IAA: What is your music background?
TRULY BLESSED: Well my Grandmother rapped in Germany, no I’m kidding but I started out in music as a bboy. I grew up watching old movies like “Beat Street” and “Breakin”. So the four elements of hip hop(breaking, mc’ing, grafitti, Dj’ing) were like my life from a early age. This was due in part to television and the streets in the California during the “boogaloo” period. lol. I actually began rapping towards the end of high school, but didn’t make it a career choice till about 25.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
TRULY BLESSED: I like recording my own material cause it allows me to be hands on with everything. I feel the music while it’s being created and the energy is flowing. I couldn’t just be partially involved. I have to be there. I record and release my own music to keep me involved in every aspect of the creation process.
IAA: What are your songs about?
TRULY BLESSED: My songs are about life. Not a glamorized rap life but a real life of struggle and real issues. My music is about God, education, and health. My music is not religious but still gospel, not grimy but still street. TB music is music above the standard. I am a lyrical assassin if you ask me but with an edited flow, lol.
IAA: Who are you musical influences?
TRULY BLESSED: I consider myself to be an entertainer who exceeds the limit. Michael Jackson is my greatest influence because of what he stood for aside from the scandals. He was an entertainer. He was my glisten to spark my dream. On a lyrical ability and all around hip hop level, the list goes as follows: Run DMC, TuPac, Jay-Z, J.Cole, Outkast, B.O.B.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
TRULY BLESSED: If you were to take the “church” out of the Church and take out the whole religious aspect, you would have the sound that I have created. Cross-over hip hop is music for the cross-overs in life.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
TRULY BLESSED: I am different to the extreme. Nothing is the same, and nothing will ever be plain. My material and my dedication to please the fans during every stage performance is what set me apart.
IAA: Tell us about one of your hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
TRULY BLESSED: The pursuit in itself. A lot of people have fallen off since the beginning and left me without support with my music. My family didn’t really believe in my vision and parted ways with me early on. Being alone through all these ups and downs I would have to say is the only hard challenge. But I reverse that pain and get healing through music and give my fans music they can relate too.
IAA: What current projects are you working on?
TRULY BLESSED: Currently I have a new mixtape out. I am working on a tour schedule for promotion. I also have a new single that is due to be released July 31st entitled “Sweet Dreams”. All I can say about the song is that it’s fire!
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TRULY BLESSED: Once I have obtained a record goal, I plan to invest in other business ventures. I have been forming proposals in order to obtain proper funding for my future businesses. 10 years from now, I see my last name as a corporation of many businesses that have been designed to help a broken area in our nation. On the music side, I plan to be killing the stage for my fans for 20-30+ like Jay-Z. I never want to stop making music till I see the deathbed. 10 years from now, TMZ going to have me on repetition, but not for anything negative but for bringing back America through music.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
TRULY BLESSED: I’m online everywhere. Here is the rundown: www.lafango.com/epk/trullytb www.reverbnation.com/tbtruelyblessed http://soundcloud.com/tb-truelyblessed facebook@ TB Truely blessed Twitter@ UAE42349706 instagram@ TBofficial