Monday, 29 December 2008

Clinton Sparks New Artist!

With regard to Hip-Hop, LT is cocky, confident and smart – an element that he believes comes with territory of any successful MC in the music industry. He is the answer to the problem of Hip-Hop’s monotone and the Boston rapper is confident that he will change the landscape of contemporary Hip-Hop with his combination of lyrical talent and cutting-edge marketing.

Supastar LT has worked and recorded alongside major artists like, Fat Joe, Jim Jones, DJ Khaled, Trey Songz, Lil Scrappy, AZ, Foxy Brown, Rick Ross, the whole Cash Money family, Fabolous, and B2K to name a few.

Most recently the talented and promising Supastar LT joined forces with globally renowned DJ/Producer and TV personality Clinton Sparks and his label Get Familiar Records. As the new Get Familiar member, LT is more than ready to get into the forefront of the Hip-Hop game.

HipHopInformant: How did you get involved with Hip-Hop?

Supastar LT: Growing up in the neighbourhood where hip hop music was the main genre of music. Also that’s what my relatives, friends and associates listened too feel me. I can remember back when I was 12/13 years and a Snoop Dogg or 2Pac video would come on and I would run to the TV. As I grew older I began to understand the things they were talking about and some things would reflect to me. It seemed liked like the things they where rapping about were the same things I was going through. I remember my fist trip to New York, the first CD I ever bought was Jay-Z (In My Life Time Vol. 1). It was just something that stood out about that the cover like the flash Rolex watch, black leather jacket, white tee and the fresh cut. From there I jump head first into hip hop feel me.

HipHopInformant: You've already worked with Akon, DJ Khaled, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Ray J, Freeway to name a few how does it feel to be working with these guys?

Supastar LT: It’s a beautiful thing. We all got at each other in a cool way and put together some lifelong classical records. Not only that I actually had a chance to really build a friend ship with some of these guys. But I like the pressure of recording with a major artist because you know you gotta go hard as they do. So you know I put my game face on and go in on these record to give the world that motivational inspirational street music. Feel me.

HipHopInformant: Being signed to Clinton Sparks is pretty big how did that happen?

Supastar LT: Opportunity presented it's self and I was there to take it for its offer. I always felt like I should do thing outside of the box and also do things on a major level. I didn’t want to do nothing people in my town was already doing. That’s why I reached out to major to work with right off top. Clinton Sparks is the biggest celebrity in my city and one of the biggest DJs in the world. So it only made since to reach out to him and see if we could work something out. Clinton listened to a couple of records and loved what he heard, and everything been major since... Feel Me!

HipHopInformant: Now your new mixtape, "Voice Of The City" is dropping The First quarter tell me what it's about.

Supastar LT: This tape is my heart. I feel like I’m the Voice Of My City. I make music that motivate and inspire the street to go out and get your hustle on. Go out and get your grind on. Get your paper. I’m the mouth peace to the city. I do this for the people, for the hood, for the streets. I tell every n*gga in my town go get your money and don't let one of these prayer haters stop you. That’s what this voice of the city tapes about. Motivating the people to keep pushing.

HipHopInformant: What do you feel about the Hip-Hop Industry at this moment in time?

Supastar LT: It’s a beautiful game. Any place a street n*gga could get some money in a legal way it’s always beautiful. I love the style of music I’m hearing today. I think Hip Hop is well alive feel me. It’s waiting for me and a bunch of other young talent like myself to come and put our pieces to the puzzle and keep this legacy going. Nuff said.

HipHopInformant: How would you describe the way you rhyme?

Supastar LT: Swaggerish, and from there I just put real life inside the music. It’s classical…

HipHopInformant: Do Boston and Texas, (where Supastar LT's from) influence you're rhymes and music?

Supastar LT: Definately. It allows me to be very versatile given the Southern swagger, and the Eastcoast deep lyricism. It all meets in the middle and great music comes out. That’s a perfect way to explain the question before.

HipHopInformant: Are there any underground artists that you'd like to work with?

Supastar LT: My motel to that is, if you put your heart into your music reach out and we can work. I’m down with all kinds of classical music.

HipHopInformant: Where did the name Supastar LT come from?

Supastar LT: Because I do things in a supastarish way you feel me. The way I pull up and step out the car, my last impression leaving out the room, the fly egotistical sh*t I say. That’s where Supastar LT came from feel me. I feel like cockiness is boost the music. If your are a boring person no one really cares feel me. with having that say I’m a complete Supastar. 365 days around the clock.

