Who Are Dr. EnQi & Dame Dash Exposing (Video News)

Never before has a video been this gripping and exciting to watch or listen to. The Conscious community has been exposed over and over again as scammers and hustlers.

 

In the video below Dr. EnQi shows how black lives really don’t matter to these snakes. Brother Panic says “wanting to do something for your people will stop you from reaching Heaven or a Successful Death”. Dame Dash exposes the fact that Bro. Rich idolizes drug dealers and killers, he is pretending to be conscious to funnel “conscious community money” into living the life of a pseudo drug dealer/rapper. Dame allowed Rich to hang himself with his own lust, by highlighting that disrespecting women and pouring champagne on “hoes” looks fun.

 

Bobby Hemmit who is Brother Panic’s teacher was a known sociopath who was selling black people angel checks and telling people not to invest in their health holistically or participate in the Western modalities. He is quoted as telling people that aliens can rescue them from cancer and cola can save them from heart attacks.

 

Dr. EnQi shows Brother Panic literally stealing his “IP” in hopes of stealing his audience for profit and the poisoning of the black conscious community. Bro. Panic is stating in plain English that creating black businesses or wanting to improve the lives of “your people” will damn you to hell. This is clearly the work of “the other side”, especially while Brother Panic solicits donations and support for his “black business” in the name of teaching “his” people. Isn’t he dooming himself to hell?

 

Many people have claimed that people were swagger jacking, biting, or stealing their swag but never before has someone literally been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Dr. EnQi literally shows the pages of his book that Panic is stealing from. A concubine of Brother Panic’s said in the chat that Enqi is a liar and a hater, she said Brother Panic identifies the authors which were blown out the water when Enqi shows that even the authors he is claiming are just being read from his book!

Tune in below.

TySoul x Maine the Medicine – Medicine for the Soul LP Interview & Serenity Video

TySoul and Maine the Medicine announce the release of their collaborative project titled ‘Medicine for the Soul.’ The 14-track album features Popko, Sweetness, Daniel Rosler, Suspect, Lambo Lo, Paulie, and GTS.  Check out our latest interview detailing the album along with visuals for the leading single “Serenity.”

 

MJ: You hit fans with something different and innovative with this new album “Medicine for the Soul”. You curated a captivating blend of R&B and Hip Hop. Talk about the album and the mindset behind creating it.

Stream/download “Medicine for the Soul” here on preferred platforms

TySoul: Both Maine and myself already collaborated on multiple records before this album, and everything we made together came out great. So, we thought, why not make a full project together, and we did just that. Myself being a Chris Brown fan, I wanted to add a new school R&B flare to the album, while having Maine add his old-school influences along with his amazing lyricism.

Maine: being from New York, Hip-Hop and R&B go hand and hand. Like Nas and Lauryn, Meth and Mary, Father MC with Jodeci, and the list goes on and on. We just wanted to bring that feeling back.

MJ: You enlisted an elite selection of producers for the album, with an incredible ability to orchestrate soundscapes that heighten the raw emotion and impeccable lyricism. Talk about that, as well as how you two linked up.

TySoul: We originally linked up nearly a decade ago from a mutual contact, we never collaborated at the time, but we did a few shows together. Years later Maine called me to come into JL Studios to do a hook for Mercy Gang and after that, it was a wrap…

Maine: We worked with a handful of producers including Know- it beats and Da Leadgeon who helped us blend that Hip Hop and R&B with today’s twist. Plus, we both get busy with the pen!

MJ:  Was the goal of the album to expand your fan base by stepping out of the box? Was it to display your versatility as artists and your agility to steer in different lanes?

TySoul: I think both of us somewhat stepped out of our comfort zones for the better. I was able to experiment with a more commercial sound rather than the old-school R&B type influences that were prevalent in my first album “Two-Sided.” I feel that we both displayed our versatility but also stayed true to our artistry.

Maine: I feel as an MC I should be able to adapt to any genre while still being me.

MJ:  What single off the album do you anticipate taking off both on charts and with listeners/fans?

