- January 16th, 2012
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Nothing like watching a career grow into something phenomenal. Ive been watching Siya’s career for 5 years now. The growth in lyrics and show appearances the great transition. It is a pleasure to always know where it all comes from.
Interviewer: Nailah “Mogul B”
MOGUL B: When and why did you start rapping?
SIYA: I STARTED AT 7..: IT WAS ALL I COULD DO TO TAKE MY MIND AWAY FROM THE REALITIES OF MY MOTHER BEING ADDICTED TO DRUGS. I WOULD WRITE MY THOUGHTS..: THINGS I WOULDN’T SAY TO ANYONE..: IT TURNED INTO MUSIC
MOGUL B: How has being from Brooklyn influenced your craft?
SIYA: IT MADE ME WHO I AM..: I LOVE WHERE I FROM..: BED-STUY THE HOME OF SOME OF HIP-HOPS GREATS..I GREW UP IN R.V (ELEANOR ROOSEVELT HOUSING PROJECTS) MY HOOD IS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST IN BROOKLYN..AND I’M PROUD TO SAY I MADE IT AND CONTINUE TO REP IT
MOGUL B: Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
SIYA: LOL I’M THE ONLY ONE IN MY FAM I THINK..MY GRANDMOTHER LOVES GOSPEL AND SOUL SO THAT’S WHAT I PRETTY MUCH WAS RAISED ON.
MOGUL B: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
SIYA: I ADMIRE HOV FOR HIS STRUGGLE AND PERSEVERANCE..: HE NEVER GAVE IN TO WHAT THE STREETS WAS OFFERING..: AND HE BECAME ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOGULS IN THE INDUSTRY..: HOW CAN ANYONE NOT ADMIRE THAT..:
MOGUL B: Which famous musicians have you learned from?
SIYA: KRS 1 DEFINITELY TAUGHT ME TO BE A BETTER PERFORMER BY WATCHING HIS SHOWS..: AND LADY GAGA OPENED UP THE DOORS TO TRULY BE YOURSELF WHEN IT COME TO MEDIA AND WE NEED THAT..: MORE PEOPLE TO BE OPEN MINDED
MOGUL B: What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
SIYA: GROWING UP IN MY PROJECTS WITH ALL MY HOMEBOYS WHO RAPPED..: WE WOULD GATHER AT MOE-P’S CRIB (GOD REST HIS SOUL) AND RECORD FREESTYLES ON HIS KARAOKE MACHINE AND HAND THEM OUT TO NIGGAS IN THE HOOD..: LOL I MISS THOSE INNOCENT DAYS..: WE DIDN’T KNOW NO BETTER
MOGUL B: Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions
? Concerts, radio, TV?
SIYA: EVERY OTHER DAY IT FEELS LIKE I’M TRAVELING FOR A SHOW OR PERFORMING ALONG SIDE HEADLINERS AT GIGS IN NY AND ALL OVER..: IVER PERFORMED WITH ALL THE UPCOMING CATS ON THE HIPSTER SCENE..: (WIZ, COLE, KENDRICK LAMAR, YELAWOLF..: ETC) JUST TO NAME A FEW..: MY NAME KEEPS LANDING ON MAJOR BILLS..: IVE DONE IT ALL AND CONTINUE TO
MOGUL B: What is the most regretful thing you have done?
SIYA: AS FAR AS MY MUSIC CAREER I CANT SAY I HAVE ANY REGRETS ..: I’M PROUD OF MYSELF..: NOW AS FAR AS LIFE I HAVE A FEW BUT THAT’S HERE NOR THERE..:
MOGUL B: How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
SIYA: I ACT LIKE I NEVER MADE ONE..: THE SHOW GOES ON..: NEVER LET THE CROWD KNOW YOU FUCKED UP..: FIX IT B4 THEY NOTICE..: A TRUE ARTIST KNOWS THAT..:
MOGUL B: How hard do you think it is for being a female in the rap industry?
SIYA: ITS ONLY AS HARD AS YOU ALLOW IT TO BE..: ITS MALE DOMINATED SO THE DUDES FEEL THEY RUN SHIT..: IN TURN WILL TREAT A SEX SELLING GIMMIC AS SUCH..: EITHER YOU FUCK AND SUCK YOUR WAY TO THE TOP OR YOU WILL NEVER HAVE A CAREER..: OR YOU CAN STAND FIRM BEHIND YOUR BELIEF IN YOURSELF AND MAKE THEM MOTHERFUCKERS BELIEVE IN YOU..:
MOGUL B: Do you think sexuality is a hindrance in the music industry?
