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Pardon The Introduction: Baltimore's Mullyman [PG.2}

We shouldn’t expect a change in your sound?

Nah. No influence. What I actually learned down there is that they respect hip-hop. You just gotta stand firm and bring it to the table. If you bend and you fold and you try to be cliché and try to do what some of the artists down there are doing, they don’t even like that. People like authenticity, they like you to be you. If you represent where you from and rep that to the fullest. People will accept you for who are if it’s just good music at the end of the day. I don’t go out my way to be anything other than what I am, no matter where I’m at.

Being a new artist, how do you feel about the current state of rap?  Are you for the left field music and the back to 90s' cliques?

I’m not really into gimmicks, that’s not really my thing. If that’s your approach, it’ll be fly by night and limited. We kind only find out what’s authentic and what’s not authentic. We’ll be able to tell if it lasts. That’s to be seen what these guys are doing is real or not. The test of time will show. As far as gimmicks, I’m not with the gimmicks I just like to bring what I really represent to the table. As far as the whole cliquing up thing, it can work either way, sometimes you have people that will work together and on paper it looks like it’ll work, it’ll be a good connection, but then once you get there it doesn’t work. Then you have situations where people look like it wouldn’t work and then when they get there it’s good synergy. It’s good for hip-hop, so it’s good to see hip-hop cliques again because that was something that was kind of lost. For me personally, as far as what I’m focused on is just establishing my name, region, and putting on for that right now and letting everything fall in place. If it works for everybody else God Bless ‘em, I hope everything works out for everybody.

If you had to clique up, who would you get down with and why?

I definitely like what they got going over there at Slaughterhouse. That’s a good look over there. I probably would fit in most with those guys over there. Everyone is a super lyricist, representing different regions. And it leaves you that leeway to be yourself. None of those guys are going to come off sounding like anything but who they are and in music sometimes we lack that, it’s very much needed. I think over all those artists are going to have the opportunity as a group to fill that void in hip-hop. And still individually say what they wanna say without being put in a box. That’s how I look at that over there.

Your music has a lot of unique sounds. Are there any genres other than hip-hop that you listen to?

I listen to all types of music, R&B, jazz, classical. I’m a music lover all around. I’m influenced by all music

Any specific artists?

My favorite writers are Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder. I think they’re the best writers ever. Naturally, I love Micahel Jackson. Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson. Some of my favorite jazz artists Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Donald Washington, Nina Simone, the list goes on. I’m a real music lover. Nat King Cole…  Actually my pops he sings the sounds of Nat King Cole. He sings as well and that’s his genre. I come from a very musical family, my pops sings, my sister raps and sings. A lot of people in my family sing.

How did the Sean Paul collaboration come about?

I had a song with MBAHlievable called “More Fire” and when we did the track, we kinda messed with the sound, because we’re not in a box where we go musically. So if the idea comes on the table and if it’s something that makes sense for me without sacrificing my artistic integrity, then we’ll say aight let’s go for it. We did the song and one of our DJs, DJ Celo, he heard the song and was like “Man I’ma let a couple of my people hear it." Sean Paul was one of em, Sean Paul liked it, was down to do the record with me. I didn’t know if it really was gonna happen, but it did and I was glad it did. Bless up to Sean Paul for the opportunity and jumping on the record for me, because it was definitely a good look. And that’s how it happened, just that quick and easy. It was kinda crazy, the record had been out there for a minute. I had to redo my verses and Sean Paul redid the hook. He was like “Let’s just change the direction of the lyrics a little bit,” so I redid my rhymes, he put the hook on there and that’s how that song got done. Shoutout to Funkregulata Celo for making that happen.

Mullyman vs. The Machine is out, what’s coming up next for you?

We just shot the video in Baltimore for a song called “6:30,” that should be premiering on MTV in a month or so. We have a current song that just got added last week on MTV, which is “Imma Be More.” We have two projects out, which is Mullyman vs. The Machine which you can get on DatPiff, Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes, you can check my Twitter @mullyman, go to my Facebook, my fan page is Mullyman. We also have the Harder Than Baltimore CD, which is available on iTunes right now. You can see me promoting these CDs, back to back videos on MTV Jams and me coming to your city real soon with my shows to show everybody how great my live show is so people can get up close and personal with me the person and the artist, Mullyman.

Do you have any last words for hip-hop?

I encourage everybody to stay truthful, because truth is stronger than a lie. I encourage all the artists to show love, because love is stronger than hate. I wish everybody the best. I hope that everyone stays who they are, no matter where you from rep it to the fullest and respectively rep your region to the utmost. I’m optimistic about hip-hop and I’m optimistic about what I’m about to bring to the table for hip-hop. Make sure yall look out for my sister she’s doing her thing right now Lady D, Nik Stylz is an emcee for Major League Unlimited. Lady D she does neo-soul, jazz, and R&B. You have The Doo Dew Kidz that’s DJ Booman, Jimmy Jones, they represent the uptempo B-More club aspect of Major League Unlimited. So be on the lookout for their projects as well.


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