HipHopInformant: Any artists in general involved in different types of music that you'd like to work with?

Supastar LT: Jay-Z, Scarface, Lil Wayne, Nas, Bun B. That one might be on its way. Keyshia Cole, Gym Class Heroes, Kanye West. I like artist that really put there life into the music and make it real. So yea, theres def more people that should be added on that list. but those are the heavy hitters.

HipHopInformant: Finally what does the future hold for Supastar LT.

Supastar LT: I got a lot going on in 2009. The Voice Of The City mixtape top of the year. I’m also putting together the album with features from DJ Khaled, Trey Songs, Tyrese, Ray J. It’s produced by Clinton Sparks. I also just shot a movie called E$pendable starring Micheal Blackson, Suny Carter. Gillie The Kid, and Omillio Sparks. So 2009 is a big year for me feel me.

Friday, 26 December 2008

The HipHopInformant hits Youtube!

So, Im not too sure why I left it so late but, the HipHopInformant has a Youtube channel so get youself down to Youtube and search for HipHopInformant and you'll get to see my videos and remember to comment on them, rate them and subscribe to the channel.

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Thursday, 11 December 2008

Ludacris, Nas & Jay-Z - track review for!

10! We now have 10 reviews up on and we're gonna be bringing you more! Stay tuned for new interviews on here soon very soon! Thanks again for all the supporting and for keeping it real!

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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Joe Budden & The Game- The Future Track!

Whattup fam! Got another review up for you guys, click on the pic to read it in full and I'll be back with an interview soon, very soon so look out for that also, check out and watch that space a new interview's going up there too and we're working on an exciting new project so look out for that slo so keep rating, commenting, spreading the word and make sure you represent REAL Hip-Hop to the fullest!

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Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Whose World Is This...K-Salaam!

Anyone who's been keeping an eye on the talented producers and DJ's in the Hip-Hop world will know who he is. He's worked with some of the biggest reggae and Hip-Hop artist including, Sizzla, Buju Banton, Mos-Def, Richie Spice and a whole host of other artists.
Teamed with his partner, Beatnic these two are ones to look out for.
Let me introduce you to K-Salaam.

HipHopInformant: How long have you been involved in Hip-Hop?

K-Salaam: I got into hip-hop at a very young age. During the whole break dancing phase with Newcleus, Afrika Bambaata, F.R.E.E.Z.E, the first hip-hop that I listened to was that Electro stuff. Shit has definitely changed.

HipHopInformant: How did you get involved in Hip-Hop?

K-Salaam: Through break dancin' back in the days.

HipHopInformant: Where are you from and does where you’re from influence your music?

K-Salaam: My family is from Iran. I grew up in Minneapolis. My music influences come from many places. My mom was a music teacher. I played the trumpet for many years. My partner Beatnick is extremely talented too. He can play every instrument known to man.
Growing up in Minneapolis as an Iranian, I went through a lot. I spent a lot of time by myself. That had a big effect on me musically. Hip-Hop was my escape.

HipHopInformant: Where did the name K-Salaam come from.

K-Salaam: My first name is Kayvon. In Farsi (in my father's dialect of Farsi) it means "the universe". Salaam is my middle name, it means "peace."

HipHopInformant: What are your views of Hip-Hop at the moment?

Hip-Hop is making a strong comeback right now. There are a lot of new artists coming up. Especially in NY and LA. It's kind of an exciting time for hip-hop.

HipHopInformant: Are there any artists that influence you and your music?

K-Salaam: I know my partner Beatnick is heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Ican't really say that one artist has influenced me. I am influenced by life.

HipHopInformant: The new album “Whose World Is This” is out now so get it if you haven’t already! Is there a message behind the album?

K-Salaam: Definitely. But people have to actually listen to the album for themselves to get the message. The title is a question, it's up to the listener to find the answer to the question.

HipHopInformant: How do you feel when you perform in front of a crowd who all feel the music?

I feel great.

HipHopInformant: What do you think real Hip-Hop is?

K-Salaam: Myself and Beatnick. Palestine is hip-hop. The people that got kicked out of New Orleans, they're hip-hop.

HipHopInformant: Finally, what does the future hold for K-Salaam?

K-Salaam: We're gonna be working with a lot of new artists. A lot of these old cats gotta go. For real. We are the future of hip-hop. Real talk.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Sha Stimuli Interview for

The HipHopInformant is back Just finished doing an interview with Sha Stimuli for Click on the picture to read the interview in full!

