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An Awakening..

At times I feel that we aren’t quite living every second completely.

We might live in our fantasies for minutes at a time in every single day. We may even catch ourselves just wasting away what time we have left happily walking a path we made in our minds. Maybe that was a little too blunt, but you get the drift. Many of us are in a constant search for another level of consciousness, a different perspective, an awakening of sorts.It had always felt that my mind seemed to wonder a bit too much, but I felt it was natural, a shared habit with far too many to count.

It took quite a while to change the lens that I view life through. I am truly seeing beauty in almost everything, a world full of color. It has allowed me to lighten the burdens hanging on my shoulders. You see, I seek perfection, something largely unattainable, but I yearn for it nonetheless. The experiences we have as people are all opportunities to find the positives in each situation. They are our paths to growth, though we don’t acknowledge that in the moment, it is beautiful. If there is a moment that changes the perspective in our lives, I hope that everyone finds their truths in it. Life should be experienced completely each second and the tick of every clock should be enjoyed as if that was the first stroke of color in our lives.

 

..Until next time

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Noah Caine: New York City’s Best Kept Secret

Coming out of Southside Jamaica, Queens, we bring to you Noah Caine, the hardworking hip-hop artist that is looking to shoulder the game and showcase yet another lyrical talent from the famed borough that has produced some of the greatest talents the game has ever seen. To name a few, we’ve seen Nas, Rakim, Mc Shan, LL, and various others represent to the fullest.

 First off let’s talk about Queens — You’ve previously said that “people sleep on Queens”… Out of all of the MCs that come from Queens, who has influenced you the most as an artist and how do you see yourself paving your OWN way in today’s music industry, especially being from NYC?

 Thanks for having me, I appreciate the interview man. A ton of MCs came out of Queens man, for real, I’m just happy to be noticed for carrying the torch so early in my career. As far as my greatest influences? I couldn’t just pick one, I’d have to definitely credit Nas and being from Southside, I have to include 50 Cent as well. Nas inspires me for his longevity in the game, founded off of his debut classic, it’s incredible to see a body of work stand the test of time for over 20 years. 50 Cent has inspired me to be about my business at all times.  Through watching the way he handles his situations, which I don’t always agree with, I’ve learned how to approach endeavors of my own. You’ve really got to learn from the successes, as well as mistakes, of your idols. With careers as long as theirs, you’re bound to learn a lot. Haha.

Noah, [the] boy who “met the world, without Mr.Feeny”. Can you elaborate on that line in terms of your life and the lessons you’ve learned? Who is Noah Caine?

 Haha, that’s from The Genesis joint off my first project. Respect to you for quoting that. Basically what that line meant is that growing up in a single parent household, I never really had the ability to get all my smarts from home. Sometimes, as young men in the inner city, the streets raise us. It teaches us certain things that you’ll never be able to pick up from the safety of your own home. Seeing people get shot, violence, being around gunfire and narrowly missing bullets myself, those are things that you just have to smarten up to and learn how to deal with or else you’re outta here. Noah Caine is a product of that and you can definitely hear those accounts in the music. On the other hand in reference to the TV show, there are no “Mr. Feenys” in the hood. There are a lot of characters, but I never really came into contact with someone like that pure-hearted, extra father figure, dude portrayed on that TV show, I guess that’s why it’s a TV show.  He doesn’t really exist.

As you gain more publicity, more people are starting to check for your music, you tend to live by and embrace the motto “steady to the top”, can you detail what brought about that motto? How are you handling the increase in supporters of your music?

 That motto, saying, mantra, -whatever you want to call it, came from a point in time where my team and I just felt lost in the whole process of making music. We were all seriously about to just quit and put our energies into other endeavors. One of my boys wanted to work for the government, another wanted to travel and see the world, I wanted to focus more on going to college. It was just like “well, this isn’t popping, let’s do something else”. We couldn’t leave it alone though, and we realized that we were being impatient because we believed in ourselves 100% and wanted people to embrace our talents instantly. As we learned the game, we realized that nothing comes that easily, so I think I just started saying “Steady to the top” in a lot of our meetings and convos when we were just kicking it and it stuck. We’re all here now, we ain’t quit and the music is getting more attention every day.

