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Exclusive Interview with Producer, Rapper & Songwriter NOW HUSSEIN

Now Hussein is a producer, rapper and songwriter from Newark, USA. He has released a series of singles and mixtapes, of which the 10 track, “Im Not Dead” has been gaining exposure on Datpiff.

  1. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

Now Hussein: since I been involved with music in one way or another since I was about 12 years old. I got started by being a hype man for my step brother who at the time had a record deal and was touring with a local crew called the chill town ruffians. Soon after I decided that I wanted to be an artist and I began to write songs and when several talent shows with my step brother. Things did not work out in the end so I took a break to finish school. I started writing again when I was twenty years old, around that same time I started a production company and started making beats for local artist.

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences?

Now Hussein: Run DMC, LL Cool J, Tupac Shakur, Tim Dog, NWA, Slick Rick, KRS One.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

Now Hussein: NAS, TI, Kanye west, Push T, Jay-Z. I would do a collaboration with anyone of these artist.

Now Hussein
Now Hussein
  1. What do think people should get out of listening to your music?

Now Hussein: I think people get the different struggles in live that we each go through to get to that next level.

  1. Do think that visual media and Youtube is an important tool for your music and music in general, and what is your latest video?

Now Hussein: I think that visual media is very important for my music and music over-all and we are currently writing the treatment for a video as we speak.

  1. Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?

Now Hussein: I love doing both I getting in the studio to work and create new things it is my natural element. But I also like to perform live exchange the energy with the people.

  1. Tell us something about your lyrics and music production on your releases. Which part of these processes do you handle, and which do you outsource generally?

Now Hussein: I do all my own writing, but when it comes to production it is a mixture other producers as well as myself.

8 What is the title of your latest music release and where can fans find it?

Now Hussein: The latest project that we put out is IM not dead it is a project we put out just to give something to the people and to build some momentum. And it can be found at https://soundcloud.com/now-hussien

https://youtu.be/EgN9dfMK_SE (Prize is you)Single

  1. Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist in a genre thriving with newcomers?

Now Hussein: I think that the ingredients that makes my music unique is one I have and stay in my own lane. I never follow the crowd and to I use a mixture of emotion, logic and character to express myself when writing.

  1. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of this tough business?

Now Hussein: I would say anger

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Now Hussein: The aspect of being and independent artist that excites me the most is being in the studio creating new music that sometimes helps to touch a person life

  1. What is the hardest thing you had to endure in your music or life so far?

Now Hussein: The hardest thing I had to endure in life and with my music when I became real sick and everyone turned on me and wouldn’t help me. But I am back now.

Now Hussein
Now Hussein
  1. Aside from the big financial budgets, is there anything at all that you envy about Major label artists?

Now Hussein: Nothing I have my freedom what else could I ask for.

  1. If you could change something about the music industry what would that be?

Now Hussein: I would not change a thing I just want to leave my footprints here when I am gone.

  1. If you had a choice to work with any successful producer (living or dead) who would that be and why?

Now Hussein: It would the RZA or Dr. Dre

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and do you take an active part in its workings?

Now Hussein: Yes I do consider the internet and social media a fundamental part of my career and its workings.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

Now Hussein: Real life music

  1. What goals do you have lined-up before the close of 2016?

Now Hussein: To drop my next project in October and to do a mini tour

  1. As you work your way through your career, which more than any other fires-up your imagination – A Grammy award, Platinum music sales or any other tangible milestone?

Now Hussein: Really to just connect with the people.

  1. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?

Now Hussein: Go against my own judgments or morality.

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