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6 Question Interview with Craig Swole

18 Feb

In my efforts to bring you my readers great content that is useful and diverse I sought out a new interview format.

What I do now oftentimes is ask 6 questions- no more no less.

It is short and sweet.

And what’s more it is effective.

I don’t waste my subjects time, my time, and most importantly the time of my readers.

Craig trained with 6 time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates and runs an instagram page with 144,000 plus followers.
Follow him on Instagram @craig_swole.

Below I bring to you:

6 Question Interview with Craig Swole
1) What are your thoughts on SARMS?
I took Sarms and on a period of just over 1 week I broke out in a rash on fingers and body plus feet Swole . So not good.

2) What does every bodybuilder need to succeed?
A Bodybuilder to succeed as a champion needs a good gym a good training partner and dedication with no distractions.

3) What do you think is your key to success?

I will never succeed as a Bodybuilder I don’t have what I takes.

4) What is the end goal for you business wise business wise?
I have no business in bodybuilding, my Instagram is there to post rare pictures and educate people in the sport either fans or pros can learn history from my posts.

5) Who is the #1 bodybuilder of all time?

Number 1 Bodybuilder has to be Arnold. Everybody knows Arnold.

6) What do you think of steroid use in the off season?
I don’t use steroids and couldn’t speak about them as I’m uneducated in that field .


This interview was done as I am huge fan of bodybuilding amd the lessons we as entrepreneurs can learn from them.


10 Jun


Recently I’ve upgraded my hunger.

Let me explain.  You see i love writing, reading, and interviewing people.

Yup as I’ve built my sites and my dreams I decided that I wanted to interview not just entrepreneurs but my favorite emcees and entrepreneurial heroes as well.

So I made a list, and yeah I checked it twice (lol).

I decided on 7 rappers and 3 DJ’s.  After that the entrepreneurs come.            Now I got off track and lost that order as some amazing people stumbled into my path.  Miss163, Jean Alerte, and Javier Saldana to name just a few.  And boy was it worth it.

However today I’m here to talk about the waterproof emcee, The Lyrical Master, RAS KASS.

This lyricist, sorry rapper is to shitty a term, was not only down to earth but gracious, intelligent, genuine, and cool as a fan.

BH:  How did you get started with rap?

RK: Hearing older cats rapping and getting the bug to rhyme had me.  I was a late bloomer in the rap game.  rap resonated heavy for me after 6th grade.

BH: Who was your favorite rapper growing up?

RK: Kool G Rap, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD and Kool MO Dee.

BH: Nice.

RK: But I patterned myself after KRS One.  He was more informative.

BH: How many albums have you done?

RK: Conceptually 9.  But some were leaked, bootlegged or blocked. A former manager lost one as well so there is a litany of Ras Kass that isn’t out to the market a a whole.

BH:  Speaking of hold outs- did you run up on the label for your masters?   As a non-fan the legend of you literally taking back what was yours by force was awe inspiring to me.  The willingness on your part to go to jail to feed the seed as I heard it, is amazing.

RK: I did  what the situation called for no regrets.

BH: What are your current plans in hip hop?

RK: I’m staying in.  I haven’t done all I want.  I have more to say and more to obtain fiscally.  The game is never done for me.  It is a career not a cycle.  I have so much more in store.

BH: A rebirth?

RK: Naw.  I’m doing it til I’m done with it.

BH: Thoughts on the rap game?

RK: It is really just the pimp game turned on it’s back.  You could call it the new form of slavery.  It is all business nut business has an objective and talent gets the short end of the stick.

BH:  You left handed or right handed?

RK: Left handed.

BH: Word?! ME TOO!!

RK:  you find a lot of talented and or simply successful emcees are left handed  their mindset and general existence is geared towards creativity and expressing innate talent.

BH: thoughts on The Horsemen?

RK: I left the group in 2012 but they are my brothers.  Forever we will work together.  We are friends to the next level.

BH:Thoughts on Slaughterhouse claiming the fame of said name?

RK: Hey, they did what we couldn’t- make commercial success from their unity.  They got it out execution wise so how can I argue.

RK: They did what Wu-Tang did as they set out and respect is deserved.  They say  God laughs when you make plans…

BH: Your son Taj Austin rhymes as well.  Thoughts? feelings?

