IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – C-NOTE – CANADA’S HOTTEST STAR!

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Chris Saghbini, better known as C-Note, is a funky hip-hop artist with a thuggish touch. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario Canada and is of Lebanese descent. C-Note started writing rap lyrics when he was 10 years old in the back of his grade 5 class. At the age of 13 he recorded his first song called “Hate On Us” with 2 of his cousins. To them it was for fun, but when C-Note heard himself rapping, he knew that this was his life! C-Note had a rough start through. At the beginning of his career, he was being told he wasn’t good and wouldn’t make it and should “drop the mic.” C-Note didn’t have much support towards his music career, but he used this to motivate himself and help better himself and his artistic abilities as a rapper, and has built himself up to the rap artist he is today. C-Note has developed a versatile, lyrical and diverse approach to his rap music trying to bring back that funky feel to the music and use real instruments for the instrumentals. As well as incorporating some lyrical trap and some good smoke-up-to type of music. Through trying different types of songs, trying to have a song for each moods, switching up the flow, and keeping good lyrics in his fashion, C-Note began to build himself fully as a rapper. C-Note says his career really started taking off once he dropped the “Flyin’” Music Video back in 2012, and everything has been going uphill from there. C-Note’s main influences growing up were Tupac and Eminem. C-Note has performed mostly in the Toronto area in places like the Mod club, El Mocambo, Revival etc. But is now starting to perform more shows in Ottawa as well at places like Ritual. C-Note recently put together a group called O.T.T.O, standing for “Only The Titled Ones” including 2 other members, Yusso & D’Ill. C-Note has released some great music videos like, “Funk Back” & “Feel Me On This” & the most recent one, “Get It (Kill It)” with a few more on the way like the “Sorry” music video. C-Note also dropped a new single, “Bad Habits” featuring Ottawa rapper and fellow O.T.T.O member, Yusso. These are all to lead up to the new “Rhyme Skiiming” mixtape, which is set to drop in late-February or early-march 2015. C-Note’s previous & first mixtape was the “Big Dreams” released in late August 2013. C-Note says this new mixtape is a HUGE step from the last one, with features for some local Ottawa artists such as, YussoA-Dub; And some local Toronto Artists such as, D’Ill & Leemz. This funky hip-hop artist is someone to keep your ears out for, so stay posted because he’s got some new material that’ll get you bumpin’ off your seat!

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

C-NOTE: I am from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I lived in Toronto for a year (2013-2014) where I also did a lot of growing as an artist.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?


C-NOTE: My grandfather was a well-known poet in Lebanon who also wrote songs for my uncle, who is an Arabic singer. He also helped manage my aunt’s career, who was a singer. My mom used to also sing when she was younger but never viewed it as a career for herself. I have an uncle who was also a poet and had showed me some of his poems. I began writing hip-hop lyrics when I was 10 years old, in the back of my grade 5 classroom. When I was 13, I recorded my first song with my 2 cousins on a little webcam microphone.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?


C-NOTE: Like any other artist, I love music and love making music. Even If I weren’t releasing music, I would still be making music. Music is my life. But also so I can give back. I want to build and grow and be recognized as a great talented artist, and use the attention to produce positive changes in the world and help raise awareness in certain matters.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?


C-NOTE: I am very diverse and versatile with my songs. I have songs about partying, drinking, getting high and living/loving life. I also make positive songs about war and poverty and how people need to smile.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?


C-NOTE: I would say people ages 18-30, people who go out and enjoy life, people who party, people living the college lifestyle, Stoners, people who like the old-school rap, people who like lyrical trap.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?


C-NOTE: My 2 biggest influences are Tupac and Eminem. I listened to them the most growing up. Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself” actually influenced me a lot in wanting to become a hip-hop artist. For Eminem, I mostly loved his rhyme-scheme and wordplay and the fact that he could just say whatever he wants in a song and do whatever he wants in a video, and act weird as hell without having a care about what people would think. Tupac inspired me in from how he makes his music sound like poetry, and his lyrics were real. He would make music for people to relate to and learn from. He rapped for peace and freedom. He influenced me to always have songs about real things going on in the world

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?


C-NOTE: I’m a funky hip-hop artist with a thuggish touch. When I say that I mean, I have old school funky songs that are filled with energy for when you’re having fun or about to party or go out. And I have smooth, mellow, smoke-to type of music to relax and chill-out to. But I also have that hard in your face, lyrical-trap music to get hyped up.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?


C-NOTE: I have a different style and approach to hip-hop, though I make some of the typical rap songs. I focus on making sure my lyrics always make sense and aren’t just garbage. My songs aren’t all about the beat. I love messing around with my wordplay and rhyme schemes. I try to make music for people to relate to and learn from. My songs are filled with energy. I am very versatile and my songs are diverse.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

C-NOTE: My biggest project in the works at the moment is the, “Rhyme Skiiming” mixtape. It’s going to be a 10-12-song mixtape with a couple features from some Ottawa and Toronto artists. It will be getting released in late February or early March. Another project to look out for would be the, “Sorry” Music Video, which will be released mid-late January.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals?

C-NOTE: My career goals are to have nation/world wide tours. Own my own label or music group. Have high ranked (Top 5) albums and singles. Have a successful business for planning and putting on shows. Make positive changes in the world through my music. Raise awareness on poverty/mental illness/violence etc. I want to be very well-known as a hip-hop artist.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

C-NOTE: In 10 years I see myself being successful in my goals, having a massive fan-base and being known as a hip-hop artist who really cares and made positive changes. I also see myself performing in front of massive crowds and selling major hit albums. I dream big, but I also work hard and believe that I will make it where I plan to make it.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

C-NOTE: www.ItsC-Note.com

cnotemusic15@gmail.com

www.twitter.com/yaboicnote

www.facebook.com/yaboicnote

www.soundcloud.com/yaboicnote

www.reverbnation.com/yaboicnote

www.youtube.com/cnote15chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I’ve heard a lot about you, keep up the amazing work C-note. I look forward to seeing you and having the name Chris already makes you awesome.

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