 

As far as the increase in fans I think it’s a gift and a curse. I get a lot of people telling me that they relate enough to understand my story, but are still curious to see where I’m going with it, that’s dope. On the flip side, I feel like if I ever quit I’d be letting a lot of people, who use my story for their own personal escape or release, down. I’ve realized that a lot of young cats have no voice, not everybody Raps or has the means to Rap, so they use the dudes who are talented as motivation and when you quit, to your fans it’s like their best homie just died. That’s a weight I gotta carry.

As mentioned, your fist mixtape “The Pre-Season” was well received and quite frankly it was a breath of fresh air to the game. How are you doing fam, mentally and physically? To date, what has been your greatest motivation to keep grinding?

 Good looking out, haha! I rarely have interviews where they ask the artist like, really, how are you doing? I’m great though man, I can’t complain just trying to get this foundation built to get some more traction in this game. I’m in a mental state of peace and positivity, there’s always negativity around but you have to try and avoid it. I recently lost a big influence in my life, my uncle, and that really messed me up. He was the one who really influenced me to start rapping at a young age, man. It was hard but I gotta keep going in memory of him. That’s my greatest motivation at the moment, to just keep creating through the hard times to get a better knowledge of who I am and how I put together my perception of life in general. It’s therapeutic. Rest in peace Big Vin.

Speaking of The Pre-Season – In “The Crown”, you say “I’ll bring it all to you and never fall back..cause opportunity knocks, but never calls back” Do you feel as though it’s your time, that opportunity is knocking? Talk about your upcoming projects and when can we expect them?

 I most definitely feel like we all got a calling. I feel that you’ll be shown your way, your path. You can’t fight it, because if you do you’ll have a harder time on this Earth going against the plan that the higher power has intended for you. That’s real. I feel like it’s just my path man, things are lining up and more people are putting me on their radar on a higher level. I’ve had some conversations with people high up in the industry who support my talents and that’s just the way it goes when there’s a path for you and you follow it with positivity and realness.

 

My next project out it a continuation of the last project. It’s called “Rookie Season” and it’s produced by Half Amazin’. There’s a lot of energy on this new joint and it was really, really dope to make despite all the ups and downs I’ve been going through personally. It’s dope, for real. The people are gonna fuck with it.

Let’s go ahead and speak it into existence, where you do you envision your career a year or 2, possibly even 5 years from now?

 5, 10, 15 years from now I’m going to still be telling my story as it evolves. People are still going to be able to relate to what I’m doing and I’ll definitely always be a beast on the mic…probably a couple of really nice business deals too. I got plans for a few ideas that I’d like to set into motion when the time’s right. People always talk about how great B.I.G or Pac would have been today if they hadn’t passed away and that’s always motivation for me because I want to be as great as they would’ve been if they were still alive. I guess I use their careers as a source of unlimited inspiration. That “what if” conversation is really inspiring to me as an artist. May they rest in peace.

Where can we find your previous work, upcoming releases, and contact info?

 Everything y’all need is on www.NoahCaine.com man. Go grab “The Pre-Season”. Hit me up on Twitter and come out to the next show in NYC or if I’m in your city. It’s been a pleasure man, thanks a lot for reaching out. Much respect. Steady.

Thank you to Noah Caine for the insight to your music and we look forward to much continued success from you.

A Hiatus for Perspective: Finding Peace

It should come as no surprise that I take time to write blogs and I say that lightly.

Well, it’s better later than never, right? Yes, it has been a while and for that I have learned so much more than the last time I allowed my mind to flow within the confines of this blog. Consistency is what people look for in a blog, a new post weekly, daily for some. I cannot promise that, but what I can promise is that with each blog that I write, time has brought me so many more lessons.

