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Exclusive Interview

BLAKE ! THE GOD

ALL THOUGH I AM VERY FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR MUSIC INTRODUCE YOUR SELF TO OUR READERS!

WHAT IS YOUR STAGE NAME ?- BLAKE ! THE GOD IS MY STAGE NAME WITH THE EXCLAMATION POINT.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?- I AM ORIGINALLY FROM THE 757, PORTSMOUTH VIRGINIA.

WHEN DID YOU START CREATING MUSIC ?- I STARTED CREATING MUSIC IN 2001 WHEN I WAS 12. MY BROTHER FASTLIFE TONE AND I WOULD MAKE BEATS ON OUR KEYBOARD, TYPE RHYMES ON OUR WORD PROCESSOR THEN POP A TAPE IN THE RADIO AND PRESS RECORD. BACK THEN THIS WAS OUR STUDIO. I RECORDED MY FIRST TRACK IN A STUDIO SETTING IN 2009 WITH MY BROTHERS LLV AND FASTLIFE. WE'VE BEEN BUILDING UP SINCE THAT DAY.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED NOW?- I CURRENTLY RESIDE IN THE 919, RALEIGH NC.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR STAGE NAME ?- "BLAKE" IS AN ACRONYM FOR BEHAVE LIKE A KING EVERYDAY. THE EXCLAMATION DEMANDS EMPHASIS. LASTLY, "THE GOD" COMES FROM MY MUSIC GROUP I.T.G.M.G IT'S THE GODS MUSIC GROUP.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE TYPE OF MUSIC YOU LIKE TO CREATE ?- I CREATE MUSIC THAT EXPRESSES REAL LIFE SITUATIONS. I MAKE MUSIC DIRECTLY FROM MY FEELINGS AND EXPERIENCES AND WHEN I'M FEELING MYSELF I WILL EXPRESS MYSELF ACCORDINGLY.I DONT PUT MYSELF IN A BOX WITH A SPECIFIC TYPE OF MUSIC. MY GOAL IS FOR LISTENERS TO RELATE TO MY MUSIC, TO LISTEN TO MY LYRICS AND FEEL WHERE I'M COMING FROM NOT JUST HEAR THE BEAT. I WANT THEM TO VIBE WITH THE TRUTH I SPIT.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO DO MUSIC ?- I AM INSPIRED BY MY OWN PASSION. EVEN WHEN I'M NOT PURPOSELY THINKING OF "RHYMES" OR LYRICS THEY FORM IN MY MIND. I HAVE SOME GREAT THINGS TO SAY IN MY OWN WAY AND I FEEL MY PURPOSE IS TO CREATE AND FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR THE MUSIC I CREATE. I AM INSPIRED TO DO MUSIC BECAUSE PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKE MY MUSIC. I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT SOMEONE WOULD HAVE A FAVORITE SONG ON MY CD..A SONG THEY LISTEN TO WHEN THEY ARE DOING THEIR DAILY TASKS. THIS IS MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION.

DO YOU WRITE YOUR OWN LYRICS ?- YES, I WRITE MY OWN LYRICS. NO ONE CAN EXPRESS MY FEELINGS LIKE I CAN. NO ONE CAN TELL MY STORY OR STYLE LIKE ME AND FIT WORDS TOGETHER FOR ME BETTER THAN ME. EVERYTHING I SPIT IS 100% AUTHENTIC AND REAL CREATED DIRECTLY FROM MY OWN VISION.

I SEE YOU HAVE A NEW VISUAL OUT FOR YOUR FREESTYLE " ALL THE WAY UP" LET ME JUST SAY I LOVE IT AND YOU DEFINITELY WENT IN ON THAT FREESTYLE! HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE VISUAL CONCEPT?

:- THANK YOU FOR CHECKING OUT MY ALL THE WAY UP FREESTYLE. I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE FEEDBACK. I COLLABORATED WITH BOST FILMS TO BRING THE VISUAL TO LIFE. OUR FOCUS WAS TO CAPTURE MULTIPLE ANGLES TO CREATE A FAST PACED BUT SIMPLE VISUAL. MY GOAL WAS TO MAKE THE VIDEO FUN AND CHOPPY TO CONVEY THE HIGH ENERGY FOR THE CHOPPY LYRICS. MY BROTHER, MY SISTER AND MY BEST-FRIEND ARE IN THE BACKGROUND HANGING OUT WITH ME AS USUAL SUPPORTING ME.