TySoul: I think that “Addicted” or “Don’t You” are two of our more heartfelt records. Both talk about relationship-based content but also have an upbeat flow and awesome production.

Maine: “Serenity” is going to make a statement because it deals with some crucial issues going on in the world now. “Addicted”, “Old Thing Back”, and “Move Ya Body” are extraordinarily strong records as well.

MJ: Take a minute to reflect and share anything else about “The Medicine for the Soul”

TySoul: This project personally helped me to experiment with rapping more. Maine pushed and encouraged me to spit a few bars, and I was able to rap a few good verses on this album. Even through this pandemic, we stayed motivated and in touch, which enabled us to finish this project strong and in time when we were able to return to the studio.

Maine: We want people and our fans to get that great feeling listening to our music. We’re just trying to put authentic Hip Hop and R&B back on the map.

Special thanks to Dan Rosler, Amanda Rogan, Lambo Lo, Suspect, Gus, and Paulie…#RIPHefty

Watch “Serenity” featuring Sweetness and Daniel Rosler (off ‘Medicine for the Soul’ album). The empowering lyrics and serene images of unity and innocence in the video along with the soothing, soulful vibe and classic drums are sure to raise neck hairs and touch hearts worldwide.

Tianis Rose – Who Is She Vlog Part 1

Tianis Rose shares her world with fans and viewers in her vlog Who Is She part one.Hear what family members have to say about Tianis along with heartfelt stories and declarations of support and love. Stream below.

“Family is everything. I wouldn’t be me if it wasn’t for them. In loving memory of our angel’s – Thomas Tineo & Alexis Tineo.”

 

 

The Real Simba – How I Move (Video & Interview)

The Real Simba is climbing indie charts with his latest single and video “How I Move” available on all major platforms.

The young, Jamaican New Yorker delivers a pulsating track that defines his moves regarding money, music, and women.

As a young artist taking over the NYC scene, The Real Simba pays no mind to those clapping their mouths and hating on him. Let them keep talking and move frantically while this young King is moving with heavy pockets lined with Gucci from head to toe.

The blend of knocking bass and striking trap tones are sure to have music enthusiasts worldwide shaking and moving through the streets right into the clubs. Watch “How I Move” and check out our exclusive interview below.

MJ:  Give everyone a brief background on who Simba is.

Simba: “Simple Intellect Makes The Boy Amazing” I was born and raised in Jamaica and came here when I was about 7, so I have a big reggae influence. I landed in Mount Vernon where I fell in love with Hip Hop culture and since then I’ve been in love with music. I used to write poems then it evolved to songs, and a lot of my music is upbeat, fun, loving, inspirational, and really heartbreaking. I try to cover every aspect of me as a person and emotionally. But overall, I’m just a fun-loving kid from the ‘Ville with a dream, goal, passion, and drive.

MJ:  You’re a young artist who created his own lane and carved a name for himself in the music industry. Talk about that ladder climb and some of your strategies along the way.

Simba: It’s tough to keep it real, it’s a lot of hard work and time that goes into my craft but also a lot of risks that must be taken. I’ve lost a lot of money from people saying they can do something that they never produced. Working with different personalities and balancing a social life is a struggle. but I devote my all to music because it’s my true passion.

MJ:  What are some challenges and some perks coming up in an evolved realm of Hip Hop?

Simba: Hip Hop is more than music it’s a culture, it’s a group of people and a lifestyle. The genre is plagued by some violence, but I’ve shifted from that aspect and focused on fun up-tempo and inspirational music. Hip Hop made me who I am now and in turn, it allowed me to create and express my ideas, thoughts, and emotions.

MJ: I’ll get to what the fans want to know…”How I Move”, take us back to the thought, creation, production, to the final product of the single that is chart-topping!

Simba: Ohh man hahaha that was a good day I was actually in the club dancing and some girl came up to me with a bottle she literally said” I like how you move.” I kept saying that over and over because it was just so funny and crazy. Then later that week I heard a beat and those same words came back to me and that’s where it began and took off. I ended up writing the entire song that day. Now I’ve just been on the road working and promoting the track and video and I’ve been getting so much love.

