Phantom The Don: Respect ME!

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Full Name: Phantom
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State Location: Miami, Florida
Genre of Music: Hip-Hop

How did you get involved with music? I got involved with music mainly to follow the footsteps of my brother who was murdered on June 11th, 1997.As far back as I can remember, I have always had a passion for music, and I knew I wanted to become a rapper since the first time I heard Hip-Hop.

What is your favorite part about making music? My favorite part of making music is challenging myself to see what I can come up with that is actually interesting to hear, but at the same time creating something catchy.

Does you music have a message? Yes. If so what and how do you feel it has an effect on listeners? My message is to always be real to yourself, not what others consider real. I have to create something with substance, whether it’s a club, street, stuntin’, relationship or political issues joint, just be real.
Have you filed your songs for copyright protection? Yes. Why? My work is extremely important to me, so I have to protect the blood sweat and tears I put into creating it. If not, anyone can just steal my work, and all the effort I put into would be worthless,

Has your music been played on the radio? Yes. What station and what was the listener response? My music has been played on 99 jamz, Power96,103.5 the Beat, as well as underground stations in Miami and many other cities.

What motivated you to keep doing what you do? I motivate myself because I know what I want my legacy to be. I feel like the Messiah of Hip-Hop.

What would you change if anything about the music game? I wouldn’t change anything. Hip-hop is a way of life, and we express our lifestyles through music. Different people live many different lifestyles, therefore the music will differ. But, I wish the radio stations would play those different types of records.

Is your music based on fact or fiction? My music is definitely based on facts. Some of it may be ugly, but it beautiful when I put it together though.

Why do you want to record and release your own music? I truly feel that my music will make a great impact on many people’s lives. I want to be the next true voice of the ‘hood, something like a politician but honest. In addition to that, career wise, there’s nothing better than getting paid for something you love to do.

What are your songs about? Anything you can think of that affects everyday life, I’m sure I made a song about it. What specific themes do they cover? I rap about life, death, and everything in between; loyalty, money, cars, woman, dope-game, jail, issues in the ‘hood,etc.. .

Do you write your own songs? Of course I do, if not then I wouldn’t be a artist. I came to the point where I don’t have to write anything down. I build songs in my head little by little, then if I remember it by the time I get to the studio then that means that its good enough to be a record.

Who are your musical influences? My favorite groups are NWA and Wu-Tang Clan. As far as solo artists, I’m influenced by Jay-Z, Tupac, Nas, Notorious B.I.G., and 50 Cent. My greatest influence of all is Dr. Dre.

What are your immediate career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.) I have already started my own record label called, “Street Royalty Records”, so hopefully I can get a deal in the very near future. Hopefully I can be a successful rapper and entrepreneur.

Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal? I will be satisfied with either one as long as I can become successful in fulfilling my dream. Also, I would take a deal that can put me in a financial situation that I can help others live their dreams.

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