Check out our Interview with SelfMadeSilu @SelfMadeSilu

1. Hello, please introduce yourself to our readers and give us a background of where you are from?

Hi, I’m doing business “SelfMadeSilu” and I’m from Albany, GA. I am currently serving in the U.S. Army starting in 2014 and has done operations in multiple war zones including Syria and Iraq. I represent anything that can be considered prosperity, positives vibes, respect, and humbleness. I don’t represent a hood or group but a mindset of the law of principles and the sensitive ambitious people.

My original business name was “S.I.L.U.” which stands for (S)tephanie (I) (L)ove Yo(u) which my mother’s name. I decided to change it to have a better way of popping up on everyone search engine first. I decided to dedicate my motives to my mother for what she’s sacrificed to take of me.

2. Talk to us about what inspired you to get into the music business?

What inspired me to get into the music business was being able to lift my voice in the military when calling cadence. It definitely gave me the ability to create my own cadency of lyrics and voice inflection, my love for poetry, and being around all my family members and one of them either would sing or freestyle. I want to share my soul driven lyricism to the community to show people it’s ok to be yourself and not fit in with the crowd. I’ve always been different in a way from every crowd. I never wanted to fit in with anyone what so ever.

3. Thinking back to your childhood, what was it like growing up in your city?

Growing up in Albany, Georgia was both fun and later realize that life wasn’t what it seems. As a kid you think you got it all figured out until reality hit you. As a kid growing up there was very mediocre considering the highness of the crime rate and low based Success Level. Reality kind of hit me as a kid when I used to catch my mother crying from not being able to make the bill payments and not being able to give us what we wanted all of the time. As a kid seeing my mother starve herself trying to feed me – which is what I lectured on my song ‘P.T.S.D.’ – and my brothers and sisters really takes a toll on a child’s mind. That’s a lot to take in as an adolescent. I remember days that I only got to eat at school and still reported to football practice. It really felt like my stomach was touching my back.We were born right in middle of gang and drug affiliation. The violence of that is either going to humble you or you’re going to end up 6ft under or in concreted confinement. Most of us just wanted to be part of something considering the absence of particular people. Some of us did things to make sure their families were fed. I personally feel that anyone that’s a product of that type of environment is poisoned mentally to continuously be malice towards people that’s around them. In my song ‘Section 8 Boi’ I lectured that “I was playing 2k with the same person that kicked my door and left it empty.” Thats very true. There are more robberies and burglaries in poverty dominate neighborhoods than middle/upper class communities. I had to leave because I noticed that you can let someone bite your hand off and they will try to get more out of you. I had to get out of there and have no plans to return.

4. Who would you say inspired you in the music business and why?

I say that the military and my mother are what inspires me to do what he do and stay positive. The military considering that they encourage leadership, character, and responsibility, including their rhythmic way of having voice inflection when marching. My mother inspires me because she has always been by his side.

5. What music are you currently promoting today?

Well I currently release a single month just to give my true fans something to rock to and also to show people that I can make hits that people can relate to. I’m pushing all songs but single that I’m giving my uppermost focus and investing into is my single ‘Mixed In My Thoughts’

6. Since you’ve been in this business how has your music evolved throughout the years?

Actually I started doing music back in 2012-2014 but I stopped because I didn’t have the funds and I felt like I was trying to fit in with the wave instead creating a wave. I literally took 5 yrs off from doing music until I felt more mature and original in my lyrics. I decided to to start back doing music when I was in the middle no where in Syria waiting for conflict with the enemy and taunting other countries to start with us. I don’t know what it is. I’m thinking it was God, Allah, Muhammad…whoever it was instilled me with a gift during that stressful moment of my life and I wanted to pursue into showing the maturity of my lyricism and voice. I will forever be original.

7. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in this music business?

The biggest lesson that I learned is that you can’t pay for streams and likes and expect to true feedback and royalty collections.
I did business with @viralexecs which end of being a fraud digital marketer
I did business with DJ Spinrilla which is another scammer. All of his stuff is fake and he takes your money and doesn’t do anything to show for it but ask for more money. I got all my money back from him though. Thank God.

I really don’t understand how people feed off aspiring artist when they know for a fact most of us trying to avoid being mixed in violence.

8. Do you have a project you are currently promoting? If so what is it called and where can our readers find it?

I released my Album called ‘Mixed In Emotions’ on New Years Day 2019. On any project that I release I always want to show my diversity of making any type of song theme. My singles will always have somewhat of then same theme to it, but will always be different in its own way.

My singles will be fierce, painful, and optimistic. I like to show the pain then end it with overcoming from it mostly. You can go stream it which will be blessing to me and I will gladly appreciate it and dishonor any boasting that received from it. Your acknowledgement is what matters.