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Thursday, 2 October 2008

Articulate not just a rapper...

It is impossible to fit Artic into any box or category other than just "real". With the insight of a Nas, lyricism of a Big Pun, an imagination of an Eminem and the honest of a 'Pac, Artic crafts tracks with his own unique voice. Articulate has performed in many cities across the East Coast in cities such as DC, Baltimore, Philly and New York, at venues including Howard University's famed Cramton Auditorium, University of Maryland's Stamp Centre, Drexel University and many more. He has gained acclaim in his home town and on the internet and is growing as a rapper and an artist as a whole.

HipHopInformant: How did you get involved with Hip-Hop?

Articulate: My earliest memory of Hip-Hop was when I was about 3 or 4 years old. My older cousin Born King ( used to play music in my grandmother's basement and I would always try to sneak down there and listen. This was around the time when groups like Wu-Tang, Onyx, and Boot Camp were coming out, so I feel lucky to have been exposed to the classics at such a young age.

When I was around 12 and 13 is when I actually started rapping. It was just something that everyone did for fun, and I was always recognized as one of the best of my group of friends. Over time, it became more serious, and I started buying equipment and learning to produce and engineer, and eventually I decided that in one form or another music was definitely what I was going to do with my life.

HipHopInformant: How long have you been involved with Hip-Hop?

Articulate: I first started playing with the idea of Hip-Hop seriously as a career when first entered high school when I was about 15. People always say that there isn't much of a chance of becoming a famous rapper, and I always did very well in school so trying to rap path was definitely frowned upon, so I started doing things other than just rap so if I didn't make it, I would at least be involved in the music that I love in some kind of way. I did everything from learn to make beats and engineer, to write Hip-Hop articles for the school newspaper, to designing CD covers and websites. I think that this experience makes me a more complete artist as a whole, because I can not only just rap but be involved in every aspect of the process of creating a finished product. Right now I am in the beginning stages of my rap career, but if things don't work out I have talents are definitely needed in the industry, and also I have things to fall back on for life after rap.

HipHopInformant: Where are you from? Does where you're from influence your music?

Articulate: I'm from Baltimore, Maryland. I was born in Washington, DC, but my parents split up and my father moved back to Jamaica, Queens, New York where he was from and my mom took me with her back to Baltimore. This happened when I was very young so I don't even remember it. Baltimore definitely influences my music. The city has a stigma attached to it as it is known for a lot of bad things, like bad education, lack of jobs, crime, high HIV/AIDS rates, etc, so these are things that often come up in my music. Also Baltimore has its own type of music called Baltimore Club Music, and I incorporate that into some of my songs as well.

After high school, I went to Howard University in Washington, DC. DC has a lot of the same problems as Baltimore, but being that it is the nation's capital it also presents a lot of opportunities, and there are a lot more people from different cultures to learn from. I think that being in DC has expanded my view more globally, and it shows in my music.

HipHopInformant: You were featured on the "Make Hip Hop Not War" National Tour how was that?

Articulate: It was a good experience to be a part of something that used Hip-Hop as a way to do something positive. A lot of times Hip-Hop is seen as a problem and is blamed for a lot of society's ills, and I think that more politically active initiatives in Hip-Hop are definitely needed.

HipHopInformant: You were also featured on Strictly Hip-Hop radio show (WEAA 88.9FM) How does it feel to get recognition of that scale?

Articulate: That was great as well. When I was 16 years old I called up the radio station and just freestyled for about 8 minutes. The host of the show, Ahk, was impressed, and about a month later he invited me to come to the station for the "Friday Night Fire" segment. I was so nervous, but that was one of the first times that someone with some clout really paid attention to my abilities as an emcee and gave me a shot.

More recently my song "Don't Go" was featured on WPGC 95.5 in DC. My friend called me like "yoooo your song is on the radio". I didn't believe him at first, but then I got a few messages on myspace from people I didn't know saying they heard it. I'm just very appreciative of everyone who listens to my music and likes it, and to everyone who has opened doors for me so far. It seems like every week something new happens that is good in terms of advancing my rap career and spreading my music to a wider audience, so getting recognition on any scale, especially radio and internet outlets, has been wonderful.

HipHopInformant: Are there any artists that influence you and your music?

Articulate: I definitely keep a lot of the classics in my rotation...Illmatic, Ready to Die, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Black Star, various Wu-Tang albums, etc. In this new era of Hip-Hop and the internet, I also look at how other emerging artists are coming out and I try to take what works from different people and use it as a part of my own strategy for expanding my audience. There are a lot of people out there doing some very creative things, and I try to do the same.

