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Artist in the Spot Light: Briggs

It’s Mike of Keedie’s Corner and I’m here with Briggs, a producer shooting his way to the top! Welcome to The Corner, can you give the viewers out there a little background info on who Briggs is?

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I’ve been around the game for about 19 yrs now, I’ve been blessed to have worked with Torch from MMG and Jim Jones, Coke Boys, Lord Tariq, Black Child from Murder Inc,  Nashawn from the Bravehearts and OP GS9 \1090. I got my start working with Orrin Ennis building acts like Fred da Godson, AZ, Allure and Olivia. I was successful in helping  Black Buddafly gain their record deal also.

You have some certified hard hitters on your credits. Is there anything right now you have in the works we need to be on the lookout for?

Definitely, I’ve been in close contact with my man David, y’all know him as Ceaser from Black Ink. I’m working on some stuff with him and the TV network. I’m back in the studio with Nashawn. And I’m reaching out to upcoming artist like Harlem’s Neek Bucks, Haddy Racks, Dyce Payso and Da Bossbred Fam, Fever and Buck Bundles from New Jack. Hash from Cory Gunz Militia/ Quiet Riot got a mix tape coming out produced by myself and who knows maybe a Briggs’ album is in the works this year.

Now I heard you say you’re making a transition and doing some things with David aka Caesar from Black Ink.  Is it possible to speak upon that or do we have to wait until everything is complete with the situation you have going on with him?

Yeah we’re going to wait and see what’s up, it’s still in the makings but something epic is coming into play. I’ve relocated to Atlanta because it’s a big movie market out here, I’ve been looking into media, scores for that and TV shows. I’ve been here acting also so watch out for me on the tube real soon LOL.

Hey ain’t nothing wrong with being versatile! What and who was your inspiration to get into this business, any idols who influenced you?

My family, my Grandmother who sang gospel, my Uncle who sings and used to work on the Issac Hayes morning show and my Moms who kept music playing on Saturday mornings while she would cook breakfast. Also I would say growing up with Swizz Beats and seeing him make it out coming from when we used to beat box and have after school rap cyphers beating on the corner mailbox. And Devonte, he taught me sequencing and producing, it’s been a movie my guy LOL.

Indeed a Briggs’ album would definitely be something epic! So what’s your procedure and how do you go about putting a beat together? Do you go off moods? Inspiration? Or do just follow and let nature takes it’s course on your work?

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It’s funny because it depends on my mood. My beats have high energy and those that know me know I’m always animated so I’ll make like 5 or 6 beats at a time in a day then come back to listen and make mixes and alterations if needed. They only take me bout 20 minutes at the most to get the layout, then I add the seasoning, like that rolls and FX as I build. I’ll hear the beat then go make it. Sometimes I just let the magic happen by discovering and finding new chords and sequences randomly. No samples over here so it’s all bout creating the bounce and vibe.

You’re from The Big Apple New York but your sound has a diverse appeal to it! Anywhere from a Swiss Beatz, to Lil Jon, to DJ mustard or a League of Starz sound! Being in the game for 2 decades now what’s your feel and take on the state of hip-hop/ rap in today’s era?

It’s wild because like you said being in it almost 2 decades I’ve seen music change drastically over the years. When I learned music it was from Devonte from Jodeci in ’98 so he was fresh off producing work wit PAC and Big, now in 2017 we got Lil Uzi Vert sayin “yeah” all day on Tracks is definitely a change. Reminds me of when I used to play that EFX for my Moms and she’s like “what’s that bump stiggity stuff”, now I’m like what these youngins sayin? Lol

We went from conscious to dumbed down and with the music being a business it’s taking away from the art. Corporations know how much a powerful influence music has over the masses, so what better way to dumb down the masses than with the music that’s used to get us motivated.

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Public enemy used to rap bout social and conscious matters now we got mainstream playing  Future’s “Mask Off” all day long, don’t get me wrong it’s good zone out music but what is the message it’s sending to our youth?

No arguments with you on that part! Being from New York you came up under that 90’s golden era, to the modern day mumble music it’s a difference what’s your take on the corporations flat out denying our culture to just blackballing and capitalizing from our genre now!  Being apart of this hip-hop/ rap culture does that upset you or compromise your situation?

