Interview With Hip Hop Artist ‘Realness112’

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m Realness A Hip Hop Artist From Berkshire, UK. I’m A Truth Speaking Conscious Rapper But I Also Make Music On Other Genres. I Have My Own Online Store Selling Truth T Shirts, Hoodies, My Music & Book.

How did you come up with your artist name?

Realness That’s What I’m Speaking 24/7 I Only Speak Truth. Had To Go With @realness112 And That’s What’s Blasted All Over My Merchandise!

Realness Is Not The Dictionary Definition. It Is Realising The True Power In Yourself And Helping Others To See It Too!!! Realness Is Speaking The Truth Even If It Makes Your Voice Shake!!! Realness Is Realising That Wealth Is Health And Knowledge Is Power!!!!

How long have you been in the music industry?

I Have Been Writing Songs Since 2006 And It Has Been An Immense Journey Battling Mental Health, Chronic Pain & Homelessness In 2010 I Had A Few Years Out To Find Myself. I Gave It All Up 4 Times But The Last Few Years I’ve Been Back At It And Giving It 100% Stronger Than Ever!!!!!

How did you get started in the music business in the first place?

I Found it A Good Way To Get The Deep Feelings Out Of My Head And Found A Release In Writing And Even More In Performing. Some Lyrics Still Give Me Goosebumps. It Is What I’m Good At And I Feel It Is My Calling And I Will Continue Chasing This Dream!!!

How would you describe your latest single?

In My Latest Single ‘It’s Time They Know’ I’m Speaking About Real Matters That Need To Be Addressed In These Times We Are Living In. Holding Nothing Back In Both Verses With A Catchy Chorus. A Banging Beat That Worked Perfectly With The Lyrics. Talking About Common Law, The Mark Of The Beast, Agenda 21 & 2030, Luciferace, Stratospheric Aerosol Injections And Lots More.

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

The Visuals On This Are Awesome Filmed In The Highlands By Me And Filmed By Myself. I Used Paint Effects On A Deep Bass Speaker To Work With The Bass In The Song.

Recording The Video At 9 AM In A Field In The Middle Of Nowhere. A Cyclist Caught A Glimpse Of What I Was Doing And Waited For Me To Finish. Turns Out He Is An Executive Producer At A Big Music Video Company. The Night Before Was The First Time I Meditated To The Moons Vibes!! I Truly Believe This Was Devine Purpose. Also I Had Intended To Go To That field On 3 Other Occasions But Got Stopped By Rain.

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

My Inspirations Have Always Been Dead Prez And Other Truth Speaking Artists Trying To Raise Human Consciousness Like Immortal Technique, Akala, Low Key, Mr Traumatik & Fliptrix. Real Musicians Making Real Music!!!

I Would Love To Be In A Position To Care For My Community And Other Communities Like Immortal Technique Does And Its An Amazing Inspiration For The Future.

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?

Sometimes I Can Hear The Beat And The Lyrics Flow Straight From The Source. Other Times It May Take Weeks Or Months. I Love When You Get Stuck On A Few Bars Then, When the Time Is Right They Come And They Are Awesome And Well Worth The Wait. I Do Hear Lyrics Ready To Be Written In My Head When Listening To Some Instrumentals And That’s When It Is An Easy Process.

What is the concept behind your forthcoming project if working on one?

I’m Working On the New Album ‘Wake Up The Wolves’ It’s Filled With Lots Of Truth Filled Bangers. With Songs Written A Decade Ago To Songs Written Last Year It Is Full Of Knowledge And Is My Best Piece Of Work To Date.

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

Touring Is Out Of The Picture For Now With National Lock Downs, But Most Certainly For The Future. I Would Love To And Will Take My Music On The International Scene ASAP. I Would Love To Perform In Amsterdam, New Zealand And Australia.

What did you buy with your first check off music?

