1.)What is the meaning behind your name Quintescence?
It means the most perfect example of something. I'm working to be
the best I can be in this hip hop game.
2.)Who has influenced you as an artist?
I was heavily influenced by Biggie Smalls, TuPac,Jay-Z, Lil Kim,
50 cent, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah, Lauryn hill, and Ice Cube
3.)What is your approach when writing music
My approach when I write music is to go off of feeling. I usually like
to feel the mood of the song I'm writing. I love to write to the beat
but I prefer to write acapella then put it to a beat.
4.)Where was your favorite place that you have performed?
My favorite place has to be the Apollo theatre, I loved it I would
never forget it. The energy was amazing.And it was very special to
me to perform on the same stage as legends.
5.)What are the 5 albums that you can’t live without?
Biggie's "Life after Death"
Lauryn Hill's "Miseducation of Lauryn hill"
Jay-z's "The Black Album"
50 cent "Get rich or die trying" and
Biggie" "Ready to die"
6.)How was "Famob" created?
"Famob" was created by me. I thought of the name because I felt
most people I was around weren't working hard enough. Famob stands
for Fame and Money over Bullshit but it means hard work over
procrastination. Fame and money symbolize the results of hard
work bullshit symbolizes procrastination. I see Fame and money
being a successful label in the future pushing out real hip hop
and r&b. Right now I'm the first artist that "Famob" is pushing.
7.)Since you use to battle. Do you think battling is still relevant?
Well, it will always be relevant. Battles are apart of hip hop.
However I don' t think that it has anything to do with making a
great song. Battles have helped me get respect as an emcee.
8.)How was it like winning the Best Female Rapper at the UMA’s?
It was amazing, i felt like it was well deserved. Its a great
feeling to know that people acknowledge you for your talents.
I started off doing the play "Annie" and from there I knew I wanted to do music!
I felt as if that's the only way to keep me sane when things went wrong.
2-)What do you talk about in your music?
I talk about everyday life, things kids do to have fun, what I want, things I need!
I always keep my music for everyone ; adults, kids, etc.
3-) Who are your influences?
My influences are Pharrell and Missy Elliot, they played a big role in why I love
music the way I do.
4-) Name one person in the industry that you think you are better then?
Honestly, I think I'm better then a few people but I got love for those doing
5-)Who would you like to work with in the industry?
I would love to work with Missy Elliot, Lil Mama, The Dream, Kanye, and
6-) If you could make a perfect album he would be on it?
For the perfect album I would have Kanye on it, as long as The Dream,
Pharrell and Missy!
7-) What label do you think would best fit your style?
The label that would best fit me "Star Trak" or even "Roc nation".
8-) How do you feel about the talent level in Jersey?
I think the talent level in jersey is beyond low, jersey needs to get back
on the map! We need to come up.
9-) Who do you think representing Jersey hard right now unsigned?
Hmm I think my good friends lean, twondon, & bleszt is repping jersey
kinda hard right now! Some great artist I look forward to working with!
10-) Is there anything you want people to look for?
I want people to look for what I can bring to the table as in artist and to let
people know real talent is out there! Also it takes any talent to be a rapper
but it takes real talent to be in artist.
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1.)How did you get the name Mike Classic?
on was definitely labeled as that as well (music wise) Everything i listen to is
classic. It's what best represents who and what i am. I came from originality
and its going to stay that way to the point my career is filled with CLASSIC
2.)What Type of music do you make?
3.)Who are your influences?
Nas,Jay-Z,Joe Budden,Jadakiss,T.I,Lauren Hill,Gangstarr, The Clipse,
Outkast. Many more.
4.)Coming from Queens how does that effect your sound?
greats were born (Nas,50,Run Dmc) I'm sure the fans would love to hear
what i have to say. i always keep it authentic.
5.)What do you think is missing from Music Right now?
theres a new thing out..everybody wants to hop on it...which is terrible.
6.)How important to you is Lyricism?
a random 16. Lyrics is a way for you to express where u coming from or
how you feel about certain subjects like life itself. I can say more when I
get interviewed.. laughs
7.) Do you think that the upcoming talent in Queens is under rated?
grinding enough for the people to even recognize where the "talent" is feel me.
Then we could determine if its overrated or underrated. laughs
8.)What were you trying to accomplish with the your mixtape "When Its PlayOff Mode"?
