While out in Chicago, Pusha T chops it up with DJ MoonDawg about Don’t Fuck With Me (denying any diss towards Drake), the BET Cyphers (giving Budden the nod for the best in the Shady 2.0 Cypher), the rumors of French Montana signing with G.O.O.D. Music the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation, his upcoming solo album and more.
The beauty of Twitter is learning about artists worldwide and Rico Blox is definitely a one of my favorite discoveries. Hailing from Montreal, his single Stop Frontin’ was an easy addition for my 1st mixtape in 3 years The Launch. Check out his interview with Batt Tube and learn more about him, his talent should definitely make him a household name soon.
While making my usual daily rounds looking for artists to host a mixtape I was in the process of putting together, an agency that I was in contact with sent me the music of an up & coming emcee named Jamie Drastik. The song “Believe” featuring Money Harm from Product G&B made it’s way onto my mixtape titled “Legendary” and the name Jamie Drastik stayed on my radar. That song was enough to show me the talent and potential this artist had.
Since aligning with Mr. International himself Pitbull and becoming the flagship artist on his newly minted Mr. 305 Records, Jamie has released two very well received mixtapes “The Magnet” and 2011’s “Champagne & Cocaine” which showcases the lead single “Save Me” featuring Pitbull, quickly being a music chart climber.
To top it off with his appearance on Pitbull’s “Planet Pit” standout track “Castle Made Of Sand” featuring Kelly Rowland, he’s definitely an artist who’s potential has surpassed the sky. I was able to catch up with Jamie as he works on his newest mixtape September and his upcoming debut album for a quick Q&A.
A Star Is Born: An exclusive interview with Jamie Drastik
1) What was your experience like getting into the music industry?
A lot of hurrying up and waiting, show cases, mixtapes, basement studios, bad vocal mixes. The further i went with it the more I seen people giving up, so I figured if I keep going by the end I’ll be the only one left.
2) Describe the first time meeting Pitbull and your feelings after signing the deal with his record label.
First time meeting Pit was at a show in my hometown called K Fest. He had already offered the deal and the lawyers had the contracts but wasn’t hadn’t signed yet. He was already scheduled to perform at the show, so he wound up having me on the bill with him in my hometown. How do you not sign after that? lol
3) Describe your style of music & the atmosphere of a Jamie Drastik live show.
I keep the music really truthful, musical, and always try to let them know where I’m from. 845, 845, 845, 845! My shows have a lot of energy and I engage the crowd a lot. In between songs I just talk about regular stuff with the crowd. I try to turn the room into a living room.
4)Who are some of your favorite artists & influences.
My favorite “rapper” is Jeezy (I know…)
My favorite “artist” is Jay Z
My favorite “hustler” in the business is Pitbull (a real hustler can sell anything, what music hasn’t he succeeded in?!?!)
5) What should we expect from your debut album?
A big sound talking about experiences from a small town. And a Grammy….for real.
Since meeting the former Roc-A-Fella Records A&R Wayno in 2008, two characteristics which stood out immediately remain true to this day. The first being, there is a lot of truth and realness behind his humor and candor… The second thing, when the man gets an idea, he will definitely do what’s necessary to make it a reality.
My first impressions have never rang truer. Today Wayno has not only built a steady following by simply remaining true to himself, he also reunited with Young Chris of the Young Gunz to A&R his upcoming projects all while building his clothing line Cool Mentality into a household name. I was lucky enough to catch up with him and get the breakdown on his past & present day endeavors as well as what the future holds.
Deeper Than Rap: An Exclusive Interview With Wayno
1) How did you get your start with Roc-A-Fella Records?
Ahh man my history at Roc dates back 10 maybe 11 yrs. By traveling alot I met Chris & Sparks & we kept in touch, they got me an internship at Roc-A-Fella as an Assistant A&R and eventually i ended up getting the job. I worked under Big Face Gary, Hip-hop Gee Roberson (Hip-hop since 1978) & Lenny S. I worked on the Young Gunz first mixtape along with their debut album, the State Property Chain Gang album, Beanie Sigel’s The B-coming the list goes on & on.
2) As the A&R for Young Chris, what’s something you can tell us about his Division 1 debut album?
Well the title of his album is “Alive” because after the Roc break up & Jay-Z leaving Def Jam (Not a shot at Hov) he felt like he was left for dead, so this is his 2nd chance to get it going again. So far we’ve got Kelly Rowland & Mario but we haven’t really dug in yet because we’re doing the ground work now for an album set up.
3) What other artists/producers/projects are you closely working with?
Right now I’m working with a Brooklyn artist Push Montana & another artist out of Harlem named Ceezo. There are a few artists I’m trying to work with out of Philly you might know, Chill Moody, Ryshon Jones & Young Gliss. I’ve been building with Cardiak, you might know him for “Start it up” (Lloyd Banks) & “600 Benz” (Wale, Rick Ross & Jadakiss). He’s coming out of Willingboro, NJ & man this dude is super talented. Me, him and Young Chris are working on Chris’s new project titled “The Revival” entirely produced by Cardiak.
4) What was your inspiration behind Cool Mentality clothing and what’s next in the workings with the clothing line?
Honestly man Cool Mentality started as just an idea, I wanted to venture into something that I liked & run a business upon it, I’m a big fan of street wear clothing so i thought why not? I took all the legal matters to secure my company & went to work. I’ve just been humbled that people actually like my designs. Me and my partner Arm who runs Factory Media have just been grinding, man putting in the ground work to get this plane off the ground. I came up with a principal concept that “Peace Love & Unity” creates a Cool Mentality & who wouldn’t wanna be down with that?
5) As a business minded person and avid basketball fan, what would you do to end the lockout if you were the commissioner?
Honestly as much as I love basketball I have mixed feelings about the whole lockout. My thing is this I really feel that the higher ups in the NBA are noticing that they’re employing young black men who are coming from poverty & are turning them into instant millionaires. As much as people dislike Lebron’s decision he took the power out of the ownership’s hands, I’m no racist but I honestly believe if Lebron was white they’d be drafting kids out of middle school, but that’s a whole can of worms I’m not ready to open (laughs out loud). I’d do whatever needed to be done to satisfy the players cause they bring in the consumer & bosses just keep getting richer so let’s just make everyone happy and the lights wont get cut off.