This is Agent 20/20 and Hip-Hop is his life. He has been on the mic emceeing since 1993 and wrote his first verse in his first semester in college. Agent 20/20 grew up in a time when you liked at least two artist from each coast and the
whole map was bumping on a national level. The energy was at a high. His first appearance in Hip-Hop was with the group Mad County. They have two projects: Nuthin' 2 Lose and Pass Out Music.10 years of music and friendship along the way has culminated into this: Agent 20/20. His lyrical content has evolved over the years of growing and mastering the craft. Life experiences have shaped how the lyrics flow---sometimes. Other times it is a creative idea that come from my Third Eye. Either way, here is what Agent 20/20 has to say:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Hip Hop, Period. I can spit lyrically, on subject, anything. I just love it all. Hip Hop to me includes all of the music that involves rapping. So Trap and everything you hear that is influences by our culture is Hip Hop to me.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
In my teen age years I was known to be a person who had my own interest and business. My friends couldn't find me at times and they started calling me 007, saying I'm always on a mission. Then it got shortened to Dubz later on. So the 20/20 comes from hindsight of the things I done in my past and learning from life's lessons. The Ag3nt part is being a agent of Truth and Justice for my people and the World in general. If it it is not on the side of Justice, then it has to be Injustice and I'm not a fan of that. So I would put Knowledge in my subject matter. Nor preaching, just lessons I have learned that I feel is worth sharing. I have been taught to be responsible for what you say and do.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My influences have a wide range. From Nas to Gangsta Nip. From K-Rino to Jadakiss. There is a fabricc that is weaved with me, don't know about anyone else, when it comes to influences. Since I have such a love for the art and the music, it really is too many to name.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm currently working with Black Ceezar on an E.P coming out this spring/summer. Working with my man Freebandz Audii on his next tape. It's untitled right now. The BlackPool of Genius is coming with The Return of The Emcee project along with my next project. Now it's all about the family getting out there. We have been working hard on the music. Time to show the fruits of our labor.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to be as successful as I can in this business. As far as career goals, it is to be a recording engineer/artist, which 50% of that is done on the artist side. My love for the music lies in the engineering process. Being able to work in any field of sound is a thing I have always wanted to do. I also love creating and being an artist as well. I want to go as far as God allows me to.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Haven't performed anything from this one yet. There are some I would love to perform. Struggle, The Imprint feat FaceGod, Show Em feat Freebandz Audii just to name a few. FaceGod and myself have a couple I would love to do called Where Da Mic At and Can't You See respectively.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Exposure. Coming from a small town in the Midwest, it is a true grind to get the kind of opportunities you need to be seen and heard. We have a small market and it is not a lot of local hip hop being played. Hope that changes soon enough. That's why the affordable exposure College Radio Underground provides is incredible!!! I am super excited about the opportunity given to me and my fam with this interview.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Whatever the music pulls out of me. I do start with a idea like most artists. Could come from a show, song, thought, feeling, memory, anywhere. I call it the canvas of creativity. So when the bars start coming then the meter goes up as to which ones I keep and the direction the thought takes me. The beat plays the other 50% of the process. The sounds shape the vibe and the frequency, and this caters to the direction as well. That is the process in 60 seconds.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It has allowed me to reach a broad span of people from all places. It has also bridged the gap between artists working and communicating as well. Like with me. Scotty Cham reached out from Canada and offered me a feature on a mixtape he and We The 9 are puting together. Hosted by the DJ's of the We The 9 Collective. Met a producer named Shinobi Lynx out of Philly, Bossdog the Beatmaker, Twan the Beatmaker, as well as Javaris Jordan. So social media has allowed me to branch and reach out.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I have been listening to a lot of local artists lately. Louie Luciano with the Guns and Roses Mixtape series. Hot!!! Part 2 has been in the cd player for a good minute. The track Come Over feat Keisha, BANGER!!! Also been listening to Freebandz Audii, our crew. The usual people I listen to are always in rotation. Been checking out some new artists too. At the time my playlist is not big. It will be.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Mainly worked and just lived the life of a normal, natural Black Man. Worked various jobs in restaurants, delivered pizzas, which I did like by the way because I always had money from tips, factories, things like that. Had a plan set that did not work out quite like I wanted. Music has always been the center of it all. In the 10th grade is when i realized how the process of making music went and I started seeking out info about it. From that point on, I was on a mission. Dr Dre being my favorite producer at the time made me want to learn more about the engineering process. Then I saw another world of music all together.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Always be yourself. Work hard and stay diligent. Let the world see you in your light, not the light they want. I believe they will respect you more when they see the real person and not a fa sod. Know the business side and understand how to create and maintain relationships with good and genuine people in the industry.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Contracts. The portion the artist receive per album.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
It is the backbone of music. Original material coming from an artist gives the people you in all of your glory. I can't sound and like and look like Ice Cube and expect the people to know ME. So it is very important to be original, which means "From the beginning". Coming from this perspective, in the beginning of Hip Hop, being original was the only way you were accepted as an emcee. If you were a biter, you got dissed, beat up, or worse in some cases.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Just to keep an eye out for the music dropping from our city in 2018. Ag3nt 20/20, BlackPool of Genius, Freebandz Audii, Louie Luciano, and the whole city of Anderson. I will be back on to share more. Also our Hygh Lyfe Muzik website will be up and running this year. I'll keep you posted. It was great and Thank you for the time and opportunity College Underground Radio. Peace.
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