latest visuals from his debut that we cant stop watching is his video for “Line Em Up” (produced by Brassious Monk + visually directed by Head Graphix). Between the videos and his overall lyrical content, there’s no doubt that Madison Jay will continue to fuse quality with bringing people to the floor. For now, peep his latest visual below and stay tune for what’s next from this artist on the rise.

NC’s Tymain Robbins drops Don’t Trip, There’s More 4 U EP

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

 

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Rising artist Tymain Robbins out of Bolton, NC is not your ordinary rapper, he’s a story-teller. The NC native who’s influences range from Jay-Z and Nas to Kendrick Lamar and Drake, doesn’t just want to make his listeners bop to his music, he wants to leave them feeling connected.

From his viral freestyles to his singles like “6PM in North Carolina” and “Down & Out“, it ain’t hard to tell that he’s going places. Recently the 21 year-old rapper released his 12-track EP entitled Don’t Trip, There’s More 4 U. According to the rising artist, this project places a focus around overcoming temporary stresses that have turned into our life’s obstacles. The rapper’s message is clear:  Why allow momentary stress to take over our lives when God has so much planned for us? Don’t trip, God has something up his sleeve. With the content alone, this project definitely weighs heavy. Tymain’s Don’t Trip, There’s More 4 U is now available via Apple Music, Spotify (below) and  YouTube. Peep the EP below and let us know what you think !

 

Iwokeuplikethis*: Dirty $outh meets NYC

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

The girls and I were lucky enough to explore the streets of New York for a couple days to bring in Kenya’s 21st and It’s safe to say that we loved the city ! This past week I captured those who I thought embraced A LOOK( in which many of those looks came from my girls) in the city  as well as well as A LOOK via NC.  This is what happens when the dirty south meets the city of New York:

 

  1. The first look was captured in the streets of Harlem and it was honestly pretty simple and pretty affordable to put together.  The jean jacket ($5) and my red baggy trousers ($4)are from the thrift store, my white/rose gold Stan Smith Adidas are from Footlocker , my glasses are Gloss The Label(mine are currently sold out but their whole  selection is LIFE), and my shirt is actually just a Chanel scarf I DIY’d into a bandeau.

2. Literally saw Josie’s jacket and had to stop him in the middle of NY. Turns out the pieces on his jacket came from the Flea Market. That’s what you call creative.

3. Aliyah and Kenya did not come to play. Aliyah’s clueless inspired outfit came from Pretty Little Thing , her jean jacket is H&M , and her backpack is Bebe. As for Kenya’s slay, her corset lace up shirt is Pretty Little thing, her shorts are Fashion Nova, and here slides are from Aldo !

4. Chelsea and Casey went the bojo route for NYC!  Chelsea is rocking a red top from Forever 21 and ombred fringed jeans from Forever 21! As for Casey,  her shorts are Fashion Nova , her shirt is Forever 21, and lace up sandals from Aldo !

5. Gelizea is rocking a DIY Def Leppard baseball tee, cropped jeans, and the classic Nike slides

6. His fit is effortlessly fresh. His shirt is  Supreme’s “Supreme is UnAmerican ” t-shirt which is sold out of course in Supreme’s retail but you can probably finesse through Ebay and possibly Depop (and any store that trades and sells online like Round Two ), olive pants, and Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black/Copper  (available on Shoe Network)

7. He’s rocking the a navy Stussy t-shirt and the original (green/white) Stan Smith adidas

Charlotte’s Well$ spits freestyle while sick, talks politics, and his new album TWILMMMN

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Recently Charlotte MC Well$  dropped his first album The Way I’m Living Makes My Mom Nervous and it’s been causing a lot of talk from the cover of the album to the lyricism. That being said, I came up to Raleigh to catch up with the artist to get the scoop on the details of the album (like how him and Metro Boomin linked up for “Heaven’s Door”), his upcoming tour with Waka Flocka, spit’s a freestyle while actually being  sick, AND most importantly answers if his mom is aware of the album’s EXISTENCE. In continuation with the video above, catch the rest of the interview (that you didn’t catch in the video) below.