RK: He was rapping since he was little.  His mother is a singer and I’m a lyricist so he is set up well.  As I was coming up I had no one to bounce ideas and concepts off of. He has the benefit of both our experience to add direction and or guidance to his career/objectives.

BH: How did you come up with the track Interview With A Vampire?


RK: It started as a joke.  I said I could do a song with Jesus on an island and if no one heard it, it would still be worthless. From there the song evolved almost on its own.

BH: As a lyricist myself I feel you.  Some songs seem to write themselves.

RK: Indeed some tracks I cough and they damn near done.

BH: What is your favorite song you have done?

RK: I don’t have one.  My catalog is 20,000 songs deep or more and they are all reflective of what I’ve done, where I’ve been, and who I am.  I can’t pick one honestly.

BH: I came to be a fan of yours quite late- 2005 or so to be honest.  But between your verses with CANibus and and the Horsemen I was won over before I heard your early works.  As I’ve matured since then I’ve invested in all of your catalog I could find.  And as such I have to ask- Where did you conceive of the cover for the EAT OR DIE Mixtape that released in stores?

RK: It was a tribute to the photographer.  He went for pictures and came back with a conscious.  And in the end he took his own life.  Reality was really raw for him.

BH: Newest project?

RK: Barmageddon the album that dropped this year.  It is pure hip hop with the feeling of raw lyricism.

If you listen to Barmageddon you hear I’m still human, still love hip hop,  still love to rap.

BH: Amen!  As a fan I’ve heard it and concur.

Where can fans reach you/find you?

RK: @raskass is perfect.

http://raskass.bandcamp.com/album/barmaggedon for the new album and links to cop my catalog.

BH: Shout out to RAS KASS, The Waterproof Emcee.


Ras Kass 2013 Barmageddon


1 Apr


If you have followed my work on other sites then you know I love interviews. Sitting with leaders and entrepreneurs expands not only the minds of my readers but myself as well.
And with my new series I aim to raise the bar. Without further ado:

Today we spent our time with Kevin Jackson,
A man well ahead of the curve.

-Where you from?
Originally Texas, but I have lived all over, including China, a short time in France. Presently I live in St. Louis.

-Tell my readers exactly what you do-  Businesses you own, ventures, products, etc-
I am a former management consultant. I have two Amazon best-selling books, and host a syndicated radio show out of Tampa, FL.

What brought about theblacksphere.net?
I was frustrated politically, specifically with how black people were being used as political pawns.

-Give my readers a brief synopsis of your three blacksphere projects and tell us which you are most passionate about?
Changing things in the black community. Our Forever Families project gets over 100 kids adopted each year, as whole siblings units. We have a radio project that will build character in the black community. And finally we have a pro-CHILD project that focuses on the sanctity of life.

-I enjoyed your mission statement, please break it down in part with your vision as stated on the site?
My vision is to create more black CEOs. I am achieving this by explaining to black people that we are not victims, we are VICTORS! It’s a tough love approach, but it’s necessary.

-What needs to change in politics immediately?
We need to End Identity Politics. The idea that “color” is the reason somebody can or cannot make it is ridiculous.

-Who did you vote for in the last two elections?
McCain and Romney.

-How did you build your sites popularity and success?
I think if you are true to yourself and your vision really addresses who you are, you can be successful…if you’re relevant. I don’t shoot for temporary success, but success that can sustain itself. The only way to do that is to be true to your message, and fearless in delivery and defense of the message.

-What are your thoughts on social media? Social media has changed and will continue to change the world.

-Do you believe in it’s power?
Absolutely. It can certainly help make a person, again, as long as the person works it correctly, and isn’t looking for 15 minutes of fame.

-What made you embrace your position?
I have seen people gain followings methodically, and with proper messaging obtain rabid supporters.

-What keeps you in this position?
I can see our constant growth, and that’s encouraging.

-What are your secrets to success? Incrementalism and steadfast work ethic. I have also assembled an amazing team of supporters.

-If I gave you a million dollars what or whom would you invest in?
If I were selfish with it, I would likely put it in becoming self-sustaining, i.e. a small farm where I grow everything, have running water, etc. I think we spend far too much on the bare necessities, which are getting more and more expensive. Unselfishly I would continue to do things for kids, just amp it up a bit.

