Check out the new song from Joey Apples – Bobbin’ For Apples
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I was born in Hayward CA. Raised in Oakland CA until I was 10. Been in the “Stack” for the most part ever since. At 16 I linked in with a young cat by the name of Jet, now better known as Mr. Jet Black. We both had a love for music and connected instantly. We went on to connect with various Bay Legends such as E-40 and the Click, C-bo, AMW, Street Thugs to name a few. We started up Hard Earned Records in 2005 and released one project. After a brief stint with Messy Marv’s “Click Clack Gang,” I fell back and took a break because I’m a hustler first and foremost, and if it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense. 2009 came around and my homie from the block Derrick Newton called me up questioning me about what I was doing musically. After a lil’ pep talk, 5 albums and 15 videos, the rest is history. Applellini Music Group (AMG) is here.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
My debut album is titled “Addicted to Stuntin’, The Applelation Volume 1.” It’s a monster now available on iTunes. My latest single is “Bobbin’ For Apples” an ode to my favorite oral exercise that I enjoy receiving. “She bobs for Apples” feel me?
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest challenge I’ve had thus far is all the haters! They came out the wood works on ya boy. But it’s good. I use it as motivation. Worrying about the next man will get you know where. It was just surprising. If you don’t got love Apps, then you got personal issues within yourself. I look out for everyone.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Set backs are part of this game. You got to brush that shit off and keep wiggling. I got a strong team behind me. If I didn’t, we would be no where! DP tha don, Derrick Newton, Late Nite Mic, Edreese Nasir, Get it in Gang, Ant tha Capo, Mr. Jet Black, Camarilla Boss Colony, all beasts.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Be aware of these marks in the game, these haters and perpetrators.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Stay independent. Call your own shots. You’ll feel much better when you wake up. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Also go out and support artists, especially the ones that support you.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Take advantage of all these free sites to promote your brand: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and there’s many more. Get you a street team together, give these youngsters free concert tickets, and let go; push your cd’s, posters, flyers, t-shirts, and what ever you got. Keep ‘em off the streets at the same time!