Artist Interview – Pop-A-Lot

Rapper and performer Pop-A-Lot kindly agreed to compete an interview with Essential Pop to showcase his great new beats. Pop-A-Lot comes from Newport News in the USA. Read on to find out about the college gigs he’s planning for 2011, the current generation of hip-hop artists that inspire him, how he goes about creating those beats and how he first began to gain exposure for his music online.
Go Ham Or Go Home - Pop-a-Lot

Go Ham Or Go Home - Pop-a-Lot

Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
Hip-Hop, Indie, Motivational, and definitely Soul. But, it’s so hard to classify what genre what is essentially my life over beats, would fall under.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Classis, Timesless, Motivational

Q: What is your musical background?
I’m from Brooklyn, so music was in my life from day 1. But I really would have to credit my cousin and family members rapping around the house.

Q: How was 2010 for you?
My best year by far. If I can accomplish half of what I did in 2010 this year in 2011, it will be a very successful year.

Q: Who inspires you musically?
Any artist putting out good music and working hard.

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Red Cafe, Fabolous, Cube, Scarface

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Kanye West, Scarface, Ryan Leslie

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
I’m in a throwback mood lately, so I’ve been riding to the Young Jeezy “Trap or Die” mixtape (classic).

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I sit down and vibe to the track looking for a direction. Then I figure out whether it’s going to be a hook heavy or verse heavy track.
The Human Highlight Film Web - Pop-a-Lot

The Human Highlight Film Web - Pop-a-Lot

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Both so it really depends on the track. Every song is not meant to be danced to, and everyone is not trying to hear a message so you really have to find a median.

Q: Where are you based?
I’m usually in the streets or on the road. But if I had to have a base of operation I would have to say Newport News, VA.

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Hard to live, and easy to die. Few make it out; they’re trapped in. There’s a real go out and get something mentality out here. Got to stay on point.

Q: What are you currently working on?
I am finishing up “Putting on like a Major”, my debut album. Also adding on to the the mixtapes I’ve been releasing, and hitting the road heavy. Keep working.

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
I would have to say it’s been blog coverage, and the response from the streets. It even surprises me to see how many people have been able to relate to the music.

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Lord willing I will have released my first album, and be prepping for my second release. I would also love to release an album with my group the Click Clack Commission.

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I plan on hittin all the colleges in VA, NC, & SC up this Spring…so if you’re in the area look for me.

Q: What do you do to relax?
Surprisingly: listen to beats, coming up with concepts, and strategizing on the next step.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Yeah. I appreciate all the support I’m getting from yall online and in the streets, and I do this for yall.

Editor’s Note: Pop-a-lot has a lot to offer. We’re looking forward to his new album which is set to be released in 2011.

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