MJ: What are some projects in the works or upcoming endeavors you can share?

Simba: I’ve got some good stuff coming for the people that support me as a person and my music. “Handle With Care “is an R&B project that I’m working on that’s going to really put people in their feelings. “Dreams of the Sky” is a mire motivation project but also very upbeat, raw, and gritty.  There are some other secret projects I’m working on but y’all just going to have to stay tuned…

 

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Dr. EnQi’s Live Interview With Cassidy (YouTube)

The GOAT in Battle Rap meets the GOAT of Consciousness & Holistic Healing. Dr. EnQi just exposed two facts that could highlight why the legendary Philly Hustler Cassidy has been and maybe always will be ahead of his time!

Dr. EnQi didn’t teach, he didn’t lecture and didn’t take the opportunity to self-promote or mention his mantra “ENQISDETOX.COM“, he instead gave us the classic Cassidy interview of all time. Dr. EnQi exposed Cassidy’s genius and spirituality. The only thing next is to hear Cass and EnQi on a track together.

Was Dr. EnQi Extorting Brother Polight? Watch Doggie Diamonds TV

Dr. EnQi states emphatically that he never extorted Brother Polight, rather Brother Polight attempted to finesse and scam Dr. EnQi out of an investment at which point Dr. EnQi secured some collateral to ensure his investment. When this occurred in 2010, Dr. EnQi did not feel supported which led to his recent interview on Doggie Diamonds TV.

“I’ve has endured a decade of slander by Polight’s camp attempting to distract people from the fact he is a financial predator in the conscious/woke communities.” The confusing thing to people has been the off and on “friendship”. Dr. EnQi explains this by stating, “You keep your friends close to you and enemies even closer.”  He also discusses the blackmailing and blackballing that is rampant behind the scenes with Blackmagik363 & Saneter Studios, the two platforms that use military personnel to mislead people evidenced by the Vaccine Debate & Dr. Sebi’s slander campaign.

Dr. EnQi is a true Icon and Mogul of the conscious and woke community who has shown time and again his bravery by standing up to death threats, blackmail attempts and continues to display his honor through his character by teaching subject matter ahead of even the most modern science. Along with the hat of Icon, Mogul, content creator, and pioneer, Dr. EnQi’s detox has revolutionized the world of Herbs. In fact, it is the first to target structuring water and the NRF2 system for cleansing and immune activity (http://enqisdetox.com/).

It’s evident Dr. EnQi is way ahead of his time and is the prototype of what a man, father, husband, and business partner should be. He is easy to connect with on Instagram and YouTube @DrEnQi, along with personally at 833-777-6543. Currently, Dr. EnQi is touring with HaHa Davis, participating in a film with Nick Cannon, and most importantly raising his family. Be sure to tune into his new show on Tuesday’s called The OGUN (Other Guys Universal Network) with KT The Arch Degree, where he continues to change the culture of consciousness. “I bring the swag to the smart and vegan communities and make geeks sexy!”

SINN x Chill Beatz Discuss “Ryder Music” Volume 2

On October 4th, 25-year music vet SINN will release the 1st single off his forthcoming sophomore album “Ryder Music” volume 2. I had the chance to sit down with SINN and in-house mega-producer Chill Beatz to discuss both the single and album.

MJ:  You recently announced the news of the forthcoming release of your sophomore album of Ryder Music. As a vet in the industry, your music is a timeline of your life and shows your growth as an artist. In three words describe this album.

SINN: A musical journey…

“Riding season is almost over, time to heat up the winter with Ryder Music…Da Ryder King Sinn is parking the bike and sparking up the mic” -SINN

MJ: The relationship between artist and producer is crucial when curating timeless music. Talk about the chemistry between you and in-house mega-producer Chill Beatz.

Chill: We push each other to do things that we don’t’ think are possible. Every beat is like a blank canvas and SINN is the artist!  We are brothers first, so the rest is easy.

SINN: Chill nailed it, our chemistry comes from our love of music, and a brotherly bond we have beyond the music.

