IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
TRAGMAN: I hail from Charleston, South Carolina aka the Charlie O aka The Port City.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
TRAGMAN: I was introduced to music at a young age by my father. He introduced me to artists such as Otis Redding, Temptaions, and Sam Cook. At the age of nine I was introduced to hip-hop by my cousins. I began listening to Wu-tang, Biggie, 2pac, Kriss Kross. At ten I started penning my own rhymes. By age 14, I was battle rapping and doing talent shows. After two failed independent label deals in 2014, I decided to start my own label Music Hype Ent aka MHE.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
TRAGMAN: My songs are about real life. I write about the pain and the struggle to make it in the world, the fun stories of party life, wild women, and the sad and emotional roller coaster of lost and betrayal.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
TRAGMAN: My favorite song to perform is “City Lights” because of the energy of the production. It features my artist Jae Cre and Dream Ray Lee. I did speed rapping for the 1st time on that song.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
TRAGMAN: The grind it takes to truly establish a brand, and how much money it truly takes to get in the music business. These rappers be like I made a hot song and got on like that. It’s a lot more to it like paperwork which cost money before you can even put the record out.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
TRAGMAN: Notorious B.I.G., 2pac, Black Thought, The Hotboyz, No limit, 8ball, MJG, Indo g, T-rock, 3’6 mafia, Scarface, UGK, Outkast, Goodie Mobb, Uncle Luke, Big l, Chino XL, Rass Kass, Crooked-I, Joe Buddens, Royce Da 5’9, Joel Otiz, Horseshoe Gang, Twista, MC hammer, Crucial Conflict, KRS One, The Dogg Pound, Snoop Dogg, Big Pun, Mase, Eazy-e.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
TRAGMAN: I describe it as South-eastern lyricism. It’s a fusion of east coast lyricism mixed with southern energy and slang, with a twang of Geechee culture.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
TRAGMAN: What makes me stand out from other artist is my vocabulary, my subject matter, my sometimes complex bars and word play. With my musical approach, I try to paint a vivid pictures with my words like a storyteller. My music has a 90’s feel over today’s production.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
TRAGMAN: I would like to see lyrics return to the game, creativity, actual flow patterns, and not mumble raps. I want crews to return back to the game. Today’s game is more of a solo man’s game it seems.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
TRAGMAN: I am currently working on a mixtape titled, 4MY Niggas. I am also working on the MHE Compilation. Me and an artist by the name Chiina Doll are working on a joint album, and I got a new group project called Geechee Comission.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TRAGMAN: My career goals are to impact the world with my music. I want to be able to make a living and provide for my family with my music and other endeavors. I want to put my label MHE on the map. In ten years I plan to be running my own company like Dr. Dre or Diddy. I want to be putting out artists from all over the globe, acting in movies and expanding the MHE brand world-wide.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
TRAGMAN: My fans can reach me at Tragman83@Gmail.com,https://twitter.com/tragman,https://soundcloud.com/tragman,
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