Today we are kicking it with a new up and coming rapper named Da Critic. A few months back we ran an article about one of his new singles (Anytime Remix) that was leaked. It got a great response and now we are going to chop it up with the homie … one on one!
HipHopLEAD: For starters where did the name come from?
Da Critic: I’ve had this nickname since I was a little kid. It all started with me being bullied in school because I was never the skinny guy and other stuff like that (laughs). But the thing was, I was so quick with words and comebacks that even bullies felt a little intimated. I eventually started flipping the script and everyone would say: “Excuse me Mr. Critic” or “What a Critic” or “El Critico” (in Spanish).
Fast forward to the music game…who would have thought the name would fit my style so well? Because I feel like I speak on what’s needed. Behind the scenes on other artists’ projects they would all ask me: “Critic, what do you think?” So it just stuck.
HipHopLEAD: How does it feel to be the first Nicaraguan rapper putting in so much work?
Da Critic: Well, I can’t say I’m the first…because we have the likes of: Mr. Kee and Louie Loc. But I do feel like I represent for my “Nicoyas” (Nicaraguans) in a REAL THICK way.
HipHopLEAD: How does it feel?
Da Critic: It feels great! I feel honored to be on the frontline representing for my people.
HipHopLEAD: Some of your earlier music experiences were Piano lessons…can you still play?
Da Critic: I could really use something for the rust (laughs) but I could still play a little.
HipHopLEAD: Do you produce music as well?
Da Critic: No, I’ve tried…but I’d rather stick to writing, and having a good ear for music.
HipHopLEAD: How hard is it to stay focused on being positive and doing music when the mean streets of California can lure you in so easy?
Da Critic: You know this is actually something I face on a regular basis. Every time I put some music out, before it hits any type of audience, I take a step back and say to myself, “Is this something I could play for my sister?” I mean I use explicit content…but I don’t condone drug use, I don’t disrespect women, and I don’t talk about killing in any of my songs. I try to stay positive as much as I can, it’s hard but I definitely keep it real on every track –No Fantasy Land!
HipHopLEAD: How do you feel about the newer rap artists from Cali saying the OG’s aren’t helping them?
Da Critic: I disagree with that…I haven’t had that problem as of yet. If you’re humble people will want to help you, and see you succeed. If not, then you’ll just say anything to have an excuse for the lack of help. This doesn’t apply to everyone of course.
HipHopLEAD: Speaking of Cali hip hop… there is a distinct difference in Bay Area music and say for example something from Long Beach or Compton… what makes the bay so independent with that type of sound?
Da Critic: Honestly, I’ve always felt that the Bay Area Music scene is just filled with trend setters. We’ve been doing this for AGES whether it’s creating our own sound like “Hyphy” or using lingo that ends up being used all across the nation. I mean think about it, we had Jermaine Dupri and Jagged Edge talking about “Stunnaz” (Stunna Shades…laughs).
HipHopLEAD: When you started “Da G Spot” (clothing and more) How did this parallel your music endeavors? And is the store still functional to date?
Da Critic: Well I definitely got to meet a lot of artists which made my network stronger, and I learned from the successful ones and of course from the non-successful. The store is functional…I also plan to open more locations.
HipHopLEAD: For those that don’t know can you tell us about “Tru Corner Entertainment” and what the label consists of?
Da Critic: TruCorner was a brotherhood I started back in 1999 which eventually became the business. Everything I do in this music biz or with Da G Spot goes through TruCorner Entertainment/TruCorner Enterprises. I have a whole team behind it in addition to my boy Ramshizzle and myself making Executive decisions. I am currently signed with Kamikaze Records for all future releases including my first solo project.
HipHopLEAD: When is “The Prequel” going to drop?
Da Critic: The release date is not yet set…long overdue, but worth the wait. I’m aiming for a November release, or early 2011. As well as my solo album which I’m aiming for Feb 2011
HipHopLEAD: Any features worth talking about on there?
Da Critic: I have a few on there San Quinn, Mr.Kee, Mike Marshall and a few others.
HipHopLEAD: Being you are a WEST Born and Bred artist … who are your favorite East Coast artists?
Da Critic: Man there’s a lot…Immortal Technique comes to mind along with Fat Joe, Rick Ross, and a couple of other cats that really concentrate on what they’re saying in their raps.
HipHopLEAD: What’s your goal for the hip-hop game?
Da Critic: I just wanna continue to put out good positive music…and really just reach that mainstream / major level that San Francisco, CA Artists have always gotten so close to but never really got to.
HipHopLEAD: If you had to compare yourself to any rapper dead or alive…who would they be?
Da Critic: I don’t really like comparing artists but I have heard people say that my style reminds them of the Mack 10, Fat Joe, or Rick Ross.
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 let’s get it cracking… Other then music what does Da Critic do to make that paper?
Da Critic: I’ve mainly focused my efforts on promoting and marketing businesses, venues, or events. Also I make it through my own business, writing for other artists and basically putting in WORK! (laughs). But I most definitely do not make it by selling drugs or anything like that.
HipHopLEAD: Tell us about a hidden talent of yours?
Da Critic: I don’t think any of my talents are hidden I air them out.
HipHopLEAD: What is one of the craziest things you ever did?
Da Critic: No Comment (laughs)
HipHopLEAD: Ok back to the Norm…
Da Critic: Good (Laughs)
HipHopLEAD: Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
Da Critic: I’ve done two that I’m really proud of “Anytime” which you guys have already heard the leaked version to and it will be rereleased over the next couple of weeks. And “On the Grind,” I will be shooting music videos for both.
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever?
Da Critic: Show your boy some love and click “Like” at: facebook.com/DaCriticMusic