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[AUDIO] How To Build A Loyal Fan Base

Posted: June 12, 2012 by reallyrashida in Cleveland, Music


Check out my interview with D-Ash. I picked him to shed some light on the subject of building a fan base after doing a review here on the blog of his song “Memory Lane”. His post got the most feedback I’ve seen from his fans so he’s doing something right. Listen to the interview HERE.


AC sits his listeners down for "The Interview" EP

AC sits his listeners down for “The Interview” EP

Cincinnati, OH. native  AC The Entitty has just released his third project respectively titled “The Interview EP” via N’ Depth Music Group and Greatness Displayed. This effort is said to be what AC describes as his “prelude to his upcoming album “Audio Therapy”, slated to be released in fourth quarter of this year. He has enlisted features from some of Cincinnati’s hottest artists and producers including J-Skillz, Macho Means, Kontrax, Third Element, and even jazz artist Walt Coleman. In promoting for this EP, he is currently planning a small-city tour across Ohio and Kentucky that includes Cincinnati, Mainesville and Louisville. 

The Ep is avaiable for download at or request for physical copy from Brice(513-580-3024) or AC (513-678-0273)
For Booking they can contact Brice via email or Phone at or 513-580-3024

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Interview: Model, Audrey

Posted: May 19, 2010 by essince in Uncategorized
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Yep, men prepare to be jealous of me again as I am able to interview yet another beautiful, BEAUTIFUL woman, this time by the name of Audrey (shout out to Cy Harp for introducing us).

Check her our and what she has to say and, men, try not to stand behind anyone when you read this.

In the illustrious words of Will Smith from an episode of the Fresh Prince whose title escapes me now, “Do the words ‘boi-oiii-oiiing’ mean anything to you?”



(after the interview go to the Royal Heir Ent. blog for more pictures

Age: 23
Height: 5’2″
Location: Rochester, NY
Industry: FirstGlanceOnline Model
Measurements: you gotta see it to believe it HA!
Shoe: 7
Hobbies: Photography, modeling, music, sports, art, fashion

Essince: Hey, Audrey. How’ve you been?

Audrey: I have been doing well, as long as I have a fruit & yogurt parfait, I’m always fine!

Essince: What initially got you interested in modeling? I understand you did some work when you were younger but what kept you interested, besides being gorgeous that is.

Audrey: Thank you! You’re cute, too! But, since I was a child, I could always remember wanting to be the center of attention. I loved to get all dressed up in somebody’s heels and take pictures. My aunts were models and I looked up to them. They put me in fashion shows at age 6 and I loved it. Walking the runway and having my picture taken was better than playing outside to me. I loved every minute of it! I have always had a love for fashion and magazines. Just seeing how style in general always evolves kept me wanting to be involved in it and be a model.

Essince: I understand you used to play soccer as a kid, what do you do to stay in shape? Do you still play any sports?

Audrey: Yes, I still play indoor soccer from time to time. I also play outdoor during the summer, when I can. It gives me an excuse to run into people and hurt them without getting in trouble for it, “Playful assault” lol. I run at a local college near my house. I also just started working with a personal trainer. This way I’ll be on a schedule and learn from my work outs as appose to just doing what I think I should. Walking the mall is not exercise!

Essince: I guess I should go back to the gym then if mall walking doesn’t count. But anyway, I’m so glad to hear you’re a painter, too as I’m an artist, myself. What type of art of you do?

Audrey: Nude stuff, just nude everything pretty much. Just kidding! [Editor’s note…extreme disappointment] I like to paint a lot of still life. I just think it’s interesting to look at something and paint exactly what you see. Painting abstract is also fun. And none of my stuff ever comes out the same. I could paint to same thing 5 times and each one will look different from the last.

Essince: Do you have any aspirations to pursue a career in art?

Audrey: In high school I stayed in art class. I was a real nerd I guess. I skipped gym class, study hall, and little classes like that to be in art class working on anything I could. I have always wanted to sell my paintings and see them up on somebody’s wall being admired by many. I think one day, I’ll just open up my own art studio and be a nude model for the public. “The best of both worlds.” They can paint me, I can still model, and see myself up everywhere! lol

Essince: Is there any place to check some of your paintings online or do you mostly keep those to yourself for expressions?

Audrey: I keep all my work to myself. I have given some of my work to my family members. I am going to wait until 40 years from now when I open my own gallery and show all my work at once. By then, my art work will look crazy cause of how old it is and that’s why it will sell. Vintage! lol

Essince: What are some of your goals? Personally and with your modeling career?

