Today we are chilling it with a new up and coming rapper named Mass. Some of you may have read his outstanding review in the review section of hiphoplead. But now lets get up close and personal.
HipHopLEAD: For starts where did the name come from?
Mass: I ran through a bevy of different names before I was able to find one I was comfortable with, that best explained the type of music I create. It was first “J-Massakah” when a friend of mines pointed out it was much too long, so I shortened it to “J-Mass” and most got used to calling me that, until yet again another friend pointed out how many rappers have “J” in front of their names, so I just stuck with “Mass”, which to me stands for the masses that I represent or speak to that can identify with my music.
HipHopLEAD: Philly is known to have that gutter east coast feel and some of the best battle rappers to date. At one point Philly was known as one of the strong points in hiphop city history. Do you feel coming out now in this time is a blessing or a curse (being from Philly)?
Mass: I dont think we’ve lost a step in the hip-hop game truthfully speaking. I mean, you can go outside of the Tri-State and hear people mention such names as Joey Jihad, Meek Mill, Reed Dollaz, all successful underground Philadelphia artists. I feel it’s a great privilege to represent a city with such a strong historical presence in the hip-hop community. Can’t forget my other homestate, shoutouts to Jersey.
HipHopLEAD: What made you wanna get into HipHop?
Mass: At first, around 13 years old or something, I used to just rhyme for fun. I remember me and my mans would write rhymes at home, come back to class the next day and battle our written verses in front of everyone. Afterwards I took my craft a bit more seriously. After an immature phase of conforming to the gun raps, I hit 16 and figured it was time to mature into an emcee who spoke what was real. Nothing more or less.
HipHopLEAD: Who were your influences to get into music?
Mass: The first song that I ever listened to that drew me into hip-hop as a artist and not just a listener was Nas’ “Got Yourself A Gun”. I heard the beat, energy and display of lyricism that complimented the track in its entirety, that influenced my want to be a lyricist. I also knew a local artist around the way by the name of Narkotic, I was around 13-14 years old when I spit a rap for him and at my age he told me I was nicer than most 21+ year olds that he heard rapping. That just solidified my decision and determination.
HipHopLEAD: Being from Philly .. are you happy with the current artists leading the way for Philly?
Mass: Everyone out here is concentrated on one thing, and that’s getting money. There’s nothing wrong with it at all, but it kind of congests the creativity if everyone is speaking about the same thing, there isnt as many artists willing to take a risk with their art and gift. That to me is half of the satisfaction that arises out of being an artist. Nonetheless I respect every artist doing their thing in Philly. Shoutouts.
HipHopLEAD: Out of all the Philly artists of all time what two are the most relevant to you?
Mass: Black Thought & Beanie Sigel.
HipHopLEAD: What projects have you released to date?
Mass: My debut mixtape: “Seldom Few Can Fathom” (Hosted By Tha Advocate).
HipHopLEAD: Which was your favorite and why?
Mass: No other projects yet. But I’m proud of my first mixtape and the responses I’ve garnered from it thus far.
HipHopLEAD: Are you on a label?
Mass: No label, still independent.
HipHopLEAD: Any new projects coming out? Any features?
Mass: I’m currently working on a second project that I may be entitling: “Stress Is Coming” to help usher in my third project which will be entirely produced by A.W!llz, Jay Vega & Beatsmiths. All of which are talented producers as well as good homies to me.
HipHopLEAD: How would you describe your style of hip-hop?
Mass: Lyricism, I like to play with words, flows and concepts a lot. I get bored really easy with old projects and repetitions. So I have a need to switch it up and step it up with every record I make, in one degree or another.
HipHopLEAD: Are you impressed with the response you have received from your presence on Digital Dynasty?
Mass: Very. The Digital Dynasty mixtapes I featured on (Vol. 4 Hosted By Chamillionaire; Vol. 7 Hosted By Ransom; Vol. 10 Hosted By DJ Whoo Kid) was one of the first opportunities that I received to display my talents on the net. Shoutouts to Tha Advocate for that.
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 …. Eminem Vs Cassidy in an 8 mile style battle..who would win?
Mass: Eminem all day. Cassidy is an undoubtedly dangerous emcee, as well as a well-seasoned battle rapper, but Eminem to me is just someone I see as a deadly adversary. His style allows for him to break barriers and limitations on concepts and ideas that most rappers are either unable to or choose not to pursue. He just takes it to another level. That’s taking nothing away from Cass at all, they are both formidable emcees.
HipHopLEAD: Clear or dark liquor?
Mass: Both. I’m a muthafuckin’ alcoholic. lol.
HipHopLEAD: Best diss song of all time in your opinion?
Mass: This is flying off of a biased to me, but it’ll have to be Nas’ “Ether”. Up to this date it is one of the few diss records that not only haven’t been forgotten, but in itself it has been found in so many rappers’ verses as a definition to dealing a deadly blow to someone. Ether to me is a legendary record.
HipHopLEAD: Back To The Norm… Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
Mass: “Alcohol Music”. I’ve receive such great reviews on that track its crazy, and it’s a track that any and all drinkers can relate to. So the next time anyone cracks open a 40 or bags some E&J, if they play that record, they will NOT be disappointed. Everyone can listen to the record now at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn0ZqvnaxbA
HipHopLEAD: Tell people where they can download that crazy new mixtape from you, “Seldom Few Can Fathom”?
HipHopLEAD: Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever
Mass: Thank ya’ll for having me. Shoutouts to my SF family, Christian Brothaz, A.W!llz, Tha Advocate, Jay Vega, my Chi-Town family, my Jersey family (ya’ll know who ya’ll are), Beatsmiths & any and everybody who’s downloaded the mixtape, much love. Follow me on twitter @music4themass or holla at me on www.facebook/therealmass. 1