SNAP is an independent Underground Recording Artist, writer, and Official Battleaxe Warrior from Mansfield, Ohio. Past and current shows, projects, features and affiliations include: Battleaxe Warriors Worldwide, Madchild of Swollen Members, Cappadonna of Wu Tang Clan, Sadat X of brand Nubian, Esham, King Gordy, Bizarre of D12, Fatt Father, Marvwon, Spice 1, Mc Eiht, Strange Music inc, Kutt Calhoun, Krizz Kaliko, Boondox, Hopsin, swizZZ, Dizzy Wright, Wolfpac, Critical Bill, Saint Dog, sen dog of cypress hill, project Born, Jellyroll, Dj Hylyte, ill.e.gal, mic lordz, Tha Advocate, Killah Priest, and many more.
SNAP has Performed at venues all over Ohio from Music festivals to Spots on National Tours, and has featured beside some of the most respected artists from the U.S. and Canada, from Brooklyn NY to Compton CA, Legendary artists from Hiphop’s golden era, to artists from Psychopathic Records, Strange Music, Subnoize records, and intrinz-ink records SNAP’s Music is featured on the Longest running rap compilation in the underground, UNDERGROUND HUSTLIN. Currently with over 125,000 units in the streets Worldwide. Undergroundhustlin.com uemcee.com/SNAP419 battleaxewarriors.net
HipHopLead- Ok let the readers know why you chose the name SNAP?
SNAP -That Comes From a lot of different places. Temper and anger problems I’ve dealt with most of my life, it’s what happens every time I record, perform live, or get pissed fff and lose it. It’s the Definition of what I do, who I am, and what I’ve done. Both positive and negative.
HipHopLead-Also why do you want it listed with all capitals (laughs)?
SNAP -Because that’s how I sign it, and I want that shit to STAND OUT when people SEE it!
HipHopLead-There hasn’t really been an artist from Ohio to blaze the trail since Bone Thugs N Harmony stormed onto the scene in the mid 90’s. So for starts do you feel it’s a gift or a curse being from the mid west trying to get put on?
SNAP -First off, Shoutout to BONE THUGS and all my people in Cleveland holdin it down. Being from the Midwest is a beautiful thing, some of the best music in history was made right here, and The Midwest is home to the WICKED shit, that dark sound with the graphic story telling, it makes you think. The shit was real, real life situations, real emotions, real thoughts. I remember bumping Mr. Ouija and Mo Murda, and the people next door thought we was performing a séance and shit. I was listening to Bone when I saw one of the dealers in my old neighborhood get shot in the face.
Point blank. Nowerdays its so many fakes that don’t put effort in, never had to struggle or sacrifice or go through those type of situations, they only saw that shit in movies, they not willing to put in the work yet wanna reap the benefits. My advice to anyone looking to get “put on” don’t wait for a label to hand you a deal and a big check. Keep working hard, stay on it everyday and don’t let shit stop you from accomplishing what you want. That’s exactly what I’ve done and continue to do.
HipHopLead- Are you looking for a major label or indy deal?
SNAP – I’m not bangin down anybody’s door at the moment. I enjoy knowing everything I’ve accomplished thus far, was made possible by my fam, the fans and my team that keeps growing. Everyday we keep making it happen. Nothing is impossible! If any label or sponsor is interested and serious, we will talk it out and go from there.
HipHopLead- Back to Ohio… we know that area is known for the Crucial Conflict/ Bone Thugs type of sound. When we hear you it seems you have more of a grimy east coast feel to your lyrics. Is it safe to say you were more of a fan of the NY grimy raps?
SNAP – Of course. I grew up listening to Rakim, Wu Tang, Run DMC, B.I.G, Onyx, L.L. Cool J, the Fat Boys, Kool G Rap, Public Enemy, Brand Nubian and I been into the NY style from the start. I’m almost sure the 1st cassette tape I ever stole as a kid was Onyx “BACDAFUCUP”, and I cant wait to get back to NY! We gotta hit up The Hustler club! (Laughs)
HipHopLead- What made you wanna get into HipHop?
SNAP -Money, power and bitches! (Laughs) Naa.. all jokes aside I been this way my whole life, To me Hip Hop is a way of life. Music is my religion. It’s a form of expression that seperates us all as individuals and brings us together through common struggles, triumphs, failures, goals, or interests. Music literally changed my life for the better. I’m not using or selling drugs, I’m not locked up and I’m not dead yet, but many of my family, friends and peers struggle with these demons everyday and we all try to avoid the 4th everyday, ya know? I narrate what I see, feel and think and do so through the lyrics in my music which has helped me turn negatives into positives. Thank god for Hip Hop.