SO TELL ME, WHEN YOU ARE HEADING TO THE STUDIO OR EVEN JUST RIDING AROUND IN YOUR CAR, WHAT SONG OR SONGS JUST REALLY PUT YOU IN A HYPE MOOD?

WHEN I AM HEADED TO THE STUDIO I USUALLY LISTEN TO THE BEATS OF THE SONG(S) I'M ON THE WAY TO RECORD . OTHER THAN THAT MY SINGLE "GRIND" PRODUCED BY ACASHONDECK IS A MOTIVATIONAL SONG WITH A HYPE BEAT. THAT TRACK PUTS ME IN A GOOD MOOD AND MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I CAN DO ANYTHING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. TO GET HYPE I ALSO LISTEN TO OTHER ARTISTS WHO ARE ON THE COME UP LIKE MY BROTHERS LLV, CHAIN, FASTLIFE TONE, TAEGOCRAZY, KEMA KARTIER, KIZZY KREW, ACASHONDECK, GMACK THE BANDMAN, HGS. THEY ALL HAVE GOOD MUSIC THAT WILL GET YOU IN A GOOD MOOD AND HAVE YOU FEELING YOURSELF.

IS THERE ANY LOCAL ARTIST YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH? AND WHO IF SO?

THERE ARE PLENTY ARTISTS IN MY AREA I PLAN TO WORK WITH HONESTLY. KIZZY KREW, IVY MONAE, TIGO B, CHULO, MADISON J JUST TO NAME A FEW. I WOULD LOVE TO GET TOGETHER WITH ABOUT 6 OTHER FEMALE ARTIST TO REINVENT THE "LADIES NIGHT" TRACK. THAT WOULD BE SUPER DOPE TO ME. YES I AGREE! DOING THIS WOULD ALSO BRING BACK A STRONG SENSE OF UNITY WITHIN FEMALE RAP. WE ARE AMAZINGLY POWERFUL AND IF WE UNITE FOR THE GREATER GOOD WE WOULD BE AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE.

WHAT CELEBRITY ARTIST WOULD YOU LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH? I WOULD LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH REMY MA OF COURSE, I LOVE HER FLOW. SHE'S RAW AND NASTY WITH THE FLOW BUT SEXY AND CLASSY AT THE SAME TIME. I RESPECT HER GANGSTA. OTHER THAN REMY MA, MISSY ELLIOTT OF COURSE. SHE IS AN AMAZING ARTIST AND SONG WRITER. I GREW UP ON MISSY'S MUSIC ADMIRING HER CREATIVITY ALL WHILE CONFIGURING A PLAN TO ONE DAY BE IN A VIDEO WITH HER. SHE HAS PAVED THE WAY FOR SO MANY OTHER ARTIST. SHE WAS THE FEMALE DJ KHALED AT ONE POINT AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT SHES FROM VIRGINIA WHICH MAKES ME LOVE HER EVEN MORE. OF COURSE CHRIS BROWN, T.I, LIL WAYNE, BUSTA RHYMES, PHARREL, BIG SEAN. I JUST WANT TO WORK SO REALLY ANY HUMBLE CELEBRITY WITH HOT MUSIC AND GOOD ENERGY.

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE UPCOMING FEMALE ARTISTS? AS AN UPCOMING FEMALE ARTIST WHO IS STILL GROWING AND LEARNING STILL, THE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE TO OTHERS IS BE YOURSELF, STAY TRUE TO WHAT YOU KNOW, REMAIN HUMBLE, KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND WORK YOUR ASS OFF. DON'T COMPETE, SPREAD LOVE AND DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS JUST DO YOU THE VERY BEST WAY YOU KNOW HOW.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE DESIGNER OR BRAND ? HONESTLY I DO NOT HAVE A FAVORITE BRAND. I DON'T EVEN HAVE A FAVORITE STORE. IF I SEE IT AND LIKE IT, I BUY IT AND WEAR IT. I HAVE RECENTLY DECIDED TO WEAR MORE CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES FROM UP AND COMING BLACK OWNED BRANDS AND SUPPORT THOSE PEOPLE MORE.

