I2G kicked it with T Gunz for a exclusive interview. We talk about his start in the music biz, his upcoming project iRap and much more so check it out.
Illuminati 2G is here with T-Gunz, how’s it going?
Everything is good under the sun, every day I wake up is great day, full of opportunities.
How did you get your start in music and who are some of your musical influences?
I started in highschool, freestyling and battle rapping. At that time everybody is looking for popularity, either you were a jock, or a rapper, I choose the latter. As far as influences go it’s a wide variety from Bone Thugs -n- Harmony, to UGK, but currently my biggest influences come from independent artist like 2K tha Murdaman, Cash flow dolla, Gni, Major Payne, So Real, and many more. It didn’t get serious about the music until I met DJ Whut It Dew while stationed in Korea, since then it’s been full speed ahead, if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be making music today.
For someone new to your music, how would you best describe it?
Entertaining. I put a lot of effort in to my music and part of my goal is to give the listener that “wow” factor. Wordplay and overall lyricism is a very important to me when I’m putting a song together, as well as delivery, everything has to come together. However, I don’t write anything down, I found it easier to memorize my verses rather than writing them down and having to read what I wrote, I feel like it allows me to be more creative.
Tell me a little bit about your project, iRap.
iRap is a project where fans can expect to hear versatility but lyricism is my focus for this project. My last mixtape, Automatic Tunez, was geared toward the female demographic with a lot of melodic songs and heavy use of autotune. This time around I aim to get back to that creative wordplay, that’s how I came in the game, and if they didn’t know I had bars before, they will know very soon.
Do you have any videos set to drop from the project?
I recently shot a video for a song called “Fall from grace”, I’m thinking of making it a bonus track on iRap.
Do you have any upcoming projects set to drop after iRap?
I’ve got a lot of ideas for later projects, but I like to focus on one thing at a time. The response I get form iRap will help me determine what direction I go with future projects along with other contributing factors i.e. maturity, outside influences, etc.
What are your thoughts on the music industry in 2011?
The music industry, as far as hip hop is concerned is, in my opinion, in a state of transition. The days of monotune chants and gimmicks are slowly coming to an end and more up and coming rappers are bringing that lyricism back. There’s more originality in todays music, more creativity, and I think the public is responding well to it.
Do you have any upcoming shows or tour dates?
Being in the military and being stationed in Germany, there are very few venues for a hip hop artist, and with the constraints of a military obligation a tour just isn’t realistic. However when there is an opportunity to step on a stage and I can work it around my military schedule, I take full advantage of it.
What is your website information?
or you can hit me up on twitter @AUTOMATICGUNZ
Appreciate your time. Any last words before I let you go?
Well definitely a shout out to illuminati2G.com for your time and giving me the opportunity to tell the world about myself and my music, and of course shout out to my team DJ Whut It Dew, 2k Tha Murdaman, Gni, So Real, and the big homie Cash Flow Dolla each one of these individuals have inspired me to do what I love, make music.