basically when i was 15 an got heavily into music an started taking a more fulltime approach to my craft i chose to go by the name "Two Face" being that i was a gemini (twins) an there was two sides to my life. music & personal (as ive always tried to keep it) i put in a TON of work under this alias. touring, mixtapes, albums the whole nine. but when it come time that i had felt i was ready to approach my idol (Tech N9ne for those curious) i made a business plan an sent it to tech's manager. INSTANTLY i got an email back stating reasoning as to why they werent interested in my offer due to the "alias" i had chosen to uphold. mind you i wasnt in the least "twofaced" but i understood where he was coming from.
now from that email my whole music life/approach had taking a drastic turn. in order for me to work with my idol i had to figure out an approach that would be eye catching. so i pushed out the rest of my unrelease "two face" material an built a new "persona" now being that i was an 8 year vet of making music at this time. i took the approach of that a soldier. (sign of respect) where they say lieutenant an such. Mr. is also a sign of RESPECt. which i feel ive earned over the course of the years. the face is the first thing you see an the ONE thing you never forget about a person. annnnd here we are!
Interestingly enough you're not the first talented artist I've encountered whose had to switch things up adapt n overcome type stuff, changing up names isn't always an easy transition. We'll just stick with Mr. Face I dig it, almost as in a movement type alias rather than one any certain individual kinda name.. having been as involved n entwined with the Underground movement here in the states I'm curious what the Underground music scene/life is like up north.. from what you can tell is there much a difference? would you say it's easier or more difficult as an independent recording artist there?
You want the brually honest truth or shall i sugar coat this for potential emcees lol
The music scene up here is dead bro
Its virtually impossible to make it out of canada as a rapper unless you have a HUGE cosign n MONEY to back yourself up. We dont have half the oppurtunities yall give musicians
And it doesnt help when every other artist has beef with SOMEONE. I hold no grudges but i can tell you ive got my fair share of haters outta this industry. With no unity comes the wall that stops us from getting any serious attention
I can definitely understand and appreciate that, not always easy when it seems you have more people seeking your downfall than cheering you on. My personal experience just as yours I'm sure has taught us, myself at least typically the more resistance encountered, the more on the right path we are. I know doing the right thing, the right way usually is the hardest path.. I'm sure partly of it is economic systems, laws, obviously population, demographics, venues, vast area etc no doubt luckily the internet gives y'all a new stage to perform on. I have noticed and come to look forward to your releases you're doing on weekly basis kinda a way to keep me tuned in seeing what's dropping next. It's not typical of artists releasing tracks in that sorta fashion, I have to wonder if it plays to your favor as an artist n why you do it in such ways..
You don't seem like the kinda artist who holds back, I can feel it in the music I've gotten to bump thus far, do you have any tracks you've held back not released. I come across artists all the time who have older work stashed away waiting for that rainy day type thing. You dont seem all that much like that, would that be an accurate assessment?
very much so. i think i may have 4-5 little verses that i did outta boredom to test new editing techniques an shit but those will never touch the surface
Sounds like a challenge to me, that's an impressive number too bad bout the pre Mr Face, kinda nice having older stuff around to remind n guide you as you evolve n change as an artist/individual.. Obviously Tech N9ne is a major influence, who else would you say has been a motivating force on n off the mic?
What would you say is the most rewarding aspect of recording, what would you say the downside to being an underground artist?
theres two aspects to recording. that both have rewarding aspects. i like recording cause it clears my mind. i can do/say whatever i want an know that when i leave the booth i wont feel as stressed. but i also like the feeling of someone relating to my music. hearing my music helped someone is the craziest feeling ive EVER had.
Everywhere I go, everyone I talk to, all seem to have the same sense, same feeling that if serious changes don't come soon, we're all in a downward spiraling outta countrol trouble.. I see writing and recording performing etc as a healthy outlet one with truly powerful consequences, words have the power to create or destroy. I know with tracks such as "Face to Face", "Sunshine", "Come Down", "Hourglass" n so on seem quite deep for me... Is there any over all theme or underlying message behind your rhymes/music??
music is HUGE! just watch mtv.. then take a walk in any neighbourhood an tell me music doesnt have an influence on people.
i couldnt say theres ONE specific direction with my music in all honesty. my approach comes from many different aspects man.
basically what i try an preach is that cinsistency, hard work, constant progression & being the best YOU that you can be will get you anywhere you want.