HipHopLead- Who were your influences to get into music?
SNAP -We spoke a little about the East Coast influences. On the west coast it was N.W.A, Eazy E, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg,Too Short, Mc Eiht, Spice 1, Brotha Lynch Hung and at the same time I’d be banging some heavy metal. LOUD! (laughs) Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Pantera and all that. Always one extreme to the other, I’ve always been a big fan of Necro and PLR, ill Bill, DJ Eclipse, Heavy Metal Kings, Vinnie Paz, Immortal Technique, Q-unique, Slaine, Beatnuts and way to many more to name.
From the midwest I was heavily influenced by Bone Thugs N Harmony, Esham and King Gordy, ICP, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Jumpsteady, ABK and my entire underground family of juggalos, Strange Music, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Critical Bill.And as for the South it was Geto Boys, Three 6 Mafia, Z-Ro, 8ball & MJG, Project Pat. Much respect to all those guys and it’s a real honor to say I’m working with some of the legends who influenced me one way or another at some point in my life.
HipHopLead- Out of all the mid west artists of all time what two are the most relevant to you?
SNAP -DAMN! That’s a tough one. So many greats in my opinion. I’ll give you two that stick out in my mind right now. # 1- I.C.P and I say this because look what these guys did with their music career, they started out cashing in pop bottles to get bus fare to get to a studio, doing everything independently, wearing every hat, from writing, recording, producing, booking, promoting, marketing, merch, shows and more.
While still learning the business side of this along the way with only a small team of dedicated homies. Say what you want about these guys, they put in the work, and didn’t give up and they made it happen, and over time they have built a multi million dollar company in the process. If that’s not a Midwest success…what is? # 2- Tech N9ne and Twista come to mind, but that’s self explanatory and I have nothing but respect for them.
HipHopLead- What projects have you released to date?
SNAP – I’m featured on many mixtape projects, starting with the longest running rap compilaton in the underground, UNDERGROUND HUSTLIN’. First appearing on Volume 25, Hosted by Esham’ The Unholy, in June of 2010. Since then I’ve been featured on many other UGH Mixtapes, UGH28 Feat. The Homies Intrinzik and McNastee with Snoop Dogg, “We Wrote The Book”, UGH31 Hosted By “The Hitchcock of Hiphop” PROZAK of Project: Deadman and Strange Music, UGH32 with The Legendary SPICE 1, UGH33 with Bizarre, UGH35 with MC Eiht from Menace II Society/Compton’s Most Wanted, UGH37 with NECRO, I also Released the song “UNDENIABLE” That I did with SADAT X on UGH43 hosted by Krizz Kaliko From Strange Music, and On 12.12.12 INTRINZIK released His 2nd Collaboration cd Titled “Nuthin But Hustle Vol. 2”, which Features The Song “Belly of the Beast”, that I did with Intrinzik and J-Reno.
I’ve been a part of a couple other mixtapes released locally, such as Block Club DJs Presents “Clash of the Titans” put out By Hotrod of Royal Fam / On The Throne Productions, and is a producer from Mansfield, Ohio. I’ve also distributed countless promo cd’s and samplers throughout Ohio and the Midwest and I recently connected with Tha Advocate, out of Jersey, and Made my 1st appearance on The Digital Dynasty Mixtape Series!
HipHopLead- Which was your favorite and why?
SNAP -Each one represents the next step in my music career, so to me they’re all unbelievable accomplishments that keep getting bigger. But I gotta say my favorite is back where it all started. That 1st step I took then has taken me places I never thought I would see. I’ve met so many great people who loyally support me and my fam, getting stronger everyday, and now here I am, in the middle of an Interview with HiphopLead.com. Thanks for this opportunity too.
HipHopLead- Any new projects coming out? Any features?
SNAP – 2013 is already looking to be the biggest year of my career. This week UGH44 (Hosted By King Gordy) is coming back from press and ready to be distributed. It features a new track I did with the. “King of Horrorcore”, himself titled “Sickness Inside Us”. This release almost didn’t happen, because as a lot of fans and artists already know, King Gordy was recently shot 5 times during an attempted robbery in Detroit and lived! So we are pulling for Gordy to make a full recovery. All the best to him and his family.
