If you are into Iron Fist artists, the name Purple Gang is certainly familiar to you. Today I have the great pleasure to interview 40 Flame whose word is definitely worth your interest. Have a look!
1.What motivated you to become an emcee?
Well..The actual Music at the time i started rapping is what motivated me….i LOVE street music…so round 02-03 u got rocafella,ruff ryders all making quality street music…so i started rapping in my neighborhood…memorizing 16s and spitting them just for fun..so thats what got me started…but the motivation came from my cousin i lived with…he was rapping…watching him write raps and going to the studio got me started to really rap..
2.What is the story behind your nickname?
My 1st rap name was T-FLAME..i got that threw the streets…round the time the hot boys was poppin…me and my boys used to break in cars and steal sounds and shit off that nature for a living…so 1 time i broke in a car by jumping threw the sunroof of a camaro (i think it was) to open the door..which was parked next to security booth…security guard was sleep…i did that and my boy said that was some hot shit….ya name T-Flame…T because my real name is Ty.Flame because i use to do HOT shit in the hood…
The 40 Add On Came From 1 day Me.Fame And Lofat Went To The Gun Range And I Shot The 40cal And My 1st Shot Was A bullseye..I said my new name is 40flame…
3.Describe your music within a few words…
Unique,Real,Creative,Picture Painting,Street,No Gimmicks
4.You knew Deshaun Holton aka Proof personally. Proof is the man behind the Iron Fist label. How was he as a friend, CEO, collaborator?
Proof as a Friend:He was just like one of the homies…he was good with cash and all that..but he act just like a normal nigga would..I could depend on him…he got me out jams a couple times..
Proof as a CEO: He was very hands on with every element of the label…music,radio,promotions anything he had his hand in it…
5.I heard from Rude of IF (I interviewed him a while ago) that there were beefs inside of the label opposing you and two other Purple Gang members…can you give us more insight about the beef that opposed you and Famous to First Borne and Killa Kaunn?
Basically Me and Fame didnt like the way things were being handled after proof passed…so we felt us leaving was the best for our careers…For as all the diss records and negative interviews…should have never happen…just it was such a touchy situation at the time..where it was more emotional actions instead of thought out actions….we took jabs killa threw at us…we threw jabs..diss records…basically because of misunderstandings maybe and outsiders in each party ear talking shit..but thats the past…wish everybody over there the best!!
6.How did you come up with the â€œ Skrilla Gorillasâ€ concept?
Honestly i dont know who came up with it..me or famous….when we talk..we have are OWN slang….we make new words up on a daily…and come up with witty quotes….but i imagine round the time the skrilla gorillas show mixtape came about…the name was created….Skrilla Gorillas Is NOT the group name for Famous And FLame….its just a name that represents people we fuck with musically,street and whatever other avenue being used to get MONEY!!!
7.Which artist(s)-mainstream or underground have earned your respect on the Detroit scene and why?
Mainstream:Eminem,Royce,Obie Trice,Black Milk
Underground: Seven The General,Rock Bottom,Tone Tone
8.What is your personal outlook on the Detroit scene?
EVERYBODY SAY THIS… but its divided…its gonna stay this way..cuz its too many egos….I can honestly say i extend my hand to help others and collab..but that shit is never shown back..which is cool…im happy with doing songs by myself and with famous…until the divided shit comes to a cease…we will never grow as a city…simple as that..
9.Which artists have you collaborated with already?
Ive done songs with most of them…rather it was sending verse to dj young mase and he mixing the verses together…or actually sitting in the studio with them…i work with others that i respect…but im not big on features…always been like that…not being a asshole..but i think im just very selective on who i work it….gotta make sure they official…
10.Which artists you haven’t collaborated with yet would you envision collaboration with?
Only artist is probably Royce 5 9 and Guilty Simpson…i listen to they music…its dope…the streets would like that…
11.You have a new mixtape coming out soon…a few words about your upcoming work and what listeners should expect from you?
Yeah Directors Cut…Dropping September 11th…its me basically showing that ive grown into a real artist…people know i can do mixtape joints..hot punchline filled freestyles…but i really wanted to show i can make songs…concepts,hooks and try different flows…..also with this project i think it will help people understand me as a person..some artist try to paint a picture in the listeners mind on what they think they listerner would like instead of being themselves…im giving ya the real me…so u can expect an very nice piece of music put together by yours truly….i expect it to be one of the best mixtapes of the year NATIONALLY NOT JUST LOCAL…we shall see…lol
12.cAccording to you, what is your main strength as an artist?
I’m good at Concept songs…And I’m Very Creative….THE MIXTAPE WILL PROVE IT!!!
R.I.P BIG PROOF
FAMOUS AND FLAME!!!!!
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