Kool Kidd Dre’s “The Kool Tape 2” is the 2nd installment of the Kool Tape series. The project contains intriguing story telling with melodic vocal undertones and heavy 808 production. With Dre producing the majority of the tracks he raps and sings on, you can sense the creative control. “The Kool Tape 2” is a small but impactful look into the talent the young New York artist possesses.
IQ, a former member and founder of the hip-hop group ‘Linguistics’, has released a 25 minute track that is like a mini album. It has an underground flavor and is packed full of multi-syllabic rhymes and DJ scratching from one track into the next. The song is available on Itunes, Spotify, and all other major online retailers.
WDSR Radio: What’s good Train? Let the people know where you are from.
Tha Train: What it do? I’m from the big Bay Area, 707
WDSR Radio: As far as growing up and influenced by that West coast sound, how was the transition from the Bay area to Phoenix?
Tha Train: It was a real smooth transition for the simple fact that a good 75% of the artist out here are also from different areas. Plus, the Bay Area is so respected in the music scene, so that allowed me to get right in the mix.
WDSR Radio: Let’s get to know a little more about you and how you grew up. What was it like in your hometown? What kind of kid were you?
Tha Train: A bad ass, LOL. Naw, for real though, I wasn’t the easiest kid to raise and I am thankful for what my dad did do for me even though I was a handful. I have always been big into sports so i played a lot when I was a kid. Eventually got tired of being broke and learned how to push weight.
WDSR Radio: So let’s talk about your music. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
Tha Train: Bay Area sound with a Dirty South pound. I love that hard bass hitting, trunk rattling music. I talk a lot about my past, sometimes cryptically, sometimes in third party.
WDSR Radio: So let’s talk about your insignia Tha Train. What is the significance of your name?
Tha Train: It was given to me by the first artist that allowed me to produce his album. I use to go by Little T but since that was out played, he just called me up one day and first thing he said was “Hey Train”. He went on to explain that a train is unstoppable and with me he was unstoppable. At first it was just a name he called me but then it kind of stuck with me and here we are 7 years later.
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WDSR Radio: It seems like you’ve put some good work in with a couple of different labels before deciding to start up your own. Why the sudden change of heart?
Tha Train: It was more out of spit. When I got out of jail I didn’t like how my team was treating me. So I moved on and got my life back together. Then I had a great opportunity with an artist named Young DRU. We made a dope record, “Shine”, and when I went to distribution companies, one of the first things they asked was about a label. My good friend Dilemma had just passed away 2 months prior and he was the first person to put me on. I felt it was right to take his company, Royal Flush Productions, and make it a record label. People don’t realize that it’s name is a tribute to him.
WDSR Radio: So Shine was your biggest hit to date. What type of feedback did it get?
Tha Train: Oh it’s been all love! That record put me back in the mix after 2 plus years away from music for personal and legal reasons. That was my first internationally distributed song. I still get praise on it, a year later.
WDSR Radio: What do you think needs to be done to bring another hit of that caliber to take your music to a different level?
Tha Train: Well, honestly, I have a few joints that I’m working on right now for my next album that i feel are better. Some would say that my third single, Bay Boyz, is a bigger hit! That song had all the pieces that a hit needs except for the financial backing for proper marketing. That is what i would say would be the 1 element needed for a hit to take me to the next level.
WDSR Radio: What’s your take on these so called popular emcees on the radio right now?
Tha Train: Get yours, LOL. I really don’t have an opinion. From a fan stand point, I hate 95% of it. From a peer stand point, I gotta respect it. I also know that a lot of them are bought spins, so I just stay in my lane.
WDSR Radio: This music business can be crazy at times. Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what were they?
Tha Train: SO many lessons in the last 10 years. The biggest one would be this; ALWAYS have a plan b! Too many times have I been screwed over or just a victim of timing and another person can’t follow through with whatever it is. Always have a “What If” plan.
WDSR Radio: What about when you release music. Do you like banging out solo releases or enjoy collaborating with other artists?
Tha Train: I strongly prefer collaborations, even as a fan. I think that makes me enjoy my solo tracks even more, though. I think collaborations are strong tracks in whole, just because you have two different styles and flavors etc.
WDSR Radio: Where do you see taking Royal Flush Records to in the future?
Tha Train: I want to do two things. I want to eventually move into a music group for independent artist. The 2nd thing is very different. I want to open up high quality but very affordable studios. All over the country. The first chain of studios that would be everywhere like Mcdonalds or Starbucks.
WDSR Radio: Where can we find your music online?
Tha Train: Anywhere actually. iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google, Soundcloud or even my website, ThaTrain.com
WDSR Radio: We ask everyone that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice that someone has ever given to you?
Tha Train: About 13 or 14 years ago, a now platinum artist told me, “If you make an album that someone can sit down and listen to the whole thing without skipping any songs, then chances are that you made a record with one kind of feel to it.” I didn’t get it at first but he explained that we have different moods and we listen to music that reflects that. Don’t want to listen to “California Love” when you are sad and in your feelings.
WDSR Radio: Is there anything else that you would like to include in closing of this interview?
Tha Train: Yes, I want to thank all of my fans, friends and business manager for sticking around as tough as they have! B.O.S.S. will be out in Nov/Dec. but I will be releasing a lot of music between now and then!
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Born (Damon Jamar Bostick) July 3rd 1993 in Concord, North Carolina, I go by the rap name “J-Mar”. I’ve been writing verses ever since 1997, at the age of 4. Never knew I would completely pursue rap due to my love for sports mainly football as I became an all-state performer in high school.
My motivation for finally pursuing the rap game came from me having surgery and my football career being ended. I’ve overcame a lot of adversity in my life, I have went through a lot of trials and tribulations, I’ve seen people get shot at, I’ve seen people I grew up with killed, I’ve been a witness to the drug game and lived around it for years and I puzzle that into every single song I do.
It’s been a hard young life for me and in most of my songs that’s exactly what I speak about. I love to catch the ears of listeners with catchy beats as well as my lyrics because a lot of people can relate to what I speak upon.
My fans can follow me on Twitter and lnstagram @jmarmusic. And of course like me on Facebook by going to J-Mar … Just type J-Mar like the page and you’ll see all my upcoming events and everything.