It definitely effects me. They say to make it in the music industry it takes great sacrifice. Sacrifice love, sacrifice family, sacrifice friends, even a normal life. You sacrifice all of it  for the sake of that big hit that will get that deal or them dollars… SMH. I’ve learned in this game to focus on making myself happy then my music will expresses that, if you’re doing it to chase that dollar trust you’ll get burned out.

And to monopolize like these corporations you’ll have to sacrifice more than what I just mentioned. It’s evident with how these kids look and act now.

You got artist like J. Cole, Joey Badass, and others that don’t get that shine because they’re not tearing down our youth and that’s the agenda they want these artist to carry out.

Name your top 5 albums or records that defines Briggs, who are your favorite artist that gave you a clear view of this is what I want to be apart of?

My personal favorites are Das EFX “Dead Serious”, Nas “I Am”, Fugees “The Score”, Michael Jackson “Off the Wall” and Mary J Blige “Share My World”. What defines Briggs? Jay z “The Blueprint”, 50 Cent “Get Rich or Die Trying”, Dr. Dre “The Chronic 2001”, Fabolous “The OG Project” and  Big “Life Ater Death”.

Being a producer, who or what artist would you like to get credit from that accomplishes your career?

I would say Jay-Z on the rap/hip hop level (like who don’t pop off a Jay track). Then I would go Chris Brown on the R&b/soul level because that boy’s a problem and he’s the future, he’s going to be around making good music for a long time if his personal life don’t derail him. And I would say Adele because her voice and music is different from what I’m doing, the combination would be epic and worldwide which would definitely define me as a premier producer.

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Man that’s a helluva lineup! I thank you for your time here on Keedie’s Corner, is there any shout outs or anything else you would like to speak on?

Thanks for having me, don’t forget to hit the hashtag #producedbybriggs or follow my IG @briggsmusicgroup for those beat snippets. Shout out to you and the whole Keedie’s Corner movement, all my guys in NYC doing their thing, my Atl folk and everyone following me and supporting me thru this journey, much love. I appreciate y’all and trust much more is instore #briggsmusicgroup and beyond!!

By: Mike Ice, Briggs and Keidra Ponder

 

 

Artist in the Spotlight: Projeck Bo

This is Mike of Keedie’s Corner and I’m bringing you an exclusive interview from the West Coast. I had the pleasure of speaking with East Los Angeles own Projeck Bo. It’s a pleasure to have you on The Corner, let the viewers out there know who Projeck Bo is.

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Projeck Bo is me of course! I’m one of the hottest rappers on the West right now, I’m just coming home from an eight year bid and now I’m back like I never left. If you need a visual, click the link to check out the video for my song “On Da Block” off my mixtape Projeck Muzik Vol.1. All in all I’m just out here trying to make it make sense.

The content of Projeck Muzik Vol. 1 has tough material and real lyrics. The irony of it all is that you’ve actually been incarcerated due to your ties to our neighborhood set. What is your take on individuals living that life for the props and acceptance? Would you say your music is a wake up call for the listeners that need to hear the harsh truth about the streets?

Yea man I did that time but I will never wish that on anyone. I was young and wild, I lived my life a totally different way before prison. Prison is not a place I would ever want to spend another day in, now that I’m out I’m in a better place in my life. I’m not the same person I used to be. It’s a lot of people out here still doing the things I was doing years ago that got me sent to prison. The only thing I can say to them is if you can find a better way to get money, try that way because your life can be taken away from you in mere seconds.

Is your music geared towards a particular crowd or do you reach various listeners with the message in your songs? Is it quote unquote “Gangster Music” or would you say it has a conscious feel?

My music is a mixture of things, I try not to just make music for one particular crowd. I make music for everyone and it’s more than just “gangster rap”. Although it may seem like it’s gangster music, my music is based on my life and things I have been through. Everyone has a story to tell, hopefully everyone can relate to mine.

Now let’s get into Projeck Muzik, can you give a basic description to the viewers about what’s going on from the first volume to the second up and coming volume you’re working on now. What’s the picture your painting with your lyrics? Is it a mixture of tracks put together to tell your story?