Music does in fact have the power to move entire nations, you can definitely get a feel of a peoples overall health based on the type of music you hear coming out of any given place.. Consistency has been a challenge of mine at times i know that much, such is life, gotta take it as it comes. I find it such a blessing and gift we, the underground have those as yourself, Mr. Face who have the ability to put words into such skillfully crafted design as to bare witness to all of our struggles, hopes, dreams and battles.. I will say the more Mr. Face i get to witness the more and more I feel as if you've known me for a cool minute almost pounding out the stories of my life on track, pretty cool how we can relate on different levels as a people, friends and so forth.. That being said Mr. Face, where do you see yourself 5-10 years from now? I will say for such a young artist rarely have i crossed one as driven and talented as Mr. Face, am intrigued as to what we can expect from you.
5-10 years? that would all be on the shoulders of the people homie. i cant make music forever if i cant pay my bills. unfortunately as much as i love music i gotta eat n so do my kids mang. Im currently in the midst of going back to school to take culinary arts n marketing n business courses. so where will i be in 5-10 years? either running the biggest independant label since strange music n funk volume or i'll own my own restaurant. either way my family will be takin care of from my labours.
See thats where I know WE THE PEOPLE can, have, and should make all the difference.. Rarely has there been anything better in life than fresh funk filled music. Maybe a few rounds of making love with the right person but ya know what i mean.. Music for most, truly is quite a blessing one that speaks to the very essence of the human psyche. As i said, words have the power to create or destroy. I know and feel from your rhymes almost, a veil being lifted off my face feeling the warmth of the sunlight again kinda thing. N yes, very true... No one knows the future, we can all hope for it, but family yes, "Family Over Everything" I feel you. I know I can hope for the future but must know myself and fam will be taken care of either way so I can respect that. Besides making music, what else do you have going in life? what else drives you and are passionate about?
my families everything bruh without em im nothing. an the outside of music shit. man life is on the up n up. mind you lookin for employment is a bitch in the highest unemployement rated city in canada. but itll come. i'm jus applying for colleges an helping my stepchildren learn n grow everyday. my lifes hella busy bro. i'm also in the midst of helping ALL my artists put together their own solo projects that'll drop this year
Tell us the deal with P.O.W. Records, who, what, when n wassup with it? Whose in the mix n what do you guys got goin?
P.O.W shiit thats my family bruh. anybody involved with this has been there with me since day one or is from my hometown. Chainz is my right hand man. he was one of the VERY first rappers i ever worked with. He's gotta solo project in the works yet to be named & our duoe project will also drop mid summer. then Subconscious is a hungry youngin outta Toronto, Ontario. he started hittin me up when he was 14 years old. an has been a solid provider to any mixtape of mine that you hear over the last two years (hes only 18 now) hes got a solo project dropping called "Dos" set to drop mid spring - early summer. and my homie Alcatrav from my hometown of North Bay, Ontario. i just met him late 2014 through a mutual friend i grew up with. Alcatrav just recently started recording full time an taking his craft seriously. an i decided to help give him an outlet an structured setting/family oriented team to build outta. he'll also be droppin his first solo this year. and they'll all be performing all over ontario this year as well!
Thats pretty righteous y'all building yourself a tight knit network of underground artists.. Strength in numbers you know.. Do you yourself have any upcoming performances, albums etc coming?
eh dont let me forget to shout out the producers of P.O.W either lol my bad kinda promoting this new Rhyme Animals track while we do this lol. Shout BrIcks Productions, Wrilla Beats &Point Blank Beats!!
an me personally. i got this new solo tape dropping on my step daughters birthday titled "TrackPants & Toques" .. this shit is WILD bruh.. you thought Next Chapter 4 was good.. shiiit lol wait man. but performance wise i may do some songs on my teams sets with them but nothing til i release my album solo wise
For sure, I think it safe to say most of us in the underground know we're kinda all in this together like it or not whose the real enemy type stuff, having gotten a chance to get down on sum Mr Face I can tell ya on a few playlists I got rockin nowadays. Always looking forward to your next endeavor n our next chat. As always a pleasure Mr. Face n keep it comin wicked fresh cold down south homie.