O. Prolific [oprolific]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list discography in which you have participated.
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I started as a teen in the rap battle circuit in Columbus, OH.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
I realized music was what I wanted to pursue when I went into the studio at age 15 and got a great response from my music.
What is your creative process?
I listen to a track two or three times, start to brainstorm a format and idea, hot down a few notes, and then create a song from my notes.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Typically at night.
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
Yes, quite often.
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
I usually have a song finished in pre production before I take it to the studio to actually record the final version. On occasion I will listen to a record after it's recorded and make some necessary changes post production.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
I have always been a writer and pretty good at expressing my thoughts through spoken word so the transition into recording music was seamless. I found the creative bug fairly early in life.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
Managing the business side of my career. In a perfect world, I could only focus on making music.
How often do you practice?
Never. I may run through my sets before shows, but that's about it.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
I feel extremely calm and focused before going on stage.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Acts like Jay-Z, Nas, MosDef, The Roots, WuTang Clan, Rakim, and others have inspired me to make quality music. I'm influenced and inspired by great lyrical content.
What should be done to stop piracy?
Tougher laws and penalties I think would slow the trend.
What time did you get up this morning?
6am. Always early rise and grind.
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
I sell myself as a bare facts, no nonsense lyricist. I feel I make music that resonates with many different demographics. In my experience with record companies, it usually all boils down to the bottom line figures with them.
What other things have you done to make a living?
I've done it all it seems, from selling drugs, to working small businesses fir myself, to working 9to5's in factories and even office work.
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
I would definitely like to work with Jay-Z, Kanye West, MosDef, and Andre 3000.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
I would say to keep your eyes peeled and stay sharp and focused at all times. The music biz is a dirty game and can take advantage of you, chew you up, and spit you out if you are not careful.
Long Beach, CA