At the end of the day, I want to make music that really means something, and that people from the 90's era of Hip-Hop can appreciate, but also craft the sound of the future.

HipHopInformant: Tell me about your album "Slave For This Dollar."

Articulate: Slave For This Dollar is a 9 track EP with the message of doing what you love and not doing things just for money. There are a lot of people in all industries who are stuck making a lot of money, but are unhappy because they didn't work hard at what they truly love. I believe that if you do what you love, stay true to yourself, and work hard at it, the money will come.

That's why I didn't go to school to be a doctor or lawyer or anything like that. That is also why I make music the way that I do. I think that there are a lot of people who love music, but don't make the kind of music that they love. I think a lot of rappers are making music just so the record label can sell it and so that they can get a check. Its like the labels make boxes for you to fit into, and if you don't fit into them they won't put you out. I think its up to the artists to say "no, I'm not going to do what you want to sell, I'm going to do me and work hard at it". At the end of the day, that is the kind of music with the longevity, and those are the artists with the most successful careers. An artist like Lupe probably had to work harder to get on being true to himself as opposed to those dudes who did that song "Party Like a Rock Star" (I really don't even remember their name) who made a song that fit into the format of the kinds of songs that were coming out, but at the end of the day who's still around?

Slave For This Dollar is mostly produced by D-Tox, and also has contributions from Rickie Jacobs and Sakwe, and I did a beat on there as well. Its definitely great music, so go to and check it out.

HipHopInformant: How do you feel about the Hip-Hop industry at the moment?

Articulate: I think that there is a lot of good music coming out, as well as a ton of garbage. Technological advances have made it so that anyone can have a studio in their room, and the internet has made it so that anyone can be a publicist, so its letting a lot of not-so-great people out there decide they want to be rappers. A lot of people complain, but I think that it has also allowed for more diversity in the music that is out there, and it has allowed for people like me to be heard all over the world and to be doing this interview with you right now.

For me I think that there is way more opportunity for everyone, so it kind of evens the playing field, and those with real talent, creativity, and work ethic have no choice but to shine.

HipHopInformant: As an artist what's the most enjoyable thing about performing on stage?

Articulate: The best thing is the look on peoples' face when you say something ill, or when they just nod their head when your beat comes on and when they are really in tune with you. When a crowd is really in tune with you and you say "put your hands up" and people really do it its a great feeling. Its a really powerful feeling.

HipHopInformant: How did the name Articulate come about?

Articulate: I wanted a name that just described me as a person and as an emcee. When you think of someone who is Articulate you think of someone who is intelligent and nice with words, and when you hear my music I think that's what you get.

Also, as a young black male who has been pretty well educated all of his life, a lot of times when I come across older white people they are taken aback by the way I present myself. They're used to the images of us that they see most often on TV, and when they don't get that one of the things they say is "he's so articulate". Its kind of a derogatory compliment, because the only reason their saying that is because to them black people aren't supposed to carry ourselves in that way. So I also wanted to take that word as a derogatory statement and flip it as a positive.

HipHopInformant: Are there any underground artists you'd like to work with?

Articulate: I would love to work with anyone who I can make good music with and anyone who I'm a fan of. Right now I'm really feeling cats like Royce, Saigon, Jay Electronica, Elzhi, Wale, Mickey Factz, Skyzoo...a whole lotta people. If anyone is checking this holla!

HipHopInformant: What does the future hold for Articulate?

Articulate: Right now I'm just continuing to work and grind. I've been dropping at least a track every week and those have been doing pretty well on the internet. I'm still pushing Slave For This Dollar. I have a lot of material built up so I'm probably going to have to drop a mixtape soon. I'm working with a lot of ill producers like D-Tox, Rickie Jacobs, J.R.Rah, Sakwe, Black Magic, and Etherial who you can check out on my myspace top friends. A lot of other producers send me beats every day, so I've just been working on a lot of new songs. I've also been doing a lot of shows, and have done a few in Philadelphia and New York recently, and I'll be performing in Baltimore and DC soon. My music has also been featured on a few mixtapes. Shout out to DJ Debet (

I'm also working on Born King's new album to be released on Oct 31st. Check out Born King at

Go to and suscribe to my blog to stay updated on what I have going on. Also you can follow me on and Also don't forget to check out the "Slave For This Dollar EP" at

Much thanks for HipHopInformant for giving me this interview opportunity!