Audrey: My goal is to do it all! I want to model, act, paint, do promotions, advertising, design, style; the list goes on and on. I want to always be a model. My main goal is to inspire people in a positive way, and to go about this career the right way. I want to teach young females that there are many ways to be successful in this business and you don’t have to sleep around, get naked or sell yourself short to get there! Which a lot of people do, unfortunately.

Essince: Amen to that…to not having to be naked to succeed…not the selling yourself part. Thanks for you time, Audrey! Any last comments, shout outs, or phone numbers you’d like to give out?

Audrey: I want to say thanks to you, of course. I want everyone to check out my YouTube channel and Facebook. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter as well! And I won’t give out any numbers, that could be a problem. I can barely handle the nonsense I get on facebook lol I want to give a shout out to my managers Reggie and Stacey Warren, Ohio’s own Mr. Cy Harp, my right hand Janae Nicole, my amazing stylist Miss Elaine, and all my friends and family. If I start saying names and leave one out someone may put a hit out on me so I’ll keep it short and sweet! But I could make a list of who I DON’T want to give a shout out to! HA. Just kidding. Stay True. “LOVE LOVE~”

For More pictures go to the Royal Heir Ent. blog

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King Phaze

I was able to talk with Yonkers emcee, King Phaze about what’s been going on…if you aren’t familiar with you yet…

you will be soon.


Essince: What’s up?

King Phaze: Essince, what’s going on, my brotha?

Essince: How[’re] you doin’, man?

King Phaze: I’m doing great. I’m feeling beautiful, man.

Essince: I’m glad to hear that. I’ve heard some of your music before. How long’ve you been doing this? How long have you been doing music?

King Phaze: I’ve been working on my craft since I was 13 years old. I got a lot of years in right now. I’m 26 now and I’ve just been going strong since like 12, 13 [years old].

Essince: Where are you from? Have you always been in New York?

King Phaze: I’m from Yonkers, New York, I was born in the Bronx. I lived throughout various parts of New York but I grew up mostly in Yonkers, the Bronx. But I’ve lived in different places in New York and stuff like that.

Essince: As far as hiphop goes, were you always on the MC side of it? Or did you ever, especially being from New York, did you ever experiment with graffiti or break dancing or anything else?

King Phaze: My musical journey started being at my grandma’s house listening to the Temptations and Elvis as a little kid. And it kinda ventured me into Rock’n’Roll. I listened to all these Rock’n’Roll bands for a long time. But hip hop for me started with the whole graffiti thing but I’m kinda like a product of the Wu-Tang Clan era as far as hiphop music. That’s where I fell in love with rap in the Wu-Tang Clan era.

Essince: That’s really similar to me. I grew up and my folks always had Temptations records we used to put on. I’m 23 now and started when I was 11. Do you think because you grew up the way you did with the type of music you did, the Temptations and Elvis, instead of kids today who only listen to one genre, how do you think that changed how you write and how you do music?

King Phaze: It’s like a gift and a curse because, like, I like all kinds of music. I really love Rock’n’Roll music, I still love rap music, but I listen to everything. For me, I really like music so when I pick my production there’s never no format and that’s why my executives on my project get kinda upset at me. I’ll do a rock track with the rap stuff but then I do a techno joint with the techno sounds. It’s always all over the place for me because I just love music. And if I like something and I gravitate towards it then I’m a work on it. You understand what I’m saying? But I think that’s what hiphop is. Because hiphop’s not really a genre. We sample from all different kinds of music, reggae, classical, rock’n’roll. It’s kinda like all music in one, to me, hiphop.

Essince: I’d definitely agree with that. With so many different cultures, Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Whites. So many different people involved and adding their own story to the culture of hiphop, too.

King Phaze: Right. Exactly.

Ess; So what are you working on RIGHT now. What’s the latest thing King Phaze has going on?

KP: Right now I have a mixtape out now called “Conspiracy Theory”. It’s like a hard street mixtape. I got my single on there with Jadakiss, “Realer Than You Think,” which has been gaining considerable buzz on the internet and underground circuit. But what I’m really focused on now is dropping these two other mixtapes in two weeks and gearing up for my album right now which is coming out on Red Smoke Records and distributed on Fontana. Gearing up for the “King of America” project. Getting ready to put that out. Amazing collaborating artists on that. It’s like my baby right now. And a project with Billy Ray Cyrus called “Brother Clyde” which I’m also featured on. That’s coming out, too. This year.

