The track is one of many to come but basically I felt as if just being another artist raping over a instrumental wasn’t something that would work in my favor or be something that people would be excited to hear or even want to listen to. So I decided that would I put my on personal twist on songs and mix them with other songs to make some original. Hopefully by blending instrumentals with my lyrics it will help build up a buzz so I can drop my next album entitled
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 ofEyeriswho’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
Coming to you from Houston,Texas is a rapper,producer,and promoter, Hollywood FLOSS, looking to continue making headlines in the music industry. Starting in the year 2006. FLOSS has worked his way up from grassroots efforts, constantly creating his music to make way into people’s speakers. Allow LifeHasNoScript to give you a better look into the artist, Hollywood FLOSS, as we find out a little bit more about him and where his mind is.
So what is your official stagename and why’d you choose it?
My official stage name is Hollywood FLOSS, but most call me either Hollywood or Floss… I didnt choose it, the Floss part was actually given to me! It used to be Flossy B as a nickname around the hood, but i dropped it and went for just FLOSS when i started to take rap seriously… Hollywood is what I added to help you remember me, as much as the music should speak for yourself, this is a business and you have to leave an impression.
How did your favorite artists influence your music
You know what thats a good question… My favorite artist are spread out across all different genres, I’m talking Prince to Andre3k to Squarepusher to Maroon 5, so that opened my eyes to accept different types of music and help me create music thats more open and honest… I feel i will try and take risk with my music, whereas most new musicians are afraid of what others think, and have a hard time finding themselves as an artist.
How long have you been involved in music as an artist?
As an artist I’ve been around since 2006… I use that as the year where I started to take rap/producing seriously and making a name for myself.
You’re gaining fans with the more material you drop, how do you plan to achieve a mass fanbase?
If you truly listen to my music and give new artist like myself a chance, there’s NO way, you wont like something i do point blank! Thats not being cocky, thats being truthful. The mass fanbase comes from people knowing about you, so I plan on building a brand where you see my name and you expect good music, to relate to the music or something different… I’m a true believer in word of mouth, so as long as i’m doing my part and spreading my music, the fans will come.
What’s your inspiration behind the music you make and what mindset do you go in to make it?
My biggest inspiration to making music is striving to get better and eventually be amongst the greats… In the past I’ve seen people say i just want to get by, NEGATIVE! I want to be remembered and the cause of arguments LOL… My mindset when making music is 1) are you being yourself 2) is it different, does it standout? 3) Is it enjoyable, will it stand the test of time!
Has the area you were raised in played a part in the your creativity
Houston is really diverse for those who watch tv and just think its cowboys or grills… So i’d definitely say 110% Yes the diversity of the city has played a part in my music… Ask my family and friends and they will tell you I’m all about seeing different life and being apart of not so similar cultures… My music represents my honest thoughts and the life i’m trying to get to.
What do you think about the state of the music industry currently?
I cant lie, the game is bittersweet… On one end you have messed up sales and ridiculous music being put out for political reasons, but then you have the good side of the game where you can actually make a name for yourself without leaving the house…I mean its beautiful to be able to test the waters with your material and have access to your primary fans, so your not wasting anyones time. If anything i will say the game has the potential to be more balanced, where in the past your career really wasnt up to you, Artists can actually be themselves and run their career if they decide to. Its interesting!
How would you describe the style of your music?
Man sometimes i dont know what i be doing… i wouldnt call myself a rapper, rapping is just the most frequent form of expression i use! … I’m all over the place avant garde – soul – hiphop – rock – electronica… I really need to coin a genre for myself… It’s always switching up.
If you could choose one artist to collab with on a track, who would it be and why?
Def. gotta go with Andre3k! … He’s one person in music who has know limits, and i pride myself with not having any limits to what i can do, so i would love to see his process and what goes into making the thought provoking music he does…Also got to ask him is Erykah Badu stuff that good!
What is your favorite hip hop quotable, if you had to choose one?
