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Miss R: You wrote your first rhyme at the age of 8. Do you remember it?
I don't remember it all, but the first line went something like this.. "When I rhyme you know I'm on time,
Like a star I'm born to shine, rock da beat and have a good time!"
Miss R: What inspires your music?
Life, Struggles, Triumph. I like to see people rise up and face their fears. We all have a voice. We should never be scared to use it.
Miss R: What music did you listen to growing up?
Wow there are a few! I remember hearing Roxanne Shante, Bizmarkie, Fresh Prince, Kool Moe Dee, Rakim, NWA, Ghetto Boys, Beastie Boys Busta Rhymes, Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Wu Tang and of course 2 Pac and Biggie .
I could go on and on!
Miss R: Who are your top 3 hip hop artist?
Lol, That's not as easy as it sounds. Hmmm, I'd say Krs1, 2 Pac and Biggie.
Miss R: What's your favourite lyric?
Wow, there's to much to mention! I couldn't possibly mention just one. The one tune that's always in my head is Onyx "For The Love Of Money". It's such a powerful tune to me.
Miss R: How are you different to any other artists?
I'm not restricted by what I say at all. I bridge all era's of Hip Hop since da eighties. Which gives me my own style of flow and range. But the main thing for me that makes me different is that I don't ride a beat! I put da beat on and wear it like a coat! I become one with the beat and become just another instrument.
Miss R: Looking back from when you first started to now, how have you developed?
Having bridged old skool to the new skool and to this current Trap era, I have evolved my own skills and deliverance, but I have still kept my authentic roots.
Miss R: What are your thoughts on the music currently played on the radio? Do you find it hard as a independent artists to get the exposure you deserve?
My thoughts on Commercial hip hop at the moment is one of disgust.
To be honest, the rap game has been going of course for a while now. Hardly surprising though, considering who owns all the major labels and the agendas they have.
Yes, it's hard getting exposure by big companies, but it's always has been that way. I will say this, I listen to a lot more unsigned rappers and groups these days, as they're the ones making music I can relate to.
Miss R: Are there any other creative avenues you want to explore?
I like to collaborate with other artist and genres. So I think you'll be seeing JC on a lot of different projects over the next year. Watch this space.
Miss R: You have your own studio 'Shogun Productionz' and you also work with young upcoming artist...How did that come about?
I built my own studio in the late 90s. I was tired of paying extortionate prices per hour. Funny thing is I spit a 16 in one or 2 takes, but my group would take longer. We were essentially loosing money. So I decided to invest in equipment myself and in 1999 Shogun Productionz was born.
Miss R: What are you working on right now?
I'm currently working on a short album and I also have a few more video releases for this year.. So stay tuned, all exciting stuff!
Miss R: Are there any artist/ producer you would like to collaborate with in the future?
Dr Dre as a producer! Defo one of the best ever. Artist wise Redman, Method, Da Brat, Cannibus, Sticky Fingers.
Miss R: Who else in the Birmingham music scene is hot right now?
Meeks is tuff! He doing his thing, wish him all the best. ShogunKnightsz is young and upcoming group of soloists I work with. Farrel Don is a veteran like myself and deserves recognition for what he's done. Jimmie Black is a talented singer, he doing his thing.
Miss R: Do you have any shows/Tours planned?
I took the last year out from doing shows and touring. Been quite a hectic year in my personal life, so did a lot of changing and rearranging. I guess it will all reflect in my music that's yet to come.
Miss R: Anything else you would like to add?
Yeah I'd just like to say to all the true hip hop heads.. Keep hip hop real! To yourself foremost and then to your audience. We have an obligation a code to follow. Hip hop comes from the heart NOT a love of money! 99% of the people we intended to be listening to our music ARE NOT living champagne lifestyles, dealing drugs, or shooting people. Oh and another thing, be careful of rappers who are created by major labels to influence you!
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Miss R: Thank you JC!
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