9. Break down your definition of Grynd?

“Grynd” to me is having consistent “un-frictioning” focus towards life to achieve success from your goals. Meaning that whatever is blocking you, slowing you down, from doubt, self-doubt etc you stopping that friction by applying pressure with your work ethic by going against the grain that life brings.

10. What else are you looking to accomplish besides the music business in the future?

The content of my grind is to create business opportunities to put my family in place for success. If they don’t take it serious that’s on them. I won’t be giving out no hand-outs. They can go in any corner and hate me. I don’t care. Why would I give you money when it’ll be better to show you a way to get it?

11. Where can fans find you on the internet in the future?

Fans can find me On IG & Twitter @SelfMadeSilu
And my website:
https://www.selfmadesilu.com/
They both have all my contact info if anyone needs to contact personally

12. Any Shout outs?

Shout Out To My Mother, my Grandmother, My Engineer Badd Guyy, my young cousin BDP Darrio, and to other artist such as Juno Carter, TheMorningAfter, TheRealBlo, OffiIcialTonio, and MegoDaDon, also to all the people that’s out there pursuing some type action to gain any type of valuable end return.

Shout Out To My Friends Bryce, Devon, Ray Ray Lewis, Marcus Oval, Chad, and Ronnie Wilson

Shout out to all of the CEOs that I studied like Birdman, Pierre Thomas, and Coach K for giving me the idea of long term consistency.

Shout out to the artist like Derez Deshon, Kwony Cash, Slim Dunkin, Lil Wayne, Drake, Bryson Tiller, Plies, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane & PeeWee Longway for giving me the idea of being original will get me further long term than trying to be part of the wave.

Meet Tavia Mapp: Celebrity Publicist to Hip Hop’s Biggest Names


In Pop Culture, a publicist is an artist’s voice and look. You have to have a great publicist in order to survive in this business period. They (Publicist) create your image, control the narrative, prepare you for everything regarding the press, land you the covers of your favorite publications and issue your official statement.

Now, what exactly should you look for in a publicist? Here to answer all your necessary questions is established celebrity publicist Tavia Mapp. The Brooklyn-native rose through the ranks as an intern for some of today’s biggest stars and to-date is one of the most-sought-after publicists in the music due to her amazing track record, trustworthy connections, and high volume success stories.

Tavia is here today to help the next generation of superstars learn not only what a publicist can do but why she is the best at what she does. Introducing Tavia Mapp.

What is 50 Cent like as a boss?

He actually lets me do my own thing so he’s amazing. He is insightful and always has a different perspective. I spend more of my time connecting with Jeremy, his Director of Promotions. It was Jeremy who gave me the opportunity to not just be the publicist but an executive producer of the Thisis50 channel.

What’s a Publicist responsibility officially?

A publicist manages campaigns and generates press coverage on behalf of their clients via television, radio, and media outlets.

If there is, what is the difference between a PR agent and a Publicist?

I have no idea what a PR agent is. There is a difference between a booking agent and a publicist. Most publicists hate to be referred to as a “PR”. A booking agent earns a percentage on appearances or performance made by an artist. Publicist book press, which renders no financial gain only exposure.

How long have you been a publicist and who are some clients you have represented before?

I have been a publicist for 10 years. I’ve represented exclusively Tweet, The Raheem Brock Foundation, Les Twins, Colonel Loud, and a plethora of indie artists. I’m not only a publicist. I am an event coordinator, brand specialist, and social media maven. Wearing more than one that allows you to have a bigger retainer.

How did you get into publicity?

I was actually an event promoter and I handled a lot of talent. I knew most of the editors of different media outlets because they frequented lounges I was in charge of. Through those interactions, I realized I could make more money being a publicist so I took classes online and merged my relationships with what I learned.

Is publicity a 24/7 job?

When working on a project, you are on call. Meetings, following up, phone calls and deadlines. It really never stops until the campaign is over then it starts back up.

At what point in a recording artists career should they start working with Publicists?

You should always begin working with a publicist a minimum of 2 months prior to releasing a project. It gives the publicist time to get feedback, adjust their pitch if necessary and it aligns with the promotion of the release.

Is a publicist an A&R?

Not specifically, but I will not take on a client unless I like their music. I gotta bump it everywhere or there will be no passion for it.

Is a Publicist responsible for creating revenue for a client?

It is not the responsibility of your publicist to create funds for you. Exposure does not always equal revenue. It can assist in attaining it.

As the industry changes rapidly, forecast the future of digital marketing for music?

