Interview with $hamrock
Remember VH1's The White Rapper Show back in 2007? $hamrock won that show and after hard work he has released his official debut album with the suiting title "The WyteRapper Show". I sat down with him to discuss his album, how he creates his songs, new song with Mr.Lucci and ups & downs in the industry. And of course how he manages to get girls showing their boobs on tour. Pictures please, $hamrock.
Title: The WyteRapper Show
Release date: 03/15/11
Buy at: Amazon
MusicRemedy asks [Q]: In 2008 your debut EP was released. Now three years later, your full debut album. What took you so long?
Shamrock answers [A]: That's just the ups and downs of the industry! I tried to get these labels to listen but it wasn't until this project that I finally got the right attention. I have a fanbase through both music and television.
[Q]: You told us which songs you like best on the album, but which song took the longest to complete? Why?
[A]: The song that took the longest to complete was probably "Str8 From Tha Dec". I rewrote my verses a couple times just to make sure they were perfect. It's about my growing up, so I wanted to get it just right.
[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?
[A]: 99% of the time I get the beat/production first, because the music always tells me where to take the lyrics and theme. And the lyrics will always ride the beat better if they are written to it. After that, it's prob 50/50 when I write my lyrics in the studio versus at the crib. Sometimes I write in the car on the way to the studio
[Q]: The songs are produced by a lot of different produced. What and why made you choose the producers?
[A]: All the producers I worked with like Ribah On The Beat, Luney Tunez N Yo Area, Lil Awree, Marco Dane, Lil Jay and Juney Boomdata, I picked because they had the Atlanta/Memphis sound I was looking for. I wanted this album to be produced for the cars with systems that beat the whole block down!
[Q]: Most artists tend to change their style due to personal 'growth' or other changes in their live. Over the years what has changed your music? What are the negative sides of this change?
[A]: When I first hit the scene as an artist, I was very raw and unpolished but I had crazy energy and crunkness to my voice. As I get older and learn more and become more professional, my delivery sounds more polished and less forced. I don't really see it as a negative trade-off, I think I keep getting better
[Q]: Any plans for a tour? What can your listeners and fans expect from your tour?
[A]: I've got to do some incredible promo stops in Memphis, Orlando, Detroit, Dallas. We are lining up more, and my next big date is April 15th in Orlando with Three 6 Mafia and Lil Wyte!
[Q]: Any tour-event, or fan-moment, you like to share with your fans?
[A]: My favorite tour moment was perfroming with Lil Wyte and Partee in Detroit, and the crowd knew the words to our songs and chanted them back. That and all the girls showing their boobs of course.
[Q]: What collaborations could your fans look out for in the future?
[A]: I want to work with more artists in the South for sure- I have a song coming up with Mr.Lucci who is a Dallas legend, and some music with Boondox of Psycopathic Records. I definitely want to work more with the Juggalo nation
[Q]: In the past you hooked up with German DJ Noize. in what way is this different then working with national artists?
[A]: It's really not that different working with international DJs, because Hip-Hop is appreciated all over the world. In some ways its even easier because those DJs know exactly which crowd enjoys Southern Rap music the most
[Q]: Tha WyteRapper Show is the title, you were on the TV-show 'The White Rapper Show', etc... In what way had it helped your career being a white rapper?
[A]: The show and title go hand-in-hand, because the show gave me my visibility and the CD updates everyone since the show. I think the show helped everyone to see that white kids like rap all over the world, and truly respect the culture as well
[Q]: Over the years you probably have (slightly) adjusted your vision. Looking back what would you define as strong and weak points?
[A]: I was definitely strong in dealing with the amount of negativity that came my way, and I was weak in thinking that people would automatically embrace a new artist. I have definitely learned the power of networking and cross-promotion
A couple of 'simple' questions:
[Q]: What is your favorite movie?
[A]: Training Day or Gran Torino
[Q]: What is your favorite music?
[A]: Gyptian, Three 6 Mafia, Lil Wyte, Cartel
[Q]: What is your favorite YouTube clip?
[A]: Highlights of my favorite basketball players
[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?
[A]: Wake up, answer emails, hop on the laptop and check my accounts, write, listen to beats, talk to family members and friends, chop up business on the phone, buy some food to cook at home, work out, watch news or sports, and the best days are when I get to hit the studio. Lately, there have been a lot more planes, hotels, and a LOT more emails and phone calls to answer!
[Q]: Final words?
[A]: Everybody go buy Tha WyteRapper $how in stores and online NOW! It is the biggest success in my life and represents my passion to the fullest. Thank-you to everyone for the support and a big shoutout to MusicRemedy.com!
"The WyteRapper Show" by Shamrock - release date: 03/15/11..