#Interview W/ @PREMEBACK (Supreme BG)

1. Who is Supreme BG? What makes her different from other artists?

In order to answer that question we must first ask what is Supreme BG. Supreme isn’t just a person, or brand but a way of life. It’s the excellence in which you carry yourself, setting you atop the lyrical and musical heap. The idea, the statement that I am from a city where you must be special, gifted, and hustle ready to be your greatest self. The notion that I am independent, therefore I am authentic. The gall to say and believe that I was born with a message and world shall receive it by any means necessary. And last but certainly not least, the will and drive to smash the doors open and show that what I have and who I am is here to stay. Now that is Supreme BG.
The difference between me and other artist is the fact that I’m not a trend chaser. Id rather be so confident in being myself that I in fact set the trend that being your true self is actually the coolest you can ever be.
2. Have You Ever Faced Any Challenges During Your Time In The Music Industry?
The Biggest Challenge I’ve Had To Face In The Music Industry By Far Is Going From A Duo($Mokin Acez) To A Solo Artist. Not Only Did I Lose A Music Partner But I Also Lost A Business Partner. The Workload Doubled And I Pretty Much Had To Start Over Building Another Brand. It Felt Like All The Years Of Hard Work,Sacrifice,And Growth Went Down The Drain Very Quick. Ill Forever Cherish My Time With The Group. It Gave Me My Start And Taught Me A Lot About Music And Life.

3. At What Age Did You Start Pursuing Your Music Career?

I Started To Record At The Age Of 19. I Started To Pursue Music As A Business And Take It Very Serious At About The Age Of 24.

4. How Did You Come Across “Unsigned Female Artists” If You Can Remember?

I Definitely Came Across “Unsigned Female Artists” On Instagram. I Immediately Recognized The Attention They Were Putting Into Not Only The Promotion Of Their Own Social Media Presence But The Promotion Of The Artists They Truly believed In. I Immediately Know It Was Something I Wanted To Align Myself With And Reached Out. From The First Encounter It Was Genuine And Much Appreciated.

5. Who Are Some Of Your Influences?

First And Foremost My Mother Who Is And Has Always Been My Inspiration. She Is The Strongest Person I Know And That’s Man Or Woman. My Grandmother Who Is A Rock And Perfect Example Of A God Fearing Woman. And My Father, Who Has Always Been There For Me. He Has Taught Me So Much And I Will Forever Live In His Example. As Far As Musical Influences, The List Can Go From Birmingham Alabama To Birmingham England! From Bobby Womack And Curtis Mayfield To Scarface And Nas. From Parliament And Barry White To Ugk And Warren G.From Dirty(Alabama Rap Duo) To Mint Condition! “Ya Kno I Cant Live without That Funk Mane!” I’m Just A Soulful Individual.

6. How Long Have You Been Making Music? What Are Some Goals You Hope To Achieve?

I’ve Been Making Music In My Head Since Birth.I Started Actually Recording At The Age Of 19. My Biggest Goal Is To Make A Lasting Impact On Not Just Hip Hop But The World. Some Other Goals Are To Continue To Fully Develop My Label,The Black & Supreme Company. Also,Sowing Supreme Seedz,My Non Profit Organization Which Does Work In The Community With People Of All Ages With A Special Attention To The Youth. My Main Focus Is To Continue Learning As Much As I Can So That I Can Continue To Grow In Not Only The Business Of Music But Life In General.

7. If You Wouldn’t Be Making Music, What Else Would You Be Doing?

To Be Honest I Dont Know. I Cant See Myself Doing Anything Else. I’m Sure Its A Few Things I Could Be Doing That Would Be Less Stressful Than Being An Independent Artist But My Heart Cant Foresee It. Although I’ve Always Wanted To Be A Teacher And Girls Basketball Coach. That Actually Is Still One Of My Goals,To Sponsor And Coach A Young Ladies Basketball Team.

