IAA: What is your music background?
RDS: My grandfather, Al Roland played with the great Cab Calloway. He really inspired me to start writing music.
IAA: What inspired you to do music?
RDS: I was inspired to do music when I found out I was good at it. I would never rap in front of an audience until my homies in my neighborhood told me that I was the best they had ever heard.
IAA: What are your songs about?
RDS: My songs are all about real life experiences that I have been through.
Everything that you hear from me is like an autobiography and a handbook of game all in one.
IAA: Do you write your own music?
RDS: Yes I write and produce my own music.
IAA: Who are your musical influences? Who are your currently listening to?
RDS: As a kid, I grew up listening to the Isley Brothers, George Clinton, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Michael Jackson influenced me to do music, and also KRS One and Public Enemy. I currently listen to Snoop Dogg, JadaKiss, Young Jeezy, T.I., Rick Ross, and 50 Cent. I also like Kanye West because he elevated his game.
IAA: How would you describe your music?
RDS: My music is rap meets funk again, but this time with an outrageous voice, lyrics, and true life stories.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
RDS: I stand out because of my originality, deliverance, and Midwest slang over West Coast swag.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects that your are currently working on?
RDS: Right now I am finishing up a 2 part album entitled, “The Black Book” Part 1 and 2 produced by myself and some family members I call the Madhouse Redemption.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
RDS: I want to elevate my own rap game and take it to different stages. I want to put what I call “reality rap” back into hip-hip. I want to go back to when hip-hop music gave you strong emotions while listening to it. In 10 years I’d like to see those goals accomplished and still be relevant in the game.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?