How did you become involved with the 10th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival?
One day I met up with my manager, June, after he had just got in contact with the good people of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. He then told me I’d be performing but I didn’t know I’d be headlining. I’ve heard how crazy the other years were, so I’m honored to perform this year for the 10th anniversary.
Being a native Brooklynite from Bed-Stuy, what does it mean to you to be a headliner for this year’s festival?
It means I have to come correct and put on a great show because I’m representing more than just myself and my crew at the festival, I’m representing Brooklyn. It’s an honor to grace the stage alongside legends because we’re bridging the gap between the eras.
Your debut release “Thee Way Eye See It” has garnered positive reviews for both your lyrical ability and its smooth production, which has set you up nicely for a promising solo career. How has the last year been treating you?
The last year has been well, my crew’s been working and expanding so that’s always great for all us. I’m thankful for all that my work has earned me. I feel like a lot of people who missed out on the project when it dropped are catching on and enjoying the music. I am looking forward to having an even better year to come and many new accomplishments to celebrate.
“The Shift” EP dropped back in May. How is working with the Pro Era crew compared with doing your own thing?
Working alone just means less opinions. Working together there’s great vibes and brainstorming ideas. Each member of Pro Era is a strong-minded individual and sometimes artists are very opinionated with their art, in which they are entitled to. I could be very stubborn about my music myself, so it’s understandable.
Are there any other artists you hope to work with in the future?
I want to work with 50 Cent, Jay Electronica, JAY Z, Action Bronson, Beck, Erykah Badu, Spooky Black, and the whole Beast Coast.
Who are you listening to right now?
Ab-Soul, “These Days”
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Somewhere high up, unseen by those at ground level making the most amazing records with all the resources I’ll acquire by then. Well respected and a couple accolades in. Pro Era will be the most historical crew to ever exist, on some Beatles shit.
Is there anything else you would like to promote/share with fans?
Go to www.theewayeyesee.it, download the project if you haven’t already and Joey’s debut album “B4.DA.$$” is coming soon.
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The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will take place this Saturday, July 12th!
50 Kent Ave Brooklyn, NY 11249
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