1) Introduce yourself.
I am The Redd from the West side of Chicago
2) How did you come up with your stage name?
My mother, God rest her soul, called me Redd as a child because I actually had red hair and I still have a red beard and mustache
3) What sets you apart from other aspiring artists?
Versatility, I think people will be surprised to see how many different sounds and genres I use in my music
4) What single or project are you currently pushing?
“Get Naked featuring Rotimi” from the “Get it in Blood” album (soon to be released)
He’s working on his role in “Boss” for Starz right now so I was really happy we could get our schedules together and work on the title track together. He’s a great guy with a lot of talent. I know he will do well and I’m wishing the best for him.
5) What is the philosophy by which you live by?
Live by the sword die by the sword
6) Which artists have inspired you to pursue music?
7) Who does most of the songwriting?
I do all the songwriting. I write the music but then I also bring in a host of other artists to contribute. It’s always interesting and more fun when you get input from other creative people.
(8) What is your opinion of the current state of the music industry?
It has room for an artist like me, but it’s really tricky to get your music heard these days.
9) If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be and why?
Lack of mutual support in the hip-hop community. Nobody wants to help each other. In the end that hurts the artists, the hip hop community and the music industry.
10) Are there any singers/ rappers that you would like to collaborate with in the future?
Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Riihanna, Chris Brown, lil Wayne
11) What producer would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Quincy Jones of course! and Jazzy Pha, Timberland, Kanye, Dr Dre – there are a lot of talented producers out there – it would be hard to choose just one.
12) What Is your favorite movie and favorite book?
Reservoir Dogs Where Have the Children Gone?
13) What is your favorite part of your live show? How has It evolved?
Getting everybody’s attention and trying to get them to understand where I’m coming from and the story of my life – I want my story to teach and help others, not just be some interesting film people watch and forget about.I’ve evolved from just doing open mics to playing with other artists, battle rapping, live bands and studio work.
14) What is your Lp going to be like?
Something that you’ve never heard before! I think it will catch people off guard and have a lot of unexpected sounds and songs a lot of songs that i know people would not expect from me. I know people would never expect “Fire” for example, it’s performed with a live rock band and has a harder metal sound. But that’s the kind of thing I like to do, mix sounds and genres and beats – I like being flexible I think it makes you more creative and stretches your skills.
15) Any final words for the people
Stay tuned! If you like my new LP Get it in Blood, you’re gonna love my mix tape, “Don’t Turn On Redd”.www.wulirecords.com