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Interview: Slim Mason Is On The Rise And Wants You To Know It

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At 4ShoMag, we’re always looking to connect with the hottest artists in Detroit. This time, we’ve been fortunate to have a conversation with Slim Mason, one of the city’s most energetic up-and-comers looking to make a name for himself in the lucrative rap scene. Check out our exclusive interview below.

Who is Slim Mason?
Slim Mason is just a bipolar, hungry, young ass monster that’s ready to take over his city. I’m bringing Detroit into a new era and wave because my generation (Mid 90s-Mid 00s), which is the next generation, needs a voice. Because most of the niggas popping in the city is late 80s-early 90s baby’s, like Sada and Tee and them. They holding the house up before I tear that bitch down…

How did you get into rap?
I mean I’m from the east side of 8 mile and of course Eminem is the first rapper I saw that came from where I’m from. He lived on Dresden Street, which is 2 blocks from where I lived (Hamburg Street) so I was like if he could do this, I knew I could too because we came from the same place. He’s the biggest motivation for me and the main reason I been wanting to do this since I was 4, when my dad snuck me in the Bel-Air movie theater and I saw 8 mile when it came out. I STILL watch that movie when it comes on TV.

What’s the Detroit rap scene like in your experience?
It’s cool for the current generation which Dz, Sada, and Grizzley but my generation (the next generation) needs someone for OUR scene so I’m the one that’s gonna step up, it’s a huge challenge but I LOVE challenges because when you accomplish that shit, it’s the greatest feeling on earth

How important is expending energy when you record? Do you make sure your records are lively?
I make sure it’s live as fuck. I bring hype ass energy when I’m in the booth fasho. The studio is literally my favorite place to go because I get away from all my problems and spit my problems on the mic. It’s a “Therapy Funhouse,” that’s what I be calling it.

What do you hope to bring to the music industry?
Fun. 100% fun. Like rappers in the city right now is so serious, I HATE that. Like loosen the fuck up and turn up nigga. That’s where I come in and THAT’S why I’m different from any other artist from Detroit because I can out-energize a kid half my age but out-rap someone twice my age..and that’s RARE…

What’s one thing you would change about the Detroit rap scene?
Like I just said, make Detroit fun again, like I feel like ALL generations cabnfuck with me because who can seriously hate a young ass nigga having fun and doing what he always loves doing as a career..right no one..

Do you like being an underground prospect or are you ready to make the jump to the next level? Why?
I’ve been ready since I came out of my mama. Like I feel like I’m MEANT to do what I do, not just a “Rapper”, or a “Hip-Hop Musician” but as an overall artist in general, because I literally love and do all types of music, like R&B and Rock and shit. That’s another thing that’s different about me from other “Detroit Rappers”, I’m ‘All-Around’ and versatile as hell, one track I can spit a hot ass ‘16’ (BARS), one track, I’m yelling shit over a hard ass distorted beat, one track I can be singing to your bitch on some young Chris Brown shit, man you never know with me..it depends how I feel in the studio that day…

What’s your recording process like?
I write songs pretty much everyday, so I already got lyrics and I go in the studio and form the beat, cause I Co-produce all my songs, and I just go off the beat I’m hearing in my head, or sometimes I be voice recording on my phone of the sound of the beat that’s in my head. I got like 40 beats or even MORE on that bitch right now, no cap..

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
Keep making noise on the Internet til I get that ONE break and when I do see an opportunity that possibly can make me blow even more, I’m gonna take that bitch fasho. ANY opportunity that’s reachable, I’m GRABBING that bitch with no heso…

Give us a good closing statement.
This is Slim Mason, if you never heard of me, now you do, and your Great-great-great-great-great-great grandkids will too…I’m gonna take over Detroit whether anybody likes it or no not, I’m coming nonstop at WHOEVER is on top, whether that’s Grizzley, Sada, Dz, Bandgang, Damedot, Cash Kidd, WHOEVER, I’m gonna take over the city and be on top sooner than later. Why? Because I’m the next big thing thing and ‘if I say something I mean it’…AIYHAH!

