Monday, January 7, 2013

Q&A With Blanco Caine

MYU Entertainment's Shari Walsh, and new contributor for Chi-City Hip Hop, had the chance to get a Q&A session in with CGE's Blanco Caine. Blanco who has been apart of some heavy releases recently through features and a joint project also has music in store for fans in the near future. Check it out below.

By Shari Walsh(@ShariTheTruth)

If you haven't heard of Blanco Caine of CGE, you soon will. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Blanco recently and I am genuinely impressed not only by his talent but his business savvy. I foresee success in Blanco’s very near future. As you can see from the following interview he is as humble as he is talented.

Where are you from originally?  If Chicago, which part of the city were you raised in?

Chicago originally, I lived in the northwest side Humboldt Park & Logan Square area and then the south suburbs where I attended high school. Raised everywhere, I hung out in so many pockets of the city.

Who has influenced your music to this point?

That’s tough I like so many different artists but influence would have to be the aggressiveness of the early 50 cent. The “don’t give a F*ck” attitude and criticism of the late Pimp C gave us, and the hustle T.I. brought to the game. All things I admired embody and try and bring to my music.

Tell us how you met Deeder.

I put out a local mixtapes mainly focused in the south suburb area. We put more than 5000 copies on the street which was a lot of units for the time. Gained quite a buzz and Deeder was a younger dude I heard about but didn't know. I was a young nigga in a CadiIac truck doing my thing and ran into him in the streets. Gas stations or a corner store he was out there in it lol. Always approached me like, I like what you doing let’s do music. Didn't happen for quite some time until he made his own mark but, when it did we worked constantly. The bond developed and the rest is what you seeing now.

What have you and Tree been up to?

Tree reached out to me to hop on his project “Tree Ft The City”, Go download that. The first song we did was “Somethin Mean”, response has been great we shot the video and getting to know him, I see how good of a dude he is. He did the “Front My Move” remix with me and you can definitely expect to see more work from us in the near future.

How do you separate yourself from other artists in the game?

I’m not gone tell you what sound good because it sounds good. I’m a tell you that these rappers are clowns for doing that. I’m a tell you life ain’t easy, its hard work and all the money in the world can’t buy you what you think it will. I have touched enough of it to know that. I have come to know who I am and accept my role at this point in my career and won’t compromise it for no amount of fame. All that with a catchy hook on top, (laughs).

What are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?

I don’t really pay it much attention. I don’t watch videos. Only music I listen to is the older music I grew up off and the music my peers in Chicago making. Go get the Chief Keef album!!

 Who would you like to work with in the future?

Anybody who got a movement. If you got enough people that believe in you, that follow what you do, and pay to come out to see you let’s do it.

What is CGE & how do you fit into it?

“Cash Gang Entertainment”, I’m the president, artist, street team, funding, (Laughs). I'm one of the parents just nurturing my baby.

Name 5 emerging Chicago artists currently on your radar?

 LEP, Tree, Mikkey Halsted, The Whole Treated Crew, Giftz, maybe that was biased (Laughs).

Any words of advice for aspiring artists?

 Nope not yet.

Who is your favorite rapper of all time?

 2 Pac.

What is your favorite album of all time?

Can’t name one ... Maybe Snoop’s “Doggystyle”, probably the most time I ever spent on one album. Knew that from front to back as a kid.

What’s next for Blanco Caine?

“White America” my next mixtape hosted by the DJ to the stars Supastar J Kwik & Vic Lloyd from Leaders, DL that on livemixtapes.
Be sure to check out the Shots Fired video with fellow Chicago emcee Bodi Deeder (formerly known as Maserati Deeder), and download their latest mixtape below. It is sure to become one of your personal favorites as it is mine.  Keep your eyes open these next few weeks for more from Blanco & camp.

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