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8 Aug

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Quick Lessons from Conan the Barbarian

7 Oct

Quick Lessons from Conan the Barbarian

So I’m watching Conan the Barbarian and my readers know I’m an Arnold fan. Forget his personal drama but his story of success is mezmorizing and useful as a point of reference.

-Practice.
Conan practiced his arts regularly. Once he became a slave fighter he increased his skill set. He mastered different arts and fighting skills as well as writing, reading, and philosophy. Though only a slave he embraced these lessons to be his best.
Arnold did this to win Mr. Olympia as well. Over, and over again.
Practice makes perfect folks. Always in all ways.

-Steadfast Dedication.
Practice works but you have to commit. Steadfast dedication means you eat sleep and breathe your goals and dreams. There is no life that doesn’t stem from this mindset. Every action you take derives from it. This is the hardest obstacle. Its not making a decision, its sticking to it.

-Exercise Regularly.
Conan worked out. He practiced his grappling, sword fighting, and exercised a whole hell of a lot. So did Arnold. Any good Guru or leader knows what a true entrepreneur knows- exercise will change the paradigm of your life. It helps you grow, keeps you healthy and foments a mind that builds. Your body is a temple and as such requires you put in great effort. Yet the reward is greater. What you get out is what you put in.
As an avid body builder I’ve seen how it helps, I’ve lived it. In fact some of my best writing occurs when I’m in the gym. That’s true inspiration.

-Lead, Don’t Follow.
Conan, like Arnold lead by doing. Following is ok if you are a follower. Yet if you yearn to lead or feel its’ call- then heed it. Some of us are meant to lead. And to not heed the call leads to your failure and others failure as well. Who are we if we are not what our nature calls us to be?
I feel the call to lead. Even when I gain nothing I lead. I’ve always felt the pang of leadership in that I stand up for the weak, I fight for the confused, and now I’m a union rep simply so my co-workers have a voice of reason to reach out to. Be who you are called to be.

-Don’t beg.
In one scene Conan discovers a man chained to the wall. The man asks for food, telling Conan he hasn’t eaten in days. When asked who says he will eat the man replies ‘Give me food for energy so I can die fighting the wolves like a man and not starving like a pauper.’
See the Difference?
In one simple choice of phrasing the man sparked Conan’s interest not his pity or derision. When we approach others we must have the proper context. Begging might gain you a few bucks but sparking their intellect, making them want to join you- therein lies the path to gain and success. Christopher Columbus also knew the art of asking. He didn’t beg. He commanded attention by his audacious requirements and extreme supply list. History tells us the rest.
Never beg for that which they will give or which you deserve.

-Be Good to Friends and the Less Fortunate.
My last point leads to this one. The man who didn’t beg became Conan’s savior. Conan had not only fed this man but freed him and made him an equal. Then when he was crucified this same man freed him. Now we are not prone to being crucified or even living in such dire straights in this modern era.
Yet the lesson is the same.
When we are a good friend and champion of those who are weak and need defending we are always rewarded. Now don’t do it for the reward. Do it because it is right. But in the least, you will see gain when you I’ve morally my friends.

#thriveorsurvive.

A leader leads more by how he lives than by what he says. ~ Dr Tayo Adeyemi

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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.

-Age?
37.

-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?
JAY-Z.

-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?
http://www.gogetit247.com
Facebook:www.facebook.com/gogetit247365
Twitter:@GOGETIT247
18888672399
info@gogetit247.com

#thriveorsurvive.

Exclusive Interview #7. Spotlighting Don Jones, founder of Phoenix Fitness Group.

1 Sep

The seventh interview in a series highlighting up and coming entrepreneurs and leaders.
Today we interview Don Jones, founder of Phoenix Fitness Group

And without further ado:

-Where you from? 
I am New Jersey born and raised. I grew up in Somerdale in Camden County. Currently I reside in Hackensack, Bergen County

-Age?
38.

-What is your title(s)?
I am the founder of Phoenix Fitness Group as well as a Program Supervisor at the International Youth Organization in Newark, NJ where I supervise healthy living and environmental programming.

