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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.

Petey Green, some would call him Wize

Today, we have a young MC by the name of Wize, quite ironic eh?  Once again we have a lesser known talent, who’s making moves and gaining notoriety as more get the opportunity to hear his music. We recently got the opportunity to catch up with Wize and see what’s good with him and his future in our interview. Check it out!

wzFirst and foremost, I’d like to thank you for doing this interview and look forward to hearing more material from you and collaborations with the fam.

So you’re in the music game, what’s the reason behind you wanting to become an MC?

The reason behind me wanting to become an MC? Self expression..that’s it..self expression, I’ve always been a writer and now I’m actually able to convey some of the ways I feel through music. I’m very creative and sometimes I feel like people might not understand me, but through music it’s a lot easier to get the message across.

How long have you known you had what it took to put out legit tracks and who recognized your talents?

That’s a real good question, but what really solidifies you have what it takes to put out “legit tracks”? Because a lot of dudes we hear these days they sound like they should NEVER be rapping.I just feel like I have a story that hasn’t been told. Like a lot of rappers these days, may have the flow, the delivery. and the lyrics..but their story is some shit..They have nothing to talk about..so yea, but the guy who really recognized my talents is now my manager, my cousin put me on to him a few years ago..Dude was his mentor at Morehouse College and he’s very business savvy, and he made me believe we could take it a step further..we been working ever since.

What’s the story behind the stagename Wize?

I’m the smartest mafucka you know!!! *laughs* sike naw, I grew up watching this independent film called “Streetwise”, it’s a movie about the streets of D.C. where I’m from. I actually used it as my first unofficial mixtape title. Ever since then I dropped the “street” on it and I became Wize. Old heads and people in general have always told me I’m wise beyond my years, so I felt like it describes me best a person/artist. Not to mention is easy to remember..

Aside from music, what’s one of your most favorite hobbies?

Aside from music? there’s something else besides music? *ha* one of my favorite hobbies is playing basketball since that was my first love before the music..so whenever I get a chance to get an open run in that’s what I’m doing..

One artist you’d love to collab with and why?

Honestly, it would be a dream come true to collaborate with is Stevie Wonder cuz that’s who I grew up listening to because of my father’s love for his music and him sharing that with me. Stevie’s like a freak of nature when it comes to making music so I know we would come up with something crazy given the opportunity to work together..he’s my favorite artist of any genre by the way.

What’s your take on the music that you make and direction you’re looking to go in?

The music I make is the testament of my life, which includes everything from the ups-and-downs, to the things I grew up on, the things I see around me happening everyday, to the values my family and community instilled in me. I just try to paint a picture of everything and give it to you through music.

How has the area you were raised in influenced the music you create?

The area’s I grew up in influences my music 100%, it is my music..because it is me.. not only the area I grew up in but the people I grew up around as well. I grew up in Southeast, DC(Benning Rd./Hanna Place) until I was 15 years old and then I moved out ATL. I feel like I have an advantage on a lot of artist from my city because God allowed me to see past the city, whereas a lot of people where I’m from have never left. I feel like it gives me balance to be able to relate to more than just hood niggas. and that’s a blessing in itself, because hip-hop is loved by all types of different people across the world..and I feel like I can to all those people through the diversity in my music.

What’s one quotable from any genre of music that describes you or that you keep close to you in life?

Ima highlight something my mans G.o.D. Jewels said on Glory or Death since that’s what I’ve been listening to a lot recently. He said “With friends like mine who the fuck needs enemies?” on a song that I’m actually featured on called “All The Way Around”..that’s a truthful rhetorical question basically saying in this life you can’t depend on everybody, but you can control your own actions to not disappoint yourself..Ya’ll be sure to check that mixtape/album out too..best project of ’09 for me thus far.

What have you been working on lately and what’s coming up for you in the future?

I’ve been working on quite a few projects lately.. Writing and recording my album called “Definition of Classic” to be released at the end of the year around December, but before that I will have two mixtapes coming your way, that I won’t give too many details on yet, but stay tuned, because they will be on your head before you know it. I was supposed to be touring this summer with National Talent Search but that has been postponed due to funding and shit.. So for now, I’m just getting the music together.. and trying to create a buzz naturally..

Do you believe the state of the music industry is in a condition where new artists like yourself could thrive?

Definitely, the state of the music industry will never determine how far I can go personally..There are so many outlets to distribute your music independently. The hard part is just standing out and I feel like with my next few projects my music will stand out in this era of cliche’ rappers all trying to do the same thing to get on..Ima go left til there’s nothing left of me..*laughs* And I appreciate blogs such as LifeHasNoScript for taking the time to speak to me and allowing me to share what I have to offer. Life has no script, so everyday I continually write my own.. Thank You!! Once again, thanks for the interview and I look forward to collaborating in the future

So Sweet – Wize

Never Quit (ft. The Boy Illinois) – Wize

Sidewalk of Dreams (ft. K Chilla) – Wize

Catch Wize Here :

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Life Has No Script ..write your own.

Breaking News: Glory or Death – G.o.D Jewels is Here!

What you have been waiting on 

 

..is here

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The much anticipated Glory or Death mixtape by the Chicago Bully, G.o.D Jewels, has finally dropped after what seemed like a Detox type release date haha. My dude Jewels really brought Midwest lyricism to the forefront of his tape with this effort and it is only the beginning of his career. Southside Chicago was well represent by G.o.D and this tape will lockdown the summer, boosting his fanbase and garnering the attention that this artist deserves. At a time where most mixtapes are composed of recycled beats and generic rhymes, Glory or Death delivers with the smooth production and its message of success or bust. The features are definitely on point and you can really tell that he’s a student of the game. If you haven’t had the chance to tune your ears to GoD Jewels’ music, you’re in for some real hip hop with wordplay that rivals some of the top talents in the game. He’s not finished either, he’s got a ton of support with the grassroute efforts of , looking to command the respect of those  true hiphop heads,who still hold lyricism in high regards. The follow up, Greatness Opens Doors, is as the title says, ’nuff said.

To view a previous interview with G.o.D Jewels – Click Here

Production Mastermind behind Glory Or Death – Flu

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Find more G.o.D Jewels Music at www.godjewels.com