24: Introduce yourself to everyone that doesn’t already know who you are.
Thrilla Cartel: What’s good world, I go by the name Thrilla Cartel. Straight out of Queens, NY, but also repping every borough.
24: Before we get into your music, can you describe your history about how you got into and what inspired you?
Thrilla Cartel: I first started getting into music around the time DMX and Eminem were in the beginning stages of their career and problems at home as a kid really made art my best friend..as I also had a passion for illustration.
24: What was the Hip-Hop scene like for you growing up where you’re from?
Thrilla Carte: The Hip-Hop scene coming from my city was hectic..you had to be a really good lyricist and have street credibility..as you know coming from New York, we have artists like B.I.G, Nas, and Jay to name a few. So you had big shoes to fill as an artist. As a fan of these artists, it was exciting to be from New York, from rap battles to real beef in the streets it is really entertaining (laughs).
24: What makes you Unique as a artist and different from other rappers out now?
Thrilla Cartel: The things that make me unique as an artist, is my drive..I just don’t stop..the pressures always on..a lot of these artists out now just do it for the money and fame ..my goal is way past that..we’ll be here for days if I try to explain it..I’m just unorthodox.
24: Tell us about what you are working on.
Thrilla Cartel: The project I’m working on now is called Insomnia..it’s the consistent result of hard work if you ask me …you stay long hours doing something you love or doing something you need to complete, you just might not get to sleep….it defines my city..my hometown..my birthplace..New York City…(feel me).
24: What producers have you worked with and who would you like to work with in the future?
Thrilla Cartel: The producers I’ve worked with so far for the most part are underground producers…. most of them being from Atlanta and California. I’m open to collab with any producer that’s serious about their art. As longs as they can envision what they want on a track I can paint it.
24: Are you happy with the feedback you have been getting from people on material you have released?
Thrilla Cartel: I’m happy with the feedback I’m getting from people.. well ,lets just say I appreciate the positive reviews..and also the negative. But
being happy and satisfied with what I accomplish on any project is something I don’t think I’d ever be…there always room for improvement.
24: In today’s free download age, what do you need to do to make yourself a household name?
Thrilla Cartel: To make your self a household name in this free download world you need constant promotion…that’s the only way to make people want to know who
you are….if people keep seeing your face, and hearing your name,they will eventually take time out to listen to your music.
24: How do you feel about the current state of the Hip-Hop scene?
Thrilla Cartel: Right now the current state of the hip hop scene is on the mellow side…not boring,but not really exciting either..artist now have more character and are better entertainers but lack a connection with their fans..So i would call it a mellow scene.
24: Outside of the music, what else are you currently working on?
Thrilla Cartel:Outside of music I sleep …or atlease catch up on sleep..but when i wake up its back to what I do best.
24: Where do you see yourself going in 2012 and how do you plan to separate yourself from the other artists out today to get the recognition you feel you deserve?
Thrilla Cartel: In 2012 I see my self getting positive feedback from my project, and getting a good enough following to release more projects. Networking and building better business relationships with already solidified connects.
24: How can fans go about contacting you?
Thrilla Cartel: Fans can easily get a hold of me on facebook.com/thrillacartel and or twitter.com/thrillacartel. They can show their support on YouTube.com typing in Thrilla Cartel, and checking out my latest videos “Pete Rose” and “Street Kings”.
24: Thank you for providing 24HourHipHop.com with this exclusive interview, do you have any last words for your present and future fans?
Thrilla Cartel: My last words before I’m outta here to my present and future fans are keep ya head up, stay focused and dedicated on what you believe in. There’s no limit on how many doors you can open, and consistency is always the key..
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