It Was A £200 Cheque And Went Straight Into Recording That Week. Every Penny I Make From Music Or Merchandise Goes Straight Back Into The Business. I’m Not In It for The Money I’m In It To Make Change!!!

What are must haves when your in the studio working?

A Chilled Out Environment To Write And Work In And To Bring The A Game. I Want To See And Hear That Lyrical Fire Filled With Passion Coming Out Onto The Track.

What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

I Got Told To Record Acapellas At Studio And Work On Home Production Skills And Work On Becoming An Independent Artist. That Information Has Changed My Whole Approach.

Networking Advice Has Helped Massively. Working With Other Artists And Seeing How They Go About Networking, Promoting Etc

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

I Have Lots Of Collaborations Coming Up In The Future With Artists I Have Met Networking And Local Musicians. Keep Your Ears Peeled. Some Big Tracks Coming Very Soon…..

What artist have you had the pleasure of working with and what was it like?

I Had The Pleasure Of Collaborating With Mr Traumatik On ‘Musical Magician Remix’ And Means The World To Me An Amazing Gift. I Reached Out And He Watched ‘Same Love Remix’ And Resonated With The Message And He Agreed To Collaborate On A Track. I Am Truly Forever Grateful.

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with?

I Would Love To Work With Akala. His New Shakespeare Type Spoken Word Pieces Would Work Well With My Unreleased Pieces Of  A Similar Context. I’m Open To Work With Any Artists That Are Speaking Truth And Bringing That Fire Through Their Music. B.O.B & Immortal Technique Would Be Awesome, Also Fliptrix And Skinnyman Would Be Epic Aswell As Getting On Mr Traumatik’s D & B Scene!!!

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

I Think Its For The Lyrical Content And For The Message I Am Putting Out To The Universe. I Live This, I Breathe This, I Eat This, I Sleep This. Also I Like To Think They Never Know What To Expect Or What I’m Going To Come Out With Next.

What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)

I Definitely Need To Improve On Better Production On Music And Videos. I’m Currently Trying To Build A Team Of Like Minded People Artists & Producers So We Can All Help Each other In Areas That Are Needed.

I Can Produce A Track Up To The Best Of My Standard And With The Equipment I Have But Having A Professional Producer Work On My Tracks Would Take My Music To The Next Level. My Team Is #RealnessRevolution

What’s your all-time favourite song?

I Have So Many To Chose From I Don’t Think I Could Pick One But….

UK – Survival Of The Smartest – Mr Traumatik.

Or – I Believe – Low Key Akala And Black The Ripper.

U.S.A – Hip Hop – Dead Prez. Point Of No Return – Immortal Technique.

What was the last album you listened to?

B.O.B – The Adventures Of Bobby Ray!! Epic Album!! My Little One Even Knows Most Of His Raps.

Your favourite artist of all time and why?

Dead Prez. I Have Learnt So Much Knowledge From Both Of These Artists And I Still Am Learning From Them. I Teach My Kids The Way of Life They Promote. I Love Their Style Of Hip Hop. From Head Bangers To Remixes Of Mainstream Songs. The Wordplay And Delivery Is Always Epic. Their Music Has Definitely Been A Massive Influence On My Music. Again I Am Truly Forever Grateful.

Whose your favourite five artists right now?

Again Mr Traumatik. Just Amazes Me The Work Rate He Puts In And His Expansive Knowledge He Is sharing With The Universe.

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

I Think We Should All Be Taking A Leaf Out OF Immortal Techniques Book And Give Back To Our Communities.

It Is Like When You Throw A Stone In A Lake And It Ripples Out. Start Making Changes Within Yourself, Then In Your Family, Then In, Your Family, Then Nationally, Then Internationally And Finally Universally. There Are Many Things We Could Be Doing And Many People That Need Our Help.

One Place To Start Could Be With The Homeless. Sometimes The One Thing They Need Is Just Someone To Talk To. If You Can’t Find A Good Person. Be One!!

Who have been some of your favourite artists that you’ve been able to work with?

