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Rap Crew

Everybody represents something, and as I grow and develop as an artist, it is up to me to decide what I stand for.

It was proposed to me that I need a "Rap Crew" name, a clique, or a brand name to show what I represent. After a little brainstorming, I became fond of the idea. From the classic Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Wu-Tang Clan, NWA, A Tribe Called Quest, D-12, Black Sheep, De La Soul, Black Street, The Jungle Brothers, Das EFX, Lords of the Underground, Public Enemy's "S1W's", Biggie's "Junior M.A.F.I.A.", Jay-Z's "The Roc", EPMD's "The Hit Squad", Nas' "Queensbridge Militia", Ja Rule's "Murder Inc.", DMX's "Ruff Riders", 50 cent's "G-Unit", Black Moon, The Universal Zulu Nation, The Native Tongues, The Juice Crew, to New School's Cash Money Millionaires, Lil Wayne's "Young Money", Soulja Boy Tell 'em, DJ Khaled's "We The Best", Wiz Khalifa's "Taylor Gang", Tyler the Creator's "Wolf Gang"...etc. The list goes on.

So the question is:

What would be a good "Rap Crew" brand name that would give an accurate description of what we represent?

Underground vs. Mainstream

I've been categorized as less of a mainstream artist and more of an underground artist, so my question is what constitutes underground rap? How is it to be defined and who and what are some current, well-known artists and tracks classified as underground?

Also: are there other genres of music that can classify as underground? If so, what? Name some artists/tracks.

Ascending & Breaking Even

Now you've heard them both.

How did you like OMA: Ascending and Breaking Even? Questions? Comments? Concerns? Improvements? New ideas for me to try? What are you favorite and least favorite parts from each?

Open for discussion.

Winds of Change

Some fans of mine tell me that my style is changing. I say that life is a process in which growth, development & change are inseparable. As I change as a person it only makes sense that my music - influenced from the heart - changes as well. Does it not?

Quit while I'm Ahead?

I've been wondering if I'm an advocate of a lost art & whether or not I'm squandering my potential by wasting my time with this. Should I quit while I'm ahead?

Broadening My Horizons

I've been told on numerous occasions that I need to broaden my horizons. Ironically, I don't set time aside to explore new music, which would be beneficial in my upcoming collaboration with the Corpus Christi rock group, The Fallen. Does anybody have any suggestions for me?

Will the real OMA please stand up?

Lately I’ve been wondering…do my more recent songs (like Psychic Hotline and No Laughing Matter) make me sound like a Slim Shady wanna be? Give me your honest opinion. Open for discussion.