SIYA: YES AND NO..: EITHER THEY FUCK WITH YOU OR THEY DON’T..: THERE’S PLENNNNTTTTTYYYY OF GAY AND LESBIANS IN THIS INDUSTRY..: THE ONES YOU WOULD LEAST EXPECT ARE QUEER..: THERE’S JUST A SECRET SOCIETY..: YOUR IN OR YOUR OUT..:
MOGUL B: What advice would you give to beginners who are trying to get into the music business?
SIYA: NEVER GIVE UP! IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN OVER NIGHT..: BE PERSISTENT AND STAY FOCUSED..: GRIND! AND TAKE NO HANDOUTS..:
MOGUL B: Explain your love for body art (Tattoos)
SIYA: SELF ART IS THE BEST ART! TATS ARE SELF EXPRESSIONS THAT BEST REPRESENT YOU… I LOVE IT..:
MOGUL B: What are your plans for 2012?
SIYA: TO BECOME A HOUSE HOLD NAME..: AND I WILL..:
MISI: How’s it going Gudda? Thanks for taking the time to interview with us; it’s definitely a pleasure.
Gudda: Everything’s good
MISI: You have come a long way from Sqad up how has life changed now that you are a Young Money artist?
Gudda: Squad Up was like straight hood gritty shit; not taking away from Young Money, but Young Money has different avenues from kids to singers, females, & R&B. They have all types of different things going on.
MISI: Tell me three things about you and your music that separates you from other artist in the industry?
Gudda: I’m versatile artist. I really stick to making nice, street hip hop and i take my time putting out my tapes.
MISI: You are currently working on a new mixtape coming soon and then you will be working on your debut album. How do you prepare for writing for a mixtape versus an album?
Gudda: There’s no real difference except deciding on which producers can capture the feel of how I hear the album sounding.
Gudda: Nah, no pressure at all. I make sure my music is top grade work before I even tell anyone about it, plus YMCMB will never release anything that isn’t up to par, so no pressure because we take our music seriously. And if the music is real people will feel it.
MISI: We are all fans of Hip Hop music however do you feel Hip Hop still lives throughout the music industry?
Gudda: I feel Hip Hop never died, it’s alive and on its way to be the top genre in the world.
MISI: If you had the opportunity to work with any artist in the industry who would it be?
Gudda: I feel like I’m working with some of the best in the game now, but outside my camp I would have to say Hov, Jada, Budden, and Wu Tang.
MISI: If you had the chance to get with any celebrity female in the world who would you choose?
Gudda: Ummm….Nicki lol. Nah, thats my homegirl. I love her like family, but I would have to say Rihanna #heyboo lol.
MISI: If you weren’t rapping what field would you most likely be working in?
Gudda: Whatever gets me money. My dream wasnt to be a rapper. I just happened to know how to rap, its a gift. I rap my life stories and experiences, nothing more nothing less. I’m a hustler. I grind for every dollar I make, but with the money I have been seeing from this music shit, I’ve really been getting into and learning a lot about real estate.
MISI: What inspired you to be an artist? Who are your musical influences?
Gudda: I never thought of myself as an artist. I just started messing around with it and Wayne must have heard something in my music because he’s the reason why Im rapping today. My influences would be Cash Money; niggas were real. They came from the same beginnings as me. Gotta respect that and they hustle.
MISI: If I were to turn on your iPod right now, what 3 artist would I see in your most recently played list?
Gudda: Well, the first artist off hand would be Cash Money; niggas were real. Next I would say Short Dawg and Wayne.
MISI: What kind of advice can you give an artist trying to pursue a music career?
Gudda: Basically to stay focused and grind hard. Nothing goes unnoticed if you keep at it. Sleep when you’re dead. Hustle and Grind. It pays in the end.
MISI: Lastly, are there any shout-outs that you want to throw out
Gudda: Yeah, first I wanna shout out the team YMCMB, CeCe Vance (Publicist) and the whole Vance NyCC, and of course the fans.
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