In my brief hiatus, I believe that as an individual, I have found peace. The phrase often lends itself to times that most expect to part ways with their material lives, but I feel that in life’s lessons, I have grown to accept the challenges. We are prone to worry, becoming frustrated over the unknown, our fate. I understand it completely, our minds race a hundred miles an hour and there is little we can do to prevent this. Personally, what has allowed me to be content with the hand I am dealt daily is the challenge. Challenges are at every turn and they just so happen to break up the monotony of routine in life. Routine, oh yes, many enjoy that and I do too at times, though it can be quite the bore. Naturally, we would live some stability and as we all know, routine brings about a sense of this.  As we look for our individual peace, we tend to just go through the motions. We are essentially breathing, but you cannot say that most are truly living.  The unknown fate keeps us up, it keeps us wondering; what becomes of us today, tomorrow, or in the not-so-close future. So, how can one gain the composure to find such peace?

Preparation.

Simple, right?

That’s what grants me peace to some degree. Of course we cannot prepare for every single challenge that comes our way, nor do we all deal with adversity the same, but mentally we can put ourselves on a plane that can look adversity directly in the face. Everything that we have observed or been through personally prepares us in some way or another. Yet, we panic and feel a sense of fear, even if we’ve seen the situation from afar.

In short, it is okay, but learn to embrace the experiences you’ve had, whether good or bad, they are preparing you for tomorrow.

..Until next time

Peace comes through preparation.

Maneuvering a curve

A little time has passed since I last wrote anything.

Okay.. maybe it has been longer than “a little time” but it’s strange that things have kept me away so long. Without further adieu, I shall get straight to the point.  It seems as though I’ve been driving on the road for a year and it has been nothing but curves that I could not see coming.  It honestly feels like I’ve seen every possible obstacle one could overcome.  Sometimes, I imagine life is really a road with a ton of curves, but of course, not everyone maneuvers a curve the same way. The curvy road I happened to be on took me to a very dark place, a place that I had not encountered to this extent. Usually, it’s a “hi and bye” sort of a situation, seeing obstacles in passing. I had always found a way to get past them pretty quickly.

..Not this time

This year is when I really harnessed my inner strength as an individual. Society has always said, “you don’t understand because you haven’t been there”, when speaking of tough situations and overcoming them. Personally, I like to give people a glimpse of the portrait and hopefully their creative process can do the rest .  Allow me to quote the Great Mike Tyson, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”.

As I was pushed to the breaking point of every emotional fiber within my mind, I found that even as the curves continue to come, there is often several ways that we can make it past them safely. Hey, I understand frustration is all apart of it, but  there is much to be learned through facing those obstacles.  Fear of failure, the unknown, and incompetence can be tough pills to swallow I know. When maneuvering a curvy road, the best thing you can do is to remain calm. If you can manage to keep your cool, you allow yourself maximum opportunity for mental clarity. I will say that some people operate well within chaos, but that isn’t for everyone, to say the least. I had to understand that mistakes are opportunities, being afraid of failure does more harm than good. The unknown, a chance for us to walk into the darkness with hope of future light. Incompetence, the opportunity to become more organized every single day. Managing your emotions is easier said than done, but it can be done. Through winding down a curvy road, I found the strength and courage to go with a sense of calm and embrace the opportunity to encounter an obstacle. If it’s one thing I do know for certain, it is that you will encounter them in every facet of life.

Just don’t lose your cool.

..Until we meet again

– That Gentleman

And there’s those times

At times, you may feel as though the weight of the world is on YOUR shoulders. Understandably so, you feel as though you are making no progress and life, it’s just conspiring against you. It’s quite the disheartening feeling, but as we come to learn in life, it has its high’s and low’s. If we were to all be completely happy, wouldn’t it just a boring everyday ritual?  We do have those who attempt to consciously smile 24/7, but sooner or later, it does get old.

Pause, allow me to recount.

I had to learn how to convert my fustrations into something meaningful, drive. It takes a lot of patience to deal with all of the unpredictable weather life throws at you. It’s funny because even the weathermen/women are wrong several times, during the year. Things can’t well, MOST things, can’t be predicted. There’s those times, where we have to vent. There’s also those times, where we MUST vent. Then, there’s those times, where things we CAN”T quit vent at all. There’s always those times where you feel as though you can’t quite get through to anyone, it’s as if you have no voice, so it’s just consistent fustration. We all have a voice, a voice to be heard and there’s always those times, where we will be heard and felt.

