Check out the new song from Jay (The Healer) Purnell – Chaos
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I currently live in the City of Wilmington, DE. Originally born in Longbranch, NJ. I Started Rapping at 13 thanks to my man Northside Hom who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. I was off and on for 6 years until age 19, then from there I decided to make it my primary focus.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song I will be promoting is called “Chaos.” It is the intro to my latest project “The Storm” released May 16 2012. This track kicks off the project. The effects that my engineer B. Magic put in were amazing and my lyrics made this track dope! If you ever played football, and you stood in the huddle during kickoff and waited to see who was going to make the big hit to set the tone of the Game, this is that big hit. To get a better understanding of what I am trying to do, check out my track Brain-Storm and you shall be moved!
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Money, it’s that simple. I have lost over 2 grand simply because I place trust in others to carry my dream with delicacy. Watch out for junkies who make beats, promoters at shows who make you pay an arm and a leg for you to get 10 min of fame (so they say). I payed 300 dollars because I was told Freeway was going to be a judge and sign people. He showed up; however, left 1 hour later. You got beat! Not to mention I am from Delaware and the local radio stations do hardly anything to help artist blow mp3s at 3pm will not do it 101.7.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
My Biggest setback was not really a setback if it makes sense. At 23 I bought my first house, with that comes paying bills and taking on the role of trying to keep your house! I drive trucks, make good money; however, my music is probably 2 to 3 years behind schedule do to my career and taking care of my home. But Now I think I have a schedule that’s favorable – and now its time to work!
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I call them “Dream Pirates!” They will rob your soul and your pockets. These people have these names and identities. “The Boogie Man” would rather sell you a beat for a perk then get actual cash and music buzz. “The Yes Men,” no matter how many questions you may ask they always have a good answer; if it is that easy you would have been signed. Lastly “The Queen,” like pimps and hoes, the “Yes Man” sends her out with her curves and beauty to entice you to pay every damn dime you have to make it in the biz. You might have her sent to you via email saying “Hey cutie, your music sounds good, I can get you a promo for 99 dollars.” And your blinded, so the “Yes Man” can get you two ways.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Do it yourself,. Research, Google, etc. Remember the rappers don’t make the money! Producers, studio engineers, promoters, dancers in your video, directors go. You get what’s left! Scraps, not the bacon, not the buttered down hot grit or Sausage Links. Rappers only get scrapple, not eating well homie!
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Honestly I am still working on that! I plan to take this summer and hand out hard copies and give out free downloads to my music. You should not have to pay for somebody you never heard! Remember when my fan base grows, I grow, when I grow, I blow, and When I blow … Hello Drake, Weezy, and everyone else. Lets shine homie!!
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