The next project I will be featured on is Underground Hustlin’ 45 and Strange Music’s Kutt Calhoun will be taking on hosting duties for this release! Also I am featured in the world’s first ever deck of Underground Rap playing cards! U.G.H. has put together the 1st ever official deck of playing cards featuring some of the biggest hosts and hustlers in the underground and beyond! My main focus right now is on finishing and releasing my own project which is titled “Raw Or Nothin”. Which is scheduled to be released this year and features many of the artists I mentioned earlier Including Cappadona, Madchild, Sadat X. Jellyroll, Claas, King Gordy and Marvwon and other surprise guests dropping in from start to finish! This is by far my biggest project to date, so we are taking our time to make sure everything about it is to the best of our ability. I’m confident that the underground will feel the floor shake when “Raw or Nothin” drops, it’s that heavy.
HipHopLead- You have worked with a slew of underground legends and established artists. How did those collaborations come about?
SNAP – We network constantly. Making moves everyday and we keep building a stronger foundation with the fans who support and with the artists that we support. We reached out to so many legendary artists and lyricists from all over the U.S. and Canada for this project, one by one, each for specific reasons. Because we knew that each artist would bring something different to the table and they would be on their A game, which then helped me focus and step my game up even more and the ball started rolling even faster and we made it happen one step at a time.
I owe my fam / managers, Mr. England and Ryda a ton of credit for all their support, hard work and dedication. Not only for stepping up and helping me reach the goals I set, as well as the ones I didn’t originally set out to achieve. Also for being patient with my crazy ass and keeping me out of a cage or a coffin. This definitely would not be possible without them.
HipHopLead- How did you link up with Jeff England?
SNAP – (LAUGHS) Me and Jeff go way back. I mean, we go back like Mario Kart 64 and shit. That’s my fam right there! I remember when it was just some 40’s and phillies, St. Ides and Swishers, (Laughs) and it spawned from there. Jeff and the homie Ryda know I got their back no matter what. We brothers.
HipHopLead- We heard a raw track from you and Cappadonna on the latest installment of Digital Dynasty. He was shouting out Ohio, you and your team. How did you guys link for that track?
SNAP – Thanks, Yo that joint is CRAZY! I been listening to WU-TANG most of my life! And been a fan of Swollen Members since they dropped “BALANCE” in 1999. So it is truly an honor to have Cappadonna and Madchild on that song and that track was one of the ideas we talked about for a while, Mr. England contacted some of Cappadonna’s people while Me and Ryda got in touch with Madchild. Both were down to do the track, we killed it and the rest is history. Wu Tang is forever. BAXWAR is the movement!
HipHopLead- Out of all the stages you got to share with legends and songs you got to make with them, which event or song is one of the biggest milestones to you when looking back at your grind?
SNAP – Performing on the same stage as “Dimebag Darrell”, formerly of the heavy metal group PANTERA, was shot and killed on. Standing in that exact spot where one of my influences lost his life, as everyone in the venue chanted my name even after I left the stage at The Alrosa Villa in Columbus Ohio. That was a sold out show that night. It was overwhelming and that will always be one of my favorite stages.
HipHopLead- What is a typical day like for you?
SNAP – Work. No days off. Little to no sleep, I’m either making money, making music or doing both at the same time.
HipHopLead- Other then music what do you do to make that paper?
SNAP – I work a job and have a couple other side hustles. Whatever is putting food on the table at the time, that’s what I’m doing.
HipHopLead- Are you impressed with the response you have received from your presence on Digital Dynasty?
SNAP – Yes I am, I saw that as a great opportunity to get my music in front of alot of people who may have never heard about me otherwise. That’s good people, you can Expect to see me working with Tha Advocate and Digital Dynasty again in the future.
HipHopLead- Hit us with some of your favorite bars you ever spit…
“this aint a verse, but its a muthafuckin homicide note/ hit the ground bleedin, break yo self, cause im broke/ no joke, in the field, still everybody laughing/ tryna make a hustle, in this life that we’re trapped in/ get jack-slapped, in yo mouth, wit the strap, kid/ snap, leave ya teeth in yo lap, thats “whats happenin”/ aint nobody tryna fuck with you when you assed out,/ dead broke, no hoes, and no weed to pass out/ that’s why I dont treat these muthafuckas like they kin to me/ claimin they ya friend, deep down theyre your enemy/ finna be caught up in some shit, cause they slithery/ with a history of bringing you pain and misery/ baxwar for life, you heard my slogan/ I swing this blade and leave yo muthafuckin throat wide open/ so I aint taking no shit, you oppose?/ come get it, SNAP swing a spiked bat to your dome, im so vicious”
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 ….