For not just friends or family for everybody. To be a breath of fresh air to the
people who miss that good hip-hop music.
9.)What's next for Mike Classic?
time around its not just going to be heard in New York
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1) How did you get into music?
I always had a love for music, coming from a religious family in the south, it was just another form of expression. I was so immersed in the hip hop culture, the fashion, rhythm, dancing, etc. I remember begging my Mama to buy me Onyx's "Bacdafucup" album [laughs]. It was so inappropriate for me at the time, but she finally gave in and bought me the clean version. I still could make out the curses though [laughs]. My older brother was rapping at the time, and my cousin made beats so I was a youngin running around trying to be just like them. One day I was up in my room and I wrote a 16, it went something like, "Vanilla Wafer in this game tryna get the paper," and so on. I was about 13 then. I was so excited that I rehearsed over and over, and spit for my cousin. He called my brother and said, your sister might have a little something.
2) How has Texas influenced your sound?
People always say that my voice sounds screwed, or wonder if I had it tweaked in the studio. Ironically I was born with this certain slurred -husky voice. I guess I'm a product of the screw era. I feel it separates me from everybody else. Texas artists like UGK, Lil Keke, Scarface, Devin the Dude, Z-RO, have influenced me in so many ways. Some may consider these artists to be underground, but they definitely have an impact and are able to get the attention of a mainstream (pop) audience. Texas lifestyle is laid back; we like our music slow, drive old schools and eat good. Something about the heavy bass, organs, guitar rifts, drums, etc. (Inspired by blues and gospel) combined with lyrical content is genius. That's the Texas I know.
3) Do you think TX has some of the buzz it had a couple years ago?
Yes, it's still a buzz in TX, it just moves around. It went from Houston to Dallas. Dallas hit the mainstream much like Atlanta did with dance records. The style of music has completely changed and now caters to a younger audience so you hear a lot of dance records now associated with the buzz!
4) What are some current musical projects you are working on?
Right now my street LP Amerikkkan Gangstress is it's finishing stages. It's Jay-Z's '
5) In the future who would you like to collaborate with?
Man it's so many, but I would love to get in the studio with Scarface and/or Devin the Dude. Being I'm from Texas, this is what I grew up listening to. Devin is very talented he produces, sings, and is a great lyricist. He's one of the most creative artists out there. Scarface has a flow like none other. His words are so deep and he tells a story that you may have to rewind a couple of times to really get it. These two artists inspire me to be better. In my opinion, the top 2 producers in the game are Dre and Timbaland, and it seems like every artist they work with, automatically has a hit. Their beats can be imitated, but never duplicated. As far as R&B goes, I listen to a lot of old school, I have an old soul. My Dad was really into music and I remember him listening to the Isley Brothers, Gap Band, Anita Baker, The Yellow Jackets, etc. So it was only natural for me to become a fan myself. Charlie Wilson voice is so pure, and many artists including myself, try to do the riffs and scats but doesn't quite sound the same. He's still the man and puts on a great performance. Mary J. Blige is at the top of my list of favorites. I remember when she released "My Life," because my Aunt Jackie would constantly play it. Mary is like the spokesperson for young black women. You can relate to her because she sings with so much passion.
6) Do you consider yourself as a rapper or lyricist?
I guess I would say I'm a lyricist at heart, before the studio all I had was a pen and pad. I would go around spitting lyrics to my friends and family. That's when I feel an artist is most creative because you're relying on your words and delivery. People can really feel what your saying. Sometimes the beat may distract people from really getting the message. I feel my best stuff is in my book of rhymes.
7) What is the type of image you are trying to portray?
I'm just trying to be myself. so what ever image you get from that that's it. No gimmicks, no costumes, just me and nothing short of what God gave me! I'm just a girl who loves to kick ass [laughs]! I'm positive and humble, but don't let that fool you, I go off in this rap sh*t!
8) What do female rappers have to do to get back into Hip Hop?In order for females to remain relevant in Hip Hop we have to stay consistent. It's the only way you will be taken seriously. I see so many female artist come and go for whatever reasons. I guess it's all in the grind, don't give up! I also think it's all about timing, and soon the interest will spark in female rappers! We also have female DJs, engineers, producers, etc. playing a major role in hip hop. Hook up with these women, let's build our own network!
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