MJ: Without giving too much away, share a little with the fans on what they can expect from Ryder Music Vol 2. How would you describe the SINN fans will get from this album?

SINN: For this album, I took the fans on a cruise on their favorite ride down a freshly paved road and I wanted to be their tour guide down the Ryder Music highway…

MJ: Chill, let listeners know about the dynamics of this album from production’s standpoint.

Chill: This album stayed true to the ryder music concept. Sinn also wanted to give his fans something they may hear in the clubs, so it was fun adding an R&B/Pop mix to this concept.

MJ: Take us behind the scenes and talk about everything that went into putting this album together, from the thought process to the final product.

SINN: As a vet in the game people tend to forget what struggles and growth you must go through as a person and as an artist. I’ve always been told I approach everything in an unconventional fashion, so I decided to give the fans the same great recipe just prepared differently. The thought process was for the world to know “the name and know the difference.”

Chill: SINN didn’t say a lot during this process other than it’s time for them “to know the name and know the difference.” No one can get in that man’s creative head.

MJ:  Word is the album will be released teaser-style, with a new single every two weeks. Tell us a little about the debut single.

SINN: The debut single is called “Make it Home” featuring Rita. This is a song for everyone who leaves out the door and has one goal in their mind; to make it home safe back in the arms of the one they love.

MJ: If you had to choose two personal favorites off the album what would those records be, and why?

Chill: I don’t really have a favorite but “Make It Home” is a song I think all the fans and listeners can relate to.

SINN:  My two favorites are “No Matter What” and “That’s What They Do.” The theme in “No Matter What” focuses on loyalty and no matter how far I go up the ladder I’ll always be around for my team.  “That’s What They Do” describes how a mature and secure man can refuse temptations and be loyal to his one and only.

MJ:  As we wrap up, is there anything else you would like to mention about Ryder Music Volume 2?

SINN: I feel this is my best work to date, the most monumental.

Chill: Buckle Up!

Connect with SINN and Chill Beats at HMDmuzic.com | Facebook

 

 

Maine The Medicine Interview & “Live From The Catacomb” Visuals

I had the pleasure of linking up with Maine The Medicine to chop it up about his forthcoming solo album titled “B.U.T.C.H” (Built Under The Culture’s Hands).  Fans can expect the LP to drop August 6th on all major platforms.

MJ: Your new album B.U.T.C.H. (Built Under The Culture’s Hands) debuts everywhere August 6th. After listening to the album, I think it’s fair to state this is by far the most superior of album releases. Can you go into detail about the correlation between the title of the album and MAINE as an artist?

Maine: The title B.U.T.C.H is in honor of my father who for the last two years has been through so much, from dialysis to both legs being amputated, and not knowing what his day to day would look like. I know there were times he wanted to give up, but he hung in there and kept fighting. Witnessing that I wanted to show my father the ultimate respect and name the album after him, plus he was the first one to introduce me to Hip-Hop. My first two records he bought for me were Kurtis Blow and New Edition.  Between my father and cousins Sudan and Barkin from Queensbridge, and my uncle Stevie, a Latin percussionist who played with Luther Vandross for 20 years… I was raised under music. That’s where ‘built under the culture’s hand’ derives from. To a fault Hip-Hop consumes my entire life from the way I think, dress, and talk. All I ever wanted to do was rap. Even now at the age of 42 all I want to do is rap and let the world hear my music.

MJ: This 22-track LP epitomizes the essence of Hip-Hop and upon release will potentially push the culture to the forefront. Talk about everything that went into creating this album. It’s evident this was a skilled mastery in the making.

Maine: I went into this album with the mindset of curating something personal and special. I wanted to give the fans that gritty Maine with the punches, but also give them a candid look into my life and some of the things I have been going through. Music is truly the best therapy whether your writing or listening to it. I want my album to show great lyricism and storytelling, and to give the younger generation a reason to appreciate our culture; learn from it instead of rebelling against it. I carefully handpicked people who I knew were Hip-Hop fans to express their love for the culture and who or what made them fall in love with it… Although I hate to sound cliché, this album takes you on a journey.

