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When did you first start rapping?
I first started raping in 6th grade. It really didn't become official that I wanted to be a rapper until 11th grade. That's when it started clicking for me. From then on, it's been my passion and singular focus. Everything else I do in life is to help me become the best, the most successful, the most influential.
Who were your influences, heroes?
My sisters were singers and rappers. I always looked up to them. They were into hip hop, R&B, rock, pop, the whole thing. As a young boy, I listened to the songs they would play, and then I started to like them. Having that around all the time is a big part of what made me who I am.
What music is played constantly in your house?
There's no one artist or style on heavy rotation. I like to mix it up with the whole timeline of rap and hip hop. I know it seems like everybody says this, but having older sisters, I really was listening to Grandmaster Flash and Sugarhill Gang and, of course, Run DMC. After that, I just kept going with what was new at the time. I never really took sides on the East Coast/West Coast Feud.
How has Islam and growing up in Oakland influenced your music?
Big time! Both of those are key to my music to this day. Being Muslim has kept me very close to God.. And being in Oakland has shaped and formed the content in my music. It's an injustice that Mc Hammer became the face of the Oakland music scene, at least in the African-American community, because it's caused a lot of prejudice when it comes to getting Bay Area music played nationally, outside the local stations. It seems like once a record company finds out you're from Oak-Town, they don't want to take you seriously anymore.
When did you realize that you wanted to take rapping seriously?
When people started saying how good I really was at it. At first it was just a hobby I was just messing around with it. But in 2006 I realeased my very first mixtape with 14 tracks and made over $400! And I made that all in one day! So that was a good experience. And if I could do it here, I could anywhere.
What’s your song writing process? Where do you get your inspiration?
However I'm feeling at that time. Whenever I get into deep thought about something I just write about it and express it with my music. My inspiration is dreams. I think about this all the time so if it actually comes true it would be the best feeling ever. A friend of mine broke it down to me like this: Success is the result of Focus, Commitment, and Passion. Keep those no matter what, and anything is possible. I've always remembered that.
Have you been compared to any other artists?
No and I actually apreciate that because I want to bring something new to the table. Being original can be one of the hardest things in a creative world. I can't think of anything worse than being accused of stealing from someone else.
What’s your favorite song you ever made and why?
Hate My Chick is one of my faves ever! I was 17 years old and my cousin sent me this beat. Instantly I knew that was it! The verses I wrote were awesome, just kinda of spilling out of me! And the hook was crazy. 6 years later I still listen to that song!
Explain SpoiledLyfe Music Group. Why the name Spoiled Lyfe?
Spoiled Lyfe music group is an up-and-coming music label that I am running. It's for artists, models, and fans to be a part of. Spoiled Lyfe came from the fact that everyone that thought I was spoiled growing up. I have both parents in my life, which was a lot more than some people. Just the reality of the situation for too many people! Plus I was the baby in my family, so that was consider be spoiled as well. I just ran with it. I don't mind be called spoiled because who wouldn't want to be spoiled, really?
Where do you see your music taking you in a few years from now?
Around the USA then the world.. Hopefully changing people lives. Improving people's lives is an honorable thing.
What was your first performance and what has that performance taught you about being an artist?
At my community masjid. I was extremely nervous. I was opening up for the huge local acts that day so I had to make sure I stood out. Once the music came on I felt right at home! I had the crowd rocking stupid hard. It's all about confindence in my opinion. If you exude that, then they'll have no choice but to accept you as an dope artist.
When is your next project set to be released?
Living In The M.O.Ement dropping early next year.