-What certification(s) do you hold? 
I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an abundance of experience in behavioral management. The personal training certifications I hold are from AAAI/ISMA and NCSF (national council on strength and fitness). I am also a Level 1 coach certified by USA track & field.

-How did you get into training people professionally? 
I have been into sports and fitness since a youth, and competed in track & field as a high schooler, at Sterling HS in Somerdale, and as a collegian, first at FDU and finally at Montclair State, where I accumulated many championships and was an NCAA qualifier. Later, I became an assistant track coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology when I decided to purse a certification in personal training to increase my profile as a coach. 

-How long have you been a trainer?
I have been a personal trainer and coach for about 5 years now .

-What made you embrace your position? 
When I first got the opportunity to share my knowledge of fitness and track & field with novice athletes, I knew that coaching and fitness training was my path. I embrace to opportunity to teach and guide a person to achieving their personal and fitness goals. To see someone have a breakthrough or achieve a feat they have never accomplished, it is nice to know that I had a part in it. It makes me work harder to achieve my goals and continue to share knowledge and insight.

-What keeps you in your position?
Love of sports, athletics, and fitness is what keeps me doing this. There is always an opportunity to learn a new technique or exercise, and always a new experience to be had. There are still millions of people out there that need to hear my message of positive energy and spirit in order to live healthy and abundant.

-What are your secrets to success? 
If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret. But honestly, success is not a secret. Success can be achieved by anyone that sets clear, concise, and attainable goals. I always look forward; I can’t dwell on something for too long, even if it is a victory, because the next opportunity for success may pass me by.

-What sets you apart from the game?
I don’t feel that I am a typical trainer. I encourage my clients to set goals based on the life they lead in order to achieve the life they envision. There have been times when I’ve conducted a training session that didn’t involve physical exercises. Occasionally, clients come to training sessions with a lot on their mind and we take the time to sort out life, so they can get back to living and being able to maintain a healthy balance between their physical and mental.

-What do you love about training?
Everything; the accomplishment, the failure, the sacrifice. Spectators see the  athletes celebrate victory on the field; athletes know that victories begin with your training.

 
-Hate about it?
Excuses. Nothing bothers me more than procrastination when it comes to fitness and living healthy. You can ‘t put off being healthy until tomorrow; if you are not living healthy today, there may be no tomorrow.

-What are ppl doing wrong in the gym?
Getting to the gym in the first place is a major “right” for most people, but once you get there, sometimes it is a different story. I guess what I hate to see most is people not using complete range of motion throughout an exercise. For example, it doesn’t matter if you are bench pressing 300 lbs if you only move the bar 3 and half inches. Folks need to understand the systems in the body and how they work in order to get the most out of exercises. If not, you are selling yourself short.

-Do exercisers really lose more weight than calories cutters by 84% ?
Well that depends on who you ask. If a person exercises and manages calorie consumption, they are more likely to achieve their goals quickly and thoroughly, and maintain their desired weight. If a person just depends on one or the other, results are very dependant on physiology. You need calories in order to exercise, because that helps to produce the energy needed to move.

-Thoughts on no carb, south beach diets and atkins?
They are not things that I would suggest. There are huge differences in “going on a diet” and having a healthy diet. When you “go on a diet”, you eventually come off that diet, then all of your issues return. When you have a healthy diet and combine that with a workout regiment you are bound to get results that are healthier and longer lasting. (as in lifetime)

-Favorite exercise?
I’m a track guy so I love running drills and core exercises. I am also a fan of plyometric exercises (jumping and bounding for power and strength)

-Where can people find you at on the web and in person?
I can be reached by email at DJFITPRO@gmail.com
and at
http://www.facebook.com/PhoenixFitnessGroup

-Advice for my readers?
The longest journey begins with a single step. You must take that step. Do not be intimidated or afraid. Your body is a temple; maintain it as such. There is no reason to wait to make your life healthier and longer.

-Your definition of success?
Success is whatever you put your mental and physical powers to regardless if your goal is achieved in the manner that you envisioned it. It is what you are willing to sacrifice to achieve those goals and how you treat people on your way up.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?
On September 22, in association with Vida Wellness, Phoenix Fitness Group presents How Sweet Is It Really? A discussion on sweeteners, snacking, & empty calories and a fat burning fitness demonstration.