You can be heard and felt without a single word, but if you so happen to use words, make it short and sweet. Nobody likes listening to someone stretch out a topic forever, when they could’ve just said it THIS quick.

Count the times today that you smiled and the times that you frowned, remembering the reasons behind the two… Is this mysterious journey as bad as it seeems, or is it really just a pessimistic midnstate that you are in.

Granted, you get thrown some curveballs that make you miss the point all together, BUT there’s those times when everything is going your way and you’re just looking for a reason for it to all stop. Why would we consciously wait on something to go wrong, maybe even something as minor as a slight slip or bead of sweat dripping from one’s forehead.

Think.

If something so minor can make you upset or put a frown on your face, then logically, we should be able to smile just as easy. After all, “it takes 37 muscles to frown and 22 muscles to smile,” depending on your addition skills.

…Until we meet again

Hip Hop never left the west, Introducing Qualmes

West coast hip hop is well-known for its explicit content, gangsta lyricism and killer swag over knockin’ beats. Keeping the reputation of notorious talent, Qualmes
merges smooth melodies and rough diction to produce today’s hottest trend in rap music. Spittin the truth of the streets from hustling to snaggin the ladies, his hard sixteens capture the ears of music-lovers all over the world. “I rep cali to the fullest and will always remember where I come from but I make sure to keep my songs universal for everybody to hear my story of my life and what i been through to get to where i am now.”

 

Q1: Thanks for the interview fam, so what made you choose the stagename “Qualmes”?

Likewise I appreciate you reaching out to me. Qualmes is actually a name I picked up on thanks to my moms. Growing up she always pushed me away from talking with slang or talking out of context and a word she used a lot was qualmes(spelled qualms). Whenever she didn’t have a problem with someone she would say I don’t have any qualms with that. I utilized that as whenever someone hears about me they wanna be like na Im not fucking with that nigga I don’t want any qualms with dude. Its a name of respect,a name that holds a big title to it. I put my own twist on the spelling and ran with it

Q2: In a lot of your songs you seem to just keep it real and a lot of artists these days don’t seem to do that, why does it matter to you?

Most musicians just don’t want to be real with themselves, how can you be real with your audience if your lying to yourself?  Your surroundings are everything,what you see is what you get. If your not living in the middle of an environment where people are killing each other,selling dope and living in poverty how can you paint a vivid visual for people to follow if your writing about that? Im not gonna sugar coat whats going on out here, but at the same time that’s not all your gonna hear from me cause that’s not all Ive seen.  I’ve been fortunate enough to go around the world and visit different countries and bless my eyes with different things the world has to offer.  A track like Kilo’s & Gram’s you hear straight up what a lot of us see everyday,people tell me its vintage “LA’ street life….then you hear a track like Make You A Star Tonight where its like I’m walking you through back streets in Europe where your seeing stores like Mango and seeing the city of Sicily. You gotta be able to go everywhere with your music Domestic and International

Q3: Along those same lines, many artists in the industry are sacrificing substance for better production in order to sell, why do you make your music?

You know that’s a big pet peeve I have with music today. Beats with A plus efforts mixed with what seems is 10 minutes worth of creativity. There not a lot of artist that can constantly pump creative music out over and over and over again. Its better to take your time and polish your product then flood your audience with music just so you can show them you’re an “artist”. I feel a lot of musicians who are still on the come up in the industry feel if they don’t have music coming out every week people wont believe you’re an actual “rapper/writer/singer/producer/etc”. People spend years on albums to polish it to perfection, Im not saying go on the Detox route but have the music be able to speak for itself.

Q4: What do you think of artists who do end up sacrificing the quality of their music?

 If it works..it works…Im not in this to criticize the next man about how they make there next dollar.A lot of cats don’t wanna be the next Nas,Em or Jay. There fine with there quick entrance and exit and that’s perfectly fine. My only problem is a&r’s need to be able to weed those type of artist out of the pack and not waste as much promotion/time/etc on them and lock in on those who have longevity for the label .

Q5: You’re a comedian to many of us who know you, for those who don’t, what’s another one of your hobbies?