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Bronx Celebrity Wardrobe Stylist, Denise Styless, Talks Hiphop Fashion and Fatman Scoop

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Denise Styless, New York upcoming celebrity wardrobe stylist is making moves and breaking barriers in the fashion industry. Commencing her budding fashion & entertainment career in 2019 Denise is already making a name for herself as a fashion staple. Growing in her career she has styled NYCs elite from Fatman Scoop, actor and child prodigy River Mason Eromosele, and Rizr Footwear. Denise styling technique is a merge of lifestyle meets couture. As well, she is a model liaison merging models with events, runway shows, photo-shoots and casting calls nationally. In addition to gaining online support from fashion house FUBU.  Rising in fame she has been featured on various top tier outlets: Medium24hiphopVocal, One West Magazine, and Grind Magazine.  Here’s my interview with  celebrity wardrobe stylist, Denise Stylesss.


 How did you land such prominent hip-hop clients? I landed my clients by building my relationships with people. As well, through networking within the entertainment industry. When you’re transparent with your intentions, opportunities present themselves. 

What made you get into fashion? I got into fashion through my grandmother. She had a sewing machine and would create my Halloween costumes when I was a child. Her creative influence inspired me immensely. Once I unearthed my vast zeal for fashion I realized her influence carried me through my adulthood. 

celebrity wardrobe stylist Denise Styless and FatMan Scoop on set together

How was it working with the legend FatMan Scoop? Working with Fatman Scoop was an amazing experience. Fatman scoop is an icon that I watched in my youth. It made me reflect on my childhood. It was a full circle moment for me to dress someone that created roots within the hip-hop community.

What is the best advice you can give to someone aspiring to dress as a hip hop artist? The best advice I can give an aspiring celebrity wardrobe stylist is  to be normal and organically yourself. You want to treat your clients with love; similar to family. You want to enhance their style while capturing the essence of fashion.

What is the key to your success? The key to my success is God. My faith in God continues to keep me motivated and devoted to my craft.


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Q&A w/ @MidnightCyphs: Talks Beginnings, Journalism, Inspirations + More

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It’s hard to find dope, genuine creatives in today’s industry, but one that we’ve grown to personally know and connect with is Michael DeBlasio out of Queens, NY. Michael currently writes for ITSBIZKIT.com — and formerly AllHipHop.com and MissInfo.TV. His organic and passionate approach to journalism is what separates him from others and has garnered him the attention of some legends in his field, such as Elliot Wilson, Rob Markman, Mikey Yi, and of course, the ‘Biggest Blogger In The World’ — ITSBIZKIT.

Mike also wears two other important hats. Publicist and studio manager. In 2020, he established his own PR company, deblazeo PR LLC. He then leveled up to his own office space in Studio 17, a recording studio based in Brooklyn, NY. A few months later, he found himself taking over the role as the studio’s official booking manager.
So of course you know we had to get an exclusive Q+A with Mike, where he speaks on his beginnings, what inspires him, his future endeavors, and much more! Check-in below!

Q: How did you start your career in journalism?
– In 2014, I had a friend who was rapping and we were brainstorming ways to get his music more traction. At the time, blogs / sites were still the #1 source of people getting their music. So I thought, how do we get him on these sites? So I started my own, [which I shall not name because I plan to revamp it somewhere down the line] and from there I started blogging heavily. Unfortunately I was new to the WordPress game and my site got shut down for too many copyright infringements. I then connected with ITSBIZKIT in 2015 because he was looking for writers and he took me under his wing. Biz God taught me almost everything I know and connected me with a lot of people. Because of his referral I started to write for AllHipHop.com — where I learned more about journalism and not just blogging. At the time, this was my 9-5, so I took the craft very seriously and learned all that I could, connected with whoever I could, and attended as many events that I could. With my work ethic being recognized, and a lot of help from networking on Twitter, my name started buzzing and around 2017 is when I felt I actually have my foot in the door and my work is starting to pay off. I have a lot more to learn and accomplish, but where I envisioned myself to be when I first started in 2014 is where I am now. But the real work has just started for me!

Q: How do you define “journalism”?

Obviously journalism is different depending on the field, but to me in Hip-Hop, it’s the journalist’s job to bring light to up-and-coming artists on their respective platforms. With many publications fully focused on mainstream artists and their news, I like to go in a different direction and write about those who people may not know about alongside the big names. Helping unsigned artists get recognized was the reason I even started in the first place and will always be my main reason for writing.

Q: What / who inspires you?

