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The Agency Operative - He's on a mission.

After picking up from Episode 1, The Agency Operative emerges with a new album Episode 2 – Agent on a Mission. Throughout his career, the agency operative has gone through a series of transformation to reach this point as a hip hop artist. From writing in a journal to writing rhymes. The Agency Operative went from playing trumpet to being a vocalist.

There was a setback in which AO had to take a hiatus. Not seeing financial success on the first album, the Agency Operative was forced to hold back on setting out more projects. The first project could’ve been the last. The reasons for making another project is AO does not give up so easily. Even though Episode 1 did not reach financial success, the album did give AO a better look on how the music industry works.

Another reason for putting out another project is that the former graduate of TCNJ in 2009 has not seen much change in the economy. The job market is still limited with job opportunities. Not much has changed from the first album in 2011 to the current album in 2015. After graduation AO has only been working for jobs that are temporary and has not been offered a permanent position. AO has decided to take his life in a new direction.

From the beginning AO was going by stage name King Kong. The reason for the name change was due to getting legal rights to the name. King Kong came up with the name “The Agency Operative.” Agency is an acronym (Agent Geared for Emissary to Navigate through Critical Conditions without Yielding). Operative means secret agent. The Agency Operative is the secret agent of The Agency Headquarters. The Agency Headquarters is the name of the label. The label was created in 2010 with the first single “So Hot.”

In conclusion, The Agency Operative is back. AO is back on a mission. The name of the album is Episode 2 – Agent on a Mission. The album was released on I-tunes and Google Play on December 11, 2015. As an agent on a mission, the journey will continue to fulfill the mission statement.

What made you decide you wanted to pursue music as a career?

The reason why I pursue the music career was to take advantage of the opportunity to get in the game. With technology exploding and more ways to gain exposure, I knew it was time to make my move. Seeing the music industry morphing into a new era in which the platform is easy to pursue. there are more avenues and more opportunities to put yourself out there. I'm not getting any younger and the recession is not getting any better. The system don't work so you gotta have a hustle. My hustle was going to be music.

How did you become interested in being a musician?

I became interested in music when I was a young trumpet player. When I was growing up, I realized how my music ability was transforming. Once I realized the potential of the music, I kept the motivation to pursue music. At a young age, I realize that I had an art for music. When I read my rhymes it was at that time I can see the vision. I was able to paint the picture without using somebody else's paintbrush.

Whats your inspiration behind your music?

What inspires my music is my day to day operation. Everything I do can inspire the musical influence. I get inspiration from reading books, watching tv, or having a conversation. Inspiration can happen at any minute. The only thing I have to do is capture the moment.

How do you best define your sound/style?

My style to me is laid back but hit with a lot of force. It's positive but powerful at the same time. The voice is smooth and mellow, but the rhymes are strong and dangerous

Who do you listen to?

My favorite artist I listen to is AZ - aka SOSA. Been a fan for years. He was the first artist that I listened to that made me fall in love with hip-hop. My favorite album AZ - 9 Lives. Right now just waiting for the Doe or Die 2. I listen to the Wu-tang clan, Nas Kool G. Rap, Rakim, . I'm starting to get into gangstarr, Jeru the Damaja, and Big L.

Who would you like to collaborate with?

AZ, Any member of the wu-tang clan, Cormega, Nas, Papoose, Talib Kweli, Common, Kool G. Rap, Rakim, Bishop Lamont, D-Block, Dead Prez, Jeru the Damaja, Canibus, Killah Priest, Public Enemy,

Are you happy with the current state of Hip-Hop?

I just think that hip-hop is just missing balance. Everybody is not getting the same playing field to express themselves. It is harder for artist to not only to be positive, but also to be themselves. It is still hard for people to find artist that are true to the art. Seeing the game lose it's political and positive part has taken a hit. More people want balance and hopefully I can add to that balance.

What can fans of hip hop expect from you in the future?

Fans can expect good music with consistency. Good positive vibe. Fans can expect motivation. Expect truths that deals with reality.

Any last words?

Episode 2 - Agent on a Mission on I-tunes and google play. Check it out. New music video - Roll Em (Roll the Dice) go check it out. come to the website- theagencyheadquarters.com



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