The event will take place at Vida Wellness 247 Crooks Ave, Clifton, NJ. We will have an educating discussion on the nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners used in the foods that you eat daily, find alternatives to sweet snacks, and learn how to get the most out of your calorie consumption. After learning the basics on sweeteners and good snacking habits, join in on a fitness demonstration that will get you burning calories and fat as well as teach you exercises and stretches you can do at work, school, and on the go.

Email or check out the facebook page for more info. 

#thriveorsurvive.

Education or Embellishment- What are you offering clients, customers, and cousins?

13 Aug

Education or Embellishment-
What are you offering clients, customers, and cousins?

Life is short. Making time a valuable commodity. The question is who’s time are you wasting when you don’t educate your followers, fans, friends, colleagues, and new recruits? The answer might surprise you.

A lot of people who are in network marketing or any sales and or
team-orientated business are focused on two things:
*sales
*recruits.
And hey those are good goals. Core goals in fact. However its the chase, and the implementation of the chase that will make or break you as a business person.

So the first guy, he’s all about sales. Commission king is on his license plate. He closes’em twenty four seven. He can sell anyone. And his close rate is high! I mean sixty percent (60%). That is high in our industry folks. Most people close three to five percent, yup- 3-5%. Those are good numbers like in baseball where three hits is a win. keep that in mind. So back to super closer. Yes he’s am Animal. Problem is he his retention rate, well it Sucks. Sorry for the latrine lip but he’s a fool. A failure. And here’s why.
*When you can’t keep your Team. You NEVER Had Your team.
See the problem? When your focus is on closing it isn’t on keeping. And a lot of guys close hard by promising the sky knowing statistics say otherwise. Now I’m not suggesting you say,
‘hey buddy-you will fail but sign up anyway.’ No. You say ‘This is a long ride but worth the trip. Wanna be better, wanna make money, wanna change lives?- Well let’s work bro!”. That is real. That is honest. And it is not negative. It is not false, phony or pretentious either. See how good it is. Why lie. Why sell hype. You see America, better yet the globe is poised for a serious reckoning. We have kicked the can down the road for decades. And when you duck bills you lose right? Example- ever pay just the minimum on a credit card? See how long it takes? And how much they juice you? EXACTLY. So why be that. Get them in with honesty. Friendship. Teaching. Partnership. Let them know that you will teach. Let them know the truth. Let them be happy with their choices. And they will come back. They will stay. They will make goals. Isn’t that the dream.

And as for captain recruit- well he’s more of the same. He says anything and anything to get the dotted line signed. He will tell you lies cleverly phrased to seal the deal. His embellishments are delightful to hear but are lies on the ear.
See when you focus on getting your team to grow you have the same problem as captain commission.
YOU HAVE HIGH ATTRITION RATES.
Aka they sign, they join, they LEAVE.
IN DROVES.
This is failure, this is foolhardy. It is not winning. You may get a quick infusion of cash but you are not a leader.
You are not a winner.
You have failed without even seeing it.
As leaders and team builders we have to foster growth. You don’t buy a plant or plant a vegetable garden and not water it right?
Follow up. Finish the game. Anyone see the Olympics? That one runner who tore his achilles and kept running- that’s a leader.
That’s a BOSS.
That is what business means. You move.
You keep momentum.
You keep going and you make sure your team has a shot regardless of personal cost. And you know what? That guy WON the Olympics. He gave when he had nothing to give. That is leadership. Now if can harness even a taste of that you will win for LIFE.
The question is what are you aiming for?
Give more now and reap that sowing later my friends.
(Figure out who’s time is wasted here?)

#thriveorsurvive.

“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”
-Jim Rohn.

Thoughts? Concerns?
Questions? Think I’m wrong?
Let’s chat.
Need ideas?
Want to learn how to invite?
Let’s chat.
Want a mentor or maybe the guy who will bounce ideas back and forth with you?
Let’s chat-
Changeinadvance@gmail.com
@changeinadvance
Or simply reply to this article.

