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M-DASH
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M-Dash, outta Vallejo...bringin that heat!

Born and raised in Vallejo, CA - a virtually unknown hotbed for talent - M-Dash began his career at a young age by performing at talent shows and writing poetry, but his real hustle began when he first began professionally recording as a rapper/hip hop artist in the mid 90’s. A few years later, he grew tired of depending on other people and the businessman in him emerged. He decided to take control of his own destiny and began his own label, Platinum Bound Entertainment. "I wanted to establish something on my own; I figured I could guide my own destiny and learn from my own mistakes ...also for my uncle, I want to carry on his legacy." explains M-Dash. M-Dash is concentrating on expanding his growing fan base by continuing to perform in various parts of California and the Northwest and Southwest. Look for M-Dash and Platinum Bound Entertainment this summer as they will be touring with Keak Da Sneak, B-Legit, Yukmouth and more.

WHAT INFLUENCE DID YOUR UNCLE LOUIS( Con Funk Shun) HAVE ON YOU IN MUSIC?

Well, he has always had a influence on me - watchin him play drums, seeing him with gold albums,
checkin him out on all those album covers..but when he passed away in '97, that really did something
to me as far as me really gettin serious about this music. I had to carry on his name - I want his music to
live thru me, he is one of the main reasons why I strive so hard in this business...On my first release
(NBD - "Preliminary Hearing") I made an RIP tribute called See You Up in God's House that's dedicated to my
uncle Louis McCall...

WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP IN THE VALLEJO STREETS?
Growing up in Vallejo not only taught me a hell of a lot but it seasoned me at the same time...I lived on both sides of the V - during my elementary school years I lived in the south, right off Magazine St. I was stayin wit my grandma
- we used to hit the plum trees, ride Huffy's, play quarters, etc..then in my junior high years I moved to the Crest and stayed on the corner of Jill Lane and Amelia...I was already cool wit a bunch of Crestside cats cuz I got cousins that was in the Romp and already stayed in the Crest, so it was all lovely. The corners was thick though - a lot of fights on the daily. Mac Dre was the nig though - back then we was slappin that Too Hard for the Radio on vinyl...my cousin would come swoop me from school, slappin extra hard in old school wit Zapco and 15's... The Crest was REAL DEEP, still iz...

HOW DID YOU HOOK UP WITH MAC DRE?
My cousin Big Dant and Mac Dre were best friends and I lived wit Big Dant in the Crest so I saw Dre on the regular.
I was a youngsta though wit no intentions to rap back then, but I was a big fan of Dre...he would come thru the pad clownin and siggin on everybody, he always had hella character about him...When they got locked up, I stayed in touch sendin them magazines, doobies, letters, photos, etc...So when my nig Dre got out I was hittin his shows, chillin wit him and shit like that...and when he saw that I was just gettin into the rap thang he started lacin me up from time to time, just givin me pointers on how to go about it, how to stay in the public eye, etc...we used to
meet at IHOP for breakfast - Dre, Ray Ray, me and Tilt...Then he was like, let's do a track for your first release,
and I was wit that FA SHO mayne - havin Mac Dre on a track was raw to me, so we made that happen and it was slappin real hard. The track is called Check my Description...I hear it's on a new Mac Dre bootleg CD that's floatin
around, RIP Andre Hicks...

WHAT IMPACT DID HE HAVE ON YOUR LIFE?
Cousin, he is the reason why I work so hard, why I drop so much material. He is why I stay so busy and hit all these shows and try to keep my name out there as much as I can...He used to always tell me, "You gotta stay at it pimp, cuz the moment you let up and relax, they will forget about you and move on to somebody else"...The way he
went about shit, the charisma and character he had really inspired me, I do a lot of this shit for Dre, mayne...

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW RELEASE?
Well, my record label just dropped a mixtape "The Chain Smokin Syndrome", hosted by myself, and mixed by DJ Boy Wonder...It features The Team, E-40, Turf Talk, Lil Wayne, Mistah Fab, Dem HoodStarz, Stizon Skrilla, Tilt, Marsh Nut, Lee Majors, Twista, Juvenile and many more. It's HOT, well put together...my new album is called "Keep Smoke Alive" there is no release date yet, we tryin to drop it at the end of the summer though...

WHO ALL IS GETTIN DOWN ON IT?

Keep Smoke Alive features Mistah Fab, Game, Sean T, Jacka, Husalah, Young Dru, Prohoezak, Stizon Skrilla, and more...

PRODUCTION?
The Producers for Keep Smoke Alive are Remy Remaq, Tatem 1, Lee Majors, BC, and Davey D

WHAT ELSE IS IN STORE FOR YOU?

I got my own radio show on http://www.sactownradio.com/ called The Cannibus Club Session. This is our 4th week, and we been gettin a lot of good feedback on that - we give away prizes, have live interviews and play nuthin but
hot music including a lot of unheard, brand new exclusive music...Also, my record label is dropping a series of mixtapes - the second one is hosted by Remy Remaq and it's called "Addicted to My Hustle" that features Chris
Brown, David Banner, Indecent & Krypto, Lee Majors, Metal Mouth Records, Keak Da Sneak, NBD, Young Moe,
Ice Cube and more...We also just got added to the Block Movement tour wit Keak, Yuk and B-Legit, so we lookin forward to that fa sho...

OTHER PROJECTS?
I got a new album called Music is Life that me and Remy Remaq are workin on. We also workin on Stizon Skrilla's new mixtape called Pills, Purple, Powder and Privledge...we got a lot of stuff in the works fam, I stay as busy as I can - money doesn't sleep, mayne, so I gotta stay awake and keep chasin it, feel me...

YOU FEELING THE WHOLE "HYPHY" MOVEMENT?
Yeah, the hyphy movement is a good thang, mayne. I love how different areas are really catchin on and embracing it - it's upbeat music that makes you wanna dance, go nuts, bob ya head, and we need that, some good club music and radio type of shit and it aint soft radio shit and no singin love radio shit, we still keepin it hood and keepin it real, we just hyphy ...

WHAT DO YOU SEE THE NEXT TREND BEING IN THE BAY?

We do so much out here and always come up wit our own style, slang, attire and image, so there ain't no tellin what's next but there will be somethin new soon, watch...

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE HIP HOP 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
I still want hip hip artists to have freedom of speech and let artists be creative while still being able to express themselves in anyway they want to. I would love to see less music bootleggin in 10 years also - hopefully they can crack down on that somehow...but we'll see...we just need to get out there and support our artists, feel me.

YOU GOT ANY LAST WORDS?
Yeah, thanks for havin me and lettin me scream at ya'll for a minute. Also, pick up my Smokey Robinson release and The Chain Smokin Syndrome - theyr'e in Tower Records, Rasputins, Amoeba, iTunes, Cd Baby, etc..



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