E.H.M.P.: How are you today, R.A.?
R.A. CERTIFIED: What's going on? I'm blessed. Just out here working non-stop. Like my bro Lansky says, "If it ain't progress, it's nonsense."
E.H.M.P.: Tell me how you got involved with the Elegant Hoodness Musical Program. How are you benefiting from the program? Would you recommend the program to other unsigned acts and why?
R.A. CERTIFIED: I got involved with E.H.M.P through a friend of mine named Stro Miler. He told me about the showcase. He hooked me up with the A.D. the General and the rest is history. (laughs). I would recommend Elegant Hoodness to serious musicians only! If you’re looking to get your buzz up, this is a great program.
E.H.M.P.: What is your most memorable performance to date for you?
R.A. CERTIFIED: My favorite performance thus far came recently when I was opening up for Fred the Godson. That performance got an incredible response. We even had the owner of the club and the bouncer at the door ask us for our music and contact info. Yeah, that was a success. I would put that at the top of the list.
E.H.M.P.: You are a solo artist but are also involved in a movement called Danger Zone. Talk to us about that situation.
R.A. CERTIFIED: Danger Zone is a movement that provides many shades of entertainment, not only hip-hop music. Formed by myself R.A. Certified (the lead artist), Los Lansky (next up), Reem Tha Vision (the acting manager) and DJ LEGZ (DJ/hype man). We have a clothing line also branded as Danger Zone, consisting of manly urban wear: t-shirts, hoodies, all sizes from toddlers to Big and Tall. We're currently recording a low budget film all rights reserved to Danger Zone so y'all can expect big things from the movement to come.
E.H.M.P.: Where can we listen and or download your music?
R.A. CERTIFIED: You can listen or download RA Certified on Reverbnation, Soundcloud, Whotune, YouTube. Follow me on twitter and Instagram @ra_certified. Like my music page RA Certified on Facebook for updates, upcoming appearances and album release dates. Also I'll be releasing my mixtape Trapped In Tha 90s this May. It will be available for download on Datpiff.
E.H.M.P.: Where do you see yourself a year from now?
R.A. CERTIFIED: In the next year I see myself on. I really see my buzz is growing, along with our movement (Danger Zone). The fans are growing and as long as we network right our music should touch the masses.
E.H.M.P.: Any last words and shout outs?
R.A. CERTIFIED: I want to first and foremost thank E.H.M.P. for this opportunity. I want to shout out my team Danger Zone and everybody who is supporting us. I want to remind my fans that I'll be dropping my mixtape early May titled Trapped In Tha 90s. The songs on the mixtape have already gotten great reviews and should be the talk of this summer. Make sure y'all download it or contact me for your copy.
INTERVIEWED BY: A.D. THE GENERAL
COURTESY OF ELEGANT HOODNESS MUSICAL PROGRAM 2013