-Advice for my readers?
Be critical thinkers. Don’t believe everything you are told and do the research. Don’t be so dogmatic in a position that you are not willing to look at the other side of things. If blacks did this, there would be no Tiger Woods, because “black people don’t like golf.” We tend to classify things as “white” because we have never done it. Open your minds. The mind once expanded never regains its original shape.

-Your definition of success?
When you know who you are, truly know who you are, that is success.

-What’s your hobby?
I’m an avid martial artist, and continue to train some elite athletes and my youngest son. I love music, and play piano poorly.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?
Just follow my work, KNOWING that I want America to be a place where people can achieve their dreams, unencumbered. I will be promoting some fun project, i.e. a short comedy tour, and I have been asked to put together a sketch comedy show.



10th Interview Spotlighting the Boss: MOOK MILLION$

24 Sep

Tenth Interview highlighting Entrepreneurs and Moguls who are ahead of the Curve!
Today we spent our time with MooK Millions.
-Where you from?
Harlem NYC         

Old Enough to Qualify Young Enough to Satisfy.

-Tell my readers exactly what you do-  Businesses you own, ventures, products, etc-
I am a Mogul. I am the CEO of S.H.I.N.E Enterprises which is comprised of S.H.I.N.E Entertainment, The S.H.I.N.E Collection (Clothing Line), & Shining Star Studded Ent (Promo Company). I am also Co-CEO of #FRMT (The Filthy Rich Money Team) I also write poetry, movie scripts, plays etc….and I coach basketball.

-How did you get the entrepreneurial bug?
It was innate for the most part. I watched my pops hustle as well. He used to own a store on the Grand Concourse in the BX, be a vendor in the streets with socks, t-shirts, etc, & he sold drugs. Ever since I was young, I had a passion for creativity and generating income. In middle school I used to purchase junk food from the store and sell it for more during class. Along with that I had a team of people who made designs on graph paper and we sold it during class.

-How did you get in the game/current foray?
I first started out as the VP of my boy Jaxz’s label Loose Canonz Ent. Eventually I felt it was time to be the captain of my own ship.

-What made you embrace your position?
I’ve always been a leader. I’m very creative and innovative, plus I don’t mind taking risks. I’m not afraid of failure because I am a student of life. I learn from all experiences therefore I’m built for my position. I can deal with being praised & ridiculed. But most of all I accept responsibility for my actions.

-What keeps you in your position?
My focus, ambitions, & my supporting cast. There are times when I want to take a break and even question things, but God usually has a way of keeping me grounded and focused with loving and supportive people and clear vision of purpose.

-What are your secrets to success?
My grandfather once told me “Find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life.” I believe people have to find their niche, true passion, & nurture their talents. Success has to be defined by your own definition, not societies.

-What don’t you like in the game?
Well many of my fields are over saturated. Everyone wants to be a promoter these days and many events don’t capture the essence of partying. Same goes for music in which I manage artists, everyone wants to be a rapper, but not an artist. Authenticity has been traded in for copying. Too much swagga jacking and no originality. People are just doing things for money as opposed to finding their calling.

-What do you like in the game?
I love managing artists because I have a true passion for music. I don’t just hear it but I listen to it. All kinds, all artists. To be apart of something creative feels great! I love promoting because I know how to party. I learned from older people, first and foremost my grandmother who took me to an Eastern Star Dance at 12 yrs old. I love helping people get out of their everyday lives and enhance that moment in which they’re at my events. It feels good to make others smile and give them great memories. As far as my clothing line goes, I love fashion immensely. Many people of all ages compliment me on my style. So I figured I can bring my visions to life for others as well.

-What would you change in the game?
The politics and the Hollywood aspect of it. Promoters now feel like a hot event has to have exaggerated budgets and feature artists, actors/actresses, etc…Get back to real music in hip hop as opposed to cars, clothes, money, jewels, and women all day. And I would get rid of all the clothing lines that people started just cause it was the thing to do.

-If I gave you a milli what or whom would
you invest in?
Me and my businesses. After I flip that and give you your initial investment plus interest, I would invest in others like myself.

