Friday, November 11, 2011

Buzz Factor (Winter Wonderland Issue)

Written by A.D. the General

MISURE aka Gentleman is a native of Virginia. He was first bought to my attention by a fellow media personality in NYC (Tim Hopewell). I recall our first conversation via the telephone. He was so full of energy and he definitely lived up to his name. We exchanged emails and less than hour later I was back on the phone with him. Eager and impressed with his ability to create the beat write the lyrics and his vocal ability reminded me of another Virginia native (SISCO of Dru Hill). I am genuinely excited about this artist and want to remind where you heard of him first. N.A.B. is always bringing you the rawest and purest talents across the country. Today we introduce to you MISURE!!!

A.D. THE GENERAL: Break down your name Misure?

MISURE: Misure (monsieur) is French for gentleman... I Americanized it lol!! I’m still a true believer that being a gentleman to the ladies will always get you further!

A.D. THE GENERAL: How long have you been singing? And what inspired you to start singing?

MISURE: Wow! My whole life, I actually started as a dancer but always sung on the low. As a matter of fact Actor Affion Crockett (Nick Cannons wildn out) grew up in the same city and we were in the same dance group. Although I was way younger than him I saw early that not only did I want to dance but wanted to perform! Ever since then I broke my singing silence and began winning shows, contests and events all over North Carolina...

A.D. THE GENERAL: You are also a writer and producer, a triple treat. When did you start producing and do you play any instruments? And which do you prefer if any of the three?

MISURE: I started producing hard about 5 yrs ago. I always had the sounds in my head and had to find away to express them. Through a lot of trial and error I finally feel that I am there as a producer. I produce everything from R&B to Hip Hop, to pop and even rock tracks. I naturally play the piano by dream is the acoustic guitar...I prefer all three...I feel like if you write, produce and sing your own song every aspect is exactly how you envisioned it. Just like making a sandwich. You and you alone put all the right meats, cheeses and condiments to make it the best meal. That’s my analogy of my music...all beats vocals and production are all Misure, No samples baby!

A.D. THE GENERAL:  What do you bring to the table that other R&B artists haven’t brought to the table?

MISURE: Well I will never show any disrespect to any artist but I feel I’m bringing back true emotion of R&B. Back in the pre auto tune day’s artist sung from the heart...their lyrics meant something. You could hear the joy or the pain in their voice. I’m bringing back that type of feel in my music. It’s going to make you laugh, cry and chant along with great hooks and meaningful lyrics.

A.D. THE GENERAL: What do you feel about the current state of R&B and has R&B lost its way?

MISURE: I feel it’s been ruined...with a few exceptions in the game of course. It’s all about looks vs voice...remember the Al Green album? Dude had a regular haircut, Kool-Aid grin, and his taco meat hanging out his shirt! today’s listeners would have seen that cover and put it back on the shelf...that album had some of the greatest hits in R&B...smh...people need to realize the voice and meaning of music vs the superficial appearance of an artist...I don’t look half bad though!! lol

A.D. THE GENERAL: If the world could remember you by one quote what would it be?

MISURE:  You believe in you before you try to make others believe in you.

A.D. THE GENERAL: Any last words for our reader and where can we listen and or download your music?

MISURE: I realize that without the ear of the average everyday listener that I would be nowhere...some of our successful brothers and sisters in the industry really need to remember that! I am so very grateful to all my fans, friends and believers of MISURE and TEAM MISURE NYC and TEAM MISURE VA. Thank you...

My music can be heard on ,,  and also follow me and my moves on twitter @marcmisure as well as facebook.. Just search Marcus Misure George.

Written by:  A.D. The General
Courtesy of The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program 2011



A.D. THE GENERAL:  Lets start off with the name Charlie Rock what does it mean?

CHARLIE ROCK: Honestly the name was passed down to me by my father. (Not to be confused with Charlie Rock formerly of Terror Squad) The name just stuck with me since I was a kid.

A.D. THE GENERAL: You are from the Bronx NY the Mecca of Hip Hop. Do you feel any pressure to succeed and continue the legacy of some of the greats born in The Bronx?
CHARLIE ROCK: From KRS 1, Melly Mel, Big Pun, to Corey Gunz, Fred The Godson, and French Montana, the legacy is still here and in good hands. As for me, I think it’s a different expectation because I’m a producer. I think the most pressure comes from my self. I know what I’m capable of so I’m my own hardest critic. When you think of the Bronx and its contributions to Hip Hop or music in general, my name will be mentioned when it’s all said and done.

A.D. THE GENERAL: How long have you been producing and what inspired you to pursue a career in music?

CHARLIE ROCK: I’ve been into music all my life. I started out playing in church and it’s had a hold on me ever since. I’ve only been producing for 3 years now. Its crazy to think about the stuff I’ve made in such a short period of time compared to people who have been producing 10 years plus. I have over 200 full songs done. The catalog is only getting bigger.

A.D. THE GENERAL:  How would you describe your style or production and what makes you the next hottest producer in the game?

CHARLIE ROCK: I don’t want to categorize in any genre of music. I want to be known as a producer who can sell a track to Lil Wayne then turn around and sell another track to Justin Bieber. I can make anything in any lane without trying to recreate what someone else has already done. I sound like me!

A.D. THE GENERAL: Do u play any instruments? And is your production sample free?

