You turn on the radio,
and what do you hear? Crap.
You switch the station,
and what do you hear? Crap.
Aren't you tired of modern music that's passed off as "hip hop" just being a constant disappointment?
Well my friends, the key, like in any genre, is to dig deeper, until you find the good stuff. The gold.
Like Black Paulie.
Tunage was turned onto Paulie by one of our designers,
and what a gem she found.
Tunage has finally dug up so good, true hip hop, with heart and soul.
Paulie: I have a crazy long list, bear with me. Im a fan of all genres but my transformers would be Outcast, for their musical superior ability to push the envelop, Nas, for storytelling and his lyrical content, Coldplay, for making epic tunes, and conveying emotion through sound, and, of course, Jay Z, for translating music into a lifestyle and later entrepreneurship. Those guys together would be like Optomus Prime.
T: How old were you when you decided you wanted to get into making music?
P: I've always dabbled with instruments, turntables and poetry. I would say around 19 I took hip hop serious.
T: When you start to write lyrics do you have messages in mind you try to stick to or do you just let the words sorta spill out onto paper?
P: I do both. I've got messages for the most part, I usually write with an agenda or topic in mind. I freestyle write a lot too. See in hip hop, it's common to put out a 16 to 24 bar verse of thoughts or ideas just for listening purposes.
P: All aspects of my life influence music. Through struggle or progress, love or hate, politics. Most importantly, though, I would say my circle of family and friends influence me the most.
T: What are five albums you couldn't live without?
P: -Jay z-Reasonable Doubt
-The Fugees-The Score
-Lupe Fiasco-Food &Liquor
T: If you could colaborate on an album with any one artist or group, dead or alive, who would it be?
P: Outcast, hands down.
T: In your opinion, which famous artist of today is doing it right and who's doing it wrong? In other words, who would you be in the front row for and who would you not even pay to see?
P: I'm most impressed with Kendrick Lamar out of Compton, he's created a way to make commercial music with substance which is nearly impossible in mainstream media of today. I'm a fan of his movement. On the other hand, I wouldn't care to see most of these new guys in concert. No need to name names, you can listen to anyone on the radio and its all mediocre renditions of one another.
T: Besides making music, what do you like to do in your spare time?
P: I love sports almost as much as I love music so I go to and watch lots of games, mostly Basketball. I travel a lot and love art and poetry.
T: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
P: I appreciate you guys taking to the time to listen to my tunes and getting to know me. Follow me on twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or soundcloud @blacpaulie. Blog with me at IAMPAULIE.com and stay true to you! "Life is a movie where the reels are real."
Take a moment to check out the soulful Blac Paulie, and your former hip hop-oriented disappointment will be a thing of the past. You'll be saying, "Drake who? Kanye what?" Thanks for reading, and don't ever stop.
Written by Laura Sullivan