-What sets you apart from the game?
My originality. I’m not afraid to be me. I won’t compromise my character for anything. Plus I care for others and invest into my community and culture.

-What made you love hip hop?
The creativity of lyrics. It’s poetry in motion over melodic sounds. I just love it.

-Who is your fav rapper/lyricist?
The Notorious B.I.G

-Best person to ever play your position?
Me. But on a mainstream level I would say Diddy.

-Best rapper alive?

-Advice for my readers?
Follow your dreams. Nurture your talents. Be compassionate and share your success. Overall #Live #Laugh & #Love. “Incremental production leads to Incredible progress.”

-Your definition of success?
Continued growth as a person and mogul. Impacting the world, my community, and culture. My businesses generating wealth and employing many people. My family being set for life.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?
Exotic Saturdays @Perks Uptown in Harlem on 123st & Manhattan Ave. Grown & Sexy Mature Crowd. Ladies Free before 12. Gents reduced. ***Oct 20 My Birthday Celebration @Perks Uptown

The ninth interview in a series highlighting up and coming entrepreneurs and leaders. Today we interview Steven Michael Wilson Jr Founder&CEO of Go Get It Consulting and Entertainment.

17 Sep

Today we interview Steven Michael Wilson Jr
Founder&CEO of Go Get It Consulting and Entertainment

And without further ado:

-Where you from?
Boston, Ma.


-Tell my readers exactly what you do-
Businesses you own, ventures, products, etc
Go Get It Consulting and Entertainment is a small business advisory group that specializes in Consulting, Marketing&Promotion and Keynote Speaking but we do A LOT MORE!!!

-How did you get the entrepreneurial bug?
I got the entrepreneurial bug since I can remember, since a youngster I always wanted to own my own business and did not work for anybody. So I took my natural abilities and made it to something great.

-How did you get in the game/current foray?
I got in the game because I saw myself always giving advice to people and then showing them had to put the advice I gave them into motion through my years of great experience in many fields.

-What made you embrace your position?
What made me embrace my position is that when I sat down and looked at my life is that I was always doing GO GET IT but I was not getting paid for it.

-What keeps you in your position?
What keeps me in my position is I LOVE what I do!!!

-What are your secrets to success?
My secrets to my success is that I found out that everyone has GOD giving talents and we you found out what those talents are its you job to make them PAYING talents.

-What don’t you like in the game?
What I don’t like in the game is all the hate and the lost art of BARTER. Many of us hate on someone else in the same business where are in just because and you don’t have to try to charge everybody money, trade services sometimes.

-What do you like in the game?
What I like about the GAME is that just that, A GAME and you can score a lot when you learn how to play!!!

-What would you change in the game?
How would I change the game….HMMM, I would make it a rule for all people and business to perform a certain amount of research before getting in the game!!!

-If I gave you a milli what or whom would
you invest in?
If you gave me a milli I would invest in more real estate.

-What sets you apart from the game?
What sets me apart is my work ethic and life experiences.

-What are your thoughts on 360 deals?
I like 360 Deals and think they are very necessary….If somebody gets you in the GAME through there company or efforts you need to pay back with a percentage.

-What made you love hip hop?
I LOVE hip hop because I AM HIP HOP…I live HIP HOP every day!!!

-Who is your fav rapper/lyricist?

-Best person to ever play your position?
Donald Trump…

-Best rapper alive?
JAY-Z best rapper alive!!! Hands Down.

-Advice for my readers?
Advice to your readers is find out what there GOD giving talents are and make a career out of it!!!

-Your definition of success?
Definition of success is what that individual deems!!! For me its health because if your not healthy you cant do anything and nothing else matters.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?
Anyone who is looking for a real CONSULTANT, MARKETER, PROMOTER OR KEYNOTE SPEAKER!!! HOLLA!!! Also we will be doing our website thus fall and be renaming the company!!! Stay Tuned!!!

-Where can my readers find you on the web et al?


Exclusive Interview #6. Spotlighting J. Cuban of Phoenix Fitness Group in Motion.

25 Aug

The sixth interview in a series highlighting up and coming entrepreneurs and leaders.
Today we interview J. Cuban of Phoenix Fitness Group in Motion.

And without further ado:

-Where you from?
Newark, New Jersey.