CHARLIE ROCK: I play the piano and the drums. Spending 6 hours in Church every Sunday when I was little can do that to you. Lol. I have a lot of sample free music as well as sampled beats. I can also take a song and play the whole thing over and give it a new feeling. That’s what being a producer is about.

A.D. THE GENERAL: Who do you dream of producing for?

CHARLIE ROCK: I would want to co-produce a record for Jay with Kanye. I think it'll be one of the best songs in music history period. J. Cole, Drake, Ceelo, Frank Ocean, Chrisette Michelle, Slaughter House just to name a few others. I also like working with the new artist that haven’t been discovered yet because the creativity with them is limitless.
A.D. THE GENERAL: Who have you been working with? And how does an artist get to work with you?

CHARLIE ROCK: I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a lot of artist and people who make good music. Any artist that takes this serious and wants to produce hit records can contact me. This industry is all about building relationships with people and making a good product. As long as you’re making what the people want, it’s undeniable.

A.D. THE GENERAL: Where can our readers hear some of those Fire beats?

CHARLIE ROCK: You can hear some of my music on my website  you can also follow me on twitter and on Facebook Charlie Rock and on your radio station very soon!


Ambition, consistency and grind are the key to success. And Blood Money Entertainment is living proof and testament to this quote. This organization has been putting there money where there mouth is and proving to them selves and there peers when u invest in yourself others will start noticing. They have won twice in a row in our Elegant Hoodness Musical Program in NYC and have been nominated for a Top Ten Artists of The Year Award. We caught up with STRO the ceo of B.M.E. himself to ask him how the news of the nomination and how all the media exposure has helped there cause. Remember where you heard it first!!! E.H.M.P. highlights B.M.E.

E.H.M.P: Congrats on your 2nd 1st win in a role at The Elegant Hoodness Musical Program. Do you have any predictions for the “Top Ten Artists of the Year Awards”?

B.M.E: No predictions, just striving to keep Blood Money Ent #1 as we should. We come from a humble background but we're very confident in our movement, therefore we always work hard and try to whip the first place spot to the oils :)

E.H.M.P: You guys have been opening up for Styles PJadakiss and several others. What has been your experience been like performing with questionable some of the best rappers of all time?

B.M.E: It's been a great experience! We've also taken the stage with Philadelphia's Gillie Da Kid and opened for CassidyGunplay and Meek Mill. The opportunities have been coming one after another and it's been an honor to share the stage with some the industries legends such as Styles P.

E.H.M.P: Your new video for Whip it to the oils has been buzzing fast, who came up with the concept for the song and video?

B.M.E: Yes the video is taking off we had over 8,000 views within the first week of the initial youtube premiere! IRS aka "Mr Whip It 2 The Oils" came up with the initial concept. When he presented it to the team in a Workshop Wednesday freestyle session we had amongst ourselves weekly, everyone instantly knew it was a hit record and immediately started putting the bid in to be featured alongside IRS. The video concept was developed by the team alongside Kevin Townley UVF/Universal movie director. We went with the hangover theme in Atl and had a ball shooting the video partying how we do in philly on a regular basis.

E.H.M.P: Are you looking to be signed to a major label? Or would you rather continue to do the independent thing?

B.M.E: With the state of the industry, we would much rather be distributed by a major and continue on independent but if the right opportunity is presented, we would be more than happy to partner with a major in order to take our movement to the next level. Up to this point everything has been done from the muscle so signing to a major would just relieve some of the financial responsibility and allow us to focus more on artistry and enhance our fan base.

E.H.M.P:  So how many members are in B.M.E.? And who is the 1st artists you guys are pushing?

B.M.E: There are over 100 members of BME "Bloodmoney/Pure Punishment 100 Strong" is our motto. We are close friends and family that came up together and remained loyal to one another and we keep it that way. The artists that we have on the forefront right now are AKNonfictionPressure (Ro, and Alpo the Great), and IRS. The first artist to be pushed was Vicious who set the tone and paved the way for Nonfiction and AK to follow with their debut BME mixtapes "Nonfiction: Truth Shall Set You Free" and "AK: The Anonymous Killa".

E.H.M.P:  Who would you guys collaborate with if given the opportunity?

B.M.E: Styles PLauryn HillT.I. , EminemRick RossJeezyNeyo etc...We’re open to work with anyone working hard and making music that's true to them.

E.H.M.P:  One word to describe B.M.E.?

B.M.E: Loyalty

E.H.M.P: Any shout out’s or thank you?

B.M.E: Thanks to the whole blood money ent family and pure punishment records, all of the fans and family members that are supporting our movement and helping us grow. Shout out StroViciousTatCityVegaAD the GeneralLuis Toledo of True Unity ProductionsSamantha MooreOC DieselTemeka of Epik Promotions, Dre All Day and Bishop Twan from DMVTMZFranky J and DJ ExclusiveFiya Chick of and Batcave 2.0Batcave RadioQSEShelly Shell of Urban Xpressions91.7 A Moment With PurpleKevin TownleyBolo Da ProducerJah BeatsDebbie The Glass LadySwayy MagazineLJ Strictly GraphicsPesos ClothingToybox Dollz, Diamond Song ServicesCarvin Haggins, and all of the producers, promoters, family members and fans that have been supporting us and playing our music. Thank you Elegant Hoodness for the opportunity to share our talent with the city of New York. Until Next Time....Whip It 2 The Oils!


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