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DAILY OUTFITS? MY MOOD IN THE MORNING INSPIRES MY DAILY OUTFITS. I CANT PICK AN OUTFIT AHEAD OF TIME EVER BECAUSE MY MOOD CHANGES SO DRASTICALLY DAILY. I CAN GO FROM WANTING TO WEAR SWEATS AND A TEE SHIRT TO WANTING TO WEAR A TIE AND SLACKS WITHIN AN HOUR.

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR PERFORMANCE OUTFITS AND HOW DO THEY DIFFER? WHEN I PERFORM I WANT TO FEEL AS FLY AS I AM. MY CLOTHES DO NOT DEFINE ME OR MAKE OR BREAK MY TALENT BUT IF I FEEL I LOOK GOOD I FEEL GOOD. I ALWAYS WANT TO STAND OUT AND MAKE SOME SORT OF STATEMENT. I'VE WORN DASHIKIS TO REPRESENT THE CULTURE,BREAST CANCER AWARENESS GEAR TO SUPPORT QUEENS BATTLING AND THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO BREAST CANCER. IF IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD I WEAR IT BUT I DRESS EVERYTHING UP IN MY OWN WAY OF COURSE BECAUSE I HAVE SAUCE LIKE THAT LOL

5 THINGS BLAKE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT

1. HENNESSY 2. GENUINE LOVE 3. MY 93 CHEVY CAPRICE 4. MY SUPPORTERS 5. MY PHONE

DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING SHOWS OR VISUALS ? AS OF RIGHT NOW I AM IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING SOME SHOWS SQUARED AWAY. ADD ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET MORE DETAILS FOR UPCOMING SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES. 12/12/16 I RELEASED A VISUAL FOR #14 "WAY WAY" FEAT MY BROTHER LLV FROM MY GREATER BY NATURE MIXTAPE. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK IT OUT,ITS DEFINITELY A CLUB BANGER AND SOMETHING TO GROVE TO.

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DAILY OUTFITS? MY MOOD IN THE MORNING INSPIRES MY DAILY OUTFITS. I CANT PICK AN OUTFIT AHEAD OF TIME EVER BECAUSE MY MOOD CHANGES SO DRASTICALLY DAILY. I CAN GO FROM WANTING TO WEAR SWEATS AND A TEE SHIRT TO WANTING TO WEAR A TIE AND SLACKS WITHIN AN HOUR.

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR PERFORMANCE OUTFITS AND HOW DO THEY DIFFER? WHEN I PERFORM I WANT TO FEEL AS FLY AS I AM. MY CLOTHES DO NOT DEFINE ME OR MAKE OR BREAK MY TALENT BUT IF I FEEL I LOOK GOOD I FEEL GOOD. I ALWAYS WANT TO STAND OUT AND MAKE SOME SORT OF STATEMENT. IVE WORN DAHSHIKIS TO REPRESENT THE CULTURE,BREAST CANCER AWARENESS GEAR TO SUPPORT QUEENS BATTLING AND THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO BREAST CANCER. IF IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD I WEAR IT BUT I DRESS EVERYTHING UP IN MY OWN WAY OF COURSE BECAUSE I HAVE SAUCE LIKE THAT LOL

WHERE CAN READERS FIND YOUR MUSIC ? READERS CAN FIND MY MUSIC ON MULTIPLE PLATFORMS. WWW.SOUNDCLOUD.COM/BLAKETG , MY FIRST MIXTAPE GREATER BY NATURE RELEASED 7/11/16 IS AVAILABLE ON SPINRILLA FOR FREE STREAM AND DOWNLOAD. I AM ALSO ON YOUTUBE. YOU CAN ADD ME : BLAKE ! THE GOD.

DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING SHOWS OR VISUALS ? AS OF RIGHT NOW I AM IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING SOME SHOWS SQUARED AWAY. ADD ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET MORE DETAILS FOR UPCOMING SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES. 12/12/16 I RELEASED A VISUAL FOR #14 "WAY WAY" FEAT MY BROTHER LLV FROM MY GREATER BY NATURE MIXTAPE. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK IT OUT, IT'S DEFINITELY A CLUB BANGER AND SOMETHING TO GROOVE TO.

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