Im real heavy on traveling. My mom started me really young on that being we were back and forth between California & Denmark a few times a year. I feel as just a person in general you start to realize more of who you are when you leave your everyday surroundings. Its nothing like experiencing walking off a plane into a city where you’re the foreigner . Im pretty sure were all so used to every culture coming into are backyards that we don’t know how it feels to walk in those shoes

Q6: We can’t avoid it, but you’re a west coast MC and they haven’t been getting much respect as of recent, what makes you different?

You know that’s a question I’ve come accustom to in a lot of interviews and plan to have to answer in every interview after this. I’ll always start off saying Im not Snoop,Quik,Dre,Kurupt,etc,I feel to many west coast artist try and fill there shoes over and over again. That’s a downfall to a lot of artist from the west because they get to caught up trying to re make albums like Doggystyle or The Chronic. Just be you,where do you think the next star comes up from?from being themselves. When I sit in the studio or wherever Im writing my mindstate isnt how can I make It Was A Good Day all over again its about making a record with the same impact as that did. Its all about new direction with me.

Q7: How has the west coast or music in general, influenced you?

Its influenced me a lot.I grew up on it,watching my older brother run the streets gangbanging that’s all I heard. You know a thing people don’t give the west for having is that we have always had are own unique style that influences every other region.  No other coast has been able to rub off on every other coast as much as the west.  At times we get to caught up in that 90’s sound we brought out,but as of late Ive been hearing tons of different directions that’s bubbling us back to that position we need to be in.

Q8: For those who aren’t familiar with you, how long have you been in the music industry?

 I’ve been doing this serious for about 4 years now

Q9: Give us some the names of artists you’ve worked with and how has it allowed you to progress as an artist?

I’ve been around producers for the most part of my career which has helped me a lot in finding my own direction.I haven’t had a rapping mentor which has kept someone from being in my ear telling me how I should do this or do that Ive been lucky enough to go through my learning experiences relatively by myself. My close friend GQ put me on a few years ago and since then weve been doing tracks none stop. Dude is crazy talented,Ive never heard a producer who can do so many different genres as good as he can. Through him Ive been lucky enough to meet Tony”Tone”Touch whos also another amazing musician that people sleep so heavily on. With both there help Ive been able to take my music as a whole to another level. Other than that its been mostly local cats Ive worked with. Jase-Ryn who has appeared on both my tapes is a phenomenal singer,his voice captures you from the moment you hear it. He’s my go to guy when I need male r&b vocals on a track. Ive also been working heavy with Eunice Kiss who just blows other up and coming pop artist out the water.Shes such a dope writer at times I think she over looks how talented she is,shes family so working with her is second nature.

Q10: Which group or solo artist, dead or alive, has influenced you the most?

Im gonna catch a lot of flack from this but 50 has always been an amazing artist to me. I could careless about dudes personal life but fifth as a songwriter is something I have always respected. How many artist have been able to knock out so many hits in such a short time for himself,his artist and others in the industry like he has. Dudes work ethic is out of this world.

 Q11: What’s up next for you and your music?

Project after project after project. I got something in the works with my man BobbyFresh that’s gonna be dropping within the next couple months that’s gonna make a lot of noise. Im also in the works with doing a collective tape with my man Grindtime Tommy and my Grindtime music family that’s really gonna have the streets buzzing.  And in-between all that Im getting ready to start work on my album that Im gonna independently push out…..well depending if Im signed by then or not lol that’s tentatively titled Red Eye Flight, The whole concept for that is just mind blowing. I really wanna take my time and polish that perfectly

 Q12: What’s one quote, possibly a song lyric, that you would say you live by?

 Theres no such thing as a dream,cause that’s just something for you to get lost in

You can look for Qualmes on more Shadyville projects the rest of this summer and on other various projects with Grindtime Music Family..

Find more from Qualmes:

www.qualmes.com

www.twitter.com/qualmes

Second Chances

 

Take a look at this picture 

Sometimes we must cross bridges in order to get to our dreams and at times, it may seem scary, but everyone  has to cross a certain bridge sometime in their life.

Each day that you take a step, is another day where your footprint can be cemented in history forever.

Let’s stop and think about the title for a second, “Second Chances“. Many thoughts may have come to you when you think of second chances, but think about how many second chances YOU have gotten.