-What is your title?
Income Maintenance Tech – Full time.

Personal Trainer – Full Time.

-What certification(s) do you hold?
AAAI (American Aerobic Association International).

-How did you get into training people professionally?
I have always enjoyed working out at local gyms around my area. Finding that many people who attended the gym were performing some exercises incorrectly most of the time and I decided why not help people and make a career out of it.

-How long have you been a trainer?
2 years and counting.

-What made you embrace your position? Passion for the field of Fitness and helping others.

-What keeps you in your position?
My communication and understanding of others life styles.

-What are your secrets to success? Personality.

-What sets you apart from the game?
I embrace my client’s with honesty and communication.

-What do you love about training?
It’s more than loving training it’s more like a lifestyle.

-Hate about it?
…………. Nothing.

-What are ppl doing wrong in the gym?
We can start with the people who join the gym for all the wrong reasons considering it a Social Gathering …..lol.

-Do exercisers really lose more weight than calories cutters by 84% ?
I wouldn’t know I would have to research and reply back at a other time.

-Thoughts on no carb, south beach diets and atkins?
If it works for you continue it if the side effect cause no bodily harm or effect the immune system.

-Favorite exercise?
Step and Press.

-Where can people find you at on the web and in person?
LA Fitness Clifton NJ 852 Rt3 Clifton 07012.

Mon 6:30 – 10pm Tuesday 6:30 – 10pm Thursday 6:30pm – 10pm Saturday & Sunday 8am – 1pm.

Twitter: @TrainerJCuban

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-Advice for my readers?
Try everything once if it doesn’t work move forward.

-Your definition of success?
Being Healthy, Happy and Safe = Success.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?
Phoenix Fitness Group in Motion.

Exclusive Interview #5. Spotlighting Duce Da Privilege CEO GXMedia.biz & Knetwork Ent

18 Aug

The fifth interview in a series highlighting. up and coming entrepreneurs and leaders.
Today we interview Duce Da Privilege CEO GXMedia.biz & Knetwork Ent.

And without further ado:

-Where you from?

Brooklyn, New York



-How did you get in the game?

I’m in the game? Oh sh*t, I guess I made it lol. Nah I’d have to say the game is in me and always has been, silence annoys me & as a kid I couldn’t read, do homework or anything else w/o music in the background.

-What made you embrace your position?

Me embracing my position is attributed to me acknowledging my gifts and understanding my purpose and reasons for having these gifts.

-What keeps you in your position?

My need to succeed. Whether I quit now or if I keep pushing, 5 years from now I’ll be 5 years older either way so why stop?

-What are your secrets to success?

The law of Attraction. Thoughts become things, I’m the total sum of my past thoughts, therefore I get what I focus on the most, negative or positive, failure or success. Get it?

-What don’t you like in the game?

Nobody f*cks with you until everybody f*cks with you, that’s that sh*t I don’t like lol.

-What do you like in the game?

I like the fact that you determine how far you go or, how far you don’t go. You’re in control.

-What would you change in the game?

I’d remove the hate and the violence and encourage more progressive lyrics across the board.

-If I gave you a milli what or whom would
you invest in?

I’d invest in my brands GXMedia.biz & Knetwork Ent

-What sets you apart from the game?

I’m an Entrepreneur. I’m an Artist that creates opportunities for other Artists. How many unsigned artists do you know that do that?

-What are your thoughts on 360 deals?

I’m not thoroughly educated on them, pardon my ignorance. But from what I’ve heard, they suck, stay away lol.

-What made you love hip hop?

It’s a part of who I am & I love myself so how could I not love it.

-Who is your fav rapper/lyricist?

Jay – Z

-Best person to ever play your position?

Jay – Z

-Best rapper alive?

Besides me? Jay -Z

-Advice for my readers?

Set your Goal, create a Plan & Follow through.- Think. Plan. Do! Review.

-Your definition of success?

Succes is a journey not a destination. You’re successful when you accomplish something you’ve set out to. Every minor goal accomplished in route of your major goal(s) is a success.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?

My mix-tape “G.E.D. MENTALITY” Free Download http://piff.me/ae0572e

Follow me on twitter & instagram: @DuceDaPrivilege & @iamgxmedia


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