Pop-A-Lot is an entrepreneur originally from NY who is currently based in Florida. He has his Struggle Music Group and his own label and as his debut LP set to drop along with its associated singe – It Don't Matter. Along with his Click Clack Commission fam he has big plans for the next five years. Read on to peep what he had to say to Danielle.
Tell us about yourself?
Pop-A-Lot: I was Born in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, I moved to Miami (Dade County) to play Prep Basketball, then moved to Bad News, VA in '99. Started The Struggle Music Group which I am the CEO of in '01 and the rest is history. I am also the V.P. of Nexnline Records.
What projects are you currently working on?
Pop-A-Lot: My debut Album "Everything's the Game" is set to release in Aug. My lead single "It Don't Matter" will be released on 01/06 and I'm also working on the Click Clack Commission debut album "Everyday Struggle", (big shouts Uno and Dayo) set for release mid July.
You recently toured in the Florida area right? What was that like?
Pop-A-Lot: I have a lot of fam in M.I.A. (shouts to all my zoes on 62nd and Marthin luther King). It was crazy we hit the clubs up, did it big on Collins down on the beach. They got a lot of love for Pop-A-Lot down there.
Your single is due on iTunes soon right?
Pop-A-Lot: Yes it drops on 06/01 "It Don't Matter" so look out for that on iTunes, iTunes Canada, Rhapsody, Napster, Canada Napster, Puretracks, Canada eMusic, AOL, Canada AmazonMP3, Astral IndependentBands.com*, Futureship / BestBuy, Urge(MTV), Choose Your Songs (Universal), V-Cast (Verizon), and the rest of the digital servers(big shout out to Kevin Rivers).
How would you define your musical style?
Pop-A-Lot: Well I would say I,m the leader of the new school. First off me and my niggas, (The Click Clack Commission), are going to bring back the lyricism to the game not to mention I'm a born hit maker so you already know what it is with me.
When did you realise music was your calling in life?
Pop-A-Lot: I would have to say in '98 or '99. I was signed to Diamondback Ent and we dropped World Series Vol. 1 and we had the streets, crazy groupies, haters and everything that comes with the game.
Where do you see yourself being in five years time?
Pop-A-Lot: Well in five I should have two solo albums under my belt along with a few Click Clack Projects and just making The Struggle Music Group as strong we could be. Ooooh and retired, lol.
When you get the time how do you like to just sit back and relax?
Pop-A-Lot: It's been so long I don't even remember! I love vacation so I stay in Nags Head on the beach, or M.I.A. to get my thoughts right, that helps me keep mind clear and my music fresh.
You had a mix-tape out a while back with the Click Clack Commission, what response did you get from that release?
Pop-A-Lot: Well it did pretty good, we sold over ten thousand copies in Va, D.C., B'More and N.C. It is also available on the web at imixtape.com under Everyday Struggle. It debuted as the eighth most downloaded mixtape the month it was released on that site.
Pop-A-Lot: Yeah big shout out to GOD, The whole Struggle Music Group, Nexnline, Grandson, all the MC's on their grind, Underground Promotion UK, RVUP and everybody that show us love when we in their hoods on promo. And everybody text POPALOT1 to 69937 to get "It Don't Matter" Ringtone totally free. One Love!
Interview for British Hip Hop courtesy of Underground Promotion UK.