I got in touch with Steven Caple Jr. to have him set off our first segment of "Interviews from the OH" where I interview Ohio bred creatives with various skill sets to show exactly what WE are capable of, in hopes they not only provide insight but inspire and/or motivate other Ohioans.
Singer, Songwriter MAJOR. has been into music his entire life but it wasn't until his hit single, Why I Love You started to garner major attention by not only going viral on Youtube (currently at over 30 million views), the song reached top 5 on the billboard charts, Stevie Wonder dubbed it the "wedding song of the year" and Patti LaBelle sang it on her national tour did MAJOR. really get that push into stardom. I got the opportunity to talk to him on a 1-on-1 phone interview during his Press Day before he hit Cleveland on November 2nd for The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour co-headlined by Kirk Franklin and Ledisi.
Fremont, OH comedian Ishoos chatted with us as we discussed his comedic style "Common Sense Comedy" and how it separates him from the rest, the worst response he's ever received following a joke and how being homeless is what pushed him in the direction of comedy.
Check out the interview after the jump!
Singer and Songwriter, Sammie has gone through ups and downs in the music business but has maintained to be tried and true when it comes to his craft.
While on The Savage tour with Tank, we got an opportunity to discuss his new album Coming of Age, what he would pen in an open letter to the young Sammie and his unbridled faith in God.
Ever since Nick Grant emerged on the scene, he has pushed the envelope and reminded all of us why we should still have hope in this thing called Hip-Hop. I mean, he's co-signed by some of the most elite in the industry; Andre 3000, Jay-Z, NaS, Talib Kweli. He also had Jeezy vibing hard during his Sway In the Morning freestyle. So check the interview as we discuss not only his upcoming projects - Dreamin Out Loud and Sunday Dinner, who he likes in battle rap and if he thinks Hip-Hop is still dead.
Singer, Songwriter and Producer Tank has been in the music game for over 20 years. As a songwriter, he's written songs for the Aaliyah, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Pitbull and more. As a singer, he's currently on tour while awaiting the release of his 8th solo album entitled Savage which is set to drop on September 29th. So when I found out he was hitting Cleveland, I had to snag an interview with him and since he's so popular on my social media accounts I decided to let the fans ask the questions. Check out what the fans had to ask him after the jump!
Cincinnati's own Juan Cosby is nothing short of a renaissance man. Not only is he currently the vocalist/producer for Counterfeit Money Machine and keyboardist/producer for BIG’UNS, he's also the General Manager of Grasshopper Juice Records who not only has a roster of independent acts but they also book national artists, coordinate local events in Cincinnati all while throwing the Adjust Your Eyes Music and Art Festival every year since 2006. Whew.. I'm tired just writing that. Check out the interview after the jump!
SoMo is a very talented singer/songwriter from Texas who was first discovered on Youtube. He used the popular video sharing site as a platform to release not only original music but popular song covers of such artists as Ginuwine, Miley Cyrus, Boyz II Men, Chris Brown, Usher, Mario, Drake, etc. which garnered millions of views. He later signed with Republic Records and in the process has released 2 studio albums (the latest one entitled The Answers which dropped in March 2017) and several mixtapes. His hottest song to date is Ride which has gone 2x platinum and has just under 22 million views on Youtube. We had the pleasure of sitting down with this cutie and talking 1 on 1 about all things music, life and sensuality.
Hodgie has been invited to be a guest on Shade45 with Sway, his single Minding' My Business is currently in rotation on 106.7 The Beat and Power 107.5 and he's consistently had his music showcased in many blogs such as Okayplayer, Complex, 2DopeBoyz, Vibe, Nahright, DJBooth, etc.
We did a quick phone interview with Hodgie and talked about how he's grown as an artist, how he feels about mumble rap and of course .. Street Lights.
Check the interview after the jump!
You may have caught his viral video "Bizzy's In The House" anywhere on social media which is currently sitting at 9.7 million views.
I did a quick phone interview with Lil Bizzy and discussed how he didn't really understand his father's musical impact [Bizzy Bone of the legendary Bone Thugs-n-Harmony] until in his late teens and what sets him apart from other rappers kids.
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Cleveland's own Shuicide Holla is definitely the numbers man around these parts. Since his smash hit Hit Dem Folks went viral with over 1.65 million streams on SoundCloud, a youtube dance video with over 6.5 million views AND if you Google the man you will find video upon video of kids all over the world dancing to his hits, so it kinda makes you curious as to the man behind all of this.
We got a chance to chat it up with Shu so check out the interview after the jump and find out more about him!
Eric Roberson is a singer, songwriter, producer and a 2x Grammy nominee from New Jersey who has written and/or provided vocal production for Musiq Soulchild, Vivian Green, Will Smith, Cam'ron, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Robert Glasper and many more. His last album entitled Tigallerro was a joint project with Phonte (formerly of Little Brother and presently The Foreign Exchange). He has recently announced the 2017 release of a trilogy EP entitled Earth (which will release April 21st) + Wind (July 2017) + Fire (October 2017) that will be dropping soon. We were able to sit down with Erro before his Cleveland show and ask him a few questions.