We linked with Cinci artist Jose and got to know more about him. Read the full Q&A below:
Explain who you are for those who may not know
I’m Jose Up & coming artist/CEO
Where you from?
I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio, down da way
How did you get your start in music?
Just being around it from a early age hearing the big homies on the block freestyle and rap other people music. Which led to me learning how to freestyle and rap myself.
How long have you been making it?
I probably start making music around 08. But I start taking it serious like 09 when I shot my first video “step it up A notch”
Who are your influences?
My influences are Tupac, Master P, Biggie, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss the lox, T.I, Jeezy, Rap A lot, E40, Phat eye Records, Garnett Entertainment, Freeman Family.
What motivates you?
My family of course just being the oldest and wanting to provide better opportunities for them. Music always been a way for me to vent and express my everyday struggles so that motivates me. Losing my Brother and other family members also been my motivation because I want to be successful so they can live through me and do all the things they we visioned together. Being able to turn nothing into something and share my story to the world always been my motivation.
Talk to us about your current mixtape, what’s it called?
“Sorry But I Had 2” is my 6th mixtape and I feel like it’s probably my best one because I put my All into it. Where before I couldn’t afford to get my mixtapes done the way I wanted them to nor promote how I wanted to. So with this one I took my time and made sure I got it done the way I wanted too, quality and all. But it’s just me saying sorry but I gotta go in, I got to give it my all I can’t hold back no more, that’s why I gave it that title.
What is your favorite song on the project?
I would probably say the intro because that came from the heart it was a lot of feeling and pain on that one.
Do you feel good about the outcome?
Fa sho I feel like I been getting a lot of good feed back and the buzz is picking up but I’m also not satisfied I still got a whole lot of work to put in.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on building the buzz for this mixtape, I’m bout to shoot some visuals and working on a Small tour. I am also working on helping my artist grow as well and branding my Label NBF.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 Years I see my self as an Successful independent artist as well as CEO, with at least 1 platinum album, a world tour under my belt. Also to have one of the biggest independent Record labels in the Game. I also see my self giving back to my city and community giving opportunities that I wasn’t fortunate to have.
And putting the culture of music in my city on a bigger platform.
What is your opinion on the current hiphop scene?
To be honest I feel like it ain’t even about the music no more it’s all about clout and popularity. It’s no authenticity no more. Don’t get it confused it’s still lots of hot artist out here they just get overshadowed by all weird shit going on. Who am I to judge though I don’t knock no one hustle get yo money feed yo family, but I just stay in my lane and do what works for me. I try not to get out my element. But I feel there is a lot of great artist and great music out. I feel it’s just evolving nothing is meant to stay the same forever, you just gotta adapt with it.
Anything else you would like to say?
I just appreciate the opportunity and I wanna give a Shout-out to Hip hop Revival