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Friday, January 01, 2010

Nolan Is Hip Hop

First off I would like to say sorry for the week of no posts as news was slow and the holiday spirit was high.  For those who celebrated Christmas I hope it was wonderful and for those who celebrated the New Years I wish them a happy New Years.  On that note I would like to introduce another rapper and his name is Nolan.  In this post I will have an interview along with a download link for the mixtape.  There's no better way to start out a new year with some good free music now is there!

Where are you from?

I'm From the south side of Chicago, Illinois

How Long Have You Been Rapping?

I've Been Officially Rapping Since 2007, but I've been freestylin here n there since I was young. I still got a tape from a song I did when I was 6. I've always been a fan of music.

Why The Name Nolan?

Nolan is my real name. I chose to go by that because I put all of myself into my music.  Everything I write is based on my life or experiences that I actually had. My heart and soul goes into everything so I figured I gotta use my name.

Favorite Artists or Inspiration?

Lyrically, my favorite artist is NaS hands down. I personally feel like he's one of the best emcees to ever touch a mic. His powerful lyrics, strong but mellow delivery has definitely been my biggest inspiration. A few of my other favorites are Kanye West,Talib Kweli, Little Brother, Outkast, Lupe Fiasco, and Jean Grae.  Production wise my biggest inspirations are 9th Wonder, Alchemist, DJ Premier, The Neptunes, Timbaland And Pete Rock. They are the blueprint to what I try to do musically.

What is the direction of your music?

Musically I just try to make good hip hop music. I try to make somethin for everybody to relate to so I do all styles of hip hop. But I usually try to stay in the lane of that soulful hip hop music you can feel.

How do you feel about the current state of Hip Hop (commercialization, album sales, beef, etc.)?

I feel like Hip Hop is great depending on where you look. On the surface (the mainstream), I'm not feelin it too tough right now. Everybody sounds the same to me. It's just a collection of one hit wonders out there. I just don't hear real music anymore so I rarely listen to the radio. There are a few people steppin outside the box like Drake and Kid Cudi but that doesn't outweigh the garbage thats out there. The beefs are pretty corny. Everybody beefs on twitter, facebook, and youtube. I'm not feelin that. I wanna see a NaS n Jay-Z or a Jada n Beans thing poppin off. Song for song, lyric for lyric beef. But If you look underground Hip Hop is alive and well.  There are a lot of artists out there with incredible music. The mainstream is sorta strugglin right now, so they're looking to grab underground artists again because the music is different, it's trendsetting compared to what you hear on the radio. Which means ultimately the tide will change again and possibly go back to more real music being put on the forefront. But ultimately we hold the key to the preservation of hip hop.

What Are Some Projects Your Currently Working On or Affiliated with?

I'm working on a few different projects right now. I'm producing full albums for Cypha (, Pickett (
, and The Kansas King.  I produced a track for Qwestions ( that will appear on his mixtape titled "As Of Rite Now" which drops January 18, 2010, and we gonna drop an EP Soon. I produced and featured on a track for Canadian Pop Artist/Actress Aruna called "Sweet Summertime" and you can check that out here I also added it as a bonus track on my mixtape Invisible Man Vol. 2.  I'm also currently working on tracks with Tekknikz, William Munny, Hei-Ron  & Priceyall. Lastly, I started recording Invisible Man Vol. 3:The Misunderstanding Of Nolan.

On this mixtape what can we expect and listen for?

On this mixtape you can expect the grandest show of lyricism and production. Period. I put a lot of time and effort into creating a mixtape that was lyrical yet versatile. Aside from the disses and warning shots, I wanted to put something on here for everybody to vibe to, from the real hip hoppers, to the smokers, to the trappers. So really listen for that. I got somethin on here for everybody. I feel like I broke through a lot of creative chains with this one. I guarantee you this mixtape will solidify me in your mind as a great independent artist/producer. 

Any Words or Advice for Future Artists?

To the future artists I would say this is a constant grind. Progress is a process so stay consistent and be persistent in your endeavors to this. You can't slack or half step if you wanna get ahead.

Lastly I just wanna say I lease my beats free. So get at me on myspace or twitter both are /nolanishiphop. You can also findin me on Cypha's mixtape Hunger Painz drops January 15th, Qwestions mixtape "As Of Write Now" drops Janary 18th, Pickett's EP "Taste Of Chicago" Is Available right now and it's fully produced by me, So make sure you grab a copy. Most importantly check out my mixtape Invisible Man Vol. 2:Nolan's Universe. I promise you will not be wastin your time.




  2. Yessir Yessir
    Good Shit Big Homie

  3. This A great Start Of The Year For Cp bro. This Gon B Our Year. Thanx For Startin It Off Great. Cypha{Chapter 1: Hunger Painz} 1-15-10

  4. TARRENCE CASTERBERRYJanuary 2, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    cpz the movement


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