MJ: The production embodies the perfect blend of soulful undertones, gritty mixes, and of course that classic boom bap heavy bass. That arrangement intensifies your clever wordplay and rhyme schemes. Tell us about that emcee and production chemistry.

Maine:  Going into the album I knew I wanted a certain feel and vibe to the album. That boom bap and soulful feel has always been my sound. I knew with this being my solo project I had to go back to that sound. I must give a huge shout to my big homie U.G for pushing to do another solo project, “Maine when you gonna work on that project, I’m waiting for you lil bro, I got you.” He started crafting some heat for me and flawlessly fell in line with the sound I wanted. Then he jumped on the “M.A.I.N.E” track and the ball started rolling. Native Seals was also a major influence to push this solo project. My second single “Let Me Love” featuring Ty Soul is one of the many gems I got from Native. Of course, I needed to include production from my 20-year crew I.M.F Catacombs with Willy Sully and Da Leadgeon. They know my style and right off the bat they went in without me having to say anything and created 5 joints on the album. I also was blessed to have production from Father Focus Confusous, Jlstudios, Big City, and Know- it.

MJ: It was difficult to pinpoint album favorites, as each track flawlessly transcends into the next track. However, “MAINE” did stand out for a couple of reasons. In the industry there’s a craze that after a certain age rhyming should be left for resumes so the younger generation can shine. The issue with that is there’s a fair number of young artists who are not ‘built under the culture’s hand’, not willing to learn the history of Hip-Hop, and are not creating music for the purpose of longevity. “MAINE” nails that from beginning to end with in your face, stay in your lane lyrics. Share your insight on that track.

Maine: That track was produced by U.G and features U.G of the legendary Cella Dwellas. He was so invested in that track. I did a hook for it, but he wanted to take it up a notch. So now that track is on steroids especially once he jumped on it. Honestly, I was becoming frustrated with the lack of effort in the verses I here now a days, rapping over the vocals, and following the hottest trend. Once I heard the beat, I just unleashed that frustration. The hook defines me and what I’m about, which is a product of my era who was ‘built under the culture’s hand’… Some of my personal favorite tracks are “Never Fails”, “Dedication”, “I’m Trying”, and “let me love you” just to name a few.

MJ: Take this time to share with fans and listeners anything else they can expect from “B.U.T.C.H”

Maine: Aw man I want the fans to know I put so much thought, effort, and heart into this project. I want them to see how much I have grown as an artist, and that I will continue to push myself to be creative and not become stagnant. I’m also coming out with a solo EP produced by my catacombs team, an I.M.F EP is also in the works, a Mercy Gang album, Maine and Ty Soul EP, CBC 2, and a couple of other projects are in the works… I’m 42 I need to keep making music while I can because tomorrow is not promised.  I want to give a special s/o and respect to the artists featured on the album including U.G, Suspect, Elz Sinatra, Ren Thomas, my B.O.B brothers Holla Da Scholar and Mercy, Will Sully, Paulie, Da Leadgeon, Lambo Lo, Ty soul, Amanda Rogan, Jay Preston, Dan Schultz, James Ebron, Vision, Bomber The Monsta, and DJ TMB.  It was truly an honor to work with all these amazing artists.

Here’s a sneak peek into what’s to come. Watch the official video for “Live From The Catacomb” off the forthcoming “B.U.T.C.H” album.

Connect with Maine The Medicine on Facebook | Twitter

Mercy Gang Emancipates Hip Hop With Their Latest Album “M.E.R.C.Y.” (Murdering Every Rapper Coming at You) @MercyGang1

MJ here your favorite Hip Hop blogger!  Tonight it is more than a pleasure, it is an honor to interview Pennsylvania’s and East Coast’s own Mercy Gang!  Mercy Gang embodies the definition, lifestyle, and culture of Hip Hop.  Album after album the group conveys unity, brotherhood, and Hip Hop in it’s true form.
Their latest album “M.E.R.C.Y.” is an imperishable work of art created with blended talent and a mastery of lyricism, beats, and straight bars! This album is in tribute to the group’s fallen soldier Hefty Metal…