HipHopLead- Did OJ do it??
SNAP – I didn’t see what happened on the night in question (laughs), but yo If I had a wife, and I caught her cheating… I’d have to get the gloves out. And IF I got away with it, I wouldn’t write a book about how I would have done it, HAD I been guilty. Take notes ladies. Some of us don’t play that shit! That’s all I’m saying.
HipHopLead- When you first heard of Christopher Dorner going to war with the police in Cali, what were your thoughts?
SNAP – Fuck the police. I’ve had Police officers aim guns at my head on multiple occasions. So I can’t give an unbiased answer to that one.
HipHopLead- Are you happy with Obama as a President and the new health care reform?
SNAP – I Dont trust any politicians or the U.S. Government. Period.
HipHopLead- You more of a club person or a bar person?
SNAP – I can get down anywhere, Club, bar, parking lot, basement, in an alley or wherever its goin down!
HipHopLead- Ciroc Or Henny?
SNAP – Henny, straight. No ice, no chase. Hell, just sit the bottle down right here. (Laughs)
HipHopLead- Best diss song of all time in your opinion?
SNAP – Ice Cube “No Vaseline” (Laughs)
Back To The Norm…….
HipHopLead- Do you have any music videos done? Or any in the works?
SNAP – No music videos done yet but we are working mad projects and yes that is in the works so everybody get ready for that! Also I want to break into the horror movie scene, we’ll see what happens with that.
HipHopLead- On your song with Mc Eiht, “Block Monsters”, you spit “overcome by violence/ the Government tries to hide this/ put blinds over your eye lids”. After hearing that would you say 911 is a conspiracy?
SNAP – What I would say is, many people suffered a great loss on that day. Others benefited from the the tragic events. I dont put anything past anyone I dont trust. 3 words. ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. Am I a conspiracy theorist? No, but I’m not a fucking idiot either, educate yourself people!
HipHopLead- Do you think we will reach an era where the internet is censored and music like yours would be hidden from the masses?
SNAP – Yes and probably sooner than we think.
HipHopLead- What else does the Gov’t. hide from us?
SNAP – They are watching..open your eyes and look at what is happening right now as we speak. Cameras all over monitoring us, drones with cameras watching and gathering information. Camera men have a way of hiding, So if they’re watching us, who’s watching them?
HipHopLead- Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
SNAP – “Moment of Silence” . Featured on UGH25. Hear it here – http://www.reverbnation.com/ugh/song/7551153-ugh25-disc1-16-snap–moment-silence
HipHopLead- Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever
SNAP – Thanks for having me, its been real. Thank you: Tha Advocate, HipHopLead.com and Ballerstatus.com. Shoutout to Ryda, Jeff and Jane England, the entire underground, my Battleaxe Warrior family worldwide, everyone on my team on the frontlines and behind the scenes that support and help make this possible, God, my family and friends, the entire u.g.h. family, much respect! Intrinzik, McNastee, all the Wu Tang affiliates, Cappadonna, Jimmy Kang, Sadat X, Battleaxe Warriors, Swollen Members, Madchild, Pink Dragon, Rob the Viking, Kamikaze, Jellyroll, Dj Hylyte, Claas, King Gordy, Bizarre, Marvwon, Mc Eiht, Spice 1, Necro, Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun, for being down with me and taking part in my project “Raw Or Nothin”..
Wolfpac and the girls of Wolfpac, Miss Kitty Kush and Scarlet, Powerdise and Critical Bill, Ajax and PHP, Mars, Ron Jeremy, all my people in Ohio, the midwest, east coast, west coast, down south, up north, and overseas, the U.K., Germany, Switzerland ya’ll hold me down! My mom and pops, Andrea, Jessica, Tim, George, Malakai, I love you all. Psycholiztik, Nick Blade, Foti, Sal Dolla, Shannon, Carrie, Stixx, Cnub, Nate, Recles and PDP, Hotrod, and anyone who ever supported or doubted me since day 1, and to that special woman, (you know who you are) I cant thank you enough. Stay strong!
I would also like to send one big fuck you to anyone who ever doubted me or tried to stand in my way or hold me back. Hows that working out for you? to anyone i forgot, just remember, I’ve been up working nonstop for almost a week straight, muthafuckers (laughs), but let me know ill get you next time. and dont wait for things to happen, make it happen. “Raw Or Nothin” coming soon! Stay up, I’m out!