Working With Vince Mitchell On ‘Changes Remix’ Was Awesome And When I First Heard The Vocals I Poured Out With Tears To Hear These Deep Filled Words That I Wrote For The Bridge And Outro Sent Shivers All Over. Epic Collaboration.

Also Working With Urban Linkz, Reg, Alchemist Ash, Nully, Counterintuitive & Jus J Has Been Epic As Always.

How do you feel about the current state of music?

I Do Not Think The Current State Of Mainstream Music Is Good At All. The ‘Powers That Be’ Pay Good Money To Keep The Narrative Of Sex, Drugs And Violence Kicking In The Mainstream. This Is The Problem.

Hip Hop Was Created As An Art Form To Spread Knowledge And Positive Vibrations. This Is Why They Try So Hard To Spread Their Agenda Because They Know Real Music Has The Power To Reach And Influence Millions.

Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?

I Would Be Happy To Perform To Any Big Audience To Get My Message Heard.

What is your main goal as far as music?

Just To Keep Doing Me. Keep Putting Out Music That Feels Right With Me Hoping The Whole World Will Appreciate It Too. I Would Love To Have My Own Studio To Work In To Get The Most Out Of My Art.

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

Conscious Hop Hop Community The Most But I’d Like Everyone To Resonate With The Message.

What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)

I Speak Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth. Everyday I’m Hustling With These Lines I’m Scribbling I’m And Always Thinking Of New Ways To Improve My Art Or New Ideas For Art Whether It Be A New T Shirt Design Or A New Idea For A Track Or Video.

One Track May Be Very Serious And Heart Felt, Then The Next One May Be Crazier Than Squirrels Droppings. The Listener Never Knows What To Expect Next. I Let My Ego Go A Long Time Ago And I’m Not Driving By The Status Quo. So Out Of The Box Ideas Are What I’m All About. There’s Not Many Thinking Like That.

When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

Meditation – Travelling Other Dimensions, Researching, Getting Out In Nature, Family Time, Listening To Music, Arts And Crafts Like Making Walking Sticks, Bows And Arrows & Stone Age Hammers.

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

I’d Like To Work With B.O.B His Writing & Song Making Skills Are Awesome And His Production Techniques Are Epic I’d Love To See The Master At Work.

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

The Bounce Back From Being Homeless, Battling With Mental Health & Chronic Pain. Going From Being Homeless To Manifesting A Home Then Writing And Self Publishing My First Book To Getting The Music Business Back Up And Running And Recording New Content. Then Working With Mr Traumatik That Is Definitely The Biggest Highlight So Far.

What is your dream venue to perform at?

One Of The Big Festivals. I Get Goosebumps Every Time I Hear A Large Crowd Singing The Same Song Brings Out The Tribal Warrior In Me. I Did Have An Opportunity To Perform At A Festival In Wales Before Lockdown, Hopefully It Will Still Be Going Ahead In The Future. All Info Will Be On My Website.

What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?

The Tao Te Ching – Loa Tzu Awesome Book Of Knowledge That You Could Read In A Day But Takes A Lifetime To Live By. 

What’s your favourite sports team and why?

Not Really A Big Fan Of Sports As I The Roman Times Wine And Stadiums Where Created To Stop Man From Realising His Power And Revolting Against The Ruling Class.

Whose your favourite actor or actress and their best movie?

Rodney Piper For His Role In ‘They Live’ Definitely One To Watch Tonight.

Name someone famous who inspires you and why?

Akala. I Love The Work He Has Put In To His Numerous Businesses And The Messages He Is Spreading Through His Work. It Is Very Inspirational.

What can we expect from you in the future?

New Albums, New Videos, New Merchandise, Maybe A New Book ‘Ancient Herbs & Healing’s’ Or ‘Deeper Down The Rabbit Hole’ Interviews & Podcast Appearances.

Where can the fans check out for your music?

My Music Is Available On All Major Music Stores And Platforms.

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