MJ: Let me begin by thanking you for taking the time to chop it up with MJ. Its an honor, you’re an amazing journalist, and poet.  Let’s jump right in and talk about the new album M.E.R.C.Y.  You have some of my favorite emcees on the album as features such as Chris Rivers and Ren Thomas.  Give everyone the who, what, where, when, why, and how of M.E.R.C.Y.  What does the acronym stand for?  Talk about the production. Talk about the cover art. Talk about the meaning behind it.  How was it creating music and an album without the core member Hefty (RIP)?
MG: The acronym M.E.R.C.Y. stands for Murder Every Rapper Coming at You. It was an honor to work with some of the nicest lyricists in the game.  Ren Thomas is like family, we have done plenty of shows with him and our brothers over at Sensi Starr so it was bound to happen. Our fellow Bax War brother Pryme Prolifik did the production on that record. As for Chris Rivers we chopped it up on the phone with him, sent him the track and he murdered it. We also have U.G from the legendary Cella Dwellas. He has been like a big brother and mentor to us since we went on tour with him, and Adlib in 2013. We wanted to work with some producers we didn’t get a chance to work with on our first album, but still keep that in your face sound that our fans were used to. We had some of the usual suspects like JL Studios, Level 13, U.G, Chris Fields, Nysom, and a couple of new producers like Holla da Schollar, Will Sully, and Pryme Prolifik. The artwork was done by the Soloist. We wanted to let Hefty know how much we miss him and that we know he is watching over us. This was a long and emotional 2 years; a lot of tears were shed working on this album without him. He was very creative and had such a powerful voice that was a big part of our sound. We appreciate the amazing poem you wrote for Hefty on this album; it really meant the world to us and his family.
MJ:  What do you want fans to embrace most from this album? Tell us what three words would Hefty use to describe the album.
MG: We want the fans to truly appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears we put into this album. The three words Hefty would use would be amazing, compelling, and honored.