8. How Do You Record Your Music, Like What Puts You In The Mood To Write And Record?

For The Most Part I Do All Of My Writing In The Studio. I Need That Vibe. I Need To Hear The Music Loud Coming From All Angles. And Then Of Course The Usual Back And Forth Walking With The Medicine In The Air. After The Beat Has Played A Minimum Of 205 Times I Have Something Representative Of Supreme Bg In Song Form. Something Authentic.

9. Why Do You Think It’S Hard For Female Artists To Make It In A Male Dominated Industry?

Anything That Is Already Dominated By A Certain Group Is Going To Take Some Strategic Effort To Infiltrate. We As Women Have To Be Consistent And Persistent With What We Say And Do. We Cant Be Out Here Looking For A Handout Or Acceptance From Somebody Yet In The Same Breath Want Their Respect.We Have To Demand Respect.And Not Necessarily With Aggression. We Have To Carve And Create Our Own Path.

10. What’S An Everyday Motto That You Go By? What Advice Would You Give Other Artists Wanting To Make Music?

“To Be A Leader You Must First Make The Sacrifices Others Wont Make.” I Came Up With That Quote While Working The Overnight Shift Stocking At Wal-Mart Over 5 Years Ago. I Tore Off A Piece Of A Box And Wrote It Down So I Wouldnt Forget,Something That I Still Have To This Day. I Live By That Quote And It’s Very Broad To Me.If Ever I Get Discouraged Or Feel Overwhelmed This Is Something That keeps Me Going. Im Making The Sacrifice I Need To Make To Achieve The Level Of success I Want To Obtain. At No Point Should I Feel So Pressured That I Cant Hold My Head High And Keep The Promises I Made To Myself And My Family Sacred.
The Most Important Piece Of Advice I Can Give To Other Artists Wanting To Pursue A Career In The Music Business Is To Be Unapologetic. Meaning Be True To Yourself At All Cost. Make The Kind Of Music That Feels Good To You. Don’t Try To Follow Any Trends To Be Accepted Or Get On Quicker. Trust And Appreciate The Grind And The Process. The Process Is What You Want. Anything Fast Wont Last.

Interview W/ Y.M.M Artist Stylez

1. Who is Stylez?

Stylez also know as Shiava Arnette 21 years old born and raised in Brooklyn, Ny right out of Bushwick is a kid at heart, with creativity and Style. I am singer, song writer, and rapper. A great lyricist, a work-a-holic, up and coming.Music is not what I do it’s who I am, I am music , I am Stylez.

2.  Why do you want to create music?

I create music because it’s my passion of course but simply just to bring a different sound to the industry.

 3. Who/What influenced you to make music?

I would say Justin beiber with his pop and young sound and Fantasia with her emotion and her music is relatable  in her music she tells a story.

4.  If you could work with any major artists, who would it be?

I would want to work with the two that influence me , it’s only right.

 5. At what age did you want to start making music?

At the age of 17 I started right in my Grandmother kitchen with Quis Bands and today we are still going strong.

 6. What separates you from the mainstream and underground artists?

My sound separate she from most the fact that I’m young and even still my music is positive, not many could rap clean, but I do and still get my point across.

7. How do you think “Unsigned Female Artists” can help get your music out there?

Unsigned female artist will help get my music out there because they are giving me an opportunity not many have or that not many give

8. Why do you think it’s hard for female artists to control the male dominated industry?

As female artist it’s hard for me because it’s hard to be a young female rapper the stereotype now a days is so typical and many don’t think a girl can do it, some can be very judgmental without giving the chance.

9. How long have you been making music? What are some goals you hope to achieve?

I’ve been making music now for 4 years and counting. I hope and one of my goals is for someone to realize how different me and Quis bands are as a Duo, to be on the kids choice or Bet awards. To notice that we are young positive and let that take us far.

10. What’s an everyday motto that you go by? What advice would you give other artists wanting to make music?

Honestly I tell myself everyday ” Success isn’t about what you accomplish, it’s about what you inspire others to do “. I would tell other artists don’t  worry about how big or small a opportunity is you’ll never know where an opportunity can take you dream big and always be confident in you.