We live in a microwave society where things are always changing. Thinking outside of the box when doing a release will make the difference in who decides to listen to you.

I (a potential client) have a new product coming out and want it to be a success. What is an ideal amount of time to hire a publicist ahead of the product’s release?

Two months.

Is there longevity as a Publicist?

Definitely! There are always new clients, new opportunities and new ways to connect with the public.

The most important advice you would give up-and-coming publicists?

Learn first. Don’t just assume because you know a couple of people in Media that you can do this job. Not every outlet will fit every client.

Is the publicity landscape still the same as when you first got into the game?

It’s not. Unfortunately, there is a lot of “Pay 2 Play”.

What is a lot of publicist doing wrong these days?

Honestly, I believe everyone has their way. Is the way I would do it, not all the time but I have never been in the business of judging others methods.

Follow Tavia Mapp for daily updates via Instagram.

For scheduled consultations, contact Tavia via email.

King Ice Interviews Co-Founder of Death Row Records

Hip Hop legend, N.W.A. member, and co-founder of Death Row Records, The D.O.C., offers up a lot interesting talking points in his exclusive sit down with King Ice’s @SteveMurray2. In this exclusive episode of “Inspired by Culture,” D.O.C. shed light on his past, the role he played in starting Death Row, meeting Suge Knight, working with Easy E and more. He even touched on his relationship to the legendary, Tupac, growing in the industry with Dr. Dre, fostering Snoop Dogg’s growth as an artist, and working on the “F**k the Police” record – that had the whole industry shook.

[New] Mark Buddington (MoneyMark) – Behind The Life Of A Director Interview @moneymark07

Mark Buddington professionally known as MoneyMark. His Behind The life of a Director Interview is an very interesting. He explains his artistic style of directing and his ambitious come up from being a cameraman behind the camera to Being the talented director he is now, Buddington has work with some of the industry’s platinum selling artist like Ray J, Rick Ross, French Montana, Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Buddington has a good relationship with the people and artist he has worked with, his cousin DJ Kay Slay has collaborated with him on 5 films for his straight Stuntin chronicles. Buddington is one of our most talented directors of our time he is very well rounded with his talent he does film, music videos, Television, and Documentaries. He has secured a distribution deal with Amazon prime and iTunes and Netflix. He has also been seen on our favorite VH1 reality show Love and hip hop Ny. Check Out his interview and leave comments.

Follow him on all social media platforms and his sites

www.MarkBuddington.com

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6508596/

INSTAGRAM- @MONEYMARK07

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/moneymark07

Twitter- https://twitter.com/moneymark07?lang=en

YOUTUBE- https://youtu.be/ZCLFlTmMlyg

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MoneyMark on VH1 Love and hip hop Ny

MBTV / @LiveMBTV Exclusive Interview With – @LeBo_Soprano and @Bigdaedayungn

Take the time to check out this MBTV Exclusive Interview With Lebo Soprano And Interstate Dae, two Memphis Tennessee based recording Artist visiting New York City. Lebo added MBTV to his Nyc press run and we got to pick his brain on a few topics, plus we got a exclusive performance of his single ‘Nothing Like It’ This footage was filmed by MB Media And Design & 2 Times Productions. Enjoy

Direct YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJLTmZCxP3g

[Interview] Introducing 7 SOLO

[Interview] Introducing 7 SOLO
We city and state does the reside at?
we are talking from HIGHLAND SPRINGS VA
 
When did the label become fully functional? 

2019 is the year of releases. Business is good, partnerships are in place and we project a bright future for Square Biz Records.

When did you get in involved in the music industry?
I, 7 SOLO, got involved with music at a young age being involved with the school choir from 5th grade through 12th grade. professionally i have been recording for over 25 years.
When did music become a priority to you ?
music became a priority around 1995
What inspires you to write music?
i am inspired daily to write, even if the time isn’t there to make the compositions. every time i think about the run around i have gotten from “industry” people, i am convinced that running my own label, SQUARE BIZ, is the best way to go.
What are some of your mentors when it comes to music?
i respect from the old school as an artist Rakim for his lyrical content and his lessons and also KRS ONE for the energy and science dropping. new school i respect WIZ KHALIFAH for his business savvy and he puts out great records.
Being a indie label what do you prefer when it comes to get music out to the masses?
as a label, we prefer the streams because of the nature of our industry in 2019. we want the physical unit sales also but it will most likely be at shows, or other live events.
When is your first single release from your label?
SQUARE BIZ is releasing MINUS 25 JAN 31 2019. (song and video) The artist is 7 SOLO and its produced by SWITCH. IT IS A COLLABORATION of two countries LAGOS NIGERIA and USA. TRAP type beat with lyrical delivery. we will be releasing every month in 2019.
What makes Square Biz Records different?
we are increasing our capabilities in our N HOUSE MUSIC studio to be able to facilitate all genres of music and all types of artists. the label actively seeks out new talent.
Are there any tours in the near future?
we plan to tour with MINUS 25 in NIGERIA and AMERICA. 7 SOLO is available for performances as soon as spring 2019
What do you do on your free time?
when not attending to the many chores of independent label running, i enjoy my retirement from the NAVY. I play chess, cook, and watch sports
[Interview] Introducing 7 SOLO