#thriveorsurvive

Exclusive! First in a series: Interview with Basquiat. Writers pay attention.

21 Jul

Exclusive interview with Basquiat.
First in a series spotlighting emerging entrepreneurs and businessmen.

With no further ado:

-Where you from?
I am from Dyckman, but I was also raised in Harlem for a good portion of my life. So more than anything I would have to represent both as being the places that influenced my upbringing.

-Age?
30 years old.

-How did you get in the game?
Getting into writing and media was sort of like happen stance. I’ve always been able to write and am pretty proficient at communicating and articulating myself. I was introduced to the writing and blogging game by a very good friend of mine, CJ, of Lynx Entertainment in London. She kind of inspired me to use my talents. In addition, another close friend of mine was influential in my actual application. He was doing an interview and recalled how often people would tell him that he was capable of more than what he was doing. So I definitely wanna shout out Leeky of TGO.
My brother, and friends were an encouragement as well, making me aware of the fact that I could put my past behind me and achieve some things.

-What made you embrace your position?
The reception that I got. I was afforded an opportunity over at Parle Magazine, and with that came more exposure, with greater feedback. GX Media had a lot to do with it as well. The more that I was around the industry so to say and given opportunities to sharpen my skill I was grateful and tried to make the most of it.

-What keeps you in your position?
More than anything, being humble and always willing to learn. I am a firm believer in supporting people, especially creative people. Those who are from where I’m from, and I don’t mean neighborhood wise; more so, the same obstacles and struggles. I have a profound respect for ambitious people. In addition, I have a great support system, and I was made a promise, as well I made one to reach for the sky’s and stay committed.

-What are your secrets to success?
I don’t really have any secrets. I’ve found a way to follow the blueprint that I saw materialize, and that’s hard work and being opportunistic. Where I’m from we have this paradigm that speaks of being willing to do anything to make it. I have people depending on me, and I have people that I look up to; for those reasons, I have pledged to give 110%.

-What don’t you like in the game?
I don’t like the fact that it’s changing to a point where its not about your character, its about how well someone can use you. More often people are associated with others that they have no reason to respect, and that’s a deadly combination. People re-invent themselves on a daily basis, and others commend them for it. I would say more than anything that is what I hate.

-What do you like in the game?
I like that it breeds opportunity. If you are willing to put the work in you too will reap the benefits. I’m inspired by success, and business-oriented people, regardless of what their craft is. Anyone that is reaching their goals- I take my hat off to them.

-What would you change in the game?
I probably would change the perspectives of those who are running it. I find it perplexing that the same methods that someone will criticize, sometime later you will find them utilizing it. To me that’s counterproductive and indicative of the state that we are in. If there was a way to take each individual on their merit before their buzz, I think there would be some progress- in life, and in the so-called game.

-If I gave you a milli what or whom would you invest in?
I would invest it in my community, the people who I have always looked at as my peers. That’s where karma, and anything else begins. There are some truly talented individuals sitting beside all of us that were never given a chance; focus on that and everything else will take care of itself. Outsourcing is not always the key.
-What sets you apart from the game?
I would have to say that being me sets me apart from others. I am not a follower by any means. I am an individual that gives respect, therefore I feel as though I deserve it all costs. I am me, by any means necessary. Anyone who truly knows me will agree, I’ve never tried to wear someone else’s shoe size. I play the cards I am dealt, and I make the best of that. I put my faith in a higher power and I prioritize working hard to get results, I don’t believe in hand outs.

-What are your thoughts on 360 deals?
I think that 360 deals have a way of holding artists hostage. There was a time when an artist saw light at the end of the tunnel by way of endorsements, and shows, etc now its like Pusha T said “contracts all *expletive* up.” I don’t really know where to point the blame, but I think everyone will agree. At the same time though, all obstacles have a way of making you work harder and by far we can say that there has been opportunity for artists to feed their families, and contribute to the culture which is what its all about.