MJ:  Will there be a M.E.R.C.Y sophomore album or trilogy?
MG: Yes, we’re constantly working on new material. Maine has a project with suspect from Marmel coming soon, and DJ Merc is working on a mixtape.
MJ:  I have to share that Mercy Gang is in my top 5 of favorite Indie Hip Hop groups for many reasons!  To begin each of you share the same core belief that Mercy Gang is a reflection of a family and true brotherhood.  To further, the group has an incredible know-how and skill to combine individual unique talents into fused perfection!  So often you hear of groups that break up or call it quits after a few hits or an album.  2017 Mercy Gang is still thriving.  Share the secret of a successful group. Also what would you say are some challenges?
MG: Thanks MJ! That’s means a lot coming from you, being the Hip Hop head you are.  We trust each other’s creativity and respect each other’s point of view as it comes to beats, rhymes, and life. We argue and bump heads like most groups do, but the love and respect that we have for each other and for our Mercy Gang Brand is stronger than our pride or any egos.
MJ:  Listening to M.E.R.C.Y talk about how the group has progressed musically from previous albums.  How would you like to further progress as a group?
MG: Just continuing to make the music from our hearts, and daring to be different. We’re not afraid to take risks, always giving our all on every song, verse, or hook. We don’t sit around trying to make a hit. We just let the music bring the best out of us organically.
MJ: Mercy Gang has shared the studio and stages with several major artists!  Talk about a memorable time in your career that still stands out to you.  Also, who would you like to add to that list of collaborations?
MG: We have had a few but the performances that stick out the most were the Staten Island shows where Method Man came on stage and started rocking to our song. We have also had the honor of rocking the stage with both Sean Price and Prodigy who sadly are no longer with us. May they both rest in peace. Our bucket list of artists we would love to work with, for Maine would be Redman and Nas. Paulie would like to collaborate with Eminem and Tech N9ne. We would also love to work with Philly’s own the 30 and Over League.
MJ:  As we move into the new year give us some inside scoop on upcoming shows or other projects you will be working on.
MG: We’re working on some dates for a couple of mini tours in Canada with Marmel and with universal entities from MA, VA, and NC.  We are working on another Mercy Gang album. Maine and Suspect are working on a project titled “Cross Boarder Connections Vol 2”.  DJ Merc has a mixtape coming out, and we have a couple of surprises under our sleeve as well, so stayed tuned!
MJ:  Let’s talk about support!  I find it amazing how incredibly supportive and encouraging you are to other artists.  I remember one show, our first time meeting in person, you arrived early, supported every single performance and performer, and even stayed afterwards to network.  Why is that so important to you?  How does that help you as artists?
MG: Well first and foremost I’m a fan of the culture so I love to see other dope artists, and we are always down to do build for collaborations. Networking is extremely important when you’re an artist, dj, promoter, manager, or even just a fan. So many doors can open up through networking. We’ve met some great people who share the same love and passion as we do.
MJ:  I get called an ol’ head quite frequently because I debate and critique music that so many are quick to categorize or label as Hip Hop.   When I think of Hip Hop I think lyrics, boom bap, knowledge, delivering a message, instruments, poetry, art, etc. I think of a 4-minute track with a hook.  I think of catchy intro’s and outro’s.  I think of longevity; I can go on forever.  Tell me in your own words how do you define Hip Hop?  Do you see Mercy Gang ever conforming to fads or trends?
MG: We will never conform to fads or trends, that’s just not us. Hip hop is a way of life for us!  we eat, sleep, and shit Hip Hop…Hip Hop is a feeling, Hip Hop is competitive, Hip Hop is beats, rhymes, originality. It’s being true to yourself, and not trying to fit in.
MJ:  I’m curious, how did everyone link up and create Mercy Gang?  If it wasn’t for music where would you be right now in life?
MG: Maine did a record with Sway one of our earlier members, and Hefty came to the session and the three of them hit it off instantly. I was part of a group called Unstable Minds when Hefty reached out to me about joining the group. The original group consisted of Hefty, Maine, Ace, Sway, myself, Paulie, and Bagz. Our name was “The Mercenaries,” but Maine wasn’t feeling it so he started saying Mercy Gang and it stuck. We met DJ Merc at a show we did in Jersey and he was dope. So three months later Hefty approached him about being in the group and the rest is history. We still try to keep the essence of the original group by putting the former members on a lot of our projects. If I weren’t doing music I would probably be pursuing my interest in writing scripts for movies (Maine).
MJ:  Play along with the quick 3…. Name three places you would like to tour.  Name three artists in your playlist regardless of genre. Name 3 people who have influenced you both personally and musically.  Describe in three words a Mercy Gang performance.
MG: We would love to tour overseas like Europe, Japan, and definitely the United States. My playlist right now has Redman, John Mayer, and Conway. Paulie’s playlist right now has Twiztid, Wu Tang, and Benny from Griselda. My three influences would be my cousin Sudan who I learned how to rap from. My mom who made me the person I am today and I would have to say the culture of Hip Hop.  Three words to describe a Mercy Gang show without a doubt would be energetic, raw, and amazing.
MJ:  Each member of the group has their own personal lives, where does the balance come in?  How do you balance career and family?  Sometimes in this industry to be successful in both is extremely difficult.
MG: It’s a thin line, because one is going to effect the other.  For Paulie and myself we both have wives and kids, and both of our wives are nurses and their schedules are crazy.  So when it comes to touring we have to work around our family’s schedule. But the thing that makes it work is the love and support our family shows us when it comes to our music, they know how much it means to us.
MJ:  As we wrap up, is there anything else you would like the world to know about Mercy Gang?
MG: We would want the world to know that we love what we do, and we try our best to give our all on every track we do. We love Hip Hop!  We love our fans, and we love making music.
MJ:  I wish Mercy Gang a future filled with success and extraordinary accomplishments! Thank you for being true to Hip Hop, salute!
MG: Same to you MJ.  We want to thank you for being our voice for Hip Hop. Continue to hold it down for us independent and underground artists. We salute you and it was an honor to do this interview with you.
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