Isn’t every day that you wake up alive, a new chance at life? – Stick with me here people

Suppose yesterday was bad for you and you couldn’t wait to get that day over and move on to today, right?

The common phrase may have ran through your head, “today is better than yesterday,” because you wanted another chance to have a better day.

Now that we are more than likely on the same page, let’s get into the substance of this topic.

We all have made our mistakes and wished that we could correct them with a second chance, but many believe that you should not regret, only to learn from your mistakes. I mean that’s the way we can’t help, but to feel at times, because of the harsh reality of not being able to go back in time and correct our wrongs. In a lot of respects, the belief that we should just learn and not regret, is often the best choice we can make. I happen to be a firm believer in what you do tomorrow can overshadow what you did today and days past.  Seriously, you only live once and the time that we do have, really isn’t much help if we’re spending so much time trying to relive past mistakes and make ammends. The stress that one puts into their errors deprives from the effort that they put into their future.

You may have been in a bad situation, maybe a bad relationship, that went wrong or ended because of something you did. Well, you can apologize but the sad truth is that, it’s done and you can only become a better person for that. I will be discussing at length, “second chance relationships,” later on.  I often find others and even myself stressing the  past so much, that we tend to forget what’s ahead of us. As I always have to tell myself repeatedly, “in any efforts or goals that we set out for ourselves, everything requires patience.”

You know – “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. It didn’t fall in one single day either.

If you are at a point in your life and you feel as though nothing is going right for you, just remember that life takes patience and that tomorrow is always a new chance for you to do something great, despite what you may think.

In closing, I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”  – Mother Teresa

…until we meet again

 

– That Gentleman

Life’s a blur..

Wow, I haven’t gotten the chance to write in quite a while so I have a lot to say.

Take a look at this picture. – Everything around him is in motion, but he’s at a standstill. You ever feel like that before? Life’s just hustling and bustling around you, but you’re not moving. Have you ever had a relationship where it felt like you were just going through the motions and didn’t realize anything till after it ended?

It’s amazing how we can go through so much on a day to day basis and not even be aware of it.

 

First and foremost, I’d like to say that life is not guranteed and any day could be your last, so cherish every moment that you live and write a script that’s worth writing.

 IT IS  A BLUR

Now that I got that off of my chest, today I would like to briefly rant about a couple of situations that I have personally been through to give you a better perspective on how I view things.

 

I have been through my fair share of relationships and have always tried to conduct myself in a mature manner and be the gentleman my mom raised me to be, but every situation doesn’t permit that persona to be displayed. I used to be a guy that wanted to have as many options as possible, I still am to a certain extent, but allow me to explain it further.

 

In any relationship, we come to understand that there will ALWAYS be something that your partner does or a trait that they may have, which you will not agree with or like. I would like to call myself a very open minded and accepting person, so I allow things to slide by that I may or may not like because I understand that we as people, are individuals. I find that a lot of people are attracted to those who their initial instincts say that they shouldn’t date. Is it the chase or the prospect of changing them that draws more attention? – It will be discussed at a later time.

 

My last major relationship ended on a sour note, due to the lack of communication and the constant presence of my partner, therefore being around each other too much and not learning enough about ourselves in separate. I will discuss the idea of being around each too much in my next blog, but trust me, it can DEFINITELY be a bad thing.  For a time period, I was completely turned off relationships due to the pessimistic feeling after having a rough breakup.

Relationships allow you to learn more about yourself than most situations do, so I can honestly say that I have learned from my mistakes and have done wrong. I allowed myself to become so absorbed into a relationship that I changed as a person. I learned that I do put a lot of emotion into relationships, which is a good thing, but it can be the straw that broke the camel’s back too. A lot of the times, we like to set double standards subconsciously and won’t realize it till after the relationship has ended. A key part of succeeding in a relationship is realizing your actions as they happen, which in today’s relationships, I find that this aspect is seriously lacking.

 

Sincerely, there is too many excuses being thrown around along the lines of, “I should’ve realized what I was doing, when I was doing”. I know you have either experienced this first hand or have heard of this happening and just shook your head.  Pitiful, right? How many chances are people expecting to get in life? Third time’s the charm?!

