Face Off is a Southern MC who is coming off the back of his Pimp LP. He's got a new single coming out with Rasheeda to look out for and so our reporter Danielle Fear caught up with him to find out about this, his thoughts about being independent and the future amongst other things. Read on to find out more.
Give our readers the low down on Face off, who he is and where he is from?
Face Off: Faceoff is a hustla from the streetz of Savannah, Georgia (C-Port City).
Which of your releases to date has been the most successful and why?
Face Off: My most successful release I would say was a song off my first album called "Pimp". It was more of a Hood song that was based out of my neighbor-hood so alot of people I think related to it a lot.
Where did the Cell Phone song idea come from? It's a lot similar in concept to Soulja Boy's Kiss Me Thru The Phone, right?
Face Off: Its a cell phone world right now. Everybody has one and is communicating on them. You wanna see somebody and can’t see them you can just send them a picture. Its similar to Soulja Boy "Kiss Me Through The Phone" but didn’t originate from that. Plus I’m into stuff like that, when I can’t see my girl I wanna see her the best way I can and cell phones is it.
What are you currently working on?
Face Off: I’m working on my new album entitled "I Run Da City".
How would you define your musical style?
Face Off: My musical style is basically the truth. How I’m living, where I’ve been, where Im going. A lot of people can relate to my situations in my music cause alot of people are not successful and you have to hustle to get to success. Have to deal with a lot of different things in life.
Over the years who has influenced your music and your life? Both positively and negatively?
Face Off: I mean I enjoy listening to people struggle to get where they are, people that dealt with the same situations in life like I did. Like Young Jezzy, Yo Gotti, 50 Cent, Pac, Biggie and T.I. People that came from the bottom and made it to the top, that showed you anything is possible.
The hip hop game sees young cats popping up every other day but only a small few ever really make it onto the big leagues, what do you think makes you different and ready to break down those corporate doors?
Face Off: Just basically who I am and I don’t have the average imaginary life style. I talk about real life and they are all facts. Plus a lot of young cats haven’t really been through anything so they don’t have anything to talk about. It’s a lot of the imaginary world out there. A lot of rappers say this and say that about their life but they really haven’t lived the life. They talk about their homeboy or cousin or somebody that they know’s lifestyle. I’m all real, I say what I mean. The game needs a lot more people like me in it. Acting is for movies, so all the phony rappers that say they real and ain’t should leave it there. If not they need to be exposed!
From a business level do you think it's best to be an independent artist right now rather than being signed to a major label?
Face Off: From a business level yes, I think being independent is where it’s at. Because you do what you want when you want to. And don’t owe nobody anything, that’s just on a business level. Plus doing business is a lot easier. Only got a few people to go through. On major labels it’s totally different. Its so many different people you gotta go through in order to make stuff happen.
What’s next for face off?
Face Off: Working on a new record featuring Rasheeda, hoping to be dropped in the next few weeks called "Turn It Round". It’s more of a club song. And I got a lot more features I’m trying to work with. I’m also working on this new album and working on claiming my spot in the industry! I’m looking forward to being over here in the UK and doing alot of things over here so yall be looking out for me. Make sure y’all check the Cell Phone single out and the new single coming "Turn it Round" featuring Rasheeda.
Face Off: To the most high God above, To my fans cuz I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them, Big Face Records, To My management, C Click Entertainment, To Monica, To the D Js, Danielle from Underground Promotion, The Radio, Freddy P, To the clubs, Rasheeda, T-Riff, T-Riff Productions, DJ Smallz, Its so many people I could be here all day – To everybody that show me love and especially to the haters cuz without yall I would be nothing.
By: Danielle Fear
Interview for British Hip Hop courtesy of Underground Promotion UK.