First we would like to thank you for taking the time out to talk to SoundsCurrent. We are excited about this interview because you have been in the game for awhile now and in addition to you being an awesome artist, you also own your own label and have a few artist that you are developing.
Who is RasKal? Here’s what The Source had to say.
The Tucson, Arizona native began rapping at the age of 16. He became the freestyle champion on 93.7 KRQQ’s “Rap~Attack” Battle Competition, where he remained undefeated for 30 straight weeks. Moreover, his stage presence is filled with tremendous energy, excitement and stamina. He is a true master of ceremony. The Raskal has performed huge shows with such rap superstars as Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Nelly, Bow Wow, E-40, Ja Rule, Too Short, Bone Thugs, Twista just to name a few.
The Raskal shows off a complete package of artistry. At times brilliant and at times daring, The Raskal is thoroughly engaging. His music incorporates an element of realism and rawness that is authentic and seldom seen on today’s independent musical landscape. The Raskal sits at the helm of Rufflife Recordz, whereby he has 11 artists signed to the imprint. The artists currently on RuffLife Recordz include Miss Licks, Lil Smitty, J Bone, Kozme, HighRise, Trilogy, Cess Loc, Plan B and Stamina. There’s a lot of vision and passion behind the label. Rufflife Recordz speaks truth to power without fear of consequences.
1. How did you start in the rap game? I started rapping when I was 16, all of my homies were doing it so I figured I would write a verse and see what they thought. They all said I was dope, so I continued pushing and writing and the rest is history
2. Who was that one artist that you looked up to that inspired you to be in the business? 2pac was and still is my idol and my inspiration til this day, the rap game took a huge nose dive after he was murdered.
3. What was the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight and proudest moment to date was releasing my new album “Trust No One” and getting to work with legends like Tech N9Ne, Twista, HopSin and others that featured on my record
4. If you had 1 million dollars in cash, what would be the 1st thing you would do with it?
I would invest the majority of it into my childrens trust funds and the rest would be in long term investments to keep the money coming in and be able to live off it comfortably for the rest of my life and not piss it away like so many others have done.
5. You own your label now, so what is the biggest difference between being an artist and being an executive?
I am still currently an artist, being a record label owner is a lot like being a baby sitter. Lots of egos, attitudes and everything else to deal with makes it extremely stressful at times but at the same time its dope trying to create an empire from nothing.
6. What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own label?
Make sure you pick real talent, ink them right away and make them appreciate every single thing done for them.
7. As an Indie label budgets are not as big as the majors, how are you able to overcome the lack of funds but still market your artist?
Have to pick and choose your battles on that one, only invest in the ones that have work ethic and the chance to recoup your money at the end of the day.
8. How is your favorite new artist in the last 5 years and why?
Tech N9ne is easily my favorite artist for the simple fact that he is an indy artist and he is in his own lane.. Originality is huge and what the game is lacking right now
9. Who do you feel is best to break a record? A blogger or a DJ and why?
Honestly that is a tough question, it depends on the blog or the dj honestly.. Old days used to be djs and radio, so I am gonna go with that since I am old school
Here at www.soundscurrent.com we like to play a little game at the end of our interviews so here it goes. We will give you two options, pick one.
1. Old School or New School?
2. 26″s or Low riders?
3. Dark or Light?
4. Booty or Breast?
5. Hot or Cold?
6. J Low or Nikki Minaj?
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