 

People do not want to take responsibilities for their actions or words anymore and are so absorbed in being like everyone else that they are less inept to recognize their own faults or relationship’s faults.

 

The phrase “you never know what you have, until it’s gone” is so fitting for our generation and the basic problems that we seem to encounter in our lives and relationships.

 

Once again, I’ll be discussing in length the idea of being around your boyfriend or girlfriend next, so check it out.

 

…Until we meet again

 

– That Gentleman

Random thoughts of Motivation

Today, I’ll just share some random thoughts of optimism and life’s ideals. The bold are quotes and the nonbolded print are my personal thoughts.

Make the most of what you have. Peace of mind comes from using what you possess.  If there no is no peace, the internal struggles can cause a fight within, that peaks externally, forcing your actual persona to take a back seat.Accomplishment is a matter of great satisfaction to one. Neither riches nor poverty has the inherent power to make many happy. Instead, happiness comes from making the most of what we have, where little or much. While it is evident that wealth is a very convenient thing, it is also admitted that the poor person who enjoys little is much richer than the wealthy who get no joy from his plenty. So the only standard by which we can conclude is when we are really rich..it is because the peace of mind. Success isn’t defined by how much money you have, but rather by the happiness that you possess. Riches can’t buy you what feelings you hope to obtain through having a peace with your heart and your surroundings.

Selfishness destroys character, shrinks the soul, and makes us miserable. Becoming absorbed within the self, causes you to lose sight of what’s infront of you. In order to go forward, you must look ahead and envision yourself getting there. Those who seek joy for their selves only lose it. Material joys are temporary, but happiness obtained through successful work, can last a lifetime. On the other hand, those who drive away the clouds for others will make some sunshine for their selves. The clouds that are floating above do have sunlight behind them,  but only a clear mind and optimism will allow you to see it.

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man als on on the things of others” [Pillipians 2:4]

“Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it.”

A long journey to the stage, a glimpse into the music of Eyeris

The female MC, a rare find to most hip-hop heads of this decade, once obtaining credit in the 90’s,  has seemingly disappeared inside the belly of the music industry. A passion for sneakers and love for music led LifeHasNoScript to cross paths with a female MC by the name of Eyeris who’s rhymes ride melodic beats from The Brown Bomber, has allowed her to perform at events such as the heralded South by Southwest Music Festival all the way to Hip Hop Kemp in the Czech Republic.  She’s definitely has some experience behind her mic, recently dropping the mixtape Tha Carter.5, as she continues to gain attention and fans around the globe with her dedication.  We got the chance to pull her away from the mic stand for a minute to tell us about her and the music she creates, keeping female MC’s relevant despite the stereotypes and decreasing number of female artists.

Thanks for the interview, so what made you choose the stagename “Eyeris”?

No problem, it’s great to see NT fam supporting each other!  So I was around 16-17, and my stage name then was “Kid Rumi”, which is pretty lame haha.  My boy Dain was like “you need a new name ASAP”.  At the time, I was really into Greek mythology.  Iris was the messenger of the gods, and united the heavens and Earth with her messages.  So we switched around the spelling and made it “Eyeris”.

In a lot of your songs you seem to tell a story, do you believe you can connect better with your audience by painting that picture for them?

Of course.  People love to feel what you are saying.  I know for a lot of people music is an escape- and if you can make those tracks that allows people to just zone out even for a few minutes, you’ve accomplished something great.

Many artists in the industry are sacrificing substance for better production in order to sell, why do you make your music?

I make my music for me, it’s therapy.  But its not just about me- we have this scene in NYC with a lot of younger artists, designers, writers, etc and I do this for all of us as well.  We all have a message and a story to tell; I want to show the world our everyday lives.

What do you think of artists who do end up sacrificing the quality of their music?

You know what, when I was younger I would knock people for this so bad.  But at the end of the day we need to eat, provide for our families, etc.  It saddens me when people take the art out of the art-form and ignore where they came from.  I think to truly get a wide range fan base and make it- you need to have the balance of art/quality and that business drive, and thats what a lot of people don’t understand.

