What's up Majisty? For those new to the name, let everyone know where you are from and what you do.
What's up everybody? I go by Majisty The Mastermind, Majisty for short because It's easier to remember. I am from Boston Mass, born and raised and I am a Hip Hop/Rap artist on the rise.
When did you know you wanted to become an artist and make this your lifelong career?
Age 4, my dad got me started with rapping because he was a singer. He was signed with a singing group out of Boston called The Superiors, they were signed to Columbia in I thinkthe late 80's but it didn't work out. He had this tape recorder in my nana's back room and told me and my Brother to freestyle, It wasn't that good, I was rapping about cartoons and stuff but I was storytelling so I had something to build on. I started writing my own lyrics in the first grade because my dad started a little group with me, my brother and my older cousin. I've always had to push myself a little bit harder then everyone else because I've always been the under dog, but I've never failed to rise to and above everyone's expectations of me. I've never had the highest self esteem growing up but when it came to music I had this confidence I was never able to display outside of music and it was addicting. Music gave me confidence and purpose, I feel like I have a lot to say and the world should hear it.
Who are some of the emcees that have influenced your style as you create your own?
First person I wouldn't say is an emcee, he is an amazing lyricist. Baby face had a big impact on me because hearing him was the start of my addiction to deep storys and melody. Emcee wise it started with Tupac when my mom got me my first tape to go in my walkman. I played that tupac album everyday, both the A and B sides of the tape. Biggie influced my style a lot with his poetic genius, Busta Rhymes with his creativity and his incredible control over his lyric patterns and rhythm. Any emcee growing up in the 90's who tells you he wasn't inspired my missy is a liar because she is just a monster. I can't forget LL cool J, Fab, jada kiss, Jay Z, Nas, Big Pun just a lot of artist. Most of all though, I'd have to say Eminem changed my life when I first heard " Hi My Name Is ". I went to my cousin's house and he had The Slim Shady LP and turned it on and Everything changed. I have every EMalbum that came out, listening to those albums got me through a lot in my life growing up.
You have a new single called 'Lame N*ggaz' produced by Magic Beats, whats the concept and why was it necessary to drop this as a first single?
The concept behind the song is based around people trying to tear other people down because they are doing better in life. I remember Jay Z saying " Jealousy is afemale trait " which I do agree with but it's also deeper then that. I think the
lamest thing anyone can do is drag someone's name through the mud, or not be cool with them anymore because they are doing better then you. If anything, you should want to be closer with them to get tips on how you can become sucessful too, why hate on that person? that makes you look like a lame for that.That's why I said " Lame N*ggaz do lame sh*t, from another planet so they speak a different language. Everyday, 24 hrs full of lame sh*t" because it's true. I feel like it's necessary to drop this as my first single because first and foremost it's real and people can relate. Second, It's definitely a catchy song that people would love to dance to at the club.
How do you plan on getting the word out there about the single?
My first way is through this interview and PR push i'm doing with you guys, this is one of the best moves I've made in my young career so far. I say that because you provide a major platform for indie artist to get their exposure and buzz moving. so for any artist out there reading my interview, if you still haven't made any moves yet you need to start with I standard. Secondly I'm reaching out to major Djs on BlazeTrak, I'm hitting Dj's on twitter also and I'm finding radio stations that will give me either free rotation or they are within my spending range for rotation time. Radio and Djs are incredibly important for any artist, I don't care if you
are signed or an indie artist, you really need both.
When it comes to being an artist do you feel you are better suited to go the indie route or try to find a record deal?
Now this is a hard question because I have a pros and cons list for both sides. I would love to go Indie because of the freedom to do, record and promote what I want. I also don't have to worry about any labels trying to screw me over if we have a disagreement, I don't have to worry about getting shelved if the label isn't feeling what I got and they have a new artist they want to focus on now. That's
all good but you don't have the same connects labels have, you don't have the same budget labels have and you just can't promote as professionally as a label can. So right now it just all depends on what happens. If I'm going the Indie route and a label happens to offer me a deal I will def look into it, but I refuse to sign my life over for some money.My music means a lot to me and comes from a deep place, so everything would just have to line up right for me to sign with a label.
If you could describe your performance to a potential fan how would you put it into words?
I'm going to assume by performance you mean live performance, so I would describe my performance in a few ways. I would tell a potential fan that when I get on stage I am not who I am off stage. What I mean by that is that I become the music that you're hearing, Electrifying, exciting, breath taking, superb, incredible, inspiring, energetic. I would tell them, when I perform I become an experience that you will not regret witnessing.I'm in no way saying that I'm not a great person to be around off stage, I'm not saying that I'm boring and un-inspiring off stage, I'm not saying that. It's just that when I get on the stage it's a whole different level of comfort, It's special stuff.
Do you have any EP's or additional projects we should look out for?
I actually am working on my first EP which will turn into my first album.
The EP/Album is going to be called Jigsaw and this album will pretty much
showcase how diverse I am as an artist. I came up with the name Jigsaw to
symbolize the diverse style that I have as an artist. Even though I have
different styles of music, they all come together and make me who I
am as an artist. I just want this album to have something for every type
of hip hop fan. Got some trappy sounding stuff with my own spin to it,
conscience hip hop with a 90's feel, some stuff for the ladies and some
inspirational hip hop. I just want to be able to connect with every generation
of hip hop listener because I see no other artist doing that right now other
then J Cole and Kendrick. They just have their own spin to it and that's
why I respect them so much, they're leaders and not trying to folllow the
What do you want people to remember about Majisty once you leave the earth?
when I leave this earth, I want people to remember that I'm a God fearing
individual first and foremost. Secondly that I am a man with morals
and a man of great character. I live to inspire and uplift people who don't
know their true strength yet and I'm extremely driven. I'm humble and I've
never shyed away from hard work and never backed down from a challenge.I'm
a perfectionist and I always evolved in route of becoming the greatest artist
I can possibly become. I'm a family man with a great spirit, but when it came
to performing and writing music I was one of the rare ones.
Where can we find you online?
You can find me at www.twitter.com/majisty www.instagram.com/majisty27
the-mastermind www.reverbnation.com/ majistythemastermind
www.facebook.com/majistymusic and www.numberonemusic.com/ majistythemastermind If you go to my reverbnation you can download my free music app too, keep you updated on my latest updates and stuff.You can also go to your play store and type up majisty music and download it. Heads up it's only for droids I didn't have the budget for apple products.
Any shout outs?
Yes I have a few shout outs I would like to give. First I would like to shout out
my mother and my little sister Elayia. Next I would like to shout out my Girlfriend
Janelle, she would kill me if I forgot lol. I want to shout my cousins A jay and
Tigaman, They are up and coming producers and they are dope. My brother Lee Kushy, you'll be hearing from him soon another dope rap artist.My cousin Lyndon,my God Mother Julie, My God Father Junior,My God Brother Dontell, My cousin Ashley and My Grandfather. Sorry If I left people out but I'm not tryna write 8 pages just for a shout out. Pretty much shout out to everybody who's still in my life.