-What made you love hip hop?
The lyrics. I remember listening to music that expressed what I felt and what I saw around me. I’ve always been a big fan of what you would call reality rap. The music that inspires us, the culture. It shows in the way I carry myself, I am a product of Hip Hop, I am a product of the inner city, the hardships. We all have the same story, and the way we express it, is Hip Hop.

-Who is your fav rapper?
Jay Z.

-Fav lyricist?
Styles P.

-Best person to ever play your position?
Me. But if you mean in terms of on a journalistic note, I’ve looked up to guys like Bonsu Thompson. I remember getting the Source and seeing his name, and aspiring to be exactly that. Also I look up to the brother Sway, I think he is a tremendous journalist. Also Big Tigger had a swag when it came to media, that made me think an average person like myself had a chance.

-Best rapper alive?
Jay Z without a doubt. If not, Nas.

-Advice for my readers?
Stay true to yourself and your dreams. Anything is possible, and that is a fact. Never forget where you came from, and who helped you get where you are today.

-Your definition of success?
Being able to sleep at night knowing that I did the best I could. I am not defined by anything other than the respect that those I truly value, have for me.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?
For sure if you don’t have it already get the Vaygez Blakk project, Dame of the Game Vol 2, Support my family GX MEDIA, and PARLE MAGAZINE; The “Who’s Next” as well as “Book Edition” of Parle are bothing coming out shortly so be n the lookout for that. I have a collaborative piece I am working on which highlights the accomplishments of a tremendously inspiring brother by the name of Frank C.Matthews. Support DJ xxxotic Mami, Queen of the Underground, and Xtreme 104FM. Xtreme Magazine Vol 5 will be out towards the end of July, quite possibly sooner.  Welcome to Georgetown, my brother’s project will be out in August, and Down Syndrome as well. Shout to TGO and my brother Bam as well with GlobeStarz management, and Grade A Hip Hop. Thank you to Dyckman, Amsterdam Ave, and The Block (7th to 8th).

I also want to take a moment to thank the brother Tone Cash, an extremely talented and positive brother for giving me this opportunity. Continue support him and his brand, as we all will undoubtedly find success in supporting each other and working together more easily than disengaging.

#thriveorsurvive

Image 21 Jul

Exclusive interview with Basquiat.
First in a series spotlighting emerging entrepreneurs and businessmen.

With no further ado-

-Where you from?
I am from Dyckman, but I was also raised in Harlem for a good portion of my life. So more than anything I would have to represent both as being the places that influenced my upbringing.
 
-Age?
30 years old.

-How did you get in the game?
 Getting into writing and media was sort of like happen stance. I’ve always been able to write and am pretty proficient at communicating and articulating myself. I was introduced to the writing and blogging game by a very good friend of mine, CJ, of Lynx Entertainment in London. She kind of inspired me to use my talents. In addition, another close friend of mine was influential in my actual application. He was doing an interview and recalled how often people would tell him that he was capable of more than what he was doing. So I definitely wanna shout out Leeky of TGO.
My brother, and friends were an encouragement as well, making me aware of the fact that I could put my past behind me and achieve some things. 

-What made you embrace your position?
The reception that I got. I was afforded an opportunity over at Parle Magazine, and with that came more exposure, with greater feedback. GX Media had a lot to do with it as well. The more that I was around the industry so to say and given opportunities to sharpen my skill I was grateful and tried to make the most of it.
 
-What keeps you in your position?
More than anything, being humble and always willing to learn. I am a firm believer in supporting people, especially creative people. Those who are from where I’m from, and I don’t mean neighborhood wise; more so, the same obstacles and struggles. I have a profound respect for ambitious people. In addition, I have a great support system, and I was made a promise, as well I made one to reach for the sky’s and stay committed.
 
-What are your secrets to success?
I don’t really have any secrets. I’ve found a way to follow the blueprint that I saw materialize, and that’s hard work and being opportunistic. Where I’m from we have this paradigm that speaks of being willing to do anything to make it. I have people depending on me, and I have people that I look up to; for those reasons, I have pledged to give 110%.

