Bham Music Blog chops it up with Alabama rap vet.G-Mane of Florence Alabama.Read today as he share's his knowledge of the game and drops some jewels on readers.
Err'thang's tight,just being blessed and being thankful.
2.Tell fans how long you been in the music business?
My first official, barcoded product came out in 1993 with a group called Soul Kytchen,later renamed Slave Kamp) and it's been on
since then. We started out-the-trunk and gritted it out.. no internet just strictly street grind all over the southeast.
3.What city are you exactly from?
I'm from Quad City/Flo-Town... The Quad City consists of Florence, Sheffield, Muscle Shoals & Tuscumbia.. I'm from Florence,
home of the Father of the Blues, WC Handy. It's called Flo-Town cause I said it in a rap song around 91. The Quad City is also
home to the world famous Muscle Shoals Sound and the "Swampers" mentioned in Lynard Skynards "Sweet Home Alabama".
4.Whats the biggest lesson learned being from Alabama,being on this rap hustle?
Being from Alabama, there are a lot of musical roots and a lot of songwriting "ghosts" if you know Alabama's role when it comes
to the hits made over the decades. We artists in Alabama, I feel, are doing music for a reason. An a & r once told me Alabama
rap & r&b acts make great music but wont make it in todays industry cause our business wasn't straight, so we had to get our
business mind on. We had to learn how to work together and support each other.. And lastly we had to create our own network all
over the state like they do in Texas and Cali so we could generate some revenue.
5.Tell readers more about Alabama Hustle Unit & your label in depth?
Well I started AHU in 2003 after running into a lot of talent around the Quad City. We were doing a lot of mixtapes, it was a lot of
those guys first time in the studio but they were spittin flame. A few of em have went on to do there own independent stuff,
which was really my plan from the jump: show some cats what to do so they can start their own. "Don't give em a fish, teach em
how to fish." Now known as AHU Entertainment, myself and my partner Bentley have expanded into cd duplication, t-shirt printing,
merchandising and consulting. We not only promote ourselves but ALL of Bama, thru www.alabamahustle.blogspot.com as well as
www.youtube.com/alabamahustletv We were also recently in FORBES with SMS group GSide for exclusively utilizing
bandcamp.com as independents. Folks can check out links at www.facebook.com/GMANE256
6.Going into 2012,what plans do you have or what project do you have coming @ top of year?
Well I recently dropped the annual Thanksgiving release, "Rap Hu$tlin" on www.gmane.bandcamp.com with DJ Dirrty from Ballers
Eve out of New York. He also hosted my "All Nite Smoke Session" street album which was acclaimed as 1 of "50 Mixtapes You
Need" by SPIN Magazine. As for 2012, producers have been loading me up with beats with a lot of samples and that ol skool
analog sound, so I'm thinking of doing something like "The Basement Tape". I also touched back down with DJ Burn One, who did the
"Smoke Some Kill" & "Sunday on da Porch" street albums and we're gonna do another project fully produced by him.. hopefully
drop it in the spring. I'm doing features all over the place as well. Bentleys project "Books & Guns" gon be dropping with Slow Motion
Soundz soon. And Lord willin' we'll be adding more shows to the roster.
7.For people who may not know how many mixtapes have you dropped?
Since 08 I've done six: "Smoke Some Kill", "Still Smokin", "Sunday on da Porch", "Sex Drugs & Money", "All Nite Smoke Session" and "Rap Hu$tlin". And I also have a couple of older release with my group Slave Kamp and my solo with SOC/Select O Hits at www.ahuent.bandcamp.com Thru the years though I've done over a coupla hundred easy.
8.What is your best project to date you feel?
I can't really say there is a best one, because I like them all for different reasons. "Sunday on da Porch" probably got the best
response but many, many bloggers said "Sex Drugs & Money" was extremely slept on.
9.What advice would you give a artist starting out today in the rap game?
Keep God first,cause this music game is a devils playground.Be yourself and stay true to what you do,cause folk's will try to change you. Have some integrity, say what you mean and do what you say you're gonna do cause this game is shady and the same folks you see on the way up you'll see on the way down). And Make some GOOD music!!!
10.What do you feel you want your legacy to be once its all said in done being a pioneer here in the state of Alabama?
I'm just a hustler that wants everyone to succeed. On the real "K" if I walked away from music today I'm happy. I've been seen and heard all over the world. I'm mentioned in an upcoming book on great southern rappers called "Gansgsta Gumbo" by Jean Pierre LeBarthe & Charlie Braxton (whom i talk to weekly).. I've helped a few of guys, directly or indirectly, realize and live their dream of doing music. A couple of critics have called me the rap Donald Goines (which is an honor to me).. I'm blessed
man.. I get love all over.. I'm a Alabama Ambassador.
11.How can promoters & artist contact you for bookings & shows?
Hit me direct.. Call or text: 256.810.8427.. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ..Twitter: @gmanemusic
First I wanna say thanks to you (K.Bibbs) for the interview.. And I don't wanna miss nobody so, S/O to all the fans and supporters, the dj's,
the bloggers and 1LUV to the whole Alabama!!!
13.Leave readers with some final words of wisdom?
Anything you conceive and believe, you can achieve.. Pray and stay focused!!!
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