[Editor’s note: Yes, he said Billy Ray Cyrus. That’s ‘Achey Breaky Heart’/Hannah Montana’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus].

You know, I just kinda got a lot on my plate with that, with my album, with Billy Ray Cyrus’ album.

Ess: That’s crazy, man. You sound like a busy guy.

KP: Ah, man. Real busy, man. I always got work to do.

Ess: You said you have TWO mixtapes coming out in the next couple weeks?

KP: I got two mixtapes coming out right now, one mixtape coming out with me and DJ Delz, and that’s coming like next week. And after that I got this other mixtape with me, an amazing artist from Cleveland named Half Dead and another amazing artist from Cleveland, Ohio named D-80. We’re working on a mixtape right now. I’m gonna be all over Ohio within the next 2½-3 weeks. We’re just in the writing process for right now. Getting ready to start going in the studio and laying that down. But mainly right now I’m in the studio with DJ Mauley T. He’s an amazing producer. He produced for Bone Thugs in Harmony, Eazy E, and several other amazing people. I’m working with him right now. That’s why I’m in Ohio right now.

Ess: With so many projects coming out so soon do you have a different strategy for like, how you’re gonna market them individually? Or how are you going to release all of these different ones?

KP: Well, for me with the mixtapes, I got a lot of love from the mixtape Djs ever since I dropped my song, “Yonkers Anthem,” witih DMX, Styles P, and Sheek Louch. That was pretty big on the internet and I started linking with a buncha Djs and we just started working on projects like with me and White Owl. And now, like, for me, the mixtapes market themselves. I put something out, my fans get a hold of them physically and digitally. That’s really how I market my mixtapes, word of mouth and from the power of the music and stuff like that but as far as these two major projects I’m working on, there are a lot of people behind the scenes. Like with “King Phaze” and this “King of America” project I got some major executives and marketing teams on the street right now. Element 9 Music Group and Fontana are about to launch my whole album. You know you got Ron Spalding, and Tony Franklin all these executives brainstorming and putting these marketing ideas together. So I can’t really say I’m responsible for the marketing of the record. Just making the material, staying in shape, and doing MY part, you know?

Ess: How did the Billy Ray [Cyrus] thing happen?

KP: Aw, Billy Ray Cyrus is a great guy. You know it all came through the power of the music. Just making the music and working hard on my craft and it just so happens that a friend of mine was working on a film with Billy Ray Cyrus and he heard the “Yonkers Anthem” and he loved it. He’s like, “man, who’s this kid?” And next thing you know, my buddy who produced that song started working on songs with Billy Ray, Billy Ray wanted to be on the album. We kinda got together, layed a song out, a duet/Rap-Rock collaboration. And , yea, man. He’s been my family ever since.

Ess; Wow, man. That’s crazy.

KP: Now we’re kinda rehearsing and gearing up for this tour. And it’s just getting ready to happen.

Ess; I never really pictured him as a hip hop head, you know what I’m saying? [laughs].

KP: Ah, man. You gotta understand he loves rap, he knows all the words. It’s great when we rehearsed the song we got together, it’s high energy, it’s awesome. My same team is actually working on the project with Billy Ray Cyrus. The whole Fontana/Red Smoke team. It’s huge. It’s huge for someone like Billy Ray Cyrus to embrace a local Yonkers rapper [who’s] just coming up in the game. You know? Especially since I work with like, DMX and Jadakiss, and all these hardcore rappers. You know the content is NOT commercial. [both laugh].

Ess: That’s great, man. You seem real focused and determined to work on music as the MC, do you have any plans, 20-30 years down the line, to maybe do some other aspect of music, like A&R work or anything like that?

KP: You know what? I’ve been doing A&R work for awhile now. I did some work with Ruff Ryders records for some time. And right now, Red Smoke Records, I’m the head of A&R for Red Smoke Records. Red Smoke Records is a newly launched Canadian record label and it’s owned by my partner, Matthew Bolton. We’re on the executive end of it. I A&R’d my new project. I helped with the Billy Ray Cyrus thing with Fontana and kinda put this whole Red Smoke Records thing together in conjunction with Element 9 and Fontanta/Universal. I’ve kinda been getting ready and dibbling because I know there’s gonna come a time where the rap thing gotta stop and I gotta put some other people on and really take an executive role in this. My whole thing is helping other people so I’m definitely gonna focus on the A&R aspect of the business because I wanna sign people and see people get successful and win and make it.