Everything about Hip-Hop. It’s more than just music. It’s a culture. There’s a certain cloth you have to be cut from to make it, which I can relate to being a self-starting journalist. Many artists I listen to also inspire me. Mainstream and unsigned. I may not relate to their exact struggles but I can relate to the struggle of wanting to make it on your own and doing anything possible to guarantee your dreams. A perfect example is Nipsey Hussle (RIP). Everyone that knows me, knows he is my #1, and was long before his tragic passing. Him as a man and artist gave me that motive to take that leap and begin my career. His words and music have been my hussle and motivation since I started, and forever will be.

I am also inspired by my fellow writers. I am blessed to be a part of a circuit of writers that genuinely help each other, and keep one another afloat. These are people I can say are really like my family that honestly care for one another’s well-being and work. And I am forever grateful for that.

Q: What are you currently working on?

I have a few things in the works but what I can speak on is my upcoming, fourth “Midnight Cyphs” compilation. These are projects I put together with artists I like and personally know, with original fresh songs from them. My first three were successful, but with this next one, I plan to do things differently. This time around I plan to create with the artists in actual studio sessions and organically cook up. I also hope to do 2-3 visuals, and ultimately a show with the featured artists. It’s still in the beginning stages but I hope to drop in the fourth quarter of this year.
I also have a few more podcast appearances secured, so be on the look-out for that as well!

Q: Drop a gem for anyone who is aspiring to succeed in your field.

Man, just be real and transparent. Don’t come off as a writer who is doing it for clicks / clout but because you really care for what / who you’re writing about. Also build genuine relationships with fellow people in the industry; artists, managers, writers, etc. A lot of the music world is who you know, not what you know. However, with that being said, learn as much as you can about your craft! There’s always more to learn.

I also pride myself in being a writer that is not just “behind a computer” — so I attend events, studio sessions, industry parties, etc. as much as you can! NETWORK! — You never know who you will meet and how they can put you in position to win! Which will ultimately put you in a position to help your people win! We’re all in this together!

Be sure to connect with Mike on all social media platforms: deblazeo (IG) / @MidnightCyphs (Twitter).

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Meet bilingual HipHop Artist HULKSICKO!

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HULKSICKO!’s interest in music began during his high school in his hometown of Bronx, NY. After an injury and surgey led him to put a pause on a promising basketball career, the Bronx native decided to dedicate his training towards music. HULKSICKO! recorded his first song in the summer of 2017. He recalls watching videos on how to use auto-tune for an hour and by the end of the night he had created a very rudimentary track. He chuckles stating, “It was trash.” The independent artist stayed the course and persisted to create for 3 more years before finally finding his sound. His musical style and sound is very unique in that it is inspired by a combination of the trials and triumphs of an East Coast upbringing. “Most of my music is melodic and uptempo, which I think is dictated by the beats I choose. In terms of lyrics they can go right or left depending on how I’m feeling, and where I’m at. I like to tell people about parts of my life even if they can’t relate to it, because the real fans are going to relate. Those are the types of fans I want around my music.”


Find out more about HULKSICKO! In the interview below:

Q: What inspired your artist name?
A: My name was something that I was given/came up with. It’s two words, the first part HULK comes from a joke my teammates would make cause I would still lift even after basketball practice was over. The second part SICKO I came up with my bro Noah, and I just ran with it. I had to add the exclamation so that people could feel me.

Q: Do you have any other special talents?
A: Another talent I have is that I speak Chinese. I visited China twice and went to 10 different cities while there and lived there for a whole month at one point. The fact that I speak Chinese influences some of the harmonies that I think of while making music. A lot of my early fans thought I used to live in China because of the fact that I spoke it so wel!

Q: What impacted your decision to pursue music?
A: I chose music cause it allowed me to express myself. I didnt’t necessarily know how to voice what I felt because I didn’t have people to talk to about it. Same way when I was young and angry, I would listen to music to help get me out of certain moods. It aint always work and sometimes the lyrics in the songs made it worse but that’s how I knew music was impactful.


Q: What got you noticed?
A: I don’t think that I got noticed for my music right away but for what I was trying to do with it at first. I was heavily pushing the idea that I wanted to live in China and make music there and a lot of people who didn’t understand music gravitated towards it because it was something they had never seen before.

You can check out his music on Spotify, Apple Music and all the major platforms. You can check out his music videos on Youtube!

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