IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: I was born in San Bernardino, CA on Dec 14, 1983 I was born on an Air Force Base. I grew up most of my life in So Cal and lived 10 years in Seattle, WA, but now I am currently located in Phoenix, AZ
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: I began singing R&B at the age of 6 at The Church Of Religious Science in Long Beach, CA. I started rapping at the age of 15 in 1998 in Seattle WA. at Ballard High School. I was the first male vocalist to start the male choir!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: Recording and releasing my own music has been a dream ever since I can remember. I love making music that captures the emotion of the listener. My music allows me to express my thoughts and emotions to my listener that can relate to the life long struggles I’ve been through. I represent the American dream of getting paid to do what I love while changing people’s lives with my words.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: My music is about real life experiences that I have lived. I write about ideas and topics that anyone can relate to. I touch a wide variety of people with my songs through hip-hop, R&B, gangster rap, trap music, and down south style. I try not to limit myself as an artist but agree that there are multiple listeners that want to hear a variety of music. Therefore, my music captures all genres.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: My musical influences range from Tupac Shakur, UGK, E40, Celly Cell, Spice1, Notorious B.I.G., Bone Thugs and Harmony to Boys II Men,R. Kelly, The Isley Brothers all the way down to Prince, Gladys Knight and The Pips, and Harold and The Blue Notes. It’s a wide variety of influences I know! I don’t limit myself to one style and I’m very versatile with my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would your describe your music to people?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: I would describe my music to people as influential and emotionally capturing music that does not just target one audience. My music is all based on true stories or real emotions. I make real music that real people can relate too.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: I definitely stand out from other artists because of my universal talent. I am a singer that can touch the audiences that prefer smooth listening with a rough background growing up in Southern California. I can also rap lyrics that even your hardest gangster audience can relate to. I do not limit myself to one category in music, I am a “Universal” artist and that is exactly what separates me from today’s artists.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: The hardest challenge in my music career thus far has been an almost crippling, near death experience with my motorcycle. The accident unfortunately almost ended my rap career. However, I use the energy as momentum to revamp my focus and overcome the tragedy. I remained positive and pressed forward through the negativity.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: My independent self titled album “The Original Playboi” is currently on ITunes. However, I have three upcoming projects that I am working on. The first project is an album titled “Radio Hits.” It is an album that has features from Spice1, Celly Cell, Glasses Malone, Do or Die, Lil’ Flip, JT Funny Money, Hannibal Lec, NoClue, Coke Boy Red Nose, and GrandPre. It is a 15 track album that are all tracks that you may hear on the radio, hence the name “Radio Hits”. My second project, is a mixtape called “Thieving Beats.” It is a mainstream mixtape that will be free to the public to download and enjoy. The features are to be announced. My third project is an album due in the middle of 2015. It is a double disc album named “Blueberry Passion – Banana Clip Crazy.” The Blueberry Passion disc is 12 tracks of R&B and easy listening feel good music. The “Banana Clip Crazy” disc contains 12 tracks of gangster rap, trap music, and new school rap. This album will target all audiences in one double disc. The features are to be announced.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: My career goals are to be successful in creating music for people to love and to be known world wide for the gift God has given me. My goal is to speak to the people and to be able to touch their lives in a positive way that they can relate to. In 10 years, I see myself still being in the music scene however and with whomever has been blessed with the gift to speak to the world through music. Music will be a part of my life until I’m 6 feet under. It will live on even after I’m gone.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
THE ORIGINAL PLAYBOI: For my fans, first off God bless you for having belief in me and for helping me achieve greatness. You can find me at:
google “The Original Playboi”
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