Wow! so many of them… and i’m a random dude, but one of my favorites is from Can I Live…
“Lock my body can’t trap my mind, easily
explain why we adapt to crime
I’d rather die enormous than live dormant that’s how we on it
Live at the main event, I bet a trip to Maui on it”
He pretty much summed up a young black man’s mind right there
What is your most favorite track that you’ve done up-to-date?
Favorite track to date – either “She A Dime” or “Before You Judge”… I use to think it was cliche for rappers to say this, but every new track is your favorite…I’m telling yall this recording songs is CRACK, its the new CRACK
What is your most favorite track that you’ve done up-to-date?
I have an early hits projects coming soon for those who need to catch up and learn about me, New album coming late summer/early fall “House of Dreams” and group projects from E Pluribus Unum – rap/rock group and T.H.E.M. – the houston elite Mc’s compilation…So the calender’s full, hopefully the fans support
Album review: “The Last Kiss“, the long awaited Jadakiss debut under Rocafella and Def Jam Records, will be in stores by the time you read this. I got a chance to get my hands on the album (thanks _________) so here’s the review!!
The Jadakiss fan in me has been awaiting this album for a while. I’m used to the slick talk and the signature “Ahhaaaaaaaaaa” cackle and he demonstrates that starting the album off well on “Pain and Torture“. The triumphant “Can’t Stop Me” sets vintage Jada lyrics to Neo Da Matrix production quite well (it took a few spins to grow on me). Labelmate Young Jeezy TEARS it up on “Somethin’ Else” but Jada still has it with lines like “I’m beyond these feeble mind rappers that half step/I done carved the way for these niggas like Aztecs”. “Rockin’ with The Best” sounds like a mediocre attempt at a club single, while “Stress Ya” has the inverse effect (Both feature Neptunes production and Pharrell on the hook). Kiss makes up for it with the stellar “Things I’ve Been Through“, which is the highlight of the album. Avery Storm sounds a bit awkward on “I Tried” but the song ulitmately delivers. Songstress Jasmine Sullivan is featured on “Smoking Gun“, a tale of lost innocence. A “Cartel Gathering” connects Jadakiss in an effective NY cypher featuring Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. “By My Side” featuring Ne-Yo is underwhelming and pales in attempts to Jadakiss’ past attempts at making singles to appeal to the female demographic. “Letter to B.I.G.” featuring Faith Evans attempts to update the Notorious B.I.G. on the climate of the industry in the form of a letter. Lil’ Wayne completely steals the show on the sinister “Deathwish”
Overall: Out of a 10, I’d give it about a 6.5-7/10. “The Last Kiss” is an alright album. Considering that he’s self proclaimed “top 5 dead or alive”, I’d consider that to be an issue with die hard fans. I also feel that ‘Kiss is a guest on his own album with the overabundance of features taking the shine from him. The album really shines at its high points and dulls at its lowest points. “Things I’ve Been Through” is in the vein of “Feel Me” and “Still Feel Me” and refreshes the album throughout its midway point. I was looking forward to a Jay-z feature. As Kiss says “Long as I know i’m nice/fuck it, I’m my own fan”. This album is probably his second best behind “Kiss The Game Goodbye“.
Positives: “Cant Stop Me”, “What If”,”Somethin’ Else”, “Things I’ve Been Through”, “I Tried”, “Cartel Gathering”, “Deathwish”, ” Negatives: “Grind Hard”, “Who’s Real”, Rockin’ With The Best”,”By My Side”
The Boy Illinois, the Illinois State Representative, will soon be releasing his 2nd installment from the Inhale Series, titled “Loyalty Before the Love ” on June 22nd... It’s coming with an all new vibe, more versatility, and is going to provide the listener with an explanation as to what the young artist has been going through since he recorded Inhale Part 1. The talented MC is perfecting his craft and looking to build his fanbase with his second effort and you can expecta lot more from him this year, as he looks to provide the game with more fresh talent in Hip Hop in new collaborations and features.
LifeHasNoScriptgot a chance to catch up with The Boy Illinois to discuss his upcoming mixtape Inhale Part 2 – Loyalty Before the Love and see what he has in-store for the future. He shares the inspiration, thought process, and his current situation, as he prepares himself to lay verses on an mixtape with feel of an album once more.