-What don’t you like in the game?
I don’t like the fact that it’s changing to a point where its not about your character, its about how well someone can use you. More often people are associated with others that they have no reason to respect, and that’s a deadly combination. People re-invent themselves on a daily basis, and others commend them for it. I would say more than anything that is what I hate.
 
-What do you like in the game?
I like that it breeds opportunity. If you are willing to put the work in you too will reap the benefits. I’m inspired by success, and business-oriented people, regardless of what their craft is. Anyone that is reaching their goals- I take my hat off to them.
 
-What would you change in the game?
I probably would change the perspectives of those who are running it. I find it perplexing that the same methods that someone will criticize, sometime later you will find them utilizing it. To me that’s counterproductive and indicative of the state that we are in. If there was a way to take each individual on their merit before their buzz, I think there would be some progress- in life, and in the so-called game.
 
-If I gave you a milli what or whom would you invest in? 
I would invest it in my community, the people who I have always looked at as my peers. That’s where karma, and anything else begins. There are some truly talented individuals sitting beside all of us that were never given a chance; focus on that and everything else will take care of itself. Outsourcing is not always the key.

-What sets you apart from the game?
I would have to say that being me sets me apart from others. I am not a follower by any means. I am an individual that gives respect, therefore I feel as though I deserve it all costs. I am me, by any means necessary. Anyone who truly knows me will agree, I’ve never tried to wear someone else’s shoe size. I play the cards I am dealt, and I make the best of that. I put my faith in a higher power and I prioritize working hard to get results, I don’t believe in hand outs.
 
-What are your thoughts on 360 deals?
I think that 360 deals have a way of holding artists hostage. There was a time when an artist saw light at the end of the tunnel by way of endorsements, and shows, etc now its like Pusha T said “contracts all *expletive* up.” I don’t really know where to point the blame, but I think everyone will agree. At the same time though, all obstacles have a way of making you work harder and by far we can say that there has been opportunity for artists to feed their families, and contribute to the culture which is what its all about.

-What made you love hip hop?
The lyrics. I remember listening to music that expressed what I felt and what I saw around me. I’ve always been a big fan of what you would call reality rap. The music that inspires us, the culture. It shows in the way I carry myself, I am a product of Hip Hop, I am a product of the inner city, the hardships. We all have the same story, and the way we express it, is Hip Hop.
 
-Who is your fav rapper?
Jay Z.

-Fav lyricist?
Styles P.

-Best person to ever play your position? 
Me. But if you mean in terms of on a journalistic note, I’ve looked up to guys like Bonsu Thompson. I remember getting the Source and seeing his name, and aspiring to be exactly that. Also I look up to the brother Sway, I think he is a tremendous journalist. Also Big Tigger had a swag when it came to media, that made me think an average person like myself had a chance.
 
-Best rapper alive?
Jay Z without a doubt. If not, Nas.

-Advice for my readers?
Stay true to yourself and your dreams. Anything is possible, and that is a fact. Never forget where you came from, and who helped you get where you are today.
-Your definition of success?
Being able to sleep at night knowing that I did the best I could. I am not defined by anything other than the respect that those I truly value, have for me.
-Any projects you’d like to promo?
For sure if you don’t have it already get the Vaygez Blakk project, Dame of the Game Vol 2, Support my family GX MEDIA, and PARLE MAGAZINE; The “Who’s Next” as well as “Book Edition” of Parle are bothing coming out shortly so be n the lookout for that. I have a collaborative piece I am working on which highlights the accomplishments of a tremendously inspiring brother by the name of Frank C.Matthews. Support DJ xxxotic Mami, Queen of the Underground, and Xtreme 104FM. Xtreme Magazine Vol 5 will be out towards the end of July, quite possibly sooner.  Welcome to Georgetown, my brother’s project will be out in August, and Down Syndrome as well. Shout to TGO and my brother Bam as well with GlobeStarz management, and Grade A Hip Hop. Thank you to Dyckman, Amsterdam Ave, and The Block (7th to 8th).

I also want to take a moment to thank the brother Tone Cash, an extremely talented and positive brother for giving me this opportunity. Continue support him and his brand, as we all will undoubtedly find success in supporting each other and working together more easily than disengaging.