You made a song for “people working 9-5,” how has your background influenced you?

I wrote that song when I moved back to NY after dropping out of St Johns.  I was living in a basement 1 bedroom apartment with two friends in Richmond Hill.  At the time, I was working at this upscale bakery in the Time Warner building and was just fed up.  Working like 50 hours a week, still being broke and hardly having time to do what I loved.  Going into work mad early, then not getting home until around 1 am, having to deal with the dudes on the block.  It was taking all of my energy, but I’ve realized that when I’m at my lowest points, that’s when I write my best stuff.

We can’t avoid it, but you’re a female MC and not too many female emcees have had wide success, what makes you different?

I wouldn’t say I’m extremely different from other dope female emcees, but I study a lot.  Business, attitudes, sales, other songs, everything.  I’ve been very aware of what’s going on around me and in the industry.  I know that there’s like no female emcees on the radio, on MTV/BET, etc but I want to change that.  I’m hungry as hell, and I want to show people that there IS a market for female emcees. I think it helps a lot that I have so many guy friends and I’m working in a male-driven industry.  It sounds funny but when guys know that they can’t even “go there” with you, it makes the work a LOT easier because that opportunity for sex and all that is not even there so its straight to business.

Is there a particular reason you paid homage to Wayne and made the Tha Carter .5?

Haha, well at the time when it came out everyone was hating on me for liking his music.  I think Lil Wayne is very talented, a smart business man, and honest.  He has that formula you need in your music.  But I wanted to think of something clever for my mixtape- and my last name is Carter as well, so we just went from there.
For those who aren’t familiar with you, how long have you been in the music industry?
I started getting into the underground scenes when I was around 17, in Portland Oregon.  But it wasn’t til I was around 18-19 and moved to New York that I really started taking things seriously and working hard.  So it’s been about 4 years.

Give us some the names of artists you’ve worked with and how has it allowed you to grow?

I have a track on my mixtape with Steph Pockets, that right there was just crazy to me.  Anyone who isn’t familiar with Steph, she is an emcee/producer from Philly but has a huge following overseas in Japan.  She was on the top 10 hip hop charts there, but just makes amazing music.  I added her on Myspace back in high school and she hit me up, it was really surreal to me.  And we just became close friends.  I’ve learned a lot about keeping the honesty in music through her.  Rev Shines from The Lifesavas/ Quannum Projects was really crazy for me too.  He is from Portland where I used to live and hit me up to give me a beat CD.  I remember I went to his crib and his basement was just filled with vinyl, it’s really dope to see behind the scenes with producers.  Working with them especially just made me realize “okay, this is for real now… I’m working with artists I’ve looked up to a while so it’s time to show and prove”.

You’ve been real busy lately,recently taking the stage at the infamous South by Southwest Music Festival, is there anywhere you would love to perform?

Last year I rocked at Hip Hop Kemp in Czech Republic, this weekend long festival (think Woodstock but hip hop).  But we had an all female stage.  I’d really love to perform there again but on the main stage- which usually has a crowd of about 20,000 people.  Rock the Bells is on my list too.  It really bothers me how there’s like never female emcee on the bill, I hope that changes soon.

Which group or solo artist, dead or alive, has influenced you the most?

Jean Grae, hands down.  She has such a good balance of honesty/life/comedy and just straight spitting in her music.  Her music has gotten me through so much, but on top of that her grind is crazy.  She shows people what its really like to be a female in this industry, and just doesn’t give a fuck what you think because she knows that she’s one of the best, male or female.

What’s up next for you and your music?

I’m going to be working on a new EP with my boy/producer The Brown Bomber called The Chocolate Milk Sessions.  Apart from that I’m going to be working on my new mixtape also.  The Chocolate Milk Sessions we are planning to drop near the end of summer, and my mixtape sometime in the fall/winter.

What’s one quote, possibly a song lyric, that has a constant presence in your life?

“Stay far from timid, only make moves when ya hearts in it/ and live the phrase “skys the limit” – Notorious BIG

Find more from Eyeris at :

www.myspace.com/Eyeris

www.twitter.com/ItsEyeris

www.sonicbids.com/Eyeris

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