Today we are chilling it with a new up and coming rapper and producer named Corey Black.
HipHopLEAD: For starts where did the name come from?
Corey Black: Well…Corey is my real 1st name and the streets gave me Black and thats self explanatory when you get the visual.
HipHopLEAD: Not too many people are repping Maryland on the hiphop map. Do you think being from that region makes it more difficult to be heard?
Corey Black: In some ways, yes, because we are more like the middle east. Maryland is surrounded by so many other big states (pause). That we are easy to overlook. Maryland is in the middle of the north and south. So we too eastcoast for the dirty south but too dirty for the east.
HipHopLEAD: Almost everyone is a rapper nowerdays. You have talent as a producer also, which almost doubles your chances of making it big. So which aspect of hiphop do you like better? The Production side or Rapping?
Corey Black: I would have to say rapping. Only because, I just really got into the production part. Fortunatley when I did start to make beats the ear for music was already there so it was kinda easy to learn. But, I’ve been writing rhymes since I was like 14 or 15 so thats my passion.
HipHopLEAD: What are your weapons of choice when you are making a beat?
Corey Black: Right now I use FLSudio 9. That was the 1st program I was introduced to and it just became a perfect match.
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences to get into music?
Corey Black: Well..I would have to say some of my influences are the legends in the game. Pac, Big, Pun, Scarface, Pimp C, Big L, Jay-Z, Nas. All the legends, I’m influenced by the people who bought something to our culture.
HipHopLEAD: Alot of people say the majority of the rappers in the South are not lyrical. Some say the majority of the rappers in the North are too complex. Where does Maryland hiphop fall in that category?
Corey Black: Well..Maryland has its own sound. The two major cities in this area is Baltimore and D.C. D.C is well known for its “Go-Go” and Baltimore for its “Club” so our individual sound usually comes with our surrounding but, overall in my opinion Maryland aka Murdaland is more street based music around here.
HipHopLEAD: You are credited for releasing two street albums and a mixtape. What is the difference in a street album and a mixtape from Corey Black?
Corey Black: Good question. The difference for me is the material. My Street album might cater to a broader audience far as songs for the clubs or the ladies or even just a positve song for the kids. My mixtape material is strictly for the streets and I use the mixtapes for lyrical excercise while keepin my name relevant.
HipHopLEAD: Out of all the projects you released which was your favorite and why?
Corey Black: My favorite would have to be my current project “Hustlaz Manuscript”
because, I went threw alot to make that record. So when the project was finally done I felt a sense of accomplishment,but I knew my work was just starting.
HipHopLEAD: You started a label called BlackFace Enterprize. How would you sum up what your company represents to the HipHopLEAD.com fans?
Corey Black: Well..BlackFace Enterprize represents hard work and dedication to make dreams possible. Music was just a dream for me that GOD made a reality.
So thats what BlackFace represents turning dreams to reality threw dedication and hard work.
HipHopLEAD: Any new projects coming out? Any features?
Corey Black: Of course. I have a mixtape about to drop called “Trunk Hustle” dropping soon. I’m going to follow that up with my album “Over Qualified,Under Priviledged” with features from Bullet Brak, LBurna, Tommy Baltimore, Big Ox, Marc Boone and more. Basically rappers and producers from the camp.
HipHopLEAD: What is a typical day like for you?
Corey Black: Well..I get up early every morning and make a beat. Thats routine, then its usually time to write. I like to write everday to keep my pen game right. After I get myself together its off to the studio or just some type of promotional move. In the middle of all the mayhem I spend time with my family,because before all the music I’m a father and that always is 1st to me.
HipHopLEAD: Other then music what do you do to make that paper?
Corey Black: I grind!! Seriously, I lease beats all day. And not to mention I have a album on ITunes. Hustlin’ is in my blood so,there’s always ways to get money and still not risk my freedom or life!!
HipHopLEAD: One of your songs is a stand out called “I Can’t Breathe”, off of “Hustlaz Manuscript”. What made you write a record like that? Are you afraid of backlash from the hipsters?
Corey Black: Well..I recorded the record as a joke at 1st. Then it was just getting to the point where the skinny clothes thing became out of hand,so I had to drop that song. And as far as backlash, If you are a grown man in clothes thats tight on your girl you should be to ashamed of yourself to be mad at me. If thats a style for the kids leave it to them. I just think its hella suspect on grown folks period.
HipHopLEAD: On “Momma She Love Me” ..you spit .. “get rid of the beef ..vegeterian”. Do you think being from Baltimore instills that type of mentality in the youth as a survival tactic?
Corey Black: Well Im originally from Annapolis the Capitol of Maryland, but I’ve been in Baltimore for almost 14 years. To answer your question, yes it does. Being from Maryland period its a survival tactic because we have poverty stricken areas like everywhere else so its basically “get it how you live” out here.
HipHopLEAD: How come nothing big was etched in HipHop from Baltimore yet? The city has all the normal ingedients to make that real hiphop music .. Pain , struggle, hard living and of course the streets (The Wire) ??
Corey Black: Thats a question I ask myself. In my opinion Baltimore and Maryland in general lacks unity. We have to band together as a unified front to rep our state before the industry recognize the talent we have here. We’ve all seen it done with Texas, Atlanta, and Florida the formula works and those states proved it.
HipHopLEAD: Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm.We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you. So lets get it cracking.. What do you think about those crazy Mel Gibson tapes leaking?
Corey Black: I think Mel Gibson is a Racist Drug Addict who is protected by money!!
HipHopLEAD: The Wire or The Sopranos?
Corey Black: The Wire all day.
HipHopLEAD: Pacino, Denzel or Deniro?
Corey Black: Pacino
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm… Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers
Corey Black: Mama She Loves Me, because its genuine. All the way 100
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever…
Corey Black: First I would like to thank you for giving me the time. Don’t forget go get “Hustlaz Manuscript” available on ITunes. Big Shouts to DelFunk Boy Music, I.C Entertainment and Allstar Promotions for getting me on the Black College Tour starting Oct.22nd. Follow me on twitter @CoreyBlack,Facebook.com/coreyblack,myspace.com/coreyblackface
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