Download/Stream:

https://open.spotify.com/track/4fo9T8mzWStWssEKTFvIZP?si=dsw6mRlQSqeGujT_5OseHw  

Follow the Movement:

Facebook: @7SOLO
Twitter: @SEHVENARCAMEDESSOLOEL
 Instagram: @sehvensoloel

Ricky BATS Talks New Visual “Lay Low” Featured on BET Jams, Showtime Series Role in the Ben Stiller Directed, Escape At Dannemora, and BATS Project

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Since his release from prison in 2014, Ricky Bats is undeniably one of the hardest working artists in the city of New York.  Fresh off of a long stretch he came home and got right to work. He’s done collaborations with Maino, Uncle Murda, Cortez, Innocent? and plenty of other artists. He’s released several projects including his latest entitled BATS Project. He played a small role in The Award Winning Ben Stiller Directed, Showtime Series Escape At Dannemora and he’s just getting started. His latest video for “Lay Low” was just picked up by BET Jams. We got the chance to chop it up with the Bronx native. Check out the interview below.

Ok, Ricky Bats from the South Bronx, I see you’ve been working and making noise in the hip hop industry. You just recently dropped a project called “BATS Project,” what was your thought process when you were putting it together?

Yes, I just dropped the BATS Project. Basically, I felt there were previous songs I released on other albums or mixtapes that didn’t get enough shine on them so I added new records for the existing fans to rock out to and put them all on one project

So kinda like a ‘Best of BATS’ with unreleased music as well. Dope! And I see you got some clean visuals too! Congratulations on your video “Lay Low” being featured on BET Jams! That’s a major accomplishment! So, what does the B.A.T.S stand for?

Yeah man, I feel blessed to have my video featured on a major platform such as BET Jams! Shout out to my guy Inph, he directed the video. That video was shot in Pittsfield, Mass. One of my favorite videos I’ve done. And (B.A.T.S,) stands for Born A True Spitter, which is an acronym to my name and I felt it was only right to name the project as such.

You’re not only a rapper, but you also got a little acting under your belt too. I saw your appearance in the hit Showtime series “Escape At Dannemora” directed by Ben Stiller, starring Patricia Arquette, Benicio del Toro, and Paul Dano. How was that experience?

Yes, I am a man of multi-talents. That was a crazy experience for me to be working with some of the greats in Hollywood. But it got too realistic for me
as the months went on.

How long did you film for? And why was it too realistic for you?

I filmed for 3 months. Got up at 5:30 in the morning and it would wrap at 7:30 pm almost daily. The series is based on a prison worker who helps two inmates escape from prison. I played an inmate. And I’ve spent some time incarcerated, so being in that environment kind of gave me flashbacks to those dark days, but just knowing I could leave at any time was good enough for me to see it through.

Ok, I see. Are you getting into more acting or was that a one-hitter quitter?

Haha Nah, that’s the start to a new chapter in my career. Acting is so universal and nondiscriminatory to age. In hip hop, I feel once you reach a certain age, it’s time to do something else other than rap. Whether it’s running your own record label signing artists or doing some acting, you know what I mean, something else within the industry.

Gotcha! Gotta have a game plan and an end game. So, BATS 2018 was a great year for you. What do you predict for 2019 and what other projects do you have coming?

Well, I don’t know what to predict. All I know is if I continue working then good things will come from that. It’s a routine that hasn’t failed me yet. My next project after the B.A.T.S Project is “Visions Of A Prospect” which is slated to drop this spring.

What type of album is “Vision Of Prospect”?

It’s a personal one. My fans will get to know about me a lot more.

Nice I can’t wait! I’m a big fan of your music and I already know you will have bangers on there! You haven’t disappointed me yet! Any shout outs you wanna give before wrapping up? And where can the people find your music?

You can find my music on all streaming platforms such as Spotify, GooglePlay, Itunes, Deezer, DatPiff.comRickyBATS.com & much more.
I wanna shout out my squad Gotham City Boys and my label Gotham CityMusic Group. I also wanna shout you out my brother KB Tindal. I appreciate you for having me. Always been real!