By Jack Barnes
What would you say is the most challenging thing about being an independent artist?
The most challenging thing about being a independent artist is getting the right ears to listen to your craft. I’ve learned that the key to success nowadays is not your talent or your music. It’s who you know and who can get you in front of the people you need to be in front of. The leg work and grind is the most challenging thing being independent.
Tell us about “MUBU Gang” and the origins of it
MUBU Gang is a brotherhood. It’s a family. We all grew up together and come from the same neighborhood. It just so happens that we rap. We started as F.L.Y. Ent., and it graduated over to MUBU Gang. We will always be FLY though. Forever Live Young. Shout out Big Homie Doe!
“Man Of The Night” is a hard joint, and seems to be picking up some steam. With the Drill movement’s history, what are you currently doing to promote the song at an even higher plateau
Well first and foremost I’m not letting up. I’m grinding and pushing it as hard as possible. I’m a drill artist but I consider myself a more lyrical drill artist then most. So I call my music “Drillyricism “. It’s my own lane that I’ve created so I’m branding and pushing my music that way. Lyrically based Drill music.
What do you think is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself has to overcome, to gain commercial success?
The biggest barriers artist like myself and others will have to overcome to be successful would have to be surpassing the stereotype that Drill music is too violent to have long term success. It is said that drill artist time to shine is short due to the content of the music. I’m pushing to change that and put a end to the stereotype. Which is why I’m pushing my Drillyricism angle.
In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
My newer music has changed lyrically from when I first began. I’ve grown and I’ve also experienced more things in life. I’m wiser and have a bigger outlook on things which translate over to my music. I make music about my life, surroundings, personal experiences etc. . So a lot of craft comes from my pain and views that I’ve experienced hands on.
You’re gearing up for your “Backwoods & Hennessy” project on April 20th, talk to us about this project and how everything is going set up wise?
Backwoods and Hennessy is a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. I’m a very heavy smoker. So the smoking lane of hip hop is a place where I would like to make my mark. Backwoods and Hennessy is also my favorite combination of things in life so why not make music about it. I’m currently putting he finishing touches on it. The creative process and setup was easy and simple. I just indulged in the title and let the vibes come to me. The rest was history.
How important do you think touring is for independent artists in this day and age?
As independent artist touring is a major key to your success. By being independent you don’t have the same resources and outlets to get your craft out to the world as the major labels do. So the road and performing on stage is a great way for u to gain fans. To me it is the best way to get your name and craft out there. Hands on.
What would be your dream venue in which to perform & why?
My dream venue to perform would have to be the Chicago Theatre in downtown Chicago. It’s my hometown. It’s my city. The place I’ve loved since birth. As a kid traveling downtown with my mom and seeing the Chicago sign lit up with someone’s name in lights was motivating. I’ve always wanted my name under those lights and one day I will.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
5 years from now I see myself where I’ve always seen myself. In the industry. Making my mark on the world. Becoming one of the best to do it. Leaving the name bubble eye on the minds of everyone for years to come.
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