Starting out as dancer, Antonio Mclean aka Tony Cashman realize quickly realized he had a passion and talent for music as well. Experiencing many ups and downs in life, Tony never let any setbacks stop him from pursuing his goals. Not just a rapper, but a business man as well, being the CEO of his own publishing company. Tony Cashman is not your average run of the mill rapper, but is a superstar in the making.
IAA: What is your music background?
TONY CASHMAN: I was raised listening to rap, hip-hop & rhythm and blues. I picked up soul and rhythm & blues from my grandparents. I picked up hip hop music from my uncles and friends.
IAA: What inspired you to pursue music?
TONY CASHMAN: I pursued music after being involved in my cousin’s dance group from the age of 5 to 8. I pursued music because I like to entertain people and have fun. Listening to music was a way for me to ease my stress. When I began to write my own music it became a passion for me. I enjoyed writing music on subjects that grabbed the attention of my listeners.
IAA: What are your songs about?
TONY CASHMAN: My songs have many different themes. I rap about everything, from living the street life, to enjoying life, to discussing my views on the world & politics. Most of the time, I write songs based around the mood I am in.
IAA: Do you write your own music?
TONY CASHMAN: Yes I write all of my music. My music is 100% authentic and orginal, “I can not rap what another man writes.” It is not in my nature to recite or (spit) someone else’s written work. I would feel as if I’m belittling myself and my craft.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
TONY CASHMAN: My musical are Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Big Daddy Kane, Ice Cube, T.I. Slick Rick and Scarface. I grew up listening to mostly Scarface and Rap A Lot . As time progressed, Tupac became my favorite artist because of his work ethic, passion for writing music and for making a change in the world.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people ?
TONY CASHMAN: I would describe my music as authentic and original. When I say authentic , I mean there are no fabricated lines, bars, or situations, I speak from the heart when I’m in front of the microphone or when I write. These are my personal experiences.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist ?
TONY CASHMAN: I only speak on my life and my experiences. I write about subjects that other people can relate too, even if I haven’t been through it already. I have a go hard work ethic as well, and I won’t stop until everything is completed.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on?
TONY CASHMAN: The current projects I’m working on are my Hard Work Pays Off mix tape, and I am working on two new singles off my debut album as well. I collaborated with Jaymes Davis a.k.a. Streat of Profit Gang on the production as well. I am working with a my homeboy Laurence Clarke aka Covert as a rap artist under C.G.E.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TONY CASHMAN: I would like to sell anywhere from 500k to a million plus records here in the U.S. as well as the U.K. My career goal is to run a successful independent recording label that will grow into an empire. Besides recording and selling music, I see myself selling houses and owning more legit and lucrative companies.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
TONY CASHMAN: My fans can access my music through my company’s website at www. cashgettazentertainment.com/C.A.S.H.L.I.F.E, www.reverbnation.com/tonecashman, www.arlive.com/music/tonecashman, www.fmchat.info/music/tonecashman, www.indiecharts.com/tonecashman, www.twitter.com/tonecashman, www.facebook.com/TonymcLean, www.soundcloud.com/tonecashman for the all production .
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