In an interview with New York’s Fox 5, Joe Budden opened up about the dangers of Molly and the effects it had on his life. He said, “I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe five days would go by without sleeping. I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe I was hallucinating at times. I didn’t see a problem with the fact that I just couldn’t get up and walk sometimes. It just altered your thinking process dramatically and for a thinker like myself that was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.
Trinidad James doesn’t seem as surprised about his overnight success like a lot of people are. In an interview with Rolling Out, the rapper talked about how he became an overnight sensations. He said, “I didn’t do anything too crazy when it comes to making this music. I just believed in my sound and I believed in my lyrics. It was easy for me to believe because all I did was rap about my life. I feel like I have a good ear for beats, picking the right beats and I’m big on sound placement – and it came out dope. It didn’t matter to me what anyone said, it was dope as hell to me. And it ended up getting me pretty far, pretty fast. And I thank God for it.”
He also talked about how he deals with negative criticism. He said, “My success came so fast – and it’s different. A lot of times in life when we don’t understand something, 8 out of 10 times, we’re gonna go negative before we go positive. It’s very rare that something happens that you don’t understand and you [respond with] ‘Oh, that’s good.'”
Anthony “2Tone’ Stewart started his career at the tender age of 15 yrs old. He fell in love after writing his first song with Dubb City Boyz. After the released of their first project, “Gravity” through JMD Records, Dubb City Boyz took a minor split after member Donny B joined the army. Since then 2Tone has started his own camp called St*rGang and has been working on his solo projects. Striving to bring Hip/Hop back, his main goal is to have a positive impact on his listeners. He wants to create a personal connection with his audience through his music. 2tone is here to bring, positivity and authenticity back to the hip-hop world.
IAA: What is your music background?
2TONE: I spent a lot of time going to church with my MeMa growing up. She used to sing in the choir. So as a young child I experienced music first hand listening to her and other family members. Watchinf friends of mine create their own music, inspired me to make music. Just being in that environment was crazy, from free styling to actually writing out verses, I got a firsthand look on how to produce music.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
2TONE: I want to do music, because I have a tough childhood growing up. I want to be able to just speak on things that I know other people have gone through. Through my music, I just want to say that, “I’m here or I’ve been there.” I know for me, songs touch me and help me through daily struggles so with that in mind I want to express my side of the story and what I have experienced. Put it this way, I want to be that MC that stopped a young kid from making a bad decision.
IAA: What are your songs about?
2TONE: To break it down, my mix-tape material is a variation of emotions. As fas as my album, I like to put out positive songs speaking on things from bad to good times. I would describe it as inspirational, laid back music. Being Rasta I’ve working on spreading the word of Jah. I want to bring unity to hip hop. I write about living life to getting over fears, overcoming diversity, to partying, and just past lifestyles.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
2TONE: I want to say from the ages 16 – 25. Reason being at 16 I made a lot of poor decisions. Decisions that at that age you don’t realize how much it effects your life until you get older. High school was a joke for me and then going to parties, man you can really get side tracked quick. Then I say up to 25 and over, because I’m definitely an old school music head. My vibes in my music bring out a jazz and old school hip hop feel. I’m directed to anyone that has a mature mind set on being successful.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
2TONE: Rakim for his skills on word play and knowledge. From KRS-ONE, Pac and Biggie, to Ludacris. After watching Jim Jones’ documentary, I really jumped into making my business talk just as well as my Hot 16. The main reason I want my own label stemmed from his story! On the artist side as a far as dropping tracks. Lil Wayne, all I can say is “Nino Brown Story 2.’
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
2TONE: Definitely something you never heard before. Off top I let people know, “Yea I can make the same type of music that gets spins on the radio, but I’d rather speak on the stuff they don’t play and still kinda keep it in the same flow.” My music will make you relax, smile, and want to do something productive. All in all I’m my own genre.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist?
2TONE: I think what really sets me a part is, I’ve really gone through what other artist rap about. But yet I don’t talk about it in my music as much. I make smooth riding music, the type you listen to when you get tired of hearing the radio. My lyrics are deep and make you think about what I’m actually rapping about. I like to paint a picture. I think my style brings memories of the past back, and that’s why people seem to connect more with my music. From all the feedback, my followers tell me my work ethic is surprising! Like I said it’s about unity and I don’t forget anybody!
IAA: What are some up coming projects, you are currently working on?
2TONE: The latest project I’m releasing is called Road 2 Zion. This is just a follow up mix-tape from the first one called Road To Zion. Road 2 Zion picks up right after living in Dallas and taking a short stay in Arizona. Road to Zion was my journey to Dallas from Ohio and all the songs I made during that time. Right now I’m just giving people a music timeline of my life. After that I want to release a mix-tape with my camp G-Minded Stars and push their music to get them exposure as well. I’m also in the process of recording 3 more singles for my album.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see your self in 10 years?
2TONE: My plans include starting my own label “Live Entertainment,” and having my artists in position that allow them to grow. I also want to have multiple plates whether it be gold or platinum even though diamond is the main goal! I want to at least have my “Change The Tone” foundation in position to launch.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
Dubb City Boyz “Gravity Mixtape” April 25, 2011 (JMD Records) https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dubb-city-boyz/id430601259
Various Artist “Casino MMG” September 9, 2012 (Galafati Music Group) http://www.datpiff.com/Rick-Ross-Casino-MMG-mixtape.392706.html
2tone “Road To Zion” September 21, 2012 (Galafati Music) http://coast2coastmixtapes.com/mixtapes/mixtapedetail.aspx/road-to-zion
Sha Money XL — the VP of A&R at Def Jam who signed Trinidad James is defending his new signee. Sha Money XL signed Trinidad James to a $2 million deal with the label — and alot of people criticized the move, since James has only been rapping for less than a year.
Sha told Hiphopdx.com about his decision to sign James, “I think it’s really still about the music. Trinidad [James] created a record that everyone can say they like. No matter how much they make fun of him and mash him up with the jokes they like the damn record.