Ess: If someone wants to get a hold of you or wants to check out some of your music where does he/she go and how does he do it?

KP: and [they] will have all the ways to get in touch with me; my Twitter, my Myspace. You can get right in contact with me directly on Twitter (@daRealKingPhaze). I talk to everybody. I follow everybody back. Hit me on Twitter, hit me on Myspace and whatev‘. Let’s work.

Ess: I really appreciate you taking your time out for this especially with how busy you’ve been with all…700 albums coming out, A&R and everything. That’s crazy. [both laugh].

KP: Hey, man, I appreciate you taking your time out to interview me, man. So, the feeling is 100% mutual.

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Interview: Naughty by Nature

Posted: March 17, 2010 by essince in Uncategorized
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I was able to catch up with Treach from Naughty by Nature when they came to St. Louis a while back after a DOPE show.

Check it out.


Interview: Freeway

Posted: February 6, 2010 by essince in Uncategorized
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I was able to catch up with the homie, Freeway and talk about everything from RhymeSayers Ent. to his pilgrimage to Mecca, to his new album with Jake One, the Stimulus Package.

Essince, Royal Heir Entertainment

Essince: What’s good?

Freeway: What’s up? How are you?

Essince: I’m good, man. First of all, I heard some new stuff off the Stimulus Package with Jake One and I’m really excited, man. It sounds dope.

Freeway: Thanks a lot, man. I appreciate that, man.

Essince: What can you tell me about this project? What can we expect when we hear it?

Freeway: Ah, man. You should just expect hip hop, you know? In it’s purest essence, that’s what it is. Hip hop, man. Me and Jake came together with that one goal and that’s to bring good hip hop to the forefront.

Essince: How did you two meet? How did you decide to work with Jake One on this?

Freeway: Well, actually I got some tracks from him for the “Free at Last” album. He did a track on “Free at Last” called “It’s Over” and I did a couple tracks on his album, “White Van Music” and the chemistry was there, you know? And then after that he just kept sending me beats, you know? And I was working and knocking songs out and I was a free agent at the time, too so we came up with the idea of doing an album together on RhymeSayers Entertainment.

Essince: How did RhymeSayers come about? I’ve been a big RhymeSayers fan for years and I think it’s great that you’re with them. I think it’s a good fit but how did that come about?

Freeway: Well basically Jake One was on RhymeSayers Entertainment, you know? And I was a free agent and we were thinking that that would be a perfect home for it. It’ll open up my fan base and it’ll open up Jake’s fan base, too. On both sides.

Essince: Are you excited about releasing something on RhymeSayers? It seems like a different following and might be a little different crowd that you might have with say a Roc-a-Fella, or a Cash Money, or someone else.

Freeway: Yea, I’m definitely excited, you know? Because this is like my breakaway album it’s like my first album without the major backing. I’m just trying to prove to people I can do it by myself, man. That’s what I’m trying to do.

Essince: I remember hearing you planned on retiring after your pilgrimage to Mecca. What made you decide to keep rhyming?

Freeway: I mean that’s just something that I go through with myself, you know what I mean? As far as me being Muslim and everything. We’re not supposed to be doing the music but that’s just something that I go through with myself and my God, you know what I’m saying? I got a passion for the music and I do it good.

Essince: You’re not supposed to be doing music?

Freeway: Yea. You’re not. It takes away from the remembrance of the law. Like, you could be doing other things with your time.

Essince: What was it like working with Brother Ali? I love that track you guys did with Joell Ortiz on Brother Ali’s last album [“Us”].

Freeway: Oh yea, that was crazy. Brother Ali is a good dude, man. He’s real talented, you know what I’m saying? So it’s always a good experience when we’re together.

Essince: Whatever happened to Indy500?

Freeway: He’s still working. That’s my cousin.

Essince: Oh, for real?

Freeway: Yea, he’s got some stuff he’s working on.

Essince: I heard some tracks you did with him and Peedi Crakk and we were wondering what was going on.

Freeway: Yea, Peedi Crakk is in jail but he should be home soon.

Essince: Good.

Freeway: When he gets home we’re definitely going to make some things happen.

Essince: Great. I’m looking forward to hearing everything. I really appreciate your time and I can’t wait for “the Stimulus Package” to drop.

Freeway: Thanks a lot, man. I appreciate the love.

To hear a new track off “The Stimulus Package” check it here on Planet Symphony

For more info on Freeway and the project check RhymeSayers Entertainment