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Well Projeck Muzik Vol. 1 was an introduction of who Projeck Bo is, where he came from and what he’s been through. Now Vol.2 is a different story, it illustrates how my life changed after doing those eight years in prison. Projeck Muzik Vol. 2 is still about the life of Projeck Bo, it’s just now I have a new agenda.

What are your thoughts on this epidemic of the blood affiliation phenomenon across the country and even overseas? How do you feel about artist claiming sets and mixing gang affiliation with their music?

It’s exactly what I’m speaking on in my music. A lot of these artist are weak, just acting tough. I speak my mind when I see your actions don’t match the content in your songs. It’s a lot of rappers out that are claiming sets and say they’re banging but can’t even step foot in the hood they’re repping. They’re out here wearing their red flags on the right side, calling them bandannas, come on man!

What type of music influenced your upbringing in East LA? Do you have any intentions on stepping outside of California to network and push this Projeck living movement?

I grew up listening to groups like; Murder IV Hire, NWA, Ghetto Boys and artist like 2pac. I’m hitting the South real soon, I plan on going to Louisiana around Mardi Gras time. 2017 is my year to shine.

Do you consider yourself a leader in your community in East LA? Is your music setting the tone for your children, peers and others affiliated with you to follow? What message would you send to them? 

I’m trying to get my city straight, I’m on a positive movement right now. I’m trying to be a role model in this game, someone the kids can look up to. I want to show them it’s not all about where you from, it’s about living life, going to school and getting a career to make sure their families are straight. Let my life lessons be an example for you. As far as everyone else that ain’t kids, all I can say is better days are coming, focus on your money and leave it in God’s hands.

I would like you to finish this sentence 2017 will be Projeck Bo break out year because???

2017 will be my breakout year because I have a lot of doors to break down, I literally did 8 years in prison and I feel like it’s my time to tell my story, it might be the realest story you’ve ever encountered.

It’s been a pleasure chopping it up with you, any last words or shout outs you want to send out to any viewers prior to the conclusion of this interview???

I want to send praises to the most high, I want to thank all my supporters and I want to thank you guys at Keedie’s Corner for this opportunity.

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Anyone looking to work with Projeck Bo you can email him at 5kingbo4@gmail.com. If you want to keep up with his movement follow him on Instagram @kingprojeckbo54, Facebook @devion toy, Twitter @projeckbo and on Snapchat @projeckbo2.

Artist in the Spotlight: DJ Nonstop

By Mike Ice

It’s Mike of Keedie’s Corner, today I’m having a conversation with up and coming Cincinnati Ohio DJ personality, DJ Nonstop. So tell me Nonstop, since you have your foot in the industry’s door, what’s next for you?

I’m tied in with dj coalitions, I’m going under management and now I’m gaining the proper resources and funding to gain the right exposure but also expanding my brand and taking advantage of some of my industry connects. I’m looking to relocate to downtown Atlanta, I was offered a chance to work with Benzino at his studio. I have to make my own path in life for myself and to do that I have to leave home, most of my industry resources are based in Atlanta.

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Growing up was DJing a way to vent and take your pain, worries and feelings away from everything that was going on?

DJing was a way to express myself through music without having to use words or violence. It was my passion that became my career due to the amount of time my life revolved around music.

What albums influenced DJ Nonstop’s life? What movie did you affiliate DJing with?

The movie “Juice” and the soundtrack played a big role in my career path.

What’s the first thing Nonstop has intentions on releasing  as a coming out project?

The first thing I’m releasing is my EP and documentary.

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Let’s get into your project, what’s the name of it and what can the listeners look forward too?

The documentary is called “Goin Nonstop”, and the EP is called “Start”. It’s basically giving you an audio explanation of who Dj Nonstop is.

What can we look forward to on the EP?

Well I’m the aiming to narrow the songs down to make a sound track to the documentary an give you my story in the music behind my visuals. I can’t really fully answer that question until I narrow the song list down.. I got 38 songs lol! One artist to look out for on my EP is up and coming artist Santino Corleone from Cincinnati Ohio.

I thank you for your time DJ Nonstop is there any final words or shout outs you would like to make before closing out this interview?

I have to shout out Keedie’s Corner for this opportunity and you as well Mike. I want to shout out the Dream Chasers and the Do it Nonstop Music Team.

djnonstop1Anyone looking to network with DJ Nonstop can find him on all social media sites at @iamdjnonstop