Me: So how long did it actually take you to make this project and who all did you get involved that you didn’t put on Revenge of The Booty Scratcher ?

Well$: Um it really didn’t take long or well… I guess you could say it did as far as like…last minute stuff .

Me: Now I know you got to work with Metro Boomin for ” Heaven’s Door”. How did both of you guys link up for that track ?

Well$: Honestly it just kinda happened. We had a mutual contact that ended up just connecting us.

Me: So it’s possible to say Metro Boomin trusts you?

Well$ : Oh yeah, very possible.

Me : So you’ve told me “Us vs. The World” (which is one of my favorite tracks alongside Young Man)is a track you wouldn’t mind consistently  performing for a couple years .Now in the song, you reference a lot to North Carolina. Was there ever a moment you felt like  the culture of Carolina was either not being given the proper respect or just not taken as seriously as now ?

Well$:For sure. I feel like we’re still being slept on right now.

Me: There’s one lyric that really stood out is when you said ” Used to be the nigga in the crowd now I’m the one with the crown.” Well NOW your about to be on the road with Waka Flocka & DJ Whoo Kid. How do you feel about your own come up ?

Well$: I’m just humble man. Sometimes I still cant believe it but I’m honestly just really humble right now. The tour kicks off January 14th

Me: Are there any NC artists on the scene you mess with heavily (Bankroll Bird, JK The Reaper, etc)?

Well$: I rock with a lot of NC artists, s/o to the 006 SET . I mess with a lot of the talent here though.  There’s just hella  talent in Charlotte alone that people just aren’t hip to yet feel me ?

Me: So the question I’ve really been wanting to ask: Does your mom know about the album and if she does, has she heard it ?

Well$: Nah, she still doesn’t know about it.

Me: Do you think you will ever tell her about it?

Well$: If I have to, yeah. For now, nah .

Me: Enough said, thanks a lot Well$  for being here ! The album is great and I wish you the best.

Well$ : Oh yeah no doubt , thank you !

 

 

Dreamville’s FrankHaveMercy

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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Recently, I had the pleasure  of getting to know  a very dope photographer who travels back and forth to LA but whom not that long ago was just mapping out his own dream in da “ville” .  While growing up in the 910, FrankHaveMercy had his share of witnessing troubled souls to seeing  just about every type of  social class known. Typically for Fayetteville, most people decide whether they’re gonna go full out with the college thing  to be successful or join the Army to get by and never really an in between. Fortunately he didn’t just want to get by, but rather wanted to make a name for himself far beyond the borders of Carolina.  What Frank had originally planned to do with his camera and his fashion ideas with his friend Brandon Nixon coincidentally turned him into the arms of Karmaloop. Always been driven by visuals, Frank just so happened to reach the right person at the right time, but along with the success came many realizations and life lessons.  Frank tells me that although he’s lost friendships, he has gained new experiences and perspectives, and…… even a Cali crush on $@^%# [bleep]. Luckily Frank has gotten to turn many negatives into positives by sh*tting on folks simply by staying on his own grind.  Seeing that his skill was good enough to reach such a large platform, secured him in knowing that his photography was capable of reaching anyone.  Along with this, Frank also tells me :the biggest misconception about being a photographer to me is that you want to take pictures of half naked women all the time. I hate that. It doesn’t inspire me at all!”. Instead, going the extra mile and stepping out of the box along with the work of the NY based photographer Ayla El-Moussa is what influences him.  Whether it’s sitting on a balcony or standing on the edge of a roof, he makes sure that his photos will look anything but BASIC.  Although he’s currently sparking up friction with his photos , he dreams of shooting Kid Cudi one day and continues to keep humble no matter what. One of the reasons behind his mentality is his mother as well as because he isn’t content with where he’s at, saying: “becoming a professional photographer is still a goal of mine but I wouldn’t say it’s my dream. I have a long way to go still”. Although he knows that he still has ways to go, Frank doesn’t regret any of the steps he has taken to get to where he’s at. He lastly gives the advice to simply embrace and learn from every bad decision made and to stay true to yourself no matter what may be  going  on around you. FrankHaveMercy everyone, a true artist on the rise.

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